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
This post will contain spoilers for the results of Wrestlemania 31. If you haven’t watched it yet and don’t want to know who won, stop reading now.
via BBC News
This BBC News article provides an excellent summary of everything you should know about Lee Kuan Yew, plus some memorable quotes from our founding father.
There is one other interesting anecdote about LKY that I would like to share, and it can be found in The Papers of Lee Kuan Yew, a massive multi-volume collection of all of his publicly recorded speeches and interviews which I helped to edit back in 2012 to 2013.
I cannot remember the exact page or volume because I don’t have them now with me, but it was an interview about his WWII experience during the Japanese occupation.
According to Mr Lee, he very narrowly escaped execution during the occupation. Apparently, a sentry outpost manned by Japanese soldiers was rounding up Chinese passersby at random, and Mr Lee was one of them.
Mr Lee sensed that something was amiss, and asked the soldiers if he could go back home to grab his clothes first. The soldiers agreed, although Mr Lee actually returned to his gardener’s bunk and hid there for two days. When he emerged from his hideout and walked past the same outpost a second time later, it was manned by a different group of soldiers.
Mr Lee later discovered that all of the Chinese men who were rounded up a few days earlier were actually taken to a river and shot dead. Japan had very strong tensions with China at that time, so this was the Japanese army’s way of punishing the Chinese.
So thanks to LKY’s quick wits and intuition, he managed to survive WWII. And the rest is history. Amazing how a brief moment in time could have had such a massive impact had the opposite outcome occurred.
If you really want to find out more about Mr Lee, I highly recommend that you browse the volumes I mentioned above. It can be found in our Singapore National Library’s main branch at Bugis, Level 7. During the time I spent editing and reading all of his interviews and speeches, the constant takeaway that I got was that he was an incredibly eloquent and intelligent man, someone who knew exactly what he wanted out of Singapore and how to go about achieving it.
Rest in peace, Lee Kuan Yew. Thank you making for Singapore a safe, prosperous, uncorrupted, and multi-cultural nation. These four pros alone far outweigh any other shortcomings about our country.
Just watch it and laugh, if you haven’t seen it before and have at least watched the first Matrix film.
This Flash video is almost 13-years-old, created long before the advent of YouTube. I remember reading about it in the entertainment section of our local newspaper. It was pretty funny back then, and it still holds up today. Unfortunately, I forgot to bookmark it and lost the hyperlink… and after over a decade, I finally managed to find it again.
On the slightly off-topic of Matrix continuity, I actually spent a couple of hours browsing the Matrix Wikia, and there’s actually a lot of deep background story and lore for the series. It’s a shame that the two sequel movies were such terrible films at telling stories.
You should never, ever use blu-tack to hang posters. I learned this the hard way after several years of sticking gobs of blu-tack to my bedroom walls to hang my posters. The damage done to the paint after removing them is quite bad:
I don’t have a picture to post because my camera is not good enough to capture the subtle red highlights on my fringe. I didn’t want to go overboard because this was the first in my life that I’ve ever coloured my hair, so I went for a small strip of red on one side of my fringe, just to test whether I liked the colour and to see if my body was somehow allergic to it (pretty sure that there’s no such thing).
Red highlights on the fringe. If you know me very well or have read my blog for the past year, you don’t need to make a hard guess to figure out which character gave me that inspiration.
Should I go back for a second round in a month or two, I need to highlight a lot more — probably the entire fringe if I want the red to standout. I’ll probably even highlight the back ends of my hair, because this is the way to be more strong.
Somehow, having highlights now has made me become more aware of the hair colours of the people around me. And I just realised that there are a lot of people who highlight or dye their hair too. 15 years ago such an act would have been considered taboo in our conservative Asian society, the same way how tattoos are still frowned upon by some people. How times have changed and how we have started to become more open-minded.
There is nothing wrong with adding a little bit of colour in our lives.
Absolutely amazing read about the rise and fall of Notch, the man who built the Minecraft empire. I’ve never played Minecraft, but my sister has, and I could immediately understand the appeal of sandbox construction games like these. Enjoyable by gamers of all ages, casual or hardcore.
And then Notch somehow became frustrated with his passion as he no longer wanted to be involved with development. The moral of the story: money can never buy you happiness, and success is also a poor measure of one’s satisfaction with life. Just ask Notch.
– Susan Calman, Edge magazine
In one sentence, Calman explains the problem with the series finale for Legend of Korra.
The whole point is NOT to have lesbian protagonist, it’s about understanding the main character’s feelings and motivations, and emphatising with them. If the viewer is unable to genuinely connect with Korra and Asami’s relationship, then I’m sorry, you have failed as a writer.