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Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark, holding on to a holographic cube

Personal 3D printers were the rage a couple of years ago. Enthusiasts who had the budget put their money behind Kickstarter projects, hoping to have these cutting edge devices in their garages or workshops. The dream was to be able to take an idea you had brushing your teeth in the morning, mock up the idea quickly on simplified CAD programs, and have a physical objected representative of that idea printed out before lunch.

The real clincher was the ability to share these digitised ideas, and this marketplace of ideas would allow you to find people who had published schematics…


Black lives matter. There. That’s my first time typing it out. I didn’t want it to be a trite expression to me where I was just echoing social media sentiment. I wanted to give it deliberate thought.

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Photo by Cooper Baumgartner

I’m sitting here in Singapore, far from the movement’s epicenter, watching in horror as the fear of coronavirus gave way to a total breakdown in society over in the States. Mind you, we have our own baggage and should never take the unity of the people for granted. …


My name is Lucian. I am father to three children: a teenager, a tween and a young’un. I live in a small apartment in Singapore. Today is the 23rd day of the nationwide order to stay home in attempts to break the transmission of Covid-19.

When the government first announced the lockdown (though they won’t ever use the word), I didn’t think much of it because our family loves staying home. I even approached it with the optimism Matt Damon showed in The Martian:

I was keen on writing a post entitled “Survival tips for extroverts”. Being an introvert…


Now that almost all meetings are being held online, you want to improve the quality of your image on video calls. I hope you’ve done the basics like making sure there’s good lighting, a clean background and if you’re using the webcam on your laptop, to raise your laptop so we’re not all looking up your nose as you’re speaking.

For the more adventurous there’s Open Broadcaster Software (OBS), a free, open-source platform that allows you to combine multiple video and audio inputs, add filters and livestream to your platform of choice.

If you want to use these power tools…


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Photo by amirali mirhashemian on Unsplash

Unprecedented.

“We live in unprecedented times.” Almost every politician, celebrity and talk show host has used those lines in the last month as the global pandemic sweeps through parts of Asia, then Europe and then the U.S. We are still in the thick of it as numbers continue to climb, and we quietly hope that early action by the Indian government can help mitigate the spread of the disease across the densely populated sub-continent.

Not to downplay the amount of human suffering caused by COVID-19, but we should not let the lessons of our current circumstance go unheeded. Where we…


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Dr. Bobby Sng laid to rest at Wilkie Terrace Christian Assembly

Dr. Bobby Sng passed away on October 14th, 2019. Many Christians in Asia knew him as the President of the Bible Society in Singapore, or one of his many pivotal roles in helping the Christian community reach out to the larger society. I knew him as Uncle Bobby Sng who spoke monthly at church. Like many others, I looked forward to his sermons because they were not overly verbose or complicated, and communicated the simplicity of a living faith in Jesus Christ.

Over the years I began to serve in church, and had the privilege of speaking to Uncle Bobby…


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Donald Trump, the 45th US President

The last 24 hours have been surreal. The mainstream media outlets and the boisterous voice of social media express shock at the election results.

“How could Trump win?”

Just a few days earlier there was all this talk about how democrats needed to make Trump lose so convincing it’d send a message about how a bully will not win; a woman has broken the highest glass ceiling; openness trumps (pardon the pun) fear-mongering.

As reality closed its vice-like jaws on the hopes and dreams of Hillary supporters yesterday, it is important to remember that the result of this election isn’t…


Another birthday passes
younger colleagues gather around
There is cake.

I cling on to my thirties as it vanishes like the flames of the candles that were just blown out. It is a merry time, but underneath there is cause for deep reflection. The kind that keeps you up at night.

Where was it — this point of inflection where my resolve to retain the vitality and vigour of youth gave way to resignation; when I stopped gleefully indulging myself in the feel of how the sand of time felt between my fingers and became mortally aware of how little…


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The building of two integrated resorts in Singapore was a major turning point in our nation’s history. It was the decision made after a long and hard debate that divided many in Parliament, and even drew agonised tears from some members when it was announced that we would go ahead with it. It was a direction that was very reluctantly chosen, and under great pressure given the economic situation at that time.

Yesterday, the Government exempted two organisations from the online gambling ban. There was no significant debate, no tears, and from my layman’s point of view, little reluctance.

One…


I was asked many months ago to write a short post on being a father. I readily agreed, thinking that being so loosely defined it would be easy enough to hash out a few hundred words on the subject, but boy was I wrong. Fatherhood has been such an all-encompassing experience for me that penning down my thoughts coherently was like trying to write with a fountain pen hooked up to a fire-hose.

I’m typing this in the dark at 4 in the morning next to my two-year old who has woken me up for the third time tonight. …

Lucian Teo

Technologist, Storyteller, Sinner saved by grace.

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