February 2003 Archives
* buy some fishies - a few angels and a betta
* get a card/wrapping for present for my cousin's engagement present
* nuke my windoze installation and reinstall - I'm thoroughly sick of IE crashing all the time and taking all the other windows with it
* cousin's engagement party Saturday night
I watched Home and Away for about 6 months when it first started airing in 1988. Tonight I was channel flicking after finishing watching a video, and happened to stay in Home and Away just long enough to see Don Fisher (the school principal) have his farewell episode. Now I seriously do not watch this show, and the chances of me seeing this particular episode out of all of the others that have aired in the past 15 years are so small it's amazing. It was one of those sentimental sorts of episodes with footage from the past 15 years that I like in TV shows.
But the coolest part (and probably only redeeming feature) of the show is Kate Ritchie. She was 9 years old when the show first started in 1988 and has literally grown up on the show. She went all through high school and university and has just been named the new school principal. And I found out tonight that she has the same birthday as me (14th August), exactly 5 years younger than me.
If only for the fact that when I get home on Thursday nights I don't have to walk all over the leaves from our Moreton Bay Fig Tree, as they get swept up by the gardener.
I'm soooo tired tonight, I haven't had a decent night sleep all week. So I definitely can't blog anything meaningful (I can't even get words typed without misspelling them all)
I was only in the car for a few minutes tonight driving home from James and George's, but just long enough to hear a few minutes of the Phil O'Neil show. Their topic of the moment was reality tv, and has it gone too far. The very last thing they asked before going to a song and I got home was "would you watch a live execution on tv?" I would have to say, probably not.
When I was in uni, we were shown a video in one of our general studies subjects in which two people were killed (in separate incidents). I'd never seen anything like this before, and I found it quite disturbing. So no, if I had the opportunity to watch an execution on tv, I would probably choose not to watch.
hrm that was rather macarb .. how about a this or that tuesday..
1. Holland or Netherlands? I call it the Netherlands
2. Emu or Ostrich? I've read the rest of these, and they are alternate names for the same thing. Emus and ostriches are not the same thing! They are entirely different birds
3. Biff or Happy? er..
4. Quincy or Braintree? who?
5. Cassius Clay or Muhammad Ali? Depends on your context I suppose. I always think of him as Muhammad Ali
6. Instanbul or Constantinople? Istanbul
7. Pig or Swine? Pig
8. Barf or Puke? I probably use barf more often
9. Potatoes or Spuds? Potatoes more often, but I use spuds too
10. Squeeze Box or Accordion? Accordian
hrm well that was a bit of a silly one.
A bunch of us from work went and saw "The Recruit" tonight, courtesy of Dell. Dell "feature" a laptop, and the beginning opens with the dude working on a deal with them.
It was an ok movie, but it really does try too hard to get you thinking it's supposed to turn out one way, which of course makes you think the opposite and it still ends up being predictable. But it was a free night out, with popcorn, drinks and ice cream thrown in as well so we really can't complain :)
Just watching Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Very cool movie :)
Totally lacking inspiration what to blog about.
oh I know, I was going to post the lyrics to "Look what they've done to my song" sometime .. lemme just go find them
ARTIST: Melanie Safka
TITLE: Look What They've Done to My Song
Look what they've done to my song, Ma
Look what they've done to my song
Well it's the only thing I could do half right
And it's turning out all wrong
Look what they've done to my song
Look what they've done to my song, Ma
Look what they've done to my song
Well they've tied it up in a plastic bag
Then turned it upside down
Look what they've done to my song
Look what they've done to my brain, Ma
Look what they've done to my brain
Well they've cooked it like a chicken bone
I think I'm half insane, Ma
Look what they've done to my brain
We learnt this in like year 6 in primary school. Our teacher used to take great delight in going "what brain ma?" after the "look what they've done to my brain ma" line
Learnt lots of cool songs from those "ABC" books. Every so often I'll hear one of them that I haven't heard since I was a kid and it's always amusing.
Anyways, definitely way past my bed time
Had another good day today. Church in the morning, did a water change in my fish tank, as well as rearranging some of the plants. Apart from that just watched some tv and that was about it. Totally relaxing day :) (oh, and a load of washing up which wasn't too much fun, but I needed to do it so as not to feed the cockroach population)
Channel 7 have started up a new show called "Your Life on the Lawn". They empty the contents out of a family house (at least the bedrooms anyway) and the owners go through it all, sorting out the junk from the stuff they want to keep. The stuff they don't want to keep they sell at either garage sale or auction, or they throw out. And while they're at it, they give the rooms a face lift. The end result of course is quite spectacular.
If I had to do that, almost nothing would get thrown out or sold - pretty much everything I have has some sort of sentimental or "potential" value. As much as I'd love to get rid of the clutter in my life I just couldn't bear to part with anything. I just have to get more creative with my storage solutions :)
Well today was how weekends *should* be. Morning relaxing, reading up on tropical fish, answering support mail, reading mail. Trek out and about window shopping at a couple of different aquarium stores, pick up a dvd player on the way home. Clean up the unit. Have friends over for dinner, enjoy some wine and company. Go to bed feeling pleasantly relaxed.
I'm going to need a Dr Video device for my dvd player, as my tv is so ancient it only has an aerial input. And I can't play it through a vcr thanks to macrovision. Jaycar make a little device that strips out the macrovision (although probably with some loss of quality - but with my video/audio setup it probably won't be noticable) which should let me view dvds properly.
*yawn* I'm off to bed.. night! :)
1. What is your most prized material possession?
Probably my computer and digital camera (can't have one without the other really :) )
2. What item, that you currently own, have you had the longest?
Yikes I've had *stacks* of stuff since I was a kid. Although one of my earliest memories is getting my bed, which I still sleep in
3. Are you a packrat?
4. Do you prefer a spic-and-span clean house? Or is some clutter necessary to avoid the appearance of a museum?
I like a clean house, and I like to be free of clutter. But I'm also a hoarder, so I have to think up creative storage solutions :)
5. Do the rooms in your house have a theme? Or is it a mixture of knick-knacks here and there?
No themes. I was thinking the other day it'd be cool to have a space lego room, but this unit is just far to small for that sort of thing. Mind you, my lounge room is basically just a widened hallway. All I have in it is a little couch and a small table. So technically I would have the room
It's kind of ironic that this friday five is about material possessions - I've been reading Ecclesiastes. Strange little book of the Bible that's for sure, I still don't understand it. "Meaningless, a chasing after the wind!"
I'm going to go on an aquarium crawl tomorrow, to look for a shipwreck to decorate my tank, and maybe some fish.. *maybe*. While I'm out I might also have a look around for a DVD player. It's getting about time that I get one (my Dad is looking at getting one also, and it'd be a bit tragic if he got one before me :) )
Looking forward to a full two day weekend this weekend. One day weekends (as per last weekend) totally suck. I reckon we should have three day weekends every week.. just a thought :)
I've been wanting to do this since I got this blog, just never got around to it. I wanted to have a list of things that I like and things that I don't. I expect these to be lists that will keep on growing as I think of more stuff to add.
Just when I thought that *noone* was reading this blog (certainly noone I knew, much less someone that would get upset about it), someone I ranted about the other day happened to stumble across themselves on a google search.
My apologies to that person, they know who they are.
Another pretty sucky day at work today. I did manage to get through some of the crap peter left me with but spent too much of the day wishing I wasn't there. Never a good thing.
Went straight to James and George's for dinner, which was pretty chaotic (as usual) but the walk after was good (although we didn't go very far, just as far as Woollies to get milk and cucumbers).
Now I'm just watching the new series of Survivor. It's going to be an interesting one - it's boys against girls, and the girls seriously have no idea.
Now for this or that..
1. Black or white? Isn't that a Michael Jackson song..? :)
2. Plaid or stripes? In what context?
3. Paperback or hardcover books? Paperbacks are cheaper
4. Color or B&W printer? I have an Epson Stylus Colour 400
5. Golden oldies or the newest tunes? I grew up on music from 1988-1991 so music from around then always seems to appeal more than anything else
6. Ice cream: in a cone or a dish? You can get more in a dish :)
7. Bath or shower? I'm too impatient for baths, in fact I've never even had a bath since I moved in here two years ago
8. Are you outgoing or shy? Shy as
9. Answer the phone when it rings, or screen calls? I'll answer just about any call
10. VCR or TiVO? TiVO ?? I have a VCR but hoping to get a DVD-R in the next year or two
Well actually most of it was ok. I had some fun at work rearranging our rack setup on graph paper with scale cutouts. We should be able to rearrange everything in the racks without too much fussing about.
KH continues to piss me off with his lack of working grey matter though. And PM went and deserted us on his last week with us - "training" - leaving me to try and pick up all his pieces without him. As a consequence I've been putting off all the suck jobs he's left me with. Not any more unfortunately - now my Jim is on my back about it all, will have to look at them tomorrow. crap crap crap.
On a lighter note, I setup the bits and pieces I got from Daniel and Fiona last night in my fish tank. There's a couple of twisted bits of wood, and some more grassy leafy stuff. I also snipped off the last big amazon sword runner and wrapped it round one of the sticks, and moved the elodia to the other side of the tank where it can be seen. Still having all sorts of problems making the plants stay *planted* - they have this annoying habit of just floating away, and I have all sorts of trouble getting them to stay in the gravel (it doesn't help that I can't actually reach the bottom of my tank with my fingers)
I felt totally *blah* today, but had trouble explaining why. Perhaps it was because I only had a half day weekend (had to work all Saturday, church sunday, then just too hot to relax), or just the combination of annoying little things between sleep and lunch.
I was thinking at one stage I should keep a mood diary where I could put the stuff that affects me positively and negatively, and see if I could find any patterns. Except I'd probably only keep it up for a few weeks before I lost interest.
My car has plumbing problems (again) :( This time a 1mm hole in a radiator hose squirting a little green stream of water into the engine bay. Fortunately not a big enough leak to be a big problem yet, I'm just topping up the radiator before going anywhere, but I'm going to have to get it fixed tomorrow. A nice walk up High St in the morning for me.
We upgraded our Lotus Notes server today.
As much as I hate notes, I really love notes. You can just copy the directory it's in to another server, and it just runs, no questions asked. Yes that's right, you can run the server software after just copying the directory to another machine. How good is that?!
The plan was to move a notes installation to another server, fire it up to make sure it still worked (it did), then upgrade it from R5 to D6.
We locked ourselves out of the old machine though, because we needed to rename it, and doing this meant that domain accounts didn't work, and the administrator password we had also didn't work. We were planning to rebuild it anyway, but it was a bit scary knowing we wouldn't be able to go back to it if it all went pear shaped (at least not without reinstalling windows anyway). But as it turned out, it all went well and we now have a Notes 6 server.
Well today was Valentine's Day. For me just another day.
For my parents, however, it was 33 years ago today that they got married :) To celebrate we went out for dinner (Mum and Dad, David and I) to a local chinese restaurant (which was quite crowded, obviously popular). It was all very pleasant and we all ate way too much, even taking home three "doggy bags" of leftovers :)
After dinner we all played a couple of games of five hundred, while watching "The World is Not Enough" on DVD.
Friday Five time!
1. Explain why you started to journal/blog.
Vic told me I should :) Apparently it's good for search engine rankings
2. Do people you interact with day to day or family members know about your journal/blog? Why or why not?
A couple do. I don't like to publish myself too much. I figure the people most likely to read any of this are total strangers coming here looking for Avril Lavinge and Vodaphone topup codes (at least that's what the referrer logs say :) )
3. Do you have a theme for your journal/blog?
As the title says - "Boring Life Of a Geek" - I reckon that's what BLOG should stand for. Certainly what most blogs are about
4. What direction would you like to have your journal/blog go in over the next year?
I don't have any direction planned. I will just blog randomly
5. Pimp five of your favorite journals/blogs.
Pimp? What an ugly word. How about "plug". Well there's Vic and Janelle, and Striker who are the only people I know in real life who blog, and I've been reading FurryElectrician and still on the lookout for other interesting blogs to add to the list.
damn, missed the post again tonight.
Have to go to work tomorrow too :( Doing an upgrade to our notes server. Really must go to sleep now.. zzzzzz night...
Well OK it wasn't really a comment.. it was:
"I don't now whay my kazza not connect?"
in response to the article about my blog's domain name.
The IP whoised to Kaunas University of Technology in Lithuania which was kinda cool, except the question was utterly pointless.
How many times do I have to tell people that I am Kazza *NOT KAZAA*!!!
On a lighter note.. I went to CIA, did some support mail, went to Luc and Lizzi's for dinner (Bible Study dinner), and finished my share of the support mail, all by 10:30pm!
I did two installations of w2k server today, and another one tomorrow. Installed Active Directory for the first time ever (in fact I'd never even seen AD on a real live server before today).
Went and saw James on Catch Phrase again today. Was a bit more fun this time. Another very long day though.
Striker came over tonight and we watched "The Negotiator" - very cool Kevin Spacey movie, I really enjoy it (seen it a few times now)
oh yeah, it's this or that tuesday.. hrm it's all about breakfasts.. seems to be a recurring theme in my blog!
1. Bacon or sausage? Bacon!
2. Eggs: scrambled or not? I usually like my eggs fried sunny side up, but don't mind them scrambled
3. French toast or regular toast? Regular. I had French Toast once - it was at McDonalds in Las Vegas in 1983, I was 9 :)
4. Pancakes or waffles? Pancakes
5. Mufins or bagels? Muffins
6. Coffee or tea? Neither - yuk!
7. Juice: orange or grapefruit? Orange - I live on orange juice
8. Hot or cold cereal? Cold
9. To put in cereal: bananas or strawberries (or some other fruit)? I don't normally put anything on cereal, but if I had the above choice I'd choose strawberries
10. Eat breakfast at home or at a restaurant? Home, in bed (I've had breakfast in bed since I was a teenager
Had our first work outing for the year today. As per usual I had the chicken kiev. I have that every time, I really should have something different next time.
Also got spammed with high school reunion emails. Yes if I've gotten the email once, I don't need to get the same email another three times. This reunion even has a website. I'm quite surprised at the number of missing persons - lots of people I would have thought would still be contactable by their friends after all this time. I also saw the name of my best friend in Year 7 - Nicole Vasek, who I haven't talked to since 1986 - it'd be lovely to try and find her again. There's also lots of names I barely recognise, and lots of names that I recognise but can't picture their faces. I'm gonna have to raid mum's photo collection and try and fit names to faces.
I'll prolly go to the reunion.. I think I'll regret it later.. but apparently only half the year is married, so can't be all that bad .. we'll see I guess :/ Even if it's all good, how the heck am I going to catch up with 100 people? Even 50?? Barely be enough time to just say hello to everyone, let alone find out what they've been up to for the past 12 years..
I went and saw Star Trek Nemesis tonight. I thoroughly enjoyed it, although it wouldn't be classified as one of the better Star Trek movies. It had the feeling of just a big episode, with not a whole lot of plot or character development. Again it's a Picard/Data story with the rest of the cast thrown in for good measure. The wedding at the beginning was pretty cool though :)
Mirina Sirtis had a stack more lines that Gates McFadden yet somehow managed to be below her in the credit list .. wonder how she felt about that! The bad dude reminded me of the bad dude in Dragonheart, not really sure why.
Luke said he fell asleep a few times, although I don't know how, I was on the edge of my seat most of the movie.. or maybe that was because I needed to go to the toilet. No, really, I quite enjoyed the movie, except for the sad ending.. I don't want to spoil it for anyone (not that anyone's likely to read this before seeing it anyway) but someone dies. They may as well have destroyed the Enterprise E as well to end the series so finally.
Striker and Rainbow had seen it before downloaded off the internet and said not to expect much, and their expectations were lived up to. Campbell also enjoyed it, but again said it wasn't a good movie.
But after all that.. I reckon you should go see it anyway ;)
I *finally* took my christmas lights down today. Suddenly my room feels a lot *taller* - as I had the lights strung up between the ceiling fan and hooks on the walls, now they're gone the room doesn't feel so closed in.
But I did manage to get my place mostly tidied up today. Mum came over this arvo and we went for a swim which was very pleasant. Still haven't vacuumed or done the washing up tho.. oops.
My danios looked a little lethargic today. I'm a bit worried that when I cleaned the filter wool yesterday I washed away "good" bacteria which breaks down the ammonia. I'll test for ammonia tomorrow morning.
Other than that (and church) it was pretty much a lazy Sunday.
One of my little danios died this morning, it was very sad. It was the smallest of the 8 that I got, and had looked a little deformed from the beginning, so I'm not too worried about the seven remaining fish, they're still as crazy as ever.
I did my first water change today. Took me a while to get the siphon thing working properly, but once it started it filled the bucket very quickly. Cleaned some of the filters while I was at it.
Still negligable ammonia and nitrite levels, go figure.
In the same vein as This or That Tuesday, we have the Friday Five.
1. What did you have for breakfast this morning? If you didn't have breakfast, why not?
I had sultana bran. You know I really hate it when people ask me "Where do you live?" and "What do you do?".. I reckon people should ask more original things. The example I used at my Catch Phrase audition was "what did you have for breakfast this morning?", which was also the icebreaker for the group that did the Harbour Bridge Climb when I went. Yeah yeah stoopid story.
2. What's your favorite cereal?
Favourite? Perhaps Crunchy Nut Cornflakes, or Sultana Bran
3. How often do you eat out? Do you want that to change?
For dinner probably every other week. It's ok; I like eating out, saves cooking, but costs more
4. What do you plan on having for dinner tonight? Got a recipe for that?
I've already had dinner. Had calamari/prawns/crab from a fish and chips shop for Ryan's 4th birthday
5. What's your favorite restaurant? Why?
If Subway counts as a restaurant then that. Otherwise I don't know - maybe Touch of Thai on Glebe Point Rd, or Tums Thai in Randwick - bizarre really since I can't eat very spicy food (too hot!)
6th July 2004:
Way back in February last year, when this blog was still a baby, I made a comment about the search terms that people had put into search engines to come to my blog. One of them was "ar-620t". A couple of people made comments and this entry is now number one in Google for ar-620t. Since people seem to be posting to it more and more often, I thought I'd better put up this little header paragraph to welcome you all. Apologies for the long page, you may have to search a bit for anything useful.
Here's the original entry from last February, scroll down for the forum:
Below are the keywords that people typed into search engines to bring them to my blog in January 2003:
27 17.76% kazza
21 13.82% sentinal csiro
8 5.26% kazza movies
7 4.61% sentinal hotspots
5 3.29% csiro sentinal
4 2.63% csiro fire sat* image sentinal
3 1.97% ar-620t
3 1.97% fish tank lights
3 1.97% strictly aquariums
2 1.32% fish tank stuff
2 1.32% growing plants movies
2 1.32% kazza little
2 1.32% kazza news 2003
2 1.32% rockdale plaza
2 1.32% sentinal
The first column is the number of times the keyword/phrase was used - I only showed ones with two or more repeats. The second column is the percentage and the third column is the keyword/phrase.
"kazza" was the biggest drawcard to my site, thanks in no small part to the fact that people are *stupid* and can't spell to save themselves. It's KAZAA people *NOT* KAZZA!! Sheesh! Get it right! www.kazza.com actually used to have someone's personal page, but now it's run by the producers of kazaa for all the stupid people out there in the world.
"sentinal" also brought in a lot of visits because I actually mistyped it when I wrote it - it's meant to be "sentinel" referring to the CSIRO Sentinel page which shows bushfire hotspots in Australia.
There were also a bunch of referrals from my fish tank references. My blog is the only page indexed by Google to contain "ar-620t". This is the name of an aquarium tank made by Aqua One. Aqua One is a company that does not have a website, and obviously relies on resellers and retailers to promote its products. In this day and age if a company doesn't have a website they are seriously behind the times. At least that's my opinion anyway.
So I've not been able to find out a single thing about this fish tank that I now own, because there is not one single webpage out there dedicated to AR-620T fish tanks that can give me the specifications of my tank. The leaflet that came with it was just as useless, so if anyone out there has one of these tanks and their specs, maybe they could pass them along!
Went and saw my friend James on Catch Phrase today. Was kinda fun. Questioning the sanity of taking the day off work for it though. He didn't come and see me when I was on.
Can't cope with the support mail again, there's too much of it that I can't answer by myself, and I've basically given up on emailing everyone else for answers.
Saw the final two episodes of Ally McBeal forever tonight. As much as I'm kinda embarrassed to admit liking it, the reason I've seen almost every episode of the five seasons of the show is cause I can relate to this character that's basically a lonely whinger. In the final show a couple of the other characters get married - cause you're more likely to get hit by lightning than get married after the age of 30.
I turn 30 this year.
Damn, missed the post .. er rather, I missed getting this post in by midnight, so now it's wednesday - oops! Oh well, time for a This or That Tuesday then, cause I'm too asleep to think of anything else..
1. Morning or night person? Probably a morning person. Although when I'm holidays I go to bed later and later each night. I think maybe my biocycle is 25 hours or something
2. Heavy or light sleeper? Fairly light
3. Remember your dreams or not? Sometimes
4. Do you need a lot of sleep, or just a little? I try to get 8 hours, but during the week it's mostly 6-7 hours
5. Do you need something like a nightlight or TV to sleep, or do you prefer complete darkness? Don't care, dark is good but some window light is also cool
6. Flannel sheets or some other kind? Flannel in winter, cotton in summer
7. One pillow, or more? Just the one
8. Bedroom door opened or closed at night? When I was 11 some irresponsible mother let us watch Friday 13th at a slumber party. I was never quite the same after that, and always kept my bedroom door at home closed at night, because we had a big garage and workshop downstairs and I was paranoid about people hiding somewhere. I feel much more secure in my unit and never bother closing the door
9. Wrap yourself into blankets like a cocoon, or just cover yourself with them? Just cover myself
10. Alarm clock: wake to music or buzzer? Music, a buzzer is too harsh
Well that was kind of appropriate, considering how sleepie I feel. Just gotta finish setting up this server before I go to bed...
Another slow news day. I could talk about how cute my fish are, but I think I've done enough of that recently ;)
So I've fallen back to a stand-by - the "useless questions" lists I found on HarryVolts. Here's the first 10 from that posting:
1. Are you an innie or an outie? Innie
2. Have you ever worn bell-bottoms? No
3. Have you ever written a song? Nope
4. Can you make change for a dollar right now? er, lemme check.. yep appears so
5. Have you ever been in the opposite sex's public toilet? In primary school a couple of times after school just to see what was in there
6. Have you ever smelled your own feet? Occasionally
7. Do you like ketchup on or beside your french fries? Probably on, but gravy is better!
8. Can you touch your tongue to your nose? Yep
9. Have you ever been a boy/girl scout? I was a Brownie then a Girl Guide
10. Have you ever broken a mirror? Nope
It's official: my danios are crazy.
They can't sit still for a second, they're constantly darting around the tank and chasing each other. They go absolutely ballistic when there's food to be had - they devour a pinch of flakes in no time. They'll even all gather round my finger and nibble it if I put it in the water.
There's one fish that's bigger than the rest and I think it's a female because of the shape and colouring. She has decided that the top 1/3 of the tank is her domain, and chases out any of the other fish that come anywhere near. I've decided to call her Queen Z.
And no, the image to the right is not a picture of a high altitude jet stream - it's the breakup of the space shuttle Columbia.
Found out last night at Evilhouse just as I was about to head out the door home. Actually, didn't fully find out til I got home, there was just the indication that something might be wrong and they'd lost contact with the shuttle.
What is it with disasters this month? First Canberra, then Waterfall, now this.
So that's two shuttles down, three to go :/
I couldn't wait any longer, I had to get fish this weekend :)
I dropped into our local aquarium today and was served by a *kid* ! He picked out 8 Long-Finned Zebra Danios for me. I also picked up a couple of plants and some flakes for the fish before wandering back up the hill home.
I let the bag sit in the top of the tank for a little while (while planting the plants and rearranging the others a bit), and then added a little tank water to the bag and removed some of the bag water. I did that a couple of times over a bit over half and hour before letting the fish swim out into the tank.
They went totally nuts, swimming around, exploring their new surroundings and chasing each other. They also refused to sit still long enough for me to take a decent photo of them. The pic up the top is the only decent one I got! I also gave them a tiny pinch of food, which they devoured within a minute. I'll give them more next time after they've settled in a bit.
Now the fun part begins - the joys of the ammonia/nitrogen cycles.