Tuesday, August 30, 2005

New Element Discover

New Element Discovered
Investigators at a major research institution have discovered the heaviest element known to science. This startling new discovery has been tentatively named Administratium (Ad).
"This new element has no protons or electrons, thus having an atomic number of zero. It does, however, have 1 neutron, 125 assistant neutrons, 75 vice-neutrons and 111 assistant vice-neutrons, giving it an atomic mass of 312."
"These 312 particles are held together by a force called morons, which are surrounded by vast quantities of lepton-like particles called peons."
"Since it has no electrons, Administratium is inert. However, it can be detected as it impedes every reaction with which it comes into contact."
"According to the discoverers, a minute amount of Administratium causes one reaction to take over four days to complete when it would normally take less than a second. Administratium has a normal half-life of approximately three years; it does not decay but instead undergoes a reorganization in which a portion of the assistant neutrons, vice-neutrons and assistant vice-neutrons exchange places."
"In fact, Administratium sample's mass will actually increase over time, since with each reorganization some of the morons inevitably become neutrons, forming new isotopes. This characteristic of moron promotion leads some scientists to speculate that Administratium is formed whenever morons reach a certain quantity in concentration. This hypothetical quantity is referred to as the 'Critical Morass.'"
Source: page 7, Volume VIII, No. 3 of John McCaughey's Energy Perspective

p/s: This is a gem that I can’t help but share it.

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Taipei | Highness Hotel Linkou | 07/08/2005 - Review

The Highness Hotel (Hua Hsia) is at a great location if you need to get to the science park located nearby. It's located opposite a hospital, in an area of medium scale commercial area. There are lots of eating places, and fast food restaurants are within walking distance. Supermarkets are located at almost every block, otherwise there's always 7-11. However, it isn't very close to Taipei, so if you want to be in the middle of action, this isn't the place to be.

I arrived just the day after the Matsa typhoon and it was raining the next day - eventhough it was a Sunday, I decided not to get wet just for a walkaround.

The room, as you can see is decorated with Chinese style furniture. At night, the room is too dim for my likinig, and the light above the study table doesn't help much. The bed and pillows provided are just adequate, not really very comfortable. Sun rise is at 6am so, couple that with the uncomfortable pillows, I was really tired at the end of my trip.

However it does come with unlimited broadband connection at no extra charges. And there are over 100 tv channels to choose from. I found that the HK Cantonese movies dubbed into Mandarin in Taiwan is actually quite entertaining - it didn't loose much of the originality and the voices doesn't seemed realistic. If you have watched the dubbed movies in Malaysia or Singapore, you would understand what I meant.

Breakfast was so-so. Since they start early, by the time I go downstairs at 0830, much of the food has been depleted. However, I was there for a week, so I basically managed to sample all of them. Coffee was the worst I had come across. It's so thin, you could see the cup - something like very dark tea!

Due to the fully booked flights, I could only fly back on Sunday. Again, there was a storm brewing in the south and I was adviced not to go sightseeing on Saturday just in case I get caught in the rain storm...so there I was in the hotel watching tv and snacking away.

OK, I guess if you have to come to this area, it would be for business and on that basis, it's good enough. Otherwise, there are better hotels to unwind.


Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Taipei | Highness Hotel Linkou | 07/08/2005

Current Location: N 25'03.7 E121'21.8

Seems that all the flights between KL and Taipei was fully booked. So I had to take a flight on Saturday with a stopover at Kota Kinabalu.

This is the view at KLIA. Try to spot the EVA airliner through the haze.

The second picture is taken during the brief stopover at Kota Kinabalu airport.

This hotel is actually located in Linkou. Will blog about it later. Now is time to hit the sack.

Manila | Edsa Shangri-La | 25/07/2005 - Part II

Manila is actually a nice place to visit. The place exudes old world charm and the people are beuatiful and friendly. Of course, all this is totally betrayed by their unstable politics. Going into most building complexes, one's car is screened, your bags are searched and probably some body checks too depending on the clothes you are wearing. Really unfortunate.

Edsa ShangriLa was selected for my stay because it's close to the customer's place. It's nice - something you would expect from ShangriLa. Upon checking in I was asked whether I wanted to upgrade for USD55 - a few things thrown in like free broadband, late checkout etc... but I declined since it wouldn't look nice if my host found out ;) Anyway she then told me that there's no more non-smoking rooms - so that's why she wanted me to upgrade. I told her it's ok, I would just take the smoking room.

The room surprisingly doesn't smell of any cigarette smoke. The carpet however feels very thin and uncomfortable to walk bare footed on. However, the room is very nicely decorated and the arm chair is so comfortable for reading - which is great because I found out that books here are 30 - 50 % cheaper than in Malaysia !!

Broadband cost me USD15 for 24 hours.

Outside of the hotels, there is the ShangriLa Mall, looks very up market with a big food court at the basement, which was where I had most of my dinner. Of course, I also surveyed both the bookstores for future book purchases. There was also a cinema in the mall but didn't have time to catch a movie. Probably also much cheaper than Malaysia - have to find out during my next visit.

My hosts brought me out to tour Manila and had seafood dinner, but dang, I didn't bring my camera (was at the customer's place, which has a ban on cameras). So no pictures of the metropolitan Manila.

Thoroughly enjoyed my trip to Manila though it was for work. Hope to be there again in the future. If only their politicians can get their act together, Philippines can be a great nature with all the resources at their disposal. Then people can once again visit the great place without fear.

Monday, August 01, 2005

Manila | Edsa Shangri-La | 25/07/2005

Edsa Shangri-La
1 Garden Way, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City 1650, Manila, Philippines

Too tired to write about my experience here now. Would update this blog later. Meanwhile, enjoy the pictures.