11 August 2006

Guilty Angel, The Angel & The Vampire

Well, the last few Battle Angel Alita Last Order books have been somewhat lacklustre. The trend continues. Alita is discovering her past and battling in an arena at the same time. This time, the battles in the arena lacks a sense of urgency and are not compelling, they just go by. Why have battles if they are meaningless at best? Fill the pages?

The tedious subplots showing the lives and origins of the combatants are not interesting and detracts from the thrust of the story. The highlights of the two volumes are the exploration of Alita's past.

On the artwork, Yukito Kishiro has come a long way. The artwork is fabulous and the linework feels more finished than the early issues. There is some terrific comic book work in movement from panel to panel.

'Guilty Angel', 'Angel of Protest'. Someone should stop him from giving these corny titles.

"I don't like country and western. I don't like rock music, I don't like rockabilly or rock and roll particularly. I don't like much, really, do I? But what I do like, I love passionately. "

Taken from a sample in 'Paninaro' based on a quote by Chris Lowe (Pet Shop Boys)
From Memphis to Thebes

In Titan Quest, my Illusionist (mastery in Rogue and Nature) made level 24. Two levels! It's getting harder to make levels. Meanwhile, I have visited the pyramids at Giza, the ancient city of Memphis and now I am on my way to Thebes. I found quite a number of green items last night. At least ten of them. I also found about five blue items including a second Nomad's Wraps. I have also been more careful. And my potion supply has increased greatly.

Image source: Wallpapers from Titan Quest

Sdkfz 234/4

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10 August 2006

Russell Square

It was a glorious summer. Perfect for being outdoors. London, July 2006. Posted by Picasa
Hooverphonic 'No more Sweet Music'

1. You Love Me To Death
2. We All Float
3. Music Box
4. You Hurt Me (But I've Got So Much More To Give)
5. No More Sweet Music
6. Tomorrow
7. Dirty Lenses
8. Heartbeat
9. Wake Up
10. My Child
11. Ginger

After the last two or three albums, my expectations of any new Hooverphonic releases are not high. This one is just a typical release, in the same vein as the last two or three. The album, strangely named as 'No more sweet music', is characterised by rich orchestral arrangements, sweet strong obvious melodies with a lack of subtety. I feel the album lacks staying power.

'No more sweet music' is not bad being much in the same vein as the last two rather ordinary Goldfrapp albums, but it is not spectacular like the first two Hooverphonic albums. For those who are unfamiliar with Hooverphonic, the first two albums are the masterpieces and they should not be missed.

The one interesting aspect to this release 'No more sweet music' is the inclusion of a second CD 'More sweet music' which is a variation of the the main album.

Floating, Fat Emperor

Here is more of AK (aka Silver or Kuoby)'s wit.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
You called poor Emperor Loh a fat floating emperor.

AK says:
i think there's an error in syntax.

AK says:
it should be the Floating, Fat Emperor

AK says:
fat floating sounds wrong

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Where AK expresses himself fluently

AK (aka Silver or Kuoby) can be eloquent as he has often insisted. Here you find the finest example of his expression when I asked him who Kaysee is.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Who is Kaysee, Kuoby?

AK says:
you kay see nabei chow chee bye*

Chuang Shyue Chou says:

Boys and girls, if you are not familiar with the vernacular, this is in Fujian (or Hokkien), this is not something used in conventional polite version. It translates to 'stinky vagina'.
Twenty Percent of a Donut

The silly exchanges continue.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Speaking of which, have you given your 20%?

AK says:
only if you give 20% to the floating fat emperor

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
He's rich. He doesn't want money.

AK says:
i meant 20% of your donut you fool!

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
He ate the whole donut.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
I didn't touch that sugar-coated thing.

AK says:
he's a selfish emperor.

AK says:
he didn't even give you, his gay peon, any crumbs!

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Urm, you're the gay, remember?

AK says:
if you say so, if you say so

AK was flattered by the amount of space given to him on this blog. He was inspired to set one up and he had!
Nubian Deflector

Woo. I went from level 12 to level 18 on Tuesday night. Six hours of continuous rampaging in Greece. I started at the Temple of Apollo in Delphi. Next, I was at the Labyrinth at Knossos.

On Wednesday, I went from level 18 to level 22. And I left Greece. No more Satyrs! Now, I had travelled up the Nile to Memphis. In the process, I had gotten somewhat careless. I got killed 12 times!

I found the Nubian Deflector last night and was using it for a short while but there were some item incompatibilities. Heh. I must re-think. My current shield gave a +13% boost to strength. +13%! Quite a percentage! It was quite substantial and it gave me a 184 strength.

I had reduced the dps of my Illusionist somewhat for more hitpoints. Survival. I had also boosted energy after some time.

I needed to be able to sustain long enough to deliver damage to bosses. My dps was still not enough to finish them fast. So, more hp.

09 August 2006

M3A1 Stuart

This common American light tank was armed with a 37mm. The only useful role for such a lightly armed vehicle would have been reconnaissance in the European theatre.

In the Pacific theatre, it was of some use due to its light weight and the obsolete Japanese tanks.

This example here is in Brazilian colours. Brazil joined the Allies during the Second World War with some of its units seeing action.

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08 August 2006

The Vickers Independent Tank

The landship with multiple turrets. A Vickers design from the late twenties which pioneered many technology for that period. The Independent was based on a War Office specification of December 1922 and completed for testing in 1926.

The Independent preceded the Soviet T-28 and T-35 and might have influenced them. Similarly, it might have influenced the heavy prototype tanks PzKw V and VI, not to be mistaken with the later Panthers and Tigers.

The 31.5 ton Independent was armed with a 3-pounder and 4 Vickers machine guns.

Source of information: 'The Vickers Tanks: From Landships to Challenger 2' by Chris F. Foss and Peter McKenzie

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Hizbollah UAV shot down

AK just sent an article about Israelis F-16s shooting down a Hizbollah UAV. Astounding! I wonder what other sophisticated arms these Islamic terrorists have in their arsenal besides rockets and powerful ATGW.
Titan Quest

I have a level 12 Illusionist (Mastery: Rogue and Nature). It's got a lot of damage potential I think, as well as the ability to heal. Hmm.. It may not be such a great combination as there is an abundance of healing potions. I shall have to play further and see. I managed to reach the Oracle at Delphi last night.

For those who happen to stumble upon this blog in the search to download a cheat or trainer programme, go visit http://www.gamecopyworld.com

The trainer programme is there.

07 August 2006


I wanted to give myself excuses not to run. After all, the skies were grey earlier. I'm glad I went. I ran 2.4 km in 13:03 at Toa Payoh Stadium and it did not rain. It was slightly faster than the last time.
A good Hizbollah Propagandist

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
It does roll better off the tongue.

AK says:
it's one of those days where it takes hours to write less than 50 words.

AK says:

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
I'm sure you will make a good Hizbollah propagandist or Reuters journalist.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
I have faith in you.
Doctored Images on Reuters?

AK sent me an article about a doctored image used by Reuters. There were apparently more doctored images as a blog, Little Green Footballs, has found. Reuters publishing doctored images?

"In the most recent in a series of online controversies to take on the mainstream media, a series of Web sites discredited a Reuters photograph of the fighting in Lebanon, forcing the news agency to issue an apology and remove the image from their archives.

The photograph by Adnan Hajj, which shows plumes of smoke rising from downtown Beirut after an IAF bombing, appeared to have been doctored to show more intense smoke and destruction over the city. "

And guess what? Reuters is not contrite.

"photo editing software was improperly used on this image. A corrected version will immediately follow this advisory. We are sorry for any inconvenience."

Well done Reuters.

Islamic terrorists infiltrating news agencies? Well, it's not needed. The news agencies are doing it for themselves. Attacking Israel.

From Cox and Forkum. www.coxandfokum.com

And there are more suspect photos. The worst aspect of this is that Reuters will not be investigating apparently.

The anti-Israel media bias is so evident. It is not merely amongst British broadsheets, one can also see it in Reuters. And also the photographers and people they hire. Oh well.
Gotta Reboot

AK's daily tribulations. He's suffering. Someone save him!

AK says:
gotta reboot, the mac has slowed down without a reason

Chuang Shyue Chou says:

AK says:

AK says:
another reason why i dislike the macs

AK says:
i don't know why they just slow down for no reason

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
June in Korea

June told me of her experiences in Korea over the weekend. She was there recently. It was fascinating but I shall not relate them.

I wonder about the place, I have vague memories of a cold, grey and blue-hued place when I visited Seoul in the early eighties. Gloomy!

Anyway, with her permission, these photos are here on the blog:

June stated that it cost USD3.00 to gain entry.

She also noted a lot of re-construction work done on these 'ancient' buildings. I see modern brickwork on a lot of these photos. I wonder.

A fortress in Suwon
Primeveal Seaweed: The Rise of AK, erm Slime

Earlier before AK embarked on confusing his own sexual orientation and that of other people's, he sent me an interesting article on the appearance of primeval poisonous seaweed (alga) from the Los Angeles Times.

"As the weed blanketed miles of the bay over the last decade, it stained fishing nets a dark purple and left them coated with a powdery residue. When fishermen tried to shake it off the webbing, their throats constricted and they gasped for air."

"Scientist Judith O'Neil put a tiny sample under a microscope and peered at the long black filaments. Consulting a botanical reference, she identified the weed as a strain of cyanobacteria, an ancestor of modern-day bacteria and algae that flourished 2.7 billion years ago.

O'Neil, a biological oceanographer, was familiar with these ancient life forms, but had never seen this particular kind before. What was it doing in Moreton Bay? Why was it so toxic? Why was it growing so fast?"


"The venomous weed, known to scientists as Lyngbya majuscula, has appeared in at least a dozen other places around the globe. It is one of many symptoms of a virulent pox on the world's oceans.In many places — the atolls of the Pacific, the shrimp beds of the Eastern Seaboard, the fiords of Norway — some of the most advanced forms of ocean life are struggling to survive while the most primitive are thriving and spreading.

Fish, corals and marine mammals are dying while algae, bacteria and jellyfish are growing unchecked. Where this pattern is most pronounced, scientists evoke a scenario of evolution running in reverse, returning to the primeval seas of hundreds of millions of years ago.

Jeremy B.C. Jackson, a marine ecologist and paleontologist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, says we are witnessing "the rise of slime." "
AK thought he was royalty

Kuoby is presumptuous and nasty. He insulted the Holy Emperor!

AK says:
i thought i was the grand emperor?

AK says:
oh wait that's the fat friend you travel with to do broken down tanks!

AK says:

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Emperor? You? Whatever gave you the idea?

AK says:
does the donut-loving emperor give you some loving to? behind a tank perhaps?

AK says:

AK says:

AK says:
oh wait, you aren't gay are you? if you are, then i'm just kidding.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
You forgot? You are the gay one with the sham marriage?

AK says:
alright then.

Then, Kuoby confused his sexual orientation and projected his on me! Noooo!

06 August 2006


The S-35 was the best French tank in 1940 with a good balance of firepower, armour and speed. The S-35, armed with a 47mm gun, was superior to most of the German Panzer during the Battle for France.

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