Sometimes

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From down above I wish to burst

Through the evergreen view, in Casuarina’s dew.

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On June 28…

Nugget

Yesterday afternoon during lunch, I came across an article that prophesied the death of blogs as we know it. It cited data that proved the growth of blogs had stagnated. Pageviews (or some other statistics) had plateaued for WordPress. However, specialised blogs will continue to survive.

Principle

To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless. — Gilbert K. Chesterton.

The above is what makes us human. That unmistakable 0.01% (or was it 0.1%) that separates us from chimpanzees, villians, thugs and inconsiderate neighbours.

Monster slayer

In a nursery dream I cry
I’ll go on a ’61 Gibson ride
Slay monsters in the System Drive
Paint a better sunrise to kindred kind.

Inspired by FLCL. A new effort at writing some semblance of poetry on my Twitter account. From now on, such tweets will be tagged as #140chars.

Review: Freakonomics: What Levitt really didn’t say

“There’s no question I have written some ridiculous papers.”

“Sometimes you write papers and they’re less about the actual result, more about your vision of how you think your profession should be. And so I think some of my most ridiculous papers actually fall into the high-fashion category.”

Stephen Levitt in “How Freakonomics is ruining the dismal science” drawing an analogy to the fashion industry: haute couture versus pret-a-porter.

UNIVERSITY of Chicago economist Steven Levitt’s  and New York Times journalist and (somewhat sidelined) author Stephen Dubner’s book, Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything, has fascinated the public for a long time.

If memory serves me right, it stayed on many an international bestseller lists, including the New York Times and our local list, Straits Times Bestsellers.

Two quotes on the book cover jump out at the reader immediately, if you’re reading the same version as mine. One quote strikes hard.

Prepare to be dazzled.

Malcolm Gladwell, Freakonomics, 2005

Freakonomics is a good book in the sense that it entertains and sheds some information on the causality of certain events but you’ll have to take his information with a pinch of salt too.

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Marble kitchen top

A contortionist twists
her moonlit face
features out of proportion

Beauty blossoms
underneath that clingwrap

A gleaming crystal lying
on the marble kitchen top.

Of ideologies, money and shifting monkeys

Money is not everything, that’s what I believe.

Restriction is not everything, that’s what I believe.

I think of myself as a non-Conservative, rather than a Liberal.

But when people around you kept insisting otherwise, kept pushing boundaries, how do you counter their positions, especially when your values are gradually shifting as well?

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As a Literature graduate, life’s tough. We make enough to live a reasonably good life. But sometimes ‘reasonably good’ just doesn’t cut it.

Not when you’re a Literature student. Because if you’re a Literature student, you’re an idealist.

That much, I speak for myself.

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All it takes to question your foundations are the ignorant actions of a person close to you.

How do you convince a brother who’s set on joining the airlines as a air steward not to abandon his hard-earned university education that just started a year ago?

Not everyone can be in his shoes. And a year earlier, his actions already deprived someone of a place.

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I read elsewhere, in Straits Times actually, that a college education is no longer as important as we (or society) make it out to be. That article was situated in the US. In Singapore, I believe the piece of paper is still everything. Our society’s fabric is that thin: centred around all our actions are a piece of meaningless, arbitrary paper. Can I allow my kin to give up his university education and indulge in his own pleasures of flying around the world? Certain stereotypes immediately sprang to mind. Of drugs, sex and rock and roll.

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Now I’m trying to reconcile actions with beliefs. Am I really who I believe myself to be? Or I’m just a hypocrite in disguise.

Time to dig deeper.

And monkeys had nothing to do with this post but it just cropped up because “Death by Monkey” came into my mind.

On running

I can’t recall why I mentioned “without cream” in my last post. Was it an allusion to my preferred consumption of black tea? Or red, depending on where you come from.

I accomplished my first marathon recently. One thing I realised, it’s all in the mind.

Nevertheless there were runners who were screwed over by the management, especially those who participated in the 21KM.

Management’s letter, along with adidas (the title sponsor) after the break.

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