I've just discovered that Google now have streetview for Singapore. Some highlights for my curious readers:
This is the pedestrian gate to the condo complex I used to live in.
I used to work in this building. In my day what is now the Singapura Financial was an actual Royal Bank of Canada branch. I worked in the trading room which was up on, I think, the 15th floor.
If you walk down the street from the old RBC building and turn on MacCallum street you get to the hawker centre where we used to get lunch most days. Unfortunately you can't go inside and see if the fried rice man is still there.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Saturday, November 20, 2010
When I lived in the UK I used to sometimes wonder about the strange shape of the 50 pence coin. It seemed to be half way between round and hexagonal (actually it has 7 sides). According to this blog post the shape of the coin means that it has constant width even though it isn't round. The post shows how this works and even demos using them as wheels.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Tuesday, November 09, 2010
According to this article in the Guardian about life on the International Space Station, astronauts sometimes see cosmic rays when they pass through their eyeballs.
The lights don't go out completely, though. People dozing in orbit see streaks and bursts of bright colour caused by high-energy cosmic rays painlessly slamming into their retinas.
Friday, November 05, 2010
The Telegraph has the obituary of Dennis Rendell who served in the British Parachute Regiment and Royal Military Police. The most amazing thing about the article is the picture at the top. It shows Rendell, on the run after escaping from a German prison camp, playing a carnival game in between two German soldiers.
Follow up: I had never heard of those shooting games mentioned in the obituary that take a picture when you hit the target but then came across this article about a woman who visited such a shooting gallery from 1936 until the present day.
follow up via kottke.org