Friday, December 24, 2010

Rock-paper-scissors: A Fun Decision-making Game | Quazen

During your teenagers time, when you and your friend wanted to come to a decision of whose 
going to have the privilege of sitting beside Amy the school’s hot girl during the recess time, what sort of decision-making tools that you used? Let us ‘rock-paper-scissors’!
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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Top 10 Female Cartoon Characters (Japanese) | Quazen

Female cartoon characters have always been hits among the comic readers. This article listed 10 well known characters from the Japanese comic or manga. Some of them have even been portrayed in movie as real human character. Let’s check it out.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

The ABC of Handling Equipment | Gomestic

The ABC of equipment

This is a simple guide when handling your equipment especially research equipment because sometimes they are sensitive and some of them are very expensive. So, you might want to operate them cautiously.

A – Assembly

First thing first, you might want to check the assembly of your equipment such as what are the parts or things that make up your equipment. This is important as a missing part of your equipment might affect the functionality of your equipment.

B – Battery

Battery here means your equipment’s power. If your equipment needs power, you have to make sure what type of power does it need? AC or DC? How much power does it need for the equipment to operate? This is to make sure the equipment receive enough and appropriate power so that it will functioning well and you don’t want to end up having your equipment blown up because of high voltage.

C – Connection

After all the assembly and power of your equipment are identified and gathered you can proceed with the connection of your equipment. A proper knowledge on your equipment is a must so that you can connect it well and the equipment will give you its maximum capability. When you connect your equipment, always remember that first thing comes first. It is also an advantage for you to sort out your idea and to-do list on a paper first so you will have a better view of what are you going to do.

Thanx for reading.


*As published in Gomestic


Wednesday, December 8, 2010

EPI – Environmental Performance Index | Scienceray

EPI or Environmental Performance Index is an index which assess a country’s performance based on 25 metrics aggregated into 10 policy categories including environmental health, air quality, water resource management, forestry, agriculture, biodiversity and habitat, fisheries and climate change which covers both environmental public health and ecosystem vitality. These indicators could provide a gauge at a national government scale of how close countries are to established environmental policy goals.

The first EPI was published in 2002 developed from the Pilot Environmental Performance Index. It was preceded by the Environmental Sustainability Index (ESI) implemented between 1999 and 2005. Up to date, a total of 163 countries have joined this programme.

The EPI was developed by the Yale University (Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy) and Columbia University (Center for International Earth Science Information Network) in collaboration with the World Economic Forum and the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. The methodology of this EPI is each country has responsible to carry out analysis and assessment on all the required 25 indicators and the report would be submitted to the Yale University and Columbia University for further evaluation. The results would be an index which can be used by country’s decision makers such as policy makers, environmental scientists, and the advocates and also for general public.

For 2010, the top 5 countries with high EPI were Iceland, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Sweden and Norway while the bottom 5 were Togo, Angola, Mauritania, the Central African Republic and Sierra Leone.

The EPI scores can be viewed at this link EPI map. The index can be viewed according to the metrics/indicator or by scale. Hope the information provided by the EPI can also help you to decide which country is suitable for your end of year vacation.

Thanx for reading.


*As published in Scienceray

Monday, December 6, 2010

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Sunday, November 28, 2010


Today I watched the Asian Games Final volleyball match between China and Republic of Korea (South Korea) which i think is the best and dramatic game of all. To be frank, i'm fond of the Korean sides. But, it was the Chinese sides which catch the spotlight as their came from 2 sets down to beat the Korean in a 3-2 set win which earn them the gold medals in the final day of the Asian Games. Even in the rubber game, when the Korean seems to have their hands on the gold with only one match point to go, the Chinese didn't let their faith down and fought until they clinched the title. It was a great match, the spirit from the Chinese team was overwhelming. I should say that they deserve it.

More news are as follows:

"uangzhou, China, November 27, 2010 – China came from the first two sets down to beat Korea 3-2 (21-25, 22-25, 25-10, 25-17, 16-14) in a thriller and clinch their fourth gold medal in a row at the women’s volleyball tournament of the Asian Games here on Saturday.

China quickly jumped to a 4-1 lead, forcing Korea call a timeout in the first set. After that, Korea fought to fall behind at 7-8 in the first technical timeout. Korea and China dueled point for point until 14-14. China’s errors and Korea’s blocking gave Korea a lead. Korea blocked and Chen Liyi‘s several unforced errors in spiking allowed Korea to go ahead with a four point advantage. China made nine mistakes while Korea had only three in the first set. Korea took the first set.

Korea blocked China’s top scorer Wang Yimei twice at the start of the second set and attacked with great efficiency through Yang Hyo Jin, Kim Yeon Koung and Hwang Youn Doo. China had to change the setter to let Shen Jingsi step in, but Korea were not distracted and Kim spiked the ball to clinch the set 25-22.

China found them no way to choose but to fight hard from the third set. Middle blocker Xue Ming led China’s onslaught. Korea was fined one point for technical violation which disrupted their moral and momentum. China took full advantage of that to jump to a 18-8 lead. China took the set easily.

In the fourth set, Korea stayed neck to neck with China until Xue Ming, spiker Li Juan and Wang Yimei carved a four-point lead at 17-13, when Korea made more mistakes which helped China take the set, forcing the match into the tiebreaker.

Korea opened the fifth set in better form. Xue Ming served off the court, Korea’s captain Kim Sa Nee blocked for one point and Zhou Suhong’s error in attack, allowing Korea to claw a 6-2 lead. However, Ma Yunwen collected three points through fast attack, narrowing the scores to 5-6. Wayward hits by China’s Wang gave Korea a two points lead at 13-11 and Kim Keon Young spiked to bring up match point 14-12. Korea is near their great victory. But China did not give up fighting. Veteran middle opposite Zhou Suhong, who rejoined the team only two months ago, earned one point through attacking and then served an ace, leveling the scores at 14-14. China eventually rallied back to take the match due to an off-court attack by Korea and a strong counterattack by Li Juan."(1)

The joy

So, I would like to share the word Libero which is used in the volleyball game. A Libero is a free player who plays defensive role all the time in a volleyball game.

The volleyball libero is a defensive specialist position in indoor volleyball. The position was added to the game in 1999 along with special rules for play in order to foster more digs and rallies and to make the game more exciting. The libero remains in the game at all times and is the only player not limited by rules of rotation. He usually replaces the middle blocker position when they rotate to the back row and never rotates to the front row himself.

The libero is chosen by the team before the match or tournament and that designated player must remain the libero for the entire match or tournament. If the libero is injured, he/she can be replaced by any player who is not on the court, but that player must remain the libero for the remainder of the match.

The libero is responsible for a great deal of the passing in serve receive. Often the libero will be responsible for a much greater part of the court than his teammates. The libero is in the game to add ball control, so his main responsibility is to pass the ball well so the team can run the offense. On defense the libero needs to dig well, getting a hand on every ball he can to keep the play alive. Since the libero has no attack responsibilities, he must chase down every ball he can. He may also be responsible for setting if the ball is dug by the setter or out of the setter's range.
The Libero has to be a good passer and a good digger and usually they can be spotted as the player wearing different colour of jersey.

The Libero in contrast colour of jersey

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Hexagon 8-stage Water Purifier

HexagonTM 8-Stage Water Purifier is a newly developed countertop water purifier, made according to the same underlying principles as the HexagonTM Hi-energy Structured Water System. Easy-to-install, this handy countertop water purifier delivers the same benefits as the HexagonTM Hi-energy Structured Water System – clean, health drinking water which optimizes hydration of the body and enhances bodily functions.

•Clean & uncontaminated, mineral-rich, slightly alkaline, oxygenated, energised & has smaller molecular clusters
•The ideal health-enhancing drinking water for everyone in the family
•Excellent for mixing baby formulas
•Helps remove harmful pesticides & chemical residues
•Keeps vegetables & fruit fresh
•Retains freshness of meat, seafood & eliminates fishly odour
•Contains smaller molecular clusters, so it can be easily absorbed by cells, ensuring optimal delivery of vitamins, minerals, herbs and other nutrients to the body
•Prolongs the freshness of cut flowers for a longer lasting bloom
•Optimises growth of potted plants
•Keeps pets healthy & odourless
•Promotes shiny coats
•Excellent for rearing fish

The better filter choice for healthy drinking water with 8 great benefits
Effectively removes chlorine, impurities, pesticides, volatile organic chemicals and heavy metals in the water
Infuses water with energy and water retains more oxygen for cellular uptake
Enriches water with ionic minerals & trace minerals
Provides water that is slightly alkaline
Provides water with small hexagonal molecular clusters that can be immediately used by the body
Produces water that improves the taste of food and beverages
No boiling needed if the water is from a water treatment plant
Easy to install and maintain


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Content :
Ceramic Filter with pore size of 0.3-0.5 microns
Functions :
Filters out most harmful bacteria & viruses
Removes 99% of micro-particulate contaminants, sludge & rust
2 nd Layer : Ion Exchange Resins
Content :
US NSF ANSI /NSF – 44 approved Ion Exchange Resins
Functions :
Adjust the Calcium and Magnesium levels to soften water for better taste
3 rd Layer : Activated Granular Carbon
Content :
NSF ANSI /NSF – 42 & SGS approved Activated Granular Carbon
Functions :
Adsorbs chlorine, odors and colors
4 th Layer : Mineral Elements
Content :
SGS approved 100% Natural Mineral Stones
Functions :
Infuses water with ionic minerals and trace elements that are vital for health such as Iron, Magnesium, Zinc, Calcium, Sodium, Potassium, Manganese and more.
Makes water taste sweeter and increases the pH to a mild alkaline level to perfectly match the body's pH balance of 7.2 – 8.5. This helps to combat unhealthy acidity in the body.
5 th– 6 th Layers : Anion Minerals + EC3000 FIR Energy Beads
Content :
Anion minerals from Japan
Functions :
Make water taste sweeter and infuse water with negative ions to help neutralize and prevent free radical damage, enhance the immune system, and prevent ageing and oxidation.
Content :
EC3000 FIR Energy Beads, made in Japan
Functions :
Emit three times more intense FIR (Far Infrared) than other water filtration systems
Activate & energize water and break the molecules into small molecular clusters for optimal cell absorption.
7th Layer : KDF + Activated Granular Carbon
Content :
NSF approved KDF – Kinetic Degradation Fluxion (USA NSF 61) (a zinc-copper compound)
Functions :
Neutralizes organic & inorganic chemicals, mercury, trichloroethylene (TCE), trihalomethane (THM), radioactive compounds and other heavy metals
Content :
NSF Approved Activated Granular Carbon ( Philippines NSF 42)
Functions :
Inhibits harmful bacteria growth
Absorbs remaining chlorine, unpleasant odors, colors, and toxic substances.
th Layer : Magnetic Stones
Content :
Magnetic Stones
Functions :
Create a magnetic field to further break up the molecular clusters π Water has a certified NMR (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Technology) reading of 46-48Hz, compared to the 128Hz of tap water, RO and mineral water. Bottled mineral water is between 90 and 100Hz. (The reading represents the molecule size; the lower the reading, the better.)
π Water molecule size is the most ideal for the body.

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Can help to install.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Go Dutch

It was Friday morning when i check my email of an invitation to a seminar of "Project Evaluation Meeting" when i stumbled upon the phrase that interest me which was said by the e-mailer.

This is how the email goes:

Dear Research Scientists

·         Just to remind you…
·         Monday 22 November and the following day is PEM seminar at FRIM Auditorium
·         All of you are eligible to attend the seminar (another way of saying that it is compulsory)
·         Please come at before 8.30 a.m. and stay till 5.00 p.m.
·         Do support your colleagues
·         Breakfast will be provided (go Dutch on lunch)
·         Thank you

So which phrase that catch your attention?


"go Dutch on lunch"

So what is actually go dutch on lunch means. Does it means that you have to go to Dutch restaurant for lunch? Or is it you have to drink Dutch Lady milk for lunch?

The center of our attention here are the phrase "go Dutch". I googled and it is not so difficult to find the results which is the phrase is already used worldwide.

So according to Wikipedia (1), Going Dutch is a slang term indicating that each person participating in a shared activity pays for himself or herself, rather than any one person paying for anyone else. Now i know the meaning of it. Credit to e-mailer for using the phrase which have gain me some knowledge on it.

It was an amusing terms to be used according to me which interest me more to google more and i found the history on the use of the phrase "go Dutch"

The review goes like this:

"The phrase "going Dutch" probably originates from Dutch etiquette. In the Netherlands, it is not unusual to pay separately when dating. The Dutch were already internationally known as scrooges, and English rivalry with The Netherlands especially during the period of the Anglo-Dutch Wars gave rise to several phrases including Dutch that promote certain negative stereotypes. Examples include Dutch courage, Dutch uncle and Dutch wife. The particular stereotype associated with this usage is the idea of Dutch people as ungregarious and selfish. In Spain, "going Dutch" is attributed to Catalans, due to a stereotype that they are greedy. A stereotypical non-Catalan Spaniard would compete to invite the group. In Italy, the expression pagare alla romana can be translated as: "To pay like people of Rome" or "to pay like they do in Rome". It has the same meaning as "going Dutch". Curiously, in South American countries exist the Spanish phrase pagar a la americana (literally "To pay American style") which refers to a treat attributed to North Americans or Canadians." (2)

There it goes. Go Dutch. So, I'm going for my lunch now with my friends. But we go Dutch since it is already the middle of the month.




Tuesday, November 16, 2010

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