Sunday, July 26, 2015

Minx - Love Shake

How are you all lately? Postgraduate life has been busy for me, hence I'm not able to update! Experiments are long, and my schedules can be crazy.

It's summer in South Korea, and I'm very excited to hear about the stream of girl group comebacks. I can feel the heat of having so many good releases by big names and rookie groups alike, and boy, all of them are good! It used to be called a comeback rush, but the actual scale of it happening is... A WAR.

I randomly watched a stage and found the song to be so catchy! It turned out to be Love Shake by a rookie group called Minx. The members looked so cute I wanna pinch them on the cheeks. The wave dance is also very cute, and it left a mark on me. I just simply can't help it!


I've also found out Love Shake was a Dal Shabet song and it took me some time to believe this is a remake. Strikingly, the lyric and background vocals are identical. Minx really did a better job on Love Shake. I have no issue with Happy Face Entertainment deciding to promote the song through Minx (otherwise the song will go unnoticed!), but I expect Minx to comeback with an original song next round. It reminds me of Girls' Day during the Twinkle Twinkle and Hug Me Once era.

I see that Minx is a promising group to come. There are three powerful vocalists whom I can hear them loud and clear. I am eagerly waiting until the next round when the girls have something to call their own. Till then, Minx fighting!

*******


Baby Don’t Let me stop!
U Luv me! Don’t stop!

Take a spoonful of heart pounding feelings
Mix it into my heart
Half fluttering, half trembling
Mix it in and sprinkle it on top, It’s OK
(It looks so Cool!)

This is so sweet
I’m already into it before I had a taste
My love is like whipping cream
I made it for you

Shake it love
Shake it Shake it
Shake it Shake it love
Will you come into my heart
And sweetly mix it up
Make your love and mine into one

Shake it love
Shake it Shake it
Shake it Shake it love
Will you come into my heart
And sweetly drink it?
My love that I prepared for you

Yeah I wanna love shake love
The sweet love
Once, twice, keep shaking, get addicted
Like this yo, hey listen boy
It’s softly melting

Rather than frozen tears
Give me an unbelievable, red kiss
It might go bad if you leave it out for too long
So hurry and take my heart
(It looks so Good!)

I can’t help it if you get a stomach-ache
Because you’re gonna look for me every day
My love is like a strawberry
I’m prepared for you

Shake it love
Shake it Shake it
Shake it Shake it love
Will you come into my heart
And sweetly mix it up
Make your love and mine into one

Shake it love
Shake it Shake it
Shake it Shake it love
Will you come into my heart
And sweetly drink it?
My love that I prepared for you

So precious, you’re so precious
It’s only only you
I love you

Shake it love
Shake it Shake it
Shake it Shake it love
Will you come into my heart
And sweetly mix it up
Make your love and mine into one

Shake it love
Shake it Shake it
Shake it Shake it love
Will you come into my heart
And sweetly drink it?
My love that I prepared for you

Translation credit: Pop!Gasa

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

SECRET's Hyosung shows you what being sleep deprived is like

Like many of you, I'm in my 20s, and I'm guilty of messing up with my sleep. I've tried not sleeping at all during my undergraduate years, but after an episode I never dared to not sleep again. Now, even at the worst of circumstances, I'll get at least some sleep to help protect my body function.

I've stayed up in the lab up to 2:00 am in the morning to complete an experiment, and drove home afterward. It was no joke that driving in this condition is dangerous. I was not only drove in a lowered state of control, but there were motorists who drove in the opposite direction on an expressway. The next day, I had a meeting to attend, and was late for it.

When I'm deprived of sleep, I felt as if my lungs are burning. And I'm irritable. No joke.



This is an old video of SECRET's Jun Hyosung hosting a video show. What do you notice? Slurry speech. And, she struggled to keep her eyes open. That's what sleep deprivation do to you.

Viewers of the show accused MC Hyosung of being intoxicated and poured their wrath in the next episode. Ouch, that hurts.

So, why was she like that?

Our K-pop idols have crazy schedules and things can get real busy when lots of filming is needed. Prior to hosting the episode of the show, she filmed "Magic" MV with her group mates for 24 hours. Cumulatively, she hasn't slept for 48 hours! That's a lot. Viewers have no idea about Hyosung being sleepless.



Hyosung has talked about her "drunk MC" episode on a variety show. Apart from that, she talked about other stuff.

The drunk MC video may be an amusement for us, but it showed us the consequence of sleep deprivation is real.

Have some sleep, baby. You need it.





Monday, April 27, 2015

Where am I now? I gave you a Nobel Prize!

I use GPS whenever I need to head to a new place and what's even more amazing, our brains actually have a GPS built-in.



Where am I now, and how do I know where I am on Earth? If you can answer that this is a brain function, you are on the right track.

The brain does the job of keeping track of our current position, direction and movements on Earth. This allows us to find our way back home, going to work to earn our living, or simply going to nice places to relax ourselves.

Sadly, this basic function is handled so well that it's taken for granted.

So, how we know where we are? You've asked a question worth a Nobel Prize!


cr: PublicHealthWatch

The 2014 edition of Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to John O'Keefe, May-Britt Moser & Edward Moser for the discovery of "inner GPS" built in our brains. Thanks to the Nobel Prize in 2014, I have the chance to learn about this important discovery that defines our identity as human beings.

I know there are more deserving recipients of the prestigious Nobel Prizes for their contribution to our state of knowledge. The fact that the trio received the Nobel Prize is a testimony of the high impact of the work.



How does the inner GPS in our brains work? Basically there are two types of cells in our brain for geospatial navigation. Using rats as models, scientists have discovered Place cells and grid cells. These two cell types forms the basis of geospatial memory, an inner map that we remember to help us move about in our surroundings.

The discovery of the 2014 Nobel Prize also tells us the cellular basis of thinking. They are telling us, the functions of the software depends on hardware! What an astonishing discovery, isn't it? But, if you've learnt about logic gates in physics, they are essentially (arrangement of) hardware to accomplish a task. We knew about creating a logic gate with electronic components before we knew about programming, so this discovery kinda make sense.

We are coming to the days where knowledge abounds. I'm sure the 2015 edition of the Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine will be exciting!

#biology #neuroscience

Monday, April 20, 2015

A Pink celebrates 4th debut anniversary with volunteer work

April 19th is an important date for Pink Pandas, because it's the day A Pink said hi to us!

I am a proud fan of A Pink! Since their debut four years ago, I've been enjoying my every moment with A Pink whether on music shows or variety shows.

Why do I love A Pink? They are pretty. They are talented bunch of people. They are cohesive. They are professional. They never disappoint me. They mean love to me. I smile whenever I see them on screen. I look forward to their stages. And the list goes on!

Most importantly, they are a group that takes care of us fans. I feel as if I'm interacting with living persons. The members do speak to us and make us feel welcome. They are genuine persons unlike some unreachable gods out there. There is no wall that separates us fans with our beloved A Pink.



What did the members do on their debut anniversary? They did volunteer work with their fans! Tears flow down my cheeks when I heard it.

On this day, fans organised volunteer work in celebration of A Pink's debut. They neither ask for the presence of A Pink, nor were they aware of A Pink actually knew of their work. Then came to surprise! A Pink members showed up to take part in the volunteer work! I must add, they got down to the ground and performed the work with their fans.

Such an act made A Pink more genuine and sincere. That was not even a media campaign. All they had was a pure and willing heart.

Why you should be a Pink Panda? You'll be proud of your celebrity on and off stage. You'll also be proud of their fans too!

I'm never ashamed of being a Panda.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

EXID - Ah Yeah

The girls at EXID has followed up with Ah Yeah! Please enjoy it very much.



Ah yeah ah yeah ah yeah ah yeah ah yeah
Ah yeah ah yeah ah yeah ah yeah ah yeah

Why can’t you get it?
I don’t know why I’m telling you this

You softly smile and keep pestering me
Treating me like an other girl
Man don’t do that
I don’t wanna answer those kinds of questions, no way

How many times did you ask me today?
Baby stop
What are you saying?

I can’t understand a single thing you’re saying
Your attempts make me despair every time
How about you pay attention and look?
Everyone but you can see this signal

Don’t take all day, hurry up
Come here, hurry and come here you

Ah yeah ah yeah ah yeah ah yeah ah yeah

These moments are so typical, it’s making me uncomfortable
Stop asking me those kinds of things

Do what you what, that’s what makes me comfortable
Before this moment passes

Ah yeah ah yeah ah yeah ah yeah ah yeah
Ah yeah ah yeah ah yeah ah yeah ah yeah

Why are you stuttering?
I don’t know what you’re saying

You pretend to be innocent, stuttering your words
Your bad habits are coming out
My head shoulders knees and toes knees and toes
I can predict 100% of it

Why do you have so many questions?
What are you, a child? What is it that you know?

I can’t understand a single thing you’re saying
You’re like a desperate dog
You still don’t understand what I’m saying?
You need to get punished, come out to the back

Don’t take all day, hurry up
Come here, hurry and come here you

Ah yeah ah yeah ah yeah ah yeah ah yeah

This way is typical
This way is uncomfortable
Stop asking me those kinds of things

Do what you what, that’s what makes me comfortable
Before this moment passes

Things you haven’t been able to tell me yet
Before you lose your chance
Tell me before I get tired
Now come by my side

These moments are so typical, it’s making me uncomfortable
Stop asking me those kinds of things

Do what you what, that’s what makes me comfortable
Before this moment passes

Ah yeah ah yeah ah yeah ah yeah ah yeah
Ah yeah ah yeah ah yeah ah yeah ah yeah

Translation: Pop!Gasa

Sunday, April 5, 2015

I love EXID for being professional



Thanks to Hani's viral fancam, EXID is now on my radar for bringing something new to me. I sensed EXID was up to something again when one more fancam of them went viral!

As you could see, the girls were supposed to perform their hit Up and Down but the song was without backup vocals. What would you do in this circumstance? Being the graceful singers they are, the girls carried the entire song live. I'm amazed at their intimate and precise knowledge of their song. All members fill up the parts with backup vocal live and I must be impressed by this. This is what I call, professionalism.

I really really like LE, the main rapper for her confidence in handling this! She was like "fuck this backup vocals, I'm gonna kill this!"

What's next? I'm looking forward to what EXID is in store for their comeback due some time in April. Stay tuned guys!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Never plug USB the wrong way again!

Who doesn't use USB? Thumb drive, external hard drives, keyboards, mouse and even charging your iPhone and Androids everything uses USB! Getting your college assignment on paper must use USB. Printing stuff at work also USB. No USB, no life! Right or not?


Everyone's pretty excited about the signature blue USB 3.0 ports and plugs right? USB 3.0 can transfer data at faster speed than before. It really saves me time when I need large files on the go.

Now look closely at the USB 3.0 plug above. It's a well made plug, I know lah. But there's still one flaw with its design.

Notice the blue part that fills half of the space inside the metal housing? The blue part is what I don't like about USB since it existed. There's only one way to insert the plug correctly into the port. If you have turned the plug upside down, it's the wrong way.

How much time do I waste to plug USB the right way? As it turns out,



Especially when I need access to the back of my desktop and I can't move my chasis. This time I'd pull out a mirror and play the dentist's trick.

I don't mind about spending more time to plug my USB right. The real pain of plugging my device the wrong way is getting my stuff damaged and having a bad heartache afterward. When I'm unlucky, there goes my good USB cable or worse, my irreplaceable data in my USB flash drive.

How do you make sure USB plugs are inserted the right way? There are two choices
  1. Keep an eye for the right way.
  2. You won't plug USB the wrong way anymore! Because both ways are right. The incorrect way simply doesn't exist.

I prefer choosing the second option. It saves me much time and concerns.


What do I need to plug my USB correctly, both ways? An adapter. You're a genius in guessing it!

The good news is, Julian Chow and Kevin Lieber are working on this adapter I'm dreaming about. It's called Ryo Adapter (link).

With this magic adapter, both ways are made right to be plugged. The wrong way be damned.



Most importantly, the Ryo Adapter is a compact and lightweight device to be added on. No point for me to make an adapter the size of a golf ball right?

How to use the Ryo Adapter? First you plug your end of USB cable, like this


Then plug to your port


The Ryo Adapter stays securely attached to your plug. No worries about leaving one behind in public places!



That's it! An adapter with a minimal footprint that lets you plug your USB the right way, everytime!

At the time of writing, this project has raised $33478 at Kickstarter, far exceeding their target of $15000. I'm looking forward to it! 

How to order one? Back the project in Kickstarter. By September 2015, you'll receive your adapter ahead of everyone else!

That's all you need to know =)

For more info, visit:

Website: http://www.ryoadapter.com/
Kickstarter page: Link




Bonus:



Good to know that they've filed a patent for Ryo Adapter!