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Wednesday, April 09, 2008

STOP! Blogging is hazardous!

Just like everything, too much is not good. Yes even blogging excessively can lead to your death. Two bloggers have actually died while blogging. These two bloggers are not your ordinary blog-for-fun-or-to-express bloggers. They are bloggers who are paid to blog and they write for big and popular blogs. To be more specific, both of these bloggers are writing for technology blogs. Both of them died because of heart-related symptoms. God bless their souls.

Other bloggers of the same group complain of weight loss or gain, sleep disorders and exhaustion. For those who blogs excessively and is reading this, stop whatever you are doing now, log off from every account and shut your desktop/laptop down. Then go outside and take a stroll. Maybe it's time your walk your dog. Or in this case, let your dog walk you!

Sure the world wide web can be your eye to the whole wide world but it is still no replacement for your very own pair of eyes on your face. Go out of your house, take a look around. Jog around the neighbourhood. Say hi (or pick a fight with) to your neighbour. Check out who moved in or out. When was the last time you sweat? When was the last time you saw that chick around your neighbourhood?

The Internet is abstract. It is made up of people communicating with each other. Without people it is nothing. It won't exist. So keep yourself alive and keep the Internet alive. =)

12 Comment(s):

kevin said...

yea if you gonna be like tokmoh and spam blogging it will be hazardous.

buggerz, i cant even read all at once.

btw, noticed you listen to FF songs.

Vincent Tan said...

lol. Tokmoh n his multiple post. I would do the same if I have the same amount of stuff to blog on.

Yes I love the FF series. I've changed the playlist already. The previous one was too noisy. Starcraft 2 trailer song was in there, god of war was in there..

tokmoh said...

Sigh......3rd time I'm trying to comment this post, this is why I hate blogspot zzzzz.....

Oit, Paultan blogs lagi gila than me la!! Summor he blog very, very early mornin, I wonder he's in M'sia......or a vampire.

Vincent Tan said...

Aahhh really? I did not encounter any problems while commenting other blogs which are hosted by blogspot.

Paul tan aa? Hmmm.. It's partly his job to blog already.. He should chill once in a while too. But he's lucky to be called to test drive the Type-R.

tokmoh said...

Oh, I always have problem with those blogspots which hv "word verification" thingy, it's like if I write it first time, it says its wrong, usually oni 2nd time then oni I can comment.

But ur blog dun hv that crap, I use OpenID through my wordpress, n if I didn't sign in my wordpress, it says I can't comment!! wtf!!

Lucky to test drive Type-R? I felt he's lucky to go to Japan to test drive that hydrogen prototype, the latest Accord, n before this, he's been to Greece IIANM to cover the launch of the all-new X5 (oredi here in M'sia), that absolutely lucky bitch.

Vincent Tan said...

I turned verifications off because I know no one would wanna spam their comments here. Mayb Kev would. Lol. I find it irritating when I comment on some other blog.

I wonder how did it all started for Paul?

tokmoh said...

Yea, I guess different blogs harder to synchronise with one another. One thing's for sure, wordpress' style feels better than blogger's, at least to me.

That Paul dunno lor, dunno where he live, where he work, who he knows to get invited to Greece, Japan etc. All I oni know is he's a bitch.

Vincent Tan said...

Yea blogspot is kinda fussy when it comes to IDs.

He's a bitch because he gets the good life. Clarkson is another one. A bigger one! =)

tokmoh said...

Yea, and most of them would complain their work sux la, that people oni see the pleasure side of it la, that they carry a 'heavy responsibility' test driving the expensive models one la, they've seen people being irresponsible with S-class la.

Rubbish. They're all a bunch of spoilt brats and runaways. They think reporting car events that need to walk as far as marathon runners do is terrible, they think meeting deadline is hellish, they think covering live events online at odd hours is inconvenient, truth is, I found all of them so far have different qualification. Denis Wong, Autocar Asean's editor grad with Law, Chips Yap grad with Architecture, and I am absolutely certain Paul didn't grad in journalist-related studies.

They complain people oni see the pleasure they get at work? Then what about them? Why didn't they see the pleasure or passion of the profession that they grad? Why are they even complaining about marathon-like distance in big car events? The hellish datelines? The late night report?

Some people being irresponsible when handling S-class? They have themselves to blame for failing to guarantee one quality one needs to be a motor journalist: respect for the car, regardless it's good or bad. Some say Clarkson is irresponsible then, but he'd actually dare not do much physically to cars that's not his money (verbally is a different matter la). Most of the cars he tortured are BBC's or his money (I think la, for his special DVD ones), not the car manufacturer's test drive unit. The only exception I know was the Renault Megane, which Hamster asked a stuntman to crush it. Ironically, Renault actually thanked them, cuz it oni improves their reputation for making very safe hatchbacks (it has 5-star Euro NCAP btw)!!

Jeremy Clarkson is a true, blue-blooded journalist. His qualification is just O-levels, similar to our SPM!! He worked at his parents' toy store selling Paddington Bear toys after that, and a short while later, joined some British newspaper to become their reporter. It took some years before he finally moved into motor journalism, of which I heard he used to be very serious during the old Top Gear days (before 2002).

That said, reading up his past, I find it difficult to feel jealous of Jeremy Clarkson, more like I have admiration of him. Clarkson to me, is there, not by luck, but through sheer hard work and determination. His days being a reporter were so terrible, he wrote about how he felt that it probably would've much better had only he go to a university, and that it could be the only regret he has in life that he'd carry until the day he died. But he's determined and passionate to be someone remembered in the history. I'm not really sure myself what his goal in life is, but I know he's determined to achieve it and willing to pay the price of facing so many challenges, while he could've enjoyed life in university like others do. For that, today he deserves the reward. He is very much a successful man to me, just like other successful people say, Richard Branson, Tony Fernandez, Donald Trump, Soichiro Honda, Steve Jobs, Jamie Oliver, etc. Its just that he specialise in journalism.

Oh, another thing they'd like to complain is their pay isn't that much. Well, Jeremy Clarkson is definitely poorer than all the examples I've given. But his scope is in a different league than the locals here.

Vincent Tan said...

You actually saw them complaining about their job? Point me there!

I would love to have their job! Just imagine how many cars do you get to drive and feel for your whole entire lifetime? For the lucky few ones, the number might be high. But for the majority, like us, maybe a couple of it.

If they really hate their job so much, QUIT! Do something they would love instead of grumbling on how their job sucks. This kinda reminds me of a peribahasa, beri betis hendak paha. I guess this would be human nature. When you have a Proton, u'll want a Mitsubishi. When you have a BMW, u'll want a Ferrari. It just keeps building up.

What are they moaning about? Every jobs sucks in their own way. U need to plough through it to enjoy the fruits of your success.

Lol. Jeremy Clarkson started work as a salesman? And selling Paddington Bears? Lol! Can't imagine that! Never knew he had such an interesting past.

I think Clarkson is the poorest among all your examples mentioned there. But just look at the cars he owns!!

tokmoh said...

Saw? I used to debate with Chips Yap in motortrader's forum abt Honda Civic winning 2007's Car of the Year award, and how Ford Focus mk2 is sooooo underrated here. Come on, Ford Focus, for God's sake!! It may look boring and Toyota-ish at first sight, but park it in an Ikea store, you suddenly can see its elegant Swedish-ness in its design language. It's also very practical with a very spacious boot, spacious interior, and then there's the handling: it is the best in its class, it's German engineered!! Reliability? Well, Clarkson used to own a Focus mk1 for 7 years, and he said it never go wrong, not even once no matter how badly he thrashed it!! Best of all, it's cheaper than the Honda Civic, anytime, the Focus is much, much better than the Civic, at least in UK.

[sarcasm]But all those people ever thought in rewarding the CotY is "2nd hand value good ah?"[/sarcasm]

Some time later, I managed to meet with Denis Wong, Autocar Asean's editor, and you know what he said about Focus' quality? It's worse than the Civic. I wonder if he actually knew our Focus is made in Philippines, while our Civic is made in Melaka, which have earned a reputation as Proton's QC partner-in-crime. There's even an 11-page thread in lowyat abt how lousy Honda CKD's quality is. He also said the Focus isn't as powderful as Civic, and then there's the 4-speed auto 'box. I never remembered the Focus 2.0 is built to race, and what's wrong with 4-speed 'box? The latest Altis also have 4-speed 'box, and yet, they'd still shower it with praises bcuz "it's a Toyota."

He may have said all the cons of being a motor journalist to filter out the people who might not be committed to the job, but it reflects poorly how he lacks satisfaction in his current job.

He did manage to tell me, when they (all M'sian motor journalist that) went to Spain for BMW M3's launch last year, everyone was enjoying themselves, while he was in the hotel room writing the story for the BMW M3. True enough, I did remember Autocar Asean published the story in August, while others published it in September or later.

Beri betis nak paha, heheh. I feel that it's more of "hendak seribu daya, tak hendak seribu dalih." He could've tell me more about the joy and satisfaction of being a motor journalist, and yet, he chose to complain how tiring it is to always visit KLIA in a rush. Definitely, he got the wrong guy to complain, cuz the last time I rode a plane to visit UK was 7 years ago. That could only mean he leaves a "spoilt brat" impression on me.

Clarkson? Yea, I know he had a Ferrari 355, an Alfa (not sure which model), Ford Focus, Volvo XC90, Ford GT, Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder, SL55 AMG, SLK55 AMG, hmm......what else?

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