Midnight Nonsense

Guess I’m just posting something for the sake of not having a 2-week hiatus on my dear old blog. Just goes to show how little I have going on for me in a fortnight, doesn’t it? 😛

Am still as jobless as ever, although I hope things will change for the better in the coming work week, but I guess I’m not going to get my hopes up unnecessarily to avoid devastating disappointment. Keep things nice and steady as she goes, no highs, no lows.

Am pretty thankful that all my US TV shows are back on the air, although it’s not a daily occurrence thing but I guess those are the days where I should be really focusing on getting a job. Have taken on three new shows which is the musical Glee (which seems a bit blah, although I did enjoy the most recent episode), yet another vampire-based series The Vampire Diaries (it’s like a TV Twilight/NewMoon/etc, teen-drama watchable), and something fairly recent called FlashForward which is a sci-fi show about figuring out why people all over the world blacked out for over 2 minutes and all of them had their consciousness flashforwarded 6 months before waking up again to the disasters from their blackouts (ie rogue cars, planes, helicopters, etc). Still only 2 episodes in, but I think it’s getting somewhere. It’s set to fill in the shoes of Lost which is ending next year, and I really do hope it ends with a good big bang.

Think it’s a bit bad that I can talk so much about television. Although when you think about it, why is watching too much TV such a bad thing? Yes, there are some television shows which are utter crap, ie some reality tv shows. But there are also shows which inspire, which makes you think, which portrays stereotypes and then defies them. It brings to life what one could only imagine into something you can see and hear for your own self. Yes, books may be more stimulating because you have to mentally visualise things, but who’s to say that television doesn’t cause any mental stimulation as well? We’re after all processing what’s happening aren’t we? And with some of the shows on air these days, it keeps you guessing what’s going to happen, and you resort to trying to predict what’s going to happen next by figuring out what has happen, and what are the possible moves. It’s like reading a book AND playing chess at the same time! Cool right? 😛

The problem with television is that because it’s a new medium relative to the printed word, it tends to draw a lot more flak because it hasn’t been around long enough for people to assign to it this “artistic value” which makes something that may be utter rubbish become of importance and acceptable, like how nude photographs can cause more people to be offended as opposed to the nude paintings or sculptures which adorn the walls of museums and galleries. We accept it because it has been around longer. Racism has slowly faded in time because different races have been mixing with one another for a very very long time as well. Television is relatively still an infant compared to things like this, so perhaps one day it will get the recognition and respect it deserves.

So there you have it, my pointless late night post in defense for my watching so many television shows. With such capable skills to twist and turn something negative into something positive, I wonder why no company has snatched me up yet?

Probably cos I’m too busy watching shows to bother trying harder at getting a job, that’s why.

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I Like!

This is just a random post to share something that I like: TV idents. I also have a thing for continuity announcements (which we don’t have in Malaysia), but I’ll cover that another time perhaps. 😛

If you’re wondering what on earth TV identifications (idents) are, they’re basically the branding of television stations where you see the station’s logo identity. Anyway, this fascination of mine started a long time ago when I was in Singapore watching their local television when I noticed their cool idents with the music and effects which gave the station a sort of persona, something one wouldn’t normally associate with a TV station. Always felt jealous because Malaysian TV never had anything of the sort that was cool and modern looking.

Then when I visited Hong Kong for the first time about 3 years ago, I got to watch their local television stations, including the famous TVB stations where all the famous Hong Kong dramas come from. That was when my interest in TV idents refueled, because their idents were quite amazing. Plus I really liked the jingle they used. Just felt very futuristic coming from a TV station that produces rather predictable drama series.

Anyway, they launched a new ident for 2009 which I feel is even more cool, and I like the added effects they did to the jingle. So yup, this post is just to share with you the previous and current ident for TVB Jade HD (高清翡翠台), Jade being the Chinese channel and Pearl being the English one, if you didn’t know. The idents before this were kinda crappy, which you can go YouTube search yourself.

Previous TVB Jade HD Ident:

Current 2009 TVB Jade HD Ident:

The new TV3 idents are also not bad, very “homely” feel to it. But sadly I don’t watch enough local TV to get to see all this happen.

I also quite like the idents for Star World. It’s quite cool, they actually did a few versions for different markets to adapt to the cultural differences such as women’s dressing, sports, religious differences, locality, etc:

Asia – General (HK-based):

India:

Middle East:


I like how they had two women to account for the social differences in the Middle East where women are generally not allowed to go out by themselves alone and unescorted. This video is also the only one where there are no other guys in the lift (khalwat, I’m guessing) and they don’t dance.

Philippines:

That’s about it. As strange as it may be, I have always wanted to work in a TV station just so I could do things like that. Heheh… K la, goodnight world!

Count On Me

Just finished watching the latest episode of Eureka, and as interesting as the show may somewhat be, it’s beginning to get a little too predictable. You can pretty much bet that a central recurring character will somehow get involved with the incident-of-the-week that may result in serious injury or death, which they of course survive unless it’s a season finale in which they don’t to add to the suspense and salt to the waiting-for-next-season wound. 😛

Have you ever thought about predictability and dependability as being similar yet different? They both imply that someone or something will react in a certain way as they always usually would, yet somehow their connotations are different. You’d think better of someone who was “dependable” as oppose to someone who was “predictable”. In most cases, calling someone predictable meant that person was boring and has nothing better to do. And in most cases, calling someone dependable meant that person will be there at your side when you need it. So what if there’s someone out there who has nothing better to do but wait for your beck and call 24/7 just in case you need his/her assistance? Is that being predictable because the person has nothing better to occupy his/her time, or is that being dependable because the person will definitely be there for you *because* that loser has nothing else to do?

Why does being predictable feel like a bad thing to be? Do we need so much excitement and newness in our lives that every single time it has to be something different? In that case, should we not have dependable people who we can count on every single time, since that would mean the same old boring reliable thing over and over again?

Why oh why do I have to spend/waste my time thinking about such nonsense things. 😛

Another One Bites The Dust

Trust Me Axed

So sad to hear that my new favourite TV show about the advertising world, Trust Me, has been cancelled due to a lack of audience after 13 episodes. It’s been a very tough year for many television shows, and if memory serves of all my favourite shows that I follow this year, this show and Eli Stone were the only 2 in my lineup that got axed. Wonder who’s next? Gasp!

Quick read:
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/04/10/tnt-cancels-trust-me/

Psycho-Analysing

Does an addiction towards something usually result from the absence of it from your life?

I’m trying to figure it out if there’s something missing in my life that may result in me being addicted to a certain thing. I’m not talking drugs or anything, but something as “harmless” as perhaps a TV show or something with a storyline that I may relate to but not necessarily see just how far the link goes.

It’s thriving off me and slowly consuming me, and I’m just wondering how to make it stop. Not that I want to, but I think it’s taking away my precious assignment time. Hehehe…

No wonder people say television is evil. It sucks the life out of you and give you false hopes and unrealistic expectations of life, reducing you to an obsessive fanboy/girl who goes around the internet finding bits and pieces of the actors/-tresses, trailers, interviews, spoilers, pix n vids, and god knows what else. And with me being in Aus and having stupid bandwidth quotas for my net usage, that sucks big time! 😛

Happy Daylight Saving Ends Day!

It’s been a while since I blogged. No motivation, no inspiration, and just plain old laziness is to blame. The weather has turned lovely cold, just the way I like it.

School’s been getting a bit tougher with more work piling up, and more work not being done. I can’t help it… I’m a procrastinator extraordinaire.

Been trying out new places and stuff and it’s been quite fun I’d say. And I’ve developed an immense love for SoonDooBoo JjiGae. Mmmm… It’s my tofu love spilling over into Korean cuisine, originating from my ever predictable Mapo Tofu order from chinese restaurants.

Can’t believe it’s my last semester here. I don’t really know what to feel about it, but I guess I’ll try to enjoy myself as much as I can while I still can. I guess I’ll only study here once, and don’t know when I’ll ever come back here again.

And on other news, the people behind the tv show Lost are very smart dealing with time travel and its effect on the progression of time. I’ve always found flaws with a lot of shows and movies involving time travel, but so far Lost seems alright. They even sort of dumbed it down in the recent episode to sort of unravel how things can be the way they are. And they even verified my long standing theory that if people time-travelled to the past, they wouldn’t “change” anything because they would’ve already done so to “effect” what IS now. If you don’t get it, it’s nothing major. It’s just one of the “paradigms” of time travel.

Am I even using the word “paradigm” correctly? In my defense, that’s what the inverted commas are for… to show my unsureness of the usage. 😛

Happy Easter!

Download finish already!

So sian, my Eli Stone taking ages to complete, with such super slow turtle speeds eventhough the peers and seeders are in the thousands. Normally the show will take about an hour to download, but it’s already been over 2 hours, with an ETA of another 3 more hours or so. Bleah… there goes my dinner+show plans for tonight.

In other news, a neighbour is playing music very loudly again. I dunno why they do it, and I dunno why they have such crap music tastes, but oh well.