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Blog Break… Friday, September 7, 2007

Posted by Henry in Blogs.

Argh… the pain of not having an internet access! I changed job few days ago so had to give my laptop back to my former employer… this means I am shopping now for a new laptop. In the meantime I won’t have much internet access at all – but I hope I will be back soon!

Video of Fellow Science Bloggers Friday, July 6, 2007

Posted by Henry in bacteria, bloggers, Blogs, evolution, Larry Moran, microbiology, science, scientists, Tara Smith, Toronto, video.
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This is a video of some of the more well-known science professors in the blogosphere! In the video they are apparently gathering in Toronto for a microbiology conference. I subscribe to Professor Moran’s Sandwalk and Tara Smith’s Aetiology blogs. Good to be able to see and hear them instead of reading their writings!

Courtesy of Sandwalk.

Seems like I am on a roll lately, stumbling upon a number of videos.


Help Needed for a Good Cause Thursday, July 5, 2007

Posted by Henry in Africa, Blogs, charity, humanist, humanitarian, T. Ryan Gregory, video, Zambia.
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The evolutionary biologist and fellow blogger Dr. T. Ryan Gregory has posted a touching entry. His father and step-mother are going to live in Zambia to help the locals to renovate a hall and use it to vamp up the local economy and to improve the living condition in general.

Both of his parents are devoted social workers, and moving to Zambia is the biggest challenge they have faced.

Dr. Gregory has kindly asked his readers to help by various means, such as spreading the news in the blogosphere, donating books and various hardware such as science lab equipment and sound instruments.

Of course, you can find more details on his blog.

Since I am a sofware engineer, I will try my best in collecting electronic toys and old computer toys for the kids. Hopefully this will arouse their interest in science and technology and the natural world in general.

This is inspiring. Spread the word around and help if you can!

Here is a video presentation.

I’ve Been Tagged! Thursday, June 28, 2007

Posted by Henry in Blogs, Daniel Dennett, Dennett, electronica, Inca Trail, Machu Pichu, Peru, weight loss.

I am honoured to have been tagged by Scientia Natura! So I will for the first time write a post that is not atheism nor evolution related.


Basically the idea of been tagged is that you write 8 things about yourself, post it and tag 8 other people. Before I do that, here are the rules that I must follow:

1. We have to post these rules before we give you the facts.
2. Players start with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
3. People who are tagged need to write their own blog about their eight things and post these rules.
4. At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.
5. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.

So here are 8 little things about me.

  1. I love electronica music – not the usual Euro-trash or pop dance music, but the more underground ones. These include psychedelic trance, goa, ambience and some drum and bass – all of them which are sometimes termed collectively as intelligent dance music. Some of the more famous musicians include Aphex Twin, Autechre and Orbital.
  2. My favourite book of all time is perhaps Darwin’s Dangerous Idea by Dan Dennett. I found a copy of it on a book shelf during a time when I was having a big argument with my closest friend on, well, the topic evolution vs. creationism. That book enlightened me tremendously and opened my eyes to reason, science and the dangers of religion. It also introduced me to Richard Dawkins and atheism. The rest is history.
  3. I lost around 25kg (around 55 pounds) of weight in about 6 months several years ago – and that made a big positive change in me in terms of self confidence. If anyone interested in how I did it, let me know. πŸ˜‰
  4. I went to Machu Pichu in Peru in 2004, and trekked the magnificent Inca Trail – one of the most best one in the world. It was a truly unforgettable and spiritual experience… oh the wonderful scenery and those spectacular and mysterious ancient monuments…
  5. I am a chocoholic.
  6. I was a great fan of the now infamous book Chariots of the Gods by Erich von Daniken back in my teen years. I completely believed in it, and I used to get quite frightened by the theme of the book that the early human history as we know today is all wrong because aliens had visited us in our remote past. Well, now that I know how to think rationally, of course I no longer believe it that. However I still maintain a soft spot for the book because it has raised my interest in our remote past.
  7. I enjoy sport, particularly basketball, all racket sports and cricket. I am a keen follower of the NBA and play squash, badminton, tennis and table tennis socially. I also enjoy soccer (or football in the US). I think the only ball sport I don’t like is golf.
  8. I can spin a book on my finger – just like people spinning a basketball. πŸ™‚