- AppleDefects.com | Apple Covers Up ?Lap? Suggestion - Apple Defects. When it launched it was a laptop. Now Apple say it's a 'notebook' not a laptop. People who spent large amounts of money buying them say it's a laptop which burrrrrrns. Apple's sterling support reputation keeps on keeping on.
- Australian IT - BigPond seeing double (Michael Sainsbury, JUNE 28, 2006):
TELSTRA has been double-counting at least 250,000 subscribers to its BigPond internet service...Not that Telstra has ever fudged figures like this before, or anything.
- Not content with websites about cats, scanned cats, cute cats, cats with stuff on them and cats who hate you (as if that's somehow a subset of cats)... now the net has produced Hitler cats! which is a page devoted to cats that 'look like Hitler'.
- YouTube - Flying Dude - combine low-altitude skydiving (not technically 'BASE' jumping but same principle), one of those 'batsuit' things and a fast-moving helicopter...
- Sodium Party, where some people thew sodium into water and recorded the resulting explosions.
- Where the Hell is Matt? Matt's just about everywhere, it seems! Not at once, lucky for him. See also: YouTube - Where the Hell is Matt?
- The Sunday Mail QLD: Neighbours court to tackle feuds [25jun06]:
A neighbours court could be introduced in Queensland to crack down on residents who make other people's lives a misery. Attorney-General Linda Lavarch has revealed she is considering the extreme measure as disputes between neighbours spiral out of control.We need something. Note this bit:
Police confirm they are unable to take action involving disputes between neighbours unless a criminal offence has been committed.
This one is basically a journal post, skip if you want.
- It has been chilly, by Brisbane standards.
- I just logged a job to get the last of my old Lycos (nee Tripod) guestbooks deleted. Forgot it existed until it started getting spammed. End of an era there, I started the thing back in 1996!
- It amused L greatly that I managed to hurt myself with a chopping board. I grabbed one off the shelf and another one came with it. It skinned my wrist then went on to land point-first on my foot. It hurt.
- L's macbook pro is finally using wireless, instead of us having a network cable trailed around the unit. Woo. It took several goes, fruitless appeals for help in Mac forums, an utterly mysterious 'suddenly started working' and a call to Apple to find out how the hell you check if it's actually using encryption. OSX continues to fail to win me over.
- Officially didn't get the job in Melbourne. Oh yeah, did I mention I applied for a cool job in Melbourne? :) Guess they had better/local candidates. Sigh.
- L is strongly suggesting I take a semester off uni. The two courses...err...subjects? Units? Whatever they're called. The two I've done have been fine, but my timetable has been fucked around completely both semesters this year and if I never use QUT's network or see GP's stupid carpark again (nor its eternally empty change machine) then I'll be happy. The real kicker is that if I do find an interstate job and we move, I'll either forfeit the fees for that semester (and possibly cop an academic penalty too) or have to work externally and fly back for assessment. I'm undecided. I had planned to just keep going. For one thing if I stop I'll be tempted not to go back and for another thing you kind of have to live normally until the day you're definitely leaving.
- Trying to save more money. Not doing well so far, but that's partly due to the HELP (nee HECS) debt which is now doing nasty things to my pay packet.
- Escaped to the farm, weekend before last. My parents were away on holidays, so we were pretty much using it as a country retreat - very reasonable rates ;) Got out there late Friday night (drove out after dinner) and it was 4°C outside. Brr! It was blissful - so quiet outside, widescreen TV inside, newly-installed broadband... very quiet. Did I mention quiet? :)
Enough navel gazing for one post, I think.
A new study in Western Australia has found the urine of a wild Australian dog may play an important role in the rehabilitation of mine sites. But my favourite quote:
Dr Michael Parsons says once an appropriate delivery mechanism is refined, the repellent can be used in newly restored areas of mine sites to ensure plant life can be re-established without being grazed by kangaroos.
Appropriate delivery mechanism, indeed! :)
Yes indeed, I do love my car :) Taken at my parents farm. The post processing really didn't remove much colour. It's damn dry out there.
- intense lap in a maxxed out R34 (google video)
- USB Air Conditioned Shirt - Gizmodo
- YouTube - BumpTop 3D Desktop Prototype
- There's bogged, then there's BOGGED.
- Australian IT - Broadband hits 3m (Staff writers, JUNE 23, 2006):
AUSTRALIA now has more than 3 million broadband internet services, up 78 per cent on the 1.8 million recorded in March 2005.Just a measly 17 million more to go, eh. Not to mention how many of those 3m have crappy connections/access plans. (See also: Full ACCC report)
- Brisbane Broncos - Football - Club News:
REFEREE Tony Archer and touch judge Steve Carrall have been sacked after failing to pick up a blatant forward pass in the Ergon Energy Broncos' 18-16 loss to St George Illawarra at Suncorp Stadium last Friday night.Amazing, they've admitted fault! Doesn't change the result of course.
- Boing Boing: Handheld device converts text to speech for blind people:
Inventor Ray Kurzweil has shipped a ?2,625 handheld device for blind people that you aim at any text and it reads aloud.
- Boing Boing: Library bookcases tumbled like dominos (some readers may wish to avert their eyes!)
- Top Designer Says World Cup Design "Just Embarrassing" | Features | Deutsche Welle | 12.06.2006. Includes some interesting statements about German society, too.
- Davezilla: Clean humor, filthy comments | Jakob Nielsen's Usability Fighting Styles
- PM welcomes idea of US base in Australia - Breaking News - National - Breaking News:
Prime Minister John Howard said he would warmly welcome the establishment of American military bases in northern Australia.Now there's a newsflash.
- Pirate Chief speaks: "It's all about control over culture and knowledge":
The leader of the Swedish Pirate Party speaks out at the Pirate Bay support demonstration in Stockholm, putting the recent events into a historical perspective.Interesting reading. Less highbrow and more amusing is their response in DNS names: Boing Boing: PirateBay hides anti-MPAA taunt in DNS.
- Boing Boing: Is RIAA nastygramming YouTubers over vids of kids singing and dancing?:
So now we've got the RIAA (?) sending takedown notices to YouTube over kids who rock out to the songs they love. You have to wonder -- if this is a forgery, has the RIAA decided to do something about it? If it's not, does that mean that they now have a policy about fan-films made with music?
- Boing Boing: Ten Commandments Congressman can't name them. "Sure, I want to ram them down your throat; but I can't be bothered actually knowing what they are." :)
- Boing Boing: Billboard: Saying "like" makes you sound dumb:
This billboard advises you to stop using the word 'like' as punctuation, on behalf of something called the Academy of Linguistic Awareness.
- Boing Boing: Sculpture's wooden mount on display instead of sculpture. But is it art? :)
Gus Gould put the kiss of death on the Broncos when he said he'd feel sorry for them if they lost; and that the football gods wouldn't be that cruel.
- Pentagon set to drop Geneva convention - World - smh.com.au:
THE Pentagon is pushing for its new policy on prisoner detention to omit a key tenet of the Geneva convention that bans 'humiliating and degrading treatment', marking a potentially permanent move away from international human rights standards.I think the truly awful thing about this is that it's not a surprise. Maybe a few years ago before the Reign Of Dubya this would have been shocking. Now... how could we be surprised? America wants to rule the world and it's apparently not afraid to use the very techniques of its supposed reviled foes. Hell, handbasket...
- Independent Online Edition > Environment:
Japan has succeeded in buying the votes that will give it control of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) later this week, in a major step towards bringing back commercial hunting of whales.
- Australian IT - 'Bankrupt' email hits NAB (Staff writers, JUNE 15, 2006):
NAB's internet banking users have been targeted by new email scam that exploits flaws in two popular web browsers via an email claiming the bank is about to go bust.& AusCERT - AL-2006.0049 -- [Win] -- Malicious "National Bank bankrupt" email links to sites targeting multiple web browsers
- aussielj: A warning for Australian Folks - list of 02 and 03 numbers... if you get a missed call, don't ring them. I'm pretty sure I got a couple of these just after a trip down south (which made it confusing, but the numbers didn't match anyone we know), but the numbers aren't in the call register any more to check.
- Boing Boing: Remix roadsigns photoshopping contest
- Boing Boing: HOWTO use a peep-hole as a wide-angle lens (and look mildly indecent)
- Boing Boing: TV teen sex orgy complaints came from people who never saw the show:
The FCC fined CBS $3 million for the teen sex orgy scene in Without a Trace. ... Now CBS is saying the fine is invalid because the people who complained didn't even know what they were complaining about.
- Boing Boing: People are happier when they're older?
- Boing Boing: HOWTO turn a NES controller into a cell-phone
- BBC NEWS | World | Americas | Tabby cat terror for black bear:
A black bear got more than it bargained for after straying into a family garden in the US state of New Jersey. The unwelcome intruder was forced up a tree - twice - by the family pet, a tabby cat called Jack.
Been a long time coming, but well done to the Socceroos! :)
Now, watch as the country suddenly becomes an instant soccer fan...
- It's hopeless - The Jay-Z of Blogging:
So I figure, it's been a few years, let me download the open source image editing application 'Gimp'. Maybe it's technically called 'The GIMP', I'm not sure. There's probably a recursive acronym in there, but clearly this is the work of a group whose branding efforts would probably name a PowerPoint clone 'The Retard'.
- Boing Boing: Cute pink tank cozy
- CrystalXP.net - Gallery. Makes XP purty. Nine out of ten mac heads couldn't tell the difference. (ducks and runs...)
- IPac - The worst bill you?ve never heard of:
Simply put, SIRA fundamentally redefines copyright and fair use in the digital world. It would require all incidental copies of music to be licensed separately from the originating copy.
- Security | InsideGoogle | part of the Blog News Channel:
I stay home from work because I'm sick. So naturally two work crews turn up and do loud things right outside our place.
One did...something. No idea, lots of scraping shovels. The other did tree lopping and subsequent chipping. I can't sleep through industrial woodchipping, no matter how much my musical taste has conditioned me into weird reactions to loud industrial noises.
Apparently the shovel people started at 6am and I slept through it, a bit of an indicator that I wasn't in the best shape. I left some (probably incoherent) voicemails with my bosses (yes, joy, I have two) before crashing out again for the morning. But the woodchippers won the rest of the day.
I inevitably get annoyed by the fact that so much of academia is focussed on anything but knowledge, ideas and the pursuit of a better world. Mostly it's about protecting your office space, sniping at that idiot at Clearly Inferior University and the Pursuit of Funding™.
I abhor having to look up the (apparently randomly generated) APA referencing style; to say nothing of how much it ticks me off to lose marks for getting it wrong. The extraordinary amount of attention and energy spent referencing (and checking references) takes the joy out of discussing the other paper in the first place.
I have a mental image of being accosted by a ranting academic, screaming "Who cares if their point backed yours up, or if your paper shot it down completely? You put the wrong bit in bold and there's a space in the wrong place! You sir are a bounder and a cad! Hall Porter? Throw this wretch off campus!"
I may be exaggerating of course; and I don't know why the ranting academic was transported through time and space from 19th century England.
I know I should be defending the APA referencing style, being a Standards Guy and all. But it's a poor standard for referencing websites - it has far too many minor variations for unfathomable distinctions between types of website. For example there's a different style for a journal article published online versus a journal artile published in print and online. If I accessed a website, how am I supposed to even know if it was also printed?
So anyway, the minutiae of academia annoy me. I probably wouldn't have entered postgraduate study if it hadn't been required to progress my career. At least I don't have any exams this semester... "exam" being academic-speak for "nasty event invariably scheduled at 8am and designed to penalise you for the bits you can't remember under stress, with no hope of parole based on the bits you do recall..." Hmm. APA referencing doesn't seem so bad now that I think about it.
Brisbane Motor Show 2006.
Enjoy your zero-padded number of the beast day.
Turns out the USB ports in my computer weren't USB 2.0 (probably 1.1). I figured this out when I saw the transfer speeds off L's laptop.
So now my machine has a four port USB 2.0 card (five if you count the one which is only accessible inside the computer - can anyone explain that? :)). iPod updates, external hard drive backups... it's all flying.
This is awesome. Wish I'd twigged a bit sooner!