Archive for the ‘Trivia’ Category

Flag counters

November 27, 2008

A wide variety of counters are available to give that special catchy effect to your blogsite. The html code for statistical counters, clock counters, world map counters and even flag counters, can be easily copied and pasted onto your blogsite to give it a decorative appearance.

flag

Besides world map counters that display the locations of your readers from the numerous pins or points dotting the world map, I find flag counters rather interesting as it displays the country’s flag of the visitors to your blogsite and the numbers of visits. If you are looking for such a flag counter for your blogsite, you may like to browse at: http://flagcounter.com. Better still, click on the flag of your readers and learn more about the country he/she is from.

Sian Sheng, Ni Hao!

July 3, 2008

My mobile phoned buzzed. The screen displayed “Unknown Number”. Wonder who could the caller be? Usually, the name of the caller will appear on the screen of the handphone if you have his/her number stored in your phone directory. Otherwise, it would just be the telephone number of the caller that will appear.

“Hello, Good morning”, I answered, after pressing the key to accept the incoming call. The response from the female caller came in heavy accented Mandarin, “Sian Sheng, Ni Hao! Ni Hui Jiang Hua Yu Ma?” – translation (Hello mister, do you know how to speak Mandarin).

I have heard rumours of phonecalls from unknown persons that try to strike up a conversation with you for whatever reasons only known to them. Thereafter, you will probably get a shock when you notice your telephone bill at month-end for phone charges you have neither made or known. I’m certain if the caller has a genuine reason for making the call, he/she will try to have someone to speak on their behalf in English, how broken it may be.

“Sorry, I speak English”, was my response. Abruptly, the call was terminated by the female caller. Has anyone encountered such a situation before and perhaps shed some light on such phonecalls?

Magic Wheel

June 26, 2008

Ever thought how you can ride on a unicycle (one-wheeler) just like you see the performers do in the circus? Balancing and riding on a bicycle is pretty easy to achieve. But for a one-wheeler, what do you think? Here’s an advertisement about the Magic Wheel that caught my attention in TODAY newspaper. Given that SMRT is presently allowing a trial period for foldable bikes to be carried into MRT trains, the Magic Wheel could just be the next thing you see. Eco friendly too.

Magic Wheel: An innovation by a European designer. Environmentally-friendly. Combines the strength of a bicycle and a skateboard. Designed to put you in the spotlight. Set to revolutionise your travelling experience! As a product of outstanding quality, Magic Wheel has been tried and tested by extensive research. It is certified by the highest standards authority in Europe, and bears the CE marking.

Superior quality
Suitable for anyone aged 12 and above
Light and easy to transport
Convenient to bring anywhere
Handy and easy to store away
Fun and cool
Environmentally friendly
Can carry loads up to 150kg

What does these POS, PHAT, MOS, XOXO means?

June 3, 2008

POS, PHAT, MOS, XOXO…..You may have come across these letters or have seen them in written notes and emails, instant messaging, online chats, forums, bulletin boards etc. For those who are not familiar with what such letters mean, it could be quite mind-boggling to decipher the entire sentence to understand what the sender is trying to say.

POS is not the usual transaction code recorded in your bank passbook that means “Point Of Sale” referring to cashless transactions you have made using your ATM (Automated Teller Machine) card. Actually in the world of chat acronyms, it means “Parent Over Shoulder” referring to the parent of the user who happens to be looking over the shoulder of the user sitting in front of the PC to see what’s going on. A subtle means by the user to inform the other party to be on the alert and not to communicate anything that should not be said given that the user’s parent is standing behind him/her keeping watch.

Chat acronyms are combinations of letters and numbers that stand for certain words or phrases. For example, BTW means “by the way” and G2G means “Gotta go.”

Using chat acronyms makes typing messages easier and more efficient since commonly used phrases can be abbreviated using only a few characters. With the amount of communication people do today using their computer keyboard, using acronyms can save a significant amount of typing, as well as time.

Some common acronyms you may have seen are:
ASL = Age, sex, location
BRB = Be right back
G2P = Gone to pee
LOL = Laugh out loud
LMAO = Laughing my a** off
MOS = Mom over shoulder
PHAT = Pretty hot and tempting
POS = Parent over shoulder
XOXO = Hugs and kisses
🙂 means Happy
😦 means Sad

There is even a rating for each acronym from 1 to 3. A rating of 1 means that the acronym is rarely used, while a rating of 3 means that the acronym is commonly used.

You may like to browse the site for more information at www.sharpened.net or go directly to the links below for a:

1. Glossary of Acronyms
2. Glossary of Emoticons
3. Glossary of Computer Terms

Hopefully, this will help you to understand what the sender or others are conversing in the world of abbreviated communication.

BFN

PAC-MAS SELAMAT game

April 18, 2008

This is really cute. Remember the PACMAN game where you are to gobble up all the stuff without being caught to score points. Well, stumbled upon some people who were “talking cock” saying that a new game was created where Mas Selamat is scoring points while trying to avoid the authorities.

Brought to you by www.talkingcock.com

Listed #238 at the “Million Blog List”

April 15, 2008

This sounds like some Fortune 500 top companies listing. Actually its a fun stuff for all bloggers who may like to list their blog at Million Blog List. Here’s the scoop.

First off, welcome to the site. It is said that there are over 70,000,000 blogs in existence. This is an experiment to see how long it will take to get 1,000,000 blogs to list themselves on our site. Will it work? We think so. The experiment is to see how long will it take. What do you think? take our poll. We started April 10th, 2008.

Blog Of Sorts is listed # 238

Get listed at www.millionbloglist.com

3-D Tanks

April 8, 2008

3D Tanks

Click here to play this game

Ever dreamt of being a tank commander rolling your big heavy fearsome amoured tank behind enemy lines? Try out this tank simulator. Good luck… and don’t shoot at friendly forces.

13 Days in Hell

April 8, 2008

13 Days in Hell

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See if you keep the villians at bay before they butcher you to pieces. Stay alive!!

Tan Chiak…Tan Chiak

March 12, 2008

While having my breakfast at my usual coffeshop joint, I noticed a small little sticker pasted on the table which was actually a job employment advertisement. So if you happen to be looking for a job, perhaps you can browse at www.tanchiak.com (a popular hokkien phrase meaning “to earn an honest living”).

Ping Pong Poof

March 4, 2008

I “Ping” you “Pong” and we “Poof”. Here’s a place for bloggers to play “ping-pong”.

ping.sg - the community meta blog for singapore bloggers