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In an attempt to incorporate social networking features into Dragons Online!, I have created a twitter for Dragons Online! You can follow our Twitter (and other website that supports it) by going to http://twitter.com/DragonScouts or click on the link under Signboard on the right.

Give it a try!

Happy New Year 2009!

Would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year 2009!

Enjoy the fireworks at Taipei 101 below…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gaL3NJqQLw4

National Patrol Camp 2008

We are proud to announce that once again the Dragons make it by winning GOLD in the recently held National Patrol Camp 2008 !

Great Job, Dragons !

Way to Go !

Onward !!!

Drop by here to see more action of the Dragons in NPC 08 !

Morse Code

While not frequently used in today’s world, I believe Morse code is a nice “old” skill to know for survival purpose or to be employed as an assistive technology. Please read about it below.

Excerpt from Wikipedia:

Morse code’ is a type of character encoding that transmits telegraphic information using rhythm. Morse code uses a standardized sequences of short and long elements to represent the letters, numerals, punctuation and special characters of a given message. The short and long elements can be formed by sounds, marks, or pulses, in on off keying and are commonly known as “dots” and “dashes” or “dits” and “dahs”. The speed of telecommunication transmission is often measured in baud. However, in the case of Morse code, it is measured as WPM speed.

Excerpt from Scouting Resources:

In Morse code, timing is important to ensure that a coherent message is received. The actual length of a dot can be as long as you like, but obviously it should be short enough that messages can be sent quickly and long enough to be heard over great distances. Once this standard unit of time has been established, a dash should last three times as long as a dot. The pause between individual dots and dashes should take as long as a single dot, the pause between two characters should take as long as a dash and the pause between two words should be twice as long as a dash (six times as long as a dot).

Click here for the full article at Wikipedia

Click here for the full article at Scouting Resources

Tweaks implemented

I have made some tweaks to Dragons Online! webblog to improve the speed and security of the site. Every effort have been taken to ensure the site is not affected negatively. While I have done some testing, I might not have been able to cover every areas. Please let me know if any part of the website is not working like it should be. Thanks.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Today is Christmas Day! On behalf of everyone at Dragon Scout Group, I would like to wish everybody a merry christmas and a happy new year!

Enjoy the christmas song by the chipmunks below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQWZFvG745E

Hour Glass Tower

Not sure how to go about building a hour glass tower for your pioneering project? Take this as a reference and modify according to your own design!

The Hour Glass

The tower is constructed from two large pyramids interlocked together. It must be built on its side then raised vertically with the aid of an additional tripod of spars. Care must be taken to ensure that all the equipment used is in excellent condition and that the lashings are really tight. We recommend that you make a model from garden canes first as this will help you to see where things are meant to go and how the tower fits together – everything looks very different when lying on its side!

Method

Using 3 x 3.6m spars and a figure of 8 lashing, build a tripod.

Using square lashings, fix 3 x 2.5m spars across the butt ends. (a) This is the base unit – lay it on its side.

Prepare a second tripod with 3 more 3.5m long spars.

Feed one leg of the tripod through the apex of the base unit. Complete the top unit by lashing 3 x 2.5m spars close to the butt ends – this will form the handrail.

(b) Once the frames have been positioned correctly, lash the main spars together using square lashings. Note: although the spars cross at an acute angle, you must use a square lashing.

Add additional strength by lashing the apex of each tripod to the opposite main spars using a round turn and two half hitches.

(c) Build a tripod using the remaining long spars and hang the pulley to its apex. Position this about 10m from the tower. Fix the long ropes to the apex of the base unit and feed the upper one through the pulley – the other two ropes are used to keep the tower steady as it is raised.

Once the tower is upright, check that the top is level. Lower it again and make any necessary adjustments.

While the tower is horizontal, fit the platform by lashing the 3 x 2m spars about 1m below the handrail and lashing the light spars across them.

Attach the rope ladder to the platform and the lower horizontal spar.

Attach guy ropes to the main spars above the hand rail.

Raise the tower.

Click here for the full article at Pioneering Made Easy

Theme updated

Did a quick update for the theme to be fully compatible with the current version of WordPress. Let me know if anything is not right.

Safety Codes

These are some good to know stuff. Do note that not all content are relevant in Singapore.

There are a variety of safety codes issued by various bodies that would prove most useful to all members of the Scouting Movement.

  • Countryside Code
  • Firework Code
  • Railway Safety
  • Passenger Safety
  • Cycling Safety
  • Pedestrian Safety

Click here for the full article at Scouting Resources

Website was down. Resolved and upgraded.

The site was down last night until today as the site was moved to a new and better server (host was not changed). Sorry for not pre-advising as it was sudden and I did not have advance notification either. The server was changed to new hardware that is more energy efficient (about 50% less now) but more powerful (4 times) at the same time. It was an effort by the host to cut down their power utilization by upgrading all their servers by batches, so I volunteered to go first in a bid to do something for the environment.

I also took the chance to upgrade our WordPress to the latest version that was released on 10 Dec 2008.

Everything should be fine now. If not, please drop a comment or PM or email me.

Edit on 14 Dec 2008: See article from webhost on improving energy efficient servers. See Let’s Save Our Environment Harder.

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