Photos from our first 75km ride this year (HV-Changi Loop, 15 Jan 2012)

In order to post these pictures, I dragged and dropped the entire album of individual photos into my gmail acount on MailPlane, and selcted to reduce the size to 800×600 before emailing posterous. This is certainly quick way to publicly share photos in a focused blog.

How fast can you blog?

See Slacker David sneak out the MW5201 Science Communication class!

Sent from my iPhone

This post was put up as a demonstration of the ease of blogging these days at the MW5201 Topics in Science Communications class. While talking, I used my iPhone to grab an image and emailed it to Posterous. It was published there then automatically duplicated onto this WordPress blog, while the title appears on twitter and Facebook.

Interestingly, Yasmeen from the first batch of this course twittered immediately to say,

“Wow…that many students now in that class?”

She had only four classmates.

When we learnt about Posterous in 2008, Kenneth Pinto (@acroamatic) emailed to very aptly say, “Anyone who can email can now blog”.

After exploring its ability to handle a slew of images, mp3s, comments and pdfs, I dumped my “how to blog” workshop instruction set for the single act of emailing Posterous. Posterous has since moved from strength to strength and can now jump over tall buildings in a single leap. But it was its elegant ability to get you blogging with minimum fuss is still at its core.

Last night I realised with a start, that with a smart phone, it had become even easier!

Now that technology is essentially out of the way, everyone is back to square one – figuring out what to say.

Perhaps chewing the end of the pencil might help.

“It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents”*

Shortly after midnight last night, after confirming a 6.30am ride to Changi Village with Kenneth Pinto and Kevin Lim, flashes of light burst in through the kitchen window. The storm clouds had come. It was all was gone by morning, but wet roads and young casuarinas along the Changi extent of the Eastern Coastal Park Connector spoke of a tale of a tempestuous night.

Photo by Kenneth Pinto

Photo by Kenneth Pinto


Friends from the east on Facebook chipped in immediately to verify that the winds had been very strong the previous night night:

Wu Huaying said,

“The 3+am winds at East Coast were the loudest I’ve ever heard in Singapore, like a typhoon slamming in. Many casuarinas along that stretch and at Changi Beach faint during storms with strong winds, some of the railings in your picture (top) have been replaced before after they were dented by the falling trees.”

Hidayat Amat said,

“I was outside when the strong winds started at around 3am. It blew one of those big blue recycling boxes with yellow cover from the pavement to the road beside. I thought it was light until I tried moving it as it was blocking one side of the road.”

Well, we’ve had a wet time of it. What follows in February is our driest month. The sun today was a reminder that we’ll be praying for moisture of any kind, quite soon.
*This infamous phrase is Edward Bulwer-Lytton’s.