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Ah, 2020. Most people do not seem to have something nice to say about you. For example, Netflix has Death to 2020 as a parody to the year.


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But I much prefer the comedic stylings of Flo and Joan singing about 2020.


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The video is loaded with expletives, so it is not for the faint-hearted. But it is funny to the hilt.

All that said (and sung), I have not found 2020 to be worse than other years even while the current pandemic is nurtured by stupid and lazy people who go maskless.

I would rather focus on the development and implementation of the mRNA vaccine that a leap forward in science. That this might not have happened if not for an immigrant woman who fought for it makes for compelling reading.

If I had a wish for next year, it would be that we be less ignorant. Ignorance is a root of racism and stubbornness after all. But I do not make wishes. I work towards reducing ignorance by educating myself and others.

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I am taking a break this Christmas to be Grinchy instead of a precocious curmudgeon. So I share a favourite video each day leading up and including Christmas 2020.

Michael McIntyre is one of my favourite comedians. He put a comic spotlight on some British Christmas customs in this selection. There are not many in the rest of the world who might relate to the customs and then find the humour in them. It is a reminder about the difference that privilege and context make.


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Michelle Chong is a local artiste and a gem during our lockdown earlier this year. Singaporeans will understand her version of Jingle Bells. We have the privilege of that context.


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I am taking a break this Christmas to be Grinchy instead of a precocious curmudgeon. So I share a favourite video each day leading up and including Christmas 2020.

Today’s video is a long one and features the creative lighting efforts of YouTuber Tom BetGeorge. I bet he wishes for help to pay his electricity bills.


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I am taking a break this Christmas to be Grinchy instead of a precocious curmudgeon. So I share a favourite video each day leading up and including Christmas 2020.

Today’s video is timely given how season 2 of The Mandalorian ended last week. It is a creative mashup of the show’s theme and Carol of The Bells.


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I am taking a break this Christmas to be Grinchy instead of a precocious curmudgeon. So I share a favourite video each day leading up and including Christmas 2020.

Today’s video is a rare foray from Paint. His reinterpretation of classic Christmas carols embrace the macabre and gross, all in the name of a ho-ho-ho.


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I am taking a break this Christmas to be Grinchy instead of a precocious curmudgeon. So I share a favourite video each day leading up and including Christmas 2020.

Today’s video is a revision of Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You for the COVID-19 era. It shows how we can collaborate to take a dump on 2020 instead of wallowing in self pity.

This is a follow up to my wish on Wednesday to replace my 2012 iMac with the recently released 2020 model.

Shortly after I shared my thoughts, I ordered the item online. The process to get the discounted iMac and pay by instalments was not as straightforward as simply getting one at full price and paying in one go.

Given the choice of calling a local number or ordering by online chat, I opted for the latter. I had used the phone ordering some years ago and it was too long and uncomfortable for my liking.

The online chat was smooth because I could copy and paste the URL that led to the exact model and specifications I wanted. That saved a lot of time that would have otherwise been used to get the order right.

The curious thing about ordering via chat was that the payment information and initial confirmation were still by phone. The phone call was the equivalent of inputting my credit card number and expiration details. The difference was that a bank partner handled this part of the transaction. This was still an uncomfortable process because I was taught never to give financial details over the phone!

That part was also out of Apple’s hands. If a bank partner did not have a centre to handle these calls, you could not use that bank’s credit cards to pay by instalments. Two of my credit cards normally qualify for this. However, one bank had stopped this service due to the coronavirus.

The final confirmation was via email. If I had paid full price and at one go, I would have received the same email. But since I wanted the education price, to pay by instalments, and get a free pair of AirPods, I jumped through these administrative hoops.

I ordered the iMac on Wednesday and received it and the AirPods by DHL on Thursday (yesterday). That was a quick turnaround!

If I had ordered normally, I could have chosen a specific delivery window. The hybrid ordering process I described above did not provide this option. However, the courier was considerate enough to give me a call before he stopped by.

I met the courier at my door in the afternoon and set up the new iMac with a Time Machine image of my old iMac. I drafted this blog entry a few hours later in the evening.

iMac 2020 overview.

I am pleased with how quickly the entire process of buying and setting up took. Now I only have to get RAM modules so that I can upgrade the iMac’s memory myself!

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In some places, perfect eyesight is judged to be 20/20. So how might we be clear-eyed about the year 2020?

I suggest:

Begin as you see yourself continuing.

As for those trying to look ahead, I remind them of this:

The future is already here. It's just not evenly distributed. --William Gibson

To all who already know this and work towards change, I have this warning:

History repeats itself. It has to, because no one ever listens. -- Steve Turner.

But I also have this indirect form of encouragement:

If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito in the room.

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