We took Tiger Airways up to Bangkok on Monday, and flew back by “tigerair” on Thursday. I quite like the playfulness of the new logo–look at that little wink the i’s are doing!–but I keep trying to pronounce the name as written.
After a brief* hiatus from making webcomics, I’m back with old friend and long-time collaborator EEK to try doing a new comic. It’s called Chicken vs. Chocolate or Chickochoco for short, and it stars our trusty old stupid Chicken and a brand new grumpy-as-hell character.
This time, we’ve actually planned ahead and gotten at least three months’ worth of scripts ready, as opposed to how I used to wing it the night before my self-imposed posting deadline. Also, EEK will be handling most of the art while I sit around and pencil in Chicken, which is a pretty sweet deal for me. I hope he doesn’t read this.
* Nearly 3 years, to this day: the last stupidchicken comic was posted on 19 April, 2010.
This video by [code.org](http://code.org) on promoting programming in schools made its way around the Internet last week, but I never get around to watching videos until the weekend. Anyway, I’ve since watched all three versions, and none of them are _that_ inspiring, but the 5-minute one is the best, and I’ll probably show it to my students (after I destroy them with this week’s difficult programming test, giggle).
From a recent e27 article, [Google launches products to encourage entrepreneurship in the emerging markets](http://e27.sg/2012/12/06/google-launches-products-to-encourage-entrepreneurship-in-the-emerging-markets/):
> Relying on citizen cartographers, Google Map Maker started in India as a way to make better maps of the subcontinent. It is a form of crowdsourcing that has emerged that demonstrates an effective way of getting local content online. Today, the product has doubled the worlds digital maps corpus, mapping 1.5 billion people in 187 countries. The UN and aid agencies have used these user generated maps to assist and rescue millions.
I found the last two sentences of this paragraph notable because (a) they were much less clumsily written than the rest of the article, and (b) “corpus”?! Who the hell actually uses that word? So, as a former teacher who’s marked his fair share of suspicious-looking student reports, I googled.
From [Global Innovation Roundtable’s bio of Lalitesh Katragadda](http://globalinnovationroundtable.gov.in/speakers/lalitesh-katragadda.html):
> His most recent creation, Google Map Maker, doubled the worlds digital maps corpus, mapping 1.5 billion people in 187 countries. The UN and aid agencies have used these user generated maps to assist and rescue millions.
Even the missing apostrophe made it over. Lesson: Don’t plagiarise in a world with Google. Especially not in an article about Google.
(The first sentence in the quote is also copied, but a little betterâ€”at least there, the author makes an effort to paraphrase parts of para 3 in [Google’s blog entry](http://googleindia.blogspot.tw/2012/12/the-next-billion-internet-users.html).)
See also [the last time I wrote about Singapore tech blogs](http://yjsoon.com/2012/07/the-state-of-tech-blog-writing-in-singapore).
From Jakob Nielsen’s mysteriously-named usability blog Alertbox, on Windows 8:
Also, the main UI restricts users to a single window, so the product ought to be renamed “Microsoft Window.”
I don’t often link to pages I think everyone else will have seen five times over by the time I get around to them… but this made me laugh out loud and, when I got to the part on pet mortality, tear a little. I’d go hug one of my cats, but they’d just scratch my face off.
Robot Zombie! T.Rex Ninja! Alien Platypus! Robot robot!