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Wednesday, 17 November 2010


Looks like my efforts at Nano this year will come to nothing.  Ever since finishing my exam I have had just about zero desire to sit in front of the computer and exercise the brain.  I think it wants a bit of a rest, and I guess I can't blame it for that.

Thursday, 11 November 2010

So what happened to days 7-10?

You may have been asking yourselves the question posed in this post's title. Even if you haven't, it's now stuck in your head so I will answer it for you.  Exams happened.  Well, to be specific, a single exam, otherwise know as the LAST ONE FOR MY DEGREE!  So I figured I should probably have a bit of a red-hot go at doing well.

And I think I did.  So I am finished.  10.5 years after I started, I will get another piece of paper to hang on the wall.

On April 1st.  How appropriate.

Saturday, 6 November 2010

Day 6: 8078 words

Whoops. Falling further behind.  Scary to think that some people are over the 50k word limit already.  Oh well, the naked woman is awake in the Earl's house, now to keep the philandering son away!

Friday, 5 November 2010

Day 5: 7225 words

Study and work continue apace.  Tonight's total was entirely written after some ADR work, so that's not too bad.  I'm about 1100 behind the daily average, but am writing something each day.  The buck has been killed and the naked woman has appeared.

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Day 4: 5959 words

A good day.  Still behind about 700 words, but I made up a little bit of ground.  Fire and circles.

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Day 3: 4255 words

Again, under the par word count, but at least I'm still writing!  With any luck I'll sneak out tomorrow lunchtime and bang out a few extra words so I can get flying tomorrow night and regain some ground.  Maybe.

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Day 2: 3223 words

A bit behind, but manageable.  The witch is dead, battle of Hastings lost, and the solar probe should take off tomorrow.

Monday, 1 November 2010

Day 1: 1740 words

Made a start and even beat the word count for the day.  The storm has stopped, the pyre is built and the mob is approaching.

Friday, 22 October 2010

Remember, remember, Nano November

It's been a rather stressful couple of months, but I'm finally on top of it.  My second-last Law unit is out of the way, so I've got one exam on the 9th November and I am DONE.  Cue choirs of angels...

I've also resigned up for NanoWriMo again this month. for those who may be interested.  Just like last year I have no idea of what I will write, but something will come, I'm sure.  Just as long as I can get down more words than Alex or Angus, I'll be happy.  Then again, they are both professional wordsmiths, so I could be in trouble.

Monday, 2 August 2010

For a lack of any other content, here is a joke.

On Judgement Day, all the conspiracy theorists are resurrected, and after discussing matters among themselves they send a representative to talk to the Lord. The representative goes to the Lord and asks: “Lord, we’d really like to know: who killed JFK?”
And the Lord replies: “Oh, really. It was Lee Harvey Oswald. He was acting alone. There was no conspiracy.”
The representative goes back to the crowd and they ask: “Well, what did the Lord say?”
He looks around carefully, leans forward, and whispers: “This is bigger than we thought … ”

Friday, 16 July 2010

I write like who??

I don't know how accurate this is, but I found a link to a nifty little site that analyses your writing style and compares you to other authors.  In my case my first drafts are like Dan Brown (eek!) while a more polished entry was like Harry Harrison.  Yet another piece that I tried a rather more different, future-slang styled piece came out as David Foster Wallace (?)

So does that mean that Dan Brown doesn't edit any of his work?

Here's the site:

EDIT:  Just tried another one and I came out as Mario Puzo.  Me like!

Sunday, 11 July 2010


No study or sport this weekend, yet we've managed to fill it rather successfully.  Joerg and the family came up for a few days so we decided to do a few combined family things on the weekend.  Saturday afternoon saw us all out at Blue Hole, following a walking track that wound its way up and around the gorge, following the old hydro-electric scheme that was in place around 1900 or so.  It was around a 5.5km trek but the 5 munchkins (ages 10 to 5) all managed the walk without complaint or needing to be carried.

Sunday Joerg and I took the kids down to the bike track for a ride (though Marcus was on his rollerblades).  Phoebe is still on training wheels but Heather was giving it a go without trainers.  She was a bit wobbly at first but got the idea after a bit and was thrilled to be off and riding with help.  She only had one buster but after a bit of chocolate chai tea she was off again.

The evening saw us out by the fire in the back yard enjoying toasted marshmallows and a few bevvies for the adults.  Altogether a highly satisfactory weekend.

Tuesday, 29 June 2010


For the last six years or so I've been one of the first aid officers here at work.  My first aid certificate is due for renewal, and the boss has asked if I and the other first aid person would be interested in being trained to use a defribulator unit that the department just next to ours is going to purchase.  There is only one other unit on campus, and since we are way over on the western side it would take time to get here in the advent of someone sufferring a cardiac event.  So I said, hey why not!  So next week I spend a day updating my credentials to include "official chest-zapper".  I wonder if I could work that into a resume or business card?

Thursday, 24 June 2010

It's been a while

Thankfully, my exams are done.  It has been a few years since I've tried two subjects in a semester, along with full time work and a family.  Unsurprisingly it turned out to be rather hard and stressfull, but they're now done.  If the results go my way I will be down to two units to finish my degree, both next semester.

Unsurprisingly, since I haven't managed even a blog entry in months I've not written anything creative (unless essays count).  I've got around 4 weeks until the start of next semester so there is always a chance that I can get something down in that time.  If nothing else I may be able to get a plan for this year's NanoWriMo shaped up.  Last year I had no real ideas until I sat down on Nov 1, and as a result petered out rather badly around the 11k word mark.

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

This is getting silly

The various spam comments on my blog are getting out of hand, so I've added comment moderation as a requirement.  That'll stop them appearing automatically and I can joyously hit the "bugger off, spammer!" button rather than trying to find the crap buried in the mire of my old posts.  Let's see how that goes for a while.

Friday, 12 March 2010

Marching merrily along

My overseas fan base continues to increase, unfortunately my linguistic skills haven't kept pace so I've simply been deleting them as they appear. One of these days Kristen Stewart or Claudia Christian will pop by to share words of wisdom, but until then I shall just plug along merrily in the void. Or perhaps Pauly Perrett?

Cricket season is just about over (and there was much rejoicing, say the womenfolk) unless we can pull out an outright win this weekend. I can't say we really deserve it, our performances have been pretty dreadful all season, yours truly included. I guess that'll give me a few weekends to get some assignments (and housework) out of the way before I go back to chasing an inflated pig stomach around a lime-encrusted turf field again.

Thursday, 25 February 2010

International fans

I seem to have acquired some international fans on my blog. For some odd reason I've been deluged (slightly) by comments that appear to be in Chinese. While it's all well and good to get international recognition for my efforts it makes me a little suspicious. There is no English in any of the comments and they appear to be a web link as well. Methinks I shall avoid clicking, just to be on the safe side.

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

The opposite of up

That would rather adequately describe the last few days. First was an utter spanking at cricket on Saturday, and not in the kinky-but-good sense either. Then today it turns out our network suffered yet another major failure around 1am in the morning, which lead to huge amounts of scurrying around as we tried to get things working again. We've decided to tow ourselves outside the five mile limit (10 points if you get the reference) so that was a large part of today. The network came up again eventually, but only in fits and starts. Printing and scanning was an issue, the web and other services kept dropping out and to top it all off a rogue script misbehaved thanks to the lack of a network and deleted large chunks of rather important data from our servers. Thankfully our (my!) backups functioned as desired and I was able to start restoring what was lost.

Oh, and tonight I can't get access to my units on line. Not a good start for the academic year.

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

It's hot - but you knew that already, didn't you?

Australia Day wouldn't be the same if it wasn't so stiflingly hot that you are bathed in sweat for even thinking about unsticking yourself from your chair and staggering in the direction of the fridge. We had a backyard camp out at a friend's place which the kids thought was pretty neat. The neighbours were having a party as well so we didn't have to provide any music for ourselves. The only problem was that their party kept going well after we'd all hit the sack :-)

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Get me out of the cheap B movie

Our network issues have turned into network "quirks". I'm sure some time in the future we will all be down at the bar, drinking martinis and laughing at how much of a nightmare it all was, but that's a long way and a lot of therapy into the future. Today we simply grip our coffee cups a little tighter and soldier on.

Yesterday and this morning was The Case of the Mysterious NFS Mount Failure, a twisted mystery that was only solved by realising that one of the servers had popped down to the magistrate's office and changed its name via Deed Poll without telling anyone. A quick public cry of "Oi! The oik's name has changed!" fixed everything right up just in time for the closing credits. It would have gotten away with it too if it hadn't been for those nosey kids.

Sunday, 17 January 2010

An outdoors weekend

With two munchkins having birthdays within one week this was always going to be a busy time. With visitors up for a few days that made the weekend really busy as we decided to fit in a couple of birthdays so that everyone could make it to the parties. Add to that another friend's birthday and you get three parties in four days. Chaos! But in a good way.

Particularly today which started with a couple of hours bashing around the pine forest on trail bikes with Joerg. The Saturday night storms promised mud mud and more mud, but once we got out there it was mostly dry. We still managed to hunt down some some nice puddles to slog through, including one that almost buried Joerg's WR up to the top of his wheels. I decided to miss that one. Contrary to some previous trips I managed to keep the wheels on the ground and the handlebars upright.

The afternoon saw us off to the pool for Miss 7's (or will be 7 on Thursday) pool party. I spent a good chunck of time tossing a bunch of 10, 9 and 8 year old boys around the water as they attempted to dump myself and Joerg under. Good luck with that one boys! Heather enjoyed it as well though she kept a good grip on her pool noodle.

Rather unsurprisingly the munchkins all hit the sack pretty quickly tonight. A couple of nice B&C's will finish the evening rather nicely.

Thursday, 14 January 2010

Good grief, is this the internet?

Our woes continued with a complete lack of network access for the entirety of yesterday, right up until around 10:30am or so today. To say that the bosses were ropeable would be a understatement. If the spin around this place gets any worse we're all going to acheive escape velocity and be hurled off into space by centripetal force alone.

Monday, 11 January 2010

Day of Rest? Who are you kidding?

I painted the walls and ceiling of the en suite for the last time, started on the door frame, did multiple loads of washing, rehung the door, lintel and cabinet, made three trips into town, took said washing off the line, did a bunch of ironing then fell into bed. While the other half watched tv :-)

Oh, and made dinner, which was rather scrummy.

According to research men who do more housework get laid more often. I think I'd like to find that researcher and shove a duster down their throat...

Sunday, 10 January 2010

Missing, presumed fed.

It's not that nothing has happened for the last few days. Indeed, quite a lot has happened. The earth has spun around on its axis a couple of times, we've travelled a few thousand more kilometres on our pilgrimage around the sun and global warming has failed to kill us all off since Tuesday. All in all, not a bad effort.

I, on the other hand, have done some orbiting of my own. Specifically, a grand total of five orbits around the en suite, paint brush and roller in hand. It is now a lovely pristine white. All it requires is a bit more touching up here and there and all shall be complete. At least until the middle of next week when we pick up the feature colours for one wall and the window frame.

Tuesday, 5 January 2010


Another day of rampant domesticity, which included prepping the ensuite for painting tomorrow. You wouldn't think that such a small room would take all day to prepare, but it did. Of course, there were other important things to do, such as keep an eye on the cricket, drink coffee, eat bacon and egg sandwiches, that kind of thing. But all is in readiness for the application of paint tomorrow.

I also got another call from work, but at least I could answer that one with a simple "no, we don't have one that long" response.

Monday, 4 January 2010

Why on earth did I say that?

My thousands of avid readers will have noted that I tempted fate yesterday by stating that I was going to enjoy this week off due to the fact I wouldn't have to solve any computer issues at work for the next 7 days. Well, a phone call just after 9am put paid to that. The uni had a major network issue which meant that our servers lost the plot and refused to connect to the network at all. At least it was a relatively easy fix, apart from the one machine that didn't want to reboot with a USB drive connected.

Oh, and after a week of solid rain, our chook run stinks. Poor little blighters. It didn't help that we were away for that week so we had someone coming around to check on the animals, rather than us being here to clean them out between downpours. Still, no rain today means that they've dried out a bit and we've put down some extra straw to absorb some of the moisture and smell. They're still dutifully laying eggs, so it's not all bad.

I might (might) get into wall cleaning/stripping etc tomorrow. Either that or attack the massive pile of washing. We'll see.

Sunday, 3 January 2010


I'm rather grateful that I do not have to go into work next week. Why? Well, it appears that the uni's web page and mail is down, and all of our dept's servers are off line. It would appear that some time on Saturday some major gremlin has hit the works, probably a storm, and smashed everything on the network. Of course, with the uni shut over the Christmas/new year break, everyone is away. Joys of joys. I shall be attacking mould and sanding walls tomorrow with the greatest of glee.

Saturday, 2 January 2010


It would appear to be, once again, a considerable amount of time since I last dumped a few spare electrons in the general direction of this blog. Since September 2nd, in fact. You would think that I'd spent the last four months in a cave up on a hillside somewhere, but the truth is more apathy and lack of blogging desire. I've not been sitting idle, however, having passed my law unit as well as the usual plethora of sport and family activities.

This year sees me no longer an academic. Due to the fact that the nature of my job means I do not teach, research or publish I had no chance of progression out of my current academic level. So I've been transferred to general staff instead, with the ability to go up through the levels and get a nice little pay increase.

I'm also having a bit go at finishing my law degree this year. It's going to take a fair bit of effort but I've decided that it is time to get it out of the way before I turn 40. Wish me luck.