Monday, May 06, 2013

Well done, Malaysians!

Despite the Pakatan Rakyat not winning the election due to massive fraud by Barisan Nasional, you have taught the cowards in Singapore a valuable lesson on how to vote without fear.

True, the PAP may not employ the same dirty tricks played by BN, but what do you call gerrymandering, pork barrel politics such as HDB upgrading carrot and withdrawal of essential services from opposition wards, and using defamation suits to silence dissenting voices? It's just electoral fraud executed on a more sophisticated level.

But do not despair. Change will come if you keep the hopes alive. Let us Singaporeans return the favour in 2016.

Friday, January 04, 2013

Civil disobedience

No amount of PAP harassment is going to stop people from sharing information and asking questions. I have saved Alex Au's blog posts as PDF (before they get taken down) and I am making the Zip file downloadable here and here. I would encourage everyone to download the PDFs, read them and propagate to others - via email, forums, social networking and file-sharing sites, even as printouts.

You may ask: What is the AIM of all this? Well, we need to get off our collective arses to do something proactive about the gangsters that look down on us - now, not when the elections are called.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Ever wonder why we shout in anger?

Tears For Fears - Shout by manon42

Legend has it that a Hindu saint who was visiting the Ganges River to take a bath found a group of family members on the banks, shouting in anger at each other. He turned to his disciples, smiled and asked: "Why do people in anger shout at each other?"

The disciples thought for a while before, one of them said: "Because we lose our calm, we shout."

"But, why should you shout when the other person is just opposite you? You can as well tell him what you have to say in a soft manner," said the saint.

The disciple gave some other answers but none satisfied the other disciples. Finally the saint explained.

"When two people are angry at each other, their hearts distance a lot. To cover that distance they must shout to be able to hear each other. The angrier they are, the stronger they will have to shout to hear each other to cover that great distance.

What happens when two people fall in love? They don't shout at each other but talk softly, because their hearts are very close. The distance between them is either nonexistent or very small..."

The saint continued, "When they love each other even more, what happens? They do not speak, only whisper and they get even closer to each other in their love. Finally they even need not whisper, they only look at each other and that's all. That is how close two people are when they love each other."

He looked at his disciples and said: "So when you argue do not let your hearts get distant. Do not say words that distance each other more, Or else there will come a day when the distance is so great that you will not find the path to return."

(Note: Now I understand why some people talk so loud on the phone, because they are making overseas call.)

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Bigger is better?

Many proponents of bigger displays say bigger is better and anyone who feels otherwise is in denial that Apple is falling behind its competition. By that logic, a 5-inch screen would be better, and 6-inch better still. The fact is, with the current screen size on iPhone 4/4S and iPhone 5, your thumb can comfortably reach any pixel on the screen while holding the phone one-handed.

A common complaint (especially among gadget reviewers), however: "The on-screen keyboard is too small for my fingers." Not everyone grows toes on their hands, you dumbass.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Competing in the buff

Recently, a friend of mine wondered why there's no men's synchronised swimming in the London Olympics. I'd like to push the envelope further by suggesting that Olympians resume the grand old tradition and compete in the buff in future games. No, it's not that I want the olympics to be turned into a cross breed of Sports Illustrated and Playboy.

In his book "The Naked Olympics", Tony Perrottet highlighted that the Greeks' insistence on playing sports in the nude was considered bizarre by other cultures, but not just because of all the twigs and berries flopping about. Nudity was seen as an equalizer: Sans finery, the rich were indistinguishable from the poor.

This may level the playing field, especially in events like swimming where swimmers with the means to don advanced swimwear have been accused of "technological doping" in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

What Would Walt Do?

Check out this 148 page e-book written by D. M. Miller, a project manager during the construction of Walt Disney World from 1968 to 1971. It chronicles the experiences of the young Florida engineer, whose team as responsible for the quality control of all construction materials and methods on the project. In the book, Miller suggests that Walt Disney World may be the highest quality construction project ever built.

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