Saturday, February 26, 2005

Saviour-V teleports in...

Back from Genting. Moderately enjoyable. Younger brother was a bit annoying though, but at least we managed to get in a few arrows.

Yes, I took up a bit of archery round there. Need to work on my aim a bit more.

Oh, and considering I rarely grant promotions, Miss Dhora has been granted Blood Phoenix status. Partially because of her background, and partially because I'm quite impressed with her blog and her views on society.

Congratulations, Miss Dhora! May your promotion aid our organization's efforts, and allow us to make things happen.

Saviour-V salutes Miss Dhora, and teleports out...

Current Music: Fight Win Prevail Remix (Command and Conquer: Renegade soundtrack, from Frank Klepacki's site)

Now there's a treat for all of you video game music fans. Frank Klepacki, the original music composer for the Command and Conquer series, has left Westwood and left most of his finest music on his site. Of the same name, no doubt. Also, the guy's working for a company called Petroglyph, as Audio Director. He's begun work on the music for a LucasArts game called Star Wars: Empire At War.

Judging by the screenshots, the game looks quite OK. Maybe we'll get to use the Death Star this round. Although I've noticed that most Star Wars games seem to be lacking something.

Frank's URL is in the Frequently Accessed Zones section, and in this post. It's not hard to miss.

Friday, February 25, 2005

Saviour-V teleports in...

On a more serious note, however, there seems to be a number of forest fires occurring all over Peninsular Malaysia, courtesy of the dry weather. No casualties yet, fortunately, but's been horribly dry off late, and somehow, I anticipated that something like this might happen.

Courtesy of our rapid development, we've dug our own graves. For those of you in Shah Alam, consider Bukit Cahaya Seri Alam / Bukit Cherakah. At one point, there used to be a lot of vegetation surrounding the general area of that nature park.

Saviour-V raises a hand to his forehead in a gesture of annoyance and disappointment, and shakes his head ruefully...

NOW, there's not enough trees left. They've been overdeveloping the surrounding area of that park so much that it's hardly the place I used to know, and I've got a number of people who can vouch for that.

As for the forest fires, apparently, they're caused by peat fires underground, which makes things more difficult. One false step on the soft earth above the burning peat will cause a firefighter to fall down to his doom.

Not forgetting that these kinds of fires are the hardest to extinguish; not only are these fires deep underground, they tend to last much longer than usual, given the abundant presence of burnable material, including the peat soil itself.

As of The Star's report today, approximately 8,600 hectares of land are affected - 7,880 hectares of which belong to Selangor - which largely means that we'll be seeing more hazy days ahead for a while.

To those who just blaze through with minimal concern for our environment, I only have this to say:


Really, this whole thing could be avoided if we have a resourceful mentality, instead of a consumer mentality. Honestly.

Saviour-V teleports out...

Current Music: A random ambience track from Prince Of Persia: Warrior Within. Not exactly satisfying, but the game's OK. Albeit glitch-laden.
Saviour-V teleports in...

Two days after my final exams....and I'm partially relishing my freedom.

Why, you ask? Well, there's some loose ends to tie up. One small item's been remedied...

Saviour-V points up...

As you will now see, I've managed to put some distance between my posts and the Google Navbar. Seriously, I wish would remove it; it's somewhat annoying.

Also, today's going to be my THIRD trip to Genting. Yes, I'm not joking. Before my last exam yesterday, I took some time to escape the heat by running to Genting.

Left Bukit Jalil around 16:00, got to Genting by 18:00, took one hour's worth of fresh cold air™, got on the bus to Gombak by 20:15, and got back to the apartment by about 22:00 or so.

Talk about a rush.

Of course, don't immediately assume that I'm irresponsible by doing a quick run to Genting a day before the last exam....I did bring my notes along. Did some revision there. Whilst enjoying the chill.

Helped decrease my panic levels a few notches.

Anyway, that aside, I'm wondering about my next moves. The results of my finals won't be out until this April 8th, but there are some loose ends to clear up.

Saviour-V grins, and teleports out...

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Saviour-V teleports in...

Exams? Bad enough.

Feeling absolutely lonely and depressed? Nastier.

Feeling as if everything's a complete zero, that the world's just a dream? Worst of the worst.

Now add all 3 up, and you basically have me at my most vulnerable moment. But even in that situation, be forewarned, for within weakness of the good, there is strength of the evil.

It's become quite difficult to focus straight without feeling the temptation to just randomly choke someone by the neck, and keep squeezing until you can feel his or her lifeblood flowing down your hands.

And ACTUALLY enjoying the feeling. Deep down inside your heart, you know it's wrong, yet you live for the moment. A brief moment of immortality, before a vampire hunter seals your fate with a well-aimed silver bullet to your heart.

And yet, feeling so engulfed by the sheer joy of the kill, feeling that detachment you want so much from the world....

....but thankfully, all that is not meant to be. Yet.

But if that dark rage ever breaks through, I don't know how I'll react.

Saviour-V teleports out...

Current Music: Stage Select 2 (Rockman X5 Soundtrack, Capcom)

Around this time, either Sigma appears as the final adversary, or Zero goes Maverick. Well and completely under the influence of darkness.

Thursday, February 03, 2005

Saviour-V teleports in...

Heh. There's always a first for everything.

Yesterday, I decided to go up to Genting Highlands, a highlands resort in the state of Pahang. Just for the chill. Not for the rides, nor the casino, nor the hotels.

Although I was also wondering about how much it would cost to get there (RM6.10 from the Gombak Putra-LRT terminal, inclusive of bus and cable car fare, one-way), and how long it would take to reach the place (about an hour or so).

I must say that while it felt good to be up there, even with my laptop, I still felt lonely. Plus, I should've brought a camera. I missed far too many beautiful scenes when the fog came in a few times. Also, it had been quite a while since I last visited the place with my family, so going there on my own marked my independence, to a certain extent.

Of course, getting there in the first place was one thing. The original idea was to get out of the apartment and catch the first train by about 6 a.m., but I overslept, and had to catch the train at about 10 a.m. Of course, I still managed to arrive in Genting by 1 p.m., but time flies too fast when you're having fun.

Even though it was just for the chill...^_^;;

Also managed to play a few new games down there. Ghost Squad, a gunner's game with a Counter-Strike feel to it, and the Ohmega Forces firing range simulator. Need to perfect my aim a bit more though.

Good times. Of course, having a few friends along would've made it sweeter.

Saviour-V teleports out...

Current Music: "For Endless Fight III", from the Remastered Tracks Rockman Zero: Telos album.

They're seeding the album on BitTorrent at Planet Megaman. Go check out the place.