29 03 2010

Before you tune out, I’m not going to go on about this one application, just using it for a brief example. You may have heard of farmville on facebook. the thing that makes it popular is the points system, apparently, so I’ve heard, I don’t play it. there’s a video out about why people like getting points, and perhaps if you’re not getting what I’m trying to get across, you should watch this first… well if I could find it. oh well.

Well ok, basically it’s about peoples obsession with points, you brush your teeth, you get points, you go to the park, more points, eat certain brands of food, more points… and these points add up and could be used to earn goods later, such as movie tickets or something.

Right, we could use this for energy.

Say we have a program (iphone app?) where each day you attempt to use less energy than the day before, and if you do, you get points.

You log into the app, and it connects to your electricity/gas meter (yes it would need some sort of internet connection). or your electricity company… and find out how much has been used.

Less electricity, more points.


Murpheys Revenge

25 03 2010

Have you ever had one of those quiet evenings where you sat by yourself in the kitchen, at the table, with a big plate of hot chips?

Your mind wanders aimlessly from one thought to another, as though you’re in a car but not holding the wheel.

You’re contemplating what kind of underwear Boy George might have worn, and you don’t care that you’re thinking that, because who’s going to know?… unless you’re stupid enough to blog about it.

Chips are a strange thing to eat by themselves, they have a monotony about them, like an endless desert road has, just a long stretch of dirt, that goes on and on… poles at the side of the road, one after the other… pole…. pole…. pole….

Then you put “the” chip in your mouth, the rancid one.
Have you met the rancid chip? rancid chips are pretty rare,
but once in a while, you’ll get one.

They taste like they’ve been wrapped in a footballers sock, or Boy Georges underwear… which has been floating along the sewer, The point is, rancid chips are pretty darn bad.

Suddenly there’s a change in that long stretch of road,
with it’s endless poles.

One of those poles has fallen across the road, you’ve hit it, and now your car is fifty feet in the air, you’ve lost control,
you try in vain to hold on, but there’s nothing you can do.

You lurch and contort in your chair, your face turns a sickly shade of green, your stomach twists and lurches, you contort, tears running down your cheeks as you gasp for air… and like an erupting volcano you eject the contents of your stomach…

All over the cat.


Cyclone bogan

25 03 2010

A joke which my mate Valerian sent me.

Cyclone hits Broadmeadows

Cyclone Shazza hit Broadmeadows in the early hours of Friday 31st July 2009.
Victims were seen wandering around aimlessly, muttering ‘Faaarckinell’.
The cyclone devastated the area, causing approximately $30 worth of damage.
Three areas of historic burnt out cars were disturbed. Many locals were woken well before their Centrelink cheques arrived.
The Broadmeadows Times reported that hundreds of residents were confused and bewildered and were still trying to come to terms with the fact that something interesting had happened in Broadmeadows.
One resident – Tracy Maree Britney Madonna Smith, a 16-year-old Mother of 5 said ‘It was such a shock, my little daughter Chardonnay-Mercedes came running into my bedroom crying. My youngest two Joachim and River slept through it all.’
Apparently, looting, muggings and car crime were unaffected and carried on as normal.
The Australian Red Cross has so far managed to ship 4,000 crates of Bacardi-Breezers to the area to help the stricken locals.
Rescue workers are still searching through the rubble and have found large quantities of personal belongings, including Health Care Cards, Jewellery from Kmart and Bone China from Big W.

This appeal is to raise money for food and clothing parcels for those unfortunate enough to be caught up in this disaster.
Clothing is most sought after – items most needed include: flannelette Shirts, tight blue jeans or spandex, singlets (blue & white) white sport Socks, Ugg boots and any other items usually sold in Priceline or The Reject Shop.
Food parcels may be harder to come by, but are needed all the same.
Required foodstuffs urgently needed include: Microwave meals, Baked Beans, Ice cream, Chips, Fizzy drinks.
Donations of $15.00 will be taken to buy a packet of Winny Blue’s 25s and a lighter to calm the nerves of those affected.

Defragging Sexuality

24 03 2010

In India, I have heard, there are different words for various kinds of love, You Love your Parents one way, while you might love your home or car in another way, while another is reserved for partners.

You might think this is strange, but we do exactly the same thing with sex, and I’m not too comfy with it. You see, in my opinion, it divides people for no real reason… gay, straight, lesbian or something else, does it really matter?

I’ve come to the idea that there is just sex, nothing more.

If you think I’m wrong, then what do you call people who prefer Houses to Flats, chocolate to strawberry, Fords to Holdens, Dogs to Cats, VB to Fosters, PCs to Macs?


Built to be broken

21 03 2010

Call me a cynic, but I tend to feel that a lot of our gagetry is built to be lost and stolen.

Take the macbook for instance, sure it looks nice, but it’s verging on being as slippery as wet soap. Whenever I carry mine around, I’m always worried that I’ll slip and drop the thing, so I carry it with the reverance usually reserved for Mums crystal vases and other irreplaceable, delicate items.

I bought a colcasac for the Mac, constructed of Hessian and lined with fleece, If the Mac could be cold and feel it, it should be as warm as toes in ugh boots in this thing. The Mac usually is cold, I would suggest putting it on a stable table first thing in the morning and not on your bare legs. I’ve done that several times, they’re colder than a stare from Julie Bishop.

The iphone is quite a worry, that screen, so open and so bare to the world, something has surely got to happen to it.
At least my Palm T|X came with a kind of flap which went over it’s screen, a bit flimsy perhaps, and yet it’s done it’s job very well.

As suggested by a friend, Cait of “Aussie Geek Podcast“, I bought a Speck clamshell case for the iPhone, and despite a few poor reviews at the appstore… there was a bit of wining about how it’s too tight and that some buttons wouldn’t work with the candyshell on (they do), I can tell you that I’m more than satisfied, it does the job very well indeed.

A screen protector is a must too, I bought the Crystal Film version by Power Support no problem there either, it’s nice and clear, was easy to apply and does just what I wanted it to do.

Now there’s very little of my iphone which is uncovered, and I’m happy about that.

A friend of mine, Rubio, Bought me a selection of handmade bags from Mexico, and I have been using one to slip my iphone into, but I might just invest in another colcasac as I really liked the one for my mac. There’s nothing wrong with the bag though and I might just stick with that… feeling a bit 50-50 either way, I think the colcasac needs a flap on it so that the iphone won’t fall out, like the macbook version has.

Now, I need to add more to this post, but right now I’m feeling a bit peckish after that long walk we had… stay tuned!

Death of an Avatar.

17 03 2010

I’ve considered what happens to an avatar after a user dies.

I’ve been using Secondlife for quite a while and have thought that it would be strange if once in a while, the dead persons avatar was seen building in the sand box, or flying, or teleporting, or stuff was found which had been ceated by the dead persons avatar… but nobody could get all that close to him or her.

And to get really spooky, Linden Lab (Secondlife) had no trace of that person logging in or the space being occupied and things created by the avatar could not be found in the system even though everyone could see it.

I suppose the same could apply to twitter or facebook, where once in a while, a message would appear.

Yes this might sound a bit too weird, but I have met many people who have told me on the quiet of having seen a ghost, and when those people tend to be sober individuals who lean more towards science than religion, you have to wonder.



17 03 2010

There’s been talk about FourSquare lately, but not much info about what it is or how it can be applied in a useful way.

So, some explanation for those who have heard the talk but still feel left in the dark.

Firstly, FourSquare is an application which runs from your Mobile Phone, if you have one of the recent smartphones which you can add applications to, Blackberry, iPhone, Android, Then you can download and use it.

Secondly, FourSquare is a bit like any other social networking program where you need to set up an account, which like all the rest is completely free.

Now, What does it do and how do I use it.

Assume that you’re going away on holiday soon, to an unfamiliar town. And a couple of your friends want to go with you.
It’s a road trip and you’re going by motorbike, Jenny wants to visit the art gallery and some of the heritage listed buildings, Mark wants to see the winery and Museum, and you, being a foodie, want to check out the local eateries.

So, upon arrival, you all fan out and go to the places that interest you.

Ordinarily this sets up problems, someone gets lost, another wastes hours waiting for the other who thought you’d be waiting at the OTHER cafe on the other side of town, it can be a pain, I’ve experienced this myself.

You do have the option these days of phoning each other, and that’s fine, but you need to ring everyone seperately too, so… hrmmm.

But if you’re all using FourSquare, what happens is that you go to the application, and choose your location from a list of nearby places, this works better on a phone with GPS, when you have the location, there will be a green button at the top named “check in”,
you hit that, press send, and it’s done.

If the others want you, they pull out their phone, log into foursquare, and they can read that you’ve “checked in” to the local cafe, there’s a map to it, and it will tell you roughly how far away it is.

Yes, for two people, you could just phone them, but what if you’re in the city and there’s eight of you?

The other use is that if you’re living in a city like Melbourne, and you have friends living nearby who are also on Foursquare, then you can find out where they are… this might be useful if you wanted to meet Tom that evening, but he turned out to be in the Cafe just a few doors up the street.

One webpage thought that it could be dangerous, and suggested that people could use it for working out when people are not at home and robbing their houses, however, with Foursquare you don’t strive to have hundreds of friends like with Facebook, with this it’s best to keep things tight, with a select group of trustworthy friends.

I like to try out all kinds of applications, and although I wasn’t too enthusiastic about this one, as it’s also in part, a game, and I don’t tend to like games… it can also send out spammy messages over Facebook and Twitter, Therefore I have restricted my notifications to the application itself.

A funny thought before I finish, I thought of FourSquare as “Electronic Urine” as we’re sort of marking our territory like dogs.

Well, if our noses weren’t so weak, maybe we wouldn’t need this kind of thing?

Foursquare isn’t a bad application which may also be useful (but I’m not totally convinced yet), I’d say give it a try.