Archive for August, 2007

Singapore Swing

Interesting article from Smithsonian Magazine with a journalist’s view of how much Singapore has changed in the 37 years since he had first come here.

“It was 3 a.m. and I was fresh off a Singapore Airlines flight from Newark—at 18 hours, the longest regularly scheduled, nonstop commercial flight in the world. Jet lag was playing havoc with my system. So I left the hotel and headed over to Boat Quay, not expecting to find much except fresh air and solitude. This, after all, was Singapore, long ridiculed as a prissy, soulless place, with no DNA for fun, culture or the arts. Singapore? Isn’t that where chewing gum is illegal and Cosmopolitan magazine is banned as too racy? Where bars close before anyone starts having a good time, and everyone is so obsessed with work that the government launched a smile campaign to get people to lighten up?… 

… Whoooa! Could this be the stuffy, somber Singapore I had been warned about? This tiny nation—whose ascendancy from malaria-infested colonial backwater to gleaming global hub of trade, finance and transportation is one of Asia’s great success stories—is reinventing itself, this time as a party town and regional center for culture and the arts. “Prosperity is not our only goal, nor is economic growth an end in itself,” says Singapore’s prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong. Translation: let the good times roll. Suddenly people are describing the city with a word that, until recently, wasn’t even in the local vocabulary: trendy.”

The Facebook economy

Great article from Business 2.0 Magazine that focuses on how developers are making money from Facebook applications.

“… some startups are positioning themselves as Facebook app factories. “Netscape browsed the Web, Yahoo organized it, Google searched it, and now Facebook has made it social,” says Seth Goldstein, co-founder of SocialMedia, a small shop in Mill Valley, Calif., that’s already turned out such Facebook hits as FoodFight (throw a virtual lobster at your buddy) and Happyhour (send that buddy a cocktail).”

Our president can beat up your president

Holy smokes… Vladimir Putin looks like he can kick some ass.  Former KGB major and currently the president of Russia.

Putin

Put an AK47 in his hand, give Arnold Schwarzenegger an M16, and we could have a sequel to Commando.

Miss Teen South Carolina

It’s not that Americans are stupid… sometimes they just can’t think quickly on their feet.

Miss Teen South Carolina should go for a public speaking course.

Why is my LinkedIn showing dating ads?

Professional sites shouldn’t use Google Ads.  I just accepted a connection for a colleague’s Linkedin connection and then went to check out their profile… what do I see?

googads

I am curious as to how my colleague’s profile triggers a slew of ads for both dating and Asia-related items.  Sure, my colleague and I are both Asian, but that’s not listed in the profile anywhere.  Perhaps they’re bringing it up based on her last name (Zhang).

Or perhaps they just know I’ve been searching for Asian girls to date.  Hmm.

Regardless, when I’m on LinkedIn, meeting Asian girls is the furthest thing from my mind.

Google Ads make a site look cheap.

When You are Old and Grey

I was reading Detail Orientation the other day and she had included a Yeats poem.  I was re-reading that poem tonight and thought I’d also post it.

When You are Old and Grey

When you are old and grey and full of sleep,
And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;

How many loved your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty with love false or true,
But one man loved the pilgrim Soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face;

And bending down beside the glowing bars,
Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled
And paced upon the mountains overhead
And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.
W.B. Yeats

Camel kills woman

This has to be one of the most tragic ways to die.

Being raped by a camel.

We’re all just bits and bytes

“In fact, if you accept a pretty reasonable assumption of Dr. Bostrom’s, it is almost a mathematical certainty that we are living in someone else’s computer simulation.”

Our Lives, Controlled From Some Guy’s Couch

Why can’t I be in the simulation where they see what the world would be like with mainly hot girls and a small number of guys?

The Stock Market

Screw you, asshole.

Mixed Plate Special

I’m not sure if I’ve ever mentioned that I have a sister. In comments I have, but perhaps not directly in a blog entry. Anyway, I have a sister! She’s three years older than me and lives on the big island of Hawaii, Oahu. She has been / still is a journalist, writer, surfer, café proprietor, spa manager, and apparently people like her very much! (But I haven’t been to Hawaii to verify this for myself – Shane’s fiancée has been there and visited her and they have hit it off and now talk frequently, which I find rather amusing, cause she’s my sister!).

Anyway, I digress.

I am very proud of my sister; she has a very adventurous spirit. And I am jealous at her ability to write! Yes, she is definitely the more creative sibling. Sigh.

She has a new project that you might want to check out. A good example of how a small group of passionate people can quickly come up with something cool and have it available to the world via the internet.

It’s Mixed Plate Special.

It’s an e-zine that has appeal across a variety of areas, and its main mission is this (excerpt):

“At face value, mixedplatespecial.com is an artistic, moving chronicle of modern life in Hawai’i. We see the elements of our unique island lifestyle not as distinctions that set Hawai’i apart, but opportunities to invite the world to participate. We’ve heard so many times that Hawai’i can be the model for sustainability, a condition more critical and maybe even more achievable in island communities. And then what?”

Check it out! Sign up, leave comments, learn.