Is it nice..?


Posted in Illustrations, Is it Nice..? by Ade Chong on March 30, 2011

HAHA LOVE these “Safe Sex” PSAs from MTV by ad agency Grey. It’s funny cause we always joke that sometime we should make sex appear accidental, just for an excuse to get into someone’s pants.

via My Modern Met.


Postcards To My Peeps by Carolyn Sewell

Posted in Handmade, Illustrations, Is it Nice..?, Typography by Ade Chong on March 27, 2011

Just came across these handdrawn postcards by Carolyn Sewell. Cute, funny, lovely and most importantly, true. Check out the rest on her Flickr.

Check out the rest on her Flickr.

Crazy feeding frenzy with the hounds at Chateau Cheverny

Posted in Is it Nice..?, Videos by Ade Chong on March 25, 2011

The best part of this video is the comments:

How to argue effectively

Posted in Is it Nice..?, Quotes by Ade Chong on March 25, 2011

Because this is too good and I am too lazy to rewrite anything, I’m reblogging this article on How to Argue Effectively. I particularly like the  snappy and irrelevant comebacks.

By Dave Barry

I argue very well. Ask any of my remaining friends. I can win an argument on any topic, against any opponent. People know this and steer clear of me at parties. Often, as a sign of their great respect, they don’t even invite me. You too can win arguments. Simply follow these rules:

Drink liquor.

Suppose you are at a party and some hotshot intellectual is expounding on the economy of Peru, a subject you know nothing about. If you’re drinking some health-fanatic drink like grapefruit juice, you’ll hang back, afraid to display your ignorance, while the hotshot enthralls your date. But if you drink several large martinis, you’ll discover you have STRONG VIEWS about the Peruvian economy. You’ll be a WEALTH of information. You’ll argue forcefully, offering searing insights and possibly upsetting furniture. People will be impressed. Some may leave the room.

Make things up.

Suppose, in the Peruvian economy argument, you are trying to prove that Peruvians are underpaid, a position you base solely on the fact that YOU are underpaid, and you’ll be damned if you’re going to let a bunch of Peruvians be better off. DON’T say: “I think Peruvians are underpaid.” Say instead: “The average Peruvian’s salary in 1981 dollars adjusted for the revised tax base is $1,452.81 per annum, which is $836.07 before the mean gross poverty level.”

NOTE: Always make up exact figures.

If an opponent asks you where you got your information, make THAT up too. Say: “This information comes from Dr. Hovel T. Moon’s study for the Buford Commission published on May 9, 1982. Didn’t you read it?” Say this in the same tone of voice you would use to say, “You left your soiled underwear in my bathroom.”

Use meaningless but weighty-sounding words and phrases.

Memorize this list:

Let me put it this way
In terms of
Per se
As it were
Ipso facto
So to speak
You should also memorize some Latin abbreviations such as “Q.E.D.”, “e.g.”, and “i.e.” These are all short for “I speak Latin, and you don’t.” Here’s how to use these words and phrases. Suppose you want to say, “Peruvians would like to order appetizers more often, but they don’t have enough money.”

You never win arguments talking like that. But you WILL win if you say, “Let me put it this way. In terms of appetizers vis-a-vis Peruvians qua Peruvians, they would like to order them more often, so to speak, but they do not have enough money per se, as it were. Ergo, ipso facto, case closed. Q.E.D.”

Only a fool would challenge that statement.

Use snappy and irrelevant comebacks.

You need an arsenal of all-purpose irrelevant phrases to fire back at your opponents when they make valid points. The best are:

You’re begging the question.
You’re being defensive.
Don’t compare apples to oranges.
What are your parameters?
This last one is especially valuable. Nobody (other than engineers and policy wonks) has the vaguest idea what “parameters” means.

Don’t forget the classic: YOU’RE SO LINEAR.

Here’s how to use your comebacks:

You say: As Abraham Lincoln said in 1873… Your opponent says: Lincoln died in 1865. You say: You’re begging the question. You say: Liberians, like most Asians… Your opponent says: Liberia is in Africa. You say: You’re being defensive. You say: Since the discovery of the incandescent light bulb… Your opponent says: The light bulb is an invention. You say: Well DUH!

Compare your opponent to Adolf Hitler.

This is your heavy artillery, for when your opponent is obviously right and you are spectacularly wrong. Bring Hitler up subtly. Say, “That sounds suspiciously like something Adolf Hitler might say,” or “You certainly do remind me of Adolf Hitler.”


Hypothetical Letters by Sapling Press

Posted in Is it Nice..? by Ade Chong on March 25, 2011

Made with submissions from this website, Sapling Press has come up with some really funny and quirky letterpress cards. Buy them on Etsy to mail to your friends.

Check out more on MyModernMet.

Tronik Youth – I know

Posted in Is it Nice..?, Music, Videos by Ade Chong on March 24, 2011

Love the track, love the video! New single released April 26th 2011.

DIY simple silkscreen tutorial

Posted in Arty, DIY, Is it Nice..? by Ade Chong on March 23, 2011

So, really simple. All you need is:

  1. The item of clothing you want to print on – try to avoid very stretchy materials. Silkscreen paint is ok, but fabric paint will crack easily.
  2. The correct silkscreen/fabric paint (there are some that are specific to dark-coloured materials). Also, light-coloured fabric paint on dark materials require at least 4-5 layers. Dark colours on light materials will work fine with just one pass.
  3. A stencil – you can cut this out of paper and use double-sided tape to mount it on your fabric. Make sure the stencil is taped down securely.
  4. Other tools that would be useful – a scapel, a cutting board, masking tape, double-sided tape, a paintbrush/sponge and newspaper.

Anyways, hope the rest of it is pretty self-explanatory, cos I’m too fucken lazy to type out something proper. Enjoy!

Things that I desperately need

Posted in Is it Nice..? by Ade Chong on March 22, 2011

3. A bike.

This actually made me wet. I’m still considering getting one.. even if it’s for less than a year. I just need the money…

2. My own home

I don’t care if it’s big or small. Just the idea of having a space of my own, a space that I could design and decorate, to live in and to share with those that I love, is honestly the most blissful dream of mine.

I really really really really really need a sponsor.

via Weekday Carnival.

1. Teleportation

I miss my family in London. I miss festivals. I miss my family in KL. I miss my old friends. I miss Curtain Road. I miss traveling. And I can’t bear to leave Manic & my family in Singapore.

And there is no way in hell that I could pick just one.

5 ways to maximise your cognitive potential

Posted in Is it Nice..? by Ade Chong on March 22, 2011

In order to keep your brain making new connections and keeping them active, you need to keep moving on to another challenging activity as soon as you reach the point of mastery in the one you are engaging in. You want to be in a constant state of slight discomfort, struggling to barely achieve whatever it is you are trying to do. – Andrea Kuszewski

Pretty brilliant article by Andrea Kuszewski. She talks about how intelligence can be learnt.

The five primary principles are:

  1. Seek novelty
  2. Challenge yourself
  3. Think creatively
  4. Do things the hard way
  5. Network

Great words to live by. I highly recommend this read.

via Karen.

Discover your clitoris

Posted in Ffffound!, Is it Nice..?, Photography, Quotes by Ade Chong on March 22, 2011

via Yimmy Yayo.

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