Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Acronyms

PCMCIA - People Can't Memorize Computer Industry Acronyms
ISDN - It Still Does Nothing
APPLE - Arrogance Produces Profit-Losing Entity
SCSI - System Can't See It
DOS - Defunct Operating System
BASIC - Bill's Attempt to Seize Industry Control
IBM - I Blame Microsoft
DEC - Do Expect Cuts
CD-ROM - Consumer Device, Rendered Obsolete in Months
OS/2 - Obsolete Soon, Too.
WWW - World Wide Wait
MACINTOSH - Most Applications Crash; If Not, The Operating System Hangs

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

French 'suicide'

A state prosecutor in Marseilles, France has ruled the death of
politician a suicide, despite the fact that the man was shot five
times. Authorities are sticking to their theory that Andre Isolde shot
himself in the wrist, stomach, groin, and throat, before finally
aiming at his head...

Monday, July 21, 2008

RA3 Q&A question

During one of the Red Alert 3 Q&A sessions, the following was asked:


Will the aircraft have pilots like in C&C Generals, because that was one of the best features of Generals, to promote other units with downed pilots? –nightpish





The team's response:


No, aircraft units are self-contained and don’t have individual pilots. Red Alert 3 pilots are brave, and don’t resort to cowardly acts like ejecting out of their burning aircraft.




Brave, or suicidal?

Monday, July 14, 2008

Wojtek

Seeing as Wikipedia has no copyright but has copyleft instead, here is an interesting story!


Wojtek (1942-1963; ['vɔjtɛk]) usually spelt Voytek in Britain, was a Syrian Brown Bear cub adopted by soldiers of the 22 Kompania Zaopatrywania Artylerii (22nd. Artillery Supply Company) of the Polish II Corps. During the Battle of Monte Cassino, Wojtek helped to move ammunition.

In 1942 a local boy found a bear-cub near Hamadan in Persia (Iran). He sold it to the soldiers of the Polish Army stationed nearby for a couple of canned meat tins. As the bear was less than a year old, it initially had problems swallowing and was fed with condensed milk from an emptied vodka bottle. The bear became quite an attraction for soldiers and civilians alike, and soon became an unofficial mascot of all units stationed nearby. Because of that, it was officially drafted into the Polish Army and was listed among the soldiers of the 22nd Artillery Supply Company of the Polish II Corps. Together with it he moved to Iraq and then through Syria, Palestine and Egypt to southern Italy.

The bear was fed with fruits, marmalade, honey and syrup, and was often rewarded with beer, which became his favourite drink. He also enjoyed eating cigarettes. As one of the officially enlisted "soldiers" of the company, he was sleeping with the other men in their tents or in a special wooden crate transported on lorries. According to numerous accounts, during the Battle of Monte Cassino Wojtek helped his patrons by transporting ammunition - and never dropped any crate. In recognition of the bear's popularity the HQ approved an effigy of a bear holding an artillery shell as the official emblem of the 22nd Company (by then renamed to 22nd Transport Company).

Following the end of World War II in 1945, the bear (along with parts of the II Corps) was transported to Berwickshire in Scotland. Stationed in the village of Hutton, near Duns, Wojtek soon became popular among local civilians and the press. The Polish-Scottish Association made Wojtek one of its honorary members. Following the demobilization, on November 15, 1947, Wojtek was given to the Edinburgh Zoo. There Wojtek spent the rest of his days, often visited by journalists and former Polish soldiers, some of whom would toss him cigarettes. Wojtek died in December of 1963, at the age of 22. At the time of his death he weighed nearly 500 pounds (250 kilograms) and had a length of over 6 feet (180 centimetres).

The media attention contributed to Wojtek's popularity. He was a frequent guest of BBC's Blue Peter program. Among memorial plaques commemorating the bear-soldier are a stone tablet in the Edinburgh Zoo, plaques in the Imperial War Museum and the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, as well as a monument in Sikorski's Museum in London. There are proposals to erect a memorial in Edinburgh. It is said that Prince Charles, when visiting the Imperial War Museum with his sons, remarked to the guide that there was no need to tell the story of Wojtek since all three of them knew it well.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

train-flagging

Train-spotting is a hobby. Train-flagging is......


The YAM group went for lunch today after service as usual. Destination: Changi Airport
At Tanah Merah station, SOMEONE tried to get the group to all stick our hands out and flag down the incoming train. In the end, she ended up getting one participant for a total of two people: