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Best Season 3 Gilmore Girls dialogue yet

Posted by Tim Riley Thu, 03 Nov 2005 15:58:00 GMT

Lane’s band need to choose a name for themselves…

Dave: What we need is a name.

Brian: I made my suggestion.

Zach: Yeah, and we vetoed ‘The Harry Potters.’ Next.

Brian: So yours is better?

Zach: ‘Follow Them to the Edge of the Dessert’ is memorable and classy.

Brian: I run out of breath every time I say it.

Zach: You’ve got asthma, dude. You run out of breath saying your name.

Dave: Yeah, Brian, we can’t work our name around your respiratory illnesses.

Brian: Even without an inhaler, ‘Follow Them to the Edge of the Dessert’ is too long.

Zach: Yeah, but when we get famous, our fans will shorten it to FTTTEOTD.

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Oh the humanity!

Posted by Tim Riley Wed, 19 Oct 2005 14:16:00 GMT

I cannot help but be impressed by Ubuntu. Breezy Badger is the most polished Linux release that I’ve used, and some of the new features they have included in this version really differentiate it from the other distros – like the OEM installation mode, the built-in thin client and NFS root functionality and, most impressively, it still ships on just one CD. The server CD is really cool in this respect too, allowing a wider range of server tools to be shipped, but still on just the one disc, with everything else still just an apt-get away.

This morning I also installed and had a quick play with Edubuntu, a derivative of Ubuntu tailored towards use in education. I’ve had some experience getting Linux into school classrooms, and rub my chest and call me vicks, I wish this was around 12 months ago! A colourful theme, good desktop defaults, an array of educational apps installed, and a thin client server right out of the box, it is hard not to be impressed!

This is definitely an exciting time to be using free software on the desktop!

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Post-Marxism Portable

Posted by Tim Riley Tue, 18 Oct 2005 16:15:00 GMT

Last night after work I cycled to the Barr Smith Library to get some sources for my next uni essay. I photocopied about twenty journal articles and borrowed four or five books. Riding home, it felt pretty good to know that I had pretty much the entire post-marxist debate sitting in my backpack.

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For the first time the happy folk felt fearful

Posted by Tim Riley Mon, 10 Oct 2005 16:59:00 GMT

Mike is right: copy control on audio discs blows goats.

I bought the Gorillaz album on the weekend, not noticing the copy control labels on the packaging. It was a nasty surprise to see nothing but a blank screen when I tried tried to view the tracks in sound-juicer. Like many people, I like to copy my music onto the computer for convenience of listening and for the ability to drop the files onto my portable audio player.

It turns out that, due to a combination of multiple sessions, false TOCs, and deliberate low-level errors, many typical audio extraction applications won’t be able to read from the “CD.” cdparanoia, however, ripped it fine, though it had to work hard to correct the disturbing amount (at least 85% of the disc) of read errors.

So thanks EMI. The only thing your copy control achieved was to make it harder for me to do what I wanted to do with the music that I bought from you. I will keep this album because I like the music, but I will think twice about buying anything from the EMI label in future. There’s nothing like a lose/lose situation to taint the enjoyment of music.

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Events this week: Existentialism and Badgers

Posted by Tim Riley Sun, 09 Oct 2005 10:45:00 GMT

A couple of events this week. First up is something I found out about at the Barr Smith library today: Philosophy Jammm, “a forum for informal discussion, reflection and debate on life’s big questions.” This year they have a series on controversial philosphers, and on Tuesday night there will be a meeting on “Nietzsche & Kierkegaard: Following or Leading to Enlightenment?” presented by Dr Brodie Beales.

Free admission, Tuesday October 11th from 8-10pm at Jah’z Cafe & Lounge, 7 Cinema Place (off Rundle St).

I am not sure how much debate I will engage in, but I am sure it will be interesting to hear people’s opinions.

Second is the Ubuntu “Breezy Badger” 5.10 release party at the Belgian Beer Cafe! Details from the announcement:

Where: Belgian Beer Cafe, off Rundle St
When: Thursday, October 13th.  21:00 onwards.
Who: Anybody interested in Ubuntu.

See you around for some philosophy and beer in this exciting October week!

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Posted by Tim Riley Thu, 06 Oct 2005 15:11:00 GMT

Last Saturday I picked up my new bike. I’ll go into more detail about it on the weekend when I have some time to take a few photos, but let me just say that riding a fixed gear bike is a totally rewarding experience.

I got home from work today while there was still enough light for a quick ride. I went along the gently undulating Brown Hill Creek Rd. Staying in the saddle and powering up the hills, knowing that the machine below me was not moving a single inch without my legs spinning also, I felt like I was hauling ass. And it felt good.

Going down the hills still scares me, though.

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Kids say the darndest things

Posted by Tim Riley Sun, 02 Oct 2005 15:51:00 GMT

A quick one-two between Marco and me in #botfu:

06:22 <Safari_Al> CyBeR: sometimes I wonder how things would be if the dutch had colonised australia.
06:23 <CyBeR> Safari_Al: you'd have more bandwidth, methinks.

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Marx in Space

Posted by Tim Riley Tue, 27 Sep 2005 16:49:00 GMT

Whenever I am meant to be intently focused on writing an essay, I get distracted by all sorts of things. Today I learnt that there is an asteroid named after Karl Marx. It was discovered in 1969 by Russian astronomer Lyudmila Ivanovna Chernykh. She has discovered 268 asteroids in total, just under half the number discovered by her astronomer husband!

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More music!

Posted by Tim Riley Sat, 10 Sep 2005 10:42:00 GMT

I bought Shakira's new album, Fijación Oral, Volumen 1, a few weeks ago, and have been really enjoying it. There is a much broader range of styles in the collection of songs. My favourites are the Sinatra-inspired "Obtener Un Sí," and "La Tortura," which is the shamelessly catchy first single. La Tortura also features the Spanish singer Alejandro Sanz, who has a distinctively gravelly voice that reminds me of an hispanic Per Gessle.

Per Gessle, by the way, is set to release his first solo English-language album. I am excited about this! Another article says that he may even go on a a "European/Swedish club tour" after a possible worldwide release in January. I have been thinking about taking my first overseas trip next year, and this might be a cool way to do it.

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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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