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Friday, July 10, 2009


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This was bound to happen at some point. It’s just that Walski didn’t realize it “some point” would happen so soon.

Yes, this is myAsylum’s 1,000th post – a millennium of eclectic rambling thoughts. Time does fly (except in Kerteh)… what started as an avenue for Walski to vent, back in January 21, 2006, has evolved into… well, an avenue for Walski to vent. That much, fortunately, hasn’t changed.

Walski therefore declares today, July 10, 2009, myAsylum Millenium Day. If you take the day off, though, you do so at your own peril.

And so to commemorate this uneventful milestone, he decided to change the header. Think of it as a snapshot of what’s currently happening in Malaysia… 
(header inspiration, and more, in the full post)

Except maybe for The Beatles bit... but Walski reckoned he should include the Fab Four because the inspiration for the header design did come from the iconic Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover. Together, of course, with some other characters that have at some point appeared on this blog, either as an image, or mentioned in print.

The thing about the myAsylum header is that it changes periodically – sometimes commemorating a special occasion, sometimes to reflect certain events of note. And sometimes for no other reason but simply Walski felt like it. But evolve it has, over the last 3 years plus.

And what better post to walk down memory lane a bit, and re-post some of the banners that have adorned this blog in the past, starting with the original, then chronologically as the years progressed.

The above is the earliest banner image on record, which was used when this blog was still using the basic Minima Black standard 2-column template. That was later replaced by the Version 2 banner, which appeared (if Walski remembers correctly) sometime in 2007.

It was at this point that Walski decided to add variants to the base banner, and so there were event-related variants like the 2007 World AIDS Day special, etc.

When Walski decided to give the blog a totally new look, and template, the Version 3 banner was released, on April 2, 2008 – one day after the April Fool’s Day Hello Kitty template temporarily adorned this blog for a day.

And the Version 3 remains as the base image, on which, of course, variants have been introduced – like this year’s April Fool’s blog invasion banner. The original concept had the 4 members of the myAsylum marketing supreme council to be blindfolded, but Walski was kind of pressed for time.

So, what now adorns the top of this blog is Version 3 Rev 6, the Millennium Edition. This banner, is a big departure from the earlier ones, because for the first time, the blog title does not appear symmetrical. In fact, the lopsided, almost unbalanced feel is intentional, reflecting what’s currently going on. Hopefully, over time, that, too will change.

And that’s the one  constant about myAsylum – change. That, and you never know what to expect. Kind of oxymoronic, if you think about it, but that’s Walski for ya. You gotta roll with the punches.

When life gives you lemons, you make lemon meringue pie (lemonade is so last century).

One thousand posts, Walski reckons, is a landmark of sorts. It would have been nice if myAsylum were part of the millionaire blog club – a million hits or more – but one maxim he’s believed in is quality over sheer quantity. Over the years, this blog has managed to keep a handful of readers who return regularly.

On behalf of the marketing supreme council, Walski thanks you. And he hopes you folks will stick around until the next millennium, at least.

God, and these days Rais Yatim, willing…

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