Sunday, January 21, 2007

Geeking out on a Printer

Introducing the Canon Pixma MP180. A printer, scanner and copier in one for a mere $119 (P4,600++). As per Villman, this retails for P6,595 in the Philippines. Anyway, I can't believe I have my own personal photocopier. Although my boyfriend seems to think its an extravagant purchase, I think its a reasonable, even practical one for the following reasons:

1. This is not the Philippines, hence the observance of copyrights. Which means there is no handy Shopping Center nearby to copy away whole books morning, noon and night.

2. Photocopying in the library is 15c per page (pretty expensive). I have a mini-library of photocopied stuff at home in Manila that will probably reach 2 floors stacked altogether. I need photocopying and Bond charges way too much.

3. I can't figure out how the darn photocopying/printing machines work in the library. No, you don't have a friendly copier to assist you. You're supposed to load up your student card with copying/printing credits, swipe the card into this machine and ...... that's where I get lost in the process. Like I said, while I do think I'm not completely ignorant of techie stuff, I don't even want to figure out the system we have here in school.

So there. I think this printer will be invaluable in the next 15 months. Ah. I love it!

Sunday, January 14, 2007

High Trust and Low Trust Societies

Manila Streets: 10 cops per square meter.
Gold Coast Streets: 0 cops per square meter.

On growing up paranoid in the Philippines and studying in Australia. Listen to this part 1 of this podcast here and part 2 here.

Out and About

Out and about in the Gold Coast. Click here to listen to this podcast.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

First Day Blues

Recorded on January 9.

Sorry folks, if I haven't posted lately. Past few weeks have been hectic. I'm finally here in Oz land. I feel lost in transmutation :)

Listen to me whine here.