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My Christmas present to myself. At least, that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

The hilt, custom built by Parks Sabers, is a replica of the Star Wars Expanded Universe character of Quinlan Vos. The blade is detachable, and is made from polycarbonate, which makes it really hard to break (and hence suitable for duelling). There are LEDs inside the blade so it has that neat extension/retraction lighting effect.

Unlike the Force FX sabers, the Parks Sabers sadly don't have sound, but that actually makes the hilt sleeker, less bulky without all those extra electronics, and probably easier to wield and twirl.

Next up, to get some Jedi robes together and start brushing up on some lightsaber combat forms...
khaosworks: (Nerdboy)
... I haven't decided if I'm getting the 3G iPhone yet. It's supposed to be released here in Singapore sometime in September.

It really all depends on SingTel's price plan for it (especially the data charges), which they haven't announced. Right now I'm on Starhub, and their per kB rate is actually a bit cheaper than the current SingTel rate for 3G data downloads.

I'm in no amazing hurry. The Nokia N95 8GB does all I want it to (and it has a very nice 5.0 megapixel camera), and if I wanted iPhone apps I've still got my iPod Touch. Let's just say that right now the thing that will tilt my decision one way or another will be just how attractive SingTel makes it for me to want to lock myself into a contract with them. Call it my fear of commitment.


Jun. 2nd, 2008 02:15 pm
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Originally uploaded by khaosworks.
I am a weak man: the Great Singapore Sale came and I succumbed to the purchase of this MacBook Air, named Clio: 1.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2 GB RAM, 80 GB HD.

They threw in the Superdrive and Applecare for S$170, which was a deal I couldn't resist. Named after the muse of history, not the Renault.

I've had her for nearly a week now and she's no frills, but easy on the eyes and easy to use for the basic stuff. She'll be my new travelling companion, basically, and a hell of a lot lighter than Callisto to transport. I'll still be using Callisto and Emma for the heavy lifting, though.
khaosworks: (The Master)
Newest toy — the Master's laser screwdriver:

khaosworks: (octoPod)
Trying to type this entry on my new 16 GB iPod Touch. The interface is really slick, but takes a lot of getting used to. I'm pretty ham-fisted (thumbed?) with the virtual keyboard, and it doesn't help that the backspace key locks up now and then. I've retyped this entry 3 times. Unfortunately, decent cases won't be available till next month, so I'll have to figure out how to carry it without a belt clip. That's what I get for being an early adopter, I guess.
khaosworks: (octoPod)
Uploaded a few photos showing off the iPod Touch on Flickr.

Battery life looks pretty good so far, even when surfing - about an hour's worth took down the bar by about a tenth or so.
khaosworks: (D'oh!)
On Saturday, I somehow managed to lay Callisto down on a table that must have had some kind of metallic grit or a discarded staple, which caused a superficial, but nasty looking scratch on her underside. And after all the trouble I took to protect her keyboard with a silicone cover and a layer of plastic to protect both the wrist resting areas below the keyboard and the trackpad.

To prevent further mishap, I got one of these, in red, to put her in — so she's nice and snug and protected in a hardcase now, which still allows her to be used, ports and all. Have a look:

Side rear view From the front
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Thanks to all who put in their suggestions. Based on the various candidates (some of which came through my Facebook page), the new MacBook Pro, which I purchased today — 15" widescreen, 2.2 GHz, 2 GB RAM, 160 GB HD, 128MB RAM graphics card — has been christened Callisto, which means "most beautiful" in Greek.

It was pretty much a toss-up between Cassiopeia and Callisto, but when I laid my hands on the box, Callisto seemed more appropriate. In a way, I like to let my possessions name themselves.
khaosworks: (Nerdboy)
Thinking of replacing my 12" Powerbook G4 with a MacBook Pro in the next couple of weeks or so, which leads me to the weighty question... what to name it?

My first Powerbook G4 was named Cassandra, because like her, Mac users predict the future but no-one believes us.

My next Powerbook G4 (current one) is Charity, a silly pun because I wanted not just to evoke the Faith, Hope and Charity trifecta, but I could also say that I was giving money to Charity when I bought accessories for her.

My Mac Pro is named Emma, after the inimitable Emma Peel.

Any suggestions for the new lady in my life? To follow the Avengers theme, Tara comes to mind, but I'm looking for quirky, multi-layered meaning names.
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[x-posted to Vox]

Originally uploaded by khaosworks.
Finally upgraded my desktop! Meet Emma (named after the delectable Mrs Peel), a Mac Pro Quad Processor beauty, with two 2.0 GHz Intel Xeons, 1 GB on-board RAM, a 16X Dual-Layer Superdrive, an ATI Radeon X1900 512 MB, and two 250 GB hard drives, one running Mac OS X and the other Windows XP.

Sitting up top is a 20-inch widescreen LCD monitor and a new set of speakers/subwoofer. I got to say, World of Warcraft looks awfully pretty on widescreen...
khaosworks: (Claire Bennet)
The FurReal Friends Butterscotch Pony comes with this caveat to the buyer:
Adults take note: Pony comes unassembled in box with head detatched. You may wish to not open the box around your children if they may be frightened by a box with a decapitated horse inside.
If I ordered this for my kids... well, the temptation would just kill me.
khaosworks: (Fort)
And to round off weird shit day...

Location Earth Dog Tags. In Case Of Abduction.

(brought to my attention by [ profile] terriblebeast)
khaosworks: (Groucho)
Old news to my Jewish friends, most likely, but I just came across this.

Messiah Bold ("It's the beer you've been waiting for!") from the Shmaltz Brewing Company, who have a variety of He'Brew: The Chosen Beer varieties available, including Genesis 10:10 (10th anniversary brew, using pomegranate juice), Genesis Ale ("Our first creation") and Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. (a rye-based IPA in tribute to Lenny Bruce). All kosher-certified and rabbi-approved, of course.

For more "Gadgets for God", go to Ship of Fools. In the "Just In!" section, I'm particularly disturbedenamoured of "Faith Mountain", which made me break the third commandment when I saw it (uh, not that I strictly adhere to that one all the time...).

Although to be honest, the "Ten Plagues Finger Puppets" is probably more disturbing, particularly the one that stands in for the Death of the First-Born... and even more disturbingly... I want a set.

Tango down

Oct. 18th, 2006 09:34 pm
khaosworks: (Peepee)

Nerf has a sniper rifle now.

Let me say that again.


3 feet long, range 35 feet. 12 darts in two quick reload clips. And a detachable scope. Can also break down into two smaller submachine gun-types, one with a fold-down bipod.

And they have a Nerf pistol with a LASER FINDER.

All part of the N-Strike range. For more N-Strike insanity, see here.

God, I want. Why didn't they have toys this cool when I was a kid?

khaosworks: (Scratch Fury)
This is just so fucking cool. There is no other phrase.

A Difference Engine built from LEGO.
khaosworks: (Spider)
I give you Typewriter Keyboard, a Mac OS X shareware application that makes your keyboard do typewriting sounds when you strike the keys.

It's a small thing, but it makes me somehow feel, when I'm writing, that I'm writing, y'know?

Now, if only I could find some way to make the keys look like that on an old Smith-Corona, like Spider Jerusalem's...

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