Tuesday, 29 April 2008

What makes your computer lag?

How strong is ur CPU?

Does my blog make ur com lag? [that's weak...]

Does Crysis even make your computer sweat?


Archive Part Deux.

First Choir Camp which I went for... On screen: Halo 2
Slow shutter: first attempt.
Ice-cream cone. Used to be, like, what? 25 cents? or 50 cents? now 60 cents?
Light trails!
Really cool gizmos we never get to use.
Self-portrait is fun!


Remember LSP Project? It was a fun period of time... We got the chance to stay out of school till 9pm. First time using that cool thermometer / [forgot the name] thingy... Foreground: Ms Felicia Chua. Remember?
One of the facet shots of our school entrance...
B'Div Rugby 2006... one of the best results in the 4 years that I've been in SASS.

Inter-class badminton.
Erm... Aaron loves small corners of buses?

I was looking through the photos stored on my Live Spaces, and to my pleasant surprise, I found some really nice, old photos which I have lost with the 2x my Seagate drive crashed... I'll post some of them over here over time. For now, here's some photos from 2006...

from 70 to 106...

Comparing last year's Jan-Apr period with this year's, I've made this blog reach a peak in the number of posts for the initial 4 months of any year [not difficult to beat, I must say, considering my windows live blog died, with not many posts anyways...]

down with 144 posts to go for that targeted 250...

Warning: glass cuts...

I accidentally caused a glass to fall from a slide-out table/tray...

I got a glass stuck to my left leg...

I used my right leg to rub off the piece...

the glass cut my right leg's vein.


My other self! found!

No question, Mr. Giuliani has supporters in Chinatown, businessmen like Ronald Liong, a pharmacist on Mott Street. ''I prefer the ban,'' Mr. Liong said. ''I think fireworks are hazardous. But actually, one way or another, it doesn't matter to me.''

Source: NYT - NYC; A Chance For Giuliani To Bend a Bit

Well, fancy that... should I make a sequel to "Google Me"?

Free cone day!

Exams were horrible...

Screwed up!!!

But Thank God, Free Cone Day is today!!!

I can't haz cheezburger,
I can't haz A1z,

But I can Haz free ben and jerryz conezz!!!11

Chocolate Chipz Cookiez Dough!

Went with Jack, Matthew Ho, Ah-Ji, Bryan Ang, to Vivo B&J.

It's been a bad day, till I had a bite of ize creemzzz....

[Regarding bad spelling: sorry. Lolcatz addiction.]

Friday, 25 April 2008

new skin...

Now more versatile to fit almost any width on either the sidebar or the main section.

TAG to let me know of your opinion.

Typed without looking at the keyboard at all...

New Seeqpod playlist...

Just for the exams, I arranged the songs in order of increasing "pressurizing elements" [e.g.: loudness, fast tempos, genre, etc.]. At the same time, I also tried to squeeze every song that was already in the list in between every two new songs I add to the list, so you get a mix of old and new [or if you don't care, you can choose to shuffle the tracks.]

Here;s the lineup;

  • Corinne Bailey Rae - Put Your Record On
  • Norah Jones - Sunrise
  • Jack Johnson - If I Had Eyes
  • Jason Mraz - I'm Yours
  • Muse - Soldier's Poem
  • John Mayer - Say
  • Feist - I Feel It All
  • Colbie Caillat - Realize
  • Kylie Minogue - In My Arms [the version I added in is a remix.]
  • Yael Naim - New Soul
  • Radiohead - 15 Step(s)
  • Sara Bareilles - Love Song
  • Muse - Knights of Cydonia

Call me wacky, but it really works...

[it's gonna be geeky. Viewer Discretion is advised.]

I feel like Frankenstein tonight... Don't know how much electricity (both static and current) I exposed myself to...

I tried to set up an 'aluminum foil' parabola for my router because we had to move it to a less-than ideal location, since I had to swap the Ethernet cable joining the Router to the modem, and the signal lost after the move was drastic.

In the process, I exposed myself to excessive amounts of 2.4GHz radio signals, and I actually transmitted it using my body for a short while as I accidentally touched the foil, which was in contact with the wires joining the antenna to the router. Felt almost like touching a live coaxial cable that is connected to your splitter. For the non-geeks: try touching the cable connecting the Starhub connection point to either your TV or your Set-top box. Is it nice or is it nice?

Warning : daronfiles is not responsible for any deaths, injuries, or mishaps as a result of touching static or current electricity. Sorry.

Thursday, 24 April 2008

late night mugging...

it sure feels like primary 6 again. Back then, I also got little sleep.

I just came to realize how chocolates can be a saving grace for late-night study sessions like the one I has now. Helps with the mucle cramps from writing 80wpm (hand-writing, mind you).

Ok. Back to S.S.

Blogged on an iPod touch.

Tuesday, 22 April 2008

TAG REPLY. orange = me.

Orange = Me.
White = You.
21 hours ago
BenSee: I learn the guitar the sony ericsson wai! 8D
No, you can't. Guitar Hero is not = to Real guitar. Must strum several strings, fingers behind frets, etc. Handphones don't have strings, ben.
24 hours ago
RaymonD: Join the saints hunt and play the guitar for your performance!
You read my mind. But I can't [yet], and probably won't be able to learn in time, esp. w/ the 'O's. arnd d crner.
4 days ago
BenSee: I call you "darling".
I call you "homoerotic stalker"
5 days ago
BenSee: Brian was holding a... Metronome i think. And since when did Safari not render hotmail properly?
Since Microsoft acquired hotmail and Safari 1 came out.
5 days ago
LRY: approx atm = 1/memory usefulness in kilobytes. bleah
LOL!. though not accurate, since memory is measured in volts fluctuation. Our brain functions by electric current!
1 week ago
Art room: yo!
hmm... who's this?
1 week ago
Benji: Ron, next time can teach me to transfer mail to gmail also? Using Hotmail on Safari is an ass, muz everyday "Get your Windows Live Hotmail, FREE!"....
will try to blog on it soon.
2 weeks ago
Daniel: Haha one thing I've always wanted to ask - why do you keep the deleted blog links? You strike them out. Don't you think they take up space? Btw I like this new adjustment, makes the stuff a lot easier
Well, 1: In case the guy revives his blog. 2: Just so people know that that guy blogged before, and 3: I have memory relapse, and I need to remember whose blog used to be / is what URL, so i just keep them all.
2 weeks ago
BenSee: Am I still getting pissed with you?
I'll take that as a 'No'.
2 weeks ago
BenSee: Teryne copied my randomperson thang, which i copied from damien! D:
Oh... well, maybe you should have patented it, just as Boeing patented the ability to do a fly-by over the moon.
6 Apr 08, 19:14
chui: the whole page i mean...
LOL... I'm WIKI-MASTER!!! 1337!
6 Apr 08, 19:13
chui: yr blog look like wikipedia.org.....
6 Apr 08, 14:27
Teryne: ehhhh no! randomperson = me
oh! cool... Sorry, I didn't get that at first... anyway, hi Teryne.
6 Apr 08, 09:17
ronaldLIONG|: so, Glenn = Teryne?
5 Apr 08, 23:56
Teryne: aaaand, goodbye.
5 Apr 08, 23:55
Teryne: argh fine, you've caught me. i just didn't see the need of typing my name since ronald doesn't know me, so yes anyway hello ronald and hello ernest.
5 Apr 08, 23:44
Deci: Yes randomperson has a weird sense of naming himself and being so cowardly to say yr real name?
Yeah... should I block him?
2 Apr 08, 22:23
Glenn: Oh hi
Hi Glenn! oh, I linked your blog as well.
1 Apr 08, 23:22
RaymonD: Thanks Ron! Cool websites, but i feel that the virgle project was kinda awkwardly named...Haha
Tell that to Larry Page, Sergey Brin, and Eric Schmidt
1 Apr 08, 23:07
Randomperson: shouldn't Deci-duck have said "duck as a girlfriend"? his english is weird, yes?
No Idea...
1 Apr 08, 20:56
BenSee: oh, and how do you do that extract cbox thingie?
Highlight from the Tagboard, Copy, Paste. In OS X, when you copy, you also copy the formatting, from what I observed.
1 Apr 08, 20:55
BenSee: EI, run with Ipod must BUY the sensor arh? -_-
Yes, the sensor is available for purchase at Nike Stores, Apple shops, and some Sports shoes shops.

BDay, BDay, Death countdown.

Happy Birthday, Ms Angel Lee!

Happy Birthday, Raymond Liew!

Countdown to the day the Earth dies unless everyone is carbon-negative [or is it positive?]: Who cares anymore?

Countdown to Start of MYE: T + 4 hours.

It's a '+', you ask?

Yes, the Mid-Year Exams are here.

Am I worried? Maybe.

Monday, 21 April 2008

My fav. NPR podcast

Politics as a joke - that's my cup of tea.


It's actually a mix of a satire + game show packed in a weekly 45minutes show.

It's hilarious if you're following the news.

But hey, it's educational! [seriously, but with jokes]

Sunday, 20 April 2008

Wanna Learn to play the guitar...

It's kinda embarrassing for me to say this, but I can't play the guitar.

And I want to learn to play it.

So, when there's a will, there's a way.

My way - The podcast way...


My Bucket list may just be complete before I die!

Not that I'll be dead so soon...

Almost forgot...

Here's my favourite tracks from Guitar Hero 3! [in order of difficulty tear, preceded by the bonus songs purchased from the store using in-game money]

SeeqPod - Playable Search

Kaiser Chiefs - Ruby
Superbus - Radio Songs

Stage 1 - Starting Out Small
Foghat - Slow Ride

Stage 2 - Your First Real Gig
Heart - Barracuda
The Strokes - Reptilia

Stage 3 - Making The Video
The Killers - When You Were Young
AFI - Miss Murder
Rolling Stones - Paint It, Black

Stage 4 - European Invasion
Sonic Youth - Kool Things

Stage 5 - Big House Blues
Guns N' Roses - Welcome To The Jungle

Stage 6 - Hottest Band on Earth
Santana - Black Magic Woman

Stage 7 - Live In Japan
Muse - Knights Of Cydonia

Stage 8 - Battle For Your Soul
Metallica - One
Charlie Daniel Band (Original) - The Devil Went Down to Georgia

Bonus Unlock-able
DragonForce - Through The Fire And Flames

Lolcat for the exams

I know I just posted a lolcat pic, like, seconds ago, but since the Mid-years are coming, I think this is very appropriate for those revising their Maths.

humorous pictures
see more crazy cat pics


One of the better LOLCATS I've seen so far!!! [I'll add more over time.]

Random confusions....

Just where in time are we? 

If time does not travel in a straight line, 

In what way is a black hole related to time and space?

How dense is a black hole?

And what is purity? Is there uch a thing as pure H2O without any other compounds?

Btw, Watch PopSiren!

sıɥʇ pɐǝɹ uɐɔ noʎ ɟı ǝǝs s,ʇǝl

I'm telling you: this is cool [in a geeky kinda of f**ed-up way]


¡uoıʇɔnpoɹd ɹɐɟ ǝsɹǝʌǝɹ ʎq 'dılɟ ɟo dlǝɥ ǝɥʇ ʇǝƃ noʎ 'ǝsɹnoɔ ɟo 'ssǝlun  

˙ʇ,uɐɔ noʎ puɐ 'uɐɔ ı ǝsnɐɔǝq 'uʍop-ǝpısdn ʇsod sıɥʇ ƃuıdʎʇ ɯ,ı

Saturday, 19 April 2008

Juno not in SG yet?

For some strange reasoning, I was unable to find a single CD store around town that has Juno in stock on DVD. From Sembawang Music, to HMV, and even That CD Shop. Haven't tried Borders, since it's a bit far from City Hall MRT where I did my search before going to church.

Well, never mind the fact that I didn't get to find Juno. I got Muse's album! I was pleasantly surprised to see Haarp on the top 10 charts at HMV [after all, it's a 'Live in Wembley' recording. Who buys live concert recordings?]

Anyway, I've been thinking, since I may not even blog throughout Early November, Late October-ish, plus Early December if I'm going for the Choir Bratislavia trip, I might as well lower my target for the year. I'll just reduce it to 250. It's in between '06 and '07 in terms of numbers of posts. And fret not, i'm aiming for 250 quality posts. Not crap. Just random posts that gets you either reading, discussing, debating [i.e. infuriating], or laughing, if not smiling.

I may go on hiatus only closer to those critical periods of 'O' Levels. So rest assured. For now, the posts will keep ringing in like rain over the plains of Spain...

Ok, you didn't get that, I assume.

3 Words: My, Fair, Lady.

300 Posts?! What was I thinking?!

Just came to my sense, right about 1 hour ago.

HOW ON EARTH WILL I GET 300 POSTS IN A YEAR, especially with my 'O's coming?!


'Soldier's Poem' by Muse

A very gentle, short melody that may lull you to sleep, Soldier's Poem is a great song that I enjoy from Muse!

Friday, 18 April 2008

Finally, adults that understand games...

Dr Lawrence Kutner and Dr Cheryl Olson, writers of the book "Grand Theft Childhood", being interviewed on X-Play.

bottom line: Video Games do not cause people who play games to become violent.

So, lawyers, parents, and counsellors, do not blame VIOLENT video GAMES for ill-behaved, rebellious kids. [unless they refuse to do chores for you by breaking their vacuum cleaner before continuing with their games, then you may sell that X-Box 360 on ebay]

Wednesday, 16 April 2008

I see the relation now...

New hypotheses.

1. With an increase in atmospheric temperatures, a person's ability to utilise his/her memory drops gradually.

2. The increase in exposure to the consumer market will increase the chances of a certain thing being hacked.

3. The increased frequency of weather fluctuations will result in an increase of people falling ill.

See if you can come up with the relevant formulas for the above statements.

Monday, 14 April 2008


"This list* raises questions. Is a car made gay at a factory, or does it become gay after it is driven. And should two gay cars be permitted to share a garage?"

--Brian Unger, National Public Radio (NPR) Humorist

*- referring to the 'top gay car of 2007' list

Talk about controversial...


Joshua Lim [the sec 3 one] calls me 'Fairy'...

Ernest calls me 'Coastal Indonesian'...

Ben Boo used to call me 'Roland'...

John likes calling me 'Ronny'...

Shaun Chui and Zexun

both like to call me

'Wrong note'...


I have 

many nicknames, eh?


WebKit passed Acid3 Test!
Below's a screenshot of best result i've observed so far...
Click on the "A" in the "Acid3" after the test is completed to see the analysis / result as below...

What's Bryan holding? a deck of cards?
Found this photo in my Aperture library while looking for photos.
This was taken from the CCA Display library, so I assume BenSee took this. Explanation?

Time Machine saved me from having nothing in my CME project!
Thanks, Time Machine!
[just so you know that it is useful and at times life-saving]

Heh, the screenshot came out wrong... there's supposed to be a fret-board...
Oh yah, there shouldn't be. I finished Guitar Hero 3! 
[yes, it's on Easy, because I'm Asian, I have a life, and I have poor hand-finger coordination, in addition to the fact that I have sweaty palms.]
But anyway, I cleared Dragonforce!
Next stop: Medium!!!

Sunday, 13 April 2008

My new mail infrastructure...

Just to warn people, I now have to active email addresses, but you can still send me mail at my hotmail address...

You see, I'm getting fed up with hotmail.

Safari / WebKit refuse to render MSN's login page correctly, so I always have to bring up Firefox to load my emails, which is a pain in the gluteus maximus. <--Bio word. go figure.

Anyway, to solve the problem of never having to see hotmail, I have diverted all my mail to my Gmail account, and hereon-forth, I'm using Mail.app in Leopard to sync my mail using IMAP. So, life's good for me.

How about you?

Well, I'm still using my hotmail account as a mail-bait, as well as my MSN Messenger account. [I'll still be online.] My mail will not pop up in my hotmail account, but instead in my gmail.

When I send out emails, [i haven't tried this, but] hopefully, it'll appear to be sent from my hotmail. I set up a reply-to in Gmail, so see how it goes.

Hotmail is abhorrent.

All abstruse words courtesy of Dictionary.app, which is more advanced in Leopard.

Tuesday, 8 April 2008

Moving around stuff...

I just moved the links and profile away from the messy and narrow sidebar, 

[the forenamed sections are obese, you see]

all the way South. 

Yes, my friends, I have made it much more difficult easier to see the posts on my blog!

Speaking of which, this is post #80 for he year! only 220 more to go!

So, please, enjoy scrolling all the way down my blog just to get to the links!

or, you could read my blog posts! :)

p.s.: i rarely use emoticons.

My guitar life has brought me to Japan as Muse...

Featured song of the moment...

I'm stuck at Stage 8 - Battle For Your Soul...

So, for now, here's my favourite song from the previous stage, Stage 7 - Live in Japan.

It's Muse, with "Knights of Cydonia"

Sunday, 6 April 2008

soybean and phytoestrogen?

"plagiarized" from wikipedia.


Main article: Phytoestrogens

Soybeans contain isoflavones called genistein and daidzein, which are one source of phytoestrogens in the human diet. Because most naturally occurring estrogenic substances show weak activity, normal consumption of foods that contain these phytoestrogens should not provide sufficient amounts to elicit a physiological response in humans.[citation needed] However, animal studies have shown significant physiological responses, and many people's consumption of soy products (especially vegetarians and infants on soy formula) could far exceed what most studies would consider "normal" consumption.

Plant lignans associated with high fiber foods such as cereal brans and beans are the principal precursor to mammalian lignans which have an ability to bind to human estrogen sites. Soybeans are a significant source of mammalian lignan precursor secoisolariciresinol containing 13–273 µg/100 g dry weight.[39] Another phytoestrogen in the human diet with estrogen activity is coumestans, which are found in beans, split-peas, with the best sources being alfalfa, clover, and soybean sprouts. Coumestrol, an isoflavone coumarin derivative is the only coumestan in foods.[40][41]

Soybeans and processed soy foods do not contain the highest "total phytoestrogen" content of foods. A study in which data were presented on an as is (wet) basis per 100 g and per serving found that food groups with decreasing levels of total phytoestrogens per 100 g are nuts and oilseeds, soy products, cereals and breads, legumes, meat products, various processed foods that may contain soy, vegetables, and fruits.[42]


Because of the phytoestrogen content, some studies indicate that there is an inverse correlation between soybean ingestion and testosteronein men.[43] For this reason, they may protect against the development of prostate cancer.[44] A theoretical decrease in the risk of prostate cancer should, however, be weighed against the side-effects of decreased testosterone, including diminished libido.

Saturday, 5 April 2008

What's in a MacBook Air w/ SSD?

1 MacBook Air w/ SSD [S$5088]

= 1 Mac Pro w/ 750GB SATA drive [$5005] + 1 iPod Shuffle 1GB [$78]

=1 Mac Pro 2/ 3 ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT 256MB [$5090]

=3 Low-end MacBook [$5064]

=4 Low-end Mac Minis [$4192] + 1 32GB iPod Touch [$848]

=1 Low-end MacBook Pro [$3088] + 1 higher-end White MacBook [$1988]

=1 Low-end 24-inch iMac [$2988] + 1 Low-end 20-inch iMac [$2048]

=6 32GB iPod Touch [Exactly $5088]

=7 16GB iPod Touch [$4886]

=21 iPod Nano 4GB [$4998]

=16 iPod Nano 8GB [Exactly $5088]


Need I say more?

If you bought the SSD MacBook Air, you probably have cash to burn and failed at Math.

[all prices are in SGD, based on the Apple Online Store Singapore, inclusive of the 7% GST.]

Thursday, 3 April 2008

opening up my options...

It's 8 months to the end of the year. By then, I should have come to a decision as to where my next step in life will be...

The list of options goes as such:
In Singapore...
1. Stick to the SA tradition: SAJC
2. Follow in Ian's brother and Mervyn Wee's footsteps: NJC
3. Follow a trend populer amongst former 4SA students: VJC

In USA...
4. MIT! [i wish...]

In UK...
5. LBC - London Business College

This list may add on, it may reduce... We'll see over time. Right now, let me sleep and focus on the Cambridge-Singapore GCE 'O' Level Certificate first...


funny things going on...

weird things that shouldn't be happening...

I'm getting freaked out...

But Nathan Petrelli once said: Don't go public.

I'll have to bottle it up...

But what if...



It all started with "Frozen", before I was in Primary school. for some reason, the radio kept playing this track, and I became interested in the song. It's odd to explain, but I loved this track a lot...

This sums up all 25 years of Madonna in a video. It's a megamix of various tracks she has made over the years...


Tuesday, 1 April 2008

April Fools' stuff...


Google has a tradition of perpetrating April Fool's Day hoaxes, which generally have an intellectual sense of humor.

From Wiki:

In Gmail, Google featured information for an update called "Gmail Custom Time"; a feature that would allow its users to send emails back in time. While composing a message, a button labeled "Set Custom Time" would allow one to send the message a specific interval in the past, as well as choose if the message appeared as "read" or "unread". None of the features appear in the service itself, but rather in a description of the update found here: http://mail.google.com/mail/help/customtime/index.html.


Virgle Logo

Google announces a joint project with the Virgin Group that aims to establish a permanent human settlement onMars (http://www.google.com/virgle/index.html). This operation has been named Project Virgle. it also includes videos of Richard Branson as well as Larry Page & Sergey Brin (The Founders of Google) on YouTube, talking about Virgle.[1]


Google launches Dajare in Japan (google.co.jp), with the mission of "organizing the world’s laughter." [2]


Google announces gDay in Australia (http://www.google.com.au/intl/en/gday/press.html), a new beta search technology that will search web pages 24 hours before they are created.

Google Dialect Translation

Google announces Google 사투리 번역 (Google dialect translation) for translating regional dialects of Korean to and from Standard Korean.[3]

Gmail Custom Time

Around 11:00 p.m. EST March 31, 2008, on the newer and older version of Gmail, but not in the basic HTML version, in the upper right corner, next to Settings, a link appeared labeled, "New! Gmail Custom Time". The link led to a 404 error before April 1st CST.[4] [5] - It now leads to their latest hoax, Gmail Custom Time --> [2]. The page claimed a new Gmail feature had been added that would allow people to date stamp their emails in the past, allowing for all sorts of mischief. Users would be limited to 10 Custom Times a year to minimize the number of fraudulent emails. Clicking any of the three links at the bottom of the page brought the user to a page indicating that Gmail Custom time was, in fact, their April Fools prank for 2008.[6]

YouTube Rickroll

YouTube users were Rickrolled when all of the featured videos on the main page were linked to a video of Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up".[7]

Google Calendar is Feeling Lucky

Google added the "I'm Feeling Lucky" button to its calendar feature. When you tried to create a new event, you were given the regular option of entering the correct details and hitting "Create Event," and also the new option of "I'm Feeling Lucky" which would set you up with an evening date with, among others, Matt Damon, Eric Cartman, or Angelina Jolie.

Google Wake Up Kit

Google launched their "Wake Up Kit" as a calendar notification option. The option sends a series of increasingly aggressive alerts, starting with an SMS message to your cellphone, and ending with a bucket of water dumped into your bed, which would then flip over, tossing you out (all using apparently free equipment).

Google Docs

A little easter egg was added, where a user can click the file menu and directly under new document is "New Airplane" which immediately opens a copy of a Google branded paper airplane.

Band Concert!

Went for Band concert yesterday.

Pretty nice tunes, really enjoyed it.

And as I told Zexun, loved Ben Thia's drum moves. ["Concerto For Drumset And Concert Band"]

Oh, Saxophone section's own performance ["Water Music"] was pretty cool, too. Never thought you could make music out of jsut the various range of saxophones...

Congrats on the great concert!

You are rick-rolled!

Rick Roll
When what you think is a link to something you want to see actually directs you to a video of Rick Astley singing "Never Gonna Give You Up."

--adapted from Urban Dictionary