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The Most Isolated Capital City In The World - Living in Perth provides an interesting and detached perspective on world events. Perth is closer to another country than to our nations capital. I was out having a few drinks with friends to celebrate my recent graduation at my local tavern when someone came in and implored us to turn the television on. My friends and the other people their just stood there in shock at the footage that was appearing on the screen. Some of us quite visibly shaken. A comparision I heard today is that this will be a defining moment for our generation akin to the assasination of JFK or the Munich Olympics and we'll ask each other where we were it happened.

What makes it even more touch home is that we know people via at most 1 or 2 degrees of separation that were in the Manhattan area when the collapse happened. It makes me extremely thankful for the quality of life that we have here and my thoughts go out to those more directly affected. Perth is so remote from anywhere useful apart from a submarine base that it makes it an unattractive target and that our tallest building (50+ stories) is rather than a monument to capitalism it more to its failures and excesses.

The media frenzy is reminiscent of the Gulf War but without the anticipation. I hope we don't see Fortress America come into existance, that would be a very sad thing.

life - I've just acquired three letters after my name B, C, & M. After eight and half years about bloody time! :)

websites - yakk - that's the scariest design yet!

ObHacking - Got the Wizard PC FM Radio working with my linux box, now to write some evil code to grab speed camera locations and feed that into sphinx...

Tampa - As yakk and gbowland have noted, it's all FSCKED. The Australian Government really needs to get a picture of how to behave in the wider world rather than making policy on the run.

patch karma - got around to posting a couple of patches/bugfixes to Mailman to SourceForge and the mailman-developers list, however still have to update my other mailman patch though....

life is good - ... but less so for other people I know

Graduation - in approximately 17 days. Confidence is high, I repeat, Confidence is high. I'm kind of missing study and/or a significant other to regulate my life - my days seem very full and unable to get some quality time to myself (or more importantly catch up on my pile of books to read). How do other people balance their lives between work, life and hacking? For example I want to spend some time of Reefknot but other things are distracting me or taking up my time.

random hacking - the UCC mail server decided to eat its hard disk so I've spent my spare time over the last couple of days resurrecting it's mail config - including some custom patches for local features to Mailman. Likes my xmms-cdread hack I must get around to submitting both upstream.

Home, Sweet, Home - we have way too many computers in the house, approx 15 at last count....

RFT - Terracon is over for another year, RFT went well. RFT may or may not be a radio station in the style of Radio Goodies, yes, meglomaniacs are welcome! Had a reasonably large collection of mp3s (5+7+2+9 = ~23G), using dbmix to do computerised mixing, xmms and a reasonably hacking xmms-cdread plugin (the hack basically was - it didn't do CDDA off SCSI cdroms correctly - hacked it to use the cdparanoia backend and another hack to not constantly read the table of contents off the CD whilst stopped). (Although part of me wonders what Debian 1 would have been like...)

University - It's looking as though I'll pass Vision, 33/40 in the lab work, only need 17 for the exam - average is 34.1 for the exam so the probabilities are with me, should find out in a couple of days

Home, Sweet, Home - Have ISDN at home, much goodness, stereo in a rack, now just to get the level of crap down...

Work - New office and desk of power(tm), already feeling more productive.

Hacking - I might even get some of that done in the next fortnight, wish me luck ... damn life conspiring against me :)

University - So long and thanks for all the fish ... finished my last exam today, hopefully forever, but I'm not counting my chickens just yet. Hopefully this means I'll be more useful in the global scheme of things but ...

Home, Sweet, Home - Still needs to be cleaned as we have only just moved in, crap still everywhere. We've already re-arranged the computers three times though....

ObHacking - the debian kpkg stuff is really nice...

.au is really too small - whilst reading jaq's diary - the number of people that I've met in it was disturbingly high, maybe I should just move to Sydney?

hacking - not much accomplished this month, although have had a look at creating some widgets for Term::Stool

study - currently hacking matlab, it reminds me disturbingly of python in syntax

audio - just found audacity and dbmix on Sourceforge, definitely be useful for one of my evil projects in July....

5 May 2001 (updated 5 May 2001 at 06:50 UTC) »

Life Imitating Art Imitating Life - Doesn't the speech from Microsoft's Craig Mundie have overtones of Anti-Trust in it?

Anti-Trust - went and saw it at the cinema tonight with a large proportion of UCC. We were about 60% of the people in the cinema. This wouldn't be so depressing if there were more than ten of us. The movie desperately needed a real exposition but it was fine once it got going. I definitely need to watch it again to catch all the in jokes. Had an entertaining and illuminating discussion with gbowland and Avril on the way home about Linux, GNOME politics and how all the pieces are fitting together or not as the case may be.

reefknot - Reefknot seems to be progessing well. I think reefknot-devel crowd have the highest velocity of the calendaring efforts out there at the moment.

gbowland - Congratulations on deciding to kick the coffee habit ...

gbowland has broken the world

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