Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Michael Jackson's Song Human Nature

Looking Out
Across The Night-Time
The City Winks A Sleepless Eye
Hear Her Voice
Shake My Window
Sweet Seducing Sighs

Get Me Out
Into The Night-Time
Four Walls Won't Hold Me Tonight
If This Town
Is Just An Apple
Then Let Me Take A Bite

If They Say -
Why, Why, Tell 'Em That
Is Human Nature
Why, Why, Does He Do Me That Way
If They Say -
Why, Why, Tell 'Em That
Is Human Nature
Why, Why, Does He Do Me That Way

Reaching Out
To Touch A Stranger
Electric Eyes Are Everywhere
See That Girl
She Knows I'm Watching
She Likes The Way I Stare

If They Say -
Why, Why, Tell 'Em That
Is Human Nature
Why, Why, Does He Do Me That Way
If They Say -
Why, Why, Tell 'Em That
Is Human Nature
Why, Why, Does He Do Me That Way
I Like Livin' This Way
I Like Lovin' This Way

Looking Out
Across The Morning
The City's Heart Begins To Beat
Reaching Out
I Touch Her Shoulder
I'm Dreaming Of The Street

If They Say -
Why, Why, Tell 'Em That
Is Human Nature
Why, Why, Does He Do Me That Way
If They Say -
Why, Why, Tell 'Em That
Is Human Nature
Why, Why, Does He Do Me That Way
I Like Livin' This Way

- Written By Steve Porcaro (ex-Toto) and John Bettis. Composed by Quincy Jones and Michael Jackson.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

About Christian Denominations

Christian Denominations:

1 Gnostics (Influences of ancient Iran and Greece).

2 Eastern Churches (Eastern Europe and pre-colonial Asia).

3 Roman Catholics (Conformist and Non-Conformist).

4 Protestants -

A Congregationalists / Brethren / Presbyterians / Baptists / Pentecostals.

B Evangelicals.

C Anglicans.

D Methodists.

5 Unitarians / Universalists.

6 Society of Friends.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Farrah Fawcett - 1970s’ Blonde Sex Symbol

Another major loss to US entertainment occurred yesterday.

Farrah Fawcett of Charlie’s Angels fame passed away after a long battle with cancer.

Here’s a brief biography of her, courtesy of Wikipedia.

Thanks for the memories, Farrah. RIP.

Farrah Fawcett (February 2, 1947 — June 25, 2009) was an American actress.

A multiple Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominee, Fawcett rose to international fame when she first appeared as private investigator Jill Munroe in the TV series Charlie's Angels in 1976.

Fawcett later appeared in critically acclaimed television movies playing challenging roles.

Her notable television movies included The Burning Bed, Nazi Hunter: The Beate Klarsfeld Story, Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story, Margaret Bourke-White and Small Sacrifices (where she was roundly despised as a monstrous child killer).

Fawcett was also a pop culture figure whose hairstyle was emulated by millions of young women and whose poster sales broke records, making her an international sex symbol in the 1970s and 1980s.

Born Ferrah Leni Fawcett in Corpus Christi, Texas, she was of British and Native American ancestry (not unlike her fellow Charlie’s Angels co-stars Kate Jackson and Jaclyn Smith, arguably the most attractive of the trio).

The younger of two sisters, she graduated from W. B. Ray High School in Corpus Christi in 1965.

From 1966–1969, Fawcett attended the University of Texas in Austin.

She appeared in a photo of the Ten Most Beautiful Students of the university.

A Hollywood publicist saw the photo, called Farrah and urged her to move to Los Angeles, which she did in 1969, with her parents’ approval.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Fawcett appeared in TV commercials for consumer products.

In 1978, after achieving TV stardom, she appeared in a series of commercials for her own brand of shampoo, marketed by Faberge.

Fawcett's first TV series appearance was a guest spot on I Dream of Jeannie, followed by guest appearances in Owen Marshall: Counselor At Law.

She later appeared in The Six Million Dollar Man with Lee Majors, which first aired in 1974, The Dating Game and Harry O.

In 1976, Pro Arts pitched the idea of a poster of Fawcett to her agent, and a photo shoot was arranged.

The resulting poster of Farrah in a one-piece red bathing suit, was a best-seller.

In 1976, the first appearance of Fawcett playing the character Jill Munroe in Charlie's Angels was aired as a television movie.

The movie starred Kate Jackson, Jaclyn Smith and Fawcett as private investigators for Townsend Associates, a detective agency run by a reclusive multi-millionaire whom the women never met.

Voiced by John Forsythe, the Charles Townsend character presented cases and dispensed advice via a speaker phone to his core team of three female employees, whom he referred to as Angels.

They were aided in the office and occasionally in the field by two male associates, played by character actors David Doyle and David Ogden Stiers.

The series formally debuted on September 22, 1976.

Fawcett emerged as a fan favourite in the show, and the actress won a People's Choice Award for Favourite Performer in a New TV Programme.

Her appearance in the TV show boosted sales of her poster, and she earned far more in royalties from poster sales than from her salary in Charlie's Angels.

Fawcett left the show after one season and Cheryl Ladd replaced her, portraying Jill's younger sister Kris Munroe.

Fawcett returned for six guest appearances over seasons three and four of the series.

In 2004, the TV movie Behind The Camera: The Unauthorised Story Of Charlie's Angels dramatised the events from the show with supermodel and actress Tricia Helfer portraying Fawcett.

Fawcett won critical acclaim for her 1983 role in the controversial play Extremities, written by William Mastrosimone.

Replacing Susan Sarandon in the role, she was a would-be rape victim who turned the tables on her attacker.

The following year, her role as a battered wife in the fact-based TV movie The Burning Bed earned her her first of three Emmy Award nominations.

In 1986 Fawcett appeared in the movie version of Extremities, which was also well-received by critics, and for which she received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture — Drama.

She appeared in Jon Avnet's Between Two Women with Colleen Dewhurst, and took several more dramatic roles as infamous or renowned women.

She was nominated for Golden Globe awards for roles as Beate Klarsfeld in Nazi Hunter: The Beate Klarsfeld Story and troubled Woolworth heiress Barbara Hutton in Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story.

Her 1989 portrayal of convicted murderer Diane Downs in Small Sacrifices earned her a second Emmy nomination and her sixth Golden Globe Award nomination.

In 2000, she worked with director Robert Altman and an all-star cast in the feature film Dr T And The Women, playing opposite Richard Gere.

Fawcett also starred in popular television series Ally McBeal and Spin City.

Fawcett was married to Lee Majors, star of The Six Million Dollar Man from 1973–1982, though the couple separated in 1979.

From 1982 until her death, Fawcett was involved romantically with actor Ryan O'Neal.

The relationship produced a son, Redmond O'Neal, born in 1985.

She also became the stepmother of Oscar-winning actress Tatum O'Neal (Ryan's eldest child from his first marriage) and the mother-in-law of tennis icon John McEnroe, who was once married to Tatum (John later remarried singer-songwriter Patty Smyth famous for her duet Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough with The Eagles' Don Henley).

Fawcett's elder sister, Diane Fawcett, died of cancer just before her 63rd birthday on October 16, 2001.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

About Edison Chen

Edison Chen Koon Hei is a Hong Kong-based Canadian Chinese film actor, singer, producer and fashion designer.

Chen is also the founder of urban lifestyle and fashion business Clot.

He speaks English, Cantonese, Mandarin and Japanese.

Last year, he announced that he wanted to step away indefinitely from the Hong Kong entertainment industry due to a sex photo scandal, and devote his time to business and charity.

Chen was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

His father is businessman Edward Chen, and he is of part Portuguese descent.

In 1999, Chen starred in the Japanese film Dead Or Alive 2: Birds and a year later he made his Hong Kong film debut in Generation Y Cops.

He later starred in the Infernal Affairs film trilogy and The Dark Knight with Heath Ledger and Christian Bale.

In 2000, Chen also became a singer and to date he has released more than 10 albums.

In 2003, Chen co-founded Clot with Kevin Poon.

In 2007, Clot formed its own media division which produces films and advertisements.

In the same year, Chen released a Mandarin album with tracks produced by Kanye West.

Chen has been a strong supporter of homosexuals and promotes environmentalism.

In early 2008, Chen was involved in a sex scandal when sexually explicit nude photographs of himself became widely circulated on the Internet.

Celebrities implicated in the scandal included Gillian Chung and Cecilia Cheung.

As a result, Chen expressed remorse and announced his indefinite departure from the Hong Kong entertainment industry.

Edison Chen Visits KL

Controversial Hong Kong superstar Edison Chen Koon Hei made a special appearance in Bangsar Baru here to officiate the first Malaysian outlet of his boutique today.

His arrival at the Juice Store at 2pm caused fans to crowd around the junction of Maarof Road and Telawi 5 Road where the boutique is located.

Chen, 28, who was accompanied by fellow Hong Kong actor Sam Lee and the boutique’s Malaysian business partner Edwin Choong, said he ‘chose’ Kuala Lumpur as Malaysians were interested in the latest fashion trends and loved Hong Kong entertainment.

“I’m happy to have in Edwin a collaborator full of ideas. This is our first store outside Hong Kong and we’ll be coming up with specially designed products for Malaysians,” he said, adding that he was the store’s creative director.

The Canadian-born ‘jack-of-all-trades’ is an actor, singer and producer. His best known films include the Infernal Affairs trilogy and The Dark Knight.

Embroiled in a sex photo scandal last year, after which he expressed remorse and announced his indefinite departure from entertainment, Chen is now focusing on his business.

He co-owns Clot, an urban lifestyle and fashion business, which he co-founded with Kevin Poon in 2003. The Juice Stores are part of the business and sell branded apparel from Adidas, Nike and Clot itself. Clot also has a media division which produces films and advertisements.

Chen, who speaks English, Cantonese, Mandarin and Japanese, has also set up an artiste management company in Hong Kong and among the actors it manages is Josie Ho, the daughter of Macau ‘casino king’ Stanley Ho.

“I’m determined to put the past behind me and become a successful businessman and producer. I’m thankful to all my friends and fans for their love and support, and I’d love to visit Kuala Lumpur again,” he said.

Choong said he met Chen in Singapore last year, and believed that Juice would bring about a fresh and exciting start to Malaysian lifestyles.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Kelabit Co-Invents World's Fastest LET, LED

Thanks, Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama).

A young Kelabit scientist has put Malaysia on the forefront of environmental technology by co-inventing the world's fastest spontaneous Light Emitting Transistor (LET) and Light Emitting Diode (LED).

Gabriel Walter, 32, who holds a doctorate in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign (UIUC) in the United States, scored a national breakthrough in technology by co-inventing light emitters capable of transmitting at speeds of up to 7GHz.

This translates into technology that is capable of conserving a massive amount of energy.

For more than 40 years, the scientific community believed that efficient spontaneous light devices cannot be operated at bandwidths larger than 1GHz.

However, Walter, through collaboration between his own company Quantum Electro Opto Systems (QEOS) and a research team from his alma mater, came up with the technology that defied the norm.

It took over five years of research but the QEOS-UIUC team proved that it was possible to operate LET at 4.3GHz and LED at 7GHz.

He said the high-speed LEDs would enable a new class of cost-competitive "green" products that were not only environmentally friendly but aesthetically pleasing as well.

"Those thick, ugly cables that usually come with your television and monitors will be things of the past," he said.

The research was funded by the United States Department of Defence.

Walter, from Kuching, Sarawak, scored his second success when the research was selected for publication in the Applied Physics Letter, the most widely-circulated technical journal.

"It will do the same to the world of optoelectronics like what transistors did to the world of electronics," he said.

Four patents have been jointly filed by the QEOS-UIUC team to protect these discoveries.

QEOS is based in Ayer Keroh, Melaka and was incorporated in May 2008 through the Brain Gain Malaysia Programme, an experimental initiative under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovations.

Its founders include Prof Nick Holonyak Jr, the Father of the Optoelectronic Industry and inventor of LED, and Prof Milton Feng, a world-renowed microwave technology expert who invented the world's fastest transistor.

"We have been very fortunate to work with dedicated people from the Government," he said.

Walter said at least 30 per cent of the components used to manufacture the products resulting from this new achievement would be from Malaysia-based companies.

He disclosed that the research and development (R&D) facility in Melaka would be developed over the next five years.

"Melaka will be the QEOS headquarters for R&D," he said.

The Brain Gain Malaysia (BGM) programme encourages Malaysian scientists and researchers abroad to help accelerate Malaysia's transformation into an innovation-led economy.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Shukery Hashim, Malaysia's William Hurt

Shukery Hashim, Malaysia's William Hurt, passed away after a long battle with cancer yesterday. He was 55.

The award-winning Kedahan actor who often played father figures on TV and film, is survived by his wife, Faridah Mat Desa, 51, five children, and three grandchildren.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

David Carradine - Native American Action Hero

It's shocking to hear that veteran Native American action hero and respected Hollywood baddie David John Carradine was found dead in the room of his hotel in Bangkok today.

At that time he was in Bangkok for the shooting of his new movie Stretch.

Below is his brief biography with help from Wikipedia.

David John Arthur Carradine (December 8, 1936 – June 3, 2009) was an American actor best known for his work in the 1970s television series Kung Fu and more recently in the movie Kill Bill.

He appeared in more than 100 films and was nominated four times for a Golden Globe Award.

Carradine was born in Hollywood, California, the son of Ardanelle Abigail McCool and noted American actor John Carradine.

He was the brother of Bruce Carradine (McCool's son from a previous marriage) and half-brother of Keith and Robert Carradine (John's sons from other marriages), as well as the uncle of Ever Carradine (Robert's son) and Martha Plimpton Carradine (Keith's daughter).

Carradine had British, Russian, Ukrainian and Native American ancestry.

Carradine attended Oakland Junior College and later studied drama at San Francisco State College before working as an actor on stage and in television and cinema.

Carradine starred on Broadway in the play The Royal Hunt Of The Sun, for which he won a Theatre World Award for Best Debut Performance in 1965.

He became widely known for his role as Kwai Chang Caine in the 1970s television series Kung Fu and later starred in the 1990s spinoff Kung Fu: The Legend Continues as the grandson of his original character.

In movies, he starred as Bill Shelly in Martin Scorsese's Boxcar Bertha (1972), folk singer Woody Guthrie in Bound For Glory (1976), Abel Rosenberg in Ingmar Bergman's The Serpent's Egg (1977), and as Bill in Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill, Volumes 1 and 2 (released in 2003 and 2004, respectively).

Other notable roles included the lead in Shane (the 1966 television series based on the 1949 novel of the same name) and a gunslinger in Taggart, a 1964 western film based on a novel by Louis L'Amour.

More recently, he portrayed Tempus, a powerful demon with the ability to manipulate time, on the popular television series Charmed, as well as Conrad in the television series Alias.

Carradine twice played a supernatural being with the power to control time: Tempus on Charmed and Clockwork on Danny Phantom.

Carradine appeared in an episode of Lizzie McGuire (in which his half-brother Robert was a series regular), and also provided his voice for the King Of The Hill.

He provided the voice for Lo Pei in the animated series Jackie Chan Adventures.

Carradine produced and starred in several exercise videos teaching the martial arts of Tai chi and Qi Gong.

He had no knowledge of martial arts prior to starring in the series Kung Fu, but developed an interest in it and became an avid practitioner.

Appearing in Wild West Tech on the History Channel, Carradine took over hosting duties from his brother Keith.

He narrated the anthropology series Faces Of Culture.

He was also the TV spokesperson for Lipton ("This ain't no sippin' tea"), in a memorable commercial where he paid homage not only to Kung Fu, but also to the Three Stooges (the late, great Lithuanian Jewish comedians Moses Howard, Joe Howard and Larry Fine).

Carradine also appeared in the music video for Minus You by the southern California band Chapel Of Thieves.

He also worked with the Jonas Brothers in their video Burnin' Up, and planned to work with Miley Cyrus.

In 2009, he played a 100-year-old Chinese gangster in Crank: High Voltage.

Carradine was married five times and had two daughters.

Each of his first four marriages ended in divorce.