Sunday, October 14, 2007

Life without a full stop

I've lost my full stop

I'm not going all emo on you guys

I really have lost my full stop
and my comma

do you not notice the missing punctuations by now?

The sad story

I went upstairs to have a shower and come down to find that my keyboard was going a little berserk
Typing a letter gave me another letter or number and sometimes even nothing!!
I wasn't really that panicky because 'someone' else was doing it for me
Which is odd enough because I'm actually very protective of my laptop as Sharon would know

Nonetheless I called up SK and asked him if he knew what the problem was
We spent over half an hour on the phone but nothing worked

Then after I hung up
that 'someone' made a confession
Now I'm not pointing fingers or anything but it wasn't me who spilled a little drink over the keyboard

I know
I wish that 'someone' had told me earlier instead of letting me agonize over my laptop trying to fix settings when I could have shut it down and dry it
Liquids and electronics should never go together!!

But it's an accident and accidents do happen
Yes I'm a wonderful and forgiving person LOL~!!

Apparently laptop keyboards are major sensitive
a little moisture and it goes insane
Kinda reminds me of that Gremlins movie
keep them away from water or you're in big trouble

So what if YOU (omg) spilled a little drink over your beloved previous laptop's innocent lil keyboard?

  1. The laptop must be TURNED OFF!
    No don't waste precious seconds to 'shut down' your laptop
    TURN THE MAIN POWER SWITCH OFF! PULL THE CORD! Anything that will save you valuable time before the liquid seeps into your laptop and KILLS it
  2. Remove all removable parts (eg battery)
  3. Tip the laptop over and give it a little shake in attempt to drain it
  4. Blow dry your laptop with a hair-dryer on the LOWEST or cool setting
  5. DO NOT TURN ON YOUR LAPTOP FOR 48 HOURS to ensure that it's completely dry

I'm not mad or anything
I just wished I had known earlier so I could react to it and save my full stop and comma
Everything else seems alright
A couple other keys such as backspace home and end can be stubborn at times but they still work with a little patience

For now Microsoft Word will have to be my best friend
It's quite hard to type out a URL without a full stop

If I really can't take it I'll just get one of those external keyboards
Though it's been only like 2 hours since I turned on my lappy and I'm already feeling a little annoyed

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Japanese creates see through-frog

One word: EW.
Not exactly see-through but *shudders*
I've lost my appetite -.-
The whole article is at the end of this blog entry but I'm sure not of you wouldn't be bothered to read it.
Basically, they've mated two frogs with recessive genes that cause paleness (much like albinos in a way) to give offsprings which are then mated with one another to give SUPER pale froggies.

This is so that they can study the internal structures of the drog without dissecting them :)
But these little frog's grandfroggies would die right after birth due to too many defects in them resulting from all the recessive genes :(
Sounds like playing God, you say?
Exactly. And this is what I'm capable of doing with my degree.

That's why I'm leaning towards plants instead. At least they don't look at you with sad eyes when you're about to kill them.
September 27, 2007 - 5:29PM

Japanese researchers have succeeded in producing see-through frogs, letting them observe organs, blood vessels and eggs under the skin without performing dissections.

"You can see through the skin how organs grow, how cancer starts and develops," said the lead researcher Masayuki Sumida, professor at the Institute for Amphibian Biology of state-run Hiroshima University.
"You can watch organs of the same frog over its entire life as you don't have to dissect it. The researcher can also observe how toxins affect bones, livers and other organs at lower costs," he said.
Dissections have become increasingly controversial in much of the world, particularly in schools where animal rights activists have pressed for humane alternatives such as using computer simulations.
Sumida said his team, which announced the research last week at an academic conference, had created the first transparent four-legged creature, although some small fish are also see-through.
The researchers produced the creature from rare mutants of the Japanese brown frog, or Rena japonica, whose backs are usually ochre or brown.

Two kinds of recessive genes have been known to cause the frog to be pale.
Sumida's team crossed two frogs with recessive genes through artificial insemination and the offspring looked normal due to the presence of more powerful genes. But crossing the offspring led to a frog whose skin is transparent from the tadpole stage.

"You can see dramatic changes of organs when tadpoles mutate into frogs," said Sumida, whose team is seeking a patent.

Such frogs could theoretically exist in the wild but it is "virtually impossible" they would naturally inherit so many recessive genes, Sumida said.

The transparent frogs can also reproduce, with their offspring inheriting their parents' traits, but their grandchildren die shortly after birth.
"As they have two sets of recessive genes, something wrong must kick in and kill them," Sumida said.

While the researchers relied on artificial insemination, they said that genetic engineering could also produce transparent and even illuminating frogs.

Sumida said researchers could also inject into the transparent frogs an illuminating protein attached to a gene, which would light up the gene once it manifests -- for example, showing at what stage cancer starts.

Sumida said it would be unrealistic to apply the same method to mammals such as mice as their skin structure is different.

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