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# Ignore docs files
_gh_pages
_site
.ruby-version
.sass-cache
# Numerous always-ignore extensions
*.diff
*.err
*.orig
*.log
*.rej
*.swo
*.swp
*.zip
*.vi
*~
# OS or Editor folders
.DS_Store
._*
Thumbs.db
.cache
.project
.settings
.tmproj
*.esproj
nbproject
*.sublime-project
*.sublime-workspace
.idea
# Komodo
*.komodoproject
.komodotools
# grunt-html-validation
validation-status.json
validation-report.json
# Folders to ignore
node_modules

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---
layout: default
title: "404: Page not found"
permalink: 404.html
---
<div class="page">
<h1 class="page-title">404: Page not found</h1>
<p class="lead">Sorry, we've misplaced that URL or it's pointing to something that doesn't exist. <a href="{{ site.baseurl }}/">Head back home</a> to try finding it again.</p>
</div>

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# Released under MIT License
Copyright (c) 2013 Mark Otto.
Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:
The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.
THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.

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# ~rogbeer
The files from this repo come from the theme [Poole](https://github.com/poole/poole)
and from running the following command(s):
```
#!/bin/bash
JEKYLL_DEST="$HOME/public_html"
jekyll build -d $JEKYLL_DEST
```

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# Permalinks
#
# Use of `relative_permalinks` ensures post links from the index work properly.
permalink: pretty
# relative_permalinks: true
# Setup
title: What does ~rogbeer put here?
tagline: That which probably doesn't fit anywhere else on the Internet
url: http://tilde.town
paginate: 1
baseurl: "/~rogbeer"
# Assets
#
# We specify the directory for Jekyll so we can use @imports.
sass:
sass_dir: _sass
style: :compressed
# About/contact
author:
name: Tony Chen
url: https://phtan.github.io/
email: phtan90@gmail.com
# Custom vars
version: 2.0.0
github:
repo: https://github.com/poole/poole
# deal with errors
plugins:
- jekyll-gist
- jekyll-paginate
# Add a navigational aid
pages_list:
Archive: '/archive'
'RSS Feed': '/atom.xml'
'What ~rogbeer is focused on at this point in his life': '/now'
"What's with the name, ~rogbeer?": '/rogbeer'
'What would people give, for a cassette tape?': '/swap'

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<head>
<meta charset="UTF-8">
<link href="http://gmpg.org/xfn/11" rel="profile">
<!-- Enable responsiveness on mobile devices-->
<meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0">
<title>
{% if page.title == "Home" %}
{{ site.title }} &middot; {{ site.tagline }}
{% else %}
{{ page.title }} &middot; {{ site.title }}
{% endif %}
</title>
<!-- CSS -->
<link rel="stylesheet" href="{{ site.baseurl }}/styles.css">
<!-- Icons -->
<link rel="apple-touch-icon-precomposed" sizes="144x144" href="{{ site.baseurl }}/public/apple-touch-icon-precomposed.png">
<link rel="shortcut icon" href="{{ site.baseurl }}/public/favicon.ico">
<!-- RSS -->
<link rel="alternate" type="application/atom+xml" title="{{ site.title }}" href="{{ site.baseurl }}/atom.xml">
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<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
{% include head.html %}
<body>
<div class="container content">
<header class="masthead">
<h3 class="masthead-title">
<a href="{{ site.baseurl }}/" title="Home">{{ site.title }}</a>
<small>{{ site.tagline }}</small>
</h3>
<br />
<blockquote>
<p>"Man makes a clever face and talks about being lord on Earth.
And at the same time he doesnt even know where to begin with his own body:
he watches
sports on television and defends himself saying that everyone else does it too."
</p>
<p>- <a href="http://antaiji.org/archives/eng/kodo-sawaki-to-you.shtml">Homeless Kodo
</a>
</p>
</blockquote>
<br />
{% for page in site.pages_list %}
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
<small>| <a href="{{ page[1] | prepend:site.baseurl }}">{{ page[0] }}
</a>
</small>
<br />
{% endfor %}
</header>
<main>
{{ content }}
</main>
<footer class="footer">
<small>
&copy; <a href="{{ site.author.url }}">{{ site.author.name }}</a>, <time datetime="{{ site.time | date_to_xmlschema }}">{{ site.time | date: '%Y' }}</time>. All rights reserved.
Built on <a href="https://jekyllrb.com/">Jekyll</a>, using the theme
<a href="http://getpoole.com/">Poole</a>.
Hosted on <a href="http://tilde.town/">tilde.town</a>
</small>
</footer>
</div>
</body>
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---
layout: default
---
<article class="page">
<h1 class="page-title">{{ page.title }}</h1>
{{ content }}
</article>

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---
layout: default
---
<article class="post">
<h1 class="post-title">{{ page.title }}</h1>
<time datetime="{{ page.date | date_to_xmlschema }}" class="post-date">{{ page.date | date_to_string }}</time>
{{ content }}
</article>
{% if site.related_posts != empty %}
<aside class="related">
<h2>Related Posts</h2>
<ul class="related-posts">
{% for post in site.related_posts limit:3 %}
<li>
<h3>
<a href="{{ site.baseurl }}{{ post.url }}">
{{ post.title }}
<small><time datetime="{{ post.date | date_to_xmlschema }}">{{ post.date | date_to_string }}</time></small>
</a>
</h3>
</li>
{% endfor %}
</ul>
</aside>
{% endif %}

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---
layout: post
title: "10th November 2016: Rainy"
---
I'm suffering. They are suffering.
How to put an end to suffering? For myself.
Others can try out my methods if they want.
And of course they have to find out their own way.
Kodo Suzuki Roshi said that adults have to become like children, and children have to become like adults,
for children to grow. Apparently, he said that.
If I were a foster parent of all these lovable children in the world, my impending death is something
I have to deal with. Preparations have to be made for other people to help all these children grow,
so that my death will not stop their growth.
Yes, as Jobs said, death means having to tell your children what you thought you would
have the rest of your life so tell.
THere is a temple called Antaiji in Japan. The people there practice zazen that is good for nothing.
There is a person who is helping people to find a suitable livelihood. She also practises Zen. Her
book is a work-in-progress. It is predicted to be published in Fall 2017. Her name is Maia Duerr.
There are people who teach Zen in Singapore. Their names are Vivienne and Boey Wah Keong.
They will do what I amy not have the time to do. At least, they can do what I may run out of time to do.
Zazen is good for nothing. It is the way to liberate-save suffering people-human. Suzuki Roshi
said that.

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layout: post
title: "fifteenth of March 2018: Sunny"
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---
layout: post
title: "A new way? nineteenth of March 2018: Night"
---
When did it become an assumption that I have to have a password on the
Internet or even my desktop-computer? I was inspired to think if
something has gone wrong, in the design of Internet-and-computer
technologies, when I realised that an engineering problem - how to
display certain information on a web-site - could possibly be solved by
letting users run commands on the server (as opposed as viewing data on
a client) Passwords, levels of privilege, 'admininistrator-rights' -
don't all these scream 'I don't trust you. I don't trust others' Now is
that what I want in my life, I ask. Do I want to indirectly say 'I don't
trust others' every time I use a technology. Or do I want to spend time
building (trust in) relationships that arguably are made and broken by
(mutual) trust. Does using technology necessarily mean that I have to
give up on trust and/or trust-building. Is it possible we could find a
new way to use technology so that we find the satisfaction (and
intimacy) that comes from a rewarding relationship with a something. A
god. A business-partner. So on and so forth.

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---
layout: post
title: "Setting this up with Jekyll"
---
I thought I would post about the resources that I have had the privilege to
refer to, in trying out the static-site generator Jekyll and one of the themes
for it, Poole.
### Resources
In no particular order,
5. Lande, J. (2014). 'How I Created a Beautiful and Minimal Blog Using Jekyll, Github Pages, and poole'. URL: [http://joshualande.com/jekyll-github-pages-poole](http://joshualande.com/jekyll-github-pages-poole). Accessed URL on 4th Oct 2018.
5. [Resi](http://tilde.town/~resir014). (2016). 'Jekyll and tilde.town'. In *tilde.town* (Issue 2), pp. 5 to 9. URL: [https://github.com/tildetown/zine/blob/master/issue_2/zine.pdf](https://github.com/tildetown/zine/blob/master/issue_2/zine.pdf). Accessed URL on 4th OCt 2018.
5. Moore, P. (2014). 'Clearing Up Confusion Around baseurl -- Again'. URL: [https://byparker.com/blog/2014/clearing-up-confusion-around-baseurl/](https://byparker.com/blog/2014/clearing-up-confusion-around-baseurl/). Accessed URL on 4th Oct 2018.

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---
layout: post
title: 'A room-mate leaves'
---
One of my room-mates - who has just moved in, in the past two weeks or so -
said he is leaving tomorrow to reside at his new work-place, a 'vegetable farm'.
Yes, he said he would be staying on the farm.
And he says that 'in the beginning', he would have no pay/salary. Perhaps he
would have food and accommodation.
When I asked him for the name of the place, he said it is called 'Onesimus Garden',
which he claims is in the area of Lim Chu Kang (probably in the north-west region
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---
layout: post
title: "Places where I have used my laptop"
---
I have had the luxury and privilege of using my laptop at
the following places, where beverages are sold
(I am currently residing in Singapore - which is in South-east Asia, if you
are not familiar with her.)
1. 'Brunches'. URL: [https://www.facebook.com/BrunchesCafe/](https://www.facebook.com/BrunchesCafe/)
1. 'Enchanted'. Have charged my laptop at the power-sockets there. URL: [https://www.facebook.com/EnchantedCafeSg/](https://www.facebook.com/EnchantedCafeSg/)
1. 'Old Hen'. Have charged my laptop there. URL: [https://www.facebook.com/oldhencoffee/](https://www.facebook.com/oldhencoffee/)
1. 'Coffeesmith'. [https://www.facebook.com/CoffeesmithSG/](https://www.facebook.com/CoffeesmithSG/)
1. 'Kopi & Tarts', in the shopping mall City Square. Have charged my laptop there.
[https://kopiandtarts.com.sg/](https://kopiandtarts.com.sg/)
1. 'Real Food', in the shopping mall Orchard Central. [https://www.realfoodgrocer.com/](https://www.realfoodgrocer.com/)
I had the inspiration to post about this after visiting [Tania Rascia](https://www.taniarascia.com/)'s
record of cafes that she has visited: [https://taniarascia.github.io/coffee/](https://taniarascia.github.io/coffee/)
And of course I can only have such inspiration if [my god](http://phtan.github.io/religion.html)
gives it to me.
I thank Him for that.
#### An update on twenty-first of October, 2018 A.D.
2. 'Dimbulah Coffee'. [https://dimbulahcoffee.com/](https://dimbulahcoffee.com/)
2. 'Symmetry'. [http://www.symmetry.com.sg/](http://www.symmetry.com.sg/)
I have not used the power-sockets, at the above two places, to charge my
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---
layout: post
title: "Music-gigs I have watched 'live'"
---
The following are musicians/bands that I have had the luxury of watching in
person. I note the venues where I have caught their performances, in the
hopes that a new-comer to the scene may have an idea of where to check out.
I record in the format of *Name of musician(s). Name of performance-venue.
Country where I caught their gig(s).*
In no particular order,
* [Survive said the prophet](http://survivesaidtheprophet.com/).
[Esplanade](https://www.esplanade.com/).
Singapore.
* [The xx](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_xx).
[The Star Performing Arts Centre](http://www.thestar.sg/).
Singapore.
* [88 Balaz](https://www.facebook.com/88balaz/).
[Revolver](https://www.facebook.com/RevolverTW/).
Taiwan, in the city of Taipei.
* [Rangka](https://rangkaisdead.bandcamp.com/releases).
[Lithe House](https://www.facebook.com/litheparalogue/).
Singapore.
* [Ralegh Long](https://www.raleghlong.com/).
[Artistry](https://www.yelp.com.sg/biz/artistry-singapore-2).
Singapore.
---
On a related note, for listings of music-events, or so-called 'gig guides',
the following may be helpful for a new-comer to a city - they certainly were
for me:
* Singapore: [http://singaporegigs.com/](http://singaporegigs.com/)
* Taipei: [http://www.gigguide.tw/](http://www.gigguide.tw/)

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layout: post
title: "Charlie's suggestions for music"
---
Charlie was a visitor whom I met in Singapore (in the past couple of weeks
or so). He's from Melbourne and he
wore boots from the brand Blundstone. He was born in the year 1996 A.D.
He suggested that I listen to the following musicians:
1. [Skip skip ben ben](https://skipskipbenben.bandcamp.com/)
1. [Boyz & Girl](https://tenzenmen.bandcamp.com/album/boyz-girl)
3. [Snail
Mail](https://www.bandwagon.asia/articles/snail-mail-announces-southeast-asia-tour-singapore-jakarta-bangkok-more-confirmed)
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layout: post
title: '~cel and SecureScuttleButt (SSB)'
---
My fellow townie [~cel](http://tilde.town/~cel),
whom [~vilmibm](https://twitter.com/nate_smith)
has organised [a fund-raiser](https://www.gofundme.com/pitch-in-for-a-townie)
for - that was
about eight months ago - has now seemed to jump onto the proverbial
bandwagon of Scuttlebutt. I had that impression after visiting the
web-page
[https://git-ssb.celehner.com/@f/6sQ6d2CMxRUhLpspgGIulDxDCwYD7DzFzPNr7u5AU=.ed25519](https://git-ssb.celehner.com/@f/6sQ6d2CMxRUhLpspgGIulDxDCwYD7DzFzPNr7u5AU=.ed25519)
I had to do a little reading to get a better idea of what he was up to, though.
Perhaps the following reading material may help a new-comer to Scuttlebutt:
* [Bogost, I](https://twitter.com/ibogost). (2017). 'The Nomad Whos
Exploding the Internet Into Pieces:
Could decentralizing online life make it more compatible with human life?'.
In *The Atlantic*.
URL: [https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2017/05/meet-the-counterantidisintermediationists/527553/](https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2017/05/meet-the-counterantidisintermediationists/527553/).
Accessed URL on 12th Oct 2018.
* 'What Is the Difference Between Patchwork and Scuttlebutt?'. In
*Scuttlebutt: a decent(ralised) secure gossip platform*.
URL: [https://www.scuttlebutt.nz/faq/basics/patchwork-vs-scuttlebutt](https://www.scuttlebutt.nz/faq/basics/patchwork-vs-scuttlebutt)
Accessed URL on 12th October 2018.
* 'git ssb'.
URL: [https://git.scuttlebot.io/%25n92DiQh7ietE%2BR%2BX%2FI403LQoyf2DtR3WQfCkDKlheQU%3D.sha256](https://git.scuttlebot.io/%25n92DiQh7ietE%2BR%2BX%2FI403LQoyf2DtR3WQfCkDKlheQU%3D.sha256)
Accessed URL on 12th Oct 2018.
* 'Scuttlebutt Protocol Guide:
How Scuttlebutt peers find and talk to each other'.
URL: [https://ssbc.github.io/scuttlebutt-protocol-guide/](https://ssbc.github.io/scuttlebutt-protocol-guide/)
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layout: post
title: "choice of espresso"
---
If there were a situation in which I had to spend money on an espresso,
and I had SGD$6 - which could only be spent on espresso - and a choice of
espresso from any coffee-shop
in Singapore, I would go to
[La Ristrettos](https://www.facebook.com/LaRistrettos/)
and get theirs, which is sold at $3.
When I was there once, a member of the staff told me
he had served me espresso that was single-origin (probably he was referring
to the coffee beans - which, on that day, he might have said was from
Ethiopia).
The other $3? If I could, I would go back there another day to spend it.
Reviews of that coffee-shop can be found
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---
layout: post
title: 'spaces of art-exhibitions that I have been to in Singapore'
---
### Preface
I was a little reluctant to share the locations of these places - since
I have begun to regard them as little treasures for me to view quietly -
but I am instructed by the teacher Christ Jesus to not stock up on treasures
of this world.
In Matthew 6:19-20, he tells us:
> Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust
destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.
But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven,
where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do
not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there
your heart will be also.
And again, in Luke 12:32-34:
> Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father is pleased to give you the
kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to the poor.
Provide yourselves with purses that will not wear out, an
inexhaustible treasure in heaven, where no thief approaches and
no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
### The spaces (that, by the way, seem a little less touristy to me)
So, in the hopes that my god is pleased, I list a number of art-galleries below:
1. Cape of Good Hope Art Gallery.
Address: 231 Bain Street, Bras Basah Complex, #03-17, Singapore 180231.
1. DLR Gallery.
Address: 22 Marshall Road,
Singapore 424858. *To visit, please call +65 9772 7852 - look for
Mister [Teo Eng Seng](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34095087-teo-eng-seng) -
or +65 9296 0031.*
1. Parkview Museum. Address: 600 North Bridge Road,
Parkview Square, Level 3, Singapore 188778.
1. The Private Museum. Address: 51 Waterloo Street, #02-06,
Singapore 187969.
A quick search on an online search-engine would, if G!d is willing, reveal the
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layout: post
title: "choice of hot chocolate"
---
If I had to spend money on hot chocolate, and I had SGD$20 to do so - and if
the money can only be used
on hot chocolate - and if I had access to any seller of hot chocolate
in Singapore, I would go to
[Laurent Bernard Chocolatier](https://www.facebook.com/Laurentbernardchocolatier/).
(Hot chocolate, there, starts at $10 approximately.)
Its brick-and-mortar address is as follows:
> 80 Mohamed Sultan Road, #01-11, Singapore 239013
And the telephone-number:
> +65 6235 9007
And of course it is thanks to my god that I had the luxury to imbibe the
hot chocolate there.
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---
layout: post
title: "Smaller book-stores that I have been to in Singapore"
---
By 'smaller bookstores' I mean bookstores that, in a sense, aren't like Kinokuniya,
Times, Popular and so on.
I list the bookstores with their brick-and-mortar addresses as well as their
web-addresses.
1. 'The Moon'. 37 Mosque Street. [https://www.facebook.com/themoonsg](https://www.facebook.com/themoonsg)
1. 'BooksActually'. 9 Yong Siak Street, Singapore 168645. [https://www.booksactuallyshop.com/pages/about](https://www.booksactuallyshop.com/pages/about)
1. 'City Book Room'. 420 North Bridge Road, #03-10, North Bridge Centre,
Singapore 188727. [https://www.facebook.com/citybookroomsingapore/](https://www.facebook.com/citybookroomsingapore/)
Not forgetting a travelling bookstore owned by Anthony:
* 'Booktique'. [https://www.facebook.com/WriterBooktique/](https://www.facebook.com/WriterBooktique/)

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---
layout: post
title: "want to eat somewhere cheap in Orchard Road?"
---
I list a couple of places where the prices of (cooked) food are cheaper
compared to the rest of the eateries that can be found in the area known
as Orchard Road (of Singapore).
1. In the lower floors of the shopping mall Lucky Plaza.
3. Somewhere near the building Midpoint Orchard, on the side of the road opposite
the shopping mall Orchard Central. One level down from street level.
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---
layout: post
title: "A bibliography of sorts, about open-source software (engineers)"
---
In no particuar order,
1. strk. (2016). 'Wecome to Gitea'.
URL: [https://blog.gitea.io/2016/12/welcome-to-gitea/](https://blog.gitea.io/2016/12/welcome-to-gitea/).
Accessed URL on 22nd Oct 2018.
1. Lawson, N. (2017). 'What it feels like to be an open-source maintainer'.
URL: [https://nolanlawson.com/2017/03/05/what-it-feels-like-to-be-an-open-source-maintainer/](https://nolanlawson.com/2017/03/05/what-it-feels-like-to-be-an-open-source-maintainer/)
Accessed URL on 22nd Oct 2018.
1. Raymond, E. S. (2000). 'Homesteading the Noosphere'.
URL: [http://www.catb.org/~esr/writings/cathedral-bazaar/homesteading/index.html](http://www.catb.org/~esr/writings/cathedral-bazaar/homesteading/index.html)
Accessed URL on 22nd Oct 2018.
1. Eghbal, N. (2016). 'Roads and bridges: the unseen labor behind our
digital infrastructure'.
URL: [https://www.fordfoundation.org/about/library/reports-and-studies/roads-and-bridges-the-unseen-labor-behind-our-digital-infrastructure](https://www.fordfoundation.org/about/library/reports-and-studies/roads-and-bridges-the-unseen-labor-behind-our-digital-infrastructure).
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layout: post
title: "What I learnt in Computer Science"
---
I dropped out from an undergraduate course in Computer Science (CS, for short).
While I was attending CS courses, however, I learnt how to detach myself, or abstract
myself, from technological tools, which, as a so-called 'digital native' may
know, changes ever so frequently.
I learnt that if I have a fundamental skill, or what
[(one of)](https://www.comp.nus.edu.sg/~bleong/)
my lecturer(s)
called 'first principles', I can solve a given problem, regardless of how
seemingly foreign the problem may be.
Applying this concept in another context, it could be said that if I know
the fundamental skills in social dealings, then regardless of which country,
or culture, I find myself in, I can thrive (and not merely survive - but
that's a topic for another time, perhaps).
That's powerful. That's empowering. (As the saying goes, "Give a man a fish,
and you feed him once. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a life-time.")
And it gives one confidence. It
certainly gives me confidence.
But of course I credit all these lessons and benefits, or perks, to
[my god](http://phtan.github.io/religion.html) and his kindness and goodness.

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layout: post
title: "Quotes I found on the web-site/blog of an artist"
---
I reproduce a few quotes that I found on the web-site 'Slow Muse:
By Deborah Barlow' ([http://www.slowmuse.com/](http://www.slowmuse.com/)).
> What we need more of is slow art: art that holds time as a vase holds
> water: art that grows out of modes of perception and making whose
> skill and doggedness make you think and feel; art that isnt merely
> sensational, that doesnt get its message across in ten seconds, that
> isnt falsely iconic, that hooks onto something deep-running in our
> natures. In a word, art that is the very opposite of mass media.
- Robert Hughes
> How to live? A life in the world or a world in the head? To be seen
> and recognized outside, or to hide and think inside? Actor or hermit?
> Which is it? She wanted both—to be inside and outside, to ponder and
> to leap.
-- Siri Hustvedt, in the book 'The Blazing World'
> In order to sell art, you had to “create desire,” and “desire,” he said,
> “cannot be satisfied because then its no longer desire.” The thing
> that is truly wanted must always be missing. “Art dealers have
> to be magicians of hunger.”
-- Siri Hustvedt, in the book 'The Blazing World'
> Artists are people driven by the tension between the desire to communicate
> and the desire to hide.
-- the writer and psychoanalyst D. W. Winnicott
> For most of life on the planet, being hidden is the default condition...
> visibility is a luxury. Rarely are earth-colored tones the symbols of
> opulence and royal blood. We are most comfortable being hidden
> but we yearn to be seen.
-- Jane Hirschfield, in the book 'Hiddenness, Uncertainty, Surprise: Three Generative Energies of Poetry'
> Many friends have asked me when I will start writing on Slow Muse again. I am not sure how to answer that question. Between intention and action there is an indeterminate gap. Whatever it was that inspired my writing here for 12 years is now going through a transmutation of its own. I have had to be in surrender and to patiently wait for the what and the when to manifest.
-- Deborah Barlow, in [the blog-post 'Yet to come'](http://www.slowmuse.com/2018/10/11/yet-to-come/)

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layout: post
title: "Places, in Singapore, where I have had wine for about SGD$10"
---
From what I remember, a can of beer, bought from a convenience store, costs
more in Singapore than in Taipei, the capital-city of Taiwan, so maybe
the price of a glass of wine is more expensive in Singapore than in Taipei, too,
if not elsewhere.
Having said that, I have somewhat frequented the following establishments,
during so-called 'happy hours'; the price comes up to SGD$10 to SGD$11 for a
glass, at the most. I list the price of a glass of wine, whether it be red or white:
0. [Bruno's Bistrot/Pizzaria & Grill](https://www.hungrygowhere.com/singapore/bruno-s-pizzeria-grill/). $7.50, exclusive of a 'service charge' of 10%. All operation-hours are 'happy hour', I've heard. A plus maybe: bottles of wine are stored openly (that is, visibly) in a chiller for that purpose. *544 Serangoon Road, Singapore 218166*
0. [Hej Kitchen & Bar](https://www.hejthere.com). 'Happy hours': 12 PM to 7 PM - it's not clear to me whether these are for weekdays, weekends, or both. $8, exclusive of service charge (10%) and GST (7%). *180 Orchard Road, Singapore 238846*. ![Signboard that displays the prices of alcoholic beverages during 'happy hours' at the bar Hej](https://i.imgur.com/OAGjcoN.jpg "Happy hours at the bar Hej")
0. [The Boiler (at the structure Esplanade)](https://www.theboiler.com.sg/contact-us). 'Happy hours': 5.30 PM to 8.30 PM, daily maybe. $8.50, exclusive of Service Charge and GST. *8 Raffles Ave, #01-13A, Esplanade Mall, Singapore 039802.* ![Information on so-called 'Happy Hour' at a restaurant called The Boiler](https://i.imgur.com/m9a3hYn.jpg "Information on Happy Hours at the restaurant The Boiler")
0. [Steakout](https://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/Restaurant_Review-g294265-d2538704-Reviews-Steakout-Singapore.html). 'Happy hours': Sunday to Thursday, excluding public holidays and their eves. $2 off the regular price of wine - this works out to be approximately $10. *89 Victoria Street, #01-01, Victoria Hotel, Singapore 188017*. ![A sign-board upon which the prices of various alcoholic beverages are written, pertaining to so-called 'Happy Hours' at the restaurant Steakout](https://i.imgur.com/27VXANQ.jpg "Information on 'Happy Hours' at the restaurant Steakout")

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layout: post
title: 'description of a certain kind of coffee in Singapore'
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A certain kind of coffee in Singapore has been described as 'too bitter and
too sweet at the same time', if I am not mistaken in my recollection.
> "When we tail ministers or members of parliaments in their tours of
the orderly housing estates, I buy them [the camera crew] little plastic bags of milky tea
or coffee. These brews are always too sweet and too bitter at the same
time..." - Joanne Leow, 2016.
["Journalism and Jiujitsu: The gentle arts of a dictatorship"](https://catapult.co/stories/journalism-and-jiujitsu).
Coffee, when bought in Singapore, is not necessarily in the style of an
Americano, espresso, Long Black and the like. In my experience, the ones that
cost SGD$0.70 to $1.50 tend to not be espresso-like or even latte-like - the latter
cost, maybe, upwards of SGD$3.
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title: "Expensive F&B in Singapore if you want"
layout: post
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The following are eateries/shops where the offerings have been thought of as
'expensive' by others or myself. I list them with an example of the prices (in
SGD),
which I myself have paid while I was there.
1. A chicken thigh with rice cost $6.80, at Lam's.
[https://www.lamskitchen.com/outlets](https://www.lamskitchen.com/outlets)
1. A cup of hot chocolate cost $10.67, at Laurent Bernard Chocolatier.
[https://www.facebook.com/Laurentbernardchocolatier/](https://www.facebook.com/Laurentbernardchocolatier/)
1. A serving (one glass, not a bottle) of whisky cost close to $30, at
Quaich. [https://www.quaichbar.com.sg/contact-us](https://www.quaichbar.com.sg/contact-us)
1. A stick of baguette cost $4, at Slow Bakes.
[https://www.happycow.net/reviews/slow-bakes-central-singapore-118886](https://www.happycow.net/reviews/slow-bakes-central-singapore-118886)
1. A plate of sliced beef, done Korean-style, cost $10, at Kim Dae Mun.
[https://www.facebook.com/KimDaeMun/](https://www.facebook.com/KimDaeMun/)
1. A burger cost approximately $40, after a discount, at Morton's.
[https://www.mortons.com/singapore/](https://www.mortons.com/singapore/)
1. A four-course meat-free meal cost between $20 to $30, if I am not mistaken,
at Sufood. [https://sufood.com.sg/contact-us/](https://sufood.com.sg/contact-us/)

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title: "Singaporean artists I 'know'"
layout: post
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I've met a Teo Eng Seng (Mister) recently - yesterday afternoon - and when
he asked me, "how many Singaporean artists do you know", with 'Singaporean'
defined as 'working in Singapore', I realised I was stumped for an answer
beyond a handful of names (not much more than a couple of them); more names
came to me after the moment of interrogation had passed. Well, for the benefit
of whoever's interested, I make a table below, in response to Mr. Teo Eng Seng's
question.
<table>
<tr>
<th>Artist
</th>
<th>Website
</th>
<th>Have I met that artist in person?
</th>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>Cheong Soo Pieng
</td>
<td>don't know
</td>
<td>He was dead, reportedly, by the time I heard of him. So, no, I haven't.
</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>Ng Eng Teng
</td>
<td>idk
</td>
<td>No
</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>Amanda Heng
</td>
<td>idk
</td>
<td>A handful of years ago, at NUS Museum, where she was present
at the venue of her artwork, during which strangers had tea, <strike>dismembered</strike>
trimmed bean-sprouts and chatted.
</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>Max Kong
</td>
<td>http://maxkong.com
</td>
<td>
In the year 2018, during
<a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/720402234973729/">
'ArtWalk@Wessex'
</a>
</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>Frances Alleblas
</td>
<td>https://www.francesalleblas.com/
</td>
<td>As with Mr. Max Kong
</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>
Lin Hsin Hsin
</td>
<td>http://lhham.com.sg/
</td>
<td>Met at a
<a href="https://www.eventbrite.sg/e/curator-dialog-with-digital-media-pioneer-speed-of-thought-tickets-31115269609#">
'curator dialog'
</a>
, which took
place in the year 2017 A.D., at a co-working
space in Singapore.
</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>Mira
</td>
<td>http://mira-yoon.format.com
</td>
<td>I have had the luxury of her services as an art-therapist.
</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>Of course, Teo Eng Seng
</td>
<td>idk
</td>
<td>Met him at his
<a href="http://www.dlrgallery.com/">
gallery
</a>
at 22 Marshall Road, Singapore
</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>Ng Joon Kiat
</td>
<td>http://ngjoonkiat.com/
</td>
<td>I've met him at events associated with other artists. Most recently,
I've met him at the opening reception of an exhibition at
<a href="http://theprivatemuseum.org/">
The Private Museum
</a>
</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>Yeo Siak Goon
</td>
<td>idk
</td>
<td>Met him at
an exhibition of his works
, in the year 2018 A.D., at
<a href="https://www.facebook.com/articulture.sg/">
Articulture
</a>
</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>Ben Puah
</td>
<td>idk
</td>
<td>First met him maybe in the year 2018 A.D., at 22 Marshall Road.
By the time I arrived there, he was already with Mr. Teo Eng Seng.
</td>
</tr>
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title: "Artists whom I've met in person and, in my impression, aren't based in Singapore"
layout: post
---
The title of this post is self-explanatory.
<table>
<tr>
<th>
Name
</th>
<th>
Web-site
</th>
<th>
Details of my meeting with that artist, if any
</th>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>
Sophie Kao
</td>
<td>
<a href="http://www.sophie-kao.com">
http://www.sophie-kao.com
</a>
</td>
<td>
I met her at
<a href="http://www.instinc.com/global/index.php/exhibit/item/316-the-rhizome-city">
an exhibition of her works
</a>
at
<a href="http://www.instinc.com/global/index.php/about-instinc">
Instinc
</a>
, in the year 2019 A.D.
</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>
Levan Songulashvili
</td>
<td>
<a href="http://www.levan.gallery">
http://www.levan.gallery
</a>
</td>
<td>
At an exhibition of his, which was held at <a href="https://www.objectifs.com.sg/">
Objectifs: Centre for Photography and Film
</a>
</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>
Kuros Nekouian
</td>
<td>
<ul>
<li>
<a href="https://www.instagram.com/kuros_nekouian/">
https://www.instagram.com/kuros_nekouian/
</a>
</li>
<li>
<a href="http://www.kuros.de">
http://www.kuros.de
</a>
</li>
</ul>
</td>
<td>
First met him on 15th Feb 2019 A.D., at Instinc. Later, saw him at
Levan's exhibition at Objectifs (see above, please).
</td>
</tr>
</table>
*This page was updated 22nd Apr 2019.*

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title: "A DJ said he had a focus on songs from Southeast Asia and Japan"
layout: post
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Yesterday, I caught a set by the DJ
<a href="https://www.facebook.com/itchirology/">
Itch
</a>
, at
<a href="https://www.facebook.com/pg/kultkafe/">
Kult Kafé
</a>
, Singapore. I heard songs
with lyrics that sounded like they were in the language Mandarin Chinese,
those with Japanese-like lyrics, and (at least) one that Itch said was from Indonesia,
when I asked him where that song was from.
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title: "'They have certificates, but no flower!'"
layout: post
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The exclamation in the title of this post came from a street-busker I have met,
a number of years ago. He was commenting on the quality of music-playing
that came from young musicians nowadays.
"What is 'flower'?" I asked him.
"Flower? Flower is this!" he replied, before launching into a song, on his
guitar, which I couldn't help but dance to.
So what is flower? I couldn't help but to want to have a more theoretical,
or even academic, perspective on the terminology of this street-busker.
Finally, years later, with glory to my god - and thanks to Him, of course - I found a mention
in a book called "Nine gates: Entering the mind of poetry" by Jane Hirshfield.
Hirshfield mentioned the concept of *hana* in a form of
Japanese theatre called Nō. Supposedly, *hana* - which, interestingly enough,
means 'flower' in the Japanese language - is the quality by which an actor
can move the audience, despite being hidden behind a mask and standing motionless
on stage. Supposedly (according to the claims of Hirshfield, who in turn
was quoting a practitioner or observer of Nō), *hana* can be accessed
sometimes in youth, but in maturity, *hana*... - oh, I forget what Hirshfield
wrote.
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title: "Purchases, approximately at the time of Chinese New Year"
layout: post
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By no design of my own, both last year (2018 A.D.) and this (2019 A.D.)
, I've made purchases
that are somewhat associated with Indonesia - and specifically, batik -
approximately
at the time of the respective year's Chinese New Year.
Last year, it was a button-down shirt from Kiah's Gallery
<a href="https://www.facebook.com/Kiahb4tik/">
(https://www.facebook.com/Kiahb4tik/)
</a> - where the seller told me, "Batik is a dying art." (she also effectively
said, if I'm not mistaken, something like, "The batik-shirt
chooses its owner.") -
and this year, a coin-pouch, from The Green Collective SG
<a href="https://www.facebook.com/thegreencollectivesg">
(https://www.facebook.com/thegreencollectivesg)
</a> - maybe the designer, or maker, of the coin-pouch is from Indonesia.
Now, what do I say about Indonesia? Or about batik?
I just thank my god that I have the luxury of the experience of buying batik,
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title: 'Eateries in Singapore that are not "chains", as far as I am aware'
layout: post
---
The title of this post seems self-explanatory to me. The list below
includes eateries that have branches overseas but not in Singapore.
This post was inspired by a question that a member of the Meetup-group
<a href="https://www.meetup.com/en-AU/returnedsingaporeans/">
'Returned Overseas Singaporeans in Singapore (R.O.S.S.)'
</a>
has asked. That member said that she found herself eating at the same places,
implying that she wanted a change of eateries, hence her question, which
was somewhat similar to the title of this post.
I list:
0. Morton's Steakhouse
0. Slow Bakes (which is supposedly under the same umbrella-organisation
as the chain of meat-free restaurants, 'Real Food')
0. La Ristrettos
0. Brunches Cafe
1. Tong Fong Fatt Hainanese Boneless Chicken Rice
0. Mahota Commune
0. Il Den
0. Kemono Healthy Japanese Roast Chicken (it seems delivery-only)
1. Tolido's Espresso Nook
0. MTR Restaurant
0. Podi & Poriyal
0. Hj Maimunah
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title: "My Lineage of Inspiration"
layout: post
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I'm working on a career-development course right now, titled 'Work That
Matters'. It's by Maia Duerr, and in this blog post, I am going to
make what Maia calls a Lineage of Inspiration.
Maia herself elaborates on her Lineage of Inspiration at the Internet-address
[http://maiaduerr.com/lineage-and-liberation-2/](http://maiaduerr.com/lineage-and-liberation-2/).
She writes:
> So as way of creating my own personal lineage chart, I want to name some of those people who made a huge impact on me and to whom I feel enormous gratitude. Im sharing this list as a way for you to get to know me better and its also an invitation for you to do the same. Its a huge gift to realize that our lineage is linked to our liberation. We dont have to do it alone. There is no way we possibly could do it on our own.
The following is the prompt I am working with, which I reproduce from the afore-mentioned
Internet address. 'Whos in your personal lineage? Who are the people who have guided you to more freedom in your life, and what gifts have you received from them?'
0. **Masafumi Itokazu ("Matchi")**.
Matchi has [a profile on Couchsurfing.com](https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/masafumi-matchi-itokazu?action=show&controller=user_profiles).
He was my room-mate in the autumn of the year 2013 A.D.,
at a dormitory on the campus of National Taiwan University, until he left
our shared room -
rather abruptly, I thought - some-time during the wet winter of the same year.
He was a sharp dresser, I think. I've received the gift of encouragement,
unspoken or otherwise, to dress myself as boldly as I would like. A gift
of confidence, in other words - perhaps. Now I dress as I dare
(or so I would like to think).
0. **Chris Jensen**.
Chris has [a profile on LinkedIn](https://www.linkedin.com/in/christopherjamesjensen/).
Chris was my supervisor during my internship at his (now-defunct, I guess)
start-up Good For Us. At the point in time that I met him,
I was somewhat in the earlier part of what could be
conventionally called
College Education. I had little to no awareness of inner life or spiritual life,
I think, at that time. Chris did not seem afraid to mandate a practice
of recalling A Few Things That You're Grateful For, during lunches together.
Chris also extended an invitation for me to visit him during
his work at the non-profit organisation [Ground-up Initative (G.U.I.)](https://www.facebook.com/groundupinitiative/).
Exposure to Nature that seemed a little less domesticated (at G.U.I.),
and the beginnings
of a practice of gratitude - I've received these gifts.
0. **Emily Dickinson**.
I read that she withdrew from society, famously becoming recluse-like,
and developed a kind of language of her own, which can, maybe, be seen in
her now-renown poems. I've received encouragement to pursue a path into poetry,
regardless of how unconventional a life I may seem to lead.
0. A manager at my kitchen-workplace, by the name of **Lily** (transliterated name).
I met her while I was a part-time cook at a budget restaurant of sorts. (I still am, for now.)
She seemed sensitive enough to refill any sauces (or ingredients) that I've
run out of, at a time when I was too busy or pre-occupied to refill those myself.
I've received the gift of an example of service towards my co-workers, or perhaps
even humankind. I can strive to emulate her sensitivity to others, I think,
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title: "want to feel (even more) cramped (in a cheek-to-jowl way) on the island of Singapore? A few places to check out "
layout: post
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The title of this post is self-explanatory, I believe. If you're so inclined,
check out:
0. In the day-time, for instance, around noon on a Sunday: **"Mother Dough"**, in the area of Sultan Mosque.
[https://www.motherdough.com.sg/](https://www.motherdough.com.sg/)
0. In clubbing (as in night-life) hours, say, at 1 AM on a Sunday: **"Headquarters"**, in the area of Boat Quay.
[https://www.facebook.com/headquarters.sg/](https://www.facebook.com/headquarters.sg/)

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title: 'A few print-making techniques, and possibly goodbye'
layout: post
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Recently, at an Open House at [STPI](https://www.stpi.com.sg/), I learnt -
or rather, watched, if not tried my hand at it myself, in some stage of the
respective process - the print-making techniques/processes of Intaglio, Linocut and
Relief-printing.
By the way, owing to various circumstances, this may or may not be my final
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layout: page
title: "Recipe for a (Milo-based) cocktail"
---
I got this recipe from a bartender at [Bar Stories](https://www.facebook.com/pg/barstories.sg/)
, located on the island of
Singapore.
It is based on Milo, a non-alcoholic beverage which is kinda based on malt.
(I am aware, from anecdotal evidence, that Milo is popular, if not well-known,
in at least the South-east Asian countries of Malaysia and Singapore).
I didn't manage to get the name for this cocktail. Nonetheless, the ingredients:
0. Egg white x 1
2. Milo, as in the drink, not the powder x 2 oz
3. Butter-scotch, the liqueur x 0.25 oz
4. Dark-chocolate liqueur x 0.5 oz
5. Dark-chocolate bitters x 3 dashes
6. Black Cow vodka (for a creamy taste) x 1.5 oz

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title: A chat about ethics and technology, with Mr. Sebastian Müeller
layout: post
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On 12 December 2019, during the afternoon, Sebastian and I met at the
Singapore office of Minglabs, an organisation in which Sebastian is
Co-founder and COO. Let me briefly recall the approximately
one-hour-long chat, using a format of
Question-and-Answer (Q&A) below - I asked most of the questions, as I recall.
_Q: “Why are you interested in ethics?”_
A: “I do not have [an academic] background in ethics or philosophy. I studied Computer Science in Germany. My thinking changed after I had a son - he is three years old now - and I have done much more reading since.”
_Q: “I dont mean to offend you personally, but if we talk about ethics, there is the danger of being a hypocrite, that is, saying one thing and doing another. How do you ensure you are not a hypocrite?”_
A: “Humans are fallible. If someone says something, and does what he says - if he walks the talk - he is an angel. [Having said that,] I try to be better today than I was yesterday.”
_Q: “About Andrew Yang… [in the U.S., who proposed a Department of the Attention Economy]”_
A: “Algorithm Oversight. Right now, there is a gap: the regulation-authorities have to figure out what is happening in these algorithms. It takes time to come up with regulations, and meanwhile, technology keeps moving on and on and on. They have to be paid well, because they are the best of the best of the best [that is, those who are, or might be, recruited, into The Government, to regulate algorithms that are used in software]. This is one area that I think Singapore does well in: the ministers are well-paid. In the U.S. or in Europe, working in The Government means taking a pay-cut.”
_Q: "You mentioned reading. What are some of those books?"_
A: "I'll email you after our chat." [Later, Sebastian emails hyperlinks:]
0. Cathy O'Neil. (2016). "Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data increases inequality and threatens democracy".
[https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28186015-weapons-of-math-destruction](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28186015-weapons-of-math-destruction)
0. Brad Smith. (2019). "Tools and weapons: The promise and the peril of the Digital Age".
[https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44334073-tools-and-weapons](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44334073-tools-and-weapons)
0. Yancey Strickler. (2019). "This could be our future: A manifesto for a more generous world".
[https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44525559-this-could-be-our-future](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44525559-this-could-be-our-future)
0. Tim O'Reilly. (2017). "WTF?: What's The Future and why it's up to us" .
[https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34017076-wtf](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34017076-wtf)
The Q&A above represents only a portion of the entirety of my chat with Sebastian, which concluded with agreeing that (the application of) ethics in technology meant co-operation/collaboration of (highly skilled) people across various fields of expertise, or disciplines. As Sebastian puts it, "I observe; I act within my sphere of influence… [but] I cannot solve the problem on my own."
However, Sebastian seems optimistic, if not hopeful: "[if I] keep repeating a message [about ethics, to the audience of my various talks], maybe the message will get in."

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title: "how to say 'good'"
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A certain Homeless Kodo has said, "we only say something is good when
it goes our way", or something to that effect. I quote,
> Sooner or later everyone starts thinking of nothing besides themselves. You say, “That was good!” But what was good? It was only good for you personally, thats all.
Source: [https://antaiji.org/en/services/kodo-to-you/](https://antaiji.org/en/services/kodo-to-you/)
Be that as it may, I take pleasure and interest in the different ways I can say
something is good, whether it is good for me, or for someone else, or whatever.
So, I make the following list, based on words currently in my vocabulary:
0. excellent
0. nice
0. super
0. amazing
0. awesome
0. great
0. perfect
0. 棒(a Chinese word)
0. _baik_ (a word in Bahasa Indonesia and Bahasa Melayu, pronouced like baa-eggk)
0. _pona_ (a word in the constructed language Toki Pona, which has no native speakers)
0. pleasant
0. 赞(a word that seemed to have been used in Taiwan in the modern past
(about 1.5 decades ago?); maybe it isn't used
so much nowadays anymore?)
0. miraculous
0. fabulous
0. nice - oops, I mentioned "nice" already.
0. fun - I seldom use this word, but I've heard others use them within my ear-shot
0. majestic - usually I use this word to describe God and God's works
That's it. I've heard a Spanish version of "miraculous" and "fabulous" before, but
because I seldom use those Spanish words, I omit it from my above list.

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Years ago, I read a book by [Steven D'Souza](https://www.linkedin.com/in/steven-d-souza-5351712/)
and [Diana Renner](https://www.linkedin.com/in/diana-renner-24895232/), titled
"Not knowing: The art of turning uncertainty into opportunity".
If you want to know more about that book, you can check out its page on
Goodreads.com (because the rest of this post is not going to talk much about that book) :
[https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18210266-not-knowing](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18210266-not-knowing)
After reading the book, I was inspired to write a blog-post, which, generally speaking,
was about the impact that the book had on me.
So, fast-forward three years: Steven, who, as you recall, is co-author of the above-mentioned book,
leaves a comment on my blog:
> Thank you for sharing the impact of our book on you Pheng Heong.
Your writing is honest and eloquent. Steven
And I probably have a fan-boy moment: who is Steven in the world, and I - who am I kidding - who am I
in the world? *that* Steven is talking to *this* me?
But if I view Steven and I as fellow travellers into the unknown, maybe he and I are
not that different from each other. Steven (and Diana, his co-author) may have more experience
in life than me, but they highlight, in their book, that they do not want to be seen
as experts about the unknown - if anything, they encourage one to explore the unknown for oneself.
My role, then, is clear: if Steven and Diana are offering wisdom about such an adventure,
so to speak, then I can be, and I am, happy to receive that wisdom. (despite the discomfort,
and even dread, that encountering the unknown often engenders in me).
It may be that I have my individual, unique, experience of the unknown to undergo,
but I am happy to have the wisdom that Steven and Diana have distilled, via their book,
to bear in mind, all the while.
You can view my above-mentioned blog-post here:
[http://phtan.github.io/blog/post/2016-05-06-not-knowing/](http://phtan.github.io/blog/post/2016-05-06-not-knowing/)
*This post was originally intended for publication on the social-media web-site LinkedIn,
but what I've prepared for that web-site was somehow lost. Now I type a new draft,
and post it first on this current Internet-address, with plans to subsequently post, or syndicate,
it (back) to LinkedIn.*

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I was at a screening that is open to the public, at the co-working space The Hive (Facebook: https://facebook.com/thehivecarpenter/ )
In his talk, Mr. Brown highlighted a number of exercises/techniques, that designers use, and which are modelled on, or inspired by, how little children play:
1. The technique called "thinking with your hands". Its analogue among children is so-called "construction play", such as building towers from little blocks, knocking the towers down, and building them again, over and over. An example of this technique, among designers, is building prototypes of an idea quickly, even if the prototype looks like a crude hotch-potch of everyday objects: plasticine, small bottles of deodorant, and so on.
2. Role play. How children role-play need not be elaborated, I believe: playing House, playing Tea-time, and so on. From what Mr. Brown says, designers can use role play to switch perspective(s) from the designer (of a service) to the user (of that service).
It seems worth mentioning that Mr. Brown said that play is not anarchy. Play has rules. For example, if little children play Cops & Robbers, they are acting out a socially agreed script.
Definitely interesting to think about - for me, at least. I hope it's interesting for you, too.
I link to the TED talk:
[https://www.ted.com/talks/tim_brown_tales_of_creativity_and_play?language=en](https://www.ted.com/talks/tim_brown_tales_of_creativity_and_play?language=en)

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I feel rewarded for getting up earlier than usual today -
[Helena Wasserman Eriksson](https://www.hnworth.com/article/truths/life/why-i-started-stage-6-a-conscious-co-living-space/)
's talk was scheduled for 8.30 AM.
[Her talk](https://creativemornings.com/talks/helena-wasserman-eriksson-on-invest),
on the topic "Invest", began with questions for the audience. Then: "I want you to think how you have invested in yourself, and the great feeling you had when you did that. Then take 5 minutes to share it with your neighbour."
If I think about it now, attending her talk was an investment in myself, too. And I think this investment has paid off already - at the talk's venue, I met people, who not only seemed to share similar interests with me, but also seem to be better than myself at it. For example,
- [Eugene Cheng](https://www.linkedin.com/in/eugeneseancheng/) has done photography at weddings, something I haven't done (yet), but it's something which Eugene asserts will provide lots of opportunities to develop photographic skills
- Tsuyumi Miwa 's name-cards feature her paintings on the reverse side - an idea I can consider if I do start making name-cards for my artistic practice. (Tsuyumi-san's website: http://heymiwa.com/ )
- I met someone who talked about one's posture, in relation to pain in one's knees, while running. Now I am thinking about whether my posture, while I use my laptop, is the best for my body.
Lots of food for thought, to say the least!
*This post has appeared in a slightly altered form,
[on LinkedIn](https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6639002362029666304/)*

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Just to share, I've recently heard of at least two artists who make their works accessible to the public without involving a gallery or a dealer.
1. William Powhida invites the public to be his Friend; the perks of being such a Friend include free (as in gratis) ownership of his artwork, if you have taken care of it (at your place) for five years.
Source: Taylor Dafoe 's article on the web-site Artnet, published on 28th Feb 2020:
"Artist William Powhida Doesnt Have Room to Store All His Work—So He Wants You to Borrow It, For Free". URL:
https://lnkd.in/fcyYJRe
2. Tsuyumi Miwa is having an exhibition at Maduro Jazz Club, Singapore ( http://www.maduro.sg/ ) . Tsuyumi says her paintings will be on sale, at a lower price than usual, because there is no "gallery commission fee".
- Time: 6.30 PM onwards , on 24th April
- Price of a ticket: SGD$25
- Tsuyumi is contactable at her web-site,
( http://www.heymiwa.com/ )
What's in the price of a ticket? Her friend, the composer-singer-actor James Flynn ( http://www.flynnjazz.com/ ) has composed songs that interpret Tsuyumi's paintings , which he is scheduled to perform, with his trio, on the evening of Tsuyumi's exhibition.
Source: my recent chat(s) with Tsuyumi

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Reading a book by David Ulrich, "Zen camera: creative awakening with a daily practice in photography".
Found words (or the vocabulary) to describe what I spend a significant amount of energy on nowadays: creating the necessary conditions for "the arrival of the muse... - what artists call inspiration and many call the 'aha' moment [...] the creative intelligence occurring when the artist or seeker is open, taking place through the cracks of the ordinary, rational brain". (Page 94).
Here I share a photo (I have) taken on 26th December, around the time of a supposed eclipse. It draws me somehow... I stay open to where it calls me.
As Ulrich says (on Page 88), the famous figure in spirituality, Rumi, has a quote/poem:
> "Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray "
![a photo of shadows, of trees, on a the ground. Human feet is visible on the left-most one-third of the photo.](https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49276833901_9abbf0a9a7_o.jpg)

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It didn't seem fun to have to meet the requirements
(of
[Singapore International Photography Festival](http://sipf.sg/)
2020) to have
seven photos in my submission. So,
[on Tumblr](https://alls-futility.tumblr.com/post/611746367108448256/creative-commons-attribution-40-international),
I present five photos that I do have, instead; they were taken in the past two years (all on the island of Singapore ); I hope you enjoy them.

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Somewhat belatedly, on the occasion of Women's Day - it is refreshing for me to encounter, in literature, a wife saving her husband in distress (instead of the other way round).
I'm referring to Beethoven's only completed opera, "Fidelio".
Fidelio is the alias of a character named Leonore, who gets employed by the jailer, Rocco - and even cross-dresses as a man - so that she can gain access to the inner-most section of the jail; she wants to see if her husband, Florestan, is indeed imprisoned there.
I think I've revealed enough about the plot, so I'll stop relating the details here.
Let me end with the (German) words from the finale of the opera:
> "Nie wird es zu hoch besungen, Retterin des Gatten sein." (Never can we over-praise a wife who saves her husband.) Translator: Lionel Salter.
Details for lovers of classical music: I listened to a 1995 recording, featuring Nikolaus Harnoncourt as conductor, and Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
I believe well-deserved honour goes to National Library Board (of Singapore)
for stocking both CD and CD-player at the public library known as
Library@Esplanade .
*this post first appeared in its original form,
[on LinkedIn](https://www.linkedin.com/posts/phengheong_iwd-activity-6642767605172133888-1vS8)*

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Maybe in the past it was more artistic (and consensual between
photographer/cameraman and subject)
I refer to Brassaï 's 1931 photo, "A suit for two in the magic city", which
features some extent of (the suggestion of) male nudity.
in it,
clearly there are homosexual themes
and there is some expression of
intimacy as well
Nowadays, if I were to
use a popular expression, people are "going from bad to worse"
And Peeping Toms/voyeurs who arrive later in history, in their "artistic work" - if it could be so termed - seem to demonstrate a clear lack of what the writer Edgar Allan Poe calls the Poetic Principle: their works do not "elevate the soul", as a poetic work should

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A challenge I face in pursuing excellence is... *[drum roll]*... finding others who pursue excellence.
Okay, maybe that wasn't such a surprising revelation. As the saying goes, "As iron sharpens iron, so one man another".
For me, it is not satisfactory enough to look to my contemporaries - I have looked centuries back, hoping to appreciate greatness.
Without further ado, I share a list - off the top of my head - of works I look up to:
In Classical Music,
- Beethoven's Cello Sonata, Op. 102
- Schubert's Winterreise
In opera,
- Bartók's "Duke Bluebeard's Castle"
In Russian literature,
- Alexander Pushkin's novel in verse, "Eugene Onegin"
In children's literature,
- Tolkien's "The Hobbit"
Others:
- a fairly modern film, Wong Kar-Wai's "In the mood for love"
- A song by The Beatles, "Come together"
In concluding, I note that if I have a small, puny mind, the world I see is a small, puny world. I wish for a mind that can see greatness in even the smallest thing - eyes that can see beauty and wonder.
For example, can I learn, from a dog, how to be happy, while being held on a leash? Or, from a cat, how to meditate?
I close with a quote from the classic tale, "The little prince":