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Thursday, December 30, 2004

Tsunami : Definition

On the way to being the most popular word of the year, tsumami is such a strange word, that I get people asking me "what is tsunami?" is it japanese? The answer is yes. Have you been paying attention in Geography class?

What is tsunami?

A tsunami (pronounced TSOO-NAH-MEE) is a wave train, or series of
waves, generated in a body of water by an impulsive disturbance that
vertically displaces the water column. Earthquakes, landslides,
volcanic eruptions, explosions, and even the impact of cosmic bodies,
such as meteorites, can generate tsunamis. Tsunamis can savagely
attack coastlines, causing devastating property damage and loss of
life. A tsunami can also be called "seismic sea wave", because they're
similar to seismic waves but travel through the ocean instead of
through land

Tsunami is a Japanese word with the English translation, "harbor wave".

Represented by two characters, the top character, "tsu", means harbor,
while the bottom character, "nami", means "wave". In the past, the
scientific community sometimes referred to tsunamis as "tidal waves".
The term "tidal wave" is a misnomer; although a tsunami's impact upon
a coastline is dependent upon the tidal level at the time a tsunami
strikes, tsunamis are unrelated to the tides. Tides result from the
imbalance, extraterrestrial, gravitational influences of the moon,
sun, and planets. The term "seismic sea wave" is also misleading.
"Seismic" implies an earthquake-related generation mechanism, but a
tsunami can also be caused by a non-seismic event, such as a landslide
or meteorite impact.

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We do think that we live in a comfortable world of television and in
such a level of complacency towards technology. Most of us would think
destructive acts of God only happen in the movies and to the countries
other than ours.

The recent tsunami disaster has led me to think that, as much as we
want to believe we've come a long way in  terms of science and
discoveries, we are still incapable of protecting ourselves from
disasters such as earthquakes, (to a certain extent) tornados and
tidal waves. These things, as per the tsunami, can happen anywhere in
the world. How could we monitor every square meter of the earth and
detect what is going to happen in the vast open and empty oceans? One day it could be tsunamis, another could be a volvanic eruption

Even if we do, after 30 years, we'd become disinterested. Government
funds would be directed to other things, like improving education
systems and infrastructure. We'd slowly become desensitized because
these calamities become a distant memory. We think we are invincible
again. We devalue prevention, as it becomes less relevant with time

We don't think that meteors can hit the earth. But do you think all
the satellites in space and look at every corner of space? There could
a meteor on a course that is wider than we've been able to detect? The
course of orbit can be so wide that it enters the proximity of Earth
every 1000 years? And next 30 years, it is on its way to collide with
earth? We never know everything

Science assumes. Well, having said that, science isn't so much
science, is it? Technology still has a long way to go, to better

I am OK!

Hello all readers,

In case you're worried I am wiped away by the recent tsunami
catastrophe (although some of you would have wished so), I am alright.
My parents who are in  Penang are safe and sound. Although Penang was
quite badly hit by the waves

On the day of the incident, I was in Singapore, and still am. But no
tremors were felt

But it is very saddening to see depressed countries suffer a huge blow
of fatalities and destruction. My prayers go to the families who have
lost relatives and friends and those who have survived. I hope for a
speedy recovery and wish that people value life a little more from

Friday, December 17, 2004

Ferrari F430

Ferrari F430

Here then is the picture of the Ferrari F430, replacement for the
much-loved Ferrari Modena 360. It looks meaner, grown up and is less
show, more go. Photo taken at the Singapore Auto Show '04 last month.

Porsche Carrera GT @ Singapore Auto Show

Porsche Carrera GT @ Singapore Auto Show

This picture is taken at the Singapore Auto Show last month, of a very
rare sighting of Porsche Carrera GT. They only plan to make 1500 of
this supercar for the next 3 years or so. Seeing one will be a very
rare thing, not only because it has a price tag of at least nearing 3
million ringgit, it is also because it goes so fast, you may not even
see it coming (and going).

Photo: Taken on a Sony Ericsson S700i mobile phone. On full res, but
resized for the blog. I think the phone takes amazing pictures and is
one of the best camera phones in the market today.

Intro to Porsche Carrera GT:
Porsch's Carrera GT is a race-bred mid-engine Carrera GT roadster .The
heart of the GT holds a new 5.7-liter V-10 engine that whips up 605

Unveiled at the 2003 Geneva International Motor Show and introduced at
the 2004 North American International Auto Show, the Carrera GT is
trickling into U.S. dealerships. Porsche claims the Carrera GT will
yield "a full-blown racetrack experience on the road." Lightweight
construction is paramount. The monocoque structure and subframe of the
Carrera GT are made of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic. The car has a
flat bottom and a rear diffuser.

Not only will the Carrera GT accelerate from zero to 62 mph in less
than 4 seconds, but it can also reach 125 mph in 9.9 seconds due to a
specially developed six-speed-manual gearbox. Specially forged,
extremely lightweight magnesium wheels are said to be a production car
"first," according to Porsche. The front tires measure 19 inches in
diameter, while larger 20-inchers are fitted at the rear.

The roadster's roof consists of two individual carbon-fiber shells
that can be stowed in the front compartment. Each weighs 5.3 pounds.
Porsche builds the Carrera GT in Leipzig, Germany.

Two passengers fit inside the Carrera GT's cockpit. Manually
adjustable seats are finished in smooth leather on composite carbon
shells. The console is made of composite materials and covered in
galvanized magnesium. Fitted with a ball-shaped wood knob, the
gearshift lever is positioned next to the steering wheel.

Air conditioning is standard, and the Carrera GT can have a navigation
system and Bose audio. Porsche includes a five-piece set of leather
luggage that matches the car's interior color.

Under the Hood
The 5.7-liter V-10 engine in the Carrera GT is equipped with dry-sump
lubrication and produces 605 hp at 8,000 rpm and 435 pounds-feet of
torque at 5,750 rpm. Based on the 5.5-liter V-10 that Porsche
developed strictly for racing, the engine works with a
six-speed-manual gearbox. Porsche claims the Carrera GT can reach a
track speed of 205 mph. Acceleration from zero to 62 mph takes 3.9

The Carrera GT comes with traction control and front and side-impact
airbags. Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes are equipped with an
antilock feature. The seats can be fitted with six-point racing seat
belts in place of the three-point belts.

Saturday, December 11, 2004

More of my winAMP list.

What's rocking my WinAMP? Kylie's new single "I Believe In You"

Sunday, December 05, 2004

Me and Anna. Toni & Guy

Me and Anna. Toni & Guy

Me and Anna at the Toni& Guy relocation party. The whole editorial
team was there to have fun. But, I get this all the time...

Frequently Asked Question:
Question: Who is/are Toni & Guy? Is it a rip off from Thomas and Guy?

Answer: TONI&GUY was founded in 1963 by Toni and Guy Mascolo. The
Company has grown over the ensuing years from a single unit to a
multi-national company comprising both salons and academies.

The Mascolo brothers Toni, Guy, Bruno and Anthony Mascolo remain the
driving force of the Company. The brothers come from a family that has
long associations with the hairdressing profession and are of Italian

The philosophy of TONI&GUY has been developed from a firm belief that
in creating a hairstyle, consideration should be placed on
adaptability and suitability, "personalising" each look to the
individual's facial features, hair type and lifestyle. The creation of
a total look is important. Great emphasis is placed on the
consultation and the salon Team work together aiming to treat all
clients with care, consideration and commitment.

Toni And Guy Relocation Party!

Toni And Guy Relocation Party!

Anna and Sandeep at the party.

Saturday, December 04, 2004

Hong Kong, Boat People

Hong Kong, Boat People

The old and the new. Photo taken at Aberdeen, Hong Kong.

Have you seen a fish sleep? Here is a a "Fighting Fish" thats a permanent resident at the office.What in the name? Well, its called fighting fish, simply because males of the species cannot be kept together as they will fight, sometimes to the death. Even by putting each individual fish in separate tanks but facing each other will make them "angry" and they will start getting agressive. Scientific Name: Betta Splendens
Other Names: Betta Family: Belontiidae
Origin: Cambodia, Thailand
Adult Size: 3 inches (7 cm)
Social: Males cannot be kept together
Lifespan: 2-3 years
Tank Level: Top dweller
Minimum Tank Size: 3 gallon
Diet: Live foods preferable, will eat flakes and frozen foods
Breeding: Egglayer - bubblenest
Care: Easy to Intermediate

That's Anna (on the phone) and me at the office. FACES magazine has a blog too now. Point your browser to and see what goes on behind the scene in the making of FACES every other day


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