I was wrong once, guerilla sleeping and keep quiet fools!

The Wandering Nerd January 14th, 2008

What an event filled couple of days. I’m liking Sing, it’s got tons of stuff to do, and the people I’ve met have all been top shelf. I don’t think I could actually live here for a number of reasons though. Singapore is a fine city, ‘fine’ in the sense of “if you do X the fine is $Y.” There are fines for everything, check it. Also the vice tax here is nuts. You pay almost double the cost of the drink or cigarettes in taxes. So another good traveler’s tip, buy at the duty free in the Airport.

I’m gonna’ touch on the highlights of what I’ve been up to. There was the botanic gardens of singapore that we sort of had to cut short to get Dominika back to a MRT station to send her on her merry way. Hence fewer pictures of the gardens than I would have liked to take.

After that Nicky, James and I hit up the Singapore Science Center, where they had an actual Theremin you could play with, and a large exhibit on “Infocomm!” - read: IT. I was expecting to laugh myself silly, but was pleasantly surprised to see that they’d actually really done their research. It was a bit simplified though surprisingly accurate. More fun, they had a pretty good sized Tesla Coil there as well:


…and pics:

After that we collected Jen again and headed out to the Singapore Night Safari. Setup up to mimic the animals natural environment and subtly lit, the safari offers a great way to see animals going about their nightly lives. It was a bit kitschy though, pretty much the Disneyland of nocturnal animals, the prices were over the top - much like Disneyland again, and they are a bit misleading in their admission charges. Despite it though when we were there, sitting in the dark,listening to the quiet symphony of the jungle around us, watching a giraffe go about his breakfast, it didn’t matter. When you stop valuing money and start valuing the things money can allow you to experience, it’s a good calm.

Speaking of a good calm. I’ve a medical question that I hope the good DocBroi can answer if he can spare a moment. *grin* First I need to point out that 7-11 is the largest chain in Southeast Asia. Now here’s my question, is it possible to actually do real damage to yourself by brain freeze? I.e. if someone were to say, power through a slushy, what’s the realistic outcome? I haven’t done it, nor do intend to. I hate brain freeze. I hate it so much that I’ve come up with a solution to brain freeze. I figure the freezing point of another substance just needs to be much lower than water so it can function as sort of an ‘anti-freezing agent.’ What substance do we all know and love that has a lower freezing point? That’s right! Vodka! So putting vodka in your slushy means no more brain freeze, quid est demonstratum!  I’m expecting a call from the Nobel committee for that one, I’m not sure if I can actually win both the Physics and Chemistry prize along with the Peace prize but I think that’s worthy.  Science!

What else, what else? Oh! Is it just me or do the rest of you think the Esplanade also looks like the hideout for the Legion of Doom? It’s been really bugging me.

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After that brilliant segway, or should I say, “Meanwhile, back in the Mint Museum of Toys…” The museum houses thousands of toys from all around the world and back to the turn of the century. Including a big superhero set, POW, BANG, BIF!!! Strangely they have a case devoted to the Golliwogg, all I can say is…wow, just…wow…that’s some effed up ess. They also have a candy apple red Darth Vader figure. I take exception to that. Near blatant racism is one thing, but a red Vader? That’s sacrilege. In the fifties, they didn’t really know any better, but in 2005 Vader is still sacrosanct! Damn you Lucas. *huff* Anyway! toys:


Preparations are well underway for the Chinese New Year all around the city. I’m not going to be here to see them, but it’s cool to see the amount of effort that goes into the celebration here. Hell all we usually do is stock up on booze and silly hats…

Hokay, I’m exhausted kids, here’s the last of Singapore, dunno’ when you’ll see me again, but keep fighting The Man!


a thousand miles seems pretty far
but they’ve got planes and trains and cars
-plain white

2 Responses to “I was wrong once, guerilla sleeping and keep quiet fools!”

  1. DocBroion 14 Jan 2008 at 7:49 am

    Hey, broi! Sounds like you’re well on your way to being the second American to be caned in public in Singapore. ;) Good man!

    Can brain freeze be damaging? To the best of my knowledge, no. What brain freeze actually is is shivering taking place in muscles in your face and head that you don’t normally use for shivering. The asynchronous muscle movements cause pain in the muscles, and you get the sensation of nicely chilled steel spike being shoved through the back of your head via the back of your nose.

    I gotta run now, as I’m in Woodstock, VA, on my way back to Nashville. When I can write more extensively, I’ll… um… write more extensively. And no, I wouldn’t book your flight to Stockholm just yet. We’ll talk about why later. :)

    DB

  2. madbroion 15 Jan 2008 at 12:57 pm

    Broi, I need an answer to a very important question involving this set of pictures. Did you crash the Hall of Doom?! Did you stand up at the podium and tell Cheetah and Giganta they need to swap costumes, or something about Black Manta seemed…you know it’s coming…fishy? That’s great broi! There were just too many bad jokes about you in that freaking box with your head sticking out of the fruit bowl, I had to get it out of my system somehow.

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