Tomorrow I Go Off To Langkawi

30 November 2007 | Hisham | | Recent News

I go tomorrow not for vacation, but for work. I can't wait for it to be over.

Ain and Irfan aren't here with me now. They're at Taiping attending Cik Eda's wedding. I miss them. (No doubt Sila will be posting an entries with pictures of the event.)

Ain and Irfan will be back on the 2nd, which means I wont be seeing them before I leave for Langkawi.

I will be back on the 9th. I wont be seeing Vin and Sila again before they leave for home.

It's going to be a long week.


Irfan, Uncles and Anti-Gravity

18 November 2007 | Hisham | | Family Pics

Irfan went swimming this morning at the building's swimming pool.

With him went his Opah Cu and his uncles, Pak Ngah and Pak Cu.

Thanks to exotic technology that manipulates gravitons, Irfan, Pak Ngah and Pak Cu were floating about on the water using anti-gravity. Atuk Irfan was there to take pictures of the amazing event with his camera.

Here are several images of the wire-fu hijinks.

We've lost artificial gravity!!!!

Irfan Gets a Diploma

17 November 2007 | Hisham | | Family Pics
There was a ceremony today. It was organised by the owners of the kindergartens, one of which was Irfan's. So today Irfan got a diploma.

Before that, though, there were a couple of speeches and performances by 5- and 6-year-olds.

Irfan's class performed a little dance. The music went along the lines of "going to the zoo". Some kids were the zoo animals. Some were trees. Irfan was the middle 'O' of the word 'ZOO' and was in the middle of the back row probably because of his height. No surprise, cause that's where I was usually placed in old school photos as well.


Three Recent SWAG Requests

16 November 2007 | Hisham | | Artwork, Star Wars

Berdan AngantireRyavar DarekJacen FelHere are three recent Star Wars Artist Guild requests. Each thumbnail is a link to a bigger artwork.

From left to right: Berdan Ngajio Angantire is a Mandalorian Death Watchman's son, Ryavar Darek is a Togorian Jedi and Jacen Fel is an Imperial Knight from the Legacy era. Click on the links on their names to view even larger pieces of artwork on deviantArt. There are links to the SWAG pages from the deviantArt pages.


Guess Who's Back In Town?

12 November 2007 | Hisham | | Family Pics
Cik Dik, Ayah Cik and Irfan in between

What the title says....


Starships of the Galaxy by Uncle Gary

10 November 2007 | Hisham | | Friends, Role Playing Games, Star Wars

Starships of the Galaxy Saga EditionAnother one of Irfan's Uncle Gary's writing project has been officially been announced by Wizards of the Coast, which is Starships of the Galaxy for Star Wars Roleplaying Game - Saga Edition Core Rulebook the third edition of the d20 gaming rules.

The book was a collaborative effort between Gary, Owen Stephens and Rodney Thompson.

I've seen the Saga Edition Core Rulebook on display at Kinokuniya the other day, but I haven't bought it yet. I've heard good reviews about it and maybe someday I'll get a crew together to sit down and play it. Heck, I've only played the d20 revised core rule book version via a Play-By-E-Mail game that didn't really finish.

Maybe I'll start a new crew beginning with this little guy beside me not really quietly playing with the N-1 fighter I got 8 years ago free with a Happy Meal.

But the real question about the book is: does it have the stats and a write-up for the super awesomely fast Millennium Hawk in there?

You can't have a starship book without the Millennium Hawk for sure.

Meanwhile, Gary's brought me to the attention of the planet Irfan at the Star Wars Wiki, which is the planet he named for our Irfan back in 2004 in the article in the now-defunct Polyhedron magazine. Here's an old Hishgraphics blog article mentioning it. I've actually tried once looking for the entry for Irfan at the Star Wars Wiki, but it was more than a year ago so the article might not have existed then.


October Reading list (aka "The Janet Evanovich Month")

07 November 2007 | sila | | Books
One for the Money

Books Read

A Year in the Merde by Stephen Clarke
One for the Money by Janet Evanovich
number9dream by David Mitchell
Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich
Three to get Deadly by Janet Evanovich
Shadow of the Giant by Orson Scott Card
Four to Score by Janet Evanovich

Books Bought

A bunch of Stephanie Plum novels by Janet Evanovich


Horror Tag

06 November 2007 | sila | | Movie Review

Since Simple American tagged me for this Horror Movie meme, here we go! Sorry for it being a few days after Halloween but my days have been pretty hectic lately!

In all honesty, I'm seriously a coward when it comes to horror movies. The supernatural just freaks me out for some reason! I mean, give me a good old blood and gore flick, and I'm totally fine, but throw in any element of the supernatural (ghosts, ghouls, ESP, whatever) and I'm outta there. I used to have nightmares when I was little, so I stopped watching horror movies. I can't even be the last person downstairs and walk upstairs turning the lights out as I am convinced "something" will jump out of the darkness and get me, or that if I look back, I will see red eyes shining right back at me. But, since Jerry wanted to know what scares the bejeebers out of me, I'll put out the list. :-)


Carpooling Has Its Rewards

04 November 2007 | Hisham | | TV

SHERRI!!!!!Sila has introduced me to the best new sitcom this year.

It's called Carpoolers.

Every episode knocks me out cold laughing.

Marmaduke is the best character ever. "Dasher? That's a stupid name. My name's Marmaduke"

And I can never ever listen to Air Supply's All Out Of Love again without breaking into a laugh.



Ten Terrifying Tales of Terror: A Tag

01 November 2007 | Hisham | | Movie Review

Thanks to Jerry of Simple America for this tag. To find ten tales of terror I've isn't quite as easy as it sounds.

I've seen very few horror movies when I was younger, and I found out in my late teens that horror doesn't really affect me as much as I thought it did. Not to say that I'm totally impervious to them. I still do flinch when gore catches me by surprise. But to determine which movie actually causes you to feel horror, to have an unsettling thought form in your mind while watching the movie and stay with you for years on end, now that is something to write about.

I've seen a lot of supposedly horror movies, but they just don't affect me because they're too focused on gory deaths or has a premise that is clearly too far detached from reality (as opposed to suggesting it, which to me works better).

I will list out each movies as a mini-review with a bit of spoilers.