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It's Krrunch Time, Get Playful!

Sometimes being a student can be really tough, and boring...
julian reading philosophy

especially if you have to read something like this! Even the title takes five minutes to understand :-|
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julian reading philosophy

It may not always be Krrunch, but don't give up! :-)

Some tasty snacks can help you to keep on going... but they can run out too... :-(
julian finishes pringles

but surprises can happen...
julian finishes pringles
book kaleidoscope

never run away from the unknown...
julian is puzzled

fortune favours those who dare!
simpsons kaleidoscope

Find new ways to learn :-)
The Simpsons and Philosophy

Learning can always be Krrunch! If you use your imagination :-D
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It's Krrunch Time, Get Playful!


Many thanks to WW for the creative support, and Kavi for photography

Alpha Project bloggers

Doing an interview recently, I realised that I am the epitome of the bad blogger! My crime? I am inconsistent - I blog in spurts, but not regularly. A good blogger needs to blog regularly (at least 3 times a week), or at least consistently (e.g. every Sunday), so that the readers know what to expect and don't waste their time. I suppose that with Google Reader or RSS one can get around that, but still...

Anyway, I will make an effort to be more consistent from now on (but I've said that before, haven't I?)

Anyway - a few things have happened since my last post: a couple of screenings ('District 9' - great!, 'Murderer' - pretty lame), a birthday party, I bought a new super chair, and continued to be stressed out by work :-|

Yesterday, there was the launch of 'Project Alpha' (recognise the design?)
Project Alpha launch

It was combined with an Adidas promotion at the Centre Court in Megamall - you could get a "Mystery prize" by saying the password. It's "Drymax", but don't all go rushing to use it. Unless you really want a sample of "Tropical Passion - Adidas fragrance for women" which is all I got, or even a keychain (Tian Chad got both). I was so not impressed...
Tian Chad with Adidas gift

On the other hand, if you go there and buy Adidas shower gels and stuff like that to a value of RM45 or more (I think), you can win extra prizes (a bag, fragrance,...).

I also met Casey Liew, and Dustyhawk was also there, and helped me to choose a microphone afterwards, for my interviews.

After the trailer for Project Alpha was shown, there was a foosball competition. The KennySia and Jojo Struys team beat Nicolekiss and (er sorry I'm not sure...) beautifulnara (thanks Casey!)
KennySia Jojo Struys and Nicolekiss playing foosball

and, in spite of looking very focused,
sixthseal and fourfeetnine playing foosball

Sixthseal and Fourfeetnine lost to Redmummy and Budiey
Redmummy and Budiey playing foosball

The final was won by the Kenny and Jojo team,
Kenny Sia, Jojo Struys and Adidas person

and everyone got something anyway :-) Ahh the life of a blogebrity, freebies galore...
Bloggers at Project Alpha launch with Adidas

OK OK I know they work hard for it. By for example posting (and posing) regularly!

So that was that - I must say I'm intrigued by Project Alpha though - it's going to be an "Online TV Show" - kind of like the Malaysian Dreamgirl I suppose, but focusing on the life of bloggers.

When I think of it, calling it an "Online TV Show" is an interesting mix of terms - by definition, if it's online it's not television: in media studies terms I suppose what it means it is a television genre of programming, but it's distributed online.

It will feature one blogger every week, with a three minute segment every day. So it's like TV in that it is moving pictures with sound, broadcast at a certain time; but unlike TV because one can view it at any time, and it's short. Having it short suits online media - you can watch it in the time it takes to read a blogpost, and it's not going to take forever to download or cost too much if you're using a mobile device.

I must say, Malaysian blogging is always throwing up surprises. This is something of a glimpse into the future of new media I'd say. However, at this point the production of such a programme is taken over by professionals: my guess is that the next generation produsers, will be producing their own short videos. Sure you already have vlogs, but what I mean is that at some point, someone will be putting together an edited clip which would cover similar topics that blog posts do, in a way that is more than someone talking to a web cam.

District 9 - sci-fi film coming soon

District 9 is a new movie coming out soon that seems right up my alley - it's about aliens and with an interesting storyline: the aliens seem to have arrived on earth like refugees or something, and are living in different areas - such as 'District 9'. I saw the trailer in Brisbane recently, and at first it looked like a documentary about refugees in a big shanty town or something. But then you see the huge spaceship and alien beings.
District 9 human non-human

They have a pretty cool website - it's that new kind of marketing, called cross-media marketing, I think. The principle is that you generate interest in the content of one medium (e.g. a movie) in another medium (e.g. websites). The first time I remember noticing this was in relation to 'Heroes' - if you type 'Primatech' into Google, you came to an actual site of a company doing what Primatech was meant to be doing, and there's even some “Information Concerning Noah Bennet”, who has left the company, apparently :-)

Anyway, the District 9 website is set up with 'user contributed' videos, links to services from Multinational United (MNU), which I guess is the big evil corporation in the film, games, and even a blog - MNU SPREADS LIES
District 9 MNU spreads lies blogs

that has (amongst other things) a YouTube video of an anti-MNU protest
District 9 MNU YouTube protest video

So, check it out! I'm going to go, with any luck with a ticket to a Nuffnang screening, but anyway it seems like the kind of film I can't miss.

Nuffnang Music Bash - Super prize!

OK no time to blog a lot, I'm going to the BarCampKL and I'm gonna be late already... But I have to say something about last night.

The evening didn't start off well... I parked way up at the top of Jalan Sultan Ismail, and had to walk all the way down it - looking like this!

(OK - edit for clarification: I wasn't with Eminem aka Huai Bin while walking :-))
There were people staring, honking and even some errant mat rempits giving me peace signs! :-D But I got there, and was soon enjoying free beer and meeting up with bloggers thanks to Nuffnang and Maxis Broadband.



There was a glam rock band made of bloggers who were pretty good, given that they had only got together one or two weeks ago. And looking very glam!


There were bloggerazzi galore


and the first prize was waiting...


for ME!! I won! Woohoo! :-D

Reggae mon! Rastafari vibrations for I and I!

A big thanks to Nuffnang and Maxis! And to all the bloggers who cheered me on :-) And not forgetting Yatz, who knows his way around KL pretty well - thanks for the lift!

And if you haven't done it already - there are only five days left to do the Malaysian Blog Survey. 474 bloggers and readers have had their say - have you?

I’m a Musicon Celebrity thanks to Maxis Broadband

Nuffnang is at it again! This time there's a chance to go the Nuffnang Music Bash 2009.

The theme is "how you wish to be treated if you’re a celebrity" - so I thought about it… You see, my problem is that I don't really look like any celebrity, and I don’t have all the extra accessories to dress up and everything. I asked WW, 'Which celebrity has short hair?' – she looked at me and said 'David Beckham' (which shows just how blind love can be! :-))

So Beckham it was. As you probably know, Beckham is famous for being metrosexual, leading the way for the 21st century man. A famous early episode was when he appeared with Victoria while wearing a sarong. Of course, being metrosexual he wasn't wearing one of those boring checked ones, but in fact had a more exciting woman’s one.


Notice the football and the tattoos (just have to remind you just in case you don't see the resemblance with Beckham :-P)

So, if I was Beckham, I would want to be pampered in the best spas, and get massaged in a Balinese garden with frangipani flowers strewn around, perfuming the air with their delicate fragrance


And of course, how could I do without the face mask? (infused with gold particles of course)


Not forgetting the manicure and pedicure, of course. Add a glass of champagne and - metrosexual life, here I come!

Hehe, so there you have it – my life as Beckham, being massaged, manicured, pedicured, relaxing in pamper-tastic spas and drinking champagne :-D

(With thanks to WW: makeup artist, creative director and multi-talented extra :-))

OK you may have noticed a problem, which I noticed too late. Nuffnang says they want 'Musicon Celebrities', so does Beckham count?? On the other hand, they say "Take a picture of yourself dressed up like a celebrity or impersonate any celebrity you want" – so I dunno… But I do want to go to the party! Please!!

Dragonball Evolution Premiere and my Thought Bubble :)

Last night was the Nuffnang Dragonball Premiere screening - I was pleased to get a ticket as I had not been to one for a while, and wanted to catch up with some bloggers. And coincidentally my online survey – myBlogS 2009 – was just completed so I took the opportunity to tell people about that too.

After discussing blogs at Dave's Pizza Pasta Vino (confirmed good pasta) with Jan-E and Rachel (who turned out to be an ex-student of mine from HELP :-)), I arrived at the GSC where, for some reason, RELA has been drafted to help out with the crowd control and anti-piracy measures (i.e. checking people for recording equipment).

As usual, Nuffnang were well organised - with friendly people to greet us, hand out tickets and so on. But lots of people who had got the tickets didn't turn up – there was a whole stack of tickets left as the show started. Honestly that sucks - if you don't want to go, there are many others who do >:[ (thinking of me who missed 'The Punisher' screening which looked fun) – just email Nuffnang and they'll pass on the tickets to someone else. Anyway, apparently people who do no-shows get blacklisted - and after two no-shows, I think they will no longer get any invites and so on. Nah!

As I got my ticket, I met Marcus – whom I met at previous Nuffnang meets, and we took a photo with some others whose name I can't remember (sorry…)
Malaysian bloggers: julian and marcus

What’s that above my head you're asking? Maybe you can see it better with me and Huai Bin?
Malaysian bloggers: julian and huai bin

It was an idea by WW – to attract attention and tell people about the survey. It's a thought bubble with ‘wtf?’ on one side and ‘Have Your Say’ on the other, with 'Malaysian Blog Survey 2009' underneath; the thought bubble is because I want to know what you think about blogs and blogging. It also helped to meet up with Bernard to give him his ticket – I texted him 'I'm the guy with a sign above his head' lol :-D

You can see it better in this photo, with Zoe and Sue Me (hmpf, my camwhoring skills leave much to be desired...)
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