Perth Central Business District, taken from the shores of South Perth
This picture was taken at 11 pm from South Perth Foreshore of Perth CBD (Central Business District). The night was practically windless. And just warm enough to wear a t-shirt. Winter should be approaching soon. So I kidnapped my wife and took her for dinner at D`Tandoor and then walked over to the river banks to take this picture.
I didnt expect to find people still sitting on the benches, some walking hand in hand, and a couple of them going for a jog at this time of night. Maybe everyone was just taking advantage of the nice weather before winter comes in.
This picture was taken using Apperture Priority mode, F27. This was the only way for me to get a brighter picture. ISO was set to 800.
I’ve always been a big fan of SimCity. I just love the game where you can build your city and watch it grow. And watch all those little people walk around the city. So I was quite excited when I saw EA (Electronic Arts) release the latest SimCity – Standard Edition [Download].
But my hopes were severely dashed when I read from the reviews that EA made this game so unplayable. Here is the review on Amazon which made me not buy this game – also take note how Amazon helped the customer get his money back.
Guess what? If you’d love to experience the nonstop thrills and excitement of SimCity, then please remove $60 from your bank and promptly pay someone to kick you repeatedly in the friggin’ mouth.
I find it incredibly mind boggling that I spent $60 on something that I can’t even log into to play. My first city that I spent some time on was lost forever due to server issues at EA. Oh, and forget trying to get a quick game in when your server (where your save resides) is either full or busy. I only wanted to play a quick game, completely solo, and am forced to wait and wait and wait and wait. And don’t believe the 20-30 min timer. Sometimes even that is incorrect.
Shame on you EA. For the last ten years I have watched you slowly turn this industry into a wasteland. And now in your latest attempt in trying to stick to your corporate policy of crushing anything that closely resembles the human spirit, you have turned SimCity into a $60 thirty minute countdown and server status app. Awesome.
I spent this money because I still wanted to support Maxis. After all, I grew up with a lot of Maxis games that I absolutely loved. Still do. But this? This is probably one of the dumbest things EA and Maxis could have ever done. If it’s possible for me to even get a refund, I want it. We’re only really paying for a product key that lets us use completely unusable servers. Invalidate the key and refund money. So, EA. Do you plan on letting any of us honest people actually play this game?
Avoid this game. Until EA either removes the DRM completely or allows offline play and saves, this game is nothing more than an example on how a company can both rip off AND alienate its fanbase.
UPDATE: For those here who purchased the game through Amazon, I contacted them and they refunded the cost of the game and removed it from my library for me. This is why I will always be loyal to companies like Amazon, which CARES about its customers, and no longer to companies like EA, who would rather make people jump through hoops than actually go out of their way for a customer. I suggest anyone else here contact Amazon and get your money back as well, so that EA can begin to take notice when they’re suddenly having to pay a lot of their ill gotten money back to their customers.
Vote with your wallets, people. We have the power to change companies or bring them down if they refuse to change. We have that power.
So until EA fixes this game for good, sadly I will not be playing SimCity. Maybe its time to dig up my old copy of SimCity 3000. My God, how old is that version?
The city of South Perth started its annual Fiesta with the acts of Freddie Mercury (played by Thomas Crane) and ABBA (played by Agnetha Falstart, Frida Longstokin, Bjorn Volvo-us, Benny Anderwear) at Sir James Mitchell Park, South Perth; overlooking the city of Perth.
So what happened to the real Freddie Mercury?
Freddie Mercury (born as Farrokh Bulsara on September 5, 1946) was a British musician, singer and songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist and lyricist of the rock band Queen. As a performer, he was known for his flamboyant stage persona and powerful vocals over a four-octave range. As a songwriter, Mercury composed many hits for Queen, including “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “Killer Queen”, “Somebody to Love”, “Don’t Stop Me Now”, “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” and “We Are the Champions”. In addition to his work with Queen, he led a solo career, and also occasionally served as a producer and guest musician (piano or vocals) for other artists. He died of bronchopneumonia brought on by AIDS on 24 November 1991, only one day after publicly acknowledging he had the disease.
ABBA were a Swedish pop group formed in Stockholm in 1972, comprising Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. ABBA is an acronym of the first letters of the band members’ first names. They became one of the most commercially successful acts in the history of pop music, topping the charts worldwide from 1972 to 1982. They are also known for winning the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest, giving Sweden its first victory in the history of the contest and being the most successful group ever to take part in the contest.
During the band’s active years, Fältskog and Ulvaeus were a married couple, as were Lyngstad and Andersson, although both couples later divorced. At the height of their popularity, both relationships were suffering strain which ultimately resulted in the collapse of the Ulvaeus-Fältskog marriage in 1979 and the Andersson-Lyngstad marriage in 1981. These relationship changes were reflected in the group’s music, with later compositions including more introspective lyrics.
After ABBA broke up in late 1982, Andersson and Ulvaeus achieved success writing music for the stage while Lyngstad and Fältskog pursued solo careers with mixed success. ABBA’s music declined in popularity until several films, notably Muriel’s Wedding and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, revived interest in the group, spawning several tribute bands. In 1999, ABBA’s music was adapted into the successful musical Mamma Mia! that toured worldwide. A film of the same name released in 2008 became the highest-grossing film in the United Kingdom that year. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on 15 March 2010.
Pedestrian Crossing is Only a Suggestion in Malaysia
Dont for a second think that this car was slowing down so that the pedestrians can cross the road on the zebra crossing sign clearly marked on the road. No, far from it. This car was actually slowing down to find a parking – oblivious to the people trying to cross the road.
In Malaysia, zebra crossings is only a suggestion. Malaysians drivers are probably one of the stupidest drivers in the world. Which explains why our neighbouring countries make us go through numerous test when we apply for their driving licenses.
So tourist and visitors, Be Aware. Cross the roads at your own peril.
And we survived yet another end-of-the-world prediction 5 days ago.
So while we enjoyed good food and the company of family and friends, spare a thought for the less fortunate. A donation to your favourite charity will hep bring them some cheer.
After all, life is about sharing. At the end of your life, what matters is how many other lives you have touched, not how much money you made while working late in the office. It’s how much attention you paid to your spouse, your children, your parents, friends and family. Were you present?
Life is about participation. Life is about new experiences. Life is about perseverance and hard work.
Australia is famous for online shopping. With a GST free threshold of AUD1000, most Australians prefer buying the gifts overseas via the Internet. But since Christmas is only a week away, here’s some vendors closer to home that might deliver your presents in time.
1. Kogan - home of electronics and cool Christmas gifts.
2. LatestBuy – same day despatch and 365 days returns.