Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Johnny Depp's advice

In inside the actor's studio he said that he was bullied when he was small and his mom told him,"next time you get bullied, you find the nearest stone and lay one on him".

And he did.

So whatever it is, do not let somebody put their hands on you. You have to do what ever shit you have to do and always move forward and do not care what other people think of you.

That was his advice.

So true.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Choice

There is no choice. There is only illusion of choice. It is actually responsibility.

Friday, August 07, 2009

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Kaki Blue

Kaki Blue opens tomorrow (Thursday, 30th Aug 2009) at KLPac.

Excited? Hell Yeah!

Next 2 weeks and a half will be really challenging!

Let's rock the house!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Bijak Pandai

Ahli-ahli bijak pandai duduk keliling meja bincang pasal macamana nak predict pergerakan bumi dengan menggunakan system grid. Canggih.

Seronok tengok bila tengok seorang ahli bijak pandai kena marah sebab tak siap research.

Ahli bijak pandai pun manusia juga rupanya.

Nasib baik aku engineer yang tak sebijak pandai professor-professor ini.

Aku engineer yang duduk tepi je kat ceruk conference room. Gelak kat ahli bijak pandai sambil main facebook.

Siapa yg lagi pandai sekarang.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Insomnia

Adrenaline is pumping

9 days till opening night.

I now sleep with sounds of boots in my head.

Can't wait.

Senyap

Bulan July ini sangat senyap.

Hectic. Tapi Senyap.

Senyap, tapi tak sunyi.

Tapi sunyi itu tenang.

How?

Friday, June 26, 2009

Luv Love

Hassan cakap I Love You.

Jamilah balas I Luv You.

Kamil Kamir Kamila

Kamil cuba buat pengamiran cinta. Sebab bercinta dengan Kamila tu macam pengamiran.

Setiap kali Kamil Kamir cinta Kamila, Kamil jumpa satu konstan Kamila yang timbul, yang Kamil kena solve.

Jadi lagi banyak Kamil kamir, lagi banyak konstan Kamila yang Kamil kena solve.

Kamil tanya diri, berapa dalam Kamil kena Kamir untuk solve konstan Kamila?

Kaki Blue


Variable

Mmg benar dunia tidak berputar pada paksi x, especially bila paksi x itu ialah diri sendiri,
Tapi payah bila the only variable you can control ialah x.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Hikayat Merong Mahawangsa & Kaki Blue

Had a great experience doing Merong Mahawangsa in Istana Budaya. Got to work with knowledgeable actors like Sham Sunder, Radhi Khalid (though not directly), and also Megat. Also learnt a lot on how to keep the energy up and also keep safe in doing a role which demands physical movements. (no Sham, the chapatti didn't help, though it did keep me warm. Hehe)
Though I did hit my self on my back and a few bruises here and there. But no worries, so far everything is fine. :)
Friends that matter already gave me a piece of their mind about the play. Some good, some bad, as usual. Don't want to say it here, until i have the Teh Tarik session with Marina, which should be soon.
On another note, rehearsals for Kaki Blue :The Musical have already started, 1 day after Merong closes.
Come to think of it, this year has been hectic. Been jum,ping from productions straight to productions non-stop. Started with KLPac Open day, then Stage Theraphy, straight to Merong and now Kaki Blue. Alhamdulillah, means i get to learn more, from more people!
There are 30 actors in the cast list, so am still struggling to remember names. 2 Rehearsals so far. We did a reading of the script, which was fun. The script is witty and has so many underlying tone. The songs are cool too!
Really need to improve my singing. Honestly, I'm nnervous. And the other performers are really really good!
Can't wait for Movement rehearsals tomorrow. bet it's going to be so much fun!

Monday, April 27, 2009

WoW Photoshoot

Some Pics we took during the photoshoot. Thanks to WoW Photography, photograped by Hafiz Ismail.

Click here for more.


Friday, April 10, 2009

Stage Theraphy

Another play. Lights on. Sounds booming. Stage all ready. To come alive. Full of life.
Adrenaline rushing. Heart pumping.
All the hard work. On the line.
Have to be fit. Have to give it all. Have to give it the best.
All intention and lines nailed down. Time to flush all thoughts away
Have this just one moment. And this one moment will determine what happens next. What ever happens, happens now.
Create nothing, deny nothing.
That is the mantra. To give the best show on earth.
Listings Information:Venue: Annexe Gallery, Central Market
Dates: Friday 17 April – Sunday 19 April 2009
Time: Evening shows 17 – 19 April @ 8.30pm
Matinee shows 18 – 19 April @ 3.00pm
Admission: RM20
For bookings call Sani @ 012-6778932 or email us back at electricmindsproject@gmail.com

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Hi and Bye

Hate it when someone says "Hi!" on YM!.

And when you reply and start a conversation, they reply with single words.

Even worst, single words, with single syllables.

Osman Led Zeppelin

Osman tengok Oscar's di apartmen kawannya, Ozi.

Ozi bukan Nama betul, Nama sebenarnya Zul.

Semangat sungguh Osman, sanggup tidur di rumah Ozi sebab di rumahnya tak ada astro.

Oscar mula, yeay! Osman buat macam rumah sendiri dan baring atas kerusi panjang.

Suffian (housemate Zul), baru bangun tidur, dengan berkemban bertanya, eyh, tu bukan Robert Plant?

Aah, jawab keduanya, walaupon tak kenal, tapi berpandukan tanda nama pada kaca tv.

"Robert Plant ni lead singer Led Zeppelin kan?"

"Entah, agaknya kot", jawab keduanya.

Zul tengok pada Osman, Osman pakai baju Led Zeppelin.

Sungguh Malu.

Osman pura pura tengok Oscar's sambil baring atas kerusi panjang.

Friday, April 03, 2009

Shit hits the fan

Somebody wise told me yesterday, once you commit, you must be willing take all the shit that come along with it.

I wonder if there is a cheatcode where you can list all the shit that you will get before committing. Because the shit always emerges once u have committed, and not before.

Shit.

Reminds me of the monologue by Al Pacino in Scent of a Woman.

Slade: Mr. Sims doesn't want it. He doesn't need to labeled, "...still worthy of being a 'Baird Man.'" What the hell is that? What is your motto here? "Boys, inform on your classmates, save your hide. Anything short of that we're gonna burn you at the stake?" Well, gentlemen. When the shit hits the fan, some guys run and some guys stay. Here's Charlie--facing the fire, and there's George--hiding in big Daddy's pocket. And what are you doin'? You're gonna reward George, and destroy Charlie.


Enjoy.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Mata Menyorot Ganas di Pelita

Aku rasa mata aku menyorot ganas. Tiba-tiba rasa nak maki orang. Girlfriend aku yang sexy sedang makan tandoori ayam. "Tak nak", jawapannya bila mamak Pelita ni cuba membuat 'push-selling' tandoori bersama cheese naan. Lahabau betul, nak untung aja mamak ni.

Sedap sangat ke tandoori ayam tu sampai dia buat tak tahu kat aku? Aku ada buat silap ke sampai dia bagi aku silent treatment? Deserve ke aku dengan keadaan ni? Aku, saudagar kaya yang empunya BMW 7 series. Walau pun kerja aku hari hari menipu orang, tapi still, duit halal. At least aku bayar Zakat.

Ya, walaupun aku baru kalah tender berharga 5 juta hari ni dengan syarikat anak ikan yang baru muncul, aku masih ingat agama. Aku tak salahkan tuhan.

Aku tahu. Aku kena buat sesuatu yang macho. Aku kena redeem kemachoan aku. Tapi aku kena cari target yang mudah.

"Hahahaha" Kedengaran suara sekumpulan budak muda.

"Anak ikan" fikirku. Aku jeling. Budak muda ni, ramai cina. Keliling, ramai melayu. Selamat.

"Hoi!!" Suaraku bergegar memecah kebingitan. Senyap. Sunyi.

"Tak reti respect ke! bising nak mampus. respect la sikit org keliling ni!"

"F*cuk you!". Wah, tercalar ego aku. Anak ikan ni berani membalas.

Aku bangun merapati meja mereka. Mata aku mula berapi. Sebenarnya agak chuak. Al-maklum la, mereka tu 8 orang. Aku sorang. Girlfriend aku pulak bukan reti berlawan. Baling pinggan biasa la. Tu belum kawin lagi tu.

"Ko tahu dak budak budak keliling ni tunggu masa jek". Aku menggunakan budak-budak melayu di keliling tu sebagai backup. Haha. Tau chuak. Semua tunduk. Haha, aku lah tuhan. Semua sembah aku sekarang.

ops. Bahaya tu, syirik.

Pelik. Sekor anak ikan tak tunduk. Dia senyum. Matanya memandang aku. Tak takut ke dia kat aku? Tak takut ke dia kena belasah kat sini dengan budak budak melayu? Aku tengok, muka dia paling melayu antara semua. Mata dia tak berkelip. Isyk. Tak logik. Biasa kalau aku buat macam ni, tak pernah ada yang berani tengok balik.

Ya, aku dah biasa buat havoc macam ni. Dekat Pelita ni je dah 7 kali. Mamak ni pon dah kenal aku. Ni belom lagi kat Seri Devi's, Tanjung, Kapitan, dan beberapa mamak yang aku tak ingat namanya sebab semua agak generic.

Itupun, berani lagi mamak kat sini nak push sell tandoori ayam dengan cheese naan kat girlfriend aku. Cis. Keju.

"Kau dari mana?", aku tanya. Mati akal aku. Kalau aku cakap "apa tengok tengok?". Kang gaduh kang.

"Subang"

"Ni Malaysia tau, jaga sikit. Respect kena jaga"

Shit. Bodoh nye retort aku tu. Sebab aku tengok dalam cermin, aku pakai baju Great Britain.

Dan skrip terakhir untuk org macho macam aku yang nak cari gaduh. Aku akhirkan lakonan aku ni dengan,

"Kau ingat eh muka aku ni. Ko ingat"

Macho nya aku. Hua hua hua.

(Dedicated to: Max, B.B, Azhar, Calvin, Pris, Sani, and another friend i couldn't remember the name)

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Declan Donnellan on Acting


Found an interesting read. Title is The Actor and The Target by Declan Donnelan, an associate director of the National Theatre, London.

The book deals with freeing an actor from 'blockages' like focusing too much on what to do? how to feel? where the actor is? etc etc. The author discusses all this in a very generic manner that i think that it can also be applied in real life.

No, this is not the "acting is life, and life is acting, to act is to breathe, and to breath is to live" bullshit. Well, not in the philosophical sense, at least.

It deals more with psychological stuff. Like how we perceive experience, How do we focus on something else other than ourself, how to differentiate between ourself, and the 'I' we see.

Here are some vids that i found on youtube of the Author talking about a few things:
Donnellan discusses Imagination
Donnellan discusses Language
Donnellan discusses Acting
Donnellan discusses Andromaque

Enjoy!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Notes from a Vice President

I met a very experienced uncle today. He said a few things, which i write here for reminder's sake.
on Money
Yes, money is not everything. But then everything is money.
Who does not want money?
on Ego
Yes, you can have ego, and you might think about what people would say when you do things. Because you want to make sure you are the best amongst everyone. But when the shit hits the fan (not his actual words), who else would help you, but yourself? So f*ck what everyone else thinks. (also not his actual words). Just make sure you make your own decision to your own best judgement. That is all you have to know.
on Excuses
If you catch yourself giving excuses, most of the time it is because you need to justify your incompetence, and by doing so you feel more happy.
on Failure
Siti Nurhaliza can have the best voice. If you have a kodok voice, then practice. If you don't achieve Siti Nurhaliza's voice, then at least your voice is better than a kodok's. The important thing is that you try your best.
Practice.. practice.. practice
Sometimes you are too comfortable with what you have.
on PR
If going for an interview, buy new clothes. It gives confidence. Need not be expensive ones. Just new.
Be different. The aim is to leave an impression every time you meet new people.
Capitalize on everything the other person says. That means you have to really listen.
.........
It has been quite a productive day. I must say.

Monday, February 02, 2009

Characters so Far

1) Brother who falls in love with his soon to be sister-in-law
2) Lovesick loser who lost his job and in the verge of of insanity
3) Serani Church Caretaker who has issues with the church
4) Reflection of somebody on the verge of suicide
5) A homosexual writing letters to god
6) A dillusional brother(also motivational speaker) in a dysfunctional family trying to figure out who killed the father

So far, it has been interesting! Maybe should get pictures for each role. :)

Child

A child is somebody who wants what he wants and always gets what he wants and cannot take it and also refuse to understand if he can't get what he wants.

If that is the case, then yes, i am one.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Nuang Report

SO.. Nuang was great! Except for the sore muscles.. but it is a good kind of sore.(notice the present tense used) The ones you get after a good work out.

Time records:

Ranger Station -> Lolo Campsite : 1 hr 20 minutes
(one night rest)
Lolo Campsite -> Peak of Nuang : 2 Hrs 45 min
Peak of Nuang -> Lolo Campsite : 1 Hr 30 min
(2 Hr rest)
Lolo Campsite -> Ranger Station : 1 Hr 30 min

Stamina wise, this time was much better than the previous hike. Mostly due to proper food and proper rest. The previous hike (3 years ago):

Ranger Station -> Lolo Campsite : 3 Hrs
(one night rest)
Lolo Campsite -> Peak of Nuang : 4 Hrs
Peak of Nuang -> Lolo Campsite : 3 Hrs
(2 Hr rest)
Lolo Campsite -> Ranger Station : 2 Hrs

Uu yeah.. next stop.. Gunung Tahan. 7 Day hiking trip! or Maybe Berkelah Waterfalls?

Jommmm!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Where the hell is Matt?

I was so inspired by this video on youtube. Thanx to Ila for mentioning this to me.


There is another video, shots that didn't make it:

I want to travellllllllllllllllllllll!!!!

Jom kawan kawannnnnnn!! 


Sunday, January 25, 2009

Slumdog Millionaire

Thanx to cheepox, i finally managed to watch Slumdog Millionaire. Had very little expectations (although i heard of the hoo-haah). I can say that it is one of the must watch movies.


Enjoy guys!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

There is another Tapai?

Was looking through KLUE website to find things to do over the weekend. Quite surprised to see a familiar name...: Tapai (Which is what my friends call me btw).

Now wait a minute....?

I was not invited to perform in a gig. And i am not a musician (or not up to standard just yet), and i don't belong to any band. (This one in particular is named G-Strings). Quite interesting. humm?

This is quite funny, coz i had just finished watching Zack and Miri (dont judge my taste of movies, it was Rodek's!), and the guy, (Zack) met anoher guy name Zack too. So they would bump into each other in school and would say to each other in the highlander-ish tone :"There can be only one!".

Hehehe.


"There can be Only One!"

Here are the details. Check it out on the KLUE website- G-Strings are back! :

Filed under Music
Venue: The Apartment Downtown Train: KLCC (Putra)
Address: Lot 139, 1st Floor, Suria KLCC, 50088 Kuala LumpurPrice: Admission is free Contact: 03-7727 8330

Enjoy all your favorite folk tunes, retro hits, soul and blues numbers, and pop favourites all performed with an acoustic twist by the G-String boys: Vishnu, Eric, Ashiq and Tapai.
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Nuang

It has been years since the last climb. Can't wait to go up Mt Nuang again. This would be the 5th time. Originally it was supposed to be tomorrow, but since we are having a CNY get together, we decided to postpone it to Monday morning. Hope we still have the energy to climb (since I know it is going to be a late night thing!). It is going to be 4898ft to the top, but we are going half way on the first day (3-4 hours walk), and to the top the next morning (3-4 hours walk). So it should be fine.

Lots of memories up there. Lots of things happened. but I don't want to get nostalgic.

Since this is quite an impromptu thing, it is still open if anybody wants to join in. Come lah, but we only have 1 tent so far, so you might need to find your own tent. I'll be sleeping outside on my trusty hammock.

Like old times, Outrecs style.

Can't wait.

Mount nuang in Wikipedia:

Mount Nuang (Malay: Gunung Nuang) is located in Malaysia with the height of 1,493 metres (4,898 ft). Its peak marks the meeting point of three Malaysian states; Negeri Sembilan, Pahang dan Selangor. The mountain itself is the highest point in Selangor and part of the Titiwangsa Mountains.

There are three hiking routes to the peak and all of them were built by Malaysian Department of Wildlife and National Parks. Two of them start in Selangor; one at Kuala Pangsoon in Hulu Langat and another at Kampung Kemensah in Gombak. The third path originates from Bukit Tinggi in Bentong, Pahang. Genting Highlands is visible at night from the peak.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Random Rant

Nini said something smart today. (She is smart everyday.. but today.. especially)
The reason why some people are very gung ho and are able to deal with ambiguity, and not think too much, is because they have the " if somebody else can do it, it is possible, so i can too", attitude.
Although, I feel that there is this variable left out of the equation. Some people have higher tolerance for "masa susah", and some less. So, might not work for everyone.

But generally, think the above saying can be applied. It is just that we need to sometimes think of the worst case. In papa's words: "Yang penting hati bulat, everything else is secondary"

An uncle once said to me," You nak buat business?, kalau sanggup duduk tepi jalan merempat, then you bukak business, because that is the worst thing, bankruptcy"

Quite true. But a bit too drama for my liking. :P.

Productive day!

Had a very productive day!.. err.. non-day job wise. :P

1500 - 1730 Surveyed the area for this Sunday's Silat demonstration

1730 - 1930 "Letter to God" rehearsals

1930 - 2300 EMP Auditions (2 1/2 Hrs of improvs!)

2300 - 0000 Quick Dinner (or supper, rather) with Ujval

0000 - 0100 Silat Rehearsals.

Tomorrow is going to e another productive day!.. err. hopefully job-wise as well. :)

Happy Happy Happy!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Someone Special

This was a comment that i received from a dear friend in 2005. Interesting how it still applies to most of us.
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I wake up to the sound of rain upon my sill
Pick up the pieces of my yesterday old thrill
Can I deliver this used up shiver
To how I pronounce my life
And leave it up to faith to go by its own will

Back row to the left
A little to the side
Slightly out of place
Look beyond the light
Where you'd least expect
There's someone special

- Someone Special, Poets Of The Fall

Ramai Orang

Ramai yang berjalan sebelum merangkak,

Ramai yang berlari sebelum berjalan,

Ramai yang bercakap sebelum mengeja,

Ramai yang menyanyi sebelum bercakap,

Ramai yang remaja sebelum bayi,

Ramai yang tua sebelum remaja,

Ramai yang sembahyang sebelum Syahadah.

The Machine

Alhamdulillah, earned meself another call back. It seems that this 2-minute monologue piece is working well for me. It was written byCollin K. Sanders.  Of course, the piece has grown since the first time i tried it out (of which i was succesfully casted).

Here goes.

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The Machine (edited latest version)

Hello?

Hannah, why won't you just listen to me? Can't we just talk about this? Like we used to? Do you remember back when we would just sit and talk, about whatever popped into our heads, and we never fought or argued? We used to be so happy... Whatever happened?

Something changed- I don't know if it was you, or if it was me, but something's just not the same. It's like we're... not the same. I mean, I love you, and I know you love me, but there's just something missing. It's like we're a secondhand puzzle- we used to be beautiful and fit together perfectly, but over the years some pieces have been worn down, and some just got lost along the way.

Please don't cry Hannah, not your fault. Or mine. It's just that sometimes things just don't work out like you think they will. That's life. And you know that I don't want this to end just like you don't. But I look at you, and I see that you're not happy. That's all I really want- just to see you smile, like you used to. 

..Even if that's not with me.

And who knows? Maybe all we need is a break. A chance to explore life on our own for awhile. I just want you to be happy, because that's what you deserve. If I could take away the hurt and all the bad things out of your life, I would in a heartbeat. If only this were a perfect world, maybe things would've turned out differently. 

God! I really had hoped you would pick up the phone, but maybe you'll give me a call sometime. If you call, I'll answer, and Hannah, remember that no matter how bad things may seem, no matter how many wrong turns you take, I will always be just a phone call away. 

...

[verse from romeo and juliet - dire straights]

A lovestruck Romeo, sings the streets a serenade,

Laying everybody low, with a love song that he made,

Found a streetlight, stepped out of the shade,

Says something like, you and me babe, how a bout it?..

...

I love you Hannah. Goodbye.

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Felt really good each time i do this piece. Especially after saying I Love you and Good bye.

Wonder why.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

KLPac Open Day 09

klpac open day '09
free all-day arts festival this Sunday
 
date & time: 18 Jan, 10am - 5pm (9.30am kick off by lion dance troupe Bob Catz!)
venue: the kuala lumpur performing arts centre (klpac)
tickets: none needed - FREE ENTRY!
 
The entire klpac team has been working round the clock to bring you a BIGGER & BETTER open day this year and what a line up we've gotten together for you.
 
klpac open day '09 (this sunday!) is going to be massive -  we're looking at one whole day packed with over 100 arts-related activities and 300 plus artistes... best of all, it won't burn a hole in your pocket 'cos all the performances & activities are free of charge!
 
 
A BIG SHOUT OUT TO ALL YOU klpac VIRGINS OUT THERE!
Yes, all of you who haven't been to THE KUALA LUMPUR PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE (klpac) before!
 
No more excuses. Our Open Day is absolutely free and don't worry if you can't find the right 'kaki' to go with you ... with all the activities lined up, you'll move faster alone. Who knows? You might even meet some new friends along the way.
 
It's perfect for first-timers. Just imagine klpac open day to be a giant buffet spread of bite-sized arts activities. We've got performances, visual art installations, theatre & cultural games, arts workshops, script readings, show previews, film screenings and, of course, our ever popular guided tours!And if that's not enough to keep you occupied, we've got a flea market with 70 over stalls selling all kinds of interesting goodies & great finds.
 
So, do keep your Sunday free. Come, check out your local arts centre & see what it has to offer, meet artistes, asks questions, participate, discover... you don't want to miss (what we believe will be) the biggest arts festival of the year!
 
PS: foodies - there'll be hawker stalls selling rojak, roti, mee goreng, kacang putih, burger, fried kuey teow / meehoon, briyani, dhalca, mutton masala, cotton candy, popcorn...
 
 
how to get to klpac? CLICK HERE for driving instructions, map, public transport options - do carpool & save the environment! 
check out the schedule & plan your day DOWNLOAD schedule of activities
more information owww.klpac.org 
questions? call 03-4047 9000
 
note: i'm sorry, we are so full that we can't accommodate anymore activities / stalls - next year perhaps!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Makhluk

Ada org pesan, nak cinta dengan makhluk boleh, tapi jangan resah gelisah sebab makhluk.

Sebab makhluk tetap makhluk. Cinta tetap tuhan yang punya.

Buat dosa.. boleh ampun. Tapi Dosa yang tak boleh ampun, ialah bila makhluk ingat dia tuhan.

Ingat boleh makan sebab nak makan

Ingat boleh tidur sebab nak tidur

Ingat boleh sembahyang sebab nak sembahyang

Siapa yang empunya gerak semua tu?

Sahaja aku solat isya' empat rakaat kerana Allah Taala

ke

Kerana Allah Taala lah aku solat isya' empat rakaat.

Ada beza ke?

Ada beza ke?

It happened. Again

Nice guys finish last. 

That is just so true. At this point, Mohdee would say, "Nice Guy ke?". 

Hehe. Chemistry.

So what is good chemistry u ask? Well, u just ask yourself. 

If you can just sit and talk for hours. And not feel any moment pass by.

If you can talk about the crappest things, and also the most intelligent things.

If you can be urself.

If you have inside jokes and secret signals that only the two of you know.

If you can hang out with a person for 2-3 hours straight, and then feel that you miss them 10 minutes after you part ways.

But careful though. Some times, chemistry is just chemistry. Though you catch yourself thinking that there can be more to it,  sometimes it is just best to have things the way they are.

Because sometimes that THAT, is as good as it gets.

Just be careful for what u wish for. Because if you wish for chemistry, THAT is what you get.

Nothing less? for sure. Nothing more? Maybe... or maybe not.