September 2004 Archives

kazza.id.au is back!

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Liz

Firstly, welcome to anyone who came here looking to download kazaa (or even kazza). Sorry that site is no longer with us, but feel free to read my blog for a bit ;)

Yes, kazza.id.au is now pointing back here (well it will be as soon as dns updates), with the thought of perhaps rating it again in google in the search for "kazza", and therefore renewed interest in the domain name :)

So, you may ask, why the picture of dear old Liz? Well Dave last night commented that he was most saddened that I didn't have any photos of Elizabeth Hurley in my blog (or on Conspiracy I would imagine). Well my dear, your wish is my command :)

I've actually had this photo since 1999. I was chatting to Vic one time on icq and I asked him "what is your type?". He wandered off for a moment while he looked up her name, then he sent me this photo which apparently epitomises his taste in women. Apparently he's a "legs" man, and this does it for him.

The sad thing is I remember the conversation so well, and still have the picture to prove it :)

The problem with such a large image though, is that you have to write a lot to get past the end of it.

Which is probably why I never even attempted NaNoWriMo last year. Richard made an attempt, but then he can write. The longest thing I've ever written was a novel we had to write in high school english in year 8. One of these days I might ocr it and everyone can laugh at how bad it was. By far the best novel written in our class that year was one by a girl called Ann Polley. "Vixen's Front" it was called, about a girl that gets kidnapped in Grace Bros and gets whisked off to the other side of the world to become a spy of sorts. Gosh I really need to try and find Ann, I haven't talked to her in years. She was just about as crazy as I was, and we got on quite well. We used to walk down streets barking at dogs, just to get them all barking at each other, then feel very accomplished at what we'd achieved. Or walk past the Orana kindergarten and sing "Orana to Christmas Day" as we went. We (or she did mostly) came up with how Dodger (from Oliver) died. It was rather gruesome as I recall. And she wrote this wonderful song called the Boogey Man which I might even have a tape of somewhere. "The boogey man, is gonna getcha, the boogey man, is coming today..." ahh those were the days...!!

Run away! Run away!

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Another one of my friends found my blog this morning. Ironically it was from a google search on "upgrading 320 emms" or something similar. (The upgrade we tried in our disk array this morning was a dismal failure and he was looking for tips from google). I think he was a bit surprised to find it, but when he went to look at the site he said "that's very sad". hrm. So whether he comes back again for another look or not who knows. Luc if you do stop by, leave a message so I know you were here :)

Using ebay for evil

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Aside from the fact that ebay is evil and run by and supporting of criminals, but I won't go there, it's also useful in obtaining crap that would otherwise be impossible to get.

To wit, Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans, as mentioned by JC that they existed.

Today eight packs arrived (it was a bulk lot, I figured I could sell the rest).

The flavours included are:
banana, black pepper, blueberry, booger, bubble gum, cherry, cinnamon, dirt, ear wax, grape jelly, grass, green apple, lemon drop, toasted marshmallow, buttered popcorn, sardine, spinach, tutti-frutti, vomit, watermelon

I haven't actually tried all of them, because some of them only had one, and I'll save them all up and eat all the singles last. But the ones I did try were fairly realistic. The sardine one was very fishy. And the grass one left my mouth tasting vaguely of grass ages afterward, even after eating "normal" ones.

I wasn't sure on the categorisation of them, thinking an apple one I ate was going to be spinach, but I think I have them all sorted now.

Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans

A day

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Last Night: Watching The Princess Diaries. Not really for any reason except that I keep seeing the dvd on special, and it had Julie Andrews in it. Pretty average movie, except there's this one magical scene where Joe the chauffeur practically seduces the Queen and they dance and I just melted, it was such a beautiful scene, one of the most romantic I think I've ever seen on screen. Then I found this on imdb:

The on-screen relationship between Queen Clarisse Renaldi ( Julie Andrews ) and Joseph ( Hector Elizondo) was not scripted. The dance scene and the underlying affection was added by the two actors. According to Hector Elizondo, "We felt that a romance after 50 was important to tell and it can be sensual and sexy while keeping your clothes on."

This Afternoon: I think I physically got hit with a good mood tonight. Very odd. Was just leaving cia, and a blast of warm air hit me. Plus it was just at that nice time at dusk when the sky is very bright, but it was overcast so no direct sunlight to blind you. Was just gorgeous.

This Evening: My good mood evaporated somewhat when I discovered I'd missed three great bargains on lego on ebay. Was annoyed because I would have paid the winning amount on all those lots. argh.

Tonight: getting my Jason fix with Black Hawk Down. I actually saw this movie sometime last year but didn't realise he was in it! And now watching it, it's the weirdest thing in the world to hear him speak with an American accent! Not to mention seeing people like Eric Banna be taller than him on screen. He's supposed to be taller than everyone! :) And he still can't shout.

Still no closer

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OK so I spent the entire weekend trying to clean up the mess on the Host1 site. Almost accidently deleted the whole registration directory, doh! However I'm still not really any closer to figuring out how the whole process works. Warned Vic that I could make the changes by Go Live of Friday, but there'd be no guarantee of them working, and volunteered Kirk to clean up the mess :)

Also did a trial run of restoring all the data on the file server. It took literally all day, several problems. Go Live of Saturday is a monstrously scary thought.

Matter of life and death

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Mess!

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Have I ever mentioned I how much I hate mess?!? Especially when other people come along and mess up stuff you've kept beautifully tidy for years. So I spent the better part of today cleaning up other people's messes, so that I can make an attempt at finding which web pages need to be updated tomorrow.
urghh.

On a lighter note, I finished the latest lego mosaic I'm making, with the exception of some yellow and dark grey bricks that I'll need to procure a supply of. And I drove northbound on the southbound Tom Ugly's bridge which was a novelty. Pity it was dark otherwise I would have taken some photos like I did on Southern Cross Drive one time

Sexy older men

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Mushroom posted recently about her like for "older" men, and I have to agree with her. I've always had a thing for older men. I think men reach their peak between 35-45.

Let's just take a few of my favourite examples:

Jason Isaacs, early noughties (Harry Potter 39, The Patriot 37, Peter Pan 40)
David Bowie, mid-late eighties (Labyrinth 39, Glass Spider 40)
Jeremy Irons, nineties (Die Hard with a Vengeance, 47 - damn he's sexy in that movie! -was on telly tonight)
Gary Sinise, nineties (Ransom, 41)
Michael Keaton, late eighties (Batman, 38)
Richard Dean Anderson, late eighties (MacGyver, 35-40)
Timothy Dalton, late eighties (The Living Daylights, 41)
Kevin Spacey, late nineties (The Negotiator, 39)
Arnold Vosloo, late nineties (The Mummy, 37)
Yul Brynner, mid fifties (The King and I 41, The Ten Commandments 41)
Ewan Stewart, late nineties (Titanic, 40)
Liev Schreiber, mid naughties (The Manchurian Candidate, 37)

mmmm yum what a damn fine collection of men :)

(Incidentally, Christopher Plummer was 38 in the Sound of Music :) )

50 Things

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As seen at Blogography. BBC viewers rated these things the top 50 things to do before you die. (significantly longer than my original rather short list)

  1. Swim with dolphins I'd love to do this!
  2. Scuba dive on Great Barrier Reef, Australia I've been to the Great Barrier Reef, but I was five at the time, and didn't go scuba diving
  3. Fly Concorde to New York, New York, USA Well since the Concorde doesn't fly anymore that's pretty unlikely. The closest I'll probably ever come to this is going on the Concorde at the Museum of Flight in Seattle.
  4. Go whale-watching I'd love to do this
  5. Dive with sharks And this
  6. Skydiving And definitely this.
  7. Fly in a hot air balloon That reminds me, Ric and his friend and I were talking about this the other week
  8. Fly in a fighter jet That'd be awesome. I actually wanted to be a pilot in the air force when I was at school, but I turned out too short with too poor eyesight. You can go on jet flights on old migs and the like in aus, but they're ridiculously expensive, presumably because of all the fuel they use
  9. Go on safari Only a vague interest in going to Africa
  10. See the Northern Lights That'd be very cool. The northest I've ever been is Jasper, Canada
  11. Walk the Inca trail to Machu Picchu, Peru, South America Don't have too much interest in going to South America
  12. Climb Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney, Australia Done it! Twice in fact :)
  13. Escape to a paradise island Does it have all the creature comforts, including a shower?
  14. Drive a Formula 1 car Be kinda cool I guess
  15. Go white-water rafting I went on a jet-boat on New Zealand when I was 18 months old and hated every moment, I was told. I've been white-water liloing which was extremelly cool
  16. Walk the Great Wall of China I'd like to do this one day
  17. Bungee-jumping And this
  18. Ride the Rocky Mountaineer train, Canada Came quite close to doing this earlier in the year, but we decided we'd get better value by driving.
  19. Drive along Route 66, USA Road trips are always fun. If I were to return to the US though, I want to do the south and east
  20. Fly in a helicopter over the Grand Canyon, Nevada, USA Been to the Grand Canyon, but only by car and foot
  21. Take the Orient Express from Venice to London Be kinda cool
  22. See elephants in the wild In Africa, so lowish on the priority list, but would definitely be cool
  23. Explore Antarctica Cool but overpriced at the moment
  24. Ride a motorbike on the open road Well now if Dave had had a spare helmet that night in June... :) The only time I've ever been on a motorcycle was in our neighbours backyard when I was about seven
  25. Have a go at cowboy ranching Riding horses? cool. Herding cows? no real interest
  26. Climb Mount Everest Well I don't think I'd ever have the capability to climb it, but I'd take a helicopter ride to the top!
  27. Wonder at a waterfall Many times.
  28. Travel into space Well yeah sure I'd love to do this, but I don't have a spare $40,000,000 sorry. Actually this is on my original list of things to do before I die.
  29. Explore the Galapagos Islands Be kinda cool I guess
  30. Trek through a rainforest Rainforests have leeches. I'd much rather trek through temperate or subalpine forests
  31. Gallop a horse along a beach Oo I'd love to do that
  32. Ride a camel to the Pyramids, Egypt That'd be very cool also. Egypt is one of the few places in Africa I'd like to go
  33. Take the Trans-Siberian Railway from Moscow to Vladivostok I actually know someone that's done it in reverse, and that's probably the closest I'll ever get to doing it
  34. Catch sunset over Uluru (Ayers Rock) , Northern Territories, Australia Done this! In 1985
  35. Go wing-walking I'm sure there's some OH&S law against doing that.
  36. Climb Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa Meh
  37. Fly over a volcano The closest I've come to doing this was being at the heliport for flights over Mt St Helens. But for $99US each the parents weren't ever going to be interested.
  38. Drive a husky sled Shrug
  39. Hike up a glacier I didn't exactly hike, but we took a sno-coach onto the Athabasca Glacier in Alberta Canada.
  40. Ride a rollercoaster Lots of them. Some of my favourites - the old Space Mountain at Disneyland, The Colossus at Six Flags Magic Mountain, and Montezuma's Revenge at Knott's Berry Farm.
  41. Fish for blue marlin Meh
  42. Go paragliding I've been microlighting does that count? I'd love to go paragliding though
  43. Play a round of golf at Augusta, Georgia, USA No interest
  44. Watch mountain gorillas Vague interest
  45. See tigers in the wild Even if I was in the right spot, they'd be hiding I'm sure
  46. Do the Cresta Run, Switzerland Never heard of it
  47. Visit Walt Disney World, Florida, USA One day
  48. Visit Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Been there, although it was twenty years ago
  49. See orang-utans in Borneo Vague interest
  50. Go polar bear watching That'd be cool, I could combine that with the northern lights perhaps

FQ TOPIC: Fearful

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FQ1: What is the biggest fear you've had to face? Now that it's over, would it scare you to confront it again?
Having to rebuild a production commercial web server in the middle of the night when it died in a heap.
Beyond belief.

FQ2: What is your greatest fear that you've not yet met? If you were paid loads of money, would you willingly face it?
Having my house burnt down.
Never. I'm the sort of person that gets attached to inanimate objects, and I get distressed when I lose them.

FQ3: What is something most people are afraid of, but you don't have a problem with? Why do you think that is?
Dying.
I know I'm going to heaven, which will be a helluva lot better than being on earth

FQ Movie Night: Your readers are looking for a thrill! What's the scariest scene from a movie you've ever seen?
Friday the 13th. It scarred me for life. It didn't help that I was 11 when I saw it.
Oh I just reread that - scariest *scene* .. um.. the worst one from Friday the 13th was where Jason squeezes someone's skull til it pops and the eyeballs pop out.

I'm looking at at least a week and a half before I can come up for air again. Problem after problem with the new file server, and mess upon mess with the host1 pricing. Was feeling utterly miserable and overwhelmed tonight, so vodka and coke to the rescue. Taking the night off and starting again in earnest tomorrow.

"The only thing worse than creating/maintaining documentation is not creating/maintaining documentation"

Tried to match up with actual group membership with documented group membership today. It turned out to be a several hour marathon cleaning up all the mistakes made mostly by other people. But at least I got it done in the end and the main culprit is going to be away for a while so I should be able to completely redo the "system" so that mistakes will be a lot harder to make in the future. Unfortunately I can't think too much about that at this stage - have six days left to get this server ready.

And then Vic decides he wants the Host1 pricing redone by October 1. Arghh! It wouldn't be so bad, except that the directory where all the pricing forms are is full of old crap, old forms, backup forms, old scripts and just crap that I don't know if it's even active or not. So now I essentially have to completely sort through the whole site and try and figure out what's active and what can be "archived".

It's going to be a very long week :/

Damned addictive games

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After not getting to bed til 12:30 and then waking up at 6, not surprisingly I was very tired today. Actually got some stuff done today though. Decided to go ahead with my own plans in my own time. Talked to the boss today and complained about his lack of responses to my emails. Although not in the sort of tone that I've been *feeling* the past couple of days. I don't like confrontations. But at least I went through most of my checklist of what I want to talk to him about, so at least I have a definite direction for the next week or so.

This morning Sami sent a link to a puzzle hi, Luc and Jake had been playing - http://www.fasco-csc.com/. I did the crimson room at work with only a couple of small hints from the guys that had solved it.

So tonight, way past my bedtime already, I sat down to do the Viridian room. Of course once you start you can't stop! I got a decent way of the way through it, but was completely stuck in a couple of places. So google to the rescue (lazy laces wrote an entry way back in april that turned into a huge support forum). A couple of the things - like the combination to the bike lock (unnecessary??) and purpose of the hair I *never* would have gotten on my own. Not to mention hints on the final layout of the clues.

So alas, it's 12:20 and I have to be up at six. Going to be a long painful day again tomorrow I can tell. But my boss still hasn't replied to his emails, so I'll just have to pick something at random to occupy myself with (and not the blue room! heh)

ps.. another cool game striker sent me months ago - samorost

urghh

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Well the boss never answered the emails I sent him yesterday, so I didn't get anything done today. I sat there wondering most of the time what I should do first. Did a couple of little things, but overall just a frustrating day. Not happy Jan!

Then found out the post office had been sitting on a package from England for a week. Yay. Thanks guys.

On a lighter note I finished the third board of my mosaic, although I'm going to run out of yellow and dark grey on the last board.

Now to hang out the washing.

Half way..

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Next mosaic..

After finishing the first pass of labelling my USA photos yesterday, I thought I'd have some fun.

Have finished two out of the four boards (no background yet).

No points for guessing what it's going to be :)

Didn't feel like I got much done today. Although I did a few things. Just didn't like I was getting anything important done. And my boss hasn't answered the half a dozen emails I sent him today. If he ignores them all I'm going to be lost and without direction tomorrow :/

Definitely bed time.

....

Just found out watching the Emmys that Jerry Goldsmith died this year. Why wasn't I informed? That's really sad. He wrote the music for lots of my favourite films, the Star Trek next-gen theme being my favourite theme of his.

It took me nearly twice as long to label my photos as it did to take them. Tragic really. Well all I've done is put a stack of columns in excel. I still need to categorise each picture then decide how I'm actually going to display it all on the web. I have all these cool ideas but most of them will take a *lot* of effort. And I'm not going to thumbnail every single picture. I still need to decide which of the say 30 pictures of Mt Rainier I'll put up. Seems a bit silly to link to every picture I took...

Distracting

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Somehow or other I ended up on How Stuff Works, and found this page, which has kept me entertained for hours.

I really must get back to my photo labelling - only seven days to go!

Nouvelle Experience

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Cirque du Soleil's Nouvelle Experience is on the telly at the moment. A couple of the acts I'd seen - the one with the chinese girls twirling umbrellas and carpets I saw in Alegria, and the one with the movie theatresports scene was in Quidam. The movie set act was hilarious, and it was cool to see how the different "actors" interpreted it differently to the ones at the show I was at. This one the girl got in front of the guy being shot and she was shot instead. It was probably the funniest act of the Quidam show, although I felt like they were cheating a bit and getting out of doing the more acrobatic acts.

FQ TOPIC: Posession

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This Friday Q topic came out a little late because Dave is in Korea. Although I would have thought he'd have put it up early because Korea is much further ahead in time than Washington :)

FQ1: What is your favorite posession made mostly from wood? Metal? Plastic?
Wood.. gosh that's a hard one. Nothing really stands out. How about my wooden dinosaur skeletons
Metal - my hard drive
Plastic - my lego

FQ2: What is your favorite posession colored mostly red? Blue? Green?
Red - how about my mobile phone.. actually it's only red when I have the red cover on, but I think I got it with a red cover so that'll do
Blue - my car
Green - probably my plants

FQ3: What is your favorite posession looking mostly soft? Sharp? Fragile?
Soft - maybe my doona
Sharp - possibly the knife I used most in the kitchen. Either that or my nail clippers??
Fragile - my sony digital camera

FQ Net Worth: If your nine prized posessions listed above were stolen, what do you estimate the total cost would be to replace them?
gosh... counting up probably close to $14000!

Well that turned out to be a whole lot harder than I thought it would be!

1,020,422

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I was stunned this morning to find that our file server has over a million files on it. Was very happy that it at least managed to back itself up after yesterday's crash. Also got one of our two dead tape drives back so hopefully our mail server will back itself up tonight for the first time in a week. yay.

Very long week. Crashed out with vodka and contreau and a dvd etc.

I hate computers

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Got in early to have another go at the pdu. Found the file server had hung. It was actually still working and serving files no problems, but the backup had died halfway through and we couldn't log onto the console. I probably should have rebooted it on the spot, but instead stayed back late to do it. So was at work for over eleven hours. yay. At least I finally got the new pdu installed.

10pm and I can think of nothing but going to bed. Sad really.

First problem of installing new pdu (power distribution unit): find long enough 15A power cables. String two together. Not ideal, but what can you do?

Thread cables. Disconnect old pdu. Earth new pdu and connect it. Connect power cables from servers. Nothing.

Swear.

Disconnect new pdu. Earth old pdu and connect it. Connect power cables from servers. Everything happy again.

Fine.

Powercycle file server (which had yesterday lost connection to its keyboard, and domain admin accounts don't have permission on the box, and no remote control access to the box - ie, you have to be able to logon to the console with a local account to do anything to it). NT4 machine. It decides to run a checkdisk. At 8am when people really want to start using it.

Swear.

Wait the 20 minutes it takes to do the checkdisk. Machine comes back up. And hangs. Power cycle server. Machine comes back up. And hangs. Power cycle server. Half an hour later.

Test new pdu without anything important attached. Nothing. Connect pdu to different ups. Works. Reconnect pdu to first ups. Works.

Fine.

It's always the first rule of tech support (is it plugged in?)

I hate windoze

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So I hit the approve tick box on xp sp2 on the sus server tonight. Watched the client machine on my test domain. Nothing. Steel myself for a long night. Look at the sus logs. Machines are downloading it, and saving up til 3am to install it. Oh well at least that's something. Although we've told everyone they're going to get it tomorrow morning, but they may not get it til the next morning.

Early start tomorrow, better to go to bed.

Which way is up?

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I have so much happening at work at the moment it's ridiculous. I just can't keep everything in my head, I feel like it's all about a foot above my head spinning round just out of reach of my sanity. I have so much to do that I spend half my day just thinking about where I should start, but not actually getting anywhere. It's a disaster!

My boss totally stumped me today though. I was outlining the plan for one of my projects (which includes removing servers and rearranging the racks), and he said, well why are you removing that kvm? and I didn't have an answer - it simply hadn't occurred to me to just leave things as they are and not clean up the mess involved in playing musical servers. I couldn't imagine leaving gaps, it goes against my whole tidyness philosophy on life :)

Bounce

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Got a thorough workout today. Am going to hurt tomorrow for sure!

Ric called me up to see if I wanted to go rollerblading, so we did for an hour or so, then we had a go on the bunjee trampolines at Fox Studios. Never done it before, it was a blast. Was thoroughly worn out though, going rollerblading beforehand didn't help! Even managed to find two "frequent flier" cards from the trampoline lying around the carpark - one of them had four on it! Only two more to go and then I can get a free jump :):)

Ric also weirded me out by saying he didn't read this blog because he thought it was too personal !? That's the strangest reaction I've ever had to this blog. You see everyone else I know in real life that knows about this blog doesn't actually bother to read it (except Yvonne), which is why it does tend to have "everything" in it. Silly really.

Anyways, a couple of glasses of wine later and I'm ready for sleepie.

3 years later

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It was right about this time (actually about an hour ago) three years ago that a bunch of psychos flew planes into various buildings in the usa..

28 Days Later

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Have labelled 28 days out of 42 of my usa photos. Two thirds of the way woohoo!

That, and am half way through reading the Malloreon.

And a kilo of jelly bellys sorted out. There was supposed to be 49 different flavours, but try as I might, I could only get about 47. I guess a couple of my flavours are still mixed up with each other - some of the colours are nearly identical, especially three of the orange ones! And I'm hopeless at picking tastes (and smells), so I sometimes have trouble distinguishing them - even when there's only two or three choices! Definitely ate way too many of them in the process of trying to figure out what they were ;)

Unsorted Sorted

FQ TOPIC: Scenario

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FQ1: You've been given a million dollars to donate to a worthy charity! Which organization would benefit from your generosity and why are they deserving?
Probably CMS (Church Missionary Society)

FQ2: You've testified against the mob and have to leave the country! Where do you go to start your new life, and what new career will you pursue?
But Australia is the best country on earth. Really! If I *had* to go somewhere else.. hrmm.. possibly the US cause I feel at home there. Otherwise somewhere beautiful like Switzerland or Austria. New career? A pilot for sure.

FQ3: A movie studio has given you carte blanche to develop a sequel to a film of your choice! What's your sequel going to be about and who's starring in it?
gee most of my favouritest movies already have sequels. Or I don't feel there was any need for a sequel. How about this for thinking ahead - Harry Potter 8 - his first year at college studying to be an auror. Already I want to know what he's going to do with his life after school. Except that she's just as likely to kill him off at the end. Jason Isaacs would of course have to star as Lucius Malfoy, who takes over as the deliciously evil bad guy after the final demise of Voldemort.

FQ Re-Blog: A tragic computer malfunction has erased your current blog so you decide to start over again under a fictitious identity. Who would you become and what would you write about?
I'd become a talented writer, commenting on the world and current affairs with wit and humour. hrm that wouldn't exactly work since I can't write to save myself.

oo oo been there!

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Been meaning to watch Short Circuit ever since I got back from the US - cause it's filmed in Astoria and it's full of "been there"s :):):)
Watching it now.. silly movie, but cute.

Thursday Challenge - Fruit

This week's Thursday Challenge is Fruit.

I rarely eat much in the way of fruit, so I had nothing around to take photos of.

Then it was Thursday night and I hadn't done anything about this challenge.

So back to the archives.

In keeping with an earlier entry about Big Things, here is the Big Banana, in Coffs Harbour in New South Wales. Taken in April this year.

Halfway there

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Have gotten halfway through the first pass at labelling my USA photos.

Am also trying to copy 33gb of file from one server to another on a link that mrtg shows as maxing out at 10mbit/sec. Going to be a long night...

Big Things

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I had a scary thought last night.

You see me little brother and Yvonne are seeing half the country at the moment and I had this vaguely jealous feeling that they're seeing more of the country than me. Then I was thinking it'd be cool to see more of the country. Then I was thinking what would be a good way to see lots of it.

That's when the scary thought hit me. Why not see all the Big Things of Australia. When we were driving up to Queensland earlier in the year we stopped at the Big Banana and they had a map there with all the Big Things of Australia on it. Of course I wouldn't do the whole lot at once, but perhaps a couple of different trips I could see most things. I'd just need someone to go with to share petrol and accommodation costs....

Quidam

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Oh, and I saw Quidam on the weekend. Was excellent, although not as good as Alegria

Where else was I?

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Fish update.

The baby kribs are getting bigger. I think I have about 60-70 of them, although it's pretty hard to tell.

Sadly my original betta died while I was away. He was my favourite fish for ages, and it was pretty sad that he's gone. Bettas don't actually live for very long normally, so a year and a half is probably average.

That leaves four angels and three glass catfish in the big tank; a betta, nine neon tetras and two corys in the little tank; and the kribs in their own tank.

Where was I?

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I never did write up my ski trip. It's kinda getting past it now.

The trip down Monday night felt long. Didn't help that I was still feeling a bit sick. Arrived well after midnight and simply crashed out. Was in mixed rooms which I'd never done before with strangers, so that was kinda weird. Then stressed over how long I'd have to wait for a shower in the morning. As it turned out, noone was in the other room, and I ended up having first shower.

Day one on the snow was very average. It was snowing which was a good thing, except for the fact that I was getting snow on my goggles, which was melting and sitting there as big droplets which prevented me seeing anything. That combined with so much snow in the air that I really couldn't see a thing, and didn't have a very good day skiing. At higher altitudes it was a like a freezing blizzard, so I didn't get much out of the front valley area of Perisher. Got taken out by a damned snowboarder who mustn't have been watching where he was going, and still have massive bruises on my arms to show for it. Not to mention having to go to the toilet repeatedly to clear the bowels of whatever made me sick the other day. Fell over quite a few times on day one and was very tired by the end of the day. Basically just had dinner and crashed early.

Day two was perfect sunny conditions, fresh snow, much better all around. Decided to dump my bag in a locker after taking some photos, and fared much better for it. Headed over to Blue Cow and had lots of fun on the Pleasant Valley run. Wandered back to meet Tamlin and Frederico for lunch, before heading back again. Didn't fall over at all after dumping the bag and had a ball as I started getting better at skiing again. Got a relatively early night after pulling out of the pool competition (they kept adding more games to round one so I'd never get to my second game).

Day three was another perfect day. Went straight up to Blue Cow with the camera and took pictures all over. Then dumped the bag again and went straight back. Headed over to Guthega, but they had a lift problem and ended up with massive queues. Was all set to head back to Blue Cow but the queues cleared somewhat and I did several of the blue runs without too much trouble. Then did the summit express chair which I'd never been on before, although the conditions were a little icy. Finally headed back to Mt Perisher to do some of the runs there, and the highest lifted point in Australia. I didn't stop for lunch on the third day, because there were too many runs to do and not enough time to do them! Really didn't want to come home by the end of the third day, because I was really starting to get the hang of things again. I didn't even fall over at all on the last day! Now have to wait at least another year :/

I can recommend Oz Snow Adventures. They were fairly well organised, all the transportation and accommodation was organised without any glitches. Everything was as described on the website, and booking was very low fuss. The only thing I really didn't like was the mixed rooms, but even that wasn't really a big drama.

Will get some photos up on conspiracy eventually.

FQ TOPIC: Funny

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FQ1: What's something you find humorous, but probably shouldn't?
There are some movies that I laughed the entire way through but I'm sure they weren't meant to be that funny .. like the Poseidon Adventure, and Emma

FQ2: What's something that others find funny, but you don't?
There's Something About Mary would have to be the stupidest movie I have ever seen in my life. Everyone I went with were laughing like mad the whole way through it, but I was only mildly amused about twice in the entire thing.

FQ3: What actor/comedian/personality always makes you laugh? What movie? What book?
I remember seeing a travel doco by Clive James once, and I found his sense of humour rather appealed to me for some reason. I haven't seen anything of his since though. Movie? Probably Flying High (Airplane) is my favourite movie comedy. Book? I rarely laugh out loud when reading books.

FQ Stand-Up: Tell us a joke or funny story.
According to some study, the funniest joke in the world is:


A couple of New Jersey hunters are out in the woods when one of them falls to the ground. He doesn't seem to be breathing, his eyes are rolled back in his head. The other guy whips out his cell phone and calls the emergency services. He gasps to the operator: "My friend is dead! What can I do?" The operator, in a calm soothing voice, says: "Just take it easy. I can help. First, let's make sure he's dead." There is a silence, then a shot is heard. The guy's voice comes back on the line. He says: "OK, now what?"

Although I don't find it hugely funny. I remember reading something of Heinlein's once (I think it might have been Stranger in a Strange Land), and he made a rather interesting point about comedy that I've rarely found exception to - he essentially said that in order for something to be funny, someone (or I guess something) has to get hurt. When you think about it, that's very true. It's rare to laugh at something without someone/something else getting hurt in the process.

Snowy stuff - sorta

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After getting my Jason fix for the night in Peter Pan (hadn't seen anything of his in weeks due to the Olympics and being away), I put on The Man From Snowy River. I haven't seen that movie in *years*. And I hadn't seen it since we went to the set of Craig's Hut on Mt Stirling in Victoria. Not to mention I was literally just in the snowy mountains. Gorgeous film, and the making-of special was pretty cool.

I love the sound of "received pronounciation" .. I always have, but additionally because that's what Jason Isaacs uses in my four favourite films he's in - Peter Pan, The Patriot, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and Dragonheart. The funny thing is, poms that don't speak it have a tendency to not like people who do. At least, some of the ones on the ski trip I went on don't. Probably because it defines some sort of class distinction (much like people that say "yous" in Sydney tend to be uneducated "westies"). I remember once hearing a talk by someone who said that he liked Australia so much because the speech was so "classless" and I guess I can see why. So I guess that's why Jason's bad guy characters speak in received pronounciation cause it defines some "upper class" that the general public doesn't like very much .. Richard, Paul, does that make any sense? (I've had some vodka tonight so things are a bit rambly :) )

Thursday Challenge - Simple

They say simple things amuse simple minds.

I therefore must have a simple mind.

Because the simple pleasure of a skiing kangaroo on a road sign is enough to make me burst out laughing.

This sign is near the corner of the road up to Thredbo in Jindabyne.

Unfortunately it's out of focus, because I took it out the front of the moving bus.

I'm back

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In case anyone missed me, I've been skiing for three days :)

Will post more tomorrow.

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