Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

Definitely one of my favourite series to be released in recent years, Code Geass is an action-packed, dramatic original anime series that seems to have caught on quickly with anime fans. It reminds me strongly of Death Note in some ways but isn't quite as disturbing, nor quite as much of a tense thriller. Even if you're not usually a fan of anime series this might be one to check out. Read On →

Half-Blood Prince sneak peek

A sneak peek at Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince from the American release of Order of the Pheonix on DVD, which oddly got released a month after the UK and Australian versions. is Temporarily Unavailable

OK, so I've made some comments about the Madman site in the past but lately I have been getting more and more upset by outages in the service. Right now that has really reached boiling point as I've been trying to get to the site for the last 7 hours. Read on for more ranting on the subject, along with some (hopefully) constructive criticism. For the last month I've been seeing the following on an increasingly frequent basis: For the lead up to Christmas, and to coincide with Madman's various sales and promotions, this error page is seen more often than not. Read On →

SAGE: Open Source Mathematics Software

[SAGE][1], as seen on Slashdot and Digg, is a mathematical modelling and computation tool. I've never used Mathematica or MATLAB so I don't exactly have a need for this but I'm sure someone may get some use out of it. It uses Python as its scripting language so it should be easier to extend than using a custom language. [1]:

Rediscovering Eclipse

Recently I've been doing some work on a desktop Java application and I decided to use Eclipse and my IDE. I hadn't used it for a while (since I did my 4th year engineering project – almost 3 years ago now) and I'm loving all the features and how easy it makes some things. The stuff in the "Source" and "Refactoring" menus especially are a real time saver: being able to automatically create getters and setters, constructors, extract methods, rename methods and variables and a bunch of similar operations are made trivial rather than tedious. Read On →


This is what I hope is the first in a series of posts I'd like to title "Cool Entertainment You May Not Know About", or CEYMNKA. OK, so that's a bit of a mouthful. Anyway, this review will be about a show I have enjoyed for a while, Psych, which has just started airing in Australia and I think will be well worth checking out if you're a fan of detective shows or comedies. Read On →

Futurama: Bender’s Big Score

Good news everyone! Bender's Big Score is out on DVD (and, naturally, torrent sites) and it's exactly what every Futurama fan has been waiting for. More Futurama! If you were expecting some sort of biblical, mind-blowing, unparalleled Futurama experience then this is most certainly not it – what it is is more of the same. So if you think "more Futurama" is not worth paying attention to then you should probably stop reading now. Read On →

A Plea to Minotaur

This is something that has bothered me for many years now and is so absurdly simple and silly that I finally feel the need to rant about it on the interweb. I love [Minotaur][1] but I really, really wish they would stop putting their damned price stickers on the product itself, rather than on the shrinkwrap. I mean, for a store that basically survives off niche markets, which are far more likely to be composed of collectors, it doesn't make any sense to me that they would basically damage the merchandise they're selling. Read On →

Fun with PHP

Well, I finally got off my arse and fixed the admin area for my blog. For the last couple weeks I haven't been able to access it because of some interesting errors telling me that Allowed memory size of 8388608 bytes exhausted (tried to allocate 19456 bytes) … which I thought was odd seeing as I hadn't changed anything recently and the fact that it failed to allocate 0.2% of the total available and complained of running out of memory. Read On →

eGames & Entertainment Expo 2007: Report

This was the first games expo I've attended but I must say that it was largely what I would have expected: various game companies pushing their latest games and consoles (Sony and Nintendo doing the lion's share), various tertiary education institutions pushing their games-related courses (sadly Melbourne Uni hasn't caught on) and various vendors trying to sell you stuff. Still, overall it was quite enjoyable and great to be able to check out the latest games without having to, say, buy a PS3. Read On →