Kazza the Blank One: November 2018 Archives

Is the word

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Last night we watched Anthony Bourdain in Cuba. 

And Cars 3.  Which was a bit .. meh ..   I think I actually preferred Cars 2.

And because of the racing in both things I was like, we should watch Grease!  The sweetie didn't really want to, but he watched it in spite of himself haha :)

Death of Paradise

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So the last month or two we've been watching Death in Paradise, a British murder mystery set in the Caribbean.

But.

Spoilers.

We've gotten through two seasons of eight episodes each, and had just started watching season three on Sunday night.

Where they unceremoniously killed off the star of the show.

My favourite character.

Are you freakin kidding me?   Who does that???

I can't bear to watch any more right now.

Maybe next year.

Roosteroo

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Last weekend Kit pulled two containers of "Roo Stew" out of her freezer, made from some of her young roosters.  I was going to bring them home.  Except I forgot them and left them on the bench.  Which meant they'd defrosted overnight.  But we ate them this week and we were fine.

Last night Kit had defrosted two of her young roosters and was planning to feed them to the dogs, unless I wanted them, and I was like, I'll eat them!  So they're roasting now. 

Sadly last weekend two young roosters met their fate and are now in the veggie patch, on account of Kit simply didn't have the time to process them.

Circle of life and all....

Tuesday we had dinner with Cath at Malaysian Chapter which was nice.  

Thursday had lunch with Chrissie.  Nathan has two teeth!

Nathan teeth

This week I finally finished a project I started shortly after joining my new team a year or so ago.  I said it would take two years.  But it took only a bit over a year.  So we had a team lunch on Friday to celebrate.

Friday evening met up with Chrissie and went back to her place for dinner while Stu did some clothes shopping. 

Didn't get a whole lot done on Saturday.  Had the feeling that there was too much to do so didn't know where to start so nothing much got done.  Le sigh.  We were all set to go out to the club in the afternoon but the sweetie got a migraine.  After an hour he was still feeling very delicate so we didn't go.  Which was a bit disappointing because we'd been going to help with the prep for the Christmas party.  Sorry guys!  Instead we had chicken kiev and potato gems and watched Death in Paradise and Cars 2.  I'd never seen Cars 2 before.  It was, well.. silly..  Although I did laugh out loud quite a few times in spite of myself.  Had a quiet drink with Kit and Pete before bed time.  Less than two weeks before they move :(

Today was just more bits and pieces and not achieving a whole lot.

Except.

We sadly said goodbye to our pool, and have spent the afternoon draining it off.  While I was getting the pool ready for summer a couple of months ago I noticed a patch of rust at the bottom of the steel below the skimmer box.  Seems the skimmer box had been dripping water into the gap between the two layers of the skin of the pool where they overlap at the end.  I tried contacting Swimart but they never even bothered to respond to my query.  So contacted Poolwerx instead and they sent someone out to have a look but couldn't really say how serious the problem was.  I contacted the previous owner of our house.  They bought the place in 1991, and the pool was a few years old at that point.  Which means our pool is around thirty years old!!  It's definitely had a good run, and we had it for ten years.  I was too paranoid to keep it, on account of the club pool splitting a couple of years ago.  Fortunately there was no damage at the club, but I was terrified that ours would split and damage the foundations of ours and/or Kit's house.  We had some great times in that pool and we're both very very sad to see it go.

A Week of Insomnia

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Tuesday woke up around 3am, hot and uncomfortable.  Didn't get back to sleep for two or three hours.

Wednesday the storm woke me up but then couldn't get back to sleep for a couple of hours.

Thursday was hurty from about 3am for two or three hours.

Friday was hurty from about 5am and it was all over.

I did sleep relatively well last night, although when I woke up my spine was ACHING and it took quite a while to recover.

Le sigh.

Other than that..

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Pretty quiet weekend.

Friday night we were going to go to Chong Co for dinner, but it was closed for renovations.  So went next door to Sushi Bay which was pretty decent.  Then saw Bohemian Rhapsody.

Saturday just the usual house work and All The Things.  Also went down to a seamstress to get a couple of dresses taken up.  Finished off some leftovers for dinner and watched Death in Paradise, before heading down to visit Kit who is back in town for the weekend.

Today I didn't do as much real work, just picking Lego to put into sets.  It's hard work because there's Lego everywhere but buried in bags in tubs so difficult to get at.  And the computer I'm using is my old computer which is pretty slow.  I've got five word docs open for five sets, and marking pieces off as I gather them, and noting which pieces are missing.  I've been at it for like a week and still haven't finished one pass through all the Lego.  And then I have to start all over again with the next batch.  It's going to take *forever*.  

Bohemian Rhapsody

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Bohemian Rhapsody

I first heard Bohemian Rhapsody in 1986 in year 7 music at high school.  It was one of my favourite songs for years.

In 1991 I met my first boyfriend who was a *huge* Freddie fan, and I got into Queen as well.  He was not impressed.

Shrug.

On 25 November 25 1998, I heard that Brian May was performing in Sydney *that night*, so I rang up and got a ticket.  I was so sick with a heavy cold or a flu but I went anyway (just couldn't sing as well haha).  

On 15 May 2012, I was in London and went to Garden Lodge - Freddie Mercury's old home (and current home of Mary Austin) in Kensington. 

I was kind of expecting the movie to be somewhat "familiar", having seen quite a few documentaries over the years.

And it was, but also plenty of "fresh" stuff.

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed it.  Funniest bit was Mike Myers as an EMI exec saying "We need a song teenagers can bang their heads to in a car. Bohemian Rhapsody is not that song."   bwahahaha.

Obviously they had to change things around a bit for dramatic effect (Freddie wasn't diagnosed with AIDS til well after Live Aid, and they hadn't broken up before Live Aid either - that sort of thing).  But they finished on the high that was the Live Aid performance, which by many accounts was the best act of the day.

The casting was great.  I reckon Gwilym Lee totally nailed Brian May.  

Worth seeing.

Where Were We?

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Thursday night: epic insomnia.

Friday: Kit came home for the weekend.  We didn't think she was going to come back because she had to go to Sydney on Sunday night, but she did, so we went down and said hi after dinner.

Saturday:  All The Things.  Although not really all of them.  Got some stuff done but not huge amounts.  In the afternoon we headed out to the club for the evening.  The pool was warm enough so it was all quite pleasant.

Sunday:  More house stuff, food shopping, Rake and Death in Paradise.  Oh and we also went clothes shopping and it didn't end in tears!

Struggling to stay on top of everything.  So.  Busy.  

Stop the world, I want to get off!!

iPhone EXIF

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Yeah so the other day I was complaining about Apple iPhones screwing up the Date modified field on their photos.  Thanks to a pro tip from the little brother, I can use FastStone to change the Date modified field to be the Date taken from the EXIF data.  Look! That first file is correct now!!  (and all the other photos are too)

iPhones are dumb

However.

Hi.

That doesn't work with the PNG files (screenshots).  5884 was taking early morning on 6 November, and 5885 was taking mid morning on 6 November.  But their modified dates are screwed up.  5884 is noted as being modified two days later, and 5885 several hours earlier.  So the script I have to rename the files got 5884 wrong, so I had to manually rename it.

Fricken hate Apple.

In Other Phone News

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Still haven't really had much of a chance to play with my new camera phone. 

I have noticed that it seems to quite well with backlighting - doing a decent job of HDR by default.  My old phone would have struggled with this lighting.

iPhone XS HDR

iPhone XS HDR

Annoyingly, the bug iPhones have recording date/time is still there in this phone/iOS.  These are the first photos taken.  Even the very first photo is wrong.  It was taken at 22:06 on 5/11, but the Date modified field is 01:51 on 7/11, when I was in bed asleep!  Fricken hate Apple.

iPhone bad date time data

I knew later phones/OSes had little video clips attached to photos, so when you play them on the phone you see the second or two before the photo was taken as a little animation.  I thought was some internal function on the phone.  I didn't realise it actually saves little .mov files for each one!  It's kinda cool, but I'm not entirely convinced - it takes at least twice as much space per photo, and it will make sorting/filing photos that much harder...

The face recognition is pretty cool.  Haven't tried it to see if anyone else can hack into it with their face.  

The lack of a home button is taking some getting used to.  It's mostly ok, but sometimes need a couple of swipes to get it.

The size and weight of it is majorly painful.  I feel like I'm going to drop it on my face when I'm playing with it in bed.  I got a case for it today and with that on the corner of it sticks out of my pocket because it simply doesn't fit.  Le sigh.  Fricken hate Apple.

Remember, Remember?

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So eleven years ago today I started work at my current job.

Since it was a nice, memorable date, I decided I'd take the plunge on the 256GB XS.  $15/month more (ouch!!) but with any luck it should do me a good five years and not fill up (it has 16x more space!!).

The whole process of getting the phone was fairly quick, on account of being a current customer.

It sat on my desk all afternoon.  I couldn't do much with it though until I got home.

I backed up my 5 with iTunes, and made a physical copy of the data files.  Then I downloaded and upgrade iTunes to the latest version.  The new version wouldn't see my phone - complained about needing a driver.  So went into device manager and updated the driver.  It wanted to restart but I didn't bother with that, as iTunes could see the phone again.  Backed it up again in the new version, and went to make another physical copy of the backup files.  Except they'd all gone.  Disappeared.  I actually ran SpaceMonger to find the files - they'd been moved to c:\users\<user>\apple.  Fricken hate Apple.

So plugged the new phone into iTunes, and went through the process of restoring my old phone setup.  Took like twenty minutes.  It was pretty cool to see over 200 GB free :)  It did its thing and rebooted, then kept going, but it got stuck at Updating iCloud Settings.  Left it for ages but it still stayed there.  So rebooted the phone.  Got back in and kept going.  Looks like it was actually updating all of my applications in the background.  Without my permission!!!  Fricken hate Apple.  The worst part of that was Foursquare - it finally updated to a version that you can't checkin with anymore.  Which means I'm going to have to get Swarm.  Fricken hate Foursquare.  I got away with it for so long, so this just makes me sad.  Thanks Apple.  NOT.

The other thing that's not working that I'm going to need is one of my work apps, so will need to take my old phone to work tomorrow until that's sorted.

And then there's all the apps that simply don't work on the 64 bit OS.

I suppose I should swap the sim cards over and make it all official-like.  And take a photo on it to christen it....

Edit: here it is!

First iPhone pic

BBQs and Stuff

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Thursday night was BBQ at @CLBradley's which was nice.  Haven't seen them in ages (other than at Frank's funeral).  Chris and Glenda (and Junior) came too which was good but Neil and Doc couldn't make it.  Next time!

Pumpkin light at Chris's

Superlative soap

Champagne at Chris's 59th

Chris's birthday cake

Friday night was BBQ at Kit's for a farewell party.  It was nice too, and chatted about nothing to Tarun for a while too which was good.  The only problem was the drama.  The Kit-Serena drama, the Sarah-Serena drama, the Kit-Pete drama.  Sheesh.  I don't like drama.  

Saturday was just doing All The Things.  Didn't even leave the property all day.  Had a pretty quiet evening, watched Up.

Sunday was just doing All The Things.  Didn't even leave the extended property all day.  Had a pretty quiet evening, watched Toy Story 3.

So a nice quiet weekend.  Got a fair bit done, although not as much as I would have liked.  

On Sunday morning we went down to say goodbye to Kit.  She went down the coast after that to start a new job.  We'll see her a couple more times before they're down there for good.  Gonna miss those guys.  Gonna miss George.  Gonna miss feeding all our kitchen scraps to the chickens.  David will not miss Fonzie!

Vivid Sydney 2018

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Back in June I went up to Sydney for Mum and Ken's birthday.

On the Saturday evening after everyone had left after playing cards, we decided to head into Vivid.  I'd never been, so it was all a bit of fun.  Well except that guy who told us we couldn't get close to a barrier to get a photo.  Wanted us like three metres back.  For no good reason other than his own ego.  Retard.  Other than that was a great night and walked for hours.

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In 2016 I borrowed the book, The Last Seven Months of Anne Frank, by Willy Lindwer, off Kit.  It's the transcripts of interviews Willy Lindwer did in the late 1980s with six women who knew Anne Frank, who all survived German concentration camps.  So it's all their stories in their own words.  I read the first three stories in 2016, but things got a little too real at the end of 2016 and it got too hard to read.  

But with Kit about to move down the coast I finished it off last week.  

A somewhat tough read because of the content, but stories that need to be told.

I'd like to see the documentary some time too.

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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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