November 2005 Archives

More photos

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Cause nothing much interesting happened today.

The winning Star Wars Trivial Pursuit piece:
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Tank number 5, finally wihout the under gravel filter, and all cleaned up:
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Everyone's been having thunderstorms. Stu and I in Sydney and Brisbane, Missyisms in Illinois (?), Karla in Texas, Dave in Wisconsin I think, and Michael in a southern state of the US (not sure which one, I'm sure it's been mentioned tho).

Ok so that's only two countries, but it just seems like everyone's commenting on it at the moment.

I'm very sleepie.

More guppies

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oh yes, I forgot to mention yesterday - the second mother dropped her load of babies over the weekend, so now I have at least 20 babies swimming around their little tank :)

Veronica Mars

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It's entirely Dave's fault. If he hadn't ranted and raved for an entire year about how wonderful this show was, I wouldn't have missed Mythbusters for it tonight. And instead of my summer tv watching mostly being free, I now have another show I'll have to watch/tape every week.

:)

And his ranting and raving was not out of place. I actually enjoyed it, thought it was quite good. :)

On a sadder note, the tuning on my video appears to be stuffed somehow, which means I can't currently tape anything. Might have to go invest in a dvd/hdd recorder for Christmas...

The rest of the weekend

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heh, it seems I've used that title before :)

Saturday.
Unpacked 13lb of lego I got from Canada in the post this week. There's a couple of cool space sets, but the rest of it is just classic lego, not terribly interesting. Took over three months to get here by surface mail - yuk!

Then went out for Thai with J&G and a bunch of their friends (which is impressive in itself since neither of them will eat spicy food). Experienced the joys of going to places alone.. after being held up behind an accident for fifteen minutes, so was running late, then had to navigate as well and try to find out where I was actually trying to go to, then had to park right in front of everyone which meant I hit the curb - twice, and after all that couldn't drink because I was driving. Except then James offered to drive my car home for me, so I finally relaxed and enjoyed the night. Which went very late. Didn't get to bed til 2am - whoops.

Sunday.
Today after church (through the pouring rain) and a bit of a chat to Stu, I cursed undergravel filters, as I had to pull the entire tank apart to clean it. Pulled out the undergravel filters and am going to stick to power filters. This was after the second tiger barb died, probably due to fetid conditions in the tank.

And tonight I went to the parents with Dave & Yvonne for dinner. After dinner we played Scategories (which mum won) and Star Wars Trivial Pursuit, which is a heck of a lot harder than I thought it would be. We didn't use the dvd because mum was watching telly, so just did all the questions from the cards. I declared the game finished when Dave finally got all six wedgies (I had five). Think I need to watch the movies a few more times. And read the books. And watch any making of specials (one of the questions was what did they mix with glass beads to make fake snow for Hoth). Much fun to be had with that game methinks. And I kept getting annoyed at Dad & Dave getting easy questions all the time. Oh, and if in doubt answer "Obi-Wan Kenobi" - it's seriously the answer to half the questions in the game ;)

ICQ sux

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Truly it does. Spent all morning fighting with it, having it stuff up my logs, that sort of thing.

I think now I have a workable solution with 2003b in one directory and v5 in another. I'll fire up v5 to try multi-user chats, but will use 2003b as my main version.

ICQ take two

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And just to throw everyone into confusion, ICQ just started working again. No changes to my system whatsoever. So I reckon it must have been something on ICQ's end.

Grunties!

Gingerbread House Night

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Had our church Gingerbread House night tonight. As always was a lot of fun, and was good to catch up with Cynthia.

I decided to "render" my house this year. It's a bit messier to put together, but a bit easier to stick lollies on. My actual design was somewhat boring (as I'm not creative at all), but I did make my house "stand out from the crowd" so to speak, by attaching battery powered led lights to the eaves. And the effect was, well, to put it mildly, spectacular. Looks like the thing had festoon lights on it. Very very cool.

Gingerbread house

LTO2

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And on another lighter note from yesterday, we replaced an LTO with and LTO2 tape drive in a server and it actually worked!! Using an old version of Backup Exec and everything. Surely not!

Guppy babies

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On a lighter note from yesterday, the same mother that gave birth a month ago had a new batch of babies. I caught six and put them in a baby trap. I think one got eaten by one of the mothers. I couldn't see any more. All six are still alive this morning.

Baby guppies and their father

ICQ Fubar

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So this morning I decided to reboot my computer as it was running out of memory. But when I came back, ICQ crashed just after it started - Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime Library - Runtime Error! - abnormal program termination. Well I didn't have too much time to fiddle with it, but it crashed a couple of times, so I tried reinstalling over the top. No good.

So then at work today, I installed NAV 10 and rebooted. And ICQ started crashing there too! Tried a dbconvert to reindex the database, but that didn't work.

I use 2003b at home and 2002a at work. I thought it might have had something to do with the latest NAV def files. Who knows.

So now my major lifeline to the world has been cut off, and other "issues" I have right now, life is pretty sucky right now.

Photoblogging

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All Ryan wants for Christmas is his two front teeth..
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My workstation that I'm about to be kicked out of and moved to another office
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Guppies!
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Lollies packed in preparation for Friday night's Gingerbread House event
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Grunties

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Feeling grumpy.

At least the backups started working after a reboot on one server and a cancel and restart on the other.

Sigh.

Fizzle

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Drank probably too much last night.
But it was all good ;)
Good food, good wine, good company.

Although as a consequence I didn't sleep very well and really feeling it now heh
Think will go to bed soon - as soon as Stu goes
:)

Week 146

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  1. Heads up:: warning
  2. Kicker:: goalie
  3. Aggressive:: passive
  4. Getting ugly:: ominous
  5. To be continued:: annoying
  6. Twist:: turn
  7. Form:: factor
  8. On the road:: again
  9. Import:: duty
  10. Flowers:: pretty

Week 145

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  1. Mighty:: mouse
  2. Gotta find time to ....:: sleep
  3. Statistic:: number
  4. Midnight:: not a sound from the pavement
  5. Thaw:: crisp
  6. Hips:: wide
  7. Reader:: digest
  8. Related:: family
  9. Brilliant:: mind
  10. Posture:: poor

Philosopher's Stone

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There are people that think that Dumbledore enabled Harry to figure out how the Mirror of Erised worked so that he'd know what to do with it later. Which is a little silly. Because Dumbledore designed the challenge at the end so that Voldemort/Quirrell couldn't get it. If Harry hadn't come along it would have been safe until Dumbledore returned from London. So Harry nearly ruined everything.

Of course it's all completely silly.

Exhaustion

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Gosh it's been a long day. I can barely keep awake.

Got up early and went into work. They were planning a power outage, so we thought we'd take the opportunity to re-lay all the power cabling in the server room, since all the servers would have to be off anyway. It actually went really well. Working by the light of an emergency room light, a rechargeable lamp, and a head lamp, we totally cleaned up all the power cables in the room. Installed a new UPS as well, and a new PDU, and a couple of serial port extension boxes.

Came home at lunch time and started cooking dinner (a beef stew - you need all afternoon to cook it properly). Then talked to Stu for a bit, played my recorder, monitored the dinner. Then the parents called up to invite me over to dinner, but I said I was already cooking it, so they came over here instead.

And they only just left. Showed them pics from various trips to Queensland and Yass and the aquarium, and Luc's renovation photos, all 1400 of them. Then had to burn a cd of my USA pics.

Watching Harry Potter, but can barely keep awake and still need to clean up the kitchen some, and wash my hair.. urghh

A meme from Karla

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Actually I saw this meme from Karla, thought I'd do it, noticed there was stuff missing from it, googled it for other versions, found more, and found the Chinese whispers effect that memes undergo. People change little bits to suit themselves. So now I'm merging two together. The other is from here.

10 Favorites.


  1. Favorite Color: Aqua
  2. Favorite Food: Roast Pork
  3. Favorite Song: hrm tough one. Maybe Pressure by Billy Joel, We Didn't Start the Fire by Billy Joel, Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen, Ray of Light by Madonna.. lots though
  4. Favorite Movie: Also variable. Labyrinth and Peter Pan were both long time favourites.
  5. Favorite Sport: er. not really into sports.
  6. Favorite Season: Spring
  7. Favorite Day Of the Week: Saturday
  8. Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Mint
  9. Favorite Alcoholic Drink: Baileys
  10. Favorite Word: Antidisestablishmentarianism. Or Mystical.

9 Currents.


  1. Current Mood: Light
  2. Current Taste: Cointreau
  3. Current Clothes: Jeans and a t-shirt
  4. Current Desktop Picture: Stu!
  5. Current Hair Color: blonde
  6. Current Time: 19:54
  7. Current Surroundings: my study
  8. Current Annoyance(s): lazy neighbors that dump rubbish *in front of* the bins
  9. Current Craving: mmmm stu ;)

8 Firsts.


  1. First Best Friend: Donna Bonnefin, from Kindy to about year 2. Then she dumped me for Kerry Williams.
  2. First Kiss: Charles, at the National Science Summer School in Canberra in 1991. I've never seen him since.
  3. First Screen Name: Kazza
  4. First Pet: Bluey, a budgie, I got for my 7th birthday
  5. First Piercing: my ears, in 1988
  6. First Crush: dunno. Maybe Mr Jirsa my maths teacher in year 7
  7. First CD: the Labyrinth soundtrack (I didn't actually own a cd player at the time)
  8. First Car: a brown 1984 Ford Laser. It was kidnapped and murdered in 2001.

7 Lasts.


  1. Last Cigarette: Never had one :)
  2. Last alcoholic beverage: Cointreau, just now
  3. Last Car Ride: well my drive home from work just now. Last time I was in a car and someone else was driving was on the way home the other night and Stu drove my car for a bit.
  4. Last Kiss: Stu on Tuesday night
  5. Last Movie Seen: at the movies would have been Serenity
  6. Last Phone Call: some telemarketer when I got home tonight
  7. Last CD played: my cd player is on random, but the last cd I put in a player and played all the way through was Symphony No 3 by Camille Saint-Saens

6 Have You Evers.


  1. Have You Ever Dated One Of Your Best Friends: well no, although the person I've dated has *become* my best friend
  2. Have You Ever Broken the Law: yes
  3. Have You Ever Been Arrested: no
  4. Have You Ever Skinny Dipped: yes
  5. Have You Ever Been on TV: yes, a few times
  6. Have You Ever Been in love: yes

5 Things.


  1. 5 Things You're Wearing: jeans, t-shirt, glasses, underwear, shoes (soon to be removed)
  2. 5 Things You Did Yesterday: went to work, blogged, talked to Stu, watched a very cool episode of House, watched some scary medical shows
  3. 5 Things You Can't Live Without: Stu, the internet, my computer (or *a* computer), food/drink/air, God
  4. 5 Things You Can Hear Right Now: the tv (Survivor), fish tanks bubbling and powering, the keyboard, my feed reader bleeping, crickets or cicadas outside
  5. 5 Things You Do When Your bored: Use the internet, play puzzle type games, clean my flat, watch videos, play my recorder(s)

4 Places You've Been To.


  1. America (3 times)
  2. Canada
  3. New Zealand
  4. lots of places in Australia

3 People You Can Tell *Almost* Anything To (in no particular order).


  1. Stu
  2. Luc
  3. James

2 Choices.


  1. Black or White: White
  2. Hot or Cold: Cold

1 Wish.


  1. That I could fly :)

Well actually it'll be Thursday. So I had Monday on a Wednesday, Thursday will be on a Friday, and my Friday will be on Saturday. Spent all of my Tuesday (Thursday) planning for Friday (Saturday).

Are you all confused yet? :)
I am :)

Makes them slightly easier to bear :/
Caught up with lots of crap at work. It's amazing how quickly it piles up.
And then got home to a big bill from the tax department. Knew the refund was too good to be true.

Photos from the weekend

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Here's a selection of the (many) photos I took on the weekend (extended entry)

Reality Sux

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Just put my boy on a plane. So now it's back to reality. And reality sux. Truly.

Very very lazy morning. Let Stu sleep in til 11:30 (!) before getting him up and taking him to the aquarium at Darling Harbour. He quite enjoyed it, as I thought he would. Then it was home for pizza for dinner, and then off to the airport. And so endeth another lovely long weekend.

(just having a play on my tenor recorder which arrived today off ebay - sounds really nice, but really hard to play the lower notes cause my fingers aint big enough!)

No internet!

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I spent most of today without internet! Without even a mobile! I felt terribly cut off :)
But had a lovely day with Dave & Yvonne and The Child (and Stu of course ;) , swimming and 4 wheel driving (in my laser, it was a bit hairy!), and barbequeing and just generally relaxing. Feeling extremelly tired now though. And a detour at the M5/M7 interchange was a bit stressful. But got The Child dropped off safely and now about to crash in the general direction of a bed.

Yass continued

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Another pleasant relaxing day. Slept in a bit, had breakfast, got ready, went shopping for food for lunch. Then went to a park and Scott and Kerry and Jake came up from Canberra and met us there. After lunch wandered back to Annie and Stu's and watched Finding Nemo (again). Then a siesta, then dinner, then spent the whole night doing a five way sudoku, and was making progress on it when I discovered I'd made a mistake with it and the entire thing was ruined. Grunties. Also watched an interesting doco on the Columbia disaster. And now it's time for bed :)

Myass

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So my day began at 6:15 with a wake up call to my boy. Decided to get up and get ready, and glad I did because I was quite busy all morning cleaning and doing myself up heh :) Picked up Stu from airport, then meandered down to Yass. I really wanted to get a photo of the My Ass (er, M Yass) sign but they seem to have replaced it or removed it because we didn't see it.

Arrived in Yass and met Annie and Stu who were lovely and Noah and Lily who were cute as :)

Had a late lunch before going for a walk around Yass. Watched Finding Nemo with the kids, then had some yummy Vietnamese for dinner then just relaxed in front of the telly. Now Stu and I are catching up with the world on our Blackberries heh :) All in all a pretty good day.

Doritos

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It's Friday! And my boy will be here tomorrow!!
:)

And how silly is this? Christmas Tree shaped Doritos :):)

Christmas Tree shaped Doritos

And is there any truth to the rumour that Coke will be discontinuing most of their varieties of Coke? (including Vanilla coke *gasp*) ??

SSH for Blackberry

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So since I'm getting to keep a Blackberry for at least the next couple of years, I thought I'd have a go at getting an ssh client going on it. MidpSSH was a free one I found. But I couldn't get it to connect Kristien's box - kept getting authentication errors about it needing "publickey or keyboard-interactive". So Luc installed ssh on his ubuntu box. I could connect to that, after several attempts, not helped by the fact that the Blackberry capitalises the beginning of every line, including with passwords (grunties). It was a bit hit and miss though. But the good go I had at it, it actually worked quite well. But I still couldn't get to my main mail server because of ip restrictions, so I installed openssh on my puta at work to act as a jumphost. Well it installed fine, and I could ssh into it on the Blackberry, but I couldn't then jump out again from it (although I could from my own desktop running the ssh client). The error I got was "Pseudo-terminal will not be allocated because stdin is not a terminal". After battling with it all for well over an hour I gave up and went home in defeat. So unless Campbell opens up connections from the blackberry server, I might have to give up on the whole idea. Which sux, because webmail on the blackberry is next to unusable :(

And we got a look at the Vodafone handsets that I'm going to have to use - they've put their own funky gui on it, which I don't like - the icons are too big and the banner takes up too much real estate. Yay.

Risk management

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For once we had a meeting today that was actually pretty interesting. All about risk management and what sort of things could happen that would prevent us doing our work and providing the services we do, and the impact any such interruption would have on our users.

At one point though, there was the question of what would happen if something so horrendous happened that our unit was shut down because of it and outsourced back to central IT services. And I started freaking out about what if a server got hacked and I ended up losing my job over it. Especially since I'm the bunny responsible for the darned things. It was rather an ominous thought.

But it was also a good meeting in terms of just making us think about things some more, and what we could do to address the issues in the future.

Photos

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I was reading the archive of Missyisms blog tonight, and came across a very cool link to Flickr - Camera Toss. The idea being to throw your camera into the air while it's exposing a photo, and post the results. Well some of the results are truly spectacular! I was very impressed.

And speaking of spectacular photos, Stu got a couple of his fish. I'm thoroughly jealous, having hardly ever gotten good photos of my fish. If he doesn't post my favourite, I will :)

Well he said I could, so here it is:
Cherry barb

So, not to be outdone, I went on a mission to get some nice pics of my own. Note to budding photographers: clean the outside of your tanks carefully before starting. Otherwise you get reflections of whatever's on the glass back in your camera. I also think taking the pics with the room light off helped. The camera seemed to have less issues focussing (perhaps less reflections to get confused with).

The white angel:

The black angel:

The glass cat fish: (only successful photo I've ever gotten of them)

The three corys, huddled in a corner away from the light:

A baby krib (only about two centimetres long):

Lots of baby kribs:

Tax

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So I was thinking I'd have to pay $900 in tax this year. And I was a bit grumpy about it.

Well today my tax return came. A $200 refund!! How awesome is that!!

Rather a pleasant surprise for the evening :)

Week 144

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  1. Deeper and deeper:: core
  2. Can�t help .... :: myself
  3. Devil�s advocate:: argument
  4. Superpower:: usa
  5. Threatening:: clouds
  6. Played:: off
  7. War:: peace
  8. Violate:: rape
  9. Invest:: property
  10. Choke:: strangle

Week 143

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  1. Unbreakable:: bruce willis
  2. Have mercy:: beg
  3. Do it better:: top
  4. Settle scores:: fight
  5. Comments:: spam
  6. Craziest thing:: whackiest
  7. Apple:: tree
  8. Halloween:: night
  9. Manageable:: able
  10. Trick:: treat

Week 142

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  1. Infiltration:: spies
  2. Nice person:: stu
  3. Debt:: collector
  4. Settle down:: nestle
  5. Thomas:: tank engine
  6. Unforgivable:: curse
  7. Medicine:: cabinet
  8. A year from now:: 2006
  9. Neighbors:: moving
  10. Dripping:: bread

Week 141

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  1. On the verge:: tears
  2. Tempestuous:: relationship
  3. Coherent:: awake
  4. Near death:: experience
  5. Illiterate:: dumb
  6. Why not?:: well
  7. Period:: time
  8. Long lost:: friend
  9. Torrid:: affair
  10. Nail:: biter

Saturday nights suck

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Most of them anyway.

Jigsaws

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Bit of an end of an era today. Marylon is going back to work and so won't have the time for our Friday lunch time jigsaw sessions. Which is a bit sad after two (?) years of doing them every Friday.

Today we finished a 1500-piece puzzle which took us many weeks.

Going to miss doing them. Oh well. Maybe when she retires again for good :)

Jigsaw

Roofspace

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Got to see into the roofspace above our offices yesterday. The novelty factor was high for me heh :) A contractor was up there trying to find a leak in our air conditioning pipes, so I popped up the ladder while he was out checking outside.

I was amazed how easily the sound travelled between rooms. And how shoddy the cabling is up there. No keeping cables neat and tidy, it's just drape them along the most direct route. Use cable ties to hang em off the sewage pipes. Leave power lines just lying around. Dodgy dodgy dodgy!

Roof space Roof space

Hole

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Got 10/14 on this test. Wonder if that'd let me become a British citizen heh :)

And how freaky is this:

Lane Cove Hole

A big cave-in on the construction of the Lane Cove tunnel. There was someone in that room this morning when it happened. She got out ok. But tonight on the news they had footage of that floor collapsing into the hole, and the entire contents of her bedroom all went down the hole :( I wonder how much of the building will be left by tomorrow morning.

And Google Earth updated their picture of a decent chunk of Sydney, but they shifted the entire thing about 50 metres to the ENE. So all the marker points I placed in the southern part of the city are now a little way off to the right :(

On a Jeune

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On A Jeune winning the Cranbourne Cup

Three years in a row I've won something on a sweep at work. Second year in a row I've won on the second place getter.

Third year in a row Makybe Diva won the Melbourne Cup. Third year in a row Glen Boss was the winning jockey.

First time ever the same horse has won the Melbourne Cup three times.

All in all a pretty historic day.

If you really cared about such things.

:)

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