Wednesday, 16 November 2011
Friday, 14 October 2011
I have actually been "intern-ing" under Siva for a few months now, for the International Coastal Cleanup (ICCS). But now as an intern of the museum, I have a duty to upkeep this blog. Blogging/writing is not one of my strengths, even though I do keep blogs, but being under Siva means blogging. Hence, one of my objectives from this internship is probably to improve my writing/blogging skills!
Blogging here is also kind of a reprieve from what I've been doing -- trying to process and compare results of ICCS from 2006 to 2011 by zones.
But my original task to blog was actually on a seminar I attended last Thursday. That post will be out sometime, I guess...
Monday, 2 July 2007
You must be wondering why it is horrible to me. Siva once told me that not all people would know how to use Google Earth and majority of them wouldn't even spend the time downloading the program. An online interactive map is in fact better and could reach out to more people. Therefore, now, there's a high chance that I may be remarking the same landmarks on Google Maps. *Cries*
Unless I'm wrong with the fact that KMZ file cannot be viewed in Google Maps. Or maybe there's some way in which i can intergrate Google Earth maps into Google Maps.
Calling all Google Earth/Maps geeks out there! Please Save Me!!!
Sunday, 1 July 2007
An overview of Google Earth. The globe greets you once you start the program.
Google Earth isn't a difficult program to use. Perhaps, you could try to find your home and get yourself familiarize with the navigation control and the program itself.
If you are overwhelmed with all the trees, buildings and roads that you see at the satellite level, and had no idea what the place you are staring at is, no worries! You could switch on useful layers such as the roads, borders, populated places, and Google earth community. These will show you the landmarks and road names. Alternatively, you can download Singapore Placemarks Version 4.12. This will give you major landmarks and even MRT routes; it's definitely a very useful tool and worth downloading. =D
The layers control is at the bottom left hand side of the screen (as shown in the picture).
After you are done with exploring Google Earth, it's serious business time - marking places on it. I will show how to put a pin and make a path in this post.
Click to enlarge the picture. Follow the instructions in the picture to put a pin on a landmark. If you need to do amendments, right click on the pin and choose 'properties' (for Windows). For Mac users, choose 'get info'.
Click to enlarge the picture. Follow the instructions in the picture to draw a path.
Now, after all the pins and paths are in position, it's time to save your file and perhaps share it with others! Firstly, you've got to create a folder in say 'My Places'. Then drag all the items that you had created into this new folder.
Click to enlarge the picture. Follow the instructions in the picture to create a folder.
Now, you can save it as a KMZ file and share it with your friends! Simply attach the KMZ file to you email and you're done!
Thursday, 28 June 2007
Nevertheless amidst my dulled senses, my attention was captured by this!
As if the blinding sun wasn't enough, I saw this blooming lotus outside the Department of Biological Science. It was initially just a bud on Monday. But when I went down on Wednesday - volia!
It's big, pink and blooming in action.
I couldn't help but take a few shots. The fact that I'd finished scanning the articles probably added to my photo-taking mood. =)
Here's the last picture of the lotus, sun kissed and smiling for the camera.
This was taken on the 27th July. I guess the flower's still there for those who want to see it, but no guarentees. So hurry down now to Level 5 Blk S2 Science Drive 4, The National University of Singapore to catch the flower in full bloom!
Tuesday, 26 June 2007
I got to the ICCS website immediately and looked at the maps for each zones. (Gulp! Gonna have a tough time…)
Shock time over, and I began marking down the places steadily in Google Earth. It’s not so horrifying after all because I’m armed with the latest Singapore Street Directory 2007!
I started marking down on 19 June 2007 and am finally done with the first run on 26 June 2007. A little preview on the future ICCS maps and my lovely artwork:
However, just when I’m on cloud nine, Siva called for me: ‘Wenxian, go find out about Google Maps and see how these Google Earth maps can be integrated into it.’ *Gulp.*
(Sequel coming soon!)
" Today, a Typhoid Mary is a generic term for a carrier of a dangerous disease who is a danger to the public because they refuse to take appropriate precautions. "
Here's some interesting information about the first identified carrier of typhoid fever. Add the fact that she's always in denial, and you can bring several people seriously down.
I brought down Siva only, but many people seem to be getting the flu these days. So being the pioneer amongst those hit with flu, I guess it's no wonder he referred to me as Typhoid Mary.