Month: May 2006

Sometimes I pity these friends of mine

9:49:05 PM friend: hello9:49:05 PM friend: i want beer9:49:14 PM brandon: now?9:49:16 PM brandon: let’s go9:49:17 PM friend: and i feel uber grumpy9:49:26 PM friend: cos someone stole my white sandals9:49:28 PM friend: *cries9:50:13 PM brandon: how did they get stolen9:50:25 PM friend: from my door9:50:31 PM brandon: maybe accident9:50:40 PM friend: accident??9:50:49 PM friend: our doorways are very far apart9:50:50 PM friend: fuckers9:51:19 PM brandon: =(9:51:21 PM brandon: maybe a dog!9:51:45 PM friend: hello9:51:53 PM brandon: hello9:51:56 PM friend: it can’t be a dog9:52:05 PM brandon: oh you have proof?9:52:05 PM friend: this floor has no dogs9:52:16 PM brandon: dogs can climb stairs!9:52:30 PM brandon: ok don’t feel bad9:52:35 PM brandon: how about you imagine9:52:52 PM brandon: a little girl with leukemia 9:52:57 PM brandon: was walking barefoot9:53:08 PM brandon: home from the hospital9:53:14 PM brandon: her parents just passed away9:53:17 PM brandon: and she doesn’t know yet9:53:19 PM brandon: nobody told her9:53:23 PM brandon: so poor thing9:53:29 PM brandon: she didn’t have money to pay the bills9:53:34 PM brandon: so she snuck off …

Japanese food products and candy, delivered for free

Candy freaks (I can think of one) may first be amazed, and then positively elated to hear that Play-Asia.com doesn’t just deliver games and DVDs to Singapore for free, but also “groceries”. Above (L to R): Meiji Pucca Banana Choco (SGD$3.19), Bourbon Chotos Bitter Chocolate Rusk (SGD$4.00), Happy Cherry Candy (SGD$3.19). All prices include delivery. Ramen freaks and MSG-addicts like myself will probably gravitate wallet-first towards these other products: Above (L to R): Hello Kitty Dim Sum noodle bowl – Japanese Curry flavor (SGD$1.59), Nissin Cup Noodles – Pork Chowder(!) flavor (SGD$2.07), Baby Star Ramen Snack – 4 pack in Chicken/Mayonnaise/Tempura/Soy Sauce flavors (SGD$3.19). All prices include delivery. Here’s the main Groceries page with many more. Order away! (Disclaimer: I receive a small commission under Play-Asia’s affiliate program when purchases are made after a visit originating from this site.)

Believe it or not, I was channelling James Earl Jones in Coming to America

I get so many random people messaging me on ICQ while trying to work, and I am explicitly NOT set on “Free to Chat” mode, but somehow the random feature finds me. Anyway, it gives me something to do on slow mornings. I try to believe that it’s amusing for them too, so I’m not losing sleep, thanks for asking. (10:47:53) 287143814: hi(10:48:02) brandon: hello(10:48:18) brandon: i am prince ngatua of namibia(10:48:37) brandon: i need your help(10:48:42) brandon: and i can make you rich!(10:48:58) 287143814: what’s happened(10:49:06) brandon: rich beyond your wildest imagination(10:49:17) brandon: i am being deposed by my evil prime minister(10:49:26) brandon: i need to move my money offshore(10:49:39) brandon: and then withdraw it again once i am in switzerland(10:50:05) brandon: can you let me use your bank account? you will be in no great danger forlong(10:50:07) 287143814: how can i believe u(10:50:19) brandon: you will have to trust me, my friend(10:50:22) brandon: i am prince ngatua(10:50:24) brandon: a man of his word(10:50:59) 287143814: I would like to invite you to an ICQ …

The Pour

Have just discovered Eric Asimov’s wine blog on the New York Times website. Wine blogs may sound like a pretentious formulation to most, but he manages to humanize and deintellectualize a great deal of his thoughts. It could be a blog about a man in search of the perfect cheeseburger; the words have just been changed. I wrongly assumed to begin with that he was the son of Issac, but it turns out he is a nephew (son of Issac’s brother). Here is an excerpt from the introduction of a post about Bordeaux. Like many people who decided they wanted to learn about wine, Bordeaux was the first category I explored in those heady days of disposable income, just out of college with a real job, years before my kids were born. Back then, in the early 1980’s, Bordeaux was a natural. It was a region with a clear structure and hierarchy. Information was relatively easy to come by. It was without equal in prestige, and the wines did not seem difficult to understand. I …

MacBook Man

As seen on BoingBoing: Metafilter Matt does a brilliant impersonation of the Star Wars Kid with his motion-sensitive MacBook and the MacSaber app. Funniest comment comes from Anil Dash: Dude, you know how you have a daughter? And you were worried about how someday a boy would show up on your doorstep, trying to date her? PROBLEM SOLVED! Now where did I put that Star Wars chopstick-saber video we made 4 years ago?

The Tell-Tale Heart Monitor

Woot.com has the greatest product descriptions ever to be posted on the internet. Seriously. I want to find out who their writer is, kiss his feet, and beg for pupilage. Witness this killer sales copy: for a wrist-mounted blood pressure monitor today, entitled The Tell-Tale Heart Monitor, written in the precise style of Edgar Allan Poe. The Tell-Tale Heart Monitor Finally you did it. You killed the old man. He was not an evil man – most thought him kind, despite a galling inability to prevent his Pekingese from voiding its bowels upon your basil plants. But O! his monstrous eye! Knowing that he looked upon you through that clouded and diseased orb…it could have driven one of lesser mettle to distraction, even to madness. But now the eye lies beneath the very boards you tread, with the head, the limbs, the trunk, and all the rest. In pace requiescat! But hark! What was that? That low, dull, quick sound— A passing constable approaches your dooryard, inquiring about your new wrist-watch. You laugh! “Does a …

I’ve been having this strange pain over the past few days. On my left side, in the middle of my torso, around the bottom of my ribs. Except it’s not internal, it’s the skin itself that hurts. It’s become unusually sensitive and rubbing my shirt against it feels like sandpaper. Everything looks completely normal, except the discomfort is very annoying. I think it could be some nerve damage? Peishan suggested it was breast cancer, but it’s really not in the right place. Or the wrong place. Check out this Canadian breast cancer awareness campaign. A hot woman gets naked and invites you to check out her breasts, in the spirit of public education. God bless Canada. Check Out My Breasts

Irresponsible 3am purchase

Well, no. I’m not regretting it. True Swing Golf for the Nintendo DS looks like a great way to spend a few relaxing minutes each day. I’m not a big golf game fan, although I did spend a lot of time with Mario Golf (GBA) a couple of years back and back-pedalled on buying Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2005 (DS) off eBay after reading negative reviews. I thought I would be okay without a golf game for my DS, but True Swing Golf has weakened my resolve with 3 points: 1) Proper touch-screen control. You move the club with the stylus and that’s it. No weird “draw a perfect U-shape” mechanism here.2) FIFTEEN courses! I’m usually happy with five.3) The price is right. I mean, really right! USD$19.90/SGD$31.65, brand new, including delivery.From Play-Asia.com

My wallet would be like, so empty

I have a new Mecca to someday visit, the 24hr Fifth Avenue Apple Store in New York. Check out the time-lapse movie of its opening, as thousands of people wait to walk through its glass cube entrance. It’s the most audacious storefront I have ever seen, and certainly the most beautiful.