Helloo!

Mar. 20th, 2011 10:06 pm
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Still alive! It seems like half my flist have done giant catchup updates in the last few days. This is not one of them. Consider it a placeholder for when I do. Real Soon Now.
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Yeesh, I'm getting worse.

Work is good. Gearing up to launches on both of the websites I'm working on, and we're starting to visit schools, conferences and the like to talk them up. Only busier from here on in I suspect.

I mainly wanted to make a quick note about the Amanda Palmer gig last night, which was brilliant. Amanda herself was in fine form, but wow, the support acts! Rather like Arnold Rimmer, small servings, but so many courses!

Kim Boekbinder - the Impossible Girl.

The Jane Austen Argument - fantastic Melbourne cabaret duo

Evelyn Evelyn - a special appearance from the twins!

Mikelangelo and the Tin Star - what a handsome devil! Country surf

Jason Webley - like a young Tom Waits.

The show ran four hours. Ukulele mayhem, koala strippers, maps of Tasmania, go-go dancers, cats and dogs living together - mass hysteria!

Many albums were bought that night.
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Seems fitting, as it's [livejournal.com profile] expoduck  AND [livejournal.com profile] policeb0x 's birthday! Have a good one!

Cushing!

Jan. 17th, 2011 06:42 pm
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Word! We need a Christopher Lee one as well!

Bonus track: What is this I don't even...

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My friend Matt makes comics. This is his latest.



 
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[livejournal.com profile] acerbicmuffin  and [livejournal.com profile] pluto_pup  were planning one of their cricket outings to Adelaide on my birthday weekend, so I decided I'd join them!

Knocked off from work at midday Thursday, and then piled into [livejournal.com profile] pluto_pup 's car that evening for the first stage of the trip - Melbourne to Nhill, where Pluto grew up. SHe had prepared for the trip by putting a screen over her grates to protect from locusts, which were currently in plague proportions in the Wimmera

Wow, the countryside is green! There's growth everywhere, and the dams are full. It's remarkable, after ten years of solid drought.

We overnighted with Pluto's  folks, and called in to see [livejournal.com profile] expoduck 's mum at her shop while we were in town. I drove this leg. We'd seen a few locusts already, but we hit a larger swarm outside Kaniva. It's quite an interesting thing. The locusts hopping up into the undercarriage of the car sounds like a reverse hailstorm. Their guts are orange. We didn't have to pull over though, and the screen worked as advertised in keeping them out of the engine.

Our hotel in Adelaide was on South Terrace. None of us were hungry when we arrived, so we decided to go out for dinner at about nine.

Bad move.

Adelaide isn't like a proper city. Pretty much everything was closed by then! We eventually found a late night pancake joint.

Saturday morning - my birthday! We wandered the deserted streets in quiet bewilderment, until we stumbled on to a lively strip near the markets, where we had brunch at a great cafe called Zuma.

Wandering past the Rundle mall, we called in to Pulp Fiction Comics, where the Muffin bought me Grandville Mon Amour and Hopeless Savages Greatest Hits for my birthday. Awesomeness!

Then we went to the South Australian Museum. it was great! Quite old school, especially next to our museum. They had, like - cabinets, with things in them. And labels. And taxidermied animals. Highlights were the giant squid (natch), suspended vertically over three storeys in a stairwell, the opalised plesiosaur skeleton, and the Egyptian room that felt like it had been preserved in time itself.

And so to the cricket! it was fun. I'd never been before. It was only a T20 match, so it was over in about three and a half hours, which I've been informed barely counts as a cricket match. ;) It moved quickly, with some big hits and exciting catches. The evening was slightly marred by the Bushrangers having their arses handed to them, and the revolting bogans sitting a few rows in front of us who apparently had nothing better to do than randomly abuse the players and get drunk. There were also dancing girls, and a person dressed as a FruChoc.

Many lovely birthday wishes, in person, on facebook, and even by phone (thank you!)

Sunday was consumed with the drive back. Australia is really big, people! Really, really big.

And let me tell you, getting up for work this morning was -- not easy.

Cool!

Jan. 5th, 2011 10:22 pm
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2011, eh?

Jan. 1st, 2011 07:14 pm
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Gosh, that went rather quickly.

We spent New Years at the Sky Palace. [livejournal.com profile] ted_the_bug 's parents own a flat on the 22nd floor of an apartment building on St Kilda Rd. The place was AMAZING. Decor was pure 80's: black benchtops, white carpets, downlights. The views were stunning. These shots do it no justice at all.









Also in attendance were [livejournal.com profile] pluto_pup , [livejournal.com profile] jesusandrew , [livejournal.com profile] 17catherines , [livejournal.com profile] vaingloriesque, and a bunch of other people who I don't think have livejournals. We saw the fireworks over the city, which were fantastic. A quiet and civilised start to the new year.

It's been a pretty good year for me. Teaching really was doing my head in, and I didn't realise how bad I'd gotten until I was out of it. I was unpleasant to be around for a while there, and as often happens, the person I love the most had to bear the brunt of that. Thank you [livejournal.com profile] acerbicmuffin  for being there for me. I love you.

The Library has been fantastic. I've had a chance to be creative, to talk to teachers, librarians, and other experts, to expand my horizons, to make new friends, and to put "writer" as my job on my tax return. I love being in the city on a daily basis. I do miss some parts of teaching, and the next year will be a series of new challenges, but I'm feeling refreshed and engaged in a way I hadn't for years.

Other: been to a bunch of cons and events this year, of which the highlight was Worldcon. No Worldcon next year, but we'll see what else comes up. Have reconnected with some old friends, but neglected others. Have read more books, and listened to more music. Still not seeing many movies. Have not written, except for work (which, granted, has been tens of thousands of words, but still!).

And as a good way to end a new years post, Charlie Stross reflects on whether anything good has happened in the last decade.
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So Mason, the new nephew, was born on the 14th. He's ENORMOUS - a smidge over 4 kg, which for those who've seen my sister in law, is pretty amazing. He's home, and fine, and being loved by his sisters especially.

We had a pretty low key christmas. Lunch at home with the family, plus [livejournal.com profile] kiwialicat  visiting for the Boxing Day test. acrbicmuffin and I have both been ill, so that's put a bit of a damper on things.

Work proceedeth apace. Both websites I'm working on have pretty massive relaunches coming in the new year, so there'll be a lot to do before then.

As always, not writing for a while makes me feel like I have nothing to write. Ah well.

Here's some festive gingerbread:



And a cute puppy:



Happy christmas/solstice/newtonmas/saturnalia/birthday of Sol Invictus, etc. to those as celebrate.

All the best to everyone on my friends list at what is generally a pretty full-on time of year. Hope it's also a good one.
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I hopped into the lift this afternoon, and was joined by the Rare Books Librarian, who wrote this, and curated this. "Hi Des," I say, "What've you got there?"

"Oh, this? It's a 1520 Petrarch," He says, leafing though to find a woodcut to show me. "Lovely illustrations!" 

He smiles and jumps out at the fourth floor.

I pick my jaw up.

Contrasts

Dec. 5th, 2010 04:22 pm
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Small:



Not small enough:



Lazy Sunday afternoon. [livejournal.com profile] acerbicmuffin  is napping.
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So, still working at the library. it's going well - getting quite busy, and I know I'm going to miss the summer holiday this year. The weather is simultaneously warming up a lot, and the wettest we've seen for years.

It was Marla's birthday this week. The sixth since she died.

We've started at the gym. I'm rapidly becoming used to the routine itself, and have upped the weight on a few exercises. Some of the others are still murderous though. I have no upper body strength. I'm finding the change room the most confronting bit of the whole experience at the moment to be honest.

I am not going to talk about the state election. Gah.

I say!

Nov. 10th, 2010 10:48 pm
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Chap hop!

Professor Elemental:


Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer:


The gauntlet is thrown, what ho!



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It's a multitool:



An ANCIENT ROMAN multitool!

How cool is that?

Pretty damn cool.

via

CAAARL!

Nov. 6th, 2010 12:38 pm
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