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March 31, 2004

You have eight pages: start here...

Some of the sayings (well, the first four) I wrote in a friend's notebook during a PSYC 121 lecture today:

  • Crazy things seem to happen a lot of the time; a lot of the time, they're unexpected.
  • Love grows on regular communication, and thrives on friendship.
  • We have social norms, but what norms are norms themselves, and who decides they're norms?
  • From my limited experience, I'd say that fame is overrated. You often get followed or get funny looks.

I'm quite pleased with them, but I'm sure that someone must have written similar ones earlier than me. :)

Oh yeah, tried some fair trade chocolate today. Very edible. Alas, at around $2 a bar, it's about 2.5 times dearer than a similar 'regular' retail chocolate, but it's worth it. :)

March 30, 2004

Interviewing oneself

Seemingly interviewing oneself could be amusing.

March 29, 2004

Knives at the post office

Knife checks at a post office in the USA? And I thought I was worried about a fingernail file in my backpack at Darwin International Airport.

New television stations don't happen every day

A new television station doesn't begin broadcasting every day, and nor do shows about New Zealand's best ever (deceased, alas) comedian start screening. :)

March 28, 2004

Solving the renaming problem

Well, there's now a window renaming solution for the constant changes of name for the browser that's currently known as Firebird. :)

March 27, 2004

Parties, housewarmings and friends

Had lunch at a friend's partner's parent's place today, then went to a couple's housewarming afternoon tea. Then, just now, talked to a friend on IM. So I'm happy today. :)

March 26, 2004

Freaky flashing

Okie, just tried upgrading/flashing a BIOS tonight. Yikes. At least the computer still boots, that I know. :)


It's such a cool thing when you discover you have more friends than you thought you did, and friendships you already had are stronger than you thought they were.

Well, I met heaps of friends around school today. Thank you and good seeing you all, everybody! :)

On a completely unrelated note, cane toads and introduced grasses are threatening Kakadu National Park's ecosystem. Uh oh. :(

March 25, 2004

Traffic lights at the university

The first signs of two lots of traffic lights at VUW are now evident. This should make crossing Kelburn Parade less amusing, but certainly less hair raising (and risky).

March 24, 2004

Address block oddness

I see there's a lot of rather interesting organisations on the ARIN IP address ERX project lists. Examining a not-so-random sample of NZ registrants, I wonder how many of them actually still know they have a block of addresses literally lying about?

March 23, 2004

Still at InternetNZ

We're onto the 2LD review discussion now. In the meantime, the format shifting stuff is now on Slashdot. I've posted a comment on this. In short, this is what I said: I mean, can't we be trusted to make just one copy on cassette? We can photocopy and otherwise duplicate textbooks sensibly, or ensure we use copyright licences through the system of course notes for students. And the friend next to me right now has a pile of LP records he'd like to put on to audio CD. Funny that. I'd like to do it too.

And onto DNSSEC -- Keith is talking about the other country code domains doing it. The root server operators are wanting to adopt it in their final form -- so now it's a question of when, not if. Will be interesting to see if we end up doing it.

Format shifting

I wonder if using Windows Media Player's digital filtering stuff (it digitally 'reads' the disc, as opposed to using an analogue method) means I'm illegally format shifting a CD? Quick, I should stop playing my soundtrack from Jane Campion's The Piano and stop my VCR from recording Joan of Arcadia! Oh wait, that's not on television here at the moment. (Actually, I thought using a VCR is time shifting anyway, not format shifting. Or many local law is different from the mighty USA. Dunno.)

At the consultation

I'm at the Wellington InternetNZ consultation right now. There doesn't appear to be much controversy so far; one very good thing is that far more members than members that replied to the invitation have shown up.

Nothing much to report, so far. The usual points of disagreement have appeared, which I think shows we're having some good and robust discussion.

On another subject, I've noticed this fortune/message of the day greta spat out in the last week or so. Kinda nice, cool and thoughtful, all in one. :)

How you look depends on where you go.

March 22, 2004

InternetNZ meeting tomorrow

That's right, kids! It's time for another meeting for InternetNZ members in Wellington tomorrow. Of special interest for myself is the 2LD review, though the rest (such as the business plan). I haven't had a lot of time to read, but the part of the review that caught my eye is the suggested preregistration period for proposed new open 2LD domains. This could be an interesting point for discussion...

March 21, 2004


Mmmmmmm. Sleep is good. :)

March 20, 2004

25 times the fun

Would you pay 25 to 50 times what you'd pay at other places to do photocopying at $5 per page at the High Court? Presumably not, if you could help it.

March 19, 2004

Gift clocks, not war

So, it was a clock from a foreign government being reshipped that blocked The Terrace yesterday. Oops. (I didn't seem to notice it myself. How odd. Oh well.)

March 18, 2004

Next batch up

The next batch of photographs from Albert and Juliet's tour of VUW are now up. Cool! :)

On an unrelated thought, there's a new article on the British High Commissioner in the New Zealand Herald's series on diplomats.

March 16, 2004

Signs of madness

Well, I'm happy today! :) Not even thoughts about the oodles of cash required for a high-speed academic Internet link in NZ can dampen that mood. :)

March 15, 2004

More and more photographs!

That's right, kids! The first instalment of The Jolly Bearcom Jaunt around VUW with JABBA and Jovial Juliet Kenby is now available!

No more bad alliteration next time, we promise!

March 14, 2004

Five minutes is all it takes!

I remember that I liked the NT within five minutes of arriving in Darwin. I wonder if that makes me a Territorian?

March 13, 2004

Pizza ordering from hell

I'm sure the only reason Hell Pizza Deliveries use cutesy vectorised Flash stuff for virtually all of their website is just to make ordering pizza hell (ha, ha) for people.

March 12, 2004

Cool new InternetNZ digs

Had a good reason to go see the new joint offices of InternetNZ, the DNC, and NZRS today. It's very modular, and unlike the old office housing InternetNZ and the DNC, bits can be divided off at any time, plus there's improved facilities for visitors and councillors. I guess this means there will be a cool meeting place for the InternetNZ-UniForum joint Wellington regional meetings, if we do indeed hold them there. :) Cool!

March 11, 2004

The Return of the Cicadas

The cicada of HM LT206 returned today... to land on a professor lecturing for ENGL 111 (who cheerfully declined to brush the cicada off).

March 10, 2004

Sometimes romance needs...

One thing romance needs, among other things, is a coincidence. Or, at least, strange things happening with one's mail. Hrm. Hadn't thought of postcards that way before -- I don't know if I'd write one like that myself, though.

March 9, 2004

More joys of targeted advertising

Using a certain IM client when it has a local affiliate providing the banner advertisements makes it fun to see how targeted they get for the local audience. According to this said client from none other than Microsoft, I'm a teenage girl in need of changing or choosing a brand of tampon some time soon.

As with last time, here's some free impressions for the wonderful advertiser.

Banner advertisement for 'New Carefree Slims with Silk Ease Cover'.

Funnily enough, I don't fit the demographic due to chromosome issues. At least there's others the client spits out that are more tailored to my description.

There's cicadas in my lecture theatre!

Well, there was at least one cicada in HM LT206 during the SOSC 111 lecture today, happily chirping away.

March 8, 2004

The Representative Bourgeoisie


Okie, why did I volunteer to be one of the EDUC 234 class representatives?

I'll probably realise why in the morning.

Yay for gut feelings! :)

And the lecturer's a good jazz improvisationalist.

March 7, 2004

Bad news, good news

Bad news: I have to choose a new mobile. Good news: I have some money from the last phone.

March 6, 2004

A (pure) dingo stole my shopping bag!

Looks like, apparently, in 50 years' time you won't be able to say a dingo stole your baby. Or get shopping bags without charge in NSW.

March 5, 2004

Hell freezing over

Sometimes it looks like hell has frozen over in Parliament, even though it happens regularly. The newspapers just seem to bury it, if they report it at all. I think.

March 4, 2004

A sudden urge to take notes

I had an unexpected request to take lecture notes for somebody today for papers I am not enrolled in, which I was able to do. But one thing I notice now is that I take down as much as I can, as I'm not sure what the recipient of the notes will want. Maybe I should consider some formal training in the art and be a 'real' official note taking person.

March 3, 2004

The joy of...

It's not the joy of something I'd rather not think of, but the joy of bounces! I've caused it before myself (accidentally), but I've never heard of a 15,000 bounce message pile (or an needing a long international toll call from one's hotel room to one's ISP to solve the said issue) before.

Too bad loop detection for this sort of situation isn't that advanced as far as I know offhand. Hopefully I'm wrong.

March 2, 2004

Someone actually bought one?

What, people have actually 'bought' a SCO Linux IP licence?


[Listening to: Jingle Bells - The Simpsons - Songs In The Key Of Springfield (00:46)]

March 1, 2004

General madness

On top of starting a paper at VUW, there was some excitement (uh, madness) to be had. The results of the excitement might be posted later in the week. I'm just creating some vapourware-type hype right now.

[Listening to: Everywhere - Michelle Branch - The Spirit Room (03:36)]

In other madness, however, a lecture I randomly (or not so randomly) turned up to was interrupted by a lecturer to send vibes to some certain about-to-win-everything-they-were-nominated-for Academy Award nominees in Los Angeles. Seeing other New Zealanders nominated was also just as amusing in all the pre-prizegiving craziness. Luckily, the fun was spread around with at least one other crazy set of 'awards' being handed out. Looks like I will have to watch the late news on television to look out for apparently witty Billy Crystal quotes.

[Listening to: If Only She Knew - Michelle Branch - The Spirit Room (04:19)]

I must also stop listening to music tonight. Sleep is becoming so tempting right now...