28 January 2006

Cute Fuzzy Octopi

Wilson is a monster. In two days, he has a score of 590! He's got a Silver Star and three other badges!

Wilson's statistics

Brian's statistics

My statistics

I played for a short while last night and got a dismal K/D ratio of 2:5. I was slow on the draw. After I woke up (after 5 deaths in a row), I went on to score 2 kills. I have managed to improve my K/D ratio to 0.42. I would love to improve it to a 1.0 or above. That would mean avoiding artillery and aircraft. Carefully selected spawn points!
Hit that Perfect Beat

For me, Bronski Beat's magnum opus would always be the "Hi-NRGesque" single 'Hit that Perfect Beat', and not 'Smalltown Boy' or 'I feel Love'. It is ironic as lead vocalist, Jimmy Somerville, had already left to form The Communards with Richard Coles.

Beyond the chart-hitting first single, the subsequent single 'C'mon, C'mon' and the album 'Truthdare Doubledare' proved to be quite dismal. And I guess the success of the Communards eclipsed Steve Bronski and his band completely and Bronski Beat became a forgotten entity.

27 January 2006


It's Friday! Time to comb the bookstores for new books. Time to head to town. It looks like a glorious day. Too bad, it would only be evening before I head to town. Heheh.

26 January 2006

Further Adventures on the Battlefield

Last night, I got on the Battlefield 2 Special Forces server and before I know it, I was killed five times in the space of less than ten minutes. It was mainly being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Oh well. I decided against 'camping' in one spot and hoping to pick people off. Instead, I hid in a little used corridor of a warehouse and waited. Each time, I see enemy troops passing by, I would wait a little before venturing out, following them and finishing them off. This way, I swiftly racked up six kills in a row though I did run out of ammo and had to loot a dead medic which I had just killed.

In the next few maps, I continued using primarily the G3 though the PKM was useful when I came across a number of infantrymen in close combat. I have maintained a ratio of approximately 1:1 last night (more for some games and slightly less for others.) and the previous night. Great fun!

I bought Biosphere's 'Substrata' in 1997 and gave it a cursory listen and then put it away. Last night, I took it out and played it loud. It was sublime.

'Subtrata' is a driving, atmospheric multi-layered affair, on par with the best of the early Delerium effort. And no, this isn't one of those a chill-out albums.

I have most of the Bel Canto CDs and this one is absolutely different from them.

25 January 2006

Adventures in the Virtual World

WOO HOO! What a game! What fun! Battlefield 2. Incredible excitment. Two nights ago, when the game started, I jumped into an APC (Vodnik) and started driving towards the enemy flags, bypassing every single flag, reaching the enemy base camp. At the base camp, I manned the heavy machine gun on the APC and proceeded to gun down enemy troops, killing about four. Then, an enemy special forces guy came and planted C4 on my vehicle, at which point, I jumped out and shot him down with my trusty G3 assault rifle. After which, I was gunned down.

Last night, when the game started again, I took a LAV-25 and drove for the enemy base camp. Together with an M1A1 and another LAV-25, we rove outside their camp, shooting down droves of enemy troopers that attempted to leave camp. I managed to get four through long range fire with my 25mm autocannon before falling prey to a predatory helicopter gunship!


24 January 2006

Paper Armour and what not

I didn't know that the Chinese used armour made of paper until I came across an entry on the use of paper armour in 'The Genius of China: 3,000 Years of Science, Discovery and Invention' by Joseph Needham, Robert K. G. Temple last night. Bedtime reading. Apparently, the paper from these armour are made from stronger fibres and could resist even arrows!

On a related note, apparently this book listed quite a fair number of inventions and discoveries that even the majority of Chinese themselves are unaware of. Oil rigs and drilling for natural gas, discovery of sunspots, etc.

23 January 2006

This kind of War

I have read references of the methods used by the Chinese communists in the Korean War and these references have stated that that the human waves or hordes of Chinese charging in battles is a myth. Could that have been the basis of a racial fear, the Yellow Peril, by Westerners in the past?

In fact, the veterans of the 1948-1949 civil war (of course the Chinese Civil War really stated a lot earlier) were experienced in small unit tactics and operated in small groups. This volume by a Korean War veteran confirmed the references James Dunnigan (Author of 'How to make War' and other books) made, the Chinese had a close form-up area before they attack with sub-machine guns, grenades and mortars. The Chinese troops were generally tough, experienced peasants who overran American units and inflicted upon the US military their greatest defeat ever at the end of 1950.

This interesting narrative by T. R. Fehrenbach, a retired colonel who saw action in the Korean War, is laced with accounts of small unit actions as well as his disillusionment with the ill-prepared American military. Fehrenbach also understood that the basis of a democratic state may not have allowed the formation of professional legions... Ironic in today's context. Hahaha.

Brian recommended this book a month or two ago. All in all, it's a fast and engrossing read.

22 January 2006

A Pain in the Butt

That is how I characterise the new Depeche Mode single, A Pain I'm used to'. I can't rip into an audio track and put it on a CD compilation. The copy protection does not allow that.

I guess that is the last CD single I will buy from Depeche Mode despite owning every CD single they have ever released.

When music companies choose to adopt such technical solutions to protect themselves against piracy, they will lose legitimate customers like myself.