Thursday, May 31, 2007

Say Goodbye to TDMA!

Rogers is shutting down its TDMA network today.
All TDMA cellphone customers should now be in the GSM world.

My first two cellphones are TDMA cellphones. After that, I join the GSM gang.

Goodbye TDMA!! Goodbye analogue!!
Don't worry... We won't miss you...

In case you don't know...
TDMA = Time Division Multiple Access
GSM = Global System for Mobile communication

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Start all over...

Feeling very down, unhappy, and depressed today...

I am like a mountain climber in a mountain climbing team... I've worked very hard to climb up 3/4 of the mountain... I am hoping that I'll soon reach the top... Then, resturcture occurs... I've to join another mountain climbing team... That's fine... But then... I am told that I have to start all over from the bottom of the mountain again... All of my previous efforts are wasted... In the new team, I don't even know whether I can climb back up to 3/4 of the mountain or not... It seems that 1/2 of mountain is the limitation... The worse part is that I cannot start climbing again... I've to walk around the base for a couple of months before I can start climbing again...

I've guessed that this would happen when the restructure occurs... But guessing is one thing... Knowing is another... When you guess, you can still hope that this won't happen... Now that I know... I feel like someone pushed me off the cliff from 3/4 of mountain and I am falling very hard back down to base of mountain...

God! Why are you doing this to me? Why is this happening to me?

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Kellie Lim - If you don't give up, anything is possible.

Kellie Lim is an inspiration to us. She, a triple amputee at 8, is now graduating from medical school. It's amazing!! No one would've thought that a person with her condition can be a doctor. Kellie has to overcome a lot of things in order to be where she is now.

If we are in her shoes, I guess most of us will be whining & bitching all day, and doing nothing. Kellie has to overcome her disabilities with extreme hard work. She never gives up!

The next time we start whining & bitching... we should think about her...

Kellie Lim knows all too well what it is like to be a very sick child.

Struck with a ravaging bacterial infection that destroys limbs, she became a triple amputee at age 8 and soon faced a life of prosthetics, wheelchairs and often-painful rehabilitation.

But from that suffering, Lim forged a life of achievement. On Friday, she will graduate from UCLA's medical school and then will begin a residency program at the medical center there.

Her chosen specialty? Pediatrics, with a possible concentration later on childhood allergies and infectious diseases.

"Just having that experience of being someone so sick and how devastating that can be — not just for me but for my family too — gives me a perspective that other people don't necessarily have," the 26-year-old Michigan native said recently.

And of all the topics she sampled during medical school, only her work with children left her "smiling at the end of the day."

Lim carried out her medical training with a determination that awed her professors and fellow students and won her the school's top prize for excellence in pediatrics.

Opting not to use a prosthetic arm, she showed that she can perform most medical procedures with one hand, including taking blood and administering injections. She lives on her own in a Westwood apartment with no special features for the handicapped and drives a car with only one adaptation: a turning knob on the steering wheel. She is learning to swim, is trying horseback riding and even went tandem skydiving recently.

Lim, whose legs were amputated about 6 inches below her knees, gave up her wheelchair years ago and walks so well down the long and crowded hospital hallways — with a slightly bouncy stride — that new classmates and patients often don't have a clue for weeks that artificial limbs fill her shoes and pant legs.

She reluctantly will accept a seat during hospital bedside rounds when painful ulcers erupt on the skin that touches her prosthetics. (She has undergone grafts and additional surgeries over the years to help with the fittings.)

Colleagues say Lim's calmness in a hospital's hectic environment puts others at ease.

"With Kellie, at first you notice her hand is not there. But after about five minutes, she is so comfortable and so competent that you take her at face value and don't ask questions so much. She has an aura of competence about her that you don't worry," said Dr. Elijah Wasson, who supervised Lim during a rotation in internal medicine at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center in Sylmar.

Lim attributes some of her gumption to her dreadful childhood bout of bacterial meningitis. The resulting toxic shock, with internal clotting and bleeding, wrecked her extremities, leading to the amputations. When she went back last year to the Michigan hospital to read her voluminous medical file, she found an evaluation stating that 8-year-old Kellie Lim had an 85% chance of dying of the meningitis.

Her parents urged her not to give up during her four months of hospitalization and the following years of rehabilitation. Just five months after she became sick, Lim returned to regular school in suburban Detroit.

Previously right-handed, she learned to write and do chores with her somewhat diminished left hand, having lost three fingertips on it to amputation, along with her entire right hand and forearm. She has been fitted with prosthetic arms, but does not wear one in public anymore and uses it at home just for rare tasks, such as assembling an IKEA desk by herself.

"I hate failing," she said. "It's one of those things that's so ingrained in me."

That view was intensified by another disability in the family. Her mother, Sandy, went blind in her 20s and, except for not driving, sought to continue as normal a life as possible in raising three children. She cooked, cleaned and walked the youngsters to school.

"She definitely was a great role model for me," Lim said. "It was hard for her to overcome her blindness, and I think she definitely instilled a strength in me."

Just before her mother's death three years ago, Lim promised her that she would finish medical school — a pledge she will fulfill when she and her UCLA classmates take the Hippocratic oath.

"She wanted me to be a pediatrician," Lim said, "and I know that somewhere out there, she knows I am going to be one."

Lim is a soft-spoken, gracious woman, but she can be fierce in resisting being typecast as a disabled doctor who should focus just on rehabilitation medicine. She also is reluctant to accept what she sees as unnecessary assistance, even if it sometimes takes her longer than others to get things done.

Neil Parker, senior associate dean of student affairs at UCLA's David Geffen School of Medicine, recalled how Lim resisted some of his early efforts to adapt or substitute medical equipment for her. "I think at the beginning we were perhaps a little at odds because I wanted to help her a lot with what I felt she needed," he said. "She wanted me to help her, but only with what she was willing to use."

In some cases, that meant finding older equipment, such as blood pressure cuffs that seemed better for a one-handed person, or practicing IV insertions.

One hurdle involved percussing, the lung exam done by placing one hand on a patient's chest and using the other hand to tap on it. Parker suggested using a hand-held ultrasound machine, but Lim declined. Instead, Veterans Affairs experts in Westwood designed a short metal-and-plastic extender that Lim straps onto her residual limb to help with the tapping. It is not pretty, but it works fine.

Of course, Lim is not able to perform surgery or intubate a patient by herself. But those skills probably won't be needed much in her likely fields. "There are certain things she can't do, but there are a million things she can do," Parker said.

Lim was assigned, on her final medical school rotation, to the pediatric allergy and immunology division under the supervision of Dr. Robert L. Roberts. On a recent Monday afternoon, she did the preliminary interviews and examinations by herself, deftly taking notes, pointing a light into ears, listening to hearts with a stethoscope.

She made no attempt to hide the residual limb, which she skillfully maneuvered to hold down papers; following medical protocol, she briskly washed the right limb and her left hand before touching patients or instruments.

First came a 14-year-old boy, who despite severe asthma, allergies, nosebleeds and migraines wants to play more baseball. He displayed the closedmouthed shrugging of boys his age, but his concerned mother detailed his middle-of-the-night breathing emergencies. Lim soon spotted evidence in his nose of inflamed tissue and recent bleeding. After a consultation with Roberts, the youth was prescribed a trial of new asthma medicine.

The boy's mother, Karen St. Louis, said she and her family talked about the doctor during the drive home as a "phenomenal" role model: "The conversation was that you can do anything you put your mind to."

Lim's next patient that day was a heartbreaker: a 5-year-old girl born with severe immunodeficiencies and numerous other medical problems.

The tiny child, wearing a green pantsuit, white-and-pink sneakers and thick glasses, is not toilet trained and does not speak, though she seemed to understand what her mother told her in Spanish and English. Her parents, clearly devoted to her, worried about seizures she suffered during a recent vacation. The girl whimpered a bit while Lim examined her but did not resist. Roberts and Lim scheduled more testing.

With everything else going on, the girl's parents seemed almost oblivious to Lim's missing hand.

Out in the world, Lim's partial arm sometimes attracts odd comments and stares, but her patients have shown overtly negative reactions only a couple of times, she said. Some small children were frightened by it and had to be soothed. Lim said she knows that some parents may be wary of her and that she will have to prove her competence.

"I'm not going to force myself on them in any way, but it still affects me personally," she said. "It kind of wears you down a little bit."

Still, Lim clearly identifies with the struggles of families with very ill youngsters.

"It is amazing to see family dynamics like that," she said a few minutes after the girl left. "It's very tragic, but the parents love their kids and will do anything for them and know so much about them."

Her own parents, immigrants from China, loom large in her life. Besides stressing her mother's influence, she thanks her father, Norman, a chemical engineer who kept the family going — financially and emotionally — through its unusual burdens.

Lim also credits her older sister, Nellie, who was protective of her and supportive of her moves toward independence, such as attending college away from home, at Northwestern University in Illinois.

Nellie Lim, now an attorney in Michigan, recalls the family philosophy:

"It wouldn't do you any good to sit and cry about it. We just went on and kept doing what we had to do like any other family. You need to make dinner. Go to the basketball game. Go on vacation."

Kellie Lim recently completed the last assignments for her medical degree and took a four-day pre-graduation celebratory Mexican cruise with classmates.

And this spring she began taking swimming lessons at a public pool in Westwood, even though she had been afraid of the water. During a recent session, Lim took off her prosthetic legs and was lowered into the water on a mechanized chair.

At first, Lim relied on a blue Styrofoam "noodle" to help her float. Then her coach took it away so Lim could practice a dolphin-like propulsion that used her torso, her one full arm and the remnants of her legs to move up the lane with a force that had some other swimmers doing double takes. It was tough work, but most of the time Lim was smiling.

(Article from Los Angeles Times: Dream defies loss of limbs)

Monday, May 28, 2007

The World's First NonFat Dairy Cow

Mutation not only exists in X-men movies. It happens in real life too!!

In 2001, Scientists in New Zealand discovered a cow, later named Marge, carrying the mutant gene that caused its milk to be significantly lower in saturated fat.

Marge looks like an ordinary Friesian cow but has three key differences. She produces a normal level of protein in her milk but substantially less fat, and the fat she does produce has much more unsaturated fat. She also produces milk with very high levels of omega3 oils.

Now, Scientists at Fonterra-owned research company ViaLactia are breeding a herd of these mutated cows. Marge's offspring also produce low-fat milk.

This sounds like a good mutation, but...
If we drink a lot of this low-fat milk, are we going to be mutated too?
I guess it would be nice if we'll mutate to become Storm or Wolverine. But what if we mutate to ninja turtles ?

Scientists breed cows that give skimmed milk
Low fat milk, straight from down "udder"
Cows to produce low-fat milk

Friday, May 25, 2007

Andy World Club Shirt

My Andy World Club (華仔天地) Shirt finally arrives!!
I joined the club when I was in HK last year.
The shirt is very orange.
I'll wear it to the next Andy concert.

Top 5 movies that I want to watch

Summer is coming!
Lots of good movies will be coming out!!
Here is my list of top 5 movies that I want to watch:
  1. Tranformers (July 4)
  2. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (July 13)
  3. Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (Jun 15)
  4. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (May 24... It's out yesterday!)
  5. 1408 (June 22)
I didn't include Spider-Man 3 in my Top 5 list, because I've already watched it. See my review here.

Can't wait to watch those new movies!!

Movie Link:
Summer Movie Guide

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Camera Cellphone

Camera cellphone is a great invention. I take a lot of photos with my cellphone.
Today, I finally download the photos from my cellphone to my computer.
So, I've uploaded some of them here...

-> A car with licence plate "DREAMING". I hope the driver is not dreaming while driving...

-> I guess the owner of this car is trying to teach others to:
Do nothing... Hope for Best... Expect the Best... Accept the Outcome...
I wonder what this outcome is going to be...


-> This place looks like somewhere in the country side, right?
Wrong!! I took this photo on Hwy 7 between Warden & Kennedy.


-> Cute candies selling at T&T... soooo colourful!!

-> Beautiful declorations in a chinese restaurant... Can you guess where is this place?
Hee hee... This photo was taken in 海上海 restaurant.

-> The monkey cookie is so cute that I don't want to eat it.

-> This might be a nice gift for angry mom!!

-> Tiny chinese banquet... Yummy yummy!
Too bad... You cannot eat them...


Toothpaste that repairs sensitive teeth

I read in the online news that there is a toothpaste that repairs sensitive teeth by rebuilding tooth enamel. This toothpaste will soon to be on the market in Britain. The toothpaste, by Arm and Hammer, is the first that seeks to cure the causes of sensitive teeth rather than just mask them.

When I go to the Arm & Hammer toothpaste web site, it seems that this toothpaste already available in North American market. According to the site, ARM & HAMMER Enamel Care is the first and ONLY toothpaste with LIQUID CALCIUM® to RESTORE Enamel Luster!

Has anyone tried this toothpaste? May be I'll buy one to try it out!!

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

閃燃 Flashover

香港荃灣德士古道品質工業大廈 5月21日晚發生3級火警,消防員入火場救火時,懷疑發生「閃燃」(Flashover),1名消防員(黃家熙)殉職,10人傷 (6名消防員 + 4名工人)。 黃家熙是最後一個撤離火場,亦是最接近火場的一位。

Since I wasn't sure what is 閃燃 (Flashover), so I did some research:

「閃燃」是火場上危險現象之一,通常在一個封閉火場發生,當物件起火時,被燃燒的有機物料,包括塑膠等,會因火勢而釋出易燃氣體,充斥整個火場。隨溫度不斷上升,當到達約攝氏500℃的自然燃燒界點時,所有物件和易燃氣體會在差不多同一時間燃燒,火勢更會隨熱氣體上升至天花,再向四方八面擴散,令現場瞬間變成一片火海。整個火場在不足一秒鐘內陷入火海,溫度升至近 800度,消防員雖有防火衣等裝備保護,但仍如「錫紙焗薯仔」般,身上的保護袍雖可免被火燒,但卻無法完全阻擋高熱,以致體內嚴重灼傷,高熱中暑(heat shock) 致死。


This incident is like the movie Backdraft or other firemen movies. In movies, we always know that the main actor (fireman) will save everybody and survive. In real life, people are not that lucky. One fireman has died in this fire. It is always sad to hear this kind of news.

We are touched by firemen's selfless act. They have to put themselves in danger in order to save others. They are nameless heros. The really sad part is that they only receive public recognitions and fames after they die on duty...

八百度高溫閃燃 消防員殉職
閃燃 (Flashover) &複燃 (Backdraft)

An animal struck and killed on Ontario Highway

This morning, I heard in the news that an animal was struck and killed on Hwy 10 in the Orangeville area.
This is nothing special. Many animals are killed by cars each year.
However, this is an special animal... Can you guess what is this animal?
(Do not peek at the answer before guessing!!)

A Kangaroo hopped away from an exotic pet farm in the Orangeville area. It was struck and killed on Highway 10 north of the town near Highway 89 a short time later.

This was the first incident of a kangaroo highway fatality in the area, though deer, moose, fox, raccoons, wild turkeys, sheep, dogs and cats are frequently hit on roads in the region.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Judy's Wedding

Yesterday (May 21) was Judy's wedding. She was married to Michael.

Congratulations to Judy and Michael!!
May God bless their marriage with joy, love, and strength!!

Their wedding ceremony was held at The Village Church of The Nazarene in Main St. Unionville.

Their wedding banquet was held at Oriental Century Palace Chinese Restaurant (東方世紀皇宮大酒樓).
"六時恭候 , 七時入席, 九時都未有得食"... Hahahaha... Of course NOT!! Judy wouldn't do this to her friends...

Judy & Michael's first dance...

Can you see the connection between Judy and the people in this photo?
(This photo already contains a very big hint.)

Ha ha... We are the old Goshen Fellowship Group One!!

For more photos, please go to my photo site!

ADDED on May 30:
Here is a video from Kelvin...

Friday, May 18, 2007

Breaking up with girlfriend...

Today is my co-worker's last day. He will pursue opportunities at another company.

We went to Brampton Mandarin for his farewell lunch. During lunch, my co-worker had to give a short speech. (A person must give a short speech in his/her farewell lunch.)

He used a metaphor in his speech, which was pretty funny. He described his situation as breaking up with an existing girlfriend (our company) and finding a more sexy, beautiful girlfriend (new company)... The new girlfriend may or may not be better... But, it's the beginning of a new and exciting relationship...

At the end of the lunch, each one of us got a fortune cookie.... The paper inside my fortune cookie read "All troubles will vanish like smokes." I hope this will come true.... No more troubles!!


Today is definitely a day with lots of weird news.

Well... I don't really know the english word for "慈母多敗兒"... may be "overprotective mothers have bad sons"??
But this is definitely a case of "慈母多敗兒"...

Daniela Langer, an overprotective mother in Germany, has admitted in court that she drove her son (Marcel, 18 years old) to rob a jewellery store and acted as a look-out. She found out her son's plan when she went to a DIY store with him and he asked her to get him some rope and some duct tape, and told her to make sure she left no fingerprints on it. She told the court: "He was determined to do it and I could not talk him out of it, so I offered to drive him there to keep an eye on him. I was worried about him." (If she found out, she should get help from teachers, polices, family members, friends, etc. Definitely should NOT help!! What was she thinking??)

Her son and two other men broke in the jewellery store, stabbed the store owner, and stole 25,000 pounds worth of jewellery. (Oh no... they stabbed the store owner... they don't look like first time robbers...) All of them were caught after they set off a silent alarm connected to the police station during the robbery. (Well... There is a God who knows everything! Bad people will get caught. )

The judge sentenced the mother to three years and ten months in prison. (This will teach the mother a lesson! )

Article Links:
Protective mother drives her son to a robbery
Caring Mother Escorts Son into Jewellery Robbery

11-month-old baby has his own gun licence

No wonder that there are so many gun shoot incidents in US!!
Even a 11-month-old baby can own a gun and get firearm licence!
This is ridicules!!

According to the news... Baby Howard David Ludwig, who is now 11 months old, has been granted his own gun permit. (What's wrong with the US Gov't??) After Baby's grandpa brought Baby Howard a 12-gauge Beretta shotgun, Baby's father paid the $5 fee and filled out the application. (Baby Howard cannot walk and talk yet... What was Baby's Grandpa thinking?? ) So now, Baby Howard can legally own guns and ammunition... may be learnt to fire at people too...

Article Links:
That’s a pistol-packin’ baby...maybe

Organizing cables

The cables around my computer desk are a mess. I have monitor cable, speaker cables, USB cables, cell phone cables, mp3 player cables, etc... (Since there are soooo many, it will take me a couple of hours to list them all here...)

I tried to organize them better with cable wraps, which made them look a little bit better, but it wasn't fun doing that.

Well... I found some products that will make organizing cables very fun!!
There are Cat Cable Clips, Cable fish, Cababo Frog, and One Man Tied.
These things will make the computer room look like a zoo... or a place holding lots of hostages.... Hee hee...

I don't really know these things will actually work or not, but they are surely cute and fun to look at!!