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Hawksley Workman @ The Gov

Posted by Tim Riley Fri, 09 Sep 2005 04:39:00 GMT

Hawksley Workman is in Australia and is playing at the Governor Hindmarsh on Sunday the 18th! This guy is a cool Canadian rocker introduced to me by some of my friends in .ca. Check out some of his flavour. Anyone interested in coming along with me?

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Adelaide GNOME 2.12 release party!

Posted by Tim Riley Thu, 01 Sep 2005 17:33:00 GMT

Adelaide lovers of fine desktops are invited to gather next week to celebrate the GNOME 2.12 release. The announcement is below. Hopefully I will see you there!

The fair ship GNOME 2.12 sets sail this Wednesday 7th September, and though we cannot drop a bottle of champagne against her, the folk of Adelaide are called to gather and celebrate this latest GNOME release.

Any GNOME users, contributors, or lovers of free desktops are welcome to meet at the Belgian Beer Cafe from 7pm, this Wednesday 7th September.

The group shouldn’t be too hard to spot, and hopefully some people will be wearing GNOME or free software related shirts.

Please feel free to forward this announcement to any other interested groups.

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My next deadly treadly

Posted by Tim Riley Sun, 21 Aug 2005 17:53:00 GMT

During linux.conf.au in 2004, my pushbike (a Giant OCR-2) was stolen from the bike racks near the Napier Building at the University of Adelaide’s North Terrace campus. Since then I have only had my motorcycle for transport.

Things are going to change soon, however! I have ordered a new pushie, which should be ready in the next couple of weeks. I’m going fixed gear. Surly Steamroller cro-moly steel frame, dura-ace track hubs with some decent rims, sugino cranks, profile design bullhorn bars, and a front brake (just enough to flip me over). I will be running 46 teeth up front and 16/18 teeth on the flip-flop rear hub. I can’t wait!

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I'm a twit

Posted by triley Sat, 30 Jul 2005 05:46:00 GMT

A little while ago I bought a nice set of THX-Certified Altec Lansing speakers for my computer. They have replaced the sound system that was previously connected to my computer. This is the first speaker system I have used that includes a subwoofer. I really have been enjoying some nice bassy tunes! The other day I moved the sub from under my desk to a spot alongside it. I musn't have reconnected the speaker cables properly, because today I discovered there was nothing coming from the right speaker. It seems I have been listening to music coming only from the sub and the left speaker for the entire last month.

Now playing: Iris - Sorrow Expert (in stereo!)

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Increasing my word power

Posted by triley Sun, 24 Jul 2005 16:24:00 GMT

Since I have been lax in commitment to post daily about things that I like, I have two things to share tonight.

Lately I have been starting to play Weboggle a fair bit. This is a web-based version of the word game in which the players must form words from adjoining letters in a four-by-four grid. Sometimes I play during lunch at work, or at the end of the day before I go home. This often attracts a crowd of people behind me calling out words to enter. I often end up being more of a typist than an active participant. However, with our combined powers, we have a few times come out as winners! That it is probably a victory of four or five people against individuals does little to diminish our cheers when we see the score table.

While I think it is difficult to say that boggle does a lot to expand my vocabulary, what it does well is help to develop pattern-matching skills and the ability to pull words out of my vocabulary. I am getting better at the game with practice, but I don't know if I will ever be able to match the prodigious talents of my friend Lauren.

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What I like about sweat

Posted by triley Sun, 24 Jul 2005 16:03:00 GMT

When I play volleyball with my team on Saturday afternoons, we normally get quite sweaty. It is hard work to play your hardest to win, after all. One of the consequences of this perspiration is that you leave a long trail of sweat on the ground whenever you hit the floor to try and pick up a ball in defence. After a rally in which this happens, we need to clean it up. This generally involves a bunch of us all standing around the sweat trail and wiping it off the floor with the soles of our shoes. Sometimes even a towel is necessary.

Normally while this is happening we will talk about what we need to do in the next point to keep in the game. I like these moments because they are experiences shared uniquely among the members of the team. Sport brings people together in the oddest ways.

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