Archive for the 'digital life' Category
Happy birthday to Wikipedia! Just found out that my favourite online encyclopaedia (not that I have a favourite offline one :P) turns 15 today. Which means that it began life in 2001. And that’s amazing, cos I only discovered it when I entered university in 2006. Wondering how I could’ve missed it for five whole years! (In comparison, Google started in 1996 (but the internet wasn’t as ubiquitous then), and my computer studies teacher in Secondary 1 told us about the search engine in 2000.)
Wanted to change the inbox date format in my Gmail account from MM/DD/YY to DD/MM/YY. Googled and one solution was to switch my language setting from English (US) to English (UK). Which I did, and promptly noticed that my Trash folder was now appropriately renamed ‘Bin’!!!
So Oxford Dictionaries’ Word of the Year is not a word, but the pictograph above. An emoji! Pretty apt since emojis are all over social media these days. As they wrote: ‘There were other strong contenders from a range of fields, (…) but (this emoji) was chosen as the “word” that best reflected the ethos, mood, and preoccupations of 2015.’
Incidentally, this particular emoji is the one that I use most frequently in my Whatsapp conversations. Interestingly, this emoji’s official name is ‘Face with Tears of Joy‘, but I (and most of my friends, I suppose) have interpreted it as ‘Face with Tears of Amused Resignation’!
Was checking up something on Wiktionary yesterday when I noticed the ‘In other languages’ bit on the usual left sidebar. There was a language that I had never seen before. A simple google search revealed that this language was actually Cherokee! The development of the Cherokee syllabary is pretty interesting too.
Something I read during the election campaigning period, written by a certain Andrew Chia on his Facebook page……
Woke up on 12 Sep 2015
Saw the news notification on my iPhone: “History in the making: PAP lost all 89 seats to opposition parties.”
Started my next adventure at a tech startup located in a warehouse in Toa Payoh. I didn’t know what to expect at first. The whole team is small, super young, and dresses really casually. (I wore heels today and shall be opting for flat shoes come next week!) And they’re usually all guys, but are having four females out of five interns for the next few months – three undergrads from the National University of Singapore (one is male) and two MBA candidates from the University of Oslo. Their office (really just one large room) is a confluence of organized chaos. There’s really a lot to learn, and I really feel like a fish out of water…… I hope I can make magic here!!! :D
In Japan, robot dogs can rest in peace
ISUMI (Japan) – Incense smoke wafts through the cold air of the centuries-old Buddhist temple as a priest chants a sutra, praying for the peaceful transition of the souls of the departed.
It is a funeral like any other in Japan. Except that the “dead” are robot dogs, lined up on the altar, with tags to show where they came from and which family each belonged to. They are “AIBOs”, the world’s first home-use entertainment robots equipped with artificial intelligence and capable of developing their own personality.
“I believe owners feel they have souls as long as they are with them,” said Mr Nobuyuki Narimatsu who heads an electronics repair company specialising in fixing vintage products.
May you find a husband and give me red Packets next year
On 29 January, my friend K wrote this on his Facebook wall:
Nangka is jackfruit.
Chempedak is _________ ?
Naturally, I replied, ‘jillfruit!!! :P’
One of my friends, B, who teaches at a top secondary school, posted this on Facebook on 6 January:
exasperatedly, I asked my class how come they’ve forgotten so many of the rhetorical devices we’ve taught them almost every year for three years now:
“Remember metaphors? Anaphora?”
Boy: “Huh? I only know Sephora.”
(Incidentally, while I did learn about metaphors in secondary school, I only learnt about anaphora in university……!)
The more things change, the more they stay the same…… this Brewster Rockit: Space Guy! (14 December 2014) comic strip says it all……
At the time of writing, the Grand Budapest Hotel was rated 1 of 1 hotels in The Republic of Zubrowka, having received 46 reviews which described it as “excellent” and only five that found it “terrible”.
Someone calling himself TheSamSolomon said: “My only complaint is the staff seem to be living in a different century- no one could find me an iPhone lightning cable nor did they know what an iPhone was. Also, the internet connection was almost non-existent. Zero was a great help though and he had many great ideas, he seemed a little bit deluded at time. But that must be the altitude.”
Today’s Google Doodle is super cute and funny!
Try to squeeze in some football during your office meeting, but watch out!
When the boss is coming…… flip the channel quickly! Also, notice that both graphs are showing downward trends? A consequence of the World Cup? Though to be fair, I guess this occurs in offices everywhere, even without the globe’s biggest single-event sporting competition going on!!! :P