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The RIAA Nutpunch!

26/04/2005

We can all download music and most of us do, but when a CD is really good some of us buy it. We have to do it. There is something so beautiful about having the awesome artwork, lyrics, perfectly finished CD and the tangible album in your hands. This, in my humble opinion is the one thing that the RIAA has had on their side.

In a link I found from my good friend jark‘s website, I have just read that the RIAA have now started screwing with album artwork. That’s right, the one thing (apart from the law, obviously) that they had to stand on, is now well and truly gone. It’s only a matter of time before this spreads to other lands and you will no long be able to purchase the CD’s you once desired and RIAA will have even more to worry about.

Well done RIAA, give yourself a kick in the nuts, because this truly qualifies as the dumbest move ever. A round of applause anyone? I thought not.

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My new Canon EOS 350D

20/04/2005
My new Canon EOS 350D by http://www.flickr.com/people/bananasontoast/ on flickr.com

My new Canon EOS 350D, originally uploaded by bananasontoast on flickr.com.

Today I put myself into much debt by buying a brand new Canon 350D camera. It’s 8.0 Megapixels of raw photo-taking power should have me out and about more, so look forward to seeing some interesting shots on deviantART.com. More to come after I have a few beers with the fellas. Late.

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Mitch’s Passion

19/04/2005

One of the things that has always been apparent to me is that I don’t do anything I am not passionate about. Anything that is important to me becomes a priority in my life and gets the attention I think it deserves. Even though my current career isn’t exactly what I had planned on while I was growing up, I couldn’t do it if it wasn’t somewhat important to me and something I truly enjoyed.

I think more than anything I like to look for the truth in everything I do. If I don’t see the point and answer all the why’s, then it really isn’t something that I will go ahead and do. This is one of the major reasons I am the happy person that I am. Of course that isn’t to say that I am always happy, I don’t believe that anyone is, but I certainly consider myself a happy person.

The reason I bring this up is because I was recently asked why I haven’t been writing in my weblog more. The answer is that as much as I have wanted to, if I don’t have the time to really sit down and put my heart into what I am writing, I just don’t want to do it. I don’t want to scrap something out in OpenOffice and upload some half-assed attempt at humor; when my friends and readers come to my site, I want them to honestly enjoy my writing and to see that I enjoy my writing too.

This also goes for my photography. I am more than happy to take some snapshots and put them on my flickr.com account, but when it comes to making real photos and doing my art, I have to be far more inspired.

So things are busy and I don’t have as much time to write, but when I have the time and inspiration, you will be the first to know.

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Human Traffic

19/04/2005
Human Traffic by http://www.flickr.com/people/bananasontoast/ on flickr.com

Human Traffic, originally uploaded by bananasontoast on flickr.com.

Possibly my favorite movie, even though it was so far from mind when I listed my favorites a few months ago. This movie totally owns and there is only one thing better than watching it; that is watching it with a good mate and some popcorn. Sunday night Rob came over and we just laughed our asses off watching this movie and totally absorbed the “relax” attitude, it was really fun.

“The weekend has landed. All that exists now is clubs, drugs, pubs and parties. I’ve got 48 hours off from the world, man. I’m gonna blow steam outa my head like a screaming kettle and talk codshit to strangers all night. I’m gonna lose the plot on the dance floor; the free radicals inside me are freaking man! Tonight I’m w00t Travolta, I’m Peter Popper – I’m going to Never Never Land with my chosen family man. We’re gonna get more spaced out than Neil Armstrong ever did. Anything could happen tonight ya know! This could be the best night of my life! I’ve 73 quid in my back burner, I’m gonna wax the lot, the Milky Bars are on. Yeah!”

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Avatar Competition

18/04/2005

This is a repost from my journal at deviantART.com

Well the web design competition is closed due to a lack of entrants, in the end I only got noted three incomplete entries and none of which were really what I was looking for. I gave out some subs and so forth and now I am going to try another competition that should be a little easier.

Numerous people have been offering to make me avatars since I expressed my boredom with my current avatar and now I am putting it out there. Make me an avatar, enter the competition and win yourself a one year subscription!

There is, however, one small catch; I will also be using the avatar on my Flickr (48 pixels by 48 pixels) and Gravatar (80 pixels by 80 pixels) pages, so the avatar will either need to be able to be resized to the different sizes. What this ultimate means is that you should make the avatar as 80×80 and be sure that it still looks good when resized to 50×50 and 48×48 or (and especially if you pixel it) make the three different versions.

Rules
1. Avatar should either come in the three sizes (80 pixels by 80 pixels, 50 pixels by 50 pixels and 48 pixels by 48 pixels) or be 80 pixels by 80 pixels and still look nice when resized.
2. The avatar should be original, up beat and most of all G-rated.
3. The avatar should hopefully represent me in some way, however I am looking for something really different, so surprise me!
4. The avatar can be animated or not animated depending on what you prefer.
5. You can enter up to 5 entries per person, so if you aren’t sure do a few.
6. Entries must be in within 30 days of this posting (18th May, 2005).

So that is it. Hopefully this competition won’t such as much as my web design competition and I am looking forward to seeing some entries. Get creative, get moving and it could be you scoring the one year subscription.

Some Avatars I Like: voodoo-prophet, jark, spyed, eStunt, mkinne, spot, neom, leodadominico

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bananasontoast goes pro!

17/04/2005

Today I lashed out on the bank funds and purchased a pro account over at flickr.com. My love for this photo sharing community is well known to some of my friends and I believe that giving something back in the form of a pro account is definitely a good idea. I, for one, would be lost if I couldn’t send photos from my Nokia 6670 and keep track of the shots I am taking.

After I purchased the account I went through and uploaded some older photos which were used on this weblog and then had to go to the trouble of reordering them. Unfortunately there was no simple way of doing this, so hopefully this is a feature that will be integrated into flickr somewhere down the track. Personally I think any photo gallery needs to be able to be easily reordered and rearranged so they are probably already on it.

If you are unacquainted with flickr, get on over there and check it out. It’s a wonderful photo sharing community with loads of features and it’s a great way to make a few more friends. The community is still in beta, so there will be even more features in the future. These guys are so on the ball, who knows what might happen in the future! They have already integrated my suggestion for custom weblog posting templates, so it’s clear to me that they are planning on big things.

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Liquids Anyone?

12/04/2005
Liquids Anyone? by http://www.flickr.com/people/bananasontoast/ on flickr.com

Liquids Anyone?, originally uploaded by bananasontoast on flickr.com.

24 bottles of premium beer, 24 cans (and one bottle) of Pepsi, 3 bottles of water and a tub of sorbet. Maybe my fridge has too many liquids?

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All Things Ablur

5/04/2005

Today I have a late start and I figured I would do some writing. I’ve been doing a little writing lately, but nothing that I really want to share with anyone. I’ve also had a lot of life developments (mostly in the form of 22-year-old finding himself realm) lately and a few things have started happening just the way I wanted them to.

First off, the deviantART Summit draws ever closer and I have outlined a strict budget so that I can go to it. In fact, my budget is so strict that if I stick to it and put away a little extra, I may be able to buy a new camera before I leave and have some nice photos to show for it. The Summit presents a lot of opportunities; my first time off Australian soil, a chance to meet some of the other administrators from deviantART and a chance to meet some of my other friends I have made on this community. I would also like to meet any other US friends I have who can make it to LA during this period, so if you are a reader and you can make it, let me know and I’ll see if I can get you a ticket to the summit.

Secondly, work is going really well. At the beginning of last week I had a one-on-one meeting with my boss over coffee, where he fed my ego a little (you know I like it) and basically told me that I am doing a good job and I will be getting more work soon. Basically if I can book more work, this will make my chances of making it to the Summit go from very-likely to absolutely and I like the sound of that. Also, it would be nice to put away some extra savings for a new camera and/or a new Macintosh laptop.

Josh got back from America last night and we had a nice family dinner with his girlfriends family and our own. It was nice, even though I ate too much and felt quite sick, and it’s even nicer to have Josh back in the country. I really missed him while he was gone. He was kind enough to buy me a brand spankin’ new pair of Converse Allstars while he was over there, along with a nice chain, a shirt and some cool candy (all pictured below) – how cool is my brother?! Rawk! m/

Lastly, the photoblogging has been going like crazy, but I’ve just had no time to upload them. Look forward to my flickr account exploding soon and enjoy the photos that make up my life. I will be trying to post some more over this week, so keep on checkin’!

My Bounty!

My Bounty!, originally uploaded by bananasontoast.

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