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Archived content 2005-2007

Volgograd Girls

Posted by Tim Riley Thu, 27 Jul 2006 00:42:00 GMT

Chavez wows Russian media:

The Komsomolskaya Pravda tabloid notes that Mr Chavez “took notice of Volgograd girls” and quotes him as saying: “I have always liked Venezuelan women, but looking at yours, I can see that I have lost a lot.”

Hugo wouldn’t like it but this quote reminds me of the US President as portrayed by Billy Bob Thornton in Love Actually.

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Retro Games

Posted by Tim Riley Tue, 25 Jul 2006 03:30:23 GMT

15 Retro Games for the Wii You Must Play, one of the reasons I am getting excited about the Wii release.

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Password generation

Posted by Tim Riley Mon, 17 Jul 2006 07:57:00 GMT

Automatic password suggestion for your Rails app, with some good discussion in the comments.

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I want to tag everything

Posted by Tim Riley Thu, 13 Jul 2006 04:09:00 GMT

Desktop apps that would be much cooler and more useful for me if they came with tagging abilities:

  • iTunes (genres are so Interface 1.0)
  • Thunderbird/Evolution
  • Nautilus (though this looks like it is already in the works)

For this reason, I’m really looking forward to seeing more of Leaftag in GNOME.

Tagging has already made its way into desktop photo management apps, such as f-spot and iPhoto, I suppose thanks to the influence of sites like flickr. I wonder why this has so far not moved far out of this realm?

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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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The P in Productivity is for Pocky!

Posted by Tim Riley Sun, 02 Jul 2006 08:00:00 GMT

Pocky, uploaded by olivander.

During my essay writing this semester, I found a new study aid: Pocky! Although I once had this magic on a stick many years ago, I found it again while shopping in the asian supermarkets around Moonta St in Adelaide. It gives a sugar boost that is particularly useful to stimulate study, but I only hope that I don’t go too far.

There is no hope, however, for Morning Musume. This is a Japenese pop band that my friend Mikael recently introduced me to; all of their music is so bouncy and saccharine that it appears to have been written entirely on a pocky high. I really enjoy it; it is an energy boost in itself, but I think I might stick to ABC Classic FM when it comes to the essays.

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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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Posted by Tim Riley Sun, 04 Jun 2006 13:06:00 GMT

It has been a couple of weeks since I got back from my trip to China, but I finally have put all the photos online! I have a set for the photos from China and one for the photos from Singapore. Check them out! The trip was an amazing experience. I got to meet some fascinating people and my world perspective was certainly broadened. I am going to start some mandarin classes in a couple of months!

In other photography news, while I was in China I bought a new LG KG328 mobile phone, which is the first such device I have owned that includes a camera! So lately I have been happily snapping and flickr-ing my cameraphone shots as well. It is handy having a compact device that can take photos because it means you don’t have to miss out on capturing anything.

Finally, Archie and Jughead and all the gang have all been jumping on the web2.0 photosharing bandwagon lately. Take a captain: Vidar, Docpi, DD, Syngin and PB. And of course Marco will readily point out he was the first one of us all to get his flickr on.

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Gone fishing...

Posted by Tim Riley Fri, 05 May 2006 16:31:00 GMT the Yellow Sea. Back in 10 days.

Tomorrow morning I go to China! My old man and I will be visiting Baoding, Beijing, Taiyuan and Singapore. I may flickr up some photos and blog a bit depending on what time and connectivity are available. Otherwise, I see you all again in a week and a half! Woo!

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On a jetplane

Posted by Tim Riley Tue, 02 May 2006 04:28:00 GMT

I’m going to China in a few days. So far I have:

  • My passport and visa ready
  • Enabled global roaming on my phone
  • Checked that I remember my MasterCard PIN number
  • Bought new shoelaces

Before I leave I plan to:

  • Withdraw cash, which I will convert upon arrival
  • Move some money to my credit account, which I can use abroad

I’m not a seasoned international traveller. Is there anything else I should consider?

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