Fun Stuff: November 2004 Archives

FQ Topic: Endings

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It's been a week since this Friday Q topic came out, and I keep pondering over it wondering what to answer for it. Why are Friday Q questions so hard Dave?? :) They take too much *thinking* about ;)

FQ1: What's your favorite ending to a movie or play?
Maybe not my favourite, but one that comes to mind is the end of the *original* Return of the Jedi, where there's the shot of Anakin, Yoda and Ben Kenobi, and the camera rises into the forest to the sound of a choral climax which turns into the John Williams' Star Wars theme which always brings a tear to my eye. The "special edition" remix mucked this up and it's not quite the same anymore.

FQ2: What's your favorite ending to a song or musical?
Again, maybe not my favourite but one that comes to mind, was the end to the Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat musical stage show, where David Dickson was hoisted up into the rafters with his rainbow coat trailing out behind him

FQ3: What's your favorite ending to a book or graphic novel?
I loved the twist in Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban

FQ MEMORIAL: What would be your favorite ending to your life?
Probably to die peacefully (and painlessly) in my sleep. I'd probably be about 60-65, at the end of my useful use-by date, and before getting too old to be able to take care of myself.

Gingerbread House Night

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Tonight was our church's Gingerbread House event. Much merriment was had by all, and the usual crop of spectacular looking gingerbread houses.

My somewhat mediocre effort:
Gingerbread House

And yes, they're lego trees! :) I also had red minifig legs sticking out of a chimney I made, supposed to be Santa stuck in the chimney :) But he's round the other side. I stuck it all too close to one side of the board though, so wrapping it was somewhat tricky, as had to be careful of the roof, icicles, and the minifig all being knocked off. Next year I'm going to try a veranda.

Oh all right!

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New Toy

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Got a very cool toy today. Not sure if I want to reveal to the world what it is yet. I may create a subblog about it, as several other people seem to have done.

Work just about broke me today. Lotus notes broke me first. Gave up in disgust mid morning, after a mammoth struggle with me trying to make it do things it's just not really good at. Then had a look at setting up a new server, except it only has two onboard SATA slots, and we want to install three SATA disks. Back to the sales department to order more bits. Finally made some progress with notes in the afternoon, may even have a working database soon.

Then spent the evening packing lollies, icing, gingerbread, pins, plastic knives, moist towlettes etc for the upcoming Gingerbread House night at church. Fun fun fun!

Random Question Meme

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Stolen from Richard, source of many a meme

  1. What is your favourite colour? Some sort of aqua
  2. Tell me about a talent or skill you possess, which I've not yet witnessed or discovered. Who's I? :) Many blog readers will not know of my only talent, which is giving massages. Kirk does though :)
  3. What was your favourite subject in school? Science
  4. What is one place to which you've never been, but you'd like to visit, someday? (Locally or abroad) Europe
  5. Are you a morning person or a night person? Morning
  6. Are you left-handed or right-handed? Right handed
  7. Did astronauts really land on the moon, or was it all a hoax? Shrug. Well if they didn't land there then the Russians would have had to have been in on it, as their rock samples matched up. And during the cold war that would have been fairly unlikely.
  8. What's in your pocket? (Or if there's nothing in your pocket at present, what sorts of things are most often in your pockets?) A $50 note and a hair elastic. Only thing not emptied out the moment I get home, because there's no bulk to it and it doesn't bother me being there.
  9. In 10 years, you see yourself... (Finish that any way you desire.) Doing much the same thing, but hopefully somewhat more travelled
  10. There's a power outage, and you don't have a generator. This means no electronics--no computer, no telly, no videos, no stereo and no electric heat or electric kettle--what do you do to keep warm, content and entertained? Keeping warm isn't a problem in Sydney, I'd just put a jumper on. But content and entertained, that's tough. During the day would be ok, cause there'd be enough light. But at night I'd be utterly lost. Like the time a few months ago when there actually was a blackout at night and I had literally *nothing* to do.
  11. What's one thing you cannot bring yourself to eat? Wasabi.

    Just got home from the Dean's final end-of-year bash. All went swimmingly. The eggnog was delicious, if not as potent as claimed (five glasses later and barely any effect). Many incrimating videos of people singing were recorded mwoohahahahah.

FQ TOPIC: Read

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FQ1: Who is your one favorite author and why is their work so appealing to you?
Roald Dahl. Not really sure why. Just kinda silly in a lot of ways, and his grownups stories are kinda spooky too.

FQ2: What are your two favorite literary subjects and why is reading about them interesting to you?
I like reading about science stuff. Science fiction is pretty good too.

FQ3: What are your three favorite books and why are each of them special to you?


  1. Star Trek VI by J.M. Dillard - only book I ever read at least three times before the Harry Potter books. I like the character development and how I can picture the movie so well from it.
  2. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling - my favourite of the Harry Potter books, and funnily enough the only one where the bad guy isn't specifically out to get Harry.
  3. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton - quite a bit better than the movie, it held me fascinated for the day and a half I sat down to read it, the moment I finished my mid-year exams in second year uni. It still has some of the fundamental flaws of the movie (like who'd leave a game park with three people manning it for an entire weekend??), but the book and the chain of events that surrounded it were fundamental to the very existence of this website, my job, my friends, this house, pretty much everything about my life at the moment is the way it is because of that book.

FQ Author: If you had to write a book, what genre of book would you pen (mystery, romance, science fiction, biography, etc.) and what would it be about?
Probably a science fiction story. Although the only book I've ever written (a project for Year 8 english) was mostly an adventure with a teenager and a couple of kids shipwrecked on a Pacific Island with bird smugglers.

FQ Topic: Historical

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Seems somehow appropriate that the topic be Historical, since the topic is now historical, to the tune of two weeks...! (has it been that long, yikes!)

FQ1: If you were able to visit any time period in the past, when would it be? What is it about this particular point in history that appeals to you?
It might be cool to visit Biblical times. I also always thought it'd be cool to travel the world before tourism really took off and cluttered everything up. Seeing Europe before the wars and acid rain would have been great.

FQ2: If you could meet any person from throughout history, who would that be? What makes them so special to you?
Jesus. He's my saviour.

FQ3: If you could reach through time and grab a piece of historical memorabilia, what artifact would you take and what would you do with it?
Gosh I dunno. Never thought about that one.

FQ QUANTUM LEAP: You have been given a one-time-only opportunity to travel back in time and interfere with history! Would you do it? Where would you go and what would you try to change?
I used to think about going back in time in my own life, like going back to primary school, and just laughing at Kerry Williams who was such a bitch to me, but then I thought what would I do with all my spare time without my computer and the internet. Sometimes I thought about going back to earlier points at school or uni or even work, but then I'd be wondering what I'd have to do in the same order to get to where I am now. Like I'd want to work where I am now, but to get there I'd need the history I had. But then I'd be frustrated having to do the desktop support which was necessary to be where I am now. I'd certainly avoid working at OzEmail, but then without that experience I may not have gotten to work at CIA. There's just too many dependencies to get right.. :) hrm don't think this is making much sense :) Going to back to being a student at uni would be a disaster though - especially if I was dropped mid session, I'd fail! lol

I also used to wonder if I could go back and stop certain disasters. The Challenger disaster was one I thought about years ago. But noone would believe a girl from Australia predicting something on the other side of the world. Until it happened of course. Even with recent things, I'd be hard pressed to convince anyone, given that I don't pay too much attention to news, and wouldn't be able to tell when certain things actually happened. hrm I'm still rambling.

But in answer to the question. If the opportunity was given to me I'd give it a go. Trying to prevent the World Trade Centre disaster might be a logical choice, because I'd know enough about the specifics of it to make some attempt at convincing people it was going to happen.

FQ TOPIC: Obscurity

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FQ1: Share an obscure movie or show and tell use why we should watch it.
hrm. I have a tendency to like mainstream stuff. Jerry Bruckheimer knows how to appeal to me :) And all my favourite movies aren't exactly obscure. A couple of Aussie ones that may not be well known overseas include Young Einstein and Strictly Ballroom. Great Australian flicks (ok Young Einstein may not have been exactly great, but it was beautifully silly).

FQ2: Share an obscure band or musical talent and tell us why we should listen to it.
Going with an Australian theme, my favourite Australian band of the late eighties was 1927. Pity they don't exist anymore, although I did see an ad recently with Eric Weideman in a where are they now situation.

FQ3: Share an obscure blog or web site and tell use why we should visit it.
How about Kirk's, just because it is relatively new to the blogsphere (and it's Australian :) )

FQ 15 Minutes: There will one day be an event in your life so big that it will drag you out of obscurity and make your name known to the entire world. Speculate on what it will be that brings you your 15 minutes of fame!
I've had my 15 minutes of fame. Closer to 45 in fact. I was on Romper Room in 1979 when I was five, and on Catch Phrase a couple of years ago. I've also been in the newspaper a couple of times.

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