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Sun 22 Jan 2006

Some of Sunday's reading

Category : mac and the internet

What a Honda feels like - new advert with human chorus producing sounds. This is a mirror site.

"Blogging about health, life and death." By Tee Shiao Eek. The Star, 22 Jan 2006. (Chanced upon Peter Tan's blog when he commented about Lyssa zampa. Rest were new.)

"Unusual harvest from the sea." By Chin Mui Yoon. The Star, 22 Jan 2006. "Salt harvesting is an ancient tradition among the Balinese primarily around the coastal areas of Kusamba and further north-east in Amed. "

"Managing political dissent." By Catherine Lim. Address to the annual seminar of the Institute of Policy Studies, 12 Jan 2006. Printed in The Straits Times, 20 Jan 2006. Reproduced at The Little Speck and The Legal Janitor; thanks!

"So what the Government has been doing quietly is to develop a strategy by which it can simultaneously achieve two objectives that appear to contradict each other: on the one hand, reassuring the electorate through a generous slew of opening-up measures; and on the other, making sure that nothing has changed.

The first objective can be made as overt as possible; the second is necessarily covert.

The result is a dual model of managing political dissent that is unique to the PAP leadership. It comprises both the soft, gentle, consultative approach of the Goh Chok Tong rule and the hard, stern no-nonsense approach of the Lee Kuan Yew rule; the soft approach being at the forefront, open for all to see, and the hard approach being in the background, hardly visible but clearly the prevalent one."

She ends with a story reminiscent of Asimov!

"Bush Administration Demands Search Data; Google Says No; AOL, MSN & Yahoo Said Yes." - SearchEngine Watch, being updated through postscripts.

"Downeast Heritage Museum lays off 3." Bangor Daily News, 21 Jan 2006.

It was just 18 months ago that city, state and federal officials were touting the facility as a magnet for tourism. The city hired experts out of Cambridge, Mass., who predicted 90,000 people would visit annually.

Shortly after the museum opened, those figures proved to be inaccurate. Between Oct. 1, 2004, and mid-January 2005, only 450 people visited the museum.

"Ode to Muar." By S. Jaafar. The Star Online. Sunday, 22 Jan 2006....[W]hile that state [Malacca] is known as the cradle of Malay Rule in the Peninsula, we ['Muarians (as we like to call ourselves)'] remind ourselves (and others) that Muar was mentioned in the annals of history before there ever was Malacca." (Posted to sg-heritage)

"Money in plastics." By Tan Cheng Li. The Star, 17 Jan 2006. One of my favourite environment writers in Malaysia. She has been writing for The Star for more than a decade now, I think. Posted to Habitatnews.

Kenneth's "Enlistment" and "Army Memories" at Deapoet's Cave. Submited latter post to tomorrow.sg.

"Who's minding the store?" By Bernard Teo. The Ultimate Business Machine, 22 Jan 2006. In the The Sunday Times today, an article was written about the popularity of macs. The reporter said "Apple Computer South Asia here, Apple's local office, declined to comment for this story." Bernard's response - "Phrases like "asleep at the wheel" and "like sheep to the slaughter" come to mind." Article and link forwarded to me@n.

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