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Friday, October 9th, 2015

Time:2:12 am.
Ahh dreams.. been having them about various people i haven't seen in years lately

if you need to control something, it actually controls you. i don't need to control much (although i do like to influence things).

a result of that attitude is my capacity to just wander off.

to my mind, the people & places & things that i care about have never left. they're just not in the same place as me currently, and instead are off doing their own thing & being why i care for them.

i've been happy doing my own things for several years. i'm still feeling moderately antisocial, but i do find myself thinking of friends more frequently lately.

if you're reading this, i trust you to be well. i still care. i have things i need to focus on for now, but i do miss you.

on that note, time for breakfast & a jog - i still wander the streets at night.. sorta ;)
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Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

Time:10:27 am.
OK, this is kinda stylish - first person action (short) film

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Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

Time:7:31 am.
I do enjoy the phrase 'catholic tastes'

It invariably seems to make people do a double-take.
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Friday, June 14th, 2013

Time:2:31 am.
So they've announced a new Mac Pro...

...and it's basically a seriously beefy iMac.

By which I mean it's non-extensible consumer electronics. I don't buy into this "but you can daisychain Thunderbolt" idea... for starters, it's not as fast as having it onboard. And secondarily, it's not as fast. And thirdly, it's a bunch more clutter on my desk. And did I mention the "Not As Fast" bit? (To be more precise, it doesn't have as many lanes so I probably really should be complaining about throughput rather than speed per se...)

They're leaving me with something of a conundrum. When it finally comes time to upgrade my current machine, I will want to continue to use MacOS. It's an excellent OS & it's got a bunch of programs I require.

But I'm not into buying throw-away consumer electronics. And it looks like those are going to be all that Apple are making.

It sounds like the Hackintosh scene is becoming more accessible, but it's the sort of thing which could well be actively fought against by Apple. And I'm just not convinced the user-friendly side of it is that resilient =\

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Friday, May 31st, 2013

Time:10:12 am.
A reprint of a reprint, from Schneier on Security:

Judge Kozinkski, from a Federal court ruling on false statements & freedom of speech protection:

Saints may always tell the truth, but for mortals living means lying. We lie to protect our privacy ("No, I don't live around here"); to avoid hurt feelings ("Friday is my study night"); to make others feel better ("Gee you've gotten skinny"); to avoid recriminations ("I only lost $10 at poker"); to prevent grief ("The doc says you're getting better"); to maintain domestic tranquility ("She’s just a friend"); to avoid social stigma ("I just haven't met the right woman"); for career advancement ("I'm sooo lucky to have a smart boss like you"); to avoid being lonely ("I love opera"); to eliminate a rival ("He has a boyfriend"); to achieve an objective ("But I love you so much"); to defeat an objective ("I'm allergic to latex"); to make an exit ("It's not you, it's me"); to delay the inevitable ("The check is in the mail"); to communicate displeasure ("There's nothing wrong"); to get someone off your back ("I'll call you about lunch"); to escape a nudnik ("My mother's on the other line"); to namedrop ("We go way back"); to set up a surprise party ("I need help moving the piano"); to buy time ("I'm on my way"); to keep up appearances ("We're not talking divorce"); to avoid taking out the trash ("My back hurts"); to duck an obligation ("I've got a headache"); to maintain a public image ("I go to church every Sunday"); to make a point ("Ich bin ein Berliner"); to save face ("I had too much to drink"); to humor ("Correct as usual, King Friday"); to avoid embarrassment ("That wasn't me"); to curry favor ("I've read all your books"); to get a clerkship ("You're the greatest living jurist"); to save a dollar ("I gave at the office"); or to maintain innocence ("There are eight tiny reindeer on the rooftop")….

And we don’t just talk the talk, we walk the walk, as reflected by the popularity of plastic surgery, elevator shoes, wood veneer paneling, cubic zirconia, toupees, artificial turf and cross-dressing. Last year, Americans spent $40 billion on cosmetics—an industry devoted almost entirely to helping people deceive each other about their appearance. It doesn’t matter whether we think that such lies are despicable or cause more harm than good.

An important aspect of personal autonomy is the right to shape one’s public and private persona by choosing when to tell the truth about oneself, when to conceal and when to deceive. Of course, lies are often disbelieved or discovered, and that too is part of the pull and tug of social intercourse. But it’s critical to leave such interactions in private hands, so that we can make choices about who we are. How can you develop a reputation as a straight shooter if lying is not an option?
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Monday, May 27th, 2013

Time:6:30 am.
On Steampunk, Prada, and why the latter isn't the former.


Interesting stuff. Cultural identification & signalling through fashion. I don't think some of the commentors entirely get what she's saying, and/or they're caught up in their knee jerk reactions enough that they're just trying to pick holes in technicalities rather than contribute to discussion.
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Friday, May 17th, 2013

Time:11:26 pm.
If you get the chance to see One Man, Two Guvnors, seize it with both hands.

Brilliant classic comedy in a bit of music-hall slapstick style. Based off an 18th century Italian play apparently, and it's certainly got that timeless traditional comedy element to it.

It's the UK cast come over to put it on at the MTC, it's only on for 6 weeks, and once word gets out about it I expect the tickets to go extremely fast.
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Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Time:5:14 pm.
"Austerity is dead"

Surprise. Austerity was dead the moment it stopped the political classes from paying for what voters demand.

Were those demands reasonable or unreasonable? Realistic or unrealistic?

It doesn't really matter. It is the natural role of the politician to pander to what their voters want - it's what got them their jobs in the first place and it's what they're meant to do.

"By the people for the people", not "the carefully selected best of the people, exercising better judgement than the people" (although one might hope). The Eurocrats might like to pretend they're the latter, but the ultimate power lies in the hands of the former.

The shame of the matter is that this sort of debate is foolish from the get go. Austerity versus Growth suggests that there's a black and white distinction between the two. Simply spending money does not encourage growth any more than being frugal guarantees no growth. The presentation of austerity versus growth as cost cutting versus spending is simplification to a degree that reframes the issue counterproductively.

The question behind the cost effectiveness of any system should be: "How is this creating income?"

Sometimes you spend to create income. Sometimes you cut down on waste to create income. Austere Growth is the unpopular but pragmatic solution. The question is how desperate things will have to become & for how many countries.
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Saturday, March 30th, 2013

Time:6:04 am.


They had me at "Tiny Ass Fucking Tomatoes. You ever get worried about Dick Cancer? Me too son. I need my shit intact. That's why I eat the fuck outta these little homies. Get yo lycopene on."
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Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Time:2:59 am.
It seems like iTunes is being made progressively less useful and more annoying with every update...
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Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

Time:5:42 pm.
Was contemplating grabbing a train into the city.

Then I remember that I can't use "public" transport anymore.

GG Myki.

I wouldn't even know where to get one of the cards and, with the surcharge to get one plus a full fair ticket on top, it certainly makes a taxi look much more appealing..
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Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Time:1:27 am.
There are a very limited number of things that could draw me out of my current hermit-like status...

Peter Murphy touring Oz for the first time ever is definitely one of them.

Oooooh this'll be good =)
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Friday, September 21st, 2012

Time:12:37 am.
On the dark comedy side of life, assuming it's actually true:

Anti-US protestor dies of smoke inhalation from burning American flags
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Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Time:3:39 am.
France ramps up embassy security after magazine caricatures Prophet Muhammad amid new protests ... sometimes you've just gotta love those whacky French heh

I have very little sympathy for blasphemy laws or intimidation.

Although if it does start off more riots, they'll probably be against America again anyway. The Paris Grand Mosque's rector used depressingly accurate language when he brought up Pavlov.
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Saturday, September 8th, 2012

Time:6:19 am.
Hrm.. I hadn't realised that Abbott started his federal career as press secretary to Hewson during the Fightback! campaign.

The way Keating very cynically dismantled Hewson's content-based campaign certainly seems to have left a lasting impression on Abbott's own approach.

Can't say it makes me any more sympathetic towards the guy, a reason is not an excuse, but it's interesting none the less.
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Thursday, September 6th, 2012

Time:7:49 am.
I read articles on the ECB discussions, and the much quibbled over 'austerity measures', and I find myself thinking "they'll have to promise to implement austerity measures, or they'll have to actually stick to austerity measures?". Because so far there's been a lot of promising, but very little fulfilment in many quarters.

Frankly the whole affair somewhat sickens me.

I come from the perspective which thinks that the natural pattern of human governance tends to end up being an oligarchy. However there are progressive & community minded oligarchies and then there are self-centered & short sighted oligarchies. Our current version being so self-centered & short sighted that it's just flat out corrupt.

Saying that something is "too big to fail" is like saying someone is "too important to die".

The feeling can be honest, but it's a logically absurd statement.

Reality is going to catch up eventually. The current situation is starting to remind me of the marxist ideas on class warfare, as much as I dislike the ideological puritanism of marxism. From the Union bossmen trying to feather their own beds at the expense of workers+business in the Grocon standoff, to the financial institution bossmen using targeted lobbying to hamstring the US political system.

It's management subverting control against the interests of the genuine stakeholders.
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Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Time:1:03 am.
Also, more secret world videos.

This one's a fan production, using a mix of funcom's promo videos & a lot of in-game footage.

Better than the professional promo stuff imo =) ... that said, it's more a music video than a promo video ;)
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Time:12:18 am.
Of all the various plays I see, which'd be around 20-25 a year, you can generally pick what'll appeal to different styles of people. Most often you can also divide them into reasonably general categories of "good", "bad" and "indifferent" (both as plays & as productions).

However I'm going to be somewhat interested to see the reviews of Top Girls are like.

IMO it is good - it's presented with style, the entire cast was excellent, and it's a thoughtful play with genuine nuance (so rare)... but the audience numbers were also substantially lower at the end than they were at the start, and I don't think it's a terribly accessible play. We even had confused applause at any odd moment the stage lights dimmed ("is this the interval/end?.. umm.. clap?.. no?.. yes?.. whoops..")

So I'll be interested to see exactly what the critics make of it. Will they side with the audience or the english teachers? ;)
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Sunday, August 26th, 2012

Time:11:59 am.
I find myself reading Forbes for their computer game coverage lately, which has a distinct element of Playboy-for-the-articles to it... except possibly in reverse =\

They've got some solid writers though.
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Saturday, August 11th, 2012

Time:2:40 am.

The Secret World - I freaking love this game.

Mildly amusing to see the amount of love its getting from users on metacritic (84%) versus critics (72%).

Last I looked, I think this makes it the least popular currently operational major MMO with critics, and the most popular with users... as well as just about the only one that the users like more than the critics (the other exception being Eve).

Meant to be writing a database atm, and TSW is way too much of a distraction =)

If anyone wants a 24 hour trial thingy, just shoot me a message ;)
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