Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Belated birthday post

Hello readers, I just had a not-so-surprise party at Secret Recipe Warisan Square (opposite Center Point) with a bunch of friends.

I'm too tired to write much, just that I would like to thank all of the attendees for making it an interesting bash, with all the chicken cordon bleu and all. Oh yeah, the cake was awesome too!

Here's some pics of loot I got:

A card signed by everyone, a postcard from Flanegan, and a polaroid of everyone, except Shariff.


Here's a close up of the polaroid:

Saturday, 20 March 2010

Testing new toy

Good day, everyone.

As some of you may know, I recently purchased a Canon EF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM lens from a friend. This was the top of the line 70-200mm lens from Canon, until the Canon EF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM Mark II was announced a couple of months ago.

So what's a guy to do with a new toy? Well, I need to test it out, and it so happens I managed to get the lens in time for a surprise buttse errm, birthday party for Julian, which was held in Just Wargame. Shoot shoot shoot I did, and also some Lauya poison was successfully spread among a few people (you know who you are heh heh).

There were some Warhammer 40,000 fanatics painting their miniatures today, so I shot them while waiting for the surprise party to commence.





Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Warhammer 40000 at Just Wargame

Alrighty then... for all you Warhammer 40,000 nuts out there (specifically in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah), a shop catering to this hobby has just been drop-podded on to Karamunsing Capitol (next to Komplex Karamunsing). Called Just Wargame, it offers games, miniatures painting lessons, books and more, hence it is poised to become the command centre for this game here in KK, after the initial squad died of old age many years ago.

Here's a mug shot of the owner, Oliver:


For the uninitiated, Warhammer 40,000 is a turn-based strategy game where 2 or more armies (represented by using miniatures) try to kill each other, or win a preset objective on the battlefield (usually a large table adorned with specially built terrain and models). For more in-depth explanation, please use a search engine of your choice to dig up the relevant information, thank you.

Here's a bunch of Smurfs, I mean Ultramarines, one of the many companies of Space Marines in this game:


A normal game usually has an army point limit, meaning you can only include units into your army up to a certain limit, for example 2000 points. Each unit or squads is worth a number of points, so if the game is a 2000pt game, then your army can have units that add up to not more than 2000 points.

Last Sunday, a Warhammer 40,000: Apocalypse game was run from 1 p.m. until the cut-off time of 6 p.m. The main difference between an Apocalypse game and a normal game is that the Apocalypse game has no point limit. You can bring your WHOLE collection of Warhammer miniatures and lay them out on the battlefield. This doesn't mean the player who has fewer minis will be at a disadvantage. No, the total points for each army will still need to be known, and the one with less points will be given extra resources to balance out the playing field.

So, the players came out in full force:


and so did their minis:


This bunch of yellow space marines (nicknamed the DiGi Marines) were most unfortunate, because almost everyone was picking on them:


Even papa Nurgle came for a walkabout:


For the report on the battle, please click here.

Here's the first hand account of the battle from the commander of the yellow space marines, koby.

Hope to be seeing ya, heh heh heh heh...

Friday, 12 March 2010

Good staples, bad staples

Have you ever had the opportunity to staple lots of things together? For example assignments, homework, reports, et cetera? How many times did the trusty stapler jam on you while you had to meet that deadline?

One, twice, three time a lady...

Oops, brain malfunction again. Anyway, before you start to curse the stapler for those jammed staples you had to dig out, have you thought about the quality of the staple itself? Not all staples are made equal. I give you exhibit A:



See the staples on the left? Those are staples that came from a not-so-high-quality brand. Yes they are cheap, so now you know WHY they are cheap: it would seem that they did not spend much money on quality control. First of all, the staple magazine (err... I don't now what to call that row of staples) is misaligned. Secondly, the glue that they used to hold that row together is quite weak. so if you knock that magazine hard enough, it will start to crumble and fall apart, sending staples falling to their doom... (and also wasting staples).

The office denizens where I work have had to endure the agony of using those kinds of staples, and I can tell you the lost production caused by jammed staplers is not worth the few Ringgit saved by buying cheap staples. I marked the staples above to make sure I did not accidentally use them.

Here's another look at the staples:



See? They're not even the same height! Another thing that caught my attention was that the packaging for the staples are quite similar, right down to the placement of certain words and colour. Are they trying to confuse the consumers?

So, if you are buying staples, do take a closer look at the staples. Oh ya, the staples on the right are from Max (and no, I am not paid by them to mention their name, move along...).

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

My pics were used in where?

Good day readers.

I was going through my photobucket stats when I saw quite a lot of my pics were being referenced by a website in the Czech Republic (I think, since the Top Level Domain ending was .cz).

So, I hopped over like a rabbit in a waistcoat, lo and behold, my pictures were staring back at me as if they did something wrong...



Google translated page is here.

My first reaction was: OK, maybe someone liked the photos so much they posted some of them. But when I scrolled through the whole post, the person hijacked most of the photos from this post of mine.

I scanned the page a few times, and did not see any link tracking back to my blog post. So I can only assume this was done by a little girl or a pedo who likes to grab photos without authorisation or acknowledgement.

So, does anyone know how to speak Czech?

Update (23/03/2010) : Seems that after one of my cosplayer friends posted a comment on that particular blog post demanding that they get rid of the offending post, the blog owner did comply with the request. So at least I can say the person(s) is gracious enough to do as requested.

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Slowpoke day and retarded drivers

Hai, today I shall rant about slowpoke drivers.

While on my way back to work, I had to end up behind a lorry carrying lots of gas cylinders going towards Lido. I can understand this guy's case, since he's carrying heavy and unstable stuff, and he happens to be on the RIGHT lane going at 40km/h, sure, who wouldn't understand? Not much beef here.

But then, while going home after work, I had to meet 2 (yes, TWO) slowpokes on the road. First there was the slow driver, going between 30-40 km/h on the KK High School road (2 lane road; one coming, one going). OK so that is kinda close to a residential area, but there's no car in front of you for the next 100 metres or so! Can't you at least mozy up to 50 or 60 km/h ?

After exiting that stranglehold road, the driver above moved off to the fast lane on the main road and went on his/her way, I had to be stuck behind another slowpoke, also going 40-50 km/h on the main road. I didn't want to waste fuel trying to overtake the person because my turning was coming up and the returns of investing so much fuel for that short bit of overtaking would not be enough to justify the expenditure, so I just said to myself: "relax and reach home", which I did in one piece, thankfully.

So this brings me to this last dumb@$$ driver which I luckily didn't bump into in KK. I was returning home after doing some errands in town and was turning at a roundabout, when suddenly a red Kenari flashed past in front of me from the road on the LEFT. As you drivers out there should know, in Malaysia (where we drive on the left side of the road), you should always give way to the cars coming from the RIGHT, but this dumb@$$ didn't seem to even slow down when approaching the roundabout. Luckily I was not accelerating any faster or else that driver would have crashed into the left of my car.

Anyway, thank God nobody was hurt today. Just remember readers, be careful when on the road, for you do not know when dumb luck or dumb@$$-ness will strike...

Happy placeholder

Happy new year (Gregorian calendar), Happy Chinese New Year, Happy Lent (which is more about penance, not happiness) and Happy Chap Goh Mei (which just passed on Sunday).

This blog is rusting, just like my brain.

I'm almost done with the HobbyCon 2009 photos, so bear with me a little longer...

I dunno why, but I feel like I'm stuck in a rut. Going back and forth, back and forth but ultimately not moving anywhere at all.

Is it time for a change? But how? Brain transplants haven't been perfected yet, so I can't change that part.

Maybe a change of scenery, or maybe it's just because my body needs endorphins? Who knows unless they analyse my blood and tell me what's missing?

Oh well, time to sleep.

And oh yeah, I think my blood rusts more than my brain, since it has a higher iron content.