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September 10, 2019

priority in life

I just shared this with some of my friends, thought of sharing it here.

The rule of life is the same everywhere in this world. It goes by priority. Priority #1 is always self or family survival. A person or his family needs to eat to survive. There’s nothing else that is more important than this. That is why, you can never convince a low ranking wage earner or laborer that he needs to have a vision for a better world or protect the environment for the children or that kind of mushy shit. They’ll flip you a bird because survival takes precedence over global warming or the environment or your goddamn vision.

When this basic need is fulfilled, that person will move on to comfort. With hard work, of course. He’ll work harder for a roof over his family’s heads, better meals, basic transportation, a little entertainment like a radio or TV, a phone perhaps, maybe some upgrades like better education for the little tykes. A person in comfort level is usually very committed, having tasted the rewards from his hardwork. This is the ripe time when a manager or a mentor can impart those bullshit ideas to make him into a corporate drone with lies such as ‘work like it is your own company, money is not the most important thing’. He may or may not be convinced but, know that he’ll do it anyway for HIMSELF. Pay him a little less, he’ll still flip you a bird, and go work for another company without batting an eyelid.

Once this comfort level is met, the person will move on to luxuries or nice-to-haves. Better houses, better rides, vacations, premium watches, gaming machines, private school for the kids, spa for the goddamn dog, mistresses, you name it. At this stage, the person starts to slack on the word ‘hard work’, is very self entitled and feels that he has sound advice for everyone because he ‘has made it in life’. At this stage, he’s going to have many visions, most likely about ways to change the world/society into a better place… Ideas get pitched all over the place, because he now can afford to lose. Throw a bunch and one is bound to hit, and he’ll have more reasons to gloat, gets even higher in life. It’s the fundamental of chances, and the basic rule of life.

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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 clean 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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July 11, 2018

football & loogie

I was wondering, with so many players spitting into the field during a football match, how much loogie actually ended up on the players’ head/hair?

You see, every time a camera pans to a player, you’re bound to see that fucker spit something onto the field. There are 22 players in a field, and I can assume that half of them do that all the time. Let’s assume, 2 spits every 1 minute (very conservative estimate, the number could be much much higher). So, during an entire match, 180 spits from 11 players (let’s not count the extra time, and also the linesmen/referee). That’s like, 1980 spits.

You divide that shit evenly across the area of the field, that’s like, a quarter spit in each meter square (a football field is 7140 square meters). But we all know there’s no such thing as a quarter spit so, let’s put it a 25% chance of hitting a spit at each square meter (I’m not sure if that’s how it worked out but, that’s my logic) when it is close to the end of the match. But because that’s a rolling ball, you can bet your ass that it is accumulative throughout the game (not mentioning, the stale spits left over from the past matches). Meaning, if a ball travels the distance it has to go in a match, every square meter has a 25% chance of coming in contact with some asswipe’s phlegm/loogie, when it is close to the end of the match (disregarding the past matches factor). And that shit gets rolled over to the next square meter, gets the same chance of contacting a loogie, repeated again, and again. The whole ball is definitely going to be full of slime by the end of the match, even if they change the ball regularly.

But anyway, it is bad enough to roll around for a few minutes on the field (those who fake injuries like Neymar, has a 100% chancee of getting in contact with someone’s loogie). You take the area of the head contacting the ball during a header, divide it with the total area of the football – you get the % of chance of a loogie getting into someone’s head/hair/face (I’m just too lazy to do the math) on every encounter.

So, what the fuck? If you don’t see the problem here, go google for Hepatitis C, B or Herpes. Players who spit into the field should be given a red card.

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June 17, 2018

discipline your kids

I got into a sushi restaurant and took my seat. A short moment later, I heard this sharp squealing that originated from 2 tables away that sent out shock wave throughout the restaurant, triggering scorn from every patron inside the space. I looked over, and it was this little girl of no more than 4 years of age from a Malay family. The alpha male of the family, which I assume was the dad, was sitting beside this mad little fella. The dad had a full beard on him and he looked like someone you shouldn’t mess with. But despite that, the little girl were totally oblivious to that and went on screaming for a plate of sushi that she wanted on the conveyor. The dad, with a grim expression, complied her request and kid stopped screaming. This went on again and again, except for once when the dad decided that it was enough, to which the little girl went full scale meltdown. She spat stuff and started flailing her little arms, and screamed like she was possessed by an ancient demon from Sumeria. Dad of course caved, and again, gave her what she wanted (not sure because they were attracting a lot of attention, or simply because he was piss scared of his possessed daughter). It was an excruciating scene to see.

…which prompted me to notice – why do most Malay parents spoil their kids? I don’t see them spank their kids. I see shit like this all too many times. They let their children climb all over their heads, and they’d do nothing about it. When their children screamed at them, they’d relent to their way, and give them what they wanted. And I can tell that this has gone on since the old days (not just modern parents). I have many Malay friends, a lot of them had no authorities like what we Chinese/Indian kids had back in my time. The worst of the lot was a friend called Ariza. He lived 1 floor down from my old apartment. That guy screamed at his mom like she’s a slave to him. His dad was a burly and big guy, and Ariza screamed at his dad too. Occasionally when his mom go against his will, he’d go “PUKI PUNYA MAMA!! CIBAI PUNYA MAMA!!” – and half the block could hear him yelling that. The mama would look indifferent like a camel chewing cud and the dad would continue to read his newspapers. Ariza got what he wanted most of the time and he could come and leave anytime he wanted. If it was me, I’d have died because my mom would have beaten me to death.

And it’s not just about spanking your kids really. If one is ignorant/dumb enough to reach to the state of disrespecting his/her own parents, then it’s already quite late in the game. Like a advanced stage cancer. The parents would be considered a failure already. This has to be cultivated since the early age, teaching them about respecting the authorities and what are considered cardinal sins. I have never beaten my daughter before – not because I let her climb all over my head, but because I never have to. From an early age, we taught her what was acceptable and what was not, and it’s all psychological. In that kind of household, she automatically learned herself how things goes and got the gist of it. She’s never thrown a tantrum, never wailed like that banshee kid at the sushi restaurant and never gave us troubles in the cinema – because she knew those things would only get her more troubles (she just knew it). And now, when my daughter sees a scene like this, she could immediately relate and say “what was she thinking?”

But for me, it’s more like, what are the parents doing? Fucking discipline your kids already. Raise them up to be ‘berbudi bahasa‘ and ‘bertimbang rasa‘, not some spoilt kotek who goes around wrecking stuff when he/she doesn’t get what he/she wants. Teach them to reason. Spank them to let them know how to respect the authority. Do this instead of signing petitions or holding candle light vigils or breaking beer bottles in public. It all starts in the family. It’s better than you discipline them now than them learning it the hard way in the prison.

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November 5, 2017

flood

There has been a spade of flash floods in Penang. A lot of people think it’s due to the global warming, weather change, act of God, etc.

But I have my own idea of why it happens. It’s due to urbanization (duh! but wait for it). I am not an expert in these kind of things but, it’s all common sense. It’s simple to illustrate, really. I’m going to write this in ‘Buku Nota Sains’ format to illustrate my point:

1) First, you need to get yourself a large plastic bag, then cut a hole about the size of 5 cents coin at the bottom. Pour a glass of water into the said plastic bag and observe. Water is going to leak out of the hole, right? Given enough time, water in bag should be gone just fine. (Yeah it should, otherwise your stupidity would have defied the laws of physics.) Just take note how long does it take to leak out all the water in the bag.

2) Then you pour 2 glasses of water into the same bag, simultaneously and observe. Water is still going to leak out of the hole, right? Note the rate of water leaking out of the bag, it should be identical to (1). You’ve just doubled the amount of water in the bag, but the rate for it to drain out is still the same. The amount of time it takes to drain out should be pretty much near double the time it takes in step (1).

3) Now, try with 4 glasses of water, then 8 glasses, and keep adding exponentially. You’ll realize that draining the water through that minuscule hole is no longer effective because the volume that goes in is way more than it comes out. Emptying the bag is not possible unless you stop pouring water into the goddamn bag, and allow the bag enough time to drain the water off.

4) The bag is your housing area. The hole is your drainage system of your housing area. The glasses of water, is the amount of rain water the earth failed to retain (from cutting of hills, deforestation, etc). If there’s development in an area over an existing set of old drainage system, then naturally, there will be more water to drain off. Then you multiply that to the number of projects that got erected in the area over the years… the amount of water for the old drains to handle will be tremendous, but is it too much to handle? (Note: I’m not talking about the drains at the new housing area, I’m talking about the main drains that all the areas converge at the lowest point of the area. See my point?).

So, there should be a calculated capacity as to how much water a city’s drainage system could handle, and when that capacity is exceeded, you get BAM! flood. Water do not have enough time to drain off, and it keeps coming in (rain). It’s all mathematical, really. I’m all for development, but I just hope the nincompoops who’s in engineering have an inkling of what to expect when the population increases at an exponential rate. Every big city has this problem, but do you have what it takes to resolve this? (we don’t just need bigger drains, but also a play of land elevation to smartly divert water flow). To date, we’re in a minus C grade.

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