From a hater of my ‘We are all pendatang, Dr M’ column

I don’t usually publicise the fan/hatemail I get but this is special case.

It’s funny he calls me an ungrateful Malay because…Aku bukan Melayu-lah, tolol. Aku orang Sabah, faham? Tulis email pun macam budak baru masuk tadika.

Name: saiful
Email: saixgarcia@gmail.com
Message: FUCK U ERNA
UR A PIECE OF SHIT
UR REMARK ON PENDATANG ISSUE IS TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE UR A RUNNING DOG BARUA CHINESE UR AN UNGRATEFUL BASTARD MALAY QUESTIONING UR OWN RACE
UR ABLE TO WRITE N SPEAK ENGLUSH COZ OF GOVT POLICY TO HELP U A BITCH MALAY TO GO TO UNI.. UR SUCH A PIG RUNNING BY THOSE SEPET
I SAY IT AGAIN UR A BASTARD A BITCH UNGRATEFUL MALAY
YET I BET U TOOK 5PCT DISCOUNT FOR BUMI HOME BUYERS… SHAME ON U SHAME ON U

Time: Sunday January 27, 2013 at 1:02 am
IP Address: 58.71.139.44
Contact Form URL: http://ernamahyuni.com/contact/
Sent by an unverified visitor to your site.

The losing battle with the bulge

My weight is threatening to return to my “chubby” level of 65kg. Sigh. I’d worked hard and reached 57kg in December but now all the weight is back, not helped by my laziness and all the food I get at press conferences. Damn you, delicious deserts!

The only thing that has really helped take the pounds of is, unfortunately, stuff I hate: vigorous exercise. 3 days a week of running as well as portion control gets me dropping a decent 1kg a week. There are no magic bullets but sadly have been too caught up with work and personal life drama to really look after my waistline.

Things must change so I’m forcing myself to blog my progress every day until the end of 2011. Wish me luck.

Health Plan progress:

Breakfast: Nasi Lemak
Pre-lunch: More nasi lemak
Lunch: Sushi take, cawan mushi, sunagimo, onagiri
Tea: Ice cream
Dinner: Nothing, thank the gods.
Exercise: On The Run exercise plan, Day 1

Feeling: Tired, but determined.

Well, I am starting from scratch

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Just to make sure I get grounded in the basics, my colleague passed me the book you see in the picture.

It is a really good read, with a lot of food for thought in it. It’s not like I got a primer when I started out as a journalist. “Here’s a printer, Erna, and our review guidelines. There’s the lab. Have fun! Oh and I need the review ASAP.”

But I know a lot of my friends are going to get a kick out of the book anyway! I am going into the industry knowing I’m still wet behind the ears so yes, I’m anticipating that the learning curve will be quite a ride.

A journalism soap opera, courtesy of The Star

Today my brain attempted to leap out of my head. In protest.

It was likely upset at being forced to read the following piece:
Sneak peek into journalism

Yes, The Star, our local newspaper is going into television. But seriously, a suspense drama called Frontpage? And it produced the storyline as well for the 13 episode series.

“We wanted to share with our readers the tough decisions and hard work that go into the making of a newspaper.” By producing a drama. Right.

If they tried that with tech journalism, I highly doubt it would count for high drama. More likely it would end up as high comedy.

Picture this scenario for a tech mag show. Let’s call it Byte Me.

Pilot Episode: Peter Lim finds himself editor of an ailing tech magazine with the tough job of getting subscriptions and ad revenue up, as well as pleasing the nitpicky ten people who spend all their time posting on the magazine’s forums.

Then he finds out an ex-flame will also be joining the firm as sales manager. Then there’s rival magazine editor Thomas Damien who’s out for blood due to a long-standing feud with Peter’s publisher and aims to settle the score through any means necessary. Will Peter succeed? Or is he doomed to spend the rest of his life writing copy for the Yellow Pages?

Episode 1: The Stock Check
Company X&Y has called up, asking for review items they expected back weeks ago. But Peter wasn’t hired yet when the items were around and has no idea where they are now as there is no documentation. Not to mention his ex-girlfriend/current sales manager is unhappy with his pagination and demands he adjust the ad/copy ratio. Will Peter find the missing items? Will his salesperson see reason? Or will his publisher just fire them both because they’re still under probation?

Episode 2: Dirty Talking
After Peter’s magazine scores an exclusive advertising deal with company JiloJilo, murky rumours abound of how the deal was secured. How will Peter stave off sordid rumours involving his sales manager, a photocopy machine and lots of thermal paste? To top that off, his lead designer’s threatening to leave the company unless he gets either a pay increase or ‘get the blardy sales to stop bothering me day and night, can or not?’

I suspect my talents do not lie in TV screenplays. Alas. 

John Scalzi demonstrates absolute pwnage

Everyone has to deal with their usual dose of stupid. But Scalzi’s response to a rather dimwitted commenter really should make the Internet Archives of Utter Win.

"Reading this person’s understanding of how the First Amendment applies
in these instances is like being slathered in a thick coat of ignorant,
and then being put out into the sun to dry out before a second coat is
applied, which itself will be topped off by a sealant of complete and utter stupid, and lightly drizzled with a glistening varnish of epic fail."

If I had to explain just how I totally relate to this, I would likely be hit with quite a few libel suits so I shall refrain.

Of course, just so you know, that description also totally describes our ruling coalition.