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you learn something new every day

Watched this video this morning and noticed this comment below:

Did you know? The logo for Mozilla Firefox actually a Red Panda, rather than a Fox.

Did a bit of googling, and found out that ‘firefox’ is another name for the red panda, and was chosen by Mozilla for its similarity to Firebird, the original name of their browser. But then, you say…… its logo does really look like a fox, with its longish snout, colouring and all! Daniel Burka, the designer who conceptualized the logo, tweeted in 2009 that it was ‘partially inspired by this illustration in my childhood bible’. So I guess it’s a red panda made to look like a fox!


you learn something new every day

There’s apparently a whole school of superstitions surrounding the Shakespearean play Macbeth!

you learn something new every day

Traditionally, sugar plums are not a fruit, but a type of hard candy! (More info here, here and here!) That means the Sugar Plum Fairy from the Nutcracker ballet is not a fairy of fruit, but that of confectionery!

a pair of pretty pastels

For the very first time, Pantone picks not one but two shades – Rose Quartz and Serenity – for 2016’s Color of the Year!

you learn something new every day

Was googling for something when I stumbled upon this French-looking word – vernissage!

you learn something new every day

Read this New York Times article yesterday and came across the word prurient for the very first time!

china’s crime-free crime films

At least half of Hong Kong movies today are co-produced with mainland organizations, and screenwriters here are also having to toe the Beijing line. “That’s why we usually make ‘ancient swordsman’ films, or stories that happen in the period before the founding of the New China,” the Hong Kong screenwriter explained. He meant that you can show something negative in mainland China only so long as it happened before the Communist revolution in 1949 — but be careful not to portray that period as a golden era, because for that you might get censored.

Can a good story be written under such conditions? It’s difficult. Some screenwriters have managed through cunning: One director squeaked a crime movie set in Hong Kong past the censors after claiming the action took place before the transfer in 1997, while the territory was still under the rule of those evil Brits.

I found this article on the Middle Kingdom’s film industry both sad and amusing. Click here to read ‘China’s Crime-Free Crime Films’!

the more things change

The more things change, the more they stay the same…… this Brewster Rockit: Space Guy! (14 December 2014) comic strip says it all……

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from here

you learn something new every day

Armscye is another name for armhole, or the fabric edge to which the sleeve is sewn. Apparently, the word itself has a pretty interesting etymology too!

evolving a singaporean culture

The Straits Times recently published an interview with local dance pioneer Goh Lay Kuan. This part made me do a double take……

As a pillar in the arts community, do you think we have evolved a Singaporean culture as we approach 50 years?

Someone said to me: “I’m not Chinese. I’m Singaporean.” I asked for his name and said: “Sorry, that’s a Chinese name. Give me a Singaporean name.” Do you think by singing Geylang Sipaku Geylang, you’re a Singaporean?

When we first came back, we were proactive in working with Malays and Indians, to have a basic understanding of each other’s culture. This will create mutual understanding. Today, our “basic” is: “We all like laksa and char kway teow.”

Goh Chin Lian, The ballerina who overturned tables, The Straits Times, 3 May 2014 (available online in two parts, here and here)

But, what exactly is a Singaporean name?


Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.

Pablo Picasso

you learn something new every day

Read an article titled ‘FBI turns up heat on 1990 Boston art heist’ in the Straits Times (ST) today (Life!, page C11). To sum up the article, I quote its first sentence: ‘The FBI believes it has identified the thieves who stole 13 artworks from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990 in the costliest art theft in United States history and asked for anyone who had seen the paintings to contact the bureau.’ And the missing art is apparently worth US$500 million!

This epic case of art theft was something I had never heard of before, so naturally I googled to find out more about it. This article gives a nice recount of the Gardner Museum theft, while this one describes the current situation with the FBI (which still lists the incident as one of its Top Ten Art Crimes).

The ST article also noted that the Gardner Museum offers ‘free admission to anyone named Isabella’. I checked the museum’s website and confirmed that this was true, as quoted from this page:

Isabellas Free…Forever! provides unlimited free museum admission to everyone with the first name Isabella–forever! Please see the bottom of the page for more details about the program. (Please note that, in order to be true to our founder, Isabelle and other variations and spellings do not apply.)

Seriously how cute is that? :D

army daze

After dinner yesterday, Serena and I went to Jubilee Hall in Raffles Hotel (next to Raffles City) to catch an adaptation of Army Daze (originally written in 1987 by Michael Chiang), presented by Nanyang Technological University’s Hall 13. Joanne had gotten the tickets somehow and asked if we were interested, and we said yes! I haven’t been to a proper stage performance for eons!

Jubilee Hall is a cosy little old-fashioned theatre. Last night, it was about 75% full. I wondered aloud if Serena and I were the oldest ones in the audience! :P

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why does fashion matter?

Marc Jacobs, on why fashion does matter:

Let’s see. It’s part of the art of living. Why does makeup matter? Why does fragrance matter? Why does fashion matter? Why does it matter to have beautiful furniture and nice interiors and books to read and good wine to drink and good food to eat? These are all luxuries and it’s human nature to want them, to desire them, to enjoy them, enjoy looking at them, wearing them. I think it’s just human nature. We want things to please us and make us feel good and maybe attract other people to us or just make us feel good about ourselves.

from Jessica Iredale, WWD CEO Summit: Marc Jacobs, WWD, 9 January 2013

affordable art fair

The annual Affordable Art Fair was held at the F1 Pit Building from 15 to 18 November, and I went on Saturday, the third day. It was my first time at this fair! Reached the place slightly after noon, and got a ticket for $13 at the door.

Rushed upstairs headlong into one of the talks I had wanted to attend, on the best ways to frame one’s artwork by a angmoh lady from the Frame Society. Luckily I had missed only slightly less than 15 minutes of the talk, which was quite interesting. The speaker went around pointing to various artworks displayed at their booth and explained their aesthetics. At the end we were all given a small thin glossy booklet of framing tips, which had a recommended retail price was $20.

Later in the afternoon I attended another talk, on how to start an art collection by an angmoh guy from Australian company Art Equity. It was interesting but the speaker just droned on and on without using any visual aids so I tuned out after a while. :P

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