Sunday, September 23, 2007

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!!!

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!!!

By the way, remember to cut down on moon cakes -- while you're watching and admiring the full moon, watch the calories too :)

Oh yea, my little friend would like to wish you as well.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Overheard - Cats and dogs

There were 2 guys talking in the office the other day. I was sitting quite near to them when the conversation took place.

Here's how it went(not exactly, but the gist of the conversation is there) :

Dude A: It's been raining since yesterday. Many areas near my place are covered with water now.
Dude B: Yea, my place too, there're poodles all over the road.

Surely the dude meant puddles right? Or maybe it literally rained cats and dogs. Hmm, but only poodles? Where did the cats go? :D

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

The flaw with Apple iPod

The iPod series of portable media players(or what we generally refer to as MP3 players) has got to be the coolest, classiest and most coveted among all the portable media players available. Well, with over 100 million sets sold since 2001, we can't argue much with that.

However, until today, Apple has refused to incorporate the FM radio receiver in any of it's iPod models -- even though most other manufacturers have done so.

With iPod's production quantity and Apple's clout, the cost of including a radio receiver would probably be around USD1.00(or much lower than that).

So, what's the frigging reason? FM is outdated? No way. It's still being used all over the world -- even though it may be completely replaced by DAB(Digital Audio Broadcast) some time in the future.

Here, I'm going to tell you the reason. Okay, okay, it's just a theory lah.

Actually, Apple is concerned about the sales of songs on iTunes music store(it's the Apple's site where iPod owners can purchase songs and other media files). Apparently, this online music store business is a big money-spinner for Apple.

You see, the money-grubbing corporate asses prefer iPod users to play songs or other media files purchased from iTunes music store. If iPod users spend more time listening to FM radio, the iTunes music store's sales might be adversely affected.

Of course those corporate asses don't want to kill or mistreat the goose(iTunes store) that lays the golden eggs, and risk getting the shareholders really really pissed. Well, shareholders want golden eggs, not roasted goose mah.

Furthermore, with the competitors lagging so far behind and iPod sales going through the roof, we'll sooner see extraterrestrials walking among us than we'll see Apple bow to our demand. Hmm, I'm starting to go overboard.

There you have it. The reason why iPods don't(and won't?) have built-in radio receivers. Whaddya think?

Just my two apples' worth lah.

Monday, September 3, 2007

Blogger Templates - 3 Columns

I've created some 3 column templates(adapted from the original Blogger templates) a couple of days ago. So, if you'd like to have an additional column for you blog, check 'em out. You can use the extra column for any Blogger widgets (Adsense, Video, banner, ads, text, links etc). Follow the link below.

3 column templates - installation instructions and download

If you use any of the templates, remember to put a link to Instant Byte( in your Links or Blogroll section.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Why did the chicken cross the road?

This is one of the oldest English riddles. The widely accepted answer is "To get to the other side". Yup, not funny. The answer is expected to be funny but it's not -- therein lies the humour of this fowl(chicken) riddle. And by the way, I've got no idea why the fowl was chosen as the centrepiece of this riddle. Well, that's academic anyway.

Over the years, many variations of the riddle have cropped up. One variation uses parody, where the answers are 'assumed' to be given by famous persons or organisations.

Some of the parody type answers I've found:

Why did the chicken cross the road?

COLONEL SANDERS: I missed one?

HOMER SIMPSON: There was free beer on the other side of the road.

JESSICA SIMPSON: Why would he be on a road, I thought chickens lived in the ocean?

SNOOP DOGG: This (censored) fool of a chicken didn't (censored) know what the (censored) he was doin crossin a (censored) alley in (censored) Harlem at 1:00 in the (censored) mornin'.

SHAKESPEARE: To cross or not to cross, that is the question.

GANDHI: All chickens should peacefully resist by crossing the road.

NEIL ARMSTRONG: That's one small step for Chicken, one giant leap for Chicken kind.

BILL GATES: I have just released the new Chicken 2000, which
will both cross roads AND balance your checkbook, though when it divides 3 by 2 it gets 1.4999999999.

GEORGE W. BUSH: We don't really care why the chicken crossed the road. We just want to know if the chicken is on our side of the road or not. The chicken is either with us or it is against us. There is no middle ground here.

DARTH VADER: It can cross, but it cannot escape its DESTINY.
Join me on the dark side of the road! Do not underestimate the power of the road!

CAPTAIN KIRK: To boldly go where no chicken has gone before.


(2): I dunno.

SAMY: Did the chicken pay toll?

ATTORNEY-GENERAL: There was no evidence to prove that the chicken crossed the road. The case has been closed.

DVD SELLER: Chicken Cross the Road? Don have yet. Chicken Little have lah. Gerenti clear one.

ME: Chicken? You mean prostitute issit?

*The Malaysian versions(in red) were contributed by the owner of this blog ;)

If you're scratching your head over the Pak Lah versions, you really need to visit more of the heavyweight blogs eh. Since this is not a political blog, I'm not going to elaborate -- I don't want to run fowl(er.. foul) of the authorities. LOL. Here's a short video to get you started, Have fun!

Monday, August 27, 2007

Learn Bahasa Malaysia

Today, we're going to translate a phrase from Bahasa Malaysia to English.

The Bahasa Malaysia phrase is:

Translated to English:
Water Asia OR Asian Water -- take your pick.

What? You don't believe me? Check the BM-Inggeris dictionary lah.

Dato' Tony Fernandes

Yes Tony, I know it's a piss poor attempt at humour. But what the heck, it's Monday mah! I need to cheer myself up. LOL. Anyway, credit where credit's due -- AirAsia is a great airline. Read the AirAsia and Tony Fernandes (CEO of AirAsia) success story here.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Woof! Woof!

A few days ago, I received an e-mail with a few pictures attached. One particular picture had me in stitches, and I got myself a stare from my boss for that (Lesson learned: Never read funny e-mails when the boss is nearby). Anyway, the heck with him - see the picture below.

Loosely translated:
Top frame: Woof, I'm gonna bite you!!
Bottom frame: What was that sound??

It's frigging funny right? Now, let's clear the air, I'm not a sadist and I like dogs(when they're not trying to bite me LOL) - it's just that the picture is soooo funny it deserves some exposure here.

Hmm, I'd be really worried if these bumbling canines were to keep watch over my house - I'd probably need to watch over them instead.

If you know the source of the picture, please contact me. I'd like to attribute the picture to the original site/creator. As the text is in Simplified Chinese, it probably originated from China? Well, just a wild guess. I may be barking up the wrong tree.

~I've got no idea whether any animal has been harmed in the making of this post~

Sunday, August 19, 2007

A TOLL-tal disappointment

BUTTERWORTH: Come Sept 1, users passing the Sungai Nyior toll booth of the Butterworth Outer Ring Road (BORR) will have to pay toll.

The Malaysian Highway Authority (MHA) said in a statement yesterday that the toll rate would be from 50 sen to RM2.

The toll rate is 50 sen (Class 1), RM1 (Class 2), RM2 (Class 3), 50 sen (Class 4) and 90 sen (Class 5).

The new rate is slightly cheaper than originally proposed on Feb 12 but deferred due to public protest..............

- The Star (Wednesday August 15, 2007)

Slightly cheaper? My ar*e! The public were not asking for lower rates! We don't want to pay the toll. Period.

Now, I'm trying very hard to refrain myself from swearing. I'm a nice guy, so I won't pepper this post with more profanities. Ugh!!

For those not familiar with the new Butterworth Outer Ring Road(BORR) which was opened earlier this year, well, the Sungai Nyior toll booth is not even on any part of this BORR. The stretch of road has been in used for the past 10 years - FREE.

Along the new BORR, there are already toll booths built. Ok, that's fair. But why build another toll booth on an old road away from the BORR project? Hmmm, maybe they miscalculated and bought too much building material. So build another toll booth somewhere la. Problem solved, extra profit some more. The guy moron who came up with this brilliant idea probably got a big pat on the back, and an even bigger bonus! This is the Bolehland wat. (To the authorities: Sorry, pure speculation on my part. Can't take a joke meh?)

I'm still trying very hard to hold myself back. Grrrrr!!!

The reason for the toll booth was published a few months ago. But I can't remember it now and I didn't believe it then. Because it didn't sound credible enough? Sounded like it was cooked up by the spin doctors?

I'm TOLL-tally disappointed to say the least. Hmm, I might wake up one day to find a toll booth right in front of my house. Hey, strange things can happen.

Aiyoyo Samy!!!!! Yenna daaaa!!!!!

Psst! My pet has got something to say. See picture below.

Now I can't hold myself back anymore. So, excuse me, I'll go bang my head against the wall.

Okay okay, this cute fella is not really my pet. And I don't know what it's actually trying to do. Do you? :)

~No animal has been harmed in the making of this post~

Friday, August 17, 2007

Holiday season again

Yup, it's the seventh lunar month again, the holiday season for the spirits of the underworld(or ghosts if you prefer). As you know, the Gates of Hell are open this month, freeing the invisible chaps for a month of holiday and merrymaking.

With hordes of ghosts marching down the streets, you'd think that this will be a spooky and scary month. But it seems that humans join in the merrymaking as well, oblivious to the invisible chaps surrounding them. Well, the 'scariest' things you'll see are the scantily clad singers performing at the many stage shows.

By the way, the ostensible purpose of the shows is for the spirits' enjoyment, but only humans can be seen enjoying them of course. As we can't see the ghosts rocking and swaying to the songs, I wonder whether they like the shows? Oh yea, one type of 'ghost' can definitely be seen enjoying the shows - the ham sap kuei (if you don't understand Cantonese, please ask a friend).

I've a niggling thought recently - maybe millions of spirits were let out(or billions? anyone has the correct figure?). So who is going to make sure they go back to where they belong when the holiday season is over? What if a bunch of them decide to stay on? What if they decide to revolt against their underworld lords? Hmm, we continue the merrymaking and the stage shows ah?

Time to 'call chicken'

Guys, don't get excited. If you're expecting any immoral content here, shame on you. This is not going to be an obscene post. It's about language, albeit in a lighthearted manner.

I still remember vividly, years ago, when I was in Japan - a Japanese colleague taught me the word kyu kei.

With a straight face, he said something like, "Ano, kyu kei time desu". We were having a meeting and the Japanese colleague was trying to tell us to take a break, but my Malaysian colleagues and I laughed ourselves silly.

Oh, by the way, kyu kei means short rest or break. Poor chap, he was so nice to us and we laughed like a pack of hyenas.

If you speak Hokkien, you'd probably already know the reason for our irreverence(well, unintentional of course). The word kyu kei sounds almost exactly the same as "call chicken" translated to Hokkien. Try saying it to any of your Hokkien friend and watch the bemused fella's reaction(don't try it on any of your female Hokkien friend though, unless she's a close acquantaince OR you're prepared to spend some time in a hospital)

Ja, mata au de (See you again).

Quick note:
If you'd like to know how to draw a masking tape using Photoshop(with the correct colour, shape and texture), get the Photoshop source file of the above CHICK from Too lazy to write a guide for it, so if you have any questions just email me or 'stick' a comment on this post.