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Batman Bin Suparman Jailed In Singapore

13 November 2013 - 10:55 AM

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A man with the eye-catching name Batman bin Suparman has been jailed on theft and drugs charges. Well before this case, his double-barrelled superhero name had given him something of cult following on social media.

The jokes on social media are aplenty following the news that a 23-year-old man, Batman bin Suparman, has been given a prison sentence of 33 months by a court in Singapore. Batman was arrested after being caught stealing money from a shop, as well as using his brother's cash card to withdraw money. Far-fetched as it seems, this unusual name does appear to be entirely genuine - and it's not gone unnoticed.

Back in May 2008, a Singaporean ID card belonging to one Batman bin Suparman began being widely shared on social media. It was picked up by the blog Gizmodo and ran from there. Since then, the picture has been re-posted over 300 times, there have been more 15,000 tweets using his name, and a Facebook fan page has been set up in his honour. It has more than 11,000 followers.

Batman bin Suparman's family appear to be originally from the Indonesia island of Java - where the name Suparman is very common, explains Ben Zimmer, a language columnist for the Wall Street Journal, who has worked in Indonesia and who has written about Suparman.

"Su" has Sanskrit origins and is a common prefix in Indonesia, featuring in a whole rung of Indonesian presidents' names - including the current one Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. "Bin" means "son of" in Arabic, making it very likely that Batman's father was also called Suparman.

The Batman part is a bit harder to explain, however says Zimmer, as it's not a traditional name in the region. The most likely explanation is that his parents chose it as a joke - Batman the superhero is popular there, and Indonesians are often playful in the names they choose, says Zimmer. "I see the name as this interesting juxtaposition of local naming with Western pop culture."

Zimmer, for one, says he was sad to hear the news of Batman's arrest and sentencing. He believes one of the reasons he became such a star on social media was because of how how young and innocent he looked.
http://www.bbc.co.uk...gazine-24911186

"You either die a hero, or live long enough to see yourself become the villain."

nevar forget the hero singapore deserves, but not the one it needs right now

Caption Contest No. 1: Voting!

24 October 2013 - 04:09 PM

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With 8 side-splittingly fantastical competitors to choose from, be prepared for the hardest voting decision of your life. That's right, the Caption Contest needs you , the Zybez RuneScape Community, to decide amongst yourselves on whose comic is the funniest! Have a look at all the entrants below and make up your mind now! You have until the 1st of November!

,.::;' JessyU


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,.::;' Manga


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,.::;' Ninjasteak


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,.::;' Eg1s


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,.::;' The duck


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,.::;' Vincey


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,.::;' Murdoc


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,.::;' ToeJam


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The winner will receive:
  • 3 months of Zybez Exclusive membership
  • An underbanner to forever cherish their victory with
Our runner-up:
  • 2 months of Zybez Exclusive membership
Our third-placed finisher:
  • 1 month of Zybez Exclusive membership
Best of luck to all our participants!

(Note: voting has been made public to prevent any of the 7 contestants from choosing their own comics and in order to help highlight any other irregularities. Those caught engaging in any such activities will be removed from the contest and risk being banned from future editions too.)

Caption Contest No. 1

01 October 2013 - 11:42 AM

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,.::;' Preamble

Welcome, everyone, to Zybez's first ever monthly Caption Contest! Held every other month in conjunction with Community Voices - these will be opportunities for you to showcase your wit, ingenuity, and general sense of humour by coming up with the best commentary, character dialogue, and so on for an image or series of images. In this case, the Blogs & Comics team will present you with RuneScape-related panels to have a crack at!

,.::;' This month's image

What is this player thinking or saying (to himself and/or the Jungle Strykewyrm)?

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,.::;' Guidelines

  • We ask that you don't go over 10 words for each panel for the sake of fitting everything in to the limited spaces.
  • Anything said in them must abide by the Global Rules.
  • Everyone will have a 2 weeks to submit their material (which means the deadline is the 15th of October), which should be posted on this thread below or PM'd to Murdoc. Be sure to obviously match what text applies to which panel.
  • Immediately afterwards, the text will be added by the Blogs & Comics team to the panels themselves if that hasn't already been done so by you (more information on this can be found in the FAQ section), and everything then presented to the public for voting - which will again also last for 1 week (from the 16th of October to the 23rd).
    • Anyone found to have been asking for votes will be disqualified and potentially barred from all future editions.

,.::;' Tips

Remember, for a competition like this people will be judging your work by some of the following criteria:
  • Creativity
  • Relevance to the panels
  • Clarity
  • Conciseness
  • Comic value
Whilst this is by no means a comprehensive or bullet-proof list - more often than not those are the yardsticks most will end up using. Keep them in mind!

,.::;' What can I expect in the future?

To make sure this competition stays fresh we will be playing around with the themes. After all - getting you to add dialogue to every frame will get old fast. For the next contest we might ask for a caption below a single panel to see which best-suits its portrayed scenario, or even a famous quote. In others we might ask for a short backstory explaining how the events in the picture came to be, and so on. Here is a list of concepts we will draw off:
  • Character dialogue
  • Descriptions
  • A title for the image
  • Past events that led up to image
  • Future events that will occur as a result of image
  • A famous quote that pertains to image
More will be added as we think of them or you suggest.

,.::;' Frequently Asked Questions and closing remarks

Q. Can I add the text to it myself?
A. Of course, provided you use the RuneScape ingame chat font, font size 12, and yellow as its colour. More information can be found here if you don't already know how to. The original download link provided by Zestycookie no longer works, however, so dafont.com is recommended instead.

Q. Can I submit my own panel(s) for consideration for a future contest? Or even ideas for fresh themes?
A. Sure! Just PM everything to Murdoc.

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Good luck to all! Of course feel free to post any comments, further questions you might still have, and so on now!

Bradley Manning Sentenced To 35 Years In Wikileaks Case

21 August 2013 - 09:21 AM

Meanwhile. :mellow:

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The US soldier convicted of handing a trove of secret government documents to anti-secrecy website Wikileaks has been sentenced to 35 years in prison.

Pte First Class Bradley Manning, 25, was convicted in July of 20 charges against him, including espionage.

Last week, he apologised for hurting the US and for "the unexpected results" of his actions.

Prosecutors had asked for a 60-year sentence in order to send a message to future potential leakers.

Pte Manning will receive credit for time he has already served in jail, plus 112 days' credit in recompense for the harsh conditions of his confinement immediately after his arrest.

Military prisoners can earn time off their sentences for good behaviour but must serve at least one-third of any prison sentence before they can become eligible for parole.

In the military courtroom in Fort Meade, Maryland, on Tuesday, Judge Col Denise Lind declared Pte Manning would be dishonourably discharged from the US Army and forfeit some of his pay.

While stationed in Iraq in 2010, the junior intelligence analyst passed hundreds of thousands of battlefield reports and diplomatic cables to Wikileaks, the pro-transparency group headed by Julian Assange.

Pte Manning said in a pre-trial hearing he leaked the secret files in the hopes of sparking a public debate about US foreign policy and the military.

In a statement during the sentencing hearing, Pte Manning told the court martial at Fort Meade, Maryland that "the last three years have been a learning experience for me".

His defence lawyers are expected to make a statement later on Wednesday.

The verdict and sentence will be reviewed, and possibly reduced, by a military district commander and will be automatically reviewed by the Army Court of Criminal Appeals.

Meanwhile, Amnesty International and the Bradley Manning Support Network have announced an online petition asking President Barack Obama to pardon Pte Manning.

As an intelligence analyst in the US Army, he had access to a large amount of very sensitive information, despite his junior rank.
The young soldier grew up in Oklahoma, and in Wales, where his mother is from, and reportedly joined the US Army to help pay for college.

A military psychiatrist has told the court that Pte Manning had struggled with his gender identity and wanted to become a woman at the time of the leak.

Navy Capt David Moulton testified that Pte Manning had felt abandoned by friends and family during his time in Iraq and that his relationship with his boyfriend had hit a rough patch.

According to evidence presented by the defence at his trial, military supervisors ignored erratic behaviour from Pte Manning, which included trying to grab a gun during a counselling session.

His lawyers said such actions had shown that Pte Manning had not been fit for duty overseas. He became increasingly isolated after his deployment to Iraq in 2009, the court heard.

Defence lawyers said Pte Manning was treated unfairly in solitary confinement in Quantico, Virginia and in a cell at Camp Arifjan, a US Army installation in Kuwait.

Pte Manning told the court he remembered thinking: "I'm going to die, I'm stuck inside this cage."

He enabled Wikileaks to publish sensitive messages between US diplomats and records of military incidents in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as a cockpit video showing a US Apache helicopter killing 12 people in the Iraqi capital in 2007.

The revelations caused significant embarrassment to the US government, and US officials have said the disclosures harmed US relations and the war effort in Afghanistan.
Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk...canada-23784288

Further reading: Background

Divination Skill - Now Live

20 August 2013 - 05:44 AM

Members' skill - first five levels for free players

The 26th RuneScape skill - Divination - is here! Gather the energy and memories of a slain god over 99 levels of auspicious skilling. Make useful new signs and portents; transmute resources to better ones; and conjure bountiful divine locations for you and your friends to harvest.

Conquer the all-new hiscore board and blaze a trail to the prestigious Cape of Divination!

Getting Started

Orla Fairweather is a pioneer in the field of divination, and she's your first port of call. Find her at the camp between Lumbridge and Draynor Village and she'll give you a run-down of the skill - its background, and details of how and where to start training. For extra help, be sure to have your Active Task window up on-screen - it'll contain pointers on where to go and what to do.

As you unlock new things to create with the Divination skill, be sure to return and talk to Orla and her colleagues. They'll have more useful hints to share as you level up.

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Divination is all about collecting and making use of the energy spread about the world by Guthix's death and the return of the gods. You'll train by visiting colonies of wisps and harvesting this energy from them.

The basic training method is to visit a wisp colony appropriate to your level and to click on a wisp. This will stop the wisp moving, and convert it to a spring. Then, click on the spring to start gathering memories and energy.

Note: Springs remain active for a period of time, irrespective of how much they are harvested, and any number of people may harvest a spring at one time. There's no need to worry about competition, and it's always more fun to train with others. Be sure to invite your friends!

Memories are non-stackable items that will accumulate in your inventory as you harvest the springs. Deposit these into one of the craters found near any of the wisp colonies and you'll have the choice to convert them to Divination XP. This will be your main training method for the skill.

Alternatively, you can convert them to energy if you need more resources.

Energy is the core resource of the Divination skill. You'll use it to create the useful items related to the skill, as well as in the next production skill. You'll collect it as you harvest wisps, but you can opt to convert your memories into energy when you deposit them at the crater if you need more.

Alternatively, you can use it to increase your XP gain while converting memories. Energy stacks within your inventory.

So, when you click on the crater, you'll have three options:
  • Experience: This converts your memories to XP as normal, keeping your gathered energy. Choose this option if you're looking to level the skill, but also want to save up some energy to make items.
  • Enhanced Experience: This converts your energy into additional XP, while also converting your memories to XP. If you just want to gain XP, this is the way to go - don't forget to save some energy to make boons and other useful items, though.
  • Energy: This converts your memories into energy. This option is handy when you need to build up your stocks of energy for making items.
It's also important to note that energy and memories come in tiers, so you should train at the highest-level wisp colony that you're able to.

Benefits

Divination will be the direct companion to the new production skill, but there are plenty of things you can use your gathered energy for in the meantime.

Portents: These backpack-borne items are used and consumed automatically under certain conditions. For example, a portent of restoration will heal you when you drop under 50% health.

Signs: These items are also used and consumed when certain conditions are met, but are equipped in the pocket slot rather than carried in the backpack.

Perhaps most useful of these is the sign of the porter, which automatically deposits a certain number of items to your bank as you gather them, speeding up your other gathering skills by cutting down on bank runs.

Boons: These are permanent, passive buffs to your Divination XP and energy gain from converting energy and/or memories - one for each tier, with the exception of the first. As soon as you can create one of these, it's a good idea to do so!

Divine Locations: These are temporary gathering points that can be placed anywhere in the world that a fire can be lit (with the exception of the Grand Exchange). These can then be gathered from for a set time by anyone with the levels to do so. There are divine locations related to Mining, Hunter, Farming and Woodcutting.

Note that you can only make one divine location per day, and there is also a per-player limit on the quantity of resources that can be gathered from any divine locations, dependent on your total skill level.

When you place a divine location, up five people gathering from it have a chance to grant you noted resources as they gather. Note that these count towards your daily gathering limit.

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Transmutation: You can use divine energy to convert resources into smaller quantities of higher -level resources. You could transmute yew logs into magic logs, for example. It's a good way to use up spare resources to top up your supplies of more expensive ones.

Dungeoneering: Divination has been integrated into the Dungeoneering skill. You'll find wisps and Divination-related skill doors on complexity 6 floors, and you'll be able to create signs to open other skill doors where you don't quite meet the requirements.

There's divine power aplenty to be purloined and a brand-new hiscore table to be conquered - not to mention a new skillcape to obtain, bedecked in colours chosen by the community. Start training now!

Enjoy!

Mod Ana & Mod Krista

How to start training Divination:

Speak to Orla Fairweather at the camp between Lumbridge and Draynor Village for help getting started.

Requirements:

Divination is a members' skill, although the first five levels are available for free players to try.

Behind the Scenes Video

Check out our two-part BTS video special on the Divination skill:


In Other News
  • You will not be able to gain bonus or lamp XP in the Divination skill until several weeks have passed since its release. When this changes, we'll let you know via the news.
  • The Battle of Lumbridge is still heating up. There's a new Duke's Dilemma to consider this week, so head on over to Lumbridge Castle.
  • Pick up a legendary Siege Pet styled after the awesome engines of destruction employed by the Battle of Lumbridge belligerents - only at Solomon's General Store.

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