Thursday, April 15, 2010

chess grandmaster

do you play chess? actually i cant remember when is the last time i play chess with people. play with computer maybe easy but it doesnt bring the real feeling. even though i dont play with any strategies but when i mess up with my little sister and brother strategies it fun. and it not a surprise if i beat them coz they lost when it come to psychology.
anyway here are some basic info about chess;

-a board game play by 2 player
-chessboard has 64box (8x8 grid)
-the pieces are a king, a queen, 2 rooks, 2 knights, 2 bishops and 8 pawns.
-the objective is to checkmate the other king (checkmate is when opponents king can not move or defend from a attack)

in early year this game was mostly played by men. this is because it was widely believed that female brains werent wired with adequate spatial awareness for the game. but it doesnt mean there are no world class woman chess play. more over woman also can be a grandmaster. grandmaster is the highest title/ranking a chess player can attain.
one of female grandmaster whom i admire most is Susan Polgar. She was the first woman to earn the title of grandmaster in regular competition. and her sister Judit Polgar also become a grandmaster when she is 15 year old. what i admire about them is they are not just play chess in all woman competition. they also beat some high ranking man chess player even the world ranking player when they are only teen. and the best part is when Susan show how she play chess over a mobile phone (the opponent sit in front the board but she is somewhere else). she also can recreate a chess game glimpsed only on a side of passing van. it so cool of her and made me thinking how a 4 year old girl can play all this strategies and tactics. and the answer is genius are made not born.

Friday, April 2, 2010

the ...wood industry

the -wood. it not just ordinary wood. not the wood which contain woods.forest.timber.trees. it about glamorous world. of course it not about Tiger Wood.
it start as a name of a district in LA, California. Then became a center for entertainment and film industry. Hollywood. is more than just a city. it a word which is use when people talk about American cinema. it about glamorous.fame.prestige.

"Hollywood's a place where they'll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss, and fifty cents for your soul. I know, because I turned down the first offer often enough and held out for the fifty cents"
Marilyn Monroe

if Hollywood for American English movie, then there is Bollywood. the film industry for Hindi language film industry. unlike Hollywood there is no city specially name Bollywood. this film industry is based in Mumbai, India. it became one of the largest film industry in the world when India overtook America as largest film producer in 1970.

and how about Mollywood?Kollywood?Lollywood?Tollywood? they may refer to South asia film industry. Mollywood for Malayalam, Kollywood for Tamil, Lollywood for Pakistan and Tollywood for Telegu. and there are others film industry in south asian with no -wood name. no wonder India became world largest film producer as 1000 or more films were produce annually. Malaysia?10 films?

here i want to share some of my favorite actors and actress from both film industry along with their best performance movie (from my view);

Hollywood (American):

Sandra Bullock ( the Blind Side, the Proposal )
Meryl Streep ( Mamma Mia, Devil Wears Prada, Julie & Julia )
Reese Witherspoon ( Legally Blonde, Sweet Home Alabama )
Katherine Heigl ( 27 Dresses, Grey's Anatomy series )

Johnny Depp ( Pirates of the Caribbean film series, Edward Scissorshands, Sweeney Todd )
Robin Williams ( Patch Adams, License to Wed )
George Clooney ( Ocean-11,12, 13, Up in the Air )
Brad Pitt ( Meet Joe Black, the Curious Case of Benjamin Button )


Bollywood:

Preity Zinta ( Kal Ho Naa Ho, Salaam Namaste, Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna )
Rani Mukerji ( Hum Tum, Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai )
Madhuri Dixit ( Dil To Pagal Hai, Devdas )
Aishwarya Rai ( Taal, Devdas, Dhoom 2 )

Shah Rukh Khan ( Mohabbatien, Kabhi Kushi Kabhie Gham, Kal Ho Naa Ho, Devdas )
Saif Ali Khan ( Kal Ho Naa Ho, Hum Tum )
Jackie Shroff ( Yadien, Devdas )
Anil Kapoor ( Taal, Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai )

and from others film industry.

British:

Chatherine Zeta-Jones ( the Mask of Zorro, No Reservation, Ocean Twelve )
Julie Andrews ( Marry Poppins, The Princess Diaries 1&2 )
Keira Knightley ( Pirates of the Caribbean, Pride & Prejudice )

Christian Bale ( Batman Begins, The Dark Night, the Prestige )
Hugh Grant ( Music & Lyrics, Notting Hill)
Jason Statham ( the Transporter-1,2&3, Death Race )

Hong Kong/China/Taipei;

Shu Qi ( So Close, My Wife is a Gangster 3, Love Me Love My Money )
Maggie Cheung ( Police Story, All's Well Ends Well )
Cecilia Cheung ( Para Para Sakura, Fly Me to Polaris )
Sammy Cheng ( Needing You, Summer Holidays )

Tony Leung ( Love Me Love My Money, Infernal Affairs )
Aaron Kwok ( Para Para Sakura, And i Hate You So )
Andy Lau ( Needing You, the Warlords, Look for a Star )
Takeshi Kaneshiro ( Turn Left Turn Right, the Warlords)

and Malaysia.

Nasha Aziz ( Laila Isabella, Buli, Sepi )
Vanida Imran ( Perempuan Melayu Terakhir, Sepi )
Nur Fazura ( Pisau Cukur, Gol & Gincu )

Aflin Shauki ( Buli, Soal Hati, Sumolah)
Syafie Naswip ( Mukhsin, Talentime )