IMPORTANT: Retired Blog is Retired

14 August 2018 | Hisham | | Hishgraphics.com
 

ANNOUNCEMENT:

This blog has been retired and a new Wordpress blog has been installed in the main html folder of Hishgraphics.

No new articles and images will be posted here.

Click here to visit the new HISHGRAPHICS blog's main page.

 

The View To Work Today

23 May 2018 | Hisham | | Recent News
 

Today on the way to work, I pulled over and took a picture of the rice fields beside the road because it looked spectacular. Unfortunately I could not linger as long as I would like to as I had a meeting to attend in half an hour.

Morning

Click on the thumbnail above to view the full image of the morning vista.

One meeting and one class later, I headed the opposite direction to attend another class. Again, I decided to take a picture of another rice field along the road. The rice plants had yet to fill up the landscape with green and instead became a beautiful mirror of the sky.

Afternoon

Click on the thumbnail above to view the full afternoon scenery.

That is all.

 

SWD6: A Hot Day in Mos Espa

23 April 2018 | Hisham | | RPG Actual Play, RPG Teaching Plays, Role Playing Games, Star Wars, Teaching
 

I brought West End Games' Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game 2nd edition Revised and Expanded with me to class on Monday. There was time for me to run an hour of Star Wars RPG for my students, so I mustered together all the ones who would speak and ones who would take notes on behalf of their characters, which meant two students per player characters.

The students used the pregenerated characters I made for last semester's gaming session in class but they named their own characters themselves.

Title Card

Star Wars D6

A Hot Day in Mos Espa

Dramatis Personae (Pregens):

  • Creed Kenobi - Failed Jedi
  • Dini - Kid, Creed's apprentice
  • The Mighty Jedibo - Bounty hunter
  • Wakanda - Outlaw
  • Uvuevuevuenoenoonosac a.k.a. "Osas" - Rodian saboteur

Two suns shine down upon the planet Tatooine. A Rebel team landed their modified YT-1300 freighter at a landing bay in the city of Mos Espa and debarked, upon paying the ship berthing fees, on a mission to look for the Alliance Intelligence agent only known as Agent X for some reason. Agent X claimed that he required backup and would wait for them at Warehouse 34.

Wakanda, Jedibo, Creed, Dini and Osas strode out of the landing bay into the streets of Mos Espa. There was quite a sizable Imperial presence in Mos Espa, they noted. Stormtroopers were patrolling the streets in twos.

Welcome to Tatooine

Image from Star Wars: Attack of the Clones (Lucasfilm).

They tried to ask around for the warehouse district, however someone threw a two-credit coin at them, thinking they were panhandlers.

Then, they tried the more aggressive tactic of accosting an innocent citizen passing by and attempted to ask him for directions to Warehouse 34. However, the man ran away as if he was being mugged and unfortunately caught the attention of a pair of white-armoured Imperial stormtroopers.

FTK4

Stormtroopers are coming. What do you do?

With Imperial troops walking their way, they did the first thing that came to their mind.

 

Meanwhile, During the Rest of SILK 2018

31 March 2018 | Hisham | | Food, Teaching
 

The Symposium of International Languages and Knowledge was quite the event. Besides running the RPG workshop, I also sat in other talks, participated in other educational workshops and also had lots of food.

Here are some photos to show the experience I underwent at Walailak University, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand.

Hafiz!

WU was holding their 26th anniversary expo on campus, a big event we were told. SILK was scheduled to be held at the end of March in conjunction with their anniversary. We waited at the border for their transport to pick us up.

At The Modern Hotel

It took four hours for the two transports to deposit us at a hotel near their campus.

WU Expo Exploratory Team

That evening, a bunch of us went out to the expo site at the university in search of dinner. The expo site was big, along a single road on campus. There were vendors who sold food, flowers, furniture, agricultural gear with a live concert. Read the mouseover text for each image.

Bulbous things
 

Mini Six: Whiteout, or an RPG Workshop at SILK 2018

30 March 2018 | Hisham | | RPG Actual Play, RPG Teaching Plays, Role Playing Games, Teaching
 

This weekend I was honoured to be able to run a tabletop RPG workshop during the 2018 Symposium for International Languages and Knowledge which was held at Walailak University at Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand. Last year, SILK 2017 was held here in Perlis and was featured on the blog as well.

Here are some photos of the event with an actual play report of the game that I ran for the Thai students.

Cover
Interior

My name is somehow in this book.

The little abstract for the workshop which I submitted a couple of months earlier appeared in the programme book for the symposium.

There's a desk

The best part was when they gave me a desk with my name on it.

Parallel talk session were underway when I went to scout the room where I was due to run the workshop. I quickly set up the table and then did some last minute game prep for the coming participants.

The usual suspects

Why educators are NOT using RPGs to teach language at this point is beyond me.

Besides showing off the diversity of RPG systems, these book covers displayed side-by-side on the table can be quite pretty.

Setting up

Setting up is easy yet nerve-wracking.

 

A Weekend Without Irfan: Bukit Ayer

18 March 2018 | Hisham | | Family Pics
 

Irfan went on a visit to Langkawi with his class over the weekend.

So Ain and I explored more of Perlis on Sunday. We found ourselves at the picnic grounds of Bukit Ayer and decided to stop for a bit to check out the site.

Here are the photos of the visit. Mouseover text are embedded upon these images so go forth and position your cursors appropriately.

Time to go exploring
A bridge
Looking upstream
 

Here's the Ohio Crew By The Way

04 March 2018 | Hisham | | Family Pics
 

We have been talking to Ayah Cik Vin, Cik Dik, Yaya and Adik the Younger on Skype more these days. Irfan's cousins are smart and loquacious young dudes and I enjoy talking to them. Yaya is a formidable artist and craftsperson for her age and Adik has a talent for music and languages.

it them

My niece and nephew will grow into amazing human beings.

 

EOTE: Dude! Where's My Starship?

22 February 2018 | Hisham | | RPG Actual Play, RPG Teaching Plays
 

It began as a impromptu invitiation to a roleplaying game (RPG) session. Suddenly there I was running a short Star Wars Edge of the Empire scenario for my colleague Rizal at my office.

title card

Commandeering Oskara's character folio, Rizal became the human male bounty hunter known as Riz who owns the YKL-37R Nova Courier named Glamorous Hedgehog manufactured by Gallofree Yards.

Edge of the Empire

Dude! Where's My Starship?

The previous day, Riz arrived at Port Emerald in the Ord Mantell system. He accomplished a mission to retrieve a family heirloom for a local entrepreneur and earned four thousand credits. He was gleeful of his newfound wealth and booked a nice room at a two-story old tavern-style bed and breakfast at the very edge of the mesa that housed Port Emerald, overlooking three landing platforms. The Glamorous Hedgehog was parked upon one of the platforms.

Money

The Bright Jewel sun was shining and the birds were singing when Riz threw open his window to enjoy the refreshing morning air. He wore his bounty hunter costume and with his trusty blaster carbine at his side he left his accomodations to look for breakfast. (Rizal failed a Perception roll I asked him to make though got an Advantage.) As Riz strolled along the street, he had a bad feeling about something but was unable to put his finger on it.

(Failing his Streetwise roll) Riz went up and down streets and alleyways but was unable to locate any restaurants that were open. The lanes he travelled on grew darker and danker. Soon he found himself trapped in a cul-de-sac enclosed by a series of abandoned houses.

A Gamorrean appeared behind him and blocked his way out of the cul-de-sac. He grunted and gestured something that was immediately understandable: pay up or get clobbered by my club. Riz was flabbergasted at being mugged by this porcine thug. All he wanted was breakfast.

Then he remembered something: he was a mean and fearsome bounty hunter. He should act like it.

His hand reached for his carbine and drawled, "Dude. I'm a bounty hunter." (A successful Coerce roll!) The Gamorrean turned and fled into the shadows. Then Riz, too little too late, called after the thug, "Dude! Where do I get breakfast around here?"

illustrations

Map of the first encounter and the holomap.

 

A Sunday Morning Walk

18 February 2018 | Hisham | | Family Pics
 

This morning Irfan, Ain and I went for one of our rare morning walks. We took the path through the kampung and circled back to our house through the countryside. I will let the photos do all the describing.

Mangoes

Unripe mangoes.

Then pineapples

Unripe pineapples.

 

Sinanju Assembled!

17 February 2018 | Hisham | | Recent News
 

Irfan had presented me with a Super Deformed Sinanju (MSN-06S) gunpla for me birthday a couple of weeks earlier, and I did not have the time to sit down to assemble it... until tonight.

With the Banshee

Both Irfan and I worked on it until it was complete. In the above pic, you can see it back-to-back with the SD RX-0 Unicorn Gundam 02 Banshee.

Weapons ready

I discovered that it is quite the robust figure and decided that will adorn my table at work in the future as the Second Coming of Char.

 

First Class of the New Semester

12 February 2018 | Hisham | | Teaching
 

The second semester for the 2017/2018 academic year has begun! And here are photos from the first class of the semester.

FTK4 hard at work

Wait what? What are the students doing fiddling about on their phone, you ask? Why are they not listening to me in class? Well, it's because they were...

It was tense

...signing into Kahoot to do the quiz I had set up for them. The full question is, "Oh my God! Amir and Sathya ______ finally arrived!"

I blame Jules-Pierre Mao

For skimming and scanning exercises, I asked the students to identify the general location of the events on the page displayed above. Then I asked them to identify the weapons mentioned therein. Thankfully the students were not affected by the protomolecule.

 

Sunset Dinner by the Sea

09 February 2018 | Hisham | | Family Pics, Food
 

After I returned home from the academic workshop we decided to have dinner at the beach. So we took a trip west towards the sea.

That sun looks low

Before exiting the car, we had a video chat with Nia Nia on the phone. Then we enjoyed the sun which was dropping fast onto Langkawi Island, from our point of view.

Waiting for food

The last time I had some seafood here, by the way, I had a really bad gout attack. So, no seafood for me.

 

Photos from an Academic Workshop

09 February 2018 | Hisham | | Teaching
 

Once upon a time, the entire department was invited to attend an academic excellence workshop in which it was hoped that we would all be much more excellent than we were at being academics. Here are some photos from the programme. Perhaps some mouseover text will be provided as well.

Where did that ICE come from?

It is entirely possible I might have scrawled some words upon this page.

Ina takes point

Ina introduces blended learning to the bullpen.

Saf takes point

Saf talks about using Moodle to teach and assess students online. A bell goes ding in my brain.

 

Photos from a Keynote Address

06 February 2018 | Hisham | | Teaching
 

The university's vice chancellor was slated to hold his annual keynote address before the entire staff, and I was given a new task some weeks earlier.

day before

I visited the site a day earlier to help prepare the multimedia guys to run an online Kahoot quiz for the audience.

in kahoots

I handed over my set of questions to them and ceded the table. I hoped that they would use at least one of my questions.

day begins

The next day, everyone assembled at the main hall. I sat with a coterie of departmental colleagues.

blurry

Ultimately I discovered that they only used three questions for the quiz session and one of them was mine! It made the effort worth it.

Nole too

I suppose we would assemble again at the hall next year!

 

Mini Six: The Vanishing at Kuala Perlis

02 February 2018 | Hisham | | RPG Actual Play, RPG Teaching Plays, Role Playing Games
 

Plans are underway at work to create a tabletop RPG actual play video web series to be posted online.

Initiated and managed by Bazli, it would be our push to promote role-playing games (RPGs) as language learning tools that would not only be holistic and comprehensive, but fun and immersive when done right.

Bazli takes point

What is this arpeegee shenanigans?

My task is to run the session as a gamemaster (GM) and Bazli will cut the video into encounter-sized bits to be uploaded.

To begin with I ran the participants an impromptu session of Mini Six using the pregenerated templates I created for the Doom Agents class.

Like the students before them, the participants took the roles of international agents sent on a mission to investigate extraordinary occurences.

Mission Report (in brief)

Six agents were sent to Kuala Perlis to look into a phantom island that appears after sunset between the Kurong Tengar beach and Langkawi. A fishing boat have attempted to land there, but had vanished. The next day when it appeared again, a police boat sent to investigate never returned.

The agents arrived at the beach at 7 p.m. in an attempt to wait for the island to appear. However, they were greeted by dozens of merry making locals. There was an island spotting festival underway at the beach.

The strait between Kuala Perlis and Langkawi

Actual photographic reference!

 

45 and Counting

01 February 2018 | Hisham | | Family Pics, Food
 

I am now 45 years old.

For the first time ever my family threw me a small birthday celebration.

The Away Team

It began with Yaya and Adik's family calling from the other side of the planet. We had a good talk. Yaya and Adik had plenty to tell us after they sang me the birthday song.

Wrapped

When I got home from work Ain and Irfan sprung me with an unexpected birthday present.

 

A Moon of Blood

31 January 2018 | Hisham | | Recent News
 

It was an evening of something quite unexpected.

True, I did hear about the coming of the "Super Blue Blood Moon" which was talked about all throughout social media. Bu I never thought it would look breathtakingly spectacular.

xxx

Ain alerted me to the start of the lunar eclipse during the full moon. It was a clear night. The stars were out.

xxx

The moon was gradually and visibly being devoured by the shadow of Earth.

xxx

When it was completely engulfed in shadow, the moon turned blood red. The photo I took above does not do it justice.

xxx

Soon after, the light of the sun began to shine upon the moon once again, slowly revealing itself to the night sky. The evening began with me underestimating how the lunar eclipse would look like. In the end, I felt fortunate that Ain called me outside to view the phenomenon.

 

Patreon: Doomed Surgical Team

31 January 2018 | Hisham | | Patreon Paperminis, Role Playing Games
 

Perfect for any horror tabletop role-playing games (RPGs), these paper miniatures of a doomed surgical team with a swarm of patients who are clearly hostile and infected with... something.

cut up

Those stains on their medical smocks are perhaps blood, or infected vomit, or perhaps paint - because of a catastrophic hospital painting incident. Yeah, run that session and let me know how it turns out.

sick people

Download the paper miniatures from Patreon for free!

 

Further Gastronomical Adventures with Atok and Opah

29 January 2018 | Hisham | | Family Pics, Food
 

More photos from Irfan's grandparents' visit chronicled two further sojourn to sample food at eateries nearby. I should think it was a collective celebration not just of their anniversary but also of Sila's birthday which as you know falls on the same day. Additionally, my birthday would raise its head several days later.

First we would treat them. Then they treated us.

Bottom line, though, I am still astounded that we are able to afford these types of food these days. Granted they are cheaper than similar food in Kuala Lumpur, but we would not be able to afford these prices back then neither.

xxx

Enjoy the photos. First we went to Kangar for these dishes.

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Celebrating an Anniversary

26 January 2018 | Hisham | | Family Pics, Food
 

Irfan's Atok and Opah came for a visit this week.

Selfie or something

And their anniversary will be up in three days!

Grandparents of Irfan, Yaya and Adik

On this fine Friday, and you can tell it's a Friday because Irfan and I are in Baju Melayu, we went to the food court at Kuala Perlis for an early celebration of their anniversary!

Button up, Irfan