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Monday, April 05, 2004

Getting life into perspective 

On a Save the Chidren web site recently I read the following facts.

Ethiopia is one of the world’s poorest countries: 80 per cent of its people survive on less than $1 a day, and average life expectancy is 44. The health centre serves over 180,000 people, but has no doctor – there are only 2000 in a country of 65 million people. The nearest doctor is 80 km away; there is a bus, but it only goes 1-3 times a week, and costs $6 – far more than poor people can afford. So for many people – like the young woman we saw struggling with complications in pregnancy – the most realistic option is to go home and hope. Link

And we complain when we have trouble with the computer or when we have to wait 20 minutes to see the doctor, or some other petty little thing. I would abuse another driver (road rage) for going 10kms under the speed limit, or sitting too long at an intersection when there's no on-comming traffic. What's wrong with us? I think it would be a good idea to tavel to at least one poor country and see how they live and appreciate what we've got.

Saturday, April 03, 2004

Isn't it great that we live in a country where there are anti-discrimnation laws, where you can believe in whatever you want without being descrimated against, right?? Hmmmm....

Australians Claim New Laws Limit Religious Freedom link

NEW SOUTH WALES (NEWSROOM) -- Proposed changes to New South Wales anti-discrimination laws and guidelines for hiring religious workers throughout Australia threaten religious speech and the ability of churches to employ staff who share their beliefs, Christian charitable groups and church leaders contend.

Church workers fear that proposed amendments to the New South Wales 1977 Anti-Discrimination Act would require them to hire employees who do not subscribe to their religious teachings and would limit their speech in public discussions about important issues.

"It appears that those who oppose us are saying that we should not be able to live and think and act in a way that we believe to be true," argued Mark Payne, secretary of the Sydney Diocese of the Anglican Church. "It appears those views are shared in sections of the upper echelons of our Parliament."



Friday, April 02, 2004

Need a Laugh? 

Life can get too serious, especially with all the assignments due before the break. So here's a bit of comedy relief.

What's on in Comedy Zone today

The child comes home from his first day at school. Mother asks, "What did you learn today?"
The kid replies, "Not enough. I have to go back tomorrow."

Scientific Discoveries

German scientists dug 50 meters underground and discovered small pieces of copper. After studying these pieces for a long time, Germany announced that the ancient Germans 25,000 years ago had a nation-wide telephone network.
Naturally, the British government was not that easily impressed. They ordered their own scientists to dig even deeper. 100 meters down, they found small pieces of glass, and they soon announced that the ancient Brits 35,000 years ago already had a nation-wide fibre net.
Israeli scientists were outraged. They dug 50, 100 and 200 meters underground, but found absolutely nothing...
They concluded that the ancient Hebrews 55,000 years ago had cellular telephones.




Wednesday, March 31, 2004

Students Speak Up 

Uni students join protest

According to The Australian The National Union of Students (NUS) is holding protest rallies around the country, angry at what it says is the federal government's neglect of the university sector and fee increases.

president Jodie Jansen said the day of action would allow students to express disgust at legislation passed last year enabling universities to charge 25 per cent higher HECS rates. "We are also expressing anger at those university administrations who have chosen to chuck equity out the window and jump on the fees bandwagon," she said. "A change of government would see the opposition parties reverse the fee increase."

I don't know about you, but I don't think the Government shoud be increasing HECS any more than they should living up America's rear end (excuse the French). We should get behind Rivcol on this issue and BE A VOICE

Tuesday, March 30, 2004

I checked out the AGDA site for the first time in ages (slack aye..). I'll tell something else I'm slack about. I went to join up and in reading the application form, dicovered that it cost money to join so I've decided not to. Heck, everyone wants your money these days. I reckon it should be free for grapho students to join. What do you think? Or am I just a tight wad?

Monday, March 29, 2004

It's 7:57pm at the Jack Cross, and I can say with great conviction "I'm sick of this place". For those wanting to pursue a career in Multi-Media, take a look at this yahoo news article....

Video Game Industry Faces 'Crisis of Creativity
SAN JOSE, Calif. (Reuters) - The video game industry is facing a hardening of the creative arteries as aging gamers' tastes increasingly shift toward sequels and games based on movies, industry participants said this week.

"The gaming industry will shrink unless we start to see new games," said Toru Iwatani, who created Pac-Man, one of the first video games to become a worldwide hit. At the Game Developers Conference in San Jose, California, a gathering of industry insiders where the talk is more about how games are made than how they are sold, the dearth of new titles and the increasing cost of developing games was a common theme at keynotes and panel discussions.


Sunday, March 28, 2004

What a weekend. Totally full-on. Now back to reality where i realise I've only got 4 more days to make this blog happen. Having heaps of rells down from Queensland has really taken it out of me. Anyway, they're gone now, back to all their rain and storms. Apparently they had 9 inches of rain in 7 hours the other day. It's a pitty they didn't bring some of it back here.

Saturday, March 27, 2004

Hi y'all. My ADSL broadband connection at home has crashed, probably cause I have't payed the bill yet. I have to post this from my sister-in-law's very slow connection and to get to this point from the time I turn the computer on has taken a half an hour. Please come back to me ADSL, I will never take you for granted again!!

Thursday, March 25, 2004

Just found another helpful site called HTML Code Tutorial for those keen enough or who consider themselves the geeks of the grapho and multimedia departments.

How's everyone finding MPI104? If anyone is interested in joining a support group for stressed out Uni students, forget it. I don't think one exists. Wait a minute, I just found one called University of San Diego support groups. OK, it's in America but if you're desperate enough, distance shouldn't be a problem.

In latest yahoo news Hamas Backs Off on Threats Against U.S.

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - The militant group Hamas backed off its initial threats against the United States, saying Wednesday that it would focus on attacking Israel — and try to kill Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in retaliation for the assassination of its founder in an Israeli missile strike.

One wonders what the outcome will be if the situation in Isreal continues to escalate. I think we're living in very intersting times cause what ever major event happens over there you can garantee it'll have ramifications in the West.


Wednesday, March 24, 2004

I am really getting sick of looking for new links to place in my blog. Any body got any interesting links they want to throw my way?? If you're looking for something to do on a weeknight, try alcoholics anonymous or tavel first class with greenpeace on their luxury liner.

Tuesday, March 23, 2004

I was here....

Monday, March 22, 2004

Hi, back on line again. My life is getting way overloaded at the moment. Not even time to scratch myself (not that I make a habit of that)

Trust me, I'm a Lawyer

Lawyer: "Judge, I wish to appeal my client's case on the basis of newly discovered evidence."
Judge: "And what is the nature of the new evidence?"
Lawyer: "Judge, I discovered that my client still has $500 left."
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Saturday, March 20, 2004

Its pick on George Bush week this week


I just can't help myself. While every one else is filling up their blogs with personal stuff, Iv'e got my head into politics. Maybe its a defence mechanism to keep people from seeing the real me. Hmmm!! Who honestly wants to here my personal carry-on anyway!!

Pakistan Surrounds Top Al-Qaeda Leader; George Bush: 'We're not sure who it is since Osama is not scheduled to be captured yet.'



In a fierce battle currently going on in Pakistan near the Afghan border, Pakistan soldiers have completely surrounded over 200 Al-Qaeda members protecting a very "high level" Al-Qaeda leader.

Many are speculating that this high level leader may be Osama bin Laden himself. Others do not believe so. "It's definitely not Osama bin Laden," said President Bush in a press conference, "He is not scheduled to be capture until 3 weeks before the election."
click here to view rest of story.


Friday, March 19, 2004

Life can get pretty stressful when trying to juggle Uni, family and work. Here's a site called comedy-zone that may help relieve the tension.

BUSH CLAIMS SUPPORT OF UNMANNED PREDATOR DRONES

Speaks to Rally of Robot Planes in San Diego

In the wake of poll results showing his approval ratings plummeting around the world, President George W. Bush today said that he remains popular among the constituency most important to him, unmanned Predator drones.

Predators, the unmanned robot planes used widely in Afghanistan and Iraq, remain “solidly committed” to his policies, the President told reporters at the White House today.

“I am proud to have Predator drones on my side,” Mr. Bush said. “They are great Americans.”
click here to continue


Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Check out my new table


They will have links soon.
ooopps!! Is that the time? This HTML is addictive.
If you want a good site to help you do tables go to htmlgoodies
















My Family
Simon Melanie Sam
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Colour Change


Hey, I've learnt how to change the background colour. I know it's no big deal, but with the help of color match, I can say I've ahieved something tonight. I have some feed back on some who have been reading my blogs. Don't worry, I'll try and keep a balance betwwen boring news type things and hopefully more fun type things.

Tuesday, March 16, 2004

Change of Direction


I think I'm getting a little too serious and political for my own good. I like keeping up to date on what's happening around the place but I realised that nobody knows much about me or what I'm up to. So, a change of direction in the content of my blogs is in order. If you think otherswise then please let me know.

Global Warming Alert


Accoding to the latest in yahoo news, our planet is in a spot of bother for not co-operating fully with the Kyoto Protocol which was put into place 10 years ago by the United Nations. Experts believe that the damage done by greenhose gas emissions that leads to global warming is now irreversible. They say unstopable rise in temparature indicates a "collective failure" of the industial world. It's interesting that the United States, who are not co-operationg with the Kyoto Protocol, contrubute more than 25% of all gas emissions on our planet. Why aren't our world leaders planning for our long term future? Probalbly because they're only thinking about getting re-elected!!

Monday, March 15, 2004

Mel Gibson's The Passion of The Christ was the top film in the US for the third weekend in a row climbing to $267 million according to the Yahoo News site. I say,"good on you Mel". Many said he took a big risk making such a controversial religious movie and many others said it could possibly be the end of his career. I beleive God has been waiting for someone with the ability and guts to put such an important historical event on the big screen. It's about time somebody had a go.
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