The Best Quote of 2006

August 23, 2007

Best Quote Of 2006?

By Chris Rock

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“You know the world is going crazy when the best rapper is a white guy, the best golfer is a black guy, the tallest guy in the NBA is Chinese, the Swiss hold the America’s Cup, France is accusing the U.S. of arrogance, Germany doesn’t want to go to war, and the three most powerful men in America are named Bush, Dick, and Colon.”

–Comedian Chris Rock

Going the way of Green!

August 23, 2007

That’s right… the title says it all, even if the all new greenish theme does not visually imply the fact.

Just in case some asks here’s my reasons:

  1. I felt like changing things around.
  2. The green colour makes me feel all earthly – so sue me!
  3. I honestly fell that the center column with the post are now much easier on the eyes, esp the links.

That’s all folks. Hope you have a great day and enjoy yourseves while you’re here at The Chronicles.

O Google Maps, where art thou?

August 23, 2007

Raise your hand if you’re a fan of Google Maps!

The premier & ‘freely’ available mapping solution from Google has been around for some time now and is more that just a passing familiarity for netizens. Be it the casual surfer just wanting to do a simple lookup on the maps right up to the hardcore mapping fanatics – Google Maps (and Google Earth) have been a godsend.

Moreover so with the latest update release just days old whereby a new embeddable map feature now allows easy-as-pie integration of the maps into website & blogs for the common layman. Cool! Just imagining the possibilities of this feature is staggering.

Suffice to say, I can now start embedding custom maps for general driving directions in Petaling Jaya, for example, right here in The Chronicles. Then all I’ve to do is just refer my friends requiring directions to the local hotspots to my blog where they can view the embedded maps and get the info they need.

Or at least so goes my speculation. Why so glum?

The problem is that things take a major snag for us Google Maps fans in Malaysia when this feature proves useless since we have no maps at all for our country. All we have are the satellite imagery, which was was cool initially somewhere around a couple of years back, but sans the latest updates of images scans this is pretty much of no great help to us.

This has been a long standing issue with me and more so the case when I read on the new updates that were just released!

Wondering why we were left out, plus when we can we Malaysians can hope to see some updates on Google Maps for us I asked myself the big question …

Why are there no maps available for Malaysia in Google Maps ?

Thus I wrote the following message to the support guys at Google Maps in the hopes that I can get some answers.

I live in Malaysia and am a long time fan of Google and it’s many services.

First off,I have to say kudos on great job with work thus far done up for Malaysia, i.e. the satellite view on Google Maps.

However for a while now I have been desperately hoping for some updates on Google Maps for Malaysia – specifically some maps (streets and/or highways for starters) besides the satellite view currently available.

I see that our neighbors in Thailand and Singapore have already have maps implemented to complement the satellite views on Google Maps! So that leaves me wondering why Malaysia doesn’t have the same level of coverage as both our immediate neighbors do.

I guess what I really want to inquire is what is required for there to be maps done up for Malaysia?

~
Jasraj

PS: I’m not from Mainland China, and I only selected it as it was the nearest country to Malaysia in the list.

It’s my hope that I can get to the bottom of this issue and maybe once and for all answer why Malaysia has no maps available on Google Maps.

UPDATE:

If you’re wondering which countries and also the extent of Google Map’s function & features available for those countries refer to this Wikipedia article.

Tough Motivation

August 20, 2007

A couple of my friends, Cindy and Jellio, are going through hell right now through their fist posting as housemen in our local hospitals.

Sufficed to say probably everyone they know has remarked one way or other on their suffering. Guess I too have to throw in my 2 cents.

* * * Gals remember, my intent is to motivate you – reverse psychology way! * * *

Well as the saying goes – A picture is worth a thousand words – here goes nothing…

Agony

Ouch!!!

Adversity

So true in a Final Destination kinda way

Despair

It’s only going to get worse, and worse, and worse, …. get the hint.

PS: Gals, Buck Up!

Humourous Legal Orgy. NO SEX, honestly!

August 16, 2007

Sexual Consent.

If only things can be so clear cut in life like it is in this video!

Btw, what wouldn’t I give to find out what Article 17 is….

Phone Menu of a Mental Hospital..

August 16, 2007
clipped from masalajokes.blogspot.com
Hello and thank you for calling The state Mental Hospital.

Please select from the following options menu:

If you are obsessive-compulsive, press 1 repeatedly.

If you are co-dependent, please ask someone to press 2 for you.

If you have multiple personalities, press 3, 4, 5 and 6.

If you are paranoid, we know who you are and what you want. Stay on
the
line so we can trace your call.

If you are delusional, press 7 and your call will be forwarded to the
MotherShip.
If you are schizophrenic, listen carefully and a little voice will
tell
you which number to press.

If you are manic-depressive, it doesn’t matter which number you press,
nothing will make you happy anyway.

If you are dyslexic, press 9696969696969696.

If you are bipolar, please leave a message after the beep or before
the
beep or after the beep. Please wait for the beep.

If you have short-term memory loss, press 9. If you have short-term
memory loss, press 9. If you have short-term memory loss, press 9.

Hear Ye! Thy Blogging Commandments

July 6, 2007

Letter Home to You had just a while back posted a great list of the The 20 Blogging Commandments (head on over there for the entire listing).

 

My Favorites of the 20 Commandments are the following two:

  1. Therein will ye uncover this simple Truth should ye search for it: it matters not the Size of thy Flock, nor how often they attend thy Sermons; it is in the Care ye show for them, and they for you, that is foremost.
  2. Therefore I verily say unto thee, focus ye not on the Number of those reading your Blog, but on the Content to be written therein.

    Ain’t that the truth! Nuff Said!

    How to Nurture Your Passion For Reading

    June 29, 2007

    As far back as I can remember I have been reading. I love reading. I carry a book with my everywhere I go. I can even read more or less anywhere – my friends will back me up on this as they were equally stupefied that I took out my book and started reading whilst we were on a boat ride back from Pulau Redang (Redang Island) to the mainland. Yes I survived and actually had a nice time reading along with the sway of the boat – if you wanted to know.

    Getting back to the issue at hand …

    14 Ways to Cultivate a Lifetime Reading Habit written by Leo Babauta of Zenhabits fame is the article that can start you off on the right path to nurturing a healthy passion for reading. Going through the 14 steps, I find that most of these steps make strong sense and can truly guide you. In fact a number of those steps from the original list of 14 steps that I already find to be deeply ingrained in myself, possible due to the many years of reading, are :

    1. Always carry a book
    2. Make a list
    3. Reduce Television & Internet
    4. Go to a used bookstore
    5. Make it pleasurable
    6. Blog it
    7. Have a reading hour or reading day

    To me Always Carrying Around a Book is the most pivotal step in the list. Imaging all those small minutes wasted doing nothing whilst commuting, when with a book on hand you could easily pass your time productively. Additionally Having a Reading Hour/Day is equally important as you will need to commit to your reading in order to cultivate it. Going to a Used/Rental Bookstore is one way where you can significantly reduce your reading expenditures – renting a book or purchasing a used one will allow you to have a wider selection of books that you can aim to read and at the same time take the strain of the wallet.

    For myself, I have noticed that over the years as my reading became more ingrained in my daily activities, the less time I spend watching the TV. And can you just imagine that my parents used to complain that I was a TV addict when I was much younger. And the blogging portion also naturally came about where I sometimes blog on the books that I have read. These are just some of the very tangible benefits that I have enjoyed thanks to my passion for reading. Benefits that could easily be your too for that matter. Take my word for it.

    Incidentally in case you’re left wondering -FYI my biggest passion is for book in the Fantasy genre, though I do read some other every once in a while.

    How To Attain Desktop Nirvana

    June 28, 2007

    A while back I came across a great article on how to achieve the ‘Kinkless Desktop‘, or what I would refer to as Desktop Nirvana. The article was very insightful and finally got me moving to achieve total desktop nirvana i.e. a clutter free desktop. Thus I was able to go from this …

    Desktop Limbo

    to this (for my home pc) …

    Desktop Nirvana @ home

    and this (for my work pc) …

    Kinkless @ work

    Using Kinkless 5 steps as my baseline, I then took my little project 1 step further and applied some very basic Getting Things Done(GTD) concepts to attain the final product as displayed above. Just by having my 4 folders

    • Inbox – for any new/incoming stuff
    • Outbox – for those things that I can settle quickly to get them done and over with
    • D.Central – for anything else i.e. some application icons, task list, …, etc
    • No Mercy Deletes – for anything I must get ride by the end of each week, the name implies it all – no mercy!

    The simple 4 folder GDT concept I then married to a gem of a software called ObjectDock which enabled me to organize my shortcuts, programs and running tasks into a very attractive and a-la-Mac style fun animated dock.

    ObjectDock

    Thus I have achieved my goal of Desktop Nivana and the final product currently provides me with:

    1. A minimalistic icons approach with generous desktop space for great wallpapers
    2. A GTD layout that keeps things organized – kiss the clutter goodbye, forever
    3. A Fancy & Fun dock for my most used softwares

    The Morning Crew’s Folly

    June 28, 2007

    I am a consummate fan of the Hitz.fm Morning Crew Rudy & JJ. I’ve been listening to them for years now. Through thick and thin I’ve tune in everyday – my digital alarm clock is set to kick start the radio which is tuned to 92.9 fm so I wake up daily to the dynamic duo of Rudy & JJ. Except for a short jaunt where I reverted to Mix.fm when the only topic of conversation on Hitz.fm for that time period was football, football, … and only football, sigh! Nobody can disagree when I say that The Morning Crew are great. Heck they are the epitome of hilariousness. Nuff said!

    However today I believe that their latest antics does not sit well with me. The gimmick of the day for today was their offer to do the dirty work for anyone who wants to break off from a relationship but haven’t the nerve to do it. Yes, The Morning Crew offers an out to all those people with relationship troubles! In similar fashion to the great 50% off on all police summons we had last year, dumb as that is, now we have the ‘Easy-Way-Out’ option for all those gutless people who wants someone else to do the dirty work for them.

    The thing of it is, and this is my opinion, relationships are difficult enough as they are. What could be a very beautiful thing at one moment, can come crashing down in a blink of an eye. Break-ups are part and parcel of the relationship cycle. You learn to deal with the intense emotions in your own way and come to a realization that things were not meant to be. Still there are many people out there who are in relationships that do not appeal to them anymore and yet they cannot work up the nerve to make an end of things.

    It is based on this premise that The Morning Crew today embarked on with their ‘Rip The Bandage‘ gimmick. I only manage to hear the first call they made to a guy whose girlfriend has met someone new and wanted to break things off. Things turned sour when they broke the bad news to the guy on how his girlfriend wanted to end things as she has someone else – all of it on air!

    Can you say Ouch!

    Nobody wants to experience something like that let alone have it done on air for the whole of the country to hear, akin to washing your dirty laundry in public view. So unsurprisingly the poor guy responded in what I can assume to be derogatory swear words due to the constant bleeps that censored them out.

    In all this I do not put them blame on The Morning Crew squarely – sorry guys. I understand you are just provided the usual venue for interaction with their listeners, as is your norm. What I despise utterly is the fact that such baseless person’s as the girlfriend of the guy mentioned above, who choose to forgo their own responsibility to their partner in order to have the easy way out. To me this speak volumes to the character of this girl, and none of it good!