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ST vs CNA reporting

Dec
18

The screengrabs below shows the reporting of the same piece of news from ST and CNA.

Note how barebones the ST article is.

ST_News

Now contrast this to the CNA article:

CNA_News

Where are the hard questions, ST??

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Watch Shia lebeouf watch Shia Lebeouf

Nov
26

No, the headline is not a typo.

Shia Lebeouf, actor turned performance artist’s latest project is #AllMyMovies, a 72-hour “performance” in which you’re invited to watch Shia watch his entire catalog of movies in reverse chronological order.

If watching Shia Lebeouf watch his own movies (all of it) is something you’d be interested in, you can watch it here.

 

But if you just want to skip to the after-interview, here it is.

I wonder what happened with Shia that he would want to torture himself like that.

Also, this.

 

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Google ‘A long time ago in a galaxy far far away’

Nov
25

 

While Star Wars: The Force Awakens will not be in theatres for another 3 weeks, Google is happily getting us into the mood with this awesome easter egg.

Simply google “A long time ago in a galaxy far far away”, and sit back and watch the search results scroll by.

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Gaming GE2015

Aug
27

The Singapore General Elections on 11 September 2015 will be a very interesting one to watch, as we will see if the Worker’s Party, who last scored a GRC in 2011, can continue consolidating as they bid to successfully defend Aljunied, and perhaps take on 1 or 2 more GRCs.

I think we can all agree that after the shock of Aljunied 2011, the still majority PAP has indeed made a number of changes and has appeared to be more open to listening and acting on feedback from the ground.

The thing we need to understand about tweaking of national policies is that we don’t see an immediate change, but that change occurs over a number of years. Transport is an evergreen issue, but one that will take years to solve, given we almost need an overhaul on maintenance of the old lines.

So, even if WP doesn’t seem to do anything in Parliament sessions (they realistically cannot effect any changes right now anyway), (I believe) their very presence has impacted how the PAP led government makes decisions.

Let’s put aside the other opposition parties only because we all know their only contribution to the elections would be to provide the lulz.

I will put forth the following statements as assumptions of the nation at large (feel free to refute):

1) We acknowledge that there are issues facing us, that we would like to change, or at least have the government acknowledge and start thinking about

2) The Government has done more since 2011 (PG Card, Medishield Life, Housing and Transport), but there’s always more that can be done, or even communicated to the public

3)  These changes came about in part as a defensive maneuver to win back voters as a direct result of more WP presence in Parliament

4) We still believe in the PAP led government to be capable and innovative, but perhaps they just require a little bit of motivation to show a softer, more people-led policies as opposed to policies favouring economic growth at all costs

If we all believe the 4 statements above to be true, then in this election, as a nation, we should work to still keep the PAP in power, but maybe cut their numbers a little, to keep their arrogance in check. This also gives the elected opposition members of Parliament more training ground and time to learn and grow into their roles more effectively, since the PAP is so fond of saying only they are qualified to lead.

So, how should this work?

Nobody wants a complete overhaul and place the government in the hands of people who in truth have no real experience governing a nation. But we all want the PAP to know and feel our displeasure, and give them the motivation to start implementing more humane policies.

Worker’s Party will be contesting 28 seats in the upcoming elections, out of 89. If they win all of them, this will give them a 25% representation in Parliament. Not the majority, but certainly enough to be effectively heard and counted for.

Suppose we endeavor to let them all win the seats they are contesting, and spin “Opposition Unity” (a statement all other parties are so fond of bandying about) to signify that as a unit, they should all bow out for the greater good, and let the rest of us Singaporeans have the peace of mind that where the opposition gets elected, we wouldn’t be represented by a bunch of people who cannot articulate our issues better than ourselves.

So in summary:
Any other opposition contested wards, vote PAP. Any wards contested by WP, you can vote WP with the confidence of not toppling current regime.

Because let’s face it. In terms of quality, talent, experience and organisation within the Opposition parties, they are all lagging far behind.

I see nothing but a win for all:

1) PAP has more competition in Parliament and will have to come up with more innovative policies to win back the voters’ confidence

2) WP gets to consolidate more, and widen their experience of running GRCs, and have more voices to debate policies with

3) We still get the sideshow entertainment from other parties

Win-Win.

Also, since you’ve managed to read all the way to the end of the post, here’s a picture of an enterprising beggar.

gametheorybeggar

By turning it into a fun and competitive poll, he’s definitely raking it in, compared to your run of the mill beggars. Seems like a heads-up between the agnostics and the atheists.

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Wenger snubs Mourinho

Aug
04

Arsenal finally ended a 13 game streak against chelsea without a win, with Saturday’s Community Shield 1-0 triumph courtesy of a power strike from Oxlade Chamberlain.

After the match, Mourinho hung around the stadium, waiting to congratulate the Arsenal players as they filed out onto the field.

However, before he got to Wenger, Wenger did a manoeuvre and ghosted behind Mourinho, snubbing the proud bastard. What a move! Almost as sleek as the goal the Ox scored.

POSB updates the Great Singapore Workout

Jul
30

The Great Singapore Workout was launched in 1993 to the tune of 26,000 people working it out at the Padang, even earning a spot in the Guiness book of Records for the largest mass aerobic session held at one location.

We may have forgotten some of the moves, but no matter. POSB has chipped in to revamp the workout, incorporating moves we’ve been inadvertently practising for years.

When you have moves like “The Prata Flip”, “The Teh Tarik”, “The MRT Squeeze” and “The Bus Balance”, you can’t help but think “hey, I can totally do this!”

Even if you’re not the Teh Tarik man, you’ll be familiar with The Selfie Snap.

Here’s a few more moves I’ll recommend:

1) Lim Kopi

2) The EZ Link Tap

3) The Tissue Chope

See the full video below

 

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Hail Hydra

Jul
16

Attention all Pluto Flyby watchers, we finally have Hydra (Pluto’s smallest moon) in our sights. It’s still looking like an 8-bit moon, but this is currently the best view of it so far.

Not much to look at now, but we’ll have clearer images coming in as New Horizons flies past Pluto and farther out to its moons. Since Hydra’s discovery in 2005, it has only been known as a fuzzy dot of uncertain shape, size and reflectivity.

Well, at least it has upgraded from a fuzzy dot to a fuzzy blob! We also now know that it is 28 miles wide by 19 miles long. So there! You can’t hide from us anymore, Hydra!

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Journey to the heart of Pluto

Jul
15

In a hugely impressive journey spanning almost 10 years (New Horizons launched 19 January 2006!), and 5 billion kilometers later, we’re finally going to be able to find out a lot more about this mysterious dwarf planet.

We’ve since had confirmation from New Horizons that everything is working as it should, and we should be receiving packets of information it amassed during the flyby.

Really exciting. Some of the things the mission hopes to find out from this endeavor are:

  • Geology and morphology of Pluto and it’s moon Charon
  • Map atmosphere and chemical compositions of Pluto and Charon’s surfaces
  • Find out if there are aliens

Of course, Pluto, having already anticipated this visit, put out this huge heart of welcome to Earthlings, as seen in the header image.

Did you know, despite it’s small size, Pluto has 5 moons circling it; Charon, Nix, Hydra, Kerberos and Styx.

pluto-charon

Here we see Pluto and it’s main man, Charon.

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