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*sigh*

Posted by Tim Riley Thu, 08 Sep 2005 16:05:00 GMT

I feel so safe now that, under the strong, almost paternal leadership of PM John Howard, we too can now join our western allies in throwing out "innocent until proven guilty" in the name of fighting a threat that has been more or less non-existent on Australian soil.

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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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Better late than never

Posted by Tim Riley Sat, 27 Aug 2005 15:03:00 GMT

I know that winter is almost over, and that I didn't really keep up my promise to post daily about something that I like, but I figure it is never too late to share a little positivity with the world.

I really like receiving unsolicited text messages from friends. Not the kind from people explaining how they can't make it to this or that, but the kind which simply ask how things are going, or the kind which invite you out to some occasion or another. It is like receiving a big e-hug out of nowhere.

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Motorcycle Meme

Posted by Tim Riley Thu, 25 Aug 2005 16:54:00 GMT

Ducati Monster
You scored 0 moxie, 1 zeal, and 6 pomp!
You're a bit of a snob, but otherwise well-adjusted.

Your bike is the Ducati Monster. Sexy. Powerful. Agile. Italian style in a badass matte black.

Of all the test takers, you are most likely to have been hoping for your result to indicate that your bike is a Harley. It isn't. Sorry. You show the potential to become a superior rider, and you need a bike that encourages and rewards your learning. The Harley will just hold you back, and you'll have nagging feelings that something is wrong.

The Suzuki SV series is also a good bet, but it wouldn't appeal to you. Far too Common.

(From p.l.o.a. Funny it should mention the SV series - I actually ride a 2004 SV650S)

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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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Upgraded to Typo 2.5

Posted by Tim Riley Sun, 21 Aug 2005 17:52:18 GMT

This new version of typo is very impressive! Lots of extra niceties in the administration interface, such as live drag & drop editing of the sidebar, which in particular allowed me to add links to other weblogs really easily (Hi Marco!).

There are a few exciting things afoot which I will write about as soon as they happen, but for tonight I am going to just settle for a few random entries that I have been putting off for some time.

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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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Greptacular!

Posted by triley Thu, 21 Jul 2005 16:27:00 GMT

The '--color' argument for GNU grep is really cool. I only found out about it recently. I haven't made the commitment yet, but I am thinking about aliasing 'grep' to 'grep --color' pretty soon.

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