October 2007 - alvers.info

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Yo ho ho!
Monday, 29 October 2007 12:51 am

What a full on weekend. Friday night Libbette, Serena, Deb and I headed over to Brett's Wharf to a restaurant called Manx. We have been meaning to try it for ages. The service was very good although I felt the food missed the mark ever so slightly.

At the prices that they are charging I guess I was looking for something outstanding. Having said that it was still very very good.

Libbette stayed over and Saturday we made our way down to Oxford Street for breakfast. Nothing special, just dropped into Citrus. I had the bircher muesli with fruit salad and I have to say it was great. Exactly what I felt like. We then wandered up to the River Bend bookstore and hand a poke around.

From there it was home and a glass of wine on the back deck. Libbette had to bail to a BBQ so we took the opportunity to head out and pick up groceries for boating the next day.

Check out the pictures in the BBQ Boating Gallery. I just grabbed a few at the end of the day as we were motoring back to the marina. JT has the action shots of the various fish being caught (none of them mine) including Deb's snail. Now that was funny!

All up minimal sunburn and a really great day. I definitely hope to do it again in the new year. Perhaps I may actually get a chance to catch a fish.

The things we do
Thursday, 25 October 2007 1:48 am
(DJ (Mo Bro))

Ok, so we are supporting the Movember fun raising event this year at work and somehow I have been suckered into participating. I don't think Deb knows yet that this will involve me trying to grow a moustache. Needless to say my beard took nearly 2 years to grow so I really don't know what I can expect in only 31 days. Time will tell.

It is all to support bringing awareness to men's health and a charity called BeyondBlue. Here's there blurb.

Depression affects 1 in 6 men...Most don't seek help. Untreated depression is a leading risk factor for suicide.
Last year in Australia 18,700 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer and more than 2,900 died of prostate cancer - equivalent to the number of women who die from breast cancer annually.

Anyway, to sponsor my Mo please go to Movember Donations, enter my registration number which is 81325 and your credit card details. Or you can sponsor me by cheque made payable to the "Movember Foundation" clearly marking the donation as being for my Registration Number: 81325.

Please mail cheques to: PO Box 292, Prahran VIC 3181. All donations over $2 are tax deductible.

The money raised by Movember is donated to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia and beyondblue - the national depression initiative, which will use the funds to create awareness, fund research and increase support networks for those men who suffer from prostate cancer and male depression.

The things we do...

More info is available at http://www.movember.com.au

I just thought this was cool...
Tuesday, 23 October 2007 3:59 am

I have been watching this technology for a little while and resently it has started to take off. Basically these images are 2D barcodes with information stored within them.

Your challenge is to Google for QR Code and try and figure out what this one says.

A quick catch-up from the weekend
Monday, 22 October 2007 10:24 pm

Interestingly enough Deb and I both use this blog as a way to keep track of what we have been doing. We frequently look back at previous entries or say 'what were we doing this time two years ago!'. To that end I had to write quickly about our weekend.

Friday night we had Sushi down on Oxford Street and then watched SG:1 into the wee hours. Saturday we finally brought a dresser which Deb has put a nice picture up of. Saturday night JT & Jason came over and we headed down to Oxford Street for Indian. It was very good. We then headed over to the Powerhouse to see the Dock Gypsy Orchestra perform. I can tell you it is a great venue and an awesome band. They have announced that they are playing Woodford so I am really looking forward to the festival this year.

On Sunday it was Deb and my seventh (7th!!!) wedding anniversary. Since we have so much going on at the moment we decided to keep it low key and not do much. I thought we would head out for a drive somewhere and just enjoy the day. Well, I am not much good at driving blindly so a quick look on the net and I found a winery (surprise, surprise) out at Oceanview in the hills behind Caboolture. It supposedly had a cafe as well so I thought we could grab some lunch.

I was expecting the usual cooked wine and toasted sandwich. Man! Was I in for a surprise. The wine is based on Ruby Cabernet, Chardonnay and Viognier. And they are really good wines. After a tasting we sat down in the restaurant and had a wonderful lunch. It was a very nice day and one I had completely not planned.

The Golden Compass
Monday, 22 October 2007 9:48 am

Ok, this is cute. You can go to the website for the Golden Compass and they will tell you what your Daemon is.

I rushed though the details and ended up with this. Take some time to comment and it will help to give me the correct Daemon. I'm not sure about the humble bit...

What do you think? Click the window, hover the mouse over the middle and answer the questions. After each one click the brown blob in the bottom right corner.

End of an era...
Monday, 15 October 2007 1:21 am

Well, today I cancelled my World of Warcraft subscription. After over two years of playing in the world as a Night elf named Lian. (Pronounced LEE-UN) I have hung up my feathers (A reference to my Moonkin form) and called it quits.

The game was consuming so much time and has not been contributing to my overall fitness levels. Also in the last few months my sore wrist has got worse. So sitting at work typing all day and then in front of Wow at night clicking madly is not helping.

All this comes on top of the fact that my character doesn't get on many raids any more and when I do it just seems like hard work. So the game is no longer fun.

I must say that it has been an awesome experience and one I would never have swapped for anything. But it's time to move on and try something new... I wonder what sunshine looks like?

Oh, and talking about my dodgy wrist checkout my new mouse. I have been thinking about what I can do to help relax my mouse hand. A bunch of websites had some really good advise so after much research I have invested in a Kensington Expert Mouse. It just arrived today and I am loving having my mouse back on the right side again.

So far so good so we will have to see how it goes.

Beer + Suits = ?!?
Monday, 8 October 2007 12:57 am

A pretty jam packed weekend. Saturday we cleaned the house (and did a very nice job of it too...) and then headed our to Musgrave Park for Oktoberfest to catch up with some of the guys that Deb worked with at Devnet. It was a great afternoon and much beer and my first experience of a pork knuckle. Add mashed potato, sauerkraut and beer and you have a perfect meal.

It was pretty awesome the number of people that went to the trouble to get dressed up for the event. Definitely worth doing with a group.

Sunday we headed over to Lawnton so that Deb could attend a local cat show. Luckily she only came home with litter and a bag of liver treats for Furrg. Meanwhile I headed over to say hi to Dad.

From there we headed to DFO to buy me some new suits. I actually can't remember the last time I purchased suits. On top of that I really don't like cloths shopping very much at all. So it only took me 20 minutes to buy two suits and get the hell out of there.

On the way home we picked-up a whole fish, a Red Throated Emperor, for dinner. Simply BBQed over an open flame and then doused in a red curry and kaffir lime sauce. It was awesome. The fish weighed over 1.5kg but we easily ate the whole thing.

Friday, 5 October 2007 3:42 am

My job is a little weird in that I actually am supposed to spend a little of my day looking at new technologies and ideas. Some would call it 'wasting time surfing the web' but I like to think of it as staying on top of the next big thing.

I have a list of websites that I regularly hit ranging from The Register through to XDA Developers.

Today I loaded up YouTube and saw the normal list of videos currently being watched. I was taken by a little capture of someone wearing a 'V for Vendetta' type mask on a white background. So I fired it up and have been drawn into a most amazing story.

Over a year ago someone calling themselves MadV posted a series of short videos of him doing various slight of hand tricks. His 'gimmick' was to hear a grey hoody and mask.

As you will see the tricks are pretty good but certainly nothing overly amazing in the world of YouTube. What appears to have captured a huge amount of attention was a video called One World. It sparked a massive followup from the YouTube community and became one of the most replied to videos ever listed.

The net result of all of this was a compilation video that MadV created that combines all the responses that people posted. I must be feeling sensative today because I really found the music and images pretty powerful in the video The Message.

And finally, MadV has come back, almost a year later with a new challenge to the community called Remember. I cannot wait to see what this produces.

Friday, 5 October 2007 10:44 am

One World..what a great message. Every one of us can make a change, to the people around us, and more importantly ourselves. Good karma to the one that helps another.
To see how easy this videos "message" can be put into action, please take the time to read all the posts in this thread. We haven't changed the world here by any means, but we have thrown a stone and made a ripple.


So long to my Burfaday month
Friday, 5 October 2007 3:26 am

Well that was one hell of a Birthday month. From getting the cupboards finished at home, trips away and to Byron through to poor Cleo it was certainly one that I won't forget soon.

My tummy is a bit of a constant reminder that I may have over-indulged a little over the last four weeks. Hell, it wasn't just indulgence, I went at it hard! (And it was good).

The final weekend of the month was pretty cool actually. Friday night Deb and I caught up with Roger and Michelle who were visiting Queensland on holidays. We had a few drinks and headed over to Vroom for a light dinner. Then a few more drinks and finally a walk along the river city boardwalk. Nice.

Saturday we headed over to a house that was being auctioned locally. It was on the same size land as our place but it was this strange little two bedder that had the veranda closed in to make a sort of living room. Needless to say it was SMALL. Well, it went for $600k which is frankly ridiculous for what it is. It makes me feel SOOO much better for what we paid for our place.

And on that note I couldn't bear to go straight home from the auction, given it was such a beautiful day, so we headed out to Bunings to buy a 'no junkmail' sticker. $315 dollars later we had half a dozen plants and the makings of a do-it-yourself water feature.

We had also been told that a placed called Sammy's Girl had the best seafood in Brisbane so we headed over there to get some cooked prawns for lunch and some green ones for dinner. (We had a tub of corriander salsa from Byron the previous weekend that was sensational and was supposed to be great on prawns.) I can say that based no what I have tried from there so far the seafood is definately fantastic. Not as big a range as Morgans but very very good. And it doesn't take 2 hours to get there and back.

So after a beautiful lunch I started on getting the water feature glued and wired. It was going to take 24hrs for the silicon to dry anyway so it was then onto the garden.

It was tough going getting all the plants in the ground and I was really noticing that I was recovering from a cold. My stamina was shot. Normally I can just pound away with a shovel for hours but at the moment I am just a weakling.

The plants really did look very good and immediately merged into the existing garden. A great sign that they are in the right place.

Sunday was more gardening and I finally cleaned up my tools and work area which I had not done since we moved in. We headed over to the local palm nursery because we have been meaning to put in some baby bamboo for ages. Everything was on special which was awesome. Then to wire up the water feature. I got it all done only to find that I was one metre short of the power point. The wire I had purchased was too short. So back to Bunnings to get the next length up. Deb also seized this opporunity to purchase more plants.

As the evening light was fading Deb and I just sat out the front with our drinks and enjoyed looking at the fruits of our labor. Rachael, our next door neighbor, had guests one of which was admiring Furrgus and asked if she could come over to pet him. 'Sure', we said. He loves being scritched.

Well, as we stood there chatting it dawned on all of us that we knew one another. Hmmm... Deb quickly put two and two together and realised that it was Gabbie from the Snow info forums that she subscribed to back in Melbourne. We had all gone out as a big group for drinks a few times.

So the next few minutes were spent catching up with everything that we had respectively done since then. How is that for a small world. And if it wasn't for the awesomeness of Furrg we would never have caught up again.

And finally, the crowning part of my weekend was putting up my Tibetan prayer flags on the balcony. I know that I used to pay out on rental properties that had them but they just sort of feel right on the house.

Anyway, I have gotta get a cup of coffee and start being productive. Take care.