SEA Games 2015 cauldron

We are less than a month away from the 28th SEA Games. I was at the Sport Hub last weekend to check out the cauldron for the Games.

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The cauldron is designed by DP Architects, the same firm that designed the Sports Hub and built by Kingsmen. The 19.2 metres tall structure is made of stainless steel and will have LED screen displaying information such as time and weather. There are 11 segments in the cauldron to represent the 11 participating nations.

The LPG gas powered flame is able to withstand torrential rain. The flame can go as high as 4 metres.

The 28th SEA Games flame will be transported across the Kallang Basin to the National Stadium during the Opening Ceremony. The Game Torch will be brought into the National Stadium by a number of torchbearers.

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We still don’t know who will be the final Torch Bearer and how he or she will light the cauldron. I guess we will have to wait till 5 June to find out.

Obama now tweeting from @POTUS

US president Barack Obama finally got his own Twitter account @POTUS (initials for President Of The United States). He send out his first Tweet from the Oval Office yesterday.

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Tweets from @POTUS will be send out exclusively by Obama himself. And for those asking on behalf of a “friend”, the Twitter handle stays with the office.

So they say I didn’t follow the Facebook’s Community Standards

Warning: Ranting ahead.

Yesterday I received a notice from Facebook when I tried access the app on my iPhone. Apparently, a post of mine was removed because it doesn’t follow the Facebook Community Standards.

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It was something that I posted many months ago. In fact, I don’t even remember where did I post that comment until I used Google Cache to search for it. It was actually a comment that I left on Straits Times Facebook page regarding the heckling at Hong Lim Park. According to Google Cache, that comment received more than 100 Likes.

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I don’t understand. Why was my comment deleted? Which Facebook Community Standards did I not follow? The notice from Facebook wasn’t clear. It just said I didn’t follow their Community Standards. As far as I can see, there is nothing wrong with my comments.

And here’s my issue with Facebook’s Community Team. There is no avenue for us to dispute their decision. I personally feel that there is nothing wrong with my comment and it shouldn’t be deleted. By deleting my comment, Facebook is denying my freedom of speech. But there is no way that I can contact Facebook’s Community Team. It’s as if their say is final and we have to accept all their decision, whether right or wrong.

And if Facebook’s Community Team is really doing their job, how come they didn’t take any action on The Real Singapore earlier? What about sites like STOMP? What is their stand on these Facebook page that are promoting hate? You mean they are not going against Facebook’s Community Standards?

What exactly is Facebook Community Standards anyway? I see so many things that are not following their standards everyday yet no action was taken. My comment clearly didn’t go against their standard and was deleted from Facebook. What nonsense is this?

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And to make things worse, after deleting my comment, Facebook logs me out of every single application that uses Facebook login. At first I thought they just log me out of the Facebook and Messenger app on my iPhone. So I just re-login to those app. Then I discovered that they also log me out on desktop. OK, fine. I’ll just login again.

To my horror, they even log me out of all other apps that uses Facebook login. I have to re-login my Spotify app. Then I have a few games on my iPhone that is linked to Facebook which I need to re-login again. Even Tinder needs to re-login. Basically for the whole yesterday, I’ve been re-logging in to all the apps that uses Facebook login.

Which makes me realise something. I am depending too much on Facebook. What if Facebook decides to ban me one day for another stupid “not following Facebook Community Standards” reasoning? Will I still be able to use Spotify which I paid monthly subscription? Will I still be able to play my iPhone games? Will I still be able to chat with girls I got matched on Tinder?

Perhaps this is a good reminder to me and everyone. We are relying too much on Facebook. To the extend that if one day they decide to abuse their power, we have no avenue to seek redress. I think it is time for me to de-link all non-Facebook app from using Facebook login. So at least next time if Facebook decide to delete another of my post, I won’t need to go through the trouble of re-logging in to every freaking apps I have.

ONE FC: Warrior’s Quest

Asia’s largest mixed martial arts organization, ONE Championship (ONE), is back in Singapore this coming Friday.

ONE FC: Warrior’s Quest will see the clash between two of the best lightweights in the world when ONE Lightweight World Champion Shinya Aoki put his title on the line against the number one contender, Koji Ando.

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ONE FC: Warrior’s Quest is set to take place at Singapore Indoor Stadium on 22 May 2015. Tickets are on sale now at Sports Hub Tix. Ticket categories begin with the full VIP experience at S$1,488. Tickets priced at $158, $58 and $38 are also available.

You can also catch the HD livestream for US$9.99.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night on Kickstarter

I don’t consider myself a huge fan of Castlevania but I do remember loving the game and spending many hours playing the game on my old 8-Bit TV console. So when I heard news about the series producer Koji Igarashi going on Kickstarter to raise funds for his upcoming video game, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, I decided to back it. This is after all the first time I backed a game on Kickstarter.

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Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is based on the player-character named Miriam who finds her blood is cursed and is slowly turning to crystal. To remove the curse she faces the challenges of a monster-filled castle with the help of Gebel, her companion who is similarly afflicted but for a much longer time.

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The game will be presented in a 2.5D style, presenting the game in three-dimensional graphics but restricting movement to a 2D system. Koji Igarashi stated the choice for 2.5D was that it follows in the style of his previous Castlevania games.

Koji Igarashi brought the game to Kickstarter after failing to get funding from more than twenty publishers. They thought nobody will be interested in this kind of game anymore. Well, the project reached is goal of US$500,000 within hours and US$2 million within 2 days.

If you are interested, do check out the Kickstarter project. The game is expected to be ready in March 2017.