Monthly Archives: January 2013

5 Things I Learnt from the Australian Open 2013

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1. The changing of guards is clearly imminent. Be prepared to witness the blossoming rivalry between Murray and Djokovic…in many more Grand Slam finals to come. even Federer was clearly overwhelmed by Andy’s pace and stamina in the semis.

2. We need Nadal to come back! You need proof? Just check out the semi-final where ‘stand-in substitute’ David Ferrer was easily demolished by Djokovic. The beating was just so ugly I cuoldn’t help but feel sorry for Ferrer, who was clearly not in the same league as the current top 4.

3. Having a ‘wake-up call’ match in the early rounds is sometimes just what the doctor prescribed! After Djokovic’s marathon 5-setter over Wawrinka in the 4th round, his game and fitness seemingly became better and better!

4. On the other end of the spectrum, demolishing opponents and cruising through the early rounds without any tough matches may not necessarily be a good thing. Just ask Serena Williams or Maria Sharapova…

5. The press can really have a field day if you give them the opportunity to. When Azarenka apparently ‘cheated’ in her semis against teenage sensation Sloane Stephens by calling for a very ‘timely’ medical time-out, the condemnation of her actions went viral globally! Personally, I don’t think she cheated because she managed to collect herself and proceeded to claim victory in the final against Li Na. My theory is that if she indeed did something wrong, she would have easily buckled under pressure of the press and crowd during the final.

Star Trek: The Exhibition

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Being a self-professed Trekkie, I was crazily excited ( to say the least) when I read about Star Trek: The Exhibition being showcased right here in Malaysia!! Currently on-going from 13 Dec 2012 till 31 Mar 2013 at the National Science Centre, it is something I simply cannot miss! 😛

Star Trekв„ў: The ExhibitionВ is the largest collection of authenticStar TrekВ artifacts and information ever put on public display. A truly impressive array of exhibits featuring sets, costumes, priceless museum pieces and props from all fiveВ Star Trektelevision series and 11В Star TrekВ feature films, including the 2009В  blockbuster film directed by J.J. Abrams. Together these components offerВ Star TrekВ fans and novices alike an opportunity to experience first-hand the imagination, artistry, technology and meticulous craftsmanship that have madeВ Star TrekВ the most enduring science-fiction franchise in history.В (source:В http://startrek.emsexhibits.com/about-the-exhibit/)

After plotting out my calendar, I decided to take two of my older children to experience Star Trek first hand through this exhibition on 27 Dec, right after our Christmas break. So I did go in with high expectations of a full Star Trek immersion experience, but unfortunately I came out feeling as if the exhibition should have been titled Star Trek: The Ferengi Exhibition instead…

Having paid RM20 (adult) and RM10 (child) tickets, I was disappointed that cameras were not allowed in the exhibition. Instead we were given a piece of paper that promotes three specific locations where we could get a photo-op of the Exhibition..

The above card was supposed to be a lanyard which we could keep as a souvenir later, but since it didn’t come with any neckstraps, mine ended up slightly crumpled in my jeans pocket. 😛

These were the three ‘exclusive’ photos which we took at the exhibit:

Kirk’s Chair
The Bridge
Transporter Room

Although the exhibition did showcase almost the entire history of Star Trek, its artifacts, costumes, starships, history wall, etc. pretty comprehensively, I walked through the entire exhibit with a niggling feeling that the entire exhibition wasn’t quite as interactive as I had hoped it to be.

Even when we reached the end of the hall, there was a miserable collection of Star Trek merchandise for sale, which I felt was such a put off! Even the processing speed for our 3 exclusive photos was definitely NOT at Warp speed as we had to wait more than 30 minutes to get our photos. I seriously do not know how they will manage the crowd during weekends…

Anyway, since I love Star Trek, I will not only gripe about it but offer some suggestions for improvement for such exhibitions in the future:

1. The entire exhibit feels so old school. Whilst it may have entertained people from a decade ago, may I remind that the world is already quiteВ technologicallyВ advanced now and thus the exhibit should be made more hands on and interactive.

2. Have fully functioning turbo-lifts to access certain decks or quarters.

3. Don’t just display Klingon high thrones without allowing us to sit on it?! Sigh.

4. Hands on or interactive game using the Kahless Blade; or Starfleet phasers.

5. Have a better range of Star Trek merchandise for the public. Heck, even the collection of Trek books or movies should also be on sale here!

6. Holodeck? hello?!!

7. A simulation of the Replicator would have been a nice touch. We don’t expect the REAL food to be produced, but I’m pretty sure a simple voice search for teh described food can be displayed in visual form (as a start!)

8. 4D ride on the Enterprise Bridge…complete with flares lights! 😛

9. Hands on try out of the communicator. It’s just an enhancement of our walkie talkie today! I’m sure this could be re-produced right?

10. Virtual trying on of Star Trek costumes/uniforms – with pictures too, of course.

11. Real-life working universal translator to say translate English to Klingon! That would be way cool! 😀

12. It would be nice to also walk through various significant areas of the Enterprise like the Sickbay, Ready Room, Engineering, etc.

13. The Star Trek classic pinball machine should be here too!

14. Having a huge map of the Trek galaxy complete with all the known quadrants would be good. :-)

15. Have a replica of Quark’s bar where we can have a ‘taste’ of Romulan ale or some classic Earl Grey…:-D

Sigh….anyway, guess I can’t expect much for a RM20 entrance ticket. Great exhibition overall, but could have been better if it was more interactive:-D

Football Fantasy: Q2 Report Card

The Football Fantasy Q2 report card always seems to show up much faster, no thanks to the super hectic Christmas-New Year game frenzy!

Anyway, by GW 20, I had more or less stabilised my team and brought it back up from the miserable 1,454 global rank to a more respectable 271th position, accumulating a total of 1,185 points in the process. In terms of budget, I managed to slightly increase it by 5.1M to 158.3M. Though it may not be as good as my trading skills of previous seasons, I guess it is pretty OK considering the volatile market this year.

Having a deep bench probably helped me get through the festive game weeks without much significant damage. As a whole, I still lead my friends with the second placed team about 100 points away. Of course from GW21 onwards, it will be really tougher to climb up the rankings because the so-called ‘template line-up’ would have been covered by most of the top teams. Only key differential would probably be choosing the right captain for each GW.

How has your fantasy team been faring thus far?