Silly photo
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I took this picture of two bulls fighting at the river crossing while I was driving out to the drillrigs this morning.  It's the first photo I've ever downloaded from the mobile to a computer.  It's made me realise that my phone takes really really crappy pictures.  This is a smaller version but it's really fuzzy in the large.  But anyway... Bulls! Fighting!  It was entertaining but then I got bored and drove very slowly past them.  I had work to do after all.  It's also late and I haven't got the hang of Lj's scrapbook.  Click for a larger image.








Yandicoogina - Welli Wolli Creek
Yandicoogina - Welli Wolli Creek





Sometimes I think my brain is really strange and then I realise that's normal
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I've been meaning to make a journal entry for days.  I've been wanting to make one.  But all I really want to put in it are essentially a serious of micro-blogging type comments and thoughts I've had over the past couple of days.  I haven't though for two reasons.  One, I feel like I should write more significant posts.  Particularly when everyone is being inundated with micro blogs courtesy of twitter.  I actually have one or two significant posts I want to type up but I can't be bothered doing them (on D&D, the house, COH, the engagement party).  I just have no energy at the end of the day and there's too much on during the day.  I'll get around to it at some point.  The other reason is that I've read a few posts I've wanted to comment on and haven't because said comments require more thought and time then I've been able to give them.  I feel kinda guilty posting junk to this journal when I should have replied to the other posts and not just wussed out on everything.

So since I've finally given up and just posted nonsense,  here's some random thoughts.
- I sliced my palm with a pencil/pacer this morning and it damn stings.  I keep licking it and it tastes metallic I can't decide if that's from the graphite in the lead or the little bit of blood.
- I need to go to bed earlier and actually fall asleep.
- After days nay weeks of searching for my wok, we found it.  In a cupboard in the kitchen that I didn't even realise was there.
- I'm enjoying a new D&D game that I'm playing but I'm considering re-rolling my ranger into a paladin or cleric so we don't all die horrific deaths.  Problem is I kinda really like my little halfling ranger.  Maybe we should just stock up on healing kits.
- Still feeling guilty and stupid for not being able to get a ring made before the engagement party.  I might have managed it but going up to site suddenly ruined that idea.  I'm not back until 11th and the party is on the 14th.  Damn my severe lack of organisational skills and inate laziness.

Anyway off to the field I go.  There's work a-waitin'.

food n stuff
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I cooked tonight for the first time in ages.  I made some curried sausages and rice.  I'm thrilled that even though I made so much it was all eaten.  That the sign of a good meal isn't it?  Anyway it gave me a little confidence boost.  It's actually a pretty simple recipe.  All it involves is curry powder, sausages, diced apples and sultanas.  It ends up making a lovely sweet curry, which is probably why I like it so much. 

Anyway I ended up buying the curry powder from an interesting little store down the road.  It was next door to the butchers so it worked out rather well for me.  It's a little place that mixes their own herbs.  It's called Turban Chopsticks or something like that.  Suffice to say, the curry powder was absolutely fantastic.  I think I'll be heading back over there again soon.  I always end up craving spicy food after being up on site and eating what amounts to meat and 3 veg every night.  With this store nearby I feel like I can indulge.  Plus since we'll be moving soon I may as well get it while it's still so close to home.

The new house is really starting to look great now.  We've (Jon, I and many helpful friends) have repainted pretty much the whole house now.  The teal paint makes everything seem brighter and bigger somehow.  It's certainly an improvement on the drab olive that was there previously.  I should really put some before and after photos up on here.  That reminds me I'm disappointed I never took a photo of the wall that was full of test paint patches.  It looked really funny in the end and was a testament to how many different colour choices we tried before we found one that we liked and went with the terracotta tiles.

Ah, that's as much of a mental download as I can manage right now.  I've really gotta tidy up some and then get myself into bed before I turn into a pumpkin.

Edit: I turned into a pumpkin :(

The horror of nostalgia
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So apparently ye old geocities is shutting down.  I imagine it's not making enough money for it's costs.  Either that or it barely gets any traffic anymore.  Anyway alias_sqbr remined me about it when made a post linking to her old geocities page.  So I figure I'll join her in a nostalgia trip.

This here is the very first webpage I ever made.  I think I made it in the last  few years of high school.  It is truely a terrifing sight to behold.  I imagine any people involved in web work are currently trying to scrub their eyeballs.  Actually I wouldn't be surpised if it didn't work properly in some browsers.

I redid the website in the first few years of uni. For some reason, I ended up putting it somewhere else on geocities.  It's better than the last but still pretty terrible.  Oh wow, so much spam in the guestbook.

My recent efforts are even better but still could use improving.  However, I couldn't code a website anymore these days.  Although learning CSS continues to tempt me.

Bees really are disappearing
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Turns out the bees really are disappearing.  The honeybees in England at least.  Which is appropriate since Dr Who spends a lot of time there.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/04/24/2552327.htm
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Interesting article
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The following is a link to an article on racism and adoption.  No, it doesn't mention Madonna or Jolie at all, thankfully.  Don't even bother looking at it if you don't want to be confronted with how people veiw interacial adoptions. "Think of the Children" has always been an emotionally charged argument/issue regardless if it's used for internet filters or adoption.  It gets even worse when you throw in a thread of  "colourblind" racism.

http://community.livejournal.com/debunkingwhite/811281.html

I found it an interesting read.  I intially thought it didn't have too much of a slant either way and was a fairly balanced article but upon reading the comments I realised I didn't even pick up on some of the poor use of certain terms.  I did of course note the optimistic final paragraph but I think that's less a "racism failing" and more of a "everything must end on a positive" like news programs finishing with a story on a cute puppy.
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the morning paper I like to read
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Ah, ABC news you keep me informed and amused.  Dead baby snakes on a plane!  Of course this sort of thing would happen in Australia and in Darwin no less.

In other happenings...  in my morning and life that is rather than world events.
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On political unrest
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Freedom of speach can be a bit of a buzz word and misused on occassions but this is problematic.  I understand that you wouldn't want media heavyweights dictating governmental policy, particulary as they aren't elected officials.  However, ejecting all media both local and foreign, that's a problem.  Mind you the current govt got in via a coup so I suppose they were never elected either.  Oh and sacking all the judges several important public service people as well as detaining university professors for critising the govt; is never a good sign.  If I lived there I'd be seriously thinking of leaving.

Oh microsoft how I loathe you...
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... let me count the ways.

Okay not actually going to make a list here at the moment.  May make one later.

Just here to rant as I usually do.

Darn Stupid Pathetic Excel!!  What the hell are you doing!  Why won't you display properly!  I type in "=$A$2" you display the text that is in cell A2!  Not the fricking formula I just typed in!  A cell with "=$A$2" displayed in it is not what I wanted!  I'm using a formula damn it!  With the right Syntax!  Gosh Darn Display the result of my formula!  Or at least have a help topic troubleshooting this!  ARGH!

Really fricking frustrated and sick of typing in "Yandi Billiard" 12 times on six different sheets only to find that I need to change it to "YBIL" or something.  By trying to do something smarter I have wasted an hour and still can't get it to work reliably for no reason I can tell.  Crappy excel. *grumble*


Blast and damn Earth Hour
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Rant incoming...

Essentially to me Earth hour is wearing a pink shirt on national breast awareness day but not giving any money toward it.  Support without substance.  If you seriously think turning of all the lights etc for one hour on one day of the year is going to make a significant impact on the environment I will thump you.

It's not like they are going to shut the power stations down.  Electricity will still be generated while your light is off and fossil fuels will still be going through that power plant.  People turning off lights for one hour will have no effect.  Oh, it raises awareness you say? That's great because now people are aware they'll change for the better right? No, they'll think "Oh, I supported earth hour, I'm doing my bit for the environment."  Then go back to whatever they were doing.  Earth hour is nothing but a gimmick, a catchy tune on an ad.  It's not going to achieve anything until they attach some more meaningful goal to it.  Honestly, planting more trees is going to do more for the environment than earth hour is.

Incedentally I'm still looking forward to earth hour as it'll probably be fantastic for using my telescope.

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