Friday, August 25, 2006

[Anime] Noein - Mou Hitori no Kimi e

Just finished watching this 24 Episodes anime, Noein - Mou Hitori no Kimi e.

As I'm pretty busy nowadays, I don't have time to actually write a full, nicely constructed review of it. I'll spend more time on the upcoming anime blog by me and Lumiere. So I'll keep it short here.

It was a great anime. At first, I judged the anime by it's drawing. It totally turns me off with pencils. Then, something attracted my attention. It's about space again, thsi time it's about time space. I've been interested in how time works since I've first came across an article about black holes. Not to mention, visualising how it works is virtually impossible.

However, this fictional animation actually puts it into visual. By emphasizing some realistic theory about quantum physics, and of course with some fictional stories, it spices up my interest. An anime which keeps me in front of the monitor since Mai Hime.

Some theories are used in the anime, and it certainly deserved to be thought over. Stuff like Many World Interpretation, which is seen that the universe is branching off into a series of infinite probabilities, and Copenhagen Interpretation,which suggested that an observer/measurement is important to determine the decoherency of the probablity, are explained throughout the anime.

Watch it and develop some questions to ask yourself about your otherself. Everything down to one if you can't find any answer. You are yourself, you are here now. It doesn't matter what you are in the past or in the future, you are what you are now. At least this has always being one of my personal mottos after all ^_-

Thursday, August 24, 2006

[Space] IAU meeting - 8 Planets in the solar system!

Friends and relatives who know me long enough will know that I've been interested in space, and it's stuff since I was young, though I've never made the effort to actually study the math behind it. However, fasinating can be deciving, just as I thought there would be more planets around the sun, never realising the "politics" behind it.

And here, at this time, 2240HR GMT+8, I waited patiently for the result of what could be noted as the revolution of the definition of the word "planet", and the number of those in our solar systems.

I'll update as things go on, and will be sorting out chronological order.

As far as you guys know, our solar system use to have 10 planets, but at 1800, Ceres is removed from the title of "planets", and here we are again, discussing the reinvitation of the forgotten...

From left, Sun-Mercury-Venus-Earth-Mars-Jupiter-Saturn-Uranus-Neptune-Pluto, drawn to scale

This picture is about to be changed...

2316HR - Information indicating that Pluto is out of the solar system. I'm checking the live webfeed of the conference now. It seems they've finished discussing about the planets.

2329HR - CNN had already shown the "bad" news already. Though I couldn't believe it, I'm gonna face the reality later... Farewell, Pluto...

2332HR - I did some research on the new resolution of the planet. It seems like Wiki update pretty on time. They've redefine the planets into 3 types. The Classical planet, Plutonian object and Dwarf planet. Check it out if you've the time or you have your "Pandora's Box" symptom.

2343HR - The webcast has shutted down after the closing ceremony of the IAU meeting. According to the schedule, they should have a press conference at 0000HR GMT+8. I'll be waiting...

2349HR - Last update for this post. I've found the official statement of the voting results. And it seems whatever news I received is true. A copy-and-paste statement of the results are as follows:

The IAU therefore resolves that "planets" and other bodies in our Solar System be defined into three distinct categories in the following way:

(1) A "planet"1 is a celestial body that (a) is in orbit around the Sun, (b) has sufficient mass for its self-gravity to overcome rigid body forces so that it assumes a hydrostatic equilibrium (nearly round) shape, and (c) has cleared the neighbourhood around its orbit.

(2) A "dwarf planet" is a celestial body that (a) is in orbit around the Sun, (b) has sufficient mass for its self-gravity to overcome rigid body forces so that it assumes a hydrostatic equilibrium (nearly round) shape2 , (c) has not cleared the neighbourhood around its orbit, and (d) is not a satellite.

(3) All other objects3 except satellites orbiting the Sun shall be referred to collectively as "Small Solar-System Bodies".

1The eight planets are: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune.
2An IAU process will be established to assign borderline objects into either dwarf planet and other categories.
3These currently include most of the Solar System asteroids, most Trans-Neptunian Objects (TNOs), comets, and other small bodies.

IAU Resolution: Pluto


The IAU further resolves:
Pluto is a "dwarf planet" by the above definition and is recognized as the prototype of a new category of trans-Neptunian objects.1

A pretty sad day for me, but well, a new knowledge to myself, and a new way to teach the future generation that "WE HAVE 8 PLANETS!".

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

[Life] Left the camp! A battle to fight!

Finally I've left the camp. The place where I worked for 1 year plus. Underpaid though, pretty happy however... Life goes on. I wish all the best to my fellow ex-collegues.

The battle...
Now here comes the real battle. The plucking of wisdom tooth. I'm totally prepared, listened to experience by others, "image-practice" the pain, whatever I can do I've done. Now I'm gonna embark onto the road to war and WILL update this as often as possible.

Feeling pretty good after a bath. Looking at the time passes by, I'm getting ready to go for this. 1 weeks of MC followed by another week of 'no solid' food, it seems pretty inevitable now. But I've gotta go, or else it'll become worse. The path to be mentally ready isn't easy and I'm glad I'm ready up to this point. The appointment is on 1430hr @ NDC. I wonder will I be late? As promised, I'd like to take photos of the process however, I could not get the permission from the dentist. So I'll just "homemake" one. This is my cheek at D-Day -3hrs.

I wonder how it look like after the operation?

Just had lunch with Terrix. Of course, I ordered my "Last Lunch" before enduring temptation for the next 2 weeks. Oh...

Title: The Last Lunch(Char Kway Teow w/ Mango Longan)

Come to think of it makes me sad... T_T

Setting off to war. Hopefully I'll survive to see another day...

Here's my appointment. I entered the clinic with a heavy heart. Looking up at the sign...

Aiya don't think too much lah...

Yea, I shouldn't think too much. Just go...

Dentist update me that I need not to pluck it out now. Phew! Here's the explaination why...

Mine belongs to the vertical impaction type

1) Vertical erruption. It's not threatening now. The pain which gave me problem close to a month ago, is not giving me problem now. I could brush it with ease.

2) As the tooth is currently still in the gum, the root is closer to the sinus than if it's errupted completely. Removing it now may pose a problem to the sinus.

3) It's easier to pluck it out if it's errupted completely.

The above 3 points is what me and the dentist came in agreement to...

4) I'm afraid of the pain >_< (I didn't told him this...)

5) The dentist is YAWNING all the way throughout the consultation! If I plan to remove it now, half-way he yawn, I mati ("death" for malay).

There you go... all the "WAR PREPARATION" things for nothing lol. And so much for my last lunch. I'll need to pray for it to grow for the next 6 months as my next appointment brings me to next year.

It's in the afternoon again... STOP YAWNING DENTIST!

All the best to me then ^_-

Thursday, August 10, 2006

[Life] NDP dinner 2006 @ Tanglin Halt

Woo... my first time participating in this so-called National Day dinner around my neighbourhood 2 days ago (8th Augest, 2006). You know, those that involved in VIPs and Members of the Parliament...

Of course, I'll not be commenting on anything related to the government over here as it's sensitive. But just to add though, my area's MP look promising...

Immediately after Mr. Baey's arrival, we had our 1st dish (see the pictures below, less the 1st one... It's peanut...)

Food sucks, nothing more...

I do not really want to comment about the food. Don't force me... words like "TASTELESS", "HORRENDOUS"... Ops, I leaked some. Anyway, it's just horrible.

And the performance is nowhere near interesting too. Noisy, irritating lights who love to aim right at my eyes, and of course sitting around with people we do not know, are some of the views from your "dear sincerely" pessimist.

The "self-proclaimed" Thai Prince. Or Thai Peacock?

The auctions are nowhere near interesting too. 6 Golden dogs for the rich to bid. In my oppinion, the most interesting part of this show is to look at those regretful facial expression from those winners while they walked up towards the stage. Lol! So much for pushing the price up...

Oh yes, not to mention the K2 futures of Singapore reciting 3-words sutra (三字經). Before I research on it, the only thing on my mind when I see this is "CCB! CCB! CCB!..." But no, not the foul language version but the PROPER version. Mind you, they finished it. Yes, they did. And for you guys who do not know how long the poet is, check this out.

Performance goes like "人之初" *bounce* "性本善" *bounce*... you got the idea?

However it was so messy, we couldn't figure out if they are chanting correctly or not. Just then, my dad provided me with his version of it.