Friday, November 30, 2007

MRSA and silver

The craze and fear of MRSA seem to benefit mostly hardware producers. I've read a number of silver related products being boasted on and on to supply protection to MRSA. Those hardware companies are jumping the wagons based on the MRSA fear. They seem to play it well. The fact left unsaid in all articles regarding the company and the product is that silver has been a controversy in the use of it.

Taken from,
"In a laboratory-based study, van Hasselt et al [96] examined the antimicrobial properties of three types of colloidal silvers against a range of test organisms, showing a complete lack of activity and concluding that 'claims of its potency are misleading and that there is no place for it as an antiseptic'."

Hence, be very careful with the use of silver, not all silver formulation shows bactericidal activities. Not all effective silver formulation maintains its efficacy in body fluid. After all, body fluid has totally different components not possibly replicated in completion in laboratory,

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Facebook craze

Many people are active in facebook nowadays! I found myself spending quite some time in it to play defense of the ancients. Nothing beyond that though. There are just too many things to do there. It has such an open environment for numerous aspiring programmers out there that the applications are overwhelming for me. Imagine having 10 notifications on invite to use this or that application from my limited number of friends. Amazingly tedious just to click ignore, not that I don't appreciate their invitation. I just don't have the time to even click 'Ignore'.

Facebook may really reduce lots of productivity with its tonnes of application. I bet there are some people who spend their entire night gluing their stares to facebook. There should be a phrase called facebook addiction!

Perhaps those time spent on facebook should be spent in the real world calling or talking face-to-face with friends. It should enable more fruitful words exchange and emotional conversation. After all, virtual is still virtual. It's cold and will stay cold despite all the flowers and sort being sent.

Monday, November 5, 2007


It has become a norm these days for wealthy businessmen/ businesswomen to say "Grades is not everything, the rich people are normally not the first class honours holder but those that merely scrap through the academic life". Normally, people nod their heads on this opinion. I, as one of those grateful of my good grades from my hard work, tend to feel discriminated and disregarded by the opinion. Somehow, nowadays, the consideration of success is in how much money you can make. It's so sad that the so much well-meant word "success" has degraded to such a level.

A search using wordweb dictionary gives the first definition of success as "An event that accomplishes its intended purpose". Hence, it's not really the wealth that should be the measurement of success. Those top students, who earn their grades, are actually successful people as well. After all, they accomplish what they set out, that is to be top students. But hey, why should al the rich people kind of condemn the smart people? Being smart and not rich don't give the wealthy to look down on them! Success should not measured by the wealth. Some people enjoy working for others. Some people enjoy just being as what they enjoy at the moment. Success is the feeling of accomplishment after all, not the wealth.

It's even sadder to see that some business people are looking at their success in terms of ability to employ the smart and work the smart people's asses off without paying them properly. I read that somewhere. Not many people look at the opinion of those wealthy men/ women as a discrimination, but I do feel discriminated despite the fact that I do feel successful having a job, a pretty and nice girlfriend, and many nice real friends. I feel hurt by the opinion and I do think that they need to look further than money as a fulfilment of life. :)

Money buys happiness in short term, but won't buy the real happiness.