Thursday, October 30, 2014

Should she do Comp Science?

You don't need any math to tell you that the app development space is dominated by the boys. A graph like this with a time line tell the story more clearly.

The girl is a natural with computers. It is like they are made for each other, like she knows how the machine thinks. Unfortunately she isn't the assertive sort and often give up rather than defend her interests. I was also a natural at these stuff too but my enthusiasm has weakened considerably over time, and I know of many others like me.

In just a few short years she would have to decide which path to take.  Right now she is focused on getting her A1s. We are quite certain the two maths are in the pocket already. Maths is easy to tell.

Blogged with Blogger app at Marine Parade Library.

MRT and the GCE O and A levels

An old friend caught this at the mrt station and posted it on social media.

My girl is having her O levels and I am putting aside work to take her to and back for every paper.

It's a real shame we do not have much confidence in our train system. I think many people are still angry but the numbers must have shrunk.

Not everyone is able to drive their children to these exams. These are such high stakes exams that you have to organize your life around them.

The girl will read this post and I hope she appreciate how fortunate she is.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Norton AntiVirus Renewal

I have been renewing my Norton Antivirus buying off a new box off the shelf every year for a while now. I was suspicious of the box price when I checked recently at Challenger: $59. I remember paying less than $50

For years, Norton had the self defeating practice of making you pay more to renew online but it changed when I checked recently.

Next year this time I will look up this blog to compare prices.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Very slow Sing Post

The parcel for me arrived in Singapore last Friday and a week later I haven't seen it yet. According to the system, some postal worker is carrying it about now and I can expect it today.

See how quickly it was packaged and dispatched out of Beijing. It only took them a couple of days.

Very unimpressed with Sing Post performance. No wonder they also do not deliver our magazines timely.

Incubating ISIS professionals

I understand William Pesek the Bloomberg columnist poked fun at the brouhaha created by this touching dogs event. To many including those in Malaysia, the whole issue must have appeared as absurd.

Look at the last few paragraphs of the story. You can feel the hostility and the desire to violently hurt the organizers and its participants. I wonder how many more steps are needed to bring them to become fully ISIS worthy. To me they are being incubated for apocalyptic Islam. ISIS offer them a caliphate in the making. Who the hell do they think they are that can force the Almighty's hand? I wonder how many of these extremist Muslims are aware of the direction that they are headed. To me, the moment you start nursing anger and retribution against others, you are no longer Islam worthy. You have gone over to the dark side.

Almost every day I wanted to write something about the ISIS but I restrain myself. The above is from ST October 20.

Malaysian society is fertile ground for ISIS to incubate and mine for misguided Muslims professionals to further their cause. No doubt some of these potential recruits have been under cover threatening violence toward Syed Azmi and the other organizers.

Today we are witnessing the rise of a hateful version of Islam. They may not be the majority but they have far greater drive and energy. They are growing market share faster than the other Islamic schools. Since many peaceful Muslims regrettably also possess little knowledge (a problem with Christianity too) of their religion, instead of battling ISIS deviant theology, they are potential prey. The difficult and onerous task is left to a small group of Muslim theologians. They are poorly organized and therefore out gunned. Some these theologians are even sitting on the fence and have not make up their minds! They could even tip over to ISIS side.

I am still waiting and may be in vain for the big theological contest against Salafism in general and specifically Wahhabism as presented in ISIS and Al Qaeda. Until the battle of ideas began we will not make progress fighting this evil idea virus. In the west, a growing number of people aren't so patient. They have made up their minds that Islam is an evil religion and not a religion of peace. That is most regrettable. That is the path of violence, tears and death. Do they know what they are wishing for?

Update: Oct 25, 4:45pm

Imperfect, but we in Singapore is probably doing this better than anywhere else. In London they are trying and failing big time.

Under Bush, the US believed too much in their big guns. Obama is much more sophisticated and nuanced but America's politicians, media and people are too shallow. They fail to understand that Obama refusal to give in to them will spare America a lot grief tomorrow. If you can't make things better, don't make it worse. On their own they are already very good and doing themselves in. Assad is the most astute player but also most evil and self centered.

A bicycle friendly nation?

Cyclists aren't showing enough enthusiasm for Khaw's plan to make us a bicycle friendly city. On the other hand the opposition is quite vocal.

Top of my head, I thought the idea was impractical because our weather is just too hot and humid.

But I think we should just go ahead and keep pushing until we succeed because on balance the benefits are worth it.

I was thinking may be I could use a light motorized bicycle going out to keep cool and muscle power pedaling home. I can always take a bath when I get back. Good exercise too.  Of course, I worry about losing the bike to theft. Unless more effort is put in to control this, the scheme will fail.

Many cyclists today are only interested in cycling as a sports and Khaw is mulling over this as a mode of transport. I think they don't like to share space with too many slower going cyclists. This could be why they are no so eager. When I go to the PCN, there are now many notices urging cyclists not to speed.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

ABC Brickworks Food Centre

Late dinner at ABC Brickworks Food Centre last night. Many stalls were still open and that's good. We had many choices.

Also bumped into an old friend we had not met for perhaps almost ten years? She still looked the same! Good for her.

I think this place is worth returning to.