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At around 3am Sydney time, YouTube went down:

Google’s monkeys are still slaving away at it as I write this. And it looks like it’s just affecting Australia:

For future reference, if you’ve got a box outside Australia with ssh access, you can always quickly set up a proxy like so:

ssh -D 1337 username@example.com

This sets up a SOCKS proxy on localhost (your own computer) at port 1337 (substitute port number to taste) – then simply point your browser at it. With this, I verified that the YouTube outage at the very least didn’t affect the United States, by ssh-ing into nointrigue.com, which is hosted in the US.

Related post from a while ago: Silverhawks: Getting around content restrictions. (Using -D with ssh is easier than the method with Privoxy mentioned in that post, though.)

Happy Australia Day.

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“If we do not destroy ourselves, we will one day venture to the stars…”

And who said science can’t give meaning to your life, and can’t imbue you with a sense of purpose?

Part of me still wishes I did that physics major.

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We’ve had this up for some time, but here is the entry that Daniel, Ru Jih and I made last semester for the Filmsoc competition, entitled Hello. Watch it! You will never feel safe walking through main campus ever again!

hello
There’s something lurking in the shadows around you…

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I previously noted that we found this clip on YouTube that decried the lack of quality of the UNSW Law Revue, or in the vernacular, that said it was a piece of crap… but I said I couldn’t find it. Found it now – thanks Janet!

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… won “second-best film about a film” – yes, we did the very unoriginal idea of filming us coming up with a film, and by some strange coincidence (well, maybe not a coincidence, because Daniel (Tse) pointed out that the topic, “strategy”, lent itself to that interpretation), another team had exactly the same idea. I was cringing when I was watching the second one (“oh crap”), but I must admit that they had at least put some effort into their movie (it had music for a start, what a luxury). Regardless, the making of this entry afforded some insight into how difficult it actually is to a) act, and b) piece together footage into something that resembles a movie. If it was any consolation, our “non-entry”, At the Movies, won “best supporting actor” (or did they mean “best supporting movie”?). For our efforts, we picked up a copy of Dr Strangelove – some commented that was our only saving grace, my choice of prize. 🙁 Many thanks to Daniel (Nguyen) for his courageous performance with the tongue and editing prowess, and to Ru Jih for adding the requisite charm and coolness to the film.

lol fiction: semi-colon right bracket: Watch on YouTube or download QuickTime file.

At the Movies: Watch on YouTube or download QuickTime file.

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I’ve been meaning to blog more regularly, but I’ve just been too busy to write stuff up for your enjoyment. Sorry, I lie. I’ve just been too lazy, and there’s just so much going on in my head recently, it’s hard to concentrate on writing a coherent piece of prose.

Aiya, UNSW Law Revue 2007 (entitled Poll Fiction) was a load of shit. A complete waste of a Thursday, the leaden acting, lame jokes that lacked even the concept of a punch-line and the bright spotlights that seemed intent on burning my retinas out made the night a memorable event for all the wrong reasons. I won’t be going back any time soon la~ Fine, there were some enjoyable skits, but the drive home (thanks Tommy!) was a more interesting experience than the revue itself. Yeah, what he said. Daniel and I were youtube-ing before heading off, and we noticed a video (now deleted? can’t find it now) from someone at Usyd blasting the UNSW revue for making fun of our quad and having the UNSW Galactica joke – well, there wasn’t a Usyd quad in sight, but the Galactica got a mention. With the Galactica joke, I think it’s more likely that there’s a mole on the UNSW team that allowed Usyd to score a hit against UNSW before their revue even started.

Over the weekend, I went to Malaysia Fest 2007 (photos) and got myself a dose of Malaysian culture. I can see why it’s true that Malaysians are said to live to eat… the food, having Malay, Chinese and Indian influences, was quite interesting and tasty =) Of course, it helped that I had a guide who lives to eat, so Ru Jih, if you actually read this, many thanks for a great day out, wouldn’t have been the same without you 😛 … hope it didn’t make you too homesick~

The other thing that’s happened recently is, of course, the lunar eclipse. Conclusion: I need a tripod. These black rectangles are awful – you really can’t do a shutter speed longer than 1/60s if you’re holding the camera with your hand, and when the moon’s that dim, you’d need at least a few seconds of exposure. Still, it was a very beautiful thing to watch, and literally out of this world.

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Come and join Peeter as he explores the wild, scary world of the sewer system. Sharks, law firms and slime are only some of the delights in store! Watch now!

(This was the entry for FilmSoc’s Hairy Guerrilla film competition this semester from Daniel and me. We won Best Animation.*)

Watch it on YouTube, or download the QuickTime file locally.

* out of a total of one.

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