It has been over 2 weeks, and I am still without my wireless router. Apparently there is a broken component within the router that needs fixing and the service center in Penang does not have it in stock, so it is expected to take another week or two. Gawd, this sounds familiar, I hear stuff like this at work a lot. 🙄
Good news is, the sales representative in the YES Center set me up to get a rebate for the amount of days I lost due to “hardware malfunction” (after I sort of made a scene).
Bad news? I’m still without my regular internet. So the irregular blogging days is going to continue for a bit longer. Although I think it might be a permanent fixture. I think I have gotten used to blogging every 2 or 3 days instead of daily. It still satisfies my urge to share things, while at the same time gives me an extra few hours a week to do other income generating things. I guess we’ll see. First I need to get my regular internet back.
So… thanks to the lack of constant internet at home, and also for the fact that I am not going back home this weekend, I did the thing that most college kids do these days. I hung out at Starbucks all day with my laptop and power cord.
Okay, not really all day. Six hours to be exact. And guess what I did in that six hours? I used the free Starbucks internet to stream and watch an old movie.
Okay, not exactly free to be honest. The drink and chicken pie was almost RM 30, so that means RM 5 per hour. That’s more expensive than going to a cyber cafe. But it was infinitely more comfortable, quiet and devoid of cigarette smell.
Anyway, which movie? A 1960 movie that was made with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s futuristic Metrocolor technology.
The Time Machine, adapted from the world famous H.G. Wells novel of the same name.
I actually read the novel when I was 10. I was at that age where… you know… fascinated with
naked girls futuristic science fiction (one of the reasons why I ended up studying engineering). I read quite a bit of these novels in fact: War of the Worlds (also from H.G. Wells), Journey to the Center of the Earth and 20 000 Leagues under the Sea (both of Jules Verne), etc. I guess The Time Machine is my favorite of the bunch.
I watched the 2002 adaptation a few months ago, and you know what? I hated that version to the guts. I love this 1960 version much much more.
No… not because of the “everything old is better” cliche. No…
I hated the 2002 version because they twisted everything from the novel. F**king Yanks… I mean, just take Weena for example. Weena is the Eloi (future 802701 AD human species) female protagonist in the story.
The 2002 adaptation, they even changed her name into Mara. And she’s black! And she’s like the Amazonian warrior princess! What the f**k?!
No, this has got nothing to do with racism. In the novel as depicted by Wells, the Eloi is a fragile, blond, fair skinned, curly haired, always cheerful people. You tell me which one of the above looks more like Eloi?
I really hate modern American movie adaptations of classical novels. Just because you’re a free country that wants to appear to be non-racist, doesn’t mean you should replace white characters with Asian or black characters at every turn! You gotta stay true to the spirit of the novel, come on!
Anyway… yeah… if you’re a H.G. Wells fan like me and want to watch a movie version of The Time Machine, I recommend the 1960 version. Forget the 2002 version because that’s bullshit.