BEEP! BEEP! BEEP!

Bloody 9:30 AM fire drills…the alarm just went on and on and on and on. Beep! Evacuate the
building! Beep! Evacuate the building! Beep! Evacuate the building! Beep! Fucking hell
(me) Beep! For fucks sake! (neighbor) Beep! Oh, shut up! (another neighbor) Beep!
Fire drill people, get up get up. (overenthusiastic resident advisor) Beep! Only a handful
of people actually walked down to the designated area. I sure didn’t, I was taking a nap, so I just
stuffed my ears with my pillow and tried to ignore the irritating alarm. Besides, if it were real,
the message would have been – Beep! This is not a fire drill! Beep! Heh…happened last semester
when Richardson Hall (the one closest to us) got smoke logged. Why do they schedule the fire drills
in the morning anyway? It just irritates everybody.

Days till I get my digital camera: 4

Like a chicken with it's head chopped off

I’m feeling rather pan because I’ve got heaps of assignments due and finals are on the 10th
of July and I’ve been really slack this semester. Arrrrgggggghhhhhh *runs around in circles* It
will feel good when all this is over and I pass all my subjects. It will be better if I get credits
coz pass doesn’t look really good on paper. Well…going to head off to the library later to borrow
some more books. I feel that I need to study every second of the day now if I hope to pass all my
subjects. I’m not worried about Unix Programming, Systems Design and Documents Imaging, but Java
and C++ is giving me a bit of trouble. Hmph. Oh well, at least I slept from 4 pm till 2 am last
night, so I’m all ready to hit the books. Libraries are mysterious places, don’t you think. Every
time I walk into a library, I feel like something weird and mystical is going to happen. Like
behind every shelf of books there is a time portal all ready to transport an unsuspecting library
goer to the 14th century. I did discuss this issue with my friend and he said that it’s probably
coz I don’t go to libraries much. It seems that the mysterious-ness disappears after you go to
libraries for a while. Hmm…must be something about the smell of old books. Possibilities!

The books I checked out from the library the day before. Lugging them back was no mean feat, I
tell you.

Days till I get my digital camera: 4

Sleep deprived

Just came back from a tiring day at school. I didn’t sleep last night to finish my Unix
programming assignment and I had to leave for a 10 am class. It’s just my luck that the tutor told
us it was okay to pass it up before Friday at 4 pm. I stayed up to finish my Documents and Imaging
Systems assignment earlier in this semester and the submission date was postponed as well due to
the lecturer leaving for Brisbane for a seminar. And the same thing happened with my Database
Systems assignment last semester. I wish that the assignments that get postponed are the ones I’m
having trouble with as opposed to the ones I’ve finished. Oh well, at least I have a bit of time to
add some features. Anyway, I saw that Chocfest 2002 (Melbourne Chocolate Festival) is being
held this weekend. I might drop by since I’m heading to Flemington this Saturday anyway.

Today is a rainy day, which makes the ground muddy. People like me shouldn’t wear light colored
clothes on a rainy day. That’s coz I track mud all over my pants. I saw several people wearing
white pants which weren’t stained with splashes of mud, so I’m force to conclude that there must be
something wrong with the way I walk. On a side note, Unix is the only thing I know of that can
reduce a grown man to tears. Manly tears, that is. ;)

Off to the washing machine you go.

Nasty

I happened to chance upon a loaf of bread that has been uneaten for about a month behind my desk
when I dropped my wallet. I knew I bought a loaf of bread some time ago and didn’t finish it, but I
haven’t seen it around so I assumed I chucked it away after the use by date has gone by. Apparently
not. It fell down the back of my desk and sat there unnoticed until today.

Pretty innocent looking from afar

A closer look through the packaging reveals that something is not quite right. Holding my
breath, I removed the air tight tag on top:

A peek through the top of the bread packaging. It didn’t smell bad at all. I could only detect a
slight cheesy smell but I didn’t breath in deeply anyway. Didn’t want the spores to get into my
nose and lodge inside my brain and slowly mutate me into a cauliflower. Pretty intricate flora
designs can be seen here. Some greenish stuff, some whitish stuff and some blackish stuff. A work
of art by nature.

Astraware Contest

Received an email today telling me that I have won a prize in the

Astraware Bejeweled Birthday Giveaway
[astraware.com]. Basically
anyone that enters the “contest” will win a prize.

I got:

Zap! 2000 – A game for Palm, which I already have (albeit mine is a warez
version). But it’s still nice to win an official version. After clicking
on the link:

I was told that a mail will be sent to me with the registration code.

I received a mail with a download link and my registration code. This is
version 1.5 of Zap! 2000, which has three versions – grayscale, 256 color
and 16 bit color. Apparently, v1.5 is supposed to run faster on the m505
and other Palms.

Synced it to my Palm and registered using the reg code that was provided.

Zap! 2016 on an m505.

I am good in drawing

This is a prototype screen for my assignment. The map is sourced from a
raw screen capture from the Swanston Street Precinct Association webpage.
Touched it up with Paint, adding white text boxes to symbolize ambulances
and a shaky hand (too much caffeine) drawing of a sun with a black hole in
the middle. That is supposed to be the scene of the accident. This is
prototype of an emergency management system done using Java. ph34r my l33t
drawing skillz! ;)

Malaysian Local Talent

Listening to an Ah Niu album I downloaded from
Boxup [boxup.com]. I’m
still trying to figure out whether the song Abu Ne Ne is racist or he’s
just being satirical about Malaysian culture. Abu Ne Ne is a racial slur
used to refer to people of Indian descent. I used to like Ah Niu when I
was in Form Five but I haven’t heard much of his recent stuff. I did see
him perform in Wisma Sanyan, Sibu during 1998. He did like two songs and
his security staff bustled him away after someone threw a coke can onto
the stage. It’s strange the way that local artists all go to Hong
Kong/Taiwan/wherever after they become successful (and I use this term
liberally). I’ve been told that those markets are more mature and that’s
where the big money is made. Feh…sell outs. Another local band I like is
OAG. Again, I’ve not heard much of their recent stuff but their song
What’s the Name o’ the Game?
is a classic! Kinda melancholy and I’ve
always treated it as a coming of age song rather than a football anthem.
:) Another group which deserves mention is the M-girls. They used to do
Chinese New Year albums only but they have done a studio album this year.
If you’ve ever watched one of those costume CNY videos, you’ll have seen
them. I think they’re called “four girls” in Chinese (direct translation).
I won’t comment on their musical abilities, but that Cassandra Chin sure
is good-looking. Heh. =D

Saw this on Slashdot

“War On Terror Not Over Yet”, Emperor Declares

CORUSCANT — Presiding over a memorial service
commemorating the victims of the attack on the Death Star, the Emperor
declared that while recent victories over the Rebel Alliance were
“encouraging, the War on Terror is not over yet.”

“We will continue to fight these terrorists,
and the rogue governments who harbor them, until the universe is safe,
once and for all, and the security of the Neo-New Cosmik Order ensured.”

It was one year ago today that the Death Star,
perhaps the greatest symbol of the Empire’s might, was destroyed in an
attack by fanatic Rebels, who used small, single-person crafts to
infiltrate seemingly impenetrable defenses. Thousands of mourners were on
hand to remember and pay tribute to the victims and their families.

“We lost our innocence that day,” reflected
one mourner. “I guess we thought we were immune from the kind of violence
that happens in other galaxies. We were wrong.” “I lost hundreds of
buddies that day,” said one teary-eyed Stormtrooper. “Guys whose only
crime was trying make the Universe a safer place.”

Although the day was colored by sadness, the mourners found some relief in
the news of a decisive victory over the Rebels. In an attack led by Darth
Vader, Empire forces were able to rout hundreds of Rebels from a network
of caves underneath the surface of the planet Hoth. “We’re not sure we got
them all,” says a Vader spokesman. “There are a lot of places to hide in
those caves. But we’ve delivered a powerful blow to the terrorist’s
infrastructure, that’s for sure. Today, the Empire has struck back.”

Initial reports are unclear as to the fate of Luke Skywalker, a hero among
the Rebels, who is rumored to have delivered the fatal blow to the Death
Star. Skywalker, a former desert-dweller from the planet Tattooine, became
a part of the Rebellion after family members were killed. Skywalker was
trained by a militant wing of the Rebels, known as “Jedi Knights.”
Fanatical in their religious beliefs, the Jedi Knights claim to derive
their power from the mystical “Force.”

It’s believed that Skywalker was specifically trained by infamous
terrorist O bin Wankanobi. Wankanobi, occasionally called “Ben” and easily
recognized by his bearded visage and long, flowing robes, achieved
near-martyr status among the Rebels after his death last year during a spy
mission. His more fervent followers believe that Wan Kenobi lives on
within them today, some even claiming to hear his voice during times of
duress.

The attack on the Death Star came shortly after the Empire’s destruction
of Alderstaan, a planet whose government was known to harbor terrorists.
Responding to criticism over the total annihilation of the planet, Vader
stated, “There is no middle ground in the War on Terror. Those who harbor
terrorists are terrorists themselves. Alderaan was issued ample warning.
The fight for continuing Freedom is often burdened by terrible cost.”

The cost of this war can still be seen today in the continuing efforts to
build a coalition government on Tattooine. Longstanding animosities among
the planets various ethnic groups, including the Jawas, Tusken Raiders and
scattered human settlers, have been an impediment to the peace process.
The Empire continues to maintain a small peace keeping force until a
provisional government is finally in place.

Much of the difficulty in fighting the Rebel forces stems from their lack
of a central organizing structure. “They don’t play by the traditional
rules of war,” complained one spokesman. “They come in all shapes and
sizes, united only by their single-minded desire to destroy the Empire
before it destroys them.”

The Emperor closed his comments today by stating that “the cowardly attack
on the Death Star left a deep scar on the Empire. However, we will not
stop fighting until every last evildoer has been brought to justice.” He
paused for several moments, wiping away a tear and then added with
determination, “We will never forget.”

“I wish we could all just get along,” said one of the mourners. “But it’s
hard to offer an olive branch to a cult of religious fanatics whose main
tool is violence and who insist on calling us the Dark Side.”

Heh. Thought this was pretty funny. It was posted by Namarrgon on
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