Wednesday, 31 August 2005

Hip-Hip....!

48 years!

Happy Independence Day, Malaysia!

Selamat Hari Merdeka.

Love, Nick xoxox

Tuesday, 30 August 2005

Tool

Hello everyone. Well, the preparations for the auditions are still going on -- have mostly been working on the script and music and publicising the show, which is all very exciting and busy-making. But I won't go on too much about that for now... :)

Instead, let me tell you a story. My housemate Judi (hiiii Judddi!) has recently got a job at a Peugeot dealership north of the city. Today she goes into work and her apprentice-mechanic colleague (let's call him BobbetyBillyBob) is all excited about his very first toolbox. Later on BobbetyBillyBob walks past Judi and is all friendly and stuff, and so Judi thinks, Gee, I oughta say something back to him the next time we walk past each other. And so it comes to pass that by some strange twist of fate, Judi and BobbetyBillyBob do walk past each other....and Judi opens her mouth and says out loud, "So, how's your toolbox?"

Cue complete silence. A fly buzzes. A cricket chirps.

Fortunately, buddy BobbetyBillyBob boisterously and blithely banters, "Oh it's good..." and basically boogies away, leaving our beautiful babe Judi balking and bashful at her bodacious blooper.

The end.

There are other Judi faux pas, but they shall not be recorded here tonight. Let us, for the moment, savour the one that we have as best as we can until the day again arrives for a new posting of blogged blunders and boo-boos.

Until next time -- "how's your toolbox?" ~N

Friday, 26 August 2005

Auditions For New Musical

Hi everyone! wow, it's been a week since I last updated, and it's not because I've been spending time watching those DVDs I ordered, hehehe! (well, not entirely because...) Actually, I've been busy this past week promoting auditions for my upcoming major project (the one which I've hinted about with clues such as sheep, supernova?, and gold). Well, as much as I'd like to remain cryptic about it, the fact that I'm promoting auditions means it's time to announce:

Follow the Light
A new Christmas musical
Music & Lyrics by Nick Choo

Yup! It's a show by yours truly about the good ol' Christmas story -- y'know, the one with the sheep and the manger and the shepherd and the bright ol' star in the sky. The trick with this show is that it's not meant to be "religious" per se; it's meant to cater to a general crowd (especially young people), where the story of Jesus's birth is told in pop-rock-style songs from a contemporary, cultural-historical, light-hearted, tongue-in-cheek viewpoint. The difficult part, of course, is trying to determine that fine, fine line between being funny and being irreverent. This differs depending on one's point of view, so it's quite a challenge. But anyway...

The show will be staged in late November (God willing), but next weekend (one week from tomorrow) I'll be holding auditions for actor-singers. So if anyone in Perth who sings/acts happens to come across this site, please take a look at the following links for information on auditions, which will be held September 3rd and 4th down at the Drama Workshop of Murdoch University. The links are:
  • Audition Announcement --> info published on the Theatre Australia website;
  • Audition Flyers --> for a printable version of the audition info;
  • Be It Unto Me --> for a song demo recorded by yours truly, sung by the character of Mary early in Act One;
  • Something New, Something Bright --> for a demo recorded by yours truly, sung by the quirky Shepherds as they first spot the star in the sky; and
  • Follow The Light --> the 'official' webpage, where you can find all of the above links, as well as Act One of the script.
So yea, it's all very busy and very very exciting. I've gone from place to place putting up the posters (have visited the University Of Western Australia, Edith Cowan University and its affiliated Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts, University of Notre Dame, the John Curtin School of Performing Arts, and, of course, our very own Murdoch Uni), and have sent out multiple flyers and emails to churches, youth groups and drama/music societies everywhere, so... fingers crossed that it'll all turn out ok!!

So that about covers it for this week. Show publicity is such a tiring and demanding aspect of putting up a production...and it's only just begun! Well, I've got to head off home now and work on polishing Act Two of the script (my Net connection back home is kaputiki, so I'm now in the uni computer lab, grrr arrgh!)... God willing this will all fall into place! Okay, take care boys and girls, send me feedback if you wish on the links above, and have a great weekend ahead! Ciao for now, ~Nick

Friday, 19 August 2005

TellyTime!!

Hello everyone! Today, it's just going to be another lazy day of doing absolutely nothing but watching the telly because - guess wot - I've received new sets of DVDs I'd ordered!! Yaaay! (Meanwhile, I'm sitting here with literally no cash left in my bank account, whingeing about how I really ought to budget my money more prudently. Oy. Life.) Two box sets of the greatest cartoon series ever made: the one, the only, Garfield and Friends (volumes two and three) -- as well as the complete first season of the loony zany smash hit out-of-this-world comedy, 3rd Rock from the Sun! Yippeee!! I'm very much a 3rd Rock fanatic. In fact, at one point I had my own 3rd Rock website, but unfortunately it's now defunct. And to think I put so much hard work into it, including writing my own episode guide for all six seasons. But anyway.

So yaay, the first season, and the box set is a beaut too: 4 DVDs, a bonus How To Be Human booklet, extras including interviews and bloopers - plus all 22 episodes of the crazy first year, during which the aliens -- Dick, Sally, Harry and Tommy (a reshuffle of Tom, Dick and Harry, how many of you caught that? hehe!) -- take on human form and proceed to explore every (Americanized) facet of being human beings. (Let's not forget the titles of each episode that somehow incorporate the word/name Dick - I Enjoy Being A Dick, Eleven Angry Men and One Dick, Big Dick On Campus, Dick Jokes, etc -- classic!). It's worth it just for John Lithgow's over-the-top campness, Kristen Johnston's leggy, sexy portrayal of a male warrior trapped in a female body (heh!), and Jane Curtin's role as the befuddled and intrigued human caught in the eye of the whirlpool of extraterrestrialism. Sheer madness! Love it!

Going back to Garfield -- is there any funnier classic kids show?? In practically every story (there are three short stories per episode, 24 episodes per set, and I've got three sets altogether now), there's always something to make me laugh out loud. Plus, the animation rocks - none of the hard-edged, sharp-lined styles you find in today's cartoons, but more of the "softer", watercoloured backgrounds of yesteryear. Great stuff.

Anyways, I conclude with the pictures of the box sets, which are linked to Amazon.com's order pages if you wanna get your own copies. And prior to that, I have to quote this hilarious... um... quote from a Garfield story entitled How To Be Funny. It might not translate into writing as effectively, but I think you'd get the hilarity of it:

Garfield: In all of comedy, what is the most important thi--?
Man's voice: Timing?!
Garfield: Ahem. I said, in all of come--
Man's voice: Timing?!
Garfield: Ahem again. I said, in all of comedy, what is the most important thing?
Long pause.
Man's voice: Timing?
Garfield: Correct.





Have a good weekend, boys and girls! Looks like marathons galore for me! Byebye! Love, Nick.

Tuesday, 16 August 2005

Chocolate Cups!

Today - for absolutely no reason wotsoever (as is the case with many of my blog posts; randomness, much like insanity, is a virtue!), I present a recipe. "A recipe?" you ask incredulously, to which I laugh in your face and fart in your general direction: "Yes, a recipe!" Without farther (fart-her!) ado, may I present Carol's Pieces <--- ummm Carol, sweetie, that really does sound wrong, but it's better than Carol's Chocolate PB Cups, I guess.... admittedly inspired by good ol' Reece and his -- um... pieces. You'll need:
  • one 500g bag of cooking chocolate of your choice: dark, milk, white
  • 1-2 teaspoons cooking oil
  • 1 standard jar peanut butter (smooth or crunchy, you decide on the texture)
  • mini-muffin liners
Instructions:
1) Melt chocolate in a bowl using the steam or double boil method.
2) When chocolate has melted, stir in cooking oil to increase viscosity according to your preference.
3) Turn off heat, but do not remove chocolate from hot water.
4) Spoon a layer of chocolate into mini-muffin liners, filling at least two-fifths (rough estimate only; you may increase or decrease this amount according to your liking).
5) Leave chocolate in liners at room temperature to set.
6) When chocolate has cooled, evenly spread a layer of peanut butter, filling another two-fifths of the liner.
7) Finally, coat the peanut butter with one more layer of chocolate (one-fifth).
8) Place tray into the fridge until cool. When done, remove from liners and enjoy!!

Thank you to Carol for the lovely photo and the recipe - it's easy, quick and yummy! And thus concludes our cooking lesson for the day. This is Nick C, wishing you goodbye until next time. Adios!

Monday, 15 August 2005

Nick's Project Teaser #3

Gold.

Teaser #2: Supernova?
Teaser #1: Sheep.

The Root Of All Evil (Although 'Evil' Is An Anagram Of 'Live')

I wish we didn't need money.
Because then, perhaps, we wouldn't be so greedy
And we wouldn't get into debt,
And we wouldn't strain and sever relationships
With the people we care about.
But the sad truth is: it happens.
And it makes me sadder to think I've let money
Create a situation whereby debt
Has allowed for strained and severed relationships
With the people I care about.


Perhaps some re-evaluation of priorities is needed here.

Saturday, 13 August 2005

Kidal! (Part Deux)

Since it's still Lefties' Day, here's an interesting little item: the left-handed pencil. The left-handed pencil? you ask incredulously. Pencils don't have hands! Hahahahahaha! Cough. Okay. Anyways, this is hardly phenomenal news, but for those who like a little bit of random useless information in their lives, take note: left-handed pencils. Mmhmm. Because, y'see, if you're a right-hander holding a pen or pencil with inscriptions on it, you'd be able to read it, si? But when you're a leftie, then the words get turned upside-down. Think about it. Don't hurt yourself. It's true. Upside-down. So what these nice people at the stationery co have created are pencils that have the words printed the other way up, so that righties have trouble reading 'em when they hold 'em. Bwa-hahaha! So there, in yer face, left-brainers! Anyhooooo, in the spirit of pure timewasting, here's a nice little photo of left-handed pencils. Click on 'em to enlarge.



Meanwhile, I need to get another measuring cup. Alright, a lot of measuring cups out there are "ambidextrous", but not the one I have at home. Y'see, when I hold this measuring cup in my right hand, the measurements are facing me. Switch hands, and the markings are on the other side of the cup. If I, say, were to pour water from a kettle into a cup, I'd firstly pick up the cup, hence instinctively using my left hand for it. With the kettle in my right, the measurements are thereby on the other side of the cup. These types of measuring cups, when you use 'em as often as I do (mainly for those instant pasta-in-a-packets that say 1/2 cup milk and 1.25 cups hot water), are highly discriminatory towards lefties. Heinous, I say. Heinous!

Anyways, thus conclude Left-Handers' Day 2005. Hope you lefties out there have had a good one. It's a shame this day isn't more widely recognised... although I guess with the majority of the world being right-handed, it's really not a very big deal, is it...? I bet all you righties out there (those who've been bothered reading this far) have already rolled your eyes six million times, impatiently muttering under your breath for me to get over it. Heh. Well, good news - it ends here. Except for this short statement explaining that 'kidal' (in the blog title above and below) means 'left-handed' in Malay/Indonesian. Okay, now it's over. Have a good weekend and a great week ahead.... much love and godspeed, Nick! xxox :))

Kidal!

Happy Left-Handers' Day!!

To all who have to put up with can-openers, scissors, pliers,
fountain pens, measuring cups and those bloody awful chairs-
with-tables-attached.

Spread the love!

~N

Friday, 12 August 2005

A Puzzle With Absolutely No Answers Provided Wotsoever

Today, a game -- a common theme poses potential problems for the following items. Can you guess what that theme is?
  • Dining table arrangements
  • Clothes on a hanger returned to the rack
  • Initial racquet contact with balls and shuttlecocks
  • Bat- & club-grips and direction of arc
  • Pens on a string, like at banks & post offices
  • Slow-drying ink
  • Certain designs on cups and mugs
  • Covering your mistakes with Liquid Paper
  • Pruning branches, cutting paper, snipping wires
  • Pouring liquids into a measuring cup -- weh!
  • Inscriptions on stationery while they're being used
  • A wall being painted...
  • Calligraphy and fountain nibs
  • Chairs with attached writing-tables (e.g. in lecture halls), arrgh!!
Okay, here's another hint. The same theme links these people together:

Bruce Willis, Jim Carrey, Val Kilmer, Whoopi Goldberg, Lisa Kudrow, Fran Drescher, Phil Collins, Celine Dion, Jimi Henrdrix, Billy Corgan <--- for Miller, ahuoahouahauoha!

Mmm, a brain (hemisphere) teaser!

Alright then, while you boys and girls try to figure it out, allow me to gladly announce that today, August 12, is the eve of the official Left-Handers' Day. So tomorrow, go up to your left-handed buddies and wish 'em all the best, good luck with the whole (mythical) dying-younger thing; congratulations for being the only ones "right in the head"; and sympathies for the ink- and Liquid-Paper stained hands, the overstretched wires and strings that secure pens to tables in banks and post offices, the drinking from other people's glasses, and the greatest leftie-discriminatory item ever created: the chair-with-attached-writing-tables-e-g-in-lecture-halls, what the hell were they thinking?!!

Peace out, ~N.
Few truly understand the trauma...

Wednesday, 10 August 2005

She's Baaa-aaacccck! (Pt 2) & Nick's Project Teaser #2

(...continued) Judi's home! Yaaay! She had a fabulous time in Europe, she says... including, she says, an hot encounter in the hot springs of Hungary with a hot dude. Get this: there were sleeping-overs. Hahahaaa! Good on yaaa!!! :) Anyway, Judi was there for her sister's wedding, and from what she's been telling us, the ceremony was perfectly lovely: countrysides, open-topped vintage cars, horses, chariots, castles, the whole shebang. Meanwhile, Carol and I are dancing because Judi's home! Judi's home! Judi's home! Yaaay! Welcome home, Judi!

And now here's my project teaser #2. Some people have been asking me, what's this project? Well, it's -- y'know. A project. A major assignment. Coming up. What is it, you ask? What's it about? Well, that's why I have the teasers. I'm not gonna tell ya outright just yet. :) Anyway, teaser #1 was Sheep ("Sheep?" "Sheep.") - Teaser #2 is

Supernova?

(with the question mark.)

Right. That's all for now... My mate Paul is coming by tomorrow morning to work on songs that he's given me 18 months to write and which I, naturally, have barely worked on. :/ Oy. Bye!!

Tuesday, 9 August 2005

Monday, 8 August 2005

Aaaaand We Whip The Curtain Away To Unveil....!

Well hello there! As you can see, there have been some changes made to the blog lately... firstly (and hopefully most obviously) the colour scheme, which has been altered from the dark green to this shade of red - only because I thought the dark green was getting drab. Secondly, there's the new commenting system (sorry, bloggerdudes!), which hopefully will be handy for people to drop messages and opinions and stuff. Weh! (the duck-cry) is to leave comments; weh-weh! (returned duck-cry -- okay, okay, so I need to get a life, sue me) is something called "trackback", where you indicate if you've posted something on your blog about my blog. Man, the world's getting more and more complicated each day. So yea, there you go. This is my third post for this Monday, so please scroll down to check out some of the other shite stuff I've put up, k?

Now, allow me this one brief moment to get something out of my system: Dah lebih enam bulan tak cakap bahasa Melayu! Tak sangka aku boleh rindu tak berbual, tapi memang rindu! *sniff*. Okay, that's over now. Byebye everyone! Until next time! (Post script: curious people can go ask Malay or Indo-speaking people what that was all about, kay?) Love, Nick.

A Mindless Narrative Of Ludicrous Proportions

So my housemate Carol and her friend (friend) Mark are watching the telly in her room when a certain individual christened Nick saunters blithely by and proceeds to pierce the silence of the corridor with a shrill duck-cry along the aural lines of "Weh!" (for further exposition on the duck-cry, kindly revisit the duck-call post).

According to the aforementioned Carol, aforementioned friend (friend) Mark is apparently startled and looks around bewildered, vocalising his perplexity: "What was that?!" To which abovementioned Carol bursts into fits of incrementally hysterical laughter and divulges it's something Nick does, to which she has to counter with a similar webbed-footed-birdly "weh!" . This response from the aforesaid Carol in turn leads the latter-stated Mark to sputter in sheer and absolute stupefaction: "But...why?!?!"

Oh, the inane hilarity! Oh, the obtuse, callow histrionics of the duck-caller! Oh, the stark, absolute miscomprehension of the innocent third-party! Oh, the utter immaturity and imbecilic notions possessed by certain blog-owning individuals who have too much time on their hands, and way too unneccessarily large words in their written vocabularies!

The end.

Okay, Carol, you've been mentioned on my blog again!! :)))

...How's everyone liking the red?

~Nick, who enjoys airing his dirty laundry in public. <-- Wait. That didn't sound right.

Arlo Arlo! (and Janis)

Today, while I'm recuperating from a bout of random sickinessess (yes, I deliberately missspelled that word, and that one too), I have another tribute to another great comic strip that I love - the warm, fuzzy, lovable, hilarious Arlo & Janis. It's a strip about a married couple (namely Arlo, the hubbie, and Janis, the wife), and the sweet, occasionally quirky, relationship they have.

I've posted a few strips below (click on 'em for a bigger view, of course), and if the very talented cartoonist Jimmy Johnson (who's apparently online a lot since he personally runs his very entertaining, informative and cartoon-filled website here) doesn't email me to tell me off for breach of copyright (not like he'll ever come across this blog anyway, since it's not exactly a prime example of web greatness :P), I'll put some more up tomorrow. In the meantime, enjoy the strips - if this is your first glimpse of A&J, don't feel that it's wrong to fall for 'em the way I have, haha! :) (For more A&J and other strips, visit www.comics.com.) Okay, buhbye now! ~N











Friday, 5 August 2005

The Agony Of De-Feet...!

Nick's Confession of the Month: due to a family inheritance, yours truly suffers, every now and then, from a rather painful condition known as gout. I've had it for, oh, about four years now, and I've only recently discovered it was an inherited thing because my uncles have also been saying they've got it, and for some reason poor old me has it too. Very sad, but it's tolerable... I'm on a (theoretically) daily medication thingy which (theoretically) I'm on for the rest of me life, but as most theories go, sometimes you choose to ignore 'em. Which, such as in cases as today, can be a bad thing. Yupyupyup, as of yesterday, the ol' gouty decided to revisit me, and now I'm in a state of bearable but mostly inconvenient pain. Worry not, though: painkillers are beautiful things, although sometimes they take ages to work.

Now, for those of you who are wondering what the heck gout is, allow me to copy-and-paste some info from various sources online. Bored or clinically-inclined people such as pharmacists and doctors may choose to go to another website now. :P Here we go:

Gout is a condition caused by the buildup of uric acid in the joints. An elevated blood level of uric acid (called hyperuricemia) occurs when the liver produces more uric acid than the body can excrete in the urine, or when a diet high in rich foods (e.g., red meat, cream sauces, red wine) produces more uric acid than the kidneys can filter from the blood.

Over time, uric acid in the blood crystallizes and settles in the joint spaces, causing swelling, inflammation, stiffness, and pain. Gout usually affects the first metatarsal phalangeal joint of the big toe (hallux) or the ankle joints.

Gout is caused by the buildup of uric acid in the joints. Approximately 18% of people who develop gout have a family history of the condition. Diseases and conditions that increase the risk include diabetes, obesity, kidney disease, and sickle cell anemia.

This is the bit where I scream "Damn it all!":

Regularly drinking alcohol interferes with the removal of uric acid from the body and can increase the risk for developing gout. Other risk factors include hgh dietary intake of rich foods that contain purine (e.g., cream sauces, red meat, sardines, liver, scallops; click on the link and scroll down for a longer list). Gout usually develops in the joint of the first toe (i.e., the big toe, or hallux). Common symptoms include the following:
* Inflammation
* Pain
* Redness
* Stiffness
* Swelling


Touching or moving the toe may be intensely painful and patients often say that having as much as a bed sheet over the toe increases the pain (I can vouch for this). Symptoms of gout develop quickly (sometimes in 1 day) and typically occur in only one joint at a time. Rarely, symptoms develop in two or three joints simultaneously. If widespread symptoms occur, the condition is probably not gout. If left untreated, gout can damage joints and cause disability.

Yikes. That's a little bit scary. Anyway, if you'd like to read up more on this, you can Google 'gout', or click on this link for one such informative page.

Truth be told, it's been four years and I've only now done some "thorough" research into it. Hmmm. But anyway, the bit about "a bed sheet increases the pain" is so true - the first time I had it, it was so bloody painful that on the journey to the doctor's, the vibrations of the car sent throbbing pain right through my foot and leg. Terrible? Terrible. Anyway, since then it's been controlled, with the theoretical daily medications and prescription painkillers, but every now and then I forget and eat something that triggers it off.

So! The question is: what have I eaten to trigger off this new attack? Hmmm! Recently I've been stealing my housemate Carol's seaweed and making soup (y'know. The Asians. They tend to eat anything that looks remotely edible.) ... and maybe that's what caused it. Then again, I've recently been eating orange muffins with poppy seeds -- so maybe that caused it! The thing is, it's most likely triggered by something new-ish in my diet, and as far as I can recall, only the seaweed and poppy seeds have been new. So.... I dunno. Anyway.

Well, that's the Nick Suffering as of 5th August. :P I'm trying not to walk about too much (even though yesterday I had to go to uni to pick up my Captain Quokka DVD which Paul didn't have ready for me, grrr arrrgh!).... and so I had to hobble about, whingeing and griping, moaning and complaining, probably more than I necessarily had to, mostly in a desperate attempt to seek attention and sympathy.

It didn't work. *cough*.

Okay, byebye for now! ~N

Thursday, 4 August 2005

Happy Anniversary!!!

Aaaaand it's officially ONE YEAR since the establishment of Memoirs of a Mad Malaysian Musicmaker! Whoohoo!! Thank you to everyone who's been checking in dilligently (much to my bewilderment as to why!) and who've been giving me constructive (and occasionally destructive) criticism on my blog, website, writing, music and other stuff.... it's all been very much appreciated, and I hope you guys keep on at it, hehe!

Just to mark this special day, I present two links to news articles online, for your reading interest. The first is something that I've always feared - my worst imaginations come to life - and here's one version of this story. Before anyone asks, let me just assert: I'm oh so terrified of flying. Whenever people ask me why I won't visit places further than Australia, I tell 'em, "Are you kidding? Five hours on a flight to/from Perth, and I'm freaking out!" And then this happened (here's another variation of the story, from a more localised point of view): not helpful! When I first heard about this, it was the same day that the French airbus crashed in Canada; and while I don't wish to downplay that event (and the seriously incredible luckiness of the 300-plus people who escaped), I'm especially concerned with the first article(s) linked because of the obvious keywords: plane, plummeted, Perth, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Airlines. Wehhhh!! (not to be confused with the aforementioned duck-call). Thank God everyone was okay. Some people kept on going. I'm not sure I could've. Sigh. *Shudders*. So there you go. Scary.

Of course, stories like those aren't the greatest for celebrating this one-year milestone (word used loosely), so allow me to present this interesting little article that caught my eye on CNN.com - So, Why DO Men Have Nipples?. Okay, it's a book review, but it's interesting, and I like books, and nipplage has been a source of consternation for many years, so there you go. Happy anniversary to me! :P

Finally, for anyone who's still on this post, I conclude in the spirit of true reminiscensing by reposting my very first blog post, dated August 4, 2004 (check out the archives if you don't believe me!) and entitled Sleeves Rolled Up and Here We Go...:

Welcome, boys and girls!

Having been inspired by many wonderful friends out there who are actively blogging away, I thought it might be cool for me to commence on a blog of my own. Rightaway I can see how this might be a fun/interesting/challenging/boring/dreary exercise, depending on what kind of mood I'm in, and how much the good ol' brain is willing to think up as I sit and stare glazed-eyed at the computer screen. Still, my cool friends out there who are actively blogging away somehow manage to actively blog away every night, churning out the most fascinating anecdotes on life, love and other disasters, and I see this as motivation to give this a go.

Right.

Now what?

Well, I guess first off I should say I'm extremely lacking in computer skills, which is news that should encourage lots of people to check out this blog, if only to make fun of all the errors that I'm bound to make. So nothing overly creative HTML-wise, folks, ok? For starters, at least. Heh.

Right now, I'm sitting in a cold room in a house that I share with three others in Perth, Australia, where I'm currently studying. Don't wish to bore anyone with the sordid details of my academic life (or lack of) right now, so I'll talk more about this later (lest people leave me messages pleading for me not to). I've entitled this blog Memoirs of a Mad Malaysian Musicmaker, but I'm not sure exactly how much I'll be talking about Malaysia (since I'm not there at the moment, although lots of retrospective and nostalgic reflections will be made, I figure); or musicmaking (since it's an aspiration, and not, y'know, my livelihood or anything). I probably will touch on madness though. Madness is good. Madness is fun, keeps life exciting, keeps ya on ya toes. Just ask any one of my cool friends who are actively blogging away. They're mad. All of 'em.

Yes, siree.

I think I'll stop here.

Thanks for reading, and if you'd like to read more exciting blogs, check out my buddy
Jase's ... he's one of those cool friends who are actively blogging away.

....

All right, all right, he's my only cool friend who is actively blogging away.

I need to read more blogs.

Buhbye!


Oy. One year on, and I still need to read more blogs... :P

Take care, everyone, and God speed! Peace out, Nick xxxox

Wednesday, 3 August 2005

Nicky and the Brain!

I've recently been rewatching episodes of the hilarious cartoon wherein two mice try their darnedest to achieve world domination. Yes, that's right: the one, the only, Pinky and the Brain!



Whoohooo!! Rib-roaring funny, every story tells of the sombre, deadpan Brain's attempts to conquer the earth, coupled with the loony, British-accented Pinky who always fumbles his way through his accomplice's dastardly plots. I never realised exactly how grown-up this show was for a cartoon until rewatching it now... as is the way with many cartoons, you miss (or misunderstand) so much back when you're a kid, and it's only when you're older that things stop sailing over your head (possibly because you're much bigger now, hahaa!). Here's a quote from one of the eppies I've just seen:

Big-busted Dolly Parton-like woman: Oh, Brain, I'm one of your biggest fans, what do you say to that?
The Brain: I'd say puberty was inordinately kind to you.

Heheh! Anyways, at the moment there sadly aren't any Pinky and the Brain series on DVD or anything, so I guess you'll just have to do what everyone else does and get it off the net (which isn't totally legal, by the way, so I shall stop talking about it now). Of course, I'm sure many of you still have the show fresh in your memories! Here's hoping it gets a DVD release soon! Narf! Poit!
And I conclude by, just for the heckofit, leaving you with the lyrics to the crazy mousey duo's theme song:

They’re Pinky and The Brain - yes, Pinky and The Brain
One is a genius - the other’s insane
They’re laboratory mice - their genes have been spliced
They’re dinky, they’re Pinky and the Brain, Brain, Brain, Brain Brain
Brain, Brain, Brain, Brain!

Before each night is done, their plan will be unfurled
By the dawning of the sun, they’ll take over the world!

They’re Pinky and The Brain - yes, Pinky and The Brain
Their twilight campaign is easy to explain
To prove their mousey worth, they’ll overthrow the Earth
They’re dinky, they’re Pinky and the Brain, Brain, Brain, Brain
Brain, Brain, Brain, Brain!
Narf!

~N

Post script: Countdown to one-year-blog anniversary - one day!

Tuesday, 2 August 2005

Orange Meatball With Stripes

Today: a tribute to the world's laziest fat cat. For absolutely no reason whatsoever.

Many people would agree with the opinion that Garfield, while still popular and much-loved, isn't as funny as it used to be... and personally I feel cartoonist Jim Davis should reintroduce the serial comic strips that used to make up a lot of its heyday in the 80s and early 90s, where Garfield, Jon, Odie and the gang would have adventures (or mis-adventures!) that spanned at least six days in the daily funnies, if not longer. Episodes such as the time Garfield and Odie ran away to join the circus. Or when Garfield wakes up to find the entire house empty, with Jon and Odie never existing. Or one of my personal favourites, when Jon went out with this woman from his pottery class, who turned out to be a werewolf. I mean, how odd is that?! Pottery class??!!

(Insert deadpan face here).

Anyway, in spite of the downslide in funny, some of the more recents strips still have what it takes to elicit a laugh out of yours truly, whether it be because it's cute, or funny, or just plain strange. I've posted some of these strips below -- picked at random, based solely on the fact that I read them and, at the very least, chuckled. Click on the strips to enlarge. You can literally find the entire collection of Garfield strips online at its very impressive website. But for now... enjoy. And I'm still waiting for Garfield & Friends volumes two and three to arrive - I've placed an order.... :P

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Let's see how many of you get this one (I think it's hilarious!):

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Love this one - sheer bizarreness:

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And my favourite one out of this collection:

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Heheheheheeeee!! Okay, have a good week, boys and girls! Peace out, Nick.

Post script: Countdown to one-year blog anniversary - 2 days!

Monday, 1 August 2005

Meows & Barks!

Hi everyone. Today was a good day: I went to uni at a little before noon to meet up with my friend Carol (not to be confused with housemate Carol!) for lunch, which was very nice. At one point our friend Andrew K, who played a cat in our recent production of Capt Quokka, walked by, so Carol and I started meowing at the top of our lungs trying to get his attention. We got everybody's attention except his. Oy. But nah, he eventually joined us, and we had fun chatting and just vegging out, watching wide-eyed first-years wander back and forth in a state of excitement at having begun their new life in tertiery education, the poor unjaded sods. Afterwards Carol and I headed back to my place to watch reruns of TV shows, and then we headed to the shopping centre to... um.... shop, which was pretty fun.

On a totally different note, I received a letter from mommy and daddy back in Malaysia, and they sent (alongside a cheque for uni fees marked with a four-digit figure beginning with 7) photos of my cute little puppy Chloe! Except she isn't so little anymore. Ummm. Yeah. The photos feature a big doggy. I was quite surprised, even though I knew she'd be bigger (mental note: puppies and babies grow!). One of the photos featured Chloe sleeping - with a teddy bear clasped between her forepaws. Awwww! It was really cute, it absolutely was! When I get access to a scanner, I'll try to put some photos up, which is the same thing I said about Chris and Jade's wedding a few weeks ago. I'll do it, I promise. Sometime soonish.

Well, that's all for now. Am eating orange-and-poppyseed muffins right now, fresh from the oven, with a cuppa coffee and a rerun of a TV show on the tube. All in all, it's been a good day. :) Until next time! xox