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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

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!

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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