May 2003 Archives

1. What do you most want to be remembered for?
I aint going to be remembered for anything
2. What quotation best fits your outlook on life?
Are we there yet?
3. What single achievement are you most proud of in the past year?
Getting my fish tanks?
4. What about the past ten years?
urgh.. um..
5. If you were asked to give a child a single piece of advice to guide them through life, what would you say?
Don't stress (it doesn't work for me, but the theory is there)

Matrix Reloaded

I finally got around to seeing the Matrix Reloaded today. Not too bad. Had heard a couple of "it was a bit disappointing" reviews, so didn't expect too much from it. Had to see it alone, as I had a single Greater Union voucher which needed to be used before 5pm today, and I didn't have any other movies left that I wanted to see. Another day, another stoopid shopping centre parking setup.

Spent most of the day at my nana's house. She's moved into a hostel and the contents of her house are up for grabs to all the kids and grandkids. Got a bunch of tupperware and some food. Among the goodies are some icing sugar (unopened) with a use by date of November 97, and some golden syrup (also unopened) with a use by date of April 94. :)

It's pretty scary just how much stuff is there (and how much history). I have to remind myself to not get old, or at least clear out clutter every so often so whoever has to clean out my house when I die doesn't end up just throwing everything out.

Take 2

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The Life of David Gale

I've always rather liked Kevin Spacey, so tonight I did a repeat performance of last night and trundled off to the movies. Tonight I saw "The Life of David Gale". It's a little cliched (sp?) but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Tonight I was alone though. Going to the movies by yourself totally sux in my opinion. Yes I know, when you're actually watching a movie it doesn't matter if you're with anyone or not, cause it's not like you actually get to talk to them. But just being there and sitting by yourself is just depressing. For me anyway. And then afterwards the shopping centre was all shut down, so mild panic set in because I don't know my way around this shopping centre at all and I had to go outside and down a level and hope I could find my way back to where the car was parked. Stoopid shopping centres. Not as bad as your average hospital though - those things are like rabbit warrens, unless you've been given very specific instructions about where to go, it's rather easy to get lost in them. But I digress :) Bed time!

Yesterday I got 8 little neon tetras for the small tank (forgot to post yesterday). So far they're doing ok.

The other tank is plodding along swimmingly also. No more deaths this week yayy :)

I was thinking about getting some guppies for the little tank. They'd be a good source of live food for the other fish.. ;)

Phone Booth

Had a relatively successful day cleaning today. Tomorrow I attack cockroach dung. I may have to make a trip to Hardware House to get supplies for the cockroach control methods I wrote about in a previous blog entry. Must go find that actually, I really want to setup one of those methods to see how effective they are.

Went and saw Phone Booth tonight. It wasn't too bad considering it spent a full hour around one spot in the street. I somehow also managed to wind up with another Hoyts movie money, so now I have one Hoyts and one Greater Union ticket that both need to be used before Saturday night.

Zonked

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You know it's a little scary when your uncle who lives on the other side of the world finds your blog.. hehehe
well ok it's not that scary, he knew about the domain name when I first got it, maybe he went to it by chance? Maybe he'll respond to this post and tell me how he came by it :)

Barely anyone I know in real life knows about this blog. I've deliberately not told them about it. And I'm not really even sure why. It's not like I ever post anything earth shattering here. shrug

Anyways, must be about bed time. Gonna enjoy a lovely sleepin tomorrow.. unless the phone rings early of course..

1. Do you prefer silence or do you like background sound (music, TV, etc)?
I like background music. Music is better than tv - tv is too distracting
2. Bathe/shower in morning or evening?
Morning - to wake up! Evening to wash hair
3. Sleeping in complete darkness, or with a nightlight on?
A bit of light from a window is good
4. Lay out clothes the night before, or just grab what's closest in the morning?
Grab what's in the closet
5. Hang up/fold clothes neatly, or just toss them wherever?
Hang em up
6. Work out at a gym, or at home on your own (or do you not bother with exercise)?
Exercise? What's that?
7. Talk on the phone, or via IM/e-mail?
ICQ or email
8. Are you usually on time, or late?
On time. I hate being late. I hate making people wait for me (I also hate having to wait for late people)
9. Spendthrift or frugal?
Frugal
10. Thought-Provoking Question of the Week: You work with someone who is not in the habit of bathing regularly. The smell seems to be getting worse and worse! Would you: 1. try to do something about it, or 2. try to grin and bear it? If you said 1, what would you do?
I'd do something about it. How I approached it would depend on who it was.

Watching "The Green Mile" again. Got through most of the support mail and had my dinner cooked by 7:30 and there was nothing on TV, so put it on.

I've always had trouble reading the Bible every day, so I thought I'd try this site:
http://www.bible-reading.com/

It has a daily reading plan that splits up the sections of the Bible so you don't have to get bogged down in the same section (or big book) for days or weeks on end. In one way it's not so good because it means you don't get to read big chunks together to get a better idea on context and the big picture of a book, but on the other hand, if it means I'll actually keep going, then that has to be a good thing. I've just gotten stuck recently because I was up to Ezekiel which is big and clunky and hadn't picked up the energy to start reading it.

I'll eventually add a link to my blog, so I can read it along with all the other pages I read every day :)

I hadn't been to this site in a while, as the dude didn't have any net access for the whole time of the war on Iraq. But I dropped by tonight and found it had been updated with his entries during the war. It's a long read, but well worth it. Gives you an "ordinary person's" perspective on the whole war.

http://dear_raed.blogspot.com/

Lost another Danio this morning :(
This was one of the males that had been in the big tank the whole time. I noticed the other day that his fins looked a bit tattered, so I'm thinking that perhaps the other danios beat him up.

This was all after yesterday I noticed that the female danio that was by herself in the little tank was either swimming around erratically or not swimming at all and letting herself get attached to the filter inlets. I didn't know whether there was something toxic in that tank, or perhaps she was just lonely by herself (more likely). So I put her back into the big tank, and she immediately looked better. And in fact today she is still swimming around normally.

So now I have just five danios left. The two huge females, two smaller males, and the small female. The other tank is currently empty, I'm not sure what to do with it. Daniel said get some canaries - ie, something cheap, that I can put in there to test the running of the tank. I might get half a dozen neon tetras as they'll look good anyway (assuming they don't all die :( )

Friday.

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This afternoon sucked severly. I really need to step back from work and look at the big picture. If lusers are being stoopid then really why should it upset me? If I can't figure out a windoze problem then why should I get frustrated? If we're kicked out of the building because of a (false) fire alarm why should I be annoyed about having to stand outside (when I really should have been happy that I didn't actually have be facing all these stoopid problems at work)?

I really need to just think "whatever" and move on. Really.

And now for something completely different.

1. What brand of toothpaste do you use?
Colgate

2. What brand of toilet paper do you prefer?
Kleenex, Purex, Wondersoft.. whatever's going cheap

3. What brand(s) of shoes do you wear?
Rivers boots. However they don't make women's boots anymore, so I'll be changing.

4. What brand of soda do you drink?
It's not soda, it's softdrink. And I'll drink whatever's going, altho I do prefer lemon squash related drinks

5. What brand of gum do you chew?
I don't.

One of my danios died this morning :(:(
This was the same one that had flipped himself off the table the other week. He looked like he'd had some sort of internal problem, as there was a little bit of blood round his rear end, so perhaps he got an infection when he fell off the table. I'm hoping it's nothing too serious, and that there's not a problem with the tank itself.

Lego

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Lots more lego today, fun fun fun :)
Other than that it's way past my bed time :/

Pieces and bits

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This or that:

1. Large or small family?
Don't care really. In terms of my own offspring, that aint likely to happen anyway
2. Potato chips or pretzels?
Potato chips! Chippies!!
3. House or apartment?
Apartment prolly
4. Zebras or giraffes?
Giraffes
5. Candles or potpourri?
oo candles!
6. Flowers or trees?
To climb or to smell?
7. Right or left-handed?
I'm right handed
8. Model trains or dolls/stuffed animals?
Probably model trains, although I don't really have either
9. Comedy or drama?
Either. Probably drama.
10. Thought-provoking question of the week: The city of Boston has recently banned smoking in all restaurants and bars. Would you want to see such a law passed in your city/town/country, or not?
Australia has had laws like this for a while, and I'm all for it.

Don't think that's ever happened.
Trying to recover from last night's sleeping fiasco

Claire Danes.gif
Anna Paquin

How alike Claire Danes and Anna Paquin are?
I didn't notice this myself, someone else said this at the beginning of X-Men at a video night at Elwyn's one night. But I've just been watching Romeo and Juliet and yes, they do look rather alike.. what do you think?

Had a completely nothing weekend this weekend.. didn't really achieve anything I wanted to achieve (except the washing up). The support mail is swamping me with crap windoze problems. I did go out last night and watch "Animatrix" at crossfire's latest residence (and Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels - funny movie) but apart from that spent most of the weekend procrastinating.

Last weekend I bought a couple of Siamese Algae Eaters (siamensis) and in a week they've munched through the vast majority of the dark green algae covering the leaves of the plants in my tank. They're doing such a good job I'm worried they're going to eat themselves out of a food supply! I may need to get algae blocks they can nibble on.

I also had a light tube give out on me this week, so I wandered over to Strictly Aquariums to get a new one. The dude was a bit surprised when I told him that tubes and hoods made by the same manufacturers were 8mm different in length.

My male danios are colouring up dramatically at the moment. Their anal fins are turning a golden orange. One of them is torn though, maybe the other males are chasing him a little vigorously :)

1. What drinking water do you prefer -- tap, bottle, purifier, etc.?
Tap will do me

2. What are your favourite flavor of chips?
Cheeeeese. I mostly stopped eating Pringles because they stopped making my favourite flavour - cheezums

3. Of all the things you can cook, what dish do you like the most?
mm. Beef Stroganoff perhaps? Altho it's not really a stroganoff because I don't put sour cream in it, but it's a delicious beef stew recipe I got off Alan

4. How do you have your eggs?
Sunny side up!

5. Who was the last person who cooked you a meal? How did it turn out?
Myself? Aside from that, George, the other night - that was a stroganoff also, and it was yummy altho the meat was a little tough

Music

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I kinda scare myself sometimes. Sometimes I will hear a piece of music and place the composer. Which is thoroughly bizarre considering how unmusical I am. It could also be something to do with how prolific these particular composers are.

I was watching the beginning of Gladiator tonight and thinking, this sounds familiar, who wrote that? It took me a moment to pick it (it didn't help that I'd had a little wine to celebrate the settlement of this place two years ago today) but then I realised it sounded exactly like the music in The Rock.

OK so maybe that wasn't a really a good example. One that scared me more was picking James Horner as the composer of Patriot Games just by listening to it. And not so scary is picking Danny Elfman as the composer of just about anything he's done - he's got a very distinctive sound.

Must be about bed time? whatchareckon?

It's late

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I had six hours sleep last night
I was grumpy all day
I'm going to bed
Now

You know what?

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Have you ever noticed how often americans say "you know what" ..? I noticed it a couple of seasons of Survivor ago and they really haven't changed much. Fortunately it's stayed out of most scripted tv shows, perhaps the writers realise how much it will date a show to have that sort of language.

One of the lights in my fish tank died today. I came home and it was just flashing. So now I'm forced to go looking for a tube that's the right size. May be easier said than done given the fact that the same manufacturer makes ever so slightly different sized tubes.

Been putting off the support mail all night.. must get to it..

Whatever dude

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1. Packrat or minimalist? I'm a packrat normally. I always get bagged out for carrying my backpack around with all the essentials in life - purse, girlie things, phone charger, spare batteries, pagers, keys, lip balm, memory card reader, software cds, more keys, diary, water bottle, camera, umbrella
2. Computer: desktop or laptop? Desktop
3. Seashore or mountains? Either one
4. Carpeting or bare floors? Carpets, definitely
5. Drinking water: bottled or tap? Tap
6. Shopping websites: eBay or Amazon? eBay
7. Cute little kitties or big scary tigers? kitties!
8. Front door or back door? In what context? :)
9. Lots of jewelry, or little/none? Little. I usually wear a standard pair of earrings and my favourite necklace that I got from my childhood sunday school teacher for my 21st birthday
10. Thought-provoking question of the week: At the last minute, you obtain tickets to an event you're dying to attend. However, you have to work that day! Do you ask the boss for the time off, or just call in sick?
I'd ask for the time off, and would almost certainly get it too; I love my job (and my boss), (well ok I don't completely love my job, but there are plenty of aspects of it that are *good things*)

x2

Went and saw X2 (X-men 2) with Luke and Cynthia tonight, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Someone I know said it had slow spots, but I didn't find them noticable.

I still can't help thinking of Ian McKellan as Gandalf though. He seems too nice to be playing the bad guy. I suppose that's also because his character in X-men isn't completely nasty, rather more of a gentleman.

Out all day

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Jacaranda

Church, mothers day stuff, dinner at Alan and Marylon's
Suddenly the weekend is over.

I did get a chance to climb the jacaranda tree at my nana's place for probably the last time ever. We used to climb it all the time when were kids, but now nana is moving out of her house so my brother and I climbed it once more for old time's sake. I found it rather more difficult than I last remember it being. I haven't decided if this is because there are significantly less lower brances (= foot holds) than in previous years, or that I'm more worried now about falling out, or that I just don't have the confidence anymore. At any rate, it was a lot harder, but still no less enjoyable.

Jacaranda trees have to be among the best trees for climbing, with their twisting branches (those big maples(?) with all their horizontal branches are also good, you can go really high in those).

I thought this morning would be a good time to transfer the small male danio into the "chillout" tank to keep the other one company, but as I was tipping the net over into the top of the tank he flipped himself out and plopped onto the table. Before I had a chance to do anything, he'd flipped himself again and slipped down between the table and the wall. Disaster! This table is a big solid table and is very heavy to begin with, plus there is 54 kilos of water and gravel, not to mention the weight of the tank itself. So there was no way I could move the table. I couldn't poke anything in there without risking him injury, so I tried pulling out the cabling that ran through the gap. There were only three cables but somehow I managed to pull him close to the edge without him getting left behind on the carpet. I gently picked him up and sat him in the water, and to my relief he started to move. I let him go, and he swam away trembling. Poor little guy :( I'll post again later with his condition.

Organisation

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New Tank

Was a totally perfect autumn day today. Not too hot, not too cold. A little rain storm that swept very quickly through the city to leave the sky scrubbed clean.

To the right is a photo of my new fish tank as of last night. I put the smallest danio in there tonight, and tomorrow I'll probably add the other small male so she doesn't get too lonely.

And now for a Friday Five:

1. Would you consider yourself an organized person? Why or why not?
In some ways I am. Like I hate clutter and like putting things in their proper places, although I'm happier to clean up other peoples' mess than my own - I'm too lazy to clean up after myself. In other ways I'm not though. Like I have yet to find a diary/calendaring system I can use. I organise most events in my life on memory. I don't have too much trouble with this, as generally my life is so uneventful it's not a problem.

2. Do you keep some type of planner, organizer, calendar, etc. with you, and do you use it regularly?
I have a filofax that almost never gets used. Before that I had an electronic organiser that almost never got used.

3. Would you say that your desk is organized right now?
Nope. Although plans for the weekend include organising it.

4. Do you alphabetize CDs, books, and DVDs, or does it not matter?
Not really. I try and categorise them though.

5. What's the hardest thing you've ever had to organize?
Other people I think

Fulgurites

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Fulgurite

Saw the coolest thing I've seen in a long time in a book yesterday.

It was called a "Fulgurite" and is caused when lightning hits sandy ground, fusing the sand into a lightning shaped hunk of rock. Very cool!

Got my second fish tank filled tonight and the heater and pump/filter are working. All I need now is a lid.

Just watching survivor at the moment, it's getting really interesting now. Only six to go with people with all sorts of twists and people changing their minds.

long day

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Up and down kind of a day today. Sucky people at work and frustrating .wk4 file formats. Long and lively staff meeting at cia (and I'd just like to say for the record right here that I think nothing will change - it's one of those laws of entropy isn't it?). Longgg catchup with Luke after which was great, haven't talked to him much recently. We chatted in the middle of the road for two hours about work, hobbies, fish, collectables, dvds, etc, was excellent. Ploughed through the support mail getting it from 25 to 4 in under 2 hours.

Just enough time for a this-or-that:

1. TV or radio?
CD jukebox! Radio in the car, tv I try to watch only when there's something specific on, otherwise I don't get anything done
2. On the radio: talk or music station?
Music. Actually on the way home tonight was listening to the Phil O'neal show on triple m, and someone had written in saying how much they like the format of the show (which is partly talkback). I actually have to agree. I dislike talkback as a rule, but there's something about this particular show that's considerably more interesting to me than any others around.
3. Actual books or books-on-tape (or e-books)?
I don't do much reading.. if I had books available on tape I'd probably listen to them in the car, but otherwise real books
4. Actual newspaper, or web version?
Web version .. when I read anything, which is rare
5. Wall Street Journal or National Enquirer?
Sydney Morning Herald or Daily Telegraph? Stoopid american questions again.
6. TV news...news channel such as CNN, or your local broadcast news?
I only get local (sydney) news.
7. A movie you've been looking forward to seeing gets bad reviews all around. See it anyway, or pass?
I'd most likely see it anyway, unless I couldn't find anyone to go with (which happens more often that not anyway)
8. See movies when they first come out, or wait a few weeks for the lines at the theater to get shorter?
I like seeing them fairly early - you get the better cinemas that way
9. TV: cable, satellite dish, or just plain old antenna?
I still have the old-fashioned antenna
10. Thought-provoking question of the week: If you had to choose only one form of media to come into your home, which would you choose...print (newspapers, magazines) or electronic (TV, internet)? Why?
Electronic. Everything you need is on the internet, why would you need paper? :)

ok so now that I have two fish tanks, and two sets of 2-foot lights, I thought well here's my chance to put the brand new tube into the deeper tank, as the newer tube is quite a bit brighter than the old one and would do the deeper tank much more good than the new shallow one.

So I pull off both hoods with the lights, wait for them to cool down, clean the covers off accumulated algae and pull out the two tubes that I want to swap. I put the tube from the deep tank into the hood of the shallow tank - and it doesn't fit!!! The two tubes - both exactly the same brand (Degenbao) and both supplied by the same manufacturer (Aqua One) - are 8 mm different in length! There is no way the tubes were going to be able to be swapped. So I put everything back the way it was, wondering all the while what's going to happen when I need to replace tubes ?? arghh!!

fizzzz

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Another busy running around day today. Things achieved included:

* church
* looking for another computer desk to house the old junk computers I have floating around
* buying more bits for the new fish tank
* washing up
* dinner at Alan and Marylon's

feeling somewhat fizzy at the moment, looking forward to collapsing into bed :)

Fishy Day

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New tank

My day started with a shopping trip to buy breakfast. While eating my breakfast sometime later, Campbell smsed me that he could come to the Aquarium at Darling Harbour. So we met up there and spent a couple of hours wandering through the place. It didn't have quite the same "cool" factor as it did when we went for the first time last year, but was still very enjoyable. I didn't take nearly so many this time, as it seemed a little redundant to take pictures of the same things as last year. I just tried to replace the pics that didn't work last year, and redo some of the things I really liked.

On the way home I dropped into St George Aquarium (where I bumped into Daniel and Fiona who were there looking for algae eating fish) and had a look for equipment for the new tank I got off Luke the other day. In the end I got some gravel and a pump/filter, but still need to get a lid, heater and lights. I'll trek out to Strictly Aquariums tomorrow to have a look for those.

hrm, this is rather musical, not sure about some of them tho.. :)

1. Name one song you hate to admit you like.
um, how about "The Look", by Roxette

2. Name two songs that always make you cry.
I don't know of any that make me cry. The Star Trek theme has been known to make my eyes water though :) Similarly right at the end of Return of the Jedi (the ordinary version, not the silly new version)

3. Name three songs that turn you on.
None of those really either :) How about David Bowie performing "Dance Magic" in Labyrinth? "Cracked Actor" also by David Bowie. Maybe "Express Yourself" by Madonna

4. Name four songs that always make you feel good.
"Celebrate" by Dragon, "Pressure" by Billy Joel, "39" by Queen, "Cherish" by Madonna. But there's a million more.

5. Name five songs you couldn't ever do without.
urgh, too hard :)

ok yeah I know, by post this on this page I'm just perpetuating the silly search engine referrals, but anyway.. :)

first column is the number, then there's the number of actual referals per keyword/phrase, the percentage, and the keyword or phrase that caused the referal:

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that's one thing I forgot to do when doing up my template - link to my stoopidquizzes page..

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