Well, I’m just misunderstood.

“Spawns are cute as they are evil.

I think I did most of my writing in sharing my opinion on why I think SMRT is approaching translation in the wrong way.

Interesting comments, one point I did not really address is the benefit that Mandarin translations give some commuters. If this is a benefit, perhaps SMRT should have been fair and make announcements in all the four major languages: English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil.

But even then, would everybody be happy? When does it end?

At the end of the day, my point was simple, we should all be communicating on a general level, and that means using English. Not out of superiority, but practicality. It’s none of the races’ native languages, but it also seems that language, race and culture all go much deeper than that. That didn’t go so well with some of the commenters, but none of them addressed the disparity when it came to how our Malay and Tamil friends felt about not hearing train station names announced in their languages. Wouldn’t it benefit the elderly in their communities as well?

If you have an opinion, you should take part in the discourse.

Well, on to today’s Curated Day!


Why video games DO belong in the Museum of Modern Art

What do I think? Well, video games are definitely interactive, immersive and you do communicate within the borders of a virtual world, yet each experience of gaming is unique even if there is usually only one outcome. If it’s art, it’s probably one of the most visceral forms.

As a genre, videogames take our minds on journeys, and we can control and experience them much more interactively than passively – especially when they are well designed. So the creators of a game haven’t “ceded the responsibility” of their personal visions; rather, they allow a space for users to construct their own personal experiences, or ask questions as art does.


After reading the article, I couldn’t help but want to be there just to feel displaced.

The Chromosaturation creates an artificial environment composed of three color chambers: one red, one green and one blue, that immerse the visitor in a completely monochrome situation. This experience creates disturbances in the retina, accustomed to receive wide range of colors simultaneously.


Oblivion (Grimes Cover) – Slowwkid

Not usually one for covers, but I thought this was interpreted fascinatingly enough. Evokes the same ethereal vibe when hearing the original, but it’s different because it’s a male’s falsetto. And that’s what makes it spooky.


Genesis (Live @ Good Records) – Grimes

Sort of enamoured with Grimes at the moment. Same YouTube debates of talent vs. cuteness. Well, maybe she’s like my fascination with Uffie, and I am that shallow and skin deep.

Live on KEXP – The xx

Since you feature one hipster, you might as well feature two! I really did enjoy the second album by The xx, and it’s a pleasant setlist of songs and interviews. They really excel in intimacy, minimalism and just getting things across in as little as possible. I could learn a thing or two from them.




I didn’t need to come up with a better headline because the event’s title is pretty much the perfect blend of awesomesauce.

I grew up reading zines here and there, in between buying CDs, loving the DIY aesthetic and reading the opinions of tastemakers, or just people who saw that a life worth living, was a life worth expressing. Zines have a special place in my heart, and now something spectacular is happening round the corner.

GRAPHME ZINE LABS is holding A MOSH! Like a party, ABOUT ZINES. Seriously, zines are the original blog. These analog folk were doing it gonzo style, democratic, anarchic, way before any of this social media bullshite hit the giant fan in the sky.

The mosh features works by Le Messie, Amanda S, Twistii, Zxerokool and Sheryo just to name a few.

It’s happening tomorrow, so be sure to hit up the details and get your pasty hipster butts to the Goodman Arts Centre!



Venue: 90 Goodman Road – Goodman Arts Centre – Block B #05-06
Date: 15 October 2011 till 16 October 2011
Time: 8PM, Saturday – 2PM, Sunday
Event RSVP

GRAPHEME’s exhibition is open till the end of this Saturday, 22 October 2011, everyday from 1PM – 9PM


MDBC Totem

MDBC Totem

Image credit: ghostly / matthew dear

When forward thinking electronica producer, Matthew Dear, and his label, Ghostly International released Dear’s 3rd full length album, “Black City”, a limited edition (100 pieces) MDBC Totem was also unleashed as “an entreaty to listeners everywhere to reconsider our relationship to music in the digital era.”

The totems were created by renowned product designers Constantin and Laurene Boym of Boym Partners in New York, recipients of the 2009 National Design Award for Product Design. Each totem is a sculptural representation of themes found in Black City, and acts as a conduit to Dear’s music.

Found inscribed with a unique four-character suffix, this code allows users to access a private page on, where Black City may be streamed in its entirely from any web-accessed computer, or downloaded.

The MDBC Totem and other Ghostly essentials can be found at their online store.

Making of the MDBC Totem:

Matthew Dear – MDBC Totem from Ghostly International on Vimeo.