19 April 2008

State of Progress: Mobile Weapon: Battle Stations


Trader Oggg
Ship: Kraftwerk (Destroyer)
Level: 69 (Exp: 38,835,948/40,718,400)
Craft: 35Gunnery: 0
Navigation: 276
Stats Points: 0
HP: 19736/19737
Capacity: 5900/7500
Speed: 50 (+276)
Armor: 15 (11.5%)
I spotted the woman with the deep, manly voice last night. I guess it had been years since I last saw her.
The purported victim has not learned. Several years ago, he was almost the victim of an attempted murder-cum-suicide. Yet, he continued provoking others. A few days ago, I saw that another person was visibly agitated after being provoked by him. Scary.

17 April 2008

Sins of a Solar Empire: Screen Captures

Orbital hangers can house two squadrons of either fighters or bombers. Some orbits have enough space for up to eight hangers.



Trader Emergency Coalition (TEC) Kol Battleships.
Sins of a Solar Empire: Screen Captures

Sova Carrier of the Trader Emergency Coalition retrieving a bomber squadron.


A Purge Vessel from the Advent. This vessel is optimised for planetary bombardment.
I just got back from a 4 km run. Heh. This time, I did not go off at full-tilt, I moderated my pace and kept it constant.
Horse Poo

Another exchange with Kuoby. In this case, one-sided:

Kuoby says (11:18 AM):
how are you asshole?

Kuoby says (11:18 AM):
oops

Kuoby says (11:18 AM):
how are you horse poo?

Kuoby says (11:18 AM):
wrong window
I will be at the Ubi area today for the first time in some years. I will be visiting the Singapore Civil Defence Force headquarters for a seminar.

I have memories of Ubi. I recall taking bus 90 from Toa Payoh interchange daily then. These were long dreary trips on the Pan Island Expressway (PIE).

How swiftly time flies. Has it been seven years since those daily commutes?
I had not expected much from the hypocrite. He didn't surprise me either. His hypocrisy had been consistent throughout the years. Human behaviour can be interesting to observe at times.

Anyway, I'll be onto other things, enough with this observation business. Galactic Civilisations II beckons. Heh.

16 April 2008

Sins of a Solar Empire: Screen Captures


Destroying planetary structures such as the trade port, orbital broadcast centres and metal extractors.



Bombarding a planet with Battleships.
It's been a long day. Phew!
My father wants me to assist him in withdrawing money from an account which he opened in a fine winter day in Toronto thirty-one years ago!

This will be interesting.
Sins of a Solar Empire is as engrossing as Frontlines: Fuel of War. I spent almost four hours on it last night before realising that it was almost eleven!
I am distracted. I shall switch off my machine and get on with work. Heh.

15 April 2008

Hypocrite

I did a little test and I found that someone I know is an utter hypocrite. A few friends may have the impression that he is a blunt and truthful person but in reality, he is not. Heh.

It is pretty much as I expected. Oh well. It is a clear illustration of this person's principles.

Anyway, who cares.
A Fortune-Teller

A man with a turban and a huge beard came into the office just now. He shook my hand and handed me a note which I read. It turned out that he was offering his fortune-telling services! I guess he couldn't foretell the bit where I showed him the door.
They have to yell out your Name

I just saw this little bit on DuneMUD just now.

[01:37] Magiz: i like going into starbucks and when they ask whats my name so they can write it on the cup , i give them something weird

[01:37] Magiz: sprinkles

[01:37] Magiz: or dillydingdong

[01:38] Magiz: then when your coffee is ready they have to yell out your name:)
Lonely Planet roasted in a lonely Hell

'Do Travel Writers Go to Hell?: A Swashbuckling Tale of High Adventures, Questionable Ethics, and Professional Hedonism' by Thomas Kohnstamm has essentially brought forth an age old question of economics in this industry. How do travel writers, especially those who write guidebooks, afford the restaurants and hotels reviewed in the guides? If they had not stayed at the reviewed hotel or eaten at that dining establishment, then, their reviews would be based on hearsay of others or on simply upon what the writers had read.

The upcoming book from Kohnstamm, a writer who has written for Lonely Planet, has reportedly spoken of fabrication and not having been to the places that he had reviewed.

Lonely Planet, now owned by the BBC, has defended itself with charges of misrepresentations and that the articles were essentially accurate. Another defence offered was that the guides that Kohnstamm has contributed to were no longer in print! That is a business defence. The reality, from how I see it is that Lonely Planet has branded itself as essentially having a personal and insider's view of a nation and their defence has unwittingly revealed quite a bit of their operating practices and has validated that Lonely Planet is not exactly what it has branded itself to be.

As for Kohnstamm's kiss and tell account, he will have his self-interest at hand but as explained earlier, Lonely Planet's defence is revealing. I should think that Kohnstamm's account will be rather fun to read.


Your Pathetic Life

Kuoby says (11:22 AM):
met the family nearby for dimsum

Chuang Shyue Chou says (11:22 AM):
Hello.

Chuang Shyue Chou says (11:22 AM):
How was lunch?

Chuang Shyue Chou says (11:22 AM):
The dimsum?

Chuang Shyue Chou says (11:22 AM):
Good?

Kuoby says (11:22 AM):
good. in fact. great.

Kuoby says (11:22 AM):
better than your fracking pathetic life
One of my duties is that of chasing people for money, however difficult and awkward. Suddenly, I have a list of six people whom I have to contact for payment. Ugh. Not easy.
Longer operating hours at the library

I wish the library would have longer opening hours during weekends. The library closes at 9:00 pm on Saturday nights. Given that I work half day on Saturdays, by the time I make it down there, I can only spend a few hours at the reference library before it closes. Oh well. I guess that is why I buy books generally rather than visit the library.

Surely, that is not too much to ask for from our well-paid civil servants working at the library?

I think if I were to make a request or suggestion, the librarians will not seriously consider.

14 April 2008

A History of Language


I picked up 'A History of Language' by Steven Roger Fischer at Borders on Saturday afternoon. Seven dollars.

This volume looks promising. It should be a lot more accessible than 'Empires of the Word'.

13 April 2008

Sins of a Solar Empire





Sins of a Solar Empire: Screen Captures


Advent Purge vessel.


Pirate fleet on the attack.



There are regular pirate attacks on one's empire in this game but one can bribe the pirates to attack one's opponents. Likewise, one's opponents can bribe it too. It becomes a bidding war!

These are images from my first game where my systems were overrun.

Street Kings

'Street Kings' is apparently based on a James Ellroy novel, 'The Night Watchman'. I was surprised when I saw his name in the writing credits last night. I have heard of this well-known writer of crime fiction previously but I must admit that I am unfamiliar with his work. 'LA Confidential' was apparently based on a book of his as well.The depiction of the LA underworld in the Street Kings and the extent of corruption in the LAPD were of interest as well. Heh.