September 2003 Archives

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Kazza is number 1 on Google!!!

I have no hope

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I seriously have no hope of ever clearing out my clutter. I thought I'd chuck out some old computer stuff that I never use. I got as far as a set of four HP-UX manuals that my dad brought home from work when I was in first year uni so that I could learn how to use unix and vi for my first year maths subject. I haven't looked at these books in ten years, however when I looked at them tonight I basically flicked through the entire vi book to see if there were any other useful commands I could learn that I haven't picked up over the years. I found a couple, but knew most of them. But I learnt vi from this book, and learnt all my basic unix stuff from one of the others, and I feel kinda bad about just throwing them out. I truly have no hope!

Survivor VII is mad!

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oo this series of Survivor looks like it's going to be absolutely crazy. This time they were told they were going out for a photoshoot, only to be told, after they were all dressed up, that the game was on, and that's all they had to wear for the next 39 days. What a classic! I feel sorry for the some of the girls who were wearing practically nothing. They'll suffer if it gets cold.

Then they get to shore and are given a token amount of money to use to get essential supplies, and one of the guys "pirates" a bunch of the other team's stuff to use to barter for things. ROTFL ! :)

you're kidding!!!

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I can't believe Petrina is the mole!!!! I have *never* considered her the whole way through!!!! Especially after she got "eliminated"
oh well :)

Who is the Mole?

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Out of the 3 reality tv shows I watch (Survivor, The Amazing Race and The Mole), my favourite by far is The Mole. The others you can watch and can get to a point where you hope someone wins over someone else, but with the Mole there is a puzzle to solve which takes you the whole series to work out, and even then you may not get it. They're about to finish the fourth series of it here tonight, and I think Shaun is the mole. I originally discounted him cause he looked a little dumb to play the mole, but I think it may be an act more than anything. We'll see in two hours :)

Life in Sydney has returned to a much more civilised temperature after a week of hot dry weather, which unfortunately has left a few of my balcony plants a little worse for wear. Normally I only water them once per week, but I should have checked on them during the week this week :( Oddly enough, the big fern is still as bright as ever, even though it surely would consume more water than the other plants. I do have some lovely jonquils though that I planted about three weeks ago, and they're already flowering :)

Incidently, if you get really sticky masking tape and leave it lying around, cockroaches will stick to it. I have one trapped at the moment which I'm about to throw out, but it's been there for a couple of days and it's still alive... ewwwwwww!

Olympics Memories

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It was totally unreal in Sydney during the Olympics. The majority of people were on holidays, so there was noone on the roads. I chose to continue working, so had dream drives into work, and then spent half my time watching "ip tv" olympics coverage, as there wasn't really much work to do any way.

Everyone was in a party/holiday mood. There was stacks of free entertainment round the city. The public transport system performed absolutely flawlessly.

We went out to Olympic Park to see a few things, and while it was insanely crowded, it was all very organised, thanks in no small part to the army of volunteers, and there was hardly any queueing for anything.

My biggest regret was not getting to see the opening ceremony. When I saw the opening ceremony for the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles I thought at the time that it would be a such a once in a lifetime event that if it ever came to Sydney I'd *have* to see it. My mother and I both applied for tickets, but we didn't get them. I didn't regret not having to pay $1345 *per ticket*, but I still really would love to have been there. I also wanted to go to one of the dress rehearsals, but you couldn't get tickets for that (you had to know people or be involved). My friend Liz was a volunteer, and her "beat" was Stadium Australia, so she got to see it for free.

Robert Palmer dies

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Just heard on the radio that Robert Palmer has died. Not that I was ever a fan or anything, but they just played "She Makes my Day" and it was all nostalgic because I seriously haven't heard the song at all in 12 years, and I was surprised how much of it remembered. I also had my first kiss to "Looking for Clues".

/me sleepie. Must be Friday.

Also, the Amazing Race finished on oz tv this week. The gay guys won. I actually wanted the clowns to win, they were the coolest team, but they came fourth. Oh well. And of the top three teams, the one I wanted to win took a wrong turn (Sydney instead of Tokyo) and ended up still in Hawaii when the winners had already crossed the line in Arizona, so that was a bit sad for them.

10 years on

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Sydney 2000 Olympics Bid Logo

Wow it's been 10 years (and a day) since the announcement of the winner of the bid to host the 2000 Olympics. That brings back a flood of memories. I can't believe it's been 10 years. I was at uni, and actually did a general studies project on the media coverage of the announcement. I taped a whole stack of the footage, and still have a bunch of it somewhere. The classic image of John Fahey jumping out of his seat is the first image that springs to mind.

Then there was Tanya Blencowe with her "My name is Tanya Blencowe. You may be wondering why an 11 year old girl is speaking to you to today. Well the reason is, I have a very important message for all of you, from the children of Sydney and Australia". Yikes I still remember the opening of that speech - they played it so often in the weeks afterwards. It was very sad a year later when she lost the whole top half of her house in a bushfire and lost most of her Olympics memorabilia.

ah what a classic. Must watch some of the footage again sometime.


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Thoroughly sucky day today. I don't even want to go there. Hoping to sleep the rest of it off and have something better tomorrow.

This is "for the record". If such a thing as this blog still exists in 20 years time, we'll be able to come back to it and either laugh or be scared if the predictions come true.

My friends were discussing what all their kids were going to be when they grew up. This is what they came up with:

Thomas - engineer - wide margin for error
Marc - doctor - has the memory for it, and can tell you stuff with such a straight face that anyone'd believer it
Josh - paleantologist - or something similarly single minded and antisocial
Ryan - architect - creative, and non-repetetive
Courtney - Jewish mother "you will do this and you will do it now"
Rachel - actress - or something relating to her talents as a drama queen

and a big shout out to sossuk, who doesn't allow posts to his blog, so I can't comment on any of his posts

Another stinker

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Another ridiculously (for this time of year) warm afternoon today. It's still 27C !

Bit of a nothing day otherwise. Did up some plans for our next server/rack rearrange, but the afternoon was mostly a writeoff cause I was feeling sick and miserable.

And I'm sick of the frigging insects in this place. Even when there's no food around, they still won't leave alone >:(


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According to my weather pixie, the temperature at Sydney Airport hit 34C at 5pm today. We're only three weeks into spring!

And because I haven't done one of these in a while..

1. Who is your favorite singer/musician? Why?
I don't have a favourite anymore. Previous favourites have included 1927, David Bowie, Queen and Billy Joel

2. What one singer/musician can you not stand? Why?
Shrug. Don't care too much. I thought Brittany Spears was a bit of a fake

3. If your favorite singer wasn't in the music business, do you think you would still like him/her as a person?

4. Have you been to any concerts? If yes, who put on the best show?
I've only been to a few. The best *shows* were from international acts - Billy Joel and Brian May

5. What are your thoughts on downloading free music online vs. purchasing albums? Do you feel the RIAA is right in its pursuit to stop people from dowloading free music?
Sure. But I do think music is ridiculously expensive to buy, so can see why people would do it. It's also good for getting stuff that's next to impossible to find in the shops. Like does anyone know where I could buy a copy of Transvision Vamp's Pop Art in Australia? Probably on the internet somewhere I guess, but certainly not in stores.

I need to get out more

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Went for a lovely drive yesterday, half way up the Putty Road to a bush doof. It was such a pretty drive up round Wilberforce and the Colo River. I really should do more driving - except that it's so darned expensive :(

I don't quite know how I made it home alive though - I was so tired coming back - the closest I've *ever* come to falling asleep at the wheel.

Today was church and catching up on sleep. I still feel like crap from this cold though. Think I'll just go crash.

happily zzzzz

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Two weeks ago I was almost suicidal because the other guys at work had had a wine/cheese night without me.. and tonight .. I'm pleasantly surprised and very pleasantly drunk because Ross told me a night in advance they were having one tonight (thanks Ross *hugs* and *massages*). Thanks also to Robert for giving me a lift home *huggles*. Am currently very buzzed, and it's only 8:15.

What a way to forget about a cold.

I'm still awake

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The suckiest part about having a 10.5 hour sleep one night is that you can't get to sleep at all the next night. Tonight. Been lying in bed for an hour and nothing is happening, so thought I'd get up and check me mail and have a whinge here. :)


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Feeling somewhat better today after getting to bed at 8:15 last night. Spent the morning figuring out which machines left in the building were still unpatched (they're pretty much all done now), and the afternoon rearranging our racks with little bits of paper cutouts on graph paper. Silly stuff like that is always fun. What's not fun is trying to make proprietary hardware fit into proprietary racks. Note that they both happen to be the same company, yet their older style mounting kits don't work in their newer style racks. Thanks Dell.

1st Rule of Tech Support
Is it plugged in?

2nd Rule of Tech Support
Is it turned on?

3rd Rule of Tech Support
Have you rebooted?

Those rules seriously cover 90% of all tech support problems.
The broken floppy from yesterday was indeed related to the first rule of tech support - is it plugged in? As suspected, it wasn't, and plugging it back in fixed it.

80% of the way through repatching the network. Good thing it's a lot quicker this time.

Spent this afternoon feeling totally whacked - I'm coming down with a cold or flu or something. About to go to bed actually. Must not chuck, must not chuck ..

waste waste waste

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I don't think I've actually achieved anything this week.

So far I've spent two days battling with a server that first had a cd-rom die, then when it was fixed under warranty they managed to break the floppy in the process.

Then there was another battle with a dlink modem router. I could get it to work on the internal side, but could not make it talk to the outside world. I even spent an hour in the tech support queue to find out if it could even be done on our network or if it had to be on the end of a dsl or cable connection (the manual wasn't terribly clear about it). Decided that it should in fact work, however still couldn't make it, so the dude said it should be looked at for a warranty repair. Before I sent it off I just thought I'd give it a try in another network point. It worked. Much cursing was involved. So then I took it to another point. It wouldn't work. Much scratching of head involved. Then it dawned on me (with some help from my boss): Duplexing. The damned thing doesn't support a forced 100mb full duplex link. Much more cursing involved.

In other news, David Bowie says he'll be coming to oz in February!! woohoo!!

Hands up..

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Jason Isaacs in The Patriot

Hands up anyone who thinks Jason Isaacs is yummy.. :)
And deliciously evil in movies like Harry Potter and even Dragonheart
Been watching Dragonheart tonight .. I *love* that movie.

David Thewlis who plays Einon in Dragonheart will be in the next Harry Potter movie as Lupin. I so can't wait for "the Prisoner of Azkaban" - it's my favourite of all the Harry Potter books. I can't say why though, it'd spoil the surprise.

Check this out - if you're in oz you can get a domain for free for six months.

Need to add a few lines to this so the pic doesn't scroll into the next entry..

Aside from that, I really have nothing to say .. how boring is that.

Nothing much

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It's late.


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Space Lego

I'd just put on the commentary for Twister, and the directors were talking about the Wizard of Oz similarities .. I changed channels back to live tv, and the credits for the Wizard of Oz were just coming up .. spooky! :) I can't understand a thing the dude is saying on the commentary, accent is 'orrible.

Had a cleaning day today, which is always a good thing. I think I could clean for a month and not make a dent in this place. Too much stuff I tells ya.

Had some fun laying out the space lego too (see pic)


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1. Is the name you have now the same name that's on your birth certificate? If not, what's changed?

2. If you could change your name (first, middle and/or last), what would it be?
I always thought Arielle is a pretty name (not Ariel - as in the Little Mermaid - that could be mistaken and pronounced aerial)

3. Why were you named what you were? (Is there a story behind it? Who specifically was responsible for naming you?)
dunno, parents just like the name

4. Are there any names you really hate or love? What are they and why?
My brother was going to be Wendy if he'd been a girl .. shrug

5. Is the analysis of your name at accurate? How or how isn't it?
yeah.. actually .. the technical stuff is pretty true


Was almost on the news tonight.. they were filming outside the hospital today and saw the footage on the news just now

Got a bunch of lego clips today, very exciting.. no.. really.. ;) Also one of my thingies on ebay is over $12!!

Think is time to go sleepie. night

Two years on

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World Trade Center - I went there just 10 months before the terrorist attacks

It's been two years tonight our time since the terrorist attacks in New York. Seeing the footage still affects me quite deeply.

I was actually at cia when I heard about it. Gamera had a faulty ide backup disk, and after a reboot it didn't come back, so I called up Marc and we went into the office to kick it. After removing the offending disk altogether, Marc said that the World Trade Centre had been hit by a plane - someone had told him on icq. We looked up some news sites and saw a picture on the BBC website. It also said both towers had been hit, so I immediately thought of a deliberate attack. I had no idea of the severity of the situation until I got home and turned on the tv. Almost immediately I realised how historic and terrible this was going to be, and started up the vcr recording.

I watched in total disbelief for the next 4 hours, talking to Marc and Horst online who also couldn't go to sleep. I only got about 3 hours sleep before getting up early to watch the morning news coverage. I don't think any of us got any work done the next day.

Just watching the news now; it feels kind of strange to be sitting here in exactly the same position at my computer as the previous two years.

And now to fight terrorism of a different kind - patching all my servers against the latest microsoft exploit :/

ebay madness

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Another sucky afternoon. Boss issues again. *sigh* :(

The things I put on ebay on Saturday are doing well. More than I expected to get for them. I can't believe some of the stuff that gets bought and sold on ebay. And the prices they go for! There are definitely ebay traders that must find stuff cheap at garage sales then sell them for profit online. Madness I tell you.

argh. Being hassled about cia stuff. What they don't seem to get is they don't pay me enough to care. I get paid for about 4-5 hours work per month. I do probably 20-30. And that doesn't include monthly bonuses that the rest of the staff get but I don't. There's very little incentive for me to work hard, when there's absolutely no reward and next to no appreciation. More sighing involved. Bed time. :/


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Had a better day than I thought I would. Even after spending too much time this morning dwelling on the stuff from Friday that made me not want to go back in the first place. Somehow I survived anyway.

cia support is a bit of a disaster. I must have spent well over an hour on the support mail and still didn't make a dent in it. After spending too much time on it I put on The Little Mermaid just for fun.

Mental Health Day

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I really should take these things more often. I slept in, I tidied up my flat, I went shopping, I bought another computer desk and just generally relaxed. Also decided I need to eat more chocolate, supposedly it's good for brain chemistry. I could really use another day off, I still have a stack of things to do here. Oh well, only 4 more days til the weekend :)

chucking a sickie

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I'm still seriously thinking of chucking a sickie tomorrow (ok, so a day in lieu). I *so* don't want to face my boss. I know that's a terrible situation to be in, but he just makes me crazy. And not even cause he's a bad boss or anything, on the contrary he's probably the best boss I've ever had.. he just doesn't *like* me. So even the slightest neglect and I take it as the end of the world.

The other alternative is to move offices. It's inevitable anyway.. we have a bunch of new people starting and it's most likely going to be me and Sami moving.. but it may send a message if I just quietly got up and moved that I just don't want to be there. shrug.

I could really use the time at home to catch up on things. Might just check my inbox and see if there's anything I really need to be in there for ..

Day of firsts

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Picked my first lock today. It was a very old lock though, so perhaps it wasn't that sophisticated. It was still pretty impressive though. I tried another couple of locks but had more trouble with those. Wonder if you can buy lock picking kits on the net.

Put my first items up for sale on ebay today. Just a couple of sets of lego I acquired when I bought a bulk load a while back. One of them even has a bid on it already!

Considering taking a mental health day on Monday. I *really really* don't want to go back to work. I could also use the time at home to finish cleaning this place up.

I hate everything

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And since everything I hate about life can be traced back to the fact that I just plain suck, I hate myself most of all.

Finding Nemo

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Finding Nemo
Saw Finding Nemo with Luc and Cynthia tonight, it was excellent, definitely worth seeing. I felt a bit sorry for Luc though, because he used to have a marine tank with a couple of clown fish and a blue tang (among others). He unfortunately had to give it up for political reasons, which was rather sad, not just for him but the whole company I reckon.

Apparently there's a shortage of clown fish because of this movie, and Queensland breeders are having trouble keeping up with world wide demand for them!

hate windoze

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Microsoft OLE DB Provider for ODBC Drivers error '8007000e'

[Microsoft][ODBC Microsoft Access Driver] Not enough space on temporary disk.

/adodb/dsn.asp, line 10

what on earth is that meant to mean? there's plenty of space
i give up
and noone's doing the cia support mail (much) and i can't keep up with it either


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Lacking inspiration I went to for a blog idea. Their idea of the day was:
"I eat out too much"
which was *so* the opposite of what I was thinking about commenting on, which was India. They've gone there on the Amazing Race a couple of times, and it really doesn't appeal to me at all. The poverty there is depressing, and as a woman I'd be lucky to escape the place without getting groped or outright lied to by the locals, which has been the fate of the girl teams that have been there. Not my cup of tea, thankyou.

Duracell Bunny

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John called me a Duracell bunny today. This was after he and Sally and Jim had all piked after an hour of ice skating and I decided to keep going :) I ended up staying til around 8:30 (I had the ice to myself from 8pm, and I think the guys working there were wishing I'd leave so they could :) ), then went back to work to reboot a server.

After not getting to bed til quite late last night, I'm very sleepie now, so definitely think it's time for bed!

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