Wednesday, 28 November 2007


Last week i got a job offer for a short term contract at the main admin building for the Council I work for... I took it.

The contract is for 4 days a week in the executive support section, minutes, meetings, advertising and other admin stuff. It is all very interesting and I do enjoy the new work - I can see though that Admin stuff really sucks as "everything is the same, just different" is my new mantra. Oh this committee is the same as the last one, just different... I would prefer to be a dictator and just say this is the way it goes DEAL with it! But I canna as I am too low down... but just you wait... yes one day I will be the all powerful one who will say when all meetings are held and pooey to everyone else.

I still maintain my original job of 3 days a week (Fri, Sat Sun)... which means I now work 7 days a week until mid January. Which is all good as in the Christmas week the Admin Building is closed until after New Years...

I also agreed weeks ago to work over Christmas for the Manager at the Visitors Information Centre (where I do the 3 days) so that means I will have Christmas Day off (V.I.C is closed) and I think New Years Day... so that is two days off until January 21st.

Oh and we are moving into our new house on the 16th... so I got that day off work (up to three days off). We also need to paint the house after we get the keys on the 6th Dec... so we will have 9 days or so to paint the inside before we move in. Oh and we need to finish packing and getting everything ready and I need to get EVERYONES Christmas presents and such.

I think I might just forgo sleep for the next month and see how all that works out. At least we will not have to stress too much about money if I am working more!! Anji gets a few weeks off at Christmas so that'll help.

I am off to bed now as I think that I need to have save up some sleep for the weeks ahead. At least the play is nearly over only 8 more shows to go (I only have to be at 6 of them Anji at all as she is in it - I am doing sound FX for the night performances).

Oh so if I am not around in the coming weeks please don't despair I will get back into the swing of things again soon!

Tuesday, 20 November 2007

Stupid grab for Money

One of the newest shows from the US has caught my attention. Californication with David Duchovny in the starring role. I like it, it is different harder then most shows and really really funny. What isn't so funny is the Red Hot Chili Peppers suing over the shows name.

The lawsuit alleges unfair competition, dilution of the value of the name and unjust enrichment, claiming the title is "inherently distinctive, famous ... and immediately associated in the mind of the consumer" with the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

I say here WTF!!! If nothing else it helps your music by having something else associated with it. Some people (ie me) will like the show and those good thoughts may cross over to RHCP album of the same name. You may be a fan of RHCP and hate the show - which means you'll bring more favourable comments to the album. Or three you hate both and that'll be that - ie people that would never be Chilli fans in the first place.

This whole copyright thing on names really shits me. It is a word therefore it is anyones. You make an item ie an album and someone copies that or uses it without your permission go sue them. I don't see anything in this show that would make me even think of the music by RHCP. In fact this action has made me want to get rid of my RHCP albums. Grow up and get a life!

If you have to read more go here.

Wednesday, 14 November 2007

The Chaser

Great comments from Morrow on the race for funniest show on Australian TV.

The Chaser v Today Tonight

See more here.

I must say as far as shonky reenactments go The Chaser one tonight was one of the best. Go boys go!

And Justice for all...

No not a homage to Metallica - the greatest Garage Band in the world.

Remember back a few months to when I mentioned the Judge in USA who sued a dry cleaning business over some missing pants - sued for $60 million!! Well some more good news on that case - not only was the case thrown out but it seems that Payback kinda sucks...

The Judge, one Roy Pearson, will not be reappointed when his term runs out.

Read all about it here.

Finally something good out of the news...

Monday, 12 November 2007

Geek In Review

Well Wil Wheaton's article this week is just so right for so many reasons. See it, experience it, feel it, play it - here.

I can relate to everything he has just written, I too hate the 'going to the movies' experience - they have to offer me something I cannot get from a DVD at home. Better seating, clearer picture, uninterrupted viewing pleasure. Mostly of which at the local cinema is a poor mans version so a good theatre experience. I am talking Gold Class, big recliners with sound that moves through you... alas that all costs me WAY to much and is too far away to do all the time. So I either suck it up and go to the low budget cinema complex near here - or wait for DVD.

TV... I hate watching TV live... does anyone really do that anymore? Well OK we watch CSI last night and the 25th Just for Laughs comedy special - but the ads... I turn off (mentally) and I really don't care about these products - in fact I wonder if I am developing a negative reaction to the companies and products because of these ads. I wish I had a DVR then I would watch more TV shows - and skip the ads... NEXT year I am so getting one...

Books... I have too many wishes and too many re reads and NOT nearly enough time.

Games, well I have lamented about this topic too many times and yet I still love to play them - I have the same problem of choosing a game to play and how much time I have to play it. Sometimes I wish I could be more focused and just play the same thing over and over until I was KING OF THE GAME. But I have an attention span of a 3 year old and love to change and do different things - Wii is great for that with virtual console - so many games and all different

And yes the lure of table top gaming still attracts me - the time to play does not, maybe if I forgo sleep for a few years... Hmmmm

Anyhow read Wil article and this will all make sense and make me smile...

Things gone wrong

I just read this article which basically tells about how a young woman died during a ritual to remove a curse.

A very sad end to something that was ment to bring an end to pain and suffering inflected apon someone through a Maroi curse.

Saturday, 3 November 2007

William Gibson...

SF Diplomat has a lot to say about the new William Gibson Novel, read all about it here.

If you are a Gibson fan I would like to know what you think about the comments made here - I have to date only read two Gibson's Neuromancer and The Difference Engine (with Bruce Sterling). I have heard good things about Pattern Recognition and Spook Country is the sequel to that one...

I suppose once I read them I too can make comment.

But I can see from reading the Raymond E Feist Riftwar series that it gets a little old as time goes past - what was once a great series full of adventure and new exciting polt twists becomes a little boring and stale... but the first books are still great reads after a few times. Why is that? Is it the writer getting old or the material?

Food for thought I guess.