Archive for August 2007

Why not Intelligent Rubbish Bin?

I was pretty amazed by the suggestions that people send to the Straits Times Forum.

Equip rubbish bins with can holders for the destitute who collect cans

CURRENTLY, there are still old uncles and aunties picking up used cans around the neighbourhood.

Sometimes, it can be heartwrenching to see them stretch their hands into rubbish bins just to eke out a living.

Perhaps the authorities should be able to modify certain rubbish bins to hold cans for the ease of those low-income members of the public.

We may not be able to give them money directly but we can certainly make life easier for them.

Lam Tzyy Sin

I was wondering what exactly is this guy thinking.

*DK talk cock mode on*

No no no…. Mr Lam suggestion is not good enough. We should not stop at just modifying existing rubbish bin. I suggest we should do more for the low income group. Perhaps we should get the Polytechnic and University students to design a highly intelligent rubbish bin.

The Highly Intelligent Rubbish Bin (HIRB for short) will have a sensor that scan all the rubbish that is thrown inside. If the rubbish is a soft drink can, it will separate it from normal rubbish. The HIRB will then proceed to wash, sterilize and crash the can and store it in an air tight container while waiting for someone to come collect it. A neon light sign on the HIRB will then light up and a counter will show the number of can inside the air tight container. A solar panel will be placed on the top of the HIRB so that it will be environmentally friendly.

Since we are at it, why not network all the HIRB together? All the HIRB will be connected to the internet using wireless@sg. The HIRB will send data to the main server. Uncle and aunty can login to the web application and see how many can are available for collection at the HIRB near their homes. They can even use the web application to reserve the HIRB so that they will not make a wasted trip. We can even use SMS to alert the uncle and aunty when there are can in the HIRB that they frequent.

End of the day, the uncle and aunty user experience is most important.

*DK talk cock mode off*

OK, I know he wrote this letter out of care and concern for the low income group that are collecting soft drink can as a source of income. But I can’t help but be sarcastic when I saw such impractical ideas being published on newspaper. Anyone actually thinking up there?

How many rubbish bin are there in Singapore? Are you going to upgrade all? Or just some? How much does it cost to upgrade those rubbish bin? Won’t the money be put into better use if you set up a fund to help the needy?

Can the new rubbish bin solve the problem? No! If you want to solve the problem, then perhaps you should solve it from the roots. Why are the lower income group resorting to collecting soft drink cans from rubbish bin? Are they not earning enough? Is there not enough support for them? Isn’t there already existing schemes that are helping those from the lower income groups? Is it not enough for them?

Lifehouse – Everything

Lifehouse – Everything

Find Me Here
Speak To Me
I want to feel you
I need to hear you
You are the light
That’s leading me
To the place where I find peace again.

You are the strength, that keeps me walking.
You are the hope, that keeps me trusting.
You are the light to my soul.
You are my purpose…you’re everything.

How can I stand here with you and not be moved by you?
Would you tell me how could it be any better than this?

You calm the storms, and you give me rest.
You hold me in your hands, you won’t let me fall.
You steal my heart, and you take my breath away.
Would you take me in? Take me deeper now?

How can I stand here with you and not be moved by you?
Would you tell me how could it be any better than this?
And how can I stand here with you and not be moved by you?
Would you tell me how could it be any better than this?

Cause you’re all I want, You’re all I need
You’re everything,everything
You’re all I want your all I need
You’re everything, everything.
You’re all I want you’re all I need.
You’re everything, everything
You’re all I want you’re all I need, you’re everything, everything.

And How can I stand here with you and not be moved by you?
Would you tell me how could it be any better than this?
How can I stand here with you and not be moved by you?
Would you tell me how could it be any better than this?

Would you tell me how could it be any better than this?

Why I hate the lectures for this module?

Warning: Ranting ahead.

Today is the 2nd lecture for the whole semester. And seriously, I hate the lecture already. In fact, I begin to hate it since the first lecture. Its not the topic, its the lecturer.

Lecturer: We will skip this few slides since they will not come out in exam.
*skip a few slides*
Lecturer: Class, when I say it will not come out in exam, I didn’t say which exam. It could be last exam, could be next exam. I didn’t say it will not come out for your exam.

Crappy right? If you want to skip the slides, just skip. If you don’t want to tell us if it will appear in exams or not, just shut up. Don’t waste out time say all these stuff. Its not funny at all.

And he got more crappy things.

Lecturer: So the best solution is A B C. Class, do you know why the best solution is A B C? Why not A C B?
*silence for 5 seconds*
Lecturer: They have done many research on this topic and concluded that A B C is the best solution. Why? I don’t know. The text book say A B C is the best solution.

OK, so best solution is A B C. It doesn’t matter why. Cause even the lecturer doesn’t know why. So why ask a question that you don’t know? Perhaps its a joke? But nobody is laughing.

It is not that we have a lot of time. We are already behind schedule. He is going too slow because he crap too much. I won’t mind if he crack funny jokes. But they aren’t funny at all. It just piss you off. And we are attending night class. Everyone came to school from work. Everyone is tired already. If you got lots of time on hand, just finish the lesson and let us go home early to rest.

And the final straw today…..

He showed us some extra stuff that wasn’t in the lecture notes but was closely related to the assignment. He said that if we are fast enough, we can copy. But he will move very fast, so no point copying.

So I took out my handphone and tried to take a picture of the slides on the projector. He saw me doing it and stopped me, ask me to show him the pictures that I’ve taken. I told him that I haven’t managed to take any pictures yet. He doesn’t believe. So I went down the lecture hall, wanting to show him the pictures in my handphone folder. He told me to put my handphone on his desk first and see it after the lecture.

That’s it lor. Damn pissed off. We are adults already. Not secondary school kids. If you say cannot take picture, I won’t take any. And when I said I haven’t taken any picture, I really mean it. Why should I lie to you? Shouldn’t there be mutual trust? I even offered to show him all the pictures in my handphone to proof that I haven’t taken any pictures yet. Why is there a need to ask me to put my handphone on the desk for the rest of the lecture?

So my handphone was on his table until the end of the lecture when I went to collect it back. He told me to show him the pictures that I’ve taken. And I did so. There is nothing to hide. Just pissed off by the way he handled the whole situation.

Firstly, he didn’t say no using camera to take picture before he show the slides.
Secondly, he doesn’t have the rights to retain my handphone.
Thirdly, he doesn’t have the rights to see the content in my phone.

I almost blew my top on him and wanted to scold him from my seat already. But I held back. I was being respectful to him by allowing him to retain my camera until the end of the lecture and allowing him to see the content of my handphone.

And it was utterly stupid. He told us not to copy, just listen. And he was going thru those slides very fast. So fast that isn’t enough time for you to take short notes or even try to digest the information. And these are important information for the assignment. What the point of showing us the slides when most people don’t have enough time to catch the information? You might as well don’t show those slides. We are not tested on super memory or speed memory or speed writing. We are tested on the facts. And we aren’t getting much from the slides he flashed to us.

Seriously, I don’t know what’s the matter with this fellow. What is wrong with taking pictures of slides which you are showing us? Resistant to technology? Isn’t it very stupid and inflexible? Why can’t we make full use of the technology available to give us a leverage? We are doing a degree in IT right?

Oh…. this actually reminds me of another inflexible incident that occur in school last year. At least I was allowed to use camera back then. Still…. what are they thinking of? Why so inflexible?

Why does a dog wag its tail?

Watched Wag The Dog with my friend today. Quite an interesting and funny show I must say. The movie is about the US president was caught in a sex scandal 2 weeks before the election. In order to resolve this PR disaster, they decide to create a fake war with another country so as to distract everyone’s attention away from the sex scandal.

Its funny to watch see all the extreme measures they take just to divert the attention. And the way the media and the public actually falls for the trick.

I kinda like the quote that they put in the beginning of the show.

Why does a dog wag its tail?
Because a dog is smarter than its tail.

If the tail was smarter, the tail would wag the dog.

Great show. Should catch it if you can. Its a rather old show. Should be able to get it on DVD.
And perhaps can use those tricks in real life situtations. Create something fake to distract the attention away from something bad. Hmmm…..

Blogger’s block

Can’t seems to put my thoughts into this blog lately. Its those writer’s block again. (Or should I call it blogger’s block since I’m not exactly a writer)

Not exactly sure if there is anyone who miss seeing my blog updates daily. But if there is any, then you guys just have to bear with it for a while. It hurts me as much as it hurts you. Trust me, the feeling isn’t very good.

Not sure when will I get my inspiration to blog again. Maybe a few hours? Few days? or even weeks.

Well…. See you when they return.