03 February 2007

From Osan to Oklahoma

A conversation on MSN Messenger with Carcass of DuneMUD:

Carcass says:
so what's going on man?

Carcass says:
rofl

Carcass says:
dork

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
With another person.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Hahahahahaaha

Carcass says:
i went shopping in osan today

Carcass says:
got some nice leather jackets

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Osan!

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Silver is playing too.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Leather!

Carcass says:
got one for me, one for my wife

Carcass says:
and got a full length leather coat fitted

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
How's life over there?

Carcass says:
going to pick it up next week

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Freezing your butt off?

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Any tanks?

Carcass says:
it's colder than a pimp's heart here

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Driving the M1 now?

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Ack

Carcass says:
no no, still doing the paralegal thing

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Have you seen the Korean K1 yet?

Carcass says:
i have

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
I have always wanted to see that K1 tank.

Carcass says:
looks like an abrams turret on a diesel chassis

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
It's a Chrysler design.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Yes!

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
The Abrams is designed by Chrysler anyway.

Carcass says:
looks awfully close to an abrams turret on an abrams hull with a bigass diesel in it

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
The Koreans have also bought T-90s and BMP-3s.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Yes, it's practically a smaller scale M1 with a diesel

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
you got that right.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Should be a formidable tank.

Carcass says:
it is

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
You can't take photos of it, right?

Carcass says:
ROKA is pretty badass

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
If you can, send me photos! I would love to see them!

Carcass says:
don't have any around to take photos of

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Ahhh..

Carcass says:
i'm sure if you google search images, you'll find plenty of K1's

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Yes, I heard that the troops there are scary.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
I know.

Carcass says:
some of their troops are pretty badass

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
I have photos from books too.

Carcass says:
some of them are lameasses,but can't expect all conscripts to be badass

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
But I just want photos from other sources

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Of course, there are always lame conscripts.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
You make those your storeman

Carcass says:
can't help you on that, i don't even know where any rok army units are

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
or driver

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Ahhhh...

Carcass says:
well, i know where some are, but no rok armor units

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Well, if you have ever got photos of Korean BMP-3s and K1s, please send them to me! Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

Carcass says:
i'm leaving here in 2 weeks, btw

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Where are you going?

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Back to Hicksville?

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Guam?

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Thailand (for your ladyboys?)

Carcass says:
to oklahoma

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Ahh.. As a paralegal?

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
You will be living in a base, right?

Carcass says:
yeah

Carcass says:
well, i'll live offpost cause i'm married

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Cool!

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
I don't see you much on Dune anymore.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
no time, right?

Carcass says:
been very very busy lately

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
ahh.

Carcass says:
how is old man silver?

Carcass says:
he's an aussie now

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
He's buying a house.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
And two cars.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Doing well. Freelancing at present

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
until he finds a real job

Carcass says:
he's a good guy

Carcass says:
i like mister silver

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Hahahahah.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
He's a funny one.

Carcass says:
he's like a chinese version of ebenezer skrooge

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Hahahaahah. Well described!

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
He was talking about buying a cheap digital camera for ages.

Carcass says:
rofl

Carcass says:
you should tell him i said that

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
I definitely will. I will put this conversation on my blog. That way, he will surely see it.

Carcass says:
rofl

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Heheheheheh.

Carcass says:
i bet he's too cheap to buy a house, he'll cobble together a shack from old cardboard boxes

Carcass says:
and tell his wife she has to walk to the grocery store

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Hahaahah. That's precious!

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Hahahahahah

Carcass says:
and he'll tell his kids they have to wait til daylight to learn to read, because he is too cheap to buy candles

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Sounds like him alright!

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Hahahahaha! You're on a roll tonight!

Carcass says:
i bet his keyboard only has 25 letters, he's too cheap to buy all 26!

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Hahahahaahahahah. I bet he steals bandwidth by riding on others because he's too cheap to subscribe!

Carcass says:
he couldn't afford a desktop, he got a cardboard boxtop computer

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
With a pedal so that he can generate electricity to run it!

Carcass says:
rofl

Carcass says:
instead of getting his hair cut, he just gets a cigarette lighter and burns it to length

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Hahaahah. and Silver uses that ricebowl of his too!

Carcass says:
he couldn't afford a toilet or an outhouse

Carcass says:
so he stole a flower pot from an old lady, and shits in it

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Hahahahahaha!

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
And he plants his vegetables in it as he is too cheap to buy from the supermarket

Carcass says:
i bet instead of buying chicken from the supermarket, he collects dead birds in the park

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Hahaahhahah. Evil!

Carcass says:
snicker

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
I am putting all this up on my blog.

Carcass says:
and i bet instead of getting the oil changed in his car, he drains someone elses and puts it in his

Carcass says:
he won't read this, he's too cheap to buy that much bandwidth, besides, instead of a 2400 baud modem, he has an old telegraph key

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Hahahahahahah!
Then and Now



Then...



Now...

She's so aloof today. Posted by Picasa
Old Hill Street Police Station


Today, this is the Ministry of Information and the Arts. It seems apt somehow.


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FV101 Alvis Scorpion Reconaissance Vehicle


When the British government decided to build a wheeled and a tracked reconaissance vehicle, the Scorpion was the tracked component, entering service in the early seventies. The Scorpion was a successful vehicle and was also used by Belgium, Brunei, Eire, Honduras, Iran, Kuwait, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines and a host of many other nations. The Scorpion has welded aluminum hull and turret and mounted a light 76mm gun, which was a lightened version of the one on the Saladin wheeled reconaissance vehicle. Malaysia utilises the Scorpion 90 which is a version armed with a 90mm Cockerill gun instead.

The Scorpion saw action in the Falklands where its light ground pressure had enabled it traverse terrain impassable by other types.

Tank Museum, Bovington: July 2006 Posted by Picasa
I made a mistake not building the iron mine

A conversation on MSN Messenger with AK (Silver):

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Good morning Friend Kuoby!

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
How does your village?

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Has it been burnt down?

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
RMX?

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
49 points?

AK says:
what the F do you want

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
What are your plans for your Village Mister Silveruns?

AK says:
dunno

AK says:
can't build anything till 3hours later, ran out of iron

AK says:
didn't construct iron mill

AK says:
i'm with a tribe now

AK says:
chester

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
The Nose is the leader of RMX?

AK says:
don't think so

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
What is Chester's in-game name?

AK says:
kasi

AK says:
2 abandoned villages near me

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Attacking abandoned villages is a strategy.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Some use it to plunder for resources.

AK says:
i have no troops though

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Chester has 82 points.

AK says:
i made a mistake not building the iron mine

AK says:
HAVE TO WAIT NOW

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Ahh....

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Chester is on continent 34.
you're on 53.
I'm on 64.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
I have to wait too. No resources.

AK says:
you're a wasted resource

AK says:
bury yourself alive to recycle

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
WOW! That sounds unfriendly Silveruns!

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
What now, Silverspoon? Are you going to attack those villages?

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Silverspoon!!! Wake up!

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Silverspoon!!! Wake up!

02 February 2007

Attack on an abandoned Village

Tribal Wars. I attacked an abandoned village with four spearmen and four swordsmen, losing one of each to the two defenders. Given that a spearman costs 50 units of timber, 30 of clay, 10 of iron and a swordsman costs 30 of timber, 30 of clay, 70 of iron, and I plundered 40 units of timber, 40 of clay and 40 of iron, it was clearly a resource-losing enterprise.



This undertaking was to gauge the effects of plunder. I am following up with another attack as the two remaining defenders appeared to have been killed. Perhaps, this time, it would be more profitable.
It's Friday! Whee! I will be drawing this evening! Whee!
A fine afternoon of deaths on DuneMUD

Hmm... it would appear that Mystique is suiciding all her alts on DuneMUD:

[Feb 02 00:46] Darkstar (53) just suicided !
[Feb 02 00:47] Polaris (1) just suicided !
[Feb 02 00:49] Holy (1) just suicided !
[Feb 02 00:52] Masquerade (1) just suicided !
[Feb 02 00:57] Serenade (1) just suicided !
[Feb 02 00:57] Switchblade (1) just suicided !
[Feb 02 01:01] Cheshire (4) just suicided !
Serenity

I had a dream of serenely affixing a scope on an assault rifle and then lining the sights to a man walking in the distance. Then, I woke up.
Tribal Wars




I have also started playing Tribal Wars a few days back. While the graphics and theme are less compelling than Travian, the game moves along at a much faster pace. I have managed to build a market, barracks, a village wall and some swordsmen and spearmen.

I have also managed some trades.



I did a check on the map today and found that suddenly, someone has founded a village right next to mine. And that village is part of a tribe. This is ominous.

I'm in World 3, Continent 84. Do join me.

I heard that Chester the Nose recommended this to Colin some time ago. Meanwhile AK (Silver) just joined.

01 February 2007

Reading


I rummaged through my sister's bookshelves and found these two engrossing gems. She had recommended them a while back. 'Against the Odds: The Remarkable Story of Risk' by Peter L. Bernstein and 'F.I.A.S.C.O.' by Frank Partnoy.



The stories in 'F.I.A.S.C.O.' and 'Liar's Poker' reminded me superficially of two people who were once friends with each other. They were ambitious and they were going to grow up as Big Swinging Dicks and make lots of money. Somehow along the way, things happened and they did not. The two of them competed and became enemies. From what I have heard, one of them remained a neurotic loser while the other grew up and became a human being in the meantime. Posted by Picasa
"If a new employee, dubbed a geek, could make millions of dollars for the company,
he became that most revered of all species: a Big Swinging Dick.

And nothing in the jungle got in the way of a Big Swinging Dick."

Quote from 'Liar's Poker' by Michael Lewis
Riverwalk Galleria


A sleepy commercial-cum-residential complex, the Riverwalk Galleria was once touted as a centre for IT retailers when Funan Centre underwent major refurbishment some years ago.



However, it did not change anything. Today, the place is still sleepy except for a number of eating establishments which had opened overlooking the river.



I have seen one of the apartment suites more than a decade ago. Other than the view, I can't remember much. Posted by Picasa
T-55


The T-55, a further development of the T-54, was built in great numbers following the Second World War. Built as the successor to the unsuccessful T-44, the T-55 formed the major armoured component of Warsaw Pact in the early years together with the late model T-34/85s, JS-2s and SU-100s. The T-55 mounts a D-10T2S 100mm gun with a calibre length of 56. The theoretical rate of fire is 7 rpm while in reality, the rate of fire is about 3-4 rpm. The hull front has 100mm of armour at 60 degrees and the turret front has 205mm of rounded armour. The T-55 continued to be built in large numbers even after the introduction of its successor the T-62 due to its much lower cost. Posted by Picasa
Cookie

Saurdek was complaining about the quality of the conversation on Chat earlier. Cookie was making conversation and dominating it. She is the resident bimbo on DuneMUD:

[Thu Feb 01 04:07]: You tell Saurdek: Chat is usually better. Cookie is our resident 'blonde'.[Thu Feb 01 04:07]: Saurdek tells you: I could tell
[Thu Feb 01 04:08]: You reply to Saurdek: When she comes in, the collective IQ of Dune goes down by a huge amount. She's like a black hole.
[Thu Feb 01 04:09]: You reply to Saurdek: She's bored... that's why.
[Thu Feb 01 04:09]: Saurdek tells you: :nods sagely.
Travian

I just started Travian a few days back. Colin recommended it a few months ago.

Travian is an online browser-based strategy game of building, trading and conquest for those with war lust. Here is the image of the areas surrounding my village. Yes, I named it 'Cursed Village' for now.



I have constructed a rally point, granery and warehouse. I am presently planning on a barracks and a wall around the village. I will build legionnaires soon.

Do join me, I'm in World 7.

Images of Tanks, Artillery and others: 1920s-1945

Here is a list of links to images of AFVs and guns. I took these on my second visit to Bovington and the Imperial War Museum. The images are of varying quality. The Canon IXUS does not perform well in low light conditions and also some of the poorer efforts are due to my mistake. Regarding the commentary and identification, if there are any errors, please direct to them and I will correct them. Enjoy the images!

Tank Museum, Bovington

Panzerkampfwagen VI Ausf E Sd Kfz 181 Tiger I,
M26 Pershing,
M3 Grant,
A22 Infantry Tank Mark IV Churchill,
Cruiser Tank AC I Sentinel,
Light Tank Mark VIB,
A11 Infantry Tank Mark I Matilda,
SdKfz 251/1 Hanomag,
Guy Mark I Armoured Car,
Ram Kangaroo Armoured Personnel Carrier,
KV-1,
SU-76,
Sd Kfz 141/2 Panzerkampfwagen III,
Sd Kfz 186 Jagdtiger,
Sherman M4A2 with Crab I Equipment (Flail)
DUKW,
Light Tank Mark VII, Terarch,
Morris Light Reconnaissance Car Mark I,
M4A1 Sherman,
Panzerkampfwagen IV Ausf H or J (Sd Kfz 161),
T17 Staghound Armoured Car,
Self-Propelled Gun, Archer,
A13 Mark III, Cruiser Tank Mark V, Covenanter,
Su-100 Assault Gun,
A22, Infantry Tank Mk IV, Churchill,
Daimler Dingo Scout Car,
A41 Cruiser Tank, Centurion,
Marmon-Herrington Mark VI Armoured Car,
A12, Matilda II, Canal Defence Light (CDL),
T-18 Boarhound Armoured Car, T18 Boarhound Armoured Car,
Heavy Tank, TOG 2,
A39 Heavy Assault Tank, Tortoise,
A33 Excelsior Heavy Assault Tank,
T14 Assault Tank,
A38 Valient Infantry Tank,
Strv m/40K,
A34 Comet,
SdKfz 182 Tiger II (Henschel turret), SdKfz 182 Tiger II (Henschel turret),
M13/40,
M3A1 Stuart,
Sdkfz 234/4,
M9A1 Half-Track,
M13/40,
S35 SOMUA,
A43 Black Prince,
A8E Independent,
Sherman Firefly,
M3A1 Stuart,
Pz Kpfw II,
Hetzer,
Sd Kfz 182 Panzerkampfwagen VI Ausf B (Konigstiger, Tiger II) Porsche Turret,
Sd Kfz 303 Goliath,
Rolls-Royce Armoured Car Mark II,
AEC Armoured Car Mark II,
Medium Tank Mark II,
T-26 Model 1933,
M22 Locust,
Vickers Commercial Light Tank,
Light Tank, M24 Chaffee,
Daimler Armoured Car Mark II,
SdKfz 265 kleiner Panzerbefehlswagen,
Char B1 Bis,
Sd Kfz 173 Jagdpanther,
Carden-Lloyd Carrier,
A10 Cruiser Tank Mk IIA,
Renault UE Supply Carrier (Chenillette),
A13 Cruiser Tank Mark IV,
Lanchester Mark II Armoured Car
Pz Sp Wg II Ausf L Luchs


Imperial War Museum: Duxford

JSU-152,
A34 Cruiser Tank, Comet,
6-pdr Anti-Tank Gun and Infantry Tank Mark III Valentine,
T-34/85 Model 1944,
3.7-Inch (90mm) Anti-Aircraft Gun,
4x4 1/4 ton Utility Truck (Jeep) and M40 Gun Motor Carriage,
Medium Tank M4A1 Sherman,
Sd Kfz 142/1 7.5cm Sturmgeschutz,
7.5cm Panzerabwehrkanone 40 (7.5cm Park 40),
8.8cm Flugabwehrkanone (18, 36, 37),
Volkswagen Type 166 Schwimmwagen,
SU-100 Assault Gun,
A27M Cruiser Tank Mark VIII, Cromwell,
Jagdpanzer 38(t) Hetzer,
IS-2 Josef Stalin II,
A12, Infantry Tank Mark III, Valentine,
Sd Kfz 250
Humber Scout Car


Imperial War Museum: London

2-cm Flak 30 20-mm Light Anti-Aircraft Gun,
Bofors 40mm Anti-Aircraft Gun,
8.8cm Flak 18, Flak 36, Flak 37 Anti-Aircraft Gun

Feel free to use the images with or without asking me, I took them and I am happy to share them. As for the rights to commercial use, I am not sure with regard to the institution. One may want to write to them.

31 January 2007

T-55


The T-55 was built in great numbers and supplied to many Soviet client states during the Cold War. This particular example, being a heavily modified Iraqi vehicle, was captured during Operation Desert Storm in 1991. The Iraqi T-55 had numerous armour blocks crudely affixed on its glacis, turret and hull sides and was ungainly. The up-armouring was not adequate in the face of Coalition firepower as numerous Iraqi T-55s and Type 59s* were destroyed during one of the most one-sided campaigns in history.

The T-55 mounted the 100m gun which was one of the most formidable anti-tank armament during the Second World War and the early post war years.

*Chinese supplied copy of the T-55 tanks. The Chinese, like the Soviets and the French, supplied vast amounts of armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs) to the Iraqis. Posted by Picasa
Orchard Hotel Shopping Arcade



The Orchard Hotel Shopping Arcade houses a Leonidas chocolate store, Subway, Tony Romas, a well-known Irish pub, Muddy Murphy's and many other shops. It is generally a sleepy place.

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Silver's (AK) Humble Abode

Another exchange on MSN Messenger:

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Good morning Friend Kuoby!

AK says:
Link

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Yes, you have shown me the image previously.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
This should be blogged.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Looks pleasant and humble.

AK says:
what should be blogged?

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Silver's humble abode.

AK says:
i am humble and pleasant!

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
I thought you would want a palatial place.

AK says:
no

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Huge, with gold taps.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
And torture chambers.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
And lots of slaves.

AK says:
oh no, i wouldn't want your palatial factory floors

AK says:
filled with struggling peons making a buck

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
I don't know man. Who is the one with the slave?

AK says:
you! and your maids

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
YOU!

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Your slave has spoken up.

AK says:
idiot!

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
She suffered unusual, cruel torture at your hands.

AK says:
such idiocy!

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
You are damned.

AK says:
listening to you is ususual and cruel torture.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Evading the issue again. You had slaves.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
What are you going to do now?

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Are you going to be reformed?

AK says:
Going? i AM reformed.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
So you claimed.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
How do you explain your slaves?

AK says:
why do i need to explain

AK says:
can you send me durian? i thiink my aussie colleauges would love it.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Woo, you seem to think that I am your slave.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Your slaving habits are still there. You are not reformed.

AK says:
i still can't mud

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
That's divine punishment from Emperor Loh.

AK says:
Emperor Loh can lick my boots and resuscitate my butt.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
See? That's another manifestation of your slaving habits.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
You are just proving to the world that you're a heartless slaver.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Yours slaves lick your golden boots, don't they?

AK says:
i don't wear golden boots

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
And they pat your golden butt too?

AK says:
oh ho ho. i won't be goaded by your feeble asinine opines.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
You felt goaded?

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Why?

AK says:
i'm busy so...

AK says:
F

AK says:
C

AK says:
Kayu!

AK says:
U

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
You sound like a British fashion house, O'Golden Butt.

AK says:
they've stupidly dropped the FCUK branding

AK says:
they should keep it.

AK says:
revitalise it

AK says:
so much brand equity in it.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
People have told me of a backlash.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Any truth to that?

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
They said that the novelty is gone.

AK says:
yea, that's because they lack the foresight to see that i can be revitalised.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
I am sure you can.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Perhaps with a hot poker, O'Golden Butt.

AK says:
sigh.

AK says:
i guess mudding means i can do more work

AK says:
of course that means i have to suffer your insolence more, without having Dune to distract me.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
You're flattered that people bother to listen to you while you ply a dishonest trade, eh?

AK says:
i have no need for flattery you flatulent fool.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Slavery and deception are evil, O'Golden Butt.

AK says:
OH MY WORD! THAT STENCH. stop flatulating you flatulent fool.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Eh?

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Still obnoxious?

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
I guess your reformation did not extend to your obnoxious behaviour.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Maybe, your reformation is not complete.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Your claims are falsehoods.

AK says:
your opinion of me matters as much leech being crushed by a truck.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
How creative! Is that how a creative copywriter uses metaphors?

AK says:
what does it matter to you? it's like your head's a coconut being pulverised by a monkey with an axe.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Your analogies are weak.

AK says:
not as weak as tea being diluted with water from the bathtub.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Your kung fu is weak, O'Golden Butt.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Is that how you peddle your junk food to young innocents?

AK says:
if only you could see me snort and flare my nostrils as big as the moon, you'd feel the true power of my disdain.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Is that what you do to frighten your slave Benita?

AK says:
who's benita.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
I know, to you slaves don't have names.

AK says:
DO

AK says:
I

AK says:
GIVE

AK says:
A

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
KUOBY!

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Kuoby?

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Slaver?

30 January 2007

Orchard Hotel


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Snoozing

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M46 Patton


The M46 Patton was a derivative of the M26 Pershing, being first developed in 1946. The M46 mounted a new engine and transmission with some improvements to the gun, fire control and suspension. Otherwise, the M46 was very similar to the M26.

The M46 mounted a M3A1 90mm gun and was protected by 100mm of armour on the glacis and turret front.

The gaudily painted tiger and dragon faces were meant to frighten 'superstitious' Chinese troops during the Korean War.

Tank Museum, Bovington: July 2006 Posted by Picasa

29 January 2007

Liar's Poker


My sister recommended this. It's unexpectedly entertaining. Heh. Posted by Picasa
Bumboats in the Stream


This way, that way, where are they going? Posted by Picasa
Hear me roar!


What is she doing up there? She's the dominator! Roar! Meooooooooow! Posted by Picasa
AMX-13


The first prototype of the AMX-13, being was one of the three armoured vehicles designed in France following the end of the Second World War, was constructed in 1948. The early models were armed with a 75mm gun, similar to that of the Panther which equipped the French army immediately after the Second World War. This was followed by later models with a 90mm gun with others mounting SS-12 ATGMs. The AMX has an unusual FL-10 oscillating turret and a gun fed by two revolver type magazines, each holding six rounds of ammunition.


A whole family of vehicles were developed from the AMX-13. Over 3000 examples were built in a period up to the early eighties.

Tank Museum, Bovington: July 2006 Posted by Picasa
Conversation with Alma from Romania

A conversation on MSN Messenger with Alma from the Fremen guild on DuneMUD:

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Yo O'Blood-Sucking One!

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Happy New Year!

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
The sietch is still talking about the legendary Alma porn.

Virginia says:
hi

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Are you at work?

Virginia says:
was there ever any alma porn?

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Surely, there was!

Virginia says:
no, home

Virginia says:
i can't sleep

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Ahh... It's a Friday night, right?

Virginia says:
saturday morning

Virginia says:
almost 6 am

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
It's Saturday morning here too. you haven't gone over to the USA?

Virginia says:
no

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
When are you scheduled to go over?

Virginia says:
i'm not

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Oh. You have a change of plans then?

Virginia says:
well yeah

Virginia says:
it's been a while

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
I recall you were going to do a Ph.D. programme.

Virginia says:
yeah i was doing many things

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
And you were going to get a job as an engineer.

Virginia says:
i realised i got a great job as an engineer here and a family that i won't leave here and another boyfriend that i like

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Excellent!

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Are you ever coming back to Dune?

Virginia says:
no, i don't think so

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Not even in two years?

Virginia says:
hopefully i'll be a successfull busines woman with a family in 2 years

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Oh well.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Excellent!

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
That's more important!

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
That's real life.

Virginia says:
although successful business women and families is a rare thing

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Instead of residing a text-based game with hordes of kids with insecurities. Hahahah

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Why is that?

Virginia says:
i mean who have families

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Ahh... I get you.

Virginia says:
they're to busy being successful

Virginia says:
etc

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
You could have a family and also kids.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
I have seen successful women like that.

Virginia says:
ack no kids!!

Virginia says:
not yet at least

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
You could have your parents help in looking after the kids?

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Your in-laws?

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Alma and her 20 kids! WOO HOO!

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Whee!

Virginia says:
only a little house and the guy to live with

Virginia says:
nooooo

Virginia says:
i'll have kids when i'll be 29

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
That should be a good age.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Not too early or too late.

Virginia says:
yep

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Besides you will be a lot more financially secure by then!

Virginia says:
yep

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
A successful career woman then!

Virginia says:
i'll be a bill gates

Virginia says:
i'll buy you all

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Hahahahaahahahah. Almasoft Windows Vista!

Virginia says:
laf

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
If you have the willpower, I'm sure you can make things happen.

Virginia says:
and the error messages would be "wtf dude. what did you do? you're breaking the system"

Virginia says:
!!111

Virginia says:
we'll see

Virginia says:
i've been working since july last year and i already got 2 raises

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
You're gonna be rich and famous.

Virginia says:
the boss <3 me

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
What is your role?

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
What do you do?

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Besides beating people up?

Virginia says:
well..i'm kinda staying there from 8.30 am til 7 pm

Virginia says:
laf

Virginia says:
i'm le project manager dans le refrigeration department

Virginia says:
muahahaha

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Wow!

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Not bad! That's pretty good for six months of work.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
11 working hours!

Virginia says:
well, i was a project manager since i got hired

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
You really put in the hours there.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
You must have that mean look.

Virginia says:
yeah

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
You growled at the reviewer didn't you?

Virginia says:
laf

Virginia says:
i made an angelic face

Virginia says:
and he said "awwww....."

Virginia says:
and hired me

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Wow! That's hard to believe. I thought you gave the reviewer a wedgie!

Virginia says:
laf

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Angelic face! I can't believe that.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
I can't equate Alma with an Angelic face.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
You sure you can make one?

Virginia says:
ofc

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
It's hard to believe.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
You sure you're not bluffing?

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
You may have to confess at the booth later about that.

Virginia says:
we don't have those

Virginia says:
only catholics do

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Orthodox!

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
You're Orthodox.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Yes, you're right.

Virginia says:
yeah theoretically

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
But you're evil Alma.

Virginia says:
i'm not the religious type

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Men worship you.

Virginia says:
neah

Virginia says:
i'm a bunny

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
And they want Alma Porn!

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Legendary religious text!

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
The Alma Porn Bible.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
APB.

Virginia says:
laf

Virginia says:
alma porn manuscripts

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Hahahaahahah

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
I really gotta get back to work. You take care. I will chat with you again.

Virginia says:
ok have fun

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Byeeee!

Virginia says:
buh byeeee

It's a pity. DuneMUD has lost her. She's a good player to have around. Fun, lively and helpful. Great person. Sadly, DuneMUD has lost many good people over the years. Alma, Nightbreeze, Bornhelm, Kain/Storm, Blackice, Knight/Sith, Llama, and more.
"In some circumstances, the choice to build high may even have disruptive political implications. The Petronas twin towers in Kuala Lumpur, designed by the same New York office that produced the Docklands colossus, are still the tallest buildings in the world in the year 2000. They were shown in a 1998 film called 'Entrapment', with Sean Connery, rising from a miasma of slum dwellings, which - so the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Mahathir Mohamed, announced, while publicly banning the film - were located in Southern Malacca, "hundreds of miles away." Wherever that scatter of slums was located, what really provoked Mohamad's ire was the reading of the twin towers as an image of social inequity, since, of course, Kuala Lumpur has plenty of slums to show.

Quote from 'The Seduction of Place: The City in the Twenty First Century" by Joseph Rykwert

28 January 2007

"The Empire State Building was nicknamed the "Empty State" Building, as much of the space was unlet for some time and it took twenty years for it to declare a profit.

Quote from 'The Seduction of Place: The City in the Twenty First Century" by Joseph Rykwert
At Chatterbox



This is was years back, probably around the Chinese New Year period when the Great Emperor Loh deigns to grant us an audience... Posted by Picasa
A Celebration!

A conversation thread on DuneMUD:

[00:11] Marlboro waves happily at Mreh.
[00:11] Mreh: Hi, Mr. Marlboro. I don't think Mr. Silver likes my changes.
[00:12] Marlboro: He has been playing? I am surprised.
[00:12] Marlboro: All I know is that he has invested a lot of his time building AM levels. I don't know his reactions at present.
[00:13] Marlboro smiles happily.
[00:13] Marlboro is going to laze in bed on this fine windy afternoon.
[00:13] Marlboro smiles happily.
[00:13] Marlboro: With a book of course!
[00:16] Mreh: He died earlier/.
[00:16] Mreh waves happily at Marlboro.
[00:17] Marlboro: He died earlier! That calls for a celebration! WOO HOO!
[00:17] Marlboro: Thanks for the great news!
[00:17] Marlboro: This is most excellent.
[00:17] Mreh: Oh?
[00:17] Marlboro: Well, we are always giving each other shit.
[00:17] Marlboro laughs.
[00:18] Marlboro: He gets it from me all the time.

So, I checked.

Displaying last 20 events in history:
[Jan 27 19:51] Action is now the Burseg Leader (level 25).
[Jan 27 20:06] Nienor is now the Sinister Encantrix (level 181).
[Jan 27 20:27] Natas (138) just died to A Big Door Guard [seriously injured]!!
[Jan 27 20:47] Lakash is now the Sand Predator (level 8).
[Jan 27 20:47] Lakash is now the Hopeful Sand Fighter (level 9).
[Jan 27 20:59] Argros (10) just died to A Harkonnen guard [hurt]!!
[Jan 27 21:02] Argros is now The Genetically Modified (level 10).
[Jan 27 21:02] Argros is now The Genetically Enhanced (level 11).
[Jan 27 21:03] Argros is now The Genetically Improved (level 12).
[Jan 27 21:26] Lakash is now the Sand Fighter (level 10).
[Jan 27 21:33] Mkumuk is now the Sand Wanderer (level 3).
[Jan 27 21:33] Argros (12) just died to A harkonnen short blade trainer [hurt]!!
[Jan 27 21:35] Fufa (50) just died to Rabban the Beast [lightly scratched]!!
[Jan 27 21:36] Argros is now The Genetically Improved (level 12).
[Jan 27 21:36] Argros is now The Genetic Marvel (level 13).
[Jan 27 21:36] Argros is now The Master of Genetics (level 14).
[Jan 27 22:03] Silver (195) just died to Guardian Skrafa!!
[Jan 27 22:43] Serg is now the Almighty Fury of House Harkonnen (level 53).
[Jan 27 22:48] Argros (14) just died to Functionary [scratched]!!
[Jan 27 22:53] Argros is now The Master of Genetics (level 14).

Woo! And so Silver died! Most excellent! This calls for a celebration!
T-72M


The T-72M is the export model of the T-72A which was deployed in large numbers by Warsaw Pact nations in the Cold War. This example is likely to be an ex-East German example.

The T-72 first entered service in 1971 and was the low-end component of the high-low mix. Armed with a 125mm gun considered to be 'highly destructive', the T-72 appeared to have enjoyed little battlefield success instead, it enjoyed commercial success with more than 50,000 built.

Tank Museum, Bovington: July 2006 Posted by Picasa
Hiding under a table

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Scotts


The end. Scotts was somewhat of a shortlived complex, housing mostly fashion retailers and a service apartment block. Two decades later, the end has come. The area has been condoned off and the demolition has begun.



Its neighbour, Hyatt Hotel, was built in 1971 and is still thriving. Similarly, Far East Plaza, built in 1984-85, is a hive of activity. Posted by Picasa