Commentary: September 2004 Archives is back!

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Firstly, welcome to anyone who came here looking to download kazaa (or even kazza). Sorry that site is no longer with us, but feel free to read my blog for a bit ;)

Yes, is now pointing back here (well it will be as soon as dns updates), with the thought of perhaps rating it again in google in the search for "kazza", and therefore renewed interest in the domain name :)

So, you may ask, why the picture of dear old Liz? Well Dave last night commented that he was most saddened that I didn't have any photos of Elizabeth Hurley in my blog (or on Conspiracy I would imagine). Well my dear, your wish is my command :)

I've actually had this photo since 1999. I was chatting to Vic one time on icq and I asked him "what is your type?". He wandered off for a moment while he looked up her name, then he sent me this photo which apparently epitomises his taste in women. Apparently he's a "legs" man, and this does it for him.

The sad thing is I remember the conversation so well, and still have the picture to prove it :)

The problem with such a large image though, is that you have to write a lot to get past the end of it.

Which is probably why I never even attempted NaNoWriMo last year. Richard made an attempt, but then he can write. The longest thing I've ever written was a novel we had to write in high school english in year 8. One of these days I might ocr it and everyone can laugh at how bad it was. By far the best novel written in our class that year was one by a girl called Ann Polley. "Vixen's Front" it was called, about a girl that gets kidnapped in Grace Bros and gets whisked off to the other side of the world to become a spy of sorts. Gosh I really need to try and find Ann, I haven't talked to her in years. She was just about as crazy as I was, and we got on quite well. We used to walk down streets barking at dogs, just to get them all barking at each other, then feel very accomplished at what we'd achieved. Or walk past the Orana kindergarten and sing "Orana to Christmas Day" as we went. We (or she did mostly) came up with how Dodger (from Oliver) died. It was rather gruesome as I recall. And she wrote this wonderful song called the Boogey Man which I might even have a tape of somewhere. "The boogey man, is gonna getcha, the boogey man, is coming today..." ahh those were the days...!!

Run away! Run away!

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Another one of my friends found my blog this morning. Ironically it was from a google search on "upgrading 320 emms" or something similar. (The upgrade we tried in our disk array this morning was a dismal failure and he was looking for tips from google). I think he was a bit surprised to find it, but when he went to look at the site he said "that's very sad". hrm. So whether he comes back again for another look or not who knows. Luc if you do stop by, leave a message so I know you were here :)

Using ebay for evil

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Aside from the fact that ebay is evil and run by and supporting of criminals, but I won't go there, it's also useful in obtaining crap that would otherwise be impossible to get.

To wit, Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans, as mentioned by JC that they existed.

Today eight packs arrived (it was a bulk lot, I figured I could sell the rest).

The flavours included are:
banana, black pepper, blueberry, booger, bubble gum, cherry, cinnamon, dirt, ear wax, grape jelly, grass, green apple, lemon drop, toasted marshmallow, buttered popcorn, sardine, spinach, tutti-frutti, vomit, watermelon

I haven't actually tried all of them, because some of them only had one, and I'll save them all up and eat all the singles last. But the ones I did try were fairly realistic. The sardine one was very fishy. And the grass one left my mouth tasting vaguely of grass ages afterward, even after eating "normal" ones.

I wasn't sure on the categorisation of them, thinking an apple one I ate was going to be spinach, but I think I have them all sorted now.

Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans

A day

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Last Night: Watching The Princess Diaries. Not really for any reason except that I keep seeing the dvd on special, and it had Julie Andrews in it. Pretty average movie, except there's this one magical scene where Joe the chauffeur practically seduces the Queen and they dance and I just melted, it was such a beautiful scene, one of the most romantic I think I've ever seen on screen. Then I found this on imdb:

The on-screen relationship between Queen Clarisse Renaldi ( Julie Andrews ) and Joseph ( Hector Elizondo) was not scripted. The dance scene and the underlying affection was added by the two actors. According to Hector Elizondo, "We felt that a romance after 50 was important to tell and it can be sensual and sexy while keeping your clothes on."

This Afternoon: I think I physically got hit with a good mood tonight. Very odd. Was just leaving cia, and a blast of warm air hit me. Plus it was just at that nice time at dusk when the sky is very bright, but it was overcast so no direct sunlight to blind you. Was just gorgeous.

This Evening: My good mood evaporated somewhat when I discovered I'd missed three great bargains on lego on ebay. Was annoyed because I would have paid the winning amount on all those lots. argh.

Tonight: getting my Jason fix with Black Hawk Down. I actually saw this movie sometime last year but didn't realise he was in it! And now watching it, it's the weirdest thing in the world to hear him speak with an American accent! Not to mention seeing people like Eric Banna be taller than him on screen. He's supposed to be taller than everyone! :) And he still can't shout.

Sexy older men

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Mushroom posted recently about her like for "older" men, and I have to agree with her. I've always had a thing for older men. I think men reach their peak between 35-45.

Let's just take a few of my favourite examples:

Jason Isaacs, early noughties (Harry Potter 39, The Patriot 37, Peter Pan 40)
David Bowie, mid-late eighties (Labyrinth 39, Glass Spider 40)
Jeremy Irons, nineties (Die Hard with a Vengeance, 47 - damn he's sexy in that movie! -was on telly tonight)
Gary Sinise, nineties (Ransom, 41)
Michael Keaton, late eighties (Batman, 38)
Richard Dean Anderson, late eighties (MacGyver, 35-40)
Timothy Dalton, late eighties (The Living Daylights, 41)
Kevin Spacey, late nineties (The Negotiator, 39)
Arnold Vosloo, late nineties (The Mummy, 37)
Yul Brynner, mid fifties (The King and I 41, The Ten Commandments 41)
Ewan Stewart, late nineties (Titanic, 40)
Liev Schreiber, mid naughties (The Manchurian Candidate, 37)

mmmm yum what a damn fine collection of men :)

(Incidentally, Christopher Plummer was 38 in the Sound of Music :) )

This morning Sami sent a link to a puzzle hi, Luc and Jake had been playing - I did the crimson room at work with only a couple of small hints from the guys that had solved it.

So tonight, way past my bedtime already, I sat down to do the Viridian room. Of course once you start you can't stop! I got a decent way of the way through it, but was completely stuck in a couple of places. So google to the rescue (lazy laces wrote an entry way back in april that turned into a huge support forum). A couple of the things - like the combination to the bike lock (unnecessary??) and purpose of the hair I *never* would have gotten on my own. Not to mention hints on the final layout of the clues.

So alas, it's 12:20 and I have to be up at six. Going to be a long painful day again tomorrow I can tell. But my boss still hasn't replied to his emails, so I'll just have to pick something at random to occupy myself with (and not the blue room! heh)

ps.. another cool game striker sent me months ago - samorost

It took me nearly twice as long to label my photos as it did to take them. Tragic really. Well all I've done is put a stack of columns in excel. I still need to categorise each picture then decide how I'm actually going to display it all on the web. I have all these cool ideas but most of them will take a *lot* of effort. And I'm not going to thumbnail every single picture. I still need to decide which of the say 30 pictures of Mt Rainier I'll put up. Seems a bit silly to link to every picture I took...

Nouvelle Experience

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Cirque du Soleil's Nouvelle Experience is on the telly at the moment. A couple of the acts I'd seen - the one with the chinese girls twirling umbrellas and carpets I saw in Alegria, and the one with the movie theatresports scene was in Quidam. The movie set act was hilarious, and it was cool to see how the different "actors" interpreted it differently to the ones at the show I was at. This one the girl got in front of the guy being shot and she was shot instead. It was probably the funniest act of the Quidam show, although I felt like they were cheating a bit and getting out of doing the more acrobatic acts.

Which way is up?

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I have so much happening at work at the moment it's ridiculous. I just can't keep everything in my head, I feel like it's all about a foot above my head spinning round just out of reach of my sanity. I have so much to do that I spend half my day just thinking about where I should start, but not actually getting anywhere. It's a disaster!

My boss totally stumped me today though. I was outlining the plan for one of my projects (which includes removing servers and rearranging the racks), and he said, well why are you removing that kvm? and I didn't have an answer - it simply hadn't occurred to me to just leave things as they are and not clean up the mess involved in playing musical servers. I couldn't imagine leaving gaps, it goes against my whole tidyness philosophy on life :)

3 years later

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It was right about this time (actually about an hour ago) three years ago that a bunch of psychos flew planes into various buildings in the usa..

28 Days Later

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Have labelled 28 days out of 42 of my usa photos. Two thirds of the way woohoo!

That, and am half way through reading the Malloreon.

And a kilo of jelly bellys sorted out. There was supposed to be 49 different flavours, but try as I might, I could only get about 47. I guess a couple of my flavours are still mixed up with each other - some of the colours are nearly identical, especially three of the orange ones! And I'm hopeless at picking tastes (and smells), so I sometimes have trouble distinguishing them - even when there's only two or three choices! Definitely ate way too many of them in the process of trying to figure out what they were ;)

Unsorted Sorted

oo oo been there!

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Been meaning to watch Short Circuit ever since I got back from the US - cause it's filmed in Astoria and it's full of "been there"s :):):)
Watching it now.. silly movie, but cute.

Halfway there

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Have gotten halfway through the first pass at labelling my USA photos.

Am also trying to copy 33gb of file from one server to another on a link that mrtg shows as maxing out at 10mbit/sec. Going to be a long night...

Big Things

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I had a scary thought last night.

You see me little brother and Yvonne are seeing half the country at the moment and I had this vaguely jealous feeling that they're seeing more of the country than me. Then I was thinking it'd be cool to see more of the country. Then I was thinking what would be a good way to see lots of it.

That's when the scary thought hit me. Why not see all the Big Things of Australia. When we were driving up to Queensland earlier in the year we stopped at the Big Banana and they had a map there with all the Big Things of Australia on it. Of course I wouldn't do the whole lot at once, but perhaps a couple of different trips I could see most things. I'd just need someone to go with to share petrol and accommodation costs....


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Oh, and I saw Quidam on the weekend. Was excellent, although not as good as Alegria

Where was I?

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I never did write up my ski trip. It's kinda getting past it now.

The trip down Monday night felt long. Didn't help that I was still feeling a bit sick. Arrived well after midnight and simply crashed out. Was in mixed rooms which I'd never done before with strangers, so that was kinda weird. Then stressed over how long I'd have to wait for a shower in the morning. As it turned out, noone was in the other room, and I ended up having first shower.

Day one on the snow was very average. It was snowing which was a good thing, except for the fact that I was getting snow on my goggles, which was melting and sitting there as big droplets which prevented me seeing anything. That combined with so much snow in the air that I really couldn't see a thing, and didn't have a very good day skiing. At higher altitudes it was a like a freezing blizzard, so I didn't get much out of the front valley area of Perisher. Got taken out by a damned snowboarder who mustn't have been watching where he was going, and still have massive bruises on my arms to show for it. Not to mention having to go to the toilet repeatedly to clear the bowels of whatever made me sick the other day. Fell over quite a few times on day one and was very tired by the end of the day. Basically just had dinner and crashed early.

Day two was perfect sunny conditions, fresh snow, much better all around. Decided to dump my bag in a locker after taking some photos, and fared much better for it. Headed over to Blue Cow and had lots of fun on the Pleasant Valley run. Wandered back to meet Tamlin and Frederico for lunch, before heading back again. Didn't fall over at all after dumping the bag and had a ball as I started getting better at skiing again. Got a relatively early night after pulling out of the pool competition (they kept adding more games to round one so I'd never get to my second game).

Day three was another perfect day. Went straight up to Blue Cow with the camera and took pictures all over. Then dumped the bag again and went straight back. Headed over to Guthega, but they had a lift problem and ended up with massive queues. Was all set to head back to Blue Cow but the queues cleared somewhat and I did several of the blue runs without too much trouble. Then did the summit express chair which I'd never been on before, although the conditions were a little icy. Finally headed back to Mt Perisher to do some of the runs there, and the highest lifted point in Australia. I didn't stop for lunch on the third day, because there were too many runs to do and not enough time to do them! Really didn't want to come home by the end of the third day, because I was really starting to get the hang of things again. I didn't even fall over at all on the last day! Now have to wait at least another year :/

I can recommend Oz Snow Adventures. They were fairly well organised, all the transportation and accommodation was organised without any glitches. Everything was as described on the website, and booking was very low fuss. The only thing I really didn't like was the mixed rooms, but even that wasn't really a big drama.

Will get some photos up on conspiracy eventually.

Snowy stuff - sorta

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After getting my Jason fix for the night in Peter Pan (hadn't seen anything of his in weeks due to the Olympics and being away), I put on The Man From Snowy River. I haven't seen that movie in *years*. And I hadn't seen it since we went to the set of Craig's Hut on Mt Stirling in Victoria. Not to mention I was literally just in the snowy mountains. Gorgeous film, and the making-of special was pretty cool.

I love the sound of "received pronounciation" .. I always have, but additionally because that's what Jason Isaacs uses in my four favourite films he's in - Peter Pan, The Patriot, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and Dragonheart. The funny thing is, poms that don't speak it have a tendency to not like people who do. At least, some of the ones on the ski trip I went on don't. Probably because it defines some sort of class distinction (much like people that say "yous" in Sydney tend to be uneducated "westies"). I remember once hearing a talk by someone who said that he liked Australia so much because the speech was so "classless" and I guess I can see why. So I guess that's why Jason's bad guy characters speak in received pronounciation cause it defines some "upper class" that the general public doesn't like very much .. Richard, Paul, does that make any sense? (I've had some vodka tonight so things are a bit rambly :) )

I'm back

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In case anyone missed me, I've been skiing for three days :)

Will post more tomorrow.

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