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06 September, 2010

Get Your Facts Right Please!

There is a Simpulan Bahasa I learnt in my primary school days known as Tin Kosong. To those who are not familiar with this saying, it means a person who talks a lot but is not knowledgeable (Orang yang banyak cakap tetapi tidak berilmu). There is also a common saying in Cantonese, 识少少扮代表, which means the same thing.

There are actually four grades to classify an individual's understanding of his/her own knowledge:

  1. Knowing what he/she knows
  2. Knowing what he/she does not know
  3. Not knowing what he/she knows
  4. Not knowing what he/she does not know
 Grade 3 and 4 literally demonstrates the understanding of a person described as Tin Kosong or 识少少扮代表. As humans, it is normal to experience all grades depending on aptitude to various fields but it is definitely unnecessary to "publicize" them.

Many people tend to maintain a low profile when they are not confident in their understanding. However overconfidence in one's misunderstanding could also lead to elaborated expression of Tin Kosong-ness, which has the aim of influencing others. A very common expression of Tin Kosong-ness is by inserting bits and pieces of uncategorized information into a simple analysis to arrive at a wrong conclusion.

"Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain but it takes character and self control to be understanding and forgiving"
Dale Carnegie (1888-1955)
American Writer and Lecturer


02 September, 2010

Second Childhood Moment

I have been quite restless these days. I spend most of my time with the computer watching videos on Youtube with my slow Internet. K-Pop icons like Super Junior and Girls Generation used to be my favourite Youtube searches, but recently my boredom brought me back to my childhood favourite TV show, Power Rangers and their original Japanese Super Sentai Series. It was delightful to listen to those catchy theme songs and grown men and women wearing coloured costumes fighting villains who plan to destroy the Earth all over again.

Little did I know about the history of the Super Sentai series until recently when I started tracing older sentai to the original 1975 Himitsu Sentai Goranger 秘密戦隊ゴレンジャ.

 The "Super" in Super Sentai actually refers to the big robots used by the Sentai which started only from the third in the series, Battle Fever J バトルフィーバーJ.

At that time, robots did not transform, nor were they made of several components. It was just one huge humanoid fighting machine. But later Super Sentai feature transforming robots which started from Denshi Sentai Denziman 電子戦隊デンジマン, and combining robots or Gattai 合体 which started from Taiyou Sentai Sun Vulcan 太陽戦隊サンバルカン.

Theme songs, costumes, vehicles, weapons and enemies for each Super Sentai reflect the filming technology and trend evolution. The storyline and sequences did not change much over the 35 years and 34 generations, thus proving that the basic good versus evil scenario appeals to children of all generations. It is even more appealing to see that each season introduces different fields such as martial arts, occupations, vehicles, animals, countries and also certain aspects of technology.