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100 Things

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100 things about Kazza the Blank One. Bren has had one of these for ages, and I've been thinking I should probably put one together. Just recently Dave and Dennis put theirs up, so I thought I would too. Some of my ideas were stolen shamelessly from them :)

Choosing not to do the Friday Q this week. Actually it hasn't been updated (Dave I know you're in Ireland, but *you* did yours :) ). It's all about criminal activities which I have no interest in. It's bad enough dealing with companies like ebay that support criminal low lifes.

*yawn*

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Many many years ago, ie when I was a young teenager, I had out all my space lego and used to play with it a fair bit. One time we went camping at Yerranderie and I took this small (the smallest I think) set of space lego with me to play with while we were away. Unfortunately I lost the set and never found it again. Although there was a chance that a kid at school stole it shortly after. I'll never know.

In March last year I found the set again on ebay and bought it. It's now among the collection.

I've also found my camera's macro setting to be quite effective.

Let it go

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ebay are continuing to be bastards, they ignore emails of complaint and I can see I am not going to get anywhere with them. So I could just forget about it all. Know in my heart that Raffaele Favia (faiele) is a thief and let it go, even if I can't warn the rest of the ebay community that this guy is a thief and a liar and a fraud and a cheat. Even threats to take my business elsewhere if I can't leave feedback are ignored. So I am in this dilema. Now that my space lego collection is complete, it's time to start selling off the duplicate sets. I could probably sell them on bricklink, but that is a lot of work to setup. I just don't want to give ebay any money that they definitely don't deserve.

beep beep barina

I can't sleep. Lying awake stressing over what a pack of criminal bastards ebay is.

So downloaded the last two weeks of photos I somehow hadn't gotten around to doing.

Tradition has it that I photograph my friends new cars the day they get them. Well when I was away, I lent my car to James for six weeks. They got so used to be a two-car family that today they went and bought a new second car. Scary really. And it's all my fault.

I think also the fact that I have to get up early means I can't get to sleep tonight.

Lines

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USA Route Canada Route

I've finished putting route lines all over my scanned usa maps and exported them all to jpgs. The above two images are the total maps, I also have more detailed maps of each state. Now all I need to do is generate all the thumbnails and label 3800 photos.. ! Still thinking of writing a php application to manage it all for me. Either that or just do it all in excel and make html from that.

Also a shoutout to Nicky, who is posting comments, but not sure if you are getting any of my emails? I've sent a couple anyway.

An ominous stop

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Last night the fish tank stopped leaking. The toilet paper is completely dry. This worries me somewhat, because it could mean that water is going somewhere else (not that I've found any evidence of that) and is waiting to escape in a massive gush five minutes after I've left for work.

Man I was so wrecked today. Even though I had 7.5 hours sleep last night, the 4 hours on Saturday night hit hard today. It's always the day after the day after a late night that you suffer most.

Watched the only ten minutes I've seen this season of Big Brother to find out who won. Trevor apparently.

Have also been reading the website of this dude who's a paraplegic after the car he was a passenger in ran off the road due to excessive speed (it was on A Current Affair and they were interviewing him). Site is shemboy.com.

And finally I've decided to go on somewhat of a health kick. Mainly cutting down on mail sizes and fatty/sugary snack foods. This of course will be as soon as I've finished all the food I have. I still have chocolate in the house from Christmas! And Easter. And some wonderful Fruit Parfaits that Dave gave me that I've been munching on :)

My weekend

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My weekend went something like this:

Saturday:
get up
stress over fish tank
setup new fish tank for kribs
relatively lazy afternoon
go to parents for dinner
get home
go out to party in town

Sunday:
go to party
get home
go to bed
get up
go to church
get home
put on a load of washing
go out to lunch
get home
hang out washing
go out to dinner
get home
crash

If I had the energy I'd talk about the "interesting" events of last night's party, the 25 minute wait for a train there but a 5 minute wait for a bus home, the fact that Chris has recently become single again, the four hours sleep, the nice lunch with David and Yvonne, and the nice dinner with Ric. I have eaten so much today it's ridiculous. And on that note, I'm going to bed.

Further to that

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Well the leak appears to be very very slow. After wiping away the majority of the water, I left some toilet paper wedged into the gap between the tank and the stand, to see how much water would wick its way out. So far I've only wet two lots of toilet paper, and it evaporates before it even reaches the end of a couple of pieces. I also wasn't sure if it was coming out of the bottom of the tank, or perhaps a leak from the hood which had dripped down to the bottom. But there's no evidence the leak is coming down from the hood, so there must be a hairline crack in a seal somewhere round the bottom. The only way to tell for sure is take the hood altogether to see what happens, and then empty the tank and look round the bottom. Either way it's going to be a massive pain. I did water changes in the two smaller tanks, and used the water to fill a small tank from Daniel. I'll put the kribs in this tank and separate out the other seven fish into the two other tanks. Then I'll need to take the tank to somewhere like Strictly Aquariums for them to reseal everything up again. What a massive pain in the butt.

Further, ebay haven't responded to any of my emails. After reading some other horror stories on the web, I'm thinking they probably won't. This leads me to the only conclusion that ebay is evil and should be boycotted.

Disaster!!!

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My big tank appears to be leaking. Although I can't tell where from. This is going to be an *interesting* weekend :(:( Going to have to find somewhere to put 100L of water and nine fish, not to mention a tonne of plants and gravel.

Blogorific

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I've had a bit of a fiddle with the layout of my blog side bar. I've removed the calendar and recent entries links altogether, so if anyone misses them and wants them back let me know. I've also rearranged my reading list. Before anyone gets offended I'd just like to point out that the order is based purely on the number of days blogged in the month of July. Dave was the winner, posting every single day :)

I also added an imood icon. No points for guessing who I'm actually smitten with. Hint - I watched the Chamber of Secrets tonight while fiddling with this :)

FQ1: How have you decorated the walls of your living space (photos, posters, works of art, etc.)?
I used to have all sorts of posters and bits and pieces up on the walls when I lived at home, but it all got put away when I moved. In this room I have a satellite photo of Sydney and that's it.

FQ2: How have you decorated your body, both intentionally (piercings, tattoos, etc.) and unintentionally (wounds, scars, etc.)?
My ears are pierced. Don't have too many scars; a couple of little ones, including those inflicted by a Major Mitchell Cockatoo in 1989 and a blue-tongue lizard a few years later.

FQ3: How have you decorated your computer's "desktop"? Post a snapshot if you want.
I currently have a pic I took of my fish. Was thinking about changing it though, as I've had this one for quite a while. Oh, and my desktop is not usually that neat, except that I moved a stack of it off last night cause the c: drive was nearly full.
Two white angelfish

FQ PROJECT: Decorate your blog today! Create some art with an online Etch-a-Sketch (like the one here) and post a snapshot of your efforts (or, if you're not an Etch-a-Sketch fan, draw us a picture using whatever you want).
I did this a few years ago in photoshop. I was just messing around with filters and came up with something that vaguely looked like it belonged under water. So I started again, this time aiming for a certain effect. It has a combination of a blue screen background, some lighting effects, lens flare, and a ripple filter (glass I think), in that order.
The fun you can have with photoshop

Betta bothered

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Well I decided the betta in the big tank was getting picked on by the kribs, so I put a bag in the tank, scooped up the betta and a clump of wisteria, and pinned it to the top of the tank. Just until I decide what to do with all the fish. Going to move the kribs, but don't know whether to swap them with the black angels or put them in their own tank.

Comment Spam

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As suggested here I have renamed my mt-comments.cgi to kazmt-comments.cgi and edited mt-cgi/lib/MT/ConfigMgr.pm to reflect this, then rebuilt the site. Will do a test. Email me if you have any problems.

I'm not submitting an entry for this week's Theme Thursday. This is because the most appropriate picture would be a self portrait of my sadness that ebay supports criminal activity, and not only refuses to help victims but blocks them from warning others. As George said, they are more than happy to take their cut in commissions, but refuse to accept any responsibility for any problems.

Well I'm still trying to sort out my USA photos. The first hurdle was to rename them all to have a date/timestamp in the file name. Finally got that working with a relatively simple php script.

The next task was to rotate them and resize them. But the issue then became which do I do first. If I rotated them and then resized them, I'd end up with larger than normal vertical shots because the PIXresizer tool I found doesn't differentiate between landscape and portrait pictures when it's resizing, so it makes 1024 the horizontal dimension no matter how the picture is oriented. I suppose I could have looked for another resizing tool, but this one was free and easy. If I resized them all first and then rotated them, I'd have to find and rotate the images three times - one at full size for archiving, one at medium size for the web, and a thumbnail. Definitely too hard.

So I decided to rotate then resize. But then what I did was to find all the rotated ones and copy them to another folder, so I could do a batch resize of those separately and overwrite the big images. So far so good.

But I still also need to go through the list of the images that didn't get resized at all in the first pass, because they were 1024x768 or smaller to begin with. That and have to create 42 day folders and then split the images back into day folders from one big folder..

May not get the pics uploaded tonight after all :/

Links

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Last week Luc found a page with Weird Al's eBay Song. It's been getting a lot of play in the office this week.. :)

Dennis also sent me a very cool link to a JK Rowling interview that answers some of my questions, thanks for that! I liked this bit:

Everything that happens has a meaning, sometimes in a later book. Do you have everything planned out in your head, or do you tie things in as you go? Yes, it's all planned out, but I still give myself room to have some fun if a good idea arrives while I'm writing.

Sometimes I wondered if it had all been planned out to some extent, as I'm sure it'd be harder to explain things that happened in previous books without some forethought. I also liked this:

I was wondering about Dumbledore's facial expression in Goblet when he found out that Voldemort had touched Harry. The narrative says that Dumbledore reacted with a look of triumph. Aside from the problem of interpreting triumph on someone's face, I was wondering if that is an attempt to throw question on Dumbledore's character, or is he triumphant, perhaps, that Harry can be touched by Lord Voldemort without being destroyed (or something like that)? I frequently look triumphant, I'll have you know. Well, I'm sure you won't be surprised that I'm not going to explain why Dumbledore looked that way. Well-spotted though.

I actually wondered about that myself. In fact when I read it in book 4 a year and a half ago I was thrown into doubt about Dumbledore, and whether I could trust him and how much of the entire series would be different if Dumbledore wasn't all he seemed. I couldn't wait the next six months for book 5 to come out so I could find out what happened next!

I also went through the majority of my USA photos, rotating them before I can resize them. It was just like revisiting everywhere, it was great :) Getting closer to getting everything online.

I, Robot

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I, Robot

I just saw I, Robot. Thoroughly enjoyed it, even if it was a little predictable.

Went with Sami, he rearranged his social life and could make it. It was a 6:00 "arrival" so that's when we got there, and wandered in with the rest of the crowd down the red carpet - very exciting, never done that before! :) Media and fans everywhere, not to mention rain! hehe Of course all the fans were waiting for Will Smith, and there was a stage setup where Will was going to perform a few songs. But us, we wandered down the red carpet and before we knew it we were in the cinema already. They had the screen setup to show the action outside though, so we got to watch the whole proceedings from inside, out of the rain! We actually saw Paul Mercurio arriving on the screen. Then Will arrived and took him about half an hour to make it down the red carpet, before he got changed out of his fancy suit into rapper gear and did his songs. When that was finished the people that had braved the rain outside joined the rest of us.

We were a group of mostly competition winners by the sounds of it. The people next to us won it from their newspaper in South Australia. The press and celebrities must have been in another cinema.

Someone that had just come in said that Will was waiting outside and was going to come in. First I think it was the producer came in and introduced the film and Will Smith, which was very cool. He just said how much fun the movie was to make and a few other things that I didn't really pay much attention to because I was trying to get a photo. I took my old camera cause it was easier to hide than my big beast, but in the end I needn't have worried, and I should definitely have used my flash, as other people were taking photos of him and didn't get stopped. So alas, none of my photos turned out, but you get that.

The movie itself was highly entertaining. If you liked Minority Report you'd probably like this too.

Thanks TripleM for the freebies, good to know being a Freq was finally worth it :)

Found this little list of questions I put together while reading the Harry Potter books for the third time through.

The first list is questions that I'd like to see answered in the last two books:

  • Why does Snape not get the defence against dark arts job?
  • Why does Dumbledore trust Snape so much? What did he do on his "first chance", as mentioned in book four?
  • Where did Harry's parents' money come from?
  • Why is Voldemort so anti mudbloods when he is one himself?
  • What about making things work just by thinking about them? No wand or words like when harry blew up Marge or made the glass disappear at the zoo. Surely if he could do that powerful wizards could make things happen just by thinking them?

    And the next list is more just inconsistencies (there's stacks more, some of which I've read on other sites)

  • How could the kids practise quidditch on their holidays if they couldn't do magic outside of school? What about Fred and George making joke stuff all the time? What about the floo network?
  • When do the kids bathe?
  • How did Tom Riddle's diary know Ginny was talking about him as Voldemort? - presumably she never would have written his name...
  • How did Dobby disapparate from the hospital at Hogwarts?
  • If Dumbledore and Moody were such good friends, how come Dumbledore took a year to recognise the imposter?
  • How come you can't apparate inside the grounds, but you can use unauthorised portkeys?
  • Why is there no mention of the thestrals at the end of book four as Harry is leaving?

    And finally, one I may just have missed..

  • Who's the head of Ravenclaw?

  • Mosaic me baby

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    I'm having a very Mel weekend. Thursday was The Patriot, tonight Chicken Run and Lethal Weapon. I've seen the first Lethal Weapon movie but none of the others, and none of the Mad Max movies. One day... It's also been a butt kind of a weekend - Dennis Quaid in Innerspace and Mel Gibson in Lethal weapon. (Also had a bit of a drool over Gary Sinise (cf Ransom) on imdb)

    Mosaic me baby

    Some months ago Dennis very kindly sent me the four Lego mosaic kits. Well first they went on an overseas trip, and then I did, so I've only just finished all four of them. I'll leave them up for a while, then begin work on my next project, this time in colour.

    I have a memory like Peter Pan for this sort of thing. I looked at these questions last night and couldn't think of any answers then. I'm not having much better luck tonight.

    FQ1: Admit it, sometimes you are not the sharpest tool in the shed. What's something stupid you've done recently? (The FridayQ doesn't count!)
    Gave a stack of money to a twat in Italy and believed his stories about customs delays.

    FQ2: Children do idiotic things all the time because they just can't seem to help it. What's something stupid you did as a kid?
    I vividly remember stealing half a dozen full sticks of chalk from school when I was in kindergarten. Of course then I had to lie about where they came from when I got home. The guilt was so powerful even then that I've never been able to lie very well ever since.

    FQ3: Sometimes, being a bit of an idiot is required (or fun!). What's something stupid you will be doing in the future?
    Spending ridiculous amounts of money on Lego

    FQ OBSERVER: People are morons. Without naming names, what's something stupid you've seen somebody else do?
    (pwd = /)
    cd <some non existant directory>
    rm -fr *
    ok I wasn't actually in the room when it happened, but it was pretty infamous, especially on a production mail and accounting server. Fortunately he realised his mistake before it got too far through /bin

    ok that took about an hour to get through.

    Vent Part 2

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    I should add this to the other week's Friday Q list: Static Electricity. I *hate* it with a vengeance. At the moment the weather is really dry, I'm wearing a polyester/cotton jumper, and the new shoes I have must be pretty well insulating or something, because every time I get out of the car I get a massive ZAP. I can even see the sparks in broad daylight. Even if I put my hands on metal before putting my feet on the ground I still get zapped. It pisses me off severly!!

    But anyway. On a lighter note CIA had a lovely night out at Abhi's Indian Restaurant. Many many photos were taken on my camera, although probably half of them not by me! Daniel and a few of the others had turns playing with it. Haven't downloaded the pics yet, but there are some classic shots in there!

    Just excuse me while I wipe up all the drool .. been watching The Patriot, and all the deleted scenes that I've only seen in screen-dumps on the web until now. When I told Luc I was getting the dvd, he said "is that the one with Mel Gibson?", and I said, "no that's the one with Jason Isaacs .. oh yeah, Mel Gibson is in it too" *grin*

    Cotton Reel

    This must be a pretty cliched shot (I'll know when I look at Theme Thursday after I upload this). I guess the only thing of interest with this cotton is that I've had it since 1986. Year 7, Home Science. We had to get some cotton for use with the sewing machines, and I got three reels. I think I still have all three of them somewhere, or at least two!

    PS, happy birthday Theme Thursday! :)

    Sami mentioned yesterday that BigW had a lot of Lego on special, so today I trekked to the local BigW to get some more Harry Potter Lego. Well Lego wasn't just on special, the Harry Potter Lego was *slashed* in price. The best saving was the Hogwarts Castle, which was $114. Now the normal price at BigW was $144, and the recommended retail is $159.95!!! At $45 off retail I could put a couple away and sell them in a year or two and get a 50% return on investment easily, perhaps more. I've actually already got a couple of sets stashed away unopened that I got on special for just this purpose. Of course the biggest problem with all of that is storage, so I won't be holding on to them forever that's for sure :)

    I went to Daniel's today with the thought of perhaps getting more fish. I came away with two fish and another tank.

    The new fish are kribs, and they could be aggressive, especially towards the betta, so I'm going to get a standby tank happening just in case.

    My two black angels look very sad, especially the male (assuming he's a male). Bit worried about them, perhaps they don't like the shallow tank...

    Wings (again)

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    I finally uploaded my Wings Theme Thursday pics, sorry for the delay :)

    PHP

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    Well after beating my head against the brick wall known as Perl for weeks, I've given up and am going to use PHP. All I want to do is get the datestamp on a file and use it to rename the file to have the datestamp *in* the file. So rename DSC00001.JPG to 2004-04-28-DSC00001.JPG etc. The only way I could find to do this in perl (stat($file)) works perfectly on a *nix system, but not Win32. So I've gone with PHP, which works better when used with a webserver, but I'm sure I'll be able to beat it into submission and get it down to merely running a shortcut on my desktop.

    I will also then be able to start figuring out my USA photos in earnest. I haven't wanted to touch the files and resize them until I had the datestamp situation sorted and the files renamed.

    Living Longer

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    Channel 7 ran a show tonight called Living Longer - the National Life Expectancy Test. They asked 45 multiple choice questions about health and diet and family history etc etc and at the end you get a score which you match up against your age and it'll spit out your life expectancy. Of course the website with the calculator was getting totally hammered so I only just managed to get my score. According to that very superficial test, I'm going to live to be 82. Yay. Not. I don't want to ever get that old. Unless my brain still works properly and and I can still get around without pain. My Nana turned 76 this week and while her brain still works, her body doesn't - arthritis mainly and a lack of full recovery from broken bones after falls. It took her ten minutes just to get into the car after lunch (a decent chunk of the family took her out for lunch to celebrate her birthday). I don't think I could live like that. Still I'm most likely to die of cancer before I get old.

    ...algae won't grow on the underside of the lights.. but more on that later.

    I had a mission today to get new shoes and some new lights for the big tank. It turned into a three hour marathon, driving all over the city and back again and involved spending lots of money.

    Stage one went well, I found some boots at Williams. I've been looking for boots for about eight months to replace my dying old ones which have completely fallen apart.

    While in the shopping centre I did a price comparison on Harry Potter Lego. Grace Bros, er, Myer had 20% off all lego, but of course they only had two sets, one of which I already had. So I got the other.

    Then the mission to get more lights for the big fish tank. I've already ranted here and here about the non-standard Aqua One light sizes. Well I trekked all the way out to one store that had the AR-620 lights last time, but they didn't have the same brand as last time, so they sold me a different one. I asked several times if it would fit the AR 620 tank. They said yes. Fine. So I thought I'd go to Strictly Aquariums to look for a pink light (the other one was a white light). Miraculously they had some in stock. (I really should go back and stock up on them - they're atman so hopefully should be reasonable quality). Compare with earlier purchased light. Different sizes. Fraggle. Trek back to store number one to get my money back on it. Can't win really.

    So this afternoon I installed the lights and practically blinded myself. No wonder all the plants were dying. The new lights are so *bright*!! Did a water change and cleaned out a lot of the crap and dead plants. Really need to get replacements for the corys - there's flake decaying all over the bottom of the tank :( Daniel has offered me some of his kribs. Might try them out and see how they go.

    FQ1: Suggest something to read, something to watch...
    Star Trek VI by JM Dillard is just about my favourite book ever - it was the only book I ever read at least three times before Harry Potter. Probably only for Trekkies though. The movie is by far the best of the Star Trek movies too. But for something to watch well that would have to be Peter Pan now wouldn't it, being my current favourite movie and all.

    FQ2: Suggest someone to admire, someone to stare at...
    Well duh, like what other answer am I going to give than Jason Isaacs ;)

    FQ3: Suggest someplace to go, someplace to avoid...
    I liked stacks and stacks of things while I was away in the US, but one of the more off the beaten track places we saw was Craters of the Moon National Monument. It's a relatively recent volcanic area, and you can walk out on lava fields and climb volcanos. The colours and textures in the rocks are phenomenal. Plus we went in wildflower season, so there smatterings of flowers all through the lava. To avoid? I'll have to think about that one.

    FQ PROJECT: Suggest an itinerary for somebody visiting your city by listing the five must-see attractions of the area.
    Well that really depends on what you like doesn't it? :) I usually try to get to the highest point in a city, which in ours is the Centre Point, or Sydney, or AMP Tower. Tallest building in the city. For ~$20 you can go to the top, as well as a "virtual reality" tour of the city in those seats that throw you around. The harbour is an absolute must. You can go up to the top of the Harbour Bridge for ~$150 or up to the top of one of the pylons for ~$2 or across the deck for nothing at all. Take a walk around Circular Quay and the Opera House and then back through the Rocks, the original settlement of the city. The other big tourist attractions include Luna Park, Bondi Beach, Manly Beach, the Zoo with it's panoramic views of the city, and the Blue Mountains.

    well the guys are back now, I'm off :)

    Lotsastuff

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    Sitting at Striker's computer for this. The others have done a shop run, and with four people in the car I decided not to make it five :)

    The subject of skiing came up at lunch today. Now you see before I went away I asked John if he was going skiing this year and if I could go with him. At the time he said yes. But today he said he was too exhausted to organise a trip and someone else would have to do it. This is where panic sets in, cause would leave it up to me or Jim, and we haven't discussed this at all. I have this horrible feeling that Jim will question the appropriateness of it all and won't want me to come. So now I have this scared feeling I won't get to go skiing this year after all :(:(

    I saw Nina again this afternoon - she's very big now (8 months) and very cute, although seemingly not very happy. Took much effort to get any sort of smile out of her. Got some very cute movies though.

    I'm also looking for someone to see I, Robot with me on Monday the 19th (won a free double pass on TripleM). Three people have already rejected me for varying reasons. I once had a similar problem getting rid of a free movie ticket. You'd never think it'd be so hard to get rid of a free movie ticket, but for me it is.

    Well that was all very depressing. Hope this is not a trend. Silly because I was actually in such a good mood tonight. Maybe it was the fact that John (different John) had the music up so loud in the car on the way here that we couldn't talk. Very antisocial IMO. But anyhoo. The guys are going to be back soon, should run.

    I resisted the urge to watch Peter Pan again tonight and instead watched all the bonus features on the dvd. Of course one of the best things on it is Jason Isaacs little tribute to the movie in the form of a 6 minute mini documentary. Ah if only it had gone on longer.. ;)

    I also thought I'd try and get the picture book of the movie, which I saw in a couple of places before I went away. But of course I can't find it now, can I? Oh well.

    Dave sent me a link this morning to further confirm my theory that some people have way too much time on their hands. At first my innocent mind thought it must have all been done in real lego, but during the day I wondered how it could be that good, and surely it must have been CG. But according to the press release it was actually a mixture of both. Check it out at spiteyourface - at least you get to choose the size there, I ended up downloading a 53mb file ;)

    I knew within a microsecond of the Theme Thursday topic coming out what photo I'd use for it, but it means plugging in the external hard drive and it's too late at night when I haven't washed up from dinner, so I'll put it up tomorrow.

    Ok so it's not quite tomorrow, it's actually Sunday night. I actually chose a few more than just the photo I was thinking of, and could have in fact uploaded a stack more. But I restricted it to four. The first is the one I was originally thinking of, and I threw the others in for good measure.

    Sunrise over a Boeing 747-400 wing Flying high in nothing but blue sky
    Full flaps for takeoff from Sydney Air brakes for landing in LA

    Peter Pan

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    I just finished reading the original Peter Pan by JM Barrie. It's not bad, although the language/style of it is quite different to what I'm used to. It's nice to see that they used a lot of the dialogue word for word in the movie. In fact just about everything in the movie is in the book in one way or another - however things are rearranged quite a bit and things like Wendy saying she wanted to be Red-Handed Jill was actually John saying he wanted to be Red-Handed Jack. Of course I couldn't picture Hook as anything but our (er.. my) favourite Jas (that's Jason, not James hehe).

    Now, back to the lego.

    Leggggggo

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    Still sorting out a bulk lot of lego I got yesterday. It actually turned out to be several pretty much complete sets, one of which I wanted, one more big space set, and a couple of other sets, including a couple of ancient ones from the mid seventies. It's a very sad state of affairs when I'd rather be building lego than eating or sleeping. Had a very late dinner and going to be a late night to bed.

    Never did figure out that active directory problem. Pretty much given up on the idea and will probably just contact the remaining 60 or so accounts that are left after I sorted through them today and just check them manually. Not going to be a lot of use in the future though. I wonder what the stats are for 95/98 machines.. I know that about 10% of the computers we have a macs, but no idea about old windoze versions...

    You get this. Thanks Dennis, that was hilarious. Scary thing is, I've been to that dude's site before (check out the real-life lego badger badger badger badger ) :)

    I've already put an order in to my boss - I want a better day tomorrow. After a gentle transition back to work, and a couple of big successes on Friday, today was a dismal failure. It all started outside of work, with the Greeks celebrating and causing havoc on the roads.

    Got to work and sorted out the list of users to delete and disable. We do this every three months. But it seems that 95/98/macintosh users that don't actually log onto the domain when they logon, but merely log on locally then access network resources, do not have their lastLogon field set in Active Directory (or even lastLogonTimestamp). What this means is, when you check to see if an account has been used in the past three months, AD says it hasn't, yet the user will tell you otherwise. I even went and saw one to confirm it. So spent most of the rest of the day trying to find out if there's actually any way to find out whether domain accounts get used or not. As a consequence, I emailed 200 people, and a bunch of them whinged, and I'm too scared to actually disable the accounts because I'm not sure who I'll disconnect :(

    Bow-at

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    Dad and I created a whole new vocabulary while we were away.. well at least a different way of pronouncing things. One of the things was bow-ats. :) Well I went and saw John's bow-at today. It's very swishy. We didn't get to take it for a cruise though because it was so windy John was worried we'd never be able to moor it again. So we just installed an aerial and I lazed about while John cleaned the carpets. He said he'll be selling tickets for New Years on the harbour, and I think I'll be in line for one :)

    I mentioned yesterday that George found my blog by entering Cory Cats .. well tonight Merv asked what a blog was, and she mentioned to the whole family at dinner that she'd found it.. could be scary if anyone goes looking for it. Some of these people I haven't told about this blog, and they may get a bit miffed if they know it's been around for a year and a half and i haven't told them. Oh well, can't be helped :)

    And who put the ED toll up to $4.00 ??? What the hell is that? It cost me $7 to get to and from Mosman today. And they're talking about taking away the cash lanes altogether and just having e-tag, which is a pain considering how rarely I would use it. Might have to detour through the city next time I head out that way to avoid the $4 toll.

    Much fizzling tonight, time for sleepie.

    Two Julli Cory Cats

    Rachel came over and brought me two new fish - a neon tetra and a cory. They were originally going to be for the big tank, but I decided that a baby neon tetra wouldn't last long with in a tank with two full grown regularly-pregnant angel fish, so I put them in the second tank with the other tetras and Julli cory. I also managed to catch the last remaining tetra from the big tank and put it with all the others.

    So the tank fish tally now stands at:

    Tank 1
    * two white angel fish
    * one red betta
    * three glass catfish
    * one siamensis

    Tank 2
    * nine neon tetras
    * two julli cory catfish
    * one red/blue betta

    Tank 3
    * two black angel fish

    Today felt so like a Sunday it was ridiculous. I guess that's because I went to the parents' for a roast pork lunch. Badger badger badger badger.. ;)

    I also started getting prices for Azkaban Harry Potter Lego. Kmart sells it at the RRP that the Lego store online sells it for. BigW is 5-10% cheaper all round, although not if Kmart or Grace Bros have a 20% off sale. So I'll just have to keep an eye on the sales. Bought two today though - the Shrieking Shack and the Knight Bus.

    Rooster and Mushroom have launched a meme called the Glove Box Project.

    All that's wanted is the contents of your car glove box (an ancient Gregory's street directory, a petrol logbook and a car charger for my phone - pretty boring really :) ).

    Scary

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    Last night a friend of mine was looking up information on Cory Catfish, and somehow managed to find my blog. She saw this entry which funnily enough comes at number 2 in the Australian Google. She also saw the March archive page. Not sure how much she read of it, but is enough to make me rather scared ;)

    FQ TOPIC: Vent

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    FQ1: What's the one thing above all others that drives you insane... that one dreaded event that causes you to completely lose your composure and want to kick, scream, and beat something with a big stick?
    There's a few places on my drive to work that people are constantly trying to push in or just behave stupidly. It completely pisses me off and I can't get over it.

    FQ2: Is that all? Surely there is something else that will cause you to freak out! Here's your chance to vent and list a few other things that make you go nuts...
    Where do I begin? heh. How about, my father's childishness, rude people, stoopid people, people that push in, lotus notes, I'm sure I could think of more if I sat down..

    FQ3: When you've been driven crazy by something or someone... and are barely containing your frustration... is there anything you can do to calm down, dispell the rage, and be happy again?
    Usually it's just time. Or escaping somehow, like watching a dvd.

    FQ DARE: Admit it, you're not perfect... what is something you do that drives other people crazy?
    Easily my moodiness.

    Dinosaur Days

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    Lego Dinosaur Mosaic (excuse the jpg compression artefacts)

    While in the US I bought some more wooden dinosaur kits, three of which I've built over the past couple of days. I now have about ten wooden dinosaur skeletons sitting on a shelf at work. There's at least five more I need to collect though heh.

    So then tonight I thought I'd pull out another mosaic to build, and it happened to be the dinosaur. Silly really :)

    While I was away, I was collecting the US State Quarters. After six weeks, I had only managed to acquire 27 of them. It was only on our very last day in Seattle that someone actually said that only that many had even been released. Well tonight I looked it up and sure enough, I have all the ones that have been released, except Texas, which came out while I was away. Unfortunately this means I won't be able to complete my collection until 2008! In the meantime, Dennis if you're still offering to put them aside for me.. hopefully we'll still be reading each other's blogs then .. :)

    Didn't really know what I'd take a photo of this week. I guess the biggest clich� in photography are photos of your pets and kids. Not having any kids I went for the former option of pets.

    One of my bettas One of my angels

    Then I had a look through other Theme Thursday entries and got a few more ideas. Being this late on a Thursday night though didn't give many opportunities for photos, so went with the gift-buyer's clich� of chocolates.

    mmm chocolate

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