Tuesday, February 27, 2007

GUIs considered harmful

I was looking through some old folders and found this gem staring at me. For the uninitiated, a GUI is a graphical user interface, essentially that window you are looking at now is part of a GUI. The text is quite long for a blog post, so I found the following link.

"I am increasingly troubled by how many new applications are designed to
work solely under a GUI. While this may make some amount of sense for
people coming from the PC or Mac worlds, one of the strengths of Unix
has always been the ability to use it from anywhere."
Check out the date of authorship... over 14 years old, but still containing kernels of truth!

Monday, February 26, 2007

Flickr photo site

As some of you may have seen, I have put a new link on the side-board, that takes you to an online repository of my photos. These are all relatively low-res versions, because I'm a poor student who can't (read won't) fork out for a NZ$50 annual fee.

If theres anything there that you specifically like, make a note of the picture name, place a comment or drop me an email and I will post it here :).

Just for good measure, my repository can be found at http://www.flickr.com/photos/snap-happy3216/.

Friday, February 23, 2007

Kitchen diaries - The Fame Game

A fun movie
Who know the human voice was so flexible :)

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

After a while...

After a while...

After a while you learn
the subtle difference between
holding a hand and chaining a soul
and you learn
that love doesn't mean leaning
and company doesn't always mean security.
And you begin to learn
that kisses aren't contracts
and presents aren't promises
and you begin to accept your defeats
with your head up and your eyes ahead
with the grace of woman, not the grief of a child
and you learn
to build all your roads on today
because tomorrow's ground is
too uncertain for plans
and futures have a way of falling down
in mid-flight.
After a while you learn
that even sunshine burns
if you get too much
so you plant your own garden
and decorate your own soul
instead of waiting for someone
to bring you flowers.
And you learn that you really can endure
you really are strong
you really do have worth
and you learn
and you learn...

Veronica A. Shoffstall

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Teddy bears picnic

We are off to the picnic at the Hamilton gardens today! DJ has no idea, but the day is stunning and I expect that the turnout will be huge! Better pack some snacks :).

Tell you what, I know its short notice, but this is running all afternoon, so if your keen, maybe we will see you there...

EDIT: Mon 19th
Well it looks like heaps of people decided the scorching day was no barrier. The atmosphere was pleasant, and the day was hot. Did I mention all the sun?! Moving right along :) heres some piccies for ya...

Notice how everyone is sticking to the shady spots? :)

Open concert goes off!

Yesterday I was privileged to watch The Chain perform an open air concert at at the Lakeside Court in the Hamilton Gardens. So far I have to say a real highlight of the Summer festival! Superb skills and a well pitched sound system brought out a great performance, which was appreciated by the strong crowd.

The Chain are a Fleetwood Mac experience. More about them here... http://www.thechain.co.nz/

During the last song audience members flocked to the front, creating their own little mosh pit as the band showed us all how to dance it up. I hope the audience will forgive me posting the following photos, which show the fun :). DJ couldn't help himself, he had to get in on the action too!

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Quick tour in the Renaisance garden

Just a quick look at the more well known aspects of the spectacular Renaisance gardens. I've posted pics of this place before, but quite frankly its just to good to leave. So here ya go!

Scenic landscape

This pic is from the main rose gardens at Hamilton Gardens, a nice spot for a picnic or just for the kids to run about!

This rose is gorgeous, Despite the simple flower, it arrives in masses and captures many of the best colours all in one show :)

Friday, February 16, 2007

Wreck that Ferrari!

Shame on anyone who takes a Ferrari out for a spin without respecting the toy! At the bottom of this article is a link to additional pictures of exotic cars that have been wasted before their true value was realized. Thanks to Tony for the inspiration on this one :).

I myself have personally witnessed a Yellow Ferrari similarly mistreated. The poor sap of a driver had sprung out of the lights with too much gas, coming round the corner got a bit taily and mounted the curb, torpedoed up on top of a Corolla and Volvo in the adjacent supermarket carpark. Man was that lady customer pissed! And natch, the driver was not the owner. Seems that rear wheel drive takes a bit of getting used to...


Monday, February 12, 2007

Laughing Baby

Click this link to view an event that would make the highlight of any parents day, including myself! (movie download)

Wednesday, February 7, 2007


Well its been a while since I posted, but thats mostly because I've actually had some work! Mostly just installing PCs and securing them. It's all good experience, and the pays not bad either. And I get to play with some cool hardware!

I get on pretty well with the boss. He's been thinking up new projects for us to do so it could continue for a while :). I'm happy to be doing something at last too!