Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Brunch at Lake Club


The gang met up for lunch (and brunch for some) at Lake Club on 10 October 2003.

The Ultimate STAR WARS Personality Test


Check out who you character best matches a Star Wars personality here:
http://www.liquidgeneration.com/quiz/starwars_quiz.asp

Philosophy and Uncommon Sense

This blogging thingy must probably be the best thing since slice bread I suppose. I have always wanted to embark on this journey but guess the push factor did not appear until our fellow IO; blogged here.

If you read my title here, you'll also notice my recent (and hopefully my life long) interest; philosophy. As I dive deeper into the realm of philosophy, I find myself becoming more sceptical by the day. The press and media irritates me more often. Words used for daily communicating I scrutinise more. Politicians and their speeches are now my main target. Vagueness I now demand to be clarified.

Arguments, premise, rhetoric, fallacy, semantics, logic, epistemology, truth etc. now enter into my vocabulary. Books that I now browse and read are not in the best sellers list but contains quotes and essays from the works of Plato, Socrates, Descartes, Kant, Hume, Russell, Bacon, Paine, Spinoza, Marx etc.

I shall from time to time feature, debate or comment about speeches, quotes, ads, articles or whatever the crosses my eyes, mind and ear. Any ideas, comments, thoughts are welcome.

Final quote for the day "If men could be pregnant, abortion would be legalise." from the book "Upside Down : A Primer for the Looking-Glass World" by Eduardo Galeano.

PS: I decided to write serious stuff to ensure our brain cells continues to dance..

Cambodia's Ex-King Delights in Blogging

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia - "I thank you for insulting me." Thus blogged former King Norodom Sihanouk to a critic of his support of gay marriage. He didn't share any of the insulting e-mails with his readers, but noted: "My country, Cambodia, has chosen to be a liberal democracy since 1993. Every Cambodian ... including the King has the right to express freely their view."
From news.yahoo.com

Why Red Wine is Healthier

Scientists may have discovered the reason why red wine appears to protect the heart.

Numerous studies have suggested that moderate alcohol drinking helps to reduce the likelihood of heart disease.

The so-called "Mediterranean diet", which includes a larger intake of wine, has been credited with lower rates of heart disease in those countries, despite a higher intake of saturated fats.

However, there is no clear evidence that red wine is any better than any other alcoholic drink.

But a team of scientists from Barts and the London School of Medicine, and the Queen Mary University in London, may have found a mechanism which points to the benefits of red wine.

They say it appears to interfere with the production of a body chemical which is vital to the process which clogs up arteries and increases the risk of a heart attack.

Wines tested

That chemical, a protein called endothelin-1 (ET-1), has already been shown to be involved in the formation of early signs of artery disease, such as the formation of fatty streaks on the walls of arteries.

Chemicals which work against it have been shown to reduce the rate of heart attacks in people who have heart disease.

The London team tested extracts from 23 red wines, four white wines, a rosé wine and one red non-alcoholic grape juice sample, after finding that certain chemicals - called polyphenols - from Cabernet Sauvignon grapes decreased the manufacture of ET-1 in bovine artery wall cells.

They found that, in the red wines, the amount they inhibited ET-1 ran parallel with the amount of these polyphenols they contained.

The white and rosé wines had no similar effect.

Cabernet the best

Dr Roger Corder, from the William Harvey Research Institute at St Barts, said: "What we are proposing is the mechanism that could explain why red wine is a better alcoholic beverage to consume than others.

"If you consume one glass of red wine and you have a good absorption of the active principle, that would be more than adequate."

He said that Cabernet Sauvignon-derived wines seemed to have the most impact.

The study is published in the journal Nature.

From news.bbc.co.uk/

Sunsets

What is it about the time of sunset and dusk that puts me in a pensive mood? I love sunsets .. the glorious display of colours as if the sun is giving us something to remember her by till morning comes. A final hurrah ... a last wave. Watching the sun set, especially at the beach, fills me with much awe. And then I wait for the afterglow ... when the whole sky takes on beautiful hues of red and gold which gradully deepen just for a fleeting moment and then fade into the night. Sunsets fills me with sighs.

History of Mensa (Summary)

Mensa was founded in Britain in 1946 and today it is a world-wide society with over 100,000 members in more than 100 countries.

Mensa International, based in London, England, is the organisation that links the national Mensas around the world and fosters the emergence of new national Mensas. Whilst SIGHT promotes leisure travel and tourism between Mensans.

Only in countries where there is neither an established national Mensa nor an emerging Mensa, it is possible for individuals who qualify to join Mensa International direct.

(Taken from Mensa International Page)

Monday, May 30, 2005


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Let's Jive

This blog has been created for Malaysian Mensans who have something to say .. or MMs who have nothing to say and want to say it anyway. All are welcome to put in their dua sen's worth.