Entries for September 2006

Human clock

The human clock. Each numeral in the Clock uses from one to four people to create the shape. Very interesting.

Huge collections of strange clouds images

Just some thoughts and updates

It has been almost a week since I last blog. It could be plain laziness or simply because I’m too occupied with other issues on hand, which I have no idea what exactly it is. Somehow, ideas and thoughts have been popping up in my head and I have been trying to write it without success.

Recently, there have been many changes in terms of regimentation and environment at my workplace. In the past, regimentation was not really enforced strictly and the way of life is very much relaxing and easy going. However, we have been told that things are tightening up due to that fact that someone apparently “burnt the bridge” and pissed off some senior folks. This in return sparked a chain of events that led to everyone’s dissatisfaction and frustration. So, what exactly has been enforced at this point of them? In short, here’s a list of some of the changes:

  • Marching from point to point, includes booking in or out of camp
  • Half-marching when moving within buildings
  • Wearing of head-dress within buildings, etc.

If you have not realized, these rules actually mimic the standards of OCS. As a cadet, I’m so used to such regimentation that it does not really affect me when the rules were being enforced. Of course, this does not necessarily means I like this kind of regimentation having seen a place that was once so carefree turning into an OCS like. Still, there’s still more freedom as compared to OCS. I felt that perhaps it was time for such regimentation to be enforced and serve as a form of wake-up call for those who thought that military life is easy-going and slack. However, there must be a balance between the need to strictly enforce the rules and go by the book as well as knowing when to have fun and relax. If you try to rule like an iron fist, not only will your ideas backfire but people will also rebel — part of human nature.

Likewise, as the course sergeant major, discipline comes under my watch — not that I’m perfect but it’s my duty and I try to perform it well. In one of my previous entry, I mentioned about the dilemma and difficulties faced as a course in-charge back then. Somehow, this seems to have returned now that I’ve being appointed with a new role to play and at the same time, the need to maintain interpersonal relations among colleagues and yet being professional while serving my duties. At times, human just can’t seems to understand the rational of things being done and make things even more complicated than ever before!

Enough of regimentation said. On the brighter note, I finally secured my first IPPT silver award today. Surprised you might be but I’ve got to admit that this is my ever first silver award attained in my life. I’m proud of this little achievement as there is some form of significance in it. For one, this will be the last IPPT I’ll be taking at least for the next few months due to the fact that I’ll be going for my eye surgery (vision correction) next week, and will be barred from participating any form of physical activities for at least 3 months. Yes, it is going to be miserable as I can’t swim and I feel crippled without exercising.

I hope the surgery will be a smooth process and hopefully, things will change for the better when I return to work in the next few weeks.

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Ten rules for buying Apple products

The ultimate backup guide

CIA level computer security

Top 10 countdown focusing on keeping your information from prying eyes.

One year as an officer cadet

Today marks my one year as an officer cadet. You might be wondering why am I still an officer cadet after a year when one is supposed to have commissioned within nine months of training. Actually, I was supposed to have commissioned as an officer three months ago but because I joined the Air Force midway during my professional term back in Engineers, the plan was abandon. As such, it’ll be a long time for me to officer-ship — not at least until I’ve completed my Basic Wings Course.

Reflecting upon, this one year has been tough until I joined the air force and pursue my passion. I’ve been through high and low moments and the numerous tough training which I did not appreciate, especially during my infantry service term back in the Officer Cadet School simply because I wasn’t interested in the stuff I was doing and found it to be off no beneficial to me in future. This was also one of the reasons why I choose to give up commissioning with the rest of the folks in my cohort and join the air force to do something which has always been my child hood ambition.

If you were to ask me have I ever regretted having not chosen to commission as an officer before joining the air force, my answer would be no. I believe that it is more important to pursue my passion and enjoy doing what I want to do rather than charging up a hill or forcing myself to go through the motion. In this manner, you would find that whatever you set out to do would ripe fantastic results and you’ll find that you are actually enjoying the process.

To sum it up, life is pretty quiet now though it could get quite hectic at times due to work. I pretty much enjoy myself although I will still be a trainee and officer cadet for at least another year and a half. On the other hand, I’ve learned to accept things or ideas with an open mind and tackle it one step at a time, thus filling my life with excitement!

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The seventh sense

Male restroom etiquette

A short film of male restroom etiquette shot entirely in The Sims 2!

4 year old child drummer

Video: 4 year old child drummer. You gotta be kiddin’.

Top 10 most stressful professions

Here’s a list of top 10 most stressful professions. I wonder why isn’t flying an aircraft in the list?

Workaholic programmer

Contact form is back

A few weeks ago, I decided to completely take down the contact form due to the numerous spam I receive daily and mainly because I couldn’t find the time to resolve the issue. Yesterday, I decided to get my brains working by poking around with the script I coded few months ago to fix the issue. So far, all seems to go well and I’ve not received a single spam emails (keeping my fingers crossed).

Now that I’ve crossed out one critical item on the long list of features and additions which were suppose to be implemented for this site months ago, I’m able to concentrate my efforts on other portion of the site which I think may need some fine-tuning.

As the list goes on, I hope I’ll be able to roll out most of the updates by the end of October 2006 or before I’m occupied with another project, whichever comes first.

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Using Gmail as a Linux filesystem

The Forbes 2006 list of top 10 vehicles owned by billionaires

The Forbes 2006 list of top 10 vehicles owned by billionaires. Bugatti, Ferrari and BMW are not in the list. Instead, a Lincoln, Mazda or even a Dodge seems to suit them better.

Video: Don't answer your cellphone in this professor's class

Video: Don’t answer your cellphone in this professor’s class. If this were to happen in any institution here, I bet it’ll spark a public outcry.

10 programming languages you should learn right now

According to the article, knowing additional 10 programming languages will help you to be more marketable in the job market. I wonder how true it is.

3D rotator javascript

Photos of the first Russian space shuttle

Mathematics Genius

Just for laugh! I’ve seen another similar mathematics joke circulating around in emails.

The blogger SAT challenge

Are you in for it yet? Here’s the blogger SAT challenge. I’ve not even taken the real SAT in my life yet.

What an honest in-flight announcement would sound like

112 windows run command that you didn't know

Cool fire station design

10 reasons to drink more water