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Firefox 2.0

Firefox 2.0 gone gold! Grab it now for in-browser live spell-checking and… um… stuff… Grab it, you!

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Snap Review: The Departed

The Departed: 8/10. The original (Infernal Affairs) is still better, but you gotta give it up to Scorsese.

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Snap review of Diwali in Southhall

Snap review of Diwali in Southhall: ohohoh so much fun. Must find way to be in India on Diwali next year.

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Map of Middle Eastern Imperialism

A timeline of the Middle East over 5000 years: How much fuss over what is basically the edge of a desert? (via)

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IE7

IE7 Broke My Site =( No more holly-hack? (hmmm, redesign time!)

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Wishlist

I’ve had a request for a gift registry type thing, but I don’t want to do that – I suppose for books/dvds etc my Amazon wishlist is a bit of a guide.

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conversations with myself

Want Out

I want out. I’m over this whole training program, I’m over London, I’m over waking up each morning in that hotel bed, over catching that same over-crowded tube every morning, over this little niggly things that get to you when they build up some steam over time.

I’m over the taste of the water, which is crap. I’m over the crap food. I’m over the old buildings. I’m over the lack of good options for lunch. Over autumn in October, over talking platitudes all the time, over the grey skies and tiny streets and the sheer quaintness of it all.

I just want to get home and sleep in my bed and watch my familiar TV and play my familiar games and eat my familiar food. I’ve never missed mum’s food like I do now. I’m waiting, waiting waiting to be back home, back with the family, back with my old friends, habits ever unchanging. I want to get back to my car and drive down to the beach and jump in the water and enjoy the sun.

And yet…

Living in a different country is something I’ve always wanted to do.

And when I’m not feeling like I just want to go home and lie down, I’m loving the fact that I am here, that I have so many people around who are always willing to get out and about and have fun, that I am so centrally placed in a large city with a comprehensive transport network, that all this is basically a holiday and the last chance I’ll really get to learn new things in a classroom-esque environment (though I never feel that I could return to study). It’s like I’m bipolar about it.

And I really know that all I need is some good food from mum (and all the things that go with that) to solve the problem, dammit.

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Friendship

The Value of Networking

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Ministry of Sound

Snap review of Ministry of Sound: most eeeeeeeeeeeexcellent.

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the daily column

In the works

It’s been an exciting week here in London – the weather has turned ugly! Rain, wind, generic miserable London weather prevades, and pretty much all the other (i.e. non-IT) graduates are gone.

*sigh* I wanna go home… how nice is it there? The beeaaaaaaach! The beach awaits!

Something exciting really did happen last week, though, when my manager was on his annual trip to London. Y’see, one of the grads from NY supports the application I work on back in Sydney. What makes this at all exciting beyond the shared frustrations of two grads is that my company has a policy of mobility and rotations, with the prospect of international movement as well… very interesting.

Speaking to my manager about this idea, I have approval to, upon my return, persue the prospect of doing a rotation – roughly 6 months – in New York next year. The basic business idea behind this is that I bring more detailed knowledge about the app as I go to NY, and when I return I have an exposure of the support side and everything that entails.

I still have to build a business case and get approval from various managers all around the world, but they do seem open to the prospect. There’s no doubt I certainly am excited by the prospect of 6 months in NY (so long as that includes summer)… so, I have something further to look forward to next year, possibly. I talk this down because if it doesn’t come through, it’ll be a massive non-event. Then again, if it does………

eheheheh. I like multinational companies.