SteelSeries Mouse Feet!

I just replaced my mouse feet for my Sensei!
It makes me happy when the glide is smooth.
I realised that even though the mouse feet are quite large, a relatively small surface area actually comes in contact with the mousepad.
Here’s a pic to show you where my feet got worn out :

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAs you can see, especially in the top most piece, at most only 1/4 to 1/3 of the mouse foot comes into contact with the mouse pad.
And do remember that this was after a few months of usage, when the foot is worn flat! So on a new mouse, the surface area in contact with the mousepad would be much much less.

Here’s the packaging, the Sensei uses the same feet as the Xai, in case you’re wondering.


And this is my mouse with happy feet. =D
(you’re only supposed to look at the top most foot, to see how flat and new it is!)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe little dark patch on the top foot, right in the middle is where it’s starting to wear off. I slid it around the mouse pad about 5 times to check that it was stuck on tight, and I’m guessing that’s where the current pressure point is.

Don’t expect it to feel immediately awesome, you’ll need to season the feet over maybe 2 hours of usage, and you might have to change your sensitivity.

I’m using the 9HD, which is a hard pad, so the difference is greater with new feet than if I were using a cloth pad.

The International 2013 ITEMS!! [UPDATED]



Before I do my wrap up post, I’ve decided to share the info on the loot I got at TI3.

Just so you know, I didn’t spend a single cent at the Secret Shop… All this was given to me! THANK you to everyone who contributed to my stash. =D


Cyborgmatt organised signing sessions, and with your registered tags, you can go get a virtual signature. The autographee simply scans the barcode, at the back of your tag, and an item will appear in your in game inventory.
I hadn’t registered my tag yet, so Tobi gave me a real autograph.

This was the only autograph I managed to find time to get, and this is how it looks like in your backpack.
Legendary Signature

Puck’s Aether Wings comes with the tshirt. This tshirt is also one of the 2 designs which come in ladies sizes. It’s also purple, which is one of my favourite colours.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHere’s how the wings look like in game!
The also have a cool fountain-y effect when you press silence in game.

Genuine Aether Wings itemGenuine Aether Wings


Probably the creepiest item came from this Nature’s Prophet Plushie.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  Creepy Treants!!Genuine Flowering TreantsAlso for the Nature’s Prophet is the Scythe of Vyse, which comes with the SteelSeries DotA2 Siberia.

SteelSeries DotA 2 SiberiaIt’s really a staff that’s a Scythe of Vyse!

Geniune Scythe of Vyse



The other shirts and hoodie/jacket etc come with Lockless Luckbox cards. These boxes don’t require a key, you can just enter the product code in and you’ll get an item.


This is TI3’s hoodie! It’s much thicker than the TI2 one, and has red trimming.


Kunkka’s tshirt come with the Geniune BladeBiter, which to my knowledge only has cosmetic value, unlike the legendary blade which has whale tails coming out the torrent.

This is the shirt, with the card. It’s male sizing, so it’s kinda large on me.


geniune bladebiter item Genuine BladeBiter

Here are some of the items you can get from the Lockless Luckbox :

Geniune Prisoner's Anchor item

Geniune Prisoner's Anchor

Nyx Assassin
Genuine Nyx Assassin's Dagon

Genuine Nyx Assassin's Dagon viewChaos Knight

Genuine Chaos Knight's Armlet of MordiggianGenuine Chaos Knight's Armlet of Mordiggian view

Death Prophet

Genuine Crown of the Death PriestessGenuine Crown of the Death Priestess view

Also for the Chaos Knight is a shirt, and it comes with a full set of Entropic Battlegear

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGeniune Entropic set LHS view Geniune Entropic setOther random items I collected include a player’s duffle bag, which came with a code… but I can’t seem to figure out what the code does.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA DotA2 Pint Glass, for those sessions in front of the computer to keep yourself hydrated.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAand random tokens with which you can get pokeballs with little DotA2 hero plushies inside! These were all gone by the second day though, so I only had the one that came with the welcome goodie bag.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASpeaking of the goodie bag, it came with a towel and a water bottle. The water bottle is somewhere around, I can’t figure out where I dumped it, but the other items are in the picture below.
I got a little FV!


Some other items I randomly got:

Hero cards


artwork by the graphic designers who contribute to the workshop

The Pandaren Brewmaster tshirt tag!


The TI3 jacket, for the players, they printed names on the back in matte black.







This is how the front of the jacket looks like, with yamateh as the model!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA


Aquarium @ Resorts World Sentosa

The best thing about the trip to the Aquarium was that we could use the SAFRA vouchers. Remember that you’re only allowed to redeem your own vouchers, so you have to present your IC!

We opted to go tour the Aquarium only, although there are packages for Adventure Cove too.

Photos here are taken with the Canon S95


First view of things to come.


Our tickets!


The entrance tunnel.


The 2 of us looking green in the underwater tunnel.


There are fish everywhere. Even the floor you’re walking on is the ceiling of a small enclosure sometimes.


Vertical fish! I can’t remember the names of all the fish, but this exhibit photographed very nicely.


Some of the enclosures have magnifying glasses built into the glass, like this sea horse enclosure.


A huge tube of fish. one of the most colourful, and it stretches a few floors if i’m not wrong.


A happy yellow ray.


I found this creepy… It’s like magnified blackheads in someone’s nose…


A fish that looks like a pelican!


Nautilus! I’ve always found these interesting. It’s like a sotong in a shell.


HUGE crabs.


Jelly fish! The 4 circular things in the jelly head are apparently their sexual organs…


I sort of felt sorry for these… their tentacles are all tangled up in each other and they’re like forced to float around together in a great ball of strings…


A smaller ball of balls and strings.


A very big ray. You can see how big it is, cos there are 2 divers for comparison.


The largest viewing tank. There’s a great big angry looking grouper in here. It was a nice experience to just sit infront of this and watch everything swim by… don’t sit too close though… the glass makes you feel abit vertigo-ish.

Somehow I still feel that this place is still more awesome though… and I intend to visit it one day.


This tank was very pretty… the fish were so vibrant… and so many.


There are grumpy looking fish…


Stupid looking puffers that wanna give you a kiss…


Aggro looking prawns…


And at one part of the Aquarium, you look up, and you see all manner of sharks swimming above you.
I was reading somewhere about how being below a predator in the ocean is a position of power, because those above expose their tender bellies to those below.


And a scary looking girl trying to tear a starfish apart…

I enjoy looking at fish, and I like sea stuff a lot, so I really did enjoy this trip. if you have SAFRA vouchers to spend, just use them here! It’s worth the trip! Just go on a day when it’s least likely to be flooded with kids and tourists…

Universal Studios Singapore

I’m probably one of the few Singaporeans who hadn’t made a trip to USS yet. So, after the E2Max L33t Championships or ELC (you can read about the ELC here) when pinkle asked if we would like to go with MiTH Trust, I said yes.

I went to DisneyLand and Universal Studios in L.A. when I was still quite a young kid, and I’ve been harbouring a huge ball of dissatisfaction and unhappiness since then. You see, only people of a certain height or age could take the most exciting rides… and I was very underage and very under-height. And I guess, things that you can’t have are always nicer. So I’ve been living with this childhood hangup of not being able to take all those fun rides for a long time. It really wasn’t fun for me, I was sitting on random swing rides and in teacups meant for babies whilst my sister was exploring magic mountain with my parents.

The trip started at around 11am, when Hong picked me up. It was a bright and sunny day (as all the essays and compositions start) and we made our way there, enjoying the views of the Singapore Flyer that travelling on the Benjamin Shears Bridge afforded, and laughing at all the poor adults stuck in their skyscrapers working their asses off.

We met the rest at Vivo City and had a brunch of Jia Xiang Mian.


3 guys from MiTH Trust with LOTS of coke.


Mary and Phua discussing something with Ruth.


Ruth with a qian bian face. And Mary, whose V I chopped off with my bad framing.


Nic (xfreedom) strolling across the carpark exit (have no idea why???) wearing Hong’s douchey sunglasses. All 5 of these people, including Hong and I were squashed into Hong’s car.
Left to right (excluding Nic) : Petrina, Ruth, Mary, Phua


At the rotating Universal Ball with the Thai guys and pinkle.


What else is more iconic than this. The Merlion. You can climb up it, but well, we didn’t.


and… more merlion! This one looks like a stained glass installation.


The ticket which we queued 15 minutes to get. There was a promotion, so we paid $54 per ticket. There’s also a MasterCard buy 3 get 1 free promo, but the cashier told us that the $54 per ticket promo was more worth it.


Old car pretending to be parked outside a diner.


The street to the public library. Later on in the evening, there were dinner tables set up along this street. Apparently someone rented the location for their wedding dinner.


One of the rides that I did not take. I think its modelled after Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs. You try to save the spaghetti world or something.


Sesamee Street School Bus! Selling all kinds of merchandise, including hairbands with eyes on top.


Big Bird. I always feel like kicking these things over. And a guy sitting on the lion statue… He think’s he’s Priestess of the Moon.


Cookie Monster?


The garbage bin monster. Can’t remember his name. I never watched TV when I was a kid… But I really liked the green of his fur. The shade is perfect for bedsheets or a carpet… or a sofa… Should skin him and lay him out on my floor.

We decided to take the first recommended ride (we had, among us, friends who visited USS before) that we walked by. Transformers!

The queue time was estimated to be 40minutes, and we headed in to join the queue. At this point, just let me say, SORRY for the overexposed pics. I know I could have edited this with software, but well, I didn’t. I need to learn to look at the histogram instead of the LCD when taking pics I guess!


This isn’t even HALF of the queue.


Random control panels with buttons that you can poke at. Quite a nice touch, it keeps you entertained on the 40minute wait.


The shard that we have to protect.


Queueing (un)happily. It was really a long wait, and as we were beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel, there was an announcement telling us that there were technical difficulties and that it would be closed in definitely. We were welcome to wait in the queue, but there was no estimated time that it would reopen. So we left in search of more exciting exploits.


This was HUGE. And very elaborate.

The idea of something more exciting than a 1 hour wait at an attraction that breaks down was this. More known as the red and blue rollercoaster, it’s the most exciting rollercoaster ride in the whole park. If you visited and had time for only one ride, it would be this.

After locking your bags and loose items in a locker (the system is also super messy, and half the stations were broken down. Everyone is cutting queue and later when you try to get your bag out, the system never opens and you need to get the staff to manually override it to open it for you.) you proceed to make a choice between taking the red or the blue rollercoaster. They have different queues and different entrances. The blue is the cyclon and the red is human. I think the story is that both sides are supposed to be at war with each other and are being deployed on space ships to fight each other.

There’s this pms-y woman on the broadcast videos who keeps snapping at all of us and she gets irritating after you listen to her over and over for 30 minutes or so as you queue.


As much of the course as I could capture.


A portion of the course. The tracks of the 2 rides intertwine and you can see the other cart go by you sometimes. Both start at the same time and end roughly at the same time.
The twist on the blue here is one of the most exciting because you go 360 degrees.


The blue ride is a sort of swing seat, so your legs are hanging in mid air. I regret not taking the blue!! But the thought of queueing 40mins – 1 hr for a 30second? ride was just… overwhelming.


This is the red ride, we took this. Everyone is seated, and you leave your slippers and hats at the side before going on this one. They also snap a picture of you which you can view after the ride on a TV screen. On the first drop, I actually left the seat, so I spent the rest of the ride clutching the restrainer hoping I wouldn’t fly off.

Next up, we decided to go for the Mummy ride, because the wait time was 30minutes. This was a rollercoaster ride in the dark, with voice overs and special effects. I was quite alarmed when I realised that the fire and heat was real. Also, there’s a section where the cart goes backwards suddenly, so be prepared for that and don’t get whiplash! The ending was sort of anti-climatic, and it felt super short. But I’d say it’s one of the better rides around.


They really went through quite a lot of trouble to make it feel like we were in ancient Egypt. I think I’m about as high as his index finger.


More massive statues marking the entrance of the Mummy zone, complete with inscriptions.

In between Mummy and Far Far Away is The Lost World. When I visit the park again, I will try both the rides here – there’s one where you are suspended in a swing like cart of 4 people, and another is a water ride. The wait time was an insane 80minutes, so there was no way we were queueing for that one.

We stopped by the Public Library to mingle with the Sesame Street characters and to grab a bite. We also had an ice cream and coffee at the Transformers cafe, both of which I do not recommend. The ice cream was a cup full of tiny frozen balls, which I didn’t enjoy, and the coffee was weak. There’s a Ben and Jerrys somewhere around in the park if you want ice cream, so that’s where you should go instead. I’d try the diner with the antique car parked outside too.

After our snack break, we headed back to queue for Transformers. It was actually a pretty good ride, and we all enjoyed this one quite a bit. I was curious as to how they were doing all the movements, and I took my 3D glasses off halfway to peek at my surroundings. After the cart moves off, we’re parked in a capsule shaped movie theatre so the video is playing on the walls all around you. Then, the cart is sort of suspended in this capsule and moved around. Most of the movement is convincing, but some feels a little off. But the effects with 3D were quite good. They even threw in heating when a bomb supposedly flew towards us.

It was getting late-ish and we decided to quickly visit Shrek’s Land.


The castle of Princess Fiona beyond the entrance gates.


The castle. There’s a cafe alley on the right side which you might like to explore. But we went straight to the castle because a show was starting soon.

The show is in 3D and the chairs are special. They move and spray water and there’s mechanical bits which reach out and tickle you too. All in all it was entertaining enough. But the water spraying on you in an aircon room = COLD.


This has got to be my favourite character in Shrek. GINGY!!!

After the 3D show at the castle, we went opposite to catch the last ride. We sat in pink dragon (I think it’s supposed to be the Shrek dragon) and it’s adorned with baby donkey/dragons. They let you take your bags and stuff on with you for this ride, so I wasn’t expecting to be alarmed by it.

After the first drop, I was forced to clutch hurriedly at my bag which was merely resting on top of my lap. The turns are done at quite a high speed and although there were no 360 degree upside down twists, the ride surprisingly managed to get our adrenaline going. Just remember to hang on to your bags and stuff!

We popped by some shops on our way out and got some souvenirs and sweets. Then we made the trek back to the car.


The statue with a nice butt. The Thinker. Somewhere in RWS.


The Merlion at night. It changes colour! Reminds me of the colour scheme that I just set my Alien FX to on my x51 yesterday.

This seemed to be a really nice hotel. Movenpick Heritage.
It looked nice all lit up at night, so I took a pic on the trot back to our car.
Well, I have to say that the rides were decent, but to make your money spent worth it, you should pick a day when there are no people. CHECK THE CALENDAR!!! We went on Youth Day, so the park was overcrowded and we totally didn’t enjoy the queues and waiting time.
The fact that the first ride we queued for broke down was also sorta turn off, and the fact that the locker system leaves much to be desired also made us feel like the admission fee was more than reasonable. Admittedly they did station staff to help out, but if everything worked properly, there shouldn’t be a need for staff there.
If I do go back, I will take the Lost World rides as well as the blue rollercoaster. I’ll also catch the Water World show, and eat at the diner.
Just set aside one whole day to explore it thoroughly, bring plenty of water unless you’re willing to spend on drinks there. I guess it felt like a greedy MMO. The kind of MMO where you have to pay to buy the game, then a monthly subscription and an ingame shop. USS is one of those.

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Alienware 18 – Unboxing and first impressions

I just picked up the new Alienware 18 today. It is a pre production unit, and I’ll be testing it out for a couple of days or so. Already I’ve installed the games I’m currently playing, and some other essential programs. BUT, let’s start with the unboxing…

Here is the beauty in the box. The weight is not funny to lug around by public transport, but if I managed, you’ll be just fine.
I do suggest getting a really good carrying bag for this fella though. Something that will distribute the weight on both shoulders.
I like my equipment sturdy and knock-around-able, and this laptop definitely feels like it can take some of my abuse. It’s not recommended that you abuse it though!

The box is well padded, and the compartment on the left contains the power adaptor.
First look at the laptop and all I could say was “wah….” I was so busy ogling at it that I almost forgot to touch it.
The laptop is now made of magnesium alloy, and the LCD is housed in an anodized aluminum shell, which promises to be lighter and hardier than its predecessors.

Speaking of adaptors, here’s a comparison picture for you. The m17x adapter on the left and the Alienware 18 on the right.
For the long time followers of Alienware, the Alienware 18’s power adapter size is closer to their original range of Area 51 laptops.

Another change I discovered is that the power plugs into the left hand side of the laptop. Good for people dealing with shallow table spaces, because now you can push it right back to the wall.

Here’s another comparison pic between the m17x (left) and the Alienware 18 (right)
the look is definitely sleeker, and reminds me of my Area 51 m9750.

Here’s a comparison of the thickness of the laptops. m17x on the left.
I also definitely liked that they changed the angle of the front edge, even though some people might complain that the edge now digs into their wrists. It’s fine for me because there’s a large area to rest on to type.

And a final pic with both laptops on, open and side by side.
The Alienware 18 really makes the m17x look tiny!

This is just an initial impressions post about the laptop, I haven’t tested the performance yet, but will be doing so as soon as I sign off here…