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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Mr. T Snickers commercials

The PeeCee Poohlice has shut down this advertisement.
Lucy Mangan's take here.

BTW, I hate Snickers. Nothing like a Mars bar.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008


1 PM:  so there I was, intent on no more than 10 minutes of leisurely laps in the pool, and then 20 minutes perusing Naipaul on the deck chair...

         but I was challenged to a race.

See, I may not be the fastest but I'm an Energizer bunny.

So, for almost 2 hours, we duked it out.

At 4350 m, she blew up and collapsed on the pool edge, gasping.

I did another 600 m just to drive home the point that I PWN her.

And all I had before this was a 10 AM breakfast of 2 eggs, 2 slices of bare toast, and coffee. Last night was a miserable dinner of plain rice and 3 spoonfuls of vegetable.

Sic parvis magnus.

Messner rocks.

Here's your God (Gore), replete in his hypocrisy (SUV)

(Hat tip: Amy)

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All right, you may run and hide in the men's room now.

The clearest way to say it is that Liberals are psychotic, ego driven gang members. Psychology teaches them they are irrational, and sociology places them in a gang. They believe both rule their individual rational mind. That is why liberals never accept responsibility for their own or others actions. To a liberal everyone is an irrational gang member and cannot be responsible for anything.
         (T. M. Neel)


1.) People who feature Hondas (History Of No Dramatic Acceleration) in their music videos should be dragged out into the streets, severely beaten, and set on fire.

2.) People who stand up and sing of salvation and abstinence from sin on Sunday mornings, and then proceed to gorge on brunch (gluttony, anyone?) thereafter, should be sent to concentration camps for meal rations and hard labor. Does sitting on your (___*___), and occasionally standing for 2 hours, burn that many calories?

3.) "Foodie" = politically correct term for "pig" or "glutton."

Bonus round: form follows function. Take a look at yourself in the mirror. Don't resort to weasel words, cultivate intellectual honesty. If it looks like a pig; eats like a pig; walks / jogs / cycles / swims like a pig...

4.) People who whine about the Singapore government not doing enough to help them procreate should be sterilized. E.g.

The incentives are long overdue. Much more can be given especially to the poor. My wife left me then because I wasn't able to adequately provide for our three children then. Raising children is not cheap. My current home-maker wife is expecting our second child and any free help is most welcome considering we are an affluent country dependent on human resource.
         (Comment dated July 26, 2008 4:24 PM)

5.) Just when you thought the spoonfeeding culture can't get any worse:

And while dating agencies may have glammed up their image, I daresay they, just like the SDU before them, still encounter resistance from those (like me) who feel only desperate people sign up and “I am not desperate, what”.

So, here’s my idea.

Have the push could come from the workplace, where many singles of marriageable age spend a lot of their time.

The National Family Council or another government agency could provide companies with incentives to pack their single employees off to dating agencies. In the same way that they send staff for training courses, employers could stipulate a number of hours that its single employees have to clock per quarter attending events arranged by a dating agency, like lunches, cocktails, outings.
         (Ng, Ansley. "Helping Singles Meet." Today [Singapore] 25 July 2008: 4.)

And my grammar nazi hat isn't even on yet.


Sunday, July 20, 2008


Do you believe in angels?

I have a guardian angel in my life. I have never seen her, but I know she's there: I've heard her laugh — I still remember the girlish peals of her laughter. Now and then, she drops by, even when the going is good, to make my day a little brighter, a lot cheerier.

Thank you for the video, my dear.

Monday, July 14, 2008


       Note to self:

       Speed training is good.
       Hills training is good.
       Bike parts shopping is good.
       Beer sessions are good.

       Just not all on the same day.

Himbo talk II

All right, I'm not being facetious this time.

Two of my favorite workout music videos:

Someone replaced the — crappy, IMHO — soundtrack from the original video, "La cubanita bailando reggaeton," with "Technologic," by Daft Punk. I think it works better (although the Cuban lass' sizzling moves are better captured in the original video).

For high rep sets, I use this. Damn thing is like the Mini-Me of Terminator after botched plastic surgery — and on meth.

Not the original video to Benny Benassi's "Satisfaction," but way hotter. (The second lady can melt steel 6AL-4V Titanium.)

Yes, I'm shallow.

And you're fat, flabby and/or unfit  :-P

       Keep eating!

       They're drown-proof too!

Yoda was wrong

Anger is good.
Rage is good.

Chop Suey, by System of a Down. (Embedding is disabled, so click on the link.)

This one needs no introduction.

nothing wrong with me.   nothing wrong with me.   nothing wrong with me!   NOTHING WRONG WITH ME!   NOTHING WRONG WITH MEEEEEEEEE!!!   NOTHING WRONG WITH MEEEEEEEEE!!!

You just need to know when — and how — to channel them.


From Janice:

- Look at the list and boldface those you have read
- Italicize the ones you want to read
- Underline the books you really loved and strikethrough the ones you really didn't enjoy
- Reprint this list in your own journal if you want to... you know you want to.

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - J R R 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
9 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
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - J R R Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - J D Salinger
19 The Time Traveller'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 Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - A A 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  [It's "Meany," not "Meaney!]
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - L M 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 A 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 - A S 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 - E B White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
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  [Technically NOT a book, and already included under #14!]
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo


Saturday, July 05, 2008


In the last few months, a pineapple slowly ripened in the garden:


         A week later.

         A few days later.

"Freedom!!!" Harvested.

The taste? Incredibly sweet and aromatic. The flesh had hardly any fiber. Chilled, it tastes like sherbet.

'Currently looking for another pot for the crown :-P

         Elsewhere in the garden...