Instagramming during a fire

I had this brief discussion with a friend. In an event of a fire, why do people Instagram?

The answer really is just because it is eventful. How many times will you see a fire? How many times will you see a sushi? Given that, don’t you think fire is more worth taking pictures of than food?

That obviously is missing the point, I imagine you would retort. Fires could be dangerous, sushis only delicious.

But isn’t that the whole purpose of Instagram — to take record all things eventful? Yes, and that is why we take pictures during fires! Because our minds are trained to record this and share with our friends our experiences. Maybe they shared you a picture of a devastating building collapse in vintage filters before.

So it perhaps is quite foolish to be expose of the risks of a fire but at least we proved it happened and we were there. I instagram the shit out of things, crosspost it to Twitter, Foursquare, Facebook and my Tumblr no one reads. And the journalist in me is going to take another video, paused with segments, using Vine. I am also going to take a Blair Witch Project kinda video while running and upload it to YouTube after applying toy camera effects.

The question people ask is why. The question I ask is why the hell not.

Aung San Suu Kyi released

Aung San Suu Kyi has been released by the Burmese military after being detained for more than 15 of the past 21 years:

Burma releases Aung San Suu Kyi

The Burmese military authorities have released the pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, from house arrest.

Appearing in front of thousands of jubilant supporters outside her home in Rangoon, Ms Suu Kyi said they had to work in unison to achieve their goals.

The crowd had rushed to the compound when nearby barricades were removed by police.

The 65-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner has been detained for 15 of the past 21 years.

[Source: BBC]

Going against Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games

Not everyone is merry over Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games (YOG). Even as the YOG comes to a closing today, I still hear the resentment. I am largely indifferent over the matter and I don’t know enough of it to contribute an opinion.

Singaporean arrested after Facebook attack on govt

In a statement, police said they had arrested a “man in his late 20s” on Tuesday “in connection with investigations into offences related to incitement of violence”.

…Abdul Malik Ghazali, 27, who posted a series of comments on the social networking site critical of how Singapore is hosting the inaugural Youth Olympic Games (YOG).

The August 14-26 event, held for competitors aged from 14 to 18, has generated limited public interest, with many events blighted by empty seats and the host country’s athletes faring badly.

Vivian Balakrishnan, the minister for community development, youth and sports, has come under particular fire from online critics over the games.

Abdul Malik’s postings on his own Facebook page and on a separate group account called “I hate the Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee” are also critical of Singapore’s ruling People’s Action Party (PAP).

He said it was time to “burn” the sports minister and the PAP. “Rally together and vote them out!!!” he wrote.

“I did not intend for it to be taken literally. I did not mean for someone to actually burn,” he said. –AFP (Source: Asiaone)

Here’s what the group has to say and what they describe themselves to be:

We are Singaporeans who are disappointed and angry with the YOG organising Committee (SYOGOC).

The SYOGOC ballooned its initial budget of S$105 million for the YOG to S$387 million. In contrast, this government allocated only $92 million to the ComCare and Social Support Programme for needy Singaporeans in 2010.

The SYOGOC chose to fake its ticket sales results by having MOE to purchase the bulk of the tickets. This has led to the strange phenomenon of the half-filled stadiums and competition halls, despite tickets being fully “sold out”!

Students were coerced by their schools to support the torch relays and to attend YOG events. The volunteers were badly treated with substandard and even unsafe food!

It is an event organised by the politicians for the politicians to look good in front of foreigners, and the government is splurging on taxpayers’ money like nobody’s business.

We hate the YOG Organising Committee!

The group has 2,796 members currently.

Okay time for Merly:

Merly Youth Olympics Singapore 2010

(Merly Youth Olympics Singapore 2010.)

Youth Olympics 2010 coming

Ridzuan was telling me merlion is a male. It clearly has long hair and is very feminine here:

Merly Youth Olympics Singapore 2010

(Merly Youth Olympics Singapore 2010.)

The Merly soft toy is available is many malls. There’s also a Lyo.

Here’s the cheer song of Singapore Youth Olympics 2010, whatever that means:

JJ林俊杰 ~ You Are The One, Singapore (Singapore Youth Olympic Games 2010)

Meanwhile, this is the theme song:

Oh yeah Oh yeah Oh yeah Hey Oh yeah Oh yeah Oh yeah Ho. It’s hilarious, somewhat cringe-inducing too.

KL Monorail

Here’s KL Monorail. Took the monorail from Bukit Bintang area to Crowne Plaza. It is clean and pretty comfortable. If you bring a book to read or a laptop to update your blog or play games on during your journey, you won’t even notice time go by. Try KL Monorail next time! They’ve really done a good job at making public transportation easy and affordable.

(KL Monorail.)

Last time I go to KL I took Rapid KL I think. It’s a short train service that looks like a bus on tracks. Looks energy efficient to me.

What KahWee tweeted on 2009-04-01

  • It’s Tweet Tuesday today! #sgtweet #
  • Kelvin talks Twitter on Tweet Tuesday #sgtweet #
  • Demographics of Twitter. Most people heard of Twitter Plurk n Facebook. #sgtweet #
  • Most are on Twitter! #sgtweet #
  • Most people know the platforms relatively well. #sgtweet #
  • 1382% growth on Twitter the past year. #sgtweet #
  • Blogout is #1 Twitter trend at one moment. #sgtweet #
  • @sgnews is features at Tweet Tuesday #sgtweet #
  • @starhubcares is run by someone doing word of mouth. How responsive can they be? #sgtweet #
  • Would you like government services to be on Twitter? #sgtweet #
  • @claudialim10 shows how you can monitor your brands using Splitweet. #sgtweet #
  • A strong reason for Ministry of Defence to be on Twitter? #sgtweet There’re some considerations to adopt this. #
  • Anyone interested in organizing Tweet Tuesday? #sgtweet #
  • @silkcharm now talks on Tweet Tuesday. #sgtweet #
  • In Australia, it is more Twitter than Plurk. #sgtweet #
  • @silkcharm thinks Twitter is simple and uses Twitter through the web interface. #sgtweet #
  • The whole #sgtweet #tweetsg @tweetsg @sgtweet is confusing me. #
  • If you have pressured using Twitter cos everyone’s talking something intelligent, it just means the set of friends isn’t for you. #sgtweet #

What KahWee tweeted on 2009-03-21

  • At Infocomm Live right now #idalive #
  • Mr. Matthias Kunze giving a talk on winning ways of an entrepreneur. #idalive #
  • Family and friends are your biggest enemies when starting businesses? #idalive #
  • Why be an entrepreneur? For Kunze, it’s about the lifestyle. #idalive #
  • Lots of people are thinking of selling your business. It’s a good motivation if you have that thought in mind. #idalive #
  • Ask yourself if you are hands on enough to start your own business? #idalive #
  • Be honest and ask yourself if you have sufficient experience before starting a business. #idalive #
  • Kunze claims that self-confidence and experience plays a tremendous part in starting a business. #idalive #
  • Be prepared to handle situations of failure. Can you handle failure? #idalive #
  • And why should you go into business in this case? Kunze leads us to third portion of his presentation – Passion is Key. #idalive #
  • Lack of passion leads to failure. #idalive #
  • Part 4. The British Airways Lounge. #idalive #
  • During the downturn, lots of things are cheaper. #idalive That’s the right time. #
  • If you have a good idea, you should do it now. #idalive #
  • Follow @floatingroom for updates on screen on the right at #idalive #
  • What is ur exit strategy? Answer: I am happy to sell when the time is right. #idalive #
  • Part 8. Build the right team. #idalive #
  • Kunze once teamed up with a guy much younger, much different. Internet exploded and security wasn’t. But he had different values. #idalive #
  • Kunze doesn’t see eye to eye with him. The mindset difference may cause businesses to fail. Didn’t work out in the end. #idalive #
  • Some tough decision includes firing a person. It’s painful but you have to make these decisions. #idalive #
  • Last slide, One wing birds can’t fly. #idalive #
  • Singaporeans have high work ethics. However too high work ethics may lead to burn out. It affects lifestyle. #idalive #
  • @uzyn: Yes you can. You know you can. 😉 #idalive #
  • Clap clap clap. Time for questions and answers. #idalive #
  • Mohan from e27 is the moderator. #idalive #
  • Unforeseen situations can happen. Unready products. Client disputes. #idalive #
  • Have you wanted to quit any of your startups? #idalive #
  • Currently in The Chamber at The Arts House. It’s a beautiful room #idalive This is where the old paliarment is at. I think. #
  • Kunze thinks Yahoo is still interesting as a company but highlights the enjoyment he gets working for Yahoo. #idalive #
  • Once again, you can following @floatingroom to see what’s on the right screen. #idalive #
  • I wonder if there is a bug with @floatingroom ‘s tweets. Opps. #idalive #
  • Would you recommend corporate experience before doing a startup? #idalive #
  • Kunze feels a good college education helps. #idalive Although he points out several success. Exceptions are there of course. #
  • Audience can ask questions now. #idalive #
  • Mohan looks lost on stage. #idalive #
  • Kunze moves nearer and nearer to the people who questions. #idalive Mohan, the moderator, couldn’t moderate, haha #
  • Want to know a VC? Helps that you know people who know people to introduce you. #idalive #
  • Connections is key too. #idalive #
  • Do you think being physically fit contributes to being mentally fit? Kunze agrees while I feel this sense of guilt. #idalive #
  • Okay no more Michael Phleps. #idalive #

What KahWee tweeted on 2009-03-13

  • Currently at Media Business Forum #mbf09 #
  • Saw Zhu Hou Ren 朱厚任 in Media Business Forum, we are the only ones using laptop it seems. #mbf09 #
  • The new iPod Shuffle is nice, but, shame on Apple restricting the users’ earphone choices. #
  • I always found stretched presentations awful to look at. #mbf09 #
  • Over the next 5 years, SGD230m would be injected into the media sector, expected to spur creation of 2,000 jobs. #mbf09 #
  • Media Training and Attachment (META) matches 150 local media professionals to companies starting Apr’09. #mbf09 #
  • Six more presentations and I’m hungry now! #mbf09 #
  • Michael Yap talking about regulations in the Singapore media sector. #mbf09 #
  • @molemole: You so fast sleepy liao? #
  • Can the media industry be more competitive in Singapore without hurting local companies? #mbf09 #
  • Digitalization enables more spectrum in Singapore. No, I don’t know what I’m talking about. #mbf09 #
  • We love the MDA Rap music video don’t we? #mbf09 The superman in the video is talking right now. #
  • Powerpoint yellow, powerpoint gold, powerpoint cyan and your favorite Arial font, MDA presentation could’ve looked better. #mbf09 #
  • Achievement in broadcast, 2180 local hours, 900 jobs! #mbf09 #
  • The Little Nyonya (by MediaCorp Studios) is the highest rated show in 15 years, viewed by 1 in 3 in Singapore. #mbf09 #
  • MDA targets 2380 local hours and 1280 jobs for broadcast in 2009. #mbf09 #
  • Public Service Programmes are values we believe in? And it can be international? Seems contradictory. #mbf09 #
  • MDA thinking of partnering with Joost? #mbf09 #
  • Yet another government agency using the word “hub”. We want to be another hub again… #mbf09 #
  • @claudia10 I got 3 hours more! #
  • I just asked @uzyn if Kenneth Tan (COO, MDA) is in the video too. LOL #mbf09 #
  • Kenneth Tan’s presentation has a text line height problem. Plus it is stretched. #mbf09 #
  • @claudia10, mine is a 6 cell instead of a usual 3-cell. Anyway, the battery bar always lies. When it says 3hr, it’s actually 2. #
  • Kenneth breaks down the ecosystem of film: Optioning, development, production, distribution, exhibition. #mbf09 #
  • Kenneth adds that Singapore is lacking in optioning and development process. #mbf09 #
  • Stereoscopy is the 3D glasses thingy. #mbf09 #
  • People need to learn PowerPoint from @claudia10. #mbf09 #
  • Government service love acronyms. #mbf09 INSPIRE: Internationalization of Singaporean Production Initiative, Representation & Enterprise. #
  • INSPIRE acronym got problem loh. #mbf09 Is Singapore and not Singapore. @uzyn spotted it. #
  • I mean it is Singapore, not Singaporean. #mbf09 #
  • INSPIRE does some sort of a matchmaking service for the media. Helps in distribution. #mbf09 #
  • The current vein diagram is problematic. PowerPoint has Smart Art now by the way. #mbf09 #
  • @uzyn wants you to know that it’s “venn” and not “vein”. Okay I lost one. #mbf09 #
  • SPINE is Spearheading Publishing Innovation for New Enterprise. Yay for more acronyms. This is just like army. #mbf09 #
  • Call for proposals – stereoscopic 3D ecosystem developer. Due March 26! #mbf09 #
  • Mr. IDM talks again; Michael Yap shares on Interactive Media & Games. #
  • @melvinkee Well, that’s why I tweet – to keep awake. #
  • No, this is NOT a live image. #mbf09 #
  • Garena is ranked 1164th website, ahead of zaobao.com which is ranked 1209th. #
  • MDA expects 500 to 900 new jobs #mbf09 #
  • Anyhow use images from Google Images. #mbf09 #
  • Catalytic Project should ignite the growth of the game sector. #mbf09 #
  • @claudia10 Why would we get arrested? #mbf09 MDA also regulate social media now? #
  • @cheeaun: I seen before if (hello == true) { /* some code */ } elseif (hello == false) { /* some code */ } #
  • More call for proposals at #mbf09. Call for FutureMobile applications by SingTel, Apple, Friendster and Mozat. #
  • What the hell are the 5Cs? #mbf09 Why people keep talking about it? #
  • Money Manpower & Mediapolis by Mr. Seto #mbf09 #
  • I think government supported companies slow down startup ideas because startups just wait for funds. #mbf09 #
  • Mr. Seto speaks like a preacher I know. #mbf09 #
  • Mediapolis actually sounds exciting but I hope it won’t be like Biopolis. #mbf09 #
  • This is like the Biopolis slides. #mbf09 #
  • Imaginary headlines? Oh this is something new. #mbf09 #
  • MDA hopes to generate pathfinder projects with key partners in regions such as Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo and Bristol. #
  • MDA has co-production treaties in AU, CA, Korea and NZ. Currently negotiating with CN and IT. #
  • Oh no I’m hungry. #mbf09 #
  • End of presentations at #mbf09. #
  • @melvinkee I have no idea about it. The talk wasn’t clear on these partnerships. #mbf09 in reply to melvinkee #
  • @trudinger Since startups can get gov funds, they may be less inclined to start things by their own and just wait for gov. Waiting hurts. in reply to trudinger #
  • @echoz you at the IT Show? I hate the squeezing and decided against going! Haha #
  • @echoz A gigabit switch? Why would u need that? in reply to echoz #
  • @trudinger There’s always garage style development, haha in reply to trudinger #