By the way.... For anyone who doesn't have a Blogger account, you are no longer required to sign up just to post a comment. You can now enter a name and URL much the same as any other blog app. Hurrah!
Also, for the sake of repetition: comments on the LiveJournal feed of this blog are only ever read via sheer dumb luck. I do not get notifications due to limitations in the way lj handles feeds (essentially nobody can 'own' a feed, which does make a kind of sense). So if you reply to something more than a day or two old (basically once it drops off the first page or two of my friends list), there's basically zero chance that I'll see it. If you want to comment on a post, ideally follow the link through to blogger and post there. I realise you may not have the time or inclination to do so, but I'm just telling it like it is :) I submitted a feature suggestion to LiveJournal a long time ago, but realistically they're never going to implement it.
- Trafficker would kill Corby: witness - World - www.smh.com.au:
Schapelle Corby's would-be saviour says they would both be killed if he named one of the traffickers he blames for the marijuana stash that has left her at risk of the death penalty for drug smuggling in Bali.He certainly looked like he believed what he was saying. I didn't really think this could get any nastier, but apparently I was wrong. I can't help thinking if Corby isn't acquitted it would destroy already-shaky relations between Australia and Indonesia, if not amongst politicians then definitely amongst the Australian public. Unless Corby is a) an extraordinary actress, and b) the world's most inept drug mule... I just cannot believe she is guilty. No drug smuggler in their right mind would hide drugs in such a pathetic manner nor risk their life for such a small amount of drugs (in dealer terms).
- US to free 38 Guantanamo detainees. 30/03/2005. ABC News Online:
The Pentagon has decided that 38 detainees held at its prison camp in Guantanamo Bay are not 'enemy combatants' and will set them free without charge.After how many years?? Leaving how many?? Why isn't the UN stepping in here? It's a nation openly flouting the Geneva Convention - if it was another nation, America would be leading the (military) charge to intervene. Assume there's oil involved of course.
- Memo shows US general approved interrogations. 30/03/2005. ABC News Online:
The former top US military chief in Iraq authorised the use of dogs and other illegal techniques during interrogations, according to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
- The Australian: Hunt goes on for escaped killer [March 30, 2005]. The question of course is how this guy was ever allowed to transfer into a minimum security facility. State governments always insist that escapes won't happen, dangerous crims are always kept in high security, etc etc. It's all bullshit.
- Exposed: drugs price scandal - Health - www.smh.com.au:
Generic medicines are costing Australian taxpayers up to 19 times what New Zealand taxpayers pay for the same drugs ... The Federal Government has [released] a three-country price comparison for nine generic drugs, which reveals that Australia pays significantly more that New Zealand and Britain in most cases and could be missing out on $100 million in savings for the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.Remember those smarmy TV ads about the PBS, where we were basically told it's our fault for daring to use PBS medication? Apparently the real problem is out of our hands. Imagine that.
- It's snakes and ladder as Locky tops Joey - League - www.smh.com.au:
Time for a reality check - and we might as well start at the top: Andrew Johns will never again be regarded as the world's best player. Darren Lockyer was already just about level-pegging with Johns before the Newcastle halfback was hurt, and Lockyer has only improved since then.GASP! This is published in the SYDNEY Morning Herald... never thought I'd see the day they had anything nice to say about Lockyer or anything less than glowing to say about Johns.
- Clubbers to get into the silent groove - Music - www.smh.com.au:
For those seeking tranquillity at Glastonbury Festival, a dance tent packed with clubbers is not an obvious sanctuary. But this will be the silent disco - 3000 festivalgoers are to be issued with headphones this year so they can turn up the volume without waking the neighbours.Damn cool idea, particularly if they will have volume control (some people like it louder/softer than others you know). We tossed a similar idea around for clubs... everyone gets a set of headphones and tunes in to a broadcast. One event could have multiple DJs and people could pick the tunes that get them going. Ambient music could be put through the PA at low volume so people can take off the 'phones and chill out or - gasp - be able to talk to other people without screaming.
Comments pages should look much better now; plus the archive index matches the rest of the site (wow!). Changed to monthly archives too, it was getting out of hand with the weekly archives.
You know, one day I'll remember to remove the stats counter before I hammer away at the page for an entire evening. Oh look, a traffic spike! Doofus.
I finally got around to fixing up the design of this blog (exceptionally keen readers might remember it went to hell a while back when blogger added the little toolbar thing up the top). A few little CSS quirks still to figure out, but overall it seems reasonably stable. Then I might finally get around to fixing the archive page design ;)
Update: IE6 users... I'll hack the CSS for you later. Until then, a) links will look ugly, and b) you should go get a better browser anyway ;)
- The Real Reason Microsoft Won't Support CSS2 in IE7:
Microsoft won't support CSS2 in IE7 because they can't. Not with that "summer release date" anyway.Blunt but probably true. It's unlikely MS had any serious plans to work on IE until Firefox started gaining marketshare faster than any other browser for several years.
- CorporatePR: Ten Ideas for Corporate RSS Feeds. As with all technology, you should be able to show a clear benefit to your business before you buy into it. XML news feeds (RSS, Atom, whatever) have some clear benefits over other existing distribution methods.
- Colorization Using Optimization. Assuming these images were actually colourised using the described methodology.... WOW. Knowing a modest amount about how images work, it certain seems feasible to use this method.
Talk about longevity. A guestbook created in 1998 is still online and responding, despite being unattended basically ever since! martin college 98 guestbook (umm, probably not worth looking if you weren't there at the time*). wonders will never cease.
Perhaps just as surprising... I've talked to two of these people in the last month or so.
* You know the phrase 'you had to be there'? That applies to basically two entire years of my life :) Ahh it was grand. Apart from a lot of the food.
- urban_decay: berkeley sidewalking. international sticker art appreciation.
- urban_decay: Whittier, AK
- cityscapes: Mytischi, Moscow region
- cityscapes: Hong Kong Island from Kowloon. very cyberpunk.
- cityscapes: 9/11 - Second Impact. Apparently a photo of the second impact taken by a guy who was airborne in a Cessna at the time of the 2001.09.11 terrorist attack.
- cityscapes: brisbane, australia
- urban_decay: ruins of old escalator
- photographers: seriously shaggy dog
- One of the many problems with blogging: Mac Hall Comics | "Blogger (2)"
- According to the law of averages, even managers will occasionally (probably accidentally) say something absolutely true: Dilbert - 2005.03.21:
I don't know how to say this...
- You can never completely predict how people will use a system: Guardian Unlimited | The Guardian | I've got freedom of information. Now I'd like a man in a uniform. An unusual Freedom of Information request:
she asked to be told of "eligible bachelors within Hampshire constabulary between the ages of 35 and 49 and details of their email addresses, salary details and pension values".
The New York Times > Arts > Music > The Most Expensive Album Never Made:
[Axl] Rose began work on the album in 1994, recording in fits and starts with an ever-changing roster of musicians, marching through at least three recording studios, four producers and a decade of music business turmoil. ... Along the way, he has racked up more than $13 million in production costs, according to Geffen documents, ranking his unfinished masterpiece as probably the most expensive recording never released.
This is actually a fascinating read, whether you like Guns'n'Roses or not.
- The Australian: US can't go it alone: Annan [March 23, 2005]:
A DAY after releasing his blueprint for comprehensive UN reform, Kofi Annan has appealed for US backing, saying no country, however powerful, can face the future alone.Realistically the US only needs the UN to create a thin veneer of legitimacy for its military actions. Even that need is lessening now that the US (or the Bush administration at any rate) seems quite happy to act as world bully and simply brazen out the backlash. Annan is just trying to keep the UN ship afloat and not end up like the UN's predecessor, the League of Nations (which arguably failed because the US never joined).
- Gunman drove police car to school. 23/03/2005. ABC News Online:
Reports described Weise as a loner who wore a dark trench coat to school every day and who had used the names 'Todesengel' - German for 'Angel of Death' - and 'NativeNazi' when signing on to extreme right-wing Internet sites.The media is already working on a 'trenchcoat' aspect to this. What the kid used to wear was not the problem. The problem was that he was an extremist racist with access to guns (at least based on the reports coming through at the moment).
- Australian IT - Hackers loose worms on Apple (Chris Jenkins, MARCH 22, 2005):
Symantec, says it discovered 37 high-severity vulnerabilities in the Mac OS during 2004.They also found vulnerabilities in Mozilla based browsers, although there's a grey area surrounding how to compare their severity with bugs in IE (IE bugs are often much nastier since they're intertwined with the operating system).
- The Australian: It's all over for Hopoate, says Manly [March 23, 2005]:
The Manly winger was suspended for 17 games by the judiciary ... but the Sea Eagles board had already decided by that stage he was too much of a liability and had terminated his one-year contract.From the reactions described in this article it sounds like Hopoate knew he'd screwed up one too many times to save his career.
- Roaming alarm clock keeps snoozers on their toes. 23/03/2005. ABC News Online:
The clock ... is equipped with a set of wheels and after the snooze button is pressed, it rolls off the bedside table to another part of the room.
- The Australian: American dreams and nightmares [March 21, 2005]. The standout link of the day... an Australian's perspective on America.
Finally, by simply by reading this agreement, you are in volition of its terms. Our lawyers will be in touch.
- HoustonChronicle.com - Live munitions showing up in homeowners' driveways
- Detainees who find Christ may be allowed to stay - National - www.smh.com.au:
Thirty of Australia's longest-term immigration detainees are having their cases reviewed and could be freed because they have converted to Christianity since arriving. ... It follows strong lobbying efforts by several Government backbenchers, churches and the powerful Family First party.This is stunning on just so many levels.
- Annan rewrites the UN rule book - World - www.smh.com.au:
The United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, is today expected to propose establishing new rules for the use of military force ... A 63-page draft report represents Mr Annan's most ambitious effort to restore international confidence in the organisation.
- Bye bye, Hoppa - League - www.smh.com.au. He's got to be gone this time. If the league doesn't ban him, his club will probably sack him. Ehh, who knows - maybe some UK team will take him on despite his problems.
- Google sued over copyright 'infringement' - Technology - www.smh.com.au:
Agence France-Presse has sued Google Inc for copyright infringement, alleging that the internet search engine included AFP headlines, news summaries and photographs published without permission.No details but this would have to relate to Google News and probably the image search as well. It will be interesting to see how the courts handle this - Google doesn't publish anything itself, but it does collate and present information with its own branding.
- NEWS.com.au | Beattie chastises parents (21-03-2005):
QUEENSLAND Premier Peter Beattie has told parents at an Ipswich community meeting to give their kids 'some bloody discipline', in response to criticism over juvenile crime rates.Priceless! :)
- Meta-quoting! Heh. Yeah. - Ever met a person ike this? :
A tremendous quote lifted from the Know your Enemy:Tracking Botnets report into botnet activity on the internet:
Script kiddies apparently consider DDoS an appropriate solution to every social problem.
- coolant chokers. stylish AND practical! or something :)
- Sam's Archive | How to destroy the Earth:
This is not a guide for wusses whose aim is merely to wipe out humanity. ... This is a guide for those who do not want the Earth to be there anymore.
- http://craphound.com/etech2005-lifehacks.txt | Life Hacks Live, 17 March 2005 (Impressionistic transcript by Cory Doctorow)
- warrenelliscom: Joss Whedon Begins The Long, Difficult Task Of Casting WONDER WOMAN. Umm. Err. Wrong. And worse still, it's in my brain now.
- Some Trojans are creatively evil fuckers: Symantec Security Response - Trojan.ByteVerify:
5. Several pornographic links are added into the favorites.
- Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 Details Begin to Leak. Speculation really.
- Boing Boing: Hollywood stars look like crap in high-def, act like crap either way.
- Boing Boing: T-shirt: Chairman Mao sez RTFM. I say ROFL.
- Boing Boing: Don't say 'blogger' to US Immigration, you'll get stripsearched.
- Boing Boing: Fans beg Sony to sell them lost Fiona Apple album that's on P2P. Remember kids, P2P will kill the music industry and send artists broke.
- Boing Boing: Neuromancer radio play preservation effort in the teeth of bureacracy, sadly the boingboing attention led to the play being taken down. shit.
I discovered yesterday that Australia Post feels it's just fine to fail to deliver one parcel out of every fifty it handles. Well, specifically they said "98% success rate". They also told me that since the parcel in question wasn't sent by registered post, in short I could stick it up my arse.
Apparently it doesn't matter that the parcel was addressed correctly and had sufficient postage. It didn't arrive, yet it got returned to sender as "unclaimed" and the sender was charged a fee for that privilege. They will have to pay again to resend the parcel, even though they did everything right the first time.
I actually went in after about two weeks and asked if they could check out the back in case the parcel was there but the card hadn't been placed in my PO Box (you know, because people are human and shit happens). They refused point blank to walk the three metres and check. I made the tactical error of mentioning Ebay and after that the already-sour expression went to sucking-ten-lemons-all-out-bitch-stare. I hate the new staff member at my Post Office, she's a slack bitch who shouldn't be in a customer service job. But I digress.
In essence, Australia Post don't care about Parcel Post. If they lose your parcel they won't even try to find it (that's their official policy). If you want AP to actually make any guarantees, let's say you think perhaps they might deliver it, you have to pay quite a bit more and send everything by Registered Post. Express Post *might* be better, but they were pretty cagey about whether the tracking number can actually be used to track anything.
No matter what you do, never admit that the parcel has anything to do with Ebay. Apparently if you have ever so much as looked at Ebay, AP will immediately refuse to help you. Probably not an official policy, but the staff attitude is pretty clear since I got that from the manager as well (lemon-face did an immediate flick pass to the manager when I came in to discuss the problem). Doesn't matter that the origin of the parcel makes no difference to whether it can make it through the post - to them Ebay = all bets are off.
So... all up, I'm not really surprised. I think it's stupid but not surprising that AP actively promotes the risks of its cheap service. Why stupid? Well, they're saying 'our service is so unreliable, you better pay for insurance for when we fuck up...'. Why then should I trust the same people to get things right, just because the satchel is a different colour? But it's not surprising - they want you to pay more to send stuff.
Ahh well. I guess I shouldn't expect people to do their jobs any more. I am inconveniencing them, after all. They should just get paid for turning up.
Now I wait and see if the parcel arrives the second time around, since the Ebay seller was a bit too enthusiastic and has already resent the parcel. Would have preferred to get it sent by Express Post but hey.
Update (2005.04.17): On the second attempt, the parcel turned up almost immediately. Parcel Post, addressed the same way, same everything just a different day. My gut feeling: the bloody thing DID sit out the back of the Post Office, mislabelled or something; but they didn't want to admit to it.
- The Australian: Unis to face big fines on union 'fees' [March 16, 2005]: "UNIVERSITIES could face multi-million-dollar fines if they attempt to circumvent a government ban on charging compulsory student union fees, under tough legislation to be unveiled by Education Minister Brendan Nelson. The Howard Government's plan to end compulsory student unionism in Australia will also force universities to cover any shortfall in the cost of student services, presently funded by the $160 million-a-year collected in union fees.
- Labor slams uni change as ideology gone mad. 16/03/2005. ABC News Online
- Students rally against VSU. 16/03/2005. ABC News Online
- Scrapping student union fees 'heavy handed' - National - www.smh.com.au
With all the wailing and gnashing of teeth, a key point is being lost: the proposal is for union fees to become voluntary, they are not being abolished. The objections all make the assumption that no student will voluntarily cough up the money. Think on that.
If nobody is willing to pay, does that suggest that nobody feels like they're getting their money's worth? Most students don't know where the money goes and those that do know are generally pissed off about it. For example, when I was at uni 2/3 of my fees went on sporting facilities which I never used. Two bloody thirds! Sport is not a critical service and should never be grouped with health services and child care.
Elsewhere student unions have been caught blowing million dollar budgets and being unable to produce any documentation as to where the money went. Frankly the unions brought this down on themselves.
None of this makes the government's approach valid, though. It's too much to make fees voluntary AND prevent universities pitching in the money (or charge the fee and administrate themselves). I've always thought it would be much better to leave fees as mandatory, but let students choose where the money goes (or a portion of it). Have the health services, counselling, food outlets etc funded by a set fee; then let students choose whether the rest of their cash goes to sport, clubs, etc.
There's a certain level of enforcement required to make students pay up for non-glamourous services. During O-week, no student is going to agree to pay a large amount of money for a health service. Ask them again when they're sick and broke during exams, it'll be a different matter.
I'm surprised that the government would do something so hard on student unions though, since they serve as a breeding ground for politicians. Most student union groups have a political affiliation, whether overt or not. Take away student politics and pollies will have to cut their teeth in 'real' politics. Don't be fooled for a second into thinking that only left-wing groups take part in student politics... that's crap.
Anyway, if the students really give a shit about "having a voice" then I guess we'll see them turn out in record numbers to protest... or we'll see them all pay the fees, right? Right.
AppleInsider | Sources: Apple developing updated AirPorts, two-button mouse:
In other news, Hell has not frozen over yet, but it very well may. According to sources who have so far filed accurate reports on Apple's future hardware plans, the company is feverishly working on a two-button wireless optical mouse that it intends to release. ... Insiders warned that anticipation may continue to build for months as the company perfects the product. ... 'Jaws will drop,' said one insider.
It's going to take them months to "perfect" a two button mouse? It's a mouse. It has two buttons. Every other company has been making them for years...!
a few days ago i logged into Gmail using Opera 8 beta2, expecting the full features as usual... after a moment i started wondering 'where the fuck did all the features go??' where indeed. Google even knew that's what I'd be thinking when I followed the link to use a fully supported browser, more info here... - the page heading is "Where have all the features gone?". Now, they could have scored serious points if they'd said "But... why are the features gone??" (capnjacksparrow@gmail? :)).
Some earlier info posted around the traps by Gmail developers cited an HTML version of Gmail as the solution to accessibility problems with the default version. I sincerely hope this isn't it, as it's a mess of tables and font tags (publishing that sort of thing in 2005 is the web equivalent of entering a stock Trabi into the Le Mans 24 hour endurance race). At this stage Google is only saying that it's for times when you can't use your own computer.
So anyway... I'm sitting here with Opera 8 beta 2, which I know handles Gmail with no real hassles (a few rendering bugs, but no show stoppers). Thankfully, unlike Blogger, there is a way to log in anyway: http://gmail.google.com/gmail?nocheckbrowser is your friend.
So... My thoughts on Gmail as it stands today?
- + excellent features for sighted users with supported browsers
- +/- cut down HTML version is better than nothing as an alternative
- - rotten accessibility in either version
The key thing to watch now is whether they update either version to be accessible, or if they claim the HTML version is their 'accessible alternative' - despite the fact you can't use most of the neat features.
Overall... It's disappointing that Google/Gmail would build a font/table "HTML" version in 2005. But it's not surprising given that Google's search tool is still a font/table piece of crud. Google could have been a flagship for good web development, but instead they're yet another example of 'great features, crap accessibility'.
- Jeffrey Zeldman Presents The Daily Report | Protect your site from Google's new toolbar. Google turning into Microsoft? Sad but true. Between Google, Blogger and Gmail we're seeing an increasing amount of drift away from 'make the world better' and more 'make the world better for some'. We have to remember, they ARE here to make money.
- Boing Boing: Eating without seeing: Switzerland's 'Blind Cow Diner'
- Boing Boing: Space psychiatrist:
'Most anybody can get along with any body for a week or two,' Kanas observes. But longer stays in cramped conditions with no real opportunity for escape are different. Kanas used questionnaires completed on board to discern issues of tension, cohesion and "displacement," the tendency to redirect anger at others. For the cosmonauts and astronauts that was often the ground control.
- Mike Davidson: How to Snatch an Expiring Domain. Hmm. *eyes off some sods sitting on cool domains*
- Slacker Manager: The unspoken language of... "get the fuck out of my cubicle". I'm not sure I can be as blunt as this. I am far too fucking nice for my own good, contrary to certain opinions.
- Boing Boing: HOWTO build a Bluetooth 'sniper rifle':
One of the security assumptions in Bluetooth is that attackers need to be quite close-by if they want to gain access to your phone or other device. Here's simple instructions for building a handsome, effective Bluetooth 'sniper rifle' whose high-gain antenna will give you access to devices from miles away.
- LOTUS ADVISOR: The Architecture of Lotus Notes. I've tried to read this. Really I have. But I just can't do it. Plus the diagrams reinforce an overall sense that 'simplicity' is NOT in the Lotus vocabulary.
- Netscape Browser:
Download The Netscape Browser, v8.0 BETA. WTF are these people playing at? Last we heard, Netscape was not going to be developed any further. Now we're getting a rebadged Firefox being rolled out as 'Netscape Navigator 8'. It's pretty pointless, but the annoying thing is that various lazy-arse large application vendors will now have an excuse to trickle on for a few more years supporting the 'big two'; instead of doing any real work on cross-browser compatibility. Yeesh!
- Meanwhile, we see the end of Mozilla... Future of the Mozilla Application Suite: No Official Mozilla 1.8, Community Transition Plan Unveiled - MozillaZine Talkback:
The announcement confirms that there will be no official Mozilla 1.8 release ... However, the Mozilla Foundation will offer infrastructure support to a community effort to continue development of the Mozilla Application Suite, probably under a different name.So what does that mean? Well, instead of splitting things up, the Mozilla foundation is concentrating on just one browser. If the Mozilla user community feels strongly enough about it, they are welcome to take up management of the product themselves (it's open source, after all). Good thing? Well, hardcore open source types shun Firefox for the much more geek-l33t Mozilla. Plus there are some grumblings that the Firefox project isn't going so well. The flip side of course is that Firefox has reignited browser wars - something most people didn't really expect to see again.
- Some more on Mozilla - adot's notblog*: mozilla product futures:
Firefox and Thunderbird are the Mozilla Foundation's premier applications. ... There is little doubt that these applications have achieved more in terms of industry acceptance and user adoption than anything in Mozilla's history. They are where our future lies -- and so our focus.
- Netcraft: Firefox, Opera Updates Address IDN Spoofing. Opera and Firefox have to issue updates, just like anyone else. They just don't have to do it quite so often. So anyway, if you use Opera or FF, go download the latest.
- Finally, an odd one... hacking Firefox to look like IE. The things people do! I can imagine a few people disguising FF to fool adamant IE users into browsing with something better...
UserFriendly 2005.03.12... in fact, I've had similar experiences many times. Yet people think I'm odd for just sending the fucking email.
It's monday and my eyes and brain hurt from being at work instead of asleep (you think i'm joking). So, what else could I do?
You are Foamy.
Congratulations, you are a rage filled squirrel who spouts his views at any given moment. You know what you like, (bagels with cream cheese) and what you don't. (everything else) Chill out before you give yourself an ulcer.
Which Neurotically Yours (Foamy) Character are you?
...as if I was going to be any other character :)
As an aside, Quizilla really needs to make spell checks a mandatory part of the quiz creation process.
it's footy season again. yay!
good to see the broncos start with a win. must have been brutal playing in the heat today...
- linkfrenzy: StopPress - Ex-Marine Says Public Version of Saddam Capture Fiction
- Boing Boing: Mexico City cops must read books
- Ynetnews - News - Army frowns on Dungeons and Dragons
- Boing Boing: Lame history revision - Sartre sans cigarette... that's not Sartre. Full marks for this headline though: Telegraph | News | Hell is other people removing your cigarette.
- Boing Boing: History of candy bar wrappers
- urban_decay: Killingdal Flotation Plant
- projectsen: [ .on Wednesday, things that happened on a Tuesday ]
- urban_decay: Unfinished Aquadrome [Moscow, Russia]
- urban_decay: wellington, new zealand
- projectsen: [ .Saint Sen Patrick's Day is Coming ], they'll dye the chicago river green!
Speaking of photography, this looks rather nice: Canon EOS 350D, although probably prefer the black version.
- Boing Boing: North Korea promotes vacations with wacky Flash movie, but the real topper is how they lost their shit when BoingBoing linked to it. How dare they kill the web by sending wads of traffic to their site?
- Roulette Chocolate. Eleven chocolates contain praline. One chocolate contains a chilli. Do you like those odds? :)
- NYPL Digital Gallery:
NYPL Digital Gallery provides access to over 275,000 images digitized from primary sources and printed rarities in the collections of The New York Public Library, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints and photographs, illustrated books, printed ephemera, and more.
- RE. Design News Reluct.com design and architecture news: Next soft rotor fan
- Clientcopia: Coping with stupid clients. Linked before, linked again - lots of new stories.
EALA Designer Heads to Blizzard:
Gamespy is reporting that Battle for Middle Earth game designer Dustin Browder is leaving EALA to work at Blizzard on a secret project (cough, StarCraft 2, cough).
Starcraft 2!!! Yeah!!! Only years away. *sigh*
No use trying to fight it, you're an eight-sided die, a d8. A fine example of simple elegance, the d8 is one of the least appreciated types of dice, and is often neglected. You are known to be quiet and shy, outward traits that conceal viscous sarcasm and mean wit. You are very smart, yet wise enough to hide your intelligence the quicker they found out how smart you are, the sooner they'll put you to work, which is something you can do without. People call you dark and pessimistic, or moody and cynical. You find little point in arguing.
There we go, my quiz quota is all taken care of - I'm allowed to keep my blog now ;)
You scored 93% Beginner, 93% Intermediate, 93% Advanced, and 77% Expert!
You did so extremely well, even I can't find a word to describe your excellence! You have the uncommon intelligence necessary to understand things that most people don't. You have an extensive vocabulary, and you're not afraid to use it properly! Way to go!
...cool, although I'm kicking myself because I think I know which beginner question I answered incorrectly. typical for me though, all through high school i'd get tests where i would get things wrong in the simpler areas, most likely because i'd rip through the questions too fast.
- HOW-TO: Use your Gmail account as a personal file server - Engadget - www.engadget.com
- stickers circa 1992-1995. hmm. some good ones, but i think overall i prefer many of the stickers i photographed today.
- Boing Boing: Tim Burton's garage sale. Now that's not your average garage sale. I wonder how they worked out the prices??
- Grit My Teeth | 'post no bills' graffiti. Very funny :)
- Boing Boing: Study: Used hard-drives full of juicy blackmail material. Reformat with sledge hammer - it's the only sure way.
sticker art above milton train station pedestrian subway.
- urban_decay: knowledge is power
- photographers: colours on water
- urban_decay: North Philadelphia
- urban_decay: The Midland Grand Hotel, Morecambe, England. decaying art deco building with curved stairs... wraps up several of my photographic kinks :) more here: Midland Grand Hotel.
- heaping shit on nin fans and/or Trent Reznor is, like, sooooo 1999.
- you can still heap shit on manson/nu-metal kiddies though, since they still wear full-length leather coats at midday in a brisbane summer. twats. stinky, sweaty twats.
- Coppermine Photo Gallery claims to have IPTC support, but enabling that option appears to do nothing. the FAQ gives out an 'untested hack' which also appears to do nothing. it's this kind of shit that holds open source back.
- similarly, Thunderbird's online support doesn't work - links from the client go to broken links in a Wiki. when you do find support material, it is often inaccurate.
- cinnamon is good. cinnamon tictacs are good. cinnamon mentos are good. penguin reds are good. big red gum is good (when you can find it). the shop in the city with ten different cinnamon gums and mints is goooood :) having to pay $3.50 for a pack of tictacs, not so good. why the hell don't they stock cinnamon tictacs in normal shops?? they stock those weird-arse orange ones that nobody buys, why not the cinnamons? australia must stop fearing the cinnamon.
- why has apple nobbled the iPod Shuffle by dropping the price of the mini?? $50 more for 3 more gigs and full interface... you'd have to be keen to get a shuffle at these prices. unless you're really specifically buying it for jogging.
- lots of new music. damn you jb hifi, i am powerless to resist your 'buy me now, i'm cheap!' stickers. but good! new music. well actually quite a bit of back catalogue too. you see, if i like it i will go buy it when i can; even if i have a burned copy.