October 2008

Jessica Alba In Sexy Bondage Ad

Jessica Alba In Declare Yourself Ad

Jessica Alba in a sexy ad where she is muzzled. Only Jessica Alba could make despair look so sexy.

The ad is part of this campaign. It is interesting that even in the USA, the shining bastion of democracy, there is a need to get people to vote.

It must be good to be Cash Warren with a wife like Jessica Alba who can get your dumbass Web2.0 idea traction.

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How To Get The Most Votes But Still Lose The US Election?

Something I learned today – the US Electoral College System.

Excerpt from the Wikipedia entry:

Rather than directly voting for the President and Vice President, United States citizens cast votes for electors. Electors are technically free to vote for anyone eligible to be President, but in practice pledge to vote for specific candidates and voters cast ballots for favored presidential and vice presidential candidates by voting for correspondingly pledged electors. Most states allow voters to choose between statewide slates of electors pledged to vote for the presidential and vice presidential tickets of various parties; the ticket that receives the most votes statewide ‘wins’ all of the votes cast by electors from that state. U.S. presidential campaigns concentrate on winning the popular vote in a combination of states that choose a majority of the electors, rather than campaigning to win the most votes nationally.

Read the whole entry about the evolution of the US election system. Interesting stuff. The takeaway – it is really hard to devise a system which is ‘fair’ even when what is ‘fair’ is defined. In the case of elections, it seems that ‘fair’ is a rather hard thing to pin down. Which begs an interesting question – what do you understand about the word ‘democracy’?

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Indonesia Commandos Bombed A Bank Along Orchard Road In 1965

Just in case we ever forget that terror once tried to visit our home.

>A BOMB explosion killed two office girls in the Hongkong and Shanghai Bank building known as MacDonald House in Orchard Road here this afternoon. At least 33 other people were injured.

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The Singapore Government Is Not Corrupt

I had an interesting conversation with an American friend of my colleague some time ago. We were discussing the Singapore government and I mentioned that there is some feeling among certain sections of the populace, contrary to what our government professes, that the government is corrupt as evidenced by the insane wages they have.

The American friend made the argument that the Singapore government could not possibly be corrupt insofar as corrupt is being defined as “the exchange of favors and influence for illegal payments” and high wages while distasteful are not illegal.

While one cannot underestimate the power of an avaricious nature in pursuing personal aggrandizement, his argument was anchored on the premise that since the government was already ridiculously rich from their wages, when they are in office, there was no need for them to indulge in (?illegal) actions to accumulate personal wealth. In the long run, Singapore actually might save money because the government officials are then in a position to choose the best projects at the best prices and not those which provide kickbacks in any form (of course, this assumes that government officials understand the market and are smart enough to assess then choose the best tenders).

He continued that ultimately the Singapore government’s actions can be reduced to this – to continually maintain power by appealing to the people (and whatever other possibly unfair political and legal means) with the ultimate aim to be the ONE to serve the population of Singapore.

What would be the flip-side?

The Singapore government does whatever it can to gain money and influence to maintain power and while in power only serves the interest of those supporters that had lend their influence and contributed to the personal coffers.

The conceit of this argument is the faith in the nobility of the ruling class and that the worst thirsts and hungers of human nature can be quenched and satisfied.

Basically, like my NS friend might say, the government ‘can fuck us twice’. Get high wages and still be corrupt.

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Is She Pastor Ho Yeow Sun?

Is Ho Yeow Sun a pastor? If you are familiar with City Harvest Church, you probably would not have missed the controversy that surrounded her when she entered the secular music industry; a controversy based on arguments that it was inappropriate for a pastor to do so. I’ve read that the church leaders have in recent years sought to distance her from the tag ‘pastor’. Personally, I have encountered this possible policy a few years back when I noticed that the church bulletin started addressing her differently.

That to me was rather disappointing – disappointing because of an article published by the magazine Harvest Times.

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I found this magazine when i was packing for the moving of my house. The last scan shows that when she first started her career, there was the deliberate positioning to associate her as a music/singing pastor.

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Hey AIG – Sorry No Cure, Same Old Same Old

The reason why I don’t trust finance people and actually hate them.

Less than a week after the federal government offered an $85 billion bailout to insurance giant AIG, the company held a week-long retreat for its executives at the luxury St. Regis Resort in Monarch Beach, Calif., running up a tab of $440,000, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) said today at the the opening of a House committee hearing about the near-failure of the insurance giant.

Showing a photograph of the resort, Waxman said the executives spent $200,000 for rooms, $150,000 for meals and $23,000 for the spa.

They are modern day robbers. Human greed is such a beautiful thing to see.

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Tommy – RIP (By The Way Christian Did It)

As we now know, Christian killed Tommy.

Which probably does not explain much to the people who didn’t come to the dinner. So here’s what happened – I wanted to host a dinner at my old place and have a mini gathering where the participants (aka guinea pigs) will pretend to be certain characters and the aim was to solve a murder mystery (which didn’t turn out to be quite the mystery as it will soon be obvious why).

So, the characters:

1. Denise – a TV star and Tommy’s ex-lover.
2. Nigel – Tommy’s body guard.
3. James – a former contestant of Singapore Idol who got kicked out due to a sex video scandal.
4. A palm reading psychic ( I realized that this role was perfect for my friend’s friend and even more perfect for me…considering that I am damn cheekopek and can use that character as an excuse to touch females’ hands…KIV).
5. Christian – a former actor on one of Tommy’s hit TV shows who got booted out because he didn’t respond to Tommy’s advances.

Yes…Tommy was gay (actually more like bi) and having sex with tons of beautiful women was just a front.

And Christian was the killer.

I realized that one of my close friends was right. It was probably easier to solve the mystery by thinking what I would write as opposed to what the characters would do. And I didn’t even realize that I was making the character named Christian the killer. I guess my disdain for religion is so deeply embedded that even when I try to write a murder mystery my subconscious makes someone named Christian the killer.

I realized it is damn important to have a few more writers.

My friends really played their character well throughout the night.

And it was great to have a dinner with a bunch of close friends at my old place – the sharing in the closing of a chapter for my family.

I was hoping certain new friends would take the bait and join the dinner – hence the scattering of random messages on Plurk and my blog. So, if in the future you get some random mail from me or see some random message, hopefully it would be the start of a better written/coordinated mystery with Seng Kang as the scene of the crime and you would take the bait.

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I Love Girls Who Do This …

My colleague does this with her hair and a pencil. I absolutely love it.

Pencil in hair

Zhang Ziyi did it too.

Apparently, lots of girls are interested in doing it:

I once had a friend who did it for me before we went for supper when I said I love it. I think she did it with an old wooden chopstick. I find ponytails utterly boring and hence girls with ponytails to be vacuous although I concede I place too much importance on how a girl ties her hair when forming a first impression. I’ve been wondering why and have been going through mental snapshots of the time when I was in Primary School and I think the three non-family older gals in my life at that time weren’t the sort who managed their hair with ponytails.

How Freudian.

Anyway, can anyone remember a kungfu fight scene where the actress used a chopstick to bun her hair before kicking the shit out her enemies? I’ve got these scene in my head but can’t place the movie or the actress.

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My Own URL Shortener

I’ve been playing around with some ideas in my head about how URL shorteners can enhance the social media and blogging experience. So using this post written by Leah Culver as a starting point, I started work on my own URL shortener to be deployed on Google App Engine. This is the first iteration of the project.

The converted URL for this blog – http://obl.appspot.com:80/c/4

The site does only one thing at the moment which is to take a long URL and convert it to a relatively shorter URL. Since I haven’t gone and buy some super short domain name like http://is.gd/ or http://bit.ly, the resultant URL isn’t that short. However, the good thing about the way the service has been setup is that when I do get a better and shorter domain name, the service can easily be ported over without ‘killing’ the earlier created URLs.

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