“The time has come”, the Walrus said…

Every few months I remember this blog exists, decide to post on a schedule (usually one a day or three a week), then forget about it again. And with the other things I’m working on (my project for uni, trying to make a career transition, various other projects and of course the day job… 44 hours this week!) I don’t really have the time to keep up a blog that I’m not really interested in. So this blog will be closing down.

(This won’t be the last post – that will be the post after this one, announcing one of my new projects.)

Uni update

Gave the first presentation for my final project last night, got 86%. That counts for 15% of the final grade.

We lost marks for not covering a few management related things, such as costs and risk matrix.


A few weeks ago, a Yo-yo arrived in the mail.

No not that kind of Yo-yo, this kind:



Coca-Cola has a thing where they put codes inside the labels on Coke bottles, you can save up the codes and use them to “buy” things from mobile phone wallpapers to watches. Mostly it’s Coca-Cola merchandise, such as towels, sunglasses and of course yo-yos.

Crazy, man, crazy!

When I was a kid there was a yo-yo craze every few years. Yo-yos were sold (or was it given away?) in the millions. The price of string skyrocketed. Ragged bands of professional yo-yoists roamed the land, performing in school gymnasia at lunch time. Many a groin was injured attempting the under-the-leg trick.

I never got close to performing any trick other than the basic down-and-up and I sometimes had trouble with that. I’ve been practising with this new yo-yo and I’ve worked out where I’m going wrong – occasionally, the yo-yo tips to the side on the way down. This makes it catch on the string (usually on the way back up) and it just drops and hangs there like it’s running on Windows ME.

Hmm I guess this post counts as a Music Monday as well, since it includes a musical piece.

Quick update

Being number 33 in the list of Adelaide’s top 100 tweeters in today’s paper reminded me this blog exists. So here’s a quick update on what I’ve been up to.

I’m now working on my final project before I graduate, it will be an iPad app. I can’t say much more than that.

I’m still knitting and still learning new techniques. There will definitely be more posts on this.

I’m still working at the servo. I had to reduce my hours a bit so I have time to do the work required for the project.

And that’s all I can think of for now.

Music Monday: You’ve heard these song titles before…

This week’s Music Monday is bands named after songs by other bands.


by Neil Young


by Dr. Feelgood

Right Said Fred

by Bernard Cribbins


A post about weight loss

This is about as round as you can get

Late last year, I bought a pair of jeans without trying them on first. Got home and I couldn’t do them up. Two months ago, I started eating less in the way of snacks (mostly as an attempt to save money). Now those jeans fit. I did have the problem of wanting to snack more, which I solved by drinking lots of water (I now drink about 2 litres a day, which is supposedly the recommended amount)

So now I’m going to take it to the next level (and other motivational speak). In keeping with Nike philosophy, I’m about to start the Hacker’s Diet (more specifically, the exercise plan section). I also have an exercise bike which I’ll use as well.

Many years ago, I bought a book about the Canadian Air Force’s 5BX exercise program at a jumble sale. I never really got into it though. Anyway, the Hacker’s Diet program combines 5BX and XBX (the version for women) and simplifies them.

As for weight loss goals… I don’t really have a target weight in mind (though when I was at my fitness peak I weighed 85 kilograms). I’ve got some t-shirts I’d like to be able to wear though.

Music Monday: Lost and Found

I have a quarterly inspection by the agent I’m rending from this week. While cleaning, I found a pile of CDs. So this week’s Music Monday is things on those CDs.

The Black Eyed Peas – Hey Mama

The first thing I found was the cover for the Black Eyed Peas album Elephunk. Then I found the CD. Here is Track 4: Hey Mama

Killing Heidi – Mascara

Then there was Killing Heidi’s album Reflector. Track 1, also the second single.

One Piece opening credits (Japanese)

The next CD was the One Piece soundtrack. Bought at either ShinTokyo or AVCon.

There were a whole lot more CDs, all anime soundtracks and what Triple J was playing 5-10 years ago.