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Cha Xiu Bao

Tuesday, November 15th, 2005

Not very often you come across a true gastronome. Umami and Chubby Hubby comes to mind.

So does Cha Xiu Bao.

From bull penis noodle tasting notes to the Wuyi Tea Song 武夷茶歌, from Chinese food philosophy to body-building Chefs, this blog will have you spend a blissful 1-2 hours learning.

Also, don’t forget to download and print a copy of his canonical list of fish names.

Another blogger going down

Saturday, November 12th, 2005

Last week when I found out about Chewonit going down, I was pretty upset and wrote this.

Today, I find this on Tomorrow. (hah!)

Agagooga was so outraged at this article, that she he wrote this which got Tomorrow’d and started a chain reaction (including mine).

[By the way, I think my pictures of her are better and more conclusive. ;PPP]

Looking at the comments, I’m pleased to note that it’s mainly asking everyone to leave Dawn alone with about ~5% bitching.

I guess Candyfeehily is right: Leave her alone.

OldbloggerI am actually quite amused at the open letter written by xialanxue. Her entries are very droll. You can almost picture her becoming like techpark88 in her senior citizen years.

Plastic surgery is not really a big deal, it’s just another form of improving one’s self (yes, I agree it can be overdone). However, I guess it can be traumatic for the person going under the knife as the implication is that something is wrong in the first place.

Furthermore, being very young, one would assume a certain amount of insecurity, hence the constant entries about friends (& parties) and the need for denial.

Although, like Kenny Sia, I can’t find the denial bit.

Anyway, I believe that there is no such thing as bad publicity. Just hope she won’t shut down her blog like Chew (or Hazel).

Budak outraged

Friday, November 11th, 2005

Senior citizen cursed and elbowed over canteen hot drink row.

Unpleasant people

Tuesday, November 8th, 2005

Comments[I read this entry on Sesame Seed’s blog on Sunday and was filled with anger. I wrote a long and rather "vulgar" entry on Monday morning.

It had a cool picture of women and middle fingers. ;)

However, following the "sleep on it" rule, I deleted the entry before going to work. Here’s a nicer and more polite entry. Still a rant though.]

It’s very rare to find a Singaporean blog that make you sit and think critically. Doubly so to find a Singaporean blog that also amuses you at the same time, without resorting to cheap theatrics or unnecessary drama.

This is why when I found out about this, I was very upset and angry.

Another great blog gone because of unpleasant people that take it upon themselves to police the Internet and leave "tetchy" comments on what they don’t like.

I have received those too.

They can be hurtful and it really wears you down when you try to explain in clear and concise terms that their comments really make no sense.

Of course, we tend to forget that people who leave comments like that tend to follow certain rules.

So it becomes an exercise in futility as they keep repeating the same irrelevant or illogical points over and over again; as if repetition will make them right.

Oh no, they will say, we are just concerned that the contents of your blog will cause problems to other people.

The road to Hell is paved with good intentions.

Don’t be a troll, go start a blog and begin pontificating. Be like him or this blog. While I may disagree with their views or merely find them amusingly whiny, I find their courage to make a stand in public commendable.

While I welcome the official censors and watchdogs, sometimes I wonder who on Earth gave these other people the perogative to police us.

ProtectionGosh, if they find the Internet so troubling, then they should just quit.

Leave us alone.

We do not need your paranoia and insecurities. And we certainly do not welcome your attempts at inflicting your version of political correctness on us.

Society and civilization will not collapse in your absence.

Blogger’s entry leads murder charge

Sunday, November 6th, 2005

Found this, which lead to this.

Wow.

Marraskuu

Friday, October 21st, 2005

SneakyMany months ago, my friend Emyln convinced me to blog.

Since then I have been advocating blogging to my friends. Everyone please give a warm welcome to Cakie and her blog.

This blogging virus thing, sneaky no?

Slurp!

Friday, October 14th, 2005

Woohoo! Another friend joins the blogosphere.

Everyone give a big round of clicks to Slurp!

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Thursday, October 13th, 2005

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

NooooI have been maligned. This classy blog does not contain any image of that person in that scandalous picture.

Gosh. The phrase "I maybe fat but you’re ugly. At least I can diet" hits him both coming and going.

While I may have written this, I have not at any time been in contact with him nor am I responsible or party to his transformation from a sickly enunch to the posterboy for prophylactics.

Attention Bloggers at a loss for something wise or witty

Tuesday, October 11th, 2005

I got your wise sayings right here.

(Good for flamers who can’t think of an insult off-hand too.)

The need for titillation to attract people

Friday, September 23rd, 2005

My friend Eugene wrote to me and said that my blog is shaping up well. All it needs now is some babes or porn to attract more people.

I went googling around to see what it dug up and it was not all pretty. There are really lots of porn blogs around. And I’m glad people are complaining about them as it screws up searching for important stuff.

Anyway, I don’t think this blog has the right tone for that sort of thing. For a start, unlike those blogs, I don’t use the color black as my background. Also, I have no idea how to obtain porn pics for posting.

Titilating_1 Anyway, while I have no idea how to achieve creative activity (writing or pictures or films etc.) of no literary or artistic value other than to stimulate sexual desire, I promised Eugene a picture of a babe, tits and titillation. Here it is. →

DIY? Well, there’s good and bad. Take a look at this. I am sure he attracts a lot of visitors to his website cum (ahaha) "blog", being the most handsome guy in Singapore (and some say USA) and all.

(Emyln: What say you on him being on your "Hunk of the week" segment? You might get a mention on his site.)

But no. Posting nude pictures of me will scare people away. Quite the opposite effect of what this blog has achieved: Hah.

I know, it’s sad that the only way to get people to visit is to post entries about food, sex and technology.

This is not good as it is getting crowded out there with blogs on the big three. Personally, I like blogs with a quiet mediative feel like TinkerTailor, Cherian and Boopee.

And I will stick to posting my spin on news, funny or otherwise.

More senseless fun

Thursday, September 15th, 2005
Slow and Steady
Your friends see you as painstaking and fussy.

They see you as very cautious, extremely careful, a slow and steady plodder.

It’d really surprise them if you ever did something impulsively or on the spur of the moment.

They expect you to examine everything carefully from every angle and then usually decide against it.

How Do People See You?
(errm… did anyone read my About page?)

How to flame people

Monday, September 12th, 2005

It’s been a while since I’ve dabbled in bbs’, forums etc and this new-fangled blog thingy. So I went to look up on netiquette and other netizen behaviour to see if the rules have changed. Nope. They have not; we still get crappy people who haven’t grown up.

No fear. no reason and no logic. Flamers are like babies: often in error but never in doubt.One thing that I remember very vividly is flaming. You see something you don’t like that gets your goat, you reach out and hit the "reply" button and blast away.

There is a certain skill required to make it an art form. I have been reading the comments left on blogs and forums that border on flaming (mostly by Singaporeans, but I think it applies to everyone in general) , but not quite.

So, to help raise the standard on flaming in Singapore (and other parts of the world), here’s a good guideline on how to be the consummate flamer.

My favourite quote: "Everything you (don’t) read is the literal truth as we see it. Once you haven’t grasped the story you can start to twist the words into whatever makes you most angry."

Of course, if you are like me, plain RTFM does not really cut the mustard as theory only goes so far. Therefore, as an example to learn from, I would like to introduce you to flaming in its fullest glory here. (You need to read all of "cyclotouriste’s" remarks on the first page).

Scary no? That’s the way to do it.

While hilarious, it also highlights the importance of providing enough information and maybe accuracy in tagging.

What color should this blog be?

Thursday, September 8th, 2005

I give up. I tried 3 times and still got the same color. Bah.

Your Blog Should Be Yellow
You’re a cheerful, upbeat blogger who tends to make everyone laugh. You are a great storyteller, and the first to post the latest funny link. You’re also friendly and welcoming to everyone who comments on your blog.
What Color Should Your Blog or Journal Be?

Google search corrupted by blogs and trackbacks in Singapore, Malaysia and other parts of the world

Thursday, September 8th, 2005

Quality of information is very dear to everyone’s hearts.

With the rise of blogs (described by some as a clique of people fuc having incestous relat writing about each other) and tagging, it is no wonder that the signal to noise ratio has degraded for search engines.

I mean people are writing entries with tags that have nothing to do with the content. Or worse, make a single mention of a term, say "Barbie Doll", with the trackbacks, comments and tags, it soon gets top spot in a search engine like Google.

This is because Google’s technology is based on linkbacks. It’s based on the assumption that, say engineering, if a lot of engineers would link back to a single article, that article would be deemed most relevant and hence occupy top spot.

As an example, here’s a chap who writes about IT trends in Indonesia but tags it otherwise. He first starts by copying an NYT article on how to be a popular blogger and then follows its advice later by peppering unrelated tags to almost all his articles.

(I am not sure how to interpret deleting blog comments as an IT Trend or that it needs to be kept paced with though.)

I guess the next thing for more nefarious people would be to manipulate porn rankings. But have no fear, this is here to protect you.

;PPP

Finally, my contribution to Technorati Tag pollution: , , , , , , .

[Updated with more tags]

Linking outrage in Singapore

Saturday, September 3rd, 2005

Was checking out technorati to see what other people are blogging about (Singapore-wise) when I saw this; basically a commentary on the linking policies in tomrrow.sg. While I disagree to his points, it was well-written. However, the comment left at the entry by Han sort of misses the point.

But I digress, I feel that linking is the foundation of the Internet; it’s what inventor Tim Berners-Lee envisioned. After all, it’s not called the Web for nothing.

Of course, you get loads of really up-tight people who object.

By linking to one another, we create a rich tapestry of information, services (that’s the architect in me speaking) and fun, fun, fun.

Releasing something on to the web (unintentionally or otherwise), does not really make it public domain, but it does mean that people can (and will) make use of it in ways you would never think of.

The consequences can be unpredictable and sometimes very severe; but I guess it’s part of growing up. I guess the only time I would be worried about linking is when it eats up alloted bandwidth from the host.

Time to bring you home…

The whole point of this entry is that when I noticed that this issue was posted here under harvard.edu, I just wanted to point your attention to why I feel it’s an admirable thing.

Hyuk, hyuk, hyuk.