Monday, March 30, 2009

"What I Learned from Dating 100 Men"

Perseverence combined with a healthy dose of positive thinking. She has it all when she was dating--at least--100 men...within 6 months. Believe it or not, you decide.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Ping.sg cheater feat. "howcomeyouarehere" (still cheating in ping.sg, huh?)

Let the above screenshot of the post by (one recalcitrant cheater) pingster howcomeyouarehere speaks the deed itself: 21 pongs with only 20 reads! For the clueless, it's the common case whereby the no of reads exceeding the no of pongs. At the very least, both figures may be equal.

But to have more pongs than reads can only mean 1 read is done by more than 1 pong. In short: cheating in progress. Sheesh. And this is not the first time the cheater howcomeyouarehere featured in this blog. Yes, any kind of publicity is welcomed, eh, cheater?

Friday, March 27, 2009

First it was Winter Sonata, now it's Tokyo Sonata

Note the difference, though, Winter Sonata is a TV series whereas Tokyo Sonata is a film. I didn't watch the former, but I'd definitely give a try for the latter.

"Tokyo Sonata" is set in Japan's capital and brim-full of the city's culture, but director Kiyoshi Kurosawa's tale of unemployed misery has also captured the zeitgeist of the US economic crisis.

Visiting Los Angeles to promote the film now rolling out across America, the award-winning Kurosawa said he was just interested in making a film dealing with modern life.

"The theme I am most concerned with right now is what kind of generation the 21st century truly is," he told a roundtable on Thursday.

"Why is it so muddled and confused? Why is it so vastly different from the vision of the future we had in the previous century? Who is responsible for the way things turned out?"

The answer, the 53-year-old conceded, "is difficult to find".

Set in modern-day Tokyo, "Sonata" chronicles the quiet unravelling of an ordinary family of four.

The family's patriarch unexpectedly loses his job, but instead of telling his wife and children, he decides to enter "a lonely sojourn into the world of the secretly unemployed," Kurosawa said.

"I started from a point where lies, suspicion and a complete breakdown of communication already have established themselves within the family," he added.

"Without a doubt, this is 'modern' and this is also 'Japan'."

But the Kobe-born director said he also "would like to show a glimmer of hope in the end. Can I do that? Even if I could do so, would that be something that saves a conventional family?"

He will soon find out how deeply that angst resonates on this side of the Pacific.

The film will open in select theatres starting Friday, hoping to make good on the success of other Japanese cinema.

"Okuribito" (Departures) won the a best foreign film award at this year's Oscars and another Japanese film, "Aruitemo Aruitemo" (Still Walking) has been praised for its exploration of inter-generational tensions.

From Channel NewsAsia, "Japanese flick hits on global unemployment woes".

Monday, March 23, 2009

(Who are those famous people who are) Discussing The Divine Comedy With Dante


Oh yeah, you've just to check the cool painting, "Discussing The Divine Comedy With Dante". (Screenshot above, but you may want to view the full size image of "Famous People Painting with Wiki Links & mouse over tagging").

How many famous people can you spot in this painting?

This 2006 artwork by Chinese artists Dai Dudu, Li Tiezi and Zhang Anjun has become an Internet hit, with people scrambling to identify all the 103 figures depicted in it.

The dinner party guests - including Stalin, Beethoven, Audrey Hepburn, Bruce Lee, Elvis, Marlon Brando, Mao Zedong, Gandhi and Bill Clinton - are surrounded by images of Man's creations such as the Pyramids.

The painting, called Discussing The Divine Comedy With Dante, was inspired by the 12th-century poet's opus and is meant to eulogise history and human civilisation.

How many people can you recognise?

Spanning 6 by 2.6 meters, it also depicts world landmarks like the Great Wall of China, the Egyptian pyramids, Easter Island’s stone figures and Britain’s Stonehenge.

In the painting, former Russian leader Josef Stalin and Leonardo da Vinci seem to be engaging in a serious discussion. Current Russian leader Vladimir Putin rests his legs next to a sprawled-out Mike Tyson.

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, holding her handbag, looks on with her trademark disdain.

Many of the personalities featured are Chinese. Former Communist Party chairman Mao Zedong is seen with former Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai standing behind him.

Two famous warriors are featured - Mongolian leader Genghis Khan on a horse, back facing Napoleon Bonaparte, also on a horse.

Ancient Chinese Tang poet Li Bai seems half-drunk on a chair, with a small wine cup and a typewriter.

Other recognisable Chinese faces are former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping, ancient philosopher Confucius, Sun Yat Sen, who gave democracy to China, former Kuomintang leader Chiang Kai Shek, and the first Chinese emperor, Qin Shihuang of the Chin dynasty.

More contemporary Chinese figures kung-fu star Bruce Lee and Olympics hurdler Liu Xiang.

Message boards on the Internet have been organising contests for readers to identify all the famous people featured.

We give you most of the answers here:

The non-Chinese fugures are:

Dante, Archimedes, Gates, Lenin, Pele, Tutankhamen, Hitler, Mussolini, Saddam, Chopin, Hepburn, Ford, Charlie Chaplin, Bethune, Gorky, Pushkin, Charles de Gaulle, Paul, Bill Clinton, Peter the Great, Matisse, Margaret Thatcher, Winston Churchill, Roosevelt, Ernest Hemingway, Elvis, Stalin, Da Vinci, Marx, Engels, Goethe, Nietzsche,Robert Caro, Shakespeare , Mozart, Napoleon, Che Guevara, Fidel Castro, Marlon Brando, Yasser Arafat, Monroe, Washington, Lincoln, Marie Curie, Rodin, Picasso, Caesar, Osama bin Laden, Bush, Luciano Pavarotti, Dali, Jordan, Sharon, Chennault, Charles, Kofi Annan, Mikhail Gorbachev, Hideki Tojo, Mother Teresa, Michelangelo, Bismarck, Nobel, Tagore, Rousseau, Van Gogh, Eisenhower, Lautrec, Corneliu Baba, Gandhi, Noah, Einstein, Tolstoy, Hans Christian Andersen, Spielberg, Shirley Temple, Tyson, Vladimir Putin, Juan Antonio Samaranch, Freud, Elizabeth II.

From SoShiok.com (?) "Spot the famous people in this drawing of a dinner party".


Saturday, March 21, 2009

Ashes of Time Redux

Official website of the movie, "Ashes of Time Redux" here. Check out the trailer too. (More about the show--but beware of Spoilers--in the Wikipedia post on "Ashes of Time".)

A mystery TV character to commit suicide? (So what?!)

And yet there are people speculating in this article, "Blind item: Guess the suicide shocker!". Well, I'm more interested in the TV death chart (Who's getting killed off?). Nicely compiled.

Shintaro Kago's Terror of golf course, Terror of olympic game

Kind of NSFW, one may say. But I just love to see how the manga artist, Shintaro Kago reaching out to his (hopefully) potential customers using YouTube (his YouTube account's nick is shintarokago).

Check out his video clips, "Terror of golf course" here & "Terror of olympic game" here.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

I swear NOT to ever fly using AirAsia...

...because they select their pilots not based on merits, but with the use of this stupid blog competition, "So You Wanna be a Pilot?".

I heard the rumour of another contest elsewhere in the Net (haven't found the site yet) titled, "So You STILL Wanna Fly with AirAsia?!".

Thursday, March 12, 2009

howcomeyouarehere -- the latest Ping cheat?

Refer to the above screenshot taken about 5 minutes ago, an entry at ping.sg with 4 reads and 6 pongs? Yeah. Sure. A similar stunt with what 'Shoplette' pulled last time, huh, 'homecomeyouarehere' pingster? Heh.

Monday, March 09, 2009

Who already watched the Watchmen? (Clues for Watchmen's 10-minute exclusive trailer: "6 minutes till midnight")

Ever since the trailer of the movie, Watchmen is released (thanks, YouTube!), I have been waiting for the show. Sure the graphic novel (also titled, Watchmen) from which the film is adapted is GREAT, but I'm willing to change my mind & give the movie a try.

Well, I do enjoy the movie, Watchmen. Guess the trick is not to expect too much & not to consciously compare the film against the graphic novel.

Still I'm a little bit disappointed that in the Watchmen's film version, Rorschach was shown to kill directly the guy who killed the kidnapped girl. C'mon, he's a hero! Even though he's depicted as a bit psycho or sadist, a hero would never kill. Well, not directly. (In the Watchmen's graphic novel version, Rorschach would handcuff the bad guy's one arm & give him a cleaver. Rorschach allows him to escape the imminent fire (he pours oil in the bad guy's house) but with a price: the guy has to cut his arm with the cleaver. (Yes, the film, "Saw" comes to mind.)

On the other hand, the Watchmen's movie on Rorschach in prison is superb. It stays true with the graphic novel's version. I love how fast Rorschach assessed the situation. Remember the part when he's queuing for his meal & he pondered on that pot full of hot fat? It is as if he was wondering if he could use it if he were to be attacked by one of the inmates.

And he was attacked.

And he used the opportunity to violently punish the attacker. That pot full of hot fat was thrown to his face. Rorschach's message was clear. Like he himself stated to the rest of the astonished inmates: "You people don't understand. I'm not locked in here with you, you're locked in here with me!"

Okay, that should be it. No more spoilers.

Watchmen is a recommended show & it's good enough to make me want to to visit its official website, Watchmen Movie & try unlocking 6 clues in "6 minutes till midnight" to see the 10-minute long interactive Watchmen trailer.

I did bad in identifying images leading to the clues, so after a little search online, I came to the clues as: face (will unlock the trailer for The Comedian), gun (that for Ozymandias), fedora (for Rorschach), girl (for Silk Spectre), glasses (for Nite Owl) and helicopter (for Dr. Manhattan).

Downloaded an 'exclusive' photo of Rorschach too after the trailer. Heh.


There are other differences between Watchmen's the movie & Watchmen's the graphic novel. I leave it to you to watch & read it respectively to figure it out. (Or the other easy way is to read the Wikipedia on Watchmen (film) & compare it with the Wikipedia on Watchmen (graphic novel).

Talking about Wikipedia, Rorschach is the only Watchmen's character that has a Wikipedia article dedicated just for him. Read also about the Wikipedia entry on the psychological test, Rorschach inkblot test.