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Sunday, January 20, 2008

Online Shopping Craze! Boardgame Overloaded!

For the past 2 months, I have been indulging in my new hobby to fuel my renewed interest in an old hobby.

NEW: Online Shopping (US sites)
OLD: Boardgame

For the a long time, I had been hoping to get boardgames from US because they are so much cheaper over there, but the cost of shipping and the lack of a chance to visit the county deterred me from it. Till recently, I read more about this shipping service in Singapore, vPost, which provides you with a proxy address in US or Japan and allow you to consolidate your goods and ship them over at a cheaper rate. Cool! (NOTE: this service is most useful for online merchants who provide free domestic shipping and bunky shipments. Combining shipment with friend is a good way to split the cost. For Books and DVDs, you may like to check the prices because vPost charges these by items instead of volumic weight, it may be more it to ship direct from the merchant since they are not that heavy. UOB now have a promo of 12%, so remember to pay with your UOB card and be careful of extra GST cost.)

Okie now let's see my wins for these 2 months:
  1. Saboteur - A simple party game, short with okie fun. (6/10)
  2. Anima: the Shadow of Omega - A Fantasy Role Play card game with artworks to die for, too bad the game play cannot match with its art - too repeatitive (5.5/10)
  3. I'm the Boss - Great fun negotiation game! Must play! (9/10)
  4. Hey! That's my Fish - A simple strategy game with a lot of depth once you start thinking (7/10)
  5. Hive - A great abstract game. It's like chess without boards. Mensa Approved, now you know this will get your brain working (7.5/100)
  6. Shadow Over Camelot - Haven't tried yet. But looks GREAT.
  7. Lord of the Rings - Confrontation : Deluxe Edition - A game for both fans and non-fans of LoTR, needs planning and try to second guessing your opponent's next move
  8. Battlelore - A combination of wargaming, card gaming and strategy. Comes with detailed board and figures. You need to try it yourself! (9/10)
  9. Shogun - A Risk like game, but more complex and better. The unique Battle Tower system will get you holding on to the edge of your seats when the battle starts (8/10)
  10. Vegas Showdown - Haven't tried yet
  11. Age of Empires III: The Age of Discovery - Haven't tried yet

Where to buy:
More on boardgames:

These are not really normal boardgames you normally play. If you are interested to play or know more about them leave me a message :D

I should really control my spending on this. B-but there are still so many others to get.. Haha.

Review: This Film Is Not Yet Rated (Spoilers)

"Censorship, Uncensored" A very fitting tagline.

This indie documentary film is a exposé about the US movie rating system.

The system is manage by the ultra secretive (almost CIA-like) organisation - MPAA, funded by the major studios, which the unnamed raters and board of appeal members decide the rating of movie, which in turn affects the audience who will be watching the film.

The board seems to run on a totally opinion based, unprofessional fashion with any guidelines. It seems pretty scary that a batch of old timers without any formal training and credentials (either than being parents) are the ones who will decide the fate of your hard work.

The movie is done in an informal manner with sarcastic humour. The director cleverly put up a case for us to consider the loopholes of the system and empathise with plague of the independent directions.

Overall, an engaging and funny movie for people who will like to see something different from the usual blockbusters.

Law Rating: 4/5
RATE: R21 - Restricted 21
Location: Cathay - The Picturehouse

PS: However, I believe compared to what is available in US, even with its flawed system, is much better than the strict censorship in Singapore. I hope that the world could work towards a better system where teenagers and adults are treated as sensible humans who are capable of knowing what is right and what is wrong. After all, with the Internet tearing down all barriers, movie censorship is nothing but an useless act prevention of free access to content.

Sunday, January 06, 2008

My Fav Movies

Not in any ranking order:
  • Ratatouille (2007)
  • The Matrix Trilogy (1999, 2003, 2003)
  • The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (2001, 2002, 2003)
  • Spanglish (2004)
  • Punch Drunk Love (2002)
  • The Wedding Singer (1998)
  • City of Angels (1998)
  • Indiana Jones series (1981, 1984, 1989)
  • Thank You for Smoking (2005)
They are great, I can't imagine anyone missing on them, so if you missed them, you know your next stop should be the DVD rental shop.

I should find some time to catch up on these...

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Relative Time

I don't know if this strange phenomenon is experienced by others out there. It will be interesting to know if you had encountered this too. Drop me a comment or email.

Today, I had just experience a case of time disruption. Suddenly, it seems that the time slowed itself to a crawl. I have reasons to believe that New Year BlueS could be part of the cause.

As I was wondering what had caused this. it dawned to me that one of the greatest scientists ever lived is really a genius! Isaac Newton stated in his Law of Motion that there are absolute time and relative time. I will bet my penny that Newton was experiencing this same time disruption phenomenon when he came up with the Law of Motion.

Now, I am not really a physicist, so I am not really sure about this absolute time thingy, but I swear that relative time exist! Probably not in a Newton sense, but more from a psychological aspect. How else could you explain what I had experienced today? Time virtually slowed itself, hours passed like months. And how about what happened to 2007? It practically zoomed faster than a speeding bullet in front of my eyes, and suddenly, I am in 2008 and in office =_=;

I wish someone can invent a "morning after pill" for this feeling. Thank God, time seems to resume to its normal speed after I leave the office.

2 more days to the weekend . . .