Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Don't Forget to Look Down

While busy looking through glass walls for products on sale, I spared a few moments to look on the ground. And here are what I saw.


















































Monday, March 17, 2008

A Dream Begins


Can you read this?

As an effort to curb automatic sign-ups, service providers on the internet force the users to type a distorted alphanumeric series. It is a good idea, securit-wise. However, it may not be user-friendly. One example that I got: I can't figure out what is the character next to '5'.


Friday, March 14, 2008

Windy
















If you can't recognise the object in the picture, it's ok. It is an object formerly known as an umbrella. The pic sums up the weather for the past few days. Very strong wind was available in abundance. My own umbrella suffered a minor injury.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Windy & Rain

Outside the lab, a strong wind can be heard. As is the rain that rapped heavily on the wavy top of the lab. Almost 9pm now. And I'm hungry. I want to go home and eat. I even had created a menu, of sort. Fish finger, chips, samosa, and salad. Alas, I have to wait till the rain subside. I don't know if the rain will stop first, or my sleepiness overcame me first. What I know is that I'm feeling a little bit blue, because the flat that I had been eyeing had been taken by someone else. It is gone now. Gone with the wind.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

My Political Self 2

To get another opinion, I took a second test at www.blogthings.com
I still don't understand my political self.




Your Political Profile:



Overall: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal



Social Issues: 75% Conservative, 25% Liberal



Personal Responsibility: 25% Conservative, 75% Liberal



Fiscal Issues: 75% Conservative, 25% Liberal



Ethics: 25% Conservative, 75% Liberal



Defense and Crime: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal

My Political Self

When I signed up for a social networking site, I was asked about my political leaning. I didn't know which box to tick. Am I a socialist? Conservative?

Based on a test on http://www.okcupid.com/politics, here is my true political self.
I can't say I really understand the test result. In fact, I chuckled when I see the label "Totalitarian" that was used to summarise my result.

You are a

Social Conservative
(31% permissive)

and an...

Economic Liberal
(18% permissive)

You are best described as a:

Totalitarian




Link: The Politics Test on Ok Cupid
Also : The OkCupid Dating Persona Test

Monday, March 10, 2008

Dentist

The appointment with Dr Ida today was the third. She filled up two holes, cleaned, and polished my teeth. Before she started with those work, she jabbed my upper gum.

It was a small prick, but worse compared to the small pricks that I had during the second appointment. The jab was felt in the nose. It was as if something is pulling at the membrane of my inner nose. The pain stimulated my tear gland.

When I was lying on the dentist's chair (or, is it the client's chair?), I notice how tense I was. It required a conscious effort to relax the major muscle groups.

Another thing that struck me was how 'attractive' I must've looked when the dentist pried open my mouth. I wonder whether any dentist would find their patients/clients attractive after having looked closely at their oral orifice.

And it was a laborious task to keep the jaw unhinged for 10 minutes or so. The jab. The poking with various tools. The shrill of the drill. The greedy suction sound. Good thing it last all but 1/2 an hour. It gives me a renewed admiration for women: those who go through labour. If a medical procedure localised at my mouth was scary enough, I can't imagine a more severe procedure being performed anywhere near my family jewel's area. Once was more than enough.

At this moment, my upper lip and part of my nose are still numb. My lip felt twice its size. And, as usual, my tounge is snaking around in an auto-mode. I'm waiting for the numbness to wear out to feel my newly cleaned teeth.

Never the less, I probably will have dream my teeth crumble, yet again.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Lalat & Garam

It is not really a choice, but it must be thought of consciously. Some people unconsciously behave like flies. They make fresh goods rotten. They could have made a conscious choice to be like salt; preserving the goods instead.

If you can't be like salt, don't behave like a fly.

If you can't clean up the house, at the very least don't make it dirty.

If you can't make people happy, at the very least don't make them sad.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Cards


I got two boxes of name cards yesterday, courtesy of my supervisor.

What I don't understand is that the cards cost £80. That's about RM500 for 200 name cards! Are there anyone back in Malaysia who wants to grab this potential business opportunity?

Simplicity



Life here is simpler. Back in KL, i have a bunch of keys that would occupy a lot of space in my pants' pocket. Here, I have only two keys. It means I don't have much doors to open. But it also means I have less meterials to think of.

Election Prediction

I predict, after the 12th general election results are announced, there will be people complaining that the election is rigged, not transparent, not fair, biased, etc. Most likely, the complains come from candidates who lost, or people who supported them.

This prediction is made based on similar patterns of behaviour in many different elections through out the world.

Psychologically speaking, the loosers are attributing their failure to an external, stable, and global factor; an attribution style that does not bruises one's ego.

Lecture

Today is a significant day for me. I delivered a lecture for an MSc class. Sue, my SV, invited me to give a lecture after she read my literature review. I was elated, to say the least.

It has been a while now since I gave lectures (I miss my students in IIUM). So, it was with apprehension that I entered the lecture room. In front of me are students who speak English as a first language. Back at IIUM, my students and I are equals. But here, I'm a 'foreigner' in more than one sense of the word.

After 50 minutes, the lecture ended. Sue thanked me. And Patrick, my main SV, said that I had done well. He liked the way I used video clips as part of the lecture. Zeba, my lab mate, was also positive in her feedback. Overall, it was a success.

Praise be the Lord.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

La bella

Mi hijo,
La vida es bella.
Ver la belleza en la vida.
Cuando vea el beuty en la vida, usted puede encontrar a Dios.