A new Airbus A380 superjumbo jet experienced a massive engine failure shortly after takeoff in Singapore, forcing the Qantas flight to make an emergency landing. Everyone on board survived, including a passenger with two amusing-in-retrospect before and after tweets.
The first tweet from Ulf Waschbusch of Singapore approximately three hours ago details his excitement over his trip to Australia for the first time. His second tweet shortly after the engine explosion and emergency landing isn’t quite as cheery.
Celebrating a little over two years since the incident involving my A380 flight with Qantas to Sydney, Mayday / Air Crash Investigation has published their last episode of the season, highlighting the accident:
I chose not to get involved in this one. As much as I like Mayday’s shows in general, I think ABC’s Four Corners had a better, more factual and well rounded report (which I did choose to get involved with a little).
2012 is upon us. A new year gives us the chance to reflect and the chance to look forward. I feel like it’s right about the time to do both. In 2011 I moved back to Los Angeles from Singapore. Nine months into the journey it’s time to reflect and see if the decision was right, if the place was right and if the time was right.
Let’s just say, I do see myself back in Singapore this year. Back with my friends. And do something… well… completely different.
Someone posted ABC Four Corner’s great documentation about last year’s Qantas QF32 incident on my flight from Singapore to… well… Singapore on Youtube. Check out the video below. I was part of the documentation in several small segments throughout the show.
And here are some pictures of the ABC Four Corners Team filming in my apartment in Singapore:
The world is a small place. I grew up in Europe, studied and worked in America and now lived and worked over the last year and a bit here in South East Asia. It’s been a rewarding and eye-opening experience that I don’t want to miss. I do know that I will miss my wonderful friends here though that I was fortunate to meet!
But now it’s time to get back on the moving wagon and head to where my heart is – California. In mid May I’ll be joining a Los Angeles-based gaming platform startup as their Head of Mobile. Exciting times! I’m very much looking forward to be able to catch up with everyone in California again soon.
One of the worst-kept secrets is coming to light: as many of you know, at Garena we’ve been working diligently over this year to completely rework the Garena experience for our gamers. In that time, we have surveyed hundreds of our users, completely written hundreds of thousand lines of code and released over ten updates to out faithfull beta testers who have been testing Messenger for over four months now. Today already over 200,000 people have tried and are using Garena Messenger.
I am happy to announce that starting today, Garena Messenger will be available for all Garena gamers.
With the new messenger you can chat, meet and and play with your friends around the globe. Set up a group chat with your friends and arrange a game together or enter the familiar Garena rooms to find new friends to play with over the net.
You can customize Messenger to your liking – choose from a variety of themes and your favorite game avatars – with loads more to come over time.
You can play a range of newly launched Garena games, from BlackShot and Heroes of Newerth to the new Garena GO Kart and Leagues of Legends (the availability of these games is dependent on region -mostly South East Asia).
If Los Angeles’ roads where always like this, I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.
It’s an interesting video from Ross Ching taking Matt Logue’s still photography concept and applying it to a time lapse video. By taking lots of still photographs you are basically able to edit out all cars on the road. Quite meticulous work this!
I love the video because it reminds me of many of the places I loved, lived and worked in: Santa Monica, Beverly Hills and everything in between, Downtown LA etc.