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External rewards and Jesse Schelle's Amazing Lecture

This 30 minute video was first posted on Overclockers in Febrauary, and I've been coming back to watch it about once a month. This article and the comments that follow are a brilliant back and forth commentary over it.
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The worst gaming session (of D&D)
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Yes Minister meets Alice in Wonderland

A very interesting article on where money goes when you work for the Australian government. Interesting even if you aren't really into politics. There must be a way to stop this.
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I've now got the new LiveJournal Messenger. My Windows Live ID is avatar@livejournal.com. Sign up now and we can chat! Edit: Disregard the lame automated message above, but this is actually pretty sweet. It's MSN web messenger, basically, and you can talk to any of your msn contacts through it as well. And you can sign in using your @livejournal.com account, I think.
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[livejournal.com profile] silent_remorse has done an awesome job of writing an article in his new blog on his experiences in buying a house, offering a lot of useful info if you're not in the know. It's based on his experiences in Brisbane specifically, but it's still got some great stuff regardless of where you are and it's largely unbiased.

Check it out here.
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Have these guys never played Grand Theft Auto before? We want the stuff that raises the rating!
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This is what New Year's Eve should feel like.

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If you haven't heard yet, if you're on iiNet, prepare for free downloads on Christmas Day.
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Review for Windows Vista.

This one is fantastic.

Stolen via [livejournal.com profile] theferrett
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If you ever buy a 16GB iPod Touch like I have, make sure you jailbreak it first. Before you load on all your music that you spent two hours handpicking.
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This girl is so kinky!

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This is awesome. Put in your details, but don't bother submitting them. Trust me.

http://random.irb.hr/signup.php

Edit: Okay, there's one fairly easy question if you get lucky. Reload the page if you don't know what I'm talking about.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] andrewducker for this one.
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I can't get this Windows 386 promo video rap out of my head.
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This is a goldmine for anyone who's experiencing any form of RSI, like I seem to be, recently.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] emmakay for finding this.
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I have to post this, because this girl inspires me. Everytime I watch it.



Grabbed from [livejournal.com profile] gloomchen.
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This is classic.



Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] dreamsofglass for finding this one.
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This is why I don't post much anymore.
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I've been saying it for years, there's something wrong with the Italians. Y'all didn't believe me!

The italian coach apparently played dumb on whether someone thought that maybe they didn't have a clear win.

More great evidence.
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I keep thinking something's going to change. Today was a bit of an odd day.

After going to gym yesterday, I was sore as hell. I woke up and went to work earlier than usual, not feeling as tired as usual. Someone was away in our fairly small team that I didn't notice until later that day, and nobody told me why, which was unusual. We had a birthday and a few cakes, which we said we'd no longer do when somebody's birthday came around. The birthday boy did a speech, which, although it does happen on occasion, isn't usual when a birthday comes up.

I went into a meeting with my manager and someone from IT to put in some changes I've been dying to get put in for months, as soon as possible. It seems like things are finally getting somewhere now that I have some support, even if it does still feel like it'll go slowly - considering history. It had me excited enough to get into a bit of a fight with my supervisor, which is extremely rare. We usually agree or find some common ground even on issues we completely disagree on. In the end, he makes the call, I know he makes the call, and he knows I know - and even if we're short with each other, we're quickly back on track.

I had one customer I had to give good news to that I couldn't get in contact with, one customer I had bad news for that was a call I didn't want to make - and now have to follow up on, and one which is serious enough to look into that I can't even talk here about what it is, that's giving me grief that I don't even need to give myself but feel morally obligated to.

During my breaks, I'm reminded how sore I am as I drop out of thinking mode and move into relaxing mode. It's not uncommon for me to take regular long walks/tram rides/train rides around the city to see if I can find new places, or just to go to ones that I'm used to that I like, or even just the half-thrill of being on a goddamn train.

I get to think, and I tend to forget. One of the things that pops into my head today was how the hell I've managed to come this far without many people being around to help me out. A lot of people are just there, but I only know a few people here. The chances of getting into a relationship anytime soon are not even worth taking time to think about. But there's something there.

I don't want to fool anyone or myself into thinking that I just don't have the need. It's a sort of control, but it's the same reason that even though I can control my depression for the most part, it's good to be depressed sometimes. It might sound unrelated, but it's not really. I don't know why this popped into my head, but for a little while waiting for that lift, I let some of that depression set in. It would be nice, if.

So today, on my break, I decide I'm going to walk to the (second) nearest train station. I work right next to a train station, so it's a fair walk. Now, I remember the last time I went to this particular train station, I got disgruntled, and I think I got a bit lost from what I remember, and the train ended up being a bit late, so I got back from my break quite a bit late. Today I felt that I knew the streets a bit better, and I was making good time. I made my way to the station.

I'm a block away when I see the scaffolding around the entrance stairs. Then it hits me. The reason I was late last time was because these stairs were blocked off, and added a good 5-10 minutes to my journey, which forced me to walk the extra city block to the other side of the station, miss the train, and run back to work. My damn memory had failed me once again and I'd fallen into exactly the same problem as last time.

Being so sore, I went straight home tonight. No gym means no dinner - which is unusual these days. I get home fairly quickly and almost walk in, but turn back and check my mailbox, since I so rarely check it. There's a bunch of junk mail, a bank statement, something else I haven't opened yet and one envelope with my name and address in pencil.

This last letter held my curiosity. It looked like someone had written a personal letter. What's more, my name was there as "Tony" without my last name, meaning it was probably someone from the internet.

I got inside, and opened it. Inside was just a sheet of notepaper, torn at the top. On it, in handwriting, was a message I needed to be reminded of.

You're never alone.

I couldn't believe it. The ironic part is that I knew who sent it, too. A few weeks ago, I sent it to myself.

And I'd completely forgotten.
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Wanna make Firefox faster at no additional cost?

Here's how. )

You'll want to make the last one yourself by right-clicking anywhere then going New > Integer, and naming it as nglayout.initialpaint.delay, and setting it to 0.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] forever_damned and this place and this place for this one.
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When I was playing Duke3D, I rarely had trouble getting around the levels, even the newer ones (if that's any indication of anything). Still, this article might explain why I like sleep so much.

One reason of many, anyway.

Courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] andyduckerlinks.
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I realise this is probably biased to whoever read and submitted the survey to this magazine, but MX described the article in quite a different, and IMHO, much more entertaining way.

Read more... )
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There's been a bit of uprising in the emo charts lately. This beauty combines the tragedy of emo with the sadness that is Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.

Nabbed from [livejournal.com profile] dreamsofglass
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I swear cartoons like this are funnier now than when I was a kid.
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This article is about why you might have better chances for getting hired for a job - because you've been playing computer games.

Yanked from [livejournal.com profile] forever_damned


Edit: And no, it's not like this.
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Since the Commonwealth Games started, Melbourne has been pretty goddamn busy.

Before it started, everyone was so sure the public transport system would buckle, since it's already apparently walking on crutches. There was even a front-page newspaper article about a train driver who was hoping it would buckle so that it would force the government to focus on improving it.

I went into the city on the weekend to go to the markets. Now, whenever I'm out and about, if I see something going on somewhere I'll usually take a detour from whatever I'm doing to take a looksee at what all the fuss is about.

Couldn't do that this time. I saw a crowd gathering at the Performing Arts Centre. An unusually big crowd. All the way up to the next tram stop - at Flinders St Station, there were literally hundreds of people around there. As curious as I was, I wasn't in the mood to go through crowds like that to see something I might not even have liked.

So the tram continued through the city. More people piled on, and soon the tram itself was completely packed. People were lining the streets all over the place, not just back at the station. They had all these funky things set up to entertain tourists, like little bike-taxis where the driver pedalled along and had two seats in the back, or a massive chess set, or lots of other things which I couldn't get a good look at.

And then you get things like this. Welcome to Melbourne.

Who organises these things?

Edit: So apparently it was a non-event, with only one guy showing up with a pillow, and a few others with hidden pillows. Still pretty damn funny though.
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I watched this and was inspired to pick up my guitar and play.

Straight away, I actually started playing it far better than I usually do.
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Here's a thread someone posted of some Garfield comics where Garfield's speech bubbles are removed. It works surprisingly well - I think I prefer the comic without him talking (thinking?).

If you're one of those people who's ever clicked a link someone else has pasted or posted for you, you really need to friend up to [livejournal.com profile] andyduckerlinks. It's like that StumbleUpon extension for firefox, only better, and it comes up in your friends list everyday. I remember asking him before, but I don't know how he keeps getting such good links.
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[livejournal.com profile] les_voyages set up a karaoke meme using voiceposts, and it actually attracted people to record songs.

Most are expectedly bad singing and it's not quite as good since we don't know most, if any, of them, but this one was cute as hell.
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I spent most of the weekend either playing counterstrike or in bed unconscious. It felt good, but I knew I probably should have been doing something better. I know this because I did go out to do the laundry, and realised I should have stayed out. I even said to myself I'd probably go out tonight. Didn't.

[livejournal.com profile] asciian introduced me to this goal-setting site, 43 Things. I was about to blow it off completely, because I really haven't found a decent way of setting goals. I absolutely hate the ways I've been taught to make them; they might be sure-fire, but I can't think of anything that falls in the parameters of "specific, measurable, realistic, time-specific, etc." Sorry, but I like the idea of aiming for near impossible goals, otherwise I feel like I'm limiting myself.

That isn't the conceptual problem here though. I just don't know what I want.

I've got a few ideas, some that I'll probably post here soon - and then I'll translate that over to 43 Things when I can make more sense out of the whirlwind in my head.

I've noticed that I don't like extremes. I like keeping my options open; I like having a bit of everything, and I think this is one of the big reasons I don't do a lot of what I want to do. That's just one of the things I need to overcome.
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[livejournal.com profile] interdictor is a really interesting read - go check it out.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] nagare_boshi for finding this one.

Edit: ...and there's also the [livejournal.com profile] katrinacane friends list which was set up to friend to many people's journals who are staying in the area, including interdictor, although I find it a bit less interesting.
- thanks to [livejournal.com profile] zoethe for this one.
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Order confronts chaos. [livejournal.com profile] stephzilla's comment is particurlarly interesting. Redundant, but interesting.

In case you didn't pick up on it, it's about spoilers in the new Harry Potter book, but by now it's a moot point.
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Here.
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It can be hard to tell someone what you think of them. You know, if you like them. It's the typical introvert's biggest problem.

The first time you see someone, you generally make a judgement of them, right? Even if you went to someone's journal, straight away you make some sort of judgement based on your first glance. It might or might not be right (or there might be no right or wrong viewpoint, depending how you look at it), but that's not important.

If you say to someone you don't know that you did something just because you thought they'd like it - a complete stranger - it is hard to tell how they would react.

They might like it, thinking 'Wow, someone was thinking of me! Someone liked [this something] about me!' Or. They might think 'errr, that was weird. Why would someone do/say something like that? How do I respond to that? What a fruitcake!' It's not always a simple task of going up to someone and just telling them you like them. That can be a very creepy thing to someone you do not know, and, in any other circumstance, would pass you right by.

But the world is not full of freaky strange people. Just because you don't know them, doesn't mean they're horrible.

Take [livejournal.com profile] theferrett, for example. When I came across his journal, I noticed he wrote some of the most interesting stuff I have ever read. Granted, he wasn't saying it to me, but he was saying it to anyone who would listen. Most people do this on journals. The difference is that most people don't attract audiences of 1749 people - most of them strangers.

He has written about subjects that most people would consider absolutely henious. Not many, granted, but a story about how he has cheated on a past girlfriend, talks about breakups fairly openly - despite some shaky circumstances, usually on his part (although regrettable by the time he writes it) and is obsessed with porn throughout - they're not the kind of things you would expect a great guy to have experienced in his lifetime at all, let alone once or twice or thrice. But everyone likes him. Somewhere in his entries, he manages to convince his readers that he is one of the greatest people in the world. And I have to admit, I am not sure I am an exception.

I don't even know this guy except for what he says. Not even what he says, a lot of what he says is pretty bad stuff. It's just something about the way he says it. Even the bad stuff is still pretty damn good.

Yet if I, a complete stranger, saw you in a club the other night, and I'm now at your store about to buy something, I might say, with the best of intentions, 'hey, weren't you at [this club] the other night?' and expect a reasonable answer.

I don't know about you, but if someone I don't know saw me someplace and said that to me, I would be a little weirded out.

It probably also wouldn't help if, after I was weirded out, the other person said 'oh, I'm not stalking you.'

There's something about finding the right way to tell people how you feel when you don't know how to say it. Because if you know that you don't know how to say what you want to say, you can find yourself in some very sticky social situations.

...or if you keep quiet, no social situations at all.
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Another funky little tool - Skype has an MSN style interface, except instead of a chat room, you can have high quality voice conversations, including conference calls. Here's an interview with the guy who made it.

I just need a new headset - mine's on it's last legs since my counterstrike days.
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If any of you aren't using audioscrobbler yet, you should be. And don't forget to add me when you sign up.

Edit: And all of you, get icons!
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I love this!
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All you political fans who don't like the coalition (everybody, as far as I can tell) will love this.

http://www.seniorscard.nsw.gov.au/home.asp

Edit: It's been fixed now, but instead of the screen being there, there was some text claiming the site was hacked, in leetspeak.
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It wasn't half-obvious, but you have to admit this is still a little creepy. You know, biologically speaking.
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Warning: Expect to be frustrated.
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I'm A 1960s Geek
You're pretty quirky and weird but we know you're smart and love you anyway!
find your geek decade at spacefem.com


That explains a lot.

If you've got some time on your hands, read this. It's a very interesting read - a true story about an MMORPGer that was swayed to the dark side. It explains a lot about how it can affect your life when you're playing an MMORPG. I've never played Eve before, but I've seen it, and this story kept me going the whole way through.
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Creds to [livejournal.com profile] typetnt for finding this one.

Puppy prevents Canadian killing spree.

Is there anything they can't do?
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I've heard a tiny bit about it before, so I don't think this is actually news. It's nice to know I'm not just imagining things though.

How can they do that?

Edit: The article's since been deleted, but I think it was about seizure dogs.

Later Edit: Yep, here it is. Thank god.
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Wow. I went through the same thing at Coles that Leah went through at Link.

Except I left, and she stayed.

I can't work out who made the better choice. I'm sure one of us did.
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There's not much hypocritical stuff I've really liked about the whole gay marriage issue (or in this case, gay acceptability in general), but this is pretty damn linkworthy.

It's people like Dr Laura that make me look down on christianity. And before you flame me, no, I'm not saying christianity is a complete farce.
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I'm not one to give these kinds of special occasions much respect for their intended purpose, with the sole exception of birthdays and new year's, and maybe christmas, if only to try and get our family together. Every other holiday, at best, I only like to go half way with. Valentine's Day is no exception.

I've never spent a Valentine's Day with a girlfriend, and I've never really minded. Valentine's Day hasn't ever meant a whole heap for me, except for the people who talk about how horrible it is to be single (or in some cases, how horrible it is to have to celebrate this day as just another excuse for capitalism - from both single and taken people).

On holidays like this, I use them as excuses to go out and do something with someone (or people, depending on the circumstances), or to get them a present. Today is the kind of day I'd be much more likely to get roses for someone. Any kind of present will suffice. To me, it's just an extra excuse to do something for someone. I'm rarely the type to just bring out a present out of nowhere. The same goes for almost every other special occasion day.

It's always nice to appreciate your significant other. It's okay if you're single just to ignore the day altogether. I prefer taking advantage of it and not pushing its capitalist side. Whatever I do, I do for me. I don't do it for The Day.

Here's an interesting post that someone made some time ago that I memorised. Worth a read.
A Happier Kind Of Valentine's Day
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"We met through an online role play game running accross the campus network and agreed to meet in meatspace, in one of the campus bars. We got on OK and had both fun and deep meaningful conversations. We were together a bit over a year, in that time we only slept together once and that was only in the sense of sleeping in the same bed."

Classic.
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This is too good to miss. It's about the 20 LJ Users thing.
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