Thursday, January 22, 2009

New Age of Responsibility?

I’m sure everyone on this part of the planet foolhardy enough to stay awake late at night on the eve of a workday won’t miss it for the world. Yes, I’m talking about the inauguration of President Barack Obama.

His oratory skills are indisputable, and on his big day he did not disappoint. I would have to look a long way back in history to find a match, perhaps Kennedy or Churchill. As usual, he continued his rhetoric of hope and idealism. Some say he sets his bar too high, but I believe it is important for those in high office to have even higher ideals, lest our standards get dragged further and further down (water boarding anyone?).

However, the time for talk is over, and now as the most powerful man on the planet, he would have to turn dreams into reality in midst of a global nightmare. Let’s see if this new president and do more than just giving inspiring hot air. I sure hope he can, because the hopes of so many ride with him.

As he ends he speech, calling for an era of responsibility and national sacrifice, the crowd disperses to watch the parades. Behind them, is a mountain of garbage. Obama sure has a lot on his hands, and I’m not sure if his citizens are ready for it.

To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society's ills on the West - know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.

I can’t help but think of UMNO when Barack mentioned this. FYI, China’s CCTV censored this part of the speech :(

Saturday, January 17, 2009

T-Shirt Dream Come True

Long time readers of my blog may remember the T-Shirt idea I had, lamenting about the public suspicion towards photographers. I had since then changed it a bit after peer review, bolding some text and colouring the words "Photography" and "Photographer" red.

It had stirred some interest amongst local photographers, and someone decided to pick up on that idea. 52 T-shirts were printed and sent to interested photographers nationwide, at cost.

It's hard to see in this photo, but all except one of those black T-shirts are my design. Even the little birthday girl :)

YAY! Thank you to all the photographers out there who made this possible. You know who you are.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

To Hell with the Geneva Convention!

Israel calls a clinic (appropriately marked with the Red Cross insignia), tell them to get the Hell out of there, and bombs it. Wow, can it get any worse?

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Internet Radio Galore!!!

I'm began exploring the world of internet radio, and wow! Say hello to BBC World Service! And of course, ABC CLASSIC FM!!! I missed you so much! lol.

Unfortunately, Streamyx caused quite a few hiccups... Still usable, but I'd curse Screamyx anyway. Grr... SNAIL! SNAIL! SNAIL! Damn you and your monopoly.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

2009 + 10

10 days into the New Year.

9 days since class supposed to have started.

6 days since class actually started. (lecturer skipped class!)

The first days of the semester is always interesting for me. Who's the new lecturer? What's the new subject about? What is the reading list like? Does it have *gasp* group assignments? Is there a final exam? What is the student council president (aka. my boss) is cooking in her head this time?

So far so good I guess. I haven't even seen one of the lecturers (not my fault, I attended class ok...) but the subjects for this semester seem interesting, so far... The reading list is quite heavy though, especially for Intro to Journalism since the lecturer reckoned we should all have a solid background knowledge of what has been going on in the ASEAN region, so he would have us read up on past 50 years of history, on top of reading newspapers and magazines. There will be pop quizzes.

My timetable is a rather uncommon sight; everything is crammed into 3 days of the 5-day week, leaving 2 weekdays totally touched for me to do whatever I please. The catch is that I would have to go to class early and have lunch late for the other days. Even better: The free days and slave days alternate, giving me a chance to sleep properly before the grueling long classes.

Remember that sidebar RSS feed reader I mentioned before? I configured one to bring in news from various providers (BBC World Service, Malaysiakini, The Nut Graph, The Malaysian Insider... a pity The Sun does not have RSS feeds.), while the other keeps tabs on the blogs that I've taken an interest in. Both are updated every 30 minutes. Glad I got my new laptop just before taking journalism class, really makes things easier.

Yup, good times ahead; hopefully. Still, I can't wait to get home again for.... CHINESE NEW YEAR!!! Unfortunately, I would have to hop on the first bus to KL on the 2nd day of CNY, usually reserved for visiting relatives on the maternal side of the family. Class starts on Day 3. So cruel... :(

Oh well, back to bed.

A tribute to the prison school.

Two of shots from a recently developed film, which had expired some time ago. The first shot there might indicate a light leak. I hope to experiment on B&W film photography and development shortly after CNY.

Last but not least:
A shout out to the civilians caught in the crossfire in the Mid-East (again), and the aid workers struggling to help them. Hope it ends REAL soon, and for good.

A presentation by veteran war photographer James Nachtwey, which I think is quite relavent due to recent developements in the Mid-East. But then again, it has been relavent since men first picked up clubs, and has always been relavant since then, hasn't it? WARNING: Some images can be quite graphic. This is real war.

Edit: Video not working? Try this instead.

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Two Double-Oh Nine

Sorry, no fireworks pics because I was so so so tired after orientation.

Nonetheless, HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Let bygones be bygones.

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