Books : Fight Club


Warning: If you are reading this then this warning is for you. Every word you read of this useless fine print is another second off your life. Don't you have other things to do? Is your life so empty that you honestly can't think of a better way to spend these moments? Or are you so impressed with authority that you give respect and credence to all that claim it? Do you read everything you're supposed to read? Do you think every thing you're supposed to think? Buy what you're told to want? Get out of your apartment. Meet a member of the opposite sex. Stop the excessive shopping and masturbation. Quit your job. Start a fight. Prove you're alive. If you don't claim your humanity you will become a statistic. You have been warned.” ― Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club

I watched the movie much later than I should have.
I think it was last year, just because I was too bored and decided to check out David Fincher's movie. I was hooked. Then I promised myself to read any of Chuck Palahniuk's books,  just to see whether the book is any better than the movie. I got the book 2 weeks ago and I started reading it. 

Let's just say that I appreciate the idea of the story. I really do, it turned into some twisted mind-blowing ending mixing with spiritual self-discovery themed story. I loved the movie, but I didn't like the writing. It did hit people with awesome advises about life and mental note of how fucked-up the whole system is. 

As a writer, Chuck Palahniuk's messages are awesome and I like it. 
But his writing in Fight Club wasn't up to my standard. It felt like he wrote it out of anger.
I have Invisible Monster that I borrowed from my boss, see if this book is any good.


PS : And I found this : Granta, with writings from Haruki Murakami : Thailand, A Walk to Kobe, The Seventh Man, and Lederhosen. If you don't know yet, well, Murakami loves to write short stories, they are like little stories that came out randomly from his weird universe.

Little Things 191 : Yellowmushmellow's DM


I have this little crush on this awesome Singaporean illustrator, Yellowmushmellow since 2010.  So one day she sent me this little DM on my Instagram to congratulate me for my marriage. And like any fangirl, I was super-excited and promised to post it on my blog so that I can remember that even if no one came to my wedding *lol*, one of my sifu sent a customized nice little illustration as a gift. 

And I mentioned to her that I'll be blogging this in not-so-cool way because I am that honest. I really love her strokes and colours. It looked so effortless, yet sooo invitingly fun and cute. How can she be awesome in such a young age? Well, that's what real talent and skills combined. 


Here's one of her short comic :


Little Stories 90 : Paypal's Spammer

This morning, I received a rather convincing email from Paypal regarding sending a payment to a stranger. I was shocked because I didn't send any payment to anyone for the past few weeks. *I used my mobile phone and I often use Paypal for Etsy payment so I come to recognize the email - it is almost really convincing. The different thing is there is a huge note down below stated " If you believe that Transaction not processed by you please Click Here for refund. " in different font. I am a graphic designer, so I am very particular about that. I just thought that it would be unprofessional for Paypal to make such mistake of choosing those font-type in huge size.

Here it is :


Before clicking on the link to report that I didn't send any payment to anyone, I waited to arrive at the office and I wanted to continue reporting the transaction to Paypal on my iMac. But, instead of clicking on the link from the email, I opened my account and that's when I realized that there was no transaction at all. I didn't make any transaction and I don't have to make any complain!

I realized by then that it was a spammer's email, a rather convincing one using everything from Paypal's email template. I almost click on the link, but I knew better. 

I reported the incident to Paypal's customer service right-away, I just think they should know that the spammers are doing a better job in creating convincing looking templates these days. They emailed me with things that I should do to help them investigate the email further.  

This is a note from Paypal :

Any time you receive an email about changes to your PayPal account, the safest way to confirm the email's validity is to log in to your PayPal account where any of the activity reported in the email will be available to view. DO NOT USE THE LINKS IN THE EMAIL RECEIVED TO VISIT THE PAYPAL WEBSITE. Instead, enter into your browser to log in to your account.


PS :  I know some people will be convinced with such email if they use Paypal regularly because it came out as normal as other Paypal email that I usually receive. If you are on Paypal, I just think you guys should know.  

Excerpt 14 : Hypothesis

5. Try not to get overly attached to a hypothesis just because it’s yours. It’s only a way station in the pursuit of knowledge. Ask yourself why you like the idea. Compare it fairly with the alternatives. See if you can find reasons for rejecting it. If you don’t, others will. - Carl Sagan

I love hypothesis. I love how raw and random it be. I love how it doesn't end with a strict summary and opens a lot more possibilities. I love how it tickles my mind and raise my curiosity. I love how I don't have to say one final answer and put a full-stop. I love how it might be wrong and it might be right, but it doesn't matter, because after all, it is just a hypothesis. 

It is like Einstein telling me; "Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand."

Hypothesis seems like an idea to go to places where you'll have reasons to find any answers possible and you have the ticket to be wrong or right. If you never did wrong, then how would you know that you are right? If you close your mind to just accepting the summary decided by other people, then how would you enjoy the whole process of having an experiment?

After-all, life should not be like reading a text book written by someone else.
You should craft your own text book.

Little Things 190 : Toxic People 2

I'm going through Zen Habits's archives when I saw : 
7 Strategies for Dealing with Toxic People. 

Remember this post I did few months back? 

I grew up in a pretty intense environment, clearly not a happy cheery teenage life. IF only I knew better, I would probably grew up in much simpler decent life. But I didn't, and the shell that I created to divide between me and the society grew as thick as a printed old dictionary in hard cover version. All because of several toxic peoples in my life.

I'm not saying that I regret having them at all, I'm only saying that : 
IF only I knew how to deal with toxic people, I would probably grew up much differently. 

So here's to you, with all your toxic people around that have been sucking up your lights and happy thoughts, 
don't let the Dementors get you.