29 June 2007

I think I will visit Borders this evening. Heheh.
Borders Discounts!

Borders has more coupons out. These end on the 12th of July. One can print out and use as many one want wants at the counter.

Coupon 1: 20% off for two books, 30% off for three books

Coupon 2: 15% off for DVD, VCD and CDs

Heh. Not too bad.
WOO! I have almost completed drawings of several castles for Dave's D&D rulebook. It's been quite a while since I sent him anything.
Wheeeeee! Friday!

I can settle down to reading Sir Charles Oman's 'The History of the Art of War in the Sixteenth Century' again later today.

28 June 2007

Odd House

Here is an odd-looking house in land-scarce Singapore. Maximising the use of the alloted land.
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Mimi at rest

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Living in a Box

Both the cats at home, Mao and Mimi, love hiding in wooden boxes for some reason! Here's Mimi perching in the box!
Sometimes, when one is too trusting, and 'not streetwise', there are people who will 'take advantage' of others. Backstabbers and more!
Elite in their own Minds

Can one be an elite loser? Yes. Let me relate. There is a bunch of idiots I know who prided and imagined themselves elitists of a sort. After all, they play D&D games and hold movie outings and watch Hollywood blockbuster movies every weekend, especially the Pixar ones, and, they, at least one of them, a vain, affected specimen, deems themselves to be exciting, intelligent and unlike the plebian hordes of others who are also playing D&D and watching the same oh-so-exciting blockbuster movies. A number of them in this proud and self-important group, with their Australian-bought degrees, drift, sometimes, dreaming of attaining again that aimless Australian college lives they once led, and sometimes, just devolving into pure consumption. Meanwhile, the self-indulgent remainder are relatively successful in their careers but remain aimless and lost, deluded in their suburban dreams with some rather strange perversions.

Is it the shared, common schooling experience which they had experienced off the hustle and bustle of Bras Barsa Road? Is it the trauma of shared ideals, reflected off each other countlessly over inane D&D sessions held in some vainglorious peacock's home to the extent that they all suffer from the same mental affliction? Can it be that they succumbed to the pressures of Singaporean life despite having a comfortable upbringing? Is it the insidious, all-encompassing influence of mass media including TV and movies? What is it?

There is a song title from Imperative Reaction which I think will describe them perfectly. 'Only in your mind'. The content of the song is about something else.

27 June 2007

Manoeuvres amidst the Cacophony

It is astounding. It is reported in a Guardian article that Orchestral Manouevres in the Dark, the quintessential experimental pop-art band* of the early eighties, have embarked on a tour that sees them, meaning the whole original line-up, play their experimental 1981 album, 'Architecture and Morality', live. Simply astounding. In my opinion, that was one of the defining of that era.

1. The New Stone Age
2. She's Leaving
3. Souvenir
4. Sealand
5. Joan Of Arc
6. Joan Of Arc (Maid Of Orleans)
7. Architecture & Morality
8. Georgia
9. The Beginning & The End

I would really love to see them 'live'.

*They did become somewhat more commercial later with a single 'If you leave' that appeared in a John Hughes teenbopper flick.

26 June 2007

'Love Kills' In Strict Confidence

I am looking to purchase this early ISC CD. Heh. I should start my search soon. eBay or Metropolis Records (www.industrial-music.com) or Isolation Tank. They don't have it at Amazon.

'Collapse' In Strict Confidence

01. Die Sieben Siegel (Intro)
02. Hero
03. Collapse
04. Inside
05. Heaven`s Help (Life Part III)
06. Prisoner
07. Stripped
08. Inside (Inside Out Mix)
09. Hero (D.J. Edit)
10. Sad But True
11. Hero (Reprise)

I had 'Collapse' playing loudly in the background while I wrote my diary and finished up with a few drawings last night. In Strict Confidence's interpretation of the classic Depeche Mode single 'Stripped' was apt. Harsh and relentless.

Earlier, I had ISC's 'Face the Fear' in the player.
Double Standards

Angelina Jolie and publicity. Hahaha! Comedy at its finest! Angelina Jolie entertains without meaning to do so. From an article in the Observer:

"First was a disastrous PR gaffe after one of Jolie's overzealous lawyers tried to force journalists to sign a contract before they could interview her for the film's publicity drive. The document said they could not ask Jolie any personal questions and that the interview '... could only be used to promote the picture'.

Though the world of celebrity interviews is often full of such tacit agreements, the existence of a legal contract saw many reporters, including those from USA Today and the Associated Press news agency, cancel interviews. The fact that A Mighty Heart is about the issue of press freedom made the story all the more ironic. 'Jolie turns out to be a mighty hypocrite when it comes to her own freedom of the press,' said Fox TV's Roger Friedman."
All men are equal but some are more equal than others

The BBC has a report on the ruckus up north, depending on how one wants to view it, 'legalised racism' or 'affirmative action' :

"He said that the policies - once intended as a means of reducing poverty amongst Malays by giving them privileges over Malaysians of Chinese and Indian descent - were now an excuse for "significant protectionism".

Correspondents say some foreign companies have complained that rules forcing them to take on ethnic Malays as business partners open the door to corruption.

Malaysian leaders were angry at Mr Rommel's remarks, with Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak saying the comments could be "construed as trying to interfere in the internal administration of the country". "

There was simply no attempt by Razak at denying or even explaining. Amusing.
An Inconvenient Truth

From an article in The Independent:

"Mr Gore claims that concerns over the environment formed his "principal agenda for eight years in the White House". But he is light on details of what he did while in office, beyond a brief mention of his work with the Kyoto treaty (which was never ratified by Congress).

During his tenure as vice president, America's carbon dioxide emissions shot up far faster than at any time in modern history - by 15 per cent, compared to just 1.65 per cent during President Bush's first term."

Can we say the 'H' word?

25 June 2007

'Oscillator' Information Society

Information Society's new EP 'Oscillator' brings back the whole Information Society crew and more.

1. Back In The Day
2. I Like The Way You Werk It
3. Great Big Disco World
4. Back In The Day (Electro Roots Mix)
5. I Like The Way You Werk It (Jr. Kain and Arvy Mix)
6. Back In The Day (Kasino Mix)
7. Back In The Day (Jr. Kain and Arvy Mix)

The tracks on this EP harks back to the sounds found in 'Peace and Love Inc.', their stupendous third album, before Information Society went on a long hiatus*.

The tracks aren't bad, infused with a manic energy found in the first and third Insoc albums, however, 'Oscillator', and despite having Paul Robb writing all the tracks again, 'Oscillator' seems to lack that strong sense of melody that permeated every previous work. The choruses of the two main tracks feels very bolted on, absolutely out of place.

'Oscillator' features Christopher Anton on vocals rather than Kurt Harland and Anton does sound very good.

Don't miss this CD. 500 pieces will be manufactured and it can be ordered from A Different Drum.

*'Don't be Afraid' is an anomaly, a solo Kurt Harland project essentially.


Playful, lovable Mimi...
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'Sunday Girl' Erasure

1. Sunday Girl - Extended 12 Inch Mix
2. Sunday Girl - Riff & Rays Club Edit
3. Sunday Girl - Riff & Rays Dub Edit

I finally picked this single up at HMV. An extended 12 Inch Mix! Goodness, that's a rarity these days.
More cat and kitten pictures coming up soon!
Meow Meow!

Yesterday, my little kitten was chasing my big one-year old cat all over. It was hilarious! The little kitten, Mimi, weighing about half a kilogramme, approached Mao who weighed eight kilogrammes at least, seeking the security which a tabby cat can give. Mao was all flustered!
Varying the Routine

Yesterday, I decided to vary my usual Sunday routine. I went for a run in the morning. Swimming was simply too boring. I am out of shape. I ran for three kilometres before proceeding to walk for the next seven or more kilometres. I started off near the Botanic Gardens and ended up at Bukit Timah. All in all, a satisfying but rather hot exertion.