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Jul. 9th, 2009 | 09:19 pm

it's been a while.

did you miss me?

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If you wanna track me ...

Jan. 14th, 2008 | 07:51 pm

Tue 15 Jan11:45Perth17:45SydneyQF580
Tue 15 Jan18:50Sydney23:55AucklandQF0498h 10m
Tue 22 Jan16:25Auckland18:20MelbourneQF1343h 55m
Sat 26 Jan11:05Melbourne12:10BrisbaneQF6142h 05m
Sun 27 Jan13:00Brisbane17:10PerthQF5975h 10m

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sometimes, people don't know stuff you think they do

Aug. 12th, 2007 | 03:48 pm

stormcrow says: needs a border and maybe a gradient
stormcrow says: i'll fix it up later
stormcrow says: i'm still learning to make the gimp do my bidding
vixen says: o_0
stormcrow says: what are you pulling faces for?
vixen says: that last line...

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a simple plan - tech.ed day 1

Aug. 7th, 2007 | 12:20 am
location: conrad jupiters, gold coast
mood: tiredtired
music: laptop squeaks

QF762 0905 PER 1440 MEL
JQ446 1705 MEL 1905 GLC

Sounds simple enough. Nice sensible time to arrive, get to hotel, check in, and go exploring.

Sometime between booking months ago and today, they change the connecting flight. So I'm not surprised by the timings, but disappointed:

QF762 0905 PER 1440 MEL
JQ448 1855 MEL 2055 GLC

OK, so four hours in Melbourne airport is gonna suck. But, y'know, it could be worse. Qantas can't check my luggage through to GLC 'cause Jetstar don't roll like that. That's also OK. Grab bags, queue, recheck. Easy.

You can't check in earlier than two hours before boarding. Damn. And I can't clear security with luggage I need to check. So I go exploring for a bit, and find that I've only really explored the bit of the airport inside the security zone. This kills half an hour. And explains why they call it luggage. Note to self, more time on the gym when I get home.

I spend the next hour and a half working, and then my laptop battery goes flat. At least now I can check the bags in.

Clear security, grab some HJ's. The second two hours goes a lot quicker, especially once I find a cleverly concealed power point in the gate lounge and steal some juice for the aircraft carrier laptop. Power point is out of range from the hotspot in the Qantas lounge, and the tool I needed to keep working needs to be connected. Damn.

Bored. So I hassle Reppy via SMS 'cause noone else is available.

Five minutes before scheduled boarding: "Passengers for Jetstar flight 448. Due to operational requirements [gav: wtf?], the scheduled aircraft is not available. The replacement aircraft is scheduled to depart at 2045."


In the end I get to Coolangatta, get a cab to Jupiters (shared with three locals - so I got to see the suburbs. Taxi multihire is a tremendously good rort for the driver).

Hotel is nice. Internet is also a rort. I thought I could outsmart them ($25/day? Sweet. I'll wait 'til after midnight, it's only half an hour, and save $25. NO. They thought of that. 1 day is midday to midday. Pricing analysts are evil geniuses.)

Cabbie says I am walking distance from everything there is in Broadbeach. There's no actual convention content tomorrow unless you paid extra, so I'll spend it exploring.

Bored of typing now, need to sleep.

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More dodgy quizzes

Nov. 29th, 2006 | 10:17 pm

Dear Santa...

Dear Santa,

This year I've been busy!

Last Tuesday I stole drewiquin's purse (-30 points). In June I punched jiyuuma in the arm (-10 points). In March I helped freyja_baal hide a body (-173 points). Last Monday I set drayke_'s puppy on fire (-66 points). In July I pulled over and changed brainspack's flat tire (15 points).

Overall, I've been naughty (-264 points). For Christmas I deserve a lump of coal!


Write your letter to Santa! Enter your LJ username:

What kind of God are you?
Favourite Color
You earthly time was spent Feeding millions with a few hot dog scraps
Your throne is A great mountain wreathed in silver cloud, attended by angelic beings of light, arced with lightning and bathed in glory
You wear Impenetrable armour, the flesh of emperors and the hair of Lucifer's scalp
Your Godly superpower is Complete dominance and sovereignty over time and space and the infallible right to do with both as you please
This fun quiz by pelagicboreas - Taken 213 Times.
New! Get Free Daily Horoscopes from Kwiz.Biz

I'm not sure what the deal with the hot dog scraps is.

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Alright, not sure about this one ...

Nov. 23rd, 2006 | 11:17 pm

Real post soon. Promise.

What type of person do you attract?
Your Result: You attract artsy people!

Those free spirited artists with great imaginations find you interesting. They are usually interesting themselves, so its not a bad thing, but they CAN be a bit wifty and choose odd goals. If you like life to always be a bit 'different' from the norm, but not too extreme in any one direction, these are the people for you. If you seek logical decision making skills and good money management, you may want to change something in the way you appear. Artsy people are fun for adventure and exploring, so, have fun! (smoking weed helps too)

You attract unstable people!
You attract geeks!
You attract Yuppies!
You attract models!
You attract rednecks!
What type of person do you attract?
Quizzes for MySpace

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Another personality test ...

Sep. 9th, 2006 | 05:01 pm

sailorjedi and freyja_baal both did this one ...

My Personality
Openness To Experience
Test Yourself Compare Yourself View Full Report

Bebo, Ugg Boots and MySpace Layouts by Pulseware Survey Software

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Aug. 22nd, 2006 | 07:00 pm
location: Sydney
mood: nerdynerdy

I'm at Tech.Ed!

OK, so I'm a big gigantic nerd. Tonight is the 'Welcome Party' where they basically let the geeks roam around the exhibition hall. The real event starts runs from tomorrow to Friday, 0830 starts 'til about 1830 daily. They're putting on a couple of night-time events at local clubs too. Run into the guy who used to head the local .NET user group, a couple of the Microsoft presenters who do Perth gigs and the guys from ContentKeeper who have a booth here. I think that's it for my quota of familiar faces, though. I'd guess there's about 5% female attendees (not counting the exhibition and Microsoft staff), and a couple of them are even hot :) I haven't actually seen any really scary nerds yet ...

Scored a freebie laptop bag. Hooray for extra luggage.

Have developed flu symptoms overnight and feeling pretty crap. Hopefully I'll be able to blast 'em with drugs and not be all groggy-headed tomorrow.

Weekend in Hobart with Brock, Alisha and the gang was a nice break, even if Tim took the opportunity to get me very hammered on Friday night (but like they said, it wouldn't be a trip to Hobart without getting badly drunk). Thanks again for having me, guys.

They're just about to start an open competition playing FIFA 2006 against the 'Australian Champion'. Not sure that I want to know how he scored that title.
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Catching up ...

Aug. 13th, 2006 | 03:06 pm

So I've been busy lately. Here's the highlights:

June 7: Went to Hobart for a pre-Nationals Zone competition. Got to meet the two Hobart teams and two Box Hill teams. All great people, and insisted that I come along to the Nationals.

July 4: Resigned my position at WebSpy after 10.5 years, to take a job at Kestral. Starting the new job on September 4, leaving plenty of time to tie up the loose ends at WebSpy.

July 27: Campbelltown NSW for Zone 3 Nationals. Yes, there's a Zone 3 Nationals. No, I'm not really an elite athlete :) Had a fantastic time, but didn't get enough time to socialise properly.

Going to continue to be busy. I'm attending Microsoft Tech.Ed this year, and going to scoot back over to Hobart for the weekend to catch up with the Zone gang.

Life is good. I don't know how much longer I can sustain this travel thing, but I'm enjoying it while it lasts.
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Finally back

Jul. 24th, 2006 | 11:22 pm

So, sailorjedi sends me an email asking me to dig out the details of the Major Arcana of the Tarot for her, 'cause the ATO in their wisdom do not provide internet access for their staff. And, always glad of a distraction, I was happy to oblige. So she also ends up being the muse for my first post in a while.

Courtesy of Wikipedia, then, I pose a question: which Arcane are you? Here's the list:

The Fool; The Magician; The High Priestess; The Empress; The Emperor; The Hierophant; The Lovers; The Chariot; Strength; The Hermit; Wheel of Fortune; Justice; The Hanged Man; Death; Temperance; The Devil; The Tower; The Star; The Moon; The Sun; Judgement and The World.

I guess you should tell me which you think I am, too. Don't all jump for The Fool, now.

Here's what they signify. Hidden for the benefit of those who already know, or don't care.Collapse )

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