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The wonder of the English Language

For the language that it supposedly the easiest to learn and use, the English language has some weird areas. For example, name the opposites of these words: Replaceable, Redeemable. Easy, right? Now try the opposite of Regardless, or Respective...if you apply the rule, you don't get the opposite, you just get a longer word which means exactly the same thing! rightio....
Similarly, you walk *onto* a bus, and after than you are 'on' the bus, even though you aren't on top of it. Really, you're inside it, but you certainly don't walk *into* a bus, that'd be disaterous :p - And, thank's for Tom for this one (you learn something new every day) when you get of the bus, you 'alight' from it! Nothing to do with fire, but when you get off a vehicle a word you can use for that verb is 'alight'...
On the music side, two new songs are coming along very nicely. One of them is my attempt at a piano piece - sounds kinda classical-ish / bad-stage-showish, …

Yes, my Birthday was happy

First of all, a big *thankyou* to all those people to sent me a bday SMS, or email, or organised a picnic etc...despite being in ACT and having to wake up at 4am, it's really nice when ur phone keeps giving you another birthday wish throughout the day :) Now, I just have to remember when *your* birthdays are.
I've decided finally to get a proper watch, and am deciding between:
http://www.watchesplanet.com/Product/RADO/R12408294.jpg and
http://www.watchesplanet.com/Product/RADO/R12408234.jpg
basically, the only difference is the colours...if i could get blue with gold band, i'd go that. Blue & Yellow are the nicest colours (Subaru....) so it's hard when I have to choose just *one*. I'm thinking of going the yellow one, partly because it's bright and cheerful, and partly because soo many watches are silver with blue dial, I think some yellow is called for.
For those programmers out there, now is the best time to join up & compete at TopCoder (see the link on t…

ExamssmaxE

Sorry! I know, it's been a while, but you see that last week and a bit has been rather busy. Here's a summary:
1) End-of-year exams: Now, I'm of the opinion that too much study is a bad thing and can have negative effects on your enjoyment, and therefore your success, in exams. So, I haven't been studying all that much, but have still needed to prepare sometimes, and the thinking does take a bit out of you. Only got one left on tuesday :) Worst question so far, is from CS: "A company selling allergy-tracking software has decided to give it free to kindergartens with the work "banana" in their name. Your local kindergarten doesn't qualify, but you've managed to obtain a pirate copy. Discuss the ethical issues raised in this scenario." :S - I mean, it's worth 1/12th of the marks, you'd think they could give us a realistic scenario.
2) Music: I got the most recent Fastball album: "Keep your wig on". I've been listening to it…

False advertising

Today, I had one review lecture at uni....6 people turned up :p
It finished early, naturally, and ss I had plenty of time left over I got lunch from Mayo, the uni refectory. There was some offer on - $4.60 for a standard pie & 600ml diet coke, so I thought I may as well try (not being much of a pie fan). Upon eating the pie, I had to wonder about it's contents...kinda like brown slush...not really 'meat' at all. How is this relevant? it isn't, but here's a list of a few items that seem to have the product names:
Meat Pie (see above): It's a pie, but not meat, so only scores 50%.Chunky Beef Pie: It's a pie...but I don't know if the gristle is beef or pork, or human even, and it's certainly not chunky...33+1/3%Brett-Bix....If Weet-Bix are made of wheat (supposedly) that means Brett-Bix *should* be made of Brett Lee, correct? THEY'RE NOT! Disappointing :( - and I've never eaten them as though they were biscuits, so I'd have to give this a…