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Tuesday, February 22, 2005 0 comments
Mood: Getting sleepy...
Currently listening to: Il Cerchio Rosso - Nicola Conte
Whoa, been a while eh? ;)
Haven't exactly used the computer for some time now thanks to a variety of factors so apologies to those of you who sent me emails - i'll reply once i get this out of the way...
Come to think of it, i haven't been in the mood to blog about anything lately... Mainly because there hasn't been too much that has happened (or has there? Hell, i can't remember). Life is currently lukewarm... which is not really altogether 'normal' i guess, which means that karmaic irony can only be having something devastatingly large in the offing.
But, for what its worth, here's a quick rundown of what i did since i last updated (in no particular order):
- Got invited by Joa to her friend's restaurant/wine bar opening. Its a little place called D'Vine in that shopping complex area at the top of Damansara Heights right next to the Deutches Bierhaus. Twas nice, what with only having to pay RM2 for the wine, with some really cool tables made out of wine caskets. About the only downside was having to listen to Al babbling about the absolute virtues of beer over wine. Barbarian. ;p
- Finally got that whole 'Things to do' plan started last week by going to the IMAX with Al to watch T-Rex. I'm definitely sharing Al's opinion on this one - it really did suck. About 20 seconds of the actual T-Rex (or other dinosaurs for that matter) and about 40 minutes of inane and pointless dialogue by some hallucinating white girl with hardly any use of the promised 3D effects. A real bummer but lets hope item numero duo will perk things up a bit...
- Went for Leonard's (last minute) housewarming over the weekend. Ate a lot of dead cow and pig while gambling with his diabolically lucky cousins and Gib. Nice pad though.
Erm... i know i'm missing a few things... but, yeah, those are the highlights. Oh, my brother flew off to Brisbane yesterday (fare thee well Playstation, i shall miss you) with his girlfriend but i'm getting him to be a guest blogger here so you might just see some posts from him in the near future. Other than that i've just been either bumming around at Al's place (my job ended last Tuesday), hanging with Joa and/or Jules, or just doing... other stuff. Yeah.
Shit. What else did i forget?
Time to refer to Al's blog...
Oh yes! How could i forget! To wit:
To whom it may concern, Pat has coerced me into initiating another Dungeons and Dragons campaign, with myself as the Dungeon Master. All interested parties, please leave a note here or email Pat or whatever. We're using version 3.5, so if you have an AD&D character you want to play, it's your responsibility to convert it. If you are a new player I will explain the basic ins and outs of the game to you but it's your responsibility to obtain your own copy of a Player's Handbook. I have a .pdf version of the PHB you can copy if you are so inclined.
The adventure began in high fantasy but after about 2 minutes the inevitable happened, and it devolved irretrievably into farce. So far everyone in the party (ie. Pat and Paul) is Chaotic Neutral (read: Chaotic Stupid) with tendencies towards Evil.
p/s I'm disallowing the Persistent Spell feat, and all open concept material, from this campaign. Call me a WoTC whore if you want but this makes it easier on me, so blow me.
p/p/s If you are an experienced (or even budding) DM and have designs upon one day leading your own campaign, I have one you can take over. It's almost freshly pressed, there's a few stains where Pat and Paul have left tracks of mud and drool.
Yeah, NOW i remember what i spent Sunday doing... Ok, a few changes have occured since that post:
1. Looks like the p/p/s has come about since yours truly is now the GM despite my having wanted to play (bad Al! Bad!)...
2. We've got two other members in the group - Joa and Sneexe (suckers, hehe) although i would still prefer to have one more member in the party... any takers? Btw, we'll be meeting on Sundays.
3. I'll be extolling the virtues of roleplay over technicalities this time around, in fact the whole thing will be PARTIALLY based on this world so get acquainted with it now if you can... (Eeeee!!! So nerdy!!! *blush*)
Oh yeah, on another note, me and Albert will be going off to Singapore from Thursday till Sunday, mainly so that i can attend Melven's wedding on the 26th. Should be fun, so if anyone is down there during this time please drop me a line either on my mobile or this here blog so that we can meet up! *glances at Huey and Zuyi*
Hopefully i won't be having any misadventures with transexuals or Phillipino singers this time around... ;)
Finally, i'd just like to welcome my ol' buddy and 'spanky bro' (erm... a realisation just dawned on me) Asim to the world of blogging (coerced by Boon i'm guessing). Knowing him, it'll make good reading so be sure to check it out ja?
Hrmm... thats about it i guess... time for some filler.
Full article here.
Behold Hercules the mighty liger — 900 pounds of big cat that's part lion, part tiger and all humongous.
This King Kong of cats is not the work of a mad scientist, but the product of a rarely seen feline love affair that took place in a South Carolina animal preserve.
"We have a big free-roaming area at our preserve," explained Hercules' owner, Dr. Bhagavan Antle, who is showing off Hercules this weekend at a Miami animal park.
"Sometimes lions and tigers are allowed to go out there and, lo and behold, one particular lion fell in love with one particular tiger and we had babies."
Huge but gentle, the 12-foot-long Hercules is tall enough at 3 years old to dunk a basketball as he rises up on his hind legs.
To maintain such bulk, he can devour up to 100 pounds of raw meat in a day. This intake gives him the massive strength of a lion and the 50-mph quickness of a tiger.
And at just 3, he's a baby in liger years.
"He is already as big as his mother and father put together," said Antle, who keeps Hercules at the Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species in Miami.
"And he should keep growing until he is 7."
Hercules isn't the only Liger in the country. He has three brothers from his tiger mom's litter — Vulcan, Zeus and Sinbad.
Ligers — which have a mane like a lion and stripes like a tiger — are the result of a union between a lion dad and a tiger mom. They are unheard of in the wild, but occasionally happen when the two kinds of great cats wind up meeting in captivity. It is a rare occurrence because there seem to be few tigers and lions that hit it off romantically.
"You gotta have mild-mannered lions and tigers," Antle said. "Normally the lion will kill the tigers."
Ligers are always gigantic. Toddler Hercules already outweighs the largest known wild cat, the Siberian tiger, by some 300 pounds.
Whoa! That is one big cat! I mean, take a closer look...
My first immediate thought was that they might be able to make a He-Man movie using this cat with a little green paint... looks like it could carry a full grown man easily enough!
The Coming Wars
Full article here.
George W. Bush’s reelection was not his only victory last fall. The President and his national-security advisers have consolidated control over the military and intelligence communities' strategic analyses and covert operations to a degree unmatched since the rise of the post-Second World War national-security state. Bush has an aggressive and ambitious agenda for using that control—against the mullahs in Iran and against targets in the ongoing war on terrorism—during his second term. The C.I.A. will continue to be downgraded, and the agency will increasingly serve, as one government consultant with close ties to the Pentagon put it, as "facilitators" of policy emanating from President Bush and Vice-President Dick Cheney. This process is well under way.
Despite the deteriorating security situation in Iraq, the Bush Administration has not reconsidered its basic long-range policy goal in the Middle East: the establishment of democracy throughout the region. Bush's reelection is regarded within the Administration as evidence of America's support for his decision to go to war. It has reaffirmed the position of the neoconservatives in the Pentagon's civilian leadership who advocated the invasion, including Paul Wolfowitz, the Deputy Secretary of Defense, and Douglas Feith, the Under-secretary for Policy. According to a former high-level intelligence official, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld met with the Joint Chiefs of Staff shortly after the election and told them, in essence, that the naysayers had been heard and the American people did not accept their message. Rumsfeld added that America was committed to staying in Iraq and that there would be no second-guessing.
"This is a war against terrorism, and Iraq is just one campaign. The Bush Administration is looking at this as a huge war zone," the former high-level intelligence official told me. "Next, we're going to have the Iranian campaign. We've declared war and the bad guys, wherever they are, are the enemy. This is the last hurrah — we've got four years, and want to come out of this saying we won the war on terrorism."...
...The Administration has been conducting secret reconnaissance missions inside Iran at least since last summer. Much of the focus is on the accumulation of intelligence and targeting information on Iranian nuclear, chemical, and missile sites, both declared and suspected. The goal is to identify and isolate three dozen, and perhaps more, such targets that could be destroyed by precision strikes and short-term commando raids...
...reported last month on the existence of a broad counter-terrorism Presidential finding that permitted the Pentagon "to operate unilaterally in a number of countries where there is a perception of a clear and evident terrorist threat. . . . A number of the countries are friendly to the U.S. and are major trading partners. Most have been cooperating in the war on terrorism." The two former officers listed some of the countries—Algeria, Sudan, Yemen, Syria, and Malaysia. (I was subsequently told by the former high-level intelligence official that Tunisia is also on the list.)
Been wanting to post this for some time and its an article defnitely worth reading... Recent history has shown that Seymour Hersh has gotten it right consistently enough and i think we should take some notice of this in reference to this article.
But anyhow, more frequent updates in the near future - i swear it!
Now if you don't mind i have some emails to write, and a fantasy world to build...
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