Circles

How predictable.

Went to see the Lion King live stage performance yesterday. Absolutely incredible. The costuming was excellent, the adaptation of the cartoon into a stage show even better. I'd also forgotten how good the music is. Dug up a copy of the soundtrack as well as Paul Kelly's Graceland (as strange as that may sound) and been listening to it since I got up this morning.

Damn the flu! Meant to be doing a music exam at school this week and I feel dead.

Also watched a documentary last night on ABC about child evangelists. Rather disturbing. It was a follow up on another doco the producer had done four years earlier on a particular child and how they had changed over that time. I pity the kid. The first thing that came to mind when I saw him was that he was autistic, and lo and behold about half-way through the doco it was revealed that he'd been diagnosed with autism. Yet his father had done absolutely nothing about searching for treatment for the condition, instead deciding to leave it up to divine intervention.

It got quite sad from that point - it turns out that father had little education and didn't actually understand what autism was. The kid had been poorly homeschooled, was extremely insecure, and to top it off, had no friends. Truely depressing. At least they thought they were doing good. It occured to me that if there really was a God he would not let that happen to people who were merely trying to serve him. Oh, and i've read Job.

Alarmist…

...is the word that I couldn't think of last night at Sluglets. I was giving a quick redux of a talk I did at the EducationaLinux miniconf at LCA earlier this year. I was trying to describe Nessus in a single word, but was unable to think of the right one at the time.

It sort of ties into tomorrow (Sunday) - the day that our honorable *snigger* Prime Minister John Howard will be announcing the date of the upcoming federal election. As mentioned before, he'll be trying ride in on another wave of patriotism and popular thought, similar to what he did with the Children Overboard affair.

Spend the day at the Slug codefest today. Fixed a number of issues that i've been having with the arch-i586 backport i've been working on, and i've finally managed to get two of my own Arch Linux repositories up.

Swing

I'm in a jazzy mood tonight. Had a performance with WYO on Sunday that went most excellently, and i've been in a rather upbeat mood since. Cranked out some Glenn Miller and a "Nova Bossa: Red Hot on Verve" compilation on Sunday evening and i've been listening to nothing else. Someone also suggested that I try out for SYO last week, and said he'd give me a bell when they come around. Also going to try and get a tuba soft case this week so I can lug my instrument around whereever I need to go.

Arrived at school on Monday to find that i've been made a prefect for 2005 at my school. Going for an interview for school captain tomorrow. Have my doubts about whether I want a position of such responsibility, but I figure that I may as well give it a shot.

My Linksys WRT54G arrived yesterday (thanks Terry!). Having a bit of fun with the alternate firmwares and other such hackery. While searching for information on the Sveasoft firmware situation, I came across this picture that's been floating around on P2P networks in the place of the Sveasoft alternate firmware.

Well… moving on

I keep on seeing things on my desk moving out of the corner of my eye. Very disturbing, considering I know nothing is moving at all...

Day off school tomorrow. Yay! And what am I going to spend it doing? Schoolwork, of course. Been reprioritising recently, and have decided that computing will have to take a back seat for the next 12 months or so until I get my HSC out of the way. This means that i'll be putting in the hard yards when it comes to doing _all_ of my schoolwork on time. I've slacked off tremendously this year which is a rather stupid thing to do, considering i'm coming into the final stretch of my high school education. I caught up on a lot of work this afternoon which i've been putting off for a number of months, and it's good to have at least a bit of the weight lifted. I think powering through this is the only way that i'm going to survive. Starting to kick into high gear for my music exam in 2 months. Seems like a long time away, but it's always closer than you think.

But, it doen't mean that i'll be entirely dropping computer related stuff. :-)
I'm currently organising another two roadtrips for Slug which should absolutely go off if I can get into gear soon enough. Expect more news on that front in the immediate future.

After next holidays i'll have a bit of cash after working full time and i'm hoping to start working on a little pet project of mine - a PPC port of Arch Linux. Been working a fair bit on the i586 backport of Arch, and i'm hoping to bring the experience I get from that to this thing.

October should be a very interesting time. I'll have my yearly exams, my music exam, the next phase of rolling out our Linux framework for my employer, and the next roadtrip to Lismore. Busy. Busy. Busy.

It sinks in

I've been thinking a bit about politics recently, both local(in a sense) and federal. On the federal side of things, i've been discussing/thinking about when Howard plans to call our federal election. He only has another 2 weeks to call it in September, but that would destroy his advertising chances during the olympics. I'm thinking that he's going to do what he's done in the past, and that is ride on a wave popularity and call the election directly after the olympics so he can bask in the glory of our athletes hoards of gold medals. It's the sort of political opportunism that Howard is renowned for.

On an FTA note, although the Labor party hasn't been sticking up for itself in the last few weeks, i'm rather pleased that Latham has decided to speak up and put forward the ammendments on the PBS. I think that the feeling within the Labor caucus is that they have enough momentum at the moment to force the Libs into an early election and win with the FTA being the main point of contention. The Libs will portray Latham as un-Australian, anti-American and out of touch with the community (as they have been doing for the last few months). In turn Latham will portray Howard as serving the interests of America and big business. What'll make this whole contest rather interesting is how Labor decides to use the issue of the PBS to its advantage. One thing that grabs the Australian public's attention (other than tax cuts) is the pricing of medicine. In a country where a significant portion of the population is medicated, and an even larger number of people are going to have to be medicated in the fairly short-term future (the baby boomers), pricing of medicines will be an issue that will attract votes and possibly decide the election.

On a more personal note, i'm debating whether to go for a position as a student leader at my school. Year 12 is going to be a very hectic time, and i'm not sure whether I want the added pressure of leadership thrown in. But on the other hand, i've been involved in student leadership in a sense most of my high school life. Realistically I know that i'm not going to be able to affect massive change within the school community, but I think i'd have a better chance at changing stuff that I don't like if I was in a more elevated position. The idealist in me wants to go, but the pragmatist tells me it's essentially a waste of time.

What to do, what to do.....

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Grrrr….

My webserver died yesterday during an upgrade, so the syndication on my blog is a bit screwy. I'm hoping that this entry will clear the syndication issue up on Planet Slug, as the other planet i'm on has already fixed the issue automatically. Grrrr....

Listening to Shostakovich's 8th Symphony at the moment. It's a very mournful Symphony; huge sections of dissonant trumpets but then beautiful passages of oboe and strings.

Scream!

No idea why I chose this title - I just felt like typing it.

Finally got around to seeing Fahrenheit 9/11 this evening, and was reasonably impressed. Moore didn't justify a lot of his arguments and made a number of accusations that were unfounded and without direction, but ultimately I think his heart was in the right place. I encourage the Right to make something equally controvertial.

I've been thinking about doing some aid work abroad for a year or so with the UN after I finish my HSC, but most aid organisations want people with "qualifications" and are over the age of 25. That just plain sucks. They seem to expect that people under 25 won't have any worthy skills to put to use and only offer 6 to 10 week programs. When I get around to talking to them i'll have to see whether they'll assign me somewhere based on experience (of which I have a bit), rather than qualifications. I'm not too sure what sort of work i'd be doing, but i'm hoping that i'll be able to do something with UNITeS and put my tech skills to an honorable cause. If not, i'd love to do something for the prevention of HIV/AIDS, or even just general education in English/History/Geography.

Came across this little beauty tonight while looking for a new desktop background. And wtf?

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Pumped

I'm pumped! Just finished my art major work which i've been working on for a number of months now. I only put it together today, but i've been sourcing the information for a while. Overall, i'm fairly pleased with it. It's due today, and I still need to get it printed. Why on earth am I blogging this? I should be in bed sleeping! I'm not going to feel all that well in a few hours when I have to wake up, but at least it's done.

School: YAY!

First day back at school today. It _really_ sucks. I've been enjoying the holidays too much, but school's put me back in my place, returning me to my normal dreary self. I should be tackling the mass of schoolwork that i've accumulated instead of writing this entry.

I'm going to be sooooo wasted by my physics teacher tomorrow for not catching up (I seem to have a knack for not prioritising). Art assessment due in two days (no where near complete). Maths work due on Friday (I don't even know where i've put it). Maths exam next Wednesday (no preparation whatsoever). English book not read (the language of the book bores me to tears). Religion assesment missing (supposedly the teachers were unable to find a huge part of it!!).

Too tired. Time to go to bed.

[in]securities

School finished longer than a week ago, and it's been over two weeks since i've updated this thing, so here it goes. I've been working full time for the last week and a half doing Linux stuff, and i'm quite enjoying it. Basically what i'm doing is setting up some IBM boxes to run a locked down version of Redhat in a POS environment. I'm regarding the whole thing as a test of skill to see how well I can secure a number of Linux environments, and as such I think my work is benefiting from this approach. I've found that there's a lack of software OSS in one particular area that I have to address, so i've been thinking about how i'm going to fill that void. I've decided that the best way to fix the problem is to write my own piece of software to handle the job. Some of the ideas that i've come up with have sparked my interest in this area of sysadmin work, so i've decided to write the software even if my employer choose to go an alternate route. It's not exactly rocket science, though. More combining a number of *nix tools together to distribute commands over a large network of computers.

I spent last weekend at RUXCON, and it's made me a lot more wary of computing security in general. In the past the only contact i've had with people who do things with computer security has been limited, and the conference has really opened my eyes to what an insecure world of technology we live in. I'm going to be a lot more critical of stuff that I do security wise now. I'd say that I understood about 70% of what was being said, but it was quite scary seeing the underground computing culture that most people have no idea exists.

I've been asked by the music coordinatior at school to play guitar for a musical that our school is putting on later this year. She handed me the score and said to have a look at it over the holidays. Originally we'd planned for me to play Euphonium, or some other brass instrument for the musical, but when the score arrived it turned out that there was hardly any brass parts. This guitar score is truly evil. I know about a fifth of all the chords, and i'm not too sure whether i'll be able to learn all of the other's in time. The composer of this musical must have had something against guitar players. Should be challenging.

It's going to be fun juggling school, exams, music, and my pet project over the next 10 weeks.

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