Monthly Archives: May 2016
The above image is from USA Today.
Why do we find anti-heroes appealing?
Well, for starters, they don’t set impossible standards for us to follow.
I wrote a blog post before, comparing anti-heroes and goody-two-shoes heroes, and here’s the relevant bit that contributes to this discussion.
“In most Japanese anime/drama/manga, the good guys never kill. And the bad guys are those who do. Whatever their reasons may be. I just finished watching an episode of Kindaichi where the “villain”, and I am reluctant to call him one, killed off the people responsible for trapping his father and himself in a cave for 12 years. Of course, his elderly father died during the early days of their confinement and the boy had to live on rats and water. For 12 years.
I thought his revenge was well justified. And too tame since the culprits were killed rather quickly without time to truly repent for their past misdeed. But since this drama had to fit in with Japanese ideas about crime and punishment, the righteous avenger became the “villain” and quietly surrendered to the cops in order to repay his “debts” to society.
I couldn’t help wondering. What debts?” Read the rest of this entry
Don’t place all your hopes on the security guards and the mall’s CCTV network.
Recently, a mother who used the Level 4 nursing room at Westgate left her iPhone 6 in the room. When she returned mere minutes later, the phone was already gone. The story of her loss was posted on All Singapore Stuff‘s website and Facebook page, where it attracted numerous comments from well-wishers.
One sympathetic well-wisher advised the distraught mother to approach the security team at the mall. That’s actually good advice because security guards are usually the ones handling Lost & Found items. But the well-wisher also advised her to request mall security to playback the CCTV footage in the vicinity of the nursing room and to retrieve a copy of the footage so that she may upload it to the internet. Well, with thousands of internet-users viewing the video clip, someone is bound to be able to identify the thief. But should we get our hopes up?
Speaking as a security guard myself, I have to say no. Read the rest of this entry
And I apologize for my previous post, What’s Wrong With Guards Gone Wild!?, where I said it will cost me money to put up a poll on my blog. I just didn’t study the WordPress dashboard hard enough.
So there you go. A poll. And let me just tell you this:
Your vote matters.
Teck Y. Loh
The above image is from this eBay page.
The earliest “maid cafes” in recorded history first started operations in ancient Egypt, during the Twenty-Second Dynasty (c. 945–715 BC) when the cat goddess Bast was revered as a protector deity.
Historians and archaeologists now believe that, based on evidence found in mural paintings, the priestesses of Bast adorned themselves with “cat ears” and “cat tails” fashioned from reeds during temple ceremonies. Cats, believed by ancient Egyptians to be guardians of the underworld, were thought to possess semi-divine authority over malignant spirits. And Egyptologists believe that, in donning “cat ears” and “cat tails”, the priestesses were trying to assume the mantle and authority of cats during rituals to exorcise evil influence and spirits.
“And if you look closely at the priestesses, in their cat ears and tails, you see the remarkable resemblance to modern cat girl maids plying their trade in Akihabara,” said Dr. Otaku from Todai (Tokyo University) Department of History and Social Sciences. Read the rest of this entry