Part 2 of my visit to the mini Maker Faire held in Singapore, August 4. We have robots that walk and do self-defence and play soccer. And musical instruments made out of unusual materials. And a fire tornado. Watch part 1.
I went to the mini Maker Faire at the Singapore Science Centre. In the video, there’s a device that measures distances using ultrasonic waves, and based on that, turns a light on or off. It took me a while before I finally understood the concept. I thought it was directional, because she explained the device […]
I attended some talks at Barcamp Singapore 8 held at Tembusu College. I also gave a talk on “Vlogging on YouTube”, which had less-than-enthusiastic reviews.
In which you learn some Malay/Indonesian/Hokkien/Chinese words. This is when you’re ordering tea or coffee from a local coffee shop or drinks stall in Singapore. Not Starbucks. What’s the longest beverage customisation you’ve ever ordered? The Tea Project: http://www.youtube.com/theteaproject
The June 2011 issue marks the birthday (birthmonth?) of Singularity! This is the 13th issue, and I thank you for reading the magazine. Download this month’s issue (about 7MB). Behind the scenes So I found a solution to my cat ride problem. I negotiated heavily with my cat, and she decided (rather imperiously, I might […]
Do you know why there are so few entrepreneurs around? Because it’s uncomfortable to be one. Keep this notion of “comfortability” as you continue to read, since it’s going to be a running theme. On surviving enormous weights I slept late last night. Or more accurately, I slept in the early morning today. I do […]
So I made a short video [click through to the blog if you can’t see the video] In Singapore, during the first 2 days of Chinese New Year (which are also public holidays), there’s practically no food to be bought. Let me explain. The majority of the Singapore population is Chinese. No sane and rational […]
Recently, someone from a current affairs television show emailed me. Basically, it’s the start of the new year, and thus the start of the school year. There was the release of the PISA 2009 results and Shanghai topped the list. I wrote a short article, that Singapore was ranked 5th and stated some of my […]
According to the latest PISA results, Singapore is ranked 5th overall in terms of reading capabilities (see executive summary in PDF). Singapore also scored high in mathematics and science. “Better educational outcomes are a strong predictor for future economic growth,” said OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría. “While national income and educational achievement are still related, PISA […]
I was reading this post by Dan Meyer on pseudocontext in maths problems. If we invite pseudocontext in our classrooms without condition, it becomes harder and harder to tell the difference between the real and the unreal. Back when I was young, a lot of maths problems made little sense to me. In those days, […]