Summer Holidays

examination periood, there`s always a strong craving for holiday trips.

I went through hours/days/weeks of thought before deciding not to go for AUDC (despite me screaming at Benjamin for deciding not to go for Australs). Definitely not a choice I wanted, but rather, a choice I had to make.

As a result, come this holiday, I don`t have to study for supplementaries. Which also means I can put in all my effort in preparing for the upcoming tournaments. 3 weeks of holidays and there are filled with national level debate inter varsities.

So, here`s how I plan to spend them.

Week 1 : Holiday with ex-classmates.
Week 2 : International Humanitarian Law debate and Mom`s birthday. Going to take her out of something.
Week 3 : UiTM Arau Inter varsity (way up in Perlis) and I`m thinking of stopping by Langkawi.

The only thing that needs planning now is getting my ex classmates who are scattered across Malaysia and some abroad. I`m also torn between choosing two places:

1) the cooling highlands of Cameron Highland


those hills are so tempting..


tea plantation


Or!!

2) The island of cheap liquor!!! Langkawi



It`s been 4 years since I last met some of my classmates. I really hope I can make this trip happen.

*at the same time, I felt like I`m the only one that want the trip... belehh....

Worth it?

I stayed in the examination hall for 1 hour.

35 minutes of it is spent staring at one fill-in the blank question.

I know I know the answer, but I can`t remember.

I kept staring at the question.

..............

Ironically the questions only account for 1 mark out of 60, which will then translate into a mere 10% of my total marks. Which literally means, that the question which I spent 35 minutes of unproductive thinking is only 0.16 marks of my overall coursework.
..
.
In the end, I drew smileys on the blanks :) :) :) :)

Examination period

Finals will come in 2 weeks time. Most of my classes ended and it`s time to burn the midnight oil again. Engineering subjects are simple. Not easy mind you. Simple. Because all the questions are only divided into two categories.

Either you know how to do them, or you don`t.

There`s very little thing you can do if you don`t know how to do them. It`s completely pointless to write nonsense and hope that the examiners will find something relevant to gain some pity marks.

There quite a few 'creative' answers from students all around who tried their luck when they couldn`t do the questions. What this really means, is that they gave up.









Like I say, there won`t be any pity marks. But at least if was a good laugh. :) Bet the lecturers/teachers had fun.

Looking forward

for chinese food.
to play a new piano piece.
to complete all my assignments.
to the next socials (wherever that maybe)
to the end of my examination
to travel to a new country...

I hate my monotonous life
...
I need some changes.
...
suggestions anyone???

More pictures

I`m horribly lazy to update my blog with all the assignments piling up. Here`s a few pictures of socials last Friday, taken from Jing En 's blog. I like her captions :) :) visit her blog for more pictures.

The Africans, Indians, Pakistani and Malaysians. Voices is one of the few clubs that can truly claim a multiracial representation.


The Indian Poker Game. *all those with spade, put a pin cloth on your nipple. Gasp.

another one, * all those with face cards smack each other's ass.. cruel game indeed.

there`s no better place to take group picture than the kitchen`s entrance. swt.

Jing En`s a lot 'shorter' than me. :P :P :P :P :P

Dale and food. It`s only natural.
Looking forward for the next one...after the exams.

Solving the world`s energy crisis.

What I say here might not make any sense to some people. (though it doesn`t really made sense in the end anyway.)

I was in a thermodynamics class learning reacting mixture when I suddenly had an epiphany. Many of the power cycles flashed through my head and I thought of utilizing water as fuel.Right now, there are already available means of harvesting energy from hydrogen. And since you can get hydrogen from water (through electrolysis)....

Say if we draw water from rivers, conduct electrolysis process to hydrogen and oxygen, run them through a combustion chamber, use the air expansion in the first turbine generate electricity for the electrolysis process and the remainder of the air expansion in the second turbine can be use to generate electricity.

It almost sounds too goo to be true. It is not a perpetual motion machine (mechanical students should know this) because it does not violate the law of thermodynamics since water is lost in the process and the energy produced is a result from the lost of chemical energy through combustion. Since water is free... we get free energy.

BUT!!!!

I soon realized that`s stupid. The energy used in electrolysis will be more than the energy harvested during the air expansion. There's a fundamental flaw in my assumption. The atomic compound of the fuel (i.e water) will be exactly the same after those processes. It`s a redundant work of converting water to hydrogen and oxygen and then changing it back to water through combustion. No water is lost during the process and thus, even if the efficiency is 100%, you`ll only get back the same amount of energy spent during the electrolysis process.

Like the saying goes, if it`s too good to be true, it`s probably false.

Home BBQ Party

It`s been quite sometime since I last had a bbq at home. And it was good :)

It was a little expensive this time cuz we overspent on buying food. Though, as a result.. we had plenty of them. Lambs, chickens, sausage, corn.... (since I`m quite sick of chicken, I took mostly lambs and corn :P )

*look what`s cooking..

I`ve talked to a bunch of people who I don`t usually mingle with. I don`t remember the last time I laugh at stupid jokes and certainly, this party brings back those nostalgic feelings.
Putra attempting an erotic post

Thanks Aaron, Ivan, Muharram, Ben, Putra, Kay Lyn, Hui Yin, Yi Chong and those I'm unable to name. It was a great night.

Piano Etudes (Demon Fire)

I was bored (don`t ask me why I`m not doing my assignment) and I was searching for more piano videos.

I clicked piano etudes and what came out was a simulation of a Flash flash revolution (similar to Dance Dance Revolution.. and if you don`t know that either, go get a life).



I`ve always admired people who and arrange songs for games like this. I just didn`t expect that one can COMPOSE a CLASSICAL piece. This piece, called Piano Etude (Demon Fire), is arrange by the OSTER project... and it`s not difficult. It's INSANE!!!!


170-183 Crochet in a minute. That`s roungly 4 and a half note per second. Many concluded that its rather impossible to play since this audio is probably computer generated.

Right now,some game freaks and piano majors in conservatoire is attempting it. Quite a few manage to play it but none have reach the required speed. If you want to attempt it... go ahead. Here`s the music sheet. I pity your fingers.

Piano Etude sheet music

*the same piece with a stationary background (and without the annoying cheer at the end)



Enjoy :)

Ass. of a week.

It`s crazy how assignments (henceforth; the ass.) can pile up easily. All of a sudden, I have 6 due this week. More than 1 for each day.

Monday
- Measurement and Instrumentation long report - 15 pages.

Wednesday
- Thermodynamics Cooling Tower lab report - 8 pages. (of calculation.. gasp)

Thursday
- Thermodynamics: Design a power cycle. - 10 pages (of calculation and DRAWING!! double gasp)

Friday (dooms day)
- Engineering Design assignment : 5 pages
- Cyberprenueship Financial Report : 10 pages.
- Measurement and Instrumentation Tutorial Assignment : 12 pages.

Really, lack of coordination in the administration causes this. You should never have 3 due dates in a day and 6 in a week. This is discounting the fact that I have a mid term next Tuesday and finals is like 2 weeks away. Better get my ass. moving now.

*I heard some had midterms and quiz this week too. Poor them.

My new blog template

It`s nice isn`t it? (die if you think otherwise)

Took quite a lot of effort. I burnt the midnight oil searching for templates- Juli can testify to that. I finally figure out how to use the Beta blogger template (I`m currently using the classic one) so my options for template multiplied.

After screening hundreds of template, I found one that I like. Then I realized that, shit, I`m not familiar with XML codes. So I spent time reading about them, about expanding widgets and blah blah...

and I still don`t understand them.

So I gave up and revert back to classic. Hours later, I stumbled upon this template. I loved it. Since I'm working on a familiar platform, I added a few things. There`s a RSS feed and that recent reader widget looks quite cool. I also update all the old blog links and added Kay Lyn, Benj, CP, Sully and Kristine's blog.

Done.All that took me 5 hours in total. Hardly worth it... but so as long as I`m happy... looking at my new layout. Please tell me you like it too? wink wink wink

Things that you least expected on a campus.

Moreover, on a blissful Monday morning.

Tweety bird says : I saw, I saw... a clown?


WTF????? what is a clown doing here in MMU? ( making balloon doggies to solve the stray cat issue??)

Food - too much of them

While 1/3 of the world goes to bed hungry, it`s ironic that some of us have so much food sometimes.

Yesterday, the Student Publication Board had their appreciation dinner at my house. My virtue of being the president`s house mate, I get free food, not that they can finish anyway. Here`s the amount of food left after the party.


8 boxes of large pizzas, one bucket of KFC, and few dozen of sausage, nuggets and fries.


Since a lot of these food can`t be kept overnight, the few of us who's still around struggled to finish it. Then I thought of something. If only we can invent machine that can transfer leftovers immediately to the hungry. We really might solve the world hunger issue.

The problem does not only stem from lack of production. In fact, I believed the world wide production can sustain everyone. In only someone can work out the logistic, and set aside economic and political gain... pity those children who`s longing for a bowl of rice. *and Alex continues to stuff himself with another sausage.

A pyhrric victory

I couldn`t pull myself to blog. More like, I just don`t feel like doing anything. Classes have become very stressful as I suddenly become an object to be picked at. Apparently I was label 'having a bad attitude' and 'acting 'over smart' because I asked the lecturer to speed up a little. (I thought spending 1 hour on 1 question which can be solve within 15 minutes is too long).

Tensions between me and lecturer escalates. It`s not like the first time I piss some lecturer off. In the past, I had read a book, read news, play need for speed, slept, answered the phone... all in front of the lecturer while sitting on the front rows. But most of the lecturer didn`t mind and in fact, most of them are quite close and are willing to help when I seek them for favours. (not bribing or exam tips)

Though, the one I`m currently pissed at is a pure asshole. The world will be better if we have lesser of these type of people. And I really mean it. Being completely unreasonable, I file my complains all the way to the associate dean to override his decisions. Though, I`m still extremely depress that I have to resort to this.

I suppose this is what people called a pyrrhic victory. Even though I got what I wanted, but all the commotion caused is not worth it. I really should had opt to drop the subject instead.

Weird.

10 Apr, Thu 41
11 Apr, Fri 56
12 Apr, Sat 40
13 Apr, Sun 45
14 Apr, Mon 57
15 Apr, Tue 186

Why is there such a big jump of visitors?

The only clue I have is that they were all searching for the picture of Audi R8.
Damm, more random ppl are visiting this blog.

The conclusion of MIDT

is that it`s f$*%ed up.

Last minute one of the debaters in the final pulled out because he's sick. And I don`t know who, why, and how I was suddenly force to replace him.

With no preparation at all, I had to debate. Lousy crowd, lousy motion and no motivation to debate... I went up as government calling for the abolishment of student union in Malaysia.


It came as a surprise that my team (comprising of Jasmine and Daniel) won over Dale's (with BC and Yi Ling. A lot of the arguments was form during the debate itself... and I didn`t know how I pulled it off either.

Just glad that it`s finally over and we can focus on partying future debates instead :)

Recap of last week

Since I have nothing new to blog about, lets post random pictures of what happen last week. (apart from the fair)


The International Business students staged a play. A story about how some people who got stranded in an Island rediscover the elements of trade and currency.

That`s Kat, playing the role of Mr World Bank. That was suppose to be a dramatic entrance and a parody of Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Carribean.

Another group of people is doing something in campus also. The International Students were organizing an event called Around the World in 3 days. Though, when we say international students, it`s usually the Arabs... It`s really more like Around Middle East in 3 days.

I think that`s an Iranian Dance.... or something along those lines.

Speaking about dance, the things that people do for RM 200 bucks... includes dancing and sucking on bananas in public.

Hey people..it`s literally a banana... not 'banana'. Actually there`re two (bananas) there in the picture (one guy each.)

Why was I there? I don't know. At that point in time, I felt like being anywhere except home. So, when I came to know Siraj is going to Pure, I just jump in. As random as I maybe, it`s no surprise I randomly met people also.

And randomly taking their picture. (that's Siraj`s friend, whose name I obviously don't remember).

And by random chance, I met Suria. It was her birthday. And it was her that gave me presents (free drinks cuz it`s ladies night). Heee.... As a token of appreciation, Happy Birthday once again Suria :P

and that concludes a random post from a boring person who`s bored because he have nothing to do but be random again tomorrow.

Simple weekend.

Well, another weekend passed.

I spent it on debating again. Voices was requested by ILMU, the english department of MMU to organize a debate tournament. In exchange, we get some cash and if we win the prize money, the club can have more cash to spend on future tournaments. (yes... we do channel it all back into the club).

This tourney, we called it the Malacca Invitational Debating Tournament, aka MIDT. It predecessor are the MMU closed, which turns out to be quite disastrous in the past 2 years. Lousy participation, lousy debaters, lousy show at the finals. We had a glimmer of hope this year that it will be a better tournament since we`re allowing our club members to participate, where last year had rules that kept the seniors away last year in order to maintain a fairer playing field.

In addition, we suppose to have 3 other participating institution, until 1 of them pulled out because a gay model who recently took a taxi ride to space decided to visit their institution. Another institution withdraw probably because they chickened out. That leaves us with only UTeM, who sent 1 team because the rest decide that it`s better spent their weekend at their home town.

It turned out quite fine. I can see all the days spent on training actually paid off. The juniors deliver better speeches and some were quite entertaining. For me, it was a decent way to spent the weekend. Free food, some drinks and socials in the night, a movie after the end of the tournament and more importantly, great friends.

Only problem is, tomorrow`s Monday..... and did I forget to do my assignments again? damm.

The new Proton.

Remember in my last entry I spoked of a rumour about a new Proton.


Apparently there are quite a number of them (rumours) on the net. And oh my, some of the design are quite pretty. This one especially.


Gasp...
*eyes wide open
and we wondered why Proton can't design cars like that. I hope the CEO read about this and force one of his engineers to make this car.

There`s also another car. It doesn`t look completely new. (most of the Proton doesn`t anyway. Its always a facelift version with some improvement here and there). Nevertheless, it looks quite good and sporty.


Now, here`s one that I think it`s not just a rumour. I read it somewhere that the car below, called Envy, is a Proton Persona limited edition.

Too bad we still can`t get a overall view of the car. Though it should be nicer the original Persona. (which is already considered quite nice)

Why do all this matters? Cuz it`s your national car dammit. I`ve been quite supportive of Proton from the very beginning. I think despite all the horrible opinions and lousy management/marketing... they still provide some decent cars. Think Satria GT, Waja, Perdana, and now Persona and Saga.

I just hope that Proton will continue to produce better cars and all Malaysian can one day be truly proud of owning one.

Cyberprenuership Fair 07/08

The summary of the 3 crazy days.

The tents were set up from 2am till dawn. Yawnssss...

The rest of the people decorate their booth from 9am and after. Some stalls are really creative (like installing a 'windmill' )

some are crazy, like the one above. I still don`t know who`s the guy behind the paper bag. I only know for certain he`s one of the guys in my class....

I thought that was actually quite funny. :P


A total of 60 stalls, approximate 600 operators, and thousands of customers (during lunch time especially)


Poor Alex got sunburned. I became significantly darker in just one day.

But at the end of the day. it`s worth it. Despite all the complains and ruthless people.... it`s all part of the experience. For now, I`m glad that it`s over and I can finally start recuperating. (sleeping)

This space is my simple escape from the harsh reality. Expect lots of random rants and whining apart from the daily reporting of things going I`m going through.

Take nothing seriously, leave comments, or just a simple hi. The world is getting smaller by the day, why not know each other now. Have fun ya all.

Regards,
Alex