Category Archives: Miscellaneous

Notes on “The Party Decides”

“The Party Decides: Presidential Nominations Before and After Reform” got quite a run during the 2016 US presidential primary season – mostly being trotted out to justify why the Republican Party would exert its dominance over the primary process and … Continue reading

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DBS Bank, keyword spammers

Short and sweet: DBS, Singapore’s largest bank, is keyword-spamming on Silicon Valley’s favourite Q&A site Quora. They’ve been doing this for ages on Hardwarezone.com.sg, a Singaporean tech forum, but their activity’s recently started spreading to Quora. The spammers’ modus operandi … Continue reading

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The Dating Game: Singapore Edition

In yet another desperate attempt to prop up its declining birthrate – and unlike Mentos’ hilarious bow-chicka-bow-bow National Night campaign, this is not a viral marketing stunt – Singapore has resorted to bribing its youth to go on dates with each other. … Continue reading

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Thought for the day

…or, Why The NT News Won A Walkley Award: I STUCK A CRACKER UP MY CLACKER – that’s reporting. WHY I STUCK A CRACKER UP MY CLACKER – that’s journalism.  I think there’s something in that for all of us. 

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“I haven’t finished logging in yet; IT changed my password to Tubular Bells.”

I disagree with Bruce Schneier’s take on the new field of “implicit passwords” – passwords that you remember subconsciously rather than consciously and that you type in by, essentially, playing Guitar Hero. He writes: The system isn’t very realistic — people … Continue reading

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Google: We’re the dot in dot-LOL

There’s a massive buried lede in this otherwise completely boring Google blog post about ICANN’s proposed expansion of the generic TLD namespace (the .com, .org, .net, .whatever part of the DNS). Emphasis mine: In 2008, ICANN announced a program to … Continue reading

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The Simpsons Already Did It

This artsy, black-and-white, slow-motion ad for Samsonite’s new Cosmolite line of luggage has been in high rotation on BBC World lately: And every time I see it, I can’t help thinking of this artsy, black-and-white, slow-motion ad for Springfield’s second-most-successful … Continue reading

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Talk Nerdy To Me: Amazon EC2 backup pruning script

Update: here’s a text version without smartquotes. Download it, change the extension to .sh, and enjoy. As a followup to this previous post – a script that automates EBS snapshots on an Amazon EC2 server – here’s a bash script … Continue reading

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And to those wondering why I was reading Wilson Phillips’ Wikipedia page, I say “shut up”.

Really, Wikipedia? On May 5, 2010, [Wilson Phillips] performed to an audience of 350 people at the 79th General Meeting of the National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors in San Antonio, Texas.

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The end of exile

The old “About JRE” page text: Your editor is an FX options trader, exiled in sunny Singapore. JRE is finance, politics, economics, and a little bit of travel photography on the side. The new “About JRE” page text:  Your editor … Continue reading

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