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.