>> Friday, March 30, 2007

Bonita. Picasa.

I just noticed that Picasa actually collects all your blogger photos. Nice. It's much user-friendlier than Flickr, with 1GB limit, which makes more sense (compared to MB limit / month etc.).

>> Thursday, March 29, 2007

Haywire Part Deux

I haven't been this loco for a while. Loco in the context of not having the usual focus. Just imagine... I left my things here and there, tripping on something all the time, the steps, doors. This week has been nothing but: HAYWIRE.

>> Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Jump start

I accidentally left the key inside Wira and drained the battery. Hj Mohamed Isnin helped me fire it up again a day after. Thank you, Haji Md.

To roll the car back one space took almost all of the power I had.

The vehicle weight is around 975kg, giving a normal force of approximately 9,565N. Add maybe 20liter of petrol (vehicle Gasoline with s.g. of ~0.737), the normal force becomes 9,710N. The coefficient of rolling friction is roughly 0.15, for ordinary car tires on rough tar road, summing the resistance force to 1,456.5N. The movement takes the minimum locus of 4.27m straight to the back for this is the also the length of the car. It took me roughly 7 seconds from start to stop. Assume wind and air resistance are negligible and the force (thus the power generation) to move my own body has not been taken into account.

That's merely a 888W feat but only for a few seconds. Athletes can pull 1000W I think, and for even longer duration. Strangely enough I didn't feel like my knee or my back was about to sprain or anything. Well, I might not feel it now, but 20 years down the road...

>> Monday, March 26, 2007

k750i part deux

This is my attempt to act like the spokesperson of k750i.

Naah.. not commercial enough.

Referring to

My sister k.Ngah has been writing actively in her blogs. I think you should read hers. Its wayy better than mine. Click.

>> Sunday, March 25, 2007

Injury Notice

Off the Job Injury
Date of Incident: 11 Aug 2006
Employee while engaged in a game of indoor futsal, lost his footing and sustained torn ligament of his left foot. This happened because of too sudden breaking while running fast causing a sudden shift in weight and therefore force on the leg doing the breaking.

Learning & Recommendations:
1) Longer warm-up activity as supposed to light jogging prior to sports activity.
2) Wear knee-support guards for running and breaking activities.

Sounds familiar? The above was an actual notice (no modifications have been made) passed around in circulation. The date was incorrect. There was no mention of the knee. If there is anything at all that anyone would learn, I hope it would be - careful when playing futsal.

Parody i

Interesting iparody. The ending was... quite clever. I don't know. See it for yourself.

>> Saturday, March 24, 2007

Made in Germany

Torsten Gruening, a German facilities advisor, had made a comment on BMW & Mercedes:


What's in store

This file crawls all over your Mac OS X. It's the way Steve Jobs monitors the number of files you downloaded from iTunes Music Store and where you keep 'em. :P

Triple Glance

I take it as a compliment. *Smiles*

>> Friday, March 23, 2007

A_Z Tag

As if anybody would bother to read let alone comment this, here..

A is for age: varies
B is for beverage of choice: tea, hot chocolate
C is for career right now: engineer
D is for your dog's name: we only have fish
E is for essential item you use everyday: cellphone, laptop, glasses
F is for favorite TV shows at the moment: prison break
G is for favorite game: total annihilation, GT3, burnout, premier manager, halo
H is for home town: sg merab, bangi
I is for instruments you've played/play: trombone
J is for favorite juice: carrot
K is for whose butt you'd like to kick: those who purposely let the ship sinks
L is for last restaurant you ate at: Chop & Steak
M is for marriage: about time
N is for your full name: Ahmad Zidni Mat
O is for overnight hospital stays: last one during knee arthroscopy
P is for people you were with today: family
Q is for quote: what comes around goes around
R is for biggest regret/mistake: not telling
S is for status: miserable
T is for time you woke up today: 5.15am
U is for the underwear your wearing right now: erm.
V is for vegetables you love: okra.
W is for worst habit: worrying
X is for x-rays you've had: knee.
Y is for yummy food you ate today: chicken nuggets.
Z is for zodiac sign: Cancerous.

>> Thursday, March 22, 2007

Shangri La

Somebody quietly snapped a picture of me sinking in my thoughts. Nicely candid.

>> Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Whatta symptom

"...It's like being super-charged all the time. You get one idea and you have to act on it, and then, what do you know, but you've got another idea before you've finished up with the first one, and so you go for that one, but of course a third idea intercepts the second, and you just have to follow that one, and pretty soon people are calling you disorganized and impulsive and all sorts of impolite words that miss the point completely. Because you're trying really hard. It's just that you have all these invisible vectors pulling you this way and that, which makes it really hard to stay on task."

I know you'll laugh, because all this while it's been psychogenic, but I do really have this symptom. What is my problem?

I finally blurted it out. It is better to be consciously honest than unconsciously misleading. I told the appropriate personnel, that maybe I'm not super-efficient material.

>> Sunday, March 18, 2007

Slide Loop

I desperately wanted to be a kid again.


Rempit saga

I was just trying to help Alya with stick-shift WCG when the classical Benz broke down. To make it worse, there were Mat Rempits with their bikes hanging out by the MPI roads that we thought were empty. Malaysia is losing some productivity or output opportunity there.

>> Friday, March 16, 2007

Memory Jog Dial

I have a terrible memory. During a recent troubleshooting trip at site, I had completely forgotten one of the items that needs to be checked. I can remember some exact info, like the minimum dew point of instrument air of 10 degrees below ambient (ideally -40˚C), or the date I backed up the iBook G3 I used to have on 6th of June 2003.

A few things..
  • Do while I still remember, right away
  • Jot something that crosses my mind, in case I need to refer to it later
  • Try to.. erm.. i forgot
My phone rate bills has increased dramatically over the last 4 months. I have to manage it.

Wait. Hasn't it?

Visitor from far east

Beginning next week, our family will be hosting (or temporarily adopting) a Japanese student, Sakiko Aizawa, throughout her educational visit here in Malaysia. She's really looking forward to it, based on the descriptions written in the transfer form copy that was sent to us, and we couldn't help but rely on CB in case there was a communication breakdown.

Ihsan, perhaps you can supply us some vocab upfront.

>> Thursday, March 15, 2007

The Opening

The Excellence in Reciting the Opening "Al-Fatihah"

The prophet Muhammad (pbuh) has said that Allah (the Blessed and the Exalted), said: I have divided the prayer between Myself and My servant into two halves, and My servant shall have what he has asked for

When the servant says: Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the worlds,
Allah says: My servant has praised Me.

The servant says: The Most Gracious, the Most Merciful,
Allah says: My servant has highly praised Me.

The servant says: The Master of the Days of Judgment,
Allah says: My servant has Glorified Me.

The servant says: You (alone) we worship & You alone we ask for help,
Allah says: This is between Me and My servant, and My servant shall have what he has asked for.

The servant says: Guide us to the straight way, the way of those whom You have blessed and not (the way) of those who earned Your anger, nor of those who went astray,
Allah says: All these are for My servant, and My servant shall have what he has asked for.

Qudsi 8.

>> Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Certificate of Education

I wonder how Malaysia ranks in the High School performance worldwide. I know flying Finns are number 1. Perhaps they finish all their homework.

By the way, Alya has scored 8As in her exam. Congratulations!

Her score of triple1 9 is better than mine actually :)

Custom Plate


My kind of plate. But I have to be part of the nation's artillery.

>> Tuesday, March 13, 2007


The most senior engineer in our group is Mr. Marwan Sahat. Don't be fooled by the serious look - he's most helpful, kind, confident, and he understands the technical issues and the company business more than some of the supervisors I know.

Quotable quotes: "If you want to turn things around, set a goal at the edge of reality and at the brink of fantasy." (as brought forth by the famous Idris Jala & Tony Fernandes.)

One of his stories that I remember is his own recollection of Mr. S J's style of management - technical issue is just like a black box where you understand what goes in and the expectation for what comes out. I don't necessarily need to know what happens inside.

"During good terms, technical folks are being overlooked. Only when crises arise do businesses turn to technical people."

>> Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Baby of the year...

courtesy of AsfiZaidi (not sure where he got this from)

>> Sunday, March 04, 2007

Actual Occurrence

You know you're in a troubled company when you hear words like these:

We should plan for a meeting that discusses a roadmap to our strategy.

Big time. Better start looking for a new job.


I play football and futsal regularly. Not as regular anymore but I would without the injury. I play table-tennis and bowl occasionally. I also jog every week, especially if outstation stays on weekedays.

In some occasions, I have done short durations of golf (driving and not yet holes), tennis, badminton, squash, volleyball, handball, basketball, cross-country & road-relays, 4x200 (primary school), 800m (in SAS), shooting (M16 & styer), martial arts (red), and long-jump (in primary school). Not that I'm any good but it's really fun to experience and experiment all those.

I haven't tried rugby because my dad wouldn't allow it. Not that I have the build for it though.

I have no problem trying out things. Oil & gas included. Or not.

>> Saturday, March 03, 2007

Household is losing ground

Nice shirts. But they won't fit. Even the shirt I have feels tight on the neck. I've 'grown up'.

We were at Jusco, spending some of the vouchers I won earlier last month. Can you believe all these cost RM192.18?

Compare it with £ 20.93 in UK (courtesy of K.Long)

Road Builders

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to decide which road has a lower general velocity when traffic volume increases. Would you say.. A? But if you want to be a rocket scientist, you can go ahead and measure the entrance velocity Ve, find the angle, bla bla...

Resultant velocity (Vr), which is original V (in green) + Ve, for A is less than B. B has an acceleration lane and smaller entrance angle, to bring Ve closer to original V, for a higher Vr.

It could be that adjoining road like B is more expensive to build (quality has been traded for cost management). Or due to the lack of planning, the vicinity of A has surroundings that prevent such design of B.

Example of A: KL-Seremban North-South expressway thru Sg. Besi
Example of B: Damansara-Puchong Expressway

Quotable Quotes

"The 1st impression is... you're not that approachable."
- my other sis

"You illusionize (illude) well."
- office colleague

"Kaw kawnye tido. Rilek aa."
(One heck of a sleep. Take it easy (relax).)
- another office colleague at another work location

>> Friday, March 02, 2007

ex Oklahomans/Oklahommies

A little gathering for those who went to a small school in Oklahoma:
back row- Hafiz, Azlin, Luqman (Harnee's husband) and me with Zharif (Maz&Bozord's)
front row- Seri, Sheereen, Harnee, and Maz (Bozord snapping the picture)


I have pretty much completed reading this book. I'm not exactly a fan of Levitt nor do I want to critic the work, but I'm suggesting you check out his work.

Vista 101. It's a whole new makeover of Microsoft's own software pioneering - an absolute transformation (except for the pioneering part.) Here's one interesting feedback.

Scott Adams' Dilbert creative illustration of engineering or engineers. Would engineers lead a normal life, or wouldn't they?

inspired by Vowe.net