Sunday, November 26, 2006
Here are two pictures I took recently. Not important enough to use film but still worth the effort of recording with the digital camera. One would not usually take notice of such common things, yet it is the subtle beauty of the sights around me that makes me glad I'm not blind.
Sunday, November 19, 2006
Shuquan and I tried to catch the Leonids meteor shower early this morning. It was a little cloudy but at least some stars were visible. This meteor spotting session was spectacularly disappointing. I didn't see a single meteor, not even a stray one. I would have been satisfied with a single fireball.
I'm game. And the timing looks decent too. Can still catch the last bus back. Anyway MacRitchie turned out to be a not bad place
I have another idea. I suddenly want to go to Pulau Ubin for 1-2 days. maybe we can go camp there for the weekend
Sure man. I got an almost complete tent we could use, just missing the tent pegs, courtesy of OBS.
Saturday, November 18, 2006
Two TV stations in Maine have decided to stop doing global warming stories. The general manager said in his e-mail message to his staff that he placed “global warming stories in the same category as the killer African bee scare from the 1970s or, more recently, the Y2K scare when everyone's computer was going to self-destruct". (link to article)
You forgot to mention that triggering an Ice Age in Europe would also mean temperate climates descending upon the equatorial countries. Hurray!
Saturday, November 11, 2006
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Some Singaporean started some sort of atheism self-help network. Seems like it's doomed to fail. How much can you possibly write about atheism?! Then there's the Sedition Act just waiting to ensnare you when you cross the line.
I attended a talk about intellectual property on Monday by Dr Toh See Kiat. Dr Toh was the guest-of-honour during my secondary school graduation ceremony or something like that about 9 years ago. Our school's gift to the VIP was one of my ceramic pots, which was my more unusual and experimental work. The headmaster invited me to shake his hand because of that. Coincidentally, a few weeks later, I met him again at an award ceremony his daughter was attending. Then I never saw him again...until Monday.
Yup we do choose what we remember. A common rule of thumb in explaining this would be that our mind subconsciously tries to forget unpleasant or things associated with unpleasant events. And vice versa commit to memory events which left warm and fuzzy feelings from long ago
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
I attended a talk about intellectual property on Monday, which got me thinking about the difference between an invention and a discovery. I have always thought that they are well-defined and distinct categories but after some thought, I'm not so sure.
Sunday, November 05, 2006
Last Three Books