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Recycling Centres in Petaling Jaya

**Update 22 January 2012**

Well I just googled for a place to recycle glass in Kelana Jaya, and this post turns up first unfortunately. I say unfortunately, because I couldn't find out much then, and it just goes to show how little has changed in the last 2 years+.

Anyway - there is an updated list from Alam Flora, but it is pretty meagre.

Also, Nokia centres will take your batteries.

Good luck out there


One thing that frustrates me is finding places to drop of material for recycling. Getting rid of paper is easy enough - we just wait for the sounds of 'paper lama' to echo through the neighbourhood, and try to catch the truck - we don't ask for money as it is not a lot and - frankly - I think they're doing a public service.

Metal and plastic bottles ('hard plastic') is more haphazard, but still possible - what we do is to leave it on the corner or in front of the house in a fairly obvious manner, and within a couple of days someone has picked it up. Usually it's a guy cycling around, collecting scrap wherever he can. It will get recycled, but I wonder under what conditions - sometimes the manner of recycling is extremely un-eco-friendly too (see here for example) :-( Also, this isn't an option if you live in a condo or certain areas.

But getting rid of glass is a hassle, and for Tetra Paks and similar packaging it is even more difficult.

I did a quick search and came up with these two useful documents produced by the Global Environment Centre: 'recycling collection centres in the klang valley', and 'The Art of Recycling'. They both have addresses and information about recycling collection centres.

But still, the problem is that they may be out of date, and also one still has to work out where the places are.

So - here's a solution: The Google Maps 'Recycling Centres in Klang Valley' map!

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I've made the map public, so anyone can add and edit it (I think you need a Google login though), and I propose that for each entry the following information is provided:
• Status: i.e. confirmed or not, active or inactive
• What is collected: i.e. paper, glass, batteries...
• Time: i.e. opening times
• Address: duh
• Source: i.e. where does the information come from

You can check the map out here, and start adding your local collection points! If people add to it, and link to it from their blogs with some relevant keywords (recycling centre, recycling collection point, kelana jaya, kuala lumpur, damansara, etc...), it could start turning up in Google search.

**Edit 06/03/09**: Anyone can edit the map - click on the above link, sign into Google, click on 'Edit' and you're there!

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Ethical dilemma - when would you kill someone?

Here's a moral dilemma that I heard some philosopher tell [* Edit 03/03/09: I heard it on one of the 'Philosophy Bites' podcasts], it addresses a dilemma of consequentialism - i.e. judging acts by their consequences.

First scenario
Imagine you are are told that if you kill one healthy person, his organs will be used to save the life of five others. It is guaranteed that those five will be saved if you kill him, and otherwise they will definitely die.

What do you do?

Second scenario
You have been taken hostage by a terrorist. He gives you a gun (but you don't have the option to shoot him, OK?) and tells you that if you shoot one person, he will let another five go free. If you don't shoot the person, he will kill the other five. If you shoot yourself, he will kill all of them.

What do you do?

Third scenario
You're in charge of a rail track system on which there is a runaway train that you cannot stop. Coming up in front of the train the track splits into two, and you have to decide to send the train left or right. However, on the left track there is one person tied to the tracks and on the other, there are five people. Sending the train down either track will kill the person or persons tied to the track.

What do you do?

If you're like most people, for the last scenario you would have immediately chosen the track with one person; for the first you will likely have decided that it's not OK to kill a healthy person to use his organs to save five others. And, for the second scenario, you may have hesitated between one or the other.

The question is: what is the moral difference between the first and the third scenario? The consequence is the same. In each, you are killing one person to save five others. But what seems obvious in the third, is not obvious in the first.

Hehe :-) bit of a mind-fcuk eh? :-O

My guess is that the first scenario is a lot more likely to happen, and therefore we recoil at the idea; it also would have consequences in terms of establishing a precedence and - ultimately, someone one day could decide to harvest our own organs.

In the third one, there is only a split second to make a decision and therefore it is easier to make.

Also, in the first one, the healthy person is a completely free agent - i.e. not captured, or otherwise in any danger, and you have to kill him in cold blood; whereas in the other two scenarios someone else has put him in that situation, and therefore you are absolved of some responsibility.

What do you think?

PS: For those who like philosophy, here's a new blog I came across with Philosophy Cartoons.

I’m Going Kame Hame Ha with Dragonball Evolution

Nuffang is offering yet another Premiere screening for the lucky Glitterati of the blogosphere, this time it's the Premiere Screening of Dragonball Evolution.

As usual, you have to exercise your creative brain cells to get the tickets. This time, you have to have a picture of you (or a friend) "in a Kame Hame Ha" pose.

But I don't really know Dragon Ball, and I was wondering what exactly was the 'Kame Hame Ha'? :-|

I was alone at home, and none of my friends were around, so I turned to 'man's best friend'

Gambit is a smart dog, but I wasn't expecting much.
And what I really didn't expect was...

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A demonstration!! :-D


Free IQ test at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

A friend of a friend is doing a Masters in Clinical Psychology at UKM, and needs 50 volunteers for a FREE IQ test using the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (3rd edition). I dunno what that means, but it means that it's wAAay better than those gimmicky free things you can do online.

Here are the details:

Ever wonder what is your IQ performance? What are your strengths and abilities?

o You don’t have to pay RM400 (and above) to know your IQ performance. IT’S COMPLETELY FREE.
o You get to know your IQ performance & how to enhance your abilities.
o You get to know your strengths & weaknesses, thus giving you more insight on yourself.
o You gain more confidence.
o Confidentiality rest assured.

You only need to:
o Be 20 years of age and above.
o Go to either Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia at Jalan Raja Muda Abdul Aziz, Kuala Lumpur OR Hospital Kajang, Kajang.
o Sign an inform consent (agreeing to the administration of the test and maintaining CONFIDENTIALITY).
o Spend 2 to 2 and ½ hours for the test, anytime from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

If you're interested, email Nur Arfah Zaini at: arf_55 AT yahoo DOT com

I did an IQ test once when I was 14, and scored 160-something - ever since whenever I have tried I keep scoring less and less :-| So I guess my senility started early :-D Or, more likely, it was because it was a home computer test (on a ZX Spectrum, for the grey hairs out there) and the test was therefore not reliable. Something like this one is likely to be as good as it gets.

20 random things

Well, inspired by Shaolintiger, and prompted by UiHua, I will do this meme. Fortunately the one I was sent was 20 and not 25 like ShaolinTiger ;-)

Rules: Once you’ve been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 20 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 20 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it’s because I want to know more about you.

1. I have never been tagged before, and I really don’t like the idea of memes. It freaks me out a bit. I will not be forwarding this to 20 people because I assume they think like me. And I’m probably wrong.
2. I sometimes wonder if I have a slight touch of Asperger’s syndrome: routines are important to me and if my routine gets messed up, I get very anxious and unsettled.
3. I smoked my first cigarette when I was 10. That was not a good idea.
4. One girl in school told me she didn’t want to go out with me because I was shorter than her. And I wondered whether it was because I had taken up smoking so early.
5. I hitchhiked quite a lot when I was younger. My longest hitchhiking trip was four days from Brussels to Belgrade.
6. I slept in a Sherman tank once (with a friend) – it stood on the main square of Bastogne and we had nowhere else to sleep. And we were pretty drunk.
7. I like to eat toast with Marmite every morning.
8. I want to be a vegetarian.
9. I declined to do my First Communion (Catholic rite) when I was eight, because I thought it was hypocritical to do it just for the presents when I didn’t believe in God.
10. I once prayed to the Virgin Mary when I was 25. I prayed for patience, hope and strength.
11. I think memes like this are way too long.
12. I want to be able to go to space one day.
13. I want to write a book.
14. I love my wife.
15. I really admire my wife too.
16. I think one day most people will have an avatar/blog/personal space online which will be one of their principle ways of interacting with other people.
17. I think people will eventually start living in and on the sea.
18. 1984 (by George Orwell) is one of my favourite novels.
19. I believe that anarchy means responsibility, and if everyone were truly responsible for themselves and their actions, the world would be a much better place.
20. I don’t like chicken feet.

OK! There you go, twenty random facts :-)

Honestly, I won't forward this on to anyone - I just feel like it's a bit of an imposition to people. But if you like, do it anyway - it's kind of an interesting experience. Call it the 'auto-meme' ;-)

Canine Car Seat Belt

A post by Charlie Chia reminded me about this photo of our dog - Gambit - that appeared in The Star :-)

Unfortunately we didn't get the RM50, but it was fun all the same.

As far as buckling up in the back is concerned, I used to do it before the current law came in and so should you!

Two reasons:
1. You're less likely to die/get crippled/break your nose etc.
2. You're less likely to kill/cripple/break the nose, or whatever, of the person sitting in front of you.
It has been stated that in crashes, unbelted rear passengers increase nearly fivefold the risk of death for belted front passengers. (Wikipedia)