Thursday, March 16, 2017

A Vast Library of Life ... a program at the National Library, Singapore #BHLib

BHL was invited (with Grace Costantino) to give a program at the National Library in Singapore to a broad, local audience. My portion of the program is:

A Vast Library of Life: The Biodiversity Heritage Library. Martin R. Kalfatovic. National Library Board of Singapore. 17 March 2017.

Understanding life on our planet is now more important than ever. The millions of species that we share our Earth with, how they live, their relationships to other species and the environment, and how our mutual life on our planet is more critical than ever. The scientific data collected for hundreds of years is now freely available from Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL). Singapore is a key partner in this global endeavor anchoring the BHL's data from Southeast Asia. Martin R. Kalfatovic and Grace Constantino from the Biodiversity Heritage Library will discuss the importance of over 300 years of scientific publications about our fellow inhabitants of Planet Earth and how the Biodiversity Heritage Library, a free, global, and open collection of the most important research about life on earth, provides citizens of the world with access to the most authoritative literature available.

2017 BHL Program Director's Report at the #BHLib annual meeting, Singapore

2017 BHL Program Director's Report: 11 Years of Growth and Sustainability. Martin R. Kalfatovic. BHL Annual Meeting. BHL Members' Business Meeting. National Library Board of Singapore. 17 March 2017.

Some more visits to Hindu Temples in Singapore (2017)

On my visit to Singapore this month, I landed early in the morning and my room wasn't ready. I did a quick change, dropped my bags and headed over to Little India to visit some temples.

Here's a quick overview (further below) and links to visits from 2014.

Sri Krishnan Temple (more info)

This was my first stop, and just across from the hotel (not in Little India), also a temple I'd never visited  before

Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple (more info)

Now we're in Little India. One of the oldest Hindu temples in Singapore, it's devoted to Kali. Some wonderful blue tile work. This temple was under renovation on my last visit, so great to see the Gopura (tower in the front) out from under scaffolding and wraps.

Sri Vadapathira Kaliamman Temple (more info)

Another temple devoted to Kali. Full of fabulous art work. It was a festival day and quite crowded on this visit.

Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple (more info)

Shree Lakshminarayan Temple (more info)

Sri Layan Sithi Vinayagar Temple (more info)

Sadly, this, my "local" temple during my last visit, was all locked up. And didn't get a picture!

Sri Mariamman Temple (more info)

Quick stop in before heading back to the hotel.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

BHL Annual Meeting. BHL Open Day Symposium talk on the @BioDivLibrary

Here's my presentation at the BHL Open Day Symposium at the Singapore Botanic Gardens (15 March 2017).

Empowering Global Research in Biodiversity: The Biodiversity Heritage Library. Martin R. Kalfatovic. BHL Annual Meeting. BHL Open Day Symposium. Singapore Botanic Gardens. Singapore. 15 March 2017.

Monday, March 13, 2017

"That night, Singapore's landmarks declared war ... @jelundberg #QotD

That night, Singapore's landmarks declared war: the Merlion lurched off its concrete pedestal and flooded the riverfront with its eternally gushing masticatory fountain, catching untold numbers of tourists unawares, forced to leave behind their $20 mixed drinks and plates of tapas; the Raffles Hotel, in all its colonial splendor, leapfrogged across the downtown area, knocking over bank buildings and squashing flat petrol tankers and cars plastered with adverts; the twin metallic durians of the Esplanade curled into spiny balls of hedgehog lethality, and rolled over and through every upscale mall they could find, taking especial care to utterly demolish the shopping district on Orchard Road; the National Library took flight and glided to the MediaCorp building, dropping barrages of encyclopedias and folios onto transmissions towers and backup generators, destroying the link between the viewing public and the badly acted and written serial dramas that filled the broadcast airwaves; the twin statues of the country's patron saint, Sir Stamford Raffles, one dark bronze and one white polymarble, lay siege to every construction crane in evidence, leaping nimbly from structure to structure, leaving bright yellow wreckage in their wake.

"Lion City Daikaiju" by Jason Erik Lundberg (in Red Dot Irreal - Equatorial Fantastika 2011)

Thursday, March 09, 2017

We sail tonight for Singapore ...

We sail tonight for Singapore
Don't fall asleep while you're ashore
Cross your heart and hope to die
When you hear the children cry
Let marrow bone and cleaver choose
While making feet for children's shoes
Through the alley, back from hell
When you hear that steeple bell
You must say goodbye to me

Tom Waits, "Singapore"