Tuesday, January 28, 2003
Friday, January 24, 2003
Saturday, January 18, 2003
I am appalled at the naivety shown by some members (and the some of the most vocal ones) on the amithlonopen yahoo group.
Many expect the law to work the same in all countries, many of those same people expect it to cost nothing, and some expect that whoever is right wins! None of those three things are ever guaranteed, and most often do not happen. Many also don't care at all about the pain, harassment, stress that the people involved in the conflict have already gone through, and will further go through if the product Umilator was released. They also think that releasing something under freeware rids those involved of legal repercussions. Another thing thing I don't understand, they know there are several third party licenses, that if not included would completely stop the product from working. To release the product under freeware would require those third parties to also release their code under freeware, something that the author of Umilator has no right to do.
I could only describe the people who are reacting angrily to the inevitable 'can't release' as naive fanatics, who refuse to see and care about what other people are going through, and that the whole world is not the same as the small part where they live. Perhaps someone should also explain that the world is not flat, and that sometimes pets will die, even when you don't want them to.....
Thursday, January 16, 2003
Wednesday, January 15, 2003
Tuesday, January 14, 2003
Saturday, January 11, 2003
Thursday, January 9, 2003
Tuesday, January 7, 2003
Monday, January 6, 2003
I just saw my gynecologist today, having finally got the reports and photos from the previous three operations done by a different gyno. The feedback from the gyno was quite incredible.
Firstly as I have a duplex renal system (2 ureters on the left) she said they were very brave (and quite mad) doing the operation without checking that all ureters were ok afterwards.
She was also not impressed at the reports - the 1st operation had all the major disease on the left, and the other 2 had basically nothing on the left (incompetence). One thing that has really angered me, in one of the biopsy reports, a sample had been sent that was a chunk that had been cut out from the back of my vagina. It required stitches, and I was not told about this at all.
I guess it is not surprising I had to fight to get those reports and photos from the hospital (the Mercy in Melbourne). Anyway, my specialist decided that she was out of her depth (even though she is an endo specialist) and has referred me to an 'expert'. As the endometriosis is likely to be on the bowel, she would prefer a bowel surgeon to be present. So my next operation is going to have present, a bowel/laparascopic surgeon (the expert), current specialist, another specialist surgeon and urologist (to find the ureters).
I'm doing the run around seeing them all before I go in, hopefully sometime this side of June. For those who are dealing with endo in Australia/Melbourne, I would strongly recommend that you do not go to the endosurgery clinic at the Mercy.
Saturday, January 4, 2003
Not what we expected, but fun nonetheless. Bernie was amazed that with all of the product advertising and the negative light that was in, that all those companies agreed to have their products in the film. Don't expect anything serious. Maybe I'll get the soundtrack, I don't know yet.
Wednesday, January 1, 2003
It seems like everyone is writing a wrap up of 2002 in their blogs, naming favourite things of the year etc. Seeing as I don't actually get that much new music/new books/go to events/watch tv/watch many movies, I can't really do this. Personally, 2002 sucked. Too many things went wrong, and consistently got worse. The start of 2003 is going to be worse still (at least until I've recovered from my operation at the end of February), so I didn't actually want the date to tick over. I feel like I didn't do much, but I really did, (and now to convince myself, a list of 10 things that entered my mind:)
- bought some pretty big, expensive and necessary things, on a very low income (medical and household)
- got my garden built, planted, and am eating from it
- taught more than 300 students first year programming
- got over a HD average on half of my honours subjects
- got half of my project done (the easy half, well more like a quarter of the work)
- gained a lease in my name only
- started going to the gym and doing belly dancing regularly
- went on a holiday to the high (hot) country
- started this blog ;>
- survived my family from hell (again)
I still look at the list (incomplete), and think that it is not much. But I know it is when I have to constantly battle pain and depression :-\ I just can't convince myself of it. I hope 2003 looks a bit better at the end of it.
Happy New Year everyone, and hope it's a good one for you (and me)!.
Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers soundtrack, Howard Shore
This seems more experimental than the first CD, including a lot of non-symphonic instruments and unusual harmonies, which at times clashes a little, but hopefully it will fit in with the movie (I haven't seen it yet). I absolutely loved Gollum's song at the end, originally thinking the singer (Emiliana Torrini) sounded a lot like Bjork, but her voice is a lot clearer. The song reminded me of one in Les Miserables (I can't remember the name of it though). This will be one that I will sing loudly :> The rest of the CD has some great moments, however, I'm not thrilled at the interpretation of the Ents marching to Isengard, having gotten very used to the music for the BBC radio play, performed superbly by a bass/baritone male choir and various instruments. I very much wish the lyrics were provided in the language they were sung, but I guess we can't have everything. Overall I love the CD and am greatly looking forward to seeing how it fits with the movie.