03 March 2012

Of books to read

There is an ever growing pile of books in my room. I must get down to reading them. Schedule and prioritise.

02 March 2012

It's Friday, enough of these musings. Time to focus on work and then painting in the evening.

A fear of doing things

We are going to be a society constrained and restrained by rules, with a fear of doing new things and wondering if they amount to breaking some unknown rule somewhere.

Encumbered by many rules and bans

From the looks of it, conservatives in this society, and I don't mean political conservatives or economic conservatives, will stifle a flowering of ideas. I read a report today and I was saddened and disheartened. It is just plain old stubbornness and a refusal to allow anything by slapping on more rules. It is as if our society is not already encumbered by many rules and bans.

In case you are wondering, I am not a conservative nor a liberal, I am centrist or moderate if you prefer that term.

Intellectual bankruptcy

There is no point in lost causes. Intellectual bankruptcy seems rather the norm here, especially when it comes to the close-minded and narrow-minded.

01 March 2012

Okay, time to stop Facebooking. Time to settle more work stuff.
I shall be cutting down on time spent on Facebook. It is not worth it.

Marina Bay Sands

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Insensitive

A friend who is not of the art community was incredulous when she heard 'insensitive' being bandied about. It was obviously akin to religious intolerance where everywhere is deemed 'insensitive' when it does not conform to the opinions of the creed, much like the Taliban and Islamists. It is when 'insensitive' is used to stamp out contrary opinions and silence anyone that has a differing view. The sheer ridiculousness and the very real aspect to it, sadly found here, had woken her.

Ironic. Liberal is not a term you would apply to a bunch of the art folks here.

29 February 2012

Of Hellboy's predictable behaviour

Hellboy seems to be making the occasional foray to Facebook to chat with his anti-PAP and anti-government crony. Beyond that, he makes the occasional remark when the product of his god appears in any post in Facebook.

Distraction

I am very distracted.

Superhero

Wonderful! Emoboy! I am very happy for him! He is a superhero now!

Of situations

It is in situations when you see your real friends, the ones who would stand for justice and the truth with you.

Of the various activities of coconuts

Emoboy has embarked on an enigmatic sojourn to the far reaches of his mind while Clownboy has joined us drawing and painting. Suddenly, there are claims of a  group when it was always an ad-hoc thing among friends. Trollking has been struck down by bouts of coughing and Captain Freedom drawing panzers.

Little Coconut has been busy with her school, delivering deliverables after deliverables (this seems to be a common word in the light of today's academia and IT industry).
It's time to go running this evening! Whee!

Of elevation and finish

The ability to free one's mind, to soar, to expand, to elevate is exhilarating!

Now, there is the need for a higher level of finish.

27 February 2012

Singapore Airshow 2012







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Singapore Airshow 2012







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Singapore Airshow 2012







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Siglap: Suburban Hell 2


Bland, gloomy and depressive.


Endless streets, all looking the same.


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Siglap: Suburban Hell


Suburban sprawl at its worst.


Siglap, suburban hell.

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I shall observe. I will let it go.

No comment on that short rotund hobbit from hell. Her ugly personality says as much.

A fence-sitting, Machiavellian person

Of course, there is that fat fence-sitting person, Machiavellian and positioning himself, waiting to put himself in a leadership position. Heh. Let's see if his machinations can get him anywhere.

Sucking up

One guy who always pretended to be Mister Nice Guy but is always sucking up to the leaders is now revealed in his full glory. Bootlicker extraordinaire. And he also runs a local art organisation, doing all the lap work.. That's when he started carrying the burning torch with a touch of name-calling. Wonderful.

The reactions

The reactions of this local art movement is almost like a form of a Singapore Taliban.

Of the propensity for Groupthink

You are probably wondering about the society which I live in. Well, there is a propensity often for groupthink and lynch mobs even in something that you would imagine would be very liberal as in an art society of sorts.

Would this change ever?

Quoting from a friend:

"You can't do it easily is his point. The process of changing one's belief is gradual and requires someone to be the introspective sort (not sure how you describe that sort of personality). So what one does should be to help the process not push the person further to the other side. That's why crabtree talks about reframing issues and changing behaviours which would in turn help make a person question his or her own usual consistent outlook."

Fouridine Ang


It is hard to say, there must be a will for change.

Of lynch mobs and cronies

As Teck Loong had expressed, ' I think it's more of a failure by the group to accept differing opinions, rather than SC's personal view.'

Thus, the Dear Leader's cronies all started barking. Bow wow wow. An inability to accept other views.

Some people have just expressed their true colours. I would forgive them if I see apologies coming however, I don't think they are big men (or some being short, stumpy with an ugly personality to boot, big people). Good to see people exposed that way sometimes.

It was described that there were two sides? It was more like everyone taking ganging up and attacking one guy. 10:1 ratio or something. No, I don't yield to these kind of people, instead, I expect apologies.

Now, of course, some are going to brush it off and carry on as if nothing has happened.

Of Siglap and Singapore's suburban hell and other matters

It is astounding how some people leapt up to defend their Dear Leader when I described Siglap as our very own suburban hell. This lynch mob then proceeded with personal attacks and more, being blinded by their hatred. It would seem that the groupthink in this community prevades so much that the people would be unable to discern anything else.

Then, you see the hypocrites in the lynch mob and also the bootlickers.