Aah you were there!

Friday, December 25

Life

It's A Christmas Migrainicle!

Was going to continue on with Return of the Jedi, but since I bascially can't see, that will have to be postponed a little.

Update: Feeling better.  But this version didn't have the Yub Nub song.

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Thursday, December 24

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Adventures In Shopping

December 24:

Total Christmas shopping completed to date: Zero.

Doo-de-doo skip out early for a long lunch break.  (Working from home today.)  After tracking down an application failure to a flaky network card on one server in the front-end cluster.
Doo-de-doo buy all the presents.
Doo-de-doo go to bank to do a money transfer.
Doo-de-doo well, crap my phone wipes account details for the money transfer while I'm in line for the teller.
Doo-de-doo hit the supermarket for a few things while I'm there AND THERE'S NO LINE FOR THE CHECKOUT.
Doo-de-doo go home, put the groceries away, get the transfer details again.
Doo-de-doo back to the bank.
Doo-de-doo buy one last present and some wrapping paper.
Doo-de-doo hit the other supermarket for a few other things while I'm there AND AGAIN THERE'S NO LINE FOR THE CHECKOUT.


The mall was busier than an average Thursday, but the stores had enough staff on that everything was flowing more smoothly than average.  Except for the extended family groups with strollers and whatnot that would enter a store and stop dead right inside the doorway as though they'd just suffered a collective aneurysm.

Don't do that.  Don't be that extended family.

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Sunday, December 20

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42 Days Of Summer

It's the middle of December, and that means it's school holidays for six weeks, and that means I get to listen to my neighbours' twelve kids (possibly more, but I've counted twelve in one place) scream incessantly for the next forty-two days, unless it rains heavily or SMOD comes to release me.

This year I've decided to interleave the shrieking with watching a bunch of movies that I had meant to watch but somehow never got around to.  One a day, and write a review the same day.  I'm already a couple of days behind - I had meant to start on Thursday, the day school got out - but here goes.

And I picked a great one to start with.  Yep.

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Saturday, December 12

Life

Turtles

Turrrrtles!

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Friday, November 20

Life

Off-Ice Day

42.8C (109F) in Sydney today.  (Predicted 41C, ended up slightly hotter.)  A hot air mass moved in from central Australia and spent a day dry-roasting the city before heading out to sea.

So I went in to the office where they have really good air conditioning.  Problem solved.  I turned off all my computers first so I wouldn't come home to multiple drive failures; if it's nearly 43C ambient I shudder to think how hot a disk drive would be running.

Meanwhile in Melbourne, 16C and raining.

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Sunday, October 04

Life

Mostly Dead Is Still Partly Alive

Also, Doctor Who series 9 episode 3 was pretty good.  Doctor Who has always been good at "base under siege" stories, and this one killed the token idiot pretty quickly.

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Sunday, August 30

Life

It's Sunday, So It Must Be Time For -

Pixy's Failed Adventures In Baking!


Status: Not failed yet. Failed.  You could drive nails with that one.


Found a second source for cheap gluten-free bread mix.  I'd ignored this one since it cost 50% more than the other, then I looked closer, and realised that it was 50% more for twice as much.

Doh.

It's a slightly different mix (soy flour in place of chick pea flour) and is a grain bread (linseeds, sunflower seeds, corn kibbles) but it's made by the same company.  I used a little less water than specified, and this time it looks more like dough than cake batter so that's promising.

And I bought enough for six loaves, so I should be able to zero in on a good recipe before I run out.

Update: Hmm.  This one also uses baking soda rather than yeast.  It hasn't risen at all yet, so I hope it does so as it bakes.

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Sunday, August 23

Life

And Pixy Said, Let There Be Bread...

And then Pixy said, measuring cup, measuring cup...  Aha!

And then Pixy said, are you sure these proportions are right, bread mix packet?  That looks more like cake batter than bread dough.

And then Pixy said, what the hell, the worst that can happen is I end up with no bread, which is where I've been since 2010.

Found some inexpensive packaged gluten-free bread mix* at the supermarket, so I dug out my old bread maker thingy and it's whirring away right now.  I lost the instruction book long ago and I'm expecting this first run to be inedible, but it's worth a shot.

Update: Yep, inedible.  Definitely too many waters.  Will try again with fewer waters.

* In case you're wondering, tapioca starch, potato flour, chick pea flour, and rice flour.  There's no real substitute for wheat, unfortunately.

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Saturday, August 15

Life

A Wild Yuuno-Kun* Appears

Yep, old iPod still works.  Those things are built like tanks.

* My iPods are called Yuuno and Unagi.  I don't know why they're named after anime ferrets, but they are.

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Wednesday, April 22

Life

Went Outside Today

Pepsi restocked.  Back to work.

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