Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Telephone switchboard 電話轉接機







Telephone switchboard 電話轉接機
a retired telephone switchboard,
being displayed in the lobby of my old office
退休的電話轉接機展示於我退休前的辦公室大廳內。
photos were taken on March 29, 2006

Monday, July 27, 2009

KFC’s New Grilled Chicken

Carcinogen Found in KFC’s New Grilled Chicken

KFC calls its new Kentucky Grilled Chicken “the better-for-you chicken for health-conscious customers.” But recent PCRM tests of the new grilled chicken revealed substantial amounts of a carcinogenic chemical in all samples tested.

A PCRM scientist visited six different KFC stores, obtained two samples from each location, and sent them to an independent testing laboratory. All 12 samples were found to contain PhIP, a chemical classified as a carcinogen by the federal government. PhIP, part of a chemical family known as heterocyclic amines (HCAs), has been linked to several forms of cancer, including breast cancer, in dozens of scientific studies. No safe level of ingestion has been identified. Every sample also tested positive for at least one additional type of HCA.

The new KFC grilled chicken products were the focus of a controversial promotion by Oprah Winfrey, who offered coupons for free Kentucky Grilled Chicken meals on her Web site. PCRM has alerted Ms. Winfrey to these findings.

“Just as the fat and cholesterol in fried chicken have prompted concerns about heart attacks and obesity, the carcinogenic chemicals found in Kentucky Grilled Chicken raise serious concerns about cancer risk,” said Kristie Sullivan, M.P.H., a PCRM toxicologist. “No parent would knowingly serve carcinogens to a child, and parents have no idea these chemicals are in KFC products. We are asking KFC to withdraw Kentucky Grilled Chicken.”

PhIP and other HCAs do not exist naturally in chicken; they form when animal muscle is cooked to high temperatures. The National Toxicology Program administered by the National Institutes of Health has identified PhIP as carcinogenic, as have the state of California and the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

But KFC is not the only restaurant serving carcinogen-containing grilled chicken. Last year, PCRM filed suit against McDonald’s, Chick-fil-A, Chili’s, T.G.I. Friday’s, Outback Steakhouse, Burger King, and Applebee’s for knowingly exposing customers to PhIP without warning them of its risks. The suit was brought under California’s Proposition 65, which states that consumers must be warned about products that contain known carcinogens.

The lawsuit is based on tests that found PhIP in 100 grilled chicken samples from the seven restaurant chains. The findings, compiled from independent laboratory tests commissioned by PCRM scientists, were published in the September 2008 issue of Nutrition and Cancer.

Burger King was the first of the restaurants to settle the lawsuit. As part of its agreement with PCRM, Burger King has posted warning signs in its California restaurants to alert customers that its grilled chicken products contain PhIP.

But the other six defendants that continue to fight the lawsuit—and KFC—have yet to inform customers about the cancer-causing chemicals in their grilled chicken products.

source: Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
source: special thanks to Bessie's email

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Creative Advertisements Around The World

An advertisement by Jung von Matt/Alster in Berlin, Germany for watchmaker IWC. Bus straps were fashioned with images of IWC's Big Pilot's Watch to allow bus travellers, from planes to terminals, to try before they buy.


A print of a cup of Folgers coffee was placed on top of manhole covers in New York City, USA . Holes on the print allows the steam to come out. Wordings around the cup reads
'Hey, City That Never Sleeps. Wake up. Folgers".



This was a very effective advertising campaign urging people to come to Unicenter Shopping Mall in Buenos Aires, Argentina for all their Valentine's Day needs. You never know just who you might meet ...
and it's here that Cupid might strike!


Life-size stickers of people were attached to automatic sliding doors at a mall in Mumbai, India. When a customer approaches, the doors slide open .. and it feels as if people are avoiding you. The person enters to then find the message from a deodorant maker: 'People Move Away When You Have Body Odour'.


A sticker has been placed on this high voltage street box depicting Duracell's batteries - as if Duracell was the source of the power within! Cool advertisement found in Malaysia.


A 'Caution Wet Floor' floor sign was placed near an Eatalica burger advert. The copy on the board reads 'Caution. Oogling this burger may involuntarily cause drooling which may in turn lead to a Wet Floor. Issued for your safety by the management of Eatalica restaurant' . Eatalica is an American-Italian food joint in Chennai, India


A giant mirror was built that allowed passersby to stop and look at themselves wearing Indivi clothes at a shopping mall in Tokyo, Japan


An advertisement for a job recruiting company in Berlin, Germany showed images of people crammed and working inside vending machines and ATMs, with the message that 'Life's too short for the wrong job!' .


Stickers were placed in selected car park locations and car workshops where the product is sold in Malaysia. It delivers the message that M-Tech Plasma HID Lights are 300% brighter than regular headlights. The burn effect sticker from the headlights really leaves an impression.


This controversial idea was done in Dubai by Sandeep Fernandes and Husen Baba Khan for the male deodorant, Axe. The mouse pad that every guy needs.



This is an advertisement found in Vancouver during the National Non-Smoking Week. The car was placed at the Vancouver Art Gallery and the message reads 'Death from car accidents: 370. Death from smoking-related causes: 6,027. Quit now before it kills you. '



Life size images were stuck on glass doors at shops in an airport in South Africa for the advertisement of glass and window cleaner I.C.U. The expression on the face is priceless.



A very cost-effective advertisement in Hong Kong for a yoga school! It showcases the prowess of a yoga practitioner on the flexible stems of drinking straws. A surge of enquiries and enrollments happened after this promotional stunt.



This car cutout was placed atop the Zurich, Switzerland train station stairway ..delivering the perception that a Mini Cooper
holds a lot of people!


source: special thanks to Linna's email

Saturday, July 25, 2009

text to voice

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I discovered this website vozme.com.
It can pronounce the words I enter.
It comes with a choice of male voice or female voice.
enter English, listen to it's pronunciation
輸入英文,可聽到英文發音。


Wednesday, July 22, 2009

網上廣東話拼音輸入法

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I discovered this website 網上廣東話拼音輸入法
and found this Cantonese input method being
very useful and user-friendly. I believe it's by far the best!
I can input with Cantonese phonetic sound, or with English meaning,
or I can click to switch to Pinyin or 倉頡 inputs.
And the best of all, no installation necessary,
so I can use it anywhere.

Monday, July 20, 2009

McDonald's free Monday mocha

McDonald's takes another swing at Starbucks in the ongoing battle
for the specialty coffee market. The freebie line wasn't long.
No purchase necessary. Even they said one per person,
We saw a few customers walked away with 2 cups in their hands.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Anagrams

This has got to be one of the cleverest emails I've received in awhile.
Someone out there must be "deadly" at Scrabble.
(Wait till you see the last one)!


PRESBYTERIAN:
When you rearrange the letters:
BEST IN PRAYER


ASTRONOMER:
When you rearrange the letters:
MOON STARER


DESPERATION:
When you rearrange the letters:
A ROPE ENDS IT


THE EYES:
When you rearrange the letters:
THEY SEE


GEORGE BUSH:
When you rearrange the letters:
HE BUGS GORE


THE MORSE CODE:
When you rearrange the letters:
HERE COMES DOTS


DORMITORY:
When you rearrange the letters:
DIRTY ROOM


SLOT MACHINES:
When you rearrange the letters:
CASH LOST IN ME


ANIMOSITY:
When you rearrange the letters:
IS NO AMITY


ELECTION RESULTS:
When you rearrange the letters:
LIES - LET'S RECOUNT


SNOOZE ALARM:
When you rearrange the letters:
ALAS! NO MORE Z'S


A DECIMAL POINT:
When you rearrange the letters:
I'M A DOT IN PLACE


THE EARTHQUAKES:
When you rearrange the letters:
THAT QUEER SHAKE


ELEVEN PLUS TWO:
When you rearrange the letters:
TWELVE PLUS ONE


AND FOR THE GRAND FINALE:


MOTHER-IN-LAW:
When you rearrange the letters:
WOMAN HITLER


source: special thanks to Lucy's email

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Saturday, July 11, 2009

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

School Bus

School Bus in Japan

School Bus in Pakistan

source: special thanks to York's email.
However, the first photo has Chinese words on it (not Japanese).

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Do you know how much sugar in equivalent you have consumed each day?

Find out below to see whether

you have to cut down your intake!

source: special thanks to Donna's email