Apr. 23rd, 2011 08:39 pm
ljplicease: (column1)

I thought the monsters in Doctor Who today were particularly creepy today. I won't say anything more about that. “Spoilers”, as Doctor Song would say. I didn't realize that Elisabeth Sladen, the actress who played Sarah Jane Smith, passed away until I saw the episode had been dedicated to her. I remember her from when I watched Doctor Who when we first moved to the America, as well as her appearances during the tenth Doctor's tenure. Seems as though I was not the only one who found her memorable.

The producers of the show are obviously trying to appeal to American audiences now. Beyond the fact that this episode was filmed in part on location in the US for the first time in the shows rather lengthy history, it was released in the UK, US and Canada[1] at the same time. Australian audiences who don't download it from the Internet have to wait a whole week to see it. WTF BBC? Americans start to get a little interested in the Doctor and you rearrange everything. Doctor Who has always been big in Australia! Of course part of the reason they are airing it at the same time on both sides of the Atlantic is to reduce the number of people who download it from BitTorrent, so that they can sell ads on the BBCA version and at the same time air it ad free in the UK where people pay the BBC tax.

  1. eh?


Nov. 10th, 2008 03:50 pm
ljplicease: (Sep)
  • 31 October 2008 11:18am: Monthly birthday lunch at work. The ladies talk about weddings and the guys talk about babies. How to contribute? Linux servers are easier.
  • 31 October 2008 01:27pm: Boss is going on vacation. That makes me Captain Inview for two weeks.
  • 3 November 2008 04:49pm: Being Captain Inview is stressful when a misconfiguration causes the stats queue to explode and it takes two hours to clear.
  • 3 November 2008 09:28pm: mmmmm good and plenties may be good, but they are not plentiful when you have to fly to America to get them.
  • Today at 03:48pm: I just realised that I already implemented the feature that I am working on. Either I am just "that good", or my memory is not.


Jan. 2nd, 2008 11:42 pm
ljplicease: (Metalic Over Nature)

Today right before I left work I asked Kim how her vacation was. Not good, she answered. Not enough excitement, she said. Only one amazingly beautiful sunset, she said. My instinct was to point out that some people live their whole lives and only get to see one amazingly beautiful sunset if they are lucky.

I was leaving (mentioned) and I was just trying to be friendly. The America in me wants people just to answer in short positive statements regardless of actual mood. The rest of me doesn’t like that, but it is hard to deny that it is there.

SOAP::Lite is like a mule. You can often coax it into doing what you want it to do, but not without a lot of headache. SOAP::Lite reminds me that designing good APIs is not easy. The Perl community, despite a lot of good work, has unfortunately produced some turkeys; there are warts everywhere. Boxing Day this old lady declared that if everyone just did as she said then the world would be a better place. I think anyone writing an API is something like that: either arrogant or deluded. Usually both.

Needless to say I spent the whole day coaxing SOAP::Lite


Oct. 9th, 2007 10:28 pm
ljplicease: (prawn)

I was driving in the car, and listening to the radio today when I was reminded of just how suck radio is in America. Because this radio was actually entertaining. Because I am in Australia. Which is not America. They were talking funny shit about Rudd and Howard. I wish they would just call the election already. It’s too bad they don’t have Halloween in Australia, we could estimate the winner based on sales of Halloween masks of Rudd and Howard like you can with US Presidential candidates.

ljplicease: (food fight)

Apparently when my mum traded in the Tercel for the Corolla I made her feel like a heel for selling an unofficial member of the family into slavery. She reminds me of this from time to time, but I can hardly be held accountable for my actions (I think) because I was only like 12 or something at the time, and it was years ago and I am pretty sure that the statute of limitations on that sort of thing has long since expired.

When grandma passed away this year, mum inherited her house in Gosford. It is a tiny fibro hut with poor insulation and is very cold in the winter. I wonder how grandma, grandpa, mum and my namesake uncle Graham all fit in there. Somehow it is still home to me, even though I only barely remember living there before I moved to America[1]. One day I will inherit that property, I am certain.

Mum told me today that she and Don had decided to knock the house down (I know they don’t do this lightly) and put up a bungalow. Although I will be perversely sad to see the old house go, I am also quietly breathing a sigh of relief, because, as I told my mother, I don’t think I could bring myself to knock it down or sell it or anything when I inherit it.

Sentimental, I know.

  1. I usually mark my first memories with coming to America, but I do have faint glimmering memories of that house from back then


Sep. 1st, 2007 09:36 pm
ljplicease: (fly)

Most of the time lately I wish that I didn’t quite have both feet so firmly planted in two totally different countries. How did I wind up yearning for a life at the same time in each?

I watched 4 episodes of Doctor Who today, and one yesterday. Four were recorded from when I was in the states and one was aired on TV tonight. Two of them were really good: 42 and Blink. The other three were kind of blah. 42 was obviously a reference to Douglas Adams, who was a writer for the original series, but I think it was also a sly reference to 24, even though there was no torture involved. Blink was cool because it was one of those episodes which didn’t focus on the primary characters at all, and instead you get to see the weird havoc wrecked by the Doctor. They’ve done this once before and I think it has worked well in both cases.

Went to Aunty Joyce’s for afternoon tea today. My mum is still intimidated by her, which is kind of amusing. It’s nice to see her; I feel like seeing once somewhat estranged family fills in holes that are worth filling in. It also gives me hope. Tonight Don picked up this manual thingy and read the title: “A Practical Guide to SAX” only it sounded like “sex” to me so I asked “how practical is it?” SAX is the name of some hardware thingy that mum has at work.


Aug. 3rd, 2007 05:19 pm
ljplicease: (Sub)

I’m back in America. It is as good as I remember.


Mar. 20th, 2007 10:40 pm
ljplicease: (Flag)

Tonight I finally got to see The Host (괴물), and enjoyed it a lot. I liked the playful mix of slapstick, horror, and politics. I liked that it didn’t use the usual wade-hour-and-a-half-into-the-film-to-see-the-creatures-tail-for-two-seconds cliché. I can just see this being remade by Hollywood and being stripped of all of its charm (and the thinly veiled criticism of American involvement in South Korea).

ljplicease: (Death & Life)


NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO that, as Pluto passes overhead through New Mexico's excellent night skies, it be declared a planet and that March 13, 2007 be declared "Pluto Planet Day" at the legislature.

New Mexico State Legislature

In August I am going to be in the only state in the Union where Pluto is (as it should be) recognized as full fledged planet.

I don’t usually get misty-eyed when reading legislation, but I did when I read “New Mexico’s excellent night skies.” The night sky in New Mexico is pretty, and NM is definitely the Land of Enchantment.

2007 US Tour

Some of you already know this, but for those that don’t, I will be in the USA for most of August to visit good friends, go hiking, and to eat some mighty fine New Mexican cuisine. Here are the approximate dates:

Location Arrive Depart Activities
New York (Manhattan & Hudson Valley) 3 August 17 August[1] Hiking, hanging out in the city, bar fights[2], museums, movies, enchilada night, breakneck ridge, awesome friends
New Mexico 17 August[3] 24 August hiking, heat, enchiladas, breakfast burritos, posole, chilies rellenos, green chili and of course green chili cheeseburgers
Los Angeles 24 August 27 August Jack in the Box, Vasquez Rocks[4], Castlevania, Wii, sushi, petquakerstalking, and more!

If you think you might coincide, let me know. You too can be part of the action. And knowing is half the battle.

  1. somewhat flexible
  2. just kidding
  3. somewhat flexible
  4. that place where Kirk kicked the Gorn’s butt with his home made cannon


Feb. 20th, 2007 05:38 pm
ljplicease: (strider5)

Thinking about Babel, which as mentioned in the previous post I saw yesterday. I’m not giving anything away by saying that the story is divided into three largely unrelated stories. The connection between the stories is tenuous, but they drive each other. The central characters for two of the stories have been nominated for best supporting actress: Adriana Barraza for her character Amelia in Mexico, and Rinko Kikuchi for her character Chieko in Japan. I wonder how unusual it is for a picture to receive two nominations in the same category like that. Anyway, the nominations, and the award if it follows, would be well deserved for either. Kikuchi (26) delivers a particularly believable performance of a deaf teenager.

It makes me wonder though, why “supporting” and not “starring”? It seems mainly because they aren’t Brad Pitt or Cate Blanchet, who received top billing. Their performances were good, but not brilliant by any stretch of the imagination. It seems to me the Mexican and Japanese stories are just as important, and much more interesting than the Moroccan (American centric) story. Making the American and Australian actors the stars and the supporting actress nominations for the non-native English speakers reinforces the belligerent Ugly Americanism of Pitt’s character, who sees the world revolving around himself.


Jan. 1st, 2007 02:16 am
ljplicease: (Disc)

I love Sydney. Sydney does it first and Sydney does it best!

Also got good reviews from the Americans.

Hope everyone else has a fun time celebrating NYE.

Turkey Day

Nov. 23rd, 2006 08:18 am
ljplicease: (Simon Belmont)

Happy Turkey Day everones who is in America (or who celebrates anyway).

I for one am going to spend the day doing some spring cleaning, because it’s spring and the place is starting to look like it needs to be done.

The Doctor

Nov. 6th, 2006 06:07 pm
ljplicease: (Blue)

This Dr Pepper cost me AU$2.50, but it was so worth it.


Aug. 7th, 2006 09:09 pm
ljplicease: (pixel6)
Don is back from America, and he brought Posole!!!
ljplicease: (Timing Zone)
I am now in Sydney, finally. I had a fun weekend in LA with Tyler. We did all the usual kind of stuff, except when we were playing video games I was getting a professional tour.

I had originally wanted to go to San Francisco and see Joanna and Padraic as well, but I needed a lot more time in Salt Lake to finish things up in America than I thought. Hopefully I will be able to see them on my next visit to America. It doesn't seem strange to talk about "my next visit to America," at least, not yet.

There is a wonderful view of the opera house and the bridge from our apartment. When I get a faster Internet connection I will post some pictures. Right now we are using some kind of neighborhood wireless connection which is real slow and tends to cut out from time to time.

The company my friend Mike works for just got bought by google[1], so now I know someone who works at google. They were already working closely with google, but I think this will be even better.

More later.



Feb. 4th, 2006 07:01 am
ljplicease: (building beacon)

I'm now in Omaha, Nebraska. I read that this was the largest city in Nebraska, but from what Kathy had been telling me all these years, I half expected it to be a pub with three cows parked out in front. It is, however, a fairly large city. I drove through five states yesterday. Most of which I had never been to before.



ljplicease: (Bench)
Oh, I almost forgot! Happy Austrlia Day everyone! Though I am sure most reading this are Americans, so you guys can wish me a Happy Australia Day :)
ljplicease: (Mirror Shot)
What was 2004? It was a year of stolen and disputed elections in Georgia and the Ukraine, the rise and fall of Howard Dean and John Kerry, the first private space flight and the end of the "X-Prize," disaster in Darfur, prisoner abuse in Iraq, expansion of the European Union, the death of Ronald Regan and a month of flags at half mast, the return of Greek Olympics and a very smug presidential victory. In less political but tragic terms, the worst natural disaster in my memory has occurred in Asia as Tsunami death tolls top 135,000 according to

For me, the year started out as a bleak one in the coldest New York winter I have ever experienced. My mother came to visit me for her birthday. We stayed in Manhattan and it was bitterly cold.

Lowel and Johanna
I took a lighting class at Dutchess which was a blast. Some of my friends from Black and White II were taking the class and I met some other cool people. It was so much fun working with those people, including the teacher, Lowel Handler.

Read more... )

In Short, 2004 was A Great Year and I have high hopes that 2005 will be even better.
ljplicease: (Ampersand)
Today was Sock Khim's last day. She is headed back to Singapore which I have confirmed through Internet research is indeed both a city and a state. In broken but very understandable English she wrote us all a sweet farewell note that left me, and I think everyone else with a warm fuzzy feeling. She included a personal note for everyone. Mine was something like "Graham you always take great pictures." Such wonderful sentiment; I think all of us HVOCers are going to miss her. She also gave me some candy from back home which she said she could get more for me if I liked it.

Is That a Chicken?
I love things like this, I mean... I have no idea what it is, although I am pretty sure that is a chicken on the label. Can you imagine marketing a candy in America or Australia with the picture of a chicken? I wonder how the chicken is related to the edible substance contained within.

Sock Khim reminded me that I have this interest in photography which I have failed rather miserably to enjoy recently. So I IMed my friend e to see if we could get together and be camera geeks on Sunday. I'm going to drive down to Jersey and show her how to do color correction in Photoshop and she's going to going to show me her new scanner. I hope eventually to be able to afford a nice film scanner and I think the type she has would be a good candidate.

Meanwhile I have to start thinking about the future.


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