Hear Ye! Since 1998.

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28
Jan 16
Thu

Celebrating 18 Years of Hear Ye!

Apparently, this blog has now reached the age of majority.

28
Jan 15
Wed

17 Years Old

Wow, has it been another year already? This blog is now celebrating its 17th birthday! (Yes, I am aware of the lack of recent content on it…)

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28
Jan 14
Tue

Sweet Sixteen

This blog turned 16 today. It has been much neglected over the last year, but hopefully I’ll get a chance to push out one or two substantial posts this year.

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28
Jan 13
Mon

Fifteen

Today, this blog is…

fifteen

I started this thing in 1998Res ipsa loquitur.

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28
Jan 12
Sat

Commemorating 14 years of Hear Ye!

Wow, has it really been 14 years? Getting really close to how old I was when I first started this blog.

Haven’t had many substantive updates for a while, but I have two in the pipeline, so stay tuned.

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28
Jan 11
Fri

Hear Ye! turns 13

Thirteen years of posts today. None of the usual navel-gazing this year, except to say that with the maturity of Facebook and Twitter, blogging for me has mostly been relegated to long-form posts. Expect one after I get back from Singapore.

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2
Oct 10
Sat

The Reading Pile

I’ve decided to start dumping the bulk of the lengthy, interesting articles I read onto a separate site at read.hearye.org. I’ll keep the most interesting ones for this site.

I’m also too cheap to buy Instapaper so this is the way I store stuff that I want to come back to read later on my iPad.

(Oh, and if anyone wants to contribute to it, let me know and I’ll set you up with a posting account.)

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2
May 10
Sun

FB Like button integration

I replaced the Facebook Share button with a Facebook Like button at the end of each post. Yes, FB is taking over the web. I wonder how this looks in China? Does the Great Firewall break the page?

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6
Mar 10
Sat

Articles archive

The “Web article database” link in the sidebar is finally working.

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20
Jan 10
Wed

Testing out liveblogging (liveblogged)

Liveblogging for this post has now ended. Please start reading this post from the bottom.

02:23:09 am: Ok, I think we’re done for the night. I better sleep now…

02:22:27 am: Testing auto-line breaks.

Testing Twitter #hashtag auto-linking, and @username auto-linking.

02:21:19 am: Testing minor formatting fixes.

 

02:13:16am: Testing AJAX auto-refresh.

02:10:19am: Testing image uploading.

Intro: New feature, under testing. Couldn’t find a decent liveblogging plug-in for WordPress so I had to make my own.

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13
Dec 09
Sun

Portfolio now online

I finally finished and uploaded the Portfolio section of this website! It’s a bandwidth-intensive page due to the number of graphics on it, but I wanted everything to be on the same page.

I had fun putting this together — for me it was a pleasant trip down memory lane, pulling out old files from the dusty corners of my hard drive, including something things I had totally forgotten I’d done.

Does anyone still visit this website? Please leave a comment with this post if you’re out there… I hope I haven’t managed to lose all my visitors over the last year of non-posting.

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10
Dec 09
Thu

Site Updates

For those of you who do follow my Twitter stream, I have created an RSS Feed which strips out any Tweet posts on Hear Ye! It’s right here (and also in the sidebar).

I also put in a captcha in the comment forms. Hate them, but they’re practically necessary due to all the spambots roaming around WordPress blogs.

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6
Dec 09
Sun

Hear Ye! is back online

I’ve now made the transition over to WordPress. Pretty time consuming trying to export posts from my old database to WXR, and then importing them back in, while trying to preserve all the extra metadata (timezones, locations, etc). I think it’s all in good shape now. Hopefully this change means I’ll get back to posting a bit more.

There are still parts of the site that I’m going to be filling out over the next few weeks/months, but since I have the core functionality up for now, that’s all lower priority.

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23
Nov 09
Mon

Hear Ye! overhaul

In the process of finally moving Hear Ye! off this 9 year old proprietary backend and onto WordPress, and doing a minor visual refresh. I should be done by the end of the year. Hopefully, this also means that I will get back to more regular posting since I’m hoping to implement a Tumblr-like posting feature on it.

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28
Jan 09
Wed

Eleven Years Old

Hear Ye! is another year older today.

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31
Oct 08
Fri

Backbench 2.0

The Backbench has returned. After an almost three year absence, The Backbench is back in a revised blog format. Four of us from the old Backbench are back on board (the person who isn’t has since moved on to weightier things, like helping to run a country).

For those who don’t know, Backbench was designed as a sort of online magazine with a variety of opinion pieces from young-ish people. As always, we welcome contributions.

Because articles will be released on a somewhat erratic schedule, the best thing to do is sign up for an email digest that will be sent out with each new article posting:

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Email address:

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2
Jul 08
Wed

Site tweaks

Made a few minor additions to the site. I’ve decided to start using Twitter, so I’ve put a Twitter feed on the sidebar. Twitter also links to my Facebook profile (on which, until now, I have not been updating the status line). I’ve also added a link to “Other notable posts” which has a list of some historical posts, just in case you were bored and wanted something to read (but there is some quite good reading there, if I do say so myself).

Made a couple of changes to the backend as well, including a “Liveblog” feature where I easily update a post as a live event unfolds – each update is automatically timestamped (a snide running commentary of a law school lecture, perhaps? :). In anticipation of the iPhone 3G giving me round-the-clock access to email, I also updated the backend email interface to accept jpg, gif and png posting, as well as audioblogging and video posting.

15
Mar 08
Sat

LinkLogr

When I have a spare moment at work, I browse through news articles throughout the day and also get some emailed to me from friends. Work sometimes comes in spurts, so I often get interrupted and don’t get time to read through whole articles. I ended up emailing links to myself to read when I got home. After a while I decided it was quicker to be able to use a bookmarklet to post a link to a website, so I made myself a page where I could dump links throughout the day. I found it to be quite useful, so I decided to expand on the idea. I spent all of yesterday making LinkLogr (apologies for the cheesy Web 2.0-style name). Hopefully some people might find it to be a useful tool.

28
Jan 08
Mon

Hear Ye! celebrates 10 years

It’s been a long road, but this site has finally reached another milestone today. Someone should start a “blogs over 10″ register :). In the process of writing up a post on my lost luggage experience in Tanzania. (It’ll appear in the placeholder post below soon.)

13
Dec 07
Thu

A bit quiet…

This site is a bit quiet… I go on holidays the week after next, so I might actually be able to post something substantive for once…

28
Jan 07
Sun

Hear Ye! is nine

It’s been a pretty quiet year sitewise, hopefully a bit more activity for this year. Sort of scary to think that in one more year it’ll be a decade!

30
Aug 06
Wed

Migration complete

If you are reading this, it means that Hear Ye! has been transferred over to the new server. That explains the lack of updates over the last week. I finally got fed up of my old host and got switched over to DreamHost on Shish’s recommendation. I’m very impressed with them – they seem like an excellent hosting provider. I have even been able to resurrect the photo gallery. Let me know if there are any problems. If you’re looking for a host, DreamHost is a good one, entering this coupon will give you $47 off (and give me some money too!): HY47OFF.

13
Aug 06
Sun

Back online

Stupid bloody webhost somehow managed to “misplace” several database tables, then closed my support ticket without telling me nor resolving the problem. Luckily, I had made my own backups. Does anyone know any good multi-domain Unix/Linux webhosts? (> 500 meg storage, MySQL, etc, for under US$20/month)?

29
Jul 06
Sat

Blogathon Post Zero

Blogathon’s starting soon… at 11.00pm.

22
Jun 06
Thu

4000 posts and then some

Just realised I finally hit 4000 posts a few days ago (the 4000th post was the bunch of quicklinks on the 14th).

Australia takes on Croatia in Stuttgart early tomorrow morning. Can’t wait.

5
Mar 06
Sun

Post statistics and graphs

I finally got around to running some analysis on HY’s posts. The graphs that came out of it are pretty interesting. Click on the graphs to enlarge them, then you can actually see what I’m talking about below.


Click graph to enlarge

First, the left y-axis is mislabelled – it should be “Hundreds of words”, not thousands. Let’s start with the purple, green and grey lines. You’ll notice here that my rate of posting was most active in 2000 and it has been slowly declining since then. However, if you look at the purple line, the number of words typed over time have been mostly consistent, indicating a rise in the number of words per post (and confirmed by the blue 8 period moving average line). I put in a grey linear trendline for the purple line, showing a fairly even number of words posted, although it looks like it is starting to fall behind again.

I’m not really sure why I’ve become more verbose. One reason is probably that when I put the quicklink system in, that replaced the need to put one post per link. I also think that the past year has been characterised by large trip reports which have helped to keep the word count rolling. But anyway, at this rate, I’ll really be straining a lot to reach half a million words by Hear Ye’s 10 anniversary.


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This graph shows which parts of the day I’m most likely to post. You can see the clear drop during 4.00am – 9.00am (sleeptime), 12.30pm – 2.30pm (lunchtime) and 7.00pm – 9.00pm (dinnertime). There’s a fairly consistent posting period throughout the afternoon, but posting is post likely to be a late night thing for me.

Where the red line is higher than the green line, the posts made tend to be shorter in length. One interesting feature is the 11.00pm – 1.00am period. Seems that I tend to have more to say just after midnight (reflective time, perhaps?).


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This is definitely the most interesting graph. Each red dot represents a post, so theoretically there should be almost 4000 dots on the graph. This graph shows when posts were made throughout the last 8 years.

I did a bit of post-production editing on this graph to highlight some interesting features that I saw. Straight away you can see a dark band through the wee hours of the morning, and I’m a little surprised to see that I’ve never made a post at 7.00am. Incidentally, you now know what time of day I’m at my worst. The biggest clumps of dots fall in early 2000, and late 2001 through to mid-2002. In January 2000, I started a full time work placement at an IT company. They didn’t give me a lot of work to do, and left me to my own devices for the most part. There’s a huge spurt of posts in March 2000, where I redesigned the site (I think mostly on company time, since there was so little work for me to do!). The exact same thing happed in late 2001. The most dense cluster is there. Incidentally, it’s also about the time September 11 happened, so the net was awash with chatter. It’s funny that most of the posts at EDS were in the morning – seems like I’d get into work and have something to say.

Ironically, the three full-time work placements on the graph coincide with the heaviest posting periods. When I went back to uni, even though I had more spare time, I wasn’t using it to post. In fact, when I moved into an apartment near uni in early 2001, there is a very quiet period for the web site. In comparison, the clerkship period (where I worked 3 days a week) around the start of 2005 shows a gap of posting during work hours. That’s pretty much the contrast in how busy I was kept in those different jobs. Now that I think about it, it would be interesting to filter out weekdays and weekends and see those posting patterns.

Each site redesign usually made it easier for me to update the site. In 1998-1999, updates were done by editing static HTML and manually FTPing the file. In early 2000, I switched to a batch FTP updater. I finally implemented a database backend in late 2001 and you can immediately see how much that facilitated posting – but funnily the effect was only temporary. In January 2004, I redid the backend, but they were mainly feature adds and tidying things up – the method of posting was still the same. Nonetheless, there’s a brief spike in posts (must have been the novelty value of having a revamped backend). Finally, in mid-2005 I redesigned the site, but there is no typical spike in posting frequency because I left the country almost straight afterwards. Questions?

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3
Mar 06
Fri

Now banned across the world

A recent mail:

Hi Stu,

I was just in the airport lounge in London, and wanted to check your site to see what’s going on in the world… but look at what happened!

See you soon mate,
Pro

Censored!

Oh no! Not again!

27
Jan 06
Fri

VIII


And Happy Chinese New Year, too!

6
Dec 05
Tue

SmartyBlog Awards

I got a call from someone yesterday telling me that I was one of 11 finalists in the SmartyHost Blog Awards, an Australian blogging competition offering a sizeable cash prize. As with all of these types of competition, it has had its fair share of controversy over selection criteria and judging issues, but that’s unavoidable given its format. Blogs are quite diverse and to compare a newslog with a special interest blog with a general purpose blog (otherwise known as an online diary) is to compare apples and oranges. It’s nonsensical. Nonetheless, I’m grateful for the exposure! I can’t say I’ve ever been linked by the SMH before.

12
Aug 05
Fri

Gallery is screwed

It’s never a good idea trying to upgrade Gallery while travelling… The photo gallery will probably be down until I get back to Singapore.

Update: I sort of got it working again. It’ll just have to look ugly for awhile!

3
Aug 05
Wed

Backbench

Issue 16 is now out. A lot of content in this one.

6
Jul 05
Wed

Backbench 15

Issue 15 of The Backbench is now online. The main article for the issue looks at the topic of international students from the perspective of one.

30
Jun 05
Thu

Not safe for work?

E-mail from a friend: “You’ll be glad to know that your website is blocked by the hospital IT: due to ‘adult content’. Nights are painful.” It happened again!

29
Jun 05
Wed

Guestbook

I’m aware (and pretty honoured actually) that there are numerous people who I don’t know in real life but have been regularly reading my site for several years. Some leave comments, most don’t. So, I’ve redone the guestbook which has been a spammer’s toilet for the last few years, and stolen Anthony’s idea: I’d appreciate it if you spend a minute dropping a brief message about who you are in there.

Also, still accepting postcard requests, have four so far.

24
Jun 05
Fri

Redesign Complete

Let me know if anything is broken. There are a few design elements that I’m not happy with – colours and use of too many fonts – but I think the text is more readable. Permalinks now show the individual post with the comments underneath. There’s also the option to view a permalink in the context of the month it appears in. If the post is part of a series, you can also view the whole series, such as for this post. I made a half-assed attempt at converting the layout to use CSS which also means that, unfortunately for Vic, the liquid design is no longer available (though because it’s all in CSS now, it’s just a matter of replacing the default stylesheet, but CSS gives me a headache so I can’t be bothered). You can now send in mastheads in two formats – the panoramic 768×110 format, and the old 400×84 format.

22
Jun 05
Wed

Redesign in Progress

Watch your step, there may be lots of broken stuff about while I fix things up.

19
Apr 05
Tue

Backbench Issue 13

Issue 13 of The Backbench is now online (and with a PDF version too!). Here’s a thought – if you have a blog, send in to the Backbench a rant you would otherwise reserve for your blog and give your website a plug in your biography line. Your site might get a bit of exposure from an audience you don’t normally get.

20
Mar 05
Sun

Backbench Issue 12

The next issue of The Backbench has gone up. It’s a few months late. We’d like to blame it on the fact that three of the editors absconded overseas during the intervening period and the other two moved house, but the real truth is we’ve been bludging a bit. This month includes an article written from Khartoum, and a piece written by a Cambridge Uni grad (for a non-Aussie perspective on things).

27
Jan 05
Thu

Hear Ye! turns 7

7 years oldI allowed myself to make a self-indulgent graphic this year, so please excuse me for that. Thanks to all the readers of the site, some who have been visiting for many years now. For the observant, you may notice that today I’ve broken with a 7 year old tradition on this site – feel free to guess what it is. Anyway, onwards… 2005 should be an exciting year. I also should get around to doing some Plastic Bag style graphs on my posting habits – if anyone is interested in doing this and wants a raw data file of my posts, let me know.

5
Dec 04
Sun

Labouchere System Simulator

For the gamblers and armchair statisticians in the audience, I wrote a Labouchere simulator. My cousin had a theory that it’s better than the Martindale System (which I agree with), and when you use it with Baccarat, where the player has an advantage if betting on the Banker (ignoring commission), might be an alternative to Blackjack. I don’t think it is, but it was an interesting theory.

1
Dec 04
Wed

Backbench Issue 11

Issue 11 of The Backbench has been released. It’s a good issue, if I do say so myself. It’s also available for download as a schmick looking PDF.

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4
Oct 04
Mon

Backbench Issue 10

The Backbench’s 10th issue is now out. It’s naturally focused on the election this Saturday.

19
Aug 04
Thu

Backbench Issue 9

Backbench Issue 9 is out. There’s an announcement mailing list you can sign up to on the site now to get notified as new issues are released. Click on the Google ads on the left side if you feel charitable and drop us a few cents!

18
Jul 04
Sun

New Feature: Watchlists

You’ll notice a new box on the left hand side of the page entitled “Watchlist”. If you visit any of the comments pages, you’ll also see a small box on them which allows you to add a comment thread to your watchlist. Doing this will place it into the Watchlist box. Whenever a comment is added to any thread you are watching, the thread will be flagged for you. If you have nothing on your watchlist, the watchlist box defaults to showing the five most voluminous threads which have been posted to in the last month. The whole idea of this is to give people easy access to active threads, even after they’ve been bumped way down the page by newer posts, or want to know when a question they’ve posted on specific thread is potentially answered. If it doesn’t work properly (it needs cookies enabled), let me know.

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16
Jul 04
Fri

RSS Feed

Made some minor additions to the RSS feed. I use the free and simple to use Feedreader for receiving my XML feeds.

Backbench Mailing List

Backbench now has a new issue announcement mailing list you can sign up to. Look on the left hand side of the front page for the subscription box.

Josh Kelley Concert

A small handful of dim photos from last Sunday’s concert here.

11
Jul 04
Sun

The Backbench

Issue 8 of The Backbench is now out. I go out on a limb this time and argue that McDonald’s is not evil.

16
Jun 04
Wed

Updated Section

Updated the About page with a bit of code to automatically update my age. Also inserted another small section on that page. Ahh yes… it’s that stuvac procrastination thing again.

4
May 04
Tue

Backbench Issue 6

After a pretty long bludge period, Issue 6 of the Backbench is now online. Bigger and (hopefully) better than before.

Does anyone here draw cartoons by any chance? We could use a good cartoonist.

2
May 04
Sun

Not Happy

My web host disabled command line PHP, which means all my cron jobs which are PHP scripts now have to be rewritten.

9
Mar 04
Tue

Weather Vane

Added a weather indicator in the sidebar (above “Alternatives”). It’s parsed and cached from the BOM every hour. If the Bureau changes their page structure, it’ll wreck the whole thing, so hopefully that doesn’t happen.

7
Mar 04
Sun

New Photos

Put up a few new photos: here, and here.

13
Feb 04
Fri

Backbench Issue 5

Issue 5 of Backbench is now online after a prolonged hiatus. Just curious, how many of you actually read the articles on it?

4
Feb 04
Wed

New Template

To address the liquid vs non-liquid layout debate, people who prefer a liquid layout for larger resolution screens and who don’t mind viewing long lines of text, can click on the “liquid” link down the left sidebar to change to said template. As usual, if there are bugs, let me know.

1
Feb 04
Sun

The List

By popular demand, The List is back. Hit the “show whole list” to see it.

31
Jan 04
Sat

Site Refresh

It’s here. To be honest, the site doesn’t look all that different on the front-end. It’s a format that’s worked well for a while. It looks perhaps a little tighter, but it’s essentially the same. The back-end has been redesigned from the ground up, and I’ve put in some features I’ve been wanting to put in for a long time now.

Changelog

  • New domain name: update your links!
  • Search engine: No longer using Atomz, which was struggling with indexing a site with self-referential permalinks.
  • Photo gallery: also linked in a random photo block that you can see
    to the left, inspired by AJH.
    Uses the excellent Gallery
    1.4
    package. Don’t ask me why I called it Contemporaneously. I just think it’s a
    cool sounding word :). Not many photos in there currently.
  • Mobile posting module: I finally have a proper module (updated from the one I made four years ago!) for posting
    with non-computer devices. Unfortunately I couldn’t get procmail working on my
    server, so I’m using crontab to schedule mobile posts which means posts are
    delayed by up to a couple of minutes. The module accepts SMSes and e-mails
    with MIME attachments (including MMS/PXT messages) and allows for location and
    timezone stamping of posts. Security through obscurity is also bolstered by
    password protection (unfortunately sent in plaintext).
  • Thumbnail script: Tiny script which creates resampled thumbnails on the fly without making a duplicate of the file. Useful for mobile posts where images may not have the chance to be edited before posting.
  • Quicklinks: Inspired by
    Kottke’s remaindered
    links
    .
  • Generalised comments system: one module takes care of commenting
    for quicklinks, articles and any other section of the site requiring comments.
  • Follow-up posts: It’s been implemented. Could be a first.
  • New Mastheads: 1
    2
    3
  • Rehauled backend console, made myself some posting bookmarklets
  • Integrated Real into Hear Ye!

To Do

  • Conversion of features from Real over to new domain
  • The List is no longer on the left. I don’t know if I should bring it back – leave a note in the comments if you want it back.
  • A proper mailing page
  • Revise the guestbook which has turned into a spambook
  • Content for some of the pages
  • XML feed for quicklinks
  • Portal

That should do it for now.

27
Jan 04
Tue

Six Years of Hear Ye!

Hear Ye! turns 6 years old today. It’s a little strange when you consider that in the near future, there will be a bunch of journal sites running around with archives that chronicle over a decade of life’s happenings. I would say that that sort of longevity is quite difficult to achieve if you were to keep a pen and paper diary instead, just because of the disadvantages of physical media.

22
Jan 04
Thu

Coming Soon

If you’re wondering why there’s been a dearth of posts on this site, it’s because the site’s currently undergoing a long-awaited extensive redesign. Also, I’ll be in Melbourne over the long weekend doing some touristy stuff (I’ve never been to Melbourne before, funnily enough) and catching a match at the Australian Open.

5
Dec 03
Fri

MMS Posting

I’ve decided that I won’t implement MMS posting just yet. I intended to get it working for my overseas trip. I got around to writing up everything (the MIME parsing code, writing attachments to hard drive, constructing the post text etc) but I realised that I have no idea about how MMS works overseas. Firstly, the system is different from SMSes – I actually had to enable GPRS with Vodafone to get MMSes to work and I don’t know if, when roaming on overseas networks, GPRS/WAP will be automatically enabled and whether I can send MMSes. Secondly, the format of MMS messages (which are essentially e-mails with attachments) seems to differ with the network which may trip up the parsing code I currently have, and there’s no way to test otherwise. And there’s no way I’m debugging code while I’m on holiday :).

Technical note: Posting to your blog with a mobile device (called Moblogging which is a stupid term, imho) is not difficult. Essentially, most mobile devices (PDAs, mobiles, Blackberry and so on) can send e-mails. SMSes need to be routed through an SMS-to-Email gateway, such as Excell. They arrive at your mail server and get processed by a script. You might run a cron job to run your script which checks for mail every so often. You might automatically pipe it to your script in through a .forward file, or with Procmail, or similar. The script then parses the email (which is where the bulk of the work lies), then posts it to the blog (via a SQL call, XML-RPC call, etc).

Has anyone noticed how different countries call mobile phones different things? In the US it’s cell phones. In Australia it’s mobile phones. In Asia it’s hand phones.

13
Nov 03
Thu

Backbench Issue 4

Issue 4 of The Backbench is now out. We’ve got a bit about ethics and investing, Italians and what they show on TV, Hicks and Habib and of course Australia and Iraq.

10
Nov 03
Mon

GeoURL

Hear Ye! is finally
GeoURLed
.

(Isn’t it funny how these “to do” things happen to get done during exam stuvac week?)

8
Oct 03
Wed
1
Sep 03
Mon

Backbench Issue 2

Issue 2 of Backbench has just been released. Check it out.

13
Apr 03
Sun

Oh the Ironies

I got hacked yesterday. Well, not this site, but this one, which I designed. It was hacked by an anti-war group. Funny, that. (Image of the hack. 188kb.)

Update: The Federal police got called, then it turned out that the hack occurred server-wide at the US hosting company, so they called in the FBI. It seems like it’s just a coincidence that the anti-war message also happened to affect a Liberal web site.

17
Mar 03
Mon

This site is rated MA

Apparently, JP Morgan content filters have censored my site. Received this message from a friend: “Got a bit bored at work today, so attempted to view your web site. Guess what? Its banned under the category… ‘SEX content’. hahaha….” Amusing.

27
Jan 03
Mon

5 Years of Hear Ye!

Today is Hear Ye’s 5th anniversary! Woohoo!

I went to a 50th birthday party a few weeks ago, the mother of a best friend. It was a huge occasion – she had invited friends who flew in from England and Southeast Asia for it. There were a barrage of speeches, which had revealed the antics of her in her teens, of her and her husband in their 20s, and so on. It was strange when I had the opportunity to listen to Mrs C’s best friend from university gossipping to us about Mrs C’s relationship issues of 30 years ago. It’s always strange to imagine how your parents might have been when they were young. Friends have often wondered why parents berate them for wearing certain clothing when aging photos show parents in attire equally as revealing (it was the era of miniskirts). We all latch onto anyone who has goss about our parents’ pasts.

All this vintage gossip normally exists as the unmentioned details in all our parents’ dark and mysterious pasts. Perhaps written in some lost teenage diary kept by mum, but more often than not secreted away in their minds, only to be freed by a kid’s incessant nagging. “Dad, how did you and mum really meet up?”

The world has since changed. Records of memories can now exist in an intangible form, yet be outside of our minds. Online diaries, weblogs and journals in the digital age roam the Internet freely, archiving thoughts, opinions and life events of those who keep them. Perpetual records of our life, infinitely duplicable, accessible globally, existing for as long as we wish to preserve them. I never had this perspective of my site when I started it, but now that I have surprised myself and managed to keep it going for so long, the record-keeping aspect of an online journal is but another reason why I keep one.

I wonder how the future generations will view the words that we type today, back when we were young.

“Dad, how can you tell me to not binge drink when you were pissed off your nut for three consecutive weeks in 2003?”

16
Dec 02
Mon

Commenting

Just put in a couple fixes in response to the comments – it’s now scrollable (can’t believe I forgot to do that), and URLs starting with http:// will be automatically linked, don’t use HTML to do it.

11
Dec 02
Wed

Commenting

Finally found a large block of time to do some development on this site. I’ve introduced post commenting. (I will be more likely to reply directly to e-mails sent to me than via the commenting system, though.) Let me know if there are any bugs.

I’ve also updated the stats page.

3
Oct 02
Thu

RSS

I got the RSS feed finally working, I hope. It needed a one line change of code, but, the powers of procrastination were strong.

Spammers in the Guestbook

Hrm, I just checked my guestbook for the first time in over a year, and amongst the usual mix of positive and abusive comments, I find something much more offensive… the guestbook equivalent of spammers. Appalling.

21
Jun 02
Fri

Title Pics

Thanks to Pete who created a couple more title pics for me: 1, 2. And just in case anyone from PwCC visits this site (and I was told at my interview, they have)… it’s only a joke :)

10
Jun 02
Mon

Javascript Error

Erm, does anyone have any idea what is causing that Javascript error on load up? It just started happening all of a sudden one day… mail me please.

25
Feb 02
Mon

Back

Back online, as you can see. I reduced a few query calls, and most queries should be using indexes now so the cpu load this site has hopefully won’t cause my hosting company to complain. Here is a useful guide for optimising MySQL queries.

28
Jan 02
Mon

4th Anniversary

That’s right, today marks four years of Hear Ye! That’s 1461 days…

Well, as you can probably tell, my posting rate dropped off somewhat last year but infrequent posts is more due to lack of time rather than lack of motivation. This year is fairly big for me, being my final year of uni. The Great Job Hunt starts in a couple months and the industry is not looking flash… Nonetheless, you’ll be reading about it all in due time. So, on to the 5th year. Gee, this site sorta feels ancient!

15
Jan 02
Tue

Finally, my web host has upgraded and compiled PHP4 into Apache. I hope nothing breaks.

24
Nov 01
Sat
8
Nov 01
Thu

Statistics

I’ve always been curious about statistics and I’ve never seen a stats listing on any e/n or weblog site before. So, I generated a page of them about this site. Due to the number of database queries required, I’ve decided not to make the page dynamic. I’ll either set up a cronjob to run a script that will regenerate the page everyday, or just run it manually… If you have any other stats you’d like to see, drop me a mail.

I honestly don’t know how I managed to fit in 183 posts in May ’00.

24
Oct 01
Wed

Countries

Just browsing the geographical stats from my counter logs. I found it quite amazing to discover what countries some visitors to this site come from. Interesting that from a third of the world there have only been 10 visits – 9 from India (population 1bn), 1 from China (population 1.2bn). Granted people from there have no reason to visit this site, but there’ve been over 110 visits from Saudi Arabia, 4 from Namibia, 4 from the Faroe Islands…

100+ visits
USA, Australia, Canada, UK, New Zealand, Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Malaysia, Japan, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, France, Belgium.

<100
Finland, Portugal, Norway, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, Romania, Denmark, Israel, Austria, Spain, Switzerland, Greece, Italy, Thailand, Brazil, Argentina, Ireland, Brunei Darussalam, Mexico, Poland, Hong Kong, Hungary, Russian Federation.

<10
Taiwan, India, Czech Republic, Estonia, Cyprus, Iceland, Namibia, Slovak Republic, Indonesia, Faroe Islands, Turkey, Croatia, Yugoslavia, Latvia, Oman, Bulgaria, Bermuda, Nicaragua, San Marino, Chile, Philippines, Slovenia, Macedonia, Trinidad and Tobago, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Luxembourg, Venezuela, Jordan, Lithuania, Colombia, Egypt, Zimbabwe, China, Lebanon, Nepal, Yemen, Paraguay, South Korea, Uruguay, Ukraine.

17
Oct 01
Wed

Couple Hours Late

Ok this page was meant to go up at 10am AEST. I slept in until noon. Oh well.

Back-end Revamp

Welcome back. The site has been offline for a couple weeks now for an update. On the front-end side, you’ll see that not much has changed. The back-end, however, has changed completely. Before, you see, the backend consisted of me, a flat-text database and a copy of Frontpage. The backend has given me much headache. I’ve been developing it on my machine which has php4. Unfortunately my web host only has php4 as a cgi executable and not compiled as an Apache module. In effect, this means my code uses some critical functions that work on my computer, but break horribly on this server because of the older version of php3 in use. So, I spent a fair bit of time coding workarounds for these problems.

Anyhow, from your perspective the following things have changed:

  • More frequent updates by me (honest!). Things will be back to normal.
  • Posts are categorised and are permalinkable.
  • The List is now mostly automated. Submit requests to be added to the list through the form provided.
  • The Soapbox is run off a database now.
  • RSS feed added.
  • Experimental site templating (links at the bottom of this page).

From my perspective, maintaining this site is a lot easier. Let me know when you find any bugs.

16
Oct 01
Tue

Test Post

Test post. This debugging is driving me up the wall.

21
Aug 01
Tue

Update

The manual data entry process of moving the archives into a database continues. I’m up to July 2000 (1800+ posts, 200k+ words). It’s interesting reading back on some of my previous posts. Some things I can’t believe I wrote and some things I don’t remember I wrote.

8
Aug 01
Wed

Portal

The portal is momentarily down. FTP is having trouble transferring the file for some obscure reason.

Backend Update

Manual population of the DB with the archives continues. I’m up to March 1999 (which comprises 493 posts totalling around 55k words). Copying and pasting text from html code generated with an ancient version of Frontpage is not fun. Frontpage 97 must’ve violated every html standard under the sun.

7
Aug 01
Tue

Revised Portal

Cleaned up the portal.

22
Jun 01
Fri

Hear Ye!: Now Banned in 5 States

Well not quite, but I, pornographic distributor extraordinaire (hah!), got this in the e-mail which I thought was quite amusing (and evidently, so did the prankster who submitted the URL in the first place):

It has recently been brought to our attention that you are, or have been, in violation of the Net Authority Acceptable Internet Usage Guidelines. It has been reported that you both distribute and view offensive materials over the Internet.

Net Authority has investigated these claims by checking your webpage at http://hearye.fissure.org and verified that they are true.

As a result, your personal information has been added to one or more Net Authority Internet offender databases. Your information will be stored in the databases until enough evidence has been gathered against you to warrant further actions. To help avoid such a situation, it is strongly recommended that you cease your immoral actions on the Internet at once.

You have been added to the following databases:
 – Hate Literature Offenders
 – Pornography Offenders
 – Child Pornography Offenders
 – Bestiality Offenders
 – Homosexual Pornography Offenders
 – Interracial Pornography Offenders
 – General Blasphemy Offenders

If you would like more information about Net Authority or the Net Authority Acceptable Internet Usage Guidelines, you may read the details at http://www.netauthority.org/. It is imperative that you fully understand the guidelines if you wish to avoid further prosecution.

While the individual who reported your actions to us will remain anonymous, he or she wished to pass these words on to you:

“Stu, you are one dirty bastard!”

May God be with you as you struggle to overcome these evil impulses. You will be in our prayers at night.

God speed,

Net Authority Investigations Department
investigations@netauthority.org
http://www.netauthority.org/

“Interracial porngraphy offenders”? What the? Oh so it’s not ok to be racist, but it’s alright to discriminate pornography based on race? Interesting categorisation, eh?

14
May 01
Mon

New Logos

Thanks to Pete for doing a couple more mastheads: 1, 2. Nothing like a bit of pre-exam procrastination, eh Pete? :) BTW, anyone’s welcome to submit a masthead or two (jpg format, same size).

9
Apr 01
Mon

New Feature

On impulse, I whipped up a crossword word finder. Not that I do crosswords, anyhow, but some of you might. At the moment, the dictionary files the words are being pulled from are incomplete (I am using the linux words file plus another with 200,000 words). Anyone know where I can get a plain text file of a dictionary of English words (no definitions)?

6
Apr 01
Fri

Travel Diary Progress

17,800 words.

1
Apr 01
Sun

Stuff to Do

1. Thinking of switching over from manual updates to a PHP system (gasp!).
2. Continuing work on the rather verbose diary of my roundworld trip (current word count: 14,000).

21
Jan 01
Sun

Hear Ye!

Might as well say this now, as Internet access in Nepal is by no means guaranteed (but it is available there, which may come as a surprise to some). Hear Ye!, my regular site, will be three years old in one week, on the 28th of January. That’s 1096 days of not-always-constant updating. On to the 4th year then!

6
Dec 00
Wed

Last Post

That’s it, I’m closing off Hear Ye! posts for a few months. Everything’ll be on UODU. Have an absolutely wonderful holiday season everyone, and I’ll see y’all back here in late February 2001. Cheers.

17
Nov 00
Fri

Up Over Down Under Opens

Finally complete, Up Over Down Under is a travel diary that a group of friends and I are going to be keeping updated whilst overseas. Check it out, I’ll be updating to that site instead of Hear Ye! for the 2 and a half months I’m away. You can request a postcard from us too.

15
Nov 00
Wed

Napster

I put up the article I co-wrote for a uni assignment. It’s about the Napster v RIAA case and covers what Napster is arguing in court, and what the RIAA is arguing. There’s also stuff about Australian legislation and how it deals with Napster-type situations.

13
Nov 00
Mon

Yeah

I know, I know – the Olympics are well and truly over. I’m still trying to think of something to replace the medal tally with.

28
Oct 00
Sat

Travel Site

It’s getting there. I’ve got to port it from my computer to the server and make sure the PHP doesn’t break along the way…

11
Oct 00
Wed

Speaking of…

… girl bloggers, Fissure’s hosting one of ‘em. Hi Kyp :).

Search

Added a search form to the sidebar, at the bottom. It only indexes Hear Ye!, and not Real.

HTTP Headers

Made my own http header fetcher. It does what it does (which is not much).

Haven’t Asked This For a While…

Go sign my guestbook, if you haven’t already, please.

5
Oct 00
Thu

CF/PHP/ASP Coding

Ok out of curiousity, Solo is running a little coding experiment to give you a chance to see how the same task is implemented in the three server-side processing systems of Cold Fusion (CF), PHP Hypertext Pre-processor (PHP) and Active Server Pages (ASP). There is a small, ordinary task involving database access and querying, output to html, saving output to file and transfering it off the server via the smtp (e-mail) and FTP protocols. If you know any of the above languages, and know how to do at least the first two steps (db query + html output) then give it a shot – it’s a good way to learn. I’ve mirrored all the information found off Solo’s site here – should contain everything you need. Send solutions to me or Solo.

New Article

Wrote a new article on a couple of web site tips you may or may not know (custom error pages, favourite icons, passwording directories and banning people).

28
Sep 00
Thu

Real

I went ahead and redesigned the other parts of the site to bring some sort of uniformity into its design. In fact, I made it an entirely new subdomain. Check out “Real“.

19
Aug 00
Sat

New Masthead

Thanks to Bonhomme for this new banner.

4
Aug 00
Fri

Fixed

Links to sunnies pictures (3 posts below).

3
Aug 00
Thu

Grrr

Extreme-DM hosed my stats. Again.

2
Aug 00
Wed

Soapbox

Whoever made those comments about my mum on the soapbox a couple days ago is one bastard. (Wasn’t me – I never post to the soapbox.)

18
Jul 00
Tue
10
May 00
Wed
8
May 00
Mon

Portal Updated

Added a shopping portal to the portal. I only am affiliated with Amazon :)

3
May 00
Wed

In The News

Here’s the article I was in. (I took out my pic cos I reckon it’s crap heh… yeah I know – I’m no fun at all :). Some of my thoughts about the article: I’m not 19, I’m 18. I did not say I “collect EN [sic]” – that sentence doesn’t even make sense. I recall saying the site was E/N. Not all “interesting” news I post about is useless – some of it can be significant. And I don’t think anyone buys that psychology mumbo-jumbo that Kip Williams spouted. Nor did I get a direct link/plug (so I got bugger all hits from it). But hey, it’s a tabloid :). I keep this site because it’s fun, engaging, develops my design and technical skills and it’s memorable (in the way I can look back on events in life and the world). I don’t bare my soul here (though I may choose to do so should I be in the mood, that’s missing the point – this isn’t a diary).

2
May 00
Tue

Daily Tele

Sydney-sider? Check out Page 16 of the Daily Telegraph. Yes, Hear Ye! and a reference to the E/N community made it to print media :) However it seems they lost my URL and misquoted me, but that’s the media for you :)

1
May 00
Mon

Tip

If this page is loading up slow for you, I suggest you select the “shrink list” link above The List (on the sidebar). This will permanently chop the list down to about 12 sites for you (click expand list again to view all sites).

27
Apr 00
Thu
1
Apr 00
Sat

New Masthead

Thanks to Phil for generating this. It’s been added to the pool. Feel free to submit one (attachments ok).

29
Mar 00
Wed

Soapbox Fixed

I don’t believe it… the soapbox on this page has been a broken link for over two weeks and not one person told me?!

20
Mar 00
Mon

List-en

Today, the total number of mails sent through list-en topped 1000. Mind you, half of those were one line e-mails, but still, it’s a milestone of sorts!

Site Redesign Feedback

Thanks everyone for the feedback, which has been positive. The most used words describing it are “nice” and “slick” (I think you guys need to expand your vocab! :). About the black text on white – sonic says that “Text is easier to read over a white bg and all.” although Bonhomme de Neige says, “White text on black background looks a lot better (and is much easier to read) IMHO.” Oh well, can’t please everyone. I reckon the two are just as good, they just lend themselves differently to different styles of design.

18
Mar 00
Sat

Ta Da

The redesign: Is it nicer? Yay or Nay? Tell me, please.

16
Mar 00
Thu

Lunch

Hey, it’s lunch, and there’s a bug in the posting script… it’s screwing up the AM/PMs. Ah well, eat first.

13
Mar 00
Mon

Now Posting from Work

Not much for me to do at work, so I just spent the last couple hours working on a new RemoteUpdate CGI script and has the capability of archiving the remote updates so they can be merged with the “real” manually added posts with the click of a button.

21
Feb 00
Mon

New Masthead

One more masthead, courtesy of sonic. Viewable here directly. Thanks mate!

19
Feb 00
Sat

Title Pics

Added a couple more Hear Ye! mastheads. If anyone wants to make 475×125 title jpegs for this site, feel free to mail them in to me.

5
Feb 00
Sat

Periodic Plea

I think it’s time for another one of these. Please go sign this now. Thanks.

29
Jan 00
Sat

Hear Ye! Est. 1998

Hear Ye’s 2nd Anniversary!
Wow, 2 years old. Has it really been that long?

Two years ago, on this day, I made my first proper post to Hear Ye! Exactly two years of archives accumulated over more than 700 days of posting. Excuse me while my head swells to thrice its normal size for a few moments :) That is quite a feat given the relative rarity of e/n sites that have existed for even a single, full year. If you’re wondering why I have that ridiculously long list of sites to the left, it’s because I was here from the beginning.

This site started in the beginning of ’98, a year before the term “everything/nothing” came to exist. I updated it for a full year before I got any decent amount of visitors. Today, the hits I get in a month are more than I got in the whole of ’98. The point is, hits are nice, but they are not everything. They are not my primary motivation for keeping this site. I write, because, as I did two years ago, it is a hobby for me. I get no money from it (in fact, I lose money from it). I read my archives and am reminded of events I would have otherwise forgotten. I get interesting mails from people all the way around the world. Do not start up an e/n site if your main reason is hits. With the amount of sites that pop up each week, even buying your very own domain name will not guarantee popularity (but it does help, I’ll give you that :).

There’s been a lot of bitching about the “e/n scene”. People complain of being bored by what they regard as a “passing fad” where everyone jumps on the bandwagon (or the boat, as Ramblings so infamously put it :). Equally, there has been disillusionment by people who keep e/n sites – those who lose interest and motivation in maintaining their site. Finally, there those that say, “I’m not really an e/n site, but if you really must, I guess you could call me that.” (And aren’t there a multitude of people that have said that?) Why do people say this? It’s true that many sites start up with no real goals and just die, but there are also many sites that have been around for a long time and don’t look like going any time soon. How do the sites that have been around for a long time stick around? And why do so many sites just disappear after a few months? Here’s my opinion, and it’s mainly conjectural.

E/N sites are inherently personal sites on public display. People write about what interests themselves. Since everyone is different, it can’t be expected that everyone visiting the site will find what they write interesting. If you try spending so much time only writing for the visitors, the site is no longer personal. You’re catering for the public, and as a result your site probably shows none of your character. You have no strong interest in what you’re doing, and as a result, there’s no motivation to keep writing. Write on things that interest you – things that you might enjoy reading later in life. It’s hard to keep doing something day in, day out, in life that you don’t find interesting, and are getting nothing for. You’ll find you get visitors from people who have an interest in what you have to say. In a cyberworld where population numbers in the hundreds of millions, you’re bound to find a few people out there who will listen. As I see it, an e/n site is essentially an electronic journal, with the added element of public interaction from a common audience that has formed into a loose community of sorts.

End harangue.

Anyway, thanks to all you regular visitors and a special shout to all those who were around in 98 and are still there (you know who you guys are :). You’ve made this site all the more enjoyable to keep.

24
Jan 00
Mon

Feels Good

Sleeping in, that is :). I also archived a bit of this month’s posts to speed loading times slightly.

20
Jan 00
Thu

Hmm

Something’s missing today.

15
Jan 00
Sat

Mobile Soapbox

E-mail here to sms me on my mobile. Keep the message to under 140 characters (Or it will be truncated). And no, I don’t have a vibrating battery, so you can’t really send messages like “tuck me under your scrotum now.” (but you can try) Ahem. Sorry. [And remember mobile phones don’t recognise HTML so send mail in plain text! Duh]

21
Dec 99
Tue

Hear Ye! Will Be On Hiatus

That’s right, a scheduled period of no regular updates (not that I have been updating regularly, anyhow) from 24th December, 1999 to 8th January, 2000. I’ll be off to hot and humid Singapore, flying off on Christmas Eve, followed by a week long foray into wintery Hong Kong (city of cheap “OEM software” ;) which includes a daytrip into China. It appears we need a separate visa to get into China. I thought China retook Hong Kong, and thus since Hong Kong was now annexed with China, only one visa would be required? I guess the HK “Special Administrative Region” is still quite separate from mainland China. I’ve got a bit of a shopping list which is dominated by technological products. Singapore’s hardware is quite a bit cheaper than in Sydney (it helps that most hard drives are manufactured there, and that Creative Labs is a Singaporean company). I’ll be looking for a 2+ megapixel digital camera there, along with an international warranty for it. Which one to choose though? The Kodak DC290 looks quite good, but it’s probably out of my price range. Suggestions?

In the meantime, I set up a quick and dirty CGI script so I can update this page via the web, should I get the time, inclination, and access to a web browser. I’ll be updating between now and the 24th though, so don’t go anywhere just yet.

15
Dec 99
Wed

Update

Yeah, been neglecting updates lately. I know that.

5
Dec 99
Sun

Breaking Out The New Stuff

Wow. Net free for a whole week. Well, actually the truth is I was in rehab for internet addiction, so I couldn’t really use a mouse while I was in that strait jacket :). Thus, apologies for the distinct lack of updating.

Nonetheless, I haven’t been completely lazy. At long last I’ve moved the whole site to it’s own subdomain and done a redesign of sorts. Please let me know of any bad links or anything that’s broken. Most changes have been behind the scenes work with dynamic stuff (you no longer have to view the giant e/n listing if you don’t want to!). With this “version” of Hear Ye!, I’ve dropped Netscape 3 support, but to compensate, I’ve jumped on the themes bandwagon and offered a text-only version of the site (as well as a tongue-in-cheek weblog layout). Constructive criticism or any other mail would be appreciated. Plugs would be even more appreciated :).

I’ve begun labelling some pages with copyright notices dated for the year 2000. How cool does that look? There’s something about 2000 that makes anything it’s stuck on look futuristic (except when it’s paired with “non-compliant”).

18
Nov 99
Thu

More Humour

One more video, eleven more pictures here.

Please?

Just fill out this form. Your details will not be added to a spam list. Go.

12
Nov 99
Fri

Some More Humour

From the humour page, two more pics (bottom of pics section) & one more text file.

9
Nov 99
Tue

New Trick

Here, and look in the “with your tongue” section. This would be a neat thing to be able to do :) Only problem is I have no idea how to do it…

29
Oct 99
Fri

Humour

This might keep you entertained for a little while. I just wrote up a new, updated humour page (yes that’s humour with a “u”, it’s no typo).

7
Sep 99
Tue

Referer Logs

Just checked out my referer logs, clicked through a link and came across something that amused me.

Ugh... politics...

Yes that’s Hear Ye! in 5th… apparently for linking that political quiz. It’ll be gone from the list tomorrow (with luck)

29
Aug 99
Sun

New Feature

Ahhh. New content! This time I’ve written a techie article on E-Mail Headers. Good general knowledge on something we use every day.

31
Jul 99
Sat

Party Tricks

Another one. As seen in Dumb and Dumber (damn that movie sucked). It’s right at the bottom.

29
Jul 99
Thu

Hey Look!

Free web hosting at a non-corporate site.

20
Jul 99
Tue

Party Tricks Updated

Peruse here.

Soapbox

Modified it for a limited time. Now it’s sorta like one of those games where each person in a group adds a paragraph to a story, except that they only have the paragraph the previous person wrote, to work on.

18
Jul 99
Sun

Archived this month

Consigned prior posts this month to the archive. Because I felt like it.

6
Jul 99
Tue

Party Tricks

One addition to it, in the “with your mouth” section here (thanks to Phil).

3
Jul 99
Sat

Coming Soon

A…

squib \Squib\, v. i. To throw squibs; to utter sarcatic or severe reflections; to contend in petty dispute; as, to squib a little debate.

on…

teenage adj : being of the age 13 through 19; “teenage mothers”; “the teen years” [syn: adolescent]
adolescent
adj 1: relating to or peculiar to or suggestive of an adolescent; “adolescent problems” 2: being of the age 13 through 19; “teenage mothers”; “the teen years” 3: displaying or suggesting a lack of maturity; “adolescent insecurity”; “jejune responses to our problems”; “their behavior was juvenile”; “puerile jokes” 4: in the state of development between puberty and maturity; “adolescent boys and girls” n : a juvenile between the onset of puberty and maturity

angst n : an acute but unspecific feeling of anxiety; usually reserved for philosophical anxiety about the world or about personal freedom

Because I ran out of time and want to go to sleep now.

17
Jun 99
Thu

Mhhm

Seems we have a horny AOLer on the soapbox :).

15
Jun 99
Tue

New Feature

This is a queer one. How many of these tricks do you know?

Guestbook

The annual cry to get people to write in the guestbook. People meaning people like you. Can’t think of what to write? Visit KK’s WTWD, let him create some sort of emotion in you (happiness, depression, craziness, apathy, whatever), come back, and use that emotion to write in the ‘book.

2
Jun 99
Wed

Soapbox

I really don’t care what people put on the soapbox, but when it’s a post that takes up 500 kilobytes of diskspace, I do care. It costs money. So don’t, or I’ll ban your ass, Mr Block-rockin’ Beats :Þ.

18
May 99
Tue

“The ppl at Hear Ye”

Contrary to popular opinion, I am not schizophrenic. There is only one of us. um… I mean me. Yes I meant me! Sorry, slip of the tongue! No! Don’t put me back in that cell!

27
Apr 99
Tue

Housekeeping

Archived half of this month’s entries. (See bottom of page)

25
Apr 99
Sun

Response

Added response to the water torture analogy post (see yesterday’s post).

11
Apr 99
Sun

Oh Dear…

People are using the soapbox like it’s (I assume) a search engine. Ok, so you might make the mistake once. But typing “florida” into the box twice can only mean a certain measure of stupidity being displayed.

25
Mar 99
Thu

Sorry

Apologies for not producing any juicy bits of news or any links… I’ve been flat out lately and haven’t been able to spend much time on the Internet surfing about.

10
Mar 99
Wed

joke.win.stupid

I noticed that a few people are coming to this page from search engines looking for “joke.win.stupid”. If you are looking for info on this “virus” (that’s not a virus), click here and go down to the entry dated Thursday February 4, entitled “Virus???”.

21
Feb 99
Sun

DHTML @ Watch The World Die

In the spirit of one-upsmanship, KillKrazy has implemented DHTML that is, quite frankly, made me jealous cos it’s much more schmick than mine. The javascript he used (Overlib) is available here as free for personal use, should you wish to implement it. Here’s a nice site showing what the script can do (4th gen browsers only). It’s in French, but don’t let that stop you. Might be time to uh… update my DHTML.

14
Feb 99
Sun

Soapbox

Just a quick note to say I do not, have not, and will not write anything to the soapbox. Everything written to it (except the very first message posted to it) was written by some mysterious entity residing somewhere on Earth (I hope).

Bad Astronomy.com

www.badastronomy.com has some info on astronomical facts, misconceptions in astronomy and other interesting stuff. I especially liked the tearing apart of Armageddon and Deep Impact‘s scientific accuracy (but I still reckon Armageddon’s a kick-ass film).

9
Feb 99
Tue

New Feature

New article up: Not Your Usual Chain Mail Letter. It’s not really an article, just a cut and paste job on an e-mail I received.

28
Jan 99
Thu

Hear Ye celebrates its 1st Anniversary!
I made it! When I started writing this page exactly one year ago, the longest I’d ever kept a site/page going for was a couple months. It’s not exactly easy keeping a site constantly updated for a period as long as a year. The reassuring thing is that I still have the motivation I had a year ago to keep writing. Anyway I haven’t written for almost 10 days, partly because of the arrival of the new computer and the lack of transfer speed over a parallel cable :) – took a while for the data transfer.

In response to entering a new year of slavery to this page, I’ve completed the site update I’ve been promising. The update is not on this page, but it’s to the rest of the site. The whole site has been renamed (though the journal will remain titled as Hear Ye!). Here’s what’s been updated – check ‘em out :

(I’ll shoot you if you don’t use a suitably modern 4th generation web browser.)

13
Jan 99
Wed

Tweak

Running IE4 or NS4? Run your mouse over the general news links on the side bar to the left. I will have to cut this page down later. It’s really chewing up the bandwidth like crazy. And the fact that it’s all in one table means you have to wait for the whole thing to load before you see anything. I apologise profusely.

7
Jan 99
Thu

New Site

It’s almost done… just got a CGI to write and about three more pages to do. And I tracked down vaccine’s site address where he’s started updating again… the Christmas Island domain one at www.vaccine.cx, but I linked to where that redirects you.

5
Jan 99
Tue

Whoops

I just noticed I was dating each entry with 1998. Silly me. No one noticed either, it seems. Silly you. All fixed up now.

3
Jan 99
Sun

Coming

Sorry for the specialised posts, but it’s all that’s been going on for the past couple days. I should be typing up a bit on the new Star Trek film and some other stuff onnce things stop happening :). Words for thought makes a return today as well.

20
Dec 98
Sun

Apologies

Apologies for the long loading times… I know they’re getting longer, but I’m too lazy to archive more than once a month :). But I’m sure you’re surfing with 5 windows at a time, aren’t you?

16
Dec 98
Wed

Site Redesign

Starting another site design – not of this journal, but of the rest of the site. I haven’t been really happy with the look and content of the other pages. I think I’ll try and structure it so that I can neglect them for lengthy periods of time :).

5
Dec 98
Sat

Use the Guestbook (link at top)

Just one of my sporadic requests for you to sign it. It’s getting lonely.

Daily Quotes

Um. I will get some. Promise. It’s just that I haven’t been at home very much for the past week. Been out every single day, and never been to bed before 1am (maybe even 2… dunno can’t remember). It should be quieter next week.

21
Nov 98
Sat

Hearsay (Daily Quote link)

While it looks like I’m being lazy, the daily quote is being updated everyday. However, if you keep getting an old quote, it is because your browser is pulling out the page from its cache. I don’t know why this happens (I think maybe it has something to do with being loaded up into a popup window. Anyway, just clear your cache or refresh the window (refreshing window doesn’t work in IE4, though) to see the current day’s quote.

17
Nov 98
Tue

Weeeirrrrd

I was checking my page referrals and I came across some weird search requests. Piss funny, though:
“Keanu Reeves is gay”, “+fish +chip +bitch +pauline”, “boris yeltsin vodka” and “Yeltsin+vodka”.

Site Updates

• Took off Car Odometer. Irrelevant and useless.
• Added “Hearsay” – a daily quote

30
Sep 98
Wed

Well…

I’m at home studying all day now (14 hours of day to get through – man that is so tedious), so I gotta use up those internet hours somehow… so I spend my time downloading heaps of stuff while I’m off in my room studying (I think I got 50+ megs of stuff today – my liddle Getright program has been churning away… over half a gig in half a month). Anyway being online the whole day is interesting, cos every hour or so when I take a break, I check the puta and there’s people on icq with all sorts of n/a and away messages. So I thought of this way to keep updating the journal without making long entries… It’s the ICQ quote of the day (how lame… this is what endless studying does to you :). Updated daily or at least, sort of daily. Click here to see today’s quote (you must be as bored as me :) :

See Today’s Quote(s)

10
Sep 98
Thu

Shameless Plug

It’s here! The alleged “top secret project” I’ve been involved in is here. It arrives in the form of Digital Discourse – a cataloging site containing links to quality journal sites. Heh. Enjoy. Link is here. The link is also on the side bar.

4
Sep 98
Fri

Sidebar Update

The picture on the side is a pic of my maths teacher. Eccentric? Very. Meanwhile, work on that Something continues… I’m not saying what it is right now, but I hope it turns out well, and should be interesting…

26
Aug 98
Wed

Soapbox

Heh. Someone finally decided to be a smart-arse and type “something” – literally.

Big Update Tonight

Big update tonight because once school starts tomorrow, I’m not going to get the chance to do many more lengthy updates (though I’ll try)… Results of the exams will be back Friday <shudder>. I also noticed I’m using ellipses ( … ) and smilies ( :) ) way too often. I gotta cut back before I start typing my essays with smilies… :) — see! There I go again.

24
Aug 98
Mon

Major Update

As you can no doubt see – I’ve done a major page layout change. Looks nicer (I hope :). And look – if you haven’t signed the guestbook, could you do so? And type something meaningful – nothing about league, please – and leave your name/nickname – not someone elses! If you want a comment on AFL use the soapbox.

23
Aug 98
Sun

Updates

Finished! Completed the article on the trials. Be sure you check out the exam tips and mail me about what you think.

Updates

That article on the trials should be finished soon.

20
Aug 98
Thu

Updates

• Added Cranial Disorder to the General News Sites – a site just like mine (with emphasis on music). Blame Shlonglor for all this :) j/k.
• Added link to the guestbook above – do you realise it exists?? Well now you do.
• This page needs a major layout change… more curves :) I’ll see what I can knock up within the next few days. Should be something good.

18
Aug 98
Tue

Words for thought

New one coming… sooner or later :)

19
Jul 98
Sun

Guestbook

Fixed up the problem (“document contains no data”). Maybe that error’s the cause of the lack of entries :) Sign it Now, please!

16
Jul 98
Thu

Renovations complete (mostly)

If you got to this journal directly, click here to see the main page.

6
Jul 98
Mon

Page Status

The front page of the site is 80% done… still making a few pictures and so on. New poll put up.

5
Jul 98
Sun

Poll Script

It’s up with a topic I’ve been debating with my parents. Go there and try it out – it’s also on the bar on the side. Link here.

Poll Script

Wrote a poll script which actually works. Just have to find out where I can put it on this page.

Removed Random Quotes

Can’t be bothered updating them.

6
May 98
Wed

Odometer Page Updated

Yup. Not complete, but suitable for viewing.

21
Apr 98
Tue

Added Column 8 Link

For all the “fringe” news bits and anecdotes, visit the Sydney Morning Herald’s site’s Column 8. The link’s in the left column, or for Netscape 3 users, far down the bottom of the page. Netscape doesn’t like Javascript in tables. Grrr.

14
Apr 98
Tue

Mail Form

I’ll be instituting a mail form (soon, hopefully) to make it easier for anyone to post in info about anything designed for this journal. People like filling out forms more than typing in email. :)

13
Apr 98
Mon

New counter

For some reason, I love statistics and graphs and stuff like that. Today I signed up with showstat.com, which provides info on who visits this page. Not a paranoia thing, but a curiousity thing. On my old page, I found that people were visiting from everywhere in the world, and I mean everywhere – for example, the United Arab Emirates among numerous others, can you believe?

11
Mar 98
Wed

Why Write?

The “why write” section has been written. Now to create a nice header pic and to upload all the stuff.

6
Mar 98
Fri

Why write?

The why write a journal should be up soon.

1
Mar 98
Sun

Journal Mods

A modification to the journal page – added words for thought. Don’t worry – it won’t always be as morbid as the one currently (the Leviticus quotes). It might be quotes such as “I smoked marijuana but did not enhale” (from the “oral sex is not sex” man). I’ll update it whenever something new pops up. And I’ll probably move these words into the Random Quotes thingy at the bottom of the page (need to make a note of this).

28
Feb 98
Sat

February Archived

February’s entries are here.

12
Feb 98
Thu

E-Mail from fissure.com

I got this e-mail from a guy who runs the company that has the site www.fissure.com. Unlikely to happen I reckon :) :

I admire your company name. (Notice ours?) If anybody asks me to help them with web site design, I’ll know where to send them. Likewise, if anybody inquires to you about Project Management training or the like, please send them our way.  I haven’t had our identities confused yet, but who knows? In case you were curious, we’ve been in business since 1988.

Sincerely,
Terry Tilford
VP – terry_tilford@fissure.com

7
Feb 98
Sat

Moved January Stuff to the Archive

Check the bottom of this page for the link to the archive.

Fissure Logo Version 1.0 :)

fissver1.jpg (3980 bytes)Got sent the final Fissure Logo. Looks cool, eh? Thanks to Shish once again. The next thing to do is animate it in some way, (relatively) easily done since it’s been 3D modelled and not just a touched up 2D pic.

6
Feb 98
Fri

Fissure Logo

Well I sent the Fissure Logo to David (the pov-raying freak :) to render it to 3D. Three hours later, and ten versions later, we came up with something that looked quite good, although there were rendering flaws. I’ll post the final version later, and maybe it’ll be animated too. It looks really good so far, though.

5
Feb 98
Thu

Uploaded Journal

Well since you’re reading this, it means that I’ve uploaded the journal. Um, that means in all the previous entries I’ve sorta been talking to nobody :Þ. Nevermind, if you’re bored you can just keep reading. You might be interested in how I lost my glasses in Wet ‘n’ Wild (Jan 29’s entry) etc.

4
Feb 98
Wed

More on the Web Site

I just discovered that Zip has enabled server-side includes (.shtml files). Legends!

Solved

Heh. Stupid me, I was uploading in binary mode. Boy do I feel stupid =).

Argh

Nothing much today except the damn CGis aren’t working. Crap crap crap. Something wrong with Notepad’s carriage returns or something weird.

2
Feb 98
Mon

Web Site & CGI & Zip

I decided I’m gonna upload this page in a few days, and I updated the zip homepage to notify people of the new site being designed. Woohoo! I just got CGI access! Now I can write my own scripts.

Zip is a legendary ISP. If you live in Sydney or any of the surrounding areas (they’ve even got hubs in Camden/Campbelltown, where I am), go for Zip! OzEmail charges $300 for CGI last time I checked, Acay didn’t support user CGI, Cybernet needed me to mail in my scripts because of “security reasons” (hmmm…). I’ve gone through 3 ISPs and then I found Zip (this is beginning to sound like an ad). I looked up the help page about CGIs, it aksed me to mail support. Two mails to support (the first one sent an auto-answer mail, telling me to resend if I wanted a human), and I had access. 3 1/2 days, pretty good.

Network Fissure®

With the launch of Req’s new site, I’ve started planning my new site (Stuart’s Domain – but maybe I’ll call it something else), of which this journal is the newest addition, and only part that’s been created for it so far. It’ll be a total renovation of the interface, and layout, with changes to content (more static pages and much much less pages that have to be updated). What Network Fissure is (yeah yeah pretentious, but better pretentious and admit it, than lame or diminutive :) is just the sites me and Requiem/Shish/David have put together (and anyone else who wants in, but I doubt that’ll be anyone). A logo will displayed on pages that have been created by one or both of us. There’s one on the bottom of the page below the Legalese. Woooo just made it … only two minutes to tomorrow :)

28
Jan 98
Wed

First Journal Entry Ever

Why I wrote this journal will be made clear when I have the chance to write the appropriate page on it. I’ll stick all this in a journal directory, and also a link from an aboutme directory.



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