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Seems I didn’t have to wait that long. It has finally arrived and it is now in my possession.

It took less than 2 weeks and a half for it to arrive. Sadly, I had to go over to maxis to check…they didn’t call me to inform as promised. So, I don’t know how long it had been sitting at the maxis Centre since arrival. Well, not like I was going to let that ruined the whole experience.

For those of you who placed an order since early September and have not received news of your units arriving, I suggest you head on over to the centre and check. You’re likely to get the good news as I did yesterday morning.

Yesterday started out with me taking a last minute detour to TTDI on the way to work. The driver behind me I reckon, didn’t appreciate my sudden lane change to get into TTDI. Thanks to most people still celebrating Hari Raya, finding a car park in that otherwise congested region of Kuala Lumpur would have been like ***censored***. I checked with Lawrence, and with a smiling face, he told me yes, it was ready for collection. “Do you want to collect it now?” He told me it would take about 15 to 20 minutes.

I went outside to make a phone call to my wife to convey the good news, and to work out a way to pay for it. I need to make certain arrangements with the bank and some credit cards in order to pay for this. I told Lawrence I was going to come back in the afternoon or evening to settle it.

I headed to office right after, a drive which was as surreal as it could get. As I reverse-parked my car, I scraped the rear bumper against the rough wall surface outside my office. Nope, face was still beaming. Wasn’t going to let that ruined the day for me. Went down to check the damage…ah heck! I was getting the 3G S today. Damage Schlamage.

To cut a long story short, I went into office at 11 am, finished some bugging KPI-related report for the month, applied for the afternoon off, left office at 2 pm, and headed home to pick the wife. We went to some banks to settle some outstandings, and by the time we got to maxis, it was already 4 pm. Both the wife and me skipped lunch…despite our stomachs growling to the max. Oh, did i mention we didn’t have breakfast that morning as well?

Our wait at maxis started at 4 pm, and we were only called to the counter at 4.35 pm, thanks to 2 lady-customers who couldn’t decide what contract plan to be on. I even spoke to them about their iPhones, and suggested what plan to take, hoping that would expedite the queue line, but they have their own theories and calculations to remain in contemplation. They must have been there for a long time, as when they left, the maxis customer service officer looked up and gave a sigh of relief. Though my wife had begun to grow edgy with the wait, I maintained my cool because…yes, you got that right – I was collecting my 3G S. She didn’t blame maxis for the slow service. It was the customers. Why couldn’t they decide that at home, since the contract plans and related information were readily available? If it’s the confidence in having a person explain the details to them over the counter, I don’t blame them…but do spare a thought for those in line. With 3 iPhones already in their possession, I’m sure the 2 ladies would understand by then not to keep people from getting their iPhones!

When it got to my turn, I was given the chance to officiate the opening of the box. The nice Malay lady at the counter slit open the wrapping over at one edge, and passed me the box to do the opening. She mentioned that she understood how people felt about being the first one to open the box. She was really nice and understanding! With the attentiveness and care of a maternity surgeon, I unboxed and delivered my iPhone to the world…!

I activated the iPhone on the spot, after much thinking of whether to do it at home or there and then. Figuring that I didn’t have much time at home later, I decided to go with the latter. After the quick activation, she requested for me to check the condition of the iPhone, for any scratches, dings, dents or imperfections. I didn’t think it was necessary, but I gave it a once-over anyhow. True enough, I found a hairline scratch on the silver surface of the silent button. Being an indigo child (or so I’d like to believe!), I have excellent eyesight which is above the average of the common mortals. My wife couldn’t see it, neither could the maxis CS officer. She confirmed that the unit has not been handled before, and said that I would have to wait another day if I wanted to change it.

I decided not to change. It was a minor scratch line not really visible unless you look very very closely. My wife eventually saw it in the reflection of daylight, after much turning and flipping the phone. We were done and out of maxis Centre by 5.10 pm. I don’t think I could stomach another day of wait. If I had to, I would have to go back and kick the wall that scraped my bumper, flicked the bird to the driver who wasn’t pleased with my car manoeuvre, give maxis a spanking for not informing me of stock arrival, and get even with the ladies who made me wait for over half an hour. All with an empty stomach! No thank you.

Hi folks,

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I’m writing this today to describe the thought processes on how I came to decide to be an iPhone user. I thought it would be necessary to explain as I find a number of people, myself included, finding multiple reasons not to crossover. The word crossover would seem adequate as the iPhone running on a scaled down Mac OS X is truly a revolutionary device quite unlike any other as you will soon realise.

For the many of us who are already accustomed to the ubiquitous Finnish, Korean and Japanese-Swedish mobile phone brands, the iPhone differs most significantly in its ease of operation. My opinion and findings are listed as 10 points (by no means exhaustive) below:

  1. On accessing applications on the different pages, you have to admit that flipping to page 5 and tapping on an app all by finger action is easier and more natural than the usual first pressing the menu button, followed by a series of alternating joystick or D-pad manoeuvres and key-presses.
  2. Whilst the iPhone may not have some of the features of other phones in the market (such as hard disk capabilities out of the box to facilitate file transfers, an infrared port which would otherwise have made it an excellent universal touchscreen remote control,  and a front camera for 3G video calls, to name a few), it does its core functions as a phone and multimedia device very well, with such simplicity that makes you wonder why all phones couldn’t just operate in that manner. It’s all in the user interface and built-in sensors. It is a paragon of hardware and software working in tandem and in complete harmony.
  3. As the iPhone does not rely on hardware buttons for any form of input, it allows the operating system and software applications to customize the input options on the screen. Options may be increased on-screen to minimize otherwise redundant key-presses, or reduced to avoid complexities and confusion. The on-screen keyboard and the way it allows umlauts and foreign characters to be keyed in is one such example.
  4. The iPhone does not require you to close any application once you are done. You may choose to force an application to close should you want to do that, but as a book suggests, this is not really necessary. With a 256MB RAM and rumoured 800MHz processor underclocked to 600Mhz, the iPhone 3G S remains speedy and zippy even with a number of applications open in the background. Crashes and hangs do not seem to occur as frequent as a Windows Mobile device, if ever. At least this has been reported by some who have had experience on both platforms.
  5. Of course, an iPhone is rather large in size – bigger than your average mobile phone, but flatter (12.3 mm) and lighter (135 g) than most. While its large size may be a bane to some, it is also a boon to those who appreciate a good screen real estate. Similar in screen size to the XDAs of yesteryears, its 3.5-inch screen allows sizable buttons to be displayed, such that even users with gigantic fingerpads would have no problems hitting them accurately. A large screen with a resolution of 480 x 320 pixel at 163 pixels per inch also means fonts could be displayed at a larger-than-normal size, whilst still allowing a fair amount of information on a single screen without the need for much scrolling.
  6. The built-in accelerometer also made it possible to do away with key-presses to change screen orientation. A typical key-press sequence on a regular phone would be something like Options followed by Rotate Screen, followed by Left or Right. A change in the screen orientation from portrait to landscape on the iPhone is achieved simply by rotating the device 90-degrees to its side. Although the accelerometer is built into some other phones such as the Nokia N95 (such as the one I am currently using), the flow from one orientation to another isn’t quite as smoothly rendered as on the iPhone. As mentioned above, hardware and software working in complete harmony.
  7. A proximity sensor on the iPhone also tells the device to switch the screen off when placed next to your ear during a phone call, saving precious battery life and avoiding any accidental and unintentional key-presses for those with clumsy thumbs.
  8. On the iPhone 3G S, a built-in magnetometer allows a pre-installed compass to function instantaneously the moment the app is activated. For the urban dwellers who have no use for a compass, the magnetometer would allow users to know immediately which direction they are facing when running Google Maps, a feature that would have been useful in my Nokia N95 when I run Maps on GPS – when I am stationary close to a highway divider, sometimes Maps gets confused which side of the highway I am on, alternating between to and fro, until I start moving again! With Google Maps now, you will immediately know your orientation, i.e. which side of the map you are facing. In that respect, the iPhone becomes a more effective digital map than your conventional paper map!
  9. One of the great things about the iPhone is Safari and its ease of use when browsing the web. With intelligent selection of div containers and zoom by tap or pinch out, surfing the web on a mobile device for long period at a time is no longer a pain. This was recently conveyed to me by a friend, who surfed the web for 2 whole hours using Safari on his iPod Touch, something he could not imagine doing on his Nokia N95, which uses the same Safari web browser!
  10. If I have not made it clear before, I’ll say it now again. The user interface on the iPhone is not only ergonomic, but eye candy to the user who appreciates well-planned and well-designed on-screen layouts. It adds to the overall thrill in mobile device usage, whether it is answering a phone call, keying entries into Calendar, or running one of the many free apps already available and downloadable from Apple’s App Store!

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If you are still not totally convinced about getting the iPhone 3G S to replace your existing mobile device, I would urge you to view the Tour Guide and TV Ads for the iPhone 3G S available at Apple’s website. And if that doesn’t do the trick still, then by all means keep your existing Finnish, Korean or Japanese-Swedish mobile phone. It must be a very good model. Then again, the generated interest on the iPhone has been the result of great hype and media attention, purportedly by blogs such as this as well.

There are other new features such as Voice Control and onboard video trimming that I did not touch on. However, the above are just my thoughts prior to being a true blue user, as I have yet to receive my unit, due to arrive in the next few weeks. Until then, I hope my expectations and enthusiasm on this superb device would not wane or fade altogether.

Fingers crossed-over,

Devon Buy

Sigh…the wait is ever so long. Even one week could seem like eternity, I kid you not!

I paid maxis TTDI a visit again today. It has been exactly one week since I placed my deposit. I have checked at one MEP outlet a few times over the last one week just to see what’s the stock like. Seems the 16GB model is higher in demand than the 32GB counterpart this time round. And stock had arrived on 16th September 2009, for those who placed orders between mid- and end-August. I checked the list. There were many people who have yet to collect their units. According to maxis, some claimed that they had wanted to wait until after the Hari Raya to collect, presumably once they have collected some money. They actually have that kind of control and restraint. One thing I’ve learnt here is instant gratification. With the iPhone 3G S, you ain’t gettin’ any!

I was in Mid Valley and Gardens later part of the day. Caught an old uncle sitting at My Toast toying around with his iPhone 3G S, sending an MMS. Told me he got his during the launch, just 2 weeks after he placed his deposit with maxis. Well, his son has one too. He mentioned that the iPhone was extremely easy to use, a suitable device for an old man like him. He showed me how Google Maps worked on his unit, giving the example of routing the current location to his home. I now know he stays about 17 minutes from Gardens.

I will be checking with maxis again in the next few days to see if anyone is cancelling their order. That is the only way I can get a unit from that order batch. And for now, that’s the closest thing to instant gratification.

Why the French?

Because French swear words and gestures are poetry in motion, and my wife will be heading to Paris for a gig between the 4th and 7th of October 2009.

What is to keep me occupied in those days of solitude when my wife is on French soil making music for the benefit of the French people?

One possible thing – the iPhone 3G S! If it arrives by then, that is. The week on the 4th of October will be the 4th week since booking. Not quite 30 days, but over 3 weeks in waiting. I would say chances of it arriving is 50-50 or higher.

I am now at the end of the 2nd week of waiting, tomorrow is the start of the 3rd week. As expected, some of the enthusiasm is beginning to fade. I don’t even check around for a spare in stock anymore, as the usual same answers can be very demoralising and discouraging after awhile. Best not to prod. Like an ancient chinese saying, “if you poke and dig faeces, you’re gonna get faeces aroma and smell”. Not quite the situation to be used here, but it seems applicable.

Meanwhile, I thought I would do something more productive, instead of just waiting, checking and hoping. In the last one week, I’ve been tidying my music files in iTunes – removing albums with only one or two songs, reorganizing tracks and albums, and…using better higher resolution cover flow artwork in anticipation of the coming 3G S. You see, my previous iPod was the fourth generation one called iPod 4G Photo. The album artwork used in this device was of low resolution, given the small colour screen. The same artwork used on the iPhone 3G S would look blurry, so a higher resolution replacement was in order. I have been doing this daily for the last three days, and I have only managed to replaced about 20% of all artwork in my iTunes. Having to reinstall, crop, resize and readjust the contrast of the new downloaded artwork is a painstaking task!

I bet that by the time I’m done with this, the iPhone 3G S would just about arrive. It would be nice to know that with one sync, all these would be in proper order, without having to spend some 2 weeks getting them straightened out!

A further 2-week wait sounds predestined.

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Hey you…yes you, the one with all things iPhone in mind. Trust me, I know what it’s like once you’ve finally decided an iPhone is the way to go!

You know, I was fairly enthusiastic when the original iPhone 3G was launched in Malaysia some time last year. No doubt it was launched pretty late over here at this god-forsaken land, especially since most people in other countries around the world have had their iPhones in their hands by then. And by the time it was launched here, most of the people I know (who owned iPhones) had actually travelled out of the country to buy one (think neighbouring Singapore…) or had friends from places like Hong Kong and Australia sent one to them. I was keen on getting my grubby little hands on one too, but there were a number of issues that kept me from buying one. Not that it prevented me from stopping by the Machines shop ever so once in a while, flicking things on the screen of the display model, face lighting up like a 7-year-old with a new toy! So if it could bring such obvious joy, what kept me back?

One was the features on the iPhone 3G…or the lack of them.

I was coming from a Symbian S60 v.3 platform, still am. I have been so accustomed to it, having used many Nokia phones since the day I could afford one in 1997, but left it briefly in 2003 when I jumped on the PocketPC bandwagon, only to find myself coming back to Symbian two years later after having found PocketPC Phones irritating at best, unreliable at worst. Sure, they make great PDAs, but don’t count on them to play the role of a telecommunication device. In my opinion, the operating system was way ahead of the time of the hardware, in some case the other way round as well. They somehow fail to work well together. Most people I know (read: All) have had similar experience with PPC, and usually revert back to something more stable, after realising that they could never live a decent life with missed calls and smses that don’t deliver. You could blame it on the buggy software I had installed, but the less-techie ones amongst us, real friends included, have had similar problems without installing any or many third party apps of sort. Eventually the touchscreen gave way, thanks to the incessant scribbles, jabs and pokes. I had become very proficient with stylus use. Somehow, the idea of having to spend quite some money to replace the touchscreen on a two-year old, already-obsolete at the same time unreliable device didn’t sit quite well with me. So it’s back to Symbian…

Being on good ol’ reliable Nokia phones meant having all the reliable features that came with them. At least reliable enough to do day-to-day PIM work. I started out from the early banana Nokia 8110 right up to the Nokia N95 and E90 that i use interchangeably today. Having these great N- and E-Series phones meant good multimedia facilities were at hand, and calling the wife with 3G video calls wasn’t a problem.

So when the iPhone 3G was finally launched here, I was at first a little surprised to find that a phone with 3G in its name doesn’t do 3G video calls. Especially when most other phones in the market already had a tiny dedicated low-resolution camera on the front panel specifically for 3G video calls. It wasn’t a put-off, considering the number of video calls I make – few and far in between, and only to the wife when I travel abroad once in an indigo moon. So yes, I could live with an iPhone 3G without video calls.

I decided to check with a friend who has been using the iPhone 3G since it was launched in the USA. He lives there, so he got it the day the 3G was born and delivered to the world. He discouraged me from getting one when I asked him about it, citing reasons that the phone hangs and crashes once in awhile. Coming from a Symbian platform that rarely crashes if ever, thoughts of my previous Windows Mobile experience came to mind. Am I going to take a step backwards with another touchscreen device? Despite being very proficient with Graffiti when I was with Palm and the handwriting recognition with Windows Mobile, I had longed again to type with a keypad and T9 predictive text input those days. I’ve had it with touchscreens and styluses…

Plus, there was no copy and paste (which my N95 could do pretty well), proper GPS software that is usable in Malaysia (Maps 2.0 has done it pretty well too on the N95 and E90), no MMS (not that it bothered me, since I never send out MMS and rarely receive them…but these days, what kind of phone doesn’t have MMS capability?!). I believe the battery life on the E90 to be better than the iPhone’s too.

With disadvantages about the iPhone 3G abound, I discarded all thoughts about buying it. Sure, once in awhile the feet walks me to a nearby Machines and the fingers practised the flips and flicks on the glorious 3.5-incher, imagining “what could have been”.

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Fast forward a few months and out comes the iPhone 3G S. Even before that, the OS 3.0 had been released, with souped up features and a promise that it was going to be in the next iPhone incarnation. While I loved the new additions in 3.0, I couldn’t wait to see what upgrades would be implemented in the new hardware.

It was dismal day to learn that Apple still had not incorporated the front camera for 3G video calls in the iPhone 3G S. Why? Nevermind why for now. What matters are the other bits that have been included. While the previous good features remain, the new 3G S sports 256 MB of RAM doubled from the previous model, rumours of an 800 Mhz processor underclocked to 600 MHz, a new magnetometer and a new oleophobic coating on-screen to prevent the smudges found so often on touchscreen devices, the iPhone 3G included. Won’t go into detail here on the specs.

After much deliberation, I finally decided the specs were good enough reasons for me to go out and buy one. Problem is, you don’t get an iPhone 3G S off the shelf like you do with bread. Or like with any other phone for that matter.

I thought of maxis, since they are the appointed official carrier for the iPhone in Malaysia much like what AT&T and O2 are in the USA and UK. I have also been on maxis since 1998. However, I remember clearly when the iPhone 3G was launched last year, many complained about the contract packages that came with the iPhone 3G. I also did my own calculation, and found the overall price a little too hefty. Clearly it was a toy not for the big boy, but one for the big as well as the rich. It was one of the reasons I did not buy the iPhone 3G. If I was going to buy one then, I was going to get it from Skudai-based iWorld.com.my – contract-free and reasonably-priced!

I guess with the complaints, maxis decided to restructure their packages. The contract plans haven’t changed very much at all, but the overall price of getting the 3G S from maxis has come down somewhat. I already have over 30GB of music in my iPod, so a 32GB iPhone 3G S was the way to go. At the RRP of RM2,990 it was already cheaper than the prices at iWorld.com.my (RM3,599 at time of writing) and ebay in Hong Kong, Italy and the US (at least USD699 on average for unlocked brand new!). Plus, the laws in Malaysia does not allow for a phone to be locked to one particular telco, hence all iPhones sold through maxis is already factory-unlocked from start. So why not just get from maxis?

Just when I was going to splurge RM2,990 on the phone, I realised that it would actually be wiser to go on a plan. With iValue 1 at RM100 monthly for 12 months, the price of the phone becomes RM2,290 i.e. RM700 off RRP. I was already spending RM50 a month on my maxis phone bill, so that meant having to fork out only an additional RM50 a month. In 12 months, I would only be paying 12 x RM50 = RM600 more than what I am already currently paying. It would be erroneous to include my monthly RM50 in the calculation, as I am not adding a new line. So my nett savings would be RM700 – RM600 = RM100, plus I get 500MB data usage (free or prepaid for, whichever makes you happy!) a month.

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So, rather than buying the 3G S at the price of RM2,990 without contract and benefits, I am now getting it at RM2,890 with free 500MB data and 333 minutes worth of calls a month. Sounds like a better deal? I think so!

With this new revelation, I decided to go right ahead and place my RM200 deposit at a maxis Centre. I did on 12th September 2009 at TTDI. It has been agonizing, just waiting for shipment to arrive, which they promised would take within 30 days from date of booking.

How could it be agonizing, you ask? After all, I’ve survived through the years since iPhones 2G, 3G…and the first few months already of the 3G S.

I’ll tell you. It’s different, when you’re playing with one at the store which is not your own, and expecting one which you’ve put downpayment for, knowing that the model and unit you’re destined to own is sitting in a box somewhere in town.

In that respect, an iPhone is not very different from a new BMW.

Dear friends,

Just a little something to share, since I watched Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen some months ago, on 12th July 2009.

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As a crystal user, I couldn’t help but notice the source of inspiration in the story line. Whenever the Great Pyramids of Egypt appear, you can be sure there’s a connection to the lost city of Atlantis, and their exploit of quartz crystals. It is believed, that the great pyramids were built by the Atlantean people who travelled east after the destruction of the civilization, and not by popular belief that they were built by the pharaohs to be used as tombs. In fact, if you were to notice in the movie, the tip of one of the pyramid was shown, without a capstone. It is also believed that the original capstone was one made of quartz crystal and had been removed or lost. More likely removed than lost. It seems the original intention of the pyramid was to serve as an astronomy observatory, given their uncanny alignment to the constellations. It is no coincidence that similar pyramids have been observed on the surface of Mars, and that Cairo also means Mars in another language. So were they really built by an advanced civilization which pre-dates the Egyptian civilization of 4,600 B.C.? Most probably. If they were really built by the original Transformers, then maybe as early as 17,000 B.C. OK, back to the crystals…

I take it that the Energon in the movie, which powered the machines, was taken to be representative of the quartz crystals. Even the tiny shard which activated robotic lifeform into common electrical appliances, illustrates the way and means by which crystals are used to transfer energy and manifest the Divine Will. Not surprisingly, shard is also a common term used in mineralogy to indicate a tiny piece of crystal, often broken off from a larger piece. Note the similar terminology used.

The story of the Energon being concealed by the good guys…well, to me that roughly describes the story of the good Atlanteans (known as Children of the Law of One) storing knowledge of wisdom and loving peaceful energy into quartz crystals, hidden away from corrupted Atlanteans (known collectively as the Sons of Belial, represented by Fallen and the Decepticons in the movie) engrossed with power who eventually abused this power (in the form of lasers amongst others) which led to the destruction of the civilization. The crystals were buried and concealed (much like in the movie) with the purpose to be unearth and used by civilizations of the future (i.e. for some years now) by the people who are ready at the right time (into the Age of Aquarius) to harness its energies. Much like how silicon dioxide (the main composition of quartz) chips are used in the manufacturing of thumbdrive components to store and record information, which can be retrieved at any time. Just to touch on this briefly, there are crystals found with triangular pyramidal silhouette embossed or etched on one or more surface sides, and these are generally known as Record Keepers (Windows to the Akashic Records).

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Brandberg Amethyst with matrix at base

I have only one sample of such a crystal (pictured right) in my collection, one that was mined in the Goboboseb mountains of the Brandberg area, Erongo district of Namibia, Africa. This brandberg amethyst is so named as it is only found in this particular part of the world. The brandberg amethyst that I own, is one which is enhydro…meaning there is a chamber with prehistoric water encased within it, and this is visible due to a tiny bubble of trapped carbon dioxide gas moving about in it. It is possible that this water, trapped during the crystallization process in the cooling of magma, is as old as tens of millions of years.

The missing quartz crystal capstone was supposed be an important part of the pyramid which served as a generator, which in turn powered the flying vehicles of the Atlanteans. Much like how the shard powered the mundane objects and vehicles in the movie. Someone once quoted that these energies can be felt when one stands at the apex of the pyramid. Have not been there, can’t say for sure. I believe these flying vehicles are similar to the ones depicted in the ancient Hindu manuscript known as the Vedas manuscript. The quartz capstone supposedly amplifies and enhances this energy, focusing it for its intended purpose. Much like how the first ruby rod CRYSTAL was used to built the first solid-state laser by Dr Theodore Maiman in 1960. One such vehicle owned by Grandmaster Thoth is said to lay hidden in a chamber beneath the pyramid. Grandmaster Thoth is believed by some to be a former incarnation of Jesus Christ, but i won’t go into detail here as it is irrelevant and a long story in itself that is documented elsewhere.

So could this flying machine be represented by what was uncovered by Devastator in the movie? Even though in the movie, it wasn’t a flying machine and it certainly wasn’t buried underneath the pyramid. But it was something that harnessed the sun’s energy, and in the process, destroyed it. Quartz crystals have been said to also harness the energies of the sun’s ray (but doesn’t destroy it), breaking it into the seven colours of the rainbow, which is used in crystal healing practice and chakra activation (glass prisms don’t focus and amplify energy the same way quartz crystals do).

Did I just say seven colours?

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I take it the seven colours are adapted from the Divine Will and the Seven Great Ones. Do a quick search online and you will find that the Seven Great Ones (also known as the Ray Lords) have been well-known throughout ancient history and civilizations. In Hindu, it is known as the Seven Praj Patis. In Zoroastrianism, they are called the Seven Amesha Spentas. In Ancient Egypt, they were known as the Seven Mystery Gods, which the Bible refers to as the Seven Spirits before the Throne of God. The Tibetans devoted 5 volumes on the effect and influence of these Seven Rays on all life and other existence. In the Transformer movie, I suspect this could be represented by the seven Primes, the last being Optimus Prime. (Note, however…that there were actually 13 Primes in the animated version)

In conclusion, my interpretation is this. A dedicated quartz crystal (Energon / Matrix of Leadership) activates and channels the last Ray Lord (the seventh Prime in the form of Optimus Prime) of the violet flame (the last of the seven colours of the spectrum) to bring mankind towards enlightenment and salvation (safe from destruction of the Decepticons).

The violet/lilac colours of amethyst quartz is said to assist one to reach higher levels of consciousness. Coincidentally, the red and blue of Optimus Prime mix to give the colour purple – indigo and violet for the sixth and seventh chakra respectively. Coincidence? The Energon is also known as the Energon Cube or the Energon Crystal. All the dots seem to connect.

You cannot imagine how much fun it is watching the Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen while trying to connect all these dots along the way.

In fact, the same could be said in Star Wars. Again, won’t go into detail here. But Jedi Knights could be the Djedi (prefixed with a ‘D’) Knights of the Egyptian civilization – they were protectors who had mind over matter abilities much like the ones described by the Force. And I think the whitish giants in the Star Wars: Attack of the Clones could very well have been the Nephilims. My suspicion anyway.

Next thing to be aware of is the last day of the Mayan Calendar i.e. 21st December 2012. It is suppose to signify the end of days – which could be interpreted as the end of the world, the end of civilization, the end of an age, the end of a form of consciousness. While one side of the story speaks of total annihilation and destruction of the human race and the world (Judgment Day to some), the other speaks of the end of war and hatred towards one another, and that the new world order will be governed by the female species of mankind. I hope I got that right, if I remember correctly what I have read before. This is still only speculation. But a movie along those lines titled 2012 is due this November.

Treat yourselves well till then. And realize that a lot of the “modern” technologies we have today seem to have existed a long time ago as described in ancient texts. Either the people then had highly imaginative minds as they carved the events in manuscripts…or they were true accounts of historical observation well-recorded. Somewhere along the way, all of these went missing and we began again from scratch.

Devon Buy

Dear peoples!

This is my first attempt at blogging. I’m diving in without expectations, without knowing where this will take me. I guess at this point it is not important to know, at least not for now. What is crucial perhaps is having taken the first step towards setting an online presence, and registering for a blog seems like the first step in the right direction. Is it? Maybe not.

For those of you who are on Facebook, I am found under the name Devon S L Buy. “For those of you…?!”, you asked. Yes, there are people I know who do not have a Facebook account…yet. And there are those few who do, but spend very minimal time on it, practically as good as the people without a Facebook account! There you go…not everyone is enthusiastic about social networking. I wasn’t too, until Facebook came along. I think it’s revolutionary!

You will find regular updates and postings on my Facebook. With this blog in place, I will now have to find time and divide schedule between the two sites. While Facebook serves to disseminate quick postings more general in nature, this blog intends to be the avenue for reviews and comments, and information-sharing of my never-ending hobbies. I am pretty sure you will find something of relevance to you here, as my hobbies are as diverse as the little rock found in your garden, to the secret of the great cosmos found above you.

Bear in mind, while I try to remain matter-of-factly to the best of my abilities, some of my postings may seem provocative, but I urge those who plan to leave comments, to be civil and polite at all times. You may question and debate, but under no circumstances will I tolerate insulting remarks, even seemingly innocent ones like name-calling. No doubt, only sticks and stones may break my bones…

OK…enough said for now. Let’s see some postings appear here, postings which I hope will be of interest to you, the reader.

Signing off,

Devon Buy

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