Hans Roslings unveils stunning visualizations on HIV

Hans Rosling unveils new data visuals that untangle the complex risk factors of one of the world’s deadliest (and most misunderstood) diseases: HIV. He argues that preventing transmissions — not drug treatments — is the key to ending the epidemic.

Finished my Prolog assignment

I finally handed in my prolog assignment. I don’t think I do a good job but at least the document itself looks good. I can’t stress how important presentations are for assignments. I very much doubt the markers actually look at your code and see if it’s working or now. In fact I can imagine markers just giving an A for an assignment that looks right. It’s all about presentation sometimes.

Gone is yestermonth’s assignment, four more to go.

What KahWee tweeted on 2009-03-13

  • Currently at Media Business Forum #mbf09 #
  • Saw Zhu Hou Ren 朱厚任 in Media Business Forum, we are the only ones using laptop it seems. #mbf09 #
  • The new iPod Shuffle is nice, but, shame on Apple restricting the users’ earphone choices. #
  • I always found stretched presentations awful to look at. #mbf09 #
  • Over the next 5 years, SGD230m would be injected into the media sector, expected to spur creation of 2,000 jobs. #mbf09 #
  • Media Training and Attachment (META) matches 150 local media professionals to companies starting Apr’09. #mbf09 #
  • Six more presentations and I’m hungry now! #mbf09 #
  • Michael Yap talking about regulations in the Singapore media sector. #mbf09 #
  • @molemole: You so fast sleepy liao? #
  • Can the media industry be more competitive in Singapore without hurting local companies? #mbf09 #
  • Digitalization enables more spectrum in Singapore. No, I don’t know what I’m talking about. #mbf09 #
  • We love the MDA Rap music video don’t we? #mbf09 The superman in the video is talking right now. #
  • Powerpoint yellow, powerpoint gold, powerpoint cyan and your favorite Arial font, MDA presentation could’ve looked better. #mbf09 #
  • Achievement in broadcast, 2180 local hours, 900 jobs! #mbf09 #
  • The Little Nyonya (by MediaCorp Studios) is the highest rated show in 15 years, viewed by 1 in 3 in Singapore. #mbf09 #
  • MDA targets 2380 local hours and 1280 jobs for broadcast in 2009. #mbf09 #
  • Public Service Programmes are values we believe in? And it can be international? Seems contradictory. #mbf09 #
  • MDA thinking of partnering with Joost? #mbf09 #
  • Yet another government agency using the word “hub”. We want to be another hub again… #mbf09 #
  • @claudia10 I got 3 hours more! #
  • I just asked @uzyn if Kenneth Tan (COO, MDA) is in the video too. LOL #mbf09 #
  • Kenneth Tan’s presentation has a text line height problem. Plus it is stretched. #mbf09 #
  • @claudia10, mine is a 6 cell instead of a usual 3-cell. Anyway, the battery bar always lies. When it says 3hr, it’s actually 2. #
  • Kenneth breaks down the ecosystem of film: Optioning, development, production, distribution, exhibition. #mbf09 #
  • Kenneth adds that Singapore is lacking in optioning and development process. #mbf09 #
  • Stereoscopy is the 3D glasses thingy. #mbf09 #
  • People need to learn PowerPoint from @claudia10. #mbf09 #
  • Government service love acronyms. #mbf09 INSPIRE: Internationalization of Singaporean Production Initiative, Representation & Enterprise. #
  • INSPIRE acronym got problem loh. #mbf09 Is Singapore and not Singapore. @uzyn spotted it. #
  • I mean it is Singapore, not Singaporean. #mbf09 #
  • INSPIRE does some sort of a matchmaking service for the media. Helps in distribution. #mbf09 #
  • The current vein diagram is problematic. PowerPoint has Smart Art now by the way. #mbf09 #
  • @uzyn wants you to know that it’s “venn” and not “vein”. Okay I lost one. #mbf09 #
  • SPINE is Spearheading Publishing Innovation for New Enterprise. Yay for more acronyms. This is just like army. #mbf09 #
  • Call for proposals – stereoscopic 3D ecosystem developer. Due March 26! #mbf09 #
  • Mr. IDM talks again; Michael Yap shares on Interactive Media & Games. #
  • @melvinkee Well, that’s why I tweet – to keep awake. #
  • No, this is NOT a live image. #mbf09 #
  • Garena is ranked 1164th website, ahead of zaobao.com which is ranked 1209th. #
  • MDA expects 500 to 900 new jobs #mbf09 #
  • Anyhow use images from Google Images. #mbf09 #
  • Catalytic Project should ignite the growth of the game sector. #mbf09 #
  • @claudia10 Why would we get arrested? #mbf09 MDA also regulate social media now? #
  • @cheeaun: I seen before if (hello == true) { /* some code */ } elseif (hello == false) { /* some code */ } #
  • More call for proposals at #mbf09. Call for FutureMobile applications by SingTel, Apple, Friendster and Mozat. #
  • What the hell are the 5Cs? #mbf09 Why people keep talking about it? #
  • Money Manpower & Mediapolis by Mr. Seto #mbf09 #
  • I think government supported companies slow down startup ideas because startups just wait for funds. #mbf09 #
  • Mr. Seto speaks like a preacher I know. #mbf09 #
  • Mediapolis actually sounds exciting but I hope it won’t be like Biopolis. #mbf09 #
  • This is like the Biopolis slides. #mbf09 #
  • Imaginary headlines? Oh this is something new. #mbf09 #
  • MDA hopes to generate pathfinder projects with key partners in regions such as Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo and Bristol. #
  • MDA has co-production treaties in AU, CA, Korea and NZ. Currently negotiating with CN and IT. #
  • Oh no I’m hungry. #mbf09 #
  • End of presentations at #mbf09. #
  • @melvinkee I have no idea about it. The talk wasn’t clear on these partnerships. #mbf09 in reply to melvinkee #
  • @trudinger Since startups can get gov funds, they may be less inclined to start things by their own and just wait for gov. Waiting hurts. in reply to trudinger #
  • @echoz you at the IT Show? I hate the squeezing and decided against going! Haha #
  • @echoz A gigabit switch? Why would u need that? in reply to echoz #
  • @trudinger There’s always garage style development, haha in reply to trudinger #

And you think you know a lot about Google

There’s some things you just didn’t realized about Google. I heard many misinterpretations of what Google is doing including one that YouTube was acquired for motion image context search purposes. (Maybe it really is for the long term future, who knows.) This is pretty informative and concise, and I generally quite agree with the whole presentation:

All about Google

[via Techcrunch]

You can go Full Screen to see the words better.

Difference between Chinese and USA media

Same data for the Olympics, different way of presentation:

Difference between Chinese and USA media

From Sina and CNN.

At Sina Olympic front page:

Chinese win women synchronized springboard

At CNN Sports Illustrated:

Phelps swimming freestyle win in CNN

Singapore news site, Channel NewsAsia:

Channel NewsAsia rather covers Thaksin

Singapore rather covers Thaksin in the front page. That’s because we haven’t won any medals yet. Channel NewsAsia Beijing Olympic site talks about the Olympic spirit, the dance and some Olympic history.

Tech talks can actually be very entertaining

I been to a couple of tech talks before. I shan’t named them but they haven’t exactly been very entertaining. The food, the food, the food is – erm – more interesting than some of the speakers.

Here we have Hans Rosling at two TED talks, both are entertaining. As a doctor and researcher, Hans Rosling identified a new paralytic disease induced by hunger in rural Africa. Now the global health professor is looking at the bigger picture, increasing our understanding of social and economic development with the remarkable trend-revealing software he created. (Stole it from here)

I embedded both his videos here. His data visualizations are really good. It’s an animated and playful presentation too.

Hans Rosling: New insights on poverty and life around the world (2007)

The software demonstrated was later purchased by Google in March 2007. Rosling met the Google founders at TED. Continue reading “Tech talks can actually be very entertaining”