Happy New Year
Monday, December 31, 2007 | Author: Dav

Well its one more year, another full year of stuff and memories to be put aside into the attic so that space can be made for 2008.

I'd like to wish everyone a happy and safe new year!

Dav out
Flash Game!
Monday, December 31, 2007 | Author: Dav

This game comes strongly recommended by me!

Dav out
Wednesday, December 26, 2007 | Author: Dav

Just thought I'd provide a quick SITREP on whats going on at the moment. Being killed by the new house, furniture, and electrical appliances. Oh and the costs.

So I'm going to be uber busy the next few weeks till early January 2008.

Dav out
Microsoft gets to Santa
Wednesday, December 12, 2007 | Author: Dav

As I was reading my normal set of bookmarks, I came across something very intresting on the Register's website here. The title of the newspost is Microsoft's sex-obsessed RoboSanta spouts filth at children. Now if that doesn't catch your attention, I don't know what will!
Child's Play 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007 | Author: Dav

The amazing guys at Penny Arcade are at it again with Child's Play 2007. Its a year long event, cumulating around Christmas. If you're not sure what it is, go ahead, click the pretty banner and have a look.

Dav out
Monday, November 26, 2007 | Author: Dav
He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.

Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil, Aphorism 146
Transformers: The Game (PC)
Tuesday, November 20, 2007 | Author: Dav

I've sneaked a copy of The Transformers The Game (PC) and I've also seen the exact game on the PS2 from a cousin in law. I don't understand why game developers make one version of the game, mainly for a console, then port it over to the PC with a huge "PC" logo on it, but in the end its only a port. There doesn't seem to be any new features and functions (LOOK! I HAVE A MOUSE! USE IT!) and the game start splash screens can not be skipped, which sucks.

Also a pain is the very PS2-ish menu. I was half expecting to see the save game message from the PS 2 when you choose the save game profile number. Abit something like this:

"Do not remove memory card while game-save is ongoing! This can render you impotent!"

All in all the game is ok, a 6 out of 10 in my book.

Dav out.
Movie: Beowulf
Tuesday, November 20, 2007 | Author: Dav

Well over the weekend I caught the movie Beowulf and I must say that there are a few things that hit me when I watched it.

The first thing that came to my mind was the sweet animation work done. Other people would go 'eh, cartoons' but I went 'oooohhh wonder how much processing power went into that!'

Secondly, I must say that the detail to the actors (motion capture as well) was amazing. Really good work done on the face and hair animations.

The movie was ok. Anyone who has some general idea on the original epic poem will have an idea of how the movie would go, its already done, fight mead hall monster, fight monster's mom, then fight dragon.

I loved the dragon. It was awesome. Dragon. Sweet. Yay dragon. If you can, just watch the movie for the dragon. Its a gold dragon!
Thats all for now.

Dav out
Friday, October 19, 2007 | Author: Dav

Had a pretty blah morning today. The car was stuck in mud, a first for me. Reversing and driving forward just got me stuck even more, and when I got out I noticed that I had dug a gash in the ground and grass about the length of the car.

After 15 minutes I figured I should just reverse the car (there was a big thorn plant behind me!) and I managed to get on the road.

Half way to work, I noticed a scraping sound much like sandpaper on metal coming from the back left wheel. Since I was in the area, I dropped off at the service center, where they went on to remove the wheel, dust and sand the inner brake and put the wheel on again. There wasn't anything wrong with the disc or the brake pad so they didnt change that. All was well!

Got to work, found a mountain of work :(

Dav out
To Space, and beyond!
Wednesday, October 10, 2007 | Author: Dav

Well we launch our man into space sometime today (10/10/2007) and I'd just like to wish the team going up good luck. I hear the norm is to stop half way with the bus that takes them to the launch pad and pee on the tires. Awesome!

Dav out
Support Issues
Thursday, October 04, 2007 | Author: Dav

This post should really be in the Dregs of IT, but hey, I'll just post it in here for everyone. This really happens by the way, trust me.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007 | Author: Dav

Well it looks like Halo 3 is doing insanely well on the games front, drawing huge amounts of profit in the first day itself. I cant say that I don't WANT to play it, its just that I don't have the consol to play it on.

Maybe some time in the future. Xbox 720 maybe?

Dav out
Halo 3
Wednesday, September 26, 2007 | Author: Dav

I cant help but get on the Halo 3 bandwagon. I don't own a consol, but its a great game nevertheless.

On a side note, the XP version of Halo 2 might be found here:

Maybe. I don't know.

Dav out
Birthday wishes
Thursday, September 20, 2007 | Author: Dav

I'd just like to extend a very happy birthday wish over to a friend of mine, Mr. Sukovich. He's 28 today. At least thats what he says, you can never trust someone in Sandistan!

Dav out
W.T.H x 2. RIP Robert Jordan
Tuesday, September 18, 2007 | Author: Dav

I read A LOT. And early on I got hooked on a series called Wheel Of Time.
The author, Robert Jordan, has now passed away.

I'm sad but at the same time annoyed that the series may not be finished. He knew about his condition a while back, but even then the books that he kept writing seemed to go into sub-plot after sub-plot. Sad.

Dav out
Monday, September 17, 2007 | Author: Dav

I get the morning paper, and what do I see splashed on the front page?
"Scores killed in Thai plane crash"

What freaks me out even more is that I was there a couple of months ago, and this really makes me worried when think of traveling with budget airlines.

Dav out
RIP Colin McRae
Monday, September 17, 2007 | Author: Dav

Being out of the loop for a bit (IE: not having time for the PC) I was unaware that an amazing driver has now passed on.

As I was driving to work today the news came on the radio saying that McRae and his son were confirmed dead in a helicopter crash.
I confess to not being a huge rally fan, but he's been around for a bit and I did enjoy the Sega game that came out with his endorsement (if I'm not mistaken) and Ford had a good go as well.

So, RIP.

Dav out
Monday, August 20, 2007 | Author: Dav

Well I was minding my own business today packing stuff and moving them about in my car porch and suddenly this lady walks up with a guy and starts talking to me.

Like talking to me. As if we went to the same school (not possible, since she was a little more my mom's age) and I was like wtf? what is this? After talking to me for about 1 minute on their aim to bring some good back to the neighbourhood, I was convinced that they were some friendly neighbour that I've never seen around before (stranger things have happened!) but then the guy swings out this doctor's bag and slips out some pamphlets. The hammer drops. She goes,"We are also known as Jehovah Witnesses. I dont know if you've heard of us?"

Right about now, alarm bells started going off in my head. Not klaxon's. Oh no. I reserve the klaxons for when someone tells me they're with the Church of Scientology.

So I do what everyone in my position does, I tell both of them politely, "Uhm I'm pretty tied up right now...."

Does this put them off? Heck no!
She goes right through, and the guy waves more pamphlets, "Can I speak to someone else in the house then?"

Another point in time where I go WTF?

I tell them no one's home, and I need to go pick up some dry cleaning.
She SAYS "Oh I'm sure there's someone else at home we can speak to, we need to spread the word and do good!" Now, I dont know about you guys out there, but when I tell someone that there's no one at home, then they should just get the message or trust me, plain and simple. By now I've had enough and I tell her thank you and walk into the house and close the door, leaving the both of them standing there. I peek out of the window and I see another 4 people come up to the first two at my door and talk to them, each of their partners carrying a similar bag!

OH NO a group of Jehovah Witnesses at my door! A bunch! A squad! A phalanx! I dont know what the official plural form for them, I'm busy freaking out. What if they scale the gate?

After a while they leave. I like religion. I LIKE MY religion. I felt pretty disturbed after that.

What do YOU guys do when they come up to you and dont leave you alone?

Dav out
Amazing instructions from Basic Instructions
Friday, August 10, 2007 | Author: Dav

From time to time, I tend to come across a webcomic or two thats worthy of a Blog post. Today is one of those times where I've had a chance to read over an amazing webcomic called 'Basic Instructions'.

As the title says, the comic is about Basic Instructions given to the man on the street on how to accomplish tasks.

Read and enjoy!

Dav out
Ikea goodness
Monday, August 06, 2007 | Author: Dav

I visited Ikea over the weekend, and I must say, its an amazing concept. The Ikea here is the largest concept store here in South East Asia, and its great to be able to see how items go together as a whole in a specific room.

Just to keep Hurk and Gibzon happy, I bought a bottle of Elderberry Juice and some Lingonberry jam. Both good. I cant quite describe the juice or the jam, its just one of those things you'll have to taste to figure out.

Dav out
Most amazing app for the N70, eva!
Tuesday, July 31, 2007 | Author: Dav

I've just come across an application for my Nokia N70 that's not only super helpful but also.... FREE!

Yeah, free. Its a clock screensaver but with large fonts. Users of the N70 might know what I'm talking about when I say the clock screensaver on the N70 (default) is not very easy to read as the font size is like 5 or something

Large Time Screensaver 1.02

Dav out
Autobots, roll out and for god's sake get more lines
Monday, July 30, 2007 | Author: Dav

In order to not offend anyone, I'll put up a SPOILER warning here. Don't read any further if you've not watched the movie

Now don't get me wrong, the movie was amazing. But amazing because like, say you're stuck in a dry desert and any brackish water would be awesome. That kind of amazing. Only... uh, less dramatic. It was fun!

My main gripe was, dude its an awesome movie, awesome material (the transformers!) and we've got awesome tech to make them come real on the silver screen.


So before I rant at random items, I'll make a list:

1. Not enough transformers
2. Not enough lines for the transformers
3. Not well designed robot mode transformers (except Prime)
4. Poor character development (for the transformers)
5. Not well paced action sequences
6. Easy way the transformers died (ok ok maybe this isn't too big an issue)

1. Well as you know by now, there just isn't enough Transformers in the movie. I mean, its called the Transformers Movie but we're stuck with like roughly 10 transformers (5 on each side). Come ON. Give us MORE.

2. You'll have to wait SO LONG for any of the transformers to speak, and even then, there are so few lines in between. I wanted a long speech on honor and stuff from Prime (like he's known to do) but NOOOOOO you just get "hurry up!" and stuff. Poop.

3. Have you sat down and really looked at the other transformers in robot mode? Like, really looked at them? No? Yes? What robots? Well the only robot (IMO) that's really done well is Prime. Look at Ironhide or Ratchet. Just a bundle of tubes and cables glued together to look like a humanoid robot. Shameful.

4. We just crashed here and we've already downloaded the internet and have developed characters like an urban street talking race car and a trucker. PLEASE. GOD. HELP. ME.

5. Some bits of the movie was slow. Then CRASH BOOM BANG movie gets so 'busy' you don't even know where to look. Well, that bit is Bay at 101% I guess.

6. So we get just a few minutes of the Transformers and then BANG in a short fight some of them are dead. Wow. If I was a 20 foot tall robot I'd want to last a lot longer you know? Thats just me of course.

I enjoyed it (this is for the fanboys out there - heck I'm one of them) but come on give us MORE.

Don't get me started on the wrong name issue between Devastator / Brawl. Someone should read up or get their facts straight.

Dav, transform and roll out
Slow! Kids at play
Monday, June 25, 2007 | Author: Dav

Well, Stronghold Crusader really is taking up alot of my time, but its all good. Idle hands are the devil's playthings I always say!

Will be posting more pics up on the Photo Blog so look out for that.

I'm just getting more info on this whole "Akon throws kid off stage" and its awesome. How stupid can people get? That goes out to Akon. Yeah sure the kid's stupid too, but hey, he's a kid. I thought someone with a long name like Akon's (Aliaune Damala Bouga Time Puru Nacka Lu Lu Lu Badara Akon Thiam) would be smarter. Looks like I was wrong.

Dav out
Friday, June 08, 2007 | Author: Dav

Well I finally got a copy of Stronghold : Crusader, and I must say the game is a BLAST. I loved Stronghold 1, but my copy of Stronghold 2 was a bit buggy (I still cant find a fix to the mini map coming out all garbled) and that kind of put me off the Stronghold games for a bit. But building amazing castles, getting engineers and catapults to knock walls down and lob dying cows into the enemy castle, wow. Like, just wow!

Stronghold Crusader can be found here.

Dav out
Client banter
Thursday, June 07, 2007 | Author: Dav

Client: i want this and that
Me: say what?
Client: i want A and B!
Me: hrmmmmm pie

Dav out
Best line ever
Friday, June 01, 2007 | Author: Dav
#1 pickup line of all time: "Hey, does this rag smell like chloroform to you?
Tuesday, May 22, 2007 | Author: Dav

Well since I brought home the new PC, lets just say there's been a slowdown on really good games I've played since. I have Dungeon Siege 2 back up and running, but its such a huge chore to re-play the game to the level I was at before the PC crashed. Lets just say I'm a bit lazy with that.

I've also got my hands on a live key for Dungeon Runners, a neat MMORPG but like all online games, I feel i dont have the time to sit down and really invest in my character.

So I've gone back to Half Life 2 (HL2). I've forgotten how good HL2 looked. Like, really. Good. I was playing FEAR and thats not too bad, but HL2 with its beach and coast views and city fighting, wow. Just wow.

Thats where most of my post-work time is going to by the way.

Dav out
Graphics wow
Friday, May 11, 2007 | Author: Dav

Calle showed me this link, and wow, this is amazing stuff.
Hard to believe its done on a PC and not a real picture.

Dav out
Blog addition
Thursday, May 03, 2007 | Author: Dav
I've gone and put in a little bit of a weather widget to the blog, on the right. Its not as exact as I'd like it (most of the time its hotter here) but it gives you an idea of the general weather over here.

Dav out
Thursday, May 03, 2007 | Author: Dav

Well its been slow over here. Really slow. I'm not sure if its one part work, one part the weather and one part my busy life bending space and time thus making it slow, but I'm sure its something like that.

I can go on and on.

I did get my bluetooth working again (but its stuck on a 5MB data transfer, nfi why) and you can view the pics here -> N70dav Photo Blog

So my days are now spent:
1. Doing chores.
2. Worrying about work.
3. Chasing the lawyer and bank.
4. Doing more chores.
5. Worrying about work.

Thats pretty much it.

Dav out
The things we say
Wednesday, March 28, 2007 | Author: Dav

Its funny how somethings we say come out sounding so bad when it sounded so good in our heads.

"If the software could do that and make coffee or tea, and ask you how you wanted your eggs, I would have married that instead"

that would get me in a heap of trouble.

Dav out
Comic funnies
Friday, March 23, 2007 | Author: Dav

Got some funny stuff in the mail today, thought I'd share it out.

Dav out
Another story, kthx
Thursday, March 22, 2007 | Author: Dav

Thought I'd post something again, just because the juices are starting to flow

Dav out

Story, shortness
Friday, March 16, 2007 | Author: Dav

I've caved in to Asiqz and posted. It sucks but eh oh well

Dav out

Monday, March 12, 2007 | Author: Dav

Last night showed me winning on Magic the Gathering, but it felt like a huge win for me. Somehow, I managed to get a lure on a thicket basilisks and then also enabled 'Living Lands' (my opponent was also 100% green). So when I used the thicket basilisks with the lure, it drew in all (and I mean ALL) of his cards (even the lands) against the basilisks. I lost the basilisks, but all his cards were destroyed because of the stoning effect.

Awesome move.

Dav out
Spur of the moment
Tuesday, March 06, 2007 | Author: Dav

As mentioned in earlier posts, I'm trying to push myself back into writing (random stuff) because I've started to grow super lazy. Now, in order to not bore the 4 people or so that frequently read my blog, I will have a short post with the Label 'Story' and then paste the actual short story in the comment field. This way, the main post will not end up looking like I had just copied it from the New York Times or something. It also serves to piss people off, because they would have to click the comments link to read. Extra mile, thats what I say!

These story posts will also be followed by the below image:

Dav out

PS: Just FYI, the image was made in Microsoft Visio, and it has an option to save as a GIF which is neat.
Blog template
Sunday, March 04, 2007 | Author: Dav

Over the years I've gone and added some bits and pieces to the blog and now its hard to just select a different blog template, so what I've gone and done is amend the title banner but I cant find a good colour for the title now.

Dav out
Speed of life
Sunday, March 04, 2007 | Author: Dav

Lately it feels like the days are going by at the speed of life. You heard me right, the speed of life. Its variable, and sometimes a whole lot faster then the speed of light, but at times its slower then a snail on a bed of salt (go figure).
I guess its all relative, and most of the time (for me at least) its relative to the amount of work I have and how much time I get to spend doing the things I love.

Money tends to get in the way of what I want to do though, but thats a whole different issue I guess. I'm aiming at working on my writing, model making, and gaming (with a new PC, which I'll pay with my left kidney, looking at the prices of processors these days!)

So yeah. Speed of life guys.

Dav out
Help me help you
Sunday, March 04, 2007 | Author: Dav

I think I need to help infect some brains as mine has. Throughout the week, I've found myself humming this song over and over again, its catchy and its got a great beat (youtube link, opens in a new window).

Oh dear god, I think I'm turning into Hurk.

Dav out
G.I. Joe
Thursday, March 01, 2007 | Author: Dav

G.I. Joe, enough said.

Dav out
Wednesday, February 28, 2007 | Author: Dav

Well I'm not one to be speaking about ethics (I've got the ethical equivalent of a sea cucumber) but things like this tend to freak me out. Seems a bit wrong, and the only reason we're getting away with it is because the birds cant fend for them selfs.

Dav out
Water lilly
Wednesday, February 21, 2007 | Author: Dav

Well I picked up a water lily plant for the house (no, haven't gotten the papers yet!). You can see them here:
Water Lily

Dav out
Monday, February 12, 2007 | Author: Dav

Well since the office laptop is always with me (now that I don't really have a pc) I tried to reset the router modem (given to me by the ISP) so I wouldn't need to keep changing ip addresses (the home network and office ones have different segments).

What happened was that:
A. I forgot my router modem's password and had to reset it.
B. As the router modem was reset, I couldn't get it to reconnect to the internet.

Tried calling the ISP but they gave me some BS about not really knowing about the router settings and all they could do was ask me to switch it on and off and whatnot.

Well I FIXED IT. After a day of tweaking with PPoE Over LLC and whatnot.

Dav out
Tuesday, February 06, 2007 | Author: Dav

Just an update for Hurk who's the only one monitoring my PC status (home PC). Due to a power outage and short, the store has called me up and told me that the items below are shot:

list of stuff that's dead:
1. processor p4 HT
2. Mobo
3. PSU
4. RAM
5. Video graphics card 128mb

:( I'm now left with a black box, 3 dvd drives and a HDD (maybe)


Dav out
Movie help
Tuesday, February 06, 2007 | Author: Dav

Well I've got this movie stuck in my head and I cant get it out, worst even, I don't even remember the name of the movie so I cant hunt it down.

All I remember is that the movie was a Sci-Fi movie, it had elements like from Aliens (the planet was always dark and cloudy etc), and the main movie revolved around a planet with a base. And in this base was a bunch of pilots and their RIO's (Radar Intercept Officer) / assistants and they flew what (if I remember right) chopped up apache helicopters (but were actually planes) and the RIO's had to assist the pilots from the base. The hero had a RIO that was this huge drug addict and he had a bowl filled with pills of all colour. The movie was also out around Aliens so its a 1980's thing.

Anyone remember this?
Friday, February 02, 2007 | Author: Dav

They say music soothes the savage beast (let it be work or the wife!) so I'll put up an amazing song that I think should do the job.

Movie review - Blood and chocolate
Sunday, January 28, 2007 | Author: Dav

Well I caught the movie 'Blood and Chocolate' and I'd first like to say, wth, cant they come up with something that makes sense for a movie's title?

Now on to the movie!

It was ok, but you get the feel that the movie wasn't sure what genre it was, and got confused half way. Was it a horror movie? An action movie, or even a love interest?

Not a bad movie, but mostly fluff.

Dav out

PS: Dont flame me, its how i felt the movie was!
Welcome home
Tuesday, January 23, 2007 | Author: Dav

Well I'm back home in Malaysia, and chilling away enjoying the fact I no longer need to divide by ten any prices I see.

I've uploaded pictures from the digital camera, and here they are for you to enjoy. I will also be uploading pictures from my phone camera to the phone image blog on and off throughout the week, so watch for it!

Dav out
Stand by for updates
Tuesday, January 16, 2007 | Author: Dav

Well I've moved all my blogger accounts to the new blogger (used to be blogger beta) and I realised had a few extra accounts that I've never used, so will look into that soon then.

Been busy hunting for a house and we've seen one that seems to be pretty good, hope we work that out and get it before the year end. Fingers crossed!

Dav out
Friday, January 12, 2007 | Author: Dav

Well things are going a bit slow on the blogging bit due to the sum of work I need to get out of the way before my trip to Thailand next week.

Also need to speed up my repairs on the home PC (after that small explosion a few months back, I'm a lazy sod) so that I can fire up America's Army and the other normal stuff I do online instead of constantly dragging the laptop home and back.

On top of that, haven't had a chance to blue tooth in new photo's from the cellphone to the photo blog, will work on that as well over the weekend.

Stay safe people!

Dav out
New comic goodness!
Wednesday, January 03, 2007 | Author: Dav

Yes, the greetings comes with a '!' now, so mind your step! (woah slipped another ! in there)
As usual, I was browsing around, which is hard as it is, with the network traffic here in Asia pretty messed up still, and came across this pretty funny webcomic.

Hope everyone enjoys, and try to have a safe post New Year's week!

2007 with a bang
Monday, January 01, 2007 | Author: Dav

Well its 2007, and I'd like to wish everyone a great new year. Work hard at it people!

Dav out
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