April 2004 Archives

Some time ago I mentioned my first ebay burning. Well the story has progressed somewhat.

So this is what happened.

Feburary. I was collecting lego bricks for mosaics at the time. I saw some lego that I was interested in, but the seller mentioned that she would only ship to the United States. But she accepted paypal, so I emailed her and asked if she'd ship to Australia. She at first said no, but followed this up a short time later (about 20 min in fact) with another email to say that she would.

So the end of the auction time comes, and the lego I'm interested in has had no other bids. Now, the starting price for all of the lego brick sets was $0.01. That's right, 1 cent each. She had 21 lots, of 1 cent each. So I bid on all of them, and won them all (actually there were one or two other lots that I didn't bid on because I wasn't interested in them).

Now this is where it all came unglued. She told me that they did not combined postage, and postage for each item was going to be $3.15 each, or $66.15.

I went back and checked her writeup for the items. To quote:

"Please remember that shipping is not necessarily combined for all auctions."

Now I would take that to mean that for items where it is impractical to combine postage (say for bulkier items) postage would not be combined. She did not say in her description "We do not combine postage". In fact, for small bags of lego, it would be impractical *not* to combine postage, as separate wrapping/envelopes would be needed for each lot, and it would be far less fiddly to put the whole lot together.

Well, I certainly was not going to pay $66.15. After several emails back and forth, the final postage price was quoted at $37. OK, this is still a complete ripoff, as airmail for that quantity of lego would have been about $10-$15 (I actually went back to several earlier auctions, counted bricks, and gave the postage details for those auctions to her), but I bit the bullet and paid her.

Then a day or two later (and here's the clincher), I get an email saying that to send all the lego by airmail was going to cost her $55.00 - $60.80, which she didn't have on her at the time, so she sent it all surface mail.

Skip to today. One package arrives, postmarked with $6 postage. One single solitary package that cost $6 to send surface mail.

So. I was quoted $37 for postage. It cost her $6. This is $31 that she pocketed for herself. She said she refused to combine postage. The package arrived combined. I was lied to. I paid $37 for surface mail, when it would have cost $10-$15 airmail.

I just had to laugh. What else can you do, really? However, I did address my concerns in an email, and asked her to provide 21 good reasons why I shouldn't leave her a page full of negative feedback for ripping me off and lying to me.

We'll see what she says :)

It's a Sony!

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I am very excited at the moment - I have a new toy! :) A Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F828 digital camera. Luc got it for me today, which was days earlier than I was expecting it. Gave an excited squeal and raced out to pick it up :):)

Of course the first thing I had to was extricate it from the box, plug in the battery, plug in the memory stick, figure out how to turn it on, set the date, and ask for volunteers to be in the first photograph. Vic volunteered, so here he is, in the first photo taken on the camera.

The chromatic abberration talked about in reviews is there, but not too severe. Macro focussing capabilities could be problematic. Have to do some more testing on that one. Nightshot mode is very cool - active infrared lamp to take photos in total darkness. Manual zoom will take some getting used to, as will all the controls. Plugged it into the tv and played pictures straight onto the tv which worked perfectly. Actually I plugged it into one of the vcrs, so you could video tape your photos if you wanted :)

Now I need a spare battery, and lots more memory :)

Oh, and I'll need to write a perl script or similar to put a datestamp in the file name. My Olympus C900zoom very politely put the date and month in its file names. I'll have to write something that puts 20040429- or something similar in front of the file names to keep everything in proper order.


For once! A nice and easy one! I was at work when this one came in, and the first purple thing that popped into my field of view was Dumbledore.

Although I didn't get around to actually photographing him and Quirrell until this morning.

Of course once I'd done that I started seeing purple thing everywhere. Purple walls. Purple buildings. Trees covered in brilliant purple flowers.

And purple goes well with the colour scheme of my blog :)

whoops, it's late

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I'm sure I had some deeply profound stuff I wanted to write about tonight, but I can't really think of anything right now. Oh well. Guess I'll just have to go to bed then. Sorry.

The Lion King

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Just got home from seeing the stage version of The Lion King with Luc and Cynthia. It's brilliant! If you haven't seen it, go see it!

It's pretty much exactly like the movie, all the songs from the movie are in it, and huge slabs of the script are identical. I was even quoting bits of it, lol. There's quite a bit of extra stuff too, a couple of extra songs and more dancing.

The coolest thing though was the puppetry. It was phenomenal. Lots of animals, even a full sized elephant! It was very cool how they did the wildebeast stampede too.

I was slightly disappointed with Jay Laga'aia's (Mufasa) performance, he just didn't seem to have the majestic voice (cf James Earl Jones, but then not much can compare to that). But I dunno, the way the mics were setup, even child-simba's roar was better than his. Tony Harvey's Scar was pretty good, but then again, not much can compare with Jeremy Irons :) Timon and Pumba are great, especially the puppetry for Pumbaa.

Anyways, it's a school night, best be off.

That was nothing on how I'm feeling now. I need a weekend to recover from my weekend! Thinking about taping 24 and just going to bed.

Last night went to a friend's birthday party which was lots of fun. Little bit of drinking and lots of dancing, and didn't get to bed til after 3am :) Of course, I can't sleep in past 9am, so didn't end up getting much sleep. Another nothing day. ie, got nothing done. Except for washing the sheets and towels. yay. And a lot of reading and looking up photos and reviews for my new camera. Definitely decided to go ahead with the Sony DSC F828.

I also watched last week's Blue Heelers, which they televised live. I've never actually watched an episode of Blue Heelers before, but thought this would be interesting watching. They had a making-of special beforehand, which was fascinating. The show itself looks like it went off without too many mistakes.. certainly none that I noticed anyway. It didn't have quite the same "live" feel to it watching it from video tape, I would like to have watched it live, but I was out. Oh well. It's on the tape after The Godfather part II, which I'll have to keep until I ever get around to seeing part I, so I may watch the episode again one day.

Which way is up?

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Not exactly sure what happened to today, but suddenly it's 6pm. wtf?? An tomorrow will be a writeoff, I can tell from here.

All I've managed to achieve today is to do a water change in the big tank, and weed the little tank. That's the sum total of my efforts.

Panic sets in as I realise how much I have to do in the next three weeks. arhgghh!

Dazed look

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The problem with working on Saturdays is that there's no distractions, so work is very "concentrated". That is, I could probably do more on a Saturday than about three days normally. Well actually, I'm also under a lot more pressure because usually there's some sort of outage involved, and you can't afford to waste any time. It does leave you feeling incredibly drained though. Worked all day, dinner at the parents', met Fabian finally, then home to continue working on stuff I didn't finish this arvo. Still trying to work out the idiosynchrasies of w2k3/iis6, which I'd never even seen until a week ago, and hoping it's secure enough.

Now I can barely keep my eyes open, but still have to hang out the washing. blah.


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Was reading this on Richard's blog, and was given further evidence that people have way too much time on their hands.

This week's meme, write down the 5th sentence of the 23rd page of the nearest book to you.
Well I'm arbitrarily picking page number 23, as opposed to the 23rd page, and the 5th complete sentence.

The very idea of going to them when they awoke, and telling them about his scar hurting him, and about his worries about Voldemort, was laughable.

10 points for guessing which book it's from (the number that is, the series is all too obvious :) )

Pieces and Bits

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The Friday Five seems to be on permanent holiday. I think they've had about one new one in the past six weeks. Surely it can't be that hard to post five questions, especially when people send them to you!

I got my Jason fix at lunch in the oddest of places today - in the children's section of a book store. They had a photo story book of Peter Pan. I was sorely tempted to buy it, it was only $10, but most of the photos are on the internet anyway. Maybe next week.

Dropped into the new Bunnings up the road this arvo with Luc. We spent the better part of an hour wandering around the place. It's massive! About four times the size of the old one. They even had fairy floss (I haven't had fresh fairy floss in years!), clowns, musicians, face painting, and fireworks (although I only heard those from the comfort of my home, I didn't stick around to watch them). Luc left with a trolley full of stuff, I left covered in sugar :)

Finally decided, after malicious code was released for MS04-011, that I shouldn't wait til tomorrow to patch the last remaining NT4 server. So I'm sitting here waiting for people to stop working, and they *won't*. It's Friday night people! Go home!! In the end I just waited until there was a minimum of five minutes idle time all round, and rebooted anyway.

And in other news. The Moreton Bay Fig tree has had its execution date set. Next Thursday. Going to take the opportunity this weekend to finish photographing it, and collecting as many seeds as possible in the hopes of growing some. Although not quite sure what I'll do with them if they grow.. what does one do with Moreton Bay Fig tree seedlings?


My brother has for a long time had a train disaster photo page entitled "oops", so naturally this is what I thought of for this week's Theme Thursday. But I didn't think I had much in the way of train disaster photos, and it's not exactly the sort of thing you can plan.

So ponder the week away, racking my brains trying to think of something to use. Come tonight and I'm no closer to finding anything. So it's back through the archives I trawl. Suddenly I see a genuine "oops" in the tradition of my brothers page...

Two 81 class locomotives on 9162 Dunmore to Sydney stone train derailed at the catch points at the Northern end of Unanderra.

I actually got this photo that my brother didn't get, as Dad and I walked back to a road overpass to look straight down the tracks, and the rather steep angle the locomotive veered out at. Pity I don't have more than 3x zoom on my camera :(

Have a look at the rest of my brother's photos, there's a spectacular shot of a completely shattered rail - that would have made a hell of a bang!

I need to have someone's kneecaps broken, or some such torture, does anyone know anyone in the Italian mafia? It's the first time I've been ripped off by someone on ebay. Unfortunately it was also among one of my bigger purchases. Typical hey? Thoroughly pissed off about it. But the luser is in Italy which makes getting anything done about next to impossible. Ebay have already said it's outside the timeframe to make a complaint against them.

Not happy Jan.

After ghosting the new webserver so I could go back to it as necessary, I installed Cold Fusion MX 6.1. Clean install. I didn't install RDS straight away because I wanted to go look up the password. So this left me with the exact same problem I had when I did it at home - an IO error when looking up the datasources. Turns out this error is linked to RDS. Sigh. Then I find the instructions to reenable RDS aren't even correct. (well my web.xml file doesn't have the exact line they mention). More sighing. I think I managed to reenable it. It still doesn't actually let me browse for files, but it doesn't give me the error.

So then I tried to find some sample code, which I put into a cfm file, and astoudingly enough, it actually worked!!! The little script looked up the datasource and returned each entry of the database. I couldn't believe it. Looks like we'll be able to go ahead with our migration after all.

18 more questions

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Stolen from Richard and Dave..

1. Who do you admire the most and why?
Not sure about the most, but recentest.. Ian Thorpe, and the way he handled his disqualification from the 400m. If ever there was a true Australian hero, he would be it I reckon.

2. What would you have as your last meal if you were on death row?
Roast pork with apple sauce, gravy and crackling, the way my mother makes it

3. What is your earliest memory?
Probably the old family car, and getting a new one when I was about four.

4. If you had 3 wishes, what would your 3rd wish be?
Probably that I'd could be rich enough not to have to work anymore, and travel wherever I wanted to.

5. If you had to be blind or deaf, which would you choose?
Deaf. The only thing I'd miss being deaf would be music. If I was blind I couldn't work, couldn't exist.

6. Have you ever been dared to do something where the risk exceeded the reward (ie. jump off a building for a penny)?
Don't think so..

7. If you were forced to live the rest of your existence in a fictional world from a movie, book and TV show which ones would you select?
After pondering this over reading and watching tv for an hour, I'm no closer to an answer for this. How about movie - probably something futuristic .. or magical .. I'll get back to you; book - perhaps the world of Harry Potter, with magic; tv - the utopia of the Star Trek world would be nice.

8. If you had a superpower, which superpower would it be and why?
Easy - the ability to fly - always been my greatest wish ever

9. What is your favourite vegetable?

10. In how many different languages do you know the meaning of at least one word?
Probably yes or no, dunno how many tho - maybe english, french, german, italian, russian? probably others too. Someone I know once said you should learn five words when going to another country - yes, no, please, thankyou and toilet. Everything else you can fumble your way through with sign language :)

11. What did you want to be when you were a child?
For a while I wanted to be an artist because I was fairly good at drawing. Then I discovered flight and thought that the only jobs you could get as a woman was a flight attendant. Then realised there was such a thing as female pilots, and wanted to join the air force because they paid you to learn to fly, but I was too short and my eyesight wasn't good enough. And that was the end of that really.

12. What one event (if any) would you change in your personal past if you had the power to do it once?
Tough one. Been through lots of tough times, but I wouldn't be where I am now if I hadn't been through them in the right order. There's not really anything I can think of that I desperately wish hadn't happened. Except in the cases of depression when I wish I hadn't been born.

13. What's the one question you want to be asked of you in an interview?
I liked Dave's response of "what will you do with the $25 million you just won on lotto?" hehe

14. Have you ever cheated death?
Don't think so

15. What was the most important decision you've ever had to make?
Dunno.. buying this flat I suppose, that certainly involved the most money

16. Which sports team do you support the most, and why?
Probably the Australian Olympics team .. I don't follow sports much

17. Mobile phones (cellphones) - evil or good?
Oh evil ;) But I don't think I could live without one. I feel naked without it - disconnected!

18. What is your favourite song at the moment?
Something wicked this way comes

28 days

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.. which is a frighteningly short time, considering how much I have to do in that time :/ Gonna be a decent amount of panicking in the next few weeks methinks.

Had Pete's 30th birthday party last night, which was cool. Didn't know as many people there as I thought I might have, so ended up just talking to James most of the night.

Spent all afternoon and half the night clearing video tapes - ER and Braveheart; and the other half reading Goblet of Fire. The cool thing is, Luc has just finished Chamber of Secrets and wants to borrow Prizoner of Azkaban. Cool because I never even got around to trying to make him read them - he started reading them himself! heh

Psycho angels

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One of the black angels is completely psycho at the moment. Whenever I feed them, he'll follow my hands wherever they go, and if I put my fingers in the water he bites savagely. Not that an angel *can* bite, since I don't think they have any teeth, but he gives a pretty good gumming :) I assume it's because of all the eggs around at the moment, but I'm sure he's the one eating them. Then again, this batch has been around longer than usual, so perhaps they are protecting them. A decent chunk of them have turned white though, so we're still not getting anywhere :(

Aside from that, did quite a bit of tidying and a water change this morning before allowing myself to play and read Prisoner of Azkaban.

Took most of the day to get one thing done today. Blah. Finally got it done, which let me clear the desk to setup our new web server. The old one was out of warranty which was good enough reason to buy a new one. I love my job hehe. I now have a week to set everything up, install everything, and plan the migration from the old one. I can't remember how long it took last time we did a migration (actually that was an upgrade over nt4), but I'm sure it took more than a week of planning and doing. yikes.

Gamera got hammered again today by a ddos on the sportsbetting site. The customer has been asked to leave.

Got home, won lego set 6807 which I've been after for months, watched Armageddon all the way through, then 9pm comes round and Campbell calls up and we decide to head out to Evilhouse for a video night. We're watching "American Splendor". It's a bit strange, rather slow, but funny in a few odd places.

It's friday! yayy


Noise. How do you photograph noise? The obvious thing is to photograph something that *makes* noise, or perhaps some graphical representation of noise - eg the output of a wav file in sound recorder. The latter not being nearly so interesting as the former, I went with the former.

But what to photograph?

Lots of things popped into my head, but the thing I chose is one of the servers at work. These things have more fans in them than a hairdresser. As a consequence, a rack full of these things makes such a noise you can hear it most of the way down the corridor, even with the door closed. Even one by itself in a quiet office is enough to make you relish the sound of silence when it is turned off. Try going into the server room during a power outage - now *that* is a strange experience to the initiated.

Well I got my Jason fix at lunch today - Armageddon having arrived in the mail. A lovely job he does of holding the model meteor, but not much else, hehe.

We went out to Sizzler for dinner for James' birthday tonight. I, as usual, overate, as one tends to do at all-you-can-eat places. I don't get good value out of "all-you-can-eat" restaurants, because I don't eat much to start with. My little stomach can only hold so much. oh well.

The angels laid yet another bunch of eggs today (they laid another batch last week also). But I really think one of them is eating the eggs. Need to figure out some way of separating them.

Also my poor little Olympus C-900 zoom camera is dying. I've been planning to get a new camera anyway, but now it beeps whenever I take out the memory card, and it's chewing through batteries at a ridiculous rate. I've taken to leaving the batteries out of the camera when I'm not using it so they don't get eaten up so quickly. I'm going to have to get it serviced, but I wonder what the turnaround time is.. remind me to ask Olympus sometime soon

Another late night, and still no washing done. Not much likelyhood of it happening tomorrow either. Might do the washing tonight and hang it out in the morning.

24 just got silly

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OK so it was bad enough having Kim working at CTU, but I could deal with that. But now Nina Meyers has come back. Sheesh!

Pity about Lex on Survivor. I really hope they get rid of Rob soon, I don't like him much. It's kinda funny with Lex, because I remember he wasn't portrayed very well on the African survivor, and I didn't like him much on that show. The runner up, Kim, said though that she thought Lex would have won if she'd taken him to the final two, because he was actually different in real life.

urgh can't believe it's so late. There's just not enough hours in the day to get everything done. I was going to do a water change tonight and I need to water the plants. arghghg

23 questions

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Stolen from Richard:

  1. Grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 18, find line 4. Write down what it says:
    "..summer present for Dudley, who had been complaining loudly.."
  2. Stretch your left arm out as far as you can. What do you touch first?
    The filing cabinet
  3. What is the last thing you watched on TV?
    Sunrise this morning
  4. WITHOUT LOOKING, guess what the time is:
  5. Now look at the clock; what is the actual time?
    17:43. Pretty close I thought considering I hadn't looked at the time since I got home half an hour ago.
  6. With the exception of the computer, what can you hear?
    The fish tanks
  7. When did you last step outside? What were you doing?
    Well I last "stepped outside" five days ago, but I got home half an hour ago
  8. Before you came to this website, what did you look at?
    Was looking at the other blogs I read
  9. What are you wearing?
    Jeans and a tshirt - my official kazza uniform
  10. Did you dream last night?
    Yeah - I dreamt I was in an ozemail situation at cia, and I said something sarcastic and they told me to get out.
  11. When did you last laugh?
  12. What is on the walls of the room you are in?
  13. Seen anything weird lately?
  14. What do you think of this quiz?
    Not bad, otherwise I wouldn't be doing it
  15. What is the last film you saw?
    Didn't I answer this the other day? Fame.
  16. If you became a multi-millionaire overnight, what would you buy first?
    Plane tickets to Europe.. that or a new digital camera
  17. Tell me something about you that I don't know.
    How do I know what you know about me? :)
  18. If you could change one thing about the world, regardless of guilt or politics, what would you do?
    Eradicate sin. But I guess Jesus would need to come back for that to happen.
  19. Do you like to dance?
  20. George Bush: is he a power-crazy nutcase or some one who is finally doing something that has needed to be done for years?
    He's an idiot
  21. Imagine your first child is a girl, what do you call her?
    I always like Arielle but I dunno if I'd call a child that
  22. Imagine your first child is a boy, what do you call him?
    Never thought that far ahead.
  23. Would you ever consider living abroad?

Been away, sorry

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Was hoping I'd get some opportunities to post, but motels in Australia are pretty slack at having phones in the rooms. I'll upload my travelogue prolly tomorrow.

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As I was thinking of this, the thing that kept popping into my head when thinking about "heavy metal" was the Sydney Harbour Bridge - a massive steel arch bridge. But alas, I don't have any good photos of the Harbour Bridge taken on my camera. Then I thought about making a mosaic of it, but it's not the sort of thing that lends itself to a small mosaic (96 pixels wide at most). So what to use?

In the end, I used a photo of a bobcat that has been digging up the back lane this week, and a photo of my friends' brand-new-second-hand car the same day they got it. Both were taken out the window of my car, and both are a menace to the roads in their own way :)

It's Friday!

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No really, it is! I don't have to go to work tomorrow, so today felt like Friday for me :)

Watched Labyrinth with George tonight cause it was on Optus. This version had the few seconds of Hoggle urinating in the pond cut out of it. Silly really :)

urf I'm tired.

Just read all my blog links, and still no motivation. Must be time to end this :)

Last two

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Tuesday Twosome:

1. What are the last two movies you saw?
Fame, seesh I can't remember what I saw before that, it's been a couple of weeks.

2. What are the last two TV shows you saw?
Survivor all stars and CSI

3. What are the last two items you purchased?
Six inch pizza on Italian herb and cheese today, nachos yesterday

4. What are the last two beverages you drank?
Orange juice, lift

5. What are the last two sites you surfed (before coming here)?
http://www.ebroadcast.com.au/TV/static/SydneyNight.html? and ebay

Much better mood today. Very loooonnnnngggg meeting at cia tho. Left to get home in time for survivor, and everyone else left too :) And suddenly it's late. blah.

Sucky day

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I don't know whether it was the rain, or the argument with my boss over batteries of all things, but I was in a grumpy mood all day. Sucky work day not getting much done; having to explain to the cia staff list why cold fusion doesn't work; and fighting with notes, which I haven't done all year, and probably for good reason. A bright spot was collecting a batch of lego from the post office, will now have plenty of grey spares for my space lego :) But then I descended back into darkness setting up cold fusion on a server at home. Of course it didn't work (I didn't actually expect it to), but with a different error than gamera. I'm sure I'll get a lovely chance tomorrow to face vic in person and tell him what a piece of crap cold fusion is. Either that or get fired. Waiting for that day to happen. One day soon.

I normally throw real estate ads straight into the recycling without even taking them upstairs, but I was in a hurry the other day so just took everything with me without sorting it. I was just cleaning it out now, and found this bit of silliness at the end of it:

and the grand finale:

Greek Line Dancing

It was my cousin's son's christening tonight, which was followed by a very Greek dinner function. It brought back quite a few memories from my childhood. My uncle married a Greek lady and so all the christenings of my cousins and other such functions were held in Greek Orthodox church, with lots of chanting and insense. Followed by big parties with lots of people, lots of food, and lots of line dancing. Tonight, for a new generation, was no exception.

It was a lot of fun, although the music got very loud towards the end of the night. It really kills opportunities for conversation.

I also noticed for the first time tonight that my aunty's brother (on the right in the pic, aunty is on the left, cousin in the middle) is kinda cute, for an old guy (he's bald which helps :) ). He was fully getting into the dancing, was pretty cool :)


From The Leaky Cauldron:

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.

Double, double toil and trouble;
Something wicked this way comes.

Eye of newt and toe of frog,
Wool of bat and tongue of dog,
Adder's fork and blind-worm's sting,
Lizard's leg and howlet's wing,

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.

Something wicked this way comes.

Hear the MP3 Version of the song

View the trailers

I'm *so* excited, I can't wait!!

And finally, check out the completed Lego mosaic of Jason Isaacs (don't forget to stand back as far as you can from your computer to get a better effect).


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I'm starting to crash. Getting to bed late, then not being able to get to sleep, then waking up early is all taking its toll. Not to mention being so "high" for the past two weeks, I'm sure I've screwed up my serotonin cycle somehow. Should eat some bananas.

I got well and truly April Fooled today. Triple M spent a very elaborate morning detailing how Sydney was going to host the swimming events for the Olympics because Athens simply hadn't got its act together. They had Australian swimming icon Laurie Lawrence on air talking about it, and even the premier Bob Carr was saying how wonderful it was going to be for Sydney. Then I got to work, and my boss had been listening also and we were talking about how cool it would be. I actually went and looked at the Sydney Morning Herald website for more details, but there was nothing there, I assumed this was because it was still breaking news. It wasn't until late this afternoon when I checked the website again and there was nothing there that it suddenly dawned on me that maybe I'd been fooled. I was comforted by the fact that Jim had been fooled also :) On the way home I heard a recap of the morning's events, and apparently half the announcers had been fooled also, it was only when one of the Olympic swimmers rang up and explained that it was a hoax that they got it. I had missed that part unfortunately!

I also had a very weird feeling of jealousy this afternoon reading JI fan pages. There are women out there who are far bigger fans than me, and have been fans for much longer. I feel like I've been missing out on something all these years.

Not at all hungry. Had a huge lunch. Very sleepie. Going to read Chamber of Secrets some more, watch ER and go to bed methinks.

Jason Isaacs in Lego

To appreciate this picture you really need to stand back a bit, so up you get, stand back as far away from your computer as possible.

No really, you need to stretch your legs anyway :)

I spent several days thinking about this Theme Thursday entry without really knowing what I'd use.

Then on Monday night I got a bulk lot of lego off bricklink - hundreds and hundreds of 1x1 bricks of various colours, including dark brown and orange. My mission then became what should I make a mosaic out of.

Regular readers of my blog will know of my obsession both with Jason Isaacs and Lego, so I thought it might be appropriate to make a Lego mosaic of him. I found a nice picture of him (the one that I posted in my blog the other week), cropped it in close (I was only working with 48x48 pixels, which is not a lot to replicate a photo), and ran it through the Lugnet mosaic maker. That was it really. I took a screen dump, magnified it, and printed it out, then started clicking away feverishly. Disappointingly, I don't have any 1x1 dark grey bricks - they're in an order currently on its way from Germany. So my mosaic isn't quite complete. However, as the board itself is grey, when shadows fall on it from the other bricks, it gives a pretty good approximation. It did mean that I couldn't use a flash for the photo though.

So, may I present one of the most "beautiful things" to me at the moment - the face of Jason Isaacs, made of Lego.

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