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.
Continue reading ‘万物有灵’
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……!)
Continue reading ‘aloha anaphora’
The more things change, the more they stay the same…… this Brewster Rockit: Space Guy! (14 December 2014) comic strip says it all……
I enjoyed comedy film The Grand Budapest Hotel (though I disliked the ending, which was too Life Is Beautiful for my tastes) and was therefore quite amused to see this article in the Telegraph:
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.”
Click here to read the article, and click here to read the TripAdvisor reviews on this amazing institution! :D
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
Published Sunday, 13 October, 2013
digital life , education , school , sociopolitics
Once upon a time, I looked at my boss’ list of Facebook friends, and noted, with some admiration, that it was full of doctors, lawyers, civil servants, academics, and other movers and shakers of the like.
Then I looked at my own, and realized that it was exactly the same.
And that is, perhaps, one of the most best legacies that attending a top school can bestow upon you…… yes, the power of social capital……
Is this the most imba (first time using this word! :D) press release published by a local governmental agency ever? (Hat tip to friend Mel for the link!)
Prologue: True love…seriously?
It was May 2012 when a married Singaporean man was attracted to a female Chinese national and the couple decided to develop their illicit relationship further. Unfortunately, as with many heart-rending love stories, they did not live happily forever as both were married, but not to each other.
Click HERE to read the rest of the press release! There’s even a photo montage at the bottom of the page!!!
Shared the link with a couple of other friends, and SY commented that ‘the corp comms must have psycho-ed the perm sec [permanent secretary]’, haha!
Last but not least, check out other press releases by the same organization here! Most of them start with corny titles and introductions!!! :P
Published Tuesday, 1 October, 2013
digital life , la famiglia
My mum finally bought a handphone, a Nokia Asha 305, after years of people asking why she had none. (Actually, she did get a brick-sized Nokia in late 2000, but gave it to my dad for some reason or another.)
So she called me at work this afternoon to announce her new number. After that, at 1.10 pm, I sent her a message, ‘Hello mummy!!!’ About two hours later, at 3.05 pm, she replied, ‘Tks’.
The manual her phone came with is unsurprisingly scant, so I’m helping her google for information on how to use some functions. :P
Published Friday, 9 August, 2013
announcements , digital life
Singapore turns 48 today! Happy National Day everyone!!! :D
Published Saturday, 18 May, 2013
amusings , digital life , japan , linguistics
Flipping over a table in anger:
Putting the table back nicely:
Throwing the guy who put the table back nicely:
(╯°Д°）╯︵/(.□ . \)
HAHAHAHA how cute are these Japanese emoticons? To see a whole amazing and amusing list, click HERE! (My colleague J sent me the link – she loves Japanese things!) Enjoy! ｡◕‿◕｡
A snippet of a Whatsapp conversation with Daphne just after midnight yesterday morning……
Daphne: Sigh now still doing homework
Me: Do you feel like 16 again
I feel like 10
Sigh tonnes of homework not done yet
Me: 原来做功课竟然有返老还童的作用 [So doing homework has the effect of making one younger]
PS So everyone, please do more homework! :P
Published Saturday, 20 April, 2013
c'est la vie , digital life , les amis
Early this afternoon, I was on the MRT rushing to Chinatown to meet Karen, and posted a message on a thread in a local online forum I frequent, asking how to be more punctual for appointments. :P
Some time later fellow user Tortoise79 replied:
Postpone your appointment to the estimated time you will reach. For example, you make an appointment at 3pm and when you are on the way to meet your friend, text them that appointment has been change to 4pm. You reach there at 3.45pm and you are early.
Saturday afternoon teaser… don’t ever try.
To be honest, that is quite a good idea actually! :P
Published Thursday, 18 April, 2013
amusings , c'est la vie , digital life
Whatever is Candy Crush Saga about? Everyone’s playing it, even the auntie sitting next to me on the MRT. That is, everyone except me! Read reports that describe it as similar to Bejeweled, but I’ve never played that before either! Whatever is Bejeweled about?
I’m currently playing Tetris now (don’t roll your eyes!), but I think I’ll still end up playing Candy Crush eventually, when its popularity is on the wane, just like what I did with Draw Something.
Such is the life of a quasi-Luddite. :P
Snippet of a Whatsapp conversation with Daphne last night/this morning……
Me: [on Catholic Mass, which I attended one Christmas] Their choir singing sounds like those angels in heaven after u died
Daphne: How u know
We all no die before mah
Me: Oh the movie[s] said so