April 2014 Archives

Anzac Day Weekend

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Generally had a quiet weekend.  Stu was still sick (yeah two long weekends and three days leave in between and he was sick the entire time :( ).

Friday I did a bit of house cleaning and watched Four Weddings and a Funeral in the afternoon.  I might have also made some Anzac Biscuits.

Anzac Biscuits

Saturday we celebrated our anniversary by going out for brunch at Pulp Kitchen.

Anniversary brunch

Anniversary brunch

The we did some food shopping and came home (via the church where we got married six years ago)

Ainslie leaves

All Saints

I put dinner on to slow cook (beef stew nommm).  Didn't do much at all in the afternoon (that I can remember).  

White eye

White eye

Enjoyed our dinner and watched Twister together in the evening.

Sunday I did a bit of stuff around the house then went to the War Memorial to see the model of Gallipoli, except the whole section is undergoing a big renovation at the moment til the end of the year :(  So had a bit of a wander around and had a play with Dad's camera there.

War Memorial

War Memorial

War Memorial

War Memorial

War Memorial

War Memorial

War Memorial

War Memorial

War Memorial

War Memorial

War Memorial

Short Week

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Short but frustrating week last week.  Got chucked in the deep end with a super urgent huge project.. not really sure how we're going to deliver.  There might have been a pub lunch and a couple of after work drinkies to help us survive.

Chrysanthemums

And this is why $2 lightning cables break - they're only held in place by four very thin cables and a little solder.  At least the real ones clamp the cable in place as it comes out of the cord and into the connector..

Fake lightning cable

Easter Weekend

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On Good Friday we headed out to the club.  I left Stu to read stuff for uni, and went off to help hazard reduction.  That is, pulling dead branches into piles to be picked up later for transport to the fire.  Spent a couple of hours on Friday afternoon doing that.

With all the rain a few weeks ago, mushrooms have been sprouting up all over the place!

Club mushrooms

Club mushrooms

Club mushrooms

Club mushrooms

Club mushrooms

Club mushrooms

Club mushrooms

Club mushrooms

Club mushrooms

John was chainsawing larger logs as well, and he found this bat inside a hollow log!!

Bat

Bat

Bat

Bat

Friday night we played some Phase 10 (a commercialised version of "Frustration" we played in Queensland a couple of years ago) with A&J and had a relatively early night.

Saturday I burnt wood.  Piles and piles and piles of it.  This was at the end of the day.

Bonfire

Afterwards I had a refreshing dip in M&M's spa (I'm even claiming the last dip in the pool for the season after the morning's bonfiring)!

We didn't end up bonfiring at night, but I did make some meringues using some leftover egg whites..

Meringue

Sunday we came home fairly early (Stu's uni work had been a bit of a disaster, as he had a sore throat for two days that turned into a pretty nasty cold).  I didn't do much at home, just pottered around and changed some passwords.

Monday was a pretty fail day.  Did pretty much nothing around the house or on my todo list .. ended up feeling completely blah, and we got pizza for dinner.

17.4.14

Went over to Kit's and played with the animals..

George scritch

Frog on a door

The sweetie and a lizard

Bella Vista

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16.4.14

Usually I come home from Sydney on a Wednesday night, so this Wednesday felt completely like a Thursday.

In the evening the sweetie and I went to Bella Vista.

For entree I had Gamberi ai ferri - Pancetta wrapped king prawns, grilled and set on a steamed bed of green beans and crumbled fetta cheese swirled with aged balsamic and virgin olive oil.

Bella Vista

The sweetie had Insalata di Polipo - Slow butter poached octopus pieces then lightly grilled with bacon, served with Roman lettuce, torn croutons and garlic "Aioli".

Bella Vista

For mains I had Piatto Misto - Grilled lamb cutlets, pancetta wrapped chicken tenders with king prawns served with an avocado salsa, miniature salad and potato mash accompanied by mustard, lemon and aged Balsamic sauces.

Bella Vista

And the sweetie had Salmone alla Griglia - Crispy skinned Atlantic salmon fillet set on silky potato puree, roasted baby Caponata vegetables (Ratatouille) and caramelised butter and white wine sauce.

Bella Vista

For dessert we shared Parfait di Caramello - Caramel parfait set on a rich chocolate biscuit base served with chocolate ice-cream and caramel sauce.

Bella Vista

As always, everything was delicious :):):)

2048

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When I first saw mention of 2048 in xkcd I didn't really pay any attention.

It was only when a guy at work mentioned it again that I had a look.

Then I had to play it until I got 2048 :)

Did it eventually while in Sydney.

2048

I've since gotten it out quite a few times - been on a mission to get 4096 .. I'm getting closer ..

2048

2048

Books

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I've finished quite a few books recently that still haven't managed to get blogged.

The Earthsea Quartet, by Ursula LaGuin
Finished this earlier in the year.  Quite an enjoyable series.

The Delinquents, by Criena Rohan
Never saw the movie of this.  Book was ok.

Fatal Voyage, by Kathy Reichs
Devoured this book, finishing it quite quickly.  Started a bit like an Air Crash Investigations :)  Great read as always.

Animal Farm, by George Orwell
Yeah I'd never read this before either.  Short book, finished in two days.

Baxter Inn again

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7.4.14

Met up with Luc after work for drinkies at the Baxter Inn.  We split four different whiskies so we could try some different kinds, although we mostly stuck with the Islays.

First up a Longrow Campbelltown limited edition ($19).  Only 9000 bottles made in small casks.  Very smooth.  Strong smell, but not peaty.  This was Luc's favourite of the night.

Baxter Inn

Then a Laphroaig Triple Wood ($13).  Not a strong smell to start with, although released more vapour after being warmed up a little.  This was nicely smokey, but a bit bitey.  Luc wasn't as much a fan of this one.

Baxter Inn

Askaig ($20?).  A bit smokier and smoother than the one above, I liked this one as well.

Baxter Inn

Bowmore ($17).  This one had some very interesting flavours.  Luc said honey and herbs and sweet - would go well with dessert or Christmas cake.  Kinda like burnt ginger snap.  I found it a little bitey and quite interesting.

Baxter Inn

We also shared a cheese and nibbles platter, which became my dinner.

Baxter Inn

Then I had their signature drink, which is half a shot of this drink, mixed with the juice of one apple.

Baxter Inn

Yum!

Baxter Inn

Look at the bottle of Monkey Shoulder!

Baxter Inn

I finished off with a Big Peat ($11), a blend

Baxter Inn

And Luc had The Peat Monster ($16)

Baxter Inn

Fun times :)

6.4.14 - 15.4.14

Sunday night after the Turkey meeting I got super frustrated because I checked the seat allocations we had against the type of aircraft we were getting and found that we were right over the wings on all flights.  After I'd asked specifically for NOT over the wing, and then asked again was she really sure when I first got the seating allocations back and she said the seats were definitely not over the wing.

!@#$%^&@*!!

This is the same woman who gave me this seat on my Sydney to Hong Kong flight ..

Travel agent fail

And this seat on my Cairo to London flight ..

Travel agent fail

And yes, I'd specifically asked for a window seat NOT over the wing for those flights too.

I was absolutely furious.  So I mailed her *again* and said the seats were in fact over the wing and could they please be changed.  (I tried to do it online myself but couldn't, presumably because of the group booking).  She did adjust the allocation a little further back, but not nearly as far as I would have liked.  Might have to ask at the airport when I checkin if there's any option to move further back.

*sigh*

Monday I met up with Luc at the Baxter Inn, but I'll save that for another post.

Also on Monday I *finally* got a game of 2048 out.

Tuesday was lunch with @StuartCRyan at Super Bowl - Peking Duck!!

Peking Duck April

Wednesday was takoyaki day at Sushi and Grill.  I asked them if they make their own, but she said they didn't.. oh well.  Still, they're not too bad for pre-made.

Takoyaki

I also had some potato croquettes that day, but they weren't as nice

Sushi and Grill

After lunch was reading about Heartbleed and getting scared.  If you haven't changed your passwords yet for things like Yahoo and Flickr DO IT NOW!

Also on Wednesday there was a "signal failure" at Mortdale, so trains were "late and out of timetable order".  The announcement at Martin Place was "the next three trains will be terminating at Hurstville and the next Cronulla train will be at 17:22".  This was at 17:10.  So I did what any sane person would do - hopped on a train to Kings Cross and caught it from there.  Window seat :)  I was on the wrong side of the train to see how crowded it was on the platforms at Martin Place and Town Hall, but I think it was pretty insane.  It wasn't meant to stop at Como, so I was just going to walk from Jannali, but they said after Oatley it would be stopping at Como, so I got off along with quite a lot of other people.

Also got a nice view of the city coming back from Kings Cross.

Sydney from the train

Thursday was sad cause there was no 4:51.

Friday was social club drinks so stayed for a couple of beers.  I came home and wanted to watch To Kill a Mockingbird that mum taped for me last year, but mum wanted to sort through stuff in the study, so we did that, and by the time we were done, it was too late to start watching a movie.

This is a box full of clip art that dad had compiled and printed out.. he had an obsession with clip art..

Clip art

On Saturday, mum and I went and visited dad's little spot in the cemetery, where he had been buried that week.  He's there next to his grandmother and parents.  We also went and found Chrissie's mum.

Graves

Saturday night I went Chrissie's and we went to Rhodes.  We had dinner at the Phoenix Chinese restaurant.  We had some duck noodles which were nice enough

Duck noodles

.. but we also had these slow cooked pork ribs .. oh my they were delicious!  The meat was fall off the bone tender and the sauce was really yummy.  Loved this.

Pork ribs

Then we went and saw The Lego Movie.. because Everything is Awesome .. even a second time :)

On Sunday I went to church with mum.  In the afternoon we tried to figure out dad's photo filing system.  He made so many fricken backups of things, there's up to ten copies of some files, on multiple disks, with copies made for "slide shows", some with labels, others without, some full sized originals, others resized.  Some files don't have full sized originals, he only has "enhanced" or labelled copies.  Which is a bit of a poo.  So I backed everything up onto one little portable disk and brought it all home, and if I ever get time (yeah right) I'll try and sort it so there's a minimal number of copies in one organised location.

On Monday Uncle Colin and Sandra and Uncle Ian and Aunty Janet came over for dinner.  At the beginning of the evening I was freaking out about how similar my uncles are in some ways to dad.. just their attitudes to a lot of things and even some of their mannerisms.  It was a good fun night (it was Ian's birthday).

Ian's birthday

Family gathering

On Tuesday night I came home and cuddled my sweetie for a long time.

Metal Recycling

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6.4.14 - 15.4.14

After the Airport Open Day I headed up to Sydney.  Got to mum's and headed straight out to the Turkey planning meetup/group get together thingie.

Mum and I spent the rest of Sunday and then the evenings and most of the next weekend sorting out the piles and piles of metal that dad had collected over the years.  There were *many* boxes worth of cabling, which if you chop the ends off will give about $2/kilo for the copper (and $6/kilo for some of the really good bits).  There were several boxes worth of small (and a few large) transformers, which got about 70c each.  There was 38 kilos of lead at $1/kilo - dad brought home some lead pipes in the eighties (I remember bending them and thinking it was super cool that I could bend metal pipes like that).  He then melted them all down and cooled them into nine tuna tin sized ingots which he then stored under the house never to be touched again.  And lots of boxes worth of aluminium at 70c/kilo.  There was even a little bit (4kg) of brass at $4/kilo.  And then the boxes and boxes of steel and electronics bits and pieces that aren't actually worth anything, but we could dump in a skip that gets sent off to South East Asia where the whole lot is melted down and separated.  All up we made about $300 from metal recycling over the course of the week.  Which paid for approximately three of my trips to Sydney.  Given how many trips I've done now I'm definitely economically still behind, but at least I know it's not all just ending up in landfill.

Metal recycling

A small fraction of the cabling we got rid of

Metal recycling

Metal recycling

Transformers are super heavy.  We couldn't move them in this box, this was just temporary dumping

Metal recycling

Led ingots!

Metal recycling

This line feed module was tested ok in 1974 - forty years almost to the day ago.  I doubt that it's ever been used in the past forty years.

Metal recycling

Neil recognised these switches off a Datto

Datsun switch

Starting to see progress - clean shelves!

Empty shelves

6.4.14

Not a regular follower of news, I had no idea the Canberra Airport Open Day was on until I drove past the sign to it on Friday night when I was heading out to the club.

But it was dilemma, because I needed to be in Sydney by 2pm.  So I decided I'd make a flying visit (arf arf) and go for just an hour and try to get onto one plane.

Coming from the Queanbeyan side of the airport was an epic win.  I turned straight into the carpark and only had to wait a minute or so to get in.  Traffic from the north was backed up for who knows how long.

I parked and hurried up to the gate just after opening.  I headed straight down to the 717 as I'd never been in one of those before, and there didn't look to be much of a queue.  As it turns out, they were still securing the plane so noone was allowed near it yet.  I was there less than a minute when they opened it up and I was in the second group of people to go through it!  Win!

Canberra Airport Open Day

Canberra Airport Open Day

Got to set in the pilot's seat too :)  I asked the copilot whether it is "ok" to poke my head into the cockpit after flights as we're getting off, and he said generally it is, so might have to do that some time :)

Canberra Airport Open Day

Canberra Airport Open Day

Then I walked up and down the line of planes taking photos and generally marvelling at being up close to planes :)

Canberra Airport Open Day

Canberra Airport Open Day

Canberra Airport Open Day

Canberra Airport Open Day

Canberra Airport Open Day

Canberra Airport Open Day

Canberra Airport Open Day

Canberra Airport Open Day

Canberra Airport Open Day

Canberra Airport Open Day

Canberra Airport Open Day

Canberra Airport Open Day

The crowds!!  It was super super busy this year.  Definitely getting more and more popular.

Canberra Airport Open Day

So then I headed for Sydney.  The traffic around the airport was INSANE.  Every approach to the airport was completely choked.  Traffic on Majura Road was banked all the way back to Mount Majura - probably nearly ten kilometres north of the open day entrance.  Hopefully the airlines were a little lenient with late arriving people to the airport...

Canberra Airport Open Day

Rainy Club Weekend

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4.4.14-6.4.14

After the Lego movie I went home to get my car and *stuff* then headed out to the club to meet up with the sweetie who went out earlier in the day.

We had the place to ourselves for most of it which was nice.  Saturday afternoon I went for a wander around the perimeter.

Club corner

Club bug

It rained most of the weekend too, so the planned hazard reduction bonfire never went ahead.  I cut and folded and glued little bits of paper.

Geodesic octahedron

Geodesic dodecahedron

Geodesic dodecahedron

I left Sunday morning to get a quick visit in to the Airport Open Day.

Lego Movie

4.4.14

Went along with Neil to see The Lego Movie. 

Because it took until *APRIL* for it to be released here *grumblemutter*

But it was totally worth the wait! :)

Loved it :)

Even the whole "meta" thing I didn't mind so much.

Scarily I could find myself identifying with the bad guy.  Lego is not a kids toy dammit - kids lose pieces and break things!  However I do agree that the use of Kragle on Lego is sacriledge.

I liked that they got Billy Dee Williams and Anthony Daniels, but sadly it seems they weren't able to get Harrison Ford.

And I might have had "Everything is awesome!  Everything is cool when you're part of a team" in my head for the past couple of weeks ...

Violin

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3.4.14

Got talked into bbq at @CLBradley's place.

Miss M is learning the violin and I did something I'd never done before - actually played a violin!  Not very well obviously, but recognisable version of Hot Cross Buns!

2.4.14

Yeah so we accidentally won the social club trivia night, no thanks to DC, Doc and Aquila.  Sheesh. Now we need to organise the next one!  Bah!   ;)

Before the tables were ready, Aquila and I went for a wander to hack some portals, and document this spider (sorry Tony!)

Belconnen spider

25.3.14

Coles sell boxes of purple carrots which are super awesome.  For a couple of mornings my morning tea consisted of purple carrots and strawberries.  I finally finished the last of that box of carrots last night (a month later - oops!)

Healthy morning tea

Candles

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24.3.14

I like candles.  Rarely burn them though.  But when the weather turned cooler recently I thought I'd burn through some of the stash that we seem to have accumulated from Stu's stepmother as Christmas presents.

Candle

Working in a state office away from my team, and not following any news sites closely, I was out of the loop about Heartbleed until today.  Then I read about it.  And got scared.

xkcd summed it up - "Heartbleed must be the worst web security lapse ever.  .. Worst so far. Give us time."

Basically it's a vulnerability in SSL (used on https websites) which makes them essentially completely open to the web.  Any data you transmit to an affected site is NOT secure.  Anyone can read it.  And not only that, but if the affected server doesn't replace their SSL certificates/keys, they continue to be vulnerable, because the keys are out there.  And they never ever should be.  Yeah, really really messy.

Initial reports indicated that two thirds of SSL sites on the internet could be affected, but it seems to be smaller than that.  Big sites confirmed to be affected included Yahoo, Flickr, Imgur, ok cupid.  From what I've seen so far, local banking sites, ebay and paypal aren't currently affected, buy they may have been in the past, or even yesterday.  I haven't seen many .au sites come up, although I did see vic.gov.au come up.

General advice is: change all your passwords on affected sites that you've accessed recently (the vulnerability is two years old, but there doesn't seem to be any evidence that it was in the wild until the past couple of days.. although having said that, it doesn't show up in logs so it's possible people have been collecting stuff very quietly).  And then change them again after the certificate has been fixed.  

There's a couple of test sites around - eg http://filippo.io/Heartbleed/ and https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/index.html

Fortunately none of our public facing websites at work are affected, so that's a relief!

March Jigsaws

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Spent entirely too much of my March free time doing the last section of my "Life" jigsaw...

Life section 3 progress

Life section 3 progress

Life section 3 progress

Life section 3 progress

Life section 3 complete

So that's Life complete!

Just look how thick it is - twenty four layers of 1000 piece squares

Life thickness

Life thickness

(it's on layers of paper so that when I set it up on the floor it won't get dirty)

These were a couple of jigsaws TJ brought in for us.

The first was super simple

Lamborghini Jigsaw

And the next was tricky but fun

Butterfly jigsaw

This is a little one of Chicago.  I think this was one from my brother's collection .. maybe..

Chicago jigsaw

And this little one I borrowed from DC's coast house took me about two and a bit hours in front of the tv.  I did a bit of the edge one night, and the rest the next night.

Snow jigsaw

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