Thursday, September 15, 2005

The Weather In Singapore Is...

I was just reading mrbrown's entry on 'the climate of fear' in Singapore. I kind of agree this climate actually exists here because just yesterday, a visitor to this blog emailed me and we started a gmail conversation. Janice (not her real name, her real name is Lisa Lim) told me she wanted to comment on my entry but didn't dare do so, for fear of being 'blacklisted'. Her fear is understandable. I just went The Weather Channel and found out there really is a climate of fear here (click for bigger picture). The interesting thing about weather is that it's not only a 'top-down' process (earth's tilt, volcano eruption, ocean currents...), it can also be very much influenced by 'bottom-up' factors (man-made pollution, excessive CO2 emissions, too much logging etc.) I think the climate of fear can be very much reduced if the Singapore Protocol is signed by citizens ASAP. This will reduce, within the next five years, the number of self-fulfilling fearful prophecies by as much as 50%. It's pretty astounding, if you think about it. The only question is: do we have the will to do so? I don't think we have much choice. The climate of Singapore depends on it. We must act, now. Update (!): Hui Chieh predicts that more people would be interested in this weather report as another blogger has been found to be sediActious today, Friday. Interesting enough, the Weather Channel has proven to be quite prescient on this matter... For my other (more conventional) writeup on interpreting weather, click here. Update (!!): Via the forums, The New Paper reports that "Gan faces seven counts of promoting ill-will in Singapore under Chapter 29 of the Seditious Act." ;p

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Do the trains really run on time there?

jeffyen said...

Do you mean to say if the trains really run on time in Singapore? Well, yeah, they probably do. Singapore's train system doesn't have a published schedule, so yeah, it usually runs on this schedule, or the lack thereof...

Janice said...

Oh thanks for covering my real name ya Jeff, I'm really fear to make a comment here ^L^.

jeffyen said...

wahhaaa! Die liao lah... don't blame me if you get hauled up in the middle of the night hor... They *have* ways to track one... even anonymous comments... lol

lakeside girl said...

Heh heh heh. Climate of fear indeed. Someone become funnier after his round-the-world tour.

Anonymous said...

Ahh... classic Jeff. Good job.

rijac said...

on the subject of train schedules, i think more importantly than being on time, i like the system which displays how long before the next train from which direction is going to take to arrive... this has saved me precious minutes on some occassins and prevented unnecessary running on other occasions!

Huichieh said...

The New Paper reports that "Gan faces seven counts of promoting ill-will in Singapore under Chapter 29 of the Seditious Act."

This is so weird--there are only 11 chapters/sections to the "Sedition Act".

jeffyen said...

Hahaa HuiChieh, nice catch! Will the real Seditious Act please stand up, please stand up?

I think they got misled by the fact that the Act is Chapter 290 of the Singapore Statutes. So, 290, typo, becomes 29. And the Sedition Act is, inherently, seditious since it talks about seditious matters. ;p

On trains, yeah, the current system is useful. But I'll be quite interested in the numbers, like what the actual timings of the trains are at different times of the day...

Janice said...

Jeff..

我平时不做亏心事,半夜敲门心不惊.

Yes the trains here are run on the dot, sometime, you can miss the train cos you late for 5 seconds!

Anyway, SG is such a small country, you can go anyway by foot or by buses.


Am i rite, Jeff?