27 August 2010

Figure Sketching at 6A Lim Tua Tow

On Sunday, I made my way to the strangely named street, Lim Tua Tow.

There, I ventured into the confines of the V Studio.

I saw three familiar faces there. Zhu Chuan, Shyam and Miel. Nine of us proceeded to sketch after. Two had not shown up.

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Ideas and not visual products

"I am interested in ideas, not merely in visual products."

Marcel Duchamp

Cat in a Box

Mao Mao, the little meanness, is hiding in her little box again.

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26 August 2010

The limits of my language

"The limits of my language mean the limits of my world." (proposition 5.6)"

Quote from ''Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus' by Ludwig Wittgenstein

Conquest, Italy and its Invaders and the Science Fiction Handbook

Some volumes picked up at Borders in the last few months. 'Conquest' was interesting as it described many means by which societies overwhelmed others including the following in their respective chapters:
  • Staking a Legal Claim
  • The Power of Maps
  • Claiming by Naming
  • Supplanting the Savages
  • By Right of Conquest
  • Defending the Conquered Territory
  • Foundation Stories
  • Tilling the Soil
  • The Genocidal Imperitive
  • Peopling the Land

Medieval Italy was the battlefield and playground of the various powers. Invasion after invasion from the French, the Holy Roman Empire, the Goths and more. The medieval history of Italy is an area of interest for me. What fortune to have found this volume in the discount rack!

'The Science Fiction Handbook' is yet another volume examining science fiction, an overview with individual sections on individual volumes including 'River of Gods' by Ian McDonald, 'Snow Crash' by Neal Stephenson, 'The Forever War' by Joe Haldeman and more.
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23 August 2010

Owen Road

A plain shophouse at Owen Road.
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On the reports of a food blogger demanding free food

I read about the recent episode where it was reported that a food blogger had demanded free food with great amusement. Certain terms, unflattering, come to mind.

It was reported that in this instance, this blogger had patronised the upscale eatery Private Affairs.

The food blogger's reported reaction afterwards had me shaking my head.

I have also visited a few other sites which had offered opinions on this matter. I cannot take the reviews of any site which gives sponsored reviews, be it in the form of free products, discounted products, special treatment and so forth seriously. I cannot take the reviews of any site or blog which has the reviewer recognised or revealing themselves to be reviewers to the restaurant. The integrity in both instances would be suspect in my opinion.

For terrific writing about food, I would recommend that one look up 'The Man Who Ate Everything' by Jeffrey Steingarten. Now, this is fabulous writing, not merely about food, but fabulous writing in generally.

I am a very middle middle class person

"Eh, SC, don't lah... I am a very middle middle class person..."

Dispensing with generosity

"I always dispense with generosity; if you are going to dispense charitably, you should be generous and not stingy."

Dispensed with generosity

"Too many have dispensed with generosity in order to practice charity."

Albert Camus