Archive for March, 2006

Just in case you missed it on Dan’s blog…

Go check out the post he’s made about the joys of Darkside Active Listening.

Kudos to Dan for putting more thought into the background mechanics of it, too; whilst I’m not entirely sure it’s a compliment to have my pet “force deliberately mishearing” tactic described as ‘something truly bitter and twisted’ (heh. Actually yeah, that rocks) I’m well impressed to find out the reason it *works* is because they move on in their mental script…

…And there was me just abusing the force by feel.

I now feel enormously cruel and evil. It’s fun.

Also enormous desire to play SW JK 3: Jedi Academy, only I’ve no idea where the damn game’s gone; it went AWOL about the same time as my ‘Kind Hearts & Coronets’ DVD, I think… Don’t suppose Dan’s got an .iso or two kicking about?

Everyone loves overly complicated memes.

I did another meme. Apologies. Feel free to skip it.

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Extraversion |||||||||||||||| 66%
Stability |||||||||||||| 56%
Orderliness |||||||||| 36%
Accommodation |||||||||||||||| 70%
Interdependence |||||||||||||||| 70%
Intellectual |||||||||| 36%
Mystical |||||| 23%
Artistic |||||||||||| 43%
Religious |||||||||||||||| 63%
Hedonism |||||||||||| 43%
Materialism |||||||||||||| 56%
Narcissism |||||||||||||| 56%
Adventurousness |||| 16%
Work ethic |||||||||| 36%
Self absorbed |||||||||| 36%
Conflict seeking |||||||||| 36%
Need to dominate |||||||||||| 43%
Romantic |||||||||||||||| 63%
Avoidant || 10%
Anti-authority |||||| 23%
Wealth |||||| 30%
Dependency |||||| 30%
Change averse |||||||||||||||| 70%
Cautiousness |||||||||||||||| 63%
Individuality |||||||||||||| 56%
Sexuality |||||||||||||||||||| 90%
Peter pan complex |||| 16%
Physical security |||||||||||||||||||| 83%
Physical Fitness |||||| 24%
Histrionic || 10%
Paranoia |||||||||||| 43%
Vanity |||||| 30%
Hypersensitivity |||||||||||| 43%
Female cliche |||||||||||| 43%

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Hoy. Always with the money…

L’Oreal have bought out the Body Shop.


Lush, anyone?

Hooray! UWA killed XuQa access!

If you’re not getting online from a terminal within the UWA firewall, you’ll be able to find XuQa (pronounced, apparently “ZooKah,” rather than “ex you ku wah…” cretins…) at Infuriatingly, the www appears to be essential.

However, it turns out UWA have blocked it – see here, because it was a totally unmoderated forum. So, obviously, everyone started to use it for hate mail, and similar predictable rubbish, and generally breaking the law.

I hate ’em, they’re wankers. Forwhy? Because they kept spamming my AberNet account and telling me to join, whilst spoofing the “from” address to look like someone from inside Aber (except, of course, it didn’t show up when I checked it in the directory.

Not only this, but they were too thick to properly restrict to actual UWA users. Really, that can’t be too hard. Facebook – a similar (although marginally less crappy) effort currently bouncing round Oxford and annoying people – at least had the wit to make sure users were *at* Oxford…

…even I can see that saying “please use your college e-mail address to create your account. If your college hasn’t supplied you with an e-mail account, then…” yeah, you can use whatever the Hell you want. Old, dead, anonymous Hotmail and Yahoo! accounts, for example. Or something at

…and then you’re all set to cause trouble.

The blind incompetence of that, plus the fact that you couldn’t *find* anything on there put me right off.

It’s a shame, in a way; it could’ve been a good service, properly looked at and restricted. As it was, they launched it with spam, and without any sensible membership rules, and it unsurprisingly went bang. Well, no – it’s still there; you just can’t get to it from inside UWA.

It’s not exactly that I’ve got a problem with things like Facebook, nor even with XuQa, blatantly stupid name or no… It’s just if you’re going to to that sort of thing, then you should at least have the wit to do it sensibly.

Sensibly in this case would’ve been not pissing off IS by using evil darkside spamming techniques, and consulting with UWA first. Not telling people what you’re doing, with somethign like this, is just plain stupid, because the first time you do something to annoy ’em, they’ll pull the plug. Establish a dialogue first, and you’re half-way home. That, and some half-way sensible techs, and it’d’ve been a good, searchable service that’d last oooh… a year and a bit before stagnating and becoming dull?

As it is, it’s been predicable kicked out of the IT rooms. Screw ye not with a genuine legal problem, wallies.

Still, I ought to be out of the IT rooms, myself; Ruth isn’t feeling too great; I really should go see she’s alright…

You have been warned, boys & girls…

…I’m inexplicably a deeply fed up bunny. I apologise in advance for biting your heads off without any prior warning, because I sure as Hell won’t want to apologise if it happens.

Haven’t posted in ages. Obligatory insincere apology goes here. Fuck off, I haven’t got the internet, and I haven’t felt like writing anything anyway.

General discontent, usual stuff. Feeling increasingly malevolent and bile-filled, for some reason, can’t seem to shake it off, grumping at everything with or without a valid reason to do so…

…keep falling asleep during ‘play for today,’ can’t stop thinking about sex, can’t start doing anything about sex, never seem to finishe the Times crossword like I used to…

Asprin inexplicably hard to get hold of, Ibruprofen not helping.

Desperate urge to strangle people for the entirely innocuous crime of being stupid wastrel cretins, which I’ve never really had before, especially since I’ve suddenly started feeling so towards people who aren’t really stupid wastrel cretins, but have simply said unforgivably stupid things, such as something that annoys me for no real reason.

I blame being ill; I had flu last week and ended up stuck in bed not moving much and getting very little done. ‘s given me an imbalance of humours, I shouldn’t wonder, hence being so choleric.

Should be in a lecture now, but it’s just a video of ‘Look Back In Anger,’ and I reckon I didn’t ought to be watching other people having rants just at the moment, or I’ll haul off and thump something, and bust a knuckle, and jump up and down and swear.

Stuff this, I’m away back to Hafan.