25 May 2012

Urgent email

A lady called from Dun & Bradstreet a few minutes ago. She said that she has an urgent email that she wanted to send to the IT Manager. I said what is so urgent about it? She said 'Don't worry, it is not a sales email, it is purely informational.' Barefaced liar. Urgent? What's so urgent about this informational thing? Not sales? Doh. Resorting to such words to mislead is simply not ethical.

If it is sales, say so. If it is information leading to an eventual sales call, say so. I don't need to be lead on by this sort of unethical marketing script.

24 May 2012

Blocking idiots

I had stopped two idiots from seeing my posts on Facebook. Moments after I removed those blocks, they started 'LIKING' and commenting. Of course, I re-imposed the blocks.

In the air

I seem to sense a large amount of emotion in the air. I don't know. Maybe, I am imagining it. Whatever it is, I hope those people deal with whatever personal issues they have.

Loud lady from the Bank of China

Some loud, really loud lady on the mobile. 'Hello, this is.. xxxx, calling on behalf from the Bank of China...' I left my mobile in my drawer and let her continue... I could hear from speaking loudly from the closed drawer. Haha.

23 May 2012

Himbo

I have a himbo commenting frequently on my Facebook links and status updates. He makes the most inane of comments. I have prevented him from seeing my posts in the past. As soon as I removed the hiding bit, he would post inane comments. Ugh.

Bloomberg Businessweek

I am deciding if I should order Businessweek. The Straits Times business section has gotten a lot worse over the last decade.

Cheapening of the arts in Singapore

There are certain activities in Singapore's little art world that cheapens the work of artists and illustrators. I was drawing with a number of artists recently and I learned of their plight. Low price for individual pieces, commissioned pieces and more unless they are in advertising (which clearly, isn't art but the product of a committee who have the cheek to call themselves 'creatives'. Very presumptuous).

That is how the economic value of their activities are priced. One can distort it through laws, minimum wage and more. From talking to them, many illustrators and artists I know are still earning the same level of wages from about a decade or more ago. Why? This is how the market prices these products. How do you get around that? And illustration and art pieces can also be done anywhere outside the country anyway. I met quite a number of hardworking and skilful Filipino illustrators. Their hard work puts some of the local aspiring types to shame.

From what I see, these certain activities will serve to lower the expectation of pricing for the work of these folks. I won't mention which activities but they should be obvious enough.

Fortunately, I am not in the industry.

22 May 2012

Battlefield 3 news



If I can, I try to maintain a 7:1 kill ratio. Ambitious? I know. I'm trying to improve my K/D ratio. The best result last night was only a 6:1. Most of the others were 1:1, 2:1 or so. A lot of bad luck last night. In addition, some of my positioning was poor and I was not alert enough.

Most of the time, I was engaged in close quarter combat, hence, my use of the P90 and hand grenades. I am tempted to use the UMP-45 which had been accurate and lethal for me. My nemesis? M26 and shotgun users.

 

The teams I join were really poor. I wasn't good enough to really influence events though I was in mostly close quarter combat. Look at the number of times I joined the losing side. The losing side was hapless to say the least.

Many people were attempting to switch teams throughout the game. Each time, my side ended up pinned to a corner and was thumped through and through. I was able to salvage a 1:1 or 2:1 ratio in those circumstances through staying mostly in ambush positions.

I managed to get my fourth P90 star and also my first M18 Claymore star last night.

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21 May 2012

Quests completed!

Quests completed. Back from NTUC, Royals bakery, Cedele Bakery, Cold Storage, Crystal Jade Bakery, JapanHome at United Square and Square 2.

Lame

I don't like Google+ with all those forced 'Be Awesome' rubbish. Don't force crap on us. It's lame. Contrived.

One Hundred Trolls Blog


The new One Hundred Trolls blog is up with many artists and illustrators. Like the Ninety-Nine Castles blog, this blog is one of different conceptions of trolls from different artists and illustators.
A wet, rainy Monday morning.