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Ok, I admit that I've failed somewhere before. But anyway welcome. Just a brief intro on what you should expect here:
1. Football. Not gonna post much of that any soon since season is over. :S
2. Anime, Games, etc. Just abt anything conceivable under the Japanese radar barring anything and everything Rule 34. Now that's illegal. Period. -.-;
3. Music. Everything to do with it is listed under the tab.
5. Unacceptable humour: Anything and everything is fair game here. As long as I don't get rounded up by the ISA. -.-'

6.
The Known World=Fantasy world building in process. I: Used to be glossary, now devoted to random rambling; II: Character Concepts; III: Lore.
7. der Wolf=my Fictionpress account under the moniker Tsumujikaze no Soujutsu. A Ranger's Tale is hosted under this page. :)
8. New section now upped. Maybe I should also gun for upping A Ranger's Tale here since I do have this funny feeling that traffic coming to here is way more than whatever I'll get in FP.

Statement of intent: Everything said here is a figment of personal opinion, be it me or anybody commenting. I try to be responsible, but my parents=/=parents of the world.

@Druid of Luhn: Crap. Should have remembered far earlier to give you the credit for your CSS text box code. :(

A/N: But sadly, it seems that your CSS text box code has now been halved efficiency wise. :(

That most important note I should have added: Any images posted in this blog are NOT my own stuff. I got them from Google image search, I don't earn any shit by being a thief and liar. Those responsible for the pictures, rest assured that you all are great artists in your own regards. Sadly, we all know what limited space means in terms of posting.

Latest Note: Changed alignment for my page widgets due to my worry that I can't centre align the thing.

Note on A Ranger's Tale: In case any complaining fella wants to have a legal case with me, let this be known that A Ranger's Tale is rated M by default. I've upped the swearing and somewhat a bit on the dark/gritty factor. You all have been warned, let no little boy and girl enter the forbidden realm.

Latest on ART: A Ranger's Tale now starting to kick back in gear. But I really hate the insanely fluctuating climate here in S'pore.

P.S: Oh, and one more thing. Vid below is yet another ideal OP for A Ranger's Tale.

Friday, 30 November 2012

In preparation for 13th of Dec 2012...

Because if you think the best romance hails from the Twilight series or Fifty Shades trilogy, you're a retard. Don't believe me, suckers?

I'll show you the actual proof:
Most heartfelt tribute, 100% no faking guaranteed.


Original Lyrics in Sindarin
I*nimwaloth i bain a phant,
I laiss in end calen nadhras,
A egennir galad vin lant
En elin vi uialthiliol
Tinúviel i lilthas ias
Na lind o *simp dholen a brand,
A vi finnil dîn glîn ennas,
A vi chammad dîn míriol.

Nu laiss Beren erui padas,
Ab aegais ring dad túliel,
Ennas i *elduin sirias
Ho nûr a erui reniol
Min laiss en-gwaloth tíriel
Glinthant ’lassui mellys ennas
Na choll a rainc dîn derthiel
Sui esgal finnil dîn aphadol

I lûth nestant i dail naegrol
Berthennin dhyl athreviad;
Agamp geleg ho vell, bragol,
Mabant ithildim thiliol.
Trî ‘aladhremmin *eldorath
He dregas fair na dail lilthol
Awarthant Beren reniad
Erui vi daur dhínen lastol.

Sui laiss dulus i thail ellint
Lastant ennas lhyss reviol,
A vi imlaid thyrin i lind,
Ennas eithelui tuiol.
Si *nimwaloth i tharn, thinnol
a thloss ab loss vin chelch thind
laiss e-mrethil vi daur dharthol
hain sui gwilwileth sí dannol.

Ún chir hen revias palan
Erin laiss caedennin ennas,
Nu ‘ilgalad a nui gúran
Vi menel edhring míriol.
Nu ithildim coll dîn tinnas
Sui caw amon, haeron a brann
Nadail dîn peliol, lilthas
I chîth gelebren hwiniol.

Udul he ad ne thrîw dregol,
Linn dîn leithiant i ethuil,
Sui tuilinn a rhoss dannol,
A nen udul o loss glavrol.
Egenn tuiad niphredil
Na dail dîn, nestas aphadol
anírant lilthad na mrennil
Linnol am nadhras úbrestol.

He dregas ad, dan ho nerant,
Tinúviel! Tinúviel!
Eneg edhellen dîn estant;
adhor ennas lû hen lastol.
Ne phost thent Beren, túliel
Na lûth ed lam dîn gen gwedhant 
Barthannen si Tinúviel
Dorthas vi rainc dîn thiliol.

Beren tirant na chîn iell 
Vi ‘wath finnil dîn velui,
O elenath aglar menel
Egent ennas i míriol.
Tinúviel *elvanui 
Elleth alfirin *edhelhael,
O hon ring finnil fuinui
A rainc gelebrin thiliol.

I dhoer manath únodui,
Trî annon dûr, angren thamas 
Am ered gondeb, hithui
A thaur dhúatheb angoeol.
I aearon min hain dorthas,
Govanner hai na vedui,
Pelanner io anann ennas
Úníniel vi daur linnol.

* not attested or reconstruced -simp == reconstruction from Quenyan _simpa_ flute† Tinúvielelvanui … gelebrinthilioltranslated by David Salo for the LOTR movies

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Monday, 26 November 2012

Dude, where's my war?

“若不用陆伯言,则东吴休矣!” ~阚泽
Background
[初,先主忿孙权之袭关羽,将东征,秋七月,遂帅诸军伐吴。孙权遣书请和,先主盛怒不许,吴将陆议、李异、刘阿等屯巫、秭归;将军吴班、冯习自巫攻破异等,军次秭归,武陵五谿蛮夷遣使请兵。] 
《三国志:先主传

[At the beginning, the First Lord was angered by Sun Quan's decision to attack Guan Yu, hence his decision to attack eastbound. During the seventh month of autumn, Liu Bei led his generals and armies to declare war on Wu. Sun Quan's plea for truce went to deaf ears as the Wu generals Lu Yi, Li Sheng, Liu E, etc stationed themselves in the vincity of Wu, Zi Gui; (Shu) generals Wu Ban and Feng Xi defeated Sheng and the rest as the (Shu) forces reached Zi Gui with Liu Bei sending forth emissaries to recruit soldiers from the minority tribes along the five streams of Wu Ling]
《Record of the Three Kingdoms: Account of the First Lord》

Sun Quan's Leo Messi
[陆逊字伯言,吴郡吴人也。本名仪,世江东大族。逊少孤,随从祖庐江太守康在官。]
《三国志:陆逊传

[Lu Xun styled Boyan, a local native of the Wu county. Originally named Yi, he was part of a famed clan in the region of Jiangdong. Orphaned since young, Xun followed his paternal relative Kang who was the Grand Administrator of Lujiang as a fellow official]
《Record of the Three Kingdoms: Account of Lu Xun》

Deployment SOP
[二年春正月,先主军还秭归,将军吴班、陈式水军屯夷陵,夹江东西岸。]
《三国志:先主传

[During the spring of the second year (of Zhang Wu), the First Lord returned to Zi Gui as generals Wu Ban, Chen Shi led the navy encampment at Yiling in order to occupy either side of Jiangdong's western river coast]
《Record of the Three Kingdoms: Account of the First Lord》


[黄武元年,刘备率大众来向西界,权命逊为大都督、假节,督朱然、潘璋、宋谦、韩当、徐盛、鲜于丹、孙桓等五万人拒之。]
《三国志:陆逊传

[During the first year of Huang Wu, Liu Bei led a great army towards the western borders. (Sun) Quan made Xun as the Grand Commander cum de-facto envoy in order to lead Zhu Ran, Pan Zhang, Song Qian, Han Dang, Xu Sheng, Xianyu Dan, Sun Huan and the rest to repel the invaders with fifty thousand men.]
《Record of the Three Kingdoms: Account of Lu Xun》

Analysis: The location of Yiling is basically just in front of the Wu region with Zi Gui wedged in between, i.e. the Shu forces actually defeated the Wu army stationed at Wu before reaching Zi Gui with Yiling at most forefront so as to speak. The moment where Sun Quan set down his holy orders to Lu Xun was during the first year of Cao Pi's reign (i.e. the Huang Chu [黄初] calender). Coincidentally (or maybe not), Liu Bei declared his own hegemony in the form of Shu Han soon after. Interestingly enough, the Huang Chu calender was preceded by the Yan Kang [延康] calender, both which were instilled during AD 220 while Liu Bei setting up shop was one year later i.e. AD221. The Zhang Wu [章武] calender was set up within the Shu Han hegemony upon everything made official. As for the first year of Huang Wu, it was during AD222. More famously known as the first year of the Battle of Xiaoting (猇亭之战), i.e. better known as the Battle of Yiling (夷陵之战). And that damned war lasted only for a year. Why? Because Sun Zi (author of that most famous Art of War logic) had always been a cynical pacifist from the heart. i.e. he's an advocate of ending wars asap because... well you know everyone tend to say that civilians are the only innocent party and they're actually the greatest majority. >.<

Shu Han's KPI: Wu Ban and Chen Shi managed to reach Yiling, but did they hit the jackpot? Yiling had always been the bulwark between the Yi Province (益州) and the Jing Province (荆州) now owned by Sun Quan only because Guan Yu was actually stupid enough to be owned by Lu Xun's Almighty-Art-Thou bluff letter during the former's beef with Cao Ren (曹仁), much better known as the Battle of Fan City (樊城之战). Total victory for Guan Yu? Yep he was man enough to execute that Pang De (庞徳) who refused to repent while Yu Jin (于禁) decided that repentance was now at hand. For whatever reasons unwritten by Chen Shou despite the history of Cao Wei being the most clear cut out of all the three sub-volumes i.e. Book of Wei (魏书) , Book of Shu (蜀书) and Book of Wu (吴书), nobody knows why a man of steel like Yu Jin could raise the white flag. Even Cao Cao's only reaction affordable was a WTF lament. (“吾知禁三十年,何意临危处难,反不如庞德邪!”).

Okay, I'm digressing here since we all know how Guan Yu managed to drown one entire big ass army due to shit outta luck climate itself (水淹七军). But what I'm trying to say is this: Is Yiling that easy to take down? Having fifty thousand guys was one thing, telling them to sit back and suck thumb being quite another. Most notably though was the fact that all the major blokes under that little upstart (who might have looked weirdly like some Korean boyband member during the most recent SM Town Live Tour III) were decorated soldiers. In particularly, Han Dang, being one of the surviving generals serving under Sun Jian (孙坚) and Sun Ce (孙策) beforehand was the default laojiao (i.e. veteran in Singlish) with Xu Sheng managing to pull off that orjiao expression (i.e. Bad-Badtz-maru's raspberry special) far later on against Cao Pi's equally, if not bigger ass army (okay not that long anyway. Soon after the conclusion of this battle that is).

Siege SOP
[二月,先主自秭归率诸将进军,缘山截岭,于夷道猇亭驻营,自佷山佷,音恒。]
《三国志:先主传


[During the second month, the First Lord led his troops from Zi Gui unto Xiaoting situated along the path of Yi(ling) with the encampments situated against the back of echoing mountains.]
《Record of the Three Kingdoms: Account of the First Lord》


[备从巫峡、建平连围至夷陵界,立数十屯...]
《三国志:陆逊传

[(Liu) Bei deployed tens of encampment linking from the Wu valley and Jianping unto the boundaries of Yiling...]
《Record of the Three Kingdoms: Account of Lu Xun》

Analysis: Everything must upgrade, upgrade lah! Therefore...

[通武陵,遣侍中马良安慰五谿蛮夷,咸相率响应。]
《三国志:先主传

[Via Wuling, (Liu Bei) sent the Grand Chamberlain Ma Liang to negotiate with the minority tribes of the five streams and they responded positively.]
《Record of the Three Kingdoms: Account of the First Lord》

Shu Han's KPI: Confirmed upgrade liao...

Sun Wu's KPI:
[当御备时,诸将军或是孙策时旧将,或公室贵戚,各自矜恃,不相听从。]
《三国志:陆逊传

[Upon defending against Liu Bei, the generals at that time were either veterans under the late Sun Ce or the nobility themselves. All full of themselves, everyone refused to obey.]
《Record of the Three Kingdoms: Account of Lu Xun》

Analysis: Grade D for Disunited

[逊案剑曰:"刘备天下知名,曹操所惮,今在境界,此强对也。诸君并荷国恩,当相辑睦,共剪此虏,上报所受,而不相顺,非所谓也。仆虽书生,受命主上。国家所以屈诸君使相承望者,以仆有尺寸可称,能忍辱负重故也。各在其事,岂复得辞! 军令有常,不可犯矣。"]
《三国志:陆逊传

[Xun gripped his sword and declared: "Liu Bei is renowned throughout, even Cao Caois wary of him. Indeed a dangerous adversary has come to our borders. All of us must be united because we've truly benefited from our country. Hence it's natural for us to cut off this enemy together to repay our gratitude and not fight against each other. Although I as a vassal am merely a scholar, yet I'm still under the orders of our lord. Why the country can bequeath such all of you under me is down to my willingness to endure shame and humility. Everyone has his own task, why make up excuses repeatedly? The military law can never be changed, hence do not challenge it."]
《Record of the Three Kingdoms: Account of Lu Xun》

Lu Xun's KPI: A+ for eloquence.

The Real SOP
[先遣吴班将数千人于平地立营,欲以挑战。诸将皆欲击之,逊曰:"此必有谲,且观之。"]
《三国志:陆逊传

[(Liu Bei) first sent Wu Ban leading a force few thousand strong in an attempt to stage a challenge. All generals desired to attack the enemy, yet Xun said: "There must be trickery hidden within. Let us continue to observe."]
《Record of the Three Kingdoms: Account of Lu Xun》

Lu Xun's KPI: Graded F. Because everybody believed their common decision should graded A+ instead.

[诸将并欲迎击备,逊以为不可,曰:“备举军东下,锐气始盛,且乘高守险,难可卒攻,攻之纵下,犹难尽克,若有不利,损我大势,非小故也。今但且奖厉将士,广施方略,以观其变。若此间是平原旷野,当恐有颠沛交驰之忧,今缘山行军,势不得展,自当罢于木石之间,徐制其弊耳。”诸将不解,以为逊畏之,各怀愤恨。]
《三国志:陆逊传

[All insisted on attacking Bei, only Xun decided against it, saying: "Bei's army morale is on the rise ever since coming down eastbound. Moreover, he has a defensive advantage upon merit of high ground, hence we cannot attack recklessly. Should we commit our forces without success, we will lose every momentum and such is no small matter. Now we must encourage and reward the soldiers and consider every strategic option in order to look out for any change in situation. Should the very terrain is that of plains and wilderness, we must be wary of any unwanted confusion upon engagement. But now that they are crossing the mountains, they won't be able to build up their momentum any more. Thus, their option to be deployed within rocky forests in order to attack us silently." The generals however did not understand, only believing Xun to be a coward, hence their respective anger.]
《Record of the Three Kingdoms: Account of Lu Xun》

Lu Xun's KPI: Still graded F. Because the only difference between the rest and the truly politically incorrect is this:

[镇北将军黄权督江北诸军,与吴军相拒于夷陵道。]
《三国志:先主传

[The General Who Guards The North, Huang Quan supervised the forces at Jiangbei to stage a standoff against the Wu army at the pathway of Yiling.]
《Record of the Three Kingdoms: Account of the First Lord》

Shu Han's KPI: Only a B. Because...

[将东伐吴,权谏曰:“吴人悍战,又水军顺流,进易退难,臣请为先驱以当寇,陛下宜为后镇。”先主不从,以权为镇北将军,督江北军以防魏师。]
三国志:黄权传》

[...upon planning to invade Eastern Wu, Quan advised: "The Wu soldiers are valorous and upon embarking downstream, it will be easy to advance but difficult to retreat. Therefore I humbly beseech my lord to entrust upon me the task of vanguard to screen the frontline while Your Majesty stay at the back." The First Lord refused as he instilled Quan as the General Who Guards The North in order to lead the Jiangbei troops against any surprise attack from the Wei army.]
《Record of the Three Kingdoms: Account of Huang Quan》

Huang Quan's KPI: Graded S for Sibehsuay.

Year end bonus lai liao lor!!!!
[备知其计不可,乃引伏兵八千,从谷中出。逊曰:"所以不听诸君击班者,揣之必有巧故也。"]
《三国志:陆逊传

[Bei knew his ploy was foiled, hence leading out from the valley eight thousand men otherwise intended as ambush troops. Xun stated: "And this is why I refused to listen to your gracious advice, for i knew there must be a reason behind."]
《Record of the Three Kingdoms: Account of Lu Xun》

Lu Xun's KPI: From D to F. Now from F confirm upgraded to B. Of course B means boleh (Malay for can/able to/possible) lah!

But firstly, a mini cross examination
["夷陵要害,国之关限,虽为易得,亦复易失。失之非徒损一郡之地,荆州可忧。今日争之,当令必谐。备干天常,不守窟穴,而敢自送。臣虽不材,凭奉威灵,以顺讨逆,破坏在近。寻备前后行军,多败少成。推此论之,不足为戚。臣初嫌之,水陆俱进,今反舍船就步,处处结营,察其布置,必无他变。伏愿至尊高枕,不以为念也。"]

["Yiling is utmost vital to the country as a pass. Although we gained it easily, we can just as easily lose it. What is truly at stake is not merely a county's land, but the entire Jing Province as well. Now we must fight for this very ground. Bei is an exceptional talent, yet he dared to commit his troops without fortifying the caves. Though I might not be talented enough, yet we can still achieve victory via going with the flow. Upon analysing Bei's army movement before and after, very little has been achieved with a far more lack in success incurred. From my judgment, everything is now unworthy of being feared. Your humble vassal was once wary upon the enemy advancing via river and land. Yet by abandoning the ships and going by foot while building multiple encampments, I know nothing has changed due to the nature of formation. I hereby beseech my lord to rest peacefully, for there is nothing to be worried about."]
- Lu Xun say one, who confirm?
X
["攻备当在初,今乃令人五六百里,相衔持经七八月,其诸要害皆以固守,击之必无利矣。"]

["We should have attacked Bei at the very beginning. Now that he had commanded his men to stand their ground five to six hundred li away with seven months or eight passed by, we won't gain anything advantage by attacking since the enemy are still defending the vital ground."]
- Longzong (Hokkien dialect for everybody) say one, all confirm!
X
["备是猾虏,更尝事多,其军始集,思虑精专,未可干也。今住己久,不得我便,兵疲意沮,计不复生,掎角此寇,正在今日。"]

["Bei is a crafty villain with vast experience. Knowing the nature of his forces together with his strategic acumen, it will be futile to do so. Now that they've stayed for long without gaining a leverage over us, morale is at a new low as his ploys can never be repeated. Now is the moment to route this enemy."]
- Lu Xun very boh-hosei (Singlish for not being on/cool) one leh! Follow the rest lah!

See who get bonus first...

[乃先攻一营,不利。诸将皆曰:"空杀兵耳。"]

[Upon failure in attacking one of the camps, the generals all said: "Indeed a waste of effort."]
- Now longzong make noise liao...

[逊曰:"吾已晓破之之术。"乃敕各持一把茅,以火攻拔之。一尔势成,通率诸军同时俱攻,斩张南、冯习及胡王沙靡柯等首,破其四十余营。备将杜路、刘宁等穷逼请降。备升马鞍山,陈兵自绕。逊督促诸军四面蹙之,土崩瓦解,死者万数。]

[Xun replied: "I now know the way to vanquish the enemy." Hence ordering every troop to hold a handful of hay in order to route them by fire. The flames swiftly gained dominance as all the forces attack at the same time. The likes of Zhang Nan, Feng Xi and the Hu lord Shamo'ke were slain as more than forty encampments were breached. The generals Du Lu, Liu Ning surrendered due to unavoidable circumstances while Liu Bei rallied the survivors and elevate them to on a defensive position atop Mount Ma'an. Xun commanded the army to induce a massive landslide where ten thousands perished as a result]


[备因夜遁,驿人自担烧铙铠断后,仅得入白帝城。其舟船器械,水步军资,一时略尽,尸骸漂流,塞江而下。备大惭恚,曰:"吾乃为逊所折辱,岂非天邪!"]

[Bei escaped throughout the night with the local sentries burning the equipment in order to prevent pursuit. Only by then did Liu Bei managed to escape into the city of Baidi. All combat resources were lost as bodies of the dead congested the river. Liu Bei was extremely ashamed, lamenting: "I was never humiliated by Heaven's jinx, but rather Xun himself!"]

Final appraisal on the KPI

Sega removed the Sangokushi Taisen 3 OST tracks from YouTube. Just like how Sony play their hand. But am I complaining? Well, here's my answer to the question:

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Kork M.Hancock, Rogue Economist: One shot column on English football and its impact on global economy

Disclaimer!
A certain columnist believed that people tend to say mean things on the internet. And I know it's universal anyway.

Lowdown on the columnist
Kork.M.Hancock is a leading young star of the Rogue Economy Institute. Supposedly a promising student from H@rv*rd Uni dual majoring in political studies and economy, he was promptly expelled due to getting caught in the middle of watching porn while jacking himself off. Claims of intentional bullying went to nothing as Kork was... well left with nothing until REI offered him a spot in the Analysis Faculty.

Lowdown on the institute
Rogue Economy Institute is an unlisted think tank unaffiliated with any political party or even any given nation. Due to their inability to conduct terrorism (some say they're pretty much law abiding citizens although such claims were shot down just as fast), anything said in the columns should be taken with a grain of salt. Or so says the current Government regime. Whoever that may be anyway.




Ascertained Fact
Chelsea signed Rafa Benitez as the interim manager until end of season.


Insider sources unconfirmed
Roman owner promised a carrot of 300 million pounds for every domestic cup won by end of season. A league title won by end of season will fetch everyone in the first team squad an English villa custom made for each in Moscow itself. A Champion’s League title? Well, rumour has it that John Terry will be made new manager of Chelsea FC due to his exceptional performances on and off the pitch.

Impact on global economy
Crazy money has been flowing into global bookmaking site LadsGoneBroke.com. Odds of John Terry being the new permanent manager close season had gone down to an insane 1/20 paying rate with Pep Guardiola lagging behind on a 20/1. Owner of the site, Uncle Willy Large (suspected by the Interpools to be a white despite ambiguous claims that he’s a Tamil) has this to say:

Well, money sustains the world, no? I now living in a little island country with first world, infrastructure, first world anti-corruption system. Even recent president elections across the Atlantic, I also make lagi dua killing one hor! Without the lui, how can global economy survive? What? I got kenna lim kopi before or not? Eh, ah-dey. Get real lah! Anti-corrupt mata can do what to me? Actually hor, never kenna before. Eh wait a sec hor, you all on the phone, I think got someone calling himself Officer Lim Koh Pi knocking on my super upgraded villa now…


Ascertained Fact
Brendan Rodgers might not last that long after all at Liverpool.

Insider sources unconfirmed
Pep Guardiola agreed to an eight year deal due to his demands of shaping up the Anfield youth system rather than just a fat pay pocket.

Impact on global economy
Extreme success, but only in the 7th year of his contract. A lot of people had called for his head when he’s not even half through his first season. John W.Henry had to endure quite a lot of abuse because Liverpool were arguably screwed by another Spanish-U.S deadly combo before dear John stepped in. Thankfully, John W.Henry decided to utilize his reserve funds earned via his successful venture into the American baseball in which players looked weirdly like Sam Allardyce in dozens. To the English that is.

Of course all is not smooth sailing since the Brits enjoy laughing at the Yanks. Old Trafford was having a devilish laugh just like Chelsea can still only sing their own blues with the Gunners still playing like ten moving pretty goons plus one more in static. And rumours of a Mayan revival were indeed rife back during Tottenham’s only season of the Champion’s League quarter finals where they were soundly beaten by a now resurgent AS Roma with Francesco Totti still leading the team from the dugout at the ripe old age of 45.

In the end, the Anfield fairytale was indeed complete with a happy ending. They raked in big bucks, Merseyside’s economy was boosted as a result despite the Everton half benefitting as well and Pep is now dubbed as “El Shankly himself”.

The most significant impact on global economy? Merseyside’s booming tourism has actually boosted the global tourism industry with the latest spike in seasonal ticket pricing being fixed at a 200% increment.


Ascertained Fact
Martin O’Neill is still the gaffer of Sunderland A.F.C despite managing teams which will never score more than two goals on average per game. Be it win, lose or draw.

Insider sources unconfirmed
Niall Quinn was supposed to wield the axe at one point of time due to public pressure from the Mackems faithful. Yet upon rumours surfacing on the Goallolol forums on Roberto Martinez preparing to make the jump from the DW Stadium, Niall Quinn couldn’t really swing down the axe because the fans have gotten even far more hysterical by then. Calling Martinez “that stupid Spanish Smoggie” for reasons unknown even to themselves apart from their insistence that Martinez looked weirdly like Tony Mowbray himself, the Mackems would rather that O’Neill to stay put.
Of course Sunderland managed to achieve a respectable consistency throughout every season, so it’s a good thing.

The impact on global economy? Niall Quinn managed to acquire the Sund Daily owned by current (ex)media mogul Rupee Boondock. As a result, a certain event decades ago managed to create a lucrative venture between the Wearside itself and the entire Merseyside. Money started flowing in and Sunderland actually became a somewhat famous tourism spot. In fact, a good number of Singaporean tourists have made their presence known to the locals even unto the extent that the Mackems actually know Singlish and the Singaporeans actually understand the Mackem accent. Of course special credit has to go to Mr Goodison Xu Wen Cheng and Mr Anfield Chin Kwek Siong for making such an improbable ambition truly probable.

The impact on football? Singaporeans still don’t understand why Sunderland can never reach Europe thus far where in fact the Irish lads from Shamrock Rovers could qualify for the Europa League’s group stage last season.


Ascertained Fact
News have running wild in the tabloids that Stewart Downing is desperate (?) for a return back to his hometown club.
Insider sources unconfirmed
Apparently, someone either from Tyneside or the Wearside region managed to tap into current Boro manager Tony Mowbray’s office phone. Although the person arrested turned out instead to be an American supporting American football, whatever evidence gathered were actually partially leaked somehow.

???: Hey, Mogga, it’s me!

Mowbray: Who?

???: Yeah, it’s me, you dumb Smog!

Mowbray: Do I know you?

???: Okay, never mind that. How much are you willing to pay for Stewart Downing?

Mowbray: Do I look like a bloody mong to you? I’m not gonna screw my football philosophy over a player who can’t really fit in!

???: But he’s your ex-player!

Mowbray: So? I’d rather re-sign Adam Johnson. In fact, we should have retained him if not for my predecessor screwing up the entire wage bill. Steve Gibson was indeed right to convince me in believing in myself despite that thrice damned mutiny up north from those blasted Glasgow Scots. Not to mention the fact that no one in the English tabloids actually highlighted the fact that West Bromwich Albion getting relegated under my charge was down to my own stubborn insistence in playing attacking football. And that was even far earlier back.

???: But you know the ultimate rule in the Full Metal Alchemist anime?

Mowbray: Yeah, the Rule of Equivalent Trade. And I only read the manga. Full 27 volumes in all.

???: Great then! If I call you Ed, can I be your Al?

Mowbray: I know Edward Elric, but are you referring to Big Gay Al?

???: NO! I do NOT watch Comedy Central, I do NOT watch South Park because everything’s so crass and corrupting!

Mowbray: Okay, let’s call you Alphonse Elric then and Steve Gibson himself as Roy Mustang. And while we’re at it, let’s call in Maes Hughes whom we all know better as Gareth Southgate. Deal? Mr Ginger Scot???

???: Shit, got busted.

Mowbray: I know Neil Lennon’s snooping about asking the price and I know he asked a certain Gordon Strachan to help him out. I’m no mong, Strachan. Go tell Neil Lennon that he’s no Theon Greyjoy, Teesside will be his Winterfell and I will be that Ned Stark waiting for him with my Ice in hand. And yes, Jon Snow is still around somewhere playing table tennis butt naked.

Impact on global economy
Stewart Downing soon became a naturalized Scot despite history dictating that William Wallace only lived once. Somehow or another, Celtic managed to strengthen their grip on the Scottish Premier League only to have their wish of joining the English Premier League being granted even before the first ball was kicked. Scotland’s economy flourished as the result, stadium ticket prices encountered an irreversible inflation trend and Celtic’s first match of the season away actually (or perhaps not so surprisingly) resulted in a 5-0 hammering by Middlesbrough at the Riverside. Not so surprisingly, a sustained run of local economy boom as a long run result has Steve Gibson contemplating on whether to run for the next Mayor of Middlesbrough as a Liberal Democrat candidate.

Effect on global economy? Well, Middlesbrough F.C has somehow become a global brand due to its rags to riches fairytale made real. With help from J.R.R Martin’s endorsement no less due to the global phenomena entitled A Song by Flamers.



Ascertained Fact
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew knew he’s running against time to save the team’s future. Plus himself. Within eight weeks’ time no less.

Insider sources unconfirmed
Apparently, Mike Ashley’s promise to Pardew is this: Win the away match against Southampton and he will get a nice amount of transfer kitty. 50 million to be exact. Failure to get 3 points will ensure a reduced kitty. 0.5 million to be exact. No points will only point to no kitty.

Impact on global economy
Newcastle is still experiencing some problems on the transfer market, Derek Llambias forgot to switch off his microphone again and his resultant rant caused Pardew to rage quit the footballing world for good. Some wise bloke who supported Middlesbrough F.C and only earning slightly more than 1K SGD per month actually came up with a weird parody plushy design of Hello Kitty wearing a striped jersey looking more weirdly like a jailbird jersey. He instantly became famous, resigned from his previous job to become a full time creative designer and he even managed to propose to his university grad girlfriend who somehow   managed to spot something worthy in him even before that crazy moment of creativity.   Singapore now has managed to become an international hub of creative arts with new local talents becoming the mainstay of a first world economy. And yes, that girlfriend of his is also  the biggest fan of his now famously dubbed “Hello Maggi Kitty”.

*Due to an unexpected bout of disturbance from a problematic internet cable, Kork M.Hancock somehow managed to get a bit loopy. Fearful for his social future in particularly on how random young girls would perceive the entire Rogue Economy Institute itself, recently promoted faculty head, Benedict “Dict” Siew Hoon Kee from the Faculty of  Feminine Studies (informally known as FFS) managed to recruit, erm we mean bring in a brand new member currently under the Faculty of Model Female Studies (informally known as FMFS) headed by Prof Iron Roti Peck-Wu Ma De (alternatively known as Mrs WMD) so that stupid bastard wouldn’t spiral out of control. As of now, we’re glad to announce that tentative success has been achieved so far, hence the presence of this minor column.
Ms Allen Ellen, everybody will still be counting on you and your baseball bat. And yeah, your name also really rhymes very cute man. Confirm got nothing to do with any jokes on the A&E department nearby. I, erm I mean we all swear upon our lives. Erm sorry, we mean our honour, not our lives.
~Rogue Economy Institute
Signed by High Dean, Highest Prof Simisai

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Some Kalafina clips before I go sleep...

Because I've just finished a new chapter of A Ranger's Tale and upped the thing.


Okay, I know I've upped Destination Unknown and Lacrimosa before, but meh...

P.S: Okay, I admit that the reason behind this post is down to the lyrics of Lacrimosa. Happy?

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Because I'm really feeling sleepy right now...

Might as well pull off some random shit.


And now let's revive that secondary school nerd in me...



Legendary Creature - True Apostle Ranger

Cost: (4) Red, Green, Black

Strength/Toughness: 4/4

Flanking
First Strike
Vigilance

Red, Green, Black+Tap: Destroy target creature dealing damage to Aeranath. Target creature cannot be regenerated.
V
A wolf is meant to live and hunt alone. Together with Fragarach's fang.
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Legendary Creature - Human Soldier

Cost: (2) 2 White, Red

Strength/Toughness: 2/2

Vigilance
First Strike

Guy Cody can never be a target for any Enchantment.
Damage received by Guy Cody from any Instant or Sorcery is reduced by 1.

Whenever Guy Cody kills a creature in combat, put a Mortality counter on Guy Cody.

3 Red: Remove all Mortality counters. Guy Cody gains +X/+X until end of the turn where X equals the number of Mortality counters removed this way.
V
Cub no longer more, now the Lion of Teesside.
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Legendary Creature - Human Noble

Cost: 2 White, 2 Blue

Strength/Toughness: 0/1

Banding
Exalted
Indestructible

2 Blue+Tap: Untap all creatures under your control.

2 White+Tap: Exalted bonus increases to +3/+3
V
A false lady indeed one, a fawn blessed with Dragon's steel beyond the bravest men.
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Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Q&A on that most tragic romance of the decade...


Just to protect my arse from idiotic fire...
I don't have anything to do with anything pro or anti-feminism because I just can't be arsed by people putting two and two together and getting a five. Fullstop.

A weird note of coincidence
I'm still in a state of "what's going on, man?!" where my latest Sunday Bible class is concerned. Seriously, Book of Ruth???? Mrs Lena, you've finally shocked me good. Or rather Pastor T himself. O.O

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Q: Didn't Ser Barristan Selmy have stated that no one could truly understand Rhaegar?

A: Good point there. Rhaegar did never fully trust Barristan. And all for a very good reason. He actually trusted Ser Arthur Dayne far more than anybody else. Sounds retarded? Here's something for you all to chew about (SPOILERS ALERT!!!)

Q: But basically, it doesn't really say anything about Robert Baratheon being wrong in insisting that Rhaegar was "a monster and rapist"!

A: Ah, ah. Not that simple, dude. Firstly and foremost, if you see a quarrel going on between an ah-lian and a noisy auntie in a crowded MRT, who will you give that benefit of doubt? Unless there's some truly clear-cut evidence, you'll be incline to say that the ah-lian is in the wrong! In fact, I've actually committed a similar mistake on the Knight of the Laughing Tree. The same goes for King Robert as well. Did he witness something that made him think this way? Yes, I believe so. Can you trust a Baratheon's judgment? I'm afraid not. The Baratheons are extremely famous for their somewhat volatile temper and I can only list Renly as that odd bloke out. In addition, we have to remember the kind of shockwaves rippling through during the Tourney of Harrenhal. Or rather the very end where Rhaegar Targaryen as the winner actually crowned Lyanna Stark as the Queen of Love and Beauty instead of his lawful wife, Elia Martell of Dorne.

Q: So that basically means... it's consensual then?

A: I truly doubt it's that simple. For all we know, Rhaegar DID indeed abduct Lyanna, but NEVER raping her.

Q: Sounds like a paradox...

A: Not that much of a paradox considering the events called that Knight of the Laughing Tree. Now remember why I've said that one was a screw up on my own end? Very simple. I used to think that Lyanna was that mystery knight. After that, I just felt things were way too simple and I cast my lot into Howland Reed. And only because he was the difference between victory and outright death back then during the events at the Tower of Joy, i.e. Ned would have been killed by Ser Arthur Dayne if not for Howland Reed. Coupled with the fact that he's a crannogman, i.e. he's pretty much slighter built than most full grown blokes, and it's a no-brainer why I got bluffed by the red herring. Simply put, Lyanna was most likely the Knight of the Laughing Tree.

Q: Evidence?

A: Firstly and foremost, the shield was emblazoned with a smiling heart tree. And this is a sign that the challenger most likely was from the North, i.e. that's where House Stark hailed from. Of course the crannogmen also have ties with the Children of the Forest, so this is just a strawman appetiser. The only problem? The crannogmen have never been known for fighting in ways far more chivalrous. They actually relied on terrain warfare and guerrilla tactics. Which essentially means they won't give you a fair mano-a-mano fight. So Howland Reed being that fella is out of question. Which by a simple case of implication could mean that Ned actually survived due that third party backstab.
Secondly, only Lyanna Stark had the legitimate reason to duel the respective Lords of House Blount, House Haigh and House Frey. Given her given reputation as a "free girl truly wild and untamed", it wouldn't be a tall task for her to defeat three third rated knights. Remember that she's good in horsemanship and equally, if not better in the art of swordplay.

Q: So why are you even talking about such an unrelated event?

A: Because of two events happening prior to this Harrenhal-gate. Firstly, we all know how Howland Reed was being bullied around by a trio of young squires and how Lyanna drove them away by shouting at them, calling Howland "her father's man" (which of course was a lie). Second event is that most vital shocker. Prince Rhaegar Targaryen actually performed a sad and beautiful song that made Lyanna weep. Benjen teased her and she dumped some fine wine over his head. But that's not the issue. The key point is this: if we're to assume that Rhaegar was thoroughly impressed with Lyanna's character, would it be that much of a long shot to call it a tragic romance? Okay, let's make that infatuated because if the song he played back then was something he composed after one of his numerous ventures into the ruins of Summerhall, then we all can see where this is going.

Q: So that means Rhaegar is truly a good man after all?

A: It's NOT really that simple to be fair. Firstly, it's been said that Rhaegar's songs "can reduce women to tears". If this was just a mere generic banquet or an informal harp play under the stars, then maybe Rhaegar would have done a simple show and end of story. An event of such a magnitude like the Tourney of Harrenhal? Truly doubt so. Aerys II would far sooner ground Rhaegar for good in his room if you're to ask me. Simply put, this IS something intentional. You can say Rhaegar wanted to test Lyanna, but at the same time it could be interpreted as Rhaegar wanting to prove a certain dominance over the "wolf-maid" due to her out-of-this-world character. The only question is why would he do that?

Q: Yeah why, bro?

A: Firstly and foremost, Ser Barristan Selmy's reply to Daenerys Targaryen when she asked whether Rhaegar truly loved Elia was that "He's extremely fond of her". Take note, it's "fond", NOT "loving". Simply put, Barristan was convinced that Rhaegar's marriage wasn't a happy one because it's actually something political in nature. Remember that Dorne itself has always been an autonomous region because nobody from the line of Aegon the Conqueror really managed to conquer it. Which is why Doran Martell actually has the balls to plan a major backstab on just about everybody else bar the Targaryens themselves.
So if Rhaegar had never loved Elia, then "fond" in this respect could be seen as something of a mutual confidant at best or duty obliged at worst. Remember that why Rhaegar had always been treated with respect even from Ned himself was down to the fact that he's actually an extremely responsible person. He'd rather throw away a part of himself than to betray what he deemed as important. Duty as a husband, without love or not is nowhere different. *pauses*

Q: So? Do go on then, Bastard!

A: Firstly, it's been stated that Rhaegar was "born in grief" and "considered melancholic at times". This was down to his birth somehow coinciding with the year where a major disaster happened: "Tragedy at Summerhall". How the entire event really tied into Rhaegar's paradoxical complex, i.e. he felt the happiest, yet saddened by the memories as well whenever in the ruins of Summerhall, remains to be seen because we can only deduce the possible cause as a failure to revive the Targaryen glory via re-hatching the ancient Dragons. Now Rhaegar was someone with very little friends because most of his social circle actually alienated him due to his reclusive tendencies. In short, he's an emo apart from the fact that he's not truly one. G.R.R Martin doesn't write Twilight, he doesn't create whiners like Uchiha Sasuke himself. In fact, I truly doubt any Tom, Dick or Harry can truly sympathise with Rhaegar due to the fact that at least ninety nine percent of the nobility doesn't actually care for anything apart from their wealth, prestige and whores. Rhaegar Targaryen would have nothing of that. Perhaps it's the kind of life he detested, perhaps he's born to be an anti-conformist. I don't know to be exact. *pauses*

Q: Hey, stop trolling us, Bastard!

A: Okay, I'm getting there very damned soon. Now it seems that via whatever accounted by Maester Aemon, Rhaegar actually had an experience pertaining to the Azor Ahai prophecy. For all we know, it DOES have a vital link with the unknown cause of events at Summerhall. He once said Aegon was the Prince Who Was Promised, never mind why he said a dragon must have three heads (which is the most obvious clue to Jon Snow's parentage anyway). You can literally call it his heroic BSOD.
Simply put, Rhaegar Targaryen's life had always been about the prophecy itself even unto the stage where everything became an obsession. Is it truly a long shot to say that this is where Rhaegar's frailty lies? In fact, I believe he would have been truly crushed upon knowing that his firstborn was a daughter and Elia herself was bedridden for half a year or so due to her delicate health. Basically, that could mean that Lyanna might be intended as another way to conceive "the chosen one".
Remember how Lyanna chased the no-life trio away from Howland Reed? I believe that in the wolf maid, Rhaegar actually felt a certain attraction to her fiery no-holds-barred nature. Of course back then, he might NOT even noticed it because simply put, Rhaegar Targaryen had grown numb towards his own self identity much more than for the others due to constant years of self suppression.

Q: So Robert was right after all!

A: So why didn't Ned hate Rhaegar as well? If Rhaegar was indeed Lyanna's rapist, you can be very sure that Ned would NEVER have a good word for that kind of worst case enemy. Remember that the Northmen's code of honour, that they will NEVER forget any slight made against their honour. And for Ned, Lyanna's chastity has always been the honour of House Stark. Their father Rickard died because of that, their brother Brandon died because of that. And Jon Arryn himself declared war on House Targaryen indirectly because of that.

Q: So that means Lyanna reformed Rhaegar?

A: I know anti-feminists will bash me for that, but let me just say that Lyanna had always been far more resilient than Rhaegar. Rhaegar was a coward for not having the courage to live his own life. Lyanna dared to do so without any regrets. Remember the Knight of the Laughing Tree? Why did everyone fail to seek out his/her real identity back then? To me, if it's truly Lyanna, then Rhaegar's role would be one pointing to that sole accomplice. Simply put, the Knight disappeared immediately for a very good reason. If it's Howland Reed, then he shouldn't have any worries on getting busted. But what if it's Lyanna? Who was the one supplying her the arms and armour? And if she's in a certain need of jousting practise for that inevitable showdown with the three Lords, to whom should be the best man for the job if not Rhaegar Targaryen himself?

Somewhere down the line, Lyanna managed to shake Rhaegar back to his senses. That he shouldn't be living for a prophecy alone, but rather assimilating that very prophecy into his life!

Conclusion: There's a very good reason why Rhaegar didn't bring forth the proposal beforehand. On one end, that would have blown Lyanna's cover and Rhaegar would never be that stupid given Aerys being a thoroughly mad fucker. Secondly, would House Stark accept their daughter to be part of a polygamous marriage? Polygamy has always been deeply frowned upon unless we're talking about the Targaryens and Dornish people. Political chaos were sure to be ensued if Rhaegar even dared to breath a word of their underground relationship. In short, Lyanna had never been a lady saint and we all know she'd rather die on her own sword than to be labeled as such. So we don't have to see either or both parties as saintly people. Because in Westeros itself, everyone is trying to make something out of nothing. Even the most detestable bastards like Joffrey Baratheon and Cersei Lannister.


So who is the real Rhaegar Targaryen? Is he the rapist accused by Robert, the honourable man lauded by Ned, the most able king never meant to be deemed by Barristan, or the symbol of Targaryen valour that is still keeping the remaining loyalists alive? None of the four. To me, Rhaegar Targaryen is merely a mortal. No different from people like me and you with the only difference being that he's born as a royalty. A man of little joys and many sorrows. A kingly knight saved by a genuine promise of love and freedom that only Lyanna Stark could truly gift.
Due to Rhaegar being someone far more fearful of loss than the rest, he locked Lyanna away in the Tower of Joy while ordering Ser Arthur Dayne as part of the three Kingsguard to protect the woman he truly loved come hell or high water.

Due to Rhaegar being someone far more gentle than the rest, you can virtually say that the abduction was for real, but not the rape itself. He did so because he feared for Lyanna's safety upon where the wolf maid ended up quarreling with him.

Due to Rhaegar being someone far more understanding of self-responsibility than the rest, he ordered Ser Jaime Lannister to PROTECT Elia and their two children, Rhaenys and Aegon. An act that Jaime failed to accomplish due to voluntary decisions in valuing his father's life and settling a personal closure against Aerys' insanity over everything else, i.e. an Oathbreaker before becoming a Kingslayer.

And lastly, due to Rhaegar being someone far more able to protect than the rest, Robert Baratheon knew for good that sometimes, the biggest winner might turn out to be the far greater loser.



O' Woe unto King Robert Baratheon, First of His Name!
You battled, you conquered, you gained the right to rule upon the Iron Throne!
O' Woe unto King Robert Baratheon, First of His Name!
You hated, you won, you lost the steel of freedom true!

O' Blessed truly is Rhaegar Targaryen, he who perished upon the Trident's duel!
You grieved, you wandered, you doomed yourself with a true wolf's maid!
O' Blessed truly is Rhaegar Targaryen, he who perished upon the Trident's duel!
You fought, you lost, you gained a victory everlasting with the wolf's maid love!


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