Saturday, June 23, 2007

How do you like them Avocados?

The lack of recent posts can be explained by me being stuck in bit of a rut as of late. Nothing really exciting has happened. so that's about it really.


The other day I bought a chicken schnitzel roll for lunch, in it along with the schnitzel,were some cheese, mayonnaise and Avocado. I don't get Avocado, to me it's a nothing food, it's mushy and it tastes neither good nor bad. I get the impression that some people (especially sandwich shop workers who use it as filler) hold it up as some kind of super universal food, and I suppose it is being full of nutrients and vitamins, especially vitamin C. Apparently Avocados are classified as a type of berry.

On Wednesday I went for a longish walk at lunch time, something I've been intending to do for ages. I used to do a lot of walking, but since I started this job (over a year ago now!) I've been living a very sedentary life. I'm aiming go on 2 lunch time walks a week.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Gunzel Tripping

Lately I've been thinking about taking a leaf out Jarf's book, and just riding around on public transport for no apparent reason (reminds me of my uni days...). What I've got in mind is this:

  • Tram 75 City - Vermont South
  • Tramlink Bus 732 Vermont south - Knox City Shopping Centre
  • Bus 665 Knox City - Stud Park Shopping Centre
  • Smartbus 900 Stud Park - Caulfield
  • Train Caulfield - City

That ought to keep me occupied for a few hours one Saturday.

But do you think the Metlink Journey planner thinks that this is a sensible idea? No, for some odd reason it seems to think that the best route between Vermont South tram terminus and Knox City is via Ringwood. Considering that the Tramlink bus service only takes 10 minutes and meets every tram, while the suggested route via Ringwood takes more like an hour, I think it's a bad idea. I'll stick to working it out from timetables thank you very much.

Speaking of timetables, I went into the Met Shop the other day to pick up the appropriate timetables for my journey, but the grumpy guy with the beard who I don't like was there, so I left. My loss I suppose. (It always cracks me up on the "That's M!lbourne" public transport ad when the girl is talking about how friendly and helpful the staff are, and the grumpy beard guy is in the background.) I also tried the Melbourne Visitor Information Centre at Federation Square, but all the public transport timetables they used to have are no longer there.

Trash and Treasure

A recent post over at reminded me of something I saw on TV a few weeks ago. For some reason I caught a segment of Better Homes and Gardens (mum was probably watching it) in which "DIY queen" Tara Dennis was advocating taking furniture from council hard rubbish collections and "prettying" them up for use in your own home. I think she had got an old bookcase or some such and done a quick paint job, and then more than likely finished up with a stencil and spray paint or a hot glue gun etc etc. Forgive me if I'm wrong, but isn't that theft? I've always thought that the "good" stuff goes to charity, so you're effectively robbing them of income. Sure it's fair game, sitting out there on the nature strip (or "verge" as Tara called it being a Sydney girl), and you get the usual pickers come around with trailers who I've always seen them as a bit desperate.

I must admit to taking something out of someones hard rubbish once when I was walking home from school. It was a safety card from an Ansett Airbus A320. I still have it, and I'm glad that I rescued it. I guess that makes me a hypocrite...

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Bonnie Doon

The "Kerrigan" House at Bonnie Doon, September 2006

A work colleague recently expressed his delight after finding out that Bonnie Doon is a real place. Being from New Zealand, he didn't realise that Bonnie Doon was a real place until traveling through it on the way to Mansfield.

As you can see I found the kerrigan house when we went to Bonnie Doon and Mansfield last year on fathers day. It was really easy to find, just look for the powerlines. The lake? Well that's a bit harder to find at the moment...

Super Mario Kart

I've been playing Super Mario Kart on ZSNES a bit lately. So far I've beaten the Mushroom Cup, Flower Cup and Star Cup. I have not yet beaten the Special cup because...

I keep falling off the track in the final race, and end up falling behind the rest of the field so far that I get lapped.

Once again, I came last...

Monday, June 04, 2007


Clouds looking south from near Myrniong Vic 3 June 2007

These are the clouds that brought snow to the beach yesterday.

Sunday, June 03, 2007


They reckon the planes put people off, or the powerlines, not dad he reckons powerlines are a reminder of man’s ability to generate electricity
-Dale Kerrigan, The Castle

Photo taken on a walk not far from my home about 2 years ago with a very primitive digital camera, one that I've had for nearly 6 years (it was primitive when I bought it). One day while pretending to do some work in the library at uni I stumbled across a site (and this one) with photos taken on a gameboy camera, this got me thinking about digging out this old camera and taking some photos with it. A month or two later I finally got around to it, and this photo is one of the results. The photo is full resolution, all I have done to it is make it black and white. This camera chews through batteries like there's no tommorow. It takes four AAs and is a heavy bugger.