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Monday, 29 January 2007

Ooh, nearly a week

Monday. Post long-weekend Monday, at that. Blerg.

What did the weekend consist of? Washing. Folding. Sorting. Trying to beat the study over the head with a large blunt instrument. No success on the last one, but at least we've now got clean clothes in the wardrobe.

Wednesday, 24 January 2007

On reading On Writing

I'm rapidly re-reading Stephen King's "On Writing". Cav gave it to me a while back to inspire me to get back into writing, and now that I've started again I figured it was time for another crack at it. Having been motivated to write again has made it even better this time around.

The house is kinda quiet again as our guests have headed home after helping us celebrate Heather's birthday. And even more amazingly it's been raining! It poured yesterday afternoon, the first decent rain in ages. 24mm of rain, according to the BOM.

It's time to take a chainsaw to the study, in a metaphorical sense. It's too disorganised, the desk is too large. Time for a change.

Monday, 22 January 2007


It's just past 3:30pm and I'm beginning to feel human. Lots of exercise + not enough sleep tends to wash oneself out rather thoroughly. I blame the chlorine in the pool. Then again, it could also have been the Black Russians we drank while playing "Smartass" until 2am, but that's a pretty long shot.

PS Yesterday was Heather's 4th birthday. Time flies...

Thursday, 18 January 2007

Bowl of Petunias

Or, as it is otherwise know, "Oh, no, not again." The cafe up here is being completely renovated for the third time in three years. Neither of the previous two renovations dealt with any of the obvious problems, namely supplying enough coffee quickly enough during peak times, and having terrible traffic flow. They reorganised the in-out flow past the coffee register 4 or 5 times before finally settling on something that kinda worked. And now they're doing it all again?

I can hear the kitchen contractors laughing from here.

Wednesday, 17 January 2007

Little blue and white cables

Phase three of the recabling began last night with new phone wires put in. I came up to check last night and it looks ok, but they are a lot thicker than the old ones so organisation of them is a bit of a pain.

This morning the contractors have started on the cat-6 patch leads, so once they've done all that I'll check it out again to see how organised it is. Fingers (and toes and eyes) crossed.

Monday, 15 January 2007

Week 3!

Crikey, week three of the year begins. And so I have a new(ish) book to read: "Equity and Trusts in Australia". Yep, time to try to get ahead in the study for this semester. Joys.

Sunday, 14 January 2007


For those who read the national papers about the WW2 veteran murdered here in Armidale on Saturday, that happened about two blocks from our house. Yikes.

Birthday Sunday!

Hmm, two days without a blog entry. No, I haven't dropped off the face of the (blog)earth again, just rather busy.

But, more importantly, today is Marcus' 7th birthday. Some pressies this morning was followed by a few hours out at the Hunt's farm, then to the pool this afternoon for cake, more pressies and lots of swimming with his mates. At the end all were pretty much worn out, especially the parents.

I've submitted a few stories for criticism before I submit them for examination. Let's all see how that goes!

Thursday, 11 January 2007

Argh, it's only Thursday

But still we soldier on. More recabling going on this arvo. Unfortunately the new high-speed switches aren't part of this tender, so we have to wait even longer for them to be installed. Once they are in we should have gigabit ethernet to all rooms. Nice. I wonder how long it will be before we exceed that capacity?

Wednesday, 10 January 2007

Zombie chainsaw-weilding cows

There's an idea for a story.


Tuesday, 9 January 2007

Sleepless nights and cat-5 cable.

It must be illegal for children to wake you up at 4, 4:20 and 4:40 when you've gone to bed late. It takes far too long to get back to sleep, then there's not enough sleep left. Strong coffee day today.

Couple that with finishing the patch job so that everyone in the building has ethernet + phone, then cataloging all the phone connections, what port they go into and out of, and the number and user and you've got a day that just won't end.

There's got to be a story in here somewhere, but I'm too weary to figure out what that would be.


Monday, 8 January 2007

It's Monday, and that means

No internet. Still. So much for the "oh, we'll have you up again in an hour or so" (that was Thursday), or "the servers will only be down for a brief moment while we switch them over" (that was Monday, I go in last night and only 2 out of the 6 servers will find the net).

So I'm in the law library at the moment killing time. I'd prefer to be garrotting the contractors with their own cat-6 cable, but I'm not sure if that would improve the service rate. Do you need to pay the undead overtime?


Saturday, 6 January 2007

Saturday night and I've just got paid

So I'm at home drinking JW and dry. What, isn't everyone else? Hello, is anyone there? Hello? Dang.


Friday, 5 January 2007

As it has been suggested...

Story no 3 will be "Liar". Kinda goes well with "Pants" and "Fire" (thanks Cav!)


Thursday, 4 January 2007

Someone broke the internet tubes

Otherwise known as "no work and no internet makes Johnny something something". We've has zero access at work all day today due to the recabling. Our patch panel is gutted, and blue cable is everywhere. So tonight at home is the first chance I've had all day to log on. I think I'm sufferring from withdrawal...

Wednesday, 3 January 2007

Internet? What internet?

Our building at work is having it's network cable upgraded this week, so access as been sporadic around the building. Fortunately there are still a lot of people away on holidays so it isn't too much of a drama. Everything should be done by Monday next week, so it will be interesting to see if there is any great speed incresase.

Wrote a bit of crud today while my office was offline. Fairly crap, but at least it was something.

Checked at the gym - 81.5kg post-Christmas week off. Time to start working on another of those goals.


Tuesday, 2 January 2007

Day 2

I've got two entries ready for submission to Black Box once it opens, "pants" and "fire". I guess if the fiction is short, the titles should be as well. I'll have to see if I can come up with a couple of others as you can submit up to five.

I should probably also read more of the stuff that is published so I can gauge the level that I should be aiming for. There are some damn fine talents out there.


Monday, 1 January 2007

Here we go again.

Welcome, all, to 2007. We are back in very damp Armidale (drought? What drought?) after our sojourn in Toowoomba with the in-laws. It is much quieter here - that's what happens when you go from a household of 11 back to five (not counting pets in either case; that would make it 18 to 7).

I know many of you make new year's resolutions. So have I in the past, and if I've been lucky they've lasted a week. So I make no resolutions this year. Instead, I've set myself a number of targets I wish to achieve over the next twelve months. Some will be feasible, some wild flights of fancy, but in any case I will at least be able to say that I have attempted to achieve them. Failure in one instance is not failure, but just another reason to have another go.

That said, here are my projected targets for this year. More may be added later, some updated if achieved before Dec 31 2007.

1a. Write something each day. I'm pretty sure my mate Cav set himself a similar target last year, and made a pretty fair go of it. He won a number of awards for his short stories, and is constantly nagging me to get off my lazy behind and have a go. So here it is, target #1 for the year.

1b. Submit more flash fiction. The first one I submitted got published, so now I'm scared to break my streak :-). At least one that I entered into a comp lost, so I can only go up from there. And it was beaten by an absolute stunner by Cav.

1c. 1000-2000 word short stories. Time to get the brain working on something a little longer. I've got an attention span somewhere, but it wandered off and I've not seen it for a while. I'll hunt it down and put it back into it's cage.

2a. 3-dart average of 55. This is one of those I will break up into smaller targets, eg 45 by Feb, 50 by June, etc. I ended last year with an average of just under 40, which I was a bit disappointed by. My comp play was pretty ordinary too, so that's another target:

2b. Beat last year's placing in the darts comp. I placed 47th last year, with 10 tons, high peg of 61 and a max 3-dart score of 174. All of those figures are targets to beat. And, of course, that leads to:

2c. Throw a 180. Enough said.

3. Body weight of 85kg. Nope, I didn't eat too much over Christmas. I finished last year at around 82kg. So I want to add another 3kg to that. Being a tall, skinny sort who finds it very difficult to mass up, this will be hard, but achievable.

4. Guitar. I've got one of those things gathering dust in a corner. Time to get it out and practice. I used to be half decent, but that's a distant memory.

Hmm, that'll do for now. I'll keep you all posted, and you can all keep me honest here. Deal?

Happy new year.