The Mirror Image Of Myself

An article worth reading

Posted in Interesting Stuff by zenmaster on February 4, 2010

Here are the defining characteristics of fascism, as evidenced by political analyst Dr. Lawrence Britt, who has studied this doctrine in the case of Germany, Italy, Spain, Indonesia and Chile. See for yourselves how many of them apply to the US right now.

1. powerful and continuing nationalism
2. disdain for the recognition of human rights/usurping human rights
3. identification of enemies/scapegoats as unifying causes for the population
4. supremacy of the military (or mercenary groups in the case of the modern US)
5. controlled mass-media
6. obsession with national security
7. religion and government are interwined (bulls eye!)
8. corporate power is protected
9. the government is male dominated (sexism)
10. labor power and unions are suppressed
11. disdain for the intellectuals and the arts
12. obsession with crimes and punishment
13. rampant cronyism and corruption (most leaders are related to each other)
14. fraudulent elections (made easier by electronic voting machines)

Full article at softpedia.org

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Persian Names Are Cool, Too

Posted in Asides, Interesting Stuff by zenmaster on July 28, 2007

From my observation, most of the Malaysians are already bored with naming their children in Western or Biblical monickers. To heed Tun Mahathir’s advice to “look at the east”, Malaysian parents name their children the Eastern way, Persianized, to be precise. Mirza, Perves, Omid, Darius, Cyrus and Xerxes (I kid you not) are some of the names given by the parents to their male children. For female, the parents will name their children Aryana, Laili, Suri, Shereen and Mumtaz.

To make this entry longer, am going to write the trivias about the Persians. Whenever you look at the Persians, you’ll might be thinking “Hmmmm…… they look like Arabs or Jews”. Yes, Persians and Arabs look alike but, hell no, Persians are Aryan, not Middle Eastern. Afghans, Pakistani and Northern Indians are actually Aryans, too. We might learned the World Civilizations like Egypt and China but we definitely haven’t learn the Persian Empire before, despite its significant contribution in the world. That’s why, Persian empire is the most underrated civilization in the world.

In fact, 2/3 of the scholars, important figures, inventors and pioneers during Golden Age of Islamic Civilization are actually Persians (surprised, eh). Religions like Zoroastrian and Bahai Faith are founded by the Persians. Yeap, I’m going to name my children, Xerxes, if only I’ve a child. I said IF.

Click here for the list of Persian names

Dwelve Myself Into LOLCODE programming

Posted in Interesting Stuff, Technology by zenmaster on June 11, 2007

I found something interesting on the Interweb. It’s not meant for serious programming, just for fun only. If you’re familiar with LOLCATS manipulated image and language, you’ll have no problem grasping the syntax. If you still cannot get my drift, read this wikipedia entry about lolcat.

Here’s an example of “Hello World” application written in LOLCODE and the output should produce “HAI WORLD!”.

HAI
VISIBLE "HAI WORLD!"
KTHXBYE

I’ll give it a try and see how fun writing LOLCODE programs. 🙂

Who’s Going To Shave His Hair? Donald Trump Or Vincent McMahon?

Posted in Entertainment, Interesting Stuff, Sports by zenmaster on March 21, 2007

It’s been a while since I’m keeping track on sports entertainment. While watching RAW at mamak stall, my jaw dropped because Donald Trump is involved in the feud (only on the ring, not in real life) with the owner of the WWE in the battle of the billionaire storyline (it’s scripted anyways). On Wrestlemania, they will be competing each other in the Hair vs Hair match represented by the wrestler of their choice. Donald Trump is represented by Bobby Lashley. Whereas, Vincent McMahon is represented by Umaga. Either of them will lose their hair whoever lose the match.

Due to his super size ego and extreme care of his combover, I doubt Mr. Trump is willing to shave his hair. In other words, Umaga is destined to lose the game. Well, it’s a professional wrestling afterall (Professional as in acting). Imagine if wrestling is just a regular sports like golf and cricket, I will die a horrible death due to extreme boredom.

Result: As expected, Mr McMahon lost the match and had his hair cut bald. Ahaks!

Mindvalley Is Now In Malaysia

Posted in Asides, Interesting Stuff by zenmaster on March 11, 2007

Blinklist, managed by Mindvalley LLC, is one of the major player in the Web 2.0 industry as we know it. Here’s a good one, the co-founder is Malaysian and his name is Mr.Vishen Lakhiani. Now he’s back in Malaysia and set up the company in KL Sentral, near Brickfields. Programmer, graphics designer and marketing are some of the jobs available. But here’s a job that catch my glimpse. It’s called RAW TALENT (what a name!). It’s somekind of Management Trainee, with no catch. Maybe, I’ll apply for this position after graduation.

Raw Talent

  • Jack of all trades, master of none?
  • You and your peers have insanely high expectations for yourself?
  • Looking for a place to prove your worth, and “make it”?

Our company is growing fast, and if you are the type which learns fast, have been known for genius and incredible resourcefulness, multi-task amazingly well, you are in for a treat.

We let you sit in on the deepest discussions and hear you out. You get scheduled time every week for personal coaching with the top people in the company, and choose what you want to learn and do. And yes, we even pay you as much as everyone else.

Typically, you will be involved in everything an internet entrepreneur has to go through, managing his/her own internet business. From viral marketing to product development, everyday week you will have a different project.

The two kids we took a chance on quickly became core members of the team, superseding their peers in career development. If you are willing to work for it, MindValley polishes up raw talent very quickly, helping you find your forte.

Traits Needed:

Heavy internet user, excellent communication skills, entrepreneurial spirit, passion for learning, focus on problem-solving, good sense of humor, good at multitasking.

Optional Skills:

Basic web design, internet marketing experience.

Click here to find the jobs available at Mindvalley.

Aqua Teen Hunger Force ASCII Pic

Posted in Interesting Stuff by zenmaster on March 3, 2007

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Spice Up Your New Year With British Humor

Posted in Humor, Interesting Stuff by zenmaster on February 22, 2007

As we know it, British humor is dry and no punchline. But that’s okay as I still can laugh at it so long as there’s laughter on the background. Otherwise, I’ll be having a hard time trying to find the punchline. The Office, for example. At first impression, it’s just an office politics drama, until I discovered that it’s actually a comedy series. Gah!!!!!!!! If watching The Office is a headache, then reading this article costs me double dosage of Panadol!!!!!!!

Unless you have been walking around with your eyes closed, and your head encased in a block of concrete, with a blindfold tied round it, in the dark – unless you have been doing that, you surely can’t have failed to notice the current Apple Macintosh campaign starring David Mitchell and Robert Webb, which has taken over magazines, newspapers and the internet in a series of brutal coordinated attacks aimed at causing massive loss of resistance. While I don’t have anything against shameless promotion per se (after all, within these very brackets I’m promoting my own BBC4 show, which starts tonight at 10pm), there is something infuriating about this particular blitz. In the ads, Webb plays a Mac while Mitchell adopts the mantle of a PC. We know this because they say so right at the start of the ad.

“Hello, I’m a Mac,” says Webb.

“And I’m a PC,” adds Mitchell.

They then perform a small comic vignette aimed at highlighting the differences between the two computers. So in one, the PC has a “nasty virus” that makes him sneeze like a plague victim; in another, he keeps freezing up and having to reboot. This is a subtle way of saying PCs are unreliable. Mitchell, incidentally, is wearing a nerdy, conservative suit throughout, while Webb is dressed in laid-back contemporary casual wear. This is a subtle way of saying Macs are cool.

The ads are adapted from a near-identical American campaign – the only difference is the use of Mitchell and Webb. They are a logical choice in one sense (everyone likes them), but a curious choice in another, since they are best known for the television series Peep Show – probably the best sitcom of the past five years – in which Mitchell plays a repressed, neurotic underdog, and Webb plays a selfish, self-regarding poseur. So when you see the ads, you think, “PCs are a bit rubbish yet ultimately lovable, whereas Macs are just smug, preening tossers.” In other words, it is a devastatingly accurate campaign.

I hate Macs. I have always hated Macs. I hate people who use Macs. I even hate people who don’t use Macs but sometimes wish they did. Macs are glorified Fisher-Price activity centres for adults; computers for scaredy cats too nervous to learn how proper computers work; computers for people who earnestly believe in feng shui.

PCs are the ramshackle computers of the people. You can build your own from scratch, then customise it into oblivion. Sometimes you have to slap it to make it work properly, just like the Tardis (Doctor Who, incidentally, would definitely use a PC). PCs have charm; Macs ooze pretension. When I sit down to use a Mac, the first thing I think is, “I hate Macs”, and then I think, “Why has this rubbish aspirational ornament only got one mouse button?” Losing that second mouse button feels like losing a limb. If the ads were really honest, Webb would be standing there with one arm, struggling to open a packet of peanuts while Mitchell effortlessly tore his apart with both hands. But then, if the ads were really honest, Webb would be dressed in unbelievably po-faced avant-garde clothing with a gigantic glowing apple on his back. And instead of conducting a proper conversation, he would be repeatedly congratulating himself for looking so cool, and banging on about how he was going to use his new laptop to write a novel, without ever getting round to doing it, like a mediocre idiot.

Cue 10 years of nasal bleating from Mac-likers who profess to like Macs not because they are fashionable, but because “they are just better”. Mac owners often sneer that kind of defence back at you when you mock their silly, posturing contraptions, because in doing so, you have inadvertently put your finger on the dark fear haunting their feeble, quivering soul – that in some sense, they are a superficial semi-person assembled from packaging; an infinitely sad, second-rate replicant who doesn’t really know what they are doing here, but feels vaguely significant and creative each time they gaze at their sleek designer machine. And the more deftly constructed and wittily argued their defence, the more terrified and wounded they secretly are.

Aside from crowing about sartorial differences, the adverts also make a big deal about PCs being associated with “work stuff” (Boo! Offices! Boo!), as opposed to Macs, which are apparently better at “fun stuff”. How insecure is that? And how inaccurate? Better at “fun stuff”, my arse. The only way to have fun with a Mac is to poke its insufferable owner in the eye. For proof, stroll into any decent games shop and cast your eye over the exhaustive range of cutting-edge computer games available exclusively for the PC, then compare that with the sort of rubbish you get on the Mac. Myst, the most pompous and boring videogame of all time, a plodding, dismal “adventure” in which you wandered around solving tedious puzzles in a rubbish magic kingdom apparently modelled on pretentious album covers, originated on the Mac in 1993. That same year, the first shoot-’em-up game, Doom, was released on the PC. This tells you all you will ever need to know about the Mac’s relationship with “fun”.

Ultimately the campaign’s biggest flaw is that it perpetuates the notion that consumers somehow “define themselves” with the technology they choose. If you truly believe you need to pick a mobile phone that “says something” about your personality, don’t bother. You don’t have a personality. A mental illness, maybe – but not a personality. Of course, that hasn’t stopped me slagging off Mac owners, with a series of sweeping generalisations, for the past 900 words, but that is what the ads do to PCs. Besides, that’s what we PC owners are like – unreliable, idiosyncratic and gleefully unfair. And if you’ll excuse me now, I feel an unexpected crash coming.

source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/story/0,,2006031,00.html

Britons Vs Rednecks

Posted in Interesting Stuff, Videos by zenmaster on February 14, 2007

VS

Great Britain Confederate States

This footage isn’t fabricated like any other Top Gear challenges. This is real, the challenge that goes wrong. The presenters decorate their cars by writing the propagandas that might insult the locals and they pay for heavy consequences. While filling for gas at petrol station, they bickering with the locals and then they got chased away with rocks pelted at them. If you happened to travel to the South/Conferedate/Jesusland, here’s the tips:

  • They support Republicans
  • They are Jesus freaks
  • They are conservative
  • Liberalism is frown upon
  • George W. Bush is their idol
  • Country & Western is their favourite music
  • Confederate nationalism is strong

I’ll write a review about Top Gear latest episode. Stay tuned. Maybe not. I’m running out of creative juice already.

Flashback On LSD

Posted in Interesting Stuff by zenmaster on July 3, 2006

lsd

You may think that the picture above is a reminiscent of Listerine breath freshener stripe. Aye aye? Nay. Speaking of which, It’s not consumed to make your breath fresh, but to get high.

One of the accidental discovery, LSD or lysergic acid diethylamide in short. Initially, the fundamental compound in LSD used to induce childbirth, now it become one of the most powerful recreational drugs ever created in the history of pharmaceutical (after ketamine, maybe). Ironically, the founder of LSD, Albert Hoffman from Swiss never take it nowadays, even for recreational purposes. Many users think LSD doesn’t cause toxicity or fatality when overdose, unlike alcohol, opiates and cocaine. Right, but that’s not the main problem. Problem is, when the user started to experience the “bad trip”, which can be scary for the weak-hearted for the person like me.

Here’s a symptom as described on wikipedia.com:

Panic reaction
Amplification of unconscious fears
Self-aggression
Suicidal ideation
Fear of going insane or of the inability to return to normal
Perception of rapid aging of self or others
Profound depression

GAWD!!!!! That’s not the definition of getting high. That is insanity.

Musicians that take LSD make better music. Maybe. Simply because the can “smell the taste, hear the sight and taste the sound”. What does that mean? Mmmmmm……no idea. No wonder bands like Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Grateful Dead or any hippie-loving-peaceniks make a really great music, something that mainstream pop artists cannot do.

I feel like I’m in another plane of existance or twisted dimension (no pun intended), or even achieving enlightenment at the speed of light, unlike meditation, which takes hours to achieve alter the state of mind (depending on the place).

Click it to experience the “bad trip” from first person perspective: http://webzone.k3.mah.se/kit01051/flashback.html

Justin King – Larrivee

Posted in Interesting Stuff by zenmaster on June 19, 2006

Eddie Van Halen is well-know for his tapping method on his guitar. Well, you’re wrong. There’s another person that can do better than him. He’s Justin King, an advantgarde, all-rounder musician that can do any styles on his guitar. Watch his video and you’ll be impressed.

Download: http://www.justinking.com/videos/larriveeVideo.wmv

Here’s the tab:

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