Thursday, 21 February 2008

remember the lingam video controversy?

the lingam video controversy is not over as we await the findings of the royal commission. in case, you have forgotten the facts of the case, it is easier to remember them through a song. those wonderful guys at the comedyclub of malaysia has put up this song about the lingam saga.

go to the link to download the video. it is 8.5 mb. there are only words of the song that is sung but nobody does it better than these guys.

http://depositfiles.com/files/3676162

from anthony

'We must not forget'
'Remember Masada'

free online courses at yale divinity school

for those who are still unaware that yale divinity school has online resources which you can download for free! look at the link below for links to webcasts and religion podcasts.

http://www.yale.edu/divinity/media.researchers.shtml

also one can tack on their online courses for free. for example, here is christine hayes teaching an introduction to the OT (Hebrew Bible). you can download the notes used in her class as well as mp3 or quicktime video files of the lectures!!!!

http://open.yale.edu/courses/religious_studies/introduction-to-the-old-testament-hebrew-bible/home.html

yale university is making available some (not all) of their courses online free. one can find secular courses as well e.g. astronomy, physics, english, philosophy etc.

http://open.yale.edu/courses/courses.html

Wednesday, 20 February 2008

price hike

with everything going up and eating into our wallets, what a better way to remind ourselves with samuel hui's classic cantopop song on price hike. the truth is that we are paying the price for it indirectly by voting in people who are only concerned for their own motives and self-interests.

vote according to your conscience

malaysia is due for elections and election fever is hot. in case you are a first time voter or have not voted for some time and have forgotten the voting process, here is a good link which gives pictures of the voting process. it shows you step by step what to do at the polling station:

http://chinhuatw.wordpress.com/2008/02/17/how-do-you-vote-picture-guide-for-first-timers/

if you do not know where to vote, check it out on the government site:

http://daftarj.spr.gov.my/daftarbi.asp

it tells you which state and parliment constituency you are voting for as well as the whereabouts of the polling station and the polling stream number (in case there are a lot of voters for that area and you will be divided into different streams or queue lines).

Monday, 18 February 2008

laughter


here is sth for a good laugh. from facebook link:

http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=7002945940&topic=4048

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Kavi Raj Woocheet wrote
on Jan 20, 2008 at 5:05 AM.

The following is an actual question given on a University of Washington engineering mid-term. The answer was so "profound" that the Professor shared it with colleagues, and the sharing obviously hasn't ceased...

Bonus Question: Is Hell exothermic (gives off heat) or Endothermic (absorbs heat)?

Most of the students wrote Proofs of their beliefs using Boyle's Law, (gas cools off when it expands and heats when it is compressed) or some variant. One student, however, wrote the following:

"First, we need to know how the mass of Hell is changing in time. So we need to know the rate that souls are moving into Hell and the rate they are leaving. I think that we can safely assume that once a soul gets to Hell, it will not leave. Therefore, no souls are leaving. As for how many souls are entering Hell, let us look at the different religions that exist in the world today. Some of these religions state that if you are not a member of their religion, you will go to Hell. Since there are more than one of these religions and since people do not belong to more than one religion, we can project that all souls go to Hell. With birth and death rates as they are, we can expect the number of souls in Hell to increase exponentially.

Now, we look at the rate of change of the volume in Hell because Boyle's Law states that in order for the temperature and pressure in Hell to stay the same, the volume of Hell has to expand as souls are added. This gives two possibilities:

1. If Hell is expanding at a slower rate than the rate at which souls enter Hell, then the temperature and pressure in Hell will increase until all Hell breaks loose.

2. Of course, if Hell is expanding at a rate faster than the increase of souls in Hell, then the temperature and pressure will drop until Hell freezes over.

So which is it?

If we accept the postulate given to me by Teresa Banyan during my Freshman year, "...that it will be a cold day in Hell before I sleep with you.", and take into account the fact that I still have not succeeded in having sexual relations with her, then, #2 cannot be true, and thus I am sure that Hell is exothermic and will not freeze."

This student received the only A.