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No Place to Hide

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I recently finished reading "No Place to Hide" by Glenn Greenwald.  I enjoyed the first part of it, because it was the more detailed story of the meeting in Hong Kong with Ed Snowden that we'd seen in Citizenfour and the Snowden movie.  But then it got bogged down in a lot of the technical stuff and I really struggled to get through it.  It picked up a bit at the end though.  On Friday night we watched Citizenfour again, which I got more out of this time, on account of having a lot better background about the whole thing (the first time we saw it (nearly three years ago!) I had no background at all).  And I still got distracted by the film making process. 

I'm Batman

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After lunch Neil and I popped into Sanity so Neil could get series 3 of Dark Matter.

And I accidentally bought six Disney Blurays and the Lego Batman Movie.

It's all his fault I swear.

That and I wanted to get all the movies I'm building a jigsaw out of (they were only missing Cinderella).

So tonight we watched the Lego Batman Movie.  Because we somehow never managed to see it at the movies.

OMFG.

I soooo need to go back and watch like every Batman movie ever.  Because there were so many references to them and I'm sure I only *got* a tiny fraction of them.

And there were Daleks. And Sauron. And SIRI. And VOLDEMORT.  And GREMLINS!!!!  (and too many more things to mention)

Silliest thing was - Ralph Fiennes did the voice of Alfred, but not Voldemort.  Silly really.

Why are we here?

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I've been watching the BBC series The Human Body hosted by Robert Winston for the past little while while doing jigsaws.  Tonight (while sorting the Beauty and the Beast section of my new jigsaw) was the death episode.  Which had me thinking about death.  And why are we here?  And what is the point of my life?  And I don't have time to do all the things I want to do.  

Sigh.

Survived

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So Survivor finished last night.

It was interesting this season.  There was obviously a lot of fans of the show playing this season as most of the survivors played *hard*.  But the problem with that is most of the people weren't actually all that nice (or at least weren't portrayed that way) and to be honest there wasn't all that many of them that I hoped would win.  Jericho's final speech made him sound like a complete jerk, and yet he still won it.

Oh well.

Last year Stu read The Barefoot Investor by Scott Pape on his Kindle.  He said it was good and decided to get a paper copy.  I read most of it early this year before we went away and finished it when I got back.  It kinda reminds me of The Naked Chef for money.  Heck Scott Pape even looks a bit like Jamie Oliver :)  I quite enjoyed the book.  It's certainly an easy read, very conversational.  But the funniest part is that one of the things he said people should do is get rid of their credit cards and separate their pools of money into needs and wants.  Now I've been telling Stu that for *years* but it took him reading it in a book to finally do it hehe.

A book I finished reading more recently was ET: The Book of the Green Planet, by William Kotzwinkle, which I borrowed from the club forever ago.  I really really struggled to read this book.  It has quite an odd writing style that I struggled with.  It's a sequel to the ET movie, where ET is unsettled after his time on earth, doesn't fit in back home, and yearns to get back to earth.  But for someone so old and intelligent he's made out to be a bit of a klutz.  Finally finished it after many months, but didn't really enjoy it.

And another book I finished recently was One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nets, by Ken Kesey.  Pretty sure I borrowed this off Kit, and if I didn't I don't know who I borrowed it off - oops.  I'd seen the movie of this a long time ago so knew basically how it ended.  Again I struggled a bit with this in the beginning as it was pretty slow to get going, and really nothing much happens until the second half.  But got through it in the end.

iOS 10.3.3

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I've been keeping wifi turned off on my phone since the massive wifi bug was announced a while back.  This weekend I finally got around to backing up my phone (manually backing up the important stuff cause I don't trust Apple), clearing space, and upgrading it.

First I had to upgrade iTunes, so I did that.  But iTunes was separate to the software updater, and so it (not sure which) went off and downloaded the upgrade.  Meanwhile I came back to the software updater (or was it iTunes??) and it wanted to me to restart.  Whoops.  So I quietly ignored that until the download had finished, hoping I'd be able to do it before I started the upgrade.  I also left my phone plugged in for the entire process.

Three hours later.

At our crappy internet speed of 2Mbps it took three hours to download the 2.4GB update.

But when it downloaded it just went off and did the upgrade quietly, I think with a couple of reboots of the phone (it did it while we watching tv).  Then it was done.  No drama, no errors, no hassles.  I know this is how it *should* be, but my experience has always been a lot more awful than that.

It removed the Game Centre and added "Home" and "Videos".  And made the notifications and home button behaviour different.  Haven't really used much else to comment on anything else.

And in related news, Optus finally have 4G where we live.  It's been 3G until just this weekend.

The Green Mile

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Last night we thought we'd watch The Green Mile, which we hadn't seen in ages.  In fact, as it turned out, the dvd was still in its wrapping.

After watching it I thought I'd see how long "ages" actually was.  I watched it twice in 2003, and again in 2005.  I bought the dvd in 2006. 

2006.

!!!

I had the dvd for eleven years before finally watching it.

Wow.

I don't have too many dvds in that situation but I do have few.  And there's a bunch of tv dvds as well I want to get through.

I need to retire so I actually have time to watch tv and movies..

(oh and we also watched an episode of Voyager, and I'm like "that's George Costanza" .. and it was hehe)

Olive

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Last night we met up with Damien and Amanda for dinner at Olive at Hawker.  I'd never even heard of it before, but a quick Google sorted that out.  They even have an online reservation form which is very civilised.  We were the first ones in at 6pm, but it did fill up pretty much completely.  

Olive at Hawker

The bread was amazing - fresh and warm and crusty.  And those little battered and fried stuffed olives were also great.
Olive at Hawker

I quite enjoyed my duck, but needed the sweetie's assitance to finish
Olive at Hawker

Stu enjoyed his octopus (he had two entrees instead of a main)
Olive at Hawker

Lovely creme brulee, but again, needed the sweetie's assistance to finish
Olive at Hawker

We had a lovely meal but both came home moaning - me from eating too much food, and Stu from eating too much bread.  Oops :)

Back in the day, when I used to read more news feeds, one of them (can't remember which) often used to print snippets taken from Uncle John's Bathroom Reader books.  So when this one came out I got it as a birthday present for someone, promptly borrowed it, and had it sitting in my room for years.  Finally got through it last night (helps going to bed a bit early so you have time to read for a bit).  Lots of interesting factoids.  I should probably have written some of them down for our next trivia night ;)  But I did take photos of a couple of the pages for use in our next trivia night :)

Bones Never Lie

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While I was on the Queen Mary 2 in March (name dropping much?) I borrowed Bones Never Lie, by Kathy Reichs, from the ship's 10000 volume library (!) and read it over the course of the trip.  I've always liked the Bones books, and it was kinda nice to pick up on the overarching personal life threads, even after not having read some of the books in between.  Silly thing is, I don't think she actually did any studying of bones at all in this story.  And I figured out whodunnit at about half way through the book.  

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