Sunday, July 31, 2005

PM for a year

if you were the malaysian prime minister for a term of ONE year, what are your ten (10) priorities or areas of interest in the governance of the nation?

--- does not have to be in order of importance.

if i was PM for a year, i'd:
  1. send the deputy PM for all foreign relations engagements with the foreign minister assisting.
  2. all the special functions ministers looks into domestic issues.
  3. place the police under the judiciary. boost workload of the health, education and science ministry.
  4. get a works minister who drives the developers hard for cost and quality.
  5. flat rate for all road tax and no subsidies for fuel.
  6. fix the domestic water issue.
  7. engage singapore with reunification talks.
  8. permit the local and federal monarchy to give titles only with federal government approval. review all persons currently holding honorific titles and remove those which have done nothing in service to the nation.
  9. review the power and purpose of the senate.
  10. abolish racial based party system.
after a year in office, i can't wait for someone else to continue the work.

World Top 200 University Rankings 2005
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Saturday, July 30, 2005

Occupant Can Be Recognized

a vehicle with a well designed bodyshell and chassis which can absorb the energy from a traffic accident is crucial and is a fundamental requirement for an airbag to be effective. airbags are often used as a marketing gimmick to give consumers the impression that a vehicle is safe. if the occupants are exposed to danger from a vehicle that is poorly designed, the air bags will only help to ensure that the occupant can be recognized when they remove the corpse from the vehicle.

10th planet found

So there's 10 planets in the solar system, according to a NASA press release.

May have to rewrite the textbooks now. Oh well.

Friday, July 29, 2005

Bono and his mother- from BBC page

This is cute.

Sunrise or Sunset?

Would one be able to tell from a picture that this is a sunrise or sunset?

Monday, July 25, 2005

The Chase

just now my neighbour returned home just to get something quickly. since she has an automated gate, she could simply drive in, leave the engine running, grab her stuff and drive out again without having to egress the vehicle to open and close the gate.

so when she drove into her home, a stray cat (ironically) strayed into her home. this 'invasion' of space brought her dog into a game of chasing the poor cat. the chase took the pair all the way to the street corner. once my neighbour, who was oblivious to all this excitement, got her stuff, she opened her gate remotely, left the house and closed it remotely. her dog, having 'secured' the home, scampered to get in before the gates swung close. predictably, the poor dog was not quick enough and till this moment is roaming around outside the house awaiting the chance to enter.

i am so thrilled by this and decided i had to share it.

i'd like to end with the note that it was definitely a lot funnier than the way i have expressed this.

Congratulations to all the Heroes and Superheroes

Thank you for supporting the Malaysian Mensa Treasure Hunt
"The World Needs A Hero" yesterday.

Here are the results :-

The SuperHeroes
1- Alex Ho, Andre Teh, Rosemawarni, Chris Foo (160)
2- KK Chai, Vincent Woo, VK Chong, Margaret Sha (151)
3- Toh Weng Ngai, Goh Teck Koon, Adrian Wong, Lim Soo Khian (151)

The Heroes

4- Yip Kok Keong, Teh Boon Kai , Siaw Poon Im, Teh Shook Mei (150)
5- Shandra Dass, Pasupathy, Lim Kong Yew, Chong Foo Seong (149)
6- Ho Seng Hooi, Chin Kar Peng, Jeyaram Menon, Liong Chian Min (142)
7- Lingammuthu, PushpaRani, Kanthimathi, Lily Loh (140)
8- Liew Kok Seng, Ramesh R., Dominic R., Catherine Ng (139)
9- Tan Eng Siang, Johann Lim, Diana Foong, Ngam Wai Sum (138)
10- Bonny Low, Book Seng Cheong, Glenn William N, Vishnudev Ganesh A.(133)
11- Hor Kwok Wai, Shum Pui San, Lim Shu Shin, David Jackson (132)
12- Yee Pek Wah, ChiamTat Hong, Rani N, Chiam Xin-Jin (128)
13- Jayakumar, Selvamalar, Mohanselvan, Mohd Nazir (125)
14- Ahmad Fadzil, Saridah Ismail (118)
15- Gwen Yong, Ho May Wan, Lim Soo Cheen, Yeo Siew Kheng (118)
16- Mohan Campos, Sivagnanam, Julie Leong, V Loganathan (116)
17- Chan Heng Chew, Tan Bee Bee, Adelynne Chan (113)
18- Aravindan, Lynn Ong, Koo Sue San, Choo Pek Sue (113)
19- Yeap Heng Boon, Jennifer Yeow, Richard Si, Tommy Ng (108)
20- Jamie Lim, Lee Hock Khoon, Lee Ming Yee, Teh Mui Lee (106)

Congratulations to all the Heroes and Superheroes.

To all participants, Thank You again for your support.
We hope you have enjoyed yourselves.

Best Regards,


Sunday, July 24, 2005

different sampans

does the cost of maintaining the APs affect the local automotive industry? yes it does, as the investment could have been used to support the national car industry and improve it. the reason behind the AP is to allow bumiputras a chance to be involved in the automotive business. what is the use of proton then? isn't proton a bumiputra business involved in the automotive industry? why is there a need to have two separate 'opportunities'? --- if a man were to put each of his legs into two different sampans, it will not be steady.

the AP should have been scrapped in 1985 but twenty years later, it is still not too late to scrap it and concentrate on the long established bumiputra foray in the automotive industry. it is also important to maintain proton because malaysians have invested for so long by using its products. if it were to collapse overnight as what some strange people propose, what will be the cost to those who only had protons all their life? can they afford to scrap their vehicles and replace them with those brought in by the AP kings when the spare parts are all consumed?

The Khairy Chronicles

Friday, July 22, 2005

A wickedly difficult problem!

A market surveyor stopped at an old lady's house and wanted to find out how many children she had and how old they were.

Market surveyor to old lady: How many children do you have?
Old lady: Three.
Market surveyor: How old are they?
Old lady: If you multiply all their ages, you get 36.
Market surveyor: Well, that's just not enough information.
Old lady: If you add up all their ages, you get our house number.
Market surveyor: (looks at the house number, thinking this would give it away) Still not enough information!.
Old lady: My oldest child plays the piano.
Market surveyor: AHA! I know now. Thank you!

How did the market surveyor figure out their ages?

What are their ages?


The answer is 2, 2, and 9.

List all the factors of 36:

Factors Sum
6 * 6 * 1 = 13
4 * 9 * 1 = 14
2 * 18 *1 = 21
3 *12 * 1 = 16
6 * 2 * 3 = 11
4 * 3 * 3 = 10
2 * 9 * 2 = 13

Notice: Two sets have sums of 13 which is why the Census-taker could not determine the answer even though he knew the houes number. But as soon as the lady says: "the oldest plays the piano, then it must be 2, 9, 2, which is the combination of the two that has an older sibling.

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Scotty dies at 85

He was a real engineer.

Scott: "Do you mind a little advice? Starfleet captains are like children. They want everything right now, and they want it their way. But the secret is to give only what they need, not what they want!"
LaForge: "Yeah, well I told the captain I'd have this analysis done in an hour."
Scott: "How long would it really take?"
LaForge: "An hour!"
Scott: "Oh, you didn't tell him how long it would really take, did you?"
LaForge: "Well of course I did."
Scott: "Oh, laddie, you've got a lot to learn if you want people to think of you as a miracle worker!"

CBC obituary
Wikipedia article

Very funny Scotty, now beam down my clothes!

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

The time is now ...

Live life to the fullest ... cherish every moment ... feel the wind on your face ... hear the birds sing ... tell those that you love that you love them ... tell those that you have hurt that you are sorry ... don't let it be too late.

Tip: How to Keep Meetings Short and On Topic

Write up an agenda. Make everyone in the meeting drink 16 oz of water as the meeting begins. Conduct the meeting with everyone standing up. Everyone will stay on topic, and when about 30-45 minutes is up, everyone will have to pee.

from Unsorted Life Hacks at

Zhiwen: Pretty nifty trick!

Monday, July 18, 2005

Poor English in Malaysia

Over the years I've heard various arguments justifying the low standard of English in Malaysia. Some have even tried to argue that we oughtn't to try to speak good English. Here are some of the arguments that I recollect:

Argument 1: The primary goal of language is communication. We aren't all linguists or grammarians - English is only a means of communication. So what if our grammar is imperfect? So long as we can understand each other, we're ok.

Argument 2: I'm a product of the present education system - it's not my fault.

Argument 3: I come from a non-English-speaking home/town/kampung. I never had the right kind of environment in which I could immerse myself in the language. It was very hard to pick up proper English since everyone else around me either didn't speak the language or spoke it badly.

Argument 4: Insistence on good English is an blatant expression of cultural imperialism on the part of those who are English-speaking. Why is it that important to be good in English? Why not try to be fluent in Chinese instead? (and we all know that Mandarin Chinese is an increasingly important language.) The tables will be turned very soon.

Argument 5: The fact is, English is not our native language and we must accept that. It's fine for the Brits to insist that their children speak proper English, but we're Asian. We have our own languages and we should be proud of our heritage. English is an important 2nd language for us, and we should learn it as best we can (at least enough for us to be understood), but ultimately, it is more important for us speak our respective native languages well than it is to speak English well. Fluency in our mother tongues is crucial to the preservation of our culture and way of life. Just look at Singapore -- sure, they've become very competitive by embracing English but they've lost their culture and their soul in the process.

Argument 6: I'm an engineer/mathematician/[substitute some other technical profession here]. I mostly communicate through symbols and codes... English is of peripheral importance in my work. It's the ideas that are important, not the language.

Argument 7: By promoting an English-speaking culture, we become more Westernised as a result. Most people don't realise that once that happens, we all become indirect supporters of American/British hegemony. Look at the books in MPH! They sell us books promoting Western ideas, we purchase them, we believe in the stuff they write, and we buy more and more into their ideologies. We become so enamored of the Western world.... and we send our children to American/British/Australian universities. It's cultural colonisation!

Argument 8: Great men like Lim Goh Tong and Loh Boon Siew spoke very little English, yet they did very well for themselves. Language does not guarantee success -- it's things like resourcefulness, entrepreneurship and hard work that we should try to teach our young people, and not drilling them to come up with grammatically correct sentences.

Argument 9: Many people in the non-Anglo first world nations cannot speak English. You don't see them apologizing for not knowing English or speaking it badly. Not speaking English did not stop them from achieving economic prosperity. There is no strong correlation between proficiency in English and prosperity.

Argument 10: People who are pedantic about grammar are show-offs. Who needs them?

Argument 11: I don't know if you realize it, but in Malaysia, English is one of the things people use to make class distinctions. Good English = middle-class folks. Poor English = the working classes. Instead of complaining about the people's command of the language, why don't we consider addressing the main problem; that is, eradicate socioeconomic disparity first?

Some of the above arguments seem fair. What does the man on the street really think? Which arguments do you subscribe to?

Saturday, July 16, 2005

I'm no artist, but....

Artrage is a really fantastic painting program! It's not your traditional digital drawing software -- the paint actually behaves like paint! And it's free software!

Here's what I managed to do with it: (click on image to enlarge)

Tail blogger Ismail Omar

You should try it too! N.B. I whipped that up in 1/2 an hour.

I picked up the link from Paul's earlier comment. Thanks, Paul!

Friday, July 15, 2005

British Mensa SIG List

# M-TO-M

A deeper thought

I wonder if any artists/art commentators here can tell me what this painting represents? (click to enlarge)

Wednesday, July 13, 2005


This was in our heyday early 90's

Country Members

USA 50483 New Zealand 327
UK+Ireland 35608 Denmark 295
Canada 2546 Austria 287
Malaysia 2181 Channel Islands 257
Germany 1204 Spain 251
Finland 1107 Singapore 245
Yugoslavia 1100 India 200
Australia 961 Sweden 146
Netherlands 922 Belgium 117
Czechoslovakia 715 Japan 101
France 708 Switzerland 101
Poland 700 Hong Kong 100
Italy 400 OTHER 320
South Africa 395

Total Worldwide Membership 101813



Monday, July 11, 2005

two cents or dua sen

what's the meaning of 'my two cents'? i notice people occassionally begin or end a write up on their opinions by stating, "just my two cents". so, where did this phrase originate from?

Micro Life

Our seas are truly a wonderful place to behold. To those who have been snorkelling, you might recall all the colourful fishes of all shapes & sizes. To divers, they might see more in the deeper waters. But how many look closely and seek out the smaller and fascinating micro lifeforms?

The lifeform on the left of the picture is a Goby and just a little to the right of it, an Imperial Shrimp. Though they don't look very miniscule in the photo, they are only 2-4mm in length.

Fred Carlin 1942-2005

You may not know who Fred Carlin was. During his life Fred had touched many hearts and when he died last week there were outpourings of grief from many of his mensa on-line friends. He started and participated in many many e m-sigs; there is even one for cat lovers, one of his own five cats was named mensa. He started one M-Golf group and I was the first person to join him there and he immediately made me a moderator. The group never really took off, we only had five members. Nevertheless I will keep this group going in Fred's memory.

Below I have included two of the earliest messages written about Fred after he passed away.

(Image from Yahoo Group set up in Fred's Memory by Roland and Klara)


From Neal Vonada, Seattle:

Fred passed away last Tuesday or Wednesday, of a probable heart

He leaves his wife Phyllis from whom he was separated, his 16 year
old daughter Julia, his sister Abby, and other relations.

He leaves 5 cats, one of whom is named Mensa. They will need a home
for some of them.

What can I say? Fred was a character, which I think he would agree.
He graduated from Long Island U in 1965 with a BA and a MBA, in 1978
he graduated from Notre Dame law school, which had few Jewish
scholars. While there he began the "Journal of Legislation" of which
he was editor.

He was a lecturer in business law, and worked for Mayor Lindsay at
one time. If you wish to contact his widow, try
pbenedetto[at]glckenhaus[dot]com or you can write me at nealvon[at]comcast[dot]net
and I will try to help.

He seemed to know that his health was not promising. He
wanted to attend the Las Vegas AG in 04 but changed his mind at the
last moment. I don't know if he was scheduled for the New Orleans AG
but I know his thoguhts were there.

He recruited more people into Mensa groups than anyone I ever heard
of. He would never let me announce this fact, but I tell you now. He
set up many groups and wanted no credit for it. There are others who
have started many groups, I just don't personally know their

Neal Vonada

From: Roland & Klara, Germany

Dear Mensa friends !

As you might have seen our great friend Fred Carlin passed away ...

He was such a great, humorous and lovable person. Fred never
hesitated to help wherever he could.

We are indescribable sad, but we want to keep him in memory,
help his family and his left 5 cats.

AND we want to keep his great Mensa groups alive, that's where
he put also so much heart into it.

Everybody who wants to help, especially the mods of his groups
is VERY welcome to help organizing the future ...

For that reason we founded a new group:

Please join and help.

Thank you very much.

Roland & Klara
Stuttgart - Germany - Earth

Friday, July 08, 2005

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Philosophy and Uncommon Sense v 1.4

An article in The Star-6 Jul 2005 reads as follows:

"Casino fails to recover RM7m debt from Osu BY RUBEN SARIO

KOTA KINABALU: An application by a London casino to enforce an English High Court judgment against Datuk Osu Sukam involving RM7.1mil in gambling debt has been dismissed by the High Court here.

Justice Ian Chin, in dismissing a bid by the Ritz Hotel Casino Ltd and R.H.C Ltd to register the English High Court judgment at the High Court of Sabah and Sarawak to recover the gambling debt, also ruled that there would be no order as to costs sought by the former Sabah chief minister.

“The judgment debtor (Osu) is not deserving of costs as he had engaged in an activity his religion frowns upon,” Justice Chin said yesterday in his eight-page ruling, posted on the website.

The Ritz Hotel Casino Ltd and R.H.C. Ltd had obtained judgment against Osu in the English High Court for a gambling debt incurred by him and had applied to have it registered as a judgment of the High Court here.

The judgment came about after Osu was allowed by the casino to gamble on credit as opposed to cash.

Justice Chin said Malaysians must be protected from being enticed to gamble on credit.
“The only way to discourage this entrapment is to prevent such foreign judgment founded on gambling on credit from being registered and from being enforceable in Malaysia.”

Justice Chin, who stressed that profits from gambling, like that from prostitution, could be considered to be derived from vice activities, added that he could not see how a casino could be likened to a bank as argued by Ritz Hotel Casino counsel Colin Lau.

“A foreign bank lending money to a Malaysian in a foreign country would not face the problem of public policy though the foreign bank is not licensed in Malaysia,” he said.

I thought this was an interesting news as it prompted several questions/ comments from a legal and moral standpoint which would hopefully see interesting comments from our readers both in the East and West:

i) When you legally borrow to gamble in the UK, that debt is not enforceable in a country like ours where gambling is generally forbidden (hence against public policy; although legalised gambling does exist in very limited numbers). What you use the money for seems to be a factor based on the facts of this case.

ii) In Malaysia, the common law concerning public policy could be seen as a reflection of the term "Nanny State" used in the West. Should such law continue to exist even today?

iii) Should gambling be controlled, restricted or allowed openly? Should the state protect the gamblers from gambling or should the gamblers be allowed to exercise free will?

iv) The debtor/ gambler is a politician; shouldn't he be exercising a higher "moral" standard than common folks in terms of restraining himself from gambling which is both forbidden by religion and law as well as taking a loan for purposes of gambling?

v) Another interesting question here is, if he does win, would his winnings be deemed illegal and hence be confiscated by the State? If he donates his winnings here, would the receipient deemed to have received illegal funds?

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Neat Trick

Take a crack at this:

1) Lift your RIGHT foot off the floor and make clockwise circles.
2) While you're doing this, draw the number 6 in the air with your RIGHT hand.

Your foot will change directions!

Apparently it is impossible to keep your foot moving in the right direction -- with training, you can approximate the action but it involves slowing things down considerably.

(This has to do with the motor cortex and its scheduling ability)

Monday, July 04, 2005

New Terms for Office Environment

Latest terms to add to your vocabulary for the 21st century office environment:

Assmosis - The process by which some people seem to absorb success and advancement by kissing up to the boss.

Blamestorming - Sitting around in a group discussing why a deadline was missed or a project failed and who was responsible.

Seagull Manager - A manager who flies in, makes a lot of noise, shits over everything and then leaves.

Salmon day - The experience of spending an entire day swimming upstream only to get screwed and die in the end.

Chainsaw consultant - An outside expert brought in to reduce the employee head count, leaving the brass with clean hands.

CLM - Career Limiting Move - Used among microserfs to describe ill-advised activity. Trashing your boss while he or she is within earshot is a serious CLM.

Adminisphere - The rarefied organizational layers beginning just above the rank and file. Decisions that fall from the adminisphere are often profoundly inappropriate or irrelevant to the problems they were designed to solve.

Dilberted - To be exploited and oppressed by your boss. Derived from the experiences of
Dilbert, the geek-in-hell comic strip character. "I've been dilberted again. The old man revised the specs for the fourth time this week."

Flight Risk - Used to describe employees who are suspected of planning to leave the company or department soon.

404 - Someone who's clueless. From the World Wide Web error message "404 Not Found," meaning that the requested document could not be located. "Don't bother asking him . . . he's 404, man."

Generica - Features of the American landscape that are exactly the same no matter where one is, such as fast food joints, strip malls, subdivisions. Used as in "We were so lost in generica that I forgot what city we were in."

Ohnosecond - That minuscule fraction of time in which you realize that you've just made a BIG mistake.

Percussive Maintenance - The fine art of whacking the crap out of an electronic device to get it to work again.

Umfriend - A sexual relation of dubious standing or a concealed intimate relationship, as in "This is Dyan, my ... um ... friend."

Here's something you probably didn't know....

... Ireland today is the richest country in the European Union after Luxembourg. Yes, the country that for hundreds of years was best known for emigration, tragic poets, famines, civil wars and leprechauns has a per capita GDP higher than that of Germany, France and Britain.


Ireland's advice is very simple: Make high school and college education free; keep corporate taxes low, simple and transparent; actively seek out global companies; open your economy to competition; speak English; keep your fiscal house in order; and build a consensus around the whole package with labour and management — then hang in there, because there will be bumps in the road — and you, too, can become one of the richest countries in Europe.

"It wasn't a miracle, we didn't find gold," said Harney. "It was the right domestic policies and embracing globalization."

Full article by Pulitzer-prize winning coulumnist Thomas Friedman here.

Saturday, July 02, 2005

La rose du Petit Prince

Originally uploaded by 777a.

« Si quelqu'un aime une fleur qui n'existe qu'à un exemplaire dans les millions et les millions d'étoiles, ça suffit pour qu'il soit heureux quand il les regarde...»
Le Petit Prince
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Photo from a Flickr member

You do not have to use hello programme to post photos anymore since last week as Blogger has built in its own programme. Just go to blogger and create a new message and click on the right hand icon (Add Image) and you are away in a jiffy.

Friday, July 01, 2005

Giant Catfish!

Thai Fishermen catch 646-Pound Catfish

Story here

Physics' sharpest mind since Einstein

(CNN) -- It is a century since Albert Einstein laid the foundations of modern physics, and 50 years since the death of the man considered by many to have possessed the greatest mind in science.

In the space of a few months in 1905, Einstein, then an unknown Zurich patent clerk, published four papers that would establish his seminal theory of special relativity, culminating in his most famous equation, E=MC2.

While most of us could perhaps recite that formula, that's about as far as our understanding extends -- nature is something that we simply take for granted.

But now a physicist belonging to a new generation is leading the search for more answers.
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