Results tagged “Rant” from Kazza the Blank One
Not that bad really in the grand scheme of things ;)
This was my "travelling tech" for our last trip, as well as other travel bits and pieces:
Friday was first big Christmas party. Had dinner at Sanur's afterwards, followed by tv at Justin C's (Snog, Marry, Avoid and The Hobbit).
Saturday we did food shopping for the club Christmas party, which we catered the mains for. We did lamb, pork and turkey roasts, with roast veggies, a potato bake, and frozen carrots and peas/corn/beans. Pretty sure everything turned out ok (certainly it got demolished in short order). We've never cooked for so many people, so that was all a bit scary. And we realised the oven isn't as big as we thought it was.
Lamb, turkey and pork roasts
Veggie roast, roast veggies, baby carrots, a huge potato bake
Today I came up to Sydney. Kept Mum on track as she went through all the kitchen cupboards pulling out stuff she doesn't want. Documented it all and got it all up on freecycle (take stuff please!!).
Also, I really hate Sydney humidity. Give me Canberra climate any day.
Oh, also, idiots should be shot to put the rest of the world out of its misery. I was getting petrol at the BP at Marulan today. This service station has heaps of room between the bowsers, so you can easily pull into the front slot if it's free, and the person in the back slot can easily get around them afterwards. I love service stations like this, they rock, and make for much more efficient use of the pumps. But this butthead pulled in behind me while I was in paying, he didn't take the front slot. He just was there waiting behind me. And I'm like - take the front slot you idiot. But he didn't. He just sat there getting angry. In fact I hadn't even sorted myself out when he beeped me to get going. Like how stupid can a person be? I was tempted to just sit there and take even longer. Because if you're too stupid to use the pumps properly, then you deserve all the pain you get. I hate stupid people.
So you may remember that I've been freaking out the past few days about how busy I'm going to be for oh, you know, well til the end of the year. On my calendar I have exactly one weekend where nothing has been planned, and that's the weekend before Christmas.
So you can imagine my delight finding out that the mother type person is planning to sell the house. Like right now. By Christmas.
Which leaves me exactly zero time to finish which would have taken probably at least another year's work in terms of sorting stuff out and either selling it or freecycling it. Before Mum just gets a skip or five and chucks the whole lot out.
So now I'm studying my calendar trying to figure out what events I can drop, and what planning can be compressed into a half or a third the time I have available. And what is going to need to give. It'll probably be my holiday photo sorting. I still haven't even *seen* most of my holiday photos.
Went to Samiuz Belconnen for lunch today with the intent of using an Entertainment Book voucher to "buy one get one free". Except that they don't take them for the lunch menu, because they claim the lunch menu is already a "special" and the vouchers can't be used with any other offer.
Even though the lunch menu is for a smaller amount of food, so it's not really a special - just spending less and getting less.
The whole thing made me furious, and not wanting to fork out extra money for food I didn't want to eat (I had no intention of eating two lamb shanks at lunch today) I left.
Never to return.
I'm finally cancelling the last of our Aussie Farmers Direct orders.
We started off getting the couples organic fruit and veg boxes last year. But there was no way the two of us could get through the boxes each week. So we dropped back to fortnightly. And even that was a struggle to get through. The number of times we had something leftover, or simply too much food to eat and not enough freezer space to freeze the leftovers, was so great that in a fit of rage a couple of months back I cancelled the order completely.
We were having similar problems with the milk and orange juice orders we were getting. A week and a half ago I dropped our order back to fortnightly, as it would usually take us three weeks to get through two weeks of deliveries. I checked the delivery calendar last week and there was nothing due for last Wednesday so I didn't put out the cooler bag. But in the morning there was one milk and one OJ (don't know what happened to the other OJ - either just not delivered or stolen). Grunt. So I thought we wouldn't get anything this week, given that we got something last week. But no, more damned milk and OJ turned up this morning. This time the milk bottle had a small hole in it and was leaking all over the front porch. There's now eight litres of OJ in the fridge, two litres of milk in the fridge and another four litres of milk in the freezer. This is ridiculous.
Plus their website *sux*. It's a pain in the posterior trying to even figure out if you're due for a delivery in any given week.
So while I like the *idea* of Aussie Farmers Direct, the impracticality of it all is killing me, and I'm cancelling. If I can figure out how. Have I ever mentioned how much their website sux?
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First there was the usb hub. $12. Works intermittently. Will work for a while, then things will just drop out. Device has to be disconnected and reconnected. Since it's way up the back of my computer/work desk, this is too impractical for words. Pulled it out and now it's gathering dust. Epic fail!
Then there was the VGA to DVI converter dongle. $9. Makes the monitor not be able to display white, no matter how much I fiddle with the settings. Pretty sure this monitor worked perfectly on my last computer. Probably epic fail!
The rack-mountable patch panel we got that day actually seems to work. Win!
The airwolf remote-controlled helicopter. $28. Bought batteries for it yesterday. The remote control console doesn't even switch on!! Epicest fail of all!!!
There's also a ps/2 to usb mouse dongle I got for $3, but haven't tested that yet. I'm guessing with three out of four failures so far, the probably of it not working are pretty high.
Which is why I will never again waste $3 on computer fairs.
Still cut up about it.
So when I log on this morning and see comments about evicting people and complaining about lack of feedback, I get pretty pissed off.
Might blog properly later.
Using our last bit of internet before we pack up for our last day here. Going to be a *very* long trip home....
Our hotel in Dresden is right over a big pedestrian mall/plaza thing.. and it being Saturday night there's live music happening. The music stopped a while ago after "Strangers in the Night" so they could have some fireworks.. so that was bad enough that it was still in my head... but the fireworks just finished and the song is back!!! arrghghhghghhh!!!
So eBay have had a couple of announcements in the last two weeks that freak me out somewhat.
The first was the announcement that PayPal and cash-on-delivery will be the only permitted ways of making payments for items on eBay (link). When I first saw this I thought it was an April Fool's joke. Except that it was April 10. eBay already rip people off with their fees, and now they want even more of the takings with PayPal fees. It's criminal!
The second is the Big-Brother monitoring they will be doing of accounts (link). If you list an item from a different computer, they may call you to see if it's really you. Now I can see the logic and security model of doing this, but I'd hate to think what could happen if they got it in their heads that you weren't who you said you were and they lock the account...