Saturday, March 28, 2009

Earth Hour @ 8.30pm - 9.30pm, 28 March 2009

Did you turn off your lights? Well I did. In fact, the only thing that was turned on was the refrigerator. My laptop, lights, fans, airconds, TVs, Hi-Fi and even my emergency light at home was put to rest for that one hour in support of our great Mother Earth.

But since I can't live without at least a fan spinning to blow me some air, I decided to take a walk outside, around my neighbourhood to get some fresh cool air and was glad that it was a cooling night...with some gentle breeze blowing softly... Nice :-) And I was happy too that most of my neighbours supported the great event and from the lookout point outside my home, my part of Cheras was quite dark too :-) Good that people are starting to participate in taking care of our environment now. It's never too late ;-) And to keep my full one and a half hours occupied (I personally started 15mins earlier and only turned on the lights at 9.45pm), after the walk around the neighbourhood which took about 25mins, I joint the kids living a few units away with their candles and lanterns hahaha feeling much like Mid Autumn Festival back then :-p

Squatting outside neighbours house with the kids playing lanterns and candles :-p

One of the very rare moments where you could just lay down in the middle of the road and not afraid a car would run over you :-p

A new friend that I met during Earth Hour :-p

Sis loves to camwhore, so I reluctantly (hmm...maybe not :-p) participated haha

And to end it, this is one great article to read on what's going on in Australia. It seems that they got some volunteers (I think) to peddle some bikes from 23rd till 28th March this year to generate enough energy (much like a dynamo) to power a live concert! Not bad for an all-man-powered concert. Head on to
here for the details.

For the good of Mother Earth and to mankind :-)

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

MacGyver and his iPhone

For those born and grew up in the 80's, I bet that you'll never forget about an iconic hero called MacGyver... a man of great intelligence with the wits and brains far greater than Professor Dumbledore in the Harry Potter series or even Albert Einstein!! OK I know it sounded a bit too far fetched but MacGyver really was a great fictional character before the likes of the modern heroes that we have nowadays. So I was reading this hilarious article here on VanityFair thought that I'd share it with you guys (and gals :-p) just for the laugh and also to relive some of the memories that we have watching MacGyver as a kid :-)

*note that some names/words have been changed as I deem them to be quite sensitive


MacGyver approaches the mouth of a cave in the mountains of Afghanistan. It’s too dark to see.
There’s an app for that, MacGyver thinks: Flashlight.

Guided by his iPhone, and the nefarious voices deep within, MacGyver advances. As the voices grow, he hides behind a rock and listens.

CRIMINAL 1: In just five minutes, the world will know our cause, XX.

CRIMINAL 2: And our name, XY.

MacGyver toggles through his iPhone apps. He settles on Shotgun Free. Best money he never spent, he thinks.


CRIMINAL 2: What was that? Someone’s here!

CRIMINAL 1: You think we are scared you dog? We have guns too, you know.

MacGyver thinks fast. He rifles through more apps until he finds the one he wants.

IPHONE: Pyooooshhhhhh!

CRIMINAL 2: If my ears do not deceive me, XY, he has a lightsaber! We are doomed!

CRIMINAL 1: Be calm, XX. Show yourself fiend! We are not afraid to die!

The plotters advance slowly towards his hiding spot. MacGyver has run out of options. He has one last hope. His trembling finger hovers over the screen of his iPhone.

IPHONE: [Fart sound]

CRIMINAL 1: XX, please, a little decency. (Stifling a chuckle.) This is a sacred occasion.

CRIMINAL 2: It wasn’t me, I swear!

IPHONE: [Longer fart sound]

Both criminals' faces contort to keep from cracking up.

IPHONE: [Enormous fart sound]

The two criminals howl with laughter and tumble to the ground in uncontrolled fits of hilarity. With his two hardened foes temporarily incapacitated, MacGyver runs into the lair and finds a remote detonator.

MacGyver toggles to iHandy Level Free and places his iPhone on the detonator. There is no need for this, but MacGyver loves that app.

Breaking from his trance, MacGyver switches to iPaperClipBombDefuser, an app he just invented, and saves the day. He saunters out of the cave, playing his ocarina.


Hope that you enjoyed it as much as I did. Am looking forward to MacGyver: The Movie :D


Sunday, March 8, 2009

Of Nunchucks and of course Bruce Lee...

I've always been fascinated by the use of nunchucks, whether in movies as weapons or just as a demonstration of agility and control. To me, it has always been the most beautiful piece of art any martial artist can wield. Even swinging it around is enough to scare the enemies away :-p

Suddenly I have this thought of bringing one with me for my jogs to shoo any stray dog that comes in my way hahaha But having said that, I think I ought to have some practice sessions at home or else I might hit some 'forbidden areas' while using it in public :-p Not that I own one now, but just a thought while having my 20 minutes break, away from my thesis and research.

Anyhow, take a look at the video below... Man, this guy can even play badminton with nunchucks!! Unbelievable!! Simply amazing and marvellous!!

And of course, when it comes to talking about nunchucks, who can ever forget about the Great Bruce Lee, the Father of Nunchucks! He's one of those great people who managed to tap the greatest human potentials to their heights, albeit at the cost of his own life :-( Look at what this Legend could achieve during his prime time (taken from Wiki)

- Lee's striking speed from three feet with his hands down by his side reached five hundredths of a second.
- Lee's combat movements were at times too fast to be captured on film at 24 frames per second, so many scenes were shot in 32fps to put Lee in slow motion. Normally martial arts films are sped up.
- In a speed demonstration, Lee could snatch a dime off a person's open palm before they could close it, and leave a penny behind.
- Lee would hold an elevated v-sit position for 30 minutes or longer.
- Lee could throw grains of rice up into the air and then catch them in mid-flight using chopsticks.
- Lee performed one-hand push-ups using only the thumb and index finger
- Lee performed 50 reps of one-arm chin-ups.
- Lee could break wooden boards 6 inches (15 cm) thick.
- Lee could cause a 300-lb (136 kg) bag to fly towards and thump the ceiling with a side kick.
- Lee performed a side kick while training with James Coburn and broke a 150-lb (68 kg) punching bag.
- In a move that has been dubbed "Dragon Flag", Lee could perform leg lifts with only his shoulder blades resting on the edge of a bench and suspend his legs and torso perfectly horizontal midair.

Man...talking bout superhuman one has ever matched up with this guy so far...

The video below shows his nunchicks (oops :-p) wielding skills...

Unbelievable?? You better start to believe then :-)