Friday, October 29, 2004   Behind Freedom

Canon A70|Photoshop Curves|
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Thursday, October 28, 2004   Company in trouble
Am i worried...nope. Why worry about things beyond your control.
Canon A70|Photoshop Curves,Channel Mixer|Neat Image|
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Wednesday, October 27, 2004   Navarathrie Kolu

Pictures from Chennaionline.com More pictures available there.
I wish I was religious! My mom went to the temple for the whole 9 days. She will bring back 'prasatham' and food from the temple everynight. I have to say the taste of puli soru(rice) over the years have evolved into tomato soru.
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Tuesday, October 26, 2004   Make time
This past week I was super busy. Even my friend wondering what happened to me. Briefly the main culprit for this was my University assignment, my broken PC and work. From next semester I think I should take 2 subjects instead of 3. 3 subjects, 3 assignments, 9 quizzes are just too much for my brain to take. However I did enjoy myself last Sunday. I went with Kar Fai to the usual MTB site in Meru. The climb was full of mud and the downhill was sweet. The secret is low tire pressure. You can lean over like a Moto GP rider and still have enough grip on the trail. After the ride we went for Indian food. I had Sardine Parata and Milo. A good weekend compared to the last. Speeking of last week, Veerappan was the hot topic. This week it's 7G Rainbow Colony & Rajini.
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Monday, October 25, 2004   Wet ride home

Canon A70|Photoshop Curves Sharpen|
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Friday, October 22, 2004   Village Cat

Canon A70| Photoshop Channel Mixer,Sharpen|
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Thursday, October 21, 2004   Sunway Lion

Canon A70|Photoshop Sharpen|
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Wednesday, October 20, 2004   The man who got Veerappan
Photo slideshow in rediff.com
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Sunday, October 17, 2004   Going to work

Going to work
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Wednesday, October 13, 2004   Interbike 2004
The bigest bike show has ended. Here are the photos from Hcor.net. This years coverage by mtbr.com was not as good as last year. Pinkbike have some audio interviews. Check out Kona's Stinky Supreme.
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Tuesday, October 12, 2004   Untitled Day
7:45am Arrived at the office
7:50am Started to download the virus removal tools and pattern files. My home PC is infected with Funlove. I didn't know this until I poke my thumb drive to my office PC. Boom. The screen went blank as the pc tries to restart. It never did successfully.
8:15am Try to download Tamil songs.
9:43am Announcement in the PA system. No water in your floor!.
9:47am Malar came byto ask about my course and the university. She did part time too.
9:50am Cat showed up out of no where. She came not to say hi but ask why she couldn't connect to the net.
10:02am Maz ask me to help her to disconnect the monitor of the PC i'm using right now. I'm using the consultant's PC.
10:05am I disconected the mouse, keyboard and the monitor.
10:07am Maz don't want the mouse, keyboard and the monitor.
10:12am The guy infront of me watching Friends. I supposed to finish my assignments but not in the mood today.
10:26am Jennifer Aniston wearing white top and a black mini. Sexy.
10:40am Reading USJ community website, JeffOoi’s take on Malaysian Idol (a non muslim won) and Iraq’s oil money to Badawi.
11:04am Hungry...Very hungry. My usual gang for lunch is not around. Must be in a meeting.
12:30pm Tidy up my place, to move to my new cubical.
1:00pm Went for lunch with Little Kid. Had the same chicken rice I had yesterday. This time I didn’t forget to collect my change.
2:52pm Sleepy
12:30pm Tidy up my place, to move to my new cubical.
12:45pm Moved to my new cube. Sitting beside a lazy bum.
1:00pm Went for lunch with Little Kid. Had the same chicken rice I had yesterday. This time I didn’t forget my change.
1:30pm Water supply restored. Light brown in colour the water.
3:30pm Lazy bum is sleeping with his mouth wide open. I stick a note on his computer monitor that reads 'Don't wake me up".
Malar ask me to help her replace the water in the water dispenser.
4:10pm Doing my assignment.
4:26pm Waiting for the clock to hit 5pm.
4:30pm Deleting msg from one of my yahoo account. 87% full.
4:37pm 25% full
4:43pm Lazy Bum ask me what i'll buy first if i have 26 million. Camera i said. He laugh like an idiot.
4:50pm The 26 million now turn into a joke because i wrongly said a Malay word. Now lazy bum making fun of my mistake. Now i remembered the first thing i learned when i met him 2 years ago. Don't talk to him, if you do he'll starts to dance on your head.
5:00pm Going home
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Monday, October 11, 2004   Chained

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Saturday, October 09, 2004   Sri Lanka handball team vanishes
Somebody should turn this into a movie German authorities say they are puzzled by the disappearance of the entire national handball team from Sri Lanka. German Sports Exchange Programme organiser, Dietmer Doering, said: "We initially thought the team had got lost in nearby woods while jogging." But he said a note had been found saying the 23-strong team had gone to France. "We now know they crossed into Italy," Mr Doering said. "They even left their dirty laundry," he added. - BBC Read more
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Friday, October 08, 2004   City of Gods
I bought the City of Gods movie DVD last weekend. I don’t know what the movie is all about when I bought it. It was a gamble. What attracted me in the first place was the cover. It shows a beautiful sun tanned girl with long hair kissing an African boy on the cheek. Their back facing the camera. Flipped the case, saw some stills showing kids with guns. The synopsis didn’t mention anything about love stories so I figured it is safe for my viewing! I still don’t know why I bought it but I’m glad I did.

Image from www.slantmagazine.com
City of Gods is a story about the live kids growing up in the slums of Rio de Janeiro particularly of Rocket the kid who became a photographer. Rocket narrates through the movie from his childhood to becoming a photographer. The film starts of with a flashback into the childhood of Rocket with the introduction of all the main characters that shaped Rocket’s life. Soon you will realize the mentality of these kids in the forgotten part of Rio. Mugging and robbing people is their ticket to becoming rich.
You are considered to be lucky if you live until your 18 birthday in City of Gods. Some of Rockets friends did and they became drug dealer. From there Rocket narrates how he ended up at the first scene of the movie. The beginning of the end.
The film boast some nice shots, nice colors, good screenplay, actors and good subtitles… the dialogues in Portuguese. If you like movies such as Fight Club that let you have a peek in to urban subculture, give City of Gods a try.
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Tuesday, October 05, 2004   22.5km/h
Inside the Cockpit|Canon A70|10/5/04 12:47:08 PM|Photoshop Curves|
After that I went to Sungai Buloh to mountain bike. Reached there noon and it must be at least 35º Celsius. The clouds were beautiful. Had a chat with the “jaga”. He wants to sell his daughter’s road bike.
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  Mykad
Today I went to JPJ Shah Alam to change my IC into Mykad. I went there expecting the place to be less crowded. The counter lady gave my que number 714! The current number was 614. Not to bad I said to myself. 614 didn’t move to 615 for 15 min. Horror.
Determined not to let the Malaysian civil service beat me I decided to stay instead of coming another day. While I was sitting there listening to other people’s complaints about the slow que, a mother and her child came and sat beside me. The child was running around normally. Then the mother started to feed him and he almost finish the whole bottle when he started to puke!. The whole row was vacated.
I went outside trying to escape the smell. Outside I meet a chap who works in the same floor as I am. We asked each other’s que number, and he handed me a ticket numbered 707. He took 2 tickets so he can offered it to a beautiful chick. Super. I made a mental note to follow this technique.
My number came, I went to the counter, everything went fine until the clerk in charge ask me to pay a compound of $30. This according to her was because I didn’t change my IC on my 18th birthday. WTF, I thought the compound was waived. No according to her. After paying I asked my friend about this and he said he didn’t have to pay. Something fishy going on here. The 3 hour + wait had left me in no fighting mood. I got the receipt so I decided to challenge this when I collect the stupid Mykad.
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Sunday, October 03, 2004   Beautiful Oktober
10/3/04 9:53:39 AM|Canon A70| Photoshop Color Range, Channel Mixer|
Just came back from MTB alone when i shot this. As usual I can feel all the muscle in my lower back now thanks to 2 weeks of not riding. A lot more erosion on the trail.
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Saturday, October 02, 2004   Resting in the shade
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Friday, October 01, 2004   First US Presidential debate
Yesterday was my last day at work. I will be joining the same company with the same salary and with the same position next Friday. Don’t ask me why as I’m not interested in explaining about my job. So today I’m at home. Got up 10 min before 8. Watched the American presidential candidate debate live over CNN 9.10a.m. What I liked about American politician is the way they structure their speech. Some how it sound’s clear, to the point and powerful. For example the speeches given by Bush after 9/11. After watching the drama West Wing over TV, I found out there was a person(s) writing those speeches. In today’s debate however they won’t have the luxuries of a speech writes handing out the speech. In the first couple of questions both Bush and Kerry was trying to be comfortable with each other. They were not really responding to the question but looked as though trying to dish out some of the answers they practices in their mock debate.
Image by CNN.com
Bush was going the well-traveled path asking the American people to remember 9/11. This made me feel the attack on Iraq was justified. But Kerry countered that the threat was Osama and not Saddam. He made some great points regarding nuclear arms in Russia that need to accounted for. Under Bush’s policy it will take 14 years, Kerry promised 4 years. Both agreed nuclear weapons are the most dangerous threat America faces. Bush kept mentioning about what he is doing now is hard work, may be he is trying to say Kerry couldn’t do any better that him. Kerry known for contradicting himself in the past on Iraq has remained consistent. He admitted he made mistakes regarding Iraq before, but he changed according to the situation. Bush didn’t and American casualty in Iraq grows. Kerry caught couple of Bush own statement and turns it against him. They were couple of time Bush try to rebut them seconds after Kerry finished his delivery. The debate won’t be described as fierce but Kerry did some good work for his party by delivering his opinion clearly and backing them with ‘facts’. Bush relied on some of his post 9/11 “we must defeat them” speeches and Kerry’s past inconsistent as his ammo. Overall I don’t think the first debate will move the undecided voters to any camp significantly.
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