May 2008 Archives

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull So Stu and I toddled along to the Dendy yesterday to see Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.  Meh.  It was all quite fun of course, but it was very high up on the "yeah right" scale, even for an Indiana Jones movie.  As usual for George Lucas, the cgi is overdone which just made it a little ridiculous. 

But, I did rather enjoy it. 

*and* John Williams did the music!  Woot! ;)

My favourite is still Last Crusade though :)

They forgot to change the aspect ratio when the movie started, and so the whole thing was all completely squished.  Luckily someone else raced out and told them and they fixed it pretty quickly. 

Catching up

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Spent much of today catching up on rss feeds, downloading emails, downloading photos, etc.

Stu spent much of today catching up on sleep :)

Had Annie and the girls over for a while too today which was nice.

Sleepie

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Japan.  Narita.  Very tired.  It being 10am where I was, and having next to no sleep all night.  It's 5pm here.  Getting in an overnight plane later on.  Wonder if we'll sleep any on that.  If not we're going to be an accident waiting to happen on the long drive home :(

 

At the free Yahoo internet cafe to use it for a bit cause there's not much else better to do...

Naughty

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Stu bought some internet time at the airport.  So naughty, considering the price.  And what am I doing with this time?  Blogging.  How boring ;)

Tired

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Hotel phone rang at 6 this morning :(  Dunno if it was a wakeup call or a prank or what :(

Using our last bit of internet before we pack up for our last day here.  Going to be a *very* long trip home....
So we were driving into Ulm last night to do the washing, and saw this big red flash.  Of course the first thing I thought was hidden speed camera, so looked over and it said about 63 on the speedo.  So wasn't sure what it was about, given that the last speed limit sign we'd seen had said 80km/h was the limit.

Anyways we went down the same bit of road this morning looking carefully at the speed limits, and sure enough, the last one before the camera is 80.  So unless there's a hidden sign somewhere or some other indication of the change of speed limit (and even if there is), I'm gonna be pretty pissed if we get a fine :(
I think I have a new favourite website - The Worldwide Guide to Movie Locations

:)

Stars

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This is my fourth trip to the northern hemisphere and I'm determined to see the North Star this time.  I've just had the planetarium out, and from our attic window have been able to see Saturn and Regulus, the moon, Mars, Pollox and Castor.  Don't get a good view north here though, and it's not very dark either.  Maybe when we get to Bavaria...
Make it stop!!

Our hotel in Dresden is right over a big pedestrian mall/plaza thing.. and it being Saturday night there's live music happening.  The music stopped a while ago after "Strangers in the Night" so they could have some fireworks.. so that was bad enough that it was still in my head... but the fireworks just finished and the song is back!!! arrghghhghghhh!!!

Momentous

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For the last (many) months I've been a long way behind on my blog reading.  For many blogs, especially the "usa" ones, I'd been hovering at a month behind - any longer than this and the entries disappear out of my feed reader.  But now I'm finally caught up!!

A most momentous occasion!

Now maybe I should get on with researching Dresden and Prague .. hrmm.. :)
One nice thing about Berlin is that it was created by glacial sheets of ice so the whole place is dead flat.  Which makes it the ideal place to cycle around.  So that's what many Berliners do.  I love that here people cycle around in their ordinary clothes with their bags like *normal* people.  The only people that cycled in Sydney were die-hards in skin-tight lycra.  Cycling is a massive pain in Sydney (and even Canberra) because of all the hills, so only crazy people do it.

I'd post a photo, but the Eee PC photo tools are completely lame and don't have the time to fiddle with anything else at the moment.

Left out

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Been reading various accounts of TequilaCon 2008 and seeing pictures and I have this weird feeling of being left out.  There's this whole group of bloggers that all read each other and go to these meetups an I feel like I'm being left out here on the other side of the world.. actually a different side of the world than normal, but different nonetheless heh

Radio

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Stu found a very cool radio station here in Berlin.  No idea what it's called, but it's about 101MHz on the dial, and it seems to play predominantly soundtrack music.  Which is completely brilliant for me, as a soundtrack junkie. 

Wish I knew what it was...

UPDATE: seems it's "Klassik-Radio" - 101.3 :)
1. Where in this place do you all go to the toilet???
I've so far seen *one* public toilet since we've been here - at the main station for 1.10 euro.  Where is everyone meant to go??  Yesterday one of the places we ate had a toilet, but this doesn't seem to be universal.  Most distressing!!

2.  Where do you expect tourists to do their laundry?
Presumably many hotels would have a laundry service, but ours doesn't.  By chance we found a waschsalon so have bookmarked this for when we're in other cities...
We bought a toy with our wedding present money... a little Asus Eee PC.  This was to replace the Windows 98 (!) laptop that I've been dragging around for years.  While the 98 laptop works ok, our new Sandisk 8GB Cruzer micro disks won't work with it, and it doesn't have wireless.  So on an impulse two days before we left, we got this.  And then swapped it with Yvonne who wanted a pink one but couldn't get it (and we could *only* get pink).

I have to admit I fell in love with it very quickly.  The keyboard is a bit hard to type on, the screen is microscopic, the drive is tiny (4gb)... *but* it's solid state so very little chance of the hard drive just dying, wireless just works, it's unlikely to get viruses, it's small and light, devices just work with it.

Of course Stu also likes it, so it's been a bit of an ongoing battle to get to use it ;)  He thinks we shoulda gotten two.  Which isn't *such* a silly idea.. hehe

Oops

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Put my travelogue for today in this blog instead of the other one....

One Word

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Nicked from Bren, the idea being to answer in one word only...

Where is your mobile phone? bed
Your significant other? Frankfurt
Your hair? unkempt
Your mother? Sydney
Your father? ditto
Your favorite thing? camera
Your dream last night? dunno
Your favorite drink? OJ
Your dream/goal? travel
The room you're in? hotel
Your ex? which
Your fear? theft
Where do you want to be in 6 years? travelling
Where were you last night? Frankfurt
What you're not? asleep
Muffins? sure
One of your wish list items? BBQ
Where you grew up? Sydney
The last thing you did? blogs
What are you wearing? pjs
Your TV? off
Your pets? swimming
Your computer? buzzing
Your life? married
Your mood? sleepie
Missing someone? Aussies
Your car? parked
Something you're not wearing? bra
Favorite Store? Big W
Your summer? mild
Like someone? lots
Your favorite color? aqua
When is the last time you laughed? yesterday
Last time you cried? yesterday


Japan

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In Japan at the moment (for a little longer anyway).  Already the fighting over the laptop has begun ;)  Not helped by the fact this hotel has decent broadband, so we've both been trying to update our websites.

I created a honeymoon sub-blog, but it's butt-ugly and Stu was on the computer all morning so didn't have time to fiddle.  Anyways, here it is - http://kazza.id.au/europe_2008/

Heading to the airport soon, see you again in Germany :)
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