Dick LEE sings about PM LEE
This song by Dick Lee is HILARIOUS!!! Hope he doesn't get into trouble with the ISD or something :p
Sung at his 40th anniversary concert: Dedicated to our dear PM LEE... Count on HIM
The Main Blog has officially moved to http://arzhou.com. I will be posting weird and Random news here instead.
This song by Dick Lee is HILARIOUS!!! Hope he doesn't get into trouble with the ISD or something :p
Oh wow, this is REALLY REALLY cute, a cat that can/try to play the piano!
The WWF (world wide fund for nature... not the wrestling company) has came up with this project to do a Tiger Mosiac, essentially everyone submits their photo and it will all add up to form a Mosiac picture of a Tiger. The result will be a powerful display of the world’s support for wild tiger conservation, which will be presented to delegates from 171 countries at the June meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species in the Netherlands. So pls help by submitting this and also spreading the word.
I have no idea who took the time to do up this WIKI on Hwa Chong Institution, but it was definitely a good laugh about this entry about my Alma Mater. Seriously, to write this kind of crap must take some serious brain power
“Hadst I a choice of where I wouldst like to have studied Advanced Gypsy Magick, it wouldst've'd been NASA. But then again, NASA doth not offer Turnip as a third language, so I doth think I wouldst've chosen Hwa Chong Institution.”
~ Conan O'Brien on Hwa Chong Institiution
“You know, before we invented rocks, we had to use pinatas to scratch our 'nads.”
~ Denzel Washington on a plane
“Simply the best 12 years of my life.”
~ Oscar Wilde on Hwa Chong Institution
"Hadst I known that mine strategies would fail, I wouldst've enrolled in Hwa Chong Institution."
~ Macbeth's final words before being decapitated by Macduff
Now this is a good excuse to drink and get drunk, its all in the name of STAYING HEALTHY!
Did you know SIZE matters?
When I first saw the video for the Keepon, I was wondering what so intersting about this yellow marshmellow like thing with 2 eyes. Then as I watched the video, I was simply awed (OMG KAWAIIIIII) by its ability to pick up rythmn and dance according to it, I simply loved it when it did that saturday night fever move as well as a marshmellow like object could. Not only that, it has built in video camera to pick up visual stimuli for more "intelligent" dancing! If I can get my hands one 1, I am bringing it clubbing with me, it might be a the new chick magnet that I am in need of :p
In light of the tragic events at Virginia Tech, and all the crazed media hype going around the killer, I found these 2 videos on songs dedicated to the victims and their family. I am sure glad that in Singapore, we do not get any of these events, or whatever is happening around the world, like in Iraq etc...
Saw this at theonlinecitizen website, provided a nice chuckle from the nice exam stress I am facing right now (OMG MATLAB!!!)
As the exam stress and workload piles up.... I start surfing randomly to relax.... not productive I must mention but oh well.... this beats studying CN2116 anyway. After the exams is over, I am so gonna go out and get drunk.... Then I will probably end up like this cute little drunken squirrel
I learnt about this new web directory, Big Web Links Directory, which uses a new and novel way to rank their listings. Instead of voting or page clicks, websites instead are ranked by the amount of dollars contributed to the listing, which offers more control for web site owners!!! This is really great for those who are trying to or already making money off their blog!
Yes... after my last encounter in the tutorial room, I went back to surfing randomly for a while and found this nice article on the Newyork Times and IHT. It was about interesting gadgets and why we have been buying up such weird BUT COOL stuff from places like thinkgeek.com etc.
"BEHOLD the Annoy-o-tron. The easy-to-hide magnetized device promises to drive a co-worker insane.
“The Annoy-o-tron generates a short (but very annoying, hence the name) beep every few minutes,” assures the sales copy from ThinkGeek, its maker, which says it has sold 6,000 of the $10 practical-joke gadgets online since December.
“It is very annoying,” confirmed Jennifer Kuropkat, a ThinkGeek spokeswoman, who was a victim of the Annoy-o-tron during its testing phase. After three days of wondering where the brief ear-jangling sound — bzz-eee-eeep! — was coming from, she found the device hidden under her desk and managed to switch it off."So I decided to go off to thinkgeek to check it out :
| photo from thinkgeek || |
This is the description from thinkgeek:
The Annoy-a-tron generates a short (but very annoying, hence the name) beep every few minutes. Your unsuspecting target will have a hard time 'timing' the location of the sound because the beeps will vary in intervals ranging from 2 to 8 minutes. The 2kHz sound is generically annoying enough, but if you really really want to aggravate somebody, select the 12 kHz sound. Trust us. The higher frequency and slight 'electronic noise' built into that soundbyte will make a full-grown Admin wonder where his packets are.
/Rant mode ON
After stunning a white house official over the pay issue, another incident that is giving the foreign press a ball of a time with Singapore.....
Just before going to bed after mugging the entire day, I decided to pop by payperpost to take a look at any intersting opps avaliable. I found this opp at the payperpost site for the Blogger's Choice Award web awards. So i decided to pop by and take a look at the website, there is a crazy amount of catagories including freakiest blog and The "Blogitzer" (whatever that meant).
Studying for exams definitely sucks, just sitting at the bench staring at notes making summary sheets, practicing tutorials which i should have done in the first place...
Seriously... i am not letting anyone access my laptop/desktop again if this ever gets out... oh wait I am helping to spread it around... :p
To ensure I get a nice balance view of the world, I do not just read our usual govt approved media (ranked 147th in terms of free speech), but also some online, alternative view publications. I am not saying which is right or wrong, but having multiple views is good way to get the brain thinking. I rather not end up like some mindless autoMAN of an engineer in the future.
I would like to add to the discussions and debates regarding the latest round of ministerial and civil service pay increases.
Firstly I applaud our Prime Minister for taking the lead and donating his increments to charity. I hope the other ministers will follow suit. However, even if they do so, what they do only masks the symptoms but do not solve the root cause of the problem that caused the public’s anger in the first place.
Benchmarks are supposed to be external indicators which people measure themselves against. They are supposed to be independent and immovable numbers that people (at least individually) cannot influence or change. Hence when a law firm pays a top lawyer a remuneration package based on law industry benchmarks, the lawyer is just a “taker” - he cannot engineer changes in the industry to increase the benchmark so he gets a higher pay.
Influence over benchmarks
However, the same cannot be said of the collective efforts of the entire top echelon of the civil service in Singapore. By the force of the laws, the rules and the policies they formulate, their pervasiveness in all aspects of Singapore life, I would argue they have considerable, if not an all-encompassing influence over the benchmarks that they use to measure themselves against. So in other words, the “benchmark” has instead become some sort of collective “performance indicator” for top civil servants and it is one that potentially rewards the wrong performance targets.
Any basic management text would tell you that people are influenced to behave in a certain way through incentives and disincentives given to them. In the case of our top civil servants, their pay is directly linked to the pay of a small group of top private sector earners in Singapore. As such, if top earners earn more, they earn more too. Is this not a clear cut incentive for our top civil servants, ministers included, to collectively ensure that the group whose pay that they are benchmarked against, do even better?
An “elitist” malaise
Many people feel that our national policies are increasingly “elitist” - designed to nurture few “winners” that “take all”. Better still, why not just import a number of highly paid “foreign talents” and make them Singaporeans or PRs? This will have immediate impact on (their) bottom lines. Therefore is there any wonder why, in the period of a few years, the benchmark figure gone up while everybody else is scratching their heads and asking ” I where got increment“?
This is precisely the malaise that has affected our country - In the recent years since this benchmark has been in place, top salaries in Singapore have sky rocketed, while middle incomes have stagnated, and bottom incomes have fallen off. We see more Ferraris on the street nowadays just as we see more homeless people. Is this inevitable with globalisation?..........full article
pet insurance from my knowledge has been quite a big hit in the USA, especially in dog crazy states like California where people seriously pamper their pets (think paris hilton). The question is, would this be a viable industry here in Singapore and perhaps asia?
Once again, random surfing landed me on this nice gem of an article. And to think i was wondering why SANJAYA is STILL NOT VOTED OFF, OMG PPL WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU!!!!
If you follow this huge money-making singing contest from Fox these days, you already know all about this phenom.
Love it or hate it, American Idol (and their other country equivalents) is a good metaphor for life on a number of different levels, which is one reason why it's so popular.
If you're currently in job interview mode, you could learn a lot by watching this show.
American Idol sometimes seems like some weird group interview where each candidate makes his or her case to three fickle interviewers and is either advanced or sent packing.
Aside from the constant reminder that this is a singing competition, we all know it's more than that. It's about that elusive quality called a "total package." Ditto the job interview. Here's the reason why all job interviewees should take heed of what happens on Idol: "differentiation."
Some candidates understand this early, while a few just get lucky.
Too often, we'll see a very weak singer retained while a much stronger performer gets cut. Some may call this an injustice, but it's not so. What's happened is that the "total package effect" came into play.
One singer won more votes, not for singing ability, but for that fact that his or her "brand" differentiated them from the pack. No one else is like those people by a long shot and that brand triggers visibility, notoriety and votes.
The moral of the story: You don't have to be the best singer, just the most memorable decent singer. Same for the job interview. You don't have to be the best candidate with the top skills. You do have to find a way to be the most memorable, hirable candidate....... Full Article
I have no idea what this invention can be used for or how the heck is he going to commercialise it... pls watch this video for the PITCH:
Just a follow up on my previous post on " PM Lee's Salary Stuns white house official "
The MP, who supported the civil service and ministerial pay revisions, cited the contrasting fortunes of two former labour chiefs, Lim Chee Onn and Lim Boon Heng.
The first left public office for the private sector, while the latter joined the public sector after a successful stint in the private sector.
Ms Ng said that Mr Lim Boon Heng is currently paid "a small fraction" of the $5.5m-$5.7m that Mr Lim Chee Onn now earns in the private sector.
This, she said, is a "stark contrast between the reward systems for high-calibre people who stay in politics and for those who leave it." full story
More random surfing brings up interesting news!!!
Taken from Yahoo Singapore News:
"I'm going to emigrate and run for office in Singapore," the official said on condition he be identified only as "a senior administration official who sits in disbelief after reading that story."
On Monday, the Singapore government had announced a fresh 25.5 percent pay hike for Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, boosting his salary to 2.05 million dollars per year.
Bush gets paid 400,000 dollars per year for doing his job, according to the White House.
Combined with personal investment income, he and his wife Laura reported 618,694 dollars in taxable income in the 2005 fiscal year. They had to pay 187,768 dollars in federal taxes.
But maybe Bush shouldn't feel so bad. The Singaporean's paycheck is eight times fatter than Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's"
Looks like this is one way to attract even more foreign talent :p Someone better remind that "senior administration official" he should be joining ONLY the PAP
Only last monday (which was about 24hrs ago) parliment voted on raising the ministers salary which more or less makes our top politicians one of the highest paid in the world.
I remember back when I was in Philadelphia, aside from buying tons of cheap stuff at factory outlets, I did get caught up in online shopping. Guess it was the convienience of having stuff delivered to your place and also the return policy helps alot, and you get tons of good deals at the clearance sections.
Well, I was doing my random surfing around ( I am always randomly surfing anyway, google should introduce this random button that really randomly sends you somewhere, sometimes blindly surfing around does bring up interesting reading material)
Although i stopped watching WWE wrestling years ago (during the era of Stone Cold, Rock, HHH), I saw this piece of news at SI.com and could not help back take a look at it. Donald Trump, star of his own TV show.... at WrestleMania?!?!
I was doing my daily surf at Penny-arcade when i saw the link to this interesting piece of news. LINK
Harmonix, EA & MTV are teaming up to bring us Rock Band on 360 & PS3. Harmonix co-founder Alex Rigopulos: " Rock Band takes the core premise of Guitar Hero and expands it tenfold. It lets you create a complete collaborative band."For those who have no idea what this is about, just try to recall the game DANCE DANCE revloution, basically guitar hero/rock band is like DDR except you play a guitar and not on some dance pad. I used to play DDR pretty well myself, destroying 3 dance pads practicing at home. (DUN LAUGH!!!)