Stuart Breckenridge

STAR WARS Run: Singapore

This is exciting news — the first ever STAR WARS themed run in Singapore! I’ve signed up for the 10km run on the Dark Side. The starwarsrun.sg site doesn’t contain much information, so I’ve summarised the details from the Facebook event page below:

Date

  • 6 May 2017, 1900 HRS

Costs

  • 4.5km STAR WARS Run (Non-Competitive) - S$65
  • 10km STAR WARS Run (Competitive) - S$70

Entitlements

  • Exclusive STAR WARS Run drawstring bag (Dark side / Light side),
  • Exclusive STAR WARS Run participant’s tee (Dark side / Light side),
  • Exclusive STAR WARS Run towel,
  • Exclusive plush toy (Yoda for Light side / Darth Vader for Dark side)
  • Limited edition STAR WARS Run Finisher’s medal for each category (4.5km Dark side, 4.5km Light side, 10km Dark side and 10km Light side)
  • Electronic certificates

Jiminy: Trump's First Two Days of February

Jiminy.us, from John Gruber:

This is a collection of stories from just the past 48 hours or so that I’ve found to be alarming and/or outrageous. This is not about stuff I simply disagree with politically, and so, for example, there’s nothing here about the nomination of Neal Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.[…]

It seems to me this pace of alarming news is unsustainable.

That last statement is spot on. I’m waking up each morning wondering what has 45 done now?


Apple to Manufacture iPhones in India

Husain Sumra, for MacRumors:

Apple has agreed to a deal with the government of Indian state Karnataka to begin manufacturing iPhones in Bangalore, reports The Times of India. The Karnataka government announced that it had approved Apple’s proposal to “commence initial manufacturing operations” in a press release.

Apple’s desire to open a manufacturing hub in India started after Prime Minister Narendra Modi began promoting his “Made in India” initiative. Apple manufacturing partner Wistron will make the iPhones in a new plant, reportedly beginning with the iPhone 8.

Manufacturing in India should significantly reduce the cost of iPhone for Indian consumers — at launch, the iPhone 7 was almost $250 more expensive in India than in the U.S.. This reduction in cost should fuel additional growth for Apple.


Quebec Response to Hate: More Tolerance

Philippe Couillard, Quebec’s premier, responding to the heinous shooting that killed six people in a mosque (via NYTimes):

“Every society has to deal with demons,” he said. “Our society is not perfect. None is. These demons are named xenophobia, racism, exclusion. They are present here. We need to recognize that and act together to show the direction we want our society to evolve.”

The Editorial Board continues:

In sad contrast, the reaction from Mr. Trump’s White House was to use the shootings to justify its anti-immigrant policies. The attack was a “terrible reminder,” said the White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, of why America’s actions must be “proactive, rather than reactive.” The logic, or illogic, seemed to be that if Muslims had been kept out of Canada, they would not have been killed.

I have nothing but high regard for the Canadian response. I’m aghast at what’s coming out of Mr. Trump’s White House.


App Update: FFI List v1.3.5

FFI List v1.3.5 is out now. It contains the January 25, 2017 FFI list.

See below for an update on how the registration landscape has changed over the last three months:

Entity Type Nov Dec Jan
Sponsoring Entity 10,118 10,251 10,316
Single 144,758 147,447 148,959
Lead 6,377 6,405 6,416
Member 33,571 33,558 33,548
Branch 4,356 4,333 4,300
Sponsored Fund 38,645 63,221 67,934
Sponsored NFFE 469 677 737
Sponsored Subsidiary 715 1,596 1,799
Sponsored Branch 198 21 220