July 2020 Archives

Twenty years ago today I went up Sydney Tower.

I have no memory of why I was there or who I was with.

View east to Woolloomooloo and Eastern Suburbs
Sydney Tower view, 2000

St Mary's Cathedral
Sydney Tower view, 2000

Archibald Fountain in Hyde Park
Sydney Tower view, 2000

View southeast to Eastern Suburbs
Sydney Tower view, 2000

View southeast to UNSW
Sydney Tower view, 2000

View south
Sydney Tower view, 2000

View southwest
Sydney Tower view, 2000

Darling Harbour - Tumbalong Park and Convention Centre
Sydney Tower view, 2000

Top of Queen Victoria Building
Sydney Tower view, 2000

View west to Darling Harbour and Anzac Bride (previously Glebe Island Bridge, aka Madonna's Bra)
Sydney Tower view, 2000

View west
Sydney Tower view, 2000

View north past MLC building to Opera House
Sydney Tower view, 2000

View northeast
Sydney Tower view, 2000

War Memorial in Hyde Park
Sydney Tower view, 2000

Would have been Dad's birthday today.

This celebration was thirty years ago today.

Happy birthday Dad!

Dad's birthday

Hey look at Mum's Mickey Mouse jumper - Mum and David and I all got those on our trip to America in 1983, although we grew out of ours.  Mum still has that dining table (seats reupholstered) and the buffet in the background and that glass bowl.  

Oh and there's a couple of backdated entries behind the 747 one if you're one of those silly people who go to the homepage to read this blog.

Hockey One

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Thirty years ago today someone (not sure who, wasn't Mum) took this photo of our hockey team.  Yep I used to play hockey.  Not very well - I'm too uncoordinated for that sort of thing.  But it was kinda fun and I was a *lot* fitter back then - I'd run around pretty much non stop the whole hour or so.  I played I think from about 1988 through to about 1996.  Pretty sure I played through years 9-12, and I know I was still playing in 1996 when I started at Ozemail - which was fortunate as it meant I got to have a Friday-Saturday weekend, as a lot of the phone staff would get mid-week weekends and always have to work on weekends.  

Hockey team

747s are the most beautiful aircraft in the skies.  Concordes were too but they don't fly anymore.  A380s are just big and fat.  No the 747 was just beautiful.  And I am going to sorely miss them. 

My first flight on a 747 was on VH-ECB in 1983 when we went to America for the first time. This was taken at our stopover in Honolulu.  

VH-ECB in Honolulu

On the next leg of the flight, from Honolulu to LA, David and I were allowed to go up to the cockpit before we arrived into LA.  I remember seeing LA from the cockpit of that 747.

My last ever flight on a 747 was from Hong Kong to Sydney coming home from our East Asia cruise.  In fact the flight over and the flight back were both on 747s.  I was hoping to go up to the flight deck on one of those flights.  Unfortunately we very late getting into Hong Kong on the way over and didn't want to hassle them, and I was far too tired on the way back.  So that was the end of that.  Here is VH-OJS in Hong Kong, the last 747 I ever flew on.

VH-OJS in Hong Kong

The week before last, Qantas flew its last 747 around Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra for a series of farewell flights.

And as it turns out, I'd been on that particular 747 before - when she was painted bright red Wunala Dreaming in 2004.

Here she is at Sydney Airport next to VH-EBU (Nalanji Dreaming).

VH-OEJ and VH-EBU at Sydney Airport

And here she is at LA as we left for Denver.


Since I couldn't get a ticket for the joy flight out of Canberra because Qantas' website sux donkey balls, I did the next best thing and headed out with a bunch of planespotters to see a 747 in flight for likely the very last time (it got a lot more crowded than this later on).


I actually took this on my phone looking through binoculars.

747 in Canberra

There was a pretty strong southerly wind, and most flights were taking off to the south.  The tower asked which way they wanted to go, and they said they wanted to take off to the north, with the tail wind.  

VH-OEJ taking off from Canberra

VH-OEJ taking off from Canberra

They turned quite quickly round to the south - a lot more tightly than any of the commercial flights.  She passed round the back of Mt Ainslie behind the trees.

VH-OEJ rounding Mt Ainslie

And then headed down to the Snowy Mountains, so we all stood around waiting for three quarters of an hour.  We were all watching the radar for the return, and I spotted her first through the binoculars.

And then the flybys of Canberra.

First from the south up and over Mt Ainslie where we all were.

VH-OEJ over Canberra

VH-OEJ over Canberra

VH-OEJ over Canberra

VH-OEJ over Canberra

Going pretty slowly too - flaps were partly extended

VH-OEJ over Canberra

VH-OEJ over Canberra

Coming back over the airport

VH-OEJ over Canberra

VH-OEJ over Canberra

VH-OEJ over Canberra

VH-OEJ over Canberra

Did a loop, then came back the other way

VH-OEJ over Canberra

VH-OEJ over Canberra

VH-OEJ over Canberra

VH-OEJ over Canberra

VH-OEJ over Canberra

Then another loop and straight into land.

VH-OEJ landing in Canberra

Water cannon salute (C-130 taking off in the background)

Water canon salute

Water canon salute

Last week VH-OEJ left for the Mojave Desert to the aircraft graveyard :(  But on the way she left this goodbye..

747 farewell

Goodbye Queen of the Skies

Twenty years ago today I was doing some Lotus Notes training in North Sydney.  Pretty sure it was the trainer who had lost part of a finger getting it caught in a balcony railing as he fell (I think that was the story).  The training rooms had a great view of the Warringah Freeway.  

Warringah Freeway

I also found some photos of my damaged car while I was searching my hard drive for photos taken in July 2000.  But while I could remember coming home to find the car damaged (and an open pit in the footpath next to it - clearly there'd been construction work that day) I couldn't figure out why my car had been home that day - normally I drove to work.  I dug out my old copy of Lotus Notes and was hunting through it trying to find out what I might have been doing.  And searched through a couple of copies of Eudora for clues.  In the end I found an email from Luc saying "hope you're having fun at training" and suddenly I realised that's where I'd been, and sure enough the photo above was from the same day.  

Damaged car

Footpath works

Fortunately the construction workers paid for the repairs, so it wasn't too much of a disaster.

Rocky Road

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Such a simple thing to make.

This one is a pack of marshmallows (cut in half so the bits aren't as big), a pack of granulated nuts, a pack of raspberries, two handfuls of coconut, and three blocks of dark chocolate.

Rocky road

Mix all the dry ingredients, melt the chocolate, mix all together.

Rocky road

Spread into a tray lined with baking paper and refridgerate til set.

Rocky road


Backdating.. cause I'm a slacker!

Monday.  Usual Monday Stuff.  Having trouble keeping up with UK photo labelling.  Just hard work.  In the afternoon David came home with a Lego Yoda to build!  Someone at his work had conceded defeat with it and given it to David to do.  He sat down in the late afternoon and didn't move until he'd finished yet - like five hours later (I brought him dinner of leftovers).  Although the first hour was pulling apart the beginnings of the work that had been done, and finding the mistakes which would have made it very hard for his colleague to have progressed with.  

Lego Yoda

Lego Yoda

Lego Yoda

Lego Yoda

Lego Yoda

As usual, there's always a tonne of new Lego pieces I've never seen before!

New Lego pieces

New Lego pieces

New Lego pieces

New Lego pieces

New Lego pieces

Tuesday.  Leftovers for dinner.  Started watching season 12 of BBT (David brought up his Blurays).  Then watched 101 Dalmatians - the Glenn Close version, with Mr Weasley and House as the thugs :)  None of the animals speak in the live action remake so it's a little more human focussed, but not bad.  Pretty sure I've seen it before a long time ago.  Also tried out Coles shopping online which we haven't done in a few years.

Wednesday.  Catching up on photo labelling from the past couple of nights - labelled nearly four hundred photos, although over a hundred of those were of the bird of prey show at Warwick Castle.  Ended up only 67 photos behind for the week.  Also made a random gnocchi since David wasn't home and I could use tomatoes.

Random gnocchi

Random gnocchi

Thursday Stumpy was being naughty and trying to get out.  He'd actually gotten on top of the light before he slipped off when I got this picture.

Naughty Stumpy

Friday we had the Coles delivery.  Some of the meat I ordered wasn't available, and they gave us a block of cheese because they didn't have cubes.  Pretty sure you can set replacement options, but ultimately shopping online is a bit of a pain because if something isn't available you don't find out until they're about to deliver it.  In store you could just get something else, but online you end up going without.  

In the evening we headed out to the club.  Got the fire going, and had some drinks and snackages, which turned out to be dinner.  Whoops.

Club fire

Club healthy dinner

The owners of our old van were trying to burn out a big stump.

Stump burning

Went up to the shed and chatted to people for a bit, then went to bed.

Saturday.  Terrible sleep.  Was awake from 2-4:30 or so.  Had a bit of a sleep in and a very slow start.  Got a fire going again.

Club fire morning

There was a working bee on the day.  I asked John for a job and he pointed me at the glass sliding door to the sun room and said see if you can get the concrete spatter off that (from when they poured the slab).  So I spent ages with a fingernail, a paint scraper and some vinegar getting it looking beautiful.

Concrete spatter

Others were redoing the pool decking that was completely rotten and very dangerous.

Club new decking

In the evening we were supposed to have a bonfire, but it threatened rain so we just hung out in the shed (just under the covid people limit for the space).  Didn't stop me from cooking marshmallows in the fire!

Club marshmallows

I was pretty bummed that I wasn't doing my Christmas in July dinner that night - have done it every year for quite a few years now.  I even took some roast pork and stuff for a potato bake, but I wasn't sure who was going to be using the oven so it was all too hard so we just had snackages, although did have some of Nick/Tab and Dee's food which was nice of them.

Sunday morning we came home.  I was feeling lost, after having lost over half my weekend at home.  In the afternoon cooked for several hours straight - cooked up taco mince for later in the week, the roast pork, brussels sprouts with bacon, epic potato bake, a rocky road and some cheese and bacon balls, using cream cheese that was best before May.  It was totally fine.  I'd picked the wrong thing from the Coles order (another disadvantage of shopping online - too easy to make mistakes and pick the wrong thing) - taco shells instead of a taco kit - so had to make my own taco spice.  I think I used about a teaspoon each of chili powder (bit less of that), garlic powder, herbs, paprika, cumin, corn flour, salt and pepper.  I was already feeling delicate when David snuck into the kitchen at one point and scared the hell out of me.  I might have had a meltdown on the spot.  And then everyone was sulky with each other all night.  Hurrah.  

Custom taco mix

It'll be fine right

Roast pork July

This was the first eclipse that I saw after I started owning digital cameras.  I took these out the back of my flat in Marrickville twenty years ago tonight.  My little Olympus point and shoot camera only had a 3x optical zoom, and no manual controls, so the photos weren't very good.

2000 Lunar eclipse

2000 Lunar eclipse

Mum took this photo twenty years ago today.  How adorable are they??  I miss rainbow lorikeets, we don't get them in Canberra - not enough nectar all year round for them.

Rainbow lorikeets

Backdating.. cause I'm a slacker...!

Monday after two late mornings on the weekend I slept in til 7:10am!  Whoops!  So no slide scanning.  Deleted lots of stuff at work which always makes me happy.  Dinner and kitchen cleaning and took all night to label my quota of photos.

Monday night I couldn't get to sleep til after midnight - restless legs/itchy skin.  Then woke up at 3:20 and couldn't get back to sleep for over two hours, then broken sleep til 7:10.  Got up and had breakfast, then attemped to get some more sleep, but failed.  *sigh*.  So another day of no slide scanning.  Had a 2.5 hour marathon session with Ward doing all the Sharefilez.  Taco Tuesday, then took all night to label 145 photos of the Tower of London.

At least I slept well Tuesday night, sleeping in til 6:40.  Put on an Irish stew at lunch, but the recipe Stu gave me could have used a slow cooker twice as big as ours.  I did realise this and cut it down a lot, but it was still very full (and as I write this on 28/7 there's *still* some leftover in the fridge!).  Into season 2 of IT Crowd.  By the time we'd had dinner and watched some tv and done the washing up by the time I sat down it was like 8pm.  *sigh*.  Kinda struggling a bit.. hrmmm..

Irish stew

Irish stew

Thursday.  Slept ok again, even woke up on time.  Finished watching the original One Hundred and One Dalmatians.  And started getting a cold sore.  Hurrah.

We're onto our sixth case of Corona since the lockdown.  I calculated we've drunk about 7.4 beers each week between the two of us.  We're saving the boxes for filling up with books if Lifeline ever start taking donations again...

Cases of Corona

Let Stumpy out for a walk.

Stumpy going for a walk

Wait what?  Am I watching One Hundred and One Dalmatians here?  Or Peter Pan?  I call shenanigans!!

Disney cheating

Friday I took a long lunch to go see Qantas' last 747 fly over Canberra.  If I get Coronavirus it'll be from the guy who came and stood right next to me upwind of me and was sniffling and coughing (only very quietly, but still..).  Epic #grunt.  

Mt Ainslie panorama

Had chicken kiev for dinner and watched My Neighbour Totoro.

Didn't really do much on Saturday.  Nothing noteworthy anyway.  In the evening went over to EffanC's for dinner.

Pretty roses

Pizzas EffanC's

Pizzas EffanC's

Sunday also not much.  I did scan a box of slides - of me as a baby.  Had C over for a music session and dinner.  Did slow cooker beef brisket based on this recipe.  I've never cooked beef brisket before, but it turned out pretty well.  Very fatty though!!  I'll append an after shot once I've gotten it off the phone, although it really wasn't very photogenic!!

Beef brisket

Beef brisket

Beef brisket

Also how funny is this - the bottle on the left was best before 2004.  !!  It was the second bottle Stu owned when I met him, and after finishing the first I moved onto this one.  Except it was so dehydrated it was pretty much a sticky mass that wouldn't pour.  So we got a new one.  Best before 2022.  :)

Dark soy

Another shot of the new Woronora Bridge, this one taken twenty years ago today by Dad. 

Woronora Bridge construction

Backdating.. cause I'm a slacker!

Saturday.  Blogged my butt off trying to get everything caught up so I could move it all across to a new host.  Then backed everything up again.  Sausages for dinner, BBT and part 2 of The Dismissal.

Stu taking Stumpy for a walk

Sunday I moved the nameservers for kazza.id.au over to Ventra IP, while leaving the A record for the website pointed back at CIA.  Made sure mail was flowing ok.  Then I sat down to try and get the blog working.  Except it wouldn't work because VentraIP doesn't support DBD::mysql, and don't support perl module installation.  I did have a bit of a go at getting cpan to get it, but I'm too dumb for that sort of thing.  Got pretty depressed about it all.  Did some housework in the afternoon and setup beef cheeks to cook.  Had EffanC over for dinner which was nice.

Wine cheese and candles

Beef cheeks

Mulled wine and a cookie

Later on (at least I think it was this night, if not was around here some time) I was looking at IMDB for The Dismissal, and went to see what else Max Phipps had been in.  One of the things was The Miraculous Mellops.  It sounded vaguely familiar so I had a look - and I did remember watching it nearly thirty years ago!  Although all I could remember about it was the girl with the crazy hair and the Grand Baby, although I have a feeling I know who the next Grand Baby will be.  Started watching through it and have been watching episodes on YouTube here and there over the past couple of weeks.

Monday the usual.  There was supposed to be early fog and a top of 13 or 14.  But the fog never lifted and it only maxed at about 7!

Tuesday passed 2000 of Dad's slides.  Cooked a lamb roast for dinner.

Lamb roast with veggies

Tuesday I tried to have an early night but that didn't work because Stu was late in coming to bed, plus I was uncomfortable and stressed and I couldn't sleep and I was so frustrated I had a meltdown.  Twice.  Didn't get to sleep til well after midnight, and was awake in the middle of the night for a couple of hours as well.  So Wednesday was well and truly a zombie day.  At lunch time I tried to get tickets for the 747 joy flight out of Canberra, but once again, Qantas is EPIC FAIL to deal with as a company.  I couldn't find anything on their website mentioning the flights or tickets at all.  Eventually about twenty past twelve I finally saw an ad on the front page.  I clicked through.  By this time it said Sydney had sold out.  But Brisbane and Canberra seemed ok.  So "searched" for the flight but got an error.  After reloading a couple of times it said it had all sold out.  Fricken typical.  

Qantas fail

Moved some crap downstairs at lunch, but didn't go see my birds.  Had a bit of a look at different hosting providers.  Chicken kiev for dinner because I didn't feel like cooking.  But no BBT!!  Season 12 is not on Netflix!  Bastards.  Yay for a wonderful end to my day.  Not.  

Thursday I watched The Parent Trap, Linsday Lohan version.  I first (and last) saw it back in 2004 and quite enjoyed it then, and enjoyed it again.  I remember thinking Lindsay Lohan was actually pretty good in that movie, and was a bit sad when she went off the rails a few years later.  The remake was *very* similar to the original, except the ending, and the Concorde! :)  Oh we also started The IT Crowd.

Baby chives

Friday we finished watching The Dismissal.  I normally have little interest in politics, but this miniseries was very well done and educational (and if you haven't heard of it - go listen to the recent The Eleventh podcast - it was really interesting too).  Except we were ripped off because the most famous line uttered by Whitlam isn't actually in the movie!

(we got a little distracted by the 80s shots of Canberra, and this typo of November)


Saturday had hurty overnight so slept in a bit.  House stuff, lunch, shopping (Coles had toilet paper! ha!), cooked dinner, and cooked up some taco mix to save having to cook it after work during the week.  Used chuck steak to make the Asian style beef cheeks, because Coles didn't have any beef cheeks.  I also doubled the recipe because we never seem to have enough of it.  Chuck steak was ok but not quite the same, just the wrong texture.  Watched Ready Player One, which we last saw on our last cruise.

I like how the glass here didn't fog up..


Sunday I had a bit of a sleep in - til 7am!  Although didn't really get anything done all day.  Went for a walk around Aranda bushland with C in the afternoon.

Aranda walk

Aranda walk

Aranda walk

Aranda walk

Did roast chicken for dinner with a blue cheese potato bake.  Watched the first half of the original 101 Dalmatians.

This day twenty years ago I took a couple of different people photos, both in the office at work.

The first is of my boss at the time, Jim, doing manly man things with a shelf..

Jim the manly man

And the second was of Kin Oong, who I met on alt.unsw (or whatever that newsgroup was called).  Not sure why he was in the office that day, but it seems he had a thing for old cameras, as I have another one of him taken in 2003 with a different old camera.

Kin Oong

Nana Birthday

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Twenty years ago today a bunch of us celebrated Nana's birthday in Paramatta Park.

Even though I was there (there's a photo of me there), I have no memories of the day.

Nana's birthday


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Mum took this photo thirty years ago today of Vic and Gillian Johnson and their son Nathaniel who was two months old at the time.  Vic was the minister at our church for several years while he was at Moore College.  Vic and Gillian suffered the curse of the temporary ministers of our church, in that their marriage broke up some time later (one or two minister's marriages survived but several didn't).

Vic and Gillian Johnson

(Do you love our 70s upholstered lounge?!?  Mum had it reupholstered some time later which made it look a lot nicer.  We gave it away or sold it very cheap when Mum moved into her retirement village).


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Twenty years ago today I was playing with work's new Sony Mavica camera.  They bought it because its memory was floppy disks!  This made it easy for staff to use because they didn't need anything special to get the files they'd taken off the camera - they could just put the floppy disk in their computer.  It also did movies which was pretty cool at the time.  Of course the movies couldn't be very long when you only had a 1.44MB floppy disk to save them to ;)

This was taken of Tux and Sami's Vortex sitting on top of my computer at work.  In the background is a picture of Vic's white WRX, and one of each different colour of Yowie "eggs".


I Was Here

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Apparently this day thirty years ago I was at Stanwell Tops with Mum.  It was a Thursday, so it must have been school holidays.  I have no memory of why we were there or who else was there and there's no other photos from that date.  

Kaz at Stanwell Tops

Just for fun I updated the post from the other day with this new one :)

Well that sux

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So this morning I changed the name servers for kazza.id.au over to VentraIP, but left the A name for kazza.id.au pointed back to CIA/Vodien.  Mail started flowing, hurrah.

Last night I'd uploaded the tarball and extracted it so I could see the content under the temporary url.

This morning I imported the MySQL database with PHPMyAdmin, and it imported happily.

So then I tried to get Movable Type to talk to it.

An error occurred

install_driver(mysql) failed: Can't locate DBD/mysql.pm in @INC

I poked and prodded a bit before putting in a support ticket.  Their response?

Regarding your issue, unfortunately our shared hosting services do not support Perl and Perl Module installation.
Perl-DBD which you appear to be looking for is not configured on our services.

Fricken great.  This was after I *asked* them if I could use Perl/MySQL before I even signed up.

Not Happy Jan!

So now I have to fricken start all over again.  But this time I have a time limit - only about 40 days before I can claim my money back.

They're even playing our song on the radio and that's not cheering me up.

So as I've mentioned previously, the company that I helped build from the late 1990s to the mid 2000s has been bought out again and again, finally by Vodien, a Singapore company, and this week my website had significant outages.

On Tuesday night it went down some time in the evening.  The whole host was offline - no response on web, mail, ftp or cpanel ports.  Another site that I know about on that host was also down (graphixactivewear - the site they stuffed up the config for, which has broken people's rss feeds for any reader that tries https first).  I couldn't get to sleep.  This had every chance of not being just a regular outage, but a deliberate act to shut the server down.  Maybe other people were contacted to move their hosting but I wasn't?  I'd backed up my blog database relatively recently (only a month ago), but having to reconstruct it without the old one being online would be all kinds of stressful.  And my mail would start bouncing too.  

First thing Wednesday morning I checked on it.  The uptime on the server was fifteen minutes.  So I frantically started backing everything up.  I backed up the mysql database again.  And I tarballed my whole blog directory and downloaded it.  I screenshotted cpanel configs for future reference.

At work I asked Tony who he hosted with these days.  He said his club uses VentraIP - not cheap but good customer service and excellent up time.  So I had a look and they were actually even cheaper than the company Stu had recommended, and included unlimited addon domains (the other mob wanted $10/month per addon domain).  I read around the support pages, and with cpanel hosting it looked like they'd do everything I needed.  I had a bit of a chat online to confirm a few things, and as an added bonus, they were offering a half price special - for what I wanted it would only be $5/month for max of first twelve months, $10/month after that.  

Friday night I signed up!

I setup kazza.id.au as the main domain and johnson.id.au as an addon domain.  Then I started fiddling around with johnson.id.au - if I was going to break something it may as well be the less important one!  

I thought I would try staging the transition.  Move mail over first, then web.  Exept cpanel on Vodien wouldn't let me change my MX record - it would only let me change an A or CNAME record.  hrmm.  ok well let's try something else - create a test website just for fun, pointed over at VentraIP.  Except the DNS entry I created never ended up in DNS.  Currently it seems the cpanel integration with DNS is not working properly.  And I can't manage DNS with Vodien itself, because it's not hooked into the old CIA/Enetica DNS servers.  I could manage DNS on Vodien if I pointed at their nameservers, but that's not going to help cpanel.

So this morning I setup johnson.id.au the way I wanted it for mail, but still pointing web back at CIA.  Then I changed the nameservers for johnson.id.au to point at VentraIP's name servers.  Well other than the fact I struggled to find this option because it was unintutive, once I did it it worked swimmingly, and quite quickly too.  I sent myself a test email from Gmail and it worked!  Was able to see it on VentraIP's webmail!

So now to configure Eudora.  I use the lastest version -  From 2006.


It only supports up to TLS 1.0, but VentraIP only support from TLS 1.1.  Grunt.  I tried it with Thunderbird and it worked fine, but really didn't want to transition all my mail.  But, internet to the rescue, there's a Sourceforge project called Hermes which has updated dlls for TLS.  Had to tweak things a little (eg changing the pop port in the ini file, and set SSL to Required, Alternate Port) but eventually got Eudora to download my mail!  Hurrah!

Then I spent the rest of the day getting my blog updated so I can do another snapshot/database backup.  

This will likely be the last entry I post on this host.  Now the drama of trying to move this blog begins.  If you post any comments I'll still get them, and if I could be bothered I'll try and reconstruct them on the new host later, but if not, they may be lost on the site.  If I'm not too worn out from it all, and if everything "works", I may take this opportunity to upgrade to the last free version of Movable Type, and get a mobile-friendly template installed.  We shall see!

Tuesday morning I felt like I was too freakin busy to go to work.  The housework just never ends.  And then at work I'm too busy to go home.  So. Much. Work.  Then after work it's catching up last night's photo labelling, cooking dinner, dusting, vacuuming, washing up, more photo labelling.  By 8pm I just feel like collapsing - is it bed time yet??  I certainly didn't feel up to fighting with my phone to get videos I'd taken off it.  When I was in bed I checked my mail on my phone but it wouldn't connect.  Which was the start of drama that's been going on all week, and I'll put that all in another post.  But I could not get to sleep that night.

So Wednesday I was super tired.  Brain was all mushy.  And no photo labelling in the evening either.

Log lizard

Wednesday night I slept somewhat better.  But Thursday the vacuum cleaner died.  Again.  David tinkered and fixed it.  For now.  Up to 1900 slides.  Then work.  Then pizza.  Then watched the original Parent Trap.

Friday I over slept!  ok so only by like half an hour.  In the evening we watched part 1 of The Dismissal.  Really well done, I mean how on earth do you make politics *interesting* but they did.

Today was doing hosting stuff in the morning, photo processing, and then *hours* catching my blog up from the past few weeks.  

Also, if you're one of those crazy people that read my blog by going straight to the site, note you will need to go back to the archives as I've gone a bit over the page!

Six Months

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I download photos from my Canon today.  For the first time since April.  And processed the photos.  For the first time since January.

In six months I've taken all of 155 photos on that camera.  Hrmmm.

I keep telling myself it would be different if I had a new camera.. that was still better in low light.. that could deal with difficult lighting as well as my phone.. 

The Canon 600D Dad got in about Feburary or March 2012.  I inherited it when he carked it.  So it's over eight years old now.  Still works fine, is just aging... 

I'd like to go back to mirrorless.. better idea of what you're going to get once you take the picture, and a lot quieter...  

I took this one morning at the end of January. 

Haunted sun

Got to see the DC-10 Air Tanker at the airport when I flew up for Ryan's birthday.

912 Air Tanker

Stikeez!!  This is all but two of the specials.  Kaibrya has a bagfull she'll send me if we ever go back to work, I might get lucky and get one of them in that.  I took this just before lockdown in March.


Rainbow in April


Happy tree in April

Happy tree

Black cockatoos in April.  Look at what the vandals are doing to this tree!!

Black cockatoo

Black cockatoo

Mess made by a black cockatoo

These were taken on a walk in late April

Red tree hill

Belco view

This first one took months.  3000 pieces and seemingly all browns.  I knew it wasn't going to be much fun when I got it.  I wouldn't have ever chosen this for myself, but a guy at work challenged me, so what can you do!?  I think I started it in January.  Once we'd slogged our way through enough of it, it was possible to do the Ravensburger trick of flipping half of it round 180 degrees and doing the top half on top of the bottom.  So it took months for the first half, and just a few days for the second.  We finished it over the Easter long weekend.

This is at the beginning of the weekend.

Bombardment of Algiers jigsaw

This shows how the pieces would line up flipped to the other side.  I did use this technique a little bit in some of the sky, but even know exactly what shaped piece you need, there'd still be a couple of hundred pieces that all looked the same to choose from.

Bombardment of Algiers jigsaw

I did all the sails on the ship on the left in a morning.

Bombardment of Algiers jigsaw

Filling in the left

Bombardment of Algiers jigsaw

All the sky (well, the standard shaped pieces anyway)

Bombardment of Algiers jigsaw

Once all the dark stuff was done, all that was left was plain sky.  So I cut it in half - see the line - to flip the top around onto the bottom.

Bombardment of Algiers jigsaw

Like so

Bombardment of Algiers jigsaw

Closer view

Bombardment of Algiers jigsaw

Even closer

Bombardment of Algiers jigsaw

And the next day it was done!

Bombardment of Algiers jigsaw

To have a fun break, I got out the cupcakes jigsaw.  I've done this before so let David do most of it.  I'm debating whether I should give it away or not - it's so fun.

Cupcakes jigsaw

Then we started another section of the Disney behemoth.

Annoyingly, the colour on the left matched the colour on the right so closely I kept putting in the wrong pieces.  

Just look at this crap!

Annoying jigsaw

This is actually wrong!!

Annoying jigsaw

Did a lot of this by sitting one half atop the other.

Peter Pan jigsaw

Had a break in between and did a jigsaw of Alpensee.  It didn't have the exact lake name on the box, but figured it out from Google Earth and found where the photo was taken from.

Alpensee jigsaw

As a glutton for punishment, almost immediately after I finished that, I started The Little Mermaid section.  In some ways it was even tougher than Peter Pan.  There seemed to be unending blues.  It also suffered from colour being so similar on either side you could get things wrong.  I think the stars at the top were the worst for that on this one.

Little Mermaid jigsaw

We started another one after that, but it got put downstairs when we had some people over, and hasn't been brought back since.  

Finally we have one I picked up at the Green Shed the other week.  This was on the stand to be distributed to the shelves, so had only just been dropped off.  Grabbed it as I was queuing to pay.  This was fun because you couldn't put it together until you'd completed each little section of nine pieces, and had to assemble them to allow a maze to be solved.  Quite fun.  I did it by myself, then showed David the finished puzzle, then pulled it apart for him to do.

Maze jigsaw

Maze jigsaw

Maze jigsaw

Maze jigsaw

Maze jigsaw

Nepean Dam

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So last Sunday I added another Sydney Dam to my list and dropped in to see Nepean Dam.  Just a few minutes off the Hume Highway it's very easy to get to.  And *crowded* on a Sunday!

Nepean Dam

Nepean Dam

Nepean Dam

Nepean Dam

Nepean Dam

Nepean Dam

Nepean Dam

Nepean Dam

Garlic scrolls

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Last of the food porn for today, I promise ;)

Stu's favourite side from Dominos at the moment are their garlic scrolls.  I had a go at making them the other week but they were fairly dry.  Need to do a bit more experimenting ;)

Just some olive oil spray, powdered parmesan (I think), shredded parmesan, and garlic powder.

Garlic scrolls

Nice, but yeah, a little dry.

Garlic scrolls

I very possibly haven't made these since 2006.  Last Saturday I made the full recipe, but I think I should just get a 200g tube of sweetened condensed milk and stay with the halved recipe.  Also, yay for all Mum's old self-raising flour - 4 cups is quite a lot!


These choc bits will be fine right?

These will be fine right..

Dough ball

Balled out

Ali's choc chip cookies

I took some to Sydney with me the next day, but completely forgot about them for dessert Sunday night.  Oh well.

This was the third thing I've made from the Women's Weekly Gratins and Bakes book.

This one I measured the liquids (although really needn't have bothered) and winged it for the rest.

Again, fairly similar to regular bakes, but the blue cheese topping at the end added flavour.  

I first tried blue cheese in 1987 and HATED it.  I don't think I had any more for at least twenty five years.  I still won't eat it fresh, but I'm growing to like it if it's cooked.

Blue cheese potato bake

Blue cheese potato bake

Is the juice worth the squeeze?  Yes I think so.  Was very easy and quite tasty and the leftovers didn't last long!

This was the second thing I've made from the Women's Weekly Gratins and Bakes book.  

There's very little I can make from there at the moment, having to not use tomato and all.  So the other week when we had some gluten free pasta in the house, I made this.

I really didn't follow the recipe too closely - I kinda winged it with most of the measurements - and we didn't have any parsely so skipped that.  But it turned out pretty well.

Broccoli bake

Broccoli bake

Broccoli bake

Is the juice worth the squeeze?  I think so.  The base of it is very similar to any other veggie bake I would make, but the parmesan/breadcrumb/lemon rind topping was very nice.  


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My domain name, kazza.id.au, turned 18 today.


As a gift, my hosting provider turned it off from last night til this morning, and had it offline again for a good chunk of today.


In 1997 I started working for CIA.  They started Host1.  They merged with Webcity.  Together they started Enetica.  

This day eighteen years ago, Guy registered kazza.id.au for me.  It turned out to be the first id.au domain to go through under the new system.  I was even in the newspaperTwice!

Since then the merged companies started up new hosting brands and eventually got bought out a couple of years ago.  I literally can't even remember who by.  But a month or two ago they got bought out by Singapore company Vodien.  

Which brings us to the outages in the past 24 hours.  I simply can't trust their hosting anymore, so it's time to move on.  

I dread the thought of moving this behemoth of a blog.  It's going to be epic...

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