Saturday 27 September 2014

WE WON THE GRAND FINAL!!! #GoHawks #everymoment


Another day, another toy gone to meet its maker


Tuesday 23 September 2014

Government exploiting terrorism fears to seize greater power

Via The//Intercept:
Australia’s Prime Minister Gives a Master Class in Exploiting Terrorism Fears to Seize New Powers

It's becoming like I'm more scared of the government at this point...

Some notable quotes from the article:

If you’re an Australian citizen, you have a greater chance of being killed by the following causes than you do by a terrorist attack: slipping in the bathtub and hitting your head; contracting a lethal intestinal illness from the next dinner you eat at a restaurant; being struck by lightning. In the post-9/11 era, there has been no terrorist attack carried out on Australian soil: not one. The attack that most affected Australians was the 2002 bombing of a nightclub in Bali which killed 88 of its citizens; that was 12 years ago.
Like the US for the weeks, months, and even years after 9/11, Australia’s political system appears completely inebriated with hysteria, fear and power-hunger completely out of proportion to the ostensible risk to be addressed.


Saturday 13 September 2014

Wednesday 10 September 2014

DIG251 - Final website submission

Well, that was interesting. It's been a long time since I hand-coded HTML. Here are the closing reflections as submitted within the final assignment:

I learned to code HTML3 using Notepad many years ago, and have picked up CSS in the intervening years. In recent years I’ve worked primarily as a CMS website developer, so while I understood the concept of how it all fits together, I found this process of starting from scratch and handcoding again to be very useful. CSS didn’t even exist when I first learned HTML, and while I knew how to do many things, I wasn’t entirely clear why all of those things worked the way they did, so this unit has filled some gaps for me that I didn’t realise were gaps! Also, coming from CMS world where I simply purchase templates, it was good experience for me to look more at the design side of the process, and I’ve learned some valuable concepts about site layout, colours and fonts which will assist me going forward.

I feel that I’ve successfully addressed the assignment’s requirements. The website was built for a domain name that I’ve owned for years but never utilised, so it will continue to run for the time being as it’s better to have something there than nothing. I will probably replace the HTML contact page with a PHP script so I can hide my email address a bit better, but the rest of it does the job it was designed to do, and should be sufficient as it is. I also have the option to add relevant articles to the linked Facebook and Twitter accounts as I find them.

And here's the final result:

(Final result was a 79. Criteria: File management - HD. Visual design - D. Usability - D. Image manipulation - D. Progress report - HD. Not QUITE enough to squeeze into a HD for the entire unit, but very happy!).

THIS is why you can't have nice things

The destruction continues... :/


Monday 8 September 2014

Tore all the foam out of my bed, so Mum got me a new one. Hate. It. A. LOT. :(

That is her "you are making me VERY VERY unhappy" pathetic face :P