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Month: November 2010

MSN Conversation

MSN Conversation

MSN_CHAT_by_toki_chu (Medium)

I can’t kick the habit of referring to Windows Live Messenger as MSN (Messenger). Anyway, this innocuous chat reminded me of the past.

11/23/2010 11:44:45 PM WM u haven answer me one qns leh
11/23/2010 11:44:51 PM Me wat qn?
11/23/2010 11:44:53 PM WM are u still in sch now?
11/23/2010 11:44:57 PM Me yeah
11/23/2010 11:44:58 PM Me hahaha
11/23/2010 11:45:01 PM WM so paiseh
11/23/2010 11:45:04 PM Me it is ok
11/23/2010 11:45:04 PM WM pls go HOME
11/23/2010 11:45:07 PM Me last bus is at 1230
11/23/2010 11:45:08 PM Me 😛
11/23/2010 11:45:13 PM WM aiyoyo
11/23/2010 11:45:17 PM WM idelayed yr gg home time
11/23/2010 11:45:20 PM WM okay go HOME

Oh well. Nothing to look. Move on.

Image credit: MSN Chat by ~toki-chu(Deviant Art)

Tornado-ed

Tornado-ed

Being random and bored (Yes, I am bored in the midst of examinations), my interest in arcade perked up when this post came up in my Facebook newsfeed:

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What is Taiko no Tatsujin? I am not familiar with Japanese names of the games, being a visual person, Flickr comes up with this image:

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Anyway, I am not interested in the game. Rather I am interested in the arcade itself. Singapore is dotted with many arcade outlets, dominated by the likes of X-Zone, Timezone, etc., etc. Being an avid casual gamer, I have all of their pre-paid cards. Admittedly, I leave them at home nowadays as I do not have the luxury to pay a visit to the arcade, even the one closest to my place at City Square Mall.

Arcadia seems like an oddball in the industry. It looks like a totally new company. When I first visited Iluma, I was surprised not to see the one of the usual chains to be there. I brushed it off with the only thought that the person, or company behind Arcadia was god-damned loaded to open an arcade out-right, with all the new shiny machines on the shop floor.

But I thought wrong. Arcadia, along with the other gaming outlets on level 7 of Iluma, Colosseum, Mushroom, etc. are run by a single company, Wah Lian Amusement Pte Ltd. Wah Lian (rhymes with Ah Lian. Another random thought) is a subsidiary of Weike Gaming Technology (S) Pte Ltd. Weike is a provider of the video gaming setups across Asia. Not only the gaming outlets in Iluma belongs to them, the makan places on the 7th floor belong to them as well. Short of saying it is stupid, but why have all the entire revenue generating outlets of a firm in one single building? Whatever the reasons, what if Iluma’s management decides to jack up the rental across all shops (as if it can afford to, judging by the number of empty shop outlets there)?

Weike and Wah Lian are private limited companies, meaning to say that their financial statements are not for public purview, which would be interesting to read. At least for a day.

Anyway, I have deviate away from my studies. But now that I feel more studious by doing random stuff, it is time for me to hit the books. Oh, do sign up for the abovementioned competition if you feel that you are up to the challenge. I will stick to Wanga Midnight Maximum Tune 3 DX once my papers are over.

P.S. The only Wah Lian asset I have with me is their prepaid gaming card, which is empty and somewhere on my home desk at the moment (if this counts).

Photo credit: Taiko no Tatsujin Soft Toy by awee_19. CC-licensed image.

Of: Spam comments

Of: Spam comments

The Akismet system is not totally fool-proof. Yet I trust it complete when they mark certain comments as spam. And I would click on Empty Spam without second thoughts. However, there are hams among it. And that’s a problem to me. I clicked on the Empty Spam button this morning as usual. It was a split second later I thought I recognised that one of the spam may be a ham. By then, it was too late to retrieve the ham comment.

So, it you are human, and your comment(s) is/are not appearing, please re-submit with the answer to this question: “What is the date of this post, <OF: SPAM COMMENTS>?” Meanwhile, let me concentrate on Java programming before I enable CAPTCHA.

Image credit: No spam logo @ Flickr.

PADate.class

PADate.class

I am close to my wits’ end (for now), so I decided to run PADate.class for fun through a Java decompiler:


import java.util.GregorianCalendar;
public class PADate
{
private GregorianCalendar gc;
public PADate()
{
this.gc = new GregorianCalendar();
this.gc.set(11, 0);
this.gc.set(13, 0);
this.gc.set(14, 0);
}
public PADate(int paramInt1, int paramInt2, int paramInt3)
{
this.gc = new GregorianCalendar();
this.gc.set(1, paramInt1);
this.gc.set(2, paramInt2 - 1);
this.gc.set(5, paramInt3);
this.gc.set(11, 0);
this.gc.set(13, 0);
this.gc.set(14, 0);
}
public PADate nextDayOfWeek(String paramString)
{
PADate localPADate = new PADate();
localPADate.gc.setTime(this.gc.getTime());
do
{
localPADate.gc.add(5, 1);
}while (!localPADate.getDayOfWeek().equals(paramString));
return localPADate;
}
public int getYear()
{
return this.gc.get(1);
}

public int getMonth()
{
switch (this.gc.get(2)) {
case 0:
return 1;
case 1:
return 2;
case 2:
return 3;
case 3:
return 4;
case 4:
return 5;
case 5:
return 6;
case 6:
return 7;
case 7:
return 8;
case 8:
return 9;
case 9:
return 10;
case 10:
return 11;
case 11:
return 12;
}
return 0;
}
public int getDayOfMonth()
{
return this.gc.get(5);
}
public String getDayOfWeek()
{
switch (this.gc.get(7)) {
case 1:
return "SUN";
case 2:
return "MON";
case 3:
return "TUE";
case 4:
return "WED";
case 5:
return "THU";
case 6:
return "FRI";
case 7:
return "SAT";
}
return "Error";
}
public boolean equals(PADate paramPADate)
{
return (this.gc.get(1) == paramPADate.gc.get(1)) && (this.gc.get(2) == paramPADate.gc.get(2)) && (this.gc.get(5) == paramPADate.gc.get(5));
}
public String toString()
{
return getDayOfMonth() + "-" + getMonth() + "-" + getYear();
}
}

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PADate.zip
Unzip the folder to get PADate.java
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Short-takes: Slack

Short-takes: Slack

Despite of having a busy schedule, I feel that I am getting too slack at studies. Time to buck up!

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Oh, by the way, this blog is undergoing revamp. For starters, I have changed the theme to Arras. Next on the list:

  1. Background image
  2. Streamlining of the bloated list of categories.

In a sense, this revamp will be the model for the upcoming choir site which is in the works.

 

Image credit: renjith krishnan / FreeDigitalPhotos.net