Archive for June 2010

*SCAPE balloon release – What kind of message are they sending to our youth? #scapesg

I got a couple of SMS and emails from friends and blog readers last Saturday regarding *SCAPE doing a balloon release during their launch on 19 June 2010. The first thing that came to my mind was: What the Fuck were they thinking?

What is *SCAPE trying to do? Are they trying to tell our youth that balloon release is ok? “Hey, it’s the *SCAPE opening, the brand new park for the youth at Orchard. So why not just release 500 balloons into the air and see how they fly. Isn’t that a beautiful sight?”

Yes, 500 balloons floating in the air is a beautiful sight. But what about 500 balloons floating in the open sea for weeks or months? Or 500 balloons in the drains or forest as rubbish? That is not a beautiful sight. And you know what? That 500 balloons that Scape Park released on their opening night is most likely in the sea or the forest now. Good job Scape Park. Why not just give all attendees 500 deflated balloons and let them litter on your sparking new park?

I’ve been saying this again and again on my blog that balloon release is harmful to the environment. If we are lucky, the balloon just end up as litter in the sea or forest. If we are not lucky, a sea turtle or bird might mistook the balloon as their prey and choke on it. Balloon release is unnecessary and I still do not understand why any organization would put balloon release as part of their event.

It sadden me every time when I see ignorant organisation doing balloon release without researching or thinking. Common sense would tell you that the balloons that you release will fall back to earth as litter. Yet I do not understand why do they want to do it in the first place.

I can only spread the message on my blog. I’m glad I managed to convince some organizations to remove balloon release from their event. But there is only this much I can do. Please, if you are reading this, help educate the people around you. Tell them the harms of balloon release. Tell them not to take part in any activities that have balloon release as part of their program. If you see any events about to do balloon release, walk up to the organizers and tell them about the harm of balloon release.

As for the *SCAPE, my only question for them is: What kind of message are you sending to our youth? After reading their mission statement, I know 1 thing for sure that they failed in cultivating social responsibility.

PS: All photos on this blog were found online. I wasn’t at the event. If I am, I’ll most likely walk up to the organizers and tell them to stop the balloon release.

Update: *SCAPE responded on their facebook.

I love my job

In case you guys/gals are wonder what am I talking about in my recent tweet, here’s the explanation.

From Sorry Sorry……

to Nobody Nobody.

I love my job. Its been just 4 weeks only and I’ve experienced a lot of things. A lot!

First Look: Sony Ericsson Xperia X8

If you want me to summarize the Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 in a few words, I would say the Sony Ericsson X8 is the Sony Ericsson X10 mini upsized. Or Sony Ericsson X10 medium. It is no surprise that Sony Ericsson release a phone with specs like the Xperia X8. They need a phone that covers the middle area between the Sony Ericsson X10 and X10 mini. I managed to get a 5 minutes sneak peak at the Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 at the recent launch.

The Xperia X8 is a 3.0 inch (320×480 HVGA) Android 1.6 phone running on a 600MHz processor. 9.9 x 5.4 x 1.5cm and weighs 104g. It is using the same (or almost the same) user interface as the X10 mini with 4 easy access corners. Personally, I kinda like this simple to use interface by Sony Ericsson. The X8 has a phone memory of 128MB and a MicroSD slot which supports up to 16GB card (A 2GB MicroSD card is included)

Like most smartphones, the Xperia X8 has WIFI, Bluetooth and A-GPS. There is no mention of Digital Compass on the press release but I would presume it has (will update when I get confirmation). 3.5mm Audio Jack and a MicroUSB port for charging and data transfer. 3.2 megapixel camera WITHOUT autofocus.

The Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 is expected to hit the market in Q3 2010. Come in Pink/White, Dark Blue/White, Aqua Blue/White, Silver/White and White.

There is no news on when the Sony Ericsson X8 will be upgraded from Android 1.6 to 2.1 (or higher). But we do know from the press release that the Sony Ericsson X10, X10 mini and X10 mini pro will get their Android 2.1 upgrade in Q3 2010.

Orchard River (Previously known as Orchard Road)

Orchard Road was transformed into Orchard River yesterday. No, this is not some celebration of the Dragon Boat Festival celebrations although it would be damn cool if they try it next year. It was a freak accident. The type that happens once in 50 years.

Wait, didn’t that 1 in 50 years thing just happen last year? Hmmm…. Does that make it 2 in 50 years then? Or 1 in 25 years? If it happens again next year, would that qualify as an annual event?

Luckily for me, I was on leave yesterday. Else I guess I’ll need to change to my swimming trunk during lunch time. Or row a boat to my favorite fast food restaurant, Wendy’s, which just open 3 days ago at Liat Tower. Oh wait, Wendy’s is completely flooded yesterday. I guess I will need to have diving gears too.

A 1999 TNP article said that Orchard Road will never flood. Really meh?

Actually, some folks on Twitter already predicted that there will be flood yesterday. Maybe the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources (MEWR) should hire them so that they can provide early warning to Singaporeans. The shop owners at Orchard River would certainly need their service. They could move their goods to higher ground (or shelves) and avoid heavy losses.

Here are some photos that I saw on Twitter. This is Citizen Journalism.

I think Singapore Tourism Board should really consider organizing a Dragon Boat Race down Orchard Road someday. I’m sure it will be able to attract a lot of tourists to our beautiful island. I’ll gladly live blog about the event if it happens. I think it will be damn cool lah. Imagine transforming Orchard Road into Orchard River once every year for Dragon Boat Festival. Sure to attract as many tourist as Chingay or Christmas Light up.

PS: That photo is photoshopped (I found it on Twitter too). But it helps you visualize how Dragon Boat along Orchard River will be like. Isn’t that cool?

Singapore gets iTunes on iPhone! But you still can’t buy music.

I got 1 good news and 1 bad news. The good news is, the Singapore iTunes store on iPhone and iPod Touch is now online! The bad news however, is that you still can’t buy music from the iTunes store in Singapore. Currently, you can only access Podcast and iTune U on the iTunes store.

OK, so you might be asking, why have an iTunes store on iPhone and iPod Touch when you can’t buy music? In the past, we can’t access iTunes store in Singapore on our iPhone. Not a big issue for those who are not interested in buying music on their iPhone. But if you want to update your podcast on the go, you can’t! Because if you want to update your podcast on the go, you need to access iTunes store. You won’t have any problem if you are from countries with iTunes store. But if you are from countries that doesn’t have iTunes store like Singapore, you will be greeted with a message that says iTunes store is not available in your country and the iTunes store application will exit before you do anything. This is actually quite stupid and I’ve been complaining about this since iPhone 2.2 firmware. (or should I say iOS 2.2)

So I’m glad that we can finally access iTunes store on iPhone and iPod Touch to get the latest podcast update. But here is another problem.

The stupid 20mb limit when downloading over 3G network. Not sure about you, but most of the podcast I listen are more than 20mb. Damn.

Looks like I still need to use my workaround to download large files on iPhone over 3G.