As regards TODAY

Walking away from a job is never easy and this has been a struggle of a decision.

There is a divide between the online and the offline which we both felt my column would continue to bridge but following the events of last week and many many long discussions between brown and myself, today I told TODAY that I quit.

The TODAY money is nice and secure but we’ve since gotten a few very interesting projects and great sponsors that will keep both of us very busy.

Don’t worry, we aren’t abandoning the offline world. After all, those sponsored TV cameras we got aren’t paperweights.

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TODAY: AND SO SAYS SINGAPORE

0507VOR021_m.jpgSingaporeans, it is time to podcast your views to mark this National Day

I KNOW it’s a little way from Aug 9, but my friends and I stumbled upon the idea of making use of podcasts (which, as I’ve previously explained, are audio files stored and distributed via the Internet), to create a little buzz in the lead-up to National Day.

We hope to make this a viral meme, where readers and bloggers follow our lead, create their own audio files and put it on the Net for other people to download.

Think of it as one of those government agency initiatives such as the hugely popular Fabric of the Nation project (www.channelnewsasia.com/fabric/), only this one’s on the Internet.

And you don’t need any sewing skills.

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TODAY: TODAY hacked, it’s on your phone

2806VOL024_m.jpg‘Hackers’ use RSS to satiate their appetites for news-on-demand

I’VE written about RSS feeds and how bloggers use them to “syndicate” their content for readers, who don’t have to actually visit their sites to get their updates.

I’d attempt to explain RSS (which stands for Really Simple Syndication), but I think it’s better left to encyclopaedias such as the online Wikipedia (en.wikipedia.org).

What I know about RSS is that it summarises all my favourite blogs and news sites’ latest offerings, which I am then able to read on what is called an “aggregator”, such as bloglines.com.

Why am I re-visiting the topic of RSS? Well, I found out recently that some smart undergraduate had “hacked” into (or modified) the online edition of this newspaper and turned it into an RSS feed.

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TODAY: When stars cross into (cyber)space…

todaytodayCorporations are cashing in on celebrities as bloggers – but does it work?

IF you’re wondering what Patricia Mok’s been up to since she left Jack Neo’s stable of comic actors, check out her blog, “shopping diva” (shopaholicpatmok.blogspot.com), where she talks about her shopping experiences at malls around Singapore as well as in cyberspace.

Apart from being a sort of resource addendum to the shopping variety (television) show she hosted with Bryan Wong, it has become a complaint forum for customers of an online shop called “papergirlsshop”(papergirlsshop.blogspot.com), to the extent that Patricia herself has had to weigh in and ask readers to hold their horses.

Perhaps feeling a little responsible that she recommended readers to shop at “papergirlsshop” because “now is v v fashion to shop online. The stuffs here is really nice. They are casuel [sic] to wear, classic for dinner outing and even the dress are SWEET for dating!! Sure the guys will fall in love w u ONCE u wear them!!”, Patricia has had to look into complaints of alleged non-delivery of purchased items from the vendor.

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TODAY: Of gentle pokes, a lighter touch

0706VOL022_m.jpgMr Miyagi on that Bak Chor Mee podcast and how new and traditional media co-exist

THIS past week saw a flurry of activity in which I was personally involved, together with my blogging and podcasting partner Lee Kin Mun, aka mrbrown (www.mrbrown.com).

We both spoke at the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts’ Public Relations Academy’s annual conference on the topic of new media and how it has affected traditional sources of information.

We didn’t expect the huge response from the press that followed Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts Lee Boon Yang’s speech that morning, where he spoke about adopting a “light touch approach in dealing with the everyday use of the Internet”.
In the event, he also congratulated mrbrown (hey, what about me?) on the “clever and funny work” we did in producing the now infamous “Bak Chor Mee” podcast.

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TODAY: Voyeur TV ‘live’ on a computer near you

TODAYDIY reality videos made with free online tools the rage among netizens

HOSTING video files on the Internet is not a new concept, and you can find a variety of services — both free and paid — to store and share your video clips. Two of the most popular are YouTube (www.youtube.com) and Google Video (video.google.com).

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TODAY: Did you get the numbers right?

1005VOL024_m.jpgAfterthoughts and comments by Netizens about the election

WITH the dust still settling from Saturday’s polls, check out the post-election quips from our bloggers.

On the still-brewing James Gomez saga, blogger “beconfused” (beconfused.com) wondered whether it would be the end of the Workers’ Party member’s career.

“If the PAP are aggressive enough, perhaps it may just be the end of politics for James Gomez. In Singapore, to survive in politics, you will need a squeaky clean image. You wear white,” he said.

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TODAY: What’s rally worth blogging about

0305VOL024_m.jpgNetizens get active in their blogs about the election – and even upload rally clips

THE Labour Day break made for good (blog) reading, what with the election rallies out in full swing, taking advantage of the long weekend just before Saturday’s polling.

But I qualify “good” reading here with blogs. You have to sift out the information you want from blog posts that swing from one topic to another.

Blogger “esotism’s” entry about the elections has a typically off-topic paragraph. “I can’t believe that Fiona Xie (who lip-synched her way through a Vivian Hsu cover with three other MediaCorp lip-synchers) made it the front page of the papers for the Labour Day concert, instead of Stephanie Sun, who was easily the best performer of the evening,” he griped.

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Podcast: the mrbrown show 2 May 2006: the persistently non-political podcast no. 7 (MP3, Filesize: 3.2mb, Time: 00:06:02)

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TODAY: Buzz remains for hustings

“Remember! Prison got no broadband!”

2704VOL024_m.jpgPoliticians have stopped blogging but netizens continue to give their takes on next month’s elections

SO IT seems you can blog about politics during the election period except when your website has “persistently political views”.

But Workers’ Party member Goh Meng Seng is taking no chances as he stopped blogging after his entry on April 19. His blog, Singapore Alternatives, “is about the political struggle” he is “engaging in”.

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Podcast: the mrbrown show 26 Apr 2006: the persistently non-political podcast no. 2 (MP3, Filesize: 1.4mb, Time: 00:02:44)

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TODAY: Out of the classroom…

Out of the classroom… and onto the Web – how GP teachers engage students

AT the blog “The General Paper” (generalpaper.wordpress.com), Victoria Junior College (www.vjc.moe.edu.sg) teacher Hoe Gim Yau points students to Internet articles relevant to the A level General Paper (GP) subject, telling them that they should practise leaving comments on the entries posted there.

And why should students bother? Hoe explains:

“So you practise formulating your opinion
To expose yourself in a legal fashion
To make the page more fun”

I like that last point. A fun classroom is generally a productive and creative one.

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