Commentary: July 2007 Archives

AFK

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So after the others had finished playing at AFK yesterday, we adjourned to the tables and had lunch. We had beer-battered fries, a mexicana pizza, and a caesar salad. All were excellent. Willett and Chef have done very well with the cafe setup. Very relaxed atmosphere, nice mix of peoples (normal people to geeks :) ), great food. Apparently the coffee was good too, but I can't be judge of that :)

If you're in Brisbane, go check it out. It's near the Gabba on Stanley St.

Tired

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I'm very tired.

Today went much slower than yesterday.

I am looking forward to this weekend, which starts early.

I got a new shower head and some washers installed today. I don't think they make any difference to my water consumption.

I think there was too much left unanswered in the last Harry Potter book.

This is disturbing.

Deathly Hallows

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So I finished the Deathly Hallows early this afternoon. Wasn't too bad. Probably not my favourite in the series. Think it was the long boring bit in the middle that ruined that chance. I was echoing Ron's mood about it. The beginning was action-packed though, with early fatalities, including one of the saddest in the whole book. And it picked up again at the end with the necessary epic Battle of Hogwarts. My suspicions about Snape and the last Horcrux were confirmed. Bit of a Hollywood ending though.

I'd been avoiding the blogosphere completely since the book was leaked on Wednesday, and sadly one of the first things I read afterwards was a real-life fatality. I didn't actually know this person at all, but my sympathies go out to SH.

Firefly

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Just finished watching Firefly all the way through. Gosh it was a good series. Up there with Veronica Mars :) Watched most of it a year and a half ago at Stu's place over New Years and didn't realise that I'd seen all but two episodes. Of course when it got to the end it's like "nooooooooo .. why'd they cancel it for??" .. Need to watch Serenity again..

Take my love, take my land
Take me where I cannot stand
I don't care, I'm still free
You can't take the sky from me

Take me out to the black
Tell them I ain't comin' back
Burn the land and boil the sea
You can't take the sky from me

There's no place I can be
Since I found Serenity
But you can't take the sky from me...

Acceptance

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Sent away my letter of acceptance. With begging from Luc and Jim not to :)

It felt strangely significant popping it in the post box. Like my new fate had just been sealed...

oooo spooky!

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So I was eating my dinner (roasted lamb shanks and potatoes yummmmm) and watching Firefly, and wanted to see who one of the extras was. So wandered along to IMDB, and there's a Firefly link on the front page. Well that saves me typing it in a search, so I click on it. And it brought up a synopsis ... of the episode I'm watching right now!!! What are the chances?!?

Ulaanbaatar

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Me little brother and SIL are in Ulaanbaatar at the moment .. how cool is that!! It's even in high res, and has cable internet :)

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Saw Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix with Kirk and Ric tonight.

Loved it!

Enjoyed it much more than 3 and 4. It was definitely a lot more fun than the book, which was downright depressing. They did have to leave a lot out of course (especially stuff with the Order itself), and changed a few things around a bit, but not too badly, except for maybe how they find out about DA. The passage of time felt more real in this one, cutting in an out of the DA meetings and classes. And they kept a lot of the look and feel from 3 and 4, without changing it like they did after 1 and 2. Strangely enough I missed Harry not smashing up Dumbledore's office at the end heh.

Dudley has grown up to be sufficiently thug-like. Not much Draco but plenty of Lucius (*drool*). Ginny definitely didn't get enough lines (she barely had any lines at all :( ). Percy is there but doesn't get any lines. Luna was very cool, liked her a lot.

The visual effects in this one were fantastic. Probably the best made movie of the series so far.

iTunes

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So as Kevin mentioned the other day, iTunes is now selling DRM-free music.

Now I've always avoided iTunes and DRM music, because for one I don't want to *have* to use an i-whatever to play the damned things, plus I don't want my music to be tied to some third party. I simply want a file that I can play without any fuss and will continue to be supported for years to come.

So I downloaded iTunes.

My next challenge was to actually find something that I didn't already own on cd, wasn't on a cd wish list, and was available in the "plus" format. Finally found something (actually two somethings), and bought one.

Except that it's not an mp3, it's an m4a file. *sigh*
Sourceforge to the rescue! And a little utility called BonkEnc, which happily converts the files. Yet to try it in my player, but it works in my old version of WinAmp.

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