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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

RAM the gates.

2.8 GHz P4
200 GB HD

I now know the true meaning of winnage.


Friday, August 24, 2007

TV forums

I don't know if I've ever mentioned this on here, but most of my friends have inexplicably appalling taste in TV shows. Every time there's some awesome show on TV like Arrested Development or Curb Your Enthusiasm, I'm all like "hey did any of you see that awesome show last night" and they're all, "hurrrr... I only watch Jackass and tennis." I'm sick of having no-one to talk to about hilarious shows that are on TV.

So last night I had this idea: an interweb forum for discussing TV shows, only instead of the usual forum layout, it's a TV schedule. You click on the show or movie you want to talk about, and the thread for that episode/movie opens like a normal forum thread. And if the episode is a repeat, it's the same thread from last time the episode was on (or maybe a new one - I'm not sure).

Of course if this were a simple thing to set up I would be doing it right now instead of blogging about the idea. There's a few problems:
  • First I'd need to get TV listings from somewhere via an automated system, like IceTV, which might not be possible without paying for such as an IceTV subscription. And I don't like to have to pay for stuff.
  • There could also be legal matters, like how IceTV was being sued by Channel Nine.
  • Also there's technical considerations: as well as the name of the show you'd need to know which episode is being broadcast, which may not be possible.
  • TV schedules are different in different states and different regions within states. And different countries, obviously. So that would have to be accounted for.
  • Even if all this stuff was feasible, I haven't got the skills to do it.
I'd really like to get this idea going but I'll have to do some research to see if it's remotely possible. And doing research is boring. Maybe someone will read this, steal the idea and make it themselves. But honestly, who reads this stuff? I could go into racist tirades here and nobody would be the wiser. But I won't.

Anyway, while I would be a bit annoyed if someone did steal the idea (because let's face it: it's an awesome idea), it wouldn't be that bad because then I would have a place to go talk about the episode where Tobias accidentally walks all over the miniature town in a mole costume and the Japanese investors get offended because they think the Bluths are taking the piss out of Japanese monster movies. And in the end, isn't that all any TV addict wants?


Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Radio is officially crap now, because I said it is

Is it just me or is the radio getting more painful to listen to? There's not much to choose from. Pretty much all AM radio is for old people, and most of everything else is for bogans and wannabe gangstas.

When I'm listening to the radio I usually flip between three stations, Triple J, Triple M and FBI. Now even these are getting shit. Well OK, Triple M always was shit, but after I heard a few Pink Floyd tracks on it I started listening. Now I listen to Wil and Lehmo at 4pm but there's masses of ads and promos and other assorted bullshit. They blather on about how they play "the old stuff AND the new stuff, OMG" but they always seem to play the worst of each.

Triple J has some good music but they play too much hip-hop and crap like that. They seem to want to play all music that's popular with the young'uns, without realising that playing such a wide range of music will make the station incoherent and unlistenable. FBI has some good music, indie cred and no ads but they too play well above the maximum amount of shit-hop (hint: the maximum amount of hip-hop is zero).

And don't get me started about Nova. In my old job they had Nova on constantly, and it is the single worst station in the history of radio. Anyone who listens to Nova is either a bogan or mentally defective (oh wait - same thing). In between horrible, awful, retch-inducing teeny-bopper music and ads about "nasal delivery technology" to increase sexual performance (which says a lot about their audience) they go ON AND ON AND ON about how they have "never more than two ads in a row", which effectively cancels out all the benefits of having less ads in the first place. By the time I left (escaped) my job, I was ready to go over to the Nova studios and shove never less than two chairs up their arses.

Luckily my stereo has a direct input so I can plug in my MP3 player and listen to some good music. If I had to listen to the radio more than a few times a week I would lose all faith in music.


Monday, August 13, 2007

Are you colourblind?

Take this easy test and find out!

Are you colourblind?

I'm going to make this into a T-shirt.

EDIT (20/10/07): So it turns out that this has been done before. I guess there really aren't any original ideas left in the world. Drag.


Tuesday, August 07, 2007

All reading Achewood instead of sleeping

I've been reading through the seven-year backlog of Achewood. I'm almost up to 2005! If you don't read Achewood, you need to read Achewood.

I just remembered something funny that I forgot to blog. A couple of months ago I was watching Rove Live with the captions for the deaf people. Imagine being the poor bugger who has to type like mad trying to keep up with that for a whole hour, all making mistakes and going "damn, I could go for a drink right now but I have to type for this show". Luckily I can stop typing whenever I want.