Archive for March 2007

5 minutes to kill yourself

What would you do if you have 5 min to kill yourself in the office?

You would thought that it is easy to kill yourself. Trust me, its not an easy task.

And I did it in 1min 53sec. (Of cos, after a few failed attempts)

Slogging at work

Sorry for the lack of updates. Been busy at work lately when I should be busy with my assignment.

Left office on Thursday at 11 plus and went hunting for dinner. Went straight to bed after reaching home. Haven’t been so tired before.

I’ve been slogging at work lately. Sometimes wonder why am I working so hard when my pay is still so low.

Saw Cobalt Paladin’s twitter message today morning.

It seems like everyone is slogging at work.
The only difference is…..

I’m slogging for someone’s business
He is slogging for his own business.

Sometimes, I wish I could slog for my own business. At least at the end of the day, its my business.

Or even better, get someone to slog for my own business.

Kiwi

This video won the Youtube 2006 video award most adorable category.

“Kiwi!” is an animation about a Kiwi – a type of bird that cannot fly, who spends its whole life working towards achieving his dream. The kiwi strived to create the illusion that it was flying over a forest as it soared down through the sky from the top of a cliff. Thus, the kiwi spent what must have been its whole life nailing trees to the side of a cliff. All this, to fulfil its one dream of flying, even though it was technically unable to. There are several powerful messages behind Kiwi, but mainly, it makes you think: no matter how absurd and seemingly out of reach your dreams are, what’s stopping you from achieving them?

Other than being most adorable, I think it is also the most inspiring video.

How far will you go to achieve your dream?

Final Year Project

I still remember 7 years ago while doing my final year project in Poly. The topic was simple, do anything you want. We have 1 year to do the FYP and each student is assigned to a tutor. And I was unlucky to be under the charge of her.

I still remember the first meeting we had. I went in fully prepared. I already got idea of what to do and I told her my plans in detail. I wanted to write a graphical user interface for user to write code in COBOL and invoke a DOS compiler to compile the file. In short, I wanted to do a COBOL IDE.

She wasn’t very approving of my project, not because it is no good or out of scope. But because she herself has a project on hand that she wish I could do. She has a project to do a online photo album using JAVA.

I didn’t quite like it. There seems nothing much to do except uploading and downloading photos. That was the year 2000. Blogging is still a new term which is unheard of for most of us. If I was given the same project again now, I would take it and do something like Flickr. But at that time, I couldn’t envision the prospect of a online photo album.

I should have accepted her project and score points by listening to her. But I insist on doing the project I wanted. Her project seem easy and nothing much to demostrate my skills. She told me to go back and think about it. I agreed to go back and think about it reluctantly. I knew she won’t take a no easily.

That was our first meeting.

We met again several weeks later. I told her that I’m not interested in doing her project. I wanted to do the project that I have in mind. She was angry and we quarrel in the meeting. The meeting ended rather fast as there is nothing much to say.

So I went on and do my project on my own. Unlike my friends who could often consult their tutors, I knew that I’m on my own. I don’t really mind actually.

I didn’t meet my tutor after the 2nd meeting until she emailed me around 1 month before the FYP submission date. Left with no choice, I bring my nearly completed work to meet her. I briefly showed her my progress. She didn’t seem interested. I wonder why did she want to meet in the first place.

The last time we met was on the project demo day itself. We have to demostrate and exsplain our project to our tutor and a second marker. Most tutors would help their student explain the project to the 2nd marker too as they also know quite a lot about the project. But mine didn’t. Or rather, she can’t help because it was her 2nd time seeing my work.

As a whole, the FYP was an unpleasant one. Maybe I was too stubborn. If I took up her project, all these things wouldn’t happen.

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I’m currently doing my project module for my part time degree course. Somehow, memories of that FYP keep coming back. I hope things won’t end up as bad as the FYP.

Ping.sg economic

The recent ping.sg population boom got me into thinking about some economic stuff. No, I’m not talking about funding for ping.sg, although Uzyn wanted to move to a delicated server which require more funding. Well, that is another topic for another day.

What I wanted to say is, we are encountering a over-supply, under-demand situation. Alot of pings and very few pongs. Having more people joining ping.sg is a good idea. They create more pings which offer everyone more choices. This is over-supply. But not many people are clicking on the links, or pongs. We end up seeing a lot of post with 0 or 1 pongs. This is under-demand.

And if the situtation get worst, it is going to create a problem. This is going to be a major challenge to overcome as the site gets more and more popular.

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One thing I notice, the number of pongs is following the 90-10 rule mentioned by Robert Kiyosaki in the book “Why we want you to be rich“.

10 percent of the pings gets 90 percent of the pongs. While the remainding 90 percent of the pings fight for the remaining 10 percent of the pongs. Perhaps its because of the most popular chart on the top of the page.

Or is it because of my ping-pong theory….. Sex and Money attracts the most pongs.