Sunday, February 25, 2007
Before the days of the NEL, there used to be a bus that travels from my place to City Hall. Nowadays, I take a bus to Serangoon MRT and take the train to City Hall. Sometimes, it's really fast. But on other times, I can't help but feel it's taking really long. I never gave it much thought until recently when I suddenly realized I was looking at the average traveling time and that's the problem.
I agree. That's why I prefer a direct, long bus journey than taking trains.
Our current transport model inclined towards the hub-and-spoke model, so you can expect there to be more transits. Having a monopoly on transport in Singapore doesn't help either.
Good idea. Since it's a small scale business, we can just whack SBS/SMRT on routes where they are the weakest, i.e. require multiple transits.
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
A few weeks ago, I was watching a show on TV where a guy was explaining research into how humans react to androids (humanoid robots) that look like real people. He said that while one would not usually care if he kicks a robot that resembles a box with wheels, people would get upset if he were to hit a robot that looks a lot like a human being even if the robot is equally robust.
FREAKY!!! They look so real....
Saturday, February 17, 2007
Friday, February 16, 2007
Eclipses. The only time when the Sun is black, kind of, and the Moon is red. In anticipation of the Total Lunar Eclipse of 4th March 2007 (3rd March for North America), I was discussing eclipses with Shuquan when he suggested we go eclipse-chasing in China for the Total Solar Eclipse of 2009. So I searched the web and found these two interesting maps of solar eclipses from 2001 to 2025.
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
I usually avoid putting mathematics-related posts here but I think this one might interest some people who usually find math distasteful.
Hey! I once deliberated this concept of assigning duties in the army before. It works like SP or EP in which the people in the roster submit their disutilities/utilities in doing COS and guard duty anonymously, then impartially allocate duties ensuring maximum utility for everyone.
Saturday, February 10, 2007
Monday, February 05, 2007
I visited the Singapore Science Centre with Shuquan on Saturday, 3rd Feb. You can read all about that here. I haven't been there for more than a decade but it didn't really change much. Considering that children are getting smarter with each generation, the Science Centre's target audience must be getting younger and younger. They're still displaying Bohr's model of the atom. I would think lower secondary school children should be able to understand the quantum mechanical model by now. Well, at least they were up to date on the status of Pluto not being a planet any more. An amusing find was the old hand-crank field telephone that I was taught to use in School of Signals back then is now an exhibit in the Science Centre.
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