06 August 2010

You would be losing all this business

Another idiot from Big XXXX Company* tried his luck today. I have had bad experiences with this company previously where one dude named Roger tried to pull a fast one and added additional listings without my knowledge and wanted me to sign. And I saw the total and got rid of him. Here is the latest exchange.

Mr Idiot: When do you want meet up to discuss your listing?

Wow! That is presumptuous. I hadn't called the fool. And suddenly, I receive a call about my listing? So...

Me: Well, it will be the same as before. No change.

Mr. Idiot: I mean your online listing.

Me: Well, I don't have any with you.

Mr. Idiot: What? You don't have any? You get a lot of customers looking for your company online. A lot of customers want to find you.

Me: I don't think it is necessary.

Mr. Idiot: But you would be losing all this business. You don't want to lose business do you?

Now, he tries to reel me in. He's trying too hard. In a sense blackmail of a sort. Scare tactics.

Me: I don't think it is necessary.

Mr. Idiot: You may not get a lot of business.

Me: Listen, the keyword is MAY. If I wanted to go online, I would not be going with a second-rate company like Big XXXX Company, I would go with Google or something.

Mr. Idiot: If that is the way you see it, goodbye.

Good riddance. Haha!

*As usual, names have been changed to protect the dumb.

ZSU-23-4 "Shilka"

The ZSU-23-4 "Shilka" was the mainstay of the SPAAG component of the layered Soviet air defence and has today been replaced by the 2S6 or 9K22.

The vehicle has seen extensive action in the Arab-Israeli wars and numerous other conflicts.

4 x 23mm 2A4 automatic cannons.

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05 August 2010

Most applicable

One brave salesman tried his luck today.

Mr. Idiot: Hi, I am Mr Idiot* from Idiot Company*. Do you have a few moments to spare?

Me: Sure.

Mr. Idiot: We have an upcoming exhibition for sports and I feel that it will be most applicable to your company.

I was going to let him go on with his scripted spiel. At this point, when he mentioned 'most applicable', I decided to toy with him.

Me: Most applicable? How is it most applicable?

Mr. Idiot: We feel that it would most applicable to your sports company.

Me: Do you know what we do?

Mr. Idiot: Sports, right?

Me: Do you know the products we sell? Otherwise, how do you know that your exhibition is most applicable?

Mr. Idiot: Errr.. What do you sell?

Me: You obviously have no clue and you did not check on my company before you called. In which case, I am not interested.

Mr.Idiot: ....

There was an earlier one who was even more polite and wanted to sell me something that will help me earn money, reduce costs and more but he was unable to articulate how he could do that. I let him off.

*The names have been changed to protect the intellectually-challenged.

04 August 2010

S-75 Dvina

The S-75 Dvina surface to air missile (SAM). This weapon system saw extensive action in the Arab-Israeli Wars and the Vietnam War and was instrumental in deterring high level penetrations of Warsaw Pact airspace by strategic bombers. A key weapon system then.

Imperial War Museum, Duxford.
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03 August 2010

Bristol Bloodhound

The Bristol Bloodhound was one of the mainstays of our missile defence for many years. The range, of course, was almost unrivalled.

Imperial War Museum, Duxford.

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A note on the dislikes and indifferences

Oh, if you were wondering, my passions are many, easily more than that of dislikes. What I like, I like them intensely, passionately. What I dislike, I generally ignore them, I don't exactly hate them to want to bother much, not much anyway, words at best. As for indifference, well, the term describes it, indifference.


Olympics, Cosplay, Levi's, Neil Gaiman, Lady Gaga, Terry Pratchett, Romantic Comedies, Madonna, Blackberry, Baroque Music, Firefox Browser, BMWs, American Cars, My So-Called Enemies, Losers, World of Warcraft, Starcraft, Warcraft, Al Gore, Anne Rice, Manga, Local Politics, Anime, Avatar, Titanic, Musicals, Operas, Christian Apologetics, Neurotic Botak, Sidekick: Low-IQ Botak, Harry Potter, Tiger Woods, William Gibson,  Low-IQ ex-Beauty Queen, Japanese Food, Michael Jordan, Sandman, Youth Olympic Games (YOG), Linux, Musicals, Installation Art, Abstract Art, National Campaigns, Zombies, National Day, Robots, Ninjas, Pirates


Boilerplate Scams, Aggressive Towkays, Apple Corporation, Tom Cruise's Movies, Macs, McDonald's, Iphone, Insurance Promoters, Ipad, Friendster, Broken English, MySpace, CNN, Bose, Dishonest People, Steve Jobs, New Cathay Building, Local Food, Taxi Drivers, U2, Nasty Tenants, New Supreme Court Building, Kopitiam, Wacko Jacko (Michael Jackson), Bossa Nova, TCM, Bruce Springsteen, Religious Fundamentalists, Nike, Coke, Religious Extremists, Soul, R&B, AIA Insurance People, Pixar, Prudential Insurance People, Heavy Metal, People who Block Exits to Trains, Rabid Opposition Types, Civil Service Drones, Bruce Willis's Movies,  Michael Moore, Rap, Conservative Talkshow Hosts, White Town Coffee, American Football, Scrabble, American Sports, Sitcoms, Jazz, People who Stand in front of Escalators, Aggressive Salespeople, Credit Card Promoters, Vampire Romance Porn, Disney Movies and Animation, IPPT, Car Salesmen, Yoga and Fitness Club Promoters, Kaya Toast, Unruly Rule-Breaking Tenants, Call Centre People, Terminator 2, Insincere People, Dragonlance, Belgariad, Margaret Weis, Spam, Tracy Hickman, David Eddings, TSR, A Song of Fire and Ice, Cold Callers, Golf, R.E.M., Boy Racers, Superman, Boy Racer Cars, Rock n' Roll (Generally but not everything), Islamists, Singlish, Hypocrites, Militant Greenies, Smelly Obese People, The Hulk, Kevin J. Andersen, Brian Herbert, Stalkers, Sitting between two Obese People at a table or cinema, Talking People in the Cinema, Macheads, Manure (Manchester United), The Beatles, Manure Fans (Manchester United), Sir Red Nose (Alex Ferguson), Brazilian Football Team, Maradona, Mel Gibson's movies, Bon Jovi, Aryton Senna, Damon Hill, Lewis Hamilton, Braggarts, Guns n' Roses, Jackie Chan, Death Metal, Speed Metal, Issac Asimov, Vampire Romance Porn, Vampires, Werewolves

Removed Links: Art

Removed Links: Dune Denizens

Denizens of Dune

Removed Links


I will be editing the links on my blog. I will be removing the links to the blogs that are defunct and those that I no longer read.

For others, I will shift them elsewhere.

A return to the beginning

I remember the first day when we were out, we had met at the brightly-coloured and oddly shaped lumps masquerading as seats outside HMV at the now deserted Heeren. We had talked for hours after and had coffee at the Starbucks at Orchard Parade Hotel. We explored the antique and map shops at the ancient Tanglin Shopping Centre, a most wonderful means of spending a Saturday. Those days are now long gone, I can only but reminisce.

02 August 2010

Fields of gold

Little experiments abound. For some years, I have been meaning try a lighter style with more washes and lighter colours.

On Friday, I drew three little throwaway ink pieces when I was on the train and in an auditorium in Singapore Polytechnic for a briefing. That night, I messed around with some watercolours and got this little piece out.

I have been experimenting with various colours, ink washes, and mixed media.

For my blog of drawings, do visit A Quietness Within.