… dammit not this again.
… dammit not this again.
This post contains spoilers for Mad Max: Fury Road. Don’t read if you haven’t watched the movie.
I always get a strange, negative vibe whenever I go for a job interview and then the interviewer refuses to disclose the salary for the offered job, as if they have some sort of secret to hide. So I guess it’s no surprise that I wasn’t accepted. Same goes for all the other Mediacorp job interviews that I went for long ago which also refused to disclose their salary.
I wonder if this practice is common in other countries.
I’m not really a boxing fan, and I won’t pretend to be one. But I’ve watched many fighting game matches, played many fighting game matches, and so I will use a fighting game analogy to describe the Mayweather vs Pacquiao fight: Mayweather turtled more and won by timeout with more HP remaining.
Defence is a very under-appreciated skill in sports. If a fighter or sports team adopts a defensive-minded strategy, they are labelled as “boring” by spectators. The most recent example of Chelsea’s last few games in the 2014 to 2015 Premier League season is a testament to that. Tigran Petrosian, World Chess Champion from 1963 to 1969, was described by chess media as “dull” and “ultra-conservative” for his defensive and closed playstyle. His opponents on the other hand, said that Petrosian was nearly unbeatable because there was almost no way to get past his wall of defence.
“They say my games should be more ‘interesting’. I could be more ‘interesting’ — and also lose.” – Tigran Petrosian
My colleague once remarked candidly in the office: “Why do goalkeepers always have to spoil the party? We want to see more goals!”.
I was a goalkeeper/defender during secondary school for my class team, and needless to say I was gravely annoyed by that comment.
To all the Tigran Petrosians, Jose Mourinhos, Manuel Neuers, and Floyd Mayweathers in the world: thank you for showing the world that a strong defence can also win matches, and don’t let accusations of your so-called “boring” playstyle discourage you.
Because defence wins matches.
via Raph’s Website
Another MMO article from Raph’s Website, and this time it’s about the now-defunct Star Wars Galaxies and its hidden Jedi achievements.
I’ve never played SWG (couldn’t afford to at the time) but this is still a fascinating read about how a promising MMO was ruined by a publisher who refused to give its developers more time. Sounds familiar?
Oo Gin Lee, editor of The Straits Times Digital Life, a weekly computer publication for our national daily, wrote this about StarCraft II character Nova in the 29 April 2015 issue, page 9:
Sarah “Nova” Kerrigan is a sniper cum special ops operative who is also the love of Jim Raynor.
Except that Nova and Kerrigan are TWO DIFFERENT people. If you’ve played the singleplayer campaign of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, the player will eventually encounter Nova in one of the story-branching missions. Nova also makes an appearance in the second game, Heart of the Swarm where she specifically leads a squad of ghosts to capture the de-infested Sarah Kerrigan. The game makes it absolutely clear that Nova and Kerrigan are different beings.
Look, I can totally understand that not everyone has played StarCraft II. Not everyone is familiar with the lore for all of Blizzard’s games. But a simple google or Wikia check would have told you so. This is the baseline standard of being a credible writer or reporter: checking your facts.
And sadly, this is not the first time that Mr Oo and Digital Life have made such glaring errors. I have stopped relying on Digital Life as a reliable source of computer and gaming news for close to a decade, and this latest gaffe just solidifies my belief even further.
My current editor once scolded me during the first days of my current job for taking too long to write stories. While I have since increased my speed and efficiency, my desire to take my time is to ensure the quality and accuracy of my work. As a writer, I have always believed that you are only as good as your worst mistake.
Because one single error in calling Nova “Sarah Kerrigan” is all it takes to make you a laughing stock.
You can follow the author on Instagram at gfoppy. But don’t expect many posts, as I don’t take a lot of photos of my daily life.
For the longest time, I have always despised Instagram, thanks to some of my friends who have nothing better to do than to pepper my Twitter feed with endless photos filled with PARAGRAPHS of hashtags. And some of their photos aren’t even that great. Pick a maximum of one or two of your best photos to post each day, no more, or I am going to block/ban you from my feed. My friend Wei Meng is a perfect example of how to use Instagram correctly: one interesting, eye-catching, and well described photo is better than a clusterfuck of several dozen others.
I’ve started using Instagram this month because I finally understand the social connectivity of posting your photos there. Yes, Flickr also has had the same social function for years. But Instagram is easier to set up, and has Twitter-like hashtags for you to search for. And unlike Twitter, which DOES NOT keep an archive of your uploaded photos, Instagram stores all of your uploads forever in a nifty timeline map.
And then my shocking discovery that Instagram only allows for photos to be uploaded in Portrait format? Why? Wtf? It makes no sense for the App to dictate the dimensional ratio of your images. Not everything has to be square all the time. Also, for some reason Instagram refuses to allow you to signup for their up on your PC – you must use your phone, and you can only upload images from your phone (unless you use a workaround).
Garbage is still garbage, but sometimes, we have to bear with the stench.
Another day, another daily grind in my garrison. I have been playing Warlords of Draenor almost every day for the past five months since its release, and I dread the daily chores that this videogame forces me to do. It’s tedious, it’s boring, but absolutely necessary if you want to progress.
“I was not a person who was capable of empathy…”
In one short phrase at the opening of his blog post, Amos Yee, an aspiring online filmmaker (now himself a screenwriter’s dream topic for a film), explains why he has no friends. He even admitted that it was a personal flaw of his, and that he had to try very hard to repress this in order to interact with his fellow human beings.
It’s called the Special Olympics, and there’s something about that name
It’s taking people off the bench and putting them back in the game
No one should ever be denied, the chance to grab the centre stage
Or share an honest open smile, with other boys and girls their age
For personal satisfaction, or just having little fun
The spirit of competition is the birthright of everyone
It’s a very special moment when they pass the torch and run
In the words of Charles Dickens, “God bless us everyone”
– Lanny Poffo, brother of Randy Poffo (aka “Macho Man” Randy Savage), WWE Hall of Fame 2015