"Malaysia Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and the Sultan of Johor are seen in a blue Proton Saga... "When asked whether there is any tension with the sultan, Dr Mahathir said: “No, I don’t see anything because I went to see him and he drove me to the airport. I don’t want to comment on the sultans because if I say anything that is not good then it’s not nice because he is the sultan”"

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Friday, November 06, 2009

"2 is not equal to 3, not even for large values of 2." - Grabel's Law


More Asian women going for boob jobs - "More Asian women are making their boobs bigger through plastic surgery as the techniques used are increasingly simpler and much safer than before. Boobs can be made bigger within 20 minutes by a competent plastic surgeon and the patient can get back to work within 24-48 hours with a massive boost in her self-confidence. Renowned Swedish plastic surgeon Dr Charles Randquist speaking to Bernama from Victoriakliniken, Stockholm via Skype, said breast augmentation is something that lots of women in Asia desire at present "because it is all about quality of life"... While Asia has many breast surgeons it is unfortunate that it lacks scientific data or numbers on breast augmentation"

Sex for survival: Study shows male fiddler crabs will protect female neighbours - at a price - "Male fiddler crabs will happily defend a female neighbour against intruders - partly because the females will dole out sex in return... In 21 trials involving male intruders, the researchers found that male crabs would scuttle over to fight off the invaders on a female neighbour's territory 95 per cent of the time. But in 20 trials involving female intruders, the males crabs only fought off the invaders 15 per cent of the time"
Patriarchy extends its insidious claws into the crustacean world!

ChefsBest - Award Winners - "Expert independent judging results for America's best food products in hundreds of categories"
This award has standard. Otis Spunkmeyer muffins - which won in their category - are VERY nice. And they use sugar, not corn syrup. BAGUS!

The Straight Dope: What's the story on jury nullification? - "Jury nullification generally refers to a jury’s decision to acquit a defendant even though the jurors believe the accused to be factually guilty of the crime. This decision can arise from a desire for leniency or sympathy with the accused or from distaste for the particular law being enforced... It’s the job of the jury to sort out who is telling the truth about what, and agree upon a set of facts. In contrast, the judge’s job is to rule on questions of law... During the Civil War, the Fugitive Slave Act mandated the return of runaway slaves to their owners and prescribed penalties for those who didn't comply, but juries often refused to convict those accused of this crime; in the decades that followed, all-white juries in the south routinely refused to convict white defendants accused of acts of violence against blacks"

Millions want to swap nations - "SOME 700 million people worldwide, or more than all the adults of North and South America combined, think the grass is greener on the other side of the fence and want to permanently move to another country... The most popular destination was the United States... In joint second were Britain, Canada and France... The least likely to want to emigrate were Asians"

Startup Love: Starting a relationship is like launching a business - "In both matters of the heart and matters of the mind, on average, only one-in-ten startups survive in the long run. You need to be willing to go all-in at the beginning but to be able to cut your losses if things don't work out. Embrace the concept of failing fast and frequently. That is, try lots of things and keep what works. This is the secret sauce of Silicon Valley. Entrepreneurs know that the worst outcome occurs when you inhabit the land of the living dead, where your company stumbles along, just waiting for someone to put it out of its misery. So be willing to gracefully extract yourself when it's clear that things won't improve. Write off the losses on your emotional tax return, and move on to your next investment."
Similarly, not everyone is cut out to start a business, and you can possibly go bankrupt.

Uncovering Steve Jobs' Presentation Secrets - "1. A headline
2. A villain
3. A simple slide
4. A demo
5. A holy smokes moment
One more thing…sell dreams"

10 things you need to stop tweeting about - "#2 Social Media. "It's all about crowdsourcing in the social media web 2.0 twittersphere!... You sound like a douchebag with no real job skills"

Pew Internet Project: Social Isolation and New Technology - "People who use modern information and communication technologies have larger and more diverse social networks... “There is a tendency by critics to blame technology first when social change occurs,” argued Prof. Keith Hampton"

The Straight Dope: Is there any difference in quality between name-brand drugs and generics? - "The key issue in name brands versus generics is quality control. Branded drugs are tested extensively for effectiveness, side effects, and drug interactions — a slow, expensive process — and before the Waxman-Hatch Act of 1984, so were generics. The new law lowered the bar... One study found generic versions of the heart disease drug digoxin were 40 percent more likely to have “adverse events” than branded digoxin... research suggests generic versions of the blood thinner heparin are so different they can’t be safely substituted for one another."

Texas Lawmaker Suggests Asian Names Be "Easier to Deal With" - "Is Texas State Rep. Betty Brown (R-Terrell) extremely out of touch with national demographics, or is she the unfortunate scapegoat in a voter registration debate?... she asked, "Rather than everyone here having to learn Chinese-I understand it's a rather difficult language-do you think it would behoove you and your citizens to adopt a name that we could deal with more readily here?" But Brown's comments don't end there, and most accounts don't include the second part of that statement. She continues, "I'm not talking changing your name. I'm talking about the transliteration, or whatever you refer to it, that you could use for us."... her suggestion was a way to make it easier for Asian Americans to be identified in the voting process, since their legal transliterated names and the more common names used on their driver's licenses don't always match up... suggesting that someone of any nationality should use the same name on their legal voting documentation that they use on their driver's licenses or other forms of I.D. seems pretty logical"

Woman is allergic to her husband's sperm - "A new wife was given a nasty wedding night surprise when she discovered she was allergic to her husband's sperm. Mike and Julie Boyde had been going out for two years when they got married and decided to have unprotected sex for the first time that evening. But almost immediately the bride was in unbearable pain"

Google Opens Google Invite to Invites - "As with Google Wave and Google Voice, Google Invite invites are a hot commodity"
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