March 2003 Archives

I've barely watched any news in the past couple of weeks. In the beginning it was mostly because I was just too busy and doing other things to get in front of the TV. But lately I've been choosing not to watch the news, just because there's too much damned war footage.

So if there's anything else going on in the world that's worth hearing about, drop me a message :)

My betta came and ate some tubifex worms out of my hand today :):) Very cool.

The glass cat fish are still being very boring. Two of them are hiding up behind the powerhead, and the other one usually hides among the plants. They *never* move. They just sit there swishing their fins. I hope they get a bit more interesting than this.


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Neon Tetras

Well today marked the end of daylight savings, so all the clocks in the place need setting back an hour. So far the things I can think of that need changing are:

  • clock radio
  • watch
  • phone
  • pager x2
  • camera
  • kambrook timer on the fish tank lights
  • vcr x2
  • microwave
  • kitchen wall clock

    The computers were quite happy to change themselves.

    I tried to get some more photos of the fish this arvo. As per usual most didn't turn out, but I managed to get a fantastic photo of some of the neon tetras. Unfortunately you can't really see the vivid blue because the flash washes it out, but for once everything was in focus.

    Luc and Liz and the kids came over to look at the fish today also, but the kids were more interested in all the space lego I have lying around.. oh well :)

  • Five new fish

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    Well today I was planning on getting a couple of Clown Loaches for my tank, but in the end changed my mind because I was worried about them digging up all my plants. So I decided on two small cat fishes and three Glass Catfishes. The glass catfishes will be pretty much impossible to photograph, as they're almost totally transparent. The little bottom-dwelling catfish are a little timid and not doing very much just yet.

    I swear my danios are shrinking. The smallest of them look so small now, I guess my angels must be growing quickly.

    I now have reached the limits of what my tank will support. I have 29 fish:

  • 7 Zebra Danios
  • 4 Angels
  • 1 Betta (Siamese Fighting Fish)
  • 12 Neon Tetras
  • 3 Glass Catfish
  • 2 Cory Catfish

  • A mushy Friday 5

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    I'm gonna have trouble thinking up stuff for this Friday Five :)

    1. What was your most memorable moment from the last week?
    The EvilHouse Harley Warming probably

    2. What one person touched your life this week?
    My mum gave me a hug, does that count as touching? hehe

    3. How have you helped someone this week?
    Me? Help anyone? hahahaa

    4. What one thing do you need to get done by this time next week?
    Tidy up

    5. What one thing will you do over the next seven days to make your world a better place?
    Maybe get some more fish :)

    German Cockroach

    OK I'm thoroughly sick of cockroaches. Even though I've been pretty good lately about not leaving any food lying around, there seems to be no letup in the number of these little nasties running around. Worse is that they're coming into my study a lot more, perhaps because I have baits in the kitchen. The aquarium provides them with a source of water, so they've taken up residence in here >:(

    So I'm now on a quest to find fish-friendly, chemical free methods of cockroach extermination. I've yet to try any of the following methods, so any comments on their successfulness would be appreciated!

    Some methods I've found on the web include:

    • A bowl of cheap wine placed under the sink will kill roaches; they drink, fall in and die
    • Set out water and dry cement where roaches visit; they will ingest both and die
    • Cedar, Japanese mint, scotch spearmint, and bay leaves are good natural repellents and make good barrier treatments
    • Woodstream Corporation’s Victor Poison-Free Ant & Roach Killer� uses a 4% Japanese mint essential oil blend as an effective knockdown treatment for American and German roaches
    • Ordinary soap sprays or solutions that use common dishwashing liquids can also be used against roaches for similar knockdown effects
    • Dorsey Inc. (Shellshock�) is a desiccant made up of 85% diatomaceous earth and comes in a squeeze dust applicator. It is slower acting (six weeks or more), but roaches will stay away longer
    • Desiccants such as silica gels and diatomaceous earth products stimulate roaches and other insects that come into contact with them to immediately seek out a moisture source. Without a water source, they will quickly dehydrate and die
    • Dorsey Inc. (Repeel�) is a desiccant made up of diatomaceous earth and citrus oil from orange peel and is useful as a barrier treatment
    • Silica gel and diatomaceous earth can both be used inside houses to treat cracks, wall crevices and voids, and attics to repel roaches and deny harborage in these areas
    • Organic Plus Inc. (Organic Plus�) is a desiccant registered for home and garden use for roach control
    • BioLogic produces a gel formulation (BioRoach™ and Roach Stopper™) which contains live nematodes in bait stations which can be used in areas where roaches frequent. Roaches are attracted to the water in these baits, and are then infected and killed by the nematodes. Nematodes are microscopic parasitic worms that are harmless to humans and animals, but are able to infect and kill insects
    • Garlic oil is highly repellent to German roaches
    • The use of talc with citrus oil soap sprays will facilitate cuticular penetration and control roaches more effectively
    • Insects can be trapped and killed without resorting to dangerous chemicals: generally a poison nontoxic to humans is mixed with a food that insects find attractive, and spread in the infested area. Examples are oatmeal (attractive) and plaster-of-Paris (poisonous), and cocoa powder and flour (attractive) and borax (poisonous)
    • Apparently if you mix a dish of plaster of paris with sugar the cockroaches head for it like bees to honey. You place next to it a small amount of water which the cockroaches drink (I didn't know that cockroaches drank personally), and then the water hardens the plaster of paris and they simply harden from the inside out
    • Sanitation is the key to keeping cockroaches from taking over. Don't leave food uncovered. This includes pet dog food. Pour a little bleach down drains. Cockroaches keep away from the smell of chlorine. Keep drains covered--roaches love to use drains as watering holes.
    • Diatomaceous earth is mined from the fossilized silica shell remains of diatoms, microscopic sea animals. The advantage to this substance is that it is virtually non-toxic to humans. Because it has an abrasive quality, diatomaceous earth degrades the waxy layer causing the insect to dry out and die. It is important that only natural diatomaceous earth be used for insect control not DE treated for swimming pool filter use, as this contains crystalline silica, a dangerous respiratory hazard. One source of DE may be found at feed stores for horses and cattle. A member of the staff here at EAD uses this and says that it is easy to use with good results.
    • Silica aerogel is a non-abrasive, chemically inert substance that is used as a dehydrating agent because the small particles absorb moisture and oils. Sometimes small bags of silica aerogel are inserted in electrical equipment packages to prevent the accumulation of moisture during shipping or storage. Silica aerogel is also used in the florist trade and often can be purchased from a florist. The silica aerogel particle has a static charge that enables it to stick tightly to the cockroach body. Once on the body, the aerogel absorbs the waxy protective coating which desiccates and kills the cockroach.
    • Prevention is the best protection - see the section on Prevention. Additionally, you can try mixing 1 part borax, 2 parts flour and 1 part icing sugar, add enough water to mix to a thick dough and then knead well. This can be used on cracks behind skirting boards and cupboards, but remember borax is poisonous. Clean thoroughly behind cupboards and stoves - cockroaches also love electrical equipment.
    • An open bottle of eucalyptus oil or tea-tree oil can be very effective in cupboards or near susceptible areas. Non-Chemical Sticky traps are available commercially (try a health food shop first). A heat gun which emits very hot air can be used to flush out and kill cockroaches or alternatively close windows and doors, turn on lots of heaters to get the temperature of the house to 50�C for three hours - obviously the middle of summer is an ideal time to try this. Try a bait of icing sugar and borax in a jar placed near cockroach run. Fill a margarine container three quarters full of water: add a dessertspoon of cooking oil which will float on top of the water: the cockroach climbs into the container, but the floating oil makes it very difficult for it to escape. Place near cockroach sites.
    • Make a non-toxic roach bait and set it out in roach infested areas:

      1/2 cup sugar
      1/4 cup shortening or bacon drippings
      1/2 cup chopped onion
      1/2 cup flour
      8 ounces baking soda

      Combine sugar and shortening. Add onion, flour, and baking soda. Mix in just enough water to make a dough-like consistency. Put small balls in plastic sandwich bags (other alternatives: spread some on margarine tub lids, or put in a lidded plastic container with small roach-sized holes cut in the bottom of the sides for the roaches to use to get in and out but that will keep pets out) and place in roach-infested areas. The bait creates gas in the roach when eaten. Because roaches can't belch, their digestive tracts explode.

    Sites referenced:

    If anyone has any more creative solutions for killing cockroaches, and that's safe to use around tropical fish, post a comment! :)

    Twice a day I walk past a bunch of grass plants that are currently flowering. They have these big fluffy seed heads which I take great delight in running my hand over as I walk past them (kinda like Russell Crowe in Gladiator only these are a lot softer). It's the little things like this that make life worthwhile sometimes :)

    Saw a pretty cool website last night - FireArtFanatics - check out their photo page, it's awesome.

    One of my recent hobbies (aside from collecting ancient space lego) is reading blogs at random. There's an awful lot of students blogging out there, and most bloggers tend to be American it seems. Every so often I find one that's mostly interesting, and the blogger blogs most days. These I'm adding to a list, and one of these days I'll link them on mine so I can easily read them every day. If by chance you're reading this and think your blog is interesting, let me know and I'll have a look :)

    Oh yeah, linked to on one of the blogs I've started reading was It took me a moment to realise that it was *the* Wil Wheaton from Star Trek (among other things). It's pretty cool - it's an ordinary blog and the website was done entirely by him, so you get an insight into a star's life that's not being pushed by marketing people. Worth a read.

    A few urls

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    With no other useful place than here

    Firstly we have the Gulf War Drinking Game:

    Then there's the Google Touch Graph. I'm not exactly sure how this works, but it does some pretty cool spider webs of links to a given url:

    I had to shake my head at a customer email tonight. I'd love to post it, but chances are the person who wrote it would find this blog and go off (hey, it's happened). Essentially they didn't realise that an ODBC datasource name could be different to the name of the database they were trying to point it to. So when they had a different site with the same database name they wondered why they couldn't have the same datasource name .. *sigh*

    Short entry

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    Nicole Kidman Oscar

    This is going to have to be a quickie - it's after 10:30 and I *need* to get to sleep early tonight.

    I really need more than a 3 hour weekend. Didn't get to bed til after midnight last night which will knock me around for the rest of the week if I'm not careful.

    Congrats to Nicole Kidman for winning Best Actress at the Academy Awards! :)

    urgh I'm never gonna get to bed. I blinked and this weekend was over.

    Spent all day at work yesterday fighting with our file server. It was meant to be a simple matter of installing a scsi card, LTO drive and backup software. It was an all day battle that we never fully resolved.

    Then last night it was the EvilHouse Harley Warming which was a lot of fun and went til all hours.

    This morning was church, then a couple of hours to take care of the fish tank and do some other bits and pieces before heading off to the parents for a baked dinner, and I've only just gotten home, with a list of things that I needed to do this weekend sitting rather untouched :( And I still haven't had enough sleep. Not looking forward to surviving tomorrow at all.

    On a lighter note, it's been raining fairly heavily tonight which is great. It's kinda fun swooshing through huge puddles of rain in the car.

    I'm gonna collapse in a minute. Should prolly get into bed before I collapse on something hard instead of soft

    I heard this read out on Triple M the other day then just happened to see it on a website I was reading:

    To realize the value of ONE YEAR, ask a student who failed a single grade.

    To realize the value of ONE MONTH, ask a mother who gave birth to a premature baby.

    To realize the value of ONE WEEK, ask the editor of a weekly newspaper.

    To realize the value of ONE HOUR, ask the lovers who are anxiously waiting to meet.

    To realize the value of ONE MINUTE, ask a person who just missed the train.

    To realize the value of ONE-SECOND, ask a person who just avoided an accident.

    To realize the value of ONE MILLISECOND, ask the person who won a silver medal in the Olympics.


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    Spent the morning planning for tomorrow's server upgrades. We have so much to do it's not funny. For lunch we all wandered up to the pub for lunch for Peter's last day in the MCSU (for now at least). Straight after lunch I drove all the way out to CIA for a promised flu vaccination, but the mob that were doing it never turned up >:( So I hung around for nearly an hour before getting back to work just before 4pm. Got some more bits and pieces done before heading out to Oatley to pick up a few bits of space lego.

    Trying to have a quiet night tonight, and neeeeed to be in bed by 10:30pm, as I'm gonna have another long day tomorrow - work all day, then the EvilHouse Harley Warming most of the night. Two hours to go before I need to be in bed, yet I'm only just now eating dinner (big lunch :) )

    Friday Five time

    1. If you had the chance to meet someone you've never met, from the past or present, who would it be? Jesus

    2. If you had to live in a different century, past or future, which would it be? If it had to be a different century, then probably the next one

    3. If you had to move anywhere else on Earth, where would it be? hrm having to think about this one. There's a stack of places I'd like to visit, but I don't know about living there. Perhaps Austria or Switzerland, they're fantastically beautiful countries.

    4. If you had to be a fictional character, who would it be? Superman, so I could FLY!

    5. If you had to live with having someone else's face as your own for the rest of your life, whose would it be? Leelee Sobieski


    This got emailed around today:

    "You know the world is going crazy when the best rapper is a white guy,
    the best golfer is a black guy, France is accusing the US of
    arrogance, and Germany doesn't want to go to war."

    An Eerie Sky

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    Bombing of Baghdad

    The war on Baghdad began today :(
    It seemed fitting that dust from a dust storm out west blew in over Sydney and cast an eerie brown glow over the city, as if even nature itself was saddened.

    The sunset was actually whiter than normal, the sky was white instead of blue. It eventually got a little pinker before finally setting quietly.

    I just hope all of this will be over quickly.

    This or That:

    1. Cold frosty ski slopes or warm sandy beach? ooo ski slopes. I've only ever been skiing twice (6 full days), but I thoroughly enjoyed them
    2. Chevy or Ford? Well I drive a Ford laser, so Ford
    3. Mac or PC? PC of course ;)
    4. Dial-up or high speed internet access? ADSL rocks!! Never go back to modem dialup
    5. Small *family-only* wedding or large 200+ guest wedding? Probably somewhere in between
    6. Would you rather be the bridesmaid or the bride? (if you are a guy, substitute best man or groom) Bride, duh. Not that I've been either
    7. AC/DC or ABBA? ABBA
    8. Roses or daisies? Daisies! Actually one of my favourite flowers are sunflowers which are just awesome flowers
    9. Trashy romance novels or classic literature? neither :) I like movie tie-ins, sci fi, but I don't do much reading of paper
    10. NEW! Thought-provoking question of the week...If you had to choose one...would you rather be blind or deaf? Why? I would rather be deaf for sure. I could still do and enjoy everything I do now, except listen to my music. But I could still work and watch tv and enjoy my fish. I'd just have to do a lot more typing :)

    I am in agreement with the ~90% of Australians who don't think we should be involved in this war with Iraq. And I don't just think we shouldn't be involved, but I don't think America should be involved either.

    It is one thing to go to war against a country when they've done something perceptibly wrong (for example invade another country), but to go to war against a country when they haven't done anything (yet) is insanity. All that does is confirm to the world that America is a big bully, and it will do nothing but incense more hatred/violence/terrorism against America (and potentially Australia also)

    On the way home, Triple-M had put together a montage of quotes from Bush's latest speech and set them to music, and it was all rather upsetting. One of the lines that stood out to me was: (quoted from SMH)

    "The terrorist threat to America and the world will be diminished the moment that Saddam Hussein is disarmed."

    ARE YOU INSANE???? It will only make things worse!! That has to be amongst the most stupid things he has ever said.

    I pray that God will bring about a peaceful resolution to the current situation, cause it certainly won't be peaceful if left up to the likes of George Bush :(


    Exactly thirteen years ago tonight, on the 17th March 1990, I saw Labyrinth for the first time. This began an obsession which lasted very strongly for a year and a half, and extends even til now.

    The first time I saw it I fell totally in love with David Bowie. I still believe he looked in best in the mid eighties. This also became an obsession :)

    After seeing the movie for the first time, I hired it from the local video store and watched it a couple more times. After this I knew I had to purchase my own copy so that I could watch it whenever I wanted. I watched it pretty much every Friday afternoon for the next year or so. I learnt the entire script off by heart (I can still recite it all while watching it). I taped the movie to audio tape so I could listen to it, and used this to write the entire script out in hard copy (14 double sided lined A4 pages of my handwriting). One time I wrote out "Dance Magic" after an exam in high school when I was waiting for the exam to finish.

    I found a photo-storybook version of the book and borrowed it for a couple of months straight, drooling over all of the beautiful pictures of Jareth in it. I even did a couple of drawings of them using lead, and also colour pencils (see the scans below). I'd love to find that book again and buy it, but I haven't seen it since 1990 and don't even know who it was by or what it was called.

    I also found the soundtrack CD and bought it - even before I had a CD player. I had to get a friend to tape it for me so I could listen to it! I then proceeded to collect most of David Bowie's CDs as they were released by EMI through 1990 and 1991.

    So here I am watching it again. I now make a point of watching the movie every year around the 17th of March just for fun and to drool all over Mr Bowie all over again :)~ It's just finishing now.. and for the life of me I could never understand why she didn't say "yes" when he said "Just fear me, love me, do as I say, and I will be your *slave*" - I would have LOL ;)

    Below are scans of the pencil drawings I did during the height of my Bowie obsession. The first one obviously is not Jareth, it was in another biography book I borrowed from Sutherland Library at the same time as the Labyrinth book. The original scans are on conspiracy.

    David Bowie Jareth Jareth Jareth

    Space Lego

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    Space Lego

    I managed to win four space lego auctions on ebay this afternoon, very exciting :):) I only missed out on one, because it went higher than I could really afford/was willing to pay for it. Plus the photo didn't include some of the bits the instruction photo said should have been there, so it's possible it wasn't a complete set.

    I've also spent far too much time this weekend looking for the missing pieces to my other sets. There's a site called BrickLink which has vendors of lego, including Australian ones that just sell spare parts. Another weekend wasted.. :)

    A funny sight

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    I've been feeding my fish different things, including a granular food. However the granules are just that little too big for the neon tetras, and so after feeding them, you may see half a dozen neon tetras swimming around with a pellet of food hanging out of their mouths, waiting for it to disolve enough for them to eat bits of it. It's the funniest thing.

    Brown filter

    No wonder my fish tank water has been so brown the past couple of days - check out the pic! That filter wool started off white two months ago. The picture shows the results of scrubbing the top part of the filter wool, with the bottom part a lovely chocolate brown.

    I just happened to look under the hood at the top of my tank this afternoon and noticed that first well in the filter was filled with water and was siphoning back into the tank without being filtered. So I pulled it out and spent the next half an hour scrubbing it between my fingers. The old tank water from yesterday's water change is now so brown I can't see the bottom.

    Of course all of this stirred up a whole pile of particulate matter that was obviously at the bottom of the first well because there wasn't the water flow to push it out previously. But hopefully now the filter will have a bit more "breathing room" to clear it out fairly quickly.

    The Phone

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    Well we didn't detroy the raid last night, but we didn't fix it either. For some reason the replacement disk is coming up as 0:04 instead of 0:00 like it should be, so the raid is still critical :( I've asked Mylex for help and they've given me a few things to try, so now waiting to hear from Campbell to see what he thinks.

    I spent an hour and a half rearranging the plants in my fish tank (again) today. It's starting to get quite tiring, especially since I can't really reach the bottom of the tank, and even then I can only do things with one arm, which makes getting plants to stay planted *incredibly* difficult :( The big amazon sword keeps drifting up no matter what I do. I have a rock plonked on top of half the roots to stop it floating away altogether. A lot of the other plants are giving me similar grief. With all the putting and taking, I stirred up a lot of crap, so now the water is this yukky green-yellow colour, so I'm going to let it settle down before I do anything else (which was going to include getting a couple of clown loaches - maybe next week).

    Now for the Friday Five:

    1. Do you like talking on the phone? Why or why not?
    Depends on who it is :)

    2. Who is the last person you talked to on the phone?
    Campbell arranging the disk replacement last night

    3. About how many telephones do you have at home?
    Two landline handsets and a mobile

    4. Have you encountered anyone who has really bad phone manners? What happened?
    er.. dunno..

    5. Would you rather pick up the phone and call someone or write them an e-mail or a letter? Why or why not?
    For strangers definitely an email. For friends it really depends on the situation. Usually email, except if I need an answer straight away


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    The Sound of Music

    Watching my first ever Director's Commentary - of "The Sound of Music". It's quite interesting; a very cool movie too - one of those classics you just watch every time it's on TV - or I do anyway ;) I've actually been surprised how many details and little things and stuff happening in the background that you don't notice with all the sound/speech going. You can look at the other cast members that aren't normally in the spotlight or doing the talking and see what they're doing when the camera isn't directly on them. I should watch more movies without the sound more often!

    Today was significantly better than yesterday. Helped along by finally getting a working DLT drive. Looks like it really was a terminator problem with the replacement drive *sigh* Plus it was Friday, which is always nice :)

    Going to the exchange tonight to replace the faulty disk in gamera. It should either all go quite quickly and the array should rebuild itself, or the whole raid setup will crash and burn and I'll be reinstalling windows and recovering from backups late into the night. Next post you'll know one way or the other :)

    Thoroughly wasted

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    I had a thoroughly suck day. Spent half the day stressing over our servers and their (lack of) backups. We've been fighting a running battle with Dell for the past week to get a working DLT tape drive happening. Complicated by the fact that we can't reboot the server it's attached to during the day because too many people use it and could potentially lose work if we do so.

    Then we discovered the joys of LVD vs HVD. I didn't even know those TLAs before today, now I do. A last ditch effort was replacement of the terminator they supplied us with in addition to the new DLT drive, and KH was going to reboot the server tonight. It's been rebooted, but I don't know if it detected the DLT or not. I'll find out tomorrow morning I guess.

    Was a big effort to stay awake in Bible Study tonight, I think I nearly fell off my chair a few times.

    Time for bed, nite

    This or that

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    Today's This or That

    1. Married or single? I'm single :(
    2. Knit or crochet? Well I've been taught how to knit, but not to crochet
    3. Homebody or world traveller? I *love* travelling but lack opportunities. The most I've seen of the world outside Australia is the USA (twice)
    4. "Star Search" or "American Idol"? Neither
    5. Dancing or karaoke? Probably dancing. Have done karaoke once, but I didn't know the song they picked. Dancing is pretty cool though, although I'm rather self-conscious so prefer to do it in some sort of intoxicated state ;)
    6. Elvis Presley or Elvis Costello? Either
    7. Bus or train? Well that depends where you're going. Trains tend to be not as frequent, but are better for going longer distances. Close to the city buses tend to be better
    8. Batman or Superman? Batman is pretty cool, but nothing would beat being able to really fly, so definitely Superman
    9. Chocolate or vanilla? In ice cream, vanilla
    10. Which came first...the chicken or the egg? According to the Bible, the chicken


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    I'm the sort of person that takes *everything* personally, and way too seriously for my own good. While I can rationally see this as a flaw in my brain, it's somewhat difficult to overcome.

    So when I read comments like this about myself..

    And now Kazza is 'blogging' from the couch, yet fails to think of anything about which to write. Writing just for the sake of filling space in a database, and thus polluting the HTTP sphere even further, should be considered criminal. Heh... *poof* goes 99% of all weblogs :-)

    ..I am totally shattered. It's these sorts of comments that I take to heart and have the potential to plunge me into days or even weeks of depression.

    Yes I know this blog is a waste of space on the internet (as far as I know only two people read it). Yes the majority of the hits to this blog are from lusers looking for stuff on kazaa. Yes most of the time I can't really think of anything particularly interesting to blog about.

    The silliest part about it is that it wasn't even my idea to start this stoopid thing. And the person that got me started isn't blogging himself anymore.

    But, dammit, why should I stop because of one person's opinions?

    Here's some of the search terms that brought people to my blog in February:

    Number, Number of referrals, Percentage of referals, Search term
    1 87 43.50% kazza
    2 5 2.50% waterfall train disaster
    3 3 1.50% csiro sentinal
    4 3 1.50% kazza music
    5 3 1.50% my kazza
    6 3 1.50% photos of canberra
    7 2 1.00% avril lavinge wallpaper
    8 2 1.00% free top-up codes
    9 2 1.00% kambrook
    10 2 1.00% kazza cheat
    11 2 1.00% kazza children song
    12 2 1.00% kazza dvd
    13 2 1.00% kazza light
    14 2 1.00% kazza little
    15 2 1.00% sentinal csiro
    16 2 1.00% space lego
    17 2 1.00% waterfall tragedy
    18 2 1.00% www.kazza
    19 2 1.00% www.kazza

    (only keywords with two or more search referrals included)

    It seems that kazaa losers are still the biggest visitors from search engine referrals *sigh*

    Sorta kinda

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    Well I achieved a few of my objectives for the weekend (including reinstalling windoze yayy) so not doing too badly. Got home rather late from Evilhouse this morning (got to bed at 4:30 - oops!); trundled off to chruch then home and tidied up a bit, then had an afternoon siesta which I needed badly. I was meant to be replacing a disk in gamera tonight, but haven't heard from Campbell and it's starting to get rather late. So now I'm watching some of the documentaries on the Lord of the Rings collector's edition.

    Just talked to Campbell, the disk replacement is off.

    Only 8 support mails in the queue, must be about bed time.. well soon anyway..


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    The question was asked "what should I blog about today?" and the response was "MacGyver". So here I am, sitting at Striker's place, watching Octopussy (we just watched Roadkill hired on DVD), on the couch with Jim's old laptop, typing away. This is the life :)

    Someone said someone should really get the entire MacGyver collection on DVD and we could watch that at video nights for some time into the future. Totally cool idea :) I *love* MacGyver :) I don't think I've ever seen it on DVD though - it's a bit old. I remember seeing it for the first time in 1988 (or was it 1989?) in high school thinking it was the coolest show in the world, and Richard Dean Anderson was utterly gorgeous, even with the mullet :)

    For what it's worth, I also got some new fish today - a dozen neon tetras. They're very cute, although the angels have taken up chasing them instead of my betta (who I've named "Karma"). I was also going to call the two white angels Cherabim and Seraphim, and the two black ones Diablo and Lucifer, but haven't fully decided yet. Any suggestions anyone?

    1. What was the last song you heard?
    "Forever May Not be Long Enough" by Live (in the credits of "The Mummy Returns")

    2. What were the last two movies you saw?
    "The Mummy Returns" and "Dragonheart"

    3. What were the last three things you purchased?
    Petrol, McDonalds for dinner last night (bleah), Subway for lunch yesterday

    4. What four things do you need to do this weekend?
    Reinstall my operating system, buy a small tank for my betta (and think of a name for him), look for property, support mail (and think about documentation)

    5. Who are the last five people you talked to?
    The dude at the petrol station, Jim, Luc, Houssein, Ross

    Sexy Bald Men

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    The Mummy Returns

    I'm just watching the Mummy Returns. It's a bit of a silly movie but still fun, and it has such a sad ending - Imhotep's girl doesn't come to rescue him and he realises she doesn't love him after all - awwww.

    Of course half the reason I enjoy it is cause Arnold Vosloo (Imhotep) is so yummy. I dunno I have this thing about bald guys - Yul Brynner, Patrick Stewart, Arnold Vosloo.. yummm :)

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    Funky Dell badge

    When all else fails -
    So ok, it's late, I'm tired, and I can't think of anything meaningful to blog about. So I try
    The idea of the day is:

    Write a poem about your toothbrush.

    yay. I think not. Even though it's just about time that I *should* be brushing my teeth, I really don't have any urge to write a poem about my toothbrush.

    The funky Dell logo is the lighted badge on our new notes server at work. I took a bunch of photos of it today, and will make it the bootup background image.

    1. Soup or salad? Salad
    2. Hot or cold sandwiches? Hot
    3. White or whole wheat bread (or rye, etc)? White
    4. Pack a lunch for work/school, or buy it? Buy it
    5. If you eat chain, or mom & pop type place? Depends on the occasion
    6. Tuna or chicken salad? chicken
    7. Cheese: Swiss or cheddar (or American, etc)? Probably cheddar
    8. Mustard or mayo? Depends what you're putting it on
    9. Sandwiches: wrap/pita pocket, or regular bread/roll? Probably regular bread roll
    10. Sweet stuff: cookie/cake or fresh fruit? Coookie!


    My little betta is getting picked on by both the angels *and* the danios. They're coming up and nipping at his tail and generally harrassing him. He's taken to hiding under a stick at the bottom of the tank, or amongst the wistera where the angels can't get at him. If he keeps getting picked on I'll take him to work and setup a tank there for him.

    I also noticed the other day I had a snail. I first saw the tell-tale wiggle on the algae on one of the big leaves and the next day I saw the 1cm snail. The only way I could have gotten a snail that big was off one of the moss covered sticks I got of Daniel the other week. I thought about pulling it out, but for now it's doing a decent job munching on algae. If it does ever find a mate and start breeding I'll get a couple of clown loaches - apparently they love snails. I was thinking of getting a couple of loaches anyway.

    The angels are getting more and more confident. Today one of them even ate some bloodworms out of my fingers.

    Too late

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    It's too late and I'm too tired (and a bit sick) to blog anything meaningful. I was only going to blog about my fish anyway, so you're not really missing anything.

    I only got through part of my todo list for this weekend :(
    Just too busy :( And didn't recover my lost sleep either. Argh it's a disaster.

    Didn't get to reinstall windoze, didn't get to do a dvd database for my friends, didn't get Esther read, didn't get the washing up done.

    Did manage to get some new fish, go to cousin's engagement party, a bit of programming, and dinner at a friend's place


    Today I went to the aquarium and got four little angels and a betta (Siamese fighting fish).

    The betta is a beautiful vivid red, with a few blue and yellow highlights. I got two light and two dark angels, all with opposite coloured highlights. For the first hour or so all five of them huddled in the back corners avoiding the other fish and the strong currents. There was a tense moment as the betta (who had been living in a small cube of water, less than a litre, and probably has very little swimming strength) got caught between the bubble wall and the powerhead. I nudged him and he swam away, and hasn't been up that end of the tank since.

    The angels are starting to relax a little and are wandering out in pairs to look around and nibble at algae.

    The danios meanwhile are a little skeptical of the new arrivals. I even saw one of them nip at one of the angels. They've had the whole tank to themselves for a whole month, but not anymore!

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