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Name: Mick
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Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Aaaah..the speeeeed.

Finally, I am connected. I have hit the millenium. I have Broadband. Mind you. My house doesn't have it. I sharing my neigbbours broadband connection via a wireless router. And damn, it works well! It is a Billion 463GE Modem/Router/Firewall/Hub. I have a wireless NIC in my PC and the router is in the room cloest to me in his house. I get a Very Good connection through the 2 walls and budda bing, budda boom. I am on. It's nice to be able to just download something and know that I will have it within a few minutes, rather than 30 minutes. Will be even better when we upgrade to 512kbps too :) So...anyway, I've been slack. Haven't blogged much. I am very slack, but I do have a pretty good excuse. I am in the last week of my job, before starting contracting next week. I have been busy organising crap for that, and also been busy with home and the kids. The little brats have been getting brattier as this weather gets warmer. I think there's a scale of brattiness that could be drawn up as it relates to the temperature. And soon all 3 brats will be home for 6 weeks. Scary...scary stuff. For all your Canberra bloggers out there, there is going to be a bit of a BBQ, or Blogerque this coming Sunday at the Botanical Gardens. Zoe from Crazybrave (or is that crazybrace?) is setting it up. I am hoping to make it with my brats, as well as to the Riotact get together in a couple of weeks. It's great to see that the blogging community of Canberra might be able to get together and see the fingers from the keyboards of some of our favourite Canberra blogs. And yeah...i'll start to blog a bit more once I settle into my contract. Blogging is a 'Health'y thing :) Oh..i guess I could blog from home too. Gee's I'm slack...

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

The Contracting world...

So, I start my new job in under 2 weeks. I am entering the big bad world of IT Contracting. I am not quite sure what to expect yet, but I am hoping that I enjoy it and that it extends further than the initial 3 months! I have been told that as long as I don't fuck up, that shouldn't be a problem, but it is a risk for me, going from a permanent job to a 3 month contract, what with 3 kids and all..... But hey...hopefully it'll be worth it and I won't have much trouble finding other contracts out there... Anyone out there done contracting and know of any pitfalls, and things to look out for?

Monday, November 22, 2004

She won. Yay.

Casey Donovan deserved to win Australian Idol. Here's why. 1) She can sing. I mean, REALLY sing. Sure she may hit the wrong notes occassionally, or try for something that is beyond her, but see Point 2. 2) She is 16. That's the awesome thing about this. She has soo soooo far to go. She will have potential to be involved in so many musical adventures in her life, that Australian Idol will just be the tip of a very big iceberg. 3) Unlike Guy, she has a real quality about her. That is probably why she won. I think the thousands of people who voted for her (the majority of whom are teenage girls) could relate to her and could she their own dreams in what she was doing. 4) Her musical idol is Kurt Cobain. She never went in pretending that she was some musical prodigy, or aspirations to be a Gloria Estefan. Her musical tastes are metal, alternative and hard rock. Now, that's what I'm talking about. 5) She had to win to stop that smarmy, plastic, boybandesque, crapper Anthony from winning. If he'd have won all we would have had to look forward to is a year of crappy US-style hip hop/R&B tracks that would have moulded into the rest of the junk coming from the US. I'm not that big of an Idol fan in general (I was flicking between the finale and CSI/Cold Case), and I didn't really care who won to be honest. But after seeing how much of Guy we have seen in the last year, I'm mostly glad that I won't have to put up with seeing Anthony's face on our TV screens quite as much as Casey's. Who else is interested in seeing what she'll look like in 5 years? WAY different I bet.

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

The Lake Stakes

As part of my marathon training, I have been doing some runs with my Brother-in-law, and some of his mates from work. The whole idea has been to run the same course down along Lake Burley Griffin a number of times to get a handicap, and then once you've qualified, you run the course, starting at staggered times depending on your handicap, and then first past the post, wins. It's a 5.8km course from the Boat Hire place around to past the Yacht Club and back. A good little run with a small hill, some shade and some nice views. I happened to the win the inaugural race a couple of weeks ago, but then I was handicapped to the shit and have found it tough going the last couple of weeks. (3rd in the last 2) But the good thing is that I have run a Personal Best every time I've run it. Even today in the heat I beat my time by 3 seconds. September - 37.42 September - 34.46 September - 32.59 November - 30.49 (1st in Lake Stakes) November - 30.31 (3rd) November - 30.28 (3rd) Didn't run the course in October, but did some weekend runs instead and my times dropped dramatically. I am planning on a 7km run this weekend around Lake Ginninderra, and soon I will do the 16km around the western side of Burley Griffin. I think this marathon is going to be one of the toughest things I will ever do. And it's not the physical side of it so much. It's the mental side. While I'm running, even just 6km, the wussy part of my brain pops up now and then saying, "Stop! Stop! What the hell do you think you're doing??" And then my crazy side says, "It's only a 30 minute run. You can do it, you pile of blubber you." And this continues.... I can't imagine what the hell my brain will be saying on a 42km run. The way I am today I seriously don't think I can make it, but there's still a few months to go and I think I can work my way towards convincing the weenie side of my brain that it IS possible.

Yes...I am talking about the weather..

Finally. We are supposed to hit 27 degrees today. So Spring has sprung. over 2 months late! It is supposed to get > 30 degrees tomorrow for the first time this season as well. The only downer with this rise in temps (which is only supposed to last 2 days mind you) is that I am going for a 5.8km run at lunch time. But I guess I have to get used to running in the heat seeing as though it ain't gonna get much cooler! The running has been going well, but still haven't done anything longer than 10km yet. I need to get used to do the 16km loop around the west side of Lake Burley Griffin before doing that loop twice. Only around 5 months till the Canberra Marathon! Hands up who thinks I'm crazy.... *hand up*

Saturday, November 13, 2004

[Concert Review] Regurgitator - ANU

Regurgitator are back. They have a new album out on Monday (recorded in 3 weeks in a bubble), called Mishmash, and that's a perfect way to describe their music. I have seen them 5 times live now, and every time they manage to blow me away. The lineup has changed a little over the years. Gone is Martin (the oiriginal drummer), and the keyboardist (can't remember his name). In came Peter Kostic. It is his influence that has made the live gig gruntier, more rocking, and really fucking tight. They started out with some classics, 'F.S.O,' 'Sucked a lot', 'Black Bugs' (nice version), and then played about 4 or 5 new tracks. The crowd reaction to the new songs seemed pretty good, although the slower "They like Metal in the Baltic States' seemed to slow everyone down a little. Which was probably for the best cause I was buggered by that stage. When 'Hullabaloo' kicked in with Ben and Quan jumping around the stage, the crowd was bouncing right along with them, and even though there was probably only a few hundred there, it was a very sweet moshpit and we made a bit of noise! They returned for their first encore to an awesome rendition of 'Kung Foo Sing' (crowd requested), and their second encore started with a sweet rendition of 'Superstraight'. So glad they came back for the 2nd encore cause they played their new single, 'The Drop' which I thought went off very well, and then rounded out the set with 'C'mon' and some more bouncing! By this stage, the crowd was one big sweaty mess, and The Gurge were finished. They NEVER fail to impress in a live gig, and even to a smallish crowd at the ANU Bar, no-one could leave this gig disappointed. Me especially, cause I had a little chat with Ben, and got his and Quan's autographs on my 'Drop' single :) Yay!

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

The Gurge! This Friday!

Ok...I'll try again. Is there anyone out there. Anyone at all, who wants to go see Regurgitator at the ANU Bar on Friday? I am going. No matter what. The Gurge rock. Plus I am getting their new album, MishMash, today :) The supports are Spod, Nunchukka Superfly, and The Grates. So, flick me a comment, send me an email and come along!

She's baaacccckkk!!

Months after disappearing suddenly in a blinding flash, TJ's TeejMahal has returned with a new flashy (white is the new flashy) Blog! We've missed you TJ. And even if you aren't as flippant as before, your posts will still be piss-ass funny and make many of us smile. Besides you can just write about your family some more. They won't mind, I'm sure!

Monday, November 08, 2004

Salad Fingers...

My sister is a weird little human being. But I mean that in a totally good way. Every time she comes back to Canberra to visit, she tells me about another cool web site with Flash Animations. And each time it seems that they are weirder and more random than the previous one. But last time she came, she showed me this. Salad Fingers. (Episodes 1, 2, 3, 4) EDIT: Salad Fingers: Episode 5 has just been released! And's still damn freaky! This stuff will weird you out completely. I don't know whether to laugh, cry or go and crawl up in the corner after I watch these... Tell me what you think ;)

The New York Times >Editorial: New Standards for Elections

The New York Times > Opinion > Editorial: New Standards for Elections This article should be looked at closely by the US. I mean, why should people have to line up for hours on a workday to vote with a totally dodgy voting system? No wonder they only get 60% voter participation.

Friday, November 05, 2004

The 5 stages of grief. more posts about the election after this.... With thanks to Amber from Not a Stripper EDIT : Thanks to James for commenting that this came from him! Go here to check it out! Good job mate! ---------------------------------- The 5 stages of Election Grief Denial: We've still got those provisional ballots in Ohio to count. Absentee ballots all over the place. The electors could decide not to give their votes to Bush. It's not over yet. Anger: FUCK YOU, America. FUCK. YOU. You like 100,000 dead Iraqi civilians because of your false war? 8000 wounded American soldiers and 1100 dead in Iraq because of imperial hubris and incompetent post-war planning not enough to quench your desire for misguided vengeance? Great, well you're gonna have a lot more blood on your hands. Don't want gay marriage? Fanfuckintastic. You got your way. A lot of good it's gonna do when you can't afford your prescription drugs, your unemployment benefits have run out, and your kid's fucking school is overcrowded. And don't think for a fucking second that "tort reform" is going to make a difference, because it won't. Global warming is real, motherfuckers, and you just sealed the deal. Balanced budget? Ha. And when the Bush Supreme Court makes abortion illegal again, and thousands of women are dying from unsafe back-alley abortions, that's on you, America. Thought the world just hated our government? Fuck that. The world hates you the people now, America, you stupid, weak, arrogant, ignorant sons of bitches. In thirty years, when people look back at what happened on November 2nd, 2004, and ask what people were thinking, all I'll have to say is, "Fuck you." Bargaining: Please, America, think about what you've just done. We'll give you your tort reform and your partially privatized social security. We'll quit bitching about how the 2000 election was stolen. Take some school vouchers, give it another try, maybe it'll actually work this time around. More handguns for everyone. We'll lock away Michael Moore. Just please, please, please don't let Bush back in office for four more years. Depression: Fuck. I mean, just, fuck. I can't take another four years of this. This is horrible. Disgusting. I just want to curl up in the fetal position and lie in the dark until it's over. Where's my tub of cake icing? Acceptance: Bring it on, motherfuckers! Republicans control the House, the Senate, the White House, and Bush is gonna have three or four Supreme Court justices to appoint. Bring on the radical rightwing conservative agenda. No more blaming Clinton or the Democrats. It's on the Republicans' heads now. And on the bright side...umm...I'll get back to you on that one.

Thursday, November 04, 2004

The aftermath....

It's done. We're finished. Seriously, what is wrong with this world? People are more concerned about themselves. About how much money they take home each week, than the big picture. So then Howard wins... Oh...people are getting sent across the other side of the world to die in a country that we invaded, but...that's ok. As long as my tax bill gets cut. As long as interest rates don't go up. As long as my mortgage repayments don't rise. Fuck that. FUCK THAT. So then Bush wins.... And then we all despair.... It's not even my country. Not even close. But it feels like I have been whacked over the head with a mallet. I never thought that my own country could make me feel isolated, but I feel sorry for the Millions of people in the US who have to put up with him....for another 4 FUCKING YEARS... I mean, we have to put up with his face on the TV now and then, or images of Howard kissing and licking his arse, but those people actually have to live every day knowing that their 'leader' can't even string a sentence together... And mark my words....there will be DRASTIC action in the next 4 years. But then again, all it takes, is one person...... I'll leave you with this. A collage appearing on Don't worry. His brain isn't complex enough to understand it....

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Internet Voting Chaos...

It's been a while between posts, and I apologise for that. Life can get hectic in one way or another and things start to slip through the cracks. But the thing that you can't ever let slip through the cracks, is your family. Work is one thing, and although I'v ebeen fairly busy, it's been fine. But I am waiting on news regarding my job, and that is what has been weighing on my mind for the last few weeks. Watch this space for news soon! So today I have a little time to write something. And what better to write about today, than the US elections that are happening as I type this. The current 'score' is 193 for Bush, 112 for Kerry. It doesn't look good. Not good at all. But I have been reassured that there are plenty more states to be counted, and the polling places are not even closed in the western states yet. I am nervous...but also angry. Angry that so many people want to vote for him. Why??? I will be watching CNN tonight to find out what's going on, but I already get the feeling I am going to start throwing things before too long. In some ways I think I'd be more angry about Bush winning than Howards win. Bush is just incompetent, homophobic, elitist and stupid to boot. I just don't understand why people would vote for him...can anyone shed light, other than the 'We are at war with terror' crap? Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

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