September 2011 Archives

Slack

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ok so I've been a total slacker.  Dave managed to blog his three days in Sydney on the same day.  I *still* haven't blogged.  2260 photos.  The night I got home I downloaded them all off the camera.  Monday night I resized them all and viewed half of them.  Tuesday night I attempted to geotag.  Geosetter doesn't really like doing 2260 photos at once and took two hours to save against the tracks I had (the photomate recorded nearly 24 hours of tracks and still hasn't filled up yet!).  Tonight it was all too hard and I really haven't done anything. Oops.

I did fix the permissions on the mt-comments.cgi so people can comment again now.  Didn't take long for the comment spammers to notice :/

Just to add some colour, here's three Nokia 8210s, taken in 2001.  The middle one was mine.  Obviously taken at uni.  One was probably Luc's, don't know about the third... Sami's maybe?

Three Nokia 8210s in 2001

Brokenness

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If anyone's tried to comment on my blog today you may have noticed server errors.  Then I noticed that the blog admin itself wasn't working.  Had a look-see at the permissions on all the perl scripts on the server, and they were all -rw-r--r--  .. ie, no executable anywhere.  So presumably some process has gone through and changed all my script permissions.  I've mailed support, we'll see if that gets us anywhere.  Otherwise I'll be chmodding everything manually!

Hopefully this posts!

Home!

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Home after a long weekend in Sydney, playing tour guide for Dave2!

Was a great weekend being a tourist in my own home town.

I might have accidentally taken 2263 photos ..

So will try and sort them out soon and get some sort of blog entry or three up for it :)
Between being too excited about next weekend, to hurty, to Stu coughing all over me, I didn't get much sleep last night.

And all day I've been feeling like I'm having an immune reaction.  Maybe it's just hypochondria/tiredness/from awkward sleeping... hrmmm

Lump

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I was a big fat lump this weekend.  Only physical activity was weeding the garden/pavers.

Other than that.  Geotagging.  Lots of it.  It's fricken *hard* without a GPS track :(
Also a bit of baking, and planning for Dave2's visit.

And last night went to a "games night" at Mishi's, but after sitting around and nibbling and talking, we ended up just nibbling and talking and didn't end up playing any games. 

Superb blue fairy wren
Superb blue fairy wren

Cherry bee

Kaboom

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So I found about this morning's factory fire in Mitchell from someone living in New Zealand.  heh.

Went out and took some pics and sent them into The RiotACT.

Mitchell fire
Mitchell fire

Otherwise sucky day.  But I just need to remember that when I'm having a tough time at work, I just have to remember that I don't also have to look after six kids as a single mother with a full-time teaching job.  How fricken hard would that be?!?

Fun times

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Last night D&Y came to stay the night and there was a bit of drinking and much chatting and a bit of watching of Monty Python.

Tonight was Pizza at Chris B's place (after drinks, bacon chips and a little red wine).

Fun times :)

Tower Bridge in Lego

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Started on Sunday.  Finished tonight.  Nearly nine hours work.  Pretty awesome though :)

Tower Bridge Lego

One day I want to get Lego to make the approach pylons, cause that would just make it *super* awesome :)

Catan

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Went with the sweetie and played Settlers of Catan at the pub with Lauren and Kat tonight.  I haven't played a physical game of Catan in years and years (maybe ten years? maybe more?).  I played it online for a long time at asobrain until during a break from playing they closed off all idle accounts and refuse to open them again or allow any new registrations.  Bastards. :(  I got spoilt playing online with huge boards - the default board is just plain tiny!  Although Kat had a six player expansion which gave us a bit more board space but also an *interesting* rule that you could build during anyone's turn, not just your own.

I had a very frustrating beginning because no fours were rolled the entire first half of the game and I simply couldn't get any wood to build anything.  Managed a couple of cities towards the end, and I think in the end Lauren got 10, I got 8 and Stu and Kat got 7.


Settlers of Catan

Remembering

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Ten years on.  And I still tear up watching the footage.

I blogged my recollections of the night in the first year I had a blog in 2003, at the two-year anniversary.

These are some of my photos of the World Trade Centre when I visited there in 2000. 

World Trade Centre
World Trade Centre
World Trade Centre
World Trade Centre
World Trade Centre
World Trade Centre
World Trade Centre
World Trade Centre
World Trade Centre

All gone just ten months later...

World Trade Centre Aftermath

Japan Day

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Today we had a very Japanese-themed day. 

Except maybe the cleaning of the house that we spent all morning doing.. hrmmm

So at lunch Nat and Andrew came over and we ate lots and "viewed the flowers" - aka "hanami"!   It was super awesome.  I cooked heaps of food, and will have leftovers for at least ten meals (and now for my next trick - finding freezer space!)  It was pretty cold and windy, so we decided to setup inside.  But we did have the blue tarpaulin and we could see the tree, so it's still authentic!

Hanami
Hanami
Hanami leftovers

Afterwards the others watched a very strange Japanese movie while I geotagged Alnwick Castle photos.

Then we all headed into ANU to see Za Kabuki.  There was a lot in Japanese only, so it was a bit tricky to know what was going on (you could sort of get the general gist).  The main play itself (The Sardine Seller's Net of Love) was mostly in Japanese, but a bit of English as well which certainly helped (the story was outlined on the program too so we at least knew what was going on).  Bizarrely, all the female characters in the main play were played by guys and vice-versa - very odd!!  They very nicely allowed photos (just no flash).

Za Kabuki
Za Kabuki
Za Kabuki
Za Kabuki
Za Kabuki
Za Kabuki
Za Kabuki
Za Kabuki
Za Kabuki
Za Kabuki

Failure

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Finally declaring full failure tonight.  I don't have a new blog entry for tonight for our UK 2010 holiday.  Might have gone out to dinner to Bella Vista after drinks tonight.  And not taken any documentary evidence.  I might try for tomorrow night to link to "today's" photos ....

Give a goat a beer

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Taken at work drinks a few weeks ago.  Chris gives a lonely goat a beer :)

Chris gives a lonely goat a beer

A year ago today we walked ten kilometres around our hotel, visiting Kensington Gardens, the Natural History Museum and Harrods.

King Parrots

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August 1. 

A family of king parrots came for a visit.

King Parrots
King Parrots
King Parrots
King Parrots
King Parrots
King Parrots

Daffodil

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Last week I tweeted: "Daffodils make me smile :)" as I passed a daffodil on my walk home.

Today I stopped and took some pictures of the flower that inspired the tweet.

Daffodil that made me smile

Declaring Defeat

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Well after spending the majority of the day on my UK 2010 photos, I'm going to declare defeat.  There's just no way I'm going to be able to geotag and blog all the photos in time for the remainder of the trip.  

Today all I managed to do was a day and a half of geotagging, and a day and a half worth of selecting highlights photos for the blog.  The hours it takes to do all of it is just insane.

So anyway. 

All I've managed to complete tonight is the blog post for our first day in London.  Took seven hundred photos that day, and cutting them down for a blog entry proved nearly impossible.  In the end I went with fifty one.

Geotag, Family, Gah!

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Spent a good chunk of the morning geotagging photos.  Then we went out for lunch and ended up spending all afternoon visiting Stu's various siblings, firstly at Kerry's, then at Annie and Stu's new house.  Was a nice afternoon, but it really cut into the time I'd planned to geotag today.  Going to be extra busy tomorrow!

New house
Annie in the kitchen
Fruit
Violet is 16 months, Immy is three and a half...    !!!
Violet and Immy
Birthday cake for Stu (and me)
Then did our food shopping, and then Stu spent an hour and a half cooking dinner.  It was pretty good.

Stu cooking dinner
Stu's dinner
A year ago today we left Tokyo and flew to London!

Friday .. survived..

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@NathanaelB tweeted this week: "No one should have to 'survive' the working week"

hrmmm

Yeah well I survived, just.

Photo of the day.  A few weeks ago when Gaelian was here, Stu dragged out his "portable" computer.  Twenty six (or so) years old.  !!!  Frankly I was completely amazed that the thing actually booted!!

26 year old computer
A year ago today was our final day in Japan.  All we did was go to Ueno and visit the Tokyo National Museum.  Was pretty interesting though.

The little brother is here tonight, he's running a train out to Bungendore tomorrow.

Tomorrow I'll be geotagging photos.  It's going to be a lot of work to keep ahead of the holiday!

Whisky Colours

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I think I haven't blogged the last two year's whisky nights... I think I tweeted them though.. hrmm..

Here's two of them on the night - so different in colour!

Whisky Colours
A year ago today we spent the day wandering around Akihabara and Ikebukuro; also Shinjuku and Shibuya.  One of the coolest things was Super Potato and all the Game & Watches.  You're not meant to take photos in those stores, but I couldn't resist - yay for random camera!! :)

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