31 August 2007
Two things have come up. I am thinking of visiting the Army Open House to get a glimpse of the new Leopard 2A4 MBT and watching the new movie, 'The Last Legion', based on Dr. Valerio Massimo Manfredi's 2002 novel. He is the Professor of Classical Archaeology in the "Luigi Bocconi" University of Milan.
30 August 2007
Duels is an extremely addicting browser-based game of gladiatorial combat that was recently featured in the Wall Street Journal, Digg and Slashdot.
Since Colin introduced the game in an email, I have been playing keenly. At least, since last Friday.
My character Oggg.
Warrior. Path of the Warrior.
Record: 779 - 74
The guys are also playing Duels. Their characters:
Ksyn (Anthony - And he fights with swords in real life!)
I have a record of 779 wins to 74 losses mainly because I pick on opponents a few levels below mine. I have also got a good record against opponent of even levels and one level higher. With my build and gear, I can generally beat NPCs six levels above me.
The game is very gear-dependent, much like Diablo and the World of Warcraft. Thus, the guy with the better weapon and armour generally wins. The equipment system in this game is fairly elaborate. Likewise, the skill system.
Highly recommended! Join me!
29 August 2007
24 August 2007
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15 August 2007
In this blog report on ZDNet, it would appear that Steve Jobs would wipe Firefox off the face of the earth:
"Notice how Steve seems to be indicating that Safari will wipe out the competition and leave only IE and Safari in the running."
Well, I guess he could try. Meanwhile, another report stated that 75% of people who downloaded Firefox did not use it.
Can evil Jobs win?
Another in-game conversation on DuneMUD:
Skruideli tells you: skyspy the paramedic's newest slogan is "hello, my name is skyspy and I am your paramedic tonight, I know you are worried but I assure you, I have a perfect record, no survivors to date"
14 August 2007
In a recent report, Thailand will be purchasing 96 8x8 BTR-3EI armoured personnel carriers from the Ukraine. I will assume that these are derivatives of the Ukrainian BTR-90s.
It is also noted that most of these armoured personnel carriers will be deployed in the south of Thailand to combat the Islamic extremists and separatists.
12 August 2007
11 August 2007
Here we go. I will make some silly predictions for the season.
The standings at the end of the season:
1. Manchester United
It will be interesting to see if they turn out right at the end of the season next year.
Mind you, I am not a ManU fan, I don't like them but I am realistic. What are your predictions?
Freeman Dyson has three heretical thoughts on global warming and climatic change. The first:
"My first heresy says that all the fuss about global warming is grossly exaggerated. Here I am opposing the holy brotherhood of climate model experts and the crowd of deluded citizens who believe the numbers predicted by the computer models. Of course, they say, I have no degree in meteorology and I am therefore not qualified to speak. But I have studied the climate models and I know what they can do. "
Essentially his first point is:
"As a scientist I do not have much faith in predictions. Science is organized unpredictability."
His article is well-worth reading. It is meant to be thought-provoking. His suggestions of possible solutions are intriguing as are his perspectives.
10 August 2007
08 August 2007
I picked up 'Lions, Donkeys and Dinosaurs' by Lewis Page at HMV at the Heeren over the weekend. The 2007 edition of the book was surprisingly priced at S$12.95 which was far below the British listed price of $24.00 (based on a rough conversion). For a sense of perspective on the British military's procurement and its top-heavy structure, this book was quite unrivalled.
The author ranted against the rather abysmal SA80 IW (L85) assault rifle and its derivative the LSW (L86) and exposed the waste involved in the rebuild to the L85A2. Who wouldn't rant against such waste and callous disregard for the frontline serving troops?
Page also exposed the procurement decisions made in the choice of the A400M transport aircraft (FLA), the 'new' Merlin helicopter, the Type 45 destroyer, the Typhoon and more.
It's quite a worthwhile read, not dissimilar in a superficial way to A. Hadley's 'Straw Giant' which exposed the waste in the US military in the early eighties.
I would recommend this to everyone with an interest in military affairs and procurement.
07 August 2007
06 August 2007
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Who doesn't like the Jason Bourne amnesia thrillers? In book form, this was, of course, a fun read when I was fifteen or sixteen. In a way, it is a teenaged adolescent power fantasy. Secret assassin powers and all!
However, it does get tiresome, like many other fantasies of this form, be it in the techno-thriller genre, spy genre, SF genre, fantasy genre or comics.
And what of real life?
Having read quite a bit about memory and also other mind-related subjects, well....
Speaking of which, the cinematic Jason Bourne, aka Matt Damon, seems to be somewhat pudgy in the trailers.
The tribe had collapsed. From rank 10, it had slipped to 21st. The leaders' morale had collapsed due to lack of general activity amongst tribal members and a general war by the top tribes against our tribe. As a result, there were mass desertions. Pretty sad.
My Tribal Wars status. 402, 911 points. 39 villages. I hadn't been doing much. I was pretty much not doing much for a month except for a short war about two weeks ago. My tribemates are so inactive. There seemed little point in continuing that war.
05 August 2007
The construction of Orchard Central. In the seventies, this site used to be a busy night market. A pasar malem as they called it. It was across the road from the old Keok Road Market. I doubt if many people can remember the old Keok Road market which had been replaced by Orchard Point.
The old Keok Road was a street of shophouses. I could still remember it.
Orchard Road would soon be transformed.