Last Dec 23rd was our wedding anniversary. One of our friends send us a message telling us that she is sending some amount the day before. I ask her, really? Then I told her that it's our anniversary the next day. We were glad and we decided to bless our family friends too. We had our lunch here in KFC. We are really blessed with friends who care. We thanked the Lord for all of them.
A Blessed Christmas to all bloggers. For me, Christmas is the best season of the year! Jesus came to set us free.
This is my Skywatch picture. We were in Genting few years ago and we're able to visit this beautiful and interesting place. We're on this cable car. Interesting, right? Skywatchers still on, visit the place and join, you still have time.
This is one of the signboards that has different meanings. You might laugh or get angry. Or you would never mind the thought of it. Anyway, I like this sign and I smile a bit, lol! There is humor but it makes sense.
This is my Mellow Yellow Monday post. We call it Lantern Festival here in the city. It's fun and we enjoyed.
More Mellow Yellow Monday posts here. Come and join, you still have time to post like me, lol!
As I was checking the news last time, I saw this one and I want to share it with you. This is all about the 10 Most Powerful People on earth. Can you identify them?
U.S. President Barack Obama emerged, unanimously, as the world's most powerful person, and by a wide margin. Although there were a number of surprises. Former President George W. Bush didn't come close to making the final cut, while his predecessor in the Oval Office, Bill Clinton, ranks 31st, Arnold Schwarzenegger, the movie star governor of California (alone, the world's fifth largest economy) did not make it.
1. Barack Obama
How powerful is he? Here are some proofs:
* Presides over world's largest, most innovative, most dynamic economy.
* Commander-in-chief of planet's richest, deadliest military.
* Finger on button of nuclear arsenal containing more than 5,000 warheads.
* Head-of-state of world's sole superpower.
* His Democrats have majorities in both U.S. House and Senate.
* Recently awarded Nobel Peace Prize, apparently for general awesomeness.
2. Hu Jintao
* Paramount political leader of more people than anyone else on the planet; 1.3 billion Chinese, some 70% in their prime working years of ages 15 to 64 powering world's low-cost workshop, transforming nation.
* Biggest buyer of U.S. debt avoided Chinese meltdown during financial crisis with massive stimulus package to encourage domestic spending.
* "Coming-out party" at 2008 Beijing Olympic Games showcased young, modern, harmonious society; reality often quite different — few political, religious, press freedoms; brutal suppression of Tibet; refusal to acknowledge Taiwanese independence.
* Still, credible estimates have China poised to overtake U.S. as world's largest economy in 25 years — although, crucially, not on a per-capita basis.
3. Vladimir Putin
* Prime Minister might as well be known as Czar, Emperor and Autocrat of All the Russians.
* Vastly more powerful than his handpicked head-of-state, President Dmitry Medvedev.
* Presides over one-ninth of Earth's land area, vast energy and mineral resources.
* Former KGB officer unafraid to wield his power; invading Georgia, cutting off natural gas supplies to Ukraine or Western Europe (again).
* Declared nuclear power has veto on U.N.'s Security Council.
* "I'm deeply convinced that constant change is not for the better."
4. Ben S. Bernanke
* Former chairman of Princeton's economics department and noted Great Depression scholar now guiding world's largest economy through Great Recession; has overseen massive growth in Fed's balance sheet, from less than $900 billion in liabilities in August 2008 to more than $2.1 trillion today.
* With federal funds rate now effectively 0%, the so-called Bernanke Doctrine calls for using monetary policy to stave off deflation.
* "The U.S. government has a technology, called a printing press, that allows it to produce as many dollars as it wishes at essentially no cost."
5. Sergey Brin and Larry Page
* If knowledge is power, maybe information is too. Brainy duo met in Stanford computer science Ph.D. program, now trying to put all the world's information at your fingertips.
* Known for collecting best and brightest young tech talent at Mountain View, Calif., "Googleplex"; employees encouraged to spend one day a week on personal projects; company often named "Best Place To Work" in America.
* Google guys' combined net worth of $30.6 billion would place them third on the Forbes 400.
* Yet despite professed intentions to "do no evil," Google is blamed in some quarters for decimating traditional publishing, journalism. Brin: "Some say Google is God, others say Google is Satan."
6. Carlos Slim Helú
* World's third-richest man is dominant economic force in Mexico, personal fortune equivalent to some 2% of Mexican GDP.
* Telecommunications monopolist: His Telemex owns 90% of Mexico's fixed telephone lines; his TelCel has 90% of wireless market.
* Also head of group dedicated to improving Mexico's roads, energy infrastructure, water supply.
* New focus, media: Last fall snapped up 7% stake in the New York Times Co., largest after Sulzberger owner-family.
* "I think it's perverse to believe there shouldn't be strong companies in poor countries."
7. Rupert Murdoch
* "The man who owns the news" still believes in print, not afraid to use vast media holdings to further personal political views.
* Media empire includes leading British (the Times), Australian (The Australian), American (The Wall Street Journal) newspapers, in addition to tabloids like the New York Post and The Sun (U.K.). Also movies (20th Century Fox), books (HarperCollins), television (Fox, BSkyB), online (MySpace).
* Weak ad-marketing hurting his News Corp.: net loss of $3.4 billion in fiscal 2009, stock off March lows, but still well below 2007 levels, when he made a $5.6 billion gamble on Dow Jones. "Quality journalism isn't cheap."
8. Michael T. Duke
* Runs world's largest retailer, more country than company: $401 billion in annual sales, 2 million employees, 8,000 stores.
* Wal-Mart alone is China's eighth-largest trading partner.
* Largest private-sector employer in U.S.; favorite target of unions; blamed and praised for backing Obama health care proposals, shifting economic power from manufacturers to retailers, from mom-and-pop to big box.
* "I am competitive by nature and I want to win."
9. Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al Saud
* Absolute ruler of desert kingdom that contains the world's largest crude oil reserves, two holiest sites in Islam.
* State-owned oil producer Saudi Aramco most profitable company on Earth, earns more than $200 billion a year, has reserves of 260 billion barrels or 25% of planet's known supply.
* Ultimate succession unclear: 85-year-old king's official heir is 81-year-old Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud.
* In 2006, established committee of senior princes to ensure smooth transition in the event both become incapacitated.
10. William Gates III
* Richest man in the world dominated, transformed software business.
* More than 85% of world's hundreds of millions of computer users stare at, struggle with, Microsoft products on daily basis.
* Second act: Saving the world. Still Microsoft chairman, but now devotes day-to-day to his Bill & Melinda Gates foundation, the largest charity on Earth with $34 billion endowment. Foundation devoted to reducing hunger, improving education and fighting diseases like malaria, tuberculosis and AIDS.
I'm really glad to know that the richest man in the world had a foundation in helping the poor and the needy.
While I was surfing the net last time I saw this news and it has something that we need to know. I guess, I will share it with you. Here it is:
Is the sensor on top of the traffic light a camera?
Generally, the writer believes they are passive infra red (PIR) devices to detect the presence of a vehicle stopping at the red traffic light. This is to notify the traffic light computer that a car is present and the lights should be changed. The advantage of the PIR is that its a lot cheaper and simpler than burying weight sensors in the road surface.
Many states have instituted a system to aid emergency response vehicles. This system consists of a sensor (which you have noted), the control circuitry in the light control housing, and a programmed strobe on an emergency vehicle.
Watch next time an ambulance drives past you, there is a strobe usually on top of the cab which is flashing a pattern. When this sensor picks this up, the light goes red in all directions to allow the ambulance to maneuver through without getting hit.
The sensors that others are referring to which tell the traffic lights who is where are not pir, they are loops of wire buries below each lane where the cars come to stop at a red light. They work by induction and are responsible for red light cameras, stop light function, the whole shebang.
It's Watery Wednesday once again. Here's my post for this day. We had a great time with our new friend few days back and we shared some experiences while driving this boat. It's refreshing and we enjoyed roaming around this big lake while feeding some fish.
I like this photo. A friend of mine shared this to me last week and I'm excited to post it here.
It's Skywatch Friday and the sky is blue. Does it look beautiful? Please visit Skywatch Friday for more interesting views.