April 26th, 2004

krazy koati

And the highway she's deserted down to Breaker's Point

Much of the foam concrete needed for the Nicoll Highway collapse site has been installed, despite flash rains over the day. The highway collapse seems to have reached stability; the Straits Times today was running articles filled with odd trivia about, and people's recollections of, the highway. For example: ``It is Singapore's first high-speed road, the first to have two stone lions at each end and the first `tidal-wave' road in which traffic flow changed at different times of the day, introduced in the late 1960s.'' This wording implies there are multiple roads here having stone lions at each end. I wonder if they're load-bearing stone lions.

Today the quest to finish a project outline was delayed, of course, by something stupid; the grades I turned in Saturday weighted the course average too greatly and the final exam too lightly. I'd need to ask the Dean's permission to use the grades I had. So I spent time redoing last week's grades and adjusting the ones I had to turn in today.

And then one of the secretaries said, as we were both leaving for separate rides, she mentioned I was meeting Wednesday to review my grades. ``I am?'' She's not sure who I'm meeting with, or when, or where, what it's about specifically, but was sure I'd get an e-mail about it. I haven't yet. I'm trying to not think about it.

I got rather sharply reminded it was now between terms: the canteen nearest my office was closed, except for the drinks-and-snack-foods stand, by 5:15 p.m. I got a ham roll and debated a kaya bun and made a rendang pizza in my toaster oven at home. I'll have to figure out what's now open where. But I got the outline done and am reasonably content with it.

Trivia: The Merdeka Bridge's name -- meaning ``Independence Bridge'' -- was considered too political by some when the bridge was named in 1956; a less controversial suggestion was ``Bottleneck Bridge.'' Source: ``On a trip down highway's memory lane: Opened in 1956 to great traffic relief, it later became a symbol of independence,'' by Serene Goh, 26 April 2004 edition of The Straits Times.

Currently Reading: The Second World War, John Keegan.