Sunday, April 29, 2007

Accurate and Objective Sunday Times

Page 8-9 of Sunday Times, 29 April 2007
Headline: How do hawkers fare?
Scope: 10 of Singapore's most famous hawkers
Results obtained: Found that they can earn $100k a month
Conclusion: Hawkers are rich

What they dont tell you: How the rest of the hawkers are doing

A report that is incomplete.

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Some thinking on friday's newspaper

Friday, 27 April 2007, Straits Times had a news article and the headline read: "In Taiwan, much of the news isn't fit to print".

That headline got on my nerves. How dare the MSM 148th in press freedom critise another country's media when it doesn't even have the right to do so?

But as I read on, some of my anger did dissipate. I saw the reports describing how Taiwan's free media went overboard by helping armed gangsters film a video clip in return for more viewership ratings. But still, a couple of things to learn for all media under strict guardianship of the government.

1. If you don't perform the check and balance role, you will find it hard to do so in future.

2. Even in free press, the nation still needs to set aside some general guidelines that fosters journalism and the reporting of accurate, objective new.

3. Years of biased reporting will leave the MSM lost of their directions when the days of tight control ends.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

More BGM

These past 2 weeks, I've been listening to the Kanon AIR arrange original background music everyday on the bus. (See earlier post) Everyday I listened, I find them so beautiful and melancholic at the same time.

About 3 days ago, dunno why but I suddenly had an interest in listening to these music live. So I decided to search around for piano scores and after some effort, I found most of the scores for the orginal bgms at pico-score. The website provides many piano scores of Key works, including AIR, Kanon, Clannad and Planetarian, along with option to save the scores in pdf or JPEG format and the choice to listen in midi or mp3.

Below are some of my favourites:

From the visual novel/ anime Kanon
Last Regrets
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Pure Snows
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Yume no Ato (After the dream)
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From the visual novel/ anime AIR
Natsukage
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Futari
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Plume
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Saturday, April 14, 2007

The fall of Venice

I happened to read my sis notes on the fall of venice and I thought: many factors leading to Venice's fall may be present in Singapore too, depending on which angle we think. I hereby copy out a section of her notes that I read and hightlight points which I feel relavant. See whether anyone agrees with me?

Fall of Venice
Internal Factors

- Corruption in the government
> Salaries of civil servants were suspended
> Higher taxes (7% GST?)
> Bribe members of Great Council for voting
> Nobles control govt (A near molopoly in parliament?)

- Complacency of venetian society
> Could not find enough volunteers to serve in the navy
> Gambling, excessive poverty, luxurious life (Casino opening soon, the rest of the points i dunno)

- Incompetent military leaders
> No permament competent leaders in venetian army & navy (Not sure how competent our COS are but I rmb the newspapers saying that we have some of the youngest generals)
> Failed to realise change in system of selecting leaders (Scholar = Great Leaders?)
> Failed to realise changes in selecting men for military posts

- Over dependence on Mercenaries (1million FT, soon to be 3million)
> Did not conscript its citizens into army
> More interested in protecting territorries
> Mercenaries loyal to whoever that pays more
> Unable to maintain when Venice faced decline

- Insensitivity towards neighbouring countries (Well we always get bashed by MY and Indonesia)
> Imposed high taxes on goods
> Obstruct trade of other states
> Inconsiderate to needs of other neighbours
> Indirectly contribute to pirate attacks on neighbouring countries

(Written on 14/4/2007)

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Sunday, April 08, 2007

Kanon AIR Piano Arrange Album

Yeah! I finally found this online from TokyoTosho. Ever since from Shiori's arc I've been hoping for this to be released and shared.

Torrent here!

And there's AIR bgm music inside also ^_^


Sample below: (Track 3, Pure Snows, HEAAC, right-click and save it, use FFDShow or VLC Player to listen.)

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Sunday, April 01, 2007

Salaries: What is enough?

For the 5% living in extreme poverty, maybe even $600 is enough for them.

For the teen who desires for every gizmo/ fashionable item, they may need a thousand dollars a month.

For the sole breadwinner (with a family to support), he may need $5000 a month.

For the hikkikomori's, so long as their food, electricity and virtual life is secure they do not need money at all.

For the punters, i million in a lifetime will be enough for them.

For ministers, how much is enough? (Last count at S$2.2million dollars a year, to be implemented in april 2007)

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Spring Anime 2007 starts next week


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Get ready for MilFate in mizuki form!

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Kanon Ep 15

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