Saturday, October 30, 2010

The Eternal Sanctuary

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Think about it – in this fast-paced world where information changes by the second nowadays, how nice it would be, to be able to return to a eternal sanctuary at the end of each day, where everything is faithfully constant and never changing. Actually, there is this sanctuary, and it’s just above your heads, really.

Welcome to stargazing.

I have been tinkering about the idea of setting up an astronomy related club recently after stumbling across my old astronomy files and books, from back then in Form 2-3 when I was a real astronomy buff. And then I realised most people doesn’t really bother about the theoretical physics, astrophysics part of it – most are happy enough to have a look of Saturn’s rings through a telescope. So I just – right, why not a stargazing club? Furthermore, even back in my ‘golden’ years I haven’t really done stargazing much yet – much less own a telescope, so I figure why not just make use of the club to obtain a telescope – although it’s club-owned :D

Anyone down for this? :D

Friday, October 29, 2010

Around the corner

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It’s that time of the year again, where everything is just ‘around the corner’ – Trials, Project deadlines, the much longed for holidays, the New year of 2011 – Just two months to go! Time flies so fast, I can’t believe it’s already almost one year since I graduated high school.

By the way, some food for thought – we often use the phrase “around the corner’ to describe something that’s going to happen, but just thinking about it and you will realise something weird – if something is ‘around the corner’, isn’t it that we cannot see the thing coming due to being separated by the wall, and we only stumble into ‘it’ as we turn round the bend? :D

Monday, October 18, 2010

One step forward, two steps back

What is with all the racism things today? I just came home and what greeted me was a Yahoo News today that reported : -
  BERLIN (AFP) – Germany's attempt to create a multi-cultural society has failed completely, Chancellor Angela Merkel said at the weekend, calling on the country's immigrants to learn German and adopt Christian values.
Merkel weighed in for the first time in a blistering debate sparked by a central bank board member saying the country was being made "more stupid" by poorly educated and unproductive Muslim migrants.
"Multikulti", the concept that "we are now living side by side and are happy about it," does not work, Merkel told a meeting of younger members of her conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party at Potsdam near Berlin.
"This approach has failed, totally," she said, adding that immigrants should integrate and adopt Germany's culture and values.
In this world of increasingly blurred borders, some people still take the effort to identify and link themselves with the narrow views of racism and self-importance. Not just in Germany, the New York mosque issue has also been blown out of proportion from what that should be a non-issue in a secular country. Are we going back to the ways of the Middle Ages now, where faith overrides fact and logic is dismissed preferring religious commands?

Or from another view, is this simply just that politicians everywhere just says the darndest things? :D

Of The Deceleration of Time and The Quest For Individual Perfection

~The Deceleration of Time~

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One of the ‘Slow Cities’ joining the Sloth movement

This topic appeared a while ago in the Star’s Star Two section (I think), and it intrigues me to study about this movement on the Deceleration of Time, a.k.a. the Sloth movement.

It’s really true, people nowadays are living such a hectic, job-centred life.  The suburban people are the most striking examples – going off to work/college early in the morning, and only return at sometime around evening to late night, depending on traffic conditions. In between, there’s work, work, work, lunch hour, work, work, work.

Some research group once studied the walking speed of people in different countries – if I’m not mistaken Singapore’s was the fastest. This may be attributed to the ‘fighting spirit’ of the Singaporeans in a small, highly competitive country. But the rest of the world aren’t really sloth-y either, from Beijing to New York to Tokyo to Mumbai to Kuala Lumpur, it’s pretty much the same.

Come on man, take it easy.

In our pursuit for materials, money or just simply survival, we neglected those things we whizzed by. Things that are precious to us, things that needed our attention, things that are simply beautiful it is a regret to miss it. As you were rushing towards your goal, you may be neglecting your child who wishes for some quality time, the old lady next door who live alone and appreciates some help, the beautiful fountain in the park which you just drive by everyday.

Whenever your schedule isn’t that tight, stop – and look around, for those little things that has added some colour to your life.

~The Quest for Individual Perfection~

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I wonder who the hell started this.

From the beginning, I think everyone should’ve known this – Not everyone is created the same. Sure, in terms of looks, facial and body appearances, any underpriviledged and specialties. But we tend to overlook another aspect – the Talent and Interests of every individual.

The term ‘well-rounded’ is a very catching term as of today’s 21st century world, and also a term (at least, some of) us dreaded. To like, apply for a scholarship, you need to be good in leadership, academics, sports, arts, bla, bla, bla. This term is blindingly driving everyone into a mindless, soulless Quest for Individual Perfection.

The urban kids suffer the brunt of the impact. Parents scheduling ‘well-rounding’ activities, starting as young as age 3, to pre-preschool, art class, mental arithmetic, brain power workshops etc. Few years later, and they find themselves in a plethora of classes, music classes, martial arts, foreign languages, tuition, art class, football training ,etc.

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Have they ever wondered, what the kids really wanted? Their real interests, which we fear they haven’t even knew due to being not given the chance to explore the world on their own. All these in the name of ‘well-rounded’!

This is seriously flawed. Why can’t we accept people for who they are? Why can’t we just let people to be what they wanted to be? In the end, those manufactured ‘well-rounded’ people who are good in everything, when they venture to the infinite field of life on their own, without a dream ( or even an idea of it ), will just simply get lost. They can’t even see their own selves in the mirror!

Of course, I’m not denying the possibility that there are really well-rounded people out there. But my point is, accept people for who they are, and let them discover their own ambitions in life. And of course, those universities should not blindly accept those labelled ‘well-rounded’ students, do give serious consideration to those who are really interested and passionate in their field of study too. As curiosity is the precursor to discovery, they say.

As for me, I’m pretty much left to my own devices, I have a rough idea what my ambitions are like, but somehow, indecisiveness is still cloaking my eyes from seeing my true self, haha.

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In Germany there exists a Verein zur Verzögerung der Zeit - the Society  for the Deceleration of Time, as well as some Sloth Clubs in fast-paced Japan and Hong Kong. Even a pianist once mentioned that nowadays, people tend to judge pianists based on the speed they play, with a high speed signifying a virtuoso – while neglecting the aesthetics of the piece of music.

But still, I think that the full-blow Deceleration of Time can only be achieved in a return to harmonic co-existence with Mother Nature, surviving on the bare essentials while relishing life, the idyllic surroundings and relationships with other people. However, there’s a highly recommended virtual alternative : Harvest Moon Back To Nature! :D

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Friday, October 15, 2010

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Chrono13 Dancing Maths

And this shall be my new title for this blog… On second thought, no.

But this is so true – I’m seeing maths everywhere now, especially this few weeks leading to trials where our Ms Lim will give us past years to do everyday for C1 C2 C3 C4 M1. Coupled with the FP1 starting today, it’s like half my day as of now is spent doing maths.

Real story. While I was napping just now, I dreamt of the complex number concept just learned today, and all of a sudden I started to measure everything around me in a + bi, travelling through a transition phase from reality to imaginary world (thanks to Stephen Hawking’s books,i suppose)  I can raise some more examples – when I wake up in the morning I look at the alarm clock reading 6:05 ( hour hand on 6, minute hand on 1) then I will resolve the two hands to find the resultant hand which shows +-3:00 a.m. and I will fall back to sleep. Other times I’ll just simply differentiate the time as in f(x)=6X+5 to f’(x) – 6 (6 a.m.) and fall back to sleep.  

Hmm… I wonder if I’m a real or complex being? :D

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Hew Nyacinth

It was the yearly community service project again organised by Exxonmobil, my father’s company. Last year’s you can read it here, this year it’s held at Pusat Penjagaan Kanak –Kanak Cacat  Taman Megah, PJ.

Generally, it’s a one-day effort to refurbish the homes, e.g. installing new furniture, painting the walls and cleaning up the place while the children haves some fun. This year’s was slightly different, with my family registering 12 people – where it’s actually my college mates joining the fun ^^ Having young people gets the jobs done faster, they say – and in fact our group finished ahead of time and even done something extra not included in the initial plans!

Here’s to the splendid work, job well done!

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By the way, the title is just a random thought :D

Thursday, October 7, 2010

There should be

…3 days for a weekend for me to finish my books!

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So many books on my to read list! ><

By the way, the Stephen Hawking book ‘The Grand Design’ I just got it today from an uncle who bought it while on a business trip to Houston. The price sure beats the one I saw in Kinokuniya KLCC the other day, not to mention not seeing this book at all at other bookstores around here. But trials is coming soon, and just now our Maths teacher plans to give us 2 past year papers to do tomorrow!

Monday, October 4, 2010

The meaning of life

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Currently still going good… but needs a little more enlightening…

Based on my observations and inferences, I think, the meaning of living – is to bring meaning into others’ lives. Volunteering, counselling, etc, making an initiative to enlighten other people’s lives, and making a change for the better to society and the world. Certainly beats gaming, doing tedious maths, mindless chattering.

Now where could I contribute? I”m a full time student, after all. I can, but time constraints would restrain me from carrying out my usual duties as a student. Especially the hectic, busy life of A-Levels.

An initiative I read about and liked most to date is the Play Soccer NonProfit initiative currently going on in Africa. Empowering young people to the better, guiding them and giving them life lessons through games and providing them a facility to pass time usefully. Sports is universal – it can do miracles and works across races and gender; for another example (soccer too) read up about Homeless World Cup.

That’s what volunteering is meant to be – to empower people, rather than just giving free handouts. And I would like to be part of it someday, in my journey to discover myself, and the meaning of life.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Of Mice and Men

 
Of Mice and Men Movie (1992). If you think the guy on the right is familiar, it’s Gary Sinise a.k.a Detective Mac Taylor of CSI:NY
I suddenly thought about this story by John Steinbeck I read a few years back. Looking back, the memorable characters in the story, intelligent and cynical George and the large, strong but slightly clueless Lennie, both of them against the world in the 1930’s Great Depression in America – this resembles some of my company in school and in college. It was a tragic story, if you’re interested I highly recommend this story to you – and I hope those friends I have in mind doesn’t end up the same!

Last night i was exploring STPM Physics while chatting with Night Maiden. Am quite surprised that STPM compared to SPM is much more better, and through this DIY learning I had a better understanding of what I’m having in A-Levels ( I read Newton’s Laws last night – did you know that F=ma is actually F=d/dt(mv) = m(dv/dt) = ma? ) And the questions are slightly challenging, but nonetheless I managed ^^

Am feeling some withdrawal symptoms of going back to facebook… but I guess this is more the reason to steer away of it – at least until after trials!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

October

~本との自分を捜している~ ~pursuing my true self~

I’ve decided – It’s the month of reflection, the month where I pause myself from the hocus-pocus of life and mind, the blanketing chaos of the heart, the distortion of my identity – the month of pursuing my true self.
For the past 3 defining months in MCKL, I’ve fell in and out of love twice, experienced a different side of society – the brighter side, the Yuusari equivalent in Letter Bee. I, coming from Kajang as Lag Seeing comes from Cambel Litus.

Why do I feel so out of place? Is it because of the nature of the community, or my refusal to commit to some activities that are fun for them but I have no interest in? Or is it just the place, which doesn’t have a person whose waves resonate with mine?

~自分のIDENTITY~

I was a damn cheapskate. They love to splurge on clothes while I can go on for 3 hours dilly-dallying whether to buy a RM30 book or not. I was a damn JPop, anime, modern –impressionist enthusiast, and luckily this hasn’t changed  yet. But the most serious thing is none other than the damn Mark fuckerburg’s facebook, where i can troll for hours and hours, joining absolute mindless chatter where my time can be dedicated elsewhere more productive. I missed my old self. 

Physics is on Waves recently.

Can’t imagine how well I resonate with the Kajang gang two years back… So much that I didn’t realise that we were all the same back then. Not to mention old fellow Kanon Ctz… yeah, feeling like giving him a long call some of these days, the only friend who doesn’t complain when I put my arms on his shoulder. A true buddy of 5 years, oscillating at exactly the same wavelength, how precious can that be? Joe Hahn, Josh, certain people in the FM crew… Company where I can act as my true self, not feeling out of place, trying to blend in while going against my soul.

是我太怀旧,还是世界不迁就?

These few days I spent close to RM100 on books already ^^ In the midst of papyrus, ink and knowledge, I found a part of myself, a part that I’ve haven’t visited for a long time… The long term distortion of my soul causes my six desires and seven feelings to go out of phase, repel and disperse, leaving the hollow soul in my body. Some parts of myself, I’ve no idea where it went to…

If I don’t love and understand myself, how am I going to be another’s happiness? 

EDIT : I've deactivated my fuckbook and am not planning to retun anytime soon. To contact me I'm on msn, or just call my hp but dont expect to get a quick reply. bye.

Friday, October 1, 2010

God does not play dice

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The minimum portfolio value to get the merit cert is 105000.00 . Incidentally this was the highest I got since playing this game after a MRCB buying frenzy.

It’s been a fun journey, haha, the joy of seeing your portfolio spiking up, the DIY learning process of a totally alien topic to me, obsession of checking your stocks when there’s free time in college : ) As the deadline edges near I toyed with chance and spent it all on MRCB(I will remember this stock) but the final value is as the title suggests – God does not play dice. You toy with Chance, and Fate will hit back at your face : (

But still, the journey is more important than the destination!