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Who am I? That the bright and morning star, Would choose to light the way, For my ever wandering heart.
I am a flower quickly fading, Here today and gone tomorrow, A wave tossed in the ocean, A vapor in the wind. Still you hear me when I'm calling, Lord, you catch me when I'm falling, And you've told me who I am. I am yours. I am yours.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Can someone tell me

What is an act of creation?

A book, a film, a poem, a song, a building, a heart, a mind, a brain, a body, a love, a card, a computer, a game, a technology, a billboard, a mug, a sculpture, a statue, a dish, a bottle, a company, a dance, a mime, a theatre, a speech, a conversation, a room, a fashion, a bed, a paper, a carving, a glass, a light, a shadow, a juxtaposition, a human, an insect, a plant, an animal, a grail, a philosophy, a development, a new, an old, a research, an experiment, a management, a thought, an idea, a dream, an art?




~9:58 pm

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Tapping

I'm not a big fan of the guitar as it seems utterly impossible for me to master it properly. But I can appreciate it's music and wondrousness.
After watching the movie 'August Rush' which is a story of an orphan boy who uses music to find his parents and brings the family together, I got a bit inspired by the way of guitar playing. It's certainly very different and not many people can master it, though I've found a few videos on youtube to show it.


Impossible guitar guy
The guitar he uses here is a 12-string guitar by Warr guitars if I'm not wrong since I've only heard this company making 12-string guitars for two-handed Tapping.


Kaki King: Playing with pink noise
On the Letterman's show.
Her songs were featured in the August Rush movie.

Apparently someone mentioned about Alternative Tuning the guitar for such sounds. I'm not sure, maybe someone can help explain that to me. Some artistes who visualised Tapping is Preston Reed and Michael Hedges, if I researched correctly.
But here's the scenes that blew me away in August Rush.


The song is "Bari Improv" played by Kaki King obviously.


Dueling Guitars by Heitor Pereira and Doug Smith


Raise it up
The little girl is really singing by the way. Jamia Simone Nash.


August's Rhapsody by Mark Mancina


Something Inside by Jonathan Rhys Meyers
This is a fan-made video. Can't really find the proper movie scene.

Oh by the way, there are 4 songs in August Rush that are sung and performed by Jonathan Rhys Meyers himself. Just search for it on youtube.
Hint: I love their version of Moondance.
Told you he's good. =P


~3:53 pm

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Say "YES"


Shekinah Glory Ministries - YES pt.1


Shekinah Glory Ministries - YES pt.2

"YES" by Shekinah Glory
Will your heart and soul say yes
will your Spirit still say yes
There is more that I require of thee
Will your heart and soul say yes

Now will your heart and soul say yes
Will your Spirit still say yes
If I told you what I really need
Will your heart and soul say yes

Now will your heart and soul say yes yea~
Will your spirit still say yes
(God is sayin)there is more that i require of thee
Will your heart and soul say yes

Will your heart and soul say yea~
Will your spirit still say yes
If i told you what i really need from thee
Would your heart and soul say yes so just say

CHOIR
Yes Yes Yes Yea~ *repeat*

(Lead's adlib)
Open up your heart and tell the Lord Yes
Say yes, yeah yeah
Say I'll obey Jesus, I won't stray Jesus
But this time I've made up in my mind, I've made up in my mind
I'll say, say say yes
My soul says yes, my mind says yes, my heart says yea, yea, yes I will Jesus,
Yes, Yes
I'll do what you want me to do
I'll say what you want me to say
I'll go, if you lead me, if you lead me, if you lead me, if you lead me, if you lead me I'll go oh oh
Lift your hands and tell the Lord yes
Come on open up your heart and say yes, yes, yes
ALL God wants is yes, all God wants, all God wants, all God wants is yes, yes yes
I won't be afraid
I'll step out on your word
I'll declare your glory
Yes I will, Yes I will
my soul says yea yea yea yea yea yea ~
submit your way to his, tell him yes tell the Lord yes
I wanna do your will Jesus,
I wanna do your will, I wanna do your will
My soul says yes, yes, yes,yes yea yea yea yea yea yea~
my soul say yes jesus
my soul says yes
my soul says yes
my soul says yes
he's sayin there is more that i require of there
there is more that i require

Yes (repeat)
There is more that I require of thee (repeat)

so let your heart and soul says Yes


If you want to see the mime dance for this song (which is pretty interesting) check out these links as embedding was disabled by the company.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6DDeoIAydk&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MKraYJtPyM&feature=related


~1:47 am

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

SYTYCD season 4

I'm a bit sad that Katee didn't win, but she didn't go empty handed in any case. Best girl dancer of the season.
Happy for Joshua though.
I think this season's top 4 has really come a long way from where they started, especially the 2 boys. I hope they keep on bringing life and joy to the people around them as they continue dancing with their heart.

Here's their top 4 group routine that gave me goosebumps.
Must be the music. LOVE IT!



Lots of other routines moved me as well. Will see to embing it here soon. Just let me find it among all the other things in my busy schedule this week.


~1:39 am

Monday, August 11, 2008

Trial by Media

Let me give you a hint of what my Crime and the Media unit is about.

So let's talk about this term connoted at the turn of the 21st century when media technologies developed at so quick a rate that the societal structure had no time to adapt to it.

TRIAL BY MEDIA

Ever since cameras and reporters were allowed in court, the public got more nosy and wanted more. Covering their busybody-ness with academic claims of educating people of the justice system in the country, the media had the chance to broadcast to the people court proceedings.
Only problem is...
The focus on what the media system wants and what the legal system is, is just too different.
Media wants entertainment value, profits, ratings and power. Legal system wants justice, what is right, what is truth (although in recent days I've not seen much of it, as law takes precedence over truth) and stability.
So how does these two very different structures coexist with one another?

And that's the question we all seek to answer.

With media trials, the defendant is not only victimized by the crime and the trial, that person is also victimized by the media which leads to persecution by the public, depending on what emphasis the media sensationalizes. These media trials and publicity, affects jury decision making and the manner in which the courts function. A place where a judge is seen as impartial becomes emotional. A place where justice and truth should reign now becomes a place of scandals. And the public's opinion of the criminal justice system fails when the verdict is not of the expected.

So where can we draw the line?
Now that's the difficult part to answer. There can be no fixed line, and that is the problem of it all.

-----

On another note, I heard from my group members that a jury trial is basically the basis and reflection of a democracy.
So far I know of, Malaysia abolished all jury trials in 1995 and Singapore has none. Why?
What does that make us then?


~8:22 pm

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Academia 2.0



Monash University is a quarter way there.
You agree?


~10:14 pm


Since I do not know what to post, so I'll just do this tag...again...

Instructions: Remove 1 question from below, and add in your personal question, make it a total of 20 questions, then tag 8 people in your list, list them out at the end of this post. Notify them in their chat box that he/she has been tagged.


1. At what age do you wish to marry?
Between 20-30.

2. What is your most favourite thing to do?
Read.

3. If you have a close close close friend since childhood who loves to take away whatever you like, including guys/girls, and he/she always wins, will you still consider him/her your friend?
Doesn't matter. I'll give her a kick in the backside first though.

4. What would you give up in return to eat all you want in the world and not get fat?
Cockroaches (though it doesn't belong to me. But how lovely it is to get rid of them).

5. Is there someone in your heart right now?
Oh always...Jesus!

6. Do you believe you can survive without money?
In literal terms, perhaps so. But survive without wanting or yearning it, yes.

7. What are you afraid to lose the most?
My God.

8. What do you feel like doing, right now?
Sleep.

9. If there's someone that you love, would you confess to him/her?
No, not first.

10. List out 3 good points of the person who tagged you.
Quite impulsive, very bubbly, super hyper.

11. What are the requirements that you wish from your other half?
Love. Pure love. A man after God's heart. Everything else will fall in its place.

12. What is the thing that will make you think he/she is bad?
No one's perfect, so I would know his flaws and love him despite it. If you're talking ultimate evil, then only when he does evil things.

13. What would you do if you cannot get what you want in life?
Let go, Let God.

14. What do you think 'Love' is?
It's everything. Literally. All-consuming and selfless. Check out 1 Corinthians 13.

15. If you had a choice to be rich or happy, which one would you pick?
Happy.

16. If you have a chance, which part of your character you would like to change?

Selfishness

17. What is the one thing you love about yourself?
I'm not sure...

18. How do you see yourself in 10 years time?
Working with MSF, helping others in war-torn countries.

19. Is there a specific song that can describe your current mood?
Bela Fleck and the Flecktones - The Breakfast Feud

20. If you had 24 hours to do anything, anything at all in the world, whether it be realistically possible, what would it be?
Serve.

8 person whom I tag:
Melissa Yap
Bong
Zhi Ai
Jie Jie
Sandy
Voon
Jason Ng
Sarah Kate


~3:52 pm