Aragorn of Pals For Life Guild

31 March 2006 | Hisham | | Humour, Trawling The Net

It's unknown to me who made this image, but everytime I look at it I have to at least stifle a laugh... because the way Aragorn rushes into combat almost without warning is nearly similar to how that fateful battle began at Blackrock Spire. Unfortunately not everyone will get the joke. Just you MMORPG jocks.


New Comments CSS Code

30 March 2006 | Hisham | |
I've jazzed up the blog's CSS code for each journal entry's comments. It's now, um... well, comment to this post to discover how it looks like now (or you could just check out any other entries possessing any sort of comments).

I hope it would not only look aesthetically pleasant, but differentiating individual comments would be much easier now.

Comments for the comments in the form of kudos, critiques and exploding toilets would be most welcome.

And by the way...


Illustration Friday: Monster

25 March 2006 | Hisham | | Artwork
Yet another entry for Illustration Friday featuring the topic Monster, this artwork displays the city-leveling, destructive rampage of a fearsome, gigantic chick. Yes, a gigantic, adorable, yellow-feathered chick that hatched from an egg. Of course the fun would only begin when its mother of proportionate size comes to a-looking for the infant.


There's A Dragon In The House

23 March 2006 | Hisham | | Recent News
Half past ten post meridian equals no sunlight or its dim red afterglow outdoors. Thus if lights are out indoors, it's dark.

Last night we were about to go to sleep when Irfan asked for his Dinosaur book (Das Reich Der Dinosaurier. Gee, I wonder where I bought that for him) to read. It was out in the darkened living room according to memory so I told him, "Go out and get it."

He said, "No, I'm scared."

What? That's never happened before. "What are you scared of?"

"It's dark. There are dragons."

Ain and I both looked at each other. She then asked again, "Why are you scared?"

"There are dragons outside." He doesn't pronounce it "dragons", not does he say "dwagons". It's more of something in between, like "dr-wagons", which I find pretty amusing.

So, I had to go out into the dark living room, braving against the dragons to retrieve Irfan's fallen book. The deed was done without much problems, though I was disappointed I didn't see or have to fight off Trogdor to get to it.

Maybe someday I will.


Noumenon is Coming

21 March 2006 | Hisham | | Role Playing Games
According to the powers that be at Abstract Nova, the book which I contributed some writing for is currently in print. Although one of the two pieces I submitted didn't make the book, the one left out will be featured in a download in May. The book itself will be launched in June.

Hopefully a comp copy will be in my hands within the month.

Its name is Noumenon, and its preview cover art is displayed right below.


The Amazing Hisham and Son Balancing Team

18 March 2006 | Hisham | | Family Pics
It's like a shoulder massage

SWAG is back!

15 March 2006 | Hisham | | Role Playing Games, Star Wars

The Star Wars Artists' Guild hath return'd, thanks to the hard labour of Kris "Eclipse" Vanderwater. Festivities are held here. A short and concise explanation of the site's disappearance was given by Derek "Nafai" Jones right here.

So if you're a GM or a player of SWRPG, whether you're on D6, d20 or homebrewed... or if you just want to browse through some good SW art... go there and comb through the site for excellent Star Wars artwork for free your gaming use.


Pachelbel Rocks!

11 March 2006 | Hisham | | Trawling The Net
Pachelbel's Canon in D.

Electric Guitar.

A skilled guitarist.

All kinds of awesome. Gave me goosebumps. Fantastic sudden minor key shift in the middle.

Check it out.


Irfan's Cycling Saturday

10 March 2006 | Hisham | | Family Pics

Thanks to Irfan's Tok and Opah, he now has a brand new bicycle with which he would rule the world. Or at the very least the play area at the KLCC park. Quite eager to try out his new vehicle in the morning, we took a drive to KLCC last Saturday morning.

As usual, the queue into the parking lot is atrociously long for the simple reason that the coin machine at the entrance gate sucks majorly. It costs a ringgit to enter the parking lot. It took me a brazillion tries pushing in the 50 cent coins into the slot until they finally dropped in, raising the barricade arm.

To KLCC: Get a new gate system. The current one sucks. Or have someone there weekend mornings to receive money with one hand and the gate lever in the other.

Additionally, a pox on the testicles on each of the drivers that jumped the queue that morning.


We'll Be Back October

09 March 2006 | Hisham | | Misc Sci-Fi, TV
Not "we" as in Hishgraphics.

Have a dolly to play with til OctoberAccording to the press release, we have seven months to sit around, twiddle our thumbs and tap our toes to catch the third season of Battlestar Galactica. The 90-minute second season finale will be aired on Friday. I guess I can wait, watch the news or the cool, flashy ads they air on TV until then.

Scott Collura of Now Playing Magazine wrote of the impending third season: "The network press release promises “even more of the drama, intrigue, and action that viewers have come to expect from the series,” which sounds like typical PR talk – until you remember that Battlestar Galactica has so far provided us with more drama, intrigue, and action than we could ever have hoped for."

Amen to that.

To BB, Jo-Jo, Reilly, Beano, Dipper, Flat Top, Chuckles, Jolly, Crashdown, Sheppard, Dash, Flyboy, Stepchild, Puppet, Fireball...

To all of 'em.


The Library

07 March 2006 | sila | | Books

At the end of last summer, we finally finished our library project. We turned the front room from a room where the books were stacked on the floor to having books sorted out on bookshelves.

OK, let's admit it. Neither Vin nor I are handy enough to actually build our own bookshelves, believe me we have enough trouble trying to assemble anything that has the tag "Some assembly required", so Josh, our friend Jeanne's grandson was commissioned to do the actual building. Here's a little photojournal of the evolution of our library.


Sometimes I Swear...

06 March 2006 | Hisham | | Rants
... minus the dog and the rice wine, this show is Irfan, Ain & I turned into a Japanese cartoon. Even down to Irfan pronouncing words wrong hilariously.
Crayon Shinchan

Illustration Friday: Insect

04 March 2006 | Hisham | | Artwork
It's been a while since I submitted something for Illustration Friday. So here's the first for 2006, I believe.

I came up with it quick and dirty, taking only about 45 minutes to whip this up. Apologies to all rhinoceros beetles worldwide for any discrepancies in anatomy.

Click on the thumbnail below to view the full image.


Another of Irfan's Uncles A-visiting

02 March 2006 | Hisham | | ACS Memories, Recent News

Tonight was the first time Irfan met his Uncle Kok Soon, my former schoolmate from way back when Knight Rider was on TV, and perhaps even before. Irfan immediately took a liking to him, trying to impress him with his dinosaur book, his toy cars and his familiarity to the lyrics of the Firefly theme. We had light meal at mamak shop before that, then headed back to our house for a chat. It was great having Kok Soon as a guest for the night, talking about trials and tribulation of life, perseverence, spirituality, xenomorph facehuggers and such. Before midnight, he had to go home back to Bukit Antarabangsa.

Click on the thumbnail to view a larger image.

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