Home Archive September 2004
Back to normal
Wednesday, 29 September 2004 11:40 am

Deb is back and life is returning to normal. It is so very very nice to have her home again even if she does insist on getting up very early and going for a run. I have to admire her for it...not that I would actually get up and go with her.

In the technology front Deb picked up a new keyboard for her laptop today. Her original one failed quite a few months ago and she has been making do with an external one. I just hope that I was right in thinking it is the keyboard alone. If it turns out to be something else then we may have just wasted $66.

Mum goes into hospital on Thursday so things are a little tense again at the moment for the Alvers family. We all assume that there will be no problems but it still makes me nervous anyway.

JT's wedding is rocking around with only 199 days left and Wayne has been offline for ages with a fault at the ISP. Now that really sucks. (I don't know how Deb survived a week without net access...it would have killed me.)

I have been playing around with a really cool webcam program that projects shapes onto the screen around you that move as you move. You are just gonna hav'ta go and look at the WEBSITE to get a real understanding of how the game works. I have tried to explain it to three people with no luck at all.

Anyway, back to the grind stone.

One more sleep...
Sunday, 26 September 2004 7:06 pm

I am so very excited, Deb is coming back from Adelaide on Monday and I'll be off to the Airport at 4pm to pick her up. I can't wait.

It is always fun for the first day to indulge myself with peanuts and beer but even I know that more than once in a while and I will end up the size of a house.

Besides, I really miss having her around to talk too. And I miss teasing her and telling her about the things the cats have done when she wasn't looking. Actually I just missing having her here.

I can't wait to pick her up from the airport.

Geek squared...plus a couple'a fillings
Thursday, 23 September 2004 7:40 pm

Well back from the dentist tonight with a bottom lip that is starting to flap in the breeze as I exhale. I have to hand it to the dentist who took some delight in telling me that my top lip would be back to normal in a very short period of time, then with a little too much glee, he explained that due to the particular sedative the bottom lip would be out of commision for at least 4 hours. Joy oh joy! (Have sadly resorted to drinking wine through a straw to prevent myself from dribbling into the keyboard.)

I have now updated the RSS/XML feeds on all the pages and learnt a ton of information about Perl scripting at the same time. I have also added a tracker to the site the grabs IP addresses. It is cool, but rather weird, to try and figure out who has been looking at the site from their IP address. Actually, if you have a fixed IP address please let Deb or I know and I can code my tracker to show your name instead. Now how geeky is THAT!!!

Ok, now we're getting geeky!
Thursday, 23 September 2004 9:31 am

I've added an XML feed to the website. It means that all this text is now available via an RSS Client such as RSS Reader.

Do I post so much stuff that people need to access it from XML/RSS, well no, not really. But I am using it as a way to teach myself Perl scripting so you can all just live with my geek nature and accept this new offering for what it is.

Of beer and peanuts
Wednesday, 22 September 2004 2:36 pm

I'm still all alone and missing Deb quite a lot. With her away there has been no reason that I can't just come home, log in, and keep working so that is pretty close to what I have been doing. Needless to say that this means that my days are starting to blur together rather alarmingly.

I have been getting the occational SMS from Deb as she attempts to spend the GDP of a small pacific nation at various of our favorite wineries. At least she is shipping it all back home so I get to survey the damage. (And possibly sample the wares.)

I had a great long conversation with our friend Lucette, who you will remember married Shane recently. It was fantastic to hear from her and hopefully we wil be able to get to Brisbane at Christmas and all catch up for dinner. Now that would be awesome.

I think Deb is currently trying to talk her Mum into coming up to Brisbane for Christmas. It would be pretty amazing to get everyone to Brisbane for a massive Christmas lunch.

Anyway, I am still slugging through my Emotional Intelligence book which is taking me longer to read than I had hoped. Let's just say that it is not really a light subject.

I have also been playing around with RSS feeds and clients. It is really cool stuff which I was wondering if I could incorporate into this site. Then again it doesn't get hit that much...

Oh, and post-Happy Birthday to JT. I hope you had a really nice dinner on your Birthday and did my card arrive?

Notes from the Bachelor Pad
Monday, 20 September 2004 2:40 pm

I'm all alone, there's no one here beside me...my friends they have all a'gone, there's no one here to ride me...

Yes that's right, Deb has headed to the sun of Adelaide and left me with two cats, a pair of palms that need planting, a Mulberry tree that is refusing to sprout and lawn that hasn't been mown in over a month. On the upside I can now indulge my passion for beer, unshelled peanuts and grilled meat.

Before heading off Deb and I went on a bit of a shop-fest yesterday and ended up buying the entertainment unit that we have had our eye on for ages. It has to be made to order to won't be ready for about a month. That should give me enough time to figure out how to re-wire my home theatre setup.

While Deb is gone I do have some homework though, I was supposed to submit my personal development plan at work months ago but really wasn't in the right frame of mind to think about it. Well my boss has put me onto the book 'Emotional Intelligence' by Daniel Goleman so that is what I will be reading while I eat peanuts and drink beer.

Other than that it was really a bit of a food weekend. Saturday night we had Pork fillet wrapped in sage pesto and prosciutto. And Sunday night was bbqed butterflied leg of lamb with chermula. I have not been cooking as much as I normally do and I forgot how much I really enjoy just getting into the kitchen, grabbing a glass of wine, and cooking dinner.

Oh, while I think about it...it is also JT's Birthday on Tuesday 21st so early Happy Birthday to you.

Work 'aint all that it is cracked up to be
Thursday, 16 September 2004 2:34 pm

One of our best staff resigned yesterday and put us all into a spin trying to figure out how we are going to fill the resourcing needs. In the end we managed to convince my manager (and the powers that be) that we needed a contractor but not before I stressed about three years off my life.

At least it prompted us to go out for dinner last night. We have been meaning to check out this little Malaysian place just around the corner from home. I can't say we really picked the right mix of dishes (I selected things that ended up being too oily) but it was very good anyway. I am not sure if Deb will be going back but I certainly will for their deep fried chicken. (Like KFC but better!)

Back again
Monday, 13 September 2004 10:28 am

Well it felt like the fastest holiday I have had in ages. Having said that I am feeling pretty laid back at the moment and relaxed. Let's see how long that is going to last.

To fill in the last of the picture. On Saturday we headed out to a gallery and chatted to the artist for quite a while just about art and life. It was pretty cool. Then we headed down to a small village and grabbed a beer in the pub. It was a 'working mans pub' and wasn't really the type of thing we were looking for. On top of that it was pouring rain outside so everyone was packed into the little public bar.

We then headed over to a beach further along than Lakes Entrance. We walked out along the huge sand flats which is where I got the photo below. As you will note is was blowing a gale and really cold. Deb had to fight just to keep her hat on.

From there we stopped at the Waterwheel Tavern for a beer (for me) and a coffee (for Deb). The locals were in full swing and the one liners certainly kept me amuse for a good portion of the afternoon. It was sort of hard to tell if they were just playing up because we were around.

In any case it was a really nice trip. I only wish it could have been a little longer.

From the road...
Saturday, 11 September 2004 7:30 am

A very quick post from the road. Lakes Entrance is pretty amazing and reminds me of what the north coast of Brisbane may have been like before tourism really took hold. Having said that they are building a massive apartment block on the main strip so let's see how long the whole process takes here.

Anyway we got in at 2:30pm yesterday, brought some groceries and then had a two hour spa. For dinner we had BBQ seafood with crabs & morton bay bugs. Yummy!

For my Birthday I got two cartoon books, Stephen Hawkings latest book (the production quality is beautiful) and a memory card for my PDA.

The weather is pretty sad at the moment so I think it will be a red wine & cheese sort of day.

Happy Birthday to me...almost...Happy Birthday to me...almost...
Thursday, 9 September 2004 6:57 pm

Well it is the night before Christmas...hold on...no it isn't. It's the night before I get a year older. I thought I would do a quick post because I am not sure that I will get the chance once we are on the road. Yes that's right folks. Deb and I are heading away for a wonderfully quiet and relaxed weekend at Lakes Entrance.

A couple of friends of mine keep raving about the place so we figured it would be a great opportunity to escape, just the two of us, and take it easy. The extended weekend just makes it all the sweeter.

Actually it was Deb's idea to head away. I nearly didn't agree and wanted to stay home. Silly me!!!

My thanks to Wayne and JT for their Birthday wishes. My card from JT arrived today but Deb won't let me open it yet. Too bad.

I'll try to post some pictures from the road but seeing as it is only a three day get away I don't think I am going to be getting out much.

Good news and better news
Monday, 6 September 2004 7:21 pm

Well I heard from Mum today and she is out of hospital and back at home. JT sent me an email about two seconds before I got an SMS from Wayne. You have gotta love the technology that keeps the Alvers family together.

I called Mum and spoke to her briefly but she sounded so out of breath that I felt guilty asking her any questions because I knew she would have to talk. Anyway, at least she is home and taking it easy for the next few days.

Deb and I are starting to debate what we are going to do at Christmas. I am wondering if this would perhaps be the perfect time to bring the Alvers and Bishop families together...

Oh, and my Birthday month has commenced. I got a 512Mb SD card for my PDA on the weekend as well as a copy of the game Halo. I have downloaded four albums to my PDA and been fragged to death in Halo. All up a nice start to the month.

Good news, bad news
Friday, 3 September 2004 2:20 pm

Well a bit of a mixed bag today. Unfortunately my Mum has been admitted to Hospital with breathing difficulties. It would seem that she has been fighting a bad chest infection for a week or so and it finally got the better of her. With her normal breathing problems this was just too much for her lungs to take. Last reports were that Mum has been admitted to a ward and is 'resting comfortably'.

I think that all my literary friends should now be forced to write a story of no more than 2000 words using 'Resting Comfortably' as the theme or catch phrase.

On the upside I am the proud owner of a brand spanking new GMail account. I know that these little puppies are becoming more and more common but it is the first time I was able to get one. Check it out:danielalvers(at)gmail.com