August 15, 2019

horror stories

My mom used to tell me horror stories when I was little. Real horror stories. Kids are such pussies nowadays, that their stories had to be rated. Mine were all real.

One of the worst that mom liked to tell, was about the deaths around the low cost flat I used to live in. Back in the 70’s and 80’s there had been a spate of suicides around the neighborhood, and they were freaky as fuck. The freakiest was this Indian guy who jumped from a high floor, and landed on the concrete right in front the arcade center I used to patronize. The guy landed in such a bad way that his brain was splattered all over the place. Mom said one of his eyeballs, flew off in such velocity that it got stuck right on the door of that arcade center (it wasn’t an arcade center back then. It was a grocery store or something).

So there were blood and gore all over the goddamn place, curious people surrounded the ground zero. They didn’t have cellphones back then so, they just gawked. Then there came this fucking stray dog, who got too excited of what seemed like an open buffet of dog food, ran into the mess and ate the eyeball on the door. And that made everyone retched. It was a story that everyone remembered, trailed by the various sighting of the Indian ghost near the arcade center door without an eye. Everyone stayed away from that section of flat at night… and many years went by and it was forgotten. But my mom remembered, and told me about it. I went in and out that very door many times during my youth, but I’d only seen those pixelated arcade ghosts on CRT screens in the arcade center…

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August 8, 2019

khat

So, everyone is talking about ‘khat’, a form of Arabic calligraphy to be made a compulsory part of the BM subject to the vernacular schools for Year 4 pupils starting next year. Because not everyone is docile like a mule, people started to question if this is an effort to ‘Islamize’ the nation… That’s when you see all these dimwits coming out to defend the move with pathetic and bad explanations… like this article here…

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Penang mufti: Khat is not Islamic, strictly a form of calligraphic art
GEORGE TOWN, Aug 7 — Penang Mufti Datuk Seri Wan Salim Mohd Nor explained today that khat is a calligraphic style using the jawi script and is used purely for decorative and artistic purposes.

He added that while it was derived from the Arabic script, only writings in the latter were associated with Islam due to its use in the Quran, the Hadiths and religious texts.

Wan Salim said jawi also derived some of its characters from the Persian alphabet, such as the characters for “cha”, “nga” and “nya”.

“Khat is usually used as decoration on the walls of the mosques or on the covers of Islamic holy books,” he said to suggest why a connection was perceived.

“Khat is a form of calligraphy using jawi and there are actually several types of khat such as Nasakh, Raka’ah, Farsi, Dewan, Thulus and many more,” he said.

Not all forms of khat were comprehensible to those who knew jawi, he added when saying only the Nasakh style was easily understood by those familiar with the alphabet used for Bahasa Melayu before its romanisation.

The religious official pointed out that jawi was not unique to Malaysia and had been commonly used in South-east Asia and shared by then-Malaya, Indonesia, the Philippines, Southern Thailand and Cambodia.

“In the past, students in Malay schools were taught jawi until the early 1970s when the then education minister, the late Tan Sri Md Khir Johari, stopped the teaching of jawi in schools,” he said.

He said it was the British who introduced the Roman script to Malaya and replaced jawi.

Jawi was also used for everyday purposes not related to Islam, he added when recalling that Malay vernacular newspapers previously employed the script prior to the romanisation of Bahasa Melayu.

“Even Utusan Melayu, which used jawi at that time, was very popular among readers who went to Malay schools,” he said.

The Education Ministry recently announced the government’s decision to introduce khat as part of the Bahasa Melayu subject for Standard Four students starting next year.

This triggered objections, mostly by non-Malays, against the compulsory learning of khat as part of the national language subject, with many calling it an added burden to both teachers and students.

Political parties’ responses to the move has been mixed, with some supporting it and others telling the government to instead focus on teaching students more science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects.

The government has said it will proceed with the proposal to introduce khat to primary four students but explained that they will not be tested on this.

So it is a form of art eh? If it is as trivial as what the mufti shit claims, then why the fuck is it made compulsory then? What compels them to think that it is so damn important for the kids to must know how to write calligraphy in Arabic? What’s the use for them to know this art form for their future?

Are you Pakatan Harapan guys seriously that dense? Do you seriously think this is the kind of excuse people would buy? I don’t buy it at all and I object to this. ‘Khat’ is a fucking waste of time, money and attention. If my kid is affected by this, I’m sending her to an international or private school. The Malaysian education system has gone to shit.

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July 31, 2019

Untitled

Do you people believe in jinx? I want to not believe in this kind of hokum shit but, it exist. I’ve seen this on 3 individuals across my work life.

First was this dude I worked with at my first company during my engineering years. This guy, whatever he touches, would turn to crap. Like a perfectly functioning PC? It’d go haywire after you let the fucker use for a day or two. You give him something mechanical, it’d go all jammed up in a few days. It was mind boggling but, I made a conscious effort to not let him handle anything important at work, and I’d stay away from this guy.

The second guy was this Mojo Jojo, which I’d written about many years back. You can just search for ‘Mojo Jojo’ in the search bar and read all about this degenerate. Mojo Jojo was jinxed but, he wasn’t as bad as the first guy I met. Most things would go wrong, but not all of them.

Then there’s this 3rd guy. He’s the same guy I ranted about here. I seriously believe that he’s jinxed, just like the first guy. So, on top of being an incompetent idiot, this guy is jinxed. I realized since a few weeks back, that he’d been ruining our stuff just by touching it. If I were to assign him something simple/easy, it would go wrong. Lately, he asked to borrow a server board, which I have been using for months without an issue – it immediately died when he touched it (no it was not ESD damage – the CPU died).

What do I do with him? Fuck my life.

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July 16, 2019

unifi sucks donkey balls

Not too long ago, our Minister of Communications and Multimedia, the tiger cub of Jelutong, Gobind Singh Deo, announced in the media that he has successfully brought down the price of broadband. That was a fucking lie. I am still paying for RM148 for a measly 8Mbps speed. Today.

After reading the goddamn article and had an implosion by myself, I decided to write a complain to the MCMC portal, about having to pay so much for such an inadequate speed, while knowing that at some part of the country, people are actually paying only half for double the speed. So the ministry responded, by forwarding my complaint to TM. TM’s response for closure? They ‘promised’ to reduce the price of my subscription. It went on a few months with no reduction, and so I lodged another complaint. Then they made the same ‘promise’ again, and I reopened the case with some capital letters. Then they finally did something – by upgrading my service to include a goddamn TV package. So instead of having to pay RM148 for 8Mbps, the bill became like, RM188 for 8Mbps plus some HypeTV or whatever the fuck it is, that I do not fucking need!

So what the fuck?? I lodged another complaint to MCMC, called the hotline, and even livechatted an agent. It took them weeks to ‘rectify’ the issue… by cancelling my TV service. But because the TV package (which I did not signed up for) has a contract, I was billed for the ‘cancellation penalty’. So my bill for the month of July? It is …. get ready for it…. RM710.38! Can you fucking believe how hopeless and retarded these fuckstains are?? I called them to give them an earful, escalated the issue and threatened to contact the consumer tribunal. One of the older sounding ladies then called me back and informed me that they would “graciously WAIVE the cancellation fee” out of goodwill. Goodwill my ass those cibais. I’m going to the tribunal if my August bill isn’t lower than RM148.

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July 3, 2019

this blog has just turned sweet 16

This blog has just turned sweet 16.
Started in 3rd July 2003, this blog was born in the year of the Water Goat.
Its horoscope is Cancer (Crab). According to the internet, this astrological sign has a negative polarity and its main characteristics are quite unsociable and introvert.

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