Web 2.0 ... The Machine is Us/ing Us
by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - February 28, 2007 Posted: 7:26:12 PM EDT

This is a video response to Web 2.0  

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Let's all do this!
by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - February 28, 2007 Posted: 3:45:25 PM EDT

Let's all do this!
http://www.bigbigplanet.com/blog/index.php?entry=entry070127-144558

For a better Malaysia, every Malaysian on the streets should take personal responsibility to stop the rot. Bravo See Ming & Sim! 

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Trust
by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - February 27, 2007 Posted: 11:24:50 AM EDT

I have been interacting with a few person recently and it got me thinking again about our capacity for trustworthiness.

Imagine how much easier it is to work and play if you don't have to doubt people's honesty. You can say anything once and it is understood. Nobody have to second-guess what you say and what you will do later. You can have a business agreement without lawyers inserting 'suspicion-induced language and thoughts' into the document. 

Sure, I know this is not quite possible, simply because human beings are self-serving animals. We are always looking out to preserve ourselves and protect our well-beings.

Still to me, trust is the OS for human communication. Without trust, there's no communication, only mis-communication. My late father used to tell me something that resonates in me till today.

He said, 'If a person can't be trusted, he ceased being a person'.

How true, father.

What is a man when he has no capacity to be trusted? What is his worth if the very bridge connecting him and the world, is deemed broken?

   

 

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An Inconvenient Truth
by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - February 26, 2007 Posted: 10:45:10 AM EDT

An Inconvenient Truth

Global warming/climate change is no longer an abstract subject shouted out loud by 'crazy-environmentalists' anymore. Not when you can personally witness and experience the dramatic and catastrophic events that are unfolding right in front of your eyes. The truth is, ultimately nobody will be untouched by the cycle of destructions when it is fully unleashed upon our earth. If it comes. We have a small chance to reverse the damage. 


WHAT IS GLOBAL WARMING?

Carbon dioxide and other gases warm the surface of the planet naturally by trapping solar heat in the atmosphere. This is a good thing because it keeps our planet habitable. However, by burning fossil fuels such as coal, gas and oil and clearing forests we have dramatically increased the amount of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere and temperatures are rising.

The vast majority of scientists agree that global warming is real, it’s already happening and that it is the result of our activities and not a natural occurrence.1 The evidence is overwhelming and undeniable.

We’re already seeing changes. Glaciers are melting, plants and animals are being forced from their habitat, and the number of severe storms and droughts is increasing.

The number of Category 4 and 5 hurricanes has almost doubled in the last 30 years.2
Malaria has spread to higher altitudes in places like the Colombian Andes, 7,000 feet above sea level.3
The flow of ice from glaciers in Greenland has more than doubled over the past decade.4
At least 279 species of plants and animals are already responding to global warming, moving closer to the poles.5

If the warming continues, we can expect catastrophic consequences.

Deaths from global warming will double in just 25 years -- to 300,000 people a year.6
Global sea levels could rise by more than 20 feet with the loss of shelf ice in Greenland and Antarctica, devastating coastal areas worldwide.7
Heat waves will be more frequent and more intense.
Droughts and wildfires will occur more often.
The Arctic Ocean could be ice free in summer by 2050.8
More than a million species worldwide could be driven to extinction by 2050.9

There is no doubt we can solve this problem. In fact, we have a moral obligation to do so. Small changes to your daily routine can add up to big differences in helping to stop global warming. The time to come together to solve this problem is now – TAKE ACTION


1 According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), this era of global warming 'is unlikely to be entirely natural in origin' and 'the balance of evidence suggests a discernible human influence of the global climate.'
2 Emanuel, K. 2005. Increasing destructiveness of tropical cyclones over the past 30 years. Nature 436: 686-688.
3 World Health Organization
4 Krabill, W., E. Hanna, P. Huybrechts, W. Abdalati, J. Cappelen, B. Csatho, E. Frefick, S. Manizade, C. Martin, J, Sonntag, R. Swift, R. Thomas and J. Yungel. 2004. Greenland Ice Sheet: Increased coastal thinning. Geophysical Research Letters 31.
5 Nature.
6 World Health Organization
7 Washington Post, 'Debate on Climate Shifts to Issue of Irreparable Change,' Juliet Eilperin, January 29, 2006, Page A1.
8 Arctic Climate Impact Assessment. 2004. Impacts of a Warming Arctic. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. Also quoted in Time Magazine, Vicious Cycles, Missy Adams, March 26, 2006.
9 Time Magazine, Feeling the Heat, David Bjerklie, March 26, 2006.


The caption above is taken from the site below.

An Inconvenient Truth : http://www.climatecrisis.net/

An Inconvenient Truth

Hear it again, my friends.

There is no doubt we can solve this problem. In fact, we have a moral obligation to do so. Small changes to your daily routine can add up to big differences in helping to stop global warming. The time to come together to solve this problem is now – TAKE ACTION

And before we throw up our hands and say we do not control the destructive industries of the world, here are 10 things you can do, to make a difference.
http://www.climatecrisis.net/pdf/10things.pdf

I hope fellow bloggers will pick up this message and spread it far and wide. If everyone of us can do some small adjustments in our lives and also do our part to raise awareness within our circle of influence, we can significantly and dramatically reduce the carbon emissions we produce that is harming this fragile habitat of ours.


An Inconvenient Truth

INSTRUCTION : You can copy and paste this banner onto your blog or website. It links to the 'AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH'  (http://www.climatecrisis.net/) official website. Let's do our part to raise awareness about the need to act today collectively as a human race to protect our fragile, febrile planet.

NOTE: Kudos to YTL (http://www.ytlcommunity.com/climatechange) for demonstrating far-sightedness and an admirable sense of corporate social responsibility.

 

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Antidote
by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - February 23, 2007 Posted: 10:32:27 PM EDT

I found the best antidote for smugness.

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Are you getting Wikied?
by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - February 21, 2007 Posted: 1:27:46 AM EDT

Are we getting hit be the second wave of the digital economy? Web 2.0 now? How will that change your life, your work & your business?

Is business as usual as relevant as yesterday's newspapers? Will the phenomenon of mass-collaboration become that tsunami of change that will forever alter our economic landscape?

Or is this just another fad that will fade away? 


Wikinomics : How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything
~ Don Tapscott & Anthony D. Williams

Whatever it will be, surely you will not want to miss this book. 

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Debug This!
by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - February 14, 2007 Posted: 2:02:00 PM EDT

'...The hardest part of the software task is arriving at a complete and consistent specification, and much of the essence of building a program is in fact the debugging of the specification...'
~ Scott Rosenberg, Dreaming in Code.

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Stealing Time to Love
by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - February 13, 2007 Posted: 5:04:27 PM EDT

'When you coming home, dad? I don't know when,
But we'll get together then. You know we'll have a good time then.'
~ Cats in the Cradle, Harry Chapin.
 

I have a daughter who's 11 going 21.

I see her growing up right in front of my eyes. She was my baby only yesterday. Now the signs of my daughter transforming from a little girl into a young lady is too clear to be missed. And as her father, I am making mental notes for the coming of rebellious 13. I am worried about the messy crushes of 17.  I might be heart-broken when she's 21 and leaves home to seek her own life. 

Other than the weekend trips to MPH Subang Parade, reading in a little corner together or sending her to her dance classes on Saturday afternoon, I really don't see enough of her. She goes to sleep at 9.00pm so that she can wake-up at 6.00am to go to school.

I often get home only at 9.30pm.  

Most days, I miss my daughter badly. At least that's how I felt last night. 

The night before she went to bed, she reminded me to buy her mandarin oranges. She love mandarin oranges and she said I should get her 10 for Chinese New Year. When I got home about 9.30pm, and as I watched the auto-gate open slowly, I realised I did not have the mandarin oranges I promised her. So I shut the gate again and drove off to USJ 4 for a box of mandarin oranges. I bought it from the roadside stall in front of Apollo Restaurant.

When I got home, I passed the box to Saoda, my domestic helper and told her to let my little girl know that I bought her mandarin-oranges when she wakes up in the morning.

I then went for a shower.

Before I sleep, I walked over to her bed and kissed her goodnight. Looking at her sleeping, I wanted to let her know how much I love her and missed her. How often do you need to tell an 11 year old girl you love her? How much is enough for a little girl growing up to be a little lady? I'm not sure. Sometimes when I do get to see her at night, she's tired after a long day at school and cranky at best. And I am often not my best after a long, long day.

I stood there for a moment, thinking.

Then I got an idea.

I went downstairs into the kitchen and took 1 plastic bag from under the sink. I then opened the fridge and took out 2 mandarin oranges. I felt the coolness of the oranges in my palm and then put them into the plastic bag. I then search for a piece of paper inside one of those crayons/color-pencils-filled, and masterpieces-stuffed drawers and wrote a note to my daughter.

I chose my words with care. 

Then I put the little note into the plastic bag with the mandarin-oranges. I tied the plastic bag with the 2 mandarin oranges and the little note. Then I unzipped her school bag and placed the plastic bag inside, on top of her exercise books. I then zipped her school bag and patted the oranges and little note over the rough canvass before I went to sleep.

I imagine she would open her bag at school at 7.15am today. For that brief moment, I hope my girl knows how much I love her.

 

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Happy Chinese New Year
by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - February 13, 2007 Posted: 3:27:28 PM EDT

The Year of the Boar

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FANTABULOUS
by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - February 10, 2007 Posted: 12:12:30 AM EDT

A close friend message me online saying he's getting very near to cliching the best deals of his life. He's landed all kinds of deals, with value in the millions but this one is special. This is priceless, he said.

He proposed to his girl friend and she said yes. He's ecstatic!

Now this is no ordinary boy-meet-girl and proposed with a stalk of rose story. He is pushing 40. He's a great guy, but one of those who were many times 'unlucky in love'. And I personally witnessed the many heart-breaks he endured. So I am very happy for him.  As a matter of fact, I'm relieved.

You know why? Here's why.

I secretly thought all these years that I jinked his relationships. I was the walking 'bad luck broomstick' for him as far as his relationship was concerned. Over the last decade or so, whenever he got on steady with someone, I will be introduced over dinner or something. And for some strange reasons, many of his relationships became unglued after that. And I thought I saw a pattern. He mentioned that to me too. So when he said he's going to invite me and Christina out for a double date recently, I confessed to Christina I was nervous. 


image taken from www.pickwellsbard.com

The dinner went on fine. Seeing a possible turn of events, I suggested to him that he should do the next best thing. I told him he should propose to her. They had been together for 2-3 years. So when he did propose some weekends ago in a resort in town, (he told me before the day would share his joy with me when he gets the nod), he went quiet.

Very quiet.

Uncharacteristically quiet.

I held my breath for about 4 weeks. I hate to see him go through another one of those dark periods. 

And yes PHEW!

PHEW. PHEW. PHEW. EXHALE!

She said yes. But daddy needs to have a word first with him. Still, it's a YES!

Hey buddy, congrats! And you are ON! Two thumbs up!

Woot!

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Happy Birthday, Lyn Pei!
by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - February 9, 2007 Posted: 11:23:53 PM EDT


Lyn Pei said she's 18.


Here's the very flavorful green tea cake from Baker's Cottage. It's one of the few cakes I went for a second helping.


Here's big sis Lydia lighting up the candles for Lyn Pei.


Here Im getting my first piece of the greentea cake. I made sure I got my second piece undocumented. ;-) 

The cameraman is Andrew. He's fiddling with our new Nikon D40. I think Hui Sheng is 'processing' the cake undetected.

Last week we did a birthday bash for Deborah (the one with long hair and white stripped shirt) at a Korean Restaurant in Taipan USJ. I think it's called Dorae, or something. Unfortunately we didn't shoot any photos. Or did we? 

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Choices, Destiny.
by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - February 8, 2007 Posted: 7:09:44 PM EDT

Easy Hard
image taken from deviantart. artist not identified.

If you are only willing to do what is easy, life will be hard. If you are willing to do what is hard, life will be easy.
~ T. Harv Eker

 

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