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A brand new year

I have only one new year’s resolution, and though it is largely pilfered from a prayer whose origin remains unknown, it is thus: In 2004, I hope to accept the things I cannot change, to find the courage to change the things I can, and to have the wisdom to know the difference.

I dare say that I have, in the past, worried too much about things that are out of my hands and done too little to fix the things that are right in front of me. In my work, in my relationships, in my life, that has been a problem; I used to call it laziness, or apathy, or procrastination… this year I’m going to call it stupidity, and try damn hard to stay away from it.

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Though these aren’t exactly what you’d call resolutions, here are a couple of aims I have for 2004; most of which will be achieved during the first three months:

  1. Finally buy Vanilla Sky, Donnie Darko, Amelie and American Beauty on DVD, as they are but a handful of some of my favorite films of all time… and renting them is becoming tiresome. Plus, the video store clerk keeps looking at my rental history and saying “y’know, you’ve rented this before.”
  2. Buy a 12" PowerBook to take to university, since I’ll be studying computer science at UWA this year. Plus, even if I weren’t studying, I’d still want one.
  3. Stick with the whole “university thang” for more than three months, since past attempts at studying a variety of subjects that weren’t computer science didn’t turn out so well. Plus, I need justification for the PowerBook, amongst other things.


Slashdot links to an interesting Sydney Morning Herald article on music piracy. The gist? That music piracy in Australia should (by the industry’s logic) have accounted for a drop in sales of between 50% and 100%… that is to say the music industry’s utter destruction.

Guess what? No such drop in sales has occured, the industry chugs away quite happily, and we all go to sleep at night guilt–free.