Tron: Legacy


This is one movie that looks very tempting to watch over the weekends…

(The blueprint on paper – good enough for a large wallpaper for the living room – all images source: Fast Company. Copyright Disney)

(This must be one of the slickest bikes ever – especially with cool blue lights and shiny, all around surface – all images source: Fast Company. Copyright Disney)

From Fast Company:-

When Tron Legacy comes out in theaters, it’ll be one of the most expensive movies ever made. But it isn’t being directed by James Cameron or Michael Bay or Peter Jackson. It’ll actually be a first-time feature for Joseph Kosinski–who didn’t train as a film-maker. Instead, he went to grad-school for architecture at Columbia; after that, he founded a Web-design firm, of all things.

But what make the new movie more interesting would be the revised CGI (after Avatar, we have entered a whole new dimension in CG & FX) and the new design of the iconic Light Cycle.

I saw the original Tron movie a couple of times and the central point of the movie would be duel in the Light Cycle arena.

In fact the whole Tron movie was ahead of it’s time – it was made in the late 1970s and one of the few that toyed with virtual world way before internet was something that most of us cannot live without. It is also one that talked about hackers and how computer defenses acts to stop the intrusion to the system.

Tron: Legacy opens tomorrow….

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Pesky Motorcyclists


(I hate to see the “kid” in between the parents! I start cursing when I see a baby in between them. You think the kid will be well protected when a car hits them at 100 km/h? Poverty is one thing but stupidity is another. Image source: TV Smith’s Malaysia Truly Malaysia)

Ha, almost killed an old man on a bike this morning…

But it is not the first time that I almost killed someone on the road – on daily basis, I had to content with pesky motorcyclists who don’t give a damn when changing lanes without any indicators or without considering the traffic on the other side of the lane and who think that they are the king of the road when driving on the other side of the lane and who turn violent when we horn them to warn them and ride bikes at night without lights.

Damn, there is something wrong with the way we churn out the license for motorcyclists in this country (to think of it, there is something wrong the way we churn out license to all drivers in this country especially on the part of using the indicators before changing lanes). And despite having a section on defensive driving in the JPJ syllabus, there are too many idiots behind the wheels, posing too much danger to other road users.

According to MIROS, the statistics of motorcyclists killed over the years has been quite “impressive”. In 2009, about 4,067  motorcyclists were killed against total 6,745 whilst in 2008, it was 3,898 of them killed against a total 6,527. According to JPJ, there was about 8.9 million motorbikes registered in 2009 alone. Only God knows how many of these 8.9 million bikers are nothing but a pest on the road but based on the fatality rate, a wild guess may be about 60% of them. That is very disturbing.

I have been a motorcyclist for almost 15 years before I decided to buy a car just before I got married (it was easier to drive around for the wedding preparations). And during the whole 15 years, I made sure I kept away from the traffic’s way and always double checked before I cut into another lane. Sure, I made some silly mistakes when I was still young and just got my bike but it did not take me long before I realized that if I kept at this, I will end up dead.

And for the whole 15 years, I got into only one accident and that too was due to a stupid driver making an illegal u-turn on the wrong side of the road (he drove off before paying for my damages – I hoped he had died in some horrible accident). Between the moron who drive a car and the moron who ride a bike, the bigger moron would be the one who is riding the bike. This is because if he is involved in an accident on a 3 lane highway, his bike is not the only thing that will end up mangled.

If you driving a car or even better, if riding a bike, just how many times in a day that you would have seen a motorcyclist who endanger themselves and others?

Back to the story of the old man who I almost killed this morning. 3 lanes and the motorcyclist on the middle lane, without any tail lights. I was on the third lane, obviously faster than the motorcyclist. Just when I was about to pass him, I realized that the motorcyclist was cutting into my lane, without any indicators. I slammed my brakes and pressed on my horns, just in case, I could not stop in time. My twin Bosch horns worked wonders – the motorcyclist remained on his lane and as I passed him, I shouted at him.

The motorcyclist horn me back – the thing is I am not sure whether the horn was to thank me for saving his sorry ass early in the morning OR as usual, horn me in annoyance because they still think they are the king of the road?

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Chennai Trip – Part 5


Read:-

Prologue
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

(An almost normal situation in India – a priest on a fast bike. I have seen ladies with saree with fast bikes and no helmets as well. Higher resolution shot here)

This is one of the shots that I took in Chennai – a priest cutting in and out of traffic wearing no helmet. Just a simple dhoti covering his bare skin and for the feet, a rather worn out sandals – I wonder how serious his injuries is going to be if he falls down.

Riding without helmet is nothing new even in Malaysia but these risk takers usually can be found at some residential areas where they would be riding in the safety of their neighbourhood to ride bike without helmets. There is very little chance of finding the police on patrol on the neighbourhood and even if there is one, it is easy to escape. There were talks about enforcing the law on these riders without helmet but nothing was done in the end.

Brother Durai records down another accident that happened right in front of him when he was travelling in India – another normal situation – between a bus and a car.

In India, people without helmet can be found on major streets and there is a funnier rule deployed these days – the rider needs to wear a helmet but the pillion rider need not. So, at end of office hours, you will find riders with many types of helmets (blacked out full face helmet seems to be fashion these days) but their pillion rider, often their wife or girlfriends, just sit on the back without any helmet. Some of the ladies would be sitting with their legs on the side (because they are wearing sarees) and they will hold on their dear life by holding onto the bike’s rail or one hand holding the rider at the front.

At the traffic lights, when the light turn green, you will have a shock seeing how some of these riders speed off, sometimes with close call with other motorist without any care on the person at the back. Strange indeed because if case of any accident, the pillion rider stands to incur more serious injuries compared to the rider. But this fact is simply ignored in Chennai (and perhaps whole of India) by people who riding bikes and the Government who enforce the traffic laws.

I had my reservations where our Auto driver was speeding in and out of traffic but at least we had some protective cover (but certainly meant nothing if meet with an accident with a car or truck). When we decided to go out for lunch, I opted to take the car instead of taking my chance on the bike (but even so, I would have insisted on a proper helmet). I have seen a number of times where head injuries (even those incurred with minor injuries) have a long term effect.

To be continued…

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Snippets – 16 April 2010


(The one that got screwed for Hulu Selangor by-elections, both Samy and Palanivel – Image source: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/)

Kamala vs Zaid

After some ‘interesting’ delays and threats of sabotage, BN finally decided on their choice for Hulu Selangor by-election (I am pretty sure G. Palanivel did not back off so easily, after all, didn’t the MIC branches in Hulu Selangor threaten sabotage if Palanivel did not contest the seat?).

Kamalanathan is young and one of the newer politicians coming into limelights but he is still MIC and he is still Samy Vellu’s picked man and a win for Kamalanathan means a win for Samy Vellu. This is something that the voters in Hulu Selangor have to consider when deciding whether to give that young man a chance to serve.

PKR MP Resigns

Before we consider the “merits’ of the state assemblyman for Bakar Arang in Kedah, Tan Wei Shu’s decision to resign, one need to consider this – what a PERFECT TIMING to announce the resignation! With 2 by-elections at hand, Tan Wei Shu picked the right time to make the announcement. That in effect puts a bad image on Pakatan Rakyat (see how BN manipulating this news). Good going, Tan!

And just look at reason given for resignation – another internal conflict within the party member (or in his words “certain leaders in PKR had used him for their own interests”). What a cock a mania bull shit is this?

TheStar quote him saying:-

“….saying that I’m incapable and not doing my work, when I have a proven a track record in serving the people for the past two years”

If he has the backing of his constituents, why he just quit talking cock and remained as an ordinary state assemblyman and continue with his ‘good work”? Internal pressure may exist in any environment – you can complain about it to the leaders at state level and if that fails, probably bring it to the leaders at national level but that does not mean you quit the party and cause one seat less in the state assembly.

But then again, this could be a blessing in disguise for PKR to continue with its housekeeping before the next general elections.

(The right message for many motorcyclists who think their helmet-less kids on their bike is crash-proof)

Motorcyclist & Kids

I had encounter with another idiot on the road last night but this time with a motorcyclist who had a child sitting on the front basket and had no helmets.

He was waiting at an inner lane, waiting to cut across the main lane. There were other cars at the inner lane, patiently waiting for the traffic on the main lane to clear for them to cut in. Not this motorcyclist – he was so impatient waiting, he decided to cut in just when I about to drive past this inner lane junction. If I had not braked hard, it is likely that the child would have been under my car, probably squashed to bits.

Good thing I managed to brake hard and the motorcyclist missed my car. Before I could get down and give a piece of my mind, the idiot sped off with the kid still sitting on the front basket.

What is it with motorcyclists and their reckless act of taking children along? If possible, don’t take kids on motorcycle but if that is not possible (especially for some poor folks), at least get the kids children helmets and be extra careful when riding the bikes (no sudden moves).

Myprocurement Portal Boo Boo

Interesting revelations of the information listed in the portal been made by PR’s Tony Pua and one wondered just how much of public fund went down the drain with hiked up contract amount (see the report here).

The Government however reverted by saying that there are typo errors and will be taking the steps to rectify them. That sounds good but where is the typo error? Basic language, perhaps spelling and grammar errors? Or on the contract amount itself? We hope that it is on the contract amount because some of the amount stated is worrying.

Contract amount like this:-

According to Pua, there is another contract worth RM77,920,599.20 which has already been highlighted in the Malaysian Insider, a project to build a hostel for 200 male and female students at SMK Kuala Jenderis, Hulu Terengganu which was awarded to Rafa Sepakat Sdn Bhd. He (Idris) said that, in Hulu Terengganu, it is actually cheaper to buy a RM380,000 luxury bungalows for each of the 200 students

Typo error or is this just a tip of the iceberg on cases of misuse of public fund?

Childhood Memories Part 15


Please read the rest of the series here

Still remember the time when Formula 1 was unknown and a distant away? All we had back then was Rothmans Honda, Lucky Strike Suzuki and Marlboro Yamaha. I still remember entering my uncle’s room one day and there on the wall, was a large poster of Kevin Schwantz taking a corner on his Lucky Strike Suzuki.

Me and my cousins used to get excited whenever we see replicas of the Rothmans Honda, Lucky Strike Suzuki or Marlboro Yamaha on Malaysia roads (although it is not of the same model). The Motorcycle Grand Prix came in 3 classes – 125 cc, 250 cc and 500 cc. One needs to agree that the most intensive competition lies in the 125 cc class but at the end of the day, the juicy stuff lies in the 500 cc class.

Rothmans Honda

Freddie Spencer / Wayne Gardner and Rothmans Honda

One of the most outstanding achievement by Freddie is being the 250cc and 500cc World Champion on the same year. I still recall watching Fast Freddie way up in the front, riding rather casually whilst the nearest competitors fighting off for the second place. Wayne Gardner continued carrying the Rothmans Honda challenge thereafter to be the first World Champion from Australia (way before Mick Doohan came into the picture)

Malboro Yamaha

Eddie Lawson and Marlboro Yamaha

The 4 times world champion and was the one who everyone else would try to outrun. Steady Eddie was Kenny Roberts’ partner before taking helm at the team.

Lucky Strike Suzuki

Kevin Schwantz and Lucky Strike Suzuki

Kevin Schwantz was a blast with the corners – he introduces the sliding when taking corners. This way he was able to catch up with the front runners when they slowed down for the corners. He was battling with Wayne Rainey for the championship and managed to be one in 1993.

Whilst the riders are the main focus when we were watching the Grand Prix on the television, the colourful bikes was the focus especially on the colour of the tire rims as the riders were taking the corners.