Video: The Chinese are so awesome

The Chinese communist party’s 60th year celebration (military parade) in high definition. The video is just amazing. Surreal. Whatever random adjectives. Suddenly Singapore’s National Day Parade seems less interesting. I mean look at the order they have. Everybody’s height is like the same! 首都各界庆祝中华人民共和国成立60周年大会 [720HD] 六十周年国庆大阅兵播放列表:

【六十周年国庆大阅兵 720HD】胡锦涛主席检阅三军受阅部队(高清视频)

“Greetings, comrades!”
“Greetings, commander!”
“Good work, comrades!”
“Serve the people!”

If you can’t understand Mandarin, Chinese president Hu Jintao (胡锦涛) goes around shouting something along the lines of “Greetings comrades! Comrades you have done well!”.

And watch in slo-mo and beautiful colors:

China’s 60th Anniversary national day – timelapse and slow motion – 7D and 5DmkII

The parade in Tiananmen Square to mark the 60th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China – as seen in timelapse and slow-motion.

Cloud computing? What the hell is that?

Larry Ellison expresses his opinions on cloud computing. He probably hates the way the word is flaunt around as a medicine that would cure all your computing troubles.

Why Larry Ellison hates Cloud computing

There isn’t a consensus what cloud is and is not. We just go on assuming that it is something like this, something like that. Cloud computing — it’s there because SaaS and Web 2.0 sounds old.

The problem with object-oriented languages

Joe Armstrong, the principal inventor of Erlang, is quoted as saying:

“The problem with object-oriented languages is they’ve got all this implicit environment that they carry around with them. You wanted a banana but what you got was a gorilla holding the banana and the entire jungle.”

[via Wikipedia]

Quite true about OOP.

How light could reveal alien life

Garik Israelian is a spectroscopist, studying the spectrum emitted by a star to figure out what it’s made of and how it might behave. It’s a rare and accessible look at this discipline, which may help us an Earthlike planet friendly to life. (Recorded at TEDGlobal, July 2009, Oxford, UK.Duration: 15:52)

How spectroscopy could reveal alien life: Garik Israelian on TED.com

Google Wave invite?

Everybody’s talking about Google Wave invite. I don’t have one. Can I haz a Google Wave invite? Or perhaps someone with it can just show it to me on their laptop and let me play around for 20 minutes.

Google Wave logo
Google Wave logo

Just like to see what’s in there. Don’t think I’m going to do anything else with it. I’m quite a skeptic actually. My email address is tengkahwee@gmail.com