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Tuesday, July 19th, 2005
7:24 pm - Bowing Out - A Rant
Livejournal has been pissing me off for some time now. I'm not going to update this any more. I like having an online journal, and will continue to have one, but just not here.

I've come to hate the assumptions and culture that have grown around this thing. I hate having Livejournal-based conversations with people. Mostly, though, I hate the assumption (that everyone seems to make) regarding their posts here being obsessively read by all who have an account.

Folks, I hate to break it to you, but I don't sit here refreshing my friends page all fucking day. Just because you posted something to your journal last week doesn't mean that I've seen it. If you want to communicate with me, then how about emailing me, calling me, or (god forbid) dropping by and saying hello? If you want me to attend your little shindig, maybe telling me about it might be a good idea, huh?

Having me on your friends list does not mean I'm part of your life. Shouting vaguely about something to the world in general does not equate to communicating with me. Really.

So, goodbye LJ. I'll leave this post here, at least, but slowly whittle the rest away over the next few weeks, as I get what I've written imported into my own site. I may stop by and read stuff from time to time, but maybe not. Don't count on it.

For the record ...

Home phone: (03) 9397 5059
Mobile: 0414 523 243
Email: mike@grouse.net.au (This hasn't changed in six or seven years)

Any of the above will result in me being able to supply you with my actual home address, because we can, like, converse and stuff.
Saturday, July 16th, 2005
2:02 am - A Movie by Eris
Eris made a movie. I helped, obviously, but the concept, story, dialogue and shot framing are all hers. I mainly edited it (with her sitting on my lap and approving my work) and did some voices.

Needs Quicktime 7 for playback. Don't complain at me about that. :)
Monday, June 27th, 2005
1:21 pm - Playtime
Eris's friend, Amy, is over for a visit today. I'm sitting down in my office, listening in amusement, as two four-year-old girls play games and draw pictures. It seems my presence is not required, unless they manage to click the wrong button again, and the doll-maker website gets lost, or if I need to deliver another massive collection of pens and crayons upstairs.

Wish it was warmer. I'm sick of this whole "cold" thing. I want to go outside and play.
Friday, June 17th, 2005
1:27 pm - Roll On ...
The tentative plans for the rolling paper review will be rescheduled. Confirmed yesterday that I'm working both Saturday and Sunday, so no fun for me. Will ping those who expressed interest some time next week to see what future dates might work.
Tuesday, June 14th, 2005
11:17 am - Cigarette Rollers Needed
Some of you may have seen my recent Tally-Ho Exposed piece that I wrote for Grouse. This seems to have gone down pretty well. For a future follow up, I want to do a detailed review of a whole bunch of cigarette papers. I'll be getting in a great many different brands, and I want a few people who roll their own to come along, roll a few over the course of a few hours, and provide feedback on the different types.

I'm thinking of possibly doing this on Saturday afternoon, this weekend. I'll provide food, and the papers. Anyone up for it? If there's a huge outpouring of woe regarding the timing, that can change.
Monday, June 13th, 2005
11:54 pm - Question Time
Eris recently discovered Paul's boxed sets of "The Simpsons", and has been working her way through them. This evening, the episode where Homer stops going to church and has visions of god came up.

"Who's that talking to Homer?"

"It's supposed to be God."

"Why is he mean and a giant?"

"Good question."
Saturday, June 11th, 2005
12:23 pm - New Idea
If anyone wants their very own picture of Eris, you should pick up this week's New Idea, and look for the Meadow Lea full-page ad. One of these days, I'm sure I'll finally get to see the bloody ad on TV, but this will do for now.
Thursday, June 9th, 2005
2:13 pm - The Unpacking Saga
Well, pretty much everything is finally here, at the new house. We're having fun dodging piles of boxes, and there's a big shuffle in progress almost constantly ... we need to move stuff off of Surface A, so we can have room to unpack Box B, and once we shift Boxes C through J over here we can put away the stuff from Box B, put Boxes C through J over where Box B used to be, which clears the spot to put away the contents of Box K, which is currently occupying the place where we can finally unpack Box C, which we're sick of moving around by now.

I've got enough kitchen to start cooking again, though. I actually bought a big chunk of beef today, which I will roast this evening. I have never, ever, ever roasted a big hunk of meat before in my life. There are some huge gaps in my experience, which comes from being a vegetarian for fifteen years; the whole time in which I really got into cooking. I know the theory, of course, but there's still this nagging doubt in the back of my mind that I'm going to just end up producing a small brown puddle of liquid that smells vaguely like a cow, instead of food.

Anyone coming over for dinner tonight? :)
Sunday, June 5th, 2005
10:38 pm - Oh Gods ...
I think I lost a coffee table.

I'm sure I loaded it into the trailer when I was in Clayton. I unloaded the trailer here, and I don't remember seeing it. I've looked all over, and it's not in the back yard, or on the nature strip or anything.

It can't have just flipped out over the cage sides while I was cruising down the freeway ... could it? I'm sure I threw some stuff on top of it. I'll have to wait until Paul gets back to find out if it's still sitting in the yard there.

Oh dear.
Friday, June 3rd, 2005
11:06 am - Grouse!
Has it really been eight years?

In an effort to get over the whole jaded feeling of still keeping the same site going after all this time, we've relaunched Grouse for its birthday. It won't be a relic of the 20th century any more, as we're dropping the whole "site of the day" concept and expanding out a bit. "Dog and Bone" will finally have a home, too.

There were about 2,800 links in the database when I turned off the old version of the site. Some of them even still work.
Saturday, May 28th, 2005
6:39 pm - Food
Roast potato, sweet potato and pumpkin. Nice t-bone steak, pan fried with mushrooms and red capsicum. Still, dinner for one is just dinner for one. Slightly depressing.

Oh well. I'll live. :)
Tuesday, May 24th, 2005
6:35 pm - Wow - Interweb!
Two days before I was expecting it, the ADSL is up and running at the new house. I'm online. Wow. I can check my mail again.

That said, I'm not sure I can face another evening with only a sleeping four-year-old and a pile of boxes for company. I hope I don't sound like I'm coming across all pathetic, but does anyone feel like popping over? I could use some company. I've read about six novels in the last week, and don't want to let the 'net suck all my time away, just because it's there and there's nothing else to do.

Monday, May 16th, 2005
9:19 pm - Just Another Ten Minutes
In my dream, I'm at her house. She loves me so much I can feel it. She comes to me, holds me and tells me she'll never let me go. I look into her eyes, and know she sees the same in me. It is warm in her arms, and the smell of her is the smell of smoky venues, spilled beer and just a hint of jasmine. Her lips are soft on mine, and the world dissolves when they meet.

When I wake up, I can't remember where she lives.
Sunday, May 15th, 2005
9:52 am - Settling In
I'm more-or-less moved in to the new place now. Still need to get my bed over, and some other bits and pieces, but my official base will now be back in Williamstown. Huge thanks to raven_sirius for the storage space, truck driving and firewood . Special mention to anthonybaxter for enthusiastically joining in with the firewood stomping.

Still lacking a fridge, until Paul gets packed up and moved, but I should be able to get by with an esky for a week or so. At least it's a much easier trip to kinder for Eris. A five-minute walk beats a 50 minute drive any day.

So ... anyone want to pop by over the next day or so to check out the joint and have a go at unpacking a box or two?

(Box unpacking optional.) :)
Wednesday, May 11th, 2005
10:32 pm - Night One
Eris and I are camped out at the new house tonight, since kinder starts at 8:30am tomorrow and we can walk there from here as opposed to spending an hour in morning traffic.

It's comfortable. We spent the evening reading books and watching movies on her computer while sitting in front of a nice warm fire. She's in love with her huge upstairs room, and I'm pretty happy with it all in general.

The only down side is that I'm out in what is to be Paul's room right now, since it seems that's where the only working phone socket is. Damn. Any cabling gurus out there want to sort out our plugs in exchange for dinner and booze?

Anyway. I'm going back to the fireplace and then curling up for an early night.
12:54 am - Motivation
I'm really getting into the neat combo of Serendipity and phpBB. I've managed to set up and get running with three web sites that have been on my "to do" list for ages. I've plugged the hell out of TheClitoris.org lately, so I won't do that again (whoops!), but here are the other two. Much geekier, less dodgy. :)

Alpha Core is a Linux-based operating system for systems using Alpha CPUs. It's probably of minimal interest to 99% of you folks reading this.

Practical Unix, on the other hand, may interest about five or six of you. The original concept was along the lines of "'Ask Slashdot' without the fucking attitude". No calling people idiots for not knowing stuff, no belittling choices of operating system, just helpful advice. We'll see how it goes.

Oh, Serendipity is easily dropped in to existing configurations for anyone currently hosted on The Receptacle. If you want to use it, or just a login account on a test installation to see how it goes, let me know and I'll hammer it all together for you.

current mood: geeky
Sunday, May 8th, 2005
11:00 pm - In Other News ...
TheClitoris.org is as "live" as it's going to get, and even has some content. Of course, more is always good. If you feel like writing something within the extremely broad scope of the site, please let me know and I'll set up an account for you.

For those of you who want it, the content will even be syndicated back to LJ-land as theclitoris_rss, complementing the theclitoris community that we also have set up. Hooray! An entire clitoral industry!
7:57 pm - Anyone Taping Big Brother?
During the last ad break (around 7:45pm), there was a Meadow Lea margarine commercial, featuring Georgie Parker and a small girl wearing a pink dress.

Well - the small girl in pink is my darling daughter, and I'd really like a copy of that ad. If anyone happens to have this on tape and could give me a copy, that'd be fantastic.

I have dismal TV reception here. :)
Friday, May 6th, 2005
7:30 pm - House!
Paul and I have had our application to rent our new house approved. Wa-hey!

Nice little place. The third bedroom is a loft conversion with a terribly low ceiling, which makes it an absolute dream room for a certain four-year-old girl. She'll have an entire floor to herself.

The kitchen is good, which suits Paul and I well. There's a big back yard with two sheds, leaving opportunities for many Monty Python references and gardening. Over the back fence is Williamstown Cemetary, so the neighbors will be fairly quiet. We observed many other young kids playing in the street when we were there, presumably attracted by the small park with swings and picnic tables which is across the road, right outside our front door.

One source of major stress is now removed from life. Hooray. I have a home that can be counted on to remain mine for the forseeable future.
Monday, April 25th, 2005
11:37 pm - Yawn
Must not repeat last night's mistake of staying up far too late doing geeky stuff. To be honest, though - there's little point to this post beyond geeky stuff. I just want something new to pop up in my journal's RSS feed, so I can look at the data.

I registered the domain "feedtube.com" the other day. I wanted to play with various syndication feeds and stuff like that, and that domain (which I'm still surprised was available) will do nicely. Plus there are all sorts of tasteless jokes about higher brain functions (and/or the lack thereof) to be made.

In other news, the Comic Life application I linked to the other day looks really nice, and I'm going to have to buy it. Eris is in love with the thing too. She's been making comic books out of pictures of herself and her toys. She gets me to type out the words that she dictates to me, but she does everything else by herself ... speech bubble positioning, frame layout, photo selection ... all her.

Sometimes it seems she's got a better eye for this stuff than I have. Heh.
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