Archive for February, 2015

Weekender: Archiblox prefab home

Archiblox says the house is the “world’s first carbon positive prefabricated house,” by which it means the first prefab house to be energy positive. It has to be said that Gizmag has covered other houses whose designers might dispute that claim, such as the Odooproject and more recently, the P.A.T.H. range. Nonetheless, the sustainability credentials of the Archi+ appear to have been considered down to the last detail.

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A Illusion

funny-free-optical-illusions-eye-tricks-44The colour of a dress became an Internet sensation after a picture of a dress was posted. Hotly debated was the colour of the dress. Some people see it as blue and black, while others see white and gold. Who is right? But does it matter who is right? It is not a life threatening issue, so why the fuss. It is interesting to see how people and the media reacts to trivial matters when more serious matters do not command such a commotion. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ellitism or Egalitarianism

8b219b4938209Did God make all man equal? It depends on which god or gods you believe in. Naturally, atheists and agnostics are not in the position to suggest an answer to this enigmatic question. Many people think that a good God presides over a world where all man are equal. What does the Christian God says? Are all man made equal? The answer may not please many people, but going by the Bible, equality is not the central theme in the kingdom of God. There is more to equality than meets the eye. Read the rest of this entry »

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Free Money

imagesMost people do not know how easy governments can make money – just print. This has been the modus operandi of central bankers. Notably the Federal Reserve of the United States has demonstrated how easy money is manufactured. Literally, The Fed (which is a cartel of private banks) minted trillions out of thin air. But there are also other ingenious ways, besides taxes, for governments to extract money from its citizenry. The Singapore government mandated that cars may only be purchased if aspiring owners bid successfully for a certificate of entitlement (COE). Each licence is only valid for 10 years and allows holders of the COE  to use a car for 10 years, after which the car has to be decommissioned. The Singapore government will collect an estimated whopping $5.1 billion this year just printing these limited quotas of COE.  This in in addition to a 140% tax on imported cars. Read the rest of this entry »

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Taking a Breather

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Useful or Valuable

Quotation-Tolstoy-country-life-possibility-happiness-people-Meetville-Quotes-123376The world we live is being incessantly bombarded by advertising propaganda, so much so that carnal desires have been grossly subverted. Queues formed to buy the latest iPhone even before the shops are opened. Those vying for the latest gadgets are likely to already owned a good and working iPhone, if not a few other phones or tablets. Why is there such madness in wanting to have the latest iPhone when the older one is working well? More puzzling is the fact that the new phone does not offer anything significantly more than the older one. Read the rest of this entry »

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Weekender: 3D Printed Bike

Industry worked together with Ti Cycles to create a bike with a 3D printed titanium frame. The bike is called Solid and can connect to a smartphone app: My Bike. This app alarms a user when a light needs replacement and if something gets wrong with one’s brakes. There is also software called Discover My City, which has a series of routes through Portland’s most trendy neighborhoods, with suggestions about where to eat and shop.

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A Peaceful Religion

obama-1.siSince 9-11, the “war on terror” became the daily mantra for the Washington mafia. The blame for the 9-11 carnage was solely thrown upon the purported perpetrators whom Washington claimed were Muslim terrorists headed by Osama bin Laden. Al Qaeda became the star of the day, taking every blame for terrorist acts. Muslim related terrors continue to expand into Iraq, Libya, Egypt and Syria. All the uprisings and civil unrests can be traced to the fingerprints left behind by Washington. It was the most successful MSM bliz originated from the White House. Whether 9-11 was a Muslim terror event or an inside job is still a question mark as evidences surrounding the attack cast much doubt in the Washington story. Read the rest of this entry »

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Spring Cleaning Debt

early-spring-cleaningSpring cleaning precedes the big bang Spring Festival that is starting today. For many traditional families, the days prior to this great event are consumed with spring cleaning the homes and decking them with festive decor. During this time, the old and useless artifacts are discarded during the deep cleansing of the homes. It is a good exercise to take stock and rid the home of useless junks, while setting a new resolution into the coming year. If necessary, it is a moment to implement drastic changes if things done in the past had gone wrong. Just as in Greece, the election into power of a new political power Syzira offers a window of opportunity to set things right. That was one rare moment for the leader of Greece to recognise that Greece is bankrupt and not to fool themselves into getting into more debt. Australia’s treasurer Joe Hockey made a politically-taboo, but sane warning today – “Spiralling debt is not a legacy we can leave for the next generation.”
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Spring Festival

imagesIt’s time for the Spring Festival, also celebrated as the Lunar New Year. Mostly in China, the mad rush begins. This is probably the biggest festival that touches the life of virtually every Chinese in China and Taiwan. Outside China, the Chinese diaspora in South East Asia also celebrates this festivity. For first and second Chinese descendents in Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Philippines, the traditions of the Lunar New Year are largely being observed. Later generations are less empathic to these traditions that they no longer share in their adopted foreign land. Many have assimilated into the country of birth, leaving such customary memories strange and vague.  Read the rest of this entry »

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