Technically it’s no longer a Sunday, but who cares about technicalities :D
Woke up, surfed around a bit and found this news:
Chatroom users ‘egged on father to kill himself live on webcam’
A father-of-two hanged himself live over the internet in Britain’s first ‘cyber suicide’.
Kevin Whitrick, 42, took his life after being goaded by dozens of chatroom users from across the world who initially believed he was play acting.
But as they watched in horror, Mr Whitrick climbed onto a chair, smashed through a ceiling and then hanged himself with a piece of rope [..]
Read the rest of the news article here.
Someone posted a screenshot of him hanging to his death here. Be warned, it’s not pretty.
As people get more fucked up, it makes me think twice about my actions on-line. I’ve been on Internet chat rooms for years; in fact I am on PalTalk, where the guy committed suicide (not the same room though). On IRC, Pal and various other on-line chat rooms, once a while some dude would come in and proclaim that they were going to kill themselves there and then. My typical response would be, “Oh, go ahead, do it now, bye” because I don’t believe in giving them more attention that they don’t need. Plus from my experience, they were all hoaxes; just some punks and oddities saying crazy shit for the sake of it.
Then something like this happens, and if unfortunately it happens to you (as part of the audience) then you wonder if you are to be blamed. Of course, the dude had depression, he was not himself, but some things could have been prevented. Should I ever encounter a similar situation, I will remember not to be sarcastic, and will try to ask the man to get help. And try to shut the other users up.
Quite a wake-up call for Internet responsibility, eh? Who was the actress who said, “If you’re killed, you’ve lost a very important part of your life”? Right.
So I went to Starbucks to get some free coffee courtesy of the greatest blogger alive (yes, I said all that just for the coupons :P). I love my Starbucks, but sometimes I wonder about the QC or lack thereof… And today I found out how it works…
I only drink their iced latte, so I pretty much know a good iced latte (creamy) and a bad one (lingering over-burnt taste). Today I had a bad one, so I requested for the barista to have a new one made. Which he did, and it was the same thing. So I asked if he would try it so he would know what I was talking about. He agreed with me, and proceeded to make a new cuppa, only this time with a fresh BAG of beans. Yes I was so Datin Seri that he opened a new bag just for me :P
Unfortunately the third cuppa was no different. So he switched from full cream to low fat milk. He asked me to see how it was. Same thing. But at this point I was feeling rather bad for making the guy do so much work (for coffee that I did not even pay!!), so I said it didn’t really matter, since we’d opened a fresh bag of beans, we’d switched milk, and I didn’t want soy milk, so the options were running low. Nothing more to be done, let me take my leave and go bug someone else.
I still love Starbucks though, and I adore the guy for his smiley, never-say-die attitude. But I am wondering, what else could have make the difference, yah? Any experienced baristas out here? Is it the way the milk is poured — before or after the coffee bla bla bla? Insight, anyone??
Then headed over to KLCC for some other business, which I’ll blog about later.
KLCC on a Sunday can definitely induce claustrophobia. But if you want to see people of various races, colours, height, weight, fashion sense, age, gender (hahah) etc, well Midvalley doesn’t even come close :)
Ebay can be dangerously addictive. To cut a long and boring story short, luckily I was outbidded. I promise never to get caught up with the bidding frenzy again. NEVARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1111111111