Design and technology in the library

After quite a few years of not having visited a public library, I popped by one earlier today to borrow a book.

The process of finding the text was quite painless; the NLB catalogue told me the book was located at a certain shelf on a certain floor.

After picking out the book, I proceeded to the borrowing station.

Initially, I was quite miffed as there was only one terminal.

And it was being hogged by an aunty who wanted to borrow 2000 books, but didn’t know how to work the machine.

I sighed and resigned myself to a long wait – until I saw the sign in the picture above.

I duly downloaded the app, logged into my account and scanned the barcode on the inside cover of the book.

Voila! Book borrowed in less than a minute, and I was quickly on my way to my next destination.

Kudos to the National Library Board, Singapore, for its brilliant use of design and technology.

The Art of Procrastination


Will get started on work… as soon as I finish this.

This being The Art of Procrastination: A Guide to Effective Dawdling, Lollygagging and Postponing by John Perry (no relation to Max of the same surname).

And, if, like me, you’re also procrastinating, you should read three of my favourite articles about procrastination, which I often read as a means of procrastination while procrastinating:

Have fun!

P.S. This is the website for Structured Procrastination, in case you want to buy the book too.

“Skyfall” by Adele – ultimate National Day song!


Have you watched Skyfall, the latest James Bond movie? It’s awesome!

Regardless, have you heard “Skyfall” by Adele, the theme song of – jang jang jang! – Skyfall?

If you have or when you do, you’ll realise that “Skyfall” is, like, the ULTIMATE National Day song ever!


  • A world in crisis: “This is the end”; “When worlds collide and days are dark” – check.
  • Propagating communitarian values: “Let the sky fall, when it crumbles/We will stand tall/Face it all together” – check.
  • The watchful eye of Big Brother: “Where you go I go,/What you see I see” – check.
  • The strangely nurturing yet protective might of defence forces: “I know I’ll never be me, without the security/Of your loving arms/Keeping me from harm/Put your hand in my hand/And we’ll stand” – check.

BONUS: A not-so-subtle reference to ‘ponding’ in “I’ve drowned”.

Guess we know who to hire next year to write the National Day 2013 theme song!

P.S. Just discovered a really awesome mash-up: Adele’s “Skyfall” and Eminem’s “Lose Yourself”.