Sleep's better than rampaging

Another night in Levist Valjas and a good few beers on a nearly empty stomach sounded great last night. Too bad this little baby hadn’t had enough nap time over the last week as hitting the sack at 3:30am with the intention of arising at 6:45am was an utter failure. Fortunately I was forward-thinking enough to have people checked out or half-checked out before I slept in until 10am.

Feeling like a zombie wasn’t the greatest start to the day and neither was developing a grinding headache at my first conscious moment. I’ve missed this. Sort of.

I spent most of the morning and early afternoon in various MSN conversations with my plethora of friends. In fact I was so enraptured by their digital companionship I nearly forgot to put away my butter before it melted. Six slices of toast was basically the highlight of my day.

The lowlight was yet another blocked toilet. Well, nearly blocked. It took a bit of hoping, praying and flushing but it worked itself out in the end. Now I just have to hope I can successfully fix the other one. My handyman skills are sorely lacking. In fact they’re simply absent.

One of the kids who stayed here showed me a cool little gadget for your camera. Basically, Eye-Fi is a 1 gigabyte memory card with wireless capability that automagically uploads your photos for you whenever your camera is turned on and it can access a wireless Internet zone. Within a minute of two of taking a picture it appeared on his Flickr page. Neat! Can’t wait for more funky things like this to pop up in the market. Geek heaven, here we come.


Is this experience?

I’m currently meant to be working/assisting/developing three separate websites (apart from toying around with this one). All are related in some way but they’re also for completely different people.

Establishing and configuring servers, sorting out domains, setting up software, developing, managing and building websites all feels like a hobby to me. It’s when I think about it I wonder if technically this is actually some kind of contract work, albeit on a rather informal level. The only real problem or weakness I see with myself is that I’m not a very experienced web designer and by that I mean I’m not overly familiar with CSS. I’ve been teaching myself everything else along the way though so I guess that’s not beyond my reach.

So, yeah, I suppose I’m actually getting real-world IT experience and it’s happened by accident. I’m not really making any money out of it but it’s still a service that I’m providing to clients, even if they’re clients that I know personally. Based on that I figure I’m entitled to record this on my resumé, if I ever get around to updating it.

I’m not really interested in pursuing web-design as a career but it’s hopefully all a stepping stone to greater things. I’m more inspired to try and help “problem solve”, in a consultant sense, I guess you’d say. I like knowing a bit about everything so that I can help people with all sorts of problems and know what they need to do or who they need to speak to or what they need to look at. Perhaps it’s from my interest in trivia or general knowledge.

Anyway. We’ll see.

So hot it's worth carrying

It’s taken me much longer than it should have (being the self-confessed geek I am, of course), but I’ve finally started playing with portable software.

Normally I’d have no use for portable software as the only computer I’d spend serious time on would be my own desktop. This hasn’t been the case ever since I started travelling so I’ve typically been at the mercy of net cafes and their (usually shoddy) installations.

I’ve cranked up portable versions of Firefox, GIMP, OpenOffice and a few others onto my iPod along with VLC Media Player, just in case there’s no decent music player. Now I have practically my own computer housed on my 60 gigabyte iPod with my software, settings and music!

The best part is that none of my details or settings ever (well, shouldn’t) get saved on the actual PC I’m using. Of course, I run the risk of bloating up the poor little guy in the future. For the mean time, I’m enjoying it.

Hopefully I’ll be able to find even more fun things to run off him.


My new t-shirts arrived! Now I have about 6 more or something to wear around. They’re medium size. Quite snug. I’ve decided that today I will wear my Big Lebowski “I don’t roll on Shabbos” one. Here’s a picture of me puffing my chest out in it:

I’ve done a spot of Christmas shopping today. I also got one of my beloved pie meal deals. I even had a chat to the nice lady who works there. She brought the food out to me and even bothered going around the counter to get me a knife and fork and napkin. I think I’m in.

The problem with buying presents for people is that I never know where to draw the line in regards to who I should buy for. I think I’ll try to just get presents for people I think have gotten me one, except for because I don’t think anything could top the colouring in set I received. That and the fact that I hate mailing things.

I got horribly sunburnt yesterday after about 4 hours of sun exposure. It doesn’t really show in the picture but my face is bright pink and it hurts to pull t-shirts on and off. My hands and wrists got super fried, too. I’m sure I’ll have to get skin cancers burnt off them later. Ouch.

My subpoena incident has finished. I wasn’t required to go in and give evidence, even though the dipshit lawyers told me 3 times I’d be needed and that I’d have an hour’s notice to turn up. Great job they’re doing. To vindicate myself a little I went and cashed in the $25 cheque they sent me with the initial letter. The $25 that is meant to have been used to get myself to court in the first place. Fuckers.

Waking up at 8am makes the day feel longer. Too long.


Modern, Cool Nerd
60 % Nerd, 52% Geek, 21% Dork
For The Record:

A Nerd is someone who is passionate about learning/being smart/academia.
A Geek is someone who is passionate about some particular area or subject, often an obscure or difficult one.
A Dork is someone who has difficulty with common social expectations/interactions.

You scored better than half in Nerd and Geek, earning you the title of: Modern, Cool Nerd.

Nerds didn’t use to be cool, but in the 90’s that all changed. It used
to be that, if you were a computer expert, you had to wear plaid or a
pocket protector or suspenders or something that announced to the world
that you couldn’t quite fit in. Not anymore. Now, the intelligent and
geeky have eked out for themselves a modicum of respect at the very
least, and “geek is chic.” The Modern, Cool Nerd is intelligent,
knowledgable and always the person to call in a crisis (needing
computer advice/an arcane bit of trivia knowledge). They are the one
you want as your lifeline in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (or the one
up there, winning the million bucks)!


Also, you might want to check out some of my other tests if you’re interested in either of the following:

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Professional Wrestling

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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. :)


Noosa was good. I didn’t get sunburnt. Bike riding fucked my bum up for a few days. We all did plenty of walking and I even went to the beach a few times. Ate lots of gelato. Didn’t get pissed very often. Stuck to my budget, then spent more when I got home.

You scored as Loner.

Drama nerd
Ghetto gangsta

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I AM 36% GOTH!

36% GOTH

Goth ny night, normal by day. Deep in my heart I know I am evil, but not on the company’s time. I do need to eat.
I AM 40% GEEK!

40% GEEK

You probably work in computers, or a history deptartment at a college. You never really fit in with the “normal” crowd. But you have friends, and this is a good thing.


I am pretty addicted, but there is hope. I think I’m just well connected to the internet and technology, but it’s really a start of a drug-like addiction. I must act now! Unplug this computer!


Most other metal-heads acknowledge my presence, but they laugh at me behind my back. Maybe I need to stop spending all that money on haircuts and invest in a few Pantera T-shirts.

Yes, uni is crap.

Geek nation!

Why not take The Geek Test and see how you go?

I scored “33.72781% – Total Geek”… Oh great feelings!

If you think that’s good, guess who got “42.80355% – Major Geek”? I wont tell, I’ll just say it’s some old man. ^_^

Ringo is in Sydney tonight… I’m gonna take him to Paddy’s and show him how r0x0r Sydney meets are… Dunno how many will show though with the short notice and all. Maybe they’ll just hide because he’s from Melbourne, I dunno. :o

On a more serious note… Elwin died this morning. :( Not exactly sure what happened yet, I think he got an illness or something and his body couldn’t fight it off or something. Haven’t been able to get on the phone to mum or dad yet (gg both having their mobiles turned off >_<) but I'll keep trying… He didn't seem too poorly at his 21st the other night. I guess things just happen.