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Moving along

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Friday: Scotch Malt Whiskey Society tasting.  A lovely evening of nice whiskeys and great friends.

Wren

Wren

High Court

Questacon

Saturday: went out to the club.  Chilled out, had a nice dinner by C&G, a bit of fun with cards (I might have won the plastic spoons - not the wooden spoons that the loser got :) ) and a lazy Sunday morning.

Sunday: not a lot.

We've watched three episodes so far of Rake on Netflix.  Netflix does seem to be working well, despite our crappy internet.  And I think the sweetie likes Rake heh.  

Busy couple of days at work.  

The housework is sliding a bit.

But I did also finish re-geotagging my Hong Kong and Taipei photos.  I can't actually remember even doing it last year.  But I must have.  Surely??  I think I'm getting dementia. :(

FridayQ: Olympic

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Friday, August 27th 2004...

FQ Topic: Olympic

FQ1: Which Olympic events are your most and least favorite?
Most: maybe gymnastics or diving
Least: boxing

FQ2: In what Olympic competition would you have the best shot at a gold medal?
No chance at all in anything.  The only sport I've ever played was hockey, but I was never very good at that.

FQ3: If you could add or invent a new Olympic sport, what would it be?
um. 

FQ PITCHMAN: Propose why your home town should host the next Olympic Games (your choice Summer or Winter).
My *home* town?  Sydney?  We did that in 2000 and Juan Antonio Samaranch declared it the best Olympics ever.
Canberra on the other hand.  Well we do have some national sport centres, but we're probably a bit too small to host an Olympics.  

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Netflix

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So the sweetie has signed up for a Netflix trial.  The price is reasonable if we go ahead with it, certainly a lot better than the dvd-rental trial I did back in 2007.  

Our internet is so crappy here we didn't think live streaming of tv would work very well, especially since we can barely even watch YouTube videos (and Vimeo is right out).  But Stu tried it tonight and it worked quite well.  So there's already a few things I've seen on there that I'd like to watch, starting with Rake I think :)  Stu wants to watch more House of Cards.

Wrong

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Ate something *wrong* today - in my Subway sub.  Very wrong flavour, although it was swallowed pretty quickly, so I have no idea what it was.  But whatever it was I think did something funky to my bowels tonight... 

Wisdom

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Back in my uni days, when I was still having six monthly dentist checkups, I was waiting for my bottom two wisdom teeth to become problematic enough for them to be removed (I'd had the top two taken out without any complications).  The dentist kept looking at them and kept saying, wait another six months.  Then I stopped going to the dentist.  Those back two teeth stayed partly erupted, with a flap of gum covering them.  That's how they stayed for years.  And years.  Other than the occasional ulcer there I never had a problem with them.

Then last weekend I was trying to get some blueberry out of my teeth and realised that both back wisdom teeth are now fully exposed!  I'm going to have to get into the habit of brushing them properly!

So this weekend was super quiet, the best kind really.

FridayQ: Culinary

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Friday, August 20th 2004...

FQ Topic: Culinary

FQ1: In addition to the dearly departed Julia Child, who is your favorite food personality?
Peter Russell Clarke!  Where's the cheese!?  ok so it's been thirty years since I watched anything of his.. 

FQ2: What meal would you have this culinary genius prepare for you if they asked?
Anything with cheese!

FQ3: If they refused, and you could eat at any restaurant you wanted as a consolation, which one would you choose?
Gosh.  Um.  I've still never been to Tetsuya's but always wanted to try it.. 

FQ KITCHEN: Share with us a favorite recipe or cooking tip.
Recipe: other than roast pork, one of my favorite recipes is potato bake - sliced potato, cream, cheese, bacon, cheese, garlic, more cheese
Tip: you can never have too much cheese!

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Last night, went to bed around 10ish, lights off 10:30ish.  Asleep midnightish.  Awake from hurty for a couple of hours from 1:30ish.  Awake again around 6:30ish.

I was a complete zombie today.  Really couldn't function at all.  I couldn't even enjoy drinks tonight.

Collapsed onto bed, but even then I couldn't pass out - too many itchies - damn my cursed skin/nerves.  

Do we want to take bets on how much sleep I'll get tonight?

IMDB Top 250

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Eleven years ago I did one of those memes which was to list the current IMDB Top 250 movies, and highlight which ones you've seen.  The list has changed a bit since then, and I've seen more of the movies on the list (a bunch of them doing a dvd rental trial with Telstra that really didn't work out all that well, so I never took up the offer).  So here's the 2015 version, highlighted bold for the ones I've seen.  98 out of 250 this time.

1. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
2. The Godfather (1972)
3. The Godfather: Part II (1974)
4. The Dark Knight (2008)
5. Pulp Fiction (1994)
6. Schindler's List (1993)
7. 12 Angry Men (1957)
8. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
9. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
10. Fight Club (1999)
11. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
12. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
13. Forrest Gump (1994)
14. Inception (2010)
15. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
16. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
17. Goodfellas (1990)
18. The Matrix (1999)
19. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
20. Seven Samurai (1954)
21. City of God (2002)
22. Interstellar (2014)
23. Se7en (1995)
24. The Usual Suspects (1995)
25. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
26. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
27. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
28. Léon: The Professional (1994)
29. Life Is Beautiful (1997)
30. Casablanca (1942)
31. American History X (1998)
32. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
33. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
34. City Lights (1931)
35. Spirited Away (2001)
36. Psycho (1960)
37. Whiplash (2014)
38. Rear Window (1954)
39. The Intouchables (2011)
40. Modern Times (1936)
41. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
42. The Green Mile (1999)
43. Memento (2000)
44. The Pianist (2002)
45. The Departed (2006)
46. Gladiator (2000)
47. Apocalypse Now (1979)
48. Sunset Blvd. (1950)
49. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
50. Back to the Future (1985)
51. Alien (1979)
52. The Prestige (2006)
53. The Great Dictator (1940)
54. The Lion King (1994)
55. The Lives of Others (2006)
56. Cinema Paradiso (1988)
57. Django Unchained (2012)
58. The Shining (1980)
59. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
60. Paths of Glory (1957)
61. American Beauty (1999)
62. WALL·E (2008)
63. North by Northwest (1959)
64. Aliens (1986)
65. Citizen Kane (1941)
66. Vertigo (1958)
67. Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
68. Amélie (2001)
69. M (1931)
70. Das Boot (1981)
71. Oldboy (2003)
72. Princess Mononoke (1997)
73. Toy Story 3 (2010)
74. Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)
75. Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
76. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
77. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
78. Taxi Driver (1976)
79. Braveheart (1995)
80. Double Indemnity (1944)
81. Requiem for a Dream (2000)
82. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
83. Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
84. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
85. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
86. Full Metal Jacket (1987)
87. Singin' in the Rain (1952)
88. The Sting (1973)
89. Bicycle Thieves (1948)
90. Amadeus (1984)
91. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
92. Snatch. (2000)
93. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
94. The Kid (1921)
95. For a Few Dollars More (1965)
96. Rashomon (1950)
97. L.A. Confidential (1997)
98. All About Eve (1950)
99. The Apartment (1960)
100. Inglourious Basterds (2009)
101. Toy Story (1995)
102. Some Like It Hot (1959)
103. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
104. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
105. A Separation (2011)
106. The Third Man (1949)
107. Yojimbo (1961)
108. Batman Begins (2005)
109. Like Stars on Earth (2007)
110. Metropolis (1927)
111. Unforgiven (1992)
112. Scarface (1983)
113. Raging Bull (1980)
114. 3 Idiots (2009)
115. Up (2009)
116. Chinatown (1974)
117. Downfall (2004)
118. The Great Escape (1963)
119. Die Hard (1988)
120. The Hunt (2012)
121. On the Waterfront (1954)
122. Heat (1995)
123. Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
124. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
125. Good Will Hunting (1997)
126. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
127. My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
128. The Gold Rush (1925)
129. The Seventh Seal (1957)
130. The Bandit (1996)
131. Ikiru (1952)
132. The Elephant Man (1980)
133. Ran (1985)
134. Blade Runner (1982)
135. Wild Strawberries (1957)
136. The General (1926)
137. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
138. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
139. The Secret in Their Eyes (2009)
140. Casin0 (1995)
141. Gone Girl (2014)
142. Gran Torino (2008)
143. Warrior (2011)
144. The Big Lebowski (1998)
145. Howl's Moving Castle (2004)
146. V for Vendetta (2005)
147. Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. (2003)
148. Rebecca (1940)
149. The Deer Hunter (1978)
150. Rang De Basanti (2006)
151. How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
152. A Wednesday (2008)
153. Cool Hand Luke (1967)
154. Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
155. It Happened One Night (1934)
156. Fargo (1996)
157. Trainspotting (1996)
158. A Beautiful Mind (2001)
159. Gone with the Wind (1939)
160. Into the Wild (2007)
161. Rush (2013)
162. The Maltese Falcon (1941)
163. Dial M for Murder (1954)
164. The Sixth Sense (1999)
165. Hotel Rwanda (2004)
166. The Wages of Fear (1953)
167. The Thing (1982)
168. Finding Nemo (2003)
169. Incendies (2010)
170. Mary and Max (2009)
171. No Country for Old Men (2007)
172. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
173. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
174. Platoon (1986)
175. Life of Brian (1979)
176. Network (1976)
177. 12 Years a Slave (2013)
178. Touch of Evil (1958)
179. Diabolique (1955)
180. There Will Be Blood (2007)
181. Annie Hall (1977)
182. The Princess Bride (1987)
183. Stand by Me (1986)
184. Boyhood (2014)
185. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
186. Ben-Hur (1959)
187. Amores Perros (2000)
188. In the Name of the Father (1993)
189. The 400 Blows (1959)
190. Sin City (2005)
191. Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009)
192. Million Dollar Baby (2004)
193. The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
194. Persona (1966)
195. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
196. Dil Chahta Hai (2001)
197. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
198. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
199. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
200. The Avengers (2012)
201. Gandhi (1982)
202. The Imitation Game (2014)
203. The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
204. Donnie Darko (2001)
205. Strangers on a Train (1951)
206. 8½ (1963)
207. Shutter Island (2010)
208. Infernal Affairs (2002)
209. Stalker (1979)
210. Twelve Monkeys (1995)
211. Jaws (1975)
212. Before Sunrise (1995)
213. Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001)
214. High Noon (1952)
215. Gangs of Wasseypur (2012)
216. The Terminator (1984)
217. Groundhog Day (1993)
218. Fanny and Alexander (1982)
219. Notorious (1946)
220. The King's Speech (2010)
221. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)
222. Ip Man (2008)
223. Rocky (1976)
224. Monsters, Inc. (2001)
225. The Night of the Hunter (1955)
226. The Battle of Algiers (1966)
227. X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
228. La Haine (1995)
229. Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
230. Memories of Murder (2003)
231. Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)
232. Barry Lyndon (1975)
233. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
234. A Fistful of Dollars (1964)
235. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
236. The Truman Show (1998)
237. Castle in the Sky (1986)
238. La Strada (1954)
239. The Help (2011)
240. Jurassic Park (1993)
241. The Big Sleep (1946)
242. Roman Holiday (1953)
243. The Graduate (1967)
244. Papillon (1973)
245. Prisoners (2013)
246. Beauty and the Beast (1991)
247. The Hustler (1961)
248. PK (2014)
249. Akira (1988)
250. Underground (1995)

FridayQ: Ego

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Didn't get to do this last Friday on account of being down at the coast

Friday, August 13th 2004...   (it was Friday the 13th last Friday too)

FQ Topic: Ego

FQ1: What is an activity that you can do better than anybody else you know?
Documentation

FQ2: What is a subject where you are smarter than anybody else you know?
hrmm don't know about that one.  In my last job I often found myself in a position where there were no other "experts" in my team so I was on my own trying to solve problems.  This job is quite a bit different because there's so many people in IT that there's almost always people around that know more than me, which is great because I'm pretty dumb.  But I suppose there's a few geeky, "kids" things, like Lego or Harry Potter that I probably know more about than any of my adult friends.

FQ3: What is a trait you possess that makes you superior to lesser humans?
Attention to detail, meticulousness, ok anal retentiveness.  Good for some things, like doco or paint-by-numbers, but is probably annoying to a lot of people (especially the ones that don't meet my high standards ;) )

FQ FICTION: Which of your many stellar accomplishments should be recorded in the history books? (Can't think of one? Make it up!).
Gosh.  Um.  Too hard... 

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Thursday night: after Wednesday night's insomnia I got to sleep quite quickly.  But then I woke up at around 3am on Friday morning and never got back to sleep.  Actually I lie.  I got up at 6:15 and made up a potato bake, and went back to bed while it cooked, and got about half an hour more sleep.

Friday: got home, spent three quarters of an hour packing the car up, then headed down the coast.  Arrived a bit after eight, fired up the spa, then realised the Sandy Foot pizza place closes at 8pm :(  So had potato bake for dinner.  Then went in the spa and stayed up entirely too late.  

Saturday: had a very slow start.  We might have all been a bit seedy.  Well ok not all of us.  D and F were suitably restrained and were only a bit tired heh.  I cooked some bacon and eggs for brunch, then we headed up to Myrtle Beach for a swim.  The water was nice and it was all very pleasant until we all got a bit out of our depth and then struggled to get back.  I managed ok, but I could see how easy it would be to panic.  Stu and C got a lot more stuck but were ok in the end.  Had some bubbly and some fruit on the beach, then had another quick dip before heading back.  

Beach bubbly

Stu at Myrtle Beach

Went into Bateman's Bay for dinner - to the Little Restaurant and Bar.  We'd been there before, and the food was just as good this time.  I had a very nice wagyu steak.  Went for a bit of a walk to walk off dinner, but ended up getting some ice cream for dessert.  Went in the spa again, but didn't stay up as late.

Little Restaurant and Bar flatbread

Little Restaurant and Bar sourdough

Little Restaurant and Bar wagyu steak

Bateman's Bay

Sunday: fairly early start.  Headed out around 9:15 and headed down to Armand's Beach.  But the weather closed in, so after a bit of a swim, we adjourned to shelter to have some bubbly and cheese (too cold for fruit).  Headed back to the beach a bit later for another quick swim.  Got some ice cream in Bermagui at the Gelati Clinic.  Then headed back to the house.  Chillaxed for a while, then ordered some pizzas for dinner.  Then we danced for a while to C's music before getting in the spa.  But after a long day we were pretty tired and were all in bed by 10pm.  Silly really.

Coast sunrise

Wallaga Lake bridge

Armands Beach

Monday: had a biggish breakfast of bacon, eggs, mushrooms and zucchini hash browns, then cleaned up the house then headed home.  I got part way through unpacking and doing some washing, before heading up to Mount Rogers to kill a layered blue field (good for the step count though).  Then a quiet evening just gathering ourselves.

Coast sunrise

Tuesday: back to reality.  Downloaded all my photos, but haven't chosen any for the blog yet.  This will probably get updated at some point in the future :)

It certainly feels like it.  Stoopid insomnia kept me awake til like 1am (after lights out at 10:30pm).  Blerf.

Maybe I should have a nightcap to assure some sleep...

Went over to EffanC's place last night and had some very yummy pizza.

Then watched Kiki's Delivery Service, because I'd never actually seen it.

Quite a nice way to end the weekend, better than my usual Sunday night depression.

Because today was CRAP.  Neil should never be allowed to go on leave :/  Was grumpy most of the day and every little thing was making me grumpier.

Friday:  watched The Lego Movie with the sweetie (got a super awesome deal from JB HiFi cause they'd mucked up a specials deal, and it came out in my favour :) )

Saturday: quiet day, not much, watched tv, docos, sorting crap out, painting etc.  Watched Monsters Inc on tv, because that always seems more logical that popping in the Blu-Ray .... hrmm

Sunday: also pretty quiet.  Went for a walk with the sweetie to do an Ingress mission.  Went to Mishi's in the evening for a lot of chatting, and a game of Pandemic, which was a bit complicated but we somehow managed to win.  We'd need to play it a few more times to get the hang of the strategy.

Pandemic

Monday: got up at stoopid o'clock to see the balloons (sadly there was a bit of fog around so they took off and all but disappeared).  Watched My Girl on tv and docos while painting.  

Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2015

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Friday, August 6th 2004...

FQ Topic: Childhood

FQ1: Where did you live out your childhood years?
Como, Sydney, Australia

FQ2: As a child, what was your favorite toy, book, television show, and cartoon character?
Toy?  As a little kid it was "Ducky" an elongated rubber duck thing.  In 1983 I made "Cutie" - essentially a pompom which I still have and travel the world with.  
Kazza and Ducky  Cutie on Lake Galilee
Favourite book?  I didn't read many books, I found reading long stories tedious.  I liked TinTin and Asterix comics.  Choose your own adventures.  Horse books.  
TV show?  I remember lots from my teenage years.  As a child?  Probably my earliest memory of a favourite tv show would be Whacky Races.  I was always Penelope.  We used to watch it with a kid from our school, Cosmos, before we went to school.
Cartoon character?  Dunno.  I liked Warner Brothers cartoons later on, and Inspector Gadget..

FQ3: Charm us with a favorite childhood memory...
Here's a whole blog of it...

FQ PHOTO-OP: Show us a photo of just how adorable you were as a child.
meh.  This was me on our front balcony.  
Me at home

This is the same view forty years later..
Patio view

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Team Blank!!

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Had a work trivia night last night.  We came second by one point.

Best.  Outcome.  Ever.

You see the trick is to not actually win these things - because otherwise you need to run the next one.  And they're an awful lot of work.  But second place you still win a prize to make your night break even.

I could only claim one point where I knew the answer but noone else did (largest freshwater lake by volume - Lake Baikal).  And there were a few we knew because we'd done them ourselves in previous trivia nights :)

So thanks Duncan, DC, Doc, Neil, Lorna and Remy for a fun night :)

Bookended

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So spent the beginning and the end of the weekend swimming with EffanC.

Friday night was a club swim night at a private indoor pool.  Which should be nice in winter.  Except.  The room has terrible acoustics, which meant it got very loud with not many people.  And then people started pegging balls at each other which made it all kinds of tedious.  But then some people left and it quieted down which made it nicer.  Went back to EffanC's and we had some wine and cheese and watched Peter Jackson's Braindead, which apparently used the most fake blood in a movie ever.  But the horror was all so cheesy and fake that it didn't bother me.  Then a couple of episodes of The Katering Show which was hilarious.

Saturday was very quiet, just housework and painting and tv.

Sunday we did some food shopping and then more of the same.  In the evening we met up with EffanC for dinner.  We were going to go to Kinh Do, but it was booked out, so ended up at Chong Co.  

Chong Co spring rolls

Chong Co satay chicken

Chong Co pad thai

Chong Co soft shelled crab

Then back to our place for a chilly swim.

Kazza's "Boring Life Of a Geek" aka BLOG

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