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Tue 15 May 2007

Phew, symposium webpage up!

Category : Singapore Naturalist

Carolus Linnaeus birthday

All I meant to do was to celebrate Carolus Linnaeus 300th birthday with a bunch of short seminars one evening. Not because of my recent Swedish exposure, but rather natural history museum workers are immersed in the world of taxonomy. Linnaeus is regarded as the "father of modern taxonomy", having ushered this way back in the 18th century.

Add the book!

Somehow I was easily persuaded that the launch of the new edition of the book on natural heritage be incorporated into this event.

Tommy Koh shanghai-ed

Since Prof Tommy Koh had agreed to come (he wrote the foreword of the book), it simply meant just expanding the significance of the event he was opening. He agreed to it, as its right up his alley. He passed us his Straits Times Earth Day article to circulate to participants if we thought it relevant.

World Biodiversity Day

Now I had originally wanted to include NParks, and although they had agreed whole heartedly, it turned out they had made plans to mark World Biodversity Day with a seminar the same day. You know, spread some good ol' doom and gloom about climate change, but it was all supposed to entertaining and enlightening. Since we're all friends, this got merged in with the promsie that it'll all make sense on the event day.

Biodiversity of Singapore Symposium

Anyway it makes green sense to throw the lot together - the community does a whole lot less travelling, to just one event instead of three! Now the last time we started throwing stuff together was during the first Biodiversity of Singapore Symposium in 2003.

This seemed the natural successor and so it is. But boy oh boy, it really complicated things!

Symposium webpage

Last night Ria decided to point to http://symposium.rafflesmuseum.net/ that I had sent her just as a warning that I was up to something. But the email was too subtle, I guess, and she is used to news that needs to be up fast. And yes, she promptly put it up.

Seeing the link too late last night, I simply threw up a text page quickly; first time I had to use only html - you see, I was so much the blogger, I had forgotten how I setup webpages! Well a functional page emerged.

But so very ugly-yugly, so this morning, the pre-warned An Nee whipped up a a lovely page using images on Habitatnews and Raffles Museum News.

Registration

This is being handled by Ruo Yu, one of the Raffles Museum interns, who got a tutorial on how to answer registration emails. She bore that cheerfully.

Trigger happy

In the process Ruo Yu alerted me to the fact because the two dates being commemorated were being featured on Raffles Museum News too prominently - so some people thought it was a two day event. Good thing was they wanted to attend both days!

Oh, rats! Hurry, scurry, went and fixed that. In the process I wrote over An Nee's brand new home page, aargh! Kevin's warning about writing to server directly expressed itself. Didn't know if An Nee had left for the day as yet so I grabbed the code off the web browser that was still displaying it. Uploaded and phew!

Catering

Now I oughta get that catering done. I figure people will tend to come hungry so a really sumptuous tea ought to compensate them for the 90 minutes they have to wait before they hit the buffet. Bu the caterer has to provide recyclable disposables, avoid styrofoam or wash the stuff. Save the earth and all that, or get lynched. At the last symposium, the plates were made out of rice husk!

With all thios and a bunch of meetings in between, I'm real happy I even grabbed lunch. A cab is coming to rescue me right now...

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