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Writer's Block: Long Nights, Short Poems

Dec. 22nd, 2008 | 10:05 am

It's the winter solstice in the Northern hemisphere, summer solstice in the Southern hemisphere, and Haiku Day in the U.S. Does that inspire you to write a three-line poem with five syllables in the first and last lines and seven in the middle line?

Winter in the North,
Summer over southern skies.
No haiku for you.

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The Unfamiliar Ceiling report

Dec. 11th, 2008 | 10:54 pm
location: Room 611
mood: chipperchipper
music: Kenny G - G-Bop

Yeah, fine, nerd joke in the subject line. Get over it. I can't think of anything else to call it. You try and think of a snappy subject while half-awake in a hotel room in the dark. I'm just filling time until I fall asleep. So this will likely be mindless dribble.

There's something inherently satisfying about turning out the lights. For a brief instant, as your eyes adjust, you could almost be anywhere. Tiny pinpricks of light stab out of the darkness, but they could be the lights of anything. In this case, they're the lights on a router, a TV standby, a clock radio, my phone, and my modem. I know what they are, but they're familiar and yet different at the same time. I could be in a hotel room in Brisbane, or in 'my' bed in Adelaide, it wouldn't make a difference. And in the darkness, while sleep draws close, it actually doesn't.

I'm really enjoying reading "On The Road", which seems ironically suited to staying in another city for work. I'm finding it deeply satisfying to read, and at the same time I feel this pull to ... shall we say, adventure ... while reading it. It's very interesting and I look forward to finishing it. I'm only 1/4 through it at the moment. I'll probably check out the unedited version at a later date if I end up really liking it.

Hmmm, what else. Yeah, really filling time here. Funny how songs can get stuck in your head at times. Contender of the moment, "Ne-Yo - Because of You". Don't ask. Isn't it weird too (well, no, it's not) how music can get inside your head and disrupt your train of thought entirely. Case in point, have music playing on my phone, and at the moment it's invading my consciousness so that before I can put a thought into the keyboard, it's gone. I find my fingers struggling to type because my thoughts are being demolished quicker than I can write them, unlike the usual stream-of-consciousness blogging I usually do. Wait. That's the whole reason I put the music on in the first place, so I could sleep.

I really should do that. I can't hunt for Diamonds in my mind all night.

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In QLD...

Nov. 19th, 2008 | 06:46 am

Back later.

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The attack of the 20000 foot blog report

Oct. 18th, 2008 | 09:41 pm
location: QF736
mood: happyhappy
music: Jet Engines

Here's a taste of the unusual for me, I'm writing this from 20000 ft. high, or whatever the cruising altitude of a Qantas 737 from Sydney to Adelaide is. Can't say I know that one off the top of my head, and I can't be bothered to ask the flight attendants. Oh well, whatever. I'm in a plane.

Take care when opening blog as contents may have shifted during the flight.Collapse )
This is Bob, in the full upright and locked position, signing off.

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Update goes here

Oct. 4th, 2008 | 12:45 pm
mood: melancholymelancholy

Words go here. They suuuuuure do.

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The most awesome rant report

Sep. 10th, 2008 | 10:32 pm
location: Bed
mood: amusedamused
music: Norman Brown - Let's Take a Ride

OK so this is a bit soon for another entry from me, I know. But seriously. Was awesome. I'm more recording this for my own sake!

So I'm driving Nessa home today, and we're discussing the LHC (Large Hadron Collider) which you may have been reading about in the news. We've discussed this sort of thing before, and since the two of us recently read and discussed Stephen Hawkings "A Brief History of Time" which mentions similar concepts, we thought some of the discussion in the press. Such as one person who decided that colliding 2 protons was somehow going to create hydrogen. Yeah. Really.

Other topics include: Since a black hole's gravity is so massive, light cannot escape it, you'd never see a black hole coming. Since the things we see are light rays (*fine, particles or waaves) reaching our eyes, the light which 'fell' into the black-hole would never reach us, and we'd be inside the black hole before we could see it. So we'd be dead before we knew it. FURTHER, since light takes 8 seconds to reach us from the sun, which is so far away, it would take maybe 2 microns for a black hole centred in Europe to completely envelop the Earth. So... essentially we'd never even know something was going wrong. So if you're not going to know something will go wrong, why care.

Anyway. We're sitting in the car at the lights just down from the tram stop at Rundle Mall. And I get this inspired rant in my head. Now, you have to imagine this being shouted, while trying not to laugh, eventually laughing to the point of tears. Some things are lost in translation, but damn it was funny.

"Well, Nes, see... We can sit here, in our leather lined car, listening to our jazz music, and take comfort in the knowledge that WE, having researched and read A Brief History of Time, that WE know far more than these... these PLEBIANS... with their media frenzy. YES. LOOK AT THEM. The unwashed, unknowing masses. SNEER! They think they know what protons are. I laugh at them. YES! YOU! (pointing at some random guy) AND YOU (pointing at some other random person) WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT PHYSICS! Look at you... waiting for your 'TRAM' ooooh, you think you're so smart with your 'PUBLIC TRANSPORT' well I KNOW about black hole physics! WHAT HAVE YOU DONE LATELY!"

I love being an arrogant ass for comedic effect. Made for an enjoyable trip home after work.

Ok that's it for now.

Bob out.

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The "Freaking awesome weekend" report

Aug. 24th, 2008 | 10:50 pm
location: Bed
mood: ecstaticecstatic
music: White noise

Ok, so I've had a faaaaaaaaaaaaantastic weekend, and I thought I might even post about it! As I was saying in the car going home this evening, "Yeah, this weekend's blogworthy!"

The weekend starts with FRIDAYCollapse )

-Bob ... out.

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B-ored. (Hey. Listen!)

May. 27th, 2008 | 11:08 pm
location: In front of the TV
mood: boredbored

Ok, I'm bored. Ya'll know what that means. "Write a bunch of crap for 20 minutes!"

So why am I bored. Hobowars reset isn't for another 20 minutes. My boss has just signed out of XBox live, and I can't be bothered with A) single player or B) randomly killing people I don't know. While both are satisfying, I've been in multiplayer mode for the last hour, and going back to "mission mode" takes too much effort for 11pm.

Seem to be getting past my depression. That's good. I've been a bit cheerier and less snappy the last couple weeks. Even managed to do a game of D&D last Saturday.

Now here's a story. When I run D&D, I always have an "Alarm" sound for when we're getting off track. Helps reign things back in and keeps control if we need it. Most times I'm happy to get off track, but sometimes we do need to actually play the campaign we're doing. It can't all be jokes! So I discovered the 100% absolute best alarm sound ever. I play it for 5 seconds, and instant silence.

Navi. "Hey. Listen!" Looped. For 10 minutes. At high volume.

"Hey. Listen! Hey. Listen! Hey. Listen! Ley. Histen! Les. Hiyten! Netsil! Yeh."

Instant crowd control. I'm thinking about selling the idea to the police for use in riots.

In other news, I'm doing much better things at work. In the last... shall we say 4 weeks? My programming skill has come a LONG way. I've been able to program from scratch, 2 tools which will REALLY help the business. I've been learning a lot more about OLE Automation, and how I can automate objects into interacting. Combine that with some work I'm doing with one of my colleagues in Brisbane, and I'm learning / teaching so much. It's been really productive.

Ummm, what else. I got an XBox 360 since the last time I wrote. Purchased solely for Grand Theft Auto IV. I say "purchased" but it was all RewardHelp vouchers through work. So net cost to me... Nil. GTA-IV totally worth it. And as a result, I've been catching up with my boss, and aforementioned colleague in Brisbane for GTA Rampages. IAG takes Liberty City. So to speak. Has been quite fun. Have also been catching my boss on Call of Duty 3 for the last couple nights, so that's been fun too. Best joke of tonight. He kills me. I respond by microphone... "So, shall I consider that my performance review then?"

Hmmm... let's see. What else. Oooh, I know.

Geohashing. For those of you in Adelaide, go here. http://wiki.xkcd.com/geohashing/Adelaide%2C_Australia

Geohashing was "invented" shall we say, by the creator of XKCD webcomic. Totally awesome guy, has some amazingly fun ideas. Anyway. This one. Take your current GPS coordinates (-35, 138) and take today's date + the opening price of the Dow Jones Stock Index, convert them to MD5, convert that to decimal, and then append the decimal to your GPS.



What you end up with is a location, within your area, to go visit. I joined the first ever Adelaide meetup (official XKCD meetups are Saturday at 4pm) last Saturday down near Woodcroft. Was heaps of fun. Just "going on an adventure" was cool. There was one up in the Barossa a couple days ago (the good thing is the coordinates change daily!) which looked great, but alas it's hard to do them during the week. Anyway. Check it out. Join me if you need a ride. I'm happy to hybrid away.

Speaking of Hybrid. As soon as I can afford to, I'm getting CARBN-0 as my licence plate. I've decided that's the coolest I can get.

That's enough for now. And Gabbie, "Yes"

-B

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Quick Saturday update

Apr. 6th, 2008 | 02:16 am
mood: coldcold

If you are still awake, and not watching Rage, you are SO missing out. The programmer is choosing the most weird and psychadelic videos he can think of. It's freaking awesome. So mayn hilarious videos. It' s awesome.

D&D last night, for the first time in 4 weeks. So much catching up and laughing we didn't start playing until at least 9:30 and even then we were only able to kill one monster. To be fair, this monster could have pretty much killed any one of us in a single hit. Only good tactics saved the group. So I was actually proud of that. The group worked together to come up with a tactical solution to a problem. Even if it came about from knee-jerk reactions to the massive damage it inflicted.

I'm sneezing a lot.

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I have decided

Mar. 18th, 2008 | 04:29 pm

I need more good eroge games. The ones with awesome stories. Yes, I like the stories too.

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