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Dot Points from the last couple of months [Jul. 25th, 2009|12:40 am]
dalekboy
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In the last week or so, I've had a small bunch of concerned friends contact me privately to ask if I was okay, as I haven't been posting much for a while. Everything's cool, I've just been balancing being busy with my limited mental/physical energy, and some things, like LJ, are tending to suffer.

Thank you for the thoughts! I have been wanting/trying to put stuff up, but just not finding the time. Now some quick dot points and a picture...

* Lex is loving swimming!

* This week I started going for brisk half hour walks every day with a friend of mine

* My friend lives in Victoria. We SMS each other to say when we're walking :)

* Sharon's been working really hard the last week or so, poor thing. She comes home and tells me of her programming woes and I pretend to understand half of what she's talking about.

* Lex is heading towards tooth #9

* I have been rewatching Blake's 7 when I eat lunch, and enjoying it.

* I went to the dentist so we can start figuring out when we're going to rip out my wisdom teeth, as I believe me with wisdom teeth is false advertising.

* Today Lex broke my 1 litre coke glass :(

* Tonight I found two for sale on eBay :)

* When I saw that the next series of Doctor Who was going back to a Hartnell era style police box, complete with St. John Ambulance logo, I literally ran around the house waving my arms excitedly above my head ala Kermit the Frog for around two minutes. Sharon was amused by this.

* Blake's 7 lost a little of it's shine when Sharon noticed that the only Liberator crew that have their first names used regularly are the women, and Vila, the coward. I console myself by remembering that it was written at the end of the 70's, and Terry Nation couldn't even tell the difference between a star system and a galaxy half the time.

* I've started digging through my odd and interesting 1 & 2 season TV shows for a panel at Continuum 5. It's going to be hard to pick which shows to mention as worthwhile. Oldest I'm talking about is Star Cops from 1987.

* Sharon and I have been wanting to see the new Harry Potter film, and it keeps not happening. We're hoping we'll be able to steal a few hours in Melbourne and see it in Gold Class.

* I refound my book on Australian ghost towns. Guttermonkey and I will run amok in at least one of them... at a future date.

* Lex's cot has been through a few previous babies, all of whom left some teeth marks. Lex has been actively chewing his way through part of the wood. Seriously, the little bugger has gnawed a chunk out of his cot.

* This has been my mildest Canberra winter yet. There's been no snow visible on the surrounding mountains. That said, the gate has been frozen shut a couple of times.

* I continue to slowly get all my digital photos up on my Flickr account. Once all the digital ones are done, I want to start scanning my older pics.

* I am bemused by the Chronos awards. Many of the folks who are coming to the con and who nominated people have yet to vote. Seems odd to nominate someone and then not vote for them.

* At this exact moment, 1:10am, Lex is crying.

* I'm looking forward to the trip to Melbourne, and Continuum. Glad the con is on, because that will let us at least catch up with some of our friends. At this point, we leave Canberra the Friday before C5 and have only one free day before we get to the con.

* My stock from Roadshow is in. Now just need to send out people's orders soon-ish.

* I seem to have turned a corner with my swimming, and can occasionally breathe. Now I just need to do it consistantly enough to get from one end of the pool to the other without sucking in water.

* I love dolphin kick! I always reward myself after a lesson with some underwater swimming, arms at my sides, just doing dolphin kick.

* I watched Tenacious D - The Pick of Destiny and really enjoyed it. It was exactly the sort of movie I hoped it would be. While most crude humour bores me, and most swearing annoys me, I find it mostly tolerable with these guys. Plus, the film shows the true value of the cock push-up.

* Apparently, going by a recent survey, butchers enjoy their job more than anyone else. And they also have more sex. All this info does is remind me how much I miss droving, and make me wonder how many butchers exaggerated the amount of nookie they were getting.

* Oh, while I remember, can someone go out and have my sex for me? It may as well get used by somebody rather than go to waste.

* Oh! I had a bank teller flirt with me! True dinks! We were chatting away and at the end of the transaction she told me it'd been a lovely talk, then told me what bank branch she normally worked at and that I should visit, and then she winked at me! I'm pretty sure that's flirting that's so unsubtle that even I couldn't miss it!

* As those of you who know me can imagine, this left me really confused!

* Maybe she got grit in her eye at a bad moment...

* Been doing lots more, but I should go to bed. So in finishing, he's a piccie of Lex, stalking the backyard.

Grrrrrr...
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[User Picture]From: ariaflame
2009-07-24 04:17 pm (UTC)
One day I'll have to find some way of watching Star Cops.

I'm sorry I can't make continuum, but the timing really doesn't work, clashing as it does with the start of semester. Still, I have put in my membership form for Worldcon as astoundingly enough that doesn't clash so I shall get to a Melbourne con next year at least!

Is mine one of the orders that might get done? (No rush)

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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2009-07-25 05:53 am (UTC)
Try Planet video for Star Cops. Failing that, I can bring it over next Swancon.

Yep, should finally get your order out to you.
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[User Picture]From: purrdence
2009-07-24 04:37 pm (UTC)
Oh, so that's where the Wild Things are.
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From: fe2h2o
2009-07-24 04:40 pm (UTC)
That is a _gorgeous_ photo of Lex:-)

Glad to hear that the swimming (his and yours) is going well:-)
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[User Picture]From: nevryn
2009-07-24 05:12 pm (UTC)
What on earth is the dolphin kick? I know the frog kick!
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[User Picture]From: ariaflame
2009-07-25 01:55 am (UTC)
What you use if you're doing butterfly (or sometimes swimming underwater). Sort of a keep legs together and wriggle your body the right way thing as I remember.
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2009-07-25 06:00 am (UTC)
Here's a Youtube link - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41KPr1wQ1u0

My initial learning has been with hands down at my sides, and while arms in front may provide better streamlining, I like arms at sides. I just find that way... fun.
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[User Picture]From: strangedave
2009-07-24 05:50 pm (UTC)
Great photo!
Glad to hear things are more or less well, not that I was worried. No concerned friends contact me if I don't post for a bit, count yourself lucky!
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2009-07-25 06:01 am (UTC)
It was weird. I got one or two emails and messages, then suddenly in the last week or two, bang!

And I do think I'm lucky. I'm also bemused.
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From: gutter_monkey
2009-07-24 09:25 pm (UTC)
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* I refound my book on Australian ghost towns. Guttermonkey and I will run amok in at least one of them... at a future date.


Oh hells yeah!
I may have also found an abandoned mental hospital here in Melbourne.

> * Apparently, going by a recent survey, butchers enjoy their job more than anyone else. And they also have more sex. All this info does is remind me how much I miss droving, and make me wonder how many butchers exaggerated the amount of nookie they were getting.

Media Watch did an exposé on that - it turns out that the 'survey' was reported in a media release put out by a PR company on behalf of Meat and Livestock Australia.
http://www.abc.net.au/mediawatch/transcripts/s2631092.htm
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2009-07-25 06:10 am (UTC)
I'm free some nights prior to C5... though that will probably mean you're busy. Maybe Sunday night after the con, if we ain't dead?

See, if they'd just said butchers were happiest, I would have believed that. Abattoirs is definitely the happiest working environment I've ever been a part of. So butchers being happy feels right to me.

The sex thing set off alarm bells because most meatworkers spend most of their time bullshitting about their sexual conquests. I didn't, and so people made up my sexual conquests for me.

"Get a root on the weekend, Dan?"
"No."
"Bet you did."
"Nope."
"Ho hooo! Bet you spent the whole weekend up-to-your-nuts-in-guts, you little rootrat."
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[User Picture]From: cassiphone
2009-07-24 11:55 pm (UTC)
Babies swimming is the cutest thing ever!!

Do you know anything about when it might be possible to get hold of DVDs for Sarah Jane Adventures series two? I keep googling and coming up with nothing as far as release dates!
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[User Picture]From: purrdence
2009-07-25 03:11 am (UTC)
ABC is selling them, so I assume they're out around the place.
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[User Picture]From: cassiphone
2009-07-25 03:25 am (UTC)
series one, yes, it's series two that I want.
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[User Picture]From: purrdence
2009-07-25 05:16 am (UTC)
Ah, I hadn't realised that there was a second series. That is very cool.
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2009-07-25 06:11 am (UTC)
Who did the local release? Was it Roadshow? I haven't seen SJA on their website.

It may be ABC has exclusive rights or some such.
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[User Picture]From: cassiphone
2009-07-25 06:12 am (UTC)
It says Roadshow on the wiki page - but I don't think it's been released in the UK yet either.

*pines*
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2009-07-25 06:23 am (UTC)
Just went and rechecked, it doesn't appear on Roadshow's listings. That doesn't mean anything, as Roadshow have a special level of incompetence.

Or ABC has the exclusive rights, the buggers.

Either way, I don't have any info for you, I'm sorry.
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[User Picture]From: cassiphone
2009-07-25 06:26 am (UTC)
Eh well, cheers anyway!
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From: ozdragonlady
2009-07-25 12:35 am (UTC)

First names

Blakes 7 is an english program, and in the 60-70s englishmen were still known by their surnames only - my father wasnt called by his first name at work until he came to Australia. Whilst I agree it is an indication of perceived status, it is worth looking at it from the "other side". I doubt he was even aware of it - although the standing of the womens parts might bear more evaluation. Its a very bloke-centric series. (Also typical of SF at the time in UK.)
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2009-07-25 06:15 am (UTC)

Re: First names

I'm not super worried, I tend to accept thing on the basis of the times in which they were made. I just thought it was a bit sad.

But for me, nothing beats the sheer misogynistic horror of the original version of Ocean's Eleven. I can tolerate a lot of wrong, but that film had me squirming and ready to turn it off. That one felt more indicative of Rat Pack ideas than cultural ones.
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[User Picture]From: callistra
2009-07-25 01:32 am (UTC)
I'm glad you're still having and planning adventures.
:-)
And pics of Lex count as updating LOL
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2009-07-25 06:16 am (UTC)
It's finding time to get them up. I had two months worth of pictures still on the camera until last night! lol
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[User Picture]From: arcadiagt5
2009-07-25 01:36 am (UTC)
* Sharon's been working really hard the last week or so, poor thing. She comes home and tells me of her programming woes and I pretend to understand half of what she's talking about.

I wouldn't worry about it. I don't understand programmers either. I'm not sure anyone else ever does. :)

* I am bemused by the Chronos awards. Many of the folks who are coming to the con and who nominated people have yet to vote. Seems odd to nominate someone and then not vote for them.

So you got my email on that then? I've just posted a reminder pointing out that voting has to be completed before the convention - I'm wondering if people were expecting to vote at the convention.

a piccie of Lex, stalking the backyard.

Definitely your kid. The grin is already terrifying. :)


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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2009-07-25 06:18 am (UTC)
There are pros and con to voting at conventions. The two big ones for me are, on one hand people get reminded and so vote where they may not have normally. On the other, I've seen plenty of cons with people actively pressuring their friends and even filling out other people's ballots for them!
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[User Picture]From: arcadiagt5
2009-07-25 06:27 am (UTC)
Both fair points.

I was more concerned that people may not have realised that voting at the con wasn't going to happen.

And the reminder seems to be working. At least, some votes have come in today.
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[User Picture]From: arcadiagt5
2009-07-27 02:25 am (UTC)
I share your bemusement.

Even with the votes we got in over the weekend there are still more nominators than voters.

It's just odd.
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[User Picture]From: mireille21
2009-07-25 02:14 am (UTC)
That is an awesome - and slightly worrying - photo.

Alas I will not be at C5. Even leaving Worldcon as soon as possible after it finishes is still nto enough to get me back in time.
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2009-07-25 06:19 am (UTC)
Oh well, enjoy Worldcon. You can tell everyone what a great convention they're missing out on and tell them to join C6 :P
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[User Picture]From: sootysmudge
2009-07-25 03:21 am (UTC)
That photo is sooooo cute. Glad the swimming is going well.
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2009-07-25 06:20 am (UTC)
Neither of us has drowned! We Rule!
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[User Picture]From: tikiwanderer
2009-07-25 09:04 am (UTC)
That photo is totally brilliant. It deserves to be sent to everyone you know, twice.
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[User Picture]From: tikiwanderer
2009-07-25 09:05 am (UTC)
Oh, and p.s.: I may be having some of your sex for you. I found some down behind the couch last night, and I was wondering where it came from.
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[User Picture]From: satyapriya
2009-07-25 11:08 am (UTC)
I think I had some sex for you, but it got detained in Peru with suspected swine flu.
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