24 May 2008

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

I watched the highly-hyped instalment of Indiana Jones last night at GV Grand at Great World City. Well... 6/10.*

A tired franchise with self-congratulatory folks. However, I believe what they are selling here is nostalgia. And nostalgia with self-referential humour and large doses of sentimentality will sell, meaning that this will be a huge commercial success. The Spielberg and Lucas mafia are clearly banking on that.

There were computer-generated graphics used of course but a lot of the stunts were actually the same old tired jump out of the truck/amphibious vehicle/4X4 vehicle fights that we have seen before. The model builders were extremely busy in this one.

Ford is obviously not able to match his previous physical endeavours. His stunt double was, of course, very predominant!

Oh, there were Thompson SMGs and AK-47s of course. For reference, my ratings of the current and previous ones were:

Raiders of the Lost Ark - 7/10
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom - 4/10
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade - 4/10
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull - 6/10

Again, those are my ratings. Yours will, of course, differ.

I think if you like conspiracy theories, you will like this one.Flying saucers, alien autopsies, Peruvian formations, El Dorado, Cities of Gold, lost civilisations, government conspiracies, KGB, pyschic research. That sort of fringe conspiracy stuff!Even the atomic bomb in a Cold War paranoid setting!

The movie was great fun. Pure escapism.

*Previously, I was hesitant when it came to a quantitative rating. Well, I have changed my mind.

Water Fools, Ilotopie!

The Water Fools event at Boat Quay was fantastic. A lady with a brolly peddling on a huge bicycle on the surface of the water, a car towing a caraven circling around, a huge paddle wheel with a man running inside and a lady in a ballroom gown mounted on top, gondolas and more. Best of all, there were fireworks shooting off from poles mounted in the middle of the river. Phantasmagorical! Magnificent! It's quite a spectacle! Highly recommended! Do go!

It's on tonight and tomorrow night at 8:00 pm at Boat Quay! Not to be missed! GO GO GO!

23 May 2008

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Yesterday was a day of emergencies. Hectic.
Last night, PUB put two metal plates on top of the area where the ground was sinking. I think they will be embarking on some work this weekend.

22 May 2008

I think the depression has increased in depth by at least four centimetres. Argh.
It's difficult to win when the deck is stacked. There was a call for proposal that appeared only for a few days. Then, it would vanish. Strangely enough, it would then appear again. I had submitted in these situations for a few organisations which I would not mention. After all, I am not going to implicate anyone based on a few suspicions. In this case, if the buyer genuinely wanted competition, why not hold the window wider by allowing a longer period? Had the sale already been promised to a specific party and the call for quote a mere formality to get around a requirement? Frustrating? Certainly.
I should have done to Borders this evening if not for the downpour. DRAT!
Oh no! The ground is sinking! I see a depression in the ground. Hopefully, it is not serious.

I have called PUB.

20 May 2008

I should really get back to wargaming and also playing German games. It has been a while.
I just got back from a run. Phew! What a warm day!
Books I am reading

I just finished 'Marines on the Ground: Operation Iraqi Freedom 2' by Gordon Arthur and 'The God Delusion' by Richard Dawkins.

I started on 'Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and other Animals' by John Gray and 'God is not great: How religion poisons everything' by Christopher Hitchens. I was also reading 'Japanese Castles in Korea 1592-98' by Stephen Turnbull.

What are you reading at present?

19 May 2008


When the Almighty Celestial Emperor Loh deigned to visit his subjects in Singapore, we turned up and escorted him while he inspected his dominions.

Here we were at Keppel Island a week ago.

Emperor Loh imparted his LANgendary abilities here in a LAN centre at the Bugis Junction.

Meanwhile, the Grand Admiral Brian fumbled with his camera.

But he could not hack it. His Royal Holiness, God of Gods, The Emperor Loh showed Brian how. Easily done as He is the Great Deity.

All bow down before EMPEROR LOH!
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Camden Medical Centre

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I picked up the following at Borders a week ago:

'The Future of the Brain: The Promise and Perils of Tomorrow's Neuroscience' by Steven Rose
'The Portable Atheist' edited by Christopher Hitchens
'Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life' by Daniel C. Dennett
'A History of Western Philosophy' by Bertrand Russell
'Religion Explained: The Human Instincts that fashion Gods, Spirits and Ancestors' by Pascal Boyer
'Daniel Dennett (Contemporary Philosophy in Focus)' edited by Andrew Brook and Don Ross
'Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and other Animals' by John Gray

I finally finished 'The God Delusion' by Richard Dawkins last night after being distracted by many other pursuits previously.
A most intelligent and eloquent polemic, a pleasure to read.

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18 May 2008

The Ramen-Eaters

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God was in Singapore and He granted us an audience. We went to see him and he granted us ramen. And all was well. We saw His Royal Celestial Holiness Emperor Loh, God of Gods yesterday and paid homage to his Royal Majesty.