20 October 2007

I bought an Eddings Profipen 0.1 pigment ink pen and a Copic Multi Liner 0.03 pigment ink pen. 0.03 from Artmark at Bras Barsa Complex this evening! Wow! That is really tiny. I had used a 0.05 previously.
I was at Seah Street Deli earlier today for the first time in a while. The menu has changed. The prices have increased drastically. Eleven bucks for a milkshake? Their milkshakes were not earthshaking in the first place. Even then, hotel drink prices? I had macaroni and cheese there and well, let's just say I have had way better ones at Kenny Rogers. I won't be back there.

19 October 2007

Extremes


A doodle done at work. Ballpoint pen sketch. Illustration Friday theme: Extremes

18 October 2007

Sketches of Buildings


Pigment ink sketches made over a period of two years or so. Faber-Castell pens 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.5, Pilot pens 0.8.
Vought SB2U Vindicator


Pigment ink sketch of the Vought SB2U Vindicator divebomber. I will be painting this with water colours soon.
Thailand to purchase twelve JAS-39 Gripens




Astounding! Thailand is purchasing twelve JAS-39 Gripens. Operating this aircraft is a lot more practical than the Su-30MKI fighters that Malaysia and Indonesia have procured. Of course, given the foreign policies of these two 'Islamic' states and that the JAS-39 multi-role fighters mount American engines (hence spare parts are going to be dependent on the USA), it is obvious why the Su-30MKI was chosen.



Thailand will also be purchasing two Saab S-1000 Erieye Airborne Early Warning aircraft.

Meanwhile, the Swedes must be really elated as it was reported in an Australian paper that a Thai officer had said that they had preferred F-16Cs and F-16Ds but the Americans were not allowed to sell arms to governments that had been ousted by coups.

Go Thai military junta go! WOO!

I bet the Burmese military junta are drooling.

Russia 2 England 1

Oh joy! Yeah! I hope McClown gets booted. England needs a real manager like Fergie, an old-fashioned disciplinarian.

I also hope that England don't qualify either.

Oh yes McClown, blame the referee.

17 October 2007

I will be posting more details of the Malaysian armed forces purchases in the last decade when I can find the time.

Yes, under the Mahathir regime, they have procured a massive armoury. The military build-up under the Mahathir regime were part of their 'modernising' programme which involved hundreds of AIFV types, MBTs, fighters and more.

There is a need for an awareness of this build-up.
HIMARS for Singapore


It is not unexpected that the Malaysian procurement and deployment of the ASTROS-2 rocket launchers would lead to a similar purchase amongst the neighbouring nations. In this case, Singapore placed an order for the High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) earlier this year.

The exact composition of the Singaporean order was stated as:

18 M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) Launchers.

32 XM31 Unitary High Explosive GMLRS Pods. these have been used in the current Iraq war, where their sudden strike and GPS-guided ability to hit buildings and other hardened structures with their 196 pound single warhead have proven very useful. Each 6-rocket pod carries 227mm rockets with a range of about 60-70 km.

30 M28A1 Multiple Launcher Rocket Systems (MLRS) Practice Rocket Pods.

9 M1084A1 Family of Medium Truck Vehicles (FMTV); 5-Ton Trucks. FMTV trucks are also the basis for the HIMARS launchers.

1 M1089A1 Wrecker. the M1089 is an FMTV truck variant with towing and winching capability that can get a HIMARS vehicle out of trouble in case of treacherous sand, mud, making close friends with the local roadside ditch, etc.

35 VRC-990 Vehicular Radio Communications Sets.

45 VRC-950 Vehicular Radio Communications Sets.

35 VRC-92E Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radios Systems (SINCGARS). SINCGARS is the current standard for US radio systems.

45 VRC-90E SINCGARS.

and other support equipment.
A400Ms delayed by 6-12 months


In 2005, Malaysia placed an order for four A400M military airlifters:

"08 December 2005 Malaysia joins A400M programme

The Malaysian government has today signed a contract for the purchase from Airbus Military of four A400M military airlifters.

The contract, signed in Langkawi by Malaysia’s Secretary General for Defence, Tan Sri Subhan Jasmon brings the number of firm orders for A400M to 192 aircraft."

I guess in Malaysian eyes, the danger of purchasing American is the denial of spares due to political expediency. The Malaysian aircraft were slated to be delivered in 2013.

Meanwhile, the A400M programme was delayed by another 6-12 months. In these days of complex aircraft, it would not be surprising given the delays of the 787 and A380 airliners.


16 October 2007

What a slow day.
My old HP scanner seems to be down. Oh well. I was hoping to put up some water colours pieces.
My Dell Order


I am waiting for my Dell Vostro 200 desktop order. It should either arrive today or tomorrow.

15 October 2007

Cheating the World of Warcraft?

I had wondered as to the number of people using automated scripts (bots), and other forms of cheats in the World of Warcraft. When I first started playing WOW when it was first launched in the US some two years or so ago, I had not witnessed anything besides the occasional farmer at work.

Then, I begun hearing about banned accounts and cheats. In many other games that I play, which were mostly browser-based ones, anti-cheating measures were usually deployed swiftly after the initial conception. ie Duels, DuneMUD, etc.

It would appearing that cheating or beating the system had become more important than playing the game? Would this be a form of 'gaming' in its own right then?
490 emails in my email accounts over the weekend of which a good 480 were spam. Wonderful!

14 October 2007

I was at the Singapore Open Gaming at Queen's Road this afternoon. I played Thurn and Taxis, Vikings, a Vikings variant and Holiday. I was soundly trashed in the first three games. I was in a daze pretty much most of the time for some reason.

I was at Fat Boy's later when I met Kim Yong. I had not seen him for twelve or thirteen years at least. I spent a fair bit of time speaking to him, Yopi and another gamer who was at the Singapore Open Gaming. He had taught me Thurn and Taxis earlier.