February 2005 - alvers.info

Just a place for my old thoughts

A geek on his day off.
Monday, 28 February 2005 2:07 pm

I had arranged to take today, Monday, off work as a little downtime to relax. I must admit to being stuck for ideas on what to do. I didn't really feel like driving miles to somewhere for a lunch and then driving back. Even if the scenery was going to be quite nice.

On looking at the net I saw a link to the Melbourne Museum...seemed like a plan...really...so off we went. It's only $6.00 entry fee but we stumped up an extra $10 to see the Dinosaur exhibit from China. (Not completely sure it was worth it, but interesting anyway)

The Museum is huge and is full of tons of stuff. We spent quite a bit of time in the 'bugs alive' exhibit which is full of all sorts of horrible spiders, bugs and the likes. ICKY!!!

Now the geekiest thing was that my favorite exhibit was CSIRAC, Australia's first computer, built in the 1950's.

It was pretty awesome to see this thinG that is now replaced by my PDA which has 300000 times the memory. (And can take photo's like this.) Cool!!!

Strangely enough the other cool thing was the Australia exhibit. They had the set from Neighbours which, when we open the fridge, had the REAL wedding cake of Scott and Charlene. Weird or what!!!

Monday, 28 February 2005 2:21 pm

If you look really hard you can see the little wheels that the mice run on to power it. Worst thing is is that you wouldn't know what part of it to hit first when it crashes.

A quick update
Sunday, 27 February 2005 7:38 am

Hi all, Sunday morning and I'm sitting in bed with my laptop on my knees. I should be outside mowing the lawn which is now so high it is threatening to conseal pussycats from view. Luckily their little furry tales stick up behind which allows them to be spotted

Work is been pretty full-on lately so I have arranged to take Monday off. Deb and I are planning to get out for the day and just take it easy...something that I am really looking forward too.

Deb is waiting to hear back from to jobs she was interviewed for but I'll leave it to her to tell you more.

Overall I have just been so swamped at work that it is eating into my home time. I just want to walk in the door, sit down and vege out. Needless to say it kills any real conversation power that I may have to the end of a day. Oh well, it's only for a short while until we move into our new building. I cannot wait!!!

And finally JT's wedding is rocking around very quickly and we are so very looking forward to that.

Long meetings and updates
Tuesday, 22 February 2005 9:22 am

What do you do when trapped in a very long teleconference? Yes, that's right, update your PHP code with new functions.

I have added a date to the comment line under each post. It should help you to figure out if new comments have been made. Also I have added a Summary link at the top of this page which allows you to view a summary of comment posts that have been made. Let me know if you find it useful or if you have a different idea and I'll see what I can do.

Deb the picky person
Tuesday, 22 February 2005 1:06 pm

I like the summary but it has a lot of gaps in it. Can you close some of them up or put lines between topics?

Also, if you click on a link to a comment it just loads the whole topic (ie it's not an anchor link) so you might as well just have the link to the topic. I seem to recall I tried an anchor link on one of my pages and it didn't like the aliased domain in the URL, but it worked fine when using the true directory structure.

Tuesday, 22 February 2005 2:32 pm

Fair enough, I have closed the gap a little bit which should make it look a little clearer.

A little Bali video
Monday, 21 February 2005 4:36 pm
(Director DJ)

After many hours of work I present to you the first cut, of the opening sequence, of our Bali video. I actually can't believe that it was almost three years ago that we were on holidays. Anyway... This is really just an opportunity to learn all the new features of the software so that I can work on JT's wedding video. Hey JT, if you need any spinny green things just let me know!


2.5Mb streaming video

Just doing my public service
Thursday, 17 February 2005 4:11 pm


Friday, 18 February 2005 1:21 pm

Well, I think it's cute, but then I'm biased...

You are cordially invited...
Thursday, 17 February 2005 10:27 am

Check it out. I got home last night and to see the work of art that is my Sisters wedding invites. I have been in Sydney for two days so it was really nice to get back and see them. We are really excited and can't wait to get going...it is going to be an awesome day.

I have been playing with my video editing software for a week or so now trying to get the hang of all the new cool features.

JT now has to pick about five songs that I can use on the video. So, post your ideas on great wedding songs. I'll compile the list and see if I can find a few samples.

Friday, 18 February 2005 10:58 am

Am I allowed to post some ideas? Pacabel's Canon, Glasgow Love Theme, Norah Jones - Turn me On, Eva Cassidy - Songbird, David Lyndon Hall - All you need is Love. The list goes on and on!!! :o)

Friday, 18 February 2005 1:22 pm

You've no hope getting Norah Jones if Daniel's in charge of the video, he can't stand her for some reason.

Saturday, 19 February 2005 6:34 pm

Leonardo's bride- even when I'm sleeping. Dido- white flag.

Monday, 21 February 2005 3:55 am

Okay, a bit on the "old school" side here, but Eric Clapton's "Wonderful Tonight" and Chris Deburgh's "Lady In Red"?

Tuesday, 22 February 2005 8:08 am

Well JT, you seem to be bashing the old 'Love Actually' CD. Any other suggestions?

Tuesday, 22 February 2005 4:15 pm

Sort of new school.. Sunsets- Powederfinger

Happy Valentines and Birth Days
Monday, 14 February 2005 7:27 am

Whoa...it's all happening today.

A very Happy Birthday to Wayne. He got his new car recently so we will have to see how the whole present situation unfolds today.

Any to my beautiful wife I have to extend my warmest Valentines wishes (I love you...really I do). We got his and hers office chairs which is rather weird but very comfortable.

The Boys
Thursday, 10 February 2005 1:27 pm

You may remember from previous posts that we spent Christmas in Brisbane. My sister JT has sent through a photo of Nathan, Wayne, Brendan and myself playing Boules on Christmas Day.

I think it is a pretty awesome photo actually.

Thursday, 10 February 2005 1:46 pm

What about me? *sniff*
Did you guys deliberately coordinate your clothes, or is this conformity genetic?

Thursday, 10 February 2005 6:12 pm

This might be my second post here, I think my last one got lost in cyberspace? Love the photo JT.

Friday, 11 February 2005 5:38 am

Pretty snazzy, guys! Who ended up Boules Champion again?!?!?!

Saturday, 12 February 2005 7:24 am

It was me wasn't it???

Saturday, 12 February 2005 12:15 pm

Very cool, very Queensland.:)

Deb, did you notice they're even standing in order -- black shirt, white shirt, black shirt, white shirt? Hee.

It's taking me longer and longer to recover
Monday, 7 February 2005 7:34 am

We have Serena staying with us at the moment which is really nice. On Saturday night we had some friends of her's, Shane, Gail and the kids over for dinner.

Deb did this awesome whole eye fillet wrapped in pastry with spinach and blue cheese. To go with it we opened a magnum of Eldridge Shiraz we have had from our very first trip to the Clare Valley.

The amazing thing was how much the wine changed over the evening as we let it air. My first taste, with the bottle just opened, was pure heat. The alcohol was super intensive and you couldn't taste any fruit. Decanted, and allowed to stand for a while, and the fruit started to come out. Needless to say it turned in to an awesome bottle.

On top of that we had a bottle of late picked Autum Harvest white that we have also had for ages, never really knowing what to do with it. I can say now that it works perfectly with fresh fruit which was what we had for desert. Two for two isn't bad.

Now, with all the great food, wine and conversation you just KNOW that I was going to have to pay the price. So Sunday was very very quite in deed. I did hear from Mum and Dad who are very well and looking forward to JTs wedding. (So are we!!!!).

Then, disaster of disasters, I accidentally reset my PDA this morning and blew away the whole thing. Bugger bugger bugger. So I have spent the last hour at work reloading all my data. I'm just glad I didn't take photos or anything over the weekend and expected to have them available today. *sigh*

Speelin erors fuxed

Monday, 7 February 2005 5:24 pm

Am I the only one here? Recipes- Lamb leg roast. Score leg. Thin coat of vegemite over whole leg, add herbs & wrap in foil, low heat 90-110 degrees tops for 8-10 hours. Open foil and blast heat for 45 minutes. You pick the wine.

Tuesday, 8 February 2005 12:37 pm

I have heard of coke simmered ham but never vegemite covered lamb. Have you made this yourself? What herbs did you use?

Tuesday, 8 February 2005 2:56 pm

No the recipe comes personally untested, though i've heard people rave about it. Mint seems the norm with lamb as it balances the gameyness of the meat. Coke simmered ham is new to me, although i've heard of corned beef cooked entirely in gingerale. A good tip for lamb legs is to have them tunnel boned, but leave the bone in while cooking or leave bone out and create cavity for stuffing.

Tuesday, 8 February 2005 7:08 pm

Autum? 'very very quite in deed?'
I won't even start on your apostrophes. And you didn't mention the bit where you got drunk and threw red wine all over me.

Wednesday, 9 February 2005 11:26 am

Oh, yeh, I sort of forgot about that bit. Hey, it was an accident. Now if you would like to proof all of my posts before I make them you can. I tell ya, you simply shouldn't let them have an education. (;^))

And the rain did fall
Thursday, 3 February 2005 6:42 am
(Mr wet and annoyed [aka DJ])

Last night apparently 120mm of rain fell on Melbourne, the most ever recorded in a single day. We awoke to find the back patio deep in mud washed over from our back fence, the ceiling in the lounge room leaking and the garage soaked.

It was not a good start to my day.

I had meetings, back to back, from 9am until 1pm all of which were important to our approaching relocation to a new building.

Anyway, called into work, arranged to take the day off and started cleaning up. All things considered it isn't too bad. We are now waiting for a tradesperson to call back so that we can get the leak in the roof fixed. *sigh*

On the bright side I have decided to take the day as leave, so no work for this little puppy, and Serena is coming to stay for a few days which we are really looking forward to.

Oh well...I guess there is a silver lining to most things.

Wednesday, 2 February 2005 11:14 am

As I mentioned before I have been playing around with the Bali video again trying to find a starting point. That, like many things, can often be the hardest thing to do.

How many times do we find ourselves in virtual paralysis over a particular task or process because we just don't know where to start.

In the past, on my previous videos, I have always found something to use as a 'hook'. For our video of Thailand I had a vision of the opening credits of a TV travel show that I wanted to emulate. The wedding video was based on a photograpic metaphor.

The Bali video has simply been very hard to get a start on. None of my existing music worked very well and the Bali gamalan music we brought back with us would put your teeth on edge. So, it was with some surpise that I found a site called FreePlayMusic. I have looked all over their site and still don't really understand how they make money but it really doesn't matter. They have tons of ambient and mood music suitable for use in video and media. How cool is that. It was there that I found a song that I really like, that helped me to find a starting point for the video. I won't give it away because I want to post the results when I am finished.

Now, if I could find a similar service to assist with life I will be a very happy little puppy.

Wednesday, 2 February 2005 1:51 pm

Have you meant to have the comments just relevant/connected to each individual post you make? (not picking, just asking)

Wednesday, 2 February 2005 3:16 pm

Yep, comments go against each post.

Thursday, 3 February 2005 4:23 pm

Can the names of who's posted be displyed next to (replies) on the home page...or am I pushing my luck?

Thursday, 3 February 2005 4:24 pm


Thursday, 3 February 2005 4:25 pm

**(comments)...I'll get it right this time.

Welcome to the new world
Tuesday, 1 February 2005 6:46 am

I have finished moving the site over to the new PHP code. My thanks to Libbette for giving us the idea for comments. It has been quite fun trying to get this all to work. (Although I think I may have driven Deb to distraction).

Let me know if you find any broken links or bits that don't work properly. I am sure I missed some of the older links that go back to the old index page.

Oh, and if you are using the RSS/XML feeds from this page or Shadowcats you will need to update your links with the new URL. I was up to 11pm last night trying to get the feeds to work. If I don't do it I end up laying in bed all night thinking about it. Sad really?.

On the home front I have been eating like a pig. All our hard work with low fat meals and reduced wine went out the window. It was replaced with chips, beer and lots of white bread. Oh my waistline!

I did get to finally purchase the new upgrade for my favourite video editing software. I am playing around in order to get the hang of it before JT's wedding in a few months time. Unfortunately it then means that I have reloaded our Bali video. I have never been happy with it and have no idea where to start putting together a cut. For our Thailand holiday I had a vision in mind while I was filming and I have been really happy with the final results.

I just keep loading the raw Bali footage , playing with for a few weeks, and then deleting because I can't seem to find 'a hook', a way in, a starting point. *sigh*

Anyway...welcome to our new world. I am looking forward to adding new features and updating some of the old ones. Let us know what you think.

Tuesday, 1 February 2005 7:12 am

I notice you didn't ask me about the new archive layout, which doesn't match the old one...grr.

Wednesday, 2 February 2005 8:49 am

Yay! Thanks, guys. Now I can comment without feeling like it's being preserved for the ages.

How's stuff, anyway?