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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

surprise hanging paradox

A judge tells a condemned prisoner that he will be hanged at noon on one weekday in the following week but that the execution will be a surprise to the prisoner. He will not know the day of the hanging until the executioner knocks on his cell door at noon that day.
Having reflected on his sentence, the prisoner draws the conclusion that he will escape from the hanging. His reasoning is in several parts. He begins by concluding that the "surprise hanging" can't be on a Friday, as if he hasn't been hanged by Thursday, there is only one day left - and so it won't be a surprise if he's hanged on a Friday. Since the judge's sentence stipulated that the hanging would be a surprise to him, he concludes it cannot occur on Friday.

He then reasons that the surprise hanging cannot be on Thursday either, because Friday has already been eliminated and if he hasn't been hanged by Wednesday night, the hanging must occur on Thursday, making a Thursday hanging not a surprise either. By similar reasoning he concludes that the hanging can also not occur on Wednesday, Tuesday or Monday. Joyfully he retires to his cell confident that the hanging will not occur at all.

The next week, the executioner knocks on the prisoner's door at noon on Wednesday — which, despite all the above, will still be an utter surprise to him. Everything the judge said has come true.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

pun...ching you, is easy cause you're beautiful...

dia mengelamun. halfway through. when he was talking about worldly stuff and finally proposed to marry her. by then she was mentally absent in full.

there was no response.

lelaki sedikit kecewa dan mengalih pandangan. dia memandang ke langit sambil menggenggam buku limanya. he saw the white cumulus built like friendly piles of ice cream and high above... were the thin feathers of the cirrus against the high october sky.

"vacuum..." he said to himself.
"huh?" jawab temannya.
"you are not listening..." he said.
to which she replied, "i know right!"

lelaki kemudiannya melepaskan tumbukan padu ke muka wanita tersebut.

"it would help if you removed the ipod you bitch!" tegas lelaki itu sebelum beredar.

wanita tersengih dan terus mendengar "emmy the great" daripada kumpulan playlist 'jiwa bebas'.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

women - masters of the universe

i don't know why i included this photo. it has nothing to do with what im going to write about.

my mother told me once about how women are of 1 mind and 9 nafsus, while men are of 1 nafsu and 9 minds. i believe that nafsu here simply means emotion. theoretically then men are only capable of understanding a mere 11.9% of women's emotions while women could only see about 11.9% of men's logic. the rest of the 88% are spent in a vacuum where men and women argue and perhaps settle amicably over sex (although they still do not get each other). i'm pretty sure, when my mom said that she meant the whole thing i've just said.

my mom too said, "women are always right".

my grandma would always hug me and whispered, "belajar rajin-rajin, bila besar nanti, jadi orang besar-besar!" you see, this has a lot to do with quantum mechanics. size has a lot to do with mass, and mass is gravity. which means the bigger the mass, the bigger the attraction. which is why politicians, with many followers those who are attached to him are referred to as "orang besar-besar". mawi too used to be "orang besar-besar" - but of late perhaps he is just literally bigger than he used to be.

that being said though, i never aspire to be orang besar.

my nenek too told me, "jangan lepaskan batuk di tangga!" and she the further elaborated that 'batok' contrary to what most people thought it was is an instrument used previously to scoop water from tempayan to wash your feet before going up the stairs of a rumah kampung. hence, jangan-lepaskan batuk here refers to not leaving your scoop by the stairs just in case if someone stumbled over it.

my ustazah when i was eleven, told me that Nur means light and is the guide that binds us. this too has a lot to do with quantum mechanics. Light is actually photon that binds matters. you need photons to bind atoms, atoms form molecules and hence forming objects. without light then, atoms will just be all over the place without a guide.

my little sister when she was 3 spoke gibberish. i recently found out that it meant a digital slr camera if she did well in PMR. and she did.

you see i believe women keep some of the greatest mysteries in this universe. some which might not be captured if a man kept pretending as if they were giving attention while in actual fact he was just thinking about the shape of the clouds.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

filem seram

"saya yakin filem ini akan menjanjikan satu kelainan berbanding filem filem seram yang lain. saya tidak mengatakan yang filem filem seram lain kurang bagus, setiap filem seram di malaysia ini mempunyai kelainannya sendiri..."


if a movie was different but at the same time, all other movies were also different, doesn't it make all movies the same - that they were all different. sunday aphorism.

watching khurafat later.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

bye bye blackbird

so happy new year.

the mind has been a bit slow. lately.
the mind has been searching for a twist.
life should be lived in anticipation of a twist.
otherwise... life is just that - a big pile of unwashed dishes.
in a stupid little kitchen sink.

the mind thinks it is observing the world.
but at times, it believes that it is instead, being watched.
it doesn't matter which one is which one.
because both churn the same result.

the banality of life is the one that wears you out.
not crisis.
not pain not problem.
it is the tragedy of nothing happening.
the missing of a twist.

searching for a twist is a simple concept.
it is like listening to a good story.
a strong premise.
hurdles, fights, people in general, hate, pain - all are essence for progression.
a good plot progression provides a good buildup.
and then, there you go - a twist. somewhere.

be aware though.
in anticipating a twist.
the twist might not be a twist since you anticipate it too much.
its like watching a rerun of a good movie with a twist.
the anticipation kills it.
but without anticipation, you'll miss the excitement.

happy new year, surprise yourself this year.
if you were thinking to buy an mpv, buy a sports car instead.
or a monster bike.
if you were thinking to travel with that extra money saved, invest instead.
invest in stocks.
if you found yourself lying on the beach, reaching out for sunblock cream.
forget that for a while and just enjoy the sun.

so yea, later.

hopefully we meet again.