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Bob Brown's lecture today was wonderful.  
10:25pm 28/04/2009
"Forget about other policies for a moment: if you don't vote Green then you are supporting the coal industry, the burning of coal, the destruction of our forests".


In other news, DVD is on its last render as we speak!
mood: goodgood
music: kate miller-heidke - space they cannot touch
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video help?  
12:05am 20/04/2009
So I'm trying to encode and then convert AVIs to DVD, and finding myself more than a bit lost..... pun intended. Yep, I'm singing the codec blues. Anyone got any tips other than 'start with the highest quality file you can'? Any favourite codecs? Settings for those codecs?

Half of my source files are coming from hardware, the other two are coming from a) MPEG4 @ DivX 5 3350kbps, and b) XViD @ 4674 kbps {both 30fps and 5:4 ratio, of course}.
location: home
mood: confusedconfused
music: sense^i2pi - elran
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2007 year in review  
02:07pm 10/04/2009
2007 year in review

It has taken me over 12 months to get this online… but finally,
here is whom i was, in 2007.

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mood: busybusy
music: jeff buckley - lover, you shoud've come over
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the thing everyone seems to be doing  
11:51pm 07/02/2009
Once you've been tagged,you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things,facts,habits or goals about you.At the end,choose 20 people to be tagged.You have to tag the person who tagged you.If I tagged you, it's because I want to know more about you.


1) I am impeccably poor at responding to emails and other digital messages from my friends. It’s not that I disregard what they have to say, and I certainly never mean to be rude to them; but I know I forever end up thinking that it’s better to wait - until I have time to respond in a thorough, sincere manner. It usually ends in a sticky quagmire.... :(

2) I very nearly moved to Venezuela 12 months ago. I still feel a very deep affinity for South America, and am sure I will visit there one day.

3) I love nightwalking. I've done a lot of it from time to time; 2 or 3 hours every night at it's most frequent point. Now it is still the first thing that comes to mind when I first walk outside - on an evening when the temperature is good.

4) I have an aunty with a mental illness that my family haven't spoken to since we were kids. it saddens me a great deal when I think about it; I often wonder how she is doing and wonder about how to break the ice.

5) A pet hate of mine is standing on crinkly towels.

6) In 2nd year uni, people would tell me that they couldn't possibly imagine me being stressed. - one of the biggest compliments i've had.

7) I adore radio and everything about it. I think that you can tell a lot about any given place by what's on it's FM spectrum... for that matter, any of it's others.

8) About once every 18 months, I get an incurable urge for long-distance running.

9) About every 2 years, it's swimming.

10) I rarely get bitten by mosquitoes and other bugs. Someone said it could have to do with vegemite consumption...

11) I would be 100% happy drinking nothing but water, tea, and (occasionally) wine for the rest of my days.

12) Since going to Copenhagen, I nearly always won't cross at traffic lights until the Green man appears.

13) I have lots of pairs of socks. Could always be using a few more...

14) I love the crusts of loaves of bread; of which Dark Rye is my favourite type (but only when soft and fresh)

15) I can schedule times that I am going to be sick.

16) I keep to do lists, and I am *almost always* doing something from them.

17) I used to volunteer for various addiction recovery centres - alcohol, sexual and drug rehab places. It was one of the most rewarding things I've ever done.

18) Geography and cartography are two of my favourite things. I love the science of getting to know the world, and what makes it tick.

19) Apparently, I hold my spoon like a baby.

20) I love it when the power goes out. In short, it reminds me of the environment and how much we've lost touch with the bigger picture.

21) I used to be petrified of heights. I made a conscious effort to get over this and now I'm only sometimes worried by them. It depends on the structure and environment in question.

22) mmm I'm out of ideas now, I asked joy to give me some. She mentioned diet... I am "lacto-vegetarian", and as such picky about what food ingredients go into my foods. Particularly avoiding cheese and alcohol products that have rennet, gelatine or caesin in them.

23) Mm an obvious one - I'm a twin!! MY twin sister's name is Anna and I love her to bits :)

24) Often when I'm walking, an orienteering part of my brain takes control. I concentrate on angles and topology and determining spatial paths.

25) Oh yeah, and I end the majority of typed messaging sentences with a smiley :)
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01:08am 17/01/2009
The tao that can be told
is not the eternal Tao
The name that can be named
is not the eternal Name.

The unnamable is the eternally real.
Naming is the origin
of all particular things.

Free from desire, you realize the mystery.
Caught in desire, you see only the manifestations.

Yet mystery and manifestations
arise from the same source.
This source is called darkness.

Darkness within darkness.
The gateway to all understanding.
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looking back at 2008  
02:10pm 30/12/2008
1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before?
Became an uncle. Moved into a 2-person place. wrote for pipe organ. Started dating an -ex again.

2. Did you keep your New Years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Mm I don't remember now; I don't believe I had made any big ones...

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
only my sister! :)

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mood: happyhappy
music: orff - carmina burana
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don't go out of control - go out of town  
12:03am 21/11/2008
Hi Journal,

Just got back from a lovely, cozy, relaxing kind of a mid-week escapade to a quiet country town not far from here. It was a place where the air was clean, the accomodation was cozy, the food was fresh, and the hills were quiet.

It was such a great idea (in fact, a really intelligent one) to get out the city, and spend some time doing nothing and lazying about with my girl. Now it concequentially feels like a Sunday night (it's thursday), i'm a bit out of touch with all of whatever else has been going on in November, and that feels great. I can recall November as being a busy month. Band gigs and soccer, my2x jobs, extra music work and of course Syntax (more on that later)... but that's about all that comes to mind right now.

oh, and the massage yesterday was super :D
mood: mellowmellow
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printing t-shirts  
08:13pm 04/11/2008
is proving to be a real nightmare.

it's true, 'they should invent pills for this kinda stuff'.
mood: :|:|
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update o'clock  
10:50pm 10/08/2008
Hi there Journal! :)

mmm what to say. It's been a long time between drinks...

Well, for a start, there's no way i could have pictured myself where i am now, 6 months ago. It's been a year so far that's been both quietly quiet, and has had some significant stuff happened also. Right now I love the place i'm in - both spatially (parkville) and metaphorical. Life's a beach.

Work's been going really well. I'm now coming into the home strait of a 3-month contract with a different faculty, working out of Old Arts (think of it as 3x months of temp work). For a position that I was initially not going to apply for (my old boss put me up to it), it's turned out to be a really quite good change of scene, and I'm quite sure now that I'll stay with them, should they offer me a further contract - i think they will.

The work itself is basically the same as what I was before, with some subtle differences. Basically, i'm still in a desktop support team but also a lab manager now. Esentially it's very similar. The people aren't quite as lovely as at SPH (they were massive shoes to fill), but it's still quite a manageable environment - and the extra pay is a nice addition too.

Other work (the wednesday job) has been going quite well also - being an IT manager has added level of stress sometimes, but despite the ups and downs i always manage to get through. I do like my time there.


Beneath all this has of course been my wonderful girl. Things with her and me are going really great. I simply don't think i've ever been this comfortable around anyone... she's just my best friend and her company is the best. We laugh with each other so much...

Of course, like all couples there's a fair amount of work involved. We have our own little issues, and we really do put in a lot of effort. But at the end of the day we always seem to find equalibrium; i think that's really special. In spite of her sometimes full-on lifestyle, and mine, she is really wonderful to me.

I'm being barely musical at the minute. Just band and some small/unexciting arranging, otherwise not much at all. But honestly I really don't mind for the time being. I feel more relaxed than I have in probably a very long time, I'm starting to read again quite a bit too (thanks to some good books), and I'm really enjoying that. Soccer and yoga in small amounts (around once a week).. i do miss walking and cycling but will probably do more of these both when it is more attractive outside. Meditation and things too are not as prevelant just now... yoga helps a lot though, I love it dearly. I was always one to strive for (metaphysical) balance.

The weather's somewhat cool and the nights do get cold, but the weather worries me. Our winters are currently like a Finnish summer... when i was a kid, it rained significantly here winters were *really* cold. Sure, i'm in the capital now... but still. I worry becuase I believe the weather is already on the upper... of course this gets us thinking about water... and whether we'll have enough again.

Something that I guess Joy and I have been thinking about for a while - but in recent days i've come accross it with more resolve - we are again quietly looking for a new place to live. It's not like we are in a hurry or anything: the situation is currently really good and we are not being kicked out. It may not be for a couple of months - or even around the end of the year - but the rental market is furious so we are just starting to look for a new change in living circumstances.

In two weeks time it'll be anniversary time! A fairly significant one, this one involves beaches and penguins and being the hell away from everyone for a while. =7
mood: mellowmellow
music: thewhitlams - life's a beach
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june june june  
03:13pm 28/06/2008
Hi Journal!
It's been a few months; but I've not forgotten about you. I even tried writing you a few times... maybe i tried too hard? Anyway, we've some catching up to do...

I'm keeping well so far, I think. Going into week #3 of the new job (read: the new faculty) now, I'm liking the change in scene, and i know i'm good at what i do. The money is quite a significant increase too... i don't know, between that and the Wednesday-afternoon job, I feel like i'm worth something?

Living in 2x homes is also a change; but it's not a bad thing. I'm still managing to do all of the regular stuffs that I love and that keep me sane - like sometimes play soccer and walk/ride to work, or occasionally practice drinking tea or yoga. In the meantimes there's been some quietly special stuff, like the animation festival at acmi, or graduating... like nice films at the sun, or health festivals at the exhibition center. Seeing Kim&Zac again was great; as was playing vibes in duncan's ensemble thing.

Stuffs with joy have been really quite lovely too. She's had so much on her plate to deal with; and yet she's still managing to keep just about everyone happy - from work and her family, through to her friends, and none the least me. We've been supporting each other a lot through stuff, and it's shaping up to be a really fun winter with her.

So that's pretty much me for just now. In reflection, I do think i've changed a lot in the past 12 months; i guess it's kinda nice to have some things pan out... the way you want them to be. A little. The weather's getting cool (but not wet), although the north winds are cool for once - so i figure that's something. Nearly the end of the tram line for me.....
mood: happyhappy
music: blackstreet - no digitty
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