03 February 2006

Battlefield 2 Statistics

Dillon

Brian

Wilson

My statistics

Dillon appears to have good scores with the sniper rifle, likewise the assault rifle.

Wilson scores really big. In half my time, he has racked up large scores as have Dillon.

It's going to take me a while to undo the damage to my statistics. When I first started, I was careless regarding spawn points, lags and artillery, thus resulting in a very high death rate. Presently, I am managing an average ratio of 1:1 to 1.5:1. Meanwhile, Brian hasn't played much while Wilson has chalked up an impression global score in the space of a few days.

Last night, I managed barely a 1:1 ratio. Wake Island was a nightmare though I did initially have a kill streak.

Thanks to Brian's explanation on operating SAMs, I have been bringing down helicopters.

On anti-aircraft:

1. Don't bother with the missile launching platforms on Wake Island. The missiles don't have to range to engage anything on this big map.

2. Manning launchers on small maps, especially the Special Forces maps are worthwhile. Man those launchers at the edge of the maps. This way, when the gunships are in the centre of the map killing troops, one can launch and harass them. I brought down four Apaches in a game and they were so annoyed that they sent men to hunt for me.

3. Don't sit on the launch platform when there is no aircraft to engage. One will be a sniper bait.

4. Fighters are still extremely difficult. Go for helicopters.

5. Get off the launcher and hide if the chopper is next by and not smoking or badly damaged. There isn't a point being a target.
Weak in my Knees and Ritual Noise CD Singles

It does appear that I would have to put an order for the European releases of Clan of Xymox's 'Weak in my Knees' and Covenant's 'Ritual Noise' since Metropolis Records has stopped issuing CD singles.

It would also appear that De/Vision's 'Turn me on' is the last American CD single since A Different Drum has stopped releasing CD singles too.

Drive to the Baltic!

This is an image of Wei Yi and Tim's game of 'Drive to the Baltic' on Cyberboard. Reichmarshal Wei Yi is playing the Germans while Hero of the Soviet Union Tim the Merciless is the Soviet Steamroller.

The wargame is a recreation of the Soviet drive to the Courland in 1944-45 and the desperate German defence. The wargame was published by 'Moments in History' and is now out of print.
Danish Cartoons

I would speak quite a bit on the Danish cartoons controvesy if not for the fact that this country curbs free speech. Some of my friends would understand and know my thoughts on this anyhow.

Oh well.

02 February 2006

Oppressive Weather

The heat is stifling. Damn. Blinding sunshine outside. Ack.
The Gamers on the way to the Battlefield

On the night of the Chinese New Year. Actually, we had dinner at Marche before adjourning to the cybercafe!

01 February 2006

New Rotersand release

Woo hoo! Rotersand has announced a new EP 'Dare to Live' which is due for release at the end of this month by Dependent Records!

Spetsnaz 'Perfect Body'

I find Spetsnaz 'Perfect Body' to be reminiscent of the vocal approach of the 'old school' Front 242 style of EBM. I am tempted to give the album 'Grand Design' a try one of these days.

1. That Perfect Body (radio edit)
2. Apathy
3. Silence Implies Consent
4. That Perfect Body (Earlobe remix)
5. I´m One (I´m Two remix)
6. On the Edge (Bodybeats version 2.0)
7. On the Edge (Werkoluks remix)
8. On the Edge (live in Mexico City)

31 January 2006

The Battlefield 2 Squad

Gaming last night with Wilson, Brian and Dillon at the 9th level of Orchard Cineleisure was incredible fun. However, it was hard to get on a ranked server where all four of us could operate in a squad.

After the games, we were at an eating establishment at River Valley Road at 1:30 am.

30 January 2006

Tomorrow Now: Envisioning the Next 50 Years

Bruce Sterling's latest non-fiction volume is a collection of soundbites, a tome of techno-gossip glimpsed from reading, conferences and talks with corporate futurists, scientists and major figures. Interesting ideas, summarised in unattractive prose woven in a series of meandering chapters stitched together by the most flimiest of premises, yes, a hint of literary pretension as Sterling attempted to shoehorn the seven disparate themes together by utilising Shakespeare!

My friend, Wilson, had wanted to ask Bruce Sterling when he was town last year why his novels always started out promising, I guess the premises are always brilliant*, but ended up 'sucky'. Brian, Colin and I laughed when Wilson said that. Wilson didn't managed to ask that question. Oh well. Bland prose notwithstanding, what counts is the intriguing ideas explained and explored through awful soundbites, 'Tomorrow Now' is a good read, sorta like reading the less well-written Wired articles strung together.

A prevading theme that Sterling has emphasised is the New World Disorder which is nothing more than his name soundbite for the low intensity conflicts that has been a dominant feature before and after the Great World Wars of the twentieth century. Total war is an anomaly as it is well understood by historians and social scientists. There is really nothing 'New' about this New World Disorder.

Another theme Sterling harped on was that of biotechnology and genetic engineering which he explored in an interesting chapter prefacing the book.

Here are some interesting ideas in the form of Sterling soundbites:

In Stage 6: The Pantaloon:

'The secret sting in Stewart's famous aphorism "Information wants to be free" is in the part that got clipped off when the slogan become popularised. The full quote ran: "Information wants to be free; information also wants to be expensive." It's only when you hold both of these principles in your head at once that you become a true information-economy adept. If you focus exclusively on one half or the other, you will spend most of your time profoundly lost, in a thrashing state of hapless resentment.'

There are truisms abound and also kooky ideas.

In Stage 5: Justice:

'This political movement is likely to be proglobal and multilateralist. It's unlikely to base itself within a single nation-state, since national governments are severely bottled up up and appeals to local patriotism are self-limiting.

It will need some physical strongholds and some model polities. Nation states don't seem particularly promising, at least not at first. A likelier candidate is big cities. The government of cities can be captured by small upstart groups of enthusiasts, and the best such candidates would likely be multiethnic cities, heavily involved in global trade and populated by diasporas. Brussels might be quite good. Singapore. Perhaps New York City, Amsterdam or Hong Kong.'

I wish Sterling would explore more on the sustainable technologies that he has been espousing in his talk and his blog if I recall.

There are few pop futurist volumes out there. Most social science books are not popular tomes for the masses. 'Tomorrow Now' is just about the only volume there attempting to explore the near future in a social context and a lot of credit must be given for that. I think this is a very worthwhile read despite the prose and soundbites.

Presently, I am reading 'Histories of the Future' which is a collection of essays edited by Daniel Rosenberg and Susan Harding. This volume 'foregrounds everyday attitudes, images, stories, performances, debris, movement, lifestyles, and work.' from an academic view.

*I have read a lot of Bruce Sterling novels. I like them and I have bought every one but I find the prose and plotting to be dreadfully unexciting. The ideas, however, are another matter. Sterling explores social change.

29 January 2006


I am Translucent

I am haunted by a line in Negative Format's 'Translucent' from the 'Moving past the Boundaries' album. There is a line that goes 'Walking through these empty halls, I am translucent'.