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Thursday, January 29, 2009

态度 attitude

This is a Blackie Chen's(pic) documentary on the Taiwanese SBL (Super Basketball League) basketball team Taiwan Beer.He is the marketing director and assistant coach,tells the ups and downs faced by a championship winning side. Taiwan Beer basketball team almost a goner in 2003, but they managed to make it through for the seasons. In 2006, they were a whisker away from becoming the champion of SBL. A last second field goal deny them.

As it is a documentary, the content is the difficulty Blackie face. It is easy to follow the team match in and match out, but in realistic you're in the hands of Fate because you never know just how the team would perform. This is more than just about the game, but the lives of the players behind the scenes, as well as the thematic elements of courage, team work, bonding and friendship, values that anyone can identify with.

The title Attitude is applies not only to sports, but to our daily life as well. With the right approach and attitude, nothing impossible.

This documentary is told in chapters and and some quick cuts. Different players been put under the spotlight, based on the specific topic the chapter is touching upon. Topic like how injury is any sports figure's greatest fear for the player anytime can be ending ones of career. It also talk how they come together and bond with each other, from the youngest player in the team to the team captain Hao Dai. The fact that a team without team work, relying on a few star players, is never as strong as a team that gels together, and capitalizes on one another's strengths.

It's not just talk all serious thing here, there were a lot more hilarious episodes within that demonstrates that they are like brothers, who work hard both on the field and off it, and there are a number of jokers around. One really funny incident involving a broken hoop in the only practice court they have by Blackie, how they scare they will lose the practice court and find way to fixed it show their attitude on basketball.. The documentary also show 1 of the fan which battle against cancer.

This is a documentary that you cannot script and no control over the outcome. It's going with the flow, and GOD will impact all the people after watching this documentary. Blackie have been depend on GOD for this whole documentary as this is the 1st time he is doing this kind of documentary.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Jesus Messiah

He became sin
Who knew no sin
That we might become His Righteousness
He humbled himself and carried the cross

Love so amazing
Love so amazing

Jesus Messiah
Name above all names
Blessed Redeemer
The rescue for sinners
The ransom from Heaven
Jesus Messiah
Lord of all

His body the bread
His blood the wine
Broken and poured out all for love
The whole earth trembled
And the veil was torn

Love so amazing
Love so amazing, yeah

All our hope is in You
All our hope is in You
All the glory to You, God
The light of the world

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Moon River

Heard this song last week during my friend's wedding... Reminded me back on this song. enjoy it...

Sang by Andy William

Sang by Malaysian singer Gary Cao

Moon river wider than a mile
Im crossing you in style someday
You dream maker, you heartbreaker
Wherever youre going Im going your way
Two drifters off to see the world
Theres such a lot of world to see
Were after the same rainbows end
Waiting round the band
My huckleberry friend, moon river
And me

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Today is the day

Here we go!
Oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh

I’m casting my cares aside
I’m leaving my past behind
I’m setting my heart and mind on You

I’m reaching my hand to Yours
Believing there’s so much more
Knowing that all You have in store for me is good
Is good

Today is the day You have made
I will rejoice and be glad in it
Today is the day You have made
I will rejoice and be glad in it
And I won’t worry about tomorrow
I’m trusting in what You say
Today is the day
Oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh
Today is the day
Oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh

I putting my fears aside
I’m leaving my doubts behind
I’m giving my hopes and dreams to You

I’m reaching my hand to Yours
Believing there’s so much more
Knowing that all You have in store for me is good
Is good

I will stand upon Your truth.
(I will stand upon Your truth)
And all my days I’ll live for You
(And all my days I’ll live for You

G.A.S. Management

Every tone freak goes through phases of GAS; that is, Guitar (or Gear) Acquisition Syndrome. You hear a sound or lick, or you have a sonic vision of a tone you want to produce, and you’re suddenly overcome with an urge to go and buy that piece of gear that will satisfy your craving. If you’ve been playing for a number of years like I have, you probably have a garage full of gear that you don’t use any longer. You see, the worst thing about GAS is that it never goes away because over time, your playing style and gear needs change. It’s unavoidable. Another fallout of GAS, is that it’s a very impulsive behavior. You might be completely satisfied with your current rig, but something sparks in your brain, and BAM! You’re ordering new gear online or going down to your local music equipment store.So the question is: Is there away to control GAS? Sure. The obvious “controllers” are easy to identify:

  • You don’t have the money - that’s a great control.
  • Your partner won’t let you - I get this all the time, but I have my own “gig-money” bank account that she’s not allowed to touch, and since it gets depleted, I usually end up at point 1 anyway. :)

Those are certainly practical ways for controlling GAS, but they operate only on the physical plane. What about the psychological plane? After all, GAS is an impulsive behavior. For that, I’ve developed a series of questions that I ask myself before I press the “Order Now” button, or bid on an eBay item. They’re tough questions that require a lot of thought, but they definitely help to bring me back to earth, as it were; and I’ve avoided a lot of what turned out to be unnecessary purchases. Here they are:

1 Does this gear solve a real issue right now, or is this something I just want to try out? Solution = +1Experiment = -1
2 Am I playing anything right now that requires this piece of gear? Yes = +1No = -1
3 Have I really taken the time to research and evaluate this product and make comparisons to competing products to determine if it’s a right fit for me to integrate into my overall tone? Yes = +1No = -1
4 Now be honest: Do I really have the skill to use this gear effectively? Yes = +1No = -1
5 If I don’t have the skill, but have answered positively to the previous questions, do I really have the time to put into getting to a level of expertise with this where I can perform in front of people? Yes = +1No = -1
6 Am I trying to sound like somebody else with this? No = +1Yes = -1
7 Again, be honest: Will this gear truly expand my tonal palette? Yes = +1No = -1
8 Will this purchase have a significant impact on my available funds? No = +1Yes = -1
9 Finally, do I want pay for this with credit or cash? Cash = +1 Cash = +1Credit = -1I can afford the monthly payment = 0

Now add up the pluses and minuses. You’ll either get a positive or negative value because there are an odd number of questions. With anything on the minus side, even if it’s a -1, I don’t buy the gear. But that’s just the discipline I’ve placed on myself. For positive values, I will only buy the gear if I score a 6 or 7, and it usually has to be a 7 because I have limited funds. Again, that’s just personal discipline. With respect to the last question, it doesn’t factor (gets a 0) if I’m willing to afford the monthly payment. But my personal philosophy is to only pay for my gear if I have the cash to pay for it.Ultimately, controlling GAS is about personal discipline; having the discipline to not react to our natural proclivity to be impulsive. With this series of questions, I’m not trying to cure GAS at all. In fact, I embrace the fact that we all get GAS. But after purchasing thousand of dollars worth of gear over the years, I’ve come to realize that I’ve got to have some discipline, and take some time to give my purchases a thought, so I can take action based on information, not emotion. That action can either be purchasing the gear or passing on it. I’ve passed on a lot of gear using these questions.Now here’s a sample evaluation for my latest purchase of a pair of THD Yellow Jacket tube adapters:

  1. Yes, this solves a real problem for me in that I need to get into breakup at a lower volume. As it stands, I’ve got to crank up my gain to get a smooth overdrive from my amp, which means a huge jump in volume. Reducing my output to 5W will allow me to do this at a much lower volume.
  2. Absolutely, at all my gigs.
  3. It doesn’t necessarily add to my overall tone as it helps me achieve the tone I want, but at a lower volume.
  4. n/a in this case
  5. n/a in this case
  6. Nope - just a quieter ME. :)
  7. This will expand my tonal palette because I can do the hard-driving stuff without having the rafters crash down from the ceiling. This is especially applicable at Church and in my home studio. With recording, I have to wait until the weekend to drive my amp hard.
  8. Little impact. At $100 bucks, we’re good.
  9. Cash for sure. I’ll pay for it with my debit card.

This acticle is taken from

You can use this G.A.S Evaluator that created by goofydawg to see if you should or shouldn't get the gear....

My Gear

This is the gear i use...... I will update more when i have more gear... haha
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