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Friday night a week ago, a bunch of us went in to Library Up Late.  It was an interesting concept, with a keynote discussion with Ben Law and Jenny Phang (of Law School fame, although I'd never actually heard of them), live music, displays of ephemera and other talks and entertainment, as well as food and drinks available.  We quite enjoyed it.

Marriage survey ephemera

Live contortionist

Ben Law and Jenny Phang

I've got a bunch of stuff that I don't need very often stored in cardboard boxes under the house.  Years ago I bought a bunch of book boxes from Millers Storage, and as well used a bunch of Acer computer boxes from a lab refit we did at work years ago.  Which is all well and good, however, silverfish.  I'm worried about the paper in those boxes getting eaten by silverish (if they haven't already, even in plastic garbage bags in those boxes).  I decided it would be a good time to go through each box, get rid of stuff I really don't need, and store the rest back in plastic storage tubs.  In the past I've bought Willow Snap Lock tubs from Bunnings, however Bunnings don't sell them anymore, so I had a look on ebay and Willow were selling them directly.   Awesome, so I bought a bunch back in January.  But I never did get around to using them, because Vic brought over all his Lego in February and I used all my spare time sorting it.  In April I actually started using those tubs to store Vic's sorted Lego once it had been checked and sorted.  But as I was coming to the end of filling the tubs, disaster!  I found one of the lids had been badly damaged. 

Cracked lid

Cracked lid

I assume it was in transit, because I don't know what could have happened to them while they were sitting unused in the garage.

So I got onto ebay's site, and tried to contact Willow about it.  I couldn't reference the item number because it was just over the ninety day cutoff.  But it was ok because I could choose "not about an item".  I asked Willow if it would please be possible to get a replacement lid.  Shortly afterwards, Willow apologised and sent me a new lid!  How awesome is that!?  And they even included a little gift - some icy pole holders!

Willow lid

Willow Icy Pole Holders

I was so happy.  This is how customer service should be!  Thanks Willow!

As a side note, ebay truly suck as a company.  They do everything to make this sort of interaction difficult.  When Willow replied, they asked for my name, address and phone number.  I tried to give them that but ebay's regex saw me putting my phone number in and blocked the message - saying trying to share contact information such as email addresses and phone numbers is against their terms of service.  Absolutely pitiful, ebay.  You just made me hate you even more.

Maybe one day Willow tubs will be sold in Bunnings again and I won't need to buy them online.. I can live in hope!

Prey

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When I travel I like to have a book that I know I'll enjoy reading.  If you have to wait around airports, or your aircraft entertainment system is being a poo, or you're in hotels waiting for the sweetie to wake up, it's good to have something easy and entertaining to read.

For this trip I chose to take Prey, by Michael Crichton.  I picked my copy up at a Bookcrossing meetup, but it hadn't been registered.  I read it in 2005 and enjoyed it so much I decided to keep it.  I didn't read it as fast as I did last time (I had to make sure I didn't read the whole thing before the trip was over!), but enjoyed it just as much (and the good thing about dementia is I'd forgotten most of it so could enjoy it all over again).

The Spirit of Expo

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Tonight I watched a special Dad taped off channel 9 back in 1988 called "The Spirit of Expo" about World Expo '88.  I wanted to go to Expo but Dad didn't want to go to Queensland because of "Bezerky" (Joh Bjelke-Petersen).  When he was no longer premier I was like *now* can we go to Expo?  We went in the September school holidays.  The soundtrack of the holiday included "You'd Better be Home Soon" and "Perfect", which I listened to on repeat on account of having to change radio stations every hour or so on my walkman on the drive up.  "Two Strong Hearts" also reminds me of the trip because the music video was filmed at Expo.  I think there about sixty pavilions (ok wikipedia says a hundred) and I saw in all but five of them.  The only one I was annoyed about missing was the China pavilion.  Apparently it had a 360 degree cinema.  Mum and David managed to see all of them, but Mum sneaked in the back door I think it was of the Germany pavilion.  (We mostly stuck together as a family for the first day of the three, but went our own separate ways for the second two days). David collected passport stamps from more places than me because he asked at all the restaurants for their stamps.  I remember seeing a *lot* of laser light shows.  And a lot of queuing.  

Here's photo taken of Dad on that holiday.  So typical of Dad.  Thinking of him (and Mum) tonight, on account of him going and carking it four years ago tonight.

Dad in 1988

And Zombies?

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Tonight I finished watching the 1995 BBC version of Pride and Prejudice.  I've never actually read the book, or seen any of the adaptations.  I actually quite enjoyed it, it was quite well done.  Not that I'll probably ever have time read the book heh.

Iori

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Tonight we went with EffanC to Iori for dinner.  We got the Ninja banquet and it was *huge*.  We were all pretty full by the end of it. 

Iori banquet

Went to the Labor Club and had a drink afterwards then came home.

Oh and saw this at KingOs beforehand - a Furphy!  Ok so just the front of one, but pretty cool.

Furphy

The Last Jedi

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Last Jedi

Everything you said in that last sentence was incorrect.  hehe. 

So the sweetie and I went to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi at Dendy last night (an 8:30pm session so hardly any kids just a couple of teenagers).

Generally I quite liked it.

Although that was helped by hearing a few people say they either didn't like it or were indifferent to it.

I didn't watch any trailers, and I didn't read any reviews, so I had no expectations whatsoever, which is how I like to see movies.

So.. spoilers follow.. :)

So The Force Awakens was essentially a remake.  I called it a love letter to the original movies.

This one felt a lot like a remake as well.  There were an awful lot of parallels between this and Empire Strikes Back (master and apprentice training in a remote location, battle of Hoth etc), and a bit of Return of the Jedi in there as well (throne room stuff, stoopid cutesy creatures (seriously wtf?)).

Then there was the Harry Potter stuff (Rey/Kylo Ren connection like Harry/Voldemort, Mirror of Erised and trying to know parents).

But.  John Williams!!  It was so cool to see/hear the opening yet again in a cinema.  I've seen every Star Wars movie in the cinema except for A New Hope.  And all the leitmotifs for all the characters were there, to the point that any new stuff was kinda secondary.

It was cool seeing Billie Lourd in a bigger role too.

It was pretty long, but I enjoyed it.  Be interesting to see where they take the next movie.

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.

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