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Exciting Competition

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This is the first in what I hope to be a long line of competitions in an attempt to create some exposure for The Mill.

The prize package:

  • See a movie with me at Schonell Cinemas
  • Half a pizza from the Pizza Caffe
  • An Espresso Coffee
  • The pleasure of my company What a great prize!! Of course the conditions of the competition are as follows:

  • Must see the movie before the 26th November

  • Must be able to come to Brisbane to collect the prize
  • Must make your own way to the Schonell Cinema
  • The prize is not able to be redeemed for cash
  • The prize is tranferrable upon discussion
  • Extra toppings on the pizza must be paid for
  • Must be contactable
  • Entries close this Friday. If there are no suitable entries, it will extend to the 18th of November

So how do you enter? Simply come up with the best reason why I should choose you. Submit your reason as a comment. I will be judging entries on:

  • Humour
  • Attractiveness of the offer
  • Creativity

So get cracking and may the best comment win.

No Pun intended

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While writing about Ikea and how wonderfully sustainable they were, I accidentally came across a fun and exciting pun (of my own).

“…approximately 75% of Ikea’s goods having roots in the forest…”


Hi 5?? Up Yours!!

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Today I received an email from inviting me to join Hi 5. At first I hoped that they wanted me to join the kids band, so imagine my disappointment when I opened the message and it contained the following:

Come join my network at hi5!

I now have over 42 friends in my network! You can meet all of them, plus more than 20 million other Hi5 members! Once you join, you will immediately be connected to all the people in my circle of friends.

Hi5 is an online service that lets you meet new people, view photos, browse profiles, and chat with your friends.

I’ll see you inside,


Normally I would just say this is standard junk mail ame forget about it, but the name seemed to ring a bell, but only vaguely. After a quick search of my pre-gmail archives I discovered that the source of the email was a member of my group for Marketing at uni. Of course, this was the group member that left after being in the group for one week.

So not only was this one of the people who was exploiting my ability to actually communicate using the English language, but they were building a database of email addresses so that they may pretend to have “42” friends. I met this person once, and it was more of a “look, he’s the only white guy in the room and he seems to know what the hell is going on, let’s nab him for our group and have him do the assignment for us”. Certainly not a “Hi, my name is Chi, what’s yours? That’s interesting. Hey do you want to join our group?”

Now if people are beginning to think that there are racial undertones coming through, you might be right. But my real problem is that I am paying for a post graduate course and I get lumped with people who essentially can’t read or write and barely grasp the subject anyway.

I’m not being harsh, just realistic. In an Australian University I shouldn’t have to spend group time correcting basic grammar and throwing out huge paragraphs for the simple reason that they make no sense. Well, not at post graduate level. I hope medicine is better.

So, because of this blatant mis-use of my email address I am going to adopt a new system for my medical studies (which, fingers crossed, will start next year). All people will need to sign a form to say they won’t send me any emails unrelated to the course material unless otherwise solicited. Alternatively I can give people a provisional address and if they don’t screw with it after a year, they receive a more permanent address (if they still need to communicate with me).

Alternatively I could simply list the email addresses of all violators on a special site and encourage spammers to use it, or better yet, sell the list (although the legalities of that is questionable).

Sleep Deprivation

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Everyone enjoys their sleep. I am one of those people, but the last few nights have seen me inflict horrible amounts of sleep deprivation on myself. Why the torture? A university assignment.

Well, I really should have done the assignment earlier, but putting things off to the last minute is what gives me the drive to get things done. Even my medical application was submitted days before the deadline. Things just seem to be getting worse. I push myself and use caffeine (the molecule to which I am dedicating this assignment) to ensure that I get across the line. Of course, I know that if I just did things earlier I would get it done with no problems.

I am addicted to the feeling of cutting it close. It seems to give me a thrill. Unfortunately I don’t like what I have to do to cut things so fine and as such I am trying to make a significant change. I believe that if Griffith is good enough to take me and the Defence Force is good engouh to pay me I might actually be able to focus on University work and enjoy my free time.

PDF Browser Plugin

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Doing research for a University assignment and getting frustrated with Adobe Acrobat’s lack of integration with Mozilla Firefox I discovered the Schubert|it - PDF Browser Plugin.

It was a breeze to install (drag it to the internet plugins folder and restart Firefox. Not only that but it is so much nicer to look at than Preview.

So, if you have a Mac and you look at PDFs, use this plugin. It is free unless you are a money making business, and even then it is only $69 US for a site wide license (as many computers as you can fit in a 5 mile radius).

UPDATE (25th October 2006) - This only works on Power PC Macs. Not Intel-based Macs. It won’t crash, it just won’t work. (Well, at least that’s what happened to me.)