Archive for November 2007

Your son’s name is Robert’); DROP TABLE Students; —

Saw this joke on NTT’s blog. This got to be the most geeky and brilliant comic I’ve ever seen.

My fave is the one where the son’s name destroyed the entire database.. Maybe because I’m dealing with database everyday at work, that why I can connect with the joke better.

Who would name their son “Robert’); DROP TABLE Students; –“? Is it possible to have such a name? How do you pronounce it?

Anyway, this comic is full of things that by right won’t occur in real life. But imagine if that name is allowed, it will surely create a mess in the school database. Did you catch the joke? I was laughing in office when I saw it. I forward to a few of my colleagues, some of them didn’t catch the joke until I explained to them.

This joke is about database SQL. For the uninitiated, let me try to explain some basic SQL.

For adding record (for example Students table), the syntax is usually like this:-

INSERT INTO Students (Name, age, address) VALUES (‘DK’, ’27’, ‘Singapore’);

Imagine if that guy’s name is added into the database. The insert statement will look something like this:-

INSERT INTO Students (Name, age, address) VALUES (‘Robert’); DROP TABLE Students; –‘, ’23’, ‘xkcd’);

That will break the SQL into 3 parts.
The first part will return a insert error cause insufficient input entered.

INSERT INTO Students (Name, age, address) VALUES (‘Robert’);

The second part will delete the entire student table in the database.

DROP TABLE Students;

And the last part will comment off the remaining syntax so that the command can be executed without errors.

–‘, ’23’, ‘xkcd’);

Clever right? Who would have thought of that?
Anyone going to name his/her son Robert’); DROP TABLE Students; — ?

Owns the media, rules the world

I’m always amazed by some of the article on the newspaper. Especially this article from Today regarding the MDA Senior Management Rap

Notorious M.D.A.

Rap video by agency’s head honchos surprises with its ‘fun’ approach to promoting Singapore’s media industry

Thursday • November 22, 2007

Christopher Toh
christophertoh@mediacorp.com.sg

Alright, stop, collaborate and listen,

MDA’s back with a brand new invention.

Rap videos for the peeps, y’all.

That’s what the senior management at the Media Development Authority (MDA) have come up with to deliver their message about the future of Singapore’s media industry.

The four-and-a-half minute Senior Management Rap video features practically everyone from chief executive officer Christopher Chia to chief information officer Yeo Chun Cheng and media content director Amy Chua.

The video spells out, complete with rap slang — in the vein of rappers like 50 Cent, Jay-Z, Notorious B.I.G. and Kanye West — their work plans and visions for the future of Singapore’s media industry.

Chia, for example, raps: “They call me CEO, hear me out everyone. My aim, a vibrant media hub for the city. Singapore-made content to be No 1 media choice and jobs for everybody.”

It was originally made as a fun video for a staff conference earlier this year, but staff response was so good it was included as an extra in their innovative annual report — which came in the form of a thumb drive.

“The idea for our Senior Management Rap is to share MDA’s vision for the media industry in a fun and engaging manner,” MDA’s communications director, Cassandra Tay told Today. “Most importantly, it showcases the capability of local media industry.”

“Just because we are a government agency doesn’t mean we cannot have some fun,” agreed Man Shu Sum, MDA’s director of broadcast and film, who appears as a Mafia-like character in the video.

“We are dealing with media people talking about media content with lots of new ideas, so the presentation has to tally with what we are doing. And, hopefully, people can accept that it comes from a government agency.”

The video was filmed by TV production company threesixzero Productions, with the “rappers” doing their thang against a green screen, and the visuals added in later.

The music was written by Bernard Teo of local rap band, Chou Pi Jiang, and lyrics by Mohd Sharin, with some input from MDA. The video took about a month to do.

“I think all of us enjoyed doing it,” said Man. “It turned out quite fun and interesting.”

Nobody expected anything to come out of it until Peter Ho, head of the Civil Service, flagged it out as a good example of clear signalling and leadership during a civil service convention.

The MDA received so many requests about the music video that they have uploaded it onto their website (www.mda.gov.sg/wms.www/video.htm).

“It’s quite surprising. But they’re quite sporting,” said Sharil, a marketing executive who watched the video. “They’re the last people you’d expect to do this.” Added tech support executive Daniel Hock: “I think it’s quite entertaining. Although some bits didn’t quite rhyme, it was a good effort.”

In response, Man said they “didn’t expect it to draw so much attention”.

“We are delighted that the music video has helped to raise the profile of our media talents,” said Tay.

“Not only is it produced by a local TV company, the song is written by a local musician — TV and music being two key media sectors we will be promoting. We will continue to explore creative ways to stay connected with our stakeholders and promote our media industry,” he said.

So, will MDA release more music videos to get its message across? “I think we should have new ideas every year,” said Man. “I don’t know what’s next. We’ll see.”

And in the words of the Senior Management Rap: “Yes, yes, y’all, we don’t stop. Get creative, can do, rock on. Yes, yes, y’all we don’t stop. Get creative, worldwide, rock on.”

It reminds me a saying that whoever owns the media rules the world. The media is powerful. A dead person can become a living person. A black cat can become a white cat. If you own the media, you control what you want people to think. No matter how bad that Rap is, you can still write until it seems like the next best thing after The Slim Shady.

But perhaps someone forgotten that the media can no longer belongs to one person.

And that if you say the person is alive, there will be tons of people out there trying to proof that the person is dead. And if you said the cat is white, there will be millions of pictures showing that the cat is indeed black. And if you said they rap better than Slim, well….. just look at the responds in the blogs.

Welcome to the new media, MDA. Censorship doesn’t apply here. If it does, then these blogs surely won’t make it pass your scissors.

mrbrown – MDA Senior Director’s Rap
Theory is the reason – Battle of the Snarks: On MDA’s mindnumbing rap music video
Popagandhi – Nightmares Guaranteed, Confirm Plus Chop
Arzhou – MDA Rap MTV – Let’s show the world our “Talents”
Bits & Bytes makes a Bitbot – Singapore govt tries to “hip” it up with rap video
Balderdash – Sing along to the MDA Senior Management Rap
Tym Blogs Too! – As if we needed another reason …
Beeker: full of hot air – bad stuff, cannot bluff
All and Sundry Singapore – MDA Directors doing Rap! Hype and Happening!
The media slut – Who will rap MDA for their (c)rap?
lbandit – Yo yo, MDA y’all
A Real Man Cries When Necessary – I am rendered speechless

Sorry for not linking to all the blogs that talks about this issue. There are just too many out there. I’m still looking for a blog that give positive comments about this video clip. Yet to find any.

Heng Li Lang, Acting Director of Strategic Planning Group said in the Rap that “Market trends, that’s like my very best friend”. I wonder if she see the amount of negative feedback they got. One thing for sure, they don’t know what’s the real market trend is.

To add on, a phrase in the article made me feel even more disturbed. “It was originally made as a fun video for a staff conference earlier this year” You mean you guys actually spend so much money and time on something that was originally meant as a fun video for staff conference?

Makes me wonder…… Did we pay too much for TV and Radio license fee?

Coldplay – What If

Coldplay – What If

What if there was no lie
Nothing wrong, nothing right
What if there was no time
And no reason, or rhyme
What if you should decide
That you don’t want me there by your side
That you don’t want me there in your life
What if I got it wrong
And no poem or song
Could put right what I got wrong
Or make you feel I belong

What if you should decide
That you don’t want me there by your side
That you don’t want me there in your life

Ooh ooh-ooh, that’s right
Let’s take a breath, jump over the side
Ooh ooh-ooh, that’s right
How can you know it, if you don’t even try
Ooh ooh-ooh, that’s right

Every step that you take
Could be your biggest mistake
It could bend or it could break
That’s the risk that you take

What if you should decide
That you don’t want me there in your life
That you don’t want me there by your side

Ooh ooh-ooh, that’s right
Let’s take a breath, jump over the side
Ooh ooh-ooh, that’s right
How can you know when you don’t even try
Ooh ooh-ooh, that’s right

Oh – Ooh ooh-ooh, that’s right,
Let’s take a breath, jump over the side.
Ooh ooh-ooh, that’s right,
You know that darkness always turns into light.
Ooh-ooh, that’s right

MDA Senior Management Rap (Contains some disturbing scenes)

I think MDA needs to come up with new film classifications for this video. This video clip is beyond R21 rating.

Warning: The film is not suitable for anyone below the age of 21 23. Contains some disturbing scenes.
Watch at your own risk. You have been warned.

Strange. Did MDA submit this clip to their own censorship board? I bet there wouldn’t be anything left after it gone thru the censorship board’s scissors.

The video was produced by local production house Threesixzero Productions.
It enlisted director Daniel Stevenson from Australia and the music was written by local composer Bernard Teo.
The lyrics were a collaboration between songwriter Mohd Sharin and MDA officers.

Can someone explain what message are they trying to convey thru this video? How much taxpayers’ money is wasted on this video?

And how come nobody step out and say “Boss, I think its not a good idea. You all look like clowns in the video.”
Either the staffs hate the senior management and want to see them make a fool out of themselves. Or they are afraid to tell their senior management that they look like clowns. Why didn’t anyone stop them?

Are they trying to outdo the Malaysia’s information minister’s joke?

Yes yes y’all, we don’t stop
Get creative, can do, rock on!
Yes yes y’all, we don’t stop
Get connected worldwide, rock on!

Indeed very creative. They remind me of the P65.
So what’s next from our highly paid government?

他跟我玩! 我打给Stomp!

Someone uploaded another video clip about the TPY incident where a Ang Moh who hit 2 girls

The previous 2 video clip are provided by the victim. But this new clip seems to be from another person. I didn’t mention in my previous post that the victim is a star blogger at Stomp. After all, star blogger also human, still need to queue up to buy chicken rice also. So why need special mention?

But it seems that being a star blogger does have some benefits.

Like activating the entire Stomp crew to help out when in trouble.

She gave me the feeling that she thinks she can use Stomp to take revenge on the Ang Moh because she is a star blogger at Stomp.

“他跟我玩! 我打给Stomp!”

Isn’t that nice? Star blogger personal Stomp hotline. I wonder how many calls does Serene get from their star bloggers everyday. Poor gal.