BMW shorties

Recently BMW Malaysia concluded the “BMW Shorties” competition gaining 74 entries. The initiative was perhaps a welcome injection into the local film making & creative industry.

It is great to see a platform that allows the many local talents to unleash their creativity. After all, we knew that the creativity existed but there was very seldom any platform to allow this creativity to flourish – given the regulated nature of many things in the country as well as the constant pandering to commercial tastes.

Thanks to BMW Malaysia, a rather unlikely quarter admittedly, this is no longer so. Hopefully, many local firms would follow suit with similar initiatives.

The ultimate secure home

The ultimate secure homes

We all are pretty concerned about home safety in all aspects: security, disasters etc. But would you buy a house in the woods, which looks like a hobbit den? Well, one is indeed for sale for only USD475,000 inclusive a 4.3 acre land.

It looks nice, but hey…

If you are keen, you can check out the website.

To the naysayers – never say never

I’ve often been faced by sceptics about whether on not certain things are possible or not. In fact, I myself doubt certain things will not happen. But one thing that I must learn not to doubt is the human spirit. The spirit of anything can happen. I did a quick google and found some interesting sites relating to bad predictions. I picked one site and re-produce the bad predictions for reference:

Bad Predictions

It’s generally a bad idea to say something can’t or won’t be done, especially in the realm of science and technology. The following are quotations from the past that haunt their speakers today:

* “I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.” — Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943.

* “Where a calculator on the ENIAC is equipped with 18,000 vacuum tubes and weighs 30 tons, computers in the future may have only 1,000 vacuum tubes and weigh only 1.5 tons.” — Popular Mechanics, 1949

* “I have traveled the length and breadth of this country and talked with the best people, and I can assure you that data processing is a fad that won’t last out the year.” — The editor in charge of business books for Prentice Hall, 1957.

* “But what…is it good for?” — Engineer at the Advanced Computing Systems Division of IBM, 1968, commenting on the microchip.

* “There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.” — Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977.

* “640K ought to be enough for anybody.” — Attributed to Bill Gates, 1981, but believed to be an urban legend.

* “This ‘telephone’ has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us.” — Western Union internal memo, 1876.

* “The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to nobody in particular?” — David Sarnoff’s associates in response to his urgings for investment in the radio in the 1920s.

* “While theoretically and technically television may be feasible, commercially and financially it is an impossibility.” — Lee DeForest, inventor.

* “The concept is interesting and well-formed, but in order to earn better than a ‘C’, the idea must be feasible.” — A Yale University management professor in response to Fred Smith’s paper proposing reliable overnight delivery service. (Smith went on to found Federal Express Corp.)

* “Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?” — H. M. Warner, Warner Brothers, 1927.

* “I’m just glad it’ll be Clark Gable who’s falling on his face and not Gary Cooper.” — Gary Cooper on his decision not to take the leading role in “Gone With the Wind.”

* “A cookie store is a bad idea. Besides, the market research reports say America likes crispy cookies, not soft and chewy cookies like you make.” — Response to Debbi Fields’ idea of starting Mrs. Fields’ Cookies.

* “We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out.” — Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962.

* “Radio has no future. Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible. X-rays will prove to be a hoax.” — William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, British scientist, 1899.

* “So we went to Atari and said, ‘Hey, we’ve got this amazing thing, even built with some of your parts, and what do you think about funding us? Or we’ll give it to you. We just want to do it. Pay our salary, we’ll come work for you.’ And they said, ‘No.’ So then we went to Hewlett-Packard, and they said, ‘Hey, we don’t need you. You haven’t got through college yet.'” — Apple Computer Inc. founder Steve Jobs on attempts to get Atari and HP interested in his and Steve Wozniak’s personal computer.

* “If I had thought about it, I wouldn’t have done the experiment. The literature was full of examples that said you can’t do this.” — Spencer Silver on the work that led to the unique adhesives for 3-M “Post-It” Notepads.

* “It will be years — not in my time — before a woman will become Prime Minister.” — Margaret Thatcher, 1974.

* “I see no good reasons why the views given in this volume should shock the religious sensibilities of anyone.” — Charles Darwin, The Origin Of Species, 1869.

* “With over 50 foreign cars already on sale here, the Japanese auto industry isn’t likely to carve out a big slice of the U.S. market.” — Business Week, August 2, 1968.

* “That Professor Goddard with his ‘chair’ in Clark College and the countenancing of the Smithsonian Institution does not know the relation of action to reaction, and of the need to have something better than a vacuum against which to react–to say that would be absurd. Of course, he only seems to lack the knowledge ladled out daily in high schools.” — 1921 New York Times editorial about Robert Goddard’s revolutionary rocket work. The remark was retracted in the July 17, 1969 issue.

* “You want to have consistent and uniform muscle development across all of your muscles? It can’t be done. It’s just a fact of life. You just have to accept inconsistent muscle development as an unalterable condition of weight training.” — Response to Arthur Jones, who solved the “unsolvable” problem by inventing Nautilus.

* “Ours has been the first, and doubtless to be the last, to visit this profitless locality.” — Lt. Joseph Ives, after visiting the Grand Canyon in 1861.

* “Drill for oil? You mean drill into the ground to try and find oil? You’re crazy.” — Workers whom Edwin L. Drake tried to enlist to his project to drill for oil in 1859.

* “Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau.” — Irving Fisher, Professor of Economics, Yale University, 1929.

* “There is not the slightest indication that nuclear energy will ever be obtainable. It would mean that the atom would have to be shattered at will.” — Albert Einstein, 1932.

* “The bomb will never go off. I speak as an expert in explosives.” — Admiral William Leahy, U.S. Atomic Bomb Project.

* “Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value.” — Marechal Ferdinand Foch, Professor of Strategy, Ecole Superieure de Guerre.

* “There will never be a bigger plane built.” — A Boeing engineer, after the first flight of the 247, a twin engine plane that holds ten people.

* “Everything that can be invented has been invented.” — Attributed to Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. Office of Patents, 1899, but known to be an urban legend.

* “Louis Pasteur’s theory of germs is ridiculous fiction.” — Pierre Pachet, Professor of Physiology at Toulouse, 1872.

* “The abdomen, the chest, and the brain will forever be shut from the intrusion of the wise and humane surgeon.” — Sir John Eric Ericksen, British surgeon, appointed Surgeon-Extraordinary to Queen Victoria 1873.

A pointless waste of time

Once again tonight, I stumbled around in a slow and weary manner.

I’m tired. I’ve lost much of what I would call a normal life. Why? Work. Stuff. This and that. So I arrive home at around 9pm. Have a quick dinner… not savouring much because my taste buds have gone. Then I glance at the newpaper I brought home and groaned… “not more reading” — I want to see some pictures and humour. I want to put a small weary smile on my face.

So I stumbled. On the net that is.

And I came across a site which put a small smile on my weary face. The site’s call Pointless Waste of Time – the only news source you’ll ever need. Quite true. It’s a waste of time, but one which gives me a completely whacked out point of view which makes it an interesting read. Yeah, I am still reading and my eyes are bloodshot… but this is funny stuff. Pointless. But funny.

Being a sci-fi buff, the guy’s article about the best sci-fi films never made is a great read. It’s a great shame that there are so few truly great sci-fi films of late. A lot of them concentrating more on the looks of the film rather than the people and the story. Oh well.

Anyway. This is what weariness does to you. You become aimless. Good night.