Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Shutter Island - The Book
Yeah, do let me read the book, Shutter Island. The movie is fantastic, alright. Gripping. But I don't get it about 'the law of four'. A quick check on the Net shows that I'm not alone. Check out Yahoo! Answer, "What is the Law of 4 in Shutter Island?".
Currently reading "Missing the Boat". Heh.
You've probably never heard of the Churamane, have you? They were a particularly lazy and not terribly bright species that lived a long time ago and vanished without a trace.
They were invited by God to be the chosen two to continue their race after the great flood. The story follows them from the time they get invited aboard Noah's Ark, all the way up to the moment they finally arrive at the boat... only to realize that they're late and have been locked out!
When it starts to rain, they are left to realize that they've literally missed the boat on survival, and have doomed their entire species to extinction!
Engagingly written with wonderfully vibrant art, this story will delight readers of all ages and, if you're not looking, may even teach a lesson about procrastination and slothfulness.
From Amazon.com Product Description, "Missing the Boat".
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Just because it's not 'a', it is not necessary 'b'. It could be 'c', 'd', and so on and so forth till 'z'.
Singapore's labour chief is happy employers are not rejecting NTUC's proposal to restore their portion of the Central Provident Fund (CPF) contributions in view of the improving economy.
Speaking to MediaCorp, NTUC Secretary General Lim Swee Say said he is confident the government will consider the views of both employers and unions when coming to a decision.
The Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF) had urged the government to take a cautious approach when responding to the National Trades Union Congress' (NTUC's) call for the CPF restoration.
The total CPF contribution rate now stands at 34.5 per cent, with employers contributing 14.5 per cent and employees 20 per cent.
The government had announced in 2003 that the long term-range of CPF contributions would be in the range of 30 to 36 per cent, moving away from the previous 40 per cent contribution rate.
Mr Lim said: "In any downturn when there is a need to cut the CPF, the labour movement is always upfront together with the employers and the government to mobilise the ground, to support a CPF cut.
"At the same time, when the economy is doing well, when the overall climate is positive, the labour movement will not shy away from calling for a restoration.
"At a time like this, when the unemployment is low and the rebound is strong, we really hope that employers would do their part as well, and help to understand and recognise the contributions of the labour force during the downturn.
"And at a time like this when the wage pressure is going to be higher this year, it is important for us to reward workers fairly for their performance, for the better performance of their businesses.
"And secondly, in the process of rewarding, we must keep our wage systems flexible. Not all rewards should go into built-in wages, but some of these should be in the form of bonuses.
"And thirdly, we must also enhance our savings for the long term. With longer life expectancy, workers in time to come when they retire, they need to have more savings in the CPF.
"So if you bear this in mind, we hope that the employers ... firstly will understand why the labour movement is calling for a restoration at a time like this, and secondly more of them will come forward to support."
He continued: "Yes, we agree that the increase should be gradual. The labour movement did not call for a one-step restoration."
From Channel NewsAsia, "Employers not rejecting call to restore CPF, says labour chief".
Monday, April 19, 2010
Sounds interesting? Consolidate your telco bills on your RBS Credit Cards and be rewarded! It is stated that "Total bill rebate is capped at S$30 for 6 months". No longer that appealing, is it?
Do a little bit more paperwork & you'll be rewarded maximum $30 for 6 months. Nah...not for me.
Thursday, April 08, 2010
After watching the movie, "Clash of the Titans", I must express my disappointment. No, it's not merely due to the headache caused by seeing the show in 3D. I prefer the 1981 version of the movie much better. (Just compare that "Clash of the Titans (1981 film)" & "Clash of the Titans (2010 film)".
But what I am disappointed the most is that there is no Titan involved! Darn. I have always known the story, but I never question the inaccurate title.
Perhaps the only good thing about this show is that it leads to the creation of a Wikipedia article on the show which includes comparison to the myth:
Differences from the myth
* Perseus was the son of Zeus and the princess Danaë - he was conceived when Zeus visited Danaë disguised as a shower of gold, not her husband. Adds to that, Danaë was never married; King Acrisius was her father.
* Acrisius's reason for casting Danaë and Perseus into the sea in a wooden crate were to stop a prophecy that said Perseus would kill him from coming true. Both Perseus and Danaë survived and were rescued by a fisherman, Dictys, when the crate was washed up on the island of Seriphos. Acrisius was never punished by Zeus for this terrible deed.
* Perseus's reason for setting out to find the gorgan Medusa was to save his mother from an unwanted marriage to Dictys's brother, Polydectes, who sent him on the quest in the hopes that he would've been killed. But Perseus returned safely from his quest and used Medusa's head to turn Polydectes to stone.
* Io had no connection with Perseus at all and was never cursed with agelessness; she was a nymph who was seduced by Zeus in the form of a cloud and was then transformed by him into a cow to protect her from Hera's wrath, but once Hera's anger ceased, Io was able to return to her womanly form. On his quest to slay Medusa, Perseus was guided by his half-sister Athena.
* Hades was never an enemy of Perseus, nor did he ever kill any mortals or try to overthrow his brother Zeus, and he was never tricked into taking the underworld; he chose it of his own will when he and his brothers defeated Kronos and divided the world into three parts for them each to take and rule; Zeus took the Heavens and skies, Poseidon took the seas and Hades took the underworld.
* Perseus was given three pieces of armor and weaponry made by the gods - a sword made by Hermes, a mirrored shield made by Athena and a helmet of invisibility made by Hades.
* The Kraken was never a part of Greek mythology; it is actually a sea monster from later legends and folklore and is often portrayed as a giant octopus creature.
* Andromeda was sent to be sacrificed to a sea monster on the orders of Poseidon, not Hades. This order was made when her beautiful, but proud mother, Queen Cassiopeia, had dared claim that Andromeda was more attractive than the Nereids, marine nymphs and grand-daughters of Oceanus. Insulted by such arrogance, they asked Poseidon to avenge the offense, so he sent the sea monster to ravage the kingdom and made it clear through an oracle that no relief would be forthcoming until Andromeda was sacrificed to the monster.
* Perseus married Andromeda after he saved her life, but it wasn't until after he claimed the head of Medusa that he met her. On his way home, he saw her chained to a rock by the sea and fell in love with her. He used Medusa's head to turn the sea monster to stone and claimed Andromeda's hand in marriage.
* Perseus used Medusa's head three times - to turn Polydectes to stone so his mother would be saved from marrying him, to slay the sea monster that Andromeda had been offered to as a sacrifice and to kill Phineus at his wedding to Andromeda after Phineus declared that he was the rightful groom since Andromeda had been engaged to him. He later gave the head to Athena, who went onto wearing it in her armor.
* Acrisius was the ruler of Argos; Andromeda's parents King Cepheus and Queen Cassiopeia were the rulers of Phoenicia. Perseus and Andromeda later became the new rulers of Argos after the prophecy saying that Perseus would kill Acrisius came true when he accidentally killed him during a series of athletic games.