Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Food for Thought

You think this is reality?

Someone came up with law and order. Someone else set aside culture and tradition. And then someone else put together god and religion. Someone else suggested that you work hard for the money because dreams can't feed you and you think all this is reality?

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Quote of the day

Doesn't it make you wonder what is the big deal about going into the office and pretend what you are doing means the world to you? So that you can make your boss happy, so that they can make their bosses happy, so that they can make the government richer, so that it can purchase more weapons, build a nuclear power plant, mismanage the country, murder anyone it likes and take away your identity and rights? Doesn't it make you wonder what the fuck this shit is all about? And doesn't it make you wonder why you keep doing it every day and feel like shit all the time?

Monday, June 21, 2010

Alexander Graham Bell did not invent the telephone for godssake!

 Antonio Meucci

Today while writing a script for a children TV series I found out that Alexander Graham Bell wasn't the inventor of telephone! Like Nikola Tesla before him who was discredited by Thomas Edison for his AC system which we are using today.

 Nikola Tesla

When I find out truths like these I get really mad about unscrupulous and heartless people and wish them a horrible death. As much as I believe in the karmic law I am still frazzled to know that there are such cowards who will do anything for fame and fortune.

I wonder if cowards and superfluous people read articles like these and realize they are one of them? Do they even have a conscience? In my horror stories, it is usually the conscience that comes back to haunt them not ghosts, monsters or evil spirits.


Bell did not invent telephone, US rules

Scot accused of finding fame by stealing Italian's ideas

Italy hailed the redress of a historic injustice yesterday after the US Congress recognised an impoverished Florentine immigrant as the inventor of the telephone rather than Alexander Graham Bell. Historians and Italian-Americans won their battle to persuade Washington to recognise a little-known mechanical genius, Antonio Meucci, as a father of modern communications, 113 years after his death.
The vote by the House of Representatives prompted joyous claims in Meucci's homeland that finally Bell had been outed as a perfidious Scot who found fortune and fame by stealing another man's work.
Calling the Italian's career extraordinary and tragic, the resolution said his "teletrofono", demonstrated in New York in 1860, made him the inventor of the telephone in the place of Bell, who had access to Meucci's materials and who took out a patent 16 years later.
"It is the sense of the House of Representatives that the life and achievements of Antonio Meucci should be recognised, and his work in the invention of the telephone should be acknowledged," the resolution stated.
Bell's immortalisation in books and films has rankled with generations of Italians who know Meucci's story. Born in 1808, he studied design and mechanical engineering at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, and as a stage technician at the city's Teatro della Pergola developed a primitive system to help colleagues communicate.
In the 1830s he moved to Cuba and, while working on methods to treat illnesses with electric shocks, found that sounds could travel by electrical impulses through copper wire. Sensing potential, he moved to Staten Island, near New York City, in 1850 to develop the technology.
When Meucci's wife, Ester, became paralysed he rigged a system to link her bedroom with his neighbouring workshop and in 1860 held a public demonstration which was reported in New York's Italian-language press.
In between giving shelter to political exiles, Meucci struggled to find financial backing, failed to master English and was severely burned in an accident aboard a steamship.
Forced to make new prototype telephones after Ester sold his machines for $6 to a secondhand shop, his models became more sophisticated. An inductor formed around an iron core in the shape of a cylinder was a technique so sophisticated that it was used decades later for long-distance connections.
Meucci could not afford the $250 needed for a definitive patent for his "talking telegraph" so in 1871 filed a one-year renewable notice of an impending patent. Three years later he could not even afford the $10 to renew it.
He sent a model and technical details to the Western Union telegraph company but failed to win a meeting with executives. When he asked for his materials to be returned, in 1874, he was told they had been lost. Two years later Bell, who shared a laboratory with Meucci, filed a patent for a telephone, became a celebrity and made a lucrative deal with Western Union.
Meucci sued and was nearing victory - the supreme court agreed to hear the case and fraud charges were initiated against Bell - when the Florentine died in 1889. The legal action died with him.
Yesterday the newspaper La Repubblica welcomed the vote to recognise the Tuscan inventor as a belated comeuppance for Bell, a "cunning Scotsman" and "usurper" whose per- fidy built a communications empire.

Friday, June 18, 2010

People just don't learn

This morning I felt a little upset and irritated about something but I didn't know what. Since it was a nice day to walk out to get some breakfast I went with a friend to SS2. On the way back I saw the onslaught of workers trimming off tree branches everywhere. If trees could scream we would hear their death throes this morning. I find it hard to accept the fact that these old trees have been around for so long and are always the first to go to pave way for humans and their possessions.

A whole street of antiqued looking trees have been cut down on SS2/72 to make way for the SSTwo Mall. And to beautify the street again they planted ornamental looking trees instead.

The journey there and back also got me to observe miserable looking animals in a pet shop (which should be banned), stray dogs surviving the street and human cruelty, irresponsible drivers who have no respect for pedestrians and I ask myself - do people really need saving?

An old magnificent tree may be hazardous to passers by, cars and whatever takes shelter underneath it but does it really matter?

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

And I shall start a Commune

It's a place where we grow our own food. Where our staple diet are fruits and vegetables, perhaps fish and eggs at times. But we don't eat meat. We all share a great aptitude for creativity in everything we do besides being imaginative and innovative.

We are not materialistic because there is nothing that we need to make us happy. We make our own clothes, we cook our own food and we share them like family. We harness our own energy from the sun and the wind and the water.

Although we have no need for a vast majority of electronic and electrical products, we will still use technology to our advantage. Our days will be filled with new creations of literature, art, music, crafts, meditation and inventions that will benefit everyone else.

We will take in stray animals discarded by people who have no sense of responsibility. Compassion and passion are the two words we live by.

We are open to retreats for the broken and displaced.

There is a pond in which ducks and fishes live among other birds, amphibians and creatures. There are trees everywhere we look. Our homes are small and filled only with necessary comfort and are not cluttered with the past.

Every night we come together for storytelling sessions in conversations or movies, in stargazing or music appreciation .

Our mission in life is to make life worth living. To fill every little moment with joy and transcend to the next level of understanding of who we are and what we do.

We are about progress. We don't keep to ourselves and exclude the world. We go about to educate everyone who receives us. We have no need of dispensable habits created by mankind. It is a place of rest. A place of growth.

We are not about hiding from the rest of the world. We are not about having tight security. We are not the chosen ones. We are not going back in time. We are a community of like-minded people who wants to life a simple but fruitful life doing what we do best.

But most of all we are family because we choose to be.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Extreme Unction: Extreme: beyond the norm; Unction: excessive but superficial compliments

I was at a funeral yesterday and the final prayers were held in a Church. Although parts of the scared place of worship were beautiful, most of it was truly ironic and contradictory. The first thing that struck me was the dress code regulations that were conveniently placed at every corner of the vicinity. There were no slippers or flip-flops allowed, cargo pants or shorts, tank tops or tubes, spaghetti straps or halter tops and sleeveless t-shirts or singlets. What happened to the idea of a gentle and loving God who accepts everyone who judges not the clothes they wear? Another thing that hit me right between the eyes was the garish and ostentatious stain glass designs that were splashed everywhere around. And finally it was the priest himself who used phrases and words like - that lifeless body, the dead and a sermon about how great God is rather than being compassionate and understanding to the family's grieve. When he reemphasized on the Greatness of God again, I could envision the Muslims cry out allahu akbar in return.

What happened to consoling words like 'your dearly departed' or 'your loved one who is at peace with God'. Probably by having the dress code regulation the Church has already lost most of its younger congregation and with a priest who is insensitive another half would switch denominations. I wonder if they keep stones under the altar for

I still don't like funerals and weddings which I feel are pretentious and unnecessary. They're just an extension of joy and sorrow which need not to be publicized and performed in the midst of friends and neighbors.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Archie's here, Betty's here, Veronica too ... and Kevin?

The Archie Comics makes a mark by introducing an openly gay character in the upcoming September issue. I would never in a million years expect this family-oriented, children-friendly, goody-two-shoes series to be so bold and embracing of anything out of the hetero-normative domain.

The world is becoming more aware of the egoistical and deviant teachings of authoritarians who lay out laws and governance for their own benefit. This power to rule has no place in a more accepting and inclusive society these days.

But even now, there are still parents who cut off ties with their gay or transsexual children, literally throw them out of their homes and up to a point murdering them. As unthinkable as this may seem people are not blind to the fact that the lgbt community have been around for a long time. Education is in fact bringing more families together but religion and politics are still trying to divide them.

While the rest of the world is advancing towards a world without violence and acceptance, I wonder how long more this country will hold back its policies on discrimination, racism and hate. And the truth is, we all know it's a sinking ship.


Friday, June 4, 2010

Rue McClanahan: Thank you for being a friend

21 February 1934 - 3 June 2010
In memory of a wonderful actress of The Golden Girls.

Strays, strays everywhere ... what am I to do?

Last night my friend and I were on the way back when we saw a huge dark shadow in front of us emerging from a corner of some garbage in SS2. It really looked like the Hound of Baskerville or a werewolf which was all ready for a kill. Since it was coming towards our direction and we were going to its our path finally crossed and we could see that it was an old limping German Shepherd with ratty hair. It looked at us as we passed and we realized it was an abandoned stray that some f***ing idiot must have left behind. It was friendly but at the same time frightful to see in the semi lighted street. It knew we were saddened by its state but we didn't know what to do. How do you rescue an animal?

I tried emailing to some animal rescue organizations and am awaiting some hope or reply. Before encountering the German Shepherd we saw another adorable dog outside Old Taste Kopitiam, lying there as though it was home. Again, it breaks my heart to see all these strays being discarded for the sole purpose of irresponsibility. You don't and you never throw away the things that you love.

I am thinking and praying from the universe that someday I will get a farm large enough to home all the stray animals but it will not solve the same old problem of unwanted pets. So the first thing a government or country must do is to eradicate the problem. Close down all pet shops and pet traders. Pets should not be bought or sold but adopted.

If every stray is adopted in the world there will be no more unwanted pets. Perhaps then, human beings can appreciate the wonderful company of an animal because they are invaluable and not be evaluated by a price tag.