24 November 2007

Crazy Ang Mo

I had dinner at the Crazy Ang Mo stall at Bishan Street 24 last night. The stall, run by the jolly 'Crazy Ang Mo', was situated near the Bishan North Shopping Mall.

His jovial demeanour was quite a contrast to the many sullen people I saw around the mall. Weird. There wasn't a queue and the food came swiftly. I had the sausage dish while my friend had the fish and chips. I thought that the chips (or French fries) which was salted was much better than those salt-coated rock-hard French fries from McDonald's.

The food was not bad, certainly much better than the run-of-the-mill western food stalls in food courts and hawker centres. In my opinion, it was certainly better than the usual Cafe Cartel, Swensons, Hans or Jack's Place. Decent at a reasonable price.
Books!

I picked up the three volumes at Borders last night after dinner at the Crazy Ang Moh stall at Bishan. With a 35% discount coupon and a card, the discounts amounted to 41.5%. It was a great time to stock up on books.

The Emotion Machine: Commonsense Thinking, Artificial Intelligence, and the Future of the Human Mind by Marvin Minsky

The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2006 (The Best American Series) by Brian Greene (Editor), Tim Folger (Series Editor)

The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature by Steven Pinker

I had read a few science volumes over the last few years and had found it much more intriguing and thought-provoking than the many bad mass-market SF novels which suffered from a poverty of imagination.

How many space westerns or war stories in SF trappings do we need?

23 November 2007

Wow! According to a Times report, Martin O'Neill has ruled himself out. This is indeed getting very interesting.

22 November 2007

SNAP!

Another funny thread. Benita is bored.

Beni † ♪ Achtung! says (3:13 PM):
psle results are out

Chuang Shyue Chou says (3:13 PM):
Oh? How did you do?

Beni † ♪ Achtung! says (3:13 PM):
-_-

Beni † ♪ Achtung! says (3:13 PM):
i'm not taking my psle

Chuang Shyue Chou says (3:14 PM):
Hahahaha.

Chuang Shyue Chou says (3:14 PM):
You set yourself up.

Beni † ♪ Achtung! says (3:15 PM):
i thought you were dumb

Chuang Shyue Chou says (3:15 PM):
WOO!
The Secret Origins of Kuoby!

Chuang Shyue Chou says (11:56 AM):
Wait till you turn into a tubby penguin when you hit 39!

Beni † ♪ Achtung! says (11:56 AM):
stuck in the past

Beni † ♪ Achtung! says (11:56 AM):
nah, that's kuoby

Chuang Shyue Chou says (11:56 AM):
Hahahah.

Beni † ♪ Achtung! says (11:56 AM):
do you know the game Kirby?

Chuang Shyue Chou says (11:56 AM):
You could be Ms Penguin!

Chuang Shyue Chou says (11:56 AM):
Nope.

Beni † ♪ Achtung! says (11:56 AM):
oh

Beni † ♪ Achtung! says (11:56 AM):
i thought you took reference from there

Chuang Shyue Chou says (11:56 AM):
Why?

Chuang Shyue Chou says (11:56 AM):
Ahhh...

Chuang Shyue Chou says (11:56 AM):
Kuoby?

Beni † ♪ Achtung! says (11:56 AM):
to call kuoby a kuoby

Beni † ♪ Achtung! says (11:56 AM):
lemme show you

Chuang Shyue Chou says (11:57 AM):
Well, he's a kuoby.

Chuang Shyue Chou says (11:57 AM):
Kuoby is the best funny combo.

Beni † ♪ Achtung! says (11:57 AM):
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kirby_%28Nintendo%29

Chuang Shyue Chou says (11:57 AM):
After lots and lots of permutations.

Beni † ♪ Achtung! says (11:57 AM):
that

Beni † ♪ Achtung! says (11:58 AM):
is almos tthe epitome of kuoby

Chuang Shyue Chou says (11:58 AM):
Hahahaah! Too funny!

Chuang Shyue Chou says (11:58 AM):
It's almost like Kuoby!

Beni † ♪ Achtung! says (11:58 AM):
fat, rotund, rubicund

Beni † ♪ Achtung! says (11:58 AM):
yes

Beni † ♪ Achtung! says (11:58 AM):
sans the cute factor

Chuang Shyue Chou says (11:58 AM):
Hahaaha. Yeah. Grumpy!

Beni † ♪ Achtung! says (11:58 AM):
which is WHY i thought you took reference to call Kuoby something Kirbyish!

Beni † ♪ Achtung! says (11:58 AM):
do it!

Beni † ♪ Achtung! says (11:58 AM):
blog about it!

Chuang Shyue Chou says (11:58 AM):
Ugly too.

Chuang Shyue Chou says (11:58 AM):
Hahahaha.

Chuang Shyue Chou says (11:58 AM):
Sure.
England 2 Croatia 3: McClown gets the Sack!

After receiving a reprieve when Israel beat Russia, England should have at least gotten a draw against Croatia which had already qualified for the Euro 2008. However, under McClown's leadership, England faltered. Even then, McClown was still resisting resignation, insisting that he would stay on. I guess there was a clause with a couple of million pounds if he were to be forced to leave.

At least, there is a bright spot to all this. McClown is finally getting the sack according to the Sun. YESYESYES!

21 November 2007

I went for a short 3 km run yesterday evening. Given the impending rain, the temperature was an ideal 27.5 degrees Centigrade.

I should really run more often.

20 November 2007

Hmm... My connection is quite wonky today. Facebook, Windows Live, and a few other sites are highly unreliable today. Weird.

19 November 2007

Mannin University

Mannin University was supposedly in Dublin, Ireland according to reports. I did a check on Google with a simple search. The recent furore over credentials as reported in the Straits Times and Asia One had sent many in search of that higher institute of education on search engines.

Google did yield a result of a person from the Maldives who had an honorary doctorate from Mannin in Dublin. Heh. I wouldn't purchase insurance from him. Another search yielded something from Bulgaria, a Thai fitness thing. I tried a few permutations.

From the search results, there were apparently people with Sports Science, Marine Biology and Engineering Ph.D. from Mannin University. Oh yes, there was also one with a Ph. D. in Musical Arts in Bassoon Performance. A nice variety.

I did a Yahoo search too. A Wikipedia search yielded nothing too. Nada. Zilch.

Later, I checked 'Mannin' on Google. More promising but nothing that pertained to an educational establishment. I would be doing a few more searches on using education-based keywords later. Would that be yielding something?

Addendum

I also did a search on http://www.google.ie/ , the Irish Google. Again, it was fruitless. Mysterious.

Addendum II

Another search in the Google directory for education in Dublin, Ireland returned a list of schools, universities and institutes. No mention of the mysterious Mannin University. I did a few more searches with 'Ireland University', 'Dublin Ireland University' and a few more permutations. They were all fruitless.