Saturday, 22 August 2015

Rust in the Sky

Even the sky can get rusty sometimes. Taken while traveling on the highway.

Sky #10 - Rusty

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Siri vs Google - The Jicama Wars

I interrupt your daily reverie to report that today, when I asked “Siri, define jicama”, Siri searched the web for "G" instead. After some light cursing, I launched the Google app for iOS and asked to “define jicama”. The correct results came flooding in.

It means:
the crisp, white-fleshed, edible tuber of a Central American climbing plant of the pea family ( Pachyrhizus erosus, family Leguminosae ), cultivated since pre-Columbian times and used especially in Mexican cooking.
Let the truth be told, Siri lost not because it didn’t know what jicama was but because I’d pronounced it wrong in the first place. It’s “hic-ca-ma” and not “g-ca-ma”. Google won because it actually knew that “g-ca-ma” was the wrong pronunciation of jicama and yet gave me the right results.

Well, there has to be a reason why Google is where it is today, right? :)

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Nature Balances Itself

I believe that nature will always try to balance out life on earth and I've got two evidence that I found at the same area on the same day. One is vegetation will grow on gutters... well, that's most probably when it was clogged up. Second one is vegetation growing out of a man made structure.

Nature rules!

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Vegetation growing out of a structure.

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Can you feel the power?

Can you feel it? Transmission towers are by no means any construction marvels by today's standards but I bet without it, there won't even be this post or the photo below.

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Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Nation First

In the midst of all the crazy, logic defying things happening in Malaysia, it's refreshing to hear something that is rational.
"Malaysia must come first before anything else. The interest of the country must be above everything else." - Lim Kit Siang, opposition. 
"What is the use of being favourable to the opposition but not to Malaysia? If the economy is not favourable to Malaysia, I don't think it helps anyone." - Lim Guan Eng, opposition.
via The Malaysian Insider.

Saturday, 8 August 2015

Under the Highway

Found abstract under a flyover... a very huge flyover, judging by the amount of support there.

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Friday, 7 August 2015

Vertical videos are BAD for you!

I wouldn’t AND couldn’t deny that I hate vertical videos, i.e. videos taken by people that hold their intelligent phones in portrait mode. I tried to tell my family not to take videos that way. I tried to tell my close friends not to take videos that way.

Alas, somehow it just happens. Don’t tell anyone but I’ve accidentally done it a few times, too. I was just holding the phone in portrait mode and without thinking, opened up the camera app, switched to video and just... just... did it. I only realised when I replayed the video much later. Shameful, but I think it happens to most of us. Not many would intentionally want to do that.

Why I hate this kind of videos? Because if I play them on the computer screen or on a TV, I see very little of the video which will be in the middle and the rest are just plain wasted space. Yucks!

I would feel very sick and uneasy if these videos become generally accepted. Please don’t make me puke! Pleeeeeeeaaaaaaaaase!

To be clear, I don’t have any problems with vertical photos though in certain instances horizontal might look nicer.

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

A Very Big Window

This is a very big window just outside the lobby at Berjaya Hills and it's so big that it caught my attention.

A Big Window

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Nose Hair, Fart Kung Fu and Slug Battles

I thought I've lost my mind when I was watching through Disney XD's snippets of two of its anime - Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo and Slugterra. The former has its characters fight with nose hair and farts while the latter is a fight between good and evil... with some bad ass mighty serious slugs.

I was totally lost for words.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Humpty Dumpty

Today's events in the country reminded me of a childhood nursery rhyme - Humpty Dumpty.
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king's horses and all the king's men
Couldn't put Humpty together again.

Sunday, 26 July 2015

A Villa in Days

Here's how to build a double storey villa. Prefabricate modular pieces off-site using 3D printing and then assemble at site in less than 3 hours. All done in 10 days vs. half a year while being able to withstand a magnitude 9 earthquake. Fireproof. Environmental friendly. That's technology. That's a progressive China.

via Inhabitat.

Saturday, 25 July 2015

A Coconut Tree in Sunway Pyramid

I really like this coconut tree. Despite being fake, the trunk really attracted my attention. Part of Sunway Pyramid's Hari Raya decor, this "coconut tree" appeared to be reaching for the "orange sun". The original photo only captured the tree as a silhouette but using Pixelmator for iOS, I've lightened the trunk and cropped the image in 16:9 aspect ratio.

It's not real but it's still a coconut tree.

Spectre Will Return

If you're a James Bond fan (especially the Sean Connery - George Lazenby - Roger Moore era), you would know that SPECTRE is a prominent criminal organisation in the film franchise. It's unsurprising that the people behind the Daniel Craig reboot would bring the organisation back, much more updated, no doubt.

Official press release and latest trailer:
A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organisation. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.

The trailer has all the Bond elements and implies an unusual connection between James Bond and the villain. Can't wait.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Golden Ketupat

I've been meaning to post these golden ketupat in conjunction with Hari Raya but I've only managed to get to it now. A belated Selamat Hari Raya to all the folks out there that celebrate the festival and to those who don't, I hope you had a great rest.

Treated differently with both the flickr and Instagram versions. Both cropped and enhanced using their respective mobile apps on iOS.

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Golden Ketupat