Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Wedding in Planning

Mee Mee married Teofukina!

The happy couple registered their marriage somewhen last month, as detailed by Bee Ree here, and the eager bride is now engaged in full-time research into the world of wedding planning, for everything from make-up to photographers.

She shared some of her research output with me today, and I (who happen to be in a very sour mood right now... gah!) saw the following which irritated me to no end.

What is Malaysia Brides? Shouldn't this be Malaysian Brides? And what's more... some of the members liberally and indiscreetly use the abbreviation "ROM" (which I understand to be registration of marriage or read-only memory) in every absurd way imaginable - "we are ROM already", "you guys just ROM", "when you already ROM", "you have ROM or not?" etc. You get the idea.

Do you see what I see? Are you thinking the same as I am? Isle - an island. Aisle - which you walk down when you get married in a church. Do they really mean to convey the meaning island of nuptials? Or isolated land of marriages? I hardly think so. Look at their bridal images and you'll see there's a style called "glamoures". To think they charge RM500 - 1000 per make-up package and they can't afford a spellcheck! Gah!

I hope I will be writing more on Mee Mee's upcoming wedding, and I hope the posts will be more romantic. Gah!!

(I just realised this post has a title-content mismatch! Gah!!!)

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Colonising Mars

"Google and Virgin Group today announced the launch of Virgle Inc., a jointly owned and operated venture dedicated to the establishment of a human settlement on Mars"

Read the rest here. Marvel at their 100-year plan here. If you read the FAQ (which you really ought to because it is seriously funny) through till the end, you will come to this statement: Virgle is real. Well, of course we all know from the beginning that it's not. We've lived long enough (ahem!) to not fall for such obviously elaborate April Fool's jokes. A simple "Hey what's that on your nose?" is more effective.

Still, you ought to check out Google's effort. Try the questionnaire for applying to be a Virgle pioneer. The questions are simply hilarious! This is my favourite:

A multi-stage heavy lift rocket built using established solid and liquid propellant technology with solid boosters doubled for increased payload capability could start a burn for insertion into a lunar trajectory and then back toward Earth for final insertion into a modified Hohmann Transfer Orbit, increasing its final Earth-to-Mars transfer velocity through a periapsis delta-v burn performed at the closest lunar and subsequent Earth approach, with the additional delta v gained on account of the potential energy from the mass of expended propellant,

o Actually, I would think fairly quickly and easily
o Only with significant time and fuel expenditure
o My SAT tutor said to always guess C if you aren't sure
o goo goo ga ga hee hee ha ha

Enjoyed the joke? Read this too. Happy April Fool's. How many did you fool today? Me - none, and (no, it's not a joke) that's the truth.