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Cycling, macintosh, natural history and life in Singapore - Archives

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Fri 24 Oct 2003

Preparing Habitatnews on a modem, sigh!

Category : Singapore Naturalist

Although my modem connection with singnet improved greatly with the new iBook (March 2002), the line still drops, sigh! And its murder when putting together an issue of Habitatnews. Lot of internet searches to verify information and acquire appropriate links.

Habitatnews is an e-newsletter for anyone interested in natural history issues in Singapore. Apparently I have some 700 subscribers but I never hear from any of them. Every time I am about to throw in the towel (its been five years now), someone will say he/she loves it used some information from it, attended a talk it advertised etc, and so I soldier on for the silent majority.

I now have a folder in my email programme that I redirect mail containing news, anecdotes and reports. So its easier to put together an interesting issue. And I do not struggle to be very current, e.g now writing up a drongo report from mid-September. Instead I gather more stories for a more interesting piece.

This issue already has tuneful drongos driven out of the western catchment and its link to park connectors, NIE green club's photos of nature in Ubin, a new book on marine life, and a new (Chinese) book on birds, both in Singapore, a photo gallery of some old Bruneian mangroves, the numerous crocodile sightings, a predictive article that appeared months earlier, an upcoming talk on the history of Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve and several amusing accounts of otter sightings in Buloh.

Hmm... too much for one issue!

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