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Monday, January 31, 2005

Hmmm..I'm stuck in an avalanche. I know! I'll drink some beer!

Classic story, about how beer saved this guys life. We need more stories like this one! UPDATE: It seems that this may be a fraud story, picked up by news.com.au. But who cares. It's still funny!

Just Because...

Hope this makes you smile. Licking Pussies!

Wave....paid.

Aaaah..it was a cracker weekend. Except for the sport, but I'll ignore that for now. The best part of the weekend for me was listening to, and then watching Waveaid. The Tsunami relief concert attracted some big big Australian artists, but the highlight for me was the reunited Midnight Oil. I have always regretted not seeing them live when I had the chance, and this was a bit of atonement for that. Peter Garrett performed his legendary dancing technique from the get-go and the whole band seemed very comfortable on stage after so long out of the scene together. Other highlights of the show were Powderfinger, who always perform well, and John Butler Trio were awesome, especially the bass solo in 'Betterman'. Some sweet sweet music... (Pity the broadcast of the show chopped off their last song) So, whilst Hewitt was getting cleaned off the court at Melbourne Park, and the Paki's were reviving their finals chances in the VB Series, the concert went out with a bang as the Oils finished it off with 'Best of Both Worlds'. The sport didn't seem to matter last night. The contribution that the musical community had just made (around 2 Million smackers) to the tsunami appeal made everything feel that little bit better.

Friday, January 28, 2005

PostSecret

You are invited to anonymously contribute a secret to the PostSecret project. Your secret can be a regret, fear, betrayal, desire, feeling, confession, or childhood humiliation. Reveal anything - as long as it is true and you have never shared it with anyone before. This is very interesting, funny and clever. Good for a Friday arvo...

Zoe, Zoe, Zoe.....Oi, Oi ,OI

Congrats to Zoe from crazybrave (or is that crazybrace?) for being crowned Queen of the ACT Blogs. The awards have been a good way to discover new and interesting blogs out there. The winner of NSW, Darpism.com, is now a regular read of mine, as is the overall Australia winner and some other nominated and previous winning blogs. Good to see there are no sour grapes from Mark Nick, and the voting analysis from johnboy was interesting. WoodenSpoon (until it ran out of bandwidth) had an entry about the win, and TJ congratulates her fierce opponent here. The boys at Loadeddog spill their guts here. To be honest, I totally forgot to vote. I was tossing up between the 2 finalists for a period of time and was intending to actually sit down and send through my vote, but...well....

Thursday, January 27, 2005

'stralia Day

Firstly. How bloody good is it to have a Wednesday as a Public Holiday? I know some people would rather have the Monday or the Friday as a holiday so they can go away somewhere, but honestly, having the day in the middle of the week off just makes the week more bearable. Look! We're already into Thursday! And the fact that it was Australia Day makes it even better. I've noticed that lots of workmates have done the 'Aussie' thing and have taken the 2 days off around the public holiday to make the most of it and snag a 5 day weekend. Bloody Public Servants! But yesterday was a good day. Good to have a day off which was hot and sunny, but good because: - The cricket was on. - The tennis was on. - The Hottest 100 was on. - The Big Day Out in Sydney was on. Now, I wanted to go the BDO this year, but once again I failed miserably to find someone to go with and didn't actually buy a ticket when I could have. There's always 2006 I suppose! But I enjoyed yesterday cause I invited a friend around for a scrumptious feed (thanks to Fee for an awesome spread!) and we listened to the Hottest 100 all afternoon, snorting and cheering at the various songs as they played. The full list of songs revealed an interesting variety this year. I was a little disappointed at the lack of any sort of good heavy music this year. In the past there's been some Rage against the Machine, or Audioslave, or some nice heavy Grinspoon. But this year was mostly taken up by poppy, dancey, contemporary stuff. I'm not complaining that much, cause there were some good songs, but just not as many really good songs as in past Hot 100's. I like 'Take me Out' but as usual, because it's so popular, it's been flogged to death by radio and tv alike. I preferred the No.2 song, 'Scar' by Missy Higgins. She had a huge year in 2005 and is an awesome talent (back in your box Delta). The songs I voted for this year: (position it made in brackets) godhopping - dogs die in hot cars (43) the dark of the matinee - franz ferdinand (50) hard act to follow - grinspoon (16) scar - missy higgins (2) my friend robot - regurgitator (52) the drop - regurgitator (85) push up - the freestylers (69) somebody told me - the killers (4) dry your eyes - the streets (19) common people - william shatner (21) They all got in the list (first time ever I think), so i was happy, but was disappointed that Regurgitator's songs weren't higher... 7 of the top 10 were Australian, which is a decent effort. Great to see Aussie songs dominate the overall list again, although the No.1 spot was taken by the Scots. After cleaning up and settling the kids, it was time to watch some cricket/tennis. Hewitt seemed to be cruising in his match at 2 sets to 0, so I watched Australia kick some butt in the cricket instead, and then started to flick back to the tennis more and more as Hewitt seemed to be losing it. Once again, he seemed to throw away a straight sets victory and make it hard for himself, but Nalbandian actually decided to start playing in the 3rd set and Hewitt's hip flexor was giving him gyp. So as Brett Lee demolished the Windies, and Lano & Woodley performed 'The Island'(on the Comedy Channel), sets went to 2-2 in the tennis, and things were looking grim for Australia Day tennis (Molik had already lost a very tight game against the World's No. 1). The final set turned out to be an epic, lasting around 100 minutes, with the match ticking over 4 hours. It was tense stuff. Nalbandian had served first in the set, so Hewitt had to constantly hold serve to stay in the match. Nalbandian was having trouble holding his serve but Hewitt just couldn't go in for the kill. Finally at 8-8, Hewitt took the break and served it out in style. An excellent match, but it had to have taken a lot out of Lleyton coming into the big semi-final against Roddick. Looks like another epic on Friday night! But a successful Australia Day, none-the-less and I flaked in bed ready to fight another day.

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

The 2005 Razzies

Every year, the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation nominates and awards the worst films of the year. The nominations for 2005 have just been released. There is probably no surprise to see that Catwoman and Alexander get the top number of nominations for the year. George W. even gets a nomination for this 'performance' in Farenheit 9/11, along with Rumsfeld and Cordi Rice. I haven't seen a few of the flicks that are nominated, but that's the whole point of the Razzies! They tell you the movies that are not worth seeing! Awards will be present on February 26th, the day before the Oscars, and of course, we all wait with baited breath.

Monday, January 24, 2005

The VW Polo Commercial

Ok. Watch this ad and tell me what you think. Offensive? Funny? Stupid? But... It's a fake. A hoax. VW are taking the creators to court. Me? I think it's pretty damn funny and quite clever. But that's just me

WTF Monday.

Broadway is broken apparently.... "The hit Donald Trump television series, "The Apprentice," may be headed to Broadway. Mark Burnett, who co-produces the NBC series with Donald Trump, told the Hollywood Reporter that he is currently writing the book for The Apprentice: The Musical. According to the industry paper, several songs have already been written for the musical. No other details about the project have been announced."

Friday, January 21, 2005

A spud on the dark side

It's a Potato. No! It's an Evil overlord. Wait a second. It's both! Welcome to Darth Tater That looks seriously cool. I wanna order one now! CNN.com - Darth Tater: The dark side of Mr. Potato Head - Jan 19, 2005

Thursday, January 20, 2005

I feel like getting vocal!

I'm opinionated. I know that. But I have never put my opinions forward in a loud and vocal way. I have never protested, other than with my family and friends. But now something has come up that is getting me angry. Matt from Darpism.com has some info up on his blog about the 'Patriotic Youth League' (PYL). If you read this page you will learn that they are an insidious organisation where the term 'Youth' is highly debatable. However, they are peddling their racist ideas outside schools and at local youth hangouts, and that is a scary thing. I have put my hand up to help if there is anything I can do here in Canberra. I would love to squash this group before they do any damage...

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Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Happy Birthday JJJ!

It is the best radio station in the world. I don't know where to start when talking about Triple J, because it is quite simply one of the best things to ever happen in my life. I've always loved music. I did some casual work at KIX-106 back in the early 90's, and had many aspirations to become a DJ myself. It was either Computing...or Radio presenter... What a choice hey? I chose computing, but I still have dreams of one day being on radio, somehow...somewhere. But, back to Triple J. This month they are celebrating 30 years on air. This goes back to the days in the 70's where it was called 2JJ, lived on AM and only existed in Sydney. In 1980, they renamed themselves to 2JJJ, moved to FM and started to grow. I lived in Sydney at this time, but I guess I was too young to have control over the radio station, because I didn't discover them until 1989 when they went national, and I was living in Canberra. Up until that time I had to make do with KIX-106, or 104.7, who at the time were rivals. KIX played decent music back in those days, and this lead to me actually going into the station from time to time to help out Bad Boyd who did the evening shift. As it turned out, most of the KIX staff listened to Triple J as well. This was back in the Mikey & Helen days of breakfast. Classic stuff. To say that Triple J has changed my life is not an over-statement. They are a part of me, and a part of my everyday life. It is the station that exposed me to the music I still listen to today, and the music that has also shaped my life. I have often said that if JJJ don't play the music, I don't listen to it. They dictate my listening habits, for good or for bad, it's the truth. If I don't hear it on JJJ, I probably don't even hear the song, except for channel skipping between Rage's Top 40, or Video Hits. It's a lot of responsibility on a radio station. And they seize the opportunity and make the most of it. They have exposed millions of people to the joy and talent of Australian music. Add to this the multitude of live music that has been on the J's for years and it has helped expose many many artists that would otherwise not had the opportunity to be heard by a large audience. But it's not just the music that makes Triple J so special, although that is obviously the largest part of it. There is a Triple J Culture. It is a special thing. A bond that exists between the listeners (as a group), the presenters and the musicians. And everyone involved understands that they are involved in something more than just a radio station. If I discover that someone I am talking to listens to Triple J, it just makes me appreciate them so much more, and gives us something more to talk about :) But so far I have not even touched on the human side of Triple J. Triple J is broadcast around Australia to a lot of places. (some of whom have even funded their own transmitters). The pure expanse that JJJ covers gives it the power to influence, share and help a huge amount of people. There are constantly stories, guests and discussions on the J's about youth issues and things that can provide assistance to young people growing up. It's an invaluable service, and one that I am sure the government does not appreciate. I can't say enough about JJJ. There have been sooo many excellent Triple J moments over the last 16 years that I have been listening to them, and if you have any, go to the guestbook and add them down, or browse through the already hundreds of entries. Some of my favourite JJJ moments: - Helen & Mikey together at breakfast. - Mikey, Paul, Sandy and Flacco for breakfast. - Captain Pants (a tale of seamen and romance) - Keith, the Swearing Bear - 204 Bell Street (Sandy's serial) - Andy Glitre & the Groovetrain - The original Creatures of the Spotlight - Catriona Rowntree presenting the weekend arvo show. - Dr. Karl....every week. - Tunny in the arvo's - Merrick & Rosso - Captain BJ and the Pirate - Tight-arse Tuesdays - A story on colonoscopies on the Morning Show (with sound effects!) - Choice-Bro Tafe - The Screaming Jets Live at the Wireless - Grinspoon 'Unearthed' - Adam & Wil's Olympics April Fools Day prank - Wil & Nicole Kidman - The first time I was on air. Smashing a 'Hey Dad' CD to get a Trainspotting CD - Pauline Pantsdown - Every Hottest 100 - Beating the drum in 2000 by mowing a drum logo under the plane flightpath in Fyshwick. - The doctor that explained dreams. (can't remember her name) - Pearl Jam, live in concert in 1998 - Are you smarter than Dools? - Rosie's Speed Requests - Gay School There's too many to name.....I keep thinking of more! Remind me of some great moments! Happy Birthday Triple J. May you continue forever so that my children can appreciate you and the music as much as I have. Listen to them for the next 30 days and you will hear snippets from the past. I know I will be :)

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Thank you...to my agent.

For some reason, I like awards nights....BUT I do NOT like winners thanking everyone from God to their agent. I like the fanfare, I like the stars, I like the film snippets and I like the entertainment. The Golden Globes are different to the Oscars. The invitees are seated at tables and there seems to be a lot more mingling around and socialising than the theatre style presentation of The Oscars. Last nights awards were ok. I dismissed most of the start of it while I watched an awesome Christmas episode of South Park, and then an equally entertaining Coupling episode, but then I watched the last half of it and caught the big awards. But you know what annoys me? When all these movies get nominated for awards and we here in Australia have not even heard of them! I mean, there's The Aviator. An epic story and long-time project for Leonardo DiCapro about Howard Hughes' life. It's only just come out in the States I think, but I really hope we get to see it here before the Oscars. Then there's Sideways. A comedy with one of my favourite sitcom actors, Thomas Haden Church, (from Wings and Ned & Stacy) who was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy. Other movies I had never heard of include, Kinsey, Hotel Rwanda, Closer, Birth, Vera Drake, The Sea Inside, De-Lovely, Beyond the Sea. I mean, what the hell? Where have all these movies come from? Do we here in Australia just get gyped from seeing any of these, or even hearing about them? Or maybe I just live under a rock and should have heard of these films? But why the hell can't we get to see them at the same time they are premiered in the States? Ok ok...so there's some marketing to be done, and movies are released at 'peak' times to try and maximise profit, but..hell, with the Internet the way it is, wouldn't delaying the release of a movie in Australia just prompt increased piracy? Anyway, this post turned into a rant somehow, but it just gets my goat a bit. I like the Oscars. They have a lot more fanfare and seem to go forever, but If Billy Crystal hosts it again, it is always worth watching. But last night had it's share of nice moments. Jamie Foxx's speech after winning for 'Ray' was very touching. Robin Williams being given the Cecil B. DeMille Award, and then starting his speech with, "I no speak english so good...". Charlize Theron just looking as hot as ever. The full list of winners from the Golden Globes are here: Picture, Drama: "The Aviator." Actor, Drama: Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Aviator." Actress, Drama: Hilary Swank, "Million Dollar Baby." Picture, Musical or Comedy: "Sideways." Actor, Musical or Comedy: Jamie Foxx, "Ray." Actress, Musical or Comedy: Annette Bening, "Being Julia." Supporting Actor: Clive Owen, "Closer." Supporting Actress: Natalie Portman, "Closer." Director: Clint Eastwood, "Million Dollar Baby." Screenplay: Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, "Sideways." Original Score: Howard Shore, "The Aviator." Original Song: "Old Habits Die Hard" from "Alfie," by Mick Jagger and David A. Stewart. Foreign Language: "The Sea Inside," Spain. Television Drama Series: "Nip/Tuck," FX. Actor, Drama: Ian McShane, "Deadwood." Actress, Drama: Mariska Hargitay, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit." Musical or Comedy Series: "Desperate Housewives," ABC. Actor, Musical or Comedy: Jason Bateman, "Arrested Development." Actress, Musical or Comedy: Teri Hatcher, "Desperate Housewives." Miniseries or TV Movie: "The Life and Death of Peter Sellers," HBO. Actor, Miniseries or TV Movie: Geoffrey Rush, "The Life and Death of Peter Sellers." Actress, Miniseries or TV Movie: Glenn Close, "The Lion in Winter." Supporting Actor, Series, Miniseries or TV Movie: William Shatner, "Boston Legal." Supporting Actress, Series, Miniseries or TV Movie: Anjelica Huston, "Iron Jawed Angels."

Monday, January 17, 2005

Pre-marital sex now legal in Virginia!

Unbelievable..... ----------------------------- Saturday, January 15, 2005 Let's all have unmarried but totally legal sex in Virginia! Sex-starved singles in Virginia, rejoice! Today's Washington Post reports that the state's supreme Court has at last struck down an archaic law prohibiting the getting of it on between unmarried personages. IOW, straight people who haven't taken vows can now do the humpty hump without having to fear The Man. The full opinion is available on the VA Supreme Court website. In short: Virginia singles now have a right to Due Process under last year's Supreme Court sodomy law decision -- and that makes the Virginia law unconstitutional. The state's anti-sodomy laws are still intact (limiting the sexual freedom of gay folks), but some believe a test case will soon follow, in an attempt to challenge that stature. "I can't say we're pleased we made Virginia safe for fornication," said Neil Kuchinsky, Martin's attorney. "Though some will thank me, I'm sure.' " ---------------------------- What Century do we live in again, that these laws can still exist?? Then again, it is just those crazy Americans....

The Jets and Revolver

Awesome news on Sunday came from the paper. The Screaming Jets will be supporting Velvet Revolver on their gigs at the Hordern Pavilion late in February. I am sooooooo damn stoked, cause I missed the Jets gig when they were in Canberra last, and they are such a great band live. Seeing them on the big stage at the Hordern in front of a huge crowd will be sweet. Bring it on!!

Kill me. Kill me now.

Browsing through the referring URL's this morning I came across this one. Someone got to my site by searching for Gloria Estefan Bloggers. ARRRRGH!!! Scary. Hope they were disappointed

Friday, January 14, 2005

New CanbraBlogs

Seems that there are new Canberra blogs coming out of the woodwork all over the place. Ok, they might not all be new, but I have recently added Life through Blossy's Eyes, Let's Try That Again, The Glove Speaks, The 'lil Lioness and Aki's Running Blog. Good to see! And also great to see the Aussie Blog Tracker continuing. Thanks to whoever is going to take over the torch!

Comic Movies

This year will again be the year of the Comic Movies. Sin City, Batman Begins, Appleseed, Constantine, Elektra, Fantastic Four, Superman filming, rumors about Whedon scripting and directing a Wonder Woman flick. The move version of the Graphic Novel by Frank Miller called Sin City looks awesome in the trailer. It's directed by Robert Rodriguez of Desperado fame, which makes me want to see it even more! Bruce Willis is so cool. Can't wait for Batman Begins either. June!

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Boy drowns at CISAC

Terrible news about the drowning at CISAC yesterday. My 2 Year old has been in that pool many times as his sister has lessons there every week. We have been avoiding the pool in the holidays though because it is so busy. And it is not an easy pool to get around (the kids area) when it is busy. A lot of bodies squeezed into a small space makes it hard for parents and life-guards to keep track of everyone. The life-guards have claimed that the layout of the pool makes it hard to see everyone. A bit of a lame excuse, seeing as though when I have been there, they always position themselves so that someone is watching every section of the pool. The worst fact about this is, 'Where were the parents?' Not only did they not watch their 2yr old, who most certainly would not have been able to swim un-assisted, in a busy pool. They weren't even the ones who found him. 2 Teenage girls found him face first in the pool. I know that I always have my eye on all my kids in the pool, if I'm not actually in there with them. Sure, parents can say, "Oh..he'll be ok for a few minutes". But when there are that many bodies squished into one place, a 2yr old can be pretty small.

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Do the shuffle....baby

MacWorld Day has revealed the latest iPod Creation. The iPod shuffle. Looks pretty cute, but I guess it really is just a USB Stick with the 'iPod' look. Will be around $180AU or so, so I guess it'll be competitive with whatever else is going around and then you are part of the iPod Generation! Geek ;)

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Monday Box

Last night was a good night to lounge in front of the box. First of all there was the cricket match, which finished with a big win to the R.O.W team. The best part was the $14 1/2 Million Dollars that was raised for the Tsunami Appeal on the day. An absolutely awesome effort. But in between the cricket there was South Park. What an awesome episode. Cartman tried to fly off a roof and ended up in a coma for a whole 2 days, (love the face warmer) and then 2 stupid cops decided he had psychic powers. Good old Cartman uses his 'powers' for evil and pisses all the other 'psychic detectives'. This season has been brutally great. Then of course there are repeats of John Safran's Music Jamboree. Always great for a laugh, but cricket overruled last night. Then you have Coupling. This show is Friends, minus the annoying Americanisms and actors, but with witty Pommy humour and classic storylines. The only downer it seems is that Jeff has left the show, replaced a suitablely boofy haired guy called Oliver. Oh well, at least the script writers seem to be the same. After that you have The Office. Repeats of Season 2, but hey, they are still damn funny and last nights was definitely cringe-worthy as David welcomes the new staff members. I find myself hiding behind my fingers sometimes at just how socially inept he is. And then, if you are into Queer as Folk, The West Wing and Alias, you could be up all night watching the shiny glowing thing in the corner! I really should sleep more....

Monday, January 10, 2005

PC cases made out of Lego

THIS IS SO FUCKING COOL!! Click here to see a whole bunch of PC Cases made entirely out of lego! Talk about easy access, just get those little hingy bits to open it up! Very very cool... ...or is that geeky?

Monday Network Mayhem

Well, it's been a very non-productive day so far. I come into work this morning, and before I even log in, I hear moans and swearing and keyboard smashing. Uh Oh.... So I log in, or try to log in at least. Hmmm..that's taking a while longer than usual... As it turns out, EVERYTHING is taking a lot longer than usual, but how long exactly I wouldn't know cause I've already rebooted my PC three times. Nothing is working...well except this window that I am typing in right now, which I am sure will not work when I hit the 'Post' button. To be honest, although network problems at work can be frustrating, I don't really mind it. Everyone usually just accepts it and either pisses off to the Plaza, or finds something else to do. It's a nice break and the best thing is, there's nothing you can do! I am tempted to just go home cause I want to watch the World Cricket Tsunami Appeal match on TV. They are 2 bloody awesome lineups, and I'm sure it will be played in high spirits. The only downer is that the ICC has made it an official one day international, which means it has to be played under ICC guidelines meaning that you can't rotate 12 or 13 players around or give everyone a bowl, which often happens in these sorts of 'friendlys'. It's interesting to see players like McGrath, Cairns, and Lara all on the same team. Unfortunately Tendulkar is out with tennis (cricket) elbow and won't be able to bat, but he's still flown out here and wants to be involved however he can. It's amazing to see the amount of world-class cricket talent that has flown here on short notice (12 days). These sorts of matched usually take a year to organise. It goes to show the togetherness and bonding that has happened around the world to support and help the victims of the tsunami. It has truly been amazing to watch. It seems to be working as well, because I heard on JJJ this morning that they are trucking in aid from Jakarta to Ache because the airstrip is so busy with constant planeloads of aid already. You just hope that every little bit you can donate is going to get to it's destination and really help. Everyone's heard stories of the aid that was sent to Iraq which didn't ever reach its destination. Hussain would stockpile heaps of food and supplies in warehouses rather than give it to his people. I have been cynical in the past of world aid organisation, but in this instance I can see that the money from around the world is helping, albeit slowly, and it encourages people to help more. Hmmm.. Network is still buggered. Maybe I'll go for a walk... ..... .... .. Ok...so I can't even post this entry now. I'm eating my lunch. At 11am now. Quickly running out of things to entertain me. I know..I'll go buy a paper. .... ... .. Damn...it's 1.30pm and it's back up. Guess I'd better do work now. *sigh*

Friday, January 07, 2005

CSS Babble

I'm am still very much a novice when it comes to Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), but I am slowly learning through trial and error You may have noticed that my links have changed style (the fading effect was annoying me), which I did via a CSS, but I am now trying to work out how to have some links with the dashed underline, and some without. (cause it looks really bad in some places as the moment). So I did this in my css: ------------------------ a.dash:link { text-decoration: none; border-bottom: 1px dashed #00FF00; color: #00FF00; } a.dash:visited { text-decoration: none; border-bottom: 1px dashed #FFFF00; color: #FFFF00; } a.dash:hover { text-decoration: none; border-bottom: 1px dashed #FFFFFF; color: #FFFFFF; } a.dash:active {background-color: #c1ff05;color: #000000} a.nodash:link {text-decoration: none; color: #00FF00;} a.nodash:visited {text-decoration: none; color: #FFFF00} a.nodash:hover {text-decoration: none; color: #FFFFFF;} a:link { text-decoration: none; border-bottom: 1px dashed #00FF00; color: #00FF00; } a:visited { text-decoration: none; border-bottom: 1px dashed #FFFF00; color: #FFFF00; } a:hover { text-decoration: none; border-bottom: 1px dashed #FFFFFF; color: #FFFFFF; } a:active {background-color: #c1ff05;color: #000000} -------------------- So, I thought that I could then go through and define some links with the class of "nodash", and some with "dash" and then others that were left would go to the default (dashed). But no, it doesn't seem to work properly. As you can see on the left, the images in my sidebar all have the dashed link underline, even though I have specified for them to be class="nodash". Is this because my default (a:link) has the dashes so it overrides the class? I am probably doing something really stupid here. Can any lovely reader help me out?

The Abstinence Diaries (or the AntiSprogBlog)

From Elsewhere Today there is a link to a new Canberra blog called The Abstinence Diaries. This 20 yr old student is claiming that he can hold enough will-power to not masterbate for 40 days. And of course, he's blogging about it. It makes for one short blog, but who knows it might be interesting to see how he goes. Mind you, I reckon it's a publicity stunt to try and get some in his holidays. Some-one might read his blog and try to steer him away from the course.... ....then again, he might be ugly as sin.

Thursday, January 06, 2005

Commenting Mystery

I love reading my comments. I don't get that many, but the ones I get remind me that there are people out there in the big blogosphere. But I have a bone to pick with Haloscan, or maybe someone can help me. 2 things. 1) I don't know how you can tell, when browsing your comments in Haloscan, which comments belong to which post. I recently got a comment but I can't tell which post it is relating to. It's annoying! Unless I go through my archives and click on every comment, how do I find out where it came from? 2) I think it's a paid feature*, but it'd be nice to get email notifcation when someone comments on my blog. I refuse to switch to Blogger commenting though cause it seems clunky to me, and I don't like that you have to be a member to post un-anonymously. Overall I'm very happy with Haloscan, but I gotta bitch about something :) *It is a Paid Feature but I'm too much of a tight-arse!

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

It's time to vote.

If you are a keen blog-reader, or just happen to stumble across blogs now and then whilst searching for Dinosaur Eggs, or Salad Fingers (hehehe) on Google, well you might want to vote for your favourite blogs of the year 2004. Kek's has set it up, and he is even requiring voters to register their email address with him to avoid electoral fraud! Go here to vote. I don't have someone I could vote for in every category, because I mostly only read Canberra Blogs. However when I get the time I think the nominations list would be a good place to start reading other Australian blogs. That's the great thing about the blogging community. You can read one blog you enjoy, and then decide to click on one of the blogs in their blogroll (links list) and then conitnue on from there. Before you know it, you have 58 blogs in your favourites and your day is filled up by reading them :) Enjoy.

Bleary eyed.

I do it to myself really. Every week or two I get a call from the Indoor Cricket Centre asking if I can umpire a couple of games for them this week. I am not a regular any more, so I just wait for the phone call and if I can make it I will. I thought I would help out last night cause it was the first day back and I hadn't done it for a while. Only problem is, the games run till 11 pm, or sometimes 10 or 15 past. Bear in mind that if I am at home watching the box, I am usually asleep on the couch by 10. So, there I am umpiring an Indoor cricket game, which requires pretty much constant attention for 3 hours+ and I hit the wall around 10 and started getting really tired. HOWZAT!! What? Huh? Oh..Ummm...Not Out. What?? Bullshit!! Oh...ok then...OUT! That's crap!! You can't afford to get tired during a game. You miss shit. The ball becomes a blur. The run-outs become a guessing game. The No-ball and Wide calls become random. And even if the batting team is on 34 runs, chasing a score of 185 with 2 overs to go, they always care about those damn wides. So, the game finished. One team won by 90 odd runs and got all the skins, and I toddled off home. And did I go to bed? Oh no. Not me. The unfortunate fact is, that after umpiring I am always would up. Not matter how tired I was up in the chair, as soon as I'm finished, it takes a while for me to wind down. So, I started playing with my new game. Football Manager 2005. This game is very cool and very very addictive. Midnight came and went. 1am came...and went. As 2am approached and my team is starting to wane under my management I decided that I MUST get to bed before the 2am barrier. 2:* always looks worse on the clock than 1:*. The problem is that this game constantly beckons for 'one more game'. Just one more! So...I'm bleary eyed. It's my fault, but hey..maybe I can find somewhere for a power nap later this arvo when I hit the wall at 3pm :)

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Aussie Blog Tracker Shut Down

Sadly, I noticed today that the Aussie Blog Tracker from Anthony Hicks has closed down. This is one the sites that really got me interested in blogging, and gave me a portal to many other Canberran and Australian blogs. He is offering for the Webring to be taken over by someone who has had 3 years+ blogging experience (counts me out), and will offer the source code for the website to whoever asks. (I'd be lost) Hopefully someone will take him up on those offers and keep this invaluable website alive.

Slave to the Grind (tribute to SKid Row)

Back at work. It feels like the last 10 days didn't exist. I mean..i don't mind the new job, but it's still work, and work's work. I wish I was one of the lucky people who really enjoyed their jobs, like the people who work in the field of passion. Rock Climbing, or Cricketers, or DJ's. I mean, yeah, I like Computers, but I'm not THAT passionate them (only a semi-nerd). And why is it that as soon as I get back to work, it starts raining again? Not that I'm complaining. I'd rather it rain when I was stuck inside anyway. So, 2005 seems pretty much the same as 2004 to me so far. And does it seem to anyone else, that typing or writing 2005 doesn't feel that weird at all? Only 4 days in, and it already feels normal. Haven't even accidently typed 2004 yet. That never happens to me. Anyway...back to Skid Row....

Saturday, January 01, 2005

Oh Yeah...

...and Happy New Year. May this year go by not quite as fast as 2004. May the Parramatta Eels make the Top 4. May the world stop fighting and start helping. May John Howard trip up in the bathroom and smash his head on the bathtub May a certain GovernorFuckHead do the same. May my children never lose their spunk May my blogging be relentless. May I get a new family car. May the Camelia's in my garden not die. May there be continuous work for myself this year. May there be money in the bank account. May 2005 be the year.

Christmas, Boxing Day and the rest..

It's hard to mention Christmas without mentioning Boxing Day. It's easy for us to look at the devastation of the tsunami's, feel shocked and horrified, and then move on. Not so easy for the Millions of people directly affected though. I am sure. I know that I have had moments where I've been close to tears as I read about the countless stories of people who have lost their lives, and especially the children. It's so hard to comprehend the amount of devastation, and the amount of lives that have been changed forever due to that day. And now the enormous clean-up, and the enormous mourning. I hope the world really does pull together. I hope the US really does give the amount of aid that they really should. This can't even be compared to a man-made disaster (ie. 9/11). This is something else and maybe GWB should think about what his billions of Defence spending dollars could do to help the shattered countries of the Tsunami's. I guess time will tell what sort of assistance he deems appropriate.... Before: After:

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