Month: October 2003

Spam buster update

Jay Allen has released version 1.5 of his esteemed comment spam eradicator, MT-Blacklist, which works on Movable Type. When zipped, this little bundle of happiness is only 32kb. I just upgraded my version in, like 1 minute. *Yawn* Can it get any easier than this? Never mind what Wired omitted to say. We’ll say it: …

Protector

So, the battle has begun again. I have reason to believe that we have been followed onto the new premises. Just an hour ago, I put on a Christian music CD. Everyone else was fast asleep in their rooms. My Sony CD player has lasted for twenty years and does not usually stop by itself. …

A near accident

On my way home, I was on the leftmost lane of Zion Road, at the junction of the Blue Cow pub, waiting to turn left. Traffic was heavy and the cars in front of me were edging onward to the junction while the light was still green. Suddenly, I heard a crunching of bumpers. The …

Haw’s the going

My colleague brought a few rolls of Haw Flakes, a kind of pink, coin-shaped candy that many Singaporeans might have eaten as children. After indulging in a few of the discs, we realised we still didn’t know what Haw was. One theory on the internet was that it came from the Hawthorne bush (interestingly, it …

Umoja

I’m not a big vocals fan, but the South African show Umoja at the Esplanade was excellent. It was a performance of music and dance throughout the years, developed from tribe (think Zulu) to village/colony to gospel (praise the Lord!) to street. I have never seen a standing 95% ovation at the Esplanade before. I …

Clash of cultures

Some interesting information on the clash of cultures in Iraq: Cultural unfamiliarity can be bad for troop morale. The use of sniffer-dogs on Muslim civilians, for instance, are a no-no. So is holding a woman under detention for refusing to be searched this way. There may be three Iraqs, not one: tensions between the Sunnis …