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You brought much joy to the world, and I am sure your words will continue to do so for future generations to come.

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Work has been busy the for most of the year. I call this event the morale crusher, and most of my colleagues agree.

Anyway, just returned from watching a concert with an actual singer - a first for me (previously was to support friends in their school band/orchestras... that was a little under a decade ago). http://www.sistic.com.sg/events/mizuki0914

It was quite fantastic.
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That was... amazingly comedic.

Romney. Give yourself a pat on the back. You succeeded in debating like a primary school kid while looking smug.
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Upgraded to 100 mbps. It uses the new nation-wide fibre optic network that was set up recently. The technician that came to set up thought I had wireless (the connection point is in the living room, while my computer is in my room).

So he suggested I either go wireless or use a cable. He tested the speed for me using his laptop. Wireless was...10mbps (And it was in the living room. Imagine if I had went with wireless in my own room), while with cable it was 90+ mbps.

Had to buy the cable and set it up myself. Took a while, but...

Glorious, glorious internet speed.
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Certainly does not feel like a friday. Mainly because I  have to work on Saturday and Sunday as well.

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A lot of people, apparently. I pasted blurbs from different fics of mine, and I got a different author almost all the time.

Harry Harrison
Dan Brown (x2)
Margaret Atwood
Douglas Adams
James Joyce (x2)
Johathan Swift
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Well. Kind of.

So with the Fatimid Caliphate finally wiped out. My Crusaders could finally go about securing the borders. Ironically, Cairo and Alexandria were the two most developed cities under my control, even though they make my south-western border. Past that border is... the territory of the Sicilians. They sailed down to grab part of the Moors. Moors on the other hand, are busy expanding up into the Iberian Peninsula. The Portuguese are boxed in, while the Crown of Castile is fighting tooth and nails, but slowly loosing territory to the Moors.

To my west is the Khwarezmian Empire. And boy are they spiraling out of control. Between them and the Cuman Kharnates, the Seljuk Sultanate  is now really, really small. Despite my trading with the Sultanate, they might be looking to come after my northern borders. Adana is not much, but it is close enough to Tortosa (the one in Syria, not Spain) for me to send in reinforcements if hostilities break out. I also control Edessa to my north-east, though due to the unforgiving desert, it is also the only passable route so far for the Khwarezemians. My citizens there must be used to fighting by now, every year or so either the Empire or Kharnate send some generals to try and take it. Again, I have troops going there all the time, to fill in for the casualties suffered.

As a whole though, my muslim neighbours are not very happy with me shifting my capital to Jerusalem. Their first jihad failed, but it cost me a lot of manpower and florins. Thankfully the Pope is aware of my sacrifices in the name of the Church, and my standing with the Papal States is high (Not to mention most of the cardinals now are from my Crusader States as well). It may also have to do with the fact that I managed to secure an alliance with the Papal States from the beginning.

My reputation as it is hovers between 'Very Trustworthy' and 'Immaculate', thanks to my nation being relatively friendly (for its time) and never breaking her word. My other old ally - the Republic of Genoa, is in a bit of a dire strait. It did well against the Holy Roman Empire, but was invaded by the French and the Republic of Venice. Milan has fallen, and a French army is near Genoa itself. My resources had been tied up earlier, but now....

Well, the Venetians will be surprised when they wake up one morning in the near future to find a fleet of ships with crosses disembarking my Crusaders just outside their city walls. I do, after all, take my alliance obligations seriously.

(And all of the above is what is occuring now in the Medieval 2 campaign (with stainless steel mod). I am playing as the Knights Templar. So fun.)
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My second paycheck arrived, so I went and replaced the keyboard, speakers and mouse. My set up now looks like this:

What is not on screen is the subwoofer, which is on a shelf above the monitor. But mmm. I  like the color scheme.
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And my maternal grandfather passed away as well.

Rest in peace.
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'I love the internet.

Someone's worse than you? They're a baddie. Someone's better than you? They have no life.'
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The Mentalist is win. So there. Simon Baker really acts well.

And Bleach. Really. Bleach. What crack are you smoking, Kubo?
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So, I was playing SRW Original Generations, at the desert where Lune and Masaki sortied by themselves for a few turns. They got surrounded, and all the enemy mooks decide to go for Lune. Being in a relatively dodgy mech, and generic enemy pilots, they all had 25% chance to hit her.

4 of them hit her consecutively in a row. She dies. I did a soft reset. 3 out of 4 him her this time, so she survives.

So... 7 out of 8 attempts hit her. A quick calculation puts the odds of that occuring at 0.0045776%

Maybe I should go buy lottery tomorrow. Or I just used up the odds.
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And that is the China Post right there.
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Fried rice!

Eggs, minced meat, some sauce. It was pretty decent. First time too. Perhaps I should cook more.

Inability to obtain a job is proving to be a constant annoyance though.
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Oh boy. A few minutes at the Robotech forums can be really... 'uplifting'. I actually got into Macross due to Robotech: The Macross Saga. First the Robotech novels, then the DVD, and then finally into Macross proper (the series, DYRL etc etc).

So, apparently Rick/Hikaru is the best pilot, because he had the most kills on-screen (never mind that as main character we see him the most?), the hottest streak, and, to quote 'got the hottest girl'. I am not too sure, but many of his supporters sound like... they are projecting themselves on to the main character of the series. An inverse of a self-insert, if you will.

And Rick will win against Miriya/Milia 'hands down', because Max beats her, and Rick is 'definitely' better than Max. What?! Or the even more laughable excuse, Max is better in Veritech, Rick will beat him with an aircraft. Hello. The better pilot is the one who can push his/her machine to better usage. And Max does that, changing flight forms when needed to deadly, deadly efficiency. Even in Robotech it is quite obvious, not to mention in Macross. It reminds me, sadly, of some Naruto fans, where he must be the beeeeeeeest because he is the main character (and that is before the time skip).

And finally, Max is a terrible womaniser, and is even worse, a total lech in M7 because he has the bridge crew going after him and yet does nothing to stop them? Eh. From what I remember, they do not make their fawning obvious in his presence, ~and~ the only time it was obvious is in the short story 'Seven Bridge', and even then they only dare to do it when he was asleep. How do you stop people from going after you if you are not aware of it in the first place?


And in other news, disaster relief crew from all parts of Taiwan are heading to the South, because the south alone cannot handle it. According to my mother, that is a first, and shows how bad it supposedly is. Well. I know it is. Hopefully there are good news later.
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... by Terry Pratchett. Which promises to be hilarious. I will just type out the summary/sypnosis/whatever you call it.

He's been a legend in his own lifetime.

He can remember the great days of high adventure.

He can remember when a hero didn't have to worry about fences and lawyers and civilsation.

He can remember when people didn't tell you off for killing dragons.

But he can't always remember, these days, where he put his teeth...

He's really not happy about that bit.

So now, with his ancient sword and his new walking stick and his old friends - and they're very old friends - Cohen the Barbarian is going on one final quest. It's been a good life. He's going to climb the highest mountain in the Discworld and meet his gods. He doesn't like the way they let men grow old and die.

It's time, in fact, to give something back.

The last hero in the world is going to return what the first hero stole. With a vengeance. That'll mean the end of the world, if no one stops him in time.

Someone is going to try. So who knows who the last hero really is?

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Boring ceremony, more or less, but I could not stop grinning like a maniac throughout.


Allen and I.

Mother and I.



And the above two are after the commencement itself.

edited: Because Kors is an idiot and had the same final three pictures.

More PS2

Jun. 1st, 2009 01:49 am
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So, updates on several games I have tried out.

Ace Combat 5
I have stopped playing AC4 in favor of 5, simply because I enjoy 5 a lot more. The cutscenes in between missions pertain directly to your squadmates, and you have proper named squadmates. I know some AC fans prefer the feel of a 'super' solo pilot, but I favor AC5 precisely because you are the Wings of Razgriz. A group of pilots. The dialogue and chatter during missions is what makes AC so fun, methinks. Ubisoft recently made Tom Clancy's HAWX, which is clearly inspired by Ace Combat, but I think it is a case of the teacher being better.

Let me see... A nice variety of missions so far, a memorable one was a routine patrol mission turns escort when you have to guide a 'Mother Goose One' through friendly anti-air radar because it was carrying an important cargo president for a secret mission, and hence was not transmitting any IFF codes. And then protect it from enemy fighters. And then blow up wind mills on the ground so that it can go in for an emergency landing. Ho ho.

Final Fantasy XII
Vaan, Balthier and Fran got thrown into the Fortress dungeons, and the Judges are win because of their armor. Vaan grates on my nerve for some reason though. Otherwise I like this game so far. The combat system is much more... reactive than previous titles in the series.

Super Robot Wars Alpha 3
Found a translated walkthrough for all 4 characters. In chinese. Ha ha ha. Looking forward to finally understanding the plot.
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Congratulations on your graduation! We will be printing your degree scroll soon.
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Seriously, the Sith code is praise worthy, while the Jedi code is bad.

Sith are good and Jedi are bad?

And you are actually serious?

What crack are you smoking?
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