21 July 2007
Hmm.. New set for Guild Wars. Exile of the North. I have played and enjoyed Guild Wars momentarily. However, somehow, the character building and the way the game is set up did not engage me. This new one will have over 150 new skills, over 10 new armour sets. I can expect Winnie to have pre-ordered the limited edition set.
20 July 2007
19 July 2007
In May of this year, Malaysia received its first Sukhoi Su-30 MKM fighters. According to a report:
"Many observers consider the SU-30MKI/M to be superior to all US aircraft except the F-22A Raptor; this would include the Boeing Super Hornet it beat for the Malaysian order, as well as the new F-15SGs bought recently by neighboring Singapore."
It was also noted that:
"The SU-30 MKM also bears the NIIP N011M phased array radar system, and can carry large (up to 8,000 kg/ 17,650 lb) and diverse weapon loads over a very good unrefueled radius (more than 700 nm)."
Malaysia now has a fleet consisting of F/A-18 A/Bs, MiG-29Ns and Su-30 MKMs.
Another conversation on DuneMUD:
[22:01] Skruideli triumphantly beeps Marlboro on the nose.
[22:04] Marlboro eeks.
[22:07] Skruideli : were are the irish retard brothers from again ?
[22:08] Marlboro : Waterford.
[22:09] Marlboro : I wonder how many lives has Skyspy saved as a paramedic
(heheh, male nurse).
[22:10] Skruideli : he is a paramedic ? none I think
[22:11] Skruideli : actually, he has probably caused quite a few deaths
[22:12] Marlboro grins evilly.
[22:12] Marlboro laughs.
[22:12] Marlboro : He is really a paramedic based in Arizona
[22:12] Marlboro : I thought that bit about causing deaths ring true.
[22:12] Marlboro : I usually question him about that when he comes online.
[22:13] Skruideli : cause of death: incompetent parademic urinated in IV
[22:13] Paradox : Cause of death: paramedic attempted to remove "water on the knee"
[22:13] Marlboro : It's a bit frightening when one is lying in the ambulance
and Skysky appears and says, "Good Evening, I am Skyspy and I will be your paramedic this evening."
[22:14] Marlboro laughs at Paradox and Skruideli.
[22:14] Skruideli : that is the kind of scare that would actually cure you really fast
[22:14] Paradox : Is it water on the knee! Operation!
[22:14] Paradox grins evilly.
[22:14] Paradox : A whole bucket of sea? Operation!
[22:14] Skruideli : actually, the first thing he would do would be to claim "go pk gayfot!"
[22:15] Marlboro eeps.
I took a walk recently around Bishan. Amidst the towering blocks of public housing, there were quite a few semi-detached and detached houses.
18 July 2007
On the way home, I saw a motorcyclist lying face-down on the road next to the former police academy. There was a lot of blood flowing from his or her head. He or she appeared dead. There was a taxi parked nearby too. I presume that this was an accident involving a taxi and the motorcycle.
How fragile life can be.
China has frequently employed what Joseph Nye has described as 'soft power'. Sometimes, China is successful. Sometimes, China gets exposed, for instance in Zambia and Sudan. An article in the Christian Science Monitor describes:
"The vast majority of this oil, 64 percent, is sold to China, now the world's second-largest consumer of oil. And while neither Khartoum, China, nor Petrodar release any statistics – this is generally believed to be an oil deal worth at least $2 billion a year."
And the backlash is certainly something the Chinese has not expected:
"This negative image of Beijing as a neo-colonizer could not be further from the way China – a country never involved in either the colonial "Scramble for Africa" of the 1800s or the African slave trade – wants to be perceived here."
Whether justified or otherwise, after all the Chinese are paying:
""[The Chinese] moved us away so we would not see what was going on. They were stealing our oil and they knew it," says Abraham Thonchol, a rebel-turned-pastor who grew up near Paloich. "Oil is valuable and we are not idiots. We were expecting something." "
China has become a global power and the means of employing soft power can lead to local reactions:
"Locals blame their lot on oppression by Sudan's Islamist government and the long war with the north. But they also blame the Chinese."
Michael Behe has sold a lot of books. Jerry Coyne, in a review of Behe's new one for the New Republic notes:
"But IDers, like all creationists, are never down for the count, because they see themselves as fighting for the Lord. So Behe is back now, with a new book and a brand-new theory that puts the Intelligent Designer back into biology. What has Behe now found to resurrect his campaign for ID? It's rather pathetic, really. Basically, he now admits that almost the entire edifice of evolutionary theory is true: evolution, natural selection, common ancestry. His one novel claim is that the genetic variation that fuels natural selection--mutation--is produced not by random changes in DNA, as evolutionists maintain, but by an Intelligent Designer. That is, he sees God as the Great Mutator."
Seriously funny. If this is the sort of argument Behe is going to employ...
17 July 2007
Emergence of Islamic Creationists
It is only a matter of time before the Islamic fundamentalists become vocal on evolution. An article in the New York Times illustrates an example of the logic these creationists employ:
“If he sees a picture of an old fossil crab or something, he says, ‘See, it looks just like a regular crab, there’s no evolution,’ ” Dr. Padian said. “Extinction does not seem to bother him. He does not really have any sense of what we know about how things change through time.”
The emergence of these Islamic creationists came in a strange way when prominent biologists and scientists across the USA received a massive, glossy, hugely-expensive hardcover book on Islamic creationism sent by a Mr. Yahya. Kenneth R. Miller, a biologist at Brown University, notes:
"That’s troubling, he said, because Mr. Yahya’s ideas “cast evolution as part of the corrupting influence of the West on Islamic culture, and that promotes a profound anti-science attitude that is certainly not going to help the Islamic world catch up to the West.” "
This does not bode well.
16 July 2007
More damning evidence, this time it is reported in the Times that:
"THE independent production company at the heart of the row over the royal photoshoot accused the BBC last night of ignoring repeated requests to show it the controversial footage before it was made public."
Was it deliberate then? There should be a full independent investigation into the bias that the BBC continues to exhibit with regard to certain issues.
For some reason, DuneMUD usually has resident idiots and they are usually from Waterford, Ireland. DJ Dara (Djdara) is the latest in a long line of idiots starting from Skyspy:
[21:32] Djdara goes 'BS!!!'.
[21:32] Ravni : I'm not a tester.
[21:32] Vinto : ~;bow careful
[21:32] Vinto : oh I'm on telnet
[21:32] Vinto : interesting
[21:32] Djdara : finger ravni rofl
[21:32] Djdara : 84pkills
[21:32] Saffron : ravni's a guy, eew
[21:32] Ravni : Yes, and?
[21:33] Djdara : not possible
[21:33] Ravni : You don't believe that I've gotten pkills in the past?
[21:33] Djdara : pkrank ravni
[21:33] Djdara sighs.
[21:33] Djdara : nice pkills
[21:33] Djdara rolls around in a fit of laughter.
[21:33] Qetesh bonks Djdara with a rubber mallet.
[21:34] Djdara shrugs.
[21:34] Qetesh : your screaming ignorance, stop it, it's embarassing
[21:34] Djdara lafs at Qetesh.
[21:35] Djdara : im only saying
[21:35] Marlboro grins evilly.