12 January 2008

I'm sleepy.

I have gotta write a letter to Japan and another one to Hyundai.

11 January 2008

10 January 2008

It's time for me to continue the AFV blog entries which I had ceased posting eleven months ago. Heh. Likewise, the sketches which I made last year.
Radioactivity, it's in the air for you and me!

It's been a while since I heard the Kraftwerk albums. I have pulled them all out and I am listening to them. 'Fun, fun, fun, on the autobahn...'
A Human Placeholder

I had been meaning to write about this. Two days ago, I was at UOB at Novena Square. I observed a maid in the long queue. I was curious. After half an hour of queuing, it was finally her turn. At that moment, her employer, an auntie in her 50s, who was sitting on a bench nearby (all that time) came and took her place. The little maid had become a human placeholder. I thought this was demeaning.

Do you think this is demeaning? Opinions?

09 January 2008

I will go seek out my good old Kraftwerk albums. German electronic music! WOO!
Power blackout at a level five corridor. Dealt with. Phew!

At work again. Typing out a new price list.

Price increases all round due to Chinese subsidies being removed last year under US pressure. Bravo.
Novus Café

When I was at the Novus Cafe last year, the food and service were alright. My sisters who were there recently this year had warned me of the poor service there but I had not heeded as my previous experiences were alright.

Last night, I went to the National Musuem to catch 'Radio On' which was slated to start at 7:30 pm. At 7:03 pm, I was at WA Café or Novus with my friends. We ordered drinks and ready-made food like a pie. Well, at 7:25 pm, the drinks which were bottled mineral water had come but nothing else. Oh dear. The bill was impossible. It was just not coming after 10 minutes or more. The situation there was a complete mess.

I doubt if I would ever be returning to this establishment again. These people, meaning the management, really would need to sort out their processes and make things work. I wouldn't blame the counter staff or service staff.

Meanwhile, the choices in the menu had shrunk. There were no longer much real food left apparently.
Radio On

Last night, I went to watch this classic 1979 road movie with a few friends. With a highly detached plot and unsympathetic characters, the starkness and sparseness, was accentuated by the deliberate choice of black and white film. However, this Chris Petit effort seemed to lack a certain something that will propel it to the ranks of a great.

There were symbols abound, possibly carefully placed. The initial message tagged on a wall, the opening of a package from the protagonist's brother containing three cassettes consisting of Kraftwerk's 'The Man Machine', 'Autobahn' and 'Trans Europe Express' albums which, perhaps, inadvertently signified the plot and progress of the entire film. The beginning which had the man and his automobile and had 'The Man Machine' album as a marker and the 'Uranium' and 'Radioactivity' played. The journey was symbolised by the quintessential automobile and road journey album 'Autobahn'. Lastly, the end journey where the protagonist took the train was symbolised by the Kraftwerk train journey album 'Trans Europe Express'. The end soundtrack was, of course, 'Ohm Sweet Ohm' by Kraftwerk, which was a technological 'pun' on 'Home Sweet Home' where the presumably, the protragonist took a train home. Perhaps, I was reading too much into this, perhaps, I wasn't.

The choice of these three cassettes could not have been randomly made, likewise the choice of having three Kraftwerk tracks in the soundtrack.

This film had featured a soundtrack with Kraftwerk's 'Uranium', 'Ohm Sweet Ohm' and 'Radioactivity' and David Bowie's 'Heroes' and a few more.
It also featured Sting, grinning like an idiot with a guitar in one of the scenes.
What fascinated me was the visuals of British physical landscape of 1979, which in my opinion had not changed much in many ways, the political landscape, which was heard in the protagonist's car radio, and the depiction of the people.

'Radio On' was an experience.

Addendum
I said 'hello' to JF when I saw him at the theatre last night. He left almost at once when the film ended. I also met another aquaintance from the film society.

07 January 2008

Only in Death

I'm reading the new Gaunt's Ghosts novel 'Only in Death'. So far, the story is highly promising! It is priced S$36.95 at Borders. With the 25% off coupon and another 10% for the card, and the 7% GST, it is S$26.69 for a hardcover. It's very affordable.

On a curious note, the cover on my book is different from the one depicted here. This image is from Amazon.com.

I also picked up another Warhammer 40,000 and a Warhammer Fantasy novel at Borders. The original price per volume is S$17.95. After discounts and GST, each book costs S$12.96. I can't argue with that kind of pricing.

Addendum

I finished 'Only in Death' just before midnight! WOO! Suspenseful. Atmospheric. Eerie.

06 January 2008

State of Progress: Mobile Weapon: Battle Stations

Trader Trader Oggg
Ship: Speed 295 (Destroyer)
Level: 52 (Exp: 6,582,516/6,703,900)
Craft: 70
Gunnery: 8
Navigation: 156
Stats Points: 0
HP: 9750/9750
Capacity: 1985/2000
Speed: 351 (+156)


I spent 298AP (+5, +5 for astrolabe). The encounter rate is supposedly 10%.

By right, I should have about 30 encounters. I have 28 encounters. Slightly less than the 10% average. Of the 28 encounters, my quarry got away in 2 encounters. I got sunk by the Hand of Death in one of them. Not a particular good xp haul tonight. Heh.

There were encounters with three new NPC ships. Nightwing Assassins, Sandstorm Raider, Royal Renegade. None of these are as powerful as the Hand of Death or Flying Fortress of Doom. However, some of the NPC ships are fast.
'The Omnivore's Dilemma' by Michael Pollan is a fascinating treatise on the nature of food. I recommend it.
I was at the New Building International 1927-2002 exhibition for the second time on Saturday. Interesting!