20 April 2012

Friday! Finally! Wheeeeeee!

Singaporean aircraft carriers

I think people who propose that Singapore acquire aircraft carriers should re-consider and examine their positions.

The costs of running an aircraft carrier would include that of the flight component, aircrew, aircraft complement, and also escorting vessels. An aircraft carrier does not operate in isolation.

The Royal Navy has had decades to formulate operating practices and a tradition. With regards to their Sea Harriers everywhere, those VTOL jets have had a high incident and loss rate.

The aircraft carrier and its escort group will also have a lifespan, likewise the airframes.

Besides the cost, is projecting military power at such costs worthwhile? There are a lot of strategic and cost issues to consider.

19 April 2012

The angry and the bitter

It is funny. You get these people who hate Singapore and complain incessantly about it. Yet, these very same people choose to come live here. Economic refugees of a sort? Yes. Their social commentary? More tirades than anything. Bitter and angry.

This is, of course, with reference to a Chinese and a Malaysian that I know in the context of something. Then, there are a few Singaporeans I know who are just as bitter. One of them, I think, will spend the rest of her life in bitterness, angry with the 'elites' whoever they are...

Of the unimaginative and more

Kun Rong had once stated that if it had been under different leadership, it would have taken a vastly different direction. It certainly could have. As it is, the lack of imagination ruled the day, being dictated by personal conveniences, meal locations and more. It is a pity.

As it is, it will be up to the little people to persevere and perhaps, chart something new. Anyway, it is immaterial, the most unlikely of situations can often bring out the most fabulous of creations.

The staid? They will continue with the same course and be consigned to the dustbins of history.

18 April 2012

Books from the Library

  
Two volumes which I had borrowed from the Bishan Library. 'Sniper One' was a fast read, an account of a British battle group in Southern Iraq.

'The Unforgiving Minute' is an account of soldier who went through West Point, the Ranger course, a Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford University and finally seeing action in Afghanistan.

I will likely read 'Generation Kill' soon.

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Of the warped

I have got a friend who has a very warped sense of history. His knowledge stems from anime, manga and documentaries. He is unable to critically evaluate his sources given his very lack of knowledge.

He has no sense of perspective at all and is very selective in his interpretation. He often thinks that he knows but his lack of breath and depth dooms him to repeating soundbites from bad documentaries.

I hope in time to come, he can read more from proper sources, learn to think critically and evaluate his sources and from there, grow.

Trials

I test everyone often with the things I say and do. Their reaction or lack of is the resultant. There is no fail or pass in these tests. They simply tell me things about human nature.

16 April 2012

Over 50

Lara Tan: except you who is over 50 ...
hahaha

Me: hahahaahaha
EVILLLLL!
Hahahaahahahaah!
Very evil!
Can I blog that sentence?

Lara Tan: it's alright...old and wise...

Fixing his TV

Caveboy has to fix his TV?! Everyone was going, 'GET REEEEEEALLLL!' Hahaha.

The seduction of money

Hellboy is pandering to their every desire and whim. on weekends and so forth. He has no life as he described it. And he doesn't have the balls to refuse them. I guess the pay is too alluring.

I recall his worry over being sued and lawyers.But there is no contract. Actually, the real aspect is not that but rather being black-marked and not ever getting new deals.

Google+

Google+ interface was sucky and now it is worse. Anyway, it is immaterial as no one really uses it anyway.