Archive for November 2010

Let patriotic Singaporeans wear our national flag

Whenever someone mentioned the 2002 World Cup hosted by Japan and South Korea, image of this female fan always come to my mind.

No, its not because she is pretty. I remember her for the way she showed her patriotism – wearing the South Korea national flag as a dress.

And she is not the first person in the world to wear national flag to show patriotism. We always see people incorporate their national flag design to their dressing. But not in Singapore. Why? Because of the Singapore Arms and Flag and National Anthem Act.

No person shall use or apply the Flag or any image thereof as or as part of any costume or attire except in such circumstances as may be approved by the Minister, being circumstances wherein there is no disrespect for the Flag

Honestly, I hate this law. Why must a citizen seek the Minister’s approval to show his/her patriotism by using the flag image on his/her attire? This doesn’t make sense at all.

The national water polo team got into trouble lately at the 2010 Asian Games for their custom-made swimming trunks. Here’s a picture of the swimming trunk.

Some people might find it disrespectful because the crescent moon and stars are near the groin area. But is it disrespectful? Or rather, is there an intent to be disrespectful? I don’t think so.

It can only be disrespectful if the intent to place the design there is to be disrespectful. Just because the design is near the groin area doesn’t mean that it is disrespectful. There is only that much area on the swimming trunk. What do you want? The water polo team custom made that swimming trunk to show their patriotism. Why are we stopping them?

In fact, we should salute them for displaying their patriotism at the Asian Games. Most of our athletes in other sports are foreign talents. Do you think they are patriotic towards Singapore?

The water polo team is representing Singapore in an international tournaments. They want to wear the crescent moon and five stars to show their patriotism. What is wrong with that? It’s time we stop being so narrow minded.

MICA should be happy that our water polo team are patriotic. And not stop them from displaying their patriotism on international arena. In fact MICA should allow all Singaporeans to use the National Flag in any way they want to show their love towards Singapore.

The government always wonder why Singaporeans aren’t patriotic and don’t have the sense of belonging here. How do you be patriotic when you can’t even use your own national flag to display your love for the country? This is my country. This is my flag. Why can’t I wear it to show my patriotism?

Let Singaporeans wear our national flag to show their patriotism.

Frank Sinatra – Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

I guess it is not too early to play Christmas songs. After all, we are just one month away from Christmas.

Here’s one of my favorite Christmas song. Actually I prefer Judy Garland’s version. But couldn’t find a copy that allows embedding.

Still miss the Christmas back in 2007………

Someday soon we all will be together
If the fates allow

Frank Sinatra – Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Let your heart be light
Next year all our troubles will be out of sight

Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Make the yuletide gay
Next year all our troubles will be miles away

Once again as in olden days
Happy golden days of yore
Faithful friends who were dear to us
Will be near to us once more

Someday soon we all will be together
If the fates allow
Hang a shining star upon the highest bough
So have yourself a merry little Christmas now

Send SMS, MMS or stream video to 911?

FCC is looking at letting US citizens report crimes through text messages and even stream video from their mobile phones to emergency centers. According to the article, America’s 911 handles more than 230 million calls a year – 70 percent of which come from mobile phones.

And since all mobile phone allows SMS, why not let people report crime using SMS or MMS? Or even better, stream video of the crime happening so that it can help the police can get a clearer picture.

I know there are concerns that the service might be abused. You can always charge people who misuse the emergency SMS/MMS/video streaming. The pros outweighs the cons. It is always useful to provide more options for citizen to get help in case of emergency. You never know when you might find yourself in a situation where you need emergency assistance but can’t talk on the phone. (Maybe because talking on the phone will endanger your life)

I think it’s a good move by FCC. I always thought we could do that already.

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Here in Singapore, our Singapore Police Force have a 70999 SMS service for emergency services. But this service is only for the members of the deaf, hard-of-hearing and speech-impaired community. The mobile phone must be pre-registered with the SPF before it can use 70999 to make an emergency report.

Come to think of it, perhaps SPF should look into extending this 70999 SMS service to everyone. You’ll never know when a SMS can save somebody’s life.

Microsoft Kinect left open by ‘design’

Here’s a surprising turn of events. Microsoft representatives said that the Kinect motion-controller was left open by “design,” despite earlier comments by the company that it did not “condone” Kinect’s hacking. This means that Microsoft is most likely not going to stop anyone from hacking the Kinect motion controller or using the open source Kinect drivers. No need to worry about firmware updates breaking the hacks. (At least they won’t break it intentionally, unlike some other companies)

Here’s an interesting Kinect hack that I found recently. Someone from MIT mounted the Kinect motion-controller to a iRobot. Now it can detect hand gestures and go to the place that you are point.

Now, if only there is a gesture to make it fetch a bottle of beer from the fridge.

There’s actually quite a lot of other Kinect hacks out there already even though the Kinect was release less than a month ago. And we can expect to see more to come……

Is it just me or has Microsoft become a cooler company lately?

Nexaria BC2 router with iPhone tethering

I have no idea why anyone would want to buy this Nexaria BC2 router which supports iPhone tethering. Other than to remind them how stupid it is that Apple still disallows WIFI tethering.

If you really need WIFI tethering, try getting an phone with Android 2.2 and above. Or a Symbian phone and Joikuspot. Or even jailbreak your iPhone. Why get additional hardware just to do WIFI tethering on your iPhone?

OK, the Nexaria BC2 router provides better security. And it charges your iPhone while WIFI tethering.

So if you really feel the need to get additional hardware just to WIFI tether your iPhone, head down to their website and place your order. They ship to Singapore too.

And pray that Apple doesn’t allow WIFI tethering on iPhone or your Nexaria BC2 router will be pretty much useless.

PS: OK, you can also plug in a 3G dongle which makes more sense for this product. But then, why not get a MIFI instead?