02 November 2007

Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

The Borders sale that everyone is waiting for is here!

30% off a full-priced book. Card-wielding members get a further 10% off, making it 37%. The coupon can be found here.

3 CDs for the price of 2 CDs. Coupon here.

01 November 2007

I just ran about three kilometres earlier. Phew!
Now the Canon Pixma iP3300 inkjet is giving feeding problems. The old cheap Lexmark Z-25 was a lot more reliable than the much more expensive HP and Canon printers.

Addendum

Not merely feeding problems, ink tank recognition problems!
The office HP3820 series inkjet printer is full of software problems. It's an absolute nightmare. I had an alright opinion of HP until this printer came along.

The next office printer will definitely not be an HP inkjet.
Good Heavens! It's already Thursday!
I realised that I have no inclination to logon to 'Duels' anymore. The game feels dead. Time to move on I guess. 'Hellgate London' beckons.
Crude oil is now at US$94.63 per barrel. Ghastly!

The expectation is that it will hit US$100.00 per barrel by the end of the year.

31 October 2007

I just heard something. I am going to laugh. It's simply too funny.
Mobile Weapon: Battle Stations!


Captain: Oggg
Ship: Ark of Oggg (Frigate)
Level: 24 (Exp: 212,439/232,350)
Craft: 0
Gunnery: 0
Navigation: 84
Stats Points: 0
HP: 0/2158
Capacity: 950/1800
Speed: 194 (+84)
This was earlier this week. Great fun.
Chuang is OWNING on BATTLE STATIONS!!! 8:09pm
Zim's Airship (irken voot cruiser) has been SUNK by Oggg's Airship (Ark of Oggg)!
Chuang is OWNING on BATTLE STATIONS!!! 8:07pm
Cornelius the Curmudgeon's Airship (Perpetual) has been SUNK by Oggg's Airship (Ark of Oggg)!
Chuang is OWNING on BATTLE STATIONS!!! 8:05pm
Jan Sparrot's Airship (Candy Mayhem) has been SUNK by Oggg's Airship (Ark of Oggg)!
Chuang is OWNING on BATTLE STATIONS!!! 8:04pm
Mangix's Airship (DragonLord) has been SUNK by Oggg's Airship (Ark of Oggg)!
Chuang is OWNING on BATTLE STATIONS!!! 8:02pm
Jan Sparrot's Airship (Candy Mayhem) has been SUNK by Oggg's Airship (Ark of Oggg)!
Chuang is OWNING on BATTLE STATIONS!!! 8:01pm
Billy Cheung's Airship (Billys ship) has been SUNK by Oggg's Airship (Ark of Oggg)!
Chuang is OWNING on BATTLE STATIONS!!! 7:59pm
Jan Sparrot's Airship (Candy Mayhem) has been SUNK by Oggg's Airship (Ark of Oggg)!
7 sinkings. Not too bad for a couple of minutes.
I got sunk a couple of times too.
Fun fun. I find that the fun bit isn't simply levelling fast. I want to build a powerful ship with the right equipment. I will be slowing my levelling and earning gold and resources first.
Meanwhile, Siu Hean and Kuoby are doing really well too. The former is level 33 or 34. Kuoby is a couple of levels lower. Nose has overtaken me.

Banksy caught in the act while putting up a piece!

Astounding. Someone has managed to take an image of him with her mobile phone. It was probably only a matter of time.

Ironically, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt and others have paid thousands for his works but in a report in the Times:

"Banksy has let it be known what he thinks of the high prices his works fetch, writing on his website: “I can’t believe you morons buy this s***.” "

Simply too funny. Personally I am not a fan of Banksy but I am amused by the entire affair, the value attached to his graffiti work, the publicity that his antics generated and more.

Banksy does have a great sense of humour though.

30 October 2007

War Art

I just saw a fascinating set of paintings done by an artist, James Hart Dyke on the current wars. What was striking was the 'every day' feel of the images, which was, needless to say, at odds with the images protrayed in many Hollywood movies.

29 October 2007

Books I am reading

I just finished reading 'Istanbul: Memories of a City' by the Nobel Prize-winning Orhan Pamuk, 'Modesty Blaise' by Peter O'Donnell and 'Football and Gangsters: How organised crime controls the beautiful game' by Graham Johnson.

I had bought 'Istanbul' in 2005 before he won the Nobel Prize. Before I had managed to get around to reading the book, the pages had turned yellow with spots! Books would not survive well in the humidity here, acid-free paper or otherwise. A pity.

I had previously read on the history of the Byzantines, the power structures and history of the Ottomans and more.

I am currently reading 'My Name is Red' by Orhan Pamuk, 'Ancient Rome' (a compiled and edited volume) and 'Out of Eden: The Peopling of the World' by Stephen Oppenheimer. I have Pamuk's 'The White Castle' lying around somewhere. I have been meaning to read 'Captain Alatriste' by Arturo Perez-Reverte soon.

What are you reading? I guess it is a perennial question that I ask my friends.



'No money no hamburgers!' What a delightful piece of animation! Gorgeous and evocative backgrounds. Eccentric character designs like no other that I had seen. Hilarious! Cabaret singers, gangsters, Tour de France, the imaginery metropolis of Belleville! Wow!

I had wanted to watch it when it first came out in 2003 or 2004 but I had missed it. I finally picked up a region 3 edition for S$9.95 at HMV. I watched this little piece last night

And the characters. The music. Unforgettable.

Dave Gahan - 'Kingdom'


1. Saw Something
2. Kingdom
3. Deeper And Deeper
4. 21 Days
5. Miracles
6. Use You
7. Insoluble
8. Endless
9. A Little Lie
10. Down

I picked the new Dave Gahan album 'Hourglass' when I visited HMV on Saturday afternoon. I had finally managed to listen through it a few times. The first three tracks were electronically driven pieces with merit with 'Kingdom' being the lead single. Strong powerful lead off. However, the album began to trail off after the third track. 'Use you' had potential but the chorus was extremely annoying and repetitive. 'We have each other, you're my brother..' Nooooooooooo!

Given Gahan and his companion's splendid songwriting in 'Playing the Angel', I would have thought that this effort would be a stronger one than their first album. Sadly, it was not so.
I just wrote three letters to three debtors. The debts had been there for years. Hopefully, they would pay at least a partial amount this time round.
What a way to begin a morning, a headache!

Oh well. Such is life. To work to work!

28 October 2007

I was reading 'Football and Gangsters: How organised crime controls the beautiful game' by Graham Johnson after my swim today. It was a fascinating read. I had bought the book at HMV yesterday. I would be finishing the book sometime tonight.







I swam twenty laps again this morning. My eyes had adjusted to the chlorine in the water and was no longer red after an hour in the pool. Meanwhile, my skin was a golden bronze. Instead of turning red, I got dark easily when I was under the sun.
I had always wondered about the old Art Decor building perched high up overlooking Tanglin Road. I had wondered about the occupants. One could not access it via Nassim Road or Nassim Hill. It was also impossible to access it via Seton Close. I finally found the entrance at St Martin's Drive. It was housing the Embassy of the Union of Myanmar!

I also noted that the old Sheraton/ANA Hotel was finally being demolished.
I bought the new Dave Gahan album 'Hourglass' at HMV last night for S$18.95. First impressions were that the first three tracks were great electronic pieces.

The first single was apparently 'Kingdom'.