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Sunday, February 28, 2010

master Chief Gets Advice About Getting Women

Before you read this post, you must watch this first. If you don't, you will really not enjoy this blog entry as much as you should? It's an extremely famous fan made short film series that entails the story of a Master Chief action figure that is alive and loves to play HALO 3.

Over time, I've had the chance to come across him, and Master Chief is now staying with me. He asked me how to get a girl. To be frank, I don't have a girlfriend, so I hadn't a clue. Instead, I asked him to chat with a friend of mine, a girl.

Now, the following IS ACTUALLY A REAL CHAT CONVERSATION between myself and a friend (for the sake of anonymity, we'll give her the generic name, Melissa) , just that I acted the Master Chief role for the fun of it, and it was fun. Let's see how it went:

Melissa: u look a tad short today, chief
but no worries

Master Chief: =b
Master Chief: I r pr0bablie abotu 12.5 cm tallz

Melissa: watz wrong with ur pronounciation, chief?
the enemy hit u in the mouth?
mayday, mayday!

Master Chief: wat, der is n0thingz wrong wtih d way I sp3ak. why?
dis r mai nahtive languagez

Melissa: is tat tarzan's call, chief?
u're doing a very good job

Master Chief: d way I spaek
u dun <3 it y?
Melissa: how did u type love, chief?
ChRis: r it not s3xi

Melissa: that's so cool
teach me!

Master Chief: u pr3ss *<* n th3n 3

Melissa: huh???

Master Chief: I l3ss than three u

Melissa: write properly chief

Master Chief: der

Melissa: oh my god

Master Chief: dun u heart it

Melissa: i got it!
yeah yeah

Master Chief: :) happy faec

Melissa: so cute!!!!!!!!!
and adorable!
i'll put it more in my sentences
i <3 my new shoes
Master Chief: yes, I r veri adorablez
girlz cum afterz me all d tiem

Melissa: i <3 soontobemine new clothes
Master Chief: lol

Melissa: i <3 my pretzels

Master Chief: why do u liek curi, r it n0t spicy?

Melissa: curry is nice
spicy or not spicy

Master Chief: R der hot & spicy curries?

Master Chief: helo, r der anibodies hoem

Melissa: ah yes, i'm here. Facebooking, excuze moi.

Master Chief: What r dis faecbook .Why must der b bookz with ur faec on it?

Melissa: ah, master chief, it's a book with everybody's faces on it.

Master Chief: r der h0t chickz faces on it

Melissa: definitely

Master Chief: coooooooooooooooolllllllllll ,mebi I shall maek an account, n meet all dis hawt chix
=) Smiley Face

Melissa: yes u should. I'm sure some of them are hot toy chicks

Master Chief: but i r scaered they won't heart m3

Melissa: well u can hardly blame them, can u?
i mean, u need to work on ur image, chief!
do ur stretches
do ur jumps
buy a skipping rope.

Master Chief: wat can I d0? To get all d womenz

Melissa: first
u must treat Melissa well

Master Chief: n0
dat r s0000 retard3dz

Melissa: it's ingenious.
u must treat Melissa well

Master Chief: watz ingenious

Melissa: and make Melissa happy

Master Chief: u and ur big wurdz
I tot u were Chainese

Melissa: ingenious means, u must treat Melissa well.
u get that sir?

Master Chief: n0, how r I supp0sed 2 g3t all d womenz if I treet u well

Melissa: oh easy peasy
a happy Melissa will spread happy news about u
which will make the girls happy in return
win-win situation, chief

Master Chief: hmm....
mebi I shud do sumting else. I've seen this commercial, d guy eatz mentos and all d womenz start chasing him. It's crazy.

Melissa: it's a crazy idea.

Master Chief: D moer I eat mentoz, d mor womenz I will gertz

Melissa: u should trust me, sir
i don't lie
Melissa is the golden ticket.

Master Chief: no wai
I r trust adv3rtising compahniez
dey tell truth

Melissa: Melissa will give u free advertising
ah anyway, chief
Melissa is sleepy
to make her happy, she needs to stop being available in gtalk
u'll excuse her, won't u chief?

Master Chief: bai bai
if ur getz me womenz, I willz give u big kiss

What do you think? What would you tell Master Chief?

Thursday, February 25, 2010

submit To Authority

I think a lot of people do not like this word, authority. A simple notion that suggests there is an entity more powerful than yourself that controls what you can or cannot do somehow angers people. It makes us argue we no longer have the right to free will or choice, and is also blamed at times for hindering creativity as well.

Some may go out of their way to insult authority, blaming them for everything. If anything, as the sad saying goes, people prefer to watch heroes fall, rather than watch them rise. People claim to have outright solutions to every problem and weigh that as a reason to rebel. So often in our minds we say, "What are these people up there doing?"

At times because of circumstances and the way that we view them, we feel that we have more credibility and intelligence than those in authority. This can lead to a point where we choose to disobey. With this in mind, take a moment to read something directly from the bible. The following passage is from the book of Romans, chapter 13, starting form verse 1 to 6.

Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.

Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you. For he is God's servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God's servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience. This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God's servants, who give their full time to governing. Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.

You can gather from here, that whatever is in place, God has allowed it to be there. As it says, they are God's servants, regardless whether they realise it or not. How about bad rulers? Fear not, God is a God of justice and will give them what is due to them in His perfect timing. As far as we are concerned though, God's been very explicit, obey. Obey because God has put them there, your teacher, your lecturer, supervisor, boss, captain, cell leader, pastor, president, prime minister or whoever it may be that you are accountable to.

Obedience is not an easy thing, neither is it popular because the world as we know is becoming more and more individualistic. Too many people are saying, what gives you the right to tell me what is right or what is wrong? A simple denial, and a rebellion against the simple righteous concept of obedience. How many people have gone right in life because they failed to obey?

Obey because its the right thing to do. More importantly, obey and submit to authority because you love God. Any Christian would know, obey God's commands and his love will remain with you. Again, I say, obedience is not a human automatic response to authority, but I tell you, obey those who are in charge over you, and God will bless you. In my own experience, and plenty of others, they have gained favour in the sight of those over them because they are obedient.

All right, so that spells out how we treat those who are in authority.

Still, it's ridiculously difficult to obey a TOTALLY EVIL ruler? How about people over us who ask us to do what is wrong and are now chasing us because we stood up for our faith? People who ask me to cheat and steal, I've resisted but now they are coming after me. Shouldn't I give them a taste of their own medicine?

The answer comes, soon in another blog entry, my last in this three pronged series on obeying authority. Do watch out for that, it'll entail quite an interesting story.

Monday, February 22, 2010

give Unto Caesar

What do Caesar Augustus and Jesus have in common?

Both men lived in the same timeline. Although the two probably never met, both men would have their share of influence on a moment that is probably one of the important lessons Jesus gave in his time on earth.

There was a time in Jesus's life where he was questioned by some people about a certain law. Just for your information, the background of this scenario is such that Israel was under the grip of the Roman Empire at the time.

There were a couple of learned or well educated people who didn't like Jesus very much. They felt rather jealous of him and were angered by his influence over the people like you and me. Never inspired or marveling at what Jesus did through God's power, they were always finding ways to get at him, and they tried one simple, but challenging question.

Again, remember that at this point in time, Israel was submitted to the Roman Empire. In any of its territories, it was a law that loyalty was only to the Emperor of Rome and to no one else. The issue is, who should the Israelites obey, Caesar or God? It sounds like a straightforward question with a simple answer but it isn't. If the answer was God, then the Romans would surely rid of the Israelites. However, if the answer was Caesar, then what about God? Where is He in the picture then?

The learned people then sent spies to meet Jesus and question him. They hoped to get him to answer in a way that could be used as evidence to submit to the local governor. Surely Jesus would say the only one people should follow is God. The following passage taken from the bible shows what happened next. This is from Luke 20: 21-26:

So the spies questioned him: "Teacher, we know that you speak and teach what is right, and that you do not show partiality but teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Is it right for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?"

Jesus saw through their duplicity and said to them, "Show me a denarius (currency in the Roman Empire). Whose portrait and inscription are on it?"

"Caesar's," they replied.

He said to them, "Then give to Caesar what is Caesar's and to God what is God's."

They were unable to trap him in what he had said there in public. And astonished by his answer, they became silent.

One very important thing that Jesus was saying in this instance was that it is important to obey those in authority over us in our everyday lives. Sometimes, Christians or any religious person can make the mistake of thinking they are only answerable to God or religious leaders. In the workplace, executives may despise and disobey their bosses. Students may rebel against teachers because they believe that they are right.

One may think, doesn't Jesus know that not all rulers are good and there are some really bad ones? If you look into the history of the Roman Empire, you can see that several Caesar's or Emperors were terrible men, Godless even in some instances. Yet, Jesus said to give what was due to Caesar and it was a timeless teaching. Why?

Let my next blog entry explain. Stay tuned.

an Imation For Entertainment

It was only a few years ago, I'd only just come to UTP. I'd been handling my external hard disk of approximately 80 gigabytes. I didn't have a good grip on it and it fell hard on the floor at one of the IT labs. That meant the death of it, as I wasn't able to repair it.

Being such an expensive item, I felt quite bad about it, especially since someone bought it for me. At that point, I'd decided not to get an external hard disk for some time, for several years; and I was true to that promise until last week.

Managing small spaces on my Sony VAIO VGN-CR13G/B was getting quite annoying and I was deleting files here and there just to make sure I had enough space for the media files I wanted to keep. That was when I finally relented and decided to buy an external hard disk. In the very least, buying it with my own money would make me a lot more dedicated to its ownership, or at least I hope so.

It was quite a spur of the moment decision, and I bought it on the day I went back from KL to Tronoh. The shop I went to didn't have a lot of options to offer me, but thankfully they had one, which I believe met my needs rather nicely.

Firstly, it has:

Of course, one of its important features is that it has:

I present to you...

My new Apollo Imation 500GB pocket sized external hard disk! It's amazing to think that the last time I had one of these, it was the same size but the maximum space was 100+ GB, today that has expanded five fold!

One nice thing about buying it was that it came with a soft cover for the hard disk, which is always a welcome freebie as far as external storage media go.

Of course, the hard disk fits just nicely into the soft casing. At the open end, is where the connector cable is to be fixed into it as you'll see below:

As usual, the connector cables come with it, the traditional three ends:

So, what am I going to do with 500GB of space? Some say that's a lot. Some say that's little. For me, most of the storage is going to be for video files like a lot of other people, television series, animations, Japanese anime will take up quite a bit of space there. Of course, music is another one, and I'll be able to store tonnes more now.

More importantly though, I now have a backup device that I can use to keep all the files that I need to have a copy of in an external storage media. Hopefully, I'll take good care of my new backup device, wouldn't know what to say if what happened to my last one happened to this one.

Sunday, February 07, 2010

war Within The Heart

It's amazing. No, it's not amazing, it's terrible. One moment a man can be a certain way but switch in an instant when there's a new entity to include in the equation.

Moods can swing, attitudes switched almost instantly. You think you've gotten over something, but you haven't. A struggle wages within, well not really. It's more like a hundred years war that keeps going and going. It is not continuous, but the battles that accumulate, which come and go make the war. There is peace one moment, but there are forces that just seek for battle just over the horizon that you have yet to see.

A resolution is not yet clear because there is something you have to let go that you haven't; because you don't want to let it go, what could have been. The core of the matter remains and is always an instigator to the conflict within. The flames of anger burn higher when you feel others have moved on, frustration mounts further because you are still stuck where you are.

Of course, in this story, when I say 'you', I really mean me.

I'm sorry. I'm very far from a place where I can face you, at least for the moment. I cannot face you because I don't know how I feel about you, friend or foe? I don't really want to say anymore, but I have a pretty good feeling you should know who you are if you're reading. Again, I apologise.

I just hope I can resolve what I'm facing, so that I can at least see you the way I did when I first met you, as a friend.

Thursday, February 04, 2010

thankful For

Admittedly the thing I'm most thankful for this week is this:

I really really am. Just when I thought I really had nothing, something did come about and the pieces I needed to get this signature came together nicely.

I was very unsettled and admittedly rather nervous, or frightened even during the first week back in UTP because I didn't have an endorsed FYP proposal. To begin with, I was rather lost with what to propose in the first place.

Even during my internship, I never really gave enough thought to the FYP title, which was a mistake. Even then, I couldn't really visualise a system that the company would need that would be justifiable for and FYP project.

Thank God I talked to my parents and my father recommended I do something for his workplace and that got the ball rolling.

So then, I quickly called up a few lecturers last week and she would only be able to meet me this Monday, with our deadline for FYP proposal submission being Tuesday before 1.00 p.m. I think the reason she agreed to meet me was because I had my own proposal (not a given topic option), and I had an external organisation to cooperate with on this. Even so, that arrangement was nerve racking because who would say that my proposal would definitely be approved?

Monday was a very crucial day for me as I went to meet her at 8.30 in the morning. I explained my proposal to her as well as the potential 'customer' for the project and thankfully she obliged to be my supervisor and I got my proposal endorsed by her on Tuesday and handed it in immediately.

My FYP challenges are far from over of course, but this week, I'm really thankful I managed to get something in. Thank you God, really.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

loose Cannons

Somehow, I just feel that I have this thing coming on where my tongue's starting to get loose lately, which of course is a totally bad thing. I'm not even sure whether I've made of poor choice of words over the past few days. I guess it can happen when you overdo trying to be a bit more outspoken.

I just want to say sorry if I've offended anyone this week. I don't know, I just feel I need to say that somehow. Something just doesn't feel right if I don't.

Monday, February 01, 2010

king Of Korea

That's the teasing name his fellow colleagues called him during Manchester United's tour back to his home country. One does wonder why he is idolised so much in his home nation. All that can only be because he was the first from his country to play top flight football in England, and he's no joke everyone will admit. He's always been my favourite, and I was determined to watch him take on Arsenal last night.

It was a entertaining game right from the start. Both teams were at each others necks and everyone watching knew it had the making of a really fun game to watch. I was only hoping my favourite player would shine somewhat, being handed a rare start as Valencia'd been performing rather well as of late.

That's why it was so sweet when I saw him put that football into the back of the net. He was taken off just before the game was over, but Alex Ferguson was on hand to congratulate him as he came in. A good all round performance from him and a goal showed why he's still a very valuable player in the side. Maybe that's the reason I have his number on my jersey. =)