Friday, 31 March 2006

Eagles far too good for Saints

I watched the game last night and the eagles were just too good for the Saints.

WEST COAST: 3.1, 7.5, 11.11, 11.18 (84)
ST KILDA: 3.5, 4.8, 8.11, 9.12 (66)
GOALS West Coast: Cox 2, Embley 2, Stenglein, Staker, Cousins, Kerr, Selwood, Lynch, Sampi St Kilda: Hayes 3, Gehrig 2, Harvey, Riewoldt, Watts, Voss
BEST West Coast: Cox, Embley, Wirrpanda, Kerr, Judd, Glass St Kilda: Hayes, Harvey, Dal Santo, Riewoldt, Gram
INJURIES West Coast: St Kilda: Baker (cut head)
CHANGES West Coast: Gaspar replaced in selected side by Sampi St Kilda: -
UMPIRES - Allen, Vozzo, Woodcock
CROWD - 40,036 at Subiaco Oval

Eagles 'just far too good'
FOX SPORTS, Australia - 1 hour ago
... Apart from former club captains Nick Riewoldt and Lenny Hayes, the fancied Saints were bossed all over Subiaco Oval by the Eagles, who won convincingly 11.18 ...
EAGLES OFF TO A FLYER Advertiser Adelaide
Eagles full of running to start year with a win The Age
Opening night triumph helps Eagles forget their troubles Sydney Morning Herald
ABC Online - - all 60 related »

The Age
Eagles come out to play
Australian, Australia - 15 hours ago
ALL summer we have heard how the West Coast Eagles can play up. Last ... It was the third of five unanswered goals for the Eagles. The ...
Eagles v Saints
Judd promises 'unified' Eagles
Saints up to Subiaco challenge: Thomas ABC Online
The Age - The Age - all 20 related »

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  Monday, 27 March 2006

FOX Footy Program Listings 28th March - 3rd April 2006 NSW only

I get an email each week from FOX Footy with their weekly program listings.

I just want to see when my team's game is on the telly, so this is my viewing hilights for the coming week.

Thursday 30/03/2006

  • 3.30pm Last Time They Met 2005 Rnd 8 West Coast Eagles v St Kilda
  • 9.30pm Round 1 West Coast Eagles v St Kilda

Friday 31/03/2006

  • 12.30am Round 1 West Coast Eagles v St Kilda
  • 5.30am Round 1 West Coast Eagles v St Kilda
  • 5.30pm Round 1 West Coast Eagles v St Kilda

Saturday 01/04/2006

  • 10.30am Round 1 West Coast Eagles v St Kilda

Monday 03/04/2006

  • 8.30am Round 1 West Coast Eagles v St Kilda

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Excitement & Hype Building for start of AFL Season

The hype is ramping up for the start of the season

The pundits are having their say

I'm looking forward to this year - quietly confident is the saying goes!

Carn the Saints!!!

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  Saturday, 25 March 2006

2006 AFL Fixture - ready for importing into Outlook

The tradition continues.

Here's a CSV file for importing into Outlook which contains the 2006 AFL Fixture.

I did this for 2004 and 2005 and now 2006. If you find it useful, let me know

Only 5 days to go before the premiership season starts ...

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  Tuesday, 21 March 2006

2006 Commonwealth Games Medal Table

This is cool - a  table which shows the latest medal tally from the 2006 Commonwealth Games

[listening to: Yes I Will Lady Magdalene - Neil Diamond ]
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Bloginfluence - Rate your influence in the blogosphere

Saw a post from Splatt on this new service : Bloginfluence.

I had to try it out

My influence
[listening to: Yes I Will Lady Magdalene - Neil Diamond ]
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Top Tags What Frank blogs about.

This is cool - it's from my Technorati profile. It's my personal tag cloud. I havent applied the funky style sheet, so it's just a boring unorder list

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  Sunday, 19 March 2006

Quiz: How Scary Are You?

You Are Creepy
Serial killers would run away from you in a flash.

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  Saturday, 18 March 2006

American Inventor : Some Good and Some Bad

I am a big fan of inventor shows.  We are addicited to The New Inventors on the ABC and we also loved a UK show on Discovery Channel called "What's the Big Idea?", which featured British Inventors and super model presentors

So, when I heard about a new reality TV show which featured inventors and their inventions that was being made in the US which became known as American Inventor, I thought to myself that I could be interesting.

I followed stories online of people attending audiitons - American Inventor - Reality TV meets Makers, "American Inventor" audition account by a Boing Boing reader, American Inventor: An auditioner's account, American Inventors - A blog by an inventor for inventors!, and the excitement was building.  I even spotted a teaser TV ad online

Well, the show premiered in the US this week, and by all accounts it sounds great. There's even a Live blog, full recap on Make, with pictures. Over at TV Squad, they even propose "the American Inventor drinking game! Everytime someone says the word "dream," take a shot of booze."

I had to watch if for myself, and you know, it was good. I was hooked. First time I've enjoyed a Reality TV program.

I wonder which local network will pick it up? Since it's on ABC, I guess The Nine Network will grab it

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  Thursday, 16 March 2006

Quiz: How Irish Are You?

It's because of my wife :

You're 90% Irish
Congratulations, you're a shining example of an Irish lass (or lad).
There's hardly anyone more Irish than you!

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  Wednesday, 15 March 2006

Melbourne 2006 - Online Resources

Great information can be found online about the The XVIII Commonwealth Games

Will these be the web 2.0 games???

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I've re-took the infamous Nerd? Geek? or Dork? test, just to see if my score has changed.

Last time I took the test, I scored 56 % Nerd, 91% Geek, 56% Dork

This time, the balance has changed slightly, with an overall consistent theme:

Outcast Genius
65 % Nerd, 86% Geek, 60% Dork
For The Record:

A Nerd is someone who is passionate about learning/being smart/academia.
A Geek is someone who is passionate about some particular area or subject, often an obscure or difficult one.
A Dork is someone who has difficulty with common social expectations/interactions.
You scored better than half in all three, earning you the title of: Outcast Genius.

Outcast geniuses usually are bright enough to understand what society wants of them, and they just don't care! They are highly intelligent and passionate about the things they know are *truly* important in the world. Typically, this does not include sports, cars or make-up, but it can on occassion (and if it does then they know more than all of their friends combined in that subject).

Outcast geniuses can be very lonely, due to their being outcast from most normal groups and too smart for the room among many other types of dorks and geeks, but they can also be the types to eventually rule the world, ala Bill Gates, the prototypical Outcast Genius.


Also, you might want to check out some of my other tests if you're interested in any of the following:

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Professional Wrestling

Love & Sexuality


Thanks Again! -- THE NERD? GEEK? OR DORK? TEST

My test tracked 3 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
free online dating free online dating
You scored higher than 61% on nerdiness
free online dating free online dating
You scored higher than 99% on geekosity
free online dating free online dating
You scored higher than 95% on dork points
Link: The Nerd? Geek? or Dork? Test written by donathos on Ok Cupid, home of the 32-Type Dating Test

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Beware the Ides of March!

hehe - I love that saying.

Wikipedia has more:

In the Roman calendar the Ides of March fell on the 15th day of the Roman month of Martius.

Although the Roman calendar was eventually displaced by the modern days of the week around the 3rd century AD, the Ides continued to be used in a vernacular sense for centuries afterwards. When Shakespeare wrote the famous line Beware the Ides of March! in his play Julius Caesar in 1599, he did so in the reasonable assumption that his audience would know the date of Caesar's death and so have a good idea of what the Ides were.

The date is famous because Julius Caesar was assassinated on the Ides of March, 44 BC. Because of Shakespeare?s play Julius Caesar and its line ?Beware the Ides of March?, the Ides of March has had a sense of doom. But in Roman times the Ides of March was simply the normal way of saying March 15th.

For me, it's a warning about the upcoming sportsfest down in Melbourne ( which I can't bear to watch). The best comment is from John Doyle (aka Rampaging Roy Slaven) with his article, The Lost Empire - You gotta read it.

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  Tuesday, 14 March 2006

Mad for an Xbox 360

My eldest, Antony, is desperate to get his hand s on an Xbox 360.

He can't wait anymore. As far as he is concerned it should have launched on March 2nd.

So, when he heard about the contest on local radio station Nova 969 - he went crazy.

The promotion goes something like this

  • you fill in a form saying *WHY* you deserve an Xbox 360
  • the gang pick the best entry each day
  • you then have a choice between Box "A" and Box "B"
  • the one you pick gets chainsawed live on air
  • if it's empty, you win
  • it the xbox 360 is in the box, it gets cut in two and you lose!

So, Antony is listening to this and wonder WHY would they be destroying an Xbox 360 when could be playing with it.

Turns out they aren't really cut with a chain saw, but Antony has Asperger's Syndrome and is quite literal. He deals with the concrete and with facts, so this kind of promotion leaves him very confused.

I tell him to chill - he'll get a chance to get his in a week and a bit. Plus, he can come visit me when he wants to plat

[listening to: Ring of Fire - Johnny Cash ]
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  Monday, 13 March 2006

OMG. South Africa win the greatest game

So, I went to bed feeling pretty content that Australia was going to win the fifth one day international after watching their amazing innings in which they scored 434 runs.

When I woke up, I checked the results and I couldn't believe what happened. South Africa chased the score down and WON


ODI # 2349
Australia in South Africa, 2005-06, 5th One-Day International
South Africa v Australia
New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
12 March 2006 (50-over match)

Result: South Africa won by 1 wicket
Series: South Africa wins the 5-ODI series 3-2

Toss: Australia
Umpires: Aleem Dar (Pak) and BG Jerling
TV Umpire: KH Hurter
Match Referee: BC Broad (Eng)
Man of the Match: HH Gibbs and RT Ponting
Player of the Series: SM Pollock (SA)

Australia innings (50 overs maximum)                            R   M   B  4 6
+AC Gilchrist         c Hall             b Telemachus          55  68  44  9 0
SM Katich             c Telemachus       b Ntini               79 138  90  9 1
*RT Ponting           c Dippenaar        b Telemachus         164 154 105 13 9
MEK Hussey            c Ntini            b Hall                81  75  51  9 3
A Symonds             not out                                  27  23  13  3 1
B Lee                 not out                                   9  13   7  0 0
Extras                (lb 4, w 5, nb 10)                       19
Total                 (4 wickets, 50 overs, 234 mins)         434

DNB: DR Martyn, MJ Clarke, NW Bracken, SR Clark, ML Lewis.

FoW: 1-97 (Gilchrist, 15.2 ov), 2-216 (Katich, 30.3 ov), 3-374 (Hussey, 46.1 ov), 4-407 (Ponting, 47.4 ov).

Bowling O M R W Ntini 9 0 80 1 (1w) Hall 10 0 80 1 (2nb) van der Wath 10 0 76 0 (1nb, 1w) Telemachus 10 1 87 2 (7nb, 3w) Smith 4 0 29 0 Kallis 6 0 70 0 Kemp 1 0 8 0

South Africa innings (target: 435 runs from 50 overs) R M B 4 6 *GC Smith c Hussey b Clarke 90 100 55 13 2 HH Dippenaar b Bracken 1 6 7 0 0 HH Gibbs c Lee b Symonds 175 142 111 21 7 AB de Villiers c Clarke b Bracken 14 43 20 1 0 JH Kallis c & b Symonds 20 22 21 1 0 +MV Boucher not out 50 79 43 4 0 JM Kemp c Martyn b Bracken 13 20 17 0 0 JJ van der Wath c Ponting b Bracken 35 20 18 1 3 R Telemachus c Hussey b Bracken 12 10 6 2 0 AJ Hall c Clarke b Lee 7 9 4 1 0 M Ntini not out 1 3 1 0 0 Extras (b 4, lb 8, w 4, nb 4) 20 Total (9 wickets, 49.5 overs, 228 mins) 438

FoW: 1-3 (Dippenaar, 1.2 ov), 2-190 (Smith, 22.1 ov), 3-284 (de Villiers, 30.5 ov), 4-299 (Gibbs, 31.5 ov), 5-327 (Kallis, 37.4 ov), 6-355 (Kemp, 42.1 ov), 7-399 (van der Wath, 46.3 ov), 8-423 (Telemachus, 48.2 ov), 9-433 (Hall, 49.3 ov).

Bowling O M R W Lee 7.5 0 68 1 (3nb, 1w) Bracken 10 0 67 5 Clark 6 0 54 0 Lewis 10 0 113 0 (1nb, 1w) Symonds 9 0 75 2 Clarke 7 0 49 1

Australia full substitute: GB Hogg (unused).

South Africa full substitute: RJ Peterson (unused).

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  Sunday, 12 March 2006

Highest ever one day international score

Just watched the Australian innings in the deciding fifth one day international versus South Africa

The Australian team has scored the highest ever score, cracking the magical 400

The amazing scorecard looks like this....

ODI no. 2349
Australia in South Africa ODI Series - 5th ODI
South Africa v Australia
2005/06 season

Played at New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg, on 12 March 2006 (50-over match)

 Australia innings (maximum 50 overs) R M B 4s 6s SR
wicket-keeper AC Gilchrist c Hall b Telemachus 55 70 44 9 0 125.00
SM Katich c Telemachus b Ntini 79 135 90 9 1 87.77
captain RT Ponting c Dippenaar b Telemachus 164 151 105 13 9 156.19
MEK Hussey c Ntini b Hall 80 75 51 9 3 156.86
A Symonds not out 27 13 3 1 207.69
B Lee not out 9 7 0 0 128.57
    Extras (lb 4, w 5, nb 10) 19
    Total (4 wickets; 50 overs) 433
To bat DR Martyn, MJ Clarke, ML Lewis, NW Bracken, SR Clark

Fall of wickets 1-97 (Gilchrist, 15.2 ov), 2-216 (Katich, 30.3 ov), 3-373 (Hussey, 46.1 ov), 4-406 (Ponting, 47.4 ov)

 Bowling O M R W Econ
 M Ntini 9 0 80 1 8.88 (1w)
 AJ Hall 10 0 79 1 7.90 (2nb)
 JJ van der Wath 10 0 76 0 7.59 (1nb, 1w)
 R Telemachus 10 1 87 2 8.69 (7nb, 3w)
 GC Smith 4 0 29 0 7.25
 JH Kallis 6 0 70 0 11.66
 JM Kemp 1 0 8 0 8.00
 South Africa team    
wicket-keeperMV Boucher, AB de Villiers, HH Dippenaar, HH Gibbs, AJ Hall, JH Kallis, JM Kemp, M Ntini, captainGC Smith, R Telemachus, JJ van der Wath

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I LOVE Banner

I really really like

I've been using it for a few years now and these are my top artists

fda's Overall Artists Chart

How cool is that!

At last count, I had played 75,659 tracks!! Banner 

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  Saturday, 11 March 2006

Got the AFL Record Guide to Season 2006

As I do each year, I finally got hold of the AFL Record Guide to Season 2006 (ISBN 0975796402).

It took a lot of searching until I tracked down a copy at the Angus and Robertson store in Chatswood Westfield. It was the only one in the store.

The AFL Record Guide to Season 2006 is the bible of stats with information about almost everything AFL.

Each year, the book gets bigger. This edition has 16 more pages than last year, with 866 pages, but it's slimmer, due to lighter weight paper.Pretty cool.

This year, the publishers have added a new element - the ability to email corrections back to them. There's a bunch of updates already posted online

My AFL Guide sits in a "special place" in my house and it gets read every day.

Can't wait for the season to start.

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Giant Battle Monster Challenge


ape Strength: 9
Agility: 4
Intelligence: 4

is a Giant Ape that looks like a Man in a Rubber Suit, and has Huge, Sharp Claws and a single Horn on its Forehead.

Strength: 9 Agility: 4 Intelligence: 4

To see if your Giant Battle Monster can
defeat Frankarr, enter your name and choose an attack:

fights Frankarr using

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  Friday, 10 March 2006

Annalise wants us to Save The Sheep

I spotted this on The SMH this week :

Annalise strips to stop cruelty

Annalise Braakensiek Ad

It's for a campaign called Save The Sheep.

Ahh, to be a sheep.

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My Sexy Brazilian Name is:
Your Sexy Brazilian Name is:
Rodolfo Barros

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Slow, and Cheap - That's Australia's Broadband Situation

An article in today's Australian references a report by the World Bank that shows Australia is lagging behind other developed nations in terms of broadband speed.

Official figures cited in the report showed that per head of population, Australia's broadband internet speed was just over 1Mbps.

The figure was down significantly compared with Britain (13 Mbps), France (8.4 Mbps), Germany (6.85 Mbps) Canada (6.8 Mbps) and the United States (3.3 Mbps), but was similar to Japan.

But internet costs were relatively cheap, costing just under $25 a month in Australia, compared with Japan ($29), Britain ($33), the US ($20.50) and Canada ($17).

It goes on.....

The study contradicts recent government statements about the popularity of high-speed internet connections.

Although the government is claiming close to three million broadband subscriptions, the report said Australia had only 77 broadband connections for every 1000 people.

This was lower than Canada (165), Japan (146), United States (129), France (109) and Britain (103), but close to Germany's 84 connections per 1000 people.

Looks like someone's telling porkies

[listening to: The Wanderer - Johnny Cash ]
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  Monday, 6 March 2006

Back from Seattle

My week in Seattle is over. It was good to be back there, but boy, it was COLD. Brrrrrr

I drove 200 miles during my time there, which is pretty surprising.

I bought a bunch of DVDS, some old, some new

The trip is over, I got home Sunday and I am feeling a bit tired today.

[listening to: Jackson - Joaquin Phoenix; Reese Witherspoon ]
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