Sunday, 29 June 2008
SINGAPORE YOUTH FESTIVAL 2008
CENTRAL JUDGING OF CHOIRS
Friday, 27 June 2008
- On your computer, click on your web browser icon. This could be Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Safari. No Opera. [JOKING!]
- Type in your address bar: google.com
- Once Google.com loads, type in the following WORD FOR WORD: SASS 4SA 2008
- Click the FRICKING "I'm Feeling LUCKY" BUTTON and SHUT UP.
- Say WOW.
"Patrick remembered the recording, which he accurately dated around 1971. He described the French man and his wife who made the recording, and the device itself, which he said was powered by a hand crank.
Afunakwa died a long time ago. I’ve read 2003, but Patrick said it was more like 10 or 15 years back. She has a son, Jack, who is still alive. He still lives in the same Baegu village, about a half day’s travel from Auki.
Everyone on Malaita knows the "Sweet Lullaby" song. They’ve heard it on the radio. Patrick confirmed that, at least to his knowledge, no one has ever received any kind of payment for use of the recording in an international hit pop song or its reuse in – ahem – a fairly popular internet video. Everyone is vaguely aware that some sort of payment is warranted, but no one has any idea what to do about it. And that’s how things have stayed for 15 years.
Patrick said someone came around last year asking about the song. They wanted to go to the village and meet the family, same as me, but he didn’t cooperate because it would simply be more exploitation without any real benefit for them, and the inquiring party didn’t seem to have any interest in a greater understanding beyond the recording itself.
I’m not sure whether it was the money or the greater understanding that weighed more heavily, but I made it clear that I wished to know as much as they could tell me about their music, and I’d be happy to give payment to him and to the family. I explained that I had used the recording in a project and done very well with it, and I wanted to help them out in return.
That seemed to do the trick. We discussed plans to head out to the village. Patrick said he would have one of the elder members of the family perform the song for me, as well as several other songs from the village, and they would all be translated into English. Unfortunately, things fell apart when we got down to timing. They couldn’t go out there for several days, and the trip required two nights. There was no way I could make it work without getting stuck in the Solomons for an extra week and blowing over a thousand dollars in non-exchangeable plane tickets.
We agreed that I would come back another time and arrange with them in advance. No one is in much of a hurry here, so I’ve decided I’m not either, but I’m already half-planning to work it into my Asia trip early next year.
Wilson and David warned me that other people would approach claiming a relation to Afunakwa. They weren’t kidding. Word got around town about a white guy handing out money for information and I had several parties come to the hotel toting relatives and presenting their credentials.
Wednesday, 25 June 2008
Monday, 23 June 2008
Sunday, 22 June 2008
This email really caught my attention for being REALLY WRONG...
Not even going to show you the content. Just the Subject.
Subject: Hot girl for sale
Date: June 9, 2008 10:14:13 PM SST
Get my drift?
This guy kidnaps people!
FBI, please do something!
EXHIBIT A: "MRS REBECCA WILLIAMS"
Subject: SPAM: From Mrs Rebecca Williams
Date: June 7, 2008 2:19:52 AM SST
DEAREST ONE OF GOD
I am the above named person from Kuwait . I am married to Mr Benson Williams, who worked with Kuwait embassy in Ivory Coast for nine years before he died in the year 2004. We were married for eleven years without a child. He died after a brief illness that lasted for only four days.
Remain blessed in the Lord.
Yours in Christ,
Mrs Rebecca Williams.
Thursday, 19 June 2008
Wednesday, 18 June 2008
Tuesday, 17 June 2008
38"You have heard that it was said, 'Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.' 39But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. 41If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. 42Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.
43"You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' 44But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
1. Coldplay - Lost!
2. Coldplay - Death And All Of His Friends
3. Whitney Duncan - When I Said I Would
4. The Wombats - Let's Dance For Joy
5. The Ting Tings - That's Not My Name
6. Jason Mraz - I'm Yours
7. Coldplay - Lovers in Japan
8. Madonna - Miles Away
Folks, I tell you, don't wear braces and then leave them as they are for one year...
After that, I went to get Coldplay's new album, Viva La Vida. Yes, it's out today. Go get yours if you want it!
And then, I went to Singtel's hello! store at Ngee Ann City to reserve my iPhone. 1 unit Black 16GB model, with my current existing Singtel iOne Plus plan. Coming soon. Watch my review once I get it!
And my way back home, I met Evan! We were discussing about having a gathering on National Day. SAJS people, what do you guys say?
Monday, 16 June 2008
I enjoyed 3 scoops of Ben&Jerry ice cream (2 scoops + 1 complimentary)
I entered Changi Terminal 3 for the first time. And in several years, I took Singapore Airlines flights, even as gas prices are at all time highs...
and I met with the A380. Currently, SIA is the only commercial airline with 4 in their arsenal.
So, we know iPhone 3G is coming to Singapore. We all learnt that from the WWDC 2008 keynote, which later echoed in the blogosphere. But there's some unanswered questions. And so, being the Apple fan-boy Singapore resident that I am, I shall try to guess the answers to these unanswered questions.
1. When can we get one?
The flat-out answer is 'probably not July 11'. And there are several reasons for this.
Sunday, 15 June 2008
Pro Apps [3D, compositing, etc.]
Stuff with tissue!
Just add water!
Let's just focus on the first.
I must say, after visiting China for the third time [the first in 7 years], I have many descriptive phrases to add to that list...
If you don't like what I just said, just click close this window! I'm just giving my opinion, which under first amendment rights, is legal. Aside from that, this is just journalistic integrity, and integrity is the best policy!