Thursday, June 30, 2005

293kg! No not the average weight of American six year old, but the size of largest freshwater fish ever found. A Mekong Giant Catfish the size of a grizzly bear

And unlike Rex Hunt, they ate the bastard, much to the consternation of the local hippies.

Local environmentalists and government officials tried to negotiate the release of the fish so it could continue its spawning migration in the far north of Thailand but the adult male died and was eaten in a remote village

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Budget My Great Hairy Arse!

What a veritable shit of a day.

We found out today that the Wife had her wallet stolen from inside her bag, which was inside her drawer, inside her classroom, inside the friggin' school. Two other teachers had stuff stolen as well, one having $5000 run up on her credit card. They think it was an adult who just walked straight into the school. She went directly to the classrooms as if she knew exactly where she was going, so she wasn't challenged at all. Now we have to cancel all the credit cards etc., but the Wife is upset at losing her new Oroton Wallet which she loves.

On top of that we returned the rental car we have had for the past three days while the Lancer was being repaired and got royally and utterly screwed. DONT EVER USE FUCKING BUDGET CAR RENTAL! We booked over the internet to take advantage of their $99 for three days, which was perfect for us. We decided to get the $22/day excess reduction, so that brough the total to $165. We have since been billed for $208. The extra costs are:

  • $4.36/Day Recovery Free. This is in case the car breaks down and need to be towed. What The Fuck. That should be part of the cost of doing a fucking rental business. Include it in the cost of renting the fucking car, dont add it on at the end.
  • 11.0% Fee Airport Tax. Thats for another post. Macquaire Bank are a pack bastards. In short, because we picked the car up from the airport, we had to pay 11% for the privelege. Of course, the $99 deal means that it has to be picked up from the airport, so again, INLCUDE IT IN THE FUCKING PRICE.
  • 3% Tax/Administration. Doesn't include GST. Go and get rooted. Part of the cost of running a business as far as I'm concerned.
  • 10% GST. Fine, thats Howards fault.


  • I'm so incredibly pissed over this, mainly as they dont include it in their quoted price and it screws up any budget you have. After paying out over $2000 for the car last month, and another $500 to have it fixed up this week, and to have budgeted for the lower amount can really make you suffer. I know its only fifty odd bucks, but it quickly adds up.

    Shit of a day.

    Kris mentioned that Google Maps now includes 'Straya, so I had a bit of a search for our place and my parents place up north. I'm a bit confused as to why they don't have the close up images of Sydney City. Is it some sort of security thing. I would have thought that it would be one of the more phtoographed areas.

    I'm also trying to track down where my brother lives in Aspen. Shaun, contact me and give me your address so that I can watch where you go.

    Tuesday, June 28, 2005

    The Top 10 Ways to Destory the Earth

    Current Earth Destuction Status
    Number of times the Earth has been destroyed: 0
    Number of plans currently in progress with the final aim of bringing about the Earth's destruction: 0
    Number of scientific experiments currently underway with the potential to bring about the Earth's destruction: 0

    To make the list, the method by which the earth can be destroyed must actually work, acoording to current scientific understanding. Theoretical science at it's blackest. It reminds me of that Santa thing that did the rounds about a decade ago that showed that if Santa actually travelled at the speed required to visit all the good kids in the world in one night, then the heat generated through friction would destroy him, the reindeers and all the presents on board, plus create a devasting fireball and sonic boom destroying everyone and everything in its wake. Cool.

    Monday, June 27, 2005

    Ooohhh Purty

    Due to a weekend of dismal, miserable, very unAustralian weather, I finally got around to redoing the template for this site. It took me pretty much all day Saturday as I'm pretty crap with understanding CSS etc, but I'm pretty happy with it. If you notice any problems let me know.

    Update: I've just noticed that weathercam is kaput. I'll have to get around to registering it and making sure it doesn't go off when the computer sleeps.

    Friday, June 24, 2005

    Immortalia

    Immortalia: A website dedicated to bawdy songs, dirty ditties and rude rhymes.
    Even contains mp3s of old recordings of rugby singers. Required reading for Guinness Club Founding Members.

    Monday, June 20, 2005

    Measurement of Track and Field Records

    Categories:

    I'm Declaring Shenanigans

    Interesting detailed comment on Metafilter about the shambolic F1 stuff up at Indianaoplis on the weekend

    Crap Everywhere

    Crap: Sharks 16 Roosters 10

    Double Crap: Australia slump against Bangladesh

    Save Me Jebus!!!: Pietersen powers England home

    Friday, June 17, 2005

    Southern Hemisphere Six Nations

    Pacific Rugby is the key to the Future.Agreed. Get the focus away from Asia and throw some cash into Samoan, Fijian and Tongan Rugby. These guys play some of the best running rugby you'll see, and if they had more of a chance to play together they'd be a real threat at the next world cup.

    Ideal Scenario: Scrap the Tri-Nations and have a Southern Hemisphere Six Nations Competition involving Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Argentina, Uruguay and a Combined Pacific Islands. It gives the second tier teams much more of an oppurtunity to play against the top tier nations, increases rugby's standing the the smaller countries and would be fantastic to watch. You could even have a game between the Northern and Southern Hemisphere Champions.

    The IRB needs to make a more of an effort with the second tier nations. Develop what is already there before tackling any new markets.

    Thursday, June 16, 2005

    Anamorphic Illusions on the Pathway

    Julian Beever is a guy who draws some of the most incredible pavement art I've ever seen. They use this sort of thing on football fields now so that the field paintings stand out for the cameras.

    Tuesday, June 14, 2005

    Hail to Bacchus

    We have just returned from spending a very enjoyable long weekend in the Hunter Valley. Unbeknownst to us, the Queens Birthday long weekend is when all the wineries release their new vintages. So we got to try some vey nice wines and bring some home at very cheap prices. We stayed in a little cabin out on Tuckers Lane (up close to Branxton for those who know the area) which had a gas fire, hot water and plenty of space, which is all you really need.


    On Saturday we pulled the bikes out of the car and began riding down Broke Rd from Pigges Peak Winery. By the time we reached Mistltoe Winery 350m down the road it had started raining. We had to pull the bikes apart again, stick in the boot and continue on by car. Also visited Serenela and Oakdale Wineries where we grabbed a couple of cases of good quaffers.

    After the wineries we hit Harrigans Pub for numerous pints of Guinness and to watch the Australia vs Samoa and NZ Maori vs British and Irish Lions Tests. More on those at another time. AT Harrigans we met a really nice couple from Wollongong, Greg and Virginia, who ended up coming back to our place for a BBQ and, not surprisingly, more wine.

    Sunday started off as a really lazy morning with Rob trying (and failing) at a Suduko puzzle for about 2.5 hours. We took off at around 1pm to Petersons and Briars Ridge. These were two wineries we knew we wanted to visit. Loved them both to death. We tooke alot of photos at Petersons as it has the top position in the Hunter. Best wine of the trip was the Petersons Muscat which the guy behind the tasting counter brought out for us, although at $60 a pop it was a bit out of our price range. Also visited the Lavender Farm and took some pics while the girls (and Rob) got a lavender hand wash. Rounded out the day with a huge lamb massaman and played 500 well into the night.


    Rob and I were up early to play a round of golf at Branxton on Sunday, but could not see a bloody thing because of the mist. We teeed off at around 7:30am with visibility at around 15m. It didn't improve for the first nine holes, so we decided to go around again, and ended up having a much better round.

    Headed back to Sydney with far too much grog in the car, but very content after a great weekend.

    Wednesday, June 08, 2005

    Bring me back some quality Vodka

    Safe Travels to my Mum and Dad who have headed off on their biannual overseas trip. I recieved their itinerary for their trip and was gobsmacked with the number of places they're headed to over the next ten weeks. They are starting in Denver & Aspen visiting my brother Shaun, and his loverly bird Bryanna, before heading of to Ne Orleans, Washington, New York, Frankfurt and Rome and then they begin their motor home trip around Scandinavia and Russia. Bastards. They have already started rubbing it in by sending me photos fom their mobile.

    The first is Mum at waiting at the Airport, and the second is Dad at the Denver Colorados vs Chicago White Sox game in Denver.
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    Keep in touch, you mongrels, stay safe and bring me back at least 2 litres of high quality vodka.

    Monday, June 06, 2005

    Heh heh heh

    Indonesian Monopoly

    Sunday, June 05, 2005

    Brilliant!

    The All Guinness Diet and remember..."Opening Time is Guinness Time"

    Friday, June 03, 2005

    Hello Sailor

    I was hoping it wouldn't happen, but it appears the Waratahs have signed Wendell "No-one Wants To Play With Me" Sailor. The Reds don't want him, the Force don't want him, the ACT definitely don't want him and we don't need him. So why the hell did we end up with him.

    I didn't think Braith Anasta would have been the greatest five-eighth in the world, but at least we need someone in that position. Yet do we really need another winger? On one side we've got Lote who is currently one of the best wingers in the world, and on the other we have Hewat who, despite not having the greatest final, has just come of one of the best debut seasons in the history of Super 12. On top of that we have got a pretty good bench as well. Why did we need to signed a washed-up, overpaid leauge player who, and lets be frank here, nobody really likes. I mean sure, Lote says he likes him, but thats just Lote being a good bloke and feeling sorry for the ugly bugger. I was at the Waratahs vs Reds game recently when ol' Dell decides it would be a smart move to push one of the home side in the back after being tackled. He then had the entire NSW side on his back whilst the Queensland players stood around and called him a dickhead.

    Hopefully the only reasons the 'Tahs signed him is due to the fact that his gigantic arse will be able to keep a larger section of the bench warm for the players who are actually going to get a run. That, and the fact that he was going cheap... real cheap.

    Easter Eggs in Episode III

    With so much detail to take in while watching Episode III, its no wonder that you just miss the little things. Such as this little gem.




    It the Millenium Falcon!According to George;

    this is the infamous hunk-of-junk before it came into the ownership of either Lando Calrissian or Han Solo


    More Episode II Easter Eggs here.

    Via Kottke.

    Thursday, June 02, 2005

    Good Lord. They look like a set of world clocks!

    My brother used to be pretty good road cyclist. Every afternoon he would head off and ride around the North Coast countryside for a while with his shaved legs and shiny lycra attracting local wildlife. Normally, by the time he got back I would be at my desk studying or something.

    It's a good thing I didn't see him come in most of the time either, as the bike shorts he owned were either pink and a yellowy-bluish type of colour (and, as I used to say when he would run around in his tight PINK bike shorts...GAAAY). I think I would have been severly traumatised, had I witnessed THIS. This is why if you must inflict bike shorts upon the general populace, for GOD SAKES JIM ! make them black ones.