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Saturday, January 29, 2011

"It All Goes Back Into The Box" - Zeitgeist: Moving Forward

When I began to look at the first 5 minutes from the online documentary movie, "Zeitgeist: Moving Forward", I heard these wonderful lines from Dr. James Dobson, whom you usually hear from "Focus on the Family" radio programme in some supermarkets. 

My grandmother is a wonderful person,she taught me how to play the game monopoly. She understood the name of the game was to acquire. She would accumulate everything she could and eventually she became master of the board, and in every game she would take my last pound and i would quit in utter defeat. And then she would always say the same thing to me,she would look at me and she would say "one day you will learn to play the game." One summer i played monopoly with a neighbor. We played almost everyday, all day long, we would play monopoly for hours. And that summer i learnt to play the game. I understood the only way to win was to make a complete commitment to acquisition , I came to understand that money and possessions was the way that you keep score. And by the end of that summer I was more ruthless than my grandmother. I was ready to bend the rules if I had to to win that game. I sat down with her to play that winter. I took everything she had , I destroyed her financially, psychologically, and watched her give her last pound and quit in utter defeat. And then she had one more thing to teach me. then she said now it all goes back in the box all those houses and hotels, all the railroads and utility companies, all that property and all that wonderful money and now it all goes back in the box. I didn't want it to go back in the box. She said none of it was really yours, you got yourself all heated up for a while but it was around along time before you sat down at the board and it will be here after you have gone, players come and players go, but it all goes back in the box. Houses and cars, titles and clothes,even your body because the fact is everything I clutch and consume and hold is going to go back in the box and I'm going to lose it all. You have to ask yourself when you get that ultimate promotion, make the ultimate purchase, when you buy the ultimate home, when you have stored up financial security , when you have climbed the ladder to the highest point of success and the thrill wears off , and it will wear off THEN WHAT?? How long do you have to walk down that road before you see where it leads, surely you understand it will never be enough , so ask yourself the question WHAT MATTERS?
I find these words very interesting and enlightening. The more I think about this screwed up world where politicians lie to their citizens, businessmen cons their customers, the rich neglects the poor, the things in the market are unsustainable, and innocent people suffer under unnecessary brutality makes me sick. 

All because for one pointless thing - m o n e y. 

And that makes society don't trust each other, and being insincere to their own kind. 

Their ideas are still questionable though, as the Resource-based Economy is a very new idea for humanity. Still, I want all of you to view this eye-opening documentary. 

I feel that this is history in making. While the system is collapsing, and the whole is currently seeing unrest in Tunisia, Yemen and Egypt, and new ideas of humanity are emerging at the same time, I can feel that we are now entering a period of pre-transition. Things will change dramatically very soon. 

I hope it's for the best. At the end of the day, we are all here wanting to survive, this time we want more LOVE in our social system. Hopefully it will happen. 

For more information of the movement, visit Well, I am just sharing this idea out, for I feel that it is worth a view for everyone to consider their future. 

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Future of Camera

Someone just shared to me something that lights me up in photography. It's not on some creatively done masterpieces, instead, it's about a possible new camera revolution that has already been introduced as a concept camera in one recent event - CES 2011. 

I will be straight forward in this post. Anyway, don't you agree that the Sony NEX-5 is currently the most creative and innovative camera ever existed in the current markets? 
So far I'm really impressed with the camera. Well, I'm one of the NEX-5 owners in this world. The only thing I'm not satisfied with it is its battery length and its flash capability. Other than that, I like its astonishing picture noise quality and image. 

Now, let me show you something more astonishing. 

Introducing, the Artefact WVIL (Wireless Viewfinder Interchangable Lens) concept camera, which provides an answer to the question, "What's next for cameras?". The answer by the design team is simple - create a camera that enables people to share whatever they capture instantly. 

As a result, they combine a DSLR quality camera into smartphone technology, with a platform that supports WiFi, GPS and Bluetooth for picture sharing purposes. It's like a DSLR camera embedded in an iPad. 

Besides, you can even use almost any lens from any brands into this camera via adapter. It even has a kit lens (suggested) - a 28-100 F/2.0 lens. Plus, it's using a CMOS sensor that it capable to produce images up to 31 Megapixels! Other features include an AMOLED screen, AVCHD video, 10 fps continuous shot, and many more. 

And though it may look fake, if it's really developed for the market in the future, I sure will get one of them if I have the sufficient money. 

If you wanna learn more about this new concept gadget, visit this site >here<

This is one cool camera you will like. But I think this one will be priced at around RM 4000 if it ever enters the Malaysian market. Panasonic GF1 is already an expensive toy for photographers, but this WVIL will be more expensive than that. 

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Times Have Changed

I scrolled this photo from the No Mega Tower Facebook Page >here< just recently. And what attracted me here is the historical value in this photo. The photo here showed a long house in Sarawak. 

What drew my attention later was the caption written by Suze the Run, the uploader of the photo. She wroted. 

This is how our old long house looks like....we never had any issue about food n problem with money....everything..... is there..u only died of hunger..if...u r a lazy person...
 And that caption slowly reminded me of how the people of the older generation tell me about the world. 

I'd remembered in the past, people used to tell me that we tend to tolerate with each other regardless race and backgrounds. Children go to school without their parents being prejudice on what type of school they are entering. Even if it is a Christian school, the parents only focus on discipline and academic knowledge that will be given to their children, so that one day they will grow up with success. 

There is no extreme racism happening here as well. People tend to greet each other as if they have no differences. And even though life for most of the older generation were hard as they struggle hard to live, everyone was still happy. However, there are opportunity of jobs for people, and they are chances to be in a higher social class. The rich-poor gap wasn't far in those times, so there were much chances to change one's life. 

I was amazed by the society in the previous generation, before this whole world is more "developed". 

Today, you see a modern human lifestyle - where you are busy and stressed all the time. In the city life, you will have to face daily traffic jams to get to your workplace, and to face a possibility that you will stay in that office till the midnight. Living costs are increasing year by year, while your income remains static. 

And people don't greet each other as often anymore. Most of the time as I observe, people only greet each other for their own self-interests. And worse, I can sense a melting pot in our community, where racist topics tend to be in our conversations most of the time. When it comes to politics, we tend to get bounded by 2 opposing parties and get frustrated with them. People only just choose sides and fight with each other from the streets to the Internet. 

And so, our society is frustrated and confused. We are walking around shrinking circles, while hating each other, our empathy only reach our blood ties, not caring much about others. 

Like it or not, this is our today's world. Though technology has developed, our human social paradigm is still obsolete and outdated. We have social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube, and yet in the comments, what I mostly see is hate messages. 

The world is a freak show, isn't it? 

When will humanity wake up? 

Friday, January 14, 2011

A Scene of Tawau


Just testing out my Sony NEX-5 HDR mode here. 

I wanted to take more photos here, but I'm still recovering from wisdom tooth extraction.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

The Legendary 1.6L Twin Cam 4AGE 16v - Now At My Doorsteps!

Ever since I watched the "Initial D" movie in 2005, I began falling in love with the Toyota Trueno/Levin AE86, also known as the Toyota Corolla AE86 in the past. And then during my Form 5 days I added this car into my wishlist, if I were given a second-handed car, alongside other legendary Japanese cars like the Silvia S14. 

Well, it didn't happened. However, this forgotten wishlist became realized again. 

And finally, near my home, there is already an engine fitted in a car that once belonged to the Toyota AE86! 


Ladies and gentleman, the 1.6L Toyota Twincam 16v 4AGE engine

Just test drove it, and I'm no longer used to manual cars. But for sure, it's one loud engine! 

Oh ya, this picture above was taken using my Nikon D80 with the Nissin Di622 flash.  

In case you ask what's the car. Well, actually it's not the Trueno AE86. How I wish if it's the real Trueno. It's actually an old Toyota Corolla GL, being modified with the 4AGE engine. The previous 1.3L engine had died, so we decided to boost it up a little bit. 

And no worries, we are following traffic regulations, that is why we don't put a turbocharger or replace it with the 20v version of the 4AGE. After all, it's not for racing purposes. 

Other modifications included Recaro front seats, Yokohama tyres, and a set of BBS rims fitted on the car. 

Nothing attractive actually, but don't judge the book by its cover. 

I think I'll be driving this in the near future. I'm not used to the clutch yet. 

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Man With A Golden Radio Voice - Ted Williams

Someone recently shared this video to me in Facebook, and it's about a homeless person whose got a talent in being a radio DJ. 

The video is about a guy named Ted Williams, and this video was uploaded on Youtube since Jan 3. Surprisingly within a few days, the video got the attention of more than 11 million views across the world, thus it touches the empathy of everyone who watches it. 

And surprisingly, someone had offered him a job just after they view the video!
Source today: >here< 


What a great ending for this person!

Well, so far on my knowledge, America is currently being struck with unemployment, leaving many homeless men seeking for jobs, while those who are working at constantly struggling in the office for their own survival. Both mainstream and alternative media had told their perspectives differently on this issue. Whatever they are, I really sense that our financial system is collapsing, as we know that these problems are actually growing since The Great Depression in the 1920s. 

Today, we see price rise. Oil, petrol, sugar, food, milk, Chinese New Year goods, and finally, Milo and Nescafe! What else for 2011? Life is getting harder, isn't it? 

May God enlighten us with more wisdom. With wisdom, we can ensure a better world where everyone of us live with our well-beings and welfare protected.

Mysterious Death of Animals Worldwide?

Have you ever heard of the strange death of birds and fishes worldwide recently? Someone compiled the events of these deaths where they occured, and he merged all of them into Google Map. 

Source is right >here<

I guess we the global citizens shall demand one absolute answer from this. Wikileaks, do your stuff! Haha

Wisdom Tooth: Why Call It A Tooth of Wisdom When It's Pain?

When you are in your early 20s, most of your friends will begin complaining about some sort of toothaches - which is called the "Impacted Wisdom Tooth" pain. Some even had theirs in the early age of 16. 

If you're curious what is a wisdom tooth. They are the third and final set of molars that most people get in their late teens or early twenties. And the sad thing about them is, they are usually misaligned and most of these cases require removal, a.k.a. extraction. Usually, the lower wisdom teeth are the one that needs removal, if they don't grow in a "erupted" position.  

That most illogical fact about wisdom tooth is, why do people choose the name "wisdom" for the last bunch of teeth that grow in your mouth from the first place? It doesn't sound "wisdom" to me at all! It's all about pain and suffering! Plus, these teeth can't grow properly most of the time and they potentially burn around U$100 to U$400 from your wallet! I don't see a sense that these teeth are wise. 

And, that's the fear, I blogged this because I will be doing extraction in the coming future. I searched the Internet, and people say that you need 3 ENTIRE MONTHS to recover from an extraction, and you can't eat many good food (unless you love cereals and oatmeals) for weeks, not to mention bleedings and pains that you will go through after the operation. 

I know, it's like you're getting a death sentence. All for the sake of removing a pain in your mouth once and for all. 


Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Edin Dzeko For Manchester City?

This is hilarious. Manchester City will be the new Real Madrid if such drastic moves continue on. While they had Balotelli, Tevez, Yaya Toure, David Silva, Roque Santa Cruz, and many other stars, Roberto Mancini still aims for 1 more key striker - Edin Dzeko of Wolfsburg. 

Funny though, Edin Dzeko is always my key target in Football Manager 2011 too. I tried bidding him for 2 seasons but then I cancelled my intentions as Robbie Keane and Jermain Defoe still serves my Tottenham team well. Now that Keane, Crouch and Defoe are almost retiring, I just reply on Luis Suarez. 

Back to the real game, I bet Man City has wasted too much money to invest for a better line-up. I mean, what's the use to have so many key players when you know that all of them tend to be self-centered for their own desires? 

The only good thing about it is, I can't wait to see Dzeko to play in the English Premier League.