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Monday, July 30, 2007

Mac Vs PC... I'm impressed!

So, me and my man bought new Macbooks and it just so happened we did this on the same day T's parents bought a new PC. Since I was the go to guy for the fetching of the laptops, I went into the city, picked 'em up and was home by about 3.. roughly the same time T's parents arrived from their jaunt into the cyber shopping experience.
I unboxed my computer, plugged it in, updated what needed to be updated and away I went. The parentals, in the mean time, also began unboxing their computer, which arrived in two huge boxes. At 7.30 T arrived home, had a little dinner and unboxed his Macbook, updated and began loading onto his spanky new iPod, while I continued messing around with iPhoto... come 10pm, the parentals were STILL trying to make their new computer work, a whole 7 hours after I had begun happily fooling around with my Mac!
PC Vs Mac, no competition!

Monday, July 16, 2007

Love is not a punch in the face

I live apart from my family now, and have done for some years. And I miss them. Growing up with two brothers, a father who was just as much of a boy as his boys, and a mother who maintained minimal control at best, meant that affection was often shown through violence. Not an 'I walked into a door' kind of violence, the funny kind... you know what I, I knew my father approved of my boyfriend when he punched him jovially in the arm, or the pin your brother down and type-writer his chest kind of violence.
Maybe my family really is just dysfunctional, but some time ago I came to the realisation that not all peoples express the love in this way.
For example, I once forgot myself and used a friends face as a backing board for shopping-trolley basketball. It's hard to explain to a friend recovering from a Dorito Bag pummelling, that you only did it because you love them like family.
I have learned that Love is not a punch in the face... unless you are my brothers. So boys, watch your backs, I got a lot-a love to give!

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Transformers The Movie... F***ing A!

Transformers.. A Michael Bay film.. it could have gone either way.
I saw it and....
Don't get me wrong, it's no cinematic masterpiece, and if you are in any way a thinking person, you will have a couple of questions at the end.. the important thing to remember is.. it's a film about Giant Alien Robots!
And do they look effing wicked! From the minute I first heard the transforming sound effect I was transported back to childhood and filled with such childish glee... well, I've not had that much fun at the cinema for quite a while!
If you are a fan of The Transformers, then this can not be missed! Michael Bay didn't f*** it up!

Monday, July 9, 2007

The important questions

It's funny the things you remember. Years ago I was asked what 3 things I would do if I won a Million Dollars. My answer:

1. Buy a House
2. Have a haircut
3. Hire a Hit-man

I think this is still true today...

Yeah, I have a lotto ticket...and I'm not afraid to use it!

And just so you know...vomit stains..

If a friend drinks 3 bottles of red wine and then vomits all through your house, on the walls, leaves vomity red handprints all down the hallway, then vomits on your toothpaste and even behind your toilet once he does make it to the bathroom, I think it's pretty safe to say he owes you... even if he offers to clean it up the next day just before he passes out.

That one's for you,
Urbaer. (Mostly because you asked me not to. MWAH!)

Friday, July 6, 2007

He has the technology...

Families are funny things.

Funny, trying, frustrating things.

I have an Uncle B and we don't often see eye to eye. You see, B claims to be a genius, his IQ is in the,uh, 190's *cough*, and I think he's an idiot, and therein lies the friction. Every so often B pops out a comment to enlighten us poor intellectually challenged peons with acclaimed scientific fact and (occasional conspiracy) theory.

This week it's the awesome power of... (drumroll please) MAGNETS.

According to B, we have the power to fire shipping containers into space, just by harnessing the incomparable power of magnets! And not just any shipping containers, 450 tonne shipping containers. Specifically.
Apparently 'They' guard this secret closely, as no-one wants 'The Terrorists' getting hold of this technology and putting an end to us all. But, B, genius he is, has worked it all out.

Now, when a man says to me "We can fire 450 tonne shipping containers into space using magnets" without laughing the first question that comes to my mind is 'Why?'
Apparently the answer is the same as 'Why climb a mountain?", because it's there, because we can... because the voices in B's head say we should (Ok, that last one does not pertain specifically to the mountain question, but you see where I'm going).

Now, I'm no expert in the field of the science of space travel, or the science of magnets, or the science of shipping containers, even... but I spy some holes with this, well, it wasn't presented as a theory exactly, more of a statement of fact. And therefore I have some questions I would like answered.

1. As stated above, yeah, uh, WHY?

2.What kind of magnet would be required to reach the speeds required to break orbit?
I fancy electro-magnetic plates would be required in order to facilitate placing of said shipping containter into the magnetic feild area. Otherwise manouvering the containers into a position where they can be shot into space could potentially become nightmarish. I also imagine that the magnetic base will need to be quite large in order to be able to maintain some control over flight patterns and ascent. I've been told that magnetic fields do not run in straight lines, but waiver from side to side, and we wouldn't want the crate to go flying sideways and come down on an unsuspecting pedestrian in Outer Eastern Mongolia. We have also toyed with a Magnetic Rail kind-of theory, but, again (and please remember that our knowledge is limited in this area) we doubt that we would be able to break atmosphere, as I believe you can only launch something into space through places where our atmosphere is thinnest, thus the 'windows' NASA uses for its rocket launches. A rail would need to be too long and too permanent to acheive successful release into space, not to mention the technicalities of builing an earth based structure that high.

So fromthis point I assume we will employ the Electro-magnetic Plates theory.

3. An awful lot of power would be needed to magnetise the plates, where does this come from?

4. Do the plates need to be moveable or crazy huge in order to combat issues arising from the instability of the magnetic field itself and the Earths natural rotation?

5. If we can acheive the velocities required to break atmosphere, won't the shipping container melt?

6. What happens to the contents of said shipping container once it does leave Earth? There's a lot of radiation out there. It has been suggested that the container would need to be air tight and made of gold to avoid venting air and be proofed against the afore-mentioned radiation.

7. Assuming the electro-magnet is quite huge, say continent sized (to maintain stability and account for earth roatation). Won't this fuck with the Earth's natural magnetic field, throwing the earth off it axis and potentially plummeting us into ice-age, if not killing the planet and it's inhabitants entirely by messing with our own magnetic fields?

8. How do we get the shipping container back?

I know, I know, there are a lot more questions in there as well, but I grow weary of this game.. Let's just say, that until B brings me published sound scientific theory by noted scientists... I don't believe him.

If I had a hammer

Sooo. I sell stuff on ebay from time to time... who doesn't? At the moment I have a french chick really grating my ass about not receiving a package, this is despite the fact that it took a number of reminders and several days to inspire her to make payment, and now she lodges a complaint with PayPal for Non Receipt of item after only five days...
I don't know about you, but I haven't yet got hold of the beaming, tube, or the time/space temporal shift technologies to be able to instantly send a package from Australia to France! And sadly, I am also neither a blinky blinky noddy head jeanie, or a twitchy nose witch, so I must rely on the postal service (Auspost time-frames are 3 - 10 working days).
What I am most concerned about, since she has escalated the complaint further, is that I fear I am being conned. La femme did not pay for registered postage and therefore there is nothing stopping her from receiving the item and claiming it never arrived. I have no proof of postage, aside from a generic receipt that doesn't provide specific details of the transaction... merde!

Why are some people just ... jerks?