Month: August 2008

Dragonball again!

Son Goku – for the Movie. Is Goku supposed to be good-looking anyway?

OK, I am a little bit crazy to spend my time this way, but I need some good laughs alone (even the cats don’t want to befriend me!) – and thus I have finished downloading and reading 42 volumes of my favourite childhood manga – Dragonball.

I prefer reading the manga itself than watching -it plays with my imagination more than the ugly-looking animations. Just like what this scientist found out:

Johnson observed that watching TV does not require the use of imaginative thinking because the viewer passively takes in pictures on the screen (2). When children read, however, they generate their own mental images (2). Here, imaginative thinking refers to the spontaneous generation of mental images in response to incoming visual and/or auditory information. Johnson’s claim merely states that watching TV does not promote imaginative thinking during the act of TV viewing itself, when compared to reading. Thus, regardless of their supposed educational value, TV programs generally leave no room for imagination because they supply abundant images to direct or dominate children’s thinking. (Source)

And I hate the animation series for giving my characters some colours which do not fit my imagination!

All the way reading, as usual, whenever I took a break my subconscious mind somehow started to remind me that I’m gonna miss the story while doing what I did- as if it was watching in on TV! That is crazy!

And now, I can’t wait for the movie.


Same script, again!

I guess these people just love to repeat the same thing over and over again. You know, not just this, but LOADS of other things. Anything comes to your mind when I said that?

Keputusan pilihan raya kecil Permatang Pauh cermin amalan demokrasi segar, kata Najib

26/08/2008 11:25pm

BUKIT MERTAJAM 26 Ogos — Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak berkata, Barisan Nasional (BN) menghormati keputusan pilihan raya kecil Parlimen Permatang Pauh hari ini yang disifatkannya sebagai mencerminkan amalan demokrasi yang masih segar di negara ini.

Timbalan Perdana Menteri berkata, kemenangan calon Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim pada pilihan raya itu membuktikan tiada manipulasi daripada segi perjalanan demokrasi di negara ini.

“Tak tempang dari segi amalan demokrasi di negara ini,” katanya pada sidang akhbar selepas pengumuman keputusan pilihan raya kecil itu di sini hari ini.

Penasihat PKR itu menang dengan majoriti 15,671 undi pada pilihan raya kecil itu.

Anwar memperoleh 31,195 undi, sementara calon Barisan Nasional (BN), Datuk Arif Shah Omar Shah mendapat 15,524 undi dan calon Angkatan Keadilan Insan Malaysia (Akim) Hanafi Mamat 92 undi. Hanafi hilang wang pertaruhan.

Sambil mengucapkan tahniah kepada Anwar, Najib yang juga Timbalan Pengerusi BN berkata BN menghormati keputusan rakyat memilih Anwar sebagai anggota Parlimen kawasan itu.

“Seperti mana yang kita telah nyatakan dari awal lagi, bahawa kita akan hadapi laluan sukar dalam pertandingan ini,” katanya.

Mengambilkira undi BN menurun sebanyak 1,426 undi berbanding pilihan raya umum lepas, Najib berkata BN akan mengkaji kelemahan perikatan itu dan memperbaikinya.

“Kita bersedia buat perubahan yang perlu supaya dapat mengembalikan keyakinan rakyat terhadap BN,” katanya sambil menambah, walaupun PKR menang kerusi Parlimen itu, namun jumlah anggota Parlimen pembangkang tidak akan bertambah.

Najib berkata walaupun pada awalnya BN menjangkakan dapat mengurangkan jumlah majoriti undi PKR, bagaimanapun ia gagal berikutan sentimen penduduk Permatang Pauh terhadap parti itu masih kuat.

– Bernama

Democracy eh – when you lose you name it democracy at work? Heh.

Give Pakatan Rakyat one TV Channel, and allow Harakah to be published daily if you really want to call yourself democratic.

That is the least you can do.

Olympics: Go, and amaze me!

Sure it does, the Olympic 2008 Beijing. It does amaze me – with all these super human beings and crazy records, Olympic did quite well so far in amazing me and had me stuck in front of the TV for hours. Thanks to ASTRO as well, for that 11-channel coverage.

I am not interested in all events, of course – swimming, diving, gymnastics, some of the athletic events, synch swimming (I love the very knowledgeable female commentator), basketball, and a few other sports – but I like to watch the victory ceremony (is that what they call it), that sense of accomplishment in the faces of the gold medalist. I understand why they normally cry – it’s the hard work all these years – like Phelps, it was after 2 Olympics (2004, 2000) that he now crowned the (arguably) the greatest olympian in history. That is why I don’t think giving RM 1 million for any sportsperson who manage to grab a gold medal in Olympic is not reasonable – it will inspire other people at least- to push their limit (but datukship is just not necessary!)

But I am surely amazed by this stats as well, this article I found What is a Gold Medal Really Worth? . This is how much a gold medal is worth for the UK:

Unsurprisingly, at just £1.25m per medal and little more than £2m per gold, cycling tops the list. Six sports come in at less than £5m per medal. Tellingly, all the sports that received at least £10m in lottery funding won at least one gold, while only two sports that received less than £5m – boxing and the modern pentathlon – won medals of any colour.

I wonder how much did we spend for our silver medal and how much did Ethiopian government spent for its two gold medals winner Dibaba…

Picture Perfect

Well, not technically perfect, but these are some of the photos I love – for both sentimental and the mood they captured mostly. Taken with my Samsung Digimax the one camera I am so pleased with, but thanks to my carelessness, now it rests in peace. Should be hunting for a new one soon, before my next travel. Bosnia-Herzegovina this winter, probably. Morocco seems to be so much hassle with visa and stuff.

Inverness, January 2006.

I don’t like winter much, never get excited with snow either (it is slippery, trust me), but I just love this piece.

Lake District, March 2006.

A trip with my foster family to Lake District. This one just give me the serenity required, thus was my desktop wallpaper for a long time. A winter afternoon.

Also Lake District, March 2006.

Finally I found the house that has been in my imagination since I was a kid! A house of my childhood imagination that materialized at Lake District.

Jalan Guar Jentik, Perlis. Summer 2006.

Except for the slight spoiler on the right, I still love this one. My friends who have never seen a paddy field in their lives before, piled to my house for this sight. I just love the colour.

Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 2006.

Sunset. Thanks to the late camera feature.

Legoland Windsor, late summer 2007.

This is just a Lego-sized building, trust me! Look at the size of the coins in the fountain.

Granada, Spain. Easter 2007.

A chess set I found in one of the craft shop. Just love it!

Alexandria, Egypt. Summer 2007.

The dome of Salahuddin al-Ayubi fortress in Alexandria, Egypt. Another version using my cameraphone was the wallpaper for my mobile for quite sometimes.

Alexandria, Egypt.

The palm tree’s reflection on the water was stunning. This pic makes me miss Egypt so much.

OK, I might need to continue this post later.

I’m having some kind of writer’s block. So many things to write on, but my words don’t come out right.

The more I read…

The title should continue as follows:

The more I read…

the more I realize that I am stupid!

I started preparing for the so-called interview (check previous entry) by reading articles on sustainability. But it comes to me after a while, after having encountered an article that argues the validity of the term sustainability, that maybe I should study a little bit on environmental philosophy. After all, claiming that such a concept is wrong might not be baseless – and might have rooted from the philosophical part of it.

So environmental philosophy (and yes, there exist environmental thinkers/philosophers) is concerned about the natural environment and our place in it. It is divided into several parts, which all I found very, very interesting: Environmental Ethics, Environmental Aesthetics, Ecofeminism and Environmental theology.

Goodness me. The last two branches are really unthought-of!

O Lord, grant me knowledge and wisdom…

Jihad eh?

I had a great time reading this. I first read it on Google News, a report from India, and I tried to search for the source from Malaysia, but this is the nearest I can get, from The Star:

BUTTERWORTH: Wanita Umno has declared its campaign in the Permatang Pauh by-election as jihad or a holy war.

Its deputy chief, Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil, said the movement would act as a bastion to stop an ambitious individual from achieving his dream and personal glory.

Strength in numbers: Shahrizat (front row, fifth left) cheering alongside Barisan Nasional component party members after the meeting in Seberang Jaya yesterday.

Without naming the person, she said he would do everything possible to become the Prime Minister at the expense of the people’s welfare and the country’s stability.

“The wing views the by-election as a critical election not just for Barisan Nasional but also for the whole country and its people.

“It is a jihad because this individual should not be given the chance to destroy the country’s political stability and prosperity.

“If we allow him to lead the country, he would lead us to destruction,” she said after launching the Barisan Nasional Wanita Permatang Pauh by-election machinery here yesterday.

Shahrizat said the Wanita movement and its Barisan counterparts would observe election regulations and would not resort to violence while campaigning.

“We hope there won’t be elements of fitnah-memfitnah (slander) and empty promises. It would be a campaign of good values (berhemah-tinggi) because our intentions are pure (suci).

“Overall, we will bring truth and facts (to the people). There will not be tricks or empty promises.

“We know we are the underdogs but don’t underestimate us.”

She said Barisan was expecting an aggressive battle, noting that PKR was known for its “violent traits”.

She also said she did not see any reason why a by-election was needed as the people of Permatang Pauh had earlier chosen their candidate.

“Ini satu langkah takbur. (It is an arrogant move) It is troublesome to the voters and an exploitation,” she added.

It seems like everyone is trying to use Arabic terms nowadays. Why? Does that make you look a bit more Islamic, thus sounds more appealing to the crowd?

A jihad against Anwar, for fear of him destroying the nation sounds really strange and weird.

Well, as a hadith (4:269, Bukhari) says: War is deceit.

It certainly is.