The Necessary Philosopher

Month: August, 2007

Inspiring Ideas Worth Spreading

One of my favourite video podcasts is the TED (Technology, Environment and Design) series of talks that can be downloaded from or through iTunes. They are all fantastic and inspiring, but recently, I watched the one by Bill Stone. He talked about his vision for pushing mankind into the next stage of space exploration. […]

Other Things

This is the story of my life. There are always other things that prevent me from blogging about all the stuff that I want to blog about. By the time I have the time, I would have either forgotten or just be too tired to bother. This is the list of things that I would […]

881 Soundtrack Addiction

Channel NewsAsia has reported that the movie 881 is now the top grossing movie in Singapore, surpassing The Bourne Ultimatum and Rush Hour 3. If you haven’t watched it yet, I would strongly suggest you do so. Joan managed to get us the soundtrack, and we’ve been listening to it non-stop. This is especially […]

Quicktime Conversion settings for Youtube Videos

I can never remember the optimal settings for converting Quicktime videos for Youtube. I found this Flickr site that documents the settings needed for a good quality Youtube video. Quicktime to Youtube Conversion Settings Edit: I tried it out and the video quality is not the best, but it is passable. I found another tutorial […]

Singapore-specific Google Maps Applications

I found this interesting site that lists Singapore-specific mashups using Google Maps. So far, there aren’t all that many applications, but I really hope that there will be more applications appearing in the long run. I think the possibilities are huge. Check it out.

The amazing world of Web 2.0

I conducted a short introduction to web design yesterday at work. Actually, I was asked to teach people how to create a website using Microsoft Word’s save as webpage function. At first, I was stumped. How was I going to turn something that takes 1 minute to do into a one and a half hour […]

Clare-ver Clare :)

My baby girl was busy showing off her ability to stand on her own today. I’m just so amazed at how fast she is growing up. She showed her mummy and daddy two other tricks today – She stood up from a squatting position, and she tried her hand at taking her first step. I […]

All I can say…

… is that when your handphone contains more RAM than your computer, it’s high time for an upgrade, buddy.

20 Things I Learned From Tech Support

From Kludge Spot 1) As long as the world turns, users will still have problems. 2) Substance abusers and computer operators are the only folks called users. This isn’t by chance. 3) When in doubt. Reboot. 4) Sooner or later you will meet a person who types out the words “backslash” or forgets to plug […]


Joan managed to get us tickets to a special screening of Royston Tan’s new movie about Getai, 881 (pronounced “ba ba yao”). First up, let me confess that I am effectively monolingual and I HATE watching TCS 8 dramas and I normally will not watch a movie that is in Chinese (let alone one that […]