To strip or not to strip

This is Miss Singapore World 2009. Not the personality most would hope for. Some Singaporeans are calling for a title to be stripped.

Miss Singapore World 2009 – Miss Ris Low

[via CNNGo]

I know someone who speaks English this way. She sounded like someone trying (and failed) to put on a foreign English accent. She would probably fare better if the contest is in Chinese. Still she does speak with confidence that impresses me – real loud and booms. Regarding stripping her title due to bad English, there is little point to that. This is a contest of confidence and style, never really need much up there (the head!).

However, a recent development may end her pageant dreams:

Ris Low: I was young, I didn’t think

Miss Singapore World 2009 Ris Low Yi Min was sentenced in May to 24 months of supervised probation after being convicted of credit card fraud.

‘I’m sad and disappointed,’ she told The New Paper over the phone.

‘I don’t know who leaked this information about me. Now I may have to give up my dream (of participating in an international pageant).’

The Miss World website states that pageant contestants must not have been charged or convicted in any court of law in any country.

Ris said she had used the credit cards fraudulently in ‘a moment of folly’.

According to court documents, Ris spent more than $2,400 on at least three credit cards on at least four separate occasions in April and May last year.

Among the items she bought were a $698 Samsung handphone and two gold anklets worth $980 in all.

She also visited Equinox, an upscale restaurant at Swissotel the Stamford, twice within the same week – spending almost $400 on food and drinks each time. (Source: Diva Asia)

Leave her alone? Well… Probably not this time.

Carl Sagan featuring Stephen Hawking and auto-tune

A musical tribute to two great men of science. Carl Sagan and his cosmologist companion Stephen Hawking present: A Glorious Dawn – Cosmos remixed. Almost all samples and footage taken from Carl Sagan’s Cosmos and Stephen Hawking’s Universe series.

Carl Sagan – ‘A Glorious Dawn’ ft Stephen Hawking (Cosmos Remixed)

Love it when auto-tune is used in this areas. Kinda awesome in some ways. Continue reading “Carl Sagan featuring Stephen Hawking and auto-tune”

Better never than late

I’m frustrated with courier services. They haven’t been as punctual as I hope for.

They give a time range, nine to twelve, where I woke specially to prepare for a delivery. I stayed and waited.

And waited. (x100)

It’s half-past-damn-twelve and my package did not arrive. If they claim they would come between 9 to 12, I expect them to come at around 10:30 by rule of averaging. I can’t wait any longer and I’m leaving to 24seven office right now.

This is not the first time this particular delivery is missed. I hope one day courier services would at least send an SMS to inform me that they cannot make it or something.

Jay-Z’s version of Forever Young

Jay-Z’s version of Forever Young, it apparently isn’t a cool enough name since he decide it to be “Young Forever” and auto-tuned the whole bloody track.

Jay-Z – Young Forever ft. Mr Hudson

Here’s the original tune by Alphaville:

Alphaville – Forever Young

The Forever Young guys grew old. Still seen rocking last 2005 in a Wikipedia article.

Dan Pink on the surprising science of motivation

Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don’t: Traditional rewards aren’t always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories — and maybe, a way forward.

Dan Pink on the surprising science of motivation

About Dan Pink

Bidding adieu to his last “real job” as Al Gore’s speechwriter, Dan Pink went freelance to spark a right-brain revolution in the career marketplace. Full bio and more links

Review: Django 1.0 Template Development

Django 1.0 Template Development, published by Packt, is a book that focuses on the templates portions of Django. Django is a popular Python web framework. Django models are easy to build but I always found the templates rather hard to understand.

Django 1.0 template development

Chapter 1, 2 and 3 gives an overview of how Django views work together. If you’re a developer, you shouldn’t skip that. I found myself understanding the Django MVC architecture better. (I come from a CakePHP background.) The author (Scott Newman) also did a good job introducing custom filters in Chapter 7. It’s something I haven’t explored till I read the book. There is also a chapter dedicated to pagination, also a must read.

The book is 272 pages, not too long. If you’re looking to improve your understanding on templates, this could be a good companion. I should also stress that the book is well organized. You can skip through the chapters and go straight to what you need without missing out much.

You can download a sample chapter here [PDF], and if you like it, you can find out how to get the book here.

My UOL results are out

My academic results are out. I did better than I expected this year. I am quite surprised by the results. I have rather low expectations this time and thought I may do badly for my “software engineering, algorithm design and analysis” class because I do not really understand what I learnt. For “data communications and enterprise networking”, I spend most of the time scribbling and chose to do those questions that require a lot of writing. The results made me quite happy at this hour. The red ones are the results for this year:

unit code title marks
cis102 mathematics for computing 80.0
cis108 information systems: foundations of e-business 61.0
cis109 intro to java & object-oriented program 78.0
cis110 introduction to computing and the internet 74.0
cis209 database systems 79.0
cis212 programming: advanced topics and techniques 80.0
cis222 data communications and enterprise networking 69.0
cis226 software engineering, algorithm design and analysis 63.0

I think they moderated the results or something.