2016-08-14 Week in Review

Last week’s sniffles turned into a full-blown face-crippling sinus infection come Monday morning. This being so close to my holiday, I was less than impressed, and I missed two days of finalising things at work. Thankfully, the high-dose antibiotics seem to have worked within twenty-four hours or so, taking it down to merely a sniffle after a week. Rimfire ten-pin on Thursday was a bit of a shambles, I ended up taking myself off the line after succumbing to a light-headed woozy feeling. [Read More]

2016-08-07 Week in Review

Ten days until my birthday, three years and a day since I bought my car. Honestly, the car thing is way more interesting to me. I’m having a lazy Sunday afternoon on the couch with my puppy, because I’m snuffly and don’t want to do any more house work. What have I been up to? I finally played with app deployment on Splunk this week - it’s a great tool to have - but just like a lot of these things could be used too much, or in the wrong ways. [Read More]

Thin Green Line: Redux

About fifteen months ago, I posted a vague thing about my net worth and how I had been graphing it, and the results I had seen. Time for a new update! This month I paid off my car after three years, which should help the line’s angle a little - though with my recent spending spree I might have to be careful. :) A while back I split the graph to show the “without superannuation” part of the information out, since that was something I had identified as causing some strangeness in the data. [Read More]

2016-07-31 Week in review

Another week that’s flown past without me realising it… I’m not really sure what’s happened to be completely honest :) Saturday night was a whole lot of BBQ thanks to MrK, with all manner of dead animal presented to us, having been tended to and smoked throughout the day. Quite lovely. Today (Sunday) I cut the last large section off the rather dead paperbark tree in my backyard. I’ve only been concerned about it for nearly three years, probably a good time to sort it out. [Read More]

2016-07-24 Week in Review

A big week! Tuesday was pay day and with it the final payment on my car! Three years in, I love it more than ever and we have travelled over fifty two thousand kilometers together. Paying it off frees up a large chunk of my budget, which will be a lovely change! Pokemon Go has been a interesting game to get into. I’ve only ever had a sideways glance at the universe, being too money-poor to own a GameBoy when I was younger, and time-poor since I have had the cash to play otherwise. [Read More]

2016-07-17 Week in Review

I finally watched Battle Royale on Monday night via Netflix after hearing so much about it for so long. It definitely lived up to expectations. Absurd, violent, poignant, and impossible in western cinema but perfectly produced by eastern. I loved it, for everything that it is. Just Cause, a story of Florida’s habit of treating black people like shit, and its long-term effects. A stellar cast including Sean Connery playing an amazing role as the out-of-town lawyer while Laurence Fishburne defends “his” town from the outsider. [Read More]

2016-07-10 Week in Review

Thursday night I received the statement of Attainment for my Category M (Miscellaneous: Crossbows) license! Now the countdown begins, I put my application in as soon as I could, but Qld Weapons Licensing are notoriously slow. Friday morning they called me to confirm that my paperwork had been received and that I needed to supply something else (that I already knew about). It was nice to see they were fast on that, and that they could confirm everything else seemed OK. [Read More]

Drillpower

Over time I’ve somehow ended up with three different disgustingly cheap portable drills which the batteries inevitably died in. Rather than spend a couple of hundred bucks on a new setup that will be incompatible with next year’s batteries, I decided to repack one of the existing battery packs. Nickel-Cadmium batteries are icky, and I wanted the option to be able to use the batteries in other things, so I decided that I would buy some Lithium Ion batteries. [Read More]

2016-07-03 Week in Review

I had a fantastic day on Saturday with nine fellow SCA members at the SSAA Belmont doing our Category M (and for the others, their A/B) safety course. This course will allow me to apply for my Crossbow license and start working towards doing some re-enactment of being a period-appropriate Arbalist :D It was a great day, Warwick from QLDFT is a very engaging and knowledgeable teacher, and we all learnt a lot. [Read More]

Lifeline bookfest, or how I bought too many books

I’ve been to the Lifeline Bookfest before, but never walked out with so many books. Turning up on the last day, I didn’t really expect much left, but there were still giant crates of books not on display! I’m not sure what they’ll do with them… maybe compost? :S I looked around for a park near BCEC for a while, then gave up and parked underneath. Normally I’d park under the State Library, which is a couple of blocks away and cheaper having a flat rate for entry. [Read More]