Monday, August 29, 2005

It's the start of my week free. But it's not exactly free as I have tonnes of work to do. Assignments, debates, interviews, ISC duties... Yeap, I am the Events Director for the Multicultural Week (MCW) committe in the International Students Committee. Got the position after the former Events Director went MIA (Missing In Action). Yep, she just went *poof* and gone. So I was offered the position and I took it. But I'm kinda regretting it now... so much work, so little time >.<
Anyways, here's the pics from my trip to the Caversham Wildlife Park.

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Baby joey & Mummy kangaroo with -ryu- ^^. Yep, the joey is white & it's fur is VERY VERY soft!!! Wish I can hug it but we're not allowed to. We can only stroke it's back gently cause if you irritate it, they'll stand on their tails and kick you. Now, I don't want that to happen but if you don't believe me, try touching their pouch for yourself. I ain't gonna be heald responsible =P

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Hehe... Ain't it cute?

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Attack of the kangaroos!!! This one dirtied my jeans... bad bad kangaroo!!!

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Looking for more food. Hehe... look at it's eyes =P Doesn't it just make you wanna give him more food? But there was a sign telling us not to over feed them since they're already overweight, so... sorry >.<

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This baby joey sleeps just like us! So so cute ^^. They love lying in the sun... sun baking. Haha...

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Now, apart from the kangaroos, there were also other animals, like this one legged bird. Nah, it has two legs, it just hid one of them beneath its wings. I have know idea why they do that... to conserve energy? Hehehe...

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Ferret!!! Found this little guy in a small cage above some chickens. I hope to own one someday... But ferrets are expensive.

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They had camel rides! Was $5 but decided to go for it anyways. Should always experience new stuff =)

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Here I am with my friend on the camel when it just got up... now, that wasn't a nice experience. I hurt my back when it got up and again when it sat down. It kinda jerked us in 2 directions in a split second as it moved. So, I felt as if something was dislocated in my back T.T

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WARNING: Lamas eat anything. Haha... this is an unfortunate incident that happened to my friend where her map of the park was eaten by this lama ^^; They also spit, so, stay away!

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No Kitty, DON'T JUMP!!! Lolz... it's not a cat... just something that looks like a cat. Don't remember its name.

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And of course, the Koala! I'm in Australia after all =D They sleep 23 hrs a day. I wanna be a Koala @.@ Just imagine... -ryu- the koala... sounds good no? Hehe...

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And this is Dozer! She's about 2 years old and is a common wombat. She weighs about 15kgs... pretty heavy >.< She's like a baby. After this pic was taken, she turned towards the guide and stretched out her arms wanting to go back to the guide. So cute ^^

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After the wildlife park, we went to this Chocolate factory. It was amazing... the chocolates were really good (they had samples but people were digging in... hey, free chocs, I'll grab the whole basket if the woman at the counter wasn't staring daggers saying "Those are for SAMPLING ONLY!") Well, I shared this piece of cake with 2 other friends. It was okay, not THAT amazing...

Yeap, that's all folks =)

Friday, August 26, 2005

As you can see, I've decided to change the layout of my blog, mainly cause some people couldn't view it properly. I'm still working on it, it's far from perfect but I will do my best admist all the stress & assignments I have >.< Anyways, here's something to keep you entertained till my next post:
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Yep, these are my RA's shoes which are outside his room (just opposite of mine). Who in the blue hell needs 12 pairs of shoes??? Gawd...

Friday, August 12, 2005

I'm bored... I can't sleep... sighz... Nevermind, I'll just see what can I crap up now...
Oh yea, today in my Human Factors class, I heard 2 really disgusting stories. Now, it may seem trivial to some people but I don't want to cause any upset stomachs or traumatized minds. The stories are about the simple errors that people make, that sometimes lead to really, really bad results...
So, before I begin, any of you who think you can't be able digest it, please don't read the following paragraphs in red. I'm putting this warning because when my lecturer was telling them to us, I imagined every scene in my head and the last scene wasn't pretty >.<
Alright then... here we go:

Story 1: Medical human error...
Ray was a 32 year old man who has just been diagnosed with cancer in his left shoulder. So he had to undergo radioactive therapy. As he lay down in the machine, (I forgot what was it called) he thought of nothing much as this was his 9th time getting the treatment. The first 8 went fine. He got into position and waited for the treatment to begin.
In the control room, Mary-Beth was keying in the information into the computer so that the machine would be able to aim at Ray's tumor accurately. The machine has 2 functions, 1 was for X-ray and the other was an electron beam. To use the X-ray, the 'X' key is to be pressed while the electron beam is activated by the 'E' key. Pretty simple.
But Mary-Beth entered X on her first trial. But she noticed her mistake immediately and went back to the controls and pressed E. The computer screen now showed that Ray was to be aimed with the electron beam. So she presses 'Enter' to commence the treatment.
But little did she knew, the machine was never given a command of X then changing to E. This 'bug' or faulty command was never tested out by the designers or engineers of the machine. But this bug caused the machine to malfunction.
For both X-ray and electron beam, there is a metal plate which lessens the intensity of the beams before hitting the patient. But during the malfunction, the metal plate was retracted and there was nothing between the beam and Ray. An X-ray beam is alot more powerful than an electron beam (I've forgotten the exact numbers). And also during the malfunction, the beam was still for X-ray and not electron beam like it showed on Mary-Beth's computer screen.
There is a small video camera and a mic in the machine to enable communication between the control room and the machine room where the patient was in. But on that day, both were unplugged. Therefore, Mary-Beth could not communicate with ray and vice versa.
After Mary-Beth had pressed 'Enter', the screen showed the word 'Malfunction'. She thought it was just a bug, no big deal, she reseted the computer and entered Ray's treatment again. But the machine was still in a malfunctioning state, the X-ray beam was still used without the metal plate.
In the machine, Ray heard the machine working and he should recieve the treatment of an invisible ray which he could not have felt. But instead of that, he heard a frying sound and a searing pain through his shoulder.
When Mary-Beth entered the treatment again, the screen once again showed that there was a malfunction and she thought the treatment has not commenced. So she restarted the computer and entered the treatment again. The same thing happened. So she repeated the steps again, and again, and again, and again, and again...
By now, Ray has already recieved almost 25,000 times the amount of his supposed treatment. He called out to Mary-Beth "Hey, you're pressing the wrong button!" But Mary-Beth can't hear him. He lay there in pain.
Finally Mary-Beth gave up and told the nurses to wheel Ray out of the machine room. A few weeks after that, the same thing happened to another patient and Mary-Beth was also the controller of the machine.
By now, doctors were suspecting that Ray has been over-exposed to radiation. The engineers were called to the machine room and sure enough, they found the malfunction and alerted the company that designed the machine.
Ray's flesh around his shoulder and neck started to disinegrate and fall off. He died 4 months later.

Well, that was pretty shocking for me. And it was a true story... happened in the 80s. Kinda makes you wonder what could go wrong...

I was writting the 2nd story when I decided not to as it is bringing back really disgusting images in my head. So I'm not gonna write it...

Thursday, August 11, 2005

I have been told that I don't look my age. Really? Seriously, how old do you people think I am? People have been telling me I look 17 or 18. When I tell them my real age, they are shocked >.< Anyways, have a look at this pic:
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Cool eh? Taken by my friend, Jing a.k.a my 'kaima'. Hehehe... She's in Gippsland in Melbourne and it actually snowed!!! I kinda photoshoped the pic to make the snow much more visible =)

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And this is Jing (left) with her friend. Beautiful? Ofcourse, and there's NO photoshop done at all. Hehehe... anyways, if you wanna know more about her, click here.
**updated:: Jing is on da left... not right... poor me... right & left also can't differenciate >.< Sorry Jing!**

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Looks like it's promoting leng luis day for me =) This other gurl here is my good friend. Since she posted my pic on her blog, I've decided to return the favor. Hahaha... Anyways, visit her blog as well =) (p.s. guess who did the layout for her site ^^)

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

I saw this video called the “Journey of man” for Cross-Cultural today. It’s about how this geneticist manages to find that all of us in the world come from the same ancestors. And he knows all this from our DNA in our blood. It’s interesting how there is a certain “marker” in our DNA which is caused by mutation. It’s this “marker” that shows the history of mankind in it as the exact “marker” is passed down from one generation to another therefore it is possible to trace it back to its origins.

According to the video, Africa is the birthplace of the first humans on earth. It seems that from there, a small portion of the first tribe migrated to other lands. From there, they adapted to the weather and kinda mutated I guess, into all the different races around the world today.

Now, when I was watching the video, and it was revealed that our first ancestors were from a tribe in Africa. And the first thing that came into my mind was “Wow, this is not only rewriting history but also religion?”

Why did I think that way? Well, read the first chapter of the bible, the Genesis, about how God created Adam and Eve. Then look at the illustrations (from Christian books) of Adam and Eve. Don’t get what I mean? I do not know if it was on purpose or not, but Adam and Eve were portrayed as Whites. But our DNA reveals that our ancestors were dark skinned or Black (excuse my labels here; I know they are offensive but I can’t think of any other words that can carry my message across clearly).

So does this mean that God, really made Man Black? If that is true, won’t the Whites have a lot to explain about discrimination (not to mention slavery) of the Blacks because they claim to be the “higher” beings? And what about the thousands of years when they were creating stereotypes, if I may say, about associating the colour black with negative elements? Surely if God created Man Black, could he have favored the colour more?

As you could’ve seen by now, I am kinda against Christianity. But don’t get me wrong, I was once inclined towards Christianity (I think I still am though) and I do read the bible and went to church (though it was rather traumatizing for me… I have no idea why). I guess I just don’t see the logic in them having the right to say that theirs is the one true religion. In fact, I don’t get why all religions see that way…

Don’t you think that that way of thinking is just so childish? I mean, how do you fight for peace??? If you fight, THERE IS NO PEACE!!! When will you idiots get it through that thick primate skull of yours??? *cough cough* Sorry… I tend to get really agitated when I think how stupid Man can be…

Anyways, I just hope that there will come a day when we can really find out the truth about everything. I think that is the one way to actually stop all this childishness… But I guess it is an impossible task. We would not be able to find the one truth… Not with religion blinding our eyes now.

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