Archive for August 2011

Google Plus starting verification badges for profiles

Google announced that they are starting to roll out verification badges on Google Plus profiles. This is very similar to what Twitter has done with their verified account.

The verification badge is displayed next to the profile name on Google Plus. It’s a small little grey checkmark. When you mouse over the checkmark, it shows the word “verified name”.

Google is currently verifying celebrity, public figure and people who have been added to a large number of Circles.

I wonder if I qualify to get a verified badge. Hmmmm…. maybe not. I only got 370+ people who added me to a circle. Sigh.

“Retweet” is now in the Concise Oxford Dictionary. Woot!

“Retweet” made it into the Concise Oxford Dictionary recently. Woot! (So is the word “Woot”)

400 new words were added to the 12th edition of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary. Among the 400 words are tech-centric terms like “Retweet“, “Woot“, “Textspeak“, “Sexting” and “Cyberbullying“.

retweet: (on the social networking service Twitter) repost or forward (a message posted by another user)

woot: exclamation. informal (especially in electronic communication) used to express elation, enthusiasm, or triumph

But I don’t know if it is ok for you to use the word “Woot” in your GEC O level English Composition. So use it at your own risk. Haha.

PS: While the tech folks celebrate the inclusion of words like “Retweet” and “Woot” in the Concise Oxford Dictionary, the fashion folks must be moaning at the inclusion “Mankini“. For those who don’t know what’s a Mankini, Google it at your own risk.

Cook A Pot of Curry Day

Today is Cook A Pot of Curry Day. Are you cooking curry now?

I wonder if this will become an annual event. Something like Racial Harmony Day or Total Defence Day. “Cook A Pot of Curry Day” can be a day to remind everyone to be more tolerant towards other culture, religion and race. Living in a small multi-racial and multi-cultural country like Singapore, we really need to be more sensitive towards each other.

So whether you are cooking a real pot of curry or cooking imaginary curry (like me), let’s remember that we are cooking curry today to remind ourselves to be more tolerant towards one another.

Mas Riddim – I Love My Curry

Don’t use Google Translate for your election flyers

A friend of mine emailed me this recently. It’s an Election Flyer by Tan Kin Lian.

There is something wrong with the second line: “如果作为你们的总统选举”. For those who don’t know Mandrain, here’s the translation: “If I become your President Election”.

No no no no no no….. Mr Tan Kin Lian, I don’t want you to become our President Election (if that is even possible). Maybe you mean “民选总统” which means “Elected President”.

Did anyone even check before printing?

Actually, I think I know how they make such a big mistake. Take a look at the English version of the flyer.

Go to Google Translate and type the second line: “If elected as your President”.

Please…. don’t use Google Translate for your election flyers.

Facebook reminding you of your old status updates

Saw this on the side of my Facebook today. It appears to be some recently rolled out Facebook feature that shows you your old status updates.

Pretty interesting feature. The feature will show you status updates that you posted exactly on this day in the past.

Thank you Facebook for reminding me that I went back for Reservist 2 years ago. That was the toughest ICT ever. WOW… it’s been 2 years already. Felt like just last year.

I think there is no way to turn off this feature. Damn. Now I’m wondering if I’ve said something on Facebook in the past that I don’t want to be reminded.