Saturday, March 31, 2007

FireFox Plugin - No Script

Although this plugin has been around for a long time, I've only discovered it around 2 months ago. This is a wonderful plugin in my opinion.

It blocks JavaScript by default for all websites that you visit, meaning that if you used any JavaScript language in the webpage, they will not work. While it means that some of the nice effects or animations that you see on some webpages will not show up, it also means that many of the dangers of the internet: pop-up/pop-under advertisment, installation of macilious software upon visiting some website (think virus, trojan horse, spyware, worm) and probably others that I never heard of before will not get into your machine, unless, you allowed them in.

Definitely recommended for all FireFox users. A tip when allowing websites: don't allow the root of the site unless you are absolutely sure that the entire site is safe. If you want to allow a site, eg. google.com, then you should allow http://www.google.com

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Sunday, March 25, 2007

Kanon Episode 14

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Early in the morning, the Minase family is having their breakfast, with Nayuki in zombie mode as usual. What's different is that Akiko bought out all her homemade jams on display.

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And she invited Ayu to have some of her special jam. This instantly wakes Nayuki up and the two got out of the house asap.

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On the way to school, the two felt sorry for Ayu that they couldn't warn her of the jam.

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Nayuki then gave a present to Yuuichi. (Bunny ear) Yuuichi took it out from the paper bag and wore it, making passerby's stare on amusingly, but a not so happy Nayuki reminded him that he had asked her the other day on making a girl look cuter. Thanking Nayuki, Yuuichi was about to put the ear back into the bag when he had a flashback of...

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A girl in the wheat fields wth a pair of bunny ears. As he couldn't remember the person, he shrugged it off and continued on to school.

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During lunch, he went up to the usual place but only Mai was there. Sayuri had classroom duties on that day, so they had to wait a while before Sayuri can come with the lunch boxes. In the meanwhile, Yuuichi asked Mai for more information on why the monsters are attacking him but Mai said she does not know.

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And he also played Shiritori, where Mai lost badly.

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(Cute Mai ^_^ and Sayuri ^_^ ne!)

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After school, Yuuichi managed to parry Nayuki's going home call and went to the rooftop to practice his mediocre katana skills. Mai agreed to practice with him, and Yuuichi ended up badly mauled by Mai.

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However, Sayuri found the two and wanted to join too. Mai and Yuuichi warned her that they are not playing, but Sayuri was adamant.

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(Yaaaaaaaa!) And Sayuri was pwned by Mai. Mai then shot Sayuri to tears by saying that she was interfering.

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After his training, Yuuichi was on the way home when he met Sayuri.

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Sayuri then told Yuuichi about her past; why she is close to Mai and the meaning of Kanon. They also agreed to meet at Sayuri's house to celebrate Mai's birthday and that Sayuri would call Yuuichi once she's ready.

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In the evening, as Sayuri did not call Yuuichi at the stipulated time, Yuuichi decided to go to school to call Mai to go home. Telling Nayuki that he is going off to a friend's birthday party, Yuuichi went to school. 10 minutes later, Sayuri called to the Minase residence, but of course Yuuichi wasn't at home by this time.

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On hearing that Yuuichi had "went to a birthday party", Sayuri decided to go to school along with the anteater plushie and her food. Halfway to the school, it then dawned on Yuuichi that if Sayuri couldnt' contact him, she may go to school to find him. He rushed to a telephone booth to call home and Akiko confirmed his worst fear.

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He rushed to school, only to find a emo Mai and... ...

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Mai was on the verge of a breakdown and wanted to kill herself but Yuuichi managed to persuade her off it. They decided to kill off all the monsters tonight to end this mess once and for all.

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Clannad

BS-i information

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After Kanon, the next Key production taken up by Kyoto Animation is set to be Clannad. I've downloaded the music collection and they are quite good. Moreover the theme song's sung by riya from eufonius. Looks like I can look foward to a year full of KyoAni and Key productions. ^_^

Summer 07 - Lucky Star
Autumn 07 - Clannad Movie (Toei)
Winter 07 - Suzumiya Haruhi season 2
Summer 08 - Clannad TV

Of course, other than KyoAni's production, still have other Anime series to watch. Like Nanoha S :)

Here's a short clip of the opening song by riya:



(MP3, 48kbs...)

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Phillip Yeo made headlines again...

After the dorama with Lee Wei Ling, our mainstream media has also caught on to this piece of news where Mr Phillip Yeo of AStar had a fiery online discussion with some bloggers over the minimum grades for getting a AStar scholarship.

Read the source

Regardless of the discussion, one can infer on ways people respond to questions...

1. When one has got nothing to comment, add in an insulting sentence to show one is still reading. (没意见时,可以讽刺对方的话以表示默认。)

2. When one is on the losing end of a debate, attack their enemies moral characters. (说不过对方时,可以攻击对方的人格。)

3. When someone makes an assumption, shoot them down by asking them for proof. (对方举例时,可强迫对方拿出证据。以次能取胜也。)

Whether these is a good trend or not, is up to one's interpretation...

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Saturday, March 10, 2007

Kanon 13

No mood to write stuff... ... hope I get past this moodiness...

Kanon 13 - Perilous Trio

Hightlights of the episode

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Jun, Yuuichi and Sayuri saved Mai from the evil grips of the Student Council's president.

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Yuuichi asked Shiori whether she had a sister by the name of Misaka Kaori. Shiori was happy that Yuuichi was in the same class as her sister, but when Yuuichi said that Kaori denied that she had a younger sister, Shiori was visibly upset and changed her words, saying that there are 2 Misaka Kaori in this school.

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Yuuichi bought Ayu to see Mai, hoping that Mai can give some hint to the item Ayu is searching for, but Mai said nothing.

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Mai ignores Yuuichi, saying that it wasn't needed for him to interfere with her business.

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The next day, Sayuri asked Yuuichi to meet her after school. Turns out that Mai's birthday the tomorrow, and Sayuri wants to buy a present for her. In the end, she choosed a giant anteater stuffed doll for Mai.

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Thursday, March 08, 2007

Kanon 12

After lying low for so long, I decided to blog about Kanon again. Although I don't intend to do a long screenshot summary for each of them as it will take a longer time, I can at least summarise each episode and clear the long backlog...

Episode 12 - A Stange Waltz
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Yuuichi dreamt about a past event where he tried to get a mini-doll for Ayu but failed to do so. He then woke up and found Ayu trying to go to the toilet. After scaring Ayu about ghosts and monsters, he had to lead Ayu there as she's too afraid to go by herself. They then spent some time at the balcony to look at the stars and Ayu commented that she wants to grow up as beautiful as Nayuki. Yuuichi then told her that they are all of the same age. He then teased her that she need not worry about that, as it has many advantages such as: riding on a train using children's fare, wearing the same clothes all year long and eating a happy meal without feeling guilty.

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The next day, Yuuichi tried to wake a sleepy Nayuki but failed to do so. After in the morning, Nayuki has to rush to school coz she's late for the meeting. Yuuichi then proceeds to school by himself, asking Ayu to go to school too. Ayu however replied that her school is free to go and leave at the student's discretion.

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On the way to school, Yuuichi saw Mai and Sayuri. When he asked Mai whether she remembered that today's the date of the dance, she replied "Honey Bear". A puzzled Sayuri and Yuuichi wondered what Mai's saying until Yuuichi remembered that he was the one that asked Mai to substitute "Honey Bear" for "Yes" and "Rocky Racoon" for "No". An embarrassed Mai then moved away from Yuuichi.

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During the recess, Yuuichi met Shiori and gave her the ice-cream. Upon her insistence, Yuuichi ate half of the ice-cream. The result? A stomachache.... Shiori then took out a ton of medicine trying to find painkillers for stomach but failed. Yuuichi then resorted to doing headstands and told Shiori about the dance. A somewhat sad Shiori told Yuuichi to enjoy in her stead. On the way back to the classroom, Shiori's classmate called on Yuuichi and enquired about Shiori. It was here that Yuuichi knew that Shiori's illness was'nt as simple as it seemed.

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At the lunch break, a hyper Jun took out his dance suit and invites Kaori to the dance, but Kaori turned him down. Kaori then went out to the tuckshop. Yuuichi stopped her and asked whether she had a sister called Shiori but Kaori said she was the only child... After this Yuuichi went to the stairway to have lunch with Mai and Sayuri.

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After school, Yuuichi went home and rested for a while. He slept and dreamt about the follow up to the doll. He borrowed money from Nayuki and got the doll for Ayu. A grateful Ayu thanked him...

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At the dance hall, Yuuichi checks on his appearance once more and went in looking for Mai. When he finally found Mai, he was awestruck by Mai's beauty and made a comment which made Mai very embarrased that she "chopped" him on the head. Yuuichi and Sayuri then took turns making Mai embarrassed until Sayuri's friends came and called her away. Yuuichi and Mai then met the School's Student Council President, Kuze. He appears to be a unfriendly guy who warned Mai not to try any "tricks". After eating some food, Yuuichi danced with Mai.

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The students were all awe-ed by Mai's beauty and grace and Mai starting getting rave reviews but at this moment, the monsters came. Sayuri was hurt in the process. Mai then went beserk upon seeing Sayuri lying on the floor. She took her sword and damaged a lot of furniture in the process.

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Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Re-Coloured Blog

Blog recoloured but I was unable to add support for the expandable post summaries.

Would anyone enlighten me on it?

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Sunday, March 04, 2007

Rocky Balboa

Went today to Cathay Cineleisure to watch this movie called Rocky Balboa. Wanted to watch Letters from Iwo Jima but no tickets so we all went to watch this instead.

The movie starts out slow, centering on Rocky dealing with the loss of his wife and stuff. The movie, though, had some value to tell: life is about how much you can get hit and still stand up. This is a point drove home to the audience by the movie, especially when Rocky fought the current Reigning Wrestling Champion Mason Dixon, geting hit hundreds of times yet still trying hard to stand and counterattacking at times even. Even though he did lost the match by a small margin, he has already won in the hearts of many.

The movie, as usual with many pan-america movies, has a touch of America's old superman image as depicted in all those "hero" movies of the 70's and 80's. I can't really remember where did this happen but it was somewhere when Rocky is training and you'll see a Stars and Banners for a brief second.

(PS: I doubt I will learn from this though... me too pigheaded...)

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