Month: February 2006

Poppy seeds are banned?

‘There’s no more poppy seeds in any bakery in Singapore because the police will investigate… you know? You know what poppy is used for?’ So the fella behind the counter at the Orchard Towers’ Jason’s Supermarket’s Hiestand Swiss Bakery’s (hooray for Apostrophy Man!) kiosk told me when I asked for buns with poppy seeds on them. Is that true? How many poppy seeds do you need to eat to get stoned? Apparently the poppy seed ban has been around for ages, and I just didn’t realise it because I seldom have a strong craving for poppy seeds on baked goods. So there you have it, poppy seeds are contraband, and to think I actually asked for them over the counter! Singapore Customs’ (yay, apostrophe!) tradenet website, a.k.a. ‘the banned wagon’, has poppy seeds at number 41 on their list of controlled items (‘Toy walkie talkie’ is at number 53). The population of our fair country is banned from importing or purchasing poppy seeds from places like supermarkets, as one expatriate pundit puts it: “as they …

Mr Miyagi puts it rather squarely

Bloggers are self-serving, unless of course there’s a greater community need where it will serve the blogger himself to actually help out, I don’t think bloggers will go out of their way unless they have a real altruistic nature about them lah. Yes, I said that to Jermyn Chow, the Straits Times Interactive reporter who had to file his story podcast. And what about that term again – the ‘glass houses’ one? Thank you, Alex Au, for the gift that keeps on giving. mrbrown and I were interviewed on the phone this afternoon for the follow-up stories on the stolen handphone sex video clip saga. Why, you may well ask? Especially since neither of us has ever stolen a phone or made a sex video clip (no, honest)? Well, the story angle (and there always has to be one with these tree-based media type publications) links the saga to the what reporter Jermyn Chow calls ‘the power of blogging’. Well, since mrbrown’s and my blogs are (ahem) quite ‘power’, I supposed that’s what makes us …

Bursting at the seams

If you were to check the statistics for your own blog or website, and depending on whether you had written about the latest thing on the internet, you might find something like this: Which may lead to your hosting provider writing you something like this: Hello I am writing to let you know that I had to disable your site or service on your account. I did this by renaming it with a _1 at the end, you have been using more then your fare shar of cpu minutes and that is impacting other customers sites. you are cuurently using 95.49cp when only 60cp perday are allowed, please look over your site or service to try to lower your cpu usage before renaming it back. And you replying to them: Dudes, You cannot be serious! At least have the decency to write to me first before disabling it! I have no idea what is going on or how to bring down the cpu minute usage besides taking down large media files. I’ve taken down some …