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Archived content 2005-2007

The cloud of promise

Posted by Tim Riley Mon, 07 May 2007 13:22:00 GMT

Lenovo won the design competition for the Beijing Olympic torch. I did not expect to see something like this when I hit their web site today! Their design reminds me of old scrolls, burning incense, and is a pretty red colour :) It’s a cool mix of old and new.

Along with the design blog on which they made this announcement, Lenovo has several other blogs as well. Following their acquisition of some of the IBM products, the company’s done an impressive job of raising its profile in the west, and I look to them as one of my inspirations for NetFox’s own community dialogue efforts.

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Volleyball in Melbourne

Posted by Tim Riley Sat, 02 Dec 2006 12:08:00 GMT

I’m in Melbourne this week coachying volleyball in my eighth Australian Volleyball Schools Cup. It’s shaping up to be another fun and exciting (and no doubt tiring!) week.

You can my team’s results on the web, and also look at the results for all of the Unley High teams.

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Ikea Tip #1

Posted by Tim Riley Tue, 31 Oct 2006 01:06:00 GMT

<@Mikachu> the screws on my ikea office chair kept falling out, i had to glue them in

<@Mikachu> moral of story: if you buy cheap ikea chairs, also buy glue

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Penny Arcade Remixed

Posted by Tim Riley Mon, 03 Jul 2006 00:30:17 GMT

While I was looking for those Penny Arcade pocky strips yesterday, I came across this: The Penny Arcade Remix Project, PA comics reworded by Japenese students of English.

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On Sennheiser and How I Learnt to Walk Straight Again

Posted by Tim Riley Wed, 28 Jun 2006 14:21:00 GMT

My history with headphones — nay, my search for personal sound perfection — has been short but troubled. I had never been a big listener of portable tunes until I got an iPod shuffle a couple of weeks after they were released here in Oz.

For quite a while I used the standard white iPod ear buds, which I thought were reasonable enough. When I thought I lost them, I moved, upon Marco’s suggestion, onto a pair of Sennheiser MX 350s. At first I thought these were terribly tinny and bassless, but all they in fact needed was the foamies to be placed around the buds.

Ultimately, however, I decided that buds just weren’t for me, due to a shared tendency for them to fall out of my right ear. So I next bought a pair of Sony in-ear headphones, that come with little rubber tips that sit actually inside the ear canal. These generated great bass, but after a while I developed an unfortunate waxy buildup that resulted in a week of mornings during which I experienced some quite disconcerting dizziness.

So, ears flushed out and my balance restored, I armed myself (or is it eared?) with a pair of, much to Marco’s chagrin, Sony MDR-V500DJs. By this point in time, I was listening to music for several hours each day at work. Now I thought that these were some reaonsable enough cans (that is what you call them in the busniess) for my needs, but I was again mistaken. You see, while I thought the sound was okay, they were supra-aural headphones (sitting on top of the ears), which meant they were quite painful to use for extended sessions, particularly when I was wearing glasses.

After all this, I have finally settled upon some top notch headphones: some Sennheiser HD 555s. After reading this review, there was little doubt left in my mind as to their worthiness. Quality of the sound aside, I want to comment that when Sennheiser writes on its site, ”Extremely comfortable velour ear pads”, they’re not kidding. These things are like one big fuzzy hug for your head. What’s more, they’ve been keeping my ears nice and toasty during these cold winter mornings we have been having lately. There’s nothing like a bit of velour and synthpop to get the day started.

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The History and Use of the Bold "heh"

Posted by Tim Riley Fri, 31 Mar 2006 04:20:00 GMT

In #openbox, not only do we use and support a killer WM, but we are also breaking important new linguistic ground. heh.

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A different kind of instant

Posted by Tim Riley Sun, 26 Mar 2006 12:00:00 GMT

I have decided to stop connecting to the MSN and ICQ instant messaging networks. On ICQ I have been getting too much spam lately, and the M in MSN is something that I have been avoiding everywhere else anyway.

I will still be connecting to the Google Talk (Jabber) and AIM services, so please use these if you would like to contact me. If you would like my account details, do send me an email or leave a comment.

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Sometimes it's not right to get nude

Posted by Tim Riley Wed, 15 Mar 2006 05:54:00 GMT

Now I would certainly call myself a great enthusiast of Nudie juices, but I cannot honestly recommend the Orange, Carrot & Ginger juicie. Maybe I just don’t like liquified vegetables, or as Daniel describes it, the taste of metamucil. I think in future I will leave this almost phosphorescent orange coloured juice alone and stick to the many other quality juices in the Nudie lineup.

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First lists of 2006

Posted by Tim Riley Mon, 06 Feb 2006 11:12:00 GMT

Artists who recently sang in French, though I thought they never would:
  • Per Gessle
  • Shakira
Eponymous albums recently purchased from CD Baby: 1980s situational comedies I wish I had watched with greater lucidity:
  • Growing Pains
  • Family Ties
  • The Hogan Family
  • Perfect Strangers

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Mike's a journalist

Posted by Tim Riley Tue, 10 Jan 2006 03:12:00 GMT

My friend Miklos recently had an article of his about wedding photography posted on dailyshooter.com. Interesting read!

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