Archive for September, 2004

Melbourne Trip 29th September – 1st October

Wednesday, September 29th, 2004

Down in Melbourne on a business trip.

To save water, consume less meat

Wednesday, September 29th, 2004

From the Sydney Morning Herald: To save water, consume less meat By Mark Todd in Brisbane September 27, 2004 Whether or not you think there's a global water crisis depends on where you stand in the world, and what you eat. A person's diet, not how long they spend in the shower, in the main ...

Storm Damage in Sweden

Tuesday, September 28th, 2004

From SterileCreed: With all the news on TV lately about the extreme weather conditions affecting the East Coast of the US, the mud slides in the Middle East and South America, the flood that made it's mark on Southern England, along with the dire predictions made by such films as The Day After Tomorrow, we ...

Spam Names #4

Monday, September 27th, 2004

Another stupid spam name: Paging P. Clobber

Patrols are out

Sunday, September 26th, 2004

Went to the beach yesterday and found it was being patrolled by lifeguards. I didn't think they were supposed to start until October. Didn't see my boyfriend today because he had the flu this week and I desperately don't want to catch it and be sick for my business trip to ...

Spam Names #3

Saturday, September 25th, 2004

Another silly spam name: Birthmark K. Regression

Pop’s Tree

Saturday, September 25th, 2004

God I'm mad. My father cut down the macadamia tree that was planted as a memorial to my maternal grandpa, who died 20 years ago. It was a stringy, low tree because it had been planted in the shadow of Mum and Dad’s house. Macadamias are rainforest species, and ...

A Dangerous Intersection

Friday, September 24th, 2004

From NASA: A Dangerous Intersection 07.09.04 Scientists recently discovered a link between a massive coral death in Indonesia, man-made forest fires, and El Nino. In 2001, geologist and marine scientist Nerilie Abram went out on a scientific snorkeling expedition in the eastern Indian Ocean. As part of her Ph.D. studies, she was planning to ...


Friday, September 24th, 2004

My hypothesis is: the more expensive the orthodontist's office, the more likely they will find something wrong with you. I came up with that hypothesis six months ago, after I saw an orthodontist who had a silver convertible BMW, an expensively manicured garden and a state of the art designed office. ...

They’re rewarding this jerk?

Friday, September 24th, 2004

OK, I'm annoyed. From the Sydney Morning Herald: A young German man believed to be responsible for writing 70 per cent of all computer viruses received in the first half of this year has been given a job in IT security. Sven Jaschan, 18, faces up to five years in prison for writing ...

Supersize the screen, please

Thursday, September 23rd, 2004

From the Sydney Morning Herald: Supersize the screen, please By Garry Barker September 23, 2004 The question now is, which of the two iMac screen sizes - 17-inch or 20-inch - will sell better. Early pulse-taking around Apple centres suggests that the 20-inch is the favourite, with buyers ignoring the $700 extra cost over the ...

Foreign Words in Italian

Thursday, September 23rd, 2004

Italian words you may recognise: sport jeans computer chip According to my boyfriend, Italian nouns all end in vowels (e.g. Luna) but lately the rapid pace of technology has forced Italians to ignore this rule of grammar.

What to do if Possessed by Demons?

Thursday, September 23rd, 2004

Oh boy, we've got a crazy one here. What to do if Possessed by Demons? Just look at the subjects he's blogged. Date: 2003-03-31 Manic on Effexor XR Anti-Depressant Date: 2003-04-15? Quit Taking Effexor Date: 2003-05-01 Ended up in the Hospital Date: 2003-08-07 Great Evil is Here I guess he doesn't read ...

Another Swim

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2004

It was supposed to be 27 degrees today, so I went to the beach at lunchtime. The sun was warm but there was a distinct chill in the breeze. Found a lost pair of swimming goggles on the walk to the sea pool at the south end of the beach. ...

Fabulister Changes

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2004

I've been struggling to write a full list of the changes and bug fixes required for Fabulister. The list is in danger of being longer than the original list of features!

iMac & Barrenjoey Lighthouse

Monday, September 20th, 2004

The 17 inch iMac is in the Mac store near me. I'm going there after work to see what the PHP development tools for Mac are like. I'll also glance at the books about the history of Pittwater and Barrenjoey Lighthouse in the newsagent and see if any would be suitable for ...

Windows Really Good Edition

Sunday, September 19th, 2004

Windows Really Good Edition Some genius has done a full recreation of Windows in Flash, dll error messages, blue screen of death and all. It looks like my work PC! :-)


Sunday, September 19th, 2004

This is quite clever, music created from sampled Windows sounds.

Apple Dream

Sunday, September 19th, 2004

Had a dream about sitting on Barrenjoey Headland, writing my story about the 'wild mob' Barrenjoey children on a new 12 inch Mac iBook laptop. When I woke up I could still feel the iBook's keyboard under my fingers. (I've used one at the Mac shop in Warringah Mall.) Wish my ...

Writing History Festival

Saturday, September 18th, 2004

Went to the Writing History Festival at the NSW Writers' Centre with Fiona and Belinda. Had a great time. The talks were fascinating and I had a nice lunch at a restaurant with Fiona (postage stamp sized roast belly pork but it was tasty) then a good look around the ...