Archive for February 2008

Prison Break Season 4 – The Limping Terrorist

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Coming soon on Channel 5.   

**Update** Jean amended the picture and changed the words to “Toilet Break”. Nicely done. 

Limping terrorist escape using the classic tried and tested method

I guess all of you have heard about the limping terrorist escaping from Whitley Detention Centre on Wednesday. It has been revealed that he used the classic tried and tested method of escaping from toilet. The guards never watch movies 1 huh? We all know that whenever a detainee go to the toilet, he will surely escape one. That is what they always do in the movies. How can you all let him go toilet? Give him a rubberband and tie lah.

Now that he has escaped, Wong Can’t Sing “Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word”. He said he is sorry that it happened, from a script prepared nicely for him to present during Parliament. Nobody told him that if he wants to look sincere, he should face the camera instead of the prepared script when saying sorry. Perhaps we should give him another pay increment so that he can say sorry in a more sincere manner next time.

On the side note, rumors that Suntree picture is going to do a remake of the 1953 movie, The Limping Man. Mas Selamat Kastari is being considered for the lead role. That is provided the polices and soldiers manage to find him.

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The Limping Man Starring Mas Selamat Kastari.
Limping to a theater near you.

Leap Day

It’s 29 Feb! You only get this once every 4 years. Ever wonder why is there a need for leap year?
I found this article which is quite useful.

Why do we need leap year?
The Gregorian calendar, which now serves as the standard calendar for civil use throughout the world, has both common years and leap years. A common year has 365 days and a leap year 366 days, with the extra, or intercalary, day designated as February 29. A leap year occurs every four years to help synchronize the calendar year with the solar year, or the length of time it takes the earth to complete its orbit about the sun, which is about 365¼ days.
The length of the solar year, however, is slightly less than 365¼ days—by about 11 minutes. To compensate for this discrepancy, the leap year is omitted three times every four hundred years.

In other words, a century year cannot be a leap year unless it is divisible by 400. Thus 1700, 1800, and 1900 were not leap years, but 1600, 2000, and 2400 are leap years.

Ah… I still remember back in poly days when we always have to handle leap year on our programs. Kinda troublesome.

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Am looking forward to watch the movie The Leap Year.

A saint once decreed that a man must agree to a woman’s proposal today.

Elmo makes death threat to a 2 year old toddler!!

Elmo Knows Your Name, the PC-interfacing doll that can learn your name, began spouting death threats of “kill James” after a battery change. Nobody knows how that phrase came into Elmo’s vocabulary.Fisher Price says it has a team of experts working on the case, and enough tranquilizer darts to put Elmo down, “For good.”

The machines are taking over the world!!

Is it safe to make advance payment to Pacnet?

Jean really “Fan Tai Shui” this year. She keep bumping into unlucky stuff lately. And the latest thing to add to her “Tai Shui” list is the Pacnet issue. She paid one year worth of subscriptions last year before the GST increment. And now Pacnet is claiming that she didn’t pay the full 1 year subscription last year. Which is strange because she got the free MP3 speakers for making the one year advance payment.

Calling the customer support didn’t seem to help for her case unless she can proof that she made payment. The problem is, she don’t have the receipt anymore.

I always told my Dad that there is no need to keep receipt since the computer system has all the history of charges and payment. After reading Jean’s story, I think I will need to take back my statement. I guess we can’t really trust technology that much.

I’m working in the IT line and my department’s system have to handle money frequently. Money is a very sensitive issue. There is no room for errors and discrepancy. Every cent need to be justified. I still remember spending several hours trying to justify a missing 2 cent from the system. You may say that it’s just a 2 cent issue. But end of the day, it’s the creditability of the system that matters most. We may have wasted several man hours on the investigation, but we managed to proof that the system is correct.

What have Pacnet done with the dispute on their payment system? Instead of investigating the issue, they simply push the responsibility to the customer. How can a company do that? What has the company done to ensure that it wasn’t an error at their system or process? Nothing.

If advance payment can disappear for no reason and requires customer to produce proof, then who will trust the system in the future?