January 2005 Archives

Poor babies

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Lost a couple of the baby kribs today. No idea why. They're all not looking very healthy. Did a big water change and cleaned one of the filters. Hope it helps :(

Shoulda stood in bed

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I had to explain one of my favourite scenes in my favourite book to someone today..

"Spock," McCoy gasped as they half staggered, half ran down the trembling corridor with the bulky sensor, "I know you won't believe this, but ... in a way, I'm gonna miss this."

The Vulcan glanced at him; for an instant McCoy fancied he perceived something very like nostalgia in Spock's eyes. Then Spock lifted a brow, "I suspect you do not refer to this specific situation."

McCoy groaned with fond aggravation. "Bet you wish you'd stood in bed."

The brown arched even higher. "I see no profit in standing in bed, Doctor. Vulcans sleep lying down."

For a moment McCoy didn't follow; and then he realized that the stress had caused him to use an ungrammatical colloquialism, one he hadn't heard since he was a boy. All the kids in his neighborhood had used "stood" to mean "stayed."

Okay, he almost snapped, so I goofed. Do you have to be so damned lit-

And then he saw the glint in the Vulcan's eye.

"Spock," he said, with dawning amazement, "that was actually funny."

"We do sleep lying down," Spock admitted, his expression perfectly deadpan, but the glimmer of humor was unmistakable.

I had one of those days where everything I touched didn't work, so by the afternoon I was reluctant to start anything that could be broken.

Watching the pilot of Desperate Housewives. Dunno if it's really worth watching though. Anyone seen any more of it?

Just a few of my favourite things, as compiled from many online lists :)


Check this out.. :)

One of my neighbours was moving out this morning. Rather than carting all the furniture down three flights of stairs, the removalists were lowering things down on material straps.

Very cool :)

I really need to get Star Trek VI on dvd. Watching it again on the tape I recorded off tv. I would have had it months ago if Atlantic DVD could get their act together. Even though they say they will ship when an item is in stock, they tend not to. But then you sit around for weeks wondering if they're going to send it or not.

Leftover chicken and potato for lunch *and* dinner, with more left for other meals this week yayy

Wonder if this post is long enough to get past the image...

Week 104

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Unconscious Mutterings

  1. Coroner:: dead
  2. Mystify:: mind
  3. Corroborate:: corroborree
  4. Misinterpret:: mistake
  5. Humorless:: droll
  6. Calculus:: maths
  7. Eye for an eye:: tooth for a tooth
  8. CPR:: resuscitation
  9. Stitched:: up
  10. Facility:: electrical

Well my mini dinner party last night went well I think. Roasted a chicken for three hours in a very slow oven and it was utterly delicious. And, experimenting further with roast/grilled veggies, I found this recipe page, which I modified and simplified somewhat.

My variation:

  • Whole button mushrooms, stalks removed to leave a cup in the middle
  • Dollop a small spoonful of a premixed blend of butter (or margarine), garlic, lemon juice and chopped basil
  • Grill until mushrooms are cooked and butter is all melted through


  • I hate shopping on a Saturday, and only do it if it's an emergency. Such was today.

    Saturday Shoppers, like Sunday Drivers, live in their own worlds. They don't care as pedestrians if they just wander in front of cars in parking lots. They just stop in their cars and block the way for everyone else, all to get that only car space within 10 metres of the shop entrance. They wander in diagonals in the shops, cutting you off as you try to pass them. They stand in a daze in front of shelves, blocking the ailses completely. Basically they're in no hurry and don't give a damn about anyone else that may have no interest in spending twice as long shopping as they need to.

    Give me after business hours shopping any day!!

    New Friday Fives

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    Thanks to Fiona.. a new version of the Friday Five...

    1. What blood group are you?

    2. Do you give blood? Why/why not?
    No. I did it twice, and both times I was quite sick after. A pint of blood out of me is a higher proportion of my blood volume than it is for other people (another reason it sux being little)

    3. Are you listed as an organ doner? Again, why/why not?
    Yep. All our family are. We don't need our organs if we're dead, and if someone's life is saved because of them then all the better.

    4. Would you donate an organ or other part of your body (eg bone marrow) while still alive?
    Perhaps. Although bone marrow donating is pretty traumatic I've heard. But if was going to save someone's life I probably would.

    5. Would you consider leaving your body to medical science? Or maybe just parts of your body?
    No .. don't like the idea of first year med students chopping me up. Silly I know.

    FQ TOPIC: Tip

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    FQ1: Share a health or beauty tip!
    Drink a litre of orange juice per day. And stay out of the sun.

    FQ2: Share a computer or electronic gadget tip!
    Always check the first three laws of tech support.

    FQ3: Share a travel or transportation tip!
    Declare everything. Even if it's just chocolate or sweets. Often you can get through customs quicker than the standard lines. That of course is twenty year old advice. Four years ago it made absolutely no difference. Last year I'm sure it took longer. Dave would be able to say if there's any difference.

    FQ TIPSTER: Got a tip for a classic or vintage CD, movie, TV show, or book we might have overlooked?
    Star Blazers. I used to watch it when I was a kid and haven't seen it since. Toying with the idea of finding it on dvd. That and Astroboy :)

    Fantasia 2000

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    Fantasia 2000

    Watching Fantasia 2000 tonight which I haven't seen in *ages*. I used to watch this a lot at Marrickville while slightly drunk, and being a Friday night I thought I'd have the odd shot of Drambuie, Cointreau and Vodka (not together ;) ) and watch it.

    I first watched this with Cynthia in December 2000, just after I'd been to America, and the Rhapsody in Blue scene brought back memories and "been theres" of Grand Central Station, Rockerfeller Ice Rink, and Times Square. That, and the flamingo scene are my favourites on the video. It's starting to deteriorate though, I should probably invest in the dvd.

    The cool thing about being slightly drunk is that you think of things on impulse, and suddenly I have a dinner party planned for tomorrow night :) Gonna need to go shopping for a few things tomorrow though.

    MacGyver on DVD

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    From an email Paramount Home Entertainment sent me today:


    It's time to put that duct tape and paperclip to good use! Your all-time hero is back and ready for action!

    MacGyver comes to DVD January 25th!

    MACGYVER: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON features all 22 hour-long episodes. Find it in stores and online this week!

    Check out www.MacgyverOnDVD.com for more information!

    Paramount Home Entertainment

    To which I responded:

    cool! what will be the recommended retail for it in australia?

    and when are you going to release star trek TNG for less than $180AUD
    rrp? I am not willing to pay more than $80 a season, which seems to be
    the going rate for other tv shows on dvd. Why is star trek well over
    twice the price or other tv shows?

    Somehow I doubt I'll get much of a response. But one things for sure, I won't be buying Star Trek, or MacGyver, unless Paramount stop their money-grabbing ways and sell their tv show dvds at a reasonable price.

    FQ TOPIC: New

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    FQ1: What's a new food or drink you've tried? How'd it go?
    Dunno what they were, but they were these scrumptious dips at the farewell today. Apparently they were some sort of cashew dip, but can't remember what else they had in them
    FQ2: What's a new television show or movie you've seen or book you've read? How'd it go?
    Newest movie I've seen was Finding Neverland, a very sweet story, if not entirely accurate
    FQ3: What's a new place you've been to or web site you've visited? How'd it go?
    I started reading Neil's World, because everybody else does
    FQ NEW: Do the new! What's something new you've been wanting to try but haven't? What's stopping you?
    Scuba diving. Lack of people to go with.

    FQ Topic: Help

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    F1 F1 F1

    FQ1: What happened the last time you needed help?
    Well not the last time, but a funny one.. I was standing outside with the car, and called James inside, and simply said F1 F1 F1. Then my battery died, but he figured it out and came out to help me unload the car :)
    FQ2: What happened the last time you helped somebody else?
    Me? Help someone else? bwwwaaahahahahahah.. ahem.. :)
    FQ3: What happened the last time you helped yourself?
    How about helping myself to the scrummy food we had a Bruce's farewell today?
    FQ ASSIST: Do something to help somebody today! Got a few extra dollars? Donate it to the Tsunami Relief Efforts (like the Red Cross at Amazon) or some other worthy cause. Don't have a few dollars to spare? Take a minute and use a FREE "click-to-donate" site (like The Hunger Site or The Animal Rescue Site. How did you help today?
    I didn't donate today, but I did the other week. One of our neighbours is doing Avon stuff and they're doing a "Heart of Asia" pin. Maybe I'll get one of those.

    FQ Topic: Time

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    FQ1: What's something you often must do that's a complete waste of time?
    Talk to a couple of the guys at work.
    FQ2: Who's a public figure you wish would stop wasting everybody's time?
    George Bush
    FQ3: What's something you'd like to do more of if you had extra free time?
    Play (lego, computers, piano, dvds, take your pick)
    FQ CLOCK: What time is it where you're at right now, and what time zone are you in?
    6:05pm. GMT +10 (actually it's +11 at the moment due to daylight savings)

    Australian flag

    It felt like a Saturday today. Funny that.
    Although have to go back to work tomorrow. Pity really.

    There was a funny story on the news about a woman born on Australia in 1915 who was named "Australia". She married a man called Day, and ended up as Australia Day.

    And it was such a lovely day today, and I spent the whole day inside, working on ciadsl pricing changes, and sorting out lego. hrm.

    Finding Neverland

    I saw Finding Neverland tonight with the parents. It was delightfully sweet, I really enjoyed it.

    Of course I had a powerful urge to come home and watch Peter Pan afterwards, which I'm doing now :)

    I also found a cool page that has a stack of trivia, like for example that Sylvia (Kate Winslet) was the aunty of Daphne du Maurier (author of Rebecca).


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    At least it'll be a short week. Go public holidays!

    Has anyone had any experience with digital tuner cards? I imagine an analogue tuner card would work well enough here, but ultimately digital would be better. But being in a flat with a common antenna which has an amplifier, John reckons it may not work. I'd like to borrow his setup at some point to try it out here. Still a toss up between dvd recorder or a puta with a tuner card.

    Triple episodes of Nip/Tuck tonight. One more episode left to finish off the season. It just gets worse and worse, descending into incest in the last couple of episodes. Sigh. Must not watch next season. Must not watch next season.

    Week 103

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    1. Material world:: Madonna
    2. Satin sheets:: very romantic (what happens when you're not in bed?)
    3. Blizzard:: snow
    4. Real estate:: agent
    5. Dress up:: fancy
    6. Wesley:: crusher
    7. Robber:: thief
    8. Saliva:: drool
    9. Slave:: labour
    10. Shift:: gear


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    I swear it felt like a Sunday all day today. Had rather a late one last night. Video night at Striker's. We watched Shaun of the Dead, which was funnier/better than I thought it would be. It's good having a baseline expectation of absolute crap, because anything better than absolute crap is a good thing. I guess it helped being a British film. Then we watched the Incredibles, which was good even in a second time round viewing. Unfortunately the data projector they have is somewhat damaged, meaning lots of red and blue pixels are permanently on. Ok for light parts, but night scenes are very difficult to see. After watching some of "Ghost Rider" we went home, and I got to bed around 3am.

    The little brother proceeded to call me up at 8am. Fortunately he had the good sense to offer to call back later (as opposed to my mother who when she did this to me a couple of weeks ago just blabbed on and on even though I wasn't contributing in the slightest).

    The rest of the morning was running errands. Lunch was pancakes donated by George, although they were pretty heavy.. homemade ones are betterer. Then it was doing more USA photo sorting before heading off the parents' for dinner. Dropped my VCR off for my dad to have a look at.

    It's ridiculously humid. 94% according to my weather pixie. Wet, stormy, horrible basically.

    Goodbye Grandma

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    Grandma Coates

    Grandma Coates died today. OK so she wasn't actually my grandma. But for ages, that's how I knew her, because that was what my friends whose grandma she was called her. In fact, she lived in Melbourne and I only ever met her a handful of times, although I did stay with her when I went down to Melbourne for Hao's wedding, drove her car around town while I was there, fixed her computer, and she called me kazza which I thought was very cute. So it was strange that I was so upset by it all. Especially since she'd been very sick for months, and we know she's going to heaven so will see her later anyway.

    She was such a lovely lady, and her rather large family and everyone else that knew her will miss her terribly.

    It's almost tomorrow

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    Completely nothing day at work today. Needed to work on some servers, but they're busy being backup servers while our tape drives are being repaired, so I don't want to touch them til next week. That and it's more boring stuff I have to work on next.
    Nip/Tuck is not as good this season as the first season. First season was hilarious. This one is just debaucherous.


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    I realised this morning I completely forgot to post last night I was so tired. The biggest news tonight (other than nude pics of Dave :) ) is that JC and Bren bought a house.. go guys :)

    Just downloading latest sun java so I can log into my upses from home and make sure the page I got is just a false alarm.

    Then it's to bed I trundle.

    It's a known fact that electronic componentry doesn't work without the smoke. Once you let it out, things don't work anymore. Such is the story with my vcr. We had a couple of power outages overnight, and during one of them, presumably at the end of one when the power was restored, my vcr power supply was fried. I didn't actually see the smoke get out, but it sure stinks. Will have to get my daddy to have a look, otherwise it'll be time to invest in that dvd recorder :)

    My watch also died on the weekend. Battery replaced today and all is well with the world.

    Was going to clean up my puta some more tonight but feeling very unmotivated at the moment.

    Unconscious Meme

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    1. Yoda:: Lego
    2. Mensa:: challenge
    3. Pink:: purple
    4. Text message:: sms
    5. Galactic:: crossing
    6. Chicks:: bricks
    7. Quesadilla:: who?
    8. Backpack:: carry
    9. Socket:: set
    10. Compromise:: resolve

    Meme � Trois

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    Even though I didn't have to, I am anyway

    • Three names you go by: Karen, Kazza, Kaz.
    • Three screen names you have: Kazza, kazza_theblankone, blankone.
    • Three things you like about yourself: Relatively good memory for useless information and numbers, talent for massage, personality flaws to make me a good bofh.
    • Three things you dislike about yourself: Brain chemistry, my height (or lack thereof), personality flaws to make me unpopular.
    • Three parts of your heritage: Aussie, Scottish, German.
    • Three things that scare you: Spider (webs), loud sounds that make me jump, umm.
    • Three of you everyday essentials: Food, orange juice, internet.
    • Three things you're wearing right now: Jeans, t-shirt, glasses.
    • Three of your favorite bands/artists: Queen, David Bowie, Billy Joel.
    • Three of your favorite songs at present: Don't have any.
    • Three new things you want to try in the next 12 months: umm.
    • Three things you want in a relationship (love is a given): Fun, honesty, trust.
    • Two Truths and a Lie: Love is something you do not something you feel, only bad people go to heaven, the devil doesn't exist.
    • Three physical things about a love interest that appeal to me: Personal hygeine, eyebrows, hair.
    • Three things you just can't do: Eat wasabi, deny God, eat blue vein cheese again.
    • Three of your favorite hobbies: Lego, watching dvds, the internet.
    • Three things you want to do really badly right now: Put something cooler on, have a drink of orange juice, build my lego minifig.
    • Three careers you're considering: Pilot, astronaut, marine biologist.
    • Three places you want to go on vacation: Europe, Eastern USA/Canada, China.
    • Three kids names (either boy or girl): Arielle, Jareth, James.
    • Three things you want to do before you die: See as much of the world as possible, scuba dive the Great Barrier Reef, see a baby being born.
    • Three people who have to take this quiz now: How about Dennis, JC and Richard (who has already been told he has to :) )

    Movie Meme

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    As seen at JC and Bren's.

    Pick 10 movies that you enjoy.
    Pick a line of dialog that you like.
    As people guess the film, strike out that entry.
    NO cheating

    1. x never ever marks the spot - JC and Kirk
    2. morning. morning. morning. morning. morning. morning. oh look! Howard's being eaten - Dave
    3. Mawwiage. Mawwiage is wot bwings us togeva today. - JC and Kirk
    4. This one's gonna be close
    5. Give me the child. Through dangers untold and hardships unnumbered, I have fought my way here to the castle beyond the goblin city, to take back the child that you have stolen. - JC and Kirk (actually I should have used "Just fear me, love me, do as I say, and I will be your *slave*" .. would you have gotten that?)
    6. Don't you two *read* ? - Kirk
    7. There's no such thing as fairies - Dennis
    8. It's not a job, it's an adventure - Dave
    9. Men and women can never be friends, because the sex part always gets in the way - JC and Kirk
    10. You can't marry someone when you're in love with someone else - Mushroom

    New drive

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    80 gig drive take two.

    Let's hope this one lasts a little longer.
    Tomorrow I get to try and recover two weeks of files scattered over wherever I could find space.

    Host1 pricing updated again. Only took all day. Blah.

    Bed time. (after doing the washing up and washing my hair)

    Slide Night

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    So tonight I had a slide night for my usa photos. I was originally intending to do this on two nights so that people could choose the night they were free. However a decent chunk of people didn't rsvp, either because they never received my emails or smses or who knows what. I won't go into how bitter/upset/depressed that all made me, think it's safer not to go there.

    Of those that did decide to come, they all came tonight. In the end ten people came! It was actually rather crowded in here!

    I also couldn't get a data projector from work, the boss has decided the new policy is no lending (ok, so the last time I asked was about five years ago). Was thinking it was going to be a disaster having to crowd around my monitor. However then I remembered that Luke has one, and so asked if he could bring it with him, which fortunately he did.

    We had to fuss about a bit trying to get the thing to work with my puta - it only wanted to play in widescreen modes which my video card doesn't support, until someone figured out how to change the data projector from widescreen to 4:3 mode. yay. So we could go ahead after all :)

    Just after we started, Fi asked if there was a soundtrack, to which I said "yes" and got up to start the cds which I'd gotten in america - Azkaban, Peter Pan and Chamber of Secrets soundtracks which we listened to a lot of while we were away. They were all lined up, just had to press play. It was funny actually, they were almost perfectly timed, and finished basically on the second last slide. Very cool.

    Took just over three hours to get through 1800 photos. Probably would have gone faster with fewer people, as there was much digressing. We also had an intermission in the middle to get more drinks/food etc. I think everyone that came enjoyed it. I hope so anyway.

    I should definitely make up some slides for a title page, an intermission slide, and a "the end" slide. But then again not sure how likely I am to do this again. As far as I know, only two or three other people I know in real life are interested in seeing these pics.

    Anyways, now I have to put this place back together again and generally clean up. Tomorrow.

    Review meme

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    As seen at Blogography and Lost Pilgrim:

    The idea is you put the first sentence of the first post of each month for 2004 and see what you end up with.

  • January: Had a very nothing day today.
  • February: My brain is starting to melt down at the moment, because all the things I need to get done are all dependant on each other, such that I don't know where to start.
  • March: Where did the last 24 hours go?
  • April: To appreciate this picture you really need to stand back a bit, so up you get, stand back as far away from your computer as possible.
  • May: Had a busy cleaning day today.
  • June: I finally had a dream about Jason Isaacs last night.
  • July: Didn't really know what I'd take a photo of this week.
  • August: Feeling very unmotivated and blah at the moment.
  • September: In case anyone missed me, I've been skiing for three days :)
  • October: Been a bit slack the last couple of weeks with the Thursday Challenge.
  • November: Firstly a welcome to all my lurkers.
  • December: The temperature in Sydney hit 41�C at the airport today, and my weather pixie put on a new outfit.

    heh, that was actually kinda fun :) Although I think my year looked fairly lethargic :)

  • Gack

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    Got the car back yesterday. $519 later. New clutch, much nicerer and don't have to fight to put it into reverse anymore.
    Told Jim off. But he still invited me to lunch. Weird.
    Spent all day yesterday on usa pics. Spent all tonight on same. Worried how much I still have to do and how much cleaning I have to do before the weekend, given that will probably be out tomorrow night. Leaves me a whole one night to do *everything*

    Unconscious mutterings:

    1. Pistol:: smoking
    2. Rick:: shaw
    3. Full circle:: party
    4. I wish:: sigh
    5. Frame:: photo
    6. Adult:: movie
    7. Photography:: i thought that said pornography.. must have been the adult reference above
    8. Stew:: beef
    9. Cheat:: fraud
    10. Brad:: pitt

    Or so the Cold Chisel song goes.

    Not going to work tomorrow, it's too much of a depressing thought having to face *him*. And I don't have my car, so it'd be all too hard anyway. Debating whether I ever want to have lunch with them again, since neither of them like me very it much it seems. I mean what's the point of spending time with people that don't like you? The problem is I hate eating lunch alone, and I'd probably just feel more bitter that they're having lunch without me.

    I was thinking I should just not tell them and just not show up .. make them think my parachute didn't open.. heh

    To reiterate, why would anyone want to jump out of a perfectly good aeroplane? Well that's what I was thinking for about a second and a half on the edge of the plane, and then we were in the air and it was all too late :)

    So I called up Sydney Skydivers a couple of days ago to see if they had availability for today, which they did, at 8am. All good. Then last night they called me to see if we could be there at 7am. wtf? It takes an hour to get there, and we'd been planning on leaving at 7am already. Checked with Ric, he decided we could manage, so I was up at 5:15am.. blerk!!

    We arrived at 7am and filled out all the necessary paperwork - "skydiving is inherintly dangerous" and "we don't take any responsibility for your death" and all that :) Then sit around for a few minutes wondering how long we'll have to wait, and then it's suddenly time to suit up. Mike was to be my jumping instructor dude. A very quick rundown on the landing (keep your feet right up) and the takeoff (bend ze knees, arms crossed, head up, then arch back, keeps arms crossed til a tap on the shoulder, then relax and enjoy the ride), and a test run of holding your legs up for landing. I asked Mike what would happen if he had a heart attack on the way down and couldn't pull the chute - he said there was an automatic release of the reserve chute at 2000' if all else failed.

    Five minutes later we're in the plane and strapped to the floor. Being on the floor we couldn't see out the tiny windows, but after we'd reached 2000' Mike said I could get up and have a look out the windows, which I did. We could see the Hume Highway and Lake Cordeaux and Lake Cataract, as well as the airfield and Picton. Then we hit clouds and lost visibility somewhat.

    At about 12000' we got ourselves all attached and goggles on, and the door opened. A few people went before me and it was kinda bizarre to see them just plumetting to earth. Then we were up. We were there for a mere second or so before falling out. Gosh it was loud. Next time I'm taking earplugs!! I almost put my arms out too early, but remembered and pulled them back in again. Once we were stably horizontal I guessed I'd be able to put them out again, and sure enough, tap on the shoulder. The freefall was very fast (yeah duh), and I found that I could spin us around by moving my hands the right way. Mike was doing this too. Very cool. We were heading right for a small cloud when suddenly there was this jerk. Didn't hit the cloud. And all the noise went away! :) Got to enjoy the rest of the ride down at a much more sedate pace, and could actually appreciate the scenery. Mike spun us around in the chute a few times, although the G-forces on the straps squeezed out the circulation in my legs! heh. We saw the plane we went up in come back into land, and saw a small plane take off from a backyard airstrip across the road.

    The airfield is right next to the Hume Highway, so for the longest time it looked like we were heading straight for it. Some of the people in front of me got *very* close before sidestepping to land near reception. Mike landed us right next to Ric, who'd jumped before us.

    So it was like, totally awesome dude..! :) A great rush after the initial "what the hell am I doing?" thoughts. Ric had problems with his ears not equalising, but I was ok. Then we wandered back to the office and de-suited and picked up our certificates. If I go back within three months I can get $100 off a jump.. does anyone want to come with me? :)

    Then we did a quick detour to visit Yvonne and David before coming home again.

    And now I have to go back to boring reality stuff, including work which I'm really not that interested in doing at the moment cause the boss couldn't be stuffed returning my calls and emails. Maybe I'll take Monday off or something. Also need more sleep. Five hours really isn't enough for me :)

    It opened

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    Still alive, oh well.. :)

    Now back to reality.. :)

    Go PanaVue!

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    Arches National Park, Utah

    Monument Valley, Arizona

    Monument Valley, Arizona

    Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

    Banff, Alberta

    Vancouver, British Columbia

    Crater Lake, Oregon

    Olympic National Park, Washington

    Concorde, Museum of Flight, Seattle, Washington

    Made panoramas of a stack of my USA pics today. Some of them turned out fantastically!

    Had the car towed to a servo this morning, so had to get the train and bus to work. Left work early after tidying up a bunch of loose ends. Picked up the lego (thanks Dave :) ) and some milk and came home. Also got my Jason fix with Event Horizon which was on the other night. All the reviews were right, it was pretty crap, and Jason's role wasn't that great - he didn't get to sneer or whisper menacingly very much .. :)

    If you don't hear from me within 24 hours, my parachute probably didn't open and they had to scrape me off the tarmac like a lump of strawberry jam.. ;)

    It never ends

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    No car. Broken clutch. Getting it towed to the mechanic tomorrow, but probably won't get it back til Monday. Didn't get to the post office to pick up me lego. Didn't go shopping, so no milk for breakfast tomorrow. Booked skydiving for the weekend, but Ric is going to have to drive us. Meant to have a slide night next weekend, but still haven't even sorted out which photos I want to show, made up panoramas, or invited more than a couple of people to come.

    /me collapses in a heap.

    On a slightly lighter note, I went over to the neighbour's and ended up invited for dinner. And they appreciated my Christmas tree, which is nice.


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    After not eating dinner at all last night, tonight I had about three dinners worth, plus a tonne of chocolate.

    Then we played which I don't know the official name of, it's always been played as the location of when you're playing it. Tonight it was "Ethelville". I won the first game, and came a close third on the second.

    I think I should eat nothing but orange juice and water for a day or two .. just to flush everything out. Definitely not eating properly at the moment.

    Hoping to jump out of a plane this weekend.

    And get to bed before it gets too much later.

    Thanks to Rooster who posted this. I read this 15-20 years ago and have been looking for it ever since. But I couldn't remember enough of the specifics of it to google it (I just remembered lots of ins and outs which are kinda hard to search for :) )

    Explanation of how to play Cricket

    You have two sides, one out in the field and one in.

    Each man that's in the side that's in goes out, and when he's out he comes
    in and the next man goes in until he's out.

    When they are all out, the side that's out comes in and the side that's been
    in goes out and tries to get those coming in, out.

    Sometimes you get men still in and not out.

    When a man goes out to go in, the men who are out try to get him out, and
    when he is out he goes in and the next man in goes out and goes in.

    There are two men called umpires who stay all out all the time and they
    decide when the men who are in are out.

    When both sides have been in and all the men have out, and both sides have
    been out twice after all the men have been in, including those who are not
    out, that is the end of the game!"

    The Incredibles

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    The Incredibles

    Saw The Incredibles tonight, which was, well, incredible.

    Thoroughly entertaining, amazing graphics, great story.

    Quite a bit darker/edgier than previous Pixar offerings, not such a kids movie (people getting killed and machine guns everywhere).

    A few times I forgot I was watching computer graphics, they were so good.

    <comment on seeing it by myself deleted>


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    My puta crashed this morning - beeped quietly, then froze completely. Checkdisk on startup also froze. Not good. Got into windows eventually, but lost my profile folder completely, and found 16kb in bad sectors. Very not good. This is the disk that did 10000 miles in the boot round America and Canada, so it's possible all the vibrations weren't good for it. I think I'm going to get another disk, and use the sick one as a general carthorse for copying big stuff around. But for now I need to get everything off it (as it's crashing so often being the system disk that it's unsable). I brought home a 40gb disk from work and am copying everything onto it. Then I'll nuke all the partitions and format everything on the sick disk, and with a little luck may be able to use it again. But I'm still going to have to reinstall windows at some point. I'm thinking I may put a little 3gb disk in just for windows. Easy to ghost that way to save reinstalling windoze again in the future.

    Urgh, what a nightmare.

    Week 100

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    I did a couple of these the other week, but will make some effort to do them more often. This marks their 100th week apparently.

    Unconscious Mutterings:

    1. Newspaper:: read
    2. DVD:: Aladdin
    3. Resolution:: New Years
    4. Intimate:: Apparel
    5. Song:: Sing
    6. Essential:: Need
    7. Whistle:: Tune
    8. Glass:: Bottle
    9. Countdown:: 2000
    10. Child:: Boy

    Oh yeah

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    My brother got himself engaged the other day apparently, but that's all the details I have, because as soon as he told me he hung up on me and then wouldn't answer the phone when I tried to call him back.


    Dunno what happened to today. Church as usual, then I blinked and now it's 10pm. I did manage to get the place *slightly* tidier, and the Christmas decorations put away. And Aladdin watched, love that movie, have been waiting for it to come out on dvd for years.

    Kicking myself because I missed Close Encounters of the Third Kind on tv this afternoon, which I'm actually reading at the moment. Oh well.

    Had to stop myself eating the whole punnett of raspberries. Love those things. Put the other half away for tomorrow :)

    FQ TOPIC: Hopeful

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    FQ1: What do you hope will be the big technology breakthrough in 2005?
    That someone would invent teleporters (hey I can dream can't I? :) )

    FQ2: What do you hope will be the big medical breakthrough in 2005?
    Well a cure for cancer and the common cold would always be useful

    FQ3: What do you hope will be the big entertainment breakthrough in 2005?
    That someone would decide on a dvd recording standard so I can go ahead and buy a dvd recorder

    FQ FUTURE: It's one year from now! What was your greatest accomplishment in 2005?
    Becoming a nicer person and finding a boyfriend

    * sliced home grown tomatoes
    * shredded tasty cheese
    * shredded parmesan cheese
    * fresh basil

    Grill tomatoes til warm, then top with cheese and basil, and grill til golden.

    That was my dinner tonight. A semi-healthy start to the year after last nights general indulgence. I think I need to use my griller more. And eat more veggies. Maybe that can be my new years resolution :)

    Happy New Year

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    New Years Eve, 2005

    14 hours, two utterly different parties.

    Party one was in Potts Point, at a friend of Chris'. What he neglected to tell me was that there was to be a spectacular view of the harbour, so I didn't take my camera, for which I'm still kicking myself. Great time, great company, fantastic view of the fireworks.

    We left there quite late, then walked at least half the way from Potts Point to the Gladstone hotel in Regent St before finally finding a cab to take us the rest of the way.

    Party two was completely feral. Five rooms, ecclectic mix of techno music. Chris was djing from 4:30, and then we wandered home. Crashed out for a while, then got home at 8am. Even drove past a random breath test, but they didn't stop me, oh well :)

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