Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Unreleased videos... Now being released!!!


Beeston at 5pm


Johnny Birthday Video!!!

London Trip Photo Blog-- backdated 18.11.2006

Anu and I went for a day trip to LONDON organized by the International Office, University of Nottingham. Snapped tons of photos! Not forgetting a video to show you how is it looks like in the tube station.


Well, enjoy...



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The Sherlock Holmes Museum, Baker Street.

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Canadian flag in LONDON... Yohoo, Rachel this is for YOU!

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This is for myself. =)

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In front of St Paul's Cathedral...


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Catching a breath after pursued the Harry Potter style double decker bus.

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The public toilet on the street!!!

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In front of the Buckingham Palace. This is where the Queen stays.

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Found this Plaque on the floor a stone throw away from the Buckingham Palace.

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In front of the Westminster Abbey Cathedral.


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The Big Ben, with the parliament house attached.


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The black Porshe will be mine...soon!!!


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Big Ben upclose


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Taken from another angle


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Thanks Rachel for giving me this inspiration.


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Beside the famous river Thames


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With the tower bridge behind


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Yeah, more LONDON!!!




London tube video!

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Can we meet james over here? He mentioned that he will wait for us at the Bond's Street right?


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The Baker's Street Tube Station...


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After the long walk, we are back to the Westminster Tube again...



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Big Ben at night...

Monday, November 27, 2006

Happy Anniversary to my BLOG!!!


It has been 365 days, that's 6360 hours, or 381600 minutes; my blog now has reached 1 year old!!! And now for the statistics:


Number of Posts = 160


Number of hits for www.georgelim.net.tf = 10,500


Number of unique visitors = 1,314



I have nothing much to give as a Birthday gift for my blog. Just a simple wish.. May it keep my fond memories as long as it could. Nevertheless, am considering of buying www.georgelim.co.uk domain name to replace the old .net.tf domain. =p


Sunday, November 26, 2006

A quote to ponder upon...

Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.
Albert Einstein

I found this quote on an online program, which I totally agree with. So, if you have made a mistake or fail to accomplish a project or mission, please do not despair. As you are trying something new; mistakes and failures is the stepping stone for the success!!!

Thai SMS advert

This sms advert from Thailand keep me tickles every single times! Hope you enjoy it too!

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Malaysian Idol Nostalgia...

It's been a while since Malaysian Idol being aired on the national tv. But hey, no worries, if you guys are missing the good old (or worst one?) singers. Youtube.com is come to the rescue! Look what I found on the website! Enjoy!


The YMCA Malaysian idol Advert!!


Group dance on the street advert.



OMG!! this guy is just standing in front of me during audition!!! Mmm... smart way of using mobile phone tunes in the audition...


The funny clips... Oh, watch out for the yellow shorts!!!



Jaclyn Victor! The winner of the 1st Malaysian Idol. She is my favorite Malaysian Idol. =p


Wow, superwoman!!


This songs has been playing in my head for 1 week after listening to Jacklyn's version of Sweet child o' mine!

Friday, November 24, 2006

A NIGHTMARE for Geneticists!!!






Read a piece of news from BBC UK. Well well well, it's gonna be a long day (or decades??) to go now...

Humans show big DNA differences








DNA copy number profiles, comparisons (M.Hurles)
DNA comparisons: Gains (green), losses (red), the same (yellow)



Scientists have shown that our genetic code varies between individuals far more than was previously thought.

A UK-led team made a detailed analysis of the DNA found in 270 people and identified vast stretches in their codes to be duplicated or even missing.


A great many of these variations are in areas of the genome that would not damage our health, Matthew Hurles and colleagues told the journal Nature.


But others are - and can be shown to play a role in a number of disorders.


To date, the investigation of the human genome has tended to focus on very small changes in DNA that can have deleterious effects - at the scale of just one or a few bases, or "letters", in the biochemical code that programs cellular activity.


And for many years, scientists have also been able to look through microscopes to see very large-scale abnormalities that arise when whole DNA bundles, or chromosomes, are truncated or duplicated.


But it is only recently that researchers have developed the molecular "tools" to focus on medium-scale variations of the code - at the scale of thousands of DNA letters.


Big factor


This analysis of so-called copy number variation (CNV) has now revealed some startling results.


It would seem the assumption that the DNA of any two humans is 99.9% similar in content and identity no longer holds.










THE DNA MOLECULE

DNA schematic (BBC)


The double-stranded DNA molecule is held together by chemical components called bases

Adenine (A) bonds with thymine (T); cytosine(C) bonds with guanine (G)

These "letters" form the "code of life"; there are about 2.9 billion base-pairs in the human genome wound into 24 distinct bundles, or chromosomes

Written in the DNA are about 20-25,000 genes which human cells use as starting templates to make proteins; these sophisticated molecules build and maintain our bodies



The researchers were astonished to locate 1,447 CNVs in nearly 2,900 genes, the starting "templates" written in the code that are used by cells to make the proteins which drive our bodies.

This is a huge, hitherto unrecognised, level of variation between one individual and the next.


"Each one of us has a unique pattern of gains and losses of complete sections of DNA," said Matthew Hurles, of the UK's Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.


"One of the real surprises of these results was just how much of our DNA varies in copy number. We estimate this to be at least 12% of the genome.


"The copy number variation that researchers had seen before was simply the tip of the iceberg, while the bulk lay submerged, undetected. We now appreciate the immense contribution of this phenomenon to genetic differences between individuals."


Evolving story


The new understanding will change the way in which scientists search for genes involved in disease.


"Many examples of diseases resulting from changes in copy number are emerging," commented Charles Lee, one of the project's leaders from Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, US.










Human chromosomes (SPL)
A microscope will show up the biggest code abnormalities



"A recent review lists 17 conditions of the nervous system alone - including Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease - that can result from such copy number changes."

Scientists are not sure why the copy variations emerge, but it probably has something to do with the shuffling of genetic material that occurs in the production of eggs and sperm; the process is prone to errors.


As well as aiding the investigation of disease and the development of new drugs, the research will also inform the study of human evolution, which probes genetic variation in modern populations for what it can say about their relationship to ancestral peoples.



Wednesday, November 22, 2006

UM study shows roast duck may lower cholesterol

Piece of interesting news clip from Malaysia...News from my previous University...

UM study shows roast duck may lower cholesterol

PETALING JAYA: Research has shown that eating roast duck may actually promote lower cholesterol levels.

However, initial studies by Universiti Malaya (UM) have found that it is not the duck itself that possesses the attributes, but rather the reddish powder called propriety red yeast rice (PRYR) that is used in the seasoning of the duck.

The food condiment has been reported to be effective in reducing hyperlipidemia (high blood cholesterol), diabetes and other heart ailments.

PRYR, also known as Xuezhikang, is also used in tonic preparations and enhancing food textures in Asian dishes.

However, despite its medical potentials, PRYR has not received global recognition for its efficacies.

Bearing this in mind, UM and Wearnes Biotech and Medicals have collaborated in conducting a clinical study on PRYR's potential in lowering blood sugar and cholesterol in the diabetic population.

"There are more than 100,000 hospitalisations for heart related ailments each year, while at least 18% of Malaysians are diabetic.

"Diabetic patients are at greater risk of mortality from heart diseases," said UM Faculty of Medicine deputy dean (research) Prof Dr Rosmawati Mohamed.

She said that preliminary studies by other researchers have shown favourable results of PRYR in lowering the blood sugar level and also cholesterol.

"We aim to evaluate its beneficial effects on a total of 120 diabetic patients who will be divided into two groups.

"The course of the study will take about a year," she said, during a conference at a hotel here, which saw the announcement of the collaboration.

Another speaker at the conference, consultant cardiologist Dr David Quek, said it is worrying that many heart patients are not comfortable with modern medicine, as they fear having side effects as a result.

He said PRYR was an ideal alternative as it is a natural extract, but was quick to point out that it depended on the circumstances.

"It is ideal for those with moderate hyperlipidemia, patients who don't wish to use synthetic medicine and others who show side effects of statin (high cholesterol drugs) usage," he said.

A business lesson -- sent by my dad to me

Well, it's been a long time I forgot about my personal hotmail
account.
Let me mind you, it's really personal email address.
After about 1 month I didn't check it, I found out that I should
now.
Mmm... let's see, oh Hotmail selected me as a Windows live Beta
tester.
Gave me 2GB just for a start...and I received this peculiar
email from my dad.
Kinda hilarious. So I post it up here to share with you! =p

Johnny wanted to screw a girl in his office ...
But she had a boyfriend...
One day Johnny got so frustrated that he went up to
her and said,
I'll give you a $1000 dollars if you let me screw you"

But the girl said "NO WAY!"
Johnny said, "I'll be fast, I'll throw the money on
the floor,
you bend down, I'll be finished by the time you pick
it up"
She thought for a moment and said that she would have
to consult
her boyfriend ... So she called her boyfriend and told
him the story.
Her boyfriend says "Ask him for $2000 dollars, pick up
the money
very fast,he won't even be able to get his pants
down!"
So she agrees and accepts the proposal.
Half an hour goes by and the boyfriend is waiting for
his
girlfriend
to call. Finally after 45 mins the boyfrie! nd call s
and asks "What
happened?"
She said "The bastard used coins!!"

Management lesson: Always consider a business proposal
in it's
entirety before agreeing to it and getting screwed!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Sing...Perform...

Singing, for me is an art, an expression of myself and my view to my surroundings. How do you define one's singing is good? There are many ways to determine it. If you ask Simon Cowell, he might give you tons of sarcastic comments about one's singing. If you ask an adult, he/she might say anything that won't hurt their ears. If you ask a child, he/she might reply that anything that makes them jiggles and feel happy.

For me, to sing a good song, you must sing your heart out. It's not about following the tempo and chords, and it's not about singing the lyrics correctly; it's your feeling and truthfulness while singing that makes the song sounds nice. That is what I learn from my dear friend Choon Lee. We used to perform together on stage in school. Yo bro, remember the time when you, me and Chon Yan, the three of us have to sing "normal friend" (pu tong peng you) on stage with no reheassal at all? =) Luckily we as a team match very well without any glitches. =p The thunderous applauses! Audiences shouted our names... Woohoo! That was the good old time!

Well, when we got into uni, all three of us got seperated. I am in KL, Choon Lee stays in Penang while Chon Yan in Selangor. We did strove our stuff in the uni. Well, Choon Lee has been very successful in the singing careers, so do Chon Yan. They both compose songs and plays very well in guitar. While I did sings in some occasions in the University, including being a champion choir team in UM; but most of my time I spent on social works, sports and my studies.

Now, in year 2006, Choon Lee I believe is in the midst of preparing his 2nd DIY album, and managing a boy band (oi, correct me if I am wrong, buddy!) Well, good luck! For me, I still love singing. Just that I sing for my self indulgment, for my loves one and for my friends...



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Choon Lee during the annual songs composing performance night in Penang.


In shallow waters, shrimps make fools of dragons.
Chinese Proverb

Edinburgh... Part 2.




In front of the palace gate...


The palace...


Scotland parliament



In front of Edinburgh Castle


In front of Edinburgh Castle



Castle closeup


Remembrance days...


With the army officer


Smart dick's... whose dicks are they talking about??


Scotland architecture...


My best staircase B&W photo has been beaten by this one. This is my best so far...



It was a jail, then now it's a museum...


Edinburgh University...


Medical school...


The royal mile...



Monument...



Tsang and I in the Shanghai Pub


Crazy me and Anu...



Yo there...


George Street...It is my street



Our family for 3 days...







Another B&W try out...

wedding chocolates
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