Sunday, June 29, 2008

three out of eight

Sunday, June 29, 2008

...managed to do 3/8 of the things on my to-do on Saturday list.

First went to KLCC Convention Center with my older brother to the Post grad Asia fair. Not much there really. Then helped my little brother with his gift shopping. Then went to KLPAC to fetch my sister, and while we were there we hung around for a bit.

Let me tell you something about KLue Urbanscapes that maybe the starry-eyed failed to notice, just didn't care about, or closed one eye to.

There were loads of people. Many of them were smoking. You’re thinking, big deal, yeah? Well not only that.

A lot of them were guzzling Heineken and Tiger Beer which was readily available. Tiger was also one of the Main sponsors of the event. I don't know about you but even though I was born and lived in the West for almost half my life, I've never been to an event where people drank in the midst of everyone else, and thank God.

Not to sound all preachy, but aren't we not supposed to have anything to do with alcohol consumption? It’s bad enough that our local super/hypermarkets have a section and I know I'm not fully free from guilt myself since newspapers and magazines also run lager-related ads, but to parade it off as the cool thing to do? (Urbanscapes is supposed to be where all the cool people hang out - the ones in the loop and all that)

On a lesser note, they held the acoustic sessions upstairs, while the head-banging, booty shakin' party music was played downstairs, right next to the Surau. So anyone wanting to go pray (i.e. me and my brothers) would have a thumping headache from the deep and loud beats emanating out the open door.

I wasn't there long so I might have missed a lot of things, but anyways, this is what I experienced. Had to walk with extra caution, scooting and squeezing myself small trying to avoid the drinking throngs. Blinking through all the smoke and rain(not that I'm complaining about the rain part, it lessened the smoke effect slightly) Marketplace was nice if not for the crowd, smoke (it was covered so no rain) and again, alcohol.

Just my humble opinion.

Read my sisters more glowing review here

Saturday, June 28, 2008


Saturday, June 28, 2008

Watched "The Incredible Hulk" today, at the insistence of my brothers, coupled with the refusal of my sister to sit through "Kung-Fu Panda" and the lack of anything else to watch. The movie was LOUD. Had to stick my fingers in my ears more than several times. The only saving grace was Edward Norton, who I like anyway. Liv Tyler, oh my god, breathy voice is annoying!

Tomorrow I have so many things/places/events lined up that I need to choose from:

RA FlashMob
Butterfly Park with Nada and Sumeyra
Watch "Wanted" with Aziza
Go Out with Ayesha (can be combied with aziza)
Help my brother with his gift shopping
Accompany my other brother to some Post Grad education Fair in KLCC - can be combined with gift shopping with lil bro..
Stay at home and clear out my messy room

Honestly don't know which one i will pick..(or can actually go to..)

Friday, June 27, 2008

Electronic Orchestra

Friday, June 27, 2008

This is just mind-boggling. How this guy got all his old electronics to perform in a kind of orchestra is amazing. Song played by these parts in Radiohead's "Nude".

You have to listen to the whole thing, the first minute is kind of werid and boring but after that its just pure genius. it adds up to the experience!

This is what the guy had to say:

"Radiohead held an online contest to remix "Nude" from their album - "In Rainbows" This was quite a difficult task for everybody that entered, as Nude is in 6/8 timing, and 63bpm. Most music that's played in clubs is around 120bpm and usually 4/4 timing. It's pretty difficult to seamlessly mix a waltz beat into a DJ set.

This resulted in lots of generic entries consisting of a typical 4/4 beat, but with arbitrary clips from "Nude" thrown in so that they qualified for the contest.

Thom Yorke joked at the ridiculousness of it in an interview for NPR radio, hinting that they set the competition to find out how people would approach such a challenging task.

I decided to take the piss a bit, as the contest seemed to be in that spirit.

Based on the lyric (and alternate title) "Big Ideas: Don't get any" I grouped together a collection of old redundant hardware, and placed them in a situation where they're trying their best to do something that they're not exactly designed to do, and not quite getting there.

It doesn't sound great, as it's not supposed to.

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Guitars (rhythm & lead)
Epson LX-81 Dot Matrix Printer - Drums
HP Scanjet 3c - Bass Guitar
Hard Drive array - Act as a collection of bad speakers - Vocals & FX"

Some other computer parts making music:

Scanjet Music
Floppy Drive Music

A Story

There once was an iceberg. It was a small iceberg, and it floated around happily in the cold ocean, making friends with bigger icegergs, and enjoying life, relatively. Sometimes polar bears would stop by and doze off on it, and sometimes even seals. Penguins liked the iceberg as well, as it was small enough to jump up on for the young ones.

But one day, a peice of the iceberg broke off. It was a small piece, not anything to worry much about. But it kept on happening. The water became warmer, and the iceberg was breaking apart quicker than ever. It could see the chunks falling off, left right, back, and front. Soon enough, the iceberg was reduced to a small lump of ice the size of a football. And then it dissapeared into the lukewarm ocean, while the bigger iceberg looked on.

This story was first published in another one of my blogs.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Splash n dash

Monday, June 23, 2008

Just a quickie post -

Was researching about Jalan Masjid India and Chinatown and came across this travel blog, its quite funny reading a tourist's view of KL.

Here's the link:
My First Leap

Totally unrelated though - a really fun link. It converts your bitmaps into vector
Vector Magic

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Exploration and Discovery

Saturday, June 21, 2008

I think in my previous entry I mentioned how I was done with my exams. Today however, my Intro to Built Environment class had an assignment to do, Urban Trail, which brought us to Petaling Street and Jalan Masjid India. It was my first time in Petaling Street, much to the surprise of our senior who was acting as our guide.

Let’s just say the day was full of discoveries, not necessarily related to the assignment itself. Actually, not related to the assignment at all. This much I’ll say, innocence can be deceiving - and I should know. On the flipside, you can't judge a person on certain actions that they do, however disgusting those actions are. Somewhere, sometime, that person is better than you. Another piece of reflection - someone's good image can go out in smoke in a matter of seconds, just the same amount of time it takes for impressions to be dashed. Also, some people are quite contradictory, even within themselves. Chivalry vs. destruction and disregard, for example.

Ok. Enough for now.


Thursday, June 19, 2008

Reverse Graffiti

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Reverse Graffiti

Amazing reverse graffiti on walls and cars

Very cool.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Bye Bye Birdie...

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

I had my last exam today, it was Land Surveying. I read through everything a zillion times, paying close attention to engineering and construction surveying and GPS. The first two parts of the paper were easy peasy, i finished it in less than 20 minutes.but then i turn the page and read question # 3, and all my hopes of an A start flying away....
doesn;t help that i think question 4 was faulty, but when i tried to ask sj he said it was right. ok then...
anyways i'm done with my exams,
i still have homework can you believe, even when the semester is over. which we're gonna do on friday.
this is for a non-credited course. huh.

my parents came back from umrah today. my dad is flying off to sudan tonight. a waste of time i you ask me, flying from saudi to malaysia and back that way to sudan. but he needed to restock his clothes and get some stuff from his office..

so i edited my blog design...probably gonna be tweaked/revamped again sometime soon. have the ideas, but not the time/patience and/or skills!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

The should be's of life...

Saturday, June 14, 2008

I should be cleaning up my room, and the house.

Cats should be allowed in our household. Then I won't have to spend hours staring out the window at my neighbor's cute cats.

People who play computer games loudly while other people are trying to study should be more considerate.

My sister should be cooking more than just fried fish. And she should cook more. She's not doing her fair share of chores.

The Land Surveying Notes should be online, but not all of them are. My exam is on Wednesday.

I should be studying and not editing my blog layout.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

The Hamzah house menu

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

my parents are away for umrah so its just us kids at home. so we've had to cook :O So far this is what we've had...(its mostly dinners since we have lunch on campus)

Day 1 - omelette courtesy of Maryam
ok i was so lazy-tired and i had a midterm the next day. no one else would step up, so...

Day 2 - Ayam masak Kunyit (Turmeric Chicken) courtesy of Muhsin and Haneef

Day 3 - Fried fish courtesy of Munira

Day 4 - Ayam Masak Merah ( i think it would literally be Red chicken but i dunno...) courtesy of Maryam and Muhsin

Day 5 - Baked Fish courtesy of Maryam and Muhsin

Day 6 - hmm...i cant remember what we had on saturday. i think we just had our own separate dinners

Day 7 - Some beef dish courtesy of Grandma...:)

Day 8 - Chicken teppanyaki courtesy of Khair

Day 9 - no dinner

Day 10 - today - Spaghetti Aglio E Olio courtesy of Maryam. haha ok its just spaghetti with garlic n olive oil...:P

as you can see, its a very odd looking menu, but thats kinda all we have. now we're out of chicken so its fish all the way...

Saturday, June 7, 2008

TAGGED - and apparently i'm doing the chicken dance :P

Saturday, June 7, 2008

So I've been tagged by my sister, this should be interesting... Google FTW!!!

Rule: Go to Google and search the phrase. Tag friends. Please use your REAL 1st name.
Use the first thing that comes up that makes sense.
(don't forget to use the " " )

Q: Type in "[your name] needs" in the Google search:
A: Maryam needs surgery to heal wounds she suffered during the multiple attacks on ...

Q: Type in "[your name] looks like" in Google search:
A: Maryam looks like she is really happy to be around her cousin. How cute is that. And I love the slings and the color and pattern, very nice. ...

Q: Type in "[your name] says" in Google search:
A: Just like Rokiyah, Maryam says she chose to wear the hijab on her own as a way ....

Q: Type in "[your name] wants" in Google search:
A: Maryam wants to be an individual yet feels like she has to reject at least some parts of the new culture in order to preserve a spot in a greater collective ...

Q: Type in "[your name] does" in Google search:
A: Maryam does the chicken dance!

Q: Type in "[your name] hates" in Google search:
A: know Maryam hates it when I come home and get on the computer to type to all of you. So does Patrick. That's cause I steal the computer from him and his ...

Q: Type in "[your name] asks" in Google search:
A: Maryam asks you to try a beet. You do, it was OK, but you’re not crazy about it. ... Maryam asks if your mom is buying him tickets to a show. You say no. ...

Q: Type in "[your name] goes" in Google search:
A: Maryam Goes To France on Vimeo

Q: Type in "[your name] likes " in Google search:
A:- Robert Scoble's wife Maryam likes Scott Guthrie, a General Manager at Microsoft, just because: "He always answers his email."

Q: Type in "[your name] eats " in Google search:
A: 8 year-old Afghan girl Maryam eats her lunch in a camp for displaced people in Kabul on May 4. Millions of Afghans are struggling to survive in the ...

Q: Type in "[your name] wears " in Google search:
A: As a young Muslim American woman, Maryam wears a headscarf, known as a hijab, out in public and keeps her body completely covered so that only her hands and ...

Q: Type in "[your name] was arrested for" in Google Search:
A: No results found for "Maryam was arrested for".

Well some of the results were just fragmented and stuff, but overall they were pretty random! mostly from blogs...and i have never been arrested! yea!

Thus, I tag:

and...whoever else wants to have a spot of fun

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