Results tagged “Fun stuff” from Kazza the Blank One

I've got a new blog.

A blog thirty years in the making.  

That all started when I scanned a photo of us at the Canberra Times Fountain in Civic last year.  I got the idea to recreate a family holiday to Canberra in 1986, with as many of the same shots as possible thirty years later in 2016.  It was a lot of work and I procrastinated getting it online for a good six months.  But it's finally done!

Here's a sample:

1986 2016

Have a look:  Canberra 1986 - 2016

I wonder if the RiotACT would be interested...


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Saw this super cool light wall in the Canberra Centre the other week.  It's interactive - you can press the lights and they change colours and turn on/off.  I totally want one.

Light wall

Light wall

Light wall

Also saw this and thought it was pretty cool.  Is there anything more you need in life?

Couch, remote, beer, bacon


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I don't think I've ever managed to get a photo of this.  There's either no rocks there, or I'm driving and it's too hard.  This time there were rocks on both signs, although a car was stopped right in front of the second one #grunt

Hanging Rock Road


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My dad always used to refer to not touching things as not "fingerpoken and mittengrabben".  And dumb people were dummkopfs.  And rubberneckers as, well, rubberneckers.  This version doesn't talk about "cottenpicken fingers", but he used to refer to those as well.  So did mum.

I don't know that I've ever actually seen this poster though.  But it's been around for a very long time.


Quotes from 1997

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So I decided today to export all the blood pressure readings (and heart rate and weight) from the app I've been using for the past four years (iBP Tracker by Finger Taps).  Turns out the export to email function doesn't actually work.  Neither does the online backup option.

So I was forced to go through each day's entry and manually record it elsewhere.


I got through the past month, which is what I want to take to the doctor.

What a piece of crap.  Guess what application I *won't* be using anymore.

Another thing I realised tonight is how much crap I have on my computer.  At least twenty year's worth.

I did find this list of quotes (file was last saved 16.10.97) which I remember well..

Life is short and DNA is long
If at first you don't succeed, destroy all the evidence
An optimist: someone who hasn't been given all the facts yet
Friction is a drag
Very funny Scotty. Now beam up the clothes!
Recycle!! Today's garbage is tommorrow's world!
Marriage is grand. Divorce? 20 grand.
Marriage - it's not just a word, it's a sentence!
Hello? Constipation Hotline? Yes, I can hold...
Support mental health... or I'll *KILL* you
If you're 1 in a million, there's a thousand Chinese just like you.
No matter where you go, there you are.
Psychic midget escapes from prison... Small Medium at Large!
World to end at 10pm! Film at 11
Floggings will continue until morale improves.
Who tested Preperations A through G, and why??
9 out of 10 men who try CAMELs prefer women.
8 out of 10 people suffer from hemmorhoids. The other 2 enjoy them.
Who is All, and why does he get so much mail??
Who is General Failure, and why is he reading my drive??
Who is General Protection, and why does he always find fault??
Who is Joy, and why does everyone jump for her??
Who is Will, and why should I fire at him??
Warning : Breathing may be hazardous to your health!
Shin : device for finding furniture in the dark
Stick : A boomerang that doesn't work
No trespassing... prosecutors will be violated!
Warning : research causes cancer
Ok, I pulled the pin, now what? Hey, where are you going??
When I get bored, I beam myself back and forth - Worf
The only way to avoid temptation is to yield to it.
Today's subliminal message sponsered by : Ben Dover
Today's subliminal message sponsered by : Justin Hale
Today's subliminal message sponsered by : Mike Rotch
Despite the high cost of living, it still remains popular.
The world is like a kleenex.. you use it, then you throw it away.
Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... no, it's a bird.
2 wrongs don't make a right, but 3 lefts do.
Tonight's forecast : darkness, followed by light.
In God we trust. All others require a credit check.
If practice makes perfect and noone's perfect, then why practice?

An ongoing project of mine is scanning photos.  At the moment I'm scanning Mum's photos of our trip to Western Australia in 1984.  This morning I scanned this photo of the Leaning Tower of Albany - a replica of the Leaning Tower of Pisa in a guy's back yard.

Leaning Tower of Albany

At the time, the tower was two years old - it apparently having been built in 1982.

This is what the tower and the dude who built it looked like in 2006.

And this is what the tower looked like in 2011.

And here's Google Street View of it in 2015.

So the dude who built it, Aldo Scamozzi, is apparently still alive, and still living in the same house.  The National Library even interviewed him once.

Fun times!

Truckin' Along

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The other week when I came home from Sydney, I joined the Hume Highway off Picton Road and merged in behind a truck.  So I sat and followed it.  I wasn't in any particular hurry so just sat behind it the whole way.  Well, until it pulled off to the heavy vehicle checking station at Marulan that is, then I was on my own and did a lot closer to the speed limit.  

Tonight I downloaded the GPS track from that trip, and at first I was puzzled at the change of speed I did along the Hume.  Until I remembered the truck.

Truckin' Along


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Hi there, I'm looking for my husband.  He laughs like a hyena.  Yes that's him.

I found the above ad tonight on one of dad's documentary tapes where he hadn't edited out the ads.  This was early-mid 2005 - ten years ago!  Then I realised ten years ago wasn't actually that long ago .. hrmm.

Spent a good funny while going through old Yellow Pages ads trying to find it :)

First up, the wrapper on an Ali Baba kebab ..

Undress me kebab wrapper

And then this selfie camera ..

Selfie camera

Yup ..

Coles Typo

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So we've had this Coles green bag for years.  It was only just recently that I noticed the typo .. hehee

Coles Typo

Video Night

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Last Saturday night we had a couple of Davids and a Chris and a Neil over for a video night.

It was a good fun night and there was lots of nibbles and wine and pizza and beer.

We watched Ghost World which was ok, and Dogma which was completely ridiculous.

Video night pizza

I last did this in April 2010 (have been filing photos, so going through my blog trying to remember where I was on given days).  Three years later, and I can add quite a few things to this list!  Although there's quite a few in Egypt!
Bold for which ones I've visited.
  1. Pyramids of Egypt
  2. Chichen Itza
  3. Pompeii
  4. Mont St Michel
  5. Great Wall of China
  6. Petra
  7. Kashmir Valley
  8. Topkapi Palace
  9. Taj Mahal
  10. Nile River Cruise
  11. Prague Old Town
  12. Carnival in Rio
  13. Serengeti Migration
  14. Easter Island
  15. Golden Temple
  16. Stonehenge
  17. Galapagos Islands
  18. Cappadocia
  19. Amalfi Drive
  20. Angel Falls
  21. Grand Canyon
  22. Colosseum of Rome
  23. Meenakshi
  24. Yellowstone National Park
  25. Machu Picchu
  26. Fjords of Norway
  27. Chartres Cathedral
  28. Santorini
  29. Antarctica Cruise
  30. St Peter's Basilica
  31. Mezquita Cordoba
  32. Matterhorn
  33. Iguazu Falls
  34. Egyptian Museum
  35. Damascus Old City
  36. New York Skyline
  37. Bali
  38. Borobudur
  39. Dubrovnik
  40. Marrakesh
  41. Amazon Rain Forest
  42. Valley of the Kings
  43. Uffizi Gallery
  44. Eiffel Tower
  45. Ngorongoro Crater
  46. Hong Kong  <-- I've been to the airport, does that count? :)
  47. Rio Panoramic View
  48. Ladakh
  49. Great Barrier Reef
  50. Sistine Chapel
  51. Golden Pavilion
  52. Niagara Falls
  53. Angkor Wat
  54. Burj Khalifa
  55. Delphi
  56. British Museum
  57. Victoria Falls
  58. Alhambra
  59. St. Basil's Cathedral
  60. Burj al Arab
  61. Forbidden City
  62. Louvre Museum
  63. Abu Simbel
  64. Yangtze River Cruise
  65. Bagan
  66. Canals of Venice
  67. St Mark's Basilica
  68. Yosemite
  69. Karnak
  70. Versailles
  71. Florence Cityscape
  72. Ayers Rock
  73. Teotihuacan
  74. Carlsbad Caverns
  75. Kremlin
  76. Hermitage Museum
  77. Banaue Rice Terraces
  78. Mecca
  79. Varanasi/Ganges
  80. Chambord Chateau
  81. Bora Bora
  82. Kathmandu Valley
  83. Li River Cruise
  84. Lijiang/Shangri La
  85. Acropolis
  86. Metropolitan Museum of Art
  87. Shwedagon Stupa
  88. Neuschwanstein Castle
  89. Potala Palace
  90. Mt Everest
  91. Sahara Desert
  92. Banff National Park
  93. Jerusalem Old City
  94. Temple of the Emerald Buddha
  95. Leaning Tower Pisa
  96. San Francisco
  97. TerraCotta Warriors
  98. Hagia Sofia
  99. Baalbek
  100. Portofin

So up to 24 now :)

A few things

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  • Being stressed about having your blood taken makes your veins tense up and makes it that much harder to have your blood taken (three holes later .. )
  • There's a Chilean flag flying outside our building
  • There was a Mars Rover in the mall
  • Took a couple of hundred photos of colleagues playing touch footy.  Clocked my camera in the process
  • Had a lovely bbq at @CLBradley's tonight

Mars Rover in Belconnen Mall

In about year eight (give or take a year) we were learning to solve mathemetical formula such as this one:

Australian Magazine Maths Formula

Yes really :)

ok so were just learning this stuff in general when a magazine advert came out with the above formula.  Well not quite.  It actually had a mistake in it and didn't work.  So we figured out what was wrong with it and fixed it, and that's what's above.

I can't imagine for a second that anyone will bother to try and solve it, but just in case anyone does, I'll hold off posting the photo from the magazine.

Formula courtesy of


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Had a pretty quiet morning.  Did a bit of computer stuff (not as much as I needed to), some housework (again not as much as I needed to) and some jigsaw.

Mid afternoon we dropped off our worm farm to my boss' boss' boss' boss' boss before heading out to the club.  Which turned out to be a thoroughly pleasant.  A small bunch of the regulars were there, including Chris and Geoff so that was lovely.

Tonight I might have watched Die Hard 4, but it was forty minutes late starting (presumably pushed back by the Grand Prix) so I didn't bother.


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Got a few crappy photos of the ISS flying over.  Had trouble getting it focussed in the dark... will try harder next time!


As seen at the mall.  Expensive but looked pretty awesome.

Chocolate bouquets

Edit: the little stand selling them was gone the next day

Star Wars Traceroute

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As seen on Boing Boing the other day

D:\>tracert -h 80
Tracing route to FIN []
over a maximum of 80 hops:
 13 240 ms 240 ms 241 ms
 15 287 ms 278 ms 277 ms Episode.IV []
 16 280 ms 298 ms 341 ms A.NEW.HOPE []
 17 285 ms 280 ms 281 ms []
 18 277 ms 296 ms 399 ms Rebel.spaceships []
 19 279 ms 279 ms 277 ms striking.from.a.hidden.base []
 20 368 ms 356 ms 281 ms have.won.their.first.victory []
 21 344 ms 282 ms 304 ms against.the.evil.Galactic.Empire []
 22 310 ms 338 ms 365 ms During.the.battle []
 23 336 ms 336 ms 286 ms Rebel.spies.managed []
 24 309 ms 313 ms 371 ms to.steal.secret.plans []
 25 379 ms 392 ms 440 ms to.the.Empires.ultimate.weapon []
 26 300 ms 287 ms 287 ms the.DEATH.STAR []
 27 303 ms 284 ms 290 ms []
 28 289 ms 281 ms 360 ms []
 29 390 ms 401 ms 423 ms []
 30 290 ms 287 ms 286 ms []
 31 370 ms 389 ms 450 ms sinister.agents []
 32 340 ms 327 ms 377 ms Princess.Leia.races.home []
 33 334 ms 293 ms 309 ms aboard.her.starship []
 34 290 ms 297 ms 281 ms custodian.of.the.stolen.plans []
 35 278 ms 284 ms 281 ms []
 36 280 ms 276 ms 283 ms people.and.restore []
 37 282 ms 281 ms 278 ms []
 38 278 ms 280 ms 280 ms 0-------------------0 []
 39 280 ms 284 ms 285 ms 0------------------0 []
 40 286 ms 287 ms 301 ms 0-----------------0 []
 41 361 ms 389 ms 403 ms 0----------------0 []
 42 278 ms 282 ms 278 ms 0---------------0 []
 43 286 ms 276 ms 282 ms 0--------------0 []
 44 299 ms 281 ms 282 ms 0-------------0 []
 45 279 ms 283 ms 281 ms 0------------0 []
 46 282 ms 279 ms 282 ms 0-----------0 []
 47 367 ms 289 ms 349 ms 0----------0 []
 48 386 ms 400 ms 404 ms 0---------0 []
 49 402 ms 403 ms 286 ms 0--------0 []
 50 285 ms 280 ms 281 ms 0-------0 []
 51 280 ms 277 ms 281 ms 0------0 []
 52 284 ms 286 ms 284 ms 0-----0 []
 53 283 ms 283 ms 282 ms 0----0 []
 54 284 ms 284 ms 280 ms 0---0 []
 55 286 ms 285 ms 285 ms 0--0 []
 56 288 ms 323 ms 358 ms 0-0 []
 57 381 ms 373 ms 372 ms 00 []
 58 282 ms 339 ms 346 ms I []
 59 284 ms 279 ms 283 ms By.Ryan.Werber []
 60 281 ms 284 ms 285 ms When.CCIEs.Get.Bored []
 61 285 ms 282 ms 284 ms []
 62 290 ms 286 ms 284 ms FIN []
Trace complete.


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There's camels and jumping castles in Civic at the moment..

Camels in Garema Place

12:12:12 12/12/12

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Another super cool date and time combination today!


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