Saturday, July 30, 2005

Moe Moe's blog

When Khin Nyunt was sentenced to 44 yr (but suspended), Moe Moe wrote remembering the time she saw him :

"… I had a sudden urge to rush to him and shake him and ask :why, why do you look so happy, how can you look so happy, when you look all around, there's poverty, there's unhappiness, there's repression, your soldiers rape and kill at will, you grow heroin that spreads its evil all around the world, it spreads HIV, and here you are pretending to be a great Buddhist, and you look so happy. …"

Read her complete post here.

So now though he did terrible things, he is living comfortably at his home taking suspended sentence. But this is not what disappointed me. The point is, he was not arrested because he is part of soldiers who tortured Burma but because he threatened than shwe's power chair.

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Saturday, July 23, 2005

Reports of Burmese ethnic women

My heart is getting heavy today. This week’s NDD WINC report pointed out the Myanmar army committing genocide and ethnic cleansing on Karens and Mons.
And according to DVB news, there is also a report on torture and rape of Myanmar army on Mon women with detailed dates of events. The report is named “Catwalk to the Barracks”. Previously, there were also reports by Shan and Karen (pdf) women. Aren’t these fascist acts?
NDD's last week issue also mentioned about report on trafficking of Kachin women on the China-Burma border, Driven Away (pdf).
All these cases are serious and terrifying. Who will bring them to justice?????????
Links: Driven Away -ocr.pdf to the Barracks.htm to Rape/ SILENCES.pdf
NDD WINC 206 (in Burmese)
NDD WINC 207 (in Burmese)

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Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Steve Jobs

Please follow the link I’m going to give and read. I very strongly recommend you. That’s Commencement address by Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, delivered on June 12, 2005 at Stanford University. It’s not like those boring speeches. He talked about touching story of his life. Do read this. (I have been thinking to post this and just didn’t happen… k now I post it. )

Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs

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Saturday, July 16, 2005

Sharp's Two-Way Viewing-Angle LCD

Wow!!! This is a breakthrough technology. Sharp developed a new LCD which gives two different images when viewing from different angle. With this, two persons can watch two different channels, viewing from different angles. I think it is a bit weird. I would buy two displays instead of this. Coooooooool but not useful!!!!!!!

A model holds up a mirror, demonstrating Sharp's innovative new LCD.
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Thursday, July 14, 2005

Useful browser tools

Sorry for not posting several days! Here, I've found two useful browser tools you might like. You use FireFox. Don't you? And if ur platform is Windows, you surely have IE. If you surf intensively (like me ), you need to use both time by time. Coz you know some pages prefer FF and some IE. okey... anyway... FF extension "ieview" will let you view the page on FF to IE. And "View in Firefox for IE" does the reverse. View in Firefox I mean... let's say, u are reading this page on IE. When you want to see this on FF, just right click and choose "view in Firefox". Done! Ur page is on FF. That's how "View in Firefox for IE" works. There is another tool called "FirefoxView". It does the same thing as "View in Firefox for IE". The choice is yours. BTW, I have another favorite extension for Firefox. It is "Tab Mix". It keeps single browser windows. If the page open the link in new window, it open new tab instead. I can't live without it. Hope these tools help. Links: View_in_Firefox_for_IE FirefoxView ieview Tab Mix Technorati Tags: , ,

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

7th July pictures in Yangon University magazine

July 7, is the anniversary of students killed by Ne Win’s army in 1962. On, 8th July 1962, army blew up student union building killing many students inside.

It is a v dark day Burmese students will never forget. Twenty years later, in 1983, RASU students made the following cover picture for annual university magazine.

Only a few people knew this happened. Rangoon University annual magazine cover of 1983-84 was designed by students in the memory of students died when government troops shot demonstration in 1962.

The cover did not show anything controversial if you do not look carefully. There are many hidden parts both in background and objects.

Back cover looks clean and plain but it was said that there were also parts with special meanings. The university authorities stopped selling the magazines within a few days.

I was young at that time and don’t know much about hidden meanings but I kept this book.

Click on the images to see in high resolution.

Front cover

Background story:
year 1962 On July 7th, the university students held a meeting in response to the government's actions, and demonstrated in the university compound. Such a continuing expression of dissent was intolerable for Ne Win. A police security group came to scatter the demonstrators with the tear gas, and arrested the All-Burma Students Union Chairman, Ko Thet, as well as the University Students Union Chairman, Ko Swe Lay.

Gen. Ne Win Slaughters Unarmed Burmese Youth. Then the abominations began. At about 5:00 pm, two army trucks came into the University compound. The soldiers jumped out and began shooting down the students. Ne Win's crony General Sein Lwin, who titled himself "The Lion", led this disgraceful terrorist operation against the unarmed, innocent students.

Infantry Unit #4 was given the order to shoot. For three minutes, all you could hear was shooting, shouting, screaming, glass breaking, people running, bullets hitting the wall, and the wounded students moaning, as if the world was on fire. Other students heard the gunfire and started to run away, but the soldiers started shooting again, until the dead bodies began to pile up around the compound. Thus, the helpless Burmese students, running for their lives, were grudgingly and cruelly shot down by their own army.

Even at the great battle in front lines of war, those soldiers could not see such a pile of dead and wounded enemies. In this case, about 200 students died. But the government, ashamed, announced that only 15 students had died, with 27 wounded.

On July 8th, to be sure that the students had gotten the message, the army also blew up the Student Union Building. It came down with a loud explosion of army mines. Along with the building, Ko Kyaw Win of Myaung Mya, who had been hiding himself in the building, died.

When the University was finally reopened, the students who lost arms or legs, who were shot in the face or in the stomach, arrived at school with bandages still covering their wounds. Later these students were sent to other universities, and we lost contact with many of them. Some died from their wounds.

Link: Hidden pictures in Yangon University magazine

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Monday, July 04, 2005

Welcome back, Burmatoday

I newly learnt that "Burma today" has returned. Once, "Burma today" was the news site I depended most. Fly Burmatoday!!! Fly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Burma today: Reloaded ;)
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Sunday, July 03, 2005

After Live 8

I watched Live 8 on TV yesterday all ten and half hours. (Occupying TV and disappointing my housemates. :)) It was great to watch that biggest simultaneous live concerts, biggest TV and Internet event and most important of all, the biggest movement urging world’s leaders to take action on poverty. I really admired all the people who made this event happen: all musicians, organizers and sponsors.

Started with U2 and Paul McCartney, Wow!!! U2 was great. Surprise was when Bob Geldof introduced Bill Gates. He will donate $691.6 million. After that Gates introduced Dido. The most touching moment was when Bob Geldof showed the video clip of children in Africa. After that he brought in the girl who was benefited from “Live Aid 85” and soon Madonna came in. Others I liked: Dido, REM, Bjork, Velvet Revolver, Shakira, Green Day, Bon Jovi, Linkin Park, Bryan Adams, and Pink Floyd. O yeah! Dido was gorgeous at Live 8. Our TV channel missed out Def Leppard, Sarah McLachlan and Deep Purple I like.

Some quotes here:

"Mahatma Gandhi freed a continent, Martin Luther King freed a people, Nelson Mandela freed a country. It does work. They will listen."
Bob Geldof

"This is our moment. This is our time. This is our chance to stand up for what's right. "

"We're not looking for charity, we're looking for justice," "We cannot fix every problem, but the ones we can, we must."

Bono, U2

"We know what to do. Some day in the future all people, no matter where they are born, will be able to live a healthy life.

"We can do this and when we do, it will be the best thing humanity has ever done."

"if you show people the problems and you show people the solutions they will be moved to act".

Bill Gates

"This is really a united nations." "The whole world has come together in solidarity with the poor. On behalf of the poor, the voiceless and the weak, I say thank you. "

United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan


My previous post

Live 8 images on Yahoo

Images by David Cushing at flickr (best Live 8 images I’ve ever found.)

Friday, July 01, 2005

Myanmar keyboard helper

Today, I downloaded and tried the Myanmar keyboard helper called MMKBD. It is a really impressive tool. Ok… let me give u some tips. 1. Open any word processor, let’s say, MS Word. Choose any Burmese font you want to use. 2. Run the MMKBD. Right click on its title bar. Choose Program options and then choose the font you are using in word processor. Try it out. Even if you want to use ur physical KB, it would help u showing layout in normal, shift pressed and ctrl+alt pressed.

download from alphamandalay