August 14th, 2004

krazy koati

This land is your land

Ah! Spotted at Times (a bookstore) today, the National Symbols Kit, produced by the Ministry of Information and The Arts. Contents: Foreward; The National Flag; The National Anthem; The National Coat of Arms; The Pledge; The Lion Head Symbol; The National Flower; Our Shared Values; and The National Anthem Score (Piano with Choir). Fella could have a pretty good weekend in Geylang with all that stuff.

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So it's an interesting kit, and I finally know how to buy a Singapore flag: visit a bookstore in August. I don't know why I didn't think of that before.

Trivia: The Singapore Flag, National Anthem, and Coat of Arms were unveiled on 3 December 1959. Source: The National Symbols Kit, Singapore Ministry of Information and The Arts.

Currently Reading: The Mystery of the Aleph: Mathematics, the Kabbalah, and the Search for Infinity, Amir D. Aczel. While the book's a fine history/biography of Georg Cantor and Kurt Gödel's studies of set theory, infinity, and indeterminacy, the bits about ancient philosophy and the Kabbalah are only weakly connected to that. Part of my frustration, surely, is that I've had several years of real and functional analysis, which (indirectly) teach one that everything everybody thought about infinity before about 1870 was stupid, so for example I don't understand the distinctions of ``potential infinity'' and ``actual infinity'', which the author assumes the reader finds somewhat familiar.