Thursday, May 31, 2007
Keith Richards is great as Jack's dad though - should have been more of him. And Johnny Depp, as always, makes it worth watching.
And what's with Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom? - they are very orange!
Of course, it's been left wide open for Pirates 4 - I'm undecided about that. It might start getting pretty tired by then.
Anyway, here's Billy chugging over the old trestle bridge at Selby. More pics on flickr shortly.
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Monday, May 28, 2007
Racism is a real problem in this country. "I'm not racist, but...." is such a common phrase. I heard someone just the other day talking about "the coons" and about how they're not really human. I was appalled, to say the least.
These attitudes are, I think, reinforced by the government. While many members of said body support reconciliation, our esteemed Prime Minister refuses to co-operate with Sorry Day. He has steadfastly refused, for the 11 years he's been in the job, to apologise to the Aboriginal people for the injustices of the past. It's purely a symbolic gesture to acknowledge the past and show a willingness to work towards reconciliaton now and in the future. He won't do it.
I think he takes the view that it wasn't his generation that perpetrated the wrongs so, therefore, he has no responsibility to apologise. This completely ignores the fact that children were still being forcibly removed from their families when he was first part of the government in the 1970s/80s.
He just doesn't get it. It's not a question of "it wasn't us". It's the symbolism of it all.
There's a Federal election coming soon. The polls indicate a change of government. Let's hope they're correct.
Sunday, May 27, 2007
Saturday, May 26, 2007
2. Why is the rum always gone?
3. Here there be monsters.
4. Ah...Jack Sparrow does not know what he wants.
5. The square from the hypotenuse must equal the rum.
6. Of course it makes you drunk.
7. This weekend, I will watch the footy, Life on Mars and maybe even Pirates 3! Happy Frey Day!
(Sorry for the lack of focus)
At the end of the night we were 3 sets all. So it came down to a countback of games won. Sadly we lost by seven. I played in 2 winning sets but had completely lost the plot by the third - rampant pneumonia, freezing temperatures, disobedient racquet, feet that refused to move all contributed. I even got an official reprimand for throwing my racquet. Well, I would have if we'd had officials. ;)
Today, to paraphrase a well known song, I'm "Achin' all over."
Friday, May 25, 2007
Oh, just heard on the radio that Bob Dylan will be out here in August. Do I want to go? Probably should 'cos it'll more than likely be his last trip here. But I saw him years ago and he was terrible. That put me off old Bob for a long time. However, I've heard a lot of the latest CD on the radio and it's okay. I wonder how much the tickets cost?
And I was up at 4am to watch the Champions League final. Should have stayed asleep. AC Milan 2 Liverpool 1. Boohoo, another of my teams gets beaten.
1. Electricity - wouldn't be sitting here doing this without it.
2. Elves - Tolkien's elves specifically.
3. Eggs - sunnyside up, on toast, with bacon.
4. Electric guitars - '59 Gibson Les Paul (as played by Jimmy Page) is my dream guitar.
5. Eagles - don't see them around here but did spy a couple on my recent travels. Majestic.
6. Effervescence - something I seem to be lacking lately.
7. Energy - also lacking.
8. Exercise - hahaha, who am I trying to kid?!
9. Emmenthal - Swiss cheese, yum.
10. Excalibur - one of the many legends I grew up with.
11. England - land of my birth.
12. Elizabeth II - queen of the above. A woman I admire.
13. Everyone who's a customer at MJ Arcadia Books.
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
You are The Hermit
Prudence, Caution, Deliberation.
The Hermit points to all things hidden, such as knowledge and inspiration,hidden enemies. The illumination is from within, and retirement from participation in current events.
The Hermit is a card of introspection, analysis and, well, virginity. You do not desire to socialize; the card indicates, instead, a desire for peace and solitude. You prefer to take the time to think, organize, ruminate, take stock. There may be feelings of frustration and discontent but these feelings eventually lead to enlightenment, illumination, clarity.
The Hermit represents a wise, inspirational person, friend, teacher, therapist. This a person who can shine a light on things that were previously mysterious and confusing.
What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.
Virginity???? A long, long, long time ago maybe.
The main character, Sam Tyler, is a cop who's investigating a rather nasty murder. He gets hit by a car and ends up in a coma. Or does he? He wakes up and finds himself in 1973. He's still a cop but everything's a little bit different in 1973. He keeps saying stuff like "I need my mobile." and people respond with "mobile what?". When he asks for a PC terminal, they ask "Who?". At one stage he used the phone to try to ring his girlfriend and asks to be connected to the number, which is a mobile number of course. "Is this an overseas call, sir?" "I want to be connected to a Virgin number 0700xxxxxx." Operater: "I'll have none of that sexy talk from you, thank you!" Very funny.
The show is not a comedy though - Tyler doesn't know what's happened to him and is struggling to come to terms with being in 1973.
The show highlights just how much things have changed in a relatively short time (33 years) - communications, technology, forensics, even the role of women in the police force.
I think this might become regular viewing for me.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
And, sometime this week my computer picked up a virus too. Trojan horse of some sort. AVG sorted it out, fortunately. That's the first time, ever, that I've ever had a computer virus. I better be more careful about where I'm browsing I think.
Monday, May 21, 2007
Next week we play Freo in Perth. I'm not hopeful.
Sunday, May 20, 2007
You're a Intuitive Investigator!
The Super IQ Test
Brought to you by Tickle
Julie, your IQ score is 147
Your overall intelligence quotient is the result of a scientifically-tested formula based on how many questions you answered correctly. But it's only part of what we learned about you from your answers on the test. We also determined the way you process information.
The way you think about things makes you an Intuitive Investigator. This means you have multiple talents and can do anything you set your mind to. You're able to detect numerical patterns easily and are able to grasp the true complexity of the world, both in its details and in a more abstract form. You've got a sharp logical mind and are adept at using words to get even a difficult point across. The combination of all these things makes you truly brilliant.
How did we determine that your thinking style is that of an Intuitive Investigator? When we examined your test results further, we analyzed how you scored on 8 dimensions of intelligence: spatial, organizational, abstract reasoning, logical, mechanical, verbal, visual and numerical. The 3 dimensions you scored highest on combine to make you an Intuitive Investigator. Only 6 out of 1,000 people have this rare combination of abilities.
Edit: Well if I'm so smart how come I ended up here? Something doesn't compute.
But, every now and then I run out of dollar coins. Like now - I had a full bag an hour ago but now it's all gone. I've rung C to ask for more change and she'll probably be here before I finish this post. But, in the meantime....
Some people seem to think that I should have an unlimited supply and get cranky with me when I have to say "sorry, I'm out of coins." There's a pokies venue across the street which does have an unlimited supply of dollar coins. It's far too much trouble for some people to go over there for their change. It's far too much trouble for some people to organise themselves first - 'right, I'm going to the laundrette so I need dollar coins.' One guy, yesterday, wanted to me to go across the street for him. Sure buddy, no worries, I'll shut my shop to go get change for you 'cos there's absolutely no reason why you can't cross the street yourself.
I should add that most people are understanding and don't cause a fuss. It's just the minority who get shitty and ruin my day.
Okay, rant over.
Ha! And here comes C to fill up my coin bag.
Saturday, May 19, 2007
2. All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion, desire. (Aristotle I think, or maybe Plato)
3. It's the friends you can call at 4am who matter. (some movie star of yore, but I forget which one.)
4. Hate being sick, love the Cure. (Ha, didn't have a clue about this one.)
5. Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it. (Confucius say...)
6. I don't give a damn for a man that can only spell a word one way. (Mark Twain)
7. The advantage of a bad memory is that the good things can be had over and over again for the first time. (Or something like that. Dunno who said it.)
Friday, May 18, 2007
1. Driving - out on the open road anywhere.
2. Dances With Wolves - one of my favourite movies.
3. Dead Man's Chest - another one.
4. Disintegration - my fave album ever. By The Cure, of course.
5. Desperate Housewives - love this show. Don't know why but I do.
6. DVD player - with surround sound. How did I ever watch movies before?
7. Dorothy Dunnett - one of my favourite authors. If you want historical fiction, look no further.
8. Dunbar, Lieutenant. - See #2. Mmmmm, HOT!!!
9. Dad - I love my dad and it worries me that he's starting to believe that he's getting too old.
10. Da Vinci, Leonardo - a genius in every sense of the word.
11. Drink - don't mind a drink now and then.
12. Dr Strangelove - another good film. "You can't fight in here, this is the War Room!"
13. Depp, Johnny. 'Nuff said. :)
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Auditory : 33%
Visual : 66%
Left : 43%
Right : 56%
Julie, you possess an interesting balance of hemispheric and sensory characteristics, with a slight right-brain dominance and a slight preference for visual processing.
Since neither of these is completely centered, you lack the indecision and second-guessing associated with other patterns. You have a distinct preference for creativity and intuition with seemingly sufficient verbal skills to be able to translate in any meaningful way to yourself and others.
You tend to see things in "wholes" without surrendering the ability to attend to details. You can give them sufficient notice to be able to utitlize and incorporate them as part of an overall pattern.
In the same way, while you are active and process information simultaneously, you demonstrate a capacity for sequencing as well as reflection which allows for some "inner dialogue."
All in all, you are likely to be quite content with yourself and your style although at times it will not necessarily be appreciated by others. You have sufficient confidence to not second-guess yourself, but rather to use your critical faculties in a way that enhances, rather than limits, your creativity.
You can learn in either mode although far more efficiently within the visual mode. It is likely that in listening to conversations or lecture materials you simultaneously translate into pictures which enhance and elaborate on the meaning.
It is most likely that you will gravitate towards those endeavors which are predominantly visual but include some logic or structuring. You may either work particularly hard at cultivating your auditory skills or risk "missing out" on being able to efficiently process what you learn. Your own intuitive skills will at times interfere with your capacity to listen to others, which is something else you may need to take into account.
Here are 6 statements about me. One of them is not true and you have to guess/figure out which one that is.
1. I got engaged on my 21st birthday.
2. I have owned two motorcycles in the past.
3. I have shaved all my hair off twice.
4. I have no piercings.
5. I have never been overseas.
6. My first car was pink.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
The plot revolves around Thursday Next who has left Book World, with her 2 year old son Friday, and returned to her job in SpecOps in the real world. She has numerous objectives:
1. To get her eradicated husband uneradicated by the Goliath Corporation (the mother of all multi-nationals!)
2. Capture Yorrick Kaine, a megalomaniac escapee from a failed romance novel, return him to Book World and thereby prevent him from taking over the world and causing Armageddon
3. Find a Shakespeare clone to rewrite Hamlet in its original form so that Hamlet, currently in exile in the real world, can return to his play.
4. Subvert Kaine's attempts to blame Denmark for all ills and sabotage his efforts to have all Danish books confiscated and burnt.
5. Avoid being assassinated by the Windowmaker (yes, a misprint in the assassin's advertising).
6. Capture the Minotaur and return him to Book World.
7. Make sure that Swindon wins the croquet Superhoop final, otherwise her attempts to foil Kaine will all be in vain.
There weren't enough 'laugh out loud' moments in this book, compared with the others of his I've read. There are plenty of humourous moments sprinkled throughout the story but, all in all, I was a bit disappointed with it.
It's official. MySpace sucks.
Monday, May 14, 2007
Sunday, May 13, 2007
2. Only 13 more days til Pirates. (Only 12 days to go here, haha!) .
3. It was Friday yesterday! [ed. note: that was for Monique!]
4. I love my Canon/Maton/Toyota - take your pick.
5. Snow is something that doesn't matter, unless you are a ski bunny.
6. Mothers: everyone's got one.
7. I'd like to do sex and drugs and rock and roll this weekend. (But, as my 14 year old niece is coming over I don't think it'll happen!)
Saturday, May 12, 2007
|I took the "The Nine Muses" quiz on gURL.com|
|My muse is...|
Clio is the patron goddess of history. Her name means "The Proclaimer" and her symbols are a scroll and a pile of books. Read more...
Who is your muse?
Seen at Shirl's
Well, I was a History teacher in a previous life.
We won 5 sets to 1 last night which is, I think, our best win of the season. To be fair, the other team had a fill-in cos one of their regular guys couldn't play. The fill-in hasn't played for years and plays squash instead now - it took him a while to remember that he couldn't bounce the ball off the back fence!!
So, next week. Grand Final.
Friday, May 11, 2007
1. The Cure - let the rumour of a tour please please please be true.
2. Costner - Kevin. Hunk.
3. Candles - long, short, scented or not.
4. Cherry - fruit and blossom. Mmmm.
5. Captain Jack - another hunk.
6. Canon 400D - my camera. One of the best investments I ever made.
7. Corolla - my Toyota. Another excellent purchase.
8. Cash - haha, wish I had some.
9. Cave, Nick - one of Australia's greatest exports. (Ha! Just came on the radio as I type.)
10. Chook - aka chicken. Chook pyjamas (aka chicken parmagiana) is one of my fave meals, and easy to make too!
11. Crawford, Frances of Lymond - one of my favourite fictional characters. Created by Dorothy Dunnett.
12. Corellas and cockatoos - not such nice birds really but they're always around to take photos of.
13. Cooking - don't get to do this often enough. But I do like to cook.
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
Can't help thinking "why would you bother?" Apparently, it was written to prove that it could be done. I did a search for copies of the book - they start at $103. But, the whole thing's available on the 'net for nix.
Monday, May 07, 2007
Sunday, May 06, 2007
|Your Birthdate: April 24|
For you, love is a natural progression from friendship. You are almost always friends first.
In love, you are loyal, steady, and honest. You are not a cheater or even much of a flirt.
You are likely to stay friends with your ex... and open to rekindling something in the future.
Number of True Loves You'll Have: 4
Number of Times You'll Have Your Heart Broken: 1
You are most compatible with people born on the 6th, 15th, and 24th of the month.
So that's 3 wins/3 losses so far. Sydney next week - that'll be tough, but I'm more hopeful now than I was this time last week.
2. 2010 can't arrive too fast!
3. My friend Bronnie is a workaholic.
4. Days like today when the sky is grey and the weather is cold and possibly wet are so awesome! Not!
5. I am still reading along with your blog.
6. Blossoms, of any sort are my favorite spring flowers.
7. This weekend, I'm tired and busy.
Saturday, May 05, 2007
When I lived with the G-man there was definitely a ghost in that house. We could, regularly, hear its footsteps walking up and down the passage. I remember once we heard the footsteps and ignored them - "ghost," we said, - and then a real live person came in through the door. Now that was scary!
Any ghosts in your neck of the woods?
Friday, May 04, 2007
1. Books - well, duh!
2. Byron Bay - I'd go back there in a flash.
3. Baker's Delight Turkish rolls - I have one just about every day for lunch.
4. Birds - actually, I don't care for birds all that much but I have been taking a lot of bird pics lately.
5. Blues'n'Roots Fest - at Byron Bay. Fantastic event.
6. Balls - footballs, soccer balls, tennis balls, ;)
7. Baggins - there's more to a hobbit than meets the eye.
8. Bananas - my favourite fruit.
9. Blue - favourite colour
10. Bed - who doesn't love their bed?
11. Beach - don't get there often enough. Strangely, I don't like sand. I think it's the ocean that draws me to the beach.
12. Bob Smith - The Cure maestro. 'Nuff said.
13. Blues - especially blues guitar.