Wednesday, March 28, 2007

I'm puzzlin' (over) it


"I'd like to order 30 nos of Sausage McMuffin™ & I'm going to collect them at 9.20 am."

"Would you like to have milk with them, Sir?"

"No." (I doubt my project team members drink milk. If only beer is offered, instead.)

"But when you buy without milk, the price would be $2.40/burger. With milk, the total price would be...$2.00."

"...wow" (Using the similar histrionic pause to quickly glance the surrounding posters on the wall & on the cashier's table to check whether there's such promotion pasted. There's none.)

"Okay, would order them with milk then."

Heh. Don't ask me about the receipt & its interesting breakdown prices. What interests me is why with the additional purchase, the total price is lessened? I'd understand if the total is to be higher or at the very least, equal.

Also, why the lack of advertisement about it?

So I'm puzzled & can't help but to view the milk suspiciously. No, I definitely won't dare to suggest that it's going to be another case like Ribena. (Full story here)

See, it's not going to be an issue if there's a clear explanation on why the special promotion is given.

Monday, March 26, 2007

haikulic ^_^"

Faces from the past:
A waitress and an old friend.
Weekends do matter.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

...and another

weekends come and go
not that they matter to me
i, robot? yeah, right

just another 5-7-5 thingy

What a grilling day…
Bye, bye Anger! Hi, Fatigue!
Rain, you'll be welcome...

Friday, March 23, 2007

me (wish to) smash

Rage smoulders within
feel like punching someone NOW!
but Reason restrains

Monday, March 19, 2007

300 - No gory, no glory

From the official site. Touch-up with layer, graphic pen, crop, image balance, red.

What irks me about the movie "300" is how the supposedly "God King" Xerxes had no strategy nor employed strategists. Cao Cao he was not. On second thought, perhaps he did. Afterall, prior to the campaign, he had bribed the Ephors & the politician, Theron, hadn't he?


Or maybe all that 'bribing' idea belonged to Xerxes. (And that's all he's capable to think of. Snigger.)

You see he had a LOT of soldiers. But where were the generals? Where were the strategists?

To be fair his opponents--although much smaller in numbers--had the advantage of the terrain. With the narrow passage of Thermopylae, Xerxes' numerous troops could be easier to handle. The much larger Persian army won't be able to outflank the Spartans.

Makes sense.

So what would you do if you were Xerxes?

I would have studied the terrain more. Was it the only place where I could land my fleet? I don't think so.

What if that's the only place?

Secure the narrow passage first. Don't let the Spartans use that to their advantage.

And if that's not possible? What if the Spartans had always been stationed to guard the pass?

Then don't wage war against the Spartans. Perhaps your emissary was not kicked into the well. Perhaps he just tripped & fell. Occupational hazard. Heh.

Okay, seriously?

C'mon. You had a large army. They needed food & the longer the damn Spartans resisted, the more resources depleted on your side.

I'll suggest to use fire then.

Remember your army had explosives? And war elephants? And rhinoceros? Use the animals to carry considerable amount of explosives on their body. Send them to charge at the Spartans. As they come closer to the enemy, send fire arrows flying targeted at the animals & BOOM!!! The explosion won't be enough to kill the Spartans, but it should be enough to daze them. And that's when you send your army to finish the job.

What if your army didn't have enough explosives? What if the Persian's SPCA was strongly against cruelty against animals?

Damn. We'll be back to our advantage of numbers. We have a LOT of army. Split them into sections who sleep during different period of day/night. Thus you would have an army who ready to fight in the morning, another in the afternoon, and yet another at night. A 24-hour warfare with an army that are always in the peak of their stamina: with enough rest & sleep.

The Spartans on the other hand won't have the luxury to do so.

They might have superior fighting skills. But they would eventually succumb to fatigue. Fighting a 24-hour battle without a meal break, without sleep. They'd lose.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Expectation

I don't expect much really. Perhaps, a good book. A day that moves slower so that I can relish page after page of that book slowly. And more good books.

Complacent? Lack of ambition? Heck if I admit openly my ultimate goal: world domination, Pinky.

Anyway, reading someone's article just now & I was mildly puzzled at the blogger's statement about how "it’s so hard to keep up with everyone’s expectations of (her)".

My first impulse is to post "why bother?"

A split second right before publishing that comment, I realize girls do not necessarily want a solution. (Not that "why bother?" remark is a solution. Okay, I concede that.)

A few seconds afterwards I found myself wondering about others' view of 'expectation'. Browsed the Net & I came across this quotation by Fritz Perls.

I am not in this world to live up to other people's expectations, nor do I feel that the world must live up to mine.

The abridged version of the following Gestalt prayer, eh?

I do my thing and you do your thing.
I am not in this world to live up to your expectations,
And you are not in this world to live up to mine.
You are you, and I am I,
And if by chance we find each other, it's beautiful.
If not, it can't be helped.

Can almost visualize him stoically shrugging at the end of the prayer.

Annotation to 'bird of pray'

See, the previous photo was taken yesterday afternoon & because of the source of light was at the background of the object, the actual colour of the feather (bright yellow) couldn't be captured well.

Thus I played with brightness & contrast till the left photo--original, but resized--turned mostly in black and white.

The haiku itself was the second version. Here's the first one:

a bird on the roof
me alone in the office
my job sucks big time

Which only one line is true. No, not about the job. Nor about the bird (can't you see it's not a roof? It's some kind of tree). And while I like the contrasting 'roof' & 'office', I dislike how it turns out about me. And about my job. Whichdoesn'tsuckbigtime! Heh.

ps. The title has nothing to do with an album, a song, a novel or a comic book. The latter three of course when 'pray' is substituted with its homonym, 'prey'.

bird of pray


alone on the roof
(who? me? no la...it's a bird)
praying for freedom


Copyright ©2007 Anonymous_X

Monday, March 12, 2007

wallowing wind, checkmating (?) cloud & scorching sun

Similar editing procedure as this one.

Monday, March 05, 2007

Deterio...what?

I was browsing Wikipedia for the complete text of 'Wear Sunscreen' article (I forgot I had the link once here). Looking for something about respecting one's elder. No, it has nothing to do with Sonic's post nor Ole'Wolvie's. Neither do I try to insinuate something. Heh.

I somewhat felt that irrational guilty feeling of failing my parents because I failed to return home during CNY. That's nothing new, is it? Again I wrote it before here & I begin to suspect this is going to be a tedious repetition of what should not be mentioned again. And not to mention redundant. Or lengthy.

(Cool, I still have the ability to criticise myself. *grin*)

Suffice to say I urgently need to feel good about something. Anything at all! Thus when I came across 'Desiderata' link, I decided to visit it.

The prose makes sense as all good advices do. Do I feel better? Nah, not really. But its parody, 'Deteriorata', on the other hand, managed to make me laugh.

Take the following excerpt of Desiderata & Deteriorata respectively as examples.

Partially quoted:

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

Partially quoted:
Therefore, make peace with your god, whatever you perceive him to be: hairy thunderer or cosmic muffin. With all its hopes, dreams, promises, and urban renewal, the world continues to deteriorate. GIVE UP!

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Books some people can't live without

From Guardian Unlimited, "books you can't live without: the top 100". Quoted from the article & provided with Wikipedia links (Hmm...I do have plenty of free times):

1 Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte
=8 Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell
=8 His Dark Materials Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations Charles Dickens
11 Little Women Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the d'Urbervilles Thomas Hardy
13 Catch-22 Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare William Shakespeare
15 Rebecca Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveler's Wife Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia CS Lewis
34 Emma Jane Austen
35 Persuasion Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli's Mandolin Louis de Bernières
39 Memoirs of a Geisha Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh AA Milne
41 Animal Farm George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney John Irving
45 The Woman in White Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies William Golding
50 Atonement Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi Yann Martel
52 Dune Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck
62 Lolita Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones's Diary Helen Fielding
69 Midnight's Children Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist Charles Dickens
72 Dracula Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte's Web EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven Mitch Alborn
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory Iain Banks
94 Watership Down Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl
100 Les Misérables Victor Hugo

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Metamorphosis

Imagine one day you’re transformed to be a cockroach. What would you do? Panic? Pray that it is just “a dream within a dream”? (That’s the consequence of reading Edgar Allan Poe’s poem before sleeping, you may suspect). Or just accept your fate…and adapt?

Franz Kafka in “Metamorphosis” presented a story in which the main character, Gregor Samsa was metamorphosed as a cockroach. The curious part is he seemed to easily and quickly adapt to his new form. No questions at all about why this happened and how. (Oh, he hated his job as a traveling salesman alright but that surely did not warrant him unconsciously transforming himself as a cockroach).

In a juvenile sense, one might propose that Gregor is a mutant with shapeshifting ability. Hurhur. In a typical denial approach of so-called adults, one can likely suggest that it’s just a dream. Haha! To introduce more contemplating complexity, one can add that perhaps Gregor IS in reality a cockroach who dreamt that he/it was a traveling salesman. Huh?! If Chuang Tzu in the dream of the butterfly could confuse whether he’s a man or a butterfly, why couldn’t Gregor experience the same?

Why then ‘cockroach’? Because if he dreamt that he were to be changed as a butterfly, that would mean a blatant infringement of copyright? That's a thought.

Metamorphosis is a strange story & with even a stranger ending that focused on Gregor’s sister & parents. And that brings to another question: why so? What the significance of that ending?

I have no idea.

Credit: The above cover is from Peter Kuper's website. Don't skip the movie!