In the swing

I’ve been jogging. Well, three times. Only once a week so far (but I didn’t go last week, tofu distracted me). Tomorrow I think I shall. Indeed.

Yes, tofu came to visit! That was nice. I seem to have a lot of friends that want to come over here and see me. Not bad for a guy that doesn’t really use MSN or Facebook or email people. I guess my personality is just too attractive.

The only negative side of his stay was the fact that I ended up eating pizza with him nearly every day, because he wouldn’t eat anything else. Picky bastard. Well, he did have two pancakes. Still. That, combined with no real exercise didn’t really help my fitness routine. Never mind, there’s still time to look great for summer and not go to the beach anyway.

My cooking hasn’t really progressed at all. I have expanded my repertoire though by attempting to perfect a “big breakfast”. It’s pretty good, actually. Definitely big enough. Definitely unhealthy enough. I suppose that isn’t really doing much for my attempted health kick, either.

Marika’s not going to be in town for a while due to exams. That sucks because now no one will make coffee for me all the time. I guess you can’t win them all.

We opened a new hostel called The Monk’s Bunk at the end of April. Tim’s been running it. So far it’s doing quite well. It’s a funny little place and in my opinion rather quirky, but certainly not without its charms. I’ve got a feeling it’ll be quite popular over summer.

I think I’ll try to start posting more, about random shit, like dumb ideas I’m having. These update posts are getting a bit boring, even for me.

Fucktronics

It’s been over 5 weeks and my iPod still hasn’t returned. I called for the third time yesterday and finally found out that Apple’s “repair policy” (the headphone jack is a bit faulty, but otherwise works fine) is to simply replace the entire iPod without transferring the data, as that’s “not under warranty”. Cunts. It’s not so bad, as I like starting fresh, but the main annoyance is that Apple still hasn’t sent the replacement one to the repair service.

To make it more annoying, I spilt beer on my keyboard a few days ago and thought I’d buggered it up completely. If I’d only waited longer before I pulled the machine apart I probably wouldn’t have damaged my E key, which now is a bit sticky and temperamental. Although, it was an informative lesson in laptop deconstruction.

Actually, I would have done the same with my iPod if I’d had a replacement headphone connector. There are videos online showing how to do it in under 5 minutes. :(

Some good news in the world of geek interests: I upgraded to WordPress 2.5. So far, so good. I also tried out the new Firefox 3 Beta 5. It didn’t seem to different to use, from a browsing sense, but I’m sure it’s juicy and fun in many other as-yet-unused-by-me aspects.

We have some new country-girl Estonians volunteering here now, from Raapina. Apparently it’s tiny. Awesome. There’s another young one starting on the weekend, too. It’s nice to get some more locals around.

More hostel news: we’re expanding into Müürivahe street for summer. Looks like Tim is going to be running it. It should be up and running by the end of the month. It’s exciting, but it also means we’re gonna have to build more fucking beds. It also means I’m going to have to set up more fucking PCs and wireless networks, I’m sure.

My cooking isn’t really progressing. I have been experimenting here and there, but not having my own kitchen and only usually having 1 person to cook for is holding me back, I think. The trouble is that I don’t want to cook for a big group, yet. I probably should just bite the bullet.

I did make a funny creamy chicken pasta with garlic sauce. Wasn’t bad. I tried baking bananas filled with chocolate but it didn’t work. I tried twice, anyway.

By the way, I’m trying to take a few weeks off playing foosball. I’ve lost my edge.

That is all.

P.S. Marika.

The white stuff… or goods.

It’s snowing! After winter! Yay? Yay!

It only took since November, but finally Tallinn is covered in a thick white blanket. I’d take photographs but I’m lazy. Well, I’m not that lazy, I’ve worked some wonders on the hostel recently. Excuse me while I pat myself on the back.

Cooking has become my passion, unfortunately I’m shit at it. Still, I can’t get enough of it. I always enjoyed watching cooking shows before, now I just lurk on cooking forums and recipe websites and watch any videos I can download to do with cooking. I’ve actually been making too much food for myself and it feels like I’ve put on a little bit of weight.

The desire to lose weight is the reason I decided to start running a few weeks ago. I still haven’t actually done it, but I did decide to. One step at a time. I am a procrastinator, after all.

Looks like the Tartu hostel might be soon underway, as the owners are going to sign the papers next month in order to buy the building. From what I’ve seen it looks pretty cool and pretty well located. Woo.

Maris and Britt left in a rather underwhelming farewell. No tears or anything. Just a goodbye and off they went. Suits me, really. Long goodbyes are never nice. By the way, I’d kill for an ice cream.

I think I’ll enroll in a cooking class, then run to each lesson. Then run home. I hope that’s possible. Then again, I don’t know if Estonian cuisine is something I really want to learn. Hopefully they can just teach me the basics of food preparation and cooking techniques.

Perhaps it’s just time I got a life.

Pro-gaming.

I hope I didn’t break my “one worded subjects” convention by using a hyphenated word. I guess I just can’t stop myself from living on the edge.

Here’s a new article from The Age:

Play and learn

It was an awakening for American writer Steven Johnson – just a hint of the educational power of video games.

Recently released in Australia,
Everything Bad Is Good for You: How Today’s Popular Culture Is Actually Making Us Smarter contends that not only is gaming beneficial but so is popular television.

He proffers scientific studies carried out over the past decade that show gamers can be faster at visual recognition, can condition their brains to use less energy and can even be more social, confident and comfortable in problem-solving than those who don’t play.

Johnson is such a believer in the enriching powers of video games that he’d like to see them come with a “cognitive challenge” rating alongside ratings for violence and language so parents are advised on their mental stimulation.

There’s more of a discussion in the article. Still, yay. I guess.

I am about to eat a pie.

MSN.

redknob: i'd probably be eating something nice
redknob: but the cupboards are literally bare
redknob: and it's too cold to go to the shops
redknob: plus i already had 1 and a half big servings of reheated macaroni and cheese
redknob: so i've probably eaten enough for the day
Eri: hehehe
Eri: ive never eaten macroni and cheese before
redknob: i must remember to buy toilet paper tomorrow, lest we end up in an unfortunate predicament
redknob: you're missing out
redknob: it's one of those good old comfort foods
redknob: except i'm eating it as a survival food
redknob: so it seems distinctively less filling but somehow bloating
Eri: hehe yeah
redknob: in the way that only microwaved reheated pasta can
Eri: oh don't forget that toilet paper
Eri: that would suck!
redknob: yesh
redknob: it would
redknob: you know
redknob: i always have high hopes whenever i'm about to go to the supermarket
redknob: then they always come crashing down around me when i see that there's never anything that good to buy in them anyway
redknob: i keep expecting for there to be some magical awesome product you can buy
redknob: that meets the expectations of the unclear dream i have of finding something truly awesome whenever i go shopping
redknob: instead i usually end up with a vanilla malt oak
redknob: this shit is good, i should write it in my journal

Gazongas.

Lara Croft goes bust

In an attempt to appeal to more female players the creators of computer game icon Lara Croft have re-vamped her image to remove one of her most prominent and remarked- upon features – her generous bust.

In the soon-to-be-released “Tomb Raider: Legend”, the eighth title to feature Croft, her DD-size bust has been reduced to a more modest C-cup and some of her more revealing outfits have been ditched, the report said.

Bad luck for all those low-polygon porn freaks out there.

In other news: I had a pie from Shakespeare’s Jesters (note the distinct lack of an apostrophe). Vegetarian curry with a side of their magnificent chips. I’m very disturbed at their lack of an apostrophe in their name. Fuckers. At least the food is still good.

Uni work is in the second wave of “must complete ASAP” for the semester. That’s the good wave because it means exams are coming soon and that means holidays. Huzzah. Cramming time is yet to be scheduled.

Speaking of schedules, I have to get out of work on the 10th of June for Mary’s Katie’s party. Yes, she changed her name last year. I still prefer Mary. Hmm.

Our “temporary flatmate”, Nick, (or G_o_L_i_A_t_H as he prefers to be called) is yet to arrive back from his weekend up in Newcastle rooting his girlfriend. We haven’t heard anything from him and all his stuff is still on the floor near the kitchen, along with his computer. I hope he’s alright. He hasn’t been answering his phone. His mum hasn’t rung us, either. She knows our phone number so I’d assume if she knew something had happened we’d have been called by her at least. Then again if something’s happened on the way home on Sunday night, maybe no one knows about it. I’m avoiding thinking about the possibilities until I hear more. He wasn’t at work today, too.

Boom.

I think the Thai restaurant below our units blew up, or something. There’s people from both the police and fire departments wandering around out the front, and our side of King street down from Enmore road has been blocked off. The power only just came back on a few minutes ago. Funky. It smells like smoke or something out the front of the place, too. One of the doors has broken glass as well. I wonder if something actually exploded. Hmm.

Since the power’s come back on, the security gate phone/intercom thing has been constantly ringing. It’s become white noise to me, though. Almost.

To top it off, tofu’s car alarm remote has run out of battery power so he can’t get in his car. He’s coming back to get the spare then wants me to drive him to Circular Quay to his car. I might make him get the train back since it’s like 10 mins away. What kind of noob drives to circular quay when it’s on the other side of the city instead of taking 5 train stops? Honestly.

He’s back now. I haven’t broken the bad news to him yet. He’s hyped up because he’s about to have some cornflakes that he got on special at IGA. I don’t want to ruin the moment.

I got two bags of 500g Allen’s Party Mix lollies for half price at IGA, myself. I’m also excited and sugary.

On Saturday I went to a fund-raising trivia night at St Pius X college. I think that was the school. Anyway, I went with some mates from the Winesoc exec. Chris is a trivia king, it’s true. I was impressed. Good fun.

Alright, time to take Scott to his little black car. I was too weak to say no. I’ve got nothing better to do, either.

Sniff.

Well, Lou left with Kirsty today. Yesterday, technically. I almost slept through it. I think I must have picked up my mobile (I use it for an alarm) and turned it off at 5am and then started hugging it all while I was asleep.

I woke up at 5:55, jumped up, brushed my teeth and ran off to my car to get to the airport by 6:30am. I made it right on time, even though I got a bit lost trying to work out where the car park was for the international terminal.

Inside, I spent about 2 hours with Lou and Kirsty and their parents as we wandered around the terminal. I even scored a free breakfast of cinnamon raisin toast. It wasn’t bad, to be honest. Lou bravely managed to hold back the tears when she had to leave us with Kirsty and go through customs, although I think the floodgates burst when she began to walk off. Poor bebe. :(

It should be all good, though. They’re spending a night in Japan after their ?9 hour flight. I’d be annoyed at only having half a night and a few hours in the morning in an (what I would think to be) interesting place like Japan. Still, they’re off to merry England for the first official stop, so that should be cool.

It still hasn’t sunk in that I probably wont be seeing her for about 4 and a half months. I’m sure it will soon enough. Hopefully I’ll keep myself distracted some other way on weekends. It’ll be a change after all these years. ;)

For this week, I’m going to a trivia night with Ali and Chris from Winesoc. It sounds like fun. Fucked if I know where it is, but it’s close to the North Shore so I should be able to find it easily enough.

Somehow I picked up a cold. I think I got it from Lou. Quite a few people seem to have caught something, so whoever the culprit was it probably doesn’t matter as I’d have caught it anyway. My immune system is probably just hanging on at the best of times due to the lack of sleep I tend to get. A bad diet like mine probably doesn’t help, either. I did eat two mandarins and an apple for dinner tonight, though, to con my body in to thinking it was eating well. I backed it up with a muffin and some chocolate. Nothing like headfucking your own digestive system.

Whirr.

I think the fan in my PC has crapped itself for the time being. It’s fucking noisy.

At the moment, I’m typing this with a toothbrush in my mouth and Colgate seeping out its corners. I’m about to go to work but I decided to procrastinate. That mentality is basically where I got the idea for the journal title. Then again, who bothers looking at other people’s journals from their actual page? Not I.

KOTOR2 has an unsolvable scripting error that ruins the game, requiring the player to restart if they hope to get past it. After 30+ hours play time I can’t see that happening.

I’ve been playing a bit of the latest Hoyle’s Casino, brushing up on my gambling skills. Maybe when I’ve got some actual money I can pretend I’m a high roller for about 5 blackjack hands, then stumble out in tears.

This toothpaste is fresh. Mmm.

I bought some Mamee noodles today from the supermarket. Exciting times. I haven’t really had them since I ate about 40 of them in one day about 10 years ago. That was at Vinny’s house, with Gary, raging up on NBA Live 95 on his SNES.

Speaking of Vinny, he told me Harris got engaged the other day. I’ll catch up with them some time soon, I said.

P.S. Hi Lloyd and Erica if you both read this. Stalkers.

Burp.

http://www.lebowskifest.com/default2.asp

Bored. Meant to be going to uni to flog more Winesoc memberships today. Have to shower first. Lala.

I ate too much curry last night along with a naan. I have a food baby indicative of sextuplets.

I got really sunburnt yesterday during O-week as well. I knew I would too. At least I picked it. Might try some suncream today, although we’re only milling around Manning.

My timetable isn’t too bad, I guess. Considering I could only move 2 labs on the whole thing. Blah. I only have labs/tutes on 2 days of the week, so the rest I can potentially bludge at will. That’s comforting to me. I think I’ll try and work long Wednesday afternoon/night and my good old standard Friday night leading on to Saturday morning. That’ll end up with me losing almost $400/w if I drop the other 20 hours I’ve been working each week. Hopefully it’ll be manageable. If not, I’ll just bung on a Thursday shift or something. That’d be crap, though. Hmm. Maybe I can get youth assistance now that my hours have dropped back. I’ll have to check again.

BOLD the ones you have seen from the IMDB Top 100 List

1. Godfather, The (1972)
2. Shawshank Redemption, The (1994)yes
3. Godfather: Part II, The (1974)
4. Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The (2003)yes
5. Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The (2002)yes
6. Schindler’s List (1993)
7. Shichinin no samurai (1954)
8. Casablanca (1942)
9. Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The (2001)yes
10. Star Wars (1977)yes
11. Citizen Kane (1941)yes
12. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)yes
13. Dr. Strangelove (1964)
14. Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)yes
15. Rear Window (1954)yes
16. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)yes
17. Pulp Fiction (1994)yes
18. Usual Suspects, The (1995)yes
19. Memento (2000)
20. North by Northwest (1959)yes
21. 12 Angry Men (1957)yes
22. Buono, il brutto, il cattivo, Il (1966)
23. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
24. Psycho (1960)yes
25. Fabuleux destin d’Am?lie Poulain, Le (Amelie) (2001)yes
26. Silence of the Lambs, The (1991)
27. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
28. Goodfellas (1990)
29. American Beauty (1999)yes
30. Sunset Blvd. (1950)
31. Vertigo (1958)yes
32. Matrix, The (1999)yes
33. Cidade de Deus (2002)
34. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)yes
35. C’era una volta il West (1968)
36. Apocalypse Now (1979)yes
37. Pianist, The (2002)
38. Third Man, The (1949)
39. Paths of Glory (1957)
40. Taxi Driver (1976)
41. Fight Club (1999)yes
42. Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi (2001)
43. Some Like It Hot (1959)
44. Double Indemnity (1944)
45. Boot, Das (1981)
46. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
47. Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
48. Chinatown (1974)
49. L.A. Confidential (1997)
50. Maltese Falcon, The (1941)
51. Requiem for a Dream (2000)
52. All About Eve (1950)
53. M (1931)
54. Bridge on the River Kwai, The (1957)
55. Se7en (1995)yes
56. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)yes
57. Saving Private Ryan (1998)yes
58. Rash?mon (1950)
59. Raging Bull (1980)
60. Wizard of Oz, The (1939)yes
61. Alien (1979)yes
62. American History X (1998)
63. Sting, The (1973)yes
64. L?on (The Professional) (1994)yes
65. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
66. Manchurian Candidate, The (1962)
67. Vita ? bella, La (1997)
68. Touch of Evil (1958)
69. Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The (1948)
70. Finding Nemo (2003)yes
71. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)yes
72. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
73. Great Escape, The (1963)yes
74. Modern Times (1936)
75. Clockwork Orange, A (1971)yes
76. Amadeus (1984)
77. On the Waterfront (1954)
78. Ran (1985)
79. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)yes
80. Annie Hall (1977)
81. Wo hu cang long (2000)
82. Jaws (1975)yes
83. Apartment, The (1960)
84. Braveheart (1995)yes
85. High Noon (1952)
86. Aliens (1986)yes
87. Fargo (1996)yes
88. Strangers on a Train (1951)
89. Shining, The (1980)yes
90. Metropolis (1927)
91. Blade Runner (1982)yes
92. Sixth Sense, The (1999)yes
93. City Lights (1931)
94. Donnie Darko (2001)yes
95. Duck Soup (1933)yes
96. Great Dictator, The (1940)
97. General, The (1927)
98. Sjunde inseglet, Det (1957)
99. Princess Bride, The (1987)
100. Dogville (2003)

I swear Lord of the Rings 1-3 don’t deserve to have 3 of the top 10 spots. Fucking movie geeks. There’s a few there that I know Dad has at home and I just haven’t gotten around to seeing, either. I will though, then that list will be MINE.

I’m barred up that Leon is on it, though. :D

Seems the list has changed a bit anyway. I notice Spider-Man 2 made it at #250. Good times. :)