Feb. 5th, 2012 03:24 pm
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This is the email I just got from my mother.

Glenn is my brother, and he still lives in St George, where I grew up.


Well, Glenn is currently starting to stack stuff up high. He is moving the big wooden table from the patio into the “shop” and also has the kitchenette counter and shelves in there to put things up high. He is going to put his bed up onto the wooden benches from the patio and will remove everything in lower cupboards, shelves and book cases. He says he is not going to leave town. He doesn’t think that the Moonie would be safe for his car anyway and according to the mayor, Donna Stewart, she is suggesting that anyone who can, leave town now while they can still get to Moonie. The water has broken through and around Beardmore dam - first time ever, so I would expect the Moolibah weir to be in full flood over the road already. Since they have never had these conditions combined before [the last two floods did not include Mitchel and it’s river nor did it include over 12 inches of rain]. If the prediction of over 14m comes true, Glenn is at the 14m mark so will end up with water in the house. It will also flood his new car. At least this time, he is home to look after things. [He was here on the coast for the last two floods]. They have relocated all of the residents from Warawee Aged Care to the Gold Coast via planes. The bottom end of town will likely be completely inundated and if this reaches the 14m mark, I would expect Dirranbandi to be wiped off the map in another 24-48 hours.

I just can’t fathom that much water. We have seen the lower end of town under water many times, BUT never like this. Get everyone to say a little prayer to whomever they may be in contact with. We can only hope and pray that all lives will be safe and can’t worry about “things” which can always be replaced.


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(Yes, I'm still here. Still reading everything, just not posting much, ok?)

This year marks a first for me. This will be the first time in my life that I won't be having Christmas as my parents place. They're having it at mine!

Mum and Dad are on a cruise at the moment (two weeks going around New Zealand, then two weeks going around New Caledonia, Fiji and the like) and get back to Sydney the morning of Friday the 23rd of December. Of course, Mum didn't want to have to try and organise Christmas in the day and a half after they get back, so I'm hosting it instead. Mum and Dad fly in to Melbourne from Sydney once they get back, and my brother is flying down from the Sunshine Coast on the same day.

They are here from Friday the 23rd till Friday the 30th. Part of that will be doing the Christmas thing, but also there will be tourist stuff.

What suggestions do people have for the tourist stuff? Keep in mind that I don't have my own car, so preferably would like things easily accessible via public transport, or organised tours and the like.

I'm not planning on making an itinerary, just collecting all the options and letting them choose what they want to do. Already pencilled in is the Queen Victoria Markets, Melbourne Zoo and Melbourne Aquarium. What else?
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Online rego is now closed, but you can still come along and register at the convention.

Melbourne's Spring gaming festival is running Saturday the 8th and Sunday the 9th of October at Melbourne High School. Check out the website (http://www.unicon.asn.au/) for event details!

Come along, we have con-orgs in corsets! :)
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Hi all,

Unicon 2011 is open for players!

Melbourne's Spring gaming festival is running Saturday the 8th and Sunday the 9th of October at Melbourne High School. Check out the website (http://www.unicon.asn.au/) for event details!

Come along, we have con-orgs in corsets! :)
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Unicon is set to run the weekend of the 8th and 9th of October, but at the moment we're running very tight as to whether we have enough events to justify running the con.

If you have been thinking of submitting an event, please do so! To submit an event, log into AON, comment here or email me the details.

We would really love more of everything, which includes (but isn't limited to) tabletop roleplaying, freeforms/multiforms, board games and miniatures/war games.

Final decision as to whether the convention is going ahead should be made Thursday. Please help if you can!
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Don't expect this to carry on the entire time I'm here. It might, it might not. I just have the time and I'm in the right mood at the moment.

Today started at my parents place in Maroochydore. after breakfast I wandered down to the bowls club to watch my parents playing bowls, where the usual happened. I don't watch sport much, don't really care about it. However, if I actually watch a sports match and care about the outcome, the team I want to win will loose. When I got to the bowls club, their team was down 8 to 7, and won a point on that end brining it even at 8 all. They ended up loosing 17 to 8. Once I arrived they couldn't get anything to go their way, and the other team simply outplayed them. Oh well.

Then it was back home for a quick lunch and heading off to Brisbane airport. No flights to Cairns from Maroochydore so I had to book the flight from Brisbane instead, and Mum and Dad were happy to drive me down. The drive was uneventful, however I didn't realise we were close to the airport until we were there. The area surrounding Brisbane airport has changed dramatically since I was last down. The duplication of the Gateway Bridge is done, and all those weird-ass roundabouts on the way in have been removed.

Dropped off at the airport around two, checked in and headed up to the newly renovated Virgin Lounge. I have to say I don't like the renovations. It's all light and airy and hip and happening, or at least I think that's what they were going for. I just found it sparse. Weird counters that jut out for no apparent reason and waste space, and it didn't look complete to me. Anyway, the food and complimentary wireless was just as good as always.

My visit to the Lounge was a bit different to all my previous visits though. I think this is the first time I've visited when I've been going to someplace, all the other times it's been coming home. I pop into the Lounge if I arrive at the airport early and have time to kill. I doubt I'll ever do that coming from home (if I have time to kill, I'll do it at home, thank you very much) so it's only ever been when I'm leaving wherever I've been and am heading back. I think this made the visit much more relaxed because I had nothing to care about at the other end of the trip.

Flight was boring (which is a good thing) and we touched down in Cairns about 5 minutes early. For a change I didn't pull out the inflatable pillow to wedge in the small of my back (which I usually do to keep my back for seizing up during the flight) and surprisingly enough I didn't have a problem. Either the seats on the plane were better than normal, or my lower back is holding itself together better, or the week visiting Mum and Dad actually had relaxed me somewhat to begin with. I'm guessing a combination of the three.

Landed, grabbed my bag and got a ticket for the Cairns airport shuttle bus ($12 one way). I ended up sitting next to a hunky young man with one of those huge backpacks in his lap. Him and his mate (who was sitting the row behind) were probably the first ones on the bus so they spread out but when we left we had 19 out of a possible maximum of 20 passengers, so they ended up with people next to them.

I'm not complaining, as the one I was sitting next to was quite a hunk. They ended up chatting during the drive into Cairns (very short, less than 10 minutes) and the American twang in their voices was very distinct. I would probably place them as from the southern US (but not the deep south), something like southern California or across to Texas, or something like that.

Got to the hotel, unpacked, and decided to go for a walk. When we landed the pilot said it was a pleasant 20 degrees, and it was beautiful. By the time I'd finished unpacking it had gotten a bit of a chill in the air, but still beautiful. My hotel (the Mantra Trilogy) is right on the Esplanade, and I have a view of the water from the balcony. I wouldn't call it a beautiful view, as it's nighttime so I can hardly see anything, and it's low tide, so the harbour is currently a mudflat. Oh well, still nice anyway.

I walked up to the point, then back the other way to skate park (where the lights had just gone out, so I didn't hang around and watch) then back to the hotel. I bought a carton of orange juice and grabbed a whole heap of tourist brochures from the lobby before heading back up for the morning, and now I'm here.

I'm planning on leaving the curtains open so that the rising sun puts heaps of sunlight into my room (balcony is eastish facing) and we'll see if that's a good idea in the morning.
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Tomorrow I fly up to Cairns for nine days/eight nights for the real holiday.

While I love my family very much, time spent with them is not a holiday as I will always stress around them, as a result I'm really looking forward to the next week.

So, anyone have any suggestions on what I should do up in Cairns? Mostly the plans are to be lazy and relax, but I do want to do some stuff while I'm up there. If I'm lazy and do nothing for the entire time I will end up regretting it, so I want to have some activities.

One thing I probably won't be doing is visiting the reef. The way my back/neck has been means that time on the water will probably make me seasick. Not something I really want to do.

One thing I have pencilled in is to visit Kuranda via the Sky Rail and the Kuranda Scenic Railway. From what I've read, the railway only has two trips a day, while the Sky Rail is continuous, so what I'll probably do is take the railway up one morning, spend however long I want to spend up there, and then take the Sky Rail back down.

Anyone else have any "must do" options?
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I'm currently on holidays on the Sunshine Coast visiting family. My brother and I watched two movies today.

First up was Cowboys and Aliens. I was expecting a mindless shoot-em-up involving cowboys and aliens, and got a hell of a lot more. A much richer plot, a lot more characterisation and they avoided a lot of the obvious cliches/stereotypes/tropes. I really enjoyed it. Plus, Daniel Craig is still a hunk.

Then after lunch was the new Conan: The Barbarian movie. This was the action/fantasy movie I was expecting to see. Lots of blood, lots of violence, exactly what was promised. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the movie, but don't expect anything more than a basic fantasy/action flick.

My big complaint with Conan was the 3D. I don't know what it's like elsewhere but it was only showing in 3D at the Cinema we went to, and it would have very much preferred to watch in in standard and not in 3D. I found the 3D distracting and detracting from the movie. The biggest problem was the number of times a random piece of scenery "poked out" in front of what was actually going on, distracting my attention. Plus, the 3D glasses made the movie look darker.

On the plus side, Jason Momoa is one exceedingly hot hunk. Yum! Expect lots and lots of beefcake.


Aug. 14th, 2011 01:16 am
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I'm on holidays for the next two weeks.

I'm visiting my parents from Sunday the 14th till Saturday the 20th, and then I'm up in Cairns until Sunday the 28th.

My plans are to do as little as possible in the warmer weather.

I may or may not be looking at my feeds, depending on the availability of internet (especially at the hotel in Cairns).

I'll see you all on the flip-side.

Pheno Help

Jun. 9th, 2011 09:35 pm
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I'd like to ask for two bits of assistance for Pheno (roleplaying convention) this weekend.

Firstly, I fly in to Canberra at about 3:00pm tomorrow (Friday) afternoon. My lovely hosts (being Mark and Ingrid) are going to be running around madly organising the convention, so won't be able to pick me up. Is there anyone able to help me out? I want to get to the convention site by 5:30 for the GM briefing, but other than that have no need to be anywhere at any time.

Secondly, while I own all the props I need for A Darkened World I can't find some of them. I know they exist, don't know where I packed them. So, can anyone lend me some bits and pieces for the weekend.

It's not much, just an eye-patch for one character and a sling for another character. I think I need them for Sunday afternoon.

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I (and probably just about every other Dreamwidth user) have a whole mess of Dreamwidth invite codes now.

Let me know if you want one)


May. 26th, 2011 11:20 am
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I've worked out the big problem I have is not with the move itself, it's with the packing. If the packing is done, the move is actually quite simple. Yes, it's big and it's annoying, but it's just people putting boxes and furniture into a truck, and the pulling them out of the truck again at the other end.

However, you've got to pull all the stuff out of the furniture and into boxes before they can do that, and that's the bit that stresses me.

I know what I want to get moved this Saturday, but moving it relies on the appropriate packing being done before that. Some will be tonight (I have an exercise class this evening, so won't be getting home until a bit later) and then the rest has to be done tomorrow night or it won't be done in time.

Anyone want to come over tomorrow night and help me pack, or at least provide moral support?

The Move

May. 24th, 2011 02:32 pm
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I've thought about it, and realised that whether or not I get enough people volunteering to help on Saturday it's going to be easier if I book professional movers anyway.

As a result I've booked MiniMovers (the only moving company I would recommend without hesitation) for this Saturday morning. The plan is to get as much of the non-essential stuff moved this weekend as possible. This means all the storage crates, all the furniture that isn't required over the following week, all the stuff in the garage out the back, that sort of thing.

I'm going to try and pack as much of my books (oh god, my books!) this week as I can, and get them over as well.

Travis and I will still be living at the old house for the following week, so I will be making sure I leave enough so the house is still liveable. However, the less remaining the better as it will result in less stress for both of us when we do the full move. It would probably end up being cheaper to move everyone on the one day (less travel time, etc), but considering how stressful the last move was, I'm willing to pay extra for less stress.

I'm planning on walking past the new house tonight so I can check on parking restrictions on Bell St. Knowing what the parking restrictions are before hand is a good idea. We sign the lease and get the keys tomorrow morning, and I'm planning on dropping in to the new place tomorrow after work with a tape measure (already in my bag) plus pencil and paper so I can work out room layouts. Thursday night I have an exercise class (one of the few things I haven't cancelled for the next few weeks), and because I was already going to have one of the Flexicars to get to the class, I've extended the booking to the next morning, so I have a car at my disposal for moving things around Thursday night.

Most of the rest of my free time will be packing boxes. The only things I haven't cancelled over the next few weeks are my exercise classes (they're good for me, so I really shouldn't cancel them), I've marked myself as available for my World of Warcraft Guild's raids for next Sunday and Monday night, and I've got a friends birthday to attend that I really want to go to. Other than that I've pulled out of everything I was doing until after Pheno.

I've booked a Flexicar from Friday night till Monday morning, and then again for the following weekend, so I have my own transport for the actual move. Not having your own transport makes this sort of thing exceedingly difficult.

So, I'm still perfectly willing to accept volunteers this Saturday and next Saturday, but have no need for anyone to volunteer if they aren't available/don't want to.

Overall I'm finding myself a hell of a lot less stressed than the last move. I've a better understanding of what I'm doing this time, plus I'm genuinely looking forward to the new house. Plus I think the knowledge that we're getting away from our current fuckwit landlord is helping considerably.

Getting there, slowly.
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Well, the dates are sorted.

Travis and I go in Wednesday morning (26th May) to sign the lease on the new place and get the keys. We've put in the notice to vacate the current place and the hand over date will be Monday the 6th of June.

Move is booked in for Saturday the 4th of June.

Travis has sorted the electricity, gas and water, while I've theoretically sorted the phone and internet (phone being a Telstra thing, that's why I've only theoretically sorted it). Internet is pencilled in as being connected on Monday the 6th, but may be a day or two depending on how much fiddling around they have to do with Telstra. We'll see.

We've got almost 2 weeks overlap with the two places. I'm intending to use this overlap to make the move as easy as possible. I'm planning to move a hell of a lot of my stuff this weekend, so we don't have to worry about it next weekend, and so that there's more room in the house to pack the rest of the stuff.

So, is anyone willing and able to help me this weekend? If I get enough people willing to help I'm going to hire a ute for the weekend, otherwise I will hire removalists. Most of what I want to move over this weekend is boxes and crates, very little furniture. Plus, most of it will be going into the bungalow out the back of the new place, so easy to deal with at the other end.

I remember a number of people have said they are willing to help. Anyone?


A House

May. 17th, 2011 10:23 pm
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Tired Random is tired.

However, we have a new house to move into.

Travis got the phone call from the real estate agent this morning and went in and paid the bond. All that's left to do is sort out the dates we actually start the lease. The owners are currently living in the house, and need to sort out their move. I expect they'll be out by sometime next week, and we'll be moving in post haste.

It's a very nice house. The bad news is that it's more expensive than the current place. The good news is that's it's actually going to save me money.

Currently I'm paying for a storage unit for some stuff that I do not have the space for. The new house includes a bungalow out the back that should fit everything I've got in storage, and then some. The end result will be that I'll be saving a bit each month on what I'm currently spending, plus all my junk is within arms reach, so I can actually work on going through the stuff I have and gradually disposing of it.

Plus, the new house is closer to the city, and I think is generally nicer than any of the houses we've looked at (including the ones we've lived in).

I'll do another post shortly with some other details that I don't want in a public post.
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The Dreamwidth Seed account sale is currently on.

I missed the first batch of 100 accounts, and the second batch of 100 went on sale almost an hour ago. The third batch should go on sale at approximately 11:00pm Melbourne time, and the fourth (and last) batch should go on sale at about 5:00am tomorrow morning.

Seed accounts cost $200US, and are the equivalent of a premium account but are valid forever. A year of a Premium account costs $50US, so you pay for 4 years and never have to worry about it again.

Accounts are for sale here: http://www.dreamwidth.org/shop

Click on the appropriate link for who you want to buy the account for (Buy paid services for yourself/someone in your circle/a different account/a new account/a random user).

If there are any Seed accounts available, there will be an extra option under the standard options for the seed account.


Apr. 21st, 2011 09:00 pm
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Today we received in the mail the official notice from our fuckwit landlord/owner to vacate the premises at the end of the lease (July 1). The reason stated on the notice for requesting us to leave was that the owner of the house or close family relative would be moving in (one of the standard reasons allowed in Victorian law).

I'm not surprised, and actually believe it.

When we moved in, the lease stated that the property had already obtained planning approval for sub-division, with another house to be built on the back half of the block. The lease stated that the sub-division wasn't going to happen during the lease, but was likely afterwards.

Not long after we moved in the owner had a valuer from the bank come through and value the property, as he was intending to re-finance.

In January he put the house and the full block on the market. His original asking price was in the range of $700k - $770k, which in my mind was at least $100k above the actual value of the house. His angle was that he was trying to sell both houses, the one that was actually here and the one that had planning approval. Sell the dream, as it were.

No one was interested. His asking price dropped to $690k - $750k, and then dropped again to $675k - $725k, and still no one was interested. The Melbourne property market was in a slump, and the number of buyers was way down.

He took the house off the market end of March. About a week afterwards he got another bank valuer to look at the house, as he was trying to refinance to build the back house himself.

And then today we get the notice to vacate, with the reason as the owner or relative of the owner is intending to move in.

To me, that says the valuation was no where near what he wanted, and he's over-extended himself financially. I think that he and his new wife are going to move back in, meaning they don't have to deal with whatever house they are currently living in, in an attempt to save money, and maybe do the sub-division later.

Which is a real fucking shame, as I like this house. He's a fuckwit, but it's a nice house.

So, Travis and I start the house hunting again next week.

The one good thing is that he really wants to move in as soon as possible, so he's included a clause stating we can end the lease at any time prior to the end of the lease with 2 weeks notice. This means we can jump when we find a good place and not have to worry too much about juggling timing.

Oh well.
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According the the latest [site community profile] dw_news post, they will most likely be doing another seed account sale April 30 - May 1, with 400 seed accounts selling for $200US in four batches of 100.

A seed account is a Premium Paid account that doesn't expire. A full year of a Premium Paid account is $50US, so a seed account costs the equivalent of 4 years.

I will most likely be getting a seed account, and then working out what to do with my almost a years worth of Premium Paid account I bought yesterday. Doh!
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With the DDOS attack LiveJournal is currently experiencing, I have just imported everything from LJ over to my DW account.

I have some spare DW invite codes if people want to come over.
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Or exceptionally cheap to a bad one.

I have too much stuff. Part of the process of deal with too much stuff is getting rid of the excess stuff. One of those things is a spare television.

It's a small 34cm CRT TV, with mono RCA inputs, and a set of rabbit ears (though I am missing the little thing that the rabbit ears use to connect to the antenna input of the TV).

Anyone want it? If no one claims it, I will be walking down to St Vinnies and donating it.


Jul. 19th, 2002 01:54 pm
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Yesterday when the alarm went off, I got up. Same with today.

Now that may not seem like much of an achievement, but for me it is.

Both days, today and yesterday, from the alarm going off until me getting into work was less than and hour and a half.

Previously it's usually in the range of two to three hours, and has been as long as five after a really bad night. The problem is that I don't sleep well with my back being as screwed up as it is. The usual reaction when the alarm goes off in the morning is for me to stagger over to the alarm clock, switch it over to the radio, and then go back to bed without actually waking up. I then wake up some time later, usually an hour or more later, wondering why the radio is on. I then realise I am awake, and get up.

I didn't like getting up yesterday or today (because this house is so bloody cold), but after a nice hot shower I was fine.

I think I'm finally going to beat this.
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I have a problem with making new friends.

For some reason, to talk to someone I don't know I need someone I do know there to act as a bridge. For instance, that's how I got involved with the Poker crowd.

Daniel and Tanya were going oversea's so they had a going away party. I knew a few other's there, like Tim, and some of the Toowoomba folk, so I was comfortable with situation. So I got to know, superficially at least, Will and Tom. That was about September 2000.

September 2001 Daniel and Tanya are back in the country for three weeks, and they have a homecoming/going away party, and again I run into Tom and Will and some of the others.

Tom, Will and I were the last to leave that event, at approximately eight o'clock the next morning, after the sun was already up. Will invited me to Poker, which usually happens at his place every Wednesday night, and that's how I became involved with them.

Every time there must be a link between me and the new person, otherwise I get frightened off.

And I've been doing it again on Live Journal.

I looked at my friends list on LJ and there were three people there. Stephen ([livejournal.com profile] nakedteddybears), Maggie ([livejournal.com profile] magdellin) and Amaya ([livejournal.com profile] illidrinn). Three people I already know!


However, all is not lost.

A random stranger ([livejournal.com profile] the_metatron) added me as a friend in his Live Journal, so it sort of pushed me to do something about it. I've added him to my friends (Hi) and another guy I came across who looked interesting (Hi Adam) and I've joined a few communities that look interesting.

So, perhaps I am salvageable.
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The fact that I just had to fix a spelling mistake in a LJ entry at 1:20 in the morning does not mean I am addicted.

It simply means that I hate my bed.

and I'm addicted


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Desert Rose

I dream of rain
I dream of gardens in the desert sand
I wake in vain
I dream of love as time runs through my hand

I dream of fire
Those dreams that tie two hearts that will never die
And near the flames
The shadows play in the shape of the man’s desire

This desert rose
Whose shadow bears the secret promise
This desert flower
No sweet perfume that would torture you more than this

And now she turns
This way she moves in the logic of all my dreams
This fire burns
I realize that nothing’s as it seems

I dream of rain
I dream of gardens in the desert sand
I wake in vain
I dream of love as time runs through my hand

I dream of rain
I lift my gaze to empty skies above
I close my eyes
The rare perfume is the sweet intoxication of love

I dream of rain
I dream of gardens in the desert sand
I wake in vain
I dream of love as time runs through my hand

Sweet desert rose
Whose shadow bears the secret promise
This desert flower
No sweet perfume that would torture you more than this

Sweet desert rose
This memory of hidden hearts and souls
This desert flower
This rare perfume is the sweet intoxication of love

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