Wednesday, September 19, 2007


Guitar Blues

I live in suburb #3800. It is officially the poorest suburb in the state of Victoria. Our evil landlords are demanding higher and higher rent. It's going to increase again next year. The price of food has already increased. Even simple luxuries like ice cream has increased in price.

"...They ask thee how much they are to spend (in charity);
say: "What is beyond your needs."
- Qur'an, 2:219
Donate your excess income.

"A generous man will prosper;
he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed."

- Proverbs 11:25
The more you give me the more you will prosper.

"Maimonides 8 levels of charity #2
Giving charity anonymously to an unknown recipient"
- Hilchos Matnos Aniyim 10:7-14:
I know you may not know me

"To receive, even if sinless, is bad; and to give
Even without a heaven, is good."
- Thirukikkural Veda, 222.
Even atheists are welcome to donate.

“If you wish to experience peace,
provide peace for another.”
- Tenzin Gyatso, 14th dalai lama.
Being charitable will bring you peace

Please send money to Ezra L., Richardson Hall, 3800, Victoria. Your donations will improve the life of me - indirectly preventing social ills such as drugs and violence. Doing so is good for your karma. Dont miss this opportunity to be charitable. Give now and be happy. You will also be rewarded in the afterlife.

NOTE: I have received some complaints about this post. To the people who havent figured out that this is a joke, #3800 is the postcode for Monash Residential Services that caters for yuppies from generation Y. WE ARE STUDENTS and dont really earn money hence file very little, if any, income tax. Thus we are the poorest suburb in victoria.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

The Sesquipedalian Miracle Pill


How many psychologists does it take to change a lightbulb?
Only one, but the lightbulb has to really want to change.

Last friday, i learnt of a drug that promises to revolutionize medicine. Here's some facts that I gathered from the lecture:

1) It has been shown to be just as effective at suppressing cough as any current cough medicines.
2) It does produce side effects, although they are completely temporary and non-harmful.
3) It reduces anxiety.
4) It aids in reactivating existing bodily functions such as disease immunity.
5) It reduces the biological effects of stress, improving healing and regeneration.
6) Helps prevent cancer by improving activity of anti cancer cells.
7) May prolong lifespan and improve quality of life.
8) Patients are a little wiser after completion of treatment if they are given a special vérité pill.
9) It has half the potency of Morphine in reducing post operative pain.

Many varieties of the drug exist, but it has been noted that the more sesquipedalian versions of the drug have a more potent effect. Similarly, more unpleasant tasting oral versions of the drug are more powerful. Injections are the ideal way for dispensing the drug with maximum effect. It could be surgically administered but it is no longer done for ethical reasons.

The name of the most efficient form of the drug is:
dioxyribosynctio-2-isoflaviogen activated hex-4-chromino-telomerase.

also known by it's commercial name: "Placebo". It has been proven by randomized controlled trials that no cough medicine actually works. Codeine makes you sleepy and doesnt count as people cough less when they are sleepy. and yes, it does produce side effects... depending on what the patient is told, of course.

Thanks for visiting I shall end this post with a sesquipedalian sentence: Placebos make people feel that they have been treated and reduces anxiety and stress that in turn reduce biological factors such as corticosteroids that suppress the immune system that also protects the body from cancer which is a known factor in reducing life expectancy and quality of life.

Friday, September 07, 2007

Masala Chai


I've been in Uni for 6 months now...and for the first time last week i set foot in WholeFoods. Why havent I been there before?

The first thing that struck me when i entered the place was the atmosphere. The walls and tables were brightly painted, a guy was standing in the corner rolling a cigarette, another was singing and playing a guitar. There were a unnaturally high number of people wearing turtlenecks in the place. Wholefoods, Monash Uni's hippie hangout.

Masala Chai is tea prepared with typical indian spices. It tastes oddly like nasi biriani. It was made, wholefoods vegan style, with soy milk so it even had the same umami (savoury) taste as nasi biriani.

Sunday, September 02, 2007

The longest day... ever.

gotta chill

We had our exams on Wednesday. As usual, i got fidgety and couldnt sleep the previous night and only got four hours of sleep. The exams were from 8am to 11am. Then there were afternoon classes till 5pm. Got back, and didnt even have time to bathe or nap before going out to a buffet in the city with the Singaporean gang. Came back from the city late at night. Only got to sleep for four hours.

On Thursday, had classes from 8am to 3pm. Got back so exhausted yet had to be at Chadstone mall for Mowling (bowling+movie. A MUISS coined term for an outing). So there another day was spent without doing much. Got back at 10pm. Exhausted. Studied for dissection the following day. Only got to sleep for four hours.

FRIDAY was the longest day... ever. I've only slept for four hours a night for three nights prior. It was the third day in a row having lectures starting at 8am. The 8am lecture was followed by a tutorial from 10am-12pm. One hour break for lunch. We were then stuck in lecture hall C1 for three hours from 1pm to 4pm. The day wasnt over. I had a dissection practical from 4pm to 5.30pm. I wasnt half myself during the practical. But it was quite an experience cutting up pickled people. Got back. Had dinner at the Mess Hall, and by 8pm I was playing badminton and pingpong at the sports center until 11pm. The longest day... ever.

8am-10am lectures
10am-12pm tutorial
12pm-1pm lunch
1pm-4pm lectures
4pm-5.30pm practicals
7.30pm-11pm badminton and pingpong (Monash Sports Center)

The weekend was much kinder on me. Went to Malaysia Hall for merdeka day celebrations with the KMB gang. Had some nice Nasi Kerabu and got to chill out abit.

Fellow Mooses (moosi?), pictures from last month's Mock Wedding event are up here: