Archive for February, 2007

“Infomania” Worse than Marijuana

February 28, 2007

Chances are most of us are on “infomania” that’s worse than being on marijuana, according to BBC News. It never cross my mind that distraction from email and phone calls will lower our IQ. There seems to be no relation at all. All these while, I thought distraction from email and phone calls will only affect our productivity…

‘Infomania’ worse than marijuana

Workers distracted by email and phone calls suffer a fall in IQ more than twice that found in marijuana smokers, new research has claimed. The study for computing firm Hewlett Packard warned of a rise in “infomania”, with people becoming addicted to email and text messages.

Researchers found 62% of people checked work messages at home or on holiday.

The firm said new technology can help productivity, but users must learn to switch computers and phones off.

Losing sleep

The study, carried out at the Institute of Psychiatry, found excessive use of technology reduced workers’ intelligence.

Those distracted by incoming email and phone calls saw a 10-point fall in their IQ – more than twice that found in studies of the impact of smoking marijuana, said researchers.

More than half of the 1,100 respondents said they always responded to an email “immediately” or as soon as possible, with 21% admitting they would interrupt a meeting to do so.

The University of London psychologist who carried out the study, Dr Glenn Wilson, told the Daily Mail that unchecked infomania could reduce workers’ mental sharpness.

Those who are constantly breaking away from tasks to react to email or text messages suffer similar effects on the mind as losing a night’s sleep, he said.

from BBC News

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Phuket 8-11 Feb 2007

February 20, 2007

I went to Phuket a week before Chinese New Year. It’s an awesome place, although I was a little worried with the Legionnaires disease and bombing in Thailand. In fact, I almost cancelled this trip, but decided to go ahead instead. The disease is not as serious as reported. Four europeans were down with the disease. They visited Phuket way back in November 2006 and all of them stayed in the same hotel. So, there we were…for 4 fun and relaxing days.

At the Phuket International Airport, we actually rejected few taxi offers until we eventually realised that probably the prices there are fixed, because everyone is giving the same price, and refusing to reduce. While on the way to Kata Beach, the driver brought us to few tourist spots, and one of it is the shooting range.

It’s a MUST try. This is the first time I got my hand on a real gun. It’s damn powerful ok!

This is the hotel where we stayed. Peach Hill. It’s not a 5 stars hotel, but it’s alright. Nice and simple. From the look of it, once it must be a really nice and expensive hotel. Nonetheless, I will recommend it to anyone who is coming to Phuket, wanted a decent place to stay and is budget conscious. It’s just a 5 minutes walk to Kata Beach and Kata Town. And about 10 minutes walk to Karon Beach.

Peach Hill has 3 swimming pools. They look nice, but there are broken branches and leaves in the pool. They sure need better maintenance.

Almost the whole Phuket is filled with europeans and they comes out in droves at night! The whole town is packed of people at night, and the shops open until late into midnight. And then when morning comes, the whole town looks deserted, even at 11am. That’s how late they open shop.

This guy is selling something like a roti canai, applied with jams. Quite nice. It’s 30 baht per piece. About RM3. Quite expensive leh.

Kata Beach.

Karon Beach.

Patong Beach.

Central Festival – shopping centre in Phuket.

Wat Chalong, the most prominent wat in Phuket.

This status of the monk is built of 100% gold. According to the driver, this monk is very highly regarded in Phuket.

Some exotic delicacies being sold outside the wat.

Phuket Hill Restaurant is situated in the middle of a hill where you can have a full view of Phuket Town. When we went there, it was in the afternoon. I believe the view will be much nicer at night. However, for some safety reasons, we prefer to travel far in the afternoon instead of at night.

This is the Kwan Im Teng temple where we encounter a really authentic Thai incident. While we were praying, three youngsters walked in and one of them was crying. From the look of her face, we knew something was wrong. So, we quickly prayed, and left. This girl we believe was under some curse, and she can’t even step into the main shrine of the temple. We were quite scared, and left quickly.

This is the map of our island hopping and snorkelling trip. When we pay for the trip, the lady told us that everything will be taken care of and we do not even need to bring any money. We were so wrong to listen to her, because when we reach the island, we have to pay for each seat that we take on the beach. Luckily, we met a couple from Hong Kong on the boat, and the offered to share their seat with us so that we can put our things on it.

And oh… they have frozen food in 7-Eleven, and it is absolutely delicious! We tried a few flavor, and the best one if the spaghetti above.  It’s so delicious and it’s only 45 baht. It’s your tight on budget, eat this.

And this is a picture of Genting Highlands taken from the plane. I have seen it before, only that this time I have a camera ready with me to capture it. 😉

Beware of What You Post on YouTube

February 16, 2007

Lol… Biker Jeremy Parrott from the UK is set to be the first person to be charged for speeding based on the video of himself speeding on the road, that he posted. It was reported in The Sun, an British newspaper.

So guys, better beware of what you are posting on YouTube.

Stupid People

February 16, 2007

Why is the world full of stupid people?

Stupid people #1

An unhappy customer called up and I pick up her call. It was already 6pm++, after working hours. This very unhappy customer complained that the diamonds (fake one la) on her watch keep on dropping, and it’s already the second time she send to our boutique for repair.

And you know what? She demanded for a new watch. Fyi, she has been wearing the watch for more than one year. Now she wanted an exchange of a new one. Lol… how stupid and irrational can someone be?

Stupid people #2

My company is hiring a trainer for all our frontliners. There are a lot of empty cubicles around office, especially at fourth floor. And do you know where they assign her to sit? They assign her to sit in the Customer Service Department. The problem is all the cubicles in Customer Service Department are occupied.

So, now the dispatch has not place to sit. Because he has to clear his cubicles so the trainer can sit in his cubicle. And so I asked my manager what about the dispatch boy? How is he gonna do his job? I’ve just assigned a PC to him so that he can do some of his paperwork with the computer. Now he is left with no place to sit.

You know what is my manager’s response? He asked me back, “WHO IS MORE IMPORTANT? THE DISPATCH OR THE TRAINER?”

Stupid People #3

The stupid people #3 is one of my stupid colleague who think she is very good and she suggested to my manager where to place the trainer.

I feel like stuffing my dick in her mouth so that she can keep quiet.

Wage makes a… Jim Rohn

February 7, 2007

“Wage makes a living. Profits make a fortune.”

Jim Rohn

Alternative to Toll Road

February 7, 2007

Many are angry at the toll raise. Petitions are signed. Peaceful protest are carried out (only to be turned ugly by the policemen). Complaints and public outcries are everywhere, but the tolls hike still stand.

And now the whistleblowers are threatened with OSA. It makes us wonder if the government is listening to the rakyat. I think not. Chances are they don’t even give a shit.

Anyway, the NSTP (lol) today has article on alternatives routes instead of the toll-ed roads. To toll or not to toll…

50-year-old Mummified Baby

February 6, 2007

Many might not have caught this news as I doubt it is reported in our local (Malaysia) newspaper. At least, I did not read it in the paper.

A partially mummified baby boy was found in a suitcase by a lady cleaning up her late parents rented storage locker in Florida, the United States. The baby was wrapped in newspapers dated January 9, 1957.  It was discovered about 2 weeks ago on 23rd January 2007 when the lady received a notice stating that the rent had not been paid for several months, and the items will be auctioned off.

What interest me is you can’t help but to think what had actually happened back then. Why is the baby dead? And what is he being kept there? Who is the baby? Who are the parents? You can’t help, but speculate things that might have taken place way back in 1957.

Test are being done on the remains for more clues, and I can’t wait for the result. It’s spooky, yet it’s interesting.

Here’s the news that came out on MSNBC on 23rd January 2007 and another one from CNN on 3rd February 2007.

Pictures gallery can be found here, but pictures of the mummified baby is unavailable.

And finally, the CNN news clip.

Only in this country.

February 3, 2007

It was reported in today’s The Star that the police will conduct an investigation over the disclosure of a toll concessionaire agreement between the government and Litrak, the builder and management of LDP Highway.

Being the normal citizen, my knowledge of politics might be limited, but I am definitely not dumb.

When the toll concessionnaire agreement between the government and Litrak was revealed, even our Work Minister, Samy Vellu is not sure whether the document is classified under OSA, or not. And then, they go to meeting and decide it’s OSA.

Isn’t this unfair to the people who revealed the agreement? If the document is classified as OSA, the Works Minister should know this more clearly than anyone else in Malaysia, and action should have been taken long ago. Either Samy is sleeping on his job or they are being unfair to the people who revealed the agreement. Perhaps because their rice bowl is affected.

Based on my shallow knowledge of politics, I roughly could have guess which type of documents should be classified under OSA. Definitely not document relating to the interest of the rakyat.

I Wiki-ed for OSA and this is what I found. And I also found out that this legislation is based on the OSA of the United Kingdom. It says protection of official information, mainly related to national security. The idea is not from Wiki, but any ah ma on the road will understand that confidential government documents are mostly related to national security. Now it makes you wonder what kind of threat these concessionaire agreement pose to our national security?

Perhaps the word mainly is the loophole of the act where people who are elected to represent the people misuse it to take advantage of the people. Like Malays’ proverb, harapkan pagar, pagar makan padi. Very obviously we the rakyat of Malaysia has been taken advantage of by some unscrupulous people whom we elected to take care of our well being.

I don’t see any points in the concessionnaire agreement which entitle it to be classified under OSA, apart from the reason that they are trying to hide the lopsided details from the rakyat.

And finally, why this document is only classified under OSA after it has been revealed? Does this mean before that it is not classified under OSA? And if this is so, then action should not be taken against the people who reveal it, because when it was revealed, it was not classified under OSA.