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November 12, 2018

afternoon bus

The smell of diesel and grease. The feel of blackened rusty metal. The odor of sweaty PVC seats. The roar of old English engine. The engagement of an aging transmission. The jerking of a cranky clutch. The rattling of plastic panes. The G in a speeding cabin. The chatter of school children. The sound of chiming bell. The look of tired conductor. The coarseness of recycled paper. The smoothed surface of metal plate. The hissing of pneumatic pumps. The sweat of laborers. The noise of defective buzzer. The cacophony of traffic. The gaze of innocence. The bake of the sun. The breeze of relief. The fading thoughts of uncertainty. The pang of hunger. The silent songs in my head. The city that I love. The sight of my home.

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November 8, 2018

mobile phone case

One of the many things I do not understand about most people, is why they feel compelled to put on a case for their mobile phones? I see a lot of people like buying expensive (and beautiful) mobile phones, only to ruin its appearance by slapping on a crappy looking case.

I’ve asked around. The rationale of people putting a phone case seems to revolve around the idea of insuring the phone from being damaged if it gets dropped or something. Well, if that’s the case (note the pun), then why bother buying an expensive + beautiful phone, if it’s going to end up with a case that makes it look like a brick anyway? Fucking escapes me.

Adding a case complicates matters. I believe in some ways, adding a case would skew the device’s thermal dissipation rate, and will likely affect the battery life. A case is also a magnet for grime and is filthy as fuck after only weeks of usage. I’ve seen people with very gross phone case before, I wouldn’t touch them with a 10 ft pole. And how would anyone know if the cheap case is safe for consumer goods? What if the plastic is made from a highly flammable material? I guess the thought of breaking one’s expensive phone screen is more dreadful than a potential 3rd degree burn…

You see, phone manufacturers spent millions to develop their products to look as good (and safe) as it should, and with reasonable durability with exquisite materials like metal chassis, tempered glass, non-flammable plastics, sealed enclosure (IP68 rated), etc. Trust me when I say, it doesn’t need a case. If your clumsy ass keeps dropping and damaging phones, then you probably need to worry about bigger things in life (or your phone’s not expensive enough). Slapping on a case just makes your clumsiness have less monetary repercussion.

I’ve never put on a case for any of my phones before. I use all of them as they were (naked), out of the box. It has been like this since my first mobile phone (1999) and all my phones were not diminished in value when I sold them for a new one. Sure there were scratches and dents (I dropped some of my phones before, like everyone else), but the phones held themselves pretty well and I think it adds character. I cleaned my phones regularly with wet wipes and on some occasions, with IPA wipes. Those were the pre-IP-rated times. Nowadays with glass surface and IP68 rating, I’d just wash my phone with soap and it’s always squeaky clean. Never needed a phone case.

*list of my phones: Nokia 3210 (sold to a hot chick), Nokia 8210 (sold to a phone store), Nokia 8250 (gave it away), Samsung X430 (sold to a phone store), Nokia 3120 (sold to a phone store), Sony Ericsson T610 (scrapped), Sony Ericsson K750i (bricked due to dead batt but, I still have it around), Samsung Galaxy S (sold to an old fart), HTC One M7 (still in use, as a night clock for my daughter), Xiaomi Mi3 (still in use in my lab to develop an app), Xiaomi Mi4i (sold to my wife’s colleague), Samsung Galaxy S7 (my wife’s using it now), Samsung Galaxy S8 (Samsung bought it back from me with full price after 1 year, long story), Samsung Galaxy S9 (current phone).

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November 3, 2018

smoking ban

I’m somewhat delighted that smoking is finally banned in restaurants.

[source]
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 2 — Come January 1 next year, there will be a smoking ban in all restaurants throughout the country, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng confirmed today.

Lim made the announcement while tabling the Budget 2019.

“Starting from January 1, 2019, there will be no smoking in all restaurants,” he said during Pakatan Harapan’s maiden budget speech.

Lim said he wanted Malaysia to be a smoke-free country, therefore the government will not allow smokers to light up in restaurants moving forward.

Last month, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dzulkefly Ahmad had tried to ban smoking in Parliament but saw his decision challenged by Sungai Petani MP Johari Abdul.

Speaker Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md Yunus then created a temporary smoker’s corner in Parliament.

But the question is, who will be there to enforce this rule? Who’s going to do anything if an asshat lights up a cigarette and puffs away?
Policemen? Council enforcers?
I’ve never seen them anywhere. And at most times, they themselves smoke in restaurants.
Enforcement is the key, people. Talk is cheap.

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