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Gutnenberg and Me [Feb. 1st, 2010|11:10 am]
I love project gutenberg, all those lovely books free to download. But it has one seriously annoying interface. When I find an author I love, I like to download all their books for my latter reading pleasure.

Take for an example Arthur Conan Doyle or Robert E. Howard. Well you'll have to look at Project gutenberg Australia for Howard, he's still in copyright in the USA. There are a number of titles for these gentlemen and it gets old real quick clicking through to the text.

Naturally I wrote a perl script to do it, now sure it might have taken longer to write the script than to download the files manually, but now I can download all the gutenberg books for an author with one handy dandy command line.

That's why I love computers, you do the work once and the computer does it for you from then on.

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Playing Computer Games no longer Geeky [Jun. 19th, 2009|05:52 pm]
I was reading This Report and was struck by how normal playing computer games has become. When I was struck by the bug (1978) by Pong and Galaxian and later with my system 80 and CPC464 it was one of the things geeks did. Not so for the last few years.

Now it forms part of most kids balanced media consumption, like watching TV, Reading books and going to the movies. The report shows that average age of gamers in Australia is 36, while for non games its 40. They predict that by 2014 it will be the same. Also 46% of gamers are female.

Something like 88% of Australian households have a gaming device, and consoles beat out computers by 4% (39% PC, 43% Consoles), also according to the report 18% of households have handheld gaming devices.

This little graph is perhaps the best argument I've found against computer game playing leading to health problems, as you can see (after the cut) by and large game players seem to be a little more adventurous and active than the non-gamers.

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Signs of the Apocolypse [Apr. 2nd, 2009|11:52 am]
[Current Location |Work]
[mood |contemplativecontemplative]
[music |Ture Blood ost]

Sometimes, in your net travels you see something so momentous it gives you pause for a moment. Then sometimes you see something like this.

Squeezable bacon

The end is nigh!
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Horror [Mar. 25th, 2009|11:55 am]
[Current Location |Work]
[mood |cheerfulcheerful]
[music |Once Upon a Time in Mexico]

To me horror movies peaked in the 80's, but I'm actually looking forward to Sam Raimi's 'Drag me to Hell'. I've always thought Raimi's Spiderman movies went from so so to blah, but His 'Evil Dead' stuff is exceptionally good - The 1st was shot on about $50000 USD over a few years, and still scares me - no matter how many times I watch it.

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Japanese Spiderman [Mar. 17th, 2009|11:12 am]
Made me smile

Japanese Spiderman
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Jedi Workout [Feb. 26th, 2009|02:03 pm]
I think I prefer Blade Attractions - actually I'm very sure I do.

Ready to sweat are you
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Barsoom Awaits [Feb. 18th, 2009|12:48 pm]
Looks like case for liquid water on Mars has gotten a lot stronger.

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Behold the Marketing Machine [Jan. 23rd, 2009|12:33 pm]
Hot on the news that WB and Fox have settled over Watchmen, the Marketing machine has swung into full overdrive.

So check out this Movie of the Comic.

But wait it has sneak preview of the movie, woopty f_ckn doo.

I think that the movie is going to be all kinds of awesome, but this just seems silly...
Or am I wrong?
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Little known thing [Jan. 13th, 2009|01:36 pm]
Did you know if you have two Firefox browsers open, you can drag tabs between them.
Me either...
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Just so crazy it might work [Dec. 24th, 2008|09:59 am]
No not that G-force, this one involves Guinea Pigs.
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