Tuesday, May 31, 2011
I wondering if I can find cheap and green solar panel installer to my new house as a long term solution. But base on my survey in the net, Malaysian still far behind on this technology and have very limited numbers of supplier to cater the demand.
The government should encourge house owner to have solar panel install into their properties to reduce the dependency to the grid.
TNB Berhad's president Datuk Seri Che Khalib Mohamad said the new tariff would be calculated based on the amount of usage above the 300kWh level that would see bills increasing from 0.1% up to 10%.
He cited an example where those who had been using 200kWh to 300kWh a month would still be paying between RM43.6 and RM77 in electricity bills.
“If they exceed this, for example to 1,000kWh a month, then their bills would be calculated based on the new tariff,” he said during a special briefing held at TNB's headquaters here yesterday.
He cited an example where a domestic consumer who used to pay RM181.19 to RM259.2 for using between 601kWh and 800kWh a month would now be paying RM199.23 to RM285.10 instead.
Monday, May 30, 2011
Friday, May 27, 2011
This is interesting . .. .
Margarine was originally manufactured to fatten turkeys. When it killed the turkeys, the people who had put all the money into the research wanted a payback so they put their heads together to figure out what to do with this product to get their money back.
It was a white substance with no food appeal so they added the yellow colouring and sold it to people to use in place of butter. How do you like it? They have come out with some clever new flavourings....
DO YOU KNOW.. The difference between margarine and butter?
Read on to the end...gets very interesting!
Both have the same amount of calories.
Butter is slightly higher in saturated fats at 8 grams; compared to 5 grams for margarine.
Eating margarine can increase heart disease in women by 53% over eating the same amount of butter, according to a recent Harvard Medical Study.
Eating butter increases the absorption of many other nutrients in other foods.
Butter has many nutritional benefits where margarine has a few and only because they are added!
Butter tastes much better than margarine and it can enhance the flavours of other foods.
Butter has been around for centuries where margarine has been around for less than 100 years.
And now, for Margarine..
Very High in Trans fatty acids.
Triples risk of coronary heart disease ...
Increases total cholesterol and LDL (this is the bad cholesterol) and lowers HDL cholesterol, (the good cholesterol)
Increases the risk of cancers up to five times..
Lowers quality of breast milk.
Decreases immune response.
Decreases insulin response..
And here's the most disturbing fact.... HERE IS THE PART THAT IS VERY INTERESTING!
Margarine is but ONE MOLECULEaway from being PLASTIC...and shares 27 ingredients with PAINT
These facts alone were enough to have me avoiding margarine for life and anything else that is hydrogenated (this means hydrogen is added, changing the molecular structure of the substance).
You can try this yourself:
Purchase a tub of margarine and leave it open in your garage or shaded area. Within a couple of days you will notice a couple of things:
* no flies, not even those pesky fruit flies will go near it (that should tell you something)
* it does not rot or smell differently because it has nonutritional value ; nothing will grow on it. Even those teeny weeny microorganisms will not a find a home to grow. Why? Because it is nearly plastic. Would you melt your Tupperware and spread that on your toast?
Share This With Your Friends.....(If you want to butter them up')!
When someone shares something of value with you and you benefit from it, you have a moral obligation to share it with others.
Pass the BUTTER PLEASE
Friday, May 20, 2011
A lot of people thing that it is better to drive faster, but it actually does affect your gas mileage. If you actually drive slower you can save more gas, and you can also drive safer. Any savings on gas is good at this point especially since gas prices are increasing every week.
# 7 Car Pool
Car Pooling is a really way to save gas for everyone. Get your co-workers, friends, and family together and take one car. The more people in the car, the more people help pay for gas for that car. Car pooling is very economical and it can help bring everyone together.
# 6 Ride a bicycle or walk
If you live very close to work or school then riding a bicycle and walking can definitely save money on gas and it is also very healthy. Riding a bicycle and walking do not involve using gas at all, and that way you can save your gas when you have to travel longer distances.
# 5 Buy a Moped or Motorcycle
Mopeds and Motorcycles save a lot of gas because they use less of it. It is also easier to get around on them.
# 4 Use public transportation
If you do not want to spend a lot of money on gas you can always ride public transportation. That way you are not buying gas, and you are sharing transportation with other people. Using public transportation is also less expensive than buying gas.
# 3 Use Bio Diesel
A lot of people are turning to alternative fuels, and some are turning to Bio Diesel. This way is to help save gas for a long term basis. You have a Diesel vehicle you may want to convert it to a Bio Diesel one. The great thing with a Bio Diesel car is that you can make your own fuel. Bio diesel is basically used oil, and you can get a lot of it from fast food places.
# 2 Buy a Hybrid
Another way to save money on gas is to buy a Hybrid car like a Honda Civic, and a Prius. These hybrid vehicles can get 40-45 miles per gallon. The hybrid is a combination of electric, and gas fuel.
# 1 Research Gas stations before getting gas
If you have to buy gas with these high gas prices then the best thing to do is research Gas stations around your neighborhood. It is good to know where the cheapest Gas Stations are so you don't have to buy the most expensive gas. You may only save a few cents per gallon, but money is money.
So if you want some ideas on how to save money on gas these are 8 ways you can but please not do this.....
Thursday, May 19, 2011
The following is an actual question given on a University of Washington chemistry mid term.
The answer by one student was so "profound" that the professor shared it with colleagues, via the Internet, which is, of course, why we now have the pleasure of enjoying it as well:
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 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 at which souls are moving into Hell and the rate at which 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's look at the different religions that exist in the world today.
Most of these religions state that if you are not a member of their religion, you will go to Hell. Since there is 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 proportionately 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. 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 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 slept with her last night, then number two must be true, and thus I am sure that Hell is exothermic and has already frozen over. The corollary of this theory is that since Hell has frozen over, it follows that it is not accepting any more souls and is therefore, extinct......leaving only Heaven, thereby proving the existence of a divine being which explains why, last night, Teresa kept shouting "Oh my God."
The student got an A.
(Just a word of cautious: PLEASE TREAT THIS as JOKE, not more then that)
Sepanjang perbualan mereka, Hantu B ni tak habis-habis menggigil. Lalu, Hantu A yang kehairanan ni pun bertanya,
“Apsal kau ni asyik menggigil je?”
“Oh..cara aku mati dulu teruk..aku mati dalam peti ais…sejuk!!” Jawab Hantu B sambil menggigil lagi.
“Ooo..kesian… aku dulu mati sebab heart attack.” Kata Hantu A ramah.
“Kau memang sakit jantung kronik ye? Apsal ko tak gi buat operation? Kalau tak, sure kau tengah lepak-lepak ngan family kau sekarang.” Balas Hantu B.
“Dah,aku dah buat dah !In fact mase aku mati tu, aku in recovery. Panjang ceritanya…” jawab Hantu A sayu.
“Ceritala sikit..Sambil-sambil lepak nih..”
“Camni..Aku syak isteri aku main kayu tiga ngan aku. So this one day, aku ingat nak perangkap la isteri aku..Aku pura-pura gi keje tapi actually aku park keta aku kat simpang hujung umah aku je. Seperti yang aku syak, masuk sebuah keta kat carpark umah aku. Aku rilex dulu sebab nak carik mase sesuai tangkap diorang.”
“So, ko dapatla tangkap diorang?” tanya Hantu B penuh minat.
“Tak. Aku cume jumpe isteri aku je kat dalam bilik. Yang aku heran, mase aku masuk umah tu, aku nampak ade kasut laki kat pintu umah aku. Aku tanye isteri aku tapi die takmo jawab. So aku pun lari-lari sekeliling umah aku nak carik jantan tuh. Abis sume bilik aku carik tapi takde pun..
Last-last, sebab aku penat sangat berlari carik jantan tuh, aku pun jatuh pengsan sebab heart attack. And aku tak sangka aku mati lak…” kata Hantu A mengakhiri ceritanya dengan kesedihan.
Hantu B terdiam mendengarkan cerita Hantu A. Selepas beberapa ketika, Hantu B berkata,
“Kenapa kau tak check kat dalam peti sejuk? Kalau kau check kat situ, sure kita berdua still hidup lagi...
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Stevia is a genus of about 240 species of herbs and shrubs in the sunflower family (Asteraceae), native to subtropical and tropical regions from western North America to South America. The species Stevia rebaudiana, commonly known as sweetleaf, sweet leaf, sugarleaf, or simplystevia, is widely grown for its sweet leaves. As a sweetener and sugar substitute, stevia's taste has a slower onset and longer duration than that of sugar, although some of its extracts may have a bitter or licorice-like aftertaste at high concentrations.
With its steviol glycoside extracts having up to 300 times the sweetness of sugar, stevia has garnered attention with the rise in demand for low-carbohydrate, low-sugar food alternatives. Because stevia has a negligible effect on blood glucose, it is attractive as a natural sweetener to people on carbohydrate-controlled diets.
The availability of stevia varies from country to country. In a few countries, it has been available as a sweetener for decades or centuries; for example, stevia is widely used as a sweetener in Japan where it has been available for decades. In some countries, stevia is restricted or banned. In other countries, health concerns and political controversies have limited its availability; for example, the United States banned stevia in the early 1990s unless labeled as a dietary supplement, but in 2008 approved rebaudioside A extract as a food additive. Over the years, the number of countries in which stevia is available as a sweetener has been increasing.
Al replied, 'I don't know, let's just ask our waiter.'
When the waiter came by, Al asked him, 'Are there any Indian Jews?'
The waiter said, 'I wont be knowing, but I will ask the Chef .After he returned from the kitchen a few minutes later and said, 'No sir, no Indian Jews.'
Al wasn't really satisfied with that and asked, 'Are you absolutely sure?'
The waiter, realizing he was dealing with 'foreigners' gave the expected answer, 'I check again,' and went back into the kitchen.
While the waiter was away in the kitchen, Sid said, 'I find it hard to believe that there are no Jews in India . Our people are scattered everywhere.'
The waiter returned and said, 'The Chef and the Captain my boss and they all say there is no Indian Jews.'
'Are you certain?' Al asked once again, 'I just can't believe there are no Indian Jews!'
Listen you stupid, I asked EVERYONE,' replied the frustrated waiter. 'All we have is Mango Jews, Pineapple Jews, Orange Jews, Coconut Jews and Tomato Jews! - No Indian Jews OK!!!!!???!!!
Friday, May 6, 2011
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Dr. Lopez-Jimenez and his colleagues analyzed data from nearly 16,000 heart patients who participated in one of four previously conducted studies or the Mayo Clinic’s Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Program. More than one-third of the patients died during the studies, which ranged in length from six months to more than seven years.
A high BMI was associated with a 35% lower risk of death, but having a large waist in addition to a high BMI nearly doubled the risk of dying, the researchers found. (To zero in on waist size, they controlled for age, hypertension, diabetes, and other risk factors for heart disease.)
Even heart patients with apple-shaped bodies and BMIs in the normal range were at increased risk of dying sooner, which drives home the fact that normal-weight heart patients may need to lose some weight in their bellies too, Després says. “That’s why it’s so important for clinical cardiologists to measure waist circumference.”
Why is belly fat so bad? It tends to be a sign of visceral fat, or fat that gathers around the organs in the abdomen, the study notes. This fat seems to promote insulin resistance and unhealthy cholesterol numbers, and may also boost inflammation.
Genetics plays a “very strong” role in whether a person gains weight around the waist, Després says. He estimates that about 30% of the population has this tendency to put on fat in these “undesirable sites.”
berjumpa dengan neneknya.
Nenek : "Rahmat, nenek sudah tidak kuat lagi, nenek minta kamu sambung
mengusahakan kebun nenek..."
Rahmat : "Jangan cakap macam tu, nek..." (dalam hati, tak sia-sia aku balik
kampung... dapat pulak harta pusaka nenek).
Nenek : "Segala isi perkebunan, ternakan, villa, traktor untuk kamu. Tolong
jaga baik-baik, jangan lupa disiram tiap hari tanaman nenek."
Rahmat : "Baik nek, nenek jangan bimbang tentang hal itu... Tapi dimana
kebun nenek? Rahmat tidak pernah tahu?"
Nenek : "Di Facebook nenek, FARMVILLE, nanti nenek bagi tau passwordnya."
Lessons of the Square Watermelon
Japanese grocery stores had a problem. They are much smaller than shops in the USA and therefore don't have room to waste. Watermelons, big and round, wasted a lot of space. Most people would simply tell the grocery stores that watermelons grow round and there is nothing
that can be done about it.
That is how majority of people would respond. But some Japanese farmers took a different approach. If the supermarkets wanted a square watermelon, they asked themselves, 'How can we provide one?' It wasn't long before they invented the square watermelon.
The solution to the problem of round watermelons was not to solve as the farmers did not assume it was impossible - and simply asked how it could be done.
They found out that if you put the watermelon in a square box when they are growing, the watermelon will take on the shape of the box and grow into a square fruit.
This made the grocery stores happy and had the added benefit that it was much easier and cost effective to ship the watermelons. Consumers also loved them because they took less space in their refrigerators which are much smaller than those in the US meaning that the growers could charge a premium price for them...
What does this have do with anything in life or at your job? There are a few Lessons that can you can take away from this story which help
as you are constantly looking for new and better ways to do things. This was one of the most difficult things for me to do because most of the assumptions I make, I don't even realize that I'm making them. They seem perfectly logical on the surface, so I have to constantly make an effort to question them.
Look for a better way:
Impossibilities often aren't :
Monday, May 2, 2011
#1 In 1998, the United States had 25 percent of the world’s high-tech export market and China had just 10 percent. Ten years later, the United States had less than 15 percent and China's share had soared to 20 percent.
#2 The United States had been the leading consumer of energy on the globe for about 100 years, but this past summer China took over the number one spot.
#3 Nobel economist Robert W. Fogel of the University of Chicago is projecting that the Chinese economy will be three times larger than the U.S. economy by the year 2040 if current trends continue.
#4 Between 2000 and 2009, America's trade deficit with China skyrocketed nearly 300 percent.
#5 Over the past 15 years, China has moved up from 14th place to 2nd place in the world in published scientific research articles.
#6 Apple iPhones are manufactured in China by workers making about 293 dollars a month (and that was after a big raise).
#7 In 2009, the United States ranked dead last of the 40 nations examined by the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation when it came to "change" in "global innovation-based competitiveness" over the previous ten years.
#8 According to one recent study, China could become the global leader in patent filings by next year.
#9 Today, China controls over 90 percent of the total global supply of rare earth elements.
#10 According to a disturbing new study by the Economic Policy Institute, if the trade deficit with China continues to increase at its current rate, the U.S. economy will lose over half a million jobs this year alone.
#11 China is now the number one producer in the world of wind and solar power.
#12 The United States has lost a staggering 32 percent of its manufacturing jobs since the year 2000.
#13 Russia and China have announced that they have decided to quit using the U.S. dollar and instead start using their own national currencies when trading with each other.
#14 China now possesses the fastest supercomputer on the entire globe.
#15 In 2008, 1.2 billion cellphones were sold around the world. So how many of those cellphones were manufactured inside the United States? Zero.
#16 Today, the United States spends about $3.90on Chinese goods for every $1 that China spends on goods from the United States.
#17 Now, close to half of all the graduate science students enrolled at colleges and universities in the United States are foreigners.
#18 China now has the world's fastest train and the world's biggest high-speed rail network.
#19 Manufacturing employment in the U.S. computer industry is actually lower in 2010 than it was in 1975.
#20 China is now the number one supplier of components that are critical to the operation of U.S. defense systems.
#21 Over the past several decades, China has been able to accumulate approximately $2.5 trillion in foreign currency reserves, and the U.S. government now owes them close to 900 billion dollars.
#22 Since 2001, over 42,000 U.S. factories have closed down for good.
#23 In 1985, the U.S. trade deficit with China was 6 million dollars for the entire year. In the month of August alone, the U.S. trade deficit with China was over 28 billion dollars.
#24 According to author Clyde Prestowitz, China's number one export to the U.S. is computer equipment.
#25 In 2010, the number one U.S. export to China is "scrap and trash".
Sunday, May 1, 2011
This ritual between Mr. Tung and the hooker continued for days. He'd run by and she'd yell, "500 dollars!" And he'd yell back, "50 dollars!"
One day however, Mrs. Tung decided that she wanted to accompany her husband on his jog.
As the jogging couple neared the problematic street corner, Mr. Tung realized the "pro" would bark her $500 offer and Mrs. Tung would wonder what he'd really been doing on all his past outings. He realized too he should have a darn good explanation.
As they jogged into the turn that would take them past the corner, Mr. Tung became even more apprehensive than usual. Sure enough, there was the hooker. Mr. Tung tried to avoid the prostitute's eyes as she watched the pair jog past.
Then, from the sidewalk, the hooker yelled, "See what you get for 50 bucks ?"
SON: 'Daddy, may I ask you a question?'
DAD: 'Yeah sure, what it is?' replied the man.
SON: 'Daddy, how much do you make an hour?'
DAD: 'That's none of your business. Why do you ask such a thing?' the man said angrily.
SON: 'I just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you make an hour?'
DAD: 'If you must know, I make $50 an hour.'
SON: 'Oh,' the little boy replied, with his head down.
SON: 'Daddy, may I please borrow $25?'
The father was furious, 'If the only reason you asked that is so you can borrow some money to buy a silly toy or some other nonsense, then you march yourself straight to your room and go to bed. Think about why you are being so selfish. I don't work hard everyday for such childish frivolities.'
The little boy quietly went to his room and shut the door.
The man sat down and started to get even angrier about the little boy's questions.. How dare he ask such questions only to get some money?
After about an hour or so, the man had calmed down , and started to think:
Maybe there was something he really needed to buy with that $25.00 and he really didn't ask for money very often The man went to the door of the little boy's room and opened the door.
'Are you asleep, son?' He asked.
'No daddy, I'm awake,' replied the boy.
'I've been thinking, maybe I was too hard on you earlier' said the man. 'It's been a long day and I took out my aggravation on you. Here's the $25 you asked for.'
The little boy sat straight up, smiling. 'Oh, thank you daddy!' he yelled. Then, reaching under his pillow he pulled out some crumpled up bills.
The man saw that the boy already had money, started to get angry again.
The little boy slowly counted out his money, and then looked up at his father.
'Why do you want more money if you already have some?' the father grumbled.
'Because I didn't have enough, but now I do,' the little boy replied.
'Daddy, I have $50 now. Can I buy an hour of your time? Please come home early tomorrow. I would like to have dinner with you.'
The father was crushed. He put his arms around his little son, and he begged for his forgiveness.
It's just a short reminder to all of you working so hard in life. We should not let time slip through our fingers without having spent some time with those who really matter to us, those close to our hearts. Do remember to share that $50 worth of your time with someone you love.
If we die tomorrow, the company that we are working for could easily replace us in a matter of hours. But the family & friends we leave behind will feel the loss for the rest of their lives.
Please don't break this even if you only send it to one person. Thanks