Friday, July 27, 2007

Out of context

Like many, I enjoy watching films. One of my all-time favorite is Fight Club, which I own the disk and watch it from time to time even now. Then there are movies like Lord of the Rings, which I think is epic and enjoyable, although I don't think I will watch again.

I enjoy listening to other people's opinion (and especially ones who agree), so I asked my roommate and his girlfriend about how they felt about GATTACA She didn't like it because it wasn't realistic. I paused.

I asked her why she didn't like the fact that it wasn't realistic. She answered with the reason why it wasn't realistic. A few months later, similar critique came from her for another film, The Matrix, and the same for Lord of the Rings.

It is difficult why she was demanding realism in a film that that clearly belongs to fantasy and science fiction. Maybe what she was trying trying to say was that she likes a movie which portrays real life, and not fiction. But somehow, I cannot persuade myself to think that is what she meant - I have the feeling that she will say the same thing if she saw La Strada or Persona.


A while back, I have taken someone to a concert. The performance by the string quartet was beautiful, and while I was not a big fan of classical music, I was deeply moved.

After the concert, I have asked my date how she had liked the music.

"I like piano music better." She replied.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007


I was browsing for a rental, and picked up a disc of a television series. The owner started talking.

Owner: So do you know what this show is about?
Me: No. Is it any good?
Owner: Yes, I liked it.
Me: What is it about?
Owner: Well, I won't spoil it for you, but it starts like this...what happens when one of your friend commits suicide? She sends email to you.

I found his description of this premise far more interesting than the show itself.

Saturday, July 21, 2007


My wrist is going to break if I am asked to fix fonts figures that are already in TIFF...a word of advice - if you aren't sure whether the editor will accept your manuscript, PLEASE keep the original file, for chrissake...

Wednesday, July 18, 2007


Did you know that memories are water-soluble? This is why you cry.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Hey, I thought it was a good advice!

A co-worker's wife was pregnant with a girl.

Co-worker: "So, we're thinking of Fatima as her name."

Me: "Hmm, I don't know. I wouldn't name my kid with word 'fat' in it."

He hasn't spoken to me since.

Monday, July 16, 2007


About sisters:
  • Eldest: Gregarious but overbearing
  • Middle: Well-adjusted, responsible, and tolerant.
  • Youngest: Spoiled and fun.

Sunday, July 15, 2007


To the lady with her baby (hey, that rhymes!) in the coffee shop:

You think you own the world 'cuz you managed to get knocked up!? Damn you!