Tiny Wings

I have been playing the much-raved iPhone game Tiny Wings, but it isn’t really interesting. One of the much-touted features is procedural graphics, which mean the terrain is generated on-the-fly (although it does not seem to be the case for me)

Gameplay is absolutely boring. Trust me. Basically, when one of the objectives call for 200 stars, you try to go slow and collect as many stars as possible before dusk sets in, never mind the schizophrenic pace.

Also, the replay value needs working on too. You will not relish having to ‘restart’ from Island One. Simply put, there is no ‘pot of gold at the end of the rainbow’, no incentive for people to continue playing.

I wouldn’t say 99 cents isn’t worth it; Tiny Wings is just the game you will be playing for 2 nights, then promptly relegate it to a folder.

Tiny Wing for iPhone = Boring

Army Daze

I am suddenly reminded amidst the frenzy of forex trading, of the looming A level results day, by the various Facebook wall posts. And 1 day after that, BMT!

It’s kinda funny how all the guys at DSO all tell me various ways to down PES, so that I can lead a carefree 2 years in some air-conditioned 9 to 5 workplace. One suggested me to declare that I have depression. You will get a record forever, but it’s worth it, he enthuses. Another suggests that girl to break my leg, a painful albeit direct route to OOT or Out-of-Training. And the most common of all, get a specialist appointment to coincide with 2 or 3 weeks after BMT, and ostensibly, the MOs will be so scared to diagnose you that they will temporarily down PES you. That same person who mooted that idea boasted that he was supposed to stay as a clerk for a few weeks, but due to admin oversights common at Mindef, he got to spend most of his time there. And when it was time for him to recourse, 2 months was left.

Which is a joke. Really.

And I’m still twiddling my thumbs in anticipation of A level results, never mind which COY I am destined to spend my BMT in.

Saudi King to buy Facebook to end revolt


In what is being termed as pure Wall Street Gordon Gecko tactics, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has decided to make an offer of $150 billion to buy out Facebook.

Inside sources within the kingdom suggest that the King is very upset with Mark Zuckerberg for allowing the revolt to get out of control, Ahlul Bayt News Agency reported.

In a personal meeting between Mark Zuckerberg and King Abdullah on Jan 25, 2011, Zuckerberg had promised that he would not allow any revolt pages to be formed on Facebook even while he allowed Egypt and Libya revolt pages to be formed.

Left with no option, Abdullah advised by Goldman Sachs has decided to buy out Facebook and “clean out the weeds”. The offer on the table is $150 billion, in line with an investment banking mandate from Goldman Sachs. The deal will be fully paid for in cash.

Most analysts believe that Zuckerberg will not take the offer and will wait for King Abdullah to up the offer to at least $300 billion.

In another development, minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs Prince Mansour bin Miteb said the government is striving to make affordable housing plots available for citizens.

“The Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs has allocated 130 plots for the General Housing Authority,” said Prince Mansour, adding that the task of making land cheaper needs the efforts of many government departments.

The prince said the housing authority, which has many plots of land left over from older allocations, will strive to provide houses to as many citizens as possible in all provinces. He added that a few housing projects were implemented in an unscientific manner and had to be redesigned.

Are You Considering iPage/Fatcow/EIG?

Wow.

After a hiatus of 1 month, my blog is finally back up. My previous webhost was really a fuckass (I remember a certain Josh B. from iPage) and deleted several folders containing my blog, my blog BACKUPS and my search engine. What the hell.

I was stranded without any backups on hand cos 1) the hosting services at iPage, FatCow, and all the Endurance International Group (EIG) hosts suck like hell. You won’t be able to send automated backups using php_mail as they limit the size to 1 MB. Heck, even my database is 10MB.  2) their php_timeout is 30 seconds. How am I supposed to zip up everything in 30 seconds.

Of course, here are more complaints about my experiences at iPage, FatCow and EIG. 3) You have to use their rudimentary Archive Gateway. Heck, even everything about their control panel is primitive. 4) Their servers are severely oversold. Right now, I am hosted on budget servers from 3ix and MinMax Group. $1 a month. Right. I paid $4 a month for that iPage plan. Since that switch, my server response times according to Pingdom has dropped from 5000ms+++ (that’s 5 seconds if you are grappling with the milli- terminology) to 500 ms. Freaking. Awesome. 5) Their MySQL servers are awfully slow and unreliable. They are down a few times a day, just so you know.

The sole redemption is their laissez-flair policy when it comes to server resources like CPU clock cycles. If you want to pound their servers, chalk up 120MB of RAM (my WordPress did it once), you’re welcome to do so.

Other than that, stay away from iPage and its ilk. Save yourself the trouble. Looks cheap but damn shit.

And I’m Back!

My blog went down in early February due to my host being such a prick and deleting all my files. And before you dare tell me if I had backups, I don’t. xD

Okay, I have my database backup file. But all the uploads I have made for the past few years are gone. Yuck. I’m have uploaded my previous blog over here, but with the lack of pictures, I think it’s such a bore. And no music when you go to the Jukebox section. 🙁

Aye, this incident reminds me of the importance of having backups. But lol who cares when money is not involved?

Anyway, NS is coming up soon so people who want the goodies to be uploaded have to wait hohoho. I still have backups. And I still have an innate disliking when I see the words Seng City Trading.

Just an ordinary guy, living in an extraordinary world