Entries from July 2007 ↓

The potential of a clean slate

There is something exciting about clean slate. The potential it holds.

As a kid I used to ridiculously excited about buying stationary for school each year. All that blank paper, waiting for thoughts and ideas to placed upon them. Even now when I go to book stores, my favourite area is not the fiction shelves, the technical book shelves, or the magazine stand, it’s the stationary area. Particularly the notebooks, so many styles and all begging me to express my thoughts, ideas or projects upon them. It’s the same with buying a new computer, it’s a new piece of equipment with a spanking fresh OS install, I can plan how to organise my folder structure, trim down the installed applications to just what I’m currently using and my mind exudes a clarity that immediately fills with potential projects and Cool Things to do.

And so it is with my life right now. Despite the best of intentions, the whole “lets just be friends” isn’t feasible for my ex and me, at least not with some significant amount of time apart. So here I am almost at a place I can in some ways call a clean slate. Not quite yet though, I still have to finish this PhD I foolishly committed to some 3 years ago. Purely by being in the same environment for so long has kept me from moving on due to so many memories over that time. I do immensely look forward being ALL DONE, then the world is my oyster, or at least my olive*.

There is one thing I might have trouble with though. The sheer limitless number of possibilities available when I buy a new book or computer often has me procrastinate for a long time while I try and weigh up my choices, trying to come up with the best plan. It’s difficult to overcome this block since before I start perfection is still a potential state for anything. I want things to be just right, and sometimes it prevents me from doing anything. I know it’s psychological, and that I should really follow Nike’s slogan: Just do it.

*since I’m potentially allergic to shell fish.

New Zealand dollar is going mad.

For my friends overseas, in case you have not found out yet, the NZ dollar is up to 0.80 USD! That’s a 20% increase compared to March ’07. Meesto has some interesting thoughts about how this relates to Kiwisaver, and has some suggestions about what we can do. A lot of people are very nervous though. The thoughts are that everything is going to come crashing down some time soon.

Perhaps it’s not true, but many exporters are suffering. I blame people with too much money in the States coming over here and buying up our currency. Apparently the Thai bhat is doing something similar too.

I have no economic education so take it with a grain of salt.

WW2 as an RTS

This was the entertaining start to my morning thanks to Wildilocks.

*Hitler[AoE] has joined the game.*
*Eisenhower has joined the game.*
*paTTon has joined the game.*
*Churchill has joined the game.*
*benny-tow has joined the game.*
*T0J0 has joined the game.*
*Roosevelt has joined the game.*
*Stalin has joined the game.*
*deGaulle has joined the game.*
Roosevelt: hey sup
T0J0: y0
Stalin: hi
Churchill: hi
Hitler[AoE]: cool, i start with panzer tanks!
paTTon: lol more like panzy tanks
T0JO: lol
Roosevelt: o this fockin sucks i got a depression!
benny-tow: haha america sux
Stalin: hey hitler you dont fight me i dont fight u, cool?
Hitler[AoE]; sure whatever
Stalin: cool
deGaulle: **** Hitler rushed some1 help
Hitler[AoE]: lol byebye frenchy
Roosevelt: i dont got **** to help, sry
Churchill: wtf the luftwaffle is attacking me
Roosevelt: get antiair guns
Churchill: i cant afford them
benny-tow: u n00bs know what team talk is?
paTTon: stfu
Roosevelt: o yah hit the navajo button guys

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Human Tetris

Those Japanese have the craziest game-shows! Although I do admit this is also pretty cool too…

via jwz.

Mix for download

I’ve kept my DJ website with it’s mixes mostly separate from here, but thought my last mix was sufficiently different that it might appeal more to some of my other readers. There’s some Coil, Radiohead, Recoil, Jordan Reyne, and Tori Amos in there among others.

Check it out if you feel like listening to a trip-hoppy mellow mix for a change.

JetPilot – Times like these…