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mp3 search tips

Politics schmolitics aside, here's a simple tip on how to get a better search result for mp3s on the net. Go to Google, and type the following in the search box. Include the artist name and song title as shown below;
?intitle:index.of? mp3 “artist” song title
example, ?intitle:index.of? mp3 “NidjiBiarlahor

?intitle:index.of? mp3 “Madonna” Four minutes

You can also find lots of other Google search tips and tricks on the net, I'm just sharing one of the popular ones here. :)

Happy weekend folks!

Pak Lah and Malaysia

While switching on the TV awhile ago, I was shocked to find out that famous blogger, Raja Petra will appear live on RTM1 tomorrow night, Sunday 27th April. I just feel that he should just stick to his Malaysia-Today blog. To me it is just a waste of air time to watch him on tv.

Frankly speaking, if we look at the trend of what is happening now, Pak Lah's so-called reform agenda is actually paving the way for the opposition to win the next general election. The trend is already there. Sadly, this is a government with no clear sense of direction. More than a month have passed on since the disastrous election result for Barisan Nasional and yet I still don't know where Pak Lah is heading. It's as if business as usual for him. It has now come to the point that even when Pak Lah does something good, the people just don't have faith anymore in him. I hope that he won't be re-elected at this year's UMNO party election.

Pak Lah's so-called reform agenda reminds me to…

Belasungkawa - Rustam Sani (1944 - 2008)

At the time of this writing many must have read about the passing of Rustam A. Sani, a great intellectual scholar. I had the chance to read his thoughts once through his book 'Ke Mana Nasionalisme Melayu (2004)' in which he explains academically about the failure of the Malay (or UMNO) nationalisme.

In the meanwhile, Johan Jaafar has written a good piece of article in his weekly Saturday column in the NST (See excerpts below). Allahyarham Rustam A. Sani is also supposed to launch his new book 'Failed Nation?: Concerns of a Malaysian Nationalist' and 'Social Roots of the Malay Left' today, but as fate has it, god has other plan for him. Al-fatihah.
JOHAN JAAFFAR: Rustam A. Sani, a scholar and an intellectual
By Johan Jaaffar
2008/04/26
HE lived in the shadow of his famous father, Ahmad Sani Kecil, better known as Ahmad Boestamam. To the literary community he was Ruhi Hayat -- poet, novelist, essayist. He was a journalist with Utusan Melayu and later Warta Malaya but…

Hishamuddin Rais's latest book!

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[image source: Malaysia-Today]

According to Malaysia-Today, filmmaker/writer/activist Hishamuddin Rais will be launching his new book, entitled 'Keganasan, Penipuan & Internet: Hegemoni Media Daulah Pecah'. The book will be launched by the author himself, on 1st of May at the Annexe Central Market, KL.

Even though I never believe in his socialist ideals, I've always been a big fan of his writings, be it in Bahasa Melayu or English and been following them consistently since the days of his 'DotMai' column in Malaysiakini during the height of 'Reformasi' and now on Off The Edge magazine and his 'Dari Jelebu' column in MT. I actually have been waiting for years for him to publish a book and am glad that finally the waiting has now ended. I don't really have to agree with all his thoughts and ideas to admire and enjoy his writings and to me, Hishamuddin Rais, is one of the few Malaysian writers whom I would categorize as - 'one of a kind'…

BBC Hard Talk with Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad

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In case anybody missed out Tun Dr. Mahathir's interview with BBC Hard Talk on tv, click here to watch it online (23.10mins).
(RealPlayer is needed to view the video)

I like some of the points brought up by Tun Dr. Mahathir and here are some excerpts of the interview with BBC Hard Talk anchorman, Stephen Sackur.

Tun Dr. Mahathir on democracy;
If you look at the history of the west, they come up with all kinds of ideology, they used it for some time and then found it defective and they dropped it and start on another. One day they will going to forget about democracy because in some countries democracy actually ended up in anarcy and there were practically no government.

It's (democracy) not a system that can fit everybody. You must have a certain understanding of the limitations of democracy in order to make it work.

The great civilisaton of the past do not have democracy and yet they became great.

It's not necessary that the system will work for everybody. But if you have a bad …

The Used and NUFAN

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..No Use For A Name - The Feel Good Record Of The Year (Fat Wreck Chords)


..The Used - Shallow Believer (Reprise Records)

Introducing two latest albums from The Used and No Use For A Name and The Used!

Reviews
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KL International Book Fair 2008 - "Book Empowers"

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This is an annual event not to be missed. Thankfully last Saturday, my afternoon class was cancelled and so I took the opportunity to go to the book fair in KL. I happily bought home three books (Ibn Khaldun: His Life and Works by Mohammad Abdullah Enan (first published by Muhammad Ashraf in 1941), In the Time of Mishmish by Alijah Gordon and How to Write a Thesis by Azirah Hashim (I need this too :p) and a 2001 issue of National Geographic mag for RM5.

Quick, tomorrow is the last day for final bargain! From 10am - 9pm, at Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), KL. See their website for more details!

Here are some of the scenes at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC).


..the hall entrance


..view of the Klang river. here's a nicer version of the Klang river and the KL background. Shot by Philip Lim


..the crowd of mostly young girls thronged the MPH Publishing booth to have a closer look at the Angkasawan Negara, Dr. Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor. Launching his new book I guess.


..three books and a m…

Download Youtube Videos

This is one cool website! For those not in the know and been thinking how to download Youtube videos, head over here. Just grab the Youtube URL and copy paste into the URL field and you're done! :)
Video of the day is - Nazi Propaganda (It's a school project uploaded by spawn868)

p/s: I'm not a Nazi or a big fan of Hitler. The video is just part of my research material.