Stream of Consciousness 2

(The intro and ending of every stream of consciousness post will be a tribute to dailygrace)

It’s Wednesday here on Daily Grace and you know what that means –  Look at her go! Reviewing, reviewing, REVIEWING, SOMETHING, for YOUUU *ding*

1. I think Power Girl (especially the JSA version) is quite a good feminist icon, assuming that a good feminist icon challenges gender stereotypes. Her confidence in her abilities borders on arrogance, she is commanding and displays strong leadership skills, and these traits are realistic given her powers. And to imbue a female with this trait is a nice contrast to the boy scout depiction of Superman. But perhaps because of how she is drawn (BOOBIES) feminists are not that keen on her and are more interested in criticizing her costume.

2. Two things (Reminds me of Basketmouth’s two things routine, RIP MWO Cheng) from RHLSTP –
Chris addison “it’s fine saying he/she is not my cup of tea, you don’t have to say he/she is fucking awful
Charlie Higson – “on their own catchphrases are not that funny, it’s just the continued repetition of it that builds up this community and audiences begin to eagerly anticipate it every week e.g. moon on a stick”

3. Nice bit by Lou Sanders about the absudity of humour – “Before this I used to be a business lady, then I quit because of the glass ceiling effect…which is the same reason I left the British museum. For that joke to work you have to know what a metaphor for a glass ceiling is, then you got to know that the British museum has got like the biggest glass ceiling…and then you got to think that it’s funny?

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January to May favorites

I really should post this consistently, it’s a good way to keep track of current obsessions.

January favorites
– Kids try 100 years of…
– The storm painting
– Disguised Toast Harem

February favorites
– Buffalo wings at Dan Ryan’s Chicago Grill
– Assassin Creed 4
– Arsenal 5-1 Everton
– Black Panther

March Favorites
– Fiery wings at SOD café
– Avenged sevenfold – afterlife
– Cheese loaf from Johan @ Westgate
– Rice flour bread from Gokoku Japanese Bakery @ Jurong Point
– Iced chocolate from Marche @ Vivocity
– $12.50 金牌面 from Geylang Prawn Noodles @ Upper Paya Lebar Road
– “black gold” durian @ ah teck durian
– Can This Chef Create a Kid’s Imaginary Meal? @ tasty

April favorites
– Me1 vs Me2 snooker (not sure exactly when this started)

May favorites
– Captain America film series
– Iron Man film series (God I really want a JARVIS and a suit)
– Avengers film series
– ZOOTOPIA
– Wind River
– Hateful Eight
– Infinity War
– JUMBO dimsum
– winning 3-0 at the sunday game
– Against The Current In Our Bones album
– Hitting ranked 5 on Hearthstone
– Cunk does Britain
– Modding Borderlands 2

 

 

 

爱在西元前

A short post about how I visualize the song, (admittedly it gets pretty labored but still a take which I think is pretty cool.)

So to me the lyrics seem to describe the internal thoughts of a young couple as they walk through a museum, and the female’s captivation by the exhibits is a very nice contrast to the infatuation of her lover.

Female (admiring The Code of Hammurabi)
古巴比伦王颁布了汉摩拉比法典
刻在黑色的玄武岩 距今已经三千七百多年
Male (transfixed by his lover’s face as she peruses the edicts)
妳在橱窗前 凝视碑文的字眼
我却在旁静静欣赏妳那张我深爱的脸

Female (pondering the ancient artifacts)
祭司 神殿 征战 弓箭 是谁的从前
Male (loving how amidst the sea of people only she belongs to him)
喜欢在人潮中妳只属于我的那画面
Both (a nice confluence of thought – both making a wish as they pass the Sumerian Goddess)
经过苏美女神身边 我以女神之名许愿
思念像底格里斯河般的漫延

(No idea how this ties into my narrative)
当古文明只剩下难解的语言
传说就成了永垂不朽的诗篇

(Male proclamation of love; usually males take the initiative and this is his attempt at eloquence. Quite appropriate too since the second line about how his love, manifested in an engraving, is still visible after being buried and dug out centuries later, is quite cheesy.)
我给妳的爱写在西元前 深埋在美索不达米亚平原
几十个世纪后出土发现 泥板上的字迹依然清晰可见

(Female reply; usually females have the last word and it is quite a fitting reply seeing as how she takes him up on his over the top promises)
我给妳的爱写在西元前 深埋在美索不达米亚平原
用楔形文字刻下了永远 那已风化千年的誓言
一切又重演

Both (putting themselves in the shoes of an ancient warrior)
我感到很疲倦离家乡还是很远
害怕再也不能回到你身边

 

 

 

Field Soccer on 20th May

After a long hiatus (from my first game as a 16 year old, to the super aggressive and boundless stamina days, and of course the disastrous paran sports league) I was finally back on the pitch. Real shame Danny couldn’t make it at the last minute after a freak accident, but it was still a pretty good experience.

After the whole “Marcus Rashford” sneaky introduction from Danny was over, I said I could play anywhere and there I was left back. And I know I did well, two key interceptions that prevented the opposition from being through on goal, several key tackles, good through balls, skidding 5m on the ground to save a wayward pass (this is more of a memory record for me so piss off if you are thinking “oh this is so self indulgent”) The interceptions were really pleasing, especially on hindsight. The first one was something I find myself doing a lot, running across to make a slide-clear a through pass away. But at that moment, especially in a “proper” match, it was all the more sweeter and I was the first one to react when everyone stood still. The second one, a little later in the match, running out to the edge of the penalty box to intercept a cut back when everyone else was anticipating a low cross. On hindsight I really felt a sense of wonder and joy that both interceptions were down to me usually playing as a forward and predicting accurately what the final ball would be, because that was exactly what I would do.

interception 1
Interception 1
interception 2
Interception 2

But the weird part is, I don’t really feel elated? I mean, of course there is a certain sense of pride from keeping a clean sheet (may be the only game which my team did, certainly the only one that I was part of the defense), playing well generally, but instead of feeling satisfied, it was more of a feeling of “job done” which I think is quite important for a defender, having that focus, the tenacity and will not to lose. I remember saying that thursday futsal nights were a highlight of my week, and I guess there is more of a sense of camaderie and fun. That’s the word – fun. 11 a side football seems to lack fun, or at least a different sort of fun, especially as a defender and with that particular mindset. Certainly no laughs, no over the top commentary, no “did you see that” moments with Aaron…but at least I can say that I am still a decent addition. At least to a casual team. I don’t know if I will play again, but probably once in a while.

Movies 2018 part 1

Now that I am a month into the semester break, (and also because the RA job doesn’t happen during the holidays as I expected), I had time to catch up on quite a few movies. Here are some that I really enjoyed:

1. Wind River, The Hateful Eight (Very gripping storyline, good characterization, very “real”)
2. Captain America: The First Avenger, Black Panther, Civil War (Entertaining action films that manage to incorporate a bit of food for thought without disrupting the suspension of disbelief)
3. Zootopia (This really deserves special mention, undoubtedly one of the best movies I have ever watched. It is not easy to weave a serious discussion about social issues into a movie without affecting the suspension of disbelief of the viewer -Essentially my gripe with Rick and Morty and Black Mirror– , but this did it so well. Much more than Black Panther, which I thought did an excellent job. Furthermore, as per Greek tragedies and other great stories, the relevance of ostensibly useless scenes like the sluggish introduction was demonstrated later in the film, and I think that is a hallmark of good writing.)

And some I didn’t:
1. Deadpool 2 (Very simply, the humour isn’t my cup of tea. Al Murray’s quote is really appropriate here “You can get the joke but not find it funny”, and in this case I certainly didn’t find the references funny, but I guess that is really subjective,)
2. Justice League (Boring story, boring characters, perhaps the only thing I liked about the movie was the humour the flash brought. And probably also because the animated series did so well in depicting the interactions between the JLA members)

RHLSTP #79

More RHLSTP stuff, this time with Al Murray who makes quite an incisive point about the nature of art and comedy. The gripe I have with people who like “sophisticated” comedy (I get that it is natural for people to try and set themselves apart, but the very notions of whether a thing is “lowbrow” or “highbrow” is so arbitrary. And the idea of references is another thing worth discussing, probably for another time) is precisely the point that Al Murray makes, you can get a joke but not find it funny.

RH: That character (Pub Landlord) obviously is appealing to people as well as they are laughing at it, often difficult to know…
AM: But it doesn’t matter. That argument is an argument against art, against creativity; if someone can’t look at a portrait and get different things from it. You are arguing against imagination, creativity and art itself. If a piece of art has to have a label on it “you got to take from this this one thing or you’re stupid, or you are incapable of subtle thought” then it’s not art, it’s a failed thing. I am bewildered…that argument gets put forth by intelligent people who haven’t considered what they are saying at all.
[…]
RH: You can’t control how the audience reacts to your stuff…
AM: But that’s the point of art. You can’t control what people make of it, you put it out there, you hope some of them will understand it…similar thing with jokes. You can get things and not like it, there’s more than just whether you get a joke or not. These things are never as simple and binary as people want them to be.

Real Time with Bill Maher S16E14

Two nice thinking points from this week’s Real Time with Bill Maher

1. “Movie reviews are not even reviews anymore, they are just ‘How come you made the movie you made instead of the one I would have made’?”

– Quite an interesting talking point really. This shall become an emergency question, what is the aim of a movie review? And where (or if it even should) does your opinion on how the film should have been made come in

2. “When will liberals learn that barking at nothing makes people not want to listen when you actually have something to say?”

– I certainly wouldn’t say it is a justification, but it does serve as quite a good explanation on why the conservatives and liberals have trouble communicating. Remember this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luhSVN5mgNY? It certainly seems like a huge problem if the loudest voices representing your community/tribe are the irrational ones AND the perception of the community is based on these idiots.

RHLSTP #156

Another RHLSTP RHLSTP! post (As my primary school teacher said of me, I have a real knack for being able to amuse myself). This time it is #156 with Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd, and Ed has a very incisive point about Brexit.

RH: You were remain, but now on your website I saw you saying we have to go through with Brexit.”
EM: Well I think people voted for it…
RH: But did they though, they voted for…they did a yes/no question but it didn’t say what that would involve, it didn’t say what that would mean, and so…
EM: Which goes back to your point about revolution. My constituency Doncaster north was 72% leave, top 5 or 6th highest in the country. And people didn’t just vote because of immigration or Europe and things they knew about; they voted because they wanted change. I’m afraid the terrible thing that Cameron did, was that he turned what was an issue that 15%-20% of the population cared about, which was Europe, into one that 75%-80% now feel attached to one side or the other. Remember this referendum? It was supposed to heal the divisions in the country. That didn’t work out.
RH: No
EM: And the trouble is, that the people who say it’s easy and you should just reverse it because people have been lied to about the NHS all that stuff – yes they were – but there is something deeper at the root of this and it was basically people saying “politics hasn’t taken any notice of us, politics hasn’t listened to us”. And if the response of politics is then to say “Now we are going to ignore you”, that is not a good thing.

 

Pedantry

In a tutorial class earlier this week, we watched a video of millennials’ attitudes towards Singlish (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XzKurDAZGKw), with the tutor’s original intention to show it escaping my memory. But I remember being quite annoyed at a particular question that the street interviewer asked, which was “Do you think Singlish can be considered a language of its own – why or why not?” In and of itself, perhaps there is nothing wrong with this question. However from my perspective, I found it incredibly fascinating because to me the question is extremely complex, particularly because is not easy to define what a language is; even among professional linguists there is still considerable debate. And yet, this street interviewer made it seem like it the answer could be boiled down into a snappy reply as he queried his respondents. Unsurprisingly,  two of the answers given “Yes, because we have our own authentic taste and the way we communicate is very different. So when we say one or two phrases or sentences, usually we can catch it quickly.” and “I don’t think so. We cannot use it with people who visit Singapore.” did not come close to answering the question. However on the bright side, there was one “It’s not really a language because it is a rojak of English, Chinese and Malay” which did.

My unease at this question was symptomatic of a far greater problem, which was the problems I face in day to day communication because of my disconnect with the how people understand words, and also what they expect when they ask questions. For example, the “liberal intelligentsia” (Stewart Lee comedy vehicle reference) like Yuxuan would have no problems when I ask what they mean by “simple” words like color, because they understand or at least are aware of the complexity, nuances and different conceptualizations. On the other hand, conversations with bimbos like S highlight the vast disparity and disconnect between our understanding of language.

[Five of us are playing one of the most stupid games that I have ever played, “black magic”]
Me: Your jacket and the lampshade are of the same color. Blue.
S: (Launches into a pre-prepared mini speech) No! Blah blah blah men only see one color blah blah blah there is baby blue, coral blue…
Me: (despondently) What I mean is all the different variants you mention are essentially the same color. They are different shades/tints of blue. Or are you referring to another color theory?
S: ???

I am struggling to conclude this post, and the only way I can think of is to wish that more students can be like Yuxuan, who can argue that perhaps it is a positive sign that contemporary phrases like “Lit af” have the benefit of being able to represent different nuances of emotions and adjectives, whilst (and this is the crucial part) possessing knowledge of those specific nuances. And this will lead nicely into a future post about ignorance.