Published Sunday, 29 May, 2016
digital life , shopping
On Thursday, I went shopping at Orchard Road. Was at Ion Orchard when I spotted a list of newly opened stores, including British jewellery brand Monica Vinader, which I eventually went to check out.
The next day, I noticed that Facebook suggested I like Monica Vinader’s page! H0w on earth did they know I’d been there just the day before?! This brand recently came to our shores a few months ago, and is somehow currently trending, so Facebook’s brilliant algorithm automatically proposed its page to all the people who fit its potential customer profile, and the fact that I had just visited its boutique was just a coincidence…… But still! How scary is the insidious reach of Facebook!
Published Saturday, 7 May, 2016
c'est la vie , digital life , nine-to-five
It’s 10.30 am on a Saturday morning, and I’m back in the office for half a day. Facebook is being ridiculously cheerful. Grrr!
Published Saturday, 9 April, 2016
amusings , digital life , les amis , linguistics
My JC senior Cheryl, a teacher, posted this status on her Facebook wall earlier today:
Published Sunday, 6 March, 2016
digital life , goals , ma maison
On Friday night, I finally signed up for a Pinterest account, and immediately started adding photos of interior design to my various boards. I feel like I’ve gotten just a leeeetle bit closer to owning my dream home. :)
Published Saturday, 30 January, 2016
amusings , digital life , fashion , linguistics , quoteworthy
Opened this EDM from The Outnet and was greatly amused to see that they had jumped on the Be Like Bill meme bandwagon:
Published Friday, 15 January, 2016
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.)
Published Saturday, 2 January, 2016
amusings , digital life , linguistics , sociopolitics
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’!!!
Published Saturday, 21 November, 2015
amusings , digital life , linguistics
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’!
Published Tuesday, 20 October, 2015
digital life , linguistics
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.
Published Wednesday, 16 September, 2015
amusings , digital life , quoteworthy , sociopolitics
Just read this blog post and I thought this comment (by a certain ‘Hard Truths’) was gold……!
Published Sunday, 13 September, 2015
amusings , digital life , quoteworthy , sociopolitics
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.”
Continue reading ‘an alternate universe’
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
Published Sunday, 1 March, 2015
culture , digital life , japan , quoteworthy , science
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’