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30 May, 2008, 5:06 pm
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Ming and Toy (1936)


Vaudeville is a variety of acts people in the past put up before movies got really popular. It is shocking to see that even then, teasing of the chinese accent has already started. The people then are so fortunate to have the chance to see such weird performances. But is not as though there is not enough weird acts going on in the world today. And I mean really weird.


A Song For Globe Idiots
29 May, 2008, 9:52 pm
Filed under: Education, Entertainment, Geography | Tags: ,


Oh I love the Animaniacs! It is what I love to catch when I was younger. Plus the starting theme song is something I will never miss! But that is beside the point.

I want to know, WHY IS SINGAPORE NOT SHOWN? (And those who think we are part of China: Singapore is actually just below Malaysia)


(P.S. Don’t worry, I’m a globe idiot too. But, Singapore is REALLY below Malaysia!)

Education System Going 24/7
28 May, 2008, 5:04 pm
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What happens if the government decides to set up morning and night sessions of schooling to meet the needs of morning and night people respectively? I personally can see many advantages of it.


This will definitely maximise each person’s ability to study and absorb the knowledge that they are capable of and counters the problem/whines we often hear, “I’m just not a morning person!”. With the country having to run 24/7 (ie. streetlights, public services, etc. operating non-stop), it will reduce the crime rate as there will no longer be quiet and dangerous nights with more people awake. Economically, it is brilliant too as production and consumption in the country will never stop! (Wow, can you imagine?) Now, night shifts are never lonely again. Nurses, forex dealers, security guards, hotel managers (and the list just goes on), will not dread another night shift that they are cursed with. After this system ripens, these students who undergone the night education are nurtured to be at their best at night and with Singapore’s IR coming up, we surely need more nocturnals. Customer services and helplines especially, will operate 24/7 and people will have greater confidence in the night shifts people for they know, it is not another slacker, dozing off on the job.


Inevitably, there are just a few bad effects of this of course. There will no longer be peaceful nights, but think about it, even the afternoons when the city is still awake, seem to be quite sleepy too. Therefore, the morning breed’s sleep will not be affected. Also, a really weird division between the morning and night people will form, but fret not! With facebook and more healthy online interaction, eventually these two species will be able to meet. Unfortunately, the excitement of staying up through the night will be lost since the owls will say “No big deal, I’ve been doing that my whole life.”


And the question, “So how do you know if you’re a morning or night person at such a young age?” Well I say, this system can just start after the primary or lower secondary education and the true nocturnal will suffer slight “jet lag” if he or she decides to take the path of the night clan.


If such a revolution happens, the new generation will greet each other with “Hey, I’m from morning. How about you?” or “Eh, morning night? I morning.” (That is if our Singlish culture survives till then)

Auto Auto
27 May, 2008, 9:58 pm
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Christian Von Richthofen – Auto Auto (Car Smashing Symphony)


Aw man, to car lovers out there, YOU HAVE TO CATCH THIS AT THE ESPLANADE THEATRE. Although I am not one myself, but it is such a pity that I have to give it a miss. I guess they only work with Opel Kadett (a car brand which I do not know of) and know the kind of sound each part produces inside out after many performances worldwide. It is too bad that they are only going to showcase it once in Singapore. I must say, crazy as they may be, they have done a terrific job.

We’re So Starving
26 May, 2008, 8:43 pm
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Check out the lyrics of this song from Panic! At The Disco’s 2nd album (2 years after their debut). I think this is the sweetest thing an artist can do for their listeners. Very creative of them, I would say.


Science and God
24 May, 2008, 3:42 pm
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I got this from an email some time back. Enjoy.

‘Let me explain the problem science has with Jesus Christ.’ The atheist
professor of philosophy pauses before his class and then asks one of his
new students to stand.

‘You’re a Christian, aren’t you, son?’

‘Yes sir,’ the student says.

‘So you believe in God?’


‘Is God good?’

‘Sure! God’s good.’

‘Is God all-powerful? Can God do anything?’


‘Are you good or evil?’

‘The Bible says I’m evil.’

The professor grins knowingly. ‘Aha! The Bible!’ He considers for a moment.

‘Here’s one for you. Let’s say there’s a sick person over here and you can cure him. You can do it. Would you help him? Would you try?’

‘Yes sir, I would.’

‘So you’re good…!’

‘I wouldn’t say that.’

‘But why not say that? You’d help a sick and maimed person if you could. Most of us would if we could. But God doesn’t.’

The student does not answer, so the professor continues. ‘He doesn’t, does he? My brother was a Christian who died of cancer, even though he prayed to Jesus to heal him How is this Jesus good? Hmmm? Can you answer that one?’

The student remains silent.

‘No, you can’t, can you?’ the professor says. He takes a sip of water from a glass on his desk to give the student time to relax.

‘Let’s start again, young fella is God good?’

‘Er…yes,’ the student says.

‘Is Satan good?’

The student doesn’t hesitate on this one. ‘No.’

‘Then where does Satan come from?’

The student : ‘From…God…’

‘That’s right. God made Satan, didn’t he? Tell me, son. Is there evil in this world?’

‘Yes, sir.’

‘Evil’s everywhere, isn’t it? And God did make everything, correct?’


‘So who created evil?’ The professor continued, ‘If God created everything, then God created evil, since evil exists, and according to the principle that our works define who we are, then God is evil.’

Without allowing the student to answer, the professor continues: ‘Is there sickness? Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness? All these terrible things, do they exist in this world?’

The student: ‘Yes.’

‘So who created them?’

The student does not answer again, so the professor repeats his question. ‘Who created them? There is still no answer. Suddenly the lecturer breaks away to pace in front of the classroom. The class is

‘Tell me,’ he continues onto another student. ‘Do you believe in Jesus Christ, son?’

The student’s voice is confident: ‘Yes, professor, I do.’

The old man stops pacing. ‘Science says you have five senses you use to identify and observe the world around you. Have you ever seen Jesus?’

‘No sir. I’ve never seen Him’

‘Then tell us if you’ve ever heard your Jesus?’

‘No, sir, I have not.’

‘Have you ever actually felt your Jesus, tasted your Jesus or smelt your Jesus? Have you ever had any sensory perception of Jesus Christ, or God for that matter?’

‘No, sir, I’m afraid I haven’t.’

‘Yet you still believe in him?’


‘According to the rules of empirical, testable, demonstrable protocol, science says your God doesn’t exist. What do you say to that, son?’

‘Nothing,’ the student replies. ‘I only have my faith.’

‘Yes, faith,’ the professor repeats. ‘And that is the problem science has with God. There is no evidence, only faith.’

The student stands quietly for a moment, before asking a question of his own. ‘Professor, is there such thing as heat?’

‘Yes,’ the professor replies. ‘There’s heat.’

‘And is there such a thing as cold?’

‘Yes, son, there’s cold too.’

‘No sir, there isn’t.’

The professor turns to face the student, obviously interested. The room suddenly becomes very quiet. The student begins to explain.

‘You can have lots of heat, even more heat, super-heat, mega-heat, unlimited heat, white heat, a little heat or no heat, but we don’t have anything called ‘cold’. We can hit up to 458 degrees below
zero, which is no heat, but we can’t go any further after that. There is no such thing as cold; otherwise we would be able to go colder than the lowest -458 degrees. Every body or object is susceptible to study when it has or transmits energy, and heat is what makes a body or matter have
or transmit energy. Absolute zero (-458 F) is the total absence of heat. You see, sir, cold is only a word we use to describe the absence of heat. We cannot measure cold. Heat we can measure in thermal units because heat is energy. Cold is not the opposite of heat, sir, just the
absence of it.’

Silence across the room. A pen drops somewhere in the classroom, sounding like a hammer.

‘What about darkness, professor. Is there such a thing as darkness?’

‘Yes,’ the professor replies without hesitation. ‘What is night if it isn’t darkness?’

‘You’re wrong again, sir. Darkness is not something; it is the absence of something. You can have low light, normal light, bright light, flashing light, but if you have no light constantly you have
Nothing and it’s called darkness, isn’t it? That’s the meaning we use to define the word. In reality, darkness isn’t. If it were, you would be able to make darkness darker, wouldn’t you?’

The professor begins to smile at the student in front of him. This will be a good semester. ‘So what point are you making, young man?’

‘Yes, professor. My point is, your philosophical premise is flawed to start with, and so your conclusion must also be flawed.’

The professor’s face cannot hide his surprise this time. ‘Flawed? Can you explain how?’

‘You are working on the premise of duality,’ the student explains. ‘You argue that there is life and then there’s death; a good God and a bad God. You are viewing the concept of God as something
finite, something we can measure. Sir, science can’t even explain a thought. It uses electricity and magnetism, but has never seen, much less fully understood either one. To view death as the opposite of life is to be ignorant of the fact that death cannot exist as a substantive
thing. Death is not the opposite of life, just the absence of it.’

‘Now tell me, professor. Do you teach your students that they evolved from a monkey?’

‘If you are referring to the natural evolutionary process, young man, yes, of course I do’

‘Have you ever observed evolution with your own eyes, sir?’

The professor begins to shake his head, still smiling, as he realizes where the argument is going. A very good semester, indeed.

‘Since no one has ever observed the process of evolution at work and cannot even prove that this process is an on-going endeavor, are you not teaching your opinion, sir? Are you now not a scientist, but a preacher?’

The class is in uproar. The student remains silent until the commotion has subsided.

‘To continue the point you were making earlier to the other student, let me give you an example of what I mean.’

The student looks around the room. ‘Is there anyone in the class who has ever seen the professor’s brain?’ The class breaks out into laughter.

‘Is there anyone here who has ever heard the professor’s brain, felt the professor’s brain, touched or smelled the professor’s brain? No one appears to have done so. So, according to the established rules of empirical, stable, demonstrable protocol, science says that you have no brain, with all due respect, sir. So if science says you have no brain, how can we trust your lectures, sir?’

Now the room is silent. The professor just stares at the student, his face unreadable.

Finally, after what seems an eternity, the old man answers. ‘I guess you’ll have to take them on faith.’

‘Now, you accept that there is faith, and, in fact, faith exists with life,’ the student continues. ‘Now, sir, is there such a thing as evil?’

Now uncertain, the professor responds, ‘Of course, there is. We see it everyday. It is in the daily example of man’s inhumanity to man. It is in the multitude of crime and violence everywhere in the world. These manifestations are nothing else but evil.’

To this the student replied, ‘Evil does not exist sir, or at least it does not exist unto itself. Evil is simply the absence of God. It is just like darkness and cold, a word that man has created to describe
the absence of God.

God did not create evil. Evil is the result of what happens when man does not have God’s love present in his heart. It’s like the cold that comes when there is no heat or the darkness that comes when there is no light.’

The professor sat down.

The Ladies Should Be Much Bigger Than The Gents
21 May, 2008, 11:09 pm
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Architects should seriously consider building larger female toilets than males’ in ALL places especially crowded places. There is a reason why males and females are made differently and so is the way and time period each gender take to answer the call of nature. Who said both restrooms need to be of the same size? Economically, much time of the ladies will be saved (and so is the time of their husbands/boyfriends/stalkers spent waiting). I am not implying that men should suffer equal testing-of-patience opportunities too, but rather, solve this nuisance of queueing for the already unpleasant white bowl. If this miracle happens, life will certainly be much more well spent.