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/u:bæ∫Ik/[n] The greatest, most superlative of its kind;[n] Elegant and stylist;[n] amalgation of German-Franco lexicon, describing hypercool translinguistic supracultural phenomenon.

Sunday, October 30, 2005
So my roomie and I get up at 8:30am to go to church. It's a beautiful sunny Sunday morning, pure sunlight streaming through the crisp air into my dorm. We make ourselves breakfast and dress up. He applies his aftershave and I do up my hair. Sunday best, no less.

And so we trudge out into the cool fall morning, soaking in the sun, a wondrous respite from the rainy, dreary weekend. 0855 am, just on time for our ride....

... but my handphone tells me it's 7:55am.

"Wait. The service is at 8:30am or 9am?"

"It's at 9."

"Uh, it's only 5 minutes to 7 now."

"Wait. We got up at 8:30am...."

And then, short of concluding that we have entered the twilight zone, we realise daylight saving is in effect.

Least that didn't happend on a weekday with classes.

Thursday, October 27, 2005
It's only Thursday.

And I've already participated in no less than 3 surprise birthday celebrations for 2 people in the past week.

Firstly, how is it that so many Singaporeans are born in October?
Secondly, how big can a surprise actually be?

But hey, I'm all but too easily astounded.

Thursday, October 20, 2005
It is my coldest morning in Providence today. 9 degress. Brrr. Thank God the heating in my room got turned on.

But it's still a beautiful day! The sun in the clear-blue sky is beaming into my room!

Again, I'll be away this weekend. There's this Fall Conference by the CHC guys, so I'm chipping in and playing the guitar for them too! It'll be good.

The liberal curriculum here is now working against me. There's too many classes I wanna take next semester. Arggh.

Monday, October 17, 2005
Michio Kaku's lecture wasn't that great after all.

Although it was nice to come 1 hour early to the lecture hall to get a seat; the whole place was practically filled by 3.45pm (the lecture was supposed to begin at 4:30pm). I have no idea why they served refreshments BEFORE the lecture began.

Anyway, Prof. Kaku did what he apparently does very well: speak to a large group of people about the cutting-edge of theoretical physics.

The theme of the lecture series being Einstein's legacy 100 years after he formulated his theory of special relativity, there was considerable stress on Einstein's life, his pattern of thinking, and his groundbreaking thought-experiments.

To my disappointment, he fudged over the hard scientific theorizing and mathematical elegancy of string theory as birthed from Einstein's equations and favoured jokes and dazzling diagrams (much to the delight of several students).

It was nice to attend to lecture with, of all people, 2 fellow students from my Biblical Hebrew class. You can imagine our response when, while answering a question from a guy who asked about the rising tide of anti-evolutionary educational syllabi, the good Prof. stated in his characteristically cocky tone that "science is the mother of prosperity" and that "economic progress didn't come from some 'holy book'!"

The other question that a smartypants college kid asked was, "Do you think atoms are, like, conscious?"

Go Figure.

Friday, October 14, 2005
After having missed Jerry Katzenberg's lecture because of a midterm, I've decided to become more dogged in noting down and scheduling all the funky lectures they have on down here at Brown.

Like this one:

Michio Kaku,
Professor Of Physics,
City College of New York (CCNY)
"Einstein's Legacy: black holes, worm holes, time machines, and higher dimensions "

Wednesday, October 12, 2005
Check out this album for the rest of the pictures of New England!

OK, after I'm done with this physics lab report, my week will seriously cool off into a lull.

Speaking of cooling off, it is getting pretty darn cold and rainy here in Providence. I tried to go running yesterday afternoon while it was 10 deg celsius. The only problem was that I only wore a t-shirt and shorts.

Nothing else. Talk about being wise.

I had to turn back after 15 minutes of torturous jogging.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005
The house where we stayed. the cars are parked beside the barn, which is directly connected to the house.

Shots from Ellis Falls, in New Hampshire, a good 3 hours' drive from our abode.




Monday, October 10, 2005
OK. So here's some shots from our New England Trip.

Before we start out!

The New England Fall. The trees just started turning colour. And the rain never stops falling.

But that doesn't stop me from exploring the forest in fall.

And finally, back to my bed in the barn. It got friggin cold in the night. Brrr. And there were sqirrels hoarding nuts into the barn. We saw some scurrying about the beams and heard the sound of wood-on-nut.

Friday, October 07, 2005
and so the week has gone and the weekend has come!

I'm off to maine. I'm still deciding whether to load up on the assignments or just go there, relax, and then work on Monday. Considering that we're leaving in less than 2 hours, I think I'll eventually lug 'em along.

The weather forecast says its going to be freeeeeezing in Maine this saturday.

I'm not afraid. I'm looking forward to the hot-tub.

Saturday, October 01, 2005
I have three tests coming up this week. Everyone winces when they hear that. While the reaction may oscillate between genuine sympathy or condescending politeness, the truth remains: it's one heckuvaride.

So my roomie and I trudged our way back at 2am on Saturday after a 2 hour session of mugging at the computer lab. We chose not to partake of the juvenile revelries bubbling over from our neighbour's room (the vodka was gone by 11pm -- go figure) and slipped out to quiter environs on campus.

And so we met Glenda and Eng Siang on the way back. It was 7 deg out there (and fall's barely begun, mind you), so the 3 suaka singaporeans were standing there breathing out frivolously, enjoying the sight of one's warm breath.

Hebrew test on monday. Neuroscience on tuesday. It's gonna be OK.

Once the trees gloriously shed their foilage, I'll post the pics.