Archive for July, 2007

StarCeleb: What?

It’s a new show, claiming to be “Your Road to Stardom!” screening on ntv7 this coming September, every Sunday at 6 PM.

(Skeptical grin)

StarCeleb Banner

Another REALITY show! Right, that’s what hit my mind the first time I read about this piece of news. Are we not getting enough? Normal people – you and me alike; getting a shot at what it feels like to be on TV and hoping to be famous one day? I’ll just have to wait for its premier to check out what the show looks like. It somehow reminds me of 8TV‘s program last year, I Wanna Be A Model where contestant are groomed to be professional model, not exactly quiet there with the like of America’s Next Top Model but still, it provides a platform for people who thinks they got what it takes to be strutting down the runway.

So, what is this show all about? Presented by Centurise Group, utilizing their MyStyle platform to for the voting process, StarCeleb is looking for one gal and one guy to walk away with RM25, 000 each, shall they fit into what the show is looking for – one that possess the quality to become a star, brand ambassador, TV Host and professional model.

I can’t help but to think of the show as a replication of Daniel Tan‘s life – more or less, with him in the show itself as the host, alongside with May Wan. Possessing the qualities of a  StarCeleb himself, the contestants are deemed to match the talent of Daniel Tan, minus the huge celebrity status of his, for a rightful triumph over the StarCeleb title upon winning the reality show.

Daniel Tan
Daniel Tan

With an initial round of 60 contestants in the show, comprises of 30 girls and 30 guys, it looked like a daunting task for the judges and viewer alike, to vote for their favorite. This however will be made simpler once the first cut is over before the premier screening on ntv7, leaving only 24 contestants to vie for the StarCeleb title. It somehow occur to me upon seeing so many faces on the official website, there is a whole crowd out there, desperately seeking fame; which I find it amusing. That’s what TV Show is about ain’t they, to entertain us – the viewer.

I’m unable dig out much information about the kind of task that will be presented to the contestants. It was told on the official website of StarCeleb that their weekly tasks would includes the like of hosting of live show – be it indoor or outdoor, magazine shoot, roadshow and blogging. That’s as far as I could get my hands on for the time being.

If you’re up to brushing shoulder with these to be StarCeleb, ntv7 invitations is open for anyone who would like to participate in their live recording of the show. Details can be obtained via their website.

As of the time of this writing, the StarCeleb participants and crew are out and about on tour at the following locations:

  • The Piazza, The Curve, PJ 21st – 22nd July (11am onwards )
  • Lower Ground Floor Oval, 1 Utama, PJ 28th – 29th July 2007 (11am onwards )
  • Boulevard, Berjaya Times Square, KL 04th – 05th August 2007 ( 11am onwards )

Note:
Daniel Tan image are derived from his official website

July 30, 2007 at 2:48 pm 1 comment

Convert YouTube Video to MP3/AVI/MOV/MP4/3GP for Free

If you’re like myself, a fan of YouTube; a vast library of videos submitted by users, you’re probably already hooked on tools such that allows you to download the video in FLV format to store off line. Been a new fan of this wonderful service, I recently realize that there are tonnes of 80s/90s music videos available here as well as oldies back to 1956, some of which I had tried in vain to search for, easily available by keying in the song title followed by a click on the Search button. What bothers me really is I’d like carry these wonderful tunes in my MP3 player and the Video Downloader tools I had did not help much. After pouring some effort looking through results in Google, look what I found? Vixy.net!

Vixy.net
Vixy.net, simple and no fuss interface

Vixy.net and YouTube.com, this could be the perfect match in heaven. The free service is very simple and fast, with options to convert your videos from FLV (video format used by YouTube) to MP3/AVI/MOV/MP4/3GP. The best of all this amazing work by Vixy.net, its FREE!

How does it work?

  1. Search for the video you want in YouTube.com

    YouTube Search

  2. In YouTube.com video page, look for the URL under the Video Details on top right. Select the entire text in the URL text box, press CTRL+C to copy.

    YouTube Video Information

  3. Paste the URL into Vixy.net, choose your conversion format, click on Start to begin your video conversion.

    Vixy.net Convert Video

  4. Vixy.net will keep you inform of the conversion progress with a huge Conversion Status bar.

    Vixy.net Conversion Status

  5. Once it’s completed, you will be prompted with Save As popup to save your converted file. Rename the converted file name to a readable format, choose a location in your PC to save the file and you will be downloading the converted result in no time.

    Vixy.net Save Result

You may find yourself unable to use the service at times as Vixy.net can get rather busy. I’m stumbled across with “Server too busy” error message a few times during the course of my test using the service. Overall, Vixy.net served as an amazing add on to online video services and it’s a matter of time before they are bought over by Google, at the rate they are going. If you do not know, Vixy.net claimed that they are processing 300GB of conversion per day.

Have fun!

Uncommon magic at 06:12 hour: Tapping into classic tunes thanks to YouTube and Vixy.net

July 28, 2007 at 6:25 am 6 comments

Project Runway Malaysia

In a bid to keep Malaysian from straying away from their television set on a Friday night, 8TV is launching Project Runway Malaysia beginning next month, targeting at fashion lovers. It occurs to me from my recent research that broadcaster in Malaysia has a different view on slot categorization, compared to those of American. If you pay enough attention, many of the popular TV Shows in Malaysia are slotted to play on Friday night; an absolute horror for any Production Owner in the States shall their show ends up in the nicknamed Friday Night Death Slot. In our country on the hand, Friday night are seen as Prime Time Slot and are often targeted for show that broadcaster deemed “hot”; attracting scores of advertiser, bidding for a space to promote their products and services. Now, let’s move on to the bit and pieces of the show.

What is Project Runway Malaysia all about?
Project Runway Malaysia claimed to discover the next big designer, gives a chance to aspiring Fashion Designers (or one who were established, but yet to be known widely) to be recognized in the industry and launch a career with the rewards of RM100, 000 seed fund to promote their brand and fashion line, coupled with Parkson Corporation sponsored retail space to mark their presence in market.

Who’s the Who in the Show?
Bernie Chan
– our very own supermodel in her own right, Bernie takes the place of Heidi Klum, strutting down the runway to present tasks to the 15 Designers, as well as sitting in the panel of judges that evaluate each Designer’s work and sending them home each week. I’m wondering what her catch phrase would be, such as those of Heidi’s popular “Auf Wiedersehen” – Good Bye in German; each time she bid good bye to each leaving Designer. Maybe “Selamat Jumpa Lagi”?

Datuk Bernard Chandran – the Malaysia’s “Prince of Designer” whom had made himself a household name in the fashion industry, be it locally or abroad, with his intricate design that speaks everything about luxury and impact. Sporting a clientèle of the who’s who in the elite sociète, who better to understand the art of taking risks and innovations in design while maintaining the integrity to deliver aesthetically pleasing work that adapt to client’s taste.

Peter Lum – our very own Tim Gunn of Project Runway. Peter Lum, famous for his styling work that often seen featured in magazines and TV Shows alike, fits perfectly into the show. We’ll get to see him nagging and criticizing on each Designer’s work on their weekly task. I’m sure they will cook up some catch-up phrase for him such as Tim’s famous “Carry on!”. Will the contestant hate him, or love him? I can’t wait to find out.

Other Judges – Asiah Mion (Editor of EH! magazine), Seema Vismanathan (Editor of Female magazine), Wirda Adnan (Chief Editor of Glam magazine) and Aster Lim (Managing Editor of Female, Marie Claire, Men’s Health and Seventeen).

Guest Judges throughout the series – Tom Abang Saufi, Edmunser, Melinda Looi, Sonny Son and Jacyln Victor

When do you get to watch?
The show will hit your television set every Friday, beginning 3rd of August 2007 at 9.30 PM, screening on your 8TV channel.

July 25, 2007 at 2:07 pm 17 comments

Light Hearted Management Course, in 3 minutes

Light hearted material that I happened to have in my Inbox today. Most probably you’ve read them before but I’d like to share these with you as I found it a reality we’re living in the working world. Enjoy and hope you too, do pick up some wise tips from these light reading.

LESSON 1
A man is getting into the shower just as his wife is finishing up her shower, when the doorbell rings. The wife quickly wraps herself in a towel and runs downstairs. When she opens the door there stands Bob, the next door neighbour.

Before she says a word, Bob says, “I’ll give you 800 to drop that towel.”

After thinking for a moment, the woman drops her towel and stands naked in front of Bob. After a few seconds, Bob hands her 800 and leaves.The woman wraps back up in the towel and goes back upstairs.

When she gets to the bathroom, her husband asks “Who was that?””It was Bob the next door neighbour”, she replies. “Great!” the husband says, “Did he say anything about the 800 he owes me?”

Moral of the story:
If you share critical information pertaining to credit and risk with your shareholders in time, you may be in a position to prevent avoidable exposure.

LESSON 2
A priest offered a Nun a lift. She got in and crossed her legs, forcing her gown to reveal a leg. The priest nearly had an accident. After controlling the car, he stealthily slid his hand up her leg.

The nun said, “Father, remember Psalm 129?”.

The priest removed his hand. But, changing gears, he let his hand slide up her leg again.

The nun once again said, “Father, remember Psalm 129?”.

The priest apologised, “Sorry sister but the flesh is weak”.

Arriving at the convent, the nun went on her way. On his arrival at the church, the priest rushed to look up Psalm 129. It said, “Go forth and seek, further up, you will find glory.”

Moral of the story:
If you are not well informed in your job, you might miss a great opportunity.

LESSON 3
A sales rep, an administration clerk and the manager are walking to lunch when they find an antique oil lamp. They rub it and a Genie comes out.

The Genie says, “I’ll give each of you just one wish”.

“Me first! Me first!”, says the admin clerk. “I want to be in the Bahamas , driving a speedboat, without a care in the world”.

Puff! She’s gone.

“Me next! Me next!”, says the sales rep. “I want to be in Hawaii, relaxing on the beach with my personal masseuse, an endless supply of Pina Coladas and the love of my life”.

Puff! He’s gone.

“OK, you’re up”, the Genie says to the Manager. The manager says, “I want those two back in the office after lunch”.

Moral of the story:
Always let your boss have the first say.

LESSON 4
An eagle was sitting on a tree resting, doing nothing.

A small rabbit saw the eagle and asked him, “Can I also sit like you and do nothing?”

The eagle answered, “Sure, why not.”

So, the rabbit sat on the ground below the eagle and rested. All of a sudden, a fox appeared, jumped on the rabbit and ate it.

Moral of the story:
To be sitting and doing nothing, you must be sitting very, very high up.

LESSON 5
A turkey was chatting with a bull.

“I would love to be able to get to the top of that tree”, sighed the turkey, “but I haven’t got the energy.’

“Well, why don’t you nibble on some of my droppings?”, replied the bull. “They’re packed with nutrients.”

The turkey pecked at a lump of dung, and found it actually gave him enough strength to reach the lowest branch of the tree. The next day, after eating some more dung, he reached the second branch.

Finally, after a fourth night, the turkey was proudly perched at the top of the tree.

He was promptly spotted by a farmer, who shot him out of the tree.

Moral of the story:
Bullsh*t might get you to the top, but it won’t keep you there.

LESSON 6
A little bird was flying south for the winter. It was so cold the bird froze and fell to the ground into a large field. While he was lying there, a cow came by and dropped some dung on him.

As the frozen bird lay there in the pile of cow dung, he began to realise how warm he was.  The dung was actually thawing him out! He lay there all warm and happy, and soon began to sing for joy.

A passing cat heard the bird singing and came to investigate. Following the sound, the cat discovered the bird under the pile of cow dung, and promptly dug him out and ate him.

Moral of the story:
1) Not everyone who sh!ts on you is your enemy
2) Not everyone who gets you out of sh!t is your friend
3) And when you’re in deep sh!t, it’s best to keep your mouth shut!

July 23, 2007 at 3:22 pm 2 comments

Listen now : Binocular

I’m currently very much in love with the sound of Binocular. It simply occurs to me as spectacular – hardly any songs in the album can be considered bad. Every track sounds so right at first hearing and you’ll find yourself hooked to his tune in no time. The entire album was driven by strong acoustic guitar sounds and upbeat music accompanied by uplifting lyrics, kept your feet tapping along the entire tracks. It also reminds me of the sound of Savage Garden and the like of pop/slow rock from the 80s era.

Binocular
Self titled album, Binocular (Year 2001)

If you’re a fan of pop/slow rock of the 80s like myself, this album is a gem to keep for a very long time. I don’t remember how many times I’ve played the entire album. Most notable songs that caught my attentions were “You”, “Never” and “Deep”. Apart from the upbeat music, the lyrics were beautiful and inspiring, keeping him apart from the others. That’s what I loved most about Binocular.

Prior to this amazing album, Binocular released an EP titled “Binocular: One Expression EP”. I’m surprised that there is so little information about this wonderful singer on-line and the fact was, he had only one major album – self titled, “Binocular”. It was sad to know that his work hasn’t got the recognition he deserved from the industry, and we’re left with only this album to savor his captivating sound.

You’ll not be able to buy his album in your local music store as it is only available in the US and probably were piled around the corner under the “Bargain” sign. Sad, but it’s true. If you are interested to know more about his sound, feel free to listen to his album in my Box.Net website. Enjoy.

To know more about him:
Yahoo
Webb.com
Amazon

Uncommon magic at 17:30 hour: Get a grasp of the sound I like and sharing with you.

July 21, 2007 at 5:34 pm Leave a comment

I know Why I want to change, but How?

Having spent past an hour talking to two newly profound friends about my visions and the near future in the industry was indeed a little too well spent. In an ordinary day such as now open up a chance to spill on what I had in mind, without the slightest effort to cover the unknown and ugly side of How the labor behind the desk, carrying out the execution job can be daunting and unhappy shall no one has access to what’s going on in the mind of the beholder.

What caught my attention most was the questioning of How do I get to where I want? Am I capable of taking up the challenge I am presenting to myself? Despite having a thought of the same question myself before getting into this mind blowing discussion (literally), I’m uncertain of an answer.

Why? There is a lot of Why in our life. Do you know How to address them? Certainly, I will give that to you. Unfortunately if one required proof and fact of the effectiveness and truth of the How that build upon words that construct the sentences in order to present the idea in my mind of what I believed as the How, it will get the film rolling – ready to make Mission Impossible IV: Making the Impossible Possible. Why? Again – the Why are raised.

Our brain are capable to analyze questions and finding the answers to fend itself against attack of the Why. Ironically, as much years of experiences as you may have fighting them – perhaps growing organically into a fighter yourself; we sometimes loose to the Universe in our attempt to win over Why with the How that we thought is right. At times, with proper game plan, the How gets Why drooling all over exceeding the result we set, spreading joyous moment across the Universe. But how do you see it? It has got to get into action. That’s How.

Life is certainly a game plan that you will need to know at which point of time, one are required to take that step to get to where he/she wants to be. Believing in yourself is your best weapon and taking the utmost responsibilities to deliver your promises has never proved wrong, against the test of time. Get started to think where you are now. Get going to run a life checklist and knock yourself out, whether I need to make a change. Drained out your brain juices to find the How. You will be there one day. Remember, time is the essence of our life. Use it well, spent it worthy, and you’re on your way there.

Uncommon magic at 21:36 hour: My brain gets to speak in metaphor. Enlighten myself.

July 20, 2007 at 9:37 pm Leave a comment

Muse of the day – Find the Pig in You

Something to have fun with. Get on to ICLP website and check out this cool little flash application that tells your personality based on the Pig you create. Here’s mine:

Pig
Pig Reading

July 20, 2007 at 12:06 pm Leave a comment

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