17 March 2007

Catching up with the guys

I'm going to meet William, Wei Yi and Augustine for lunch today in Sembawang. I can't believe that it has been two years since Wei Yi, William and I had dinner at Spageddies at Tanglin Mall. It's been that long! Unbelievable.
State of Progress: Tribal Wars, World 3


I have managed to stay within the top 20 in my tribe. I was briefly number 1 a few weeks back.
Botter caught on DuneMUD

Some people cheat by using scripts (bots) on games. Be it a text-based MUD, a browser-based game, a full-fledged MMORPG, they will find ways to cheat. Here is an example of someone caught cheating on DuneMUD yet again. On the chat channel, the wizard (admin) has made the player (Saba) say things. He or she is obviously not around:

[20:56] Saba : I'm not botting Elecran!
[20:56] Saba : I'm not botting Elecran!
[20:56] Saba : I'm not botting Elecran!
[20:56] Saba : I'm not botting Elecran!
[20:56] Saba : I'm not botting Elecran!
[20:56] Saba : I'm not botting Elecran!
[20:56] Saba : I'm not botting Elecran!
[20:56] Saba : I'm not botting Elecran!
[20:56] Mreh : ...
[20:56] Saba : I'm not botting Elecran!
[20:56] Mreh : So disappointed.
[20:57] Dayakin : I'm bottin Elecran
[20:57] Nuemonic agrees with Mreh.
[20:57] Mreh : People from the same IP: Botzy, Shadow, Tarabas.
[20:58] Mreh : Now, I have to figure out which one of the two of them it is...
[20:58] Mreh : And Botzy's got an alt logged in.
[20:58] Nuemonic : I have a feeling it is our infamous botter.
[20:58] Mreh : Shadow?
[20:58] Nuemonic : that absolutly never learns.
[20:58] Nuemonic nods.
[20:59] Mousy : dammit aggro mobs refreshed
[21:03] Saba : I'm not botting Elecran!
[21:03] Yukon : Why doesn't the infamous botter that never learns get site
banned?
[21:04] Saba : I'm not botting Elecran!
[21:07] Saba : I'm not botting Elecran!
[21:07] Slounge : no your botting refinery
[21:08] Yukon : And losing levels fast.
[21:08] Slounge : wiz doing this?
[21:08] Mreh : Yes.
[21:08] Vinto : does FS have a guild death penalty?
[21:08] Saba : I'm not botting Elecran!
[21:08] Saba : I'm not botting Elecran!
[21:08] Saba : I'm not botting Elecran!
[21:08] Saba : I'm not botting Elecran!
[21:08] Saba : I'm not botting Elecran!
[21:09] Mreh : They do.
[21:09] Vinto goes 'Ouch!'.
[21:09] Mreh : But, it's pretty inefficient.

16 March 2007

"Go, stranger, and to Lacedaemon tell
That here, obeying her behests, we fell."

Epitaph of Simonides (as translated by George Rawlinson)
I am still reeling from the fact that it is finally all over. I am not ever going to hold an M16S1 (or M16A1 or AR15) ever again. No more. I can't believe it. Hurrah!

Still, I need that letter in my hand, physically. That is the final proof.
Book I am reading at present

I am reading 'The Real Thing: Truth and Power at the Coca-Cola Company' by Constance L. Hays. This is a highly engrossing tome on the rise of the Coca-Cola Company from a company with a billion or so in market capitalisation in the eighties to one that is over a hundred billion by the end of the nineties.

The chapter on the introduction of the New Coke was highly amusing as was the one on the Pepsi Challenge.

The most of revealing aspect was the Coca-Cola's company's focus on share price and shareholder value and the establishment of Coca-Cola Enterprises and the demise of the myriad number of bottlers.

The financial sleight of hand exhibited by a company selling sugar-laced water is simply astonishing but not exactly unknown. Hay had documented it in detail. Hahaha.

15 March 2007

Battling Nazi Robots and Zombies

Wei Yi pointed out an article in Armchair General. The Lost Squad? A comic book about American soldiers battling Nazi robots and zombies! The very premise of Castle Wolfenstein, the computer game. Hahaha. The artwork is not bad at all. I like it.
Yay!

Wilson told me that someone spotted these two of my friends together at the PC Show. Yay! They deserve each other, ahem, I mean they were made for each other. Their similarity in interests, their bitterness towards life, the anger in their hearts, Dungeons and Dragons and more. After a hard and bitter life, she has found it I think. Good things come to those who wait. Great!
Brat on Stage

Benita and her band are performing at Bar None on the 28th of May. WOO HOO! She's going to be the noisemaker, drumming and drumming. Ack! Bring your earplugs!

Bring rotten cabbages and fruit!

The Windows Live Messenger exchange:

Beni ♪ just sent you a nudge.

Beni ♪ says:
Guess what!

Beni ♪ says:
My band got invited to play at Bar None on 28th May

Beni ♪ says:
WOOHOO

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
WOO!

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
The oldies' bar!

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
You will be entertaining white-haired uncles?

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
WOO HOO!

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
CONGRATS!

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Heheheheheheh

Beni ♪ says:
-_-

Beni ♪ says:
monday sessions

Beni ♪ says:
not really

Beni ♪ says:
they invite local bands to play for monday sessions

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
When I was there more than 10 years ago, it was rock dinosaur Douglas O and Energy!

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Hahahahaahah

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Yep!

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
The 'quiet' night.

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
CONGRATS though.

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Will you be drumming?

Beni ♪ says:
hahah

Beni ♪ says:
nvm la

Beni ♪ says:
it's a gig

Beni ♪ says:
yes

Beni ♪ says:
bf says intensive training for me

Beni ♪ says:
technically, literally, he's THE drummer in my band lah

Beni ♪ says:
haha

Beni ♪ says:
i'm just noobing

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Hahahaha!

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
What? You don't get to play!

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
YIKES!

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
GROUPIE

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
You don't get to prance on stage?

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
GASP?

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
No spandex?

Beni ♪ says:
i'm playing!

Beni ♪ says:
i'm doing drums dude

Beni ♪ says:
what happened to your reading glasses

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Monday! Should I call the clowns and jesters?

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
What if the crowd starts shouting, 'Get the drummer off the stage'?

Beni ♪ says:
uhh

Beni ♪ says:
neh

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Can the clowns share the stage with you?

Beni ♪ says:
singaporeans are too nonchalant to do that

Beni ♪ says:
no, you can't come up the stage.. sorry

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
AK will be disappointed.

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
He will be wielding an axe though.

Beni ♪ says:
Neanderthals included!

Beni ♪ says:
Gerrroff geerrrooff

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Hahaahahaha.

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Bratnita on drums!

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
WOO HOO!

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
CHUCKLE CHUCKLE!

Beni ♪ says:
shush

Beni ♪ says:
stress leh

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
You?

Beni ♪ says:
it's a 45 min set

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Stress?

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

Beni ♪ says:
Wah

Beni ♪ says:
tsk

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
After AK must have taught you.

Beni ♪ says:
How can you say such a thing! I'm discerning.

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Sure you are!

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Discerning and shameless!

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
There are you go!

Beni ♪ says:
(i shall just ignore you)

Beni ♪ says:
hurhur

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

Beni ♪ says:
brb

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
What?

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
You are not going to ignore me?

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
I was celebrating!

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Damn!
ELATION!

This can only be described as one of the best news I have ever received in my life!

I am going to receive that MR letter!

No ICT come Monday!

No IPPT ever again!

Never wearing green ever again!

Oh yes!

YESYESYES! I can't believe it! FREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEDOM! It has been a long road.
In which AK express his heart's desire

An early exchange on Windows Live Messenger this moring:

AK Silverune says:
hey

AK Silverune says:
gotta go.

AK Silverune says:
buahahahaah

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

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Are you prez yet?

AK Silverune says:
well no. you can't vote now for some reason.

AK Silverune says:
i'm going to get chester to leave and join the election again.

AK Silverune says:
when he comes on.

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Your heart's desire! To be president of a small planet amidst millions of planets in a small unknown virtual computer game!

14 March 2007

The gathering grey clouds at the horizon convinced me not to go run this evening. Alas. I should have. There was not a drop of rain.
State of Progress: Tribal Wars, World 5




This World is coming along nicely. No reckless attacks. My army is intact and I am raiding. My village has grown to almost the size of the one in World 3.




I make constant raids. The yields are not rich but they do provide a steady stream of resources. This area is too crowded.



The village is now heavily built up.



Way too many powerful villages around. I am be careful. I need to maintain my army and a strong defence.

State of Progress: Travian, World 5




My village in Travian, World 5, is heavily built up, however, with the wrong things. Too many crannies for hiding resources. The main reason is that there are very powerful villages that are raiding all the nearby villages and preventing them from progressing. These armies of 50 to 200 men would raid almost daily. One of them raided twice daily and has so far plundered little of worth in the last week or two. (He had managed to plunder some resources due to the fact that I had to plug my Electric Barbarella in.)



I can't get my resources much higher as I refuse to build additional storage space to house them. I can't hide all that resources. In a sense, I am at a impasse.

Right now, I am banding up with a few neighbours and we are consolidating a defence to beat off these raiders. So far, they had eliminated a raider army.

The Great Humble AK

The Windows Live Messenger Exchange with AK this morning yielded this gem. AK had wanted people to go to the Chosen Space game and vote for him to be the president of a planet:

AK Silverune says:
woo

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Yes?

AK Silverune says:
the other election candidate pulled out from my election

AK Silverune says:
so we're stuck again

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Oh?

AK Silverune says:
i'm waiting for chester to log on and be the other candidte.

AK Silverune says:
you can't because you just set your home world recently and can't change it again for 4 days.

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Cheaters like you don't win.

AK Silverune says:
true.

AK Silverune says:
i'm just happy being a freighter captain.

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
hmm

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
The pretense at being humble.

AK Silverune says:
your tenses are wrong

AK Silverune says:
The pretense OF being humble.

AK Silverune says:
get it right, i'm the best there is.

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

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
'at' and 'of' are tenses?

AK Silverune says:
don't argue with me! i'm always right!

AK Silverune says:
i'm humble though. of course.

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

AK Silverune says:
you're awed by my humilty?

AK Silverune says:
lost for words?

AK Silverune says:
you fainted from my humbleness!

AK Silverune says:
i'd call an ambulance for you, but i'm too busy being magnificently humble.

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Bravo!

AK Silverune says:
does this make it into your blog?

AK Silverune says:
i did try hard

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
I think so. It deserves an entry.

AK Silverune says:
excellent. thank you.

13 March 2007

State of Progress: Tribal Wars World 3


Fortunately, the area around my village on World 3 are full of abandoned villages.


My progress had slowed considerably since I had severely depleted my armies twice in a week. I will need about ten days to rebuild. The new village is barely defended.



My current village isn't that much better off.

State of Progress: Tribal Wars, World 3


My first village in World 3. It is growing along nicely. My forces are depleted after a disastrous attack on a nearby village earlier.



I settled on conquering a much weaker village instead. I am slowly building this village up.
Disappointed

AK Silverune says:
i'm disappointed my exchanges with you today haven't made your blog.

AK Silverune says:
you know i make every effort to have a starring role in your blog!!

AK Silverune says:
damn you, i have to redouble my efforts to be surly.
We are the Robots - Kraftwerk

We're charging our battery
And now we're full of energy
We are the robots
We are the robots
We are the robots
We are the robots

We're functioning automatic
And we are dancing mechanic
We are the robots
We are the robots
We are the robots
We are the robots

Ja tvoi sluga, (I'm your slave)
ja tvoi Rabotnik (I'm your worker.)
we are programmed just to do
anything you want us to
we are the robots
we are the robots
we are the robots
we are the robots

we're functioning automatic
and we are dancing mechanic
we are the robots
we are the robots
we are the robots
we are the robots

Ja tvoi sluga, (I'm your slave)
ja tvoi Rabotnik (I'm your worker.)
Ja tvoi sluga, (I'm your slave)
ja tvoi Rabotnik (I'm your worker.)
[repeat to fade]

We are the robots


One of my favourite singles of all time. The Kraftwerk classic. We are the robots.

12 March 2007

Rigged Elections

Here is an exchange this morning about Chosen Space. AK is trying to get me to want to play that game. Somehow, I have been uninterested.

AK Silverune says:
have you flown to planet Rumino yet? and voted for me?

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
I don't know how.

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
I won't be logging on ever again.

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
You can use my account.

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
It's all yours.

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
I have quit playing that game.

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Like how you quit World 3 in Tribal Wars and Travian.

AK Silverune says:
you can hardly blame me for quitting those substandard games

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
I don't have time for this game.

AK Silverune says:
like how you quit AD&D

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
You can hardly blame me for quitting those games with substandard allies.

AK Silverune says:
oh dear!

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
I know.

AK Silverune says:
i was a good ally

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

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Those people quit on me, eh?

AK Silverune says:
i was being killed! while you went off on your crusades! killing all those moslems!

AK Silverune says:
i shall install your player as my 2nd in command

AK Silverune says:
get him to fetch me water and my papers

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Excellent!

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Go right ahead!

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Do remember the password.

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Oh dear.

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Are you going to be prez?

AK Silverune says:
dunno yet

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
I think you are. You got the deviant look.

AK Silverune says:
i'm up against a particularly bloodthirsty individual known for violent attacks against civilian traffic.

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Sounds like you are against a mirror image of yourself.

AK Silverune says:
he might be unhappy if he loses

AK Silverune says:
hehehe

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
I think you might be unhappy too, right?

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Will you hold the office in perpetuality?

AK Silverune says:
yes and no

AK Silverune says:
if i die, i lose it

AK Silverune says:
but can be reappointed by my lieutenants

AK Silverune says:
if they cooperate

cyberiad@pacific.net.sg says:
Ahh.. They are co-operative I am sure. After all, you control them.

AK Silverune says:
exactly
Upcoming Releases

Woo hoo! This appears to be a great coming month. Just the number of great releases in April alone is staggering. I'm elated!

Combichrist - What The Fuck Is Wrong With You People? Released
Front Line Assembly - Fallout April 2007
VNV Nation - Judgement April 2007
Assemblage 23 - Meta April 2007
Client - Heartland April 2007
God Module - Let's Go Dark April 2007
Client - Zerox Machine Released
Angels & Agony - Unison Released
Assemblage 23 - Binary March 2007
Funker Vogt - Aviator May 2007

11 March 2007

Warhammer novels

I picked up the following Warhammer novels on Friday afternoon:

Warpsword
Night of the Daemon
Eldar Prophecy

I also picked up copies for Wei Yi.