Sunday, September 30, 2007

Still alive and kicking

Haven't been writing much here lately, but rest assured that I'm still alive and kicking.

Have been encountering some integrity/ethical issues with some people at work. Can't expect this world to be entirely in sync on the right thing to do/attitudes, but the tough part will be on how we 1) carry out our task with integrity, and 2) let the people involved know that there's a limit to the things we will do. (more on this later when appropriate)

Think I need to do some more running/kicking too, maybe in jogging/running/running during ultimate frisbee, or in kicking soccer balls, not shins. Different groups of people, but for similar reasons I'd suppose...heh.

Thursday, September 20, 2007


About TED:
TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from those three worlds. Since then its scope has become ever broader.
Found this as I was viewing Jeff Han's and Hans Rosling's talks on their respective "inventions". Since then I've been viewing and downloading videos from TED along the way. I recommend this site to those who want to see/hear some good presentations, along with some great ideas. Don't take all in wholesale though, take it as sharing of ideas/thoughts/opinions, heh. ;)

The list of TED talks can be viewed and downloaded here.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007


On today's bible study on Matthew:

It doesn't cease to amaze, and challenge me, how blatantly the bible puts suffering together with following Christ: as disciples/followers, we will not be spared from what Jesus himself went through. Simply because this was what he went through, and the world at large today still hates God/Christ/Christians.

I'm thankful though, that where I live we have the great luxury of (relatively more) security and stability. And as such, much of the persecution from others isn't physical, as compared to those living in muslim countries for example.

Will write (and quote) more on this again.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007


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For those who wish to use email to subscribe to my feed instead, you can do so under that section too. =) It would be interesting to get some stats from the thing, see what it can actually show.

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Monday, September 17, 2007

Today's the day where I've been made the angriest at work to date. The previous (and first) time was when there were these people particularly uncooperative and rude at an audit.

For this time, though the person(s) are from the same department, the roles are different, and the situation's different too. They're not the ones being audited this time, and we're working (supposedly) in the capacity as external security auditors, with that person as the main point of contact for that department.

The thing was that even though that person doesn't seem to know well what a security audit involves, he's questioning our requests in a way that's unseeming of our roles this time. Even with explanations of why these things are needed, he seems to fail to understand.

There's no need to write all the details of what happened, but everyone's temper became short today. And I nearly lost control of my tongue.

The thing is this: counting his position in the company, is he working with another mindset? It might be legit for him to make sure sensitive information isn't released unnecessarily, and that he's just trying to do his job this time.

The other possibility is that he's just trying to be difficult. There has been a history of tension and unhappiness between departments, and this could be a factor in the way he's acting.

So which is it? Wrong frequency? Wrong mindset? Or both? I can't tell at this point in time.

The thing to do now is to pray, to keep working hard at not saying things that I shouldn't be. To not act just based on my feelings. No matter how bad things may seem at that point in time.

Meanwhile, need to find out why they're like that, and how can we work together when need be (if at all possible).

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Virtually Non-Stick Gum Created

Virtually Non-Stick Gum Created

Maybe it's almost time for chewing gum to be legalized again in Singapore...heh ;)

Microsoft Installs New Software Without Permission

Get ready for another big hoo-ha...

On one hand, it is worrying to find out that M$ does this kind of things. But on the other hand, I'm looking forward to someone (or myself?) finding out how it is/can be done.

Microsoft Installs New Software Without Permission (Slashdot)

Microsoft downplays stealth Windows Update (Digg)

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Looking at one of the responses from my youths today reminded me of how much they do crave for the word.. How important it is to be accurate to the original meaning when it's taught.. And how much I need to keep working at improving, especially at what's truly important in teaching God's word.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007


The theme song from the movie "881".

改編詞:小寒 曲:伍加輝

一人一半 感情不散
一人一素故 感情才會久
時光累計 安靜的淚滴
一心去追 愛那么可貴

這樣的人 這樣地等
為愛翻滾 不計傷痕

這樣的人 別笑我蠢
傻傻的 心痛也不覺疼
就算天冷 就算殘忍

一人一半 感情不散
已經找到愛 為何要離開

時光累計 安靜的淚滴
一心去追 愛那么可貴

Repeat Chorus*

一人一半 感情不散
已經找到愛 為何要離開
已經找到愛 為何先離開

Monday, September 10, 2007

Super Trackstick

The Raw Feed has an article on the Super Trackstick. Portable GPS tracker which outputs conveniently to Google Earth.

Be careful of what gets put into your bag, especially by those who "like" you too much ;D

Sunday, September 09, 2007


Some sites you may want to help out at, or be interested in...

Help Find Steve Fossett

About's Mechanical Turk
When we think of interfaces between human beings and computers, we usually assume that the human being is the one requesting that a task be completed, and the computer is completing the task and providing the results. What if this process were reversed and a computer program could ask a human being to perform a task and return the results? What if it could coordinate many human beings to perform a task?
Crowdsourcing - Wikipedia
Crowdsourcing is a neologism for the act of taking a job traditionally performed by an employee or contractor, and outsourcing it to an undefined, generally large group of people, in the form of an open call. For example, the public may be invited to develop a new technology, carry out a design task, refine an algorithm or help analyze large amounts of data.

PS: Sorry lah, no time to do a proper writeup of the sites ;P

Watched 881 with Miss Mouse after running some errands today, good (though sad) story, really really good songs (though some of the lyrics were crap, the music were all good).

It was a good time spent together, and a break from the harsh realities of life eh ;)

Pity though, we couldn't join the youths for the Rat Movie cos' of the timing..
Although the emotions I'm feeling now is a myriad of disgust, disappointment, anger, and even shame at being associated with her...

What she has done is only part of the story. And it would be wrong to focus on only that part of it, and dwell in it like this.

What's the other parts of the story like? The fact that I'm not supposed to live like the world does anymore, because of my ownership. I don't want to do everything exactly as she says, but neither should I want to do whatever I want myself. Rather, I should be looking to see what God/Christ wants instead...

We all will need to be accountable for what we've done when the Judge comes back again. And it would be sad, to have been found blatantly and stubbornly living like the rest of the world when there has been a total life change before.

As a result, I need to change! Though I'm feeling like this now, what should I be doing? Certainly not acting in accordance with what I feel like doing now.

But as for what she does in the future, she will have to be accountable too. And it's only for her good that she sees that actions done in obedience to Christ do look different from what others usually do. And hopefully as a result, she would turn...lest she burns......

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Heads Up: Back after more than a year!

Back after more than a year!

Our dear Yifen has finally blogged again. Blog post in the link above. ;)
I've never imagined that a guy can go through so much relational pain. One reason is because we probably think that the ladies are relationally stronger, and as a result feel in this area more too.

Though things aren't pit bottom now, I definitely am not looking forward to things deteriorating further from where they are.

There's a lot of things that I need to remember and keep in focus at the moment, things which are far more important. But frankly speaking, the deluge of pain is now proving to be a very good wall against these.