Warrior - Fei Yue Shoes
by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - August 25, 2008 Posted: 8:27:17 PM EDT

When I was at school, (...twas long time ago...in the 70s and 80s...) I remember having 3 choices of school shoes. Bata, Fung Keong and WARRIOR SHOES. And the coolest was the Warrior High-cut basketball shoes that I can buy from main-street, Kulai. I wore it from Form 1 up to Form 5.

If you wear a pair of Warrior, you jump higher and you dribble better on the court. If you wear Bata to play basketball, you are a geek. That sounds familiar, no? It was the Nike Air of my time! Well guys, we've been there, done that. And it cost a lot less, our performance shoes!!!

Back to the story, I wore it almost everyday for Five long years, then I forgot about them...until today, that is.

Warrior Shoes

Apparently, the brand didn't just die. I grew out of it.

Warrior shoes was THE SHOE of China from the 70s to the 90s. It was the shoe of the farmers, factory workers, construction laborers and the leaders of the country. Everyone will have a pair at home. However, with the economic reforms and subsequent wealth of the country, the younger generation look to brands like Adidas, Nike, Convderse, Reebok, etc.

From what I heard, the brand is making a comeback. It was featured in the Beijing 2008 opening ceremony. Remember the thousands of martial art exponents leaping in synchrony. They were assisted by Warrior Shoes! And Orlando Bloom was caught wearing a pair in his new film. (sorry, I don't know the name...) 


Jump higher with Warrior Shoes! 

Warrior Shoes-reloaded
Eat your heart out, Converse! Warrior's Superhip Cross-trainer...

 

Wohoo! A whole collection of Warrior shoes, retro and hip! They RAWK! :-)

Alright! I am gonna pick up a pair on our upcoming trip to Guilin, China.

Read more about this brand here:
http://www.bookofwarriors.fi

 

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IT-wired schools
by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - August 25, 2008 Posted: 6:18:30 PM EDT

It's good to note that our work (XIMNET MALAYSIA) for Ngee Ann econdary School and Microsoft Singapore got featured in The Star over the weekend. Here's a caption of the article:

How far can you go with the use of ICT in classroom learning? In Singapore, there seems to be no limit.

NEWTON’S students think he is smart and patient. There are 40 of them in class, but he always gives them individual attention and is generous with his compliments whenever they get an answer right.

The Physics teaching assistant is also known for his sense of humour.

“Tell us about Newton’s Law 1,” says Secondary Three student Teo Wan Jing.

“Take a book resting on the table,” says Newton. “What do you think are the forces acting on it? Weight and normal reaction (Type 1) or friction and air resistance (Type 2)?”

“Type 1.”

“That’s correct! The weight of the book pushes on the table and the table exerts a contact force that pushes back on the book.”

To test if Newton is indeed as funny as people say, Wan Jing pops the next question: “Am I pretty?”

Immediately, he replies – “Why don’t you ask me about things that I’m here for?” – and ends his sentence with a smiley emoticon.

Wan Jing and classmate Ong Sin Yee burst into laughter as they read Newton’s reply on Windows Live Messenger, an Instant Messaging (IM) tool that enables a user to send and receive messages, photographs and videos.

Newton is not your usual Physics teaching assistant. He is a Windows Live Agent (WLA), an “always-on” character who can chat with students about Physics, ranging from the background of the famed scientist he is named after, to the theories behind topics such as gravity and forces.

“WLA is a chat interface based on the interaction between a sentient human ‘speaking’ to a computer with artificial intelligence capabilities to achieve a goal,” says Alvin Tan, subject head of Information and Communication Technology/Media Resource Library at Singapore’s Ngee Ann Secondary School.

The goal, in this case, is to teach students about Newton’s Law in a pilot project involving 80 students, in collaboration with Microsoft Singapore.

Read the full article here:
http://thestar.com.my/education/story.asp?file=/2008/8/24/education/1860517&sec=education

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The Neccessary Revolution
by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - August 21, 2008 Posted: 3:40:53 PM EDT

I attended Sime Darby's inaugural Developing Sustainable Futures Lecture Series last night.

While  I was listening to Prof Emir Salim, I was reminded of the similarities of the theme of his talk to this book I am currently now reading, THE NECCESSARY REVOLUTION, by Peter Senge, author of 'The Fifth Dicipline'. Senge is the proponent of The Learning Organization, a  systems thinker that overhauled  the business world with his deep insights into the way organization thrive and fail, depending on its ability to learn and reflect. Peter Senge was named one of the twenty-four people who had the 'greatest influence pver the last 100 years' by the Journal of Business Strategy.

Senge asked himself this question, 'What is the ultimate learning goal of an organization?' To be more profitable? To be more efficient? To be more effective?

To what end?

He thinks the real goal of learning organizations is to create a SUSTAINABLE WORLD, without which, we are all headed towards the harsh reality of a civilization trapped in its own illusion, spinning towards destruction in the next decades or so.

Just as we have watched many many cycles of economic bubbles, we are headed for a bust as the people of the Industrial Age Bubble. This giant bubble that was fired by the non-renewable fossil fuel economy  is coming to an end.

Either the Industrial Bubble ends with a new, sustainable model of development, or we might go the way of the Mayan civilization.

What role would you like to play in this?

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The Pale Blue Pot
by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - August 21, 2008 Posted: 3:21:23 PM EDT

Deborah pointed me to this video. Classic Carl Sagan.

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Sing, Boom De Ah Dah!
by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - August 19, 2008 Posted: 8:09:25 PM EDT

Stop that frown, Say Boom De Ah Dah!

 

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BigDog, the robot
by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - August 19, 2008 Posted: 2:55:27 PM EDT

A company in the USA, called Boston Dynamics invents robots. These robots are used in various types of industries. The one below seems to be a robotic mule, but it is called BigDog. I guess it looks like a dog, Ok, a weird dog. Imagine this dog carrying military supplies into hard to reach areas... cool, right?  

This is what the company says about its awesome technology.

'The Most Advanced Quadruped Robot on Earth
BigDog is the alpha male of the Boston Dynamics family of robots. It is a quadruped robot that walks, runs, and climbs on rough terrain and carries heavy loads. BigDog is powered by a gasoline engine that drives a hydraulic actuation system. BigDog's legs are articulated like an animal’s, and have compliant elements that absorb shock and recycle energy from one step to the next. BigDog is the size of a large dog or small mule, measuring 1 meter long, 0.7 meters tall and 75 kg weight.

BigDog has an on-board computer that controls locomotion, servos the legs and handles a wide variety of sensors. BigDog’s control system manages the dynamics of its behavior to keep it balanced, steer, navigate, and regulate energetics as conditions vary. Sensors for locomotion include joint position, joint force, ground contact, ground load, a laser gyroscope, and a stereo vision system. Other sensors focus on the internal state of BigDog, monitoring the hydraulic pressure, oil temperature, engine temperature, rpm, battery charge and others...'

That is an amazing piece of technology, is it not?

Now as with all great things in life, you get poor copies of them, like the one below. Don't laugh too loud, your neighbors might think you've gone loony. 

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Broken Life...
by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - August 15, 2008 Posted: 4:21:05 PM EDT

Is the Olympic worth the sacrifice? I read with regret that Liu Yan is now paralysed after falling in a rehersal prior to the opening ceremony for Beijing Olympics 2008.

'Liu Yan, considered one of the country’s top classical Chinese dancers, was preparing the performance of a lifetime: the only solo dance in a four-hour spectacular that was expected to be seen by a global audience of more than one billion people.

But on July 27, during an evening rehearsal at Beijing’s National Stadium, the so-called Bird’s Nest, she leaped toward a platform that malfunctioned and plunged about 10 feet into a shaft, landing on her back, according to family members.' - New York Times.'
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/15/sports/olympics/15dancer.html?ref=dance

I am saddened by the news. I hope Liu Yan will be taken care of. I hope Zhang Yimou will put his words of regrets into action, cushioning the pain and trauma that the dancer will have to live with for the rest of her life.   

 

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