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On holiday in the Northern Territory

On Saturday morning, I flew from Brisbane to Alice Springs and drove north to Tennant Creek.

A good weekend. On the whole, I took the same approach as Sasha.


“We will not apologise for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defence, and for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken; you cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you. For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness.”

(Barack H. Obama,
inaugurating. Sing it, brother.)


This was my final game of six at the Australian Open:

First tournament I’ve ever been at where senior players actually came more than one at a time in order to tell me I should’ve saved the two forlorn black stones in the corner, easily worth twenty points and the game.

Y’know what? I should have saved the two black stones in the corner. Or Amelia should’ve killed them earlier. Or both. Then the protracted ko fight for the last free point on the board would’ve had meaning. :)

But I liked my endgame and dragon-wrangling. Not perfect, but I trimmed her lead back to six points plus komi. Also, my performance in the kyu division of the tournament (won two, lost three closely, one bye) confirmed that four kyu is converging on my actual rank.

thoughts of the day

“Never regard study as a duty but as an enviable opportunity to learn to know the liberating influence of beauty in the realm of the spirit for your own personal joy and to the profit of the community to which your later works belong.”
(Albert Einstein)

“It is an undeniable privilege of every man to prove himself right in the thesis that the world is his enemy; for if he reiterates it frequently enough and makes it the background of his conduct he is bound eventually to be right.”
(George Kennan)

random wordpress fact

Blix works quite well as a theme on WordPress 2.0.4, despite being advertised only for 1.5. I’ve just installed it on Stringybark and Greenhide.

Update: Also works with WordPress 2.1.3, now that I’ve upgraded S&G to it: just needed to delete most of the existing files, make a small change to BX_functions.php for the page list and tinker with footer.php to add a couple of items. I took the opportunity to flush all of the themes except Blix and Water and most of the surplus plugins.

ezstatic doesn’t, though. Takes out the plugins page entirely. The author has let it go, I supposed I’d better do so also.

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“The unnamable is the eternally real.
Naming is the origin
of all particular things.”
(Tao te Ching, Quicksilver translation)

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“Learning and doing is the true spirit of free software — learning without doing gets you academic sterility, and doing without learning is all too often the way things are done in proprietary software.”
(Raph Levien)


“So it’s got to the point where I find myself reading things written by people I respect, and deciding that I’d be generally happier if I didn’t read them.”
(Matthew Garrett, on resigning from Debian)

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