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Always growing older - never growing up.

Eclectic random geekery: Star Wars, Doctor Who, Sci-Fi, science, photography, LEGO, and stupid, stupid things.

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As they say in the classics "I'm too old for this shit".

That said, I live in sunny Brisbane (Australia), forging a career in advertising / marketing whilst enjoying life as it comes.

I take photos on my iPhone, listen to (a lot of) music on my iPhone, and like Star Wars. So yes, I'm a geek.

That's about it.

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6 October 13 (Permalink)

Why My The Basics YouTube Video Has Been Delayed Indefinitely

It’s been a bad fortnight. My bad back has returned, and painful as it is, combined with my never-ending headache, I’m immobilized 70% of the time. Unpleasant. Painful.

Additionally, my 1 year old MacBook Pro kept freezing and crashing while I was marking assignments last week. Finally it stopped responding. I took it to the Apple store on Tuesday: the hard drive died. Lucky I’ve got a time capsule.

Picked it up on Thursday, went through the motions to restore my data … it couldn’t find the time machine data.

At this point I’m mentally and physically exhausted and distraught.

Back to the Apple store yesterday. Apparently the motherboard died when I took it home. Again, they don’t have the part, but this time it’s not 1 day but 3-5 to get it shipped in.

Glad it’s under warranty. Repairs over $1,500 so far.

They’ve been really great at the Apple Store and have promised to help me restore it when it’s fixed again.

But I’ve still got 26 (much more complex) assignments to mark. Even with the anti-inflammatory & pain killing tablets the doctor prescribed I’m still in pain.

And to add insult to injury, as one final act of evil defiance, before it died my computer wiped all my music during the final iPhone synch. You’ll know how dependent on my personal soundtrack I am.

Fortunately I discovered Deezer has a free trial period for streaming on your phone (slightly broke right now so it’s a welcome option) and most of my current favourites are now back with me.

Le sigh.

Tags: rant
25 July 13 (Permalink)
tasteless-and-unoriginal:

The Basics are reuniting for their first tour in three years.

Colour me excited!

tasteless-and-unoriginal:

The Basics are reuniting for their first tour in three years.

Colour me excited!

Reblogged: tasteless-and-unoriginal

20 July 13 (Permalink)

I like Cris Cornell’s 007 Casino Royale theme “You Know My Name”.

And I know all the words.

There. I’ve said it.

#NotAshamed

7 July 13 (Permalink)
We keep finding Frosty, the super cute neighbourhood cat, asleep on our car bonnet. So we put an old mat there for her comfort. She approves!

We keep finding Frosty, the super cute neighbourhood cat, asleep on our car bonnet. So we put an old mat there for her comfort. She approves!

Tags: rant cat
20 June 13 (Permalink)
iamsoretro:

Star Wars Action Figures: Collect All 41!
Vintage Empire Strikes Back cardback from Kenner offering a “Free Action Figure Survival Kit” with purchase of any five Star Wars Action Figures. 
Scan by Skip The Frogman


I collected my tokens diligently, sent them off, and waited. And waited. Double the time past expected delivery I wrote to them saying “where’s my pack? I’m a sad teenage geek”.They very kindly sent me a pack with a letter of apology. Then a few days later the original kit finally arrived. I was mortified. I felt like I’d lied to, and thereby cheated (nay ripped-off), my hero George Lucas.

iamsoretro:

Star Wars Action Figures: Collect All 41!

Vintage Empire Strikes Back cardback from Kenner offering a “Free Action Figure Survival Kit” with purchase of any five Star Wars Action Figures. 

Scan by Skip The Frogman

I collected my tokens diligently, sent them off, and waited. And waited.

Double the time past expected delivery I wrote to them saying “where’s my pack? I’m a sad teenage geek”.

They very kindly sent me a pack with a letter of apology. Then a few days later the original kit finally arrived.

I was mortified. I felt like I’d lied to, and thereby cheated (nay ripped-off), my hero George Lucas.

Reblogged: allaninnman

15 March 13 (Permalink)
timsfacelaunchedathousandships:

Tim Too

I’ve started a new blog (yes, yes, this is the 497th, I know, it’s getting a little silly).
But this blog is meeting the needs of humanity: it’s terrible photoshops of Tim Shiel’s face on boats.
Yep.

timsfacelaunchedathousandships:

Tim Too

I’ve started a new blog (yes, yes, this is the 497th, I know, it’s getting a little silly).

But this blog is meeting the needs of humanity: it’s terrible photoshops of Tim Shiel’s face on boats.

Yep.

Reblogged: timsfacelaunchedathousandships

Tags: Tim Shiel Me Rant
22 February 13 (Permalink)
20 February 13 (Permalink)
Tags: rant meme
18 February 13 (Permalink)
I was worried to review Beautiful Creatures thanks to the mixed reviews. 

It’s actually good fun - I’d see it again!

http://superquickreviews.com/movie/beautiful-creatures/

I was worried to review Beautiful Creatures thanks to the mixed reviews.

It’s actually good fun - I’d see it again!

http://superquickreviews.com/movie/beautiful-creatures/

9 February 13 (Permalink)

What the - What?

James Hance is following ME?

Wow.

Honoured I am.

Posted: 10:54 AM (Permalink)

About to enter a church for the third time in a decade (nephew’s christening).

Hope I don’t burst into flames.

Tags: rant
7 January 13 (Permalink)

Guns don’t kill people. Ignorance kills people.

Just saw an appalling “statistics infograph” stating that US deaths in 2011 included 323 by semi automatic guns, 496 by hammer, 690 by knife, 12,000 by drink drivers, and 195,000 by medical malpractice. Ergo they should ban Obamacare, not guns.

God bless NRA rednecks.

Funnily enough, the stats aren’t 100% true. Whether the medical deaths are correct or not, they aren’t homicides.

The FBI stated that murders in 2011 were broken down as follows:

Firearms: 67.8%
Knives or other cutting instruments: 13.4%
Personal weapons (hands, fists, feet, etc.): 5.7%
Blunt objects (clubs, hammers, etc.): 3.9%
Other dangerous weapons: 9.2%
(source: http://www.snopes.com/politics/guns/baseballbats.asp)

In other words this is another piece of NRA propaganda.

Yes, the world needs better hospitals and better control of drink drivers, but every country with strict gun control laws have significantly lower murders by firearms.

I implore you, the next time you see one of these inflammatory support pieces (whether for guns, asylum seekers, or hot-topic-of-the-day), just do a quick google search using the main facts listed.

The resulting information will confirm or deny the issue, and help you decide if you want to share it or not.

22 December 12 (Permalink)
My Top 25 Songs for 2012
Madness - Muse
Smoke and Mirrors - Gotye
Secret Fear - Daniel Bedingfield
Put Your Hands Up - Nerina Pallot
Everything Means Something - Pet Shop Boys
Intergalactic Rockit (Beastie Boys vs Herbie Hancock) - 2ManyDJs
Survival - Muse
Nightfall - PVT
Six Months in a Cast - The Trouble With Templeton
Why Don’t We Do Something? - Hey Geronimo
Nineteen - Millions
Devo Was Right About Everything - The Attery Squash
O.V.E.R. U. - Daniel Bedingfield
All I Know (Triple Kit Extended Mix) - Eagle and the Worm
Extraloveable - Prince
Easy Way Out - Gotye
Skyfall - Adele
Jesse - Mia Dyson
Timebomb - Kylie MInogue
Spare Change - Ingrid Michaelson
Invisible - Pet Shop Boys
Girl Gone Wild - Madonna
Don’t Stop (St Lucia Remix) - Foster the People
Slut Like You - P!nk
You’re Mine - Devin
Honourable mentions:
Go Right Ahead - The Hives
Unashamed Desire - Missy Higgins
See and Don’t See - The Afghan Whigs
Horse Named Regret - Mojo Juju
Dreamboat Jack - Hey Geronimo
50 Years of Bond Mini Mix - A.Skillz & Krafty Kuts
Sound Off - The Basics
The Summer Place - Fountains of Wayne
Home Again - Michael Kiwanuka
Get Free - Major Lazer feat. Amber

My Top 25 Songs for 2012

  1. Madness - Muse
  2. Smoke and Mirrors - Gotye
  3. Secret Fear - Daniel Bedingfield
  4. Put Your Hands Up - Nerina Pallot
  5. Everything Means Something - Pet Shop Boys
  6. Intergalactic Rockit (Beastie Boys vs Herbie Hancock) - 2ManyDJs
  7. Survival - Muse
  8. Nightfall - PVT
  9. Six Months in a Cast - The Trouble With Templeton
  10. Why Don’t We Do Something? - Hey Geronimo
  11. Nineteen - Millions
  12. Devo Was Right About Everything - The Attery Squash
  13. O.V.E.R. U. - Daniel Bedingfield
  14. All I Know (Triple Kit Extended Mix) - Eagle and the Worm
  15. Extraloveable - Prince
  16. Easy Way Out - Gotye
  17. Skyfall - Adele
  18. Jesse - Mia Dyson
  19. Timebomb - Kylie MInogue
  20. Spare Change - Ingrid Michaelson
  21. Invisible - Pet Shop Boys
  22. Girl Gone Wild - Madonna
  23. Don’t Stop (St Lucia Remix) - Foster the People
  24. Slut Like You - P!nk
  25. You’re Mine - Devin

Honourable mentions:

  • Go Right Ahead - The Hives
  • Unashamed Desire - Missy Higgins
  • See and Don’t See - The Afghan Whigs
  • Horse Named Regret - Mojo Juju
  • Dreamboat Jack - Hey Geronimo
  • 50 Years of Bond Mini Mix - A.Skillz & Krafty Kuts
  • Sound Off - The Basics
  • The Summer Place - Fountains of Wayne
  • Home Again - Michael Kiwanuka
  • Get Free - Major Lazer feat. Amber
12 December 12 (Permalink)

The News on the Death of CDs Has Been Greatly Exaggerated

Contrary to rumours and whispers across the web, there is no way CDs will be phased out by the major labels in 2013.

Why? Take a look at the current ARIA sales charts - the #2 album on digital (Ed Sheeran’s +) is #11 on the overall album chart, while the 2nd highest selling album overall (One Direction’s Take Me Home) is only #13 on the digital sales chart.

Over the pond, the Billboard Digital #5 album is The Lumineers eponymous LP, but it only ranks #20 on the overall sales chart.

You see, there’s this little thing that record companies like, and that’s money. If a format is still selling, and obviously outselling a different format, it’s not going the way of the dinosaur just yet.

CDs are here to stay. For the 2013 at least.

10 December 12 (Permalink)

Why the Media are reporting on Jacintha Saldanha’s death incorrectly

Why is the world’s media focussing on blame and recriminations in their reporting on the death of British nurse Jacintha Saldanha instead of using their influence to help avert this happening again?

A search of UK, USA, Indian & Australian news websites predominantly put the focus firmly on the two Australian DJs whose prank call is being identified as the reason this poor woman committed suicide.

But suicide is a complicated matter, and even if this poor taste joke was the primary reason Mrs Saldanha decided to end her life, the glaringly obvious issue in this situation is not who to blame, but how can this be avoided in the future?

Mrs Saldanha was “highly traumatised” by this prank call, felt “very lonely and confused”, and “expressed her anxiety to her husband”, which appear to be natural reactions for someone who is passionate and committed in their role as a caretaker.

What it also shows is that warning signs were evident, but with depression and anxiety being taboo issues, it appears no-one took the time to help her overcome her mental trauma.

This is the news story that the media should be running with: nothing is so bad that you should ever consider ending your own life, and if you know someone who is displaying symptoms of anxiety or depression there are things you can do to help them.

Sadly this is not so. Searching major media websites reveal each have published multiple stories focussed on retaliation, with minor by-lines promoting mental health websites.

BBC News - 16 articles
The Independent - 16 articles
The Daily Mail - 17 articles
The Hindu - 17 articles
The Guardian - 18 articles
The Telegraph - I lost count at 20
Sydney Morning Herald - 36 article. 36!

There are some articles with a main focus on mental health being published, but not on the front page. All I hope for is that the editors gain some perspective and position them where they can actually do some good.

Recommended reading:
The Age: Reconciling Guilt & Blame After Suicide
Mumbrella: Radio Duo Don’t Have Blood On Their Hands Over Nurses Suicide, It’s More Complicated Than That
SBS: Let’s All Take A Deep Breath

Themed by Hunson. Originally by Josh & tweaked like crazy by Darth Ambiguous