22 December 2011

I may head down to Kinokuniya this evening. I am tempted to visit PageOne as it is closing down.
Whee! I have been drawing and painting. I should really go down to Art Friend and get more tubes of gouache. Heh.

21 December 2011

Of Hellboy going bonkers

I think I was a convenient vehicle for Hellboy as I was a sympathetic good listener. In his depression, he had sought out an outlet. Now that he doesn't need one, well, he's gone bonkers as usual.

The chosen

Lady: Hello, I'm calling from Singapore Bruends (That was how she pronounced it). You have been recommended and chosen by xxx organisation and a statutory board. We would like to conduct an interview with your directors and also two of you to our gala dinner. Blah blah blah. (She mumbled it all so that you can't catch most of the names of the organisations and boards.)

Me: Are you selling advertising?

Lady: No, we are not selling advertising, we are marketing bruends and we would like to reserve two seats for you at our gala dinner.

Me: Ahh.. Marketing. That's pretty much an euphemism for advertising (Of course there are differences). Sorry, my advertising budget is zero, we don't have any money for your company.

Lady: Since you are so direct, we will leave your company out. Goodbye!

You can literally hear me pumping my fist in the background going yeah yeah!

These days, there are many of these information and directory services that want to list you in their trade directories, advertising websites (Would you go to a site full of ads?),  give you awards, invite you to their gala dinners and so forth for a certain fee. Some are reputable while others are a hole in the hall, usually housed in the International Plaza at Tanjong Pagar and so forth.

A recent mail includes a big known organisation which congratulated my company for being ranked in the local SME 1000 and continued about the award being conferred and so forth. Then, there was an invitation to a gala dinner, 'a highly anticipated networking event where over 800 industry leaders and corporate...' will gather. Oh, then, there is the 2012 edition of that ranking list. Every year, this organisation would ask me to fill up financial information and I would stuff those questionnaires into the bin where they belong. This is supported by all the big business groups and government organisation. Heh.

20 December 2011

Playing computer games

I have played Skyrim, Battlefield 3, Magicka, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Left 4 Dead 2 in the last few days.

Strangely enough, I find Skyrim less than compelling and have been bored. I did play Oblivion and finish it some years ago.


A bad year for dictators

As noted in a comment on Walt O'Hara's wall on Facebook, this year has been a bad one for dictators with three of them shuffling off the mortal coil. Gaddafi, Steve Jobs, and now Kim Jong Il. (And no, Jon Bon Jovi didn't die, alas!)

19 December 2011

Games games games!

I have been playing Battlefield 3 quite a bit. So far, I have spent 48 hours. I will probably stop soon.

I have also started on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Skyrim, Magicka and Left 4 Dead 2.

Brushes and gouache

I need more a few more No.3 and No.4 brushes for my experiments in gouache. I will also need more tubes of gouache in different colours, preferably more shades of greens and browns.

Hellboy, Emoboy and Coconut

Hellboy appeared to have forgotten his trenchcoat and had caught a cold. He is now soft in the head due to the cold, perhaps, he has always been this way. Hellboy is now more hysterical and emo than ever.

At least, Emoboy is sober.

Meanwhile, Coconut is learning to draw animals. That is something that I haven't explored much.