Wednesday, August 31, 2011

[Wordless Wednesday] Putra Mosque at Night


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

[Math Stuff] Derivative Solver

Ok I added another WolframAlpha widget to the right of this blog. This new widget is called the derivative solver. It can differentiate any single variable differentiable function up to the 4th order.

You can see the derivative solver as the third Math widget to the right of the page, beneath the inverse function calculator.

I hope the widget can help you check your working and answers when you are doing your calculus exercises.

Good luck and happy studying, Math students!

An infinitely differentiable function which is...Image via Wikipedia

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

My Japanese Has Gotten So Rusty


Should I Blog in a Different Language?

Here's the breakdown of where people who visited this blog this past month came from:

It is apparent that most of the people who read this blog are Americans and Malaysians, and the rest of the countries are mostly English-speaking nations.

I have been tempted to blog in Malay (my native language), since my English has deteriorated so much to the point where it has become so often that I take so long a time to compose even one well-constructed, grammar error-free sentence. But there are more non-speakers of Malay that visit this blog than there are Malay speakers, so I guess it's a better idea to keep writing in English so that I won't end up losing a big chunk of readership.

But still, I feel like I should occasionally blog in other languages. Like in Malay or Japanese. Maybe that would help me reach out to another whole new readership. What do you think? Should I or should I not blog in a different language in addition to English?

Monday, August 22, 2011

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

[Wordless Wednesday] Almond Crusted Chicken Salad

Shot at T.G.I. Friday's, One Utama.

Friday, August 12, 2011

[Macro] Red Weaver Ant as Charon

A red weaver ant worker (oecophylla smaragdina) carrying another dead weaver ant. Photo was taken during a group outing with the organisers of MY Challenge 2011.

Chasing around this fella wasn't easy. Apparently she was rushing to wherever she was going with the corpse in her jaws.

Photo was taken using a D60 and a Nikkor 35mm f/1.8 with a macro converter attached. An SB-600 flash was fired to freeze the movement and some editing was done in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.

Charon is a figure in Greek mythology who ferries souls across the rivers Styx and Acheron to the world of the dead.

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

[Macro] Red Weaver Ants Swarming a Lizard

I took this photo last weekend when I joined a photo outing organized by the folks at MY Challenge 2011.

One of my students, Chien Teng, saw a  swarm of red weaver ants (oecophylla smaragdina) dragging a dead lizard up a tree to their nest. I of course, being some snap happy photo hobbyist fond of shooting these insects (as evidenced by my multiple posts about them) braved through the countless bites by these ants on my arms and legs to take macro shots of them at work. One of the results is the photo above.

I used a Nikkor 35mm f/1.8 lens with a macro converter attached so that I can move the lens closer to the subject, which also means I was very vulnerable to attacks by the same swarm that killed the lizard.

I particularly like this shot because of one detail: One ant was dragging the lizard by the eye.

I look forward to your feedback regarding the photo above. Hope you like it as much as I do :)

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Am I a Total Nerd...

... for laughing maniacally upon coming across this Chemistry Cat joke?

Anyone else around here get the joke? :)

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Do I Really NOT Look Like a Math Teacher?

I get these from so many people too many times already:

"You don't look like a Math teacher."

"You look too young to be a Math teacher."

"Really? Math teacher ah? So young!"

"You don't look like someone who knows Math."

"I thought you were Chinese because you teach Math. But you don't look Chinese. What's your name?"

"Are you sure you can teach Math?"

What do you think? Does this face look like someone who doesn't teach math?

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