18 Dec 2002 daniels   » (Master)

More fun. In Melbourne, our Premier got quite pissed off a few years back when the public transport union called a strike on Grand Prix day, embarassing him severely, so he rationally vowed to take said union apart "piece by piece". He privatised public transport (oh, the irony), and split the train and tram networks into 5: 3 pieces of train network and 2 of tram, and then tendered them separately. National Express, which owned 2 of the 3 train companies (one suburban plus the rural network), and one of the tram companies, folded, and gave the networks back to the government. Luckily, this isn't the same government with the same egomaniacal Premier. They're uniting the train and the tram networks into one piece each, and then retendering. Of course, it'd be better if it was still in public hands, but that's another story.

VCE results came out on Monday; I got straight A's for Indonesian, translating to a study score of 35/50 (but scaled up to 43), and A+/A/A+ for English, translating to 40/50 (but scaled down to 39, bastards). Not altogether bad, but if I actually studied in the first half of the year, I could've got 42 or 43 for Indo, and at least 45 for English. Oh well, that's life. Still, I'm expecting to pick up most of my marks in the maths and sciences (I'm spreading my VCE out over 3 years - doing Maths Methods, Specialist Maths, Physics and International Studies next year), so that's OK. Three people from our school got the top mark, 99.95 (it's a percentile ranking), and another two got 99.85, which is pretty good (it's a selective state school). Everyone but one from my school I talked to got above 90; I'm personally aiming for/expecting over 96 or so.

Still working on XFree86 CVS .debs; I can see the metaphorical light at the metaphorical end of the metaphorical tunnel! Just need to update MANIFEST and ensure that all the files are accounted for. Whoop!

Christmas is now only a week away, and I *still* need to do a shitload of shopping ... *sigh*.

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