March 2005 Archives

So after nearly a month of not having my new phone cause the speaker was crap and I sent it back but then the repairer had it marked completed two weeks ago but they hadn't bothered to send it back and I was calling up Vodafone every day trying to find out where it was, I finally got a new phone today.

And it's got the same f!@#ing problem with a crap speaker!! >:(

The speaker just whines and sounds awful. It left me completely demoralised because now I'm in for *another* fight to get a working phone.

It's late

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I'm tired and in pain. Time for bed.. sorry

I've been using an RSS feed reader to read blogs for a while now. It's really great for seeing posts shortly after they're posted, and not having to actually go to sites that don't update regularly.

But I have a few problems with the whole feed reading method.

The main issue is comments. I never see them. I see the original post, but because I'm not reloading the main pages regularly, I don't see the number of comments change and so don't go back to read them. Once I've read the original post, I never go back to see it again. So I'm missing discussions going on in comments.

There's also the problem of blogs that don't have RSS feeds don't get read as often, because I actually have to *go* to them :(

Anyone have any similar issues or solutions?

Easter Monday

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I painted by numbers today. Have a sore forearm to prove it. Once re-opened again, the paint pots are reacting badly to the air. One of them had developed a solid skin after just two days. Finished off two colours and will do the other two I've reopened tomorrow (the paint takes 24 hours to dry, damned oil paints). Then I will open others and see if any of the others have solidified. Two I know already have. Will have to dig out old sets and see if I can find unsolidified matching colours in those.

Well that was boring wasn't it. An entire paragraph dedicated to paint-by-numbers.

Sad.

Other than that I really didn't do anything today.

Mythbusters was lots of fun tonight. They pressurised an old plane and blew holes in it to see if things like bullets would cause explosive decompression (they won't).

And two days go by.

Blink.

Not quite sure what happened.
Yesterday morning seems an eternity ago. I think I was sitting bored in the morning yesterday wondering what to do with myself because the flat was clean (tidied it before the fire inspection the other morning). Decided to pull out an old paint-by-numbers that I'd never finished (because some of the pots had crap paint in them and it was all too hard). So did that for a bit then the parents called me up and asked if I wanted to go to Yvonne's for dinner. So then went shopping (and reminded myself why I never go shopping on Saturdays, especially on Saturdays between public holidays) and headed over there. Thanks Yvonne for putting up with us even though you were sick :)

Long drive home. Went to bed at something like 1:30am old time, which worked out at 12:30am new time. Set my phone to wake me up for church, but realised when I woke up that I'd set it twelve hours wrong. Fortunately I'd woken up before it was due to go off, or I'd have missed church :)

After church helped Luc move some bricks (only 100 of them, but they had to be moved a couple of times each. Then came home, chatted to Chris briefly (he invited me to the pub with him and Alison, which made me grumphy cause I was having the family over for roast meat, er pig, er pork :) ), then slaved over a hot stove essentially all afternoon. Had another round of three hands of 500 - tonight I won all three woohoo :)

And now it's Sunday night, and I'm going to just collapse into bed!

Week 112

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  1. I’m waiting:: patience
  2. Speak:: now
  3. Roger...:: Roger (Flying High)
  4. Knock knock:: who's there?
  5. Hybrid:: plant
  6. Can’t believe my eyes:: blink
  7. Hooked:: addicted
  8. Pontificate:: pope
  9. Slime:: ball
  10. Unwelcome:: visitor

Good Friday

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Pretty uneventful day. Cleared lots of crap out of my in trays and various folders of paperwork around the place. Prolly threw out a couple of kilos of paper, and got a similar quantity filed properly.

Watched the Royal Tenenbaums tonight which I'd taped the other night, but it cut off before the end of the movie :( Can anyone tell me how it ended? I got up to the bit where Chas was chasing Eli after Eli crashed the car..

FQ1: When is your birthday?
14th August, 1973

FQ2: Anything interesting happen on your birthday in history? (LINK... http://www.historychannel.com/thisday/)
Apparently Elvis joined the army (1958). They don't have too much interesting on that site. http://www.thehistorynet.com/ has some more although neither of them mention the massive eastern states blackout of 2003..
This one does, and also, Japan surrendered to the US, ending world war II, Pakistan became independent of British rule,

FQ3: Anybody famous share your birthday? Do you have anything in common with them? (LINK enter your date on left side... http://www.imdb.com/OnThisDay)
Bryce Courtenay (1933)
Steve Martin (1945)
Danielle Steele (1947)
Gary Larson (1950)
James Horner (1953)
Magic Johnson (1959)
Sarah Brightman (1960)
Halle Berry (1966)
Kieren Perkins (1973)
Kate Ritchie (1978)
Seems I have lots of authors and musicians born on my birthday, with not so many actors.. heh

FQ FUTURE: On your 100th birthday, what year will it be and what do you think you'll be wanting as a present then?
2073. I'm not planning on living that long, but if I do, I'd like my sanity and ability to move unimpeded. If I lost either of those I'd rather not be alive.

Chill

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Frigging

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So it seems that a neighbour war is going to cost *me* thousands of dollars >:(

It's all very convoluted, but someone's vindictiveness led to a complaint to council about fire safety. And compliance (hose reels, hydrants, exit signs, portable fire extinguishers, fire and smoke alarms and the like) is going to cost thousands. Well the dude is turning up at 7am. With 30 flats to do, I'll be lucky to be out of here by 10am

hurrumph >:(

So in the post tonight there's a letter from the managing agent. There will be a "fire inspection" on Thursday at 7am. WTF?? They expect us to be home and yet they only give us **36 HOURS NOTICE**????

So now I have to clean up the flat which I was planning to do on the weekend in the space of an hour, and be dressed and ready by 7am on Thursday. That's just crap!

Three days

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ok so I haven't posted properly in three days.

Saturday

Small sleepin, decided needed to clean the flat. Did that for a bit then Paul logged onto icq. Chatted to him for a bit, then the discussion got onto poker. They're planning a poker night at work in a couple of weeks and I thought I should probably get some practise in. So Paul and I played on Yahoo games for *three hours straight* .. oops!

Did a little bit more cleaning, then played poker with Ding on partypoker.com. While playing he invited me up to the pub, so I jumped into the car and headed off. We had a couple of wines, then we met Perron and Clare and a friend of theirs for dinner (Thai - was yummmo!) then headed up to the pub. They had some great trance on for the first part, and Alison and her friend Jenny and I had a ball dancing. Then they changed djs, and the music had a lot more painful treble. Couldn't deal with the noise, so we spent a few dollars on the pokies and then stumbled back to Chris'. Where we danced and talked and chilled. Then crashed for the night on some cushions. The more I reflect on the night the more I have come to appreciate how good it was. It was a lot of fun, a lovely dinner, some good dancing and Chris was being particularly nice to me. /me *sighs*

Sunday

Got up around 7:30 and stumbled home. It's very strange waking up away from home in the daylight and then driving home. Even though I'd slept, I felt like I'd been up all night. Very odd. Wandered to church. Felt odd being with people that really don't care about me. Still, it was easier to sit with them and not say much than sit with someone else and then have to "pretend" talk.

Came home and cleaned in earnest. The place, if anything, is messier now than when I started. But at least I now have a big pile of things I've decided to let go of. Watched My Restaurant Rules and CSI, then decided to do some server work. So much for the idea of getting to bed at 9:30, by the time everything was done it was 10:30 :(

Monday

Frustrating day of nothing working. Battled further with using frontpage to create and update an access database. The idea being to save coding time. Of course it doesn't actually work. It goes through all the motions, but doesn't actually update the database. Yay.

So then moved onto trying to get a machine behind a stringent firewall talking to our sus server. It can see the sus server and downloads the iuident.cab file, but then doesn't actually download any of the patches. It doesn't help that the machine is not on the domain, so I had to hack the registry to get it to even that far.

On a lighter note for the day, I drove a Porsche! First time I've ever driven a Porsche. So that was quite fun, although a bit hard to test drive on 50km/hr suburban speed zones. It's very "tight". Everything's sponteneous, unlike my car that feels like a slug in comparison.

And now I'm feeling like it's time for bed :/

Porsche

Week 111

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  1. Stink:: smell
  2. Renewal:: membership
  3. I remember...:: when
  4. Loneliness:: always
  5. Ooooh:: ahhh
  6. For real:: totally
  7. Titanium:: steel
  8. Get down:: boogie
  9. Rupture:: aneurism
  10. Dramatic:: theatrical

According to Redate I'll be one billion seconds old on Saturday, 23 April 2005! That's just seven weeks away.

AmazType

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As seen at Neil's - AmazType - put in a phrase from a movie or book, and it'll generate a montage of images based on that phrase for the text.

Of course, I did one of Jason Isaacs (who else? :) )

Jason Isaacs

FQ TOPIC: Green

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FQ1: Something green you like to eat...
Green? Like to eat? In the same sentence? How about green smarties? Mint Lindt? (although they're not green, but the wrappers are) :) Oh all right, a *real* green food I like to eat would probably be peas

FQ2: Something green you like to wear...
I have a couple of green t-shirts. I'm actually wearing one of them now. And if I'd thought of it yesterday (and it wasn't so damned dark when I'm getting up at the moment) I would have worn one then.

FQ3: Something green you like to look at...
Maybe my fish tanks. The tetra tank is a pretty good green jungle. But all plants are good.

FQ GALLERY: Post a photo you took (or an illustration you made) of something green...
Just one?? .. goes off to search through the archives ..
Well this is the first one that stood out while going backwards through the recent collection.. it's a Fisher Price car and dude.

Green

Addendum. Space lego isn't green. But here's the hat off my maxi-minifig, and one of Josh's bionicles..

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Lost losing me

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So everyone in the US raves about Lost. But, like Desperate Housewives, it's suspense is just too drawn out. Big whoop-die-doo, there's a big mystery, but we have to watch the *entire season* to find out what it is. Booooorrrring!

Give me The Amazing Race any day, I *love* that show. Even though I know the outcome of this season, I love watching the cool locations and cool activities and wishing that bastard Jonathon would get elimanted already! heh

Welcome to My Life

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This song has been getting a lot of airplay lately. I don't actually listen to songs on the radio anymore (I'm not into popular music anymore, that was sooo 15 years ago), but this one pierced my brain the other day. Musta been weird timing issues...

Welcome To My Life
by Simple Plan

Do you ever feel like breaking down?
Do you ever feel out of place?
Like somehow you just don't belong
And no one understands you

Do you ever want to run away?
Do you lock yourself in your room?
With the radio on turned up so loud
That no one hears you screaming

No you don't know what it's like
When nothing feels alright
You don't know what it's like
To be like me

To be hurt, to feel lost
To be left out in the dark
To be kicked when you're down
To feel like you've been pushed around
To be on the edge of breaking down
And no one's there to save you
No you don't know what it's like
Welcome to my life

Do you wanna be somebody else?
Are you sick of feeling so left out?
Are you desperate to find something more
Before your life is over?

Are you stuck inside a world you hate?
Are you sick of everyone around?
With their big fake smiles and stupid lies
While deep inside you're bleeding

No you don't know what it's like
When nothing feels alright
You don't know what it's like
To be like me

To be hurt, to feel lost
To be left out in the dark
To be kicked when you're down
To feel like you've been pushed around
To be on the edge of breaking down
And no one's there to save you
No you don't know what it's like
Welcome to my life

No one ever lied straight to your face
And no one ever stabbed you in the back
You might think I'm happy
But I'm not gonna be ok
Everybody always gave you what you wanted
You never had to work
It was always there
You don't know what it's like
What it's like

To be hurt, to feel lost
To be left out in the dark
To be kicked when you're down
To feel like you've been pushed around
To be on the edge of breaking down
And no one's there to save you
No you don't know what it's like (what it's like)

To be hurt
To feel lost
To be left out in the dark
To be kicked
When you're down
To feel like you've been pushed around
To be on the edge of breaking down
And no one's there to save you
No you don't know what it's like
Welcome to my life

Welcome to my life
Welcome to my life


Last Thursday went out for drinks with Alison and Chris. Was good to catch up, as hadn't seen them in a while.

Sunday went to a Book Crossing meeting organised by Yvonne.

Sunday night went to the dinner I missed out on going to the week before.

Last night's Mythbusters was one of their coolest ever - they proved that people *could* have escaped from Alcatraz.

Tonight's True Crime is set around a murder in Grand Junction in Colorado .. lots of been theres

Decided friend #1 is def a bastard. So have decided it's not worth my while talking about my personal life to him. Unfortunately still have to work with him.

The flat is a disaster area. Feel like I'm never home and it's all just getting on top of me :(

Brescia

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Brescia

Stopped and took some photos of the Brescia building burnt down this arvo. Would have been better lighting in the morning tho.

Um.

Don't think I got around to posting last night. Much fizzling was involved.

Um.

Been working more on website redesign. Is quite a bit of fun. I think I mentioned that last week.

Um.

Fish still alive.

Um.

A Country Practice

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So while looking up who Matt Tyler was, I found this awesome page on A Country Practice. Have been sitting here reading all the character bios, it's certainly bringing back memories.

Almost cried at this part regarding Molly Jones:

She died at home in May 1985 while Brendan and Chloe were flying a kite -- she was lying on a couch in the yard watching them when death claimed her and the last thing you saw and heard was Brendan running toward her and yelling before the picture faded to black

Even though it was something like twenty years ago and I was only 12 or so at the time, I remember that scene *vividly* :(

So tonight had an evening with Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings). Didn't think I was going to make it though. First was worried that I'd have to pay $45 not $30 because I wasn't a Powerhouse Museum member (Luc had bought tickets based on his id). Then I missed a train and the next one was ten minutes late, so I didn't get to the theatre til after everything had started. And the State Theatre usherettes had *no idea* where the seats were in the dark. So I never ended up sitting with the people I was meant to be with, and even then that turned out to be just Luc as Guy couldn't come. So then Luc raced off to get a bus after, which meant I didn't see him all night. heh.

So anyway. It was a really interesting night. He talked at length about how the deal with Miramax fell through and they had to get a new studio to back the films within four weeks. And how it ended up being three movies instead of two, or even one. And he talked somewhat about his background in making movies as a hobby, and also about King Kong which he's currently shooting. And just for fun, he had a dvd of LotR bloopers which he'd collected. Some of them were utterly hilarious.. like Gandalf done up with brides-maid style hair.. a bunch of setups like that and the usual line fluffups. Fun stuff.

Week 110

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  1. Shape up:: ship out
  2. New Orleans:: jazz
  3. In the bedroom:: sleep
  4. All the time:: blah
  5. Philosophy:: religion
  6. Tyler:: matt (is that a person?)
  7. Disturbed:: deranged
  8. French kiss:: tongue
  9. Solidify:: liquid
  10. Furtive:: effort

Kazza is now on the front page of a Google search!

But that also means that this blog may disappear anytime soon. So if you come here and find a page on KaZaa, then try http://kazza.kazza.id.au instead :)

FQ TOPIC: Cinema

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FQ1: If you could own any item from any movie, what would you take and why?
A teleporter, as in Star Trek. The little personal air carts like in The Incredibles would be cool. An invisibility cloak like in Harry Potter would be lots of fun, and the Delorean time machine from Back to the Future would be unreal.

FQ2: If you could become any character from any movie, who would it be and why?
Sticking to girl characters (I mean, I should have been a boy, but I still think like a female).. well Supergirl would mean I could fly, my greatest ever wish. I'm very similar to Hermione Granger from Harry Potter (good at school work), and being able to do magic would be, well, magical. If I was Sarah from Labyrinth, I'd fear Jareth, love him, do anything he said, and he would be my *slave* ;) .. or I could be Beverly Crusher and live in the Star Trek world and get Jean-Luc Picard.

FQ3: If you could visit any location from any movie, where would it be and why?
Being in the Matrix, or on an Enterprise holodeck where I could live out any fantasy I wanted would be a lot of fun. And Jurassic Park would be awesome. In terms of real-life locations, I really want to do a Sound of Music tour in Austria, and doing a helicopter tour around Queenstown New Zealand (cf Lord of the Rings) would be spectacular.

FQ MOVIE MASH-UP: Combine some items, characters, and locations from different movies to create an entirely new film! What would you call it and what would it be about?
meh, I give up, it took me all night just to do the rest of the questions!

Ich 2

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The angels and the catfish are all still alive. Always a good thing. Took some salt into work to salt up the baby krib tank a bit (I'd taken some potentially infected plants in there the other day), except the babies kept eating the salt crystals. Decided that was not a good thing and would have to dissolve the salt first before adding it :/

Them

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So ended up sending a few emails back and forth to friend #3, and agreed to see them again. Which is good, because I would have missed friend #2 terribly. Was missing him this morning and wondering on the sanity of my decisions. So we'll see how it goes. I don't hold out much expectation of anything being any better. But then, "blessed are they that expect nothing, for they will not be disappointed".

Ich

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So today got some fish medication, pulled out the half dying plants out of the tank, vacuumed the gravel, did a 20% water change, added some aquarium salt, cranked the temperature a couple of degrees and finally added methylene blue to the tank, which actually makes it turn green. If that doesn't kill the fish, the ich will :/

So one of my angels and the catfish look like they've got ich. Haven't had to deal with that before. It's just a disaster. Everything on the net contradicts itself. Plus it's late and I don't have any emergency supplies and I feel bad about using too much water in the middle of a drought and Alison gave me too much information, some of which contradicts stuff I thought I knew and it's just all too hard :(

*and* I just remembered I took a bunch of plants out of that tank and took em to work to put in the baby krib tank. Now I'll probably end up with a tank full of baby kribs with ich. Just what I needed.

Don't panic

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Don't Panic

Don't panic, I'm not going to kill myself just yet.

In fact, I haven't even cried over it.

But I am vaguely annoyed I didn't just let them go four years ago the last time I felt so badly rejected. I would have recovered by now. Now I have to start over.

Your average day

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So yeah just your average day. Dumped two of my best friends after the ultimate rejection. Had to race into work tonight after a couple of servers got confused. The servers are better but my heart's not. I'm all for jumping.. does anyone have any other suggestions?

So there's this ad for V. It looks like a couple of cockroaches walking into a bathroom, learning to ballroom dance or something. And then they jump into an up-turned air hand dryer and do sky-diving moves..

So when you feel like you have no friends, you don't turn up for church or dinner and they don't bother to call up and find out why, and they really don't care anyway, and the only way to put off the depression is to lookup methods of suicide, about all you can do is get drunk.

Ironically the person that did call was Marylon, but unfortunately there wasn't much she could say that could change my mind, not knowing the situation.

So anyway. Might stick on a dvd after My Restaurant Rules.

Week 109

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  1. Usher:: movie
  2. Cherish:: madonna
  3. Mistreat:: harm
  4. Forum:: discuss
  5. Systematic:: destruction
  6. Warning:: sign
  7. Wash:: hands
  8. I wish:: die
  9. Candles:: music
  10. Metallic:: paint

There's a meme going around asking who you'd like, if you were that way inclined.

Top of my list would be Natalie Portman. She's beautiful, graceful, and seems to like playing mature characters. Followed by Leelee Sobieski who is just plain gorgeous.

Natalie Portman Leelee Sobieski

After that, it's a bit of a toss-up between Sandra Bullock (Speed, and lots of other things), Jennie Garth (Beverly Hills, 90210), Linda Hamilton (Terminator 2), Nicole Kidman (lots of things, but especially the early stuff where her hair was really wild), Dina Meyer (90210, Dragonheart, Starship Troopers), Liv Tyler (Armageddon, Lord of the Rings), Kate Winslet (Titanic)

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Star Wars

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Watched Episode I on telly tonight. It's alright to watch repeatedly if you don't worry too much about the fact that it has no story (a pod race and a completely CG battle). Good cinematography and great music, means you can have it on in the background without causing too much offence. They're doing eps IV/V/VI in the coming weeks, but the "special" edition version. I'm still protesting and won't be buying the "special edition" dvds cause they ruined it by changing and adding all the digital crap. I grew up on the original movies, and seeing them adulterated like that is just wrong. If they'd ever bring out dvds of the original version I'd buy those.

Nuclear Week

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Watched the Chernobyl Zero Hour episode this week, followed by The China Syndrome (Dad's dvd) tonight. Really must dig out the Chernobyl documentary I taped years ago and get it onto dvd before the video dies.

And really need to get The Green Mile on dvd. Even after seeing it three times it still makes me cry.

FQ TOPIC: Trust

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FQ1: Who is an actor or director you trust to always make a good film? What is it about their previous works that make you trust them?
Probably Steven Spielberg. The odd film of his doesn't hold my interest (like Amistad which I'm struggling to get through on video), but for the most part I love his films.

FQ2: Where is a place you trust to always make a good food? What is it about their previous culinary creations that make you trust them?
I dunno. Maybe Tum's Thai in Randwick. Always good food. Although the silly thing is for most of my life I couldn't eat spicy food. A couple of years ago I thoguht I should start building up my tolerance. Red curries are now no problem. So slowly getting there.

FQ3: What's a company you trust to always make a good product? What is it about their previous stuff that make you trust them?
3M makes lots of cool crap. Maybe Sony too.

FQ YOU: What is something you do so well that people can absolutely trust you with it? What's something that people should never trust you with?
Trust me with? pfft. I dunno, people seem to trust me with fish for some reason. um.
And people shouldn't trust me with fast cars. Well, WRXes at least.. shrug..

suck

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suck day.

after having complained to friend #1 last week about not getting invited to "family" stuff cause it's "family" stuff, I find out that literally three days later they all went rock climbing together. Without me. I've totally had enough of them.

and the sorest part of me is still my neck muscles from holding my head back last night.

Tender

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Went rock climbing with Campbell tonight. Was fun, but exhausting. I suspect I will be hurting tomorrow. I think the belaying was harder in a lot of ways. Silly really.

I was sticking to the "green" runs on the climbs, but even then cheated a couple of times. Only abandoned one run after two attempts at it and couldn't get anywhere, bruising my arm rather badly on the rope when I slipped off. Ah well.

But I didn't lose any fingernails .. go figure!!

So much for getting the fishies moved tonight...

As seen at Neil's

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  • *splat*

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    Too many late nights and early mornings :(

    Took the tank and some water in to work today. Will take some more water in tomorrow. Will take the fish in on Thursday.

    Emptied all the gravel out of the neighbours tank, and tipped all the crap water out. Undergravel filters are pretty disgusting. Debated whether or not to put them back in at all, but decided to leave them in for now. May reevaluate later. It sure sux having to clean them. Have to pull the entire tank apart.

    Just remembered I was going to dunk the new filter I got into a live tank to start its bacteria going. But it's late. hrmmm.

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