01 December 2007

Last night, I was at the City Hall which used to house the Public Service Commission (PSC). It brought back some memories. I wondered if it was still housed there. Heh.

The design event was filled with many people in black clothing. Heh. Tight pants too.

30 November 2007

The discounts keep coming!

Another Borders discount. 30% off for a full-priced book. Another 10% off for card holders. The coupon is found here.

Offer ends on the 13th of December.

Splendid! WOO!
Friday! YESYESYES! Wheeeee!

29 November 2007

Singapore Open Gaming XXII


Ken announces the next Singapore Open Gaming session:
Time: 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Date: 15.12.2007, Saturday
Venue: Queen's Road, RC Room
All are welcome! Boardgames! A lot of us will be bringing games. So, even if you have no games, it's alright. We are willing to teach.
Goodness! It's already Thursday!
Yet more books

I was at Borders last night and I picked up three volumes.

The Naked Brain: How the Emerging Neurosociety is Changing How We Live, Work, and Love by Richard Restak




The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi









The Android's Dream by John Scalzi

Late last night, I was racing through 'The Ghost Brigades'. Heh. Great fun.

28 November 2007

27 November 2007

Scrabulous: Lim-Trashing!

I just got Lim-trashed! In my last turn, I managed a 64 point lay overhauling her but the Lim Champ nonchalantly went and do a 26-point lay, thus winning the game! Her Lim-Prowess is amazing!

Me 324
Benita 353

I had one V tile left. DEV or VOX was available if Lim Champ hadn't completed BISE, IDE, SOX.

WOO!
After seeing a doctor today, I had chicken cutlet (breaded chicken) at the Ritz Apple Strudel & Pastry at Upper Thomson Road. The chicken seemed undercooked and somewhat rubbery. The staff kindly cooked it again.
'Old Man's War' - John Scalzi



Kelvin and I were browsing at Page One at Vivocity a few weeks ago and discussing SF depictions of future war when he recommended 'Old Man's War'. We shared our admiration of Robert Heinlein's 'Starship Troopers' and Joe Haldemann's 'The Forever War', but I was disappointed with most bestselling military SF books which were essentially war stories or westerns in minimal SF trappings. Honour in outerspace? Doh...

On Saturday night, I had bought 'Old Man's War' at Borders. After I read Sam Harris' eloquent 'Letter to a Christian Nation' on Sunday, I started this riveting read that night and subsequently finished it last night.

John Scalzi's 'Old Man's War' is a Heinlein-esque, wide-eyed view of future war with different approaches of waging war being taken with regard to different aliens. As Kelvin had observed, the work was reminiscent of 'The Forever War' and 'Starship Troopers' and there was a lengthly exposition of the technology involving and the methods of war-making. It was an imaginative extrapolation of what war could be like rather than merely the usual honourable men with ray guns against honourable aliens with ray guns.

War was essentially genocidal in nature in Scalzi's future and it was plausible and consistent within his framework. No honourable aliens (ie Indians, Japanese or mysterious 'other'). Phew!

I would be picking up 'Ghost Brigades' later this week at Borders.

26 November 2007

More Books

I bought quite a few more books on Saturday. I picked up the following at Borders:

The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2007 by Richard Preston (Editor), Tim Folger (Series Editor)




Letter to a Christian Nation by Sam Harris










Old Man's War by John Scalzi







and this volume at the Big Bookshop:

The New Brain: How the Modern Age Is Rewiring Your Mind by Richard Restak

I started and finished 'Letter to a Christian Nation' on Sunday. Splendid volume. I would highly recommend it to everyone.

I had also started on 'Old Man's War'. Kelvin had recommended it some time back.

25 November 2007

Bolton 1 Manchester United 0

This is a great weekend for football! Manchester United lost! Yeah! England out! Splendid! Sunderland hammered for 7! HURRAH!

From the BBC report, Roy Keane had this comment to make:

"It's hard to take, but we lose as a team and I picked the team and sorted the tactics so I have no problem taking responsibility for what happened."

Hahahaha! Take responsibility indeed. He's beginning to sound like McClown.

Meanwhile, all England has to do is to appoint Alan Shearer for manager! Hahahaha. Hopefully, the Football Association won't make that mistake. English football needs an experienced disciplinarian and tactician as a manager, not Alan Shearer.
Sadly, the game session hadn't come to pass. Dillon had to look after his Dillonling. I had dinner at Stew Haus last night. Delicious stuff and reasonably priced. I would love to go back there again. Wei Yi gave me a poster of a saluting Benito Mussolini last night. He suggested that I imitated that raised arm salute. Hahaha!

This morning, I swam an hour earlier than my normal hour. The pool was almost deserted when I started my twenty laps.

I started and finished 'Letter to a Christian Nation' by Sam Harris this afternoon. I would recommend this volume to everyone, Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Taoists...