around the traps

...geek art edition ;)

  • Quirky little fan-created music video:
  • Demoscene leetness in 2008...
  • Then rewind 15 years, to what rocked our world in 1993:
    [Alternate link on youtube: second reality on youtube.]

    I still remember watching this for the first time, at a mate's place. Would have been run at 640x480, probably an 8 or 16 bit soundcard. I think I know every note in the music and will probably never tire of it. This one piece played a major part in leading my musical taste to include far more electronic music. To say nothing of how much the demoscene's creativity and spirit inspires me to this day.

photo: wind squalled water

Wind squalled water

hard to hold steady
wind squalls over the water
wharf moves underfoot

sun heating my back
office fluorescents escaped
strange afternoon light

photo taken 2006.12.05, haiku written 2006.12.07

I was walking home (on an early mark) when I realised I didn't feel like going home. The sky was blue, the air was cool (windy and a bit cold, actually). We'd only been in Sydney a couple of months. L wouldn't be home for a while. I hadn't really had a proper wander around the end of Pyrmont. So, off I went.

Every now and then you have to let your feet take you where they will, for no reason other than they want to. Take a camera :)

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around the traps

  • Ceramic or Paper Cups? : TreeHugger: [A study] concludes that you would need to use your ceramic mug 1,600 times for it to break even, in energy terms, with paper cups. This is due to the fact that kilns use incredible amounts of energy, as do dishwashers, whereas plastic cups are recycled quite efficiently in the UK. For me that's nearly 7 years of workdays... although these figures are pretty hard to tally up. We've been having a similar discussion at work recently. Our new office has no shared crockery, to support One Degree (our carbon neutral program). We find that logic a bit weird as it means everyone has to wash up their brought-from-home cup separately, which must use more water and detergent than our previous office's shared dishwashing regime. I'm yet to take in the cup, detergent, sponge and tea towel that will be required to make this work (I avoid shared office sponges since the time I saw someone clean up a spill on the floor, then throw the sponge back in the sink). In the meantime, all my take-away cups and water bottles go into recycling.
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