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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.

Saturday, 12 January 2013

The Genius of Yingchuan (Part 3) 《颍川之鬼才》

A (def not) cheaper, (not so) better, faster (better siam) Boss

VS

A (truly) cheaper, (indeed) better, (double confirmed) faster Boss



[绍既并河朔,天下畏其强。太祖方东忧吕布,南拒张绣,而绣败太祖军于宛。]
《三国志:荀彧传》

[Shao managed to unify the entire land north of the (Yellow) River, hence invoking fear and awe from all over. Taizu on the other hand, had to stay wary against Lu Bu towards the east, while at the same time having to defend against Zhang Xiu at the south as Xiu's forces managed to defeat his army at the territory of Wan.]
《Record of the Three Kingdoms: Account of Xun Yu》

VS


[初,北见袁绍,谓绍谋臣辛评、郭图曰:“夫智者审于量主,故百举百全而功名可立也。袁公徒欲效周公之下士,而未知用人之机。多端寡要,好谋无决,欲与共济天下大难,定霸王之业,难矣!” 于是遂去之。]
《三国志:郭嘉传》

[At the beginning upon meeting Yuan Shao up north, Guo Jia told his advisors Xin Ping, Guo Tu:

"Any man of wisdom will always able to gauge the the ability of his lord, hence a lifetime of merit and fame due to his master's imminent fortune. Duke Yuan desires to follow the footsteps of Duke Zhou of the past in accepting men of capabilities, but not knowing the way to utilize any available talent. Blessed with many options yet only able to use a mere fraction of such; preferring counsel yet never decisive. With such failings, how can one like him shoulder the task to aid the country with those around him? It is truly difficult for such a person to have a lasting legacy!"

Hence, his decision to leave promptly.]
《Record of the Three Kingdoms: Account of Guo Jia》

Analysis: Now why is it that Guo Jia could see through the facade created by superficial circumstances? In his account, it's been clearly stated that he was granted an audience with Yuan Shao. In fact, it's very likely that he knew Guo Tu and Xin Ping right from the beginning, hence Yuan Shao's knowledge of his existence. You see, a lot of historical buffs actually stated N ages ago that Guo Jia's acumen in analysis is something truly unrivaled. And I agree with these wannabes (which in turn made me part of the big family as well ofc!). 

You see, there will always be more than one area to observe when it comes to any given situation. But if you are to observe a human being, the need to micromanage the details is extremely important. You need to take notice and remember that person's demeanor, his body language, tone, and the most important of all, his reaction to any given situation. It's just like me telling an employee "Hey, please finish *insert any number of* PowerPoint slides, *insert any number of* Word documents, and *insert any number of* Excel database files. Sounds absurd? Well, it's just a half-assed parallel, but I believe you all get the gist. When you observe a person, what do you look for? Mere preferences or qualities separating the exceptional from the rest?

Simply put, Guo Jia wasn't really impressed with what he's seeing in Yuan Shao. And as the Battle of Guandu would end up justifying his views. In fact, a particular snippet from Xun Yu's account can gives us a decent hint on why Guo Jia was being so cocksure.


[戏志才、郭嘉等有负俗之讥]
《三国志:荀彧传》

[Xi Zhicai and Guo Jia had a repute amounting to ridicule as deviants.]
《Record of the Three Kingdoms: Account of Xun Yu》

Simply put, one can only imagine the kind of attitude Yuan Shao was dishing out to Guo Jia and while we can never call Guo Jia a jerk, we must always remember the dangers of political correctness. An appropriate dosage will always be needed, but not truly so in terms of a lethal overdose. In fact come to think of it... all these do sound quite a wee bit familiar to us, no?



So how did Guo Jia manage to meet Cao Cao?
Now it's been clearly stated that Guo Jia had an elitist attitude in choosing his friends. To him, numbers mean nothing. To him, quality is everything. And guess what? Xun Yu is one of them. Actually come to think of it...

[年二十七,辟司徒府。]
《三国志:郭嘉传》

[At the age of twenty seven, he was treated with respect at the Office of the Chief Minister of Masses.]
《Record of the Three Kingdoms: Account of Guo Jia》

The ranks/status of the Chief Minister of Masses is truly one powerful post. Back during Chinese feudal era, there was such a things called the Three Dukes, namely the Chief Minister of Masses, Chief Minister of Works, and the Grand Commandant. The Grand Commandant is in charge of the military (think MINDEF for all we S'poreans), while the Chief Minister of Works is basically in charge of working infrastructural works (think MND+MEWR) while lastly, Chief Minister of Masses is in charge of land usage and the society at large (think MND+MCYS+MOM). Simply put, Guo Jia's situation is just like having some unknown local talent being treated with the highest respect by the likes of Minister Khaw Boon Wan+Minister Tan Chuan Jin+Minister Chan Chun Sing.
Sounds crazy? Well, I'm just quoting a parallel. Relax, man! I'm not insulting the Government, okay!

Which now comes to his meeting with Cao Cao...

(or rather I'll leave it for the next part. I think I might have raised enough hell to shock the entire SG cyberspace alrdy)......

Remember kids, the concept of hyperbole exists for a very good reason.