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The Automat

Posted by ghostpipe73 on July 27, 2008

This classic modern painting by Edward Hopper is one I had pasted on my desk wall for a long time while I was a university student years ago. I feel it represents solidarity, loneliness, a certain kind of sadness, an inner turmoil refusing salvation, stillness, serenity, suffering in silence, a simple quiet moment. You can almost feel yourself sitting in the girl’s place, one hand holding the cup of hot drink (presumably but most probably) while the other still warmly protected by a brown-black glove. She still has her coat on. Maybe it’s cold in the room. Or maybe she doesn’t plan to stay long. Who knows.

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Sometimes you wonder why they bother

Posted by ghostpipe73 on July 16, 2008

We have talks, speeches, declarations and lamentations, as well as pledges, promises and sworn oaths made by world leaders to make a better tomorrow for all of us. But will there ever be one?

Take the G8 Summit at Toyako, Hakkaido this year for example. One who is not so world politically-inclined might ask, now what is all that shenanigan about? If given the chance I would answer – does it matter?

Talk is cheap, and so is the walk, after you’ve done the talk. You walk the talk, yes, but if your talk was cheap, then so would be your walk.

Ladies and gentlemen, don’t ever believe off-hand what you see with your eyes.  If your heart strongly feels it is wrong, it most probably is.

Whatever you do, think of what it can do to your future generation.

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You have to write it thinking nobody’s ever gonna listen to it

Posted by ghostpipe73 on July 13, 2008

Rob Thomas has always been a songwriter and musician I admire. He makes his myriads of points in this clip which I find very much universal for any artist or songwriter. You’re out there just doing your thing, trying to find solace by releasing your feelings and thoughts through the songs you write. Sometimes it just flows like an avalanche, sometimes it’s just stuck for ages in your system and you need months to get it out.

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Word of the Day – Duress

Posted by ghostpipe73 on July 8, 2008

Of late I’ve been hearing a lot of sentences uttering the use of the phrase “….under duress…”, particularly those pertaining to courtroom news and issues.  Wikipedia has this definition:

Duress or coercion (as a term of jurisprudence) is a possible legal defense, one of four of the most important justification defenses, by which defendants argue that they should not be held liable because the actions that broke the law were only performed out of an immediate fear of injury. Black’s Law Dictionary (6th ed.) defines duress as “any unlawful threat or coercion used… to induce another to act [or not act] in a manner [they] otherwise would not [or would].” The notion of duress must be distinguished both from undue influence in the civil law and from necessity which might be described as a form of duress by force of circumstances.[citation needed] Note that in criminal law, a duress defense is similar to a plea of guilty, admitting partial culpability, so could lead easily to a conviction.

Duress or coercion can also be raised in an allegation of rape or sexual assault to negate a defence of consent on the part of the person making the allegation.

Quite a mouthful that was.

Well I guess my writing of environmental reports which goes against my personal belief and principles for the sake of keeping my job is also, partly, or in some ways, done under some kind of duress.

Most of us probably are doing things under duress.  Take the monks in Myanmar for example.  They are real heroes of their people.

Under Real Duress to Save their Nation - The Monks of Myammar

Under Real Duress to Save their Nation - The Monks of Myammar

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And what is the truth?

Posted by ghostpipe73 on July 6, 2008

I came across an interesting piece of philosophy today, read it off a comment on some ex-politician’s blog post. Loosely translated from Bahasa Malaysia / Malay language, it reads something like this:

“Do not believe anything that you hear with your own ears, and only believe half of what you see with your own eyes, for what you see with your own eyes may not even guarantee you with the real, absolute truth of circumstances.”

So what is the truth then?

I’d figured, only those with powers beyond normal human ability can or would be able to know and find out the real truth.

God would know for sure.

Wonder if anybody ever thought of asking him.

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Voluntary suicide

Posted by ghostpipe73 on June 21, 2008

I don’t have a major in political science or anything associated with the study of politics or the likes. Then again most people who are in politics – at least in Malaysia anyway – do not have such background either.

My disclaimer above serves to clear my conscience on what I’m about to write after this. Not that  it’s directly related to it or that it matters at all.

The world as we know it, is going to explode sooner than later. Whether you are aware of this fact or not, the world is. And I mean literally explode. Kaboom.

You see so-called superpowers US continuing their endless saga of industrialisation and their ever-increasing demand for fossil fuel which will inherently annihilate, slowly but absolutely surely, our protective layer up there which has for centuries on end shielded us from UV rays and all other harmful stuff. Well it’s slowly diminishing, folks.

China, Asia’s leading and possibly now the largest force driving the Asian economy, is committing what I term as “voluntary suicide”. Why voluntary suicide? Well, they just had a massive earthquake which rocked the entire province of Sichuan (I hope I got that correct), a total natural disaster. Or was it totally natural?

Very few people in this part of the world know of or care about what goes on in China. China as I know, is the world’s 2nd biggest polluter (in terms of carbon emissions and water pollution). I will let you guess who No. 1 polluter is.

China is slowly “killing” its own 2 billion population by creating and promoting its own silent killer – air and water pollution. While busy trying to be the world’s biggest economic power, determined to topple you-know-who from the top spot, China is committing voluntary suicide in the masses. I pity the Chinese people over there, they have very little to hope for their 2 billion nationals.

That was just an example I use to explain the term “voluntary suicide”.

Nuff said.  I feel sad. Here I am trying to save energy and fossil fuel as much as I can with whatever means I have. Sometimes I wonder, is anyone else out there doing what I am doing? Endlessly and incessantly?

I leave you with one of Gary Larson’s The Far Side cartoon, which I think epitomises how we intelligent humans react to certain thing we know is happening, or is going to happen, and yet act dumbly or ignorantly so as not get blamed for it.

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Inside of You

Posted by ghostpipe73 on May 25, 2008

One of my favourite new metal bands, Hoobastank.

Great funky riffs and disco beat with good old rock flavour and strange 80s pop spiced in.

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Here in my Home

Posted by ghostpipe73 on May 22, 2008

Colours don’t matter. Neither does political inclinations. Or social status. Or how well you cook.

My home is Malaysia. And that is all I have as a home.

For more information on the song, please go to the Malaysian Artistes for Unity website.

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Corruption – how trendy is it?

Posted by ghostpipe73 on May 18, 2008

Day in day out, all over the world people talk of corruption in the government. Their own government, another country’s government, any old government, the new government, the previous government, the future government, the bloody government.

Where I live, corruption is part of the government. No corruption, no government. Therefore, the world in my context has accepted the fact that, like it or not, I have to live with a government that will employ the mechanism of corruption to be part of its operating arm for governance.

Ok, that is fine by me.

I just came across this article about an allegedly self-proclaimed potential new leader of the country who claims he shall be the next premier come this September 2008.  Interesting. I don’t really give two rats ass about who becomes the next premier, or what type of governance he or she proposes to bring to this country. What I give a shit about is how much corruption is his or her new governance is going to practice?

Future leader, whomever who may address yourself to be, please remember that, should you be in power come this September as you so claim, then I beg of you, please oh pretty please with double sugar topping  on top, do not forget the rakyat / people. Do whatever you want or whatever you need to do to satisfy your political ego, just remember to provide better health and education facilities for the rural folks, to give more to the poor and needy, to provide more assistance to those of ethnic minority or the socially-inept due to locality, level of literacy or just plain public prejudice and discrimination.  Those kind of simple things that wouldn’t cost more than 2 or 3 million Ringgit a year to do. Light years cheaper than any of those developments the country is proposing to do.

Keep your corruption mechanism for all I care, just don’t forget the rakyat.

Cause if you do, then we’re back to fucking square one.

Should that be the case, Mr. Self Proclaim Saviour of the Nation, you’ll be needing this:

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There can only be one Bohemian Rhapsody

Posted by ghostpipe73 on May 17, 2008

Songwriting is an art, no doubt. Plus, some skill and plenty of practice makes one better at it. Some are more gifted than others of course. This song was written by a genius. The arrangements are notoriously perfect. How I wished I could write like this.

Forget the glam rock paraphernalia for a while, just appreciate the song in its entirety. Absolutely brilliant.

Freddie Mercury and friends. Bohemian Rhapsody.

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