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2008 » October MikeFitz with overflow bit set…

Archive for October, 2008

This. This gives me Hope.

Friday, October 24th, 2008

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This is the sound of intelligent young people engaging in the political process in numbers not seen in more than a generation.

These are the images not of fear-mongering, not of protest, but of change for the better.

This is the medium of grass-roots dialogue and enlightenment.

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I could see the change coming when, in the early days of the Democratic primaries, Hilary Clinton ran out of supporters who could donate to her campaign in blocks of $1million or so.  At the same time, the Obama campaign was fundraising much more in PayPal donations of $10, $50 or $100.  Behind each of those tiny donations was a committed voter.  This gives me hope.

Thank you for the link, David.

No martyrdom for Bali bombers

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

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I support Fr Frank Brennan’s call for our government to speak out against the execution of the three Bali bombers.  Instead, their death sentences should be commuted to a life of anonymity.  It should be illegal to quote them or show their stupid, smiling and unrepentant faces.  Deny them the publicity they seek.

No media; no martyrdom.

I don’t like the death penalty.  If we are happy to see these clowns die, it would then be impossible to expect clemency for Scott Rush.  But every time I see their smirking, unrepentant faces on TV, I reconsider…

My letter to the editor on this topic was published in the Courier-Mail today.

US Presidential ballot paper

Sunday, October 19th, 2008

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Ballot paperA good friend, David Drucker, cast his vote in the US Presidential election on Friday.  I was interested to see an image of the actual ballot paper on his blog.  I never knew there were so many other candidates for president besides McCain and Obama.

Also on the topic of the election, I remember seeing this comment somewhere,

Try to imagine President Sarah Palin discussing ‘nucular’ disarmament with Kim Jong-Il
… and then try to sleep.

It’ll make you laugh.  It’ll make you cry.

Winning hearts and minds - and eyeballs

Friday, October 17th, 2008

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From the inimitable Randall Munroe at xkcd, I thought this was funny…

Listen, they request that you stop submitting a listing for your house labeled 'WHERE YOU BROKE MY HEART'

Developer mate, international jet-setter, marathon runner and fellow geek, B-T Lim tells me that he thinks Google is going to rule the world.  I’d better not look too deeply into his eyes.

Google Chrome - a great disturbance

Monday, October 13th, 2008

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And while I wasn’t looking, Google released Chrome (BETA), a new f*#&ing browser.

Rob Cottingham at Noise to Signal captured the first reaction of many web developers:

Cartoon: a great disturbance in the web development community

Still Alive

Monday, October 13th, 2008

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Haven’t heard from Mike for a while?  again?  Well, he’s still alive.

The South American adventure was just wonderful and fortunately incident-free healthwise - up until the second-last day.  :( Long story short, there was an unfortunate confluence of events.

The faint-hearted should not read beyond this point.

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Google Calculator outsmarts G-Mail Mail Goggles

Sunday, October 12th, 2008

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Peter Black, internet law lecturer at QUT, had an article on “Mail Goggles” in the Curious-Mail last week.  I didn’t realize it at the time, but any drunkard confronted by a maths problem need look no further than Google itself for answers.

Google search results featuring Google Calculator

I suspect the real purpose of Mail Goggles is to get us all talking about Google and G-Mail.  If that’s the case - Mission Accomplished!