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we’re so young, we have no more time

Until the day I actually produce fruit from my loins, the thing I’m most proud of is still “Radio Station Forgot To Play My Favourite Song“, my FYP about Singapore rock music from my halcyon NTU years. People seemed to dig it a fair bit back in the day, which was really just the cherry on top for us as Gavin, Jason and I had a fucking blast making the thing. We were/are MoreBetter Produktions (to be spoken in a Malay accent, please) and the coolest kids in town (read: Jalan Bahar Live Firing Area) for awhile after making our beloved rockumentary.

We even managed to score a short trip to NYC (sans Gav, sorry Gav) for the New York Expo in 2003 (incidentally its last year – our fault?). It still gets an occasional screening now and then at a couple local film or music events here and there, which is always lovely.

A couple days back, Willy alerted me to the fact that Sean from Black Isle Studios seems to have unearthed it somehow and posted it on Youtube, at the same time giving us great props on SOFT. Thanks, Sean.

The 3 of us have always enjoyed the compliments over the years but its also a little sad that none of us are within even sniffing distance of the hotshit rockumentarians we were 5 years ago – in fact we’ve all joined the SYSTEM and are civil servants now. If there were still anything remotely creative and edgy left in us, it probably would’ve been shat out of us by now. Sadly, we’re fading away instead of burning out. At least we still try to have our weekly beer sessions, which had its beginnings in RSFTPMFS’s preproduction stages.

In any case, at the risk of seeming irredeemably gauche, I’m posting our one and only rockumentary in its triptych’ed, flickery-texted, FLV’ed glory here.

Radio Station Forgot To Play My Favourite Song – Part 1

Radio Station Forgot To Play My Favourite Song – Part 2

Radio Station Forgot To Play My Favourite Song – Part 3

Great times, those.

Just in case you skip the credits, here’re the songs so generously loaned to us to score our rockumentary, all great songs from great Singapore bands.

“Never Be Alone”Chou Pi Jiang

“Spacemen Over Malaysia”, “Last Nite I Said Goodbye”, “Siti”, “Liberator”Force Vomit

“Sad But True”Rudra

“Losing You”Astreal

“One Big Happy Family”Humpback Oak

“Radio Station” – The Padres

Incidentally, social media ace Kevin Lim posted his own Singapore rockumentary just a month ago. Good shit but pity bout the quality loss. Also, Joe Ng is freaking Peter Pan, man.

Need to shout out to Willyour very own Stu Sutcliffe – for letting us bounce ideas off him during our many many brainstorming beer binges at Holland Village and still got left out of the credits.

Also to Don Bosco, who shot the Force Vomit video “(Are You) My Number One”, but whom we unfortunately left out of the credits. Sorry, Don.

Grace has very kindly uploaded RSFTPMFS on Vimeo here, so you can enjoy it in a single chunk.


mediacorp content for public use

According to CNA, Mediacorp is digitising its archive for use by the public. For a moment, I got quite excited and thought they might be considering a move like what the BBC did with the Creative Archive Licence Group. Doesn’t seem so likely after reading though.

Here’s what Henry Lim, Mediacorp deputy CEO (Corporate Services) has to say about it:

“From the users’ perspective, it is not about technology. It is about the ability to access content and how this content comes to them. For example, one of the research that we are looking at is how we can process the same content that we have and deliver it through various platforms like mobile phones, TV and even to high definition (TV) by using the same stream of delivery.”

Here’s the MDA quote from Michael Yap, deputy CEO of MDA:

“We are always looking to encourage our industry, particularly big industry players like MediaCorp, to move into R&D. So, one of the things we will looking at in MDA is to help to incentivise and facilitate MediaCorp in going deeper into R&D, and create more innovative and exciting genres of programmes.”

Unfortunately, there’s no mention of remixing content by the public ala Creative Commons, which would be massive news, but then totally uncharacteristic of Mediacorp. What it does sound like is tapping archived material for paid viewing by way of MobTV. Which is alright, I suppose.

While the digitisation process seems interesting, what with the metadata and image recognition technology, it would have been nice to see them do something culturally progressive like offering the archives under Creative Commons licensing. But then again, they do have this creepy and faintly embarrassing attitude towards intellectual property.

And what’s with that non sequitur about creating more innovative and exciting genres of programmes“? I’m not really sure thats under R&D, man.

power to the people

Please excuse the hackneyed title post, but I just read the most compelling argument for blogging as citizen activism ever.

For those who think that we are cocooned in our safe little online havens, we are not. The government monitors our blogs. They have to. It isn’t just about security threats; they need to know what we think. They need to know what concerns us. And events like the Wee Shu Min incident shows how much power and influence we can actually have on them. Sure, the beauty of the incident, is that not everyone agreed with each other. A number of people sympathised with Derek Wee’s post; a number didn’t as well. A number of people thought like, and still think like Wee Shu Min, and do believe that in a meritocratic system, “survival of the fittest” is a way of life. Yet more believed that this ought not to be the case in any nation-state with a government machinery that was to serve the citizenry. It isn’t really a question of who is more right or who is more wrong – the important thing is that there was a proliferation of debate. Everyone had a view because it hit so close to home. Sure, a number of people got carried away with mud-slinging and condescending abuse (which a number of people also said that they did not agree with); but for the most part, everyone was talking. Everyone felt strongly enough this subject to not want to keep it under the carpet.

And the result? MP Wee Siew Kim was forced to address the concerns in the national newspaper. He did not have to; the majority who did not read the online blogs and visit the forums would not have known any better. But he did.

After giving it further thought, I guess the real consequence of the online debate was an apology from an MP – which admittedly, is a rare and wondrous thing – but there hasn’t been really much of a revolution or actual policy change as a result of the whole affair. So not really activism as I see it.

Nevertheless, a definite sense of change is in the air, and I’m pretty damn excited to see how we’ll go from here.

So please, please go to Coffee and Cigarettes to read the rest.

tomorrow’s the big day…

this is the best thing i’ve read so far regarding the elections; it pretty much sums up everything for me – minus the emo-ness lah…

From Sammyboy’s Forum

donoghue wrote…

Listening to Low Thia Khiang’s speech at the AMK rally literally moved me to tears. I have always been patriotic, until the age of 16 I never missed a single NDP and I would cry if for some reason I couldn’t watch it live. I would record it on tape and watch it again and again. Lee Kuan Yew was my hero. I used to think ‘this great man has done so much for Singapore.’ My heart swelled with pride whenever I saw them play his life-story on the big screen during NDP, his communist fighting days and independence from Malaysia, etc.

However, as I grew older, I became disillusioned. The turning point for me was the Cheng San incident in 1997. I was shocked that my ‘hero’ could stoop so low, to attack Tang Liang Hong and Jeyaretnam, and twist the law in their own favour. With my newfound curiosity, I started researching on my own, including reading books like ‘To Catch a Tartar’ by Francis Seow, and ‘The Hatchet Man of Singapore’ by JBJ. I have an autographed copy of the book, signed by JBJ himself, on his 79th birthday no less. I will always remember buying it from him outside the SIR building at Lavender. He was so humble and obliging when I asked for his autograph.

I was incredibly moved when I heard Mr Low’s speech. I truly admire the courage of the Ang Mo Kio ‘Suicide Six’ and I hope they won’t lose their deposits. I feared the worst, but when I saw the pictures of the Ang Mo Kio rally, I now am certain that they won’t lose their deposits. For six young first-timers, challenging the Prime Minister with all his heavy machinery, is no small task. They come across as very human, and I think they themselves have felt daunted at times.
But Mr Low said ‘daring to die (gan2 si3) is much better than being afraid to die (pa4 si3).’ This captured my sentiments exactly.

For too long, Singaporeans have been afraid to stand up for what they believe in. This is typified by the “all talk, no action”, risk-averse mindset. All my Singaporean friends are concerned only with their own self interest, their own careers and their own social life. No one cares about their community, society or the nation. When I started my own business some years ago at the age of 21, people sneered at me and laughed. They said I should go and study hard and try to get a government job. That’s why Glenda’s story is truly an inspiration for me. She was 22 when she started her own business.

Something dawned upon me at 2 am in the morning, as I listened to Mr Low’s speech on my headphones. I learnt that COURAGE IS NOT THE ABSENCE OF FEAR. IT IS THE WILL TO ACT IN SPITE OF IT.

The ‘Suicide Six’ and the whole WP team has shown immense courage, they are a true inspiration to Singaporeans, far more so than the gutless, faceless, anonymous PAP MPs who ‘walkover’ into Parliament hiding behind the shadows of their anchor Ministers. What’s more, all these people had to be PERSUADED to join politics. They had to be invited to tea. And they miss Parliamentary sittings, they miss meet-the-people sessions.

Where is the justice when people like that get to represent us, whereas courageous, lion-hearted, passionate people like the “Suicide Six” and Steve Chia (who pledged FOUR MONTHS of his MP allowance to CCK, swore to move house to CCK if elected, and also GAVE OUT HIS HANDPHONE NUMBER during a rally) are derided as ‘troublemakers’ and their contributions mocked and scorned?

These 9 days have been life-changing for me.

I think we all know what the results will be tomorrow. In all honesty, I’d like to optimistic, but I truly think the PAP will sweep 83 out of 84 seats. Only Mr Low will be re-elected (with a large majority), with Sylvia and Chiam as NCMPs. But the PAP has been rocked. Their percentage of votes will drop from 75% to 65%, which is a huge decrease. The seeds of democracy have been sown, and in 2011 I am sure the winds of change will blow. Singapore needs people like this to revitalise the nation. I hope that they don’t give up, and continue to fight for people like you and me.

I’d also like to thank those of you who courageously took videos and audio clips of the rallies. Without you, people like me (I’m in the UK) will never have gotten a chance to know what REALLY transpired on the ground, with CNA’s biased reporting and all.

I would just like to appeal to my fellow Singaporeans, not to let these brave people down. Show a bit of courage yourselves, overcome your fears, and vote WP this election. Every vote counts, because every vote for the WP makes a two-vote difference (1 more for WP, 1 less for PAP). They will read out your NRIC number and your name. They will print serial numbers on the ballot paper. But please, don’t let these brave people down and show a bit of courage yourselves.

That is the ONLY way forward for Singapore.

Linked from Singapore Election Watch.

election madness!

Here are some alternative sources of information on the ongoing elections. Always good to have a well-rounded perspective on things. Most links courtesy of Mr Cherian George







High Browse also has recommended literature for you here and here.

update: Can find a good roundup on Wikipedia too.