Friday, September 29, 2006

Uncollapsing the core

With the list of intriguing turns of phrase as seen on ForBattle!, I had to publish this little collection too. A friend of mine was so obsessed with the new speak turn of phrase "uncollapsing the core" that he tried to find out what it meant. This was the best he could do:

1. “The uncollapsing theorem proposes that the possibility exists that a person in a deep meditative state can cause matter to assume a quantum superposition of states.”

2. “Collapsing a world works but uncollapsing it causes an out of memory crash.”

3. “In the real world, buildings may collapse into rubble, for example, but rubble does not "uncollapse" to form a building”

4. “Collapsed voids actually uncollapse into simple voids in this phase”

Monday, September 25, 2006

Another fun-filled weekend!

Well... once again it is time to procratinate. I have an assignment due in just over a week (in fact, just after Spring War. Yay for timing.) and a few emails I should write, as well as work to do. So I'm a blogging. As you do.

Friday night was fun. Went to see an Aark concert. Wasn't quite as weird as the other one I went to. Didn't really push the "What is music?" boundaries but was fabulous nonetheless. Some parts sounded a lot like The Necks. Some parts sounded like a soundtrack to a 50s detective movie. I was waiting for someone in a funky suit and hat to be standing somewhere in a darkened corner of the stage. Speaking of which, the venue itself is inspiring too. The Verbruggen Hall is a beautiful hall in a great building. Anyway, it was a great gig. If you are in to music that is a bit out there, it's great.

Saturday night involved going to the St Ursula birthday feast. Not really much to say. Had a great time. Good company.

Sunday was much more fun for me. I strapped on the armour and entered the "Rowany Tournament of Champions". It was a Valhalla style tournament. Considering that the weather was hot and dry, it was a little on the gruelling side. Okay... also considering that my fitness could be a lot better, it was gruelling. I got to the point where I couldn't really throw a shot, or move my shield effectively any more so it was pointless going back on. So how does a Valhalla style tournament work? Simple! If you have a group of fighters in a large field, you play with Melee rules, meaning that you engage your worthy opponent formally. This allows for many simultaneous one on one bouts. Once you have been slain, you watch... if the person who killed you then gets killed, you return from Valhalla to take the field again! This means that to win the tournament you need to kill all who are in the tournament. In a row. There is no other way. So when there are a number of good people in the tournament, and 24 people actually in armour, this can take some time. So despite me not doing particularly well in the tournament, I had a fantastic time and I also feel the better for having had the exercise. It did leave me well exhausted for the evening and I'm feeling some of the pain today. Including the bruises. But at least I've had some fighting before I head off to Spring War next weekend!

Edit: That's right! I almost forgot. I got to see Mic Conway out and about with 2 scary looking characters while shopping at Ashfield Mall. He was rudely interrupted by the Cat in the Hat, but used the opportunity to change "you are my sunshine" to "you are my cat-in-the-hat". Apparetnly he was in town for the Ukulele festival. Not sure my attention span could cope with that much Ukulele.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Yestarrrday were pirate day!

Here's the best thing to come out of pirate day for me. A pirate insult generator! It also has other modes. I likes it a lot, which is why it's going here.

Mr Snerg

I'll cut ye, ye mutinous swine... Prepare for yer doom!.

I'll plunder yer coffer, ye scrappy sea bass... Ye'll meet the rope's end for that, me bucko!.

I'll skewer yer gizzard, ye scurvy-infested matey... Blimy!.

We'll plunder yer booty, ye scurvy-infested swine... Shiver me timbers!.

Yer doom be at hand, ye mutinous pirate... Blimy!.

Enter your name to be insulted:

One of 73 thousand Pirate insults by Insult-O-Matic

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Heaps o' stuff!

Where, oh where has my weekend gone?

I'm typing this out because firstly, I'm procrastinating. I should be doing more studying type stuff or even work-related stuff. Secondly I think my brain has had enough for the day. I can't even decide what I want for dinner.

So where did it go?

Well, on Friday night we went to see Varekai, the latest Cirque du Soleil performance. Wow. Just wow. Watching people fold themselves in half which wearing funky outfits is great! One of my favourite things was the fact that they show that they are human. You can see the expressions of "yeah! I nailed that one!" and "I rock!" before they slip back into the focussed trance of trying not to injur themselves. They guys who were juggling each other were showing the most expression. There was a huge variety of styles of entertainment. The music is played and sung live. Performers vary from amusing side-kick gags to intense juggling and working far too far off the ground. There was also the spectacular costumes tying all the acts together through a nice little story. There was also so much happening at once that I know I missed quite a few things, and if you'd see the same show a few times it would still be great. Of course, post-show was the sit around the pub waiting for traffic to clear. There had to be a rugby league game on the night we went, didn't there? It was funny watching the football-going crowd separating from the circus-going crowd.

Saturday was a stay at home and relax day. Got up late. Cooked up a nice fried up breaky. Ate it on the picnic rug out in the back yard. I like having a yard! Headed off to Newtown to buy some more coffee from Campos (the last of our supply was donated to a good cause). Ended up buying the last of their coffee of the month. It's an Ethiopian blend that I can't seem to remember the name of. Guess it doesn't matter if I can't get it again! Very tasty though. While in Newtown I bought some boats. Somebody decided to get me started on collecting "Pirates of the Spanish Main". Hmmm... something collectable. Hope I don't get too obsessive over this one. At home spent a few hours catching up on readings for my current subject. Not sure what I think of this one. It makes some good points but gets there in very odd ways.

We did of course end up spending the late hours of the evening playing Pirates. I feel the game was a success since half of the boats ended up derelict. We played with only the 2 of us, 30 points worth of ship/crew, a total of 6 wild island plus 2 home islands, with 5 coins on each. This made the game more interesting as each boat had to do at least 2 runs to clean up an island somewhere.

Sunday slept in. Couldn't decide what to have for Brekky, which didn't matter because my indecision was interrupted by a "get out of bed and come and have breakfast!" phone call. Hooray for Ms Baggy-Trousers! When we got to Envy, it turned out the Fitz 'n' Krin were also there and one of them may also have a Pirates obsession. Heh. The it was off to Burwood to meet up with DV and Nw, to go see Mic Conway and his Junk Band. They rock! Turns out I've been looking for them for around 10 years. I saw them come on before Steeleye Span at the Three Weeds (one of them.. can't remember which 3 weeds it was), and thought they were great. They did a great cover of Road to Nowhere which.... strangely... they played this time too. Anyway, back then I thought they were great but promptly forgot their name and hadn't been able to find them since. Now I own 2 of their albums. Maybe I should have asked for autographs while I was there. Ah well... anyway, Burwood festival was fun. There were some fun boats to watch, heaps of great stalls and I got to eat some strange food. I tried a Japanese noodle pizza. Was surprisingly tasty! Well, with the number of sauces and spices poured on top it wasn't that surprising. But I'd eat another one!

After that, it was time for home. Was supposed to go out again to hang out with some people again but quite frankly... too tired. Also needed to get some more study done. I've done a bit. I've also done the dishes and ordered pizza and typed this up. Hmmm... procratination, full steam ahead!

Finality for the real estate agents...

Just as an amusing aside, and so I remember how much I trust these guys, I had to follow them up. Earlier last week I emailed and say hey.. ummm.. about that money. Turned out that she'd forgotten to put in the account number and the money was sitting in a holding account. Apologies ensued and the money actually arrived by last Friday. Wow. That didn't take long at all, did it?

Monday, September 04, 2006

One victory!

I finally called up NRMA to clear up the difference between dates on the cheque and after a bit of a chat and a "hmmm... I'll have a look at that for you" I got a "The difference between what you received and what you should have received was $51. I'm printing out the cheque now. Where would you like it sent?"


Still haven't received my bond reimbursement.....

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Spring has sprung!

While we were up at my parents' house this weekend, I took some pictures of what is growing in their garden. I can see why my mum likes spring so much.