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News from Australia/NZ

Over the past year, I’ve always kept an eye open for news from Australia and New Zealand. There are two reasons for this. The first is simply that I love both those countries, and long to visit them again. The second… is that their news is absolutely unique.

Here’s a collection of news stories I’ve gotten over the past year.

Penguin deaths prompt sniper aid
Professional snipers have been brought in to guard a vulnerable colony of penguins in Australia.

‘Naked police run’ investigated
Australian police are investigating whether officers ran naked round an unmarked police van as they travelled to a stag party.

Aussie straps in beer, not child
A car driver in Australia has been fined for strapping down his beer rather than his young child.

Man arrested over barter mishap
A New Zealand man who tried to barter marijuana for snacks overlooked one important problem – a policeman was standing right behind him.

Cattle farms lure Australia women
A record number of young Australian women are signing up for jobs as cattle hands on vast outback farms. (Jillaroos??? Hahaha)

NZ judge orders ‘odd’ name change
A judge in New Zealand made a young girl a ward of court so that she could change the name she hated – Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii.

Australian plea for ‘ugly’ women
The mayor of a remote Australian mining town has come under fire after saying that female “ugly ducklings” might benefit from its shortage of women.

Australia suffering ‘man drought’
An analysis of new census figures has shown that Australia is suffering from an unprecedented “man drought”.

Large pushy pig traps Australian
A woman on the north coast of New South Wales in Australia is being held hostage in her own home by a large pig, Australian media report.

Driver lost on 600km shops trip
An 81-year-old Australian man became lost on an early morning drive to the shops and ended up almost 600km (370 miles) away from his starting point.

Clinton jokes about ‘former’ PM Clark
Clinton calls the current prime minister of New Zealand the ‘former PM’. Helen Clark (the PM) totally pwns Clinton in her response.

And lastly…


The band’s first release!
Piano: RJ Lynn
Guitar: Michael Burke
Vocal: Lisa Vanni
Recording/Spiffy-er: Sean Kooyman

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One Republic: Apologize

I’m holding on your rope,
Got me ten feet off the ground
I’m hearin what you say but I just can’t make a sound
You tell me that you need me
Then you go and cut me down, but wait
You tell me that you’re sorry
Didn’t think I’d turn around, and say…

It’s too late to apologize, it’s too late
I said it’s too late to apologize, it’s too late

I’d take another chance, take a fall
Take a shot for you
And I need you like a heart needs a beat
But it’s nothin new
I loved you with a fire red-
Now it’s turning blue, and you say…
“Sorry” like the angel heaven let me think was you
But I’m afraid…

It’s too late to apologize, it’s too late
I said it’s too late to apologize, it’s too late

It’s too late to apologize, it’s too late
I said it’s too late to apologize, it’s too late
It’s too late to apologize, yeah
I said it’s too late to apologize, yeah-
I’m holdin on your rope, got me ten feet off the ground…

Change the programs that run when you start your computer

Although this is considered rather easy now-a-days, it’s also incredibly useful…

Are you sick and tired of having to wait for 20 programs to load while starting up your computer?

Click Start.
Click Run.
Type in “msconfig” (without the quotes) and click OK.
Click the “Startup” tab (should be the second from the right)

You will see a list of programs with checkmarks by them (and some unchecked).
ONLY uncheck the programs you recognize and want to stop from starting up when you boot your computer. Some of the items are system files you don’t want to mess with.

Click OK.
Follow the instructions, and reboot your computer.

And you’re done.

How to hack windows pinball, and any other games

First you need to download artmoney

install it with all the default options

then load it up, you should see a screen like this:

ok now load up windows pinball. We will use pinball to show you how this program works, then you can use it on just about any game.
for those who don’t know what pinball looks like, here ya go

moving right along. Play one ball of pinball, so you get a score. let the ball drop quickly, all you need is to get a score bigger than 0, like so

excellent. Now pull up artmoney, select the process “3d pinball for windows”

now click search, and enter your score like so (in my case, my score was 11000)

once the search starts, you will see a bunch of little integer values pop up in the right pane of the main program. perfect.
Now go back to pinball. Play one more ball (by this i mean, increase your score a little, and let the ball drop/go)

my new score is 34250

ok now go back to artmoney. Now we want to filter our previous search results, keeping only the integers that changed with out score. To do this, click filter and in the value field add your new score
Once you submit that… the integers in the left hand pane should now decrease to about 2. Perfect!
Now click the fatter arrow (below the thinner arrow) in between the two panes like so (this wall transfer the integer values over so you can play with them)

Now go to the integer field (in the right pane) and right click it, then click edit (follow the picture below)

change its value to some absurdly high number (i use eight 9’s), and the checkmark the box that says freeze

click ok, and you should see that number changed on the main screen. Now do the same thing for the second integer – change it to the same value as the previous, and checkmark the freeze box. Once you change both, you should see something similiar to this

now go back to pinball. Play until you get a game over (or just deploy, and let the ball fall until the game ends)
Congratulations, you got a high score


anyone who plays with this and finds other tricks, be sure to post em here!

Steganography – hiding files in images

Ok guys, here is a quick tutorial to show how you can hide videos, pictures, and documents inside a JPG picture.

You will need:
-A compression program (7zip, winzip, winrar, winace, etc…)
-A jpg picture (It may work with GIF, BMP, etc… but I’ve only tried with JPG)
-Files you want to hide :)

To begin:
Compress all the files you want to hide into an archive… this can be a zip file, rar file, ace file… whatever. As long as you have the ability to uncompress it later.

Now open up a command prompt (Start->Run->”cmd”)
Change to the directory that your hidden files archive and JPG picture is in.
I find it easiest to put my picture and archive in c:\, then type in “cd\” in the command prompt to get to c:\

Now… for the purposes of this tutorial, we will use the filenames as follow: (this is the archive of secret files)
original.jpg (this is the original jpg picture)
new.jpg (this is the jpg with the hidden files inside it)

In the command prompt (which should be pointing to correct directory as mentioned above), type the following:
copy /B original.jpg + new.jpg

The /B stands for binary (look it up if you want).
This basically copies the secret files and jpg into a new jpg. The new jpg looks exactly like the old… but if you right click it, and click extract here (or open it with your compression program) you will be able to see the hidden files!

The only noticiable difference between the new jpg and old jpg is the file size… but who looks at that anyways? For all intents and purposes, your files are now hidden :)

You can make this more secure by encrypting files before putting them in the archive, or archiving them in 2 different formats (e.g. zip it then rar it) that only you will remember

Call of duty (original) crash server script

Put the following file in your Call of duty / main folder:

Now open up call of duty, pull down console, and type this in:
/bind k exec crash.cfg

(replace k with whatever key you want to bind it to)

Call of duty quickfire script.

Put the following file in your Call of duty / main folder

Open up call of duty, pull down the console, and bind it to a key (for example, ‘/bind n exec quickfire.cfg’, where n is the key it’s binded to)

We own the world. We can play football however we want.

This is just a hilarious screenshot of the chat logs of

Even though I defended hundreds of years (slight exaggeration) of American tradition in that chat room, I want you to know…

I still think football sucks.

Clear blank lines in a file

I posted something about this before, but here is the absolute best solution.

Program was not written by me. It’s small, requires no installation, and is incredibly simple and fast to use. Also allows you to clear blank lines from multiple files at once.

Useful if you find yourself paired with a designer who is continuously using wordpad to edit code (resulting in blank lines being added between every line of code)

Remap/Change your keyboard!

So I spilled water on my laptop keyboard. Really not a good idea. It killed my ~ and escape keys.

Being an avid call of duty gamer, this is a no-no. I need my ~ key to pull down my console, and my escape key to get out of the game.

Something good happened as a result. I learned how to remap my keyboard. I made my Caps lock key my new escape key, and remapped the windows key to the ~.

Download this program:
SharpKeys2 (mirror)

Run the exe file. It’s incredibly simple, and allows you to replace any key with any other key. Also useful to remap those special keys your keyboard might have, like INTERNET, EMAIL, etc.