Fun Stuff: April 2004 Archives

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For once! A nice and easy one! I was at work when this one came in, and the first purple thing that popped into my field of view was Dumbledore.

Although I didn't get around to actually photographing him and Quirrell until this morning.

Of course once I'd done that I started seeing purple thing everywhere. Purple walls. Purple buildings. Trees covered in brilliant purple flowers.

And purple goes well with the colour scheme of my blog :)

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Was reading this on Richard's blog, and was given further evidence that people have way too much time on their hands.

This week's meme, write down the 5th sentence of the 23rd page of the nearest book to you.
Well I'm arbitrarily picking page number 23, as opposed to the 23rd page, and the 5th complete sentence.

The very idea of going to them when they awoke, and telling them about his scar hurting him, and about his worries about Voldemort, was laughable.

10 points for guessing which book it's from (the number that is, the series is all too obvious :) )

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My brother has for a long time had a train disaster photo page entitled "oops", so naturally this is what I thought of for this week's Theme Thursday. But I didn't think I had much in the way of train disaster photos, and it's not exactly the sort of thing you can plan.

So ponder the week away, racking my brains trying to think of something to use. Come tonight and I'm no closer to finding anything. So it's back through the archives I trawl. Suddenly I see a genuine "oops" in the tradition of my brothers page...

Two 81 class locomotives on 9162 Dunmore to Sydney stone train derailed at the catch points at the Northern end of Unanderra.

I actually got this photo that my brother didn't get, as Dad and I walked back to a road overpass to look straight down the tracks, and the rather steep angle the locomotive veered out at. Pity I don't have more than 3x zoom on my camera :(

Have a look at the rest of my brother's photos, there's a spectacular shot of a completely shattered rail - that would have made a hell of a bang!

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Stolen from Richard and Dave..

1. Who do you admire the most and why?
Not sure about the most, but recentest.. Ian Thorpe, and the way he handled his disqualification from the 400m. If ever there was a true Australian hero, he would be it I reckon.

2. What would you have as your last meal if you were on death row?
Roast pork with apple sauce, gravy and crackling, the way my mother makes it

3. What is your earliest memory?
Probably the old family car, and getting a new one when I was about four.

4. If you had 3 wishes, what would your 3rd wish be?
Probably that I'd could be rich enough not to have to work anymore, and travel wherever I wanted to.

5. If you had to be blind or deaf, which would you choose?
Deaf. The only thing I'd miss being deaf would be music. If I was blind I couldn't work, couldn't exist.

6. Have you ever been dared to do something where the risk exceeded the reward (ie. jump off a building for a penny)?
Don't think so..

7. If you were forced to live the rest of your existence in a fictional world from a movie, book and TV show which ones would you select?
After pondering this over reading and watching tv for an hour, I'm no closer to an answer for this. How about movie - probably something futuristic .. or magical .. I'll get back to you; book - perhaps the world of Harry Potter, with magic; tv - the utopia of the Star Trek world would be nice.

8. If you had a superpower, which superpower would it be and why?
Easy - the ability to fly - always been my greatest wish ever

9. What is your favourite vegetable?
Potato

10. In how many different languages do you know the meaning of at least one word?
Probably yes or no, dunno how many tho - maybe english, french, german, italian, russian? probably others too. Someone I know once said you should learn five words when going to another country - yes, no, please, thankyou and toilet. Everything else you can fumble your way through with sign language :)

11. What did you want to be when you were a child?
For a while I wanted to be an artist because I was fairly good at drawing. Then I discovered flight and thought that the only jobs you could get as a woman was a flight attendant. Then realised there was such a thing as female pilots, and wanted to join the air force because they paid you to learn to fly, but I was too short and my eyesight wasn't good enough. And that was the end of that really.

12. What one event (if any) would you change in your personal past if you had the power to do it once?
Tough one. Been through lots of tough times, but I wouldn't be where I am now if I hadn't been through them in the right order. There's not really anything I can think of that I desperately wish hadn't happened. Except in the cases of depression when I wish I hadn't been born.

13. What's the one question you want to be asked of you in an interview?
I liked Dave's response of "what will you do with the $25 million you just won on lotto?" hehe

14. Have you ever cheated death?
Don't think so

15. What was the most important decision you've ever had to make?
Dunno.. buying this flat I suppose, that certainly involved the most money

16. Which sports team do you support the most, and why?
Probably the Australian Olympics team .. I don't follow sports much

17. Mobile phones (cellphones) - evil or good?
Oh evil ;) But I don't think I could live without one. I feel naked without it - disconnected!

18. What is your favourite song at the moment?
Something wicked this way comes

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Noise. How do you photograph noise? The obvious thing is to photograph something that *makes* noise, or perhaps some graphical representation of noise - eg the output of a wav file in sound recorder. The latter not being nearly so interesting as the former, I went with the former.

But what to photograph?

Lots of things popped into my head, but the thing I chose is one of the servers at work. These things have more fans in them than a hairdresser. As a consequence, a rack full of these things makes such a noise you can hear it most of the way down the corridor, even with the door closed. Even one by itself in a quiet office is enough to make you relish the sound of silence when it is turned off. Try going into the server room during a power outage - now *that* is a strange experience to the initiated.

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Stolen from Richard:


  1. Grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 18, find line 4. Write down what it says:
    "..summer present for Dudley, who had been complaining loudly.."
  2. Stretch your left arm out as far as you can. What do you touch first?
    The filing cabinet
  3. What is the last thing you watched on TV?
    Sunrise this morning
  4. WITHOUT LOOKING, guess what the time is:
    17:50
  5. Now look at the clock; what is the actual time?
    17:43. Pretty close I thought considering I hadn't looked at the time since I got home half an hour ago.
  6. With the exception of the computer, what can you hear?
    The fish tanks
  7. When did you last step outside? What were you doing?
    Well I last "stepped outside" five days ago, but I got home half an hour ago
  8. Before you came to this website, what did you look at?
    Was looking at the other blogs I read
  9. What are you wearing?
    Jeans and a tshirt - my official kazza uniform
  10. Did you dream last night?
    Yeah - I dreamt I was in an ozemail situation at cia, and I said something sarcastic and they told me to get out.
  11. When did you last laugh?
    Dunno
  12. What is on the walls of the room you are in?
    Paint
  13. Seen anything weird lately?
    Probably?
  14. What do you think of this quiz?
    Not bad, otherwise I wouldn't be doing it
  15. What is the last film you saw?
    Didn't I answer this the other day? Fame.
  16. If you became a multi-millionaire overnight, what would you buy first?
    Plane tickets to Europe.. that or a new digital camera
  17. Tell me something about you that I don't know.
    How do I know what you know about me? :)
  18. If you could change one thing about the world, regardless of guilt or politics, what would you do?
    Eradicate sin. But I guess Jesus would need to come back for that to happen.
  19. Do you like to dance?
    Sure
  20. George Bush: is he a power-crazy nutcase or some one who is finally doing something that has needed to be done for years?
    He's an idiot
  21. Imagine your first child is a girl, what do you call her?
    I always like Arielle but I dunno if I'd call a child that
  22. Imagine your first child is a boy, what do you call him?
    Never thought that far ahead.
  23. Would you ever consider living abroad?
    Sure

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Tuesday Twosome:

1. What are the last two movies you saw?
Fame, seesh I can't remember what I saw before that, it's been a couple of weeks.

2. What are the last two TV shows you saw?
Survivor all stars and CSI

3. What are the last two items you purchased?
Six inch pizza on Italian herb and cheese today, nachos yesterday

4. What are the last two beverages you drank?
Orange juice, lift

5. What are the last two sites you surfed (before coming here)?
http://www.ebroadcast.com.au/TV/static/SydneyNight.html? and ebay

Much better mood today. Very loooonnnnngggg meeting at cia tho. Left to get home in time for survivor, and everyone else left too :) And suddenly it's late. blah.

I normally throw real estate ads straight into the recycling without even taking them upstairs, but I was in a hurry the other day so just took everything with me without sorting it. I was just cleaning it out now, and found this bit of silliness at the end of it:

GEORGE BUSH becomes HE BUGS GORE
DORMITORY becomes DIRTY ROOM
PRESBYTERIAN becomes BEST IN PRAYER
THE MORSE CODE becomes HERE COME THE DOTS
SLOT MACHINES becomes CASH LOST IN ME
ANIMOSITY becomes IS NO AMITY
SNOOZE ALARMS becomes ALAS! NO MORE Z'S
A DECIMAL POINT becomes I'M A DOT IN PLACE
THE EARTHQUAKES becomes THAT QUEER SHAKE
ELEVEN PLUS TWO becomes TWELVE PLUS ONE
and the grand finale:
MOTHER-IN-LAW becomes WOMAN HITLER

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From The Leaky Cauldron:


Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.

Double, double toil and trouble;
Something wicked this way comes.

Eye of newt and toe of frog,
Wool of bat and tongue of dog,
Adder's fork and blind-worm's sting,
Lizard's leg and howlet's wing,

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.

Something wicked this way comes.

Hear the MP3 Version of the song

View the trailers

I'm *so* excited, I can't wait!!

And finally, check out the completed Lego mosaic of Jason Isaacs (don't forget to stand back as far as you can from your computer to get a better effect).

Jason Isaacs in Lego

To appreciate this picture you really need to stand back a bit, so up you get, stand back as far away from your computer as possible.

No really, you need to stretch your legs anyway :)

I spent several days thinking about this Theme Thursday entry without really knowing what I'd use.

Then on Monday night I got a bulk lot of lego off bricklink - hundreds and hundreds of 1x1 bricks of various colours, including dark brown and orange. My mission then became what should I make a mosaic out of.

Regular readers of my blog will know of my obsession both with Jason Isaacs and Lego, so I thought it might be appropriate to make a Lego mosaic of him. I found a nice picture of him (the one that I posted in my blog the other week), cropped it in close (I was only working with 48x48 pixels, which is not a lot to replicate a photo), and ran it through the Lugnet mosaic maker. That was it really. I took a screen dump, magnified it, and printed it out, then started clicking away feverishly. Disappointingly, I don't have any 1x1 dark grey bricks - they're in an order currently on its way from Germany. So my mosaic isn't quite complete. However, as the board itself is grey, when shadows fall on it from the other bricks, it gives a pretty good approximation. It did mean that I couldn't use a flash for the photo though.

So, may I present one of the most "beautiful things" to me at the moment - the face of Jason Isaacs, made of Lego.

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