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Requiescat in Pace, Yasmin Ahmad

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Rest in peace, my fellow alumni.

Even though I never once saw your movies (completely).

The zeitgeist alone, restore my faith on ‘romantic cynicsm’ of Malaysian culture.

So long, fare thee well,
The dancer and the dancing days have taken leave and fell,
So turn down this bed of stone,
Quench me with the deadly nightshade from the rose that you belong,

The long December rain is falling now
Running down on streets to nowhere
Music is my life you’re my sweetest nightingale
But I can’t hear it here no more
And I go
I go…

Hush now, don’t shake or break
Words have fallen silent like soldiers to the grave
No matter what they do or say
Lay me on the sleepy meadow by the tracks upon your face

— Pete Teo, Talentime

So long, fare thee well.

Auf Wiedersehen Arthur Charles Clarke

The Appeal
by Rudyard Kipling

If I have given you delight
By aught that I have done,
Let me lie quiet in that night
Which shall be yours anon:
And for that little, little span
The dead are borne in mind
Seek not to question other than
The books I leave behind.

Lie quiet Sir, beyond the heaven, you’re amongst your dream.

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Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

In 1983, I was lucky enough to lead the team that turned one of his novels into a computer game, the first time science fiction authors had worked in that medium. His computer game ended up grossing more than most of his books ever did.

He really was a genius.

The most important thing you can take away: Naming things is important. He made magic things real by describing them and talking about them in ways that felt real. Once something feels real, making it real is a lot easier.

[Source: Seth Godin – What you can learn from Arthur C. Clarke]

Why So Serious?

The Dark Knight - The Joker - Why So Serious?

It’s only death.

Written by cthulhu

January 23, 2008 at 11:34 pm