He broke her fall, she broke him  

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Love is a funny thing.
Really, the irony is killing me (no pun intended).


Love really hurts

March 30, 2009
Article from: The Australian

BEIJING: A Chinese man died after attempting to catch his girlfriend as she jumped from the seventh floor of an apartment block in the southeastern city of Quanzhou, local media reported.

The young man held out his arms to break the woman's fall as she plummeted from their apartment.

Witnesses reported seeing the man on the street below the apartment, trying to persuade his girlfriend not to jump.

He was killed by the impact of his girlfriend landing on top of him. The woman suffered bone fractures and other serious injuries.

My god, the Biggest Loser is so stupid  

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So what is the best weight loss pill in the whole wide world? I think Asians might care more about this than our Western counterparts. We don't have weight problems but because of advertising, we think we do. Westerners are battling this everyday. There are so many ads out there telling them to eat healthily but it's hard because that's their lifestyle and eating habits. It's routine.

You know how popular the reality show, "The Biggest Loser" is? That show sucks so bad they're up till the 3rd season in Aussie. But hey, it makes producers happy *coughmakingmoneyofffatpeoplecough*. It's scary how fat people's skins just sags after all the weight lost. Kind of makes you think: if I have to spend money to lose weight (E.g. gym memberships, diet pills, surgeries, exercise machines) and if successful, have to spend more money to cut off saggy skin, maybe I shouldn't have gotten fat in the first place. Yeah, I know I sound mean.

SP - Eureka  

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I think competition's really intense in the insurance business. It reminds me of scenes from those Hong Kong dramas about insurance sales people. Then came the internet where consumers could do their own research. They can easily find cheap auto insurance, home insurance, health insurance etc. now. I'm supposed to write an essay on something in my Net Studies class, maybe I should consider writing something on the Internet and purchases.

SP - Wholesale insurance  

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You know, finding cheap term insurance is easy what with all the search engine like websites floating around on the interweb. You know, those compare-and-buy sites that makes your life a whole lot more easier by bringing everything you want together. Kind of like a one stop shop. But really, just reading about insurance gives me the heeby-geebies. Life's so damn fragile.

I'm hungry.

Shootin' around Curtin  

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PC and I went for a shoot in Curtin yesterday after hours. 'twas fun shooting around campus, not being in a hurry to get to classes. There's something satisfying about being able to walk like the whole fucking grounds' yours.
Sucked that I didn't bring my tripod though.


Curtin


Curtin


Curtin


Curtin


Curtin


Curtin


We should do it again. Next shoot's theme: Crazies in Curtin. We'll hump flag poles (properly) and take pictures with random people :D

Awesome news  

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I BOMBED MY DEBATE. NOW WILL I JUST GET ON WITH LIFE ALREADY?!


FUCK WEI, I NEEDS ME SOME GREYS ANATOMY!

If there were a fire, I'd be dead  

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*emergency alarm goes off* *it's a pretty damn scary sound*

WTF??
Okay...uh.. uh.. Earthquake!... Japan?.... no... uh... Tornado!... US?... no either... Fire!... I'm in Australia! Oh riiiight! *gets off bed*

That's pretty much what went on in my head when I was rudely awoken by that blaring noise. It really did instil fear in you.
EXCEPT, we didn't quite make it out of the house. The alarm stopped.

When the alarm stops going nuts, it gets you wondering, if this were an emergency situation, why the heck would the alarm stop?
Apparently the red light outside our units would still be on no matter what but that was off too. Then there was the idea that the adjoining unit might be the one with trouble so our alarm would go off. But no. No sight of a fire truck either.

Was it a drill?? Are fire trucks involved in drills? No idea.


Hey, at least now I know to wear bra in case of emergencies.

My parents are hilarious  

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Scene: Dad just created a Windows Live account for himself *clap clap*

Mom says (11:23 PM):
what's my hotmail acc ar?
dad wants to add me

Advertisers would love me  

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I used to be wary of ads (think: AdSense). I think ads, to me, had this stigma attached and then there were programmes that highlighted how people were duped into clicking ads that redirected them to the "dark alleys" of the Interweb. That was a couple of years ago.

Now, while still cautious, I'm feeling much more liberal in terms of ad clicking. I see an ad on AdSense, "hmm, photography site... looks interesting", *click*. The fear's not so much there anymore.

How many of you click on advertisements?
I mean, you're genuinely interested in the ad so you click on it and not because you're artificially inflating clicks for your friend.

Revelation of habits  

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Speaking of chairs (not you, just me), I am in serious need of a comfortable chair. My stupid chair here only goes as high as my shoulders which means I'm not getting neck support. It's especially tough when I have to study. Sometimes, I'll buckle and run to the bed to study but word of advice (which you all already know), never EVER study on your bed. What would be great is if I had a nice, comfy, recliner of sorts. Like home theatre chairs really. Berkline seats are on sale right now at the Theater Seat Store. Boy, do they cost a fortune. Oh well, this is the student life. *gasps* Is that why I always slide down my seat like I have no spine?!

Room in Panorama  

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Jpeg:
Pano attempt #1


QTVR:


Shift - Zoom in
Ctrl - Zoom out
Click + Drag - Scroll around like you just don't care


FUN!

SP - Insurance Quotes  

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I should really be studying now but here I am rambling on about insurance quotes. It's my job. To ramble about things.
You know how artistes are insured or have one part of their body insured? How do insurance companies determine the amount? Is this where actuaries come in, calculating risk and all that? I don't know. I don't think I really want to know either.

SP - Wilmington NC  

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Wilmington is a pretty damn huge city by the coast in North Carolina. A little to the West, you'll get acres and acres of land that looks like a patched quilt. Did you know, basketball legend, Michael Jordan, hails from this city? Neither did I. Wilmington NC real estate must have that suburban-homey feel, what with One Tree Hill, 28 Days and A Walk To Remember, among others, being filmed there. I have to digress, but I'm a little caught up with Michael Jordan's basketball highlights. That guy is awesome.

Kah-ler-foo  

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Flower


Bus


Flower

It's so hard to find nice clean grass back home. And I mean grass that you can lie on without worrying too much about getting dirty.

To bid or not to bid?  

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I don't know what's up with me but you might have to consider fence installations between me and the computer. I'm on Ebay looking at stuff and I'm SO tempted to bid! After converting, it's really bloody cheap and it would so satisfy my wants right now (I like Marketing lah). Am I trying to justify my intentions or do I really just want something familiar with me here? Choices, choices, choices! So annoyed. When I stop to think about, why am I overreacting over a would be purchase?

I want that tee so bad...  

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So Threadless is having a $5 tee sale again and I have a very strong urge to start browsing and clicking which will lead to purchasing.

They've also reprinted one of my most wanted tees that sold out a while back... I give you:
The Beginning - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

Any Batman fan would love this...

Chinese tea!  

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I've finally gotten my pack of Tit Goon Yam for AUD 3.75!

tit goon yam

Smells so good. No filter though. Bit inconvenient.

Marketing faucets  

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Do you know how hard it is to build brands out of products that people don't come across everyday? Very hard.
If you were building your own house, what brand of bricks do you want to use? What brand of cement do you want to use? What brand of faucets do you want to use? Because of this, advertisements for products like these require more information than an advert for bread. In marketing, when a consumer is in a situation like that, they call it dissonance-reducing buying behaviour where a consumer's involvement is high and there are few differences between product brands. Would you be able to tell the difference between a Delta faucet and a Kohler faucet? Whatever your answer is, you'll see why it's important to have brand recognition in products like these.

Where's Sherlock when I need him  

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I wonder which idiot started creating memes using Notes, on Facebook. It's now like a second Friendster... sans glittering words. I'd have went blind.

I'm falling asleep... I smell cheese  

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I dread Fridays. The day seems long and the week approaching it is even worse, mostly because I have reading logs to hand up. It's only week 3 but I feel worn out. Thank goodness my bed here is comfortable. In fact, it's even more comfortable than my feather pillow and chair. But this bed's like a death trap. Don't ever study on a comfortable bed! I fell asleep twice when I had homework to submit the next day. There are some beds that allow you to adjust the firmness, levels, and height of the mattress, like the sleep number bed. Pretty cool invention. Feels weird though that there are tons of things inside the mattress unlike your conventional mattresses.

The weekend couldn't have come sooner  

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Since I'm in a good mood (but kind of hungry) and I just reformatted my phone... ta-da!
Haven't done one of these in a while.

  • Put your iTunes/Napster/Zune Player/WinAmp/etc on shuffle.
  • For each question, press the next button to get your answer.
  • YOU MUST WRITE THAT SONG NAME DOWN NO MATTER HOW SILLY IT SOUNDS!
  • Tag 10 or more friends who might enjoy doing this as well as the person you got it from.

1. IF SOMEONE SAYS "IS THIS OKAY" YOU SAY?
Seaside, The Kooks

2. WHAT DO YOU LIKE IN A GUY/GIRL?
Are we the waiting, Green Day

3. HOW DO YOU FEEL TODAY?
Got it good, Jem

4. WHAT IS YOUR LIFE'S PURPOSE?
Both sides now, Joni Mitchell

5. WHAT IS YOUR MOTTO?
1984, Swing

6. WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS THINK OF YOU?
Hold me up, Live

7. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR PARENTS?
Lady in Spain, Ingrid Michaelson

8. WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT VERY OFTEN?
Footprints in the sand, Leona Lewis

9. WHAT IS 2+2?
I will follow, Katie Herzig

10. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR BEST FRIEND?
Someday soon, KT Tunstall

11. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE PERSON YOU LIKE?
Call it off, Tegan and Sara

12. WHAT IS YOUR LIFE STORY?
Hoppipolla, Wendel Templeton & Robert Pegg

13. WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?
Slow me down, Emmy Rossum

14. WHAT DO YOU THINK WHEN YOU SEE THE PERSON YOU LIKE?
Yes man, Munchausen by Proxy

15. WHAT DO YOUR PARENTS THINK OF YOU
Live and learn, The Cardigans

16. WHAT WILL YOU DANCE TO AT YOUR WEDDING?
These quiet times, Shady Bard

17. WHAT WILL THEY PLAY AT YOUR FUNERAL?
Home sweet home, DetektivByran

18. WHAT IS YOUR HOBBY/INTEREST?
Joan, Butch Walker

19. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR FRIENDS?
Spiderwebs, No Doubt

20. WHAT'S THE WORST THING THAT COULD HAPPEN?
葡萄成熟时 (When the grapes ripen?), Eason Chan

21. HOW WILL YOU DIE?
Everybody's changing, Keane

22. WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU REGRET?
Passing afternoon, Iron and Wine

23. WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH?
Too young, Nat King Cole

24. WHAT MAKES YOU CRY?
Empty decorations, Indecisive

25. WILL YOU EVER GET MARRIED?
All the things you know, Blue Judy

26. WHAT SCARES YOU THE MOST?
The day before the day, Dido

27. DOES ANYONE LIKE YOU?
越来越不懂 (Don't know?), Tanya Chua

28. IF YOU COULD GO BACK IN TIME, WHAT WOULD YOU CHANGE?
What you don't know, Jonatha Brook

29. WHAT HURTS RIGHT NOW?
Everything'll be alright, Joshua Radin

30. WHAT WILL YOU POST THIS AS?
Last day of your life, Glass Pear

Chock full of text  

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Chock full of text

I can't read this shit. It's page after page of text and I have to read 35 pages of it. It would've been okay if it was an interesting read but this isn't. There are only FOUR pictures out of the 35 pages! How to read?!

Also, I'm not quite sure what the orientation of this picture should've been... maybe there isn't because I shot it from the wrong angle.

Hittin' the books. Again. Like I've tried to do so many times before.

When you know you really should die...  

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Cyanide and Happiness, a daily webcomic
Cyanide & Happiness @ Explosm.net

Scarlet's web  

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After a pretty satisfying dinner, the roomies and I went outside to chill.

I was taking pictures of the moon when I spotted this humongous spider and its humongous web up in a tree.

Giant Creepy Spider


Giant Creepy Spider


Giant Creepy Spider


Giant Moon

Good night.

How to read binary and relate them to text  

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I've come across tees on Thinkgeek that featured binary and not know what to make of it. Sometimes, I wouldn't understand jokes on XKCD either because it had binary.


Source

XKCD + Thinkgeek = Geeky
Geeky + (- Binary) = - Geeky and no understanding

Tell me you got that.


This is a super basic tutorial on reading binary. Anything more advanced, you won't find it here. Yet.
But if you have more beginner's tips to add to this, please feel free to do so in the comments. I'd love to learn more.


Anyway, two things you have to understand:
1. Binary codes come in 1s and 0s where 1 is On/Include and 0 is Off/Exclude.
2. Binary codes are calculated with multipliers of 2 and are read from the right to left.
E.g. 64, 32, 16, 8, 4, 2, 1
*It can also be calculated by bases of 2 which yields the same results. Whichever floats your boat.
E.g. 27, 26, 25, 24, 23, 22, 21, 20

Keep in mind both points.

Now, once I show you this picture, you will magically know how to do simple binary readings.
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*poof*
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A binary code of 01000010 equates to the sum of 66:



If 66 actually refers to something, you could look it up and decipher all the other codes to get a message which I will show you now.

To relate it with text, you'll be looking at the ASCII control characters and printable characters. Read about it on wikipedia for more information. I can't be bothered with the nuts and bolts of it now.

I've only included the printable characters because it's more relevant in this example.

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What you do is calculate the decimal from the binary and then refer the decimal to the table for your alphabet and/or symbols.

From the example above, our binary is 01000010. The decimal is 66. So the alphabet it's referring to is "B".

Simple right? I know!

You'll notice that the chart shows 7 bit binaries aka 7 numbers (E.g 100 0010). But I like 8 bits (E.g. 0100 0010) cause it's an even number. Some committee decided to stick with 7 bits because it was more cost-efficient.


 
Exercises:
*Calculate, then hover for answers.
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I can't believe I wasted a few hours on this crap.

Dear numbnuts, no free laptops for you  

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Dear all,

Ericsson is distributing free laptops for their brand promotion. They hope to increase their popularity and sale by this campaign. All you need to do is send an email about this promotion to 8 people and you will receive an Ericsson T18 Laptop. However, if you send an email to 20 or more people, you will receive an Ericsson R320 Laptop.

Make sure you cc to Anna at Ericsson so that she will know you have sent the e-mail.


1. This is a recycled hoax. *the original email address was "anna.swelund@ericsson.com"*
2. Ericsson is not giving away free laptops.
3. Those models are cellphones and heck they're old.
4. You're an idiot for forwarding it.
5. Saying it didn't hurt to forward something you aren't even sure is true, is stupid.
6. Why, if that CC address was something else other than "anna.swelung@ericsson.com", maybe "anna.swelung@hotmail.com" (God knows, people are stupid), then whoever set up that account would have all our emails and send MORE crap our way.
7. kthnxbye

Geekest yet  

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Other than text and pictures, I can now read binary! Woo!
Of course, I still need to refer to the alphabet descriptions after the Math is done. But still!


01001001 00100000 01100101 01101111 01110111 00100000 01101011 01100101 01101111 01110111 00100000 01110100 01101000 01100101 00100000 01100010 01100001 01110011 01101001 01100011 01110011 00100000 01101111 01100110 00100000 01100010 01101001 01100101 01100001 01110010 01111001 00100000 00100110 00100000 01000001 01010011 01000011 01001001 01001001 00000011


I'm so geeked out, I'm going to post a tutorial later!