Friday, June 29

Autobots Roll!

Do you know how it feels? It's like 15...20 years ago you would never have thought of seeing the guys actually there, alive on the big screen. It's more than a toy, a robot...it's culture. That's what comic books and cartoons are. And then when you see them transform...the silent tears, the awe, the crystal eyes starring back at you. They are here. Beautiful...
[#] Updated.

[#] Next up is the review.

Tuesday, June 26

The Cranberries

I'm a huge fan of the Cranberries, I can loop their songs for hours and never get enough of it. One such song is Zombie. The vid is below from their concert in Paris. I bet it would have been a different world if anyone's been there at that time, just watch the atmosphere. Zombie is a revolution song as much as it is a technical masterpiece. A modern rock tune that justified the lyrics and send the message across.



Here's the lyrics:

Title: Cranberries - Zombie lyrics

Artist: Cranberries

Another head hangs lowly,
Child is slowly taken.
And the violence caused such silence,
Who are we mistaken?

But you see, it's not me, it's not my family.
In your head, in your head they are fighting,
With their tanks and their bombs,
And their bombs and their guns.
In your head, in your head, they are crying...

In your head, in your head,
Zombie, zombie, zombie,
Hey, hey, hey. What's in your head,
In your head,
Zombie, zombie, zombie?
Hey, hey, hey, hey, oh, dou, dou, dou, dou, dou...

Another mother's breakin',
Heart is taking over.
When the vi'lence causes silence,
We must be mistaken.

It's the same old theme since nineteen-sixteen.
In your head, in your head they're still fighting,
With their tanks and their bombs,
And their bombs and their guns.
In your head, in your head, they are dying...

In your head, in your head,
Zombie, zombie, zombie,
Hey, hey, hey. What's in your head,
In your head,
Zombie, zombie, zombie?
Hey, hey, hey, hey, oh, oh, oh,
Oh, oh, oh, oh, hey, oh, ya, ya-a...

- 1994
And here's something that bugs me. Recently you would have heard and watched the song Umbrella from Rihanna. The thing is like freaking number 1 in the TRL now. I know music is Universal and all, but Rihanna plainly took the style and ingenuity of Zombie into her song. Please judge yourselves. Basically she sings something like 'it's raining and come under my umbrella' in various state of dance sfx laden music video. And the chorus part, now that's were she apes Zombie. Come on, one listen and you would know it's basically the same, even if she sings 'Ella, ella, ella umbrella'. I dont like this rap pop songs much, even more when they 'innocently copy' other works and then the whole world thinks it's the hottest new video clip. Say whatever you want...Screw You Rihanna and Jayz! Maybe the 'young one's' nowadays dont know history much and they dont have much history either.

Saturday, June 23

Almost a Tomorrow

Is there a GP essay? I read a comment for my post in another blog and an anon left such a comment. I'm branded! I should be worth a billion dollar by this week, virtual money that is. This is an economic future, people have perceptions, inceptions and inspirations. The last time I checked there are 25 million social networking sites. 250 billion members. From 35 planets, 10 Galaxies. This is 2085.

Ok so you decided to be a drama queen, but why force everyone to believe you. A million mineral water bottles are sold a day in Mars. That was not, I repeat, Not a puddle of water they found on Mars, it never was. Somebody found oil though, a full 30 years after all the car makers self annihilated. So now they're offering bitumen cosmetics to mine workers from Mercury to Pluto. By now every country on earth had at least 10 Miss Worlds and countless supermodels. They are gene splicing to make babies born with dimple cheeks and self renewing makeups. Indians are born with a pottu, always red, sometimes purple.

Planet Sunita revolved around the now dead star Rajini 101 in the Galaxy Sivaji. A fans wet dream, but this is just another news among many. What? A bomb a day in Iraq? Today? Yes, for the past 77 years. Amazing, but is there anyone left to kill there? Wait, America is still on foreign service? And they blame the legionnaires. French fries is still called French fries in 20 planets, strangely not on the Moon. But at the end of the day, like the great BBD once said, Shriya's boobs will save the day. Amen.

I have this recollection of past stories that make me cry sometimes, but the view out of the observation deck makes me spill unconscious tears all the time. The majestic Sagittarius's cluster, all the nebulae in our dreams and we finally can have a backyard view to die for. Vigor, destiny and the will to live, all the dreams of mankind are now sold in HD-DVD's. Something never becomes obsolete, like the sex drive of rabbits or internet porn. Which by the way now can be accessed in 25 planets. Wait till you see them, you thought two bo...were more than enough. Something never dies.

Movie makers still make sequals, and Optimus prime is now fighting Jack Sparrow in Metropolis. Atleast Batman is real. Visited Christian Bale's museum the other day, what a fine actor he was. Vaguely remember on black man who balded his head in a Tamil movie to milk fan sentiment. Reviewers went orgasmic. Multiple auto-orgasms were reported around the world. And a burned down cinema. Thank you God I'm not a movie maker. I'm a writer. A profession worst, making 30 billion people believe in thunder. Lightning, that I can make you trust, but thunder? How the heck can you believe what you hear?

Had this guy peddling porn and LSD on the streets of Pluto. Cold planet, drugs warms up the brain. If I wake up then it's a new story. I suspected long ago freelancing is not very romantic. Sleeping 2 hours a day, expecting miracle to happen. Sometimes you wish you can move that characters in you dreams. When was the last time you sexed your teacher just by dreaming? Dreams never die either. 21st century perverts. I don't tune in to MTV anymore, fugly bitches hosting the show. Atleast ever since Sony Walkmans started transmitting their own shows. People finally learned to watch stuff on 2.5 inch screens. I cant tough. I'm retro dude. Still biking my way in the desert planets of Sirius. Yawn, grandma stories no more is life going to suck more because we see no beaches along the roads of Valhala. No heroes died here.

Ever wondered what keeps us going? If there is one thing you can tell a person, whoever it was, one thing that can keep the fire burning. To make most of it all, to survive the future, what would it be? 'I Love You'. Idiot spent 27 years chasing shadows, dissecting weekends that makes search for a cure for cancer like a walk in the yard. Words. People, learn from me. Walk the walk, but don't ever walk the talk. They burn people whom they don't understand. The other day they tried to hurl an asteroid onto Planet Rushdie. Satans, be doomed them to the graves of gravity.

Them people who dreamed but stop halfway, you cowards. We could have made this great, but you had to go. I'll wait and see how low the pssy stays sweet. Then we will have a long talk around campfires. In the Joshua desserts of route 66...or route 202.184.22.***. I IM 25 million people daily, fucking Vegans don't know a shit about video games. Wonder what they do on exam nights. Losers. Everyone wishes to fly, fly through the wall but no shit wont happen if you park your ass 24 hours a day wanking to playmates.

Religion, now surely you want to know about this, religion dies. Yes folks, it died around 2035. Now they just bomb people for fun and run and hide behind walls. Used to be they bomb and shout some gibberish about not having Domino's over at their cuntry....Country. Sorry, grammar checkers and spell checkers are banned in the United Planets of Water Lovers. Seems students hide algorithms in them to cheat during exams. More things that don't go away. So you may ask again yourself tomorrow, is God important or is water important? Is God important or air important? Is God important or the brain that God gave worth using first?

Home now. Strange weekend, could swear it lasted a whole week. What would be great is an unending beach, everlasting fire and a lady friend. But you can only dream of that. Or, take LSD. Fire. The End. My Magnum Opus. If they can give Nobel prizes for lost civilizations on a hundred year journey, surely one for the one who predicted the one future. That would be worth waiting. Adieu. Awake.

No, the earth don't stop warming, no matter who 'did' it or why it happened. Move away from the shores my friends, dont say I didnt warn you. This is ofcourse if the rock from space dont get to you first. In any outcome, Monday morning will still suck, and Friday will remain TGIF and Sunday will remain in Tesco.

Remember next week is More Than Meets The Eye.

For now Muskrat Love rocks. Or Curtis Stigers...Love makes us Laugh, Love makes us Cry...

P/S: Oh dream of suckers. The world ain't gonna give you anything but heartache. Or just go die if you can't face the future.

Monday, June 18

Masala Weekend.

Masala weekend kicked of on Friday with loads of work, hence it became clear to me that translators and localizer have no life absolutely. But sometimes strangely enough, we dont have work on weekdays...

Sivaji

Sivaji opening day in Malaysia grossed MYR 560,000 breaking all local Tamil movie records. By Saturday it's playing in 53 theaters nationwide. And Sivaji went head to head with Fantastic Four 2 (Galactus dies :p) and Oceans 13. Naturally, Sivaji should have opened on Thursday night in all cinema's. But obviously Fantastic Four will bring in more moolah hence the 'stupidity' of the mainstream cinema owners in not screening Sivaji earlier would be justified. But the people had different ideas. Fights broke out from Penang to Klang and a theater was even burned. On you face I say, right on your face ye movie distributors, how could you hold back our Kapitan, the best thing to happen to us since baked beans! And I would also point out that AVM should have sent all the reals as promised (sold), why shortchange us, Malaysia has one of the highest fan concentration outside India.

Here lies the dilemma, a Hollywood flick would certainly make millions, so why would GSC or TGV risk with Sivaji right? These movies will open in more than half of the screens in each cineplexes. Compared to Tamil movies which might not even open in some cities here. I think maybe it's time for some privileges to be given to mother tongue movies, moreover, Sivaji will make atleast 10 million bucks in this country easily. Some fans have watched more than 5 times already in the past 4 days. All hail Tamil movies, we kick ass. My review will come over the weekends, since I already booked the tickets. :p hahahahaha....BTW anyone here needs to book their tickets, please do it online, its easy and guaranteed you can get tickets. (Please dont be stupid and spend more for tickets, touts are useless buggers and you wont die if you dont watch the movie on the first day. This is not Nayagan or Indian, this is pure Rajni entertainment.) And also, I understand the longing to go see the movie in an Indian cinema, who can beat the worn our seats, and sunflower seed (kuaci) allowing cinemas, but when you're paying, you deserve the best so go to a decent cinema which is safe and you are guaranteed a refund if anything goes wrong.

Disclaimer: I'm not anti-Rajini, I'm just not a fan. But I respect (with Ali-G ressspeccct!) Tamil movies. Keep it real! :p

Some headlines locally:
Star: [Rajini fans shows who's boss] , [Movie fans go on rampage] , [Rajini movie breaks record for opening day takes].

Lewis Hamilton

Okay, this guy is a mystery. If he is so damn good, why didn't Ron Dennis bring him in ealier? He's the absolute super rookie with an absolute rag to riches story to carry along. Come on, even Ferrari fans are thrilled! Hamilton won the INDY F1 race and broke a few more records. The priceless moments came when Alonso were pissed, swerved his car and was visibly upset during the prize giving ceremony. But who cares, I'm all for the one who tries, honestly tries and kicks ass. If Alonso can let all this go by him and focus on the race as a 'game' thats enough to bring back the golden 80's and 90's of F1. Enough said. Bring it on. I'm all in for Lewis taking home the championship this year.

My New Oven and Food blog

The good news is I'm going to have a food blog soon and I bought a new oven. The bad news is, you're probably not going to learn any decent recipes from me, the food is always ghosted. :p So wait up for the tricked out recipes from ghost world. Wohooo! Eat you hearts out Jamie Oliver, I cook better than you.

Work and Freelancing

The dilemma continues when freelancing pays more than work. So why work? I don't know, I hate work because nothing is moving. It's the same stupid job I had last year, the talks of changing education and students fizzles out. Come on, its the digital world new age revolution paradigm shift, and I'm digitizing textbooks. I thought this was cool but the now realizing that the learning world is outside, not in front of a computer. The kids are going out less, they are zombies in the internet age. This is bad. We want change for the better, a well rounded student rather than a know all weakling.

Freelancing gives an opportunity to explore stuff. I do things with wider importance and help support many industries. Real translators are unsung heroes who are the back office workers of the world. Maybe one day I will become one of them. But the burning question indeed is whether I want to be this forever? When will the astronomer inside me wake up...

Sir Salman

Salman Rushdie, one of the greatest modern day writers was knighted. And I haven't read any of his books! (most of it are banned here anyway) But hey I loved watching Mrs Salman (Padma Lakshmi) in Planet Food. She was the best...

Galacticus, galactus, galacticos?

Okay, I fergot what they call Real Madrid, but yesterday they ended their 4 year trophy lull with a Spanish league tittle win. It all looked like they lost in in the opening half, with Barcelona scoring 4 in their own campaign, and Madrid letting in one. But then in the second half everything changed when Madrid scored 3 to lift the cup. And Beckham is leaving the club after lifting Real's 30th league win. Talk about the most successful club in the world. The highlights of the match would be pretty boy Tom Cruise kissing Katie completing a TomKat soccer drama and also my evil housemate (Billa) waking up the entire apartment when he shouted for Real's 3rd goal.

New Stuff To Come!!!

(i) A 50-60 photo blog for Malaysia/ India anniversary is in the works.
(ii) A blood type, organ donor tag (label) thingy or maybe a widget.
(iii) 2050 rebirth
(iv) EarthPot Curry (ghost's foodie blog)
(v) My photo blog (Transit Tamils) rebirth.
(v) More competition from the ghost particle project!
...so stay tuned folks!

Saturday, June 16

Reflections

Had many reflection posts, many soul searching posts, and still am veraciously optimistic that the world will last through the hell of politics and socio-economic slavery. The world is bigger than any of us, the human will is bigger than anything. So here are a few stories to reflect.

[+] Indian slum girl 'makes good'. (Al Jazeera)

[+] Slaves to the goddess of fertility. (BBC News)

[+] Stories of Modern Slavery. (BBC News)

[+] 2015 Where will we be? (BBC World Service Trust)

[+] Your Views (Al Jazeera debates)

Maybe we are not really trying to change things, we are just happy to be in the revolution, to find it cool, we are no more successful than the hippies of the 60's and 70's. This time its different, its not enough to just highlight issues. But in this lies the conundrum, if just as many people reads the issue then the collective will is greater and the change would be too. Will we want just to be part of the pop culture or redefine our own culture to correct matters?

[distraction] Walking in Memphis by Cher

Friday, June 15

Blogger in Draft - Test Out



[#] Blogger introduced Blogger in Draft recently. It's basically new widgets, tools and blogger enhancements from the blogger labs. The first in draft stuff is Video Upload (max 100 meg of video upload per upload). Tried it and uploaded on of the classic travel vids from da ghost world. Complete with narration....and millions of birds.

[+] Blogger In Draft Blog (read this first)

[+] Experience Blogger in Draft - This link will take you to your Blogger Dashboard. Click 'New Post' and on the tool bar you will see the video post icon beside the post photo icon.

Thursday, June 14

And The World Stops for Sivaji

[at least for the Tamil makkal]

Okay, first of all I'm not a big fan of RajniKanth. And the reason would be because I hate his fans. And here lies the dillema. The fans are 99% of all Tamil makkals. So it's like me going against the whole of the clan. But hey, I'm da ghost, so I'll do what I want. And I made it a point to tell my housemate (who is a brainless idiot who prays to Rajni) that I'm going to download and sell pirated copies of Sivaji on the day of its release. But hey, who am I kidding. One more day and the Rajni fever is slowly creeping up...yeh...its creepy. You have to be a Tamil movie fan to understand the force of the movies, even Yoda can't explain this one. Very strong, the force is, of movies. Its going to be a traumatic few weeks for me. I just hope they don't stick posters on me.

And hes bigger than the overrated Amitha Bachan (What do the northis see in him - oh, btw...since Rajni is chums with Big B, there might be a Amitha Bachan special appearance...). Thank God I dont watch Hindi flicks much. Daymn! Rajni (the king of style, the toast of all cigarette makers) is already one of the highest paid Asian artist and with this movie, he will be No 1 in India and the rest of da world. (heh...made me laugh...laughing at my self).

Well if you can't beat them then join them. So here we go, celebrating the release of the most massive super duper mega mix mumbo jumbo king kong of a Tamil movie ever released. All hail...the BOSS...RajniKanth in Sivaji (Releasing June 15th WorldWide). The songs on loop...oru koodai sun light...oru kudai cosmic ray....lalalala style....

(yeah the colors, the colors! you may shout. but hey, its not only the color. He defies physics, he is anti-Einstein all the way, relativity doesn't apply to him...this wallpaper will surely give you nightmares...)
(this one has more style....)

And after all that, you can ogle at this guy...a peace of mind...natures marvel.
[#] Checked the listing, it seems the movie wont be in the mainstream cinema's on the 15th. So whoever want to brave the mob of the living dead rajni fans can go to the Yindian Cinemas...and pray you can atleast catch 10 minutes of the movie in peace. There's gonna be serious privacy invasion by people who dont understand that their 9 bucks ticket entitles them only their seat. Dumb dumb people. And the girls will be doing it too. I just wish one day someone gives a tight slap to any girl who whistles or jumps and dances during Tamil movies.
[#] (Note) Tamil movies come from their own Movie Industry in the North and are popularly known as Kollywood. Tamil movies are not Bollywood movies and we dont want to be known as part of the Bollywood movement. The Hindi movies are part of Bollywood and they are basically made up of actors and artists who wish they were born as 'whites' (yes, trust me on this). In their ideal world dream, they are Americans living an Indian Dream (Married to Super good looking trophy wives, or married to some big time doctor, engineer, IT guy from the US :p).

[#] I'm waiting eagerly for critics review on this movie. Indian movie reviewers are well known for their 'balanced' and 'unbiased' reviews. (yeah rite :D)

[#] The Ghost only recognizes one actor as the best ever and hes KamalHassan.

[#] Okay...MAROON 5 is on the loop now! Damn they're good!

Wednesday, June 13

2007 Human Trafficking Blacklist

What a way to celebrate Malaysia's 50th Independence anniversary. The US of A just added us into its Human Trafficking blacklist. Must be a proud day for all Malaysians.

Here is an excerpt from Yahoo News:
"But Malaysia made its first appearance on "Tier 3" for its failure to protect and identify victims of trafficking, many of them Indonesian domestics.

"The Malaysian government needs to demonstrate stronger political will to tackle Malaysia's significant forced labor and sex trafficking problems," the report said."

[Full Report]

I want to see how the spin doctors spin this one. Everyone knows its true, and then everyone just wont do anything about it. Talking about forced labor, you could only guess who could be brave enough to do that, well that happens today, in the 21st century where anything can happen. And Indians are the victims again, in estates and elsewhere.

[#] Hate to post stuff like this, but we must not be ignorant.

Sunday, June 10

Memories Remain. Post 500.

...so we returned to innocence. The universe and beyond in the shadows of a leaf, at mercy of the tides, in forced variations of colors and evolution unjustified. I am (still) Ghost Particle. Time Traveler, Destiny Unfulfilled.
Scriptures of Life

Of Life

Along the trails of time,
Among flesh and blood,
Appear divine sparks of life,
And new souls unfold

Of Living

You and I in the cold,
Impatient through the years,
All along the world muted,
There we were spotting stars

Of Love

Sometimes in the evening,
During those warm years,
We crossed path dreaming,
Unknowingly finding tears

Of Death

Walking along paths and valleys,
Clinging anxiously to destiny,
One part of soul willingly flies,
To the courtroom of Gods for eternity

-gp2005-
[#] This is my 500th post. I cant think of what to write, or probably not finding the time to write something thoughtful. Going through a complex period of my life right now, decisions to make, many of them. Probably would change many things permanently. The craziest thing of this all is not knowing whats going to happen tomorrow, or for the matter not knowing what is happening today. Tried in vain for these 5 years to be free, to chase liberty, but found myself chasing shadows. In between everyone who knows what to expect and who can see the future, here I am not knowing.

Enjoy the poem above, its a repost from the past. It may best define my life, maybe our lives. What I want is a hand to hold, a heart to touch, a soul to share and a dream to come true. Procrastinating the future doesn't take us anywhere, do what you want today, then tomorrow will unfold just as glorious. What I want more, is to travel, to meet people and above all to create, dreams. Having so much hope, probably you would ask why all this plays, all this pretension of things that I have but portray of not having. But certainly my friends, you will realize that more than anything that we have, the heart is a precious little reminder that there is life above all artificiality. Whom we laugh to, whom we cry to and who we become are made in the heart. What pains most is the heart, what warms most is the heart too.

I don't have the keys to time to unlock the door of the future, to find love. Now...that is what I want. Love.

Friday, June 8

Navarasa

Sringāram of love

Karunam of kindness

Adbhutam of marvel

Vīram of heroics

Raudram of anger

Hāsyam of comic

Bhayānakam of terror

Bībhatsam of odious

Shāntam of tranquility


[#] Post 499. And the universe is still immensely amazing.

Monday, June 4

Unity in Music

After nearly 40 years of enchanting music that united the people of various races, voices and ideologies...
R.I.P Loga, may music continue to serenade you wherever you are and may your music last forever...
Read More
[+] TheStar
[+] Alleycats
[+] Lyrics (in Malay)
[+] Some Vids (search AlleyCats or Allecycat in Youtube)

[-] No blogging for a few days, a tribute, from a fan.

Border to Border


Only mountains breathe life into me, only mountains give me life.

Penggembala Cahaya/ Light Herder

Penggembala Cahaya

jauh di penghujung belantara
seorang penggembala cahaya tua
berdepan sekeping cermin kaca
sambil merasa usapan angin nusantara
bertiup tak henti berabad lama

merenung dia bertanya
semusim berlalu detikan masa
tidak pernah rehat dari berjasa
hidupnya terbentang juga serupa
terlerai bagai cebisan cahaya

hilangnya pedoman juang kerana
zaman menelan mantera Samarasa
fikiran berombak berkecai kata
tak dapat dia melihat dataran serata
musim dan pohon mati kehilangan masa

penggembala cahaya
menerangi zaman dan puing masa
mantera hidupnya menenun dewangga
merambat mata fikiran anak muda
tiba waktunya dia berpisah jua, tapi

penggembala cahaya
semangat mu hidup sentiasa

-gp2007-

(and a very loose translation)

Light Herder

at the end of the forest
an old Light herder
faces a glass mirror
while feeling the Nusantara winds
blowing non stop for centuries

staring he asks
a season of time passes
he never stopped shinning
his life opens unending, similarly
it disintegrates like light particles

he loses his fighting spirit
the eon diminishes the Samarasa incantation
his mind breaks apart with his words
he could not see the expanding horizon
season and tree's die loosing time

Light herder
shining eons and time ruins
his life invocations weaves new tapestries
propagates the mind and eyes of the young
comes the time for separation, but

Light herder
your spirit lives forever

-gp2007-
[#] I dont know which is worst, an inspiration at 3 am or the inability to translate it properly. Its like a dream in a foreign language.
[-] The poem is of a Light herder, the herdsman who sells lights to shine and enlighten generations and his imminent retirement. (Nusantara is a name for the south east Asian archipelago given by its natives, Samarasa is a Sanskrit term meaning the mind at rest or something like that. Sanskrit could have been the original written scripts around here brought in by the conquering Indian kings...)

Saturday, June 2

The Greatest Days

We humans don't have the privilege to correct time, we only know the means to spend it.

So spend it with your greatest efforts, utmost passion and undying spirit.

Have the best days of your lives.

when

it rains around the world sleep welcomes the dream, and  enigmatic souls awaken along the eternal shores of destiny