Straits Times podcast: Bloggers on blogging

(ST Graphic) Next issue: Reading blogs can get you in trouble too

mrbrown and myself provided a fabulously fresh perspective on this exciting new subject on Thursday when Jolene, an intern with the Straits Times, came and watched us eat lunch, drink tea and talk for an hour about how teachers are too thin-skinned, and how students nowsaday dunno how to suan teachers without getting into trouble. (Tip: Don’t go to that Junior College lah!)

Jolene then went back to SPH, edited out her own voice (poor thing), and put some chick’s one on (after telling us it was Arnold Gay who was gonna be interviewing us after listening to our answers), and voila, y’know, there’s a three-minute podcast for your listening pleasure. Our own version of the interview will be on a new episode of the mrbrown show. Stay tuned. Meantime, listen to the Slanted Straits Times one:

Podcast: Straits Times: Bloggers on Blogging
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Squatting Matilda

Reservist Briefing
Mr Miyagi receives his medal for ‘Best Army Blogger’

Army briefings are seldom exciting, and yesterday’s one was no different. My unit mates all asked me, “Are you gonna blog this?” or, “Are you gonna blog about this?”, to which I replied, “No lah! So boring, blog what fuck?”

Of course I was kidding. “So boring”, but surely still can blog about it.

Today’s Army story comes by way of an anecdote shared by my platoon mate, in response to the safety and environmental briefing preparing us for Ex Wallaby 2005.

Our Safety Officer (you can spot him – he’s the one with the yellow helmet) told us that among the hazards we’ll be facing in Survivor: Outback Ex Wallaby would be kangaroos and wallabies, because when threatened, they can jump, kick, bite and cause nasty injuries to personnel’s personals.

Platoon mate’s anecdote:

“Last time Ex Wallaby that time, I go and pang sai lah, and usually, I go and shit that time, I go far far away. Because I don’t want my platoon mates to come and jee siao (disturb) me. Because when they shit that time, I also go and jee siao them.

So, I shit that time, I go far far away lah.

So, I shitting and smoking lah, then I look up, got seven kangaroos looking at me. Wah lan eh, I scared to move lah! Because the Safety Officer say, when we see kangaroo, don’t make sudden movement. Because they can attack you.

So I squatting there and smoking. I look at the kangaroo, the kangaroo look at me. Wah lan eh, I squat there damn long.”

And of course we had to ask him, “And then what happened?”

Platoon mate’s killer kangaroo line:

“Then they hop away lor”.

iTunes is playing an illegal copy of Casta Diva, From The Opera “Norma” from the album “2046 Original Soundtrack” by Angela Gheorghiu, Evelino Pido & Lodon Symphony Orchestra of which I have the original CD.

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Dan Ryan’s and the final exit

I shoulda known when I saw the sign on the car park door:

Where do we go from here?
In case you went looking for another exit after this one.

Next to the Regent Hotel is that very old branch of that American chain of restaurants known as Dan Ryan’s Chicago Grill, and that’s where me and two female companions decided to eat after a spot of shopping (buying cloats).

The only good thing about dining at one of these places is that you know what you’re gonna order because the menu hasn’t changed for twenty odd years. But the waiter who assigned himself to our table was still a little too quick to ask what we wanted. Roughly 0.0345 seconds had passed after we settled our backsides into our seats before he asked to take our order.

Then he came back about 0.0996 seconds after we had told him to please give us a minute, and asked to take our order again. Good thing this time we were ready and we had resolved to order the ribs. Because, y’know, you eat ribs at Dan Ryan’s?

When he was jotting down our orders, we noticed something strange. He was addressing only me and ignoring my female dinner companions.

“Can I repeat your order, sir?”, he said.

“How about some drinks with that, sir?”, he said again.

2.457 seconds later, he came by again and asked, “Would you like any drinks with your meal, sir?”

And 1.753 seconds after the rack of ribs landed on our table, he popped up and asked, “How’s the food sir everything alright?”

Less than an hour must have passed when we threw in the moist towelettes and asked for the bill. The bill was presented to ‘sir’, who passed it to his female friend who wanted to use her Citibank credit card. The processed bill came back and was re-presented to ‘sir’, who, by this time, was wracked with trying to stifle laughter, and meekly pointed at sir’s dining companion, at which point, sir’s assigned waiter went ‘oh’.

It was time for the final exit.

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…come and enjoy an most authentic American brunch,

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…and receive a free dessert when dine-in.

I dunno. Maybe they spik like that in the Singapore part of Chicago.

iTunes is playing an illegal copy of Born At The Right Time from the album “Anthology, Disk 2″ by Paul Simon of which I have the original CD.

Surf stop: The High Levels

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Talkr & handbag

Talkr Logo

Thanks to local heroes and Lords of the Links Zhiyang and Lancerlord, I was taken in by this new blog gadget called ‘Talkr‘, which converts the text in your blog posts into speech. On my blog now you can see a little icon and a link to the mp3 speech file of each blog post on each blog post.

I’d like to hear Rockson’s blog converted, though.

Then later on, I saw this and thought, ‘hey, cool! Can buy!’ Then later on, thought, ‘wah lao, buy for who ah?’

Via Boing Boing: Purse made from keyboard keys:

Cory Doctorow:


These keyboard-key-covered purses are available in white and black. I’m not clear on where or how you get one, though.


(via Wonderland)

Update: Joreg wrote to the manufacturer and these bags aren’t in production (dammit).

Update 2: The manufacturer wrote to me and said, it is indeed in production (w00t).

Think she might fancy one?

iTunes is playing an illegal copy of Plenty Nonsense from the podcast “naija jams” by Trybesmen.

Surf stop: because it’s better

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