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Off To Pluto

Tuesday, August 30, 2005
filed under General

NASA is sending the New Horizons spacecraft to study Pluto. We can send our names to Pluto too. I sent mine and got a participation certificate.

Here's an excerpt from the certificate:

Thank you for joining the first mission to the last planet! A compact disc bearing your name will be included on the New Horizons spacecraft, set for the first voyage to a new class of planets on the solar system's farthest frontier.

All you need to do is to submit your name to NASA here.

The probe will launch January 2006 and return in ~50,000 years later. Then our names will return to Earth and people will know that we are the pioneering generation to explore Pluto.

IM Google

Monday, August 29, 2005
filed under Web

Skype is making Google jealous. Google now wants to step into the IM market.

They say talk is cheap. Google thinks it should be free.

Google Talk Beta is available now. It looks very promising. But competition would be fierce among these two heavyweights. Skype has already about 150 million downloads to date. The customer base is huge. Google, on the other hand, is leveraging on the popularity of Gmail. Anyone with a Gmail account is automatically registered.


Liverpool 3-1 CSKA Moscow

Saturday, August 27, 2005
filed under Liverpool

We got our first silverware of the season with a 3-1 extra-time win over CSKA Moscow in the European Super Cup final. Stevie was a huge miss and we fail to dominate in midfield.

We went a goal behind in the 28th minute when Daniel Carvalho rounded Reina to finish a well-taken goal.

We sparked a comeback when Cisse came on to grab two crucial goals. Cisse scored a lucky goal eight minutes from time and took the game to extra time.

We clearly dominated extra time and bringing on Cisse and Sissoko proved vital. Cisse got another goal when his powerful shot on goal rebounded off the goalkeeper. Garcia scored a free header when Cisse went down the flanks in a counter-attack and provided a great cross.

This first trophy will be a great boost to the team's confidence, especially the new players. Anyone seen the Super Cup trophy? It's a bit too small, isn't it?

We Drew Chelsea

Friday, August 26, 2005
filed under Liverpool


The Champions League group stages were drawn yesterday. We really drew Chelsea. Murphy's law is true: "Anything that can go wrong will go wrong." But we could see some very exciting matches in this most competitive group G. 4 matches against Chelsea this season, and it could be more with the FA Cup, Carling Cup, and probably the later stages of the Champions League.

Liverpool's Group G Champions League games

Tuesday, September 13th. Real Betis v Liverpool.

Wednesday, September 28th. Liverpool v Chelsea.

Wednesday, October 19th. Anderlecht v Liverpool.

Tuesday, November 1st. Liverpool v Anderlecht.

Wednesday, November 23rd. Liverpool v Real Betis.

Tuesday, December 6th. Chelsea v Liverpool

All kick-off times are 2.45am Singapore time.

Liverpool 0-1 CSKA Sofia

Wednesday, August 24, 2005
filed under Liverpool

Six games played, we're finally in the Champions League group stages. But we had to scrape through the third qualifying round tie on aggregate with a shock 1-0 home defeat and a 3-1 away victory.

We have to improve a lot in order to repeat last year's triumph. There's still no goal from open play since the start of the EPL campaign. This is very frustrating for us. Get Owen back and let the goals flow.

World's Lightest RC Plane

Tuesday, August 23, 2005
filed under Wishlist


This incredibly light remote controlled plane is sheer fun to play with. It's bundled with a case so that you can carry it everywhere. It's called the Butterfly and butterflies could very well mistake it for their mutated friend. US$239, someone buy it for me!


IceRocket Beats Technorati

filed under Web

What? Technorati lost?

Technorati currently says that 19 sites have linked to me in the past 6 days while PubSub has returned 38 fresh, unrepeated results during that same time.

kottke.org had enough of this. Link

Technorati has always been slow but I wonder why nobody complains. Well, I never complained too. But soon, we'll be going to see the downfall of a blog search giant that's really in a mess now.

There's always something good.


A Very Satisfied Amazon Customer

filed under General

This is the first time purchasing a book from Amazon. And I'm pretty satisfied with the delivery speed. It took only a week. The US$10 delivery charge was worth it, I guess.

National Day Rally 2005

Monday, August 22, 2005
filed under Singapore

For those of you who missed the live broadcast yesterday, you can get the relevant podcasts and audio files here.

Liverpool 1-0 Sunderland

filed under Liverpool

It was a disappointing start to the first home game of the season against newly promoted Sunderland. We won the game by only one goal, but most fans had expected to see more.

Xabi Alonso scored a spectacular free kick to settle the win from 30 yards.

Two games and we only got a goal from set-piece. It's rather frustrating to see the strikers not getting the goals from open play. It would be great if Owen do come back. And I hoped Crouch could do well when he comes back from suspension.

Stevie limped off during the match. Hope it's not serious and he'll be able to lead the team for the Super Cup Final in Monaco.

A bizzare red card decision from the referee ended a not-so-exciting match. John Welsh was sent off for making a slight contact with Garcia.

Kapo Super Monkie

Friday, August 19, 2005
filed under Gadgets

This cute monkey with a hilarious name is actually a radio. An embedded system in a monkey, hmm.


Designing A Website

filed under Project

I was busy designing a website for my honours year project for the past 2 days. Thought a website would be great to record my research and development and resources. I'm trying to grasp the idea of pure CSS while designing. And I sort of got the gist. My project website uses only CSS for styling, albeit a simple one.

While finding colours for my site, I came across a great website for colour schemes that are web-smart. Check it out here.

Voting Denied

Wednesday, August 17, 2005
filed under Singapore

Just when I thought I could vote for the very first time, I was denied the chance. So much said for democracy, Singaporeans have not been able to vote for President since 1993. Yes, President Nathan has been doing very well in nation affairs. He's well-loved by Singaporeans too. But a change of face may be beneficial. We would love to have a say in choosing our President.

I'm afraid the criteria for presidential eligibility set by the Presidential Elections Committee may be too strict. So strict that maybe only people from PAP are eligible; I'm only joking, really. Andrew Kwan was a very hopeful candidate until the local media revealed some "facts". True or not, I don't know. But we know the local media, don't we?

Middlesbrough 0-0 Liverpool

Monday, August 15, 2005
filed under Liverpool

We got off to a disappointing start to the season with a 0-0 draw at The Riverside Stadium on Saturday. Stevie was left frustrated with what could be a 5-0 thrashing or more.

Middlesbrough were running on their luck throughout the match. Ugo Ehiogu was sent off for a last-man tackle on Stevie. But it was unfortunate that we couldn't take advantage of the situation.

Even though we only managed a point, it's great to see that we kept a clean sheet. I really hope we could improve our away form this season. Having a clean sheet for the first away game is important.

In another match played yesterday, I was absolutely gutted when Crespo scored an injury time winner against Wigan. It just wasn't a fair reflection on the game. Wigan was giving Chelsea problems that the champions didn't face last season. In what might be the biggest surprise of the season, Chelsea scored a very late goal. I just felt that Wigan deserved a point. But this is football.

Support Wei Lian

Friday, August 12, 2005
filed under Singapore

Even though I thought Project Superstar was a flop, I still watch it every week. And in fact, I called to support one of the contestants. Yes, the money goes to Mediacorp and Singtel. But it'll be money well spent if that contestant wins and gets a recording contract.

I'm not sympathising with Wei Lian. I admire his courage and singing talent. It's sad that he's visually handicapped but I believe he could be a superstar. Nobody is perfect. He lost his sight but he got a very special singing ability. His singing touches people.

Most Singaporeans should have seen him singing in the streets. But it's hard to be a street artist in this place, and it's even harder for a disabled person. It'll be easy to imagine whether someone would give 10 bucks to a street artist.

Look at Ray Charles. He's such a great singer even though he's blind. So let's give Wei Lian a chance to cut an album. I'll definitely grab a copy.

P.S. Wei Lian, you have improved a lot this week. Keep it up and do the disabled community in Singapore proud.

EFF15 Blogathon Winners Announced

Thursday, August 11, 2005
filed under Web

The winners have been revealed in the Electronic Frontier Foundation's 15th Anniversary Blog-a-thon. I didn't win anything though. But guess what. My post is hiding somewhere on the awards announcement article. The first paragraph's "free speech in Singapore" link.


CSKA Sofia 1-3 Liverpool

filed under Liverpool

We are closing in on the group stages of the Champions League after a 3-1 away win in Bulgaria. Stevie stole the limelight from 2-goal Morientes by setting up Liverpool's all 3 goals.

After 24 minutes, Cisse got Stevie's through ball and placed a low shot through the keeper's legs.

Our lead doubled at the 30th minute with a cool Morientes' header from Stevie's free kick. I believe he could be Liverpool's Champions League most lethal striker this season.

Morientes got another goal in close range after a superb play from Stevie and Cisse.

We conceded a goal due to a defense lapse at the stroke of half-time. But it was still a classy display from the lads. And we saw the club's youngest ever foreign player Antonio Barragan made his debut.

But it was very unfortunate that Cisse suffered racial abuse from the CSKA fans. This shouldn't happen in football and it should disappear from the world too.

Blogger Survey

Wednesday, August 10, 2005
filed under Web

There's a Blogger survey going on now. I added a comment to include categorizing features and I'm sure most of you guys want this. Go fill up the survey and Blogger may very soon include categories.


Beautiful Fireworks

Tuesday, August 09, 2005
filed under Singapore

The fireworks this time round were beautiful. I could get a pretty good view of the fireworks from my place. The loud thud, followed by the sparkle, were too good to miss.

Didn't have the chance to take pictures though. I would browse around for uploaded pictures tomorrow. Hope some kind souls would upload to Flickr.

Happy Birthday Singapore!


Monday, August 08, 2005
filed under Podcasts

It’s What You Want, When You Want It.

Podeejay will be launching August 9. It's featured in the Youthink column of today's Straits Times.

Support Singapore's first podcasting network.


Singapore Rebel

Sunday, August 07, 2005
filed under Singapore

I watched Singapore Rebel today. This is the movie about Dr Chee Soon Juan, an opposition politician in Singapore. Guess what, this film exceeds the M18 and even R21 rating. It can't even be shown in Singapore. Apparently, it's a "party political film". Fcuk it. What can a video clip do to PAP?

A legal analysis of party political films can be viewed here.

I don't know who put up this film on the Internet. But thank you for doing so. This is the best present for our 40th National Day. Dr Chee has revealed ugly little details about the government that many Singaporeans thought is the best in the world.

Dr Chee provides a very interesting analysis of Singapore laws. There are unjust laws and just laws in Singapore. Unjust laws are laws the government made up to oppress people and show their power. Banning Singapore Rebel is the manifestation of an unjust law.

Here is a man who faced so many prosecutions in his life and yet he is continuing to fight for democracy and freedom of speech. In the film, we see the life of a politician very different from that of his PAP counterparts. An old office in an old shophouse, while PAP politicians worked in designer offices.

We see the irony and lack of truth of two quotes from PM Lee in the film.

"We are an open, multiracial and cosmopolitan society.
We enjoy a good reputation in the world.
Our people should feel free to express diverse views, pursue
unconventional ideas, or simply to be different."

- Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, 2004

Where is the money? This simple question results in the prosecution of Dr Chee. He was demanding Mr Goh Chok Tong to tell where the loan given to Suharto's regime has gone. According to Dr Chee, Mr Goh pointed to his own pocket. But the media didn't report it. Mr and Mrs Goh, this money aren't peanuts to poor old peasants like us. Stop pocketing our money!

"We should recognise many paths of success,
and many ways to be Singaporean.
We must give people a second chance.
Ours must be an open and inclusive Singapore."

- Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, 2004

Dr Chee is a Singaporean too. I believe he can be a very successful politician. He's doing everything for the rights of Singaporeans. Isn't this a way to be Singaporean? Why bar him from the General Election?

You can download the clip here or here. I'm considering a torrent file for distribution. But I cannot guarantee anything now.

My 100 Words

Saturday, August 06, 2005
filed under Writings

This is my 100 words for the Text in The City 100-word Epic Challenge. Whether you see this as a story or an experience, it's up to you.

My Mini Cooper speeds on the ECP. But the view is stationary.

The falling sun reflects itself on the Esplanade. But I see no colour in the place we met.

Colour was taken away from me the day you went away.

I remember you were playing the cello. Everything was beautiful. We talked for the first time.

You loved chocolates. Chocolate buffet at The Fullerton was sweet. You were sweeter.

Now I see an empty seat beside me. You were always on it watching the sun rise.

Suddenly everything stopped. I see colour but I'm gone.

If you think it's worthy of a vote, click here. Find my post and press vote.

Fantasy League Classic 2005/06

filed under Soccer

The English Premier League is starting soon. And with it comes the Fantasy League Classic. I've always played those free fantasy leagues. This is the first season I'm playing a paid one. £10 to create a team. Have a look at my team.

P Cech

Full Backs
S Finnan
A Cole
S Carr

Centre Backs
J Terry
L King
R Jaidi

MG Pedersen
EH Diouf
S Gerrard
S Parker
L Robert
F Fabregas
P Neville

R van Nistelrooy
D Bent

Updated: 09.08.05


Free Michael Shields

Friday, August 05, 2005
filed under Liverpool

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Whether you are a Liverpool fan or not, this is a case against injustice. I don't know what's the problem with the jurisdication system in Bulgaria. But we have to help free this innocent man. Even though we are in Singapore, I believe there's something we can do about it. Whether it's donating money or signing the online petition, please help.

On 30th May 2005, Michael Shields, 18, from Wavertree in Liverpool was arrested in Bulgaria for an attack on a local barman - a crime he did not commit.

On 26th July 2005, he was found guilty of attempted murder and sentenced to fifteen years in a Bulgarian jail, despite a confession from the actual man responsible. As you read this, an innocent teenager is held in a foreign prison cell whilst the guilty man walks free.

"Express" Elevator

Thursday, August 04, 2005
filed under Hacks

I came across this evil hack that lets you own the elevator. Wonder whether it'll work in our local HDB lifts.

While some elevators require a key, others can be put into "Express" mode by pressing the "Door Close" and "Floor" buttons at the same time. This sweeps the car to the floor of your choice and avoids stops at any other floor.


National "Boring" Day

Wednesday, August 03, 2005
filed under Singapore

40 years on. I've watched NDPs for 20 odd years, and they are still the same boring parades. The themes do change every year. But some bears no truth at all, or do they? This year's "The Future is Ours to Make". I definitely agree that OUR future is ours to make. But THE future, I'm not too sure. Maybe the theme should be "The Future is PAP to Make". True. Oh no, don't threaten to sue me and get my blog down.

I heard that the Singapore Idol Taufik is going to sing and do some mass "Bollywood" dances. I guess it's going to be damn cheesy.

I've never watched any of the rehearsals and the preview yet. But I can really predict the schedule of the parade.

Students performing. People marching. People shouting. People skydiving. People cheering. People singing. People in white arriving. President arriving. SAF showing off their military "power". Fireworks. People rushing home. Boring stuff.

The only fact that National Day is good is that it's a public holiday. But I still wish Singapore a Happy Birthday for providing me with a piece of living land.

Liverpool 2-0 Kaunas

filed under Liverpool

Stevie was the man again when we got a 2-0 victory over FBK Kaunas in the Champions League second round qualifier second leg.

Momo Sissoko made his Anfield debut and performed well in the 90 minutes. But it was worrying to see Peter Crouch limping off after 54 minutes with a hamstring injury.

Stevie came on at the 75th minute and scored after 2 minutes. He drove a 25 yard shot home after a corner was played out to him.

Cisse then added another in the 85th minute with a beautiful volley from a Luis Garcia's chip.

We are now through to the final qualifying round with a 5-1 aggregate victory.

POEMS Stock Challenge '05

Tuesday, August 02, 2005
filed under Investing

I've always been fascinated by the stock market. But I still don't have a clue about how to start investing. The interest grew after reading Rich Dad Poor Dad.

A few days back, I received an email under the header "POEMS" and thought it's another competition for poets. One of my friends told me on Sunday that it has got something to do with investing when we were chilling out at The Coffee Connoisseur at Holland Village. Lucky enough, the email was lying in my trash can and I got it back.

Phillips' Online Electronic Mart System (POEMS) has partnered with the bizad faculty of my school to run the annual POEMS Stocks Challenge.

I thought this would be a good start. They'll be giving $100,000 virtual cash and we'll be trading based on real world stock markets. Fun stuff, I can get some great experience.

Any students from NUS can take part. So join in the fun!


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