Results tagged “TV” from Kazza the Blank One

So now that the internet is working again, we've been able to start watching tv again.

On Monday night we watched Jobs.  Was Steve Jobs really that much of an asshole?

We're back into season one of Voyager.

And we've just started up season five of Homeland.

I tried to cook fondue last night.  But I didn't follow a recipe and failed.  

Tonight I ate a bunch of the veggies from last night, but with a bechamel sauce with *lots* of cheese.  Almost as good I guess.

I'm so tired...

Crazy Week

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Completely crazy week at work.  At least it was a short week.

I've finally finished filing and sorting the holiday photos.  And by that I mean changing exif data and renaming files that had the wrong times for whatever reason.  And fighting with the iphone which for some reason on one of the days decided to make the file names an hour different to the actual times taken.  No idea what that was about.  And filing the videos and correcting their times as well.  I swear, holidays should only ever be in one timezone.  Or I need better records of when I take photos so I can line everything up again later.

Thursday night I went with Kit to a party at Heather's (or one of Heather's friends).  It was fun but I was like twice the age of some of the people there.  So it was a little strange.  I felt old!  Unfortunately it was a pretty late night, and of course I woke up at 6am didn't I, so was tired all day yesterday.

We were watching M*A*S*H over dinner when the little brother called.  What was the name of your ship he asks.  Queen Mary 2 I says.  Watch channel 7 (6) at 8:30 he says.  So we put on Fantasia 2000 at 7:00 and then at 8:30 watched a special on the Queen Mary 2, filmed on a transatlantic crossing not long after she was built.  It was pretty awesome.  Thanks David!

Slept a lot better last night.  Will tackle the todo list today.

Weekendy Bits

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The other week we finally finished watching Star Trek: The Original Series.  Last night we started watching Star Trek: Voyager.  I tried getting into Voyager when it was on tv twenty years ago, but after a season and a half I lost interest.  So watching them all again now.

In other news.  Saturday morning was up for a few hours in the middle of the night thanks to hurty.  So had a very late start.  Did house and hobby type stuff in the morning then headed out for lunch and then out to Fyshwick to have another go at going to Material Pleasures.  There was barely anything in the way of evening wear, and the few things that I did try on looked pretty hideous or just didn't fit.  So left in tears, further cementing my hatred of clothes shopping.  Did our food shopping on the way home.  Stu wanted to go to Aldi.  We always spend a lot less there, simply because they just don't have much.  They're ok for meat and cheese and maybe frozen food, but that's about it.  They're absolutely terrible for fruit and veg and anything that's a little bit non-standard.  Like you can't buy a single cucumber, you have to buy a whole tray.  And you can't buy a single brown onion, you have to buy a whole bag.  They don't have rice bran oil, or any of my toiletries.  Really don't like going there.  So I went next door to Coles to pick up all the essentials.  And a cucumber.

Today went with Chrissie to the Beer and Meat on Stick Festival (aka the Multicultural Festival).  The last time (and first time) I went was the morning after dad died three years ago, which made for a very strange day.  Today we had beer and meat on a stick.  And potato on a stick.  And fetta/spinach pastries.  And gozleme.  And cider.  It was pretty crowded, but there was seemingly a lot more food and drink stalls (including at least three potato on a stick stores) so you could always find one with a short queue (a couple of stalls did have very long queues, we just avoided those). 

Multicultural festival

Multicultural festival

Multicultural festival

Multicultural festival

Multicultural festival

Multicultural festival

Multicultural festival

Multicultural festival

Came home and did papercraft and we cooked Scotch eggs for dinner and watched more Voyager.

The Right Stuff

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The other day Doc hummed a couple of notes of You Got It (The Right Stuff) and it's been floating around my head ever since.

Then tonight we watched the episode of Fuller House with the New Kids on the Block in it.  Gah now it'll never get out of my head!! hehe

And I was never even a fan of their music!

But if anyone has an mp3 or wav of the first few notes can they send it to me, I'll use it in my next trivia night in a few weeks :)

Last Thursday night we met up with Jenn for dinner at Chong Co.  Had a lovely night and some lovely food including an awesome duck salad.

Chong Co Duck Salad

At one point in the conversation Jenn mentioned that new episodes of Sherlock were available on Stan.  We don't have Stan but you can get a 30 day free trial.  So we did.  And watched all three new episodes on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday nights.  Annoying thing about Stan so far - haven't found an easy way to rewind - which we need to do sometimes on account of our crappy internet causing dropouts which means you miss critical words which is super frustrating.  

But Sherlock was awesome.  I really enjoyed the first episode; I thought the second episode was super trippy; and the third episode was really tense but I didn't really buy the ending.

Would need to check out the titles on Stan before considering keeping it or not .. I wonder if there's any overlap with Netflix or if the different companies have different contracts for content..

Weekend and stuff

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Thursday night I felt pretty flat on account of me being a retard.  We watched Star Trek and the first episode of the new season of Fuller House.  Then there was a picture of Yosemite on the Chromecast screensaver, so I said we should watch Star Trek V.. so we did.  The chemistry between Kirk/Spock/McCoy is pretty much at its peak in that movie, and that's about its only redeeming feature.

Friday was Star Trek, Fuller House, and Die Hard 2.  Because it's Christmas.  :)

Saturday was house stuff in the morning, then we went over to Aquila and Glenda's for afternoon champagne and cheese.  Nom.  We didn't need dinner.  So much cheese!  A very lovely afternoon.  Although did have a bit of a late night cause we went down to Kit's later in the evening.

Aquila cheese

Porsha

Had a bit of a slow start on Sunday.  After lunch headed out to get some photos from my Canberra photo project which I'd missed because I didn't realise where they were taken (I'd assumed they were taken at the base of Black Mountain Tower, but they were actually taken further down the hill.  And I redid the ones of Black Mountain Peninsula now they've reopened that area.  

Crimson rosella

Black Mountain

And I walked to the top of Parliament House because you can.  But not for much longer.  Hence why I did it.  To get into the middle though you need to go through security.  I'll save that for another day, as the sweetie wanted to go and do our food shopping and go home.

Parliament House

Parliament House

Parliament House

Tonight James and George and Josh and Rachel were passing through so we went to Bella Vista for dinner (definitely a tradition now!) and Cold Rock after (which is now starting to become a tradition).  Can't believe it's been four years since the last time we saw them down here. 

Bella Vista Chicken Kiev

Cold Rock

Tired

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Last night was a birthday party for Ben at Shogun which was nice, except for when the dude missed my mouth and the egg landed on my finger and burnt it :(  Otherwise a nice night.  Then a bunch of us headed back to Kit's for a few drinks which was also a bit of fun.

Ben Shogun

Today I spent most of the day at Christine's helping her paint cupboards and doors, mount doors, move tallboys, wash up etc.  It makes me tired just thinking about how much work she has to do in the next couple of weeks.

Tonight the sweetie cooked dinner and I started dismantling Zac's Lego.

We also watched William Shatner's 2011 documentary "The Captains" which was kinda cool.  And more Star Trek.  We're half way through season two now.  Tonight's episode was *yet another* episode where the mission seems to be "to seek out new life and destroy it".  Honestly at least every second episode (maybe more) they find some new life and destroy it.  Craziness.  

Survivor

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I started watching the American Survivor from the very first series and watched it for years.  But I gave up watching in recent years because it was all a bit repetetive.  But when the Australian one came along, I started watching it while Stu was away.  After he got back it was still cold downstairs so I watched it upstairs and Stu actually got hooked as well (mwooahaha).  He quite liked Kristie (as did I) but I really didn't think she had a chance of winning.  But she did!  Totally beat all the odds.  Well done Kristie! #survivorAU

ASTRA

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So we finished watching the Homeland episodes available so far, and we've started watching Star Trek: The Original Series.  Prompted me to go hunting ASTRA again (the Australian Star Trek Ratings Analysis).  I posted a few ten years ago that they'd merged into GEOS.tv, but that site appears to have died.

So here's how the episodes rated as of 1 August 1995, from aus.sf.star-trek

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Newsgroups: aus.sf.star-trek
Subject: RESULTS: [TOS] Episode List 95.8
From: astra@gu.uwa.edu.au (ASTRA)
Date: Tue, 01 Aug 1995 10:56:13 +0800

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A * S * T * R * A
Australian Star Trek Ratings Analysis
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STAR TREK: The Original Series
Episode List

01 August 1995


Figures are: <Rating> <Voters> <Std Dev> <Title> <Season>

8.4 (35) 1.74 The City on the Edge of Forever <S1>
8.3 (31) 0.96 Mirror, Mirror <S2>
7.9 (32) 1.42 The Trouble with Tribbles <S2>
7.6 (28) 1.48 Amok Time <S2>
7.6 (30) 1.34 The Devil in the Dark <S1>
7.4 (18) 1.24 Balance of Terror <S1>
7.2 (23) 1.88 The Doomsday Machine <S2>
7.2 (3) 0.85 All Our Yesterdays <S3>
7.2 (3) 2.25 A Piece of the Action <S2>
7.0 (2) 2.00 Is There in Truth No Beauty? <S3>
7.0 (26) 1.79 Operation: Annihilate <S1>
6.9 (30) 1.85 Space Seed <S1>
6.8 (27) 1.78 Tomorrow Is Yesterday <S1>
6.8 (30) 1.36 A Taste of Armageddon <S1>
6.8 (23) 1.41 Bread and Circuses <S2>
6.7 (21) 1.54 The Changeling <S2>
6.7 (30) 1.04 Errand of Mercy <S1>
6.6 (16) 1.90 Court-Martial <S1>
6.6 (25) 1.43 Metamorphosis <S2>
6.6 (24) 1.56 The Galileo Seven <S1>
6.5 (31) 1.45 This Side of Paradise <S1>
6.5 (21) 1.63 The Menagerie I <S1>
6.5 (24) 1.26 The Deadly Years <S2>
6.5 (3) 3.34 The Enterprise Incident <S3>
6.2 (24) 1.81 Arena <S1>
6.2 (23) 1.83 I, Mudd <S2>
6.2 (17) 1.84 The Menagerie II <S1>
6.2 (19) 1.49 The Conscience of the King <S1>
6.2 (31) 1.72 Shore Leave <S1>
6.1 (19) 1.30 The Naked Time <S1>
6.0 (3) 2.16 Journey to Babel <S2>
6.0 (3) 0.00 Assignment: Earth <S2>
6.0 (2) 0.00 Let That Be Your Last Battlefield <S3>
6.0 (26) 1.61 The Return of the Archons <S1>
6.0 (23) 1.86 Wolf in the Fold <S2>
6.0 (11) 1.42 The Cage <S1>
5.9 (27) 1.81 Who Mourns for Adonais <S2>
5.9 (27) 1.33 Friday's Child <S2>
5.9 (18) 1.91 Dagger of the Mind <S1>
5.8 (3) 1.43 Return to Tomorrow <S2>
5.8 (19) 2.50 The Squire of Gothos <S1>
5.8 (19) 1.88 Miri <S1>
5.7 (16) 1.29 Where No Man Has Gone Before <S1>
5.7 (3) 2.62 The Ultimate Computer <S2>
5.7 (3) 1.70 The Immunity Syndrome <S2>
5.7 (3) 2.62 By Any Other Name <S2>
5.5 (26) 2.18 The Apple <S2>
5.3 (3) 1.70 Elaan of Troyius <S3>
5.3 (3) 1.70 Obsession <S2>
5.3 (29) 2.03 Catspaw <S2>
5.3 (4) 2.38 The Tholian Web <S3>
5.2 (19) 1.46 The Man Trap <S1>
5.2 (20) 1.41 Charlie X <S1>
5.2 (3) 0.24 The Empath <S3>
4.9 (19) 1.90 The Corbomite Maneuver <S1>
4.9 (21) 1.83 Mudd's Women <S1>
4.9 (23) 2.07 The Enemy Within <S1>
4.9 (23) 2.22 The Alternative Factor <S1>
4.9 (19) 1.68 What Are Little Girls Made Of? <S1>
4.7 (3) 1.25 Whom Gods Destroy <S3>
4.7 (3) 1.25 The Savage Curtain <S3>
4.7 (3) 1.89 The Paradise Syndrome <S3>
4.5 (3) 1.47 Specter of the Gun <S3>
4.5 (3) 1.47 A Private Little War <S2>
4.5 (2) 0.50 Wink of an Eye <S3>
4.5 (2) 2.50 That Which Survives <S3>
4.5 (2) 1.50 Requiem for Methuselah <S3>
4.5 (2) 2.50 For the World Is Hollow.... <S3>
4.5 (2) 2.50 The Mark of Gideon <S3>
4.3 (3) 2.05 The Gamesters of Triskelion <S2>
4.2 (3) 1.65 Turnabout Intruder <S3>
3.8 (3) 2.09 Plato's Stepchildren <S3>
3.5 (2) 0.50 Day of the Dove <S3>
3.5 (2) 1.50 The Lights of Zetar <S3>
3.3 (3) 1.25 Patterns of Force <S2>
3.0 (3) 1.41 The Omega Glory <S2>
2.7 (3) 1.25 And the Children Shall Lead <S3>
2.5 (2) 0.50 The Cloud Minders <S3>
2.5 (2) 0.50 The Way to Eden <S3>
1.5 (2) 0.50 Spock's Brain <S3>

YCDTOTV

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Well that was fun.  NOT.

Wait, that was a few nights ago.

hrmm

So Friday night after getting home I slept really well.  Fine all day Saturday.  Saturday night I woke up in the middle of the night for hours and was a zombie on Sunday.  Sunday night I had a few drinks and slept pretty well so was fine on Monday.  Monday night I slept quite well.  Tuesday was also good, but Tuesday night I woke up in the middle of the night for hours and was a zombie on Wednesday.  Can't. Fricken. Win.

Wednesday night we (read: DC and Duncan and Doc and Chris and even Jai, but not me) won the fricken trivia night.  A-fricken-gain!  

But at least I slept well.

Today the second-place-getters at trivia took us up on our begging offer to run the next trivia night so that was a huge relief!  

Tonight Ben was going to come up but then didn't.  hrmmm

So instead I watched the video that came with one of my installs of Windows - Windows ME I think - which had Alanis Morissette cutting off her hair - which suits her sooooooo much better than the long hair around her face.  And that got me onto watching one of her episodes of You Can't do that on Television which I can't believe I've never actually referenced on this blog!  (sorry: scratch that, I did mention it once, two years ago).

Yeup.

"You Learn"

I recommend getting your heart trampled on to anyone
I recommend walking around naked in your living room
Swallow it down (what a jagged little pill)
It feels so good (swimming in your stomach)
Wait until the dust settles

You live you learn
You love you learn
You cry you learn
You lose you learn
You bleed you learn
You scream you learn

I recommend biting off more then you can chew to anyone
I certainly do
I recommend sticking your foot in your mouth at any time
Feel free
Throw it down (the caution blocks you from the wind)
Hold it up (to the rays)
You wait and see when the smoke clears

You live you learn
You love you learn
You cry you learn
You lose you learn
You bleed you learn
You scream you learn

Wear it out (the way a three-year-old would do)
Melt it down (you're gonna have to eventually anyway)
The fire trucks are coming up around the bend

You live you learn
You love you learn
You cry you learn
You lose you learn
You bleed you learn
You scream you learn

You grieve you learn
You choke you learn
You laugh you learn
You choose you learn
You pray you learn
You ask you learn
You live you learn

Hi Luc!

Totally Trivial

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So Wednesday night was the trivia night.

The problems started during the afternoon when we went to test the AV equipment.  The data projector and/or the long vga cable was faulty and the display was all horrible (missing grey).  Two different hdmi-vga dongles, and two different laptops including one with native vga and it made no difference, it was just stuffed.  Not to mention we had all sorts of dramas getting the amp/audio to work as well.  Then Doc accidently walked off with my phone and I started freaking out that someone had stolen it.

*sigh*

So we plugged the laptop into the tv instead with just hdmi, and Tony brought down a big speaker to use (audio through the tv wasn't working properly - it kept cutting off the beginning of the audio clips I had - more stress and drama).  But in the end got the whole lot working.  

So yeah after that the night went well.  Other than the questions being generally too hard.  But thirteen tables plus the bar - the place was packed!

Trivia night marking

Last night was a bit of p0ker with Ben and Serena.  With some very very weird rules - like no blinds and two packs of cards.  I think I was winning, but then Kit came up and we stopped playing.

Today I did house cleaning type stuff, as well as blogged some of my USA 2000 trip - which I realised recently I'd never actually blogged digitally.  The photos are online on conspiracy, but the journal was in a notebook.  So I'm digitising that and will put the photos with it.

Also went for a two hour long walk with Chris this afternoon (somewhat longer than I was intending, but over 14000 steps on the pedometer today to show for it).

Tonight we watched the very last episode of House, followed by the Bourne Supremacy.

Spine

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My lower back has been hurting a lot today :(  Meant today I hardly achieved anything, other than a bit of work on the trivia night.

But stepping back a bit.

Thursday I *finally* got another one of my firewalls in and working.  Not really any dramas to sort out afterwards which was good.

Friday the sweetie took me to Smoque for dinner, and then we had a quiet night and went to bed at 10:30.  But was too hot and uncomfortable to get to sleep.  Until 4am :(:(:(:(  I'm thoroughly sick of all this hot weather :(:(

Smoque wings

Smoque platter

Saturday Stu had to go to the club for a committee meeting, and we spent much of the afternoon in the pool which was nice.  EffanC came over for a while last night and we watched random things on YouTube.

Club dragon

Today was just discomfort from my spine.  Watched an interesting documentary on the Last Days in Vietnam tonight which was really good.

Change

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Friday I finally got one of my new firewalls live.  Seemed to all work ok.  Now think I may make our (my) deadlines.

Friday night a cool change came through which was *heavenly*.  I opened the entire house up and the relief was amazing.  Dropped into Kit's briefly in the evening (she fed us a couple of slices of Aldi/enhanced pizza which was just what we needed and saved us ordering evil pizzas).

Saturday was a trip to the Canberra Show, but I'll save that for another post.  Got home completely wrecked (on our feet for about seven hours, 16000 steps, with only a rest at Zierholz in the middle).  Needed to just *sit* for a while to recover.  Started watching Back to the Future III, but ended up down at Kit's for a while cause she had some friends over.  Got to bed on time, but woke up in the middle of the night for an hour or so.

Today just houseworkey stuff and shopping.  In the afternoon we watched Das Rheingold.  This was a production Stu saw at Dendy a while back by the New York Met.  It was quite well done (although lonnnng heh).  Stu cooked home-made salt and pepper squid for dinner and we finished watching Back to the Future III.

Also this weekend (as well as watching some House - we're into season 8 now), we started watching Fuller House.  I loved Full House as a teenager and they're doing a remake.  It was chocked full of references to the old show, and they have a couple of serious digs at the Olsen twins.  It's a little bit more adult focussed - not quite as family friendly I don't think.  Hoping that it finds its own feet though and not just a complete remake of the original series.

Fritz

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Last night after dinner, Doc came up for some gaming and Singstar.  We all played Buzz for a while, then some Mario Kart.  But during a race the picture on the tv fritzed out and died completely (still had audio).  Even a full reboot didn't help.  So then there was some drama with the other tv and cabling and consoles.  In the end we just did Singstar using the limited collection of downloaded tracks that I have, so ran through those and then called it a night.

Haven't tried the tv again today, but now we have to go through the drama of either getting the current one fixed, or getting a new one.  Blerf.

Today was just photo stuff, gardening stuff, pool stuff, shopping etc.

Down and Up

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Was feeling miserable on Monday morning on account of fish killing on Sunday.  The day didn't get any better.  The proxies were misbehaving and we spent the better part of the day fighting with them.

Today I decided to apply rules of quantum physics and not look at them.  Strangely they behaved somewhat better.  Probably just having their console windows open adds to their workload (and they never could cope at the best of times).  We'll be damned glad to see the back of them when they go.

Other than that we've been watching Sherlock again.  Awesome show even a second time around.

Yuk

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Had a pretty crap day today.  Started off bad and just never got any better.  Until beer o'clock I guess.

Blerf.

Been watching Big Bang Theory and Elementary and reading Tintin.

And we think our tv is dying - crazy video artefacts on it.

Blerf.

TGIF

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Somewhat frustrating day today, never really achieving what I wanted to do due to problems and interruptions.

Tonight we started on season 3 of Rake, and then watched Tron Legacy.

Three years ago today we left Tel Aviv, went to Caesarea by the sea, went up Mount Carmel and Mount Tabor and went to Megido before arriving at the Sea of Galilee.

The Liners

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So after a lot of weather documentaries and American national parks, then through a lot of Australian and New Zealand travel and top end documentaries, I'm now up to a series called The Liners in dad's documentary collection which I'm thoroughly enjoying.  I did however just go and lookup what happened to the Queen Elizabeth, and was sad to learn it's now buried under a container terminal in Hong Kong.  I've seen the Queen Mary, but we didn't get to go on her.  Maybe next time.. Actually there's a growing list of ships I want to go and tour.. must collate them some time..

Yet another week goes by.

Thursday: after yet another night of Wednesday night insomnia, didn't have the energy to stay at drinks, so went home and had a tv dinner and watched Tangled (which was pretty good).

Friday: headed out to the club.  Pulled out the fridge that had never worked on 240V and did some jigsaw.  Quite a few people came up for happy hour which was nice.

Fridge removal

Fridge removal

Saturday: more stuff around the van, and did some hazard reduction, more jigsaw, and happy hour again with everyone in the evening.

Burn off April

We evicted this spider from our caravan

Sunday: continued hazard reduction, came home around lunch time.  Had a pretty quiet afternoon.  Dinner at EffanC's, watched The Prestige.

Monday: nothing much.  Scanned a hundred photos from 1998, sorted finances, went for a walk with the sweetie, cooked an epic potato bake, and some veggies, watched a couple of episodes of Rake.  Got annoyed at channel 7 which was off the air until about 9:20pm.  But did enjoy the RAIN!

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. :(

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