I’m With Stupid

29 June 2006
This is a name of a song from British duo called "Pet Shop Boys" who has been in UK music industry since 1981. "I’m With Stupid" was the first commercially released single from their latest album "Fundamental," reaching number eight in the UK Singles Chart. Well, at first, I heard this song on the radio and didn’t pay much attention until the hook line was sung. "Pet Shop Boys" is famous for their clever lyrics and this song is no exception.

"Is stupid really stupid
Or a different kind of smart?"

Yeah, this is just one of several clever lines in the song. After some minor googling sessions, I realised that the song was meant to be a pun for an estranged relationship between British Prime Minister Tony Blair and US President  George W. Bush (as suggested in Wikipedia and one of fan sites.)

Well, there is also my personal remark for the song. That’s why it could catch my attention.

I’m With Stupid…

Basic Circuit Theory – The journey ended here.

23 June 2006
Finally, the long-awaited "Basic Circuit Theory" textbook is on the shelf for sale at CU Book Center and various book stores just in time for the first Semester. For those who have no idea what I am talking about, this is the textbook I’ve helped my professor at Chulalongkorn University, Dr. Chedsada Chinrungrueng, editing and compiling for almost 3 years. The textbook would be recommended as a main companion for all second-year students in the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering at Chulalongkorn University because "Basic Circuit Theory" is one of the most important compulsory courses for the students in the aforementioned discipline.

Writing a textbook is not as easy as writing an ordinary book. You have to be very careful in every facets. Even though we proof-read our manuscript for literally hundreds of times, we still found some mistakes in typing. Typo is hardly tolerable as it could lead to misunderstanding of concepts and destroy the fundamental purpose of the book. Well, I guess we should bare in mind that nothing in the world is perfect. Definitely, we will have all mistakes corrected in the revised edition, if there would ever be one.

Look on the bright side of thing, I found the "real" textbook looked much more better than our manuscript. May be it’s because I was sick of reading the manuscript over and over again. Well, whatever the reason is, I am very happy with this project and it somehow encourages me to work harder in the next textbook we are planning to write. Bring it on!
P.S. Check out the detail of the book at Chulabook center home page. If you are interesting in buying it, you could also place an order on-line there. Click here.

Dek Hor DVD Special Edition

8 June 2006
Well, the day has come when one of DVDs on top of my wish-list became available to public. It’s a great movie from Songyos "Yong" Sukmakanan. Yes, indeed, it could be no other than "Dek Hor" DVD – Special Edition.

I just couldn’t think of a word to describe my feeling towards the hard work of cast & crew of the movie and P’Yong himself. Impressive, Superb, Fantastic, just to name a few.

Check out my review of the DVD (in Thai) at MichaelClub.com web board >>> Click here.

Over the Hedge

8 June 2006
This animation movie by DreamWorks Pictures is based on a comic strip created by Michael Fry and T. Lewis. It tells a story of a gang of forest animals attempting to take a hold of food by invading "human" neighborhood that popped up while they were hibernating.

The movie is better than I expected. At first, I thought this would be another Hollywood’s animated features with some dry humors. Even though the character design is somehow strange, the animation is smooth and top-notch. The voice acting by Bruce Willis, Garry Shandling and Steve Carell, just to name a few, is superb. Certainly, the film is hilarious – all the puns and actions are enjoyable to watch. There are also a bunch of subtle messages of environmental awareness and family values. This is a good way parents could enjoy a movie with their children and generating a family discussion afterwards.

4 Stars out of 5 – recommend to adults and children alike. It’s a good family viewing pleasure.

Barcode Access

5 June 2006
Have you ever seen a small box with strange barcode on the magazine advertisement? It’s been widely used in Japan for a couple of years. Now, AIS has introduced a new service called "Barcode Access" to Thai mobile phone user. This service will enable those who have a phone powered with camera to be able to access associated wap site instantly without typing in a long and tiresome address. It’s simple and easy to use. All you have to do is downloading a barcode access program and installing it in your phone, then you could just point and shoot at the barcode on any printed advertisement including billboards, magazines or even a computer screen to enter the associated wap site.

For more information (in Thai,) please check out mobileLIFE home page from AIS. Click here.

Pride & Prejudice

3 June 2006
"Pride & Prejudice" is a classic English novel written by Jane Austen. It tells a story of the five Bennet sisters during the Georgian era (the late 18th century) when England is still a class-conscious society. Their lives are uneventful until the arrival in the neighbourhood of Mr. Bingley – a wealthy young man and his best friend, Mr. Darcy. Soon enough, life would never be the same again…

This beloved novel has been adapted for movie and television for many times. Certainly enough, there would be comparisons of each interpretation of the original work. In fact, one of the adapted mini-series version (1995 BBC production) even inspired Helen Fielding to write her famous Bridget Jones’s novels.

With a great story-line, all that remains is the production and how well the cast and crew could perform. I have to say that this 2005 version of the movie didn’t fail me. The director did a very fine job for his interpretation of the story and material in the novel. The ensemble of the cast delivered an excellent performance. An appearance of Judi Dench was powerful and added spices to the movie. The costume design and the cinematography is gorgeous. All in all, the movie is enjoyable to watch.

4 out of 5 stars – let’s find out if it’s true that "sometimes the last person on earth you want to be with is the one person you can’t be without."

Mobile Phone Numbers Multiplying

1 June 2006
It’s been a news since last week that our mobile phone number is about to get longer. That is so because the National Telecommunications Commission of Thailand (NTC) agreed to enforce a new mobile phone numbering system. From September 1, 2006 every mobile phone numbers in Thailand will be extend to 10 digits by replacing a prefix "0" with "08." For example, the number 0-xxxx-xxxx will become 08-xxxx-xxxx. Please note that fixed-line number (home and company phone) will remain the same (9 digits.)

We all will have a problem of replacing all mobile phone numbers in our phone contact lists to compile with the new numbering system. Gee! That’s a load of tedious works unless you have a computer program to change the numbers for you. Besides, those who think they have a "beautiful" straight or repeating number might not be happy with the change. Well, we should look on the bright side of thing. At least, the number "8" is a lucky number for Chinese folks. Isn’t it great to have this number in our phone number per se?

For more information, please check out the link from NTC by clicking here.