Sunday, July 31, 2005
Also, we had a bit of an impromptu celebration of Baby Karly's First Birthday (which is next week) so that gave the day a bit of officialness to it... rather than a bunch of old crocks and hasbeens getting on the piss.
Rosa, Joe and Glenn having a deep and meaningful conversation about something deep and meaningful....
Table scene... I think Joe has spotted the camera...
The cutting of the cake! Karly on her dad's lap is giving Cam a mouthful on correct ettiquette whilst singing Happy Birthday.
The kids! I think this is our first official kids shot. Dylan, Luke & Gabriela. Kate holding Karly and Lukas sitting on Brooke's lap on the right. Smile Kids!!
Trampolines are always fun, and they have the added thrill that a broken bone is not too far away. Luckily for us, Wayne stayed off...
Niki holding Gabriela... is there no baby that this woman won't pick up!
What is Carly holding under the table? Must be something interesting to get that reaction...
Hey Boy! Get away from my Brooke! ... Ma! Where's my shotgun??
Friday, July 29, 2005
Running late this morning and have caught the train from Emu Plains this morning, which is running on time for once. When it gets to Friday it gets harder to get up so early in the morning… considering that you’re consistently going to bed around midnight.
We also had a peaceful night on the kids’ front with the girls, particularly Kate, sleeping through. She has lost about 3kgs apparently and when you consider she weighs not much more than 30kgs, that’s nearly 10% of her weight! She’s a slender girl as is and she has a gaunt look at the moment. Again yesterday she slept of 3-4 hrs in the middle of the day and was very lethargic.
The good news is that she has woken this morning all bright and chirpy and is keen to go to school today. Friday is her news day and she wants to take the Ant Farm in to show. As a matter of coincidence, Niki saw on one of the news programs last night that there is a severe bout of Gastro running through a lot of the schools and kids in
Funny how a sick child becomes your only thought when you’re a parent. I have been very busy at work but I still call in a couple of times a day and get updates how she’s going etc. You can tell I guess that this has been my main thought this week as its what I have been rabbiting on about…
I am looking forward now to a relaxing weekend. Saturday will see the garden get some attention… winter means less mowing of lawns and I haven’t touched it in weeks. The grass is still
Sunday will be a BBQ here with “some” of my friends (ozjesting, we’ll get you up here for a BBQ soon!) and I am in serious need of just chilling out. We are going for the minimalist approach to this BBQ which means I will fill the gas bottle, buy a case of beer and just chat with friends. Niki has bought plastic plates etc, so everything will just go in the bin. I think there will be 12-15 people at our place so it should be good.
That’s about it. I think this is the most boring post I have written, but hey its Friday after all!
Thursday, July 28, 2005
Met an old work colleague on the train this morning and hence I didn’t get my time to peacefully rant at the world from the warmth of carriage #8 today.
Am very busy at the office at the moment, but I can sum up some of the issues running at the moment:
· Kate is still sick and is off school again today. She is improving and we ‘think’ she will be back tomorrow. Scary thing is she was given homework to be done by her teacher that was delivered to us by another kids mum. Christ, you miss 4 days of kindergarten and they are worried about the backlog of work! When I was a boy (insert old man voice) kindergarten was all finger painting and vegemite sandwiches…
· A long term stint in
· The Ants are digging away mercilessly and have made progress on 3 separate tunnels and they did a 4th one on their own (the other three were holes I made for them). The funny thing is they dig down and then do a 180 and head back to the surface and hence don’t seem to be digging across to link up. I will post piccies when I get the chance. All 20 ants are accounted for and no deaths have been recorded in “the Colony”.
· The Guinea Pigs are just that – PIGS! They are eating us out of apples and broccoli. Not that I care for broccoli myself, but they are little gutses. Zoe the Wonder Dog is incredibly jealous.
· We are hosting a BBQ for our good friends on the weekend… lots of kids, beers, snags and laughs. I am really looking forward to it! No reason, just a few drinks with friends.
Wednesday, July 27, 2005
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I am going to have a bit of a rant today… and why not, I am up early and on the 6:30am train this morning as I have to be at Chatswood for a 9am meeting…
I want to point out some facts to people. Firstly, nightclubs are not illegal. They are places for people to go to for entertainment. They are also licensed to be open at 4am and guess what… they do a decent trade at 4am. If you have ever been out on the town, a nightclub is packed at 4am. Secondly, alcohol is not illegal. People like to have a drink and on occasion drink to excess. Thirdly, footballers of all codes should not be held accountable for every indiscretion that leads them away from what a pious priest would do. Footballers like a drink and like to go to clubs and probably like to chase women.
The media has to stop holding these guys accountable for activities that are not only considered normal, but are practically expected of men in the early 20’s. There is this inherent conflict that football tours can be rowdy and yet we expect these guys to behave like choir boys.
Also, why do we care? Who cares if 4 players are on the piss at 4am half a world away? Why do we care that Shane Warne has extramarital affairs and is a sleaze? Sure it’s not my cup of tea, but he is hardly the first man to be unfaithful.
Why is the media in this country so hung up on the behaviour of sports stars and other celebrities? I think Shane Warne is a great cricketer and I love watching him bowl. I don’t care if he’s married, divorced, swinging like a monkey or a virgin – just keep getting wickets and keeping your spot on the team and I am fine.
I am guessing that umpteen years of the Howard government is finally taking its toll. We have become a nation of scorecarders and “tskers” who are obsessed with everyone keeping on the straight and narrow. But unfortunately this is an impossible goal as history has shown time and time again that many externally conservatives are actually closet deviants who secretly act out their vices. The hordes of priests and other men (and women) of religion and of the moral right who have been found out for what they truly are are examples of the fact that everyone has a skeleton in their closet.
I want to go back to the times when a man could chase a woman in a nightclub at 4am and get in a scuffle with her boyfriend and not have it become national media. I want to go back to the time when people were free to live as they felt and that others were left to live as they saw fit. I want the newspapers to talk more on news and less on gossip and I want the sports pages to talk about results and scores and less about marital affairs.
Tuesday, July 26, 2005
A rare night post on the train home… can I ask all you iPod using tools that we don’t want to hear your music from YOUR earphones. It is a PERSONAL music player, not a license to espouse the virtues of the latest Doof-Doof variation.
I like music, I like people to like music, but I don’t like YOUR music.
Kate has a virus… nothing to be done though as antibiotics are only for infections. Doctor said to keep forcing food down her and ride it out. He recommended soups.
I guess that’s because it will be less chunky on my bathroom floor.
I am here at work whilst Niki is “at the front” (and the back!) dealing with it all day.
On a positive side, Kate is very enthusiastic about her Ants and is spending a lot of time in bed looking at the tunnelling works in progress…
…when everything in your life seems rushed? At the moment everything seems to be burling along at a 100 miles an hour and I just seem to have so many things/issues/ideas in my head at once that you think your head might explode?
In all areas of my life at the moment it seems extremely busy. At work, I have that many projects on, I could easily be in the office at 7am and stay until midnight and still not get everything done. I work long hours as is and it just doesn’t seem enough. 8:30 – 6:30 generally is the “normal day” but I will work until 7:30/8pm more often than I’d care to. Add on the trip to and from the Mountains to the City and back and you’ll understand why my time is precious and hence my more than occasional rant at State Rail is well founded.
At home, Kate is home for the 2nd straight day from school and we spent another evening helping her around a bucket and the toilet. Enough is enough and she is off to the doctors today. She obviously has a virus of some sort and in my books if it hasn’t worked itself out in 72hrs, then its off to the docs. Her little sister Brooke had a similar thing last week, but it was over in 2-3 days… but Kate hasn’t kept anything in since Friday night.
Back on the work scene, my counterpart in my company’s
Its early days yet, so I will see how it all pans out in the office today.
I have also, again because I am a big train user, been thinking about this
All this does in my mind is heighten the nations awareness of
Nothing short of a crusade like religious war is where I unfortunately see all this going…
Monday, July 25, 2005
I am trying to think of an analogy to describe how life is sometimes unfair, but all I can think of is “what a bitch”. It was Kate’s birthday this weekend and the poor little poppet was very crook with some sort of gastro bug. She had a full weekend planned and it started on Friday night with Niki’s family coming over to celebrate.
Kate seemed fine and she had requested lasagne for her birthday dinner (her favourite) but she seemed disinterested in it and was only picking at it. Fifteen minutes later she had thrown up all over the toilet floor and for the whole weekend she was as crook as a dog. Everyone left relatively early on Friday given that all she wanted to do after being sick was curl up on the lounge and watch the tele (which had the cricket on, so she really was crook!) and that was the start of a pretty shitty weekend for her.
In the pre dawn hours on Saturday morning she was being sick again and I spent the night in her bed as she couldn’t stand being away from her mum.
She was supposed to be going to a little classmates party (despite it being her birthday – don’t ask) but given she was throwing up a lot, we thought it was best she didn’t go. She was looking forward to it, but she barely protested.
My mum & dad came up for afternoon tea and she seemed to pick up a bit as she showed off her guinea pigs and ants but an hour after they left she was back on the lounge in front of the Disney channel with a bowl on her lap. She hadn’t eaten a thing since she picked at her lasagne on Friday night.
Sunday was her dance concert day. She has been going to dancing two nights a week practising for this concert and when even though she slept for about 2 hours in the middle of the day, she wanted to go still. She had to be at the studio at 3pm and we debated whether we should keep her home or not. In the end, we let her go as she hadn’t thrown up that day but she looked very pale.
We got through the concert, but she was not her self. She managed some dinner though; the first food for 48hrs but then flaked out on the lounge. All seemed OK, but again this morning at 1:30am she was throwing up again…
It was a terrible weekend for her… she kept telling us “I hate being sick on my birthday”…. I guess we will make it up for her when she’s well…
That was basically my weekend… hope yours was better.
Saturday, July 23, 2005
Friday, July 22, 2005
Warning: Spoilers Below
War of the Worlds (WotW) is an intense roller coaster ride pretty much from the beginning to the end with very little let up in the feeling of anxiety through out the movie. I admit that I was concerned that this would turn into an Independence Day style cheesy “America Saves The World” flicks and that the old story by H G Wells would be undone by Pro-American propaganda. On that account I was suitably impressed, but it is not without its cheese.
From the Narrated beginning (with the Narrator being played by Morgan Freeman – good choice) the feel of the movie is very much like the old audio story released in the late 70’s. If anyone has the old 4 LP War of the Worlds story, even some of the artwork in that book is mimicked in the movie (the scene of the woman fleeing the invaders and the scene of the boat of people under attack). The soundtrack is not the same, but the sound effects in the movie are a great modernisation from the old LP.
Once the aliens attack, (Martians? Its never stated) the story becomes a mental roller coaster. When Tom Cruise (who does very well despite my scepticism and his attention seeking antics of late turning me off) is involved in the first sighting of the aliens the movie turns dramatically into a full on action with suspense movie that is well put together. The alien attack is (to quote Tim Robbins) an extermination rather than a war and because of this, it was surprisingly effective in getting me on the edge of my seat. The movie becomes one of survival rather than counter attack and essentially the end of the invasion is brought about by nature rather than the might of the
The acting is good. Tom Cruise does pull of the his role well as I mentioned, but the little girl (his daughter) does very well as well. Tim Robbins has a good role as well and the scenes in the basement of the farmhouse are excellent.
The special effects are very smooth and the digital animation is perhaps the best I have seen in movies yet. The alien tripods, the destruction of buildings and the effects of the alien ray guns are great. The noxious red weed that starts to inhabit the world too gives the world that red (Martian?) hue.
So overall the movie is great and I would highly recommend it, but it does have its cheesy moments.
Firstly, whilst it is a movie of survival, it is incredibly unrealistic that Tom Cruise has so many encounters with the aliens that he does. From the wholesale slaughter in the opening attack through to hiding out in the farmhouse behind enemy lines through to being picked up and half sucked in to the alien ship, it just doesn’t seem realistic when others are exterminated in the millions.
In addition, there are a few moments that are so unrealistic that it takes you out of your suspense and makes you think “yeah right”… for example the fact that a passenger jet crashes on the house that they are staying in and they not only survive but are apparently unaware of the fact until they step outside in the morning is a bit weird. Also the fact that Tom is chosen to be eaten by the aliens when he is in the tripods “food pouch” and then everyone instantly rallies around to pull him out when previously everyone was sitting around waiting to die is unrealistic (again, this is an example of why Tom has more lives than a cat in this movie).
Also there are a few Americanisms that don’t go unnoticed. The way the initial attacks are queried to be the work of terrorists is perhaps in poor taste. Sure it is a fact that we live in a time in which terrorism is a massive issue, but do we need to bring in the political war of
So in summary, a great movie that is scarier and more suspenseful than I thought it would, but it doesn’t go untouched by a small amount of American cringe factor with cheese, but it is by no means the worst movie in this regard.
Rating: 4 Stars.
After seeing War of the Worlds last night (see other post for a review) I got home to find the Aussie cricketers in disarray. 6/150 and on the back foot. This turned very quickly into being 190 all out and I would have gone to bed had it not been for the fact that McGrath would be opening the bowling on 499 test wickets. So I watched the start of the
And I am glad I did! What an effort. I was mesmerised as McGrath dismantled the
I went to bed finally when Lee was taken off and Gillespie came on and the score was 5/30. Sure the Poms put on another 60 runs, but they still lost 2 more wickets and we now have the upper hand…
The consequence of all this is a distinct lack of sleep (even by my standards) but it was sure worth it!
“Ooh Aah Glenn McGrath! Say Ooh Aah Glenn McGrath!”
Thursday, July 21, 2005
Train is very late this morning… about 10 minutes. I think that is still “on time” according to State Rail.
I met my new housemates last night (see previous post) and the little piggies are settling in well. Little Rosie sat on my lap last night as I watched tele and not a single poop pellet was deposited on my clothes. Niki got a brochure from the pet story and it contains little Guinea Pig facts and instructions on how to care for them. For example:
GUINEA PIG FACT: Guinea Pigs don’t need to have their cages cleaned very much as they eat their own faecal matter for extra nutrients.
OK…. So they eat their own poop to get the required daily dietary requirements. But weren’t these “dietary requirements” in their bodies anyway before they became poop?
This brings me on to the next topic – Water Desalinisation.
Water Desalinisation is expensive and does have some harmful environmental side effects I believe. But the fact is we live in an arid country “girt by sea”. The United Arab Emerites is 99% desert and has no water restrictions (the remaining 1% being golf courses with rich, lush fairways). Why? Why are citizens of the UAE able to take long showers, wash their cars AND water their gardens?? Because they desalinise the water.
Bob Carr, albeit 20 years late, is proposing to build such a facility, but the leftie wowser greenie types (i.e. the local residents of the proposed site) are up in arms. But is there an alternative?
We can drink our own sewage! Huzzah! Yes it can be done and is less costly and more environmentally friendly but the perception is a bit on the nose… I personally don’t have a problem with it. I may buy an extra filter for the kitchen bench, but if it is found to be free of harmful bacteria, I shall raise my glass of clear sewage water to Mr Carr and drink up.
On other news, the Ashes starts tonight and I am very excited… there will be little sleep coming my way over the next couple of months. These daily postings may become shorter as I use my train journey for sleep.
However, I wont see the first session of the test tonight as I am off to see War of the Worlds. I am very keen to see it (despite the midget in the lead role) as I was a big fan of the old “radio play” that was on LP back in the late 70’s / early 80’s. I presume it will be drastically butchered from that, but still I have to see it…
I will also be seeing it at the Glenbrook Community Theatre and shame on Blue Mountains Council for announcing this quaint little theatre with 30 years of history will be shutdown so that the local high school kids can do theatre sports there.
Gotta go… trains come to a screeching halt for no reason. Its going to be a long trip.
Wednesday, July 20, 2005
Bit of a bummer day yesterday at work. Firstly a girl in another department but who dealt quite a lot with my department was involved in a head on accident on the highway somewhere south of Cooma on the weekend. She is “too critical” to move to
Secondly, the father of one of my work mates died on Monday night. What I can only think of as a horrific set of stuff ups, the guy went to hospital 2 weeks ago to have a hearing aid put in and never came out. He had a benign tumour in amongst his ear and skull etc and it had grown to the size of a golf ball and was threatening to send him deaf. The doctors debated and considered the hearing in that ear a lost cause and decided to remove the tumour before it became threatening and this meant losing the cochlear and all the “hearing bits” as well. Sounds relatively routine.
My mates father is in his 70’s and goes ahead with the operation. All seems a success at first, the tumour is removed and a device is attached to the skull behind the ear that results in an external socket to plug in a hearing aid. All’s well until 24 hrs after the operation he wakes up with massive blood loss from the small socket. Turns out that the membrane to the brain had been pierced and not correctly sewn together and he has lost blood and more importantly fluid from the brain onto his pillow. They take him under and decide to remove the implant to let the wound from the tumour heal correctly. At the time this happened, my work mate said the doctor told him that they should have done it that way in the first place because of his age and subsequent thin skin. Basically it was sorry, my mistake… mea culpa.
He comes out of the operation with a large pressure bandage around his head and is feeling fine. He recuperates in the hospital and there is talk of him going home. They remove the pressure bandage and my mate said to me that he was worried as there seemed to be a large amount of bruising.
Then 24hrs later, he has lapsed into a coma and they discover that his brain had swollen dramatically due to something in the brain being blocked and they rush him in to insert a shunt. This was on Thursday and I left for my long weekend.
Then I hear yesterday that he suffered problems over the weekend and I have heard that he suffered blood clots and despite the efforts of a fourth operation he passed away.
I am only writing this down as a bit of a record of how I saw the situation unfolding and I am truly shocked as my mate was happy that his dad was finally going to get his hearing restored and that this was to be a good thing. Instead, it ends up in the worst possible situation and I am sure that there is some sort of behind the scenes issue with the doctors.
These two bad events yesterday make you think and make you realise that you cant take things for granted.
Tuesday, July 19, 2005
Where's the outcry Australia!
Aussie woman gets 20 years in Vietnam for drug offence
After 4 days of luxury cars, 5 star accommodation, fine food and wine and the relaxation that a weekend without children brings, I was back to earth today but it has really sunk in this morning.
Yesterday morning I was cruising into the office in the Lexus getting all the complimentary stares that one gets when driving an impressive motor vehicle (or where they thinking “Look at that wanker!”). But this morning I am back on the rails so to speak and the temperature here in Glenbrook is a balmy 2 degrees. I have forgotten my watch and my beanie and my scarf (I was used to the seat warmer in the Lexus) and I have just gotten onto the familiar carriage #8 of the 7:10am train. I felt like I needed to give people a wave and a nod as I have been derelict in my attendance on the train as I have been driving to the office a fair bit lately. Not only the Lexus, but I have had Blood Bowl games, State of
But I think, at least in the near future, trains will be the way to go for me.
This is good because I filled up the Lexus yesterday (the only cost to me for having it) and half a tank cost me $48 at $1.18 a litre. I think the way fuel is going, liquid gold driven cars with diamond tyres will be cheaper in the not to distant future. I read this weekend that some petrol distribution plant in Sydney lost power for a couple of days and that because of this ALL the petrol prices in Sydney would jump 6 cents and that the weekly discount cycle (Tight Arse Tuesday) will be suspended. So what they are telling me that a failed power switchboard results in a circa 10% increase in costs for the punter at the bowser? Now surely a large petrochemical refinery would have insurance? I, being one that works in the area of corporate insurance, know that surely the loss of income to the petrochemical plant due to its power failure should have been covered by a basic business interruption policy. Sure there would have been a deductible (excess) on the loss that perhaps could have been a 6 figure number but even so, why would the company wish to recover costs that result in a 6 cent pump cost hike?
And remember, that this is but one plant. Its not like it is the single point of failure for
Yet we take this (in the hip pocket) like good corporate citizens and blame the high petrol prices on Terrorism…. idiots.
PS – did anyone see the new Terrorism ads on tele lately… remember peeps, if you see an arab looking guy in a backpack, dob him in!!
Monday, July 18, 2005
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Sunday, July 17, 2005
We had booked the dinner/breakfast deal and those meals were all included in one great package. The only thing we paid for on top was alcohol (hic!).
The weekend was a belated 10th wedding anniversay getaway and we highly recommend Jonahs for a short break.
Also thanks to mum & dad for minding the girls for us!
Thursday, July 14, 2005
Early start today as I have to give a presentation at 8:30 this morning… so I am on the 6:38am train, but it is of course running 5 mins late. Can’t understand what; other than being a slack arse, makes trains late at 6:30 in the morning.
Little Brookie, my youngest was sick last night too and we had to get up a few times through the night. Nothing too bad, she has a bit of tummy bug but she seems to be ok this morning when I left the house.
Today is the last day for me this week and I will be taking off for three days with Niki and hence Lime Kettles will go un-updated over the weekend. Looking forward to the three days immensely!
As a surprise too, I have picked up a Lexus GS300 for the weekend on a “test drive” and have it from tonight through to Monday morning when I go back to work. Never really had a nice (real nice) car on a deal like this… there is a sports car weekend hire place across the road from my office where you can hire BMW Z4’s and the like for the weekend. Thought it would be nice to do, but seemed way too expensive. This deal that I have this weekend is only costing me the fuel I use and $1000 for an at fault accident. Touch Wood.
I smashed gumbi last night in my Cut Throat League match on fumbbl 4-0. I am now undefeated after three rounds which is nice. The fumbbl client was updated to ver8.4 yesterday which now has the feature that when a player dies on the pitch, there is a permanent blood stain on the pitch! I had a mummy killed last night (damn regenerate didn’t work) and I am suddenly confronted with a pixelated representation of his insides smeared across the turf. This add on makes me think of other possible graphic enhancements… such as footprints in the mud during wet weather games etc etc. I may post some ideas on the fumbbl forums.
Wednesday, July 13, 2005
My solution, perhaps a little off the wall, is instead of a Draft, that there be a Dutch auction of playing talent. Done on a gala night like the NBA Draft, all clubs gather in say the Sydney Superdome. This can be held on July 1 after the anti-tampering "gloves" come off.
The club reps are presented with a list of off contracted players and the wooden spooners start by making a bid on one player. Then you move up the draft order and each club can similarly make a bid for players. If the clubs go through there bids and nobody makes a counter bid for a player, then that player is deemed "signed" by that club. If a rival club makes a counter bid, the process goes on until one club has made a final bid and everyone has passed in.
To make it fair and above board, each club must declare at the start of the auction how much cash they have in the kitty and hence can only offer bids on players to that limit.
Of course, a player at the end of the auction has the right to refuse to play for their purchaser but by the end of the night, most clubs will have come close to exhausting their reserves and the subsequent free market may be somewhat limited - and we would all know what clubs had money up their sleeves because they disclosed it at the start.
A little wierd, but doable...
Bit perplexed as to the value of the Google Search Bar. As I said earlier this week, I was giving it a run and to be honest it simply takes up screen space for very little benefit. The two main features are the search window and in my case the BlogIt function.
For the search, I already had my vanilla Firefox install configured to use Google
Therefore with no redeeming features and the negative aspect that Firefox cannot merge its toolbars and hence stacks them one under the other and subsequently uses screen space, I am heading for the uninstall button as we speak.
It just goes to show that not everything done by the general populace via OpenSource is as useful as first intended.
On the plus side, I do have several extensions on my Firefox browser here at work that I do consider mandatory. My view, if you run Firefox you MUST get:
· Tabbrowser Preferences
· AdBlock (block those pesky adds)
· IE View (you can designate to open certain pages in IE if they do not support Firefox)
· All-In-One Gestures (mouse navigation)
· miniT (allows you to move tabs around in a click and drag motion)
In addition, I have BugMeNot, StumbleUpon and BlogIt which I consider very handy for what I do and work very nicely.
Been a good week to date so far, but I didn’t get to bed last night until after 1am so I have taken the opportunity to get a later train today. The 7:38 stops at a lot more stations and I won’t get to my desk until around 9:30, but the extra half hour sleep helps dramatically IMHO.
I say its been a good week because firstly, its short. A four day week because I am having Friday off is always a good start. Also, got my table top game in last night and whilst I got absolutely trounced 4-1, I had a good chat to Doubleskulls and he certainly showed me the light in the way of how good an Amazon blood bowl team can be. I am going to experiment with an Amazon team on fumbbl asap.
What is even better though, but the source of my lack of sleep, is that
I have also had a couple of new CD’s to listen to the past few days. Firstly, I bought the new White Stripes album and it’s a bit hit and miss. A great opening track isn’t followed up strongly enough and it does get a bit lost on me in the back end of the album… Rating?? Need a system I guess… I will award up to 5 points for the music in general and up to 5 points in value (price, duration, etc).
For the White Stripes, I give a 3/5 for music and a 3/5 for value as it isn’t the longest album out there. 6 out of 10.
Also, Dad bought me on a whim on the weekend the self titled Blackmountain CD. After a couple of listens, it is very good. 4/5 for music, but it is very short. Only 35mins or so and 8 tracks – seems closer to an EP to an album so 2/5. That’s another 6/10…
Tuesday, July 12, 2005
Basically it's "War of the Nerds"!
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Yesterday my package from www.thinkgeek.com arrived via DHL. That’s not bad, I think it only took 3 working days to get here… So I now have a new space age Ant Farm which I have hidden away in the wardrobe for Kate’s 6th birthday (which is the 23rd of July) but I donned my new nerdy t-shirt. I look splendid in it! LOL!
Also, when the Ants do get up and running, I might take some photos of them so you too at home can track the ants. The Ant Farm is very cool… and very blue.
Speaking of geeky things, I am playing Blood Bowl tonight against the famed Ian “Doubleskulls” Williams who is a BBRC member from the
The video official ruled the illegal tackle was OK and awarded a try. Come Monday, NRL officials reviewed the incident and charged the Parramatta player with a Grade 2 Careless High Tackle. i.e. the NRL has done a 180 degree backflip to what the match official thought.
At what point does this all become a farce? The on field decision cost St George the game and now St George will be vindicated in the judciary room, but that is no compensation.
Dragons breathing fire: "Stone deemed Marsh was not at fault as players streamed in to join the fray, allowing McKinnon to run unimpeded to the tryline."
Monday, July 11, 2005
Had a pretty full weekend this weekend which was typical as I had a pretty hectic week before that. Friday night I went to the Footy to see Saints v
Good night though, always good to go to the football, but can Parramatta management let your fans cheer for their team on their own without piping in via a soundtrack fake chanting! It’s the most annoying thing I have ever heard at the football. Even the Parra fans in my vicinity were asking for the tape to snap!
Saturday saw “The Long Walk” (see post below) and Sunday we had lunch with my Mum & Dad. Now apparently Mum & Dad are big readers of Lime Kettles but got a bit miffed when in one of my prior Weekend Wrap posts I said I “had a quiet weekend and did not much” yet had gone out for dinner with them…. They (Dad?) were a bit upset they “didn’t make the grade” of newsworthiness on this otherwise non-newsworthy site.
Yesterday we went to Caesars in the Italian Forum at Leichhardt and had a very good meal of Pasta, Pizza and Tiramisu with Coffees. The kids had the traditional Italian pizza of “La Hawaiian” and we had one pizza with Chorizo sausage and one with Prosciutto and olives. My entrée was the best imho and I had penne pasta with prawns, snow peas, sun dried tomatoes and a creamy cheese sauce. So thanks for lunch Mum & Dad! And for my avid readers, Caesars is a great little place.
Sunday night saw our friends Julie & Con and kids Jesse, Hannah and Shannon and Monique & Sean with their 18mth old son Tyler for Julies birthday. So after a big lunch, there’s no better way to unwind than a BBQ dinner with all the trimmings. Lamb steaks, beef and Italian sausages, and Monique brought around her chicken marinated in a Green Curry sauce. Add potato salad, coleslaw, pasta salad, warm bread rolls followed by deserts of Caramel Mudcake or Sticky Date Pudding with ice cream plus a few bottles of wine… I was well and truly stuffed. To be honest, I didn’t eat hardly anything because of lunch… so there’s plenty of left overs for dinner this week.
The week ahead is a short one as Niki and I go away on Friday for a weekend to belatedly celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary. We are both really looking forward to it!
I have heard this morning that once again we are increasing our commitment to the
One, are we or are we not simply putting a bigger target on ourselves for terrorists to aim at? I am against the whole
Secondly, are we not supposed to be pulling out of
And thirdly, the main reason I oppose the addition of troops is because our Prime Minister said in his election promises we would NOT add more troops. Well, he has done it twice now. What is the value of a promise when you break it twice? Wake up
Sunday, July 10, 2005
Friday, July 08, 2005
I have driven in today again as I am going to the football tonight, but it isn’t a very celebratory mood after last nights events in
I was quite happy that today my social engagements tonight meant I drove in…
Also, I cannot believe that only 37 people died in
Anyway, that’s the most morbid posting I have written, but as I said at the top, my mate Steve is ok and his family know he is good and that is what’s important.
Thursday, July 07, 2005
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My train is due in at Central at 8:16am. Routinely it runs 10 minutes late, but it is now currently 8:00am and I am yet to reach
Considering that I left the house late this morning and travelled down to Emu Plains to catch up with the train there and then waited an eternity in the cold, I am feeling a little ticked off. I have read the entire newspaper cover to cover and am only half way through my journey.
I can understand the occasional stuff up, but this is a joke. Every fucking day!
I actually bought the paper today because I was at Emu Plains station and they have a newsagent on the platform so convenience was there, but my main reason was because of last nights great win by NSW in the State of
Michael Crocker though is. I cant stand this bloke. For the Roosters, he is the biggest niggling pain in the arse player around, but in the 3 Origin games, he has taken his cheap grubby play and raised it to new heights.
Well he cost QLD the game. He tried to put cheap high shots and elbows and knees in the tackles and seemed more focused on “taking out” NSW players, particularly Johns when in reality all he was doing was a) revving up NSW, again particularly Johns and b) costing them yardage by forgetting about the football.
Case in point, QLD running it out from their own quarter. Crocker takes a hit up and basically turns square to run across the line to find Johns. Yardage gained was virtually zero, Johns who was not worried (Crocker is hardly the biggest player in the game) and puts a shoulder charge on and sends Crocker flying. Net result, Ryles, Bailey, Kennedy and co are ready and waiting for the next hapless forward, inspired by a Johns hit, and all because Crocker wanted to take the game to the worlds best player and “intimidate” him.
Well sorry Crocker, you’re a tool!
And how many times was he 3rd man in a tackle and last one up? How many times did he use elbows and knees on a prone player? He did so many cheap shots, it did nothing more than fire up NSW.
And it was so sweet that when NSW raced in their bazillionth try, it was Crocker who was the culprit in the defensive line that let Anasta sail right by.
Anyway, I am rambling… Crocker is a TOOL :-)
Still on footy, big grudge match this Friday night when my team, the Dragons take on the Eels (the team of choice for most of my mates) at Parramatta Stadium. I will be going with said mates and be outnumbered in support by 8 to 1, but it will be good to get out and see a game with the boys! Saints by 8!
Wednesday, July 06, 2005
Just a quick note to say that there was no posting this morning because I drove in yet again. I drove because I am going to my mate Rocket’s place for a State of
Tuesday, July 05, 2005
Back on the trains today after my driving sojourn yesterday. The train is near empty today as its school holidays. Whilst there are not many school kids on my train I guess a lot of people take annual leave around this time of year.
Today my posting is not with the trains (despite them being 7 minutes late this morning) but rather IT Help Desk people. You know the type. Young person, aged 22-28, probably does No-Doze to stay awake after sitting up all night playing World of Warcraft or something similar and probably has some body piercing somewhere on their body under their corporate attire to make them think that they’re “bucking the system”. I think this job spec describes most Help Desk people at your place of work too…
(sidebar – they just announced that the aircon in carriages 3 and 4 is not working and if customers are uncomfortable, they should move. I am in carriage 8 and the aircon is on and set to “cold” despite it being less than 5 degrees outside. I may move TO carriage 4!)
Anyway, help desk… These are the people who you ring after 30 minutes of frustration and they tell you lines like “Have you tried rebooting?” They continually amaze me in all my working life, no matter where I have worked (and its been a few places) the Help Desk person always assumes that the person they are dealing with (i.e. me) is an idiot and struggles to turn on the PC each morning. Now I know some of the more geriatric executive management of a company may find a PC as useful as a paper weight, but for most people my age and younger (and there’s a lot more of them every year) PC’s are not one of life’s great mysteries and we do know some basics of registry editing and configuring a PC for optimum performance.
Well at my work recently, the PC’s in my department have all decided to have a hissy fit for the past 6 months (yes months!) and continuously crash, freeze for 30 second periods as you move a 2kb email file to a folder or will basically determine for itself that 20minutes is a reasonable amount of time to take to login to the network in the morning. The Help Desk people (and there have been many over 6 months) have all attempted to hoist the blame for these issues onto the humble PC or its user. I have had this laptop upgraded and rebuilt 5 times in my 3 year period of employment because of my perception (and I use the word perception because I know the smarmy Help Desk people think I am being unreasonable) and I now run 512MB of RAM when the “standard build” is 256MB. I am a desk jockey and use MS Office, web and email, so I don’t need a high end machine so this should be more than adequate.
At the same time, my colleagues in my department have been experiencing similar problems. They too have crashes (one guy’s crashes every 2 hours – that’s 4-5 times a day) and yet each time the Help Desk say it’s a PC problem. They too have gone through the Help Desk rigmarole and one guy is currently running over a Gig of RAM because he cant open 2 page word docs?? For me though, Help Desk give me little credence because I run Firefox. Yes, the humble fact that I run Firefox as a web browser instead of IE means that ALL my problems are caused by Firefox. For example, my CPU with nothing running other than the network and Task Manager was spinning at 100% usage for 15mins. I rebooted and still it shot to 100% and stayed there. As a result, the smallest of tasks took ages. I took a screen dump of my screen showing NOTHING on my taskbar and the CPU clock running at 100% and sent a polite email that contained the phrase “what the fuck” in the subject line to the Help Desk manager. His response – I see you have a Firefox icon on your desktop, I suggest you uninstall Firefox and any other non-standard software and this should correct your issue. ????? a) the thing wasn’t even running and b) that’s bullshit!
Yet we are made to feel inferior in the light of the Help Desk and their anal manager because “we users” are nothing but idiots.
The reason though humble reader for this rant is that my colleagues and I have been vindicated. We finally got Help Desk to check the network and they called in our external data comms provider to “check the cabling” and they found lo and behold that there was a “major fault” in the cabling between my floor and the data centre on another floor that would have been the cause of serious network issues. So serious this fault is that when it was discovered on Friday, they got the work to rectify it done that night. They spent the weekend rewiring my floor I am happy to report that yesterday saw me work in a “freeze and crash” free environment for the first time in at least 6 months.
Monday, July 04, 2005
Now I think that the whole concept of Live 8 was an admirable one and I think the sentiments of all concerned are in the right places. I think however that as a major Western nation (but not a member of G8) that the whole thing has sort of washed over Australians and has been a sideline intrusion into our normal weekend of football scores and the Wimbledon and cricket highlights from the
This is all very good and I gladly signed my name to the petition.
But why wasn’t this more heavily promoted in
What I also found appalling was the fact that whilst this was one of the biggest events staged in the history of humanity (if the 3 Billion viewing audience is correct), in
However, you cant blame the Foxtel people because the free to air media refused to show it live because it would a) cost too much and b) interfere with cricket and wimbledon coverage. Appalling! Instead, on a delay of 22hrs, it was packaged and presented in highlights form on one of the free to air networks at 8:30 on Sunday night. This timing undoubtedly chosen so it didn’t clash with Big Brother!
Shame Australia Shame!