November 2004 Archives
Watched Snake Eyes on telly tonight for the sole reason that Gary Sinise was in it to be drooled over. Damn that guy is hot. I'll definitely be watching CSI NY this summer :) (assuming they show it)
Survivor tonight was brilliant. Leanne had absolutely no idea she was going, it was hilarious. Go the underdogs, lol!
Sydney fell short of the 42°C predicted today, only reaching 35 where I was. Last I checked it was still hotter outside than in, so I think I'll be sleeping (or attempting to sleep) with the fan on tonight.
This is probably why I'm not likely to be renting out my domain name again ..
Taken from SMH:
The developers of file-swapping technology Kazaa produced the biggest music piracy system ever seen, the Federal Court has been told.
At the start of a trial over the legality of Kazaa software, the court was told today that Kazaa had 100 million users worldwide, sharing three billion music files a month.
The software allows users to swap free digital music files over the internet.
But five major record companies are suing Sharman Networks, which develops and distributes the software, for copyright infringement.
Sharman will argue it has actively encouraged Kazaa users not to infringe copyright and it cannot control what users do with the software.
But lawyers for the record labels - Universal, EMI, Sony BMG and Warner and Festival Mushroom - contend Sharman was fully aware of how the software was used and did nothing to stop infringements.
Counsel for the labels, Tony Bannon SC, said the Kazaa system facilitated systematic copyright infringement on a scale never before seen.
He said Sharman "paint themselves as the defenders of the interests of fans of music".
"It's all a charade," Bannon said. "They are trading off the copyright-infringing activities of its users.
"Far from inhibiting infringements, they are actually encouraging them."
Sharman promoted Kazaa as "the world's most popular file-sharing system" but the profits did not go to the record labels or artists, Mr Bannon said.
The cornerstone of Kazaa's popularity was the free downloading of music files, most of which were unlicensed, he said.
"The vast audience only exists because of the rampant copyright-infringing activity," he said.
The trial, before Justice Murray Wilcox, is expected to last three weeks.
Silly really :)
So today my weather pixie hit 40°C, and put on an outfit I've never seen her in before.
I knew it was going to be hot as soon as I walked out the door this morning. Fortunately the building hasn't heated up for the summer yet, and it was much cooler inside than outside, so I shut up the place to wait it out.
Six o'clock and a lovely southerly change blew through. Time to open up the house again.
Rounding out the weekend with a Jason fix and Chamber of Secrets to finish up the Harry weekend :)
I moved a bunch of the krib babies into a bigger tank today. This involved pulling out all the moss, then chasing bunches of them round the tank with a net. Still have no idea how many babies I have. I think I moved about 25-30 of them, and there's still 15-20 left in the little tank. If the others go ok, I'll move the rest of the babies out next week, and give mummy and daddy a chance to make more babies :)
I installed ACDSee today. I uninstalled it tonight.
I've been using an ancient version of acdsee for years which is quick to load when you double click on a photo, and lets you rotate by pressing ctrl-r. Simple.
But I'd really like a nice program to remove red-eye.
Some time ago I installed Google's Picasa, which does red-eye very nicely. It actually modifies the file without altering the last change file-stamp. The problem is, the folder interface is utterly impossible to use. I can't figure out how to simply view folders by how they're arranged on my hard disk. It wants to arrange its albums in its own mystical ways - seemingly by date or name or size. But I just want a windows explorer style view dammit!! I simply can't find photos I'm looking for because I don't know where it's put them.
So I was hoping acdsee would do a better job. Well the folder navigation was more managable, however the red-eye feature is messy and not as good as picasa. It's also a slower program to load, and ctrl-r to rotate wants you to save a new file rather than just modifing the exif details (and so does red-eye). I was also hoping it'd manage resizing images, as the program I'm using at the moment, Pixresizer, is ok, but it's image quality is very soft. But the other stuff annoys me too much.
Back to google I guess.
Having a rather Alan Rickman/Harry Potter weekend.. Die Hard on Thursday, Azkaban last night and Philosopher's Stone (on telly) tonight. It's amazing the difference two years makes to all the kids. The TV version of the Philosopher's Stone has a few of the extra scenes put in that I'm not used to seeing on the dvd version. They're buried in the special features, or at least some of them are. Argh they're playing scenes on telly that I'm sure aren't on the dvd at all! Have never seen some of them!
I had a go at making peppermint chocolates today. The problem with adding peppermint essence to molten chocolate is that it makes it go gluggy and you can't pour it into moulds. So I did two separate batches, putting the peppermint essence into only one, then dolloping it into half poured moulds and filling in around with the nicer chocolate, so I'll have peppermint centered chocolate at least. I mixed up all the leftovers which was just runny enough to pour into a remaining mould. Tip: work in direct sunlight on a metal sink - it keeps the chocolate warm and molten while you're fiddling about :)
It's been a week since this Friday Q topic came out, and I keep pondering over it wondering what to answer for it. Why are Friday Q questions so hard Dave?? :) They take too much *thinking* about ;)
FQ1: What's your favorite ending to a movie or play?
Maybe not my favourite, but one that comes to mind is the end of the *original* Return of the Jedi, where there's the shot of Anakin, Yoda and Ben Kenobi, and the camera rises into the forest to the sound of a choral climax which turns into the John Williams' Star Wars theme which always brings a tear to my eye. The "special edition" remix mucked this up and it's not quite the same anymore.
FQ2: What's your favorite ending to a song or musical?
Again, maybe not my favourite but one that comes to mind, was the end to the Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat musical stage show, where David Dickson was hoisted up into the rafters with his rainbow coat trailing out behind him
FQ3: What's your favorite ending to a book or graphic novel?
I loved the twist in Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban
FQ MEMORIAL: What would be your favorite ending to your life?
Probably to die peacefully (and painlessly) in my sleep. I'd probably be about 60-65, at the end of my useful use-by date, and before getting too old to be able to take care of myself.
After I installed mt-blacklist, I had only seen one block on comment spam, and I was thinking this was a little low for the amount of comment spam I used to get. But after fixing my archived comment problem last night, I've had a dozen or two comment spams logged and blocked. Very exciting :) mt-blacklist rocks hard!
When I upgraded my blog, all my old pages were still using "kmt-comments.cgi", and those never got updated, so still had the all the old entries not being able to be commented on. All betterer now :)
I'm sure there was something significant I was going to write about tonight. Can't think of anything meaningful now though.
And just when DaveHarker was asking me if I was getting burnt out with blogging.
I couldn't even be bothered doing the Theme Thursday/Thursday Challenges anymore. What's wrong with me?
The tragic thing is, I was in such a good mood tonight because I had nothing to do except watch Die Hard and two episodes of the Amazing Race, and build lego.
oo oo and I got the Labyrinth Photo Album today!! This was the book I borrowed for several consecutive months from the library to drool over Jareth, but haven't seen since 1990. Very excited :):)
Home late, early morning, bed time, sorry..
I need to learn temperance. I need to control myself when people piss me off.
There's this woman at work who chronically doesn't log support calls when she needs help (of which she needs a lot), and will grab us whenever we walk by to ask questions (which happens a lot since we need to go into her office to collect our mail :/ ). Today she came into our office because she couldn't remember her password (even though she uses it multiple times per day) - more likely something weird had happened. But even when we reset it for her it still wouldn't work, so she came back again five minutes later to bug us again. Of course this time I had to go and have a look at her computer, then reset the password again. The thing is, I'm not even meant to be doing support calls, and was in the middle of trying to make something in my database work, and the constant interruptions were already bugging me. But having to get up and go do someone else's job *when she hadn't even logged a call for it* made me lose it, and I grumbled very loudly to her all the way down the corridor that she *has* to log calls, and this is exactly why.
Must learn self control. Must be patient. Must help the lusers, er, users because they don't know any better.
Took advantage of the fare free day on the trains today and put my car in for service and caught the train to work. Unfortunately they couldn't finish my car and I have to go back for it tomorrow grrr. Oh well, I still saved probably $5, and I get to sleep in tomorrow.
I'm actually making real progress on my database at work. The workflow and security are working properly, just need to flesh it out a bit and do the other sections. Then it'll be back to replication file servers.. yay.. :/
There's this point at about 5pm on a Sunday afternoon where I just feel really low. Combination of feeling bored because it's really too late in the weekend to start anything new, and the thought of having to go back to work.
It's not so bad these days as it used to be when I was a student, when there was the added feeling of dread of not having done enough homework.
I think I'll just go to bed.
Or in the case of the Wizard of Oz, I do believe in spooks, I do, I do. Every time I watch the Wizard of Oz, I pick up stuff that's been referenced in other movies. Although the reference list doesn't include Labyrinth. I was only half watching Oz, more just listening, and lots of stuff reminded my vaguely of Labyrinth (Didymus had the exact same voice manerisms as the wizard dude). Nothing really specific though, just a feel.
I finished the Star Destroyer :)
Tonight was our church's Gingerbread House event. Much merriment was had by all, and the usual crop of spectacular looking gingerbread houses.
My somewhat mediocre effort:
And yes, they're lego trees! :) I also had red minifig legs sticking out of a chimney I made, supposed to be Santa stuck in the chimney :) But he's round the other side. I stuck it all too close to one side of the board though, so wrapping it was somewhat tricky, as had to be careful of the roof, icicles, and the minifig all being knocked off. Next year I'm going to try a veranda.
Got a very cool toy today. Not sure if I want to reveal to the world what it is yet. I may create a subblog about it, as several other people seem to have done.
Work just about broke me today. Lotus notes broke me first. Gave up in disgust mid morning, after a mammoth struggle with me trying to make it do things it's just not really good at. Then had a look at setting up a new server, except it only has two onboard SATA slots, and we want to install three SATA disks. Back to the sales department to order more bits. Finally made some progress with notes in the afternoon, may even have a working database soon.
Then spent the evening packing lollies, icing, gingerbread, pins, plastic knives, moist towlettes etc for the upcoming Gingerbread House night at church. Fun fun fun!
How freaky is this..
Queensland's Tilt Train derailed last night at ~160km/h
AND NOONE DIED!
how awesome is that! Plenty of injuries though, but only a few serious ones..
Six months ago right this moment I was on a 747-400 on my way to the States. Scary really how fast time has gone this year. Hopefully I'll have my photos sorted out before the six month since I returned home deadline.. :)
Finally got MT-Blacklist installed. The installation wasn't tricky, only importing the updated blacklist file, which didn't want to seem to work. Finally cracked it.
We shall see how we go.
So I upgraded my version of Movable Type to 2.661. Not sure if it's the latest version before the paid one. But supposedly it'll do the mt-blacklist plugin.
Also making http://kazza.id.au the main blog address. I don't think I'll ever be renting it out again. Something new will come along, and KaZaA will go the way of Napster.
Now to check and make sure everything still works.
Spent a goodly amount of today fighting with it. Haven't done much notes programming all year, and now I'm trying to do swishy complicated things with it. Boss to the rescue!
Other than that, it's suddenly 11pm, how did that happen?
So I wanted to put up fairy lights in my room this weekend.
Firstly I had to finish putting away my lego. So that I could vacuum. So that I could rearrange the boxes. So that I could move the crap in the study into the living room.
I also had to be able to get into the cupboard the lights are in. So I had to put away the washing.
And I had to do a water change in the fish tank, which really needed to be done before it got too dark.
So all weekend to get one task done.
The neighbours across the courtyard put their lights up a couple of days ago too, so if I leave my blinds open I get my own lights and theirs as well. Double bonus points :)
Stolen from Richard, source of many a meme
- What is your favourite colour? Some sort of aqua
- Tell me about a talent or skill you possess, which I've not yet witnessed or discovered. Who's I? :) Many blog readers will not know of my only talent, which is giving massages. Kirk does though :)
- What was your favourite subject in school? Science
- What is one place to which you've never been, but you'd like to visit, someday? (Locally or abroad) Europe
- Are you a morning person or a night person? Morning
- Are you left-handed or right-handed? Right handed
- Did astronauts really land on the moon, or was it all a hoax? Shrug. Well if they didn't land there then the Russians would have had to have been in on it, as their rock samples matched up. And during the cold war that would have been fairly unlikely.
- What's in your pocket? (Or if there's nothing in your pocket at present, what sorts of things are most often in your pockets?) A $50 note and a hair elastic. Only thing not emptied out the moment I get home, because there's no bulk to it and it doesn't bother me being there.
- In 10 years, you see yourself... (Finish that any way you desire.) Doing much the same thing, but hopefully somewhat more travelled
- There's a power outage, and you don't have a generator. This means no electronics--no computer, no telly, no videos, no stereo and no electric heat or electric kettle--what do you do to keep warm, content and entertained? Keeping warm isn't a problem in Sydney, I'd just put a jumper on. But content and entertained, that's tough. During the day would be ok, cause there'd be enough light. But at night I'd be utterly lost. Like the time a few months ago when there actually was a blackout at night and I had literally *nothing* to do.
- What's one thing you cannot bring yourself to eat?
Just got home from the Dean's final end-of-year bash. All went swimmingly. The eggnog was delicious, if not as potent as claimed (five glasses later and barely any effect). Many incrimating videos of people singing were recorded mwoohahahahah.
James and I had fun zooming around a borrowed Scalextric set tonight. And then George and I raced on the xbox. Although I kept winning and George got more and more frustrated so she gave up. So then James and I raced and I beat him. Twice. I couldn't quite fathom that, since it's his xbox and he's had the game for ages.
Also had a bit of fun fiddling with the piano keyboard, putting in a backbeat and changing the instrument sound to a church organ. It was rather more difficult to play the practise music when I had a beat to keep up with! But it sounded a lot better as a church organ, made it actually sound like real music, not just simple little tunes on a piano.
FQ1: Who is your one favorite author and why is their work so appealing to you?
Roald Dahl. Not really sure why. Just kinda silly in a lot of ways, and his grownups stories are kinda spooky too.
FQ2: What are your two favorite literary subjects and why is reading about them interesting to you?
I like reading about science stuff. Science fiction is pretty good too.
FQ3: What are your three favorite books and why are each of them special to you?
- Star Trek VI by J.M. Dillard - only book I ever read at least three times before the Harry Potter books. I like the character development and how I can picture the movie so well from it.
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling - my favourite of the Harry Potter books, and funnily enough the only one where the bad guy isn't specifically out to get Harry.
- Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton - quite a bit better than the movie, it held me fascinated for the day and a half I sat down to read it, the moment I finished my mid-year exams in second year uni. It still has some of the fundamental flaws of the movie (like who'd leave a game park with three people manning it for an entire weekend??), but the book and the chain of events that surrounded it were fundamental to the very existence of this website, my job, my friends, this house, pretty much everything about my life at the moment is the way it is because of that book.
FQ Author: If you had to write a book, what genre of book would you pen (mystery, romance, science fiction, biography, etc.) and what would it be about?
Probably a science fiction story. Although the only book I've ever written (a project for Year 8 english) was mostly an adventure with a teenager and a couple of kids shipwrecked on a Pacific Island with bird smugglers.
The kribs excavated another cave today, which means they're preparing to make more babies. Watch this space in two weeks to see how they're going :)
I love this time of year. Everywhere you look across suburbia there are little patches of purple dotting the landscape. Every so often a bigger clump of several trees together. And they're the best trees to climb!
One of these years I'm going to trek up to Grafton. Was going to go this year but just didn't get organised enough.
Also came to a scary realisation that it's been six months since we left for the us.. (six months next Tuesday). Los Angeles is the exact same latitude as Sydney, and took some pics out the plane window of jacaranda stands as we flew over them.
Big lunch + two doughnuts in a meeting = not hungry for dinner
10pm and just starting to feel a little peckish.
I need more of it dammit!!
Either that or give up on ebay and Lego and do something more useful with my time!
I was thinking I should have a one hour per day anti-computer limit, where I go off and do something else other than just sit here. Of course I'd probably just sit in front of the telly or something. Somehow there wouldn't be much incentive to do boring things like housework...
The boss reacted as predicted when I suggested I might die skydiving - he said I couldn't go until I'd downloaded my brain :) I appeased him by telling him I'd wait til after Christmas when things were a bit more settled :)
Did a roast chicken last night for dinner. First time I've ever done a roast chicken I think. Was lovely. And plenty of leftovers :)
I really don't want to go to work tomorrow.
So I was watching Finding Nemo last night, and during the part where Marlin and Dory were getting ready to "jump" I suddenly had the urge to skydive. So emailed Ric and he said he'd be interested in doing it with me. Cool. Then I was thinking how great it was that I'm not answerable to anyone, and don't have to get permission from anyone to do anything silly like that. The only person that'd really miss me if I died would be my mum (and maybe the odd blog reader out there ;) ). But then I started thinking about work, and the number of things I'm in the middle of at the moment, and if I died what a mess there'd be to clean up (literally and figuratively :) ). Even though my boss doesn't actually like me, I think he'd rather I didn't die, so that he wouldn't have to find someone else to setup three new servers, redesign the whole website, electronicify a bunch of our forms and reconfigure the external disk array. So I think I might organise a jump for January, when things have settled down somewhat :)
Seems somehow appropriate that the topic be Historical, since the topic is now historical, to the tune of two weeks...! (has it been that long, yikes!)
FQ1: If you were able to visit any time period in the past, when would it be? What is it about this particular point in history that appeals to you?
It might be cool to visit Biblical times. I also always thought it'd be cool to travel the world before tourism really took off and cluttered everything up. Seeing Europe before the wars and acid rain would have been great.
FQ2: If you could meet any person from throughout history, who would that be? What makes them so special to you?
Jesus. He's my saviour.
FQ3: If you could reach through time and grab a piece of historical memorabilia, what artifact would you take and what would you do with it?
Gosh I dunno. Never thought about that one.
FQ QUANTUM LEAP: You have been given a one-time-only opportunity to travel back in time and interfere with history! Would you do it? Where would you go and what would you try to change?
I used to think about going back in time in my own life, like going back to primary school, and just laughing at Kerry Williams who was such a bitch to me, but then I thought what would I do with all my spare time without my computer and the internet. Sometimes I thought about going back to earlier points at school or uni or even work, but then I'd be wondering what I'd have to do in the same order to get to where I am now. Like I'd want to work where I am now, but to get there I'd need the history I had. But then I'd be frustrated having to do the desktop support which was necessary to be where I am now. I'd certainly avoid working at OzEmail, but then without that experience I may not have gotten to work at CIA. There's just too many dependencies to get right.. :) hrm don't think this is making much sense :) Going to back to being a student at uni would be a disaster though - especially if I was dropped mid session, I'd fail! lol
I also used to wonder if I could go back and stop certain disasters. The Challenger disaster was one I thought about years ago. But noone would believe a girl from Australia predicting something on the other side of the world. Until it happened of course. Even with recent things, I'd be hard pressed to convince anyone, given that I don't pay too much attention to news, and wouldn't be able to tell when certain things actually happened. hrm I'm still rambling.
But in answer to the question. If the opportunity was given to me I'd give it a go. Trying to prevent the World Trade Centre disaster might be a logical choice, because I'd know enough about the specifics of it to make some attempt at convincing people it was going to happen.
FQ1: Share an obscure movie or show and tell use why we should watch it.
hrm. I have a tendency to like mainstream stuff. Jerry Bruckheimer knows how to appeal to me :) And all my favourite movies aren't exactly obscure. A couple of Aussie ones that may not be well known overseas include Young Einstein and Strictly Ballroom. Great Australian flicks (ok Young Einstein may not have been exactly great, but it was beautifully silly).
FQ2: Share an obscure band or musical talent and tell us why we should listen to it.
Going with an Australian theme, my favourite Australian band of the late eighties was 1927. Pity they don't exist anymore, although I did see an ad recently with Eric Weideman in a where are they now situation.
FQ3: Share an obscure blog or web site and tell use why we should visit it.
How about Kirk's, just because it is relatively new to the blogsphere (and it's Australian :) )
FQ 15 Minutes: There will one day be an event in your life so big that it will drag you out of obscurity and make your name known to the entire world. Speculate on what it will be that brings you your 15 minutes of fame!
I've had my 15 minutes of fame. Closer to 45 in fact. I was on Romper Room in 1979 when I was five, and on Catch Phrase a couple of years ago. I've also been in the newspaper a couple of times.
As I've been putting away my lego, I've been trying to find the patterns in lego piece changeovers. The original space lego was released over a ten year period, and there were several design changes in various pieces. I've been trying to figure out when they were so thast I can put the sets away with the right style of pieces.
The most common variations are:
* the chinstrap - early minifigs had a thin chinstrap, this changed in mid eighties to have a "reinforced" chinstrap; futuron have the modern style chinstrap
* the horizontal mounting level of the twin laser gun - this was in the middle in very early sets, but dropped to the bottom in most later sets
* the "clip" and "headlight" 1x1 plates - the round ones have two types - type 1 in classic and type 2 in futuron; the clips have three types - type 1 in classic and type 2 in futuron.. type three came just after futuron
* 1x2 slopes - very early ones were studless (hollow) but most have an internal stud
* big cone rockets - had no axle hole in early sets but have a hole in later ones
* small cone rockets - same deal
* 2x2 round bricks - have a differing style of central axle hole
* all the minifig heads should be solid stud
the biggest problem is that Bricklink and Peeron sometimes vary, and are often completely wrong. I've been charting it all out in excel trying to figure out when the changeover years were so I can get it all right in my sets. How sad am i? :) I'm also charting colour schemes and minifig colours because I read an analysis once on what sets were release with which colours... and a very funny page on the potential of a grey minifig...
The tragic thing is, I cared more about the election in someone else's country than in my own. Not a lot mind you. But it does seem like a bit of a blow for world peace.
Had a thoroughly sucky afternoon at work. Got myself into trouble with the boss because I assumed somebody knew something they didn't and they found out badly and he had to clean up the mess. I'm going to have to share an office with someone who I really don't want to. This is a guy that spends his entire day browsing hifi equipment, music, australian idol and other such stuff on the internet all day. I honestly cannot tell you what he's *supposed* to do with his today. Technically he's the backup administrator. But he's not even very good at that. And now he's going to be even further from supervision, and the fact that he doesn't work all day is just going to stress me out. sigh.
The only thing I achieved today was getting closer to getting file replication working. But really need to test it with gigabytes of files rather than just half a dozen empty directories.
Watching Air Crash Investigation. I've actually seen this episode before, although no idea where. Probably at Vic's place on Foxtel or something.
After two nights of broken sleep thanks to cia's servers, I'm going to turn the pagers off and sleep through. Maybe then tomorrow won't be as sucky as today was.
Well this makes two years in a row that I've won something in the office sweeps for the Melbourne Cup. Last year I drew Makybe Diva and won the sweep; this year I drew Vinnie Row and came second (to Makybe Diva - the first mare ever to win the Melbourne Cup two years in a row).
Onya Vinnie Row :)
It then took me a good half an hour to find a website that listed the complete race results and not just the top three. Very frustrating if you're trying to find the last place getter for the booby prize!
To any American readers, go and vote on Tuesday. And do the world a favour and get rid of Bush. I have no idea what Kerry is like or their party policies, but he couldn't possibly be any worse than the idiot you have running the country at the moment, *surely* ? (and don't call me shirley!)
Firstly a welcome to all my lurkers. I asked for one response, and got two, go figure! :) It's nice to know my insignificant rantings keep other people entertained at work :):)
Top things that piss me off #7:
People that honk you when you stop at a sign that says "Left turn on red permitted after STOPPING". By law you're supposed to wait something like three seconds after stopping, or at the very least until you can see around the truck that's blocking sight of the oncoming traffic. But nooooooo some twats want to beep you the second you stop. Next time someone does that I think I might just stop there until the light turns green, just to teach them a lesson in patience.
I watched Behind Enemy Lines tonight. I really liked the cinematography and camera work. The scene at the beginning where the F-18 gets shot down is fantastic, and the scenery throughout the rest of the film is bleak but beautiful. The story itself is a bit lame, and it gets a scathing review on IMDB for not being accurate about the Balkan war. But have definitely seen worse.