Friday, 29 August 2008

watchmen movie stills

New Watchmen Movies Images Here!

Having read recently the Watchmen graphic novels and intrigued by their story-telling, i eagerly await the new movie due in 2009. but the stills released from the upcoming movie don't really excite. only the last one on the owl ship looks like the one in the novels. the owl costume looks horribly stiff. wonder how haley looks behind the rorschach mask. 


Warner Brothers released four new images from Zack Snyder's upcoming Watchmen movie, including a cool new still of the Owl Ship.

Malin Akerman is the Silk Spectre II and Patrick Wilson is Nite Owl in the first image:

Jeffrey Dean Morgan is the amoral Comedian in the next:

Jackie Earle Haley slips on Rorschach's mask in the third image:

Wilson, as Nite Owl, in the cave where he keeps the Owl Ship:

Watchmen opens March 6, 2009.

Wednesday, 27 August 2008

DSS on the internet soon

Israel to Display the Dead Sea Scrolls on the Internet 


Published: August 26, 2008

JERUSALEM — In a crowded laboratory painted in gray and cooled like a cave, half a dozen specialists embarked this week on a historic undertaking: digitally photographing every one of the thousands of fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls with the aim of making the entire file — among the most sought-after and examined documents on earth — available to all on the Internet.

Equipped with high-powered cameras with resolution and clarity many times greater than those of conventional models, and with lights that emit neither heat nor ultraviolet rays, the scientists and technicians are uncovering previously illegible sections and letters of the scrolls, discoveries that could have significant scholarly impact.

The 2,000-year-old scrolls, found in the late 1940s in caves near the Dead Sea east of Jerusalem, contain the earliest known copies of every book of the Hebrew Bible (missing only the Book of Esther), as well as apocryphal texts and descriptions of rituals of a Jewish sect at the time of Jesus. The texts, most of them on parchment but some on papyrus, date from the third century B.C. to the first century A.D.

Only a handful of the scrolls exist in large pieces, with several on permanent exhibit at the Israel Museum here in its dimly lighted Shrine of the Book. Most of what was found is separated into 15,000 fragments that make up about 900 documents, fueling a longstanding debate on how to order the fragments as well as the origin and meaning of what is written on them.

for the rest of the article, read below link:

missing hiker pt 3

an update from su yin (ji jien's wife):


Dear all, 

Thanks for all your love and care through your faithful prayers. I have received many of your mails and they really comfort my heart and put my hope in God through Jesus Christ. (with thankful tears)

I arrived glacier park on Sat afternoon. Thank God I was able to find a fight once I arrived San Francisco to come here. The rangers showed me Yi-Jien’s car and we found out that he only brought 2-3 days food and 3-Liter water with him and some water tablets. He planned to stay in two camp sites and then came back to the car and refilled for next 5 days trip. Yet from what we found in the car, he never came back to the car and refilled his food and water. Yi-Jien has lost 15 days and over 90% possibility that he was lost the first day of the trip. Thus the search teams have focused most of their time in the first 2 days trial. The search teams have almost cover 85% of their search in the snow area, yet nothing was found, not even his belongings. I feel the search teams are discouraged and the head of the search team Patrick told me that yesterday was the last day of big search. Today they only send one team with 2 people going to the beginning of his first day trail. Please pray that our Father God continuous to strengthen the search team to hope for the best (Yi-Jien always said). I cry to God everyday for His mercy and help, sustain Yi-Jien and bring him back alive soon. I really cannot handle this by myself, and I lost hope at some point and felt guilty not able to come back earlier to be with Yi-Jien. Yet my mother in law encouraged me to keep hope in God and she came yesterday to be with me. She has been calling friends back come who are praying fervently for Yi-Jien and some intercessors got vision that Yi-Jien is still alive. Pray for God’s mercy and love to strengthen our hearts and keep trusting in Him. Please continue to pray unceasingly. 

Siu Yin

Tuesday, 26 August 2008

missing hiker pt2

it is like dejavu.

in dec last year, i blogged about our daughter's god-brother, kerk zi on, who went missing at sea after trying to save a korean girl from a riptide. one can imagine the parents' distraught on receiving the news and the frantic search for answers to the question 'why?'. the question 'why should bad things happened to good people?' is often asked in such circumstances. there are no easy glib answers. we had the memorial service on 22nd june for zi on. things were made even harder when his body was not found and all we had was just memories.

it is a bad feeling now when we heard this news. it is worse especially for us trac methodists because yi jien's late father was our trac conference president who died in a 'freak' traffic accident on 24th november 2001 and yi jien delivered the eulogy about his father at the funeral. it is difficult to know the pain that is going through the hwa family but we can only pray that somehow God will hear all our prayers worldwide for yi jien's safety and rescue.


No Sign Is Found of Hiker Reported Missing In Glacier National Park's Backcountry 

Date: August 25, 2008 
Contact: Norma Sosa, 406 888-7895 

WEST GLACIER, MONT. – Hikers and mountaineers continued to search some of northwestern Montana’s most forbidding terrain early today in an effort to find a missing hiker in Glacier National Park’s backcountry. Search managers said they continued to hope that additional information would be discovered about the hiker’s whereabouts, but that, absent such a development, they would scale back the operation.

The decision comes as family members of Yi-Jien Hwa, 27, began to arrive in Montana over the weekend. Officials of Glacier National Park are meeting with the family to discuss the search and to assure them that efforts to resolve the questions of his whereabouts and condition would continue.

“We know that Yi-Jien’s family is going through a most difficult time,” Glacier National Park’s Superintendent, Chas Cartwright, said today. “We want them to know how deeply we feel for them and support them.”

The search and rescue incident management team said the searchers would continue looking through areas listed on a backcountry permit obtained for a planned hike by Mr. Hwa. The young man, a native of Malaysia, was reported missing by family members on August 19th. The last confirmed sighting of Mr. Hwa was on August 11th when he picked up his backcountry permit.

But officials said that unless clues are found today that point to Mr. Hwa’s location or condition, the operation would be reduced beginning on Tuesday.

“We are still hopeful that additional information will eventually surface that will lead us to Yi-Jien,” the operation’s Incident Commander, Patrick Suddath, said. “But we know that the odds for that outcome are reduced with each day that goes by. In the absence of a promising development, we will be scaling back the operation.”

Superintendent Cartwright said he was confident that a thorough investigation and search have been made.

“We have pursued every lead, committed necessary resources, and enlisted the help of agencies and groups that we felt could help us to resolve this puzzling case,” he said.

Suddath said today that the high-probability areas have been thoroughly searched. Today’s search moved into other areas with lower probability as well as other areas along Mr. Hwa’s planned route. Searchers will go back to the area as clues or other information dictate.

Experienced hikers and specialized alpine search teams, as well as veteran long-distance searchers who have remained in the Park for several days, have been closely inspecting the diverse topographical features of the area.

The search area is rich in lakes, cliff bands made slippery by rain and snow, glaciers, glacial melt ponds, crevasses, ice and snow bridges, forests, and shaded areas near ridges with fresh snow. Suddath has called it challenging terrain for even the most experienced climbers.

The duration of the search is determined each day, in part, by weather conditions. Searchers are monitoring today’s weather reports, which call for possible lightning and thunderstorms late in the day, and indicated that the search might be halted if dangerous conditions developed.

The National Park Service began investigating Mr. Hwa’s disappearance on August 19th and began looking for him on August 20th. Intensive, concentrated searches were organized and launched on the following day and continued through the weekend.

Suddath estimated that more than 2,500 search hours would be reached by the end of today’s operation. The team has had the use of two helicopters, heat-sensing equipment, human-detection dogs, and mounted horse patrols.

The operation has received assistance from a number of government and private sources, including the Flathead County Sheriff’s Department, US Border Patrol, US Forest Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Glacier County Sheriff’s Department.

Monday, 25 August 2008


News just came in ... 'inform you of the following news. Yi Jien the eldest son of Rev Hwa Chien (deceased) and Kim Guat has been reported missing on a hike in the Glacier National Park in Montana, USA. Kim Guat worships at TUMC and she is now on her way to the US to join the daughter in law who is already there awaiting further news and development on the rescue efforts taking place.

Please keep them in your prayers as we do not know what has really happened, we want to commit Yi Jien to God asking Him to preserve his life somehow. Humanly speaking it is not a good sign, but we want you to continue to uphold them in your prayers...'


From FoxNews yesterday:

WEST GLACIER, Mont. — Searchers on Friday found no sign of a 27-year-old Kentucky man who was four days overdue from a lengthy backcountry hike in Glacier National Park.

Park officials say Yi-Jien Hwa was last seen at the St. Mary Visitor Center on Aug. 11, the first day of a hike that he planned to end Monday at Kintla Lake. His car was found in the Logan Pass Visitor Center parking lot. He was believed to be hiking alone.
Park spokeswoman Norma Sosa said improved weather Friday allowed one helicopter to join the search.

The incident commander said the flight "gave them a better grasp of the areas" Hwa intended to hike, Sosa said.

Searchers check back with park officials every two hours and none had reported finding any sign of Hwa by mid-afternoon Friday, Sosa said.

Hwa's family notified park officials Tuesday night that they had not heard from him since the first day of the hike, and he had not contacted them as agreed at the day he expected to end his hike.

Tina Puge, a spokeswoman at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Ky., said Hwa is a master's student as Asbury and lives in Lexington, Ky. She said Hwa's wife was traveling to Montana.

Sosa said Hwa's permit said he planned to cover 96 miles on his hike, with an increase of 15,000 feet in elevation and a similar descent over the course of the hike.
"It was quite an arduous trip," Sosa said.

Hwa's backcountry permit, like many given out by the park, advised him to watch for bears and mountain lions and warned him that hypothermia and giardia were possible concerns. It also said that a solo hike was not recommended.

Hwa is 6 feet, 1 inch tall and weighs about 170 pounds. He is believed to be carrying a blue Kelty backpack and trekking poles, along with other equipment, and might be wearing dark-colored clothing.

Park officials ask anyone with information to call Glacier National Park at 406-888-7801.