Monday, May 01, 2006

Happy Birthday Mum


Happy Birthday Mum.

May Allah grant you happiness and blessing forever.
Mum, how I wish I were beside you to give a birthday hug to you.

I dedicated to you this song Ya Ommi by Sami Yusuf.

I love you mum!

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

I am back

Tips menulis yang baik - dapat findings yang bagus dari data!

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

The Festival of Sacrifice

Dalam kalendar universiti Salsabila, Eidul Adha diterjemah sedemikian. Apa jua terjemahannya, sejarah pengorbanan Nabi Ibrahim sekeluarga; Ismail, Ishak, Siti Hajar, Siti Sarah, semua akan diulang-ulang hingga akhir masa. Di dalam tahiyyat, di dalam Eid, Surah Ibrahim, kisah Namrud membakar Ibrahim, kisah Ibrahim menghancur berhala, kisah Ibrahim berdakwah kepada bapanya, kisah Ismail bersedia disembelih, kisah pembinaan kaabah pertama, kisah Siti Hajar yang setia dalam sengsara, kisah Zam-zam dan ibadat Haji. Layaklah Nabi Ibrahim dikategorikan ulul 'azmi, diberi gelaran khalil Allah. Dari keturunan Ibrahim Ismaillah bersalasilah kepada Muhammad Rasulullah. Menjadi penyambung risalah pengorbanan, perjuangan, keimanan kepada Allah. Semua Rasul itu berkorban demi membawa satu mesej: Tiada Tuhan selain Allah.

Selamat Eidul Adha 1426H.
Selamat berkorban untuk PhD ;-)


Thursday, January 05, 2006

Tahun 2006: Kena naik jet


Tahun 2006-masuk tahun tiga-kena naik 'jet'-sapa nak ikut?

Moga salsabila lebih:
+berdisiplin
+solat awal waktu
+bertambah sahabat
+dapat selesai masalah simulasi
+paper accepted in jurnal or good conference
(itu saja, tak nak banyak-banyak, nanti tak terbuat)

Tahun 2005 yang mengajar erti cabaran menuntut ilmu, mengenal erti keiklasan dalam persahabatan, menghargai apa yang ada dan ukur baju di badan sendiri.

Selamat datang 2006!
Selamat masuk tahun TIGA!

Friday, December 23, 2005

Ulangtahun

Dua hati. bersatu. keranaNya
Daisypath Ticker

Monday, December 19, 2005

The elements of style

Penulisan akademik yang baik adalah satu seni dan kemahiran yang perlu diasah dan dimiliki oleh mana-mana pengkaji tanpa kecuali, baik dari bidang sains sosial ataupun kepada Orang IT dan orang mesin. Menulis jurnal atau artikel kajian merupakan tugas pengkaji supaya ilmu berkembang, dikritik dan ditambahnilai. Ia bukanlah satu tugas mudah kerana tulisan kita akan di'cite' oleh orang lain di masa hadapan.

Saya kagum dengan catatan blog Organised Chaos oleh Idlan Zakaria, pelajar PhD di University of Lancaster, U.K. Tulisan dan gaya bahasa Inggerisnya adalah English English, tidak terlintas bahawa beliau adalah orang Melayu kerana native english yang digunakan. Saya pula perlu perbaiki gaya dan tatabahasa bahasa Inggeris saya. Orang kata bahasa Inggeris saya Manglish (Malaysian English). Logiknya kerana saya belajar di sekolah rendah berpengantar bahasa Melayu dan bersekolah menengah pengantarnya Arab. Menulis di dalam bahasa Inggeris tidak menjadi halangan besar kepada orang yang mempunyai latar belakang English medium, atau pelajar yang tinggal di kotaraya yang fasih berbahasa Inggeris dalam tutur harian atau sekolah berasrama penuh yang setiap tahun sudah hafal skrip drama Shakespears atau seperti anak-anak kita yang bersekolah di sini yang otaknya sudah compile kosa kata bahasa Inggeris.

Lalu saya terjumpa satu buku yang sesuai untuk saya rujuk iaitu The Elements of Styles karangan William Strunk, Jr. 1918. Membaca buku ini mengingatkan saya kepada majalah Pelita Bahasa keluaran DBP yang memperbetulkan kosa kata Melayu dari 'Pak Abu Kedai Makan' kepada 'Kedai Makan Pak Abu'. Strunk sudah meninggal dunia tetapi bukunya menjadi rujukan popular gaya dan nahu bahasa Inggeris. Menurut beliau, buku ini memberikan principles requirements for plain English style. Ia boleh dicapai online.

Contohnya:

Omit needless words.

Many expressions in common use violate this principle:

the question as to whether whether (the question whether)
there is no doubt but that no doubt (doubtless)
used for fuel purposes used for fuel
he is a man who he
in a hasty manner hastily
this is a subject which this subject
His story is a strange one. His story is strange.

Buku ini juga menyenaraikan words and expressions commonly misused. Contohnya:

He is a man who. A common type of redundant expression;

He is a man who is very ambitious. He is very ambitious.
Spain is a country which I have always wanted to visit. I have always wanted to visit Spain.


Selamat menulis!

MGG Pillai: English As She Is Spoke The Malaysian Way
Manglish: The FactsBites
Who says our English is teruk?

Friday, December 16, 2005

43 Things and Tenacity

At last, I've overcomed the problem in my simulation and at this moment it's running smoothly (Thanks God!). I've almost got stucked with it for a few weeks. My hypotheses about the problem were; the awk script is wrong, or the algorithm does not do what I want, or the scenario/topology created is not good enough to represent my experiments. The final resort was to re-generate the scenario and it works. Just need to plot the graph when the simulation finished and see how the results looks like.

Now, it's time to find something related to this blog.

First, PhD word of the day - Tenacity. Tenacity means sticking with things even though you get depressed or when things aren't going well. It also means persistence determination. Most probably means istiqamah and cekal hati. Senang tiada, manis ada.

Second, let's see how other people are progressing, wondering and listing their goals at 43 Things, especially regarding their goals in PhD (what else ;-)). Woh hooo! Not only you who are struggling but there are other 547 persons have this tag.

One entry says:

I am deep in “second-year blues” at the mo. It doesn’t help that I’ve been feeling depressed lately and my concentration and motivation are at an all time low. A few months ago it was kinda going OK, was doing several experiments per week and getting some results. For the past few months, it feels as though every experiment I’ve done has sodded up and I’m losing motivation to be in the lab at all hours. I’m not in the “cross-hairs” of my supervisor’s attention at the minute either.

D’oh need motivation need inspiration need a theory that fits the data need coffee….


While other entry goes like this:

I love learning, and spending the years it took to get a Ph.D. (5 years, although half of that was spent learning statistics, gathering data, and writing my dissertation!) was well worth it. After working in my field for 10 years, it was a privilege to be able to consecrate months and years to exploring the dynamics I was seeing every day in my psychology practice. I feel like I have climbed that “mountain” and noone can take it away from me, and it gives me an edge of credibility and respect in my profession, especially when I am giving conferences.

Free advice: if you get a chance, do your Ph.D. BEFORE having children! I got married in the middle of my doctorate and my wife was a “thesis widow” for the last few years, and I couldn’t have made it without her support. But I don’t think I would have made it if our sons had come along while I was still writing! Near the end, it’s like finishing a marathon: even though you (once) loved your topic, you’re beginning to despise it and you’re so ready to get on with your life. Children take up so much emotional space and energy. . . I have tremendous respect for anyone who can complete a Ph.D. and maintain a good family/ work balance.


Lastly, too tired to read, I visited photos at Flickr tagged with 'phd'. At this time (3:10 am) I could see that PhD is sooo colourful!