Archive for December, 2005

The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe

Monday, December 26th, 2005

Just saw The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe with Mum. It was the second time today she's seen it (she saw it the first time this morning with my little sister) but she enjoyed it so much the first time that she had to see it again. I can't ...

Real Nutjob Xmas card

Sunday, December 25th, 2005

From Pandagon, here's a genuine nutjob Xmas card. Brave, gun toting Santa frightens the bomb wielding 'terrist' away from the Xmas tree! Not sure if I should laugh or cry at this card.

Australian Xmas

Sunday, December 25th, 2005

Dear all, It's 28 degrees C, not a breath of wind, the cicadas are chirping and the sky is a perfect, cloudless blue. I just got back from a quick swim at the beach. The water was like warm, green glass. Now I'm tidying the house, in preparation for the relatives ...

Xmas preparation

Friday, December 23rd, 2005

My first day of holidays. I spent today preparing for Xmas, tidying the house (finally cleared out my cupboards) and wrapping presents. Now I'm sipping a Chai (Joanne gave me Chai syrup for Xmas and it's fantastic) and catching up on my e-mails in a clean room. Lovely. :-)

Worse than beige undies

Thursday, December 22nd, 2005

There's a very amusing post at Pandagon about the worst Xmas presents the readers have received. My favourite worst present is this: For my 35th birthday, when I was feeling kind of low about turning 35, my mother-in-law gave me Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose, the biography of Merriwether Lewis (half ...

I bet you know someone with this…

Wednesday, December 21st, 2005

From Wikipedia: Dunning-Kruger Syndrome From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Dunning-Kruger Syndrome is the phenomenon whereby people who have little knowledge systematically think that they know more than others who have much more knowledge. In a phrase, clueless people think they are smart. Though many people have noticed this, it was rigorously demonstrated in a ...

Xmas party

Sunday, December 18th, 2005

Nice little Xmas party today, organised at the last minute (10pm last night) and held at Fiona's place. We spent about 2 hours in the heated pool and everything was wet by the time we got out, including the chips. Then we played Trivial Pursuit (I won and was informed ...

Idiot America

Thursday, December 15th, 2005

A truly wonderful piece from Esquire via Temple of Polemic: Greetings from Idiot America by Charles Pierce Nov 01 '05 There is some undeniable art—you might even say design—in the way southern Ohio rolls itself into northern Kentucky. The hills build gently under you as you leave the interstate. The roads narrow beneath ...

How much Diet Coke would it take to kill me?

Monday, December 12th, 2005

Calculate how much caffeine it will take to kill you.

Aurora Hunter

Friday, December 9th, 2005

Aurora Hunter. What an absolutely beautiful site! I've never seen an aurora in real life. Being located at 33 degrees south kind of puts a damper on your aurora viewing activities. The only way I could see an aurora in the southern hemisphere would be to take a package tour to ...

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Thursday, December 8th, 2005

Just got back from seeing the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire movie. Spoilers below...

New political blog

Thursday, December 8th, 2005

Margo Kingston, author of "Not Happy John", has been driven off the net (geez, she copped some abuse). I hadn't read her for a while, but I'm still disappointed, particularly by the nasty comments her farewell message received. I found senator Andrew Bartlett's blog last night. He comes across ...

1000 posts

Thursday, December 8th, 2005

My 1000th post passed unnoticed by me. It was "Throw George W. Bush around". Must say my love affair with blogging and reading blogs hasn't diminished with time.

Meerkats

Thursday, December 8th, 2005

Cutest photo I've seen in ages.

Worst Weather

Wednesday, December 7th, 2005

From The Age: It's official: 2005 worst weather ever December 7, 2005 - 9:14AM This year looks set to be the hottest, stormiest and driest ever on Planet Earth confirming the urgent need to combat global warming, says a report by the international environment group WWF. The report, released today at the UN Climate ...

Sedition Laws and Blogging in Australia

Wednesday, December 7th, 2005

From The Sydney Morning Herald: Australian bloggers muzzled Australian blogs will never be as hard-hitting as their overseas counterparts because of our ridiculous laws. Many local bloggers are unaware that they may be liable for everything they write on their sites, not to mention all of the colourful comments made by contributors. Our new ...

Throw George W. Bush around

Tuesday, December 6th, 2005

Chris told me about this: Throw George W. Bush around Where's the John Howard version? ;-)

Washed out

Tuesday, December 6th, 2005

It was rough in the beach pool at lunchtime. I'd just entered the water and I was swimming, when a large wave broke over me, and the next thing I knew, the concrete sides of the pool were rasping along my left hand and left knee, my feet were kicking ...

Gay couples given civil legal status – in the UK

Tuesday, December 6th, 2005

From News.com.au: Gay couples given civil legal status From: Reuters By Jeremy Lovell in London December 06, 2005 A TERMINALLY ill gay British man given just days to live has become the first to take advantage of a new law giving same-sex couples legal status. Couples can now apply to register their partnership, ...

More Middle Harbour caches

Monday, December 5th, 2005

Incinerator by EvilDan S 33° 48.685 E 151° 12.083 (ratings out of 5 stars. 1 is easiest, 5 is hardest) Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1 Walter Burley-Griffin is most well known for designing Canberra, but here's another example of his impact on Sydney. The Incinerator started operating in ...