No doubt everyone has seen on the news what's been happening in Sydney for the past few days. Without taking any sides, it is absolutely atrocious. Everyone that has been involved should feel ashamed on themselves for bringing Australia, and its reputation, into such disrepute.
Violence has never, and never will be the answer to any problems, whether it be by Lebanese gangs, or redneck Anglo Yobbo mobs.
To bring a bit of lighter stuff into this situation, the image below was making the rounds in the email forwarding circles today. Although done in really bad taste, i still found it hilarious.
In other recent news, on Friday the Government's Voluntary Student Unionism (VSU) leglislation was surprisingly passed by the Senate. I have long been a staunch critic of compulsory student unionism or 'Universal Student Unionism' as the unions like to label it to take away the obvious bittenerness of the appropriately included word 'Compulsory' *pffft*. It's great to see that VSU has finally come about (see my previous blog entry from the start of 2004, before this issue really heated up). Too bad I graduated in July and won't have a semester of not paying student union fees.
On a seperate note, it appears that UQ has cut the cord. I don't have access to my student email account anymore nor any of the other student access to various sites and services. I must say that I am quite dissapointed that they did not even notify me of the impending account closure, as I did have many emails and contacts that I would have liked to have saved beforehand. I could write an email to the admins to see if this is still possible, but at the moment I lack the will-power and motivation to do so.
In geeky news, Konfabulator (now named 'Yahoo! Widget Engine') v3.0 has been released. Although it seems a solid improvement, I am greatly dissapointed by the change in name. Yahoo bought Konfabulator a while back, and although I expected the name to change from the plain 'Konfabulator' to something like 'Yahoo! Konfabulator', i am saddened that they stripped the original cool name out entirely.