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Archive for April, 2008

Australian War Memorial now on Facebook

Monday, April 21st, 2008

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Who said Facebook is just for the youngsters?  I don’t know when the Australian War Memorial created its Facebook page but a couple of days ago I saw this advertisement on my Facebook news feed.

Advertisement for ANZAC Day Dawn Service at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra

Clicking on the ad took me to an Event page for the ANZAC Day Dawn Service at the War Memorial’s parade ground.  The Event page has an “Export” button so you can add the Dawn Service to your Outlook calendar.

Facebook Event listing for the ANZAC Day Dawn Service at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra

Yes, I’ll be attending, and then it’s off to Code Camp Oz in Wagga Wagga.

Murphy’s Law(s)

Friday, April 11th, 2008

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Yes, “Laws” - plural.  I remember being taught that Murphy actually had three laws.

  • Murphy’s Law 1: Whatever can go wrong, will go wrong.
    (We all know this one.)
  • Murphy’s Law 2: Document! Document! Document!
    (All bureaucrats know this one because, when Law 1 applies, one needs to have one’s backside protected.)
  • Murphy’s Law 3: …
    (Nobody knows this one.  Apparently, Murphy forgot to write it down.)

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I’ve had some time to sit still and think about this recently after Law 1 applied to me in a medical sense.  I posted this as a comment over on the blog of Western Australian mate, Archie, who promoted it to his list of Collected Quotes About Science (Sort Of).  Thanks, Archie.

More April: ANZAC Day and CodeCampOz

Sunday, April 6th, 2008

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April also means ANZAC Day and CodeCampOz.

ANZAC Day

Mrs Fitz, #1 Son and I will be at the dawn service at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.  Afterwards, we have an assignment to do in the memorial.  A teacher friend is doing a module on ANZAC Day with her class and has asked us to gather some information from the museum.

Code Camp OzCode Camp Oz

Afterwards, we’ll be off to Wagga Wagga for CodeCampOz.

  • Fri 25, Sat 26 and Sun 27 Apr 08
  • Wal Fife Theatre, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga
  • A .NET developer community driven event. Two and a half intense days of sessions on current development topics featuring the latest (Visual Studio 2008) and up-coming (SQL Server 2008) development tools.
  • It is free to attend.
    See www.codecampoz.com for more details.
  • Peter and I will be there!

April: Jokes

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

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It’s April!  You know what that means - April Fools Day jokes.

The Freeze

A local chapter of Improv Everywhere staged a five-minute Flashmob Freeze in Brisbane’s Queen Street Mall at 1pm.  It was all over the local media.  Well done, folks.

The Fake Resignation

Scotty blogged that he had resigned from Microsoft and was off to Pixar.  For a second there, he really had me going.

The Comic Circle

• One of my favourite web comics, xkcd (www.xkcd.com) redirected everyone to another really good comic, Questionable Content (questionablecontent.net).
• Questionable Content redirected everyone to Dinosaur Comics (www.qwantz.com)
• Dinosaur Comics redirected everyone to xkcd.

April Fools Day comic redirection xkcd, Questionable Content, Dinosaur Comics

One poor soul had all three comics bookmarked close to each other and thought that his Firefox was playing a practical joke on him.

The Funniest Joke of All

The funniest joke was one that Randall didn’t even have to write.  At xkcd, all the comics are numbered.  The last comic published before April 1 was number 403 at http://www.xkcd.com/403/.  The next cartoon published after April 1 was number 405 at http://www.xkcd.com/405/.

Why was number 404 skipped?  That’s right, have a look at http://www.xkcd.com/404/HTTP Error 404: Page not found. HaHa!