Sunday, July 27, 2008

Wii Day

Ok, yet another late post. Haha.. I should learn to keep my timings.. so anyway, had a ‘Wii day’ last Saturday.. have to admit, I’m quite tempted to get me one of those things. Heh.. the Wii sorta redefines how games are played.. it redefines User-Interaction. =)

meet the Boxers.. and don’t think it looks easy.. my arms ached from the boxing game for 2 days after.. talk about a good workout.. =P

meet the Stoners.. this is what basically happens after the boxing match. You nua.. Heh..

meet the Eye Candies.. =)

Left: that’s how you stabilize ur Wii controller when you play House of the Dead.. =P
Right: from Hi-tech games to Lo-tech games.. took FOREVER to complete that one darn round of Uno. Haha..

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Banana Muffins = Buffins!

ok, slightly back-dated post here but anyhow..
Had more 'buffins'.. this time I remembered to take pictures! Gotta love them banana muffins..

mixing the batter with carissa.. =)

before and after pictures of the mini banana muffins.. ok, so they're really more like cupcakes..

Friday, July 25, 2008

Linux Update with Compiz

Here’s another Linux update, managed to get Compiz to work on my notebook. So now I have some cool 3D desktop graphics.. the kinda stuff you’ll prob find on a Mac or Vista, but the catch is, it doesn’t put a strain. Both on your pocket (linux is free!) and on ur resources.. I’m running a CoreDuo 1.6 with 1Gb ram.. and I have no difficulty using all the 3D stuff, but if I were to attempt to install Vista with my current notebook, I’d prob just die or something.. vista’s a resource hogger.. we all know that.Above: That’s the Desktop Cube thing.. you get 4 different desktops that you can switch around..
Below: That’s what happens when you do the Alt-Tab thing.. you scroll through the different videos.. waaaay cool. And it’s all real time, so if a video’s playing, you’ll still see it playing while you scroll around..

Checkout this YouTube video and see all that Compiz can do.. and hop on the Linux BandWagon.. =)

Monday, July 21, 2008

Random Night

I stared.. I saw.. I liked.. I captured.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

My New Bottle II

Ok, so it isn’t exactly new anymore.. it’s actually coming to a year-and-a-half old. This post will adequately let you know what I did with a bottle that I got from one of those goody bag things in school last time.. personalized it and it has served me well.. =)

So as of late, it’s been peeling.. no, not that black star that I’ve painted on, but rather the yellow parts of the bottle.. didn’t get to take a picture of it though. Jumped right into trying to fix it.. so well, after loads of procrastination and yellow paint flakes all over my bag, I finally got down to sorting out my bottle..

Left: Halfway thru the process of scraping the paint away..
Right: All done.. nice and clean..

Not much materials needed this time I guess.. you prob just need sandpaper and LOADS of patience.. oh, arm/finger-power helps too.. heh. Now all I need is just to find a new design to cover over my bottle, suggestions? for now it’ll prob stay naked. =P

Friday, July 11, 2008

Call of Duty 4 - Multiplayer Bots

This would pretty much be a follow up from the previous post. Right, so I’ve recently been into the whole COD4 thing once again, and since that day, I’ve been wanting to play the multiplayer mode. Not just the Single Player missions.. but the multiplayer rounds. =)

This would be possible, like in CounterStrike, with the use of bots. And I’m proud to say, I’ve found them! *everyone goes YAY* Took quite a while to dig, and even more time to troubleshoot.. but it was perhaps worth it.. so here’s how and what to do to get them running..

Firstly, you ought to patch the current version to 1.6. I’m not exactly sure what’ll happen if you use anything above 1.6 (does it even exist?), but anything below 1.6 and the ranks won’t really work. In other words, in the game, you’ll earn points and might even be promoted, but these promotions won’t stay, instead, the next round/map you play.. you’re back to square one; trying to get a rank of ‘Private’. Needless to say, the Perks and Weapon upgrades won’t work either, so please.. do patch to version 1.6. The patch file for 1.6 is quite big, approx 280mb, so I’m not gonna even try to host it, instead here’s the link to get it from elsewhere in cyberspace. And since it’s so big, you might wanna try this nifty little program to help you expand ur download bandwidth.. =)

Next, you’ll need the bots themselves.. this one is just a small zip file with a pretty much self-explanatory readme file.. You can get PeZBOTS (that’s their name by the way) here.

With that you ought to be able to blast ur way thru the multiplayer maps with the bots, and unlock the perks and weapons gradually.. have fun!

..For the few disorientated folks who did not purchase Call of Duty 4 but have somehow managed to own a copy of it *cough*, after patching it to version 1.6, you might have some difficulty starting the Single Player mode (something about ‘inserting the correct DVD’).. this file might help. If you don’t know what I’m referring to, then just ignore this. =)

========= UPDATE 09 Feb 2010 =========

I just realised that my file hosting stuff is gone.. somehow the links are dead and I can't even login to the portal.. bookmark this page and check back again in a week.. I'll dig up the files and re-host them somewhere else.. =) cheers!

Personalized Flash Drives

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

SINGfest '08

18 bands, 2 whole days.. 20 hours of LIVE music.. all happening at Fort Canning Green on 2-3 Aug. Featuring bands like Simple Plan, Lost Prophets, Travis, Melee, Jamie Scott, Jason Mraz, Rick Astley, One Republic, Stacie Orrico, Alicia Keys and many more..

I so wanna go for it, especially for Sunday’s line-up. The only downside to it (as always), is the cost. $150 for Saturday’s slot and $200 for Sunday’s slot. $300 for the weekend pass.. *faint* It’s so ex la! Even for 10 hours of live music, featuring so many darn good bands/musicians.. it’s still quite pricey. And it doesn’t help that school starts the very next day.. urgh. I think the last time I was at a gig at Fort Canning Green must have been in ’98 watching All Star United’s gig.. goodness.. that’s 10 years ago! Hmm.. maybe I should go back.. make it a decade affair.. haha.

So the invitation’s open.. if anyone feels particularly generous and would like to sponsor me, do drop me a msg.. =)

Met alvin and siwei (and some of his friends) yesterday and we re-lived the old days at a LAN shop. I just realized, it must be years since I last stepped into a LAN shop and had that much fun. I almost forgot how it felt.. haha.. the crazy days where we’d sit at paradiz with a cup of bubble tea.. HA!

I’ve tried Call Of Duty 4 for some time now, and I have to say it’s really good. It puts the action and suspense into the game and they’ve managed to capture the essence of it all really well. Camouflage is REALLY camouflage.. Taking Cover is REALLY Taking Cover.. for those who’ve yet to try it, I’d really recommend it.. it probably redefines the whole gaming industry.. in terms of gameplay and graphics.. awesome stuff.. and the multiplayer mode is really excellent too.. nothing comes close.. =)

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Eye Candy

Got bored.. It’s 3 weeks to the exams (not that it really bothers me cos I S/U-ed the module, although I really think it should) and it’s 5 to school reopening. Time’s zipped by faster than I had and can imagine.. been looking through my blog and figured that the last few posts weren’t very visually appealing as compared to those I made earlier on. Gone are the pictures whether it be wacky clicks of the camera on impulse or attempts to be arty-farty with it.. so in a bid to rekindle the old spirit, I thought I’d try being trigger-happy again. =)

taken off the PODxt Live effects casing that YewTee ‘loaned’ to me.. come to think of it, it’s been sitting idle for a while.. haven’t exactly woken up the RockStar in me.. *does a Rock-On hand gesture*

after the rather successful attempt at recording stuff down during IA on my humble grey notebook, I found it much easier to work with plain notebooks, rather than ruled ones.. somehow I feel less restricted without the horizontal lines.. free to doodle, free to write HUGE equations, free to squeeze a whole page of source codes at font-size 5 handwriting.. so I got me one for my FYP, where all the junk’ll go.. the typical Wu Ling Mi Ji sorta stuff..

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Best Combat Unit

Yup.. We’ve done it again.. and for the 22nd time. Hope the new intakes and batches continue to uphold the tradition.. =)

Chanced upon a few articles and thought they were quite apt and befitting for this post.. Well, I was surfing the net some time ago and came across this ‘account’ of one of the troopers.. I think he wrote it some time in 2004.. accounted for his airborne experience.. as I read the article, it totally reminded me of days gone by.. somehow, he managed to capture the very essence of how I/we all felt.. as the tension built up towards our very first jump.. the more I read it, the more nostalgic it got, a nice walk down memory lane.. the countless times when we’d make fruitless trips to the airbase, all geared up and dying from the anticipation.. only to return back to camp empty-handed cos the ‘weather got bad’.. really cute article.. so thought I’d share it..

From, authored by ‘Lance’:

Stand Up, Hook Up, Shuffle to the Door!

finally jumped yesterday! the past two tasks had been cancelled because the rsaf's pilots are humji ( too much wind! too much rain! i just painted my nails! )

i was in the second sortie and as we waddled out to the plane - the 'chute's harness straps are awfully tight around the crotch - we passed some of the first sortie's jumpers on their way back to the admin area and they were looking pretty chuffed. everyone was in good spirits - finally we're jumping! - and my main concern at the point was to make the jump before the wind picked up and get this bloody 'chute off my back - the damn capewells are breaking my shoulders!

everyone cheers as the plane takes off - then the jump door opens - the wind rushes in - awfully strong and frighteningly loud - we're going to jump out into that? and suddenly silence as everyone looks at each other with "oh shit!" expressions.

but it doesn't take long before the enthusiasm returns - we've done the tower jump and everyone says that's more scary than the real thing, don't they? just the same there isn't quite so much chatter - the roar of the wind doesn't help - any more as people start to worry. jumping out into thin air when all your instincts for self-preservation are screaming no? uh-oh.

then the command from the jumpmaster comes - "sortie! prepare for action!" - this is it - and we fumble for our static lines - we've done this a thousand times before on the ground but suddenly i can't for the life of me remember which hand i should be holding the line in.

i'm in the 4th pass and we watch the first 3 passes go out - the jumpmasters push them out, no pause, straight after each other - and i remember thinking, "so much for a positive punch out" because there just isn't time for you to shuffle into position at the door and take the leap before the jumpmasters frantically shove you out. the wind slaps and sucks each jumper backwards, almost horizontally, so strong is the slipstream, as he topples out.

then suddenly its our turn next - it sure as hell didn't seem so fast when we were on the ground watching the first sortie!

"stand up!" - legs a little wobbly as we adopt good-shuffle-step position, chest firmly against the 'chute of the jumper in front.

"hook up!" - fingers have turned to wood and i desperately fumble with the safety pin - damnit, why won't the bloody thing go in?

"check static line!" - yank yank - these are the things which are going to open our 'chutes - they had better work!

"check equipment!" - what the hell is this thing called again? everyone touches each bit of gear in sequence but nobody is calling out the parts as we're supposed to - my mouth is dry and damn i should have gone to pee just now!

"sound off for equipment check!" - the count goes down the line: "6 ok! 5 ok!...1 ok, stick ok!" and i mumble my "3 ok!" while trying my best to ignore my brain screaming "no, goddamnit, not ok!"

then soon we're good to go, just waiting for the green light - i see hdb flats, a bus terminal, the tpe through the port jump door - i'm on the starboard - as the plane banks. the green light comes on - the port side jumpers go, right-left right-left right-left, one by one they shuffle inexorably forward, and soon they're done - this is it - starboard side, my side - the doc goes out, then its alex and oh shit my turn right-toss static line to the side-left then i'm at the door, left foot in front on the sill of the door, right foot behind - then the shout "go!" - the jumpmaster must've pushed me out - i don't feel a thing - and i'm out.

i remember to tuck my chin in - the instructors've regaled us with plenty of horror stories of what happens to jumpers who forget to tuck their chins in, or keep their feet locked tight on landing - whatever it is, they've got a horror story about it. the damn helmet slips down and knocks my goggles down and i automatically reach up to adjust them - so much for hands by the side protecting my reserve. then the sensation of being pulled upwards as my canopy deploys at the end of the static line and for a moment i'm a little stunned. then after a second or two my brain starts working again and i distinctly remember thinking, "right, now i'm supposed to look around" and i do - i'm alone in the sky - no other jumpers anywhere near - total silence and a feeling of total...solitude, for lack of a better word. like you're the only person in the world.

"an amazing sensation. perfect stillness, perfect silence. a fantastic and absolutely magnificent feeling. right out of this world."

then i look to the ground and shit, the wind is blowing me towards the runway - a tarmac landing is bad news and i reach up for the toggles and pull. the instructor on the ground with a loudhailer is yelling "jumper over the runway! pull your right toggle! pull the right!" - that must be me - so i pull my right and the 'chute turns. i later find out he wasn't addressing me - it was chew, behind me, but what the hell, just as long as i land on the grass.

then i'm in position in the middle of the grass - face the wind - the ground is suddenly approaching awfully fast - head down, legs locked tight, toes pointed up, knees slightly bent, elbows in - this is ankle breaking time! hold it there wait for the crunch - and with a sack of potatoes crash i hit the deck and fall backwards in a butt-landing - so much for pushturnrollover like we've practiced millions of times. for a second or two i lie there wondering if i'm ok - the canopy floats down on top of me - i am and i'm feeling great!

..I couldn’t have written it better myself.. *smile*

Here’s the second article that brought a BIG BIG BIG smile onto my face early in the morning as I prepared to go for class yesterday.. taken from this Straits Times website.

Red Berets win Best Combat Unit once more
1st Commando Battalion clinches award for 22nd time
By Jermyn Chow

THE afternoon calm of the jungle was shattered as some 12 commandos moved in to wrest control of the enemy's fortified territory.

Within five minutes, the men from the 1st Commando Battalion overran the enemy, pummelling them with heavy machine-gun fire.

This may have just been a test scenario, but the commandos have proved yet again why they are the elite fighting unit in the military. The 1st Commandos Battalion was crowned the Singapore Armed Forces' Best Combat Unit for the fifth consecutive year.

The commandos, who don the distinctive red berets, outjumped, outscored and outperformed other army units to win the trophy - for a record 22nd time since the award started in 1969.

But defending the coveted title is not the be-all and end-all for his men, said the battalion's commanding officer, Major Edwin Goh.

'We don't wake up every morning thinking of how to win best combat unit. Instead, we think of how to outpace we can do better at every mission and do it safely,' said the 34-year-old, who has won eight Best Combat Unit titles since joining the commandos in 1994.

The annual assessment grades units on their combat proficiency, physical fitness, marksmanship, training safety, security and logistic readiness.

But the format has evolved to become more realistic. For instance, a 'reaction shoot' assessment was included last year to test how nimble the men are when facing moving targets.

So the Red Berets cannot just mug model exam questions like a '10-year-series' to snag top honours.

Major Goh said: 'We ensure we think out of the box and we come up with new ideas to do things...that's a core value of the commandos.'

Often described as the 'silent warriors', they are trained to operate behind enemy lines.

Their skills include parachuting, demolition and jungle survival.

The battalion, based in Hendon Camp in Changi, is made up mainly of full-time national servicemen.

Besides the fighting spirit, key to the commandos' success is also the strong bond forged among the men.

'It's the very special bond that we share, the esprit de corp among everyone to meet higher expectations,' said Corporal Joshua William, who will complete his tour of duty in November.

As Major Goh puts it, such a spirit shines through most during tough training: 'It is when you know that when you fall, you are sure there would be someone behind you to hold on to you.'

--Picture inset courtesy of ST Photo: Desmond Lim