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Thanks to my daughter Nada MK for her invaluable input that enable me to come out with this 2 novelettes (Puteri Nuha@smkbbs and Survivors). The story lines are based on her interactions with friends being integrated with some ‘nilai-nilai murni’ from me, he..he… (I’m her mum. that’s my job!)

buku leisure


from zaidlearn –>world class lecture

  • TED Talks Inspired talks by many of the world’s greatest thinkers and doers.
  • Academic Earth Video lectures from many of the world’s top scholars.
  • YouTube EDU
    YouTube has aggregated all of the videos from its college and university partners – including luminaries like Stanford, Harvard, and Dartmouth – in one place. Here you will find thousands of video lectures to explore and reflect.
  • delivers discourse, discussions and debates on many the world’s most interesting political, social and cultural issues, and enables viewers to join the conversation.
  • WGBH (Free Public Lectures)  Free live and on-demand lectures given by some of the world’s foremost scholars, authors, artists, scientists, policy makers and community leaders.
  • The Nobel Prize It brings you fascinating insights into the minds of current and past Nobel Laureates.

some of Zaidlearn favorites…

  1. Sir Ken Robinson (Creativity Expert)
    Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson challenges the way we’re educating our children. He champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence.

    Lecture: Schools Kill Creativity

  2. Michael Wesch (Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Kansas State University) Is most famous for his amazing work in the emerging field of digital ethnography, where he studies the effect of new media on human interaction. Lecture: An Anthropological Introduction to YouTube
  3. Walter Lewin (Professor, MIT) Is currently a professor of Physics at MIT. He earned his Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics in 1965 at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands…more Lecture: Measurements of Space and Time
  4. Hans Rosling (Global Health Expert; Data)
    As a doctor and researcher, Hans Rosling identified a new paralytic disease induced by hunger in rural Africa. Now the global health professor is looking at the bigger picture, increasing our understanding of social and economic development with the remarkable trend-revealing software he created. Lecture: The Best Stats You’ve Ever Seen
  5. Randy Pausch (Doctor, Carnegie Mellon University)
    He learned that he had pancreatic cancer, a terminal illness, in September of 2006. He gave an upbeat lecture entitled “The Last Lecture: Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams” on September 18, 2007 at Carnegie Mellon, which became a popular YouTube video and led to other media appearances. He then co-authored a book called The Last Lecture on the same theme, which became a New York Times best-seller. Pausch died of complications from pancreatic cancer on July 25, 2008 …more Lecture: The Last Lecture: Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams
  6. Jill Bolte Taylor (Neuroanatomist) Brain researcher Jill Bolte Taylor studied her own stroke as it happened — and has become a powerful voice for brain recovery. Lecture: Stroke of Insight
  7. Sugata Mitra (Education researcher)
    His “Hole in the Wall” experiments have shown that, in the absence of supervision or formal teaching, children can teach themselves and each other, if they’re motivated by curiosity and peer interest. Lecture: How Kids Teach Themselves
  8. Murray Gell-Mann (Physicist) Brings visibility to a crucial aspect of our existence that we can’t actually see: elemental particles. He won the Nobel Prize in Physics for introducing quarks, one of two fundamental ingredients for all matter in the universe. Lecture: Beauty and Truth in Physics
  9. Vilayanur Ramachandran (Brain Expert) Neurologist V.S. Ramachandran looks deep into the brain’s most basic mechanisms. By working with those who have very specific mental disabilities caused by brain injury or stroke, he can map functions of the mind to physical structures of the brain. Lecture: Your Mind
  10. Dan Pink (Career Analyst)
    Bidding adieu to his last “real job” as Al Gore’s speechwriter, Dan Pink went freelance to spark a right-brain revolution in the career marketplace.

    Lecture: The Surprising Science of Motivation

  11. Tony Robbins (Life Coach; Expert in Leadership Psychology)
    Makes it his business to know why we do the things we do. The pioneering life coach has spoken to millions of people through his best-selling books and three-day seminars.

    Lecture: Why We Do What We Do

  12. Elaine Morgan  (Aquatic Ape Theorist)

    Is an octogenarian scientist, armed with an arsenal of television writing credits and feminist instincts, on a mission to prove humans evolved in water.

    Lecture: We Evolved From Aquatic Apes

  13. Seth Godin (Marketer and Author)
    Is an entrepreneur and blogger who thinks about the marketing of ideas in the digital age. His newest interest: the tribes we lead.

    Lecture: The Tribes We Lead

  14. Jeff Han (Human-Computer Interface Designer)
    After years of research on touch-driven computer displays, Jeff Han has created a simple, multi-touch, multi-user screen interface that just might herald the end of the point-and-click era. Lecture: Breakthrough Touchscreen
  15. Marian Diamond (Professor, University of California Berkeley) Expertise: General Human Anatomy. Lecture: The Human Brain and Muscular System
  16. Clayborne Carson (Doctor, Stanford) Expertise: African American History Lecture: Barack Obama’s American Dream
  17. Paul Bloom (Professor, Yale) Expertise: Psychology Lecture: Introduction to Psychology
  18. Guy Kawasaki (Managing Director, Garage Technology Ventures) Lecture: The Power of ‘No Bull Shiitake’
  19. Mehran Sahami (Associate Professor, Stanford) Expertise:  Computer Science and Programming Methodology Lecture: The History of Computing
  20. Courtenay Raia (Lecturer, UCLA) Expertise: Science, Magic, and Religion Lecture: Newton and the Enlightenment
  21. Benjamin Polak (Professor of Economics and Management, Yale) Expertise: Game Theory Lecture: Introduction to Game Theory
  22. Eric Lander (Professor of Biology, MIT) Expertise: Biology Lecture: Genetics 1
  23. Benjamin Karney (Associate Professor of Social Psychology, UCLA) Expertise: Communication and Conflict in Couples and Families Lecture: Methods of Studying Families and Couples
  24. William Durham (Bing Professor of Anthropological Studies, Stanford University) Expertise: Anthropology and Darwinism Lecture: Darwin’s Legacy
  25. Katharine Ku (Director of the Office of Technology Licensing, Stanford University) Expertise: Chemical Engineering and Intellectual Property Lecture: How Much is the Technology Worth?
other great collections of  amazing lectures to explore:

BEWARE: This 5-part series, basically reflects back the 5-6 worst lecturers that I ever had during my student days. Here we go:


One way we can bring our reflections to the world, is to blog about our learning and teaching experiences. Here are a few samples from ZaidLearn:

ISCLO at The Trans Hotel, Bandung Indonesia

ISCLO – The corporate university conference.

1st International Seminar & Conference on Learning Organization

4-5 December 2013. Closing the year 2013 – I presented a paper on How IT can empower teaching and learning.

The excerpt –>… this paper explores a lifelong learning model meant for formal and informal education scope with special attention on the role of information technology (IT) in achieving it. To do so, this paper reviews the ability of IT as a powerful teaching-learning tools in view of two points; firstly, how it supports the three basic pillars in Islamic-based teaching-learning model, i.e. the model used by the prophet Muhammad (PBUH) more than 1400 years ago; and secondly, strategize the methods to implement lifelong learning for future learning, teaching, training and coaching using various IT tools. The methods  must consider current trends, technologies and needs for we cannot stick to the old approach as urged by John Dewey “If we teach today as we were taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow.” Thus the strategy for the current way of teaching and training should not be confined to ours, i.e. not in the same manner in which we were taught. Worth mentioned, the case of Jeff Bliss, a Texas high school student who rant against his teacher as he decided he’d had enough with his teacher’s methods of teaching ( Here are some of the arguments during the incident (May, 2013).

There’s kids in here who don’t learn like that…I’m telling you what you need to do. You want kids to come into your classroom, you want them to get excited for this? You gotta come in here, you gotta make ‘em excited. You want a kid to change and start doing better, you gotta touch his freakin’ heart…Can’t expect a kid to change if all you do is just tell him. You gotta take this job serious. This is the future of this nation. And when you come in here like you did last time and make a statement about ‘oh, this is my paycheck,’ indeed it is, but this is my country’s future and my education.”




A student came to my office, wanted me to supervise her PhD. In my heart, I wonder…this girl must be really brave. Most students ran away from me. they labelled me ‘ a killer’ which I still have no clue why. Well, for a start, I suggest her this book: THE ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO A PhD. Matt uses pictures instead of words. I do hope it is easier for students to understand what a PhD is, especially when differentiating it with a bachelor’s or a master’s degree.


Note: this book and its accompanying slides have CC licensing terms.

Thanks to Matt for also sharing another wonderful page at

where he explained, in a simple plain English on

What every computer science major should know



What can I say? Alhamdulillah, it is fated…and the best international invention goes to ME! Thanks to the National Research Council of Thailand for acknowledging my work. Hanya Jauhari yang mengenal manikam.

thai award




It was cold, tiring and stressful. But it is worth the effort. I’ve got another gold award at SIIF 2013 (29 Nov – 2 Dis 2013), at COEX Seoul, Korea. Another acknowledgement on my creative work, which was once labelled as a useless research project.

“What? comic?..what a degrading piece of work. not suitable at university level!”…thanks to you, because those words really challenged me, and Alhamdulillah, I got award for it, and it is a GOLD one!