A few days ago i contacted Shi Hao and asked him to tell me in detail about the whole AVPAS thing. Much was learnt from him, but I'll wait for tjHan's 5 part long report as it may offer a more comprehensive answer, after which I'll probably write an essay on Anime.
Monday, July 30, 2007
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Reply to: kwok
Strange and wondrous new developments in my country!
The government is eager to develop Singapore into a fine animation hub (barring the biomedical hub, the medical tourism hub, the philanthropic hub etc).
The government, for the first time, sponsors Cosfest, a predominantly cosplay-related event.
Minister Mentor Lee appears to support said event.
Newspapers feature multiple advertisements from schools offering courses in digital media, which coincidentally includes specialisations in animation.
Can you read between the lines? I cannot, and that is why I will no longer download animation.
The government is always contradictory...talking about hubs hubs and more hubs. They just want to make Singapore into a "all-in-one", which I am not positive of.
Take a look at all the hubs we have been trying to make now. How many has suceeded?
Entrepot - It has been our speciality since day 1 and continues to be. However this was established by Raffles (therefore by Britain)
Air Hub - Isnt it just an extension of entrepot? Though this I can credit the government for it.
IT Hub - Are we really that successful in becoming an IT Hub? We have tons of courses for IT, but I cant see the direction the government is moving
Animation Hub - This is even worse... although we are seeing a barrage of events (TV, news, speeches, courses) trying to foster this, on the contary we see the government allowing AVPAS to blantantly threaten people to pay up or stop watching animation. If we have 0 content flowing into Singapore, then would we still see people cosplaying as Haruhi and co at Cosfest? If we have 0 content flowing into Singapore, then where will we understand the unique artstyles of Japanese/ Chinese art? We will still be stuck at western styles ala marvel comics...
Bio-medical Hub - I read before that this hub has only a 50% chance of succeeding in Singapore. I guess the usual governmental logic applies as for why they chose this:"If Singaporeans dont adapt, then we will lose out in the end. So Singaporeans must aquire new skills..."
Philantrophic Hub - never heard of it. Unless you count the NKF. Donations for the poor basically dropped after the NKF scandal and the people's confidence has not returned imo even after 2 years.
Financial Hub - I believe this is one of their objectives also. We may be more successful in this one, seeing that we have a strong currency and our neighbours are busy handling internal affairs. Still, we are subjected to global recessions.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Constitution amended yesterday...MPs voted 75 to 2
Oath of offices shortened by 4 paragraphs
- Will it go the way of the animal farm? I certainly hope not.
Rebuke of Slyvia Lim
- She's just voicing her concerns. When we're ruled by good people then it wont get exploited but when people like Hilter takes office, wouldnt it be used to strengthen control?
AVPAS and ODEX
More threat letters. http://www.riuva.com/?p=660
Seriously, they are looking for trouble. Its not as if downloaders are right, but killing your entire market? Ruining other people's lives? I really dont know what to say anymore.
Maybe buy some of their VCDs, get to their office, call up reporters and burn the VCDs in front of their office to show displeasure?
Monday, July 16, 2007
Read the article carefully, for the rest of the contents may well be true in the near future. The following line is alway true in my foolish opinion, but Singapore chose to ignore the fact as we are in desperate need of more people...
“To my knowledge, none has ever returned to Singapore after graduating with MBAs, their goal all along having been to use the place as a stepping stone to the US job market,” she said."
Friday, July 13, 2007
I was originally looking foward to more Siesta, but was dissapointed by the few Siesta scenes in this episode. But the Queen more than made up for it. But this aside, there is an important lesson to make here......
Never ever like a shrew, even if she's a loli...Why? Because
You can have choice of a meido,
the nagato yuki clone,
and the knight.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
I dont know the details, and there is a self censorship going on at one of the forums, Hardwarezone.
The links to the few sources are below. As no futher information is available, I wont comment on it.
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Brought the Dengeki Daioh August issue yesterday at Kinokuniya, after a friend told me about this free mini shana-tan PVC figurine. For $18.50 and 2 train trips i get the figurine and went home a happy man ^_^
Have to make another trip on the 20 July to get Megami for Jun Loong.
PS: sorry for the crappy pics. My camera is too lousy.
What I'll be watching this summer:
Zero no Tsukaima: Futatsuki no Kishi
Watching for moar Siesta!
Watching for their excellent "Engrish" they teach and the nearly legal lolis -_-
Another mahou shoujo series. Watching to starve off Shana starvation
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai
Uso-da! I havent finish episode 5 of the season 1 and they are showing the sequel. No!!!
Sunday, July 08, 2007
Well its 30mins late, but i just got home not long ago. Anyway, a very happy birthday to Jun Loong and the Hiiragi sisters ^_^
They all share the same birthday. July 7, or Tanabata festival in Japan.
Friday, July 06, 2007
After 49 days of escape from Singapore, Richard Yong was found in Hong Kong with his wife and arrested by the Hong Kong authorities.
Apparently, he had agreed to return to Singapore to face trial.
And it seems that of the 2 countries, Hong Kong has better ability in catching criminals.
Monday, July 02, 2007
I wish all people, whether physically a youth or mentally youths, a happy youth day. :)
Sunday, July 01, 2007
Jason Miao's take on the trend
That said, it basically confirms what I've been searching on Wikipedia. General Knowledge, followed by the content creation industry (aka Anime, Manga, Visual Novels...) and Digging out info on certain Artistes.
The best part of Wiki? It allows layman to have a chance at churning out professional articles without facing the censors and is regularly updated.