Windows 7 - Sneak Peak
by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - May 29, 2008 Posted: 4:54:34 PM EDT

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The Greatest Piece of Engineering
by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - May 26, 2008 Posted: 3:28:37 PM EDT

It's great to know that I've actually spent a good amount of my life riding a piece of engineering marvel. The amazing Honda Cub!

Honda Cub

I had a Honda C70 for about 10 years. OK, it didnt' feel like I owned a piece of inspired metal when I was using it to get around then. It worked and it was kinda rough-edged. But it was unbreakable. It required very little care and it cost very little to keep it going. Come to think of it, the cub is a piece of all-purpose wonder vehicle. My life would have been much less exciting. One thing for sure, campus life would have been crap without this cub. No midnight movies on the weekends, no teh-tarik sessions at Bangsar, no run-ride to KL or shopping at Sungai Wang. Well, you get what I mean...

Maybe I should get one and keep it handy while the price of petrol spins out of control? Hrm, great idea! I bet you if all of us ride the Honda Cub, there would be less wars across the world. :-)

[May 26, 1908: Mideast Oil Discovered — There Will Be Blood]
[1908: A British company strikes oil in Persia (now Iran). It's the first big petroleum find in the Middle East, and it sets off a wave of exploration, extraction and exploitation that will change the region's -- and the world's -- history.]

 
An oil well hits a gusher in an early oil field.
Courtesy BP

http://www.wired.com/science/discoveries/news/2008/05/dayintech_0526


And Al Gore might not have a second career...

Now how do I nominate the Honda Cub for the Nobel Peace prize?

 

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A Stroke of Nirvana
by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - May 26, 2008 Posted: 2:57:41 PM EDT

'JILL BOLTE TAYLOR was a neuroscientist working at Harvard’s brain research center when she experienced nirvana.

On Dec. 10, 1996, Dr. Taylor, then 37, woke up in her apartment near Boston with a piercing pain behind her eye. A blood vessel in her brain had popped. Within minutes, her left lobe — the source of ego, analysis, judgment and context — began to fail her. Oddly, it felt great.'

~ New York Times feature

Check out this amazing lecture by Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor at TED.

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Made to Stick
by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - May 21, 2008 Posted: 8:20:43 PM EDT

THIS IS TRUE STORY, RING THE BOTTOM NUMBER IF YOU DONT BELIEVE IT!! Medical Centre phone number at the end of this story is real.

'This guy went out on a Saturday night a few weeks ago to a party. He was having a good time and had a couple of beers and some girl seemed to like him and invited him to go to another party. He quickly agreed and decided to go along with her. She took him to a party in some apartment and they continued to drink, and even got involved with some drug (unknown).

The next thing he knew, he woke up completely naked in a bathtub filled with ice. He was still feeling the effects of the drugs, but looked around to see he was alone. He looked down at his chest, which had CALL 000 or YOU'LL DIE' written on it with lipstick. He saw a phone was on a stand next to the tub so he picked it up and dialled. He explained to the EMS operator what the situation was and that he didn't know where he was, what he took, or why he was really calling. She advised him to get out of the tub. He did, and he appeared normal, so she told him to check his back. He did, he found two 9 inch slits on his lower back. She told him to get back into the tub immediately, and they sent a rescue team over.

Apparently, after being examined, he found out more of what had happened. His kidneys were stolen. They were worth $10,000 each in the black market.Several guesses are in order: The second party was a sham, the people involved had to be at least medical students and it was not just recreational drugs he was given. Regardless, he is currently in the hospital on a life support, awaiting a spare kidney. The University of Sydney in conjunction with the Royal Prince Alfred hospital is conducting tissue research to match the victim with a donor.

I wish to warn you about a new crime ring that is targeting business travellers. This ring is well organized and well funded, has very skilled personnel and is currently operating in most major cities around the world and recently very active in Sydney . The crime begins when a business traveller goes to a lounge for a drink at the end of the work day. A person in the bar walks up as they sit alone and offers to buy them a drink. The last thing the traveller remembers until they wake up in a hotel room bathtub, their body submerged to their neck in ice, is sipping that drink.

There is a note taped to the wall instructing them not to move and to call 000. A phone is on the small table next to the bathtub for them to call. The business traveller calls 000 who have been quite familiar with this crime. The business traveller is instructed by the 000 operator to very slowly and carefully reach behind them and feel there i s a tube protruding from the back. The business traveller finds the tube and answers 'YES'. The 000 operator tells them to remain still, having already sent paramedics to help. The operator knows that both of the traveller's kidneys had been harvested.

This is not a scam or out of science fiction novel. It is real. It is documented and confirmable. If you travel or someone close to you travels, please be careful. Sadly,this is very true. My friend's husband is a Sydney EMT and they have received alerts regarding this crime ring. It is to be taken very seriously. The daughter of a friend of a fire-fighter had this happen to her.

Skilled doctors are performing these crimes! (which, by the way have been highly noted in the Brisbane area). Additionally, the military has received alerts regarding this. I REALLY WANT AS MANY PEOPLE TO SEE THIS AS POSSIBLE SO PLEASE BOUNCE THIS TO WHOEVER YOU CAN. (Person's Name) DML/Lab Administration Medical Manager Research And Development [CONTACT DETAILS REMOVED]'

PLEASE forward this to everyone you know!!!

The story above is legendary.

But it's a hoax. 

Oh boy, it sure got your attention, didn't it?
http://www.hoax-slayer.com/kidney-stealing-hoax.html

Sometimes, you must have wondered why, despite the many times you've explained something to people around you, they don't make much of it.

Why some ideas  get adopted and some die painful deaths?

Well, you might have an answer in the book below. :-)  

Made to Stick by Chip & Dan Heath

Maybe the next time around, you should tell a bizarre story to get your next deal? Not quite, there's method to the madness.

Happy reading!!!

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Here in My Home
by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - May 21, 2008 Posted: 8:05:26 PM EDT

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An alchemist of the Internet and marketing strategies, leading the charge to put our creative and software talents into serving companies who are out to slay the global giants. Also known as Chief of Caffeine Consumption and hallucinates between projects. Yes, that accounts for his “giant slaying” stuff.

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