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EDIT: The link does work, it illustrates that WangLaser doesn’t appear anywhere else on the internet except for here, therefore I claim ownership of the term and all rights associated with said ownership. Nobody can be told what the WangLaser is, you have to see it for yourself. (I’m assuming next time Google indexes this page WangLaser will appear on the search, immortalising this page forever!)

Remote Control v 0.001

I should know better than to compose news updates on-line…I just wrote a big one and lost it all to the big black hole that is the internet and DNS errors, oh well.

As I was saying, the intial reason I bought the Axim (see here for details) was because it was cheap…then I realised it could be used as a universal remote control if I installed the appropriate software. Shortly after that I realised the irDA port in it was crappy so I lost all interest, I eventually found a Compact Flash irDA extender which boosts the ir signal and the interest is re-ignited, as you can see below.

This is one of the pages for the universal remote interface I’m working on, it’s a work in progress and there are about another 5 pages that need to be designed, but the idea is that I’m consolidating the few buttons I use on each controller into one unified interface, hopefully allowing me to get rid of the 10+ remote controls that clutter the media room.

On with the show:




This is the page for the TV and Digital Set Top Box, out of the 100 odd buttons on both controllers I only really use the ones shown here so there was no point duplicating the exact controllers.

The design is deliberately chunky and colour lean because the software uses CCF files, which are normally used in a Philip Pronto remote control. The CCF files have size and colour limitations which I needed to follow (256 colours, 240×219 pixels for the main interface screen), I designed the pages in double size and reduce them to fit those restrictions.

Cool eh?

Joe’s Restaurant

Yesterday was our wedding anniversary so we figured we’d do the thing where you go out to dinner and eat stuff to celebrate.

In order to keep it simple (we’re like that) we decided to go down to Calwell where the Golden Crown, or Golden Hat or Happyland Happy Golden Happy Town Chineses Restaurant is (I don’t remember what it’s actually called, but that last one may be close, I’m not sure). After being seated we passed time discussing the mating habits of the Patagonian duckbilled asshat when I suddenly realise I’m hungry and some minutes have passed since we last saw the waitress.

Sitting there twiddling our thumbs, stomachs rumbling we see a sight that is not uncommon in the street cafes of Phnom Peng (no offence meant to any of our readers from Phnom Peng), but not entirely common in your average suburban Canberra restaurant. A cockroach, tiny black creature aptly equipped to survive a nuclear winter, but not the weight of my hand. I flick it away and don’t give it another thought, one cockroach a bad restaurant does not make.

A few more minutes passed and the waitress is madly running around, looking busy in the less than busy place, only 4 of the 12+ tables had people seated and at least one other was looking as hungry as us. What’s it like when they’re actually busy?

About this time the second cockroach made an appearance, I flicked it away again, thinking that it may have been the same one, returning home after a long journey across the floor, bravo brave little one, bravo!

The waitress finally appears and asks if we want drinks, we agree but mention nothing of the determined little bug.

Then a third appeared, surely this isn’t the same one again? I suggested we kill it this time to ensure it doesn’t return, unless undead zombie cockroaches are a problem in this area we should be safe. Kristie squished it with her napkin and expressed a desire to move tables, I agreed, as soon as we could get the attention of the waitress.

After the fourth one was squished I suggested we just exit, stage left, one cockroach can be forgiven as an oversight or just bad luck, four is close to infestation. Kristie agreed with the departure but wanted to say something to the waitress before leaving. Between this agreement and the appearance of our drinks I looked under the table and killed another four or so ‘roaches.

I was beginning to squirm and just wanted to go.

The waitress finally appeared again with the drinks, Kristie told her to use the drinks to drown the ‘roaches and we left. I’m not sure the waitress knew exactly what was going on but all the patrons within earshot sure got the message, we had killed 8+ cockroaches while sitting there and it was time to go.

To end this tragic tale we went to the China Tea House in Erindale to get a decent roach-free meal, we were greeted and seated and Kristie went off to the ladies room to scrape the roach scum from her hands. I sat there perusing the menu and what do I see…a COCKROACH, MOTHERF00KER! The dirty little bastard has hitched a ride ON ME…I dispatched the stowaway and headed to the bathroom to shake the rest of his buddies off me, but found none. I’m still itching nervously as I type this, despite having 2 showers in the mean time.

Anyway, after that ordeal the meal was great, as we were paying and leaving Kristie mentioned why we were there (i.e. we left the Calwell roach restaurant and came here instead) and the waiter said that his head chef was the nephew of the owner of the Calwell place. I didn’t mention our little stowaway, and hopefully I didn’t introduce another family connection between the two restaurants.

I think we’ll get a pizza for our next anniversary.

I hate technology

About 4 years ago (I think) I got my first DVD player, it was an entry level Kenwood, multi region via menu fiddling, on board DTS encoder but pretty much bare bones by today’s standards, it won’t even play burned DVD’s and definately doesn’t play MP3 or MPEG-4…it cost me $1500…I just retired it in preference for one I got at Big W a few months ago, for $75, I hate technology.

It’s been a long time since I rock n rolled…err..posted pictures of rocks..

As if begging for donations wasn’t enough (I didn’t get any by the way) I’m going to add insult to injury by posting nothing but pictures

of gravel and grass, take that cheapskates!

Oh wait, first up, Monster’s Ball was the worst movie I’ve seen in quite

some time, I’m obviously missing something because imdb gives it a 7.4, which is a pretty good

score. The Time Machine was better than I’d been told it was (ironicaly, only

getting a 5.6), I saw the original a very long time ago and after seeing the remake I’m inspired to seek out the original and see it again. I’m glad I never listen to anyone (I wish I’d done that with Monster’s Ball, how did that crap win awards for anything other

than “most crap movie ever”..I don’t know)

Now on with the show!

We’ve done a lot around the house and block, the promised gravel action, behold!







We moved about 12 tonnes of gravel and finished all the pathways around the house, we can finally go outside and walk around without

bringing mud and dirt and other crap inside! (well, we were excited about it).

Our first local brown snake, up close and personal (and luckily dead and not on our block 😉



I had something funny to say here but I’ve fogotten what it was, so just laugh as if you’re reading something funny and I won’t feel so bad

for forgetting.

Would you shave your head for $5000? I know I would, but Kristie did it for $5000 and she didn’t see a cent of it! She put her head

on the chopping block, so to speak, as incentive for a 5/6 class to raise $5000 for the “shave for a cure” charity, they raised $6000 and off it came! Hello G.I. Kristie.



And last but not least, the Budha garden is finally done…Elvis and Alice are happily fertilising the tree while Budha watches over the land as it slowly turns to dust from lack of water, thanks for nothin Budha, slacker!





That’s all for now, but don’t forget, I take requests!