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Electronic City by Falk Richter

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Fucking shit.

Shit.

Shit.

Shit.

Where am I? Who am I? What’s the number combination? Was it 22-44-15-17?

I don’t remember. I don’t know.

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Jabra Gabra

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Remember the HBH-65 Sony Ericsson Bluetooth headset I bought online at Lelong a couple of months back? Let it remain a memory. A good one while it lasted. Which wasn’t long, really. Not after finding it in my washing machine when I was removing laundry to dry. And how in any humane sense of word did it get there? I don’t know.

It was definitely a step-up from the HBH-35 I was using for a while before it sputtered and refused to charge. With no battery replacement available, I decided to put it up for sale at Lelong, before it collected dust and cobwebs in my drawer. There was a buyer, surprisingly, snapped up like a Whopper.

Fast forward. Present time.

Before I settled for the HBH-65 previously, the Jabra BT800 caught my eye with its stupendously long list of features. But at RM350 (offer price!) for a brand new set over at Lelong (again), it was deemed slightly out of budget range.

So in the end, after much pondering and researching online, I placed an order for the Jabra BT330, a lightweight, no-frills Bluetooth headset costing just RM199. Nice.

17g. 7 hours talktime. 200hours standby time.

All that I’d ever need in a small package. Until next time I find a headset in my washing machine, this is my trusty communicating earpiece for now. And for now, I am a happy camper.

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Encore – A Musical To Call Our Own!

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Polished. Engaging. Beautiful.

If there were three words to describe the Malaysian musical – Encore, the aforementioned would be apt. Produced by Lew Chee Seong, directed by Chee Sek Thim and presented by the Five Arts Centre, Encore is an eclectic ensemble of musicals, of origins we can only claim as truly Malaysian.

Held at the beautiful Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLPAC), Encore features piano skills from singer-songwriter Shanon Shah, singers Alex Koh, Chee Sek Thim, Ida Mariana, Sukania Venugopal and Tony Eusoff.

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Apple

Front Row and an iPod full of videos!

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The rumour mills were right. Though really not a new idea per se (portable digital video players), the great iPod, all of the sudden, gains video-playing capabilities. Launched at an Apple Special Event in San Jose, California, USA – starring marketing maestro and Apple head honcho Steve Jobs(damn you Steve, again!), the event also saw the launch of iTunes 6 and a new iMac G5, featuring Front Row (a software and Apple Remote media solution).

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STOMPed and Lovin’ It!

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Image sourced from Stomponline

Mom, what’s ‘STOMP’? If it makes you think of screaming, running kids making lots of incoherent noise, you are half right. Well, not quite. It is far from incoherent, and far from being just ‘noise’.

So what exactly is STOMP? I’d call it a buffet of music, rhythm and dance, theatre and performance arts. A well-choreographed blend of bodies and movement, of sounds and music, made with everyday objects. If the prices of brooms suddenly escalate, you can suspect it’s due to the STOMP. The amount of brooms they break! Geez!

Who ever could imagine sweeping could produce such a rhythm, such addictive music? Needless to say, I’ll never look at a kitchen sink, rubber hose, pail, matchbox and broom the same way again!

With a cast of 8 of very distinct personalities and characters, you’d be absolutely amazed at the dance routines and the choreography. The coordination spot on. And the music they make just makes you want to get on your feet and boogy.

No speech and no dialogue. And none needed really.

STOMP has no hidden message – just focused, passionate music-making bordering on comedy. Very street influenced, I found it veered slightly towards Latin beats and grooves. I’m not complaining though. Couldn’t keep my feet still nor could I stop my body from swaying! It was just fantastic.

The gifted cast never failed to impress with their percussion skills, and kept the audience intrigued and on their feet the whole duration of the 2-hour show.

I had to sell my left arm, right kidney and right foot to buy the tickets (RM180 x 2 tix, one for my boo) but I came out of the Istana Budaya auditorium last night feeling happy and fulfilled. Money well-spent methinks. If you haven’t bought your tickets yet or not planned to watch STOMP, well, you HAVE to! An experience not to be missed, surely.

Be STOMPed or be square!
STOMP runs till the 25th of September 2005.

Related links:
Stomponline
Lunch-Box Productions – Stomp
Axcess Buy Tickets!

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Apple

The iPod. Nano-fied. I want.

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I have to hand it to Apple Computer. They have this gift. The gift that makes you want things. This uncanny ability to spur interest. Desire. From the very depths of your inner soul, your gut, your emotions. If you think Apple does just computers, hah!, think again. They are way beyond that. How about masters of digital music players? How about king of convergence?

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iCon: Steve Jobs : The Greatest Second Act In the History of Business

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iCon Steve Jobs : The Greatest Second Act in the History of Business. What an honour to describe a man so undescribably passionate, one reputed to be the most influential individual in technology.

Steve Jobs.

My ultimate idol. If I ever meet him, I’ll kiss his feet. I love him. I love him for making computers sexy. I love him for bring us great stuff from Pixar. I love him for inspiring greatness. I love him for his vision, his reality distortion field, his presence and charisma on stage. I love him because he has a knack and uncanny ability to understand and predict the market. I love him for the Mac OS. And the iPod.

I hate him because he constantly makes me broke. As a huge fan of Apple, I am perpetually tempted to buy another Mac, Powerbook, iPod, Cinema Display and related accessories. I am an Apple junkie.

I am happy.

Paid a visit to Borders at Times Square last night before catching the sexy “Mr and Mrs Smith”. Saw this paraded under “New Books”. Didn’t take much to coerce me to part with my hardearned RM80. I’ve done 20 pages of the book so far. It is as engaging as it is informative. Have read the Second Coming of Steve Jobs as well. If you are a fan, you need to get both these books. And you need to watch Pirates of Silicon Valley Ultimate Silicon Valley geek movie!

“Sometimes in craziness, lies genius”
Steve Jobs, Apple CEO

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Apple

Up next: Mactel vs Wintel

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As Apple waves goodbye to the single processor 1.8Ghz Power Mac G5, it files a trademark application for the term ‘Mactel’, according to new Mac website – Mac on Intel. This move is likely to be more of a protective measure against misuse of the term, more so than the likelihood of Apple actually using the term in any of its products. Personally I think it sounds like a telco, more so than a computer company or term. Heh.

Will the Mac OS beat Windows on the same hardware? Hmm. Interesting thought. We’ll all see in 18 months. May the best OS win!

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Apple

But, but, but…what about RISC? Altivec?

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In a shocking announcement, Apple has announced plans to use Intel microprocessors across its product line this time next year. Apple previewed a version of Mac OS X Tiger running on an Intel-based Mac at the Worldwide Developer Conference today.

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Apple

Batteries on Fire? Get New Ones!

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Exclusive flame-buoyant batteries from Apple!

Apple is voluntarily recalling certain lithium ion rechargeable batteries that were sold worldwide from October 2004 through May 2005 for use with the following notebook computers: 12-inch iBook G4, 12-inch PowerBook G4 and 15-inch PowerBook G4. For information on the exchange program and whether you are affected, click on the link below:
iBook G4 and PowerBook G4 Battery Exchange Program