Thursday, 31 March 2005

Incredible Shrinking Frank

One of the 'leading indicators' for my health problems has been my weight. 

When I was admitted into hospital back in October 2004, I weighed in at 125kg (275 pounds/19.6 stones).  The message was clear, drop some weight or things will get worse, a lot worse!

So, I started a simple regime that consisted of some regular exercise (walk for 30 minutes each day), adjust what I eat (increase in fibre, more veggies, less crap), and give up some things (my beloved coffee).

This change was for the good, and the weight came off. I was averaging a loss of 500g per week. My doctors were happy with the progress and I was feeling good.

I made it through Christmas and New Year, but then was admitted to hospital again. This time, I weighed 115kg (253 pounds / 18 stone).

Once I got out of hospital, I continued with the regime. I even went walking through the local national park with a work friend.

By the time I went back to hospital for my minimally invasive endoscopic examination, I weighed in at 105kg (231 pounds / 16 stone).

Last week I passed under the 100kg barrier and this morning I weighed in at 98kg (216 pounds / 15 stone). I cant remember the last time I was this weight. I think it was 10 years ago.

I probably have another 10 kgs to shed in the next few months, especially with my upcoming surgery, but at least we've dealt with one of those pesky "leading indicators".

[listening to: Woman - Wolfmother ]
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  Tuesday, 29 March 2005

@ home again, facing the inevitable

I find myself at home again today. I had a pretty crappy Easter – especially watching my kids devouring their chocolate eggs, bunnies and hot cross buns – while I was on a clear liquid diet.

I’m heading back to hospital for a colon resection in the next few weeks. This is currently in the hands of the scheduling gods, but it is inevitable. I will be in hospital for up to 7 days, and then I head home for my recovery which could take up to 8 weeks. Lots of TV/DVd watching, blog reading, podcast listening, book reading for me.

If you want to know more about my saga/exploits, don’t forget to follow it here on my personal blog.

[listening to: Everyone Deserves Music - Michael Franti and Spearhead ]
1:07:16 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • Health

  Monday, 28 March 2005

AFL 2005 Ladder on completion of Round 1

                                      Home Away                  This Time In 2004
Team    W    D    L    For    Against    Max    Min    W    D    L    W    D    L    Stk    Pts   %   Pos    W    D    L    Pts    %
Sydney   1   0   0   118 (18.10)   55 (8.7)     118   118   1   0   0     0   0   0     1W    4    214.55    9   0   0   1   0    97.50
Melbourne   1   0   0   103 (15.13)   57 (8.9)     103   103   1   0   0     0   0   0     1W    4    180.70    11   0   0   1   0    58.82
Fremantle   1   0   0   88 (13.10)   53 (7.11)     88   88   1   0   0     0   0   0     1W    4    166.04    4   1   0   0   4    178.33
Geelong   1   0   0   160 (25.10)   98 (15.8)     160   160   0   0   0     1   0   0     1W    4    163.27    14   0   0   1   0    50.00
Western Bulldogs   1   0   0   112 (16.16)   80 (11.14)     112   112   0   0   0     1   0   0     1W    4    140.00    10   0   0   1   0    95.14
Brisbane Lions   1   0   0   116 (18.8)   93 (13.15)     116   116   1   0   0     0   0   0     1W    4    124.73    8   1   0   0   4    102.56
Kangaroos   1   0   0   105 (16.9)   85 (12.13)     105   105   1   0   0     0   0   0     1W    4    123.53    2   1   0   0   4    201.35
West Coast   1   0   0   64 (9.10)   53 (7.11)     64   64   0   0   0     1   0   0     1W    4    120.75    7   1   0   0   4    105.11
Adelaide   0   0   1   53 (7.11)   64 (9.10)     53   53   0   0   1     0   0   0     1L    0    82.81    15   0   0   1   0    49.66
Carlton   0   0   1   85 (12.13)   105 (16.9)     85   85   0   0   0     0   0   1     1L    0    80.95    13   0   0   1   0    56.07
St Kilda   0   0   1   93 (13.15)   116 (18.8)     93   93   0   0   0     0   0   1     1L    0    80.17    3   1   0   0   4    200.00
Collingwood   0   0   1   80 (11.14)   112 (16.16)     80   80   0   0   1     0   0   0     1L    0    71.43    12   0   0   1   0    58.76
Richmond   0   0   1   98 (15.8)   160 (25.10)     98   98   0   0   1     0   0   0     1L    0    61.25    5   1   0   0   4    170.18
Port Adelaide   0   0   1   53 (7.11)   88 (13.10)     53   53   0   0   0     0   0   1     1L    0    60.23    1   1   0   0   4    254.84
Essendon   0   0   1   57 (8.9)   103 (15.13)     57   57   0   0   0     0   0   1     1L    0    55.34    16   0   0   1   0    39.24
Hawthorn   0   0   1   55 (8.7)   118 (18.10)     55   55   0   0   0     0   0   1     1L    0    46.61    6   1   0   0   4    170.00

[listening to: Mass Destruction - Faithless ]
5:17:08 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • My Hobbies
Robots : The IMAX Experience

We took the kids to see Robots over the Easter Long Weekend. (we we're the only ones to do so, either).

Since we were in the mood for an adventure we went into Darling Harbour to see this at the IMAX. We had seen Polar Express in 3D there and it was awesome, so we expected the same for this movie.

We got there early, bought our tickets (at a premium over the 'normal' cinema, since we were seeing the "special IMAX edition"), and waited in line. By the time the doors opened, there was a huge queue formed behind us.  In we went, to our seats, but we didnt get our 3D glasses. WTF? I could have sworn, the movie was going to be in 3D. I'm sure I read it somewhere.

Anyways, the IMAX theatre is looking pretty shabby these days - seats missing, covers torn, headrests ripped - definitely not delivering on the promise of a premium theatre experience. The local cinemaplex at Hornsby is much cleaner, tider, comfortable etc, but I guess we are paying for the giant screen.  Lets see what magic awaits....

The movie was fun, it kepts the kids entertained, including Bricey. The visuals were terrific, the story rather pedestrian, and the talent pretty average. Robin Williams was outstanding, but the other voice actors were pretty forgettable. I didnt even realize Ewan McGregor played the lead robot, Rodney Copperbottom.  But the kids didn't care, they thought it was funny, silly and good to watch. 

I thought it was a movie with a bit of heart, a little brain, and not much courage.

During the movie, I just want to know why these robots exisited. What were they meant to be doing? Why were they there? If you compare it to Monster's Inc, the monsters had a purpose - to scare people. But was the purpose of the robots? They just existed. Some worked. Some didn't.  Okay, maybe it's time for the old suspension of disbelief to kick in.

Bottom line - see it, but avoid the IMAX experience if you can unless you want to spend extra for very little extra value. Learn from our mistakes. 

[listening to: It's Too Late - Evermore ]
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  Sunday, 27 March 2005

80% already!

You've used eighty percent of your data allowance

[listening to: Take Me Out - Franz Ferdinand ]
9:40:59 AM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • Geek
Working Where The Sun Don't Shine

Surfing the TV on Saturday night we came across a show on the Comedy Channel that had this song.

Quite appropriate me thinks!

SONG: Working Where The Sun Don't Shine (The Colorectal Surgeon's Song)

We praise the colorectal surgeon
Misunderstood and much maligned
Slaving away in the heart of darkness
Working where the sun don't shine

Respect the colorectal surgeon
It's a calling few would crave
Lift up your hands and join us
Let's all do the finger wave

When it comes to spreading joy
There are many techniques
Some spread joy to the world
And others just spread cheeks
Some may think the cardiologist
Is their best friend
But the colorectal surgeon knows...
He'll get you in the end!

Why be a colorectal surgeon?
It's one of those mysterious things.
Is it because in that profession
There are always openings?

When I first met a colorectal surgeon
He did not quite understand;
I said, "Hey nice to meet you
But do you mind? We don't shake hands."

He sailed right through medical school
Because he was a whiz
Oh but he never thought of psychology
Though he read passages.
A doctor he wanted to be
For golf he loved to play,
But this is not quite what he meant...
By eighteen holes a day!

Praise the colorectal surgeon
Misunderstood and much maligned
Slaving away in the heart of darkness
Working where the sun don't shine!

- MP3 audio of quote/song (3.4 Mb)

[listening to: Praise the Colorectal Surgeon - Norman Swann / Bowser & Blue ]
8:25:49 AM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • GeekHealth

  Saturday, 26 March 2005

Easter Snaps

My kids love Easter.

This afternoon they set the table with some gifts for the Easter Bunny.

Here are some snaps of the table setting and the assorted ornaments, offerings, letters and gifts.

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[listening to: Lotion - Grinspoon ]
7:32:03 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • Family
Remote Control Blimp

My post about my adventures with the VSTO blimp has generated a few comments both on the blog and at work.

So here's the story behind it.

At TechEd 2004, BJ Holtgrewe from the VSTO Team brought a number of these remote control blimps. At the end of the event, he gave most of them away to attendees, and thanks to some friends on the inside, I managed to get a small blimp.

Last weekend we launched it and the kids have had a lot of fun with it since.

I don't know where BJ bought the blimps from, but I have found a great US site which sells them online in a whole range of sizes. Even their phone number is cool: 1-888-4-A-BLIMP. They are not cheap, but look really cool!

[listening to: Somebody Told Me - The Killers ]
4:34:25 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • FamilyGeek

  Friday, 25 March 2005

What Simpsons Character Are You

I can't believe I hadn't done this quiz before. Why am I not surprised with the result

Homer and donout
Homer Simpson. You represent the easiness in life.
You are the spice and fun in the group. You
don't care what happens as long as you're
having a good time. Enjoy being FUN.

What Simpsons Character Are You
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[listening to: Fit Buy You Know It - The Streets ]
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  Thursday, 24 March 2005

Lions defeat Saints in Opening Round

Looks like the pundits got it wrong

FULL TIME- BRISBANE LIONS 18-8- 116 to ST KILDA 13-15- 93

[listening to: Rock & Roll Music [Live] - Mental as Anything ]
11:34:56 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • My Hobbies

For the past few years, I have subscribing to an email newletter that provides a preview of the upcoming AFL Round. This is one of hidden treasures out there and I am going to share it with my readers. I hope the author of the newsletter doesn't mind


The Wizard Cup has come and gone and West Coast lost to Blues But now it’s time for season proper, goodbye to cricket news.Change room smells of liniment, BO, sweat, Deep Heat The atmosphere when you’re at the game it just cannot be beat.Hard ball gets, effective kicks, depressed fractured cheeks, Handball stats, inside 50’s, we take it week to week.Coaches fuming, hungry players, some off the rookie list, Magpie jokes and Carlton dreams and players getting pi@@ed.Sheedy’s age and Hirdy’s courage and Lloydy’s prep for goal, The injured list, the Brownlow votes, Power’s flag on pole, Lethal Leigh and Rocket Eade, the Tigers now have Terry, An extended contract for Dockers coach has made him pretty merry.Whoosha has the Eagles ready for the fray But any team can win the match on any given day. Cold hot pies in the outer on a bleak day at the ‘G’. And the men in white still cop abuse when handin’ out a free The Telstra Dome with open roof (when closed it’s not the same) Construction at the MCG to prepare for Commonwealth games.

Ahh Footy season, footy season, we’ve got it bloody wrong When there’s 12 months in a year and the season’s 6 months long!

G’day football followers country wide! Crikey it’s great to be back with you talkin’, breathin’ and livin’ footy. Another season full of dreams for players, coaches and supporters is upon us and it has been refreshing to have a pure, scandal free start to the home and away rounds (unlike rugby again). I’m fully prepared for the AFL this year with Foxtel reconnected and broadband up and running so I can keep my finger on the pulse with the most up to date news and results. It’s a shame the AFL has to ignore ground roots footy and the game itself while it fights the good fight for us supporters against the television stations free to air and pay TV to ensure it gets a squillion dollars for the televising rights so the AFL can continue to prop up the weaker teams. I reckon just stop all TV coverage, force the supporters back to watching the games live at the ground (that’ll get the attention of the caterers at the grounds who seem to have some perverted sense of humour that encourages them to promote hungry queues longer than a Bernie Quinlan torp!) and bring back The Winners on the ABC (replayed on Fox). Even bring back Drew Morphett to host the show!! It would be ‘centimetre perfect’!

It’s pointless going into great depth about which team fared well at the draft, new recruits, old recruits, injury lists, coaching changes, club spa nights, end of season trips, pay increases, captain changes, uniform changes and even mentioning Eddie Maguire’s name. You, the astute football follower, barracker and sports afficionado know it all. And, none of it helps you when it comes to the all-important footy tipping, does it? How many of you have hung your head in shame and utter frustration when the admin secretary, a recently arrived immigrant from Ethiopia or Iraq, (or even worse a soccer loving Pom) picks the 8 correct one week and either wins the tipping comp or comes in 50 spots higher than you at the end of the year? A painful but common enough occurrence I tell you. No, this previewer will provide you with some daring selections and useless stats and arguments to back those tips. It’s then up to you to follow or….be damned.

Have a great 22 weeks and may your team win this weekend, unless it is playing mine

Brisbane V St Kilda Thursday night at the Gabba

Dare I say it so early in the season? A blockbuster game if you look at the form of these two teams last year. What can we expect with the tried and true formula adopted by the Lions under the experienced tutelage of Matthews up against the brash and sometimes left field innovations of Grant Thomas at the Saints? Reiwoldt gets the captaincy at the Saints and this boy will last in that position for the next 5 years, mark my words. There’s lots to like about Nick who is already heading the mark taking stats for the league at the tender age of 22 and can kick goals and think footy in everything he does. Brisbane are looking that bit older but there’s plenty of experience there and let’s not forget those 3 premierships and 5 grand final appearances. Great credentials. The game is at the Gabba and that has to be worth something but I reckon the Saints’ hunger for success might see them across the line in this game. They won the first 10 straight last year if I remember correctly which set them up for a great year. Can they go that one game better this season? Who knows but my money is on them for the first game anyway.

St Kilda by 33

Kangaroos V Carlton Saturday arvo at Telstra Dome

I can hear Blues fans celebrating the 2005 premiership already but Carlton supporters had better face the reality gap between Wizard Cup and the REAL thing. The pundits are tipping a Carlton revival that equates to them making the 8 but they, along with about 4 other teams, are still not quite there, albeit they have the best coach in the league thanks to some rare forward thinking by John Elliott. But Laidley has the Kangaroos performing reasonably well for an average team as well so the game should be pretty close played in the perfect conditions of the dome. The Bloos and Roos will be amongst the triers for the year, winning some and losing just as many which makes them vital selections for tipsters to get right. You have to pick one or the other team when they have the pulse going between their ears on the day. I can feel the beat already and it’s thumping out "Roos boom boom, Roos boom boom." I’m listening.

Kangaroos by 11

Fremantle V Port Adelaide Saturday night at Subiaco

Some wag that writes for the West Australian actually had the temerity to nominate this game as a ‘blockbuster’ which is a good indication of the parochialism rife in the West. BB’s remain the holy reserve of Vic based teams or maybe we can allow state derbies to be allocated the lower case ‘bb’, but only in local write ups. The Dorks have actually kept a much lower profile this year compared to last when they were almost short priced favourites for the premiership before a ball had even been bounced in anger!! And news of the Power? Here in the west we thought they’d joined the American NFL as news of them until a week ago was non-existent. There is a beat up in the news about Josh Carr facing his old team but I can’t see that being an issue until the end of the year when we should take a photograph of his long face as he watches Port play off in another premiership while the Dockers enjoy another early end of season trip. Pavlich at CHF is a good move but the Dockers need Farmer and Medhurst firing up forward to ensure they kick enough goals to win games. I’ve somehow wangled another invitation to the game and will watch this contest with great interest. I expect Fremantle to win this as they are still hard to beat at home, especially early in the season when it doesn’t matter. Freo still have major forward line problems unlike the Power but I sense a bit of post premiership let down in the Port Adelaide camp which might be translated into on-field performance. The Dockers hope so. A stupid tip I know but it’s early in the season.

Fremantle by 1

Melbourne V Essendon Saturday night at the MCG

It’s not this previewer’s desire to return memories to the Boxing Day tsunami but it is worth mentioning that there will be a minutes silence at the start of this game to remember the tragic loss of Melbourne’s Broadbridge, a competent footballer as I recall. There were some 200,000 lost in that tragedy, that’s the total of the past 2 grand final attendances a sobering thought. Okay, the Sheedy magic is looking as old as Merlin and the armoured ability of the Essendon Galahad Hird is starting to get a bit of tarnish. The Bombers don’t seem to quite have it across the ground and their younger players still need to take that step up. Conversely, the Dees’ younger brigade took giant leaps forward last year and they almost reached the big one in 2004 so the Melbourne brains trust will be looking at a slightly better result this season. The loss of Lloyd for the Bombers is a big one. Should be a great game to open the season at football’s headquarters and the added personal incentive for the Melbourne players will see them across the line in a convincing win.

Melbourne by 42

Sydney Swans V Hawthorn Sunday arvo at the SCG

The Swans performed amazing feats last year and have retaind their talent to ensure they make a mark on the season again in 2005. Goodes seems fitter and uninjured and the Swans still have a great spearhead in Big Bad Barry the club’s B&F winner last season. Although the Hawks have rid themselves of some seriously untalented players they also lost some experience so Hawthorn supporters can expect little joy this year as the team rebuilds. Hard to say how Alastair Clarkson will go at Hawthorn but a new coach at a club always brings about significant change and for the Hawks this will be good. There is no expectation at Hawthorn this year unlike last season when it was mooted by Schwabb that they would win the flag. Not this year baby, and not next. Sydney looks far too strong and played at the SCG they should win this after half time.

Sydney by 29

Richmond V Geelong Sunday arvo at the MCG

Psychological warfare this early in the season between the coaches will only lead to tears. Ottens may have switched camps for more money and the hope of playing in a more successful team but blokes in glass coaches shouldn’t kick stab passes. Tezza’s words have rebounded already with history showing that he was not against similar moves in his life, even when he quit coaching the Dogs. Although the Tigers finished way down the ladder losing their last 14 games it will be interesting to see how they perform with Wallace at the helm. Still a hard ask for them against the Cats who will welcome a fit King back into the team to say nothing of the advantage they have with Ottens as another good, big man. If Geelong can hold Richo (and Richo can hold his tongue and manners in check) they should overcome the Tigers. Wallace has covered himeslef by saying it’s a 5 year plan and folks, we’re in year one.

Geelong by 54

Adelaide V West Coast Eagles - Sunday arvo at AAMI Stadium

Watching the Eagles perform so well in pre-season was quite a surprise for their supporters as well who, starved for finals success, turned out in their thousands to see them over 4 weeks of Wizard Cup action. They do look cherry ripe with their basic skills already at mid season level. Adelaide on the other hand may still be in the rebuild stage with their aging midfield having to put themselves up against a mid field as good and younger. Gardiner in the forward line is a good move as long as the Eagles can afford to keep him there hoping Cox performs well in the ruck. Brownlow medallist Judd is looking pretty good as well and some of the younger guys have taken another step forward. A lot to like about West Coast. Don’t underestimate the Crows though. They still have some great talent and playing at home in front of that rabid supporter group is always worth a couple of extra goals. When was the last time West Coast won a game in Adelaide by the way? This is one of the harder games to pick.

West Coast Eagles by 19

Collingwood V Western Bulldogs Monday arvo at the MCG

Needless to say the Bullies can’t go any worse than last year. Their younger players were pretty well all blooded last season by necessity so that is a positive for Eades to build on. There’s that same sort of youth in the Collingwood side but you have to ask the question of the Pies: What’s so different in the team compared to 2002 and 2003? Lack of results some would say. Losing Josh Fraser is a real blow for the opening part of the season and the champ Buckley lacks match practice. This game is heading for a draw but one would hope (okay, I would hope) that Collingwood wil prevail in what should be a tight game. This is another toss of the coin so here’s the tip for tipsters. Most of you will pick the Bulldogs because you hate Collingwood. That will make the Doggies favourites so if you want to gain an early tipping point in the season, go Pies. (Works for me!)

Collingwood by 8

Good luck!


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[listening to: The Movie Show #001 2005-03-21 - The Podcast Network ]
5:42:42 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • My Hobbies
It kicks off tonight

I'm excited. The 2005 AFL season kicks off this evening and my team is playing in the opening round.

Most of the pundits are predicting a Saints win, by 20 points, by 6 points, and another by 20 points.

I'm just looking forward to the game. And I have lined up my FoxtelIQ to record the game too.

[listening to: Ain't That a Kick in the Head - Robbie Williams ]
11:19:12 AM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • My Hobbies

  Monday, 21 March 2005

Curb Your Enthusiam : Series 3 on the telly

If you have a PDR or PVR or a plain old VCR, set it up for 2am Tuesday on Channel 9. Curb Your Enthusiam Season 3 is on and it's hilarious.

Tuesday 22 2am Nine
Seinfeld co-creator Larry David stars as himself in this hilarious comedy series that presents an unflinching, self-deprecating depiction of his life.

Larry David, Cheryl Hines, Jeff Garlin
USA  MA  L,S  Sitcom  30 mins 
[listening to: Black Betty - Spiderbait ]
8:58:33 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • TV
Launching the VSTO Blimp

Over the weekend, my boys and I had a project. It just took 3 steps.

Step 1. Find some helium for the blimp and fill it up.

Step 2. Assemble the Blimp

Step 3. Fly it around the house

[listening to: You Don't Know Me - Michael Bublé ]
3:15:05 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • Family

  Saturday, 19 March 2005

Cool Flickr Toy

Spell with Flickr. Give it a try!

[listening to: Take Me Out - Franz Ferdinand ]
9:32:35 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • Geek
I pit myself againts Cam on Preople

I spotted this new blego thingy called Preople, and felt I should do a comparison

Congratulations Frank Arrigo!

Preople calculated the Preople Ranking for both players, compared the results and declared a winner. As usual it was an exciting game. This match was between Cameron Reilly and Frank Arrigo. We can proudly present a winner!

Frank Arrigo
Cameron Reilly

[listening to: Die Another Day {From Die Another Day} - Madonna ]
5:46:42 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • Geek
Great Expectations for upcoming AFL Season

It is less than a week to the start of the AFL season.

All the pundits are putting in their predictions and claiming it's the Saint's year.

The experts are listing their top players and these lists are full of St.Kilda players - top 50 and top 25, with Nick Reiwoldt topping them all! And even the AFL Captains say the Saints are the one's to beat.

Let's hope the boys can deliver on the promise.

[listening to: American Life - Madonna ]
11:30:59 AM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • My Hobbies

  Friday, 18 March 2005

It seems I don't like Thursdays

I just noticed on my little calendar dohicky that the only days this month I haven't posted something has been Thursday.

Weird.  I wonder why?

[listening to: The Joker - Fat Boy Slim ]
4:45:51 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • Random
New DVDs : Amazon continues to Amaze

I put in an order for some DVDs on Monday this week (The 14th of March). The Incredibles was being released this week and I wanted to get it. So, in goes the order.

Well, yesterday (Thursday 17th of March) the DVDs arrived. How good it that!!! My kids got to watch The Incredibles again.

I've said it before, and I will say it again - Amazon truly Rocks!

If you are interested, these were the movies I ordered:

[listening to: What's New Pussycat? - Tom Jones ]
2:57:36 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • GeekTV

  Wednesday, 16 March 2005

Whovention.7 coming soon

All the talk about the leaked Doctor Who episode this week has hightened my awareness of all things Doctor Who.


So when I spotted a flyer for the upcoming Whovention.7, I couldn't resist and picked it up.

October just can't come soon enough

[listening to: Slash Dot Dash - Fatboy Slim ]
9:46:47 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • GeekTV

  Tuesday, 15 March 2005

Beware the Ides of March!

I guess I should have been more warey on this auspicious day and not ignored the warning.


[listening to: Talking Bout My Baby - Fatboy Slim ]
9:30:00 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • Random

  Monday, 14 March 2005

Which Desperate Housewife are you?

Another post, another quiz.

This one I didn't do, rather I asked Moira to complete. We guessed which one would come up before hand and guess what, we were correct! Who would have thought!

Congratulations! Moira, you are Lynette Scavo, the
ex-career woman who traded the boardroom for
boredom, mixed with moments of sheer panic as
the mother of four unmanageable kids.

Which Desperate Housewife are you?
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[listening to: I'm Outta Love - Anastacia ]
9:24:43 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • FamilyGeek
Which Napoleon Dynamite character are you?

The quizzes continues. I really did love this movie and am delighted with the result. Sweeeeet!

You are Napoleon Dyanamite and a buttload of gangs
are trying to recruit you.

Which Napoleon Dynamite character are you?
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[listening to: Can't get you out of my head - Kylie ]
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  Sunday, 13 March 2005

Internet Addiction Quiz

Wow - I didn't get to 100% - LOL

Are you Addicted to the Internet?

L33T H@x0r (81% - 100%)
You live and breathe the Internet. You rarely leave your computer(s) for fear of going through withdrawl. You are beginning to say "lol" and "brb" in verbal conversations and you haven't seen your friends face-to-face in months if you don't count their web cams. Maybe it is time to back away from the computer slowly and go get some fresh air? The Internet will be here when you get back!

The Are you Addicted to the Internet? Quiz at Quiz Me!
[listening to: Rub Me Wrong - Courtney Act ]
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Aussies thrash Black Caps by nine wickets

It was wonderful to kick back on Saturday and watch Gilchrist & Katich turn the 1st Test around. Today we had a family picnic so I missed the final kill but I could sense it would be all over today. It is so good to see the Aussie cricket team beat those annoying Kiwis.

Shane Warne celebrates wicket v NZ

Five wickets ... Shane Warne (Getty Images)

Aussies thrash Black Caps by nine wickets

Australia has won the first cricket Test against New Zealand by nine wickets in Christchurch.

Chasing a target of 133 to win, the Australians lost only Matthew Hayden as they reached the meagre total to take a 1-0 lead in the three-Test series.

Justin Langer remained unbeaten on 72 while Australian captain Ricky Ponting was not out 47.

The Australian victory, inside four days, was built on a devastating bowling display from Shane Warne, who this morning claimed 5 for 32 from 14 overs as New Zealand was dismissed 131 in its second innings.

The Black Caps had resumed on day four at 0 for 9, a lead of 10 runs, but fell apart as Warne and Jason Gillespie (3 for 38) led Australia's bowling attack to one of its most impressive performances.

Glenn McGrath (1 for 19) and Michael Kasprowicz (1 for 31) claimed the remaining wickets as Australia recorded its eighth consecutive Test victory.

Australia will look to wrap up the series in Wellington when the second Test begins on Friday.

[listening to: I Hate Everything About You - Three Days Grace ]
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  Saturday, 12 March 2005

Which Polyhedral Are You?

Remarkably accurate. I'm such a sucker for these kinds of things.

I am a d12

You are the rare, the overlooked, yet incredibly useful dodecahedron: the d12. You are a creative, romantic soul. You often act without thinking, but make up for your lack of plans with plenty of heart. You easily solve problems that stump others, but your answers tend to put you into even deeper trouble. You write long, detailed backgrounds for all your characters, and are most likely to dress up as one or get involved in cos-play. You can be silly at times and are easily distracted by your own day dreams, but are at the end of the day you're someone who can be depended on.

Take the quiz at

[listening to: Something - Shirley Bassey ]
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  Friday, 11 March 2005

Australian ISP raided in BitTorrent crackdown

I spotted this on CNet News:

Australian ISP raided in BitTorrent crackdown

Australia's music industry piracy investigations unit has raided an Internet service provider in Perth in what it says is the first Australian assault on the use of BitTorrent technology for copyright infringement.

They're coming!!!!

[listening to: Diamonds Are Forever - Shirley Bassey ]
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Antony's Halo 2 Stats

I'm so proud of my boy Antony - his Halo 2 stats are terrifiC

Playlist Level Games Played Wins
Rumble Pit
18 3
Team Skirmish
30 15
Head To Head
8 6
Big Team Battle
263 55
Team Slayer
23 12

[listening to: How Soon Is Now? - The Smiths ]
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  Wednesday, 9 March 2005

It;s good to be a kid

My big boys (Antony & Billy) have had a special week this week.

On Monday they got access to the new Foxtel iQ and they have been time shifting television for the past few days.

Today, I got a Linksys Wireless Ethernet Bridge to hook up their Xbox to our Wi-Fi network so that they can play Halo 2 on Xbox Live in their bedroom, so that they others in the family can watch time-shifted TV in peace downstairs.

Now, our problem will be how to get them out of the room. We may have to slide food in under the door to keep them fed.

Ahhh, it's good to be a kid!

[listening to: Look What You've Done - Jet ]
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  Tuesday, 8 March 2005

Freaky Image

Cam -- This image is give me a headache.


It's freaking me out too.

[listening to: A Song Called Everything - Powderfinger ]
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  Monday, 7 March 2005

Foxtel iQ Experiences

Well those shows I recorded have been watched and deleted.

The kids took over the remote and added their own programs to the 'to record' list, including MythBusters and Star Trek Enterprise (a program that was not treated with respect by the free-to-air network that had it recently).

It even get the thumbs-up from the boss, especially after I told her I was recording Media Watch & Enough Rope for her (she normally falls asleep when it is on and now she can watch it in the morning).

The boys have really taken to it this evening. They setup a production line, watching programs they recorded earlier while recording current programs. And while they watched the program, they zoomed through the ads. It's great to see the next generation of consumers getting jiggy with it. The free-to-air guys have another 10 years and then BLAM!

Generation NET (or as Cameron calls them Generation Right Click) will be the demographic holding the $$ that advertisers want but the old ways wont apply. Wired had a story about this phenomenon last year.

Interesting times indeed.

[listening to: Holiday - Green Day ]
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Foxtel iQ arrived

Today's the day. The Foxtel dude came and swapped out the old and installed the shiny new Foxtel iQ.

I can't really say it's mine, as I don't own the box. But it's here and we can use it. I set it up to record Conan O'Brien and The Goodies on UKTV - my kids can have something to watch when they get home. And I setup a recurring record of The Simpsons.

So begins the on-demand adventure in the Arrigo household.

[listening to: Give Me Novacaine - Green Day ]
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  Sunday, 6 March 2005

Networks dampen Foxtel's iQ debut

Tomorrow I get my Foxtel iQ installed. The real disappointment is the fact that two of the free to air networks will be missing from the electronic program guide. I found the following article which discusses this issue - Networks dampen Foxtel's iQ debut.

The article quotes spokespeople from the two networks and it shows how they *really* value their viewers..

While Seven and Ten admit the impasse is damaging, there are no signs of progress in their negotiations with Foxtel, which have been going on for more than a year.

The Seven Network's Simon Francis said there were several sticking points and Seven's position on the electronic program guide, the use of the personal digital recorder and copyright were just some of them.

"Seven is concerned about where they would sit on the Foxtel platform and where our additional channels would sit," he said. "We can understand the frustration of viewers and that is a critical factor for us in negotiations."

Said Network Ten's Margaret Fearn: "We want to get it right because the deal will remain in force forever. Ten wants to be on the first page of the EPG and we won't be disadvantaged in any way."

[listening to: Jaded - Green Day ]
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  Saturday, 5 March 2005

Just Testing my bandwidth

Test run on 5/3/2005@ 5:59 P.M.

Mirror: Optus
Test type: Cable

Your connection speed:

kbps: 1734.9
KB/s: 216.8625
Mbps: 1.69423828125

[listening to: Sexy - The Black Eyed Peas ]
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  Friday, 4 March 2005

My Kids and The Goodies

I was watching my kids watching The Goodies on DVD this evening. They were laughing so much. It was such a delight.

Amazingly these were episodes done 30 years ago!. I remember watching them as a kid. I was such a fan. I think this was the formative steps that developed my particular sense of humour.

They are performing in Sydney at the moment, and there are tickets to the shows. I know it won't be like the TV show, but it's quite tempting to go see these guys. I have heard a few interviews they have done on different local radio stations and it would be fun. Now to convince the boss.

[listening to: Whatsername - Green Day ]
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Chris Beaumont is the People's Choice

I got an email today from my wonderful talented chaming intelligent witty sister Rita, regarding an art award her hubby, Chris Beaumont, recently won. Well done Chris and good luck with the exhibit! I'm hope some of my Melbourne based readers get along to see the show.

Winning Artist for People’s Choice Award Announced

Christopher Beaumont is the winner of the Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize People’s Choice Award, winning a dedicated solo exhibition at the Bendigo Art Gallery in 2006.

Beaumont was the clear winner in the People’s Choice prize with over 450 entries submitted.   Director of the Bendigo Art Gallery Karen Quinlan said, “Christopher’s work was clearly the most popular amongst our visitors.  His piece Narcissus excited considerable interest and we are very much looking forward to seeing more of his work in his upcoming exhibition.”

Designed to attract some of Australia’s finest contemporary artists and high calibre works, the Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize and exhibition was first held in 2003 at the Bendigo Art Gallery and will be held every two years thereafter.  In January 2005, Dale Frank was announced as the winner of the Arthur Guy Painting Prize, receiving a $50,000 cash acquisitive prize, an unprecedented amount for a painting prize.

Shortlisted artists include: Garry Adams, Peter Atkins, Xiao Bai, Irene Barberis, Christopher Beaumont, Yvonne Boag, Marion Borgelt, Robert Boynes, Warren Breninger, Angela Brennan, Kerry Buckland-Lewis, Janet Burchill, Jon Campbell, Jon Cattapan, Zhong Chen, Greg Creek, Hazel Dooney, Franz Ehmann, Sarah Faulkner, Prudence Flint, Juan Ford, Louise Forthun, Dale Frank, Mark Galea, Marie Hagerty, Stephen Haley, Melinda Harper, Katherine Hattam, Robert Hunter, Lindy Lee, Euan Macleod, Louise Paramor, David Ralph, Gareth Sansom, Joan Nancy Stokes, Guy Stuart, Wilma Tabacco, Aida Tomescu, Stephen Turpie, Darren Wardle and Jenny Watson.   An exhibition of the finalists and winning work will be open from 29 January 2005 to March 6 2005. 

Chris Beaumont’s Paintings will be exhibited in Melbourne at Cobalt Gallery, 27 Toorak Road, South Yarra.
From the 17th of March to 9th of April, Chris Beaumont will be exhibiting his latest still life’s at Melbourne newest contemporary Art Gallery Cobalt Gallery .

John Nolan, Gallery Director is an avid collector and admirer of Chris Beaumont’s complex .and beautifully painted still-lifes, has admired his work for many years and is very excited to be able to present his works at his new gallery.  Beaumont’s work is in the collections of the National Gallery of Victoria and many major corporate collections and private collections, he was twice selected for the prestigious Moet and Chandon touring exhibition and now has been announced the winner of the People’s Choice Award in Bendigo.

Born in Melbourne, Australia in 1961, Chris Beaumont began academic life in the Medical School at the University of Melbourne. It was in microscopic anatomy classes where he was urged to make a “diagram” of his observations rather than a “drawing” which turned on the metaphorical light bulb and sent him off to study Painting at the Victorian College of The Arts.

Chris discovered his passion for painting still life in the final year of art school and has pursued this branch of painting consistently since then. “Still Life is the Particle Accelerator of painting where the artist gets to examine reality itself.” says the artist.

Chris’ exquisite still life paintings of vegetables and fruit are a testament to his long affair with the meticulous glowing still-life paintings by early 17th Century Spanish Masters.

Finely rendered fruit or vegetables rest on a simple ledge or plinth where they glow against the black background which is perfected by applying fifteen different glazes of red and green oil paint. This gives a black of exceptional richness and depth to create an abstracted virtual space. The space of 3D Computer Assisted Design, modern cinema and animation, computer gaming and corporate informational visualisation is human created space, itself an idea where other ideas can be visualised.

Like the Spanish artists he admires these still-lifes are arranged on geometrical principles. The most alluring quality of the work is its deceptive simplicity. Humble objects become beautiful and precious and create a moment of stillness and contemplation.

Opening Night at Cobalt Gallery  is Thursday 17th  March from 7-9.30pm  

About Arthur Guy Memorial Prize.

Mr Allen Guy C.B.E. has initiated the Prize in honour of his late brother Arthur Guy who died during WWII, with equal assistance provided by the Bendigo Art Gallery. 

The Guy family are prominent in the Bendigo region.   Mr Allen Guy C.B.E. has served on various committees including as Chairman of Sandhurst Trustees 1979-1989.  Mr Richard Guy OAM is the current Chairman of Bendigo Bank and has held this role since the late 1980s.

Arthur Guy Prize Judge and Deputy Director, National Gallery of Victoria: International, Tony Ellwood added, “The quality of entries for this prize reflects the significance of this award and the standing and contribution of the Bendigo Art Gallery in Australia.   It is justifiably a prize of national importance.”

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  Wednesday, 2 March 2005

American Splendor is a terrific movie

I got to finally watch American Splendor. What a fantastic movie.

It is the story of Harvey Pekar, a morose gloomy guy who creates a comic book featuring himself. And it's a real true story.

What was great about the movie is how it mixes the actor who plays Harvey (Paul Giamatti), Harvey himself and the cartoon images from the comic book. It has geeks, nerds, and celebrities scattered through the movie. It was a sad, yet funny experience.

Highly recommended

[listening to: Love Island - Fatboy Slim ]
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