Interesting finds on the internet #2

This interesting find is heavy on the UK.

United Kingdom flag
United Kingdom flag. Source: The World Factbook – CIA
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) logo
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) logo. Source: BBC.
  • BBC Tomorrow’s World series – Starting from 1965, ending in 2003, explored what the future is like, very good to see what people in the past think about the future. Many of the technologies did became widespread, i.e. Internet, Mobile Phone.

FoodPanda Malaysia – Chequers, Old Town White Coffee at BU8

I ordered FoodPanda for breakfast (Chequers) for 2, my brother and I. Later in the evening, I ordered FoodPanda (Old Town White Coffee) again.

The Big Breakfast is a bit expensive and the food came mushy. I prefer to eat in the shop instead. Total: RM26 The Big Breakfast * 2 + RM5.30 delivery = RM57.30.

2 x The Big Breakfast by Chequers
2 x The Big Breakfast by Chequers
The Big Breakfast (Scrambled egg, chicken sausage, garlic bread, beef bacon) by Chequers
The Big Breakfast (Scrambled egg, chicken sausage, garlic bread, beef bacon) by Chequers

I like this, it came hot and the chicken is crispy, will order from Foodpanda (Old Town White Coffee) again. Although the Nasi Lemak is a bit upscale. Total: RM21.30.

Oldtown Nasi Lemak with Fried Chicken packaging
Oldtown Nasi Lemak with Fried Chicken packaging
Oldtown Nasi Lemak with Fried Chicken
Oldtown Nasi Lemak with Fried Chicken
Chequers and Old Town White Coffee collage
Chequers and Old Town White Coffee collage

Hong Kong 4 days 3 nights trip 2015

The 4 days 3 nights trip is from 28/8/2015 to 31/8/2015. This is the first time my mum and I went oversea, together with my aunt, three person in all.

We visited the Hong Kong Disneyland.

Merry-go-round at Hong Kong Disneyland
Merry-go-round at Hong Kong Disneyland
Toy Story Land at Hong Kong Disneyland
Toy Story Land at Hong Kong Disneyland
Bunch of Mickey mouse soft toys inside Hong Kong Disneyland shop
Bunch of Mickey mouse soft toys inside Hong Kong Disneyland shop
Hong Kong Disneyland castle in the evening
Hong Kong Disneyland castle in the evening
Aunt with a big bag of Hong Kong Disneyland purchases
Aunt with a big bag of Hong Kong Disneyland purchases

The next day, we went to Ngong Ping using cable car. Ngong Ping is in Lantau Island, Hong Kong.

Ngong Ping Village entrance
Ngong Ping Village entrance
Ngong Ping Tau Fu Fa 山水豆腐花
Ngong Ping Tau Fu Fa 山水豆腐花
Misty atmosphere at Ngong Ping
Misty atmosphere at Ngong Ping
High rises, apartments in Hong Kong
High rises, apartments in Hong Kong
Drinks in Hong Kong restaurant
Drinks in Hong Kong restaurant
Kowloon Park map
Kowloon Park map

Kowloon Park contains the Hong Kong Avenue of Comic Stars with a lot of cartoon and comic sculptures.

On On and Guy Guy and Cloud at the Hong Kong Avenue of Comic Stars in Kowloon Park
On On and Guy Guy and Cloud at the Hong Kong Avenue of Comic Stars in Kowloon Park
Hero Wah and kid cartoon at the Hong Kong Avenue of Comic Stars in Kowloon Park
Hero Wah and kid cartoon at the Hong Kong Avenue of Comic Stars in Kowloon Park
Sculpture at the Hong Kong Avenue of Comic Stars in Kowloon Park
Sculpture at the Hong Kong Avenue of Comic Stars in Kowloon Park
McDull at the Hong Kong Avenue of Comic Stars in Kowloon Park
McDull at the Hong Kong Avenue of Comic Stars in Kowloon Park

You can see people doing Tai Chi in the Kowloon Park.

Aunt and Mum walking in Hong Kong Avenue of Comic Stars in Kowloon Park
Aunt and Mum walking in Hong Kong Avenue of Comic Stars in Kowloon Park
Kowloon Park Aviary sign
Kowloon Park Aviary sign

The Kowloon Park pond is very serene.

Kowloon Park pond
Kowloon Park pond
Kowloon Park pond
Kowloon Park pond

After 4 days, we depart from Hong Kong back to Malaysia.

Mum at Hong Kong International Airport
Mum at Hong Kong International Airport
Departing from Hong Kong International Airport
Departing from Hong Kong International Airport

I just became a Goodreads librarian

I was just approved as a Goodreads Librarian. There are around 70k Goodreads Librarian out of 55 million Goodreads members as of February 2017. Goodreads Librarian is not someone hired by Goodreads but is just a volunteer that can help them edit book details error and miscellaneous cataloging. There are some power to Goodreads Librarian, but not much.

Goodreads took a long time to confirm me as a librarian, below is the email from them telling me my librarian status.

Goodreads librarian status approval email
Goodreads librarian status approval email

I now have this Goodreads Librarian title at my profile page. This is as far as I can get to be a librarian.

Goodreads Librarian label at Goodreads profile
Goodreads Librarian label at Goodreads profile

I initially want to join as a Goodreads Librarian because I find some mistakes in the details of some books and I want to edit, for example, the book is in a series but is not indicated, etc.

How to be a Goodreads Librarian?

You need to have 50 books in your book shelve, then apply at here. It took a long time for them to approve.

What can Goodreads Librarian do?

  • Edit book details.
  • Combine the same book.
  • Add book picture.
  • Add book series.
  • Add book award.

What rules Goodreads Librarian follows?

Consult the Goodreads librarian manual, a very lengthy manual, consult it if you have problems.

How to contact a Goodreads Librarian?

You can ask librarian to add books, edit page numbers, edit or add book series, language and translation issues, awards, etc at the Goodreads Librarians group.

How to see top librarian in this country/ time period?

Go here.

Im a new librarian, what should I do now?

I don’t have much good suggestion, maybe try to do what you want when signing up for Goodreads Librarian, such as edit the book details that is still in error. Or, go to the Goodreads Librarians group and look for Looking for a Project? section.

Response to I don’t need Dropbox anymore, and it’s all Google’s fault article

The article basically says that the author switched from Dropbox to Google Photos because Google Photos is better for storing photos. This is true. Google Photos is an app specifically for photos. However, what the author missed is that there are other people who use Dropbox other than storing photos, but files as well, and that, cannot be done in Google Photos.

What I use Dropbox for is for storing files of all kinds. That is not to say I dislike Google Photos. I also use Google Photos to store my photos and videos, mainly from my camera. I set it to automatically upload to Google Photos after snapping my photos or videos. Google Photos is free if you allow Google to store the photos at a lower quality, but human eyes can’t differentiate the difference in quality anyway, so it is not a loss. They also let you store information such as what device you took your photos in, where was the photo taken. Also, they have integrated machine learning to recognize faces in your photos and tag every different person in your photos and group them. They also will alert you if there are special pattern in your photos such as a weekend away at a vacation, they will suggest you group them into an album.

I bought the 1TB plan for Dropbox, that is 1000GB of online storage, many times over my overall usage, currently, at 27GB. I use it as a backup of my files. Also, to sync files across devices. This means when I am in office, I can use the same files as on my home computer. If you accidentally deleted any files, you could also recover them.

Different app has its own strengths and weaknesses. You use it depending on your needs. I use Dropbox to store files, backup, and sync. Google Photos to store photos and videos, backup, and sync. I use Google Keep to store my random notes and scribblings. I use Trello for my To Do lists. I use Google Calendar to set my daily schedule.

First try FoodPanda delivery service Malaysia

This is how the FoodPanda ordering looks like on the app. I ordered a KGB burger from Killer Gourmet Burgers – funny name – KGB sounds like the Russian spy agency (it’s around my house, about 15 minutes drive).

The delivery fee is RM5.

Foodpanda app screenshot: The food is preparing, indicating the order has been accepted (I paid online).
Foodpanda app screenshot: The food is preparing, indicating the order has been accepted (I paid online).
Foodpanda app screenshot: Order is on the way, 16:35 - 16:26 = 9 minutes from online payment to order acceptance by the shop
Foodpanda app screenshot: Order is on the way, 16:35 – 16:26 = 9 minutes from online payment to order acceptance by the shop
Foodpanda app screenshot: Price of the food and delivery
Foodpanda app screenshot: Price of the food and delivery
Foodpanda app screenshot
Foodpanda app screenshot
Foodpanda app screenshot: 16:42 - 16:35 = 7 minutes, first time, its fast
Foodpanda app screenshot: 16:42 – 16:35 = 7 minutes, first time, its fast

The food has arrived! The fries are less crispy but it’s OK. The drink is cold.

KGB Spiked (Beef) (Set) Spicy Cajun
KGB Spiked (Beef) (Set) Spicy Cajun
KGB Spiked (Beef) (Set) Spicy Cajun
KGB Spiked (Beef) (Set) Spicy Cajun
KGB burger package with coke
KGB burger package with coke

Interesting finds on the internet #1

 

Family photos

Family dinner at Dae Jang Gum Korean Restaurant, SS4 (near Kelana Jaya LRT) on 24/5/2015
Family dinner at Dae Jang Gum Korean Restaurant, SS4 (near Kelana Jaya LRT) on 24/5/2015.
Extended family dinner at Chillis, One Utama on 18/7/2015
Extended family dinner at Chillis, One Utama on 18/7/2015.
Family dinner at The Ship, Damansara Utama on 24/9/2015
Family dinner at The Ship, Damansara Utama on 24/9/2015.
Family attending wedding on 1/11/2015
Family attending wedding on 1/11/2015.
Family lunch with relative at Bei King Restaurant, Ayer Tawar (hometown) on 28/3/2016
Family lunch with relative at Bei King Restaurant, Ayer Tawar (hometown) on 28/3/2016.
Family dinner celebrating Father's day at ROCKU Yakiniku at One Utama on 19/6/2016
Family dinner celebrating Father’s day at ROCKU Yakiniku at One Utama on 19/6/2016.
Family dinner at Dae Jang Geum Korean Restaurant, Seksyen 14 (near Digital Mall) on 21/8/2016
Family dinner at Dae Jang Geum Korean Restaurant, Seksyen 14 (near Digital Mall) on 21/8/2016.
Family eating banana leaf at The Lotus Family Restaurant on 28/8/2016
Family eating banana leaf at The Lotus Family Restaurant on 28/8/2016.
Family at Universal Studios Singapore on 30/8/2016
Family at Universal Studios Singapore on 30/8/2016.
Family lunch at Khuntai Thai restaurant on 5/2/2017
Family lunch at Khuntai Thai restaurant on 5/2/2017.

My room at Bayu Puteri Apartment

Welcome to my world where I spent most of my time. I am living in my parents house, and I have this one small room for myself. I have been living here for around 8 years. My room is small but it provides me with a comfortable resting and working place.

This bed came from Ikea and occupies about 1/4 of my room. Beside the bed is the curtain, if you open it, you will stare down 14 floors. This is an old picture, taken 4 years ago in 2012.

My desk and chair circa 22/7/2012
My desk and chair circa 22/7/2012.

This is a more recent picture in 2016. Still the same red curtain!

My bed and red curtain circa 18/2/2015
My bed and red curtain circa 18/2/2015.

I recently bought a sunlight proof curtain because every night I sleep, the walkway light shone into my room and disturbs my sleep.

My bed and sunlight proof curtain circa 16/2/2017
My bed and sunlight proof curtain circa 16/2/2017.

My desk is quite big, and it occupies 1/2 of my room. I tries to keep my desk as neat as possible. The monitor is very big. On top of the desk, is my books and waste papers. I try to keep a “blanket” on them to avoid dust.

My desk and computer circa 5/4/2016
My desk and computer circa 5/4/2016.

My wardrobe contains my shirts, pants, etc.

My wardrobe circa 18/2/2017
My wardrobe circa 18/2/2017.

As the Chinese saying goes, “麻雀虽小,五脏俱全” (translation: The sparrow may be small but all its vital organs are there), my room is small, but it has all the important stuffs I need. This is where I studied for my SPM, STPM, did my coding, programming, read my books, etc.

What is the three body problem in the “The Three-body Problem” novel?

This post contains spoiler!

Liu Ci Xin’s The Three-Body Problem (Chinese: 三体) is a Chinese novel that won many book awards. The leader of the free world read it on his buzy schedule. It is the first novel of the trilogy, Remembrance of Earth’s Past (Chinese: 地球往事). I like this book because it incorporates many science concepts in the story. It is a hard science fiction novel in the likes of Arthur C. Clarke’s novels. I read it in the Chinese version.

As seen from the title of the novel itself, the three body problem is a central problem in the novel. The three body problem is actually a real physics problem. It studies the interaction of three bodies and tries to predict their movements. Imagine three things floating in the emptiness of space, it can be anything. They interacts through their own gravity. To predict their future movement, we need to know their starting velocities and masses. A small change in initial condition may affects future movements a lot. This is a very hard problem, as three body interaction is very complex. The calculation is beyond what we know or knowing at all. Three body interaction is very chaotic.

Three-body problem simulation (2D)
Three-body problem simulation (2D). Source: Reddit

The three body problem is only revealed half way through the book. There is a star system with alien life. The aliens are called Trisolarans (三体人). They are so-called because the planet they live in, Trisolaris revolves around three stars. Instead of only one star (the sun) like our solar system, they have three stars. The interaction of the three stars is unpredictable. Sometimes, the way they move causes destruction of lives on the planet. Civilizations come and go. There is a period of stability then followed by a period of destruction. The period is unpredictable, and can lasts only few days, or few millennium.

Civilizations of Trisolaris have tried to find patterns. They tried to predict the periods of peace and destruction and found no pattern. So far, the longest surviving civilization has reached beyond the space age. They are not able to predict the movements of the three stars, despite their advanced technologies. Staying on the three star system is very dangerous. The civilization faces extinction any time. This is the three body problem of the Trisolarans.