I went to see the fireworks in inner city Sydney that concluded the Olympics. The crowd at Circular Quay was incredible – the first time I’ve ever been in a crowd that seemed moments away from disaster. People were pushed so tight together that they couldn’t move except with the crowd, mothers held crying frightened children, and drunken people starting pushing wars that sent the back of the crowd up against the barricades. There were some angry angry people there, and there was no escape during the last hour and a half (we arrived about 4 hours early). There was nowhere to move to, and no way to get out.

Of wierdness and attachment to childhood programming languages

I innocently stumbled upon the KBasic story on slashdot this evening, only to discover that, of the 28 posts with score 2 or over, my boyfriend was the author of eleven of them. I found this concerning…

I have a feeling he’s going to come home, fire up the C64 emulator and reproduce his finest BASIC effort to date:

 10 print "Mary is wonderful" 20 goto 10 

Forgive my syntax errors, I’m innocent I swear! It’s been years…


I wonder why I lost mine. I suppose the graph shifted around a bit, or the weightings were changed. It wuld be interesting to look at how ‘connected’ I am – I think a couple of the people who certified me have certified and are certified by a lot of people. I wonder how the experiment is going – are there any ‘attack clusters’ with lots of internal certifications and few connections to the main graph? How far away from the ‘sun gods’ are the furthest people on the main cluster (six-degrees-of-raph)?

Friday 15 September 2000

jdub mentioned the indifference we show towards people only metres away – that would be me. I can only hope I recognise his face when we meet…


Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn went gold (master cds prepared) today. A sadly significant event in the life of someone who hasn’t finished the original.

Watching bits and pieces of the Olympic Opening ceremony on TV whilst downloading Helix Gnome source so that everyone in my flat using different OSs can build it – maybe.

Site; Larval Hacking; Life/Uni/Student Politics


Well it’s now live at – thanks terral! I’ll do some PHP for it in the next couple of days, probably when I’m at home visiting my parents.

Larval Hacking

Well it’s holiday time at uni on Friday so hopefully I’ll have some time to add some features to various free software programs I use. I doubt I’ll even attempt to get them added to the actual project – it’s just some personal bloat I wish various things had.

Life/Uni/Student Politics

The election for our student newspaper is over. People take it very seriously of course, and of course it doesn’t matter. It’s only every so often you get called ‘liberal-independant scum’. I am always puzzled about how these people have such confidence in being right 🙂


Telsa introduced me to terral , who has offered me some webspace to move my bug site to. Their ulterior motive (I think) is to do research into the adequacy or otherwise of bug reporting, and find out why stuff is not happening that should be. In honour of the occasion I added some more links to it – am having a hard time tracking down SuSE’s bug reporting page or info.


Very busy at the moment trying to get my team elected to the uni newspaper editorship next year. Apparently we shouldn’t attend classes all week to facilitate our chances – I’ve missed too much maths as it is.

This is all requiring about 10% more energy than I possess. Hack-mode would cost me my health if indulged in in the next week 🙂

Life; Geeking; Linux; Games

Sick… head cold and tired. Concentration seriously shot.

Time to become a hardware geek and do hardware magic… or at least ethernet cable magic so my computer doesn’t fall off the house network.

Very seriously considering nuking SuSE in favour of Debian. Perhaps will get a potato CD burnt soon (update: well 2.2 now I guess. I don’t know. Potato is a cooler name).

Playing Baldur’s Gate and Quake 3 on and off – this is the very first time I’ve had a computer capable of playing games from the last three years. Consequently, this is the first time I’ve played games in 4 or 5 years.

Site; Stuff


Added some links and information provided by Laurel and Telsa. Maybe other people will discover it exists. Perhaps not until it is actually useful though.


Became insane recently, so I went and bought tickets to the Olympics, which I thought I would never do. At least it’s not at Sterile Park (Homebush Bay).
As long as karma doesn’t require us to be evicted with no cause (requiring 60 days notice in NSW) in retaliation.

Computer; Code


Beginning to regret having done the default SuSE install, instead of taking time to handpick packages (no ssh was installed for instance). Also discovered the Mutt it was running was 1.0.1 and I couldn’t find a more recent RPM – am I navigating wrong? So I compiled 1.2.5 but haven’t managed to get it to use colour.
Apparently 7.0 is out, I wonder how much has changed?


C++-ed for uni for the first time. I haven’t C-ed since last year and I’d forgotten the niceness of pointers. Nice.