Friday, April 29, 2005

E Pur Si Muove.

The recent events in the Singapore blogsphere resulting in (undesirable, imho) international attention. Any more rampaging elephants resulting in the loss of more blogs is going to leave me nothing but the ground to be worshipping on. In the meantime, I think has good advice for how bloggers should respond.

I just want to be left alone.
- Greta Garbo
Since evolution favours infancy, this entry will attempt to raise the infantile quotient of this blog. And what more social to blog about than the movies and TV show trivia?

kevintan73 does a parody of The Matrix Reloaded where
AcidFlask meets the Architect. So which Matrix persona would I be? Mentally went through the list of characters but none of the main characters seem to fit. Then I remembered Zee.

"Who?", you say.


Since most of you would not recall such a minor character, I have reproduced the part of the screenplay where she appears in the Matrix Revolutions.

Cas: Zee, what are you doing?
Zee: Making shells.
Cas: They're evacuating our level. We have to go.
Zee: I'm not going with you.
Cas: What?
Zee: They've called for volunteers to hold the dock.
Cas: Kids, you stay here. I know how you feel, Zee, but you can't do that.
Zee: I have to.
Cas: Why?
Zee: Because I love him. I love him the same as he loves me. And if I were out there and he were here, I know what he'd do.
Cas: But you're gonna get yourself killed. It's crazy, Zee.
Zee: Maybe it is. But ask yourself, if it were Dozer, and you knew the only chance you had to see him again was to hold the dock, what would you do?
Cas: Make shells.

Zee is a nobody in the human city of Zion. She has already lost two brothers (Tank and Dozer) as crew on the Nebuchadnezzar. And now she is about to lose the love of her life, Link, who is working in that same crew slot on the Nebuchadnezzar, which has been given up for lost. The city she lives in is facing extinction by the impending attack and her world has fallen apart.

Like Zee, most (if not all) of what goes on in the matrix is beyond me. The complex history and theory of the war are beyond her understanding, just like what goes on in the high levels of Singapore rulers are beyond my limited ability to understand. Abstract ideas like freedom or autonomy, or fancy labels like authoritarian or libertarian are little more than words. They may be important but they are not as substantial as the good luck charms we offer to those important to us to keep them safe.

So like Zee, we just hang on to those dear to us and focus on doing what little we can do in our corner of the world. Our choice as serfs is limited to choosing to follow the majority and huddling in some dark corner awaiting our fate - or we can choose to do whatever little we can to hold the dock. Making shells.

Zee: I'm scared, Charr...
Charra: I'm sure you are. I'm gonna make you a deal. You keep moving, I keep shooting.
Zee: Deal.

And to the comment in the previous entry, yes I am a fan of the two TV series written by Joe Michael Straczynski, The five questions on the sidebar are actually taken from the cancelled Crusade series, which followed on to the highly popular Babylon5 series.

Wannabe Lawyer draws on the Babylon5 screenplay to
illustrate his point about freedom.

I always figured the Babylon5 story to be about this epic space battle between the forces of good and evil. I have no idea about what Singaporeans think about freedom, but I know that no serf is going to lay down their lives willingly (without conscription) for 99-year leasehold 100 square-metre high-rise apartments, 10-year COE-limited cars with ERP, or fuzzy concepts like the National Pledge or the National Flag or the National Party.

I cannot imagine willingly sacrificing a life for a flag, a bunch of words, or simply because our rulers say so. We serfs will live (and die) for the people dear to us, for the places we consider important or sacred, or even for petty things like our own selfish ego or shiny little trinkets. Or for duty and honour to those we have pledged ourselves to. Or for the choice to live our lives the way we believe is right, and to bring up our children the way we see fit without unjustified external interferences. But not for a flag and a bunch of words imposed unilaterally by our rulers

I like the Zathras character of Babylon5. Both of them. Zathras is the typical serf - just listen to him. Zathras speaks for me.

"Not the one. Won't talk. Can't talk. Not the one. They told me, they did. Zathras listens, he does, yes. Zathras listens and does what he's told."

"Much apologizing. Mathematics not Zathras' skill."

"Zathras does not want to die. But if it is the only way, then Zathras dies. It is life."

"Zathras die. But Zathras die for cause. Maybe stop great war. Maybe Zathras great hero. Maybe build statue to Zathras. Others come, remember Zathras."

"Zathras understand. .. No. Zathras not understand, but Zathras do. Zathras good at doings, not understandings."

"Zathras work here. Zathras were born here. You work up there, Zathras work down here. You dress like that, Zathras dress like this."

"So Zathras talks to dirt. Sometimes talks to walls, or talks to ceilings. But dirt is closer. Dirt is used, through everyone walking on it. Just like Zathras, but we've come to like it. It is our role. It is our destiny in the universe. So, you see, sometimes dirt has insects in it. And Zathras likes insects. Not so good for conversation, but much protein for diet."


Blogger Andrew said...

by any chance do u remember another quote from zathras? Something along the lines of "Time is infinite. You are finite. I am finite. This, is broken too."

April 29, 2005 9:52 AM  
Blogger Huichieh said...

Trackback: From a Singapore Angle, "A Sad Day for the Singapore Blogosphere"

April 29, 2005 12:39 PM  
Blogger Edan Bernardino said...

I think it's a little creepy how HUICHIEH LOY trackbacks -everything-

April 29, 2005 2:58 PM  
Blogger Jeff! Lim said...

Like for real?

April 29, 2005 8:31 PM  
Blogger KnightofPentacles said...

jeff! lim:

What is "like for real"?

edan bernardino:

For the record I think huichieh loy has done an excellent job of collating and indexing relevant posts to certain events in the Singapore blogsphere. Hardly creepy at all. Information is useless if you cannot find it.


The quote you are looking for is from second half of the two-part episode War Without End. Conversation between Zathras and Ivanova.

"No. No. No. No-no. Not good. No, no."

"Come on, find what you need and lets get away from here. We are running out of time."

"Can not run out of time, there is infinite time. You are finite, Zathras is finite. This is wrong tool. No. No. Not good. No. No. Never use this."

May 01, 2005 7:21 PM  
Blogger Jeff! Lim said...

KoP, that was just a short basic "challenge" statement. Just like u, i dont find it creepy at all. And i find that word "everything" a bit too extreme. But dont take it too personally, edan.

Oh, but can i trackback your comment about this? Pls dont find me creepy. (Hell, but i couldnt even care less anyway).

May 01, 2005 11:27 PM  
Blogger KnightofPentacles said...

jeff! lim:
Go right ahead. Nobody needs my permission to post a comment/trackback here, or to link to this place.

May 02, 2005 7:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am probably paranoid, but I know Huichieh Loy and he isn't a serf, he's an elite.

May 03, 2005 4:37 PM  
Blogger TriplePeriod said...

Nice one. =)

May 03, 2005 9:38 PM  
Blogger Andrew said...


May 04, 2005 12:25 PM  

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