08 December 2007

Facebookers facing books

I met with a few Facebookers from the Singapore Network last night. Marcus had wanted to meet up to buy a few books at Borders. Then, since Shalom was going to browse and Wendy wanted a book too, we arranged to meet at 6:15 pm.

Ultimately, Marcus got what he wanted and he rushed off. Wendy also managed to find her book too.

I bought a tome on Chinese military history and one on the business history of Starbucks. Are the two correlated? Heh.
I thought I would never say this but the smashed pea and bean soup at the California Pizza Kitchen at the Forum Galleria is excellent!

06 December 2007

Heavens heavens! It's Thursday.
Surrender all your rights!

John Scalzi has a good article on why one should not submit one's fiction to Dragon magazine. Quoting from his Blog Whatever:

"Note to aspiring fantasy writers out there: avoid Dragon magazine, which has apparently re-opened to fiction submissions. The pay is on the low side of adequate for the genre (three to six cents a word), but the kicker is that for that royal sum, you are expected to give up all rights to your work. Says so right there on the submissions page — in fact, it says it twice, in rapid succession: “In the event we buy your manuscript, you must assign your rights to us. That means that once your contract is signed, we’ll own all rights in your submission.”"

Who is really surprised? It's Dragon magazine.

05 December 2007

State of Progress: Mobile Weapon Battle Stations

I'm currently at level 42.

The game has been highly engrossing. Kuoby, Siu Hean and I would discuss ship armaments and choices. Different strategies and so forth. Siu Hean, Anthony, Kuoby, Yen Lyn, Alex, Matas, Zak (Jackson, Turner) are active and are doing well. Siu Hean is at level 46!

A few days ago, I started ship killing again and racked up over 80 kills. I previously had about 15 kills or so.

"You have: 104 wins, 3 losses = 97.2% Wins"

Evil Anthony has killed my ship twice with his four impact cannons!


Kuoby revealed a secret, his ship stats:

Level: 42 (Exp: 1,938,724/1,976,650)
Craft: 1
Gunnery: 90
Navigation: 98
Stats Points: 0
HP: 0/5050
Capacity: 1790/2000
Speed: 223 (+98)

An exchange on Windows Live about this a few minutes ago:

Chuang Shyue Chou says (10:41 AM):
You have spare capacity.

Chuang Shyue Chou says (10:41 AM):
Why don't you mount a crest or something for more hp?

Kuoby (Thuggg) says (10:42 AM):
that capacity is my NPC attacker config

Kuoby (Thuggg) says (10:42 AM):
in defensive mode, i only have like 30 capacity spare

Chuang Shyue Chou says (10:42 AM):

Kuoby (Thuggg) says (10:42 AM):
that's with my shield armour on

Kuoby (Thuggg) says (10:42 AM):
shield armour, 2 rams and gun buster, that's all i have space for

Chuang Shyue Chou says (10:42 AM):
ahh... I thought you were dumb.

Kuoby (Thuggg) says (10:43 AM):
dumb is how your ass feels after a ramming.

Kuoby (Thuggg) says (10:43 AM):
oops, i mean, numb, sorry you numbskull

Chuang Shyue Chou says (10:44 AM):

Kuoby (Thuggg) says (10:44 AM):
do i make your blog? do i? do i?

04 December 2007

Personal Favourites - December 2007

Front Line Assembly - Fallout
Clan of Xymox - Heroes
Rotersand - 1023
Edge of Dawn - Enjoy the Fall
Assemblage 23 - Meta
Funker Vogt - Aviator
God Module - Let's go dark
Covenant - In Transit
Mind in a Box - Crossroads
Red Flag - Born Again
Information Society - Synthesizer
Pet Shop Boys - Disco 4
Duran Duran - Red Carpet Massacre
Marc Almond - Stardom Road

This is my current playlist* at the moment. What is your playlist? ie in your CD player, mp3 player, computer, etc? Do share!

*excluding classical music.

03 December 2007

A dreary Monday. Slow slow.
Astounding! Activision is merging with Blizzard in a new entity Activision Blizzard!

According to a BBC report"

"As part of the merger plan, Blizzard will invest $2bn in the new company, while Activision is putting up $1bn.

The merged business will be called Activision Blizzard and its chief executive will be Activision's current CEO Bobby Kotick. Vivendi will be the biggest shareholder in the group.

Jean-Bernard Levy, Vivendi chief executive, said: "This alliance is a major strategic step for Vivendi and is another illustration of our drive to extend our presence in the entertainment sector."

02 December 2007

I was at the Doc Green's Gourmet Salad and Grill last night. I enjoyed the salad. However, something was very long as it took them forever to serve their dishes. Salads and sandwiches for heaven's sake. I think they had only ONE chef. Until the service is improved, I doubt if I would be returning.

I swam my usual twenty laps this morning. The waters was cool and refreshing. I spent a lot of time writing my diary and reading 'The Ghost Brigades' today.