Sheylara, Geek Goddess and Simply Jean featured on front page of Popcorn

Well, that was yesterday and I only managed to get a copy of the paper in the evening.

Popcorn is the teenage section of 联合早报, Singapore’s largest Chinese newspaper (in terms of circulation, not physical size, duh).

Don’t ask me what we’re doing in the teenage section. We just are.

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In case you can read Chinese, click on the image to see a bigger, readable version.

If you can’t, I guess I’ll tell you what the feature was about.

On May 23, one of the founding fathers of the Internet, Vint Cerf, was in Singapore to give a talk about Google and about the future of the Internet.

I wanted to blog about that event but I had forgotten to bring my camera that night so I didn’t have photos of the event. And since my mind is always crowded with too many projects and events, not having any photos of an event means it doesn’t exist. Haha.

I only remembered it when this news article came out.

Yeah, so, anyway, Popcorn did a story on Vint Cerf and his talk, which is the main front page story, while ours is a supplement feature of that story.

Four of us, Estee, Jean, Benjamin and myself, were invited to the talk and to be interviewed by the newspaper.

Yes, I know I’m very biased because I didn’t put Benjamin’s name in my blog title. But I don’t know him leh… I only know the girls. Haha.

We were asked what we liked about the Internet, whether we could envision life without the Internet and what we thought the Internet would be like in the future.

We were also asked many other things, but I suppose there’s not enough space on the page to cover everything.

The interview was conducted in English because I can’t express my thoughts well in Mandarin. I think the writer, Marcus Yeo, did a fantastic job of translating my words.

Basically, I said, “In a nutshell, the Internet is about connecting people and making information accessible. One of the things I like best about the Internet is MMORPGs. When I was little, I used to read fairytale novels and watch fairytale movies and wish I could be part of that magical fantasy world. MMORPGs allow me to do that!”

I also said, “If the Internet were to suddenly cease to exist, it would be like the world has suffered a global blackout. We would all feel isolated (at least I would).”

Something like that.

I think the photo they took of me during the interview is quite nice. So I’m happy. Haha.

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Google filters itself as spam. Haha!

I recently signed up for this service called Google Alerts, which sends me the latest results of my specified search terms.

I’ve set it up so I get an e-mail when a site links to sheylara.com. It’s not 100% because I know some sites linked to me recently and I didn’t get an alert. But that’s alright because it’s just for fun.

Well, this morning, I went digging into my Gmail spam folder to find errant e-mails. Once in a while, legit e-mails get caught by the spam filter and that’s when you tell your friends to be more personable and stop writing like spam bots.

And this is what I saw in my spam folder.

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See the Google Alerts e-mail in there? Hahaha! Google filters itself as spam! Hahaha! Great wtf moment here.

But I guess we can also take that as a sign of Google’s professionalism and credibility. Still funny, though.

Side note: Check out the link on top of the spam folder.

French Fry Spam Casserole! ROFL. One of the funnier instances of targeted marketing. I wonder what this guy will think if he knows that his ads are appearing in someone’s spam folder which is filled with disgusting junk selling services of a questionable nature.

I wish men would stop buying these online services to lengthen themselves or whatever. You are the cause of the endless flood of spam we’re getting every day!!! YOU don’t get your e-mail folder spammed by retailers selling you boob jobs and anti-aging facial creams or whatever, so I don’t see why I have to get spammed by rubbish websites trying to sell me lengthening meat-increasing gizmos which I don’t need!!!

Yes. I blame the consumers, not the retailers.

It gives me an indication of the number of desperate men out there.

Please, stop.

I’ve veered off topic but, actually, I have no particular topic. It’s a Sunday! And I’m going to play Rock Band later! =)

Have a great whatever’s left of your Sunday!