bernardblack

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from Sydney, australia

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    • so...

      5 years ago

      bernardblack

      i just logged in for the first time in 11 months... whats up guys?

    • 6 years ago

      bernardblack

      To:
      uws-it_alert-outgoing@lists.uws.edu.au
      Hi all,

      I'm sure you have all heard about how UWS has chosen to allocate millions of dollars in funding into purchasing and giving out iPads for free to all students starting their studies in 2013. UWS will also be spending several million dollars in infrastructure upgrades to cope with the load from the iPads. This comes in at a total cost of some $35 million.

      This so-called iPad initiative is nothing more than a marketing gimmick (internally referred to as the "Direct offer plan") built on the idea that potential students are ignorant enough to gamble their education in exchange for a $500 piece of technology that will be out-dated before their first year of studies, provided they do not leave or transfer, is over.

      Even though UWS experienced a $30 million surplus recently, it used the claim of a lack of funding to suddenly (with no warning to the students, even though it decided in the first quarter of 2012) stop offering entire disciplines (such as Economics and various languages) and release the staff that were hired to teach those disciplines. Rather than building a reputation for having a wide offering of subjects and fairly treating their students, it seems they've opted to insult their current students by discontinuing their degrees, and insulting their future students by assuming they make their decisions irrationally based on their (inherent?) desire for trendy consumer goods.

      The 'iPad initiative,' as the university calls it, was made with no notification or input from any students or teaching staff, nor was there wasn't any indication (given their claims of poor financial status) that such an action would occur. The NSW Division of the NTEU has also remarked that the cost of this is unacceptable.

      The sad part in all of this is that the tablet they've chosen to gift the students is not only the most expensive to maintain, nor is it just fundamentally and significantly overpriced for the technical specifications it carries, but it is also extremely locked down in terms of scalability. Apple refuses to allow things such as saving files (other than photos), rendering Flash-based websites and videos, and does not even have a decent office suite available. It is no more than a toy, and for some reason UWS seems to think that the ability to play Angry Birds during lectures and tutorials will somehow provide a better learning experience.

      UWS claims that technology is the best way to facilitate student learning, and that is why they are doing this. This is yet another insult to the current students who, aside from not being offered the amazingly educating iPad from UWS, are forced to share an extremely limited amount of computers in the campus libraries. Things as simple as wanting to just print a document results in a 5 to 10 minute waits for computers to free up. Maybe this is where the iPad comes in'”we can play Angry Birds to pass time while we wait for an actual workstation to free up? I've heard the iPad's battery life lasts for several hours, so it would definitely last long enough, right?

      What we have here is a case of desperation showing the lack of sense and reasoning that the marketing division (and those who approved this ridiculous campaign) has. Rather than attempting to fix the issues within the university, they've attempted to bribe and con those who are unaware. Metaphorically, if UWS was a car, they've decided that getting new hub caps will fix its rear bumper.

      The logic behind this (as explained by Professor Kerri-Lee Krause, the Pro Vice-Chancellor of Education at UWS) is that UWS has, with all of its knowledge, discovered that only 5% of students own a tablet. It also found through surveys that a significant amount of students would in fact want to own an iPad. The result? The ghost of Christmas Present in UWS has decided that it was time to give away iPads. If only they'd have surveyed how many students own luxury cars, they may have decided to gift students a free Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG instead.

      I am not being an Ebenezer Scrooge and saying "Bah! Humbug!' to Father Christmas, also known as UWS, for giving away these items just for the sake of saying it. I am saying it because I am disappointed that the elves, also known as the student body, has slaved away in sub-par conditions for a very long time only to be slapped in the face.

      It's not all bad for existing students however. They are given a $50 textbook voucher. This may help to bring a single textbook down to the price that is offered at any other bookstore, and reduce the UWS profit margin on books from 75% to 50%.

      Welcome to UWS.

      Regards,
      Anonymous

    • yeah, this is happening

      6 years ago

      bernardblack

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    • 6 years ago

      bernardblack

      I don't even cry any more, I just sit in the dark, staring into the distance remembering when I was happy while my heart slowly breaks


      ...



      /emo

    • fffffffffffffffffffffffff

      6 years ago

      bernardblack

      in lieu of telling you about how hopeless i feel/how much i want to killsomeone/myself/telling yoou about how i've yet again decided to start chasing a girl thats too good for me/ trying to be funny/ bragging about something awesome that happened:

      im just going to have a bitch

      TYPES OF DRIVERS THAT I HATE

      people who drive slowly:
      theres a certain type of person that, whether on a main road, side or highway, will drive ten kilometres, AND IT IS ALWAYS TEN, below the speed limit. they cause traffic jams, accidents, angry people and ruin your shit. Its something different if you're an L or P plater and the state has decided for some stpid reason (that is actually really dangerous) to make you have to drive below the speed limit. but seriously, everyone else? why the fuck?

      people who accellerate slowly:
      oh this is one of the worst motherfucking things for someone like me who just wants to drive at the speed that you're allowed to. These motherfucking cunts are the sort that will take fucking forever to get to the speed limit, meaning that the lane next to you is going to be going faster, not letting you merge to get in front of the slow accellerator because you're travelling too slowly to merge when theres a large enough gap and because there isnt a large enough gap when you're going at the same speed.

      EVEN WORSE is when the slow accellerator reaches the speed limit (finally) and just keeps going. if you're going to take forever to get to the speed limit, dont go over the fucking thing. I've had instances where i've overtaken a slow accellerator, had the road cut down to one lane and then had them flashing their lights and yelling at me because im going at the speed limit and that fucker wants to start speeding now that he's built up steam.

      what cunts.

      people who speed:
      now this doesnt apply to everyone who speeds. Some people are okay about it. people who're just rushing to get somewhere and are risking a fine, yeah whatever. But the CUNTS that do this are the ones that i ccant stand. You know the ones. you're overtaking at the speed limit because some guy is going ten kilometres below the speed limit (see above) when some cumrag in either a hotted up car or some ridiculously huge ute screams right up behind you al least 20k's over the speed limit and starts flashing his lights at you, or beeping his horn, or waving his fucking arm to tell you to move the fuck over. Clearly the guy is deficient in all faculties, you arent going to break the speed limit just to let this guy get along faster. It generally gets worse when the douche decides that whatever reason it was that he was speeding is worth being late for in order to yell obscenities at you, or drive in front of you, really slowly. Sometimes for the length of the entire road.

      people on mobile phones:
      GET A FUCKING HANDS FREE YOU COCKSUCKERS. DONT SWERVE ALL OVER THE ROAD AT TEN K'S BELOW THE SPEED LIMIT WITH THE PHONE TO YOUR FUCKING EAR



      *sigh*



      yeah, i've had a shitty day

    • 7 years ago

      bernardblack

      so im watching avatar: the last airbender (the series not the movie. Dear god not the movie) and its awesome

      this is all.

    • booyah

      7 years ago

      bernardblack

      guess who just picked up and extra 4 hours a week?

      shit yes, thats an extra $80 to rub all over mah bowday.

      by which i mean spend on totally legal things like ponies and rainbow stickers to put on the ponies

    • trufax

      7 years ago

      bernardblack

      falling in love with someone is like suddenly having the irresistable urge to kidnap the president. its great and fulfilling while you're doing it, but you're gonna spend the rest of your life in a dark cell being molested by the guards.

      its been two years and three months and im still hung up on lilli. im such a whiny little bitch

  • Comments (1110)

    • monopoly_j

      4 years ago

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      MERRY CHRISTMAS!
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    • monopoly_j

      6 years ago

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      Merry Christmas from Monopoly_J
      I hope the Holiday finds you doing well.

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    • monopoly_j

      6 years ago

      Join us for Halo 4 War Games any time!

    • Nevada

      6 years ago

      Hey, I'm having a hard time finding any Korra that will load properly. Help? SO excited for more of the Avatar world. smiley12.gif

    • FameWolf FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      7 years ago

      Testing - I'm trying to comment on your journal and it's refusing to post, so trying something here.

      • bernardblack

        7 years ago

        heh, yeah i got both of them fame :P

        yeah i have my hours back, its pretty awesome. i get to do hockey on saturday days too :D

      • FameWolf FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        7 years ago

        Huh.

    • Nudge1

      7 years ago

      Yeah, I heard about the hospital thing, how are you now?

      Hmm, busy busy then, not good. If I can be of any assistance with drawing advice, just let me know.

      Good news with the hockey game at least :)

    • Nudge1

      7 years ago

      You do indeed :)

      How are things anyway?

    • CapDac

      7 years ago

      This group

    • Nudge1

      7 years ago

      Yeah, we are now... mostly. We've actually been looking at getting a new pat. Maybe a Gecko this time though.

    • FameWolf FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      7 years ago

      +1 cute

      And oh, does she know it and take advantage of it... She's training the family faster than we're training her...

      -Peter

    • Chi_Mangetsu

      7 years ago

      who said uni hasnt taught me anything?


      Your gpa? smiley8.gif

    • Typhrus

      7 years ago

      Ah yeah fair enough, most people seem to prefer exams over assignments (i prefer assignments over exams)

      Well at least your going well in uni :)

    • MineIsAnEvil

      7 years ago

      Hush you.

      Believe it or not, doing a post graduate course really does take a lot of work. =P

      All I do at the moment is sleep, go to uni, go home, and work/study/write notebooks full of stuff I am supposed to know. On weekends, it is the same, minus the uni part. My life is a blur of study at the moment. Which is draining, but at least I know in the long term this is what I want to do...

    • Iddstar

      8 years ago

      As ever, outstanding work! smiley0.gif
      Thank'ees!

    • Typhrus

      8 years ago

      never could get long exposures correct, but you, thats what you get for dropping photography at yr 12 :P
      Keep up with the good photos, they are always interesting to see.

    • Typhrus

      8 years ago

      Even better!
      its something to do with a long exposure right?

    • luggagegirl

      8 years ago

      Wow. I'm glad you're not a paramedic. (or "ambo" as I believe your countrymen charmingly call them)

      I posted that journal a month ago! If there was any doubt as to the fragility of my life, shouting "she liiiives", a month later could be considered delayed reaction! ;-) I'd be well and truly deceased!

      :-D <3

    • LorD_BaZ FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      8 years ago

      You know what to do then. The word needs to be spread!

    • FameWolf FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      8 years ago

      In my opinion, one of the best games of recent years. It is the only Xbox game I've played repeatedly until I managed to get a 100% achievement rating...

      Try the demo, if you have time. It's only the very start of the game, and it's the exploration - and revisiting earlier areas with items you find later - that appeal to me. A lot of people compare this to the classic Metroid games, which I've not played (but want to now)... A very retro feel, but modern at the same time.

      Short version of the above - it's friggin' awesome; try it at once!

      -Peter

    • eliasf

      8 years ago

      hey man quick question how do u put the youtube vid on the site

    • Iddstar

      8 years ago

      ...yes.

    • Iddstar

      8 years ago

      Haha, Reminds me of a big 'ole HARLEM jersey I have. I look well gangsta.

    • Iddstar

      8 years ago

      You underestimate the lengths I will go to, to look that cool... smiley8.gif

    • DRUM57IX

      8 years ago

      In reply to bernardblack, #125590:

      In reply to DRUM57IX, #125589:

      People are afraid of dying from radiation poisoning... they ban neuclear weapons
      People are afraid of running out of oil... they invade the middle east what?


      More like people are afraid of radiation poisoning...they pass a law making cell phone list the amount of radiation the phone gives off
      and I don't know anyone who is afraid of running out of oil. Did you see how much oil came out of the gulf from one well?

    • eliasf

      8 years ago

      My apologies its been a while since I was on and forget everyone...
      Now she'll definitely think this over and even if things don't go right the fish they are swimming and jumping in summer heat.

    • eliasf

      8 years ago

      Then invent the british version and get millions smiley13.gif
      btw how did she take the confession..?

    • Nudge1

      8 years ago

      Thanks for the journal catch-up smiley0.gif

      I figured you'd be up for meeting us in Sydney somehow smiley8.gif See you there then, I guess. smiley1.gif
      I'll need a phone number or something for you closer to the time though if we're going to arrange a meet up.

    • Nudge1

      8 years ago

      Hey there!
      Just thought I'd bring your attention to my latest journal smiley8.gif

    • FJewel

      8 years ago

      Ah well, it could be worse ;) You could look like Justin Bieber o.o

    • FJewel

      8 years ago

      o.o

      thisisphotobomb.files.wordpress.com/2010/06/129201101923030959.jpg

      I saw that and immediately though it was you, for some reason... I'm not into American Teen Pop so I had no clue who it was XD

    • PeteZahut47 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      8 years ago

      Super Mario Brothers!

    • Iddstar

      8 years ago

      Fine by me!

    • Nudge1

      8 years ago

      Sounds exhausting. Do your best to get sopme rest in between, won't you.

      I'll check out those photos soon too, ta smiley1.gif

    • Nudge1

      8 years ago

      Hey there, how are you today?

    • Iddstar

      8 years ago

      I is glad you like smiley1.gif

      I've never posted anything to Australia before. And the old man in the post office wasn't very helpful with the whole sticker on the back thing. Just sorta pointed at it and said "You need that"

    • SpiderWolve

      8 years ago

      Sky Captain and The World of Tomorrow

    • Nudge1

      9 years ago

      Night! sleep well.

    • Nudge1

      9 years ago

      You could try it with a tiny amount of fat and cook it really well so that it goes crispy?

    • Nudge1

      9 years ago

      Shame... Ah well, chocolate it is then smiley8.gif

    • Nudge1

      9 years ago

      sounds like a plan. You should post up a before and after pic for your figures once you've highlighted them, I'd like to see the difference it makes.

      So you're coping ok then, good. Not much to be done about the mood swings I belive, but I am told that chocolate or bacon (with the fat on) is a good pick-me-up (they contain some of the chemicals the brain lacks when you're on a downer).

    • Nudge1

      9 years ago

      Shame with the list, I trust you rearranged your army then.

      I'm not suprised you got the best painting score, they look great!

      Sounds like life's been hard on you recently then. How are you getting on now?

      As for the pills, all you can do is go back to your GP and ask him I supose...

      I'm ok, just busy organising stuff (which I'm bad at at the best of times). Getting there though.

    • Nudge1

      9 years ago

      Really liking "My Completeness", thanks.

    • FJewel

      9 years ago

      Aww, thank you hun :D

      Sorry I didn't get back sooner. I meant to reply then forgot cause of my graphics project taking over my life.

      *Hugs* :)

    • Iddstar

      9 years ago

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      Huzzah! Looks great!

      Thank'ees! smiley13.gifsmiley13.gifsmiley13.gifsmiley13.gif

    • CivilEnginer

      9 years ago

      Best. Eyes. EVER!!!! That is so awesome! Gods, I wish I had cool eyes like that. Mine are blue. Icy blue. In fact, cut a glacier in half and have a look at the blue there, that's entirely the wrong colour. Mine are more what you'd associate as being "Ice blue", a light, slightly greyish blue, but still with....ah, what the fuck. I'll post a bloody picture and you'll see then.

    • CivilEnginer

      9 years ago

      Merry Christmas, mate! And that podcast you were on was very funny, and you were bloody hilarious. Very cool. Hope your Christmas went well.

      Gotta ask... What colour do your eyes change to/from?

    • CapDac

      9 years ago

      Left you something in my latest journal. Merry of the Christmas, my friend.

    • PeteZahut47 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      9 years ago

      Brutal Legend!

    • CapDac

      9 years ago

      Yep. Put the Retcast thread on watch: makes it easier

    • CapDac

      9 years ago

      Dude, your appearance on Retcast is awesome. You gotta promise me you'll come back again

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