Archive for June 2013

The LEGO Movie

This is going to be a Blockbuster. A movie with Superman, Batman, Wonderwoman, TMNT etc etc….

This is the first ever full-length theatrical LEGO movie. The original 3D computer animated story follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared.

Coming in 2014. Can’t wait!!!

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John McAfee release YouTube video on How To Uninstall McAfee Antivirus

This is a weird video. John McAfee, founder of McAfee Inc created a YouTube parody video on how to uninstall McAfee Antivirus. In the video, McAfee uses a lot of vulgar language, purports to snort a powder and fire a gun into a computer, and is undressed and pawed by a group of young women.

He said he did it all to mock the media’s unfair portrayal of him as a mad man.

Oh No. Can you imagine the founder of a company releasing a YouTube video on how to uninstall the company’s product? Sounds bad. McAfee did the video because he is sick of being harassed by McAfee Antivirus software customers. McAfee Inc was acquired by Intel in 2010 and McAfee claims that he hasn’t worked on the software for more than 15 years.

So guys, stop harassing poor John McAfee already. Your problem with McAfee software has nothing to do with that guy.

Singapore behaving like a child?

Warning: Long rant ahead.

I was damn pissed off when I saw the news article about the Indonesian minister saying that Singapore is behaving like a child.

“Singapore should not be behaving like a child and making all this noise,” Agung Laksono, the minister coordinating Indonesia’s response, told reporters. “This is not what the Indonesian nation wants, it is because of nature.”

Firstly, I think Agung Laksono needs to go back to elementary school. The forest fire is not nature. It is man made. If Indonesia school can’t give the minister good education, feel free to enroll into one of the schools in Singapore.

And Singapore is not behaving like a child. We are voicing our concerns and urging Indonesia to do something about the recurring issue. This is not the first year such thing happen. Instead of admitting that the Indonesia Government failed in preventing farmers from practicing slash and burn, Agung Laksono behaved like a child by shifting the blame. Shame on you. And shame on the people who voted for you during election.

Agung Laksono has forgotten that Singapore is always among the first to render assistance to Indonesia whenever Earthquake or Tsunami strikes. Has he forgotten about the Aceh during the 2004 Tsunami, Nias Island during the 2005 Sumatra Earthquake, 2006 Central Java Earthquake and Padang City during the 2009 Sumatra Earthquake? Singapore is always there to render Indonesia assistance during disaster. Now Singapore just need you to act fast put out the fire in your forest. Are we behaving like a child?

Let me tell Agung Laksono what exact does behaving like a child look like. Behaving like a child is when the people of Singapore gather outside your Indonesia Embassy in Singapore to protest. Behaving like a child is when we burn your Indonesia flag in anger. Behaving like a child is when Indonesia get another Earthquake of Tsunami and Singapore refuse to render any humanitarian assistance.

So unless we do those thing, don’t you come say we are behaving like a child. We have been very good to you. Singapore (together with Malaysia) have given Indonesia too much time to resolve the slash and burn. If Agung Laksono can’t solve the issue, then maybe he should resign and let a more capable person take over. Don’t waste Indonesian taxpayers’ money.

Is NEA trying to downplay the haze situation?

The haze gotten worse after I blogged about it last night. The 3 hour PSI reading peaked at 321 at 10pm last night, entering the hazardous range. The is the highest PSI ever recorded in Singapore.

NEA held a press conference last night at 11:30pm. I guess the situation is serious enough to warrant a late night media briefing. But here is the interesting thing. The press release issued by NEA didn’t mention anything about the 3 hour PSI reading at 10pm reaching the hazardous range of 321. Instead, it mentioned the 3 hour PSI reading at 11pm which is slightly lower at 282.

Why is NEA afraid to acknowledge the fact that our 3 hour PSI reading crossed the 300 mark yesterday?

In fact, it seems like NEA is afraid to mention that the 3 hour PSI reading crossed the 300 mark. The NEA website wasn’t updated with the 10pm PSI reading until around 10:50pm. Why the 50 minutes delay? According to CNA, the NEA website wasn’t updating due to high traffic. OK, but why didn’t NEA inform the traditional media about the PSI reading if there is an error on their website? After all, the reading reached the 300 hazardous range. Isn’t there a need to inform the public as soon as possible so that everyone can stay indoor and avoid outdoor activities?

And why didn’t NEA publish the PSI reading on their Twitter account if their website is down? Is NEA trying to tell everyone that if the website is down due to high traffic, there is no way for them to retrieve the PSI reading and spread the info? If that is the case, then something is seriously wrong with the system and it needs to be rectified immediately.

Some netizen got curious about the 3 hour PSI reading and wonder what is the exact hourly PSI reading. We don’t know the exact way to calculate the 3 hour PSI reading. All we know that it is the average PSI reading from the past 3 hours. @KingMeng on Twitter did some reverse calculation using the 3 hour PSI reading. His calculation is based on the assumption that the first 3 Hour PSI reading of the day is the actual PSI reading. The second 3 Hour PSI reading of the day is the average of the first and second hour.

Using this assumption, we are able to reverse calculate the actual PSI reading for the hour.

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Assuming that this formula is correct, then the actual PSI reading at 9pm is quite alarming.

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If the calculation is correct, then the actual PSI reading at 9pm is at 452. That is at the very hazardous range and may be life-threatening to ill and elderly persons. If this is really true, then why didn’t NEA alert the public immediately? I know we always take the 3 hour average PSI reading. But if the actual PSI reading for the hour crossed the 400 mark, there should be protocols to alert the public immediately.

Is NEA trying to downplay the haze situation? I hope not. The public need to know all these information so that we can better prepare ourselves.

The haze might get worse

The PSI Index hit 190 at 8pm today, making it the worst haze reading since September 1997, when PSI peaked at 226. And it might get worst based on the Regional Haze Map by NEA.

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I hope I am wrong here. But it seems like the wind is blowing the dense haze towards Singapore. If that is true, then the haze might get worse.

Here’s a photo of Singapore Central Business District that I took today afternoon. Looks pretty bad.

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It is interesting to note that until now, the Indonesia Government still didn’t reveal the companies behind the fire. I believe if the Indonesia Government name those company, the general public can pressurise them to do something about the fire. Why is the Indonesia Government protecting the identity of those companies?

And even though Singapore offered assistance to put out the fire, the Indonesia government still refuse to accept any foreign assistance. Is it ego issue or they want the fire to continue burning?

Your guess is as good as mine.

Update at 19 June, 9pm: PSI Index is now 290. Highest ever recorded in Singapore.