Friday, April 18, 2008


Here's just something that was done for school..

Monday, May 7, 2007

Yet another "just for fun" post

This is another post that's just for fun. And so I tried. This is the best that I can come up with. Slightly cheesy though. Haha. Anyway, It's for fun right?

Hmmm, think its kinda cute too. Hee. Pretty short and silly comic, but thats all the inspiration that I've got. Haha. My brain is on holiday too. =)

Saturday, April 28, 2007

For fun

This post is just for fun. My partner and I worked our asses off for one of our course. And our efforts did not go down the drain. This comic strip is ours. The title of our research paper was "The Role of Online Social Networks in Providing Positive Psychological Support to the Emotionally Depressed". Thus our main character suffered from depression. Haha.

We were told to get creative and this was how we presented our work. Haha. It was quite a fun way to do so I guess. Anyway, my favorite scene is the one where the main character stands on top of the building and looks down. The tiny cars and humans below are just so cute. Hee. Oh well, that's just a pretty good experience.

Friday, April 6, 2007

QotW10: Attempting Second Life

So this week I began my virgin attempt of having a second life. While many relate how elating their experience was, mine just happens to be filled with ups and downs. It started off well. I was able to edit my “twin’s” appearance and made her similar to me. It was fun playing around with the different features of it. Fuse free and no cost make over. In fact, it was more than a make over with the option of creating a smaller waist, sculpting the arms and thighs, instant hair growth and even height increment. It was even a mini “Project Runway”. Tops could be altered to fit, bottoms could be modified according to style and footwear could be adjusted to suit the clothes. My twin – Joanne Benelli – was created to resemble me in some way or other.

With the fun part being explained, here comes the frustrations. As much as I wanted to get on with my twin’s life, I was unable to do so. To begin with, there was the “laggy-ness” of the computer that I had to battle with. My twin was having a slow reaction. Then, Orientation Island seemed to be a permanent place for me. It was impossible to leave. I had never ending tasks. I was doing the tasks over and over again for god knows how many times. The system just refuses to register my tasks. After countless of attempt, I just decided to accept fate and stay put on Orientation Island.

And so, poor me just had to tour around Orientation Island to find interesting places. So off I went exploring the island. After walking around aimlessly for quite some time, I found myself a car. So here I am sitting comfortably in my new vehicle.

It is adorable right?

Somehow I like my new car and decided to stay put in it a little while longer. And I did manage to maneuver it a little. Here, driving is not as easy as compared to the real world. But at least I get to have a cute car over here. Sadly, I could not drive this car out to explore the rest of the island. And so, the rest of my journey was covered by foot. After bidding my cute car goodbye, I stumbled upon these stone status. And I decided to have a little photo taking session with them.

The first one looks friendlier compared to the other.

Though they were stone status, they are able to chat with me. I would say it was pretty interesting to have a conversation with stone status, though it was not a long conversation.

I am not alone.

Apparently, I found someone who was interested in the status as well and I caught her on camera without her knowing. Soon I got bored with admiring the status and continued with my lonely walk. Guess what I found over here? A dragon! I just could not resist posing next to it.

Don't we make a good pair?

After several poses, I decided to leave my beloved dragon to venture into the other parts of the island. Perhaps when I get tired of walking about, I might go back and keep the dragon company. Not far away, I spotted a runway. Since there was nothing much for me to do, I decided to climb onto it and see if I looked good on the runway. Here, is my best pose.

What do you think?
Do I have what it takes to walk on the runway?

Guess I was just fantasizing too much. This is what happens when I am bored. Daydream and more daydreams.

Apart from that, I managed to make a few friends which I forgot to capture those moments down. One of them started chatting to me and even volunteered to help me out a little as I seem lost. It was great to know that there was someone who was willing to lend a helping hand to the poor me.

I guess attempting Second Life was not that bad after all. It might have some hiccups but the experience was worthwhile since I managed to make some new friends.

Friday, March 30, 2007

QotW9: Get ready to STOMP

With the increment of leading edge technologies, the ways in which people communicate has transformed. Technology has given us a new medium – the Internet – that allows us to communicate in more than one way. Now, we can have one-to-one, one-to-many, and many-to-many communications all via the same medium. With such advancement, citizens are able to contribute to journalism without professional training (“Citizen Journalism”, 2007).

Citizen journalism can also be known as “participatory journalism”. It means that people without professional journalism training can use the tools of modern technology and the global distribution of the Internet to create, augment or fact-check media on their own or in collaboration with others (“Citizen Journalism”, 2007). Blogs are one of the most common tool that people choose to use when exercising citizen journalism.

Just last year, The Straits Times, Singapore Press Holding’s flagship newspaper decided to go beyond its 161-year-old newspaper medium. It decided to engage and interact with its readers through the use of a fully-interactive website known as STOMP (Straits Time Online Mobile Print) (SPH, 2006). Singaporeans are able to post new and interesting findings that they want to share with others through this website.

In order to increase interactivity and easy connection, STOMP allows the public to communicate with them in more than one way. The public can use the mobile to call in, or use short message service (SMS) or multimedia message service (MMS) to share their news. Alternatively, they can send an email or log onto the website to talk to the newspaper. Apart from that, they can also participate in the online forums and chats found within the website. In addition, there are other features such as photo galleries, online polls and even virtual clubs (e.g.: food club and digital club). With the rise of blogs, STOMP also included a “Star Blog” section in the website. Readers are able to interact with their favorite bloggers (includes Dawn Yang and Xiaxue) by commenting on their blogs.

Personally, I found the content rather interesting. It encompasses a wide range of news which included happening events that took place around Singapore, issues that bothered the public, travel places and even lost and found notices. Indeed, with the broad array of topics and features, STOMP does provide its readers with new avenues to express themselves.
In my opinion, STOMP can be considered as an ideal form of citizen journalism as it allows citizens to participate and contribute to journalism. Readers are able to join online forums to share and discuss matters with others. It is a great place for people to read up on news or events that happened but not reported by the newspapers. The photos and videos that are attached to the news make it more interesting for the readers. However, I feel that there is a need for more concern when photos and videos are part of the content. Anyone with a moderate amount of skill with Photoshop or other image-­manipulation software can distort reality. Special effects make even videos untrustworthy (Gillmore, 2004). How can one be so sure that the photos and videos are truly authentic? It is not impossible for people to edit or manipulate images and videos. There may be possibilities that the images and videos are scripted. Meaning, what was captured may be done deliberately and not an actual incident. With the availability of image-manipulation software, one can never be too sure about the genuineness of the images. I think more deliberation should be put in when viewing any images or videos. Sources need to be considered and claims need to be verified carefully before reacting towards the news. According to STOMP (2007), they express that they do not monitor, interfere or edit the materials that are posted, and may only remove the materials if someone objects to it. It would be good that they can monitor the materials to a certain extent or at least verify the multimedia objects so as to prevent any form of distortion.

As a whole, STOMP has done quite a good job in exhibiting citizen journalism. The content is entertaining and it certainly does attract Singaporeans. Currently, STOMP may not seem that ideal because it is still relatively new, but it does not mean that it will not become an ideal form of citizen journalism for Singaporeans. Personally, I feel that in time to come, STOMP will get better as it matures.


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Friday, March 16, 2007

QotW7: Shall we twit?

As the Internet flourish, it’s capability of allowing many-to-many communications also increases. The WELL, which was built upon the idea of a new kind of community whereby members are able to meet in everyday space, as real communities always have, while inhabiting a new environment, is where the online community movement was born (The WELL, 2001). What started of as the brain child of visionary software engineer, Larry Brilliant, and originator of The Whole Earth Catalog, Stewart Brand, ended up being the start off point for many other online communities. Today, communities of various sizes and sorts are present on the Internet.

According to Fernback and Thompson (1995), the concept of community commonly refers to a set of social relationships that operate within specified boundaries or locale. An online community consists of a group of people that may or may not primarily or initially communicate or interact via the Internet (“Virtual communities”, 2007). Apart from that, different virtual communities have different levels of interaction and participation among their members. According to a survey done by Horrigan (2001), it was found that almost 90 million Americans have participated in online communities. This shows that online communities have found its way into our lives.

By being a member of an online community, it allows one to have the ability to interact with other like-minded individuals across the globe. For instance, at, pets enthusiasts are able to share their information with one another. Besides that, they are also able to post and share their pet’s photos with fellow members. With the use of online communities, it is no longer impossible or difficult to ask distant acquaintances and strangers for advice and information (Wellman & Gulia, 1996).

As part of this week’s blog requirement, the class was told to join and explore Twitter. And ultimately, decide if Twitter can be considered as an online community or not. As told, I signed up for it and started setting up my profile. Friends are then being invited to join this site or added in to build up the social network. From there, members are able to update their friends with what they are doing as well as what are their thoughts. This service is almost instant. Other than that, like Friendster, Twitter allows members to personalize the background of their homepage.

After being part of Twitter for two days, I personally believe that it can be considered as an online community. The basic fact that it allows me to interact with fellow members online and form bonds with them, shows that it is an online community. In addition, it also allows users to send messages via phone or instant messaging. (“Twitter”, 2007) Users are then given the option of receiving messages in more than one way. Due to Twitter’s ability of letting one post their thought online for their friends to view and even reply to, it sort of resembles a blog. Probably, the only differences between the two is that blogs has no limitation of characters while Twitter has a 140 character limitation for each entry.

When compared to huge online communities such as MySpace and Friendster, Twitter may seem small due to its limited features, but this does not mean that it cannot be considered as an online community. In fact, Twitter’s capability for immediate response makes it stand out from other online communities. In my opinion, I feel that in time to come, Twitter will evolve into an even better online community with more features.


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Saturday, March 10, 2007

QotW6: Space of my own

In this advance technological age, it is not surprising that privacy is lost. The technologies that man creates make it so easy to invade into people’s privacy. Often we find ourselves letting out personal information to others unknowingly. Filling up the “About Me” profile page in online social network sites, filling up survey forms or even lucky draw coupons are ways in which we disclose our personal information unintentionally.

Privacy is often seen as the ability of one to keep their lives and personal affairs out of public view, or to control the flow of information about themselves. (“Privacy,” 2007) As for me, I see privacy as a personal privilege. The privilege to have secrets and to be left undisturbed by others. However, it is hard to maintain the rights of this privilege in this modern era. Technologies make it difficult to keep things private. The Internet has vastly increased the opportunities for individuals to subject themselves to the demands of the personality market, resulting in ever increasing confusion and anxiety about how much of ourselves to reveal to strangers. (Rosen, 2004)

How then are we suppose to know where is the limit for us to stop revealing personal or important information of ourselves. I guess different people would possess different degrees of self-revelation. And within the degree, each would have a set of “rules” to determine how much to reveal. I too have a set of “rules” which I follow online as well as offline. One of the forum that I participate in would be"Cozycot". In there, I would abide according to the et of "rules" that I came up with to guide me on how to protect my own privacy. One of the rules would be, when possible, use pseudonym instead of real name. For instance, I refrain from using my real name when I participate in the forums that I am a member of. As stated, “it is now commonplace on a website to reveal hobbies, favourite foods and music, and pictures of children” (Rosen, 2004). I would remind myself not to reveal too much personal information when I communicate with other members of the forums. Sometimes, others would first provide information about themselves in hope that you too, would provide similar information. In instances whereby this happens, one should be wary and not be too quick in responding. It is worth the effort to be extra careful when one’s privacy is in stake.

Other than that, I avoid providing additional informal about myself. In cases whereby it is optional to reveal information about myself, I will choose not to provide any information. In addition, basic acts such as changing passwords regularly, avoiding revealing personal information to third parties and thinking before revealing any information would help in protecting one’s privacy.

With constant technological innovation, protecting one’s privacy lies in our own hands. Take the recent case of the “Bus Sex Videotaping” that cased quite a stir for example. As quoted from the news article “The couple's indecent romp was caught on video by a fellow commuter, who sent the mobile phone footage to Stomp, The Straits Times' interactive portal for readers STOMP” (Sim, 2007). In the news article, it raised the question of who should be at fault – the couple that got carried away or the commuter that got interested and recorded the incident down. Did the commuter invaded into the couple’s privacy or did the couple invaded into fellow bus riders’s privacy? The news article did gave some insights on what members of the public think. In my opinion, I guess both parties are at fault. Both invaded into each other’s privacy. As the saying says “it takes two to tango”. Clearly, if the couple managed to practise more self-control and not invade into the commuter’s privacy, then the fellow commuter would not have the chance to invade into their privacy as well. In short, if we do not want others to invade into our privacy, we too should not invade into theirs. In a way, privacy can be seen as something that goes hand-in-hand with respect. It is something that we provide others as a form of respect.

In general, privacy is hard to be defined. What privacy is to me might not be what it is to you. Privacy is an exclusive content. One person privacy is another person’s suppression of free speech and another person’s attack on free enterprise and marketing. (Sullivan, 2006) It is our own to decide how we want to protect our own privacy. Protecting privacy can be taught. But ultimately, the decision to learn and want to protect privacy lies on the individual. Everyone has secrets. And if we do not want others to know about them, we need to learn how to do so.


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