This is my letter to the world, That never wrote to me, -- The simple news that Nature told, With tender majesty. Her message is committed To hands I cannot see; For love of her, sweet countrymen, Judge tenderly of me! - emily dickinson -

Saturday, January 21, 2006

no response

my 5-year old PC (it would be 250 years old if it were a human) is acting up yet again. the service guy, who happened to be a former instructor of my wife while she was studying (small world indeed), had replaced and added some new parts to the computer and upgraded the operating system from ME to XP. he said that it would make the computer work faster and it did. i was quite happy.

but then it went back to it's old habit of rebooting itself without warning just as i was about to be done with downloading some files from the internet that in itself had taken some time considering i was using dial-up. and it would reboot itself as it was rebooting and so on until it completely went blank and no amount of manual rebooting was going to make it budge.

when i told the IT guy at the office, he said that it was probably due to the "inconsistent power supply at home". he said that i needed to get a voltage regulator. i told him that i already have a power surge protector but he said that it wasn't enough. so, i went over to the electronics store where i bought the power surge protector 5 years ago and asked the lady behind the counter for a voltage regulator. she brought out a unit of that thing and it looked exactly like the power surge protector that i have. when i told her that i already have the thing that she was holding and that it was called a power surge protector instead of a power regulator, she said that they were the same thing. oh kay. i thanked her and left.

i'll just reboot the dang thang.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

natal day

cream covered cakes and gift wrapped surprises. next!

oh, you got me...a tie? orange kangaroos on blue polyester... just the thing i needed for my next zoo keeper interview! next!

flowers for the birthday person? would that be aspirin or panadol? you know, so they would last longer. next!

diamonds and pearls? what? how long have you known me?

a trip? where? wouldn't it be 'belated' by the time we return? by air? we're not going on a pilgrimage, are we? oh, okay. by that no-frills cheap seats campy dressed crappy menu yet highly convenient service airline company? cool.

where exactly? that place with the two granny-titties towers? nah ah. too crowded, too expensive.
that place where the erl ends? too crowded, too expensive. and the nasi lemak there costs six ringgits?!! what? they got the santan from golden coconuts?
that place close to the old jailhouse? too crowded, too expensive.
that place next to that third rate tv station? too crowded, too expensive.

ikea? why didn't you say so?!

new year