Dissecting the Gangnam Wave

Let’s talk Gangnam-style. After 2 initial failures, PSY has become the first Korean music act to make it big across the Pacific, capturing an international market. No one can doubt that the Gangnam track on his 6th album, PSY’s Best 6th Part 1, is fun, catchy and brings smiles to the faces of people in the midst of a global downturn.…

Spat over the Spratlys

The recent headlines in the newspapers regarding the long-running Spratly Islands dispute could be very confusing. Geniustwk provides a simple guide to this long-running dispute that has seven Asian nations falling out over more than 750 Islands. What is the Spratly Islands? The Spratly Islands is a group of islands in the South China Sea…

End of line for film unit

Glad to be at (The Last) Film Fest (click link for trailer) on campus, not because it’s really the last, but because as a supporter of campus arts I should show sympathy for an activity that could not sustain membership interest beyond its five or so years of existence. The same could happen to any one…

Complex Systems seminar proves science works in real life

2 August 2012 This reporter attended a seminar on “Complex Systems” aimed mainly at the secondary school crowd, organized by the Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC) — a department under the Agency of Science, Technology and Research, Singapore (A* STAR). Upon arrival at the lecture venue (Genexis Theatre, Fusionopolis building) at 1430pm, attendees were…

Karajan: beauty and Brahms

The year was 1978. It had been 24 years since Herbert von Karajan succeeded Wilhelm Furtwangler as principal conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic. The relationship between orchestra and conductor was far from rosy. Karajan’s celebrity status, as a jet-setter sporting his famous kiss-curl hairstyle outshone by far the prodigious orchestra. The Philharmonic was subject to the egotism of…