September 9th, 2004

krazy koati

We would shout and swim about the coral that lies beneath the waves

I took the guided tour of the Raffles Museum for Biodiversity Research, which is dedicated to the wildlife of Singapore, which is more than insects, geckos, and stray cats; it's also stuffed mammals and birds from before 1950. They had a diversity which surprised me. They claim in 1996 a new species of flying squirrel took up residence here.

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The ``Take a brochure'' box was empty; I guess they were taken at their word. And I learned the cranes I thought I saw most mornings are actually egrets. I apologize for the confusion.

Trivia: The temperature at which a material becomes antiferromagnetic is known as the Néel temperature. Source: An Introduction to Statistical Thermodynamics, Robert P.H.Gasser and W.Graham Ricahrds.

Currently Reading: Revolutions of 1848: A Social History, Priscilla Robertson. If I may quote and make a snarky nationalist joke: ``[ Prussian King Frederick William IV ] pardoned many distinguished political prisoners and exiles, among them the poet Moritz Arndt and famous old Turnvater Jahn, who had stirred up the youth of the 1810's to fervent patriotism by gymnastic exercises.'' Boy, doesn't take much to get Germans going, does it?