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[ red_a02 ] Shuzhen – The first episode was a lot of fun, cos it had an interesting cocktail of sexual tension and smooth fight choreography. This episode is like the awkward aftermath...
27 Aquarius 13 18:13
[ vermilion_2 ] YAPX – I understand that most of your stories are dialogue-based and heavy on retorts and counter-retorts. This one felt unnecessarily circular. It starts with a cool premise: a killer/villain/vigilante uses Lent to swear off something that should be second nature to him (I suppose), and then talks about a story. The link between the two (giving up killing & the story) isn’t a 100% fit. Maybe instead of “let me tell you a story”, it could be “hey, you see I even passed a guy up for death today!” or equivalent. Something to drag Lorelei into the banter and the premise. // That’s my only complaint. I’m not a big fan of dialogue-based stories, but I can make a exception for this.
14 Aquarius 13 08:03
[ 130204 ] YAPX – Good pace, good characters, great dialogue. The thing I like best is a combination of the three: how you build up their pseudo-relationship through all that back-and-forth exchange. Somehow, you craft a unique, strange relationship: from any one point in the story, both of them are manipulative, victimised and hypocrites - though not all at once. // On word choices, I felt you could change the word “janitor” (“cleaner” or “uncle” would’ve given a different, but more acute local flavour to it). Mostly because, it’s connotes an added level of difference through: class. Whether or not you intended it, by portraying the “janitor” and “student” you bring out the fact that he’s stuck there socially in all sense of the word. It made the part where he says he reads books during weekends completely out-of-context and weird. // Also, there’s too much “sliding” in and out of the room. Not sure if that’s intentional repetition, or just a lack of other words. // I thought that the girl’s own background is pretty compelling. Even after everything, I can’t tell if she’s speaking the truth. Because I’m all for unreliable narrators and characters, I can still find her well-thought out. But other readers might lose patience or wonder at her sudden change of heart at the final moment.
04 Aquarius 13 08:48
Let’s get the salients out of the way – her name is Daphne Ang Ming Li. She’s a Singaporean. She’s a gymnast. Her father is a lawyer. She appears naked, nude, topless and flexible in many many pictures online.
All of which would be very,very interesting. If she were pretty.
I’m sure some, possibly lots, of people think so; I just think she must have a really winning personality.
Since my firm moral sense forbids me to post pictures that offend my aesthetic taste (“chio bo?”), and I understand there’s a very good chance you came here looking for some nipples, here is, instead, a picture of Gillian Chung.
(photo credit: Edison Chen)
If you really want to see Daphne Ang Ming Li naked, you can stop reading and continue your search elsewhere. Thanks for stopping by.
That said, this post is about this New Paper article, talking about Daphne Ang’s nude pictures.
Firstly, is there anyone outside the media (and those with medium aspirations) who uses the word “netizen”? And am I the only one who thinks it’s a stupid word? How do you do, good netizen?
I like portmanteau-buzzwords as much as the next guy (for a given value of “next”), but it’s just so ugly, isn’t it? So hard.
Anyhow, the headline goes “S’pore model’s nude photos HIJACKED” and, then –Singaporean model Daphne Ang, 22, is the latest to have her pictures hijacked and posted on an overseas-hosted website.
The online pictures were taken for publication in Met Art, a US-registered erotica website.
Right. What I want to know is, WHERE IS THE FUCKING HIJACKING?
Hijacking, as I understand it, involves terrorists and planes, pirates and ships, thieves and cars, spammers and computers or an informal social greeting and someone named Jack (or variant thereof).
How are photos taken for an erotica website being reposted “hijacking”? Is the reposter claiming he took the pictures? Why, no, no he is not.
Unless the writer means a violation of copyright?
If so, there is a fair number of unattributed quotations in that article alone, much less the other papers in SPH’s stable. Hijackers calling hijackers “hijackers”?
Also, since when is our media interested in protecting the intellectual property of foreign companies dealing in a product that is illegal in Singapore?
Or, possibly, do they mean hijacking in the way that Edison Chen (God bless him) had his treasure trove of celebrity porn spread across the net? Because, firstly, that’s just “stolen” and, far more importantly, that didn’t happen here.
Let’s be clear, Daphne Ang does not own the rights to those pictures. They were taken with the intention that they would be seen by lots of people. She was a paid model. She had no expectation of privacy.
Even if you consider this “news”, the headline is not just misleading, it is downright wrong. Say NO to casual text!
Why isn’t the Speak Good English Movement doing anything about this flagrant disregard for accuracy? Thou shalt not bend words beyond their ken.
SPH is going on the list of Big Companies that Defy the Government and Get Away with It.
Currently, the list includes –
A plague on all your houses, you perpetrators of criminally negligent Anglocide.
Tan Yong Soon, Charles Chong
I think a man is entitled to take his holidays and spend his money however he wishes. That is not the issue here, and those that are saying that we think it is are just portraying us as petty, as, in Mandarin, xiaoren (literal translation: “lesser mortals”).
What is the issue is the manner in which Tan Yong Soon broadcasted his holiday (via our only broadsheet), the almost-satirical nature of that holiday (studying French cooking in France! – what rarefied circles you must move in to tell people that that is your holiday plan and not get a incredulous reply of “Really?!”), the condescending and flippant tone of his “easy to take five weeks off” comment, and the timing. Oh the timing! Not that we’ve been recession-free this last decade, but choosing the worst recession in seventy years to do this? He must be one kind of stupid, which possibly explains the ease with which he can disappear from work for extended periods.
And note that I have not read the offending article. I find it more likely that I would find sentences more damning than redeeming.
All of this totals up to “Let them eat cake” – a phrase not just about the elite being far removed from reality, but also – and here I think Tan Yong Soon must appreciate the delicious irony – with its origin from the French (about French cooking!). You will not fail to notice how that story ends (hint: guillotine).
His bosses knew how all this looked, and chided him. Was it “harsh”? Yes, it was, and well it should be. Though the fact that it’s harsh – over what is, at most, inappropriate behaviour. Inappropriate, mind you, not unethical, certainly not illegal. – brings to mind the Great Escape and subsequent “moving on”, as well as Dr Gratitude Teo. It sends a message – rightfully – that such behaviour will not be tolerated in the civil service. It also sends the message – unfortunately – that not all civil servants are equal.
Apropos Charles Chong’s “lesser mortals” comment – “Lesser mortals” is a figure of speech, nothing more. Should he have used it? Probably not, and, almost certainly, a politician should be expected to politick. Even so, to be overly outraged at his choice of words is, mayhaps, to be overly sensitive.
The rest of his comments, however, smacks of the same elitist rubbish of Tan Yong Soon. Thusly, be outraged, just not based on “lesser mortals” alone.
What I find most amusing about the article – an angle I had to edit out of my earlier post – were the words bandied about by the Powers That Be. Words like “decorum and humility”, “solidarity and empathy”. The beautiful irony was that Charles Chong just went and trampled all over those words.(The American journey) has not been the path for the faint-hearted, for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame.
On a related note, I seem to be building up quite the catalogue of, well, alternate identities for our government (and some who want to be our government). I’m considering creating a “quick link” page, perchance a gallery of some sort.
Yes, you just read political commentary – with barely any sniping! – under the title of “Singapore Daphne Ang Ming Li Naked Pictures”.
That, you must admit – oh! you must – is why I so totally rock.
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13 A first sign of the beginning of understanding is the wish to die.
This life seems unbearable; another unattainable. One is no longer
ashamed of wanting to die; one begs to be moved out of the old cell,
which one hates, into a new one which one must first learn to hate.
One is also moved by a certain residual faith that, during transport,
the master will happen to come along the corridor, look at the prisoner and
say: “This man is not to be locked up again. He comes to me.”
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