Stuff…

* I just spent 7 hours under intensive pain in my stomach due to indigestion. This (spicy) lamb biryani I ate (one of my favorite foods) really crapped up my stomach tonight. I was in such pain that I was seriously thinking of going to ER. I even called the Lord twice to stop the pain (and you know that I am an agnostic…). Thankfully, I feel better in the last couple of hours (time is 3 AM right now I am writing this).

* So some rioters put a TV station on fire in Hungary. Talk about shooting the mailman…

* Lots of new TV series this season. I like “Vanished” cause it is really fast paced. I can’t wait for “Heroes” to start next week. “Prison Break” continues to be “ok”, but in my opinion it is not as cool as last year. And apparently “Standoff” is really boring while CSI:Miami is cheezy (amazing, colorful HDTV shots on tonight’s episode though, shot in Rio de Janeiro: I was like “wow… ouch my stomach… whoa, great shot… ouch…”).

* O2 is preparing to launch their Stealth PocketPC phone. I am kinda bammed that the screen is only 2.4″ wide and carries a UI that was originally created for 3.5″ screens. The phone market brought down that size to 2.7″, which proved to be the smallest screen size that an average human can use comfortably for that specific UI. But at 2.4″, this is going to be a huge problem for most people. It doesn’t help that its headphone port is completely non-standard either (why do the do that? previous models used standard ports).

* I have an idea about DRM and piracy. I will write about this later this week. Going to sleep now.

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Thom Holwerda wrote on October 28th, 2006 at 4:44 AM PST:

Typically American to make a big fuss out of absolutely nothing– whether they be a boob flashed on TV for 3 seconds (Janet Jackson) or dead people (Steve Irwin).

YES. In the WESTERN countries. NOT in Africa, and especially not in Malawi where there are NO formal laws about adoption. Adoption is happening in Malawi immediately if the child’s closest relative gives a signed paper that says so. And the father of the child gave his consent when he met in court with Madonna and Guy Richie.

You’re not getting it. Adoption is not a one-way process. Laws in BOTH Malawi AS WELL AS the UK apply here. You can’t just bring a child into the country without passing through lots of paperwork– whether you get the child from Malawi yourself with consent or not.


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Eugenia wrote on October 28th, 2006 at 6:43 AM PST:

How do you know that her aids didn’t go through the paper work? Madonna has said that her Malawi-related efforts started 10 months ago.


Adam wrote on October 28th, 2006 at 6:48 AM PST:

South Park pushes the limit for two reasons:

1. It’s funny.
2. It’s even funnier to watch people get so bent out of shape.

We’re out of control with over-sensitivity, political correctness, and the notion that we have a right to not be offended.

I’m a South Park fan since season 1. The bit was funny. The only thing funnier is watching the fall out.

My advice is to lighten up.


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Eugenia wrote on October 28th, 2006 at 6:54 AM PST:

Adam, I like South Park. I had a ball seeing it criticizing the Scientologists or the Christians. But that part with Irwin was just out of place because it was NOT funny. In fact, I thought it was stupid.


Thom Holwerda wrote on October 28th, 2006 at 7:09 AM PST:

Humour is subjective. That is not the problem. The episode sucked as a whole, and the Irwin part did not make it any better. It kind of felt like a Family Guy joke– totally out of place and not at all related to the story.

People are making a fuss about it because he died so recently, and it’s now ALREADY in Southpark. I don’t really get it– so it’s okay to make fun of people who’ve been dead for 1? 2? 5? 10? years, but not those who are dead for 1? 2? 5? 10? months?

That’s hypocritical. Not you, Eugenia, but the people saying it’s insensitive.


free wrote on October 28th, 2006 at 8:19 AM PST:

Ok. Here goes .There are thousands of Americans desiring to parent children. Some of these people are wrapped up in the legal process to get children to adopt here at home and some abroad. When someone goes as Madonna has done and just picks up a child like she’s gone grocery shopping… that can be a little hard to take. Personally I am not a hater. (If you don’t know what that means it’s slang for I’m not jealous envious angry or bitter) If she can do it more power to her. However there are those who think otherwise and I believe they call it expressing your opinion.


vince wrote on October 28th, 2006 at 8:35 AM PST:

Just a general observation: whether it’s research, product development, or southpark episodes more and more people are doing things just by asking themselves ‘why not?’ or justifying them with ‘if we don’t somebody else will’.

This attitude definitely has a place in society. But what’s missing recently is that people no longer seem to ask themselves ‘why?’ or ask whether somebody should do this at all.

It’s naive of course, but I hope that soon, people will start to ask themselves deeper questions than just ‘why not?’ before pursuing something.

But now that I think of it, if the answer to ‘why?’ is: “It’s even funnier to watch people get so bent out of shape.” then it’s a sad sad day. I tell you what, how about I make your life a living hell just to see you get bent out of shape? The rest of us will all surely get a big laugh out of it.


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Eugenia wrote on October 28th, 2006 at 8:47 AM PST:

I am sorry, but you are completely wrong because you have zero background information on the matter. The media made an issue out of NOTHING.

>Some of these people are wrapped up in the legal process

YES. In the WESTERN countries. NOT in Africa, and especially not in Malawi where there are NO formal laws about adoption. Adoption is happening in Malawi immediately if the child’s closest relative gives a signed paper that says so. And the father of the child gave his consent when he met in court with Madonna and Guy Richie.

Regarding “shopping” for a child, it was not like that at all. Madonna made it clear at Oprah’s show that they had decided with her husband to adopt a child two years ago. She is 48 years old now, it’s difficult to stay pregnant again in this age despite her good physical condition.

And besides, why not fly any of these “Americans wrapped up in legal processes” to one of these African countries and adopt a child too? 1 at 10 children DIE in Malawi before the age of 5. Wouldn’t it be nicer if they are offered a real life? A life where there will always be food in their table? Why not be able to do the paperwork in 3 days time? What is the problem with this when the whole country in such a terrible situation? Why not give hope to these children? The kids in orphanages in the western world live in paradise COMPARED to the orphanages in Africa. So, if these “legal processes” are such pain in the ass how come don’t the westerners go elsewhere to adopt? Why be JEALOUS of Madonna for making her choice and being able to find a child fast?

And regarding David Banda, Madonna’s adopted child. When she saw him in Malawi David was dying in the orphanage from pneumonia. They had no medicines for him there. Madonna had flew to Malawi with a friend of hers who is a pediatrician and made the diagnosis. Immediately, they moved David to a local hospital where they paid for the expenses and they SAVED David’s life. When Madonna was interviewed at Oprah’s this week David was still recovering. What would have happened if Madonna was not there in the first place? He would be dead by now. David doesn’t only owe his rich future to Madonna, but also his life.


Adam wrote on October 28th, 2006 at 11:40 AM PST:

Well, vince has a point. However, once you factor in American society today, you have to understand that it parodies the ridiculous and rampant conservatism that exists. People get offended over ANYTHING and EVERYTHING today, and THAT is the joke. To suggest that asking “Why?” is the problem overlooks the underlying problem – it’s merely a symptom. The problem that people believe that something offensive to them should be prohibited or disciplined, and THAT ignores the very foundation of American freedoms.

In America today, many believe they have a right to not be offended. This is not the case. But sadly, our laws are conforming to this. To follow this course, we are VOLUNTARILY giving away our freedoms and adding limits. People are stupid. Eventually, they paint themselves into a box. History shows this over and over.

The bit about Steve Irwin was NOT insensitive. It was merely too soon for some. And, to me, what is funny is watching how many people are bent out of shape. Not because it’s funny to watch people BE upset – it’s not, and I’m not a complete asshole – but rather, it’s funny because it lampoons us that we would get upset at all.


stormrider wrote on October 28th, 2006 at 12:01 PM PST:

the last episode of south park was sh*t. too bad, they seemed to have great inspiration with “make love not warcraft” and “the mystery of the urinal deuce”


memson wrote on October 29th, 2006 at 11:07 AM PST:

On the Madonna/Baby David front:

Madonna has pissed off a lot of Human rights organizations with this. Quite rightly so. She rushed throught the process. I’m not fully aware of the legal ramifications, but she was on quite shaky ground for a while.

There are litterally hundreds of thousands of real orphans in Milawi. Something like 1 in 3 children have lost one or more parents to AIDS. AIDS Eugenia – Malaria is the least of the African continents worries. Of these kids, she picks one with a living Parent…. this is why people are pissed at her.

She seems to have steamrolled her way throught hte process that legally should have taken a lot of time. This would not happened if she wasn’t a rich white megastar.

Oh, and YES Milawi does have laws on adoption. Did you not watch the news reports? Madonna still only has temporary custody. Nothing is/was final mid last week when I gave up watching the yawn fest that is this farce.


vince wrote on October 30th, 2006 at 8:31 AM PST:

Adam, I just reread my comment and I need to apologize. I think it came across as a personal attack when that was not my intention at all. I was just using your comment as an example. Hope there are no hard feelings…


Adam wrote on October 30th, 2006 at 8:34 AM PST:

No sweat, vince. I didn’t take it personally at all.


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