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STAR WARS DAY: MAY THE 4TH BE WITH YOU Festival

The Force is strong with Gardens By The Bay this weekend with the Star Wars Day: May the 4th be with you Festival happening. Expect fan-led themed activities, Meet and Greets with STAR WARS characters, and a multi-sensory music and lights extravaganza for fans of all ages.

The Marina Bay skyline will be illuminated by South East Asia’s largest lightsaber installation as the Garden’s Supertree transforms into giant lightsabers that cast light beams up to 200m high.

Remember to check out Garden Rhapsody: STAR WARS Edition from now till 2 June at 7.45pm and 8.45pm every night (additional 9.45pm shows on 4 to 6 May). Set against an epic STAR WARS soundtrack, expect lighting composition inspired from scenes such as Luke’s landing in Dagobah, leading to his first meeting with Yoda; the first appearance of Darth Vader with his light saber and even the fight between Anakin and Obi Wan on Mustafar.

Catch Chewbacca and Kylo Ren making their first appearance in South East Asia. And don’t miss the special appearance by 501st Legion Singapore Garrison, Rebel Legion and FightSaber. Get up close and personal the iconic AT-ST (All-Terrain Scout Transport) at the Supertree Grove.

The fun doesn’t stop this weekend. The Star Wars Day: May the 4th be with you Festival kicks off a three-year collaboration between Singapore Tourism Board and The Walt Disney Company Southeast Asia. Star Wars fans can expect more unique STAR WARS experiences held in Singapore in the second half of 2017.

From August 31st to September 10th, look forward to even more galactic excitement at Orchard Road with STAR WARS Force Friday II, a global fan event celebrating the launch of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The celebration continues with a STAR WARS activation at the Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Convention (STGCC) from September 9th – 10th. More details will be announced in the coming months.

2G network shutdown in Singapore

The 3 telcos in Singapore will be shutting down the 2G network starting from today. No, this is not an April Fool’s joke. It’s real.

This mean that beginning today your old 2G phones cannot be used anymore. Phones like your Nokia 3310, Ericsson T10, Motorola StarTAC etc.

But most people won’t be affected. However, there might be some senior citizens who are still holding on to old 2G phones and didn’t know about this 2G network shutdown. So if you know anyone, do help them switch to a 3G or 4G phone.

Oh ya, and those going for reservist can no longer use their good old Nokia or Ericsson phone now. Goodbye my Nokia 8250. (Not that I still need to go back reservist anymore)

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2016 leap second

If you are living in the UK, your 2017 New Year countdown will have to add 1 more second. This is because the International Earth Rotation and Reference System Service (IERS) has introduced a leap second at 23:59:60 (UTC) on December 31, 2016. The rest of the world will also be adding the extra 1 second at that same moment. For Singapore, we will be adding the extra 1 second on 1 Jan 2017, 07:59:60.

This will be the 27th time a leap second is added to the clock. The last leap second happened on 30 June 2015. The last time a leap second happen on New Year Eve was in 2008. The leap second is added to compensate for the slowing in the Earth rotation.

While adding an additional second to the clock might seem harmless, it might actually cause computer bugs. That’s because during the leap second, some computer clock shows 60 seconds instead of simply rolling over to the next minute. Others shows the 59th second twice. This causes some computer to register it as an error.

Google came up with an interesting solution to this problem. Instead of adding the leap second, the company add a couple of milliseconds to their server over a period of time. This slowly adds up to 1 second without causing any issue. They call this method the “leap smear“.

IMDA censored the middle finger scene in Top Gun

Channel 5 was showing Top Gun yesterday evening. I seldom watch TV nowadays but I can’t give this 30 year old classic a miss.

But something seems different. They censored the iconic scene where Tom Cruise was flying inverted and “communicating” with the enemy plane. (AKA showing the middle finger)

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Ok, I know the movie was showing at 7pm and there are kids watching. But censoring away a scene because it contains the middle finger seems a bit extreme. What is wrong with the censorship board? Are they telling us that the middle finger is not suitable for a movie rated PG?

So it is ok to show premarital sex, topless man in locker room and war scene where a couple of fighter jets get shot down. But it is not ok to show someone showing the middle finger? Seriously? No wonder people are watching less TV nowadays. Why bother watching a badly censored movie? Go get the DVD or stream on Netflix instead.

Well, thank you IMDA for ruining a classic movie like Top Gun. This image is for you.

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PS: They censored this scene too.

Pokemon Go now in Singapore

**Sorry, was a little bit late on this blog entry. Busy catching ’em all**

After almost a month of waiting, Pokemon Go is finally in Singapore. Besides Singapore, Pokemon Go also went live in 14 other countries across across Asia and Oceania. These countries are: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, and Palau.

As expected, the whole Singapore was in Pokemon Go craze yesterday. You’ll most likely see someone playing it if you step out of your house. In fact, I even see some players walking around my neighbourhood after 1am.

The Singapore Police Force has issued an advisory on Pokemon Go. You might want to check it out before playing.

So have fun, stay safe and catch ’em all!