Fun Stuff: August 2006 Archives

The flower photos are in an extended entry .. others are here..

A pretty sky on the M5
m5 sky

Toy Story clouds seen while driving
toy story clouds

This is about 4km from Stu's house - he lives in the country! heh
canberra countryside


baby multies

killifish spawning

And if you'd like to see a bunch of flower photos I took, I put them in an extended entry ....

As mentioned yesterday, before the days of scanners and anything more than 16 colours, you really couldn't do much. Except have a bit of fun. Here's some stuff I did in the early nineties. I'm annoyed that I can't remember the name of the program I used. It wasn't Microsoft Paint, it was something else. It generated LBM files. It must have been Deluxe Paint I suppose....

21.11.90 "Tropical"

23.11.90 "Wipeout"

15.2.92 "Night"

8.2.93 "Sheep"

10.2.93 "Spider"

15.2.94 "Magic Eye"

Do you watch the Gilmore Girls?

Have you ever enjoyed listening to Jack Johnson?

Have you ever seen or enjoyed watching the O.C.?
Never watched it

Do you have one or more Britney Spears CD?
Not even one

Are you a Lost fanatic?
I started off being interested, but it Lost me part way through the second season

[[Be honest]]

Do you have a song by Ozzy Osbourne in your library?

I have about 10 Queen cds

Alannis Morrisette?
I have her first three albums

Do you watch Family Guy regularly?

Do you watch king of the Hill?

[[Admit it]]

Do you read trashy romance novels often?

Do you really work out every day?
Not unless you count the 10 minute walk to go get lunch

Have you ever eaten an entire pint, or more, ice cream by yourself?

Have you ever eaten nothing but junk food for a week straight?

Do you shower every single day?

Do you ever forget to give a Christmas/birthday present?

Do you sing obnoxiously in the car when you're driving alone?

Do you sing obnoxiously in the shower when no one's home?
Nah, cause I only sing along when I can hear the music and can't hear it in the bathroom (unless it was up really loud)

Have you ever watched a little kid's show when you were over 12?

Have you ever looked forward to going to school?
Not really

[[The Necessary Love Questions That Aren't So Necessary]]

Have you ever pretended your crush was with you when they weren't?

Did you draw pictures for your first crush back in elementary school?
I didn't have crushes til high school. And I didn't draw anything until David Bowie in year 11

Have you ever liked a girl/boy but didnt ask her/him out because you were afraid?

Have you ever written a poem/story about your love life?

Have you ever spent over an hour thinking about nothing but your crush?
Sure :)

Have you ever liked someone solely for their appearance?
mmmm David Bowie... Jason Isaacs........ :)

[[The Questions You Love: Completely and Utterly Pointless Ones]]

Do you eat all the servings in the food groups on a daily basis?
You mean the five food groups - fat, sugar, salt, alcohol and caffeine? :) Nah not those either actually :)

Are you ever a freak about cleanliness or organization?

Have you ever been to South America or Africa?

Do you know how to knit?
I could probably still do plain stitch from memory, would have to lookup how to do perl (sp?) stitch

Do you have a cell phone or IPod with a patterned cover?
I have a penguin and a water droplets cover for my old 8210, but not currently

Have you ever written love song lyrics yourself and put them in your profile?

Do you keep a diary or journal?
Yeah, this :)

When you open your closet, what is the dominant color of your clothes?
At one stage it might have been blue, but I have most colours of the Millers t-shirts

[[Truly Unusual This or That Questions]]

Baskin Robbins or Coldstone?
Cold Rock ..? :)

Physics or chemistry?

Earphones or headphones?

pink or teal?

Commitment or casual dating?

Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings?
Harry Potter

Fly or road trip?
Fly.. although the prospect of not being able to take my camera on board is rather depressing :(

Starbucks or Caribou?
Well I've heard of Starbucks at least...

[[Another Wave of Random Questions]]

What is your favorite Disney movie?
Actually a tough one. Possibly Fantasia 2000, if you could call that movie. Or one of the Pixar ones

How much jewelry do you own?
Not much

Have you ever bought clothing at Sears?

Cyan Magenta

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I had to have a giggle over today's User Friendly.


Because indeed, this was how I started with colour screens. You could have black, white, magenta and cyan, or black, yellow, green and red, depending on what colour mode you were in. Games in the late eighties often started with "do you have a colour monitor?"

So, six years before I ever saw my first scanner, I was doing drawings in paint programs. In black, white, cyan and magenta in fact. Admittedly I actually only have two with that few colours, most images I drew had a whopping 16 colours!

This was one I prepared earlier. It's dated 20.12.89. I'll let you pick the movie it's referencing :)


I was going to mention this the other night but forgot. While I was driving home from work on my birthday, listening to a radio station I don't normally listen to, they had a "on this day" segment and mentioned some people that had this birthday. Aside from Kieren Perkins and Kate Ritchie that I already knew about, it turns out that Hector Crawford and Peter Costello also share my birthday.

Hector Crawford, executive producer of such cool shows as The Flying Doctors (mmmm Peter O'Brien yummm) and the Henderson Kids (mmmm Alex Papps yummm), and lots of other classic Aussie drama was born in 1913.

Peter Costello, the current Australian treasurer, was born in 1957.

And armed with that thoroughly useless piece of information ....

Two new blogs

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I've found two new blogs to read.

Well it started with me clearing out some old emails off my mail server, and I found a couple from Gary about how to find blogs etc that link to your own. In the course of looking through them I found two new blogs that link to me:

Manaz - another IT geek from Sydney who keeps fish (I have a feeling I might have seen this blog in a previous incarnation...)

Did I Ask for Fries? - a medical student who *used* to be in IT :) also from Sydney

This is cool, a list of most hated things... heh.. from Woosang:


FRUIT: Avacado maybe...
CANDY: licorice
BEVERAGE: coffee
COLOR: khaki
TOWN/CITY: LA is a pretty ugly place most of the time. Has a few good amusement parks though
TV SHOW: Maybe late night Rage when they have boring guest djs who put on boring songs
ASPECT OF MYSPACE: it poisons google searches
ASPECT OF INSTANT MESSENGER: with msn, that it doesn't save a session until you close it cleanly - if your computer crashes you could lose a whole night's conversation
ANIMAL: hyena maybe??? or spiders...
INSECT: mosquito
SEASON: winter when it's cold and dark, although it's good for the snow.. :)
AGE OF KIDS: teenagers


DRIVING?: people who push in
GOING THROUGH DRIVE-THRUS: people that have no idea what they're ordering, or order something so big it takes you fifteen minutes sitting behind them to get through, and you can't escape backwards if people are behind you
SLEEPING: having to wake up in the dark in the morning
SHOWERING: in Canberra, it's definitely getting dry in the frreeeeezing cold
YOU'RE AT THE BEACH: sand in your cossies .. I guess some beaches that isn't such a problem ... ;)
YOU'RE AT THE GROCERY STORE: having to take my backpack off my back so they can check it
COOKING OR BAKING: cleaning up

WAY TO DIE?: maybe being burnt or eaten alive...
WHAT'S THE MOST ANNOYING HABIT IN OTHERS?: anything involving bad personal hygeine
WHAT IS YOUR WORST HABIT?: no comment ;)
WHAT FASHION TREND (PAST OR PRESENT): a recent one is the jeans that have pre-worn areas like someone spends their whole life rubbing their thighs. Talk about a fashion disaster.
POPULAR SONG (PAST OR PRESENT): Groove is in the Heart (although I hated the video clip more)
WORST PART OF YOUR JOB: the stress when things break
WORST PICKUP LINE YOU'VE GOTTEN: don't know that I've ever gotten one.. I don't get out much..

Also from Dave

What time is it? 8:11pm
What is your name? Kazza the Blank One
Any nick names? As above :)
Mother�s name? Mum!
Dr. Pepper or whiskey? Whiskey (with coke though)
Body piercing? Just my ears
How much do you love your job? Lots
Favorite vacation spot? Lord Howe Island
Ever been to Africa? No, but maybe one day
Ever steal any traffic signs? Nah
Ever been in a car accident? Yeah a couple
A, B, C, D, DD cup size? er..
2 Door or 4 Door? 4 door
Favorite pie? I dunno.. I like the more exotic berry types...
Favorite number? Don't really have one
Favorite movie? Varies over time. Don't really have one at the moment
Favorite holiday? There's been so many...
Favorite food? Roast pork perhaps
Favorite day of the week? Saturday
Favorite brand of body soap? Whatever......
Favorite TV show? Maybe MacGyver
Toothpaste? Colgate
Favorite smell? Roasting meat...
What do you do to relax? Watch movies, be with Stu
Message to your friends reading this? Good morning!
What do you do when you are bored? Play poker
What do you enjoy receiving? Money, presents, etc
Furthest place you will send this message? Won't be sending it anywhere, but people on the other side of the world will see it
Who will respond the fastest? *shrug*
Least likely to respond? Dave, since he's already done it :)

Meme Night Part I

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From Dave

Have you...

( ) Smoked a cigarette. Nope
( ) Crashed a friend�s car. No
( ) Stolen a car. No, but have had my car stolen
(x) Been in love. Yes
(x) Been dumped. Yeah, although we got back together shortly afterwards and it took me over a year to get rid of him
( ) Shoplifted. No, but I did steal some chalk from kindergarten once and then had to lie about where I got it, and it turned me quite off lying/stealing heh
( ) Been fired. Nope
( ) Been in a fist fight. No
( ) Snuck out of your parent�s house. Nah
(x) Had feelings for someone who didn�t have them back. Haven't we all?
( ) Been arrested. Nah although have done a few things you could be arrested for.. ;)
( ) Gone on a blind date. No, but I did send two of my friends on a blind date, and they ended up getting married
(x) Lied to a friend. Not deliberately, but have probably stretched the truth on occasion
( ) Skipped school. Nah I was a goody-two-shoes
( ) Seen someone die. Only on tv shows/movies/docos
(x) Been to Canada. Yes, it was lovely
( ) Been to Mexico. No
(x) Been on a plane. Yep, totally love it
( ) Set a part of yourself on fire. eeek, no thankfully
(x) Been skiing. Yep, love it, but it's expensive and I have noone to go with
(x) Met someone from the Internet. Yes a few times
(x) Been to a concert. Yep
(x) Taken painkillers. Yes
(x) Love someone or miss someone right now. Stu .. so far away ..
(x) Laid on your back and watched cloud shapes go by. Yep
( ) Made a snow angel. I don't think I ever have, but have taken photos of kids making them
(x) Had a tea party, pretend or otherwise. When I was a kid
(x) Flown a kite. Yeah but not in like 20 years
(x) Built a sand castle. Yeah, but again not in ages
( ) Gone puddle jumping. Over or into..? :)
(x) Played dress up. When I was little mum had some old clothes we could use
(x) Jumped into a pile of leaves. Probably, although huge piles of deciduous leaves aren't that easy to come by in Sydney
(x) Gone sledding. The funnest time was probably when we went to the snow when I was about 12 and we tobogganed on cafeteria trays :)
(x) Cheated while playing a game. On the very rare occasion I've maybe glanced at cards that haven't been held up properly.
(x) Been lonely. Too much of my life
( ) Fallen asleep at work/school. Nah
( ) Used a fake ID. Nah
(x) Watched the sun set. Yeah. I love sunsets.
(x) Felt an earthquake. Well technically I didn't *feel* the Newcastle earthquake, but I was in a newsagent and heard all the shelves rattle
(x) Slept beneath the stars. I had my head out of the tent one time in Central Australia. My brother slept outside that night. And then it rained.
(x) Been tickled. Yes, but thankfully I'm not as ticklish now as I used to be. And Campbell and Striker are much more ticklish :)
(x) Been robbed. My car once, and stuff from my car a couple of times, but not mugged
(x) Been misunderstood. Yeah
(x) Petted a reindeer/goat/kangaroo OR jackalope. What's a jackalope? Have petted the others though
(x) Won a contest. Yeah but not many
(x) Run a red light/stop sign. I've occasionally gone through stop signs without coming to a complete stop. Especially the one at the end of my street that used to be a give way sign.
( ) Been suspended from school. Nope
(x) Been in a car crash?. I was in my parents new car when it was run up the back of, and with Luc once when he bumped into someone from behind. Oh yes, there was the time I broke a blinker light crashing into someone who I thought was going to make the turn but then they changed their mind and stopped again.
( ) Had braces. No
(x) Felt like an outcast/third person? Again, far too often
( ) Eaten a whole pint of ice cream in one night.No
(x) Had deja vu. Sure
(x) Had deja vu. .. :) (I liked Dave's responses of a glitch in the Matrix)
(x) Danced in the moonlight. Probably
(x) Liked the way you looked. Sometimes bits of me
(x) Witnessed a crime. I witness illegal activity all the time on the roads, some of that is probably criminal
(x) Questioned your heart. I guess so?
(x) Been obsessed with post-it notes. I have all these different colours...
(x) Squished mud through your bare feet. Yeah, but I prefer not to get dirty
(x) Been lost. Yeah
(x) Been on the opposite side of the country.Yep, went to Western Australia in 1984
(x) Swam in the ocean. Yes
(x) Felt like dying. Yes
(x) Cried yourself to sleep. Usually I run out of tears before I actually fall asleep. Have woken up with red eyes a few times though
(x) Played cops and robbers. Maybe
( ) Recently colored with crayons. Crayons.. not recently .. although coloured pencils I have...
(x) Sang karaoke. A couple of times
(x) Paid for a meal with only coins. Sure
(x) Done something you told yourself you wouldn�t. Yeah
( ) Made prank phone calls. Nah
( ) Laughed until some kind of beverage came out of your nose? Don't think so
(x) Caught a snowflake on your tongue. Yeah I think so
(x) Danced in the rain. Dunno.. maybe...
(x) Written a letter to Santa Claus. Not a formal letter, but we did ask him to deliver a present from our place to my great grandmother's place. Strangely enough he didn't and left a return note that Rudolph was too tired to make that extra trip.
( ) Been kissed under the mistletoe. Nah
(x) Watched the sun rise with someone you care about. Do my parents count..? heh
(x) Blown bubbles. Bubbles!!!! bubbles bubbles bubbles! My bubbles.
( ) Made a bonfire on the beach, at the lake. Don't think so
( ) Crashed a party. Nah
(x) Gone roller-skating. Yep, and rollerblading
(x) Had a wish come true. Probably
( ) Jumped off a bridge. No

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