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    Thursday, October 18, 2007

    Since I am on a roll on making new friends, let me piss comment a little on the over-glorified space program that we have going on.

    Don't get me wrong, I am not against sending space exploration. My favourite movie is Star Wars. But as Malaysians, should that be our priority right now? We did not get to space on our own merit. The government essentially bought a ticket at USD26million. You can probably read other blogs on how that money could have been better spent. Screw cancer research or other healthcare or education concerns. Just fix that pothole on the ramp off the federal highway going in to Jalan Gasing.

    Since being consistent is our thing, we have some minister tell the world that we are going to make roti canai and teh tarik in space. (Consistently stupid.) So not only do we look that we are literally taken for a ride by the Russian, we are also now stupid. And you know people around the world are snickering behind our backs while praising to our faces. (And in other totally unrelated news, Singaporeans have been reported to be laughing more often.)

    Thankfully though, our astronaut...SORRY, angkasawan left his tea dust, condensed milk and loin cloth behind.

    Fyodor Yurchikin: Ack! What is that smell?
    Oleg Kotov: It's the ghee in the roti canai.

    Conclusion. Roti canai is still unhealthy in space. (Thank God for subtitles!)

    In place of the roti canai, our astro-dude and will be bringing up some satay.

    Sheikh Muzzaphar: Here. Have some satay to celebrate the end of the fasting month.
    Fyodor Yurchikin: Yum! Meat on sticks.

    Three minutes later.

    Fyodor Yurchikin: Oh no. Your satay makes me want to take a shit.
    Sheikh Muzzaphar: If you are going to do that, please open the window a bit. Let the air circulate.

    And also some liver samples and other germs for experiments relating to liver cancer, leukemia cells and microbes to benefit medical research. Wait....haven't the Americans already done this in the 70s?

    But seriously, the reason why I think our space program is total bullshit is because we have no legacy in space. Space is not our thing. This is probably a one-off thing. What's next after this? We will build our own spacecraft? Send a man to the moon by 2020? How? Buy another ticket? We haven't even figured out Please child!

    If the government really want to spend money on fluffy dreams, at least do it right. Put it in nuclear energy research or some other form of renewable energy.

    Anyway, it is always fun to criticise and take jabs at the government. People tend to agree and I get supportive comments. But in the end, it doesn't really matter.

    This is false pride. It's right up there with the world-tallest flagpole.

    Fyodor Yurchikin: пребывание из пути!
    Sheikh Muzzaphar: Sorry boss.

    Tuesday, October 09, 2007

    I got quite a range of responses from my post on my gum pile. (OK. Not a range of responses. Just one general type of response. But I won't go into that.)

    But here's something that could change your mind or at least validate just how cutting-edge I am.

    Introducing Bubble Gum Alley in California in the U.S. and A.

    And if the Americans are doing it, it must be cool!

    Who's gross now? Who wants to touch me?

    Wednesday, October 03, 2007

    In my continuing efforts to make friends and to champion for world peace...

    Osman: Eh! Tak puasa ke?

    Me: Well, I am glad you asked. As a Christian, I have the option to fast during Lent. Lent is the forty-day period lasting from Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday. (sometime in March) However, in the Catholic Church, Lent does not end on Holy Saturday, but rather, on Maundy Thursday. The forty days represents, according to the bible, the time Jesus spent in the desert, enduring the temptation of Satan.

    I say "option to fast" because during Lent, Christians are given the option to give up something that is important to them personally. Fasting is one way to do it. And this is for Christians to be reminded of the time Jesus spent in the desert. The temptations. The suffering. Very biblical stuff. (Personally, I gave up coffee and meat.... OK. Coffee and meat but fish is OK. OK. Coffee and meat on Fridays only. But fish is OK. And cannot say bad words.)

    Similarly, during Ramadan, Muslims are also expected to put more effort into following the teachings of Islam as well as refraining from lying, stealing, anger, envy, greed, lust, sarcastic retorts, backbiting, and gossip. Obscene and irreligious sights and sounds are to be avoided; sexual activities during fasting hours are also forbidden. [Qur'an 2:187] Purity of both thought and action is important.

    The act of fasting is said to redirect the heart away from worldly activities, its purpose being to cleanse the inner soul and free it from harm. Properly observing the fast is supposed to induce a comfortable feeling of peace and calm. It also allows Muslims to practise self-discipline, sacrifice, and sympathy for those who are less fortunate, intended to make Muslims more generous and charitable.

    For instance, if I said to you that by asking me this question in the first place, you have proven to be an inward-looking culturally-insensitive ignoramus who thinks the whole world revolves around one religion and culture, you should exercise grace and accept my comments with a smile. Remember, peace and calm. Refrain from anger. May the peace of God be with you.

    Finally, as with the Christian faith, this season is intended to be an exacting act of deep personal worship in which one seek a raised level of closeness to God.

    So, read any good books lately?