Archive for December, 2010

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Triple J Hottest 100 2010

27 December, 2010

My shortlist, with the 10 tracks I voted for in bold:

  • Art Vs. Science – Magic Fountain
  • Ash Grunwald – Lady Luck
  • Avenged Sevenfold – Nightmare
  • Bamboos, The – Turn It Up {Ft. Lyrics Born}
  • Beautiful Girls – Don’t Wait
  • Boy & Bear – Fall At Your Feet
  • Cee Lo Green – Fuck You!
  • Crystal Castles – Not In Love {Ft. Robert Smith}
  • Cypress Hill – Rise Up {Ft. Tom Morello}
  • Delphic – Doubt
  • Digitalism – Blitz
  • Florence & The Machine/Dizzee Rascal – You’ve Got The Dirtee Love {Live}
  • Flight Facilities – Crave You {Ft. Giselle}
  • Gorillaz – Stylo {Ft. Bobby Womack and Mos Def}
  • Gotye – Eyes Wide Open
  • Mark Ronson & The Business Intl – Somebody To Love Me {Ft. Boy George & Andrew Wyatt}
  • M-Phazes – Goodbye Gravity {Ft. Muph & Plutonic/Candice Monique}
  • Naked And Famous, The – Punching In A Dream
  • OK Go – This Too Shall Pass
  • Pendulum – Witchcraft
  • Raekwon – Kiss The Ring {Ft. Masta Killah & Inspectah Deck}
  • Sia – Clap Your Hands
  • Stonefield – Through The Clover
  • Subs, The – Kiss My Trance
  • Subs, The – Mitsubitchi
  • Washington – I Believe You Liar
  • Yolanda Be Cool/DCUP – We No Speak Americano
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2010, a year of healing

27 December, 2010

As I suspected in my wrap-up blog post for 2009 this year was about a deeper recovery from my upbringing in a toxic cult. I didn’t know or accept it at the time but having now been through several months of psychological counselling and on a prescription for anti-depressants I now realise that my sense of that ‘something beneath the surface’ was depression. So the first half of 2010 was all about therapy and recovery: exploring my past and dissolving the mental and emotional scar tissue to become a more functional, whole and contented person.

The change after therapy and starting medication was so drastic that Jenny now refer to the history of our relationship as two eras: Before Medication and After Medication, although of course the drugs were only part of the solution. We don’t like to talk about the dark days of Before Medication.

So while 2010 has been pretty awesome in that regard the first half was a bit rocky. My psychologist had me in tears every session and I’d need to take time to pull myself together before going to work. It was hard work but bloody worth it. One of the more tangible outcomes of the therapy is that I now have a much better relationship with my dad; I no longer bear a grudge for his part in my being brought up in a cult and how much work he created for me in leaving and recovering from that place. Just evidence of how I’ve come to terms with my past and integrated the first 25 years of my life into who I am now rather than shunning that part of my life as something I’d rather forget. Like alcohol on a raw wound, it was a painful process but I’ve come out of it healthier and stronger.

I still want to write a book about my experiences growing up in a fundamentalist Christian cult but I’ve put that on the back-burner till I get to New Zealand. I think I’ll have a lot more spare time, less distractions, easier to focus on a big project like that. The change of scenery should help inspire me too.

Oh yes, in case you didn’t know we’re moving to New Zealand next year! In fact I’ll be flying over on the 8th of January and starting my new job on the 10th – you can read more about that on my new NZ blog.

Looking forward, 2011 is going to be pretty awesome but won’t be without its challenges – moving overseas, living in a new country, leaving behind most of our stuff and creature comforts, making new friends, adjusting to a new culture, starting a new job, transitioning from government work to private sector … but they’re all challenges I fully embrace and look forward to. I think 2011 will be amazing and this graph of personal growth and life experiences that started in mid-2008 for me is showing no signs of slowing! Maybe 2012 will be a bit quieter, though not if I have anything to say about it!

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WTF Virgin Blue?

24 December, 2010

My email I just sent Virgin Blue:

I was booked on a flight in November 2009 which Virgin Blue cancelled at the last minute forcing me to quickly book a flight with Qantas at over $100 more. I was told I could quote my reservation number for a future booking to receive a credit but I tried to claim that credit today and was told that my credit has expired. I don’t understand how this is possible – that was my money and you’ve just taken it without providing the service. I’m seriously annoyed. I don’t care what your legal rights are; I don’t want you to quote legal fine print to me … you fucked me over, that’s all there is to it. Not happy.

UPDATE: Virgin Blue has responded to my email on 7 January. The language is painfully formal but the short story is they’ve reinstated my credit of $79 for the flight they cancelled on me in November 2009 and extended it for another 12 months. I didn’t expect that so it’s a pleasant surprise. Now I have to make sure I come back from New Zealand in the next 12 months so I can use it!

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Back on Facebook, sort of

20 December, 2010

I still stand by my reasons for leaving Facebook but with me leaving for New Zealand soon I need a way to keep in touch with my friends who aren’t on Twitter. So I’ve joined Facebook again but will only have a barebones profile and my only posts will be tweets syndicated through the Selective Tweets app that have been tagged with #fb.

facebook.com/nathanael.boehm

I will not be actively using Facebook, I will not be logging in and people can’t post comments on my wall. But at least I have some sort of presence there now so you can follow me and feel free to drop me a note at nboehm@purecaffeine.com or on Skype nathanael.boehm to chat.

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My Checkvist custom CSS

15 December, 2010

For Firefox. Puts due dates on the left of the task instead of the right, makes it smaller and feint. Makes tags smaller and feint. Makes the custom CSS box larger.

li.task div.coreDiv span.dueDate {
float: left;
margin: 0 5px 0 0;
border-color: #CCC;
color: #AAA;
padding-top: 0.15em;
font-size: 70%
}
li.task div.coreDiv span.dueDate.overdue {
border-color: #6D1249;
color: white
}
li.task div.coreDiv span.tag {
font-size: 70%;
opacity: 0.5
}
#theme_custom_css {
width: 90%
}

If Checkvist implement my request to put tags into the task item class attribute then I’ll add more CSS to style tasks according to what they’re tagged with, and then probably hide those tags too. For example a task tagged as ‘important’ can be styled in red. I know you can just set task colours but it’s limited and you can’t run a search for coloured tasks whereas you can filter for tags.


UPDATED: I now have a Greasemonkey script that does what the above feature request would do – although not as well as it will if/when supported natively.

My CSS is now:

li.task div.coreDiv span.dueDate{float:left;margin:0 5px 0 0;border-color:#CCC;color: #AAA;padding-top:0.15em;font-size: 70%}
li.task div.coreDiv span.dueDate.overdue{border-color: #6D1249;color: white}
li.task div.coreDiv span.tag{font-size:70%;opacity:0.5}
#theme_custom_css{width:90%}
.taggedUrgent {color:#b21414}
.taggedImportant {font-weight:bold}
.taggedWaiting {color:#6984d0}
.taggedWaiting span.node_text a,
.taggedWaiting span.node_text a:visited {color:#6984d0}
.taggedDelay {color:#ccc}
.taggedDelay span.node_text a,
.taggedDelay span.node_text a:visited {color:#ccc}
.normalTaggedDelay .taggedDelay,
.normalTaggedDelay .taggedDelay span.node_text a,
.normalTaggedDelay .taggedDelay span.node_text a:visited {color:#000}
li.task div.coreDiv.taggedDelay span.dueDate {border:none;float:none;background:none;color:#ccc}
.taggedDelay span.dueDate:before {content: "Don't start till ";}
.taggedUrgent span.tagClass_5,
.taggedImportant span.tagClass_8,
.taggedWaiting span.tagClass_1,
.taggedDelay span.tagClass_10 {display:none}
.oneTagInList.taggedUrgent span.tagClass_5,
.oneTagInList.taggedImportant span.tagClass_8,
.oneTagInList.taggedWaiting span.tagClass_1,
.oneTagInList.taggedDelay span.tagClass_10 {display:inline}

Most tags now get hidden and things tagged important show up in red, urgent bolded, important and urgent in bold red. Tasks I’ve marked as ‘delay’ now show the due date as “Don’t start till dd/mm” and a few other bits and pieces which make it easier to scan my task lists and identify things that need my attention as well as filter out things that I can pass over for now.

Sample modified Checkvist list.

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We’ve been here before

10 December, 2010

I’m reading Designing for People by Henry Dreyfuss from 1955 and I thought this quote beautifully sums up the ignorance of modern record labels when it comes to music ‘piracy’:

It may be recalled that, at the inception of radio, fear was expressed that people would stop going to concerts if they could hear the same symphonies in their homes without cost. Yet concert-hall box-office receipts are proof that radio has educated a huge audience to good music.

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Jamison Inn redevelopment

9 December, 2010

I’m confused.

There was a concertina display of knee-high boards in the Jamison Centre for about a week inviting people to participate in a consultation on the proposed redevelopment of the Jamison Inn. The display consisted of a map and an email address to which people could send … comments?

But within a few days of ACTPLA’s display being taken away I see that the old Jamison Inn has been plastered with signs advertising that apartments are now for sale at Space Macquarie.

Seems like the consultation was a mere box-ticking exercise and that the apartments were a done deal. It also seems that Canberra2030 (which I’ve previously blogged about at purecaffeine.com) is just a façade for an underlying attitude to planning which has remained fundamentally unchanged.

Look, I don’t give a shit about apartments going up there but don’t disrespect us by feigning consultation when you have no intention of doing anything with our feedback.