Fun Stuff: August 2008 Archives

K: "I'm the green fairy"
S: "Huh?"
K: "Kylie Minogue"
S: "Huh?"
K: "She sings the Sound of Music"
S: "Huhhhhh???"

I swear, he totally thought I was making it up ;)

Green Fairy

Photo Friday?

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Man I'm tired.  Just need to collapse into bed. But a few photos first.

Pool balls in the sunlight..
Pool balls

Tonight we met up with Nat and Andrew and went to IT in the Pub - pirate night. It was a little freaky lol. But Nat totally pulled off the pirate look :)
Natto the pirate

Then went and had a look at Pablo.. which was even freakier.. heh Pablo

Andrew and Nat went off to see a movie, so Stu and I went for dessert at Koko Black.. Iced Chocolate
The iced chocolate I had was quite good - two scoops of ice cream! But they forgot about me, and Stu had finished his coffee before they brought out my thing. Oh well.

And finally took a quick snap of reflections over the lake on the way back to the car.. Canberra reflections

Sooooo tired!!
Remember I was excited the other week because my *car* was on Street View?!?  


Was showing the parents street view tonight and went down the street and there I am waiting at the bus stop!!  I would have seen the Google car and not even realised!! Fail!! hehehe

I don't understand how people could be upset about themselves being on Google Earth - I think it's fricken awesome!! :)

Kazza on Google Maps Street View

Kazza on Google Maps Street View

Can I go home now?

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Long day at work :/

But I did manage to get this (pretty crap) photo of Venus and Mercury in the early evening sky..   They'll be even closer tomorrow night, keep a look out for them :)

Venus and Mercury

It was *cold* this morning.  It was at -1 at 11pm and got down to about -5 around 6:30am.  Some frost, but not as much as other mornings this month, and a fog as well..

Foggy and frosty

As part of science this week, there was an amateur astronomer's night up Mt Stromlo last night.  So we drove up the denuded hills (I still miss the Canberra pine forests :( ) and met up with Natalie and Andrew.

And proceeded to get third-degree moon-burn!  Seriously who the @#% decided to have an astronomy night on the night of a full moon !?!?  The astronomers didn't know but were equally dismayed.

Still, it was a bit of fun, if very cold.  Got a spectacular view of Jupiter, Europa, Io, Ganymede and Callisto, and nearly blinded ourselves looking at the moon.  Didn't look at too much else.. spent most of my time playing with some long exposures of the observatory buildings...

Mt Stromlo by moonlight

Mt Stromlo by moonlight

Mt Stromlo by moonlight

It was really sad seeing the building that was burnt out by the 2003 bushfires..
Mt Stromlo by moonlight

Mt Stromlo by moonlight

Mt Stromlo by moonlight

Mt Stromlo by moonlight

You can just barely see the Southern Cross in this resized version..

Mt Stromlo by moonlight

On the way down the hill we stopped so I could take some Canberra by nights shots..

Canberra by night

Apparently they'll be there next week too... maybe we'll drag the parents up there...

Dave rocks!

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I haven't had the energy to even download today's photos, so here's some of yesterday's...

The first bit of exciting news was the arrival this week of my Blogography package, consisting of t-shirts, a Try Evil cap, and ten (!!) packs of playing cards.

Blogography cards

I've been hanging out for these just to see what the stories were on them!  They're pretty sweet!

Blogography cards

Although the Queens with five o'clock shadows were somewhat disturbing!

Blogography cards

Even the backs of them are beautifully done

Blogography cards

Apparently there were problems with the printing of them so I seem to have a couple of extra packs.  The pack I opened seems ok though.  I have a lifetime supply of playing cards too!  Ten packs for the price of the single pack we got at Frankfurt airport!


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One of my biggest pet peeves is direct image linking bandwidth thieves.  Myspace users are the biggest culprits in this crime.  So today I had my revenge.  I setup some rewrite rules to redirect any images stolen from my site to something more appropriate for the scum that is this sort of thief.

I wasn't able to do this with my blog images before the beginning of this year because the server I was on didn't support it (well it did, but you needed to do it through the sysadmin's admin interface - not an option as a user).  I had it working on my photo server for a while (thanks Dave) but hadn't set it up again after the hard drive crash I had on it.

I'm just blocking myspace at the moment, but may extend it to other sites that offend me the most...

If anyone's interested, the .htaccess file contains the following text:

RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^http://(.+\.)?myspace\.com.*$      [NC]
RewriteRule .*\.(jpg|jpeg|gif|png|bmp)$ http://myothersite/naughty.gif [R,NC]

Stu and I got a good giggle over this this morning :)
  • Damien and Amanda got engaged!!
  • Google Maps Street View came to Australia!!
  • Stu got a promotion at work!!

Google Earth Street View

My car is famous!
Google Earth Street View

Even found their car!
Google car 1
Google car 2
ahh.... I could spend hours doing this... ;)

Kazza's "Boring Life Of a Geek" aka BLOG

IT geek, originally from Sydney, moved to Canberra in 2007. Married to "the sweetie", aka Stu. Prolific photographer, Lego junkie and tropical fish keeper.

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