March 23rd, 2006

krazy koati

They just love The Real McCoys

Congratulations, spaceroo!

In the Commonwealth Games Singapore's achieved one gold medal, two silver medeals, and three bronze medals. I'm really curious just how many fourth-place finishes they've got. The Sports Participation Survey coincidentally reports that 48 percent of Singaporeans exercise at least once a week, while 47 percent do not. This is the first time they've recorded the ``exercisers'' outnumbering the sedentary. The top exercises are jogging, swimming, and walking; also in the top twenty are yoga, inline skating, and beach Volleyball.

I just caught ``Q Who'' for the first time in a long while; it's the one that introduces The Borg. It's easy to forget, in these days after increasingly desperate Trek produces called on more and more Borg so they could be Captain Janeway's Whack-A-Mole game, just how creepy and ominous they were to begin with. Of course, some of that sense of early menace is dissipated by the discovery that all over the Borg alcoves are 5 1/4-inch disk drive slots. Menaces to the galaxy should not be vulnerable to the 1541 save-with-replace bug!

Meanwhile, Environment and Water Resources Minister Yaacob Ibrahim launched the Ten Liter Challenge, for World Water Day, encouraging Singaporeans to cut daily water consumption by, well, go ahead and guess. The average Singaporean's reported to use 160 liters of water a day, and I have a hard time seeing just where, exactly. I know I could do my part by taking shorter showers, but I suspect the effect of it is going to be having public washrooms with even shorter timers on the water faucets.

Trivia: Polystyrene beads soften at about 94 Celsius, and melt at 227 Celsius. Source: Molecules at an Exhibition, John Emsley.

Currently Reading: Camelot 30K, Robert L Forward. I have no idea where I got this (paperback) book from. It's certainly used, but it's not one from the San used book store chains here, nor from the Book Garden back home, and it's not an older book of mine. It just sort of appeared.