Sunday, March 22, 2015

M

Hello, everyone. It has been almost a month since this happened and I am ready to introduce you with my new camera. I had an old Fujifilm which my parents surprised me when I was inside the camp during National Service, almost ten years ago. It is still working, though not having as nice clarity as even phone cameras. After that, I sort of 'borrowed' my brother's camera for years because he did not have a habit of bringing a camera around. That was a free camera our family gotten from getting a new TV. That camera was quite good and I was with it for quite a while. Then, I landed myself with rather good-quality phone camera. Even my current phone was quite good, I'd say. However, since my brother started to have adventure of his own, it was only polite for me to return the camera and I started to hunt for one.

And since I have started to earn money myself, I have to budget my own camera and save up for it. So earlier last month I went to Funan thinking of checking out the X-100T, because the review sounds awesome. Turned out it was too advanced for me, especially when my experiences were around pocket camera. So the sales person actually introduced a few models that would suited me better. I ended up choosing one I thought could fulfill my usual usage, as in snapping street photos - unglam photos, X-M1. 

So here it is, me introducing M - I gave it a name as my usual MO.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Flaws by Bastille (Cover)

Next up from Alex Turner's Piledriver Waltz, I learned Bastille's Flaws. For this song, the first thing that caught my attention was the music and the chorus part.


At first I thought I may not be able to sing it properly on acoustic but it turned out to be a fun song to play, even though my singing was really bad. After I found more about the lyrics, I fall in love with the lyrics.

Lyrics:
When all of your flaws and all of my flaws
Are laid out one by one
The wonderful part of the mess that we made
We pick ourselves undone

All of your flaws and all of my flaws
They lie there hand in hand
Ones we've inherited, ones that we learned
They pass from man to man

There's a hole in my soul
I can't fill it, I can't fill it
There's a hole in my soul
Can you fill it? Can you fill it?

You have always worn your flaws upon your sleeve
And I have always buried them deep beneath the ground
Dig them up; let's finish what we've started
Dig them up, so nothing's left untouched

All of your flaws and all of my flaws,
When they have been exhumed
We'll see that we need them to be who we are
Without them we'd be doomed

There's a hole in my soul
I can't fill it, I can't fill it
There's a hole in my soul
Can you fill it? Can you fill it?

You have always worn your flaws upon your sleeve
And I have always buried them deep beneath the ground
Dig them up; let's finish what we've started
Dig them up, so nothing's left untouched

Ooh
Ooh

When all of your flaws
And all of my flaws are counted
When all of your flaws
And all of my flaws are counted

You have always worn your flaws upon your sleeve
And I have always buried them deep beneath the ground
Dig them up. Let's finish what we've started
Dig them up. So nothing's left untouched

Ooh
Ooh

All of your flaws and all of my flaws
Are laid out one by one
Look at the wonderful mess that we made
We pick ourselves undone

Piledriver Waltz (Cover)

I found out about Alex Turner quite some time ago but I did not go deep into his lyrics and songs, more of enjoying his music and style. Recently, my playlist shuffled me back to his songs and just at the same moment, I had the mood to observe and listen his song in detail. There were a few which I liked and this was one of them, Piledriver Waltz. I had no idea what was a piledriver until after searching it in a dictionary. However, the rest of the lyrics were quite easily understood. The nice part was the use of his words were very on point and suitable, at least in my point of view. Therefore, I looked up for the guitar chord and learned them. And here is my version. Excuse my bad singing.


Alex Turner's voice range was obviously lower, so I did mine at 5th capo instead of 1st.

Lyrics:
I etched the face of a stopwatch
On the back of a raindrop
And did a swap for the sand in an hourglass

I heard an unhappy ending
It sort of sounds like you leaving
I heard the piledriver waltz
It woke me up this morning

You look like you've been for breakfast at the Heartbreak Hotel
And sat in the back booth by the pamphlets and the literature on how to lose
Your waitress was miserable and so was your food
If you're gonna try and walk on water make sure you wear your comfortable shoes

Mysteries flashing amber go green
When you answer but the red on the rest
Of the questionnaire never changes

I heard the news that you're planning
To shoot me out of a cannon
I heard the piledriver waltz
It woke me up this morning

You look like you've been for breakfast at the Heartbreak Hotel
And sat in the back booth by the pamphlets and the literature on how to lose
Your waitress was miserable and so was your food
If you're gonna try and walk on water make sure you wear your comfortable shoes

First Impression of 'Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey'


After putting it on my to-do list for so long, I finally watched the first episode of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. This was a show Neil deGrasse Tyson presented, based on and inspired by Carl Sagan's Cosmos: A Personal Voyage.

I am yet to explore the further few episodes but I would like to express the adrenaline rush just by viewing the opening sequence. Plus, I shared great sentiment with what the presenter thought life would be. It was not a very difficult-to-understand show and full with meaning. I look forward to enjoy the next few episodes.

Sunday, March 01, 2015

A Reminder of Responsibility and Good Habits

I had recently chanced upon this rather old article: What pushes scientists to lie? The disturbing but familiar story of Haruko Obokata

For those working in the Science field, especially those working on stem cells, the case of Haruko Obokata should be a familiar thing, for it was getting a lot of attention for the whole of 2014, from the publishing of Stap cells to retraction to investigation to the unfolding of the truth, which is now still on-going. This whole incident, costs several's career, many lab's research direction, integrity of science community and life of a scientist. 

However, I did not plan to direct my points in reference to this case alone since it was not a closed case yet. 

Many of us may be familiar with the mysterious chicken cell experiment scandal. That was one of the bigger ones that shook the scientific community involved because it was dragged for so many decades. 

All in all, these news and incidents, served well as a reminder for those of us who are working in the Science field - well, actually it applied to any other field, the role we play when we are pursuing our career and dreams. We should be aware of the responsibility we shoulder as we do the research, knowing that even though many of what we were doing may go into silence in the end of the day, but one could never know which part of it would be a keystone to other's research, or developed into something important and useful for the world. And when that happen, the truthfulness and the organizig of your research and data would be crucial to provide a solid research and platform. In this case, integrity was very important and the ethics of a researcher was inevitable.

Second point which I gathered, which would be useful to anyone of us, especially for me when I just started my path in Science, was the mindfulness and cultivating of a good habit. There may be lots of stories of how untidy a scientist's table could be or how the log books were always not as 'printed'. But, to do good Science, you must be concised, know what you're doing, organized and where things are - period. This might not come in natural to many, but if we are mindful about it, we could slowly cultivate the habit and it would lead to good character and research planning. This, in my opinion, not only applies to scientists, but many parts of our lives. It is true that tables and desk could be hidden under piles of papers and stuff after some time, but in my opinion, clutters are not the source of creativity or 'smart'. Most of the time, clutters are the result of people concentrating on their work so intensely, hence their result of wonderful work. Therefore, this one do really serves as a good reminder for me, to be organized when conducting my experiments and do good science.

All these are my two-pence worth of thought, from a person who are not very old, or wise, or very experienced. So, I apologize if any of these points were not well thought or written and I welcome opinions and suggestions.

Thank you.

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