Cryptic #2

Total: 3. 🙂



Et tu, Simon?

This just sums up the Top 2 Performance episode of American Idol.


Ding SCH 60!

Sodalitas dings 60, but forgets to take a screenshot...

Scholar AF looks really nice with the mortarboard and omgHARRYPOTTERGLASSES! On a side note, I really should stop playing for a bit and go study for my exams. orz

But Geohelix at 61! 😦


Of Chuk-Chuks and Jellyfish

Last Friday, half the whole Biodiversity lecture group went to Changi Beach to learn about the wildlife in Singapore. Initially I thought it’d be quite a boring trip. I mean, it’s… Changi Beach. What’s going to be so interesting about that?

Apparently, quite a lot. We started off by the coast of the “river” where all the kayaks and small boats usually are, and Uncle Jeffrey (otherwise known as our Teaching Assistant) started explaining about sublittoral, intralittoral and supralittoral zones and what they mean. Boring right? People then started asking about the stuff they were seeing around the place – the crabs, sea stars, etc. One of them came across a chuk-chuk shell, and in trying to describe what a chuk-chuk was, Uncle Jeffrey said that it was a shellfish that people ate at seafood restaurants. Eventually, we moved on to more interesting stuff. Like jellyfish!

Another TA passed us something soft, jiggly, and clear – like jelly (no, DUH). It was a jellyfish with most of its tentacles gone, and it was almost dying. So what did we do with it? Somehow, Uncle Jeffrey mentioned that that clear blob we were holding on to was edible since it was made up of mainly seawater. Then:-

Kah Chun: Why don’t you try eating it?
Uncle Jeffrey: I’ll eat it if you eat it.
Kah Chun: OK.
Uncle Jeffrey: (takes a huge bite out of the jellyfish carcass)
Everyone: ZOMG!!
Kah Chun: (takes a bite out of the jellyfish carcass)
Everyone: ZOMG!! Hmm…
Everyone: (takes small chunks of jellyfish carcass and eats them)

FOR REAL. WE ATE RAW JELLYFISH FROM THE SEA. For the record, yes, it was very salty.

After that, we went trawling the sea for little organisms! That was pretty fun. Basically, we dragged a net across the sea bed, and then checked to see what we caught. We ended up catching a prawn, some pipefish, more jellyfish carcasses (one of them was still alive I think @_@), a couple crabs, and a sea squirt, which apparently isn’t a very common find! 😀

After the field trip, most of our bench members went to Changi Village for dinner! We ordered chuk-chuk, which amused me to no end. It didn’t really have a flavour other than the sauce it was cooked in; I think people eat them just for the fun of sucking out the meaty parts from inside the shell, and making the chuk-chuk sounds! Some parts were green in colour – a bit off-putting. And I don’t think any of us are going to forget the word operculum any time soon! Almost every chuk-chuk still had the operculum intact! 🙂

Chuk-Chuk Shells

Year 1, Semester 2

Semester 1’s over, and I got a grade of every shade between A and B-, for a CAP of 4.0. It’s not fantastic, but they’re not shabby either. Just need to work harder this semester, and perhaps give that Law and Life Science double degree more thought. It sort of just fell off my academic road map – I don’t really know why I’d want to earn that double degree either, and if it were not for Kaili’s reminder about its existence, I might have completely forgotten about it. Hmmm. While that simmers in the brain, these are the modules that I’m taking this semester… Continue reading ‘Year 1, Semester 2’



I accomplished nothing of substance this week. What I could put off, I put off, and it has come back to bite me in the ass. Apparently, my reading skills have deteriorated to such a degree that I misread an assignment deadline extension which led to me missing the deadline altogether. >_< My drafts for the assignment were mostly alright about a week ago, and only needed a bit of tweaking and a few readjustments, something I could’ve done in an hour, tops. But I decided to finish it in the very last few hours before the deadline closed. To my horror, the deadline was 12 noon, not 12 midnight. So I was 10 hours late. Did I mention this assignment accounts for 30% of the final module grade? Here’s to hoping my tutor will accept the late submission. 😦 Either way, I’m probably going to incur a penalty. Oh well. /sadpanda.


Merit Blood Pact Tests #2

In my last post, I mentioned I pumped another 5 merits into Wind Blade to raise it to level 3. Since I had previously done some merit BP tests for Lv1 and Lv2 and they prompted another question, I went ahead and did a few more tests at Lv 3. The question I wanted an answer to was: Regarding TP bonus per level, is it 40% as per in-game descriptions or 60% as per experimentally derived values?


Target mobs were the same as those in the first test, Aht Urhgan Attercops in Bhaflau Thickets from the Aht Urhgan Whitegate exit at G/H-7. Similarly, I still had 5/5 merits in Avatar Magical Attack. However, I did have slightly more Summoning Skill, but that’s irrelevant to potency, only accuracy, which is already very high considering these are EP mobs. Since all the Lv1 merit BPs have the same base damage, I used Lv1 Heavenly Strike for this test. As the above two tables show, at 60% TP, Lv1 Heavenly Strike did average damage that was very close to 0% TP Lv2 Wind Blade.


Moreover, for any given amount of damage done, the TP required for Lv 1, 2 and 3 merit BP are 60% TP apart, not 40%. For example, for the merit BP to deal 1000 damage, 200% TP is required at Lv1, 140% TP at Lv2, and 80% TP at Lv3, as shown by the black lines in the graph above.

Another Summoner, Enilanerda, had already claimed that Lv3 Wind Blade hit the damage cap at 180% TP. This test only confirms that claim.



Also, during testing, there was one abnormal Lv3 Wind Blade that was past the 300% TP cap that did damage in excess of the 1171-or-1175 damage always dealt once the cap had been passed. A quick check revealed there was windy weather, which could very well likely account for the approximately 10% boost in damage past the damage cap. Testing with an Astral Pot at 300% TP also yielded damage higher than the damage cap, suggesting that both weather effects and Astral Pot can affect merit BPs.

So, to summarize:-
i) A 60% TP bonus is gained per level by levelling a merit BP past level 1, thus a Lv3 merit BP would reach 300% effective TP at 180% TP.
ii) Merit BP damage can go over the normal damage cap when under the influence of weather effects, or when under the effects of Astral Pot.


To end off, at a recent Kirin, I also tested Lv3 Wind Blade. I was pleasantly surprised at the accuracy (309 Summoning Magic Skill at the moment) and also the damage dealt. The following picture logs all the Wind Blades I pulled off during the battle, and only 1 was resisted. The damage was also higher than Nether Blast (which deals 546 damage unresisted). However, Nether Blast is still more accurate, and is also way more MP efficient (~5.01 dmg/MP) compared to Wind Blade (~3.58 dmg/MP).