Sydney Gallery School To Lose Gallery

I’m a part-time fine arts student at Meadowbank TAFE, also known as the Sydney Gallery School. I’ve just found out that the gallery that is used for student exhibitions is being shut down by the College Director. Main reason being that there will no longer be someone constantly at the gallery, and that person is being moved. While there is normally a teacher or 2 around, it was the Clerical Officer that was permanentley stationed there, who not only did the day stuff and FIne Arts course enquiries, but also Fitting and Machining and Welding enquiries. The Clerical Officer, and all other clerical staff, are being moved to another block on campus in a centralised location.

Here are the reasons for moving all clerical staff to one location:

  • Upskill C/O’s.
  • Free up accommodation in sections.
  • Provide better flexibility/equity and systems support to teaching sections.
  • Meet an increasing demand for clerical support
  • Operate within defined budgets

Some how I suspect it’s got a hell of a lot more to do with the last item than any of the miserable other excuses, sorry but I don’t see how it helps to upskill people, provide better flexibility and support or meet increasing demand for clerical support. The Sydney Gallery School has offered to rotate clerical staff in the gallery to help with upskilling, and are more than willing to look at other comprises but of course the College Director won’t have a bar of it.

I think one of the funniest suggestions came from College Management, they said that the gallery could be hired out to students or outside interests, however this would mean that the gallery would need to turn over $80 000 to employ a Gallery Director. Fucking wankers!

This is just ridiculous! Ok Mr/Ms Fucking College Director, now what do you call the school?

Protests can be sent to the Minister of Education and some others I’m sure.

Adobe Not Releasing Universal Binaries Of Current Software

Adobe have posted this question and answer PDF regarding Adobe products running on the new Intel-Based Macs. Looks like the Photoshop TV guys were right, a Universal Binary will not be available for CS2, Adobe will instead focus on making CS3 compatible with both Intel-Based Macs and the current Macs. CS3 could be available in the next 18 – 24 months if you look at Adobe’s rack record for major releases.

On a slight tangent, my 17-inch PowerBook arrived last week and I love it!

The Dreadful Embarrassment, Now In Purple!

Like most creatives who prefer working on Apples, I’ve been hanging out for some sort of concrete evidnece that the Adobe CS2 suite will run well/much better on the new Intel-based Macs under the Rosetta emulator, or that Adobe will release a Universal Binary update. Well I need a new mac within the next week, and decided to just go ahead and place an order for a 17-inch PowerBook any ways. I’ve also managed to find a two-tone purple laptop bag over at the Crumpler site named, The Dreadful Embarrassment.

However, it’d still be nice to know when Adobe are going to make that Universal move. I have no concrete evidence, but the guys over at Photoshop TV have this for us to mull over: No Intel-based OS X version of CS until CS3?

And on another tangent, you can now get a diploma in advanced studies in character animation over at Animation

The First Duel Core Apples

Bad punning aside, Apple have announced the first intel core duo macs: the MacBook Pro and iMac.

I’m currently in the market for a beefy-ish laptop of the Apple variety, and was only deciding whether to buy it out right with student discount, a 17 inch powerBook, or lease it for 2 years and upgrade to a new intel mac after a revision or 2.

When I started going through the Apple site, (and yes, the home page, iMac and MacBook Pro pages are significantly wider than the rest of the site. Bye-bye to the must fit in 800 x 600 mentality), I thought “yeah, screen’s not quite as big as I want it, but hey I still want one.”, especially after noticing that it’s pricing is almost identical to the powerBook, “well hey, it’s newer and 4X as fast or so they are touting, and the same price. Fuck it, go pro!”

Then I started reading about Rosetta and Universal stuff, and my head started hurting as I’m a designer/illustrator not a computer geek, and thought shit I’d better find out if my Adobe products, ie the main apps I’ll be using will be fine. At the time of writing this, I haven’t been able to find anything about it on the Adobe site, they seem too preoccupied with the whole Macromedia merger, which is fair enough. I’ve read snippets on various Apple rumour sites and what have you that if you’re an occasional Photoshop user, you won’t really notice any sluggish performance, but those who use it frequently will. I’m not finding this very encouraging.

Theres’s a comparison of guts so to speak between the powerBook and MacBook Pro here: Comparing the MacBook Pro to the PowerBook G4

Me thinks powerBook will win for me, but hey Apple have to start some where with the new beasts. I hope those who buy the new breed are happy customers.

Black iPods and iTMS Oz

This has been a pretty big couple o’ weeks for Apple. New iMacs, new powerbooks, new G5’s and pro photography app Aperture all released. But for me, it’s new black video iPods and iTunes music store in Oz that’s really taken my fancy.

I see a white pod, and I want to paint it black… FINALLY! Black! Apple why has this taken so long! I’ve seen the black iPod Nano in the flesh, and that black is damn sexy! I mean Steve Jobs is always in black, so why not the pods up until now?

I of course have one of these babies on order, so I’m debating which would be the best/quickest/pain free-est option for exchanging my ye olde 3rdGen 30GB iPod for some bucks. Same goes for ye olde Sony Cyber shot camera.

ITunes Australia: Sony BMG have not signed up as yet, which is unfortunate, I think, well I couldn’t tell you off the top of my head which bands with Sony BMG I like. $1.69 per song, some albums going for $16.99. Is this too much? I don’t know. I guess I’d have to try the store out first to see how it goes.

Update: I got my iPod yesterday along with a camera connector. It is gorgeous and makes my 3rd Gen iPod look like a brick-like fossil. It does come with a flimsy case. This will have to do until I can find one that is more suitable. I used the new iTunes site to purchase Bjork’s Oceania video, store is quite nice to use, and the video playback on pod is great. You don’t get an AC adapter for non computer charging though, which sucks.

The camera connector works pretty good too so far.


Wish Come True?

Making Firefox Mac Behave Like IE 6

The web developer toolbar for Firefox is a fantastic tool for all us web devy people. Imagine being able to toogle a switch and have Firefox simulate how IE6 win renders html. Yeah, that’d be pretty fantastic, especially for us coding on a Mac.

Justin Palmer is proposing we get some people right on developing such a tool and have people donate money to the developers for their efforts. I’m All for it!

See my whinging comments.

Latest Goodies

My Guitar Pick Earrings and Sky and Snow Postcard and Pin Set arrived today and I am very delighted indeed! even threw in a cute badge and kitty hair tie. The photo was taken with my snazzy new Nikon Coolpix 7600 7.1 mega pixel camera.

New camera will be accompanying me to the Web Essentials 2005 conference tomorrow and friday.

Bigger kitty and pick photo, the limited edition card is not pictured, but rest assured is very cute.

I’m also very amused with Rhymes With Ditty, and getting settled in with the Adobe Creative Suite 2.

Dell vs Apple Monitor

Apple stuff vs. anything always stirs some heated debate between the 2 camps. This one, Dell, have they no shame? is no different.

I’m glad to see that Dell monitors can finally compete with well, any ones basically. Majority of our office is Dell workstations with the worst cheap ass LCD monitors, and by the looks of it, the worst cheap ass graphics and video cards. People were actually asking for their previous cheap ass CRT ones because they couldn’t find a setting that wouldn’t ghost, or give them a headache.

I however managed to get a lovely Apple Cinema Display. I am the designer, I have to make judgements based on colour, placement and pixel perfect-edness both for screen and print on a day to day basis, so I refused to toil no longer on under par graphics cards, coupled with bad screens with colour casts you can’t get rid of. No I didn’t demand an Apple Cinema Display, but it was on the list of possibles, and I got lucky.

I don’t intend for this to turn into a Dell/Intel vs. Apple thing, (though it probably will, and especially after this: I’ve worked on a Dell laptop before, and it was very clunky and slow and bloody irritating and GRRRR! It’ll be a cold day in hell, before my CPU becomes a Dell!*).

I love my monitor, I’ve had it for almost a year now, I love it’s crystal clear-ness, I love it’s out of box colour accuracy, I love it’s wide screen proportions, I love how it looks, and yes, I am pre-disposed to the way of Apple.

I haven’t seen this new breed Dell monitor in real life, but hey, maybe it’s worth a look-see as a lower cost design quality monitor at home…

*Pre-emptive-anti-stoopid-comment-tactic: Yes I specifically stated the CPU part, not the monitor. Don’t comment and say this part and the last are inconsistent.

Read it again!

RIP iPod Mini

iPod nano killed the iPod mini-star. It’s smaller, has a colour screen and comes in black! Finally! I can only hope that this means a black iPod is on the way so us black lovin’ folk don’t have to resort to buying the U2 iPod for that reason*. Robot Johnny wishes for black pods too: iPod, uPod, we all pod for iPod

Potter Pod. This is kinda cute, I’m sure some hard core fans can get their pods in the colours of their fav Hogwarts house somewhere.

All those years of mac rumour sites speculating about an Apple phone got a step closer with iTunes mobile. No special Apple branded hardware, it’s a Motorola thing with an iTunes interface.

I also like The iTunes 5 Announcement From the Perspective of an Anthropomorphized Brushed Metal User Interface Theme

*I like U2, but I’d like more storage and black for money.

Not So Good Past 24hrs

They say bad things happen in 3’s:

  1. My adapter for my ye old clamshell iBook carked it last night. I was not impressed to find that just buying the one they currently sell with newer iBooks would work. Luckily, seems to have what can help me get a bit more life outta my iBook, and for 50 bucks as opposed to $129 for new adapter. I should get it this week-ish.
  2. I had a minor car accident this morning with a minibus/van with some teenagers going to school in it. No no it wasn’t a P-plater hooning around in it, I think it was a teacher driving. Luckily no one was hurt, and damage to my car is very minimal. Teacher now knows to look before attempting a u-turn from off the road.
  3. My cat went in for his dental this morning, which the vet told me he would one day be needing. He also has dandruff on account he won’t eat anything other than dried cat food, so vet suggested an aloe vera bath. I’ve bathed my cat twice before and I think the scars down my back are finally healed, so I figure, yeah go on you guys do it. Jasper was suppose to be ready by 6:30pm this evening, but he’s still drowsy from the anasthetic, so they’ll be keeping him overnight and bathing him tomorrow. So it’s a kitty free night for me :.(

Unrelated: Warning: iPods may damage your hearing [BugMeNot]. Yeah, who’d have thunk that listening to your portable music player or radio in mobile of choice too loud for too long would cause hearing probs? Thanks SMH, you’re the best!

Rejected Limited Edition iPods

The Mil-lemon Train

8:50am – arrive at train station with intention of catching the 8:57 to get to a station which will let me catch the express 9:07, which will get me to work by 10-ish.

9:00am – announcement made telling commuters the 8:57 is running 20 mins late. Go to plan B: wait for 9:14 train.

9:04am – watch express train zoom past.

9:14am – finished coffee and make up application. Look up and see the 9:14 which happens to be a millenium train approaching.

9:16am – look up, train in same spot as 2mins ago approx 500m from the platform. WTF?

9:20am – train hasn’t budged. Boy these signals must be really fucked up!

9:22am – announcement made saying station don’t know WTF is going on.

9:25am – announcement made saying the millenium (mil-lemon) train has broken down. I grab keys and drive to work.


Mug Etiquette in the Work Place

Mug etiquette should be a subject that one is forced to study before entering the work force. One would think that things such as not taking somone elses big purple mug with black cats on it, is commonly understood by all office workers. But no.

I have thusly compiled some rules for the uninformed, or just plain stupid:

  1. Thou shalt not use other peoples mugs. If you have not brought in your own mug, there’s normally the (scummy) office set specifically bought for the likes of thee.
  2. Thou shalt not use other peoples mugs, and then keep them on their desk. This is stealing*.
  3. Don’t lick stirring spoons. Have you seen who you work with? Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
  4. Don’t steal other people’s coffee and/or tea. Yeah I know your office is cheap and will only spring for some freeze dried grit, but don’t take other people’s decent stash. It’s not nice, and it’s stealing*.

*If your personal hygiene is of a low to troll standard, this technique might help you get a mug/coffee/tea of your choosing for free, as the rightful owner may feel that it is best to cut one’s losses and keep their health.

Lucie’s Miscellaneous Entry – a mailing list for all you inhouse web designers out there wanting to whinge to each other about your similar occupational gripes.
I often find it hard to get my company to pay for training/seminars, so I was surprised when my half-arsed request to go to Web Essentials 2005 was granted with a positive full arse, and one of my co-workers for company.

New macs are out: iBook and mac mini. That’s great Steve, but where the fuck is the Australian iTunes store?

I’ve finished Harry Potter 6 and I liked it alot. Aside from character names, I think the most used word in the book was “snogging” due mainly to Won-Won. This interview with JK Rowling over at mugglenet, is worth a read, but make sure you finish the book first.

I’m really loving savage chickens. Here’s one of my fave’s creativity.
patchoforange has very nice sketches, including cute kitties.


New Colour iPods

New iPod range

iPod Photo has now become iPod and iPod U2 also gets the colour and photo capabilities. What gets me is the capacity differences, it’d be nice if there were a 40GB or something in between the 20 and 60GB ones. Maybe Apple are trying to sell more top of the range pods by only offering fence sitting people like me, who would look at entry level products and go, ‘I’d like a little more than that, what’s the next model up’, to buy the top of the range, ie most expensive model, as the mid option. (Then again, when I purchased my iPod, I went ‘fuck it’, and got top of the range at the time). I’m not sure that made a lot of sense but hopefully you get the idea.

The whole paying extra for a damn firewire cable sucks alot.

Podcasting stuff in the new iTunes is a good idea, I hope it doesn’t suck.

Savage Apple Chicken Words

If you love chickens and post-it notes AND weird humour, then savage chickens is the comic strip for you!

I have been very quiet about the whole Apple switching to Intel processor thing. Partly because I’ve been too busy at work, and TAFE assessments, and partly because I don’t understand the intricacies of system architecture and computer bits and what have you. Again I defect to Ol’ Grubey for what seems to be pretty in-depth light on the subject. But faster laptops = good surely.

I would like the world to know that MS Word screws up images, and that whacking some jpgs of lets say, web site designs that you expect people to code as pixel exactly as possible sites off is really fucking bad. There’s really nothing wrong with sending through images in .jpg, or .gif or .png format without the MS Word fuck-tionality.

City Rail Logo Enhancements

I’ve been looking at the City Rail logo and have thought of some enhancements that would truly reflect the quality of service they offer their commuters.

Crude – yes.

Childish – yes.

Truthful – fuck yeah!

Should I Stay Or Should I Go?

Pros and cons on the new job vs. old job


  • Pro: I get to draw little people for a good part of the day, and design the rest
  • Pro: I get to travel
  • Pro: I get to work with designers
  • Pro: I get paid more
  • Con: It’s in North Sydney (pain for me to travel)
  • Con: I have to work on a DELL!


  • Pro: I get full creative control over internal projects, including drawing
  • Con: I don’t get full creative control over projects for external clients
  • Pro: internal projects getting more priority
  • Pro-ish: possibility of travel
  • Pro: Will be heading new team of designers, currently training junior designer
  • Pro: Just been offered same as new job
  • Pro: It’s near central station
  • Pro: I have a G5 and a nice cinema display monitor

Arrggh!!! Decisions!