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Month: February 2011

Barbarella and her weather forecast

Barbarella and her weather forecast

Before MDA or Mediacorp decides to pull the video off Youtube, watch it.

For people who cannot view YouTube videos, here is the line:

“Oh, my arm says that the rain won’t come today.

But my boyfriend will come tonight.
… …
Twice! (bimbo pose)”


The modern day Forrest Grump

The modern day Forrest Grump

OK, the title is a bit overrated.

Anyway, there is this guy in Europe who completed a marathon per day for the past one year, beating the previous record of 52 consecutive marathon runs. He averages four hours per session, and 2hrs 56 minutes for his shortest.

Stefaan Engels, dubbed “Marathon Man”, began his challenge in Belgium a year ago and has since run a marathon every day across seven countries.

He crossed the finish line in the Spanish city of Barcelona after running 15,000km (9,569 miles) in a year.

“I don’t regard my marathon year as torture. It is more like a regular job,” the 49-year-old said.

From BBC.

Mail Online has an excellent interview done with him. Go read it up.

Of: Suicide Note

Of: Suicide Note

Bell Zeller, a fantastic programmer, committed suicide early last month. Being someone who does not have friends committing suicide (as if I want them to), it is kind of detached for me to feel sad. Not until you read a suicide note written with much intensity. It was succinct, even when the note is 4000 words long. It conveyed his entire 27 years of sadness. So great that it leaves me with a heavy heart.

In the words of Joel Johnson, the author on Gizmondo who covered this:

You can’t escape your past. Not completely. But you can deal with it. You can contextualize it. You can learn how to prepare for the times when you feel like it’s not even on your radar and then it totally broadsides you.

And you can talk to people. You really can.

Read the note on the next page.



Those who are in my friend list on Facebook know that I am an avid sharer, sharing YouTube videos, interesting news, constant status updates, all just to distract them.

Just kidding.

Anyway, there is a new application in town! Not exactly an application, rather, a website: This is the browser version of Flipboard.

In their words:

PostPost is a news aggregator for the social generation, and collates the articles, videos, and photos your friends have found interesting enough to post. It features advanced search technology powered by yolink where users can search deeply within all of their news articles across disparate sources.

Facebook newsfeed helps you learn more about your friends, whereas PostPost helps you learn from your friends.

I have been utilising this tool over the weekend, ever since I discovered it by chance in my blog statistics incoming link. It updates in real-time, or least as fast as what Facebook’s API allows. Give it a try and and I promise you that you will be hooked even further into Facebook.

Facebook mining

Facebook mining

Apparently, there are scammers/data miners who are exploiting features, or lack of it, on Facebook. For many years, as far back as when Facebook first started, countless of users have been asking or requesting for a similar feature to Friendster’s “Who viewed my profile”. Steadfastly, Facebook held their ground and refuse to allow such a feature to be implemented.

Malicious programmers are now increasingly exploiting this stance to mine user data (so I have assumed) from unwitting Facebook users, who unknowingly click on Apps attractively titled “Catch Them Being Creepy” or “Check who has viewed your profile!” Or similar.

However users must note that:

  1. There is no API for profile viewing by friends. The app claims to do so, your friends must also install the same application.
  2. Even then, there is no way the application will be able to track the views as, as far as I know, there is no way to insert tracking codes on the profile page, unless you switch to the Boxes tab on your profile(assuming that the application has one).

Now there is no way to stop this kind of exploit from happening. Even if the Facebook administrators manages to clamp down on every single reported app, the damage is done: the rogue developers has gotten some data out of you and your friends. So what can you do?

If you have yet to accept or authorise such apps, don’t authorise. It will automatic call for your data from Facebook and posts on your friends’ and your walls cajoling everyone to use the app as well.

If you have authorised the app, immediately block the application via the privacy settings page (link) or its application page. Go through your own profile and delete all messages that have been posted on your friends’ and your walls.

Note: Data mining is prohibited on Facebook. I am assuming that it is happening, but is largely undocumented.

In response to this ridiculous law: Breaking wind

In response to this ridiculous law: Breaking wind

Apparently breaking wind is about to be made illegal in Malawi. It appears to raise a stink in the local judiciary as well.

Justice Minister George Chaponda says the new bill would criminalise flatulence to promote “public decency”.

“Just go to the toilet when you feel like farting,” he told local radio.

However, he was directly contradicted by Solicitor General Anthony Kamanga, who says the reference to “fouling the air” means pollution.

Read more over here.

Laughable. Now, this reminds me of a recent advertisement by Burger King: How to deal with farts on the train. There are three options in this.  Enjoy!