Monday, July 25, 2016

NDP Preview 23 July 2016

1. We were asked to wear red for the NDP preview and I conveniently wore my son’s NUS T-shirt for I don’t have a red T-shirt. The scarf is used to cover up the guilty.
2. I learnt about a lesser known Singapore legend: Badang, the strong man. He used his great strength to help people: building houses, carrying heavy load and digging fresh water well. This story has good moral values: using our strength to help others.
3. The undecipherable ancient text on the Singapore stone. This fragment is part of the stone that Badang threw into the Singapore River during a contest of strength.
4. Infra-red LED remote control. Simple circuit that we could have done it. In this case, a Russian company did it and the Chinese manufactured it.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

NP Road Relay 2016

We had a minor hiccup when Kar Seng reported sick just a few days before the race.  Fortunately, we have a capable reserve in Zhao Min. We were very thankful for him. We also wanted to record our appreciation to Teck Soon and Sze KL for stepping up to run for Team 2 given very short notice. This shows that they are always ready to give their best for ECE. Without them, there will be no Team 2.

Team 1 really missed Alan. With Alan running the first leg, he would have given the team a 200 meter breathing space from the next best team. This time we were stuck in the middle of the pack. Billy took over and started tearing at the competition. We could almost feel the force of his back thrust as he charged into the runners.

As all the number 2 runners left the stadium, there was a period of eerie silence. We waited with abated breath to see who would be in the lead. Then out of the blue, Billy appeared and cut a lonely figure as he raced into the stadium. He overtook all the other teams: staff’s and student’s included. He made such a commanding presence that even the students were in awe and talking about it, way after the race. From then on, Team 1 never dropped its position and hit home the winner. Team 1 was crowned champion once again after losing it to SDAR last year.

Team 2 has had a more interesting tussle with DE. We swapped positions several times before Joey made a clean break and Khee Peng powered Team 2 to the third position.  This is our best showing in the race so far.  For the record, DE was fourth and COI second.

Our special thanks to Eric Koh for his great support. He safe kept our things so that we could focus on our run.

Team composition:
Team 1: Yang Peng, Billy Tey, Yu Yang, Yan Yizhen, Zhaomin, Yang Fang, Chee Yuen
Team 2: Meng Tiong, Teck Soon, Sze Kai Loon, Janet Goh, Chee Kin, Joey Tay, Khee Peng
Team 1
Team 2
The Champion

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Durian Feast at Tangkak, 9th July 2016DuD

Durian Trip to Tangkak
Different tastes: some sweet, some bitter even though they are of the same type.

WSS ITNSA 2016 Results

Day 1: High Score
Day 2: High Score
Bronze for NSS

WSS ITNSA 2016: Who's who

Competitors & Judges

Friday, June 24, 2016

Meet-The-Author: Chade-Meng Tan of Joy On Demand

18th June 2016 (Saturday)
Kinokuniya Singapore

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Raspberry Pi and i2c Midas LCD

I needed an i2c-based LCD for a Raspberry Pi project; so I salvage a Midas LCD from an old project. The LCD is not popular with hobbyists because it is not breadboard friendly. I tried in vain to google for Python code for it.
Then I remembered that my colleague, Mr. Wong SS, did some work on Midas LCD two years ago.  He shared with me his codes generously. He was already using Python3 and Quickwire. I am still with Python2.  Quickwire as a company has already folded and no longer available for new projects.  I did a technology in reverse gear: converting Python3 codes to Python2 and Quickwire to smbus.
With Mr.Wong permission, I am sharing the modified code here:
Python Codes