Beauty is only Theme Deep

I don’t mean to brag but it rocks that my colleagues (at least those who sit around me) are not IT inclined.  Hehe.  ‘Cos when I’m really bored at work (like now), and don’t have any urgent things to handle, I can brazenly upload new themes using a FTP programme… knowing full well that even if they see it on my screen, they’ll probably mistake it for Windows Explorer.  Muahahahahahaha.

I’ve uploaded tons of themes recently… but this is my latest haul… all are widget friendly, though I’ve not got the chance to test them on IE & other browsers like Safari, Opera and Chrome (so far all work in Firefox).

Some of the themes don’t have a line spacing between paragraphs either… and I’m not sure if I’ll be able to fix it using what Kelwin taught the last time… guess I’ll try at a later date.

Anyway, here’re the screenshots of the latest themes I’ve uploaded & some initial comments on them:


Azure & Iceman didn’t like this… actually I don’t really like it either…though I thought the planet theme was rather cool.



I liked this really fresh look… except I couldn’t get the line spacing between paragraphs.



Uploaded… then decided I didn’t really like it.  Haha.



I think this is cool… not tested on other browsers yet.



Quite like this except that the banner picture says “Veelove World” and I can’t change the jpeg image.  Works in IE & Firefox so that’s great.



Very neat layout… but I don’t really like the colour & there’s the line spacing problem again.  Argh.



Looks good except for the line spacing problem AGAIN!  What’s with these authors!  Can’t they space out their stuff!



Got a little too blue & green for me…



This looks promising… haven’t had a chance to test it.



This looks good too… shall test it when I’m in a “Hong-Kongy” mood.

Okie!  Time to meet Iceman at the tailor.  Ciao!

Parliament passes new Bill to manage law and order

By Asha Popatlal, Channel NewsAsia | Posted: 13 April 2009 2057 hrs

SINGAPORE: A new Bill to manage public law and order has been passed in Parliament.

It rationalises current rules for public assemblies and processions by moving away from rulings based on the number of persons involved in these activities.

Instead the focus is on whether the activity may have a disruptive effect on the public.

Scenes of disruption like those at international meetings such as the G20 meeting in London and more recently, the failed ASEAN Summit in Thailand’s Pattaya, are common.

But that’s exactly what Singapore, which will later this year host the APEC meetings where many world leaders are expected to attend, wants to avoid.

That is why it is introducing new legislation at this time.

The new Public Order Act rationalises the existing two Bills – the Public Entertainments and Meetings Act (PEMA) and the Miscellaneous Offences Act (MOA).

At the heart of the Public Order Act is one key philosophy.

Second Minister for Home Affairs, Mr K Shanmugam, said: "The approach is to seek the optimal balance between the freedom to exercise political rights while not affecting public safety security and not affecting stability.

"Have we gotten that balance right? Well, ask yourselves two questions. In our region, which country would you rather be in? And amongst the countries in the world which became independent in the 1950s and 60s, which country would you rather be in?

"The answer to these questions would be the answer to the main question I asked."

Under the new Bill, three types of activities will require permits: Those that demonstrate support for or against views or actions of any person, group of persons or any government; those that publicises a cause or campaign; and those that mark or commemorate any event.

Many sporting and recreational activities will be exempted. This means that 50 per cent of activities that now require permits will no longer be regulated by permit.

There will also be changes to the penalty regime. First-time offenders will be fined and repeat offenders will face stiffer penalties.

The Act will also give police officers new powers to issue pre-emptive "move-on" orders, which will be in written form, ordering demonstrators not to congregate at the intended rally area, or give them a chance to leave without getting arrested.

Currently, police can only observe and warn a person if an offence has been committed and follow up with investigations after the event. The police can only arrest the person on the spot if it is a seizable offence such as for carrying weapons.

Mr Shanmugam said: "If a person complies with the order and leaves the designated area, no offence will be made out against him. By giving the person in the first instance, an opportunity to cooperate with the law enforcement authorities, the move-on powers bridge the current gap of ‘doing nothing’ and ‘outright arrest’."

The police will also get special powers for international events, which Mr Shanmugam describes as "trophy targets for terrorists", where they can search people and personal property.

And learning from the Mumbai terrorist incident, the police will have powers to stop the filming of ongoing security operations and seize such materials so that operations are not compromised.

Police could even take such a person, who is believed to have such a film or picture, into custody if he refuses to stop filming or surrender his materials. But this does not apply to routine police duties.

– CNA/ir

The Exception & the Norm – When Ignorance is Bliss

Two of my friends got attached recently and although I know the guy better, it was the girl who “accidentally” let slip that she had a boyfriend.  I suspect that the slip wasn’t that accidental because she knew that I had questioned the guy previously when they were still dating, on whether he was interested in her or not, and thus she probably guessed that I would probe more into who’s her boyfriend, thereby giving her the opportunity to divulge the “secret” to me.

Through our chats in the past week, I sensed she was trying to find out where she weighs in my friend’s heart from me.  Actually, that’s the very reason why I suspected they were dating – ‘cos I felt she was trying to befriend me, in order to find out more about the guy.  I was in quite a dilemma over what to tell her when we met for dinner last week because I could see she was hanging onto every word I said about my observations about the guy and his ex-girlfriend (not that I know much about it anyway).

While I think the guy is a great person and fantastic friend – sincere, generous and kind (he never once badmouthed some hateable colleagues of his), I get the inkling that he isn’t quite the ideal boyfriend material.  I always got the impression that the guy was secretive about his past relationship because he knew it wasn’t working out, but yet he didn’t want to let go of it before he found another girlfriend.  My conclusion then was that a swinging bachelor in his late 30s is unlikely to settle down… and it’s just unfortunate that his next girlfriend turned out to be this pleasant, albeit insecure, girl.

I’m not very confident that this relationship of theirs will work out, though for both their sakes, I do hope this girl will be the exception rather than the norm, and that the guy will not let her down.  From what I heard, things have been good so far.  I think I’m going to make an effort to steer the conversation away from their relationship and my opinion of the guy as a boyfriend the next time the girl initiates chats with me.  This is a foreseeable mess I want to avoid – plus, I know regardless of whether the guy is in the right or wrong, I’m likely to be on his side, because he’s my friend (the girl’s really more an acquaintance and now I consider her the girlfriend of my friend).

Ignorance is sometimes bliss.