You learn a lot from reading the bleeding edgers

Well I think Alex is bleeding, his Base4.Net project seems very cool, I just don’t understand it enough to know how to use it, but I do know I should try understand it.

But what is cool is that he does a fantastic job of blogging his insights and revelations to making it a better product. I am therefore learning quite a bit about how I can do things better. For instance his series of posts on Intellisense Planning, has been really educational as I’d never knew why the refactor tool offered implicit or explicit implementations of interfaces, and I didn’t notice any difference when I chose the different options. But having read the entries twice it now has clicked. You get that warm happy feeling of “wow that’s cool” when you realised the power that has been always available, while I just ignorantly coded on…

Google Image Labeler

I was playing the “Google Image Labeler” game today, even though my spelling is not the best. But it sure is fun. That is until it started to be buggy. Ok so it’s BETA like every thing Google, thus I’m not allowed to complain. But when you see a picture of a woman, enter women and the next picture is the same picture, but the previous description word is house (you are not allowed to use previous matched words), you know your not seeing the correct picture…

It seems to happen when you are still typing and the page refreshes. Oh I must confess, I’m also using Firefox 2.0 RC3 so it could be some interacting with that…. hmm.

Anyway, when it works it’s good fun, trying to guess what the other person also labeled a picture. Neat idea really.

“Reverse engineer a quotient of logic”

In a previous life I think I was some big wig marketing person, and being as it was a previous life, I most likely was a man. Unless of course I was a high flying female executive, struck down in her prime (in the 70’s) most likely by some over aggressive male employee, feeling repressed by this high flying female. Now having established some probable scenarios for my prior life, I feel more attracted to the female plot, as it has more excitement. Not that I’m saying I spend all my days wondering what been a woman would be like. But then again I’m not saying I’m disconnected form the feminine side, as I can feel a reproachful look from my older sisters already. But now I’m wondering what this male that cut my blazing career short is doing now. I could even twist the story a little a say the man was also the victim, and in realty my life partner, and I actually died in child birth. You know I had a career, and a man, but the one thing I really needed was to fulfill my primal capacity to create life, and it was this act that I sacrificed it all. Yea, and the child lived. Now with all this great back ground I feel the need to leave work, and begin the epic quest to find my lost child.

I seem to have got a little side track from my original purpose which was to post a quote from myself that I babbled the other day, that now in reflection of my past life seems small and pitiful. I was going to justify it with my past life, or some need to be heard as youngest of six, as I learnt a little embellishment never hurt (much). So without many a more word my quote (which is also now the title).

“Reverse engineer a quotient of logic” This was in regards to some code, that surly had some part of logic hiding in all it’s glory, but was not readily identifiable by the current collection of engineers reading it.

The Beer Emporium

Well my friend has opened his new shop The Beer Emporium, and what a shock I got today when I opened the paper and there on page 4 was his smiling taped face. Here is the Google Earth link (zipped), so you can find your way there.

It has been a long time in the works, and it’s great to see the day of opening has arrived.

I plan to head down sometime soonish, and try me some imported English beer.

The Rules of Torrent Club

Well I want to make some funny spoof of the fight club rules, but could make it work. That was my intention. So instead I just explain it verbose rambling blog style.

We taped High School Musical for the kids off the TV a few months ago but missed the first 15 minutes. So in my infinite desire to impress my wife with the value of high speed Internet, I downloaded a copy of the movie of the Internet. Yes it is piracy, and to prove my wife correct that I shouldn’t be doing it. Here is a list of my mistakes.

First mistake, choosing the first torrent I found with the name “High School Musical”

Second mistake, not watching the video after some of it was down.

Third mistake, after having the upload capped at 10KBps overnight to stop the waste of paid for bandwidth. Leaving it on uncapped the next night while going to underwater hockey and telling my wife to turn it off when it was finished, in ~15 minutes.

So when I get back ~2 hours later, I check the computer, and there is it uploading at 200KBps. In the time I have gone I had got the last 100MB of the 1.3GB movie, and uploaded 1.3GB after having already uploaded 700MB. So now with 66% of my monthly data cap gone on a stupid kids movie. I though, well lets check it out.

Well it was High School Musical, but in Spanish, with Spanish subtitles, because the voice was overdubbed (well done of course) but not in sync with the lips. At this point my wife is laughing her ass off, after been sorry that she didn’t take my “turn it off” seriously.

So it’s around this point that I go searching and find different sites that tell you all the details of the torrent (time, size, language, subtitles), but I have no bandwidth left to get the movie. Grrr

Luckily Michaela has reserved it already from the library, only problem is we are about 30th on the list, and at 1 week borrowing, I don’t think we’ll get it any time soon.

So looking at what should have been a 2GB download on the Telstra high speed internet pricing page, it would cost 4*500MB block @ $2.95 each to get a movie. That equals ~$12, so it’s cheaper, legal, and faster just to hire the DVD. Yes I could move to the 10GB plan and get 2.5 movies for $10 extra, but I’m not sure I could think of two movies a month that I want to watch, let alone watch on the computer screen. So that plan is not going to get the wife acceptance factor anytime soon.