Log in

dQuixter's LJ [entries|archive|friends|userinfo]

[ website | My Portfolio ]
[ userinfo | livejournal userinfo ]
[ archive | journal archive ]

Say NO to Microsoft Office's broken file format as an ISO standard. [Jan. 10th, 2008|01:20 pm]
[Current Location |Home]
[mood |annoyedannoyed]
[music |The sound of my new G15 Logitech Keyboard (which isn't much)]

Say NO to Microsoft Office's broken file format as an ISO standard.


Reasons people should vote No :
   1. There is already a standard ISO26300 named Open Document Format (ODF): a dual standard adds costs, uncertainty and confusion to industry, government and citizens;
   2. There is no provable implementation of the OOXML specification: Microsoft Office 2007 produces a special version of OOXML, not a file format which complies with the OOXML specification;
   3. There is information missing from the specification document, for example how to do a autoSpaceLikeWord95 or useWord97LineBreakRules;
   4. More than 10% of the examples mentioned in the proposed standard do not validate as XML;
   5. There is no guarantee that anybody can write software that fully or partially implements the OOXML specification without being liable to patent lawsuits or patent license fees by Microsoft;
   6. This format conflicts with existing ISO standards, such as ISO 8601 (Representation of dates and times), ISO 639 (Codes for the Representation of Names and Languages) or ISO/IEC 10118-3 (cryptographic hash);
   7. There is a bug in the spreadsheet file format which forbids any date before the year 1900: such bugs affect the OOXML specification as well as software applications like Microsoft Excel 2000, XP, 2003 and 2007.
   8. This standard proposal was not created by bringing together the experience and expertise of all interested parties (such as the producers, sellers, buyers, users and regulators), but by Microsoft alone.


link6 comments|post comment

School Yard Justice [Dec. 11th, 2007|06:01 pm]
It's not finished, but www.syjmovie.com is coming along quite nicely.
linkpost comment

My new blog! www.kublermdk.com [Dec. 11th, 2007|02:38 am]
[Tags|, ]
[Current Location |Somewhere in the MilkyWay Galaxy]
[mood |geeky]
[music |The Sarah Connor Chronicles (Season Premiere)]

Well I'm changing blogs.
For more information on what I'm doing and am up to please visit my new blog

I'll possibly still post the odd thing in here, but I very much doubt it.
linkpost comment

Cute Gecko [Dec. 10th, 2007|09:42 pm]
[Tags|, ]
[Current Location |@ home]
[mood |gigglygiggly]
[music |Scenes from A hat (Who's line is it anyway?)]

The cat picked up this little guy, and I was tasked with putting him somewhere safe outside (not that there really is such a place).
The cute gecko seemed somewhat scared, but soon started running up my arm, which tickled.

Cute little gecko on my hand

Gecko on my hand

Gecko on a tree
linkpost comment

Macro Wallpapers [Nov. 22nd, 2007|08:22 pm]
[Tags|, , , , , ]
[Current Location |Adelaide, South Australia]
[mood |Giving]
[music |*Cherry Lips - 3:14]

Well I got a new extension tube lens adaptor allowing me to play around with some macro shots.

These thumbs link to the 1280x1024 sized photos (my desktop size).

These are free for distribution, and you are allowed to manipulate the photos, however proper credit (attribution) must still be given to the author of the originals - Michael Kubler.

Please visit www.greyphoenix.biz for more information, or contact me at greyphoenixproductions@gmail.com

Macro - lens cap

Macro - Wood

Macro Flower

Macro String
*Last image edited in Photoshop

I'd love at least a comment from anyone that likes these and uses one as their background.
linkpost comment

Strobist inspired pic - Ksenia [Nov. 21st, 2007|02:57 am]
[Tags|, , , , , ]
[Current Location |On the laptop]
[mood |sleepysleepy]
[music |Jam for the Ladies - Moby]

Last night I had a friend around and was trying to show her how to use my old DSLR. We went for a walk down the road, she stopped for long enough for me to throw 2 wireless (pocket wizard) triggered flashes on the ground and take the photo.

This was an unplanned shot, but I still like the way the photo came out, especially the way the flowers all seem to shine.


For Strobist fans. I've got a canon 540ez behind her set to about 1/3rd and the flash on camera left is a 580ex set slightly too bright (I don't remember what, but probably 1/4).
Camera (taken with) = Canon 400D using the 17-85mm IS lens.
Camera (model is holding) = Canon Powershot Pro 1.

I always love playing around with these sorts of images, but usually lack a model.

BTW : Ksenia is taking a photo, not chimping as it looks.
link2 comments|post comment

X-mas pageant pics [Nov. 16th, 2007|10:25 pm]
[Tags|, , , , , , ]
[Current Location |Home]
[mood |In slightly les pain.]
[music |Paycheck The movie]

I should've posted this before, but I've been busy doing other things.
I've got a selection of X-mas pageant pictures that I liked.
I've got the highlights (80 of them) here.
Or if you particularly like the pageant you can check out over 200 photos here.

Or you know, just look at the photos below.

- Chalk Bucket -
Chalk Bucket

- Letter to Santa -
Merry X-mas Father X-mas

- Group shot -
Shot of the Pageant from a balcony

linkpost comment

Michael Kublers Inguinal Hernia Operation [Nov. 15th, 2007|08:30 pm]
[Tags|, , ]
[Current Location |Home]
[mood |Pained]
[music |Savage Garden - I want you [3:53]]

- Hernia Operation -


I'm 23 years old, and have had an Ingrual Hernia for a few years. I don't know how I got it.
I went to the Royal Adelaide Hosptial to have the operation, and don't have private health insurance.

[Start of the full story]

Well Dad dropped me off at the hospital at 7am yesterday, I talked to a Doctor for a little bit, then got into some gowns. I was glad I brought along my dressing gown as theirs is rather revealing at the back.

They shaved the hair off the area, and then I waited for about an hour before being taken to the operating room. The operating room had a nice warm heated bag thing, which sounded new because the doctors and nurses talked about it.

I asked some questions about what they were using, and then they put a needle thing into my hand with a saline drip, in which they injected some anesthetic. I was amazed at how little it hurt. They use a pretty small needle compared to the one they use when I'm donating plasma/platelets.

I remember it went a little blurry and that was it. I woke up an hour or 2 later with an oxygen gas mask on, lying on a bed next to some other people who were also recovering from their operations, and there were some nurses walking around. I didn't really feel any pain, was just very tired and kept waking up for a minute or 2 then going back to sleep.

I think like 2 or 3 hours later I finally woke up enough to move, and as I got up out of bed I puked*. Then I went back to bed for a little more as they gave me some stuff to stop my stomach churning before I got up again, made it to the toilet and made it to the couch, before having something to drink and was sick again. I then kept falling in and out of sleep for a while.

After another hour or 2 of waking up briefly I heard that Dad was coming soon, so I went to get changed, only to be sick again. I felt better after that and finished getting changed, went back to the chair, and slept some more until Dad came.

When he came they put me in a wheelchair to take me down to the car, but I was sick again.

This time they had to put another needle thing into me (I'd accidentally removed the old one) to give me some REALLY good stuff. Which worked pretty well and I felt better after that.

Waited about 15mins before they then had a sit down with Dad, Tania and I about what I can and can't do, and gave me some tablets to take over the next couple of days.

The uber strong stuff was the Oxycodon tablets, and the fairly good stuff being Panadine Forte.

I finally went home, got to bed, only to have a drink of water and was sick yet again.

Drinking water and moving around was making me sick. I couldn't even eat the Maxalon tablets.Stitches

Eventually I got better, and would sleep for about 3 hours, go to the toilet and sleep for another 3 hours, until it was about 10am the next day.

Walking hurts, talking hurts, laughing hurts, and until this morning I would get very sleepy if I stayed awake too long.

I've got 3 incisions in my stomach, and a rather sore lower stomach.

But I don't have a Hernia anymore, and have general health has improved 80% compared to yesterday, and everyone says I've got some colour back in my face as I looked pretty white yesterday.
Most of the colour is because I can now eat.

I started eating some small soft lollies this morning, and then around lunch time had a small bowl of yoghurt and some fruit cake. My stomach gurgled, belched, squeaked and made all sorts of noises for about half an hour afterwards. It was it's first substantial amount of food for 36 hours, and all the chundering before had cleared it's contents for nearly 24 hours. Poor thing.

But I'm feeling a lot better now, and while there's some general pain where the stitches are and the mesh they put over the hernia spot, I'm capable of walking around and lifting things about 1Kg without any major hassle.

I'm now just worried I'll over do something and open up the Hernia again. Although this one doesn't seem to be affected by lifting things as much as going to the toilet, or coughing.

* I was probably the only person there that day that was sick, and it was a side effect of the narcotic analgesic. Other side effects can include drowsiness, constipation, a physical dependence on the drug, and also hallucinations, confusion, and unusually slow breathing.

link2 comments|post comment

Photography stall, yay! [Oct. 22nd, 2007|10:59 pm]
[Tags|, , , , , ]
[Current Location |South Australia]
[mood |accomplished]
[music |On the verge of something wonderfull - Darren Hayes]

Well it's been a month in the making, but I finally setup my photography stall at the Fishermans Warf markets (at Port Adelaide, by the lighthouse).

I've got a stall on the 2nd floor, by the lighthouse end, about 5 stalls back from the face painter.
At the moment I've got a basic studio setup, with a white paper backdrop and some standard strobes shooting into a silver umbrella.

I'm using my fairly expensive pocket wizards for wireless triggering, and my laptop plus my Canon IP4200 printer.

Actually I realised I'm almost a walking Canon advert. I've got my Canon 400D camera with 17-85mm IS lens, with an attached Canon 580ex Speedlight, and print on a Canon printer using genuine Canon ink and paper, and I've also got a Canon XL1 video camera.

Maybe I should get a job in advertising.

Anyway, obligatory photos.

Picture of an old man in Black and White, except for Blue eyes
Caption : This was taken at the stall, I then played with it in Potatoshop, and no, his eyes aren't blue, they are actually a brown.

Studio Stall with strobes going off
Caption : Just a general shot of the stall with the flash lights going off. As you can see I've stopped down the ambient light quite a lot.

Photo of a cute little girl smiling
Caption : A girl that was working at the nearby stall, I used her to testing the lighting levels, set the camera, etc..
linkpost comment

SCHOOL YARD JUSTICE! [Oct. 11th, 2007|02:47 am]
[Tags|, , , , ]
[Current Location |Adelaide, South Australia]
[mood |enthralled]
[music |Delerium, Enchante]


Well, on Sunday we wrapped up principal filming for the short film 'School Yard Justice.'

It's been a fair amount of work, with the 1st attempt at filming postponed after our main actor had to work, I then went overseas, and upon finally starting the main filming it rained on us.
So the Sunday just gone was the 3rd attempt at filming, which was finally successful.

I highly suggest you check out the trailer at the link below. Also, below are my favourite shots from the filming.
Please note, the blood shots at the end of the gallery were just for fun. The filming is a drama, not a horror movie :P
linkpost comment

[ viewing | most recent entries ]
[ go | earlier ]