Archive | June, 2006

Morally Speaking – I’m Below Average

Long time since I’ve done one of these, quite interesting though.

Your Moral Parsimony Score is 61%

What does this mean?

Moral frameworks can be more or less parsimonious. That is to say, they can employ a wide range of principles, which vary in their application according to circumstances (less parsimonious) or they can employ a small range of principles which apply across a wide range of circumstances without modification (more parsimonious). An example might make this clear. Let’s assume that we are committed to the principle that it is a good to reduce suffering. The test of moral parsimony is to see whether this principle is applied simply and without modification or qualification in a number of different circumstances. Supposing, for example, we find that in otherwise identical circumstances, the principle is applied differently if the suffering person is from a different country to our own. This suggests a lack of moral parsimony because a factor which could be taken to be morally irrelevant in an alternative moral framework is here taken to be morally relevant.

How to interpret your score

The higher your percentage score the more parsimonious your moral framework. In other words, a high score is suggestive of a moral framework that comprises a minimal number of moral principles that apply across a range of circumstances and acts. What is a high score? As a rule of thumb, any score above 75% should be considered indicative of a parsimonious moral framework. However, perhaps a better way to think about this is to see how your score compares to other people’s scores.
In fact, your score of 61% is not significantly different than the average score of 65%. This suggests that you have utilised an average number of moral principles in order to make judgements about the scenarios presented in this test, and that you have tended to judge similar aspects of the acts and circumstances depicted here to be morally relevant as other people.

Moral Parsimony – good or bad?

We make no judgement about whether moral parsimony is a good or bad thing. Some people will think that on balance it is a good thing and that we should strive to minimise the number of moral principles that form our moral frameworks. Others will suspect that moral parsimony is likely to render moral frameworks simplistic and that an overly parsimonious moral framework will leave us unable to deal with the complexity of real circumstances and acts. We’ll leave it up to you to decide who is right.

How was your score calculated?

Your score was calculated by combining and averaging your scores in the four categories that appear below.

Geographical Distance

This category has to do with the impact of geographical distance on the application of moral principles. The idea here is to determine whether moral principles are applied equally when dealing with sets of circumstances and acts that differ only in their geographical location in relation to the person making the judgement.

Your score of 51% is significantly lower than the average score of 73% in this category.

This suggests that geographical distance is a relevant factor in your moral thinking. Usually, this will mean feeling a greater moral obligation towards people located nearby than towards those who are far away. To incorporate geographical distance within your moral framework as a morally relevant factor is to decrease its parsimoniousness.

Family Relatedness

In this category, we look at the impact of family loyalty and ties on the way in which moral principles are applied. The idea here is to determine whether moral principles are applied without modification or qualification when you’re dealing with sets of circumstances and acts that differ only in whether the participants are related through family ties to the person making the judgement.

Your score of 67% is a bit higher than the average score of 54% in this category.

But nevertheless, it is low enough to suggest that issues of family relatedness are still significant in your moral thinking. Probably, you think that you have a slightly greater moral obligation towards people who are related to you than towards those who are not. If you do think that, then it decreases the parsimoniousness of your moral framework.

Acts and Omissions

This category has to do with whether there is a difference between the moral status of acting and omitting to act where the consequences are the same in both instances. Consider the following example. Let’s assume that on the whole it is a bad thing if a person is poisoned whilst drinking a cola drink. One might then ask whether there is a moral difference between poisoning the coke, on the one hand (an act), and failing to prevent a person from drinking a coke someone else has poisoned, when in a position to do so, on the other (an omission). In this category then, the idea is to determine if moral principles are applied equally when you’re dealing with sets of circumstances that differ only in whether the participants have acted or omitted to act.

Your score of 51% is a little lower than the average score of 60% in this category.

This suggests that the distinction between acting and omitting to act is sometimes a relevant factor in your moral thinking. Probably, you tend to believe that those who act have a greater moral culpability than those who simply omit to act. If this is what you believe, it decreases the parsimoniousness of your moral framework.


This category has to do with whether scale is a factor in making moral judgements. A simple example will make this clear. Consider a situation where it is possible to save ten lives by sacrificing one life. Is there a moral difference between this choice and one where the numbers of lives involved are different but proportional – for example, saving 100 lives by sacrificing ten? In this category then, the idea is to determine whether moral principles are applied without modification or qualification when you’re dealing with sets of circumstances that differ only in their scale, as in the sense described above.

Your score of 76% is not significantly different to the average score of 73% in this category.

Nevertheless, you have scored highly in this category, which suggests that scale, as it is described above, is not a particularly important consideration in your moral worldview. To the extent that it is important, it decreases the parsimoniousness of your moral framework.

You can take the Morality Quiz here.

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Lost & Found – How the F%*$?


Keys? Ok..

Bicycle…hmm…? Ok..

Lost & Found


Some people are beyond me.

“Oh dear, I think the photocopier dropped out of my pocket on the stairs?”

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At any local mamak near you…

Cinapek1: Ah hor, wait ah, no goal no goal
Cinapek2: Wat loh no goal hor?
Cinapek1: It OUTSIDE
Cinapek2: Huh, OUTSIDE?!
Cinapek1: Yah OUTSIDE
Cinapek2: Oh hor…yah OUTSIDE
Cinapek1: Yah loh…OUTSIDE

BTW USA vs Italy was probably the most exciting and interesting game I’ve seen so far. The Yanks played their hearts out. 3 red cards (2 direct!), 2 goals, 2 disallowed goals.

What a game! I’m glad I stayed up to watch it.

(Yes I have no Astro and my TV reception is abysmal so I’m reduced to watching football at a Mamak..)

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McDonalds Goes Head to Head with Ramly?

Just an observation I made recently..

I noticed McDonalds released a trio of new burgers (at the same time, they sadly ditched my FAVOURITE thing – The Orange McFizz!)

But anyway, did anyone notice the similarity to the Ramly family of burgers? Well let’s be frank, they are exactly the same.

McDonalds Trio

Burger Ayam, Daging Special and Daging Cheese, called Chicken Burger, Beef & Egg Burger and Cheese Burger Deluxe Respectively.

They don’t have quite the range of the Ramly as it’s customisable, but it’s essentially the same thing.

I noticed on buying a ‘Cheeseburger Deluxe’ too that they are going for the Ramly style, Ketchup and Mayo and loads of it all running out the sides.

I will say…I am rather a fan of the new Cheeseburger Deluxe, it does hit the spot…still not the same as Giraffe burger in SS2 tho.

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Movie Review – The Fast and The Furious – Tokyo Drift

The Fast and The Furious - Tokyo Drift

Sean Boswell is an outsider who attempts to define himself as a hot-headed, underdog street racer. Although racing provides a temporary escape from an unhappy home and the superficial world around him, it has also made Sean unpopular with the local authorities. To avoid jail time, Sean is sent to live with his gruff, estranged father, a career military-man stationed in Tokyo. Now officially a gaiji

Ah, I got to see the local ‘premiere’ of this last night at Mid Valley GSC with Cucuk Langit.

I’ve seen the first two and thoroughly enjoyed them both, second was lacking in plot but made up for that with good solid action!

The first was a unique style of film.

Both pumped up the accident rate in the UK for a few days after the initial release 😉

It’s a different beast from the first two, the first really focusing on what you can put under the bonnet and blast your car in a straight line, the second was a bit more like a cop show and the third is about the real essence and skill of racing.

It’s not about who can go in a straight line fastest, it’s about who can go around the corner coolest 😛

Yah baby, it’s all about the drift.

Mazda-RX7 drifting.

Mazda-RX7 drifting

There was some phat cars, for once not all brand new! 2001 Fairlady Z AKA 350Z was the most common with 3-4 in the movie. After that Nissan Silvia S15, Mitsubishi Evo locked to RWD only and some others.


And it ended with a bit cheesy muscle car (with a Nissan engine in it..), a ’67 Mustang.

67 Mustang

There was hoards of hot Jap chicks in skimpy outfits, schoolgirls, phat cars and action.

It was a non-stop joyride.

The protagonist ‘Sean’ was played well by Lucas Black who you might recognise from Jarhead, he played the macho, slightly masochistic and a bit dopey trailer trash character well.

Little Bow Wow was good as the hustler ‘Twinkie’.

There’s no real plot to speak of, the plot is just a wrapper for the action, which works fine.

Very enjoyable.

It’s still awaiting 5 votes on IMDB as it’s only released tommorow.

I give it a rubber burning 6/10.

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The Broken Laptop I Sold on Ebay – Amir Tofangsazan

So a week or so ago I read about this funny story, another conman on Ebay, but this time with a twist.

The conman got screwed.

The buyer recovered the hard drive from the malfunctioning notebook, finding it full of personal details, allegedly including access to email accounts, 90 voyeuristic leg shots taken on the London Underground and gay porn. He posted the material on a website, naming and shaming Barnet 19-year-old Amir Tofangsazan as the seller.


Basically this Amir guy put up for auction is a refurbished HP laptop with a 2.8 GHz P4 with two gigs of ram, a 15″ screen and a DVD+/-RW. Ironically enough, the HD capacity is not listed.

Of note here is the fact that the auction was sniped 20 seconds before ending for GBP$350 (roughly US$660), quite a deal on the laptop that was listed.

After that the buyer received the laptop, well he received A laptop, not particularly the one he bought..

Rather than having 2Gb of RAM, it only had 512Mb. It also didnt have a DVD-RW as described. Perhaps most importantly of all, the laptop didn’t actually work

After that the buyer was pissed obviously, and the guy wouldn’t give him a refund, so he extracted the HDD (which still worked) and pulled the data off it..

He posted what he found on blogspot here..

Suffice to say, hundreds of pictures of ladies legs taken on the underground, half naked pictures of himself and a bunch of weird fetish stuff plus his CV and a some other personal stuff.

Amir Owned

New pics here.

More of the latest stuff and a load of photoshops here.

Lesson? Don’t fuck around on Ebay, and always wipe your HDD PROPERLY before selling it or anything containing a HDD.

Read more:

The Register
The Broken Laptop I Sold on Ebay
Amir Massoud Tofangsazan: The blog continues
Daily Mail – UK

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Fort Santiago – The Walled City of Intramuros, Manila

After a good night out, I got up at lunchtime and headed out with Bryanboy to Intramuros, the walled city and Fort Santiago.

The location of this site was also once the palace and kingdom of Rajah Suliman, chieftain of Manila. It was destroyed by the conquistadors upon arriving in 1570, encountering several bloody battles with the Muslims and native Tagalogs. The Spaniards destroyed the native settlements and erected Fuerza de Santiago in 1571.

Intramuros is considered the ‘real’ Manila.

Intramuros, located along the southern bank of the Pasig River, is the oldest among the districts of the city of Manila, the capital of the Philippines. Its name, taken from the Latin, intra muros, literally “With in the walls”, meaning within the wall enclosure of the city/fortress, also describes its structure as it is surrounded by thick, high walls and moats. During the Spanish Period, Intramuros was considered Manila itself.

A historically interesting site where we also learnt about the National hero of the Philippines, Jose Rizal.

It was 40 Pesos to get in.

Fort Entrance

And we didn’t have much time so we took a guided took with a horse drawn carriage, this cost the princely sum of 1000 pesos, which helps support the site and staffing it, keeping it clean, repairs etc.

Horse Drawn Carriage

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Sunny Manila & A Night Out With Bryanboy (AGAIN!)

Got to KLIA nice and early, even with the horrific traffic near Sierramas (stupid flyover has to be torn down).

Had an interesting breakfast, and started on my book, Midnight Cowboy (will review seperately later).


Arrived in Ninoy Aquino without any trouble and passed through immigration fairly fast.

Ninoy Aquino

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Ah 200GB of POWAR!

I managed to get a 2GB super high-speed CF card yesterday…after going to about 15 shops and them all having NO STOCK (It was RM330 for the Kingston Elite-Pro 50x 2GB).

So I thought I’d better get a new HDD aswell, seen as though my whole PC has only 3-4GB free space (with a 2GB memory card in the camera, that won’t last long!).

200GB Western Digital SATA drive (8MB Cache), pretty cheap now at RM295.


Welcome to the newest edition to the gadget family.

Ok now just left…tripod, SB800 speedlight, polarizing filter and a nice Lowepro bag, then I’m ready to shoot you and you and you, yes indeed.

I did a little experimenting with the camera yesterday, might post some pictures later, but I don’t think anyone is online today.

Oh well, off to clean the appt then, it’s filthy!

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Loads of things to do tho, have to run out now.

Will update properly soon, here’s a quick pic for now 😉

Hannah, Me and Janthina

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