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Why so bright?

February 29, 2008 Leave a comment

I saw an illuminating piece of news on the 10 o’clock Chinese news this evening (29/08/2008).

By next year, you will be able to walk along the length of the river haloed by blue, pink or green lights (for an example, pop into Bar Opiume @ the Asian Civilisations Museum).

Apparently, programmable lights will be installed at "Read and Cavenagh bridges, special lighting for four underpasses at Boat Quay, Empress Place and Clarke Quay, under-bridge lighting for the Clemenceau, Coleman and Elgin bridges, floating lights on the river, as well as new street lamps and lighting of trees along the entire three-kilometre stretch of the Singapore River" (from STB press release).

On TV, the PR person proclaimed that it was necessary because "the river has alot of history and this lighting will enhance the uniqueness of Singapore’s tropical features."  Was the Singapore River lit up like an overly garish blue, green and pink birthday cake in the past? I don’t know.

But they must be right. The river is being outfitted with candles, lamps, lanterns and will-o-wisps to modishly light it up like an oversized, watery birthday cake. Ah well, at least, I can safely assume that the authorities will not program the Singapore River’s lights to exclaim "I Love Singapore" in Morse code.

Or will they?

Resources: URA Lighting Plan | STB Press Release

Categories: Observations

$8 a day

February 28, 2008 1 comment

is my budget for the next few months. Why? Because I’ve been spending way too much money on alcohol, food, taxis and movies. This stringent $8 / day covers all expenses: travel, food and whatever else.

But a problem has cropped up: I want a beer. A tall cold pint of beer.

And it’s killing me. I wake up thinking of it, I lumber home thinking of it, I eat my measly smashed-up tuna and exploded eggs – thinking of a tall, cold pint of beer.

Now, how am I going to get me a pint of that stuff without busting my budget?
Suggestions, anyone?

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Bouncing Breasts

February 28, 2008 3 comments

My little cousin must like me quite a bit.

She – knowing my predilection for women with nice tits – has sent me an animated .gif file of two rather huge hooters. As much as I appreciate her sharing stuff with me, it is rather disconcerting to see them hooters move as if they were elasticised beach balls.

Here it is dear perverts. I also pose a question, "can plastic surgery re-create this pair on non-hentai women?"

(Click on the picture below to see it animate)

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Exploding Eggs

February 27, 2008 Leave a comment

Duck!

That is just bad.

Anyways, despite the horrible pun, you should never, ever heat up eggs in a microwave oven. Yours truly, did it for his eggs. And one of them blew up in the oven!

The white, slightly-flat sphere spun out of the dish, spewed its yolk, ricocheted off the oven’s roof before settling into a rounded nook.

It was entertaining; as much as as a sadist enjoys watching cats burst apart in space. As for me, I’m just happy that the oven was built like a tank. Other egg-eaters had it worse (NewScientist Report). Now back to breaking up egg stalagmites and stalactites in the oven.

Categories: Observations

Warning: Long article

February 26, 2008 Leave a comment
 
This 7,000 word article from the Washington Post asks "Is art contextual?".
 
Instead of going the academic route and pouring over curators, the writers get a famous violinist to busk in subway with his violin. Not surprisingly, most of the rush-hour crowd barrels past him and he earns a grand total of $40. Guess we’re not that appreciative of art taken out of the concert hall.
 
An intriguing story angle. Excellent writting. Stuff that you wouldn’t see in The Straits Times.
 
Read it at the Washington Post website.
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Timescape – Gregory Benford

February 25, 2008 Leave a comment
 

Messages from the future, oceanic blooms, a womanising councilman and bitchy scientists

 

Benford’s SF novel combines all the elements so loved by SF authors – time-travel; ecological disasters; and grandfather paradoxes – with believable characters communicating across two eras: 1963 and 1998.

 

In 1998, the world is dying from fast-growing oceanic algae that kill off the fishes and spreads onto land. A group of physicists use Tachyons to send dire warnings, as Morse code, back to 1963. The warnings arrive in La Jolle where a young professor, Gordon Bernstein, picks up and decodes the warnings through his magnetic resonance experiments. Later, we see that it changes history in a big way: John F Kennedy survives Oswald’s assassination attempt. This causes the timelines to split. Gordon’s 1963 has a different (and presumably brighter) future than bleak 1998, although they both exist. What a way to side-step the grandfather paradox.

 

Like the best stories, there are plenty of dilemmas – the impending end-of-the-world, prejudices, fears and annoying colleagues – for each character. For example, the 1963 version of Gordon Bernstein becomes a pariah, because of his messages from the future, amongst the local physicists until another scientist received the same messages. Academic bitchiness and closed-mindedness? Most definitely!!! 

 

Pub. 1980 | Call no: BEN | Synopsis: Wiki Entry

 

Categories: Books

Conversations with sacred mountains – Laurence J. Brahm

February 24, 2008 Leave a comment
 
Mystical, spiritual, sometimes as incomprehensible as a Zen koan.
 
That sums up the people whom Laurence meets on his journey on the tea-horse trail in Yunnan: lagubrious, doped up couples in Dali; a Tibetian girl with a metal stud through her lower lip; Naxi couples who commit suicide to live together forever in paradise; Tibetian lamas clear the clouds with a can of coke; a man devotes his life to cleaning out a temple; a famous Mosu woman who’s been out of China and now returns home.
 
Along the way, he discovers worlds where spirits still roam freely in people’s imagination.  This book is different from other travelogues in that there’s hardly any fact-giving – just a page in the beginning of new places. The bulk of the information comes from his interviews with the characters whom he meets.
 
 
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