Sites of interest

Bit of a relative concept, this title... except for this flash masterpiece that is seriously tripped & must be seen by the entire universe (the music is amazing, too)... anyway, these are some of my favourite sites on the 'net.


I absolutely love scrabble in any form - there are many online, multiplayer scrabble incarnations, but I would suggest the Scrabble 1.0 CDROM from Hasbro is the way to go.

This site has all you need to begin a serious scrabble addiction:
Download Networdz, and information about online scrabble via #scrabble on IRC

Lately I'd developed my own serious addiction to Grand Theft Auto: Vice City - Multiplayer. The game is normally a mission based single player affair, but a new addon/modification called MultiTheft Auto has resulted in stacks of people forming gangs and playing online against each other. I am co-gang-leader in a clan called DRuG - click that link to go to our website and learn more about MultiTheft Auto.

I also enjoy both writing & listening to electronic music, as do most of my friends....
Zog is the stage name for an electronic music producer, DJ & good friend of mine, Duncan.  Zog is a member of an Australia-wide electronic musicians syndicate, Clan Analogue.  His site contains links to music mainly written by people in this syndicate.
This (predominantly) Realaudio site was developed by a good friend of mine, Derek.  It contains hundreds of hours of techno - both from live Realaudio broadcasts of Melbourne raves, and demos from many Australian electronic artists.
Hyperreal is "a collaborative publishing effort by over one hundred volunteers. Our mission is to give a home to alternative culture, music and expression." Really the site focuses on all aspects of dance party culture - this is the reference point world-wide for information on this topic.

I'm right into reading books of all kinds - particularly the weird. This is where I pop articles I've found on the 'net
about (or by) authors I like.

"Fear and losing it" by Marianne Macdonald
Hunter S Thompson's now living in a cabin outside Aspen. Marianne Macdonald, reporting for The Observer, drops by for one of his infamous interviews, and she gets it.

WIRED sends William Gibson to the future: Singapore
William Gibson is the author of Neuromancer, Mona Lisa Overdrive, Virtual Light and (with Bruce Sterling) The Difference Engine. In this article, he explores the potential ramifications of a state mediated culture, suggesting that Aldus Huxley's Brave New World isn't that far from here.

MOVIES has some good info on a series of movies that all have one thing in common - the camera lens used. From what I understand, the camera is under controlled, patented use coordinated by its inventor, who fears its potential applications in military fields, as it doesn't lose focus over massive distances within one frame.

Microcosmos and Baraka are the classics, but they are all worth seeing - I've found with the volume down. I have a lot of respect for experimental musicians, but Philip Glass gets very annoying.

Lately I've been teaching myself C & plan to then progress to C++. My main reason other than the intuitive urge, is to expand my abilities in shell scripting.

The C manual I am reading now is fiddly to load, since the filename capitalisation has been blitzed, but uses great examples & exercises.

I've been folding now for about 10 years... it's my way of turning fidgeting into a beautiful thing.

I'd love to open an origami store in Melbourne, Australia - if you can think of a way to help make this happen or you would like to make use of my origami talents, click here.

I mainly fold things for people at parties, and give it to them & walk away.  I've found it's a great way to meet people and be recognised at a later date.

Joseph Wu's Origami Page in Canada is the place to go for origami... enough links and local material to keep you busy for years.

Some of the origami I have done can be seen in these photos taken around the office - also a motorbike that you could waste 6 months on (I did) from instructions & materials you can print located here.

Currently I am building some mobiles for family and friends as presents - they have 2 of each of my favourite origami pieces on some special paper I made. It was printed on a colour laserjet out of some highly detailed fractals I made in the 2048x2048 pixel Render-to-Disk mode with Fractint. A good program to check out at any rate for some sites of interest. Photos of the origami for the mobiles (my faves) can be found here.

I have an online photo album which can be found here.

Lately I have been learning a lot about the universe from Astronomy Picture of the Day - daily a new photo is added, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.

I've also been learning a lot about the planet with an amazing piece of commercial software I actually paid up for after the trial period - Keyhole NV (they have a 7 day free trial available for download). This package allows you to see a great portion of the planet in amazing detail, in some places right down to the ground at 1 inch resolution! I have also compiled a collection of screenshots of some of my interesting finds. The fantastic learning aspect of this tool is unleashed through the great backgrounds contributed by the user community on the various locations people post at

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