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2018 Year in Review

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This was a fun one that came second hand from somewhere, possibly from the club cleanout, or from David.  There were a couple of pieces missing sadly.

Sydney jigsaw

Another from either the club cleanout or David, of Kinderdijk in the Netherlands.  I saw a bunch of windmills when I was there in 2012, but not sure which ones.  I did see that little tower on the very right.  I did most of this jigsaw myself, then we finished the sky when Dave and Kat were up in October.

Kinderdijk jigsaw

We started this the Saturday morning David and Kat were here, then they went off to River Island.  Given the waste of a weekend I had at home, I shoulda gone with them.  We finished it Sunday afternoon.

Fully Monty jigsaw

I got this from Kmart for $2 because I had a $10 voucher and had spent $8 on five pairs of socks and needed to spend the rest on something.  A fun little jigsaw I think I did in about an hour.

Chalk box jigsaw

This jigsaw we started in Southampton on the Queen Mary 2.  Did it in a couple of days.

Comic Jigsaw - Crazy Golf

This second comic jigsaw came straight after the one above on the port side of the ship.  Did this in two days.

Comic Jigsaw - Farm Visit

I truly hate people.  I hate evil disgusting people.  One morning after finishing the comic jigsaw above, we started this jigsaw of Polperro and got the sky and the boats and water done.  Later I came back to it and someone had put their hands on both sides of the jigsaw and pushed the whole lot together, destroying it.  I just walked away, I couldn't face redoing it all.  Then we had our shore day in New York.  Came back to it the next day and someone had restored it to about where I'd left it.  So I finished it.  Later I walked past and someone had pulled out all the dark bits of the water.  I mean seriously what the F#$* is wrong with people??  Some dude was putting it in and I showed him the photo of the finished jigsaw from just that morning.  I let him finish it.  The next day it had started all over again.  Le sigh.

Polperro jigsaw

I don't actually know what this is, as I didn't get a photo of the box (edit: it's Two Sisters (On the Terrace) (1881), by Renoir).  This was started in Southampton as well on the starboard side of the ship, and this was the progress after three days.  I didn't do much of it at all by this stage, just a couple of pieces.  It was pretty tough going, very dark and not much definition on the pieces.  Really didn't like it at all.

Art jigsaw

This was the progress by Christmas day.  I'd done a bit more on it, and I'd sorted all the pieces by shape, and partly by colour as someone else had sorted by colour.

Art jigsaw

And did I mention how much I HATE PEOPLE??  Look at what some feral turd of a human being did to it!

Art jigsaw

I'd originally thought with a bit of persistence we could get it done by the time we got off in New York, but I couldn't face it after this.  I actually considered boxing it all up and telling them to throw it out (there were pieces missing anyway) and put out a new one.  But I just walked away.

This had been going on the port side of the ship during our Caribbean days, so was just about finished when I saw it.  I helped with all the greenery at the top and we finished it before lunch on New Years Eve (technically New Years Day in Australia haha)

The Thatcher's Cottage jigsaw

East Asia 2017

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So recently I decided I really wanted to get my photos for our cruise up on the blog by the end of the year.  And all the photos labelled.  Well the labelling took months but I got there in the end.  And it took forever to whittle down the photos to under fifty per day to have on the blog.  Again, got there in the end.  Once the photos were selected, htmlifying them and getting them online was relatively quick.  I could have waited til the two year anniversary of leaving, but instead, it was in fact twenty one months ago today that we left.  

So here's the photos:

East Asia 2017

Pixar Continued

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So this week have managed to complete more of the Pixar series, seeing The Incredibles 2 and The Good Dinosaur, which I've never seen before, and Brave, Finding Dory and Inside Out, which I have.  The Incredibles 2 was pretty good (bits of it reminded me of Mr Mom heh), but The Good Dinosaur was somewhat preposterous (dinosaurs as humans and a human as a dog.. strange stuff).

Still missing Ratatouille and Coco (we watched Monsters University only recently).  

Also, Friyay!

A Little Hairy

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On the weekend the sweetie cut off over a foot of hair.

Cause it was getting a little ridiculous...

Hair

Hair

Hair

I had to do one last Cousin Itt...

Cousin Itt

A bit shorter now..

Shorter hair

Whoops...

Lost hair

Hot. Sweaty.

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Stoopidly humid day today, which meant the cooler didn't work all that well.  At least it felt that way.

I was super busy all day too.  My todo list was over a page long.  I did do most if it though which was good.

Said goodbye to Kit and Pete, although I'm still feeding George, Petal and Vicki at least until tomorrow heh.

Stu chopped a foot of my hair off today.  Quite freaky to say the least.

We pumped and siphoned all but about 10cm of water out of the pool today.  

We finished season 5 of Rake tonight.  I have to say this season was just too .. silly ..  I mean I know the other seasons were silly too but this just seemed a bit over the top.

The Silly Season

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Wednesday was first work Christmas party.  It was ok but nothing special.  Didn't get too silly.  Although some of the guys did, getting in a little late the next morning :)

Friday was "my" Christmas party.  Almost 60 people this year!  Getting out of control haha!  But everyone had a great time.  Well maybe except DC who got hit with *something*, no idea what.  And I did forget the Coke Zero.  And cooking oil.  I didn't stay til the end on account of the sweetie wanted to get home (and we needed to help Kit pack the truck).  I did catch the very same duck again :)  (she even came back a few minutes later and ate out of my hand so couldn't have been too traumatised!)

Just me and a duck

So yeah last night was helping load the truck.  Kit doesn't have a lot of *stuff* but Pete does and it's mostly awkward big stuff that doesn't fit in boxes.  I collapsed about 10:30 but there was still a lot in the garage to try and get in. 

Had lunches with the Chrises on Friday.  

Mine. Mine. Mine.

Seagull at Lighty

Ok so it's only been a few days, I really do need to give it longer.. But I attached my phone to my computer tonight to check out the date modified stamps on the files that are there.  Only one has been modified since I turned off all application access to my photos.  But that's one more than none.

So I looked into ways of preserving the timestamps when copying.  Robocopy does it.

BUT.

This is where Apple sux even more.

You can't connect to the phone with a drive letter or UNC path.  Seems they present the files to the computer as "Picture Transfer Protocol" which doesn't support it.  Although PTPDrive might be an option.

HATE APPLE. HATE. HATE.

Maybe I shoulda gotten an Android and be done with it.

Misc Pics

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Just a few pics that have been floating around..

I enjoy Heather Armstrong's writing, and have been reading her blog for probably eleven or twelve years since Chay introduced me to it.

But I HATE having to go to her website to read it.  Just look at this crap.  Where's the actual content?  On this page there is literally one line of content.  The rest is adverts and links to other posts.  And the adverts aren't subtle either, they're animated in-your-face monstrosities.  Urgh.  Hate it.

Hate Dooce

A poppy that actually grew as a weed in one of my pots out the back.

Poppy

This is pretty cool.  A model of Belconnen Mall in Belconnen Mall!  From when it was first built in the seventies.  Remeber Venture?  And Franklins?

Belconnen Mall in Belconnen Mall

Belconnen Mall in Belconnen Mall

I love Canberra.  These guys just minutes from work!

Kangaroos

These miniature roses never really did very well .. until we removed the oak tree and gave them some light.  They totally went off this year.

Miniature roses

Gak Gak Birds

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I call masked lapwings "gak gak birds" because.. gak gak gak gak gak... whenever you get anywhere near them.

The other week a pair setup a nest.. in the middle of a public car park. 

So I know these guys nest on the ground, but surely they could have found somewhere more.. private..

Silly birds..

Gak gak birds

Gak gak bird eggs

Sadly the day after this they abandoned their nest.  Guess the stress of it all got too much.

Gak gak bird egg

Brickman

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When Neil and I saw there was a Ryan McNaught Lego exhibition coming to Canberra, we bought tickets as soon as they became available.

This was a hint at the mall:

Brickman, Canberra

On the day we'd booked our tickets, our breaker box caught fire.  This caused me no end of stress.  But it all worked out in the end and we got to go see it.

Pro tip:  book tickets for a school day - no annoying kids!!  And no crowds!!!

Sydney Lego mosaic

Giant begonia

Little old lady who lived in a shoe

Lego movie stage

Lego Movie director

Collosseum

Collosseum showing current day ruins, and its heyday

Small sculptures

Hot air balloon in Lego

1961 Ferrari made of Lego

1961 Ferrari made of Lego

The Brickman's Bounty

Walking the plank

The Brickman's Bounty

The Brickman's Bounty

The Brickman's Bounty

The Brickman's Bounty

A Roulette

Jetstar Deathstar

Jetstar Deathstar

Jetstar Deathstar

Jetstar Deathstar

Jetstar Deathstar

Jetstar Deathstar

Jack and Rose on The Love Boat

The Love Boat in Lego

Shark on The Love Boat

Bridge of The Love Boat

Engine room of The Love Boat

The Love Boat in Lego

The Space Shuttle in Lego

Sean Connery James Bond Lego mosaic

Cartoon character Lego mosaics

Lego X-Wing

All the James Bonds in Lego mosaics

Notice the ring-in above?

Johnny English Lego mosaic

Saturn V rocket in Lego

R2-D2 and C-3PO are going to the moon

Lego Opera House

Lego Opera House

Father and son off to the opera.  With Jabba.

Audience in the Opera House

101 Collins St Melbourne

Elvis the helicopter

Qantas A380 in Lego

I saw a couple of these little green guys around.  Turns out there was a competition to see how many there were.  I counted something like 25 in my photos.  I think.  I forget.

Green spaceman hitching a ride on the A380

Neil and I had a great time, all the more awesome with no kids or crowds.

Not Cartier

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Cath and I were going to go see the Cartier exhibition at the National Gallery in July.  Except we left it til the last day.  Whoops.  The queue was a hundred years long and not moving, so we wandered around a bit of the Gallery, through James Turrell's Skyspace, the Fern Garden and the Sculpture Garden instead.

Baptism pottery

I really liked this picture, except for the fact that the pieces didn't actually fit!

Barhmah Forest

Aboriginal memorial

Aboriginal memorial

Aboriginal memorial

Pears

James Turrell Skyspace

James Turrell Skyspace

James Turrell Skyspace

Fern garden

Fern garden

Cones

Cones

Cones

Angel of the North and the Carillon

Bungendore

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So this was back in July.  Whoops.

Lunch with EffanC at The Lake George Hotel in Bungendore.  I specifically asked if the pork belly came with crackling.  They said yes.  It came with hard soggy skin.  #epicfail   The cheese and bacon dip on the other hand, was awesome.

Lake George cheese and bacon dip

Lake George pork belly

After lunch Stu and I had a little bit of a wander up the street.

Old house in Bungendore

Old house in Bungendore

Church in Bungendore

Still Hating Apple

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I was stressing about all the modified dates on my iPhone XS files.  Thanks to the little brother I can easily set the date modified to be the date taken in the exif data of photos, but PNGs are still hopelessly wrong.  Just look at this crap.  This is a view of the files on the phone itself.  As you can see, the Modified date is totally different to the Created date on a lot of the files.  Which means when I download them and rename them to the modified date, they're all out of order.

Freaking hate apple

I've turned off access to the photos from all other applications, and will try it out for a week or so to see if it makes a difference.  Maybe one of the other dodgy apps I use is playing funny buggers with my files.

Otherwise it'll simply be a case of APPLE SUX!!!

And I've just wasted an hour of my life that I don't have time to waste right now.

Hate Apple. Hate. Hate.

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