Archive for March 2011

Panasonic launches new eco campaign – Channel E

Panasonic recently announced the launch of a new eco campaign, ‘Channel E’ on its Facebook community page at facebook.com/panasonicasia. They are now looking for Environmental Journalist and Environmental Photo Journalist to host the Channel.

To be an Environmental Journalist at Channel E, just upload a 10 to 30 seconds video on how committed you are to the environment. The winner will walk away with SGD$2000 cash and a Panasonic HDC-HS900 camcorder. He/she will also host Channel E for 6 weeks by creating 2 informative pieces on the environment per week.

To be an Environmental Photo Journalist, just upload a photo capturing an image that is either beautiful (beauty) or threatening to the planet (beast). The winner for the beauty category will walk away with SGD$500 cash and Panasonic DMC-LX5. The winner for the beast category will walk away with SGD$1000 cash and Panasonic DMC-GF2W. Both winners will also be sending 2 photos per week for 6 weeks to Channel E with caption on the environment.

The three-month Channel E campaign which runs from March to June 2011 is supported by the beautiful MTV VJ Holly Grabarek who provides advice on how to be an Environmental Journalist and Photo Journalist based on her experience as a MTV VJ.

Check out the website for more information about the contest.

Duke Nukem Forever delayed yet again

Come on guys…. I’m sure some of us see this coming. Yes, Duke Nukem Forever is delayed again.

Yeap, Duke never comes early. Duke Nukem Forever launch date has been delayed to June 10 internationally with a North American release on June 14. Not really a surprise to me actually.

But hey, we waiting for 13 years already. Surely we can wait another month….. right?

Trance on an acoustic guitar

This is simply amazing…..

Earth Hour in Singapore

Singapore marked Earth Hour yesterday with major buildings and skyscraper switching off non-essential lights at 8:30pm. I don’t know about you, but the darken Singapore City Skyline is just as beautiful (if not better) than any other night.

The city Skyline would have been more beautiful if buildings like OCBC Centre, Bank of China Building and Singapore Land Tower would switch off the lights on their company logo. Guys, lightings for your corporate logo is considered non-essential. Why can’t you switch it off for just 1 hour?

But the biggest culprit of the night has to be OUB Centre with their brightly lit “One Raffles Place” logo on one of the tallest building in Singapore. OK, we got the point that OUB Centre is now renamed as One Raffles Place. Sigh.

The organisers, World Wildlife Fund, held a 3.5km night walk around Marina Bay during Earth Hour to show solidarity in the push for a more sustainable future. More than 2000 people took part in the night walk.

One hour later, at 930pm, buildings at the Central Business District began to switch their lights back on. I always ask, why bother? Why bother to switch on the lights after 930pm? Why not just leave it switched off for the rest of the night?

Only Maybank, HSBC and a few other smaller buildings kept the non-essential lights switched off beyond 930pm. Good job guys! I wish more buildings will go beyond the hour and kept their non-essential lights turn off after Earth Hour. It’s just for one night. It won’t hurt a bit at all. In fact, buildings should switch off non-essential lights more often. Maybe once a month or even once a week.

The Earth Hour message this year is ‘make a commitment beyond the hour’. It’s irony because 15 minutes after Earth Hour, at 945pm, this happened.

The Marina Bay Sands light and water show. I don’t know whether I should laugh or cry when I saw the light show. Yes, thank you Marina Bay Sands for postponing the light show. The light show is supposed to be 930pm but they postponed it to 945pm instead so that clash with the end of Earth Hour. But why? Why can’t you just cancel the light show for one night. Just one night in a year.

What’s the point of taking part in Earth Hour when you go back to wasting electricity just 15 minutes later? It has become a trend for companies to take part in Earth Hour to look good in public. But what’s the point of taking part in Earth Hour when nothing has changed after that 60 minutes?

Earth Hour isn’t about saving the earth by switching off the lights for 1 hour each year. The carbon emission from all the marketing and activities surrounding Earth Hour will most likely overwrite the amount saved from switching off non-essential lights for 1 hour. Earth Hour is about education and generating awareness.

And clearly we didn’t learn anything from that hour.

Lightsaber Badminton

I guess here’s what happen if Jedi take up Badminton as a sport.