Archive for November, 2009
I’m pretty sure Tourism Australia is going to call me soon because i’m getting more visitors than all the ‘Big’ things around Australia. Except maybe the Big package in Tasmania, man that thing is a work of art.
November 2009 is my bieggst month ever in terms of visitors to this blog. Yet it’s still the same 4 people who leave comments.
Who the bloody hell are you?
(notice the subtle tourism slogan reference, gee i’m good)
Those sensitive new age guys over at the chronicles of like to put up fancy recepies from time to time. Showing how they are all such amazing husbands and all.
Well I thought it was time to show them up.
So here is step by step guide of how all of you can enjoy Howie’s famous choc caramel muffins.
Pour brown powder into a green bowl.
Dig a hole in the brown stuff
Pour water into hole to make mud.
stir until memories of food poisoning come to the surface.
Spoon slop into tray with potholes.
Ask wife for help as most slop is landing on the bench.
Place tray in old school microwave and wait.
Remove from really hot old school microwave and marvel.
Be welcomed on stage to collect Best Husband of the Year award.
As you can see it is quite a labor intensive muffin but if you follow the steps closely you shouldn’t go too wrong. Just be careful with steps 1 and 3 they can be particularity tricky.
I hate it when everyone on facebook has the same status and it’s all to do with some company or promotion.
Anyway the current one is about winning a $10,000 westfield gift card.
If you won what would you buy?
I just got to see my 4th movie at the cinema for the year. to think it was just a few years ago that i saw 45 movies in one year.
Tom and i went to see ‘This Is It”
It was a toss up between this and 2012 but 2012 was way too long and we are both old men now.
Also we both think MJ made some pretty awesome tunes and he knows how to put on a show.
It was a strange film because it’s not a docco and it’s not a concert movie. It’s a mish mash of rehearsals and sound checks for his THIS IS IT tour. It was really interesting and I enjoyed it but as a film it was a bit too long at 110 minutes.
The content was amazing, it was going to be an amazing stage show, the lighting, the moving stage it was cool. And boy oh boy was the band tight. MJ was what you would expect, a little odd but when it came down to the business of dancing and singing he was on the money. It was also cool to see how involved he is in the whole production of putting on a show.
A good film if you love Jackson’s music and love stages and rigging and lights and stuff.
Probably not a film for you if you just want to see what all the fuss is about, and if you are a die hard MJ fan you should probably take in a spare pair of undies because you will probably love it so much a bit of wee comes out.
for me. 4 / 7
Today i took mac-daddy down to the apple store in the city as he has been running a bit hot lately, in fact the other day i noticed his brain (CPU) running at 91 degrees and the fans not really kicking in to assist him.
So i hit up a bunch of web forums but they where no help, so today I visited the genius bar. A friendly genius had a look at mac-daddy and then did a CPU stress test and managed to get him up to 95 degrees, the fan was going but not fast enough to cool down at that temp.
So the genius looking a little puzzled vanished through the magic silver mac doors to go and ask someone more senior what the go is. I’m pretty sure the silver door leads to a big white room where Steve jobs is sitting behind a big glass desk with a giant Imac on it. The genius slowly approaches the desk while jobs finishes his important business call with his driver who is en route to pick up a fresh batch of ironed black skivvies. The genius places my mac daddy on the big glass desk and Jobs leans over to delicately open the utilities folder.
He chats with the genius who divulges the over heating problem. Jobs raises his hand to to genius to stop him blabbing. He stares back at mac daddy and a little tear runs down his left cheek as he realizes one of his babies is sick. He orders the genius to book it in for some high priority surgery in the state of the art operating room down the corridor where macs lay on silk sheets waiting to be revamped, repaired and cared for.
Anyway the genius came back out from behind the magic silver door and said he has orded a whole bunch of things and i’ll need to bring mac-daddy in for some TLC next week and that he will have to sleep over for a few nights.
The great thing is that apple is really good with customer service, they told me how long the repair would take, what exactly was going to be done and all for free!!!
I was reading the back of a tube of moistureiser the other day and it says
DIRECTIONS Apply daily all over your body. suitable for all skin types.
That seems pretty reasonable, but then following the directions is this.
CAUTION Use only as directed
How can you not use it as directed when it says you can put it everywhere?
And before you tease me for having moisturiser it is for my face after shaving because i have some sensitive skin, and sometimes i put it on my hands. Spending all day at a computer can really dry out your fingers.
2008 – PM apologises to stolen generation
2009 – PM apologises to forgotten generation
2049 – PM apologises to detained generation ????????????????
( I stole this from some TV show but i liked it)
Today as we walked through westiefld we could hear the ring-a-ding-ding of Santa’s bell. He arrived in westfieild just as we where trying to escape. there was a band and singers and lots of kids following the fatty in a parade.
The funny thing about it all was that the Liberal party had taken out a stall in the mall and all the kids following santa where holding blue balloons with the liberal party logo on them.
Is Santa running for the seat of Bradfield with the libs?????
I guess it kind of keeps with the theme for the seat as Brendan Nelson was a Thunderbird, why can’t another Childrens icon run for the seat.
One of Oscar’s favorite things to do is be held at door handle height so he can play with the handle and turn on and off light switches. So Jenny and I get sore arms from holding him up all the time just so he can grab at a handle.
I decided I was a lazy father and didn’t want to spend my days standing in front of doorways anymore.
So i got a bit of wood and chiseld out some holes so I could install a light swtich and a door handle.
Today was it’s first use and he seemed to enjoy it.
tomorrow it may be even more fun with the estapol all dry!
I blogged the other day about my MBP going in for repair.
I was at work and noticed that the J button was sticking up a bit, I tried to click it back in but it wouldn’t click so I tried again and again just in case i was some kind of uncoordinated noob.
After a while I thought i would stroll down to the mac centre near my office and see if they could get it back in. A couple of the guys tried and then noticed there was some tiny bit of plastic broken off under the button.
They said i best go book it into the service centre next door as the whole top case of the unibody would need replacing.
so this one broken key meant i had no computer for a few days.
And all of the below was replaced.
I’m not sure apple has thought through their new design in terms of resource wasted to fix tiny problem.
Anyway all covered under warranty.
I love interweb shopping!
Some of my shirts are getting old and falling apart, so i got myself 3 new shirts.
these 2 are from redbubble
and this one is from zazzle
today we went to an invisible lighthouse.
it had a gift shop, museum and tea rooms but no actual lighthouse.
I love it! I’m going to open an invisible attraction too and have a gift shop.
Today we went to bogan land. Actually it wasn’t bogan land it was toboggan land and it his a downhill thingy just like at Jambaroo.
We rocked up to the empty carpark and went inside o pay our monies. We bought 3 rides on the toboggan. The lady who sold us the tickets then had to come and turn on the machine that pulls you up to the top of the hill.
She said I could take Oscar on it, in fact the safety briefing was “the track is yours so go as afst or slow as you like, he will love it”.
I’m pretty sure 10 month old babies are not supposed to go on down hill fast toboggans, especially when the sign says “you must be over 130cm to ride this”. Oscar is about 70cm.
Anyway i figured i would just go super slow and give Oscar a ride.
We set off up the hill sitting on our toboggan with Oscar between my legs, he enjoyed hitting the brake leaver, until about half way up the hill then he got bored and started to whinge.
At the top we where ready to hit the slope but there was a big arse lizard, crocodile, dinasor blocking the track.
I figures it would run off as we got closer but it didn’t. So we stopped and i began banging the track with my foot, nothing. I then reached over and got a stick and banged around the track just near the dinasor, nothing. So we just sat there. I took a photo and sat there some more. I wasn’t really sure what to do as i wa at the top of a bush covered mountain alone on a track with T-rex blocking my path.
Eventually it dawned on me that the iphone i used to take the photo could also make calls. So i rang jenny and she talked to the lady who eventually arrived in a toboggan behind me with a broom. She poked T-rex with the broom, nothing. Eventually she decided to push him off the track, she said it happens quite a lot and they get stuck in the track casue it’s so slippery. Eventually she got the beast off the track and we began our decent.
Oscar didn’t really like it.
Next it was jenny’s go and she was in a dress and thongs, the lady said she could go barefoot is she wanted. So off jenny went while Oscar and i played with a stick which he enjoyed much more than the $7.50 toboggan ride i wasted on him!
Then i had another gu without the baby and had a good time.
And that was bogan land.
We also visited 2 beaches, a lookout and a shopping centre.
The place we are staying in is awesome, apart from the pillows which are concrete speed bumps in pillow cases so we bought some pillows in Kmart.