Archive for February 2007

I don’t know

Me is pissed again today at work.

I was ‘dragged’ into the error checking meeting again. I was already filled with things to do already, but no choice. Got to go. The checking went on till after office hours. As I have lesson today, I couldn’t stay too late. So I told them that I need to leave at around 6:30pm. (My knock off timing is actually 6pm)

The director ask me to get another guy from my team to come in take over my role. So I went over, told him that director wants him to go help check for errors. But he don’t want to go, saying he has no background information about the issue. And he don’t know this and that things that we are doing.

Feeling pissed, I just told him “Actually, I also don’t know the things that you mentioned” and I left for my lesson.

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I hate it when people give the excuse “I don’t know”. If you were to tell me you are busy or need to leave office early, I won’t be pissed off. If you tell me you need someone to teach you, I’m more than happy to explain to you. Nobody is born into this work knowing how to do everything. You need learn. And the best way to learn is to do it. Just like you can never learn how to swim without going into the water.

And seriously, the things that he mentioned are things that I also don’t know before hand. But I went around asking people how some of the things work. It is common. The system is too big and complicated for anyone to know everything in details.

If “I don’t know” is a valid reason not to do things, then I think I can sit at my desk and shake leg everyday.

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And just in case you are guessing who is the fellow, well…… no prize for guessing the right person.
Its him again…… the same person who didn’t restart the job, didn’t setup the laptop, anyhow promise deadline, didn’t inform us till last minute and arrow me to cover his meeting.

The chimpanzees are closing the gap

Saw an interesting article at new scientist about chimpanzees hunting with spears.

WOW…. So we humans aren’t the only species on earth that uses tools.

Chimps were observed thrusting their spears into hollow trunks and branches with enough force to injure anything inside the holes, Pruetz’s research team says. The chimps used a “power grip” and made multiple downward stabs – much the same way as a human might wield a dagger.

Am I the only person feeling worried after reading this article? If they are intelligent enough to use a tool to hunt, they might evolve to what we are. Who knows, instead of China and India, we might be outsourcing our jobs to the chimpanzees in the future.

Imagine a chimpanzee doing Java programming. Same quality, but even cheaper. *Horror*

Did you know…..

Chinese have more honors kids than American have kids.

Now… that is shocking….

How many fence can we build?

The Singapore blogsphere was full of activities yesterday and today because of the leaked video clip of the Yishun and Admiralty MRT suicide. I’m not going to put the video up on my blog. If you want to see the video for yourself, you can go check out tomorrow.sg.

When the video leaked out, I was expecting one group of people jumping at SMRT and blaming them for not building full height door on those station that is above the ground level. Yes, we can indeed prevent people from committing suicide at MRT station if we fence up all the station. Full stop.

BUT we can’t prevent the person from commit suicide. There are millions of ways to commit suicide. Just because people jump into MRT track, you campaign for full height door at all MRT station. Then if people jump down HDB building, are you going to campaign for fence at all HDB flats? Then if someone drink dettol to commit suicide, are you going to call for the ban of dettol?

I feel sorry for the person who is pushed to the edge in life and commit suicide. But building doors at all MRT station is not going to help them. There are other means for them to die. We can prevent them from committing suicide at MRT station. But how many fence can we build? How are we going to prevent the remaining 999,999 methods? We can’t.

The problem here is not that MRT station doesn’t have door to prevent people to jump down the track. The root of the problem here is that people who are desperate did not get the help they needed. These people are left behind by the society. Singapore is developing too fast. They can’t catch up. Govt say they will leave no one behind. But it seems that there are some people left behind. And there are more. Just that they haven’t reach the stage of desperation to commit suicide. We need to do something to help them. Go talk to your MP, ask them to stop wasting their time doing hip hop at Chingay and go do a walkaround at those one room and two room HDB estate. Don’t wait till elections then come wayang.

No point asking for MRT to build door for all stations. Its a waste of money and resource. Instead, use those money to help the needy. Solve the problem at the root.

Blogger withdrawal syndrome

I think I’m having blogger withdrawal syndrome.

For no reason, I couldn’t create new post on decayonnet for the whole day. When I click on the Create link, the page just won’t load. Keep trying a few times, still can’t. The strange thing is, I have no problem editing existing post or even posting on other blogs that I have on blogger.

I almost died when I couldn’t blog for the whole day.

At first I thought I got a spyware or virus. So I did a virus scan and also scan for spyware. None. Then I thought my IE is having problem. So I installed firefox to test out. Still cannot.

Finally, I decide to write to blogger helpdesk.

And surprisingly, few minutes after sending the error report, I tried creating new post again and succeed. HURRAY!!!!

Hmmmm…. is it a coincident that my blog is fixed a few minutes after sending out the error report? Or did the helpdesk respond to my error report at record timing?

Ok, blogger withdrawal syndrome is over. I can go to bed now. Gd nite. :D