Archive for November, 2006

Lately, I’ve been fascinated by movies made by multi-talented, multi-tasking, creative and passionate people. The first one I came across is Zach Braff, Miranda is the second. Simply put, “Me And You And Everyone We Know” is about people, and how they connect. It’s very well made because every single character has been given time to develop in the movie. Everyone of them seem to have something deep and insightful about them by the end of the movie, even six-year-old Robby.

the old mph

Those of you over 30 years old should know about the old MPH bookstore at Stamford House. What you didn’t know is that some 27 years back, it brought in one of the first demos of the original Apple computer and put it on display.

How do I know? Well, the bunch of us from now-defunct Henderson Primary School would spend our days after school, crowding around the demo. There’s Peter, Ng Hai, JT and me. What do we do? Well, I recalled we learnt to program in Basic on hand. Peter and Hai are especially gifted in this sort of things. They would hog the demo and try out their programs. I couldn’t recall what they did though, perhaps they never made it through debugging, ha!

Subsequently, some of us got our Apple Is or ][s. We started sharing stuff like games over cassette tapes and the collectible Beagle Bros. zines. Those days were way way cooler than the fragging non-thinking zombies that we’re turning our kids into.

sideways

Sideways, what an apt title for a movie about 2 middle aged friends on a road trip tasting wine, playing golf and knocking up girls (well, one of them actually, the one getting married).

I learned a little bit about wine from the movie: how Pinot should be appreciated more than Cabernet because the grapes are thin-skinned and easily affected by changes in the weather. Hence, it’s really harder to make good Pinot versus anything else. Interesting, eh? That made me wanted to go out and get a bottle of Pinot-anything. I guess I am attracted to products of great effort and made with a lot of heart. I heard from a marathoner friend that wine helps with building up your cardiovascular capacity too.

I also heard this description of Maya, “she’s full of soul” from the movie. I know it’s quite a common adjective but I’ve just not thought about it for so long. I think that’s what I’m looking for: someone with a lot of soul.