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life, the blonde
I realise that there's probably some easy way of doing this, but I can't seem to find it anywhere - it's possible that I'm just phrasing the question wrong, I guess.

What I'm trying to is remotely pull down the url and page title of randomly selected webpages, then display them at my site. I'm sure there's a way to do this, since search engines would be impossible without it, but I can't seem to figure it out. Anyone have advice on how I should go about this?
life, the blonde
For an industry with such a he-man image, they can be whiny bastards, can't they?

Fortunately, there is an antidote. The CFMEU - that's the union that represents people who actually, y'know work in the mines, as opposed to the self-pitying greedheads who 'work' in the management of the mines - has produced a marvellous ad to counter the one that's currently assaulting you every time you turn on the teev.





Speaking of the mining industry ads - does anyone else remember the old 'backbone of the country' ads from the Eighties? Plus ca change, eh? Isn't it interesting how whenever the management of the mining industry feels threatened, they try to hide behind a non-existent solidarity with an idealised version of their workforce? As if these aren't the same men and women they routinely screw over on a daily basis.

Also

life, the blonde
It's that time again. Just so you know.

Also, adding one reason, which is "I looked at your username and I had NFI who you were".

Market Research - Corporate

cynical, unsympathetic, searching
Hiya folks.

I'm putting together a business proposal for NEIS, and I was wondering if you'd mind answering a few questions for me. The business idea is to provide a range of editing, proof-reading, formatting, content creation, content revision and other technical writing skills to both individual and corporate clients. This survey is for corporate clients - there is a separate survey for individual clients.

So if you can spare a minute or two and you're employed by or otherwise associated with an organisation that would be interested in such services, please click here for surveyCollapse )
Whether you did the survey or not, thanks for your time.

And if you know anyone who you think might be interested in such a service, please point them here :)

Market Research

damned if you do, damned if you don't, goin ta hell, cooperating with the inevitable
Hiya folks.

I'm putting together a business proposal for NEIS, and I was wondering if you'd mind answering a few questions for me. The business idea is to provide a range of editing, proof-reading, formatting and other technical writing skills to both individual and corporate clients. This survey is for individual clients - there is a separate survey for corporate clients.

So if you can spare a minute or two and you're interested in such services, please click here for surveyCollapse )
Whether you did the survey or not, thanks for your time.

And if you know anyone who you think might be interested in such a service, please point them here :)

Aide-mémoire

cynical, unsympathetic, searching
That's you, by the way.

I'm making an exhaustive list of all my assorted 'brilliant' ideas, but I can't remember them all. Obviously, I already recall the nine Sekrit Projekts, but there's a bunch of other ideas that I've had over the years that I cannot, at the moment, recall.

So if I've ever raved to you maniacally about some genius plan or other, please remind me what the hell it was. I've got to about 20 on my list, but that's where I got stuck. Your assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.
do not anger the chair leg of truth, chair leg of truth, pissing me off
At the moment, the Australian government is part of a faction that's lobbying to close the loopholes in the law that allow blind and other disabled people access to copyrighted material in ways that are simple and easy.

Apparently, copyright holders don't already have enough legal protections, and are furthermore excused from displaying any sort of compassion.

Story here, legal details here and twitter feed following this here.

Most importantly, for Australians, this is where to register your response with our great and glorious government.

Spread the word, people!
wisdom, discordia, weird, call to arms
The National Human Rights Consultation is coming to location near you - if you're at all interested in protecting and enhancing the rights we as citizens have very little legal guarantee of, here's your chance.

You can register to attend at the calendar of events here. (I'm planning to go to the 6pm session on April 14, personally.)
wise ass, books
Imagine that your library's reservation system worked more like Netflix. Which is to say, imagine that:

  • You could reserve literally hundreds of books at a time.
  • You could control where they were ranked in the queue, including being able to specify the ranking in the queue for any new reserves you made (which would insert there, and push whatever had that place previously and everything behind it back one in the queue).
  • Only some of the reserves would be active, but you'd control how many that was (although this would be capped at some reasonable number - say a dozen, tops).
  • As soon as you borrowed out a reserve (or cancelled it, or it cycled back off the reserve shelf), the system would automatically make the next one on your list an active reservation.
  • If all your active reservations placed you too far back in the immediate queue of that item (further than 3rd or 4th, say), the system would then open up another active reserve to find a book you could have sooner.
  • You could set the system to automatically add to your queue any new books by topic, author or series
  • The system would remind you if you'd already borrowed a particular book in the past, just to make sure you really did want it again.


There's probably other functions that could added to this, and no doubt individual libraries might want to tweak it for their specific needs - but there's nothing in what I'm proposing here that can't already be done. These are all fairly simple database functions, after all. (Yes, there would be a slight increase in processing load for each client, but so what? Computational power is cheap, and any additional costs will be covered by the increased income from reservation fees.)

That would be totally freakin' awesome, that's what.
wisdom, discordia, weird, call to arms
The most wonderful and excellent 17catherines has started a community called vicbushfirefund, where people can auction off either the use or the fruits of their skills, and all the proceeds will go towards the Relief Fund.

This is a good way to do something if, like me, you have no skills that are directly relevant to the crisis at hand, and more time than money.

Go. Do.

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