Happy Mid-Autumn Festival, everyone! :)

And here it is, one of my favourite Chinese festivals: a time when we can all sit back and eat a mooncake or two, or comment on how round the moon is. If we can see it, that is. Which I can’t.

Perhaps it’s because I’m getting old, but when it comes to yearly festivals, I like to think back and dwell on how it’s changed: what became better as the years passed, and what good things went sour.

This year, the first issue that came up was obviously the moon. But to a don’t-care kid like me, so what if the moon can’t be seen? Yes, I know that’s what the Mid-Autumn festival is for, but isn’t the moon just symbolic for unity? And if we have unity, why would we complain about not being able to appreciate something that only symbolizes unity?

Modern Japanese mooncakes! Image from sparklette.net.

Ironically, the atmospheric change I did notice related to mooncakes. Usually, my relatives would always laugh over the mountains of mooncakes the companies they worked at received, and wonder if the companies even wanted them. But this year, they talked of few or no mooncakes: financial issues were hitting hard, they said, and the heaps of free mooncakes had to wait till next year.

Never mind. I can always do with losing some weight. 😛

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Science and the arts: one or the other?

For some ten plus years, Hong Kong’s been using the HKCEE system to educate secondary school students. In this system, students have to choose to specialize either in the ‘Science’ stream or the ‘Arts’ stream. They can’t choose both.

Today, even though the new NSS system allows for mixing science and art subjects, parents aren’t too keen. ‘It’s bad for your career,’ some parents said.

But in life, science and arts go hand in hand. The foundation of science is built on the arts; and the foundation of the arts is somewhat built on science.

from TIME.

What’s this? A piece of art painted by none other than the Microscope. Yes, this is the booze Rosé under a microscope, captured by Michael Davidson. Amazing, no?

(Check out other pics by clicking the image above! It links to the TIME website.)

from the Rock Blogger

And this? This is none other than a magnified Mandelbrot set. Yes, this is a map of numbers, fashioned with some color to make it sparkle some more. This picture is a sample of fractal geometry. If you wish to know more, click on the image above to go to therockblogger.com.

That’s it for today! I hope you now agree with me that science and the arts are connected: if it is in some quirky way. 🙂