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31e-déc-2007 11:27 pm - 2008 in 15 mins' time!
New Year's Resolutions
  1. join (a) cca(s) i actually like (and ignore my dad's opinions on the matter)

  2. practise more piano!
    get a distinction

  3. learn to ride a bicycle without swerving or screaming too often

  4. spend less time on msn/gaming/watching movies
    spend more time sleeping

  5. be more organized
    live not amongst haphazard piles of worksheets and post-its on your desk

  6. be less antisocial:
    help out
    do things!
    but waste not precious time trying to *~communicate~* with reticent and hostile family members
    ignore my slob of a sister

  7. learn well from 2007!
13e-nov-2007 05:38 pm - kanye: a dope ass beat
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Kanye West on 60 Minutes demonstrating how to make your basic Dope Ass Beat, with bemused old interviewer bopping head and requesting clarification of the utterance "dope ass beat".

HAHAHA I crashed Farewell Alma Mater! For only 45 mins or so though, I got bored because all the interesting people must've been in hiding or something, i couldn't find them ):

and HOHOHO, I be leavin' for LA FRANCE in FOUR DAYS! :D
8e-nov-2007 07:06 am - damn you, body clock
gnarls barkley
I got up at around four twenty today!
Wandered for a bit, tried to get back to sleep but unsuccessful.
A spot of lime juice chugging, then the call of youtube proved irresistible.

Have learned how to play Candy Shop (50 Cent), Many Men (50 Cent), Hey Jude (Beatles), Stronger (Kanye West), Tokyo Drift (Teriyaki Boyz), Heard 'Em Say (Kanye West), and Cupid's Chokehold (Gym Class Heroes) on the piano and cannot help but feel extremely silly.

Nevertheless, now attempting to transcribe Ayo Technology by ear. It is HARD. Youtube provides no answers. )':
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"Albus Dumbledore" is an anagram of "Male bods rule, bud!"
By Deborah Netburn, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
October 23, 2007

The Potter-verse was thrown for a loop when author J.K. Rowling announced she had always imagined one of the main characters in the "Harry Potter" series -- Albus Dumbledore -- to be gay.

Even the most diligent "Harry Potter" scholars found themselves caught unaware. But could anyone have seen this coming? Did Rowling leave any clues in the book?

To find out we called Andrew Slack, head of the Harry Potter Alliance, an organization that uses online organizing to mobilize more than 100,000 Harry Potter fans around social justice issues, drawing on parallels from the book. Slack is incredibly fluent in "Potter" textual analysis, and we knew that if anyone could predict Rowling's curveball, it would be him.

Speaking from his home in Boston, Slack said he hadn't guessed that Dumbledore was gay, but in hindsight, he was able to point to specific character traits of the Hogwarts headmaster that might have indicated his sexual orientation.

Below he tells us seven textual clues that Dumbledore was gay.

1. His pet. "Fawkes, the many-colored phoenix, is 'flaming.'"

2. His name. "While the anagram to 'Tom Marvolo Riddle' is 'I am Lord Voldemort,' as my good friend pointed out, 'Albus Dumbledore' becomes 'Male bods rule, bud!'"

3. His fashion sense. "Whether it's his 'purple cloak and high-heeled boots,' a 'flamboyantly cut suit of plum velvet,' a flowered bonnet at Christmas or his fascination with knitting patterns, Dumbledore defies the fashion standards of normative masculinity and, of course, this gives him a flair like no other. It's no wonder that even the uppity portrait of former headmaster Phineas Nigellus announced, 'You cannot deny he's got style.'"

4. His sensitivity. "Leaders like Cornelius Fudge, Rufus Scrimgeour and Dolores Umbridge (yes, even a woman) who are limited by the standards of normative masculinity could not fully embrace where Voldemort was weakest: in his capacity to love. Dumbledore understood that it's tougher to be vulnerable, to express one's feelings, and that one's undying love for friends and for life itself is a more powerful weapon than fear. Even his most selfish moments in pursuing the Deathly Hallows were motivated either by his feelings for Grindelwald or his wish to apologize to his late sister."

5. His openness. "After she outed Dumbledore, Rowling said that she viewed the whole series as a prolonged treatise on tolerance. Dumbledore is the personification of this. Like the LGBT community that has time and again used its own oppression to fight for the equality of others, Dumbledore was a champion for the rights of werewolves, giants, house elves, muggle-borns, centaurs, merpeople -- even alternative marriage. When it came time to decide whether the marriage between Lupin the werewolf and Tonks the full-blooded witch could be considered natural, Professor Minerva McGonagall said, 'Dumbledore would have been happier than anybody to think that there was a little more love in the world.'"

6. His historical parallel. "If Dumbledore were like any one in history, it would have to be Leonardo DaVinci. They both were considered eccentric geniuses ('He's a genius! Best wizard in the world! But he is a bit mad, yes'); both added a great deal to our body of knowledge (after all, Dumbledore did discover the 12 uses of dragon's blood!); both were solitary, both were considered warm, loving and incredibly calm; both dwelt in mysterious mystical realms; both spent a lot of time with their journals (Leonardo wrote his backwards while Dumbledore was constantly diving into his pensieve); both even had long hair! And, of course, a popular thought among many scholars is that the maestro Leonardo was gay."

7. The fact that so few of us realized he was gay. "No matter how many 'clues' I can put down that Dumbledore was gay, no matter how many millions of people have read these books again and again, Rowling surprised even the most die-hard fans with the announcement that Dumbledore was gay. And in the end, the fact that we never would have guessed is what makes Dumbledore being gay so real. So many times I have encountered friends who are gay that I never would have predicted. It has shown me that one's sexual orientation is not some obvious 'lifestyle choice,' it's a precious facet of our multi-faceted personalities. And in the end whatever the differences between our personalities are, it is time that our world heeds Dumbledore's advice: 'Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.' Today as I write this, I believe that it's time for our aims to be loyal to what the greatest wizard in the world would have wanted them to be: love."


MORE DISTURBINGLY, why are so many of my obsessions (e.g. Royston Tan, Harry Potter, random actors/direcors/bloggers) turning out to have gay-related tangents???????

while i'm not a homophobe, i'm not exactly a gay activist or anything...but now i look like one specializing in entertainment and media forms.... -_______-
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or: in which I expose myself to be a shameless royston tan fangirl.

æ: Do you have a lot female and gay fans?

Royston: I do have a group of female fans who cut out any article in the papers or magazines they find on me and post it on their websites. Once I was in a swimming pool and one of them snapped me in my swimming trunks using her handphone. The picture then got circulated on the Net. So paiseh (meaning embarrassing in Hokkien)! I don't know about gay men. If they like me, they never tell me.

æ: Actually, I know a few gay men who think you're cute. One of them says you have the face of a manga (Japanese comic) hero.

Royston: Really? Hmm...

æ: Yeah, really... Anyway, in your new film 4:30, the boy becomes so obsessed with the older man that he breaks into the latter's room and collects his stray pubic hair. What was the craziest thing you ever did for someone you were obsessed with?

Royston: In my Temasek Poly days, I was crazy about someone whom I'll call X. X had everything - face, body, popularity, clothes. X also had a favorite shirt that would be worn every week. So on our graduation day, I stole X's shirt when X was drunk. X went totally berserk, had a complete mental breakdown. For many years, I kept the shirt that had the smell of X. Then one day, my domestic helper accidentally washed it. I was so angry. The whole incident became the inspiration for my short film called Jesses, which is included in my collection of short films on DVD. (Called Royston's Shorts, the DVD is on sale at good music and bookstores.)

æ: Maybe I should shoplift in Prada on the pretext I'll make films about the brand. Are there things about you that the public misunderstands?

Royston: A lot of people seem to think that I'm arrogant. When I don't smile, I can look quite fierce because my eyebrows are so bushy. Whenever I go clubbing, no one really makes a pass at me because they think I'm proud. But really, when you get to know me, you'll realise that I'm very down-to-earth...

æ: People also think that you're a magnet for controversy...

Royston: I don't go out of my way to attract controversy, but when the censors insisted on so many cuts in 15, I had to fight back. They bit me, so I had to bite back. But I think I do it more out of self-defence. I really am a simple guy.

æ: How do you stay sane and grounded, considering that your life has changed so much since the debut of 15 in 2003?

Royston: Well, for one thing, I try to avoid the glamorous events that I normally get invited to. I prefer to spend my time at coffee shops talking to uncles and aunties. They have a lot to say about people and life.

I also give free crash courses in filmmaking at neighborhood schools. Usually, I ask the principal to assemble 20 of the naughtiest kids, and I'll teach them to appreciate mood and colors in images. At the end of the course, we'll shoot a film together.

æ: That's very inspirational. Has Hollywood or Hong Kong come a-knocking?

Royston: Brad Pitt's production company Plan B has approached me, and Andy Lau's company also approached me to make a film under its First Cuts showcase. We're in discussion over possibility of me collaborating with Karen Mok. But Karen, as you can imagine, is busy so we have to look into her schedule first.

æ: A few final questions: Who or what turns you on?

Royston: Someone who is comfortable in his own skin.

æ: What's the most important thing in a relationship?

Royston: The ability to forgive your partner's transgressions, even if he or she cheats on you. The ability to still believe in the relationship when it's going through a rough patch. We're only human.

æ: Your biggest fantasy?

Royston: That I was married into the Thai royal family, so that on my wedding day, I would ride on a white elephant accompanied by a thousand maidens and there'd be fireworks in the night sky.

æ: Your biggest guilty pleasure?

Royston: I love Hokkien mee (noodles) with lots of pork lard. When I'm very stressed out, I tell the uncle, "Uncle, extra pork lard, pleeeeaase!"

Well, Fridae certainly hopes you'll be eating Hokkien mee with extra pork lard and Karen Mok next to you someday.

4:30 is showing in the cinemas. Royston's Shorts DVD is on sale at HMV, Kinokuniya, Gramophone and other good book and music stores



Royston tan is so crafty.

To RI he brought Mindee and Yann Yann, the very alluring 881 sisters, and proceeded to snog Mindee a thousand swooning fanboys' delight/chagrin/fascination.

To RGS he toted a male chinesey singer-songwriter type to serenade the girls, as well as a cheeky self-proclaimed Ah Beng, more generally known as Eric Khoo, grand high producer of the amazing soundtrack. For maximum effect, royston tan ensured that he wore a saucy pair of underpants, which he took care to flash several times at the enraptured (or in the case of the teachers, more than a little scandalized) audience, under the pretext of gesturing wildly to illustrate his point.

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