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Friday, June 26, 2009

Death of King of Pop

The world saw the lost of the King of Pop, Michael Jackson last Thursday, June 25 2009. He was 50 years old. Early speculation says the cause of death was due to cardiac arrest.

News of the death was first spread online. When Yahoo published a post announcing the 'death', I was a bit skeptic, as even yahoo couldn't confirm it for sure. It was only a few hours later that the news became official. Many websites experienced technical difficulties after the news was spread, that even Google thought it was being hacked with so many Michael Jackson searches. Jackson was expected to perform a comeback into pop after years of turmoil that surrounded his career of late.

More over a year ago, UK tabloid The Sun published news that Michael Jackson converted to Islam. He was said to be influenced by his brother, Jermaine Jackson and some others. If these news were true, we all pray that his soul lies with those that are on the right path. Ameen.

edit (July 8th, 2009)

Watch Michael Jackson's memorial here. Some of the key moments were Brooke Shield's speech on her close times with the singer; a performance by his Muslim brother, Jermaine Jackson, with Michael Jackson's favorite song, Smile; and most of all, Jackson's daughter, Paris who came up at the end of the memorial and expressed her love for her father. Watch.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Dark Matter

I'm kinda of familiar with black matter, a fictional substance in a few episodes of Smallville. It's black, some way liquidish, and was evil. And it came from outta space. I never thought there would be anything like that.

That's why I'm no scientist. There's no black matter, but dark actually does exists. Read here.

Currently work is being executed to build the deepest science lab in the world. The field of study: dark matter. The depth of the lab is 4850 feet, more than six Empire State Building, with it's deepest reaches being up to 8000 feet. Studies has to be done way down there because apparently, the highly sensitive detector used to study the matter would be bombarded by cosmic radiation if used at ground level. Read more here. Further reading taught me that the study of black matter is important, as, among others, would allow scientist to conclude whether the universe is expanding of contracting. How these things add up are way being my imagination.

Which makes me think, how and where do these people come up with stuff like this? Quantum physics has never been my subject of interest, and the discovery of black matter, as interesting a it sounds, might just be something I will never get a full grip of. Nor am I trying to. But really, how do people actually think of something that they can hardly be seen?

I'm not denying the existence of black matter or any other quantum physics theory. It's not in my capability to do so. But this just proves the existence of the Mighty One. When will they notice?

Welcoming Myself to Adulthood

As I wonder endlessly in search for job opportunities in the web, one thought has been ever circulating my mind. I am entering adulthood!

I graduated in May with a Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering. They say time flies really fast when you're having the best of times. My four years in Vanderbilt has surely been a zip. Heck, I can hardly believe than I'm already 22!

So now it's not just time to grow up, it's time to be a grown up. Time to mature. Time to look at the world as it truly is. I just concluded yet another chapter of my book called 'life'. And now a new one begins.

I look forward. It's now about time to hit the ground running!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Terengganu's New Tourist Attraction

Terengganu is never shy of attracting people to visit it's rich land. Recently, a very rare phenomena occurred in the state, creating a tourism frenzy with people coming from all over. It's fast becoming popular among local and outside tourist, so much so that within the first few days it was discovered, vendors are already all over the place selling drinks to the ever present visitors. Here are the pictures of that really amazing place.

Jadi marilah pakat rama-rama maghi ganu tengok stadiung rutuh!!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Good Bye Vandy!

My four year journey as a student at Vanderbilt University has recently come to an end. I left Vanderbilt for good on the 30th of May, 2009. I left Vanderbilt with a heavy heart. I left Vanderbilt InsyaAllah a better and smarter person. And surely, I left Vanderbilt with a thousand and one memories of friends and fun that will forever be cherished.

Here are just some pictures of the Vanderbilt that I'll surely miss.

Kirkland Hall

The very symbol of Vanderbilt University

Kirkland Hall is regarded as the the trademark of Vanderbilt University. The high tower of Kirkland hall can be seen miles away. Venue of many a traditional event for the university. You see Kirkland, you see Vanderbilt.

Featheringhill Hall

The atrium

FGH is the main building for engineers. You know you're a true Vanderbilt engineer if you spend more time here than any other place on campus. FGH was were I first learnt my first few steps in becoming an engineer.

Olin Hall

The chemical engineering fortress

Olin Hall was as close a second house for us chemical engineers. The building was a fortress with no windows. And for the fun of it, compare it with the building below:

This is the power chamber from Power Rangers. Almost the same, right? lol..

Vandy Squirrels

I wont be finding any of these cute fuzzy animals here in Malaysia. They're hard to find.

Of course it'd be impossible to list down every single thing I'd miss in Vandy. But those mentioned above are definitely worth the mention.