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     Wednesday, November 30, 2005

    Move is pretty much done
    I've just spent the morning trying to uncover enough useful items to eat, set up a computer and get some work done etc etc.

    Getting there.. :)

    I've also remembered this funny thing called dialup. It's pretty useful. :P

    And now I have a couple of hours left in the day to do IV stuff and TAFE work. Eek.

    Posted at 1:26 AM # | Comments

     Monday, November 28, 2005


    Posted at 2:42 AM # | Comments

    I love Citilan
    I have moved all of my stuff into the new house.. Alasdair is moving his stuff in tonight. Meanwhile I am still waiting for the power and phone to work. And even if said power and phone worked.. it may be 3 weeks until we have ADSL at the new house. Bummer. Either way, I have decided to make friends with the staff at the Caledonian Hotel, which is located at a Citilan Hotspot. Deal is: I buy drinks and they let me use their power point. :) Okay, so if I had a laptop where the power supply actually worked I wouldn't even have to make that deal. Doesn't matter. This works. And they have comfy leather couches.

    Jo's wedding yesterday was fantastic. She is now well and truly a Mrs and loving it. I danced with the bridesmaids and kiddies for quite a while.. then hung around with the chorister types. It ended pretty early.. but since I was absolutely stuffed I wasn't complaining too much.

    I'm still stuffed today because I got up at 6:30am to unpack as much as I could before Alasdair starts moving shit in tonight. Blergh, Tired!

    Well, this afternoon I plan to invite a few people around to actually see the inside of the place. All I can do to entertain is make tea or drink warm white wine.. but at least we have an outdoor setting to sit on :)

    EDIT The Oxford has much better citilan than the Caledonian. :) And Ox
    Burgers. :)

    Posted at 2:16 AM # | Comments

     Friday, November 25, 2005

    Telegraph | News | Millions of Chinese hit as poisoned river blights northern city
    Telegraph | News | Millions of Chinese hit as poisoned river blights northern city: "All tap water supplies to Harbin, which has a population 3.5 million, were cut on Tuesday as the authorities finally admitted that an explosion at a petrochemical plant more than 200 miles upstream had released benzene into the Songhua river."

    Not only does this shit me because it's an ecological disaster created by humans, but it shits me that the government covered up for the company involved for more than a week! Why do we let companies get away with this sort of crap?!?!

    Oh, shite.. back to packing my house up. :)

    Posted at 6:01 AM # | Comments

     Thursday, November 24, 2005

    "The Derivative Song", by Tom Lehrer
    "The Derivative Song", by Tom Lehrer: "The Derivative Song:
    You take a function of x and you call it y,
    Take any x0 that you care to try,
    Make a little change and call it delta-x,
    The corresponding change in y is what you find nex',
    And then you take the quotient, and now carefully
    Send delta-x to zero and I think you'll see,
    That what the limit gives us, if our work all checks,
    Is what we call dy/dx, it's just dy/dx."

    Posted at 7:57 AM # | Comments

     Tuesday, November 22, 2005

    John Safran Vs God
    John Safran Vs God: "Episode 7 : 11th October 2004.
    Encouraged by Australian soccer legend Johnny Warren, John travels to Mozambique to lift the thirty year curse on the Australian soccer team... but will he be successful?"

    I saw a thing on TV last night where they were getting all excited about John Safran lifting the curse on soccer.. which was weird because I remember seeing the episode. But, apparently they did a survey before the match asking people to say whether they thought John Safran had successfully reversed the curse. Something crazy like 83% of people were convinced that he had.

    And then we won.

    I am so weirded out by that. :)

    Posted at 1:01 PM # | Comments

     Sunday, November 20, 2005

    nairagluB kaeps t'nod I yrroS
    "nairagluB kaeps t'nod I yrroS" gniyas ekil leef od I hguohtlA !!sdratsaB .sdrawkcab pu sdne epyt I gnihtyreve taht os xoferif degnahc sah rekcuf emoS

    Posted at 10:24 PM # | Comments

    Katie Noonan and the Australian Chamber Orchestra
    ABC Classic Morning Show

    November 18th Morning Show

    Listen from 16:29 - 21.04

    This is absolutely, amazingly gorgeous. I happened to be listening to the radio when it was played.

    Craig has kindly mp3'd that snippet for me so if anyone wants it let me know!! I'm also in the process of getting the ABC to let me buy it officially.. preferably the concert it was recorded from. Yum.

    Posted at 9:02 AM # | Comments

    Mark's party
    Oh yeah and Mark had a 30th birthday BBQ that was really cool this afternoon.. Currently the AUCS types have congregated on my house.. but since Osk and Alasdair were watching movies when people got here they have all found themselves in the lounge watching Troy.. which I found to be terminally boring and I just can't be bothered watching it again. So I'm hiding in my room with my laptop and my music until people start actually being sociable and talking to each other instead of watching that shite.

    Posted at 8:29 AM # | Comments

    Adelaide Effect
    I told Holly that I had a new house in Childer's Street.. and described that it was a big house with some doors closed off and we had the front of the house etc.. and she says "Oh, does it have a big grey fence?" And I'm like "Yeah.." and she continues with "Yeah and very high ceilings.. huge white walls etc?" (and I'm still nodding) "..And the lounge is huge.. with a dining room on the left and two huge rooms to the right.. with the kitchen down the back?" (more nodding from me) and she says "Yeah I know the people who just moved out.. I went to their new years party". Hehe. Go Adelaide. :)

    Posted at 8:24 AM # | Comments

     Saturday, November 19, 2005

    Two fantastic cocktails I need to share
    Flaming Fairy

    1/2 cup Apple Juice
    30ml Apple Schnapps
    Put a large circular slice of apple on top
    Slowly pour 30ml Pernod (Absinthe) over the top so it sits mainly above the apple
    Set on fire
    While on fire, liberallly shake a mixture of sugar and cinnamon over the top (and watch pretty, burning stuff)
    Blow it out
    Turn the apple over a few times and stir it lghtly so it looks cloudy

    Sticky Apple

    30ml Strawberry Liquer
    30ml Butterscotch Schnapps
    1/2 cup Apple Juice

    Posted at 11:00 PM # | Comments

    Jo's Hen's night
    BTW all, Jo's hen's night was great. I think she is thoroughly happy that we are all just as nice as we said we were.. and we didn't make her see naked men or anything. She just had to wear a teensy tiara all night. We had awesome cocktails and dida bit of dancing. Yay! She loved it and wanted to do the exact same thing more often. Apparently Phil came home attached to a ball and chain his friends kindly made out of a basketball and concrete. That and they covered him in sticky stuff like honey and then made him purple with potassium pomangenate. Poor bastard.

    Posted at 4:35 PM # | Comments

    So Adelaide. :)

    Posted at 3:54 AM # | Comments

    Heroine Addict

    Posted at 3:54 AM # | Comments

     Friday, November 18, 2005

    Deal Breaker Stuff
    A Combination of stupid questions to ask at parties to get to know people (like speed dating questions).. and dealbreaker questions for potential flatmates/partners etc.

    Peanut butter: Smooth or crunchy?
    Toilet roll: Under or over?
    Wanking: One hand or two?
    Doing up jeans: Button then zip or zip then button?
    Dishes: In sink or out?
    Jam: In fridge or out?
    Peanut butter: In fridge or out?
    Religion: Rate yourself on the scale of practising (10) to atheist (0)?
    Toilet Seat: Up or down?
    Late nights or early rising?
    Soap: Share or not?
    If you had a million dollars, what would you do with your time?
    What do you do for fun?
    What do you do for work?
    If I said you had a beautiful body, would you hold it against me?
    Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
    What would your best friend say about you?
    When was the last time you lied to someone?
    How often do you have sex?
    What do you read?
    What music do you listen to?
    What do you look for in a flatmate/partner?
    Are you a smoker?
    Do you have any weird habits?
    Have you been overseas?
    What can you not stand in a flatmate/partner?
    What are your dealbreaker questions?
    How have you spent the last few years?
    Why did you leave your last house/partner?
    What’s the most fascinating thing about you?
    If we had an argument how would we settle it?
    What are you most proud of in your life?
    A train is about to hit 20 people. On the other track there is one person. Do you flick the switch and send the train down the other track?

    Posted at 2:49 PM # | Comments

    Meals TM
    Dinner TM
    Spaghetti Bolognaise
    Pasta Creation
    Indian/Nepalese/Sudanese Curry & Daal
    Thai Curry
    Masaman Curry
    Mexican (Taco, chili con carne, Bean Dish, fajita, burrito, green chilli steak, guacamole)
    Stir Fry Noodles
    Cous Cous and Veg
    Warm chicken salad
    Burgers (vego, chicken, cow)
    Soup (Minestrone, potato & leek, roast tomato and buckwheat soup, chicken and sweetcorn, hot and sour, noodles, laksa)
    Beef Stroganoff

    Specific Gems:
    Crab meat and bok choy
    Steamed Kingfish in coconut and chilli sauce
    Atlantic Salmon with tomato salsa
    Anything you saw made on Iron Chef
    Lunch TM
    Plougman’s lunch

    Sandwiches involving:
    Olive Tapenade
    Breakfast TM
    Bircher Muesli
    Toast (French, spreads, avocado)
    Pancakes/crepes (Ricotta, banana, blueberry, strawberry)

    Fry up with combination of:
    Pesto/Parmesan/Truffle paste/olive tapenade
    Baked Beans
    Hollandaise Sauce
    Snacks TM
    Chocolate cake
    Cheescake (honey, chocolate, strawberry, irish cream)
    Pie (Apple, Lemon meringue, floor)
    Home Made biscuits
    Apricots & Almonds
    Italian hot chocolate
    Blood Orange & Schnapps Jellies
    Cocktails TM
    Sour Apple Martini
    Fruit Tingles (and non-alcoholic)
    Vodka Lime Soda

    Posted at 11:08 AM # | Comments

    Dr Seuss Purity Test
    The Dr. Seuss Purity Test
    This page rated PG-13 (Language). Be warned.
    Author: William Elton ( )
    Have you done it on a boat?
    Have you done it with a goat?
    Have you done it in a bed?
    Have you done it with the dead?
    Have you done it in the ass?
    Have you done it, high on grass?
    Have you done it in the car?
    Have you simply gone too far?
    Have you done it on the beach?
    Have you done it with the teach?
    Have you done it on your back?
    Have you done it strapped to a rack?
    Have you done it in a box?
    Have you done it with a fox?
    Have you done it in a tree?
    Have you done it with more than three?
    Have you done it in the rain?
    Have you done it for the pain?
    Have you done it 'tween the tits?
    Have you done it wearing mitts?
    Have you done it packed in rubber?
    Have you done it undercover?
    Have you done it on a perch?
    Have you done it in a church?
    Have you done it with a virgin?
    Have you done it with a sturgeon?
    Have you done it with ropes and chains?
    Have you done it while insane?
    Have you done it on the stage?
    Have you done it underage?
    Have you done it with all your friends?
    Have you done it in both ends?
    Have you done it with your dog?
    Have you done it on a log?
    Have you done it under clamps?
    Have you done it with the lamps?
    Have you done it without style?
    Have you done it for all to see?
    Have you ever had VD?
    Have you done it on Mother's couch?
    Have you done it in your mouth?
    Have you done it while on tape?
    Have you done it out of shape?
    Have you done it on live TV?
    Have you done it whilst you pee?
    Have you done it in the gym?
    Have you done it on a whim?
    Have you done it on a dare?
    Do you really think we care?
    Answer these and count your "no"s,
    pray this number never grows.
    Fifty questions we asked thee,
    score times two is your Purity.
    Copyright © 1996 by William Elton

    Posted at 11:03 AM # | Comments

    And just because I am in a good mood, I thought I'd share the joy of the Kaylee shiny pic I nicked off someone :)

    Posted at 6:26 AM # | Comments

    And this is where it is!

    Posted at 6:21 AM # | Comments

    This is our new house. We get to move in on the 25th! Yay!

    Posted at 6:18 AM # | Comments

    Cat Reference
    I had to get a written cat reference for this new house (Increased our chances etc). Given that Adrian had never been asked for anything quite so silly in his life, I found the response to be really cute.

    This letter is to confirm that for an 18 month period during 2003 and 2004, Schroedinger and her owner Ms. Angela Randall boarded at my primary place of residence. Schroedinger was fully house-trained and at no time did she defecate or urinate inside the house other than in her kitty-litter. She did not damage or cause damage to any furniture in the house and confined her claw-sharpening to an appropriate scratching post. Schroedinger shared the house with another elderly female cat, and while there were occasional personality clashes, these were not significant and did not disturb the sleep of either myself or Ms. Randall. In summary, Schroedinger is well-trained, intelligent and a good-natured cat and I would not hesitate to commend her to any home-owner.

    Posted at 5:38 AM # | Comments

    New styles
    I just did a big overhaul on my blogs. Happy!

    Posted at 5:38 AM # | Comments

     Wednesday, November 16, 2005

    Alice's 21st is coming up!!

    Posted at 8:13 AM # | Comments

     Tuesday, November 15, 2005

    Tee hee. I saw another one in the paper. This was the one they couldn't run. :)

    Posted at 11:32 AM # | Comments

     Saturday, November 12, 2005

    Brief summary
    Pink Soprano says:
    how's your day been?
    Pink Soprano says: far
    Angela says:
    got up
    Angela says:
    caught bus to alasdairs
    Angela says:
    - missed bus
    Pink Soprano says:
    oh dear
    Angela says:
    drank sugarfree red bull
    Angela says:
    went mental
    Pink Soprano says:
    Angela says:
    bought a magazine and drooled at clothes i can't afford
    Angela says:
    laughed at kiddies getting excited about the pagaent
    Angela says:
    got to alasdair's house and had a shower
    Angela says:
    rode to urban
    Angela says:
    at yummy breakfast
    Angela says:

    Angela says:
    drank lots of coffee
    Angela says:
    stayed mental
    Angela says:
    went to meet emma and have more coffee
    Angela says:
    stayed mental
    Angela says:
    went to look at house for 5 seconds
    Angela says:
    went to op shop to buy a classy outfit for a party tonight
    Angela says:
    bought a very sad pillow for damien
    Angela says:
    and a very classy outfit
    Angela says:
    and a sexy top
    Angela says:
    rode home
    Angela says:
    stayed mental

    Posted at 4:05 AM # | Comments

     Tuesday, November 08, 2005 The Ultimate Star Trek Collection: DVD The Ultimate Star Trek Collection: DVD

    Fuck. A. Duck.

    Posted at 12:56 AM # | Comments

     Monday, November 07, 2005

    Book-A-Minute SF/F: The Illuminatus! Trilogy
    Book-A-Minute SF/F: The Illuminatus! Trilogy

    This might save a few people the brain strain of reading the whole book - but you'd be missing out!!

    Posted at 12:57 AM # | Comments

    Guardian Unlimited | Science | Fuel's paradise? Power source that turns physics on its head
    Guardian Unlimited | Science | Fuel's paradise? Power source that turns physics on its head

    Angela says:
    whoah - that article is crazy
    Angela says:
    it's completely against everything we know
    Angela says:
    if they can prove it to be right it will solve one of the big power problems we have been trying to work on forever
    Angela says:
    but then we'll need to learn quantum physics from the start again because everything will be FUCKED fro the inside out
    Angela says:
    i think you just broke my university education. ow
    Osk says:

    Posted at 12:56 AM # | Comments

    Schnoogle: Draco Veritas by Cassandra Claire
    Schnoogle: Draco Veritas by Cassandra Claire

    Clare's been raving about this for ages - it better be good!

    EDIT: Clare says to start here

    Posted at 12:51 AM # | Comments

     Sunday, November 06, 2005

    MERD | Panexa (Acidachrome Promanganate)
    MERD | Panexa (Acidachrome Promanganate)

    Pay out drug companies - yay

    Posted at 10:15 PM # | Comments - Penguins - Arcade - Spaced Penguin! - Penguins - Arcade - Spaced Penguin!

    This is so cool. Everyone has to play.

    Posted at 11:17 AM # | Comments

     Wednesday, November 02, 2005

    Big Decisions
    Yesterday I decided to offer to sell my third of the house to Jayne, Vincent or the two of them. It will make starting a business far easier if I have a pile of cash to fall back on. Hopefully it won't be needed, but even for cash flow issues it would be useful.

    Posted at 11:11 PM # | Comments

    Well, I finally got my braces fixed up after they met the evil-deceptively-hard-piece-of-brocolli on Monday night. Still not sure what that was about..

    Time for some actual work.

    Posted at 3:29 AM # | Comments