Sunday, 31 December 2006

My Forced and Enforced Internet Hiatus

It's amazing how many things you can accomplish when you're not spending half your time trying to connect to the Internet, eh?

Since the damn Internet broke down on Tuesday, I didn't even TRY to get online for the past... five days. I figured, 'Bah, it's gonna be damn slow anyway, so why bother?'

So, instead of spending my spare and unspare time blogging, chatting, downloading, I ended doing other things instead - clean my room, do my housework, get clearing my backlog of work, and other generally productive things.

Anyway, enough of that. After five internet-free days (some forced, some enforced), and after a nice little Christmas break, I'm back!

Happy New Year's Eve everyone. Happy partying!

Me, I'm gonna be indulging in my yearly ritual of staying home on New Year's Eve and laughing at all you poor sods stuck in traffic jams while trying to get to wherever you're trying to get to.

BUAHAHA!

Ok ok, back to mopping the floor. Gotta get the house clean before the New Year.... :-S

Saturday, 23 December 2006

Seasons Greetings From Cybertron

Friday, 22 December 2006

The Gift of Reset

Sigh.

Rewind,
Reload,
Reset.

Unbreak,
Unsay,
Undo.

Retract,
Renew,
Redo.

That's all I want for Christmas and New Year.

Irritable Eye/ Listless Blog/ Deathly Harry/ Alien Transformers/ Lainie rocks

It's been a hectic and frantic week, even though I had the best news of the month on Tuesday. Yesterday was especially bad. Not only did I spend the whole day driving around KL frantically dropping off unusually large envelopes in between interviewing people who open doors, my car got rammed from behind. TWICE. It's amazing my car's back bumper is still intact without a single scratch.

So yeah. Anyone I unintentionally insulted, offended, was being rude to, ignored, brushed off, please forgive me. I'm quite irritable this week. Sorry about that. Sigh. I feel bad now. :-(

Thank god it's a long weekend.

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The busy week also means I haven't had much time to post anymore lists. Actually, I can't think of any. So I'm gonna open it to the floor. What lists should I do? If no suggestions, no lists. No lists, means.. er.. no posts lor. hehe.

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

What kind of a name is that? Oh well, I suppose anything could be better than the forgettable 'Chamber of Secrets' and that completely pointless 'Half-Blood Prince'. But the way the past two books have been completely crap and bereft of depth, I think the most appropriate title for her book shuld be Harry Potter and the Depth-ly Hollow instead. Bad Pun completely intended.

And this one better fecking be the last one or I'll start calling her JK Jordan instead.

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Oh, and the Transformers Teaser trailer is up. Looks more like Aliens vs Predator 2: Robot Wars than Transformers. Michael Bay sucks.

Prime looks brilliant though.

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Just realised the Lainie-style is very good for rambling about different topics and still be able to have space to add on more later. And for cramming all those ideas into one simple post.

Wednesday, 20 December 2006

Eyeris' 2006 Book Lists: The Finished and Unfinished

This year, I was recommended a whole lot of books.
I also bought a whole lot of books.
But I never got to finishing all of them.

Therefore, I shall now introduce to you the following lists:


Books I tried my darniest to get around to reading in 2006:

1) Life of Pi (Yann Martel)



bought it two years ago, never got around to reading it, tried TWO TIMES to try and finish it but got sidetracked first by Neil Gaiman's Fragile Things, and then Wintersmith. Am now three quarters through, and should finish by.... next year. No, really.


2) Sophie's World (Jostein Gaarder)



Erna's been egging me to read this since... since I managed to finish The Name of The Rose, the last book she was pushing me to read. This year, I had Sophie's World in my bag quite a few times, but never really got around to reading it....

3) Comet in Moominland (Tove Jansson)



Daphne lent me this book AGES ago (almost a year ago, I'm ashamed to say. Please don't kill me!) and I'm only halfway through it despite it being only as thick as a pre-school Enid Blyton book.



Of course, it wasn't all doom and gloom. I also DID finish SOME books I'd been meaning to read:


Books I finally finished this year after MEANING to read them for AGES

1) American Gods (Neil Gaiman)
2) Neverwhere (Neil Gaiman)
3) Stardust (Neil Gaiman) (Yes, I only read most of Gaiman's novels this year)
4) The Number One Ladies' Detective Agency (Alexander McCall Smith)
5) Howl's Moving Castle (Diana Wynne-Jones)
6) the 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear (Walter Moers)


... will add more when I think of more....

Tuesday, 19 December 2006

It's amazing...

How quickly you can get things done,
When you are suddenly FORCED to do it,
And when everything else hinges upon it getting done.
Procrastination, begone!

Eyeris' 2006 Book Lists: The Eyeris Bookstore Awards

After some thought, I decided that instead of having awards for specific BOOKS (which, since I've not read that many, will only consist of the same books over and over again, much like my movie and music lists...), I shall have lists for book-RELATED topics instead.

So, I shall now kick off with...


The Rather-Biased Eyeris Bookstore Awards 2006


Best Major Bookstore:



Kinokuniya, KLCC - For being so convenient for me to get to, the atmosphere, the good selection of graphic novels, and the good fantasy section. Oh, and all those 20% discounts!

Best Secondhand Bookstore:
Payless Books, Ampang Point - It's a BIG store, and I love wandering around here. You never know what you're gonna get!

Best Customer Loyalty Scheme:
Times Bookstore: For just ten bucks a year, you can get 10% discounts of books, and 5% of magazines! (MPH card is pointless lar. Collect points for what? I don't buy THAT many books!)

Most Annoying Display:
MPH 1 Utama - The PERMANENT display of Dang Brown paperbacks and illustrated books just behind the 'New Arrivals' shelf near the entrance. For god's sake, get rid of it already. It's been there since last year!

Best Reading Atmosphere:
MPH 1 Utama: It's relatively quiet, and I love the benches around the pillar at the fantasy section.

Most Up-To-Date Books:
Kinokuniya, KLCC - For consistently being the first bookstore in KL to stock the books I want. I've bought more new books there on whims than from anywhere else.

Most Clueless Staff:
MPH: For asking this question - "Who Is Terry Pratchett?"

Sneeziest Environment:
The Secondhand Bookstore on level 3 of Amcorp Mall: Everytime I go in there I start sneezing. For gods sake, DUST the shelves a bit lar!

Most Annoying Feature:
Kinokuniya, KLCC: For wrapping up their books. Though if that's what it takes to stop people tearing out pages and defiling the books, then I don't really mind, to tell the truth...

Most Improved Bookstore:
Borders, Berjaya Times Square - I still don't like going to that termite warren of a shopping complex, but at least Borders had the sense to get rid of the stupid World of Feng Shui section and replace it with a pretty decent graphic novel section instead.

Most Disappointing Development:
Kinokuniya, KLCC: They started charging RM1 for wrapping books. WAAA!

Best for Local Books:
MPH: They very the support local authors one. Good good!

Best Graphic Novel Section:
Kinokuniya, KLCC: No fight, thanks to that entire WALL of graphic novels, and the up-to-date shelves of new arrivals. MPH's graphic novel displays tend to be damn messy and filled with nothing but Star Wars titles; Borders Times Square's selection is so-so only (The Curve's is downright pathetic).

Best Magazine Section:
The Two budget Magazine stores in Amcorp Mall: For selling imported magazines like Empire and Q for only RM9.90-12.90 (back issues lar, of course)

Monday, 18 December 2006

And on to books....

Week Three of December, and it's time to get into the third 'theme' for my year end lists - BOOKS!

Yay, Books!

Now, I was thinking about what kind of lists to come up with for books, and I realised that making lists for books is actually a lot harder than doing it for movies and music. Because, well, there are only so many books one can read in a year. Unless you're Sharon Bakar, of course. Or all you read are Ladybird or Enid Blyton books. Or comics. or Dang Brown.

Anyway, I'm not gonna pretend I know ALL about the books that were published this year, so I'm gonna focus on what I DO know - namely the books I've read in the genre I prefer: FANTASY (which will also comprise of books for both adult and young readers, BTW).

So... if you're looking for a year-end review on high-literature, chic lit, or Darn Brown illustrated books, then you're reading the wrong blog. But if you like magic, dragons and made-up worlds, then by all means, read on. :D

Now, if you'll excuse me, I've gotta first THINK of what lists to come up with. If ever.

Sunday, 17 December 2006

Eyeris' 2006 Movie Lists: The Eyeris Oscars

We interupt Eyeris' Weekly Book Reviews (which reverts back to a Hopefully-Weekly book review this week) for the last in Eyeris' year end movie lists, the speical Eyeris Oscars!


Eyeris' Favorite Movies of the Year


  1. Cars
  2. V for Vendetta
  3. The Prestige
  4. Casino Royale
  5. Lady in the Water
  6. Gubra
  7. Superman Returns
  8. The Devil Wears Prada

The Shyamalan Award for Twist of the Year

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
  • The Prestige
  • Lady in the Water

The Quentin Quotable Quote Award:

  • When you are a man, sometimes you wear stretchy pants in your room. It's for fun. (Nacho, Nacho Libre)
  • The building is a symbol, as is the act of destroying it. Symbols are given power by people. Alone, a symbol is meaningless, but with enough people, blowing up a building can change the world. (V, V for Vendetta)

The George Lucas Award for Most Cringe-Worthy Line of the Year:

  • I have no armour left. You've stripped it from me. Whatever is left of me - whatever I am - I'm yours. (James Bond, Casino Royale)

The Jar-Jar & Dobby Award for Most Annoying Character:

  • Elizabeth Swann (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest)
  • Elliot the mule deer (Open Season)

The Yoda Award for best Ass-Kicker:

  • V
  • James Bond
  • Wolverine

The Extremely Bias Pixar Award for Best Animation of the year:


  • Cars
  • Monster House

The Most Unexpectedly Good movie this year:

  • The Prestige
  • Superman Returns
  • The Devil Wears Prada

The Punisher Award for Movie that did not live up to my expectations:



  • X-Men: The Last Stand
  • The Departed
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

Funniest Mindlessly Dumb Movie this Year:


  • Borat (Only movie I have yet to watch in this entire list of lists. If the movie is half as funny as the trailer, then it thoroughly deserves this award)
  • Nacho Libre

Most Memorable Soundtrack of the Year (a.k.a. the Movie that had me humming its theme music endlessly after the movie):


  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
  • Casino Royale
  • Superman Returns

Best song in a movie:

  • Sleep (Azure Ray) - Devil Wears Prada
  • Shipping Up To Boston (Dropkick Murphys) - The Departed
  • Our Town (James Taylor) - Cars

Friday, 15 December 2006

Good Luck, Captain Jack!

The teaser poster for Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End is actually pretty cool.
Adding the Chinese characters on top was an especially nice touch, I thought.

However, I do have a tiny bone to pick about the choice of words....




"Good Luck, Captain Jack"???!?!????

OMG. So inspiring. So uplifting.
I SO feel the urge to swim off to the horizon and drown myself now in the name of Captain Jack Sparrow.

What is it with these gwailos trying to be cool using Chinese words in their stuff, but always ending up using the most uninspiring Chinese phrases? At least make it SOUND cool also lar, not just LOOK cool...

Oh well, amma gonna try and get my grubby little hands on that poster anyway! Woot!

Eyeris' 2006 Movie Lists: Movies I Should Not Have Gone to the Cinema for

Ah... cinemas. I love cinemas. The HUGE screen, the LOUD sounds, the REMARKABLE odour of unwashed cushioned seats... It's where I most enjoy watching my movies.

If you ask me, there are certain movies that just HAVE to be watched on the big screen, because the TV just does not do it justice, however big your TV screen may be. 2006 had a lot of cool movies that were like that, movies that HAVE to be watched when it was still in the cinema.

HOWEVER, there were also quite a number of shows that I should NEVER have watched in the cinema, and should have just waited for the DVD or for Astro to show it...

Movies I Should Not Have Bothered Watching in the Cinema
  • The Departed - Too much violence leads to swearing; too much swearing leads to many cuts; too many cuts lead to more pirated DVDs sold...
  • Over the Hedge - Too many animated flicks leads to many animals....
  • Open Season - .... too many animals leads to many recycled plots...
  • The Wild - ... too many recycled plots leads to a whole lot of animal poo.
  • Nacho Libre - Too many fart jokes lead to one Jack Black; one Jack Black leads to a lot of fat flesh; Too much fat flesh on the big screen is just way too much.
  • X-Men: The Last Stand - Too many X-Men leads to too much SFX; too much SFX leads to too much action; too much action leads to too little substance.

Of course, those of you who know me well enough should know that I didn't even pay to watch any of these movies, so what am I complaining about, huh? Teehee!

Thursday, 14 December 2006

Eyeris' 2006 Movie Lists: Favorite Movie Characters

The way I see it, I can't really be bothered with who was the best actor or actress in the movies this year. After all, I mostly watched all those frivolous blockbusters where SFX is all that matters and acting is secondary (most of the time).

So, to hell with all that 'best actor' 'best actress' shit. I'll leave that part to the Oscars and what not. I'm gonna focus on the movie CHARACTERS I like best, because to me, it's not about the actors who are acting as the character, but more of how the characters comes through when acted by the actor. Whatever that means.

Anyway, here we go:


Eyeris' Favorite Female Movie Characters of 2006
(sorted according to degree of hotness)




Vesper Lynd
(Casino Royale)
Hottest Bond girl EVAR










Orkid
(Gubra)
Sharifah Amani is cute. VERY cute.











Lois Lane
(Superman Returns)
Not exactly the best Lois Lane ever, but man she looks good with glasses...









Sister Encarnacion
(Nacho Libre)
Ok, the movie was stupid (but somewhat funny), and so she's supposed to be a nun.... but she's hot. :D









Story
(Lady in the Water)
Bryce Dallas-Howard in nothing but a white shirt. Woot!







Eyeris' Favorite Male Movie Characters of 2006
(sorted according to degree of coolness)




V
(V for Vendetta)
THE coolest hero of the year in the coolest movie of year. Viva Le V....








James Bond
(Casino Royale)
The only Bond who could probably beat up the rest of the Bonds AT THE SAME TIME, with one arm tied behind his back.







Wolverine
(X-Men: The Last Stand)
The movie sucked, but those claws are ALWAYS cool










Captain Jack Sparrow
(Pirates of the Carribbean: Dead Man's Chest)
The movie may just be a two-and-a-half-hour-long trailer for the third movie, but Captain Jack Sparrow still rocks the dock.









Lex Luthor
(Superman Returns)
Superman is a wuss and got PWNed. Kevin Spacey rocks.







Favorite Animated Animal Characters, sorted according to level of un-annoying-ness

NONE (They were ALL annoying)

bleh.

The Aliens Test Their Anal Probe

Wednesday, 13 December 2006

Random Things I learnt Today

- My Cantonese really sucks. So when in doubt, shut up
- Cineleisure has specific parking lots for single female drivers only
- The Chinese restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental actually provides reading glasses for customers who forgot their own glasses, so they can read the menus
- To beware of backstabbers. They're everywhere.
- How to 'lock' my voice recorder so I don't set it off in the middle of a movie.
- Don't piss off the photographer
- Assumption is the mother of all feckups
- 1 teaspoon of hazelnut syrup in my coffee is too little, 2 teaspoons is too much
- The Shaw Brothers' library of films actually has a legitimate category called 'Erotica'
- Sometimes you don't have to do anything for something to happen
- No one really wants Facial Whitener for Dark Skin
- Some freebie pens look really cool, but really suck
- The office is lonely when your best friends are gone

Tuesday, 12 December 2006

Eyeris' 2006 Movie Lists: Favorite Movie Posters

I love movie posters. I happen to think they are one of the greatest forms of art in modern society, and years from now, movie poster art will be remembered along with the likes of Leonardo Da Craprio.

No, really.

Ok fine, I just think they're cool. And I collect them, so I'm cool. Go me!

Anyway, here are some of my favorite posters for movies released in 2006 (I've not included teaser posters for 2007 movies... that's another post.) And yes, some of the movies here suck, and some never came here at all, but who cares? The posters rock!

montage - 2006 posters

Monday, 11 December 2006

Yaiku.

Yo Yo, You. Yes, You.
Yum Yum Yet? Yup? Yolk Yam? Yikes.
Y? Yolk Yuck, Yes? Yay!







(yinspired by two hours spent on madhaiku.com)

Eyeris' 2006 Movie Lists: The Bothered Lists

It's funny. I've been on leave for the whole of last week, and the first day I come back to work happens to be the one day everyone else is enjoying the public holiday. Ironic, isn't it?

Oh well, at least the office is quiet.

Anyway, last week was the music lists on EoE. This week, it's gonna be the MOVIES turn.

And I shall start off with THREE lists!


Movies I Should Not Have Bothered Watching

- The Wild, Over The Hedge, Open Season (seen one, seen them all...)
- The Da Vinci Code (If you've read the book, don't bother watching the movie)
- Mission Impossible III (Cruise-overload)


Movies I Probably Shouldn't Have Bothered with but WANTED to watch anyway:

- Nacho Libre (What? It was FUNNY what...)
- X-Men 3: The Last Stand (X-Men obsession tainted by disappointing movie)
- Ice Age 2 (I liked the first, but mana tau the second is so.... blah)
- Underworld: Evolution (Kate Beckinsale in leather. Yum)


Movies I Never Bothered to watch:

- Barnyard (Any movie with MALE COWS with UDDERS is definitely not worth my time)
- Happy Feet (More penguins. whee.)
- Big Momma's House 2 (Can't even stand Martin Lawrence, let alone him in a fat suit)
- Little Man (Can't stand the Wayan brothers either)
- Date Movie, Scary Movie 4 (Enough with the parodies already!)
- The Grudge 2, Saw III, Final Destination 3 (I sked)
- The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift (read the Initial D manga better lar)
- The Pink Panther (Steve Martin trying too hard? No thanks.)

Friday, 8 December 2006

Book Review: I'm not Sick, Just a Bit Unwell (Yvonne Foong)

Today's special pre-weekend book review is a book by Malaysian blogger Yvonne Foong. She launched this book officially last weekend, and is gonna be doing another one TOMORROW at MPH Mid Valley (9th December 2006, 3-4pm).

I saw the book when I was lepaking at MPH 1 Utama, and figured that when two SF Coffee Mo' Mochas cost more than this book, I really have no valid financially-related excuse NOT to buy it... (SEE??!?!??! Price DOES matter!)

Besides, you're probably sick of all the fantasy books I've been gushing over lately, aren't ya?

On with the review...

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Title: I'm not Sick, Just a Bit Unwell: Life with Neurofibromatosis
Author: Yvonne Foong



Synopsis:
From her lifelong battle with Neurofibromatosis to her being crowned as the Most outstanding Youth of 2005, Yvonne Foong's story is both involving and extraordinary. If you have ever wondered what it is like to cope with an incurable illness, this book introduces you to the day-by-day realities of a teenager who is the girl next door.


What I Liked:
  • Short and sweet (I finished it on the LRT going to and fro from Jelatek to Taman Jaya).
  • Small and light (can keep in my back pocket!!!!111)
  • Gives a good, clear picture of what NFII is all about, and how life as a patient is like
  • Poignant at times, sad at others
  • Simple, easy to read language

What I Didn't Like:
  • Certain parts needed more elaboration
  • Too many questions left unanswered
  • Emotionally a little TOO detached...
  • Writing is ok, but seems a bit stop-start-stop-start
  • Language a bit TOO simple at times

Summary:
I donno. On one hand, it's a very informative book that pretty much educates you on the disease through Yvonne's personal accounts, but on the other hand, for an autobiography, it seems... incomplete.

It also didn't help that at the end of each chapter I found myself asking more questions than ever. Maybe it was the kepoh journalist in me, but like someone told me before, there is nothing more annoying to a journalist than having a feeling that a question has been left unanswered.

There were so many more things that could and probably should have been included in the book to make it better, so many emotions left unexplained, so many stories left untold, so many loopholes left dangling. What of Aunt Ivy? How did Tremayne ‘influence her intellectual development’? How did Elena help her? What's her relationship with her family like (some parts she mentioned not close, then tiba-tiba close, then donno)? How'd she raise all that money?

Don't get me wrong, the writing is fine. The points are well-constructed, the facts are all there, and there is nothing wrong with grammar, structure or 'isi kandungan'. It just seems a little... detached, thats all.

After all, I've seen more emotive and opinionated writing on her blog, so why is this one so impersonal? It reads a lot like a 'What I Did For My Holidays" series of essays more than a proper book. Maybe it's because it's her first book after all, and stil hasn't found her individual style of writing yet.

Or maybe the whole point of the book was not to focus too much on the emotions going through her mind, but more on the facts, the chronological events, and the outcome of all that.

That said, it's an ok read. It's fairly well-written, simple enough to read, not boring, parts of story are poignant and sad, and it does get the message across after all. All in all, not a bad first book at all, but could have been better...

Eyeris' 2006 Music Lists: Personal Favorites of the Year

Ok, time to wrap up my music lists for this week. I'm running out of ideas, plus the more I think about it, the more I reckon if I continue with more lists, the same songs are gonna be featured in the lists over and over again.

So I might as well just jump to my FAVORITES of the year. Those are easy. If I think of toheres I'll add them later lah. For now, here's my:


Favorite Music of 2006


Top Ten Favorite songs
(based on my personal iTunes play-count. heh)

1) Lightning Blue Eyes (The Secret Machines)
- My FAVORITE song of the year. It's not so much the brilliance of the song, but the fact that every time I listen to the chorus, I get an unresistable urge to sing along with it. Gets me everytime.

2) Chasing Cars (Snow Patrol)
- My personal favorite song for emo-ing this year. Another song that I can't stop listening to once the intro comes on... Let's just hope the radio stations don't overplay it to death...

3) Welcome to The Black Parade (My Chemical Romance)
- In terms of song brilliance and nothing attached to personal feelings, this is my favorite song. I love the way it switches from one segment to another, and the marching beats, the chorus, the screaming, the tunes... and even the lyrics...

4) Pink Steam (Sonic Youth)
- The only song ever that I've actually loved the instrumentals more than the actual singing. In fact, I almost always feel a tinge of disappointment when the guitar intro is over and they start singing...

5) When We Were Young (The Killers)
- I like the Killers album. It's unconventionally un-Hot-Fuss-like, and though I prefer other songs to this one on the album, this song happens to be the most singable of the lot, hence the high play count... :D

6) It's Beginning To Get To Me (Snow Patrol)
- I love the lyrics and the chorus here more than anything else on the Snow Patrol album, and it helps that it's one of those songs that is easy to sing with having to bust my vocal chords screaming...

7) Famous Last Words (My Chemical Romance)
- My second favorite song from my favorite album of the year. Rocking, uplifitng, and damn good for singing while driving.

8) The Diary of Jane, acoustic version (Breaking Benjamin)
- The normal version is pretty run-of-the-mill emo stuff, but the acoustic version is so much so much better.

9) Supermassive Black Hole (Muse)
- I didn't like this song at first, but the more I listened to it, the more I got hooked. The chorus and falsetto are damn fun to sing in the car...

10) Nine Crimes (Damien Rice)
- Got this from Cyber-Red's blog, and I've been listening to it ever since, on repeat, which is why it managed to get into the top ten play count list.... Reminds me a little of Snow Patrol's duet with Martha Wainwright (Set The Fire to the Third Bar), but slightly more haunting. A bit emo, but no surprises there...

Notable mentions:
  • Call Me When You're Sober (Evanescence),
  • Let Love In (Goo Goo Dolls)
  • This River Is Wild (The Killers)
  • Uncle Jonny (The Killers)
  • The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song (Flaming Lips)
  • Set The Fire to the Third Bar (Snow Patrol & Martha Wainwright)
  • Broken Promise (Placebo)
  • Meds (Placebo)
  • Celebrate The Day (Herbert Gronemeyer)
  • Is It Any Wonder (Keane)
  • Crazy (Gnarls Barkley)
  • You Know My Name (Chris Cornell)
  • 1000 Seconds (The Secret Machines)
  • Los Angeles Waltz (Razorlight)
  • Put Your Records On (Corinne Bailey Rae)
  • The Adventure (Angels and Airwaves)
  • Losing My Religion (live) (Ryan Star)
  • Glasgow Mega Snake (Mogwai)
  • Stadium Arcadium (Red Hot Chilli Peppers)
  • Steady As She Goes (The Raconteurs)
  • Mama (My Chemical Romance)
  • Disenchanted (My Chemical Romance)
  • The End / Dead (My Chemical Romance)

Favorite Albums of 2006

Thursday, 7 December 2006

Alien vs Predator 2: The Musical

Wednesday, 6 December 2006

Eyeris' 2006 Music Lists: The Worse of the Year

Continuing with the musical theme of the blog this week, I shall now list out what I HATED most about the music in 2006, in awards form.


Eyeris' Worst of 2006 Music Awards


Most Annoying Songs of 2006:
Any song by the Pussycat Dolls. Far more annoying that even that stupid ...Martyrdom and Suicide... (not gonna bother typing the whole title out) by Panic! In The Disco.


Worse Cover Version of 2006:
No Sheryl Crow this year, thank god, but Ronan Keating should be SHOT, DRAWN and QUARTERED FOUR TIMES for the first degree MURDER of my favorite song, Iris.


Worse Attempt at Going Solo:

Fergie. WTF are you singing about??? Woman, you're better off staying with the Black Eye Peas.


Most Overplayed Song of 2006:
Am tempted to say it's Gnarls Barkley's Crazy, but I kinda like that song (a little). And since I don't listen to radio stations, I can't make a proper judgement. But I'm guessing its probably James Blunt's You're Beautiful. It's a nice song, but GODDAMMIT STOP PLAYING IT ALL THE FREAKING TIME CAN OR NOT?????


Bands I Wish Would Drop Dead and Die:

This award goes to Fall Out Boy and Panic! In the Disco, two bands that feature lead singers with voices more whiny than even Good Charlotte and Simple Plan put together. These two bands are without doubt the most ANNOYING bands to come out since... since... well, since Good Charlotte and Simple Plan. And WTFWTFWTF is up with all those STUPID song titles????


Special Award for Single-Handedly Killing Off any Hope of Malaysians Ever Getting to See a Concert by a Decent Act in the Country Ever Again

Pussycat Dolls
. WTF were the organisers THINKING?????


Worse Album Cover of 2006



'Nuff said.

Tuesday, 5 December 2006

Smells Like Banjo Spirit




PS: This is what happens when you're at home all day with a whole storeroom full of opened action figures...

Another Day At the Moral-Assessment-Department (MAD)







Eyeris' 2006 Music Lists: Favorite Live Music Moments

Even considering the fact that I have to go to a lot of concerts in this line of work, it's actually quite amazing that I've actually been to more ENGLISH concerts this year than in the last 5-10 years combined.

It's been a good year in terms of concerts... unfortunately, not for KL. All the best concerts, as usual, went down to Singapore; which is sad, and oh so painful for those of us earning our bread and butter in puny ringgit.

And here I am seriously considering, once again, whether I should just fork out the cash and go to the Muse concert in January in Singapore, or keep my fingers crossed that the Government here will do another 'Pussycat Dolls' and let a genuine Rock band through into our country... Fat chance, I know. Singapore it is then. Sigh.

Anyway, for my next list (I've decided that for the first week of December, the lists are gonna be music-related ones), I shall now list the (few) shows that I have been to, and my favorite moments...

Eyeris' Favorite Live Music Moments of 2006


Kings of Convenience
(Mosaic Music festival 2006, Singapore)
Who knew that a one hour show featuring just two men, two guitars and a piano could outstrip every single rock concert I've been to this year? While it also helped that I actually MET and interviewed these two cool Norwegian dudes one day before the show; the show itself was intimate, entertaining, and magical.

Coldplay
(Twist of Logic" World Tour 2006, Singapore)
THE best rock concert I've been to this year. Sod all you folks who say listening to Coldplay is gay, you wouldn't be thinking that if you'd actually BEEN to one of their concerts. Compared to this, OASIS' concert seemed gay... which brings me to...

Oasis
(Don't Believe the Truth World tour 2006, Singapore)
This concert was the first one I saw this year, which I certainly wasn't going to miss, because Oasis are one of the bands I REALLY wanted to see live. While the show itself was actually quite cool (though SLIGHTLY disappointing), my enjoyment of the show was spoiled by an aching wisdom tooth and some over-zealous Singaporean security guards who don't understand the concept of a mosh pit...

David Tao
(Love Can World Tour 2006, Kuala Lumpur)
One of the few Chinese concerts I've actually enjoyed for the music and not just for the skimpily dressed singer/dancers. Oh ok, the cute er-hu-playing backup singer helped as well...

Troubadours
(Various locations, Kuala Lumpur)
It's cool to go to these indie gigs and just chill out with a beer, and listen to a bunch of people just singing their hearts out. It also helps when your friends are playing as well... I think its cool that there are more and more of these sort of gigs coming up around KL.

Which reminds me. The Indie Scene Cafe has open mike every Friday of December. Go support! For more details, see HERE. More on this in a later post...

Monday, 4 December 2006

Too Many Plastic Guitarists Spoil the Band


(From left): McFarlane Elvis Presley 2, NECA 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' Kurt Cobain, McFarlane Slash, NECA Jimmy Page

Eyeris' 2006 Music Lists: Songs Discovered Through Movies & TV

It's December, and what better time to start on some year-end lists than when you' sitting at home on a MONDAY, sipping a nice hot cup of FRESHLY BREWED coffee after having just woke up an hour ago at eleven thirty a.m.....

Tee hee.

Ok, moving along, I've been thinking about doing year-end lists since... well, yesterday, and I think I'll approach this in a different way. Instead of ranking them from one to ten according to my personal preference, I shall just list them out and give them stupid awards instead.

That way I can include some stuff I wanna whine about as well as the stuf I really like, and you can't argue that one movie/book/song is better than the other because I DID IT MAAAAAAH WAAAAAAY.

Ahem.

Pardon the unsually chirpy tone. Waking up at 11am to a cup of freshly brewed coffee does that to you. So does the thought of not having to go to work. Tee hee.

Ok, enough gloating, here's the first of my lists:

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Eyeris' Favorite Songs Discovered Through Movies and TV in 2006:


Shell & Half-pain (both by Bana)

Where I heard it: the opening and closing themes for the anime Witch Hunter Robin
- I got hooked to watching Witch Hunter Robin on Animax mostly because of these two brilliantly addictive songs. I may not have a clue what the lyrics mean (it IS in Japanese after all), but I'll be damned if I've heard more moving and emotional openings and closing themes to any other anime flick...

Infinity (Merrick)
Where I heard it: Grey's Anatomy
- There are certain songs I hear that automatically bring a secret smile to my lips, and this is one of them. Everytime I hear this song, I automatically smile, and mouthed the words 'Infinity' (which is one of my favorite words, BTW. hehe)

Cosy in the Rocket (Psapp)
Where I heard it: Grey's Anatomy opening theme
- I kinda like Grey's Anatomy. A bit soal-operaish, but funny, and has hot chicks. Woot! Anyway, I like the laidback, dreamy feel to this song...

Mad World (Gary Jules)
Where I heard it: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
- Some people have complained that this song is not as good as the Tears for Fears original, but who cares? In the context of the show, and that particular episode it was played in, when the song came on, it was a damn powerful moment...

Teardrop (Massive Attack)
Where I heard it: House MD opening theme
- I've had this song in my laptop for YEARS, but it wasn't until I started watching House that I really got to like it. I still think the music video for this is damn creepy though...

Desire (Ryan Adams)
Where I Heard it: House MD
- This was playing in one of the episodes, and it was one of the most poignant scenes I remember of House's season two episodes...

Celebrate The Day (Herbert Gronemeyer)
Where I heard it: The Astro World Cup telecasts
- THE best song of the 2006 World Cup, Il Divo be damned...

You Don't Know My Name (Chris Cornell)
Where I heard it: Casino Royale
- This song kinda grew on me after the second time I watched Casino Royale. Ok, I'll admit I didn't like this the first time I heard it, since it was so far removed from a James Bond theme. Then I came home and heard Duran Duran' A View To a Kill....

Shipping Up to Boston (Dropkick Murphys)
Where I heard it: The Departed
- Heck, the movie itself may not have lived up to my expectations, but it was memorable for the sounds of this rocking song throughout the film.

Sleep (Azure Ray)
Where I heard it: The Devil Wears Prada
- I went looking for the song as soon as I came back (winding up downloading a bunch of crap from the soundtrack before I finally found the song), and after that I decided to download more Azure Ray stuff, and now I'm ordering their album online... :D

Sunday, 3 December 2006

Book Review: Voices (Ursula Le Guin)

Too lazy to type an intro. Going straight into review. hehe.

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Title: Voices
Author: Ursula Le Guin


Synopsis (from Amazon.co.uk):
Memer is a child of rape; when the Alds took the beautiful city of Ansul, they desecrated or destroyed everything of beauty. The Waylord they imprisoned and tortured for years until finally he is freed to return to his home. Though crippled, he is not destroyed. His life still has purpose. Memer is the daughter of his House, the daughter of his heart.

The Alds, a people who love war, cannot and will not read: they believe that in words lie demons that will destroy the world. All the city's libraries, the great treasure trove of knowledge of ages past, are burned, except for those few volumes secreted in the Waylord's hidden room. But times are changing. Gry Barre of Roddmant and Orrec Caspro of Caspromant have arrived in the city.

Orrec is a story-teller, the most famous of all: he has the gift of making. His wife Gry's gift is that of calling; she walks with a half lion who both frightens and fascinates the Alds. This is Memer's story, and Gry's and Orrec's, and it is the story of a conquered people craving freedom.


What I Liked:
  • BOOKS! BOOKS ! BOOKS! (are pretty much the focus in this book)
  • The grown-up Orrec and Gyr are more fun to read about than the kiddy ones in Gifts
  • Easy to read
  • Story is slightly 'deeper' than Gifts

What I Didn't Like:
  • Like Gifts, the story's a bit too simple (but then its a children's book after all)
  • Doesn't tell us much about what happened in the time between Gifts and Voices
  • Nothing much about the 'gifts' that were so central in Gifts
  • Oooo, religious commentary. I scare.

Summary
This is the 'sequel' to Gifts, and much like Earthsea's 'book 2' The Tombs of Atuan, it doesn't exactly continue the story in Gifts, but continues years and years after the events in the first book.

Where Gifts told the story of Orrec and Gyr as children, growing up and developing their characters, Voices continues almsot what, 20 years after the events in Gifts.

In one way, it's intriguing to see how the two kids we read about in Gifts are so grown up, and in another, I also wanted to know how they got to this point. Or maybe not. but anyway...

I like how the story in Voices focuses on books, and how the Alds think reading is EVIL and that books are EVIL and how all books should be DESTROYED. Made me think about all the book 'banning' over here...

this is a decent enough read, simple, interesting, and quite easy to read. It's not as good as Earthsea, but then again, it's not meant to be. It's probably a good read for kids though...