"Malaysia Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and the Sultan of Johor are seen in a blue Proton Saga... "When asked whether there is any tension with the sultan, Dr Mahathir said: “No, I don’t see anything because I went to see him and he drove me to the airport. I don’t want to comment on the sultans because if I say anything that is not good then it’s not nice because he is the sultan”"

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Tuesday, May 03, 2005

"I do not take a single newspaper, nor read one a month, and I feel myself infinitely the happier for it." - Thomas Jefferson

Random Playlist Song: Paganini - Violin Concerto No. 3 - 01 - Introduzione. Andantino - Allegro marziale

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Readers are advised to check the "posted by" line at the end of each post to ascertain the identity of the poster.

Back to studying tomorrow. One last paper left - on Friday!

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I had thought that, just as it is impossible to find Malaysian Fried Noodles anywhere -in- Malaysia, Singapore Bee Hoon is similarly impossible to find in Singapore.

However, in a restaurant along River Valley Road near Great World City, I found "Singapore Bee Hoon", fried with small prawns, small slices of chicken and vegetables, and with a slight red tinge to it. Tym informed me that the "Singapore" element of any dish with the "Singapore" appellation was a sprinkling of curry powder, and indeed that seemed to be the case. [Addendum: Meanwhile Yucheng informs me that 2 years ago, he sighted the same dish on the Island of Doom.]



People expressed disdain at this discovery, saying that they or their mothers could easily cook "Singapore Bee Hoon", but the culinary significance of this discovery cannot be underestimated.

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A friend in BRMC (Barker Road Methodist Church) gave me probably the most reliable information so far on Lee Wei Kong, the ACJC rugby captain who got involved in the RTA (Road Traffic Accident).

He says that he was either an infidel or a weak christian, that they'd all been praying for him to be seduced by them, and that that day was his first time going to the church.

Meanwhile the BRMC website alternately names him "a friend of BRMC" and a member of BRMC. And he's been getting a lot of get well cards from innocent ACPS students. No doubt he is receiving a great deal of support, encouragement and inducement from similar sources, just as some victims of last year's Tsunami received both preaching and aid.

Unfortunately, especially under this barrage, I fear that he will be seduced by the dark side in his hour of despair. One can only hope for his soul. I am almost moved to go down myself, but know that I will be driven away with pitchforks, doused with Holy Water and burnt at the stake by his protectors.

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Review of Chasms of Malice:

"The True Shield has been taken by a baddie and will, unless some lone champion rectifies the whole situation, inexplicably give the Khuddam nasties the ability to multiply according to the formula a(n)=7^(2n), a progression the book itself loses track of after the fourth term. That's right, they'll swamp THE WHOLE WORLD. It doesn't matter how many times those Allansian freaks save the planet in _their_ neighbourhood, some other hero slips up once in Khul and it's all for nothing."

nw.t: "first they will be 49, then 2,401, then 5,764,801, until they are uncountable hordes, and Orghuz becomes invincible"

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To Honor the Earth, Speak to the Issues and Not the Myths - "In addition to having been "grown or produced within 100 miles of Houston (salt, pepper, and olive oil were exempt)," the planet-saving "test supper" could not "have been slathered with pesticides." One conjures an image of mad farmers gleefully going about splashing pesticides all over their crops oblivious to the costs of the pesticides and with some perverse desire to poison their customers and destroy their market and the planet. The use of the term "slathered" to describe the very careful use of low-dose pesticides in modern agriculture and the regulations involved, reflects a prevailing ignorance among food writers and the general public that has been very carefully nurtured by the back-to-nature enthusiasts. They assume that "organic" agriculture does not use pesticides. This is a myth if not an outright fraud. The "organic" movement argues that the "natural" pesticides that it uses are more benign than the synthetic pesticides used in conventional agriculture, but there is no evidence for that. And some of these "natural" pesticides are administered in much larger quantities, which may not be enough to qualify as being "slathered" but certainly are a far closer approximation of "slathered" than are the synthetic pesticides used in conventional agriculture."

Arabic and Islamic themes in Frank Herbert's "Dune" - "Those who are familiar with Frank Herbert's famous novel Dune know that he took his analogy from the oil of the Middle East, and that the novel is symbolic about the dependance of the West on the oil, and the power struggles to control this valuable resource... What is not well known are the various Islamic undertones, and Arabic etymologies that Frank Herbert put in Dune. The purpose of this article is to try to list these themes, and trace them back to whatever Islamic concept there is (if any)."
Damn close reading...

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Quotes:

80% of NSF officers have this dao look, and they all have this sort of girlfriends. Otherwise people think they're gay... Trophy girlfriends. Not very smart one... All look very young.
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