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May 29, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

White Rabbited

Catherine hit me with a White Rabbit¬†so in the spirit of sharing I’m going to play along.

The rules:
1- Each player starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
2 – People who are tagged need to write a post on their own blog (about their eight things) and post these rules.
3 – At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.
4 РDon’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.

8 Random Things:

  1. I enjoy problem solving, puzzles and challenges. I adore cryptic crosswords and sudoku in particular.
  2. My personality type is ESTJ which kind of explains a lot, but not everything.
  3. I was once proposed to.
  4. If given the choice between dark, milk or white, I’ll take dark chocolate every time.
  5. Tutoring¬†is the most self-fulfilling job I’ve ever done and would do it again in a heartbeat.
  6. I made a resolution a couple of years ago to fly somewhere at least once every 12 months for as long as I can. So far so good.
  7. I’m something of a clutz and¬†tend to¬†drop things or trip often.
  8. I often knit while watching episodes or movies at home to occupy my hands. Not only is it the ultimate in stress reliever but¬†I¬†find it difficult to just sit and watch something, especially if I’m alone.

I’m tagging:
~ Lauren Watson
~ Monnie
~ Fiona Henderson
~ Michael Specht
~ Della Misner
~ Donna Brown
~ Tony Buttafuoco
~ Lauren Hewitt

March 18, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 2 Comments

Only a number

Something that has¬†been discussed¬†in various circles lately is age. While out with some colleagues on Friday night the topic arose and not for the first time has somebody been surprised that I’m 25. This person was actually agape, later explaining that they’d thought me to be closer to 21 and that I didn’t look 25 at all. On my birthday last year in a different workplace I had colleagues asking me if I’d finished high school the previous year. When I look in the mirror I don’t see an 18 or even a 21 year old. In conversation when the topic of age comes up, majority of people will guess I’m 23.

The point to¬†the post is that I continually¬†observe how age seems to be less important than your achievements, passions and outlooks. At a different event I was among a group where the exclamation of ‘I can’t believe you’re only 23’ was the response to a story about somebody and what they had done during recent years. Majority of my social and professional interactions involve people across a very diverse age group. My friends group age range exceeds 25 years between youngest and oldest. In recent years age seems to matter less when it comes to determining who you talk to and befriend, especially among technology people. What keeps us all so young?¬†Our areas of passion are young and vibrant to many;¬†do we tend to adopt those characteristics and to non-tech people appear much younger than our years?

What I’d like to find out is whether the age barrier breakdown is occuring amongst non-technology people. What about¬†groups in other countries or even different parts of Australia? I think it’s great that I know and have built friendships with people of varying ages. Experience¬†comes with age and develops into widsom.¬†Sharing of wisdom is something that people can always benefit from.

March 9, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | 2 Comments


I’ve discovered to my absolute delight that I can in fact add a widget to my blog which shows links that I’ve selected to share from my GoogleReader rss feeds. In effect this could be seen as being lazy, but I’d like to defend that by stating it is now easier for me to share the more interesting things I find and no more difficult for my readers to find more rapidly changing content.

I’ve also registered my own domain for a bargain price. Now I just need to determine what I’d like to do with it and organise a page and hosting. I’m actually looking forward to developing some more web skills in terms of basic page design and coding in addition to learning more about how domains, space hosting and creating a statement page can all come together.

November 20, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Popularity and Nerds

In 2003 Paul Graham wrote an essay as to why nerds are unpopular. Beginning as quite a detailed account of how the groups within a school function, specifically how nerds fit in and why they are victimised by the popular people before graduating into the role of modern teenagers in society. This offers some sort of explanation as to apparently why teenagers are the way they are and how it is merely the product of the ‘adult world’ and their lack of ability to engage teenagers and thus two disparate worlds are formed, the teenage and the adult.

It’s an interesting read and while I can’t overly identify with all aspects of it, I suspect that’s due to differences in the American and Australian school systems, difference in lifestyle and engagement with my parents and other adults.

November 18, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Quick Links

I found some very interesting articles I’d like to share with you guys.

  • I chat therefore I am….. an article about a conversation held between two advanced chatbots.
  • Alter Egos…. an author commentary with pictures of people and their in-game avatars. Interesting because of the research that this guy has done. He’s also written and published a book about these people.

I haven’t done anything remarkable with either of my machines lately but can report my ongoing satisfaction with Ubuntu. I’ve found even when I give my laptop to somebody who’s never used linux before they are able to navigate the desktop and menus with only minimal guidance.

July 1, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Aria and Aibo

I got quite a surprise today when I went to pick up my Griffith things for the WIT regional tour and came away clutching the box of a Sony Aibo as well. Apparently the RoboCup team were feeling particularly generous and decided to part with one of their clan so that I could take it on my tour of regional Queensland next week.

I’m also fairly rapt that Nostariel’s bluetooth adapter means I can easily transfer photos and clips from my phone to wherever I like. I also have a shiny new Antec Aria case for my desktop pc.

February 17, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment