Sunday, 30 November 2003

Babel Fish

I'm watching the Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy with my boys. I really love the Babel Fish. I then thought about the book I just finished and I'm sure that Michael Crichton must be a Douglas Adams fan!

The Babel Fish is small, yellow and leech-like, and probably the oddest thing in the Universe. It feeds on brainwave energy not from its carrier, but from those around it. It absorbs all unconscious mental frequencies from this brainwave energy to nourish itself with. It then excretes into the mind of its carrier a telepathic matrix formed by combining the conscious thought frequencies with nerve signals picked up from the speech centres of the brain which has supplied them. The practical upshot of all this is that if you stick a Babel fish in your ear you can instantly understand anything said to you in any form of language. The speech patterns you actually hear decode the brainwave matrix which has been fed into your mind by your Babel fish.

The Babel fish, by effectively removing all barriers to communication between different races and cultures, has caused more and bloodier wars than anything else in the history of creation.

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Went Shopping

I took my big boys - Antony and Billy - shopping today. A few more DVDs added to the collection.

Now, to introduce them to the joys of  The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy on DVD.

[listening to: Come On Eileen - Save Ferris ]
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So Proud!

Yesterday we went to a Christmas Concert at Emma Arrigo's school. It was a tremendous production.  Emma was a camel.

Following the show, presentations were made. Emma got an award. An award in Kindergarden! Amazing. The award was a book with a certificate recognizing her achievement.

Well Done Emma

[listening to: Orange Crush - REM ]
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  Saturday, 29 November 2003

Krispy Kreme to Open in Liverpool

Krispy Kreme is turning on the Hot Light in Liverpool!  They are opening the second factory store in Australia at sunrise on Tuesday, 2nd December, at the Liverpool Megacenta, 2-20 Orange Grove Road (Cumberland Highway), Liverpool NSW.

Come and join in the store opening celebrations and be one of the first in line to receive a limited edition Liverpool Opening T-shirt. The opening day celebrations will include an appearance from the Western Sydney Razorbacks and their cheerleaders and performances by local community groups.

When the store open in Penrith, we embarked on a 60KM round trip to buy 2 dozen delights. I'm sure we will repeat the journey to Liverpool.

[listening to: Hernando's Hideaway - Billy May ]
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  Friday, 28 November 2003

.NET is here to stay

Interesting post, considering my recent chat with the metagroup analysts.

Several print magazines (ComputingWorld and PC Pro) recently said that .NET and Web Services are being pushed aside in Microsofts mass drive for Longhorn. They warn potential users of .NET to hold back and wait for the dust to settle before committing..[more]

[listening to: Istanbul (Not Constantinople) - 80 Drums Around the World ]
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Fantastic Book : Timeline by Michael Crichton

I've been reading Timeline by Michael Crichton.  It's a fantastic read.

The teaser goes like this:

In an Arizona desert a man wanders in a daze, speaking words that make no sense. Within twenty-four hours he is dead, his body swiftly cremated by his only known associates. Halfway around the world archaeologists make a shocking discovery at a medieval site. Suddenly they are swept off to the headquarters of a secretive multinational corporation that has developed an astounding technology. Now this group is about to get a chance not to study the past but to enter it. And with history opened to the present, the dead awakened to the living, these men and women will soon find themselves fighting for their very survival--six hundred years ago. . .

THE movie opens February 2004 in Australia. The official site has some good info. The trailer looks pretty good too. I can't wait for the movie.

[listening to: You're Not the Boss of Me Now - They Might Be Giants ]
11:01:53 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • My Interests • Random
Microsoft helping ISVs

Cam posts some info that I sent him.

I forgot one important one -- Empower.

    Microsoft Empower Program
The Empower program is designed to assist ISVs, over a 12-month period, in developing a commercially-viable software product based on Microsoft technologies. It is intended to assist ISVs to become Microsoft Certified Partners.

Did you know that we have 140 companies signed up on Empower already

[listening to: What's New Pussycat? - Tom Jones ]
10:36:06 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • My Organization • My Profession
I've just won US$5,500,000.00

Wow - look what appeared in my INBOX today!  -- UK LOTTO

Should I Apply???

[listening to: Nu Flow - Big Brovaz ]
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  Thursday, 27 November 2003

Rachel & Andrew have baby

"Six Feet" Star Delivers! (E! Online). E! Online - Six Feet Under star Rachel Griffiths was on cloud nine after giving birth this weekend. [Yahoo! News - Most Viewed]

Congratulations to Rachel and Andrew!! Welcome to parenthood!

And Hello Baby Banjo

[listening to: Special Ones - george ]
11:33:37 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • Family • My Friends
Making Your App Spider Friendly

Hey Jim from OZBizWeb & Shopsafe - check out this article:

Making Your App Spider Friendly. In this article we will cover using HTTPHandlers to intercept a request and change a directory path to query string parameters. Then we'll create a spider friendly link page so indexes can spider dynamically generated content pages. [ASP.NET Daily Articles]

[listening to: Chiquitita - ABBA ]
11:12:28 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • My Profession
BlogPulse [BETA]: Automated Trend Discovery for Weblogs

"BlogPulse mines for bursty phrases and person names instead of for the most popular ones. The most popular phrases and names change very slowly over time. The burstiest phrases and names are those whose frequency of occurrence has increased significantly over the past two weeks, often dramatically."


[listening to: Blister In The Sun - Violent Femmes ]
10:38:52 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • My Interests • Random
iPod's 'dirty secret' wins Web fans

Irked by the difficulty and expense of replacing the dead batteries in their iPod, two filmmakers have embarked on an 'antiadvertising' Net campaign. [more]

[listening to: Julia - Chocolate Genius ]
10:29:04 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • My Interests
CBS News | The Strange World Of Web Celebs | November 20, 2003 19:40:52

I turned the TV on this morning and saw a segment on the "Today Show".  They ran a segment originally produced by CBS about the Star Wars Kid:

A kid alone with a video camera waving a golfball retriever, like a Jedi warrior. A private moment of clumsy 10th grade innocence until four classmates put the tape on the Internet.

Today, as CBS News Correspondent Bob McNamara reports, this 15-year-old small town Canadian is known to tens of millions planet-wide as the "Star Wars Kid."

[listening to: (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear - Elvis Presley ]
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It's quiet

I've been going through my inbox and I have noticed that there isn't as much noise as normal.

I was wondering why - and then it dawned on me -- Thanksgiving

We need some dancing turkeys to celebrate!

[listening to: Holiday - Madonna ]
10:05:22 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • My Organization • Random "the .NET Evangelist."

I worked for Sanjay back in 1994 & 1995 during the heady pre-dotcom, interactive tv days. He was a great boss and a good friend to me. After all these years, he is still a very approachable dude who returns my emails.

[listening to: What Kind of Fool Am I? - Anthony Newley ]
9:53:20 PM    comment []  trackback []     • My Friends • My Organization
Logies: a very Kerry affair

Australia's richest man Kerry Packer has won the latest legal stoush with rival media mogul Kerry Stokes over television's night of nights, the Logies. more

What a surprise.

[listening to: Without Me - eminem ]
9:38:35 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • TV
Cam Reilly liked my session!

I'm delighted to read that Cam Reilly liked my session at the partner conference!

Thx mate. I hope you are inspired and can spread the word that Microsoft really wants to help make ISVs be successful.

[listening to: New Technology - Waikiki ]
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I've been dealing with a incident that has happened to my family this week. It relates to a serious problem that is rife within our schools - bullying.

My son Antony has Asperger's Syndrome. As a result, he is a constant target for the bullys at his school. The scenario is always the same - these boys taunt him to the point that he cracks and retaliates. The retaliation is always exaggerated, which causes the overall situation to escalate and the outcome is pretty predicatable - parents are called, boys are chastised, teachers shrug their sholders , principals turn a blind eye and the bullys live to taunt another day. Not good.

This week it got ugly. I am not able to go into details, as I suspect there may be legal implications - but bottom line the bullys continue to get away with their behaviour and their victims continue to suffer. And the school pretends as if it isn't happening. And to top it all off, the parents of the bullys are blissfully ignorant of the fact that their little precious are actually ugly bullys.  This is the real shame of it all.

Maybe websites like these can help:

But what I see in these websites is that this is a REAL Problem. It's been around for a long time and there doesnt seem to be any light at the end of the tunnel.

I would much prefer writing stuff like this that's my boy!, than speaking out about bullys, but it's gotta stop.

[listening to: rave goodbye - Paul Mac ]
8:42:05 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • Family
Travel to Melbourne

The final leg of my journey - I'm heading down to Melbourne to catch up with my team and spread some more love.

The journey didn't start so well -- we sat on the runway at Coolangatta airport for over 30 minutes, as the Qantas staff frantically searched for a passenger that had not boarded. They did a head count, went through all the luggage and then finally realized that their list was wrong! There was no missing passenger! So we finally left, late.

Time now to catch up on email

[listening to: Albuquerque - Weird Al Yankovic ]
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End of Partner Conference

The last day of the partner conference has come & gone.

It was a busy for me - this time I was working on one of the exhibition booths, as well as my regular 'swanning' around. I got to chat with another bunch of partners, such as managed business outcomes, expert is, ozbizweb, excom & oxon data systems. I spoke to many, many more people, but I didnt grab their cards and cant remember them at the moment..

I also had a series of "chats" with some journos - James Pearce from ZDNET and Fleur Doidge from CRN. I also had a session with 2 great guys from Meta Group. Each of these chats were fun and I'm sure I said stuff I shouldnt - oh well c'est la vie.

The evening then wrapped up with the Gala Dinner, which included a number of partner awards. Two ISVs did really well - Brookstone, won 2 awards and Wireless IP won 3. Good to see these guys doing well!

Then we danced. The band was The Gotham City Horns. And they played their standard repertoire  You can hear some of their music on their download page. The lead singer thought he was Ricky Martin!

After the dancing and the singing and the awards, the party moved to the bar. A late night was had by all

[listening to: I Will Survive - Gotham City Horns ]
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  Wednesday, 26 November 2003

Australia is killing its koalas, scientists warn government

A picture named koala.jpgAustralia is killing its koalas, scientists warn government (AFP). AFP - Australia is killing off its koalas at the rate of 20,000 a year through land-clearing, more than 400 scientists warned in an appeal to its political leaders. [Yahoo! News - Reader Ratings]

That is a lot of Koalas

[listening to: Polka Power! - Weird Al Yankovic ]
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Partner event - end of day

Back after a busy day at the Microsoft Australia & New Zealand Partner Conference.

My job was to 'swan around' and talk to the partners and sponsors in the exhibition area. Yes, I can do that!

I spoke to lots of people from companies, such as computercorp, eword development, informex, ems, ipex, competesolutions, thinprint, infotronics, open systems technology, pay global, dexterra, wirelessip, avanade, data3, volante systems and Magic Macros - and these are just the guys who I grab business cards from.

A funny story -- I met a guy who had saved an SMS that I had sent him over 12 months ago. He was saving it for the day he would meet me, just to show me that he had received the message. My wife tells me that this is weird. I think it's kinda sweet. I wonder how many other people have saved an SMS that I have sent them. I've got other stories, but now's not the time.

I then presented a session (PRTCM02) on the Microsoft ISV partner program. It appeared to be well attended and I got a bunch of challenging questions from the floor. I think I managed to duck them all :)

Prior to dinner, we hosted the ISVs who are attending the conference to a pre dinner (obviously) cocktail party. we even had a 4 string quartet! As one of the folks at the event said, it was quite appropriate for the evangelist to be having an event at the chapel!

An image called vince We finished the night with dinner and a terrific comedy set by Vince Sorrenti.

Vince is a very funny guy with a slick routine.

I'm not going to post a transcript, as I'm sure that will contravene heaps of copyright laws!  but take me word for it - he was funny.

[listening to: Mambo Italiano - Rosemary Clooney ]
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The Xbox Celebrity PlayOff

The Xbox Celebrity PlayOff event at Westfield Miranda, Sydney on Thursday November 27th 2003

The spectacular Xbox Experience has been touring Westfield centres in QLD &  VIC and is kicking off the NSW leg of the tour at Westfield Miranda this week. Get down to Westfield and kick back playing one of the hot new games like Project Gotham Racing 2, Amped 2 and Top Spin; try out your karaoke style on the new Xbox Music Mixer; show the rest of the world that Aussies do still have that winning edge on Xbox Live; or play against celebrities at the launch event on Thursday November 27th from 5.00pm – 6.30pm.   MTV will be there all day filming the action for various MTV shows.

The hi-tech set up is an Australian first, featuring Xbox consoles and chill-out areas, Xbox challenges, playoffs, giveaways, prizes, and a state of the art Dynascan 360° screen.   The Dynascan is the only one in the country and is a massive 15ft high circular TV.

If you can’t make it to Miranda for the launch event you can still catch the tour at other Sydney locations on the dates below.  Feel free to bring your family or friends – great opportunity for them to see Xbox Live in action!

NSW Miranda
Mon 24 Nov - Sat 6 Dec
Tue 9 Dec - Tue 23 Dec
Sat 27 Dec - Sat 3 Jan
Tue 6 Jan - Sat 17 Jan
Tue 20 Jan - 31 Jan

[listening to: Love My Way - The Psychedelic Furs ]
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  Tuesday, 25 November 2003

Spam man enraged, not enlarged -

Too Funny - I read this on the weekend

A Silicon Valley computer programmer has been arrested for threatening to torture and kill employees of the company he blames for bombarding his computer with web advertisements promising to enlarge his penis.

[listening to: I Will Talk and Hollywood Will Listen - Robbie Williams ]
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Back from the Opening Event

Got back from the opening event of the Microsoft Australia & New Zealand Partner Conference.

The location of the event was a secret

Since we are on the Gold Coast, we went to one of the famous theme parks - Warner Brothers Movie World!

And, guess what - it rained & rained & rained & rained & rained! Guess we should check the weather next time.


Despite that, it was a good night. I got to catch up with some old friends, and met some new ones. I even to got to ride the SCOOBY-DOO SPOOKY COASTER.

The next 2 days should be fun!

[listening to: Scooby Doo, Where Are You! - Third Eye Blind ]
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Emma Arrigo

A picture named emma.jpgHere's a recent photo of Emma. Isn't she gorgeous!

She's quite the little lady - she is in kindergarden at PLC, and we know that she came second in the recent swimming carnival - have a read of Emma comes second! for more info and photos.  Emma loves going to school. Apparently she is running a business with all her friends - they trade gumnuts for the special power that they make from the riverbed at the school. Commerce starts early when you go to PLC!   ROTFL

Emma like's barbie, disney princesses, music, movies, and playing minesweeper flags with her dad.

[listening to: Strawberry Kisses - Nicki Webster ]
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  Monday, 24 November 2003

Brice Arrigo

A picture named Brice 1.jpgA recent photo of my wild boy Bricey.

He turns 4 on January 20, 2004. Yes he was a millenium baby. I call him my own y2k bug.  The kids call him the tornado - because he whirls in, makes a mess and then disappears just as quickly.

He loves Batman, Bob the Builder, trucks and cones. He really likes cones

[listening to: Wiggly Safari - The Wiggles ]
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On the Gold Coast

I'm on the Gold Coast, attending the Australia & New Zealand Partner Conference.

I'm quite proud of the fact I caught the train in Brisbane to get to the event, here at Royal Pines,

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I can't remember the last time I caught a train!

[listening to: Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds - The Black Crowes ]
5:56:27 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • Random
Watch PDC sessions on line

ALL of the PDC sessions are on line for public viewing.   Very Cool

[listening to: (They Long to Be) Close to You - Carpenters ]
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  Sunday, 23 November 2003

Mobile Web Services

Mobile Web Services - Enter the Developer Contest!Enter the Mobile Web Services Developer Contest
Microsoft and Vodafone are seeking innovative developer applications that showcase the use of mobile Web services and span across PCs and mobile devices. Top prizes include a $5,000 award and round trip travel to the Microsoft Mobile Developer Conference in Spring 2004. The finalists will also have their applications featured in several Vodafone and Microsoft industry events, and as an added incentive Vodafone may deploy the winning applications into their markets. Registration is limited to the first 250 eligible entries received. If you've got what it takes, register for the Mobile Web Services Developer Contest now!

[listening to: Murder on the Dancefloor - Sophie Ellis-Bextor ]
9:43:38 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • My Interests • My Organization

elf movie posterTook all four kids (Antony,Billy,Emma,Brice) to a sneak preview of Elf this morning. It's a cute movie, with some pretty funny moments.

The reviews are ok:

[listening to: Winter Wonderland - Peggy Lee ]
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Songs listened to this month

Hey this is cool

Demon Days - Gorillaz
About Me - They Might Be Giants
Till My Head Falls Off - They Might Be Giants
Danke Schoen - Wayne Newton
Ain't That a Kick in the Head - Dean Martin
Hell Wit Ya - Pink
In Heaven - Fatboy Slim
In Heaven - Fatboy Slim
She's an Angel - They Might Be Giants
Tornero (Romania) - Mihai Traistariu
Every Song Is A Cry For Love (Ireland) - Brian Kennedy
Every Song Is A Cry For Love (Ireland) - Brian Kennedy
Ninanajna (F.Y.R. Macedonia) - Elena Risteska
Wish You Well (live) - Bernard Fanning
That's How You Got Killed Before - Elvis Costello
Clubland - Elvis Costello
Gold Digger - Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx
Almost Blue - Elvis Costello
Girl - Beck
Space Rocks Keep Falling on My Head - Away With The Fairys
Yes I Will Lady Magdalene - Neil Diamond
Yes I Will Lady Magdalene - Neil Diamond
Ring of Fire - Johnny Cash
The Wanderer - Johnny Cash
Push - Madonna
Bigger boys & stolen sweethearts - Arctic Monkeys
Clubland - Elvis Costello & the Attractions
Button My Lip - Elvis Costello
Alibi - Elvis Costello
The Delivery Man - Elvis Costello
lamb - madonna
Jump - Madonna
Hung Up - Madonna
Let It Will Be - Madonna
Lose yourself - eminem
Beer - Reel Big Fish
Cleanin' Out My Closet - Eminem
Push - Madonna
Volare - Dean Martin
Vogue - Madonna
If That Isn't Love - Elvis Presley
Dancing queen - ABBA
M1 A1 - Gorillaz
Fire Coming Out of the Monkey's Head - Gorillaz
"Spider-Man" Theme - Michael Bublé
Olivers Army - Elvis Costello
Jump - Madonna
Hung Up - Madonna
Overdose - The Androids
Do It With Madonna - The Androids
Do It With Madonna - The Androids
Everybody - Martin Solveig
Shine - Ben Lee
(Nothing But) Flowers - Talking Heads
Blind - Talking Heads
Once In A Lifetime - Talking Heads
And She Was - Talking Heads
Computer Games - My sex
5/4 - Gorillaz
Burning Down the House - Talking Heads
Blind - Talking Heads
Life During Wartime [Live] - Talking Heads
(Nothing But) Flowers - Talking Heads
Don't Change - INXS
Mystify - INXS
Melancholy Serenade - Jackie Gleason
Suicide Blonde - INXS
Holiday for Strings - The Voices of Walter Schumann
Burn to Shine - Ben Lee
Music for the Young & Foolish - Ben Lee
Oink, Oink Mambo - Chuy Reyes & His Hollywood Mocambo Orchestra
This Time - INXS
Golden Playpen - INXS
Love Is (What I Say) - INXS
Fair Weather Ahead - INXS
Silent Night [#][*] - INXS
Need You Tonight - INXS
Acid 8000 - Fatboy Slim
Slash Dot Dash - Fatboy Slim
Suicide Blonde - INXS
Speed Kills [*] - Cold Chisel
In Vain [#][*] - INXS
Burn for You - INXS
Run - Ben Lee
I Got You - Split Enz
Motherless Child - Portishead
Look What You've Done - Jet
What's New Pussycat? - Tom Jones
Working For The Man - Mental As Anything
Gimme the Car - Violent Femmes
The Prayer - Anthony Callea
With These Hands - Tom Jones
Like A Virgin - Madonna
The Silence That Remains - Shiri Maymon
Chacun Pense A Soi - Ortal
Signs - Beyoncé
Stop - Omar Naber
Lorrain - Kaffe
Radio Death Song - Mark Seymour
Y Asi - Global Kryner
Do What You Want (Bonus) - Black Eyed Peas
They Don't Want Music - Black Eyed Peas
Audio Delite at Low Fidelity - Black Eyed Peas
Run & Hide - Gracia
Sunset (Bird of Prey) - Fatboy Slim
Talking Bout My Baby - Fatboy Slim
Gift from Virgo - Beyoncé
Dangerously in Love - Beyoncé
The Closer I Get to You [Duet] - Beyoncé
Summer Wind - Michael Bublé
Brujeria - Son De Sol
Love Me Tonight - Angelica Agurbash
Block Rockin Beats - Chemical Brothers
Sleepy Little Deathtoll Town - The Panda Band
Nice Guys Finish Last - Green Day
Float On - Modest Mouse
Coin-Operated Boy - The Dresden Dolls
Mass Destruction - Faithless
Somebody Told Me - The Killers
The AFL Show #001 2005-04-01 - The Podcast Network
Somethings Gotta Give - John Butler Trio
Everyone Deserves Music - Michael Franti and Spearhead
Mass Destruction - Faithless
It's Too Late - Evermore
Take Me Out - Franz Ferdinand
Praise the Colorectal Surgeon - Norman Swann / Bowser & Blue
Lotion - Grinspoon
Somebody Told Me - The Killers
Fit Buy You Know It - The Streets
Rock & Roll Music [Live] - Mental as Anything
The Movie Show #001 2005-03-21 - The Podcast Network
Ain't That a Kick in the Head - Robbie Williams
Black Betty - Spiderbait
You Don't Know Me - Michael Bublé
Take Me Out - Franz Ferdinand
Die Another Day {From Die Another Day} - Madonna
American Life - Madonna
The Joker - Fat Boy Slim
What's New Pussycat? - Tom Jones
Slash Dot Dash - Fatboy Slim
Talking Bout My Baby - Fatboy Slim
I'm Outta Love - Anastacia
Can't get you out of my head - Kylie
Rub Me Wrong - Courtney Act
I Hate Everything About You - Three Days Grace
Something - Shirley Bassey
Diamonds Are Forever - Shirley Bassey
How Soon Is Now? - The Smiths
Love Island - Fatboy Slim
Love at First Sight - Kylie Minogue
Never Too Late - Kylie Minogue
Kentucky Rain - Elvis Presley
Dancing Queen - Kylie Minogue
Slow - Kylie Minogue
Ignorance - Joey McIntyre
Take Me With You - Kylie Minogue
Kalifornia - Fatboy Slim
"Anxiety" With Papa Roach - The Black Eyed Peas
AFL Live Radio - Chief Entertainment
AFL Live Radio - Chief Entertainment
Don't Let the Man Get You Down - Fat Boy Slim
No Viviré - Gipsy Kings
Bamboleo - Gipsy Kings
Daddy Can I Turn This? - Elvis Costello
The Loco-Motion [7 - Kylie Minogue
Mi Bebé Masoquista - Fatboy Slim
Talking Bout My Baby - Fatboy Slim
5th Set - Spiderbait
G'Day World Podcast - Cameron Reilly & Mick Stanic
Star 69 - Fatboy Slim
You're Not from Brighton - Fatboy Slim
Radio Ga Ga - Queen
I'm Going Slightly Mad - Queen
Let's Rock - Smash Mouth
Ain't No Mystery - Smash Mouth
Maybe Tomorrow - Stereophonics
Can't Get Enough of You Baby - Smash Mouth
Mi Bebé Masoquista - Fatboy Slim
Don't Let the Man Get You Down - Fatboy Slim
Don't Let the Man Get You Down - Fatboy Slim
Jig - Reel Big Fish
Can't Get Enough of You Baby - Smash Mouth
Pet Names - Smash Mouth
Walking Contradiction - Green Day
All Because of You - U2
If Every Day Was Like Christmas - Elvis Presley
(They Long to Be) Close to You - The Carpenters
Listen Like Thieves - INXS
Listen Like Thieves - INXS
Stop Crying Your Heart Out - Noel Gallagher
Who's There? - Smash Mouth
Song for Shelter - Fatboy Slim
Other Side Of The Summer, The - Elvis Costello
Schnappi-das kleien Krokodil - Joy Gruttmann
45 - Elvis Costello
If I Get Home on Christmas Day - Elvis Presley
His Hand in Mine - Elvis Presley
Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow - Ella Fitzgerald
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus/Jingle Bells Bossa Nova - Eddie Dunstedter
The Journey - Fatboy Slim
The Twelve Days of Christmas - The Seekers
The Journey - Fatboy Slim
It's a Hard Life - Queen
Once in a Lifetime - Talking Heads
Oye Negra - Terry Snyder
Dancing Queen - Kylie Minogue
They Can't Take That Away from Me - Robbie Williams
The Fonz - Smash Mouth
Why Do All Girls Think They're Fat? - Reel Big Fish
Mack the Knife - Bobby Darin
Jingle Bell Rock - Wayne Newton
Frosty the Snowman - Spice Girls
Who Wants to Live Forever - Queen
Silent Night - The Temptations
Radio Radio - Elvis Costello
Alision - Elvis Costello
Everything is Cool - Reel Big Fish
From St. Kilda To Kings Cross - Paul Kelly
Hey Mamma - Black Eyed Peas
Hey Love - Shaggy
Opps I did it again - Britney Spears
Goldfinger - Shirley Bassey
Goldfinger - Shirley Bassey
If You Go Away (Ne Me Quitte Pas) - Shirley Bassey
All of them ladies - Machine Gun Fellatio
Diamonds Are Forever - Shirley Bassey
Take it slow - Machine Gun Fellatio
Take it slow - Machine Gun Fellatio
Full moon - Machine Gun Fellatio
Pussy Town - Machine Gun Fellatio
Way Down - Elvis Presley
Everything Is Cool - Reel Big Fish
Snoop Dog, Baby - Reel Big Fish
Did It Again - Kylie Minogue
Hot - Smash Mouth
Breathe - Kylie Minogue
Locomotion - Kylie Minogue
Dancing Queen - Kylie Minogue
Did It Again - Kylie Minogue
Fever - Kylie Minogue
I Should Be So Lucky - Kylie Minogue
I Want Your Girlfriend to Be My Girlfriend Too - Reel Big Fish
Wild Boys - Duran Duran
Come Fly With Me - Michael Bublé
For Once in My Life - Michael Bublé
Goldfinger - Shirley Bassey
Deeper and Deeper [7 - Madonna
Ain't No Mystery - Smash Mouth
I'm Looking Through You - The Wallflowers
Beware the Groove [Score] [Score] - John Debney
Children of the Revolution - Bono
This Music - Big Brovaz
Nowhere Man - Paul Westerberg
Spanish Eyes - Al Martino
American Pie - Madonna
Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps (Quizas, Quizas, Quizas) - Doris Day
Rubberneckin' - Elvis Presley
Caravan - 80 Drums Around the World
Asereje - Sunshine Full Vocal Spanglish - Las Ketchup
When Doves Cry - Bared Naked Ladies
Sunsets - Powderfinger
Don't Tell Me - Madonna
I Need Some Sleep - Eels
Fairy Godmother Song - Jennifer Saunders
Mamma Mia - ABBA
Livin' la Vida Loca - Antonio Banderas
Livin' la Vida Loca - Antonio Banderas
Fairy Godmother Song - Jennifer Saunders
You're So True - Joseph Arthur
Mystify - INXS
Without Me - eminem
Fernando - ABBA
Forgotten Years - Midnight Oil
Victory Over Peter Bones (The Legend of Alan Guile Verses Peter Bones) - Reel Big Fish
Doctor Worm - They Might Be Giants
Rock Your Socks - Tenacious D
Drunk Again - Reel Big Fish
Watching the Detectives - Elvis Costello
Stranger in the House - Elvis Costello
Jump Up - Elvis Costello
Welcome to the Working Week - Elvis Costello
(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes - Elvis Costello
Jump Up - Elvis Costello
Another One Rides the Bus [Live] - Weird Al Yankovic
Funkytown - Lipps Inc,
People Ain't No Good - Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
Accidentally in Love - Counting Crows
Livin' La Vida Loca - Antonio Banderas
Sexed Up - Robbie Williams
Somebody To Love - Boogie Pimps
Pass The Dutch - Missy Elliott
Hello - The Cat Empire
Are You Gonna Be My Girl - Jet
Milkshake - Kelis
Toxic - Britney Spears
Ray Of Light - Madonna
Can't Get You Out of My Head - Kylie Minogue
Solo Por Ti (Amiwawa) - Gipsy Kings
Oh Éh Oh Éh - Gipsy Kings
Somebody Kill Me - Adam Sandler
Somebody Kill Me - Adam Sandler
Snuff Out the Light (Yzma's Song) - David Hartley
The Scooby-Doo Show [Main Title, 1976] - Scooby Doo
Pretty Mary Sunlite - Jerry Reed
Pass the Dutchie - Musical Youth
Pacha's Homecoming/The Blue Plate Special [Score] [Score] - John Debney
One Day I'll Fly Away - Nicole Kidman
Nature Boy - David Bowie
Lady Marmalade - Christina Aguilera
Lady Marmalade - Christina Aguilera
Summertime - Hubert Laws
Erotica - Madonna
Borderline - Madonna
Fever - Madonna
Vogue - Madonna
Music - Madonna
Mary's Boy Child - Lee Kernaghan
Ricky - Weird Al Yankovic
Midnight Star - Weird Al Yankovic
Merry Christmas Baby - James Brown
Love Me - Elvis Presley
Live to Tell - Madonna
Live it Up - Mental as Anything
little things - Various Artists
Little Mama - Big Brovaz
Rubbernecking - Elvis Presley
A Little Less Conversation - Elvis Vs JXL
The Little Drummer Boy - Anne Murray
Frank's 2000" TV - Weird Al Yankovic
Flash - Queen
Alimony - Weird Al Yankovic
Alternative, Baby - Reel Big Fish
Brand New Hero - Reel Big Fish
I'm Her Man - Reel Big Fish
I'm Cool - Reel Big Fish
Cheer Up - Reel Big Fish
Under 21 - Save Ferris
Nobody But Me - Save Ferris
Come On Eileen - Save Ferris
Sell Out - Reel Big Fish
(Everybody's Waitin' For) The Man With the Bag - Kay Starr
The Spirit of Christmas - Scott Garrison
Christmas Day Australia Way - Angry Anderson
Mamma Mia - ABBA
The Night before Christmas - Amy Grant
Al I Want for Christmas (Is My Two Front Teeth) - King Cole Trio
The Merriest - June Christy
Little Saint Nick - The Beach Boys
Cool - Martin Denny
Unsent Letter - MGF
Peter Gunn Theme - Ray Anthony
Jingle Bell Rock - Hollyridge Strings
Trouble - Elvis Presley
Silver Bells - Olivia Newton-John
Happy Birthday to You - Weird Al Yankovic
The 12 Days of Christmas - Australian Girls Choir
Dinki Di Christmas - Barry Crocker
Six White Boomers - Rolf Harris
Millenium prayer - Cliff Richard
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - Bachelor Girl
Don't Fence Me In - David Byrne
Baby Don't Cry - INXS
Lady Marmalade - Christina Aguilera
Can We Fix It - Bob The Builder
Start Me Up - Rolling Stones
So Like Candy - Elvis Costello
Jailbreak - AC/DC
Veronica - Elvis Costello
Pump It Up - Elvis Costello
Video Killed the Radio Star - Presidents of the United States of America
Blue Monday - New Order
Wonderful Christmas Time - Paul McCartney
The Nutcracker Suite - Les Brown & His Band of Renown
For Crying Out Loud - Meat Loaf
Merry Christmas Baby - Bruce Springsteen
Who Let The Dogs Out - The Baha Men
El Tango de Roxanne - Ewan McGregor
I'm Just A Girl - Bachelor Girl
Powerhouse - Spike Jones
These are the Special Times - Celine Dion
If Every Day Was Like Christmas - Elvis Presley
Merry Christmas, Baby - Lou Rawls
Home for Christmas - N SYNCH
The Night Santa Went Crazy - Weird Al Yankovic
Do They Know It's Christmas - Band Aid
Sleigh Ride/Santa Claus' Party - Ferrante & Teicher
Christmas at Ground Zero - Weird Al Yankovic
Memories of Xmas - Toni Lamond / Peggy Mortimer
Amazing - Alex Lloyd
You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night) - Meat Loaf
Bat Out Of Hell - Meat Loaf
All the Way to Reno (You're Gonna Be a Star) - R.E.M.
Hernando's Hideaway - Billy May
Istanbul (Not Constantinople) - 80 Drums Around the World
You're Not the Boss of Me Now - They Might Be Giants
What's New Pussycat? - Tom Jones
Nu Flow - Big Brovaz
Special Ones - george
Chiquitita - ABBA
Blister In The Sun - Violent Femmes
Julia - Chocolate Genius
(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear - Elvis Presley
Holiday - Madonna
What Kind of Fool Am I? - Anthony Newley
Without Me - eminem
New Technology - Waikiki
rave goodbye - Paul Mac
Albuquerque - Weird Al Yankovic
I Will Survive - Gotham City Horns
Polka Power! - Weird Al Yankovic
Mambo Italiano - Rosemary Clooney
Love My Way - The Psychedelic Furs
I Will Talk and Hollywood Will Listen - Robbie Williams
Scooby Doo, Where Are You! - Third Eye Blind
Strawberry Kisses - Nicki Webster
Wiggly Safari - The Wiggles
Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds - The Black Crowes
(They Long to Be) Close to You - Carpenters
Murder on the Dancefloor - Sophie Ellis-Bextor
Winter Wonderland - Peggy Lee
Tribute - Tenacious D
Blister In The Sun - Violent Femmes
We Are The Champions - Queen
I Want It All - Queen
Allison - Elvis Costello
Right Here, Right Now - Fat Boy Slim
Eat It - Weird Al Yankovic
Ita - Cold Chisel
Diamond Dogs - Beck
Swinging on a Star - Bing Crosby
Little Sister - Elvis Presley
Barbarella - Ferrante & Teicher
That's Amore - Dean Martin
One Family - Phil Collins
Too Shy - Kajagoogoo
Add It Up - Violent Femmes
Come On Aussie Come On - Mojo Singers
Brick - Ben Folds Five
Hot hot hot - Bambaloo
Music - Madonna
ABBA - Thank You For The Music
New Sensation - INXS
Voodoo Dreams/Voodoo - Les Baxter
Hound Dog - Elvis Presley
Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town/White Christmas - Jimmy McGriff
Asereje - Sunshine Full Vocal Spanglish - Las Ketchup
Love Island - Fatboy Slim
Things - Robbie Williams
I Love Rocky Road - Weird Al Yankovic
We Are The Champions - Queen
Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer Mambo - Billy May
Doctor Worm - They Might Be Giants
Don't Call Me Baby - Madison Avenue
Tenterfield Soldier - Peter Allen
who let the dogs out - The Baha Men
Good Old Days - Weird Al Yankovic
Beyond The Sea - Robbie Williams
Wild Boys - Duran Duran
Angel - Madonna
Man of Constant Sorrow - Dan Tyminski
Your Zowie Face - Nelson Riddle

I've also got it here as a standalone page.

Pretty cool don't you think ?

The magic was achived with the use of the following tools

  • windows media blogging plugin (download from here)
  • getsong macro by Brandon Fuller
  • I tried to get this working months ago, but I didnt understand Radio that well.

    I have even created a page that shows what the current song I'm listening to, even if I havent posted an entry!

    [listening to: Tribute - Tenacious D ]
    12:44:26 AM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • My Interests

      Saturday, 22 November 2003

    IRB RWC 2003

    "England have beaten Australia 20-17 in a thrilling Rugby World Cup final before a capacity crowd at Sydney's Telstra Stadium tonight" [more]

    [listening to: Blister In The Sun - Violent Femmes ]
    10:59:27 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • Family • Random
    England win rugby world cup
    english rose

    England wins in last minute of extra time. Final Scores -- England 20 to Australia 17

    [listening to: We Are The Champions - Queen ]
    10:27:20 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • Family • Random
    Bill's School Concert

    A picture named bill trumpet.JPGBilly had his school concert on Friday.

    He plays the trumpet in the concert band.

    The band play 4 pieces.

    Bill was a star!

    Photo gallery of the night online now

    [listening to: I Want It All - Queen ]
    10:20:13 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • Family
    More Category Fun

    Testing some of the macros described here

    my test page is here

    [listening to: Allison - Elvis Costello ]
    9:56:18 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • My Interests
    link to categories macro

    I'm testing a macro to add category links to each post - read about it here

    [listening to: Right Here, Right Now - Fat Boy Slim ]
    9:53:05 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • My Interests • Random
    Saints Get Their Wish

    The rugby world cup final is on, so it's time to find some AFL news. Oh, it was draft day today....

    "St Kilda got its number one wish when it was able to draft Raphael Clarke â013 the younger brother of emerging Saints star Xavier â013 with the No.8 selection at the 2003 National AFL Draft."

    [listening to: Eat It - Weird Al Yankovic ]
    8:46:50 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • My Hobbies
    419 Eater

    One of my team members sent me a link to this site the other day.

    It's called 419 Eater and it's about one man's attempt to stop the spammers.

    it's pretty funny

    [listening to: Ita - Cold Chisel ]
    6:11:15 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • Random

      Friday, 21 November 2003

    Australia drops down the digital access index -

    This is a really sad situation.

    From 11th in 1998, Australia has fallen to 19th in the 2002 Index which was released by the ITU..

    The only upside is that New Zealand fell further, which dropped nine places, from 12th in 1998 to 21st in 2002.

    Australia -- what are you doing?

    [listening to: Diamond Dogs - Beck ]
    7:54:41 AM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • Random

      Thursday, 20 November 2003

    .NET Connected Logo

    Promotion code:

    Sign up to join the .NET Connected Logo program by December 31, 2003 and receive a complimentary .NET Connected Logo test

    This is really really cool. There are over 40 Australian companies that have already gotten their logo - here is the listing of .net connected logo partners.

    [listening to: Swinging on a Star - Bing Crosby ]
    10:27:25 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • My Organization • My Profession • Net Connected
    Australia & New Zealand Partner Conference

    Busy week ahead for me. I'm heading up to Brisbane to speak at the Citect User Conference on Monday and then I travel south to the Gold Coast, for Microsoft's Australia & New Zealand Partner Conference

    "Mark your diaries: 24-26 November, 2003. Bringing together the best of Microsoft Australia Fusion - and Microsoft Business Solutions Partner Connect, this exciting event offers a unique opportunity to learn, network and maximise your company's potential! Joined by over 650 business leaders, marketing executives, sales professionals and solution architects from around Australia, you will have the valuable opportunity to extend your company's market and customer reach, drive profitable revenue growth, and, with Microsoft-powered business agility, turn today's accelerating pace of change into a competitive advantage."

    If you are heading up, looking forward to seeing you there!

    [listening to: Little Sister - Elvis Presley ]
    10:18:51 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • My Organization
    CNET : Microsoft re-explains .Net strategy

    From the "here we go again" department:

    Microsoft re-explains .Net strategy

    By David Becker

    Yes, Virginia, there is a Microsoft .Net. The software giant's elusive strategy--a hot topic a few years ago but overshadowed by other Microsoft efforts lately--was declared alive and well during a panel at the Comdex trade show. While .Net was initially understood as a strategy for delivering software functionality as a Web-based service, it actually represents several major changes in direction for Microsoft, said John Montgomery, a group product manager for the software giant. 

    [listening to: Barbarella - Ferrante & Teicher ]
    9:16:56 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • My Organization
    The Word Spy

    I really like the word spy.

    Today's word is a beauty

    warm-chair attrition

    (warm-chair uh.TRISH.un) n. The loss of workplace productivity due to employees who dislike their jobs and are just waiting for the right time to quit and move on to something better.
    Microsoft has a similar term - "Rest and Vest". I've known a few folks like this in my time!
    [listening to: That's Amore - Dean Martin ]
    8:54:44 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • My Organization • Random

      Wednesday, 19 November 2003

    Microsoft to enter online music market -


    The marketplace for legal online music services is about to get more crowded with tech behemoth Microsoft Corp entering the fray. [smh]

    the big question is, will it be global so that us aussies can participate too?

    [listening to: One Family - Phil Collins ]
    11:20:35 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • My Interests • My Organization
    Guy is the Idol -

    And the winner is - you guessed it, the polls predicted it - Guy Sebastian. The quietly spoken, Malaysian-born church singer from Adelaide, whose afro hairstyle has become almost a trademark, has beaten Shannon Noll, the clean-cut farmer from Condobolin in western NSW.

    Sebastian was named the first Australian Idol tonight in front of a live audience of 2000 within the Opera House, at least 3000 more on the forecourt, and up to 4 million television viewers across Australia!.....

    Another thing I'm glad to see the end of -- Australian Idol, Goodbye!

    [listening to: Too Shy - Kajagoogoo ]
    10:25:17 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • Random • TV
    The Fat laddie sings -

    This is sad - "The Fat" was one of the better shows on the telly.

    My fear is that Channel 7 tries to clone "The Fat" and creates "The Chat Room" all over again.

    [listening to: Add It Up - Violent Femmes ]
    10:02:10 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • My Interests • Random • TV
    Australia triumphs over India in tri series final -

    Australia staged a brilliant comeback win to beat India by 37 runs in the tri-series cricket final tonight and send 100,000 Indian fans into despair. [SMH]

    [listening to: Come On Aussie Come On - Mojo Singers ]
    9:23:46 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • My Interests
    More DVDs added to collection

    Antony updating DVD Collection

    This inspired me to write a story  - List of DVDs Owned

    [listening to: Brick - Ben Folds Five ]
    8:51:15 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • Family • My Interests

      Tuesday, 18 November 2003

    Even more Birthday Wishes

    ----- Original Message -----

    From: "MMWSMS Management" <>
    To: Frank Arrigo
    Sent: Tuesday, November 18, 2003 6:00 AM
    Subject: Happy Birthday from MMWSMS

    ++ Happy Birthday From Make Money With SMS ++

    Hi Frank.

    Just a short note to take this opportunity to wish you a very happy

    40 is a great age! Don't let anyone tell you differently :-)

    Did you know?
    You were born on a Monday

    Who shares your birthday?

    This day in history

    What happened in 1963

    On this day - Movie & TV News

    I hope you enjoyed these birthday wishes.

    Warmest regards,

    Mark Read
    Make Money With SMS Management Team

    This email was sent to Member 9702

    DOB: Monday, 18 November, 1963
    [listening to: Hot hot hot - Bambaloo ]
    6:56:07 AM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • Random
    More Happy Birthday! email

    The birthday wishes keep on turning up in my inbox:

    ----- Original Message -----
    To: frank arrigo
    Sent: Tuesday, November 18, 2003 3:19 AM
    Subject: Happy Birthday!
        Dear Frank

    It's your birthday and the team at would like to wish you all the best for the coming year.

    Happy Birthday!


    [listening to: Music - Madonna ]
    6:52:47 AM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • Random
    Hap hap happy Birthday!

    It's my birthday today. I turn 40.

    My first birthday email

    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "ClubNova" <>
    To: "Frank Arrigo"
    Sent: Tuesday, November 18, 2003 12:00 AM
    Subject: Hap hap happy Birthday!

    Hap Hap Happy Birthday, Frank!

    You thought you could keep it quiet, didn't you!!  We hope you have a really nice day....and thanks for listening!

    [listening to: ABBA - Thank You For The Music ]
    12:30:07 AM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • Family • Random

      Monday, 17 November 2003

    Comdex 2003

    A picture named billg.jpgComdex time already!

    It's seems to have come from nowhere.

    BillG has had his keynote already. The transcript is posted and a webcast is online! It's all about The Era of Seamless Computing.

    Time to check out the virtual pressroom and even read the critical reviews. And this is cool - Google News on Comdex 2003.

    [listening to: New Sensation - INXS ]
    10:13:32 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • My Organization
    SSW Rules to be better

    I've been pokling around the SSW site and found all the rules.

    1. Rules to Successful Projects * Popular *
    2. Rules to Managing Software Consultants
    3. Rules to Better Teams

    Code & Application Design
    4. Rules to Better Code
    5. Rules to Better Access Databases
    6. Rules to Better SQL Server Databases
    7. SQL Server Design Standards
    8. Rules to Better .NET Projects
    9. The Best Third Party Tools

    User Interface
    10. Rules to Better Websites
    11. Rules to Better Interfaces

    Naming Conventions
    12. SQL Server Object Naming Conventions
    13. SQL Server Index Naming Conventions
    14. SQL Server Relationship Naming Conventions
    15. SQL Server Stored Procedure Naming Conventions
    16. .NET Object Naming Conventions
    17. Stored Procedure Formatting Standards

    18. Rules to Better Email * Popular *
    19. Rules to Better Instant Messenger

    20. Rules to Better Google Rankings * Popular *
    21. Rules to Better Outbound Calls
    22. Rules to Better Inbound Calls
    23. Rules to Better Marketing
    24. Rules to Better Branding

    25. Rules to Better Windows 2003
    26. Rules to Better ISA Server

    Where are the other rules - like Rules to Better Marriage, Rules to Using Water Wisely, or Rules for Better Eating

    Good one Adam!

    [listening to: Voodoo Dreams/Voodoo - Les Baxter ]
    12:22:31 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • My Friends • Random
    Rules for a better web site

    I received the latest newsletter for SSW which open with the following intro :

    The Cutting Edge
    I believe that you should design a web site to look good for IE5.5 and above. I am not saying totally forget about Netscape but dont spend much time or money on it. The reason is that only 3-4% of users surf the web with Netscape. The problem stems from the limitations of different web browsers. The big Netscape and Internet Explorer debate still continues but the reality is that Netscape just cannot provide many of the features that Internet Explorer can.

    This got me thinking about the whole browser war. To be honest, I think it's time to move on -- it's not just about the browsers. This debate is raging at the moment on a number of sites.

    [listening to: Hound Dog - Elvis Presley ]
    12:00:18 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • My Friends • My Profession
    Santa comes to St Ives

    A picture named stves santa.JPGBig Event on Sunday. Santa came to our local shopping village.

    The kids were so excited.

    So were their parents!

    Lots of photos were taken!

    Gosh, Christmas is almost here - 38 days until Christmas Eve!

    [listening to: Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town/White Christmas - Jimmy McGriff ]
    10:52:36 AM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • Family

      Saturday, 15 November 2003

    Rugby World Cup - Almost Over

    I'm happy to go on record and say that I am NOT a fan of rugby. This whole Rugby World Cup event has been pretty painful. The good news is that it is almost over. Thank goodness!

    Oh, and apparently the Wallabies have beaten the All-Blacks - 22 to 10.

    I just cant wait for this to be over and we can get right into the upcoming cricket season!

    [listening to: Asereje - Sunshine Full Vocal Spanglish - Las Ketchup ]
    10:34:06 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • Random

      Friday, 14 November 2003

    Update on Helping Tyson get to #1

    Yesterday we set upon the mission on Helping Tyson get to #1.  

    Well today there was movement as our man Tyson jumped ahead of the porn site and is sitting at #6 on google.

    I do believe our cunning plan is working!

    [listening to: Love Island - Fatboy Slim ]
    11:20:46 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • My Friends • Random
    Microsoft Details First-Ever MSN Profit
    This article really took my fancy - especially since I spent 5 years as part of MSN

    Reuters - Microsoft Corp.'s MSN Internet division posted its first-ever quarterly operating profit of $58 million since it was launched eight years ago, the world's largest software maker said in a regulatory filing on Thursday. The results show that four of Microsoft seven business divisions are generating an operating profit, which excludes taxes and investment charges. The other three divisions: Business Solutions, cell phone and device software business, and home and entertainment, are still posting operating losses, according to data from the latest quarter ended Sept. 30.

    [listening to: Things - Robbie Williams ]
    10:56:11 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • My Organization
    Frank as Lego

    An image called An image called There is a cool site that lets you design yourself in lego.

    I've come up with 2 versions of me. Both have some common elements - coffee, gadget, long hair, glasses, geek trousers.

    Which one is a better fit?


    [listening to: I Love Rocky Road - Weird Al Yankovic ]
    10:29:58 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • Random
    Emma comes second!

    A picture named swimming emma.JPGEmma had her swimming carnival at school today.

    She was in 2 events - the 15m freestyle kick board and the 15m backstroke kickboard.

    She came 2nd!

    She is the first of my children to ever place in a swimming race --- what a champ.

    I have a slide show available, and will post the videos soon.

    [listening to: We Are The Champions - Queen ]
    9:56:58 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • Family
    USB Xmas Tree
    A picture named usb-xmas.gif

    I did a bit of xmas shopping for my team and bought them all something I'm sure they will love.

    I particularily like the description:

    Don't be a scrooge, get into the spirit of things this Christmas with this great desk sized Christmas tree!
    On a sturdy rubber base this USB powered Christmas tree will flash through a rainbow of colours(6 of them) and encourage festive spirits all day long.

    It will make a great Christmas gift or decoration, get yours today!

    I got mine from a local online store, but a google search shows lots of places selling these.

    [listening to: Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer Mambo - Billy May ]
    8:52:46 AM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • Random

      Thursday, 13 November 2003

    Smart Client Seminar for ISVs
    Microsoft Smart Client Seminar for ISVs - Sydney (3-5 Dec 03) and Melbourne (9-11 Dec 03)

    Seize the growing opportunities for your smart client software applications now by registering to attend the Microsoft Smart Client Seminar for ISVs near you. This unique developer event will provide you with the in-depth knowledge and training you need to start building smart client applications on Microsoft technologies.

    Smart client applications present unprecedented opportunities for ISVs. By 2005 as much as 60% of all new .NET applications are expected to be designed with smart client deployment in mind. (Source: "The Return of Client/Server - or, at least, Rich Clients," Gartner)

    The Microsoft Smart Client Seminar for ISVs, designed by Microsoft technologists and delivered by industry-leading trainers, will help you to seize these opportunities by providing you with technical sessions, demos, and hands-on labs.

    This unique 3 day training event is being held in Melbourne on 9-11 December 03 and in Sydney on 3-5th December 03. For other states, additional sessions will be held in early 2004. No existing knowledge of Microsoft smart client technologies is required to participate, but familiarity with the Microsoft .NET platform and XML Web services will be beneficial.

    Seating is limited, so register today

    [listening to: Doctor Worm - They Might Be Giants ]
    11:24:21 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • My Organization • My Profession

    Paris Hilton Seeks to Halt Sex Video (AP). AP - Paris Hilton is steaming mad over a steamy sex video that may soon go public, her spokeswoman said. [Yahoo! News - Most Viewed]

    This story is really funny. And thanks to google - even you can find some screen-caps!

    [listening to: Don't Call Me Baby - Madison Avenue ]
    9:28:26 PM    comment []  trackback []     • Random
    Get Visual Studio .NET Trial

    I keep getting asked by people to provide people with the Visual Studio .NET Professional 60-Day Trial Edition .

    Today I was asked by 3 different people. 3 people who should know better!

    From now on - I'm going to answer with a page slap!

    [listening to: Tenterfield Soldier - Peter Allen ]
    8:38:10 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • My Organization • My Profession
    Helping Tyson get to #1.

    A picture named Tyson Dowd.jpgI was chatting with Tyson Dowd yesterday and he tells me that his ranking on google is rising!

    He is just behind a porn site, some commercial sites, a country singer and of course that boxer dude.

    So, as a service to my buddy to help him achieve his goal of #1 rank on google - I bring you:

  • Tyson Dowd presents Idle Chatter
  • Tyson Dowd presents Words of Cheesy Wisdom
  • Tyson Dowd presents Revelations and Surprises
  • Tyson Dowd presents Creepy Stuff

    Hope this helps your quest.

    Tyson - will this good deed earn me kudos to make it to your blogroll?

  • [listening to: who let the dogs out - The Baha Men ]
    12:38:43 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • My Friends • Random
    .NET Developer Jump Start

    New to .NET? Get started with free online training & labs
    Microsoft's new .NET Developer Jump Start sessions teach selected core skills for .NET Web and Windows application development, using online seminars and hands-on labs to help you practice.

    [listening to: Good Old Days - Weird Al Yankovic ]
    10:30:17 AM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • My Organization
    Cameron Reilly is a blogger!
    A picture named creilly.jpg I just found out my good buddy Cameron Reilly is a blogger too.

    He's now added to my blogroll. Cameron always has something interesting to say.

    I can still remember the time he told me he wanted to get his head cryogenically frozen so that he could live forever. That's before he had kids!

    [listening to: Beyond The Sea - Robbie Williams ]
    9:39:08 AM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • My Friends

      Wednesday, 12 November 2003

     Too Funny.

    You too can add to the message on the local church sign.

    Thx to Jim for the original link, who also scored a mention on the Human Aggregator's site

    [listening to: Wild Boys - Duran Duran ]
    5:17:39 PM    comment []  trackback []     • My Interests • Random

      Tuesday, 11 November 2003

    Matrix Revolutions' Ends Week on Top (AP). AP - The Matrix Revolutions finished off the sci-fi saga in a downward spiral, taking in $48.5 million domestically over opening weekend, barely half the haul of its predecessor last spring. [Yahoo! News - Entertainment]
    [listening to: Angel - Madonna ]
    10:41:20 AM    comment []  trackback []     • My Interests

      Monday, 10 November 2003

    PXT of Luisa

    An image called Another PXT - this time of Rita's daughter Louisa eating an ice-cream.

    She is so cute!!


    [listening to: Man of Constant Sorrow - Dan Tyminski ]
    2:31:07 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • Family
    A picture named lunch.jpgI got a PXT from my sister Rita on Sunday

    My XDA doesnt support MMS, so i had to download the photo from a vodafone site

    Here's a happy family lunch time shot

    [listening to: Your Zowie Face - Nelson Riddle ]
    11:15:47 AM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • Family

      Sunday, 9 November 2003

    surrounded by rita arrigo
    A picture named rita arrigo.jpgA picture named rita arrigo 2.jpgi found 2 lovely photos of my sister Rita Arrigo. Maybe this will inspire her to start blogging.

    Come on Rita -- do it for your brother Frank!!!

    [listening to: Age OF Reason - John Farnham ]
    9:34:15 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • Family
    Fun with Shortcuts

    Finally worked out the way Radio handles shortcuts - check this out: Antony, Billy,Emma,Brice

    Frank use your next time!!!

    [listening to: Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley ]
    9:33:56 AM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • Family • My Interests

      Saturday, 8 November 2003


    ok, following this post, i shld have a song title and artist listed

    [listening to: You Spin Me 'Round (Like a Record) - Dead or Alive ]
    6:19:46 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • My Interests
    Testing the music plugin - again

    Ok, I'm back with this music thing. I'm trying this tool again

    [listening to: title of the song - Weird Al Yankovic ]
    5:08:25 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • My Interests
    Aussies win Ignoble prize

    Jack Harvey, John Culvenor, Warren Payne, Steve Cowley, Michael Lawrance, David Stuart, and Robyn Williams of Australia won the 2003 IGNOBLE prize for PHYSICS, for their irresistible report "An Analysis of the Forces Required to Drag Sheep over Various Surfaces."

    [PUBLISHED IN: Applied Ergonomics, vol. 33, no. 6, November 2002, pp. 523-31. A copy can be downloaded from

    Aussie, Aussie, Aussie! Oi! Oi! Oi!

    4:31:12 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • Random

    More about Matrix
    [Wired News] tells it like it is: Matrix Imploded: Trouble in Zion. As a special-effects romp, The Matrix Revolutions may keep viewers glued to their seats for a couple of hours. But as a follow-up to the allegorical tour de force of the first Matrix film, it's a dismal failure. By Niall McKay.

    10:10:13 AM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • My Interests

    The Matrix Revolutions

    movieI went to see the final part of the trilogy last night with my two big boys - Antony & Billy.

    I think that the folks from Slate gets it pretty right

    Everything which has
    a beginning has an end,
    sadly, thankfully.

    10:01:53 AM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • Family • My Interests

      Friday, 7 November 2003

    Google tests desktop search

    CNET Reports that Google is testing software that lets people navigate the Web without opening up an Internet browser, placing itself in a field that Microsoft has designs on--desktop search.

    get it here!

    4:30:35 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • My Interests • My Profession

      Thursday, 6 November 2003

    Become an Office Marketplace provider
    If your product or service works with Microsoft Office it should be a part of the Microsoft Office Marketplace.
    The Office Marketplace is part of Microsoft Office Online, the redesigned Office Web site that serves as the online companion to the Microsoft Office System.  On this site, Office users can find a directory of tools, services, smart tags, and add-ins offered by external providers that allow them to do more with Office.  Office Online Australia will launch in the first half of 2004.  Please visit to find out more and to register your interest.

    3:23:18 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • My Organization

    End of the World

    this funny bit of flash is doing the rounds

    3:19:07 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • Random

      Wednesday, 5 November 2003

    Created a Photo Gallery

    Hey - this is pretty cool! I've installed the tool and it has created a photo gallery for me,

    COOL! Thanks David Davies -- you rock!

    I've added a link to the gallery on my navigation bar. Now time to republish all the pages to include the new link

    11:09:22 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • My Interests

    That's Me

    Having fun with a bunch of tools to work with photos. in particular the "myPictures" tool and the assetmanager tool

    and which photo do I use to test this - well me of course!

    A picture named fda.jpg

    10:42:13 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • Family • My Interests

    Microsoft opens up new Windows on the future
    Last week Bill Gates unveiled the next version of his Microsoft Windows operating system, codenamed Longhorn. He did this for a group of software developers in California but everyone else got to hear what he said. more

    9:37:01 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • My Organization

      Monday, 3 November 2003

    Square 1

    We were doing some house cleaning on the weekend - mainly throwing out stuff we hadnt unpacked from our last 3 moves.

    One thing we found was a Square 1 Puzzle. It's a variation on Rubik's Cube, but with a twist. The Square 1 is essentially two layers ("top layer" and "bottom layer") of small (60° or 30°) pieces separated by a middle layer of 2 large pieces. Allowable 'moves' on the puzzle are rotation of the top/bottom layer and flipping the middle layer, which switches some pieces between the top and bottom layers.

    Scrambled Square 1 Solved Square 1

    My boys wanted me to solve it - and to tell the truth i couldn't remember how to --- but thank's to Google, i found a solution.

    Woohoo!! My boys still think i rock!!!

    10:59:20 AM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • Random