June 26, 2012

Hacked my Wii on the weekend!

As the console nears the end of it’s life cycle, I thought I’d set it up again and see what I’d missed out on: lots of cheap games available which if I recall has always been a rarity for Nintendo.  Many years ago I’d installed the Homebrew Channel to play some 16bit classics, but since then the level of mods and hacks have increased significantly.  Now hooked up to a USB Harddrive with a couple of backup games!

What people think I do

February 19, 2012

I noticed there wasn’t yet one of these for psychiatrists, so I decided to come up with one myself…

This is a screenshot from one of my old stomping grounds: www.gamingforce.org

They always put out a fine effort each year for April Fool’s Day.

With this theme change and those flowers, hearts, sparkles, rainbows and Frienship & Magic signs cascading down the screen they’ve really outdone themselves.

Hajime no Ippo

March 27, 2011

Thought I’d start reading Hajime no Ippo. It has a quite a few chapters (900+)  so I reckon it should keep me busy for a while.

It goes down well with some appropriate background music.

March 23, 2011

Finally found a solution for the green screen that has been interfering with Youtube videos in the new Firefox 4.0 RC browser.

Right click on the video, select settings, and on the display section uncheck enable hardware acceleration.


And here is a random video that is awesome:


February 23, 2011

Given my current job has plenty of downtime (half time in a department focused on service development/provision and the rest of the time in an Indigenous health centre where the bookings and attendance is fairly sporadic), I’ve found ample time for studying.

Although I can still back out, I’ve mentally committed to sitting the Written exams in August this year. There’s a few kinks to iron out in terms of booking leave and such, as well as a small matter of being interestate for my 10 year high school reunion and that all but clashes with the exam dates. Given I was quite looking forward to this event, it’s annoying that it’s been lumped together with a general annual reunion dinner instead of being in isolation – that would have made it later in the year. I’m not sure what I’ll do, but it’s certainly not the best preparation having to catch two rapid fire interstate flights prior to what is hopefully my last major set of written exams ever.

But I digress. In the last few weeks I have begun compiling the EMQs from a selection of mock papers into Anki software which I’ll comment on below. EMQ stands for Extended Matching Questions, kind of like a MCQ (multiple choice question) with about 10+ answers and 3-4 question stems referring to those answers. With recent exam format changes, the written SAQ (short answer question) section have been removed, leaving 140+ marks allocated to EMQs instead. Given that SAQs are a traditional favourite of mine, and MCQs are not, the fact that the first paper has been altered in this way is daunting.

Fortunately, I have recently stumbled upon Anki. The official website is here: http://ankisrs.net/
ANKI is Japanese for ‘memorising,’ and quite frankly is a revelation. In short, it’s flash card software and it’s something I wish I knew about a few years ago. One of the problems of just doing mock papers (of which I have 10 years worth!), is that you end up memorising patterns instead of information. Say a question has 4 parts has an answer key of A. C. D. G. and the first part begins with “John, a 33 Balinese male…” the next time I want to review those questions, I alreadly will know what the answer will be, making it a pointless exercise in subsequent exposures. By inputting the questions into Anki, the 4 parts can be mixed with countless other questions (400 currently!), breaking the memory link. Also, if the “John” card is appearing too often, I can edit the name, age or other clinical details on the fly.

There are other benefits I have noticed which I will outline in future blog posts.

Mimiga Vibe

October 6, 2008

I’ve found two new songs good enough to enter the regular playlist.  The first is from the Cave Story Remix Project, CD 1 Track 6 Mimiga Vibe.  It’s my favourite track, and one I feel that does justice to the original, Moonsong.  It’s available for free at http://kwix.shackspace.com/cavestory/download.htm

The second one, is Human by The Killers.  Happened to catch it on the radio on the way home from work.  To be honest, I’ve never looked into much of their previous stuff, but I will now.  It’s a good song, despite potentially having one of the worst/prone to be misunderstood lyrics ever in, “Are we human or are we dancer? (denser?)”

As for the 21st last night, all I can do is quote Danny Glover, “I’m too old for this shit.”  It was as haphazardly organised, and with daylight saving wrecking havoc with my morning schedule, it wa as I had expected from the host.  As it was more of a catchup than anything else, I guess it was fun for a while, but as one other partygoer rightly commented, if you’re not into getting drunk and talking with randoms it gets boring. According to this morning’s newspaper, there was a also a gun shooting nearby, apparently the third in the month at the same restaurant…

What a town 🙂