Entries for March 2007

Can't run a marathon on earth? No worries…the space has a trendmill machine too!

Can’t run a marathon on earth? No worries…the space has a treadmill machine too.

The Bourne Ultimatum trailer

The Bourne Ultimatum trailer. Hopefully, I’ll still be in time to catch this movie.

How creative could people get during exams. Here's what you've always wanted to write on the exam script but couldn't

The human eye is equivalent to a 576 megapixel camera and has a ISO of ~1 in the day and 800 during the night

The human eye is equivalent to a 576 megapixel camera and has a ISO of ~1 in the day and 800 during the night (via kottke).

Why is a minute divided into 60 seconds, an hour into 60 minutes, yet there are only 24 hours in a day

According to new studies, nothing tunes up mind and body like a good nap

Various ways to pimp your office

What's been happening lately

So it has been awhile since I last blog. Life have been getting a little hectic these few weeks with the commencement of my ground school studies that consists of endless projects, presentations, reading, physical and psychological training and not to mention, mugging for weekly exams. I had my first paper on meteorology last week and I thought I wouldn’t pull through for part two of the paper as I could barely recalled what I’ve learnt and put it into words. The last time I took geography was in secondary 2 and I didn’t like it much back then.

Let’s see if I could recall what I’ve done for the past few weeks. 2 weeks ago, I attended a course on Aviation Psychological Training (APT). It was interesting and enjoyable, especially the practical session! I gained knowledge on how our body will be affected on extreme conditions in flight and how to manage it. I was amazed by the limitations of the human body in relation to flying. The practical session consists of oxygen system trainer, ejection seat trainer, turntable, vertifuge and centrifuge (also known as Gravity Flight Environment Trainer or G-FET in short). For the majority, you wouldn’t want to experience turntable, vertifuge and the centrifuge. These machines are what my colleague and I deem as “the torture machine” because they will make you puke if you can’t handle it.

I had my first G-FET training last week and I didn’t really like the feeling. It was an exercise to test my personal G-Endurance before weights training and there are many more sessions to go. I was afraid initially because if not properly managed, I could temporarily lose conscious or g-LOC as the aviators term it. To avoid this, I’ll have to hit the gym at least 3 times per week for weights, strength and endurance training. So much for wanting to be a pilot…the training is definitely challenging!

Military aside, I realized that I seem to have lacked confidence and there’s a mixed of emotions within me. I can’t exactly explain the feeling but it’s there. For one, I find it hard to focus and I get distracted easily. My mind is heavy and I feel that it’s preoccupied with unknown stuff and my brain seems to have reduced it capacity by half since it took me quite some effort to study for exams. It wasn’t like this back then when I was in polytechnic where I had an objective, am focused and alert. My driving skills have turned from average to bad and I can’t even manage things properly. There are many thoughts running through my mind and things waiting to be done but I’ve yet to take any action on it thus far. Perhaps, this could be due to stress, fatigue and many other factors. I certainly hope to re-align my thoughts, free up my mind and get myself back in shape quickly.

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Structures that are deem impossible to build

List of 16 things it takes most of us 50 years to learn

List of 16 things it takes most of us 50 years to learn. Just like kottke, this phrase struck me the most…”There comes a time when you should stop expecting other people to make a big deal about your birthday. That time is: age 11.” (via kottke)

A library of comprehensive list of documentaries to be viewed online for free

Gadgets that the astronaut use in space

Gadgets that the astronaut use in space and to construct the international space station. (via kottke)

If surgery was like Wikipedia

Someone had a bad experience with Wikipedia and decided to come out with a quote illustrating If surgery was like Wikipedia.

A good article explaining about Daylight-Saving Time

Though most Asian countries does not practice DST, it’s good to know more about it especially now that the Daylight-Saving Time in the US has been changed.

Here's a time-lapse series of pictures which document one whole night's sleep

Here’s a time-lapse series of pictures which document one whole night’s sleep. (via kottke)

Here are 77 tips related to knowledge and learning to help you on your learning quest

Quote of wisdom

I came across this quote during a sharing session in camp few days ago and I thought of sharing it here because I’m somewhat inspired by it

In seeking wisdom, the first stage is silence, the second listening, the third remembrance, the fourth practising and the fifth teaching.

Very true indeed.

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Create a case out of LEGO to house a USB memory stick

50 states in 10 minutes

11 top underground transit system in the world

11 top underground transit system in the world. I like Madrid’s underground transit station design.

What your sleeping position says about you

Scientists believe the position in which a person goes to sleep provides an important clue about the kind of person they are. Find out what your sleeping position says about you.

Video: A lego prototype toilet paper folder and dispenser

Ellipsis

Ellipsis, a cool tricky game where it takes more than just defending yourself.

Learn a few strategies for keeping an egg safe when thrown off a 4 story building

History of American wars in 90 seconds

Which presidents and political parties were responsible for America’s deadliest wars? To what extent can you blame a president or a political party for choosing to go to war? This map may hold some answers. It illustrates the history of American war from 1775 to 2006.