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  • GameStop? It’s Not Just a Game…

    The most popular topic on my Facebook feed now is on GameStop. But for the completely uninitiated, let us try to make sense out of what happened. Simplified post as per 30 January 2021, since the situation could evolve. What is GameStop? GameStop is an American videogame, consumer electronics and gaming merchandise retailer. It had…

  • Thirty Thoughts at Thirty

    A chain of thoughts starting from a seemingly tautological statement. There is much of the world that I definitely do not know about. Hence, I have to rely on many friends to navigate the world around us. Reliance on friends means that I need to take effort to upkeep relationships with friends. Upkeep can be…

  • Another End of Year Post

    2020 taught many of us how to live differently. For me, it seemed to have accelerated what could otherwise have occured a decade or two down the road. Mass swathes of the population were forced to digitalise or risk losing their business or livelihoods. All of a sudden, we were made to think of what…

  • “Selective” COVID-19 Reporting?

    I thought the recent NYTimes and BBC reporting on Singapore’s COVID-19 situation was rather selective not to label their news article as an opinion piece, instead seemingly reporting it as “fact”, missing most of the broader points. I would like to write a few points to paint my thoughts on the COVID-19 response in Singapore,…

  • Am I Still Writing?

    Writing, to me, is therapeutic. I have not been writing lately, but I felt updating the status of the scratchpad is a good excuse to share my musings. I have been mulling over the future of the scratchpad for a while. This began through a friend’s suggestion of writing bits and pieces of my thoughts,…

  • Essential or not?

    Today’s social media feeds were flooded by this screenshot and reactions to it. Instead of jumping straight to the memes about the importance of artists (this I don’t dispute), I found three additional aspects of the spectrum of responses fascinating. People reacted most strongly to “artists”, not so much “business consultants” nor “human resource managers”.…

  • On George Floyd: Doing the Right Thing

    (Another 10 minutes read, apologies. Maybe my strong response goes beyond being edgy.) Out of goodwill, I touched base with a few non-local friends who had opinions, or are affected by the sparks of protests ignited by George Floyd’s death. Deliberately leaving the questions open, I left it to my friends to develop their points…

  • On George Floyd, Freedoms and Ignorance

    Instead of exercising freedoms of speech and expression (as what the United States claims to be a paragon of) to have open conversations about race, as well as about law and order, we see police brutality, race issues and protests unfurl across the country. Years back, I was in the US myself. Showing public displays…

  • Circuit Breaker Diary: Week 2

    (More mundane days are redacted.) Monday, 13 April The start of a new week. The highlight today was takeaway during lunch. I went to takeaway food from a Japanese food stall and was greeted with emptiness. There were more stall employees than people ordering takeaway. How would any of these stalls survive when the relief…

  • Circuit Breaker Diary: Week 1

    Tuesday, 7 April Woke up to the realisation that it is a circuit breaker. Thankfully some colleagues sent me some links on free courses on Pluralsight. Still trying to get used to work from home. It feels odd, because I never optimised my house for extensive work from home (WFH). How I wish I bought…