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Question of the moment. Why do cows have no arms?

As you would have noticed shintara now has a splash screen, something I have wanted to do for a while but never really had the patience to just sit down and do it, so here it is! I have updated some of the site, more will come.... I promise.

I often wonder why I spend so much time sitting at my desk fiddling with computers. At the time of writing this my room looks like this...

Note that none of the above computers are running Micro$oft Windows - I just cant justify running a computer with Windows installed on it. The notebook on the left is running Redhat Linux and acting as a webserver, the notebook in the middle is editing this as I speak, the screen behind (computer running FreeBSD 5.0) it is acting as a local FTP server and the screen on the right (running FreeBSD 5.1) I am compiling apache, php and mysql.

Does my life revolve around a computer screen?

My life is processed - Part IV
Today I started my diet, one blueberry muffin for breakfast, one salmon and salad roll for lunch, 3 grilled chicken skewers, a couple of boiled potatos and some salad for dinner and for desert some fresh strawberries. I am going to beat the bulge (and cholesterol)! Yep I am determined to get back into shape.
Where is it all going?
Everywhere I look there is some latest breaking news article about violence, war or terrorism. We are living in one hell of a fucked up society, since when do people go around bashing a man with a baby causing the baby grevious harm? It makes me not want to ever have children of my own.

We seem to be constantly on the alert for terrorism threats, you cant walk the streets at night and feel safe, your car may get 'car jacked' and to be honest I am terrified of flying interstate on a holiday. Over the last few years I have become some what of a hermit, I dont bother much with venturing into the outside world only when I have to, such as going to work, getting away from Sydney, getting food or going shopping - my girlfriend has a habbit of making me go to the movies or out to dinner, but appart from that I like to stay inside. I tend to wonder if its because of the relative unstability of the outside world?

As the September 11 and Bali aniverseries come closer I think we are all tending to wonder what next? Terrorism is bad and innocent people are injured or killed through it. I find it hard to swallow when thinking about how someone could kill themself and others in the name of a fundamental religious cause that many say is in actual fact done for the wrong reasons - Jihad is meant to be done when there is a direct attack against the muslim religion. In the case of Bali I dont think it was justified, September 11 in my mind was very wrong. But have we ever stopped and thought about what has actually caused this hatred of the western world?

'The West won the world not by the superiority of its ideas or values or religion but rather by its superiority in applying organized violence. Westerners often forget this fact, non-Westerners never do.' Taken from, quote by Samuel P. Huntington.

Latest Imagary

The great tree, standing alone and dry, a figure that has seen many tales and years standing in its green field.

Image specs:
Camera: Canon EOS 10d, Lens: 17-35mm Sigma
Shooting mode: Manual, Shutter speed: 1/125, Aperture: 9.5, Focal length: 17mm, ISO: 100