Wednesday, November 30, 2005

OpTiCaL IlluSiOn

Can you see nine people in the picture above? I can't :p... I only see 4. Let me know where the other five are people! I won't be able to sleep peacefully without knowing!!! :S Just kidding ^_^. Those who know me know that the last thing I need is more help sleeping =p.

Good Luck!

This image was taken from www.gigglestheclown.co.uk


I would like to take this opportunity to let you all know that Ms. Jayme Khoo (my awesome roommie) has moved to a blogspot... blog. Check it out!

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Life Lessons in CHE 456

One day, a mathematician and an engineer decide to take a walk in the woods. Half an hour into the walk, they come face-to-face with a 1000 pound grizzly bear. The mathematician, due to fear and shock, freezes in place. The engineer on the other hand sprints off in the opposite direction. The mathematician calls out to the engineer and says: "Why are you running? You can't outrun a grizzly!" The engineer, without pause, replies: "I know I can't outrun the bear - but all I have to do is outrun YOU."

Relevance: You will never be able to obtain a process in which efficiency and stability are at their max (you can never outrun the bear). But, you can settle for a process which is reasonably efficient and stable (you CAN outrun the foolish mathematician, thereby ensuring your survival ;) )

Professor Venkat: "Most of you probably plan to become billionaires before you retire. However, once you take into account your present account balance, your offset is pretty much 1 billion dollars. "

Relevance: Reality check! (enough said :p )

Ahh, the joys of Process Dynamics and Controls :)

Friday, November 18, 2005

On BeinG AsiAn...

You Know You’re Asian when…

· your mother has a short-haired, curly perm

· your dad is some sort of engineer

· your parents still tried to get you into places half-price saying you were 12 when you were really 15

· you ask your parents help on one math problem and 2 hours later they're still lecturing

· you have a 40 lb. bag of rice in your pantry

· everyone thinks you're "Chinese" no matter what part of Asia your ancestors were from

· you've had a bowl haircut at one point in your life

· your parents enjoy comparing you to their friends' kids.

· your parents say, "Don't forget your heritage."

· you've learned to keep bargaining even if the prices are rock bottom.

· at least once, you've started a joke with "Confucius say . . ."

· you know what bok choy is

· you've ever gotten little red envelopes around February.

· your parents hover over your tired, caffeine-drugged body at 12 midnight to say, "In Korea(or other native country), we studied even more."

· your parents say, "Calculus? I took calculus in 8th grade!!"

· everyone thinks you're good at math.

· your aunts and uncles bring you back adorable clothing from Asia with fuzzy bunnies, vinyl ducks and English words that make no sense, in great colors like yellow, pink, magenta, orange and the ever popular lime green.

· "You want a stereo!?" When I was your age, I didn't even have shoes!!"

· You have to call all of your parents' friends "Auntie" or "Uncle."

· you have 12+ aunts and uncles

How to be the Perfect Asian American Parent (from the second generation perspective)

· Be a little more lenient on the 7:00 p.m. curfew.

· Don't ask where the other point went when your child comes home with 99 percent grade on his/her report card.

· Don't "ai-yah" loudly at your kid's dress habits.

· Don't blatantly hint about the merits of Habadu(Harvard),Yeil (Yale), or Purinsuton (Princeton).

· Don't reveal all the intimate details of your kid's life to the entire Asian community.Don't ask your child, "What are you going to do with your life?" if he/she majors in a non-science field.

· Don't give your son a bowl haircut or your daughter two acres of bangs.

· Incorporate other phrases besides, "Did you study yet?" into your daily conversations with your children.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

*~Interesting News~*

Jessie Chung & Joshua Beh

On November 13th, Joshua Beh and Jessie Chung proclaimed their love for each other through marriage in front of 800 guests, reporters and tv crew. What's all the hype about, you ask?

The following fact should clue you in:
Both husband and wife are "Male" according to their National Identification Cards.

This is the first ever publicized same-sex marriage to occur in Malaysia, and though the union has yet to be recognized by the nation, the couple's dream has been fulfilled.


In an unrelated news, a burglar got more than he bargained for when he attempted to rob one particular house. Not satisfied with simply stealing househould furniture, the burglar had demanded that the house owner *ehem ehem* orally-pleasure him. Instead of submitting to the demand, the house owner had bitten the burglar's _______.

I only have two things to say about this (for lack of a better word) interesting story:

1) If this isn't a lesson on NOT being greedy, I don't know what is.

2) and who is the victim in this situation anyways?

Monday, November 14, 2005

Sunday, November 13, 2005

A Woman's Secret

There was once a man and woman who had been married for more than 60 years. They had shared everything. They had talked about everything. They had kept no secrets from each other except that the little old woman had a shoe box in the top of her closet that she had cautioned her husband never to open or ask her about. For all of these years, he had never thought about the box, but one day the little old woman got very sick and the doctor said she would not recover.... In trying to sort out their affairs, the little old man took down the shoe box and took it to his wife's bedside. She agreed that it was time that he should know what was in the box. When he opened it, he found two crocheted dolls and a stack of money totaling $25,000. He asked her about the contents. "When we were to be married," she said, "my grandmother told me the secret of a happy marriage was to never argue. She told me that if I ever got angry with you, I should just keep quiet and crochet a doll." The little old man was so moved; he had to fight back tears. Only two precious dolls were in the box. She had only been angry with him two times in all those years of living and loving. He almost burst with happiness...... "Honey," he said, "that explains the dolls, but what about all of this money? Where did it come from?" "Oh," she said, "that's the money I made from selling all the dolls..."

Sunday, November 06, 2005