June 2007 Archives

ok so I'm even less likely to get postings for these entries, but it has to be done :) One of the locations is very specific and will only be known by two or three of my readers (maybe four or five depending heh), but whether any of those people post is another matter :)

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So it's 5:15, and Kirk calls me up. They've had a drop out and did I want to come along to see Transformers. And I'm like.. Free movie? Gold class? Count me in!

So you've gotta go into these movies not expecting much. You enjoy them a lot more that way. And really I did only have one major gripe - that the transformed robots were a lot "bigger" than their vehicle alter egos. I'm happy to accept a certain degree of "movie physics" but not when it involves magic as well (that's for Harry in a couple of weeks ;) ).

That said, it's has that wonderful big-budget feel to it with great cinematography, gorgeous scenery (not to mention the "been-there" factor with Hoover Dam heh), tonnes of action and some cool military stuff. It was just a whole lot fun all the way through.

Worth seeing on a big screen, if you're ok with extreme morphing the whole way through :)

Too hard

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Sometimes everything is just too hard.

Returnance

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Two days of getting up early and home late took their toll on my sanity somewhat. But spent some time tonight cleaning the study and sorting out a big "in" pile and feel a lot more in control now.

I've been putting off some cleaning tasks "for when it's closer to moving" but now it's actually closer to moving and I haven't started them yet. Don't know that my bathroom tiles are ever going to get regrouted...

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Weekend

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Had a fairly peopley weekend.

Saturday D&Y came over and we wandered up to get coffee and breakfast. Then back here for lunch hehe. Managed to offload some more of my bits and pieces on them .. woot! heh

Saturday night was at L&L's for dinner and wine and a game of Cranium. The boys weren't overly impressed but Lizzi and I had fun :)

Sunday was cafe church, and somehow we lucked out and got a massive platter of cheeses. Quiet afternoon, watched Star Trek III. Then packed up my tetties and their tank and sent them down to Canberra with Stu. Was sad to see them go because I'd had that tank setup for four years. Still, I think it has "old tank syndrome" - ie, nothing I put in it lasts very long. It's had a very thorough gravel vac now so hopefully that should improve things a bit. Then went to Marylon's for a yummy lamb roast.

And suddenly the weekend is over :(:(

(Google Maps - Miscellaneous Edition answers in extended post.. with an even worse response than last week.. *sigh*)

ok so I had so much fun doing last week's edition I thought I'd do it again. No matter if hardly anyone comments. I think I will do these every week for a while, until I run out of places. This is the "miscellaneous" edition of stuff I actually gathered last week...

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Haven't done one of these in a while. This is one of our engagement presents that we got yesterday.

Thursday Challenge - Blue

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Dug out my fan heater tonight. But when I turned it on it shuddered quite loudly as it spun. It's 13 years old, maybe something has broked ...

Net Loss Take II

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So spent the morning trying to fix my Blackberry. One wipe and several enterprise activations later. Got pretty much everything going except my Poker game which now says expired. The nearly $65 million I built up over the last year and a half all gone.

Most of the rest of the day wasn't any better.

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Today sucked.

More specifically, this afternoon sucked.

This morning was ok. Luc brought me a Blackberry 8800 to have a play with, so play I did. Ok so mainly I wanted to test out the GPS feature, which works beautifully with Google Maps - the Blackberry maps built into it are *crap*. So that was all very nice, but decided I should probably go back to my Blackberry for the night. Except it all went to pot. All the BES stuff worked *except* receiving mail. No matter what I did I could send mail and use all the GPRS stuff, just not receive mail. And not only that, but it completely screwed up my profiles, giving me a couple of extra profiles - _default_profile_ and a "blank" profile that can't be renamed or deleted. No idea how I'm going to fix those :(

But it was getting late and had to get to the post office. To return something to Ted's Camera House. But that is a rant for another day.

But there was one amusing thing that went round this arvo. Australian readers should get it, but sorry, overseas people, well, won't. :)

To keep the rabbits out

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After a thoroughly lacklustre response to my Google Maps challenge, I dunno if I'll bother doing another round. But thanks to the three of you that did comment. All but one were guessed:

#1 Sydney Harbour Bridge
#2 Uluru/Ayers Rock
#3 Boeing factory in Everett Seattle (biggest building by volume in the world)
#4 Disneyland (including the new section at the bottom, would have been easier if I'd zoomed in more)
#5 Mount Rushmore
#6 Golden Gate Bridge
#7 Empire State Building
#8 White House
#9 Monument Valley
#10 Glen Canyon Dam

Because Kevin asked me to. Actually, because I'd been meaning to do it anyway for a while cause this is just sooo much fun :)

Here's a bunch of locations from around the world (but in reality only places I've been to for this version), have a guess at where they are.

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Right Said Fred

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I had another go at making a movie tonight. I tried last year but I was a little over ambitious with what I was trying to do and ultimately failed. This time I thought I'd make it somewhat simpler. A two minute song and some selected photos from Luc's renovation. And it's as simple as it can get, just all the photos dumped into the timeline without any fancy transitions or any fluff like that.

I might YouTube it, but this version, 7mb, is much better quality than you'd get there. And one day soon I'll figure out how to convert it to a more useful format such as avi...

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On account of I have nothing interesting to say, here's a pic I took a while back of little mushies out in the back dump.

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A few weeks ago, Stu sent me a link.

Of course I had to make one.

Except I didn't quite realise how much time it would take!!

Hours and hours it took. Really fiddly cutting and gluing.

But the end result was worth it.. wouldn't you think..?

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Paper craft AT-AT

I might try something simpler next....

Long Weekend

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So a nice long weekend with the boy up here.

Watched some VM season 3 on Friday night.

Saturday it rained. So, foolishly, we went out it in for several hours. To Bunnings and a couple of fish shops. Had thoroughly had enough by the end of it. Came home and recovered for a while before going to my parents' for dinner (there was roast pork on offer, how could we refuse? :) ).

Sunday I dragged Stu out of bed at 7am to go see the 707. Then we watched videos and pottered. The weather had cleared somewhat by the afternoon, so we went for a walk to a "lookout" I'd never been to. Then wandered over to J&G's where many others had also gathered. Stu and I cooked the dinner on the barbie (hiding from the hoardes of people you see ;) ), and after dinner played Emporer/Scum which was fun and then Killer Bunnies, which I found to be rather pointless - over complicated and confusing and yet boring at the same time. Got home quite late.

This morning slept late, then meandered into town to have a wander around Surry Hills. Wandered up and down Crown St to see some places relevant to Stu's family, then had a delicious lunch at the Trinity Bar and Bistro. I had a fantastic caesar salad and Stu had a delicious duck thing. Then it was back here to pack up Fred and send him with Stu down to Canberra.

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I think sometimes I just need to complain loudly enough. After lamenting last week that I'd probably never get to see it, I dragged Stu out of bed at 7 am and we went down to the airport to see the last ever flight of Qantas' first 707. Along with several other plane-spotters, we saw it take off quite noisily for the last time on a very grey and wet Sydney morning. It was faster and noisier than I thought it would be, and within a few seconds it was just a small dot in front of a long dark exhaust trail.

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ok so I'm completely jealous of Stu. *I'm* the planespotter in the family, and yet Stu's the one that gets to see the cool stuff.

First we have Qantas' first 707, which is destined to fly once more EVER this Sunday, making the chances of actually seeing it flying next to zero.

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Then there's the A380 which I've seen on the ground, but not flying. And not likely to see it flying any time soon, since they're not due to fly to Australia until well after I'm living in Canberra. And won't see it in Airbus livery either.

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*I'm* the one that lives right next to an airport, and I still miss out on this stuff. It's totally not fair. Been pissed off/grumpy all afternoon :(

Pirates of the Caribbean - At World's End

Went and saw P3 tonight with Kirk and George.

It wasn't hugely great. It was still kinda fun, but nowhere near as much fun as 1 or even 2. Kinda too much going on but not enough properly resolved at the end.

Definitely the weakest of the three.

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I've driven down Lombard St, San Francisco four times. More accurately, I've been a passenger three times, and the driver once. But now, with Google's new street view addon to Google Maps, anyone can do it!

So far just San Francisco, Denver, Las Vegas, New York and Miami appear to have street view flythroughs.

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Last year around this time, when I last dragged my Canada jumper out for the first time of the season, I wondered if I'd been in Canada that day two years previous, and I was. I did the same thing this morning. Two days earlier. This time three years ago we were staying in Canmore, and drove up and down the Icefields Parkway, seeing Banff National Park, Sulphur Mountain Gondola, Lake Louise and Moraine Lake. Travelblog entry here, and more photos here.

It was also three years ago I saw Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban on opening night.

Maybe I should have made this entry Boring Blogger Part IV ..? :)

Bodies!

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Went and saw The Amazing Human Body today (as featured in Casino Royale). It was ultra cool. Unfortunately overcrowded, and not really the time to look at things I would have liked. It had cleared out a lot more by the hour before closing, would have been better to go an hour later. The "complete" bodies were also really badly lit, with most of them having a single spotlight from a distance, so when people stood around them they were in shadow. Stupid stupid.

The dissections were very cool though. And the slices. But my favourite things were the casts of the blood vessels, especially some of the better ones like of an arm and hand. Really intricate and tiny blood vessels were captured. Was really really annoying that you couldn't take photos.

Only a week left in Sydney, then it's off to Melbourne.

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Addiction revealed: Veronica Mars, season 2. Started with a few episodes a couple of weeks ago, then was too busy to watch any more, then watched the rest of the season this weekend (had been watching all of season 1 again before moving onto 2). Far out, the number of times my jaw hit my keyboard draw .. sheesh! heh Seriously one of the best tv shows ever made. This season somewhat more depressing that season 1. Wanted to slap Logan on multiple occasions. Thought she had a much better hair stylist in season 1, with many cute, altho perhaps not so "realistic" (in terms of being able to do them all yourself) hairdos. Biggest complaint: how the hell does a school girl get the *time* to do everything she does? She's in a different location in every shot, and there just aren't that many hours in a day. As per usual, more questions raised at the end. Will need to start downloading season 3. And watch season 2 again.

Feeling a little down now. Don't really know why. Maybe just too many things in my head.. heh

So other than cleaning and decluttering in the morning, I spent most of the day on my addiction and a surprise. Doubt will have time for either tomorrow though, so both will remain unfinished.

Boring blogger

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I was going to post about my addiction. But it would have sounded lame, given that I'd rather not say what the addiction is about heh. But really, I have nothing interesting to say. Nothing to see here. Move along.

Oh, it was the first day of winter today and I went to work in a tshirt. Global warming perhaps??

Farewell

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So was Daniel's farewell tonight. He's been there almost as long as me. Except he, erm, worked there all this time :) Was a very pleasant evening of wine and cheese and more alcomohol and snooker and such things.

Definitely an end of an era...

(and I found another Freddie fan in James.. woot! :):) )

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