Archived News for March 2006


Looks like my Fairburn essay has been accepted for publishing in Hysteria, the yearly UoA undergraduate history journal. Wahoo.

Note well: Hysteria is not Hysteria, and frankly, I'm a little disappointed that I can't 'CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE ULTIMATE ROCK EXPERIENCE'. I've tried clicking everywhere, but it just doesn't let me in!

My new life and access to the net

hello my fellow SE i have started a new life at MIT and am having fun doing a Certificate in electrical Engineering ha ha ha that makes me feel so smart. I am one of two girls in a class of about 50 boys . . . erm . .  some men but thats about it ... there are so many hot guys here and it is totally fun flirting with all of them.. my new access to the net is through the computing room which i am in right now an it is so fun . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  i would put something fun in but cant right now thats me out

Lego Pinball

Here's a pinball machine made out of Lego.

I'm a fan of Lego creations that are technically impressive, rather than visually so; I'll take a Lego difference engine over an eight foot Star Wars rebel attack cruiser any day. That's why I'm really impressed with this creation.

I particularly like the picture third from the bottom: in order to get communication between 13 different RCX microcontroller blocks, they've built two seperate reflective chambers, bouncing infrared signals around between point collectors, game mechanisms and controllers. Wicked.

Wolves' Teeth

For the last few days in a row, George FM has played an awful dance remix of José González's of 'Heartbeats'. It has the main guitar riff sped up so that it sounds like the theme of Knight Rider. Then they mix in the original, by The Knife (which is just as awesome as José's cover), throwing it back to José for the choruses. The result is just awful and makes me angry.

I have a problem...

I'm addicted to buying gear. Recording gear, guitar gear, it's all the same to me. As long as I can get a fix, it'll hold me off for a while. I'm particularly a fan of mail ordering gear. The anticipation of the box arriving makes me run home from the bus stop every day. It feels like Christmas used to but doesn’t any more. Mail ordering is the best because it draws it out, like a long slow striptease. You want it to hurry up, but at the same time, you know it’ll make it better in the end. Sometimes I like to meticulously plan my purchase in advance – selecting items based on weight and volume to optimise product cost to shipping ratio – always under the GST limit of $500. Sometimes I like to take the plunge without over-analysing, and feeling my heart pound in my chest and my wallet cringe as I put it all on the line without planning it all first. It’s a rush like no other. Lately, I’ve felt the need to buy something. I don’t even have a particular piece of gear in the centre of my desire, or even a reason to buy anything, other than the ache deep in my soul to have a reason rush to the letter box expectant every day. I don’t know what I’m going to buy yet, or how I’m going to justify it to myself, but when I do, I’ll tell you.

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