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(don’t) stop fidgeting

This might make you feel uncomfortable – e-thrombosis; that’s right, too much potatoing in front of the monitor and bammo. iThrombosis sound better, but they’d probably have to clear it with apple. It says get up from the datamachine at least once an hour. Hmmph. I’m lucky if I can sit here for 15 minutes straight – and that ’s non-homework season even.

That last episode of the x-files was average. Too much bombast. In hindsight, they really should’ve killed it when duchovny left.

Had some luck at the library this arvo – found the soundtrack to ‘The Hard Word’ – Dave Thrussell; one of my all time fave musicians. The soundtrack shows him well as more of a composer than a fiddler of electronic knobs. Will take a couple more listens of it to get a proper feel. I read an interview in RRR’s subscriber magazine, The Trip by the guy who hosts that show ‘Incoming’ – he was talking to Thrussell mainly about the making of the soundtrack. If I actually had the mag. I’d scan it in, but alas, it wasn’t mine. It was good because he keeps a pretty low profile and he hardly talks at all on his own radio show on PBS.

Am a tad scattered today. Graham virulent memes linked me back which is fantastic. But a few weeks ago I was fiddling around under the MovableType dashboard attempting to eliminate visits via wacky search strings — these generally only come because the full monthly archives are taken as one document. So I told the robots not to visit the monthly slabs. But the daily and monthly pages work off the same template. Google just stuck up its Feb. index and now I’m not getting any google-traffic at all. I suppose it’s not such a big deal, but it was weeks ago when I did that – and for some unknown reason it only occurred to me last night just as I was about to crash out for the evening — out of nowhere the thought comes that ‘oh, maybe nothing will be indexed’.

I’m off to ‘The Ranch’ for a day or two tomorrow.

name: Jay
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date: 2003-01-30-23-57
yeah x-files.. i liked the “good old” x-files when there were lots of freaks of nature.. the worm man, the fire man, the inbred family… they were cool.. not all this alien conspiracy crap
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name: yak sox
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Yes. I was meaning to put some more things down about the show. By the time i got to writing all the things i was thinking had dried up.
It’s not that when duchovny left the show got boring because of that. i actually liked dogget. But the scripts got thinner and thinner.
Sure there’s a million bizarre and conspiracy related story ideas out there, but the truth is that not many people care for all of them.
That’s the other thing. A few years ago – or maybe 5 years ago, when the uttered that phrase “the truth” it meant something, or i, the veiwer, was acutually interested in finding out what they meant by ‘the truth’.
That last ep. – and all this last season, the truth meant nothing at all, and was bandied around way too much.
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I didn’t want to watch the last episode, I thought they’d tie everything up in a neat little parcel, and that’s what they did. That’s not what the X-files I know and love was about. Of course, I’m one of those ones that stopped watching after the 5th season or so. It got crap.

(Am redesigning just for you. Because I love you. mwah. You’re a well-kept secret, you know. One day you’ll triumph. One day… )
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name: yak sox
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Flattery will get you everywhere.

YS @ 7:00 pm, January 30, 2003

ah don’ know

Just clarifying – if yesterday you didn’t go check out the excitement machine website, then go straight through this link and grab those two 30second .mp3s down the bottom. Damn it’s catchy. And it might drive me mad, so by encouraging you to also listen to these jingles I am hoping I will have some company.

Also it was a bit dumbish of me to refer to jean as ‘her’. I’d hate for that to be misconstrued as bitterness. I’m not bitter, was just having a moment of sadness — that album reminded me most of travelling around south australia just over a year ago. And then today i watched this doco about the history of mining in australia, and Burra was shown, and this also reminded me of the holiday. And i think ‘well that was a nice time, why can’t there be nice time now?’ but it’s not even a question, it’s just just a moan from a little part of my mind that doesn’t get how Things Change, and, Time Moves On.
But gollly Burra was a nice place. I remember as a kid getting dragged around this and that ‘historical village re-creation’ – and I didn’t appreciate it much at all — all those places smelt funny and the clothes that people wore back then seemed ridiculous and sucky. We lived only an hour’s drive from Flagstaff Hill (a ‘living’ maratime museum). And Sovereign Hill was always just a stinking-hot Sunday afternoon’s drive away. Wherever we lived it was always the same distance away. True story.
It’s probably because those places were just recreations that let me down. Seeing the real thing in Burra was different. The walls on the cottages were a foot and a half thick. So I start to take on an appreciation of buildings and the building style from that era.
There were other towns in the doco that exploded (population wise) in a similar fashion, like Broken Hill. I ain’t never been there.

KDE 3.1 final is out. I’m waiting for preconfigured mandrake packages before I start grabbing. The kde link is down there on the right…
A shame to see that Opera probably aren’t going to produce a browser for Mac anymore. Apple is worse off for it.

name: Jay
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url: www.mowabi.com
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While in general i see change as a good thing.. it’s funny how i resist it so much sometimes. Dwelling on “the good old days” is such a common past time.
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name: yak sox
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Aye, but one has to live through them for them to become good, old. Same applies to today.

YS @ 6:58 pm, January 29, 2003

where’d the cheese go?

This is interesting; this fellow got the plum of all jobs, working for google. He says Spencer Kimball works there too, I wonder if he still does stuff for the GIMP?

After looking at der fotoblogs yesterday i decided to go for a walk today. This foto came out okay. It looks like a mouse in a wheelchair ie. a wheely-mouse.

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Flippin’ around last night i came across the Excitement Machine blog. There’s lots of neat stuff there, including a whole bunch of funky 70s black-person’s magazine ads and links to cheesy ween song downloads. If you’re feeling hollow inside, these things won’t fix that up, but they will distract for a moment or two.
I listened to the Gotan Project album this morning and got the blues about the relationship break-up a couple of months back. It was her CD, I ripped it before I left. (I knew that’d backfire.) The blues on a bright sunny day … life’s like that.

YS @ 6:56 pm, January 28, 2003

look here, look there

I’ve added a few more people to the right hand column. Have been cuttin’ by Emmajane.net for a while now, via tripledoubleyou. She talks about linux sometimes, and can be an inneresting read.
Yin yang; which yoshi (aka phony ) is a part of, is going again after some kind of holiday from the internet. Congrats to yoshi for getting into what must be a fairly sought after spot in software development studies.
Also, Graham of virulent memes, who I’ve been reading off and on for a fair while. He’s in Albury and most always has something to say about everything. Ya gotta admire that kind of opinionation. ;)
Actually, via v.memes today i had a look at this: a linux switch ad. A bit of a larf. Because of the Flash situation I’ve had – I haven’t seen any of the switch ads — I may have to dig back sometime.

I’ve just been having a trawl of the eatonweb port hole to see what I could see in the way of french weblogs written in english, but there’s not much there. I suppose I had to expect that, what – with french being the main language there and all. However i did come across two examples of the phenomenon known as the ‘foto-blog’.
There’s a fella called Alan in strasbourg who has a fotoblog, and the pictures are pretty good, what’s more he has unselfishly placed them all in the public domain. At present i can’t really think how such fotos could be re-used but I’m sure something will pop into mind.
There’s also the 9:9am log where the central idea is that a foto is taken by the author each morning at nine past nine in the morning (kind of like the movie ‘Smoke’).

I watched the superbowl today. It was pretty crappy. i want my 4.5 hours back. Have been in a rather sedimentary phase of late. Sometimes this can be okay when i can be okay with it, but I’m not. i feel like there’s things to be done, so this week i shall get my arse into gear.

name: SirFlakey
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Yoshi has my #1 all time favorite handles .. “Phony Bolognese” ..It just opens up the mind to sooo many pictures =).
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name: JM
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Hi Spouting,
Nice to put a link to my blog.
Hope koala are ok, here in Paris there is not that much!
Ciao
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name: yak sox
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Yes, it’s a cryptic one alright. I hope he tells a bit about what it’s like studying software dev. via yin/yang.

Hi JM. :) Last time i saw a koala, it looked like it was doing fine. Thanks for making the effort to write your blog entries in english as well as french.
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name: Alan Cowderoy
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Hi, its the Alan from strasbourg. I’m not sure how/why anybody would want to use the photos either but I suppose that’s part of the point.

If you don’t say anything about copyright that automaticaly means that people have no right to use the pictures. Not what I wanted. The creative commons licences all seem to me either like legal overkill or just being half hearted and not just sticking it in the public domain.

When it comes down to it I just don’t much agree with copyright.

Glad you liked the pictures, best of luck with your web log.

Regards
Alan Cowderoy
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name: yak sox
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Hi Alan, thanks for popping back through. t’is refreshing to find you put some thought into the licensing of your work. I like the Creative Commons licenses if only for the fact that if McDonalds or Coca Cola or Stephen King wanted to schnaffle something of mine — then they should pay for it, because they’ve got the money to do so.

YS @ 6:53 pm, January 27, 2003

downhill

I think my apathy toward institutionalised patriotism reached a new level today. Earlier I was watching the news they were saying something about australia day celebrations being a good distraction out in the bush. I thought it odd that places were celebrating aus. day today – instead of tomorrow. Isn’t the 27th the right day? I thought – afterall that’s when the public holdiay is. And then I just had a look on the calendar and it says that I was wrong – it actually was today. Anti-patriotism is waking up and gnashing your teeth first thing in the morning — apathy is getting to 7:21 in the evening and going “huh?”. [or maybe it’s thickness.]

But really I’m very grateful to have been born here. There’s a lot of space, it’s not too crowded, has all kinds of climates – and then the really fortunate bits – it’s in the 1st world and australia still has a pretty damn decent social welfare net. That kind of thing matters to professional slackers like me. In comparrison, the US seems shocking and insane, the UK is rotting from the inside. Some parts of Europe believe in social welfare, but (as far as I can tell) you’d have a hard time finding a tree to take a slash behind without someone seeing you. Also – it’s pretty cold over there.
The only thing I can say is that I seem to be able to buy significantly less since the intro of the GST. Just normal stuff like food, utility bills cost more.
Plus we have one seriously fucken deluded leader at the moment, but that’s temporary.

While I’m rattling on about bigger issues, i’d like to say that germany and france rock bigtime for saying that they won’t participate in the Iraq invasion at all. It’d be wishful thinking to think that their motivation was purely altruistic but I think it’s more like that they could’ve got a better trade deal on oil from Saddam than the corporate petro-puppet that they US wants.
Either way – it’s a big turning point – them saying that regardless of what the UN verdict is, they won’t be in the boat. Also with them being the EU movers n’ shakers, it might get other EU countries thinking too.
Also, this anouncement by Saddam that if Iraq’s invaded they’ll torch their own oil wells — makes me giggle darkly at the ingeniousness. It reminds me of a scene out of the Simpsons where, at the dinner table, Bart and Homer are fighting over the last pickle. Bart licks it to claim it as his own and render it inedible to Homer. Homer dumps it in a nearby glass of milk, saying “Checkmate”. Bart in admiration: “Always thinking two moves ahead”.
******
I think summer jumped the shark with that 42 yesterday. It’s all downhill from here.

For the first time ever i got the Nvidia graphics driver worked out for Linux today! I’d tried several times over the last year or two. So I also got to play Tux racer properly too, and it’s neat downhill racing on your belly fun.

name: Jay
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I was just having a discussion about our “leader” with a friend of mine over a pint of Guiness. My friend and I don’t agree very often on anything that is important, I am sometimes astounded at the views of people who I would otherwise consider intelligent (but i guess that’s just egocentrism at work)… anyway i was saying how I thought John Howard is a complete twit for (amongst other things) his views on the middle east and lap dog support of the US. Pre-emptive strikes??!!!! Insanity!!

Anyway, my friend did argue that our economy is doing well (especially in comparison to much of the rest of the world) and that JH did seem to care about the plight of Australians. This I couldn’t argue with.

I should be wary of rattling off without having thought things completely through (who’s blog is this anyway??) but I do find your view on patriotism interesting. I’m also very grateful for having been born in Australia. It’s a great place for very many reasons (there’s a lot that I don’t like – but lets not get into that). I often wonder about my rights when it comes to living here though.. does birth in a place really give me some ownership of it? Or is it the fact that I pay taxes – contribute economically? Or is it just a question of contributing to the society in whatever manner? Why do I have the right to be here more than someone else?

… I have obviously lost the plot here :) Better have a think about it.

Again, your words have provoked thought. This is good thing.
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name: yak sox
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Yeah – I’ve been think a fair bit about howard and his reasons for participating in this invasion lately too. The only thing I can think of is that it’s a traditional thing for Liberal governments to be staunch supporters of US foreign policy — and this is why.
As fertile as my imagination is, i can’t quite imagine there being someone from the US directly saying to someone from here that if australia participates then there’ll be kickbacks for australian companies (or at least aust. branches of global companies, like Mobil).

As 19th Century as his values are, Howard has always had this look of sincereity – which I think is genuine too. It’s entirely subjective, but that look he has – you contrast it to Bush – Bush knows exactly why they need to invade Iraq, he knows what kind of human cost there will be but is dead-set determined to do it. Also it’s no secret that the Bush family have a lot of fingers in oil pies.

I think being born here just means you won’t be kicked out, unless you do something really bad.. :^)
This reminds me that people in gaol don’t get to vote.
I think ‘they’ don’t even really care if you contribute to society, as long as you don’t rock the boat too much. But almost all people do want to contribute, and that’s one of those things about humans that goes beyond national borders.
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name: Jay
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..ahh but it’s the idea that we should care about or own, contribute for our own good – before we care for those outside our borders that gets me sometimes… it’s a natural thing i guess.. but we have it soooooo much better than others.. and there seems to be a lot of “No this is ours – get your dirty mits off!” going around
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name: yak sox
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yes. I suppose my original para was stemming from the thought of, ‘gee, i’m glad i wasn’t born as a little hungry black kid in africa’. Rather than spin off into the metaphysics and possibles of how souls are born into bodies…
I’d never thought that if i was that little african kid, then I’d probably want to go to australia 9or which erver country) because they have eskimo pies there (among other foods).

I really don’t know wht the answer is to these problems caused by globalisation and sovereignty and unfair trade deals. Maybe abolish all national borders and we’ll all just have free-for-all.

YS @ 6:52 pm, January 26, 2003

“Hello and welcome…

to the Eighth plane of Hell. My name’s Mephistopheles, I’ll be your waiter this morning. Now, can I offer you a nice hot bowl of HOT!? HA HA HA HA HHA HA HA HA!”

That’s pretty much the scene here in southern victoria today. The weather dingleberries said it was going to be 42degrees Celcius, and for once I think they’ll get it right. Talking to Ma on the telling-bone last night – she was going into work today to do overtime because they have an air conditioner – a wise move.
I battened down the hatches at 6 this morning but even then the air outside was warmer than it was in. It’s days like this i wish there was some kind of land bridge to tasmania.

I watched that movie Sliver on telly last night. Nice idea, poorly executed. It’s amazing how much of a yardstick computer hardware is. Everything else in a movie can look very much present day, then I see a PC in the background of a shot and — ooh — how 1993. But that’s an aside.
The movie was based on a book, and I imagine that this book was the first to raise the issue of present day voyeurism, how society has been changed by what we know as ‘surveillance’ and maybe even where the term ‘reality tv’ was coined.
But I hope that the characters and parts of the plot weren’t as dodgey in the book as the were in the movie. The ‘twists’ didn’t work at all, and surely the lead woman character would’ve been a bit more disgusted to learn that the entire building was completely wired. Maybe the issue of privacy has become more important now that we realise the invasivness of all this surveillance. But it still made me think that this, supposedly 35 year old character, was more like 18.

I better get back to that bowl of Hot; it’s getting cold.

PS. you can tell how hot it is here just from my sheer lack of ability to proofread this bugger.

name: SirFlakey
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Ditto here – I have retreated into the confines of work – for it’s net connection speed AND ice cold air conditioning =).
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name: Jay
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just ducked in from pool side myself.. though it’s starting to cool a bit now.. certainly never reached 42!

YS @ 6:50 pm, January 25, 2003

information retrieval

Was watching this doco about archimedes the other day and was thinking about how information can be lost and refound. I sure hope to goodness that someone is archiving the whole of what’s on the internet. Sure it’s not being done in public, but maybe there’s some secret para-govt. organisation somewhere with giant archives of it all – the hoarder in me really wants this to be so. If they can monitor as much as they can with Echelon, then surely they could do this. And even if it’s not available to everyone now, it will be when the structures of civilisation change. It’ll happen one day – just look at Imperial Rome.
I don’t know exactly what the deal is with hard disks. I know that phorensics people can retrieve stuff from disks even after they’ve been erased several times, but what about when things are continually overlayed. Could they take mine and see the ghost of red hat 7.2, or whatever it was I first put on it, 15 months ago. The problem is that there’s so many hard disks scattered across the planet, even if future ‘archeologists’ – or what equates to them – could read everything that’d been on the disks.

The thing is, the makers of the parchment that Archi wrote on probably never consciously thought, ‘this stuff’s gotta hold up for 2 millenia plus’. And if you’d said to the folks from 3 or 5 hundred years ago, ‘Here’s Archimedes’ book, what do ya reckon?’ – they would’ve said it was pretty buggered, but people today can get legible stuff out of it.
I was just thinking that with little 10, 20 or 40 gig hardrives scattered everywhere, there could be a modern-day archimedes out there right now, maybe messing around with a computerised version of Spirograph, but it’d be a fluke if anyone found their research.
But what’s this – as I write – I read this at Core about a whole city moving to a centralised system of data storage. (Okay well, maybe not the whole city.) That’s an interesting development. It’d make it a hell of a lot easier for future peoples to study us.

YS @ 6:48 pm, January 22, 2003

subculture

It’s funny what can barrel up onto the virtual doorstep. Via a search string (geelong [swearword] – I jumped back through to google to see what else fitted this two word combo. I clicked through a page but didn’t have time to read it so saved it and read it off line. If you’ve got a minute or two check this out, but don’t click on any of their links…

Why would I ask this? Because I want to try and communicate the sense of Wha?? that I had on Saturday. Very much a double-you-tee-efff-??? situation.
Perhaps more so for me because all the street names etc. are in this general area.
I couldn’t figure out what it was about. Stoners? Hoons? RPGers – It sounded like Shadowrun maybe.
But no, later on I found out all about these things called Hash house harriers clubs. They describe themselves as, “a drinking club with a running problem”. In a nutshell, what they do is loosely based on old English hunts from the 1800s where a rabbit or something would be let loose the hunters on horses with dogs would chase it down.

This more modern version doesn’t use animals – one of the club members volunteers to be chased. In place of leaving a scent trail they use scraps of paper (at one time at least. This is where the phrase, “paper chase” came from.) or something else now – I couldn’t figure out what.
“Hash House” harriers are a slightly different form of this – they don’t take it quite so seriously and do it more for the social aspect. The word hash refers to an eatery in Malaysia, where the first of these paper-chase style runs started in 1938. The Full history is here. I liked this picture the best. They have mens, womens and mixed groups. They do it every week.

These groups are everywherethis is just the victorian list. It’s a worldwide thing. if you’d like to see dozens and dozens and dozens of fotos of working class whiteys holding tinnies you need look no further than this

Corio Bay Blokes

You maybe thinking that drinking copious amounts of beer and running long distances don’t go well together – and you’d be right. Some guy dropped dead of a heart attack here in geelong while on a hash run last year.

Human beings are strange and amazing things. Just when I think everything is war and fire, something like this shows up.
So next time you hear one of those plastic trumpets (more commonly seen at larger sporting events) sound somewhere in your neighbourhood, go stand in the front yard – a gaggle of staggery sweaty middle-aged proles might just lumber past.

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I have seen a big bunch of diverse looking people running around where I live too. Except they weren’t drinking and seemed to blowing whistles everynow again. It was weird when you heard a return whistle call from what seemed a couple of streets away and everyone turned and ran in that direction. I never did get to the bottom of that.
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name: yak sox
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That’s amazing that you’ve actually seen them. This was one of those things that I wasn’t sure if it was just me who hadn’t heard of them, or if it was genuinely obscure.
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name: Jay
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Well I am not sure that it was the same thing, but it was quite a spectacle.
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Puts things in perspective doesn’t it .. which is to say now everything is skew wiff =) ..

YS @ 6:42 pm, January 21, 2003

moire

When I was at the peace thingo on saturday I got vox popped by a lad from the local rag, the geelong advertiser, which is owned by some New Zealand concern, which is in turn owned by the evil News Corp. It was on australia’s involvement with the iraq thing. I said ‘I don’t agree with it, it’s more about greed than justice’ – and click-click they took a couple of fotos. I didn’t get much time to think about it. Although that’s pretty much what i think, I just wish I’d added the word ‘corporate’ in there, corporate greed — that sounds so much more hardcore.
I think the journalist boy must have been a work experience student, he seemed really chuffed that I’d actually talk to him. I was surprised that I got in there today. I thought they’d do 20 or something then pick the 5 or 6 they liked best. I was surprised that pretty much all the responses were against any action in Iraq, except for on that kind of sounded neutral. What? No, “Killl ‘em all an’ let god sort ‘em out” ? This is, after all, geelong.
Anyway I was all excited about scrap-booking it onto here – but the moire’s a killer. I just found this page on how to deal with it, so maybe I’ll give those suggestions a go tomorrow.

I went and saw the career counsellor today. Frankly, I’m still not a hell of a lot clearer on future direction, but I have some leads to follow up. This would’ve been so much simpler if i’d wanted to be a fireman or a milkman.
They were putting some new hardware into the acer hole — that is the main science computer laboratory. I don’t see how they can call it a laboratory when it’s just a big hole in the ground with datamachines in it where people write essays and instant message eachother from across the room – I mean hole.

I see Open Office dot Org have released 1.0.2. I’ll have to grabby-grab it tomorrow.
Was muckin’ around a little more with Lycoris yesterday. It’s a mystery – I can’t figure out why the dial-up connection cuts out after (just under) 2 hours. It’s pretty consistant. I thought updates might fix it, or fiddling with the KPPP set up, but no.
Am a bit disconcerted about how un-intuitive all of the CD burning programs are in Linux. All of them. i did a back up of the /home directory, but had to cart it through to Windows to do it, which just ain’t good enough.

There’s a little poll over at Mowabi at the moment about star trek crews which got me thinking about this article I’d read a while back, entitled The Sword and the Starship by Amy H Sturgis which goes into a detailed comparrison of all the star trek series’ (except Enterprise, because it was written before then) and what it calls ‘arthuriana’ – which is the legends of King Aurthur, and things surrounding that like the holy grail.
It was printed in the fiirst (and only) issue of Winedark Sea — which was mainly fiction – and most of it excellent, but a couple of non-fiction pieces too – one being this. A very interesting read.
One category I’ll eventually get going is “other people’s stuff” and I wouldn’t mind attempting to contact this person to see if I could re-tap this essay out so that everyone could read it. As far as I know, this obscure little journal is the only place it’s printed. It’s a shame Winedark’s not released anything more. Their webstie’s been sitting like a duck for two years now.

YS @ 6:40 pm, January 20, 2003

watch the skies

My thoughts go out to the folks in Canberra right now. What i saw on the news last night was the most extreme looking fire situation I’ve seen in a while.

name: SirFlakey
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date: 2003-01-20-09-27
I read the paper this morning .. 380 Homes .. I remember the fires in ‘96(?), I had a view of them coming in from the north. It’s amazing how certain type of fire can be so devastatig while other (larger) fires can be fought effectively.

YS @ 6:36 pm, January 19, 2003

pea strain

I’ve kind of started categories. I think the two there will probably be all. I thought of maybe a music, or more broadly – kulcha one, but thing get stuck into pidgeon holes too much already.
Just read an interview with scott mcnealy. Either I’m very tired or he’s on something – he makes more wacky parallelisms than me after too much coffee.
None of the efforts to download freebsd or any other OS to mess with have worked. Bit of a shame. I don’t have the patience to keep trying.

Went to a ‘peace picnic’ organised by the greens today. It was pretty small – they’d only decided to do it a week earlier. Bumped into an old commie friend who’s burrowed himself into a nice academic position these days. He was saying that i could do a job teaching English in Japan with just the bachelor o’ arts degree. Another, mutual, commie friend is over there doing that at the moment. The whole idea made my ears prick up — the elusive white collar — and good money too, apparently. Something unpredictable like that is just what could happen to me. Japan; home of Bashõ, zen master Takuan, and the 5, 6, 7, 8’s.
I saw them play at melb. uni O week in ‘93 or ‘94. Man can they scream, and rock, and scream. I could post entries to here via a mobile PDA from the top of mountain Fuji while reciting Gary Snyder and drinking green tea.
I do this y’know – I get an idea in my head and play around with it for a week and daydream — then drop it.

name: Jay
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date: 2003-01-19-12-30
Funnily enough, I have been looking into teaching overseas myself.. i have considered Singapore, Japan and Hong Kong. I hear that HK kicked all the expats out in 2000 (or whenever that going back to china thing happened) and now they are keen to get teachers back again – so you can get a pretty good deal. Though I am thinking the shoe box lifestyle in HK might be a bit much to bear

YS @ 12:51 pm, January 18, 2003
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