A pending future

We’ve blanketed over our mistakes with smog,
gassing dead the memories left in our minds-
we will soon be too forgetful to remember our youth,
and our fingers too unstable to press rewind.

Note: This short poem was inspired by the article: The Polluted Brain. It describes the growing amount of evidence that suggests air pollution and more specifically small air pollutants like PM2.5 affect the brain and can lead to dementia and Alzheimer’s, adding to the long list of health concerns, including but not limited to asthma, lung cancer and heart disease.

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The Flower Shop that Moved

Right before you turn into the small lane that leads right up to my grandfather’s semi-detached, there is a large flower and plant nursey, right on the corner of the street. I haven’t been back as frequently as I used to, so I didn’t get to watch how the white construction barriers, like white correction tape, covered up and made ‘new space’ for more development, hiding the process of uprooting memories and laying down the foundations of progress.

If you drive by now, there is a sign where the entrance used to be: “We have shifted to Changi South.” It’s one of those addresses no one really recognises, the back alley industrial land tucked away behind shining glass exteriors. It is one of those places you only find when you go looking.

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Musical Data: Demonstration of Benford’s Law

 

So last week, I looked into Benford’s Law and I’m still boggled by it. I wanted to demonstrate it in someway and I honestly wasn’t sure how to do it with words.

Then I borrowed a xylophone.

So I used some of my own data to find a way to show Belford’s Law and although it isn’t perfect, I think it’s pretty interesting. I’ll let you be the judge.

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Heartbeat

Note: In his Ted Talk, Danny Dorling describe how the Earth had a heart beat if we mapped the changes in rainfall all around the world at monthly intervals and play it on loop. This poem was inspired by this image.

The signs are recognizable;
there is stillness,
and there is silence.

When standing on cool soil,
we don’t feel the uplift of an inhale
so we assume the worst.

Or may be in this case the best,
and we move on, occasionally
acknowledging past life.

How ignorant are we,
to no longer recognize patterns
we have grown accustomed to.

And yet how in tune we are
to the changes in a baseline
that keeps our dance in step.

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Benford’s law: A black out poem

This law has been boggling my mind for a while. I wanted to write a piece explaining the law but I really don’t know how to express it at this point ( probably because I don’t know enough about it). This will have to suffice for now.

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Benford’s Law: A black out poem  was found using Fewster’s A Simple Explanation of Benford’s Law.

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Colourful

It is more colourful than it is known to be
I realised, when I was given the news,
and when I sunk into myself, I reached
for a start where my very bottom was.

Now, it’s like having the paint splattered on the wall;
there is so little you can do to avoid it;
covering up is always an option,
but  how many coats would you need?

So instead, I look at the splattered paint,
and try and connect the dots,
drawing smile-y faces in the empty spaces;
there is more than just the stains dripping.

I hope to walk away, with brush in hand
still dripping from my catharsis,
not glancing back to admire the art
that I have left behind for others.

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What’s in it for me

 

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What’s in it for me was found from the base text Sodhi et al. (2010) Local people value environmental services provided by forest parks. Biodiversity and Conservation Vol 19(4): 1175-1188.

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