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Controversial Swimsuit Speedo LZR Racer

July 31st, 2009

Yes, of course swimsuit can be controversial, and they will be banned from the next Olympics game.

Guess which of the three below?

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2)
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The answer is 3)

No. 3 swimsuit is the Speedo LZR (pronounced as laser) Racer Suit.

What is a LZR Racer®?
The Fastskin® LZR Racer® is the result of some of the most extensive research in swimwear history. Made from an ultra lightweight, low drag, water repellent, fast drying fabric, unique to Speedo, called LZR Pulse®, the LZR Racer® is the world’s first fully bonded swimsuit, 10% less passive drag than Fastskin® FSII, 5% less passive drag than Fastskin® FS-Pro, 5% Better Oxygen Efficiency, enablingswimmers to swim faster for longer, 4% faster in starts, sprints and turns.

In short, it’s a turbo for swimmers.

This suit has been developed in association with NASA, Ansys, Inc. (which supplied fluid flow analysis software and support), and the Australian Institute of Sport as well as the support of Speedo’s sponsored athletes, and it is marketed as the world’s fastest swimsuit. This is the focus of Speedo’s campaign for the 2008 Summer Olympics, spearheaded by Michael Phelps of the United States.

It is one of the Marvin Lee’s 2008 World Technology Breakthrough.

However, this technology breakthrough is not something widely accepted by everyone, especially to the sports fan of swimming that think it is akin to swimming with steroids?

The leading swimming nations, including USA, Australia, Canada, Britain, France and The Netherlands, are currently putting together a proposal to set firm limits to the introduction of swimsuit technology.

Recently, the International Swimming Federation (FINA) is making a decision to ban such bodysuits in competition after this year.

Its own sponsor Speedo has described the FINA decision to revert to full textile fabrics and pre-2000 suit profiles, as a “retrograde step”.

The FINA Congress voted overwhelmingly though, 168-7, to ban all suits containing polyurethane. It will rule out the Speedo LZR, predominant at last year’s Olympics, as well as this year’s range of full polyurethane models produced by a host of new brands.

The Beijing Olympics proved to be an unprecedented success for Speedo and the LZR Racer with 94% of all swimming races won in the suit. At the Games, Michael Phelps (who was wearing the suit) won a historic 8 gold medals. In total 23 out of the 25 world records broken, were achieved by swimmers competing in the LZR suit.

Are we seeing regulations to the sports of swimming like F1? Should the swimmers be regulated on their suits? What about their weight, height and length of palm? 🙂

Of course, one might argue that the suit is not related to the sports-person’s feature but why are we not seeing the banning of soccer boots that are lighter, better grip, or less drag too?

Just something to ponder upon, controversy will remain controversy as not everyone will agree to the same thing.

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iPhone App Development without Apple Mac OS

July 28th, 2009

I found out that you don’t need to have Apple Mac OS to develop iPhone Application.

Previously I found out that the limitation of iPhone SDK only works on Apple Mac OS X Leopard machines and it was a letdown or a big hurdle to try developing iPhone applications.

That was until a friend, Kai Shen gave me a link to MobiOne.

There’s no need for the iPhone SDK or a separate Palm Pre IDE or even to have a certain operating sytem to take advantage of smart devices.

MobiOne is a desktop software (currently available for Windows only), that has emulator for iPhone and the Palm Pre.

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Before you start to get all excited, it doesn’t really work like the iPhone SDK.

The emulator only acts like an emulator, or to be specific, a HTML browser for your ‘iPhone application’. 🙂

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The Palm Pre version.

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The Palm Pre version.

You can open a local HTML file or online site and access it like an application.

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The software acts like a tool and has DOM Inspector, Profiler and also Debugger for your javascripts.

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There is also a Geolocation feature where you can change your Latitude and Longitude to test your location-based app.

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It might not be a full iPhone SDK replacement, but I think it does get the job done if you’re planning to create applications in HTML.

It is useful for application developers such as the one who developed PJNation.com.

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So if you’re thinking of developing iPhone apps the quick and dirty easy way, and don’t mind people checking out your source code, I’d say go HTML and javascript! 🙂

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Thanks to Kai Shen for the tips!

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6 things you can do on Twitter but not offline

July 24th, 2009

It has been a few months since I first jumped onto the Twitter bandwagon or Twitter stream and start putting in my pebbles, just a couple hundreds of updates so far.

I do notice something that it’s different than other social sites or even the way people communicate using Twitter now.

The list is not extensive of course, but they are something I found it’s something impossible to do without Twitter or any other software of similar functions.

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1) You talk to someone without any pickup lines
To those who had problems with shyness talking to strangers (like me 😉 ), internet tools like email, messaging software and social networking sites are valuable.
Twitter sets in here just like any of those too.
Find someone, and send a tweet referring to them like @marvinlee how ya doin? 🙂
One note though, make sure the person you’re tweeting to is a real person, as due to the popularity of Twitter, spammers are hitting on it too and they are creating a hell lot of fake accounts to follow an account just to increase the number of followers.
On another side note, make sure you do not look like a spammer yourself. 😉

2) Collective twittering on a topic
Due to the nature of Twitter restricting to 140 characters, tweeple (People who use twitter.com) can tweet about the topics and link them like a thread with hashtags.
When you search by hashtag, you will be able to list the tweets referring to the same topic, something which tweeple has moulded the functions of twitter.
Twitter didn’t thought of this and the users were the ones changing the way how they are using twitter.
http://hashtags.org/ states that Hashtags are a community-driven convention for adding additional context and metadata to your tweets.

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An example of this is the tweeple talking about the recent 8TV shoutawards.
http://twitter.com/#search?q=%23shoutawards

I’m not sure if @8TV started the #shoutawards hashtag but AFAIK this should be the way to tweet everything related to the 8TV Shout Awards.

3) Realtime reporting
I used to see blog reports after bloggers attended an event.
News usually comes a few hours later or in the next day print.
With twitter and mobile devices, realtime reporting is just the only reasonably best and quickest way for event reporting.

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@SassyFalak at Shout Awards

Again using 8TV Shout Awards, as example, there were tweets at the exact moment during the award show, and of course even after that. (This just show how important of having a hash tag).

And did anyone remember the recent JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels bombing?
Tweeple was first on the scene.
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4) You can chat or even get quoted by celebrities 🙂
How many times had you met celebrities or having close shave with them in real-life? Ok, question is meant for those not in the entertainment industry or bigshots.
If you follow some celebrities, there are those who would follow you back and even reply to you.
Of course I do not deny the fact that more than 50% of the time your trying to tweet them will get no replies.
Some people would like to talk to themselves, or to the air or to the Twitter stream only.

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There are those who reply to people like you and me. Some of them are: Paul Moss, Adam C, Ben (FlyFm) and many more…
Go follow/find them! 🙂

5) You tell everyone (the whole world) what you’re doing every single hour, minute or even seconds
This is the best example of having Twitter, and what you can do with it.
You can basically tell everyone or the entire world what you are having for breakfast, what’s on tv, who’s going past in front of you, who’s in the lift with you, what you think of the hot chick across the road (even post a photo) and what’s the colour of your poop! (With a photo too).

6) You know you’re a hot topic when your name is on Twitter Trending Topics

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When news of highly-acclaimed movie and TV commercial director Yasmin Ahmad suffered a stroke and was hospitalised, her story went right up the Trending Topics of twittersphere with well-wishers and fans sending out tweets about the situation and prayers.

Going up the Trending Topics is no small feat, it means you’re popular among the over-million users of Twitters!

So there you go, my list of having Twitter as a difference.

Now, I might be wrong, but can you just try doing the above without Internet+Twitter?

🙂

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