June 2005 Archives

Which way is up?

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Man, I'm so far behind keeping up with blog reading at the moment.

Not helped by getting home after leaving work late, heavy traffic, photographing Luc's place, shopping, putting the shopping away, getting dinner, and suddenly it's 9:00! Lost and The Amazing Race follow, finished off with patching a bunch of servers and rebooting them.

And Campbell invited me to a video night tonight too, but didn't call till 7pm while I was still shopping. But it was such a miserable night, pouring with rain and I hadn't eaten and work had been all sucky and my brain needs more notice for such things that I didn't end up going.


Yet another late night for kazza :(

Another day

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Another day of server work. This time doing checking and fixing and preparing for more security and tighter controls on access to the boxes.

Another day of staying up late talking to Stu :)

Another day of being late to work tomorrow so I can have a bit of a sleepin :)

So this afternoon I was bemoaning the fact I had to notes programming, and would rather be doing sysadmin.

Well one of my servers must have heard me, because it decided to get hacked. We're pretty certain it was from a vulnerability in the Backup Exec remote client. A patch had been released fairly recently, but we hadn't installed it yet (I mean who patches Backup Exec within two weeks of patches being released??). I noticed a couple of weird processes running - door.exe and door1.exe. And a bunch of other crap as well. I noted the time of the intrusion, and we caught it withing about half an hour. Stopped all the backup exec services on all the other machines until they could be patched, and so far so good.

But my poor little server was full of extra services, dodgy files and who knows what else, so we decided to go back to an earlier version of the system (fortunately recorded just a couple of hours before the intrusion). Ghosting the system back to a clean one to begin with was a disaster. For reasons unknown it just chugged through loading the image. So I gave up on that and just reinstalled windows clean, and then restored the backup over the top. Followed by upgrading to service pack 1, and windows update, and a ghost image of the final product for good measure.

Then of course came the fun of making sure everything else was patched, that backups were going to work, system account passwords were changed, etc.

Then I get home and the mail server has spacked as well and needed to be rebooted.


First time I've ever had a compromised machine in a seven year career. Not pleasant.

Whoops again

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After all that, about to go to bed and realised I haven't posted yet.


I haven't even *read* any blogs since I got home tonight.
I've been rather distracted, sorry :)

Really should go to bed though. Working on a fairly sucky project at work, that if I don't get the proper sleep for will be that much more difficult to do.

Four weeks

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So four weeks ago today I met this boy. Three weeks ago when I got home we started chatting. Two weeks ago today I began to watch him for hours on his webcam.

I could never have imagined four weeks ago where we'd be right now. And if someone had told me I would have laughed at them. This sort of thing doesn't happen in real life. Well at least not mine anyway.

Week 124

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  1. Domesticated:: tidy
  2. Cask:: wine
  3. Wayne:: Bruce
  4. Insidious:: disease
  5. Cool!:: awesome!
  6. Dishwasher:: dryer
  7. Little house:: on the prairie
  8. Stepford:: wives
  9. Hung:: like a horse
  10. Falling:: down

Have I ever..

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It's a memeing kind of a day today. I saw this at Karla's last week and have been meaning to do this one too.

  1. Snuck out of the house? Nope. I have snuck back into the house a few times when I really didn't want the parents to know just how late I got home :)
  2. Gotten lost in your city? Not lost, although sometimes frustrated at having to navigate and drive at the same time
  3. Seen a shooting star? Yep, a few times
  4. Been to any other countries besides Canada? Like Karla said, why Canada? I have actually been to Canada, as well as Australia (obviously), USA (three times) and New Zealand
  5. Had a serious surgery? Nope
  6. Gone out in public in your pajamas? Only on camps etc. This photo was taken at the Jindabyne sport and rec camp in 1987: This was a wear-your-pyjamas-to-breakfast day
  7. Kissed a stranger? No
  8. Hugged a stranger? Yup
  9. Been in a fist fight? No
  10. Been arrested? No. And never been pulled over on the road for anything more than a random breath test
  11. Laughed and had milk/coke come out of your nose? Not anything that silly, although I have laughed til I've cried numerous times
  12. Pushed all the buttons on an elevator? Nope
  13. Swore at your parents? Yes, once, in America last year
  14. Been in love? Several times
  15. Been close to love? er, well yes
  16. Been to a casino? Yup. The only one I've actually been inside and betted was Star City in Sydney. I was stunned by the number of security cameras in the ceiling of the place.
  17. Been skydiving? Yep!!
  18. Skinny dipped? No .. although there are plans.. ;)
  19. Skipped school? No. Although I did get a note from my mum to take the afternoon off sport so I could come home and get ready for my year 10 formal. heh
  20. Seen a therapist? Once. Pretty pointless exercise really.
  21. Done the splits? Not since I was a baby (and who knows even then)
  22. Played spin the bottle? No
  23. Gotten stitches? Nope
  24. Drank a whole gallon of milk in one hour? yuk, nope (hasn't anyone ever seen Jackass, if you do that you throw it straight back up again)
  25. Bitten someone? Maybe as a kid. Now only playfully.. ;)
  26. Been to Niagara Falls? No, but it's on the todo list
  27. Gotten the chicken pox? No. I've been vaccinated for it now so hopefully will never get it.
  28. Kissed a member of the same sex? Not in any romantic sense
  29. Crashed into a friend's car? *into* a friend's car, or crashed while *driving* a friend's car? Neither, anyway.
  30. Been to Japan? No, but maybe one day
  31. Ridden in a taxi? Yep
  32. Been dumped? Nod.
  33. Shoplifted? No. But I did steal a few sticks of chalk from school in kindergarden. Of course then I had to lie about where they came from. I felt so bad about that that I've never stolen or lied that directly ever since
  34. Been fired? Nope.
  35. Had a crush on someone of the same sex? No (but see my list of actresses I'd turn for)
  36. Had feelings for someone who didn't have them back? Hasn't everyone?
  37. Gone on a blind date? No. I did however send two of my friends on a blind date, and they ended up getting married.
  38. Lied to a friend? I don't think so
  39. Had a crush on a teacher? Yep. First one would have been Mr Jirsa in year 7.
  40. Celebrated Mardi-Gras in New Orleans? Nope.
  41. Slept with a co-worker? No. But does fondling count? :)
  42. Seen someone die? No. And I think I've only ever seen one dead body (that wasn't in an anatomy museum)
  43. Had a close friend die? No.
  44. Been to Africa? No, but I'd like to go to Egypt one day. And maybe on a safari to see the wildlife.
  45. Driven over 400 miles in one day? I personally haven't done the driving, but I've been involved in trips of that length many a time. I've done probably 300 miles myself on one day.
  46. Been to Mexico? No
  47. Been to India? No
  48. Been on a plane? Yep, and loved it every single time
  49. Seen the Rocky Horror Picture Show? Yep. Saw it for the first time on video at a friends place in 1989. Saw it live in New York in 2000. Kicking myself that I never saw Striker in it in the Friday night midnight sessions when he was acting in it here :(
  50. Thrown up in a bar? No. I've always made it home.
  51. Purposely set a part of myself on fire? huh?? No.
  52. Eaten sushi? Yep. Not a huge fan though.
  53. Been skiing/snowboarding? Have been skiing. Love it.
  54. Lost a child? In what sense? I haven't lost a child in any sense of the word lost.
  55. Gone to college/university? Yep
  56. Graduated college/university? Yep, with first class honours in human genetics, no less
  57. Fired a gun? An air rifle, at a sport and rec camp
  58. Purposely hurt yourself? Don't think so
  59. Taken painkillers? Yep
  60. Been intimate with someone of the same gender? No

Childhood meme

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I was tagged by Fiona ten days ago with this, and have only just now gotten around to doing it! (sorry!)

Name 5 things you miss about your childhood:

  1. Big family holidays. We did quite a few cool holidays when I was a kid. The four best were the "flying" holidays - America in 1983, Western Australia in 1984, Central Australia in 1985, Lord Howe and Norfolk Islands in 1987
  2. Good vision. When I was 12 I could read the smallest counter on the VCR from way across the other side of the room. My eyesight started deteriorating after that.
  3. Ability to sleep anywhere. I had no trouble sleeping on the plane to America in 1983. No such luck these days.
  4. Nicky Vasek. My best friend in year 7. Haven't seen her since 1986. She's sent me some emails after reading this blog, but has disappeared into obscurity again when I asked if we could meet up :(
  5. Bluey. My budgie for three years. The only one we had that actually talked.

Gosh, that was harder than I thought it would be. I realised there's not a whole lot from my childhood that I actually miss. Being extremelly shy and introverted I had few friends. There was no internet. I wasn't good at anything in particular, especially not anything that required coordination. I was good at school work, but nobody appreciated that except my parents (and my teachers I guess)

This meme was a tag your friends meme, but as I said in a previous post, I don't *do* that ;)

So it seems I've been tagged by Delmer:

List five things you enjoy, even when no one around you wants to go out and play. What lowers your stress/blood pressure/anxiety level? Make a list, post it to your journal, and then tag five friends and ask them to post it to theirs:

  1. Watching DVDs. I have a steadily growing collection, but due to the amount of tv I watch, I really only get to sit down and watch one on Friday nights.
  2. Tinkering on the internet. I feel utterly lost if I'm at home and the computer isn't on. I can't actually account for all the time that I spend online, it just disappears out there on the ether.
  3. Playing with lego. Buying, cataloging, building, enjoying, selling. Using ebay for evil.
  4. Reading a good book. I'm not a huge reader, but when I get into a book, I'll read it to the exclusion of almost all else.
  5. Watching tv. I definitely watch far too much tv.

It seems to be the trend with memes these days to tag people you know to do them. Now the issue I have with this is that a decent chunk of the people whose blogs I read **all read each others blogs** !! Dave, Ben, Delmer, Gary, Neil, Karla, Richard, Dennis are all interconnected in at least one direction. Mushroom and Fiona also. If this trend in tagging continues, it's going to be a problem to tag people, because they will have probably already been tagged! Argh!! So on that note, I'm not going to play the tagging game. If I get tagged I'll happily do the meme (I'm always up for a good meme, and Fiona, I promise I'll do yours next!), but it's just going to be too complicated for me to find people that haven't already been tagged yet ;)

Kazza from space

Thanks to me little brother who told me of Google Maps much improved coverage of Sydney (and other places in Australia). It seems to be as good as the US coverage.

Above is my block. It was taken over a year ago, as the Moreton Bay figtree out the back is still there.

Way cool :)

Defining Moment #1
When Aurelius said he'd drop me off and Stu said "awww", from that moment I knew there could be something special.

Defining Moment #2
At Infinity when I threw a big ball at him and it hit him, he gave me this look, a look impossible to adequately describe. He smiled and there was something in his expression that told me this was a gentle soul who should never be hurt.


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I never get sick. Well almost never. So when I actually do get sick, it hits hard. Sunday afternoon I started coughing. Monday I sat staring at my screen all day getting nothing done. Today I stayed at home and lay in bed all day. Spent the morning freezing to death, despite being rugged up with beanie, bed sox, doona and the heater on. This afternoon got positively delirious with heat before things settled down somewhat later this arvo.

Didn't get any real sleep, but will be interesting to see if I get any tonight. And dunno about work tomorrow yet either.

My land line rang a couple of times today. I wonder who would be calling. Telemarketers most likely.

Batman Begins

Well my 1k entry. Not going to be anything earth-shattering.

Saw Batman Begins tonight, a freebie courtesy of Dell (although I didn't see any Dell computers, I'd have to look harder the next time I watch it). Was pretty good. (Spoilers:) didn't like the whole weapons of mass destruction thing. I mean if you're going to vaporise all the water in range of the microwave, it's not going to vaporise just water in pipes, it's going to vaporise the water that makes up 90% of humans. I guess that's a massive plot hole they overlooked for the sake of entertainment.

Because of the movie I went into work, but I should have stayed at home. I was feeling like utter crap and coughing. I ended up just staring at my screen all day not being able to concentrate on anything. Was probably a net loss to come in at all.

So anyway. Will chuck a sickie tomorrow and try and recover a bit.

Three days later

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Not sure what happened to my weekend. Well I do know, but it was just over all too fast.

Friday night, in bed, TTotM

Saturday, Luc's, shopping, Campbelltown (mini bookcrossing meeting up at krispy kreme), movies (saw Star Wars again with dad), parents' place for dinner.

Sunday, sleepin, chatted to Stu, caught up on videos.

I did get some scraping done in the shower, but didn't get tank five water changed.

And after all that, three days of feeling fine, this afternoon I started coughing. Guess I did come down with whatever it was on Thursday after all. Oh well.

Immune reaction

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My body had an immune reaction today. You know how when you feel like you just need to move slowly, and everything is a bit of a daze, and you're just cruising along feeling that things aren't quite right in the world. It's a strange feeling. But actually I felt quite peaceful, not too excitable and not too upsettable.

So that was me this morning. Some effects for the remainder of the afternoon and even now a little. I'm not sure who won yet, my body or whatever virus it was fighting. I'm hoping I did. We shall see.

This evening we went out for my mummy's birthday dinner. Dave and Yvonne and two pairs of the parents friends came along. Was all pleasant enough. Then did a Bunnings run and came home.

When I got home I took some shots of the moon with Jupiter, but thoroughly annoyed at myself for not taking a shot of them at 5:30, when they were right next to each other and would have made for a much more interesting photo.

oh well. what can you do. sleep.

I'm copying Dave again for the second night in a row. Here's my webalizer stats for June thus far, showing where people are hitting from. Mexico is the biggest surprise .. what the?? :)
(apologies for the scroll, presumably some weird style sheet issue, but I'm too tired tonight to look at it).

Top 30 of 91 Total Countries
# Hits Files KBytes Country
1 37546 24.62% 33076 24.92% 823178 32.07% Network
2 29857 19.58% 25428 19.16% 440231 17.15% US Commercial
3 27703 18.16% 22797 17.18% 384443 14.98% Unresolved/Unknown
4 14641 9.60% 12120 9.13% 244361 9.52% Australia
5 8734 5.73% 8480 6.39% 47328 1.84% Mexico
6 2966 1.94% 2362 1.78% 51167 1.99% Germany
7 2428 1.59% 2241 1.69% 41092 1.60% United Kingdom
8 2387 1.57% 2254 1.70% 59424 2.32% Canada
9 2332 1.53% 1995 1.50% 45835 1.79% Netherlands
10 2264 1.48% 2034 1.53% 34660 1.35% Poland
11 1756 1.15% 1635 1.23% 43562 1.70% France
12 1728 1.13% 1586 1.20% 15222 0.59% Norway
13 1703 1.12% 1539 1.16% 16994 0.66% Israel
14 1680 1.10% 1585 1.19% 44582 1.74% Hungary
15 1535 1.01% 1346 1.01% 24575 0.96% Brazil
16 1266 0.83% 974 0.73% 22676 0.88% Belgium
17 937 0.61% 884 0.67% 21843 0.85% Switzerland
18 911 0.60% 845 0.64% 13806 0.54% Italy
19 826 0.54% 793 0.60% 15003 0.58% Japan
20 702 0.46% 661 0.50% 19019 0.74% US Educational
21 671 0.44% 625 0.47% 12066 0.47% New Zealand (Aotearoa)
22 511 0.34% 473 0.36% 8790 0.34% Austria
23 501 0.33% 430 0.32% 6735 0.26% Argentina
24 472 0.31% 430 0.32% 5520 0.22% Greece
25 450 0.30% 420 0.32% 8657 0.34% Sweden
26 420 0.28% 408 0.31% 8079 0.31% Thailand
27 403 0.26% 395 0.30% 5119 0.20% Colombia
28 365 0.24% 355 0.27% 14739 0.57% United States
29 334 0.22% 328 0.25% 9536 0.37% Non-Profit Organization
30 327 0.21% 311 0.23% 1831 0.07% Taiwan

At 2.6gb so far this month (4gb last month) it's a good thing I don't have to worry about bandwidth. But then I'm still nowhere near as popular as Dave, only my images are! The USA and Star Destroyer pages are my biggest sucker of traffic, with long pages and lots of images.


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Saw this very cool idea for a meme at Dave's. The idea is you answer a bunch of questions and post the picture returned by Google Images.

  1. The place you grew up: Sydney Australia. Best city in the world :)
  2. The place you live now: As above.
  3. Your name: Kazza the Blank One. Oh look at that, the number one picture returned is my lego mosaic of Jason Isaacs (yumm). This image also makes the frontpage of a google image search on Jason Isaacs hehe
  4. Your grandmother's name: Hazel. She's my only living grandparent. I seem to have returned leaves though..
  5. Your favorite food: Roast pork. With crackling and apple sauce and gravy.
  6. Your favorite drink: Orange juice. I live on the stuff.
  7. Your favorite song: Bohemian Rhapsody. Perhaps not my favourite song (trying to pick just one was hard), but it's one that I've known the longest.
  8. Your favorite smell: Roasting meat. I'm a carnivore.
  9. Your favorite shoes: Black boots. Not the picture I really imagined exactly. I like comfortable shoes.
  10. Your favorite number: 1. I don't really have a favourite number, but had to pick something.

You know you like a movie when you put it on to cheer you up from feeling Sunday-afternoon-back-to-work-tomorrow-blues with the intention of having it on in the background while you work on photos.. and end up watching it and not getting any work done :)

In this case it was Gladiator .. inspired by the Asterix book I read today, Asterix the Gladiator.

I didn't quite achieve what I wanted to this weekend. I put captions on many of my usa photos. I updated my blog and finally put up a stack of links that I've just been reading feeds for. I got a little paid job done. And I got a stack of silicone sealer scraped off the shower walls. Eight more tiles down, a coupla dozen more to go :( But I didn't get any "play" time, and I have to work tonight which is a bit sad.

Definitely need to have long weekends more often :/

These are 21 things that I want in a lover
Not necessarily needs but qualities that I prefer
      - Alanis Morissette

Or so the song goes. I thought about this entry on the way back from Queensland (when you're in the car for hours on end with nothing better to do). I thought of the first few things but hadn't thought too much about it since then.

Now as I procrastinate over doing USA pictures, I thought I'd put this together. No particular order (although the earlier ones are probably more important).

Week 123

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  1. Wally:: grumble
  2. Phantom:: menace
  3. Slippery:: fingers
  4. Fungus:: mould
  5. Slot:: machine
  6. Type:: kind
  7. Discharge:: runny
  8. "We need to talk”:: oh
  9. On the spot:: put
  10. Liquid:: refreshment

Giving up

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So the plan for the weekend (or at least part of it) was to put all my usa photos into a mysql database, and write a set of scripts to display the files in various indexes.

Yah like that was ever going to happen.

Spent the entire morning staring at my excel file trying to figure out how I'd do it. Now sure, if it were just a directory of photos I'd have no trouble. But I have my own photos, panoramas I've created, scans of my parents photos, mpg movies, as well as maps, daily routes, state routes, extra images of National Park "splash" pictures, and some images have been used more than once, while others were added in special orders at the beginning of states etc.

The more I stared at it, the more I realised how complicated it was, and how many exceptions would need to be made to get it to do what I wanted it to do.

So I thought stuff it, I'll just make 42 day index pages, and 14 state index pages. Generate the actual code in excel (where all the data is) and hardcode it into html. Sounds like a copout I know, but I could see myself never ever getting these photos online (and it was a *year* ago that we were away).

Then I thought I should probably add some more descriptive notes to some of the images, and of course that takes hours too. That's what I did most of the afternoon/evening.

So by the end of the weekend you never know, I might actually have it done.

Unless I get the urge to go through everything again putting in Google Maps references... :)


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Finally saw Memento tonight. Not bad. Got more and more interesting as it went a long. Found a cool summary of scenes in the correct order too which helped to try and remember.

Also watched My Fair Lady which I picked up on my recent trip to Judea.

And now I can't sit still (I blame my mother for my genetic problems - in this case restless leg syndrome), so I'm off to bed.

I love my boss

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I truly do. I was all set to trek into the office to kick a server that hung in the process of rebooting, but I called him up to make sure he'd be happy for me to claim the overtime or just let it go til tomorrow, and he said he'd do it. What a sweetie :)

One for the ewwwwww books, from The Pen - Kangaroo vs Snake

And one for Aurelius, from OzGuru - "it's is not"

I'm so tired. Three or four nights in a row of midnight sleeps and 6am wakes. blah.


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I'm very sleepie.

Waiting for the washing to finish so I can hang it out and go to bed.

Comment spam is ramping up again. Put a broad ban on betting and poker in urls to try and slow it down a little, but if anyone can't post for some reason, just mail me.

Final spin cycle. Nearly there.

Week 122

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  1. Exhibit:: display
  2. Evolution:: darwin
  3. Loser:: dunce
  4. Hypnotic:: dreamy
  5. Unlikely:: dire
  6. Interrupt:: break
  7. Ambivalent:: bored
  8. Rise and fall:: breath
  9. Indian:: bollywood
  10. Prophecy:: book

It's getting a bit late now, so this whole entry was a little rushed. It's surprising the effort it takes to resize, save, upload and label several dozen photos.

In an extended entry I've put together a bit of my Queensland trip. There's about 2.3mb of photos. Hover your mouse over them for labels.


I've memed about this before, but I've changed my mind. I think if I were going to be an animal, I'd be a seagull. I mean look at all the things they have going for them:

  • They look good
    I mean how many animals can be such good scavengers and still look as good as they do?
  • They can soar
    These birds are designed for flight. They can soar for as long as they like with next to no effort at all.
  • They can swim
    This bird has it all - they can fly, walk on land *and* swim! How good is that!?
  • They can eat *anything*
    I could live on any diet I liked as a seagull and still survive

    They're just an all-round great animal. I think I'd be a seagull if I could be an animal.


  • Go the Goose!!

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    I managed to last the entire week I was away without finding out who won My Restaurant Rules this season, and just catching up on the videos now.

    Go the Goose!

    I was hoping they'd win, although I thought Sydney would. So was excited when they called Adelaide as the winner :)

    I've caught up on my main mail, my ebay mail, my uni mail. Still have several hours of videos, scores of blog entries, unpacking and dinner yet to catch up on.

    Back to it!


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    I really will do the last two Friday Qs. Honestly. :)
    But not tonight. Maybe tomorrow.

    I'm still alive, honestly! And so is Dad, miraculously ;)

    Regular programming will resume shortly :)

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