10 March 2007

State of Progress: Tribal Wars World 3


Hahaha! My whole army is wiped out. I had estimated that his wall would be at level 10 at most and I was wrong. His walls were at level 20, the maximum level defensive bonus was applied. And the luck factor, a huge negative. Essentially, I had hit the worst case possible scenario. The Perfect Storm.
I have way more resources but can I outbuild him? It doesn't look likely because his barracks level is higher than mine.
Now it is a race. To crush him!
There is a Singapore Open Gaming session today. I hope to be able to make it. That is, if I can wake up in time.
My Electric Barbarella cannot be switched off. I suspect she has only got three settings 'Mean', 'Meaner' and 'Meanest'. Oh nooooooooooooooooo!

08 March 2007

I ran another 4 km this evening. Heh. I need to get back to my usual 5 km punishing runs again.
Music that I am listening to right now

Clan of Xymox - Breaking Point
Starting off with the floorkiller 'Weak in my Knees', Clan of Xymox's latest electro-gothic concoction.

In Strict Confidence - Exile Paradise
The added female vocals of Antje Schulz adds a new dimension to this veteran electro-industrial act.

John Foxx & Louis Gordon - From Trash
The electronic pop music pioneer with Louis Gordon serves another

Imperative Reaction - Eulogy for a sick Child
The re-mastered first album with extra tracks.

Imperative Reaction - As we fall
The latest hard-hitting electro-industrial release. So far, Imperative Reaction has not disappointed me yet. Excellent stuff to dream to... I have listening to it while reading earlier.

Lost Signal - Eviscerate
Lost Signal's 'Catharsis' is one of my top faves over the last few years. Here is the sophomore effort from this ebm act, offering a further development. I have heard once so far.

Snog -Vs the Faecal Juggernaut of Mass Culture
Hahaha. The Al-Qaeda song is a hoot. As usual, Snog attacks consumerism... Die iPod! Die superficiality!

Camouflage - Motif Sky
Excellent first single. It has stuck in my mind like their previous singles 'Suspicious Love' and 'Thief'.

Camouflage - Relocated
In the nineties, while Depeche Mode disintegrated and lapsed into some form of horrid electro-blues with 'Ultra' and 'Exciter', Camouflage has never lost their unique identity and vision. 'Relocated 'is the latest album. As usual, the strengh of Camouflage is their songwriting, the arrangements and pop structures.

X-Perience - Lost in Paradise
The pop purveyors which served the hit 'A Neverending Dream' has released a new album with a strong single. Pure pop.

X-Perience - Return from Paradise
A melodic first single. Does one expect anything less? X-Perience has not lost their touch. They clearly have 'experience'.

Seabound - Double-Crosser
EBM/Futurepop crossover. Always a pleasure to listen to.

Delerium - Nuages du Monde
Woo! Leeb and gang are back with this delicious concoction. This does hark back to the early Delerium in some areas.

Dismantled - Standard Issue
Hilarious album. Read the lyrics. Evil stuff.

Cosmicity - Pure
Somehow, I missed this 2001 release from Cosmicity. I have all three singles from that album. It is alright. Synthpop. Cosmicity started off with great promise in the early nineties but somehow, it has been unable to create great synthpop despite a few gems over the years.
Where AK relates his Reserves experience

AK was in the navy despite not being a regular in the SAF. He was on some sort of armed patrol boat. A sampan with a pistol if you will:

AK Silverune says:
SC

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
HEY!

AK Silverune says:
i didn't quite like reservist too

AK Silverune says:
it was a waste of my time

AK Silverune says:
luckily i wasn't required to stay in camp

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
You are fortunate. This is a low-key.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
5 days.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
and it doesn't even count.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
XXXXXXX* training.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
I have done it before.

AK Silverune says:
hah, i did something which involved me inhaling XXXXXXX

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Ahh... I didn't go in the XXXXX. I had claustaphobia.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
So, I reported sick.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
It was the XXXXXX.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
More than anything else.

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Can't breathe in the XXXXXX.

AK Silverune says:
anyhow the navy reservist is a bit of a joke

AK Silverune says:
stay out for 3 weeks, except for a few nights, when we're on exercise

AK Silverune says:
the first we'd go home at 11am or before lunch, so they won't have to feed us.

AK Silverune says:
the frist week that is.

AK Silverune says:
anyhow, i'll talk to you tomorrow. going to sleep now.

AK Silverune says:
goodnight

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Good night!

AK is not alone in the bit about food. I recall that there was once when the officers wanted us to stay in the camp that night. Yet, those idiots haven't catered for dinner. Goddamn. They could walk in and out of camp at will, so, they could go buy food. Yet, somehow, for several hundred men, they forgot the dinner! Yes, the officers and senior NCOs completely forgot about the men. They forgot the dinners! And they were unwilling to let us out. In the end, after some negotiation and we were let out for a few hours to go get dinner. Funny eh?

Oh, the stories are, of course, deliberately vague, you never know which idiot is reading and if that idiot is vindictive.

*XXXXXX - Well, I'm not going to say. You never know how small-minded those fuckers can be. And they are fucking small-minded.
While doing my reservist stint in the army, I recall when everyone, meaning several hundred of us, sat on the floor with our legs crossed in a cavernous hall and listened to an officer pontificate, I felt a sense of deja vu. The one funny thing that struck me was that it was not dissimilar to when we were school children in primary school, listening to the teacher sermonise on some state-approved bits of education.
In case if you were wondering, I went for my first three-week reservist stint in 1992.

It is 2007. A good fifteen years.

What am I doing? Still holding an M16S1 assault rifle?
Drat! My reservist training programme is out. I'm joining a new unit in less than two weeks' time. And I will be doing the same thing over again. Stuff that I had done before. Why why why?

Sheer boredom.

Low-key programme which does not count towards my total number completed anyway. What a bloody waste of time.
I went for a 4 km run last night. It was refreshing. I went at a constant, steady pace.
Good morning AK!

Yet another exchange. A great way to behind the morning:

AK Silverune says:
hahahahaha

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Hello!

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
You were quaking in your slippers during those exchanges with your escaped slave! You were afraid!

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
You alright?

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Are you straight-jacketed and laughing in an asylum?

AK Silverune says:
what?
PUB - Wonderful Service

The people at PUB (and I'm not talking about Singapore Power or other utilities) are wonderful. They have responded to my queries for assistance and have gone beyond the call of duty. At least four different people or more were involved and each time, they took my call with great patience near Chinese New Year and assisted. They assisted after the festivities too. Mr Yusoff, Mr Shah and more. Great people. Great service. Though the problem was eventually solved by a PUB-licenced plumber, the efforts of the PUB personnel were outstanding. BRAVO!

07 March 2007

BTR-60PB




The classic wheeled Soviet 8 x 8 armoured personnel carrier of the Cold War. Large numbers of the BTR-60 remains in use worldwide. Its later derivatives, the BTR-70, BTR-80 and BTR-90, are also in widespread use. The BTR-60 saw action in many conflicts around the world and has proven to be versatile.

Imperial War Museum, Duxford: July 2006

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Garuda Boeing 737 Crash

I read of yet another crash in Indonesia. Another Boeing B737. I wonder how many B737 crashed last year out the total flying worldwide? It would make interesting reading.
What's your bloody problem now?

The very latest salvoes in the neverending exchanges on Windows Live Messenger. Yes, AK is in good form this morning:

AK Silverune says:
bah

AK Silverune says:
you're still there and haven't sunk under the waves

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Good morning!

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Such evil thoughts.

AK Silverune says:
yes yes. good good.

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
I thought you were reformed.

AK Silverune says:
i am

AK Silverune says:
i was merely concerned for your welfare

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Hmm...

AK Silverune says:
what's your bloody problem now

AK Silverune says:
btw, that's the line for australia's tourism campaign

AK Silverune says:
so it's not rude

AK Silverune says:
bloody problem

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Yes. I imagine going over to Sumatra and asking one blood-splattered villager who is holding the blood-drenched body of his child and asking 'What's your bloody problem now?'

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Well done.

AK Silverune says:
au contraire! you put such bloody words in my mouth. where did i bloody ever imply such bloody deeds?

AK Silverune says:
oh bloody friend of mine.

AK Silverune says:
i shall stop monitoring this IRC channel

AK Silverune says:
mischan!

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
AK wants to be ignored!

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
That's excellent!

AK Silverune says:
i'm busy you fucker

AK Silverune says:
mischan!

AK Silverune says:
lalalala

AK Silverune says:
how are you my bestest buddy?

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Reformed? Bah.

AK Silverune says:
thank you for acknowledging my reformation

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Bah.
Cancelling an order

Order Date: August 1, 2006
Order #: 104-9252594-2290354
Recipient: Chuang Shyue Chou
Items not yet shipped: Delivery estimate: March 30, 2007 - April 10, 2007
1 of: The Art of War in Italy, 1494-1529.
Sold by: Amazon.com

The dates kept getting pushed back. I am cancelling this order today.

06 March 2007

BMP-1


The legendary BMP-1. The original Mechanised Infantry Combat Vehicle (MICV). The heavily armed BMP-1 first appeared in the sixties and was a pioneering infantry vehicle in every right. Armed with a low pressure 73mm gun and a ATGW, the BMP-1 had firing ports for the carried infantry and was able to keep up the main battle tanks. The vehicle proved to be a shock to the western military establishment which were equipped with armoured taxis in the form of the machine gun-armed FV432 and M113 Armoured Personnel Carriers (APC).


The BMP-1 saw combat with the Egyptian and the Syrian armies in the Arab-Israeli Wars of the twentieth century and was unsuccessful. It would appear that the Arab armies were incapable of the application of the Russian Operation Art. The Iraqis had deployed the BMP-1 unsuccessfully in the Iran-Iraq War, the Gulf War and the War in Iraq. The Russians had deployed the BMP-1 in action in Chechnya and Afghanistan.

Tank Museum: Bovington: July 2006
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An Exchange with AK in the Morning

AK comes on like a festering wound or a low-hanging rotten fruit. Again, an exchange on Windows Live Messenger:

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Good morning Friend AK!

AK Silverune says:
morning

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
How is your morning?

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
And how goes the house hunt?

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Have you seen something that struck your fancy?

AK Silverune says:
nothing yet

AK Silverune says:
having some problems logging on to hotmail, you got one to check?

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
No.

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
I did have one a few years ago. I logged in once.

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
I suspect it is long defunct.

AK Silverune says:
i'm freelancing again

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Can you work at home while freelancing?

AK Silverune says:
i was working at home doing some project work the past few days

AK Silverune says:
from singapore

AK Silverune says:
an annual report.

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Hmm..

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
You prepare annual reports?

AK Silverune says:
i can write them. yes.

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
I am surprised. I thought your role was limited to that of a copywriter.

AK Silverune says:
well technically it's the same thing

AK Silverune says:
client gives me the facts, i put a spin to it.

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
That's true.

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
That are what annual reports are about anyway.

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Statements to gross over the numbers if they aren't good.

AK Silverune says:
the numbers aren't good for them

AK Silverune says:
i've put a spin on it.

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Excellent!

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
You're good at it I guess.

AK Silverune says:
don't know about good. i haven't been fired before.

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
I thought you were fired from every job you ever held and Chris had to bail you out?

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
You're supposedly incompetent?

AK Silverune says:
where did you hear that?

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
It's obvious.

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Looking at you.

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Short, rotund, foul-mouthed.

AK Silverune says:
so you don't know. just merely suggesting it.

AK Silverune says:
U

AK Silverune says:
F

AK Silverune says:
C

AK Silverune says:
Kayu!

AK Silverune says:
you're merely shooting your mouth off

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Me?

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Luke, you know it to be true.

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Search your feelings.

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Luke, it is the truth!

AK Silverune says:
ah, Luke is a good book in the bible.

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
And your name isn't.

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Yours is mud.
Going to Sink Under the Waves

Another funny exchange on Windows Live Messenger:

AK Silverune says:
markets recovered today

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Erm...

AK Silverune says:
good thing.

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Hiding holes!

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
That's for hobbits!

AK Silverune says:
tok kok

AK Silverune says:
dun tok kok

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
You're like an anti-gov opposition member.

AK Silverune says:
you shut up.

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Yikes!

AK Silverune says:
you better get a lifesaver. singapre's going to sink under the waves after the earthquake.
Practical Advice

Beni ♪ says:
I smsed my brother. his reply: Ok. Hide under the table

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Hahahaha.

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
You sure you can fit under?

Beni ♪ says:
OEI

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Your bum may stick out.

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
YIKES!

Beni ♪ says:
@!$!@

Beni ♪ says:
??

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Okay okay, you're little Burrito.

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Not a big Burrito!

Beni ♪ says:
-__-;

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
You fit under a chair.

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Okay, a stool even!

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
You're the star in my blog!

Beni ♪ says:
eek

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
AK was the star. But he hasn't said anything funny today.

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Besides 'Screw you!'

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
And it was unprovoked.

Beni ♪ says:
Hahahaa

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
So like him, right?

Beni ♪ says:
yay i get a msn feature from the great SC!

Beni ♪ says:
should have told me

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Why?

Beni ♪ says:
i'd have spoken more intelligently

Beni ♪ says:
hahahha

Beni ♪ says:
-_-

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
You would have performed!

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Right?

Beni ♪ says:
yeah

Beni ♪ says:
hahahahaha

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Worthy of an Oscar!

Beni ♪ says:
right.

Beni ♪ says:
In the movie, The Mexican

Beni ♪ says:
woot
Aftershock

Benita said that there was an aftershock at 1:50 pm. Gerald, whom I have not seen or written to in years, confirmed it.
In which Benita psycho-analyses AK

Yet another Windows Live Messenger thread:

Beni ♪ says:
what face is the previous one?

Beni ♪ says:
it looks like unrecognisable and disfigured

Beni ♪ says:
i know! it's yours!

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Hahahahah. Like yours you mean?

Beni ♪ says:
HAH i beat you to saying that

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Hahahahaah

Beni ♪ says:
AK will call this conversation 'juvenile'

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
He is on the other screen insulting me.

AK Silverune says:
you've got shit for brains, that's why

AK Silverune says:
mischan!

AK Silverune says:
lalalalalalala

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Heh.

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:

AK Silverune says:
F
AK Silverune says:
U
AK Silverune says:
C
cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Kuo
AK Silverune says:
KAYU!
cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Faster than you!

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
See?

Beni ♪ says:
Oh dear

Beni ♪ says:
he's living in a lie

Beni ♪ says:
*shakes head sadly*

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
I imagine that you must have received dosages of this daily.

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
He must have preached these sermons of insults to you daily then.

Beni ♪ says:
Not really. Remember i told you that he behaves differently around you?

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Oh?

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
He's wilder?

Beni ♪ says:
yeah he's very much wilder around you.

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Ahhh...

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
More prone to misbehaviour.

Beni ♪ says:
Haha yeah.

Beni ♪ says:
I guess it's a reverse psychology thing. He's more intimidated by you, that's why he behaves more brashly

Beni ♪ says:
just like many male juveniles

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Hmm.. Were you reading a pop psychology book or were you just more observant than most of AK?

Beni ♪ says:
Ah, that's my general observation of male juveniles

Beni ♪ says:
i just put it onto his situation

Beni ♪ says:
which seems to fit?

Beni ♪ says:
hahaha

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
I guess you had daily dealings with him which I fortunately have not had. I have met him less than ten times in the past decade.

Beni ♪ says:
Hahaha.. I'm joking for the most part of the reverse psychology thingie. If i were to make a serious judgement, I'd think he's just letting out his inner child to you cos on normal situations and with other acquaintences, that'd reflect badly on him

Beni ♪ says:
but you, you play along

Beni ♪ says:
haha

Beni ♪ says:
so he's less sinful

Beni ♪ says:
teehee

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Hahaahahahaha.

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
You're psycho-analysing AK!

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
This must go up on the blog!

Beni ♪ says:
Ah!

Beni ♪ says:
He'll kill me!

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
He will say that he will kill you.

Beni ♪ says:
He may make friends with the unhappy muslims in Oz and trick them into bombing my house

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Oh no!

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
He may dynamite the volanoes in Sumatra and heighten the seismic activity!

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
He must be stopped!

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Send in 007!

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
the new one!

Beni ♪ says:
Hehe

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Yes.

Beni ♪ says:
You like daniel craig?

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Otherwise known as Little Burrito!

Beni ♪ says:
Oops

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
He would be no match for you!

Beni ♪ says:
My weapon will be the flying sombre

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
You are a muscular pocket Hercules!

Beni ♪ says:
hurhur

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Hahahahah!
In which AK shows his masterful lyrical ability

Another MSN exchange:

AK Silverune says:
you've got shit for brains, that's why

AK Silverune says:
mischan!

AK Silverune says:
lalalalalalala

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Heh.

AK Silverune says:
F

AK Silverune says:
U

AK Silverune says:
C

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Kuo

AK Silverune says:
KAYU!

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Faster than you!

AK Silverune says:
are we the veritable poet now

AK Silverune says:
maestro

AK Silverune says:
the lyrical maetrp?

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Hmm..

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
You a poet?

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
The Copywriter Poet?

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Wow!

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Copy-Poet in Residence!

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Whee!

AK Silverune says:
no, why

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
You write poetry?

AK Silverune says:
why do you want to know?

AK Silverune says:
want me to write some for you to take to the botanical gardens?

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
You are capable?

AK Silverune says:
of what?

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Writing good verse?

AK Silverune says:
why do you ask

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
You're the Copy-Poet, remember?

AK Silverune says:
remember what?

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
So, are you competent or not?

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Can you write good verse?

AK Silverune says:
why do you want to know?

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
You are admitting your incompetence?

AK Silverune says:no why
cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Your incontinence?

AK Silverune says:
hah?

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Are you incompetent or incontinent?

AK Silverune says:
why do you ask
Oh dear. Another friend has sold out and bought a Macbook. I am disappointed in him. I had expected better.
I was in Northern California during the big earthquake in the late 80s when the Bay Bridge collapsed. I recall that immediately after the earthquake, the DJ started playing an old remake, 'I feel the earth move' by a now forgotten artiste, Martika. Hilarious!
An article on the Independent describes the exposure of a 24-year old student posing as a professor of religious studies on Wikipedia. He had taken on the role of an authority on religion in Wikipedia and had referenced all his answers from books like 'Catholicism for Dummies'.

One wonders about the reliability of some of the articles on Wikipedia.
I have read quite a few books on urban development and the role of cities over the past one year. I have yet to read Lewis Mumford's classic 'The City in History: Its Origins, Its Transformations, and Its Prospects'.

It does not seem to be readily available in any bookstores here but it is apparently available in the reference section of the library.

Another book that appears intriguing is 'Beneath the Metropolis: The Secret Lives of Cities', written by Alex Marshall, a journalist. This book "investigates how geological features, archaeological remnants of past civilizations, and layered networks transporting water, electricity, and people, have shaped these cities through centuries of political turbulence and advancements in engineering — and how they are determining the course of the cities' future."

I have spotted multiple copies of this one in MPH. Hmmm...
Amazon Order

I just placed an order on Amazon despite their long delays for the following:

The Art Of War In Italy, 1494-1529"F.L. Taylor; Paperback; US$29.95

"Medieval Mercenaries: The Business of War" William Urban; Hardcover; US$29.16

05 March 2007

Angelicus

Apparently, the first single from the new Delerium album, 'Nuages du Monde', will be 'Angelicus'. Simply unbelievable. While 'Angelicus' may be a track of rare beauty, I can't see it played on the radio.

1 Angelicus (Andy Moor Full Length Mix) (8:17)
2 Angelicus (Morgan Page Remix) (7:54)
3 Angelicus (Redanka Remix) (7:43)
4 Angelicus (Panoptica Remix) (5:46)
5 Angelicus (Andy Moor Radio Edit) (4:02)
6 Angelicus (Album Version) (5:10)

Still, I await it with bated breath.
"as night descends upon the city
the streets are cold, the lights go by
and in the stories of the people
a million faces, a million lies
they'll never say they feel what you feel
that they can see the world you see
and in their faces, their expressions
a million faces, a million lies"

'Chrome' VNV Nation
Corps Commanders of the Bulge: Six American Generals and Victory in the Ardennes by Harold R. Winton

Wei Yi brought this book to my attention the other day. A description in Amazon describes:

"Winton's is the first study of the Bulge to examine leadership at the largely neglected level of corps command. Focusing on the decisions and actions of six Army corps commanders-Leonard Gerow, Troy Middleton, Matthew Ridgway, John Millikin, Manton Eddy, and J. Lawton Collins-he recreates their role in this epic struggle through a mosaic of narratives that take the commanders from the pre-war training grounds of America to the crucible of war in the icy-cold killing fields of Belgium and Luxembourg."
Hmm.. Ridgeway and Collins yes. The others? Hmm...
I don't mention names in many of these entries, slimey people, bitter people, losers, etc. The reason is that I don't exactly have an axe to grind, I am simply exasperated by their behaviour.
Slime

Slime. Yes. Slime. There are far too many slimey people around these days. I can think of at least two proprietors of two establishments, one of which I frequent as a customer, the other, well, I don't. Slippery characters.

What is it that motivates these people? The ability to make a fast buck? Do they not have any conscience?

Is the entire world an easy mark for them?

*This is not about the previous two entries. It's about slimey people in general.
Expert Knowledge

You know when the lift technician recommended that the control box be replaced for 14K, you could but stammer? What else could you do? Inspect the lift and troubleshoot the control box? And what else could you say?

And when he said that another one also needed to be replaced for 14K, what then?
Great Imaginery Water Plumbing Problems

Funnily enough, my contractor claimed that the water quality in the building is unacceptable and undrinkable. Immediately, my father went to get a glass of water which proved to be crystal clear. Suddenly, he changed his story and said that the other side of the building had water that is undrinkable.

He claimed that the PUB-licensed plumber we had engaged to fix a few things a fortnight ago had fucked up. I told he was full of shit and that the plumber we engaged only changed a tap and a small pipe and the plumber had not touched the water mains. At once, his story changed again, he claimed that PUB was negligent when changing the meters for the mains. Bah.

Does it make one wonder?
AK has an interesting blog post today. I completely agree with the points he has raised.
State of Progress: Tribal Wars, World 3


Hmm... Too much resources. And I need to spend them. I have ran out of available space for a bigger army. The solution? Use my army to smash someone nearby. Then, re-build a new army with my resources.
Thus, my army went forth. A poor 15-year old Slovenian kid's village happened to be in the way. He had 505 spearmen and 1239 swordsmen protected by a level 2 wall. My army invaded and his entire force was wiped out.
Later, he sent a mail asking why I attacked him. I guess some people play an online game with a theme of territorial conquest and not expect to be attacked.
State of Progress: Tribal Wars, World 3


I am building up my Smithy as fast as possible. I need to get it to level 20. I am aiming for a nobleman and then a second village. The neighbourhood is that of abandoned villages. I launch waves of 15-20 raids each time. Resources are coming in faster than I can spend them.


Noam Chomsky 'Year 501: The Conquest Continues'


I have read that Noam Chomsky claimed that the mainstream establishment would deny him the opportunity to put forth his publications and have them widely available. I suspect it is pretty much hyperbole. I have looked through the shelves of various bookstores over the years. Not only are his books easily available at most established bookstores, one of them even carry his radical pamphlets. GASP! These things are even available in South-East Asia! Could it be that Chomsky believes in conspiracy theories? Surely, that can't be true! It's Chomsky you know! Secret bookstore chains are denying him! Oh dear!

I bought 'Year 501: The Conquest continues' at Borders quite a long time back and his other volumes are still available. I have seen numerous volumes of Chomsky at Kinokuniya and Page One (where you can find his pamphlets and more). I think Page One at Vivocity has one of the bigger Chomsky collection I have yet seen.

Well, if you want radical politics on a Monday morning, Chomsky is the way to go! Woo! It may even bring a smile to your face!

Go Fisk! Go Said! Go Chomsky!

04 March 2007

My GMT Games P500 Pre-orders

Barbarian (SPQR Module)
Chandragupta
Clash of Monarchs
Combat Commander Vol. II - Mediterranean
Sekigahara
Successors III
Books I am reading



I'm currently reading 'Indian Castles 1206-1526: The Rise and Fall of the Delhi Sultanate' and 'Russian Fortresses 1480-1882'. Both books are by Konstantin S. Nossov.




Both books feature splendid photos and are lavishly illustrated. Intriguing stuff.
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Spinelli's at Great World City


Spinelli's on a Saturday night. Deserted.


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Fort Canning Tunnel



The Fort Canning Tunnel replaces the ugly red pile of bricks formerly known as the National Library which some diehard losers wanted retained. Phew! Thank goodness the government was not swayed by such stupidity. There are some monuments with historical significance that are worth preserving and the old worthless eyesore of a National Library was not one of them. Good riddance to bad rubbish!
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MPH Stamford Road


The red building was formerly MPH at Stamford Road, the superior bookstore here and was an institution for many years. In reality, the selection was rather mediocre and was certainly poorer than a typical Borders or the main Kinokuniya store at Ngee Ann City. However, many grew up visiting this store.

I have some memories of it. The now defunct Leisurecraft used to have a branch inside.

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Singapore Open Gaming XIII



Ken has announced the next Singapore Open Gaming event.

Date: 10 February 2007
Time: 1pm - 7pm
Venue: Blk 3, Queen's Rd. #01-139.
Resident's Community Club Hall
(one level below West Lake Restaurant, just off Farrer Road)
Cost: S$2

All are welcomed!