Friday, February 21, 2014

Don't blame, don't complain?

I know the more hardened cynic out there might take the message behind the short video, which is basically to count your blesssings and not forget that it's all part of God's plan, with a lot of, ahem, salt.

Without going too much into the religion or moral aspect of the video, I'd like to critique the video on how the 'complaints' are more towards the things which the more privileged people would have access to. 'Most of us live in life of incredible abundant' might hold true to those people, but for those with terrible socieoeconomic status, turbulent family, monstrous work place, unstable mental condition, different set of views which lead to their alienation from society... the message of the video might backfire for them.

Don't get me wrong, I think the video is pretty alright for certain people. But those who are in much less fortunate condition, it might even make them more cynical on life. In a bigger picture, the message is pretty unrealistic I think - although I will admit the part where we should be happy with our portion holds true. I can't help but feel the total message to be rather shallow? Especially with the band thing near the end - though some might find that refreshing?

Through time, I have learned that there's a lot of different people out there, and their condition are totally different - better or worse - than you are, that not everyone is going to respond to a message the same. I would thus consider myself a cynic after watching this. I don't know, how about you?

*This is rather strange for me to ramble all of a sudden, considering I had a relatively fine day after a fruitful discussion with my supervisor. I suppose it's my realistic and cynic side deciding to pop in for a short ride... 

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Fossil of dinosaur found in Malaysia!

One of our old lecturer have talked of the search of dinosaur fossils here in Malaysia. I bet this news is something of a joy for him as well as all the other paleontologists here. Kinda dismayed at the lack of attention being given at this piece of news, but geology is a pretty dry and overlooked subject after all...

I'm glad the state government have the hindsight to protect the excavation site and not announced it immediately to the public: given our easily hyped public, imagine the rush created (and the destruction!) in search of more dinosaurs parts.

Anyway it's our department's lecturer right there! And I'm quite surprised to see one of my old coursemate name as part of the searching committee as well.

Now I'm curious what other dinosaur fossils that would be uncovered in the future.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Kelantan trip 2014

I've decided to take a bit of break from my thesis writing and head east to Kelantan. It was as much as just refreshing my system as it is to travel around for a bit. Thanks Ariff, family and co for having me.

Some pictures off the trip, with random notes and musing here and there. I'm not really cut out for traveloguing, but I try hehe.

There's always time for KanColle! 

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Getting back on doodling

I have brought two sketchbook lately to get myself to draw again, after my last active period during... 2010, would you look at that...

The reason I came up with this Pache doodle was because I stumbled upon my old drawings, and I noticed a lack of her (with more sketches on Yuuka and Mokou) - and I thought, well let's make up for that now.

No Shinki so far, that's something to add to the list later...

Structural Geology Mapping 2013-14

Last week I followed the second year students as they head down south to Pahang and Johor to carry out their Structural Geology Mapping, a subset of their second year Geological Fieldworks. Normally helming the group of lecturers would be my supervisor - who is currently on sabbatical - and so I was invited by one of the lecturer, seeing as I'm currently researching onto structural geology on a fault zone up north in Kedah...

Some more pictures off the trip below: