May 17, 2009

Save Earth. EAT MAC.

There is demand for a Fats Bank for people to donate fat. Since fat is an energy source, the Bank will use the fats collected to generate power. So we fight obesity, and at the same time save the Earth by creating an alternative energy source.

Since fats can now be removed from the body, and for a good cause (save Earth), there is no need to suppress the urge to eat McDonalds in order to stay within weight limits. People will become happier. Obesity becomes a non-issue. Thus the Bank will partner with McDonalds to show advertisements during the donation process and give away vouchers after the contribution. Together with the sale of power generated, the Bank will be highly profitable.

OSIM will close down, since paying to lose fat is stupid. The fats should be put to good use and you get vouchers to eat more Mac. There will be no more vibrating/rocking/squeezing wrappers for every part of your body.

Subsequently, there is no need for me to approach the bank to increase my fat, since everyone else will look like me.

September 23, 2008

Is there randomness?

Computers, for one, is incapable of producing a random number by itself, but produces pseudo-random numbers by using mathematical formulae and e.g. the system clock. Such systems are known to be flawed when it comes to security, as the industry often show exploits due to predictable number generators.

Science often proves by proving or dis-proving the inverse, in this case, the inverse of randomness could be predictability.

A computer system could be used to predict the landing location of a cannon ball fired from a cannon. Given information such as direction, vertical angle, amount of gunpowder used and the laws of gravity, we are able to calculate the location where it should land. Is it always accurate? Why not? Is it randomness? Or is it because we have not included all the information? What if we added more information such as air resistance and wind strength and direction to the prediction? Will it be more accurate? What if we now add all minute (adjective) details such as dust particle movement and magnetic field effects to the predictions? Won’t we get absolute predictability?

If we knew the exact shape and position of a cubic die in your hand, the motion of your hand to throw the die, the surface the die will land on, and all else, won’t we be able to use physics laws to predict how the die will fall and bounce, thus arriving at the ultimate side that will face up when it comes to rest?

And pushing predictability to the extreme: given all past experience of a person, and the current environment of the person, we can create a model of the person’s brain and body, thus determine the response of the person to a question, or evaluate the subsequent action(s) of the person from its current state? Fate – as a science?

Prediction with object physics may just look amazing, but will stretching it to life have unpredictable effects? Maybe we are able to produce such models after all. And in the future these devices could become smaller, self-powered and Apple-packaged, it’ll actually look like a crystal ball.

Edit: A search of what I was thinking yielded the formal term, known as Philosophy of Determinism. The article on Fatalism was also very thought-provoking.

September 10, 2008

Xen’s Guide to Job Hunting

Work in Progress… How I wish there is some machine that can project all my thoughts directly!!!

I’ve been asked such questions since I started working. I myself have asked these questions before I started working. And I myself may need some reminders when I’m out looking for a new job. So here’s what I think.

Disclaimer: The following information is completely my personal opinion. In no event shall I be liable for any direct, indirect or incidental consequence, including but not limited to, if you successfully secure the job you desire, arising out of, or in connection with heeding any or all of my advice listed below.

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February 10, 2008

MOTD

Thought of the moment: it’s hard for the poor to get rich, but it’s easy for the rich to get richer.

Song of the moment: My Valentine – Martina McBride

EDIT: updated video link after Yahoo took down the video. Glad Google cache still keeps it.

December 9, 2007

The Spirit of Giving

It’s the month of December, so its the month where bonuses are flying and gifts are circulating. But I’ve always found it meaningless to give someone something just because its time to give something. Like Christmas and birthdays. You buy something just because its time to do so, not because you want to give that person that thing.

Doesn’t make sense to me. Most of the time it ends up to be either some decorative gift (display item) or a common use item (mugs, towels, photo frame [credits: angdao]) that the recipient doesn’t really need. Then comes the trend of vouchers, so you could possibly get something in need.

If there’s something you find suitable for someone, buy it, give it. Whatever time of the year. That’s THE spirit of giving. For christmas and birthdays, consider a call or a get-together meal.