2015
01.07

Fish with The Most Mercury

Was having conversation with my colleagues about seafood, when I blurted,
“You should avoid Salmon because it contains the highest level of mercury. Hmm… wait. Maybe you should avoid Tuna instead”.

Since it was obvious that my memory has failed me, I sheepishly add,
“Hold on to that… let me google that for you”.

So I googled “Fish with the most mercury”.

The first result from Google was an article from EPA (United States Environmental Protection Agency) website. I think this should be a credible source, thus I quoted it here :

  1. Do not eat Shark, Swordfish, King Mackerel, or Tilefish because they contain high levels of mercury.
  2. Eat up to 12 ounces (2 average meals) a week of a variety of fish and shellfish that are lower in mercury.
    • Five of the most commonly eaten fish that are low in mercury are shrimp, canned light tuna, salmon, pollock, and catfish.
    • Another commonly eaten fish, albacore (“white”) tuna has more mercury than canned light tuna. So, when choosing your two meals of fish and shellfish, you may eat up to 6 ounces (one average meal) of albacore tuna per week.
  3. Check local advisories about the safety of fish caught by family and friends in your local lakes, rivers, and coastal areas. If no advice is available, eat up to 6 ounces (one average meal) per week of fish you catch from local waters, but don’t consume any other fish during that week.

But why should we worry about Mercury? Short explanation would be, “Mercury will mess your brain, dementia ,etc, etc”. For long explanation, read the Wikipedia :D

I guess this means no more Shark-Fin Soup :D

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2014
12.16

This morning my HR colleague emailed me to fix some typo errors in our company website. Not a big deal, since the detail of the changes are included in the email.

As I make the corrections, I noticed some sentences which I wasn’t comfortable:

  1. RichLand now employs more than 900 staff throughout the Asia Pacific region
  2. RichLand Logistics is a leading logistics solutions provider serving clients across the Asia Pacific region

I felt that the usage of article “the” before Asia Pacific is rather weird. I thought if I remove the article the, it will sounds better. So I decided to go ahead with the removal. I then emailed her back informing that the changes is live, and told her about the extra changes. After clicking the Send button, I become slightly worried. What if my removal of article the was wrong. Thus, I googled it.

Taken from the first search result:

The definite article is used before singular and plural nouns when the noun is specific or particular. The signals that the noun is definite, that it refers to a particular member of a group. For example:

The dog that bit me ran away.” Here, we’re talking about a specific dog, the dog that bit me.

“I was happy to see the policeman who saved my cat!” Here, we’re talking about a particular policeman. Even if we don’t know the policeman’s name, it’s still a particular policeman because it is the one who saved the cat.

“I saw the elephant at the zoo.” Here, we’re talking about a specific noun. Probably there is only one elephant at the zoo.

After finished reading the linked page above, I am no longer worried. It turns out my hunch was right, we shouldn’t use article the before the name of a region/continents. So, yay for me? :D

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2014
12.11

Today I inadvertently stumbled into this weird problem. My Visual Studio 2012 couldn’t add new Data Source using EF 6.1.1. After spent my whole morning still unable to get it to work. I resorted to switching back to EF 6.0.0, which works. Anyway, I’ll just put the steps here for those who might be able to solve this mystery.

First, let’s look into my Visual Studio version:

Next, I’ll create a Windows Form project.

Next, I installed EF 6.1.1 through NuGet

Then, I try to add Entity Framework data source in the following steps:




I clicked New Connection button then …BAMM… Exception!

Hoping for clues, I looked into Event Viewer, but I found nothing. I even restarted Visual Studio with logging turned on, but no error logs generated.

UPDATE: I’ve reported this problem in EF’s Codeplex.

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