YouTube link: http://youtu.be/HKMNKS-9ugY
We made it to John Oliver's show! Yay!
YouTube link: http://youtu.be/HKMNKS-9ugY
We made it to John Oliver's show! Yay!
YouTube link: http://youtu.be/edk70tCq13A
I have to say that I quite enjoyed listening to this crosstalk about the benefits associated with the Pioneer Generation Package, even though I am not Teochew myself (I am Cantonese, the best of dialect of them all, according to ourselves).
I understood about half of the Teochew, and the other half I read the subtitles to understand.
There is something rich and nuanced about listening to dialects that I always enjoy, and I wish more young people spoke it.
Now the next burning question I have is, WHERE IS THE HOKKIEN AND CANTONESE VERSION?!
YouTube link: http://youtu.be/fpbOEoRrHyU
John Oliver nails it with his piece on Net Neutrality. On his show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, he suggests renaming the issue of Net Neutrality to "Preventing Cable Company F**kery" to better understand what is at stake. I think he also meant to include evil telcos and ISPs.
In 13 minutes, he explains very succinctly why we must never let the likes of Comcast and Verizon control the internet for the rest of us.
(Warning: Strong language)
As a result, mrbrown.com was not available sporadically for the last few days.
Things seem to be restored for now (I say this with cautious optimism) and I apologize for the downtime.
Video link: http://vidd.me/v/vyf
Behold, Singapore Tourism Board's cringe-worthy tourism video for the Philippines market: Couple goes to Singapore for a holiday! And she has a surprise for him. (I think the fella would have preferred a watch.)
The video is so bad it is good, and it was taken down by the Singapore Tourism Board from their YouTube channel once it went viral.
Oh, they now blame Philippines broadcaster ABS-CBN for it.
My mother, commenting on Malaysia’s use of the bomohs to find #MH370: “Maybe they need more pro bomohs.”
What a spectacle.
In other news, via TODAY: "The Malaysian police have denied doctoring photos of flight MH370 passengers with stolen passports - saying one man’s legs were spliced over the other’s in a photocopying error."
Please lah, how can they be Photoshop expert if they not even Photostat expert?
Let me quote Malaysia's indignant Acting Transport Minister Datuk Hishammuddin: "There is only confusion if you want it to see it as confusion."
And our Ironic Statement of the Week: "China is calling on Malaysia to be more transparent…"
Meanwhile, here at mrbrown.com, for all the facepalm moments we are witnessing, we continue to #prayforMH370.
SMRT's train propulsion software is called KNS. Explains everything.
TODAY: "According to SMRT, some “reliability improvement modifications” completed over the past two years include: Upgrade of KNS train propulsion software to reduce power faults."
In other news, Transport Minister Lui says "Train delays longer than five minutes were reduced by 20% across the whole MRT network in 2013 from 2012."
[Photo by by Calvin Teo, in November 2005, via Wikipedia]
Well played, The Tuckshop, for your beer special in "honour" of Anton Casey, the British national and private wealth manager in Singapore who referred to public transport commuters as "poor people" who contribute to the "stench of public transport".
Anton, who is a Senior Wealth Manager with Crossinvest Asia, has since apologized through his PR agency.
is was a socio-political news and commentary site run and founded by former journalist Bertha Henson. I didn't always agree with everything on the site but the pieces were well-written and reasonable.
The MDA asked them to register under the Broadcasting (Class Licence) Notification and after looking at the onerous forms and criteria that the Gahmen (or The G, as Bertha likes to call Them), asked them to fill, the Breakfast Network decided not to register and close the site instead.
When I first heard that Breakfast Network was shutting down in response to the licensing, I tweeted:
"The Gahmen response will probably be: "We nair shut down Breakfast Network what. We asked them to register only. They chose to ownself close one!"
Sure enough, today we read the official statement from the MDA:
"The Media Development Authority (MDA) said it will require that socio-political commentary website Breakfast Network cease its online service. That is because Breakfast Network has decided not to submit its registration form, said an MDA spokesman on Tuesday."
You can see for yourself the number of forms and the kind of info the MDA wanted from the Breakfast Network at this link. Ask yourself, would YOU register under these circumstances?
I think the MDA should change their name to Media Destruction Authority. I don't see any development here, just shackles and rules designed to ensure only the "right" kind of content (the kind The G approves of) get seen. Cherian George weighs in too, and I agree with him that the Singapore Gahmen's "light touch" era is over.
You can still read Breakfast Network at their Facebook page. In the meantime, you can always enjoy other alternative news sources like TRS and STOMP.
I will leave you with a haiku for the guys at Breakfast Network:
No Breakfast Network
Because The G only drinks
As I watched the live stream of the Apple Event on my iPad 2, and Apple when revealed the iPad Air, my iPad 2 felt uglier, heavier and bulkier all of a sudden.
From tomorrow onwards, I shall lose weight and become more powerful, and call myself "mrbrown Air".
If I manage to shave off even more inches, I shall just be known as "brown Air".
I only watched the live video stream because I was waiting for the iPad mini with Retina display announcement. But when they showed the thinner iPad Air, I suddenly wondered whether that was a better choice instead.
What Tim Cook didn't mention during the event was that while the iPad mini with Retina display now has the same A7 internals and Retina screen as the new iPhone 5s and iPad Air, it is actually slightly thicker and heavier than the old iPad mini.
iPad mini Retina: 7.5 mm, vs iPad mini non-Retina: 7.2 mm
iPad mini Retina: 331 grams, vs iPad mini non-Retina: 308 grams
The iPad Air is the one that lost the most weight and thickness. 469 grams and 7.5 mm thick only! My current iPad 2 is a full 601 grams and 8.8mm thick, a behemoth compared to the new iPad Air.
If you think about it, the gap in weight between an iPad Air and an iPad mini Retina is a mere 138 grams now, and with the thinner width, the iPad Air is something serious to consider even if you thought the iPad mini is a better fit for small bags. The iPad Air is even the same thickness (or thinness, if you wish) as the iPad mini Retina.
Free OS X Mavericks, new Haswell-based MacBook Pros with Retina display, the black Mac Pro, the iPad Air, and the iPad mini with Retina display; I think today's Apple Event can be summed up as "Shut Up And Take My Money".
I predict many will feel their wallets becoming Wallet Air this coming holiday.
Perhaps I need to upgrade the iPoot to iPoot Air too.
Youtube user Galaxnite uploaded this video (please next time don't shoot vertical videos leh) of the infamous SMRT bus 190 that is always overcrowded and often impossible to board. I have taken 190 before and it is a sucky ride.
SMRT released a media statement after the video went viral and said they would "continue to monitor the situation closely as part of our commitment to deliver a positive customer experience."
Yeah right. The customer service is terrible. Have you tried complaining to them before? I have. In fact, I did it on the 3rd of Sept 2013, more than a month ago, about one of their drivers who didn't give way to my bicycle. Included a freaking DIAGRAM of the incident some more.
NO. REPLY. YET.
This is the kind of responsiveness you can expect from SMRT.
No wonder the response to the Bus 190 media statement was rage and anger.
Choa Chu Kang (CCK) and Bukit Panjang (BP) residents like the 190 bus because it takes them to town faster than even the MRT. HWZ forummer iceandfire wrote:
"I had to laugh while reading this… Because it's just so normal to me already. Like don't affect me. It's forever crowded.
I've lived in Choa Chu Kang for over 23 years & I take 190 every single day. Used to live in BP, everyday also 190 to and fro.
It is the fastest and convenient mode of transport to Orchard from CCK or BP. MRT can take up to 10 mins longer & sibeh mafan. Change here, there for Green Line, JE too crowded cannot breathe. Red line keep stop at Ang Mo Kio, Yishun. Now train forever faulty. One whole platform already filled, train can break down somemore. Come I clap for you SMRT.
190 is really the best way to go to town from CCK or BP.
The bus is a bit weird weird de. The frequency is about 5 mins but sometimes a bit off then long queue even at CCK interchange. There were a few times I just missed the bus then I ended up waiting 20 mins… at the interchange.
But the bus overcrowding is the absolute best.
Some old uncle and aunties will sit at the side. Put their plastic bags on the seats and even when crowded, they ignore then just act like nothing happened. Once I saw a kid, maybe about 3-5 years ask if she can sit there, the uncle just ignore her. The girl's mother end up just shake head then ask the girl to walk.
One time I saw this guy's leg all bandaged up. Not one person in the bus even let him sit down.
Then there are times people don't know how to move in. Uncle always end up shouting. That's why you can go in from exit. You tap in front then go in from exit.
Those handicap buses are the worst. Nobody wants to move in because it is horrible to stand at the back where you can barely balance.
Now they deploy LTA people or something to stand at the last bus stop of BP before highway already. But so time consuming. Uncle will shout la, they ask to move in la but end product people also don't move in.
Btw, if I go home from town… I will usually walk 2-3 bus stops away or just take the bus straight from Outram so it is from one end to the other. I sound so lazy but it's true. Why must I let my legs suffer more after suffering an entire day at work?
OH AND PEOPLE DO CHOOSE NOT TO TAKE THE BUS AND WOULD RATHER WAIT. WHY? BECAUSE NO SEATS.
Which is why I find it stupid when they decided to remove the seats so more people can board. The minute you see people standing, you will auto think bus is full and you won't board."
The HWZ forum discussion went from the bus 190 itself to life in Choa Chu Kang, god_of_smallthings wrote:
"Why would anyone want to retire in CCK?
1. It is crowded as hell.
2. There are no interesting amenities.
3. They have never heard of fresh air there.
4. It is far from the causeways.
5. They expect most of the children there to go to ITE.
6. Lot 1 has 4 cinema screens and 5 ushers.
7. The roads are just complete spiderly convoluted crap.
8. It is full of foreigners.
9. It is the furthest place in Singapore from town, even further than Changi Village."
CCK is where children's hopes and dreams go to die."
Wah, CCK so jialat life ah? And with a overcrowded 190 SMRT bus, maybe that's why people from there are so bitter sia. Haha!
Who knows, SMRT may have to resort to this:
Video source: http://youtu.be/ezQlayJE8Qs
"ST headline: Woman allegedly files false police report to get a day off from work
A 22-year-old woman lodged a police report on Oct 9 stating that an unknown man riding a bicycle snatched her handbag at about 6.15am at Sembawang Drive. She claimed her bag contained an ez-link card and personal items.
The woman made the false report so that she could be absent from work as she had used up her leave entitlement, the police said in a media statement. Her boyfriend instigated her to make the report."
This MRT Pole Leaner loses it when asked to let others share the pole. Kudos to the uncle who stood up to him when he shouted at the ladies.
As Miyagi put it, "Someone needs to eat on the train right away so SMRT security can come quickly to apprehend the guy."
SEND IN THE MRT FOOD POLICE! Quick, somebody suck on a sweet!
Facebook Video Page: http://mrbrwn.co/18OI909
Taken by eltreet on YouTube, backstory from the video description:
"Took this on the way to Bishan from Paya Lebar on the circle line at around 9.30pm on 08/09/2013.
Before that the auntie on the priority seat and the woman standing was telling this China guy nicely that he was leaning on the pole and the woman standing didn't have a place to hold on to. The China guy proceeded to shout at the auntie that he can do whatever the hell he wants and I think he proceeded to insult Singaporeans. (didn't catch what he said as I was on earphones)
One uncle at the other end then stepped in and told him he was at fault by leaning against the pole when the train is so crowded and to stop insulting Singaporeans.
Highlight: at 40 seconds China guy made a death threat and said he will kill the uncle if the uncle went to China."
This is just one of the many lovely videos from Singaporean of the Day, a project by volunteers to feature stories of everyday Singaporeans in short two minute videos.
Go and check out their Facebook page.
Meanwhile, over at the "award-winning" ST Online, there is a video series called 48 Singaporean Seconds, which looks suspiciously similar to Singaporean of the Day, except theirs is 48 seconds. Hmm.