Jumaat, 27 Jun 2008

So what did YOU do this week?

~~~~~*~~~~~~ I asked a girl to marry me.~~~~~~*~~~~~~


yah, edited this one too, malu

Keep holding on ~ Avril Lavigne

You're not alone Together we stand I'll be by your side, you know I'll take your hand
When it gets cold And it feels like the end There's no place to go
You know I won't give in No I won't give in

Keep holding on 'Cause you know we'll make it through, we'll make it through
Just stay strong 'Cause you know I'm here for you, I'm here for you
There's nothing you could say Nothing you could do
There's no other way when it comes to the truth
So keep holding on 'Cause you know we'll make it through, we'll make it through

So far away I wish you were here Before it's too late, this could all disappear
Before the doors close And it comes to an end With you by my side I will fight and defend
I'll fight and defend Yeah, yeah

Keep holding on 'Cause you know we'll make it through, we'll make it through
Just stay strong 'Cause you know I'm here for you, I'm here for you
There's nothing you could say Nothing you could do
There's no other way when it comes to the truth
So keep holding on 'Cause you know we'll make it through, we'll make it through

Hear me when I say, when I say I believe
Nothing's gonna change, nothing's gonna change destiny
Whatever's meant to be will work out perfectly


(i dunno wot to do, nak kawen, ta de instruction manual pulak)

Khamis, 26 Jun 2008

Bahasa ~ Speaking

Malaysian & European language roots shared with Sanskrit/IE/Persian
bhāṣā - Sanskrit; prabhāṣeta - speaks
phasa - Thai
bahasa - Malaysian-Indonesian: bisa bicara bahasa (bus/bas/bis)
(s)bhaas - PIE: *(s)peis- (to blow, aspirate), voice
(s)pra.ha. - German: spreche (sprekke), add s, h to k sound
(s)p.a.h. - Dutch: spaaks (speks), add s, r lost, h to k sound
p.a.has - French: parlez (parley), r lost, b lost, has to rle
prabhas. - Spanish: habla (abla), pr to h, bha to bla
prabhas - Arabic: tanafas, pra to tana?, bhas to fas
.r.ha. - Hebrew: ruah (ruhah), u added, p & bha & sa lost
p..b.a - Greek: pneuma, pra to pnu?, bha to ma
(s)p.r.heta - Latin: espiritu ~ breath/preach/respire/spirit/speak
(s)p..t, k(s)pktreta - English: spit, expectorate
(s)p.r.eta - English: aspirate (rough suction, sip, slurp "srottt")

Sabtu, 21 Jun 2008

Cutting Wood, Stone and Bone

Wood, bamboo, bone, stone have grain patterns (cellular fiber matrix) that vary from linear to spiral. Spiral patterns are harder to split linearly lengthwise, and are usually cut with a saw.

Eg. Wood/Stone/Bone cutting: splitting vs sawing

A plank is split following the grain orientation, producing some splints/splinters, and then often smoothly planed;

while a board is sawn in any orientation, producing some powdery sawdust, and then often smoothly sanded.

word derivatives: 2D fiber -> 3D fabric | 2D mat -> 3D matrix

I intended to write a bit more, but it's rather technical.

Selasa, 17 Jun 2008


the la's - there she goes again (they dis-embedded the vid but the link works ok) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fL0WiB69T0


Is this an incorrect perception? Biased perhaps. Stereotypes are often biased.
maafkan ku kalau anda tak suke gambo tu. silakan kata saya. It was meant to tease, but not to hurt. Sometimes it is hard to know the difference, yeah? ok. [update: am i being too serious bout this? hmm, just lil bit]

I've been teased a lot at various times (like everybody, right?), been physically hurt a few times (ouch!), and emotionally hurt once badly it shattered me (took some time to recover from that). Life is complicated, sometimes painful, and sometimes tears are all there is. I hope I don't make you cry, but sometimes I hope you do cry anyways. Because some people cannot cry, they can only hate and harm themselves and others around them. sian. They may lose their humanity. Let's keep it. Real life ain't made for emo crybabies, but it ain't for robots either. [update: I hope that doesn't sound harsh. I meant that if someone is always weeping or never weeps at all, maybe they would benefit from rebalancing therapy or medical treatment. ok, now i sound like a softie. can't win for tryin.]
Earn your tears, face your fears. aite. jom. gambatte ne.

salam, dari daud ~ di nor calif

Isnin, 16 Jun 2008

The Great American Soda Pop Controversy

Gene expression: Razib's map

In USA, some people call soft drink like Pepsi as 'pop', others as 'soda', others call it Coke (even if it's Pepsi or Root Beer).

This reminded me of coconut in Malaysia, some call it 'nyiur' (probable shared origin of the English word 'nut' and Latin word 'nux'), others call it 'kelapa', some 'kopyor'. It would be neat to see that mapped out like above.

In US, also, the word for the upturned water faucet for drinking is 'water fountain' in some areas, 'bubbler' in others.


virtual pool (sape takut air, bole mandi disini)

Selasa, 10 Jun 2008

Fathers Day * Hari Abah, dek bday (June 15)

In memory of Clarence and his son Wayne (my father), and appreciation for present & future dads. [oleh abang daud di nor qalif, tok adik beradik]

Sons and Fathers

Without sons and fathers, what would we do?
Do the best we can, as we know they'd want us to...
They make a hard hot world, a much safer place
they make a million memories, that will never be erased

Can you hear the thunder
in a little girl's tears?
Will you mend her broken heart
and soothe all her fears?

Well that's what teddy bears are for,
when loved ones have gone through the door
Yeah that's what teddy bears are for,
when loved ones have gone through the door
and that's what wings and prayers are for.

[A gentleman's poetic reflections on Fathers Day, DDeden 2007]

How great thou art ~ Allah akbar

O lord my god, when i in awesome wonder,
Consider all the worlds thy hands have made;
I see the stars, i hear the rolling thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed.

When through the woods, and forest glades i wander,
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees.
When i look down, from lofty mountain grandeur
And see the brook, and feel the gentle breeze.

Then sings my soul, my saviour god, to thee,
How great thou art, how great thou art.
Then sings my soul, my saviour god, to thee,
How great thou art, how great thou art.

O when I see ungrateful man defiling
This bounteous earth, god's gifts so good and great;
In foolish pride, god's holy name reviling,
And yet, in grace, his wrath and judgment wait.

When burdens press, and seem beyond endurance,
Bowed down with grief, to him i lift my face;
And then with love he brings me sweet assurance:
'Small child, for thee sufficient is my grace'.

Then sings my soul, my saviour god, to thee,
How great thou art, how great thou art.
Then sings my soul, my saviour god, to thee,
How great thou art, how great thou art.

Carl Gustav Boberg wrote the song in Sweden in 1885 following a two mile walk through a thunderstorm from a prayer meeting. My father loved this song, he sang it loud and clear, I think in part because my mom was an artist, sort of a dual meaning for him. It was performed during his funeral and did bring some tears to my eyes as I sang with the choir.

al fatiha ~ papa ~ rest in peace



my sis ~ happy birthday ~ schoen geburstag ~ shinzekweile ~ selamat hari jadi

i wanted to marry before doing anymore stuff with the sibs and cuzzies
that's why i've been out of touch and why i went away. i'm proud of you doc.

hope you've got your faith restored in full, whatever one is best for you.

happy birthday sis! hope you can try some of that 'evening in missoula' herbal tea, it really is good stuff, even to a coffee-phile like me. peace, love and bubbles.

Cute Aussie candles (platypus & frogs), and blue candle on space station in microgravity (spherical flame) compared to earth's regular gravity (teardrop flame). I think the yellow color is due to tiny impurities (soot, buckyballs), while the blue flame doesn't burn the soot. neat. yeah, i know, i couldn't resist being the geeky science nerd brother, hehe. remember, despite the science teacher's ignorance, fire and water are both fluid and thus naturally spherical, not formless, when not in the presence of a large gravitational object (like planet Earth).
[ps. stick in a 'thus' and you sound like einstein.]

Time to rest, my eyes are tired. alhamdullilah ~ alleluyah.

Sabtu, 7 Jun 2008

Khalifah, Art & Science Shows in the galleries

Ecology in Islam: Protection of the Web of Life a Duty for Muslims By Dr. Hasan Zillur Rahim, physicist-engineer in Northern California, editor of IQRA, newsletter of the South Bay Islamic Association, in San Jose, CA.

"The earth's resources land, water, air, minerals, forests are available for our use, but these gifts come from God with certain ethical restraints imposed on them. We may use them to meet our needs, but only in a way that does not upset ecological balance and that does not compromise the ability of future generations to meet their needs.

Thus, not knowing about stewardship and accountability, we reduce Qur'anic teachings to narrow definitions of crime and punishment. This is reflected in unenlightened environmental leadership found in some Muslim countries today.

The Fundamental Role of Water

Several verses of the Qur'an deal with the hydrological cycle and the fundamental role water plays in sustaining life on earth. In referring to the fertility of the soil, to the unique properties of fresh and sea water, to the course of rivers and the presence underground of springs and aquifers, and most significantly to the aquatic origin of life, the Qur'an places water at the top of all the natural phenomena on earth. The miracle of water is emphasized in a particular verse where God, addressing those who may doubt the truth of resurrection, first gives the example of the growth of the fetus within the mother's womb, leading to the birth of a human being."

Among all known hominids/hominoids, humans have the flattest swim-fin-like or flipper-like hands and feet (compare H sapiens hand X-ray to Phocid and Sirenia forelimbs vs. Pongo/Pan), all other hominoids have more phallangeal/metatarsal bone curvature.

Live play performance by the schoolkids, reptile show, bird show, Arts Alive exhibit (3D Fabrications) and Open Studios (all public invited to see artists work). Quite busy, I did some painting, washing up, carried in the snakes (huhu!); Naturalists and schoolteachers will be speaking.

June 7, 6 to 9 p.m. 411 Twelfth Street, Eureka. The Ink People Center for the Arts will host a show of fish prints, masks and interpretive wildlife posters made by students at the Transitional Opportunity Program School (TOPS) and Lincoln Elementary School. The featured artwork is produced through Ink People's O. G. Redwoods Are Alive! program. This monthlong science and art project is implemented with the help of many local and state agencies as well as community nonprofit organizations.

Enjoy the artwork of some very talented local youths at this community event, a part of Eureka’s monthly Arts Alive! program. Meet live reptiles, amphibians, and birds of the redwood forests. Talk with ecologists who study and care for our natural world. Learn how you are part of the web of life.

MORE INFORMATION: For information about ASK ME (Art & Science Kids interested in Media & Education), contact program director Barbara A. Domanchuk at (707) 442-8413 or (707) 768-1738. ASK ME is a DreamMaker program of The Ink People Center for the Arts.

This event is made possible in part by the League's Education Grants Program.


"In the end, we conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught."
- Baba Dioum, Senegalese conservationist and poet


Environmental Seminars in the Russian River Area

The public and aspiring docents are invited to the Russian River area of California for seminars on topics ranging from redwood ecology to environmental living. Sonoma Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods.

Russian Gulch State Park

HIGHLIGHTS: Along with majestic redwoods, Russian Gulch State Park is home to 7,630 feet of ocean frontage, a large, collapsed sea cave with churning water.

ACTIVITIES: Swimming, tide pool exploring, skin diving, rock fishing, a 36 foot waterfall, a paved three-mile bicycle trail, and miles of hiking trails through the redwood forest. Call the Visitor Center at (707) 937-5804 for details.

Jumaat, 6 Jun 2008

Floating hot tub hydrotherapy

Floating Hot Tub

Do they have a canopy version too, like this life raft?

Is this great hydrotherapy? ME LOIKE! Imagine in chilly weather or cold water, can "chill out" in a hot tub? A few minutes dive into the cold water, then hop in the hot tub and warm up keeping steady breathing, kind of like a liquid Finnish sauna.

I like it for one reason: the ocean water here is so dayamn cold , one can't swim without a thick wetsuit. This floating hot tub seems like one could dive, then with a small side ladder climb in to warm up, then dive again. Strap on an electric trolling motor and go cruising around the pond or bay, what a blast!

If I had any extra money, yeah, I'd get one and keep it with my (future) sailboat.

I'm sure one can also use it on dry ground or in a house, so very convenient, multiple use. Neat idea...

Khamis, 5 Jun 2008

Morons, mucus & microbiota

icosahedral Phage
Science Biology: Bacteria + viral Phage in the gut

Note pictures, expecially the hexagonal space packing one.


Humans produce saliva-like mucus along the length of the GI tract, respiratory tract and the reproductive tract. Humans have ten times more bacteria cells than human cells in their bodies, only 10% of your cellular body is genetically really you.

Bacteriophages use 'morons' (novel genes) which cause diarrhea by excreting chemicals, this moves the virus (which had been inside the bacteria) away to new victims via fecal material, eg. E. coli.

"The bacteria only cause diarrhea because of genes encoded by phages!

'Morons' are genes that bacteriophages carry around which are unnecessary for the virus, but helpful for the host bacteria. Like the MORON toxins that encode Type III secretion effectors that make you poop when you're colonized by Salmonella or Cholera or the MORON toxins that make you poop when you eat spinach sprinkled with E. Coli.."

'What is the advantage to an E. Coli or Cholera strain that makes me want to die as opposed to a strain that just hangs out not causing problems? The Backpacker'

"Because you poop and then bacteria can spread to new hosts, fecal to oral :) Poop is the key** Its like how influenza makes you feel like crap, but you cough/sneeze, which spreads the virus to new hosts! people die from this, if they don't have access to adequate medical treatment..."

So it's the secretion of the bacteriophage that affects the ionic membrane producing diarrhea, while antibiotic treatment kills the bacteria, thereby killing the parasitizing virus. The bacteria itself is not toxic, and will sit in the body until time for virus reproduction, when toxins are released.


Bacteriophages can be found in all reservoirs populated by bacterial hosts, such as soil or the intestines of animals. One of the densest natural sources for phages and other viruses is sea water, where up to 9×108 virions per milliliter have been found in microbial mats at the surface[2], and up to 70% of marine bacteria may be infected by phages.[3]

They have been used for over 60 years as an alternative to antibiotics in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.[4] They are seen as a possible therapy against multi drug resistant strains of many bacteria.

Rabu, 4 Jun 2008

Here comes the sun

the sun is shining. new day.

i'm gonna do some art, either drawing or painting, when i got time, the building entrance. mebbe.

Tania (temp worker) is cleaning the art closet, what a mess, 30 years of paints, art supplies, etc.

"There she goes" by sixpence none the richer, copied by masterjedi at youtube / combat zone at squint sony:

Isnin, 2 Jun 2008

past leads the future

past precedes future action... but does not control it.

the wheel of life keeps turning

5 pillars are the spokes in the wheel of life

hmm, this post is frustrating because...?

ok, now i realized why...it's a drizzly day since yesterday, no sunshine or stars, just drizzle and clouds.