Sunday Evening Macro Shot

I don’t know the name of the plant shown in the photo below, but we have a lot of these on our backyard. Is this what they call the Morning Glory?


Bonus story: Dealing with slow contractor.

If you are like me, then you would like to have your contractor to work quickly within their planned schedule. But more than often, the contractor would work with their sweet time and deliver later than promised.

You can do like just what I did. I told them upfront that the pacing is not satisfactory, and I have another contractor who want to deliver faster (yes, I have done some surveys beforehand).

In rebuttal, the contractor quickly come and work quickly to finish their task, knowing that they are easily replaceable.

But please be careful, you must be very subtle. Mind your language to the softest. Arrange words wisely.

It is not necessary to negotiate directly to the boss. Their subordinate will do well to deliver your message.

Do research beforehand. Don’t create stories to manipulate people’s fear. It wont take you far.

Saturday Morning Macro Shot

I’m getting better in shooting macro
shots, yay.

By the way the fruit fly below is not dead.

It refuses to be photographed, so I ran around like crazy chasing this beautiful beast. Can you see the reflection on the fruit fly’s torso? Yep, that’s me holding the phone. What a selfie.


Morning water droplets. I found water is a beautiful subject to be photographed as well.


This one is not that great, but I still like this shot.


Bonus, silly-face army figurine, meh.


Rights of a student who don’t want to abide with the professor’s requirement?

A user asked on something regarding the rights of a student who don’t want to abide with the professor’s requirement to leave the cellphone in a box during the professor’s class.

Another user responded:

You are in possession of exactly zero rights that are applicable in this case. You have only one thing: the opportunity to take this class, not the right to, and that opportunity is contingent on many factors – your grades, your paying for it, your attendance, your abiding by the rules the professor has set.

You have no right to carry any given personal item on you at all times in all places. Your professor can outlaw cell phones. He or she isn’t requiring you to put it in the box — he or she is stating in the syllabus that if you choose to bring your cell phone into class, you must put it in the box. You have at least two other options here: don’t take the class and don’t bring your cell phone into the class. If you don’t like it, don’t take the class. Or turn it off and stick it in your book-bag, though be prepared for the consequences the day you forget to turn it off (yes, he can kick you out, reduce your grades, etc.).

You don’t have to “listen to his silly rules” because you are his student, you only need to abide by them as long as you want to be his student. If you don’t want to abide, then don’t be his student.

Where does your logic end? You want to take the class, but you don’t feel like you should have to pay the silly costs? You want to take the class, but you don’t feel like you should have to show up to the silly classroom or do the silly assignments?

Who cares if your cell phone holder is also your wallet? Why do you need either in the class? What prevents you from taking your cell phone out of the holder and leaving it in your car, or at home, or anywhere else? What other distracting and unnecessary items do you want to take into a classroom? An iPod so you can listen to music instead of the lecture? Your paraphernalia so that you can blaze up at the back of the class?

One of the goals of college is to prepare you for how the real world works. Most employers require “two years of experience or an equivalent degree” for entry-level positions not because they value what you learned in drama class or humanities but because there is a hope — though apparently an increasingly small one — that someone who has gone through two years of college has learned that no, they can’t act however they want, no, they can’t put off their responsibilities, no, the world doesn’t revolve around him or her. Employees in many work environments are required to leave their cell phones locked up during working hours — I’ve worked at a half-a-dozen places where a glimpse of a cell phone is an immediate write-up. What makes you think a college class is any different?

Where did you get the notion that you have the same “right” to carry your cell phone in a classroom that you have on the sidewalk? And where oh where oh where did you get the idea that your college professor cannot require you to print up a few pages?

… and lastly, a rebuttal from another user.

Why is it so hard to make friends as an adult?

Selected answer #1

“As external conditions change, it becomes tougher to meet the three conditions that sociologists since the 1950s have considered crucial to making close friends: proximity; repeated, unplanned interactions; and a setting that encourages people to let their guard down and confide in each other”

Selected answer #2

Most people don’t know how to form functional relationships.
When you are younger, you are more open because you haven’t yet accumulated enough filters from adults and society. You are just starting to experience judgment from others (“That shirt is stupid”, “That question was retarded.”)

You have to tell children to shut up because they are too loud.
You have to tell adults to speak up because they are too quiet.

Boundaries are necessary to growth. But most people grow up with improper boundaries placed upon them; society is very good at telling you want NOT to do (don’t smoke, don’t get bad grades, etc), but it’s horrible at telling you what to do.

For example, think of all the myriad ways society punishes you for poor dating habits. Loser, loner, virgin, too ugly, too fat, too dumb, creepy, bad hygiene, etc. There are too many ways to count. But when it comes to actively give you the right direction, telling you the right way to date, society is conspicuously silent. Or you get the bullshit/impractical (“be confident, be yourself”) advice that never works. Most of the time you end up in the friendzone revealing just how shitty that advice really is.

As you grow you adopt the same mentality that society has grown up with.
“DON’T do [insert bad action]….”
“DO [insert generic impractical advice]”

As a result, most of your relationships are borne of convenience; you’re located in the same place, you like the same sports, you have the same hobbies. And at a young age, you’re open enough to share these things. You sit next to someone in class and you talk about your G.I. Joes or the TV shows you like with abandon. It’s very easy to make friends because children are very up front with their expectations. They wear their happiness and displeasure on their faces and you can hear it in their voices very clearly. This makes managing relationships much easier.

But as you grow older and encounter more and more moral judgment, you close up more and more because you fear the rejection of others more and more. You become a neurotic people pleaser.

Also, people don’t learn the difference between forming relationships around necessities vs. forming relationships around commonalities. This is why most relationships are dysfunctional in nature; jocks hang with jocks. Art fags hang with art fags. Hipsters hang with hipsters. Blacks hang with blacks. Rich people hang with rich people, and so on. Everybody is on the look out for common cultural associations. Very few are ever taught to pay attention to their necessities.

Necessities are the basis for functional relationships. They are the people you actually miss when they leave, instead of the people you just wish you were around so you could have a little more fun with smoking weed or playing basketball.

When you form relationships around commonalities, you create OPTIONS.

Optional people are different than essential people. Optional people are like your waiter; you think you need them because they are serving you food and it seems like they’re important at the time. But in reality, you could replace them in an instant with any other common waiter standing around.
Essential relationships are formed around necessities.

These are satisfying relationships because they do more than just give you a good time. That actually meet your needs. Your mom and dad don’t necessarily give you a fun time every day, but they meet your needs. Same with a spouse. Same with any person who you are very open with, who you discuss your necessities with and who can meet those necessities. These are the people that become essential to your life. This are the people that become your arm and your legs–when they are removed from your life, it hurts. This is the difference between a bond of convenience and a bond of necessity.

Everything we do in life, every activity, every decision, every action is related to fulfilling our needs. We don’t smoke just for the hell of it, we don’t parachute out of airplanes, we don’t join the military, we don’t play video games, we don’t go to raves, we don’t surf the internet, we don’t post on reddit for fake internet points just because we can. All these things are attempts to fulfill our needs in some way. If we recognize this and get down to the core reasons behind our actions, we realize just how powerful necessity is in governing our lives.

The beauty of necessity is that everyone’s needs are universal. Although there are different activities and different cultures around the world, they are all governed by the same attempt to meet the exact same necessities. If you understand this, it become much easier to aim at necessity when forming your relationships. It becomes much easier to form a relationship with anyone.

Commonalities are hit and miss. They give you a false sense of belonging. But they are options because you can switch out commonalities like changing hats. You can switch tennis for swimming. You can switch rich for poor. You can switch athlete for nerd. You can switch gang banger for girl scout. They are all equally optional designations and ultimately worthless distinctions.

Necessity on the other hand hits EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. You don’t have to guess what necessities the other person has because you have the exact same needs. Everyone on earth has the exact same needs. Forming relationships around necessities is much harder to do because it requires you to learn how to open up again, but it’s also much simpler once you become skilled at it.

Scopus ID for Ahmad Faisal Mohamad Ayob

I’ve been reminded by the Deputy Dean to always keep track on our Scopus record. One of the issues that has been experienced by my colleagues is the multiple Scopus Id generated for one person.

Thankfully, my Scopus ID is only one. The details are as below:

Name: Dr. Ahmad Faisal Mohamad Ayob
Name in Scopus: Ahmad F. Mohamad Ayob
Link to Scopus ID:

Legal Issue: Can we use quadrotor for filming in Malaysia?

The answer is yes, you can use quadrotor for filming in Malaysia. At the time this write up is made, there are no specific regulation that deter you from using quadrotor for filming. However if you are in the US, there are some regulation applies.

The FAA (Federal Aviation Administration, America) outlined the below quote from this article:

Hobbyists are allowed to use small, radio-controlled crafts under specific guidelines, but “if you’re using it for any sort of commercial purposes, including journalism, that’s not allowed,”

But the FAA is only responsible to the US aviation. Their regulations can only be enforced in the US. The rules regarding the legality on such application should be based on the country where the quadrotor filming is practiced e.g. South Africa, Malaysia, Thailand and so on.

The user Peter Sachs commented:

FAA spokesperson Les Dorr is 100% wrong. ​Radio-controlled model aircraft are completely unregulated (at this writing). The FAA can send all the “cease and desist” letters it wants, but it has no legal authority whatsoever to force anyone to cease or desist. In fact, (at this writing), operators of those types of craft have an unfettered right to use them for pleasure or profit.​

There exists not a single FAA regulation concerning the use of radio-controlled model aircraft, (“drones”). I challenge ​Mr. Dorr (​or anyone else from the FAA​)​ to cite a single regulation that does.

​- ​Advisory Circular 91-57 is merely a list of ​common sense ​”suggestions,” and ​is not legally enforceable.

​- ​The FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 is merely a set of “​directives​”​ to the FAA to develop regulations concerning unmanned aircraft. By definition, that means none currently exist. Moreover, ​language found within ​”directives​” ​​to ​an agency​ ​are not ​themselves regulations, and are not legally enforceable.

​- ​The FAA 2007 “​Clarification” ​merely ​clarifies the FAA’s current ​”​policy​”​ concerning operations of unmanned aircraft in the National Airspace System. ​Agency “policies​”​ are not
​regulations, and are not legally enforceable.

Attorney Brendan Schulman, (who has also commented here), has argued quite correctly and eloquently on behalf of his client in the first test case regarding commercial drone use— Administrator v. Raphael Pirker, NTSB Docket CP-217.​ ​It will be interesting to see the outcome of that case given the points I’ve included above and the far more expansive arguments Attorney Schulman set forth in his motions and memoranda of law.

At the moment this writing were made, there were no regulation exists yet (please drop an update in the comment area if you are able to find any for other’s information as well). However safety, ethical and common sense applies.

  1. Don’t fly your drone in public area, but if public area were to be used, make sure you are can be easily seen so the public will be aware, or set the time when people are not in the zone
  2. Observe the local property and people when flying.
  3. Safety first. If your drone should crash, let it be. Make the public safety paramount.

Fly safely, fly responsibly and enjoy.

————————-Updates below———————–

Update: One of the commenter outlined below regarding the legal aspects of flying in Malaysia. He said (name redacted for privacy) –

DCA and JUPEM ( west Malaysia only ) have policy to control the flight of UAV or Drone in Malaysia. No matter is hobby or commercial, we need approval from them. I copy paste this term from the DCA policy : “2.2 UAVs shall not be flown without obtaining prior relevant DCA approval” This mean what we are flying now consider illegal flight. I have a meeting with DCA officially, what I can said is they just close 1 of their eye. However this doesn’t mean you wont receive saman from them. In Sarawak, DCA did give saman to flyer few months ago.

Strengthening the Prime Time News in Malaysia – Celebrating the News, Our Ideals and Heroes.

Prime time news can be seen as a catalyst to the society. It shapes, transforms and direct the public’s concern toward what matters most at the time the news were covered. Through the use of prime time news, political opinions can be united, more entrepreneurs can be generated and emotions can be triggered. I’m looking at prime time news objectively since it’s merely an effective tool to shape a society.

I don’t have the statistics on how many people who watch prime time news, or the gender, or the age group, but I can assure that my family watch prime time news, which consists of working people, old people, students and housewives. Therefore, I have the reason to care about how such tools are utilized to shape my families and the society’s families from home.

At the time this piece is written, I’m commenting based on the TV1 news and TV3 (Buletin Utama) news. At this moment, these are the key points that mostly covered. Keep in mind that I’m not a professional commenter, but here I shall put in some thoughts on what I can observe in the news nowadays.

Slow down on emphasizing the world news.

  • Sometimes the news coverage was more weighted towards what is happening in the West (read: US). This is contrary to the practise of West’s style of reporting. For example in the prime time news in the US, they would not cover things that happen outside of the US that much (e.g. Kebakaran di Pasar Rantau Panjang, why would they care? Kebakaran di Virginia, US, why would we care?). They will only cover the oversea news if such news has a direct impact towards the US citizens, e.g. US manufacturing companies moving to China, India’s race to the space to beat US’s achievement, vaccinations issues etc.
  • In Malaysia’s broadcasting case, if US’s John Kerry is visiting somewhere to do US government things, why should we care? If John Kerry is visiting Malaysia to discuss something important, then yes, that news would be beneficial to Malaysian citizens.

Political news is OK, but too much.

  • What kind of society that we want to be? Do we want to be a tech savvy society like Japan? If yes, more tech news, innovations done in Malaysia should be covered.
  • Do we want to be a traditional society? Then pops and moms business, agriculture news and the related should be covered more.
  • Or do we want to be a fearful society? Then more gangster and riot news should be covered.
  • Or do we want a healthy society? Then more news should be covered on types of food, public sports event like running, triathlon and so on.
  • The point is if a society wants to be transformed, sometimes ignorance is bliss. We need to be focus. What we are worrying is when the society was not aware of the riots and gangsters, but that is the police’s job.

The local news is great.

  • The local news that covers the hardship of the society is well presented. It triggers emotion, respect and the drive to help each other as the member of the society.
  • Once a week, the prime time news covers the pressing thing that probably not being taken care much by the local authority, for example the slot Aduan Rakyat by TV3. That slot is brilliant. Well, if you have a concern and the local authority would not take care of it, then everybody else must know and take proper actions.
  • When I was a kid, long time ago, sometimes the prime time news covers the artist’s gossips, but now not anymore. As I grow older, the local prime time news gains more respect, because they are focusing on things that matters most. The artists? Let the gossip’s show covers them.

The local news should educate more, not seeking for off-taste comments.

  • The prime time news journalist goes to the university to meet the Professors or Professor Madya’s to seek for comments. This should be practiced more. Include more comments from the engineers, social commenters are more of them. Reduce seeking for comments from the minister. Sometimes I found their comments are quite off to be seen by the society.

Lastly, give the credit where it’s due.

  • The oversea’s news highlight the journalist very well. We should treat the journalist like stars. These reports jump through hoops, endanger their lives and get to the forefront to get the news, why shy to promote them. Don’t just mention their name briefly, show their face and a format should be revised so the news can also highlight the brave reporters with their face and voice. We want to know our heroes! Put more of Saiful Nizam Ismail, Mior Abdul Malek Rayani , Nurulhuda Abd Aziz, Kamaruddin Mape and the likes in the end of the short report. Those are our heroes! Well, a new format should be revised I think, but yeah, celebrate them more than the artists.