Monday, May 23, 2011

TRI-Improved in summary!

Original article.

The TRI can be quite complex.  As such, I have decided to present the fool-proof principles behind the categorization for my readers.

Category 1-  The leaflets you see stuck on/slipped under your door/gate.  You do not want them.
Category 2-  A mint offered to you by your friend.  You won't reject, but you won't go to the shop to get some.
Category 3-  If you have an itch, you'd scratch it-pro-activeness.
Category 4-  Good lord Jesus Christ is all I have to say (and what you would say).

Shoot, score, smile.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

The 3 rules for handphone etiquette

1.  Color.  Only acceptable colors are black and silver.  Casing included.

2.  It is perfectly fine to reply a text with one word, heck, even one letter.  

3.  Calls duration should not exceed a minute, or at most, two.  Calls should be made with the sole purpose to communicate information, not emotions.  The handphone, also known as the mobile phone, is not for idle farts chit-chat.  Or at least, not in public.

Shoot, score, smile. 

Saturday, April 16, 2011

I believe in the existence of vampires

Since the last post mentioned about vampires, allow me to convince you that vampires may exist.

Think about it, if Man could evolve over time to better adapt to their environment and circumstances, why couldn't supernatural creatures, especially one like the vampires (they do still possess a human brain after all).  It is, in fact, very viable that a small population of vampires exist.
Vampires are violent creatures and would likely fight amongst themselves.  Also, if the group gets too large, human detection would be inevitable.  How can these vampires then stay alive without raising alarm?  We need to lay down some ground assumptions that I have:
1.  Like humans, they adapt.
2.  Vampires learn to control.
3.  Blood is not necessary in large quantities.  You don't need to eat a cow every day to stay alive.  Neither do they need to drink galleons of blood.  

It is definitely sustainable for the small population of vampires to survive.  Take out the crap you read from Twilight; vampires don't have sex and re-produce.  These X number of vampires can get the amount of blood they require via the following ways:
1.  Stealing blood from blood banks, hospitals and morgues.  Vampires are said to have breakneck speed, so what can stop them? 
2.  Human blood with "mysterious disappearances".
3.  Hunting wildlife.  More and more people are becoming vegetarian, by choice.  So can vampires.

All these, is based on the assumption, that vampires did truly existed.

Shoot, score, smile.

Monday, April 4, 2011

The Heart factor and the wisdom of Damon Salvatore.

"There's no such thing as a bad idea! Just poorly executed awesome ones."

While obviously Damon was just being the confident vampire he always was in the show (and for the record, he is the most alpha person in the show), much wisdom lies in this statement. 

Smart readers would be able to guess that to this date, I have one real nagging regret. 

Last July, I met a girl.  A very special girl.  I thought I had time, and wanted to take it slow.  One month later, I got the shock of my life when I realized that wasn't the case.  Then I devised a grand plan (which would eventually be the formulation for the Laws of 22.  Unfortunately, a few things did not go as expected, and I left out the final and undoubtedly, the most crucial part of the scheme.  And that, would be the very last time I would see her. 

You see, I kept trying to create, or rather, await a perfect setting. I wanted it to be audacious yet low-key.  Simple yet with a flair of grandeur.  Outlandish yet sincere.  And when I didn't get these effects, I didn't press on with the plan. 

But they don't exist.  Sometimes, the conditions for whatever you planned for just doesn't materialize.  Be decisive and plow through it.  The NBA Finals 2010 was played against the two greatest teams-the Lakers and the Celtics.  The former chose to employ a man-to-man defense system while the latter played a zone marking.  The series ended only after 7 games and every game was close (exception Game 6).  Apparently, the system used didn't mattered; the desire of the players were far more a larger factor.

And that, my dear readers, is what I wish to emphasize.  You can make the most intricate plans and preparations, but when the going gets tough and things don't measure up, it is about having the heart to rough it out.

Something I wish I learnt earlier.

Shoot, score, smile.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The ace pair at the poker table phenomenon

Last Saturday, I did something that I would probably never ever forget for the rest of my life.  It was something I just had to do; it wasn't something that I could live to regret.

Ever gone on a venture on the primary basis of some key factor and enduring despite the odds?  This is the "ace pair at the poker table" phenomenon.

If you draw a pair of ace at the poker table, you're definitely going to be calling the blinds.  Up pops the community cards.  Still no combination.  Yet chances are, you're still going to be calling the blinds. 

Crazy maybe, but you just never know.  After all, a pair of ace is often enough to win.

Shoot, score, smile.

Monday, March 21, 2011

The Solo Theorem

You know, I meant to write this way earlier, but I got really busy, with tests and assignments.  Thankfully, the assignments were individual assignments.  Scholars continually crap about synergy raising productivity and theories like 1+1=3.  Well, it is not true in the environment of school (unless somehow you can fulfill following conditions).  There are several reasons why, starting with the fact that it takes time for two people to gel.  Secondly, different intellect levels.  Thirdly, different attitude towards the assignment.

Back to the main story.  There was a dark period in my life, when I felt desperate to get that sense of belonging.  I became someone of no opinion; simply going along with the vast majority.  It was really sad.  That is not how it should be.  Everyone should have their own objectives and goals in life, therefore, resulting in having their own agenda.  If it should fall in alignment with others along the way, great.  Liken this to buses.  Sometimes, two buses may be traveling on totally different routes, sometimes similar routes, sometimes, routes that diverge after a certain distance.  But you won't find two bus services going by the exact same route (what would be the point), and that is how it should be as well.  No two humans are exactly the same.  You need to get on with your own route.

What I am driving at, is well, stop giving a damn about people who don't matter.  The Solo Theorem, doesn't dictate you to be heartless.  It simply expects you to channel your emotions and feelings in a logically and sound way.  The bottom line:  Care about people that should and do matter to you. 

You see, it is always more enjoyable to operate alone.  Batman fought crime alone.  Sure, he had his butler, but his butler didn't literally fight side by side with him.  Yeah, there was Robin, but once he grew up, he left, didn't he?  Superman and Spidermen flew (swung) solo as well.  X-Men was a coalition but its members came and went, with no long-term obligations.  Ever wonder why vampire films (with werewolves getting owned) are popular?  Well, quite simply, it oozes sexiness the way vampires are aloof and move alone. 

What I am saying is, there is nothing wrong to be alone.  Social stigma has it that if you're alone, you're probably friendless and a loser.  That is just stupid and not being far-sighted.  Remember, only you can be with yourself forever. 

Yet bear in mind while I started off this article claiming people care about others too much nowadays (which really, account for I would estimate at least 90% of the problems that occurs), I have to reinforce that I did not say not to care for anyone else.  There are people whom I would give up things for; and you should have them too.  Just remember that you need to spread your love wisely.

Shoot, score, smile.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

AvFB-Sports commentary

Now, every male should display some interest in sports.  Some, however, become over-zealous and appear as a faggot.  In fact, I have one friend (strained definition however) who does this.  He goes on and on about soccer matches (specifically Manchester United games) on Facebook.  I have mentioned him before here; he's the exhibit C.

Now it is one thing to be excited about a match; regardless if it is a big match, but commenting about it, from before the start of it to the entire duration of it to the aftermath-is just an awesome display of faggotry.  There are three fundamental problems when guys start giving their two cents about sports:
1.  Most of us haven't even played anywhere near that competitive level to understand.
2.  Most of us think we know better than the experts.
3.  Most of us fail to realize hindsight bias.

The first problem is very common.  You see people criticizing soccer players who miss crucial penalties, open goals; NBA players who fluff up a rebound, the list goes on.  The problem is, how many of us have even played anywhere near those levels to truly understand how difficult it is to be at that level?  It is quite understandable to express extreme disappointment, but to go on and say "I could do better" is just plain retarded.  No, you can't, which is why you're the one sitting in the couch.  So shut up.

Most of us think we know better.  Again, we don't.  I would safely say that 99% of those who watch NBA/soccer thinks that they are the experts and probably can make better deals than any other managers while simultaneously coaching their teams to championships after championships.  This is silly.  There is a reason why ESPN pays retired NBA stars much more (in the region of millions) to commentate.  This is because they actually talk sense (other than Charles Barkley).  There are reasons why top managers and coaches are paid exorbitant amounts.  So please, don't talk about "tactics" as if you're a grandmaster.  You only make yourself look bad; like a know-it-all who really doesn't know anything.  It is alright to be uninformed; just don't be an uninformed uninformed. 

The final issue, hindsight bias is a well-documented psychology academic.  Have you done something only to realize it was such an obvious mistake?  Well, in a nutshell, that is hindsight bias.  Seeing things as being more "duh" after it has happened.  A classic example would be the bombing of Pearl Harbor.  What were the Japanese thinking, provoking the Americans?  Guess it didn't seem so obvious to the Japanese generals then; but was it?  Maybe the Japanese truly believed that the Americans would be too crippled to strike back.  Or that they could hold off the American forces.  In fact, I can think of a very solid reason-Japan believed that by taking out the naval route, the Americans would be left with the air route; which they can take down with their kamikaze fighters.  Whatever reason(s) it was, the Japanese were very confident then that it was a correct and wise decision.  

It's fun to discuss about sports.  It's cool.  Just don't over-do it and bear in mind at the end of the day, you're the one scratching your balls in front of the TV.

Shoot, score, smile.