Archive for August, 2008

Milk?

Friday, August 29th, 2008

So, finding “real” milk in Singapore is proving to be difficult.

Now, don’t get me wrong, there is plenty of milk here. But, that seems to be part of the problem. There are so many different people here from different countries. I’m sure that what I consider “real” milk someone else will consider foul.

Because of that fact, the local grocery store stocks a varietey of different kinds. My first trip to the store eight months ago proved to be the worst. I got a hi cal (calcium not calorie) lo fat milk. It turns out it was banana flavored. Totally gross.

My next few experiences were with “regular” milk. But they all taste funny. They seem to have a sweetness about them. Weird, but not gross.

I did manage to find a variety that I like. Unfortunately, I can’t recall which brand it was. Today, I discovered a fourth variety. I’m not even sure how to describe it. It looks like milk. It tastes mostly like milk. But, it expires in a year and doesn’t require refrigeration when you store it. A local friend refers to it as a step between powdered milk and regular milk.

I’ll keep you guys posted when I find a brand I like again.

Oh noes!

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

I just started watching my first Korean drama DVD. It’s called “Lovers in Paris”

So far it’s been really cheesy, perdictable, and mindless. But, I’m really enjoying it. I feel like I’m watching a Korean version of a romantic comedy based on Cinderella.

I’ll report back as I get further along if it’s still good fun.

iWont iPhone iRegret… just yet.

Sunday, August 24th, 2008

Singtel just recently launched the iPhone here in Singapore. I’ve been patiently waiting for it to be released here. Watching all the cool apps that are being released for it that don’t quite work because I have an iPod touch instead of a full iPhone is painful.

However, I don’t think I am going to jump in just yet. The killer app I was waiting for is the Sling Player. And this has not been released yet. On top of that, the data caps that singtel has are too small for me. Their plans are either 1GB, 2GB or 3GB for S$56, S$95 or S$195 respectively. I estimate that if I were to use my Slingbox excessively I would hit somewhere in the neighborhood of 5-8GB of throughput.

Hopefully when M1 or Starhub release the iPhone here in a few months they will relax the restrictions.

iHope.

Siggraph 08

Sunday, August 17th, 2008

This was the first year in many that I have missed out on going to Siggraph. I’ll be attending Siggraph Asia this year. But, it’s not the same. For those of you who are unfamiliar with what it is, let me explain.

SIGGRAPH is short for Special Interest Group GRAPHics. It’s a collection of researchers, scientists and industry professionals who share new techniques, technology , and innovations about the graphics field. What comes out of the annual meeting every year is what usually shows up in Hollywood movies two years from then.

Here’s two quick videos of stuff that’s happening there.

 
Using Photographs to Enhance Videos of a Static Scene from pro on Vimeo.

5 Servings a day

Saturday, August 16th, 2008

Just like most Americans, I didn’t eat nearly enough fruits and vegetables. Old habits are hard to change. But, out here in Asia, it certainly is quite a bit easier to get to that ideal. All the fruits out here are so sweet and delicious. It’s like eating candy.

Thai mangoes are currently my favorite. They’re served extra ripe. To the point that it’s almost as soft as a banana. Next comes pineapples from the Philippines.

One really good fruit is the mangosteen. It is totally unrelated to mangoes and as far as I know has no Jewish heritage. (har har har) you’re unlikely to find this fruit in the US though. It is extremely delicate and would never make a boat trip across the ocean.

Here are some photos of fruit I’ve enjoyed over the last few months.

National Pride

Saturday, August 9th, 2008

National day is here in Singapore. It’s their version of the fourth of July. And boy do they know how to throw a party. It is celebrated every year on the 9th of August. Everyone gets into it, at least in appearances. It seems like almost every HDB Flat has a Singapore flag outside their window. And every Condo and office building has banners and more flags posted in celebration for weeks ahead of time.

The Govt. here has a big parade and show that a group of thousands put on. They train and practice for months. It includes everything from music, singing and dancing, to military attack helicoptors and fighter jets doing arial acrobatics. It all concludes with a huge fireworks display over the bay.
Tickets to the show are free but hard to get. Only 30-40K are available and are distributed via a lottery system that millions apply for. The other stipulation is that you need to be either a citizen or PR (permanant resident). The show is broadcast live for every one else. I didn’t get tickets this year. Maybe next year.

Digg got buried.

Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

Today is a sad and joyous day. I have decided to give up on Digg. I just simply do not have the time to wade through the countless messages to find stuff to read. This is liberating because I was spending hours every week reading articles on random stuff, and now I have that time back. But, at the same time it was such a great diversion to read and hear what the greater populace of netizens were concerned about. Maybe I’ll come back to it. Maybe I won’t.

Digital Grunt

Monday, August 4th, 2008

This is a video that more or less describes the life of a Digital Artist doing visual effects in the film and television industry. Thank god we love what we do.

Weirdness in a taxi

Saturday, August 2nd, 2008

Singapore’s official language is English. Therefore it is only natural for everyone to speak English. But, there is something not quite right about sitting in a taxi cab here with an old Chinese uncle driving… while he blasts Britney Spears. There are some things I just won’t get used to. Weird.