Tuesday, 27 September 2011

How dumb can Family Guy get?

I found the new episode funny.  It was mostly really good, and yeah it was random for the sake of randomness, but that's modern Family Guy and I enjoyed it.

I will say this though...

I get it, it's a pop culture reference and it fills the musical number quotient that Seth McFarlane arbitrarily requires for most episodes.  And it was funny.  But a couple of things...

How many people are actually going to get it?  How out of date is trolololo?  How bored would one have been in the Soviet Union?

I mean seriously.

Monday, 26 September 2011

Yay Mondays.

You know, for all the bitching about how Family Guy has been shit for the past forever, a large amount of said bitching is justified, I still look forward to it.  I admit the show has not been as good as it was 4 years ago.  Nor has it ever rose to the heights of good seasons of The Simpsons.

I didn't even know it came back this Sunday until it popped up in my... ahem... 'TV guide'.  To see it back on TV is weirdly comforting.

It's dumb, but yay.

Friday, 23 September 2011

Hey guys.

I hadn't updated for a while because of uni work.  I forgot about an assignment in a bridging course that I hadn't completed way back.  Anyway, just had to knock that off.  It was pretty basic MS Word/Excel/Access stuff, though I hadn't used Access until this thing, that was a bit of an ordeal.

But anyway, it's done.  Time to party and all that.

Monday, 19 September 2011

Music-related appendix

This song is awesome and the video clip is completely not gay.


Playing Starfox 64 has got me back into playing my 3DS again.  I bought it at launch, which was kind of a mistake, though I wouldn't have got those free NES and SNES games other wise.  I hadn't touched it for ages, pretty much since Zelda.  I've never really gotten into Zelda, but OoT is supposed to be a classic, so you know.

So I've started playing Resident Evil Mercenaries again, and it's much more fun than I remember.   I think I'm a sucker for short, arcade like games now.  I seems to lose interest in anything that requires me to put in more than 2 hours without feeling like I've accomplished something.

Anyway, RE Mercenaries is great, but don't get it for RRP - half of that is preferable.

Friday, 16 September 2011

It's slow news week.

Nothing much happened.

Been playing Starfox 64 3D and nostalgiaing out.  It's exactly the same as the N64 game but prettier and pocket size.

There was one thing of note.  I found out that I won't get paid for that government job I did 3 weeks ago until the end of next week because of said government agency being slow.  Fun times.

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

As an aside...

The Safety Dance has made me think a bit.  What's your favourite 'bad' song from the 80s?  'Bad' is probably the wrong word, but I think you understand.  Basically, you listen to it and you go, 'fuck that's 80s', and you like it, but you're cringing slightly at the same time.

I like hair metal and I thing it is semi-timeless, so I can't really find it bad - the fashion aside.  New wave is pretty much 'it' as far as 80s sound goes.

Icehouse were this Australian new wave group that were completely there for the 80s and nowhere for the 90s.  This song is not bad in isolation, but there is a very noticeable layer of 80s cheese running through it.  Even the song title - Electric Blue, that's the 80s-est colour ever invented.  It's the synths, it's the saxophone, it's the electronic drum kit, it's Oates from Hall & Oates cowriting it, it's the maxi-mullet on the lead singer.

I grew up in the 90s, but I remember parts of the 80s and I have to say that Australia was the backwards cousin of the 1st world.  80s modernity wrapped around stale 70s-ness.  Sorry, I'm just being cryptic.

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Deus Ex: HR or Do Sex: HR

I've been playing the new Deus Ex game for the past couple of weeks.  I really like it.  I don't generally have the patience any more for RPGs, but I'm fairly engrossed by this one.  I'm shit at the stealth, so I just resort to killing everyone.  I've never played the first two, and honestly I doubt I'll ever get around to them.

In any case, here's a trick using the cover mechanic.

Wednesday, 7 September 2011


When I left high school, I wanted to get into graphic design, architecture or something similar.  And instead to taking a year or two off, I figured I'd go straight into university.  We were taught a mixed discipline in my particular high school, where they lumped the two together along with some industrial design stuff.  I liked working with computers but I didn't consider them a career path at that time.

I didn't get into the graphic design course in the university I wanted, but I got an offer for foreign language, which I was indifferent about.  However, I got into the architecture course in Darwin, which I was willing to do, since I figured it was close enough.  The architecture course in CDU was not the full course, but what the hell, I could just transfer once I finished.

It was about most of the way into the 2nd year, when I realised how much I hated it.  The workload was insane and I could rarely wrap my head around the critique.  I've never understood art critique, especially in the context of architecture.  Also, I wasn't that great.  I struggled through the 3rd year twice, but I ended up bailing out.

Ultimately, I'm not sorry about doing this course or leaving it, because I met a lot of good people and it has lead to some interesting opportunities, but I do regret a lot of things.

Sunday, 4 September 2011

IT3CD1 - Assessment 1 Part 1

  1. How is the World Wide Web related to the Internet?
    The Internet itself is a series of interconnected computer networks that use TCP/IP protocol to communicate with each other and serve billions of people worldwide with various resources and services, including the World Wide Web.
  2. What is the primary publishing format on the web?
    HTML 4.01 is the main format used on the web.
  3. Include a useful hypertext link to any web site which lists the elements used in this publishing format.
  4. Which organisation's role is it to develop standards for the web?
    The W3C is the primary organisation for developing open standards on the web.
  5. List at least two popular web publishing standards described by this organisation.
    The organisation's webpage lists HTML, CSS and XHTML as popular standards.
  6. What is this organisation's goals?
    The W3C's main mission is to develop the WWW to its full potential and sustain its long-term growth by creating standards that allow all people, regardless of language, location, hardware, software, browsing device, physical or mental ability, to access and benefit from the web without hindrance.
  7. Why is validation a good practice for developing web documents?
    Validating a web document allows a web designer make sure that their web page is compatible with any browser or device.  It also allows them to know what element performs what function, in case they may need to build a page that will not be completely compatible with W3C standards.

Friday, 2 September 2011

Just a message.

This post is part of an assignment for my Certificate III of Information Technology course at Charles Darwin University.

I've been working with computers since high school and I somehow decided that I want to work with them for a career for the last couple of years.  I'm hoping to get the certificate so I can at least show prospective employers that I know what I'm doing.  Admittedly, from my perspective, the Certificate III is not a terribly difficult course to do, but I am hoping for it to lead into something more specialised.  I am definitely considering the Cisco CCNA.  I'm not sure if I'll go into the Bachelor of IT; I don't really care much for the theory side of things.

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Fear and lack of clothing in Las Vegas.

All the culmination of struggling to get a bunch of cash to sort out a bunch of crap is finally about to pay off.  In a manner of speaking.  Of course, all that will go away and I'll be back at square one again.

Sorry, I'm rambling.  I just feel rather anxious, almost like this. Well, not quite like this.