Google Developer Group DevFest Kota Kinabalu 2013

I attended the first ever GDG DevFest in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. It was an event sponsored by Google and Sabah State Government held in conjunction with Sabah ICT Month and DevFest Season 2 2013. The tech talks covered everything from Google Communities to the latest trends and technical knowledge in Android, Google Cloud Platform, Google Chrome, HTML5, Google Maps API, YouTube API and other Google developer APIs.

Since I’ve recently been transferred to a new department where I will be working with a lot of data from Google Earth / Maps, I went to the event specifically for the the tech talk on Google Maps. It was the first tech talk given after the very interesting and enlightening keynote speech by Sebastian Trzcinski-Clément the Senior Programme Manager for Google’s Outreach Team. The talk was given by Wayne Manuel, a Google Maps expert from the Philippines. It extensively covered Static Maps API, StreetView API and Javascript API v3 as well as other map related topics like KML Export updates, map types, layers and libraries. There were just too much to cover in one short talk. But I was happy that I did not got lost in translation during the talk because coming from a core IT background everything about Maps and Layers etc is very new to me. I am now somewhat inspired to read more about the Google Maps and see how I can use it to help my new department.

I am not going to go into much details about the DevFest. So let me just highlights a few new and interesting things to check out. Google’s Goggles! Have you ever heard of it? Running on image-recognition algorithm Goggles is an Internet search feature that bypasses keywords for camera snapshots instead. In short, it’s a type of image search. Let’s say you’re wandering in foreign land and saw a very familiar looking landmark, but you can’t quite remember the name of the landmark. Snap a picture and then let Google’s algorithms do the brainstorming to figure out whatever it is that you see.

Google-Goggles

Google eventually wants the app to be a universal visual search tool. But Goggles is still in development, like any major technology… it need some major fine tuning. For now, Google emphasizes that Goggles works its magic best on iconic sights, such as landmarks, book covers, bar codes, wine bottle labels, corporate logos and artwork. Sebastian did a short demo with Goggles at GDG DevFest KK. Apparently, Goggles could take an image of characters written in foreign language and translate it with Google Translate! How cool is that? No more getting lost when travelling in China! Not impressive enough? How about solving a Sudoku Puzzle for you?

Goggles do Sudoku

That is SICK! Right? But in a good way! I am really forward to test this out in the near future and see how fast this the recognition algo is! Interested? Android devices running Android 2.2 and above can download Goggles from Google Play. iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 devices with the Google Search App.

How many of you uses Google Apps? Gmail is just one of the of the many Google Apps out there. Perhaps you’ve also heard of Google Calender, Google Docs, Google Sheet and Google Slides. But how many of you actually use these free technology to make your lives better? I used the Google Sheet as a data sheet and used Google Form as a data collection form to store METAR Data. They’re stored in my Google Drive and since they’re in a cloud I don’t have to worry about losing them, ever. I could also collect data when I am on holidays without having to remotely connect to my computer at work! How sweet is that?

There’s also Google Sites. Google Sites is an easy way to create and share webpages. It offers single-click page creation with customizable look and feel plus dozens of pre-built templates complete with settings for accessing and sharing information. And it’s free!! Now you don’t have to be a web-designer to be able to get beautiful and functional website. You don’t have to worry about web hosting or domain hosting… you can get it all for free by using Google Sites!! Pretty amazing, right?

There are lots of cool stuff to write about the event but of course I don’t want to bore you with boring stuff. Suffice to say if you haven’t tried any of Google’s Apps mentioned above go ahead and check them out now!

Anyway, I wanted to talk about Ingress too. But let me save that for another day. ;p

Reader from Beijing.

I don’t know how to say this. But I noticed that someone from Beijing has been reading this site avidly. Sometimes I would click on the pages that this person viewed and I would be reading old entries that I don’t even remember writing. I don’t know what is so interesting about my posts here… but this person seem to be reading everything in my archives.

Whoever you are… thank you for reading. Leave a comment. Don’t make me think you are a search engine web crawler… though I have no idea what a webcrawler from a chinese search Engine find very interesting about my site.

I acknowledge your existence whoever you are.

The Biggest Reading List Ever 2012

Do you remember The Confession of a Mad Reader. I have compiled the biggest reading list ever in that entry and I and I think it’s about time I add some of my recently read books into that list.

Unveiling The Biggest Reading List Ever!

Bold = Read. In Collection.

Italic = To Be Read. In Collection

** = Seen the movie

1. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien

2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen

3. His Dark Materials Trilogy, Philip Pullman

4. Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams

5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling

6. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

7. Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne

8. 1984, George Orwell

9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis

10. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte

11. Catch-22, Joseph Heller

12. Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte

13. Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks

14. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier**

15. The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger

16. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame

17. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens

18. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott

19. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres

20. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy

21. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell *

22. Harry Potter And The Sorcerers Stone, JK Rowling

23. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, JK Rowling

24. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, JK Rowling

25. The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien

26. Tess Of The D’Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy

27. Middlemarch, George Eliot

28. A Prayer For Owen Meany, John Irving

29. The Grapes Of Wrath, John Steinbeck

30. Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll

31. The Story Of Tracy Beaker, Jacqueline Wilson

32. One Hundred Years Of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez

33. The Pillars Of The Earth, Ken Follett

34. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens

35. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl

36. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson

37. A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute

38. Persuasion, Jane Austen

39. Dune, Frank Herbert

40. Emma, Jane Austen

41. Anne Of Green Gables, LM Montgomery

42. Watership Down, Richard Adams

43. The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald

44. The Count Of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas

45. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh

46. Animal Farm, George Orwell

47. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens

48. Far From The Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy

49. Goodnight Mister Tom, Michelle Magorian

50. The Shell Seekers, Rosamunde Pilcher

51. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett**

52. Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck

53. The Stand, Stephen King**

54. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy

55. A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth

56. The BFG, Roald Dahl

57. Swallows And Amazons, Arthur Ransome

58. Black Beauty, Anna Sewell

59. Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer

60. Crime And Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky

61. Noughts And Crosses, Malorie Blackman

62. Memoirs Of A Geisha, Arthur Golden **

63. A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens

64. The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCollough

65. Mort, Terry Pratchett

66. The Magic Faraway Tree, Enid Blyton

67. The Magus, John Fowles

68. Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

69. Guards! Guards!, Terry Pratchett

70. Lord Of The Flies, William Golding

71. Perfume, Patrick Susskind **

72. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, Robert Tressell

73. Night Watch, Terry Pratchett

74. Matilda, Roald Dahl

75. Bridget Jones’s Diary, Helen Fielding

76. The Secret History, Donna Tartt

77. The Woman In White, Wilkie Collins **

78. Ulysses, James Joyce

79. Bleak House, Charles Dickens

80. Double Act, Jacqueline Wilson

81. The Twits, Roald Dahl

82. I Capture The Castle, Dodie Smith

83. Holes, Louis Sachar

84. Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake

85. The God Of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

86. Vicky Angel, Jacqueline Wilson

87. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley

88. Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons

89. Magician, Raymond E Feist

90. On The Road, Jack Kerouac

91. The Godfather, Mario Puzo

92. The Clan Of The Cave Bear, Jean M Auel

93. The Colour Of Magic, Terry Pratchett

94. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho

95. Katherine, Anya Seton

96. Kane And Abel, Jeffrey Archer

97. Love In The Time Of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez

98. Girls In Love, Jacqueline Wilson

99. The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot

100. Midnights Children, Salman Rushdie

101. Three Men In A Boat, Jerome K. Jerome

102. Small Gods, Terry Pratchett

103. The Beach, Alex Garland

104. Dracula, Bram Stoker

105. Point Blanc, Anthony Horowitz

106. The Pickwick Papers, Charles Dickens

107. Stormbreaker, Anthony Horowitz **

108. The Wasp Factory, Iain Banks

109. The Day Of The Jackal, Frederick Forsyth

110. The Illustrated Mum, Jacqueline Wilson

111. Jude The Obscure, Thomas Hardy

112. The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole Aged

13 1/2, Sue Townsend

113. The Cruel Sea, Nicholas Monsarrat

114. Les Miserables, Victor Hugo

115. The Mayor Of Casterbridge, Thomas Hardy

116. The Dare Game, Jacqueline Wilson

117. Bad Girls, Jacqueline Wilson

118. The Picture Of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde

119. Shogun, James Clavell

120. The Day Of The Triffids, John Wyndham

121. Lola Rose, Jacqueline Wilson

122. Vanity Fair, William Makepeace Thackeray

123. The Forsyte Saga, John Galsworthy

124. House Of Leaves, Mark Z. Danielewski

125. The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver

126. Reaper Man, Terry Pratchett

127. Angus, Thongs And Full-Frontal Snogging, Louise Rennison

128. The Hound Of The Baskervilles, Arthur Conan Doyle

129. Possession, A. S. Byatt

130. The Master And Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov

131. The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood

132. Danny The Champion Of The World, Roald Dahl

133. East Of Eden, John Steinbeck

134. George’s Marvellous Medicine, Roald Dahl

135. Wyrd Sisters, Terry Pratchett

136. The Color Purple, Alice Walker

137. Hogfather, Terry Pratchett

138. The Thirty-Nine Steps, John Buchan

139. Girls In Tears, Jacqueline Wilson

140. Sleepovers, Jacqueline Wilson

141. All Quiet On The Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque

142. Behind The Scenes At The Museum, Kate Atkinson

143. High Fidelity, Nick Hornby

144. It, Stephen King **

145. James And The Giant Peach, Roald Dahl

146. The Green Mile, Stephen King – Not in Collection. **

147. Papillon, Henri Charriere

148. Men At Arms, Terry Pratchett

149. Master And Commander, Patrick Obrian

150. Skeleton Key, Anthony Horowitz

151. Soul Music, Terry Pratchett

152. Thief Of Time, Terry Pratchett

153. The Fifth Elephant, Terry Pratchett

154. Atonement, Ian McEwan

155. Secrets, Jacqueline Wilson

156. The Silver Sword, Ian Serraillier

157. One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest, Ken Kesey

158. Heart Of Darkness, Joseph Conrad

159. Kim, Rudyard Kipling

160. Cross Stitch (aka Outlander in the U.S.), Diana Gabaldon

161. Moby Dick, Herman Melville

162. River God, Wilbur Smith

163. Sunset Song, Lewis Grassic Gibbon

164. The Shipping News, Annie Proulx Not in Collection**

165. The World According To Garp, John Irving

166. Lorna Doone, R. D. Blackmore

167. Girls Out Late, Jacqueline Wilson

168. The Far Pavilions, M. M. Kaye

169. The Witches, Roald Dahl

170. Charlotte’s Web, E. B. White

171. Frankenstein, Mary Shelley

172. They Used To Play On Grass, Terry Venables and Gordon

173. The Old Man And The Sea, Ernest Hemingway

174. The Name Of The Rose, Umberto Eco

175. Sophie’s World, Jostein Gaarder

176. Dustbin Baby, Jacqueline Wilson

177. Fantastic Mr. Fox, Roald Dahl

178. Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov

179. Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Richard Bach

180. The Little Prince, Antoine De Saint-Exupery

181. The Suitcase Kid, Jacqueline Wilson

182. Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens

183. The Power Of One, Bryce Courtenay

184. Silas Marner, George Eliot

185. American Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis

186. The Diary Of A Nobody, George and Weedon Gross-Smith

187. Trainspotting, Irvine Welsh

188. Goosebumps, R. L. Stine

189. Heidi, Johanna Spyri

190. Sons And Lovers, D. H. Lawrence

191. The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera

192. Man And Boy, Tony Parsons

193. The Truth, Terry Pratchett

194. The War Of The Worlds, H. G. Wells

195. The Horse Whisperer, Nicholas Evans

196. A Fine Balance, Rohinton Mistry

197. Witches Abroad, Terry Pratchett

198. The Once And Future King, T. H. White

199. The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle

200. Flowers In The Attic, Virginia Andrews

201. The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien

202. The Eye of the World, Robert Jordan

203. The Great Hunt, Robert Jordan

204. The Dragon Reborn, Robert Jordan

205. Fires of Heaven, Robert Jordan

206. Lord of Chaos, Robert Jordan

207. A Crown of Swords, Robert Jordan

208. Winters Heart, Robert Jordan

209. Crossroads of Twilight, Robert Jordan

210. A Path of Daggers, Robert Jordan

211. As Nature Made Him, John Colapinto

212. Microserfs, Douglas Coupland

213. The Married Man, Edmund White

214. Winter’s Tale, Mark Helprin

215. The History of Sexuality, Michel Foucault

216. Cry to Heaven, Anne Rice

217. Same-Sex Unions in Premodern Europe, John Boswell

218. Equus, Peter Shaffer

219. The Man Who Ate Everything, Jeffrey Steingarten

220. Letters To A Young Poet, Rainer Maria Rilke Not in Collection

221. Ella Minnow Pea, Mark Dunn

222. The Vampire Lestat, Anne Rice

223. Anthem, Ayn Rand

224. The Bridge To Terabithia, Katherine Paterson

225. Tartuffe, Moliere

226. The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka

227. The Crucible, Arthur Miller

228. The Trial, Franz Kafka

229. Oedipus Rex, Sophocles

230. Oedipus at Colonus, Sophocles

231. Death Be Not Proud, John Gunther

232. A Doll’s House, Henrik Ibsen

233. Hedda Gabler, Henrik Ibsen

234. Ethan Frome, Edith Wharton

235. A Raisin In The Sun, Lorraine Hansberry

236. ALIVE!, Piers Paul Read

237. Grapefruit, Yoko Ono

238. Trickster Makes This World, Lewis Hyde

239. The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley

240. Chronicles of Thomas Convenant, Unbeliever, Stephen Donaldson

241. Lord of Light, Roger Zelazny

242. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Michael Chabon

243. Summerland, Michael Chabon

244. A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole

245. Candide, Voltaire

246. The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More, Roald Dahl

247. Ringworld, Larry Niven

248. The King Must Die, Mary Renaul

t249. Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert Heinlein

250. A Wrinkle in Time, Madeline L’Engle

251. The Eyre Affair, Jasper Fforde

252. The House Of The Seven Gables, Nathaniel Hawthorne

253. The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne **

254. The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan

255. The Great Gilly Hopkins, Katherine Paterson

256. Chocolate Fever, Robert Kimmel Smith

265. Little House on the Prairie, Laura Ingalls Wilder ** The TV Series?

267. Where The Red Fern Grows, Wilson Rawls

268. Griffin & Sabine, Nick Bantock

269. Witch of Blackbird Pond, Joyce Friedland

270. Mrs. Frisby And The Rats Of NIMH, Robert C. O’Brien

271. Tuck Everlasting, Natalie Babbitt **

272. The Cay, Theodore Taylor

273. From The Mixed-Up Files Of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, E.L. Konigsburg

274. The Phantom Tollbooth, Norton Juster

275. The Westing Game, Ellen Raskin

276. The Kitchen God’s Wife, Amy Tan

277. The Bone Setter’s Daughter, Amy Tan

278. Relic, Duglas Preston & Lincolon Child

279. Wicked, Gregory Maguire

280. American Gods, Neil Gaiman

281. Misty of Chincoteague, Marguerite Henry

282. The Girl Next Door, Jack Ketchum

283. Haunted, Judith St. George

284. Singularity, William Sleator

285. A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson

286. Different Seasons, Stephen King

287. Fight Club, Chuck Palahniuk **

288. About a Boy, Nick Hornby

289. The Bookmans Wake, John Dunning

290. The Church of Dead Girls, Stephen Dobyns

291. Illusions, Richard Bach

292. Magic’s Pawn, Mercedes Lackey

293. Magic’s Promise, Mercedes Lackey

294. Magic’s Price, Mercedes Lackey

295. The Dancing Wu Li Masters, Gary Zukav

296. Spirits of Flux and Anchor, Jack L. Chalker

297. Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice **

298. The Encyclopedia of Unusual Sex Practices, Brenda Love

299. Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace

300. The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison

301. The Cider House Rules, John Irving **

302. Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card

303. Girlfriend in a Coma, Douglas Coupland

304. The Lion’s Game, Nelson Demille

305. The Sun, The Moon, and the Stars, Stephen Brust

306. Cyteen, C. J. Cherryh

307. Foucaults Pendulum, Umberto Eco

308. Cryptonomicon, Neal Stephenson

309. Invisible Monsters, Chuck Palahniuk

310. Camber of Culdi, Kathryn Kurtz

311. The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand

312. War and Rememberance, Herman Wouk

313. The Art of War, Sun Tzu

314. The Giver, Lois Lowry

315. The Telling, Ursula Le Guin

316. Xenogenesis (or Liliths Brood), Octavia Butler

317. A Civil Campaign, Lois McMaster Bujold

318. The Curse of Chalion, Lois McMaster Bujold

319. The Aeneid, Publius Vergilius Maro (Vergil)

320. Hanta Yo, Ruth Beebe Hill

321. The Princess Bride, S. Morganstern (or William Goldman)

322. Beowulf, Anonymous **

323. The Sparrow, Maria Doria Russell

324. Deerskin, Robin McKinley

325. Dragonsong, Anne McCaffrey

326. Passage, Connie Willis

327. Otherland, Tad Williams

328. Tigana, Guy Gavriel Kay

329. Number the Stars, Lois Lowry

330. Beloved, Toni Morrison

331. Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal, Christopher Moore

332. The Mysterious Disappearance of Leon,

333. Summer Sisters, Judy Blume Not in Collection

334. The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Victor Hugo

335. The Island on Bird Street, URI Orlev

336. Midnight in the Dollhouse, Marjorie Filley Stover

337. The Miracle Worker, William Gibson

338. The Genesis Code, John Case

339. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson

340. Paradise Lost, John Milton

341. Phantom, Susan Kay

342. The Mummy or Ramses the Damned, Anne Rice

343. Anno Dracula, Kim Newman

344: The Dresden Files: Grave Peril, Jim Butcher

345: Tokyo Suckerpunch, Issac Adamson

346: The Winter of Magics Return, Pamela Service

347: The Oddkins, Dean R. Koontz

348. My Name is Asher Lev, Chaim Potok

349. The Last Goodbye, Raymond Chandler

350. At Swim, Two Boys, Jaime ONeill

351. Othello, William Shakespeare

352. The Collected Poems of Dylan Thomas

353. The Collected Poems of William Butler Yeats

354. Sati, Christopher Pike

355. The Inferno, Dante

356. The Apology, Plat

o357. The Small Rain, Madeline L’Engle

358. The Man Who Tasted Shapes, Richard E Cytowick

359. 5 Novels, Daniel Pinkwater

360. The Sevenwaters Trilogy, Juliet Marillier

361. Girl with a Pearl Earring, Tracy Chevalier

362. To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf

363. Our Town, Thorton Wilder

364. Green Grass Running Water, Thomas King

335. The Interpreter, Suzanne Glass

336. The Moor’s Last Sigh, Salman Rushdie

337. The Mother Tongue, Bill Bryson

338. A Passage to India, E.M. Forster

339. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky

340. The Phantom of the Opera ** So many adaptations

341. Pages for You, Sylvia Brownrigg

342. The Changeover, Margaret Mahy

343. Howl’s Moving Castle, Diana Wynne Jones ** The Anime

344. Angels and Demons, Dan Brown

345. Johnny Got His Gun, Dalton Trumbo

346. Shosha, Isaac Bashevis Singer

347. Travels With Charley, John Steinbeck

348. The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly, Jean-Dominique Bauby

349. The Lunatic at Large, J. Storer Clouston

350. Time for Bed, David Baddiel

351. Barrayar, Lois McMaster Bujold

352. Quite Ugly One Morning, Christopher Brookmyre

353. The Bloody Sun, Marion Zimmer Bradley

354. Sewer, Gas, and Eletric, Matt Ruff

355. Jhereg, Steven Brust

356. So You Want To Be A Wizard, Diane Duane

357. Perdido Street Station, China Mieville

358. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Anne Bronte

359. Road-side Dog, Czeslaw Milosz

360. The English Patient, Michael Ondaatje

361. Neuromancer, William Gibson

362. The Epistemology of the Closet, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick

363. A Canticle for Liebowitz, Walter M. Miller, Jr

364. The Mask of Apollo, Mary Renault

365. The Gunslinger, Stephen King

366. Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare

367. Childhood’s End, Arthur C. Clarke

368. Season of Mists, Neil Gaiman

369. Ivanhoe, Walter Scott

370. The God Boy, Ian Cross

371. The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, Laurie R. King

372. Finn Family Moomintroll, Tove Jansson

373. Misery, Stephen King **

374. Tipping the Velvet, Sarah Waters

375. Hood, Emma Donoghue

376. The Land of Spices, Kate O’Brien

377. The Diary of Anne Frank

378. Regeneration, Pat Barker

379. Tender is the Night, F. Scott Fitzgerald

380. Dreaming in Cuban, Cristina Garcia

381. A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway

382. The View from Saturday, E.L. Konigsburg

383. Dealing with Dragons, Patricia Wrede

384. Eats, Shoots & Leaves, Lynne Truss

385. A Severed Wasp, Madeleine L’Eengle

386. Here Be Dragons, Sharon Kay Penman

387. The Mabinogion (Ancient Welsh Tales), translated by Lady Charlotte E. Guest

388. The DaVinci Code, Dan Brown

389. Desire of the Everlasting Hills, Thomas Cahill

390. The Cloister Walk, Kathleen Norris

391. The Things They Carried, Tim O’Brien

392. I Know This Much Is True, Wally Lamb

393. Choke, Chuck Palahniuk

394. Ender’s Shadow, Orson Scott Card

395. The Memory of Earth, Orson Scott Card

396. The Iron Tower, Dennis L. McKiernen

397. Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand

398. A Ring of Endless Light, Madeline L’Engle

399. Lords of Discipline, Pat Conroy

400. Hyperion, Dan Simmons

401. If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things, Jon McGregor

402. The Bridge, Iain Banks

403. How to Be Good, Nick Hornby

404. The Stone Diaries, Carol Shields

405. A Map of the World, Jane Hamilton

406. Eragon, Christopher Paolini

407. A Series of Unfortunate Events, Lemony Snicket **

408. Lullaby, Chuck Palahniuk

409. Veronika Decides to Die, Paulo Coelho

410. White Oleander, Janet Fitch Not in Collection

411. The Land of Laughs, Jonathan Carroll

412. Forrest Gump Not In Collection

413. Roots, Alex Haley

414. Kleopatra, Karen Essex

415. Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, Gregory Maguire

416. The Psycho-Ex Game, Merrill Markoe, Andy Prieboy

417. Digital Fortress, Dan Brown

418. Deception Point, Dan Brown

419. Bookends, Jane Green

420. Little Men, Louisa May Alcott

421. Vectors, Michael P. Kube-Mcdowell

422. Redwall, Brian Jacques

423. Millennium, Felipe Fernàndez-Armesto

424. Disgrace, J.M.Coetzee

425. Shardik, Richard Adams

426. Tehanu, Ursula Le Guin427. Z – A Love Story, Vigdis Grimsdottir

428. Diary, Chuck Palahniuk

429. Don Quixote I, Cervantes

430. Season in hell, Arthur Rimbaud

431. Collected poems, Anna Akhmatova

432. Breath, eyes, memory, Edwidge Danticat

433. Girl, Interrupted, Susanna Keysen

434. The Gospel According to Jesus Christ, José Saramago

435. Not Before Sundown (or Troll – A Love Story), Johanna Sinisalo

436. Hannibal, Thomas Harris **

437. The Iron Dragon’s Daughter, Michael Swanwick

438. A Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin

439. The Ballad of Reading Gaol, Oscar Wilde4

440. The Universe in a Nutshell, Stephen Hawking

441. Complicity, Iain Banks

442. Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro

443. The Bane Of The Black Sword, Micheal Moorcock

444. Angela’s Ashes, Frank McCourt

445. Delta Of Venus, Anais Nin

446. Lost souls, Poppy Z Brite

447. Belle de jour diary of a london call girl

448. Neverwhere, Neil Gaiman

449. City, Alessandro Baricco

450. Hippopotamus, Stephen Fry

451. Thank you, Jeeves, PG Wodehouse

452. Tout à l’Ego (Everything for Ego), Tonino Benacquista

453. Betty Blue, Philippe Djian

454. Naive.Super, Erlend Loe

455. Everything is Illuminated, Jonathan Safran Foer

456. Faust, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

457. Krabat, Otfried Preußler

458. Lieutenant Hornblower, C. S. Forester

459. The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde

460. Drawing Blood, Poppy Z. Brite

461. Lady Chatterley’s Lover, D. H. Lawrence

462. The Bounty, Caroline Alexander

463. The Matarese Circle, Robert Ludlum

464. Coraline, Neil Gaiman

465. Searching for Dragons, Patricia C Wrede

466. The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul, Douglas Adams

467. The Flanders Panel Arturo Pérez-Reverte

468. This Alien Shore, C. S. Friedman

469. Beauty , Robin McKinley

470. The Eight, Katherine Neville

471. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, J.K. Rowling

472. In this House of Brede, Rumer Godden

473. The Abolition of Man, C.S. Lewis

474. Reginald, H.H. Munro (Saki)

475. Queen Lucia, E.F. Benson

476. A Shadow On The Glass, Ian Irvine

477. The Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro

478. Obernewtyn, Isobelle Carmody4

79. The Ancient Future, Traci Harding

480. The Surgeon, Tess Gerritse

481. Blindness, Jose Saramago

482. The Quiet American, Graham Greene

483. Portrait in Sepia, Isabelle Allende

484. Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides

485. I, Claudius, Robert Graves

486. A Clash of Kings, George R. R. Martin

487. Sammy’s Hill, Kristin Gore

488. The Ordinary Princess, M.M. Kaye

489. To Say Nothing of the Dog, Connie Willis

490. Miss Manners Rescues Civilization, Judith Martin

491. Mythology, Edith Hamilton

492. Danse Macabre, Stephen King Not in Collection

493. The Scarlet Pimpernel, Baroness Orczy

494. The Whale Rider, Witi Ihimaera

495. Ella Enchanted, Gail Carson Levine **

496. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Jules Verne

497. The Metemorphosis, Ovid

496. Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: Edge of Victory I: Conquest, Greg Keyes

497. American Pastoral, Philip Roth

498. This Side of Paradise, F. Scott Fitzgerald

499. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, James Joyce

500. Going After Cacciato, Tim O’Brien

501. Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot (and Other Observations), Al Franken

502. The Kalevala, assembled by Elias Lönnrot

503. New Treasure Seekers, E. Nesbit

504. Caramelo, Sandra Cisneros

505. Morality for Beautiful Girls, Alexander McCall Smith

506. Norwegian Wood, Haruki Murakami

507. Schwarz’s Principles of Surgery

508. Written on the Body, Jeanette Winterson

509. The Rules of Attraction, Bret Easton Ellis **

510. Shanghai Baby, Wei Hui

511. The Virgin Suicides, Jeffrey Eugenides

512. The Birth of Venus,

513. Scarlett, Alexandria Ripley

514. Life of Pi, Yann Martel

515. Waiting, Ha Jin

516. The Kite Runner, Khaleed Hosseini

517. A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaleed Hosseini

518. The Woman Who Had Two Navels, Nick Joaquin

519. Twice Blessed, Ninotchka Rosca

520. Mister God, This Is Anna, Fynn

 

And my addition to this big reading list; Books that should make it to the list are

521. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

522. Life After God by Douglas Coupland

523. All books by Khalil Gibran Not in Collection

524. All books by Haruki Murakami Some in Collection

525. The Twilight Sagas by Stephanie Meyer

526. The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffengeiger

527. A Separate Peace by John Knowles

528. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou Traded

528. Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury

529. Blind Assassin Margaret Atwood

530. The Secret Rhonda Byrnes

531. Possessing The Secret Of Joy by Alice Walker

532. The Secret Life Of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

534. An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield

535. The Road by Cormac McCarthy

536. Naked by David Sedaris

537. The Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

538. Eleanor Rigby by Douglas Coupland

539. Prozac Nation by Elizabeth Wurtzel

540. I Never Promised You A Rose Garden by Joanne Greenberg *traded*

541. The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter by Colleen McCullough

542.  She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb

543. You Shall Know Our Velocity by Dave Eggers

544.  The Heartbreaking Work Of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers

545.  Sorrow of an American by Siri Hustvedt

546. Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

547. Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

548. Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

549. Midnight Palace by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

550. Room by Emma Donaghue

551. Water for Elephant by Sara Gruen

552. Midnight Circus by Erin Morgenstern

553. Divergent by Veronica Roth

554.  Matched by Ally Condie

555. The Hunger Games

556.  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

557.  Wither (The Chemical Garden Trilogy)

558.  Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

559.  The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

560.  The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

561.  Entwined by Heather Dixon

562.  The Beginning of After

563. Little Bee by Chris Cleave

564. Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb

565. The Fifty Shades Trilogy by EL James

566. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

567. A Song of Ice and Fire Series by George R.R. Martin

568. The Taker Alma Katsu

569. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

570. The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb.

Lullaby

Priscilla Ahn should be one of the most talked about new artist in 2008. This talented LA based singer-songwriter first caught my attention with Dream. It’s one song that I could listen to over and over again without getting tired of it. There’s something about her enchanting voice that fascinates me to no end but her voice is not the only thing that’s amazing about this singer, her songwriting ability is nothing short of phenomenal – there’s a soul touching story behind every one of her songs.

I’ve been listening to this very soothing track lately…

Lullaby by Priscilla Ahn
Here’s a lullaby, for anyone who wants to fly,
from their hometown where people drown,
and where the townies die.

This old library, has thirty books and one dictionary.
But thats ok, no one reads anyway,
we all watch tv.

So here’s your lullaby.
No boy, don’t cry.
Just rest your head and go to bed,
your time will come to fly…

away.

Never today, just dream your life away.
Sleep

All the dogs will die.
They just can’t seem to stay alive.
Cause in this town, our cop shoots them down.
And we just let him go and sigh.

Please god, please.
Whats happened to our dreams?
We’re losing hope, so we invest in dope
to feel our vacant feelings

So here’s your lullaby.
no girl, don’t cry.
Just rest your head and go to bed,
your time will come to fly…

away.

Never today, just dream your life away.
Sleep

It’s so beautiful, I could listen to it over and over and over again. It’s so ethereal, it could lull me to a peaceful sleep. It’s definitely my favourite lullaby.

Priscilla Ahn (born Priscilla Natalie Hartranft, 1984) is an American musician, singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. She currently resides in Los Angeles, California, although she has lived in Berks County, Pennsylvania, with her family Harry, Kay, and her brother Jacob Hartranft. Priscilla Ahn was born in Fort Stewart, Georgia to Harry and Kay Hartranft. However, she adopted her mother’s maiden name, who is South Korean (Heck, after over a year of listening to her music I just figured this one out). She spent her early childhood years there and in South Korea, after which she lived in Reading, Pennsylvania for 10 years. From there, she lived in Bernville, Pennsylvania and attended Tulpehocken Area High School until she left home for Los Angeles after graduation.

Priscilla Ahn had her start during her time at Tulpehocken Area High School, playing coffee houses and open mikes in the Bernville, Reading, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area. She was advised by a college music professor, who recognized her skills, to pursue a songwriting career instead of going to college, so she moved to Los Angeles about a year after graduating from high school.

After moving to Los Angeles, Priscilla Ahn toured with Joshua Radin, Meiko and Cary Brothers, sang on Amos Lee’s album Supply and Demand, appeared on Last Call with Carson Daly with Joshua Radin and performed her song “Dream” on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.Two of her songs were also featured on two episodes of Grey’s Anatomy.”Dream” was also featured on the soundtrack to the movie Disturbia, and more recently on an episode from Ghost Whisperer. She was also a part of the 2008 Hotel Cafe tour. In June 2008, she was the Artist of the Week for Paste magazine. Her song “I Don’t Think So” was featured at the end of NBC’s Knight Rider premiere episode.

In 2009, her single “Dream” was featured in the film Bride Wars and a brief clip of “Morning Song” can be heard at the end of the Psych episode, “Tuesday the Seventeenth.” [source WIKIPEDIA]

Well, normally for a singer this good, I’d highly recommend buying her CD. But honestly, where in Sabah can we find a good music store that sells exceptionally good music? The last time I checked, they don’t even know who Adrienne Pierce is. Bleh. KK music scene is so mainstream.

Here’s a full album download, courtesy of my rapidshare premium account. Teehee.


Priscilla Ahn.

The X-Designer

Before I become an underpaid government servant, I was an underpaid graphic designer. I was working in a small publicity department of a rather big tour company in East Malaysia. My life then was a little less mundane than the life I have now. At least back then, all the works my boss bestowed upon me fit the job description perfectly. Now, I also have to do all those stuff that is no where near my job description. But I digress.

I remember my greatest joy back then (other than ogling topless Italian tourists) was when the boss picked up one of my design. THAT, I tell you is a designer’s greatest joy. Nothing can beat the joy of seeing one of your creation come to live!

My current job has nothing to do with designs or anything artistically inclined. But once in a while I do fell back into the loop of being an unwilling designer for people who’s desperate for good designs but to stingy to pay for them. What can I say, the past surely has a way of catching up with you.

Recently my friend begged me to help him design a paper file for our employee’s training unit and today, he sent me the finished product …
Looking at the file, I tried to remember the last time I felt THIS happy! They actually used every details of my design down to the Velcro sticker inside the file! This is actually the first time these people use my work without messing it up to a point where I couldn’t even recognize my own design! I really can’t describe how good this makes me feel, I just feel so good! Like I’ve accomplished something big, even though in reality it’s not really a big accomplishment – I don’t even get the credit for it.

Oh, whatever… I just miss being a graphic designer. If someone would pay me good money to do graphic design, I would leave this s****y government job without even thinking about it.

So, anyone wanna head-hunt me? I am a FANTASTIC graphic designer who is also a seasoned web designer and an aspiring artist! I fix computers like pro and I’m a 3.0 average student! Hire Me!

PS/ I also make an excellent soccer mom – whatever that means. Teehee!

What’s My Age Again?

I turned 27 last Saturday. I received so many wishes from family and friends. I don’t know what to say, I am just so overwhelmed happiness. Thank you all for your kind wishes. I wish I have the time to thank everyone personally… so you guys will have to make do with this THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! You guys are the best.

Amy gave me Faber Castell’s Watercolor Pencils and a sketch book. She said it’s “Hadiah Kanak-Kanak Riang” (I won’t bother translating that to English because it won’t sound as funny as it is in Malay). That’s really a nice way to say “You’re Mad”. Honestly, name one person who has Watercolor Pencils in his / her Birthday Wishlist? I am most definitely sure that my name popped up into your mind.

Aren’t you glad you have me as a friend? I am so low maintenance. Really.

But I did buy a nice grown up gift for myself.

No. It’s not an iPhone. It’s Touchy, my fav new baby… I mean iPod. He’s so cute and smart. Now I am going to start saving money so that he could go to Harvard and run for President when he’s older.

Gyabo!

I finally changed this site’s layout. It only took me a few hours because I didn’t really get my hands dirty coding the layout. I just downloaded a few templates, hacked the codings a little bit to suit my taste, re-skinned the template and voila! I am a master TWEAKER! :P

I edited out some unnecessary stuff in the previous layout, so that I could have this two-column layout. I wanted a bigger space for the post so that I could upload bigger pictures! Yes! I am so excited about all this.

I decorated the the header with Cats! Only one of them is actually mine. The one that’s covered in bubbles and looks the most pathetic of them all. He is named Tomas, after the ghost boy in El Orfanato (The Orphanage) and no, I wasn’t the one who named him. My cousin Rayner thinks that he is the ugliest cat ever! He would say it out loud every chance he get, “Where’s that ugly cat of yours? Where’s Fugly? Where’s… UGLY?”. Poor Tomas….

I am not very fond of this layout. I might change this layout again when I have the time to muck around with another layout. But that might be a long long long time from now. :p

School started last week. I am going to be busy again with all the studying. So I am not going to be here often… *Insert Big Yawn Here*