Wednesday, 29 March 2006

Life in the ultra fast lane

The reason I have not been able to post any new blogs over the last little while is that I have been extremely busy with Uni.
As it stands I have an assignment due tommorrow, which is much harder to write up than I thought it was going to be.
I have two mid-semester tests that are approaching in the next two weeks. Of which I know most of the content, but I would like to polish my skills a lot more that the scuffed, dirty, half baked knowledge that I have in my grasp at this stage.
I also have MUCESS elections to hold, which means taking nominations, writing up a new constitution, writing up rules and regulations of the election and counting and installing the incumbent committee.

Yes it is a whole lot of work, which I am not glad to say, I am going to have to work my arse off to achieve.

Well, you have to be in it to win it.

Thursday, 23 March 2006

I made a funny!

Here are some things that I have found funny over the last week -

Phrase of the Year:

Contractors - If you are not part of the solution, there is good money to be made in prolonging the problem.

Another few great Quotes from despair.com:

It could be that the purpose of your life is only to serve as a warning to others.

Ambition - The journey of a thousand miles sometimes ends very, very badly.

Cluelessness - There are no stupid questions, but there are a LOT of inquisitive idiots.

Indifference - It takes 43 muscles to frown and 17 to smile, but it doesn't take any to just sit there with a dumb look on your face.

Stupidity - Quitters never win, winners never quit, but those who never win AND never quit are idiots.

Despair.com is a demotivational website. If you like these check the rest of the posters out, and maybe buy something from them.

Monday, 20 March 2006

Commonwealth Games and Better Services

Well, The commonwealth games are well and truly underway, and to be quite honest, I am really enjoying the improved services and security in the city.

Personally, I think the games has reduced the number of people in the city, possibly due to the fear that anyone who goes into the city will be caught in a tidal wave of sports fans, but to date I have seen none, even spending time walking through the middle of the city, and going to uni right between the games village and the MCG!

I only know of one person who has been to any events, my cousin, who seems to be either spending all his money on tickets, or cashing in on the fact that nobody wants anything to do with it, and grabbing some free tickets to events. As for everyone else, there seems to be a aura of complacency and sometimes even annoyance toward the inconvenience it causes.

The fact that the City of Melbourne and Connex, the train system owner, has started spending money on small but important infrastructure projects is great. At least one good thing has come from the event. I just hope that the government sees that the changes are well appreciated and long awaited, maybe they will continue on the bold plan to improve the look and feel of our city.
Maybe the entire public transport system needs a good overhaul, trams and busses really are a joke in the city.

Enough of my ranting, I will now go and watch TV, where only channel 9 seems to think that people care about the games. So I can catch most of my favorite programs, without any disturbance.
For a widely publicised international event, the games look to be a little bit of a flop.

Check it out for yourself: Melbourne 2006

Thursday, 16 March 2006

Update on Life @ 16 March 2006

The Next chapter of my podcast.

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Update on Life @ 16 March 2006

Clubs and Societies Tangle

This week the Melbourne University Student Union has really put on a big show, and is expecting all of the Clubs and societies to get involved. Personally I don't think that it is a good time for them to get involved in the club. With a committee outgoing, and a new committee not formed yet, there seems to be no point in scaling up their involvement in the club at this time.
MUCESS, the club that I am president of, I think really sees the union as a funding mechanism to do the activities that benefit our members. It seems a little strange that they are wanting us to revise all of our paperwork to have the statement UMSU : Under threat from VSU. Which refers to the Howard Government pulling funding from Student Unions.
This move by the Union has really put me offside, to the point that I would like to see MUCESS operating completely independently from the Union. Funding or not, Student choice and political abstinence is a big factor in MUCESS. We do not partake in any political pandering or protesting, to any party. This is mainly because the majority of our funding comes from the industrial sector which quite often sees the changes that Howard is making a positive thing for the country.
This puts us in the precarious situation of resisting the Union, as well as trying to retain funding from them.

Tuesday, 7 March 2006

Elephant Rock


This is me at Elephant Rock. There is a very nice beach surrounded by large rocks. It would be a very nice place to bring a young family. Posted by Picasa

The Tailings Dry Dam

This is the NEW!! dry tailings facility at the mine. The stuff that comes out after all the nickel is removed is thickened to extract as much water as possible, while still allowing pumping. Then it is pumped out of these tall risers all over the dam. The water runs off to the side and the mud dries to form a solid lake. It is huge, desolate, baron and awe inspiring. Posted by Picasa

The Actual Mine Pit

Mt Keith is an open pit mine. I never actually got to see it, but this is what it looks like. It is a massive pit, with trucks going everywhere. They move about 50,000 tonnes of rock out of here per day! Posted by Picasa

The Waterwheel at Esperance

This is the waterwheel at albany. It used to supply the lighthouse with water under it's own pressure. Water still runs over the wheel, but it stopped turning years ago. Posted by Picasa

The mine again - Big Trucks


I was sent some more photos of the mine site. Here is a good photo of a few of the large trucks used at Mt Keith mine site. They are giant, and like everything up there, very powerful and fast. Posted by Picasa

More of my iPod


Some examples of how you can use a new video iPod. I currently have some shows like Happy Tree Friends podcasting to my iPod. Very cool, and legal at that!
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Ipod 60GB Black


Well this is what my new toy looks like. Very cool looking, but still lacking a little function. I am still discovering all kinds of mods over the net to try to get it to work the way I want it to, rather than how apple wants it to! Posted by Picasa

iPod

Well, as some of you know, I am now in iPod person.
That's right! I have joined the dark side.

I own a 60GB Black iPod Video. Nice looking device and the shops are packed with add-ons and accessories to make it function, like items such as a charger! Yes that's right, I needed to buy a wall charger separately!

Unfortunately I am a little bit disappointed with the way Apple sort out the iPod and iTunes.
I am sure that iTunes would be fantastic for someone that has no idea what an ID3 Tag is, or how they get the music, just as long as it is playing out of their earphones, then that's OK with them.

Also there is no way for me to plug my iPod into it's dock, let it charge overnight and let my computer wake up to update my podcasts because there is only one plug in the back of the dock for both charging and sync! Therefore I need to move my iPod from my charging cable to my computer cable each morning!!!! Why Apple? Why? It is not hard to make a dock that charges and syncs!

As for support, there seems to be no explanation or settings for any functions of the iTunes Program or the iPod. Things such as the Sound Check option do not give any indication that it is a normalisation feature, and if you enable it in iTunes, do you need to turn it on the iPod, or are you just wasting your battery calculating the mean volume of a song that has already been done by iTunes?

Apple really should pick up their act. It is the simple things that make a player. WinAmp is really simple and contains all the features that it needed at that point in time. iTunes on the other hand needs a few adjustments, such as added RSS text Syndication support, and the ability to multitask when doing things like accessing the ITMS or importing a large amount of songs initially.

Well, I can understand why quite a few people have them, it is just a little sad to see that apple has not made the most of the technology available. Maybe Microsoft or creative will have the guts to step into the area of doing it well the first time around.

But then again, when has Microsoft done anything right?