Free IPhones for University Students!

The future for learning? or A Marketing Strategy from University & or Apple?

For some reason, the ladies in the picture below, whom are holding the Free iPhones & iPods doesnt seem very happy or excited? More homework sent to iPhone?

 (source) for freshmen attending Abilene Christian University this fall, a free iPhone or iPod Touch will be given to them as part of their learning experience.

The university has developed 15 web applications for these two media devices to help students receive homework alerts, answer in-class surveys and quizzes, get directions to their professors’ offices, and check their meal and account balances among other things.

I wonder whether would that have any effect on their school fees? And of course, this cool gadget could be extremely distracting.

That aside, this could spell very interesting posibilities for software/applications development for the students, if they can collaborate with Apple to create specific aplications for the students/university’s specific needs.

A win-win situtation for Apple and the students and the university?


Attachment Theory

I just had a chat with an old friend, and he shared some thoughts on Attachment Theory with me and how it affects today’s society.

(Trying out blogging in point form, like

1) According to Attachment Theory, the first 18 months of relationship built between the infant and his/her caregiver have a serious impact on later relationships in life.

2) Today’s society focus more on its economical needs than psychological needs. Most households have both parents working, leaving its babies in the hands of grandparents or childcare centre.

3) In the case when infant’s psychological needs are not met, he/she will have characteristics of Ambivalent Attachment or Avoidant Attachment. Interestingly, Ambivalent Attachment people tend to be bullies in school, and the Avoidant Attachment people tend to be the being-bullied in school.

4) In the pursuit of happiness, a family which neglects psychological development in infant stage could lead to the child having problems with his/her self-esteem & his/her relationship with the people around him/her. Ironically, leading to unhappiness. Multiply that by a million, and we get a society of unhappy people. Maybe that explains why it is difficult to find happy people in a recent survey conducted in Singapore.

5) Putting on my entrepreneur hat, this could spell a good opportunity for people to design a solution/service to serve this big group of people to provide the best kind of attachment – Secure Attachment.

6) Something that hit me today is: Using Attachment Theory as a tool, to understand my past, why I am who I am, so that I can be better prepared for the future.

Singapore Fireworks Festival 2008 – Korean Display

Day 2 of the Singapore Fireworks Festival!!!

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Singapore Fireworks Celebrations 2008 – French Display

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The Singapore Fireworks Festival is a major highlight of Singapore’s National Day Celebrations. To celebrate Singapore as a global hub and its strong friendship with communities around the world, 2 international award winning teams from Europe & Asia are invited to showcase their culture through a dazzling display of fireworks

And the above is a photo of the French firworks display, taken using my 3 weeks old Nikon D40. For more pictures, please click for the link here.

Below are some footages of the fantastic fireworks display.