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Friday, August 14, 2009

Humans and monkeys

A young female of White-fronted Capuchi Monkey...Image via Wikipedia

If you are thinking that this supports the evolution theory, think again.

Well, you believe what you believe, even if it is only a theory.

And not to digress from the real news being presented, read it here:

Study: Monkeys share human preference for imitation

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Teacher who amended PSLE scripts sentenced to 8 weeks' jail

I am tempted to change the title of this news, but as I am both perplexed and amused (amused meaning entertained without any thinking), I decided to keep it the same, full text.

I mean, as there are so many students who would do anything to pass their exams, I couldn't think of a teacher to do some 'manipulation' on the test scripts – for what, or whatever, that is something else. And in Singapore? Come on.

Not to spoil the news, find out more, and read it here.

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Malaysia teacher makes student smoke to punish him

The cigarette is the most common method of smo...Image via Wikipedia

This is a harsh punishment indeed, and for one, I don't smoke.

What benefit is there from smoking? At least I do something for a cause, or for its benefit.

Is there any cause to smoke, or is there any benefit to it?

But I do agree, the punishment is unwarranted.

Read the news story here.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

A soaring tale about a grumpy old man

A new movie for the kids, both young and young at heart, educational, entertaining!


By Mayo Martin, TODAY

Posted: 05 August 2009 1014 hrs

A scene from Pixar's Up

Up is one heck of a breathtaking adventure. It's bloody hilarious. It's tenderly moving and thoroughly entertaining. That's amazing, considering it's an animated movie about a grumpy geriatric who hardly says anything and, for the most part, hobbles around.

In a tale that story- and treatment-wise sits closer to Hayao Miyazaki's wonderous Japanese films like Howl's Moving Castle than to any recent Hollywood cartoon flick, old recluse Carl Fredricksen (voiced by the great Ed Asner) and his accidental sidekick - the pudgy, over-eager Asian boy scout Russell - set out to the wilderness of South America in a flying house.

Up is filled with funny scenarios (it's not "ha-ha" funny, but ponder over the image of an old man dragging along a house when you step out of the cinema) and even funnier characters (a female bird named Kevin, a "talking dog" named Dug, and a vicious Doberman who speaks in a voice that's, well, very un-Doberman-like).

There was apprehension about how a cartoon about such a normal, albeit odd, couple would fare with audiences accustomed to more "out there" characters. And, yes, it's true that Up isn't particularly straight-forward children's fare.

But if its predecessor - Pixar's left-of-centre minimalist gem about a rusty robot named Wall*E - proves anything, it's that in the end, a good old-fashioned story will always prove to be a good story.

And in those terms, Up is, you know, right up there with the best of them.

- TODAY/yb


From; see the source article here.

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