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Hands-on engineering

By NASA MARIA ENTABAN THERE’S nothing like spending hours in a workshop, rolling up your sleeves and working with tools to give an engineering student hands-on experience. That was the main reason team Raging Bull from Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Petaling Jaya, Selangor – made up of Gatelin Wee Yue Lin, Ng Shie Hea, Daniel […]

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Same heart, different people

By SZETO YAN WENG Parachute Band may not be a familiar name to many, but for some, the Auckland, New Zealand-based pop rock band has played quite a big part in their lives. The band, who are currently on its Asian tour, was in Malaysia last month for a gig in Kuala Lumpur; it was […]

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Fight for fun

By ZAIN HD LAST Saturday afternoon, 10 gun-wielding persons stormed a traffic jam on Jalan Bukit Bintang in Kuala Lumpur, and engaged in a quick 30-second battle. Their arsenal of choice – water guns. I watched the battle unfold merely metres away, and was glad I was part of the team behind the latest RandomAlphabets […]

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Get Personal: Oh Chentaku

Three boys got together to make music and little did they know that what started out as a hobby would soon turn into a serious musical endeavour.

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Virtually hanging out

GROWING up in Kuala Lumpur, one of the most important parts of my teenage years was the time I spent “hanging out” with my friends. This was during the heydays of the lepak culture, which was considered such a big problem that there were actually advertising campaigns and signs designed to discourage young people from […]

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Speaking to a Lady

A couple weekends ago, I was sent for a Lady Gaga showcase and interview in Singapore. I’ve been lucky enough to have already met and interviewed her once before, so this time there was sorta less pressure. Plus I remembered how nice she was the first time. She’s really down-to-earth and sweet, and she made us […]

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Villas-Boas SO not like Mourinho

People in football are often very diplomatic in interviews. They’re very complimentary, very safe, and they try their best not to step on anybody’s toes with what they say. I spoke to Edwin van der Sar recently, and he wouldn’t even name the best player he’d ever played with to avoid offending the others! It […]

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Face time

AMID all the excitement over the launch of Google+ (which, my friend David Lian wrote about in his column last week), many people have totally overlooked Facebook’s latest announcement – Facebook Video Calling. In a collaboration with Skype (not their first joint-project, mind you), Facebook is allowing users to “bring your conversations to life”. A […]

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Captain Malaysia

There’s a famous char koay teow stall in Kelana Jaya, outside the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) building, that’s become like the unofficial meet-up point for those who’ve any business with the FAM. If you’re a fan of the national football team – and don’t tell anyone I told you this – all you have […]

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Expensive Englishmen

IT’S one of those things you hear so often that you just sort of accept it as truth – in this day and age, English football players cost more. That, my friends, is how ghost stories, mysterious UFO sightings, Bigfoot and the perception of Taylor Swift as a singer came about. As illogical and ridiculously […]

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Rumour has it

It’s been a while since I posted anything here, and I’ve been quite eager to get back to writing, especially with all the transfers going on. I’ve been kept busy by this leadership training thingy The Star asked some of us to do, and I’m finally graduating tomorrow (fingers crossed), after SEVEN months of seminars, […]

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The future of comics

I WAS nine when I was first exposed to Spider-Man. It was the issue where the web-slinger faced off with The Rhino, a classic Spidey villain that had the powers of a rhinoceros. The comic was a tattered RM5, “old-stock” copy my mum purchased from a nearby provision shop to keep me quiet while she […]

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Jones vs. Henderson

So who got the better deal – Liverpool or Manchester United? One is a tough-tackling, uncompromising monster of a defender in the Jamie Carragher mould; the other, an elegant playmaker that could, by some stretch of the imagination, be seen as the English Kaka. Both players are well-built, at around 6 ft 2 in, contrary […]

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The automated web

ONE of the things that I love doing most with the various websites I use is automating their services. These automations are usually self-contained within a service or application, the way my Office email sends an auto-reply when I’m not in the office, or how my Twitter account automatically blocks certain users from sending me […]

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A Malaysian in Cardiff

IT HAS only been less than a year since Malaysian businessman Datuk Chan Tien Ghee took charge of Cardiff City, but he’s already experienced the heartache of narrowly missing out on Premier League promotion, seen the departure of long-serving manager Dave Jones, helped the club out of its financial crisis, and survived Craig Bellamy.

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