Entries for February 2007

A list of numbers that are considered special

Video: Airbus A380 Engine Blade Destruction Test

One of the design goals on the Airbus A380 engine is that the engine housing protect the aircraft and its passengers from harm if one of the fan blades breaks off. In this A380 blade off test video, you’ll get to see how it’s done. (via Jeremy Zawodny)

Game of Golf

Golf is no easy game in my opinion. As part of my unit’s Chinese New Year celebration, I had my first attempt for hands-on on a game of golf today at the Sembawang Country Club. Though it may seem like a simple game, it’s entirely a different ball game until you’ve really “hands-on”. Initially, I had a hard time in trying to learn the ropes of the game but after a few shots and coaching from the instructors, I’m finally able to see some far shots.

The main reason for this golf session is to let us experience what golf is all about as there might be a possibility that we’ll need to socialize in future and it doesn’t look good if you have zero knowledge in this area at all. However, I don’t see myself practising or playing golf anytime soon as I don’t really have the interest in this game, though it was a good experience.

On a side note, tomorrow will be the last weekday (except Fridays) where I’ll get to stay home in the evening as I’ll be staying in camp for the next two months or so. Hence, I won’t have that much luxury of a computer to use as well as personal time but I promise to update this site whenever possible. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get the momentum going and swing back into study mode, now that my ground school studies have began.

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Funny road signs

Create beautiful speech bubbles all with CSS

How to install Windows Vista in a dual boot configuration along with Windows XP

Can’t wait to try out Windows Vista but at the same time, not screwing up your Windows XP partition? No worries as this article teaches you how to install and configure Windows Vista to dual boot along with Windows XP.

Ever wondered how does your brain tells time?

10 most misspelled words in blogs

Why can't a person tickle himself?

According to a research fellow at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London, a person can’t tickle himself because of the cerebellum that is used to predict the sensation and this prediction is used to cancel the response of other brain areas to the tickle.

Behind the scene of what really happened when Bill Gates was leaving The Daily Show Set

101 amazing earth facts

Photos of the world's current and upcoming skyscrapper

If operating systems ran the airlines

If operating systems ran the airlines… This humorous analogy, applying operating system philosophies as if they were airlines, is a long-standing much-circulated amusing story.

A collection of nice cockpit photos

Eyeing to fly but can’t? Here’s a collection of nice cockpit photos for your comfort.

Get into good CSS coding habits

Get into the habit of good CSS coding techniques to save yourself some trouble later.

How to crash an in-flight entertainment system

This guy was either too bored or had an obsession with Tetris that he decided to try a test case and crash an in-flight entertainment system, much to annoyance.

Re-Branded

After close to 3 weeks of coding and development, I’m pleased to present to you version 3.0 of PureHype. I have been tempting to give this site a full re-brand as I kind of got tired viewing the previous version. What finally inspired me to get down to work was when I saw Dan Cederholm’s neat design and decided to use his site’s structure as a point of reference in creating this site.

So, what are the new additions and changes since the previous version? For one, just like what Jason Kottke has done, I’ve decided to be bold and try out the concept of multiple content, single place. What this basically means is that I’ve consolidated and streamlined the contents into a single page — be it a review on books, movies or even interesting links, the most up-to-date content will always be presented on the front page. However, I’ve decided to keep the webscan portion on the sidebar as I’m not too comfortable with the idea of presenting it together with the main content.

Besides this, I’ve finally launched both the read and watch section after several months of delay. Both sections will contain reviews of books I’ve read as well as movies I’ve watched, thought I’ll try to write a book review whenever possible. For those who use a newsreader to read this site, there are new RSS feeds available and the default feed now contains both the main entries as well as the webscan links. What’s more, for the joy of it, the sidebar now features a list of songs I’ve heard recently though it might need more work on it.

Finally, you may have noticed that I’ve increased the font size on the main content area. Believe if or not, I no longer want both my readers and myself to strain the eye reading those small little words even though they might look beautiful. However, the font size for the sidebar remains unchanged as I figured that those are bits and pieces of information.

As usual, I’m still in the process tweaking the site for a better user experience. Although I try to tie up all loose ends, there’s bound to have certain corners that I’ve missed and things may be broken. In any case, please drop me a line and I’ll try to get fix.

Update: Since the design refresh as of 25/09, the books and movies section has been removed. Webscan has been merged with main contents. Thanks!

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Wet Winching

Once again, I had to wake up early today just to attend an exercise. This exercise should have been completed before Chinese New Year but due to bad weather and many other factors, more than half of my colleague and I did not managed to participate previously. It feels kind of lousy having to return to work after a long break but we were left with no choice as this was a one time requirement.

Anyway, I did manage to get winched this time round. It was one in a kind of experience being in the open sea, waiting for the helicopter to pick you up — just like in “The Guardian” if you’ve watched that movie. We’ve been warned that the down wash created by the helicopter would be painful but I felt otherwise. In fact, it feels just like a big shower-head splashing water over you and I simply love that kind of feeling.

The downside is the dirty and salty sea water which I almost gulped down my throat while jumping off the boat. Not forgetting how tedious it was for the logistics support, which is to launch and de-launch the boats, especially during low tides.

PS: I’ve found out a quick and effective way for one to get tanned easily.

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Use YouTube to learn Photoshop

For anyone who is interested in learning Photoshop, YouTube (and other video sites) can be a good source of free learning that you might not have thought of.

The importance of checking your error message

Welcoming the year of pig

And so the past few weeks of washing and scrubbing has paid off just for today. I remembered when I was young I looked forward for Chinese New Year as that is the time where my cousins and I get to throw pop-pops, lighting the stick that produces fireworks spark and eating all the yummy goodies and sweets. Looking back, I think we were simply in a world of our own as I had not known the tiredness of preparing for a new year.

Now that I’ve grown up, I’m not exactly looking forward for such events as they seem to be the same year after year. Even though all the hard work, it’s still great to celebrate Lunar New Year with new clothes and red packets to collect and most importantly, it’s a great time for family reunion.

Have a great and prosperous Chinese New Year.

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A well-considered list of reasons to wait on buying Windows Vista

How old is my body if the cells keep renewing themselves

How old is my body if the cells keep renewing themselves? Skin cells are about 14 days old, Red blood cells are about 120 days old…

Elevator floor illusions

Simple calculations to help you determine the cost of leaving your PC switched on

Have you ever wondered how much it’s costing you to leave a computer on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week? Here are some simple calculations to help you determine the cost of leaving your PC switched on.