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UPS Tracking Numbers, Decoded

There are several styles of UPS tracking numbers. The most common of which are “1Z” tracking numbers. These are of the form 1Z xxx xxx yy zzzz zzz c, where xxx xxx is the alphanumeric account number of the shipper, yy is the service code, zzzz zzz is the package identifier, and c is a checksum of some sort.

Herin is a  non-exhaustive list of service codes:

01 UPS United States Next Day Air (“Red”)
02 UPS United States Second Day Air (“Blue”)
03 UPS United States Ground
12 UPS United States Third Day Select
13 UPS United States Next Day Air Saver (“Red Saver”)
15 UPS United States Next Day Air Early A.M.
22 UPS United States Ground – Returns Plus – Three Pickup Attempts
32 UPS United States Next Day Air Early A.M. – COD
33 UPS United States Next Day Air Early A.M. – Saturday Delivery, COD
41 UPS United States Next Day Air Early A.M. – Saturday Delivery
42 UPS United States Ground – Signature Required
44 UPS United States Next Day Air – Saturday Delivery
66 UPS United States Worldwide Express
72 UPS United States Ground – Collect on Delivery
78 UPS United States Ground – Returns Plus – One Pickup Attempt
90 UPS United States Ground – Returns – UPS Prints and Mails Label
A0 UPS United States Next Day Air Early A.M. – Adult Signature Required
A1 UPS United States Next Day Air Early A.M. – Saturday Delivery, Adult Signature Required
A2 UPS United States Next Day Air – Adult Signature Required
A8 UPS United States Ground – Adult Signature Required
A9 UPS United States Next Day Air Early A.M. – Adult Signature Required, COD
AA UPS United States Next Day Air Early A.M. – Saturday Delivery, Adult Signature Required, COD

How Tanglin Halt Got Its Name

When the British first started to expand out in Singapore, they were very unused to the heat and humidity (which is why their soldiers used to wear shorts).

The story goes that one fine day, a group of surveyors was surveying the land around the region now known as ‘Tanglin Halt’. In those days, the area was a secondary forest with thick undergrowth and Nipa palms.

This intrepid group of British surveyors went hacking their way through, carrying theodolites, compasses, binoculars, and other tools of their trade. The hot, humid weather soon took a toll on them and they began to curse the “[email protected] tanglin’ branches” that hindered movement, got tangled with their equipment, and ripped their clothes. Eventually, the lead surveyor let out a blasted oath that caused the local earth diety to tremble in his shrine and exclaimed to his fellow-surveyors that “Crikey, too much blasted tanglin’, let’s halt!” and they stopped and sat down for some tea and digestives.

Among their number was the obligatory translator whose name has now been lost to history. Being not a very proficient speaker of English, he presumed that they had decided to name the place Tanglin Halt and so it went down in his map.

In short, the leader of the team protested upon seeing the unauthorized name on the maps (he wanted to call it Tuppence, because that was the value the thorns took off his breeches) but the Chief Surveyor liked Tanglin Halt better and overruled him.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the story of how Tanglin Halt became known as Tanglin Halt.

The Best of TED

Curated from http://www.lifehack.org/articles/productivity/top-20-ted-talk-improve-productivity.html

#1. Richard St. John: “Success is a continuous journey”

Richard St. John told us that the road to success is not a one-way street, it is a continuous journey. He shows his own business ups and downs to illustrate his key message. “When you stop trying, you fail.”

Richard St. John: “Success is a continuous journey”

#2. Eddie Obeng: Smart failure for a fast-changing world

The world is changing extremely rapidly at a speed that most people don’t realize. In this talk Eddie Obeng will show you how “smart failure” can help you to have better productivity in this fast changing era.

#3. Arianna Huffington: How to succeed? Get more sleep

Instead of reducing your sleeping time to get more done, Arianna Huffington urges us to shut our eyes and feel the power of a good night’s sleep – because it helps us to increase productivity and happiness.

#4. Paolo Cardini: Forget multitasking, Try Monotasking

People are trying to achieve more by doing everything at the same time. Thanks to the help of smartphones, they can text, talk, surf the internet and watch video simultaneously. Designer Paolo questions the effectiveness and efficiency of multitasking and makes a product to help you focus on “monotasking.”

#5. Ernesto Sirolli: Want to help someone? Shut up and listen!

Ernesto Sirolli suggests that the first step in helping others is to listen to them.

#6. Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are

Body language not only affects how other people see us, but it also changes how we see and understand ourselves. Amy Cuddy shows you how “power posing” can shape your confidence level.

#7. Margaret Heffernan: Dare to disagree

Most of us tend to avoid conflicts, but Margaret Heffernan disagrees with us. She shows us that a good disagreement is central to progress.

#8. Michael Norton: How to buy happiness

Michael Norton has intriguing research on how money can actually buy happiness. In his talk, he will show you how pro-social spending can be beneficial to you.

#9. Susan Cain: The power of introverts

We are living in a world where being social and outgoing are prized. Being introvert can be difficult and shameful. In Susan Cain’s talk, she shows you how introverts can be extraordinary talents and bring unique abilities to the world.

#10. Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work

Psychologist Shawn Achor believe that happiness inspires productivity.

#11. Sheena Iyengar: How to make choosing easier

We all love customized experiences and options but when we are faced with 1000 options, we freeze up. In Sheena Iyengar’s research, she shows us how businesses can improve the overall experience of choosing.

#12. Daniel Goldstein: The battle between your present and future self

Daniel Goldstein created a tool that helps us to imagine the consequences from our decisions and helps us to make smarter choices.

#13. Nigel Marsh: How to make work-life balance work

Nigel Marsh lays out a perfect day, balanced between work and life and provides great encouragement to help make it happen.

#14. Caroline Casey: Looking past limits

Caroline Casey shows us her extraordinary life and how we can move beyond the limits we think we have.

#15. Jason Fried: Why work doesn’t happen at work

Jason Fried wants to show us the fact that the office isn’t the best place to do it. He also offers 3 suggestions on how to improve your working productivity.

#16. Jeff Bezos: What matters more than your talents

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos tell us that our character is reflected not in the gifts we’re endowed with at birth, but by our own choices we make in our life.

#17. Chip Conley: Measuring what makes life worthwhile

Chip Conley went in search of a business model based on his happiness after 2000. He learned that success comes from what you measure.

#18. Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action

Simon Sinek shows us a powerful, yet simple, model for inspirational leadership which can start with a golden circle and the killer question ”Why?”.

#19. Gary Vaynerchuk: Do what you love (no excuses!)

There are no excuses not to do what makes you feel good because the internet has made the formula for success much easier.

#20. Itay Talgam: Lead like the great conductors

Itay Talgam demonstrates unique leadership which is about creating perfect harmony without saying a single word.

#Bonus. Steve Jobs: How to live before you die

An epic video of Steve Jobs that urges us to pursue our dreams and show us how to overcome obstacles in our life – including death. If you haven’t watched this video yet, here’s the chance.

INFJ

I spent the better part of my afternoon, evening and night doing personality tests on OKCupid and realized that 3 different tests with varying number of questions put me at INFJ, same as Isabel Myers herself. Though I test previously as as a borderline ENFJ. I related more to INFJ though. It’s kind of unnerving how relatable the stuff being written, especially about relationships.

INFJs are, by definition, rare, reserved, and unlikely to initiate anything, which means that many of them can end up alone and misunderstood. Here’s what a website says about me, underlined stuff means I relate to it personally.

  • For most INFJs, omitting or distorting information is equivalent to lying, and at the very least will rouse their suspicion. INFJs have an acute sensitivity for stories which don’t quite fit. At the same time, INFJs also like to assume the best and can be extremely gullible.
  • INFJs are adept at nonverbal communication (eye gaze, touching, body language, etc.). Just because they’re not speaking doesn’t mean they’re not saying something.
  • INFJs have an extremely complex internal value system. An INFJ will see if you ‘fit’ into their world, and they’ll bend their own rules if they really like you. INFJs tend to have very high standards, but are also very accepting once they trust you and know you’re safe.
  • INFJs can be pretty intense emotionally. This isn’t to say that they can get into a heated argument, in fact INFJs avoid conflict, however they are easily hurt and feel very deeply. It’s not uncommon for INFJs to cry if they feel something very deeply.
  • INFJs are weird / odd / strange / extremely rare and they very much know it. They yearn to be understood and want to be accepted as they are (as most people do, of course). An INFJ is incredibly complex, so complex they confuse even themselves. They almost always feel misunderstood and ‘hidden’. They will be offended if you pass them off as ‘simple’ or ‘average’. Getting to know an INFJ takes work, so be prepared for that. A lot of gentle enquiry is required.
  • INFJs can often mimic other types.
  • INFJs are typically better in writing than in verbal communication. If you want to know an INFJ’s true feelings, ask them to write out what they think and feel.
  • INFJs don’t typically engage in casual relationships. Most of them will become too attached for it to be possible. If your intentions aren’t serious then you should probably steer clear of an INFJ unless it’s very obvious beforehand that they aren’t interested in a serious relationship.
  • An INFJ’s allegiance is no trifle. If an INFJ wants to stick by you, it means they really like you. Do not violate that gift.
  • INFJs consciously choose the people that are close to them. They would rather have a few very close friendships as opposed to numerous superficial ones.
  • They open up at a dinosauric pace. They typically hold themselves back and consider that behaviour to be part of their nature. They’ve been described as having ‘layers’ which only a select few people are privy to, the closer the layer to their heart, the fewer people are granted access. Do not expect to find yourself in the ‘top tier’ overnight. It often takes months or years to access the deepest recesses.
  • INFJs, like other idealists, love harmony. While an INFJ is relatively adept at conflict resolution, they do not appreciate the unneeded creation of conflict. An INFJ will strive for harmony.
  • The ‘N’ combined with the ‘J’ in INFJ means that they are future oriented. Do everything you can to make yourself seem like a long-term option. If you become destructively impulsive, an INFJ will lose the ability to see you as a long-term mate, and will become unhappy as a result. INFJs are future-oriented and have powerful imaginations and superb insight.
  • INFJs are extremely sensitive. Make sure that criticism is handed as lightly as possible and constructively. At the same time, INFJs love to please their partner, and will work on an issue if presented in the right way. When to be blunt with an INFJ: never. Be honest and direct, but there’s a fine line between direct and insensitive.
  • INFJs love helping people. If you’re bad at accepting help (yes, accepting help is a skill), then get ready to have problems. To reject an INFJ’s help is to reject their love, and one of the things they hold nearest to their hearts.
  • An INFJ’s ability to help people goes hand-in-hand with their ability to destroy people. Their keen knowledge of people’s weaknessess means they can either help you incredibly or destroy you, however the latter is extremely rare and is only reserved for people they believe have done serious harm to them or others.
  • They need patience but they give patience in return.
  • They’re curious about other people. To their friends, they are very accepting. However, the closer one gets to an INFJ’s heart, the more their standards will apply to the other person, which can sometimes create issues.
  • They often have darker periods where they close up. They can become monk-like and reclusive. It doesn’t mean they don’t like you, it just means they need to recharge.
  • They can be stubborn once they believe they’re in the right, especially if it has to do with their values.
  • INFJs hardly ever initiate anything. They like it when the other person initiates a conversation, contact, etc.
  • INFJs need 2 things to thrive: trust and safety. Trusting you is about knowing that you’re ethically and morally upstanding (or at least in accordance with their values), and feeling safe is knowing that you’ll stick by them. INFJs don’t want to open up to people who might disappear overnight. If an INFJ feels they can trust you and feels safe with you, they’ll be very happy. The only added bonus is to tell them how much you appreciate them.
  • Their energy drains when around others. They will need time alone to ‘feel like themselves’.
  • Your energy will easily affect them. If you seem unstable, etc., it will seep into them and poison them. It has often been said that an INFJ’s partner has to be strong, and this is generally true.
  • INFJs live in a world of fantasy. They can have problems consolidating their idealism with the reality of the world.

 

So how do you love an INFJ? ^_^

 

1. Your INFJ adores you more than they can express with words. Even if they don’t tell you verbally, they will show you how they feel through their patience, kindness, and willingness to please you.

2. Thank your INFJ with sincere hugs and kisses, and tell us you appreciate the things that we do for you. Just knowing that you’re aware of it is reward enough to keep us overjoyed (and enthusiastically continuing to do all the things you love that we do for you).

3. If an INFJ is in a romantic relationship with you, they consider you their number one priority in life. Your happiness and well being are the most important things in their lives. (1 and only 1)

4. Your INFJ can sense your emotions even more acutely than if you were telling us with words. We can feel what you are feeling. Don’t be alarmed by this as we will never use it against you. However, this means you can never lie to us. If you try, we will know, it will hurt our feelings badly that you did.

5. We love it when you just walk up to us and hold us. No words. Nothing complicated. Just gently wrap your arms around us and focus on how you feel about us. We can feel it like it is pouring out of you and into us. Don’t be alarmed if we cry when you do this. (Yes! Gosh.)

6. We love to listen. Don’t be afraid to tell us what is on your mind, even if we didn’t ask. We love you and respect your privacy, and don’t like to pry.

7. We also love it when you listen to us. Please ask us questions to show us that you care, and let us talk when you do. The more intently you are interested in how we feel and what we have to say, the more we will love you.

8. Sometimes we need to recharge our minds, and will sit and stare blankly into space. This is perfectly normal, as your INFJ is rebooting their amazing mind. Systems will be online again shortly. (I just stare into her soul sometimes)

9. We thrive in an environment with just you, and a few of our closest loved ones. The more opportunities you help us create for these kinds of environments, the happier we will be.

10. We don’t do well in crowds for extended periods. We will join you in them if that’s where you want to go, but please be mindful of the duration of contact. INFJs may become unresponsive and even irritable when exposed to crowds for too long.

11. While we are extremely affectionate with you, we’re generally not interested in being affectionate with anyone else, and physical contact with strangers may unsettle your INFJ. It is best to keep strangers from attempting to pet your INFJ.

12. Your INFJ accepts you for everything you are. However, INFJs can be especially eccentric. If you accept your INFJ’s eccentricities and peculiar interests, this will greatly increase your INFJ’s happiness.

13. INFJs are otherwise very self sufficient low maintenance pets, and can be left to their own little worlds for extended periods. However, infrequent moments of affection are always appreciated. (I like being surprised heh)

14. Always kiss your INFJ goodnight and tell them that you love them, even if you’re not going to sleep when they do.

15. Always cuddle with your INFJ when they wake up and greet their day with love.

16. Your INFJ will have a reflex to help others. Do not be alarmed by this, as it does not in any way reflect on how your INFJ feels about you, or your relationship. It is simply our nature to help others – sometimes to a degree that makes the ones we love assume they are less of a priority. Nothing could be further from the truth.

17. Your INFJ is a planner. Sometimes spontaneity leaves us in a position that we cannot plan how to best make you happy, and we find this upsetting. Please understand that we are never upset with you, only the situation. (That’s why I plan so much for a date, V Day and what not 😀 )

18. Your INFJ is very idealistic and principled. If you need us to go against our ideals or principles to make you happy, this can cause us a great deal of internal turmoil and tension. Please be mindful of our ideals and principles and avoid asking us to go against them.

19. When an INFJ’s ideals or principles are offended, we will pull away quickly. This may look very similar to our normal modes of being lost in our heads to the untrained eye, as we do not like to cause tension or disharmony. To best care for your INFJ, learn to spot this reaction and quickly make right whatever was wrong, even if it is simply an opinion. This will bring us back to the harmony we need to be our healthiest.

20. No one will ever love you as much as your INFJ.

Too Long to Post >>

http://modalitiesofexistence.com/2011/05/24/infj-dating-bible-or-how-to-date-an-infj/

http://littleleftofnormal.blogspot.sg/2010/08/how-to-love-your-infj.html

http://victor.site0.com/about/INFJ-1.htm

Quad Rotor UAV

I’m going to get started on my mini UAV project with Renyong. Let’s do this! 😀

http://code.google.com/p/ro-4-copter/wiki/Ro4Copter

http://code.google.com/p/arducopter/

http://sg.element14.com/jsp/bespoke/bespoke7.jsp?bespokepage=e14/common/en/technology-first/applications/robotics/automatic-guided-vehicle.jsp

Toy Safety Regulations
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showpost.php?p=1315199&postcount=1

Navigation
http://www.holmea.demon.co.uk/GPS/Main.htm

 

Best Singapore Frequent Flyer Credit Card

I’m studying abroad, so it makes sense to sign up for cards that offer free flights! 😀 Here’s some of my research!

Currently I’m getting a $200 cash rebate from my $10,000 business expense each month with my XtraSaver debit card, which comes up to a 24% ROI y/y. However, I’ll be spending an additional $10k each month by March next year and I’m thinking whether to put this $10k expense to another XtraSaver card (another $200) or KrisFlyer miles (that’s 16000 miles with the DBS Altitude card – http://www.dbs.com.sg/personal/cards/credit-card/american-express-altitude/default.page )

Here are the Miles redemption table:

From Singapore/Changi (SIN) To San Francisco (SFO)

Round-trip Economy Saver Award ticket
70000
Round-trip Economy Standard Award ticket
140000
Round-trip Economy Full Award ticket
190000

I chose the 70000 one, obviously. This is worth $1900 according to the SIA website.

So my 16000 miles are worth $434. = S$5 = 4 DBS Points = 8 miles, so S$10k = 16000 miles?

Wait, so I get 32k miles from spending $10k? Worth $868.

Hmmm… Sounds too good to be true lol. ><