Sunday, February 12, 2012

The Wall

So! I went to the Roger Waters show last night at the Rod Laver Arena. Awesome show, he played the Wall, and well, built the Wall. Nice special effects on their projections. What really flipped me out was his relating the story of the Wall to the modern social situation of the world (capitalism, modern war). The faces of war victims were projected on the wall. This leads me to the Wall itself. As the Wall was being constructed during the show, every brick must have been made from some phosphorous material. When each brick was placed, it was not immediately "active" with the projection. It took a few seconds for the brick to become fully illuminated. Really cool effect. Oh yeah, and there were indoor fireworks, awesome music, and of course Waters! -Matt

Saturday, February 11, 2012


So I went to the Healesville Animal Sanctuary in North East Victoria. This place is absolutely beautiful. It is not the stereotypical outback that many might imagine. It's in a small hometown, every-one-knows everyone else. You know, the bus driver knows all the passengers, and the kids take a tour-bus coach to school. Tons of wineries all around! It is just a nice forest-like area, with kangaroos, emu, koalas, etc. You get the idea. While I am vegan, and against animal captivity for shear pleasure (e.g. imprisonment), Healesville rescues some of the animals and the zoos here have breeding programs to combat the threat of endangerment. Anyways, I saw two kangaroos do it. Awesome. That is all. -Matt

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

LinuxJournal gets Chicken'd

Just a few months ago LinuxJournal published an article I had written regarding Linux vDSO system calls.  Anyways, after chatting with one of their employees, they have decided to put it on their front page.  What is exciting is that this information is free and easy to access.  Get yer' nerd on.


Friday, February 3, 2012

Time Kills

Hey faithless readers!  I hope all has been jolly and well during the stroll down this new year.  Well, I have been pretty quiet, and have also been working on some paper stuff for my region memory research.  Anyways, I was perusing through the time-nuts mailing list and came across this great quote.  So, gather a nice warm mug of coffee, and enjoy this nugget of excitement I bestow upon you:

"Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils."
Hector Berlioz, before 1869