Culture

Ozzy Osbourne Remembers Lemmy: ‘He Was My Hero’ | Rolling Stone

If you’re a fan of Motörhead, you might still be thinking of or mourning at the passing of frontman, Lemmy Kilmister. I’m not too educated on the way Lemmy chose to live his life, but I always felt that his music did the talking. Born to lose, lived to win. Perhaps it’s especially the way he approached the music of Motörhead, that made him such a force to reckon with. Say what you mean, mean what you say. Life’s too short for regrets, live it to the full extent of your abilities and count your blessings. Maybe that’s why Ozzy Osbourne was able to give such a heartfelt eulogy in his contribution to Rolling Stone

You know what? There goes a hero for me. He was my hero. He was fucking great, a good friend. I’m missing him already. I’ll never forget him. I don’t think a lot of people will forget Lemmy. He’ll be so missed in my camp. He was a good guy, a good man, a good friend of mine. He was just a fucking great dude, man. Not enough time for him.

Also, just reading about what a voracious reader Lemmy was, makes me crack into a smile. It’s as if his appetite for life, translated into an appetite for knowledge. Maybe he had an appetite for meaning.

To look at Lemmy, you’d never think he was as educated as he was. People look at the music we do and the way we look, and they go, “Oh, this bunch is a bunch of yobbos. They don’t know what they’re doing. They’re bad people.” But it’s not true. Lemmy looks like an old biker, but he was so well read. He was very up on a lot of things. He was a very clever guy. On his bus on the first tour, he had a plaid suitcase and all he had in there was a pair of knickers and a pair of socks, and the rest was books. When he stayed with us, he’d stay in the library for three days, reading fucking books. And if I got up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night, he’d still be reading. And I’d go, “Why don’t you sleep?”

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Culture, Journal

My Week in Photos: 2015-52

The last week of 2015 was a cool one, weather wise. The end of of the year is usually colder in Singapore as the monsoon season kicks into high gear. I was indoors most times, either at work, or while having a break at home with my video games. However, the times I found myself outside of work or home settings, were usually at places of food and the company of my partner, who has been encouraging me with taking these photos, and giving her own inputs as well.

Despite the lack of external stimuli, the week has been an exercise in composition, and I find myself gravitating toward empty space. I’m not too sure how that plays into my attempts at photography, but perhaps I wanted to evoke a sense of barreness due to the colder temperatures.

The only one I wished I could have improved on much more, is the shot of the sea cucumbers on a bed of ice. The textures were foreign to the usual urbanscapes I’m familiar with, yet, I don’t think I did it much justice.

You can see the entire collection-in-progress here.

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Culture

F ∆ U X E let’s me know about the new H Y B R D T H R Y release by M N C H S. It’s All Good is an easy, lazy beat that would effortlessly find itself at home vibing in the warm summers of the streets, or in Singapore’s case, the cool, almost perfect morning’s of our monsoon season.

Doesn’t matter, it’s an apt vibe for the last few days of 2015 as you enjoy personal, lazy moments, taking stock of 2016 and planning for 2016.

It’s all good.

It’s All Good can be downloaded here.

H Y B R D T H R Y can be found here.

F ∆ U X E can be found here.

H Y B R D T H R Y drops It’s All Good by M N C H S – And it’s GOOD

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Culture

Lemmy, lead singer of Motörhead, dies at 70 | The Guardian

The Guardian reports on Motörhead frontman, Lemmy Kilmister’s passing on Tuesday, 29 December 2015.

He lived till 70 years of age, and despite battling cancer in the final moments of his life, I think he had a rich life experience, one that wasn’t about looking back, but living in the moment, making the most of things. Or in the words of one of their most iconic songs, Ace of Spades:

If you like to gamble, I’m your man. You win some, you lose some, makes no difference to me

As the Motörhead Facebook fan page dedicates:

Born to lose, lived to win

Play it LOUD.

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Business, Technology

Danielle Fong of LightSail Energy Fights to Get Past the Clean-Energy Startup Pinch | MIT Technology Review.

Danielle Fong, Co-founder and Chief Scientist of LightSail Energy, Inc. says

I will admit a fair amount of frustration. There are a dozen venture-funded apps to pick up your dry cleaning.

The basic story is that research and development costs money, yet, there (arguably) might not be enough funding. What comes to mind is that the capitalist market is driven by the forces of, “buying a better version of myself”, rather than “buying a better planet”.

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Technology

How the 10 Breakthrough Technologies of 2015 Advanced in the Past Year | MIT Technology Review

MIT Technology Review has helpfully put together a list that summarises some technology milestones of 2015, and where they are today.

As with the slowing economy and looming recession, mobile payments (Apple Pay) wasn’t exactly the game changer as predicted, but in developing countries, exciting developments in food production (supercharged photosynthesis), water production (megascale desalination) and internet access (Project Loon).

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Culture

J.J. Abrams talks about why that scene had to happen in Star Wars: The Force Awakens | Polygon.

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According to J.J. Abrams, Director of Star Wars – The Force Awakens:

We knew we had to do something fucking bold… The only reason why Kylo Ren has any hope of being a worthy successor is because we lose one of the most beloved characters.

I absolutely agree with this statement. It was the boldest thing done in the movie, and probably one of the only ways the franchise could move forward instead of back. From a plot perspective, this scene was absolutely necessary as it sets up a lot of different character motivations for the new characters introduced, and we’ll see a much darker Episode VIII with a worthy resolution in Episode IX

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Affairs

This White Dude Was a Boss in the Chinese Mafia

One of the first things that John pointed out is that gangsters kill gangsters and criminals kill criminals. He said that idiots killed civilians.

VICE interviews the author of the book, White Devil, Bob Halloran. I think it makes for a pretty fascinating story, because the Chinese community tends to be underrepresented in American literature, and there’s this story of someone outside the community who was assimilated into it.

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