Sunday, June 29, 2008

It's too late to apologize.

Reading this book, in a way felt like reading an ex's diary. And I'm not taking about the hidden scandals kind, but more like a 'the good part you missed for not being together with me anymore' kind of diary.
It's actually quite mind blowing. It's been a while since I felt like I've learned something practical from a book that also didn't bore me to shit.
And how disturbing it is to connect the creative process similarities between architecture and design and advertising and life and marriage and forgiveness and investment and you get the point.
If I were to grasp these knowledge during my first semester, I'd probably harness enough confidence to stay on.
But what done is done.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Green break.

Was bored and adventurous today.
Somehow the annoying cashier in the Asian grocery store must have got a warning or something, as she no longer yell but whisper her 'nash purish' when I paid.
It still didn't stop me from wanting to grab her on the neck while shouting: NEXT PLEASE! It's pronounced NEXT PLEASE damn it!

Instant Origami.

Funniest website I've seen this year.

Link via

Matt for president.

Somehow I couldn't stop rewatching it.
I don't know, he should be given a Nobel Prize or a medal of honour or something. I hope this movement stay commercial-free.
Oh wait, what am I talking about, he's already funded.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Clearing up my desktop at work.

So I was in Hawthorn doing this shoot almost 2 months ago. And after some magic from the studio it became this:

And since it's for the Pacific Islands, we had to retouch the legs to appear darker than original. The retoucher refused to believe me that their 'foot palms' are fairer than their actual skin tone.

On the way to work last week I saw this awesome delivery truck. What does grass have to do with water, I have no idea.

On the way to watch 'The happening', I noticed the not too subtle similarity between Country Road and Muji. Maybe that's why Muji's not in Oceania yet.

This was the crowd leaving another cinema. Aaron and I didn't need to guess they're from cinema no. Sex and the city.

Lastly we have a group photo of the agency's angry mixed basketball team.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

2 wrongs make a right.

I was suppsoed to write something after I did the scanning at work. I guess I've been lazy. I got 2 questions wrong in the test, hence the title.

Anyway, at the driving centre I managed to observe the bipolar extreme behaviour of Asian youth nowadays:

The first case, a Korean girl was accompanied by her mom. Wait, did I say accompany? What I meant was her mother had her on a leash. She would not move nor talk until a nod was given. After the test she'd sit diligently while the mother patted her head and stroke her hair. After she got her license she shrieked, and the mother then kindly handed her a bank card so she could pay the centre.

The 2nd Taiwanese boy was the complete opposite. He never spoke to the dad that I thought the guy was the driving insepctor to start with. The father was pointed to a corner to stand and wait. When the boy had a phone call he would 'signal' the dad to take his place along the queue. After registration the father accompanied the son into the computer room to make sure the chair and computer was functioning. Even the Shrek-like lady at the counter was going 'what the fuck is going on?'

what is the point of this observation? I couldn't really put a finger on it. But my feeling was disapproval. If I were to choose to have either of them as a child, I'd slit my wrist while jumping off a cliff while stabbing a knife into a toaster.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Copy lah.

Again, something that's slipped my mind for the past 4 years.
This is the from the DDB Canada website.

If you're Malaysian, you might find the yellow chubby dude familiar as per the other yellow chubby dude from the Digi ads some time ago.
The Digi campaign was phenomenal because I somewhat knew some upper level marketing person then.

Interesting tidbit: the campaign was done by Naga DDB Malaysia; the DDB Canada self promotion idea started at least 5 years ago.

Plagiarism? Well, just the fat man and the colour I guess...

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Holy tiger.

I was lucky enough to catch the last 2 holes of the third US Open round this morning on the telly with bread crumbs on my pajamas.
Tiger Woods had an injured left knee and he was down by 2 strokes, trailing Lee Westwood (what's with golfers and their 'wooden' names?).
And then he sunk 2 eagles in a row and took the lead.
My hairs stood up.

The Australian players didn't even stand a chance. They're not even a threat. Tiger pretty much limped his way through all 18 holes and still beat them in full form. He is in a totally different league of his own.

Photo via LA Times.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Wising sun.

So I got this parcel from Muji about their 3rd design competition. It came with a giant ass poster which I will be hanging on the wall.
But what stroke my interest was the misspelling of the country's name. That became a pass around chuckle in the agency.

The other news about Japan, however, wasn't funny at all. I just found out about the guy who drove a 2 ton truck into Akihabara, launching a one man massacre and killed half a dozen of random bystanders with a knife.

His reason was merely 'I am tired of life and I just wanted to kill people'. In short, his motif was boredom.

As much as the press would question about mental illness and social issues of Japan, I think this is just a glitch in the system. The system of the new found 'freedom' in society. Not just Japan, but the world in general. If we can impose the ideal of freedom on everyday life eg., religion, political rights, bad taste haircuts, who is to say people can't kill for no reason? I'm sure the incest couple featured a couple of months ago felt like they have the right to have a brain damaged child because it's their choice.

Every system comes with its pros and cons. Could these free will incest, killing out of boredom acts be the cons of a free society?

S l o w .

Get it? Markers in a Harry Potter box. M-a-g-i-c markers! I only got it today after staring at it for like 10 minutes.

Monday, June 09, 2008






So we were at the annual commemorative booklet launch of the Chinese poets & authors society of Victoria. Loretta helped designed it as her part time job and I just tagged along because I thought there might be free food.
The average age among the people at the launch was 65.
And to our surprise the mayor was there as well.

Thus occurred the day I discovered the mayor couldn't speak Mandarin to save himself. It wasn't until he apologized, 'sorry Mandarin of mine is not good very at all' that I realized he wasn't speaking Cantonese the whole time.

But it was awesome seeing everyone else sucking up to him. I had this massive grin on my face the whole launch. It's another a good experience discovering this lost world of Melbourne.

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Meal of the day.

Sorry for the shitty picture quality, but that is a plate of grilled ox tongue. If there's such thing as a vegetarian heaven, I'm definitely Satan's pet dog.
It's actually very good, like a combination of noodles and beef. It tastes like beef without the meat texture; feels like noodles but tastes beefy.
You get the idea.

Friday, June 06, 2008


The movie's not even been released. Looks like someone's refusing to forgive M. Night 'twisties' Shyamalan for Lady in the Water and The Village.

Picture via copyranter.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

House's head; Wilson's heart.

The 4th season finale of House is probably the best conclusion ever to come out of a drama series.

Withstanding the quality of production, storyline, cinematography(if we can even say that), and obviously my bias view providing that I've been following the show since last year, I'd still dare you to watch it and disagree.

It shouldn't be surprising considering that House has always been a decent drama. What blew me away was its immunity against the writer's strike. It didn't end up being a dog's diarrhea like Heroes. The writers came back and did a great job.

I hope they win some Emmy's just for the finale.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Why did Indy4 suck Part 2

Looks like I'm not alone(we including Jeannie and -k). Urban Dictionary has added their latest phrase: nuke the fridge. And apparently an animated version of Star Wars will be released soon. That's like nuking a nuked fridge 300 times over.

Nuke the fridge is a colloquialism used to refer to the moment in a film series that is so incredible that it lessens the excitement of subsequent scenes that rely on more understated action or suspense, and it becomes apparent that a certain installment is not as good as a previous installments, due to ridiculous or low quality storylines, events or characters.

The term comes from the film Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, in which, near the start of the movie, Harrison Ford's character survives a nuclear detonation by climbing into a kitchen fridge, which is then blown hundreds of feet through the sky whilst the town disintegrates. He then emerges from the fridge with no apparent injury. Later in the movie, the audience is expected to fear for his safety in a normal fistfight.

Fans of the Indiana Jones series found the absurdity of this event in the film to be the best example of the lower quality of this installment in the series, and thus coined the phrase, "nuke the fridge".

"Star Wars didn't really nuke the fridge until Jar Jar Binks was introduced."

"Peter Parker dancing around the bar in Spider-Man 3? Kinda nukes the fridge!"

"The Godfather: Part III nukes the fridge."

"Gremlins 2 more or less nuked the fridge."

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Don't be afraid.

Remember the Marlboro monster from Final Fantasy?
The one you defend by equipping a ribbon?
I found one in my cup of tea yesterday.

Sunday, June 01, 2008


ABC has started airing 'The Gruen Transfer'. It's such a shit and unmemorable name for an interesting show. But here's the summary:

The Gruen Transfer
(TGT) is a show about advertising, how it works, and how it works on us. Hosted by the inimitable Wil Anderson, TGT will decode and defuse the commercial messages that swirl through our lives, with the help of a panel of ad industry experts.

Guests on the program face a series of challenges designed to show the thought processes - and, often, the brilliance - of advertising, as well as its understanding of who we are and what we want. Each week we examine the tactics used to sell a particular product; it could be cars or chocolate or cleaning products.

So here we are, having shows that focus on something that's supposed to distract us from our normal lives to buy stuff. Oddly, it's been the highest launched rating show on ABC and also crowned the time slot of Wednesday night.

The notion of 'people will watch the ads as long as it's interesting' is again supported. Or maybe the rest of the show on TV were just boring as.

TGT airs 9pm Wednesdays. I've been streaming it here. You can even download it, but seriously, that's quite pathetic.