Tuesday, June 30, 2009

“If life isn't about human beings--journalists & bloggers alike--and living in harmony, then I don't know what it's about.”

Don't write off traditional media, say pros. And this was said not because they are working for traditional media, huh? Oh well, that's a possibility.

But if that's the case, doesn't that mean the pros' thought somewhat a bias?

Journalists and bloggers faced off to discuss the relevance of theirmedia platforms recently.

The conclusion? New Media platforms like blogs, Facebook and Twitter may be all the rage now but traditional media can - and will - continue to thrive, said media professionals.

This was the general sentiment at an animated panel discussion organised by Ogilvy Public Relations' media arm, 360 Digital Influence, last Thursday.

Panellists included US blogger and award-winning former journalist Thomas Crampton, Singapore Press Holdings' digital- media head, Mr Felix Soh, and former Straits Times journalist Arti Mulchand.

Among the issues raised was the relevance of traditional media, such as newspapers, in the world today.

Mr Daryl Tay, author of media blog uniquefrequency.com, was a strong advocate of New Media platforms.

He said: "I challenge parents, or anyone who has children growing up in this generation, to say that their kids wake up in the morning and pick up the newspaper.

"But (when it comes to) what someone posts on Facebook, or texts or tweets, that is what they pay attention to."

But how credible is the content posted on such platforms?

Mr Crampton, who is also the Asia-Pacific director of Digital Influence at Ogilvy, said: "Twitter is the largest and fastest rumour mill."

In contrast, traditional media relies on the verification of facts and accuracy of information.

He added that New Media is "anti-society".

"Traditional media is more mass media and mainstream, while social media is more niche," he said.

"The problem with this is the loss of serendipity."

The bottom line, though, is that both must learn to exist side by side and draw on each others strengths.

Blogger Lucian Teo, 32, a Web-management director who attended the conference, said: "Whichever outlet we use, be it new or traditional media, it all boils down to good stories that deserve to be heard."

From Asiaone, "Don't write off traditional media, say pros".

PS. the title of this article is inspired by one of Orlando Bloom's quote, “If life isn't about human beings and living in harmony, then I don't know what it's about.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Luigi Finally Snaps!

After years of abuse from Mario, the forgotten plumber has had enough. Luigi Finally Snaps! A few screenshots from the YouTube clip:

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Sexy Forex Trading Advertisement

Actually the presence of the sexy lady clad in those skimpy bikini makes the advertisement is a bit lame. The banter about the American rock being rare because America is not yet discovered is, on the other hand, 'cool'!

Check out the YouTube clip here.

Top Ten Signs You're Obsessed with 'Lost'

Presented by Hurley himself, Jorge Garcia in the Late Show with David Letterman. Heh. Check the YouTube clip here.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Singapore managers put health, work-life balance over career?

Bleah. The survey result is questionable. So very much so. I would like to know more about how the survey was carried out. How many respondents were polled? What are their industries?

A local survey shows that Singapore managers are a pragmatic lot, with over 80 per cent polled viewing good health, work-life balance and passion for work as more important than career advancement and higher salary.

In comparison, only 61 per cent scored career advancement and high salary as more important despite the financial pressures of the economic downturn.

The inaugural survey, commissioned by the Singapore Institute of Management (SIM), shows 86 per cent intended to work beyond the retirement age of 62, although more than half would prefer to work on a part-time basis, doing freelance or consulting work.

When it came to training, seven in 10 managers viewed skills and knowledge upgrading as important. Most, however, preferred to implement on-the-job training through learning of best practices and short-term courses than long-term programs or job rotations within the organisation.

Tracking the general sentiments on the economy, there was more pessimism about the global economy than Singapore economy.

Compared with the 77 per cent who voiced their uncertainty about how the global economy was performing, only 61 per cent of respondents said they were concerned about how Singapore's economy fared.

This might explain why only slightly more than half the 750 respondents were confident of keeping their jobs.

Executive director, SIM, Ronald Tan, said: "It shows how they realign their priorities, vis-à-vis the current turbulent times. So they have to very quickly look at what is most critical to them to ride out the storm, given the limited resources that they have. So we see that there is a general and common reaction underpinned by a sense of prudence, pragmatism and being realistic."

Some 750 respondents took part in this survey which will be conducted twice a year. The SIM Management Monitor is a comprehensive management survey that aims to identify key trends in management and better understand the issues, concerns and challenges that Singapore managers uniquely face.

From Channel NewsAsia, "Survey shows S'pore managers put health, work-life balance over career".

Sunday, June 14, 2009

The 50 Biggest Movies of 2009

The Times Online has compiled a very exciting list of "The 50 Biggest Movies of 2009"--some with the trailers. I don't really agree with some of the movies mentioned. WTH, "Friday the 13th" makes it to the list?! And "Hannah Montana" too???)

Monna Vanna: the topless versions of the Mona Lisa (NSFW)

Feast your eyes on the naked portrait of Mona Lisa, you pervert. All in the name of art, I guess. It's said that there are at least six versions of the unclothed diva believed to be painted by Leonardo da Vinci himself or by his students.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Wonder how Tiger Wong looks like when he is 83 years old?

This is how an 83-year-old Tiger Wong looks like. He is still damn fit and healty, alive and kicking--I mean, riding on his motorbike.

For the clueless (those who are deprived of reading Oriental Heroes manhua--uhm, still clueless? Just check out this Wikipedia article about Oriental Heroes or also known as Dragon Tiger Gate), skip this post!

Related posts:
- Dragon Tiger Gate-crashed

Friday, June 12, 2009

10 Classic South Park Celebrity Impersonations

Check out the hilarious YouTube clip, "10 Classic South Park Celebrity Impersonations" here, featuring:

10. Angelina Jolie
9. Robert Redford
8. Kathie Lee Gifford
7. Barbara Streisand
6. Sally Struthers
5. Tom Cruise
4. Russel Crowe
3. Jennifer Lopez
2. Christopher Reeve
1. Paris Hilton

Oh, man. I'm always surprised at how good a sense of humour these celebrities have. Heh. Either that, or they're extremely tolerant. Grin.

Berocca advertisement is brutal...

See the above photo of the Clear Channel advertisement on Berocca. The caption reads "YOUR OFFICE IS A JUNGLE. THINK SHARP. ACT FAST. BE READY". And it's just placed right below the image of 2 rats, 2 vultures and a fox--which are wearing smart business suits sitting like in a kind of meeting. And they are staring at you--full of menace.

And you don't have a choice but to google for 'berocca' & to find out more about this vitamin drink. The official website: HERE.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert finds the Idol winner Kris Allen "totally his type"--nice, nonchalant, pretty (WTH...pretty???)

Yes, the American Idol 2009 runner-up Adam Lambert admits that he's gay. And that it shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone. What a brave attitude!

I am kinda amused. though when reading about how he reacted when he was roomed with Kris Allen (who later won the American Idol competition) as the finalists were moved into the show's Bel-Air mansion. Lambert's disappointment was so evident. Hur hur.

'I was like, 'Oh, (bleep), they put me with the cute guy,'' Lambert says. 'Distracting! He's the one guy that I found attractive in the whole group on the show: nice, nonchalant, pretty and totally my type - except that he has a wife. I mean, he's open-minded and liberal, but he's definitely 100 per cent straight.'

Quoted from Straits Times, "Lambert admits he's gay".

Update on 11/06: Kris Allen was reported to be 'flattered' by Adam Lambert's crush. In the latest article from MTV.com, he was quoted to say:

"I'm flattered," the "Idol" winner told People, "and think it's hilarious."

For sure, Kris Allen is somewhat speechless. Heh. C'mon, Kris, couldn't you have responded more about this 'flattering, but hilarious' issue?

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

STOMP is quite fun (well, sometimes!) to read because...

...the intensity & the creativity of the comments given as a reply to the the actual STOMP article itself are just a treat!

Take this particular STOMP article as an example. It's titled, "'Girl in provocative loose shorts distracts my hubby while he's driving'". If you don't see the photo, you'll likely imagine the incredibly short & loose shorts. The picture shall disappoint you. Heh.

And really the STOMPER has very weak points: firstly, 'provocative' is relative and secondly, how she knows that the young girl carried a fake LV bag? (Is fake thing easily recognized from a distance? The STOMPER & her husband were driving as the husband got distracted by the girl & tried to excuse himself by claiming sick as the wind innocently blew the girl's short 'opened'.)

The comments--243 of them so far & counting up--are hardly sympathetic. Understandably so. Singapore's weather has been recently hot. Wearing short is, thus, expected.