Saturday, July 24, 2004

Stargate Atlantis

Stargate Atlantis

The Solar Channel has been showing Stargate SG-1 for some time now, and I have grown quite fond of the series. Partly because of McGyver. Come on, who wasn't addicted to that show? I learned how to freeze water with just a Swiss knife and a pack of gum, with a little help from a canister of liquid nitrogen.
Anyway, I was pleased to learn that they are making a spin-off series, Stargate Atlantis. I was quite intrigued by the backstory of the new series. And yesterday, I was finally able to watch it. My initial impression was: "It looks promising", but the characters need to be fleshed out a bit more. Without going into the details, the series' story has some similarities with Startrek: Voyager.
I expect great things from this series, and since it isn't being handled by FOX, it's safe to say that it won't be canned in it's first couple of seasons.

Friday, July 23, 2004

In This Man's Army...

Well, here's some good news for the boys and girls in uniform. I guess, anything to keep morale up.

Friday, July 16, 2004

Fire and Forget

He's in my sights, and he's dead.
Posted by Rhochie

I was reading an article written by a U.S. Marine sniper detailing his team's actions during the first weeks of the war in Iraq. In it, he and his spotter were ordered to defend a position just south of Baghdad; it was a spot overlooking a long stretch of road where enemy movements could easily be monitored.

What struck me as odd was how matter-of-factly his descriptions were regarding his actions against anyone who might be considered a threat. It was as if he was describing what he did for the summer or what he had for lunch. He was more affected by the fact that the vehicles they shot at exploded into flames:
For some reason, we hit something critical because the gas tank exploded in a ball of flame, just like in the movies! I thought that cars and trucks blowing up when you shot at them was just Hollywood, but this one did exactly that.

In the end, they racked up 32 confirmed kills.

Through the Lens

Picture of the Day - I took this picture on the way to the hospital.

That looks like trouble.

It's one of the three bulls, and that guy's gonna have a hard time sitting down for a couple of weeks.

Elsewhere, the law cracks down hard on traffic violators.
Posted by Rhochie

Saturday, July 10, 2004


Just got back from the wargame. Here's a picture of the gamesite.
Posted by Rhochie

Speaking of war, avoiding runaway passenger jeepneys and buses on the trip home is akin to dodging bullets and artillery shells. Those things are accidents waiting to happen, and I don't want to be around when it does. So I do the next best thing, I swerve in and out of traffic to avoid those freakin' idiots.

It's in the Game!

"Bah! Golf!", my father would often say, "You hit a ball and run after it again. Stop wasting your time." I guess he misses the whole point of the game. It's not just hitting the ball and sinking it into the hole; it's also about bonding. And in my case, the closest thing to communing with Mother Nature.

My wife is eager to learn how to play, maybe soon, I'll teach her. There's always the risk of her getting thick legs and thighs from all the walking; there's always the golf cart.

He took the words right out of my mouth.  Courtesy of Penny Arcade.

Yeah, alcohol can help with your golf game. Maybe not your swing, but certainly with the counting of the strokes.

Friday, July 09, 2004

Bullies and Pussies

Sad day this morning as the country woke up to learn that one of their countrymen was captured by a bunch of Iraqi insurgents. They're threatening to behead him if the Philippine government does not pull out her security forces stationed in Iraq; they set a 72 hour deadline or else. I need not mention that these are bullies of the highest order.

The fact that we are used to such threats, thanks to the Abu Sayyaf, makes this news easier to digest. And now, the left-leaning overseas labor group 'MIGRANTE' has taken the government to task, stating that the government's support of American policies regarding Iraq has made Filipinos juicy targets for attacks. What a bunch of...

Give in? That's what they did when the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) kidnapped several tourists and demanded millions for their release. Thanks to that mistake, they had enough money and resources to operate for years.

I say pull out all the civilians who wish to be evacuated, and those who do not want to leave should be made to understand the risks involved if they are to stay in a hot zone. Our security forces should stay on until their tour is up, from what I understand, until the 30th of August.

Wednesday, July 07, 2004

The Webs We Weave...

We finally watched the "Spider-Man 2", and I must say, it's the BEST I've seen so far. Glad to see that the ones responsible for making the movie didn't try to mess with the story (*cough* Hulk *cough*).

Tuesday, July 06, 2004

I'm Walking on Sunshine.

Pretty soon, MERALCO can kiss my ass AND my money goodbye.