20 January 2007

I bumped into Wei Yi and Clara at Borders last night. I have not seen them for quite some time. I will probably head down to Borders again later this evening.
I was at Borders last night when I bumped into Wei Yi and Clara. 

It's been a while since I saw them. I will probably head to Borders this evening.

19 January 2007

Fallen in battle at Toilets

An event I captured on DuneMUD:

Your hearer echoes:Madmandale (25) just died to A female prisoner [lightly scratched]!!

{Fremen}: Madmandale has just fallen in battle at Toilets. [s,door]

Mreh sends a ball of flames in the sky spelling : *N*o*o*o*!*

{Fremen}: Madmandale : that was gay

Prisoner shouts: And now, I'll give him a douche he'll never forget.

Prisoner shoves Madmandale's severed head into the toilet and flushes vigorously.

Prisoner leaves door.
I'll take the opportunity to finish two books if I can.
It's Friday but it's hard to get excited over a weekend that will certainly be spoilt by the recall.

18 January 2007

Marmon-Herrington Mark VI Armoured Car

The Harmon-Herrington armoured cars were used in large numbers by the South Africans in the Desert War in World War II. The Mark I, II, IIIs were machine gun armed 4 x 4 vehicles with a truck layout.

The Mark IV was an improved model with a 2-pounder (40mm) gun and 2100 were built.

The Mark VI mounted a 6-pounder (57mm) gun. Two of these were built and orders for over 1000 were cancelled when the war ended.

Tank Museum, Bovington: July 2006 Posted by Picasa
Evil 2

Three years ago, I was given the impression that I was done with my state-mandated obligation when I visited the chief clerk in camp. However, the official letter just didn't come informing me of my status. All was quiet for two years.

I was suspicious. I knew that something was wrong. And then, like a thunderbolt out of the blue, I received an SMS message informing me that I will be recalled for five days. Whoa. It is certainly a good thing that I didn't 'retire' all my uniforms and equipment. I have heard a lot of the men saying they will chuck everything in trash or hold a bonfire.

Here I am packing. It is like nothing has changed since seventeen years ago when I was stuffing the uniforms and stuff into the backpack except that this time, there is no pressure. The memories come flooding back. Damn.

Packing hurriedly on the floor of a fluorescent-lit barracks in an old Royal Artillery Building dating back to 1940. It was one of those tension-filled nights where every one in the platoon was packing and preparing.

The army was a place where one spent more time preparing than anything else.

The superiors of this forthcoming mobilisation exercise must be eager to achieve high attendance rates this weekend. I have received two reminders via mail, two calls on the telephone and a SMS message all in the space of this week!

Fortunately, I asked them which unit I had been assigned to. No one had bothered to tell me earlier.

And the mail reminders had a map of the reporting centre. It is certainly different from the one I reported to four years ago. Phew. No one had told me the new location until the receipt of this mail.

From a conversation on MSN Messenger:

AK (Silver) says:

AK says:
chibiace seems like a fool

AK says:
wake up damn it

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
He is.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
He should qualify his hatred.
Message on DuneMUD

WARNING: Some lag is expected in the coming minutes. It will pass. Please be patient.

From a conversation on DuneMUD:

[22:29] Paradox : Coffee makers with an auto-start timer are wondeful but where is the auto-fill?
[22:29] Paradox grumbles.
[22:37] Skruideli : you need a trained monkey
[22:39] Marlboro : Trained monkey? WOO! Me me me!
[22:43] Skruideli : marl is toverqualified
He hates them

From a conversation on MSN Messenger and Googletalk:

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
By the way, AK is Silver.

oh yup

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Let me see.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Silver's blog.

why is he on about muslim stuff

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Well, they do constitute a real threat worldwide.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Maybe not seemingly real in NZ but nevertheless real in most societies.

well i was listening to bbc and they were saying how its only in major western societies that are so worried about it.

and most of the others arent

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
BBC is biased.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
There is an institutional anti-Israel slant there.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
And more.

i hate those fucking jews

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
You do? Why do you hate Jews?

fucking evil

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
What did they do?

push lies

its about time for that wii exercise now

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
For instance?

lots of things?


Chuang Shyue Chou says:
For instance? What do you think they did that is evil?

Funny. When it comes to qualifying the hatred of Jews, the question is immediately dodged.
For want of a MUD Client

From a conversation on MSN Messenger:

AK (Silver) says:
pocketpc has a mud client

AK says:
you can telnet from a pocketpc, from what i've read.

AK says:
but mudding clients are rare. i've only managed to find one.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Thus, you can bot again!

AK says:
er no botting, i don't bot.

AK says:
but not having triggers is extremely difficult for an ixian

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
To activate your buttplugs?
The societal obligation mandated by the state can get really tiresome when one approaches forty.

There are so many fortunates out there that are for some reason let off.

17 January 2007

Drawings and Soldiering

I have a few rough sketches but I haven't found the time to sit down. This weekend, it would appear that there is a mobilisation exercise. In other words, I would have to report to the army camp with all my gear, webbing, Kelvar helmet and all. What a pain. Hopefully, I will just report in and then I get to leave at once. I don't enjoy soldiering. In fact, I hate this regimented life.

Oh well, it's life in Singapore. Thank goodness, I have less than two years left for this. Heh.
A41 Cruiser Tank, Centurion

The Centurion was the last of the cruiser tanks. Six prototypes of the Centurion were rushed to Germany in 1945 before the war ended but they were not involved in combat as hostilities had ended. With a 17-pounder gun and heavy armour, the Centurion would have been a match for the German heavy tanks such as the Tiger IIs.

The Centurion Mark I also carried a co-axial Polsten 20mm which was removed in the later models.

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A Bad Mix

From a conversation on DuneMUD:

[02:28] Sickgut : do quest points make you fight better?
[02:28] Linx : Do you wanna die little man!?
[02:28] Linx : You can't be saying that 'round here.
[02:28] Mystique : sure quest points help! you learn to curse and hate the ares you are in more :D
[02:28] Mystique : areas
[02:28] Linx : Quests a hidden word, a shaddy word, it brings trouble, it brings pain...
[02:29] Potatoe : you learn syntax + spelling + foreign wizzes is a bad mix
My hair is very short now. Heh.

16 January 2007

Daimler Dingo Scout Car

The Daimler Dingo Scout Car was a popular, speedy and agile reconaissance vehicle which remained in service until the 1950s with production totally 6,626. The 3-ton vehicle was usually armed with a machine gun.

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AK's (Silver) Visit to the Hardware Store

AK says:

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
WOO! Did you purchase a nut?

AK says:
a bolt

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Or two nuts?

AK says:
for a nut

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Did you also get a screw?

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Did the man at the hardware store sell you a screw?

15 January 2007

A22, Infantry Tank Mk IV, Churchill

This strange unfamiliar Churchill tank is the Churchill I, the 1941 original production model with a 2-pounder gun and co-axial 7.92mm Besa machine gun on the turret and a 3-inch howitzer on the nose. This particular model appears to be missing the 2-pounder. A number of Churchill Is were used in the Dieppe raid in 1942.

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Winter Camouflage Set Mecha sMa.K.

I can't find the URL to my friend's write-up on this set of toys. It's a pity as Kelvin examines the set in great detail. He has written quite a few reviews of toys previously. As one can tell, he has an interest in powered armour.

Who hasn't read Robert Heinlein's classic 'Starship Troopers' and Joe Haldeman's 'The Forever War'?

14 January 2007

Images of Tanks, Aircraft and more

If you have been a faithful follower of the postings of the images of the tanks here, I have almost exhausted all the Second World War tank images taken
in 2006. I will be posting images of Postwar tanks including the
T-72, Chieftain, Leopard I and more. There is be a blog entry which collects all the links soon.

After which, there will be postings of aircraft. Much later, I will post images of the same tanks taken in 1996.

Images of London, Cambridge, Oxford will follow later. You may ask why I am not using one of those image collation websites for this? Well, there are some reasons, and the main one is that of a daily commentary in manageable amounts.
Robert Fisk

From a quote in Wikipedia:

"In an essay titled, "Why does John Malkovich want to kill me?", Fisk states that he and other journalists who criticize U.S. and Israeli policy in the Middle East will have to deal with hate mail and death threats. In that essay, he refers to actor John Malkovich's remark in May 2002 at the Cambridge Union Society, when asked who he would like to fight to the death, that he would rather just shoot Fisk."

Late last year, I had a conversation with someone on history and politics. When I mentioned Robert Fisk of the Independent, he immediately exclaimed hotly
that he would shoot him if he could. The comment pretty much echoed that of the quote
above. Hilarious. This person and another person who was present were educated in history.

I think he has the same sentiment regarding Michael Moore too.
Any intelligent person would...
Opera 9.10

I have just switched to the Opera 9.10 browser from Firefox. Faster and more intuitive.

The T-34/85 was the universal tank which saw continuous action from 1944 to 1945 and the final defeat of Nazi Germany.

Imperial War Museum, Duxford: July 2006 Posted by Picasa