Thursday, August 27, 2015

A Good Philosophy

I was having some beers down the pub with a mate last night.
A couple of bills landed on his doorstep at the same time so he's going to have to lay low and not do too much spending for a while.
He knocked back my offer of a loacn with the comment that he didn't want to get himself into a deeper financial hole with money owing.
I thought about it and figured it wasn't a bad idea. He comes up with some good simple ways of looking at things sometimes.
Next time I'm a bit-cash strapped I won't do any financial juggling, I'll just lay low and cut back on beer, buying lunch and stuff I want but don't really need.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Life is short, ruin it.

No news to anyone by now that back in late July the adultery website Ashley Madison was hacked and the names leaked.
Initially I thought, "Serves them right!". After all it's all about having an affair right? What happened to the wedding vows people made to each other? I'm sure when those vows were made the people didn't have their fingers crossed, just in case.
Now for the fallout.
At least two people may have committed suicide following the Ashley Madison hack
The hack has sparked extortion attempts
Canadian lawyers launched a lawsuit seeking some $760 million in damages
Government officals and public servants in the US & UK have been leaked. This doesn't even start on the "normal" people that have had their details leaked.
In my opinion it's fine to "out" men and women cheating on their partners. What I didn't think of was all the collateral damage. Wives, children, male partners are all affected with this hack.
Just goes to show that for all the good, there's always some bad.
I hope that little rant makes sense.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

I passed my medical

After passing my medical with flying colours there was really only one thing to do.
That thing was to go out and celebrate with a big ham & cheese danish and a Farmers Union Iced Coffee.
Cheese, sugar & caffeine - there's three of your major food groups taken care of right there.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

A Simple Sleep Formula

Insomnia + the Meaning of Life = Very very tired.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Another classy comment

I personally believe most sportsmen are overpaid.
Note I said sportsmen. Sportswomen are woefully underpaid and get so much less publicity than their male counterparts. Not entirely true I suppose if you count women's volleyball but that's probably due to what they're made to wear out on the sand.
I hadn't heard of Nick Kyrgios until about a week ago. After losing a set to another player, Stan Wawrinka he approached him at the net and said how another player was having sex with his girlfriend.
"Typical", I thought, "another sporting brat running off at the mouth. Too much fame and money too soon".
It's a pretty average thing to say to another person. If Kyrgios wants to earn respect as well as money he has to realise these type of childish and misogynistic comments.
What surprises me is that no one has really mentioned the girlfriend, Donna Vekic, a 19year old Croatian tennis player at the beginning of her career. How hard would it be for her and her career to be caught up in all this.
Kyrgios has apologised publicly to Wawrinka but not to anyone else.
Sportsmen, politicians - doesn't anyone have any class and honour anymore?

Friday, August 14, 2015

What happened to men?

When did log splitting, camping outdoors and "It's just a flesh wound" disappear?
Why do young men covet their technology instead of their biceps? What you’ll find if you look closely is that although long gone, the old era of manliness has not been totally forgotten. Young men still imitate idols of masculinity but they do it through tattoos and metrosexual style and through motorcycles. As metrosexuality becomes more and more prominent, masculinity fades into a retro fashion trend that motorcycle companies like Triumph are successfully exploiting.
“Man” has been redefined time and time again by his responsibilities dictated by his surroundings. For millennia, men were required to be strong, unemotional, and most importantly, useful. Although different cultures valued different traits to varying degrees, the common traits collaborated to create the archetypal man. When men of this generation look for old role models, they find hardworking breadwinners, war heroes, and upstanding citizens. The things that these men did became standards for masculine behaviour. I've read a bit lately about the ex-president of the USA, Theodore Roosevelt. He's a good example of the old archetype of manliness. He was a rough riding, adventure seeking outdoorsman who also happened to be the president of the United States. He is worshipped for his legendary manliness. Other such idols include the fictional character James Bond. Bond was a different side of manliness. Sean Connery’s Bond was a womanizing, cigarette-smoking alcoholic who could shoot you between the eyes even after a few martinis. He is venerated as a hero of manliness too. However, these guys are from a dead era: the pre-feminist era. The things that used to define archetypal manhood have been altered by progressive feminism. As soon as feminism came into the picture, this particular role model challenged. Anyone who tried to be like Sean Connery or Theodore Roosevelt was called into disrepute by feminists. After feminism had established itself, men no longer had to be breadwinners, war heroes or upstanding citizens. Their wives, girlfriends, and domestic partners could take care of them. Also, men perceived that what women found sexy changed from a log splitting “bloke” to a sensitive lawyer in a slim-fit suit that wouldn’t complain about changing a diaper. And so, men changed, willingly or not, to fit the new niche.
What remain of the archetypal man are his material belongings. Although there might seem to be a masculine revival, in reality, only the superficial qualities remain. The superficial attempt to latch on to pre-feminist masculinity comes out mainly through style and fashion. The modern metrosexual male is the prime example.
Metrosexual man wears Deus Ex Machina t-shirts, hipster beards, rock ‘n’ roll tattoos, and spends hundreds of dollars to look like he doesn’t care what he looks like.
Although not every man wears these things, what I’m getting at is that men have become vain imitators of their really masculine ancestors, like Steve McQueen, Clint Eastwood and Marlon Brando. They are constantly told that the easiest way to imitate their alpha male ancestors is by mimicking their style. The advertising world is telling young men that the best way to be sexy is to invest in the fashion of the retro-manly era. Although they can’t be the chain-smoking, wife beating, alcoholics (fortunately) that many men of that era were, they can certainly look like them and get sexual attention for it.
It is an obsession with the vintage and retro manliness that shows how guys are still trying to mimic “old school” masculinity, but not so much through attitude as through style, because let’s face it: it is a lot easier to buy a vintage leather jacket than to have integrity and strong morals.
A lot of the pre-feminist role models (e.g. Steve McQueen, Clint Eastwood, Marlon Brando, James Bond etc.) had one thing in common. They all rode motorcycles
People still believe that motorcycles are manly, even if fewer and fewer men are riding them. Men who still subscribe to the old archetypes of manliness are often drawn to motorcycles. In a video produced by a company called Wilderness Collective, young men who style themselves after their heroes from the glory days of manhood go on a motorcycle camping trip through Yosemite National Park. They are depicted as bearded, gritty, dirty dudes, smoking cigars (not cigarettes because everyone knows those will kill you) on the mountain. However, these guys are given the same gear to wear and they all use their tech-gadgets to navigate and blog and take pictures. Also, they drink gin and tonics (a gentleman’s drink, but not the stuff of lumberjacks). The men in this video are models of the middle of the transition of the biker image. Google "Wilderness Collective" and make your own mind up. It’s a laugh, but the sad thing is that it would appeal to an awful lot of people nowadays as a valid way of getting away from it all and being manly.
Bikers have changed from Hell’s Angels and their wannabes to weekend hobbyists and commuters. Despite the best intentions of the media, the image of the biker is changing dramatically from the leather-clad, drug dealing knuckle-merchant to clean-cut middle class enthusiast or the retiree with the mid-life crisis.
Some fear that computer technology will take the place of motorcycles as the carnal craving satisfier. Not necessarily so. A different group, the new metrosexual men, have a craving too: a craving for retro, vintage, manly stuff.
If your motorcycle statement is, “Look at me. I’m on my noisy as f##k motorcycle, wearing a t-shirt that show my tatts. I’m badass.” Then you’ve missed the point completely. Same applies to those posers in head to toe leathers and a bike that could give the USS Enterprise a run for its money.
Here’s the secret in a couple of lines: Get a bike, ride it as often as you can and just enjoy yourself. Do it because you enjoy it, not because you want to be seen.
Who gives a f##k what others think. If at the end of the ride, if you’ve got a smile on your face then it’s a job well done.

Monday, August 10, 2015

A little while back we decided that when a close friend/family member passed away we wouldn't remember them on the day they passed away but instead pay our respects on their birthday.
Joe and Graham were both born on August 10th.
Joe was my oldest mate.
We were the different ones in our mob of friends and we always hung out together. We surfed, drank and saw some awesome bands together. Even when Joe moved to Melbourne we still caught up with each other.
Graham was my Ju-jitsu teacher for many years. In addtion to Graham I made some awesome friends from my Ju-jitsu years. Graham got married and I changed styles and started going out with W so we stopped getting drunk together but we still kept in touch.
Both these guys had a big influence on my life.
Happy Birthday boys.
I miss you both.

Monday, August 03, 2015

Bronwyn Bishop has resigned as Speaker of the House.
Not sure if that's the truth. I think people should read between the lines in the same way as they took her apology a few days earlier.
First she resolute refused to apologise for weeks. All of a sudden she did a backflip and apologised. Genuine? Nope. It was damage control and she was ordered to apologise by the PM.
Now she's resigned as Speaker saying that it was because of her "... love and respect for the institution of parliament and the Australian people".
Genuine? No again. The issue wouldn't go away so it was damage control and she was probably told to resign by the PM.
The facts:
She's only resigned as Speaker.
She's still a Member of the Liberal Party and represents the NSW seat of Mackellar.
The Liberal Party will appoint another member of their party to the position.
I'd like to see it taken further but I'm afraid that's the end of the affair as far as BB is concerned. Of course there'll be an inquiry but nothing will come out of it. It'll be dredged up now and then, especially at the next election where she'll still represent Mackellar but nothing will happen again.
Life goes on.
At the very least they should remove the term "Honourable" from the front of politicians names when they are mentioned in parliament and the media.

Saturday, August 01, 2015

Out of touch much?

When the media smells blood they go for it.
Bronwyn Bishop was recently busted for spending over $5000 of taxpayers money on a 75 kilometre helicopter flight from Melbourne to Geelong. Now all her other rorts are surfacing as the media dig deeper and deeper. Two days after her helicopter trip the latest revelation is about her spending over $6000 to hire a corporate aircraft to take her 160 kilometres.
Then the Guardian newspaper published a list of 15 trips that she claimed when hearings were not held.
Now she's apologised and paid the money back (for the chopper flight at least).
But the apology and restitution is only because she was found out.
Too little too late I reckon.
What she did may have been technically legal but exploiting the rules by going to weddings and campaigning using the public funds is in my opinion still unethical and hypocritical to most normal Australians.
Joe Hockey once said, "The age of entitlement is over". Apparently that only applies to us peasants and not the elite.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Break that routine

Routines are the backbones of people's lives nowadays.
The thing is, routines, rules, and expectations aren’t the same for everyone. They can either help or hinder depending on the person. Some people need more than this. We need adventure, freedom and to take life by the horns.
It’s easier to just "go with the flow" and not take risks and stay in our comfort zone. Going through life you need a mental photo album detailing all the crazy shit you did. It would be truly sad to be at the end of your days, look back at your life, and be bored.
It's never too late. Here's some suggestions:
  1. Surround yourself with strong people.
    If you surround yourself with conformists, the only result you’ll ever get is more conformity.
    These are the people who’ll cloud your judgment. These people will keep you from ever breaking free of what you already know.
    The only way to see clearly is to surround yourself with people who know they are capable of more, and to be with those who have a tangible idea of what they want. Surround yourself with confident, positive people.
  2. Renew your passport.
    Using the line, “Well, I don’t have a passport,” or "It's expired", as a reason for staying where you are is far too common.
    Sure, it takes six-to-eight weeks for it to come in the mail, but so what? You don’t have anything planned… yet.
    Now you have a passport, maybe you’ll be inspired to book a flight somewhere.
    Travel adds colour and variety to your life.
  3. Don’t be afraid to walk away from toxic people.
    It never feels good to end a friendship, but if a person is doing nothing but bringing you down and encouraging you to make poor decisions, he or she needs to go.
    You can’t grow if you’re surrounded by bad influences.
  4. If your job sucks - Quit !
    Having said that, don't read this then quit tomorrow. Take some time to save a little cash. Get your bank account to a healthy amount cut yoursel free.
    Sure, you’ll need to find a new job eventually, but could anything really be more worse?
  5. Start bettering yourself.
    Start working out, write down 10-to-15 new ideas every single day and start eating more healthily. Take pride in your body and your life. Go to Uni, it's never too late.
    Make good decisions. Choose yoga over a hard night of partying; choose a gym membership over self-pity.
    Start the process of making yourself better and everything else will fall into place.
  6. Push yourself out of your comfort zone.
    Don’t try to throw yourself into the deep end immediately.
    Take small steps. Push yourself further and further every day.
    Don’t stop challenging yourself; continue pressing onward into unknown territory.
  7. Take time to be alone.
    You need quality time with yourself and your mind to think about what you want. Head off someplace just by yourself to surf or fish or spearfish or whatever.
    Leave the rest of the world back where you came from and take time to listen to your heart and re-format your head.
    You have to turn off the noise from your world, forget about the outside pressures and just listen to your heart.
    Silence is golden.
  8. Stop being afraid of failure and rejection.
    There will be times when you fail. Shit happens, it's part of life and it hurts but the old saying, "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger" is there for a reason.
    I'm not necessarily saying risk your life but sometimes if you take a risk you get an awesome result.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Why not do both?

When the weather gets a bit warmer I'm going to get back into my surfing.
Ws stoked of course and as for me, well I reckon it's less hassle hitting the water rather than the road.
There are however some drawbacks even with surfing.

Saturday, July 25, 2015


We all have our weaknesses.
I have heaps but this time I'm talking about doing something else when I should be doing something more important.
It can be surfing the net for trivia/porn/anything else when you should be doing research for an assignment.
It could be playing with the dog when you should be splitting wood.
I could be watching TV instead of tidying up the house.
What have I been guilty of?
At one time or another, all of the above.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Chopper Bishop

Bronwyn Bishop (Liberal Speaker of the House) hired a helicopter to take her from Melbourne to Geelong at a cost of over $5000 to the taxpayer. This is only 75 kilometers or 1 hours drive people.
Even if it's strictly within the letter of the law (the jury is still out on that one), is she so out of touch that she thinks the average Australian wouldn't think that was a bit too much?
I'm sure there will be her supporters justifying what she did but critcise any politician and a supporter will give an example of a wrongdoing of their opposite number.
Politicians, they're as bad as each other.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Another one bites the dust

Well I passed another subject.
I got a Credit so I'm pretty stoked.
Technically a P1 (Low Pass) would've still been a pass but it's always good to pass with good marks than just barely pass.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Friday, July 10, 2015

Ye Olde Sandman

I always wanted one of these.

Thursday, July 09, 2015

My Brother

I met my brother for coffee at lunch time the other day.
He's going to Walk the Kokoda Track in a couple of weeks.
Same as me, we love our beer but because of his preparing for this trek he's been walking crazy distances and not drinking very much at all nowadays.
He used to have a pretty decent beer gut on him but now he's lost heaps of weight and looks great.
He still doesn't have a six-pack yet but he's certainly scaled down heaps from the carton he used to carry.
I used to worry about his health because of all the weight he was carrying for his age. At least I can rest easy on that front now.

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Talk the talk or walk the walk

Got a couple of people at work talking about what they're going to do this coming fire season.
Part of the way I'm trying to conduct myself nowadays is not to call their bluff when I know they're full of crap.
Some people talk it and some people do it.
Which one are you?

Saturday, July 04, 2015


An average walk with the dog.
Sometimes I don't realise how much we both need to do this sort of thing more often.
We probably both need the physical exercise but it's also good for us mentally. For me it's a good way to reformat my head and for mutley it's good for her to just get out and about for some mental stimulation outside of the house.

Friday, July 03, 2015

The day that was. Week #27

I'm not a morning person.
I hate being 50m from the bus stop when it pulls up. That means I end up sprinting to the bus and if I make it, puffing like I've just completed a marathon. That's exactly what happened this morning. A colleague from work was on the bus so I sat next to him and waited until my pulse dropped below 500 beats per minute before we started chatting.

Training was good yesterday. We went back over some old grappling techniques. I don't know whether I'm a slow learner or my instructor goes too fast but I always like revision. I think it's because it helps me "tweak" my technique in case I've picked up some bad habits.
Next semester my lecture is on a Tuesday, right in the middle of my lunchtime class. I guess that means I'll have to do more night training.

If W cooking a roast tonight is designed to stop me going to the pub after work then her cunning plan has been successful.
I love roasts.

I lodged my application for Study Leave today.
Every time I fill in the official form I have to type out my justification to study and hand that in also. With my Degree being directly related to my work and with only three more subjects to go. you'd expect that the justification would be obvious and the approval automatic.
Now I'm waiting for last semesters results and for approval to be granted.

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Manners, manners.

I've always tried to be a bit different.
It's a bit sad that me being different from everyone else means me offering my bus seat to older people on the bus because everyone else won't.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Zombie Apocalypse

I sincerely hope the Zombie Apocalypse doesn't happen first thing in the morning.
The reason being that I catch the 6.30am bus to work and I wouldn't notice it was full of the Walking Dead until one of them bit me.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

First World Problems

It all started out as an ordinary day.
"OMG, I've run out of Moccona and now I'll have to use the Blend 43 that's always in the tea room. This day sucks!"
Hang on. There's no bushfire. There's no Tsunami. There's no military coup. There's no famine.
Maybe I should just HTFU and get on with the day.

Recycling my first cup of coffee at work this morning I went to wash my hands afterwards and somehow managed to squirt myself in the groin with liquid hand soap.
It's not a good look. Anyhow, off to the dry cleaners and a couple of strange looks until I finally persuaded her it was hand soap.
Off to lunch and when I get back to work I look in the mirror to see big Laksa stains on my shirt.
The day just seems to be getting better and better.
Stains in the groin area versus stains on my shirt? I guess it's better to be thought of as a messy eater than a pervert.

I know telling people, "I told you so" isn't productive. However if you see them making silly decisions over and over again and your prognosis always turns out to be correct, what do you do?
Do you keep on with, "I told you so"?
Do you shout at them, "Why the f##k don't you listen to me? It's not going to work!"?
Or do you simply keep quiet and let them crash & burn time after time?

Tuesday, June 23, 2015


I might make my first three weekdays AFDs.
Bit by bit I'm getting fitter and hopefully I'll get full shoulder mobility back. Might as well see how fit I can actually get.
My long term goal is to still be fire fighting when I'm 60 years old and to suprise some of the younger pups when they realise how old I am.
Everyone needs a goal or two and this is one of mine.

Logging into my Uni$A homepage I noted that I had a 22% percent similarity rating with my final essay. I returned some books to City West Campus and dropped by to speak to the head lecturer to see whether this was an issue. She looked at my assignment and noted that I had quoted and referenced correctly so it was "all good in the 'hood". Now all I need is an excellent grade.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

I've got the bike back

I got a lift down to bike place on the back of a mates bike to pick mine up.
It's a bit strange being pillion for a change but at least I didn't have to keep my situational awareness hyped up looking out to see what motorist is going to try to kill me.
Anyhow, the long and the short of it is I have my bike back.
At last.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

My good deed for the day.

I missed my usual bus so seeing as it was cold and I could do with the exercise I walked down a few stops until the next bus turned up. While I was waiting for the next bus a Chinese lady came up and asked if the bus took EFTPOS. I said no and she explained that she'd just arrived in Adelaide late last night and hadn't had time to hit an ATM. Being the awesome person I am, I gave her the bus money and she was stoked. She insisted on getting my mobile number and buying me a coffee (fair trade I reckon).
Left me feeling warm and fuzzy for the first part of the day.

Later in the day I get a text message from her, "Hi ..., this is Annie lovely to met you this morning, and yousafe my day:) can I have you bank details? I can transfer money to you."
Hmmm. It's probably legit but still a bit strange. I just sent a text message back saying that It was my pleasure and that she should consider it a strings free "Welcome to Adelaide' present.

I tried doing some weights yesterday. I still can't do an overhead press. I'll just have to give it some more time I guess.

Self defence class was fun.
We did groundwork today which involved a fair bit of using my left arm so we'll see tomorrow if it's all good apart from some carpet burn.

Monday, June 15, 2015

In the nick of time

Well I managed to lodge my assignment with 23 minutes to spare. Now all I have to do is wait for my result and hope the plagiarism software they use at Uni isn't too obsessive compulsive and singles me out. I didn't copy "word for word" without referencing (Harvad) but I don't know whether the software will consider what I wrote as paraphrasing and flag it as plagiarism. It's a bit unfair because there's almost nothing new on my assignment subject and so I'm giving my view in line with 99% of the population. I only hope my words are sufficiently different enough that they don't upset the plagiarism software.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Wind Farms

Our PM was doing an interview with NSW "shock jock" Alan Jones yesterday and described wind farms as "visually awful".
I wonder how open cut coal mines and coal burning power stations compare in his book.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Falling Down

It seems that I'm at the age where friends around my age are coming down with all sorts of ailments.
G had a seizure, fell over, cracked some ribs, punctured a lung and grazed his face.
Apart from stacking the bike (which was self inflicted) I guess I'm doing ok. The benefits of being blessed with good genetics I suppose.
Now all I have to do is eat right, drink less and keep up my training and I should live forever. So far so good.

Now to add insult to injury, I opened up my backpack when I got home and realised that I'd left my essay stuff at work. I do appreciate the irony when I ration out my essay workload to 500 words per night and this happens.

Friday, June 05, 2015

Shaving Cuts

I nicked myself shaving today but at least I didn't have to go to work looking like this guy.

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Power Bills

We've got a mega power bill waiting to be paid.
I received an enormous quarterly bill once so I decided to get my bills monthly so they wouldn't come as such a shock.
Guess what? I'm still f##king shocked.
I'm going to have to give my inner OCD free reign and run around the house turning off lights and computers whenever anyone isn't using them. That way at the end of the month I can tell whether it was incorrectly read by the meter-reader or just really bad power use on our part.

Second time back at self defence training and it's fun but I've realised how much I've forgotten and how much I have to learn.
Not being the smartest kid on the block I only get good at things because I keep on doing things over and over, time after time. My training and getting the hang of these techinques is going to have to be a prime example of this.

I bumped into I on my way back from my lunchtime self defence class so we decided to make the most of the Cranker's two hour Happy Hour after work. I also met his girlfriend who seems nice and intelligent, even though she was being extremely paranoid about getting a parking ticket out the front of the Cranker.

Happy Hour

The Cranker's Happy Hour goes from 5pm to 7pm and sells jugs of Pale Ale for $10.
At 7pm we walked out like the responsible adults (?) we were but I noted the table of Uni students next to us.
At 6.59pm they stormed up to the bar and scored multiple jugs of beer.
Nice to see there's still hope for the younger generation.

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

A day in the life of...

The battery in my watch shat itself last night with the result that I looked at my watch three or four times in the middle of the night and saw the same time everytime.
It was wierd.

The knees are a bit sore but no shoulder pain from yesterday's self defence class so it's all good for another session tomorrow.

W's brother killed a couple of chooks yesterday so it's a chicken curry on the menu tonight.

As of today, I'm down to just one sugar in my coffee. This had better be damn good for me because my coffees are tasting like crap. Still I guess it's more about the caffeine boost than the taste. I'll get used to it.... I hope.

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Assignment 2

First day back at self defence was pretty good. Not too much sweat and pain but I guess tomorrow morning will probably tell me more. I'll either get out of bed feeling really good or just feel like a total cripple.
On the way back to work I dropped by City West and saw my lecturer. She told me I got a High Distinction for Assignment 2. What a massive weight off my shoulders. Even if I get "average" marks for the final assignment I've still passed this subject.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Food Glorious Food

I thought I'd better stop scoffing assorted ham and cheese goodies (rolls, donuts, croissants etc).
Today I headed down to the shop and scored enough bananas to last me until the end of the week.
If I eat two per day when I start feeling peckish then hopefully I'll eventually end up healthier.
Of course if the first banana doesn't do anything for me, then I'm rolling the second banana in grated cheese and popping it in the oven.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Damn shoulder

I think I might have set my shoulder healing process back a few weeks. I don't know if it was walking around the Million Paws Walk on Sunday with the dog on the leash all day or whether I've just slept on it the wrong way but it hurts like it did a few weeks ago.

Met my ex manager for lunch today. I miss the rapport we had when we worked together but now that he's retired it's only natural that we don't catch up much now. Good to see him today though.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Another sleepless night

My old sparring partner, Insomnia has returned from long service leave and is probably going to spend the week until I lodge this assignment.
Some things never change. My putting off the majority of my assignment until the last week and Insomnia picking up on the fact and keeping me company.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

An update

Just been paid.
I've picked my bike up.
The shoulder is getting better.
I've got a fridge full of homebrew.
Nice weather forecast on the weekend.
Do a "Brekky Run" through the hills on the weekend.
I might even hit the movies and see Fury Road in 3D.
All told, I'm in a pretty good place at the moment and, "It's a wonderful thing we're doing".

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Politics - no choices

Can't remember where I read it so I'll paraphrase. Aussies are fed up with Abbott. They see him as a clown and they're they are waiting for Malcolm Turnbull to take over. Few people even on the Labor side of things see Bill Shorten doing anything significant to address the major issues either. Until the Liberal Party can find the courage to replace Abbott, the country is adrift with the very real prospect of them handing power to Shorten, who hasn't a clue what to do with it. Abbott has managed, in a short space of time, to alienate many who otherwise might have been expected to vote for the Coalition.
There's another quote saying, "We live in interesting times."
Now isn't as much interesting as depressingly boring and bland.
I've never liked boring and bland.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Healthy eating

Time to put up or shut up as they say. I headed to the shops this morning and bought some apples and bananas. Hopefully pigging out on these will help me avoid buying shit/junk food when I get the afternoon munchies.
And as an added bonus my arm is feeling a lot better.

Monday, April 27, 2015

I slept wrong

I don't know if I overdid it at the pub last night or whether I slept on my bad arm overnight. Either way my shoulder is really sore.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015


Bah humbug to all this apocalyptic prepping. With a fridge full of homebrew I know I'm ready.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Dog Selfies

What's the world coming to when even your dog is taking selfies of herself?

Friday, April 17, 2015

The Busted Wing - Part 2

Actually there's probably a few notable things have happened in the meantime but this post counts as the beginning of the end (in a good way) regarding my busted shoulder.
I had another x-ray and the doctor said I could lose the sling as long as I didn't do anything strenuous for six weeks. I'm pretty stoked.

Monday, April 06, 2015

Hipsters #2

The prices people pay for a fashion tool or accessory never cease to make me smile.

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Hipsters #1

This is dedicated to all the hipsters out there.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

An apt movie quote

It's a bit strange to seriously quote something from a movie but I found this from JK Rowling who wrote Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
"If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals."
Not bad, not bad at all.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

RIP Joe Murray - 18th March 2015

It was Joe's funeral on Tuesday. He was my oldest friend.
We became friends when we were in our late teens. We were part of this big crowd that used to surf and hang out together and go to parties most weekends. Joe and I have always been a bit different. That was a good thing however because instead of always being one of the flock, Joe and I would just get together and do our own thing. This usually meant lots of surfing, and going to see bands. Back then Adelaide had a vibrant, progressive music scene. Joe introduced me to punk rock and to his credit never put shit on me when we were heading down the coast in my panel van listening to Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Eagles or the Doobie Brothers. Whenever I had my back turned Joe would put in a Sex Pistols tape or The Stranglers or The Ramones or a local band that he'd managed to get a recording of. His musical tastes didn't stop there though. We'd listen to "trippy" music like Pink Floyd or Gong or Budgie or Hawkwind. Joe was responsible for my wide range and acceptance of all types of music although back then he'd joke there was only two types of music he didn't like, country music and western music. Joe and my sister both gave me an appreciation of what an abundance of musical talent Australia had.
We shared a house in Prospect for a while with another bloke. Joe and Max were both into punk music in a big way and had some of the same records. After a night out on the town once they’d come home and play the same record on their separate stereos to try to get surround sound. They never quite got it but it still makes me smile when I think about it.
Joe had a great wit. If he'd say something that I didn't understand I'd just think to myself that it was probably a joke and that eventually I'd get it. That was usually the case. I'm not sure how many times I'd smile and nod my head to indicate I got the joke, the quote or the pun. Then I’d laugh out loud a minute or two later when I actually did "get it". Again to his credit, Joe never teased me about it.
Joe met his future wife Dee, over in Adelaide then shortly after he moved to Melbourne to work for the ABC over there.
Dee moved over there to be with him shortly after that.
My life suddenly became a lot more mainstream and boring after that.
When I'd head to Melbourne to visit my sister and her husband I’d always catch up with Joe for some beers and music or maybe a splatter video which we’d watch on his Beta recorder.
When Joe, James and Dee came to Adelaide we’d almost always catch up, either at my Mum’s place or later at my place in the hills. My mum loved Joe, James and Deidre and I think she thought of James as the surrogate grandson that neither Alana or I gave her. I know that after Joe's mum died, he thought of Mum in that way.
Joe hit the piss a fair bit over in Melbourne and this was a contributing factor to his death. None the less he died way too soon and I'd always figured I'd be the one to "shuffle off this mortal coil" first.
It didn't work out that way and whenever I think of Joe and those good times we shared, it’ll always make me smile.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Overheard at Uni...

"Fifty shades of grey is only romantic because the guy is a billionare,if the guy was living in a caravan it'd be a Criminal Minds episode."

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Day by day

My mate's getting better day by day.
He's out of intensive care and a bit confused still but it's a start.
The swelling around his brain has gone down and now they're waiting to see how good his kidneys and liver are.
I'm so relieved. I was internally preparing myself for his death and heading over to Melbourne for the funeral.
As I think I said earlier, I'm completely over people I care about dying on me.
Just waiting for an update from his brother.

Friday, March 13, 2015

The Busted Wing

This is what a fractured Acromion looks like.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

A lifestyle choice

I knew it wouldn't take long before our PM came out with some random, off the cuff comment that's got his PR people cringing.
The Federal Government have decided to hand over complete financial responsibility for WA's remote Indigenous communities to the state government. Not surprisingly, the WA Government has decided to close between 100 - 150 of these remote communities.
Here's the good part. Tony Abbott supported the WA Government's decision by saying, "What we can't do is endlessly subsidise lifestyle choices if those lifestyle choices are not conducive to the kind of full participation in Australian society that everyone should have."
I didn't realise living on the land you were spiritually and culturally connected to was a lifestyle choice.
Once again, good one Tony.

Sunday, March 08, 2015

My oldest mate is in intensive care tonight.
I got the news from his little brother and just sat in the back yard for a while thinking (or not thinking, I can't remember).
As teenagers we hung out together because we were different while everyone else was trying to blend in.
We hung out with a crowd of surfers and when others grew out of it we kept on surfing.
He introduced me to punk rock which for the most part I hated but it was good to see new bands all the time. At least he put up with my Lynnrd Skynnrd and Eagles tapes whenever we headed down the coast for a surf.
He hit the bottle a fair bit but due to health reasons he gave it up a couple of years ago. Problem solved I thought. He's going to live forever.
Not so apparently. His kidneys and liver are having problems and he's got some swelling on the brain. The doctors say the prognosis isn't good.
My mate wasn't perfect but none of us are. If he dies it's just another part of my past that the door closes on.
I guess it's just part of the legacy of getting old. The older you get the more people you know die.

Saturday, March 07, 2015


This is the kind of stuff I get up to when I'm dosed up to the eyeballs with painkillers & antibiotics and I'm forbidden to leave the house.
If only I could use my brain for good instead of evil.

Friday, March 06, 2015

Family Get-togethers

Dinner at the local pub with all the siblings last night.
A great time was had by all.
Tell you what though. When my three nephews get older they're going to be a force to be reckoned with.
I can imagine the movie The Hangover being nothing compared to the buck's night these boys will have.
Be afraid, be very afraid...

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Eight days later

The wing is getting better but I'm now at that stage where most of the pain is gone but the shoulder still hasn't healed completely. According to the doctor this is the danger period. It's because without the pain as a reminder of my current injury I might start trying to do things that I could previously get away with.
The bruises are getting bigger and darker too.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

I've had heaps of people contact me via FB and in person since I stacked the bike.
It's a good feeling to know so many people care.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Busted shoulder

Medical = Distal fracture of the acromion.
English = F**ked shoulder.
Just as well I was wearing an armoured jacket otherwise my shoulder would've been paste.
It's all good though. The shoulder needs a bit of time and the bike needs a bit of work.
A special thanks has to go to the Canadian doctor, Simon for the awesome painkillers although I forgot to ask him about the orange baby dragons flying around the Emergency Department.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

It's been a while between posts but no dramas.
I've already looked back at some of my ancient posts and gotten a bit of a kick out of them. At least they don't show be to be all that strange (being a little strange is a good thing however).
A mate has a blog all about being a better person. That's pretty much what I've been trying to do with both my relationships and lifestyle.
Getting back into my martial arts has been good for both me and J. It's a bonding type exercise that we share. Good personally for a number of reasons. It gets me out of the house. It's getting me fit. I enjoy training with people bigger and stronger than me because it drags up my training. The predator/prey dynamic means that if ever I get into a confrontation the chances are it'll be with some big bastard. The follow on from that is, if I can't get away and it gets physical, I'm going to have to be faster and nastier than what he's expecting.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Thursday's training

Training went well today.
Some techniques just flow really well but others are complete shit (my fault). I'm looking forward to getting a DVD I ordered online arriving soon. I'll be able to replay all the simple things over and over again until my foundation is excellent.
I trained with a bouncer tonight. Nice fellow but like most bouncers he's really solid and stiff. I guess being slow and stiff doesn't really matter if they can get you in a bearhug, choke hold or land a lucky solid punch.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

No points here for guessing I'm a dog lover.

Sunday, February 08, 2015

So far so good.

Well it's only been two days but I've done my weight routine twice, done a shitload of stuff around the house and I've spent more time with the dog.
Now all I have to do next week is not go to the pub, go to bed early and start training more often and frequently (injuries permitting).
We'll see.

Friday, February 06, 2015

Lifestyle changes

I've been trying to simplify my life lately by setting myself some simple ground rules and routines.
Early to bed and early to rise, 7 days a week so I can get a regular sleep pattern established.
No beer Monday to Thursday.
Martial arts at least twice a week.
Do a weight routine on the days I'm not doing my martial arts.
Help the W out around the house a bit more.
Walk and play with the dog more.
Stop buying shit I don't really need.

Monday, February 02, 2015

Paid Parental Leave & other gems

In an effort to shore up his popularity and security as PM, he's axed the Paid Parental Leave scheme (PPL).
He has the gall to say, "...I have listened to the feedback from my colleagues and from mums and dads around Australia – and they have said that, with our current budget constraints, the better focus now is on childcare if we want higher participation and a stronger economy".
Yeah I'm sure the mums and dads around Australia said no to the PPL.
Q: So who loses?
A: The man (or in this case woman) in the street.
Q: Who wins?
A: Big business wins because that's where the levy to fund the PPL was going to come from.
Sounds familiar doesn't it? Big business wins, battler loses.

A mate at work quizzed me about TA's appointment of Prince Phillip as a Knight of Australia. At the time I just said that it was such a strange decision that I was lost for words.
So many other people are saying it a whole lot better than I ever could (generally using fewer words too).

I really enjoyed my first night back at my self defence classes apart from getting elbowed in the side of the head. It reminds me of the cartoons where someone gets hit on the head and a big lump rises up.
For a few days I'm gonna be a real "egg-head".

Sunday, February 01, 2015

58 years young

The parties I go to nowadays are getting older and older but I'm enjoying and getting more from them than I did from the ones I went to ages ago.
G had his birthay party today.
I had a really enjoyable time (but not in a drunken, fighting, strippers way).
I had some good talks with some people I've known for ages and now consider good friends.
I told me some interesting things that meshed quite well with what I've been mulling over regarding the nature of friendship.
We all had a chat with G at the end of the party and underneath all the retired cop surface lies a remarkably nice man who's been an awesome friend to Dad and all of us.
Dad's death hit us all badly including G & I and I've only just come to appreciate that.

Saturday, January 31, 2015


I tended to overestimate my friends sometimes. It's only natural to want lots of friends but what you really end up with is a lot of acquaintances.
A bloke at work was saying how another work colleague wanted a favour from him. The first bloke refused and the colleague was a bit disappointed with his refusal and said something along the lines of "...but come on mate, we're friends." The reply was, "No we're not friends, we work together. We don't have beers after work or catch up on weekends. That makes us work colleagues, not friends".
I think he's onto something.
Some allowances need to be made for geographically distant friends but from now on, those people that I want to consider friends are going to get invites to catch up after work or grab a couple of beers on the weekend. If we catch up then excellent and the friendship develops. If not, no worries, I just overestimated our friendship.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Wolf Creek - it's good to be home

Damn taxi drivers never take me all the way home. As soon as I get out to open the gate they get a bit jittery and say they can't take me any further. They probably think I'm going to "Wolf Creek" them. Still, the walk from the gate was nice.

Monday, January 26, 2015

The Wheaty

A good way to finish off a long weekend.
A few beers at the Wheatsheaf.
Pity there wasn't a band on.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Saturday week # 4

Vet fees are astronomical nowadays. If you like medical stuff but keep on killing patients then change over to being a vet. You don't get the same level of scrutiny when you lose a patient and you can charge heaps and get paid immediately.

More Dad related stuff in the Inbox. FFS I'm tired of all this. I'm working on my Will this weekend. There's no way I'm putting my loved ones through what we're doing for the last month.

Me and mutley went for a huge walk through the park. I'm not sure who got the most benefit out of the walk, her or me.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Wednesday's quiz night at The Austral.

Friday, January 16, 2015

A sense of adventure

"Keeping a sense of adventure as an adult is a necessary component of growing up well. Adventures, whether big or small, lend our lives a sense of interest, challenge, and excitement, and ensure our personal growth doesn’t grind to a halt."

Winston Churchill

What Is Adventure?
Part of my definition of adventure is the possibility of failure and/or hurting myself. It's the risk. It's also about not being sure whether things will go according to plan. It's not real an adventure if you know exactly how things are going to pan out. Last but not least, an adventure has to be challenging. If you don't "dig deep" and feel slightly scared then it's not much of an adventure. Is it?
We lose a lot of our sense of adventure when we grow up. Children are adventurous. They do crazy stuff and enjoy themselves doing it. I never want to stop doing that. If I mess up, I try to learn from it and not make the same mistake again. However I never want to lose my senst of adventure.
Besides, nowadays I'm too old to act my age.

We had a de-brief about the Sampson Flat bushfire and the word "excellent" was used.
Good feedback is always appreciated.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

I tried this one the other day. At least I got some laughs.

Ouch, my back

I hurt my back the other day lifting a barbell. I just forgot years of correct lifting techinques and zigged when I should've zagged. Now it's nil back exercises for a while.
Shame really because next month I'll be getting back into my martial arts.
I went out to Dad's place the other day to do some more tidying up. It's still a bit weird to walk into his house without seeing him or Kelly-dog. I had a sit down, a beer and a bit of a chat with him. It's not as weird as it sounds (I hope).

Sunday, January 11, 2015

A 25th partay

S's 25th Birthday party at the Coopers Alehouse (nee Earl of Aberdeen) pub in town was pretty good.
The schnitzel was huge so I was pretty stoked (and stuffed) by the time I managed to wade through my 600g porterhouse schnitty.
W's family has become my surrogate family even though I sometimes need a little "quiet time" in the middle of one of their get-togethers.

I found out later that some work friends were boozing it up at the Cranker 500m away at the same time we were at the Alehouse.
Probably just as well I didn't find out this until after I got home. After all, a Sunday night booze-up at the Cranker - how badly wrong could it go (rhetorical much)?

A mate (I) usually finishes his Sunday bike rides at the Cranker and this was the second time I had to excuse myself from catching up with him. Both times my excuses were valid (1: Sampson Flat bushfire & 2: a family birthday) but it looks like next Sunday I'm gonna have to catch up with him. At least he wears normal shorts and doesn't cram himself into lycra. I don't reckon I could have a beer with someone in lycra. Speaking of which, I think KESAB should do something about people over 30 wearing lycra.

Saturday, January 10, 2015


I bottled my homebrew today.
Needless to say, after a bit of a taste test when I got home I had to have a LLD (another one of Dad's acronyms for a Little Lie Down).

Nice to see it pissing down in the middle of summer. Normally this would give me the shits but seeing as it's raining on a major bushfire up at One Tree Hill then it's all good.

Monday, January 05, 2015

I don't like Mondays

Here's some of my favourites from my phone and camera over the last two months.

I've known M from my first subject at Uni.
Her and D (and a couple of others) were sometimes the only things that kept me at the stupid place.
We caught up here at a conference in Adelaide and of course ended up at the Cranker for a beer or two.

A still works with us but D took a package.
Here they are, drinking and swapping beard tips.

I never thought people in my family would turn into phone nerds but stranger things have happened I suppose.

My sister and her new boyfriend halfway through a bushwalk after a BBQ.
They love each other and that's what counts.
The last two boyfriends weren't good enough for her but I reckon this one fits the bill.
Hell, he didn't even freak out when I gave him the questionaire to fill in before dating her.

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Sampson Flat

The Tea Tree Gully Boarding Kennel got burnt down Saturday morning.
About 30 dogs died in the fire. The only good news was that CFS managed to save another 45.
Next to seeing a nice old lady break down into tears in front of me, the thought of all those dogs burning to death really gets to me.
Here's a couple of photos I copied from Adelaide Now.

CFS volunteer Lukas Lane-Geldmacher, 20, saves a dog from the Tea Tree Gully Boarding Kennel and Cattery. Picture: Dylan Coker.

Tea Tree Gully CFS volunteer Olivia Kricskovics gives the dogs a drink after they were rescued from the kennels. Picture: Dylan Coker.

Paracombe and Tea Tree Gully CFS volunteers rescue dogs from the Tea Tree Gully Boarding Kennel and Cattery. Picture: Dylan Coker.

Friday, January 02, 2015

Catastrophic huh?

Catastrophic, Extreme and Severe conditions throughout the state today - Welcome to 2015.
One of the things about being a firefighter for over ten years is that you start to pick up a fair bit of knowledge and other people realise that.
I don't mind that I can now direct ridiculously fit, young firefighters to do tasks and they do do it willingly without even breaking a sweat.
Me risking my own life is one thing. I'm OK with that. It's being responsible for these kids that I have to take super seriously.
Even when I'm making fire maps instead of squirting water I'm still responsible. My maps have to be perfect for the brothers and sisters on the fireground so they have the best, and easiest to understand information at their fingertips.
Just to make sure there's no added pressure I usually know most of the fire crew out there too.
Still, I'm pretty good at what I do so if I can't help out my friends, who can?
When I retire, I'll certainly miss it all but at least I'll be able to enjoy summer like most other normal people.

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Happy New Year

The first of January 2015.
I wonder what this year holds in store for me.
I'll be at Uni again this year. Still doing stupid subjects that are nothing more than expensive padding that I'm obliged to do to get my degree.
Our government will still continue to shit on the less fortunate. Empathy isn't our PM's strong point. Maybe that's not entirely true. He seems to be looking after the fat cats and multinationals well enough.
I'll probably tone down my drinking a bit. Christmas/New Year is always a bit excessive so even by comparison with the silly season it'll probably start to look good again.
I'm trying to be "glass half full" but we'll probably have a bastard of a fire season again.
I'm going to give the gym the flick and get back into my martial arts. Joseph started doing an introductory Krav Maga course at my old school so I reckon I'll give it a bash too. If I'm going to get fitter I might as well do it with a purpose.
The only other thing is I have to try to be nicer to people and not get caught up in all the bullshit at work and elsewhere.

Now time to get ready for another BBQ (with less beers this time).

I love this photo.

Monday, December 29, 2014

December sucks

This last month leaves a lot to be desired.
Dad passed away and a mate's mum passed away.
Then for the mouldy icing on the cake - a drinking buddy and good mate from ju-jitsu rang me to say his Dad has a brain tumour.
2015 has got to be a whole lot better.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Boxing Day Food

Still too much food to get through.
Ah these First World Problems that we're faced with.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Food Coma

Postprandial somnolence (Food Coma):
Postprandial somnolence has two components: a general state of low energy related to activation of the parasympathetic nervous system in response to mass in the gastrointestinal tract, and a specific state of sleepiness caused by hormonal and neurochemical changes related to the rate at which glucose enters the bloodstream and its downstream effects on amino acid transport in the central nervous system.
The activation of Postprandial somnolance is usually preceded by the affected saying something deep like, "Fuck I'm full!".

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

I like Christmas. Even if this one has been preceded by a few bereavements.
For a little while however, people go out of their way to be nice to each other.
Then in the New Year, it's back to "Business as usual".

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Martin Place Siege

Well the siege in Martin Place, Sydney is over with the hostage taker and two hostages dead. It's starting to turn out as I suspected, that the hostage taker was a lone nut-job with an axe to grind.
Because of his appearance, the type of flag he held up, and the inaccurate reporting of some media outlets, I sincerely hope this doesn't have a negative effect on Muslim Australians.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

More Dad news

Dad's house is slowly being cleaned out as the more stuff is done by family the less the cost to have it done professionally and hopefully we'll find a Will or something.
Everything to do with the funeral and afterwards have been sorted. Thank ??? for friends and family all pulling together and doing their part.
I've finalised my Eulogy so now all I have to do is memorise it so I can say it without thinking. There's nothing worse than someone losing the plot in the middle of a service.
The days since Dad's death are becoming less and less painful as each day passes. I suppose that's pretty standard for these things.
One thing is for sure. I'm definitely making a will so no one I care about will have to go through this when I snuff it.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Another Credit

Not a bad day at all really.

I logged on to the My Uni$A home page and found out I got a Credit.
I'm pretty stoked considering that in all honesty, there was always room for improvement in the things that I handed in.
If I'd just listened to the voices in my head telling me to "add this" or "elaborate more" It might've made the difference between a Credit and a Distinction. A Credit is fairly easy to get but a Distinction shows you've put in a bit more effort than the average student.
I'll use this as part of my learning curve and put in a bit more time and effort next year.

I took the bike out for a spin and despite all the cyclists on the road, had a pretty good time. $8.50 to fill the tank - you gotta be happy with that.

I started another batch of homebrew. A Pale Ale with 12g of Cascade dry-hopped at the end of the process. That won't be ready until the beginning of January but that's fine. I'll probably be on stand-by for the Xmas/New Year period which means sobriety for this little black duck.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Dad - RIP

Dad and his grandkids.

Dad doing what he loved the most.

He was a pretty handsome old fella in his day.

What can you say when a family member passes away? Probably not much.
It was awesome to see so many people at Dad's funeral. The stories, the emails, the kind things said about him. They all helped those of us left behind. Dad would've been stoked.
What to do now? I guess every day gets less shittier than the preceding one. Life goes on I guess.
Now all of a sudden I'm the oldest one in our clan.
Still, I have plans to live forever and so far things are going according to plan.

Monday, December 08, 2014

Tiliqua scincoides

The Common or Eastern Blue-tongued Lizard.

I wondered what the dog was so interested in when we were going for a walk.
One of these days she's going to get bitten. I just hope it's not by anything venomous.

"The eastern blue-tongued lizard is a subspecies of large skink which is common throughout eastern Australia, often found in bushland and suburban areas where conditions are suitable."

Friday, December 05, 2014

Common sense = 1, Libs = Nil

So the senate torpedoed the Chris Pyne's university deregulation bill.
As Montomery Burns would say. "Excellent!"
The way I see it is the government wants to cut its contributions to the universities and let them make up the difference by charging higher fees.
There that was easy to spell out wasn't it?
I bet the bill when it was proposed in the senate ran to many, many pages.
Why doesn't the "Mincing Poodle" tell it like it is instead of waffling on with a lot of big words and untruths?
I guess the answer to that question is, because he's a politician, that's why.

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Dad - RIP

I'm now officially the oldest one in our family.
Dad died yesterday. I'm not a wreck but I'm still winging it as far as sorting all the shit out that's associated with a death in the family.
Each day is getting a bit better and easier to get through though.
The next hardest part is going to be delivering the eulogy.

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Breathtaking Hypocricy

The title says it all.
Chris Pyne:
  • Education Minister.
  • Member of the same Liberal Party that promised before the election not to cut the ABC.
  • After the election, Pyne and the Liberal Coalition vote to cut $250 million from the ABC.
  • The ABC's Adelaide TV studios will close, as well as SA's 7.30 Edition program and thirty seven staff.
  • Pyne has now started a petition against the decision he voted for.
The man is an idiot.

Monday, December 01, 2014

The Budget

Deloitte Access Economics (one of Australia's major economics advisory practices) advised that the federal budget will blow out by as much as $34.7 billion for 2014/2015 which is $4.9 billion more than the Treasurer's prediction.
Now wait for the blame game to get really nasty.
Mind you, the only thing they care about is political longevity, forget how the "man in the street" is faring.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Things to do on a weekend

This weekend is bought to you by the letter B:
    Bushwalk with the dog
    Bike ride through the hills

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Quietly confident

I did my last exam.
The problem with a multiple choice exam however is:
It's similar to looking at a food menu. You look at a meal and think, "Yep I like that".
Then you look at the next meal and think oh, "I like that too".
Then you look at the next meal and think, "Oh crap, I like that one too".
Before you know it, you've got three/four answers that are all like the correct one. I got around that by circling the first answer that appealed to me. I could've finished in an hour but I kept on going over and over my paper just to make sure.
The short story is that I feel good about my exam and now the waiting begins.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014


Freya Newman was a university student working casually at the Whitehouse Institute of Design.
Yesterday she was today given a two year good behaviour bond for what I consider whistleblowing.
The background for this rant can be found here.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Third time lucky

I approve of my sister's new boyfriend.
The last one was too opinionated and didn't give a shit about anyone elses feelings and the one before that was too grumpy.
One less thing to worry about in this sometimes messed up world.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Assignment marks

Well I got my assignment back.
74% which isn't too bad considering I know a lot of sections where I could've done better.
My referencing was shit for one thing but at least there weren't any plagiarism issues.
Now all I have to do is get my shit together and cram for the exam in a weeks time.
The rest of my week outside of work is going to be a complete nerd-fest.
Apart from Sundays BBQ of course.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Triglossus haematodus

A Rainbow Lorikeet

I was on a surf trip with some French guys and they were stoked to see these birds. They reckoned you could get heaps of money for them in France. Needless to say I discouraged the idea.

"The rainbow lorikeet is a species of Australasian parrot found in Australia, eastern Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu."

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Some things don't change

I went out for after work drinks with some work colleagues on Friday.
Not being the raging piss-head that I used to be in years gone past I was relatively sober for most of the night and I saw some appalling behaviour.
Unsurprisingly it was all from young pissed guys.
Some of it was "posturing" up against another pissed guy (posturing is the lead up to a fight).
I've seen a fair bit of that in my pub life but now I'm on the outside looking in. Nowadays as I've grown up I can see how easily it can end in tears (or worse). I was lucky to have done martial arts for a good few years and got to the stage when we thought nothing about walking away from a drunken wanker spoiling for a fight. We all realised how we could take care of this situation using our martial arts but we were also aware that sometimes it takes more to walk away from a fight you know you can win rather than bash someone.
The other disturbing observation that night was how rude and disrespectful drunk guys are to women still.
I think I'm more aware of this thanks to all the women in my life that have proved such positive role models. Plus I keep on thinking how I wouldn't want my girlfriend or sisters treated that way.
I think that the trick to getting on well with women could be to smile, be honest and respectful and not expect any "payment" for your time spent with them. What you do (honesty, respect etc) should be something everyone deserves and gets automatically.
I might come back to this in a few days to see if it still makes sense.
In some ways it's a strange new world out there in the 21st Century social scene. In other ways, "same shit, different day".

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Assignment Results

I've been checking the Uni$A homepage for my assignment results.
They should've been out now.
Typical really, I waited ages for email replies so why should my results be any different.
Still a bit annoying though.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Cacatua galerita

A Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

This guy adopted the front yard as part of his new 'hood.

"The sulphur-crested cockatoo is a relatively large white cockatoo found in wooded habitats in Australia and New Guinea and some of the islands of Indonesia. They can be locally very numerous, leading to them sometimes being considered pests."

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Just doing his job

Taking a ride through the hills when a cop on a huge BMW motorcycle pulls me over for a random licence check.
After a bit of a friendly chat about our bikes, I'm about to head off and he says, "Catch you later".
I smiled and replied, "Maybe".

Back from the ride with a completely re-formatted head, feeling good and totally looking forward to getting a visit from my sister.

Saturday, November 08, 2014

More insomnia - Week # 45

My old friend Insomnia decided to spend the night which explains the 4am post.
No big deal really though. It's Saturday so I can drink coffee (nothing new there) and do everything at half speed.
Plus, I'm not at work - Excellent!

Friday, November 07, 2014

Mine all mine.

I paid my bike loan off today so I'm pretty stoked.
Now I won't be paying stupid amounts on interest anymore.
Time to start doing some of the mods I've been dreaming about.

Wednesday, November 05, 2014


Couldn't sleep last night and I've been thinking about Mum a lot lately.
The insomnia might've been due to some beers after work then a couple more at home which messed up my sleep pattern a bit.
The whole thinking about Mum thing could be due to our new the family dynamic. Now that J has come to live with us we're a bit more of a family here now and I think that's made me more aware of my own immediate family. I love my Mum and I love my sister heaps.
Anyhow, that's my layman's theory about it all.
Psycho-analysis? Who needs it?

Monday, November 03, 2014

Lampropholis guichenoti

A Pale-flecked Garden Sunskink

I used this photo in my assignment.
I didn't have too many spiders in my Survey so I was pretty stoked to see this one.
All of a sudden, Mr Skink races out and chomps it down.
It was a cool photo but a real downer for the spider.

"The pale-flecked garden sunskink or common garden skink is a small common skink often seen in suburban gardens in Melbourne, Perth, Sydney and Brisbane in Australia, but are common across most of Southern Australia and some of New South Wales."

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Diary of a Sunday

I'm going to document this Sunday so I can look back on it and compare it to how I spend my time in the future.

It's always a good day when the sun is out and I'm not feeling like crap from the night before.

Yesterdays wedding and reception was really good. The vows were nice, the food was good and the people at our table were really friendly. It's great when a friend you thought would always be single meets and marries his soulmate.

Too much time first thing in the morning surfing the 'net (nothing new there).

Did the "walk Mutley" thing through the park.
I guess it's only a matter of time before I'm happily chatting away to Mutley while we're walking and I'll realise there's a bushwalker behind me looking at me like I'm a bit wierd.
I'm pretty sure I'm not normal but that's OK. My idea of normal, from what I've seen in others is pretty selfish and disrespectful.
Wierd is OK as long as there's a healthy dollop of selflessness and respect for others in the mix somewhere.

The bike ride through the hills was fun apart from the shortcut I took (out of curiosity) that put me onto a long dirt road. On a big road bike, that part was especially exciting.
The other exciting part of the ride was being hit in the arm by a small bird of some sort. I didn't see the thing until a nano-second befor impact. It probably would've hurt if I wasn't wearing a jacket.
Dunno how Tweetie-Pie fared out of the whole thing though.

Back home, J and I decided to walk to the pub for a bit of fitness. The walk was good (bush tracks) but the beers and meeting W there were better. Made pretty good progress on the walk back home but I was tired once we got there.

All told, a nice, fun, tiring, well balanced day.

I just hope I'm not too knackered for the gym tomorrow 'cause I've worked out a new routine that I want to try out.

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Saturday - Week # 44

It's been a pretty good week.
I've had a two nights of after work drinks and only had a couple. I guess I'm so used to my own homebrew that I don't handle commercial beer very well anymore.
I watched episodes 1 & 2 of Season 5 of The Walking Dead this morning before anyone got up.
Just quality time with me, Mutley and The Walking Dead.
Do some domestic stuff around the house then off to a mate's wedding (and reception).
Wonder how I'll feel tomorrow morning.
Stay tuned...

Monday, October 27, 2014

All over Red Rover

It's a big weight off my shoulders when I handed in my assignment today.
I could've done a lot better but I guess as long as I learn from it (and do a better job next time) it's all good.
Now all I have to do is cram for the exam.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Sunday - Week # 43

I reckon I'll get my assignment finished today.

Things To Do Today:
  • Head to a nearby National Park to take a photo of the weed, African Daisy (Senecio pterophorus) to insert into my assignment.
  • Copy all my raw data sheets onto new "raw" data sheets. This'll help me find out whether I've got all my stuff together for the assignment.
  • Check out Joe's raw data sheets and his calculations.
  • Find out whether I have to number my Appendices pages or not.
  • Check it all.
  • Check it all again.
  • Re-check it all again.

I really, really need to take the bike for a spin through the hills as well.