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Name: Mick
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Friday, December 24, 2004

From my Lawyers - Merry...ummm....Christmas.

All I wanted to say to you and yours was "Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year"... until I ran it past my lawyers, and this is what came back... ------------------------------------------ From me ("the wishor") to you ("the wishee"), please accept without obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, politically correct, low stress, non-addictive, gender neutral, celebration of the summer solstice holiday, practised within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasions and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all. We wish you a financially successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2005, but with due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures or sects, and having regard to the race, creed, colour, age, physical ability, religious faith, choice of computer platform or sexual preference of the wishee. By accepting this greeting you are bound by these terms that: This greeting is subject to further clarification or withdrawal. 1. This greeting is freely transferable provided that no alteration shall be made to the original greeting and that the proprietary rights of the wishor are acknowledged. 2. This greeting implies no promise by the wishor to actually implement the inferences contained in this correspondence. 3. This greeting may not be enforceable in certain jurisdictions and/or the restrictions herein may not be binding upon certain wishees in certain geographical locations. 4. This greeting is warranted to perform as reasonably as may be expected within the usual application of good tidings, for a period of one year or until the issuance of a subsequent holiday greeting, whichever comes first. 5. The wishor warrants this greeting only for the limited replacement of this wish or issuance of a new wish at the sole discretion of the wishor. -------------------------------------------- Hope all my (10's) of readers have a great Chrissy! Thanks for checking me out, or running into me when you're searching for stuff on Salad Fingers, or Kangaroos getting hit by V8's. I look forward to a year of blogging fun in 2005, and to reading all about everyone else in the New Year. Cheers, Mick

Thursday, December 23, 2004

Top 5 Albums of 2004

It's near the end of the year, so what the hey, here's my list of favourites albums for 2004. I couldn't reach 10, so here's 5 in no particular order. --------------------------------------- Velvet Revolver - Contraband It's Rock. It's Schlock. I love it. The mixture of the rhythms from Gunners and the vocals from STP work so well on this album. I feel that every song is very very listenable and I love pumping it up LOUD! Top stuff. Roll on February at the Hordern! Regurgitator - Mish Mash Far and away my favourite current Australian band. And after the experience that was 'The Bubble', this band continues to pave their own path through Australian Alternative/Rock/Pop/Hip-Hop. This album is completely worth getting even if it is just for 'Don't Go To Sleep', and 'My Ego'. Classic Tunes. Grinspoon - Thrills Kills & Sunday Pills My 2nd favourite current Australian Band :) These guys rock out, and although this album is a little bit different to some previous stuff, it is still very very good. And it's all worth it just to see them live. The Streets - A Grand Don't Come For Free One of the main reasons I wanted to go to BDO 2005. This Geezer Rap just gets me everytime.. I am not hugely into listening to lyrics in songs, or even interpreting them, but these lyrics all mean something, and they are piss funny sometimes :) Dogs Die In Hot Cars - Please Describe Yourself Having only just discovered this band, I am yet to really listen to all their tunes, but what I have heard from this album really stands out. They are so much fun, with so much energy. You just can't stop moving :)

My Daughter. The Mother.

So, my eldest, Mikayla, , turned 6 yesterday. She got a crap load of presents from the family last night and of course, add that to the Gameboy she got in the morning, and I think she'd better be a damn good girl for a week or so! Actually, it's amazing how much she's grown in a year. She used to be really scared/nervous with all the attention that her Birthday brings, but last night she relished it, dived in and spat it out and wanted more. I guess this is just the beginning of her getting more confidence, and realising that when we laughing we're not laughing at her....(all the time). She also received a 'Baby Born' from her Granny, which she was dying to get. This damn doll does 8 functions! Sleeps, eats, shits, wees, moves, bathes, mulches, dices and defrosts! Pity it doesn't mow the lawn for me. She is carrying her around everywhere though. She has named her 'Ellie'. I guess that means she won't be mothering Aidan any more. Replaced by a doll! Most of the toys and things she got for pressies seem to have 10 Million different little bits that I'm sure Aidan (1...nearly) will love to jam down his gullet. But hopefully (?) if he does they will come back out later..... ....... ....... Only 1 1/2 days left of work, and then I'll be playing the Annual Christmas Eve Golf Challenge, with a couple of my mates. Roll on the week of beer, merryment and cricket!

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Beginner Solution to the Rubik's Cube

Dunno how I found this, but I've always wanted to know how to solve a Rubiks Cube. Here's a good start! - Beginner Solution to the Rubik's Cube

A New Festival - Cockatoo Island 2005

I wanted to go to the Big Day Out 2005. I am a BDO virgin, and I thought next year would be a perfect opportunity to go. But no. The Sydney tickets are all sold out, and once again I have to settle with watching highlights on Channel V and hearing about it from friends who made the trip. But....there's a new festival, and maybe it's a little bit more my speed, being the old person that I am. It's the Cockatoo Island Festival 2005. Cockatoo Island is an island in the middle of Sydney Harbour, and there will be ferries going out to it, making transport pretty easy. It's on the Easter Long Weekend and the lineup that I have seen so far includes: Gomez, The Waifs, The Beautiful Girls, New Buffalo, The Birds, The Herd (woo hoo!), (Canberra's) Koolism, Tzu, Stiff Gins, Waiting for Guiness, Art of Fighting and Paul Dempsey (from Something for Kate) Not bad! I am sure there are more as well, seeing as though there are multiple stages. The Festival will also include the Sydney Writers Festival, the Mu-Meson Archives Cinema, Exhibitions and a kids area and circus! Not bad for $130 for 3 days, plus $50 if you want to camp on the harbour... I'd still love to go the Big Day Out, but for a mellow alternative, this sounds pretty awesome.

Which child will break a bone first....?

So, the poor little middle boy (3 in February) was jumping on the little trampoline last night after dinner. He loves that thing. bouncing up and down like a little boy on a trampoline does. The thing is, this tramp is pretty small. Probably the size of a bath...but a bit wider, and when he jumps he insists on waving to us and yelling, "Mummy, Daddy! Look at meeeee". And meanwhile, we're watching his feet getting closer and closer to the springs until... *ZONK* His foot goes through the spring, his body falls foward over the bar.. Ouchie.. But he's ok. He whinges a little, cause his leg is stuck, and then gets up and again, and off he goes again. Jumpy Jumpy Jumpy... I go over to move the tramp a little onto more steady ground, but he's still standing on it, and as I move it, he falls over backwards, toppling onto the grass underneath... Youchie.. He's ok...he gets up and keeps Bouncing... Bouncy..Bouncy Bouncy. I sit back down saying, "Ooopsy...luck his bones are bendy" We watch him for a little while longer as he bouncy bouncy bounces and then he slips off, sliding through the corner bit of the trampoline, stands on the grass, raises his hands in the air triumphantly and says, "Da daaaaaaa" We go "Yay!....." He bows. Like totally from the waist, bent over....bowing. Then he goes to find his little wheelbarrow and do some 'gardening' Damn little bugger. He's too cute.

Monday, December 20, 2004

Corny Christmas Chuckles..

It's the week before Christmas. I'm at work. Here's some funnies: How did Darth Vader know what Luke Skywalker was getting for Christmas? He felt his presents. What do you call Santa Clause after he's fallen into a fireplace? Krisp Kringle Why does Scrooge love Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer? Because every buck is dear to him. On December 24, Adam's wife was known as? Christmas Eve What did the bald man say when he got a comb for Christmas? Thanks, I'll never part with it ! A cat walking on the desert is bound to get..what? Sandy claws If athletes get athlete's foot, what do astronauts get? Missile toe Why does Santa Claus go down the chimney ? Because it soots him ! Why was Santa's little helper depressed? Because he had low elf esteem I've seen the Ghost of Christmas Past and he's shaped like a credit card. A Christmas shopper's complaint is one of long standing. How do sheep greet each other at Christmas? Merry Christmas to Ewe!

Friday, December 17, 2004

Bloody Haloscan

Looks like the Haloscan commenting is on the fritz. Not sure how long it's been out, but I can't comment on any blog that uses it. I would use Bloggers' commenting, but I don't like how you only have the choice of being a Blogger member or posting Anonymously.. Anyone else know of a commenting service that works?

So many Christmas parties...not enough time.

So, I've just returned from my 5th Christmas Party. Damn, am I full. 'tis the season to be jolly, and to stuff ye face with Sausages, Turkey, salad and, of course, beer. Because I have just changed jobs, and because I still hang out with friends from my previous to last job, I have been to 2 parties for them, a party for my last job, and 2 parties for my new job. And contracting in a public service dept. at this time of year is interesting, because every 2 minutes you get another email about this party, or that party, or the 'Secret Santa', or the Christmas Decoration judging. It seems that no-one is really doing any work. It's just a matter of filling in the time until the next party! And then of course, everyone is going on leave next week, and the current skeleton staff will become a ghost staff in the final week leading to Christmas. But not me. I will be here, working studiously (cough cough) or at least trying to make it look like I am working. But gone are the days when you could come into work for those 2 days between Christmas and New Year and really do fuck all. Most departments now have their staff work those extra 4 minutes a day to get those 2 days off every year. Pity. Those 2 days were great to bring in the Playstation, set up the TV for the cricket and have a bit of 'no work' fun. Or you could clean your desk.... I'll just bum at home for 10 days. Watch Cricket. Drink Beer. Play with the that order ;)

Thursday, December 16, 2004

A warning for the festive season..

Some loser in Perth decided it would be fun to 'pump' beer into his stomach. Needless to say, he nearly died, but Hey, maybe he should patent the device! "But I knew something wasn't right soon after I drank from it. I started spewing up red stuff and was in a lot of pain."

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Roald Dahl would be proud..

It's coming. Johnny Depp. Tim Burton. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory It is going to be awesome.

New Signature iPods

Want a Guns n' Roses iPod, or even a Maroon5 iPod (spew)? Well then check these out!

SMS Blogging

There's a blog entry over at RiotAct today about a new Canberra Blog which lets anyone blog to it via sms. Freaky....and scary! I want to try it out, but don't really feel like putting my mobile number up for all to see! So...if I were to sms blog today, I would send, "I just spent 25 cents on blogging this crap, when I could have blogged for free at work" :)

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Batman Begins....The Movie Posters

Can't wait for the new Batman movie next year, and if these posters are even close to the feel of the movie, it is going to be the best, darkest and most 'real' Batman yet.

Monday, December 13, 2004

Velvet Revolver to play the Hordern

Not sure if I've revealed it before, but I was/am a huge Guns n' Roses fan. Axl, Slash and Duff are some of the most influential people in my life. Sure, The Gunners have been quiet for a while now, and Chinese Democracy looks like it will never be released, but that's why we can rejoice at the news that Velvet Revolver will tour Australia! Brisbane, Sydney , Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth. Slash, Duff and Matt from Guns n' Roses, plus Scott Weiland from the Stone Temple Pilots will be jumping around the country in February, and HOW STOCKED AM I! Tickets are on sale this Friday, and a few of my mates are keen to go. They'll play not only stuff from Contraband, but also Gunners and Stone Temple Pilots songs. yesyesyesyesyes! Can you tell I'm excited? :)

Friday, December 10, 2004

Crazed fan kills guitarist

A gig by Heavy Metal act, Damageplan ended badly last night with a gunman going up and shooting the lead guitarist, Darrell Abbott point blank several times. I head the article further to find that the drummer, Vinne Paul Abbott, was his brother and they were both original members of Pantera. I was never a huge Pantera fan, but I acknowledge that they had a huge impact on the thrash metal scene. This is some crazy stuff though. The gunman shot him, shot a bouncer who was trying to stop him and then starting shooting into the crowd before a copper could put him down. But someone in the crowd said that they initially thought it was part of the show. Funny thing is, in some shows it might be...

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

48 Fings about me

Thanks to Eel at Salt & Vinegar for providing a place for me to rip these off from. :) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1. Your name spelled backwards: Leahcim 2. Where were your parents born? Budapest, Hungary and Albury, NSW. 3. What is the last thing you downloaded onto your computer? Lots of cool fonts. 4. What's your favorite restaurant? Montezumas 5. Last time you swam in a pool? 2 weeks ago. 6. Have you ever been in a school play? Yup. I sang :) 7. How many kids do you want? My 3 will be enough..thanks for asking. 8. Type of music you dislike most? R&B Top 20 crap. 9. Are you registered to vote? Yeah 10. Do you have cable? Well if you call sharing ADSL with a neighbour using wireless, cable. Then Yeah. 11. Have you ever ridden on a moped? Not yet! 12. Ever prank call anybody? I think so.. 13. Ever get a parking ticket? Who hasn't? 14. Would you go bungee jumping or sky diving? Yes and Yes. 15. Farthest place you ever traveled? Vanuatu..or New Calendonia. Which one's furthest? 16. Do you have a garden? Sure do, and it's growing everyday. (Damn weeds) 17. What's your favorite comic strip? Calvin & Hobbes 18. Do you really know all the words to your national anthem? The First verse at least. 19. Bath or Shower, morning or night? Shower in morning. 20. Best movie you've seen in the past month? Team America - World Police 21. Favorite pizza topping? Mexicana with extra jalapenos 22. Chips or popcorn? Chips at home. Popcorn at movies. 23. What color lipstick do you usually wear? Red 24. Have you ever smoked peanut shells? Not...yet. 25. Have you ever been in a beauty pageant? Not...yet 26. Orange Juice or apple? Orange 27. Favorite type chocolate bar? Flake or Polly Waffle 28. When was the last time you voted at the polls? Few months ago. Like it was worth it. 29. Last time you ate a homegrown tomato? The other day 30. Have you ever won a trophy? Yeah. 31. Are you a good cook? Not really, but i try....sometimes. 32. Do you know how to pump your own gas? I'm male... 33. Ever order an article from an infomercial? nope 34. Sprite or 7-up? Sprite 35. Have you ever had to wear a uniform to work? Nope. 36. Last thing you bought at a pharmacy? Ear Drops 37. Ever throw up in public? Oh yeah..back in my spewy years. 38. Would you prefer being a millionaire or find true love? I'd love to be a millionaire 39. Do you believe in love at first sight? Sure. 40. Ever call a 1-900 number? Only to try and get on "Who wants to be a millionaire" 41. Can ex's be friends? Yes. 42. Who was the last person you visited in a Hospital? My wife having our third. 43. Did you have a lot of hair when you were a baby? Not really 44. What message is on your answering machine? "You've called Mick & Blah....blah blah blah..." It's boring. 45. What is in your backpack? The Entertainment Book, my iPod, a walkman, some pens, a book, my wallet, too much shit. 46. Favorite thing to do before bedtime? Watch some late night TV 47. What is one thing you are grateful for today? That lunch is soon. 48. What is the first concert you ever went to? 1927. Back in 1990...

All I want for Christmas is a......

Just 17 days till Christmas, but only 14 days until my daughter turns 6 (ugh....I feel old!) We always go crazy buying her presents and then split them up into Birthday & Christmas stuff. We always ask her what she wants from Santa each year, and this year she came up: 1) a Playstation you can hold in your hand (a Gameboy) 2) a camera that you can print onto stickers. (Polaroid iZone) or 3) a helicopter.... A Helicopter? What...A Bell, or a Blackhawk? Not sure where that request came from, but she's good at coming up with the random comments... Wonder if I can put one on Lay-By.......

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

When christmas shopping is just too much..

BREAKING NEWS: My wife went to the Mall today and just as she got there she saw a commotion going on down near the stage area of Belconnen Mall. She saw someone she knew who was in the line waiting for Santa at the time and she said that someone jumped from the top floor and hit the ground just near the Santa setup down the bottom, only a few feet from where she was with her kids. Bloody hell. That's extreme, crazy and damn dangerous. I will have to watch the news when I get home. I mean, not only is something like that so public that it would effect anyone (especially if they fell on you) but imagine any children in that line who may have seen the body afterwards.... I heard of the same sort of thing happening at Westfield Parramatta a year or so ago, but that was higher than 3 stories. I could imagine that someone could even jump off the top story of Westfield Belconnen and not actually die....but damn that would hurt.

Chrissy shopping..

Christmas is coming up too fast, and wifey is going crazy with the kid shopping thing. She has written out lists of everything that she has brought for the kids, and now she is trying to match them all up to make sure that they both have the same amount of stuff (in both volume and cost). I think she really enjoys this stuff, but my bank account doesn't! Christmas shopping is a strange beast. I haven't really done it for a long time because our family decided not to exchange presents for adults any more (except parents), and wifey and I aren't exchanging either, so I don't have to go out and find presents for her, and she does most of the other shopping. (slack aren't I). But when I do go shopping with her and the kids like last Saturday, it's just crazy. I am really hopeless shopper. I will look around every shop cumulating a list in my head of all the things I want to buy and their different prices. Then I will go back and look again before finally mulling over in my head what I want to get na dif they'll really like it and blah blah... Yeah...I don't shop like most normal males who pick up the first thing they see and buy it for their loved ones. (An antfarm for GrandMa, a Car cleaning kit for the kid, a book on fishing for the wife). I frustrate even myself when I shop cause of my indecisiveness. That's why I hardly ever go shopping with wifey and kids, cause she gets so annoyed at me not actually getting anything but spending hours wandering around...

Off and racing...

So, I'm into my 2nd day of the new job, and so far it's pretty quiet, but I already sense there is some disquiet amongst the co-workers. It's funny. Every workplace has its own pecking order, culture and 'feel' about it. So far, what I am getting here is that the contractors say they do all the work, whilst the permanents resent the fact the contractors are there doing their work which they're not doing. I dunno. Only 2nd day, but already reading into it a bit. As far as the work goes, I haven't actually done any yet, but I think that it could be a good challenge. Looking forward to learning some webby stuff (Java, Javascript, XML) whilst on the job and hoping I can use some of my Admin skills as well. In other things, the 'Blog-er-que' didn't quite happen for me on Sunday. Not sure if it happened for anyone actually, but hopefully something else may be lined up and I will make it!

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