Commentary: November 2012 Archives

Five million

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Shoes are wonderful things.  Let me explain.

On Friday I clocked over five million steps on "10000 steps".  That's over a couple of years and two overseas holidays.  The majority of that (let's call it four million) was done in one pair of shoes - my black walking shoes.  That's two million steps per shoe.  That's two million flexes back and forth.  And they're still going.  I just think it's pretty amazing that *any* material would survive two million flexes and not break.  Cool stuff!

Kimchi, Dickson

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So we celebrated finishing (or *almost* finishing) our supply of vegetables before the next lot arrived, by going out for dinner tonight :)

We were going to go to a Malaysian place in Dickson, but it was closed because it was Monday, so we went to Kimchi instead - Korean BBQ FTW!!

We got some marinated beef and pork - super delicious!

Kimchi
Kimchi
Kimchi
Kimchi
Kimchi
Kimchi
Kimchi

Then we did our food shopping and came home.

PIII 866

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I just turned off my Pentium III, 866 computer.  

It was my third computer.  The first being a 486 I bought off Luc in 1995, and the second being a Pentium 166 in 1996.

It was over eleven years old.  I got it around 2001 - a gift from CIA for all the unpaid work I used to do for them.  It served as my main computer for around five years, before getting another work computer before I left Sydney.  I used it as a backup repository for a while.  When I moved to Canberra I think it was off for a while, but got pressed into service for several years as our Skype phone server, and in its last months a print server when the JetDirect card died and a parallel port was needed.

So it had a pretty good life.  I'll probably keep it for a while, because it still works after all!

Mad Mex, Belconnen

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Also on Wednesday we went to try out Mad Mex which had just opened this week.

Seems like lots of people had the same idea as us, as the queue was out the door.  The service model is much like that of Subway - where you go along the food trays specifying what you want, and pay at the end.  Unfortunately this meant for a massive bottleneck at the til, resulting in super slow service.  It took us a full fifteen minutes from walking in the door to sitting down with food :(  But later the queue had dissipated somewhat, and it would have been quicker then.

Mad Mex Belconnen
Mad Mex Belconnen
The prices were possibly a tad high for the regular meals, around $10 for most things.  There's only full sized versions of most menu items, and the nachos I was interested in said they were served with jalapenos (although I probably could have asked them to skip those).  So in the end I ordered Nachos plus pork off the kids menu, and at $4.90, that wasn't too bad value.

Mad Mex Belconnen
We'd go back, but only if there wasn't a queue.

Sparkling

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Only my brother (and Stu) could appreciate these photos, because they saw the *before*.  This is the during and after.  Gotta love aluminium sulfate!!

Pool during flocculent treatment
Pool after flocculent treatment
Unfortunately to get it that state requires vaccuuming to waste, which wastes lots of water :(

New Lounge

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So this is the new lounge in situ.  We moved the fish tank into another corner and pushed the lounge further back.

New Lounge

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