This post is dedicated to my friends who bake, cook, prepare cocktails and generally help to make life sweeter and more sublime for foodies and drinkers like myself.
Being a true-blue Singaporean, I love to have my carrot cake and eat it. Yes, we are a nation of foodies and many people live and swear by their hokkien mee, satays, roti pratas, and mee poks (a flat fettucine like egg noodle) here. There are also many food guides around (many with online counterparts) like the venerable Makansutra which has become a national institution for many here.
Jonathan Schwartz , CEO of Sun Microsystems and avid blogger
This post resulted from a series of email exchanges between Ivan Chew, Kevin Lim and a couple of other media socialists. The basic idea is whether it makes sense for people in positions of authority to blog, and if so, what benefits or drawbacks do they bring.
As a publicist, I have been involved in profling both my organisations and CEOs for the longest time. People are always interested to hear from the top dogs. This includes usual stuff like their vision, key thrusts, 5-year plans, ideas to revolutionise the industry, management style, to more personal details like favourite food, hobbies etc. They can also change an organisation’s course for the future. This can apply to something as macro as a country’s destiny, to one as micro as a product line’s bottom-line.
Recently, I attended a staff seminar where the theme of resonance was used. According to Wikipedia, resonance is a term used in physics whereby one system tends to oscillate a maximum amplitude at certain frequency.
Resonance is a powerful force multiplier. It is both a natural and artificial phenomenon whereby something moves in synchrony with another, for both good and bad. Witness how the powerful high pitched voices of soprano singers can cause wine glasses to shatter.
Marching soldiers crossing a wooden bridge at a certain rhythm can cause it to break. Even helicopters like the almighty Chinook can fall prey to Resonance! Watch this video below:
With the democratization and increasing portability of information, people’s attention span and capacity for reading has dimished at an astonishing rate. I must admit that I am one of those who suffer from this affliction.
In the past, we used to be able to plough through thick tomes of knowledge, fantasy, religion and whatever else captures our fancy. I could dawdle for hours and hours in libraries, picking up one book after another and devouring it with relish. I especially loved reading encyclopedias, and occasionally, I could read from cover to cover.
Not any more it seems. With the lure of easy information on the web, and the quick availability of bite-sized information on blogs, book summaries, wikipedia, and the like, I have become a scanner rather than a delver. Information now gets delivered to my cranium in small, often miniscule bite-sized pieces, instead of elaborate and complex frameworks.
I believe that I am not alone in this. Many have remarked that youths and teens nowadays tend to multi-task and acquire information from varied sources rather than a singular one. They do not have the stamina or patience to sit in one spot and read line after line. Short cuts, acronyms and abbreviated words seem to be the order of the day.