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Wednesday, June 16, 2004 0 comments
Mood: Tired... and a little sad i suppose
Currenlty listening to: The World I Know - Collective Soul
Really didn't do a hell of a lot today. Went to uni to return some overdue books which i had borrowed as well as checking up on the Monash Distance Education program. Had to ask them if it would be at all possible to do some subjects through the Armenian American University in Yerevan. Not surprisingly they said that they would have to check it out for me and for themselves... ;)
Who knows when i might just up and leave?
Gave Selina a call while i was in the area but no dice - sleeping, and as snug as a bug (in a rug) she was, i suspect. Ah well...
Came back home and debated as to whether i should go to the gym or play tennis because, hell, its been a while and i'm feeling... fat. *urgh* It just inspires more laziness - must drag myself away from the house more often!!!
On a side note i was going through my room(s) the other day and i found no less than 6 throwing knives, a spear, assorted hunting and multi-purpose knives, my old blowpipe (with darts), and some other items scattered throughout the house. Never realised that we had so many (Paul? ;p), but all i'll say is - good luck to the unlucky bastard who tries to rob this house! ;p
Spent the rest of the day, and most of the night, helping Julian out with some Singaporean military exercise which he's supposed to be helping plan - OpFor by the sound of it. Wow, never have i spent a more enjoyable time scurrying hither and tither across the vast realm of the Internet in an attempt to locate various pictures (good ones mind you) of the piece of equipment in question, while at the same time trying to gather a coherent set of statistics about it, AND double-checking to make sure that the indicated country actually used it! Of course it ain't too easy when you get something obscure like 'L37 in UK service' or as generalised as '40mm grenade launcher used by Malaysian Armed Forces' (is that the underslung 40mm launcher on the Steyr or the MILKOR 40mm ATG???). And for some items pics are a seriously hard to find...
Still, i LOVE guns (well maybe not quite as much as my brother) and anything military. Oh yes i do, mmmm... ;p
On the bright side all those links i had stashed away were amazingly useful, particularly the always excellent Federation Of American Scientists (FAS) site its sheer variety of information, and Modern Firearms which is my personal favourite site when it comes to firearms referencing. Ah, i love it when my interests coincide with the need to help a friend! ;)
Even if it is for the Singaporean Armed Forces. Meh... (kidding Jules! ;p)
On the other hand i DID manage to get distracted by a number of sites during my online searching... There was this forum's thread which i stumbled across in which the main protagonists were basically discussing (and comparing) Malaysian and Singaporean issues (military mainly - a tad amateurish but interesting nonetheless). Whats so interesting are the number of times that one tends to detect some tension rising between either camp - which is entirely natural in both forums AND Malaysia-Singapore conversations. I just find it funny that there is always a constant pattern in these forums where a misinterpreted (or indeed, deliberate) remark can suddenly make the whole topic turn personal and both of the main people involved suddenly start hurling all sorts of articles, personal experiences and statistics in order to prove their claims while deriding the other with ripostes of a relatively unimportant, yet hackle-raising, nature (such as spelling mistakes *rolls eyes*). And then they calm down and declare each other gentleman while offering apologies to each other until the whole thing just happens again a few days later...
A study in human nature, or is it just the evil that are anonymous forums? ;)
Hrmm... also stumbled across an article in which the author, aside from giving a chronology on Kosovo, takes an alternative stance on the recent Kosovo conflict in which he alleges (through international news articles) that it was engineered by the US/NATO. Yes, yes, i can't resist reading the occasional conspiracy theory! Interesting take on it nonetheless and, hey, ever since the Iran-Contra scandal (amongst other proven ones) i'll believe that any government out there will stoop to this kind of level.
Of course this set my mind off thinking, which invariably resulted in me trotting off to Bestari's on one of my midnight walks, just pondering the whole question about the media, government, belief, religion (invariably), etc, etc.
It was enjoyable, depressing and damn tiring at the same time. I won't bother to ramble here though - i'm quite sure that you've all had enough of my ramblings... ;)
Anyhow, me sleep now.
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