Monday, September 12, 2005

Look alike

It's scary how some acquaintance or shopkeepers often mistaken you for someone else because they find that you and the other person look alike. For the past few days, I have had 3 people mistaken me for, OF ALL PEOPLE, Anti-Ringgit! I mean, if they mistaken me for Brad Pitt or Johnny Depp, I can still sleep but to think that anti-ringgit and I are somewhat related is giving me nightmares. Of all people! Come onnnn! I feel so embarrass!

Just today, I went to Optic Cinta, an optometry shop, and the owner stared at me and said "wow.. you have a belly already. Did you start drinking beer?". I answered, "No wor, I am always, um, big size." He was puzzled. Then it dawned onto him. He said "Ohh.. I thought you were the other guy.. he's your brother ah?" I knew who he's talking about and quickly replied, "He's so yong sui.. how do we even look alike?". We both laughed out loud.

Last week, in the lift, this guy from Accounts Receivables asked if I still travel like mad and I told him he has mistaken me for Anti Ringgit! He smacked his head and said oh ya.. you are right! I was thinking about AR.

I am like... DUHHHH! How can you mistaken Andy Lau with Anti Ringgit?

And lastly, the Uncle who owns a yee mee stall in Restauran Yong Leng asked if we were brothers! I told him I have more hair than him.

I don't know.. do I look like AR? Comment please!

Saturday, September 10, 2005

No Name

Apple Computers has a cult following. We know that. Everything Apple does is "The Next Big Thing". When the mac introduces the cool Aqua theme in Mac OS (OS 9, I think), the world was on their knees, oogling on this deliciously good looking theme for an operating system. Then Aqua was replaced by Brushed Metal in OS X. Brushed Metal is very chic.. very industrial-like looking. It was in Mac OS X, it was in iTunes 4.x

Now, iTunes 5 has a new look. This theme has no named yet and people are liking it already. Perhaps Brushed Metal is being replaced? Perhaps not.

Here's a very hilarious account of how Brushed Metal feels being ousted out of a popular application. Read it. You'll be laughing your heads off.
http://daringfireball.net/2005/09/anthropomorphized

Here's an excerpt
(Brushed Metal is the ex-superstar theme while Mike is his Hollywood-like agent):

Brushed Metal: Whatever happened to “Once you go metal, you never go back?”

Mike: Times change, my friend.

Brushed Metal: Who did they go with for iTunes? Not that Unified Title and Toolbar cocksucker…

Mike: No, they got someone new.

Brushed Metal: New?

Mike: Yeah, and he’s hot. Very hot. He looks like Unified with a tan.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

iTunes version 5 and iPod nano

Today Apple launched a new iPod, called iPod nano to replace iPod mini. There won't be any iPod mini for sale anymore. iPod nano is REALLY cool. Check it out in apple.com.

Oh.. please download iTunes 5. It is a major iTunes release!

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Shameless Miser

I have talked about this Mr Miser in my department. He rear his ugly head again today. See, as part of the company's drive to improve process simplification, the company has a monthly event. Anyone from any department who could write what he has done to simplify the complex processes can win a cool RM50 cash.

Our Mr Miser, who is dying for the cash, has been submitting entries. Each month, he would have 2 or 3 entries and he would win RM150 cash. This is all nice and fine except that a lot of his entries are activities initiated by other people, which he claimed to be his!

For example, he submitted an entry where he said having weekly informal meeting among the team helped to get messages across. Now, according to people in his team, their informal meetings are just a simple thing of Miser asking each of them if they have any updates. If they don't have updates, Miser would just return to his workstation and sent an email to people that there's no updates. They don't even gather around to meet at all! It could hardly be called a meeting!

Informal meeting was something I started in my team and we usually have really good discussion especially on bringing out issues faced by the team members. I have had feedback from my team that they appreciated this quick 15 minutes meet once a week. It foster teamwork and a feeling of belonging and understanding what the team and department, as a whole, is doing. This is real stuff.. not the "do you have updates?" fake stuff!

Some people said that it's my fault that I didn't submit an entry to win the rm50 price. That's a fair argument.. but why would Miser win the prize for something which are hardly effective in execution?! This is really ridiculous. Bonnie is complaining to the organizer that they are giving out prizes without verifying the effectiveness of the action. Is that simplification then?

Bonnie submitted an entry before on one process which I simplified for the department. She won the rm50 prize. And she donated the money out to buy junk food for the team. Now, that's teamwork. Miser, on the other hand, kept all the money for himself - and he's winning it because it's other people's work.. or other people's ideas!

The funny thing is, the bosses felt that he doesn't deserve it too :P

Update 10/1: Somehow, he must have felt our jealousy and felt real bad so he decided to buy some snack for the team. To his credits, he's generous. He bought the whole team a packet of 10 Mamees..

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