Archive for January, 2009

Poem: Mission Impossible

By Gloson On January 27, 2009 6 Comments

It’s poetry time! And this time, I’m going to share with you one of my poems, entitled Mission: Impossible. Some parts of this poem are inspired by my twitter friends @tallivansunder and @timothypruitt. And yes, it is REALLY impossible.


Mission: Impossible

Ethan has to make the ocean
fall up to the sky.
In just a millisecond,
Jim must eat a giant pie.

Claire must thread a tiny needle
with the thickest rope.
Eugene must wear humongous pants
but not look like a dope.

Franz must flap his arms and fly
(His arms were tied to boulders).
Max must swim a hundred miles
by wriggling his shoulders.

I realized that I have made
a really big mistake.
This great and thrilling movie is
impossible to make.


This poem is mainly inspired by the film, Mission: Impossible. Oh, and even the names of the characters in the poem are the same as in the movie.

I hope you enjoyed it :) .

How To Remember Phone Numbers

By Gloson On January 25, 2009 3 Comments

You were in the park. While jogging, you bumped into an old friend of yours. You were soon chatting happily. In the chat, your friend tried to give you his phone number so you could call him… But the problem was you left your cell phone in the car and you didn’t have a pen and paper.

This post will teach you how to temporarily remember phone numbers in situations like above.

Here’s the method I always use when I want to remember phone numbers.

Number Stories

In this method, you have to create stories out of the numbers. All you have to do is to choose a thing that looks like the shape of the numbers (e.g. 2 = swan). Then, create a story using the sequence of the phone numbers.

These are the ones I often use.

0 – egg
1 – pencil
2 – swan
3 – ear/heart
4 – sailboat
5 – hook
6 – pipe (for smoking)
7 – walking stick/gun/candy cane
8 – snowman/sunglasses
9 – tadpole/balloon
10 – baseball
13 – Bee (the number looks like a ‘B’)
100 – Spear piercing two eggs

If you think you would prefer another thing to represent a number, you can use yours.

Here is an example of the story used to remember 80023987:

One day, a snowwoman (8) lays two eggs (00), which looks like the ones of a swan (2), which has a good heart (3). The heart looks like a balloon (9) made out of candy which was made by a silly clown snowman (8) which loves to eat candy cane (7).

Here is another example (62937581):

There is a pipe (6) which is used by a dirty swan (2), who can’t fly, so he rides on a fat balloon (9), which is shaped like a yellow heart (3). Suddenly, it is burst by an angry walking stick (7), which is unfortunately hooked by a hook (5), which is used for fishing by a joyful snowman (8), who loves to write stories using a magic pencil (1).

Ask your friend to recite the phone number slowly, so that you have enough time to create a story. But you have to create it fast though, you don’t want your friend to repeat the numbers again and again.

Remember – the story can be anything, as long as you can remember it. For some reason, funny or absurd things are easier to remember than normal ones. So, use adjectives to describe them.

If you want to remember it for a long time, you would have to recite the story. But if you do not want to remember it for a long time, you can write it down and do not need to remember it anymore, when you have a pen and paper or a phone.

Besides having to remember the phone number, using this method would also enhance your creativity.

Sometimes, you would find it hard to remember, but hey, at least you can still remember it!

If this method is not working for you, you could create your own method.

So, is this method working for you?

Gmail ‘Tree’ Theme Weather in Malaysia

By Gloson On January 20, 2009 5 Comments

In Gmail, there is a theme called ‘Tree’. It’s background weather would change according to the location you have selected in your Google account.

I’ve been using the ‘Tree’ theme for quite some time already. The location which I selected is Petaling Jaya, a city in Malaysia.

Here are the kinds of weather I’ve seen in the ‘Tree’ theme.



Partly Cloudy – This is the weather I see most frequently when I am in Gmail. It is one of my favorite ‘Tree’ weathers. Then, 4 hours later…



Tips to Make Fun Photos of Your Pets

By Gloson On January 19, 2009 8 Comments

orange-garfieldIf you have been surfing my blog for a while, you probably saw my funny cats series. Those series are nice and fun to see. (Please don’t get distracted by the photo on the right, but he really looks like Garfield)

In this post, you are going to learn how to make creative and funny photos out of your pets, if you have one. Creative and funny photos of animals are fun to look at, especially kitties and doggies. And here’s how to make them.

Seize your opportunity

Occasionally, the scene may be unusual, fun, or funny. For example, the cat sleeping on your piano, in the cupboard, or even watching television… Don’t expect it to last forever! Grab your camera and snap it before the opportunity slips away! If you snapped a nice shot of it, you’re lucky.

Just snap it!

If you happen to see your pets playing, licking each other, chasing a string, just snap as frequently as you can. You will never know what photos you might get. Once, my cats were licking each other. I decided to take some photos. I snapped as frequent as I can. And here’s what I got.

Orange: No one disturbs the almighty lion!
Lovely: Awww…Orange is stroking my face.
Lovely: I think I’ll lick him for that.
Orange: Oooh! Take it easy! Take it easy! I surrender!

Creative Captions

If you are creative, the captions you make would be more fun, funnier, or simply better. Which caption is better for the photo above?:

1. Lovely: Orange scratched my face! Time for revenge!

2. Orange: No one disturbs the almighty lion!
Lovely: Awww…Orange is stroking my face.
Lovely: I think I’ll lick him for that.
Orange: Oooh! Take it easy! Take it easy! I surrender!

The first caption is good, but the second one is better. But… what is it makes the second one better? The first caption is common. The second one is ‘out of the box’, which means it is not what you expect to be.

Creative captions also make ‘boring’ photos better. For example, these photos may not seem so special, without captions. So, I added some captions…and did a little ‘flipping’ with the photos.

Blackie: Now, I’m Superman! Ouch! Don’t put your butt in my way, Snowy!

Blackie: Or is it better to be Spiderman?

Now, the photo is right side up. This, too, doesn’t look too fun. But the fun caption made it better.

Doesn’t the creative captions make the photos more interesting? That’s the power of creativity!

Angle Matters

With your creativity, you could take a better picture even by changing the angle from where you snap. For example, you could snap a photo of your cat from the ground level, as if it were taken by an ant.

See eye to eye

If you are going to snap a photo of your pet, it is best if your pet faces the camera. Why? It is because the viewer would feel like the pets are interacting with them, which makes it more interesting.

Anyway, time for the next poll:

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