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Closure

April 10th, 2009

Through my A-Levels last year, I was so deprived that I came up with a list of the things I will do durig the Post A-Levels period.

This period is probably one of the best times in your life. Of course, before you enlist for NS or enroll in a University, that is. While this period ended for many in January, I had the fortune of having an additional 3 months. And it’s now ending for me.

So what do I do? Reflect on whatever I’ve done, of course.


1. New web host + domain + entire site?

2. The Helix Store

3. Work Lab (Lab@Home)

I decided that I wanted to step away from Lab work for a while. Also, I think a dedicated work lab is not that feasible.

4. Musical Twin Tesla Coils (Lab@Home)

A collaboration with Shaun. With him stuck in camp always, it’s difficult to coordinate especially when I have half the materials and he has the other half. I met him yesterday to pass him everything, to continue work while I’m at BMT in Tekong.

5. Science Buskers

We won 2nd! $650 along with a one-year contract with the Science Centre.

6. Lasik Surgery

4 months later and I still have perfect vision! It’s 6/6 in both eyes individually, and 6/4.2 if used together.

7. Driving

If you’re a private candidate like me, sitting for all your tests takes forever. But yes, I did start.

8. Flying

Decided to scrap this because of the length of time it would take. Even if I were to fly every week, something not really in NS, it would take me 9-12 months to obtain my private pilot licence.

9. Get a Job

I ended up with too many jobs!

10. LASERS, LASERS, LASERS (Lab@Home)

I decided to leave this to after the Tesla Coil project.

11. Astronomy Olympiads

Unrealistic with NS. Meh.

12. Business Start-up

Did this! I wanted to venture into computer consulting and web development, but the latter was enough to keep me occupied. I registered the business Helix Enterprises, to charge the invoices as a private vendor.

13. Non-Profit Start-up?

Nah, donít think this will be any good.

14. Multi-Touch Digital Table (Lab@Home)

And I’ll leave this to after my Lasers project, which will be after my Tesla Coil project. Eh.

15. Patents

No time! Maybe in the army?

16. Tan Kah Kee Young Inventors Award

Nah. I had enough of competitions. And I was even working for the department of Science Centre which organises the TKK Award.


4 Days Left to Live

April 10th, 2009

Well, that’s what I told me.

And I feel so foolish that, while I spent my last 3 months well, I’m just rotting away the last few days at home.

So, in the mean time, I spent my time completing things which I’ve never bothered to get started with for as long as I can remember.

For example, I cleaned up my room and my desk. I arranged some of the messy files on my computer. I took a bath. And I finally decided to fix all the broken links on this site, and updated it with new content.

So, as you can see, the various pages are working. All my experiments at Singapore Science Centre have been uploaded to Lab@Home. While it’s technically not ‘At Home’ anymore, I can safely ensure you that all the experiments were carried out as unprofessionally and dangerously as my usual Lab@Home experiments. Also, I fixed it such that it displays nicely in IE6 now.

And then, I did up a new Photography page. With old photos.

The Photo Gallery design is also the same as the Photography page, but it will feature content from the more significant events of my life. It only features some events right now, so I’ll need to add the rest over sometime…

I also updated the Travels page, which attempts to archive all the places I’ve been to. So far I’m less than halfway done, because it’s so difficult to dig up history from a handful of film photographs.

And then, the About page is updated to make it future-proof — as I enlist for National Service.

And of course, my Resume, a one-page summary of myself for potential employers to laugh at. It shows a significant transition from highly school-centred activities to the adult working world.


The Best of Science Buskers Festival Productions

April 4th, 2009

With NS looming, I decided that it’d be a good idea to enjoy my last week by completing as much work in this week, so that should explain the lack of any updates.

I’ve finally completed 30 videos of experiments for Science Centre, and 30 videos is A LOT. I may have such a fun and incredible job but it’s quite a lot.

I probably won’t upload the rest of the videos as filler posts (like what I used to do), but here’s a little something for you to enjoy!

A compilation of the best moments from the 30 videos, and many many many hours of footage. Enjoy!


Nearing the End

April 4th, 2009

Well, I can’t believe my time is almost up. My time as a civilian, that is.

I’m enlisting on 14th April, slightly over a week’s time. And I’m PES A, meaning I’m the type of idiot who didn’t complain about some weird disease during the medical check up.

Beyond that, this place will be barren, so I’m letting you guys have a taste of it first. Because, it will be barren.

I’ll be stuck in camp for weekdays and some weekends. I’ll just look forward to the 2 free weeks after passing out from Tekong I guess.


Astronomy.SG v2.0

March 29th, 2009

After some days working hard to get it completed, Astronomy.SG v2.0 is released!

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Go poke around at the Astronomy.SG website right now and enjoy the new design. It’s pretty cool and neat, at least in my opinion. But of course that doesn’t say much since I also created the disastrous design you see right here on this blog.

But I do hope it’s better. Really.

One of the main reasons why I had a redesign was because the old design was not compatible with Internet Explorer 6, and over 40% of the visitors to the website still uses IE6!

However, even with the new design, the website is STILL not compatible with IE6. It’s a strange error I’ve spent many fruitless hours trying to fix. It works when you visit the website, but when you click on a link and go on to another page within the website, the layout completely falls apart.

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For that problem, a message will appear at the top of the page for IE6 users, telling them to get to their senses and upgrade from that piece of crap software.

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Astronomy.SG v2.0

March 25th, 2009

I have been working on a new version for Astronomy.SG, a website I developed sometime ago as a contribution for the International Year of Astronomy 2009.

It’s version 2.0, and is codenamed Celestial.

I don’t know, it’s kinda like to first name that came to mind when I looked at the design as a whole.

So, a little sneak peek!

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Design aside, functionality will also improve greatly.

I’m not so sure yet, but it will likely include a Photo Gallery, tighter Newsletter integration, complete Blog integration, Store, and updates and write-ups about events.

And in my mind, the direction I hope to take for Astronomy.SG is to develop it into an organisation of some sort, sometime in the future.

It won’t be anything like TASOS, SingAstro or even MP Astro, but just a small circle of people who serve the community actively. We will organise overseas stargazing expeditions cheaply, overlook the participation in Astronomy Olympiads and maybe have a national publicity event annually.

Of course, all these are just plans on paper for now.

Let’s just see how it all works out.


Fireballs

March 25th, 2009


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