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Nov 30, 2010

4 Seasons

Posted By Snow at 11/30/2010 3 comments

يخرج الحي من الميت [Q6:95]
Spring seems like a burst of life after winter

The 4 seasons - spring, summer, autumn & winter - happen when the intensity of sunlight changes on Earth due to the tilt of the Earth as it circles the sun. In the summer, the northern hemisphere is more exposed to direct sunlight; while in winter it is less exposed to it.

The changes of season shows - a change in temperature changes our whole environment. The weather changes. Animals hibernate or migrate. Plants become dormant.

A change in temperature really affects us.

So what will happen if Earth becomes extremely warm? It had been extremely warm. So it is not always about will it happen, because it already happened. During the Permian period, global warming is a suspect for our planet's greatest mass extinction - the Great Dying. [sa]

So knowing our history, scientists ponder our future on this planet. Our human activities, like burning fossil fuels (vehicles) & deforestation may heat the Earth. ظهر الفساد في البر والبحر بما كسبت أيدي الناس [Q30:41] Earth is the only livable planet for us, and I imagine a hotter Earth is like Venus. Venus' surface temperature alone is 467°C. So it's important for us to care for the environment.
اعوذب لله من الشيطان الرجيم
واختلاف الليل والنهار وما أنزل الله من السماء من رزق
فأحيا به الأرض بعد موتها وتصريف الرياح آيات لقوم يعقلون
And (in) the alternation of night and day, and (in) what Allah sends down from the sky of provision and gives life thereby to the earth after its lifelessness, and (in His) directing of the winds are signs for a people who reason.
[Holy Quran 45:5]
Anyway like the seasons, life on Earth had lived & died & lived again. It has happened. After the Permian died, Earth was resurrected - with the next generation of species - the dinosaurs. Then the dinosaurs died as well, and the Earth resurrects again with humans.

It's amazing. The resurrection. إن يشأ يذهبكم ويأت بخلق جديد [Q14:19-20]
Que sera sera. I seek refuge in Allah SWT from errors. والله أعلم

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Nov 27, 2010

Summa Cum Laude

Posted By Snow at 11/27/2010 3 comments

New England is famous for its universities
oh to be an MIT student in autumn

Regarding places in the university, I'm currently in the view that places should be awarded by merit. University should be a place that spearheads knowledge, with people who have the abilities to safeguard its distinction of higher learning. الذين أوتوا العلم درجات [Q58:11] And by higher learning, I mean how Bezier equations (P(u,v) = ∑ ∑ Bi,n(u) Bj,m(v) Ki,j) are higher than basic multiplications (3 x 7 = 21).

The university should safeguard this distinction, and benefit society with its wisdom. E.g.:
Research in physics resulted in telecommunication devices | AG Bell
Research in medicine resulted in new treatment, vaccines | radiology, stem cells
Computer technology aids in various fields, e.g: law enforcement | graphics
And the woman who made history in higher education is - Marie Curie. She was the first woman to win 2 Nobel Prizes. But as destiny have it... even with the accomplishments, she was not rich. Due to her research, she even fell ill by being exposed to radiation. But the richness is, her research & sacrifices still benefit us till this very day - through various applications in medical diagnosis, cancer treatment. Her Curie Institute lives on. Cancer Care lives on. ومن يؤتى الحكمة فقد أوتي خيرا كثيرا [Q2:269]

In Islam richness is in good deeds, so this is the way to be rich. الحمد لله

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

المال والبنون زينة الحياة الدنيا والباقيات الصالحات خير عند ربك ثوابا وخير أملا

Wealth and children are (but) adornment of the worldly life. But the enduring good deeds
are better to your Lord for reward and better for (one's) hope.
[Holy Quran 18:46] | Q59:18
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Oct 16, 2010

Cinderella

Posted By Snow at 10/16/2010 0 comments

In the Kingdom, time around midnight | happiest place
I saw the clock tower, but I can't remember if its the Abraj

I've read some people say the Cinderella story is unhealthy. But I love her patience in adversity! الحمد لله She was an orphan. She was lonely & unloved. Her only friends are animals. People call her names, treated very lowly. وشروه بثمن بخس دراهم معدودة وكانوا فيه من الزاهدين [Q12:20]

She had to work hard, while the pampered have fun.
But she still remain good & loving. يغفر الله لكم [Q12:90-92] سبحان الله

BTW, I don't wanna sound cheesy but I'm happy I rushed out of Masjidil Haram barefoot to catch my coach. (◠v◠) I didn't realize that it was like Cinderella until after this Ramadhan. It was a sad night, but kinda funny when I looked back.

The King of the Universe, and I the servant. Forever & ever.

Give thanks to the Lord, Allah SWT
for He is good His love endures forever

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Oct 14, 2010

Visible & Invisible

Posted By Snow at 10/14/2010 1 comments

Visible light is the rainbow part in the Electromagnetic Spectrum | video

I have worked with lighting - it is a process to give color, shine & shadow in a movie like Toy Story. This process uses math to figure out the colors that will be seen on things. يتفيأ ظلاله [Q16:48]

With light, we can see things. الحمد لله

The Visible Light

We can see things when there is light. Light is actually an electromagnetic spectrum (EM). & our eyes have the ability to detect a very small part inside this EM spectrum - it is the rainbow part - so we see light as rainbow. We see light as the colors of the rainbow.

Say, when you look at a tree. What happens is, light from that tree goes to your eyes. Then your eyes & brain process the colors of that light - as an image of that tree in your mind.

When you look in the mirror, the light from you goes to the mirror, and the mirror reflects the exact same light back to your eyes. Then your eyes & brain process the colors of that light - as an image in yourself in your mind.

Light Travels

By now you should understand that light travels, it travels from things to your eyes. The speed of light is the fastest known in the universe - 186,000 miles per second - it can circle the Earth 7.5 times in a second. It's like the universe's speed limit.

Darkness

So, what will happen when there is no light traveling around? As there is no light coming to your eyes - your eyes do not process any light - so you see nothing, only darkness. وآية لهم الليل نسلخ منه النهار فإذا هم مظلمون [Q36:37]

Like this tree, it blocks the light so there is darkness in the area without light. Darkness is the absence of light. ومن لم يجعل الله له نورا فما له من نور [Q24:40]

Illusions

But on a funny occurrence, when there is light but it travels in a bended way, you can see things that does not exist. Light travels straight, but it can be bended. Like a mirage. It happens when the light bends as it travels between cold & warm air. This bending produces a displaced image - so you see water that does not exist, bcoz of the blueness from the sky. كسراب بقيعة يحسبه الظمآن ماء حتى إذا جاءه لم يجده شيئا [Q24:39]

The Invisible

All the things that we can see, thanks to the rainbow colors of light, is called visible light - which is actually a very small part inside the EM spectrum. There are other spectrums around - radiowaves, microwaves, infra red, ultra violet, x-rays, gamma rays - which are invisible.
You use these invisible spectrum when you listen to the radio, watch TV, use your handphone, surf the internet, remote lock your car etc. So the invisible exists, it's around us & it's HUGE. If you had a reel of movie film stretching 2,500 miles, the visible spectrum is only one tiny frame - the rest is invisible. [video] So just bcoz you don't see it, doesn't mean it's not around you. ماشاء الله

Muslims has a term called ghaib (غيب) - unseen & unknown. It is true.

اعوذب لله من الشيطان الرجيم
إن الله يعلم غيب السماوات والأرض والله بصير بما تعملون

Indeed, Allah knows the unseen (aspects) of the heavens and the earth.
And Allah is Seeing of what you do.
[Holy Quran 49:18]

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Oct 12, 2010

Hanbok & Hanfu

Posted By Snow at 10/12/2010 0 comments

The hanbok & hanfu
I the ancient dresses | QA Dress

Isn't the dresses lovely? ماشاء الله Still, the length needs adjustment, & of course for muslims, the additional hijab. In Islam, perhaps gold and silk can only be worn by women, men can't wear it. [AN6.48.5151] But we're promised it in the hereafter. ولباسهم فيها حرير [Q35:33]

I especially love the green dress. ويلبسون ثيابا خضرا من سندس وإستبرق [Q18:31]

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Oct 7, 2010

Give Me A Sign

Posted By Snow at 10/07/2010 2 comments

Do you understand me?
ألا تكلم الناس ثلاثة أيام إلا رمزا واذكر ربك كثيرا وسبح بالعشي والإبكار [Q3:41]

Hi friends! Have you heard... Alexander Graham Bell wanted to help the deaf. So he experimented on sound & discovered the telephone! Still, I'm sorry if my question is too much - but do the deaf even use the old telephone? Haaa haaa... OK never mind... bcoz now we have video cellphones & SMS. الحمد لله

After Alexander discovered the telephone, the telephone network is built across the world to send sound. Then this network is added with the modem to send data (& called the internet). Then the network became wireless & you can play the tablet while walking around.

Alexander also discovered the photophone, which sends sound on a beam of light. This pioneered the fiber optic communication & you can now download data from the internet in a blink of an eye, bcoz light travels very fast.

AG Bell launching the
telephone network line
from New York to Chicago in 1892

Loving The Deaf & Hard Of Hearing

OK Alexander is not deaf, but his mother was deaf. والله أخرجكم من بطون أمهاتكم لا تعلمون شيئا وجعل لكم السمع والأبصار والأفئدة لعلكم تشكرون [Q16:78] & he even married a deaf woman, Mabel Gardiner Hubbard - as a wedding gift, he gave her almost all of his shares in the newly created Bell Telephone Company. It's the company that would become AT&T - the 13th largest company in the world as listed by Forbes in 2010.

& after his passing 88 years ago, AG Bell lives on - aiding the deaf & hard of hearing. الحمد لله

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Sep 28, 2010

Old Writing

Posted By Snow at 9/28/2010 3 comments

The writings of the malay archipelago
Left: Kawi with sanskrit | Laguna Copperplate
Right: Jawi with arabic | Terengganu Stone

It's fascinating how the malay language have many arabic words. Kitab (كتاب : book), khidmat (خدمة : service), ilmu (علم : knowledge), loghat (لغة : language), rezeki (رزق : livelihood), sihat (صحة : healthy), sabar (صبر : patience)... [ref] Even the ancient malay script - the Jawi - is of arabic letters! Perhaps the malays started using it since the arrival of Islam, around the 12-13th century. | more...

Arabic


Persian



Still, since the 4-5th century, they had used sanskrit. At the time, the land was called Srivijaya (श्री विजय). So from sanskrit, the language became more arabic. Like how the word Raja (राज) became Sultan (سلطان). Even now, the malays retain many sanskrit words too. Suria (सूर्य : sun), agama (आगम : religion), puasa (उपवास : fast), syurga (स्वर्ग : heaven), neraka (नरक : hell), dosa (दोष : sin), pahala (फल : reward). | more ...


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If I may... I have a suspicion that the sanskrit roots from the Israelite. But I can't verify it. I can only wonder about the Israelites spreading into nations throughout the earth. [map] Since malays seems to known heaven & hell - in sanskrit - did somebody taught them before the Arabs?

I seek refuge in Allah SWT from errors.
Only Allah SWT Knows Best والله أعلم

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