Archive for May 2012

A part of Singapore history we should never forget

I always think that Pritam Singh is one of the best speaker in our Parliament. During the recent rally for Hougang By Election, Pritam Singh reminded everyone a part of Singapore history that we should never forget.

The full speech transcript can be found here.

These are things that you will never find in the history textbook. Thank you for reminding everyone about Wee Toon Boon, Phey Yew Kok, Teh Cheang Wan and Choo Wee Khiang. I don’t really know much about them. I think I’ll try to read up more about them when I’m free. It’s a pity we didn’t learn about them in school.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I don’t blame PAP for having these people in their party. Such things are sometimes unavoidable. It is good that they were charged in court eventually for what they have done. But at the same time, I think we should never sweep these ugly past under the carpet. They should be in the Singapore history textbook and act as a constant reminder to everyone that corruption cannot be tolerated in Singapore.

This, I think, is far better preventive measure than million dollar minister salary.

Facebook went public at $38 per share

Facebook finally went public at a price of $38 per share. On Friday, 18 May 2012, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg rang the Nasdaq opening bell from his corporations headquarters in Menlo Park, California.

I don’t have any records on this, but Mark Zuckerberg is perhaps the first person ever to ring the Nasdaq bell while wearing a hoodie. If you have been following Facebook IPO news lately, you will know that Mark’s hoodie got quite a bit of attention from business analyst. He has been showing up at high stakes investor meetings last week wearing the hoodie instead of a traditional suit. Analyst Michael Pachter said on a Bloomberg TV interview that wearing a hoodie instead of a suit is a mark of immaturity. It shows that he doesn’t care much.

But come on. To be fair, every big tech company CEO needs a signature attire. Steve Jobs has his black turtleneck and jeans. Mark Zuckerberg has his hoodie. That’s their style. And if wearing a hoodie can make him a billionaire at such a young age, it only shows that dress code doesn’t really matter here. Just look at Yahoo’s ex-CEO Scott Thompson. He wears a suit most of the time and look what happen now?

Facebook’s stock opened at around $42 a share. The stock was unable to stay above those levels and has been trading between $38 and $42 for much of the day. Facebook stock price closed at $38.23. Stock prices of Zynga, Groupon and LinkedIn went down on Friday after Facebook IPO.

Interestingly, IPO seems like a non-event to Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg. It’s business as usual. On the same day, Facebook announced that they bought over a social gifting company called Karma. The very next day, Mark married his longtime girlfriend, Priscilla Chan. Congrats!

DHL Friend Express

Here’s a very interesting advertisement done by a LASALLE College of the Arts student. Don’t worry, it’s just a final year project. DHL isn’t delivering human… YET.

Interesting concept. If DHL is really offering this service, I would suggest all my friends to use it on me.

Siri no longer tells you what is the best cell phone ever

It became a joke last week when someone discovered that Siri said that the Nokia Lumia 900 is the best cell phone ever.

This happen because Siri is getting the results from WolframAlpha. And according to WolframAlpha, Nokia Lumia 900 is the best smartphone around based on customer review average. At least that was last week. The list is dynamic and if you were to check with WolframAlpha now, it would say that the HTC Trophy is the best. (Which so happens to be another Windows Phone 7)

Apple found out about this and decide to patch Siri. If you were to ask Siri what is the best Smartphone ever now, Siri will most likely give you a funny reply.

While it is funny, I can’t help but wonder if this is ethical. After all, when you ask Siri this kind of question, you would expect it to query WolframAlpha for an answer. I’m pretty sure that if a search engine like Google were to do something like this to their search results, it will most likely result in public outcry and some sort of government hearings or something.

But maybe its alright for your phone’s automated assistant to hide the cruel truth from you.

McDonalds Hello Kitty Plushie are back

Good news to all Hello Kitty fans. The McDonalds Hello Kitty Plushie are back in Singapore. There are 4 different designs in this series. Each of them dress up like McDonalds characters.

Here are the release dates for the designs. As usual, while stocks last.
Hamburglar Hello Kitty – 17 May to 23 May 2012
Grimace Hello Kitty – 24 May to 30 May 2012
Birdie Hello Kitty – 31 May to 6 June 2012
Ronald Hello Kitty – 7 June to 13 June

Each Hello Kitty cost $3.60 with purchase of an Extra Value Meal. Alternatively, you can purchase the toy at $9 without buying an Extra Value Meal.

The last time McDonalds have Hello Kitty Plushie was back in 2000. That’s 12 years ago. Some of you might still remember the craze back then. I remember it was so hot that McDonalds need to hire security guard to do crowd control. I have a few classmates who queue overnight and come straight to lecture half awake. Haha. Those were the days.

I wonder if we will see similar queue this time round. Well, the good thing is that there are quite a number of 24 hours McDonalds in Singapore now compared to 12 years ago. So at least you won’t see people queuing overnight. Maybe they will just start queuing after office hour or something. Well, at least you don’t need to stay up whole night in order to collect all 4 designs.