Evacuated tube transport

Evacuated Tube Transport is an airless, frictionless, maglev-like form of transportation which is safer, cheaper and quieter than trains or airplanes. Six-person capsules travel in the tubes and can reach a maximum speed of 6,500 km/h, and provide 50 times more transportation per kwh. A tube can travel from New York to Beijing in two hours, and make a round-the-world trip in just six hours.

Evacuated Tube Transport could take you around the world in just 6 hours

This would be so awesome if it becomes a reality.

“Integration” buzzword in news media

SINGAPORE: The buzzword in the news media world appears to be “integration”, which involves one newsroom providing content across different platforms.

And that’s what Media experts from all over the world including the US, Germany and Hong Kong have been discussing at a two-day conference in Singapore.

Said Dr Chitra Rajaram, director of MediaCorp NewsHub: “…In any integration I think (the challenge is) change. So change in many forms. Change is very hard for people. People have been doing the same thing for the longest time. So to come together and think differently – different workflows, different ways of writing stories, different ways of putting it out together. I think all these are change elements that we have to take into account.” (Source: Channel News Asia)

“Integration” is the new buzzword? But integrate what sort of things? If what they are planning is to integrate Twitter and blogs right into a daily news digest, it’s probably not going to work. All these blogs and Twitter, to me, are just distractions to news reporting. What’s need, however, is better article organization. News has so much more value if every name is tagged to a person, every event happening is tagged to a GPS location, every minute is properly timestamped. Blogs and Twitter are secondaries to return user opinion in a news article. Metadata such as persons involved, GPS locations and time are used to facilitate the retrieval of such mentions. Citizen opinions can be bias, news reporters ought to know better. I feel news reporting can go back to being just news reporting. News websites just have to get smarter.

And regarding newspapers? Milk the cash while it last. It’s going to evolve. Our consumption habits are changing. I see news delivered directly in the decline and news delivered through social mediums via recommendations the uprising trend. With a single recommendation, I would like to find out more and that is when I read news. I don’t poke around a news website to find news to read; I am directed via instinct and recommendations to find out more.

Just my 75 cents.

Writing all things positive

R-chan has to submit a short essay of something personal that’s for engineering school.

R-chan says:
i seriously have no idea what to write

KahWee says:
“Regular stay in got morale issue”
write how you think engineering can benefit the society
how singapore could be a hub for engineering and your vision in 2020
you believe that singapore is in the right place and at the right time to become to prime location in south east asia and you wish to be part of this event
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R-chan says:
where do u get all these?

KahWee says:
i always crap this type of thing mah
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R-chan says:
how do you crap all these type of stuff everyday?

KahWee says:
erm.. read more local news..

The local news is probably edited by patriots or optimistic people. On my occasions, I felt we’re living in an all-loving rosy world. I love you, you love me too. Aw…

Good news sells.