Thursday, July 27, 2017

Galaxy Note 8 based on leaks

This is the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 8 based on leak. It sure leaked more than the White House.


Would be very interesting to compare against the real thing when it is released in a couple of months time. Too bad the display purportedly at 6.4 inch is too big for my pocket. I think it would be very expensive as well.

Below an updated July 21 version.


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

No longer read Anti-Trump magazine stories

I realized I haven't been reading lengthy anti-Trump magazine articles for several months now. I think they are published as an emotional outlet than adding light to the issue. This is a huge business opportunity for the liberal media catering the to the visceral hate toward this fool.

Yep, a part of me still wonder if he is really the US president. When this is over we will add a lot to our understanding of the United States of America. Our image of that powerful nation would be changed forever. Perhaps I should say, it already has. At the very least we would wonder if American voters would put another cartoon character like him in office.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Catching Dunkirk

For what Dunkirk veteran Ken Sturdy said about it, I might just go and see it.


Sometimes I feel that Facebook is a waste of time but on the other hand it has opened new horizons for me too. You can predict what you will get. I know many people have their filter on and inflate their bubble with it making them more convinced of that they are absolutely right in their bigotry. I guess I am using Facebook in the opposite way. E.g., I take note of Trump's ardent supporters posts. I never imagined some of my friends of many years ended up as his die-hard supporters. It was so unexpected. Often my friend in Canada also remarked the same and it seemed we never got over that.

I think I would just get the DVD when it comes out.

Sonny Liew's Charlie Chan


I have seen this comic book in the library many times. Several times I read portions of it whilst waiting for others to pick the books they want to borrow. Many times I was tempted to borrow it but knew I would be too busy to read it when if I take a copy home. Now I would have to wait for a long time if I submit a reservation. On the other hand I could buy the Kindle version for about USD 16 bu I have decided I have no time.



Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Useful Bilahari Kausikan


His public sharing can be very useful. He is more willing to talk compared to many other diplomats. No doubt he is a very smart guy with disappointingly matching arrogance, but I don't care. He only needs to be useful. He thinks his loyalty is to Singapore but I think his loyalty is to LHL and the PAP. Sure, he would be able to justify his positions but I would in the absence of evidence always err on the side of safety with Occam's razor.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Halimah Yacob will run for President


I imagine as President you would be a rubber stamp one. What check would you be towards the government of the day? I think you are a good person but your loyalty would still be to the PAP even when you cease to be a member. There is too much tribalism and too little independence from the PAP. It is as always party above nation for you guys.

It is the same predictable script. First you say you would consider or indicate then it happens.



I hope the Malay community can offer someone who does not need any special approval from the committee because he or she fails to meet every requirement to stand for election. On that score Mr. Mohammed Salleh Marican and Mr. Farid Khan Kaim Khan do not qualify. Also will the Malay community accept Khan as one of them? He culturally but not racially Malay.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Post LKY: There are "no lessons" from the past



How can there be lessons from the past when different people draw diametrically opposite lessons from their long working relationship with LKY? Even his children seem to disagree with each other. The elder son has not come to a firm conviction about the house which at least half, possibly lots more think his father wanted it torn down. No, the man is alive as with anyone is, you let him explain and do not second guess him. Now he is gone, can you interpret him when in life you do not but check with him? How do you hope read him correctly? You might not succeed with a regular guy, what is the chance of doing the same with a genius? History informs us that societies have regularly failed to continue the legacy of the great leader once he is gone. We learn what we can and make up the rest ourselves.

Now we read the great man not with our thought but our hearts. Science have caught up with the faith books on this - our thoughts are directed solely by our hearts. Anyone can easily cherry pick quite a few sayings and speeches from LKY to support either an optimistic or pessimistic case. People regularly do the same to their religious scripture too. The words and works LKY left us will be used or abused according to where our hearts lead us.

History is only a guide. It is not easy to draw lessons from history. If history is a treasure map then the terrain has changed and the treasure might also have. We have to update our maps and careful about getting it right whilst working together on it.