some thoughts arising from some recent events around saint2...
It's really human nature not to bother to do the right thing. Perhaps we lack the courage to stand up for what's right? Or the fear of being labelled as "extra" pulls us back from exacting the right that belongs to the victimised? It's just too inconvenient.
The masses will not see your real intent and try as hard as you can to reach them, a dead line is DEAD. So stop hanging on to it! Just hang up and move on.
Being nice does not necessary garantee niceities in return. Immaturity and irrational behaviour often rule the day.
Hypocrisy is the facade we put on to get by. Since being honest renders us vulnerable; it's just safer to play with the mask - on.
So when we care less, do we end up careless or simply, callous?
First Person Shooter Games Cause Psychological Damage
robotpeoplemagazine.com - "We're seeing FPSS cases popping up everywhere," said Dr. Duke Freeman, head of psychology at John Hopkins University. "I mean, it has been around since the early 90s, but it has gotten significantly worse since the improvement of graphics, the invention of better physics engines and more immersive environments."
According to Dr.Freeman, FPSS is a psychological condition that causes games to feel like they are in a first person shooter, when they are really walking around in the real world. FPSS can apparently lead to paranoia and aversion to certain surroundings such as railroads and industrial warehouses.
Writer's note: We've read about many psychological cases caused by trauma, but apparently playing games could cause major psychological damage to humans as well. So the next time before you embark on hours of first person shooter game fun, do take a few moments to think about the possible ill effects on your mental well being.
I really like this easy-going number, especially since it contains a sampling of one of my favourite song from the 80s, "Truth"- good for the lazy afternoon or a wind-down-your-windows-feel-the-sun-and-wind drive down the boulevard.
The plot, albeit simple, germinates in you like a seedling with tentacles. I mean, who on earth would be interested in a movie about the musings of a housebound teenager. Another Home Alone spoof? Thankfully not. Throw in the new neighbour whose teenage daughter takes delicious daily swims in a home pool and a total stranger who drives delicately home in a mustang with a damaged fender that fits the police description of a high-profile serial kidnapping case in the news, the suspense digs deeper and dissolves all cynicism.
I must admit, I had jumped out of my seat in one shock-your-mama scene. It was, afterall, past 10pm and my guard must have been downed partially by fatique. Another draw of the movie is its voyeuristic point-of-view which slowly kicks in and soon you are lured surreptiously into a rollercoaster ride that spins out of control.
My only peeve with Disturbia is its predictable conclusion (which I shall not mention as the spoiler of the week). Thankfully, the build-up to the climax was kept swift and brief.
Conclusion : 3.5 out of 5 Halos
PS : I returned to the open-air carpark opposite Cineleisure to a rather disturbing sight. My vehicle was littered all over with faeces from aerial creatures. The windscreen was a nuclear zone which almost devoured all visibility. Carefully, I made my way to the car wash which still operates at around midnight. Below was my voyueristic view from within the cabin during the surreal car wash. Yes, some people do work at this unearthly to service lazy souls.
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I caught "The Simpsons - The Movie" today. Already in the tail end of its run here, yet the auditorium was almost full. I swear this must be the most hilarious movie I had ever seen. The jokes, some irreverent and irrelevant, come rat-tat-tat like an AK16 on automatic mode, sending the audience into spasms almost throughout the movie. Go watch it if you have not already done so!
Aug 13, 2007 ACS raises $110,000 at carnival By Jessica Lim
$20,000 FOR CHARITY: ACS student Joel Koh, 18, hands over the cheque to Dr Sheryn Mah, president of Milk, in the presence of Dr Barrett (right). -- ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM
WHERE most schools are happy enough to raise more modest sums at their carnivals, ACS (International) brought in $110,000 at its recent Celefest.
Coupon sales alone garnered $60,000, while private donors made up the rest with $50,000.
The day-long event in mid-July was no small affair - it cost $20,000 to stage on the school's premises in Jalan Hitam Manis.
The carnival involved the school's 600 students, aged 13 to 18, who took five months to plan it. The event attracted 2,000 people.
But the school is not keeping the entire sum to itself. One of the aims of the carnival was to inspire students to get involved in charity. From its proceeds, ACS (International) donated $20,000 to charity.
The cheque was given for the Compassion Fund administered by Mainly I Love Kids (Milk) to help families in crises. It was handed over by students on Aug 3 in the presence of the school's principal, Dr John Barrett, 64.
'We are committed as a school to encourage students to think of others,' said Dr Barrett. 'This carnival was part of that.'
Rock bands got their moment in the sun, vying for a top spot in a competition that had jazz singer Nathan Hartono among the judges.
But the highest-grossing ideas included a dart-game stall which raised $1,200, and a haunted maze which notched $2,000 in takings.
The money will go towards event costs and the school's upkeep.
source : Straits Times Interactive
Saint2.0 says :
This article is put up on a pro-SASS blog not for the purpose of stirring up any controversy .
We were just wondering :
1) If ACS(I) youths can pull off this feat, why not SASS?
2) Are our public events, say, fundraising events, mediocre compared to that of the above by ACS(I)?
3) What is stopping SASS from rising above its current status so we can be just as great as we were before and perhaps even superceeding ACS(I)?
4) What can we do to reach that status?
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I wonder how many of us have been caught in this situation before: Something slips your mind. You verbalise that thought and some nosy person nearby picks it up like a ravenous vulture swooping in on the remains of a carcass. That person then burps, after the brief appetiser, "You are getting old." How would you respond to that?
That thought struck me while I was having my dinner with my family at Jalan Besar Hawker Centre. I have not been there in awhile since it underwent renovations many years ago. Spruced up and a lot spanky clean than I last remember it, the old dame still oozes a charm I have known since I was a kid growing up around that area. The first thing you notice there are the patrons who are generally middle-aged or much older. I hardly see young families around; I gather they would prefer to frequent the more upscale and swanky eateries elsewhere.
On the way back to the vehicle, an abandoned shophouse caught my attention. Mosses and ferns grow from every crack in the wall facing the road. They hang and droop over with years of neglect and call for attention to curious passers-by. I peered through a window left ajar and caught the moon peering through sparsely scattered clouds. It created a bluish glow around gaping jagged hole of what was formerly a roof that had collapsed through wear and tear. A closer examination reveals darkened stains on many parts of the exterior walls, suggesting that the interior had been gutted by fire which fortunately did not complete its destruction.
Old, abandoned and forgotten.
Yes, it is easy to blame age for forgetfulness. It is easy to cast old things aside because they are not in fashion anymore. But as the things around us age, don't we age along with them too? We desire to be cherished and remembered by loved ones; surely these things of old deserve some respect too? While we should not hoard unwanted things of the past, I think we should not neglect the precious past completely. Celebrities lose their shine after awhile and the next young rising star comes along and takes over their places. Didn't the less famous popular acts of yesterday like Cyndi Lauper, Pet Shop Boys, Sugar Ray, just to name a few, come by and give concert goers of SingFest a swell time recently? They must have some good in them to still prance around the stage. What about the older persons in our lives, especially those placed in authority over us, like our teachers? Do they deserve some dignity for their valuable life experiences? Reality moves otherwise of course. Ageism rears its ugly head in every aspect of our lives, even on the once glorious shophouses.
I must admit I never liked the shophouses when I was younger. To me, they are old and dingy looking and arouse feelings of distrust and even fear. This evening, their aged characters shed a different light and spoke to the very core of my existence.
The next time someone tells me I am getting old simply because I have forgotten something, I will reply, "You are not getting any younger either. Time drags us both closer towards our graves with each passing second."