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[Review] NaoReads Harry Potter and The Cursed Child

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Special Edition from Wikipedia cover

Author: Jack Thorne
ISBN: 9780751565355
Price: RM119, depending on where you get it
Rating: 7/10
TL;DR: A fast read, for Harry Potter fans and completionists

The Cursed Child reads like a novella than a full-length novel. It’s short, simple and rather sweet. You can see traces of J.K. Rowling’s style, but overall, the book is a really good script that demands to be seen live rather than read.

Part of this is due to its format; it is really that easy to read. It’s also really light on details, simply because it’s supposed to be a play. If you grew up reading the books and the movies, then your mind will fill in the empty spots, and it’s an easy fill.

As it’s also supposed to be a play, there’s far more emphasis on the characters rather than the spectacle we got from the movies. We substitute our own ideas for what “Harry reins in his anger” means, rather than watching Daniel Radcliffe clench his fist, making it a more personable and relatable story.

Which brings me to the next point, the characters here are simply fantastic. Of course part of the fun is seeing Harry and Ginny and the rest of the Harry Potter cast all grown up. But what I loved reading most of all, was the friendship between Albus and Scorpius.

I personally love the friendship between Albus and Scorpius the most. It is very reminiscent of Harry’s own, but there are a lot of subtle differences that make it much more meaningful especially in this day and age. I also love the little touches that revealed how the characters, especially the older ones, have grown throughout the years.

We saw Draco for instance, reveal that he has a love for his son as much as his mother did. We see how Hermione still calls the shots even after all this time and how Ron is happy to be a henpecked husband. And I think, we see most of all, how Harry is not perfect and how Ginny, like Molly, understands her children very much.

Overall I would recommend Harry Potter and the cursed child only to fans and those who grew up on the series. If you’re just stepping foot into the world of Harry Potter, you might want to start off with the books first, or maybe the movies. If you are a fan, then you should get this book. It’s simply magical.

Hokkien Funeral Rites: An Observation

Hokkien Funeral Buddhist Altar

My maternal grandmother, bless her soul, was buried today. She was my last surviving grandparent, and her death means the end of an era for me. We buried her according to Buddhist rites. These are what they entailed at least for my side based in Klang, Malaysia (mainly because most other sources cite Singapore and that’s a completely different ball game).

Note that this may be incomplete as I wasn’t there for some of the rituals (being an “external granddaughter” meant my presence was not completely compulsory).

So, what can you expect at a Hokkien funeral? Continue Reading

[Geekiness] Addon Domains in Cpanel

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Image by Ryan Roberts on Flickr

Thanks to a writer’s event, I’ve finally gotten off my ass to create my real-name website. In doing so, I’ve learnt a few things, some of which I wish I’d known before my dad passed away so I could have helped him instead of delaying things. That’s a guilt I’m never going to get over.

But anyway… I learnt of a quick and easy way to get multiple domains on a single hosting account. As it turns out, the answer was embarrassingly simple (and I am still kicking myself over not figuring it out earlier).

So, this addon domains guide is specific to Exabytes Malaysia and assumes the following:

  • You have two domains, one which comes with hosting
  • Your hosted domain is already set up
  • You have your cpanel login
  • You know how to change your nameserver settings
  • Your hosting plan has addon domains

If you have this, let’s get started.

Adding your domains

  1. First, log into your Exabytes Billing Area.
  2. Under Domains > My Domains > Manage Domains, click on the Spanner next to your hosted domain name (eg MyDomainWithHosting.com ) and select Manage nameservers.
  3. Copy your hosted nameservers into a text file.
  4. Now go back to My Domains, and check the nameservers for your non-hosted domain (eg MyNewDomain.com). If it is not the same as your hosted domain, paste the two nameservers from your hosted domain.
    a. AKA MyDomainWithHosting.com and MyNewDomain.com should both have the same nameservers.
  5. Click “Change Nameservers” once that’s done.

Note it may take up to 24 hours for the changes to happen, though mine was as short as 15 minutes. Once you’re done, it’s time to log into your Cpanel.

Addon Domains

  1. Log into your cpanel, i.e. MyDomainWithHosting.com/cpanel, or whatever your cpanel hosting is.
  2. Scroll to “Addon Domains” and click on it.
  3. Add your non-hosted domain name (i.e MyNewDomain.com), rename the subdomain you want to be associated with your new domain, and then click on Add Domain. AKA
    a. Use MyNewDomain.com in the New Domain Name section.
    b. Add a subdomain, which will actually be NewDomainName.MyDomainWithHosting.com
    c. Leave Document Root alone unless you know what you’re doing.

And that’s it! Once that’s done, you’re done with the initial setup! All you need to do now is to add a CMS (I used WordPress, if you couldn’t tell) and you’re good to go.

Some may ask, why do this in the first place?

For me, it’s a way to maximise my hosting plan, since I have all the extra space. Exabytes Malaysia also has Softaculous, so I can click on a button to install WordPress and other software as needed.

Happy hosting!

What happens to Adsense when you write a super popular post

Adsense payment on hold notif

So a few days ago, I wrote a post about Tuber Simulator. The idea was very simple: to capitalise on a what I thought was an opportunity to score some clicks and drive traffic to the blog. At the most, I’d make a few cents.

What I did not expect was Adsense to tell me that my payment on hold. This amuses me for the following reasons:

  • I am nowhere near the payment threshold.
    Min payment is USD100. I’ve not even made USD 5!

  • My website kept going down
    This has nothing to do with the amount of traffic I’m getting, which is to say, decent. However, I was testing a few things on a different domain, and that led to frequent timeouts (story for another post).

  • I should have expected this
    But I completely forgot about it. xD

I think what’s happened is that my account is being investigated due to unusually high traffic. I admit I didn’t expect this to happen when I started that SEO experiment. My biggest hope now is that this will not lead my Adsense account being banned. That would just be tragic.

What is blu the little blue plushie from tuber simulator?

Blu the little blue plushie from Tuber Simulator

Blu is that little guy you see in the screenshot. Yes, that rabbit plushie thing. If you’re here only for the “blu the little blue plushie” quest, good luck and have fun in Tuber Simulator!

And hello to everyone else who stayed and read beyond that first line. Yes, I’m playing Tuber Simulator by PewDiePie. Started playing it when BasicShep, Ashentric and Silvennia mentioned it in the group chat and found myself fascinated a few minutes later. If you ever wanted to know what it’s like to be a famous content creator aka YouTuber… you’ve come to the right place.

Tuber Simulator, as you can tell, is a “clicker” type of game. If you’ve played stuff like Tiny Tower, then you’ll know what I’m talking about. It is, as PennyArcade points out, a simple and charming game, but it’s best played in small bursts. Like most other clickers, your biggest investments will be in the first three hours; afterwards things take quite a bit of time to happen, so you can put your phone down and do something else.

One of the things I found most amusing and true to life was how outrageous the video names got. NEEEEEEEEEEEEEERDS was, for a short time, the most popular video on my list (it hit two of the trending genres of the time, so it was no surprise), which was quickly supplanted by of all things..

Midget Pawn.

Yes, that pun is cute but it also speaks to those who’ve created Youtube channels etc with the hope of making it big. It reminds me a lot of what I would imagine the beginning life of a Youtube tech reviewer or someone similar to be; you create a lot of random Youtube videos with the hope of finding that ONE thing that distinguishes you from the rest, you use everything (including your dog, which is one way to get boosts in the game), waiting to get things delivered and then trying to make cash the best way you can.

Is it going to stay on my phone? Maybe for the next few weeks cause I do want something to play when I have no Internet connection, but it will probably go along the way of Tiny Tower in a month or so.

So play it while you can and people can still add you as friends. Mine’s Sionna, by the way. :p