Sunday, September 30, 2007

How Do You Think Mankind Will Perish?

I just started a poll on how mankind might perish.

Will we perish like the dinosaurs when a huge asteroid hit earth? Or will a human engineered airborne virus kill us all.

Make your vote on the top right hand corner of the blog.

Thanks and I appreciate your vote.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007


I recently read that love is entirely a matter of chemistry.
That must be why my wife treats me like toxic waste.
David Bissonette

When a man steals your wife, there is no better revenge than to let him keep her.
Sacha Guitry

After marriage, husband and wife become two sides of a coin; they just can't face each other, but still they stay together.
Hemant Joshi

By all means marry. If you get a good wife, you'll be happy. If you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher. Socrates

Woman inspires us to great things, and prevents us from achieving them.

The great question... which I have not been able to answer... is, "What does a woman want?
Sigmund Freud

I had some words with my wife, and she had some paragraphs with me.

"Some people ask the secret of our long marriage. We take time to go to a restaurant two times a week. A little candlelight, dinner, soft music and dancing. She goes Tuesdays, I go Fridays."
Henny Youngman

"I don't worry about terrorism. I was married for two years."
Sam Kinison

"There's a way of transferring funds that is even faster than electronic banking. It's called marriage."
James Holt McGavran

"I've had bad luck with both my wives. The first one left me, and the second one didn't."
Patrick Murray

Two secrets to keep your marriage brimming
1. Whenever you're wrong, admit it,
2. Whenever you're right, shut up.

The most effective way to remember your wife's birthday is to forget it once...

You know what I did before I married? Anything I wanted to.
Henny Youngman

My wife and I were happy for twenty years. Then we met.
Rodney Dangerfield

A good wife always forgives her husband when she's wrong.
Milton Berle

Marriage is the only war where one sleeps with the enemy.

A man inserted an 'ad' in the classifieds: "Wife wanted". Next day he received a hundred letters. They all said the same thing: "You can have mine."

First Guy (proudly): "My wife's an angel!"
Second Guy: "You're lucky, mine's still alive."

Cheri Cheri Lady

One of my favourite songs...

Everything will be Okay.

Do you know him?

The guy who cut you off in traffic this morning and nearly caused a dent in your car, do you know him? Most probably not. Were you angry at him? Most probably yes, unless you're a priest or monk. But why did he do it? Why did he cut so abruptly in front of you?

Did you see the sloppy man during lunch today? He's slightly fat, with his beard unshaved, shirt unkept gulping down his lunch. Would you like him as a colleague?

I know that slightly fat man. Although he earns quite a tidy sum every month, he spends his money on medical bills for his parents and other necessary stuffs. I havent seen him in a new short for months now. And at this precise moment, he's broke, living off the very few dollars that he has with him. Luckily he drives the smallest car in the country, so the petrol bill isn't that high. He's just witing for his next paycheck.

But when you speak to him, you'll never guess he's broke. That doesnt mean he'll spend you a drink. He's not extravagant in spending. But he'll never tell you the depth of his problems either, unlike some people who love the attention and would openly tell you their whole life. This guy sits and jokes with you and encourages you to work hard and smart. He's always there for you. He always tries to make the best out of everything. He doesnt ponder much o the fact that he doesn't have much cash with him at the moment, either in his wallet or in his bank.

On his way home, he picks up his wife and they go along to one of those stalls along the road and pick out some delicious but cheap food. He consoles her, telling her all will be better soon. She trusts him. After all, she left her family to stay with him.

Things will be better. Things always are when you're at the bottom.

When you see these people on the road, busily hurrying to work, do you know if they have eaten or what they've been through the night before? Most probably not. Does this give you the right to scold or reprimand them in public is they accidentally make a mistake? For example, if the fat, sloppy man above accidentally spilled a drink on your blouse or shirt sleeve, do you chastise him in public? Or do you gently look him in the smile, smile and say, "Dont worry, everything will be okay, my friend"

Everything will be okay.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

What on earth is ANSYS?

Ansys, if you dont know what it is, is a software that helps your design and test your products virtually.

Let's say you intend to build a chair. Before you go and saw the wood and glue it all together, you can draw it in ANSYS and put in the appropriate material properties and loads and ANSYS will tell you if a fat man like me can sit on it without it breaking.

Still confused, then look at this video.

Monday, September 24, 2007


by Azim Premji, CEO- Wipro              
Every company faces the problem of people leaving the company for better pay or profile.                                                            
Early this year, Mark, a senior software designer, got an offer from a prestigious international firm to work in its India operations developing specialized software. He was thrilled by the offer.                        
He had heard a lot about the CEO. The salary was great. The company had all the right systems in place employee-friendly human resources (HR) policies, a spanking new office,and the very best technology, even a canteen that served superb food.                                          
Twice Mark was sent abroad for training. "My learning curve is the sharpest it's ever been," he said soon after he joined.                    
Last week, less than eight months after he joined, Mark walked out of the job.                                                                      
Why did this talented employee leave ?                                    
Arun quit for the same reason that drives many good people away.          
The answer lies in one of the largest studies undertaken by the Gallup Organization. The study surveyed over a million employees and 80,000 managers and was published in a book called "First Break All The Rules".  It came up with this surprising finding:                                  
If you're losing good people, look to their immediate boss. Immediate boss is the reason people stay and thrive in an organization. And he 's the reason why people leave. When people leave they take knowledge,experience and contacts with them, straight to the competition.                       
"People leave managers not companies," write the authors Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman.                                                           
Mostly manager drives people away?                                        
HR experts say that of all the abuses, employees find humiliation the most intolerable. The first time, an employee may not leave,but a thought has been planted. The second time, that thought gets strengthened. The third time, he looks for another job.                                            
When people cannot retort openly in anger, they do so by passive aggression. By digging their heels in and slowing down. By doing only what they are told to do and no more. By omitting to give the boss crucial information. Dev says: "If you work for a jerk, you basically want to get him into trouble. You don't have your heart and soul in the job."                                                          
Different managers can stress out employees in different ways - by  being too controlling, too suspicious,too pushy, too critical, but they forget that workers are not fixed assets, they are free agents.      
When this goes on too long, an employee will quit - often over a trivial issue.                                                                    
Talented men leave. Dead wood doesn't.     

Another Mediocre Liverpool Season

At the end of last week, I thought this would be the season my beloved Liverpool makes a claim to the premier league. But alas, the last 3 games, I see the true Liverpool. Another dissapointing mediocre season for Liverpool again.

When Torres was brought on in the last 30 minutes of the game, there was some fire upfront. But all Birmingham had to do was to hand tight for half an hour a point was theirs. At Liverpool's expense. If only Benitez has played Torres from the beginning, then we would had more fire power. Everyone knows and is scared of Torres's speed and skill in the 18 yard box. And his overhead kick was just a testimony on how much skills he has.

Alas, Arsenal is at the top of the league and I think they deserve to be there. They seem to gel well without Henry, according to Farbegas. And I think so too. Arsene Wenger paid too much emphasis to Henry and lost the cohesiveness of this team. When Henry left for Barcelona, their more harmony in the team.
Thierry Henry

While Barcelona is stuttering in the Spanish league. I hope they dont become the next Real Madrid.

And poor Juventus. After leading 1-0 in the 17th minute against Roma, they let in 2 goals and their wonder boy, Del Piero missed an equalizing penalty when he blasted it over the bar. My guess is Juventus will not win anything this season but I now they'll be able to finish in the top 6. This season is team building, next season is the Scudetto.

Malaysia: Parents Can Be Charged for Child Negligence

If your child goes missing or is hurt/abused, not only will the perpetrator be punished, but the child's parents will also be held accountable and could be jailed.

According to the Star's article title Parents can be charged, "parents could be hauled up for negligence following her death – an offence punishable under Child Act 2001, said Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz."

Is this law fair? Are parents supposed to know where their children are 24 hours a day?

Yes, parents are supposed to know where their children are most of the time. But parents cannot be with their children 24 hours a day. For example, being a good parent, I employ a maid to take care of my children. And assuming that the maid has been with me for 2 years and then she disappears with my child, will I be held responsible for my child's disappearance?

I admit that this law is needed as I have seen little kids in shopping malls walking on their own, their parents not to be seen anywhere. If this kid goes missing, then his/her parents should be held responsible. But you can't punish the parents of a child who take the school bus to school and goes missing!

So, before any action is taken on the parents in the Star report, I hope the ministers and especially the judges, will consider all the above scenarios in order not to make a fool of themselves by taking immediate action without considering the consequences. The above law should be applied with care and due diligence, not hastily, as we Malaysians typically do.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Real Programmers

Real Programmers don't comment their code. If it was hard to write, it should be hard to read!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Your Parents!

An 80 year old man was sitting on the sofa in his house along with his 45 years old highly educated son. Suddenly a crow perched on their window.

The Father asked his Son, "What is this?"

The Son replied "It is a crow".

After a few minutes, the Father asked his Son the 2nd time, "What is this?"

The Son said "Father, I have just now told you "It's a crow".

After a little while, the old Father again asked his Son the 3rd time,

What is this?"

At this time some ex-pression of irritation was felt in the Son's tone when

he said to his Father with a rebuff. "It's a crow, a crow".

A little after, the Father again asked his Son t he 4th time, "What is this?"

This time the Son shouted at his Father, "Why do you keep asking me the same question again and again, although I have told you so many times 'IT IS A CROW'. Are you not able to understand this?"

A little later the Father went to his room and came back with an old tattered diary, which he had maintained since his Son was born. On opening a page, he asked his Son to read that page. When the son read it, the following words were written in the diary :-

"Today my little son aged three was sitting with me on the sofa, when a crow was sitting on the window. My Son asked me 23 times what it was, and I replied to him all 23 times that it was a Crow. I hugged him lovingly each time h e asked me the same question again and again for 23 times. I did not at all feel irritated I rather felt affection for my innocent child".

While the little child asked him 23 times "What is this", the Father had felt no irritation in replying to the same question all 23 times and when today the Father asked his Son the same question just 4 times, the Son felt irritated and annoyed. So.........
If your parents attain old age, do not repulse them or look at them as a burden, but speak to them a gracious word, be cool, obedient, humble and kind to them.

Be considerate to your parents from today say this aloud, "I want to see my parents happy forever. They have cared for me ever since I was a little child. They have always showered their selfless love on me.

They crossed all mountains and valleys without seeing the storm and heat to make me a person presentable in the society today".

Say a prayer to God, "I will serve my old parents in the BEST way. I will say all good and kind words to my dear parents, no matter how they behave.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Are You A Real Computer Programmer?

* At a party, the Real Programmers are the ones in the corner talking about operating system security and how to get around it.

* At a football game, the Real Programmer is the one comparing the plays against his simulations printed on 11 by 14 fanfold paper.

* At the beach, the Real Programmer is the one drawing flowcharts in the sand.

* At a funeral, the Real Programmer is the one saying "Poor George. And he almost had the sort routine working before the coronary."

* In a grocery store, the Real Programmer is the one who insists on running the cans past the laser checkout scanner himself, because he never could trust keypunch operators to get it right the first time.

7 Habits of Highly Effective People

I'm just through the introduction and here's what I have gathered so far about The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

Is your map correct?

If you're in KL and bought a map of KL, you'd expect to find the location of buildings and streets easily. But what if the map was wrongly named? What if that map was actually of Selangor but was mistakenly tagged KL. You can motivate yourself to find the location to the best of your abilities, but you wont be able to. You can work on your behaviour – trying harder, running harder, not giving up when people tell you that they don't know where the place is. But all of this isn't going to get you to where you want to go. Why? Because you're using the wrong map.

In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, maps are your paradigm – your view of the world, which is always clouded by your experience. Both of us can view the same incident but we'll both internalize the incident differently, based on our experience. That is why the elderly always smile seeing the young one's rush around in circle over petty issues. The young ones haven't had that experience to add to the paradigm.

What Covey is trying to say is that if you're going around in circle and not being able to achieve what you want, then maybe you could be following the wrong map.

That's as far as I have gotten, I'll delve further to see how to refine my map!

Monday, September 17, 2007

Postcards for Women

Got this from a friend of mine, a women who says that these are THE postcards for womankind.

Essence of Prayer

Keep in mind that the essence of your prayers is the faith you have in them that they will be answered.

- Rabbi Nachman of Breslov

The above quote basically summarizes why some people get their prayers answered and others dont. Have faith in what you ask and He will deliver.

Monday, September 03, 2007

Joke: Brothel Trained Parrot

A woman goes into a pet shop looking for a parrot. The assistant shows her a beautiful African Grey parrot.                              
"What about this one, Madam? A beautiful bird, and it's an absolute steal at only $20."                                            
"Why is it so cheap?" the woman asks.                                   
"Well", replies the assistant, "it used to live in a brothel and as a result its language is a touch flowery".                           
"Oh, I don't mind that", said the woman, making her mind up, "I'm broad minded and it'll be a laugh having a profane parrot". So saying, she buys the parrot and takes him home.                      
Once safely in his new home, the parrot looks around and squawks at The woman. "F===! .... me, a new brothel and a new madam".           
"I'm not a madam and this is not a brothel," scolds the woman trying not to laugh.                                                    
A little later the woman's two teenage daughters arrive home.           
"Un-f===king-believable. A new brothel, a new madam, and now two new prostitutes," says the parrot when he sees the daughters.           
"Mum, tell your parrot to shut up, we're not prostitutes," complain the girls, but they all see the funny side and have a laugh at their new pet.                                                 
A short while later, the woman's husband, Dave, comes home.             
"In-f==king-credible, a new brothel, a new madam, new prostitutes, but the same old clients .... How ya doin', Dave?"