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[08 Apr 2007|12:41am]
So uh, this 'Easter' thing. Something about Jebuz. I'm not religious at all, some may call me bit of an atheist but sometimes I love Christianity because it gives me holidays. Without holidays I would probably go batshit insane. Our family doesn't really celebrate anything- not even Chinese new year and I like it that way. I don't feel any obligation to spend any money or make an effort to please people when there's a public holiday. Also me and my friends have a mutual thing going on where we don't give each other presents for anything- we're all happier that way. :)
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Macbook [04 Apr 2007|11:37pm]
My new Macbook's screen hinge creaks and squeaks when the thing warms up and it's god damn annoying. Apple said it's a 'cosmetic' fault and is not covered by warranty. It seems that quite a few people on forums who have the black Macbook have the same problem. Well, fine. I went and ordered a Glide Kit which consists of a lubricant and tools specially designed for the Macbook in order to reduce the hinge resistance. My otherwise smooth transition from using Windows 100% of the time to Macintosh has be tainted by dodgy Apple quality control. Oh Apple, maybe you should feed the slave labourers in iPod City better tofu tomorrow at dinner.

But overall I'm pretty impressed by the Mac. Mac OSX is very nice both in functionality and looks, and iTunes works a lot better in OSX than in Windows. So well that I sold my old mp3 player and got a brand new 80GB iPod yesterday.

Enough tech talk for now...
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[31 Mar 2007|02:14am]
Fun week.
  • ate a kebab so big it made my jaws hurt, all for $6.90 with free tabouli!
  • Arcturus and supporting bands Virgin Black and Astriaal was nuts and I'm definitely heading back out to Club Phoenix for Vader. I really wish some of the non-metal bands I'm into would come to Australia; for example I would absolutely KILL to see Head Automatica live.
  • As usual, didn't get much uni work done. I'll be working on it tomorrow though so I better get to sleep sooner rather than later. It's 2:20AM already.
  • My MacBook is quite impressive. I can't call myself a convert yet but the whole Mac experience has been more than pleasant, as I got used to OSX rather quickly. Still trying to figure out .Mac and whether there's a point to it or not.
  • Visy paper mill visit sucked. Almost got murdered coming out of the toll booths off the Gateway Bridge and the paper mill stank like dead animals. Even in the offices.
  • Got a quiz next week which I should be preparing for. Funny thing is a pass on it is 75%.
  • Got myself a Glassjaw t-shirt with the 'geejay' logo. Glassjaw rules. Listen to them.
  • Vans sneakers pretty much ripped in half while walking. Good thing I love my Onitsuka Tigers- seriously best shoes ever. My heartfelt recommendation!
  • Watched Kenny. Quite possibly my favourite Australian comedy of all time.
  • My room is really messy this week as I cleaned out about half a cubic metre of old clothes that I never wear from my wardrobe. Anyone know where I can get those massive cheap arse bags with zips for like $2? I'm planning on donating them to somewhere.
  • Got invites to go out tomorrow night but I really can't be bothered since I really need sleep and study. In addition I spent a lot of money this week and I saw a band last night, which counts towards social interaction points... or does it.
  • My Centrelink online account got disabled 24 hours because I apparently forgot the answers to the secret questions used to ensure I'm the account holder. Questions I made!
That's it from me today.
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Update [25 Mar 2007|10:29pm]
Fifth week of uni is about to start, and I'm dead set behind in two of my four subjects. What did I do this weekend? Absolutely nothing. My dad and my grandparents drove to Sydney at 3am on Saturday morning to give the grands a bit of a look-see of our most populous city before they board the jumbo back to the land of really-bad-wealthy-disparity aka China. Dad reversed out the driveway really fast and did not realise that my granddad had not closed his door yet and scraped the door on our brick mailbox. Needless to say the door got fucked. We managed to get the door closed so they can actually drive to Sydney without the door flopping around and I wonder how my dad felt during the 10 hour drive about damaging his precious car. I couldn't help but go back to sleep that morning with a massive grin on my face- evil I know, but what the hell.

It wasn't too long ago (two weeks in fact) when a similar situation befell me. The service station was really busy and luckily I got a spot, however when I opened the fuel tank door and went up to the fuel pump I found out it only diesel. So I decided to reserve up to the little carpark behind me to wait until others are finished with the unleaded pumps. I forgot to close the fuel pump door and I literally ripped the bugger off by reversing too close to the ice box. Glad I didn't get a verbal beating by the parentals- they know all too well how bad I must've felt about damaging my mum's car. That little Mazda 323 has so many marks now- at least 3 on the bumpers courtesy of my dad and now the fuel door is gone.

I sold my computer. Built it last year to play games- and I realised that I haven't played anything on it apart form two hours of FEAR and Half Life 2. Ordered a black Macbook. It better arrive tomorrow morning- the Apple Store people said it would've shipped on Friday but checking the online status it hasn't even shipped yet.

Tomorrow we're visiting a paper mill for a chemical engineeing subject. I wonder if it will be fun or not. I was meant to give a ride to the mill for a couple of cheerful girlies my CHEE2001 tute, but now it's me and my mate Akshay. Generally people have been treating me with disrepect lately, be it at work or anywhere else. Oh well. I pretty much did my whole group assignment that was due on Friday, but I don't mind- things like that don't bother me too much.

Cheers to a long entry that sort of reminds of a couple of years back- when life was a bit more turbulent. Seeing Arcturus on Thursday night- should be a blast. Wish I didn't have so many assessments due in the next couple of weeks though. Yeah I know I whinge too much about uni.
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[05 Mar 2007|07:13pm]


I'm bored.
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Peekaboo [06 Feb 2007|01:39pm]
I thought it was about time I updated this journal, after many many months of neglect and general disrespect. I'm pretty sure a lot of the LJ population is making the move to evil MySpace, which is probably just as bad as this place so in effect this is going to be read by a total of 5 (maybe even 6?) people. And that's just fine by me, as LJ has always served as a 'thing' where I can just type random bullshit and it appears on the world wide web for all to see.

For the past 10 weeks or so I've been working at a surface coal mine in central Queensland, Australia. Callide Mine (operated by Anglo Coal Australia, subsidiary of Anglo American) is about 650km from my home in Brisbane, Australia so I'm pretty far away from home. Definetly not a short drive away by all means. Let me rephrase that; I'm not actually doing much useful work, rather getting payed to obtain professional engineering experience required to finish my degree. The pay is not bad, and I'm living with 3 other university students doing the same thing, who are all very nice people with the exception of one, and that's okay.

The only bad thing is I'm stuck in a town of 6000 with nothing but two pubs and a couple of old people's institutions.Good thing Rockhampton and Gladstone (two reasonably sized cities) are just 1.5 hours away by car. Last Saturday night we went to a club in Rocky and I saw lots of pretty girls. Sigh. I've got three weeks left in this pathetic excuse for civilization until I'm back at university. I honestly can't wait to get home and not having to wake up at 5:30 everyday. The only way I'm getting through this is reminding myself I'm actually getting payed OK money for it.

I'm actually very, very bored right now... I've completed my main two projects and I have no fuckin idea what I'm going to do for the next couple of weeks here. I wish we were allowed to drive haul trucks or something, they do that at some other mines. Damn I'm out of ideas to write about, so I'm goneeee.

I have no idea who's active on LJ these days any more, so give us a buzz!
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So unexciting [03 Jun 2006|10:31pm]
I'm bored and frustrated- I have to study a shitload from next week onwards in order to prepare for my god damn 6 final exams. Mind you I'm only 5 courses with two being single-unit ones, so theoretically the workload is not more than any other 8 unit semester, but the single unit courses tend to have most of their marks allocated to exams. And also my geology course has two freakin 2 hour exams; one practical and one theory. I fuckin hate that course too...

I can't believe how bland and unexciting the past year and a half has been- absolutely nothing significant happened at all, either good or bad. It's just been uni-holidays-work, and due to that motivation has been pretty damn low and I can't do anything properly be it playing a game, reading a book or studying properly. By the way I have the right to whinge on LJ so yeah.

Holy crap how cold has it been recently in Brisbane- it's god damn crazy. I guess it's quite warm during the day, but at night it's pretty darn cold and I now have a runny nose. How crap.

Hohoho too much emo tendencies, no available facilities to let them out.
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Join my message board! [17 Apr 2006|12:42am]
Something I made for fun.

http://yjs666.proboards104.com/index.cgi

Be warned for potentially offensive material! My friends and I can be odd.
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Coresale [12 Apr 2006|05:20pm]
So Harvey Norman Coorparoo (formally Megamart) had a massive videogame sale today with all Nintendo games regardless of platform at under $5. I thought it was too good to be true until me and a couple of friends turned up at 8:50 and saw about 20 people lined up waiting to grab the goodies. I ended up getting about 8 GBA games, a few that I already own but for you can't say no to $5, since I can probably sell those on eBay for at least $25.

So yeah it was a great to get cheap shit, felt good.
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Le Comte de Monte Cristo [01 Feb 2006|09:10pm]
[ mood | calm ]

Wow, after about a week I finally finished the masterpiece known as The Count of Monte Cristo, about 1000 pages of pure enjoyment. Never had a book had such a profound effect on me; I was utterly amazed at how quickly the time passes when I read it and found it to be strangely accessible for a book that was written over a hundred years ago (although the Penguin Classics translation by Robin Buss was done fairly recently). The language used is amusing to say the least and the story really play up your emotions.

Reading Monte Cristo really had a great effect; in that I would love to read more classics. I recall going through half of Les Miserables and then the book was put on hold by some rascal so I had to return it (in reality it's my fault, since I started reading 3 weeks after I got it out), even though it was a highly enjoyable experience. Being appalled at the fact that the book was not available in 2 libraries I visited I took the matter in my own hands and bought the Les Miserables myself. Thus begins another 1000 page journey.

A few days ago I was going through my anime collection and noticed something interesting, and it was a certain title named 'Gankutsuou'. Memory served me well; Gankutsuou is the name of the Japanese translation of Le Comte de Monte Cristo and is also the name of an animated series. Interestingly the series is somewhat based on the book; the pacing and order of story events are different and is actually set in the future. Chateau d'If is actually a planet in the distant borders of the galaxy, the Count and Albert has their encounter on Luna (the Moon) instead of Rome and so on. However this does not take away the elegance of the presentation; it's as if the world has reverted back to 19th European customs and dress in 3000 years time. It also has a very unique art style that uses overlays and Photoshop-esque effects with lots and lots of CG. Impressive so far.

In other news I got the tickets to the Opeth show on the 27th of April. I'm not too excited as the date is still very far away and the new album (Ghost Reveries) just plain sucks in my (and a few of my friend's) opinion. However they are still one of my top bands and the chance to see them live will definetly go unmissed.

Okay, so it's about a month until university starts again and I think I'm all but decided to choose mining as my engineering major. It's one of the top paying jobs right now but it has catches in that I'll probably have to work in rural mining towns for a while, but the holidays are long and the money is excellent, as are the privilages. Compared to something like civil engineering, which most graduates end up doing CAD and other small-time stuff it's quite exciting, because as a mining engineering you can do anything from blowing up rocks with tons of explosives to overseeing kickass machines the size of houses.

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LJ [09 Nov 2005|10:44pm]
[ mood | geeky ]

I've been reading through my old entries these couple of days, and there were some very embarrasing and disturbing content and I deleted a few of them. I can't believe how much I've changed since early 2004, it's absolutely amazing. Even though I depise my old self, this LJ has kept an honest record of the changes that went through in the past year and a half.

I have very little hair again. My parents have been pestering me to get a haircut for a few weeks now, and after a little bit of thinking I concluded that having long-ish hair was losing its novelty and became increasingly quite annoying. Every time I put my head down to study hair would get in my eyes and stuff. So I got a blade 4 shave and it feels like great now.

Just one more week until I finish exams. Honestly cannot wait.

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Eraser [20 Oct 2005|09:06pm]
[ mood | calm ]

I almost thought I lost the rubber I've been using for the entire year just before, but I found it in my bag after 10 minutes of searching. Whew.

This year has been great on the not-losing-things front. I haven't lost a thing, be it an eraser, pen, mobile phone, keys, whatever. Oh, might change that to not losing physical things.

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Exams coming soon! [18 Oct 2005|11:11pm]
[ mood | blah ]

Exams coming soon, MATH1051 will be my trouble subject... I haven't studied for that since the break. I'm currently addicted to a Chinese drama which I absolutely have to finish watching before exams, otherwise my head will be metaphorically chopped off. Exams are always annoying, but at least the weekly of onslaught of assignments are almost coming to an end, as I only have one maths and one engineering mechanics assignment to hand in before the end of next week.

Strangely enough, I'm currently downloading a beta (build 5231) of Windows Vista, the next generation Windows OS. It looks kinda good I guess, and I like fiddling with new stuff. Which reminds me, somebody buy me a Mac. ;)

Ever since the announcement of the 5th generation iPod my opinion about the player has turned around full circle. I disliked the iPod before, mainly because it was popular and didn't really stand out from the crowd of many other great DAPs. But the 5th gen is just supreme value; 30GB for $299 US with a 2.5 inch screen with a form factor that blows anything from the competition, now you can't beat that. I'm currently lusting over a 60GB black one... Which will match quite well with my future black Game Boy Micro. Hmm. Yummy 10% educational discount too! When the Intel-based Macs comes out, I'm fully jumping the bandwagon and getting an iMac. It was Tim's birthday last Saturday and he ordered a 30GB one apparently, so he's gonna be the guinea pig.

Mario Kart DS comes out two days after my last exam (17th Nov). The funnest racing game online, I say a big YES. I can't wait to get absolutely owned by the people who will play it 24/7.

I plan to put more geek rant techie stuff in here more, because it's just my true self. :)

Me's been feeling a little weird as always; perhaps it's lack of decent social interaction. I just spend too much time stressing about stupid things and uni work... I'm quite used to it, since pretty much this whole year has been like that. Made no meaningful friends at university, and the good old group of high school can only hold up a good gathering every once a blue moon... I think I may actually have to try to find people with similar interests to make good friends. Hehe. It's a good thing there are so many things I want to buy to keep my mind always anticipating something!

I'm goin to sleep... Writing in this thing has got me thinking a little and I'd rather not be. G'night all.

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Nintendogs. [22 Sep 2005|11:56pm]
Nintendogs finally got released today in the land of really late game releases (ie. Australia). I got the Dachshund & Friends version; which has the following breeds: Miniature Dachshund, Golden Retriever, Beagle, Pug, Siberian Husky and Shih Tzu.

My first dog is a Golden Retriever named Simba. I've already taught it sit down and roll over. Hehehe. It also shitted and pissed three times on its first walk outside. This game is so genius, if you don't know about it then please http://www.nintendogs.com/.
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Nintendo Revolution [17 Sep 2005|12:20pm]
[ mood | excited ]

I'm pumped for the future of gaming.

http://cube.ign.com/articles/651/651275p1.html

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Arrgh. [15 Sep 2005|12:52am]
I've been listening to Comeback Kid for the last 6 hours. The same 30 minute long album 'Wake The Dead'. Dammnnnnnnnnnnnnn. hxc to da maxxxx.

Victory Records still suck though; although they do have Comeback Kid and Between The Buried And Me. But they also have Aiden, a shitfest of horror punk/crapcore shitty music. The guys in there have really stupid hair, and one of them looks like a chicken wearing crappy makeup.

Fuck I need to go back to tr00 metal man. \m/
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[10 Sep 2005|01:41pm]
[ mood | calm ]

I went kite flying with my parents just before, it was so fricking fun. I'm gonna have to do it more often.

Yes. First free weekend in a long, long time. Hopefully there will be action happening tomorrow with friends.

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Realistic dream car. [08 Sep 2005|11:00pm]
[ mood | calm ]

When I'm well off, I'm going to buy a black Volkswagen Golf GTI with beige leather trim. Sure beats any rice rocket for $40,000 (Australian dollars).

Oh, the new iPod nano looks rather interesting. The size and capacity is perfect, and the price is reasonable either. I'm seriously considering the black model, as the white one looks a bit fugly to me. A much better product than the iPod mini that's for sure. Contrary to popular belief, I don't actually hate the iPod or Apple, but the iPod mini just never really caught my eye. Nor does the immense popularity of white earbuds.

I'm considering getting a Australian Defence Force sponsorship for engineering. If I can do mechanical and space engineering without failing (hehe) then I'd do anything to work with fighter jets. Especially since the ADF gives you $22k plus every year while you're at uni plus $120 rent assistance every week plus all fees (including uni fees) covered plus all benefits a full time military personel recieves. The only catch is that you have to give back the time the ADF sponsors you for plus one year. Even then, the starting salary is $54k and you get experience that you won't get anywhere else, plus mental and physical fitness. Not bad.

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[04 Sep 2005|11:53pm]
http://simcityneworleans.ytmnd.com/
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AHhh!111 [17 Aug 2005|07:58pm]
[ mood | calm ]

Zelda: Twilight Princess has been delayed till after March 31st, 2006!! Sucktastic. Although I have a feeling it might just morph into a launch title for the Nintendo Revolution...

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