My Top 10 Badminton Players of All-Time – Prelude

I’ve watched badminton for many years.  I love the sport and like a lot of diehard badminton freaks, lament the lack of exposure and general excitement from the public at large for this seriously entertaining game.  I love to watch other racquet games too, but if you ask me, for the excitement factor, nothing beats badminton.

Of course over the years I developed fondness for more than a few players for a variety of reasons.  Here’s my attempt at recording these feelings down.  This, then, is a list of my favourite badminton players of all time.

Admittedly the ‘All-Time’ tag is a little bit pretentious.  Who’s to say my list wouldn’t change next month?  Or even next week?  Well, I’ll cross the bridge when I come to it.  Consider this as the All-Time list… so far.

A couple of caveats.  I’m 31, so I’m not what you’d say an old hand.  I’ve never really watched Liem Swie King, Rudy Hartono, Eddy Chong.  I can’t even say I remember watching Han Jian or even Misbun Sidek play.  Some may say these evergreens are the true legends, and I agree – anyone who has played the game so many years ago and are still held in high esteem must have done something to achieve this type of immortality.

However, since I cannot include people I can’t remember watching into a list of my favourites, they are not represented here.  I would also argue that the game has evolved since the heydays of the game, when shuttle taps at the net and frenzied drive exchanges are not so common.  The game as it stands now is much more physical, quick and exciting, and as good as they are, I doubt the giants of yesteryear can play with the giants of today.

Please note that this list is completely subjective, irrational and emotional, and is not backed by any scientific or empirical evidence.

This will be a multi-part posting, as I think the whole thing would be too long for a single post.

With that out of the way, let’s begin.


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Musings on Microsoft Live Writer, Movable Type and WordPress

It has been a while since I’ve written anything here.  Quite honestly, it was almost forgotten.  When time is at a premium, you’re working (almost) endlessly, nurturing a new pet project, plus you have a little kid running about the house demolishing everything in sight, taking the time to update your blog seems like the last thing on my mind.

A short story.  Indulge me.  Or not.

During one of my jaunts through cyberspace earlier this week, I came across this new product called Microsoft Live Writer, which is part of Microsoft’s Live Essentials download package.  It’s a blogging frontend (much like the ones LiveJournal have for the longest time), and most importantly, getting kudos from pretty much everywhere.  It’s meant, as far as I can see, to be a frontend for their own Live Spaces blogging platform, but it comes with functionality to connect all the major blogging platforms.

I have two places on the cyberspace where this might come in handy, so I downloaded it to give it a whirl.  First up was Bookbabble, which is a WordPress blog.  It connected pretty much effortlessly, and I’m starting to like the looks of things. 

Then I tried to configure for rambleville, and I find that I’m no longer able to log into rambleville’s Movable Type administration page.  Nevermind the Live Writer, this means I can’t post anymore even in the normal fashion! 

To cut the long story short, I found the solution here, and finally got my normal Movable Type login working correctly again.  I was also finally able to get Live Writer to connect to rambleville (which is how this post is being written now).

So I want to say two things:

1. I must say Live Writer is pretty impressive.  A much better proposition than writing on the web interface.  Download it here.

2. Movable Type is starting to seem very flaky to me.  I didn’t change anything for the longest time (as you can see for yourself by checking the date on my previous post), and in that time something has happened that screwed up the system.  This isn’t by any means the fault of SixApart (creators of MT), but the impression is MT isn’t all that rock steady.  WordPress, by contrast, appears easier to use than a toothbrush.  I’ve set up about 3 blogs on WordPress, and have never had any problems at all.

I purposely chose MT with the express intention of gaining experience on both these platforms so that I know the pros and cons of each.  At this point, I would say WordPress, especially coupled with Fantastico integration, is pretty hard to beat.