Losing some wisdom

I used to hate going to see the dentist at the primary school opposite mine. To step into that hot humid clinic with bare bone setup, having the steel tools going into the mouth and spitting out blood and spit, was something which I dreaded.

I could literally count with one hand, the number of times that I stepped into a dental clinic.

So after a couple of days of bleeding gum, I decided to pop into the clinic near the office to have a check. And boy was I surprised with the advancement in dental technology. Sitting in that chair, with a rather friendly dentist, I went through the checks and also took the xray you see at the top in this futuristic machine which hums and talks to you through the process.

Here’s the report as it was typed by the dentist’s assistant. oh speaking of the assistant, cool that she’s there to sucked those excess saliva/drool with that straw vacuum.

Gums: Poor oral hygiene, plaque (+++), calculus (++)

Teeth: Minimally restored teeth, no decay noted

Both right and left wisdom teeth noted

38 (lower left wisdom tooth)

  • impacted
  • causing food trap
  • large and deep cavity noted on the neighboring tooth
  • advised extraction as soon as possible
  • surgical extraction
  • possible root canal treatment and crowning for neighboring tooth

48 (lower right wisdom tooth)

  • partially erupted
  • advised on extraction to avoid further episode of gum swelling

Thankfully the upper wisdoms are still under the gum. Only problem is the left which impacted and is growing horizontally, causing food trap and decay on the neighboring tooth.

So I’m gonna have this surgery the week after next to pull that offending wisdom out. Anyone who had gone through that, please assure me that it’ll be painless and I’ll be eating my favorite chah kway teow in no time.

Oh yeah, and I’ll be bringing packs of tissue to keep my drool out.

I am glad that I went for the check. It took me days of bleeding gum to finally wake my idea that dental health is important.

So all those 30 people who actually read this blog, when’s the last time you had the check?

Tesla – car of the future

Well, not exactly true as the car’s available in the US, like now, except that it is all sold out. They are taking pre-orders for the 2009 model. Based on the Lotus Elise, this car is light, and FAST. And also fully electric powered!

Did I mentioned that it’s fast? 0-60 miles in 4 seconds fast.

The 2008 model is a 2 gear, clutch-less two seater that can hit a top speed of almost 200km/h. Runs on a lithium-ion battery pack that takes 3.5 hours to charge up.

For the 2009 model, prepare to fork at least US$109,000 to get the car.

Considering petrol prices has gone beyond S$2/litre, the idea of getting a hybrid, or a fully electric car like the Tesla, is becoming more attractive than conventional cars. Just hope that a successful Tesla, will lead to better and more affordable electric car in the near future.

In the mean time, let’s just marvel at the Tesla

Drivemocion – making us friendlier on the road

I think having this at the back of every car will make driving a more pleasant experience. Besides the Finger shown above, there’s also the smilies…

With people getting more impatient on the road, we need a better way to communicate to drivers behind us when we decide to filter out without prior signals, or if they start to high-beam you when you are driving at the speed limit. Or when you just want to express your feelings. Just activate your Drivemocion…

Anyone wants to buy me one?

A Vue to pwn3d the Interweb?

If you ever have this HTML codes lying somewhere in any of your website:

<a href="http://some.url"><img src="http://some.image.url" /></a>

– you are infringing a patent granted to this patent troll.

A full description of the patent granted in the US is here while in Singapore, IPOS also granted the patent to them.

So far, apparently a few sites in Singapore have been issued invoices to pay up for the licensing fee to use their patent, ranging from few hundreds to thousands. It’d be interesting if they start invoicing the bigwigs like the SingTels or the .gov.sg sites for the usage.

I find it hilarious that someone can actually win a patent for something as fundamental as hotlinking, which came from Web 1.0.

I remembered back in 1998 when I had my first website, I had used those glaring blinking gif images to hotlink to other pages. Maybe I should have applied for patent then and will be a rich man now.

A patent troll as obvious as this, their claims will be laughed at and thrashed by the end of the week.

Further readings:

Olympics Mascots linked to woes in China

Ain’t the 5 mascots for the Beijing Olympics cute?

Like the Five Olympic Rings from which they draw their color and inspiration, Fuwa will serve as the Official Mascots of Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, carrying a message of friendship and peace — and good wishes from China — to children all over the world.

Designed to express the playful qualities of five little children who form an intimate circle of friends, Fuwa also embody the natural characteristics of four of China’s most popular animals — the Fish, the Panda, the Tibetan Antelope, the Swallow — and the Olympic Flame.

Unfortunately, the Fuwa have been linked to the unfortunate incidents that are currently besieging China by the Chinese themselves.

Jingjing, a panda, the animal most closely associated with Sichuan province where the earthquake struck.

Huanhuan, a cartoon character with flame hair, is being linked by bloggers to the Olympic torch which has been dogged by fierce anti-China protests on its round-the-world tour.

Yingying, an antelope, is an animal confined to the borders of Tibet which has been the scene of riots and the cause of international protests against China, the bloggers point out.

Nini, represented by a kite, is being viewed as a reference to the ‘kite city’ of Weifang in Shandong where China saw a deadly train crash last month.

That leaves only Beibei, represented by a sturgeon fish, which online doomsayers suggest could indicate a looming disaster in the Yangtze River, the only place where Chinese sturgeon are found. – quoted from Monsters and Critics

So will opening the Beijing Olympics on the auspicious day of 8 August 2008 – curb all these bad luck and give us all a spectacular Olympics? We’ll just have to wait and see

We ain't photo whores, but…

We love our photos – both taking them and being on them (ok, maybe its mostly her). So when it comes to our wedding, the one that captures that day MUST be one that we love (his photos, not him). The girlF has already spelt it out why we chose him. (No pressure Eadwine …)

After pondering for a while, we decided to call upon Eadwine to do our pre-wedding photos. We were pretty much against taking studio shots – ala wear wedding gown/suit and pose in front of some imaginary scenary of Paris or London, or even worse, wear some traditional costume of some other foreign countries and pretend to be someone else. We were also not looking into posy kind of photos like – looking into each other’s eyes with the sun setting behind them, or holding each other’s hands and looking dreamily into each other…you get the drift.

So – our pre-wedding photos will be – 1) fun 2) casual 3) all about us 4) and at places which means something to us.

So far, we have set 3 locations to cover within 3 or so hours … we can’t afford more, but if you feel like being a kind sponsor for another hour, we will be glad to acknowledge your sponsorship, i mean kind help, at every possible moment. And out of these 3, we already have permission from them to use it (thank you thank you thank you).

I’m not going to divulge where we’ll be taking them – you’ll have to be at our wedding to see. 😉

Doing the right thing, wrongly

Received an email from the boss’s PA today…

Am trying to plan a company retreat for XXX, a day when we can get to bond a little and work closer as a team.

As such, i’m trying to find one Saturday when we’re all free to get away, the exact programme is negotiable, but may include lunch dinner and the Singapore Flyer 🙂

I applaud the boss for trying to liven things up, but does he really know what his employee wants or is that what he wants. Firstly, we don’t want to see our colleagues on a weekend. We are friendly with each other, or at least most of us are, but that doesn’t mean we want to see each other on a Saturday. Weekends are meant for family and friends – not colleagues, and definitely not my boss.

Secondly, the Singapore Flyer? Been there done that! 30 minutes in a closed capsule with your colleagues. Erm…no thanks. Really!

Needless to say, I being me, replied that weekends are for families and friends and hopefully it can be rescheduled.

This is what he said…

Company retreats are always held on weekends as it is not feasible for us to shut down our office on a working day (as all staff must attend).

The only other way is to hold it on several consecutive nights but they are not successful as people are usually too tired by then.

Erm. As far as I know, most companies (including those I had been in) DO have their “retreats” or company functions on weekday, as a form of reward rather than to penalising them by using one of their weekends. Companies usually send out notices to clients about the day-off so no one loses out. If the company can’t take that day-off, then something really IS wrong.

Come Monday to Friday, I’ll work hard for the company. I do hope the company respects that and leave our weekends alone.

We get Pedra, you get the Middle …

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) at The Hague in the Netherlands has awarded sovereignty of Pedra Branca island to Singapore, while the sovereignty of Middle Rocks has been awarded to Malaysia. (via CNA)

Yep we get Pedra Branca on a vote of 12 to 4, while Malaysia gets Middle Rocks with a 15 to 1 vote.

Go watch the announcement at CNA. If it was some other form of announcement (like the Youth Olympic Games), you’d probably see the camera focusing on the Singaporean team jumping for joy and high fiving each other.

And where’s our “We get Pedra Branca” party at Padang?