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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

"Geeks may inherit the earth, but they have no desire to rule it"

Those kids we outcast in school as 'Geeks' are the only ones that can help us out at the time of a technology related emergency. Steve Kroft with a host of 'Geeks' to see what they are all about.

Just found a new source of news online. The 60 Minutes Podcast.

I miss those TV programs

And here's what bush has to say about Iraq, saddam, americans killed, etc. He seems to be decending into a state of denial.


- Booked Formal Hall Tickets
- Did Laundry
- Bought files, and sorted out notes
- Oiled Bike

All accomplished by 3pm :)

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Hong Kong Affairs

Just sat through a talk given by the "Penultimate Governer of Hong Kong", Lord Wilson Tillyourn today, at a debate + talk organised by the Hong Kong society.

He's became the Master of Peterhouse, after handing over the governership to Chris Patten. It's so remarkably incredible how such distinguished people retire in Cambridge, and resume quite humble duties like thoes requiring them to mingle with the students.

Cambridge never fails to inspire such awe ever so often.

Interesting Coincidence

The square root of the gravitational acceleration on the surface of the earth roughly equals to pi:

3.14^2 ~ 9.8

Friday, January 26, 2007

The End Of The World

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Gale, Internet breakdown, Snow, Cancelled lecture

Seems like my life's been hit by that series of calamities plus other peripheral problems, like receiving my lab report on Monday, which was badddd....

Described my mood to a bio-medicalish student during cf as a "general feeling of discomfort", brought about that day from the cold, tiredness, aching stomach, extended period of inaccess to the internet, and lousy lab report; and I was subsequently diagnosed to be experiencing a condition known as "malaise".

And it's only a week into term!

It didn't really help today, with lectures being cancelled, and the feeling like I havent accomplished anything the entire day.

Was just listing down the stuff that I need to do... It filled an entire half an A4 sheet...

Work to Accomplish by the end of term
Computational Project
Lab Report

Topics to concern myself with
Sturm-Liouville + Green's Function
Optimisation, Geodesics

Langrange Mechanics

Upcoming Events
Dinner with peter on Sat (get ingredients - spghetti)
Weishen's Birthday on Sat (make jelly)
Natsci Formal on Sun
Cell Cooking on Monday

Material to Read
Lab Notes, before the Experiment

Towards the Future
Easter trip to france? Looks like it aint going to happen :(
Running for Temesek Society?
Summer Activity - find out about MAS internship, most likely going for isec.

Immidiate things to do
Draw money to top up college card, pay cell fund
buy ingredients...


Tuesday, January 16, 2007


A joke lifted off a friend's blog...

A worldwide survey was conducted by the UN. The only question asked was: “Would you please give your honest opinion about solutions to the food shortage in the rest of the world?”

The survey was a huge failure.

The reason:
In Africa they didn’t know what ‘food’ meant
In India they didn’t know what ‘honest’ meant
In Europe they didn’t know what ’shortage’ meant
In China they didn’t know what ‘opinion’ meant
In the Middle East they didn’t know what ’solution’ meant
In South America they didn’t know what ‘please’ meant
And in the USA they didn’t know what ‘the rest of the world’ meant!

Monday, January 15, 2007

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Mumble mumble... contradiction!

Ah, a random title for a random post.... A random update, feeling very random today, you may say.

First off, cant sleep! And it's 630 am in the morning! Got up at 1.30am, from an 11 pm bed time to boil barley. Watch some news on ABC, as well as the third episode of the Commanding Heights. And finished the whole pot of barley!

While tossing in bed, was thinking of possible summer activities... These include:
1) Relief Teaching,
2) Missions trip to China,
3) Internship at GIC.

I'm lately acquiring an interest in the stuff of investment banking - financial instruments and stuff, having interacted with people in the field over a few meals, and especially after watching the Commanding Heights tonight. I haven't regarded as something worth pursuing before, cos I didn't like the idea of making a profit directly off other people's losses, in this zero sum game, but this time, I'm finding it important to understand the mechanisms that govern the very potent movement of capital in the world.

Also thinking that it may not be a bad idea to consider furthering my studies in the US. This thought comes after meeting a Part III mathmo who did his undergrad there, over dinner tonight at Sam's. It feels like things are done on a bigger scale in the US - they have larger endowment for one, and it is the land of opportunity for many.

Also resolved to participate in more Investment Club and Temasek Society activities next term; to acquire know-how in this field.

Just a log of some of the thoughts humouring this cerebral through my futile attempts at pursuing a state of suspended conciousness.

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Happy New Year!!!

Two-oh-oh-seven feels like it's going to be a very good year!

A little late for new year's greeting's, but have been exchanging updates with friends online, and they all seem very happy and optimistic. Guess it might be because we've all been comfortably weaned off the depressing army mentality, finally graduating from the Civillian Conversion Course after a year and a half. And those that havent been to army are beginning a fresh page of life, like in starting JC and stuff. Or maybe it's just 'cause i'm feeling more settled in since mummy and daddy came over, bringing with them all the goodies, and equipment, as well as endorsing what I was doing...

The year's begun quite well... Accomplished quite a bit, just a week into it... Some revision, archims stuff, and its great to have proper dinner every night!

Have also been duly entertained - dotaing and guitaring :P

All I hope for now is for the items on my to-do list and my to-revise list get steadily checked off before the start of the term...

Happy New Year, Everyone!

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Mugging Routine

Have been trying to establish a "Mugging Routine" with Aloysius upon returning from London. It's been rather successful so far, managed to get at least some work done, and made really good use of the new inventory items in my kitchen.

The mugging routine is designed to help maximise the amount of time in the day spent mugging, and yet fulfill such mortal demands as food, sleep and entertainment. So far, we've managed to clock in around 4 hours of good work, and one good dinner a day. Hope this is sustainable.

Some of the stuff on my mind now:
Archims - as always, the mailing list and the membership cards.

Mailing list:
Need to figure out a database program, before i'm in business. In the process of exploring openbase... see how it goes.

Membership cards:
Need a printer, a cutter, and one or two guys to help cut and laminate, otherwise it's quite done.

Maths - I've always been very stuck at many places when it comes to academic work in university, but this time think i can identify the places I'm stuck, hopefully the first step to getting it sorted out. I NEED HELP!!!

Partial Differential Equations:
You always use the method of seperation of variables, but how do you determine the solutions after that from the boundary conditions???

Ordinary Differential Equations
Fourier Transform
and do more papers!

Also thinking of a trip in easter. Will have to tie down the details soon.

Bleugh, just scribbling down the things that are on my mind at the moment.