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The New Friendster.com — Extremely Simplified.

The New Friendster.com — Extremely Simplified.

If you have seen the new Friendster.com layout then you’ll be extremely surprise at how different it looks like, compared to just last week.

I remember filling out a survey about its ‘wallet’ feature, and telling them how I didn’t care about it, but now I’d like to tell them just how brilliantly designed the new layout is.

The colours are pleasing, the User Interface is intuitive and simple, and I think the best thing about it is that it is clutter-free!

Friendster

Just take a look at the brand new login screen, which is what you get when you hit friendster.com.

Very modern, very web 2.0 indeed, and I like it a lot.

I can sense that Friendster is now targeting the younger generation, the hipper and more socially networked younger generation consisting of tweens and teenagers, and whom are largely Asians.

This has to go down as one of friendsters’ critical/major overhaul in its design after quite some time.

From a testimonial powered social networking website, and now into a ‘twitter-like’ social networking website, Friendster has definitely learned from the bigger boys like Facebook and Linkedin.

Friendster

Upon logging in, you’ll find your ‘twitter’ page and this new layout should accelerate Asians’ acceptance of twitter as a networking form — though unlike twitter, the word limit here is just under 250 characters.

Rest assured the old friendster that you’ve gotten used to is still around, lurking within your ‘Profile’ page, which contains your old wall and stuffs.

Anyway as I mentioned earlier, there’s a new offering on display if you can find it, and it’s called ‘Wallet’, which is like a security feature of Friendster.

Nevertheless it’s not something that I’d use that often, as the games and apps on offer don’t really tempt me much, but the younger generation of kids should be impressed with it.

So what left me the most impression in this new wave of changes?

Friendster Logo

The Friendster logo — very friendly right? (Saw that smiley at the end?)

New Moon: Bad, But Not Too Bad.

New Moon: Bad, But Not Too Bad.

New MoonThis was the general movie reviewers’ consensus for The Twilight Saga’s second installment, which may satisfy hardcore fans of the series, but outsiders are likely to be turned off by its slow pace, relentlessly downcast tone, and excessive length.

But I’ll respect a movie and honour its crafts and terribly bad acting and occasional poor dialogues plots and immerse myself within Chris Weitz rendition here, and thanks to my surrogate sisters, I got treated to a movie for once — thanks Dil n Na!

This time round, the directing feels fantasy-like, and the storytelling is much clearer (although protracted and eloquent) but brighter than the mundane first episode.

There are also plenty of questionable moments littered around the plot and its characters, and one big question that I possess after watching the movie is ‘Don’t they have responsibilities, like exams?’

Also, in continuation from Twilight, Bella’s continued lack of emotional attachment is a big turn off, like when she scoots away or left Jacob just like that, and at least in Twilight she left her dad to ‘save’ him from the whole situation.

New Moon would’ve been much more compelling had Bella learned to shed a tear or two, but as it turns out, she’s the weaklink in the Twilight Saga.

Edward and gang, this time round solid as ever, Jacob and his pack, stout and very renegade while friends and family members added occasional respite within the movie’s tight corners.

It’s not a terrible movie, but it certainly did not live up to its mega hype surrounding its launch, which largely made it into an esoteric movie with groupies that consists largely or either screaming or squealing girls.

Case in point: and quite possibly a cinema-going turn off, when the girls squeal whenever Jacob bares his body to the camera, and just too bad that Edward didn’t get any squeals whenever his shirt goes off.

I guess I know now what to classify this Twilight Saga as, and as much as I’d like to think otherwise, I suppose that it is more of a porno flick for chicks, if you look at it from an action movie loving perspective.

While I wasn’t terribly impressed by the movie, I wasn’t utterly gutted or disappointed either.

Fact is, I was entertained and to diss it totally is an unfair judgement.

I could have probably waited for the DVD, if not for the movie treat, but if I had to award some sort of points, New Moon gets a 6.5 out of 10 from me.

So basically, Girl likes Vampire guy, who left, and Girl rebounds with Werewolf guy, who save girl from bad Vampires.

Girl sadly ignores Wolfguy’s sacrifices and immediately leaves him when Vampire guy makes a comeback.

Then Werewof guy not very happy and threatens Vampire guy. The end.

Recouperation

Life goes off in a blur, comeuppance of long extended nights catches up, and when I thought that it couldn’t get any worse, an illness creeps in, burning away my weekend and disrupting every little plan that I had.

The last time I was hit by a bout of fever this bad… well I couldn’t even remember.

For almost 4-5 days, I spent time in bed fighting lucid dreams, or maybe I wasn’t dreaming, but merely lying down with eyes half closed and the mind half concious of the surroundings.

I poured ice and cool water into a bucket and applied cool patches to lessen the burning sensation and even finished an entire satchet of Panadols over 48hours. To an extent it worked but only as much as to allow myself the opportunity to drag my bum to the clinic, where thedoctor was all inquisitive about my condition.

No cough? No Flu? No Phelgm? No Stomach-pains? For goodness sake, Doctor, it’s a fever!

The consultation ended with the statement of ‘how bad I looked’ before I was given 2 days of MC, which I survived solely on delicately soft and mildly tasteful Japanese bread, a couple of 1.5 litre 100 plus bottles, instant Oats, Hari Raya kuehs and biscuits and lots of sleep.

I felt so much ache in my muscles and tension around my head that the pain turned to numbness, as my head swirled round and round, and round.

I found it difficult to stay awake, but I had to, and I couldn’t really focus on the computer screen so each time I switched it on, five minutes later it was off.

As I gradually recovered, I paced slowly around the house, just to get my mind off any feeling-sick thoughts and ended up watching MTVs.

Occasionally Dad would call in from Saudi Arabia (he’s performing his Haj) and ask how things were, but I’d tell him that everyone’s doing good and that there’s nothing to worry about.

A white lie suffices once in a while, cos I’d expect that if anyone’s calling from somewhere halfway across the world, of what good would news about a sickly feverish son that’s now marathon-ed towards 4 days be?

Honestly, I did began to wonder if it was going to turn into a serious illness or just a passing fever, but I’m glad that it’s now getting much, much better.

So no cough, no flu, no stomache-pains, just high fever and perhaps the only celebratory event that I could grow content with was that there was no work done too.

I remembered asking for a long holiday from work, heh, but this was a little bit different eh?

In any case, I feel really really fresh today, where it’s the 6th day after my first encounter of ┬áthe fever bug, but still not fresh enough.

And still looking for that long holiday.