Monthly Archives: January 2008

Cool Lego clips

So I noticed yesterday that Google’s logo was Lego-fied. Turns out it was Lego’s 50th anniversary. In the spirit of all things lego, here are some cool clips from YouTube!

(This video list is a partial mirror of the one at I. Z. Reloaded, I just wanted a condensed version on my own blog haha.)

So here’re my top picks from his list.

1. Lego Les Miserables. Really funny and impressive, especially if you’ve watched the musical.

2. Lego Dark Knight trailer. If you’ve watched the original trailer, you should be pretty amazed how well it translates to Lego.

3. Lego Bumblebee, a custom-built transformable version of Bumblebee from the Transformers movie. Cool stuff.

4. Lego Millennium Falcon, showing (accelerated) the painstaking steps involved in constructing one of those huge-ass Lego Star Wars toys. Makes me wish I’d bought one too – the ones from the original trilogy are out of production now and insanely expensive.

And if you’re not exactly the video-watching sort, The Brick Testament (biblical stories enacted in Lego scenes) never fails to entertain (me, anyway).


Zesty Lemon

Because I really like cheesecake (a lot), and M&S was selling this at half-price (£1.99), I decided to get it. The thought process went something like this.

“Half a kilo of cheesecake for S$6?” -0.00273s interval- “BUY!”

Actually I’d already seen it last week, but I hadn’t expected the offer to still be on when I went to M&S today. But, oh well. Extra dessert, extra calories, you win some you lose some.

Gone Baby Gone

Having been wowed by Mystic River a few years back, I was quite excited to find out that another of Dennis Lehane‘s books had been brought to the big screen. Intriguingly enough it’s also Ben Affleck’s directorial debut, I’m not that big a fan of his acting but I did like Good Will Hunting (which he co-wrote) quite a bit.

I really liked it. It starts off quite slowly and I was getting a little bored in the first hour, but after the closure of the first case things really got going. I won’t go too deeply into the plot, since letting it unfold slowly is probably quite critical in appreciating this film, but I really liked the moral ambiguities introduced. The tagline sums it up quite nicely, actually. Everyone wants the truth… until they find it.

I might start looking for Lehane’s books to read. Apparently Gone Baby Gone is the fourth book (out of five, currently) involving Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro, the private investigators featured in the movie. His yarns seem to be pretty good… another book of his, Shutter Island, is currently in the works as a Scorsese film.


Has anyone grown up pronouncing 蹲 (dūn, as in squat) like zhūn?

I used to think that zhūn was a weird peculiarity of mine (picked it up from my mum, I think), but Shan just told me that her mum pronounces it like that too. Also, 锅 (guō, as in pot) like wō. I’m guessing it’s dialect influence of some sort?

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-

Seem to have often taken the one less travelled. But if I keep taking the one less travelled, sooner or later I’m going to end up in Timbuktu.

So I’m taking a module on psychology in education, and against my expectations (a large part of it seems to revolve around administering psychometric tests and interpreting the data) I find myself oddly intrigued by the job.

Teaching at the primary level would probably be advantageous in gaining experience with instances of early learning difficulty, and I don’t particularly mind it now (at upper primary level, anyway) after my school attachment. On the other hand, if I want to stay long-term in the teaching line, my preference would still be the secondary level.

My scholarship officer suggested that since it was possible to do educational psychology even with secondary teaching experience (and it is easier to switch from teaching secondary to primary than vice versa), I should just pick whichever level I prefer teaching at. I’ve asked and I need to make a firm decision (they learn different things at NIE) by mid-May.

How now? Primary or secondary? Primary or secondary?

…two roads diverged in a wood, and I-

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Blogger Becomes an OpenID Provider

Although it doesn’t have that many useful functions yet (mainly to comment on sites where you don’t have a registered account), it’s still pretty interesting. Although with LiveJournal and Blogger accounts already, and with Yahoo going to support OpenID soon, it seems a bit like OpenID overkill.

This blog already supports OpenID logins, so if you’re bored and want to comment using your LiveJournal ID or whatever, feel free to knock yourself out. =P

Japan redux

A picture speaks a thousand words, so here’s my 166k word essay about my recent trip.

Also – 2 video clips, not particularly exciting, but I figured I’ll upload them so I can delete them from my hard drive =P

The sloth, it moves!

The bonito flakes, they move!

Hmm. I see a certain pattern with those videos. All about stuff moving. Oh well. I wonder how many words a video speaks?

Need for NS in Singapore

I came across this site in my web surfing. The post itself was nothing new – that NS deters immigrants from settling in Singapore.

There were some interesting comments though, here’s one that caught my eye.

Singapore: 683 square miles, 4.5M population
Malaysia: 329,750 square miles, 24.8 M population
Indonesia: 1,826,440 square miles, 234,694 population

By my count, Singapores neighbors have over 52,000 times the population, and 3,100 times the land area. So, you basically have a tiny nation that once belonged to one of her neighbors. Those two neighbors which, in turn, have gone to battle over territories on numerous occasions. Add to this the fact that (1) Singapore is significantly wealthier than both Malaysia and Indonesia, (2) Singapore is 70% Chinese, and (3) Chinese in Malaysia and Indonesia are generally regarded as greedy exploiters who steal wealth from the nation.

Singpore is basically Israel minus the religion. If there’s a situation where compulsory military service might be justified, this is it.

I’ve always supported the idea of compulsory NS in Singapore, even though I’d really disliked my own stint (in a personal capacity). However, these numbers do kind of bring a kind of empirical backing to the fuzzy idea that yes, we do need a credible defence force. (Although on rereading the numbers, apparently the posted has misinterpreted Indonesia’s 234,694K population as 234,694M. The actual factor for population should be about 58x, I think.)

Also spotted was this totally hilarious comment, apparently from a Brit.

Just 4.5 million, eh? Right boys, here’s the deal. Leave that rather dangerous spot of yours and all come to Britain. You can “make room” in our tight little islands by paying large numbers of rather unwelcome immigrants to bugger off. You will find that whatever their faults, the British are exceedingly unlikely to murder you all. And we certainly need lessons in high educational standards, an economically literate elite and a bit more civility in society.

OSX for PC?

So Shan and Lin were discussing their Macs yesterday and I thought back to the simple days of using OSX. Thinking back, I rather liked OSX really, and with a desktop PC back home in Singapore, I won’t really be needing a gaming laptop (with Windows) next year. Plus now that OSX is designed for Intel chips, there’s a whole lot more flexibility offered where applications are concerned.

My Dell is currently less than 2 years old, though, and I don’t particularly relish the though of paying for a new machine I don’t really need, particular since hardware-wise it is actually more powerful than a MacBook. So after a little Googling, I’ve discovered that OSX Leopard has already been hacked for PC installation.

I was tempted to try it immediately, but it seems a risky thing to do – I’ll probably give it a go during the Easter break, when I’m back in Singapore and can backup my data first. Who knows, if it works well (I’m not too hopeful, but who knows?), I might even make it my primary OS.