Monday, August 18, 2008

No Olympic Gold For Malaysia Yet

Lee didn't get the gold.... oh well, a silver isn't anything to scoff at.

That only means Malaysia needs to strive harder.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Cultural Night That Wasn't

It's 12.45 a.m. and I'm dead tired.

I've just returned from school.  The students participating in our Perkhemahan Perdana were supposed to have Cultural Night and I was looking forward to some interesting presentations.  Instead when I arrived, two students were down for the count...with hysteria.  One was screaming,"Stop the noise, stop the noise, why are you noisy?  Keep quiet, keep quiet, KEEP QUIET!"  Five men & boys were holding her down.  The other was already flat.  Then another student burst into tears and..well, you can picture the general degeneration.  The teachers and I went around, soothing the students and encouraging them.  I dispensed some blessed oil to the Christians.

The teachers valiantly tried to keep the activities going but in the end, we had to stop on S's advice.  She said the spirits in the area were getting agitated and angry and things were only going to become worse.  Max an ex-student began the evening, not believing in spirits...well, by now he's a total believer.

So everyone gathered in the canteen, leaving their campbeds on the field.  My admin colleague was very unhappy.  So much work and energy had gone into the planning.  But we know better now.  Next year, we'll be more prepared.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Silver Olympic Medal In Hand, Gold In Sight!

LEE CHONG WEI!
SILVER OLYMPIC MEDAL! 

GOLD IN SIGHT, GO GO GO.....!

*now just need to put medicine on all the fingers i was biting on*
That Korean Hyunil really put Lee through the wringer..

Last Day of School Is Turning Out BAD....

Today is the last day of school before a much-awaited one week break.  I should be happy, right?  Yes, I should be.  But I'm NOT!

My troubles started yesterday when one of my colleagues reported the finding of a campsite in the hills behind the school.  So we (principal, senior assistants all) hitched up our baju kurung and climbed the hill.  Yep, there was a campsite all right.  Three pretty sturdy shelters.   On the way up, we also noticed that the 'campers' had ripped out the iron fencing supports, flattened the fencing and made a hole in the water tank with a convenient attachment.  Something tells me we've been sponsoring some people's water needs.   We noticed a path through the trees behind the shelters so we continued on walking.  And wow, we hit a bigger jackpot!  This time we found three wooden structures clinging to the sides of the hill.  Zinc roofs and even one mattress!  From the rubbish found, it was clear that some people have been living there.

So a phone call to the police was made.

Then things worsened today.  Around 8.30 a.m., there was a sudden waterfall behind the Special Education rooms.  SOMEONE tore off the plate covering a pipe in the side of the black water tank (which was about the size of a single storey building) and let the water gush out.  Now we know who's been giving us problems with our water system. Those *&^*# good-for-nothing PARASITES!

I can deal with people who want to survive in other people's land...even if they are hiding from the current Ops Nyah.  But did they have to destroy school fencing, steal school water and NOW let the water go to waste??????????  There must have been thousands of litres gone to waste just like that.

Then I remembered the Chemistry Lab door that was half ripped off its hinges during the last weekend.  That Monday, I marvelled at the sheer strength involved in ripping the door off... as our suspects were naughty students.  Now I suspect that perhaps outsiders were in the school grounds trying to find easy pickings.

Now guess what I have to do?  I have to make sure everything's locked up tight and ready for the one-week break.  D

*&^*#@ !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Free Ebook Downloads

Of course in this world of many choices and many freedoms, there also exists the greyer side of the eb00k world where c0pyr1ghted books can be made available for d0wnl0ad.  The tech savvy people will know why some of my words are spelt strangely.

A friend I know ;) is a member of a f0rum where these books are 5hared.... just imagine a community where each member buys a book to be read and disalin semula.  This can be done through simple scann1ng (sounds unbelievable, I know) or painstaking typing.  But some members are able to salin an entire book within three hours.  Editing is done individually or shared with others.  Imagine such a community where the members may number in the hundreds...

Grey grey grey....

And may I remind you that this is a crime?

Free Ebook Downloads

Here are some sites where you can find free ebooks...but when your title is too highly technical, you might need to do some digging.  It is unbelievable how many people out there are willing to scan entire books just to get them into ebook form.  But hey, if it lights their fire, who's going to complain...

General Topics (Fiction and Non Fiction)
http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page
http://www.baen.com/library/
http://www.freebookspot.com/
http://www.onlinefreeebooks.net/  (categories : automotive, business, engineering, gadget, hardware, health & medical, hobbies, programming & technology, sport & martial arts)
http://knowfree.net/
http://www.memoware.com/
http://www.zillr.org/
http://www.free-ebooks.net/
http://www.ebooksread.com/
http://www.ebooksread.com/
http://www.asksam.com/ebooks/
http://www.planetpdf.com/free_pdf_ebooks.asp?CurrentPage=1
http://manybooks.net/
http://www.getfreeebooks.com/
http://www.globusz.com/ (an online publishing house that offers free ebooks)
http://www.snipfiles.com/
http://www.bookyards.com/
http://digital.library.upenn.edu/books/
http://www.ebooklobby.com/

Computer Science and Technical Books
http://www.freetechbooks.com/
http://4ebooks.org/
http://www.techbooksforfree.com/ (plus some science books)
http://freecomputerbooks.com/
http://www.onlinecomputerbooks.com/

Scribd.com is an online document sharing website. 
It's unbelievable to see the documents some ppl are willing to put up in this website. 
I have personally found PTK essays and strategic plans.
http://www.scribd.com/

Here's a link to an informative post about free ebooks, at Hongkiat.com.

Now, be prepared to be lost to the real world....

Monday, August 04, 2008

Strange Relationship

Hey, Luke, a song you may find interesting, considering your past and current 'adventures'...:)
Well, at least, life isn't boring.

"Strange Relationship"


Do you love me?
Or am I just another trip in this strange relationship?
You push and pull me
and I'm about to lose my mind
Is this just a waste of time
keep acting like you own me
I keep running, watch me walking out that door
I hear you behind me

Gimme that strange relationship
Never felt pleasure and pain like this
Something so right but it feels so terribly wrong
I keep holding on

Gimme that strange relationship
One of us gotta let go of this
I keep pushing and you keep holding on

I'm already gone

Do you love me?
We break up and back together
And I swore to myself never
Oh how you do me
You strip me of my honor
And I don't ever think I'm gonna
Break free of these mind games
All I'm trying to do is modify my plan
'Cause I can't contain you

Gimme that strange relationship
Never felt pleasure and pain like this
Something so right but it feels so terribly wrong
I keep holding on

Gimme that strange relationship
One of us gotta let go of this
I keep pushing and you keep holding on
I'm already gone
You keep acting like you own me
I can't control me
You said you never really wanted me back
Well maybe if that's a fact

May I suggest
A brand new plan of attack
And in defense of that you're hard to crack
You're way off track
I want you back, I want you gone
Maybe I'm sick of holding on

Do you love me?
Or am I just another trip in this strange relationship?
Gimme that strange relationship
Never felt pleasure and pain like this
Something so right but it feels so terribly wrong
I keep holding on

Gimme that strange relationship
One of us gotta let go of this
I keep pushing and you keep holding on
I'm already gone...


Friday, August 01, 2008

Michael Turner : Why?

I was surfing the net when I thought of one of my favourite comic book artists - Michael Turner, creator of Witchblade and Fathom.  Once upon a time, I was a rabid (and this isn't an exaggeration) comic book collector.  Started collecting in 1981 and most recently, focused mainly on Witchblade, the Darkness and other Top Cow titles.  Fathom had beautiful art but I liked Witchblade better.  I could sit for hours reading the books.... the artwork, the dialogue, the very arrangement of the panels awed me.  If I ever felt depressed, a few hours of Witchblade would chase the blues away.  I've stopped buying WB because it's not Michael Turner doing the artwork anymore... but I always keep myself up-to-date, surfing the Top Cow site.

Typed Michael Turner in Google and one of the first entries had this as the title : Remembering Michael Turner.

Aw, man...

I knew he'd been fighting bone cancer...but he wasn't supposed to lose.  He still had so many tales inside him to ink...so much more inspiration to dole out...

Michael Turner Tributes

Why does God always take the good people too quickly?

:(

SSPN (Skim Simpanan Pendidikan Nasional)

Today I went to the bank to apply for an SSPN (Skim Simpanan Pendidikan Nasional) account for Dylan.  The scheme was launched on 6 August 2004 but somehow I wasn't interested then.  Can't remember why....maybe because I was already saving money in ASB.  But just last week, I took a good look at it once again.  The magic phrase 'RM3000 tax relief' reeled me in.  Plus the free insurance (conditional, of course).  I don't think I can get the matching grant.

As usual, I asked the bank officer many questions...some of which she couldn't answer.  So she picked up the phone and dialed the SSPN number.  Ten redials later and we gave up.  I even tried calling on my mobile phone.  Not that it made much difference.  Then she said,"Government bah kan..?" and looked at me and giggled. 

Hmmm....

I looked at my watch and it was only 3.45 pm.  Well, nuts to them anyway. 

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Update :

It's been two years since I began investing in SSPN and I'm glad to have it as one of the tax reliefs I can get.  The interest isn't much but boleh lah...  The investing is also fuss-free as I just use Maybank2U.com to transfer the money. 



Hope I get the SSPN card soon.