Sunday, January 31, 2010

Life's Good With DaVinci the Genius

So what's so good about it? Really wanna know? There once lived a great man named, Da Vinci, arguably the greatest genius of all time. Why? He was not only a brilliant artist but also a dedicated scientist, inventor, sculptor, musician, mathematician, engineer and architect. So how can one person be so many things at the same time? Want to know what are his contributions? Read on.
The letter from LG

How did I know? No, I didn't google it. I went to the "Da Vinci the genius" exhibition held in the National Science Centre, Bukit Kiara from 1st October 2009 to 17 January 2010 all thanks to LG who is also one of the main sponsors.
View of the large exhibition banners in the main dome in the science center

They gave me free tickets to the exhibition and on top of that, Starbucks vouchers. So how can life not be great with LG eh?
My ticket

The starbucks voucher

Actually I went at the very last weekend of the exhibition(for the merchandise at a cheaper rate) with my brothers and my girlfriend. Anyway I also got the 50% discount coupons. So how does that translate into life's good with Da Vinci the Genius? The voucher

So I went all the way from the Bangsar LRT station by taxi to the national science center just for this "not to be missed" exhibition.
These are the guys manning the ticketing counter and from what I have heard each ticket is worth RM25.Then up to the exhibition halls. Guess what awaits me there? The dreaded sign which most bloggers would sigh at the sight of this notice board or at least something alike to this.

So what did I do? You have strong mans handling the gates who also walks around the exhibition halls to keep those rules enforced.
Don't you wanna see the exhibition from inside? You wanna see self portrait's by Da Vinci himself but you missed it?There's this thing called diplomacy talk which according to someone in Da Vinci's timeline it's "an art of communication where the other person is made to look forward of their trip to hell". No I didn't send someone to hell. I just have a discussion with the staff and the supervisor gave me permission to take pictures inside the exhibition. And because there are staffs everywhere and they would tell you politely that picture taking aren't allowed in there, I was given an exhibitor tag. Yes those manning the exhibition could look hard when enforcing the rules but they are actually quite friendly and helpful.

So down to the exhibition. What greets us at the first hall is the timeline of Da Vinci's life.

From there there's the few small note books that Da Vinci had left behind after his death which are named Forsters. Here are the replicas of it.These small notebooks contains most of his life's work. Yes, his works are 400 years old but some are only discovered in the recent decades but what fascinates us is that his works are all still relevant till this very day. Let's take for example the priciples of flight. He had taken much painstaking time of his life in studying how birds fly. He created machines like the the gliders and gave his first impression of how a helicopter would work.

Known as the "man who wanted to know it all", he did his studies in many areas. Among others, he is known as a talented artist and painter. Below are only a small part of works he had painted in his life.

Of all his work, I would say the most notable of them all is the Mona Lisa, the lady of all smiles and also "The last supper" which shows the last meal of Jesus and his disciples.

I would say that in any Da Vinci exhibition, without the Mona Lisa, the exhibition wouldn't be an exhibition at all. Why? This piece of art is drawn and "perfected" by Da Vinci throughout his life till his death. Layers after layers are drawn to make what it is today. As it is said, even his hand gestures are enough to bring up emotions.Here we have the analysis of her eyes in different analysis.

Besides being a brilliant artist, he is also known as a musician and inventor, coming up with the portable piano and drums.
He had also laid foundations to daily used items which we might not have even bothered to know their history. One notably being the clock.
Besides the clock, he also created simple machines to ease life and extend science like this simple gadget used to measure the air current, different pulley systems and also the gearing systems.
Other than that he had also dedicated his life into discovering the anatomies of the bodies. One good example is how the eyes see things during his time where people often think that their eyes brightens and shines the light at things. His studies in the human anatomy gives meaning to early health science.
Other than that, his contributions towards military engineering is enormous, creating the ideas of bullets which it's main design had not run far from his visions.
Other than that, he also came out with the early ideas of a tank, canon and other deadly war machines like the mounted multiple canon and guns.

He had also came out with designs of underwater suits.
Other than that he is also known as one great architect, giving new thoughts to bridges where he came up with the concept of an emergency bridge which is easy to build and dismantle. Other more long lasting bridge structures had till today remained as the choice when it comes to building bridges.
His aim is to have an advance city with the most up to date technology where there will be no sickness but the idea was stored due to the war during his time and he never lived long enough to go through with his idea.
His concept of the city.
Towards the end of his life, his paintings were more of showing emotions, particularly the battle of Anghiari. From his paintings, you could really feel the pain of that time. Now this is what we call a genius. Someone who could bring such emotions in his paintings.Yes that's the end of the exhibition. There are lots of other pictures but I kept things short. Sorry the pictures are unfortunately not for sale.
I would say with a Genius like Da Vinci who left us with so much of his life's work, how could life not be good. Most of his inventions actually more or little improved our life. He laid the foundations to what we call as technology. Where does all these gadgets come from? Imagine your watch without gears, your air cond without its fan. Imagine a world without air plane, without doctors and without TV since humans believe that the eyes projects light. Without LG(remember no fan aircond?TV?)... Damm! I would hate to live in this world.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Nokia X6 pre-launch review

I got a Nokia X6 as part of the Nokia Music explorer. So it has been over 2 weeks now that I have been using the phone. So how and what do I feel about the phone? What are the pros and cons of this phone?

Let's see how I am going to do this without comparing it to other phones I have had. So what it all about the hoo haa of this phone? In terms of usability, the design of the phone is plain and easy for users to pick up on how to use it. The only problem seems to be the unlocking key which if you have long fingernails, you risk pulling out the whole thing all together. The sim card compartment is on the side. A good feature if you ask me as it allows you to put your SIM card in without removing the battery which usually causes a lost of information like recent calls. The problem lies in how are you going to get the SIM card out. Yes you guessed it right. You still have to pull out the battery. There are also complains of needing something thin to really push the SIM card deep enough.

There is also the 3.5 mm audio jack which doubles as a TV output. Next to it is the USB cable connector for you to connect to your computer. Next we have the double 3D sound surround speakers which I could still hear my music playing from 20 meters away in my office. Talk about revving up the bass. It is also used in speakerphone mode while on call. The music player supports mp3, SPMidi, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA formats. Then you have the 5 megapixel double flash led Carl Zeiss camera at the back which hangs and ask you to restart your phone while on sequence mode(multiple shots). Totally 'UP' to the standard of phone cameras. There is also the 30 frags per sec video recording mode and both modes comes with the 4 times zoom. Then we have the headset. It's a stereo headset which gives you the privacy of listening to your own music without disturbing others. There is one problem thou. The wires for the headset are real thin and fragile. They might just snap if you handle them roughly. The buttons on mine is already not working within 2 weeks. One of the design fails I would say else, it still proves to be a good one. Oh and did I tell you that the Stereo Headset is foldable for easy storage and it comes with a carry case?

In terms of the display, it's a 3.2" wide 16 million colors capacitive touch screen meaning you don't need to tap your phone screen real hard to get it to detect the touch. There is one problem thou. It's highly sensitive to touch but you can't use a stylus even if you want to. Then it has the sensors to change from the normal keypad to the full QWERTY keyboard mode when tilted to the side. One of the standard items on smart phones up to date. No there is no multi touch. Maybe they should consider this too during firmware update . I also allows voice commands and short cut keys personalization. The menu is as the standard Nokia icon menus. I loved the drag and scroll feature in some of the menus like choosing songs and contacts but I just don't know why the menu doesn't support that feature. Then there is the proximity sensors when you make calls to shut off your screen which proves to be a big failure. I always mute the call whenever I use the phone. Maybe this has got to do with my face contour but I will still blame Nokia for this. On the entertainment side, we have the "comes with music" which means you get to download all the songs you want for 12 months LEGALLY. Yes, all available songs ranging from the latest to oldies. All YOURS TO KEEP even after the 12 months. Happy? There is also the build in radio. The problem seems to be on the tuning of channels. It doesn't allow fine tune and goes by ticks of 0.5 instead of 0.1.

That's not it. We have the Nokia Ovi Maps which comes with voice navigation also free for life. So throw away your navigation device and opt for this all in one device. I just tested the latest maps and it's pretty accurate. The map would come in handy when traveling as there are the driving and walking mode. It even have support on traffic info. There is a flight mode(offline mode) for you when you board a plane or you just want to shut yourself from the world enjoying the music on your own. So with all these features you might ask if there is enough memory. If you haven't know it yet it comes with 32GB internal memory. That's like enough for you to store 10k of songs averaging at 3Mb each. There is the con thou. It doesn't have a memory card slot. So you need to rely on bluetooth or the cable to transfer data. That's not all. There is also the WiFi which is much needed in phones for us to stay connected indoors. This phone also comes with 3.5 g support. Yes I tested in my area and made video calls with it. The quality I would say is superb. Talk time? 3 hours on 3.5 g video call, 11 hours normal call, standby over 5 days without charging and minimal usage, video playing around 3-4 hours and finally up to 35 hours of music playback time. I tested this by letting it play from full battery on 1 notch of volume.

For sms, there are unlimited numbers of storage. A big YAY I would say. It also supports pop email and attachments. The web browser supports even javascript and flash. There are enough RAM to open a large site without the mobile mode. So I would say that this is a big improvement. This drowns the slightly slow response time due to the processing speed of the processor. There is also build in and downloadable social connectivity widgets such as facebook, friendster, youtube and others for easy communication. You will never lose touch with the cyber world ever again.

There are slight problems with this phone thou. The firmware V12.0.088 is also unstable. There might be hangs where you could either wait it out or restart the phone. If all else fail a hard reset is inevitable. Multitask too much and it dies. Mine just shut down on its own for twice. Music player could close on its own. Let's hope that all these bugs will be solved in the next release. One more thing is the Comes with Music store on the phone. I just wish they would have all the page numbers for the charts. Imagine having to scroll to page 4 and you accidentally pressed back. You are back at page 1 to repeat the process again. Damm!! is the word. Someone also need to fix the Ovi Maps's interface. It's misleading to press the X on the bottom right and exit the program. Maybe add in some confirmation to prevent unwanted restarts of the maps. One more function to add is to allow charging through the USB cable. Drawing Board? Go go go!!

Coming up SOON -> Nokia X6 launch, Nokia Music Explorer Presentation, LG Da Vinci exhibition, Wacoal Calender Girl Search, Tiger run, LG's Why I like it longer, Places of interest in KL you never thought you knew and lots more. (Damm I need to buck up on my posts. Too much backlog for now)

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Astro B.yond Bloggers Night Launch with something "interesting" with caption contest!!

Well I am supposed to post this up much earlier but something came up but I am not late right? It's only 10 days for god sake. I got a large backlog of entries to post actually. I was there at the Astro B.yond launch in Modesto's Desa Sri Hartamas thanks to Shaz Mukhtar, the Xfresh deejay who gave me the invite at the very last minute. I knew I had to go because he had invited me on so many events which I couldn't make it. Nice chap actually. So what is so interesting eh? Read on and you shall know.
Yeah I reach late because I am working and Euveng and me somehow got lost on the way there.
Hi my name is....(you dunno I will ketuk your head)
Performance downstairs while I am eating upstairs. Too many people down there ok?
Another one
Huai Bin aka sixthseal the emcee of the day. At his back is the 4 main feature that the new Astro B.yond high definition has to offer. SEE, HEAR, TOUCH and FEEL!! I can tell you that the TV experience needs to be feel by your own self to really get what I mean. It's so clear you could see the holes and pimples on those footballer's face. Yes, it's that clear and as thou you are standing next to the actors.
Not enough with that? Look at the expression of the woman and the man on the TV and Euveng's facial expression? Can you feel the touch now?
The cubes for you to touch and photograph. Hahaha.
They have plenty of these anyways.
Why? Just so you don't get all itchy with the touch and mistakenly touched the girl next to you and get a tight slap on the face. Hahaha
Here's not Fresh, the killer!!! Don't be fooled by her not-so innocent look.
See Huai Bin got murdered. It's actually to promote their facebook game, Murder in the Details on the Astro Facebook Fan page to win a 1 year subscription to Astro B.yond and a 32" LG HDTV. You want? Go logon lo.
Whats best is there are unlimited food and free flow of beverages. Yes that's my tiger beer. Man I tell you what. The quality of the pictures taken decreases proportional to the amount of booze you have. See the pictures after this and you will know what I mean.
Jess and Shaz. Shaz pandang mana oi?
The banners at the entrance
Jojo and Botakai. Ok I confirm his hair is real!!
We are having candlelight dinner booze actually.
Nice? Bring your gf there next time.
The signature board.
The other board. Wanna know what I wrote?
There you go...
And here is the interesting part. Enter your own caption and post it in the comment section. The most creative and best caption gets featured on this blog!!
Guy in white: Wuahahahah I am__________
Suresh: What are you doing? Why are you____________

See the lady showing how to touch? "lu pegang bahu laki itu ini macam, goyang goyang(then muntah)"
Me, Shaz and Euveng
See what's the effect of booze have on your camera? Huh? You mean it's me? Damm I must be drunk then.

The Pinky(I feel like calling her pink panther from then on)who forgotten who am I. See blurr anot the pic? My advice? Don't drink and shoot.
This is clear as the anti shake mode is on.
Euveng, Henry(COO of Astro) and Me before we left the event.

Thanks Shaz for inviting me over, Astro for organizing this event and giving us the experience first hand before the public gets a show of what it's all about and the most importang one, my understanding darling who allowed me to go without sending me a single sms throughout the event.
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