May 24th, 2004

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I'd like to be

So after finishing the Lord of the Rings exhibit at the Singapore Science Centre, I went to their nice little ``kinetic garden'', available for rent to interested parties. So, my tour.

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In other news a cargo ship with four thousand new Hyundai cars crashed into another ship. While both got out of the main shipping lane between Singapore and Batam, the car-carrying ship sank, and there's a new little oil spill growing.

So why, yesterday, was there a two-meter-long industrial freezer with a handful of ice cream cartons in the middle of the Harvey Norman store at Funan The IT Mall? Harvey Norman sells electronics -- TVs, DVDs, digital cameras -- and home appliances -- washing machines, toaster ovens, microwaves. So, I asked. It's a special promotion tied into the forthcoming Great Singapore Sale: spend S$100.00 or more in any one purchase and you get a free small box of ice cream. Though the sales clerk pointed out you could go down to the McDonald's in the Funan mall (as Funan is a computers-and-electronics mall, the McDonald's there is decorated in an Old West theme) and get an ice cream cone for 50 cents, no consumer electronics purchase necessary. It's tempting, but I didn't need a hundred dollars of electronics, or, really, a McDonald's ice cream cone either.

Trivia: The Titan II rocket used for the Gemini program had 27 relays, umbilicals, valves, and regulators, compared to 172 in the Titan I. Source: On the Shoulders of Titans: A History of Project Gemini, Barton C. Hacker and James M. Grimwood. NASA SP-4203.

Currently Reading: European History, 1648-1789, Robert M. Rayner.