Month: May 2018

Encyclopedia

For archive (Updated on February 12, 2019) Early Encyclopedias “Chamber’s Cyclopaedia” was one of the earliest encyclopedias. It covered 40+ subjects. In our younger days, we had “Pear’s Cyclopaedia” and “Pear’s soap”. The company was probably building its brand name by supporting the publication of an encyclopedia. My […]

Dictionary

For archive (Updated on February 12, 2019) Flavors Dictionaries come in various sizes and flavors. They include the following: Hardcover Softcover Pocket sized Desk top Abridged Unabridged Student Edition Learners’ Dictionary Advanced Learners’ Dictionary Technical Dictionary Thesaurus (in Dictionary form) On-line search for meaning and usage of words […]

Win

For archive (Updated on February 12, 2019) Zero sum game  In a two person zero sum game, there is usually a winner and a loser.       In multiple person zero sum game, there is usually some winners and some losers.       Tie breaker In some competitions, there is […]

Htay Lwin Nyo

For archive (Updated on February 26, 2019) by Hla Min TRIBUTE TO Dr. HTAY LWIN NYO (ex-rit, ex-ucc) Part-time Professor, EE, SJSU (1951 July – 2000 April) He was a genius, a researcher, a friend Teaching was his passion to the very end A jack of all trades, […]

Cinemas

For archive (Updated on January 26, 2019) Before the advent of DVDs and Video Streaming, one has to rely on the Silver Screen. In our younger days, there were fifteen (or so) cinemas in Rangoon. They include President (Thamada) Palladium (Pa Pa Win) Globe (Gon) Royal (Taw Win) […]

Newspaper

For archive (Updated on January 26, 2019) Before the Internet, we had to read international, national and local news from the newspapers. Most papers were printed at night in batches. The early batches were dispatched by road and rail to other cities. The later batches have a “STOP […]

Meaning of Names

For archive (Updated on January 26, 2019) Last names Some Last Names originally meant “son of“. They include Johnson (son of John) MacDonald (son of Donald) McGee (son of Gee) O’Neal (son of Neal) bin Laden (son of Laden) Fitzgerald (son of Gerald) There are a few exceptions. […]

Sample Names

For archive (Updated on January 26, 2019) Chinese names Some names have three parts : Clan name Group name Personal name.  Based on where they came from, they may write their name as Clan name, Group name, Personal name Clan name, Personal name, Group name Personal name, Group […]

Burmese Names

For archive (Updated on January 26, 2019) When we were young, we were taught that a name should have a Christian name and a surname. Later, we were told that a name should have a First Name, a Last Name and an optional Middle Name or Initial. Those […]