25 January 2008

Borders Coupons

30% off one full-priced book. (Cardholders receive a further 10% off). Click here.

40% off for four books or more. (Cardholders receive a further 10% off). Click here.

Offer ends on the 7th of February 2008

23 January 2008

The run for David Cronenberg's 'Eastern Promises' is almost over. Likewise, the anime 'Vexille'. The period of a run is short these days. Films arrive and vanish in an eyeblink.
I was eyeing the Dell XPS quad-core gaming rigs. Hmm.. I think I can get a quad-core machine at a lower rate at Sim Lim Square.
My seven year old computer has finally given up its ghost. The motherboard died. A capacitor fell off the video card too. Well, I am now on the look out for a good gaming rig.

22 January 2008

For some strange reason, I have been listening to quite a bit of Duran Duran this past few days. 'Falling Down', 'Notorious', 'I don't want your Love', 'All she wants is', 'Perfect Day', 'Love Voodoo (Remix)' and more.
I do need to focus.

Heh.
Doh

Another morning exchange with Kuoby. Heh. We talked about a telephone conversation.

Chuang Shyue Chou says (10:54 AM):
I just grilled a salesperson and her boss to death.

Kuoby (Thuggg) says (10:54 AM):
nice one

Chuang Shyue Chou says (10:54 AM):
They wanted to sell an ERP solution.

Chuang Shyue Chou says (10:54 AM):
But they don't know what they are selling.*

Kuoby (Thuggg) says (10:54 AM):
without even knowing your needs?

Kuoby (Thuggg) says (10:54 AM):
that's stupid


Chuang Shyue Chou says (10:54 AM):
Yep, without knowing.


Chuang Shyue Chou says (10:54 AM):
I said I wanted to know what app server is.

Chuang Shyue Chou says (10:54 AM):
I wanted to know the backend language used for development.

Chuang Shyue Chou says (10:55 AM):
I wanted to know this and that.

Chuang Shyue Chou says (10:55 AM):
Database.

Chuang Shyue Chou says (10:55 AM):
etc.

Chuang Shyue Chou says (10:55 AM):
She was at a loss.


Chuang Shyue Chou says (10:55 AM):
I asked if they used Java, then what about the performance?

Chuang Shyue Chou says (10:55 AM):

Then, her boss came on. Her boss kept repeating the mantra that there is no performance issues.

Chuang Shyue Chou says (10:55 AM):
She kept saying that ABCD Company*** which used it had no performance issues.

Kuoby (Thuggg) says (10:56 AM):
hmm sounds like local company?

Chuang Shyue Chou says (10:56 AM):
It probably is.

Kuoby (Thuggg) says (10:56 AM):
yup

Chuang Shyue Chou says (10:56 AM):
The salesgirl could not speak proper English.

Kuoby (Thuggg) says (10:56 AM):
small timers

Chuang Shyue Chou says (10:56 AM):
I think they are.

Chuang Shyue Chou says (10:56 AM):
Her manager was better.

Chuang Shyue Chou says (10:56 AM):
More confident

Chuang Shyue Chou says (10:56 AM):
But was still pathetic.

Kuoby (Thuggg) says (10:57 AM):
hard doing sales

Kuoby (Thuggg) says (10:57 AM):
but you make it harder if you don't know your product

Chuang Shyue Chou says (10:57 AM):
Yes, one should be at least versed in one's products.

Chuang Shyue Chou says (10:57 AM):
Or someone should have written the product specs for the salesgirl.

Chuang Shyue Chou says (10:58 AM):
That way, the sales person can survive at least.

* The salesgirl had to slowly pronounce 'Enterprise Resource Planning...'
** Entry was edited for clarity.
*** Company name disguised.

21 January 2008

Books I am reading

I am currently reading:

'Light' by M. John Harrison
'Introducing Romanticism' by Duncan Heath
'Home from Nowhere: Remaking our Everyday World for the 21st Century' by James Howard Kunstler
'A Military History of China: From the Manchu Conquest to Tian'anmen Square' by Peter Worthing

The first is M. John Harrison's first SF novel in a long time. The second is an illustrated introductory volume explaining the Romantic movement, the third, a tome promoting New Urbanism and the final volume, another military history of China. I had just finished 'The Omnivore's Dilemma' by Michael Pollan and 'Ancient Rome' by Nigel Rodgers just last week.

I am always curious as to what everyone is reading. May I know what you are reading at present?
I am weary. Heh.
The Fixer

As usual, I am the last resort. I am like the 'Michael Clayton' character in 'Michael Clayton'. I have a debt to collect.

I have to make an appeal regarding something else too.

In both cases, it is not that I do not have a leg to stand on, it is that there may not be means to achieve what has to be done. I will need to squeeze blood out of a stone. That will be interesting.

20 January 2008

I swam twenty laps this morning. It had been a while since I swam. The rains in December had made it almost impossible as the pool was shut due to the potential of a lightning strike.

I finished reading 'The Omnivore's Dilemma: The Search for a perfect Meal in a Fast-Food World' by Michael Pollan this evening. I would recommend this volume to everyone.