Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Memory lane

My photo excursion with Liv this afternoon included an aimless wander at the edges of the ANU, my old stomping grounds, and it left me with only positive memories of a more complex time in my life. Since I left uni, my life has become progressively simpler and easier, and this jaunt brought that cheery truth home to me.

That's all wonderful, I hear you say, but what did it look like? Something like this...

Saturday, July 21, 2007


While I maintain my MySpace moratorium, I've been sucked into the newer, hipper version Facebook. One feature it has which has made me quite a convert is that I can set it up to import my posts from this blog and have them display as Facebook notes. Excellent idea!

Saturday, July 14, 2007

[Music] The Else

They Might Be Giants new album is chock full of catchy tunes, and sits nicely alongside their many other excellent albums. While I didn't dislike The Spine quite as much as most critics seemed to, this is certainly an improvement, with every track a worthy single.

What's that? You missed my point? ... I like this album :)

[Music] New Maps of Hell

Bad Religion are still going strong in their third decade of pumping out politi-punk, and I love their new stuff as much as I did when I discovered them back in '92 with Stranger Than Fiction. You won't hear more intelligent punk rock anywhere.

En garde

While I have no real aspiration to be a Director, I've quite enjoyed my first week of EL2 acting (with another 5-11 weeks to go). The transition has been far easier for me given that:
  1. my team leader role had me overseeing 60% of the staff/projects in my section already,
  2. I've been in the section for 18 months, and am familiar with all the clients and most of the systems,
  3. my boss is still around, just in a changed role.
Pretty much the ideal intro :)

Outside of work, I've finished watching 3 seasons of Alias over the past month, along with plenty of Scrubs, a dash of Fawlty Towers and, over the past couple of days, several movies...

Boytown - I was always going to enjoy this, Mick Molloy and Co. never having let me down before. While there was not nearly enough Bob Franklin, and the ending was a bit "down", this was a good way to wind down the end of my working week.

Ghost Rider - The effects were very cool, Eva Mendes looked great, but otherwise it was only so-so. I admit I'm not any kind of big fan of the comic, but it just plain didn't grab me as a Rider newbie.

Pulse - One word: Kristen Bell :) It did a good job of being creepy, but hasn't scared me away from my computer...

Sunday, July 08, 2007


Long gaps between posts for me usually means one of two things. Either I'm sick/depressed or I'm happily doing stuff, without analysing it enough to feed into musing posts. In this case it's been both. I've thankfully recovered fully from last weekend's gastro, and am eating as "normal". I haven't started back into riding my bike yet, but have been busily drawing away.

While I've had very little sleep the past week, that time has not been spent pondering my place in the universe, but just unthinkingly enjoying my current health (robust enough to dismiss illness which would have had me bedridden for weeks if it had hit 12 months ago) and lack of stress. And unthinking is good for me, but not really fodder for blogging...

Sunday, July 01, 2007


To quote an email I sent out on Friday:

"I've managed to get through the first 6 months of the year without a single sick day"

To quote the doctor who came around at 1am this morning, as he gave me an anti-nausea injection, after I'd spent the last 4 hours throwing up:

"You have viral gastroenteritis"

All I've been able to stomach today is one litre of diluted apple juice, and I haven't even felt that hungry, which tells you just how sick I've been. Thankfully, my backlog of podcasts has kept me company as I've lain in bed drifting in and out of naps. I'm only up now while I wait for my iPod to recharge, before I go back to bed, knowing that tomorrow will be sans work.