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Wiiality bites

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Sorry about the heading, I’m just not feeling particularly clever today. A friend recently lent me his Nintendo Wii. I wanted to test-drive one to see if ‘wii sports’ would be helpful as a tool for keeping fit or warming up before I get into some real exercise. I was initially hopeful. The boxing game […]

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Oh captain, my captain – changing your perspective

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Those of you who have seen ‘Dead Poets Society‘ may remember Robin Williams exhorting his students to stand on their desks in order to show them the importance of having multiple perspectives of the world. I always thought that this was a most excellent scene. If you haven’t seen it, consider checking it out (or […]

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Did I see a blossom return to the branch?

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落花枝に 帰ると見れば 胡蝶哉 A haiku written by Moritake Arakida which can be translated as ‘Did I see blossom return to the branch? (No, it was) a butterfly. When I first read this, it struck a chord with me for some reason. Perhaps it was that someone found mistaking a butterfly for a blossom or a […]

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One for brain-teaser fans who like industrial rock music

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Most testers I know love brain-teasers and mind games. I’m no exception (I just happen to be really crap at them). When news surfaced that the new Nine Inch Nails album ‘Year Zero’ had an alternate reality game (ARG) attached to it, I was initially skeptical. Probably some bullshit marketing hype for the emo fanboys […]

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Money apparently doesn’t buy user-friendliness

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I was at a good friend’s wedding several nights ago, which was held at one of the more well-to-do hotels in Melbourne. The night itself was an immense success. The bride and groom looked fantastic, I caught up with old friends from far away and a great time was had by all. It struck me […]