Movies!

Posted by Jerry Sun, Jan 21 '07

Watched these movies over the past few days:

Memento – One of the best plot and editing I’ve seen in ages. Great watch.

The Devil Wears Prada – Yukito liked Anne Hathaway a lot, but eh, average entertaining movie.

Borat – Despite some scenes that were somewhat unnecessary and only proved to arseholize the Borat character (dinner etiquette, subway with chicken), pretty entertaining, almost insightful, good watch. Golden Globe was worth it.

Jackass Number 2 – Okay, some of the stunts were pretty awesome; I’d want to try the fire hose if I ever get the chance. :P But the rest of the movie, really… I think my IQ just dropped by a magnitude of 20 points. Fart joke, woohoo!

Swing Girls – Cute japanese schoolgirls + swing music + feel good theme = good watch :D

Still on my to-watch list: – Happy FeetThe World’s Fastest IndianFight ClubMonty Python and the Holy Grail
and Death Note 2 – The Last Name later this week with Yukito and Kelvin.

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I crave War... Craft

Posted by Jerry Mon, Jan 15 '07

Yay, I made a South Park pun. Man, I still remember last year’s summer break, where I spent 1 month hardly sleeping, only walking out of the house occasionally for classes and food, carpal tunnel, stiff backs and sore arses sitting on the floor hunching over my grimy ol’ laptop monotonously grinding for animal skins, dying, lagging (IronForge owns my laptop’s 8mb graphic card hard), raiding, wiping… And I miss my owl too. :|

Dang you Blizzard for making such a heart-renderingly addictive MMO! “I don’t think anyone realllly quits WoW.”, joked Davo. Indeed… after a whole year of not playing I still itch to log on to my Hunter again, but I didn’t have a stable enough permanent internet connection that would’ve been a necessity for any online game session that lasts at least 8 hours. And The Burning Crusade is coming out tomorrow too! Shame it got delayed… I could have been spending all my time procrastinating here rolling a Draenei. Sigh. :( Not that I could really complain though, I can imagine my CGPA if I had to divide time between course assignments, Project and WoWing. (shudder)

Gaah! BLOOD ELVES!! Must continue… resisting… temptation…

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On Thud! and books

Posted by Jerry Sat, Jan 06 '07

I don’t understand why books in Australia are 3 times the price of back in Malaysia. Going Postal was $30-ish AUD the last time I checked at… Borders? at Toowong Plaza, but I bought Thud! (which was a great read. Constantly reflecting off of our world, but not skipping a beat in Pratchett’s trademark humour.) for $34.95 RM here in JB… that’s a 2.7 times difference! Do they print and publish all these books themselves or something? Surely they could have at least imported cheap lumber from SE Asia, I’m sure our economy wouldn’t mind a boost in exports revenue right now, we all know where it’s heading with all those no-talent politicians at the steer…

Saw Day of the Dragon, The Demon Soul, a crappy-publisher-looking Warcraft Archive (all Warcraft canon), Queen of Blades (Starcraft canon?), Nova (Starcraft Ghost) and Cycle of Hatred (World of Warcraft) at MPH. Is tempting… But why on earth don’t they have War of the Ancients book 1? Is no point not starting off the reading with the Kaldorei backstory.

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New year resolutions '07

Posted by Jerry Wed, Jan 03 '07

Yes, yes, you’re supposed to write something like this days ago. I admit, I’m a lazy bastard, okay? (Note to self: correcting laziness is a good idea to start off a new year resolution…)

In no particular order:

  1. Programming – Learn, and quite possibly master 3 programming languages/environments/frameworks, one every semester, from the following list: Ruby (on Rails), Mono (I do know .NET, but that was Windows. Linux libraries CIL bindings should bring lots more possibilities… and relearning C# :D), Boo, Python (or IronPython, maybe with Django), PHP, J2EE properly (with EJB, Hibernate, Spring or Struts), or [insert any random sexy gaining popularity functional language here]. If anything, Brainfuck would be an interesting experience perhaps…
  2. Contributing to OSS – Write something for Ubuntu/Gaim/Gnome/any FOSS project with any of the above 3 languages and get it into Debian. Aim for Google Summer of Code. Apply for next year’s NICTA research scholarship.
  3. Studies – Write a kick-arse thesis, complete honours, graduate (summa) cum laude.
  4. Health – Start going to gym, proper workout, build up arms and torso, gain more weight, look less geeky.
  5. Life – Write more, even if it’s just blog drivel. Take more pictures. Get into a long-term relationship. Meet more friends. Get drunk. Have fun.

I’m pretty worried, to speak the truth. Lilian Too's fengshui book says Wood Rats will be facing hardship this year, although we’ll persevere. I don’t believe in fengshui as much as agnostics believe in a higher being, but it’s… depressing, no? We’ll see what happens in 12 months, and then I can write “2007 in review”. :p

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2006 in review

Posted by Jerry Tue, Jan 02 '07

So, it’s time to stop the curly scrawl of 6’s in dates out of habit and make that a cool jagged 7. Time for a performance review! Okay… not so much performance, per se. Truth to be told, compared to the awesome software engineers that’ve been bringing us the best of Web Two-Point-Oh it’s not much… but hey, a guy can dream and write boastful words once a while 'aight? But I digress.

So. 4 things of 2006!

  1. University – I am now a graduate! University of Queensland, Bachelor of Information Technology, majoring in Computer Systems and Networks and Information Systems. Super-long-title double major, baby! Ok, it’s probably not that awesome, but do give me some credit for my study-plan-planning-fu. And hey, 6.44 CGPA! That’s something. ;)
  2. Final-year project – Our CSSE3004 closing presentation summed it up best: We were awesome. Without Ben, group F wouldn’t have stood for “Eff-in Fantastic”. Jono, your ub3r 1337 alg0rithm5 r0×0rs. Thomo, what could we have done without you our smooth-talkin’ group PR guy. Dave, group F wouldn’t have been the same without your smack talking of course. Davo, Jing, your enthusiasm and dedication to getting things done is what made our project shine. Thank you all. We earned our Project Excellence Award well.
  3. Linux convert – I’ve got a confession to make: I wanted to be a Linux-er for a long time. Kernel architectures in semester 1’s operating system studies was pretty interesting. (Yeah… I might’ve been one of the really rare attendees who found the Minix coding assignments fun… Hopelessly geek, I know. :p) I tried Fedora Core (3?) and Ubuntu Dapper (free CDs, as in beer!), but they didn’t quite seduce me enough into the dark side of FOSS, which was a shame. Later in November, I thought of giving Ubuntu Edgy a whirl and tried dist-upgrading… and the result blew me away! 3 months, loads of tweaking, but still going strong… but that will be another story to tell. ;)
  4. Family visit – My parents came over to Brisbane for Feng’s graduation over winter in July. Stayed with uncle in Sydney. Beautiful sunset. Freakin’ cold night. Girraween, hiking. Oysters at Anna Bay. Sea at Terrigal. Saw dolphins (Or whatever the pair of fins riding waves from a distance is). Dug sand at Gold Coast (Remind self to either sift it or throw it away…). Sushi. Mistook inari for unagi. $10 Hush Puppies.

'Twas a good year. Here’s to hoping a longer, fuller list in 12 months time!

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