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How Windows 8/RT tablets can teach newbies navigation gesture QUICKLY!

I am replying to a forum post when it struck me that one of the reasons why people have so much problem with navigating Windows 8 with touch gestures is the fact that there are simply no instructions or hints for you to swipe from the edges.

I’ve watch a few unboxing videos & those Windows tablets came in clear cling film which protects the screen & other surfaces, and sometimes indicate what the various hardware buttons do.

There is supposedly an animated tutorial when you first setup your Windows 8 tablet but I believe you can skip it. The problem is, after skipping it, it’s almost impossible to find that tutorial again.

So why can’t vendors (including Microsoft) just print additional instructions on the cling film or affix clear stickers at the bezel to indicate how edge swipes work in Windows 8/RT tablets, or even laptops with touchscreen.

It’ll go a long way in assuring new users of Windows 8/RT has the basic knowledge on the most important swipes needed to successfully navigate the Start Screen without a lot of fumbling & frustrations.

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The Pixar Theory

Jon Negroni

pixar theory

Every Pixar movie is connected. I explain how, and possibly why.

Before we go further, I should let you know that The Pixar Theory is now a published book. Since writing this blog post in 2013, I’ve been working on completing the unified theory in what I hope you find to be a compelling and even more persuasive essay. Or not. It’s cool either way.

You can check out the book here. Or keep reading below to read the original theory. Just keep in mind that a lot of what you’re about to read has been vastly improved over the last few years.

Back to the theory!

In 2012, I watched a video on Cracked.com that introduced the idea (at least to me) that all of the Pixar movies actually exist within the same universe. Since then, I’ve obsessed over this concept, working to complete what I call The Pixar Theory

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Food & Cooking, Opinions

Gordan Ramsay 1, Singapore Hawkers 2

Gordan Ramsay 1, Singapore Hawkers 2

Food watchers & Singapore Food lovers would no doubt know by now that Gordan Ramsay only won 1 out of 3 food challenges, namely Chilli Crab. He lost the Chicken Rice & Laksa challenges.

What interests me were the results. Gordan Ramsay was given 1 day to learn to make these 3 dishes. Yet the margins were narrower than I expected for 2 of the challenges.

Chilli Crab – Won by 5%
Chicken Rice – Lost by 6%
Laksa – Lost by 19%

From my experience, it takes time to master a dish + endless trials and errors to compensate for the difference in the taste of ingredients.

Gordan Ramsay probably never used our herbs & spices so it’ll take some time to understand how they affect the chemistry of the food & other spices they’re paired with.

Yet, he managed such a small margin of lost for Chicken Rice. I think it boiled down to the Chilli because it probably doesn’t take much to master the poultry for a master chef like Ramsay. The rice is quite straight forward actually.

The biggest margin of lost was in the Laksa challenge which isn’t surprising because Nonya/Peranakan food are notoriously labourious to make & difficult to master. The Laksa paste is probably the biggest headache for him. The mix of herbs & spices + processing the dried shrimps must be very precise. So it’s no surprise the margin of lost was 19%.

Given more time (maybe 1 week), I’m pretty sure Ramsay will win the Chicken Rice challenge.

The Laksa will be a harder nut to crack because 328 Katong Laksa is already very good. Mr Koh of 328 Katong Laksa said it best, “I feel really happy to have won while representing Singapore. Chef Ramsay did not have a basic understanding of laksa but he was here only one day. Maybe if he had more time he would cook better than us.”

In this challenge, the winners are actually the losers. Mr Ang of Jumbo Seafood just need to adjust his recipe a little (or a lot) depending on how different the 2 challengers tasted. Ramsay obviously have a newfound respect for Singapore food now & who knows where that’ll lead.