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Thursday, July 22, 2010
Kite Flying
[ZOMBiE CyGiG] ranted at 11:27 PM --- Post#3409754026169035378

Awesome day with Sher Hern. We went to Wendy's @ Lau Pasat and I though their beef patty is as great as Carls Junior's. We took a wrong turn and went from Lau Pasat to Marina Bay Sands. That place looks rather atas, with all the service workers in suit. The only thing not that atas is the random zhi cha store at the basement. Anyway, as usual, no matter now atas the place is, you will find Singaporeans in tees and shorts and slippers there.

There is this huge acrylic bowl artwork, which I couldnt be bother to take down it's name. There is a hole in the center of it that leads to a water pool in the basement. I supposed that is meant for water catchment during rainy days and but people had been throwing in coins as if it is a wishing well.

Sliding down would be fun. Sliding down and collecting those coins are funner!

Oh well, I guess that is a Singaporean culture...because I did it too:

Check out the "Sampan Service" available:

That is a real person. And yes, you got to pay to ride it. This idea may work wonders for Orchard Road when it floods.

Anyway, after taking a rest and walking over from MBS to Marina Bay MRT, we took a shuttle bus to Marina barrage. It was lightly drizzling and the "field" was wet, but not muddy. According to my dad, the compound they used to grow the grass on the Barrage isn't your everyday garden soil, but some other compound, and that might explain why the grasses are so dense, green and not muddy.

This is the first time I fly a kite officially. The last time I touched a kite was when I was -91230 years old, I could not remb if it took off or I just chewing it hungrily then. Here is my kite:

I wanted to buy the Smiley Face kite, but when the shop keeper told me it wasn't round, I changed my mind. Stingray looks better.

Assembling it is a brisk (it's just unpacking, fixing the spine and tie a know to the fin), flying it is not much harder. Given the high wind speed at the Barrage, kites took off without much effort. I got my kite for $8.80 and the reel for $9.90 at SKP. The reel features a static handle for your left hand to drip on, and a rotating outer reel on ball bearings that keeps the string. The string is fed through an outlet (the one ones on a fishing rod) before connecting to the fin of the kite. The rotating reel makes string feeding nearly automatic, ie when the kit gets blow by the wind, the kite will pull the string and the string turns the reel to feed more string while your left hand remains gripping the handle. To tension the string, I used my right hand to reel the strong back. You can use either the crank for a uniform slow reel in, or steer the outer reel for fast rapid pulls. I manage to get my kite flying in the air for quite some time, while i stupidly sit there and lock my eyes on it. It's flying over the sea, so I felt rather shaky.

That is around half the maximum string length. Since my kite is small, I dun see a point in letting it fly 999km away and looks like a dot from ground. Later kena the moon.

And here is the video...

The stores are the Barrage are ripping off the kite prices and still have the cheek to put a column of "outside price" against "our price" for comparison. I would consider the Barrage a tourist attraction: Scamming allowed.

I saw this humongous Tako kite:

It never managed to took off despite me standing there getting my camera ready to shoot a video of it rocketing up

A video of the Tako Kite.

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Friday, July 16, 2010
Birthday 2010
[ZOMBiE CyGiG] ranted at 11:43 PM --- Post#6997565727674783272

Who makes it a must to blog on your birthday? I have decided t write this entry one day after. Birthday is yet another day.

Thanks for all who wished me.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010
My newly configured workstation!
[ZOMBiE CyGiG] ranted at 10:25 PM --- Post#444318581943434388

Desktop Rig:
- Asus P6T Deluxe
- Intel Core i7 920 2.66Ghz
- Geil DDR3 1033mhz 3x1GB
- EVGA nVidia GTX260 SSC
- Cooler Master Real Power Pro 650W
- Cooler Master Elite 334
- Western Digital Caviar Black 3.5" 1TB/64MB
- Seagate 2.5" 500GB/8MB in A.C.Ryan eSata Case
- Samsung DVD RW
- NoBrand Card Reader
- Logitech C300 Webcam
- Logitech MX3200 Keyboard + Mouse Combo
- Razer Goliathus Control Mouse Pad
- Dell U2211H FullHD 21.5" IPS LCD Monitor
- Phillips 170B 17" LCD Monitor
- Spyder2Pro Monitor Calibration
- Brother DCP-150C MultiFunction Printer
- Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

Laptop Rig:
- Compaq V3000
- C2D T5500 1.66Ghz
- Kingston 4GB DDR2 RAM
- 14.1" SuperLousy LCD Calibrated with Spyder2Pro
- A4Tech G7-630 Mouse
- Barracuda Lite Mouse Pad
- 80GB Hitachi HDD (Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit)
- 320GB Western Digital HDD (Mac OS X)

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Sunday, July 04, 2010
Cosfest IX
[ZOMBiE CyGiG] ranted at 7:10 PM --- Post#2179144560028387605

Although I love to watch anime, it is never really of my interest to go to cosplaying related festival. Due to my multi-hobby nature, I am not able to fully support one single hobby to its maximum financially and mentally, therefore when it comes to Japanese culture, I have only covered some animes and some of their technology (which coincide with my geeky side) so far. I did not even bother to read manga or look deep into J-Rock/Pop, as I had already spent a fortune (to me) on English novels and Mando music. Therefore I believe I am not up to the mark to understand cosplayers and cisplaying events (since I cannot identify what the cosplayers are cosplaying most of the time, either that of my imagination is too chui to relate the drawn character to a representative in real life.)

From the pics of cosplay related festival hosted in SG posted online, I can already imagine how it would not be my cup of tea: Watching epic fail Barney costumes, or fat people cosplaying as slim characters, DnT-failed people made props, lousy band performance with equally lousy sound systems, low turn up rate and event space, marked up "fan made" items etc

But holidays are boring and with no good PC games in hand, I decided to head down to Cosfest IX @ Downtown East. I am not armed with much of high hopes nor high end camera, I just hoped that I can get a good laugh at Barneys. The event was not big as expected, just little bigger than my JC's MPH. The place is flooded with Mikus, you see fat miku, thin miku, hair loss miku and indian miku. No racism meant when I said Indian miku, but she really look weird. It's like asking me to cosplay Pikachu, you got see Pikachu so fat one? OH YES! There is a fat dude there with Pikachu outfit! There was a Malay cosplaying Captain Jack Sparrow and he looks great, because of the matching skin tone, body height and build. The idea is that when you cosplay, find some character that suits your physical outlook. I will stick to Boomer or Ditto for now.

Some of the props are really chui, the are a few that are good though. Vocaloid's headphone made from cardboard and marker...hmmmm... The fan made items seems to be eBay-ed from HK or China, or simply DIYed from koped internet images. Some are overpriced, the rest are of usual cost, nothing of good deal though. There are some hand drawn marker rendered posters that look great, but sure to fail Rashid if you know what im talking about. Black Tatical is there as usual, with severely under-aged kids wearing army outfit with that innocent smile. I saw a M4A1 going for $30 that looks reasonably realistic (to the context $30) with details like the real one with a reflex scope, but did not buy as I though it would end up hanging on my wall collecting dust.

The nightmare of having lousy band and lousy sound system came through, other than a band who played "Butterfly" from Digimon Season 1, the rest all GG. All zhao xia one...I told my friend its a competition to see who pass, and not who scores, since nearly all failed liao. The MC was nothing impressive, and his corny jokes like "WOW I FEEL LIKE GOING HOME AND PLAY WII NOW AFTER LISTENING TO 'BUTTERFLY'" and "THE WINNERS GET A FREE NIGHT STAY IN HIGH CLASS HOTEL CARPARK" was rather distasteful.

Luckily/Unluckily I did not see any Barneys during the event. I guess I will still go for cosplay festivals, for the LULZ, of course.

Some pictures:

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