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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.


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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.


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.


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.  



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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.

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IT geek, originally from Sydney, moved to Canberra in 2007. Married to "the sweetie", aka Stu. Prolific photographer, Lego junkie and tropical fish keeper.

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