March 2006

AE86 in Melbourne

I stumbled upon this classic AE86 in Monash University at Caulfield.

I’ve seen it a couple of times in Melbourne‘s Chinatown and on the road, but this is the only time that I’ve got the chance to snap its pictures.
AE86Fujiwara Tofu Shop (For Personal Use)AE86 from the sideAE86
My bet is that the owner of this car is a Monash student as someone else had also spotted the same car right here at Monash.

I personally loved the AE 086 number plate. I wonder how much did he get that for.

WordPress 2 Theme Design Competition Revived

For those who had submitted your themes to the previous competition site, which looks to be all but a scam by now, Terry at Kineda.com had decided to take matters into his own hand by reviving the WordPress 2 theme design competition. So, start re-submitting your themes back to the WordPress community via WordPress Arena.

Now that’s more like a real competition, with virtually no transparency and no secrecy, all the judges are revealed as they boast some of the industry’s most respected web designers. The competition site even has its own unique theme.

Competition Details

All themes must be submitted by May 1, 2006, 12:00pm PST.

  • All themes must be packaged in .zip format and e-mailed to terry@kineda.com.
  • You can enter as many themes as you would like.
  • The theme should look good on all modern browsers, across platforms.
  • Any theme may be excluded for any reason, though no likely to happen.
  • All themes must be released under a GPL compatible license (if a license is not specified, you agree that you are releasing the theme under the GPL license by submitting it to the competition).
  • Winners will be announced on May 15th, 2006.

Prizes

  • Best Overall Design – Apple Ipod Shuffle 512MB
  • Most Creative Design – 12/month Web Hosting Package (valued at ~$100)
  • Best Use of WordPress Theme Options – The ZEN of CSS Design: Visual Enlightenment for the Web
  • Best Three Column Design – $60 Amazon Certificant

Please refer to WordPress Arena for more information.

Commonwealth Games Tickets

This is the official Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games ticket to the badminton event at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre. My friend Shawn owns the ticket.
Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Badminton

I won’t be attending any games. Rather, I prefer the comfort of my own home and I can have multiple coverages at the click of a button. But I shall try to snap some photos of the opening ceremony down by the Yarra river. While I understood that Wuching will be covering the event on his blog, too!

Commonwealth Games ticket policy
If you lost the ticket, you can’t replace them. :/

If you’re an avid supporter of the athletics or the swimming event and you’re still without a ticket to the games, chances are, they’re all sold out by now. But don’t worry, there’s always eBay to the rescue.

Being the country’s dominating sport event, the swimming event’s tickets are on hot demand and a little knowledge of the business law will tell you that, if the demand goes up and the supply drops, the price will hike.

Ebay Commonwealth Games Tickets
This is the ultimate hitchhike to a sudden goldrush. A supposedly AU$80+ ticket, being sold at AU$710.00! Pretty ridiculous ain’t it? But I do believe some hardcore supporters will get their hands on those tickets.

Expensive Commonwealth Games Tickets
These 4 pieces of papers will cost you AU$2840. What would you rather do with that amount of money?

My WordPress theme is now released

My wordpress theme is now officially released and ready for download. I’ve decided that the public version be called Alexified™ in favor of Fury. Sort of make it sounds like my own brand of theme.

I’ve cleaned up the codes of my Fury theme, make it public-usable, tested it, and slapped a new name on it before releasing it for public download. Head over to the Alexified page to download the theme.

Please do let me know if you decide to use, enhance, or improve the general layout/functionality of my theme. I’ll be creating a page specifically to showcase every Alexified™ blog, so drop me a comment with your blog URL and I’ll add you to the list. Users are encouraged to enhance the theme and distribute it in accordance of the GNU General Public License.

Updates on My WordPress Theme

The long-awaited wordpress theme – Fury v1 – is expected to be released for public download within this week.
Fury v1 Screenshot
It’s been tested by some helpful bloggers and everything is looking fine at the moment. Overall progress is approximately 95% as I write. There are still a few nifty little errors to handle at this point. I apologize for the delay as I’m stuck with catching up with my own life in the real world.

By the way, I’ll be flying back to Malaysia on the 25th of March. Staying in Kuala Lumpur until the 30th of March, before flying back to Miri and Sibu.

Fuel Price Increase and its Aftermath

What can 30 cents buy you nowadays? Perhaps a piece of candy, a small packet of junk food, or maybe a stick of Pall Mall cigarette. Seems worthless that little 30 cents would be. But try adding that to the price of the world’s most sought-after piece of commodity – The Petroleum; and what you’ll get is chaos.

Malaysians should change their lifestyle and adapt to the inevitable fuel price increase. – Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Change of lifestyle to save money. No more going to yumcha sessions, no more shopping sprees, no more extra money for entertainment and leisure. When Najib said Malaysians should change their lifestyle, he meant to change your lifestyle for the worse. That is a country with system to rip money off their citizens and ask them to live with it. The fuel had almost multiplied its price over the last 5 years and the salary hadn’t even raised a bit. I think it’s time for the government to start a fairer waging system and improve human rights policy. How could they declare themselves as a developing nation when 1/3 of their citizens are living a live of the third world’s? Differences between the rich and the poor are stretching beyond control and the rich will always get richer ripping money off the middle and the poor’s.

From the repercussion of that reduced spendings, the nation’s economy will only suffer. Inflation will eventually happen. Your RM10 can’t get you half of the same thing you could buy 5 years ago. Expect another economic recession resulting from this unexpected fuel hike.

109.9 cents per litre fuel
This is Safeway‘s Caltex fuel station. When you purchase $30 or more from their supermarket, you’ll get 4 cents off every litre pumped. The fuel price here in Australia varies from day to day in between $1.40 and $1.10. That’s still very affordable as compared to Malaysia’s.

113.9 cents per litre for Unleaded fuel
Even without the 4 cents/litre savings, it’s still affordable at AU$1.14/litre. The more premium Caltex Vortex only costs a mere AU$1.21.

If the Malaysian government tries to tell me that Malaysia has the cheaper fuel by currency conversion, AU$1.40 = RM 3.85 (by AU$1.00 = RM2.75 rate), I’ll tell them in return, average Australians earns AU$20/hour, and Malaysians earn roughly the same amount, but that it’s in RM and it’s per day rate. So stop comparing fuel prices by countries in the South-East Asia region and start looking at how much the citizen earns to afford it.

But in the end, Najib would come up and say, “Hey, live with it and adapt to higher fuel prices, cause you’re not the government and you can’t do shit about it.”

Malaysians have this one guarantee – the Government will not increase the price of petrol again this year, even if oil prices continue to skyrocket. – The Star

No, not even when the oil price skyrocketed by RM10. It’s the government’s word and you better believe it!


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