The Assissi Hospice Charity Fun Day @ SJI International, Sat 02 May 2009 is a day to find great music, food and drink, fruits galore (a friend took away a few cartons!), games, performances and loads of cheery people! Join us and part with some cash for the charity.
The carpark is at the MCYS charges per entry $1.07.
A free shuttle bus (40 seater) will operate from Novena MRT Bus Stop to SJI International bus-stop and back, from 9.30am to 4pm. It is about a 30-min loop. Note: DO NOT take the Mount Alvernia Hospital busplus shuttle at Novena MRT!
The people and atmosphere will make you part with your cash quite happily and we stall holders got kinda carried away ourselves. Some natural history books that I gave to friends this year were bought from my own stall (some of Adrian's flora books) – they had been kept until I found the right person to give them too.
It’s all quite mad and good fun and the group of us like the process as much as the eventual target of raising funds (see last year’s blog post). I also look forward to bumping into more than a couple of my friends there. I am bringing along two Canon Selphy printers for the photographs with Star Wars characters. I better check those tonight!
This schedule is just about confirmed for the new term. It al depends on enrollment, space and persuasion so it’s nice to see it has worked out comfortably for me – no rushing between venues, thankfully. I love a fresh morning start but there are also no 8am lectures – still, most students moan about this, even the hostelites, so its good.
The new module, LSM2251 may have its practicals replaced with a day-long Saturday field trip instead but we’ll sort that out later. Monday morning lectures at LT23 are useful for a quick swig of coffee before revving students up for the week ahead.
There are no free days so Wednesday afternoons is the best time for honours student consultation – most of them will be in the Marine Biology module in the first Semester so that leaves the afternoon. If I need to accompany them in the field, its good that there are mornings and afternoon in case of the tide.
Thankfully first year Biodiversity has the most preparation time – most of Tuesday as I will be trying the most number of new things with this module. And the Friday practical slot is ideal for those who want to stay back. I only wish Biodiversity was in LT25 and not LT26. The former is my favourite LT and is great for interaction, pacing around and climbing up and down the stairs to find some hapless soul to answer questions. Venue changes do happen depending on eventual enrollment, so we’ll see.
Mr Bats likes to stuff his head into our arms or chest to catch a snooze in the early evening or late morning. He displaces my wireless keyboard (thankfully catnip prevents cat-astrophes) and then parks himself into the crook of my arm and snuggles in. It's nice when he does that and is purring away while I type…
Strong winds surged through Singapore at about midnight last night – I woke up groggily from a deep sleep at about 11pm and was reading after I had fed the cats. Mr Bats, Xylo and Tiger all hunched up all of a sudden and my ears pricked up as I watched them. Sure enough I heard a rushing sound approach. Then windows stated rattling and banging shut and loose objects clattered away in the streets.
There was no rain though, but in the direction of Bukit Timah, the sky was all cloudy. I twittered and so did others – the strong gusts of winds were apparently felt all over western and central Singapore (alter updates said ALL over SIngapore). Dustbin covers were blown off, umbrellas turned inside out and *drum roll* NEA weather pages were blown away (as one tweet announced).
I did manage to see a huge rain front heading towards Singapore from the west but subsequent updates did not get through. The rain came minutes later but didn’t last for very long. The twitter feeds too eventually petered out and my cats and the heat returned. It was but a short respite from the heat.
“How to communicate conservation science effectively online?” An informal Q&A session with Rhett A. Butler, founder of Mongabay.com
Tuesday, 12th May 2009: 5.30pm DBS Conference Room, Block S3, Level 5, Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science National University of Singapore Map: http://tinyurl.com/map-nusdbs
Hosts: Janice Lee & N. Sivasothi
All are welcome.
Mongabay.com was founded nearly 10 years ago by Rhett A. Butler, who today is the chief editor and primary writer for the site. With more than one million unique visitors per month, Mongabay.com is one of the world’s most popular environmental science and conservation news sites. The news and rainforests sections of the site are widely cited for information on tropical forests, conservation, and wildlife.
In this informal Q&A session, Rhett will share his experiences of managing and updating Mongabay.com as well as answer any questions from the floor on how to communicate conservation science effectively using online tools such as blogs.