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Wednesday, August 25, 2004

The Strip

Welcome to The Strip

The Strip is for me an innovative TV comedy. It the story of the people working, managing and around the "Man Alive" male strip club owned by Melissa Walker.

The show starts when Melissa finds out that her husband is having an affair with another man. Depressed by this situation she began to wonder if she was happy in her life. As a complete life make-over she buys a strip club in Wellington's red light district.

Who would have thought that one can make a comedy around a strip club. It is not the best comedy in the world today but it is quality.

(The show is not about prostitution and endless and senseless sex scenes and exposure of half naked men.)

The show is produced by the Gibson Group a Wellington based television production company. It was shown on TV3 last year. The third season will be shown this year and may compete with TV One's Six Feet Under broadcast.

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

RP already in midst of fiscal crisis -- Arroyo -

RP already in midst of fiscal crisis -- Arroyo

There you have it. The Philippines is in midst of a fiscal crisis.

Now that the problem is recognised solutions to solve it can be formulated and utilised.

"Oh My God" a religious flash animation

Oh My God

It is a nice item to reflect upon.

Other flash animations to see:

Who Needs Politics?

These flash animations are produced by Jews for Jesus. You heard me right, Jews for Jesus!

Saturday, August 21, 2004

other B5 quotes

"It has occurred to me recently that I have never chosen anything. I was born into a role that had been prepared for me. I did everything I was asked to do, because it never occurred to me to choose otherwise. And now, at the end of my life, I wonder what might've been."

"That's why my father taught me to live each second as though it would be the last moment of my life. He said: 'If you love, love without reservation. If you fight, fight without fear.' He called it the way of the warrior."

"No regrets then?"

"A few. But just a few. You?"

"Oh, enough to fill a lifetime. So much has been lost, so much forgotten. So much pain, so much blood. And for what, I wonder. The past tempts us, the present confuses us, and the future frightens us. And our lives slip away, moment by moment, lost in that vast terrible inbetween. But there is still time to seize that one last fragile moment. To choose something better, to make a difference, as you say. And I intend to do just that."

-Captain John Sheridan (Played by: Bruce Boxleitner) and the Centauri Emperor (Played by: Turhan Bey)
-Babylon 5 Episode 209: "The Coming of Shadows"
Source: Babylon 5 Quotes: The Coming of Shadows

"No dictator... no invader... can hold an imprisoned population by the force of arms forever. There is no greater power in the universe than the need for freedom. Against that power governments, and tyrants, and armies can not stand."
-Citizen G'Kar (Played by Andreas Katsulas)
-Babylon 5 Episode 222: "The Long, Twilight Struggle"
Source: Babylon 5 Quotes: The Long, Twilight Struggle

wine grapes

These are the types of grapes used in making wine. These grapes are smaller than table/eating grapes. Each type is used for different wine varieties. Posted by Hello

Here you can see the grapes for Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Chardonnay.

My favourite wine variety is White Riesling not shown here.

Many thanks to my friend for lending me this photo.

on Babylon 5

In the last weeks I have been watching the DVD box sets of Babylon 5. I started to watch it because there is not much good to borrow from the video rental shop. Due to the 2004 Olympic Games, BBC World broadcast on TV ONE has discontinued until the end of the games. I Babylon 5 is a cure for my boredom and lack of watching anything good on television.

Initially, a few years ago, I thought Babylon 5 was an attempt to be like the Star Trek franchise. Now to me after watching up to the third season I realised that it is something different if not better.

I am so impressed by the quality of the script. It has a lot of thought provoking lines that applies directly to real life for example the line delivered by G'Kar. I shall try to add other worthy quotes from the series in future postings.

I agree that the show has fewer "techno speak" and it still revolves on characters.

Speaking of characters, they are well developed. They are not perfect and there are flaws in them which makes them more human than fictional.

If anyone is interested in science-fiction TV I think Babylon 5 is a good start.

"G'Quan wrote: 'There is a greater darkness than the one we fight. It is the darkness of the soul that has lost its way. The war we fight is not against powers and principalities, it is against chaos and despair. Greater than the death of flesh is the death of hope, the death of dreams. Against this peril we can never surrender. The future is all around us, waiting in moments of transition, to be born in moments of revelation. No one knows the shape of that future, or where it will take us. We know only that it is always born in pain."

-Citizen G'Kar (Played by Andreas Katsulas)
-Babylon 5 Episode 322: "Z'ha'dum"

Source: Babylon 5 Quotes: Z'ha'dum

Babylon 5 is a creation of J. Michael Straczynski

Thursday, August 19, 2004

Alien in 30 seconds with bunnies.

Alien in 30 seconds with bunnies.

The link directs you to a flash movie. This is funny!

Movie spoilers galore

Movie spoilers galore Moviepooper ruins the endings for hundreds of movies

This website spoils your movie watching by telling you want a movie's ending is.

Happy reading!

Monday, August 16, 2004

Murphy's Law

According to this law if anything wrong is going to happen it will happen at the worst possible time.

This law has been devastating me almost every month.

Just today while I was preparing to go out of the house I was looking for my keys. I was looking for it for twenty minutes until I missed the bus.

The keys that I was looking for was only under the plastic bags that was under table.

I left my room trashed.

Monday, August 09, 2004

Where do you belong?

Political Compass

This is a website that has a simple test to see in which part of the political compass one belongs.

According to the author the traditional left-right spectrum is problematic as it does not facilitate libertarianism and authoritarianism.

Sunday, August 01, 2004

Humbling experience

Should you find it hard to get to sleep at night, just remember the homeless family who has no bed to lie in.

Should you find yourself stuck in traffic, don't despair. There are people in this world for whom driving is an unheard-of privilege.

Should you have a bad day at work, think of the man who has been out of work for the last three months or more.

Should you despair over a relationship gone bad, think of the person who has never known what is like to love and be loved in return.

Should you grieve the passing of another weekend, think of the woman in dire straits, working twelve hours a day, seven days a week, for $10.00 to feed her family.

Should your car break down, leaving you miles from assistance, think of the paraplegic who would love the opportunity to take that walk.

Should you notice a new grey hair in the mirror, think of the cancer patient in chemotheraphy who wishes she had hair to examine.

Should you find yourself at a loss and pondering, " what is life all about, what is my life purpose?" be thankful, there are those who didn't live long enough to get that opportunity.

Should you find yourself the victim of one's bitterness, ignorance, smallness or insecurities, remember things could be worse. You could be them!
(Source: New Zealand Marist Messenger, November 2002)

At first glance this sort of a proverb (I'm calling it a proverb in this case) tells us that we should be thankful and contented. We often complain about we are not as rich as our neighbor and our list goes on.

Yesterday this proverb took a deeper meaning in my life. A friend confided that his brother that he brought along our house and I have meet quite some time ago has ADHD. I remembered this proverb as he explained his sibling's condition.

Its hard to imagine how difficult it might be to live with this condition. It is also hard to imagine to have a son, daughter or a sibling with is condition.

This poor guy is suffering from a rare disorder whose only wish is to be normal and here I am normal by all standards yet complaining of my inadequacies. I am glad I am at least normal.

This is a humbling experience for me.

We meet a lot of people and only a few can really teach you important life lessons.