21-31 October 2002
|30 Oct||Still Sick|
|29 Oct||Bar Top Dancing redux|
|28 Oct||The World Today|
|27 Oct||The Ellen Feiss phenomenon|
|24 Oct||Star Trek: Nemesis in Singapore|
|23 Oct||Fare Gates for Left-Handers, part IV|
|23 Oct||ADA for the Internet?, part II|
30 October 2002 11:46 PM SGT
I'm still sick, only now it's a cough that really drains me of energy, which is why you won't be seeing too many updates here for the time being. As for the previous post, I remembered the part about TalkingCock.com's disclaimer (see Deep Linking), but in this case the alternative (here's their main site, find the story yourself) is a bit too cumbersome.
Speaking of deep linking, here's a good (if quite one-sided) article in Wired, Rooting Around Site With Intent?, about the Swedish company that claims a Reuters reporter "hacked" into their site to access confidential financial data. As you'll read, their actual legal case could be much more flimsy than that.
Bar Top Dancing redux
29 October 2002 10:41 PM SGT
28 October 2002 10:28 PM SGT
I watched Finding Forrester again yesterday (watched it in the cinema before) & one thing struck me (again?) - the fact that the 16-year-old high school student Jamal addresses his mentor, the 70-year-old William Forrester, acclaimed novelist, as simply "William." Maybe it's my upbringing or the cultural milieu, but calling someone so senior to you & mentoring you (in writing, in this case), by his personal name seems wrong somehow. Does the actor playing Jamal (Rob Brown) - fresh in acting - call Sean Connery, with decades of experience under his belt, "Sean" too? If that's the case, Hollywood can be an amazingly egalitarian place. Or else, mei da mei xiao (literally "no big & small: not respectful of one's elders or seniors).
The World Today
28 October 2002 9:44 PM SGT
Since this incident, I have cut down on my book reading this month in favour of magazine reading (Newsweek & Time mainly). Too much of current affairs has me thinking that the world is rapidly going to hell. Witness:
- Australia, East Timor & bin Laden: In a television broadcast obtained by BBC & shown on Panorama, bin Laden is said to have threatened Australia & its citizens in November (Report: al-Qaida Targeted Aussies):
"...Crusading Australian forces were on the Indonesian shores and they actually went in to separate East Timor, (which) is part of the countries of the Islamic world."
- Osama bin Laden
Never mind that East Timor was forcibly annexed by Indonesia in 1975, a clear act of aggression long ignored by the global community. Never mind that a democratic referendum was held & decided in favour of independence, only to see Indonesian militants massacre the populace & ravage the towns. Never mind that the Australians were acting as the bulwark of an international force, taking a strong stand on behalf of the East Timorese. & never mind that most of the East Timorese are Roman Catholics! (CIA World Factbook) Just like in a broadcast shortly after September 11 2001 when bin Laden called for support from the Palestinians, he reveals himself here to be an opportunist, eager to exploit local grievances for his "greater" cause, whatever visions of a pan-Arab or pan-Islamic state he may have.
North Korea: What's been largely swept under the carpet is the little fact that the disclosure by North Korea to Assistant Secretary James Kelly that it had nuclear weapons, & considered the 1994 Agreed Framework nullified, was actually made on Oct 4, 12 days after it was revealed to the world by the Bush administration (when journalists were about to release it themselves). Congress & the Senate passed the tough resolution on Iraq's compliance with UN inspections & authority for the White House to act if otherwise, on Oct 10. Did the Bush administration deliberately delay the release of this important bit of news so as not to upset the boat (Iraq resolution)? Or was it, as it says, consulting with allies? Read this: Nuclear Test (The New Republic). I'll find another article with an opposing viewpoint soon.
Moscow & Chechnya: The crisis in Moscow might have ended but the problems in Chechnya remain. More attention seems to have been paid on the hostage situation & the drama rather than the Chechen war, & the fact that this time the terrorists actually had specific demands instead of just killing everyone in the theatre. Oh well, I suppose that was to be expected (the coverage, I mean). A good summary: Show of Nerve (Newsweek).
27 October 2002 12:08 AM SGT
It started with a small sore throat on Thursday, worsened into a fever by the end of the day (I went to work thinking I would be fine; obviously I was wrong), & with the help of antibiotics the symptoms have receded only to be replaced by a dry cough. I can't help but be reminded of the infamous influenza Tekong that was rampant during my BMT days - nearly everyone in & around the bunks were coughing that it resembled a hospital. & since only those with really serious symptoms like fever got Attend C (military MC; go home to rest), the virus(es) simply recirculated around the place & never really left us. I remember I took a week or so to shake it off after I returned to the mainland.
The Ellen Feiss phenomenon
27 October 2002 12:02 AM SGT
Something about the Apple Switch campaign again: Ellen Feiss the student has been embraced by a small cult of Mac enthusiasts (young, pretty etc.) & marijuana advocates (because, they claim, she looks stoned in the ad). Apple 'Switch' Star Flies High - about the hippie fans - & Impressions of a Young Mac Geek - a lookalike contest in Sweden. Not quite of "all your base are belong to us" fame yet, but she may just get there.
Star Trek: Nemesis in Singapore
24 October 2002 12:04 AM SGT
Fare Gates for Left-Handers, part IV
23 October 2002 11:58 PM SGT
I refer to your feedback regarding designated fare gates for left handers.
Our fare gates were designed and constructed so as to facilitate the flow of people. This is why the gates were designed for the card to be inserted / scanned on the right side, as the majority of users are right handers.
Notwithstanding this, we note your concerns, and in fact our past studies have shown that the majority of left handers are comfortable with the current gate design.
Having dedicated gates for left handers would impede the movement of people, as they would have to accustom to a differentiation in design. Also, most left handers would also not take the trouble to make their way to these gates, just to get their card scanned.
Thank you for your feedback.
ADA for the Internet?, part II
23 October 2002 11:56 PM SGT