WHO: Only 7 swine flu deaths, not 152

WHO downplays what is portrayed by media as a deadly virus. I wonder if the media manipulated facts to get higher ratings. Still, it’s always good notice to always wash your hands, even when during times where pigs stay low profile.

Only 7 swine flu deaths, not 152, says WHO

A member of the World Health Organisation (WHO) has dismissed claims that more than 150 people have died from swine flu, saying it has officially recorded only seven deaths around the world.

Vivienne Allan, from WHO’s patient safety program, said the body had confirmed that worldwide there had been just seven deaths – all in Mexico – and 79 confirmed cases of the disease.

“Unfortunately that [150-plus deaths] is incorrect information and it does happen, but that’s not information that’s come from the World Health Organisation,” Ms Allan told ABC Radio today.

“That figure is not a figure that’s come from the World Health Organisation and, I repeat, the death toll is seven and they are all from Mexico.”

She said the WHO was not recommending against overseas travel, but urged those who felt sick to stay home and others to ensure they kept their hands clean.

No decision had yet been made about vaccinations.

“This virus is not airborne, it’s caused by droplets… so it’s not a time for worry. It’s a time to be prepared,” Ms Allan said. (Source: SMH)

Well, it can also be that WHO is wrong.

Green Box: A new pizza box

This is ingenious:

Environmentally Conscious Organization (e.c.o.), Incorporated is a design, licensing firm and manufacturing firm dedicated to improving outmoded, outdated and wasteful food packaging. e.c.o., Incorporated is marketing its first product, the Green Box (US Patent 7,051,919), a pizza box manufactured from 100% recycled material. The top of the Green Box breaks down into convenient serving plates, eliminating the need for disposable plates. The bottom of the ‘Green Box’ converts easily into a handy storage container, eliminating the need for plastic wrap, tin foil or plastic bags. The perforations and scores that create this functionality allow for easy disposal into a standard-sized recycling bin. Made from a standard pizza blank, the Green Box requires no additional material or major redesign and can therefore be produced at no additional manufacturing cost. e.c.o., Incorporated owns the utility patent on the Green Box. Check out our website at www.ecoincorporated.com.

Green Box: Pizza Box Turns into Plates & Storage Unit

I can see the usefulness of this.

I dream the end of all phone software

I finally got that damn Samsung PC Studio 3 software to work in Windows 7 64-bit after trial and error. I dream of the day all phone device makers adhere to a standard and make phone software compatible to even rival phones. Perhaps even an operating system integration. I can imagine some Windows Live Mobile tool or something that can open text messages, arrange contacts and extract out files. Phone device makers can make additional features exist as plugins. That would be my dream come true. I dislike all phone software. Hardware makers seem to care little about software.

How to get json_decode or Services_JSON to return associative arrays

json_decode takes a JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) encoded string and converts it into a PHP variable. (More information on PHP documentation.)

[code lang=”php”][/code]

The above code would result in the following:

[code lang=”php”]object(stdClass)#1 (5) {
[“a”] => int(1)
[“b”] => int(2)
[“c”] => int(3)
[“d”] => int(4)
[“e”] => int(5)
}

array(5) {
[“a”] => int(1)
[“b”] => int(2)
[“c”] => int(3)
[“d”] => int(4)
[“e”] => int(5)
}
[/code]

When TRUE, returned objects will be converted into associative arrays. PHP’s associative arrays are amongst the easiest to use so i generally prefer an array to be returned.

When working on older PHP configurations such as in PHP 5.1, json_decode is not available. I use Michal Migurski’s Service_JSON. You can get the source code here.

The following does a json decode using the Services_JSON class.

[code lang=”php”]decode($json_text);
?>[/code]

If you use Services_JSON() instead, you are returned with StdClass. Using new Services_JSON (SERVICES_JSON_LOOSE_TYPE) returns you an array instead.

Complete the sentence in Chinese

Found another joke in my mailbox, this time it’s about 造句:

1。题目:一边……一边……
小朋友写:他一边脱衣服,一边穿裤子。
老师批语:他到底是要脱还是要穿啊?

2。题目:其中
小朋友写:我的其中一只左脚受伤了。
老师批语:你是蜈蚣吗?

3。题目:陆陆续续
小朋友写:下班了,爸爸陆陆续续的回家了。
老师批语:你到底有几个爸爸呀?

4。题目:难过
小朋友写:我家门前有条水沟很难过。
老师批语:老师更难过。

5。题目:又 又
小朋友写:我的妈妈又矮又高又胖又瘦。
老师批语;你的妈妈是变形金钢吗?

6。题目:你看
小朋友写:你看什么看!没看过啊
老师批语:没看过

7。题目:欣欣向荣
小朋友写:欣欣向荣荣告白。
老师批语:连续剧不要看太多了!

8。题目:好吃
小朋友写:好吃个屁。
老师批语:有些东西是不能吃的。

9。题目:天真
小朋友写:今天真热。
老师批语:你真天真。

10。题目:果然
小朋友写:昨天我吃水果,然后喝凉水。
老师批语:是词组,不能分开的。

11。题目:先……再……,例题:先吃饭,再冼澡。
小朋友写:先生,再见!
老师批语:想像力超过了地球人的智慧。

12。题目:况且
小朋友写:一列火车经过,况且况且况且况且况且况
老师批语:我死了算了

I really should avoid turning this into a Chinese 博客 (blog).

South Park: Stop talking about Susan Boyle

Susan Boyle, the singing sensation, is on South Park too.

“If one more person talk about that Susan Boyle performance of Les Misérables, I’m going to puke my balls out through my mouth,” says Ike, Kyle’s brother.

I got sick of Susan Boyle. Personally I watched her performance twice. Two lecturers showed it in school. I had Les Misérables stuck in my head for a day. I had enough.

Why we believe in God

Andy Thomson gives his talk titled ‘Why We Believe in Gods’ at the American Atheist 2009 convention in Atlanta, Georgia.

Why We Believe in Gods – Andy Thomson – American Atheists 09

Also, if you’re interested, Christopher Hitchens schools a Muslim on free speech.

Snow Patrol: Music downloads? F**king go for it

Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody has slammed the jail sentences given to the founders of filesharing site Pirate Bay.

Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody: Music downloads? F**king go for it

Lightbody, singer and songwriter of Snow Patrol, the most successful Northern Ireland export since Van Morrison, said the year-long terms are “way over the top”.

The four men, Frederik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, Carl Lundstrom and Peter Sunde, were also fined $4.5m (£3m) for copyright infringement.

Lightbody also told The Big Issue that he wasn’t against illegal music downloads.

“I’m not anti-filesharing at all. This is the modern way.

“We’ve brought it on ourselves and you have to live in the society you created.

“Music is available to everyone if they know how to get. I say f**king go for it.” Continue reading “Snow Patrol: Music downloads? F**king go for it”

Snipplets of what people are saying about AWARE

Sorry I just found the whole AWARE debate at Straits Times forum thread quite absurd. Here are some snipplets:

The open-minded Christian

It saddens me as a Christian ( which I believe literally should mean aspiring to Having a Christ like mind)) that the people who bear this name seem to have forgotten His commandment LOVE GOD AND LOVE ONE ANOTHER AS YOURSELF there is no othe rcommandment greater than these.

They have forgotten that it was the very act of loving and sitting with sinners that Christ was accused just as the new committee are accusing the old guard.

There is no commandment in the Bible which tells you to mattack anf make the already painful life of homosexuals harder. Please do not pick and pluck to justify your own agenda

It seems to me that the only people who have the mind like Christ are the old guard

truthFirst, April 25, 2009 Saturday 12:22 PM

I didn’t go to church today for various reasons (mainly deadlines to meet). On a side note, the world is changing and Christianity in America is in the decline.

In the name of Total Defense

Someone even brought in the Total Defense strategy. Do humans exist to serve these so-call strategies that humans come out with. Strategies will morph to suit the purpose of national defense.

Promote Lesbianism? What does that do to our already low procreation rate?

Where are we going to get our babies from..Where are our future soldiers going to come from ?

Where are going to get the next generation of workers and tax payers to look after the mid age and the elderly of today?

What does this do to our Health budget when STDs rise and gays demand cloning of babies?

Allowing gay activism and promotion in our schools will confuse our little girls.

This undermines our Total Defence Strategy.

Promoting Lesbianism is anti Nation building activity. Period – Shut down the lesbian movement before they shut down our beloved country with their deviant agenda !!!

Don’t be neutral. Think about the long term viability of our nation. Go to the EGM and stand up for decent family values and the Nation. Majullah Singapura!!!

nobird, April 25, 2009 Saturday 10:36 PM

I always get pissed when someone suggests cloning of babies. It’s not so much of it being unethical, it’s more of it being unneeded. Almost no one wants to see it, it’s out of touch and irrelevant in this era.

Gay movement liken to a virus invasion

Everyone is entitled to his or her own conviction. However to spread your own conviction to children without serious consideration, is like spreading virus to a healthy person. It can affect or be harmless depends on the immunity of the children. However do you think the old EXCO did the right thing? If those who think that old EXCO did the right thing by spreading the message that it was all right to have gay marriages, then there is nothing more to discuss. God bless these members of society.

csanson2004, April 25, 2009 Saturday 11:41 PM

And another suggest a quarantine

what about ALL those GAYS in local universities and tertiary institutions ?? ALL those GAYS in local universities are very disgusting , very very disgusting , they have AIDS AIDS virus , many of them have AIDS AIDS virus and they are spreading the AIDS AIDS virus to everybody . Why can’t they sent ALL these GAYS to prison for 40 years , 40 years in prison ? ALL these GAYS in local universities and tertiary insitutions should be sent to prison for 40 years , 40 years in prison They are spreading AIDS AIDS virus to everybpdy Why can’t they sent ALL these GAYS in local univerisities to prison for 40 years , 40 years in prison ? or the least they should be expelled from the local universities They are spreading AIDS AIDS virus to everybody They should be sent to prison for 40 years , 40 years in prison, ALL these GAYS in local universities and tertiary institutions should be sent to prison for 40 years , 40 years in prison

josiewong, April 26, 2009 Sunday 04:52 AM

I don’t have much opinion on the issue actually. I’m not even sure if AWARE is a Christian organization or it is just a general women issues organization. (I’m often unAWARE of the news.) If they’re affiliate to a religion, it is fine to spread the anti-gay sentiments as they believe. If they are not affiliated to any religion, then there is no enforcement required at all. Just don’t mix religion into any non-religious organization. I don’t think much people care about gay issues anyway.

Ultimately everyone has the right to choose what they believe in. If the organization does not align with your beliefs and you do not wish to accept their beliefs, then you’re just hijacking the organization, you really should be starting your own.

Interesting, this has become a wonderful opportunity for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) to spread awareness to the public, many of whom probably don’t care of their existence. The LGBT and Christian-haters seem to have form some sort of alliance or something. The enemy of my enemy is my friend?