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Archive for September, 2006

O, R and D

Quite a few of my army buddies are ORDing these couple of days. They are from the BMT batch and not from the PTP batch like me, so they get to enjoy a two month deduction from their NS liability.

Anyway, all the best to your future endeavour, and we should meet up sometimes, ya? And hope I get posted to the same NS unit as you guys. You people are wonderful, don’t think I want go to other units.

As for me…


Bummer…

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Fine Print

If something is too good to true, it is, either that or there’s some fine print out there.

What made me say that?
Well… This did:


The four dollar “One-dollar Laser Pointer”

Confusing huh?
Saw this laser pointer in those toy dispenser where you put in a one dollar coin (Use to be 50cents…) and turn the handle to get the toy. When I saw the picture on the dispenser, the little kid in me woke up.

“Woah! A one-dollar laser pointer! Cool!”

I got one of those shock-of-your-life moment when I got the “egg”…

“What the heck is that?!”

Ended up I got some cheapskate rubber Gundam figurine which I believe is made in some sweat shop in China for less than five cents including wages… Then I noticed the fine print: “Consist of other toys!”

D’OH!

Being the boy I am (Girls grow up to be women, boys just grow up to be bigger boys) I spent another three dollars to get my laser pointer. (And in the process got another God-knows-what figurine… Which I gave to my li’ brother :P And an Eeyore-doll keychain)

Now I have a spanking new laser pointer to harass my dogs with :P

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Lab Rat

Since leaving Seconday school six years ago, I have not stepped into a laboratory of any sorts. (Comp lab not counted… Don’t know why they call it a lab also…) And today, I went into one for my LSM1301 General Biology lab session, and I must say its cool.

Today’s assignment was to view two different stuff under the microscope (a 40x/100x/400x microscope). After a ‘Demostration Alpha’ by the teaching assistant (didn’t understand 7 out of 10 words coming out from her mouth… Think she’s from Hong Kong or something…) we were on our own with our microscope and viewing subjects.

The first victim was a Hydrilla plant. We are to remove a leaf from the plant and mount it onto a glass slide, something like what you see on TV (cue The Who’s Who Are You). You’ll have to place the leaf on the glass slide, put a few drops of deionised water and cover it with a coverslip. Quite cool to see those cells up close. The only bummer was adjusting the eyepiece to the width of your eyes… Almost went cock-eyed…

Next up was the cheek cells. First you scrape the inside of your cheek with a toothpick and then you spread the booty onto the glass slide. Next, you place a drop of methylene blue stain onto the slide to stain the normally translucent cells and you then cover it with the coverslip. Interesting to see your own cells in the microscope. Quite looking forward to the next lab session.


Image of a cheek cell taken from the internet

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Light a Million Candles

The innocent victims of Internet child abuse cannot speak for themselves.

But you can.

With your support, we can eradicate this evil trade.

We do not need your money.

We need you to light a candle of support .

We’re aiming to light One Million Candles by December 31, 2006.

This petition will be used to put pressure on governments, politicians, financial institutions, payment organisations, Internet service providers, technology companies and law enforcement agencies who have the power to work together to eradicate the commercial viability of online child abuse.

You have the power to get them to take action.

Please light your candle at lightamillioncandles.com or send an email to light@lightamillioncandles.com.

Together, we can destroy the commercial viability of Internet child abuse sites that are destroying the lives of innocent children.

Kindly forward this email to your friends, relatives and work colleagues so that they can light a candle too.

Here it is, an awareness for online child abuse. In my opinion, child porn is one of the sickest thing human beings are capable of doing… Those who practise it should be skinned alive and thrown into hot boiling oil…

Do take some time to light a candle at the website.

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A fashionable devil

Watched The Devil Wears Prada yesterday at Cineleisure with Hairol. A very nice show with a touch of humour here and there and Anne Hathaway is *hot*. It shows how screwed up it is to work for a demanding boss and Hairol commented on how Miranda Priestley (Meryl Streep) reminded him of his female boss (*shudders*).

Interestingly, Cathay has a 12% discount on movie tickets for UOB cardholders. Hmmm… Didn’t know that and had a pleasant surprise. No regret getting that Campus card. ;)

In an unrelated news, I went to Funan yesterday and got the Zeroshock laptop sleeve. So now instead lugging along my laptop bag, I lug along my school bag and carry the laptop in my arms… Hmmm…

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On today’s Channel News Asia
Real-time arrival info for buses ferrying IMF/World Bank delegates

So the world is coming to Singapore and suddenly our transportation system became a world-class transportation system (hereby known as WCTS) with “Real-time arrival info” to track buses down to the very second. And also, the bus timings will be adjusted accordingly to demands with intervals of between 10, 20 and 30mins.
Wow, all this to show that Singapore has a WCTS when in fact, I have to wait 15mins for my bus during peak hour, wondering where the hell is the bus and at the same time swearing and cursing at that guy who planned the timetable.

Come on, all this for people who will be taking the bus for free? What about the fare-paying commuters like us? They get a WCTS while we hang around wondering where our buses went?

I kinda remember an article about increasing the MRT train frequency during the meetings, but I can’t seem to locate it…

And speaking of IMF wayang…
Free Wi-Fi at shopping malls around Suntec City

And they say this “Wi-Fi Trial” wasn’t implemented just for the IMF meetings.
It wants to use the promotion as a pilot test before rolling it out to the whole of Singapore in January.”
The InfoComm Development Authority has set up the service to coincide with the IMF-World Bank meetings.”

Yeah, right… I don’t think a month’s trial will help ironing out the kinks and get accurate user feedbacks. And how convenient, the trial is gonna end at the end of September.

You might say that all this is important for the good image of Singapore, but hey, having the trains and buses arrive on time should be there in the first place, not during some international event when people from all over the world decent on our little island.

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