Thursday, 31 October 2013

Happy Halloween!

SANDY getting Jack-O-Licious! 

Freaky Halloween dish...Boo...!


...then some theme snacks after.

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Super Illusionist!

Congratulations to my billionaire illusionist, DAVID COPPERFIELD, for 30 years of wonder!

Appearing on the cover of SEP 25, 2013 issue of Variety 

 Maybe one day he will be a comic superhero illusionist?

At his holiday home, Musha Cay 

With his famous Death Saw in his famous Museum of Magic


Bibliography

Reference Cited

DAVID COPPERFIELD HAS NO ILLUSIONS ABOUT HIS NEW PROD’N CO. RED SAFE (2013) [Online] Variety Media, LLC Available from:
[Accessed: 29 SEP 2013]

REAPPEARING ACT: INSIDE THE MULTIMILLION DOLLAR WORLD OF ILLUSIONIST DAVID COPPERFIELD (2013) [Online] Forbes.com LLC Available from:
[Accessed: 29 SEP 2013]



Friday, 25 October 2013

Gravity...into limbo...

These special effects are good! The best is the single shot transitional scene from space view to the view from inside Dr. RYAN STONE's helmet. 


This is when she tried to calm down after detachment from the space shuttle hit.


Nothing fashionable here too. Other than these, I think it is a horrible movie with TWO casts and three corpses! Why is it performing fabulously? Beats me! You have to watch and leave your comments below.


Bibliography

Reference Cited

DOWNLOADS (2013) [Online] Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Available from:

[Accessed: 25 OCT 2013]

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

I Dremz of this...zzz...

I dreamed of this design on Sun, 13 OCT 2013. The large bow has registered in my mind sub-consciously. This feature is in one of my former college's student's recent fashion show. I believe this design is a compilation of all sub-consciously registered features. These colours are dull and dark. My worst design is better than this. I like this design but not its colours. I may have to ask an other-worldly professional the interpretation for this appearance. It is all up to my fans. What do you think? 


Dremz (F)

Dremz (R)

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Application Precautions

Paranoid Android: How to spot “bad” apps that can take over your phone

Malicious apps can hand criminals total control of your phone - allowing them to run up huge bills, or even steal your identity

Are the apps on your smartphone what they seem? Security firm McAfee warned this week that cybercriminals have disguised malicious software as real-looking banking apps.

Downloading such apps hands the “keys” to your bank account to criminals.

Other malicious apps can hand criminals total control of your phone - allowing them to run up huge bills, or even steal your identity. Cybercriminals adapt their attacks constantly - but there are a few clear signs that warn that an app is bad news …

Even apps on Google’s Play Store aren’t always safe - in just one “purge” earlier this year, Google removed 60,000 malicious apps.

Cybercriminals adapt their attacks constantly - but there are a few clear signs that warn that an app is bad news.



If you're worried, security firms such as AVG, Norton and ESET offer free scanner apps (search on Google Play) which will tell you if your phone is infected.

The app that suddenly becomes free

Many apps have a “Lite” version where you get some functions for free - but you should be cautious if the full version is  offered free of charge. The predictive text keyboard app Swiftkey was offered “free” on pirate sites - but had a built-in keylogger which recorded users’ typing to steal their passwords and other private details.

The strangely familiar app

If you're looking for Bad Piggies, download Bad Piggies - don't download anything that's similar but not quite there (ie misspelt, or with one word changed slightly). Cybercriminals target hit apps with similar-looking fakes - and downloading them is bad news.



The five-star app with bad reviews

Don’t just go by star ratings - read the reviews. Cybercriminals posted a fake version of hit PC game FTL on Google’s Play Store earlier this year - and it garnered five-star ratings, because users were forced to rate the app before it would work. It didn’t work at all, of course - but the criminals earned a tidy sum before the app was pulled.

The app that arrives early


If you’re waiting for the release of a big game or app, and it pops up a week early, be very wary. Earlier this year, scammers released malicious software disguised as BBM - BlackBerry’s messaging software - for Android, on a rumoured launch date. BlackBerry had dismissed the rumour - but 100,000 victims downloaded the app.


Downloading bad apps hands the “keys” to your bank account to criminals (REX/Image Broker)


The screensaver that needs to send SMS


When you’re installing any Android app, look carefully at the “permissions” it requires - a list of phone functions it needs to access. Dodgy apps will request access to large amounts of information – all your text messages, or all network communications. If an app is requesting this sort of stuff, and it’s just a screensaver, alarm clock or photo editor, don’t install.




The first-timer

Apps without star ratings are usually bad news - why hasn’t anyone reviewed them? When shopping for Android apps, you should think like you’re on eBay - ie has the developer done any other apps? Are there good ratings for them? What does their website look like?

The one from the “bargain” app store

Stores such as Google Play, Amazon’s App Store and GetJar DO sometimes have “bad” apps - but they remove bad apps when detected. Other sites don’t. Be particularly wary of any site offering “free” apps - or sites which review apps, and offer a link to download direct from the review.


 Dstysionist says, 'The advantages of technology outweighs disadvantages. The point is to minimise risks'


Bibliography

Reference Cited

PARANOID ANDROID: HOW TO SPOT BAD 'APPS' THAT CAN TAKE OVER YOUR PHONE - (2013) [Online] Yahoo! Available from:
[Accessed: 24 AUG 2013]

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Lessons learned... ToT

On the third (3rd) memorial of my sister's dog, TINKLEBELL, grief and sadness come all over. She never had another since. With this invaluable loss, lessons are learned. However, I still carry the guilt of ignorance from that moment.


My brother's dog, SANDY (above, in Chinese New Year costume) greatly benefits from TINKLEBELL's sacrifice. The sadness then was near breakdown. Hence I would like to share these tips that to minimise grief of guilt for dog owners.

Sick Dog Symptoms

As dog parents, it is important to know common sick dog symptoms such as dog fever, appetite loss, diarrhea and vomiting, and the possible causes of such signs and symptoms. This page looks at some serious signs and symptoms of a sick dog.
Sick Dog Symptoms
Healthy dogs are usually playful, active, and alert. Once in a while, your dog may seem to be dull or lethargic, and you may wonder if your dog is sick.
There are some common sick dog symptoms that can help you to determine if your dog is indeed sick, or if he is so seriously sick that immediate veterinary assistance is imperative.
Before we get to such sick dog symptoms, let's look at some vital physiological signs of a healthy dog.

Normal Body Temperature

  • Adult Dog: 100°F to 102.5°F (37.7°C to 39.2°C)
  • Average: 101.3°F (38.5°C)
  • Young Puppy (4 weeks old): 100°F (37.3°C)
  • Newborn Puppy; 94°F to 97°F (34.4°C to 36.1°C)
Click here to learn how to take a dog's body temperature.

Normal Heart Rate

  • Adult Dog: 60 to 160 beats per minute (depending on the size - larger dogs have a slower heart rate than smaller dogs)
  • Toy Breeds: up to 180 beats per minute
  • Newborn Puppy: 160 to 200 beats per minute
  • Young Puppy (2 weeks old): 220 beats per minute
Here is how you take your dog's pulse:
  • Use your index and middle fingers to feel inside of your dog's hind leg just below the point where it joins the body (the femoral artery resides there).
  • A pulse occurs with every heart beat. You can count how many beats you feel in 15 seconds and then multiply it by 4. That will give you the pulse.
Your dog's pulse should feel strong and fall within the normal range. Too fast, weak, or erratic indicates abnormality and should be checked out by a vet.

Normal Respiratory Rate

  • Adult Dog: 10 to 30 breaths per minute
  • Average: 24 breaths per minute (at rest)
  • Newborn Puppy; 15 to 35 breaths per minute, up to 2 weeks of age

12 Sick Dog Symptoms to Look Out For

There are some warning signs and symptoms that can indicate a dog is very sick. If your dog displays any of the following symptoms, seek immediate veterinary attention:
  • Persistent Vomiting: Persistent vomiting can result in dehydration. Vomiting can be a sign of a serious problem like poisoning, or some form of gastrointestinal problems. Also look out for bloody vomiting (which may mean stomach ulcers, stomach cancer or kidney failure). or unproductive vomiting which can be a symptom of bloat (an emergency).
  • Persistent Diarrhea: Persistent diarrhea is another sick dog symptom that can lead to dehydration. It is a sign of severe infection, poisoning, bowel injury, cancer, or an intestinal disease.
  • Fever: A dog with a fever can be suffering from some kind of infections, or he may have had a heat stroke which is an emergency.
  • Change in Urination Habits: Sudden and significant change in the urination habits of a dog, such as frequent urination, painful urination, or urinary incontinence, can be an indication of urinary problems such as bladder or kidney infection, kidney failure, or some form of poisoning.
  • Bleeding: Any form of bleeding, especially in the urine or stools, can indicate a serious illness such as blood-clot disorders, bladder stones, bladder or kidney infections. It may also indicate some form of poisoning, or internal injury.
  • Appetite Change: Any sudden change in appetite or thirst is alarming, as it indicates a serious health problem, such as diabetes, Cushing's disease, kidney disease, liver disease, and others.
  • Rapid Weight Loss: Weight loss can be caused by a wide range of health problems including such serious illnesses as heart failure, diabetes, or liver or intestinal problems.
  • Pain: A dog in pain usually cries out or whines especially when touched. He may also suddenly become aggressive. Drooling is another indication of pain. There are a lot of reasons that can cause pain to a dog, such as trauma, cancer, periodontal problems, etc.
  • Difficult Breathing: Any change in the breathing pattern (e.g. difficult breathing, panting, rapid shallow breathing) of your dog is worth investigating. Panting may be due to pain, overheating, heartworm, or heart disease. Difficult breathing may be the result of heart or lung problems, or airway obstruction by a foreign object.
  • Lameness: Sudden signs of lameness or weakness may be the result of trauma, infection, or heart failure. Persistent lameness may, especially in older dogs, be the result of arthritis.
  • Confusion, Staggering, or Collapse: Any of these symptoms may indicate heart or brain problems. It may also mean high blood pressure, hormonal disorders, or poisoning.
  • Lethargy: Healthy dogs are active and playful. On the other hand, sick dogs are usually dull, lethargic, and do not even want to play with their favorite toys, or go for a walk. If your dog has become lethargic, it is likely that he has become sick. Watch for other symptoms to try to determine the cause. If that is not possible, and if your dog continues to be lethargic for over 2 to 3 days, consult with your vet.
As you can see, sick dog symptoms can give us an idea as to what the problem is, and how sick our dog is, so we know what we need to do.
In trying to decide what to do, one of the major considerations is age. Older dogs have weaker immunity and less reserve, and if an older dog suddenly shows some of the above sick dog symptoms, it is more of an urgent problem than a younger dog because things can deteriorate much faster in an older dog.
Another factor that determines what action to take is, how quickly and how severely our dog has become ill. If the sickness symptoms come on very quickly (within a few hours or a single day), then obviously this is more urgent and serious than if the symptoms develop over weeks or months.

An ANNUAL ultrasound, blood test and full medical check-up will further reduce the risk of serious illnesses. 


Bibliography


Reference Cited

SICK DOG SYMPTOMS (2010) [Online] Dog-Illnesses-n-Symptoms.com.  Available from: http://www.dog-illnesses-n-symptoms.com/sick-dog-symptoms.html
[Accessed: 19 OCT 2010]