Rambling travelogs from a world traveler

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Singapore Architecture for Katester

A man of eighty has outlived probably three new schools of painting, 
two of architecture and poetry and a hundred in dress.   ~  Lord Byron

Gentle Readers and Loved Ones,  

I recently had a very short layover in Singapore.  As we crossed over they bay on into downtown, I saw this scene.  (Poorly captured with my phone camera, sorry)

Singapore has really different and attractive skyline and I immediately thought of my daughter.  She's about halfway through getting her degree in architecture from Iowa State University and I don't think I've bragged on her nearly enough.  She is dyslexic and has to work much harder than most do.  I couldn't be prouder of her.

But back to the travelog. I think Katester will find this fun. On the right side is downtown Singapore proper.  In roughly the center are two different structures, superimposed on each other.  Both are very fascinating.  

In the foreground is the Singapore Flyer - Wikipedia calls it the tallest Ferris Wheel in the world.  It stands 541' tall.  I found this photo on the net that shows the view from the opposite direction.  The bridge you see looking through the wheel is exactly where I was in the limo as I stuck the camera out the window.

 This picture above must be taken from the Singapore SkyPark, the structure you vaguely see through the wheel in the original picture.

This complex dominates the skyline of Singapore.  I think it may be the coolest building I've ever seen. 

There are more pictures at this siteHere too.

Gentle Reader, I'd love to tell you that I hit the hotel, changed clothes and went out to explore Singapore.  I didn't.  I was tired and went to bed and slept until I got alerted to leave again.  Maybe one day....

On that note, I remain,

Dad / Geoff

Japanese Earthquake "Audification"

"We don't know one millionth of one percent about anything.  ~  Thomas A. Edison

Gentle Readers and Loved Ones All,

I've talked about the Japanese Super Quake here before.  I wasn't there and I'm glad I wasn't, but I could have been.  This video is making the rounds and I find it fascinating.  It takes the vibrations from a seismometer 'near' the hotel where we stay and speeds them up to a frequency we can hear.  

There is more and a better explanation at this link.   Please click it and give it a read.  

Dad / Geoff