Friday, 30 November 2007
Thursday, 29 November 2007
Wednesday, 28 November 2007
Tuesday, 27 November 2007
Here is combination of 8 images in a sequence taken in burst mode, cropped to focus on the rider and the horse, resized, and brightened considerably since the original was underexposed to prevent motion blur. You will have to click on the image to view it larger. The sequence starts from right to left:The sequence shows the rider and the horse do a double leap... errr... if that is what you call it. Sorry, first time watching an equestrian event. Don't know the lingo nor the rules of the game. :P
Sunday, 25 November 2007
More photos later... IF I ever get to process them. I had to SEVERELY underexpose all the shots in order to capture the action because my camera only goes up to ISO400 (and even at ISO400 it is very noisy, so imagine when I bring up the brightness of the underexposed ones at this ISO!!!). Nonetheless, my Panasonic DMC-FZ30 I love!
She defeated world No. 1 Xie Xingfang of China, 21-16, 8-21, 21-17.No public holiday tomorrow, though. :(
Friday, 23 November 2007
KUALA LUMPUR: The public has been advised to avoid buying the Cool & Lightening soap because it contains poison.
“The product registration of this soap has been cancelled by the Drug Control Authority (DCA) following the detection of a scheduled poison, hydroquinone, in this product.
“Hydroquinone is not allowed to be formulated in cosmetics due to possible side effects to consumers if used without medical supervision,” the Health Ministry said in a statement Wednesday.
It said that anyone in possession of this product is advised to immediately cease selling/distributing/using it.
“Hydroquinone can cause redness to the skin, discomfort, changes in skin colour and hypersensitivity,” it said.
In a separate statement, the Health Ministry also advised the public to avoid buying traditional product N-Hanz as it has been found to contain homosildenafil.
“Usage without medical supervision can cause adverse effects such as low blood pressure and other cardiovascular effects,” it said.
Also listed in the statement are Chatlin Brand Hao Zhou San, which has been found to contain ephedrine, and San Qi Luohan Chuanbei Plus Capsule, found to contain pseudoephedrine and chlorpheniramine.
These can cause, among other things, high blood pressure, insomnia, confusion, nausea and dyspnoea.
“Sellers are reminded that possession for sale of this product is an offence under the Control of Drugs and Cosmetics Regulations 1984.
“Any individual who commits an offence under these Regulations can be fined up to a maximum of RM25,000 or imprisoned for a term not exceeding three years, or both,” the statement said.
Consumers experiencing symptoms described earlier should seek medical advice, and may contact the Surveillance and Complaints Unit, Centre for Post Registration, National Pharmaceutical Control Bureau at 03-7957 3611 ext 365/338.
Thursday, 22 November 2007
Previous oil price tracking in this blog:
Wednesday, 21 November 2007
Tuesday, 20 November 2007
Second Finance Minister Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop said there would be no foreign partner for Proton for the time being as the national car manufacturer was showing signs of a turnaround.
“We have to look at the issue of a partnership in the present circumstances (now that Proton is making a turnaround in terms of its business),” he said when commenting on Khazanah Holding’s announcement that it was stopping all talks with VW and GM over Proton.
He said the negotiations had not entered into the discussion of terms but was at a stage of “whether the Government wanted to go or not go” with the decision to get a partner for Proton.
However, Nor Mohamad said this did not mean the Government was rejecting the possibility of an alliance or partnership with a global car manufacturer.
“As Proton improves, it would be easier to go into a strong alliance. We have a little more time for that,” he added.
Monday, 19 November 2007
Saturday, 17 November 2007
Norway's Svalbard Global Seed Vault is located some where in the Arctic. There exists about 1,400 seed banks worldwide but they are all susceptible to economic stability and environment effects, among others.
This one vault will be the final backup should anything happen to all the other vaults. Owned by Norway, all the seeds submitted will belong to their respective countries.
Source: National Geographic News "Cooling Begins for "Doomsday" Seed Bank"
Wednesday, 14 November 2007
Tuesday, 13 November 2007
And it gets worse - it will take 10 to 20 years for the bamboo to grow back and that 80% of the world's remaining pandas are located in the very area where the bamboo is regenerating.
No solution was highlighted in the article, but China and the World Wildlife Fund are trying.
Note: Photo from the same article.
Update 14 November 2007: There is a video on National Geographic News here.
It is no joke but by April 1 next year, you would not have to use the one-sen coin anymore thanks to a "rounding mechanism" that would be used for all over-the-counter transactions.
The mechanism, which will be fully implemented by April 1, means all payment totals will either be rounded up or down to the nearest five sen.
For example, if the total amount to be paid is RM82.01 or RM82.02, it would be rounded down to RM82; if the total is RM82.03 or RM82.04, it would be rounded up to RM82.05.
Shafie said the Government would also be able to reduce its minting costs as it was anticipated that the demand for the coin would reduce drastically once the mechanism was implemented.
This is a mini "charger" that absorbs solar power and charges its internal batteries. The power can then be transferred to any compatible mini devices. Quite cool, eh?
Anyone used this before? Care to share its usefulness?
Learn more at Solio's website here. Came across this via Symbian Freak's article.
ps Please ignore the "Buy Now" at the picture. This is not an advertorial and does not link to the Solio store. :P Update: Oops... looks like I can't link to the photo. You will just have to click on the blank image to take a look. :$
Sunday, 11 November 2007
WoonCC, the donuts were from the market!!!
Craving suppressed... for now...
Saturday, 10 November 2007
SERIOUSLY? I thought the uniform were similar to everyday suits that women wear to work? Is our Malaysia Airlines air stewardess' uniform less sexy?
KUALA LUMPUR: A Wanita Umno delegate from Kelantan said the uniforms of the female cabin crew of budget airline AirAsia are too short and “show too much skin.”
Kubang Kerian delegate Datuk Zaleha Hussin said the uniform was an embarrassment to women.
She called on the Government to compel the carrier to change the uniform of the stewardesses, which she felt was too revealing.
“Tell AirAsia to change their stewardess' uniform. We don’t want to see too much of their buttocks, thighs and legs,” she said, when debating the motion on religion and social issues yesterday.
Zaleha suggested that the uniform be changed to reflect Eastern and Islamic values.
At this juncture, Umno deputy permanent chairman Badruddin Amiruldin, who was presiding over the session, interjected:
“I think they don’t have enough cloth.”
To this Zaleha replied: “Cloth can be bought.”
A sudden stroke of ingenuity or just more talk? I am not too optimistic here, especially the fuel subsidy after taking into consideration the failed diesel quota some time back. :(
Another source: NSTOnline "Subsidies on fuel to be revised"
Friday, 9 November 2007
randy's donuts with boeing 747. inglewood, ca. 2006.
Originally uploaded by eyetwist.
Getting all randy thinking of donuts? :O
Thursday, 8 November 2007
A half-mile stretch of beach on Terschelling island, 70 miles north of Amsterdam, was littered with bunches of unripe fruit from Cuba, Buren said. Bananas also washed up on neighboring Ameland island.
And some other items washed ashore in the past:
Terschelling residents are no strangers to stuff turning up on their beach; a year ago thousands of tennis shoes, aluminum briefcases and children's toys washed ashore, drawing crowds of treasure-hunting residents. Some 20 years ago it was a load of sweaters.Source: Yahoo! News/Associated Press via Digg
Wednesday, 7 November 2007
The previous tame oil price increases posted on this blog here:
Also, "God did not create the Malays to be weaker or less intelligent than other peoples. The name of the first Malaysian to go into space is Sheikh Muszaphar - a Muslim and a Malay, chosen by the selection panel in Russia from a large, multiracial pool of candidates. Today, Malays have mastered many professions, lead many organisations and head many institutions. The success of this nation is a testament to the wisdom and greatness of Malay leadership."
Peace and success on the way!
Tuesday, 6 November 2007
"They said the keris is a symbol of fighting. It looks like 50 years after independence, there are still some of our people who do not understand the culture of our people and country," he said in his speech at the Umno Youth assembly on Tuesday.Previous keris post here.
Saying that the keris is a symbol of strength and for centuries a part of Malay heritage, he said it signifies sovereignty, power, dignity, and responsibility.
He added that the keris is unique in the way it is made, sheathed, worn and used, and it carried with it specific dos and don’ts.
Unlike the axe which is used to chop or the parang (machete) which is used to slaughter, the keris is not an everyday weapon and is carried to official functions and to the palace.
He noted that the ceremonial keris used by the King has its origin from iron derived from 11 keris from the different states in Malaysia.
Thus, he said, the keris was not just a symbol of strength but also of unity, wisdom and knowledge.
Monday, 5 November 2007
- A rather brilliant sunset at a R&R stop
- Fantastic night view from level 14 of the hotel overlooking Johor Bahru and across to Singapore
- Fantastic sunrise of the same view with rays of sunlight shining down upon the land
- Nice night life at Danga Bay, Johor Bahru (place for unwinding along the waterfront overlooking the Straits of Johor)
- My huge Panasonic camera with me but I did not bring it along since I have a huge laptop bag and luggage to carry
- A handphone capable of snapping photos but mine is way too ancient to do that
- A compact carry around digital camera which I am pondering...
Sunday, 4 November 2007
State Urban Development and Tourism Minister Datuk Wong Soon Koh said the lower birth rate had resulted in the country's Chinese population plunging from 37% in 1957 to 25% in 2005.
''This will slip further to 24% by 2010 and to 19% by 2030 or a drop of 1% in every five years,'' he said at the United Chinese Association's 30th anniversary dinner here.
He also voiced concern on the high migration rate of the Chinese to other countries.
Friday, 2 November 2007
And his explanation: "I may have been drunk at the time and unaware of what I was doing."
What should be the appropriate punishment be? At least a longer jail term AND strokes of the rotan! What is your opinion?
Source: Star Online Nation "RM20 for oral sex... from a 9yr-old"
- Noodles up by 30%
- Gardenia white sandwich bread from RM1.90 to RM2.10
- Other breads, buns and biscuits up from 10% to 25%