I think that all grown-ups have beans in their ears

Beans in their ears, beans in their ears.
Feeling a tad frustrated with the external insanity flying about this evening. Ah.

I briefly mentioned on Core yesterday that this new search engine, [deleted] has started. It only gathers from people’s RSS (syndication) feeds. I didn’t come across an explanation of how it determines the relevancy of results, but weblogs should get a proportionately larger look in than with other systems.

I’m doing a site redesign at present. It’s still so much of an irregular event that what it looks like at the end is always completely different to the before-starting vision. But i do think I’m slowly starting to get the hang of CSS. The final result is a way off yet. I”d really like it to be a clean break from one this the next, for once.

Hammersley mentions a comment-spammer doing the rounds for zipcode.com. I got a couple of these blog-spammy things the other day. Then this morning I thought I’d comment-spam hammersley for a bit of a larf -ahk-ahk. (But seriously – I left a normal comment.)

The last couple of days while tappping into here and I’ve got to a part where the contraction of “it has” would be handy, I’ve typed “it’s” and it has looked completely wrong to me. It sent me into these spirals of thinking no one will be able to understand me. One of those Homeric, “Everytime I learn something new it pushes some old stuff out of my brain!” situations. The tripped out bit is that – that’s what it says on my boxer shorts.

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Hey, I got that same comment spam too. I blame YOU, since you blogrolled me. (just kidding!)
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Hehe… I don’t know where they came from – may have just been waiting around at weblogs.com.

The Idiots

alt title 1. “Connecting with your inner spaz”
alt title 2. “Monsterpiece Cinema presents:”

I mentioned movies made in Denmark a couple of days ago. Well, it’s funnny how things go…

SBS’s answer to Sesame Street’s ‘Monsterpiece Theatre’ hosted by Cookie Monster, is ‘Masterpiece’, hosted by (the totally dreamy) Nym Kim. And last night there was a doco on it about the films made under the set of rules known as Dogma’95. Very interesting indeed.
But the really exciting bit is that the Lars Von Trier film, _The Idiots_ is going to be aired on Tue. 25th March (on sbs). Incidentally, one of the things about dogma is that there’s not supposed to be any director credit, but it’s just the way society works– attaching a name.
This is my all-time favourite movie. I was lucky to see it a couple of years ago in the cinema and it blew me away. I’ve never seen anything else that matched its strength of storyline and acting. The whole technique of how it’s shot is impressive too, but that’s not something I usually pay much attention to. It jumped me from one feeling all the way to the other end of the spectrum; really sad to strangely uncomfortable to insane cackling laughter-glee. All up it’s the kind of thing that’ll make you realise that Hollyweird often leaves you cold and untouched.
But I won’t say anymore because I think part of the experience was that i went into it not having heard anything about it, and therefore not expecting anything. If you’re too curious, there’s more here: The Idiots.
_The Idiots_ was the second dogma film. The first one, _The Celebration_ is also on – this tuesday night.

More about the dolphin: I was going to write about it last night but that doco came on and the datamachine had to turn off.
It must’ve been floating over the ‘burb when it came to the realisation that it was gradually losing gas. It saw our backyard, was impressed by the vegge garden and thought ‘I’ll put down there’.
I’m a bit sus on it. Sure it’s smiling, but it’s one of those smiles that you’re just not sure you can trust. Like legopeople. It drifts around in mysterious ways. Like, I’ll go out there and see it hanging over by the wires that function as a clothes line. I’ll turn my back and bend down to pump up a bike tire and a minute later Smiley the Dolphin will be right behind me, just hangin’. If it could could put its hands behind its back and whistle, it would.

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I’d keep a really close eye on that dolphin, dolphins have friends and friends come over all the time…..you get my drift yakky

heheheh i hope you’re not the paranoid type…take the dolphin out for some site seeing
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I’ve been known to be the paranoid type, but I think “They” like me to be that way, so I try not to be.
Indeed, a tour of geelong’s all-you-can-eat restaurants may be in order. One of them has a robotic Neptune (as in the mythic figure).

fly wire screen door

There’s something about the retractable nose on the concord that is a problem. I don’t remember what… they fall off? too expensive to make? can’t make the planes any bigger? The alternative is to keep the nose in one place. The pilots can’t see see where the ground is out the windows when landing though. The only option was to put TVs in with pictures of the ground. I don’t know it that’s going ahead or not. Despite the advancement of technology, people don’t like to not be able to see with their own eyes.
Connectedly, it strikes me as awfully human of humanity to insist on having windows in their spaceships.
The
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background of fluxbox reminds me of a spaceship with no windows. I like it. Better take a last look at it, because it seems megabytes fly when you’re having fun and somehow the other day i went over my 50megs of space limit. Mainly because MT was dumping failed rebuilds into a file called ‘core’ in the cgi-bin. It was 30Mbs big, but deletable.
Regardless, there’s still a lot of fat ’round here to trim.

Here [Just down a touch] is a version of NIN’s ‘closer’ to which someone has added a SuperMario Bros. accompaniment, it’s pretty good. I’m not even looking for this kind of thing anymore, it’s finding me.

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Man when I look at that fluxbox background for too long I am sure I am starting to get headaches. The title of your entry says it all =).
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Oh, I like it. I’ve been using fluxbox only for 6 months or more now. But then, the background is only to stick things over the top of.
With the title I was thinking of that joke about the [insert you favourite nationality to make fun or here] building submarines with fly wire on the doors.
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that mario thing is waaay funny. rock!

5 small things

I just noticed www.tech-noir.net isn’t taken. That’d be a pretty narly address to have.
I watched the movie _The Big Sleep_ last night, it’s supposed to be a film noir (nwahr, nar-waar, nah-wah, I like that word) classic but it didn’t look that dark to me. Some funny lines in there though.

Was down at torquay briefly this evening. I’d forgotten that the ocean makes sound. The bay here (Corio bay) sure doesn’t.

Playing with the Links web browser a little bit again. It’s like walking around with The Ring on. Nobody can see you (visit counters don’t detect it) but everything looks a bit warped and dark. Still good but.

Via The Horse’s Mouth, the Beastie Boys have stuck a new tune with an anti-war theme for download at their site. Sorely needed too. The Protest Kids were playing Redgum (Ug) on th PA before the rally last weekend.

Got to stop playing Frogger on the freeway between here and the train station/bus terminal, it’s getting busier and busier on that thing. Although I did get a wave from a passing bus this morning.

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Links is “Da bomb” =). I love links. Actually I have today rediscovered my love for mozilla/gecko as well in the form of the freshly renamed Camino browser for OSX – definitely the fastest browser around =) – well ok , after links that is.
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Yeah I noticed that – you in the Camino – sounds like a muscle car. :^)
Moz 1.3 just went solid today too. I was just having a second look at the mail client — think I might switch from evolution.

Also found a hacked version of links which loads graphics and runs javascript. It kind of defeats the purpose though I s’pose.
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Don`cha mean gnarly?

Duooode!
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Heh, yeah I’m not sure– I know old trees can be gnarly, but I dunno about the skeggy-surfhead version of the word.
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FYI, Tech Noir is the name of the club where The Terminator first attacks Sarah Conner.

taking the bait

This morning I went to the hardware store to get a mouse trap. I don’t know that it’s still in here, but I thought I heard things last night. It may have been my imagination, i don’t know. i went budget, but saw something called the Mice Device which traps them in a lunchbox type-thing with a handle. Features in point form on the back included ‘colour co-ordination’ and ‘easy to wash’. The idea is once the mouse is in there, you go drown the whole thing in a bucket of water. $17.95.
I would’ve thought that this would be harder for the easily queasy. More premeditated. If a mouse tries chewing the chocolate off of my snapper device and gets nailed, it seems less my fault.
I remember seeing an ad for Harry’s Practice (it was all I needed to see). They made a mouse trap by extending something like a 30cm ruler over the top of a tall, open, empty plastic bin– pirate gang-plank style. The food goes at the end extended over the bin. A weight, weighing slightly less that the combined food and your target mouse is placed at the other end. Mouse runs along ruler to food, the whole lot falls into the bin.
Hmmm, Maybe I saw more than a commercial for it. I think they were suggesting that if you weren’t up to killing it, you could put it in something smaller and go for a long drive into the country and release it into the wild there.
I think there’s a movie idea in there. It would have to be european because it’d never get up here. Down on his luck unemployed guy (or maybe a woman) in dingy apartment about to do himself in, but is distracted by mouse. Momentarily forgets what he was about to do. Decides he needs to catch the mouse. Does so (in ‘the mice device’ because it’s got a carry handle) but with rarified perspective on life/death because of personal circumstance, can’t kill the mouse– it looks happy.
He doesn’t have a car, so catches a bus to the nearest national park, which happens to be near the coast. He hadn’t been out of the dingy apartment for many weeks before then. On the bus he holds the carrybox up to the window so the mouse can see out.
At the destination, (I’m seeing the Great Ocean Road) he stands at the edge of a sheer cliff face, starts talking to mouse, says he’s going to throw it off, and that maybe he’ll jump off too. Shots of waves crashing below, moving up to horizon.
He’s getting facefulls of fresh air, still mumbling to mouse. Laughs at self at realision of talking to mouse. The mouse still looks happy. He has a moment of clarity.
They go on a hitch-hiking roadtrip.

I bet you’re all wishing they’d make me go to uni more than two days a week huh.

Charles has done a nice deconstruction of some recent propaganda starring the boy bush. I bet bush has little words embroided in the inside of that thing which say , “<-- Right arm goes in here", "Left arm goes in here -->”, too.

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Hmm actually this isn’t half bad it could be a nice indy film .. =) .. then again I am a sucker for all things not hollywood. I bet I’d watch a white dot in the middle of the TV for 15 minutes if it was indy =).
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Hehe, I know what you mean. Slap subtitles down the bottom, tell it’s made in denmark and won some obscure award and I’ll watch it.
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he ehhehe i too watch anything with subtitles or with people wearing no shoes no matter how crap it is, I watch documentaries on anything on sbs all the time

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Had a little more mouse trouble last night. Weird thing was– this was after I finished that pome two below. It’s not like I live in mouse-magnet squalor, honest. It’s ‘just that time of year’ and the compost heap is like affordable medium-density housing to them. It’s the doorjamb, both times that’s how it got in. I fixed the snib good and proper.
Popular culture over rates mouse intelligence, bigtime. I was reclining on the bed and it started wandering around the floor as casual as you like looking at this, that. It reminded me of a dog doing its own thing, the way they kind of wobble from one side of the footpath to the other. I was reading a dictionary of symbols, but there’s no entry for mouse which is surprising considering the lion’s paw and the mouse among other things.
Incidentally, it occurred to me the other day how rare it is to see a dog roaming the streets by its self these days. At least it is here.
The freaking mouse _climbed up_ the side of the bed and peeked a look at me. I threw the book at it but it didn’t help. In those kind of situations (more common with flies) I think maybe it’s a relative and it has something really important to tell me. But no, it was just a really dumb mouse – which eventually found the open door and left.

The Simpsons still rocks. The Edna K. episode tonight seemed rather fitting to me. Why, *I* had to turn down a ride in a black hawk helicopter in preference to study just yesterday. It also catered to my love of holes. It’s staggering how long it’s been running. I should start writing an analytical piece now on how people will be affected when it finishes.

Lastly, here’s two things I think are scam/sham: ‘flu vaccinations – don’t have them, they’ll just turn you into a battery hen. And superanuation – allowing The Man to keep a percentage of your capital for the whole of your working life, so you can do … what? when you’re old, buy a lawn bowls set? BORING.
The main point is that the ‘Them’ shuttle these vast sums of money, *your money* around the world continually, buying and selling all sorts of dodgey things like drugs and weapons– for a profit; a profit for The Man.
My guess is, if even just a sixth of working people demanded their super now, the market would crash out totally. Why not put into something we know has a future, like solar (or whatever, I don’t know) instead of letting unknown criminals decide what the future is.

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The Man?
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The Man is the embodiement of corporate evil, authority and all that jazz.

an absence of EM hum

I haven’t mentioned computering much lately — partly because there hasn’t been too much exciting me and partly am getting my head around ‘what is to be done’ (as the communists say) in this next six months, academically speaking.
I _am_ pleased that over these months of messing around with different distros I haven’t accidentally destroyed my main mandrake partition that i work out of. I d/loaded the 40Mb version of Gentoo and at some point will burn it off and give it a try. I had another look at the install instructions and it doesn’t seem that bad, after managing a Slackware install. I think a key hint for the aspiring Linux Chump is to have a user-friendly distribution already installed to fall back on. This is also good in that whatever the newer experimental distro is, once it’s basically ‘installed’ it can be mounted from the user-friendly partition and troublesome configuration files can be editied from there.

The power went off here (for the second time this year) this arvo. I actually like the unexpected challenge of having to amuse one’s self without appliances. Sometimes i think that if there was some cruel and unusual test that everyone had to take, where you were stuck in a little black box, totally sensory deprived, that I would do very well. Some people would go nuts, but I can sit in my head a long time.
The supermarket was down to mood lighting only. Awfully pleasant. The checkout woman called me ‘luv’. After one hour of this without power situation, strangers were brought together through hardship. All i wanted was an ice coffee.

So what does one do?
Jam it up, of course… in Classic Format (ie. on paper).

jam

I adore a door ajar and a doorjamb – yeah
a door jam jar darn damn i do
a dih   a dooh   a jih  a jahh
a-dih-di-dot-dah-do-jahh
(soft j soft as the night)
j j j j j j j j j j j j j j j j j j j j j
Oh a mouse through the doorjamb ajar – no
a mouse in the jar — a mouse in the jam, watering can
a mouse on the moon
It’s christmas on the moon and whitey’s on the moon
and I’m stuck here no power, no juice, no jam
damn.

it’s christmas on the moon everyday

Here’s another thing from a computer magazine; a link that I only got to a-lookin’ at a day or two ago. And following saturday’s post theme – it’s music. Well kind of. 365 days. Wow that took a while to get to the link huh? My Golly there’s some funny stuff there. It’s a good thing to have an unlimited download capacity, even if it is dial-up.
365 days is a project which hopes to add one auditory oddity each day. Of what I’ve heard, Van Morrison singing you’ve got ringworm and two other quick ones (one of those contractual obligation thingies) and some country twang kid-style in christmas on the moon. I’ll have to get busy to get through that 3 month backlog.

Today in psychology I learnt that the russian word for fool is durak and is pronounced “two rocks”. Pretty sharp.

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erm actually its not pronounced like that at all….. i’m russian and unless the language has changed since i’ve been gone O-o’ ….
yeah its not pronounced two rocks… O_o;;;;; at all. lol
its more like dooruck
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hey julia hows it goin, what are you doing here?

it kinda sounds like two rock dooruck
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Yeah, I know I was just mucking around. The class was about using images to remember things, which apparently helps. Another one was ‘zdanie’ = building. Zdanie sounds a little bit like ‘ze dawn’ so you remember the image of morning sun hitting a building.
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i’m just browsing… i’m really bored and have nothing to do so visiting random sites, crisp.

zdani-ye .. theres a little YEA sound on the end. but thats cool though.

all I wanted was a pepsi, just one pepsi!

I’m referring to Black Velvet Flag’s cover of the Suicidal Tendencies song, ‘institutionalized’. The first time I heard this song about five years ago, while doing the dishes, i thought it was Steve Martin singing. i love that light style of guitar and the percussion.
If you wanted to purchase this song (and the rest of the album it comes off of entitled, ‘come recline…’) you could do so electronically from some place like emusic or go visit a joint like Gaslight who have a store in Melbourne at least. Or -sshhh- *(temporarily disabled due to gross misjudgement of available space, YS, 14/03/03)* (go save target as and don’t tell the gumment)
This has become one of my all time fave songs. BVF are playing it in the cocktail lounge on the P&O cruise ship in the heaven of my mind.