Yes, that Buzzfeed-inspired heading was a joke, given the critique in today's post is reserved for this special article "Six reasons I hate cosplay". Let's take a gander:

  1. He thinks patrons are rude, and the worst are those "dressed as Piku Chikka Uku GooGoo Gaga". While he may have a point for common courtesy, me thinks he could afford those targets of his racist diatribe the same.

  2. Some people don't know all the details of those they're cosplaying. Oh you poor dear, have a Bex and good lie down.

  3. Women only cosplay as hot characters to get attention, and guys all lear and drool because they want to sleep with them. Yay, sexism.

  4. Something something your fake weapons take up space. The Golden Rule would have sufficed without belittling those who may have spent hours building a costume you don't feel they're worthy of wearing, or from some "insipid Manga/Japanimation".

  5. Wear the costume you're built for. I admit, I used to think a little like this. I don't anymore, because people can express themselves without yours or my approval.

  6. Crowds. Yes, he complained about crowds at a convention.

It's possible Mr Robinson wrote this as parody, given it so succinctly summarises all the cliché talking points people level at cosplayers. If he didn't, let's pretend he did.

A hundred little drafts

Happy Sunday everyone. Today I reached the rather inglorious milestone of having a hundred drafts. For 2014. Rather than attempt to fix these up for posting, have an image I took this afternoon of the sunshine in Sydney.

Singapore will always be my home and I miss it dearly, but nowhere on Earth has skies as beautiful as Australia. Absolutely spectacular.

This also marks two posts in a row of Australian skies. Better make the next one tie back into anime again, somehow.

The cost of fast TV and web browsing

Forgive the link to a paywall, but the opening summary of this article in The Australian newspaper is amazing:

THE former Labor government’s decision to pursue a fibre-to-the-home, super-fast, broadband network would have a net cost to taxpayers of $22.2 billion, but the Coalition’s model still leaves them paying billions to deliver access to the bush and urban fringes, a landmark cost-benefit analysis reveals.

Yeah, damn those people who don't live in cities. Don't they know how selfish their rural lifestyle is?

The Coalition-commissioned analysis

A government-commissioned analysis on the people they replaced.

[..] finds the expense of providing high-speed internet access to people who live in uncommercial rural and regional areas, as well as urban fringes, would cost nearly $5bn but the benefits are only a fraction of that.

It's why we only have electricity to the node. The only thing consumers use (and will ever use) power for is heating, stoves and light; and those are already serviced by our extensive natural gas network.

Debian Wheezy backports

Well, here we are in another fine Tuesday morning in Sydney! Such was the volume of water pouring down the stairs in Town Hall station, I stacked. For those of you not from Australia (or New Zealand?), this referrs to face planting. Or tripping, or falling over, or smashing one's self on a ground in an unfortunate pose.

But enough of physical adventures. I've got a few Debian machines in production, having made the switch from CentOS to line up with what work is using. Interestingly, I've come fully around to the Debian/apt way of doing things, such that the Red Hat universe already feels a little foreign. Well, almost!

Somewhat in lieu of EPEL on my CentOS boxes, Debian has backports. According to the documentation, we can add this:

deb wheezy-backports main

This points to a redirector, which sends you to a closer geo and network mirror. Now you can install backported software with:

# apt-get -t wheezy-backports install <SOMETHING> 

So now that we've done that, let's tread into troubleshooting territory. That's a nice, warm, fuzzy way of saying don't type the following lines. In fact, lets make this into a subheading.

Don't type the following

No, really. The number of times I've accidently entered a command I saw on a girl or guy's site late at night before realising its an example of what not to type, is rather embarrasing. Consider yourself warned.

Say for example, you have the following in your sources list, as I did:

deb wheezy-backports main

Looks good, right? Alas, it will give you this.

E: The value 'wheezy-backports' is invalid for APT::Default-Release as such a release is not available in the sources

I scratched my head for hours trying to figure this out. I could ping the server, view it in my browser, what's up? If you've arrived here via a web search, maybe you're asking the same question.

The issue is confused syntax. For squeeze-backports, the URL is:

deb squeeze-backports main

To repeat the first line in this post, wheezy-backports is:

deb wheezy-backports main

That's right, don't include "-backports" going forward with wheezy, and you'll be fine. Cue a reference to Looking Glass. And speaking of pointless references, that image of Yui inexplicably with a Debian Gnome desktop background was by WilusIronforge on DebianART DeviantART. Oh Ruben, you so funny.

UTS Building 11 feedback

My rather impassioned post about UTS Building 11 garnered a few responses online and offline. Thanks everyone for the feedback.

The consensus was largely that the building was less than ideal, though expressed with slightly less frustration than my post was. @hanezawakirika appeared visibly shaken by the discussion, and @Asasifs sought to remind me that universities are money making enterprises, and that the true "target audience" of the building wasn't students. Touché!

From some of my lovely Twitterlings:

@wanopanog: all the levels are nearly identical, not 'mismatched'. What bugs me is the fact one can't take the stairs all the way up.

Exactly. If you can't access the floors in the same way, they don't have the same layout and fail for accessibility. And don't get me started on the entirely different basement levels, or that awkward entresol off the foyer, or the awkwardly sized open areas with tables in entirely different places for each floor.

@Dorry_kun: What about a university building, to replace and an older one the students couldn't fit in, being even smaller?

No kidding.

@Dorry_kun: To the point that half the class is sitting out in the hallway listening through an opened door?

I've noticed that in the one tutorial I have in that building as well; there are at least two people who have to steal chairs from other rooms and crowd around computer desks desgined for one.

This may be a symptom of class sizes still being calculated for building 10 rooms. If so, I'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt while this is all new. If this persists though, the building has failed in the second way a building can.

The foyer and odd basements are probably writeoffs, but I wonder if the odd staircase pattern is structural, or whether they could rip them all out and fix them? Interesting.