31 May 2008
30 May 2008
It's also been a while since I had dinner with Kelvin. Has it been six months? I will see him next week too.
Heheh. A week of meeting people. I will probably arrange to meet Teck Loong for coffee too.
29 May 2008
I got 'Resident Evil: Extinction' by mistake. I had seen that. Oh well.
I have been meaning to watch this. I finally watched it on DVD this evening. Amusing French drama and comedy about a man who suffers from narcolepsy. When he sleeps, he is a superhero. Unknown to him, his ability for illustrating his dreams is exploited by those closest to him. A drama about life, love and friendship. Entertaining but not exceptional. Worthwhile watch. 6.5/10
28 May 2008
27 May 2008
Last night, I had the worse burger yet from Carl's Junior at Plaza Singapura. The Portobello Mushroom Burger was soggy and the greens were nowhere in evidence. The burger was nothing like the picture presented and promoted. It had only been a year or so since this new joint landed on our shores and it seemed that Carl's Junior had descended to the depths of the quality found at McDonald's. I didn't feel good after that meal of sorts. I rarely eat burgers anyhow but now dining at burger joints is almost certain to be rarity for me. Oh well.
26 May 2008
What are you reading at present?
I was thinking of the potential relegation candidates. The goals scored and goals allowed records of Fulham, Wigan, Sunderland and Bolton are quite similar. Without purchases of new players, these four teams are going to struggle.
Meanwhile, between West Bromwich, Stoke and Hull, I see that West Bromwich has the best scoring record, while Hull has the best defensive record in the Championship League. I think Stoke and Hull will struggle.
West Bromwich has Kevin Philips while Hull has Nick Barmby. I suspect that West Bromwich will survive. We will have to see about purchases.
Right now, I predict:
25 May 2008
Kelvin lent the 'Delicatessen' DVD a few months back. After all these years, I have finally watched the 1991 Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet directed black comedy about a butcher and his tenants. Ha ha ha. A post-holocaust world of a sort where a household had resorted to eating new people under their roof. Then, one day, the butcher's daughter fell in love with a circus clown who had just moved in. The clown was the object of everyone's hunger. Such an eccentric vehicle with a whole range of human emotions, love, humour, malice, hunger, and more. The incredibly well-crafted scenes were magnificient. It's so whimsical unlike the rather contrived and commercial Tim Burton flicks. 7/10.
24 May 2008
I watched the highly-hyped instalment of Indiana Jones last night at GV Grand at Great World City. Well... 6/10.*
A tired franchise with self-congratulatory folks. However, I believe what they are selling here is nostalgia. And nostalgia with self-referential humour and large doses of sentimentality will sell, meaning that this will be a huge commercial success. The Spielberg and Lucas mafia are clearly banking on that.
There were computer-generated graphics used of course but a lot of the stunts were actually the same old tired jump out of the truck/amphibious vehicle/4X4 vehicle fights that we have seen before. The model builders were extremely busy in this one.
Ford is obviously not able to match his previous physical endeavours. His stunt double was, of course, very predominant!
Oh, there were Thompson SMGs and AK-47s of course. For reference, my ratings of the current and previous ones were:
Raiders of the Lost Ark - 7/10
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom - 4/10
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade - 4/10
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull - 6/10
Again, those are my ratings. Yours will, of course, differ.
I think if you like conspiracy theories, you will like this one.Flying saucers, alien autopsies, Peruvian formations, El Dorado, Cities of Gold, lost civilisations, government conspiracies, KGB, pyschic research. That sort of fringe conspiracy stuff!Even the atomic bomb in a Cold War paranoid setting!
The movie was great fun. Pure escapism.
*Previously, I was hesitant when it came to a quantitative rating. Well, I have changed my mind.
The Water Fools event at Boat Quay was fantastic. A lady with a brolly peddling on a huge bicycle on the surface of the water, a car towing a caraven circling around, a huge paddle wheel with a man running inside and a lady in a ballroom gown mounted on top, gondolas and more. Best of all, there were fireworks shooting off from poles mounted in the middle of the river. Phantasmagorical! Magnificent! It's quite a spectacle! Highly recommended! Do go!
It's on tonight and tomorrow night at 8:00 pm at Boat Quay! Not to be missed! GO GO GO!
23 May 2008
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20 May 2008
I just finished 'Marines on the Ground: Operation Iraqi Freedom 2' by Gordon Arthur and 'The God Delusion' by Richard Dawkins.
I started on 'Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and other Animals' by John Gray and 'God is not great: How religion poisons everything' by Christopher Hitchens. I was also reading 'Japanese Castles in Korea 1592-98' by Stephen Turnbull.
What are you reading at present?
19 May 2008
When the Almighty Celestial Emperor Loh deigned to visit his subjects in Singapore, we turned up and escorted him while he inspected his dominions.
All bow down before EMPEROR LOH!
I picked up the following at Borders a week ago:
'The Future of the Brain: The Promise and Perils of Tomorrow's Neuroscience' by Steven Rose
'The Portable Atheist' edited by Christopher Hitchens
'Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life' by Daniel C. Dennett
'A History of Western Philosophy' by Bertrand Russell
'Religion Explained: The Human Instincts that fashion Gods, Spirits and Ancestors' by Pascal Boyer
'Daniel Dennett (Contemporary Philosophy in Focus)' edited by Andrew Brook and Don Ross
'Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and other Animals' by John Gray
I finally finished 'The God Delusion' by Richard Dawkins last night after being distracted by many other pursuits previously.
A most intelligent and eloquent polemic, a pleasure to read.