January 23rd, 2005

krazy koati

The tramping of feet, I love every beat

So down at Ngee Ann City was a little backdrop and catwalk set up; the event -- promised, but not going on -- was a ceremony with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong celebrating the Tiger Cup championship the Singapore soccer team won last week. Apparently it's the first time a Singapore sports team won an international competition in Singapore, so people are excited beyond the ordinary thrill of soccer. Curiously, behind all this setup were bleachers, all looking directly away from the proceedings. Since they faced the street I imagine they were put up for a parade, though I avoid places parades may occur for risk of seeing one.

The Royal Museum of Science toy was ... you probably guessed ... the astronaut just stepped off the Lunar Module ladder. This would be my last choice, but it is very well-made, and quite detailed. It comes with several brochures, none of which I can read except for equations, and some cartoon depictions of the Apollo 11 crew and various Moon Mission events, and a picture of fascinated crowds thronging ``LM 71/2'' at the Japanese 1976 Space Exposition. There's also (small) ads for the DVD set of From the Earth to the Moon and The Dish, and some space history models. Neat.

Trivia: Leonardo da Vinci is thought to be the first to have draw an icosidodecahedron, a 60-vertex figure with 32 faces add 60 edges. Source: Platonic and Archimedean Solids, Daud Sutton.

Currently Reading: The Micro Millennium, Christopher Evans. It way overestimates artificial intelligence (which will solve fusion), understates but gets qualitatively right e-mail, and predicts Communist countries will develop mass consumer markets, or simply collapse, against the economic weight and communications of microcomputer-based capitalism. Startling words for 1979.