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“It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn't feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.” – Neil Armstrong (1930-2012)

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Friday, November 14, 2008

Lost In Translation: Music Video From 1976

A nice song from a generation ago which could do with a better English translation that preserves the poetic devices in the lyrics (especially personification) ...

Here's my take:


I am a cloud in the sky,
Occasionally reflected in the heart of your waters.
You shouldn't be alarmed, needn't be elated,
For in the blink of an eye all trace of me will vanish.


You and I meet in a dark night on the sea.
You have yours, I have my own direction.
Good if you remember, but best if you forget,
The brilliance we unleashed in this encounter.

It's a pity they don't write lyrics like this anymore.

I prefer my love songs to have a touch of tragic.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Photo Gallery Ten

Last month I revisited Sungei Buloh - this time with a better camera and improved techniques to take more detailed portraits of its denizens.

Though these photos are still not as close as I would like them to be, I think they are fast approaching the current limit of my equipment and skills.


(2008) Fuji S6500fd

Standing tall
(2008) Fuji S6500fd

In flight
(2008) Fuji S6500fd

(2008) Fuji S6500fd

(2008) Fuji S6500fd

(2008) Fuji S6500fd

Weaving a trap
(2008) Fuji S6500fd

Now we wait
(2008) Fuji S6500fd

Water monitor
(2008) Fuji S6500fd

I'm still busy with work now, so Fresh Brainz will only return to regular posting activity in December.

Man, so much has happened in the past two months (global economic slump, Chandrayaan-1, cloning frozen mice, new US president...) that there will be a lot to catch up with.

Perhaps I shouldn't even try.

Would you like to know more?
- Photo Gallery Nine