Monday, December 27, 2004

Incredibles, The

File under "Movies, Must See Very Soon" - it's just fantastic in every way. I totally loved the 50s-60s futuristic stylings. Great story, great visuals, hilarious.

Highly recommended.

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Goody Goody Yum Yum, part 2

Have I mentioned that I want to go and see The Goodies performing live on stage? Because I really do. Really really.

Have I also mentioned that they're not coming to Adelaide? Bugger. Bugger bugger.

Weeeeelll, on the off chance that I may in fact get to Melbourne on March 8th to see them, I happened to look up airfares for that time, and they're pretty cheap - $49 from jetstar if you are happy to go to Avalon, or $59 from virgin. Even more tempting...

update: Tickets are $59 or $72. Still temping...

Firefly on Australian TV

I couldn't get to sleep last night (Sarah's away, I'm always like that when she's not here), so to combat my irritation at not being able to sleep, I got up and turned on the TV. Lo and behold, Firefly! Yay! I didn't ever think it'd get shown on Australian TV, and to be honest, it might as well not be; could it be buried any further by channel seven? It's on in the 1am timeslot, on a week night, during the summer-crap-TV-period. Nice one.

I've mentioned Firefly before, briefly. It was a sci-fi/western hybrid written and created by Joss Whedon (the guy responsible for Buffy and Angel), and it had great characters and dialog, typical of Joss Whedon. It really was a great show, but it got buried by its parent network in the US (kept on getting moved around in timeslots, got shown out of order (so made little sense), things like that) and it eventually got cancelled after only 11 shows. They ended up making 14 episodes and they released them on DVD, which is how I got into it. On the good news front, There's a movie being released late next year, which I'm really looking forward to.

Friday, December 17, 2004

Goody goody yum yum

Oh my, you have no idea how much I want to go and see this. These guys were my after-school-tv-viewing heroes, I loved that show.

Of course, they're not coming to Adelaide, but I'm very tempted to go on a road trip to see'd be so worth it.

Thursday, December 16, 2004

Degree of difficulty: 4.5

Oooh yeeeeah. I just got the final result for the last topic of my Bachelor of Information Technology - and it's a Credit. Ladies and Gentlemen, it is my pleasure to announce, that after eight years:

I have completed my degree!

What a great feeling. And what an odyssey. I started off in 1996 studying a Bachelor of Science (after initially not getting an offer despite my year twelve score being more than high enough). I really wanted to do a physics major, but after discovering that I wasn't really that great at physics (despite how much I enjoyed it), and not really knowing where a degree in physics would take me employment-wise, I decided in mid-1997 to transfer to a Bachelor of Information Technology.

Well, that wasted the second half of 1997, and in 1998 I started picking up the first-year topics I'd missed from the BIT and doing as many of the second-year topics as I could. At the end of 1999, with three topics to go until I finished, I got full-time employment with what was then WebMedia, a small website development company of about seven employees.

With all the best intentions, I enrolled in two topics for semester one 2000. What I didn't really understand was just how hard it would be to work full-time and study as well. I ended up not being able to commit any time to study at all, and I withdrew from both of those topics (unfortunately for me after the cut-off date; I got nice big Fs for both of those on my report :( ). I never really got inspired to start study again, and I let my enrolment lapse until I decided about a quarter of the way through 2003 that I should start up again and get the damn thing finished.

So, after having to jump through a few hoops to get my enrolment re-instated (silly, silly boy for not formally applying for leave), in semester two 2003 I started doing one topic at a time while maintaining full-time work - I figured I could cope with that workload. It was still really hard - especially after starting Iugo in march 2004 - but thanks to Sarah's support I've finally got there.

Now, this is mega sappy, but I'm going to do it anyway: some quick thankyous - to my amazing wife Sarah, for her support and giving up so much of our time together so that I could study, and to my parents for supporting me both personally and financially through it (especially before I got my full-time job).

I feel so much better knowing that's finished!

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

I'm back! (Brain Dump #3)

After a long hiatus, I'm back on board. Sorry about the lack of activity around here! Anyway, since my last post (was it really that long ago!) I have:

  • Sat the final exam of my degree
  • Artificial Intelligence can bite me. Interesting topic, and I enjoyed the programming side of it, but boy was I nervous about the result of this exam. I studied lots of the wrong stuff - I focussed on algorithms, code, deep applications of concepts and a lot of search stuff, but the lecturer1 asked lots of high-level, open, philosophical-type questions, unfortunately. I breezed through the couple of code questions, then sat and quietly bashed my head against the table trying to answer the essay questions. In the end it wasn't as bad as I had expected (more info coming, stay tuned).

  • Had a week's break
  • Didn't go anywhere or anything, just managed to take some time off work (it's a hard thing to do when you're self-employed). Sarah and me were house-sitting, so we spent lots of time doing holiday things, like just sitting on the balcony, learning how to play backgammon, reading (got through The DaVinci Code and the first Wheel Of Time book), walking, and just relaxing. I was so looking forward to this time off and I am feeling so much better for it.

  • Looked at some office spaces
  • We (iugo) are moving into a new office next year, and we've decided on where we're going to go. More info coming soon.

    Wow, is that all I've done? I have to have done more than that in (almost) a month...

    Oh yeah.

  • Saemon's Birthday tea
  • Yum. Heaps nice to catch up with Saemon and Casey and Rose :) Cold Rock, thou shalt be the death of me. (Also, A hex on thee for thine gratuitous use of Comic Sans. There's just no excuse.)

    1. You have no idea how often I had to stop myself from ending every sentence I said to him with "...Mr Powers" in a Dr Evil voice ;)