Archive for May 2015

Apply for your NDP 2015 tickets NOW!

Ladies and Gentlemen, it is time to ballot for the National Day Parade Tickets again!!!

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You may apply for your tickets from now till 17 May 2015 via SMS, SAM and AXS stations or the NDP website. As usual, you can ballot for 2, 4 or 6 tickets to either the NDP preview (1 Aug) or the actual parade (9 Aug). Those who apply for a lower the number of tickets have a higher chance of successfully obtaining them.

There will be 2 venues for this year’s National Day Parade. You can choose to ballot for tickets at the Padang, The Float or No preference. Applicants who select No preference in the venue options will be balloted for both locations.

Singaporean Citizens will have double chances in winning the tickets as compared to the Singapore Permanent Residents. Singapore Permanent Residents will have double chances in winning the tickets as compared to the previous NDP ticket winners.

Successful applicants would be notified via SMS between the 1st June 2015 to 5th June 2015. May the odds be ever in your favor.

PM Lee shares his Sudoku solver source code

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong wasn’t joking when he said that he wrote a Sudoku solver in C++ several years ago. In fact, he recently shared his Sudoku solver source code on Facebook.

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He even uploaded the source code, exe file and sample printout onto Google Drive. Pretty cool.

Let’s hope this will encourage more Singaporeans to pick up programming.

Most streamed Star Wars tracks on Spotify

Happy Star Wars Day! May the 4th be with you. Since today is May the 4th, Spotify is revealing the most streamed Star Wars tracks.

It is no surprise that Duel Of The Fates from Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace is most streamed Star Wars song globally.

Top 10 Most Streamed Star Wars Songs, Globally
1. Duel Of The Fates from Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace
2. Imperial Attack
3. Cantina Band
4. The Imperial March – Darth Vader’s Theme
5. Anakin vs. Obi-Wan
6. Battle of the Heroes
7. Cantina Band #2
8. Anakin’s Dark Deeds
9. Anakin’s Betrayal
10. The Moisture Farm

In Singapore, the most streamed Star Wars song is Cantina Band. HAR? Seriously? Really? It’s as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced.

I was expecting something like Duel of Fates or Imperial March to be number 1. Or at least the main theme song or Anakin vs. Obi-Wan.

Top 10 Most Streamed Star Wars Songs in Singapore
1. Cantina Band
2. Main Title/Rebel Blockade Runner – Medley
3. The Moisture Farm
4. Tales of a Jedi Knight/Learn About the Force – Medley
5. The Imperial March – Darth Vader’s Theme
6. Main Title/The Ice Planet Hoth – Medley
7. Burning Homestead
8. Landspeeder Search/Attack of the Sand People – Medley
9. Qui-Gon’s Noble End – Voice
10. Cantina Band #2

You can now listen to the Top 10 Most Streamed Star Wars Songs Globally from the playlist below. If you are from Singapore, please help to play songs like Duel Of The Fates or The Imperial March more often so that Cantina Band will not be the most streamed Star Wars Song in Singapore next Star Wars Day.

MDA orders The Real Singapore admins to shut down website

The Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA) has ordered The Real Singapore (TRS) admins to immediately stop posting articles and disable access to its website and social media accounts. The order was issued on 3 May 2015 afternoon and as of 7:30pm, The Real Singapore website, Facebook page and Twitter account have been closed.

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It is the first time the MDA has suspended the licence of a site’s editors. Under the Broadcasting Act, the TRS admins could face a fine of up to S$120,000, a jail term of up to 3 years, or both if they do not comply.

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Personally, I’m having mixed feeling about this. I hate The Real Singapore website. The site is known to publish fake stuff and always sensationalise issues. I should be feeling happy that a cesspool like TRS is finally gone. But something feels wrong here.

How did The Media Development Authority of Singapore have the power to shut down a website? Where are the checks and safeguards? Why isn’t the court involved? What recourse does site owners have if they disagree with MDA’s decision?

I’m not even aware that TRS has a statutory class licence. We do know that some sites were registered under the Broadcasting (Class Licence) Notification. However, TRS wasn’t one of them. So who has this statutory class licence? And who gave MDA the power to decide who can or cannot operate a website?

I am against MDA regulating the Internet. But don’t get me wrong. I’m not defending TRS. But I feel that TRS and its admin should be dealt with by the court. The 2 admins are already charged with seven counts of publishing seditious articles. Since the court is dealing with them, why is MDA shutting down the site now?

And most importantly, what is stopping MDA from abusing its power in the future? MDA can also do this to other sites like The Online Citizen in the future. Without proper check and balance, the same power can be used to restrict our freedom of speech.

Ironically, today is World Press Freedom Day.

ALDO #PERFECTPAIR – A Collaboration in Photography exhibition

ALDO extends its Spring/Summer 2015 #PerfectPair campaign to present a photography exhibition that features the latest ALDO collections. Designed to raise awareness about the ongoing fight against AIDS, the photography exhibition is part of ALDO’s continuing #FriendsFight fundraising and awareness efforts.

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ALDO has enlisted the talented duo – Celebrity Photographer and Director Kevin Ou and Stylist Martin Wong to produce a series of photographs that capture the different stories of #PerfectPair in all walks of lives. At ALDO, perfection means finding the perfect pair of shoes for any situation; it is the reward from knowing who you are, deciding what you want, and recognizing that only you can define your #PerfectPair.

The photography campaign narrates the bond between various iconic pairs or personalities embracing what they hold true in their lives; be it a way of life or their muse. The pairings embodies the #PerfectPair notion, whether it is through mutual support or inspiring each other to do greater things.

The photography exhibition will feature a series of 15 photographs, all available for sale and 100% of net proceeds will be donated to Actions for AIDS Singapore.

The ALDO #PERFECTPAIR – A Collaboration in Photography exhibition will be open to the public from now till 6 May 2015, between 10am to 10pm at ION Art Gallery, Level 4.