R.I.P. Michael Jackson (1958 – 2009)

Michael Jackson (1958 - 2009)

It’s been almost a week since the passing of the King of Pop, and everyday we see more tributes to his musical genius and reminders of how much of an impact he’s had on pop culture.

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STAR TREK: AMBP First Contact at Studio V

STAR TREK AMBP First Contact at Studio V

Hi y’all! Your friendly neighbourhood bloggers group AllMalaysian Bloggers Project (AMBP) is organising it’s kinda-annual blogger gathering on May 1 2009 (Labour Day), to be held at Studio V (The Star’s multimedia showcase place) at 1 Utama.

And this time around, the theme is based around the upcoming STAR TREK movie.

The event is called AMBP First Contact at Studio V, and there’ll be loads of activities and stuff going on, for both bloggers and non-bloggers alike:

  • Treasure Trek (i.e. a treasure hunt using GPS equipment!)
  • Blogger video interviews (you can watch, or you can participate and BE interviewed!)
  • Star Trek Captain’s Chair auction (take photos with the Chair, or buy it – starting bid is RM1,701 – Trekkies would recognise the number…)
  • Photo Session with Star Trek characters
  • Lucky Draw
  • Trivia Challenge (with questions prepared by a serious Trekkie, so be prepared!)
  • Online Contest (win a cool Star Trek T-shirt that GLOWS when you’re near a WiFi hotspot!)

And to end the day, there’ll be an special EXCLUSIVE screening for bloggers of the new STAR TREK movie, starring Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana (mmmm!), and Sylar, err, I mean, Zachary Quinto, and directed by JJ Abrams (of Lost and Alias fame).

Enterprise crew

Zoe Saldana as Lt Uhura

So if you’re a blogger, join the AMBP today and register for AMBP First Contact at Studio V now! You won’t want to miss it! 😉

See ya there!

Photo Credits: Industrial Light and Magic and Paramount Pictures

Free Photography Trips + Workshops For Bloggers!

If you have an interest in (digital) photography, you might find this to be right up your alley.

Sunway City Bhd and AMBP are getting together to send a group of lucky bloggers on TWO photography trips: the first, a day tour to Sunway Lagoon Resort which covers Sunway Lagoon Theme Park, Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa, and Sunway Pyramid; the second will be a 2D1N trip to Sunway Lost World of Tambun.

There are lots of activities lined up besides the ones where you go snapping away with your camera to your heart’s content.

Both outings also double up as a contest, where images taken of Sunway premises during the tours will be considered as entries for the Sunway Memories Photography Contest which offers total prizes worth over RM140,000!

Oh, and in case you’re wondering, it’s all FREE! 😀

So what are ya waiting for? Move your mouse on over to AMBP and sign up now!

Bloggitos

Don’t ask me what the title means. Consider it a filler title, just as the rest of this is filler material too.

Hellboy 2: The Golden Army
Really fun movie, continues much of the great story and characterisations from the first movie. Why Guillermo del Toro is not considered quite the world famous director in league with Spielberg is beyond me. Hopefully The Hobbit will finally do for him what LOTR did for Peter Jackson. Fantastic effects, brilliant action, wonderfully natural down-to-earth performances by the cast (which is hard to do in a fantasy movie), and even villains for whom you might even want to root.
Verdict: 4.0

The Live Debate: Shabery vs Anwar
It’s the historic moment we’re all waiting for. To be telecast live on TV9, Bernama TV and Astro AWANI, starting at 9pm. Hopefully, nothing silly’s gonna happen before then, like maybe arrests of prominent people and all?

Also credit should given where it’s due. Information Minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek said this:

Ahmad Shabery said the debate had to be aired live so that the public would not have the perception that it was being doctored before going on air.

“The debate is to have a clear picture of the government’s decisions and policies as well as to correct public perception on the matter,” he said.

They could have shown a delayed telecast of it, or indeed, not shown it at all. But it’s gonna be live, and I appreciate the Information Minister’s determination to push this through. Hopefully, all your future decisions will help open up this country’s much stifled and often silenced communication channels.

Much Ado About Nothing
All that traffic jams, and disgruntled people coming to work late, and all for what? A perceived threat? A vague idea of hostile demonstrations that didn’t take place? Where’s the so-called evidence, Mr Home Minister? If you have it, show it! I’m starting to get really annoyed at all these posturing from politicians from both sides of the divide who keep talking about having explosive evidence of major wrongdoing and what-nots committed by this Datuk and that Tan Sri. If you have it, show it!

Trust and Credibility
On that same vein, I’ve now come to accept that no politician can be trusted. Even the much hyped DSAI. I know lots of his supporters would lynch me for this, but a lot of the events of recent weeks tend to be so ridiculous and overblown that it’s difficult to believe everything all these politicians are saying. Not DSAI, not Najib, not Pak Lah. Nobody. From now, I care not one iota for what you say, only in what you do. (Which would make me watching the debate a bit hypocritical, but the point of the debate – for me – is not in hearing what these people are saying, but rather allowing these people’s sayings to be heard).

Gandhi-isms
At times like this, one can only hope a figure like Gandhi would once again walk upon this Earth. No aggressive posturing. No lies or double-speak. Straight-up honesty from the get go. Peaceful, non-violent disobedience. And above all, an outpouring of love for everyone, whether friend of foe. A person like that, everyone will follow.

Biggest Regrets and House of Cards
Just 2 cool videos I found via Boing Boing. The first is Radiohead’s House of Cards video.

The other is this interesting video about regrets. Nice.

AMBP: Smashin’ Gathering For Bloggers

Smashin Gathering for bloggers, by AMBP, Cinema Online and Microsoft

Smashin’ Gathering for Bloggers

AMBP gathers again, and this time we’re collaborating with our friends from Cinema Online and Microsoft, both of whom will send a representative each to participate in the talks lined up.

Refreshments will be provided, so don’t pack your own lunch. 😉

After the gathering, there will be a special screening of The Incredible Hulk, the one with Edward Norton as the green behemoth. To know how you can get invites to this special screening, read the June 1 AMBP Editor’s Note post, To gather again.

Smashin’ Gathering Details:

Date: June 14, 2008, Saturday
Time: 11.30am onwards; Movie screening: 2.00pm
Venue: Outpost Cafe, Cathay Cineleisure Damansara

Forum: Does New Media Influence The Way We Communicate Today?

This should be of interest for those curious about the power of the “new media” in today’s communications field, especially given the prominence it has attained in the aftermath of the Mar 8 General Elections.

The Public Relations Consultants’ Association of Malaysia (PRCA Malaysia), in collaboration with The Star Online and Asian Centre for Media Studies (ACMS), is organising a forum on Does New Media Influence The Way We Communicate Today?, on April 9.

The talk, part of the PRCA Malaysia’s PR Leadership Series, aims to explore the fundamental changes in audiences as well as in the communication medium used to reach them, and the way new media helps shape their opinions.

The forum will open with Text 100 International chief executive officer Aedhmar Hynes, who will speak on Peer Media and the Communications Industry.

Also speaking are Raslan Sharif (Senior Editor, The Star Online) on the subject From Old Media to New: The Star’s Experience, and Michael A. Fredericks (Portal Coordinator, AllMalaysia.Info) on the subject of The All Malaysian Bloggers Project (AMBP).

Participants will have an opportunity to interact and discuss with prominent bloggers such as Su Ann [from Nuffnang], Paul Tan and Kimberly Low, who will be giving their views on how bloggers perceive public relations. This session will be moderated by Jeremy Woolf, Peer Media Lead of Text 100 Asia Pacific.

The talk is happening at The Star’s Cybertorium, located at Level 2, Menara Star, 15 Jalan 16/11, 46350 Petaling Jaya.

Payment Options: Entrance fee is RM30 for PRCAM members and RM50 for non-PRCAM members, inclusive of coffee break. Corporate members of PRCAM may register 10 consultants and/or guests at members’ rate.

Read more here: New media and the changing face of communications

David Copperfield to perform in Malaysia?

David Copperfield World of Wonders KL 2007

UPDATE 3: Copperfield’s show in KL has been cancelled. This is due to an ongoing FBI investigation on Copperfield. Read this article in The Star for more details. 😦 .

UPDATE 2: It’s confirmed! Thanks to info provided by commentor copperfieldkl (who’s apparently representing the promoters), you can now check out details AND buy tickets for the show(s) from Acxess Tickets.

(The direct link for the ticketing info for the David Copperfield World of Wonder show)

The telephone booking hotline is +603-7711 5000.

Date/time of shows:

  • Tuesday, 30th Oct 2007 (5pm and 8.30pm)
  • Wednesday, 31st Oct 2007 (5pm and 8.30pm)

Venue: Stadium Negara, KL. (Location)

Ticket prices:

  • Matinee Show (5pm): RM503, RM423, RM383, RM353, RM283, RM103 & RM83
  • Evening Show (8.30pm): RM503, RM383, RM353, RM323, RM223, RM103 & RM83

There’s also a 20% discount for children under 12 years of age.

Click on the thumbnail below to view the seating plan for the shows.

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UPDATE 1: Our island neighbours have managed to get the jump on us by announcing that David Copperfield will be appearing at Singapore’s Indoor Stadium at 7pm on the 2nd and 3rd of November. Details at the organisers’ (UnUsUaL) page and on the SISTIC ticketing page.

Just a year ago, I was reminiscing in this very blog, about how cool the illusions of David Copperfield were compared to some of today’s so-called “top” illusionists and magicians.

This morning, a friend just highlighted an interesting news item in The Star Online about the very same illusionist:

Copperfield to amaze fans in KL

KUALA LUMPUR: Master illusionist David Copperfield will be thrilling Malaysian fans with his magic tricks and illusions soon.

He will make his grand entrance here as part of his David Copperfield World of Wonders tour on Oct 30 and 31.

[…]

The organiser of his shows in Malaysia, who did not wish to be identified, said people can expect great family entertainment and magic which is astonishing and filled with wonder from the master illusionist.

[…]

The shows will be held at Stadium Negara with two slots each day at 5pm and 8.30pm. For enquiries, call 03-7954 8414.

(Read the full article)

I called the number stated in the article, but was greeted by a voice-recording (in an American accent) saying they are unable to answer calls right now.. or something to that effect.

I was too young (and far away from KL) the last time Copperfield came to Malaysia (back in 1988), but this time, I’ll be darned if I’m gonna miss this.