RIP Ladies Code’s EunB and RiSe

EunB and RiSe, members of Korean pop group Ladies Code, have passed away following a car crash on September 3. Go Eun-bi, 21, died shortly after the crash; while Kwon Ri-sae, 23, died Sunday morning.

RIP Ladies Code EunB and RiSe

Korean celebs have been involved in traffic accidents far too often, a few of them had close shave in the past, and sadly these two girls suffered the worst.

A few of the incidents might be pure (bad) luck, but human faults played huge parts in most – hectic schedules, overworked staff/driver, inconsiderate corporate culture, and the lack of safety awareness etc.

Hope this tragedy could serve as a wakeup call for all parties. Rest in peace EunB and RiSe. Condolences to the families and friends.

Sultan Azlan Shah (1928-2014)

Sultan Azlan Shah of PerakSultan Azlan Shah, former Yang di-Pertuan Agong (head of state of Malaysia), the Sultan of Perak, the state I was born, has passed away on Wednesday at the age of 86.

The Sultan wasn’t the de-facto successor to the throne. He was a lawyer, later a prosecutor, a judge, and the Lord President of the Federal Court of Malaysia.

He became the Sultan in 1984, after a string of unexpected events. To cut short, if his successor, Sultan Idris Shah II, died a few months earlier, he won’t be the Sultan.

His wife became the first ever commoner Queen in the history of Malaysia when he became the King in 1989-1994 (in a unique elective monarchy system).

He was also a patron for a few educational institutions, including as Chancellor of the University of Malaya, where I graduated from. It’s regrettable that I couldn’t receive my scroll directly from the man; he usually attended only the first day of the ceremony.

He was a state hockey player and contributed to the growth of the game, both domestically and internationally. And he’s also famous for his good looks =)

He will be missed. Al-Fatihah, rest in peace.

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Marco Simoncelli fatal crash at Malaysian MotoGP

Italian MotoGP rider Marco SimoncelliItalian MotoGP rider Marco Simoncelli died after a crash during the Malaysian Grand Prix – at the same circuit which he clinched the 250cc world title in 2008.

It’s a sorrow week for motorsports. British driver Dan Wheldon also lost his life in an IndyCar accident in Las Vegas last weekend. Rest in peace.

Dennis Ritchie (1941-2011)

American computer scientist Dennis RitchieComputer scientist Dennis Ritchie has died after prolong illness. He was 70.

The American was the creator of C programming language and a key developer of the Unix operation system. His name probably won’t ring a bell to most, but those who knows about computer science will understand the significance of his legacy. To simply put, his work provides the fundamentals of today’s information technology – in computers, data centres, websites, smartphones etc. Without Ritchie we probably won’t have Apple or Google at the first place.

The pic above shows Ritchie (centre) receiving the National Medal of Technology – the highest honour for technologists in the US – from President Bill Clinton in 1999. To his right is Ken Thompson, equally influential pioneer in computer science.