At Ridzuan’s birthday party yesterday

Was at Ridzuan’s place yesterday. It’s his birthday and I didn’t just realized ™ until I saw Facebook.

Ridz is into some web cam thing these days, he has quite a following when he points the camera to Uzyn while working. Here’s DK setting up the web cam to show everyone they can’t have the pizza we’re eating:

Maybe a blogger’s dream come true. Even parties are streamed live to the web. Yeah, we had Hawaiian pizza. By the way, most Singaporeans only heard 2 things about Hawaii, they’re a nice island and they have pizza.

It’s a potluck, I brought (or bought) chicken nuggets. The food is good, unfortunately we can’t finish them. Here’s the cake, badly mutilated with candles:

The cake is really good by the way. We talk about food, erm politics and image processing. Shared YouTube videos too. Happy birthday Ridzuan! This party, there’s around 12 people. Additionally, three laptops came anyway. By the way, it’s Uzyn’s birthday too. Happy birthday Uzyn!

Ama… um… the Iranian leader

John McCain’s botched attempt yesterday to say “Ahmadinejad”. BBC says you supposed to say it this way:

“Today’s pronunciation is Iranian President Mahmoud AHMADINEJAD (sometimes also spelt AHMADINEZHAD). Our recommendation is mah-MOOD ah-mad-in-uh-ZHAAD (-h is pronounced in ‘Mahmoud’ and in ‘Ahmadinejad’) based on the advice of the BBC Persian Monitoring team.”

(BBC via Chicago Tribune)

Saw my friends supporting Wen Jia Bao in Facebook

What? Who’s Wen Jia-Bao? He is is the Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China. He serves as a member of its Leading Party Members’ Group and Secretary of the Financial Work Committee of the CPC Central Committee. Since taking office in 2003, Wen, ranked third in the Politburo Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China hierarchy, has been a key part of the fourth generation of leadership in the Communist Party of China. Wen, having been dubbed “the people’s premier” [1], has a commoner image with the public that separates him from the rest of China’s power elite, and his modesty and more approachable personality are held to contrast with the enigmatic and serious Hu Jintao[citation needed]. (I love it when Wikipedia slaps that with citation needed.)

Saw two of my friends went supporting him.

Wen Jia Bao Chinese politician invades facebook

Wen Jia Bao Chinese politician invades Facebook. Honestly, before 30 minutes ago, I had no idea who is Wen JiaBao.

PHP: I didn’t expect that Paamayim Nekudotayim!

Paamayim Nekudotayim is the official name for the Scope Resolution Operator (::) in PHP. It means “twice colon” or “double colon” in Hebrew.

Nekudotayim means ‘colon’; it comes from nekuda, ‘point’ or ‘dot’, and the dual suffix ayim, hence ‘two points’. Similarly, the word paamayim s derived by attaching the dual suffix to paam (‘one time’ or ‘once’), thus yielding ‘twice’.

The name was introduced in the Israeli-developed Zend Engine 0.5 used in PHP 3. Although it has been confusing to many developers, it is still being used in PHP 5, as in this sample error message:

Parse error: syntax error, unexpected T_PAAMAYIM_NEKUDOTAYIM in file on line line

View the Wikipedia article here.

I haven’t come across this error, maybe because I don’t really use the scope resolution operator anyway.

Google App Engine pricing announced

Google App Engine pricing announced.

Free quota to get started: 500MB storage and enough CPU and bandwidth for about 5 million pageviews per month:

  • $0.10 – $0.12 per CPU core-hour
  • $0.15 – $0.18 per GB-month of storage
  • $0.11 – $0.13 per GB outgoing bandwidth
  • $0.09 – $0.11 per GB incoming bandwidth

(Source: TechCrunch)

You know… It would be totally kickass if Google can offer web hosting services. I’m sure there’ll be lots of people interested.

Singlish or no Singlish?

Well, this is a really old argument. But the minister pointed out something quite true.

Minister Balakrishnan cautions against promoting use of Singlish

SINGAPORE: Community Development, Youth and Sports Minister Vivian Balakrishnan has cautioned against promoting the use of Singlish.

Speaking at the Pre-University Seminar 2008 on Tuesday, Dr Balakrishnan said the move to promote the lingo is a “pet project” by “linguistic elites” that can cause more harm than good.

He said those championing the local lingo are mostly highly educated individuals who are able to effortlessly switch from Singlish to proper English.

“But very few of us, to be honest with you, really have the ability. For most of us, we can only speak one way. So I’ve often felt there’s a bit of intellectual snobbery on the part of people who push Singlish,” Dr Balakrishnan said. (Source: ChannelNewsAsia)

That actually is pretty true now to think of it. But if you think of it from a different point of view, could this be also something to do with the fact that only the people who speak well dare to voice out in public?

And if that is the case, wouldn’t that be a good reason to encourage people to speak in better english?