Interesting discoveries #06

Bunch of links this post is. Here lies key things I have read:

1. Marriage equality, same-sex

Ruling that same sex marriage is unconstitutional in America. The New Yorker has a good summary on the key arguments for same-sex marriage.

There really is very little you can argue against same sex marriage without sounding like a selfish jerk.

2. Dog loves guitar

This is too cute to not watch:

Dogs make me laugh.

3. White noise to increase your creativity

This is a website with audio that mimics a cafe. Some Singaporeans would say they get more productive at Starbucks or the likes. Really? Perhaps so. Research has suggested some white noise to be good for creativity. Although I don’t really believe the assessment, here’s a coffee shop background sound you may need one day.

4. On why I start not reading news news

At some point of time in my life, I realized it’s just impossible to catch up with all the news in the world. They are things that are nice to know that is happening but I argue that it is less important than you think. Important news come to you in the old fashion way — word of mouth.

Today’s mainstream news is filled with articles that embraces the negative aspects. There’s always an accident here, a murder case, embezzlement etc.. There just isn’t enough good news except for our Prime Minister planting a lovely bush at the gardens to commemorate some special day that the generation in the future will call history.

News isn’t all that bad though. Just read lesser. For me, it’s a lot lesser. And stop reading about mishaps of others and surround yourself with more positivity. Read social news briefly. Then do your stuff in life. Don’t ever read The Straits Times.

5. The worst URL

Channel News Asia wins this hands down. What is this:

www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporebusinessnews/view/1262412/1/.html

I’m talking about /.html.

Come on, you can do better than this. What kind of CMS output such garbage?!

Coffee shrinks women’s breasts, enlarges men’s

Daily Star reports that coffee shrink women’s breasts and, well, has an opposite effect on men’s.

CUPPA COFFEE GIVES GIRLS A SMALLER CUP

The caffeine-fuelled drink is well-known for keeping people alert and sobering up drunks.

But Swedish scientists have caused a stir by suggesting women who drink more than three cups a day could see their bra size drop.

Nearly 300 women were quizzed but Helena Jernstroem, of Lund University, said women should not worry too much.

She explained: “Coffee-drinking women do not have to worry their breasts will shrink to nothing overnight. They will get smaller, but the breasts aren’t just going to disappear.

While caffeine may shrink women’s breasts, the reaction is the reverse for coffee-slurping blokes – it can make their “moobs” swell.

On the plus side, the study showed regular hits of caffeine reduce the risk of women
developing breast cancer. (Source: DailyStar)

Icecream with espresso

(Icecream with espresso. Tried it at somewhere I can’t recall.)

Breast cancer, by the way, is number five in cancer deaths.

Writing silly introductions in books

I was browsing through some Java books at the Choa Chu Kang library yesterday. Yes it’s boring I know. One of the top I was intending to read up on was Java Swing. I have to implement some Java Swing stuff at school and I, for the 217067th time, do not like Java.

My complaints aside. I chance upon this really thick book – you know what they all say about thick books – The Definitive Guide to Java Swing.

The Definitive Guide to Java Swing book cover

And I flipped to the first few pages, probably the introduction. And yes, I always read prefaces and introduction. I felt that understanding the author’s background and intent for writing a book is important. It helps you deciding on book purchases too.

Here’s what The Definitive Guide to Java Swing has to say about Java:

About Java

Java is one of 13,000 islands that makes up Indonesia, whose capital is Jakarta. It is home to about 120 million people with an area about 50,000 square miles (132,000 square kilometers). While on the island, you can hear traditional music such as gamelan or angklung and enjoy Java’s main export, a coffee that is considered spicy and full-bodied, with a strong, slightly acidic flavor. The island also has a dangerous volcano named Merapi, which makes up part of the Pacific “Ring of Fire.” In 1891, on the island, Eugene Dubois discovered fossils from Pithecanthropus erectus, better known as Java man (homo javanensis).

The Definitive Guide to Java Swing about java

(The Definitive Guide to Java Swing about java.)

Pretty funny way of writing an introduction. Since most people who is going to read a non-beginner Java book, there’s no need to include an introduction on Java anyway.

Unfortunately the book’s learning curve is too steep – I am a beginner.

Sex sells and it’s true

This week, Youtube is largely about music games and sex. Sex sells and it’s true:

Those that aren’t highlight are just plain weird videos. I like Hillary and the coffee machine:

Hillary vs. the coffee maker

Hillary Clinton in a convenience store trying to get some coffee. I don’t think she ever made her own coffee. Oh, it’s a coffee machine, you don’t even make your own coffee, silly me.

Drinking coffee seems to make me want to work

I am starting to suspect that it is not the caffeine in the coffee that made me drink coffee. Maybe it is just the whole action of drinking coffee that made my mind get prepared for work.

Let’s not get too complicated here. But really, each time I drink coffee, I feel like working. Coffee and work is tightly associated in my brain it seems. A sip triggers hours of energy.

And having said that, yes, I found out I can just drink a sip and throw the whole cup away and it didn’t really matter. Mind works in strange ways.