You guys are killing me

RM153.jpg

I just got a Western Union money transfer totalling RM 153 for
excess bandwidth charges during my lunch break today. That’s more than
10% of my monthly paycheck…of course, like I said before, everyone is
welcome here at sixthseal.com. :) It’s just that I have to figure out
how to reduce the monthly bandwidth usage.

Anyway, as you can see, I’ve changed the front page to display only
6 days back, but there’s a lot of photos on my page – it’s been part of
my weblog since the inception – at least one relevant photo with every
post. It’s why I stuff my Nikon 885 into my pants pocket in the past
and it’s why I sling my Nikon 5700 everywhere I go now. I don’t want to
break the feel of that, and the (barely updated) Picture of the Day has
also been with sixthseal.com since the beginning and I don’t want to
change that either.

Well, if anyone is interested, I’m allocated 5 GB transfer per month
and I pay US$ 5 for every GB after that. At the rate visitors are
coming in, I’ll have to do something before the bandwidth bills becomes
exhorbitant. I’ll discuss with my host if it’s possible to open another
account and register another domain and integrate them, as in allowing
each account to use bandwidth from the other – effectively having one
account with 10 GB transfer. As veritas is fond of saying, RM 153 is
153 mg of generic alprazolam (Xanax). ;)

Anyway, I got the Western Union money transfer done during lunch
hour at the Bumiputera Commerce Bank at Komplex Antarabangsa (or is
that Plaza Antarabangsa), which is just beside the place I work –
interconnected internally. I happened to notice some workers wearing
“BCB Penipu Pekerja” (BCB shafts their workers), some sort of protest
going on here.

Second day at work was much better than the first, at least I have
something to do, keeps me occupied. Strange thing is, I woke up at 6:15
am yesterday and arrived at 8 am and I woke up at 7 am today and still
arrived at 8 am. Very puzzling. Anyway, at least I didn’t have to do
battle with the Bukit Bintang/Jalan Pudu rush hour traffic and
unwilling taxis today – our senior programmer Wai Hing was kind enough
to send me back.

Well, tomorrow is Thursday so I will investigate the Bangsar
connection after work…will probably take a taxi from Bangsar LRT
station and then try the buses on Friday (coz Fridays means no work the
next day, unless I have unfinished business). That would be my mode of
transportation from now on. I’m still going to take a taxi in the
mornings though, until next week when I’m sure of the public
transportation routes to take the bus/LRT combo.

I’m going with my gf to eat that 6 cheese pizza by Pizza Hut and the
Haagen Daz mooncakes this Saturday. I need to go to Low Yat anyway
because my over enthusiastic insertions broke my mouse’s P/S 2
connection. I’ll also need to pick up a pair of headphones. Right,
enough rambling, I talk too much when inhibitions are reduced. ;)

Oh, right, I couldn’t even see the moon, much less Mars. It’s way too cloudy and the street lights are in the way.

My apologies, I feel extremally sleepy right now. I will reply every
single comment tomorrow either before office hours (will go early) or
during lunch break. Thanks for understanding…haven’t been getting
enough sleep lately.

Excuse me

I’ve tried to adhere to the “at least one post a day” dicipline but
I’m afriad I’ll have to take a short break now. I’m sure no one wants
to hear about the darkness I feel or allusions to depression w/ anxiety
so I’ll be away for a while to screw on my head and I’ll be back and
posting as usual in a couple of days maximum. :)
Better living through chemistry – for every problem, a chemical
solution? Nothing a quick trip to the local pharmacy or a couple of
calls won’t fix, wink wink nudge nudge. Yeah, but I choose to go this
way this time. I haven’t had anything other than alcohol since I landed
in Sibu, and I don’t plan to. I want to do this.
Still I can’t help but feel like I’m “selling out” in some wierd way.
Have I buckled under pressure? Well, no. Anyway, I’ve also seen weblogs
go on “hiatus” and they never seem to get back the pre-hiatus
pageviews. Does that bother me? I’ll be the first to admit that it
does, I won’t pretend that I’m just writing for myself (or my friends),
your presense here does make a difference.
Well, it’s a little dark over here and doing things seems to take all
the more energy out of me. Thanks for commenting everyone, I promise I
will be back in a couple of days! If you need to reach me before then,
call me at 016 869 0110 (+60 16 869 0110). I apologize for all the
unreplied mails/comments and my latent participation in everything. I
will reply them in 2 or 3 days maximum, and that’s a definate time
frame.
sixthseal.com will be back in a couple of days. :)

Spoiled rotten by broadband

I’ve been told that it takes upwards of 1 minute for my main page to load
on a normal dial up connection. I’m on a broadband connection (burstable
to 10Mbps, normally 400kbps) so I didn’t realize that. If you’re on a dial
up (that is you use a modem and a phone line to connect to the net) please
mail me and
tell me how long it takes for my page to load so I can optimize the size.

sixthseal.com is officially live!

Hello and welcome. This is my webcam and blog. I will update this page
at least once a day and probably much more frequently than that. That is
the point of weblogs right? Don’t answer, its one of them…uh…
rhetorical questions (bonus marks if you get the reference). My name is
Huai Bin, read more about me in the About Me link on the right. Why
sixthseal.com?

And I beheld when he had opened
the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became
black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;
And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth
her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.
And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every
mountain and island were moved out of their places.
And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the
chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man,
hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;
And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face
of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:
For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

Revelation 6:12-17

There you have it. Bookmark me, and I shall lead the wild into the ways of
the man.

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