Archive for March 2009

World Class Transport

One of the best thing I like about our World Class Transport is the ability to check the bus arrival timing using online or SMS. Since I have an iPhone and data plan, I would usually check the estimated bus arrival timing using mobile safari. It’s always good to have a rough estimate of how long you need to wait at the bus stop. You can plan your journey wisely. Especially when you got this.

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20 minutes? Not a problem for me. I can walk over to another bus stop nearby and hop on another bus that is going to the same destination.

Luckily there is IRIS. See, Singapore’s world class transport is good. Don’t complain ok?

傻傻的心痛也不觉疼

Just one of those many emo nights. And this emo song that is on repeat isn’t helping much.
Next time, listen to something cheerful at night.

等你想起这没用的人

伍家辉 – 一人一半

一人一半 感情不散
一人一素故 感情才会久

时光累计 安静的泪滴
一心去追 爱那么可贵

这样的人 这样地等
无非是等个回应眼神
为爱翻滚 不计伤痕
甘心为你一生都浮沉

这样的人 别笑我蠢
傻傻的心痛也不觉疼
就算天冷 就算残忍
等你想起这没用的人

一人一半 感情不散
已经找到爱 为何要离开

时光累计 安静的泪滴
一心去追 爱那么可贵

这样的人 这样地等
无非是等个回应眼神
为爱翻滚 不计伤痕
甘心为你一生都浮沉

这样的人 别笑我蠢
傻傻的心痛也不觉疼
就算天冷 就算残忍
等你想起这没用的人

一人一半 感情不散
已经找到爱 为何要离开
已经找到爱 为何要离开

Multi-touch Interactive Table at Noise Singapore

I was invited to the launch of Noise Singapore at Far East Plaza Level 1 a few weeks ago. Initially I thought it’s just going to be an Arts event. I didn’t expect to see any high tech stuff at the event. Well, I was wrong. There is this amazing Multi-touch interactive table that was created by a local company called Digital Dreams Pte Ltd. The event organizers are using the Multi-touch table to display some of the artworks by local young artist. Check out the video I took.

From what I understand, the software is running on top of Windows XP. It has a 42 inch touch screen but they can support bigger screen if you want. Pretty cool stuff. Looks like we are another step closer to minority report.

Check out the Multi-Touch Interactive Table in action at Far East Plaza Level 1 from now till 29 March 09.

Releasing 1000 balloons into the sky as a symbol of soaring love

1,000 couples reaffirm love and commitment at Marina Barrage event called Real Love Works held by Marriage Central (by National Family Council). As a symbol of their soaring love, a thousand balloons were released into the sky.

OK, let me get this right. 1000 couples gathered at Marina Barrage and release 1000 balloons into the sky as a symbol of their soaring love. Their “soaring love” flew into the sky and is carried away to the open sea by the wind. Several hours later, their “soaring love” runs out of helium and falls back to the ground and some into the sea. Some marine life might mistook their “soaring love” as prey, eat it and die. Hmmm…. great symbolism.

Hurray for “soaring love”.

Seriously, is there a need for releasing balloons to signify something. I do not understand how a simple releasing of balloon can be used to signify love. (And in previous case, signify launch of earth hour) If releasing balloon can be used to signify anything, I think it should be signifying pollution and murder. Surely there can be other ways to signify soaring love.

Which makes me wonder, are those 1000 balloon biodegradable? Even if they are biodegradable, it can still pose as a threat to marine life, especially when the balloon release was held at Marina Barrage which is next to open sea. And as Chillycraps mentioned previously, biodegradable plastics only biodegrade into smaller particles which still can harm the environment. (Further details please wait for his thesis to finish)

There are many ways to bring your event message across without harming the environment and wildlife. Instead of releasing balloons to signify “soaring love”, why not hold on to the balloon to signify “holding on to love”.

Oh, by the way, I thought the maximum number of balloon release allowed in Singapore is 500? Did the event organisers apply a permit from CAAS?

Update: Just saw the photos of the event on ECL’s blog. Imagine all that landing into the sea. (One of the balloon even reached JB)

PS: Saw on the photos that balloons are tied to nylon string. The one that Minister Vivian Balakrishnan was holding is tied to a ribbon. Even if the balloons are biodegradable, I’m sure the nylon string aren’t. And nylon string can also do a lot of damages to marine life.

All your Pod belongs to Apple

I think this blog entry should be file under “stupid trademark and patent claims”.

The makers of Podium iPhone stand claims that they received a Cease and Desist order from Apple legal team.

Flypod and Podium consist in substantial part of the dominant suffix of Apple’s iPod mark and incorporate Apple’s Pod mark in their entirety. In light of the nature of Procreate Inc.’s goods, there can be little doubt that Apple’s iPod mark is known to your client and that the “Pod” component of Procreate’s marks is a direct reference to the iPod mark.

In short, you cannot name your product with the word “pod” as it will infringe Apple’s trademark. But Apple’s legal team seems to have forgotten that “Podium” is actually a word that can be found in the dictionary.

If this lawsuit goes ahead and the judge rules Apple in favor, then we might need to think of a new name for some stuff like Tripod and EscapePod

Apple also claims that the Pivotal Podium shares the “styling” of the iMac’s base support. I do agree with that, but I’m sure it won’t confuse consumers to think that this is from Apple.

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Actually, the Podium looks quite beautiful. I might have bought it if not for that hefty price tag.