June 2004 Archives

1593

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I finally built lego set 1593 tonight. I had 6880 from a cheap sale a while back, so I got 6929 recently, and put them together to make 1593. No instructions unfortunately of course, but you're looking at a minimum of $500US to get them. Have just about completed the space lego collection, only a couple more to go, woohoo :)

Also watched Peter Pan with George. James just wasn't interested. Boys. ha.

Still very sleepie. Doesn't help waking up at 5am hungry and needing to go to the loo. Maybe I'll sleep through til a reasonable hour tomorrow.

Then why is it so warm? Had to take my jumper off today. Of course it was a new jumper, so it left black fluff all over my tshirt!

Got to bed at 9 last night and woke up mostly recovered at 6. You know not once while I was away did I wake up in the middle of the night wondering where I was, even though we were in a different place practically every night. Yet last night, I woke up wondering where I was, and took me a moment to realise I was actually at home! How bizzare is that?

Another useful side effect of going away was that I starved most of my cockroaches. There are lots of dead ones around, and not much evidence of live ones (although I did see one this morning because I couldn't wash up last night because the hot water hadn't come back yet). Have made a resolution with myself to keep the flat tidy and wash up after every meal to slow down the little critters moving back in again. And tie up the garbage whenever there's accessable food in there.

Still need to do a water change in the big tank, wash up, unpack, and think about how I'm going to sort out my photos....

I was very excited to see the coast line of New South Wales this morning. To see Sydney in a beautiful pink sunrise glow was awesome. Driving on the right (left) side of the road came back naturally. My keyboard and mouse feel big and strange after using a laptop for so long. The internet is moving at a reasonable pace again! My watch says 10pm and time for bed, but the sun is still out after possibly the longest night of my life. Looking forward to sleeping in my own bed, but must resist that urge for at least another few hours.

FQ TOPIC: Liar

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FQ1: Lie about where you spent your last vacation.
Spent a month touring the Austrian and Swiss Alps, France and Germany
FQ2: Tell an untruth about your last romantic encounter.
Met Jason Isaacs in another universe (he's married with children in this one).. let's try the universe of Peter Pan where he is unspeakably sexy, and I was Wendy but a bit older, and we killed the crocodile once and for all and sailed away to Neverland.
FQ3: Fib about the last gift you received
God gave me the ability to fly like Superman, and I quit my job and became an aerial photographer
FQ DARE: This time tell the truth on all the above!
Well that was harder than I thought it would be. The last vacation was a six week trip around the north-west United States and Canada. Last romantic encounter wasn't exactly romantic.. this guy I have a crush on kissed me quite unexpectedly while I was very upset about something and he was trying to cheer me up, it was very sweet of him. Dave gave me some sweets from his work, which we've been munching on ever since (still one box to go!)

Mount Rainier, Washington

When Dave saw this picture of Mt Rainier in Washington he was very impressed with it. And coming from a Washington resident, that's quite a compliment.

So here it is again :)

Audit

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I've been telling my boss for ages that we have too many servers - he likes breeding them - he puts them in a rack together and they multiply. Well when the auditors found out they kinda freaked out and now they're interviewing us senior people about it. *sigh*

Why?

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Why is that when you meet someone you like, it's always someone you can't have?

FQ1: What's your favorite electronic gadget that you own? Which gadget do you wish you owned but don't?
Probably my digital camera (both of them in their own special ways). I guess I most wish for a hi-fi dvd recorder, so I can convert some of my old vhs tapes to dvds, and never have to use vcrs again.

FQ2: What gadget do you wish somebody would invent so you could have one? Which gadget do you wish had never been invented at all?
I wish someone would invent teleporters, although that wouldn't exactly be a gadget. How about wireless electricity? Dave mentioned that also, but I mentioned it first at dinner the other night, ha!

FQ3: Do you consider yourself an electronic gadget junkie? How many gadgets are around/on you right now?
I have a lot of gadget envy, but rarely go crazy myself. Not too many around my right now.. just the laptop, the digital camera, an external usb hard drive, and me mobile phone.

FQ DARE: Reveal a trendy gadget you bought, but are now embarrassed to own/have owned.
Well this wasn't exactly a gadget, and not exactly embarrassed about it, but a couple of years ago when I was in DC, I needed to get an alarm clock. On Sundays though that city is *dead*, and I spent all day looking, but all I could find was an overpriced piece of plastic crap made in China, that they were trying to sell for $8US. That was $16AUD at the time! For something was worth literally about 50c. Then after I got it, I found the motel did wakeup calls anyway. *sigh*

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When I first saw this tree I just stopped and looked at it.

I thought it was very cool that a tree could have such a bend in it.

So I stopped and studied it.

Obviously when the tree was quite young, another tree died and fell on it, bending it over. Then as it grew, it grew vertically, leaving the trunk with a rather spectacular bend in it.

To Dave

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Was lovely to meet you tonight, thanks for dinner and the candies, hopefully will see you again tomorrow :):)

FridayQ:

FQ1: Do you play any musical instruments or have any musical talents? Whose musical talent would you most like to have?
I can vaguely play the recorder but I wouldn't say I had any talent. Trying to learn the piano. I wouldn't mind having a good singing voice. Mariah Carey has just about the biggest range of anyone I've ever heard, that'd be cool. Perhaps like Marina Prior or someone like that.

FQ2: What was the last musical event you attended?
That would have been The Lion King. Before that it would have been David Bowie. Before that it's been years.

FQ3: Give it up... to which musician would you most like to have an "all access pass" for the night?
Probably David Bowie :)

FQ DARE: Reveal a musical artist or group that you are embarrassed to like.
Roxette? Abba? Are they both Swedish? hrm :)

FQ CHALLENGE: Mention the above artist or group in a comment you leave on some other blog, then provide the permalink URL where we can find it! (No fair lying about how much you think they suck and no cheating by leaving the comment on somebody else's FridayQ entry!). Extra creativity points for somehow working them into a completely unrelated conversation.
We'll see how we go after I read some other blogs for the night.
ok here we go: http://www.lostpilgrim.co.uk/blog/archives/000416.php

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I was going to take a photo of my computer, since that is about the most important machine to me, but it didn't make a good photo, so I'm submitting this instead.

It's totally amazing to me how these things get off the ground at all.

Took several photos of these things, but this turned out probably the best.

27 Questions

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As seen on Blogograhy and Lost Pilgrim:

1. Do you try to look hot when you go to the grocery store just in case someone recognizes you from your blog?
I wear the same thing to work as I wear out and on the weekends. It takes a very special occasion for me to get out of jeans and a tshirt.
2. Are the photos you post Photoshopped or otherwise altered?
They're just cropped/resized.
3. Do you like it when creeps or dorks email you?
Happens rarely. Usually they're just lusers looking for stuff on kazaa
4. Do you lie in your blog?
No.. I don't think so anyway..
5. Are you passive-aggressive in your blog?
Probably :)
6. Do you ever threaten to quit writing so people will tell you not to stop?
Why on earth would I do that? I started writing it thinking that noone would ever read it, it would just be something for me. When people actually started reading it it was a bonus!
7. Are you in therapy? If not, should you be? If so, is it helping?
No. Probably. n/a :)
8. Do you delete mean comments?
Only the particularly vulgar ones, but they're pretty rare
9. Have you ever rubbed one out while reading a blog? How about after?
What on earth does that mean?
10. If your readers knew you in person, would they like you more or like you less?
Probably less. Only a select few people like me in real life.
11. Do you have a job?
Yep
12. If someone offered you a decent salary to blog full-time without restrictions, would you do it?
If I blogged full time, I'd have nothing to write about now, would I, because I'd be typing about nothing the whole time?
13. Which blogger do you want to meet in real life?
It'd be cool to meet all of them eventually. Although there is a small possibility I may get to meet Dave from Blogography soon, which would be *very* cool
14. Which bloggers have you made out with?
No comment :)
15. Do you usually act like you have more money or less money than you really have?
I don't tend to talk about money much do I? I don't think so anyway.
16. Does your family read your blog?
Me little brother does. Noone else does (I hope). The parents don't know about it, no thanks to the little brother who keeps mentioning it in front of them >:( and it'd better if they never do, since I probably bitch about them more than anyone else.. :)
17. How old is your blog?
Almost a year and half
18. Do you get more than 1000 page views per day?
No. I used to get a lot when people were looking for kazaa and typing kazza, but then google took the links down thanks to http://kazza.id.au oh well
19. Do you have another secret blog in which you write about being depressed, slutty, or a liar?
No
20. Have you ever given another blogger money for his/her writing?
No
21. Do you report the money you earn from your blog on your taxes?
pfft what money??
22. Is blogging narcissistic?
shrug
23. Do you feel guilty when you don’t post for a long time?
A little :) although I rarely go more than a few days without posting
24. Do you like John Mayer?
Who?
25. Do you have enemies?
Noone cares about me enough to be enemies. They just don't care about me.
26. Are you lonely?
All too often
27. Why bother?
Because Vic said I should and I've been doing it ever since :)

Dave from Blogography has launched a new version of the Friday Five, although it's only the Friday Three plus bonus... :) Here is the FridayQ

FQ TOPIC: Escape.

FQ1: What is your favorite way to escape from everyday life?
Movies, especially fantasy movies, eg Harry Potter

FQ2: When was the last time you made an escape? Where did you go?
Tonight, to the movies to see Harry Potter :)

FQ3: If you could escape to anywhere on earth right now, where would that be?
er.. um.. I dunno. To bed! ha! To dream about magical worlds, or at least Jason Isaacs :)

FQ DARE: Post your passport photo (or your driver's license photo if you don't have a passport).
hrm that might be difficult, I don't have a scanner with me, I'll get back to you on that one.

I just saw Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban! I guess my first impression was that it was all "ending". It felt like the last three hours of an entire year at Hogwarts took an hour on screen (although I can't confirm that).

It wasn't bad, but I guess it wasn't great either. That's not to say that I didn't thoroughly enjoy it though! I'd read a review on it the other day which gave more forewarning of the things to expect from it. So knowing the story, knowing the music, and knowing some of the flaws, there wasn't much left except to just enjoy it as a movie.

David Thewlis as Lupin is good (looks nothing like Einon from Dragonheart hehe), Gary Oldman is unrecognisable as Sirius Black, Michael Gambon as Dumbledore is ok, but certainly no Richard Harris.

All the kids have grown up heaps, especially Dan Radcliffe. The kid who plays Neville Longbottom has lost all his fat, so doesn't look like Neville at all anymore.

The effects are great, especially Buckbeak and Marge's inflation!

-- SPOILERS BELOW --

A few of my gripes.. The sets felt too "indoors" - like the dementor scene at the end by the lake - the "lake" was a pond about 20 metres across not the huge lake that the kids need to go across in boats in first year (which is still in the movie as a really huge lake - I guess they thought it'd be too big to believe that Harry could see himself across it). The whomping willow as put on the side of a hill and rocks in this movie, not in the middle of a lawn like it was in the last movie. Warrick Davis was credited as "Wizard" but was not cast as "Flitwick" but some other small wizard. Professor Sprout didn't even get a look in. Crabbe and Goyle were both there, but more often than not it was Crabbe and some other nameless dude with Malfoy. Speaking of Malfoy, he was too snivelling and cowardly which seemed out of character. The whole Ron/Hermione thing annoys me. If I was Hermione I'd choose Harry, not Ron. The "I'm the king of the world bit" pissed me off - Harry didn't even like riding Buckbeak in the book. The names on the Marauders Map - Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot and Prongs are never explained, nor is it revealed that Lupin was one of the ones that wrote it.

Other than that there are the usual story deletions and rearrangements which are annoying if you've read the books, but I guess don't make a difference in the grand scheme of things.

But back to the ending. The reason I loved the book so much is the twist at the end, and the explanation of the whole story. But the twist is hinted at in the middle of the movie which I think spoils it. When it does come to explaining the twist, it's rushed over and it'd be hard to see anyone understanding or believing it.

Would I buy the dvd? Sure! Go see it, and stay for the credits, they're done all over the Marauders Map.

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Well there are plenty of indispensable things - air, water, food etc.

But what about the little things we take for granted?

Like toilet paper.

I for one could not survive without toilet paper, and could not go on "Survivor" for that very reason.

And here we have four rolls of the stuff!

Finally

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I finally had a dream about Jason Isaacs last night. Wasn't a very good one though - I think we were just going to see a new movie he was in.

oh well :)

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