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Real Betis 1-2 Liverpool

Thursday, September 15, 2005
filed under Liverpool

Our first Champions League group stage match ended in a 2-1 win over Real Betis in Spain. Stevie was not in the team. Yes, it's true. We won. I'm delighted that we won without Stevie. Not that he was not playing, but rather we're not a one-man team. The miserable plight of England has been splashed all over the newspapers. And the most important reason is the tactics of Sven being built around David "celebrity" Beckham. A one-man team ain't going to succeed, period.

We took an early goal lead through a curling Pongolle lob over the Betis keeper. 2-0 up when Garcia got one from a Zenden low cross. The Betis fans were playing a huge role throughout the match. The atmosphere was pressurizing but our Spanish players were coping very well. We were playing a really good team game despite people questioning Rafa's tactics.

Betis grabbed one goal back in the second half. Our defensive line suffered a sudden lapse, allowing Arzu to get an easy goal. We were in a defensive siege during most of the second half. Stevie came on in the late stages and we held on. This is a great win for us. Real Betis is a team that could frighten even Real Madrid when on home ground. Keep it up, lads!

Tottenham 0-0 Liverpool

Monday, September 12, 2005
filed under Liverpool

We were played to a goalless draw at White Hart Lane on Saturday. Our midfield were clearly outperformed by the presence of Davids, Carrick and Jenas. I really wonder why Tottenham could get so many midfield talents while Liverpool only managed to sign a few youngsters and so few quality players. Let's just hope Rafa can get some more players in during Christmas. Joaquin should be a good signing. One more centre-back and one more quality striker who can get more than 20 goals per season.

Crouch played his first competitive game of the season. He could have got a debut goal if not for the bizzare corner-kick. Two goals were disallowed in this game due to strangely taken corner-kicks. Tottenham could have got a goal first. But the ball curled out and back in. The linesman decided it was a goal kick. Then Stevie took a corner and the same decision was taken. It was like a conspiracy to end the game 0-0.

WCG 2005

Friday, September 09, 2005
filed under Singapore

The World Cyber Games 2005 started yesterday. It'll be held in Singapore @ Suntec City from 8 Sept to 11 Sept. I'd wanted to join the Winning Eleven 8 event but no friends wanted to join me. I really hate people saying that they won't win when it comes to competitions. So nobody would bother to try at all. Fcuk it.

Rapture Gaming is building the game rigs for this event. At a discounted price. I'm tempted, especially when the rigs are tested powerful enough to run all sorts of games. Anyway, I've sent an email to Rapture Gaming and placed myself on the booking list.

These are the specifications.

AMD Athlon64 S939 4000+
DFI LanParty UT nForce 4-D
AData DDR400 1GB CL2.5(Dual Channel 2x 512MB)
Sparkle PCI Express X16
Nvidia 6600 256MB
Samsung 80GB HDD
4KUS DVD Writer Drive
Vantec Stealth Casing(350W PSU)
Vantec Heatpipe CPU Cooler
Creative Audigy2 ZS
Windows XP Pro
Creative Inspire 5400 5.1

Unforgiving Katrina

Tuesday, September 06, 2005
filed under World

Human beings have always suffered under the unrelentless force of Mother Nature. The recent natural disasters have made me realise that life is just so fragile that you are gone before you know what happened. The deadly tsunami just took away so many lives when the waves came in a split second. This hurricane came at
225km/h and took more innocent lives.

The aftermath of Katrina has been a spate of unhumane actions, with people questioning the government's competency.

All these seem like a Hollywood movie, but reality speaks for itself.

VICTIMS of Hurricane Katrina have returned to pick through their battered homes as President George W. Bush promised to fix bungled rescue efforts after a disaster in which the mayor of New Orleans said as many as 10,000 may have died.

Shocking death toll.

"We wanted soldiers, helicopters, food and water," said Denise Bottcher, press secretary for Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco. "They (federal officials) wanted to negotiate an organizational chart."

Couldn't everything be done simultaneously? I don't know what the hell is an organizational chart. But I do know that human aid and food supplies could do more help.

``Katrina has been just the opposite. It has been a vacuum of leadership and a failure to take the nation and the people of the Gulf in his arms.''

Bush was a great leader when dealing with the Sept 11 attacks. But he has failed in every sense when dealing with this natural catastrophe. The slow response, the lack of governmental action, the poorly organized rescue operations, ...

Countries large and small have offered aid — from tiny Luxembourg's beds and blankets to half a million food rations from Germany and Britain.

It's heart-warming to see the enormous amount of aid.

A paramedic traveled two days to hurricane-ravaged Mississippi to bring his terminally ill brother home to die.

When disaster strucks, the most cruel thing is to separate a family into life and death.

Discriminatory Remarks

Saturday, September 03, 2005
filed under Singapore

I was browsing over a popular local online forum and there were a whole load of posts about the Project Superstar winner. The finale garnered a viewership of over a million, which is remarkable. I guess this is the only way Singaporeans can have the right to vote. That's why the show is so popular in our so-called "democratic" country. A visually impaired man won the competition, and harsh criticisms came along. In particular, there were discriminatory remarks towards people with disabilities. I was fuming when I saw a post titled "Are we gonna be anticipating a "Disabled Idol" competition anytime soon?" I see the need to reply to this immature threadstarter.


"Disabled" is a very sensitive word that shouldn't be used often. I can sense from your posts that you are trying to show that you are very proficient in the English language. But I'm shocked to see that you have no knowledge about the usage of sensitive words.

Your question could be interpreted in a number of ways. So I don't see the reason why someone can be an "idiot" or "retard" (Note: sensitve words) if they interpret the question in a different way from you. And this is a public forum, everyone have a right to say anything they want. I assume you support free speech.

I'll now try to provide an answer to your question. I guess everyone now knows that the winner of "Project Superstar" is a visually impaired man. This issue would definitely spark a series of debates on how he could be a superstar. Young people with physical challenges would see this as a motivation and participate in next year's competition. I assume that the preliminary stages would only be dependent on singing abilities, similar to this year. If one could sing well regardless of their physical abilities, why should we set aside another independent competition? Nobody is perfect. Why should there be a classification for people like Wei Lian? Such classification is a manifestation of discrimination.

I understand that you are worried that a large influx of people with physical challenges will be in singing competitions next year. But we will not be anticipating a separate "Disabled Idol" competition, for sure.

From your posts, I infer that you are trying to show that you are intellectually superior to people here. And I assume that you are physically superior as well, since I don't see that you or your friends or your family members have disabilities from the phrasing of your words. I urge you to use your superior abilities to help the less-abled society in Singapore in one way or another. I really hope to see a more open society over here. We are a far way back from our counterparts in Europe or the U.S where they see these less-abled people as normal people who go on with their lives like anyone else.

The competition is over, go on with your life and we go on with our lives too.

Off To Pluto

Tuesday, August 30, 2005
filed under General

NASA is sending the New Horizons spacecraft to study Pluto. We can send our names to Pluto too. I sent mine and got a participation certificate.

Here's an excerpt from the certificate:

Thank you for joining the first mission to the last planet! A compact disc bearing your name will be included on the New Horizons spacecraft, set for the first voyage to a new class of planets on the solar system's farthest frontier.

All you need to do is to submit your name to NASA here.

The probe will launch January 2006 and return in ~50,000 years later. Then our names will return to Earth and people will know that we are the pioneering generation to explore Pluto.

IM Google

Monday, August 29, 2005
filed under Web

Skype is making Google jealous. Google now wants to step into the IM market.

They say talk is cheap. Google thinks it should be free.

Google Talk Beta is available now. It looks very promising. But competition would be fierce among these two heavyweights. Skype has already about 150 million downloads to date. The customer base is huge. Google, on the other hand, is leveraging on the popularity of Gmail. Anyone with a Gmail account is automatically registered.


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