I keep a tree in my drawer

November 30, 2008

Today, I cleaned my room. In the mess of items I found, in addition to the notebook I got two weeks ago and my unused diary, we have:

4 handheld notepads
1 127x76mm notebook
1 140x90mm(ish) 400 page notebook
1 A3(ish) 200 page notebook
2 A4 48 page graph books

Now, I bought these at times with a use in mind that was either exceptionally shortlived or never happened. These were ideas from writing a story (started but got bored with the concept…as you do), to writing down ideas for blog entries for one of my earlier blogs.
As a result, I have 8 writing mediums and nothing to really write in them, or to put anything in them for that matter. Or I do and just can’t think of them right now.
So I’ve been thinking and asking ideas about various uses for a notebook. There are obvious ideas like diaries, then ideas suggested to me by a friend like writing plans for my dream house (which is a fairly imaginative idea). This same friend uses a notebook to write to do lists for both long and short term.

If you stumble across this and use a notebook, I’m curious as to what you use it for? Diaries? Recipes? Anything, leave a comment with your thoughts


Things that annoy me #1 (Chrome and Youtube)

November 23, 2008

A while ago, Google released it’s anticipated web browser Google Chrome, which I downloaded as soon as it came out. I loved it at first, the minimalist design contained a lot of great ideas like “tab tearing”, and “incognito browsing”, which have been replicated by the more popular Firefox. After the initial amazement and awe at the new software, I was put off by the browsers inability to handle flash videos from sites like YouTube, a site owned by Google, and moved back to Firefox, as did many other people.

Visiting YouTube lately, I along with every other viewer have been confronted with an advertisement of sorts, suggesting to use Google Chrome to view YouTube for a new experience. A weird suggestion, because the idea of a site blocking features in certain browsers seems…dodgey is the only word I can think of to describe it.
So, I downloaded the latest update of Chrome (Which I’ll just mention I’ve noticed handles flash videos better now), to see if there was any substantial benefits or “experiences” that came with viewing YouTube in the window.

The only noticeable feature is the removal of ads for Chrome. Google, that’s the greatest thing ever. I think everyone should take advantage of the benefits that Chrome brings to viewing sites like YouTube.


What am I doing?

November 23, 2008

I’M TWITTERING…Tweeting? Twitting?

I have 16 followers.

I don’t care if a few most are groups like The Chasers…or the Prime Minister…I still have 16 followers ^_^ It’s strange how addictive such a simple site as Twitter is. I find myself tweeting every day via my phone if not on the computer, and more.
It’s strange, I never thought I’d have so much fun relaying what I’m doing to complete strangers. And it’s amazing that there are so many programs and utilities out there to assist tweeting. From phone apps like Twinkle (which shows me not only people I’m following, but people tweeting using Twinkle local to me, anywhere from within 1km to 100km away to worldwide. Awesome), to computer applications like Tweetdeck.

I didn’t really have anything to say on this post, I’m just bored watching a DVD of The Chaser’s War On Everything…and felt like posting something pointless on here. So WOO! Breaking 15 followers on Twitter, here’s to 15 more. Ha.

The perfect display of how Twitter “ruins your life”

I have a big willy.


Cleaning Our Internet, and Kevin 2.0?

November 12, 2008

When Mr. Rudd was campaigning for Prime Minister, he was new. He had a younger look than that of John Howard, PM of the time and Liberal Leader, and brought a seemingly fresh outlook on the issues we hold dear; water, fuel, internet, and how many friends we had on Facebook.
In a bid for popularity points and appeal to the more technologically dependant generation, Kevin Rudd had his own Facebook page. Unlike all the various John Howard pages for Facebook and Myspace floating around, this wasn’t made for the lulz, but was an official page for the Opposition Leader. It was talked about, made the paper as a filler article, and even had the piss taken in the hit ABC show The Chaser’s War On Everything.
This and more contributed to Labor’s 2007 victory over the Liberal party, and while they may already be in power, the government isn’t ditching the Internet as a viable medium for communication with the public, and keeping ‘up with the times’.
Today, a new Twitter profile was made for none other than our Prime Minister. Obviously Twitter has been recognized as the latest thing in social networking, and the government is trying to show it can evolve with the times. Whether this is just a minor political stunt, or a genuine attempt at reaching out to a wider audience, time will of course, be the best judge. Either way, I look forword to seeing what Mr. Rudd is doing.
Kevin Rudd joining the Twitter community coincides with me only just learning why more and more people have been tagging #nocleanfeed onto the end of their tweets. I queried one person who posted the unusual tag, and he linked me to nocleanfeed.com for information.
I’d heard about the government’s plan to try and censor the Internet for our country by filtering what websites are viewable to Australian citizens, and which are not, by word of mouth, and from a rant by the AngryAussie on his YouTube channel. #nocleanfeed works as a form of “twitter petition”; doing a search for the term effectively brings up a list of everyone opposed to the idea of Internet filtering.
The obvious flaws (new websites appearing all the time makes it impossible to monitor and ban 100% of all illegal content at any one time, good sites accidently being mistaken as having illegal content, etc) are enough to make you shake your head, but apparently the proposed plan, apart from costing a lot of money to implement and maintain, will slow down Internet speeds “by 30%”, which, being one of the most primitive countries when it comes to Internet plans, means we’ll be going the complete wrong way to what we need. Wasn’t one of Kevin Rudd’s election promises to bring our Internet up to par with other countries? It looks like we can only have one or the other, and I pick my (FASTER) free speech, thanks.


Good morning internet!

November 11, 2008

Coming to you live from the train passing through…I’m not sure where. Regardless, I’m on my phone blogging now.

‘What is this place?’ You ask? This is a wonderou land, where I talk about things you won’t care about…or maybe you will. I don’t mind either way.

Here we go? Yes.