Chip is a friend. Chip is a what we would normally describe in colloquial Malaysian parlance, a “kiam siap Chinaman”. The term carries with it an equal amount of affection (as it is generally not considered as a racial epithet) and derision (as it describes a Scrooge-like behavior). But Chip wears the label proudly.
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…Star Wars changed the way how movies were made, how they were marketed and how they can fuel cultural discourse. Which is why I took 3 months to pen my thoughts on Star Wars The Force Awakens so that I can be freed from its ubiquitous, suffocating and lingering hype that was cranked into full force by Disney months before the movie was released.
It wasn’t so long ago for me that using Windows as a daily computer was such as an abhorrent idea. I have been using Macs for a long time now. I even got into passionate fights with my enterprise IT teams due to my persistence in insisting that my MacOS devices be allowed to log into the corporate network. But recent innovative developments in Microsoft have given me pause to rethink my attitude towards the company and its products.
Malaysians recently have been bombarded by the airing of dirty laundry from both sides of the political divide. The constant lobbing of political bombs from both side of the aisle atypically not only failed to abate during the fasting month but actually intensified. Exposé after exposé made it to the headlines of the alternative and mainstream press and they got all tongues-a-wagging.
It has been a year since the last Star Wars day and J.J. Abram’s Star Wars reboot has produced 2 trailers and a Vanity Fair cover. So far, everything looks very good and one can sense that the filmmaker is slowly teasing us with details that will lead up to a Force frenzied December ahead of its release date this Christmas. In the meantime, we can only stare at Annie Leibovitz’s on location photos and continue to guess what awaits us in that far, far away galaxy.