Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Holy shit.

The bold and the beautiful.

Photographed by Karin Catt.

The State Library is having an exhibition of Australia-born photographer Karin Catt, entitled 'Famous'.
The whole Keith Murdoch room will be filled with celebrity portraits until early November. It's probably the closest Melbourne will ever get to having something like the National Portrait Gallery in London. And it's free, people.
I enjoyed it. But I'm not sure if my curiosity was struck by the fame of the stars and not by the portraits themselves.
Would it be interesting if they're just normal people?
Maybe. Maybe the place affected my 'chi' as I remember the State Library being the rendezvous point of my ex and the guy she left me for.
But definitely give it a go. You can impress tourists by walking into the library, pretending you're some intellectual fart.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Chinatown discourse.

Met up with Tohm for lunch at Shanghai Dumpling house on Saturday.
At some point he asked if it's empowering for me to have a white friend in a Chinese restaurant, having to decide whether he could take the spiciness and if he can use the chopsticks etc,. If it's empowering to make an impression to the waitress that I brought my 'special' friend over for lunch.
I never really thought of that.
I don't think I ever feel special. No, I sort of jumped from getting amused, to getting used to it within this few years. Never got to the empowering stage.
Besides, I've dealt with more 'Chinese' Chinese who can't speak mandarin, and can't fucking order their own food.
But somehow, I can't stop imagining somewhere in Chinatown at this very moment, some people are indeed enjoying it:
'You sure it's not spicy? Because my friend Arthur here is from Engrand and he can't take spicy food you know? Go confurm with the chef.'


Kinda reminds me of that dream the other day...

Dropped by ACMI today, planning to take a tour at the 'Pixar 20 years of Animation' exhibition. Poo poo'd the thought when I saw the queue of parents and their roaches, I mean their children around. Sunday's not a good idea. I'll have my visit and review next week. I did manage to buy some postcards like the one above. Consider it as a sneak peek.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

4 days ago.

This was the queue for the new Harry Potter book at Borders. It went all the way out till the entrance of Kookai.

Meanwhile, 3 minutes walk away in Big W, the same book was being sold. Obviously cheaper and I didn't see no crowd. I bought the book out of pity.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Black is the new black

Now you can see what's really in your ears.

PingMag had done a whole review regarding the revival of black in life. Ranging from a whole airline to toilet papers to toothpastes and boars.
They're all black. Just like ma blog.

Link via PingMag.

My road home everyday.

Looks better in real life.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Best tram driver ever.

"Attention passengers, please hold on to something steady now instead of losing your balance later and grab onto something you wish you shouldn't have."

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

You are not alone.

Notice how Asuka is missing from the poster and the trailer.

Otaku time.
Evangelion's releasing another movie. Before you yelled out 'Wha? I thought everyone's dead, the whole world's destroyed!' like I did, know that it's a 4 movie remake of the original series. The movies summarise the whole series with the first three, and finish off with an alternative ending with the 4th to target audience that wasn't familiar with the story.
I feel sorry that more money will get milked out of nerds, and more sorry that I am indeed one of them.

Zaha Hadid Blog.

Or is it a blog about Zaha? I'm not sure.

She's not really blogging, it's really more of her architecture exhibition at the Design Museum in London. Not sure if it'll stay up after the summer.
She looks old and scary. But if that's the price to pay for being rich and brilliant, I guess we can always afford plastic surgery.

via zahahadidblog.com

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Hard rain.

Just when you thought it was safe to go outside.
I couldn't get to the window early because it was crowded with people witnessing other people getting hit by hail along the walkway.

101 exciting young architects.

Photo via imanaga.com

Wallpaper introduced their pick of 101 hottest architects around the world. Well, strictly speaking Wallpaper is more of an interior magazine so I'm not too sure of the credibility. It did help me kill some time today.
I like Imanaga's page having a detailed step by step thought process of all the projects, they almost looked easy. Almost.

Stomping Queen.

BBC recently had made a false report regarding the Queen stomping off a portrait session of Annie Leibovitz.
A huge blow on BBC's integrity blah blah blah, whoever's pressured to resign nyah nyah nyah, BBC apologises poo poo.
What I'm really interested, is the portrait itself, which was already revealed 2 months ago. Everyone behold the Queen:

Photographed by Annie Leibovitz.

Someone from Washington Post said it looks like something you might see in a catalogue offering the Queen herself for sale.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007


Non anti virus and fire walled airports ? Disaster.

Reminds me of my brother's wedding slide show, which showed 'This might not be an original version of Windows XP'. That was fun.

Link via Core77.

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Damn that country below Malaysia

No I am not talking about the chopsticks you idiot.

In case you are confused, yeh that's a caterpillar.
Bad news was, of course, it was in a dish of rice.
Good news: It wasn't in my dish.
Ok, not so good news to Adeline who had already finished half of it.

Alright, slick to point: Do not go to Singapore Chom Chom along Bourke Street. Ever. Unless of course, you're into that sort of stuff.
But the best part of the whole dinner, is to realise how cool Adeline was. She didn't freak out or anything. She just sort of stated 'There's a caterpillar' in a 'matter of fact' kind of manner, like how you say 'the sun is bright'.
And then we laughed and felt sad that the caterpillar couldn't turn into a beautiful butterfly like its mom promised.
For some odd reason, I was the one who ended up with a stomach ache. For all I know I've swallowed a spider's egg.
But we'll all live. Don't worry.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Are you happy?

Maybe because you're filthy.
Check out cleanishappy.com.

How to give birth to your own brother

Apparently all you need is an understanding mother.
Link via BBC NEWS.

Monday, July 02, 2007

Thanks Lisa.

Tried to take part in a website design competition. I had like 5 ideas but only managed to submit a shitty one in comparison. Nevertheless the host actually bothered to send all contestants a gift. The guilt oh the guilt.

My real thoughts about the Silver Surfer

It's a dumb movie you think. Well, think twice. It's a movie of propaganda. It's fooling with your subconscious. I think America is depicting Silver Surfer in the movie, as the Chinese. Proof:

1. Wherever the Silver Surfer goes, the place will 'die' within 8 days.
Exactly how I feel about Chinese migrants in foreign countries. Wherever they go, they have to build Chinatowns, introduce Cantopop, and charge you extra for 'unlocking' your phones. Not to mention the unwillingness to speak English, breaking down any form of culture the original country possesses.

2. He claims to have no choice.
I had to protect my own planet. My country is too small. There's too many people. It's too competitive. It's for my country's own good. I have no choice. Bah, excuses. Notice how they only whine while you tie and beat the shit out of them?

3. The source of the Silver Surfer's power is his surfboard.
Hello? Fuel consumption? In the movie the whole world is after his surfboard because whoever has it dominates the world. Meanwhile, in reality, America and China are banging heads for fuel lines. Coincidence? I don't think so.

P/S: Bear in mind that I wrote this under stress and should not be hold account for any insult towards the Silver Surfer.