Drooling Cat

by on August 24, 2014
in photos, whimsical

Tried to photograph this old drooling cat at Tebingan BGS after the Urban Sketchers Kuching sketchwalk at Kampung Boyan only to find that Peggy accidentally switched my camera phone to burst mode. Got a series of photos instead.


How to stop Facebook game invites/requests

by on August 18, 2014
in Facebook, internet

Every now and then, someone in your newsfeed will put up a plea or threat for friends to stop sending game requests or invites. I got news for you: the person you’re aiming it to is too busy playing games to notice. In fact, putting a stop to this is in your hands and it doesn’t involve unfriending people (unless you’re looking for an excuse to, then by all means go ahead).

Step 1

First, access your Games page under Apps.


Step 2

Click on Activity.


Step 3

I’m gonna stop here and clarify some terms on the tabs:


  • Invites - games you’re not playing or not linked to your FB account, and probably the bane of your existence right now.
  • Requests - games that you do play on FB or linked via mobile. These are lives and stuff that you want, so we’ll skip this bit.

Click on Invite, and you’ll see the invites broken down by type of games and which of your friends who are constantly annoying you with them. From here on, you need to identify two things:

  • Popular games that everyone but you are playing
  • The serial gamer who sent you invites for many, many games and apps.

If your Game Activity page is currently full of invites, you should be able to tell at a glance who the repeat offenders are. If you can’t remember, leave the game invites to pile up for a week.

Step 4

Observe that there are two buttons next to every invitation – X and Accept. For this example, I clicked on the X next to the first of the three invites one of my friends sent me for Candy Crush Saga. The invite is cancelled and you are presented with two options:

  • Block [game]
  • Ignore all requests from [friend]

If it is a popular game that I know I won’t be playing, choose ‘Block [game]‘. Nobody will be able to send you any sort of request from that game.

If it’s a serial gamer who blindly send invites to everybody, choose the second option: Ignore all requests from [friend]. No matter what that friend plays, they will never be able to send you anything from any app.

Step 5

This is the dialogue box you get when you click ‘ Ignore all requests from [friend]‘. Click OK and you’ll never get invited by this person to play a game or try any app ever again.


Step 6

I hit ‘Ignore All’ for CSI. This is the notification box you get (bottom).

Game Activity2

I only had one invite after 24 hours of begging my friends to send me invites, so I have to conclude that they are either busy playing or already blocked. If you have a full page of invites, similar options will likely be available so pick the one most relevant to you.

Step 7

This is what it looks like when you choose ‘Block [game]‘.


These steps also work if you’ve stopped playing a game but you’re still getting requests. Go to the Request tab (See Step 3) and block the game from there.

Occasional maintenance is necessary, especially when a new game or app hits the market. I’ve implemented this for my own profile a long time ago and game invites are extremely rare these days because all the usual suspects have been blocked.

Now you know!

Poetry – A New Beginning

by on August 14, 2014
in spoken word

Photo by Alvin Katek.

Photo by Alvin Katek.

Originally posted on Wordsmiths of Kuching on Facebook.

The first time many of us in Kuching ever heard of performance poetry / spoken word was in 2006 when the British Council brought a poet named Francesca Beard to Kuching, when gigs with amateur bands were starting to get popular. Somehow or another, I was handed the task of tracking down the local writers and poets, and have them come read their work in a show that featured Francesca.

I wrote a post mortem blog entry about the event, which also detailed how Maclean and I met.

I was no poet at the time. The poetry I came across at the time was extremely boring. So all I did was enjoy this revelation of what you can do with poetry, and resisted what I feared to be a regression to my angsty teenage days.

Here’s a couple of pieces that Francesca did at our 2006 show, which we didn’t film:

And her official website here.

I did not consider poetry again until this guy called Neil Hilborn blew up on the Internet last year with his poem “OCD“, which you really should check out if you haven’t.

I went through a lot of Button Poetry’s artists, discovered others and it was just wow goddam wow. I’ve written very little in terms creative work and toyed with the idea, but I didn’t write anything until I was asked to read at the opening of a typographical exhibition called ‘Strong Words’. I decided to give this poetry slam thing a go. I drafted about a dozen poems, shortlisted three which I read. The one that got the strongest reaction was ‘Dear Skinny Girl‘, which I also did at Shades of Art X.

While I used to be enamored by the number of words I could spew into the word processor, I’m now fascinated by how much more I can say with fewer words. I am still trying to find my voice.

This is my story. Tell me yours.

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