Archive for March, 2010

Apparently Wireless@SG login pages are my “Top Sites”

March 28, 2010  |  Tags:   |  

Well done to Wireless@SG for successfully messing up my Safari Top Sites:

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The new Wireless@SGx (dubbed “SSA”, which stands for “Seamless and Secure Access”, or “Senseless and Stupid Acronym”) 802.1X-enabled hotspot service is nice though, and really does help to solve this problem – after you set it up, you don’t have to go through the above login page. Thoroughly recommended for iPhone users especially. Search for one of the three mysteriously-differently-branded-but-functionally-identical Wireless@SG on the App Store and follow the instructions to download and configure the necessary security certificates.

I’m a bit late with this, yes. I’ve been away from regular comics reading for a bit, but some of my favourites are in there:

  • Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi, 2000
  • Box Office Poison, Alex Robinson, 2001
  • Krazy & Ignatz collection, George Herriman, 2002 – I can’t quite recreate the sense of wonder I first had when I was reading this for my art class, but it still holds a special place in my heart.
  • Daredevil, Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev, 2002 – 2006
  • Y: The Last Man, Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra, 2002-2008
  • Blankets, Craig Thompson, 2003
  • DC: The New Frontier, Darwyn Cooke, 2003 – 2004
  • Bone one-volume edition, Jeff Smith, 2004 – so good I received two copies of it from Amazon by mistake (they told me I didn’t have to return it, so I gave it away.)
  • All-Star Superman, Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely, 2006 – 2008

The comments in the post are also a joy to browse, too. Makes me happy just knowing that there are so many more great stories out there waiting to be discovered.

What I’d add to my personal “best of” list for the past decade:

  • Transmetropolitan, Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson, 1997-2002
  • Barry Ween: Boy Genius, Judd Winick, 1999 – 2002
  • Planetary, Warren Ellis and John Cassaday, 1999-2009
  • It’s a Bird, Steven T. Seagle and Teddy Kristiansen, 2005
  • Superman: Secret Identity, Kurt Busiek and Stuart Immonen, 2005
  • We3, Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely, 2005
  • Seven Soldiers of Victory, Grant Morrison and various artists, 2006
  • Nextwave, Warren Ellis and Stuart Immonen, 2006-2007

Okay, so I snuck in some 90s series, but they ended in the 00s, right? I guess I should tone down the Warren Ellis love-fest.

Useless book suggestions

March 8, 2010  |  Tags: ,   |  

My friend Andrew asked on Facebook:

Anyone keen on writing a “The Student’s Guide to…” book? Let me know.

So, who had useless suggestions for Andrew? ME ME ME OOH YES CHOOSE ME PLEASE! The Students’ Guide to:

  • Creating senseless online comics in under 2 hours a week (bonus: How not to feel guilty about neglecting the site for weeks at a go!)
  • Making actually-light-hearted-but-which-may-come-across-as-sarcastic Facebook comments (sorry)
  • Making PDF selling websites that you don’t have time to develop further and which don’t net your only client any sales. At all. (Sorry)
  • Apologising through Facebook comments
  • Making lists
  • Extending lists
  • Overdoing a joke

I’m actually really happy for Andrew and his two wonderful books on “The Student’s Guide to Life” and “The Student’s Guide to Exam Success” (buyable from Aktive Learning or the aforementioned neglected PDF-selling website experiment). Back in 2008, he’d given me copies to give away to my graduating form class, which covered for my thorough lack of imagination in graduation gifts. I’m happy to see it’s doing well on the Popular Bookstore charts.

Recently, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that Andrew is publishing “Diary of a Taxi Driver” by Dr. Cai Mingjie, Singapore’s most educated taxi driver and blogger. Good stuff. I hope Dr. Cai’s writing finds the audience it deserves – his poignant memoirs are always among the first articles I consume from my Instapaper reading list.