Monday, December 29, 2008
came across this a few hours ago ~
and although it's a joint venture with a corporate entity, it's an easy idea to get people involved. and kind of nice to see at the end that other people in your area have done the same thing.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Mini swiss brown mushroom, onion and caraway tarts
A hot and cold selection of German meats
Over roasted duck and spatzle salad (this was so good)
Grilled chicken breast
Beer battered fish and chips
King prawns sauteed in garlic and sage
Sauerkraut, warm potato salad, braised red cabbage
Traditional German bretzels (giant bready pretzels, yum)
Slow cooked pork belly with caramelised Zierholz Porter sauce
Their everyday menu looks pretty good too.
For the beer drinkers (we were in a brewery after all) there were a number of different German style beers on offer, which had been brewed on the premises. The best part was the 'paddle'. A paddle is 7 shots of the beers made by the brewery in a neat little rack for $10, plus a middy of your favourite beer once you had finished all the shots. A great way to sample all the beers without having to drink too much of one you didn't like. They also do mini kegs, which my boss had for his 40th (unfortunately before I started work here) and which he said were very good.
Zierholz is in Fyshwick so there are no issues with parking. They also do bar snacks for casual diners. So next time you are in Canberra and wondering what to do, maybe a visit to the brewery might help pass the time?
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
also, wouldn't mind a reference to Pavs, lammos, drop bears and Midnight Oil. oh,and Sandmans, or Chargers. still, one of the more coherent memes I've seen in a long while.
1. Heard a kookaburra in person
2. Slept under the stars
3. Seen a koala
4. Visited Melbourne
5. Watched a summer thunderstorm
6. Worn a pair of thongs
7. Been to Uluru (Ayer's Rock)
8. Visited Cape York
9. Held a snake
10. Sang along with Khe San
11. Drank VB (flat, for a dare, blech!)
12. Visited Sydney
13. Have seen a shark
14. Have used Aussie slang naturally in a conversation (really? well bugger me)
15. Had an actual conversation with an indigenous Australian (Aboriginal)
16. Eaten hot chips from the bag at the beach
17. Walked/climbed over the Sydney Harbour Bridge (legally - want to do it illegally too)
18. Used an outside dunny, and checked under the seat before sitting down
19. Seen Chloe in Young & Jackson's (sorry but this is too Melbourne-centric)
20. Slept on an overnight train or bus
21. Been to Sydney's Mardi Gras
22. Have gone bush-bashing
23. Taken a sickie
24. Been to see a game of Aussie Rules football
25. Have seen wild camels
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Had a Tim Tam Slam
28. Ridden in a tram in Melbourne
29. Been at an ANZAC day Dawn Service
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Held a wombat (seen one in Teh Wild but didn't approach, I'm not stupid you know)
32. Been on a roadtrip of 800km or more
33. Seen the Great Australian Bight in person
34. Had a really bad sunburn
35. Visited an aboriginal community
36. Seen a redback spider
37. Have watched Paul Hogan (pre-Dundee)
38. Seen Blue Poles in person (and loved it)
39. Wandered barefoot in the bush/outback
40. Eaten Vegemite
41. Thrown a boomerang (but it didn't come back)
42. Seen the Kimberleys
43. Given a hitch-hiker a lift
44. Been to Perth
45. Have tried Lemon, Lime and Bitters (didn't know this was Orstralyan)
46. Tried playing a didgeridoo (failed dismally. have seen Rolf Harris play in person and got his autograph though. have heard that females aren't actually meant to play the didge. anyone know if that's true?)
47. Seen dinosaur footprints
48. Eaten Tim Tams (as opposed to just sucking them down a la point 27? silly)
49. Been to Darwin
50. Touched a kangaroo
51. Visted the Great Barrier Reef
52. Listened to Kevin Bloody Wilson (not by choice)
53. Killed a Cane Toad
54. Gone to a drive-in theatre
55. Have read and own books by Australian authors (I collect Norman Lindsay and Mary Grant Bruce amongst others)
56. Visited Adelaide
57. Know the true story behind 'Eternity' (and have the t-shirt)
58. Been camping
59. Visited Brisbane
60. Been in an outback pub (country yes, outback no, at least, I don't think so)
61. Know what the term "Waltzing Matilda" actually means
62. Gone whale watching (not with a tour group though. anyway, if you live in Sydney you just have to loll about the harbour on the right day)
63. Listened to Slim Dusty (not by choice. where's the 'Listened to Nick Cave' question?)
64. Own five or more Australian movies or TV series
65. Sang along to Down Under
66. Have stopped specifically to look at an historic marker by the side of the road
67. Eaten a 4'n'20 pie
68. Surfed at Bondi (swum, body-surfed, and never gone back in. too crowded! visit to eat occasionally)
69. Watched the cricket on Boxing Day (quintessential Boxing Day fare)
70. Visited Hobart
71. Eaten kangaroo (yum)
72. Seen a quokka
73. Visited Canberra
74. Visited rainforests
75. Used a Victa lawnmower
76. Travelled on a tram in Adelaide
78. Used a Hills hoist (both the accepted usages)
79. Visited Kata-Tjuta (the Olgas)
80. Used native Australian plants in cooking
81. Visited the snow (once, it was pack-ice and boring as bat shit))
82. Chosen a side in Holden VS Ford
83. Visited the desert
84. Been water skiing
85. Read The Phantom (as in comic? is that particularly Australian?)
86. Visited Parliament House
87. Gone spotlighting or pig-shooting
88. Crossed the Nullarbor
89. Avoided swimming in areas because of crocodiles
90. Listened to AC/DC
91. Called someone a dag
92. Voted in a Federal Election
93. Have been swimming and stayed between the flags (was made to when I was pregnant. usually I'm a rebel)
94. Had a possum in your roof
95. Visited the outback
96. Travelled over corrugated roads
97. Hit a kangaroo whilst driving (scared the living shite out of me. roo wasn't happy either)
98. Been well outside any mobile phone coverage (Bogan's Gate!)
99. Seen an emu
100. Have woken to the smell of bushfires
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
It involves leg hair.
Boys, leave now.
Girls, should you be accursed with this same dreadful affliction, should you be brave enough, come witness my
Banishing the Werewolf is the story of one girl's adventure with her new fluorescent pink friend, the curiously named and annoyingly punctuated no!no!
Monday, December 08, 2008
"Guess whose back? THE CAT EMPIRE.
After a quieter year by Empire standards, we are pulling our troupe together again to hit the road in Australia, for 16 shows, and more to follow…
Having declared some ‘long service leave’ for 2008, after being on a seemingly never- ending international tour, we have spent this year closer to home; Felix delved into his classical side, Will returned to study town planning, Ollie has been seen on stages in Melbourne almost every night of the week, Ryan has been doing whatever Ryan does, Harry has been on tour with Jackson Jackson, and Jumps spent a month in India, leaving Mumbai just 24 hours before trouble started.
Having tasted some ‘normal’ life, we are keen to get back on the road, and hope you will be there. We are taking the show back into our favourite theatres, a bit different to the big outdoor stages of the last tour – this time you will be able to see us!
Joining us on the road for this tour are PAPRIKA BALKANICUS (Romania, Serbia & Slovenia). We first met these self proclaimed “masters of great atmosphere” in the wee hours of Edinburgh Festival in 2003. Paprika Balkanicus play a fiery blend of Balkan, Eastern European and Gypsy music. Mio Matsuda Japan sum up their show as an "Amazing performance - they hit the audience like a Balkan storm!" You are going to love them.
And guess what else? We are finally about to give you what you have been asking for all these years….a new LIVE ALBUM. It’s called LIVE ON EARTH, and you heard it here first! We will come back to you soon with how you can pre-order it. A dvd will come out at the same time…more about that later.
Tickets go on sale December 15 from the outlets below, and will sell out quickly. Don’t miss out!"
Friday Feb 27 SYDNEY, The Enmore Theatre
I get to bounce around like a lon on my birthday. Hooray!
Let me know if you want to join me.
Sunday, December 07, 2008
And is now apparently the official noise that whales make.
I'm sure most parents will have been in the situation of going through a book of animals and making all the noises with the child. And there are some animals that don't seem to have a noise. So we jokingly quoted Pate.... and the Crankmaster was saying it over and over until bedtime. It was so hard to keep a straight face.
Usually our default animal noise is gronk. A friend told me that giraffes say "well, hello there" and Tops decided that camels say "It's a lovely day".
Anyone got any other animal noise suggestions?
Saturday, December 06, 2008
(Its from Girl Genius, but really, if you're not reading it already, nows a bad time to start - he's doing a fairly silly side story arc that mostly has that quote to recommend it so far.)
Friday, December 05, 2008
I just have to tell someone. Otherwise I will have to get out the flaming sword of (indignant) righteousness.
We just got an email from someone explaining to us why Yule bookings were down. They are? This is news to us.
She and her 10 newbies won't be attending because you can't have a Yule without a feast! Goodness! What were we thinking?
And it wasn't right that we wouldn't be having the Boar's Head and Wassail. Hmmm. So why did we order the pigs head from the butcher?
But she did mention that the event was 'wonderfully cheap' this year. But obviously not enough for her to give the event a go.
She seemed to think that she was doing us a favour for letting us know a week out what was the fatal flaw in our planning. As if having the date we were told to run the event clash with a combined 40th and a graduation party wasn't enough.
How is that sort of email helpful in any way?
It has just enraged us completely and I'm quite glad she has promised not to come (not that we had given her a moment's thought before this nor have we seen her in nearly 2 years).
I might be quite rude to her if she did....
So, put on your two shoes for dancing, and get ready to get the party started.
Thursday, December 04, 2008
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
Dancing Phds - Go on, you know you can't look away.
(This was the grad student winning entry, she's from Sydney Uni)
Monday, December 01, 2008
The chilies - they were long, green & de-seeded before being chopped (I have no idea what they are called)
The chili powder - stayed in the shop and the hot curry powder came home instead (what??? they are both hot, have 5 letters and start with c and end in an eee sound- even sort of the same colour.) So the husband gently points out that they are, in fact, two entirely different things, searches the cupboard and finds chili flakes instead... Adds the same amount in flakes as the recipe calls for in powder.
I flee the house while it is all being cooked to buy ice. Rob's original recipe & Mouse's cornbread recipe can be found back in Nov 06.
Amanda, aka Flopearedmule aka younger sista send me this for my Birthday- 3rd December, in case you have a spare speedboat laying around.
Kiva- Loans That Change Lives
I got $50 to loan to people around the world to help them get started. Gawd, what a choice.
The idea, you loan the money and at some point down the track they repay you, to loan again.
What a wonderful concept. I'm planning on adding to it and doing more.
After much nail biting, tooing and froing and a glass of Chardy I chose these two loans.
Zareena M. Nazir Group
Tell and give to your friends, better than socks for Christmas.
Friday, November 28, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
I am one of the older nerds at work, but nerd interests don't seem to stray too far. There was a surge of interest in Magic cards not too long ago. I took the cards in but haven't yet had the time to face anyone in a game. (Mind you, the goblin desk is still looking good)
Anyway, occasionally there is an amusing link send around. Here are two that amused me...
19th Century vampire hunting kit
and an amusing Chinese sign... (DV don't look)
While I have your attention, you should all book for Yule Feast. I know you are coming but I want to make sure you'll be there.
Also, you should also all send Fliss a message today to tell her that you are going to Turkey Day. We don't want to have a shortage of food!!!!!
Okay everyone, as you were.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
If you asked the Crankmaster, and if he could answer in language unbroken by gibberish, he'd probably tell you that the best bits of the concert was the big balloons they threw into the audience and the camera on a crane. And possibly mention the popcorn which was bought by another parent and shared by the kids.
He was quite rivetted.... or perhaps shell shocked. I'm not quite sure which. He did sit motionless for the performance.... until the balloons came out. We left halfway through because it was getting close to naptime and I didn't want to fight the crowds to get home with an overtired child.
It was fun, but it seemed to me to be kinda dodgy children's entertainment. It was certainly pitched for an audience older than MrJ, but I was quite aware of that when I went.
First up, the concert was in a stadium which seated thousands. We were in the first balcony about 100m from the stage. Then there was the massive stands of merchandising for sale in the foyer. The stage was very bright and colourful. There were a lot of sound effects and lighting and costume and much hype of the "I can't hear you..." variety. Every song and dance seemed to involve some sort of toy prop, which no doubt could be found in the aforementioned merchandising stand.
In contrast, I got free tickets to see the Jay concert last year. All the music was played live and accousticly. The theatre was about 40 rows deep. The stage was a backyard setting. And there was only one prop.... a plastic bottle. We've also been watching a lot of Play School at the moment, with many episodes featuring Jay. All the activities have a home made feel.
The ABC style kids entertainment seems to invite the kids to think and imagine and to do things while the Hi-5 style seemed to push the passive watch and buy stuff.
I know which one I prefer my child to watch.
Mind you, I don't expect I'd pass up a free ticket for any sort of kids entertainment in future. I'd think twice about paying for some stuff.
By the way, does anyone know a source for the massive balloons.... They WERE funky.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Mendoza: More? You have more crockery?
Speedy: Yes. There's still space in those dressers you know.
Mendoza: How many services does a girl need?
Speedy: ... like I was saying...
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Not that I generally endorse the Telegraph, but this form is actually amusing and clever. I want a Minister to be caught knitting at the Lord Mayor's Halloween party...
At least it is some light amusement following the mini-budget, which (thankfully) wasn't as bad for our department as it could have been.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Sat 29th Nov 2008
from 2pm, turkey on the tables about 7pm...
Full details available at:
There's an invite too... if anyone can let me know how to upload pdf files to a post... adding as an image didn't seem to work.
DV, you managed it last year - which technical whatsit did you use?
Friday, November 07, 2008
Holandos Misistre DOB 3/6/1998 in Haiti. When I first sponsored you in 2003 you weren't yet at school and your favourite game was soccer. You helped look after the animals that your mother raised and sold to support your family. Your dad had left the family and you didn't know where he was. Later I got another photo of you in your school uniform. Your ambition was to become a chauffeur and drive nice cars. I got a couple of drawings from you, and I sent back Christmas cards and birthday cards for you each year. But this year I didn't hear from you at all, and I didn't send the birthday card. I'm sorry if you missed it. If by chance you ever do read this, Holandos, know that there is a lady in Australia who is wondering how you are and hoping that life has treated you kindly. Goodbye Holandos.
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Monday, November 03, 2008
Post-Crouching Tiger, stylistically beautiful movie set in the beginnings of the Chinese empire-building phase, where they tell the same story several times from different points-of-view, using colour to differentiate between the different storylines. And it had that gorgeous scene with the falling leaves, and ends with the shot of a man's outline picked out on a wooden door in arrows.
I tried scrounging around in imdb, but when you type something like the above into a search engine, it just crawls off in a corner and sulks. Statistically, you guys are better at reading my mind. (I also thought there was a post on ForBattle about it, and I've just spent a fairly amusing half-hour digging through the archives - an experience I heartily recommend to all and sundry - but couldn't find it.)
Saturday, November 01, 2008
This is so deliberate.... Almost too easy, really....
Friday, October 31, 2008
We have a book called "Wibbly Pig is Happy". It's a short 7 pager with a seemingly innocuous story....
But oh no... It turns out to be an emotional roller coaster!!
Starts off simple enough...
"Wibbly Pig is happy." (he's a the beach with his bucket and spade)
"Wibbly pig is busy" (he's making a sand castle)
And then it starts getting exciting...
"Wibbly pig is hungry" (he's got an ice-cream!!!)
And then it all goes wrong...
"Wibbly pig is surprised" (a wave has washed over his sand castle... causing him to drop his ice cream!!!!!!!! Oh no!!!!)
"Wibbly pig is upset. He needs a hug" (well you would if you'd dropped your icecream!!!!!!!)
"But a lick will do." (A little dog comes over to comfort Wibbly pig. Bugger that. What about the icecream!!!!)
"Wibbly pig is happy again" (Wibbly pig goes running off to play with his bucket and the dog runs after carrying the spade. So not only did he lose the ice cream, the dog has snatched the spade!!!!!!!!!!!)
It takes a while to calm him down after that book....
We also had a book called "Yo-yo's day" which was about a little dog leaping out of bed, gobbling up his breakfast, playing in the park, having a nap, then lunch then more play, bathtime, dinner time and then bedtime. The betrayed cry of 'No! Yo-yo' when the hero of the story went to bed was priceless.
Just shows you can get lost in a book at any age, I guess.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
So I found the post and scrolled down to the pictures of Terri and Bindi then went and collected the chooks. Madge and Beryl got a bit nervous as we entered the house, maybe there is some residual memory of large cooking pots in their subconscious or something. Anway, I placed them in front of the computer and had the perfect shot of them both looking at the screen. Of course I was struggling to get the camera out of its pouch.
I will let the photos tell the rest of the story.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
This ones for all you engineers out there who miss your LEGO, and anyone who loved Lemmings (the game) or the Incredible Machine series (I'm lookin at you Mouse)... but also for the non-engineers who just like sticking stuff together.
World of Goo is a game about cute little balls of goo. You can grab them and bounce them and fling them around, and if you drop them close enough together they form little goo-bridges between each other, and you can build things. There are different kinds of goo: some can be unstuck again, some are flammable, some float like balloons; there are even undead zombie goo. They come when you whistle for them.
The game has a quirky sarcastic story, rendered in early Kindergarten Crayon Drawings of the Goth Kid. The levels are mostly not time-based, so its not a hand-eye coordination test like some of these puzzle-y games, and they're mostly pretty quick; you can pop a 3-4 minute level in here-and-there while waiting for the next batch of brew to boil, as I proved yesterday. There's a free demo which is sizeable - the first 20-25% of the game - and the full version costs $20 (all of which appears to go direct to the authors) and can be bought online. And best of all, theres a playground where you can go to just build stuff with all the goo-balls you have rescued from the levels so far.
Go forth! Get gooey!
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
"Tell us your phone #"
"Did you say 1234567?"
"Tell us why you are calling us"
"Did you say moving?"
"Okay. Please hold...."
A human comes to the phone...
"Hi. I'm from Victoria. So how can I help you?"
"Okay... I'll put you through to moving."
< insert hold music and apology >
"Hi! I'm from Darwin. Can you tell me your current phone number?"
"Okay... so what's your new address?"
"321 Awesome street, McAwesomeVille"
"Okay... let me book in your move...."
< more hold music >
"Hmm... turns out your line has been out of use for 8 years, so we'll have to book in a technician to investigate, which will take a week. Or you can book the move from that phone during business hours. We can shut down your old number now but that will make it more irritating to get the new one connected. When the technician comes out. A week later."
"Don't worry about it. I'll leave it for now."
That whole exchange took 19 minutes of my life I'll never get back. I especially like the bit where I told the machine the information required who didn't bother passing it on to the human.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
It started when three brothers joked about making pornography for fans of the genre who happen to be offended by on-screen sex. Out of that joke came an idea for a website, and they called it PG Porn.
From an article in The Age "It's Pron but without the sex'"
(and via a chum in melbourne)
It's very short and very funny and has Nathan Fillion doing some atrocious acting. (no nudeyness or anything - dammit!)
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Sunday, October 05, 2008
for the rest of us - how damn cute! I especially love that you can turn the 'bounce' up and have a lovely jaunty spider. because when I think Huntsman, I think 'jaunty'. or, you know, 'squawk and deft flick of the wrist to send Huntsman flying into the bushes, never to lurk in my letterbox again'. either way.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Dates that I know of so far;
Cocktail party - 22nd Nov
Oliver & Zoe's birthday party - 6th Dec (It'll be during the day but I suspect we will all need alcohol that afternoon/evening)
Yule Feast -13th Dec (Mouse and Tops have any more details beyond the date?)
Do we have a date for Chrissie Pissie yet? 20th? (have edited it)
Oh and anyone want to take responsibility for Turkey day this year? Megzz and Snerg are unable and we have no room for it if it rains...
Anyone know of any other dates relevant to all/most of us?
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
My brother will be in coming to visit this week and bringing his two daughters (now 8 and 4). Most of you have met them.
In celebration?! We will have a BBQ in the backyard on Saturday. From naptime until bedtime. BYO dead animal and drinks.
Stuff will happen. All the usual suspects...
So I'm waiting and the young bloke behind the counter, lets call him Snotty Little Shit (SLS) is serving someone else. So I'm watching the other person in the deli cleaning up the fish display and remembering back to the days when I used to work in a deli. I was wondering if they had a good boss, who allows you to start packing stuff up when it gets quiet about an hour before close, or a bad boss who won't let you touch anything but still expects everything to be clean and in the coolroom by 8.05pm. It was a quiet night, so I had no concerns about waiting to be served while the person cleaning got on with it.
So I'm still waiting and then I notice that SLS and the bloke he is serving looking at me. Then they confer briefly, then bloke being served (BBS) looks at his list, SLS gets something else, wraps it and hands it over, they both look at me, confer, BBS consults his list, etc etc. This happens about 5 times. By this stage I'm getting annoyed because I want to get home and get dinner started but I wait patiently. Finally after one last glance and conference, BBS moves off and I wait for SLS to come and get my chook for me. And I wait. Then I walk down the counter and he is putting something in the display. Hello? Do you serve customers you wanker, I didn't say.
"What do you want" SLS says, rudely. I almost, and should have, said Customer Service. But I was polite. "1/2 chicken please". I watch him print out the label, "No, one of the $4.99 ones thanks, with sundried tomato and basil".
SLS: We don't have any
Me: Yes you do (I've just wasted 10 fucking minutes of my life looking at them)
SLS: No that was an old special
Me: They are right here in the display, right behind the ticket that says $4.99 (voice rising) Would you like to come and have a look?
SLS: (sullenly) Oh I forgot they were there.
Me: (In my head, yeah right you %*&%^%#$@$)
Fruit and veg person: SLS (didn't hear his name) mark down all those ones to $2.50
SLS: Yeah, okay I'll do that.
So, not only did SLS have to serve me, he got told to give me a discount. When I saw BBS later on my rounds of the supermarket I gave him the glaring of his life until he looked away embarrassed. Bastard.
Moral of the story: if you don't like serving customers don't work in customer service. I'm considering having a t-shirt made up with this, just in case I ever run into him again.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
...Hey, at least it's not Darcy anymore.
Pip and her friend Janet watched "Penelope" a kids movie where Christina Ricci has to accept herself even though she has a pig's snout for a nose.
McAvoy is the love interest.
This movie has the hottest kiss I've ever seen in a PG movie.
No wonder teenage pregnancy is a problem!
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Unfortunately for those of us hoping that the destruction of the Universe, when the LHC is/was(?) turned on today, would mean that we wouldn't have to clean the oven, we are out of luck. Despite the doomsayers claiming that we are all going to be sucked into a man-made black hole, and wouldn't that be ironic, apparently larger collisions occur in space all the time. Bugger. So looks like I'll have to keep putting off cleaning the oven. Unless of course they find that the mysterious God-particle really gets the grime off. That would be good.
For the ubernerds, here is a link to the LHC site.
Edit: now you can check on the status of the Universe.
Monday, September 08, 2008
I know: credibility bypass, or what?
But this one struck me as especially spurious.
The article from the paper is here
And the online survey quoted is here
From these 36,000+ who have completed the above have enabled the study leader to say:
"People often define their sense of identity through their musical taste, wearing particular clothes, going to certain pubs, and using certain types of slang. It's not so surprising that personality should also be related to musical preference."
Hmm, people often display the fact that they have an identity. Who would have thought? Really? What an astounding statement.
In the survey: "More than 36,000 people from all over the world were asked to rate 104 musical styles and also questioned about aspects of their personality." Prof North said the research could have many uses in marketing, adding: "If you know a person's music preference you can tell what kind of person they are, who to sell to."
And here at the results:
(Astute readers will notice some glaringly obvious styles of music, but that might be a sub-editor on the article.)
MUSICAL STYLES VERSUS PERSONALITY TRAITS
BLUES High self-esteem, creative, outgoing, gentle and at ease
JAZZ High self-esteem, creative, outgoing and at ease
CLASSICAL MUSIC High self-esteem, creative, introvert and at ease
RAP High self-esteem, outgoing
OPERA High self-esteem, creative, gentle
COUNTRY AND WESTERN Hardworking, outgoing
REGGAE High self-esteem, creative, not hardworking, outgoing, gentle and at ease
DANCE Creative, outgoing, not gentle
INDIE Low self-esteem, creative, not hard working, not gentle
BOLLYWOOD Creative, outgoing
ROCK/HEAVY METAL Low self-esteem, creative, not hard-working, not outgoing, gentle, at ease
CHART POP High self-esteem, not creative, hardworking, outgoing, gentle, not at ease
SOUL High self-esteem, creative, outgoing, gentle, at ease
What a complete waste of time. Also, a crock.
Check out the questions on the survey! You are asked to remember how you felt about a myriad things in the year in which you discovered your FIRST 'important' album including your relationship with your parents, whether you felt you were heading for something 'big', how it related to your love life, career/career direction etc etc
For me it was 1992, Nirvana's 'Nevermind' and the answer to most questions is 'I don't know? 5 on a scale of 1-10.' ie useless, flawed data.
Jackson Jackson Concert at Factory Theatre on 14th October - tickets are about $30-
Thie website is here
Sunday, September 07, 2008
Here it is before cooking...
and after cooking...
Note - the white chocolate didn't melt. It just went a bit brown. Of course, topsy didn't realise that you could buy white chocolate chips from the baking section in the super market so he just bought a normal block of white chocolate and chopped it up.
And here's proof that we ate it.
It mostly didn't taste too bad. The chunks of white chocolate overpowered any flavour of tomato or oregano. Mostly. Now and then there was a weird void where the other two flavours rose up in revolt. And I do mean revolt. I struggled to finish the second piece....
And the bad news is.... Now that I look at the kolwiki again, it seems we need to use real slices of tomato and not just the passata.
So there has to be an experiment number 2 with proper white chocolate chips and real slices of tomato.
Are you prepared to try again?
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
Monday, September 01, 2008
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
'...we cannot correct the approval letter as requested as our keyboard does not have Roman numerals.'
Yes - they'd be the people looking out for public safety then....
Update: so the poor guy who got the fax called them up & explained how to get a Roman numeral (with a straight face). Half an hour passes....
The folks who couldn't figure out the Roman numerals now call back and claim that their computer must be different to ours because they can't get the little strokes at the top & bottom of the I! My guy chokes, splutters and then explains how to change from Ariel to Times New Roman font in a Word document.
I think my poor staff member needs an award for keeping it professional in the face of monumental stupidity.... Vodka should do nicely.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
I FRICKEN TOLD YOU SO!!
Oh, surprise surprise, sports and club services are down, and student support is sadly lacking. Oh Em Gee, what ever are we to do?!
Hold the phone, I've got a great idea -
Let's introduce a fee system for students to fund the non-academic aspects of student life. What? No, of course this isn't a reintroduction of compulsory union fees. No one mention the 'U' word! *face palm*
The Rudd government has rejected reports it is considering reintroducing compulsory fees for university students.
... But reintroducing compulsory union fees was not being considered, [Julia Gillard] said.
So they're not going to simply reverse the decision of the previous govt. Of course not, cos we don't mention the 'U' word these days.
So let's see how it is worded:
Reports suggested the government was set to reintroduce compulsory fees for university students to reverse a decline in sporting and social services on campuses.
That's what the Union did, wasn't it?
Oh!! So totally different, then.
Wow, what a notion! You can avoid being in the union by choosing to allocate your fees to Clubs and Socs instead. Or something... Hm.
Someone please tell me that this is an actual improvement on the simple "Pay us money, we'll give you services and representation" idea of student unions and not just a complicated system to avoid the bad press of compulsory unionism because, quite frankly, i don't believe a word of it.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
I don't really like the framing, and the dark bits have a tendency to make the colours on the actual view wash out, but we don't have a tripod so you kinda get what resting the camera on the windowsill nets you. It should be fairly obvious that I'm not taking these at anything like a regular interval - just whenever I look up and happen to notice something new and wonderful floating by. There are a few better cloud shots from the same balcony over on my Flickr accountbut they're not taken from any consistent vantage point.
Friday, August 15, 2008
I love it for the geek reaction - mine was similar but without the funny analogy - but there's enough of you out there in the teaching profession to get a snicker out of it from the other side of the fence...
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
I'm turning 30, on the 30th, my champagne birthday. Come and help me celebrate with drinks at the Marly.
Also, it might be my last birthday in Australia for a while.
Also, also, I'm finishing my masters in November, so that can be part of the celebration.
Also, also, also, end of winter...
Do you need anymore reasons?
Details: 8pm onwards, Marlborough Hotel on the couches opposite the Prego bar. Cnr King St and Missenden Rd, Newtown.
I know this is a bit late for those of you with kids, and clashes with Tina's BBQ, but well, it's my party and I needed it to be simple and on the day (and I'll cry if I want to? No, wrong song).
Monday, August 11, 2008
Breakfast @ my place
7am until naptime
All the usual suspects invited.
RSVP so we can have enough bacon and eggs on the turkinator.
I realise that I share the birthday with some of your daughters so I won't be offended if you have other parties to attend.
It's not an important number birthday. I just thought I'd mark the day with a relaxed morning with friends and good food.
Friday, August 08, 2008
Stig & Tina are having a BBQ.
Which I am organising for them like the good social secretary I am (apparently)
Come to their house on Saturday 30th of August sometime after 3pm to burn
Bring some stuff to burn and some stuff to drink.
Ya know ya wanna, it’ll do ya good.
Let us know if you need their address etc.
Thursday, August 07, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
MzKrin just reminded me while I was Loathing and so I'm prodding you guys for some ideas of what to cook and what to wear, etc.
Eg clothing in-game - knob goblin pants, "kiss the knob" aprons, chef hats
Items - knob goblin tongs
Food - knob sausages, knob mushrooms, spooky shrom-kabobs, carob chunk cookies, white chocolate cookies, etc
And we are going to attempt to make an edible white chocolate and tomato pizza because we like a challenge....
So you loathers, past and present, ideas?
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Who was it who wanted the James Squire Pepperberry Winter Ale?
Person in question drank some at the James Squire ale house in Darling harbour and wanted more. But I have NO idea who this conversation was with, or where, or when. Except it was fairly recently.
I'm trying to pass on that it is available in bottles as a special addition at, among other places, the bottle shop of the Marlborough hotel in Newtown.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
I'm hanging out to visit Wenchi and try them bugs-ona-stick. Happy to eat bugs if they have been prepared by them that know how.
Friday, July 11, 2008
I've just spoken to the new festival 'powers that be' and they have these great ideas....only that they have been in place for the last seven... count them 7.... SEVEN, did I mention, seven years.
I'm sure I have an issue letting go of a job that involves such large amounts of money and getting all the names and numbers correct. I'm sure our system wasn't the best and I'm sure it could be improved, but it was a cosy little system and it worked. It worked bloody well.
I imagined that I'd some day explain it all to someone, who'd then take it and care for it and appreciate the cunning code that my friends and I had developed.
It's sad to think that someone is going to start from scratch and aren't interested in what we've learned - about the people who get their booking wrong every year; about the people who write in green crayon every year; about the people who try to get their equipment booking in late every year; about the people who's credit cards are known to be a little bouncy every year.
But it looks like it is to be no more.
I suppose it's a compliment to do a job so well that no one notices. It's a really CRAP compliment though.
So Aeron, Megz, Snerg, Gui, Kitty, AnythingGirl, Donwald, DV, Tops, BaggyT, Fz, Speedy, Wenchy and everyone else who's help who's name eludes me in my infuriation, thanks heaps. You can all take the year off. We've been made redundant.
And all the other reasons given why I shouldn't do it any more didn't make me feel any better. "I've got a really good IT guy on tap.". So have I.... it's called ME!
"You're really busy having a family and a life". That didn't stop me last year. And I'm pretty sure the other IT guy has a family too. Claiming anyone in the SCA having a life is a dubious statement at best.
So there's all sorts of good reasons why I don't need to do this again.
So why does it feel like a kick in the teeth?
I know why. It's because I know how much work I'm offering to do and they don't want me.
They have no idea........
(Fade out while bridges burn)
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Saturday, July 05, 2008
Friday, July 04, 2008
Thursday, July 03, 2008
Teaser from Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog on Vimeo.
ONE WEEK ONLY! AN INTERNET MINISERIES EVENT!
"Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog" will be streamed, LIVE (that part’s not true), FREE (sadly, that part is) right on Drhorrible.com, in mid-July. Specifically:
ACT ONE (Wheee!) will go up Tuesday July 15th.
ACT TWO (OMG!) will go up Thursday July 17th.
ACT THREE (Denouement!) will go up Saturday July 19th.
All acts will stay up until midnight Sunday July 20th. Then they will vanish into the night, like a phantom (but not THE Phantom – that’s still playing. Like, everywhere.)
more info here
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
EXTRAORDINARY new powers will allow police to arrest and fine people for "causing annoyance" to World Youth Day participants and permit partial strip searches at hundreds of Sydney sites, beginning today.
Wish I still lived in Sydney. Annoying Catholics would be my new expensive pasttime.