Archive for November 2013

Fake Ministry of Manpower website

The Ministry of Manpower just issued a statement saying that there is a website that looks exact like the official MOM website. The Ministry have lodged a case with the Police and investigations are ongoing.

This is the real Ministry of Manpower website.

RealMOMSite

This is the fake Ministry of Manpower website.

FakeMOMSite

Can’t really tell the difference. Even the URL is very similar. The real MOM website URL is www.mom.gov.sg. The fake MOM website URL is www.momgov.sg. Just missing one dot.

It is not sure how long the duplicate site has been active. The momgov.sg domain was registered on 11 Nov. The person behind this website could easily use it for phishing. If you have entered your SingPass credentials on the fake website, please change your password immediately. In fact, if you have entered your SingPass credentials on Ministry of Manpower website anytime between 11 November 2013 till now, I would suggest you change your SingPass password just in case.

Why did SGNIC allow someone to register the domain momgov.sg? Isn’t there a check somewhere that prevent people from registering a .sg URL ending with “gov”? What is SGNIC and IDA doing?

Update: momgov.sg has been deleted.

Update 2: Another fake Ministry of Manpower website spotted.

Frozen

School holidays is here. It is a good time to catch Disney’s latest animated musical, Frozen.

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Inspired by the Snow Queen fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen, Frozen is about an epic journey by the fearless optimist Anna to find her sister Elas whose icy power have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Joined by a rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven, they encounter mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf.

Anna

Elsa

Kristoff

Frozen is a great movie for both children and adults. I love the soundtrack in the movie, especially “For the first time in forever”.

Olaf

I think everyone’s favorite character in the movie will be Olaf, the comical snowman created by Elas. When the story team was developing the character of Olaf, they decided to make him pure, simple and innocent. His humor ultimately comes from the simple way he thinks. Like how he didn’t know that snowman will melt during summer and decided to help Anna find Elas to end the winter.

Frozen is now showing in Singapore.

PS: There is a very short end credit scene.

I am Spartacus prank at Starbucks

I heard about this joke few weeks ago but didn’t expect the guys from Improv Everywhere to pull it off. Basically someone just order a drink at Starbucks and give the name as “Spartacus”. When the barista called the name, a group of men stood up one-by-one proclaiming to be Spartacus.

In case you are wondering, this is a parody to a scene in the 1960 movie Spartacus.

An Instagram short film

Few days ago, while we were taking photos of the Christmas Lights at Orchard Road, a photographer joked with us saying that everyone is taking from the same angle. We might as well get someone to represent us and take the best picture and pass it around. Haha.

But he is right that a lot of us are taking photos from similar angle. And here’s an interesting short movie by Filmmaker Thomas Jullien to prove his point. The short movie uses 852 Instagram pictures from 852 Instagram users to create a stop motion video.

OK, let’s start taking photos from another angle.

Oxford Dictionaries pick Selfie as the word of the year

The Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2013 is…. Selfie!!!

Selfie: a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website

According to Oxford Dictionaries, usage of the word has increased 17,000 per cent over the past 12 months. The earliest known usage of the word was traced to an Australian online forum post in September 2002. But the forumer didn’t coined that word. It was already a common slang at the time.

Whatever it is, I’m just glad that twerk isn’t the word of the year.

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