RIP Michael Jackson: King of Pop is Gone

>> Friday, June 26, 2009

I have to admit, I didn't really believe it when I heard the so-called news on the radio. "Bah! Probably another gimmick to promote his upcoming tour coming soon. He'll make a miraculous recovery and his tickets will be worth a gazillion dollars, " I thought to myself. I guess I was wrong.

Pop icon Michael Jackson died Thursday after being taken to a Los Angeles hospital in cardiac arrest, officials said. He was 50.

The "Thriller" superstar was unconscious and not breathing when Fire Department paramedics were summoned to Jackson's Bel Air home by a 911 call at 12:26 California time.

They desperately tried to resuscitate the faded King of Pop as a cherry-red ambulance sped him to UCLA Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Okay, the man has had his fair share of insanity. I even admit to calling him Wacko Jacko at times. Erm, I could go on and on about what I think he did wrong, but out of respect, I won't.

My mom was kind of a fan. That was how I was introduced to MJ. It was during his Beat It, Bad days. I even had the Moonwalker video, which I used to watch repeatedly with my sisters. Sing it!
Annie.. are you okay?
Are you okay?
Are you okay.. Annie?
Annie is the name of the little girl in the story that was kidnapped BTW. I can't remember why they took her. But then MJ ends up in the 1920's (I think, sorry if I got the era wrong. I suck at history and too lazy to find it on Wikipedia), singing this song, doing the moonwalk, and shooting baddies with Uzi machine guns. Ermm. I guess even back then we should have seen the signs what was coming, but I digress.

Oh, I can't not mention this. Somehow, he turns into a robot thing and after he defeats the baddies, zooms into outer space. Whew! Now, I got that out of my system, let's move on shall we?

Anyways, I will always remember him as that man who made me learn how to moonwalk, despite my obvious 2 left feet. He made music and dancing (and plastic surgery) the way it is today. I'm actually in tears right now, darn pregnancy hormones, so I won't be able to be as heartfelt as I want to be. The man was, and is a legend. Beating heart or no, he will moonwalk his way in our hearts forever.

Rest in Peace, you deserve it.


Are Maternity Pillows worth it?

>> Monday, June 8, 2009

Even at 14 weeks preggers, I'm having trouble sleeping. I just can't get comfortable wherever I turn. I'm already using a small cushion for my stomach but it still doesn't feel enough, y'know? So I looked up some pregnancy websites, which I do a lot when I'm pregnant BTW (I think because it makes me feel better to know I'm not the only one suffering enjoying the wonders that is pregnancy), and I think I found my answer. Maternity Pillows!

A lot of pregnant women seem to swear by the miracle that is MP. Some even continued to use after giving birth and the kids are all grown up. Sounds promising. The cost seems to range USD39.00 to about USD 80.00, not including shipping. Some of these websites don't even ship outside of the US. Heck, Malaysia seems like a decently modern country. Somebody, somewhere in this country must sell MP, right?

*SIGH* Sure, they do. The Theraline Maternity & Nursing Pillow *EXTRA COMFORT" for RM339.90. I can probably buy 5 decent pillows for that amount, tie 'em up all together and have almost the same thing as one of those Maternity Pillows! I'll keep looking, probably at high end bedding stores like Harvey Norman or such, but I'm not holding my breath. Anything above RM150.00 is too rich for my blood.

Anyways, pregnancy update. My sickness is now ranging from I-barely-feel-sick-at-all to OMG-kill-me-now. I hope this means it's almost over soon. The sickness phase, I mean. Bleh!


Prey Phones Home to Help You Recover Your Stolen Laptop

>> Thursday, June 4, 2009

Your laptop is missing. You're completely out of luck, right? Not if your laptop can phone home. Prey is a cross-platform security application that sends home pictures and location data when your laptop goes missing.

When your laptop goes missing Prey scans for open WiFi connections. When it can connect, either via WiFi or a hard line it will send you a report including the status of the computer, which programs are running, the active connections, a run down of the network location, a screenshot of the desktop, and if your laptop has an integrated webcam you'll even get a picture of the person sitting in front of it.

Prey can be set to trigger in two different ways. You can specify a URL for it to check, if the URL exists then it sends out a report. You could, for example, tell it to check and if that URL is valid then a report is sent. Alternately you can set Prey to fire off a report to your email every time it runs. You'll need an email address and the SMTP information for your email server to set up Prey. The Linux and Mac versions have already been translated into English but the Windows version is still awaiting translation. It was easy enough to set up despite the non-English interface.

Want to go beyond simply getting updates after the fact? Check out our guide to setting up a laptop security system and how to thief-proof your laptop for more ideas on how to keep your laptop safe. Prey is open source and available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Prey [via gHacks]

This is actually kinda cool. Thanks, Baybe!


New Moon Official Trailer

>> Monday, June 1, 2009

Eh?I see that they've decided to stay "true" to the book only as much as Hollywood ever really tells the truth when they claim a movie is "based on a true story". But I'm still excited to see it! Oh, gosh. I hope I havne't given birth yet at the time. Then I'll be in confinement period and won't be able to leave the house...

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