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Sep 22
2009

My EA Game: Need for Speed - fight for freedom!

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riiaan

Need For Speed - Fight for Freedom

Sep 22
2009

My Rock Story

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The Pianist
From a distance, my destination looked beautiful.  I saw a gorgeous sandy beach, colourful pebbles and other interesting bits I wanted to explore.  I saw a couple of rocks, but nothing that looked too scary. 

Mike and I got a bag full of fruit, and water, and set off for a few hours, to find the unknown.  He had trainers, I had slops.  I thought to myself that this would be a small snag, but not too bad.  As I approached more rocks, they became bigger, and harder to climb.  Eventually I got to the top of a little hill, it started to look increasingly like a huge mountain.  I froze.  Mike paced it about three times to try show me how to do it, but my body would not move.  I was petrified.  He tried his best to calm me, and eventually said, "You're doing this Mish.  I'm going down to the rock pools, and not going to watch you.  Don't be nervous, you can do this!"  I guess I have rock-a-phobia-at-sea or something, but I had read something the night before.  "Fearing something does not mean it's going to actually happen."  I started sloganning myself through this process.  My confidence climbed a bit.

I said to myself over and over, "Fearing i am going to fall down this mountain, does not mean I am actually going to fall".  "One step at a time".  "You can do this".  "It's a little rock at a time"... before I knew it, i was down the mountain!  Splashing in the sea.  I found more beautiful shells and colourful pebbles than I had on the other beaches.  I learnt something - my biggest barrier in life, is fear.  I am going to get rid of it, one step at a time.

Fearing that I am not going to drive, not going to succeed, not going to find a good guy, not going to learn to read music, and other fears, is my old way of life.  Getting on with it is my new ways! 
Sep 22
2009

My apologies to Vodacom

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bubblzey
In April, after discovering Night Shift, I wrote a post about how Vodacom was trying to ruin our love lives by allowing us to phone for free after midnight. I supposed that the only reason one would use one's phone after midnight was to drunkenly contact the object of one's affections to say inappropriate things about how one felt towards them. That, until this past weekend, was the only reason I could see to call people at such an unGodly hour of the night.

Well, I have now experienced the upside of Night Shift Calling! I went to the Grahamstown Burning Man on Friday night. It was one of those parties - crowds of people, not much light, and hundreds of places to hide. I have very little credit in my phone, given the time of the month (and its associated skintness), and needed to get hold of people to find out where they were and what their plans were for the rest of the evening. Enter my free minutes. I was able to call, chat, and catch up with my crew for notihng (given that we're all Vodacom customers). It ended up being an awesome night (including dancing to YMCA on a table in the Rat [a Grahamstonian bar filled with jocks and poppies] with a very hot gay boy and his very pretty Belgian journ student [for want of a better word] fag-hag).

So, I feel it's appropriate that I apologise to Vodacom. I maligned their intentions. I assumed that all they wanted us to do was spend our credit calling each other in the morning to make up for the drama of the preceding drunken evening. Maybe they really did just want to give us free minutes to make sure our friends were safe before we left the party.
Sep 22
2009

Is it time to reconsider what an engine rumble means?

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EgbertFly

An electric superbike manufactured in San Francisco by a company called Mission motors has broken through a land speed record by hitting a speed 259 km/h.  The record was set at the famous Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, USA.  The rider was one Jeremy Cleland.  The record attempt also beat seventy percent of the petrol engine bikes that have competed at the Salt Flats.

Sep 22
2009

GPS - Life would not be the same without it

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The Pianist
As we aimlessly drove to certain parts of PE, I longed for a Garmin.  I laugh at how I stared at this funny gadget when I first saw it, and heard it.  But I can quickly see that this is an item that is going to be a gadget in my possession.

On the plane, after the Cabin captain requested cell phones to be turned off, about five minutes after, someone's phone went off.  I felt like telling him, "No sunshine, your little phone does count.  One incorrect signal from your little device, the planes GPS messes up and we become part of the Drakensburg structure.  You idiot".  It's amazing how millions of people trust their lives in hands of a GPS' navigation to get them from position A. to B.  Do we trust computers too much?

Will I take lightly to someone I don't know, telling me to "Turn right".  I barely listen to people who give me other advice, unless it's work.  But a computer that can fit in my bag?  Perhaps because I'm bigger than the device, I'll feel more like an equal, then a sheep following some monotone dictator.

But if I am honest with myself, I'll probably land up relying on the computer, like it is Yoda giving Luke Skywalker survival tips.  Subliminal messaging has that effect on people.
Sep 22
2009

Oops I have departed !

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DBS

It is the final inevitability of life - death.

Sep 22
2009

photoshop 101

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Charmed

My attempt at learning Photoshop.

Before:

pc

After:

pc_edit

I did this with instructions my little sister gave me via gtalk. I’m also expecting some of her Digital Imaging notes :) I didn’t even attempt removing the reflection of the curtains from the glass. One step at a time.
Sep 22
2009

Let’s talk about ‘due process.’

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martin hatchuel
Let’s talk about ‘due process.’

Now I’m no legal genius, but as I understand it, both the constitution and our common law protect the little ou by requiring that, if you want to pronounce someone guilty of something, and punish him for it, you have to follow ‘due process.’

But it seems that ‘the little ou’ doesn’t include schoolchildren. Because, you see, it seems that teachers are allowed to make summary judgments – snap! just like that.

Coupla weeks ago, my ward’s cell phone was ‘confiscated,’ and it was held for ten days.
He’d been using it in class, and the School Code of Conduct (as if that were some kind of legal document, binding on all parties, and all that), says that the teacher can do that.

And I agree: no one should use a cell phone in class. But what sets our education system above the law of the land? Hell, if someone as powerful as the Tax Man wants to go after my assets, he has to follow due process.

See, I pay for that phone – so it’s mine - and I do so in order to be able to contact the brat when I want or need to do so.

So I spoke to a lawyer about it, and he said I had a case, and that I should go to court to get an order to have the phone returned forthwith. But I thought, screw it, it’d be cheaper to get one of those throw-away Pep specials, and that way keep the communication lines open for the ten days in question.

Sure enough, the school kept its word and after the punishment period, returned my phone.

But it failed in its duty to set an example, because it didn’t teach the boy a lesson in citizenship, responsibility and constitutionality.

Was there a hearing? Was the boy given a chance to defend himself? Was the accuser given a chance to put her case to an independent arbiter?

No. None of that.

And THAT’S why I have a problem…

Sep 22
2009

The Laws of Security part 5

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EgbertFly

Welcome to part 5 of the series in The Laws of Security.

Sep 22
2009

Operating Hours

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AbortRetryFail
Most businesses and establishments have standard operating hours. I'm putting my own personal operating hours in place as of today...

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