Sarah Jones: One woman, eight hilarious characters

In this hilariously lively performance, actress Sarah Jones channels an opinionated elderly Jewish woman, a fast-talking Dominican college student and more, giving TED2009 just a sample of her spectacular character range.

Sarah Jones: One woman, eight hilarious characters

TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Featured speakers have included Al Gore on climate change, Philippe Starck on design, Jill Bolte Taylor on observing her own stroke, Nicholas Negroponte on One Laptop per Child, Jane Goodall on chimpanzees, and “Lost” producer JJ Abrams on the allure of mystery. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, and TEDTalks cover these topics as well as science, business, development and the arts.

MOVITS! – Äppelknyckarjazz video

It’s MOVITS! again. Quite enjoy this song too. Great style even though I don’t understand a word.

MOVITS! – Äppelknyckarjazz Video (Officiell)

OBS! Klicka “Watch in high quality” under “Views”

Äppelknyckarjazz är andra singeln samt titelspåret från MOVITS! debutalbum som släpps hösten 2008.

Director: Axel Söderlund | Vfx & Compositing: Tomi Tauriainen | Art Directing: MOVITS! | DOP: David Grehn | Producer: Johan Hannu | Label: Bdpop

Fire alarm in D-flat major

These guys heard the fire alarm when their band is jamming. Instead of running somewhere to assemble like what everyone should be doing, they stayed. And jammed. Haha… Better it not be real fire.

Fire Alarm Jam Session

One friday afternoon at an innocent band practice, fire alarm tests are being conducted. What to do now? Jam with it of course! (Our fire alarm seems to wail to the tune of Db Major)

The limits of sex education

The news article on ChannelNewsAsia reveals concerns over over-education of homosexuality issues.

Controversial content in AWARE’s sex education programme sparks debate

SINGAPORE: The debate over the sexuality education programme by the Association of Women for Action and Research boils down to a 15-minute segment of its three-hour workshop, TODAY has learnt after obtaining on Wednesday pages of the group’s Comprehensive Sexual Education: Basic Instructor Guide.

The section in question defines terms such as “anal sex”, “virginity”, “teenage pregnancy” and “homosexual”. As part of the workshop exercise, students are asked to associate these terms according to three categories: Positive, neutral and negative.

The rest of the guide deals with topics such as body image, HIV/Aids, contraception and relationships. But it is the description of terms such as homosexuality and anal sex that appears to be at the heart of the contention raised by self-declared “feminist mentor” and senior lawyer Thio Su Mien.

She took issue with homosexuality being seen as a neutral, not negative, word.

AWARE’s former programme manager Deeksha Vasundhra said the definitions are for instructors to facilitate discussions.

The “private and confidential” guide is never given to students, she said.

While the majority saw the importance of educating their children on sexuality and making the right choices, many also questioned the handling of controversial topics and the explicitness of the material.

“It’s okay to let them know (about sex) but not to this extent. I don’t want my son to learn such explicit things,” said Ms Nor, a mother of three.

Father of six, Rizan Jantan, 45, felt children could approach parents and “we can explain to them (right from wrong).”

A mother of two boys said it was “all natural”, while businessman Chung Toh Keong, 56, felt such issues should be taught, since we “don’t dare talk about such taboo topics”. (Source: ChannelNewsAsia)

What caught my attention is Ms Nor’s comments where she agrees with sex education but prefers it to take a slightly conservative approach where issues such as “anal sex” and so on are not discussed. Is ignorance really bliss? Should there be limits as to where sex education should discuss? Wouldn’t it be just a matter of time (at the rate things are going) these issues become common discussions?

6,081 visits last month, thanks!

Search engines sent 67.95% of the visitors. Asides search engines, most of the visitors come from Twitter, Ping.sg, Facebook and Stackoverflow.

Firefox is a favorite browser with 60%. Chrome visits constitutes 5% which I am responsible for at least half of Chrome visits I presume.

The top searches are XAMPP, jQuery, Django and PostgreSQL related. I code using CakePHP but no one reads my CakePHP stuff. My top tags are NetBeans, XAMPP and Sex, the combination upsets me.

Top countries visiting are US, UK, Singapore, India and Canada. I had a visitor from Zimbabwe, I didn’t know they can afford computers. Zimbabwe, a victim of hyper inflation, announced last February the removal of 12 zeroes from the currency, i.e. 1,000,000,000,000 Zimbabwe dollars being exchanged for 1 new dollar.

Alright, before I go offtrack, kthxbai.

MOVITS! – Fel Del Av Gården

This music style incorporates hip hop, rap and swing. It’s MOVITS! from Sweden. It’s refreshing and the video’s worth watching.

MOVITS! – Fel Del Av Gården (Officiell)

Fel Del Av Gården är 3:e singeln från debutalbumet Äppelknyckarjazz som släpptes 26:e November 2008.

Director: Axel Söderlund | Vfx & Compositing: Tomi Tauriainen | Art Directing: MOVITS! | Steadicam: Nestor Salazaar | Producer: A-lite/Bohéme Music | Label: Bdpop/Bohéme Music

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The band is from Luleå, Sweden, with an American hip hop style. And here are the translated lyrics by a Reddit user:

MOVITS! – Fel Del Av Gården (lyrics)

Coming from the wrong part of the yard, from the other side of the track
I grew up with gypsies
playing accordion
wanting to tell my future
while my dad emptied a bottle of explorer [cheap vodka]
taught myself to play guitar and those chords
djangos quintett playing from the grammophone
with second hand suits in the closets
and brass bands live every night in the garden

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