Nov. 30th, 2010 09:12 pm
ljplicease: (Ice Bridge)

Gifts are tricky. Some economists hate gift giving holidays, because people get things for other people that they don't really want. Most people seem to do pretty well figuring out stuff that I will like, often without me having even thought of it! I like weird stuff so I can't explain it. Some of my favourite things are:

Note that Oldskool denotes stuff that you mostly cannot get outside of eBay or garage sales. My preferences on those sort of things are picky, esoteric and difficult to explain. Gift cards are good. Here are some businesses that I like to frequent:

I'm only saying.

recent tweets )

I intend on writing a detailed report of my experiences at the new job, but it keeps on getting pushed back. I have a little notebook of pithy observations which will hopefully translate well into some writing here.

ljplicease: (prawn)
  • 23 April 2010 11:27pm: Cheese and shiraz mostly consumed.
  • ... )

ljplicease: (farlook)
  • 10 March 2010 11:43pm: "Please Except if you would like to join."
  • ... )


Feb. 1st, 2010 08:53 pm
ljplicease: (Sub)
  • 21 January 2010 04:03pm: Exactly what sort of endorsement is “From the network that brought you...” supposed to be?
  • tweetings )


Dec. 31st, 2009 04:32 pm
ljplicease: (Exploding Brad Photograph)
  • 25 December 2009 10:15am: Listening to Don's Chrissy present (Steve Martin banjo CD), mum is already writing notes in her gift (zen calendar). Success.
  • 25 December 2009 12:09pm: Cygwin 1.7 released yesterday and I missed it. Why does that seem like a chrissy present?
  • 25 December 2009 03:43pm: The dove flies at noon said the one spy to the other.
  • 25 December 2009 04:01pm: Trying to remember the specifics of how to load a A12 film magazine for Hasselblad and the interwebs are not helping me as they usually do.
  • 25 December 2009 04:05pm: At first I was like my phone is just a phone, but then Lenka pointed it out it is also a flashlight. Doh! foiled again.
  • 26 December 2009 02:17pm: Trying out Google public DNS because the crappy ISP here is intercepting NXDOMAIN requests, and thus screwing up my shortcuts.
  • 26 December 2009 09:35pm: Skiing tomorrow at Brighton. I hope I remember how.
  • 27 December 2009 04:22pm: Too cold to ski! Feeling effervescent after Invictus now for Avatar 3D. In between movie snack is enchilada casserole.
  • 27 December 2009 10:17pm: The only constant in the universe is the same damn themes running through every James Cameron film ever made.
  • 28 December 2009 11:04am: Internetting on my Delta flight to EWR. It's a chrissy present to get us addicted to the service. Sign up was a bitch, but is working now.
  • 29 December 2009 04:06pm: Laughing at people in New York City on the news because it is sooo cold. Oh wait where are we again?
  • 29 December 2009 07:54pm: So our Harrison Ford is actually a remake... interesting.
  • Today at 04:11pm: If I were in Australia it would be next year already soooo behind this year.


Dec. 24th, 2009 10:40 pm
ljplicease: (Broken Window)
  • 21 December 2009 01:11pm: Just took two rolls of 120 in 6x6 format on my Rolleiflex TLR and froze my butt off. Yay.
  • 22 December 2009 12:12pm: ETA for the headboard and bed frame is about the same as the mattress. It would be weird if it actually worked out like that.
  • Yesterday at 09:35pm: Found a camera that takes 127 film in my bedroom, and you can even still buy film for it, but I don't think the shutter works anymore :/


Dec. 20th, 2009 01:17 am
ljplicease: (stripe_window)
  • 15 December 2009 09:38pm: Clearly writing this code was easier than having to explain it.
  • 16 December 2009 04:46pm: I am actually going to miss "at the end of the day" guy.
  • 17 December 2009 01:54pm: Off to America today. First I land in Salt Lake City. Then 25 minutes later I depart from Sydney.
  • 18 December 2009 11:58am: In SFO waiting for my next flight.
  • Yesterday at 05:05am: It's 5am can't sleep and I'm really hungry.
  • Yesterday at 12:51pm: If by awful you mean DELICIOUS!
  • Today at 01:12am: Still keeping weird hours thanks to 48 hour Friday.


Dec. 11th, 2009 04:50 pm
ljplicease: (ski lift)
  • 2 December 2009 09:00am: Great big double trailer truck with licence plate "LOADME"
  • 2 December 2009 09:13pm: I see the dollar took a small dive during the spill, but is back up to almost 93 cents now that the Libs have a new leader and ETS is dead.
  • 4 December 2009 06:04am: "The difficulty with governments is that they age at the same rate as dogs, and this Government is now about 112 years old."
  • 4 December 2009 07:19pm: "At the end of the day" guy is spreading a rumor that he has a girlfriend.
  • 4 December 2009 09:09pm: Strange lady is pacing back and forth rather aggressively at Town Hall station. I want the train to get here soon too :)
  • 5 December 2009 08:49am: Getting lost and driving in circles.
  • 6 December 2009 03:02pm: Back to civilization. Pictures to be posted soon.
  • 8 December 2009 10:46am: () = .0 is true in perl. discuss.
  • 8 December 2009 08:21pm: Can't believe there is a Linux vs. Solaris flame war in the mX Talk pages this week.
  • 9 December 2009 01:23pm: Unless you had the original source code it wouldn't be a real (non-avian) dinosaur.
  • Yesterday at 09:33am: New Guy comes in wearing a tie and a frown.
  • Yesterday at 11:13am: New Guy could be a serial killer.
  • Today at 10:34am: Arriving 25 minutes before I depart doesn't make me insane, it makes me a Time Traveler!
  • Today at 04:46pm: The Herald is spruiking a California style recall system for NSW and using Arnie as a good example. The NSW government sucks, but really?
  • Today at 04:49pm: I'm telling you, New Guy fits the profile.


Dec. 1st, 2009 05:18 pm
ljplicease: (pixel2)
  • 25 November 2009 08:34pm: Watched The Waters of Mars. The Anticipation is getting crazy. Thank goodness I don't have to wait for it to come out here!
  • 26 November 2009 08:04pm: Google Wave seems to crash the Google Chrome frame if I leave it running there long enough. Awesome job guys :)
  • 29 November 2009 10:15am: Dusty today.
  • Yesterday at 04:10pm: “Well not yelling, you're just making it so that people can hear your voice, in a loud way”
  • Yesterday at 10:09pm: “He's seen the Huns get all the way to the castle gates and then start drowning each other in the moat.”
  • Today at 05:15pm: Thinking about converting my Nikon D60 to infrared.


Nov. 24th, 2009 02:57 pm
ljplicease: (hijinks request)
  • 13 November 2009 01:02pm: yay for fridday. yay for weekend which i can just laze about at home. yay for yay.
  • 15 November 2009 11:06am: When a guy's knees have teeth, then you know that it is time to panic.
  • 18 November 2009 03:28pm: It's begun. The last few weeks of the year are always a joke. End of year party tomorrow, followed by Christmas party, followed by...
  • 18 November 2009 03:35pm: Why is GNU tar so cowardly? Maybe I want to create an empty archive.
  • 19 November 2009 04:23pm: My boss always says "we are going to get together this arvo to do such and such" but then at 5pm he's like oops I guess we'll do it tomorrow
  • 19 November 2009 08:21pm: Work party in the basement was actually pretty fun after all. Weird.
  • 20 November 2009 09:53am: four weeks till summer and winter break ... simultaneously :)
  • 20 November 2009 02:21pm: I should not have gotten the chips with my chicken burger but mmmm they are good :)
  • 20 November 2009 08:26pm: Thank you for not raining on my parade.
  • 21 November 2009 10:15pm: We just worked out that Omega Supreme is actually Russian. Sarcasm: unappreciated.
  • 22 November 2009 07:07pm: 43 degrees and fires.
  • Yesterday at 01:52am: The wild wind drove the mercury down, triggered the car alarms and woke me up.
  • Today at 09:14am: The trains now have pretty pictures of many of the pretty places you can go on CityRail and CountryLink in NSW.
  • Today at 11:39am: Why doesn't the twitter interface let me retweet my own tweets?


Nov. 12th, 2009 07:38 pm
ljplicease: (crewdson)
  • 9 November 2009 09:40am: Riding the Epping to Chatswood for the first time. So far not much to see as it is all tunnel.
  • 9 November 2009 12:00pm: Confirmed: s-mart has been banned from ever returning to the hotel we were at this weekend. Surprising is the indignity expressed by this.
  • 9 November 2009 07:25pm: Trying the new Vegemite. I can't decide if I like it or loath it. Either way I think I prefer the original.
  • 10 November 2009 11:23am: Dev machine is caught in a five second loop. Groundhog day.
  • 10 November 2009 03:35pm: How many years has it been since I did studio lighting? I'm eager to get back into it.
  • Yesterday at 08:02am: Today is the day I face my density.
  • Today at 09:00am: Fox cancels a Joss Whedon project. Surprising?
  • Today at 09:02am: "at the end of the day" guy is relating an amusing story about voice messages and queues.


Nov. 8th, 2009 07:43 pm
ljplicease: (building glasses)

The last time I was working somewhere they[1] decided to do something nice for us peons was when I was still working at The Company in New York State and we had a huge dinner/dance to celebrate the fact that we were the number one ASIC fabricator for that year. I was single at the time, and I didn't really know anyone so it was pretty unpleasant since I tend to be quiet around people who don't know me, but my manager strongly encouraged me to go so I didn't feel like I could say no. The next year we were also number one in ASICs, but the bubble had burst, the economy had taken a dive, and layoffs were looking more likely than a big gala.

three day tour... )

update: I can confirm that we've been banned from ever returning to the place we stayed at, and the owners are going to ask that s-mart pay for the broken table. Strangely this has elicited mostly ridicule that those that broke the table ought to pay for it.

  1. the giant ants
  2. the giant ants
  3. the giant ants
  4. the giant ants
  5. the giant ants
  6. the giant ants


Oct. 28th, 2009 05:22 pm
ljplicease: (TheDish)
  • 14 October 2009 08:51am: Who would win in a fight? Teenage mutant ninja turtles or teenage mutant pirate turtles.
  • 15 October 2009 10:42pm: I am excited about falling asleep.
  • 16 October 2009 05:41pm: It's official. I am on vacation!!!!
  • 17 October 2009 06:00pm: Big Indian Pacific freight train just rushed through my little station at Narara while waiting for the cityrail to Sydney.
  • 18 October 2009 02:45pm: Having my last paddle pop untill I get back to Oz.
  • 23 October 2009 05:58am: Going on a three hour boat tour .... a threeeeee hour tour. Should have read the fine print more closely.
  • 23 October 2009 05:53pm: Made it back to land with 6GB of pictures of the Napali Coast without loosing my lunch.
  • 26 October 2009 01:32pm: I am certain that the locals do not call it that. They string together vowels and watch the tourists contort their mouths for entertainment.
  • Yesterday at 05:57pm: Hiked Kilauea Iki Crater Trail today where it rained on us! It was fun, interesting and brisk!
  • Today at 01:32pm: sunburn :(


Oct. 10th, 2009 07:53 pm
ljplicease: (Mirror Shot)
  • 2 October 2009 08:20am: Taking the late train means lots of annoying school kids.
  • 2 October 2009 08:56pm: Margret wants to do "At The Ballet" instead of "At The Movies".
  • 2 October 2009 09:32pm: The rain pitter patters and the thunder roars like a sleepy dragon. It's time for some well deserved sleeps.
  • 3 October 2009 10:13am: bacon is candy bar of meats
  • 3 October 2009 10:24am: bacon makes everything taste better, especially bacon.
  • 5 October 2009 08:20am: Completely empty box CAPTCHA prevents crackers from getting into my bank account... that is good except it also keeps me out!
  • 7 October 2009 08:48pm: paddle pop o'clock is my favourite time of day
  • 8 October 2009 10:41am: Fighting with XML::Simple. I understand now why the author prefaced his talk about test driven development with an apology re this module.
  • 8 October 2009 07:07pm: Where did the warm weather go? Hawaii I hope :)
  • Yesterday at 07:02am: Last day of the old train schedule. More sleeps on Monday! :)
  • Yesterday at 11:11am: The one button on my iPod Touch is starting to die. yay for Apple quality ...
  • Today at 09:30am: it may seem that I am obsessed with bacon, but I actually don't eat it very often.
  • Today at 01:35pm: Mushroom rain!!!
  • Today at 02:45pm: of course the mushroom rain was just to lull me into a sense of false security, it then began to DUMP cats and dogs on me :(
  • Today at 07:50pm: Using Microsoft and Apple software is like playing hide and go seek as they constantly change their interfaces.


Sep. 29th, 2009 11:15 pm
ljplicease: (Dragonfly)
  • 25 September 2009 09:48pm: new hd in mac mini = waiting forever for tiger to install
  • 26 September 2009 07:59am: more dust.
  • 27 September 2009 11:28am: All the cars are dusty except for the taxis. Hrm.
  • 27 September 2009 12:26pm: Everywhere I go there are Los Alamites.
  • 27 September 2009 01:53pm: Watching the A380 take off from Kingsford Smith. Too bad United can't afford one of those.
  • 27 September 2009 07:07pm: hope snow leopard doesn't take as insanely long to install as tiger...
  • Yesterday at 09:59am: Thank you IE for having a sucktastic onresize bug.
  • Today at 12:31pm: Made a Mirror Universe reference in my QoS detection code today.
  • Today at 12:38pm: A long weekend is coming up, but we loose an hour to daylight savings shenanigans so it's a short long weekend.
  • Today at 08:08pm: and the time is ... paddle pop o'clock


Sep. 9th, 2009 08:51 pm
ljplicease: (strider9)
  • 24 August 2009 06:55am: This crazy weather has me in a great mood :)
  • 24 August 2009 09:07am: Don't worry, we'll make them regret undooming themselves ~skywarp
  • 28 August 2009 08:31pm: Paddlepop isn't ice cream, it's delicious on a stick
  • 29 August 2009 01:43pm: SQLite has this great little error message which reads: "not an error".
  • 6 September 2009 08:26am: The bell birds are listening in to our Skype conversation.
  • 7 September 2009 01:25pm: Great big sulphur-crested cockatoo is tapping morse code messages through our window.
  • 7 September 2009 05:57pm: They just don't make rocky overhangs like they used to.
  • Yesterday at 09:10pm: At Una's Doma they flatten a whole chicken and then schnitzelise it.


Aug. 21st, 2009 11:17 am
ljplicease: (pixel4)
  • 7 August 2009 02:03pm: Nice bbq on the office balcony for lunch today. Sausages and onions were on the menu. I could get used to this.
  • 7 August 2009 09:13pm: The Librarians is like schadenfreude theatre. Am I a bad person for enjoying it when bad things happen to Francis?
  • 8 August 2009 10:18am: I'm excited lena liked her blindspot mag :)
  • 11 August 2009 10:00am: Somebody broke the build last night, but it wasn't me :)
  • 11 August 2009 10:23am: Allison says she melts in the rain... somehow not surprised.
  • 11 August 2009 09:22pm: ...and a crocodile playing the accordion
  • 13 August 2009 07:46pm: noisy choppers hovering about our building.
  • 13 August 2009 09:36pm: David keeps complaining about the hand held camera work!
  • 15 August 2009 08:16am: ran out of internets :(
  • 16 August 2009 09:20am: Good mic makes the distance seem shorter :)
  • 16 August 2009 04:46pm: It was gorgeous today; at 21 degrees not resembling winter in the slightest.
  • 18 August 2009 01:24pm: New train schedule starting October = extra 1/2 hour of sleep! yay!
  • 19 August 2009 08:15am: Saw Ave Q for the second time last night and now I'm wondering what my purpose is again.


Aug. 1st, 2009 08:24 pm
ljplicease: (face)
  • 21 July 2009 06:54am: It's a bitterly chilly morning the day after we lost the second test.
  • 22 July 2009 08:16am: Alarm didn't go off and missed my train and all I can say is this is a more civilized way to wake up.
  • 27 July 2009 05:33pm: One of the legs of the label on my right earphone has rubbed off and become a russki R.
  • Today at 07:26pm: Nobody noticed he didn't change his underpants, or is the space station crew just too polite?


Jul. 20th, 2009 02:58 pm
ljplicease: (boat)
  • 11 July 2009 09:42pm: Ricky Ponting's television endorsements are cringe worthy.
  • 14 July 2009 09:50am: I am nostaligic for the dark room
  • 15 July 2009 03:43pm: Today's tip: don't try to change the desktop icon size in Vista with ctrl-wheel over RDP.
  • 15 July 2009 07:58pm: Peter Garrett is a sell out.
  • Yesterday at 09:15am: Downloading Under a Killing Moon for kicks: There's a geiger in the terrarium!
  • Today at 01:09pm: Just officially requested my leave for 2009: Hawaii 18-31 Oct and UT/NJ/NY 18 Dec - 10 Jan. Let me know if you're going to coincide.


Jul. 11th, 2009 07:54 pm
ljplicease: (Summer)
  • 4 July 2009 06:16pm: considered a lamington instead, but having some apple pie to celebrate the 4th.
  • 6 July 2009 12:04pm: Moved into our new office.
  • 8 July 2009 08:09pm: Watching The Ashes. England is batting first. Go Aussies!
  • Today at 07:53pm: Mushroom and avocado tacos for tea and custard tart for sweets.


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