Audi and LG present A Journey Back To Singapore In 1965

Nothing to do this weekend? Check out the SG50 event by Audi and LG that brings you back in time to 1965 Singapore at Fullerton Hotel.

Go on a ride in an Audi and travel back to Singapore 1965 with the help of virtual reality.
Immerse yourself in the sights and sound of our civic district while wearing LG G4 Smartphone on Google Cardboard.

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Dick Lee will be your virtual tour guide to show you how far we’ve come. See the Singapore River when it was still the centre of trade, the grandeur of the Old Supreme Court and even our shoreline before land reclamation took place.

A Drive Back in Time is a complimentary event open to the public. You can book a seat for your time travel experience at Audi website now. Alternatively, just go down to the event and you’ll be allocated to the earliest possible slot. Hurry, the last day is on 25 October 2015.

This is not the October 21, 2015 from Back To The Future 2

26 years ago, the world had a glimpse of the future through Back To The Future 2. Yes, I know it is a Hollywood movie. But 26 years ago, many people thought that the 2015 in the movie might become the real thing. After all, we all thought we’ll be driving flying cars and skating around the neighbourhood on our Hoverboard.

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But this is not the October 21, 2015 from Back To The Future.

We don’t have Hoverboard. I know many people tried making a Hoverboard ever since the movie. But all of them require a special flooring to work. In short, it is not feasible.

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We don’t have flying cars too. Flying car is not new in movies. Before Back To The Future, there were many movies that envision that we will be driving flying cars too. But perhaps it is good that we don’t have flying cars. We are already having problem regulating the use of drones. Imagine cars flying around. The sky is going to be a mess. And what if there is an accident? Will we have cars falling down from the sky?

I know there are still people out there researching and perfecting flying cars. But perhaps flying cars are never meant to be for the future. Instead, I think driverless car is the way to go. Imagine the road filled with driverless cars. Since there’s no human controlling the car, there is no accidents. Driverless cars are able to communicate with other cars near them and inform them their intention of changing lanes. In fact, driverless cars can all travel at high speed without fear of collision. So forget about flying cars. Driverless cars is the future. And we are not far away from that. Google and several car makers are already testing their version of driverless car.

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And we didn’t get Jaws 19 (luckily). The 3 sequels to Jaws were bad. Really bad. We did have 3D although it wasn’t as good as the shark that pop out and “attack” Marty. But you need to wear 3D glasses for that. I doubt 3D will be popular. Back To The Future 2 did correctly predicted flat screen TV that can be hang on the wall. And I’m glad that our TV has better resolution that those in the movie. We don’t view 6 channels at the same time like what Marty Jr did. But we do get distracted with mobile phones and tablets while watching TV.

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Speaking of mobile phones, one thing that Back To The Future 2 didn’t see it coming is the rise of smartphone. There is also no evidence of the Internet in the movie. In fact, if Back To The Future 2 were to happen now, then Marty Jr wouldn’t even need to meet Griff at the Cafe 80’s. They can just talk through social networking sites or Instant Messengers.

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And we hardly use Fax Machine anymore. Lol. It’s hard to imagine having a Fax Machine in every room.

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Back To The Future 2 interestingly predicted that flying drones covering news. While that is slowly becoming a reality, one thing they missed is the way we consume news. If someone crash into the Hill Valley Clock Tower, the news will most likely be all over social media first.

We do have biometric door lock but it is not common yet. We use voice recognition command to control many things. It is not as good as Back To The Future 2 but it is constantly improving. We do not have robots walking our dogs or moving trash can. And we definitely don’t have dehydrated pizza although I wish that will really happen some day.

One thing that I’m glad that the writers were totally wrong is the fashion of 2015. I can’t imagine myself wearing something like what Griff and gang were wearing. Or having pockets inside out. That’s just bizarre. However it would be great to have power lacing shoes and self fitting, self drying jackets.

Back To The Future 2 got a lot of things wrong. But I’m glad they were wrong. Because our version of October 21, 2015 is better than the movie. Welcome to the Future.

It’s time to stop STOMP-ing

This appeared on STOMP recently.

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According to the STOMP article, the photo was taken at around 5.45am on the Circle line from Bishan towards Harbourfront. The elderly man had to sit on a ledge as a lady in SMRT uniform was occupying the Reserved Seat with her bag.

Firstly, it is 5.45am. It is usually quite empty on the Circle Line at this hour. I’m sure there are a lot of other free seat.

Also, the STOMPer could have given up his seat to the elderly man. If the STOMPer is seated opposite the SMRT employee, then his seat should also be a Reserved Seat. Even if it is not a Reserved Seat, it is always good to give up your seat to someone who needs it more than you.

Lastly, and most importantly, the STOMPer could have just ask the SMRT employee to shift her bag so that the elderly man can sit there. What’s the point of taking photo and sending it to STOMP?

This is not the first time someone send stupid things to STOMP. Last year, someone send a photo of a NSF not giving up his seat to an elderly lady. But in actual fact, there is an empty seat just few seats away.

I think it is time to stop STOMP-ing. STOMP is cultivating a very bad behaviour. If you see something wrong, step forward and fix it. Speak up or do something about it. What’s the point taking photo and sending it to STOMP?

The problem with 3-hr PSI Readings

Last night was a clear example of how useless the 3-hr PSI Readings is. At 9pm, the 3-hr PSI is at 96 which is in the moderate level. However, anyone who has a window can tell that the PSI Reading is much higher than 96. Here are some tweets from 9pm.

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What’s the point of releasing the 3-hr PSI Reading when nobody trust it? Everyone knows that the actual PSI Reading at 9pm can’t be 96. I was on my way home and there was a strong burning smell in the air. The whole place looked hazy just like a scene from Silent Hill.

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Well, few hours later, NEA released an advisory saying that there was a sharp deterioration in haze conditions from about 9pm. No Shit Sherlock.

Perhaps NEA should consider reverting back to the old hourly PSI Reading. No point reporting something that people will constantly doubt its accuracy. Oh and by the way, the one-hour PM2.5 Reading in the west reached 442 at 10pm and 471 at 11pm. That is in the Hazardous level.

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No matter what the PSI Reading says, we should make our own judgement to decide if we need to reduce outdoor activities or put on a N95 mask. But if NEA is going to dedicate resource in reporting the PSI Reading, it should be something useful. Not a PSI Reading of 96 when it is very hazy.

Star Wars-themed plane heading to Changi Airport

The one and only Star Wars themed R2-D2 All Nippon Airways plane is coming to Singapore Changi Airport from 12 to 14 November 2015. ANA and Changi Airport is giving 30 Singapore Star Wars fans a chance to experience the specially decorated Star Wars cabin. Singapore will be the first Asian stop outside Japan to welcome the R2-D2 plane.

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Fans will enjoy the full reclining Business class seat and the in-flight Business class meal. Inflight entertainment will be one of the Star Wars movie from episode 4 to 6.

To win tickets to board the plane, simply visit ANA website or Changi Airport Facebook page. Contest ends on 25 October. So hurry!

May the Force be with you.