Things to do in your loungeroom when you're broke

Meh. There’s another weekend spent doing very little. And for a change, this didn’t involve me spending any time either playing video games, or on IRC.

I took a troll through Planet Linux Australia (and also remembered to submit my blog there again…) and came up with the following links, for your eddification and mine:

So what else have I been doing? Well, I played with Google Maps until I identifed my current home, and the CBIT offices, although the latter’s photo is slightly old now, as there’s a sort of overhang thing over the entrance now.

I finished Every Which Way But Dead by Kim Harrison. Happily, the next book in the series is due out in June… Although lord knows how long it’ll take to get here. I also this week finished The Shining City by Kate Forsyth. Sequel also due mid-year, and she’s Australian so I am more hopeful of seeing it before next summer… I prolly should go to one of those ‘enter my books’ sites and record for posterity just how many books I’ve spent my rent-money on.

Speaking of rent-money, I’m at the broke end of the week, so went last night and spent $32 on food until Wednesday. This covered four pot-noodles, five microwave paster dinners, and five bottles of Caffiene-Free Diet Coke. Also some lollies, to cover sugar-cravings. Mind you, I haven’t eaten yet today… Hmm, I’d better do that soon.

Of course, you can’t waste a weekend if you have no plans. And this weekend, I was supposed to finish the new CBIT Internet Customer Administration interface… It’s neat, and AJAXified (using the very neat xajax PHP-based setup) and the only thing I did on this this weekend was fix a problem I was having with Internet Explorer 6 on Windows. I couldn’t do this at work, because I’m developing under Linux on my PowerBook.

OK, I guess that’s not all I did. I spent a few hours screwing with wine, trying trying get IE6 going under Win2K-mode (partly for the AJAX stuff, partly so I could run QuickBooks). I’ve gotten IE6 installed, but it seems to barf when making the AJAX calls, not to mention needing to be Ctrl-C’d when presenting a username/password box.

In the end, I grabbed the IEs 4 Linux script, which installed IE6 in it’s own WINEPREFIX, like a charm. I’m well pleased with it. ^_^

I’m also gonna grab Opera to test the site against. Happily, not only do they have an Apt repository, they’ve also got a public beta program which includes Linux-PPC support. ^_^ This is really how commercial, closed-source software should be addressing the Linux community.

Also, Opera for Nintendo DS. I mean, like, wow.

Also wow, ABC’s podcasts. I wonder if they’ll do video podcasting soon? Not that I’m watching or listening to any podcasts, but…

I also wasted a few hours this weekend watching the latest episodes of TV shows from the US. Thinking about it, I watch: Battlestar Galactica, Boston Legal and House MD. I also watch Dr Who and Tripping The Rift when it’s on… I know that Apple now sells TV episodes over their iPod store, and so I feel like I should be paying something to watch these shows, but I dunno what they’re charging. I’d happily pay 50c per episode. I dunno if I’d pay more than that, though. Maybe if I had a better viewing setup, or planned on keeping the files and watching them again…

I also watched the Casanova BBC Miniseries last weekend. It was really really really good. ^_^ I was kinda iffy about the Heath Ledger movie, but Margaret and David thought it was leave-your-brain-at-the-door funny, and I’m now willing to give it a burl.

Hmm. I wish I was a large software corporation, so I could go try and do what Loki failed to do, but instead of buying the license and selling the game, I’d contract to the publishing houses to port the game for them, kind of like how many Mac-ported games seem to be done. I _really_ want to play GuildWars, but it doesn’t yet work in wine, and don’t want to reboot to Windows to do so. I _might_ give a burl to this partial success report for GuldWars on Wine…

And fun as Battle for Wesnoth is, I’m awful at it.


Once upon a time in California

Saw “The Legend of Zorro” tonight with Bek and Sean. It was… interesting. A few fairly good fight scenes, with some nonsense in between to bulk out the movie. Bek and Sean commented that the movie could have done with some cutting, although really it was obvious that it had already had a fair bit of scissor-work taken to it. Particularly when one character says to another “As you said, ‘You never see the one you love, you only see what you wish to see'” or words to that effect. Either I dozed off, or they cut the scene where the character in question actually says that. Maybe the actors decided the script was too long and coherent, and decided to adlib a bit. Who knows? It’ll prolly be put back for the DVD, mind you. Then again, they _could_ decide to explore this particular editing path further on the DVD…

The Legend Of Zorro: Zorro rides again in this blockbuster movie! Can Zorro defend the poor, downtrodden Spanish peasants of California from the evil French Count and his soap? Or will the Frenchman’s wine prove too much for our hero?

Anyway, various interesting swordfights and similar. Apparently Catherine Zeta Jones learnt that one-inch punch from Kill Bill Vol. 2

Previews of Aeon Flux (it looks cool, it had better be cool, or there’ll be much crying and gnashing of teeth), Just Friends (Depressing, given my history… >_<) and Casanova (Looks amusing, but I’d rather watch the BBC miniseries I think. I’m sorry I missed it on the ABC late last year… I don’t suppose anyone taped it?)

In other news, I got to the interview stage for the JET program. I’m not sure why they sent the notice to my mother’s house, but there it is. Interview sometime in February, they’re gonna call.

I got a phonecall from Melbourne yesterday afternoon… If that was JET, I’m confused as to why they called from Melbourne. If that’s someone reading this, call again. I got no voice mail and my phone’s phonebook didn’t recognise the number. ^_^

I have to get the international roaming activated for my phone, on that topic. I’d die without a mobile in New Zealand. I’ll prolly die when I see the phone bill. History suggests I make long phonecalls back to Canberra whenever I travel. On the plus side, calling me costs me 26c flat rate, so I’m as contactable as always.

I’m all excited about the New Zealand trip. I’ve got all the accomodation worked out now, staying in Kiwi’s Nest about three blocks from the university on the Friday and Saturday night, and at the university for the rest of the trip. I am also worried what CBIT will do without me, as the promised webadmin interface is not ready. Maybe I’ll have a nice productive programming day tomorrow? The fact that I’m working on my blog at 1am suggests not…

On a side note, I think I’ve discovered Smilex… I can eat any one of sardines, tomatoes, tomato sauce, onion, curry powder, chillis, and noodles, but combine then together into a dish, the name of which escapes me (It looks like red sludge with noodles mixed in) and I have an upset stomach the next day. A friend pointed out that he’s allergic to tomatoes, so I wonder if I am too… They’re c

Another exciting day at the races

Woke up, futzed around with the blog software a bit, had a piano lesson (I’ve started on When The Saints Go Marching In ^_^) and went home to eat lunch. Nor a particularly good lunch, either. Jam iced buns.

Futzed around on the computer more, preparing FreeRADIUS packages for upload, since I forgot to test them with lintian when I created them, but that’s not a huge issue since my sponsors both got back to me and said they’re busy until next week.

Went out to find food, taped two episodes of Rosemary and Thyme, and returned to find Shane had returned from his coast trip, and I wasn’t expecting him back until Sunday. Given I only found out about the trip on Thursday, and found out he was going on Friday, this lack of information shouldn’t have surprised me. ^_^ No one asked if I wanted to go though. >_<

Idled around on IRC for a while, got into a discussion of copyright and source, which ranged from Finland’s Lay Judge system, through to some direct personal abuse against me, something along the lines of (caps as per writer) “STOP THINKING LIKE A CALCULATOR AND FUCKING THINK FOR YOURSELF”. This lead to my first /ignore in many many years of Internet, and I guess I mainly did it to see what it was like. Since that person seemed to have ignored the rest of the conversation in terms of direction, intent, and atmosphere, I think it petered off a bit after that.

Still, I’m looking forward to next weekend’s IRC debate between the various Debian Project Leader candidates, lots of fun issues that’ve come up, and plenty of different approaches to them.

Since I had the big gap in this blog from mid-January, I still haven’t written anything about my Queensland trip, or… well, nothing else I did comes to mind. I bought World Of Warcraft a few weeks ago, but only had time to play it for a week so far. Apart from that, boring boring boring. If I could make time for something interesting, I’d blog about it. ^_^

Oh yeah, and I signed myself up as an AmazonJP affiliate, so I can put links to products there and if you click them, I get a percentage towards a gift voucher. ^_^ So if and when I talk about things from AmazonJP, I’ll put links. I’ve added a link to PGSM Vol.12 yesterday where I mentioned collecting it from DHL as a test.

TBBle diets, again

This month’s fad diet: The Great Australian Diet: The Atkins Alternative by Dr John Tickell.

It seems to be rougly based on the idea that Okinawan people seem to live longer and healthier, and then goes off into some kind of whackiness about eating lots of plant foods. Anyway, I’m gonna give it a shot.

The basic idea is that you eat a little bit of fifteen different types of plant foods every day, and every meal should be two-thirds or more plant foods. Having been weighing up vegetarianism as a way to make myself eat more vegetables anyway, why not? He reckons you only need meat every three days or so.

He has this scale, “HI” for Human Interference, which is based on the idea that the less adulterated the food between germination and consumption, the better.

It also involves 100 minutes a week of walking.

Since I plan to start tomorrow, I went down to the supermarket today and bought the following:

  • Sweet Potato and Baby Leaf w/ Fetta. (Prolly gonna chuck the fetta, will eventually migrate to buying a lettuce, a sweet potato and some balsamic vinegar, but one step at a time.)
  • Multi-grain bread. (I don’t know enough about bread to know if this is better or worse HI than wholemeal, but I figure it is)
  • Soy margaine (for jacket potatoes)
  • Farm eggs (I’ve been buying the woolworths ones until now, but it turns out their cage eggs. >_<)
  • Soy yogurts
  • Hi-Cal+ Soy Milk
  • Some continental sausages (Gotta have some meat)
  • An avocado
  • Potatoes
  • Kiwifruit
  • Plums
  • Nectarines
  • Oranges
  • Apples
  • Bananas

That’s 11 plant things + the one remaining coleslaw in my fridge (cabbage + carrot) and some frozen vegetables (Three things, hopefully two that don’t overlap) means I can do the 15 thing without having to slice/dice and otherwise prepare. ^_^