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Thursday, May 31, 2007

.. Baby got back ~ Gilbert & Sullivan style ..

Monday, May 28, 2007

Well Hang

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Sunday, May 27, 2007


.. it's basically taken all day, but I've finally updated my blog template with random header images... if you're not sure what that means, hit f5 and refresh your browser and there is a good chance that you'll get a jazzy new header up top. If it looks the same, hit f5 again! And again!

It feels good to be doing some arty stuff again, I've been pretty much starved of it here in KL. There appears to be a huge lack of art shops around.

What do you think of the new headers? Let me know eh.

Last week was Pei Lin's birthday, which went down really well. I bought her a little digital camera (she's had that for a few weeks) and I had a nice bunch of flowers delivered to work (girls love that stuff don't they?), and we went out for dinner with friends.

A great time was had by all, hopefully Pei Lin most of all.

Happy Birthday baby.

.. that be one huuge oinker ..


June 2nd, update:
The huge hog that became known as "Monster Pig" after being killed by an 11-year-old boy had another name: Fred.

Far from wild, the 450 kilogram pig had been raised on an Alabama farm and was sold to the Lost Creek Plantation just four days before it was shot there in a 60 hectare fenced area, the animal's former owner said.

Hurro... Yesterday my girlfriend and I went with 2 of our friends, Chris and Veronica to see '28 weeks later' the sequel to '28 days later'.
'28 weeks later' isn't quite on par with the first one, but it was still really good, plenty of freaky moments.

Gotta watch out for them turbozombies.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Glo-Go Bikini Top and Skirt

There’s a Jungle in Madrid’s Train Station

This covered jungle stretches out around 4.000 m2 and inhabits more than 500 species amongst which you can find carnivorous plants, goldfish and turtles.

found at treehugger

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Japanese use bacteria to store data

These days, data get stored on disks, computer chips, hard drives and good old-fashioned paper.

Scientists in Japan see something far smaller but more durable - bacteria.

The four characters - T, C, A and G - that represent the genetic coding in DNA work much like digital data.

Character combinations can stand for specific letters and symbols - so codes in genomes can be translated, or read, to produce music, text, video and other content.

While ink may fade and computers may crash, bacterial information lasts as long as a species stays alive - possibly a mind-boggling million years - according to Professor Masaru Tomita, who heads the team of researchers at Keio University.

Tomita's team successfully inserted into a common bacterium Albert Einstein's famous "E equals MC squared" equation and "1905," the year the Nobel Prize-winning physicist published the special theory of relativity.

Genetic coding is so massive that information - say, a Shakespeare play - can be stashed away somewhere in the gene without affecting an organism's overall appearance and other traits.

But mutation could distort stored data. Tomita says data are stored in four places in the bacteria so the data stay intact, though Katsumi Doi, bacteria expert and Kyushu University professor, is sceptical.

"We may need more time for practical applications," Doi said. "But I love the idea."

Translating the Einstein message would require solving the code.

But Tomita is the kind of freethinking scientist intrigued by the notion that an extraterrestrial might come across it in the distant future - and naturally possess the superior intelligence to quickly solve the code.

Tomita shrugs off the obvious question: "Who in the world is going to read bacteria?"

"Many people never even thought about storing data for thousands of years," Tomita said.

"This may sound like a dream. But we're thinking hundreds of millions of years.

from here

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Man 'cuts off own head with chainsaw'

"A MAN in the German city of Cologne fatally stabbed his elderly father before cutting off his own head with an electric chainsaw, police said yesterday.

The headless body of the 24-year-old offender was found when police raced to an the apartment yesterday after an emergency call, apparently from the dying father, had been broken off in mid-sentence, Deutsche Presse-Agentur reported.

Alf Willwacher, a senior prosecutor, said an electric chainsaw was next to the son's body.

"We do not believe any third party was involved," he said.

Neighbours said the father and son had been reclusive since the death of the mother, allegedly by suicide, several years ago. "

Hmmm... I'm wondering if this actually happened... I notice that when i do a Google search for the words 'cuts off own head with chainsaw' (without the quotes) I get pretty much the exact same story every time. And I don't even mean to say 'pretty much' in the previous sentence... it IS the same story, word for word.

There doesn't appear to be any further details & no followup. Do I dare call shennangigans on this?

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