Lego Movie


Went along with Neil to see The Lego Movie. 

Because it took until *APRIL* for it to be released here *grumblemutter*

But it was totally worth the wait! :)

Loved it :)

Even the whole "meta" thing I didn't mind so much.

I liked that they got Billy Dee Williams and Anthony Daniels, but sadly it seems they weren't able to get Harrison Ford.

And I might have had "Everything is awesome!  Everything is cool when you're part of a team" in my head for the past couple of weeks ...


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Got talked into bbq at @CLBradley's place.

Miss M is learning the violin and I did something I'd never done before - actually played a violin!  Not very well obviously, but recognisable version of Hot Cross Buns!


Yeah so we accidentally won the social club trivia night, no thanks to DC, Doc and Aquila.  Sheesh. Now we need to organise the next one!  Bah!   ;)

Before the tables were ready, Aquila and I went for a wander to hack some portals, and document this spider (sorry Tony!)

Belconnen spider


Coles sell boxes of purple carrots which are super awesome.  For a couple of mornings my morning tea consisted of purple carrots and strawberries.  I finally finished the last of that box of carrots last night (a month later - oops!)

Healthy morning tea


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I like candles.  Rarely burn them though.  But when the weather turned cooler recently I thought I'd burn through some of the stash that we seem to have accumulated from Stu's stepmother as Christmas presents.


Working in a state office away from my team, and not following any news sites closely, I was out of the loop about Heartbleed until today.  Then I read about it.  And got scared.

xkcd summed it up - "Heartbleed must be the worst web security lapse ever.  .. Worst so far. Give us time."

Basically it's a vulnerability in SSL (used on https websites) which makes them essentially completely open to the web.  Any data you transmit to an affected site is NOT secure.  Anyone can read it.  And not only that, but if the affected server doesn't replace their SSL certificates/keys, they continue to be vulnerable, because the keys are out there.  And they never ever should be.  Yeah, really really messy.

Initial reports indicated that two thirds of SSL sites on the internet could be affected, but it seems to be smaller than that.  Big sites confirmed to be affected included Yahoo, Flickr, Imgur, ok cupid.  From what I've seen so far, local banking sites, ebay and paypal aren't currently affected, buy they may have been in the past, or even yesterday.  I haven't seen many .au sites come up, although I did see come up.

General advice is: change all your passwords on affected sites that you've accessed recently (the vulnerability is two years old, but there doesn't seem to be any evidence that it was in the wild until the past couple of days.. although having said that, it doesn't show up in logs so it's possible people have been collecting stuff very quietly).  And then change them again after the certificate has been fixed.  

There's a couple of test sites around - eg and

Fortunately none of our public facing websites at work are affected, so that's a relief!

March Jigsaws

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Spent entirely too much of my March free time doing the last section of my "Life" jigsaw...

Life section 3 progress

Life section 3 progress

Life section 3 progress

Life section 3 progress

Life section 3 complete

So that's Life complete!

Just look how thick it is - twenty four layers of 1000 piece squares

Life thickness

Life thickness

(it's on layers of paper so that when I set it up on the floor it won't get dirty)

These were a couple of jigsaws TJ brought in for us.

The first was super simple

Lamborghini Jigsaw

And the next was tricky but fun

Butterfly jigsaw

This is a little one of Chicago.  I think this was one from my brother's collection .. maybe..

Chicago jigsaw

And this little one I borrowed from DC's coast house took me about two and a bit hours in front of the tv.  I did a bit of the edge one night, and the rest the next night.

Snow jigsaw

First up, the wrapper on an Ali Baba kebab ..

Undress me kebab wrapper

And then this selfie camera ..

Selfie camera

Yup ..


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Had a pretty productive weekend.  

(we also had our first fogs of the year this weekend)

First fog 2014

Yesterday was breakfast at Edgar's (Pulp Kitchen was too crowded to get a table).  I had the eggs bendict which was ok, but the bread was a bit of effort (too tough).

Edgar's Eggs Benny

Stu had the rosti stack (which I was looking at too) which was pretty good.

Edgar's Rosti

Did some food shopping after that, and then I hacked a bunch of portals while Stu got a hair cut, converting most of Civic for the Enlightened :)

Most of the rest of the weekend was spent clearing out piles and piles of paper.  Three in-trays *full* of paper cleared out, filing cabinet drawers tidied, *kilos* of paper thrown into recycling.  I even vacuumed the pool and put its cover on, although I didn't get to vacuuming the house.

This was really sad, since just that morning there were 2 Terabyte drives for sale in JB for $99 ... this is like two and a half thousand times the price!

HDD 1997 price

Tonight's dinner was very simple - just a pack of bacon bones, some split peas, an onion and a carrot thrown into a slow cooker with a bit of water, and come back in six hours.  And I took Julie Goodwin's suggestion and chucked a handful of frozen peas/corn in right at the end.  Super simple and very tasty.  The sweetie wanted thirds - must have been good!

Last Friday night we headed up to Sydney, staying at Mum's.

Saturday morning Mum and I went to have a look at my flat.  It'd been six and a half years since I had last seen it.  Sadly tenants just don't take care of things.  

Like the vanity - which had had so much water left on it over the years that it had gotten into the chipboard and swelled it all up and made it look disgusting, and the door was missing off it too.  

Woes of being a landlord

Or the light fitting in the second bedroom.  Who the hell loses light fittings?  And lots of stuff stuck to walls - I thought that was pretty much forbidden for tenants everywhere??

Woes of being a landlord

Or the vertical blinds, which I had in the two bedrooms and the lounge room.  But they're a crappy design and have a really thin bit of plastic holding them on, so if people let them swing about in the breeze from an open window or door, which tenants seem to do because they don't care, they break.  So now there's dodgy curtains in all three rooms.  *sigh*

Woes of being a landlord

Not to mention holes in doors, smashed tiles etc.  It was all a bit upsetting.

For the rest of the day Mum and I decluttered drawers and a shelf in the study - chucking out lots of stuff, reorganising things, and trying to sort out the hundreds of dvds Dad had made from shows he'd taped off tv.  Also David came over and we had another go a fixing the letterbox light, but something very weird is going on so he couldn't fully fix it.  At least now the light will come on when there's mail, but Mum has to go to the workshop to reset the light.

More decluttering

In the evening we headed to the other side of the world (ok the other side of Sydney) for George's 40th birthday party.  There was heaps of food and it was great to see lots of people I knew again, some of whom I hadn't seen since leaving Sydney (or even longer).

 George's 40th

George's 40th

Rob and Alison had these super cool lenses for iPhones (although designed for iPhone 4s, so I had to hold them in place on my 5).  I liked the fish eye and macro lenses.  Might have to get me some :)

George's 40th

George's 40th

Then there was cake cutting

George's 40th

George's 40th

And Pippi Longstocking impersonations.

George's 40th

We stayed til near the end, which meant we got coopted into helping clean up.  A good fun night.

Then Sunday morning we came home.

Kazza's "Boring Life Of a Geek" aka BLOG

IT geek, originally from Sydney, moved to Canberra in 2007. Married to "the sweetie", aka Stu. Prolific photographer, Lego junkie and tropical fish keeper.

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