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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Geohashing!

So I went geohashing on Sunday. For those who don't know what that is (i.e. everyone), here's the original comic from xkcd which thrust this idea into the world:

Geohashing comic.

My adventure is briefly chronicled on the Geohashing wiki, so I won't repeat it here. Suffice it to say it was a pretty cool thing to do since I'll now go down in history as the first person in Sydney to go geohashing.

In other news! I bought a lab coat and some safety goggles on Monday. Well, not so much "bought" as "cashed in a $25 voucher I wasn't going to use for anything else". At any rate, now I can wear it around and be at the heighth of fashion and everyone will be all, "hey look he must be some kind of science dude, look he's eating some chips, i bet he's secretly doing science to them".

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Monday, May 19, 2008

Free shit week 05/08

Council clean-up again. I spend about an hour on Saturday doing a preliminary patrol of the suburb, and then about 3 hours doing a comprehensive sweep, looking for discarded computers and other goodies. There's barely a street in the suburb I didn't walk down.

At one point I was walking along and I saw an old bike among some rubbish. I was getting a bit sick of walking so I hopped on and started riding it along the footpath. The back tyre was flat and the front one wasn't much better, the seat was too high and I wasn't game to test the gear change mechanism, so it was a pretty bumpy and dangerous ride but I rode it a few blocks and had a bit of fun, nearly ran into a parked car and then discarded it outside someone's house.

Sadly I didn't find much in the way of computers, except for two that had already been mostly pillaged. I did extract a graphics card (which was what I wanted, but sadly it doesn't seem to work) and a network card (which does work). I also found a scanner which had some water in it but who knows, maybe it'll work.

There was a fair few people out and about looking for stuff, so I guess all the cool stuff was taken. But bugger it, it's an excuse for a nice walk. It's more fun than studying.

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Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Stereophonics

I saw Stereophonics play in Newcastle last night with McLeff. It was awesome. I hadn't really heard much of their stuff before but I'll definitely check out some of their albums once my hearing returns.

Actually my hearing's more or less fine now but last night after the gig, and this morning a bit too, everything sounded muffled in my left ear. We were pretty close to the stage off to the left so the speakers were just to our left.

Loud.

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Sunday, May 04, 2008

And another thing

FUCK I just missed free comic book day!

fuck fuck fuck i have to wait a whole other fucking year god damn it i've been looking forward to that for such a long time

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21st party

Tonight was my 21st party. I am so drunk right now. I had to correct like 20 spelling mistakes so far. I even do that when I am really drunk. I made an awesome speech though. Here's the draft, to which my delivered speech was, surprisingly, fairly close:

Friends! People of Sydney! [pause for cries of "He's amazing, who is he?" and "Is he Christ?"] You are the chosen ones! You have been brought here for one purpose, and one purpose only: to bask in the glory of my birthday, and party like you've never partied before!

To be honest, it didn't really occur to me that I'd have to do a speech until today, so this will be mostly a hodge podge of quotes like that.

Thank you all for coming. If nobody had come it would have been quite shit, but at least there'd be more beer for me. I like it better this way.

I don't know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.

Which, for the confused, is a compliment.

We're here to celebrate the fact that I haven't died for the last 21 years. Which is always a good thing. There's been a few close calls though:

The time I blew up my hand with a homemade explosive. I escaped with only first degree burns.

Or the time I drank about three quarters of a bottle of homemade vodka at Beff's place. That was good times, until it wasn't.

I was born at a very early age, nude, helpless and unable to provide for myself. Eventually I overcame these handicaps to become the dynamic, successful individual I pretend to be today.

But I couldn't have done it without my family and friends, who have helped and guided me along the road of life... by the way, if I make another "road of life" cliché, please shoot me.

My Mum, who was always there for me even after I moved out.

My Dad, who always encouraged me to pursue my interests.

My sister, who being three years older than me always gave me helpful advice on things she'd done three years before me.

All my friends from primary school, high school and now uni, who put up with my weirdness.

And everyone else who doesn't fit into these categories.

So to them and to all the rest of you I say thank you, and here's to many more years of partying and good times!

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Thursday, May 01, 2008

21

What is the deal with some stuff? I woke up this morning at about 4 am with an insanely painful cramp in my leg. It's pretty shitty suddenly waking up going "BLEAAARGH WHY AM I IN SUCH PAIN". It makes no sense.

In more pleasant news, it was my 21st birthday yesterday. Not that it really means all that much considering how much hype it gets. I don't think the age of 21 has any legal significance in Australia any more. At least if I go to America I can buy booze.

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