Friday, April 18, 2008

YouTube and You

I watched a few laughing babies videos (plus some cool talents) just now. It was great. I haven't laugh like this for quite a while. I think I just hurt my jaws grinning.

Well, something hit me. No, it wasn't a ghost. Just a thought.

All these videos on the Internet. People are putting videos of their babies so other people will watch and laugh. It's like America's Funniest Home Video - minus the cash for winning the title. The babies will be an instant star.

Imagine when the babies are all grown up. And they discovered that their baby videos are all over the Internet for people to see. And the videos show how they made face in front of the camera.

"Mom! You did that?"

"It was nothing honey."

"That is embarrassing."

"Nobody knows it was you."

"But still..."

This is like when your boyfriend is coming over and your parents show all your pictures. How silly you looked like. How ugly you looked like when Daddy didn't buy the present you want. How weird you look like as a baby. But with motion and sound included. And sometimes a theme song.

"That was you?"

"Ermm... Well... Yeah."

"Haha... I laughed at that video some few months ago. It was on YouTube. I never thought it was you."


Embarassing moments are to be shared. What a good laugh is for if the world can't have it? Mommies and Daddies, bring the video cams wherever you go. Or at least have your camera phone ready (with lots of space for videos!) and embarrass your children when the time comes.


Sunday, April 13, 2008

Two Cents

Last night I bought a Fillet-O-Fish, a large fries, a large Coke and some pies at the McD's near my house. Two separate purchases because the guy at the counter punched in my meal without the pies. For both purchases the digits shown at the machine were round. With zeros at the back. It was kinda weird actually. The joy of paying the bill actually lies in scouring through pockets and wallets to beat the guy or the girl at the counter.

"Wait. I have 7 cents!"

"Aww... 2 cents short."

"Hey, I have 6 cents. Aww... Too late. Now I have lots of 1 cent coins."

"One. Two. Three. Hey, you have one cent?"

I'm going to miss those moments now.

The government is currently promoting the rounding up or down for everything. No more 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8 or 9 ending the digits in your receipt. You will only see 0 or 5. 1 cent is still valid for the time being but will be phased out. Anyone know when?

I think I'm going to miss a lot more than competing with the fast food guy on who can put 1 cent coins on the counter faster.

Remember back then in school the Maths teacher asked us to trace coins on papers and cut them up and paste them into books according to the given values? 1 cent coin got some sort of "special treatment" - I traced the coin with my brown pencil colour. "Because the coin is brown." (Bronze, actually). I only use my pencil for 5 cent, 10 cent, 20 cent and 50 cent coins.

And remember when we used to have competitions between classes? The "1 Cent Coins" competition. I don't know what other people call that. Classes compete with each other in collecting 1 cent coins. The class with the highest number of coins collected win some prize. The collected coins go to the school. Another twist is the collected coins will be used to create or decorate structures.

I guess kids don't do that in school anymore. So, phasing out the coins maybe is a good thing to do. Rounding up or down price perhaps is a good practice. There are many people who wants to avoid the hassle created by 1 cent coins.

I guess the coin boxes at the McD's counter will have to wait a bit longer to fill up after all 1 cent coins are phased out.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Play A Game and Feed A Guy

Or a girl. A child. A mom. A dad. A grandpa or a grandma. A nobody. Anybody.

I stumbled upon a site that is fun and rewarding at the same time. At least for people who enjoy testing their vocabulary.

FreeRice is a site where you play vocabulary game by picking the correct answer to each of the word given. If you answer correctly you will get a harder word next. If you fail to do so, you will be given an easier one. Each correct answer will add 20 rice grains to your bowl. Wrong answers will not be penalised.

20 grains of rice is a small amount you say? Multiple that with 20 correct answer and you can feed a person a meal. Scoring 20 questions right is not at all difficult. As I am writing this post now I have been clicking on more words than my usual. Mindlessly. Guess what? I hit my second 2000-grains-a-day record in a week. (^_^)

This is actually fun. Seriously. And good too. This is serious game of gaining rice for donation. The rice will be donated to UN World Food Program to help combating hunger. 20 grains of rice is a lot better than nothing at all, so even if you hit one and only one correct answer, that is good enough. Really.

So how do these people managed to donate rice? And why do you need to play the game to donate some 20 grains of rice? At the bottom of the screen there is a banner rotator where the people running the site will be paid for each displayed banner. When you choose an answer, the screen refreshes, the ad changes and ka-ching. The site gets paid and they use the money to buy rice. Simple.

So play this game and do some good. (^_^)