Archive for September, 2007

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at Columbia

Thursday, September 27th, 2007

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
The controversial appearance of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad can now to found on Columbia University’s news site on the SIPA-World Leaders Forum with President of Iran. Must read/watch.

Latest addiction – Organic Raw Kombucha

Monday, September 24th, 2007

Organic Raw Kombucha
My latest addiction are bottles of organic raw kombucha. I never had tasted kombucha before, so when I first had it, I was like, what the hell? I thought I was drinking vinegar. It tasted weird. Mind you, it tastes like nothing you would expect to taste for tea. It’s actually kombucha, which is in short, fermented tea.

When you first open the bottle, it’s fizzy. The natural fermentation process releases carbon dioxide and makes the drink naturally fizzy. Oh, and traces of alcohol.

GT claims their kombicha to have positive effects such as “increased energy levels and decreased appetite, improved digestion, healthier skin and hair, and a stronger immune system.” And of course, these statements have not been evaluated by the FDA, and it’s said that it is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, the whole nine yards.

It tastes really good. I love to fizziness and the vinegar flavor. If you find the plain ones hard to swallow, they also have to 5% fruit juice versions.

The only hunch, it’s like 4-5 dollars per bottle. It doesn’t come cheap!

1GB drive

Monday, September 24th, 2007

On the left, 1GB drive 20 years ago (IBM), on the right, 1GB drive now (SD card).
1GB drive 20 years ago
Via Gizmodo.

They sang his song…

Friday, September 21st, 2007

My friend Ong dubbed the Thai version of Aladdin years ago, and of course, he sang the Thai version of A Whole New World, the theme song of the movie. He sent me the “pop” version of the song, sang by pop singers Bird and Amp. And apparently they can’t pronounce the word “new” correctly. You can To hear his beautiful voice, download the songs at http://undinisis.multiply.com/music/item/163/Aladdin_Thai.

Scratch that screen!

Friday, September 21st, 2007

Apparently the iPhone/iPod touch screen is so scratch resistant that keys and blades don’t hurt it a bit. Even so, I will definitely not try it on mine. Oh yes, I did get my iPod touch at the store last week, before my pre-order was shipped… as someone said it on the web somewhere, “Note to self: never pre-order from Apple.”

iPhone unlocked

Wednesday, September 12th, 2007

Hackers released the free iPhone unlock process last night, and my colleage in the office just unlocked his iPhone, for free. We popped in my T-Mobile SIM with GPRS and boom, it works!!!

The World Without Us

Thursday, September 6th, 2007

The World Without UsI found that a few of my friends are reading The World Without Us at the same time as I am. We all seem to be really enjoying it. Weisman had a tour in the city last night but I couldn’t go, which is too bad.

Apparently the book’s website has some interesting visual materials to go with the book, which I just happened to find. I have also found some videos on YouTube as well.

Everything who is aware of environment issues should really pick up a copy and read; but of course, for those who don’t care much about the environment, they probably won’t care to read in the first place. Weisman visualizes the Earth without us being around, which us, as he claims, an innovative way to look at the effects we have induced onto the environment.

Dental dam

Thursday, September 6th, 2007

Dental damThis is not exactly the kind of dental dam you’d use for oral sex, though they are both a sheet of latex. According to Wikipedia,

The main function [of a dental dam] is to isolate the tooth being treated from its environment, in particular from the bacteria in the oral cavity. The rubber dam is held over individual teeth or groups of teeth by appropriate clips or threads (ligatures) along the edge of the gum. The tooth crown stands out from the rubber dam through individual holes made by hole pliers, and permits a clean and dry treatment of the appropriate tooth without admission of blood and saliva.

I snapped this picture when I went to see the dentist the other day and had a filling. My old filling fell off and the tooth had started to decay again. I will need to go back tomorrow to complete the filling procedure and possibly, a root canal, because the decay is too deep — very close to the pulp.

How can we resist…

Wednesday, September 5th, 2007

…the cult of Apple and the evilness of consumerism… I can’t, and I already have my order in line. The, oh, so expected iPod Touch. iPhone sans the phone. Next in line to watch out for: iPhone version 2 with VoIP over WiFi functionality.
ipod touch

iMac unboxed

Wednesday, September 5th, 2007

Yes, I do know that I am a geek. I am such a geek that I keep checking the status of the delivery of my new iMac obsessively every hour, until it finally arrived. Documenting the unboxing of my new computer probably won’t make me geekier.

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iMac arrived, boxed, longing to be opened. The ceremony begins.

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First, I retrieved and opened the accessories box.

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The Mac manual and the “Everything Else” package: CDs and warranty. On the top left hand corner, there is the cleaning cloth.

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iMac is ready to be taken out.

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iMac, still wrapped, sits on the desk.

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The wrapper seen from the back.

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iMac unwrapped, with the protective film.

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iMac is alive! I named it as “iMac2″. I have no doubt that OS X would run amazing smooth on this new machine, however, I really wanted to see how well Windows runs on it. Immediately I installed Vista on a seperate partition, and boy, was I amazed! Vista runs so smooth and snappy on the iMac. It supports the fancy Aero effects and has a performance index of 5.0!

So, who needs a PC anyway?