sunday tales

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.

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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??

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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 :)

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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

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  1. Might have been the espresso machine. It might have been that the steam wasn’t coming out propery and burnt the beans instead. Then it might have needed an overhaul/sevicing.

    Sorry, :P I probably think about coffee way too much :D

  2. The things people do for fame, that cyber-suicide’s plain ludicrous…we need to be careful on what we say to others, as there are a good few who have extremely low self esteem….

  3. Okay, anyone who is going to commit suicide just because chatroom junkies are telling him to must have some psychological problem?

    But it sure is scary….

    In other news, avoid the evil of MIDVALLEY MEGAMALL. Car park prices have gone up today and my parking bill has shot up seven times what it was!

  4. It’s the expresso part, either the nozzles are blocked or too long under the steam, supposed to be 7 seconds IIRC, any longer and it tastes burnt.

  5. who in the world with the right mind would wanna do that? the world is truly going crazy… perhaps a sign that it will come to an end soon.

    you buy things from e-bay? will things ever get thru the malaysian post system? i am impress.

  6. I read about the cyber suicide a few days ago over at Azmeen’s site. It’s sad that it happened. Even if someone is just claiming their going to kill themselves [as a way of getting attention], it usually means there is some underlying problem that they need sorted out. Always try to convince them to seek help of some sort.

    I know nothing about coffee, so can’t help – even though we own a coffee machine at work and I probably should learn to use it. lol

  7. Admit it. Starbucks just sucks. :D

  8. maybe you burnt your tongue?

  9. What did you bid for? Some footballer dolls?

  10. mingsy: that would explain it… don’t think they would have serviced the machine there n then in front of me :P

    Gallivanter: yeah times are changing… interesting times, but dangerous

    davidlian: the [on-line chat room] scene is so different from a few years ago. like i said, i feel bad for your parking woes :P

    ST: need l337 skillz!

    zewt: some people DO need help i guess. with ebay, i was gg to have it shipped to an US address, then someone coming back from US will bring it back for me :D but yeah things do get through, i’ve friends who frequently buy from ebay

    Dabs: yeah remember that weird guy from somewhere in europe? UK i think. always threatening suicide. still alive, got himself a girlie, last i heard

    you are the greatest blogger alive but i won’t fall for san fran

    ky: not likely ?

    anttyk: some baju

  11. I think it was bad ice.

  12. I used to work in starbucks. An expresso shot used from the machine is only alive (before it tastes burnt and dead) for a maximun 18 seconds. If the shot is left out longer than that before being mixed with the milk you latte/capucino will taste burnt.

  13. a-non-e-mouse says:

    i used to work at starbucks too sweetie (sweetie = suanie, not odee). from my vast experience, i have noted that the burnt taste comes from your deep desire to make love to me.

  14. EastMalaysianInKL says:

    Never get outbid again. Use a bid sniper.

    And yes eBay IS addictive. Good thing I got over it, but not before acquiring a house full of junk I don’t need :(

    Now I’m hooked on another kind of bidding but I limit myself to 2 or 3 item a year; Now I bid online at Christies & Sotheby’s.

  15. i am impressed with that … really.

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