September 2012 Archives

Blue Flowers

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Just because they're cute :)

Blue flowers

I have a friend, who shall remain nameless, whose attitude to taking photos is to not, and just "enjoy the experience".  And heaven forbid that I get grumpy when I can't take photos at events or exhibitions, because there is no sympathy whatsoever.

Well it's like this you see.  I have dementia.  I don't remember stuff.  Unless there's photographic evidence to remind me, things drip straight out of my brain straight away.

Case in point.  A couple of years ago we went to see an exhibition in the Tate Modern which had no photography permitted.  Apart from one piece that I wrote about, I don't remember a single other thing from that exhibition.  So what's the fricken point of me having gone???

Two years ago today we finally left the UK and headed home, stopping in Japan for a thirteen hour layover.  The good thing about that layover is that it forced us to get over our jetlag that day, so we were pretty right when we got home.
Had a super quiet day today.  Think I achieved .. well .. nothing.

Tonight DC took pity on me and came over with steak and we got some beer and watched The Right Stuff, which was pretty cool.

Two years ago today we went out to Camden markets and then I went and saw Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Love Never Dies"

Crapfest of a week

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That had to be one of the crappiest weeks at work I've ever had.  I'm a failure at everything.  And then I get home and realise Optus has cut me off cause I've forgotten a couple of bills.  So I even fail at life.

Two years ago today we had a quiet day in London because Legoland was closed.  Even though I was devastated at the time, it probably worked out for the best in the end - as I went eighteen months later on a glorious sunny day instead of the clouds I would have had if we'd gone that day.
Somehow ended up at 2 Yummy again this week :)  And again we put Jim in charge or ordering, and there was much tasty food.  I might update this blog entry with some photos at some point.. maybe.. ;)

2 Yummy
2 Yummy
2 Yummy
2 Yummy
2 Yummy
2 Yummy
2 Yummy

Work was pretty blah, but not quite as bad as yesterday.  At least a couple of things went right today..

Two years ago today we went to Oxford (in the rain) and saw some nice stuff as well as a couple of Harry Potter locations :)
Utterly horrible day at work.  Broken things all over the place.  Some directly my fault.  Some indirectly my fault.  Some not my fault but still felt somewhat responsible :(:(:(  A day I really really wish I'd stayed home.

Two years ago today we hung around London - going out to see the Thames Flood Barrier and Greenwich.

Owww :(

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Two years ago today we saw the White Cliffs of Dover before heading into London, where I did the Buckingham Palace Staterooms tour.


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Last week the sweetie and I went for a pre-dinner drink at Bellabar under Rydges.  Nice quiet little bar, although it felt a little too fancy for me walking in off the street heh.

Two years ago today we went to Brighton (noisy, not very tourist friendly, and a pile of rocks instead of a beach), saw the other the end of the White Cliffs - the Seven Sisters (it rained), Dover Castle (it rained) and the Battle of Britain Memorial (it rained).

Crappy Movable Type and crappy hosting meant I got an error when I posted this last night, and didn't notice til now, so back dating to last night.

Gangnam Style!

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So PopAsia played Gangnam Style this morning.  And the family might have danced to the YouTube video this afternoon. But there would never be any video of that, no no no.  Because some of us might get into trouble if that ever leaked onto the internet :)

Yeah so most of Stu's family came over for a roast of (fairly) epic proportions.  There was a chicken roast with apricot and herb stuffing, to which Stu added Dutch carrots, and there was a lamb roast with garlic and Tony's rosemary, to which Stu added parsnips and turnip, my (sort of, not really) famous potato bake, a veggie roast, and beetroot, potato, sweet potato, peas, corn, beans and gravy.  

And funnily enough, there's even plenty of leftovers.  Guess what we'll be eating all week? :)

Family lunch
Family lunch
The kids were (mostly) behaved enough to sit through Star Wars which Annie suggested we put on.  They might be back next weekend for Empire Strikes Back :)

Two years ago today we left Newquay via the Headland Hotel, which featured in The Witches, which was on TV last night!  Stopped in Polperro.  It rained.  Then in Lyme Regis and Portsmouth before ending up in Bognor Regis for the night.


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Burning DVDs of photos, playing Flow, bit of tidying, yum cha at Dumpling Inn, food shopping, failed plans, depression.


Two years ago today we had a relatively quiet day in Cornwall, doing washing, having lunch at a Rick Stein cafe, and going out to Land's End.

Guzman Y Gomez

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The other day we went and tried out Guzman Y Gomez.  I was amazed at how fast the service was.  There was a bit of a queue and a huge crowd there, but they churn through the orders at lightning speed.  Only had to wait a couple of minutes after ordering for my food.  They must be making a fortune there getting through so many customers!

I had a Pork Chipotle "mini" burrito ($6.50) which had slightly too many beans in it for my taste, but was otherwise pretty good.  And well constructed, maintaining structural integrity right to the very end!

Guzman Y Gomez

Two years ago today we explored Bath, then visited Wells Cathedral before driving out to Cornwall.

Super Tired

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Yesterday something I ate (probably the salad I had with dinner) didn't agree with me and I was lying awake in bed for hours feeling completely uncomfortable :(

Of course that made today even more miserable than it would have been even *with* enough sleep.


Two years ago today we went to Stonehenge, Longleat Maze and Lacock  - the old abbey used in the first two Harry Potter movies, and a house in the town was James and Lily's house.


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Not a good day. Week really.  Nonsense that started Monday continued today.  Fortunately nothing I've done, which is always nice.  Until they find something.  Which they probably will.

Saddened this afternoon to hear about the death of a guy at work from cancer.  Even though I barely knew him - I think I'd talked to him all of twice and played with his iPad once.

Two years ago today we travelled from Bangor in Wales to Salisbury in England.  This was a much better day, starting at Llanfair in the rain, seeing the super cool Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, Iron Bridge, and Gloucester Cathedral.  This was one of the more beautiful cathedrals we went to, and of course featured heavily in the first two Harry Potter movies.


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Went to an IPv6 "training" day today.  Well not so much training.  Sort of a seminar.  Not sure what to make of it.  Was good to be reminded of lots of things though.  And funny that in the year since the last time I did some IPv6 training, attitudes to things like DHCP have changed.  But not to NAT, which is still considered evil.

The worst part was sitting in quite uncomfortable chairs for the entire day.  After lunch my legs made things pretty miserable.

And apart from two APNIC staff, there was only one other female in the room.  hrmmm.

Two years ago today, the sweetie and I travelled from Lockerbie, through the Lakes District of England and finished up in Wales.  It rained.  
Around maybe the 25th of August I was trying to manage some of the mail in my Eudora inbox - I wanted to move some of it to another folder.  So I selected a few and dragged them to another folder.  Like I do regularly.  Except this day my computer had a hiccough, and those mails got corrupted.  The mails that I wanted to move were from around the 13-14th August.  And it looked like those mails had gotten corrupted.  But what I didn't realise at the time was that the *entire* inbox had been corrupted dated around the 16th.

So the backup I'd done on the 21st August (to disk 1) would have had a corrupt inbox.

What I didn't realise was that the backup I'd done on 7 August (to disk 2) would have had a good copy.  I didn't know this when I ran a backup over the top on 4th September.

So come yesterday when I realised what had happened, and suddenly I realise my last two backups have a corrupted inbox :(:(:(

Fortunately I had a third backup, one that doesn't come into circulation very often, dated 4th July.  The problem with that backup, is that it was now so old that mail was no longer on the server for a few weeks in July (mail is only set to stay on the server for 60 days).  But, it was better than nothing.  So I brought that home tonight and tried to piece everything back together.  My cPanel mail is a bit of a pain though, it wouldn't let me just download the mail again in another copy of Eudora.  It seems that once they've been downloaded once, it refuses to download them again.  In the end I copied them to another cPanel mailbox using Horde webmail, and downloaded them again that way.

So then it was piecing together the various backups and redownloaded mailboxes, without getting too may duplicates floating around.

I had a look through the corrupted mailboxes text files, but they only have content in them from 16th August onwards :(

All up I probably only lost about half a dozen mails that I care about.  My inbox you see is my personal mail address, so the majority of other mail (dealing with companies) gets filtered automatically at download.  So there wasn't a huge amount in the missing days.  And I can tell from the TOC what the mails are and who they're from.  

Lessons learnt:
* multiple backups are a Good Thing!!
* keeping mail on the server for a decent chunk of time before deleting it is a Good Thing!!
* manage Eudora mailboxes more regularly - they're more prone to errors when they get big

And now I prepare to weather the storm of stoopid comments telling me I should use a better mail client or a mac with time machine, or I should keep all my mail in the cloud, or some such other nonsense.  Because nothing bad could ever happen in any of those scenarios, could it?

Phew - caught up!

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Yeah so I've been a bit lazy keeping up with the blogging.  Sorry for spamming your feed readers with all the entries at once ;)

Today was super quiet.  I did a little housework, played some flow, did some UK photo sorting.  We also finished our Lord of the Rings watching, with The Return of the King.  And only did 795 steps.  Disaster ;)


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Saturday saw us having our annual hanami party with Nat and Andrew.  

Cherry blossom

There were lots of nibbles, teriyaki chicken wings, honey soy drumsticks, potato salad and regular salad.

Hanami party
Hanami party
After lunch we played with Buckyballs, then had a game of Alhambra which I won, and a game of flux which Andrew won.

Nat and buckyballs
Alhambra tiles before splitting them off the runners
Alhambra tiles
My alhambra
My alhambra
Nat was impressed with the box design
Alhambra box

Friday Friday

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In what is becoming almost a weekly tradition of going to drinks on Friday afternoon, we headed to the Ha Ha Bar.

Ha ha Friday
This is posted outside at the moment

Commit No Nuisance
Then I headed into town and met the sweetie at Asian Cafe for dinner.  We had Five Spice and Honey Duck (yumm!) and some Peking King Prawns

Asian Cafe
Asian Cafe
Civic's trees are covered in fairy lights - so pretty :)

Civic pretty lights

Then we went and did our grocery shopping.

2 Yummy - Too Yummy!

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Thursday night (after getting off a horrendous week oncall) I talked a bunch of people into going out for dinner after drinks.  So nine of us went to 2 Yummy.  I said "bring food, I'll eat it", so we put Jim in charge of ordering.  Nine plates of super yummy food came along in short order.  It was great!

There was a beef satay

2 Yummy
Pork chop with spicy peppery salt

2 Yummy
A lemon chicken

2 Yummy
An iridescent sweet and sour fish

2 Yummy
Shantung chicken

2 Yummy
And several tofu dishes

2 Yummy
2 Yummy
2 Yummy

And possibly one other dish I didn't get a photo of.
All super yummy - 2 yummy!! ;)

Doc says we totally need to do their suckling pig again sometime soon..
As seen in Myer on September 3 - twelve days earlier than last year!

Christmas in September

Actew Sharks

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Did you know the foyer of ActewAGL has sharks circling about inside?

ActewAGL Sharks
ActewAGL Sharks

Still remembering

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World Trade Centre

Save Bucky Balls!!

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So most Australian states have interim bans in place for the sale of Buckyballs.  Not sure what that means for imports.  Just in case, I did another stocking up trip.  This time direct from Get Buckyballs.  And saved a fortune.  Buying 216 from them was only slightly more expensive than buying 125 from Australian Geographic.  I got myself another 216 originals and 216 blue-green ones.  And got Stu a couple of packs of cubes.  And a set of "Bucky Bigs" to have at work.  And because I got in during a promotion to "save our balls" I got a tshirt, case and sticker for free as well.  

More Buckyballs
They matched my fingernails last week
Blue buckyballs
C60 - but you have to imagine the hexagons in between
Twelve of the above balls make a "mega buckyball"
Mega buckybal
I think I should have bought myself another couple of packs of 216 though...

Not a bad weekend

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Friday night the sweetie and I continued our Lord of the Rings watching and watched The Two Towers.

Saturday, after documenting daffodils and cherry blossoms, we headed out to Hardly Normal to check out the new version of our couch.  We decided we'd take it.  

Cherry blossom
Parliament House
The sweetie likes the new couch
Lounge take two

Did our food shopping before heading home.

Our plans for having people over on Saturday night fell through, so we drank the beer and did the roast chicken anyway.  After seeing a Hollywood apocalypse video on Neatorama, I thought we should watch a disaster movie, so settled on Armageddon, given that it was also a Michael Clarke Duncan movie, who sadly died this week.

Today we had Damien over.  We (they) chatted for a while before they went downstairs for a war game. 

Gaming Day

I finished this jigsaw in the meantime.  Someone had done some research and labelled it "La Compania de Jesus Church, Cusco, Peru" .. a google image search of that found some stuff that didn't look like it, but a reverse image search found this site, so looks like it's actually Iglesia de la Compañía, Quito, Equador

Church jigsaw

And so ends another weekend.

Bolly Buds Belconnen

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The other day, Neil, Doc and I went to try out Bolly Buds under Oracle.

They've only just opened, and so the staff are just trying to find their feet.  Even though everything was in bain maries, the dude had not much idea what he was doing, and service was super slow.  Hopefully he'll get the hang of it soon.

I had a goat curry (on the bone which is always a bit of a pain but I knew before ordering it so that was ok) which was pretty tasty, although the hair in it was a little off-putting..

Bolly Buds Belconnen
Goat Curry at Bolly Buds Belconnen
Bolly Buds Belconnen
Hair :(:(
Bolly Buds Belconnen

So a little bit more investigation on the "Entry Processes" that I saw being used up last night.  It was ok this morning and this evening but went crazy again late tonight.  Seems Entry Processes relates to PHP.  And the main PHP function on my site is conspiracy - my photo gallery.  Had a look at the logs, and sure enough, bingbot is flooding my gallery with its indexing, and blocking access to the gallery while it's at it.  So will look into blocking it.  

Ok so tried a .htaccess file block on some of the ips.  Entry processes dropped off, but the gallery is still giving errors .. *sigh*

I'm not sure that has anything to do with the out of memory and internal server errors I'm still getting on the blog though :(  Maybe malformed comment spam is freaking things out???
This blog entry may very well not post.  Seems my host has been having problems again - this time with perl.  Have been getting frequent 500 - Internal Server Errors :(

I was going to post something about a super addictive iphone game called "Flow".. but that might have to wait..

Edit: could be that cPanel is showing 15/15 Entry Processes .. whatever they are :/

Gene Weekend

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So where was I?
Oh right, Thursday night.

So after the little meltdown, I decided I needed to watch something fun, so we put on Shakespeare in Love.  Which has a great soundtrack, and had the desired effect.  Fiona eventually came home and had a geeky friend in tow, who was gained admittance with his approval of our doormat (there's no place like  He'd never seen buckyballs, so of course had to be educated :)  The boys talked games, and us girls, well we painted our nails.  Glittery blue-green.  I still maintain they are more blue than green!

Friday. Bosses were out of the office, which meant doing fun stuff.  Like documentation :)  Went home a little early.  The sweetie and I watched The Fellowship of the Ring.  And then my throat started getting sore.  *sigh*

Saturday morning up at sparrow-fart to drop Fiona off at the bus station.  Back home to attempt to sleep, but my feet were too cold and wouldn't warm up.  And did I mention the sore throat? :(

Got up late, then back to Jolimont, this time to pick up Stu's friend Gene.  We went to Cafe Essen for lunch, before dropping him off to watch the Swans game.  

Stu and Gene
Eggs benedict at Cafe Essen
Eggs Benedict
We cleaned up the house then picked him up again after.  Had dinner at Kingsland in Dickson.  I'm always impressed at how their soy "meats" are close to real meats.

Sang choi bao, and a corn boat
Shantun "chicken"
Shantung Chicken
Tofu hotpot
Tofu hotpot
Mongolian "lamb"
Mongolian Lamb
We took Gene up Mount Ainslie
Mount Ainslie

This morning we went and picked up a friend of Gene's and went to the southside markets.  Lunch was at home before heading into town to wander around the lake, and out to Belco to Lake Ginninderra.  And not a single black swan in sight anywhere!

Someone swimming in Lake Burley Griffin
Swimmer on Lake Burley Griffin
Fountain-bows.  Totally going to send one of these into the Riot-act!
Stu thought the cockatoos would be more interested in the food he was offering if he threw it at them.  They weren't.
Buckbeak has a little brother
Buckbeak's brother

Finally, Stu dropped Gene off late in the afternoon while I put on the dinner (a nice roast we picked up at the markets this morning with some yummy ball carrots) and washing.

So after having people in the house since last Wednesday it was kinda weird to go back to just being us two.  Trying to get back into routine now..
Coughing a bit from the cold I got, but seems it's just a cold, not a flu.  Also Thursday was just a false start, real start was today.  
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