Life in Groningen

Saturday, August 19, 2006


I love it when we're at it till the sun comes up. I love it when I hit the sack when they get up.
That's our motto right now. It's a precaution in case the light on your bike is out of order.

The kei week is awesome! my group is pretty nice, but I've met more interesting people, one reason why I'm jumping groups today. I'll be with another group every night untill wednesday, just to make things more interesting. I also got Arjan's room for my self, woot. It's a 15 minute bikeride to the partyhole, but worth time taken a thousandfold.

I'm off, gotta shave, shower, eat and find out what we're doing today.... what you say? Cabaret? Woot!



Tuesday, August 15, 2006

V for Vendetta

I just saw this flick. And yes, it is that good.
Well... at least if you haven't see Equillibrium, Ultra Violet, Fahrenheit 485 or any other likeminded film, because you see, the idea is as old as the ages and it has been incorporated into as many films, books, poems and websites as the idea of sex.
You take an existing world, change it into something we, the western world, fear. A dictatorship. A dictatorship that has been ercted by people using the means of fear. Manipulating the peoples under the guise of safety and protection. But all is well that ends well and in all these flicks someone stands up kills the dictator, his cronies and the idea they stand for. As simple as that.

But that's not all I wanted to say about this. I've read Fahrenheit 485 and I've seen Equillibrium, Ultra Violet and many a film alike. In all things the "protection" and "fear" starts at terrorism, war, desease. The two stories that appealed to me the most were F485 and V. Why? Because they did not encompass the entire world as it did in Eq and UV (or, maybe for better understanding, Aeon Flux). In F485 it was the US that gave up it's picture of democracy and "disposed" of conflicting ideas. In V it was the UK. Though in the book F485 the prelude was never given, nor in the film. But in V they did explain how everything came to pass.
Now, you would say that it would be impossible for such modern democracies to fall so low and return as dictatorships. I thought so myself. So a major disaster must strike first to accomplish such a feat. In Aeon Flux it is desease and over population, in UV it's zealotry and extremism that schism the world and so it is in Eq and F485. Yet in all these stories it is a group of people who see opportunity in dire circumstances. Indeed the idea was as dark as the opportunity itself. And here is the major difference between V and the others. In V the disaster that gives rise to the opportunity was not an eventuality like overpopulation or desease. It was a fabricated pathogen that raged across a nation. The fabricators planned their attack precisely without flaw and they came in control of one of todays *cough* more powerfull nations *cough*.

Also it seemed at first glance, but I am not entirely right. The prime disaster was not fabricated by those who wanted to dominate. It was fabricated by those who thought they could liberate. In V the US overreacted with their little war on terrorism, which ended up dividing the nation and civil war erupted. AND THIS was the prime disaster. Because this launched an era of chaos and made it so that nations could no longer affect eachother properly. For would that have been the situation, the fabricators would not have been able to take control. They would not have been given the opportunity.

And you all say, that will never happen to us. Yet, do YOU know if and how much sensorship is being pressed through the media? Sure the internet is a means of free press, but it's also a place where there is never an impartial party, every oppinion, every sentence, every word carries the load of the writer. Which makes it just as bad as a sensored newsreport. You don't know for sure how exact or true the things said are. you don't who for sure who handles by which motives.

And THAT is the power of the media, for I might say these things here, today. Yet, you will all watch the news tomorrow or read the newspaper and see the pictures and the video footage of places like Beiroet, Israël and Sri Lanka. And you will all think that everything you see is true.
But we do not know. Hezbollah says there are x amount of dead civillians, Israël will count y amount, and the "free" press will come to the conclusion that z people died.
What do we know? NOTHING, at least not enough to pass judgement on one party wihtout adressing the other.
Sure Hezbollah is wrong, everything they stand for is a mischief and deceit, death and fear. All qualities of chaos. Yet, Israël is no better. They could have gone through with this peacefully. They could have asked for international support. As it is now, Israël gave Hezbollah a reason to launch, and both parties are guilty, BUT Israël should have been a mature boy and called for the other kids to help and talk it over. All they did is make the world more afraid of itself. All they did is show that they are more eager to fight and "get even" than to resolve things with words, not lives. They have shown that they are no better than those whom they supposedly hunt, I'm not even gonna write israël with a capital letter aymore, it is not the name of a nation, it is the name of a terrorist organisation.


PS: please don't forget about the other conflicts in the world, yesterday more people died in Sri Lanka as a direct result of the on going civil war than there were people killed in the entire conflict of the last few weeks between hezbollah and israël. And Sri Lanka is not the only place. Consider that.

Im off to bed.


I don't knwo how they do it...

...but man the new season of weeds is still going gooooooood.
I just saw S2E1. Dear lord the funny is everywhere.
And the S2 soundtrack sounds good from what I heard in the episode.
I'm hooked fro the coming season, ooooh, yeeeeaaaaah.

PS:You can read my rant about last saturday below


alright already!

Arjan keeps bugging me about posting small reports about saturday.
You want it, you got it:
K pts was no problem, but the 1 hour per game got to me. My marines only start doing anything by turn 3 or 4! That's whay they are CC marines! Fags.
That aside most of the players didn't want to play standard scenarios.
Which makes it even more terrible for me since I only have a reasonable chance of winning when we have a certain objective, cause it introduces a certain tactic to the game and it forces my opponent to choose between me and the objective. Marines don't win by killing unless you are extremely well versed in the art of marine combat and you know your opponent all too well.

With that said I'd like to get on with things.
The other generals were all fun and had a big bag full of sportsmanship. Well except for El Fatso with his Necrons who didn't know the rules that bring his army in the most danger.

Anyway, my first game was versus another marine player, Kim de Vink.
Bit of a cheesy army, but in the end it was a close game (and that after 4 rounds!)
He had two tac squads (5 guys and a lascannon in each), a scout squad (5 guys, 2 snipers and a Hbolter), a vindicator, a dev squad with four missile launchers and a commandsquad lead by and attached with a libbie, both libbies had fury of the ancients. You can see my perdicament? No? Well maybe if I tell you that the only piece of terrain was a building of about 6" by 6" in the middle.
Yes ouch. But I still managed to cripple and mute the vindicator, kill the scout squad and scare off one of the tac squads.
He won by 50 or 80 points or so (both tac squads, half a sniper scoutsquad, the landspeeder and half an assault squad).

Second game:
I kinda started this game in aw, I was facing Eldar, and not any eldar, they were crownworld Eldar infected by Nurgle and SUPURBLY converted!
In the end I won cause I had 3 loot counters (we played secure and control) and he only controlled 1. Which ended me with about 400 points more than him.
Only real combat victory I can say is that I killed his seer council(3 guys woot) and farseer and my sniper sarge wounded the wraithlord!

Third game:
El Fatso's Necrons:
Lord with orb, pherelactroefjkldhslj thingie that makes the lord WWB with 1, 2 or 3 wounds and another thingie... oh yeah gaze of flame.
Two squads of warriros (11 each)
Three wraiths
Five destroyers
Tomb spider

His tactic was obvious, the spider and lord would make sure the warriros would be almost unkillable by shooting and the destroyers would wreak havoc upon the oncoming enemy, the wraiths are a nuesance, but a guess nonetheless. They may have that 3+ inv save, but they only have one wound, so a hail of bolter shells will easily dispatch them, though they are also capable of tying up entire units in CC.

Anyway we played three turns, well.. two and a half. I lost my snipers, 5 CC scouts, 4 assault marines and two or three tacticals, BUT I made it into CC with them.
So if we played a nother turn or two I would have opened his tin ass using my powerfists as can openers, heeeeere lordy, lordy, lordy, daddies got something for ya! Anyway, he killed two scouts in CC (three were left before I charged). My guys were rolling like mongrols and killed like one dude, but by strategically taking out the right guys and with a little luck.... nah, he was just a dumb ass. The thing was he cleared the wrong necronsand by that my killzone. There was no longer base contact. I lost my Ld test, but since there was no base contact he couldn't persue. The (excuse mah french) n00b kept saying that he could cause I was still locked in CC. On top of that he kept believing that he could kill me if we kept it going for 6 full turns. Why? Because his swarms would have joined CC (his spiedr pooped out three).
I MEAN WTF! I have THREE POWERFISTS! One round and they're gone! FOOTSY, NADA! I couldn't stand this guy, but I refrained from any serious comment or painfull remark, and I'll see him and the rulebook again on the 19th of Novembre. (the stuoid thing was that the judge made us dice over it, I could have looked it up in the BBB in less time!)

In the end I didn't feel that the results sent to GW for Medusa were justified.
my 2.5 eurocents