Chinese medicine gone wrong

It’s been an awful weekend for me couple of days ago. I had spicy food on Saturday evening and my sore throat gotten worse.

So on the same evening, my mom bought this Chinese super-secret herbal tea prepared by the Chinese medicine hall that supposed to eliminate streptococci (okay maybe that’s just my imagination). I drank the whole bottle and felt like I was floating. It’s like one of those Willy Wonka chocolate experience gone awry.

At 9 in the evening, I was feeling really dizzy to the point I couldn’t walk straight and my tummy felt like it’s a washing machine tumbling turning all the food all over. I vomited a little and figured I should probably get to a doctor.

I went there with help. My mom was apologetic the entire journey despite my constant reassurance that it’s really no one’s fault here. The doctor went on a five minute lament on how these Chinese medicine contain so much impurities and are not advisable for consumption. I couldn’t even register what he says, he just went on and on as my head felt dizzy. He even added the dairy products incident and – erm he just hates China.

We left and my mom daren’t let me consume these Chinese medicine again.

I probably had food poisoning. I am okay now. On a brighter note, my sore throat seemed to disappear along with the food poisoning too.

In CSI, Visual Basic is used to track IP

I’ll create a GUI interface using Visual Basic, see if I can track an IP address:

A GUI interface to track IP address? CSI, being CSI, of course have to program a software with visualization just to track IP addresses. And an awkward Visual Basic plug too. Continue reading “In CSI, Visual Basic is used to track IP”

Cars move without pressing the accelerator

Today, after 10 lessons, I realized cars can move on engaging the first gear without the accelerator. It was a eureka moment for me. I smiled, slightly amused. I was scolded for driving too fast when I suppose to go really really slow.

I still can’t listen to the instructor and drive normally. A couple of times I felt like telling him to be silent for 2 minutes.

Another interesting feature I discovered is that you can get the air con to cool your legs. It makes me happy when I get cold feet.

There’s a Python User Group in Singapore

Interestingly, there actually are people interested in Python in Singapore. Most Singaporeans are Java or .NET language programmers due to the things they teach in school. Java and .NET languages are great but alternate languages won’t hurt.

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The Python User Group is on coming Thursday, i.e. October 9, 2008.

Venue: SMU, SIS (School of Information System) NSR 2.1

Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm

What’s the session about?

  • Introduction of the group
  • Sharing of Python initiatives (open invitation to anyone)
  • 5 to 10 minutes each
  • Please bring your own laptop, if necessary
  • Sharing of PyCon Singapore 2010 initiative
  • Invitation to participate
  • Tea break

Of course you know I probably be there for the tea since Singapore Institute of Management have no more free tea breaks and we now have to pay a dollar seventy cents to get our own bun and coffee. To think Irene and I spend one whole semester complaining that the coffee sucked, the tea sucked, the plain water sucked and the flatten bun did not look at all appetizing. Now there’s no more. We only appreciate things when we miss it.

Rants aside, anybody going to the Python User Group meeting?

Missing time

Almost a month has passed since school reopen. I’ve been spending time on things that probably didn’t matter to me that much. It saddens me a little when I look back on how I allocated my time.

To claim that school is busy, work is busy, is perhaps just a lie. I’m obsessed with reading US election news lately and it got the better of my time. I spend about 1.5 hours a day reading on something that would affect me little. This sucked.

Also I have a stack of books I can’t complete. Books that were purchased, perhaps, 2 years ago even. I aim to complete it last year, half a year ago and a month ago. I’m still bookmarking (pretty much the same) the third quarter of the book.

I read four books at the same time. I just realized how horrible an idea that was.

Time seems to pass faster these days.

Bill Maher talks about religion and Religulous

Bill Maher on The View 9/30/08 (September 30th, 2008) with Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sherri Shepherd, and Elisabeth Hasselbeck.

In Part 1 He calls Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin a bimbo and makes fun of religion, Dan Quayle, and the bible (specifically the story of Noah’s Ark). Bill Maher promoting his new film “Religulous”. Mocking Sarah Palin on The View. Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin has come under fire recently for a series of interview she gave Katie Couric which were then parodied on Saturday Night Live by Tina Fey.

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In Part 2 Bill Maher Talks about his new movie “Religulous” and talks about his views on religion with the hosts.

Bill Maher on The View 9/30 (HQ) Mocking Sarah Palin and Religion – Bill Maher Calls Sarah Palin a Bimbo – Bill Maher On The View Promoting Religulous Part 1

Bill Maher on The View 9/30 (HQ) Talking Religion & His New Movie “Religulous” – Bill Maher On The View Part 2

[Okay, I really should do proper posts more than just posting videos.]

Matsushita changes name to Panasonic Corp

Okay, I just realized Panasonic is under Matsushita. I guess the name change is good.

Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. discards its 90-year-old name Wednesday and recasts itself Panasonic Corp., a change that comes as the electronics giant moves to lessen its reliance on the stagnant Japanese market to focus more overseas. (Source: WSJ)

This change to Panasonic Corporation would unify the Matsushita, National and Panasonic brands under the new corporate name.

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Panasonic ideas for life

(Panasonic ideas for life.)

I have to say this – Wikipedia updates really quickly. The articles seemed to have been redirected and Matsushita related articles seem non-existent. The power of collaboration?