Cats are usually not my cup of tea, but I couldn’t resist snapping a picture of this ‘manja-ing’ cat named Jerry (seriously!) rolling about under the dining tables in El Sanctuary, where our church youth had its planning retreat recently.
Most people would know of Generation X and Generation Y. There’s even some speculation bout the characteristics of Generation Z… but what comes after that?
My personal theory is that the next batch of kids will come from Generation D….Generation ‘Disney’…
I have observed first hand how these shows on the cartoon channels, Disney in particular, controls the actions of our kids. Where else would you see kids obediently follow the instructions of these ‘strangers’ on TV when they are told to..
…count those spoons, birds, flowers, etc., respond with a YES!, name the colours, or shapes, jump around, sing-along…
Wouldn’t it be a scary thought if these cartoons don’t filter what’s good and bad before they are passed for screening?
Horror Lesson #1: The other day I caught an episode of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse where they needed to get something from up the tree. Using the ‘Mousekertool’, a ladder was produced and eventually used by Donald to climb up and get the object. However, instead of slowly climbing down the ladder, the duck actually jumped from the top rung and slid down the ladder as if it was OK to do so! Gasp!
Horror Lesson #2: There was an episode of Chloe’s Closet where Chloe and her friends were playing a in a room full of chairs and tables. To my horror, they started to walk backwards, up and down the chairs and tables! Really bad examples for the kids to watch, in my personal opinion.
I guess just like all things, parents should keep a close watch on what our kids are watching, even if it is simply cartoons…:-)
Last Sunday, I managed to catch a pretty exciting episode of Fringe.(warning: spoilers ahead!)
In brief, the story was about an entire township who became unwitting subjects of a military experiment where the research was on biological transformations. As a result, everyone in the town were severely mutated. However, they managed to develop an electromagnetic pulse of sorts, that was projected or broacasted to cover the entire township. This effect of this pulse is that other people visiting the town would see the townsfolk as normal people. If they leave the area which is not affected by the pulse, their real selves, ie the mutated features, would be seen.
The episode made me reflect a bit.
Do we sometimes live our lives like the mutated townsfolk in Fringe?
Sure, we all live with secrets.В What pulses do we emit to hide these secrets?
Why do we choose to hide our real selves from the world? or even our families? or close friends?
Do we choose to conveniently mask ourselves to the world?
On the national level, what pulses do we emit to the rest of the world? Is there anything we are covering up?…
If you have kids who are just terrified of barbers (like mine!), then this may be just the tool for you!
After checking out some of the models Philips has to offer, we decided to check out other models, preferably one that is wireless for ease of use. My wife spotted this hair care shop called Image Hair Care in Jusco Cheras Selatan and was pleasantly surprised to see that it sells a wide variety of professional hair care stuff! It is located on on the First Floor (Lot no. F29).
The storekeeper recommended this hair clipping wonder by the brand of Dingling. The quirky name aside, the gadget is apparently made in Japan (although the names sounds like it’s made in China) and used by pros! It is fairly light weight and not too complicated to use. Best of all, it is a wireless gadget – just what we were looking for!
Inside the box, we found the main hair clipping tool, it’s charging station, small bottle of oil (forВ maintenance), and about 8 units of plastic combs of various lengths that can be easily detached and attached onto the clipper head, and the manual, of course.
After the first charge, we tried it out on our son and was glad to see that the gadget works really well. The detachable combs ensures the hair is cut systematically (but I guess this requires some practice too), and the main clipper head is all metal coated so it is EXTREMELY safe. For example, you could run it against your skin without fear of injury as the clippers are well concealed within the head.
The clipper also comes with customisable speeds of the blade for those who want shorter or longer cuts. Again, I must stress these features are good but need some regular practice before one can perform it properly. Nevertheless, as a basic snipping tool to trim off the hair, it works just fine!
Price? The price tag shows RM239, but you should be able to easily bargain it down below RM 200. May be a little on the expensive side, but considering the hours of fun you can have at home with it, it’s sure a good buy in my books!
Wireless, quick charging, very safe, haircuts at home has never been so fun!
Renaissance Italy, 1486. Ezio, the son of Florentine nobles, seeks vengeance for his family name that has been tainted by the powerful and corrupted families of Italy. Assassin’s Creed II is an epic story of family, vengeance and conspiracy set in the pristine, yet brutal, backdrop of Renaissance Italy. This sequel retains the core gameplay experience that made the first opus a resounding success and features new experiences that will surprise and challenge players.
Admittedly, platform arcade games aren’t really my cup of tea. The only notable ones that I enjoy are really dinosaur classics like Donkey Kong, Super Mario, Lode Runner, Astro Boy, Prince of Persia, Vikings, etc. Personally, I prefer word and puzzle games more.
However, I was totally hooked into this gem from Gameloft that worked perfectly on my Omnia 2, especially since the game can be viewed horizontally – whew! Although it comes only in 2D format, the graphics aren’t really bad at all. Movement is enabled thru a virtual keypad on the bottom left whilst the action buttons (attack, climb, weapon) can be found on the bottom right. The only complaint here is probably the sensitivity of the virtual keypad can be frustrating at times. I guess nothing beats the good ol’ joystick and colored buttons!
In terms of playability, Assassin’s Creed II offers varied challenges that kept me excited throughout. For example, you do not get to keep running on rooftops all day long. You get challenging levels of jumping on moving carriages, flying and bombing boats, swinging from sticks jutting out from the walls, patience crawling across masquerade parties (serious!) and chasing speedboats (of course!). Apart from the trusty blade, the game also offers a wide variety of weapons that has its uses at some point of time in the course of the game. They include the spear, boomerang, grappling chain hook and pistol (classic version that takes forever to reload!! realistic!!)
Another thing I liked about the game is that it autosaves in respectable levels that you have difficulties in passing. This certainly helps in reducing the stress of not having to start ALL OVER again when you fail at some stage in the game. There are about 9-10 levels in total, each level ending with a particular assassination that has to be completed as the story narrative takes you along your revenge mission. Simple plot with plenty of gore and action along the way. Cool!
The developers have also made ‘silent kills’ to score more points. This certainly makes the game more believable and requires some strategic planning (I like!) instead of just having the main character hacking and slashing his way to the end. Of course, one area I felt that could have been improved would be the inclusion of more logic puzzles, perhaps to unlock the chained doors and gates.
All in all, this is one mobile game that is really exciting to play and is addictive enough to keep you entertained till you finish it. Highly recommended. Here are some screenshots, all taken from Gameloft.com website:
Exciting gameplay, challenging varied levels, lotsa different weapons, merciful autosaves, visually stunning for a 2D game with plenty of gore and action!
Virtual keypad may get some adjusting to, lacks logical puzzles