Grave of the Fireflies candy

Remember that Studio Ghibli-produced anime movie that you cried like an idiot at? You know, the one set during World War II, with the two freshly-orphaned Japanese kids with no survival skills. They lived in a cave, in their blissfully naive fantasy world, eating “fruit drop” candies out of a metal tin until the candy ran out. And when they filled the tin with water, and drank the fruit flavored water, you totally lost it. Yeah I know you did. You knew that the end of the candy signified the coming end of their pathetic struggle against starvation. For the record, I laughed with the glee of a disenfranchised mailbomber because I really hated those stupid characters.

Well anyway. Now the candy never has to run out, because you can buy loads of the shit from with free shipping for approx SGD$4.80 a tin. I’ve ordered two!


Server trouble (again!) + Local Icon T-shirt

My web hosting company has been having some problems, and I wasn’t able to publish from Saturday up until this morning. They’ve also changed the terms of our contract and reduced the amount of disk space I have, so I’m thinking of starting a whole new thing on a whole new domain and server. I might keep this and all the other text blog sites going on this current server since I’m paid up till the company folds. I’m quite attached to this domain now, after having had it for 4 years.

Anyway, here’s a t-shirt I made today:

It’s USD$14.99, if you can be bothered.
Also available as a Baby Doll tee.

So far so good

Waiting area
Originally uploaded by sangsara.

I noticed today that it has not occurred to me all week to meet up with people for a drink after work. This is in stark contrast to a few weeks ago when I needed a drink at the end of every boring, mind-numbingly stupid day as an Information Architect at a company that didn’t even want to buy its employees a water cooler.

The reason, obviously, is that I’m enjoying myself. The days seem to be over all too quickly, and before I know it, I’m here past 6pm and not minding it. I don’t dread next mornings, next days, and I don’t count down to the weekend. In fact, the coming weekend feels sorta like an obstacle between me and the next work week and its opportunities. Well, I’m curious to see how long it lasts too. I remember feeling this way at my last internship, and it can only be taken as a sign that I’m on the right track for myself. Stevie J told a Stanford class at their commencement to “stay hungry, stay foolish”, and I am. Hungry to get Insanely Great™ things done despite my natural limitations. Hungry to stay employed, really, if we must put first things first.

Anyway a bunch of hot russian-looking models came in today to get test shots done, and a bunch of “sporty” tertiary girls are coming in tomorrow for a briefing session I will probably attend. Kickass.



Today was a good day, as first days at new jobs go. I didn’t get asked to clean up the crap left behind by someone else (because I’m not replacing anyone directly), I wasn’t overloaded with a lot of work and made to stay past midnight, I didn’t run into an old secondary school enemy and find that he was now my boss, or anything like that.

One interesting thing: they had a feng shui guy come in to choose my desk position! So if anything goes wrong, I don’t have anyone to blame. That’s about all I can say about my new job. Having signed the usual non-disclosure agreements, and not being in the sights of any publisher for a lucrative exposé on the unnamed industry (I shan’t even say that!), I will do well to keep things to myself and hope that the quality content on this here digital journal will emerge unscathed. Hah.

Oh, and the coffee is excellent. There’s a certain willingness to work one’s ass off that comes with all the Blue Mountain that one can drink. I had the opportunity to visit another office in the building where a friend works, and they had a very nice cafe-looking area set aside for meetings and relaxing. Why damnit, with our coffee and their facilities combined… we could…! Uh… waste a lot of time, one suspects.

Oh, and it is a very very nice thing to go to work and sit down to a Macintosh. No matter how hard things get in the coming months, that startup chime in the morning shall be my strength.

The building we are in has about three (that I saw) hobby stores in the shopping annex. You know, the kind that sells plastic robots and rubber figurines of barely-dressed anime girls. You know, the kind that young men with disposable income buy to furnish their desks at work with. Very cool. One of the stores even has the Final Fantasy Potion drinks! They’re not cheap though; the Premium Boxed edition sells for $19.90 each.

Well, I am quite well taken of, and there is plenty of serviceable food in the area. I’ve been pretty happy and ungrouchy all day, and I just thought you’d like to know.

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