Archive for May, 2006

May 31st, 2006

Weight: 106.3kg

Breakfast: Just Right

Lunch: Vegemite sandwich

Dinner: Mince with pesto & pasta

Snacks: 1 muesli bar

Total: 1514kCal

Exercise: None


May 30th, 2006

Weight: 106.4kg

Breakfast: Just Right

Lunch: Vegemite sandwich

Dinner: Chicken Cacciatore

Dessert: WW Chocolate pudding

Snacks: 6 rice cakes, Tic Tacs, 2 scoops Ice Cream, Muesli Bar

Total: 1939kCal

Exercise: None


May 29th, 2006

Weight: 107.9kg

Breakfast: Just Right

Lunch: Vegemite sandwich

Dinner: Rogan Josh

Dessert: WW Chocolate pudding

Snacks: None

Total: 1349kCal

Exercise: None


My eyes, the goggles do nothing!

May 29th, 2006

Yes, I know the blog looks horrible at the moment. I’m experimenting with some possibilities for layout, and should have it all working neatly in a week or two.

(Which will also mean fewer posts from me, as my spare time for this blog will go into design rather than content…)


Remixing movie trailers

May 20th, 2006

Ever seen a movie and thought afterwards that the trailer you saw looked nothing like that? Well guess how far you can take it…

  • The Sound of Music (as a drama, without music).
  • The 10 Commandments (as a teen high school comedy).
  • Jaws (as a romance).
  • Top Gun (as a Brokeback Mountain like movie. There are about 1000 different Brokeback Mountain style trailers, including Shawshank redemption and others. But once you’ve seen this one, you’ll get the idea and won’t need to see the rest).
  • The Shining (as a screwball comedy).

And then, of course, there are the trailer mash-ups:

(Isn’t You Tube fantastic?)


From the Annals of Laws Certain to be Followed

May 15th, 2006

The Australian Government Attorneys General’s Department has just announced (long overdue) changes to copyright law with respect to making personal copies of television shows and CDs. Most of it seems fairly sensible, albeit long overdue. But one aspect of it strikes me as… somewhat optimistic about the willingness of Australians to comply:

The first private use exception will allow consumers to record most television and radio programs to view or listen to once at a later time (known as ‘time-shifting’). This exception will not allow a recording to be used over and over again or to be distributed by others. (Emphasis added).

So you can tape a TV show, but you can only watch it once. Sadly, the current press release does not address the important question of whether or not you’re allowed to rewind the tape to watch a bit again if someone phones you during the program. Or whether you’re allowed to fast forward the ads or not.

(And I note that the genius types at Slashdot failed to pick up on this aspect entirely…)

(And this is probably a good moment to point towards the Disclaimer over on the right).


Ever wondered what you’d look like in South Park?

May 6th, 2006

Me: Robert as a South Park character

Helen: Helen as a South Park character

(Generated using South Park Studio).


Superman Returns

May 6th, 2006

Wow! I haven’t been this excited by a movie trailer in a very long time. This looks like a lot of fun.


Jeff Kennet back? Oh please oh please!

May 5th, 2006

From today’s news, Jeff Kennett is considering returning to the Victorian lberal party leadership. All I can say is: oh please, let it be true! State politics in Australia is populated by such a group of bland nonentities that I find it very hard to get interested. Jeff Kennet would be such an entertainment.

(He might even be good – I always thought he did a pretty good job in Victoria, although there were certainly problems in some areas).

Update: Damn!.


Religion and America

May 4th, 2006

…I just do not get it. For instance, why would a candidate for political office say this:

“There are only two nations I know of that have been supernaturally blessed: Israel, because God chose them … and the other is the United States,” Jordan said.

Two questions: One, how does he know this? And second, why on Earth would anyone believe that God would do that? (Via Pharyngula).