Saturday, November 5, 2011

Staying relevant gives me a buzz

MY PAPER, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 01, 2011, PAGE A13, VIEWPOINTS
From
http://epaper.mypaper.sg/cnd/fvxen/fvxp/fvxpress.php?param=2011-11-01
Source Website:
http://news.asiaone.com/News/Mailbox/Story/A1Story20111101-308033.html
By
Geoff Tan, myp@sph.com.sg, my paper, Tuesday, Nov 01, 2011



PHOTO: The days when the cassette tape was considered state-of-the-art, if the spools came loose and the contents spilled out of the tape, the pencil was the perfect implement to stick through one of the spools to wind the contents back in.
http://news.asiaone.com/A1MEDIA/news/11Nov11/images/20111101.093828_myp_music.jpg
http://news.asiaone.com/News/Mailbox/Story/A1Story20111101-308033.html




PHOTO: Geoff Tan
The writer is a senior vice-president of Singapore Press Holdings’ marketing division.

MY PAPER, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 01, 2011, PAGE A13, VIEWPOINTS


LAST week, a friend of mine posted on Facebook a photo of a compact cassette tape and a pencil, and commented that the younger generation would have no idea what the link was between the two items.

My mind immediately took a time warp back to the days when the cassette tape was considered state-of-the-art. If the spools came loose and the contents spilled out of the tape, the pencil was the perfect implement to stick through one of the spools to wind the contents back in. I'm sure that many of you are still trying to figure out what I'm talking about!



PHOTO: Younger generation would have no idea what the link was between the two items.
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-uEEDkwWSSFY/TV3w3IZpJzI/AAAAAAAAAaQ/q2d1Ln7p3i8/s1600/for-online.jpg
http://apsketches.blogspot.com/2011/02/be-kind-rewind.html



PHOTO: Be Kind, Rewind
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-9lb_dGlU-KA/TV3xRuSI5zI/AAAAAAAAAaU/VxBPvftLQYc/s1600/Be-Kind-Rewind-Shirt-Comp.jpg

http://apsketches.blogspot.com/2011/02/be-kind-rewind.html



Does anyone remember the teaching of the alphabet in school, with "A" for "apple" and ending with "Z" for "zebra"?

In this digital age, using "cats", "dogs", "elephants" and "fish" to teach the alphabet is hugely passe. "A" might still be for "apple" but it'd be of the Steve Jobs variety, while "B" could be for "Bluetooth", "C" for "cloud" and "D" for "download". And the list goes on...

My friends often ask me how I relate to my 15-year-old son in this day and age, where the generation gap between parent and child seems to be greater than ever before.



PHOTO: Tweet or Die! The Deadly News.
These days it’s all about staying relevant. When I was younger not having Pokemon cards was enough to kill you socially, now you have to constantly be updating the world on your goings-on or you’re dead. In comes Twitter. Now instead of asking your friends what they are up to, you can simply “follow” their tweets and know everything there is to know.
http://www.thedealynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/tweet1.jpg
http://www.thedealynews.com/?m=200912


This is a tough one, I can tell you. But I am fortunate that my son and I have one thing that binds us very closely together, and that's music.

So I am now getting around to understanding "dubstep", which is Joshua's current favourite genre. The range of bands he listens to spans from The Devil Wears Prada to As I Lay Dying. I'm not saying that all the music he indulges in is wholesome, but I find that getting in tune is the only way to qualify me to comment on his music choices and subtly shape his preferences.



PHOTO: It's exponentially more exciting keeping in step with today's brave new world (games !).
http://images.renziebaluyut.multiply.com/image/2/photos/21/500x500/35/cloverfield01.jpg?et=VTuQW%2B%2CAxwe0YtGGVULpFg&nmid=77612476 http://renziebaluyut.multiply.com/journal?&page_start=200


For me, staying relevant is a key trigger that gets me buzzing. While there is absolutely nothing wrong in reminiscing about the past, I must say that it's exponentially more exciting keeping in step with today's brave new world.
By Geoff Tan, myp@sph.com.sg, my paper, Tuesday, Nov 01, 2011



PHOTO: Something to invent. Staying relevant is a key trigger that gets buzzing. Katy Perry "Teenage Dream", EMI
http://img.interia.pl/rozrywka/nimg/m/r/Druga_plyta_Katy_Perry_4557189.jpg
http://muzyka.interia.pl/plyty/recenzje/news/cos-sie-wymysli,1529177,5620


Katy Perry's Teenage Dream, EMI
PHOTO: Staying relevant is a key trigger that gets us buzzing. Katy Perry "Teenage Dream", EMI
http://img.interia.pl/rozrywka/nimg/m/r/Druga_plyta_Katy_Perry_4557189.jpg
http://muzyka.interia.pl/plyty/recenzje/news/cos-sie-wymysli,1529177,5620



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Cassette tape: 卡式录音带 - kǎ shì lù yīn dài
Spools: 线轴 - xiàn zhóu
Passe: 过时的 - guò shí de
Wholesome: 纯真的 - chún zhēn de



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