Friday, July 27, 2007

Paper Cuts

From the Guardian:
George Bush's plans to establish a European missile defence system suffered a big setback today when a Congressional committee slashed most of the funding.
The budget cuts are part of $3.5bn that the committee has slashed from the overall defence budget, which now stands at $459bn. (emphasis mine).

As well as reducing the budget, Congress is shifting priorities from futuristic programmes to more immediate concerns, such as improved healthcare for soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, pay rises for soldiers and marines, and much-needed weaponry for Iraq such as the heavily-armoured Stryker vehicles.

Now don't get me wrong; I heartily approve. But slashed? Try mildly nicked. 3.5 out of 459 BILLION does not a slashing make - its about 3/4 of a percent. I hate grandstanding politicians. I hate hyperbolising reporters. The Guardian is better than most, but still...

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Me in SE Asia

Hi all - the Boy and I are a month into our SE Asian trip of indeterminate length. Every so often, we post a post on my journal and post very select photos on the Boy's photosite. So go have a squizz.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Criminal Masterminds live in my area.

Sitting in the pub on Saturday night I discovered that my purse had been stolen out of my bag *sigh* What fun! So I call the bank to cancel my credit card and discover it's been used. FECK! Oh wait... just $24 at 7/11 and a $9 taxi fare. Phew! So we do all the official stuff and head off to see if my purse has been discarded anywhere (we found it and most of the contents at the taxi rank thank god), and decide to drop in at the 7/11.

"Oh I remember her. She bought two packets of Winfield Blue"

How embarrasment.
My credit card was stolen by a Bogan. A local Bogan (a $9 taxi fare doesn't get you very far!).

Total damage for the night
- ~$35 charge on credit card that I should get back. pffft, nothing really.
- $50 cash
- coin purse Dad gave me from Thailand
- hayfever meds (so totally a Bogan)
- a hangover (Hrothers, Mayela, Ailis, Helen, Snerg and I were the last people in the pub when we left at 3am. Totally hardcore)
- my pride. Winnie Blues, how embarrasment!

Making a Bent Stick

Couple people on here had expressed an interest in my latest neverending build-stuff project; making a longbow. So I figured I'd let you all know I set up a separate blog for it (so as not to bother the rest of you with pictures of sticks.) Be warned that I have no idea what I'm doing, but I'm having fun messing about with it...

Friday, July 13, 2007

Honey badgers


The British army denies it has released man eating badgers in Iraq.

"We can categorically state that we have not released man-eating badgers into the area," said British military spokesman Major Mike Shearer."

Glad they've cleared that up then.

Yank: We're bringing democracy to Iraq!

Brit: Oh. Sorry, we thought you said we were bringing man-eating badgers to Iraq!

Yank: Why the heck would we do that?

Brit: Well, it made as much sense as your reasons for invading in the first place...

Yank: God damn it! We clearly stated that our plan was "Step 1: Invade Iraq. Step 2: ? Step 3: Profit!"

Brit: Ah. It's a bit embarrassing really.

Yank: Who ever heard of "Step 1: Release Man-eating Badgers. Step 2: ? Step 3: Profit!"??!!!

Brit: You're quite right. That doesn't make any sense at all.

Mic in Hand at The Friend in Hand

Get your arses down to The Friend in Hand pub on Thursday nights for standup comedy.
Tonight was simply awesome. Everyone was strong and everyone had a different style.
Cowper St (opposite the public school that has the markets), from 8 but get there at 7:30

Friday, July 06, 2007

Topsy = 40

There was fire and babies

Small helpers and adults to watch

Safety proceedures to ignore

And dodgy men lurking in sheds

Happy Birthday Mr Tops :)

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

The Seven Most Pointless Transformers Ever

“Thorough data analysis is essential for the synthesis of successful strategy.”

It's funny although I think a site based on Cracked Magazine should hardly be casting stones in the direction of pointless relics from earlier eras.

Robots in my eyes. My eyes, I tell you.

I thought I was in the wrong line when I saw some girls in it. But I guess that's equality for you.
'Transformers' has THE worst decryption scene EVER in a movie. You thought 'Hackers' was lame as lame as lame? Well, this scene will make you want to kill everyone in Hollywood. Again. As far as I can tell the only reason for the crypto-nerds to be involved is because the Australian one (who is a conventionally attractive and completely miscast woman) slept with the director. The protagonist is the sort of young man you want to slap in the face repeatedly. And the essential hot protagonist's dream girl was appropriately smoldering AND they made her some cool, kick arse stuff.
Other than that it was an awesome hardware-nerd fest. The weapons and stuff blowing up was exceptional. The Autobots swarming over the larger Deceptocons was very well done.

On the way in I saw a poster for 'Stardust' which is an adaption of the Neil Gaiman novel that I'm sure I've foistered upon a bunch of you. He wrote it as 'a fairytale for adults'. As luck would have it, it was the first trailer. It looks lush and exciting. A fairly high-powered cast too.

Harry Potter and the Order of Lenin or whatever looks totally FOR BATTLE!

I will see Diehard 4.0, no, not just 4, but 4.0. What is this? Three years ago?!?! I thought everyone got over that with the special edition of Xmen? No, apparently it is 3.0 years ago. Anyway, I think I'll see this film. Drunk.

Also for drunk viewing is Rushhour3 - I need my Jackie Chan fix. And the script sounds very playful, so I'll be able to chuckle through it like the embarrassing great-uncle at Christmas.

Robots are my guys.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

I had my 40th birthday party last Saturday

There was BBQ'ed ribs and burgers for lunch, roast pork and turkey for dinner, a bonfire, I drank lots of wine, got some cool presents, talked to friends, and a good time was had by all.

But I didn't take a single damn photo . . .

Monday, July 02, 2007

Adding new people

I'm trying to invite Rufe-dude to the blog but I can't seem to find the place in blogger. Does someone have the right permissions? Can you give the rest of us the right permissions? Or is this some odd thing to do with the version of blog we have? Does anyone know?

The Pasha Bulker is going to be OK

(this is from a friend of mine so I can rightfully attribute credit and blame)