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Pathetic April Fool

Posted by sphyrez on April 4, 2007

Direct quote from Wikipedia:

The origin of this custom has been very much disputed. Many theories have been suggested. What seems certain is that it is in some way or other a relic of those once universal festivities held at the vernal equinox, which, beginning on old New Year’s Day, the 25th of March, ended on the 2nd of April.

Chaucer’s story, the Nun’s Priest’s Tale, written c.1400, takes place “thritty dayes and two” from the beginning of March, that is, 1 April; it is Chanticleer and the Fox, a story of two fools. Though the 1st of April appears to have been anciently observed in Great Britain as a general festival, it was apparently not until the beginning of the 18th century that the making of April-fools was a common custom. In Scotland the custom was known as “hunting the gowk,” i.e. the cuckoo, and April-fools were “April-gowks,” the cuckoo being there, as it is in many countries, a term of contempt.

It has been suggested that Europe derived its April-fooling from the French. French and Dutch references from 1508 and 1539 respectively describe April Fools’ Day jokes and the custom of making them on the first of April. France was one of the first nations to make January 1 officially New Year’s Day (which was already celebrated by many), by decree of Charles IX. This was in 1564, even before the 1582 adoption of the Gregorian calendar (See Julian start of the year). Thus the New Year’s gifts and visits of felicitation which had been the feature of the 1st of April became associated with the first day of January, and those who disliked or did not hear about the change were fair game for those wits who amused themselves by sending mock presents and paying calls of pretended ceremony on the 1st of April. In France the person fooled is known as poisson d’avril. This has been explained as arising from the fact that in April the sun quits the zodiacal sign of the fish. The French traditionally celebrated this holiday by placing dead fish on the backs of friends. Today the fish has been replaced with paper cut-out.

The Dutch celebrate the 1st of April for other reasons. In 1572, the Netherlands were ruled by Spain’s King Philip II. Roaming the region were Dutch rebels who called themselves Geuzen, after the French “gueux”, meaning beggars. On 1 April 1572, the Geuzen seized the small coastal town of Den Briel. This event was also the start of the general civil rising against the Spanish in other cities in the Netherlands. The Duke of Alba, commander of the Spanish army could not prevent the uprising. Bril is the Dutch word for glasses, so on 1 April, 1572, “Alba lost his glasses”. Dutch people find this joke so hilarious they still commemorate the first of April.

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Ok so you guys have it. The story behind the story. So April Fool(s) is actually no big deal. But to me, this year was kinda big. My company was working on some system migration on that day itself. We started out on 31st March till the next day, yeah, I stayed up all night long. I came in at around 3.30pm. We did testing and testing and testing….it all went well. 🙂

Well not as well that we all hoped for.

So 7.00am came and we still were doing testing. Me and my boss went to buy “kopi peng SUPER kau” aka “SUPER concentrated iced coffee” for the whole of my dept. Buahahaha!!!! As of a short breakfast, we continued with the work. I only had a nap of 1 hour.

During the morning hours, we started rolling out the software to the whole store’s counters. It was alright…till we started out testing at the counters. HECK!!!! Why are the items not popping out!?!?! Then the emergency broke out. The data migration stated having hiccups and the whole migration was a fallback. Sigh. SO we went for out backup plan and everything was normal again. Pretty cool for an April Fool(s) Day huh?

Finally we started to do some discussion for the next several days to come. We started debugging the whole process…we started we started…SIGH. In the end we decided to leave it for another day and started heading home. I clocked out at 3.30pm, well thats 24 hours for me.

That day, I came home took my shower and ate my dinner and went to sleep just before 9pm; woke up at 2am, played FM2007 for 2 hours, slept again and finally woke up at 11.30am. The rest of the day I just lingered around the house till I started work the following day which is 3rd April. Some of my other colleagues had this on MSN

“IT’S A REAL APRIL FOOL(S) DAY!”

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Aftermath of Christmas

Posted by sphyrez on December 26, 2006

So how was everyone’s Christmas?…Good? For me, I didn’t relly get to celebrate as I was on the road back to KL. Christmas Eve was bout the same. I was supposed to have dinner with my old school mates but one of them mixed up the date and it was supposed to be Christmas day itself. Thus I was not able to attend the dinner. Psh….

Anyway returning to work is always hard after a holiday break. Being back in Pg is always good as I can buy a stream of “supplies”. This break I bought 3 movies and a game. One of my fav. games all-time; Heroes of Might & Magic V expansion.

And the movies were Rob-B-Hood, Miami Vice and Da Vinci Code. DVC was for my mum. I had to see Miami Vice as the cars were slick and the actors were hot. I should have watched it in the cinema as I thought it would be better with the surround sound system. Sigh, but in the end I am content with the dvd I have. A preview of what is coming your way next year.

1. Ghost Rider (fuah…don’t need to say…I’m a fan)    target release: 15 Febraury 2007

2. Spider-Man 3 (fuah…don’t need to say…I’m a fan)    target release: 4 May 2007

3. Shrek the Third (yes!!! don’t need to think twice…as I say all good things come in 3) target release: 18 May 2007

4. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (fuah…don’t need to say…I’m a fan) target release: 25 May 2007

5. Fantastic Four: Rise of Silver Surfer (fuah…don’t need to say…I’m a fan) target release: 15 June 20074

6. Transformers (really looking forward to this one)    target release: 4 July 2007

7. Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix    target release: 13 July 2007

8. The Simpsons    target release: 27 July 2007

9. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince    target release: somewhere in December

These are just some of the movies that I wanna watch 😛 And also these are just the 1st batch of movies…more to come from me and bet on it that I will review them after the show. So take care and wish everyone a belated Merry Christmas and a 2007 Happy New Year.

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The Boring Morning and The Better Night

Posted by sphyrez on December 16, 2006

So the Saturday that not many ppl work. The office is empty, not even one person around except my dept colleagues…to clarifty, my floor has 5 depts and one is the cash room which we cant peek inside. So we dont know if anyone is dead inside 😛

Another Premier League action week. With Chelsea playing today and Man Utd tomorrow, Man Utd will be facing the pressure. But reports have said Fergie is not worried as long as they play the way they are playing. True enough. Aiyar, I still hope Chelsea “crash and burn”…just like my Football Manager 2007 game 😛

Tonite I will be watching Eragon, but since the 9pm show is all full and cant be booked online, me and my mates would need to go 45mins early and check for released seatings. Hope to watch it. I know it is so much similar to LOTR such as character names and the roles they play. Moreover this is another trilogy in the making…sigh everything thing comes in 3 nowadays. I’ll put my comments for this movie later on.

Eragon Poster

Havent had enough sleep these days. Been sleeping at 2am and waking up at 7.30am. I know, I know some wake up even earlier. And thus my body doesnt seem right today. Having a little stomach discomfort for the past several hours and no it is not the one telling you to go to the loo. And no I aint having any gastric nor watever that concerns the “stomach”. Hope to get well soon.

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Life

Posted by sphyrez on February 17, 2006

Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is bliss, taste it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it.

Mother Teresa
Catholic Nun, Missionary
Nobel Peace Prize Recipient

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Roses On Valentine’s Day

Posted by sphyrez on February 10, 2006

Aha!…(Goes into a flower boutique…Looks around)…what color should I choose? Hmm…she is more of a friend…is she a lover to me?…darn…wat should I choose? Er LADY!! HELP!!…wat color should I choose?

WELL…if you have trouble choosing the right color of roses to buy, check this out. The colors are quite alright…well I aint an expert. I know what color I should buy if I were to go out with a girl who is not my girlfriend 😉 Too bad she has been booked before-hand…I will now sit in front of my computer that day and just watch a freaking movie… 😦

Roses are always so darn expensive during these vdays. Flower dealers tend to take this opportunities to up the prices and make a hell loads. AND to top that, girls don’t have to pay a single penny for them. Girls enjoy the flowers, presents, dinner…well maybe even movies!…Not to say that guys don’t recieve his portion of presents from the girlfriend, but mostly the guys would be paying more than the girls.

If the guys don’t buy flowers, then girls would think the guys are not romantic. Such work need to be done by guys…sigh

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