qik

*Notes:

- QIK allows you to stream live videos, as long as you have a camera phone and (cheap) connection
- I am at http://qik.com/suanie
- The video above will play whenever I stream ‘live’
- This is seriously awesome! Why didn’t I do this before?!

just another thursday

Since I really made use of Google Reader, I’ve given up on printed newspapers (unless there’s something really interesting going on in there, e.g. my face). My sister subscribes to The Star because of the Classifieds but I hardly touch the paper. Admittedly it’s like reading a book — e-books are poor substitutes for printed and bound paperbacks but they’d do because books aren’t cheap in Malaysia (dollar to dollar, a book may cost $11 in the UK or US whereas it’d cost around $35 here, and there are a lot of legally free e-books around). Reading news articles on your web browser is hardly the same as licking your index finger to easily turn the newspaper page over. Besides, for some reasons a lot of stories in our local newspapers do not get transported to the Net version, not to mention their published Classifieds and what not. Why? I don’t know. Why ar?

(Not talking about stories bought from wire services but the newspapers’ own.)

But there are days when I feel that it’s not worth purchasing local newspapers at all because of news articles like this:

Thieves clean out ATMs, CCTVs blackened in RM600,000 robbery

SUBANG JAYA: It was an ingenious operation where thieves coated eight CCTV screens with black paint to prevent the devices from recording them robbing three automated teller machines of more than RM600,000 at a bank here.

[...] Read more here.

According to my dictionary, the word ‘ingenious’ can be substituted for ‘clever’ and ‘cunning’. Maybe I’ve been watching too many movies where they elaborate in great details on scheming plans to rob banks, but I hardly think that painting CCTV screens with black paint so robbers could go about their business is ‘conniving’, ‘crafty’, ‘wily’, ‘inventive’, ‘imaginative’, ‘resourceful’, ‘creative’… I think I’ve just about exhausted Thesaurus.com.

In fact, if I were a ATM or bank robber, I’d be ‘stupid’, ‘careless’, ‘idiotic’, ‘unintelligent’, a ‘pudding head’, a ‘dolt’, a ‘pillock’, ‘thickheaded’, ‘imbecilic’, ‘moronic’, ‘silly’, a ‘simpleton’, a ‘dumbbell’, ‘fatuous’, extremely ‘dense’, ‘brainless’ and heartbreakingly ‘addle-minded’ not to abuse any CCTVs in sight so I could get away scot-free; a phantom in the night running off gleefully with your money. Bank robbing 101?

A photo of one of the ‘blackened’ CCTVs accompanies the news article. Seriously? With a CCTV that big, white and obvious, any criminal who does not factor in the possibilities of being captured on the CCTVs deserves to be caught.

(Not that the truly ‘ingenious’ ones don’t deserve their comeuppance.)

Don’t know why that got on my tits, but it did. On the other side of the globe, Slashdot reported that AI (artificial intelligence) could power next-gen CCTV cameras. To quote a couple of lines:

“Over time, the scientists claim the AI algorithms would learn, picking up key words and phrases it associates with criminal activity.”

Now, THAT is ingenious. To me, at least. I just wonder what kind of key words and phrases are associated with criminal activity. Wouldn’t it be terrifying if it turns out to be something out of ‘Minority Report‘ where intentions, whether carried out or not are more punishable than actions?

“I am going to break this motherfucking ATM apart. Work, damn it!” might get you into more trouble than you think.

just another wednesday

Car sputtered and died this morning. Sister kindly sent me to work, not before fetching Ryan from pre-school. Took a few photos of him pretending to be animals.

Ryan is an animal
Clockwise: A snake, a tiger, a monkey and a… I forgot. Could be Ice-T.

Later his mom e-mailed me the following conversation that took place after I got out of the car:

Ryan: Where’s A-Yi going?
Ryan’s mom: A-Yi’s going to work.
Ryan: Why A-Yi going to work?
Ryan’s mom: To make money…
Ryan: Make money for me?
Ryan’s mom: No. Make money for herself.
Ryan: Cannot. Cannot make money for herself. Must make money for Ryan.

hk june 08 – what little alcohol tales

The last time I had a beer in Hong Kong was at Delaney’s along Peking Road. Well, it was actually more like the basement of a building. Back then I was drinking alone. This time round I had a friend to drink with me!

I think it was the second evening when we had our first beer. After walking around Central, looking for Pottinger Street (as recommended by Su Ann), we went back to Lan Kwai Fong to freshen up, heheh. Only a couple of bars looked promising, and we ended up in a cosy little bar along D’Aguilar Street.

Suanie drinking Carlsberg in Lan Kwai Fong, Hong Kong
Suanie with her Carlsberg

D'Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Hong Kong
If you know the area well, you’ll surely know where we parked our arses

Some genius in a flashy car braked and a policeman (or traffic dude, don’t know which) hit him from behind. Provided lots of entertainment (for me).

Accident with policemen, Lan Kwai Fong, Hong Kong
Padan muka

The next day, the pub was closed so we went to a German pub up the street, Schnurrbart where I had a Warsteiner and a König Pilsener. We also had our dinner there but that belongs in the food post.

Konig Pilsener at Schnurrbart in Lan Kwai Fong, Hong Kong
Yummy German beer

Since some clever peeps did not lock their router, we were able to leech off their Wi-Fi and so had a spanking good time catching up with e-mails and stuff. For me at least, because Erna bought herself a Wi-Fi access thingy.

At Stanley, I saw this poster on the wall and I just had to take a photo of it…

Jet Li endorsing San Miguel
Jet Li endorsing San Miguel

I don’t like San Miguel. It sucks.

Also spotted at Stanley Market, an advertisement for Baileys Haagen-Dazs!

Suanie next to a Baileys Haagen Dazs sign in Stanley Market, Hong Kong
Hello, come to Malaysia, can?

Unfortunately it was too early in the morning for Baileys, ice-cream or not. What, you think I’m Fireangel ar? :P

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All blog posts on this trip:

- hk june 08 – the obligatory ‘i waz there’ photos
- hk june 08 – food food food
- hk june 08 – things you can buy with money
- hk june 08 – what little alcohol tales
- hk june 08 – when relieving yourself is not a relief

- Flickr set for Hong Kong 2008 trip

walkers salt & vinegar crisps ftw!

My first husband went to London, and all I got was Walkers salt & vinegar crisps! And that was because I asked him to buy them for me!!!

Suanie and Tock2 with Walkers crisps
Walkers crisps ftw!

It’s more than awesome, seeing that I neglected to get him anything from Hong Kong, thanks to my no souvenirs stand. He didn’t ask for anything from me also mah… :D

When I was a kid –> teen, the only crisps flavours I knew were ‘original’ (which means lightly salted, I guess), tomato and BBQ. I don’t consider Super Rings as crisps lah, naturally. The first non-original, non-tomato and non-BBQ flavoured crisps I had was Walkers’ Salt & Vinegar crisps, brought back to tanahair by some awesome people – my ex-boss I think. From then on, I was HOOKED. Where previously I thought salt and vinegar was the weirdest combination to ever exist on planet Earth, well I guess the older I get, the weirder I get too.

I’ve tried different salt & vinegar flavoured crisps brands, but none came close to Walkers. They aren’t available in Malaysia, right? Or I haven’t seen them yet because I am a semi-recluse and I don’t go out of my comfort zone (which is pretty much Centrepoint).

Anyway, thanks Tock2! Heart heart.

And btw Simon, that bag of crisps you devoured at Tock2′s house was MINE! Grrrrr….. die!!!!!