03 May 2008

Ironman


I watched this at Bishan last night. Great fun! Downey was convincing. The Iron Man suit was quite a sight to behold. The end game was somewhat reminiscent of Robocop 2 for one reason. Heh.

This is probably one of the best superhero films ever made. That is not saying much though.

02 May 2008

Coast


Ballpoint pen doodle. 12cm x 11cm.

I sketched this during this dreary, quiet afternoon.
Unfinished 44





Unfinished ballpoint pen doodle.
Old Man



Ballpoint pen doodle. 10cm x 5cm

Illustration Friday theme: Winkles
Borders discounts

30% off for one full-priced book. Another 10% off the total for card-holders. Click here for the coupon.

30% off for one full-priced DVD boxset. Click here for the coupon.
Ahmadiyah

I have always wondered about the status of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and the Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement comprising of followers of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad here in Singapore and also in Malaysia. Are these people free to practise or are the teachings of this sect banned?
I have heard the new chart-topping granny Madge single '4 Minutes'. Urm, it doesn't work for me. I can't speak for the rest of 'Hard Candy' though. The bits and pieces that I have heard is, well, rather bland.

I like the new Portishead 'Third'. 'Machine Gun', at least in my impression, is slightly reminiscent of
Scott Walker's 'Tilt' due to the explosive use of percussion. Interesting!
"I am opposed to parliamentary government and the power of the press, because they are the means by which the herd becomes the master."

Quote from Friedrich Nietzsche.

01 May 2008

Pulau Ubin X


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Listening

I am listening to the new Portishead album 'Third'. Their first album in a decade. Deliberately harsh, jarring and disjointed. The Gibbons voice is a counterpoint in a sense. The first single 'Machine Gun' is quite something.



I tried Madonna's 'Hard Candy' at the listening booth at HMV. I don't think I will be getting it. '4 Minutes', the leading single, was not compelling. I think Timberlake and Timbaland were better with Duran Duran's new album 'Red Carpet Massacre'.



I also gave Mike Oldfield's new one, 'Music of the Spheres', a listen, I think I will stick to Holst's 'The Planets'. This had featured Lang Lang on the piano. I tried Sarah Brightman's new one 'Symphony', I am undecided.



I saw the new Autechre album at Borders. I wasn't interested in the new Moby album. 'Play' was so bad, pretentious and overhyped that I had no desire to listen to Moby since. There was the new Armin van Buuren album 'Imagine'. Heh. Maybe.
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"This constraint upon our thinking has always been a problem for religion. Being stocked stem to stern with incredible ideas, the world’s religions have had to find some way to circumvent reason, without repudiating it. The recommended maneuver is generally called “faith,” and it actually appears to work. Faith enables a person to fool himself into thinking that he is maintaining his standards of reasonableness, while forsaking them. There is a powerful incentive to not notice that one is engaged in this subterfuge, of course, because to notice it is to fail at it. As is well known, such cognitive gymnastics can be greatly facilitated by the presence of others, similarly engaged. Sometimes, it takes a village to lie to oneself."

Quote from Religion as a Black Market for Irrationality by Sam Harris

30 April 2008

I was at HMV earlier this evening. I picked up 'Sunshine', 'Ran' and Portishead 'Third'. I was also at Fat Boy's* and I picked up a Warhammer 40,000 novel, 'Relentless'. I also got one for Wei Yi.

I was then at Spinelli's for two hours, writing my diary.

*Paradigm Infinitium
Drat! Borders closed at 11:00 pm tonight. I was only able to browse for less than an hour. I managed to procure a copy of 'The Future of the Brain: The Promise and Perils of Tomorrow's Neuroscience' by Steven Rose. I had been looking for that volume for a few months now.

I have a ritual of browsing for three hours weekly for the last decade.
Woo! It's almost time.
"Nor is the people's judgment always true. the most may err as grossly as the few."

Quote from John Dryden
I think I shall wander down to Borders this evening.
"Resentment is one of the few emotions that never lets you down, but it's useless. In fact, it's worse than useless, it's harmful, and we all suffer from it at some time in our lives."

Quote from Theodore Dalrymple (Anthony A.M. Daniels)

29 April 2008

Pulau Ubin III


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What is the world turning to? Why are people so easily brainwashed these days? Religion, political causes and who knows what else? Earlier today, Kuoby was bemoaning the fact that many had been brainwashed by the Chinese government and were now attacking protesters.
From what I see, religious extremism is on the rise and this will affect the religious harmony of our tiny nation state. I think there will be clashes between factions eventually and the government will have to utilise the sedition act and the religious harmony act to protect the integrity and social cohesion of our nation. Seditious religious fanatics anyone?
Syriana

I finally watched what was supposedly one of the best films of 2005, 'Syriana'. The layered plot about the machinations of the oil interests and government made for compelling watching. The disjointed nature of the film contributed to a deliberate disorientating experience. The dialogue strangely enough consisted only of people 'speaking quietly' throughout, pretty much devoid of emotion. A strange effect.

Regarding the targeted Predator UAV attack on a member of the royalty, if the CIA were really that competent, there would not have been such rogue leaders of nations and organisations running loose.
Dreary day. Heh. Lots to do. Administrative mostly.
"Anyone who imagines that terrestrial concerns account for Muslim terrorism must answer questions of the following sort: Where are the Tibetan Buddhist suicide bombers? The Tibetans have suffered an occupation far more brutal, and far more cynical, than any that Britain, the United States, or Israel have ever imposed upon the Muslim world. Where are the throngs of Tibetans ready to perpetrate suicidal atrocities against Chinese noncombatants? They do not exist. What is the difference that makes the difference? The difference lies in the specific tenets of Islam. This is not to say that Buddhism could not help inspire suicidal violence. It can, and it has (Japan, World War II). But this concedes absolutely nothing to the apologists for Islam. As a Buddhist, one has to work extremely hard to justify such barbarism. One need not work nearly so hard as a Muslim. The truth that we must finally confront is that Islam contains specific notions of martyrdom and jihad that fully explain the character of Muslim violence."

Quote from Sam Harris

28 April 2008

I just left feedback asking if the library can consider extending the opening hours of their reference library.

I doubt if the librarians will act on this request but I can hope.
I am so tired. I slept late last night and I was at Pulau Ubin most of yesterday. I will see about putting up some photos later.
"People who deny responsibility for their own actions use a language that portrays them as passive victims of circumstance."

Quote from Theodore Dalrymple (Anthony A.M. Daniels)

27 April 2008