Thursday, October 30, 2008
We've done it!!!
WE MURDERED THE STUPID COCKROACH IN OUR ROOM!!!
I spotted it under my table and screamed... Nicole mabuk it by spraying insecticide on it... And Wee Leng smacked it senseless with her shoe!! And I disposed of it by sending it into a dustbin ceremoniously, with salutes and all!!
Hahahahaha!! That was so cool, after so any attempts at killing the stupid thing... Wee Leng spilled its guts once (don't know if it is the same one... I hope it is...) and we baited it with cockroach traps.. But the effort was futile...
Finally.... We won the battle against the filthy disgusting thing!! I hope there's no more..... Haha
1. Perfect 10s All Around!
Scoring a perfect 10 is the dream of every Olympic gymnast. In 1924, 22 male gymnasts made this dream a reality in the same event. But this wasn’t due to some freak occurrence or heightened level of competition – the event was rope climbing, which has since been discontinued.
2. Basketball Gets Dragged Through the Mud
Basketball’s debut at the 1936 Olympics was nothing short of a disaster. Not only were the finals a low scoring affair (the United States snagged gold from Canada in a yawn-inducing 19-8 game), but the conditions were a mess. Part of the problem was Germany’s venue: the game was played outdoors. On a dirt court. In the pouring rain! Playing on mud made dribbling and bounce-passes impossible. Things weren’t much easier for the fans. A lack of seating forced all (approximately 1,000) spectators to stand and watch in the rain.
3. Paris takes Games to a New Low
As bad as Germany’s basketball planning was, the event barely holds a candle to the 1900 Paris Olympics, which were held in conjunction with the World’s Fair and spread out over five months. Take the marathon, for instance, which was rife with logistical nightmares. The event was run through the city’s active streets, complete with pedestrians and bicyclists. Worse still, several competitors got lost because the course was so poorly marked. Of course, the long race was just one of the many memorable events, including several that would never be seen again. The 1900 Olympics were the only Games to feature such time-wasters as pigeon shooting and swimming through an obstacle course – which included swimming under boats.
4. John Boland wins an Audience Participation Award
The first modern Olympic Games were held in 1896 and yielded perhaps the most unlikely champion in Olympic history. A student at Oxford, John Boland traveled to Greece as a spectator to take in the excitement. But a friend on the Olympic Committee had signed him up for the tennis competition. Despite a lack of proper attire, the plucky Boland decided to go ahead and play (in his dress shoes, no less) and actually won.
5. Golfer Brings Home Gold (without ever knowing it?!)
Margaret Ives Abbott was the first American woman to win a gold medal. Unfortunately, she lived her entire life without ever knowing what she had accomplished. Since the aforementioned 1900 Paris events were spread out informally over several months, de-emphasizing their Olympic status, she simply thought she had won a nine-hole golf tournament in Paris.
6. The Only Case where “Slow and Steady” Actually Worked
The 1904 Olympic Marathon in St. Louis was perhaps the most brutal event in Olympic history. On a sweltering hot summer day, marathon runners took off on an unpaved dusty course, following pace cars and inhaling exhaust. Many runners had to withdraw to receive medical attention, and even the winner, American Thomas Hicks, needed repeated medical care both during and after the race. And by “medical care,” we mean strychnine and brandy. Of course, our favorite tale from the Games is that of Felix Carvajal, a Cuban who took “The Tortoise” approach to running the race. Despite stopping to chat with spectators and breaking to pick and eat fruit from an orchard (which made him sick), Carvajal still managed to finish in fourth place.
7. And just a word on the Games’ (harsh) origins
The ancient Olympic Games served as the basis for our modern Olympics, and fortunately the whole “competing in the nude” thing wasn’t the only custom left to history. Athletes that arrived late to compete were fined, with the only acceptable excuses being shipwreck, weather or pirates. Athletes that were caught cheating were also fined, but were allowed to keep their winnings. But married women caught watching the Games got it the worst: they were executed. Of course, that probably had something to do with the whole competing in the nude thing.
And let’s not forget three of our favorite Olympic athletes. Swede Oscar Swahn won a silver medal in a deer-shooting event at the 1920 Olympics at the age of 72! In 1904, American gymnast George Eyser won six medals (three gold) despite having a wooden left leg, which is even more amazing. But Hungarian pistol shooter Karoly Takacs taught himself how to shoot left-handed after his right (shooting) hand was shattered by a grenade, and then went on to win the rapid-fire shooting event at the 1948 Olympics. He gets our gold.
Article from mental_floss, by Justin Feinstein
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
The Dilemma: You’re a god-king and you’d like to get a little closer to your fellow deities. So should your 20,000 slaves build you a pyramid or a ziggurat?
People You Can Impress: archaeologists, Egyptologists, the gods
The Quick Trick: South America and Egypt built pyramids. Mesopotamia built ziggurats, which look like South American pyramids with ramps.
We’ll start with the most famous, the Egyptian pyramids. Today it’s generally believed these towering structures were tombs. What has been found inside, however, is precisely executed layouts. For example, inside each pyramid a narrow shaft extends from the innermost chamber to the outside, aligned exactly with the polestar. Thus archaeologists have argued that the pyramids were thought to be a vessel or machine to get the pharaohs to the heavens.
The pyramids are spooky for many reasons. The stones are laid so exactly that you can’t even fit a knife blade between them. They’re almost perfectly square, and aligned to the points of the compass with uncanny accuracy. And while there are pyramids at several spots in Egypt, the best known are at the Giza “Necropolis” (City of the Dead). Of course, the jewel of these structures is the Great Pyramid of Khufu, a pharaoh of the fourth dynasty who you may also know by his Greek name, Cheops. In fact, until the 14th century, the Great Pyramid was the world’s tallest building.
A debate has long raged about how the darn things got built. The current leading theory is that a ramp spiraled up from the quarry and around the rising structure. The ton-and-a-half stone blocks were moved on wooden sleds most likely lubricated by water or, as some have suggested, milk. As impressive as the pyramids are today, picture them in their original form, covered with gleaming white blocks of smoothed limestone.
The pyramids of South America, no less impressive, have a stair-stepped design that reflects their different purpose. These structures were temples to the gods, and each was fronted by a massive staircase and topped with a temple. In the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlán (now Mexico City), for example, there was a huge pyramid called Templo Mayor where at one ritual in 1487, 20,000 people were supposedly sacrificed.
Egypt and South America don’t have a monopoly on pyramids, however. There are 16 of them in Greece, some even older than those at Giza. China has ’em, too, as does Sudan.
Ziggurats are a lot like the South American pyramids, with their stair-stepped shape and temple tops. But ziggurats were not places of worship; to the Sumerians, Assyrians, and Babylonians that built them, they were the gods’ actual homes. In fact, only priests could enter. And while South American pyramids have long staircases, ziggurats have ramps and steps. Many ziggurats also had seven tiers, representing the seven known planets or the seven heavens. For the most part, the ziggurats that still exist can be found mainly in Iran and Iraq.
Article from Mental_Floss
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
And looked into my mother's eyes
I started a journey
A journey called life
When I walked my first step
And utteredmy first word
I started a journey
A journey called adventure
When I learnt to write my name
And count my fingers and toes
I started a journey
A journey called learning
When I laughed over medals and cups
And cried over badly done test
I started a journey
A journey called discovery
When I stepped foot into uni
And stand on my very own
I started a journey
A journey called responsibility
When I thought of my life
Thinking that the road is winding
I knew I would not be alone
Cause family and friends will be walking with me
Anyway, Shia's performance was believable. His friend played by Aaron Yoo was comical.
And that scene where he explored the Torture Room, it was like a scene lifted from Criminal Minds!! And this movie sort of remind me the Austria Monster. That guy was killing in the neighbourhood and hiding bodies in his basement. How come no one in the neighbourhood noticed? And what is it with that stupid prejudiced officer?
The movie opened with an interview announcing a cure for cancer. Unknowingly, they set a deadly mutating virus airborne. Human mutated into flesh eating, suicidal zombies. After 3 years, the only survival in New York was Robert Neville (Will Smith) and his dog, Sam. After an incident, Sam died, Neville became suicidal but was rescued by another survival named Anna. After another series of events, Neville gave Anna the cure he discovered and bombed himself into pieces with those ugly looking creatures.
Actually the story is quite simple. The plot was quite predictable. I don't know why I didn't yawn through the movie. Maybe because it was Will Smith instead of some other unknown actors (if it was Cillian Murphy, I'm sure I won't last half an hour into the movie) And partly because of beloved YY who increased the suspense level in the movie. But I do wonder, can a human really last three years alone, without outside contact? Like, where did the water and electricity came from? And where did he find fuel to run that fast car of his? Or do New York has enough food for him to raid everyday? Plus, based on the rate he was shooting, does he ever run out of bullets? But since it is a movie with Will Smith in it, screw logic!!
Smile though your heart is aching
Smile even though its breaking
When there are clouds in the sky, youll get by
If you smile through your fear and sorrow
Smile and maybe tomorrow
Youll see the sun come shining through for you
Light up your face with gladness
Hide every trace of sadness
Although a tear may be ever so near
Thats the time you must keep on trying
Smile, whats the use of crying?
Youll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just smile
Thats the time you must keep on trying
Smile, whats the use of crying?
Youll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just smile
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
But it wasn't easy... The guys next door was making quite some noise and of course, I am not a certified doctor... so I couldn't hear the heart sounds. After much guidance from the lecturer, I did heard Nicole's heart sound. It was kinda cool!!
Dr Zyenyi!! You snapped the picture when Dr Phan closed eyes!!
Dr Zyenyi testing on Dr Nicole
And because of the blunder we made earlier, we did not have enough time to do the lung capacity experiment except for Kar Yee... Interesting though....
Well, I hope that we can prepare better next time cause this was really chaotic. Maybe it's cause three weeks didn't do experiment, rusty already... Next experiment, we are gona study cell!! Finally we graduated from plant cells to human cells... Prepare better next time??
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Here are 5 actors and the legendary roles they turned down:
1. THE ROLE: James Bond in "Dr. No"
WHO LET IT GET AWAY: Cary Grant
Despite being Bond producer Albert Broccoli's best man, Grant said, "I don't" to the offer, and Sean Connery got the role instead.
Of course, many studio executives objected to the decision, and even Bond creator Ian Fleming said Connery "wasn't exactly what I had in mind."
REGRETTABILITY METER: Low
By the 1960s, Cary Grant already had a spectacular film career. If he'd accepted the role (as Broccoli later revealed), it would've been just a one-movie deal.
Personal Comments : Luckily Grant didn't take the role... Sean Connery is one of my favourite Bond...
2. THE ROLE: Neo in "The Matrix"
WHO LET IT GET AWAY: Will Smith turned it down to star in the forgettable action flick "Wild Wild West," and the part went to Reeves.
REGRETTABILITY METER: Low
In an interview with Wired, Smith said, "I would have absolutely messed up 'The Matrix.' At that point I wasn't smart enough as an actor to let the movie be -- whereas Keanu was."
Personal Comments : Will Smith WILL screw up The Matrix if he took the offer. He simply wasn't "kayu" enough to play Neo!!
3. THE ROLE: Vincent Vega in "Pulp Fiction"
WHO LET IT GET AWAY: Michael Madsen, who was stuck in lengthy rehearsals for "Wyatt Earp." John Travolta got the role instead and, almost overnight, transformed from a Hollywood has-been into one of the most bankable stars in the business.
REGRETTABILITY METER: High
Madsen called "Wyatt Earp" a "big waste of time."
Personal Comments : Speaking of regrets....
4. THE ROLE: Gandalf in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy
WHO LET IT GET AWAY: Sean Connery, who'd never read the J.R.R. Tolkien series and claimed he "didn't understand the script." (Can you say karma?)
REGRETTABILITY METER: High
In return for playing the role, New Line Cinema offered the Scottish actor up to 15 percent of worldwide box office receipts, which would have earned Connery more than any actor had ever been paid for a single role -- as much as $400 million.
Personal Comments : Sean Connery = Gandalf? Can't imagine...
5. THE ROLES: Sundance in "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle in "The French Connection," and Captain Benjamin Willard in "Apocalypse Now"
WHO LET THEM GET AWAY: Steve McQueen
REGRETTABILITY METER: Tragically high
McQueen turned down the role of Sundance simply because costar Paul Newman refused to give him top billing.
Later, McQueen declined the lead in "The French Connection" because he felt the part was too similar to the tough cop he'd played in 1968's "Bullitt." Gene Hackman took the part and won an Oscar for it.
And finally, in 1978, McQueen told "Apocalypse Now" director Francis Ford Coppola to shove off when he was offered the lead. McQueen's non-negotiable asking price was $3 million; plus, he didn't feel like spending four months shooting in the Philippine jungle.Instead, Martin Sheen landed the role, and despite suffering a heart attack during the stressful production, he gave one of cinema's greatest performances
Personal Comments : Is it just me or McQueen is stucked up?? $3 million asking price? Typical Hollywood insanity!!
Adapted from : mental_floss by Ransom Riggs
But today I had the most fun since getting back to Kampar. Why? Cause I cycled in the rain!!
After maths class, well, thanks to our hardworking lecturer who refused to let us out early, I rushed to the bicycle parking place, only to be reminded by my friend that it was drizzling. What to do? We took the risk of cycling in the drizzling rain, hoping that we can get home before the rain gets heavy.
We were paddling super hard and suddenly, I realised, "Where is Nicole?" I thought she was cycling right behind me... So I stopped and waited for a while... Alas, she came with Kumutha and Goldon. Well, halfway home and I was already wet, so I decided not to waste energy and risk my safety. What I did was...... cycled real slow......
Well, it was fun to cycle wet. Don't really feel cold... And, well, I love the rain, so it was an enjoyable journey, from the gates of uni past the beautiful lake into the compound of my house. Not to mention, that I got real wet!! Rainwater dripping from my short hair down my neck and seeped into my clothes... And rain drops that rolled into my eyes and rolled down my face like warm tears... Well, of course me not crying la... But the silence and peace is great. It was as if I own the streets (cause everyone don't wanna come out and get wet like me...)
When I reached the house, Kumutha suggested something even crazier... "Let's stand under the rain and enjoy this!!" So, there we go... the three of us.... standing in the rain.... enjoying getting wet.... and of course.... taking photos!!! Hahaha!! That was real nice!!
Me and Kumutha... Nicole's glasses got blotted by raindrops... so picture also blur blur...
Of course, I am actually quite worried that I might get sick from this, since I am already not feeling so well... But who cares? I've got 3 days holidays this week (cause of Deepavali) to recover if I do get sick. And that was worth the fun... Consequences: I've got to hand-washed my jeans, wipe my bike, dry my bag, and no jacket tomorrow... Anyway, it was worth the fun!!!
PS: To that guy who I almost ran down near the slope, sorry!!! Next time don't ever try to cross the road when an amateur cyclist like me is going down the slope!!
Monday, October 20, 2008
Due to some request, I translated my mandarin... Sorry, guys!!! I was thinking in mandarin at the time....
I've thought of the title of the blog for a long time... Don't know why I suddenly developed a tendecy to type in mandarin... Maybe its because of the influence of some people...
It's almost raining everyday here...
Actually, I like the rain. The feeling is like all my burden and worries are being washed away by the rain.
However, the rain also gives me a gloomy feeling, like life is not black and white, but grey...
And grey, reminds me of someone-- Me...
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Life is complicated
Too much to take care of
Too much decision that can't be made
For a moment, I ponder, why is life so complicated?
But the funny thing is, life is not complicated at all
Problems are often made by ourselves
So, for this moment, I would like to enjoy silence,
Let the burden be thrown into water
And what is left of it, are just ripples on the surface...
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Semester 2 started with the absence of a coursemate who had some unfinished business in her hometown. My deepest condolences to you...
Semester 2 also started without two of my most reliable coursemate as they were transferred to TE5. Do you know how much I miss having practical session with you guys? Even the test tubes weren't that much fun to play with anymore...
Semester 2 started out without much fun, to be truthful... Mostly because lecturers were practically reminding us every second about test and last sem's results and assignments, etc... And also because I knew what to expect... I half- heartedly picked up my books, stared at them for hours, sometimes wondering if this is really what I want to do... But since I've made that choice of making science my life, I guess I'll just have to live through it... Funny thing is, I'm starting to refer to science subjects as the evil subjects or the gila subjects, because these are the things most of the people didn't do well in. What to do...
Semester 2 also started out with much incidents. A friend of mine playing the MIA game and gave everyone a big fright... And I nearly break the beaker in Chemistry lab today, my first practical this semester!! Though I am not really superstitious, but was that a bad omen?
Semester 2 started with a rather serious note, with lotsa moody and grumpy people, and of course a certain inconsiderate people. It is like a battle zone where people gear up to fight the war even it's just first week. People who used to fool around and joke a lot suddenly turned quiet (or they were quiet with my presence, I really don't know...) People who did well in the exams, somehow, become scarier and started working hard already. Is this what "they" say Sem 2 is like? The "line" drawn so clearly?
Semester 2 started with some issue, that things between some people are never going to be the same ever. Does every action has to bring about a reaction? Does Newton's Third Law exist besides in Physics? Things said and unsaid really brought a big difference. I guess it is too late to regret what has happened, but can I really get to explain myself? After all, I am not the self explaining type.
Semester 2 started with a lot of burden at home. An operation, and examination and the quarel that will never see its conclusion. I hope that I can learn to carry home in my heart, but leave its burden at home. I hope that I can stand strong for my home, and never collapsed from the pressure.
Is Semester 2 a good start? Well, once an old wise man told me that life is between choices. Either positive or negative choice you made, life will still have to go on. So I guess I will have to choose to say that this is a good start for better things to come. After all, no point sulking in depression when the world doesn't revolve around you...
Happy Semester 2!!
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
A little bored in Kampar since it's just first academic week of semester 2. So I indulged in watching the Dark Knight, twice, because this movie is such an art!! This is better than Spiderman or Iron Man. The psychological ride with The Joker is intriguing and thrilling!! Christopher Nolan is the true mastermind!!
Like any typical hero movie, the movie opens with a heist by the Joker and mass killing. Then the authority, represented by Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman), stepped in. Of course, we were introduced to Gotham City's first hero without a mask, Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart), the new DA of the city and not to mention, Rachel Dawes' new boyfriend. Maggie Gyllenhaal took the baton from Katie Holmes for playing Dark Knight's love interest. Of course, Bruce Wayne's secret night adventure started. Wonderful performance by Christian Bale, playing the ignorant arogant playboy billionaire, double-roled as the mysterious Dark Knight.
However, the main attraction of the movie is, sadly, not Christian Bale. But the raving post-humous promotion of The Joker as legendary Heath Ledger's last performance. Indeed, he did left a deep impression and lived up to the expectation of The Joker. He put Jim Carrey to shame. His performance was scary. He played with the emotion of the audience so well, to the point that I actually felt pity for The Joker, turning into who he was. And Harvey Dent's two face also made Tommey Lee Jones walked down the hall of shame.
The stunt were great. Batmobile, as usual, is the highlight for movie. But Batman's gadgets are mostly impossible. Can you actually paraglide from one building to another or "see" through buildings with the help of sonar? The Joker, on the other hand, was more believable. He showed how fragile the human mind is. "You complete me", he said to Batman, like Yin and Yang, completion of the balance of humanity.
Indeed, The Joker gave Gotham City "criminal with class"
Monday, October 13, 2008
It turns out we all have a little something in common with Narcissus—the mythical fellow who fell in love with his own reflection. Scientists at the University of Liverpool recently concluded that our brains favour people with familiar faces. The research team asked over 200 participants to view a number of digitally altered human faces. They found that subjects preferred the features they found the most familiar—whether that means his or her own visage or that of a family member. This may explain that common phenomenon of couples looking like they could be siblings.
2. Manner, schmanners: Go ahead and stare.
Another new study says that when a woman walks into a room, she is considered more attractive if she turns her eyes directly toward a certain man. Men would rate the same woman as less desirable if she doesn’t make strong eye contact. In this study, conducted at Dartmouth University, lead researcher Malia Mason had male participants sit and view a series of faces of fashion models, digitally enhanced to either be gazing toward or away from the participant. The study authors asked the viewer to rate the likeability of each model and found that those who turned away were seen as less agreeable. The study’s researchers went on to suggest that a woman’s gaze can be a powerful arousal cue and that our impressions are largely formed by nonverbal communications such as eye contact. So start locking eyes, ladies!
3. You’ll know it when you see it.
A recent study at the University of Pennsylvania reveals that regardless of what people say they are looking for in a dating situation, they don’t need a lot of time with or information about a person to tell if they’re interested. Single people’s behaviour suggests that individuals know “it” (a person who appeals to them) when they see it—almost instantly. Lead researcher Robert Kurzban and his colleagues studied data from 10,000+ daters. They found that men and women assessed potential compatibility within moments of meeting, using primarily visual cues such as age, height, and attractiveness. Says Kurzban, “Somewhat surprisingly, factors that you might think would be really important to people — like religion, education, and income — played very little roles in their choices.”
4. Listen up.
The next time you call up a potential love match, pay special attention to how they sound. Researchers at the University of Albany had 149 men and women rate the attractiveness of a series of recorded voices on a scale from 1 to 10. The researchers also gathered information about the sexual histories of the people whose voices they recorded. They found that the voices found to be the most appealing belonged to people who had sex at an earlier age, had more sexual partners, and were more prone to infidelity than those rated as having less appealing voices. So know that what maybe a seductive voice to you, maybe linked to a person with a bit of a past…
5. I couldn’t help it babe, it’s in my genes.
There may be a genetic component to infidelity, says a professor at the Twin Research Unit at St. Thomas’ Hospital, London. This is based on the fact that if one twin exhibits infidelity, the other twin strays 55% of the time. In the general population, the number is 23%. The tendency to remain faithful is a component of personality, the scientist elaborates, which is governed both by a number of genes and societal factors.
6. It’s official. Love makes us crazy.
For one, it causes serotonin levels in the brain to drop, which may lead people to obsess about their lover. (The levels of serotonin, a chemical produced by the body, are also low in people who have obsessive-compulsive disorder.) Next, it ramps up production of the stress hormone cortisol, leading to slightly higher blood pressure and possible loss of sleep. Finally, a scientist at the University of London has found that when people look at their new loves, the neural circuits that are usually in charge of social judgment are suppressed. All in all, love kind of leaves you obsessive, stressed, and blind. And we love it.
7. Why broken hearts hurt...
A recent UCLA study suggests the psychological hurt of a break-up is just as real as a physical injury. Two areas of the brain that respond to physical pain also become activated when a person is dealing with social pain, such as being dumped. The study’s authors used an MRI to monitor brain activity in participants while they played a game simulating social rejection. The researchers believe that the pain of being rejected may have evolved as a motivating force that led humans to seek out social interaction, which is crucial for the survival of most mammals.
8. Blushing is best.
If we take our cue from apes, rosy cheeks are crucial in the dating game, says a new study. Scientists at Stirling University in Scotland have found that primates prefer mates with red faces. A rosy glow might also act as a similar cue in humans, say the researchers, sending a message of good health. They speculate that it could explain why women use blusher.
9. Kiss this way.
Did you know there is a “right” way to kiss? People are more likely to tilt their heads to the right when kissing instead of left, says a report published recently in the journal Nature. A scientist from Ruhr University in Germany analyzed 124 pairs of smoochers and found that 65 percent go toward the right.
10. Meet for drinks before dinner.
Researchers at NYU and Stanford have discovered that hungry men prefer heavier women. By staking out a dining hall, scientists had hundreds of students fill out questionnaires about their preferences in a mate. Men who filled out the questionnaire just before they entered the hall described their ideal woman as an average of three or four pounds heavier than men interviewed after they had eaten. Incidentally, researchers did not find the same change in women’s preferences.
THE 2008 DARWIN AWARDS
You've been waiting for them with bated breath, so without further ado here are the 2008 Darwin awards.
In Detroit , a 41-year-old man got stuck and drowned in two feet of water after squeezing head first through an 18-inch-wide sewer grate to retrieve his car keys.
Personal Comments : Gosh!! Sure a painful death!!
A 49-year-old San Francisco stockbroker, who 'totally zoned when he ran,' accidentally, jogged off a 100-foot high cliff on his daily run.
Personal Comments : He must be really "in the zone"...
While at the beach, Daniel Jones, 21, dug an 8 foot hole for protection from the wind and had been sitting in a beach chair at the bottom! When it t collapsed, burying him beneath 5 feet of sand. People on the beach used their hands and shovels trying to get him out but could not reach him. It took rescue workers using heavy equipment almost an hour to free him. Jones was pronounced dead at a hospital.
Personal Comments : Lesson of the story? Never dig a hole with the risk of burying yourself!!
Santiago Alvarado, 24, was killed as he fell through the ceiling of a bicycle shop he was burglarizing. Death was caused when the long flashlight he had placed in his mouth to keep his hands free rammed into the base of his skull as he hit the floor.
Personal Comments : Literally caught red- handed!!
Sylvester Briddell, Jr., 26, was killed as he won a bet with friends who said he would not put a revolver loaded with four bullets into his mouth and pull the trigger.
Personal Comments : Male egoism or plain stupidity?
After stepping around a marked police patrol car parked at the front door, a man walked into H&J Leather & Firearms intent on robbing the store. The shop was full of customers and a uniformed officer was standing at the counter. Upon seeing the officer, the would-be robber announced a hold-up! and fired a few wild shots from a target pistol. The officer and a clerk promptly returned fire, and several customers also drew their guns and fired. The robber was pronounced dead at the scene by Paramedics. Crime scene investigators located 47 expended cartridge cases in the shop. The subsequent autopsy revealed 23 gunshot wounds. Ballistics identified rounds from 7 different weapons. No one else was hurt.
Personal Comments : This robber couldn't have picked a better place!!
Paul Stiller, 47, and his wife Bonnie were bored just driving around at 2 A.M. so they lit a quarter stick of dynamite to toss out the window to see what would happen. Apparently they failed to notice the window was closed.
Personal Comments : Boredom kills...
Kerry Bingham had been drinking with several friends when one of them said they knew a person who had bungee-jumped from a local bridge in the middle of traffic. The conversation grew more heated and at least 10 men trooped along the walkway of the bridge at 4:30 AM. Upon arrival at the midpoint of the bridge they discovered that no one had brought a bungee rope. Bingham, who had continued drinking, volunteered and pointed out that a coil of lineman's cable, lay near by. They secured one end around Bingham's leg and then tied the other ! ;to the bridge. His fall lasted 40 feet before the cable tightened and tore his foot off at the ankle.. He miraculously survived his fall into the icy water and was rescued by two nearby fishermen. Bingham's foot was never located.
Personal Comments : Lineman's cable? 40 feet fall? Madness!
AND THE WINNER IS...
Zookeeper Friedrich Riesfeldt ( Paderborn , Germany ) fed his constipated elephant 22 doses of animal laxative and more than a bushel of berries, figs and prunes before the plugged-up pachyderm finally got relief.
Investigators say ill-fated Friedrich, 46, was attempting to give the ailing elephant an olive oil enema when the relieved beast unloaded.
The sheer force of the elephant's unexpected defecation knocked Mr. Riesfeldt to the ground where he struck his head on a rock as the elephant continued to evacuate 200 pounds of dung on top of him.
It seems to be just one of those freak accidents that proves... 'Sh * t happens'
Personal Comments : Think you had a bad day? His was just really unlucky... Poor Riesfeldt, covered in sh*t...
Explanation adapted from wikipedia
List of awards adapted from http://office-humour.co.uk/item/7758/
Sunday, October 12, 2008
In light of your failure in recent years to nominate competent candidates for President of the USA and thus to govern yourselves, we hereby give notice of the revocation of your independence, effective immediately.
(You should look up 'revocation' in the Oxford English Dictionary.)
Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will resume monarchical duties over all states, commonwealths, and territories (except Kansas, which she does not fancy).
Your new Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, will appoint a Governor for America without the need for further elections.
Congress and the Senate will be disbanded. A questionnaire may be circulated next year to determine whether any of you noticed.
To aid in the transition to a British Crown dependency, the following rules are introduced with immediate effect:
1. The letter 'U' will be reinstated in words such as 'colour,' 'favour,' 'labour' and 'neighbour.' Likewise, you will learn to spell 'doughnut' without skipping half the letters, and the suffix '-ize' will be replaced by the suffix '-ise.' Generally, you will be expected to raise your vocabulary to acceptable levels. (look up 'vocabulary').
2. Using the same twenty-seven words interspersed with filler noises such as ''like' and 'you know' is an unacceptable and inefficient form of communication. There is no such thing as U.S.English.. We will let Microsoft know on your behalf. The Microsoft spell-checker will be adjusted to take into account the reinstated letter 'u'' and the elimination of '-ize.'
3. July 4th will no longer be celebrated as a holiday.
4. You will learn to resolve personal issues without using guns, lawyers, or therapists. The fact that you need so many lawyers and therapists shows that you're not quite ready to be independent. Guns should only be used for shooting grouse. If you can't sort things out without suing someone or speaking to a therapist,then you're not ready to shoot grouse..
5. Therefore, you will no longer be allowed to own or carry anything more dangerous than a vegetable peeler. Although a permit will be required if you wish to carry a vegetable peeler in public.
6. All intersections will be replaced with roundabouts, and you will start driving on the left side with immediate effect. At the same time, you will go metric with immediate effect and without the benefit of conversion tables. Both roundabouts and metrication will help you understand the British sense of humour.
7. The former USA will adopt UK prices on petrol (which you have been calling gasoline) of roughly $10/US gallon. Get used to it.
8. You will learn to make real chips. Those things you call French fries are not real chips, and those things you insist on calling potato chips are properly called crisps. Real chips are thick cut, fried in animal fat, and dressed not with catsup but with vinegar.
9. The cold, tasteless stuff you insist on calling beer is not actually beer at all. Henceforth, only proper British Bitter will be referred to as beer, and European brews of known and accepted provenance will be referred to as Lager. Australian beer is also acceptable, as they are pound for pound the greatest sporting nation on earth and it can only be due to the beer. They are also part of the British Commonwealth - see what it did for them. American brands will be referred to as Near-Frozen Gnat's Urine, so that all can be sold without risk of further confusion.
10. Hollywood will be required occasionally to cast English actors as good guys. Hollywood will also be required to cast English actors to play English characters. Watching Andie Macdowell attempt English dialogue in Four Weddings and a Funeral was an experience akin to having one's ears removed with a cheese grater.
11. You will cease playing American football. There is only one kind of proper football; you call it soccer. Those of you brave enough will, in time, be allowed to play rugby (which has some similarities to American football, but does not involve stopping for a rest every twenty seconds or wearing full kevlar body armour like a bunch of nancies)..
12. Further, you will stop playing baseball. It is not reasonable to host an event called the World Series for a game which is not played outside of America. Since only 2.1% of you are aware there is a world beyond your borders, your error is understandable. You will learn cricket, and we will let you face the Australians first to take the sting out of their deliveries.
13. You must tell us who killed JFK. It's been driving us mad.
14. An internal revenue agent (i.e. tax collector) from Her Majesty's Government will be with you shortly to ensure the acquisition of all monies due (backdated to 1776).
15. Daily Tea Time begins promptly at 4 p.m. with proper cups, with saucers, and never mugs, with high quality biscuits (cookies) and cakes; plus strawberries (with cream) when in season.
God Save the Queen!
PS: Only share this with friends who have a good sense of humour (NOT humor)!
TO MY CHILD
Just for this morning, I am going to
smile when I see your face and laugh
when I feel like crying.
Just for this morning, I will let you
choose what you want to wear,
and smile and say how perfect it is.
Just for this morning, I am going to step
over the laundry and pick you up and take you to
the park to play.
Just for this morning, I will leave the
dishes in the sink, and let you teach me how to put
that puzzle of yours together.
Just for this afternoon, I will unplug
the telephone and keep the computer off, and sit with
you in the backyard and blow bubbles.
Just for this afternoon, I will not yell
once, not even a tiny grumble when you scream and
whine for the ice cream truck, and I will buy you one
if he comes by...
Just for this afternoon, I won't worry
about what you are going to be when you grow up, or
second guess every decision I have made where you are
Just for this afternoon, I will let you
help me bake cookies, and I won't stand over you
trying to fix them.
Just for this afternoon, I will take us
to McDonald's and buy us both a Happy Meal so you can
have both toys.
Just for this evening, I will hold you in
my arms and tell you a story about how you were
born and how much I love you.
Just for this evening, I will let you
splash in the tub and not get angry.
Just for this evening, I will let you
stay up late while we sit on the porch and count all the stars.
Just for this evening, I will snuggle
beside you for hours, and miss my favourite TV shows.
Just for this evening when I run my
finger through your hair as you pray, I will simply be
grateful that God has given me the greatest gift ever given.
I will think about the mothers and
fathers who are searching for their missing children, the
mothers and fathers who are visiting their children's
graves instead of their bedrooms. The mothers
and fathers who are in hospital rooms
watching their children suffer senselessly and screaming
inside that little body
And when I kiss you goodnight I will hold
you a little tighter, a little longer. It is then,
that I will thank God for you, and ask him for
nothing, except one more day................
This is a poem written by a father whose 10-month-old-baby was diagnosed with brain tumour. I don't know if the baby survive the illness, but the poem alone is enough to send the message across.
Love and appreciate those around you. Don't wait cause you may regret that it may be too late.
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Selepas makan tengah hari saya keluar untuk membayar bil-bil.
Dalam perjalanan pulang ketika melalui Jalan Bangsar pada pukul 2.00 petang berhampiran dengan simpang untuk ke pejabat NSTP, ternampak sebuah lagi banner yang mempunyai gambar Altantuya, Najib dan Rosmah.
Di banner ini pula tertulis,
“Najib Tun Razak Perdana Menteri Ke 6?
- Rasuah hampir satu billion dalam urusan pembelian peralatan pertahanan.
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- Punyai isteri yang tamak, boros dan queen control umpama Imelda Marcos.
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Banner yang kedua ini terdapat logo Umno dan digantung disebelah banner hari raya Umno Lembah Pantai. Semalam Pak Lah mengumumkan untuk tidak mempertahankan jawatan Presiden Umno dalam pemilihan parti tersebut Mac depan.
Setakat ini Najib disebut sebagai penggantinya. Seperti yang dikatakan semalam, Najib “mungkin” menjadi penggantinya. Beliau menggunakan perkataan “mungkin” kerana Najib masih lagi perlu bertanding untuk merebut jawatan Presiden Umno. Setakat ini hanya Ku Li yang telah mengumumkan untuk mencabar jawatan Presiden Umno dalam pemilihan Umno nanti. Masih belum ada calon-calon lain yang berani.
Namun ramai pihak belum yakin Ku Li akan dapat cukup pencalonan untuk merebut jawatan tersebut.
Apa-apa pun perang dalaman Umno untuk merebut kekuasaan telah bermula. Yang peliknya, perang terhadap Najib bermula terlebih dahulu.
Adopted from Malaysia Today
What I think : Why can't they all just shut up about the propaganda and their personal political agenda and start doing what they should be doing- running the government for the good of the people. Malaysia political scene is a laughing stock to the world!!
Friday, October 10, 2008
The cast wasn't really consist of pretty people and the plot was more or less the same as the first Step Up movie, rather, the original Step Up movie has a more complex plot. However, what blows my mind was the dancing. It consists of very well choreographed b-boying, breaking and some serious popping and locking. The highlight, like most dance movies, is of course the final showdown.
The final kiss between our leads
But I gotta say that the choreography was very edgy and slick. The breaking part was not really impressive. But the creative popping and locking was awesome. The expert here is Moose, played by real life hip hop dance Adam G. Sevani. In the final showdown, I only pay attention to him, cause his moves were so polished and cool.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Well, it's probably over by now......
But I found some random pictures and news on the Internet...
Just for fun....
Killer heels!! Seems like gladiator shoes are still the IN trend
The wooden platform with leather straps are cool too!!
The skirt is a bit weird, like doesn't go well with skinny boots. But the loud jacket is nice. A bit like kain songket in high fashion.
Amazing avant-garde piece with high collar turtleneck. I bet she is warm in that. But, again, check out the shoes. Ankle boots with leg warmer. I usually hate fishnet stockings but she actually made it look classy here!
Well, I am not fashionista... But looking at the fabulous outfits... Ahh... How I wish I can own them!!
Well, the story is about an aspiring journalist, Andy (Anne Hathaway) who worked at popular fashion magazine, RUNWAY as an assistant to the Editor in Chief, Miranda Priestly (played briliantly by legendary Meryl Strep) Well, this is a potrayal of the typical female boss who is power craze and super- achieving. And the poor lives her assistants and co- workers. Stanley Tucci also played one of the co-worker to perfection. But the main attraction is not the cast which also contain heavy-weights like Emily Blunt, Andrian Grenier, Simon Baker, and many more. The main attraction of the movie is FASHION!! I love couture!! The elegance portrayed by these actresses, it is like working in an edgy, high- fashion environment. But of course, this comes with great pressure, scandalous office politics, and of course disastrous personal life.
I find that Nigel (Stanley Tucci) a very true and interesting character. He was like some sort of mentor to the naive Andy. His lines were also very memorable. Like "Tell me when your personal life goes up in a smoke. It means it's time for a promotion." How true is that? Nowadays, in this modern society, this phenomena happens everyday!! People neglecting friends and family, backstabbing people at work, get into the news, and for what? Another point is that the whole film seem to focus a lot on Miranda Priestly and her devilish ways of working the magazine. The film potrayed such power woman as something negative. But what if she is a man? What if Miranda Priestl is a man with such capability? Everyone will not complain but onyl notice how good she is at her job!! How true!! Even though we are in the 21st century, the typical female stereotype is still there!!
However, I have to say that the fashion is still the best thing that happen in the film. Anne Hathaway's alabaster skin just kinda glow in the bright red lipstick and that elegant black dress. And her work clothes!! It is very high fashion, chic and classy.
I love those thigh high boots!! It seemed like after watching the movie, Victoria Beckham, Hayden Panettiera and some other celebrities followed the trend too!!
Well, the first few times I watched the movie, I have to admit that me and my friends tried to learn their style of dressing and make-up!! I still wonder how they did the smokey eyes though...
Monday, October 6, 2008
I'm not patient
I felt chilly and silly at the moment
I don't know what to worry
Because there seemed so much to worry
I'm not stupid
Just not smart enough
To avoid making that stupid mistake
And losing you to eternal winter
What if I took the time
And stare at it longer
And pay more attention to it
Maybe the outcome will be completely different
I won't have to wallow in guilt
For making a fatal mistake
How can I ever reach you again
And feel your sunshine against my skin
I felt cold and sorrow
Because I just couldn't let go the decision
Would things be really different
If I were just to pay more attention
Or is it just destiny interfering
To punish me with eternal winter
For making such fatal mistakes
Making mistakes simply means you are learning faster. Weston H. Agor
~but am I ready to pay the price of making a fatal mistake to learning?~~
Anyway, this is a footage that I found on youtube. The song is "I need to wake up" by Melissa Etheridge. The footage shows pictures of places affected by global warming. And the most shocking thing is that the years apart were just slightly more than a decade!! Global warming is indeed happening faster than ever!!
So, enjoy the footage and maybe, try to wake up and change the way you live...
And another footage. The song is a cover version of "I need to wake up" by Shinji Harada. Please be patient and finish the clip cause the suggestions to live green at the end of the clip is quite useful!!
By the way, I strongly recommend you guys watching An Inconvenient Truth.
For other materials, check out The March of the Penguins, Sinking of Japan and The Day After Tomorrow.
 Name: Phan Yun Xin
 Nickname: N/A
 Married: To CSI, Criminal Minds, NCIS, House..... practically the TV
 Zodiac Sign: Capricon
 Gender: The fairer sex..... female la..
 Age: 18+++.... soon to be 19......
 High School: Malaysia Greatest School!!
 College/University: UTAR
 Height: duno.....
 Weight: dun care................
 Do you like yourself: sometimes
 Piercings: ears....
 Right or left: rightie.... left brain.......
 Are you a freak : yea... CSI freak!!!!
 Hair: black
 Skin: sem break fair...... sem start tanned
 Allergic: maths
 What are you doing now: doing this tag
 What will you do 1 hour later: sleep, eat, watch TV
 What will you do 10 years later : sleep, eat, watch TV
 Live with mother/father/parents: Ipoh.... parents..... Kampar.... Wee Leng
 Siblings(included you): 2 only
 Eldest: Me
 Youngest: The little brat
 Love/hate your family: Love them lots!!!
 You found your another half: what other half? i am in one piece!!
 If yes, who is he/she: N/A
 If no, who you want he/she to be: a decent guy
 Time(s) you in relationship: N/A
 Ever woo boy/girl(0-100000): N/A
 Anyone woo you before(0-100000): err..... duno......
 Did anything wrong to your other half: what other half?
 What was/were the wrong you had done: duno........
 Ever argue with your other half: like split personality? no.....
 You with your other half since: N/A
 Are you straight/Lesbo: curly
 Reasons you love your other half: N/A
 You and your other half in which stage: dance stage?? ~~haiz.... i dun have a "the other half" la....~~
 You woo he/she or he/she woo you: N/A
 Ever think of marry he/she: i don't believe in marriange
 Your first best friend: Xin Yi!!!!!
 Your first enemy: some kiddo in kindy?? forgot la.....
 The friend you love the most: Xin Yi!!!!!
 The enemy you hate the most(1only): its better to forgive and forget......
 Your most beautiful girl friend: a lot of beautiful girls in my life le......
 Your most handsome guy friend: - orlando bloom
 The kind of girl you hate the most: slutty, bitchy, depend too much on guys, etc......
 The kind of boy you hate the most: sexist, unthoughful, bossy, rude, brainless pretty boys.......
 You fall in love with your close friend before: eerrr..... sorta.....
 Your best friend is your ex-lover: i would like to....... i mean, that will be ideal.......
 If your friend backstabbing you: I'll go find my banana peeler and stab them back lo.....
 If your friend betray you: I'll get a tray and find them lo.......
 If your friend woo your lover: I woo the friend back
 If your friend fall in love with you: Good...
 If you fall in love with your best friend: I have to be a lesbian or a transexual (no offense, guys....)
 Are you a good student: i don't think so
 You always done your homeworks/assignments: Only those with weigthage
 The teacher/tutor you love the most: My dad!!! ~~hey, he teaches english and the lesson of life, ok?~~
 Always late to school/college: so far.... not yet
 Your class: 5Sc1 2007 / TE1
 You love your seniors: some of them who taught me so much
 Senior who you love the most: many
 Your classmates good/bad: good
 Excellent result classmate: the whole of 5 SC 1 2007 and half of TE1 2008
 Laziest classmate: Me......
 Smart people: study smarter
 Stupid people: are very much like me...... seriously.... sometimes i manage to complicate things and do things with cow sense.....
 Good looking people: certainly not me
 Ugly people: people too skinny
 Funny people: rowan atkinson, russel peters, ellen degeneres, will smith
 Cute people: wee leng?
 Bad people: the JOKER ~~ dark knight joker~~
 Honest people: Tells the truth
 Acting people: shia lebeouf? orlando bloom? liam aiken? the whole of tinseltown??
 You are what kind of person: sleep, eat, watch TV kinda people.....
 Lip or eyes: Eyes
 Hugs or kisses: both
 Shorter or taller: taller
 Hesitant or spontaneous: Spontaneous
 Nice stomach or nice arms: Both
 Listener or talker: Listener
 Romantic or rich: Both
 Good husband or Good Father: i have a good father...... duno if i will get a good husband.....
 Age to get marry: eternity
 Numbers of kid(s): will refer to the Dasar Kependudukan of m'sia
 Career: full time expert of sleep. eat. watch TV (LOL, sem break mar....)
 Salary: $ As much as I can make
 Retirement age: tmr... if i win the lottery today.....
 Properties value: My brain
 Wishes: . another 3 wishes?
~~and anyone who is interested.....~~