Commentary: September 2003 Archives

I have no hope

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I seriously have no hope of ever clearing out my clutter. I thought I'd chuck out some old computer stuff that I never use. I got as far as a set of four HP-UX manuals that my dad brought home from work when I was in first year uni so that I could learn how to use unix and vi for my first year maths subject. I haven't looked at these books in ten years, however when I looked at them tonight I basically flicked through the entire vi book to see if there were any other useful commands I could learn that I haven't picked up over the years. I found a couple, but knew most of them. But I learnt vi from this book, and learnt all my basic unix stuff from one of the others, and I feel kinda bad about just throwing them out. I truly have no hope!

Who is the Mole?

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jonquils

Out of the 3 reality tv shows I watch (Survivor, The Amazing Race and The Mole), my favourite by far is The Mole. The others you can watch and can get to a point where you hope someone wins over someone else, but with the Mole there is a puzzle to solve which takes you the whole series to work out, and even then you may not get it. They're about to finish the fourth series of it here tonight, and I think Shaun is the mole. I originally discounted him cause he looked a little dumb to play the mole, but I think it may be an act more than anything. We'll see in two hours :)

Life in Sydney has returned to a much more civilised temperature after a week of hot dry weather, which unfortunately has left a few of my balcony plants a little worse for wear. Normally I only water them once per week, but I should have checked on them during the week this week :( Oddly enough, the big fern is still as bright as ever, even though it surely would consume more water than the other plants. I do have some lovely jonquils though that I planted about three weeks ago, and they're already flowering :)

Incidently, if you get really sticky masking tape and leave it lying around, cockroaches will stick to it. I have one trapped at the moment which I'm about to throw out, but it's been there for a couple of days and it's still alive... ewwwwwww!

Olympics Memories

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It was totally unreal in Sydney during the Olympics. The majority of people were on holidays, so there was noone on the roads. I chose to continue working, so had dream drives into work, and then spent half my time watching "ip tv" olympics coverage, as there wasn't really much work to do any way.

Everyone was in a party/holiday mood. There was stacks of free entertainment round the city. The public transport system performed absolutely flawlessly.

We went out to Olympic Park to see a few things, and while it was insanely crowded, it was all very organised, thanks in no small part to the army of volunteers, and there was hardly any queueing for anything.

My biggest regret was not getting to see the opening ceremony. When I saw the opening ceremony for the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles I thought at the time that it would be a such a once in a lifetime event that if it ever came to Sydney I'd *have* to see it. My mother and I both applied for tickets, but we didn't get them. I didn't regret not having to pay $1345 *per ticket*, but I still really would love to have been there. I also wanted to go to one of the dress rehearsals, but you couldn't get tickets for that (you had to know people or be involved). My friend Liz was a volunteer, and her "beat" was Stadium Australia, so she got to see it for free.

Robert Palmer dies

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Just heard on the radio that Robert Palmer has died. Not that I was ever a fan or anything, but they just played "She Makes my Day" and it was all nostalgic because I seriously haven't heard the song at all in 12 years, and I was surprised how much of it remembered. I also had my first kiss to "Looking for Clues".

/me sleepie. Must be Friday.

Also, the Amazing Race finished on oz tv this week. The gay guys won. I actually wanted the clowns to win, they were the coolest team, but they came fourth. Oh well. And of the top three teams, the one I wanted to win took a wrong turn (Sydney instead of Tokyo) and ended up still in Hawaii when the winners had already crossed the line in Arizona, so that was a bit sad for them.

10 years on

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Sydney 2000 Olympics Bid Logo

Wow it's been 10 years (and a day) since the announcement of the winner of the bid to host the 2000 Olympics. That brings back a flood of memories. I can't believe it's been 10 years. I was at uni, and actually did a general studies project on the media coverage of the announcement. I taped a whole stack of the footage, and still have a bunch of it somewhere. The classic image of John Fahey jumping out of his seat is the first image that springs to mind.

Then there was Tanya Blencowe with her "My name is Tanya Blencowe. You may be wondering why an 11 year old girl is speaking to you to today. Well the reason is, I have a very important message for all of you, from the children of Sydney and Australia". Yikes I still remember the opening of that speech - they played it so often in the weeks afterwards. It was very sad a year later when she lost the whole top half of her house in a bushfire and lost most of her Olympics memorabilia.

ah what a classic. Must watch some of the footage again sometime.

Synchronicity

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Space Lego

I'd just put on the commentary for Twister, and the directors were talking about the Wizard of Oz similarities .. I changed channels back to live tv, and the credits for the Wizard of Oz were just coming up .. spooky! :) I can't understand a thing the dude is saying on the commentary, accent is 'orrible.

Had a cleaning day today, which is always a good thing. I think I could clean for a month and not make a dent in this place. Too much stuff I tells ya.

Had some fun laying out the space lego too (see pic)

Two years on

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World Trade Center - I went there just 10 months before the terrorist attacks

It's been two years tonight our time since the terrorist attacks in New York. Seeing the footage still affects me quite deeply.

I was actually at cia when I heard about it. Gamera had a faulty ide backup disk, and after a reboot it didn't come back, so I called up Marc and we went into the office to kick it. After removing the offending disk altogether, Marc said that the World Trade Centre had been hit by a plane - someone had told him on icq. We looked up some news sites and saw a picture on the BBC website. It also said both towers had been hit, so I immediately thought of a deliberate attack. I had no idea of the severity of the situation until I got home and turned on the tv. Almost immediately I realised how historic and terrible this was going to be, and started up the vcr recording.

I watched in total disbelief for the next 4 hours, talking to Marc and Horst online who also couldn't go to sleep. I only got about 3 hours sleep before getting up early to watch the morning news coverage. I don't think any of us got any work done the next day.

Just watching the news now; it feels kind of strange to be sitting here in exactly the same position at my computer as the previous two years.

And now to fight terrorism of a different kind - patching all my servers against the latest microsoft exploit :/

chucking a sickie

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I'm still seriously thinking of chucking a sickie tomorrow (ok, so a day in lieu). I *so* don't want to face my boss. I know that's a terrible situation to be in, but he just makes me crazy. And not even cause he's a bad boss or anything, on the contrary he's probably the best boss I've ever had.. he just doesn't *like* me. So even the slightest neglect and I take it as the end of the world.

The other alternative is to move offices. It's inevitable anyway.. we have a bunch of new people starting and it's most likely going to be me and Sami moving.. but it may send a message if I just quietly got up and moved that I just don't want to be there. shrug.

I could really use the time at home to catch up on things. Might just check my inbox and see if there's anything I really need to be in there for ..

Finding Nemo

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Finding Nemo
Saw Finding Nemo with Luc and Cynthia tonight, it was excellent, definitely worth seeing. I felt a bit sorry for Luc though, because he used to have a marine tank with a couple of clown fish and a blue tang (among others). He unfortunately had to give it up for political reasons, which was rather sad, not just for him but the whole company I reckon.

Apparently there's a shortage of clown fish because of this movie, and Queensland breeders are having trouble keeping up with world wide demand for them!

Opposites

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Lacking inspiration I went to blogideas.com for a blog idea. Their idea of the day was:
"I eat out too much"
which was *so* the opposite of what I was thinking about commenting on, which was India. They've gone there on the Amazing Race a couple of times, and it really doesn't appeal to me at all. The poverty there is depressing, and as a woman I'd be lucky to escape the place without getting groped or outright lied to by the locals, which has been the fate of the girl teams that have been there. Not my cup of tea, thankyou.

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