Little India Riot: Blame it on alcohol

I guess most of you have heard that alcohol is the likely cause of the Little India Riot on 8 December 2013.

The Singapore Police Force have declared Little India as a “proclaimed area” under the Public Order Preservation Act. Under the act, alcohol consumption in public within the proclaimed area will be banned every weekend, public holiday and eve of public holiday. Shops are not allowed to sell alcohol from 6am to 8pm on weekends, eve of public holidays and on public holidays. Restaurants, hotels, pubs and coffeeshops can continue the sale of alcohol but comsumption must be within their premises. These measures will be in place for up to 6 months until the Committee of Inquiry has completed its work and made its recommendations.

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I feel sorry for the shop owners in Little India. Their business will surely be badly affected for the next 6 months. Hope that the authorities can assist them with rental or utilities rebates to make up for the lost of income from alcohol sales.

I think it is wrong to blame everything on alcohol. Yes, alcohol might be one of the contributing factor. But look, the foreign workers have been drinking in Little India for years. Nothing happen until recently. Why is that so? There must be other contributing factors too. It cannot be just alcohol.

And banning alcohol in Little India is not going to do much. The foreign workers can still consume alcohol outside Little India. And here’s my worry. Christmas and New Year is coming. We all know that on Christmas eve and New Year Eve, everyone will be celebrating at town area, including some foreign workers. Just imagine a group of foreign workers who haven’t been drinking for few weeks. They will definitely drink during this period. What if they drink too much and create trouble during the celebrations?

I hope I’m just over worrying.

Personally, I fee that if they want to drink, nobody is going to stop them. Instead of banning alcohol, we should be educating them to drink responsibly and increase police presence in Little India. Banning alcohol for 6 months is not going to help.

Samsung unveils GALAXY 11 and prepares for an intergalactic showdown

What if aliens come to earth and challenge us to a game of football? It is up to Franz Beckenbauer to form a dream team called GALAXY 11 to save earth. After a month of searching, a team of 13 world-class footballers has been formed.

The Galaxy 11 squad includes:
- Lionel Messi (Argentina; Captain)
- Mario Gotze (Germany)
- Oscar dos Santos (Brazil)
- Wu Lei (China)
- Stephan El Shaarawy (Italy)
- Victor Moses (Nigeria)
- Radamel Falcao (Colombia)
- Lee Chung-Yong (South Korea)
- Iker Casillas (Spain)
- Wayne Rooney (England)
- Landon Donovan (United States)
- Aleksandr Kerzhakov (Russia)
- Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)

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The team will now prepare for an epic “winner takes all” match on a virtual football pitch against aliens. If we lose, they will destroy earth. Only football can save the planet.

GALAXY 11 is part of Samsung’s global multi-platform marketing campaign. The fantasy-inspired, football-themed campaign will follow the journey of 13 top-class football players as they come together and attempt to save Earth from alien domination. With a combined social media following of nearly 200 million fans, each member of the Galaxy 11 team will also provide fans with updates and exclusive content throughout the campaign, as they set out to prove that “football will save the planet.”

Fans can continue to follow the story of Galaxy 11 by visiting the microsite.

Google acquires Boston Dynamics

This is interesting although it really didn’t come as a surprise. Andy Rubin has been directing Google’s robotics efforts ever since handing over the Android leadership to Sundar Pichai. So it is really no surprised that Google decided to acquire Boston Dynamics, the company behind those DARPA-related projects like WildCat/Cheetah, Atlas, Petman and Big Dog. You might have seen some of their YouTube videos.

No news on how much Google spend to acquire Boston Dynamics. Boston Dynamics will continue to honor its existing military contracts although Google apparently does not plan to proceed as a military contractor itself. We don’t know what Google is going to do with Boston Dynamics and I think it will take at least a few years before we finds out.

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And yes, you can start making the Skynet reference now.

EOY Cosplay Festival

The End Of Year Cosplay Festival took place last Sunday at Marina Barrage. More than 20,000 people visited the event.

This is the first time I shoot an outdoor Cosplay event. It was a great experience although I would prefer the comfort of a aircon event hall.

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Autoplay video ads coming to your Facebook News Feed

Facebook is testing the long rumored auto playing video ads. Hurray

Although it is just a test, there is no doubt that Facebook will eventually roll out auto playing video ads. Instead of having to click on the video to play, the video ads will start playing as they appear on screen. Luckily for everyone, the video will play without sound until you click on it. On mobile devices, all videos that begin playing as they appear on the screen will have been downloaded in advance when the device was connected to WiFi. It is rumored that the videos will last for 15 second, just like Instagram videos.

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At the end of the video, a carousel featuring two additional videos from the same company will appear.

While you won’t be able to stop new video ads from playing, you can quickly scroll past them like what you are doing with other ads.

I’m never a fan of auto play video, with or without sound. I believe that if a video is interesting, users will click on it. If the video is boring, it is just a waste of bandwith to auto play them since the user will just simply scroll past it. Perhaps this is only good news to marketers and Facebook shareholders.