Australian Open 2003

I’m never totally into tennis but I was captivated by what happened today at this year’s Australian Open.
Today’s late match pitted 9 seed Andy Roddick from USA against 18 seed Younes El Aynaoul who beat top seed Lleyton Hewitt in the previous round.
The result: 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 6-4, 21-19
The final set took 2 hours and 23 minutes to complete. The total time taken was 299 minutes, 4 hours and 59 minutes.
Besides these staggering statistics, the one thing that caught my and all those who watched it was the professionalism and sportsmanship by the two players on the field. It was totally enjoyable 299 minutes of pure tennis and for the audience, absolute fun.
A classic for tennis fans.

Cool lil gadget to control iTunes – Synergy

synergyA little cocoa app that resides on your menubar that allows you to control your iTunes, Synergy v0.6 works great and effectively without wasting more desktop space and you need not switch to that application.
It also allows you to set global hot-key assignments so that you can start/stop, choose previous song or forward to the next song without having to switch to iTunes again.
It also has this lil floating window that informs you the singer and the title of the song. It has transparency so it will just fade in and out without being intrusive.
Highly recommended for those who always listens to iTunes.

sleep

was supposed to have an early sleep. somehow was very sleepy after being the designated driver for my sis-in-law (twice)..mom…
oh, the Daihatsu Copen is one hell of a cute car. although its just 660cc, its one lil powerpack machine with twin turbo 16V engine. hopefully my bro and sis-in-law will get it…and i’ll get to drive it. btw, have i mentioned it has an electronic powered roof that hides itself in 25secs???
too bad i didn’t get the chance to test drive. darn.
mmm..lost my train of thought…_choo choo._

Looking Back – Victoria Chorale

that’s a choir i’ve been singing with for the past 10 years.
i’ve also been the web master since the day i got interested in web design.
side track: if you are a web designer and always wanted to relive what you’ve done in the past, there is a good place that archive web sites over the years. called Internet Archive.
so…if you want to see the different designs i’ve done, take a peep here.
anyway, we had just partially shifted our server to a newer, and..lower cost host (which offers more space too) and i’ve been working on the migration.
first to go was the forum. previously i used ubb but as it is a commercial application, i decided to stop using it as we have ran out of licence. so after some scooping around, decided on phpbb. it runs on mySQL backend and uses php. (thus that name) took some time to figure out how to install the program and maintain the mySQL database. but now that its done, its working seemlessly. i even managed to port the old data from UBB to phpbb.

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Passing of an icon: Maurice Gibb : 1949 – 2003

Maurice Gibb, one third of musical legends, the Bee Gees, passed away at 1am, Sunday, 12 Jan 2003 at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach.

“To our extended family, friends and fans, it is with great sadness and sorrow that we regretfully announce the passing of Maurice Gibb,” his family said in a statement. “His love and enthusiasm and energy for life remain an inspiration to all of us. We will all deeply miss him.”
He was always been recognised as the bedrock of the group, being the musical talent that brought “falsetto” singing to the disco culture throughout the 70s and 80s.

I think many didn’t know that Bee Gees actually started in Brisbane, Australia. They started singing together since 1958. Their first No. 1 in UK was a song called, Massachusetts. Then their first No. 1 in the US came in 1970 called Lonely Days.

Next came the popular Jive Talking.

Saturday Night Fever most probably brought them their greatest peak in their career. Their high pitch “night fever night fever” is still being heard in many retro pubs and discos.
I hope in years to come you still can hear these 3 guys singing…while you wear your tight pants and do the “john travolta”.

How to warm up chilling ties

Finally saw an article that makes more sense about what’s happening between Singapore and Malaysia.
This article1 by a freelance Malaysian journalist that was printed in Today ( 30 Jan ) spells out what I feel is the problems the two governments are facing and what they should do.
bq.. This week, Singapore released a bunch of letters between Singaporean and Malaysian leaders on the water price issue. The purpose, according to Foreign Minister S Jayakumar, is to set the record straight after misrepresentations by Malaysia. The release of the letters appears to be aimed partly at the Malaysian public. After all, it’s safe to assume that many Singaporeans don’t really need any convincing that Malaysia changes the goalpost rather often. But, will this campaign work or will it backfire and result in Malaysians backing their government even more?
There are two reasons to believe the latter is more likely to happen. Firstly, the letters have not been reprinted by the Malaysian media — for obvious reasons — and are only available online. The problem is, most Malaysians do not have Internet access. Most people learnt about the letters through the local dailies. These have, as expected, reported the issue from a decidedly Malaysian perspective. (Singapore is not sincere, Singapore lacks good faith, etc.)
Secondly, most Malaysians who are Internet-savvy enough to access the letters online already know their leaders have a tendency to flip-flop. Throughout the Asian economic crisis, for example, there were lots of economic and financial policies announced, only to be changed shortly afterwards. This was reported widely by the foreign media. So, revelations about Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad changing his mind suddenly on things is not anything new to any Malaysian who bothers to read international news.

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Marketing 101 for the women

You see a handsome guy at a party. You go up to him and say, “I’m fantastic in bed.”
— That’s Direct Marketing.
You’re at a party with a bunch of friends and see a handsome guy. One of your friends goes up to him and pointing at you says, “She’s fantastic in bed.”
— That’s Advertising.
You see a handsome guy at a party. You go up to him and get his telephone number. The next day you call and say, “Hi, I’m fantastic in bed.”
— That’s Telemarketing.
You’re at a party and see a handsome guy. You get up and straighten your dress. You walk up to him and pour him a drink. You say, “May I,” and reach up to straighten his tie, brushing your breast lightly against his arm, and then say, “By the way, I’m fantastic in bed.”
— That’s Public Relations.

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