May 23rd, 2004

krazy koati

They're never in a hurry and they take things slow

So where was I headed yesterday? It was to the Singapore Science Centre in Jurong, home of The Lord of the Rings Motion Picture Trilogy: The Exhibition: The Only Venue In Asia. This exhibit pledged to bring to Asia props and behind-the-scenes everything of, well, you know. Before venturing in I have to surrender some of my credentials as a nerd and as a guy saturated with pop cultural trivia. I've never read The Lord of the Rings books, and all I've seen of the movies are what were in the trailers and what I've seen wading through clouds of fanboys staring at the video monitors at DVD stores. I did read The Hobbit -- once -- in seventh grade, assigned for a book report by a rather perceptive teacher who recognized that I'd like it; but I remember nothing of it. What I know of the series I've picked up by association, from references and imitators. So as I stepped in it was something like getting to see the Spanish Royal Wedding; I could see that a lot of people were excited by it and respected the effort involved, but it wasn't of passionate interest to me.

Also, unfortunately, cameras were not allowed past this point. I started to take a picture of the ``no cameras'' sign, but got a cross look from the ticket-taker. I'll make do. Among my observations:

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Fun? Yes, it was. I'm sure I missed a great deal just from not knowing what was important or what wasn't in the books and movies. But I enjoyed what I saw.

In other news today I went down to the Singapore River and did find quite a few of the various lion statues mentioned earlier. Somewhere else in town a Bollywood Film Festival gave out bunches of awards. Why give out Bollywood awards in Singapore? Because somehow contracts have been signed to produce a couple Indian movies each year here in the Lion City. I can only imagine what the resulting cultural salad will be like.

Trivia: The earliest known example of polyhedrons drawn on the plane by ``unfolding'' their edges is from Albrecht Dürer's Painter's Manual, published 1525. Source: Platonic and Archimedean Solids, Daud Sutton.

Currently Reading: The Collected Works of Paddy Chayefsky: The Screenplays -- The Hospital, Network, Altered States, Paddy Chayefsky.