Archive | December, 2004

Blogging….it’s the pwn!

‘Blog’ picked as word of the year

The term “blog” has been chosen as the top word of 2004 by a US dictionary publisher.

Merriam-Webster said “blog” headed the list of most looked-up terms on its site during the last twelve months.

During 2004 blogs, or web logs, have become hugely popular and some have started to influence mainstream media.

Source: BBC News

On a similar note, Google is already blogging[/url] and Microsoft has just started.

As for me I did another stupid test haha…

Your Brain Usage Profile:

Auditory : 27%
Visual : 72%
Left : 50%
Right : 50%

Shaolin, you exhibit an even balance between left- and right- hemisphere dominance and a slight preference for visual over auditory processing. With a score this balanced, it is likely that you would have slightly different results each time you complete this self-assessment quiz.

You are a well-rounded person, distinctly individualistic and artistic, an active and multidimensional learner. At the same time, you are logical and disciplined, can operate well within an organization, and are sensitive towards others without losing objectivity.

You are organized and goal-directed. Although a “thinking” individual, you “take in” entire situations readily and can act on intuition.

You sometimes tend to vacillate in your learning styles. Learning might take you longer than someone of equal intellect, but you will tend to be more thorough and retain the material longer than those other individuals. You will alternate between logic and impulse.

This vacillation will not normally be intentional or deliberate, so you may experience anxiety in situations where you are not certain which aspect of yourself will be called on.

With a slight preference for visual processing, you tend to be encompassing in your perceptions, process along multidimensional paths and be active in your attacking of situations or learning.

You too can take the test HERE.

Other than that…have been watching students final presentations all day…damn sleepy now. Had some good food last night, deep fried Brie with cranberry sauce followed by a 360g steak! Woah, yeah you heard it right, check the beauty out (slightly bloody as it should be)..

Here is me demolishing what is left of the Brie..

The pics are a bit blur because it was a dim, candle lit kinda place full of gwailohs drinking wine (ang moh cha), *rolls his eyes*.

Other than that not much, apart from the torture I gave the students today with my super hard questions *evil grin* and the fact they don’t believe I am no good at anything any more…

They asked me if I want to go bowling, I’m like..yeah but I’m not very good..they said “Are you SURE? You said that about pool…”

Laters!

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More salty Indian food, yay…NOT

Ok so what’s been up since the hacking comp, nothing much as per usual haha

I gave the students some feedback forms, got pretty much what I expected, for some reason people always rate my Knowledge – Excellent..the rest I know not so great, like presentation skills.

The main comment through-out though was more practical demonstration…which means more hand holding, as I’ve discussed previousl, am not really into this and I explained it to them and why I tried to do things that way. They seemed to understand. I basically said I wanted to teach them how to learn, not teach them how to do a, b & c exactly like this..because the tools and exploits will be different in 6 months so the only common ground is the methodology and the concepts behind it. Oh well, I hope they appreciate my intent, I’m trying to make them think and really learn…not just be another set of robots that can only do a limited set of tasks. By learning to learn they will overcome new problems and embrace new technology, not get totally stuck when something out of the ‘norm’ occurs.

So following that I did some practical demonstrations today, one penetrating and taking over Windows and one for Linux, lot’s of “Woo” “AwwwAhhh” and “Wows” as expected hehe. Hopefully they learnt something.

Last night went to the company Raya thing, had some makan, some prize draw, the students and staff singing some songs (I managed to escape thankfully), some speeches, normal kinda thing…exactly those kind of things I don’t want to go but have to hehe, oh well it’s not like I have much else to do here 🙂

After that went home and went online till far too late, slept till noon today, feel great today thanks!

I have to give Brunei one thing though, their free Wireless coverage is awesome, shopping centre food court, most coffee shops, small cafes etc all have Wireless. I mean it’s not that great a claim as the country is so small, it’s population is probably like one suburb of KL. I will have to start abusing free wireless more often in KL until I get my StimX..Makes me feel so cosmopolitan too, sitting in a cafe, drinking a pansy yuppy coffee and surfing the web on my laptop.

My friend MSN’ed me when I was in Kopi Bin and asked me where I was, what was going on etc…so I dutifully told him..it went down something like this:

Friend: “Woah, you are so part of the International business man set now”
ST: “Yup, I spend most of my time sitting in Coffee Bean in various sunny locations around the world ogling pretty girls and surfing on my laptop”
Friend: “OMG you fucking bastard”

LOL!

Went to the crappy, salty Indian place again for lunch today…man I’ll be glad to see the back of that place, REAL GLAD. Also more and more people have been telling me how nice Sri Lanka is, the beaches etc and the food is really awesome apparently…sounds like a half holiday 🙂

Have enjoyed my time with the students, they are a jovial, playful bunch so it’s been cool, just the times outside of class and especially the weekends have been tough. It wasn’t so bad after Ramadan was over, at least they could take me out and we went for cinema and dinner and stuff. The past couple of weeks I’ve found something else to amuse myself with too. Will miss them, especially those that made my life here more bearable, thanks guys. Hope to see you in KL!

Oh yeah got another random e-mail from a blog stalker about the Life..pain..hurt[/url] post and he sent me this, which is nice so I thought I’d post it here:

A message for life….

If you think you are beaten, you are.
If you think you dare not, you don’t.
If you like to win, but think you can’t,
It is almost certain that you wont.

If you think you will lose, you are lost.
For out of this World we find,
Success begins with a fellow’s will,
It’s all in the state of mind.

If you think you are outclassed, you are.
You’ve got to think high to rise.
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.

Life’s battles don’t always go to
The stronger or faster man,
But sooner or later the man,
Who wins is the man,
Who thinks he can…

Bruce Lee

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