Archive for Design

happy feet & the fall of the pc

The Olympics start today. Happy Olympics all! I shall continue my custom of following the gymnastics and diving events. I don’t personally indulge in either of them but for some reason it’s been a curious tendency since childhood.

Patterned shoes have been rocking my socks. (Except that I don’t wear any with ’em. Haha!)

‘Twas a fine week’s end when I laid mine eyes upon a pair of plaid mary janes in Nike Midvalley and was promptly lovestruck. I’m usually quite picky with shoes, but these really took the cake. They also took a pretty big bite out of the wallet at a couple hundred dollars but they’re great to wear – cushy and flexible!

Erico got capris to match. I think they’re awesome.

Everlast pair from Sungei Wang – retro-ish pattern and in my favourite colour scheme! These ones were about RM65 – a little less comfy than the mary janes but still good walkwear, and wonderful eye-candy. Cellphone camera photos don’t do them justice.

Incidentally, I’ve been seeing these rapper blinds sunglasses in a lot of stores.

I first saw photos of Kanye West wearing them in his Glow in the Dark Tours and thought they looked perfectly bizarre. Now they seem to be an in-thing. How do they block the sun? More importantly, how do you see through these things? I must try them on next time and find out.

One more month ’til the end of the Megasale! Not sure if will be able to allot enough time to shop though. A big project with a frightfully short deadline is starting and weekends will be spent in the Office. A bit of a downer but well, a good thing will come by soon enough I’m shure.

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A recent virus scan on the pc indicated that a one ‘WinSys2.exe’ process in the system was infected. I searched the interwebs and learnt from various panicked forum posters that yes, WinSys2.exe was a virus and should be removed immediately upon detection. Following their removal methods, I zapped the offending application from the sanctity of my pc. KAPOW! GONE!

I later found out that WinSys2.exe was actually what kept my nVidia card running.

I is smart.

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perforated watches & musicals

My new STAMPS watch hath arrived from the UK!

I’d never heard of these fantastic things before until I got one from Mel last year and luffed it to death. Basically, the wonder of these watches is that the watch face is detachable from the strap, and you can individually choose both items from a variety of designs to match together. Besides wearing them on your wrist, you can also wear the watch face on necklaces, hairbands, and attach it to surfaces using its sticky back.

I haven’t tried detaching the watch face from its clasp to do all that, though. Ze fingers do not handle delicate things with enough care.

My well-worn watch likes it too!

This new one is named Lady Chantal from the French Collection and comes as one set. The watch face is quite plain compared to other STAMPS watch faces but I really like the nature motive on the strap.

And the strap edges are pink to match the watch face. Ain’t that awesome! Eh? Eh?

..Eh?

Maz with hers, the Lady Veronique. She sent the Chantal by registered mail when she could’ve just passed it to her friend returning in August whom I could collect from. She’s lovely that way. And so is Erico, who paid for the Chantal for me. I’d love to have him wear another STAMPS, but strangely he refuses. I wonder why.

Went to watch The Beauty and The Beast musical on Tuesday with the parents and it was fabulous! We were sitting on the 3rd floor, but it was still very engaging despite the far view.

The stage settings were done pretty cleverly – for the bit in the forest where Belle was running from the castle, a transparent screen was lowered in front of the stage and 3D footage of foliage were projected onto it, making it look quite realistic. Shure saves the trouble of tree prop-making!

It was too dark to take pictures of that scene, but a resourceful somebody a few seats away had no inhibitions with using the camera flash. Recording equipment-banning rules ayn’t gonna stop ‘im from gettin’ ‘is moni’s worth!

The tavern where everyone is singing Gaston’s theme song. He is delightfully narcissistic and chauvinistic. He is why I enjoyed the musical so much. He is that whitish blob at the far left.

My dear phone takes horrendous pictures when it is zoomed into the stage from the 3rd floor, but that’s the ballroom scene when Mrs. Potts is singing the main theme. Belle and the Beast are busy yellowing towards the right.

Great time overall! I’m still waiting for the Phantom of the Opera to come to our shores. When will that be? When?!

msn on the ds – hallelujah!

It’s taken quite a while but I’ve discovered the wonderful world of DS homebrew applications!

Beup, an MSN Messenger client for the DS. It’s a very simple port but it works beautifully. It’s come in very handy in my case as our wurk computers are woefully forbidden from internet access due to virus precautions. No longer shall I be estranged from the rest of the world by day!

DSOrganize, which turns the DS into a memo-keeping, contact-remembering PDA. There’s even a web browser included among its features, which dangit, seems to keep crashing on me. Personally, I prefer to use my phone for reminders but this works well for anyone who wants to multitask their DS between gaming and important work thingies.

ScummVM DS, which runs classic LucasArts adventure games from the 80s and early 90s. Monkey Island and Maniac Mansion on your DS! (But not at the same time.) The game resolutions are a bit cramped on the DS screens so the accuracy of the stylus is a little off sometimes, but otherwise most games run perfectly at full speed with sound. Just like you remembered it on your ol’ Amiga, which mum gave away when you moved out.

Ah, the limitless wonders of homemade software! Don’t brick your DS by mistake though.

In other news, one of these awesome smiley juice packets wanted to come home with me last week but its exorbitant price tag said no.