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The Lightshow in Singapore

Psychedelic and MDMA research expanding at Johns Hopkins

Here’s a new article about psychedelic and MDMA research being done at Johns Hopkins Medicine. I think this is great stuff and I fully support it.

Trey’s 360 Podcast – Dr. Jack Horner on the Conscious Slime Mold

When he’s not discovering and naming Maiasaura, or advising on the Jurassic Park movies (where he was part of the inspiration for Sam Neill’s character) Dr. Jack Horner has some fascinating things to say about slime mold.

Check out the other episodes on your favourite streaming services (iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify or in some regions Google Play).

Or you can watch the 360 versions here.

Daily Photo – The Lightshow in Singapore

Every night in Singapore there is a big light show with lasers and music and all sorts of stuff going on. There are thousands of good photos already, so I was running around trying to find a few unique angles to catch the action. Here’s one that I kinda like. This is the Marina Bay Sands hotel and that huge structure that goes across all three buildings is actually a swimming pool.

The Lightshow in Singapore

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  • Date Taken2018-03-26 01:02:36
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time10
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  • FlashOff, Did not fire
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The Light Show in Singapore

Opulent Temple

Here’s one of my favorite go-to Soundcloud artists, Opulent Temple. They are one of the many “sound” camps that go to Burning Man every year.

Daily Photo – The Light Show in Singapore

A few times every night, there is a big laser light show that seems to please people. I’ve seen it many times and finally decided to try to get a photo of it. I think this photo is not that good, to be honest. It seems a bit banal. That’s probably my fault, as I was probably feeling a bit nihilistic when I took this.

The Light Show in Singapore

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  • Date Taken2018-03-26 02:15:08
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/5
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO500
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Shopping in Singapore

Burning Man Survival Guide

Have you read my Burning Man Survival Guide? I’m thinking of making a more blog-friendly version of it here… but I can tell that will take quite a bit of time.

Daily Photo – Shopping in Singapore

There may be something wrong with me in that I enjoy taking photos of places that people shop rather than shopping. I almost do zero shopping… I’ve turned into more and more of a minimalist. Mostly, I spend money to buy experiences and travel rather than physical goods. That’s one reason I enjoy going to Burning Man so much… it is a giant expense, but it’s always worth it… so far, I come away with great stories and a few decent photos!

Shopping in Singapore

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  • Date Taken2018-03-26 00:34:14
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.3
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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The Art Zoo in Singapore

Hitchens

I just updated my book list over at my Kit.com to include the book by Christopher Hitchens called “God is not Great.” I listened to the audiobook, which I also recommend because he has an incredible voice too!

Daily Photo – The Art Zoo in Singapore

I was watching this all the time out of my room at the Ritz-Carlton there. I was wishing my girls were with me. This is the kind of place they would love. But, I also thought it looked like a really fun place to HDR! I’m not exactly sure what all that stadium seating is for… Maybe they clear out all the kid stuff and use that for a big outdoor performance stage.

The Art Zoo in Singapore

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  • Date Taken2018-03-25 00:42:01
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.3
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length62.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
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Singapore Dinner

Today at Google

I’m writing this ahead of time, but today, April 8, is the day I believe I’ll be at Google to talk about my new book. As soon as the video is ready, I’ll share it here.

Daily Photo – Singapore Dinner

People in Singapore love food. If you’ve been to Singapore, then you know what I mean. It’s almost all they talk about. They don’t mention the weather, because, why bother? It’s always the same. Hot and humid (at least to me… to them, it is normal). But they spend so many hours eating food and talking about food… it’s absolutely incredible. Don’t get me wrong. I love a good meal, but then I’m off onto other subjects! Anyway, since they are so food-centric, there are countless amazing eateries with views of the city like this one. I wish I remembered where I was… it was sort of a random rooftop-restaurant search. This is on the top floor of a shopping mall that is very close to the Ritz-Carlton and the outdoor concert area you can see below.

Singapore Dinner

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  • Date Taken2018-03-26 02:35:11
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time2.5
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length17.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+2

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Jumping in Singapore

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Daily Photo – Jumping in Singapore

This is a famous place in Singapore for Instagram shots. That, in itself, kind of repels me, but it did look pretty cool, so I decided to go anyway. This is my friend, Jeremy Woodman, who was getting some serious airtime up there! I don’t think I’ve ever jumped like that on purpose… maybe one time when I saw a rattlesnake.

Jumping in Singapore

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  • Date Taken2018-03-27 23:05:36
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/100
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO3200
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
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Take Me to Your Leader

Fleabag and Killing Eve

These are two of my favorite shows by one of my new favorite people: Phoebe Waller-Bridge. This gal is super-creative… I can’t wait to see what she does next. Be sure to check out those shows. As of right now, they are not on Netflix, but if you poke around, you can find them.

Daily Photo – Take Me to Your Leader

I’ve never been in this rainforest area of Singapore at night before. I thought it looked amazing and moody with all the lights + the mist that comes down from the upper walkways. I was walking around here with Dotz Soh and a few other people. We just slowly wandered around, taking photos, and drinking in all the sights and sounds. Even though this place is quite touristy, I think it is worth it!

Take Me to Your Leader

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  • Date Taken2018-03-27 01:12:45
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.4
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length20.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
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Outdoor Air Conditioning in Singapore

New Favorite Comedy Series

Okay, here’s a crazy new show for you to watch. It’s not appropriate for all audiences, to say the least… but this Phoebe Waller-Bridge really cracks me up. She’s only made one season, and it’s just six episodes long. Here’s a trailer for you.

Daily Photo – Outdoor Air Conditioning in Singapore

Only in a place as wealthy as Singapore would they consider an idea like having air conditioning outside. And that is exactly what happens in this eclectic part of the city. Singapore is incredibly hot and humid (reminds me of growing up in Texas). This outdoor shopping area was designed to have cold air blasting out from vents to keep customers from melting. I can’t imagine how expensive it is to provide cold air outside of a building, but I imagine the rent for these stores is pretty insane.

Outdoor Air Conditioning in Singapore

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  • Date Taken2018-03-26 00:45:43
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1.3
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+2

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I don’t know what to call this

More about the Camino de Santiago

You can find out more about my upcoming week-long hike in Spain on the Wikipedia entry for Camino de Santiago. Here’s a little blurb about it… (note I’m not doing this for religous reasons)

Known in English as the Way of Saint James among other names, is a network of pilgrims’ ways serving pilgrimage to the shrine of the apostle Saint James the Great in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in northwestern Spain, where tradition has it that the remains of the saint are buried. Many follow its routes as a form of spiritual path or retreat for their spiritual growth.

Passport Bonus Day

Today I’m adding a bonus inspirational video for Passport Members that compares taking photos for the right reasons to reading books for the right reasons. I filmed it inside of this library below.

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Taking Photos for the Right Reasons

Hi awesome Passport Member! Even though I am doing a new Passport Video just for you on Sundays (Passport Sunday!), I wanted to throw a bonus one in now. This one is a bit more inspirational and I talk about how my reasons for taking photos are a lot like my reasons for reading books. I’m recorded this in China in the Tianjin library.

Note this is kind of a pre-pre-release of these new videos I am working on. I have about 30 of these… still trying to round up a few more sponsors that make sense. But, as long as some are already finished, I thought it would be nice to show you first and get your feedback!

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Daily Photo – I don’t know what to call this

I am not sure exactly what this is or why it exists, but I thought it was interesting. I also have no idea what even to call it. I found it inside a the National Museum of Singapore up on the top floor. Nobody was here and there was no art or anything on the walls up here. I guess the thing itself is considered art entombed in some sort of modern architecture. I mean, it’s not ugly or anything. I almost didn’t take a picture of it because I couldn’t figure out what I was taking a photo of, exactly. But, I thought it was interesting in its mysteriousness.

I do recommend going to this museum, however. There are lots of great photo spots and the architecture itself is quite interesting.

I don’t know what to call this

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  • Date Taken2018-03-27 16:39:13
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture5
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length27.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
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The Famous Merlion in Singapore

Singapore layover

If you end up in Singapore during a layover that is over 5 hours, you should definitely grab a taxi and head into this area of the city. The Singapore airport is one of the best (and most efficient) in the world, so it is definitely worth making the transit through customs and give the city a visit. Even better, in Singapore they love food, so you’re sure to grab some good grub.

Daily Photo – The Famous Merlion in Singapore

Right after I took this photo, someone leaned over and told me the lion had been moved and it was not in its original location. They said this fact with such earnesty that I could not refute it. Anyway, for one week per year, they light up the lion in various ways, and this happened to be one of those nights. Actually, the entire area around this body of water is lit up with beautiful lights. It’s almost a smallish Burning Man!

The Famous Merlion in Singapore

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  • Date Taken2018-03-28 01:31:08
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/13
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO500
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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