June 2010 Archives

they are going in

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I just read some news about the next book in the WoT series. If you are a WoT fan, have a look at that first link. If you look at the cover work for the next book, you know what it means. I've been waiting for this scene for at least 2 years. It is going to be awesome. I am so excited, I can't wait for the book to be released (which won't be for a few more months yet).

I know, I'm sounding like a little kid. But I've been reading this series since I was a little kid (was 11 when the first book was published), and the characters in these books are like friends that I keep coming back to. And they are all awesome. And they are heroes, and blah... I sound so lame.

Labour is starting to annoy me

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I was already in a bad mood, but when I read
http://www.zdnet.com.au/inside-australia-s-data-retention-proposal-339303862.htm my mood got a lot worse.

I was really pleased when the Liberals lost the last election, and Labour got in. I had a real sense of hope. However Conroy seems to be following the same line as part of his Communications portfolio, and he refuses to believe experts (who are my peers) when they say that his filter won't do what they claim they want it for (that is, the internet filter will not stop child pornography).

Now the Attorney Generals office is playing heavy handed with the ISPs, and trying to hide what it is doing behind closed doors. From the article:
the industry was told it "should be grateful" that the government was only going to require a retention period of two years "at this stage".
Perhaps this government should be remind that they 'should be grateful' that we elected the fuckers in the first place.

Sonny farewells the beach

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DSC_0141-small.JPGAndrea and I went to Sandy Point this weekend. It was a mixed weekend. Good things were the lack of rain, the warm fire, the bottle of wine, and having Jenni and Ian down with us.
Jenni and Ian bought down Axel and Jet with as well. They kept us on our toes. Jet had two naps on Saturday, and so didn't sleep a great deal on Saturday night. Turns out a 4 year old boy has a lot of questions in his head, and loves having peoples attention. We kicked the football, and got Jet riding a bike without training wheels. Well, once we got rid of Andrea the 'Helicopter-Mum' we made progress on bike riding.
But it wasn't all good. Sonny developed a limp in his front left leg a few months back, and it has never gotten better. He is dragging his rear legs as well, the nails are getting worn down so much they have started to bleed if we take him for too long a walk on pavement. The vet says it's probably a neurological problem. We've decided not to investigate the possibliities of operations. This will be Sonnys last trip to Sandy Point. He is still pretty cheerful, and soldering on, but we don't know how much longer it will be.
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Diet semi-vindicated

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Most of my friends know I've been trying to go vegetarian. The UN thinks this is a great idea. http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/jun/02/un-report-meat-free-diet. But they reckon I should go further, and become vegan.

I say, lets go for a middle ground. I'll stay vegetarian, and they can start talking about curbing global population growth.