Commentary: August 2005 Archives

My mother has recently gotten email, and keeps getting sent those soppy/inspirational chain mail things from a friend of hers which she passes onto me. Normally I read them and go "that's nice" and that's it. But there was a line in one of them recently that stood out. It said:

"You can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights."

Which I thought was fairly inspired. I don't know so much about the rainy day. I guess it depends on what you had planned to do with it :) Rainy days don't affect me all that much for the most part, because I'm rather an indoors girl. I can get mildly irritated if I have to get wet, but given Sydney's drought conditions and the scarcity of rain, I generally consider rain to be a good thing.

Lost luggage. Fortunately this has never happened to me. But I imagine I'd get pretty stressed out about it. A lot would depend on whether I was coming or going, who I was with, and what options there were for its retrieval. But in terms of getting stressed out by crap like that, a lot depends on who I'm with and how *they're* reacting to the situation. That is, if the person I'm with is getting stressed out (for example, my parents), I will remain relatively calm. If noone else is getting stressed, then I probably will. Go figure.

Tangled Christmas Tree lights. Well that depends on whether it's me trying to untangle them first up, or someone else has been doing it and has given up. If it's just me, I might get a bit flustered if the temperature is high, but probably not. Untangling I see as more of a puzzle situation that needs to be solved. Especially if someone else has given me the task.

Project Declutter

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I have too much stuff. Just clutter. Stuff that means nothing to nobody except me. I have boxes and boxes full of old uni and school notes. Books, although a small collection, but many from my childhood that I'm never likely to read again. Collections of train tickets, tickets to shows, show programs, toys I've had since I was a kid, and stacks of stuff that I simply never use, but can't bear to throw away. I've had a couple of goes since I've moved here to clean out stuff, and have achieved some success. But I still think I have a long way to go. And the other issue now is that I'm almost certainly going to be moving within the next couple of years, and it'd be nice to be free of all the clutter before I go. Stu did this a while back, and it's inspired me somewhat to do the same. Although I'm not sure I'm ready to let go yet.

I had a thought a while back that I could start scrapbooking a lot of bits and pieces, and write why a particular item was important to me. And use the funky collection of coloured pens I have for some noble purpose. I still haven't decided if I'll do this.

The other thing I'll probably do is take photos of some of the things I have that serve no purpose at all other than memories. I figure if I have a photo of the object, then that'll do me for the memory, and I can get rid of the actual object.

Of course I also can't bear to throw anything out that could be of some use to people, so will probably try and sell what I can on ebay, and donate the rest to charity or whoever else wants it.

So this will be my major project for the next couple of years I think. Just need to be able to break it down into weekend-sized chunks....

So I'm just driving down the road today and I come up alongside this trailer - with *people* on it. So I looked closer and it was actually a film crew! There was a cameraman filming someone inside an X5 that was sitting atop a flatbed trailer, with a lighting dude as well. It was the funniest thing to watch. But it was going a bit slower than normal, so I couldn't watch for long. Oh well.

Di has had a couple of posts recently about online dating. She personally doesn't like the idea. But she qualified her posts to note that she is not opposed to the idea of happening to meet people online, she just doesn't like the idea of pigeonholing people and thereby limiting the chances of finding love in an unexpected way.

I personally have never used an online dating agency (although I did browse through a Christian one once). Partly I didn't want to spend the money, partly I think it seems a little "desparate", partly meeting people is rather a tedious business - there's all the boring small talk of "where do you live" and "what do you do" which I hate having to go through over and over again. I can see their uses - it'd make it easier to find people that have similar interests and goals in life, but I'd still want to meet the person in real life pretty early on before taking anything too far.

So over the last couple of years I've been semi-actively looking for blogs of people that I could conceivably have an interest in. Mind you this wasn't a terribly effective method - I don't actually read any blogs of single guys in Sydney! heh. But blogging suits my style of meeting people. I can read all about what they have to say, without having to say anything myself. Sometimes I will respond to a post, and people may come and read my blog. Or vice versa, people start reading my blog. I figure if anyone is interested enough in my life to read my blog and comment on it, then what they say in their blogs must also have an interest to me. And so I read the blogs of quite a few students, and other people that I wouldn't necessarily have gone looking for. And I end up reading a very ecclectic collection of world views.

In April, a guy named Aurelius began leaving comments in my blog. I went over to have a look at his, and was intrigued by the location tag that said he was in Rome. But in the early posts I began reading he said he had just moved to Jerusalem. It didn't take me long to realise he was actually an Australian living in Brisbane, but his blog intrigued me enough to read it from the very beginning, something I rarely do. I also began to read the blogs of Pinky (his girlfriend at the time) and Stu (his best friend).

A few weeks later, my parents were planning a trip to Queensland and I was to tag along. So I left a message on Stu's blog that it would be cool to meet him and Aurelius. Several emails went back and forth, and on the way up a few smses. I thought for a while that I could end up meeting them without a word being spoken on the phone, but Aurelius called me from a landline because he had no credit on his phone, and plans were finalised for a Sunday night dinner at a cafe. And so we met. As the evening was drawing to a close, the plan was that Aurelius was to take me back to where I was staying, but Stu said "awwww". And I knew there was something there. Something that had potential. Not only did it tell me that he was interested in me, but it kindled a similar reaction in myself. I wanted to spend more time with Stu too. A couple of days later, when were staying on the Gold Coast, I wanted to go to Infinity, and was wondering whether my mum would want to come along. And then I had a thought - I wonder if Stu would be interested in coming down. So I smsed him, and he was. Several smses back and forth later and plans were finalised. And so we had a lovely night. I was starting to like this gentle man, but in my head I thought no, don't do it, bad idea, he lives a thousand kilometres away! But even as I was travelling home over the next couple of days, I was smsing him, and once home we began to spend a lot of time online chatting.

And so that's how it began. Completely and utterly unexpected. Something that would never have happened without the internet. Without Vic telling me I should write a blog two and a half years ago. Without Aurelius happening to find me and post here. And at a point in our lives where the both of us had resigned ourselves to being single forever. As Stu would say "it's a funny old life".

Kaz and Stu

24 hours to go!

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/me bounces round the room.

Somehow managed to avoid having to do too much real work again today. Spent an hour setting up another ups and threading power cables round the racks. A bit disturbed by how drained the battery was after it had been disconnected for a mere half a day. Will have to run some tests with it.

Spent the rest the morning and all the afternoon either in meetings or sitting behind Jim while he hacked away at the cms and I observed. It was good actually, cause I couldn't really do that programming myself, but it was good to be involved to get more of an idea of how the whole thing works.

It was also funny today.. I had kind of a "told you so" moment. I kept asking them how long it was going to be and how many problems were we going to have to encounter before we switched our thinking on how to approach a method of integrating data into our cms. They kept saying, not this version not this version. Well this morning they had had a go at doing it the way I had suggested doing it. As a proof of concept more than anything. We may not end up doing it that way, as it has plenty of its own problems, but it was funny because they kept saying they wouldn't do it, and then they did. Silly really.

Thanks :)

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Thanks everyone for your lovely birthday wishes :):):)
It was probably one of my best birthdays ever. The complete opposite of my 10000th birthday which was probably my worst.

Today was a much more back-to-reality type day. Not helped by waking up at the crack of dawn tired (how does that song go, "I'm so tired, of waking up tired" .. heh). With all chores done (except brushing my teeth), I'm off to bed :)

I don't do a whole lot of thinking. I try and avoid thinking as a general rule. Some would see this as strange I guess. My mind is always full of *noise*, often from the tv, or reading blogs, or chatting. I don't stop. This could also be why it takes me at least half an hour to get to sleep, because it's just so noisy in my head. And not with anything useful, just clutter.

The only time I do any sort of thinking is usually when I'm driving. It's the place where I get the least mental input and can actually ponder over things, or more usually stress about stuff. It's where I usually get great ideas for blogging, and I sit there and think about how I should word it. The problem is, you can't blog legally in the car, and by the time I've gotten home, had dinner, chatted, watched tv, read emails, read blogs, it's far too late and I have no energy to write. Although strangely, this entry was going to be a quick entry saying how I didn't feel like articulating all of this, and yet here it is.. go figure. Must be Friday. Fridays rock.

On an unrelated tangent, Stu gave me one of his treble recorders to play with, and I've found O For a Thousand Tongues works quite well on it (the little descant recorder goes into "screech" notes making it quite difficult to play). Sadly I found only three other hymns that I know in the hymn book that don't go down too low to play on it (it only goes down to F, and most stuff goes down lower than that, so I'd have to rearrange the octaves - far too complicated!

I have a busy weekend ahead, and hoping to get more than a ten minute stretch of time to talk to my boy.

Google Earth

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So the other night I thought I'd download Google Earth and have a play with it.

I ended up spending four hours in two nights after work plotting the course of my flight to Brisbane and back. I set the zoom and tilt to match most of my photos, and plotted each one with a place marker. Once plotted you can then "play tour" and literally reenact the flight as I saw it through my camera. Way coolness.

What was even more remarkable was that I managed to find the location of every single one of my photos, even some that all I had to go on was a few bends in a river or a few bumps of mountain. The terrain mapper certainly helped with those!

My next project will be to do the same thing for my flights in the USA last year :)

Queensland trip on Google Earth

Brisvegas

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So here I am in sunny Brisbane. Two glorious days in a row of wearing just t-shirts, and wondering why on earth I brought my warm winter jacket.

It's been a busy weekend, over far too quickly. Really not looking forward to going home tomorrow :(

So yesterday began at five am, after about four hours of sleep. Luc very kindly picked me up and dropped me off at the airport, where I secured a window seat on the left side of the plane. Reminded myself again never to book such an early flight - the sun hadn't even risen when we took off, making it too dark for any decent photos. But I did get a pretty cool movie of the takeoff. Even though much of the scenery was quite boring (lots of gentle hills and farmland), at least being on the left side of the plane meant I could see it all. On the right hand side all you could see was the glaring sun and nothing else. I also managed to get a row of three seats to myself which wasn't bad.

Stu picked me up from the airport, and we went back to his place and caught up for a while. It was pretty damned good to see him again, I'll tell you that. And funny to see all the places that I'd only seen on his webcam when I had a virtual tour of the flat with it. Late morning we headed into Fortitude Valley ("The Valley") for a late breakfast, and then wandered through the Brunswick St markets and around The Valley and New Farm for a tour of places-that-mean-things-to-Stu. We did a fair bit of walking, which helped burn off the big breakfast!

Storey Bridge

In the afternoon we vegged out in front of a dvd (Spirited Away) before heading to Chay and David's for dinner. Dinner was roast pork (I wondered if someone had been reading my blog recently heh) and afterwards we played SingStar on the playstation where Chay and David beat Stu and I rather soundly. 11 points to 3 on two different versions. Oops :)

This morning we mostly just vegged out. I played a bit of recorder and Stu read the paper. Then we went out for lunch, and ate too much again :) Followed by hunting around pet stores to look at fish. Then it was back here for a bit of an afternoon siesta and are now just waiting for Aurelius to arrive for dinner.

At least my flight home tomorrow is at a much more civilised hour, and hopefully should provide some better photo opportunities. But really don't want to go. *sigh*

Go Uchenna and Joyce! Thoroughly enjoyed this season of The Amazing Race. Even though I thought Rob and Amber didn't need the money and didn't think they needed to win, but because none of the other teams wanted them to win, and because they really are true survivors, I kinda wanted them to win anyway. For a moment there it looked as if they would, but a held plane and a bit of luck let Uchenna and Joyce beat them by a few minutes. I was quite happy that they won, I would have been a little disappointed if Ron and Kelly had won.

Shrek 2

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Shrek 2

Watched Shrek 2 tonight (finally) with George. Was as good as it was cracked up to be. Thinking I might need to invest in the two of them on dvd, if only to watch them a few more times each to pick up all the references to other movies in them :)

And what's the deal with the weather today? So hot I had to take my jumper off, and even now it's still 19C!

Pork

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I've had pork for dinner four nights in a row, two fresh, two leftovers. None of them as good as my mum can do a pork roast. Bacon for lunch yesterday, and bacon as part of the chicken caesar roll today.

Pork. A wonderful, magical animal.

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