October 2003 Archives

On the eve of my boss' wife having a baby, it seems that my two black angels are going to be parents!! I'm so excited for them.

I noticed one of the angels chasing the siamensis, which *never* happens, so that made me wonder what they were up to. Then I saw them - a val leaf covered in little yellow eggs. This has to be one of the coolest things in the world. ;)

It's the two black ones that are the parents. I distinguish them from lines of white markings on them - one has a white line running along the top of the tail fin, and the other a white line running down the bottom of the anal fin. For this reason I've never really thought of anything better to call them than "Top" and "Bottom". It seems that Top is the female and Bottom is the male. Top is having some trouble it seems trying to lay the eggs on the piece of val she's chosen. I've seen a few eggs float away as she's missed altogether. But there are a stack of eggs on the leaf. I just hope the val holds out for the time needed, it's rather an old leaf and could float away at any point.

/me is very excited :)

Double oops

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Again is far too late to even think about blogging.
/me goes off to collapse into bed.


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It's late.
Been making one of these after getting home from George's for dinner.

And to again prove that people have way too much time on their hands: http://www.physics.uq.edu.au/lp/lasdiag/enterp.shtml

If so, then arrest me :) Cause it tastes a whole lot better than the cheap stir fry beef you can buy. It also means I've had scotch fillet four nights in a row.. does it get any better than that? :)

About 15 years ago I started an origami model of a "Jackstone", using instructions in a book called "More Origami" by Robert Harbin. The book is so poorly illustrated that I never managed to get more than half way through the model because I simply couldn't get any further. And so it sat half built for around 10 years or so. Then a few years ago I somehow managed to get past that hurdle and actually managed to finish the thing. So last night I decided to give it another go. This time, with the aid of the internet, I've managed to get past the first hurdle, but still can't finish it. That is, I think I've gotten it right, and everything looks right, until it gets to one step where suddenly it's different from what I achieved in the previous step. I can see where things *should* go but can't see any way to get there. And of course noone else has ever bothered to put up some half decent instructions. The closest I have found was this site which had some tiny little jpgs showing just the first half of construction.

I ended up getting to bed far too late last night because I felt like I was so close to finishing that I should be able to do it in a few minutes. This was not to be. And I can't let it go now either. I'm not willing to concede defeat on something that should be obvious.

Go 28.8!

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I'm using a 28.8k modem at home for the first time in over a year. Thanks to cia's decision to ditch Request and go back to Tel$tra. Also feeling very vulnerable with my puta exposed directly to the internet instead of behing my nice little firewall router. Oh well. Good thing I patched last night.

Survived my first day of my "new attitude". So far so good. Gonna need a lot of help though methinks.

  • Jurassic Park was released, changed majors at uni
  • I had pneumonia and missed two weeks of uni
  • Olympic city announced (The winner is .. Syd-a-ney)
  • I tought myself to touch type

  • I love daylight savings, it rocks. They should start it at the end of August like they did during the Olympics.

    Spent far too much time this weekend reading Harry Potter and The Belgariad, but achieved almost everything else I needed to this weekend so it's all good. Not only that, I'm not dreading going to work tomorrow, which is also a good thing.

    Feeling hungry though - it definitely doesn't feel like dinner time though, it's too bright.

    ok I'm being a really good girl at the moment and chucking out piles of stuff (ok a great big pile of plastic bags). There are Granny Mays bags, bookshop bags, record shop bags (including Brashs bags - stores that don't exist anymore), pet shop bags, Grace Bros bags, Myer bags, clothing store bags. All bar a few of them are going. I actually used to label the bags with what I bought in them, like a lot of my David Bowie and Queen cds. 13 years on I think I can let go.

    My problem is definitely one of forgiveness. To forgive someone is actually very liberating. It means you can start afresh and don't have to hold up the whole act of holding a grudge. I've always had problems with forgiveness. Usually with people that give me suicidal thoughts. For some reason I can't get past those. But I have two big opportunities, and a myriad of little ones, in the near future to practise forgiveness. I'll try it out and let everyone know how it goes.


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    I can't sleep in. I just can't do it. I wake up at my normal weekday time on weekends, which in this case is like 6:30. Then of course I'm hungry and need to go to the toilet so I have no chance of getting back to sleep feeling that uncomfortable. But of course once I get up, then I'm fully awake and can't get back to sleep anyway. It's enough to drive you crazy I tells ya.

    Thinking of taking a mental health day on Monday, I'm dreading work so much. Haven't decided yet. It might not be as bad as I expect..

    Unleash the dopamine

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    Although probably not enough tonight. Which may or may not have been a good thing. Probably a good thing. The potential for crashing is far too high. Especially when *he* is there and it gets rubbed in all the more how much he likes other people more than you. Oh the horrible feelings that went through me tonight. It sucks big time.

    Gonna have to wait it out for a bit here before I go home. Don't wanna get arrested or anything silly.


    /me goes off to watch a dvd for a bit.

    Previous paragraph snipped cause I think it would get me into too much trouble if anyone I know from work ever read it.

    Feeling sucky at the moment. Grumpy and depressed and *really* not wanting to go to work.

    I've been a day ahead of myself all week. Wishing tonight was Friday so I could release a little dopamine and sleep in. Maybe I should chuck a sickie tomorrow and use up some of time in lieu.

    SUS is Sus

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    Can't get clients talking to our sus server properly. Driving me absolutely nuts. Seen it work about twice, but can't make anything else work anymore. Looks like we'll have to go around patching the building manually *again* >:(

    Half empty

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    You know how you're supposed to be able to tell if a person is optimistic or pessimistic by whether they think a glass is "half full" or "half empty" ? Well I think that is a load of rubbish. A glass is half empty if it is half way through being drunk. It is half full if it is being filled up. It all depends on which direction the liquid is heading. It also means that a glass is more likely to be half empty than half full, because it's only half full for that moment right in the middle of pouring the glass at the beginning of the drink.

    Or in this case, watch someone else do all the fiddly bits, and just make the appropriate grunts here and there and hey presto, two laptops talk to each other via wireless. Pretty peeved about missing Survivor though, will have to watch the tape tomorrow night.

    Looking somewhat more likely that I'll get to see Mt Rushmore next year.. but still depends on *lots* of things falling together right. Can't let myself get too excited yet.

    Damned tax

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    Spent most of the night tonight trying to figure out my tax. It was all straightforward except the NRMA shares which I sold - it's all a big mess and there's no examples anywhere. Think I may have to call the ATO tomorrow and beg for help.

    Being so caught up in all that I forgot I needed to patch all my servers this weekend. I'm tempted to wait a few more days in case there's any problems with the patches. But then it would be just my luck to have a worm come out before I patched them all.

    Caught up with Carl last night for dinner which was pretty cool. We're organising another drinks night at the Coro in a couple of weeks.

    Watching "Coyote Ugly" at the moment. It was pretty much the only half decent movie we got to see on the plane to America a few years ago.

    For some reason I have that song in my head. It couldn't possibly have anything to do with the very small chance I might get to see them next year.

    1. Name five things in your refrigerator
    Milk, orange juice, cheese, soft drink, dip

    2. Name five things in your freezer
    Meat, meat, meat, meat, meat. And some leftovers :)

    3. Name five things under your kitchen sink
    Dish washing stuff (obviously), aluminium foil, garbage bags, glad wrap, lots of chemicals

    4. Name five things around your computer
    Desk, phone, lots of computer books, software boxes, lego spacemen minifigs

    5. Name five things in your medicine cabinet
    Band-aids, steroid stuff for dermatitis I had a few years back, thermometers, stuff for mouth ulcers, codral

    10 years

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    Jurassic Park

    Good grief, it's been 10 years since Jurassic Park was released. I saw it the day it was released. I was at uni at the time and saw it on the first morning. I'm now watching it again for the first time in years.

    If it hadn't been for that movie, this web page very well may not exist. There's a whole story behind it here. The movie influenced the major I took at uni, which led me to the people I met and the career I ended up in.

    It wasn't even that great a movie. I enjoyed the book more. I actually read the book in a day and a half the same day my mid-year 2nd year exams finished in 1993. But watching the movie has brought back all sorts of memories.

    Another thing I did was write a review on all the reviews on the movie for a "general studies" subject. So I did all sorts of reading about the movie and all the associated stories on genetics, and taped and watched at least a dozen different documentaries and specials. Fun times :)

    In the last week Vic, Richard, Dennis and I have all made mention of comment spammers in their blogs.

    I wonder how automated the spammers are, and if renaming the fields in the form would help. I have a feeling they're not completely automated, as I saw two consecutive spams that looked like they'd made a typo in the first one and so got it right in the second.

    I'm also considering moving this into mysql, as I read in the link on Richard's page, someone else had had a massive spam attack, and could easily remove them all with a simple line of sql code. I'd hate to have to delete a big attack one by one using the MT interface.. :(


    It's Friday tomorrow!!


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    Got a lolita comment spam today. Not happy, Jan. Can only see this being a bigger and bigger problem in the future, and noone seems to have come up with any good ideas on how to stop it. All I can do is delete the posts as they come in.

    Paul, no the fish is a "siamensis" - it's an algae eater, also known as a flying fox. It's a fish that's built for speed, and has evaded all attempts to catch it. "Siamese" (fighting fish) on the other hand, you can catch with your bare hands :)

    day 2..

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    Day 2 somewhat better than day 1 .. maybe just because I was so busy I didn't have too much time to feel grumpy. I guess that's a good thing.

    Wondering if I'll ever be able to catch the siamensis to move it into the other tank. That is, without emptying the entire tank and removing all the plants to get to it. That's how Fee does it. She also gave me lots of new plants last night. I've kinda lost count of the number of different species I have now.

    Day 1

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    Day 1 in my new office has passed. It was a bit grumbly, but my boss was nice enough to start using icq again, which was rather sweet of him.

    Spent half the day trying to get used to my new desk, which is fully ergonomic and you can adjust the whole desktop to different heights. Trying to figure out the best combination of table and chair heights.

    Man I'm so tired. Although I think most of that is that my eyes are so tired from wearing contacts all day and later into the night than I normally would. Can't wait to collapse into bed and just close my eyes..


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    Usually zzz in the subject means alcohol affecting the brain, as is the case tonight after the "first of the month" got moved a week.

    Feeling very sleepie.

    Got part way through the leftovers of last weekend's todo list this weekend, so at least that's a start. Tomorrow have the joys of a new office to get used to.



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    My todo list is still out of control.

    Not helped by a blackout in Glebe during UPS maintance at the exchange, meaning all cia's servers crashed in a heap, and chasing people to make sure gamera was rebooted and all it's services were working. This was after a day and a half battle with a $#!%load of "bounced" spam sending the mail server's queue through the roof. Campbell and Daniel have spent two days fighting with it trying to keep it under control so that mail can be processed for customers. It's basically been one disaster after another, and Campbell is understandably, totally over it.

    Then, after shopping, went to my parent's place for me little brother's birthday dinner. Had a couple of fun games of 500 afterwards - including one game, where the first call of the game was to Dad and he called Open Misere. He won it, and so I won a game without even playing a card. In fact the game was declared won on the second round of play, when it was decided that noone would be able to beat him. Funny stuff. David was declared the loser of the night after losing the three games he played.

    Moving Day

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    Well today was moving day. Spent a good portion of the day cleaning up the office and chucking out old crap, including cases and power supplies, isa network cards, isa sound cards, vesa video cards, even a vesa scsi card.

    Now I do enjoy cleaning up, but as the afternoon wore on I got grumpier and grumpier about having to move out. Played a game of cribbage with Jim before finally moving my computer after 7pm. It was kinda funny, I took my bag with my when I moved my computer - it's like wherever my computer is, that's my home.

    The only real good thing about this move is that I'll get to share an office with my best friend, who starts back with us on Monday. Which actually might be a good thing or a bad thing, as we've shared an office before and it has the potential for causing tension. Hopefully it will be a good thing though.

    Work memories

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    In preparation for tomorrow's office move, I was cleaning out my desk/drawers of crap so I could file stuff I hadn't filed in months. I started with a filing cabinet drawer that had been accumulating stuff since 1997. Plenty of memories were dredged up about the various projects I've done over the years, server info, schools support, project work, network diagrams, web design, etc etc. Had a lot of fun giggling over some of the earlier work I did and had completely forgotten about, like a complete audit I did of the computers in a couple of the units we support. Not too many of those computers would even exist anymore.

    We've chucked out a lot of old computers, mostly pentiums, but the odd PII as well. We dumped a whole stack of dead stuff outside our door in the hopes that someone would steal it. Noone has.

    So I guess I'm not *completely* hopeless - as in my last post on the topic of throwing things out where I just couldn't do it - I actually chucked out a pretty decent percentage of the stuff I had in that drawer.

    Still not looking forward to moving tomorrow though :(


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    Very late in fact.

    Have to move offices this week, not really looking forward to it :/


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    It's amazing how *normal* Meatloaf looks, and how *odd* he comes across in interview .. (at least he is in this interview with Rove at the moment).

    Since I got my big tank, up until about three weeks ago, I've been doing ~15%water changes pretty much every week.

    Since I got my small tank in May, I've changed the water once (in July).

    I tested pH and Nitrates today. ~6.5 each for pH and ~10mg/L each for Nitrate.

    ok so the small tank only has 7 neon tetras and two corys, but still, it's pretty cool that the levels are the same for both tanks. I've dropped back to once every two weeks on the big tank, and will probably do the small tank just as sporadically unless I get some more fish. At the moment the small tank is a jungle of plants, which I guess are using up all the nitrates.

    Silly stuff.


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    http://www.this-or-that.org/ is gone for good, according to the rather upset sounding note on the webpage. Poor Christine.

    /me dreams of collapsing into bed


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    Feeling totally grumbly at the moment. Perhaps it's because I was meant to be going out tonight but everyone's piked so that's not happening. Or that fact that it's cold and wet and miserable outside. Or that I haven't done the washing up and the kitchen feels cold.

    I've gotten some way through tidying up the place, but still a long way to go. Been reading Harry Potter. I got the first couple of books the other day, and the first one is so tiny compared to the last one. I'm 2/3 of the way through it and I've only been reading it sporadically since last night. This was after finishing The Catcher in the Rye, which turned out to be boring as. I kept waiting for something to happen, but it was just two days in the life of a high school drop out. Big deal.


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    Just spent the last few hours looking at some of the pages at http://www.ericharshbarger.org/lego/portfolio.html - it's simply amazing. Having to force myself to go to bed now, as I never seem to be able to sleep past about 8am even when I can.

    Broom broom

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    1. What vehicle do you drive?
    A Laser!

    2. How long have you had it?
    Two and half years (after my last laser was kidnapped and murdered)

    3. What is the coolest feature on your vehicle?
    Air conditioning? :)

    4. What is the most annoying thing about your vehicle?
    The locks - I haven't had them replaced since it got broken into last, and the central locking sometimes jams and the driver side door doesn't open, so I have to go round to the passenger side door to open the lock

    5. If money were no object, what vehicle would you be driving right now?
    Probably a 1997/1998 WRX

    Dave introduced me to Skype tonight which is a lot of fun - the quality is fantastic!

    Also spent way too much time tonight playing with and reading about Lego. I got a bunch of old stuff in the mail today, including six classic minifigs that have a sticker on their torso instead of the printed logo. I'm trying to find info on them - it seems they were very early minifigs and Bricklink only has one red one worldwide. I have six of the things - three red and three white. I'm sure they'd be worth something, but the hard part would be finding who. Maybe I should open my own bricklink store!

    And to support my theory that some people have way too much time on their hands, check this site out!

    Have you the ring?

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    Another one of my exes gets married tomorrow. Well, strictly speaking he can't be called an ex, since we were never officially in a "relationship". But it was more than "just friends" for seven months, so I suppose that counts for something. I actually went to the weddings of my last two exes, and both times I felt a little weird, so perhaps it's a good thing I wasn't invited.

    A mission begins

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    Spent a chunk of today figuring out our next server rearrange and a move to AD from NT4. Sound like fun?

    Also watched Harry Potter at George's and now it's very late, so time for bed.

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