Where is the love?…

•December 13, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Its 1.00 am and I am still up. Sometimes when I am alone I still think of them.

I wonder how they are all doing now. Miss their laughter, their cries, their youthful ignorance. Miss them calling me “brother Marcus”  Miss the times sending them home every sunday, chatting with them. Bringing them out used to be a nightmare, now how I wish I could live through it again. 

Being with the children makes me forget my problems and feel at ease. Carefree.

Matthew 19:14 – But Jesus said, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.”

Sometimes I wish I could have done more to reach out to more of the kids, those whose parents paid no heed to their well-being, children living in an environment of instability. Through Revival Nation Community Services Association, we are able to help educate merely some, to give them support and hope when life gives them a reason not to.

I went to a focus group recently and the topic discussed was “what kind of causes are young people willing to commit to?” And one of the causes given was related to doing humanitarian aid in Africa. 

Are Singaporeans suffering from Hyperopia(farsightedness)? They see the sufferings of Africans in poverty and their heart bleeds for them. They see neighbors in need and are nonchalant about it. They sent large amounts of donations over to Africa to save the hungry, but ignore the plight of a suffering relative or neighbor. How ironic.

Singapore is a relatively wealthier country in comparison. But there are people amongst us that need our help. 

Before we even consider the plight of countries in need, we need to first see to the needs to our people. Ignorance is not forgiven. We have to be cognizant of the broken and needy. 

It is not the work of a few individuals. It is a community that moves society. Actions speak volumes after all. 

Anyway. Just a penny of my thoughts.

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Reminiscing good old times…

•December 3, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Found a picture that I took with Gary when we were in year 1.

Coincidentally, we are in the same company for internship. 

Time simply flies pass subtly. Haha. Just being sentimental…

Missing those times of innocence.

Not emo.

Not sad.

Just a melancholic thing.

M. A. G. aka S. H. E.

•December 2, 2009 • 1 Comment

Fun moments during breakout sessions at work.


Yea… thats merely some. 

To be continued…

Living in a much Smaller World.

•November 26, 2009 • 1 Comment

Communication enhancements has contributed to the world wide effect of globalization. Yes. Globalization. 

With the world wide web, I am no further to any countries out there than my classmates who sat beside me in class. The internet has open our eyes to cultures and religions of people all around the world. In the past, that would have taken us more than a lifetime to acquire the knowledge. It seems like I am living in a relatively smaller world as days goes by. Technology has made globalization feasible. It hit us, mould us, influence us in the most subtle way.

Ironically for me, living in a small island with internet access is a bliss. Internet helps me extend my reach to places I’ve never been before and would take a lifetime to roam places of interest when I could do so in the comfort of my snug, cozy dwelling. Others have gone before me, traveling the world, journalist (agents/minions of the internet. haha) who provides all I need to know. On the flip-side, I may never get the satisfaction of living the world I see through that box of information (Or rather, no longer a box since such designs for computers are obsolete).

One issue we discussed in class is that globalization helps to reduce racial tensions and bonds us by our interest. In my opinion, that is true to a certain extent. It is true only if people uses the internet to study the culture and practices of another race with the intention of developing understand and racial tolerance. Most of the time, I see racial discriminative comments spewing all over. We live in a much smaller world, we are connected with six degrees of friends. We see conflicts and quarrels on forums, “hate” sites are set up daily, and those who have internet have access to it. Which makes it doubly scary as information travels in a flick of an eyelash. A minor mistake/step you take might make you famous/infamous overnight.

In any case, I still enjoy my rights to the internet, making friends via social network, butting in a forum or two, going to places I would never go, exploiting the internet. The World is getting Smaller (not literally), we are connected in a closer manner, however, there is a flip-side to everything. Just like a star that is getting smaller, it is a sign that it will eventually implode (if not explode). If you get what I mean, with all the issues that comes with globalization…

How to end this… lets make the world a better place 🙂

My Robotic Hands.

•November 10, 2009 • 2 Comments

My future companions?… Social Machines! Seems like I’ve been mechanized.

The introduction of social media has revolutionized my life. Instead of the conventional way of meeting up to keep in contact, the social media has provided us an avenue to stay in touch. Such efficiency enables us to stay in touch with more people effectively, even though we may be living on different borders of the world. It kinda bridges the gap.  Since then, I’ve been spending a whole lot of my time in front of the computer facebooking, twittering and blogging.

Alternatively, I can spend my time snail mailing and meeting up friends for coffee or tea, which in my opinion, adds a personal touch to relationships. But most of the time, we don’t have the luxury of time. Therefore, we have created a virtual world through social networking.

But how has social machines been detrimental to us?

distracted

Yup. And this is what I learned in tutorial. Its called continuous partial attention. Given that we have the liberty to used our handphones, computers and other electronic gadgets in school, we are often distracted in lectures. While taking in the lecture, we are reading through our friend’s tweets and updating facebook status. Can we really absorb 100% of all that is going on around us? 

Richard Kadrey quoted from Social technologist Linda Stone in an article about continuous partial attention.

http://www.fastcompany.com/blog/jamais-cascio/open-future/continuous-partial-empathy

It mentions that though we may pay ongoing attention to several inputs, we can only provide limited degrees of attention to each. Her strategy to overcome is to manage our attention well. We pay more attention to what is needed. More about the difference of continuous partial attention and multi-tasking is made known in the below link.

http://www.lindastone.net/

The next point I am going to make, we are all under the influence of continuous computing.

1) Gadgets that allows us to access internet are so cheap.

2) Internet access is so readily available.

3) The information we can source from the net is so vast.

There is no stop to this revolution.  I am already partially mechanized!

And throughout vast information on the internet we can pull from, we have google reader and other bookmarking websites such as delicious.com to help us sort through the clutter. How convenient…

Like what was mentioned in class, social media serves as a mean to enhance communication. Now that it has been infused into our lives, I can’t imagine living a day without my social machines.

Having fun in class…

•November 5, 2009 • 2 Comments

 

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Spastic faces…thats life at times

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The powerpuff girls and…me

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Haha…getting puff up eh.

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Erm…

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Where is Bubbles?

 

I m dozing off…now…

Salute to the legendary Hero.

•November 5, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Paying tribute to the King of Pop just like everyone else is doing. Just got back from the movie “This is it”. Well I am not actually a fan of MJ when he was alive, but I started loving his music after his death. Kinda ironic, he became even more famous after his dead. I guess people are never appreciative until they lose it huh.

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My only childhood memories of him was a game I played in “SEGA”. Yeah the ancient Play Station. He plays the hero that goes around flaunting his dance moves and all his enemies will drop dead. Ah ha. How fun is that…

Jokes aside. Nevertheless, he is a hero to thousands and millions. His songs and dance brought about revolution to the entertainment world in his times…well when was it? It doesn’t matter. Though I’ve heard stuffs that were detrimental to his reputation, I am still a fan of his. People should just learn to embrace his talent and good works.

Throughout the movie, his emphasis on excellence is consistent. He knows his songs, the beat to it and exactly how he wants it to sound. Including the effects and operations, he is so detailed. Everything seems so perfect. I mean… he definitely earned the respect and awe of millions hands down. Learning point: Details Determines Destiny. 3Ds that will aid us in this 3D world.

Well. Good things always come to an end. A toast to the king of pop, wherever he is now. LOL.