Archive for December, 2004

Australian Red Cross has launched the Asia Quake and Tsunamis Appeal.

December 27, 2004

The Australian Red Cross has launched the Asia Quake and Tsunamis Appeal.

You can make a donation online, easy peasy.

Three Dollars

December 27, 2004

A movie adaption of a book by Elliot Perlman (that I haven’t read).

David Wenham is always good value, it’s a pleasure to watch him perform. The young actress playing his daughter was also adorable.

Violence randomly rears its head a couple of times during the film, similar to real life I suppose.

Lovely reminiscing scenes, that were quaintly Australian, without making me want to cringe, gave the movie a lot of history and depth.

Unfortunately, just when the movie hits its most interesting and challenging point, it steps back and takes the easy road, leaving a lot of scaffolding unused. Maybe the film crew were just being faithful to the book, but for the movie, it was disappointing.

It’s worth seeing, but films like Somersault, and The Bank, are much better examples of Australian films.


December 27, 2004

I really enjoyed this movie, but I’m having trouble explaining why, and writing anything about it.

The cinematography was charming throughout, with a lot of use of lazy focus. It’s amazing how lovely a grubby little place can look a with a simple coloured filter and some fuzzyness.

I guess where the film works is the number of `been there, done/felt’ that moments.

Well worth seeing if you hold out any hope of falling in love one day.

Linux.Conf.Au 2005 Registrations Open.

December 27, 2004

It’s on again, places are likely to go quickly.

This conference is still cheap as chips.

Virgin has cheap flights from Brisbane.


Subscription option

December 24, 2004

As promised I’ve finally gotten around to adding a basic sort of subscription option to planet humbug.

To ignore the users, for example:,DavidStarkoff,BradMarshall

Over time I’ll add a web form and a cookie, so all the horrible bits will be hidden.

ARIAA threaten to sue the International Red Cross

December 23, 2004

From Wired via The Register:

The recording industry will ask the International Red Cross to freeze a trust fund allegedly controlled by the owners of Sharman Networks, an Australian software company.

It would be incredibly disappointing if we had to sue them

How about just incredible? I’ve made up my mind to never buy a CD again. Long live

Yes, it is only a few days till Christmas.


December 16, 2004

It’s bekkake, you dolt.

GDB oddness.

December 13, 2004

So I’m debugging a program in gdb. This program ships with a copy of GNU getopt so that getopt_long() is available to it everywhere. When debugging this program, however, the value of optarg is always printed out as NULL, even though when it is passed as a function the true value is displayed. I’m thinking that maybe gdb is seeing the the optarg variable in my local copy of getopt rather than the libc one that is getting used in my development environment.