Interesting discoveries #04

Again, a week has passed since and I’ve been really swarmed by the incoming work.

1. Flu trends

Google shows the trends in flu. Interesting thing to investigate. This comes right after US is having a flu epidemic as according to CNN. ANd I had a bit of flu through the weekend too myself.

2. On the price of lego

I always wonder why Lego is so mad expensive. According to Wired, they’re incredibly consistent.

3. Advertisement tracking is hard

Seeing what Tremor Video does, I can tell you the amount of shit that go through data mining is crazy. I never learnt as much as this since after I finished from my university undergraduate course. The mysterious pixel tracks so much things it is scary. I’ll elaborate more in a better post.

4. Lui Tuck Yew

I feel bad for Lui Tuck Yew, the local transport minister. I’m largely ignorant of local politics and when I hear about Lui Tuck Yew it’s always something bad. He’s being blamed for the poor quality of local transportation system of late. It’s probably the predecessors’ fault and he has to act upon the mistakes of the past. And now he becomes the face of public transport failures; this is definitely not a good position to be. I wish him well.

5. SimCity

Okay I leave you guys with SimCity:

I’m really keen on this game!

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.