Friday, March 25, 2005

*I shave my data with Occam's Razor, what do you do?*

Some interesting events...

1. There's a kiosk in Jurong Point selling what I would term God Pop or Christian Chic. Clothes, accessories and little sign plates that talk about how cool Christianity or Jesus is... *Roll eyes* I don't agree with alot of Chrisitian doctrine or even with the existence of a Judeo-Christian God but there's some rigour in the analysis of various Church Fathers and Protestant Intellectuals (about as far as it can be rigourous without questioning basic tenents of faith admittedly). But the stuff they are advocating is Doctrine-Lite. Well at least they were selling anything controvesial.

2. Stepped into a video arcade after a whole hiatus. Was watching a game called virtual soccer (I remember the original version, not sure what version is currently in the arcades now). The graphics were pretty good, but what was mind blowing was the realism. If you play as France and play Spain away, when your black players go onto the field, you can actually hear the racist taunts. Just joking...=P But to be honest, they did take the idea of realism too far. What was annoying to the nth degree were the stupid ADVERTISING BOARDS ON THE PITCH. I mean, what the hell? I don't mind product placements in games or movies generally but I feel terribly offended by the idea of having to pay to see Fuji Films when I run down the field.

3. Saw something odd outside the arcade. They put up a notice stating quite clearly that under no circumstances were people (EVEN if they had graduated from the place) were to be permitted into the arcade if they were wearing any piece of clothing that show signs of affiliation to any institute of learning (including Universities). Which begs two questions, 1) Can they do that? 2) Why the hell would they want to do that?
The law states (though I have no idea where) that people under the age of 16 are not allowed into arcades before 6:30 p.m. Okay, I can buy that but where's the link of disallowing people who are above the age of 16 (JC, Poly and Uni) from wearing a school clothing?

4. Some Idiot made a really racist comment during a seminar given by Dr. Vivian Balakrisnan. I saw it's time to meet intolerance with intolerance. So the next time someone makes an intolerant comment, try to make them see the error of their ways. If they can't or don't shout them down.



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