December 28, 2005

I'm impressed

Well .. then .. might be back a little more often.

I just downloaded performancing's blog extension for Firefox and making a test post .. looks pretty convenient actually so far, but we'll see.

I just had Christmas which consisted of 6 hours in the car and 550k's 3 days with the family then another 6 hours in the car on the way back but it was way cool so that's all we need :)

October 25, 2005

This week

Not really a very exciting week. I have tomorrow off so I'm gonna be Mr Dag Around The House Boy. Things could be much worse.

We had a lovely storm this evening - went for ages, lots of rain, lightning and thunder. Very cool.

An impressive fart today in the gents. Sadly I was not seated as such so there was no opportunity for the echo effect. It would have been quite pronounced had I been - this was short sharp and loud, but hey. It was still a good one, even without .. shite music on a great stereo still sounds shite but good music sounds good even on a transistor radio.

Besides that ? Nothing really to report.

Otherwise I'd have reported it .. funny that.

Oh, I got myself a Logitech 350 USB Headset. All I can say is after having it a good few weeks, it's still excellent.

October 18, 2005

Not quite so sore

Well today my agony seems to have been downgraded to a class 2 and become manageable (2 e's or one ?) enough to be able to gather itself up under my left shoulderblade. Ah the joys. Still, I can stand and sit without an odd sounding grunt or groan so I am at least on the improve ;)

Otherwise today's been pretty good. Crap start to the day but it improved as the morning went on until it was nice and clear (but windy) at lunch.. and now I'm sat here waiting for my SO to get home so I can whack the barbie on. Life's good, eh ? :) Early enough in the year that there's no mossies and late enough to be warm still. mmmm .. warm.

Otherwise today I definitely did my quota of flatulence. Sadly nothing spectacular - actually i take that back. As you do with an almost 2yo you show them toilets and what they're for. It feels kinda odd but it's either that or a lifetime of nappies .. Hmm. :) Anyway I'm demonstrating the second option to little miss 21 months, when this quiet but long squeaker started squeezing itself out. Me, being as immature as I am, had a chuckle. Anyway .. little missy found this most amusing and almost fell over laughing. At least I know she's not scared of the toilet I guess.. she's not supposed to know better .. not sure what MY excuse is. Then again I don't need an excuse, I'm the Daddy. :)

October 17, 2005

Today just sucks

I've hurt my back. No idea how, but it's damned sore. All under my left shoulderblade, along my spine to my neck, and in some weird spot where I just know it don't feel right but I can't describe it, and even if I could reach the bugger I could not show you 'coz you can't see me. Oh well. Anyway that bit's just here .. ouch ... here. See ?

So of course I have had the fun of going to the McPhysio. I shouldn't Mc him, he's a top bloke to be honest, and is always very helpful with lots of advice, you know the kind of Doctor / professional you're happy to go back to. IMPRESSIVELY .. his fees are still the same as they were when I first went there 5 years ago .. got to be happy with that. To top matters off it's his birthday today so he had people dropping in giving him cards cake and well wishes. Gotta love that!

I won't say I feel 100% right (improved, but still quite uncomfy) but I am definitely better than I was last night .. could not even lie flat on my back without a big ouch every time I relaxed .. even with a couple of Nurofen Plus under my belt. Nor my right side, on my stomach or my left .. so needless to say I had a shit night's sleep, and I bet my poor partner did too.

Anyway by the time I managed to ouch my way out of bed this morning the alarm clock had given up on me, I am sure of it. I could still hear it muttering at me under its breath when I got out of the shower. Then I realised I'd switched it to ON not AUTO when I switched the alarm off in the morning haze, so the radio was on at 1% volume or something stupid.

I then went to work and sat in my chair and went ouch a lot. Did work of course but was extremely sore :( Then at 3pm I went to the physio and got fixed up a tad.

If anyone else has shite posture, get a thing called a 'nada chair' or similar. It is basically an adjustable cloth figure eight that has its crossover at the small of your back, and each loop goes over a knee. This essentially forces you to curve your back less injuriously, and also seems to provide a good deal of support. As a matter of fact they're so cool they're getting the ultimate reference from me .. "If there was such a thing as a female one I'd sleep with it." And no, the fact that I took mine home from work today is NOT an indication I found that one was female.

Later tonight it's GW time .. mmmmm ... Guild Wars .. glaaarrrgh .. as Homer would say.

October 06, 2005

First up, sorry

I've turned on verification for comments. This means you need to fill in one of those 6 random letter things like when you make an email addy. That way I hope there are less dickheads commenting.

Anyway ! Today was a pertty non event day on the flatulence front. Don't get me wrong there was a good deal of action and the fart cushion (my chair at work) was suitably topped up before I left for the day. There was one moment when I picked something biggish up and I had a small escapee but thankfully nobody noticed. I guess it's not as if I am unknown for it so hmm ..

Now here's a rant.
What shits me :
All these bastards who go online with bots and post comments with farking links in to stupid sites. Dickheads the lot of you. People like you are akin to those people who write frigging viruses and spyware. PISS OFF, will you ? What've I done to deserve your shit ? Post your home phone number next time and I'll pass it on to some telemarketers. Yeebok hath spake. Thou shouldst get fookedeth.

I suppose I gotta test it one day - can you properly swear ? :)

Next time maybe.

Actually no.
Something else that fucking shits me. APOSTROPHES.

What's so fucking hard !?
Mot important - it does NOT go on plurals.
You use it to assign ownership.
You can refer to the bed your cat sleeps in as "the cat's bed" "the book's cover".
Debate exists as to whether you add an S on words that end with it. Personally it looks stupid and it's not the way I was taught but do I give a shit ? Oh, yeah I do, that's why I'm writing. Just say my name was Fritz Gross. You could say "That's Fritz Gross' house" (if I had one :) ) or "Fritz Gross's house" - I reckon the former.
And the only fucking way DVD CD or PC have an apostrophe is if they own something. More than one does not need one. You don't have "2 car's" so why the fuck would you have "six DVD's" ? It's bloody DvDs, get it thru your head !!!!

The ONLY OTHER TIME : Contractions (adding 2 words together and taking some letters out)

CAN NOT - can't
WILL NOT - won't

So get it right or I'll fucking fart on you.

October 04, 2005

Well .. I've seen the light !

I'm back after an absence. PS thanks to the dick who for some reason thought this particular blog indicated I wanted an online dating service. Dork.

Today .. a change in direction for the blog. No longer will it be rantings of an Achaean. Well actually it will 'coz Yeebok will always be Achaean but that's not what I mean so ner. S'gunna be 'bout anyfink man. And today well .. let's tell the story I guess.

First up not that you need to know but it's kinda relevant .. I sleep starkers. Yes birthday suit, nude whatever. Now that you're over that (hopefully brief) visual basically I got up this morning to make a cuppa - I wandered out filled the kettle and whacked it on. I then realised that the curtains were open. In the 'I just woke up fuggof' haze I have before I get some coffee I figured I'd just sit on the floor.

Anyway (now this is also relevant but you don't need to know but I'm telling you anyway so shut up already right) the floor in the kitchen is linoleum (or lino for you luddites). After a moment I felt the familiar "hey the systems up let's open the exhausts' rumbling so I relaxed a bit as you do. Apart from being reasonably cold this and I guess any other morning lino, among its other useful but relatively benign hidden functions when pressed close to some butt cheeks, someone's date and a few short sharp blasts of wind, has some amazing accoustic qualities. BRAP! BRRRAPP! At this moment in time I had an epiphany if you could call it that (and no you luddites that does not mean I pissed myself) and decided that this blog and quite possibly many other equally shite blogs should be dedicated to the wonderful worlds of highly fermented cabbage, beans and eggs, various similar noises and quite imaginatively odours.

But at 6:30am when you've just dropped your guts in the kitchen which sounded like a shotgun at close range and you are actually in danger of pissing yourself because you're laughing so hard, I found yet another use for lino - it brings out the little inquisitive boy that I believe exists in all of us. So you guessed it, I let rip with the remainder of the less intrusive side of my stomach's night of work, testing various seating positions and pressures. Obviously there's more variety of inputs (and resulting outputs) than I can possibly hope to cover on my own. That's where you, my faithful blog buddies, come in.

What's your best fart or gross in a similarly childish fashion story ?

August 01, 2005


Well .. another weekend gone by. Was lovely though, lots of sunshine, some clouds lots of blue sky. Gotta love it.

Can't think of much more to add .. the rest's pretty boring at the moment .. unless you want to talk about guild wars anyway :)

I am not obsessed .. I am not obsessed .. I am not obsessed .. pfft. who'm I kidding ?

July 24, 2005

The week in review ..

Yeah I know it's a week since I last posted so if anyone's mad enough to be reading this drivel, you're probably wondering where the next instament is .. well you're reading it (duh :) ).

This week .. Guild Wars. Guild Wars. Guild Wars. I finally got my elementalist / ranger through the Villainy of Galrath. That's one tough mission .. undead, poisonous swamps, roaming patrols .. you name it. Managed to get thru it with not one death in the party which was pretty impressive. The picture attached is my Necromancer and a mesmer kicking the posteriors of some earth elementals. I've trimmed it so there's not so much guff around it. The rain of fire is ours, and the sparkly circles on the ground are from the elementals. It makes you blind if you attack whilst in it, which gives you a 50% miss rate on attacks (not spells).

My Necromancer/Mesmer has gotten to some new areas as well and collected some new skills. Nothing as cool as making corpses explode or raising the dead but handy ones nonetheless .. things like poisoning, and one I really dig called 'mark of subversion' - you cast it on someone and whenever they cast a spell to heal an ally, it fails, hurts them and heals you. Wicked! He did all his armour in silver, so he looks the part now, he's all dark and drab.

I must admit the lag problem has been really bad in some areas (eg the undead ones) and not even noticable in other areas (ones I've already done but run through with guildmates to help them out).

Do I love my Guild Wars ? Err .. yes - can't you tell ? :)

July 17, 2005

Thank goodness !

It was so good to have the kids up for a week it was not funny. It was hard work, I am certainly not used to keeping 3 people amused plus myself but I think we managed pretty good to be honest. My only gripe could be that they would not settle early on a night but then again they have their own rooms at home so sharing a bed was always likely to cause some conflict.

So what'd we do ? Well played all sorts of crazy things with Phoebe and drew things and watched countless cute DVDs .. but such is the life of a 9 year old girl :) Brandon was happy-as .. there was 2 computers and a playstation whch he got to take home (I have no idea when I last used it..) plus the PCs had all sorts of car games .. mainly NFSU2, V8 Supercars2 and Revolt .. he's bad as me, happiest with a screen in front of him :)

Besides that I've done the usual and played Guild Wars. It's getting really hard, even with a party of 8 my elementalist get outside and we get utterly creamed by the first bunch of undead you meet. My necro is a few missions behind and starting to find it hard now without the outright damage aspect. That said once a few foes fall he comes into his own, since there's some corpses around. Played a little PvP as a monk/elementalist .. that's quite cool tho to be honest the 2nd skill could be anything, all the skills on the bar are monk ones.

Be well, world :)

July 13, 2005

Another week !

So what has happened this week ? Not a lot .. went and got my other 2 kids on Sunday from the EFB at Raymond Terrace and they're up here for the week now, or at least until Saturday.
So far we've been and seen Madagascar which was pretty cool (loved the penguins and the lemurs :) ), I've given up my PS1 to Brandon (11) as his died, and fixed his 'puter. The other one's being a Phoebe (9) which basically involves being mildly crazy, and obsessed with horses. Even so, all's cool there.

Ashleigh's gotten used to the idea of having them both here but sadly I think she'll miss them when they go back - she's already asking to play with them in the room or wherever :)

Anyway more later I am sure.

Besides that, been doing the usual - GW GW and GW.

July 06, 2005

What the hell happened?

Went to EBGames about 23/6. Installed some software and went online.

Getting on for 2 weeks later I realise you can use a PC and broadband connection for something OTHER than Guild Wars, that I ain't updated my blog or anything.

Christ it's a cool game. Take all the good bits from things like NeverWinter Nights (a personal fave) Diablo 1,2 and the various expansion packs (another fave). Chuck in something from a game like Sacrifice (this had the potential to be good .. shame someone fnutched it), wrap it all in a huge imaginary world. Give players co-op missions, solo missions and team combat as well as guilds tons of spells and even more weapons and upgrades. Then improve on it about threefold. That could be close. To paraphrase a movie .. If you build it they will come. I think I want to move in there to be honest.

I play 2 characters, Yeebok Shuin who is a necromancer/mesmer combo, and also Cerulean Phoenix who is an elementalist/ranger with a pet wolf she named Fluffy. Not that far through 'coz it's only been 2 weeks. That said, I hope I never finish it.

It's probably very similar to world of warcraft. But there's no online or ongoing fees, and it can apparently be played on a dialup modem. Besides which, after not being so keen on warcraft / starcraft it doesn't grab me. For some reason I've always preferred Command & Conquer. If a similarly souped up version of C&C came out I'd be likely to buy that one, too :)

Do you play Guild Wars ? If not, why not ? There really is no excuse. Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated.

June 23, 2005

Thursday .. fun in the cold !

Over the last week it's gotten relatively cold here .. like 5 or so c overnight. I've slept in clothes for the first time I can recall since I moved outta home 15 years ago ! Scary. Not game to get the telescope out though, because it's way too not warm.

Poppet's being cute walking around telling me about doot (her dummy) while I'm typing this. She's 18 months now, and extremely inquisitive, has to know about everything. She's always being cute .. mainly because she just is cute. Hard to be not cute when you are .. just like being an idiot I suppose but a good effect instead :)

Besides that have not played anything much the last day or so .. had another bash at guild wars but died about 5 times no matter how I tried it .. so I'll wait and take some mates with me and do the Charr in that way instead ! Definitely easier with a headset than having to type things in.. you can at least keep up with the action.

Finally got Sims2 yesterday .. came with a pizza deal .. 2 pizzas drink dippers and game for 35 .. can't pass that up since it's still 90 in the shop. Game at 1/3 price and a feed .. gotta love it.

Between that and the other things I get into I hate to think how much HD space is chewed up by games on this thing .. :)

June 19, 2005

Weekend of fun !

Let's see .. Mum's away. bub was at Nanna's the PC was all fired up ready to go .. and amazingly I get a visitor. 3 or so hours later .. prime time's finished and I'm ready for bed .. but hey.

Watched 'team america' over the weekend .. not sure I liked it but boy did I laugh .. the puppet sex scene was a bit much tho !

Beyond that ? Guild Wars Guild Wars Guild Wars. Mix Neverwinter, Diablo and Sacrifice in with a bunch of other stuff and you have Guild Wars. Basically it's an RPG on steroids .. probably very like WoW but no ongoing fees which is always a bonus. Good ? Yes. Still getting to grips with it but it looks great. Having been a Diablo / Neverwinter fan for some time, this is the bee's knees. Add the team aspect and aVentrilo server and the fun's just begun really. I can see my downloads going out the window with this one though.

Just completed the newbie area and ventured into the 'real world' - quite a difference 'coz anything you see attacks on sight not quite like it does in newbie land where it'll walk into you and not give you a second glance. Anyway I like it.

Don't think it'll replace Achaea though.

June 18, 2005

The weekend

What've I done this weekend so far ? Not a lot really .. played Guild Wars for a lor of the time - otherwise I was chatting with Choldar or Frogg via trillian.

Away from the PC, mummy is off for the weekend and poppet is at her auntie's tonight. Sadly I'm way too tired to party like I should :)

Today tho Poppett and I went shopping and we got a dozen donuts (which she and I ate 4 of) and 4 Bananas, all to take tonight, so she'll be having a cool time I am sure.

Got a program called Desktop Sidebar off a cover disk. It has all sorts of things on it but one panel in particular is very cool.. I've got it linked to the ABC and ABC Science lists + CNN .. very cool having news at your fingertips .. just took me a while to find the right options to change having not used RSS before :)

June 16, 2005

More fun with 'puters

So here's today .. basically I sorted the report dilemma from yesterday .. but I'm not happy with it. Had a decent day all up though.

Missed the moon and Jupiter occultation or whatever you want to call it it had reappeared a short while before I got home from work. Oh well these things happen.

Played 'put a blanket over your head and pretend to be startled when I pull it off' with poppet. That was cool fun.

Spent an hour or so being Achaean today .. helped a couole of Shallamese with some things then went and fished. Caught 4 and made some fold so I was happy.

Better go put the bins out and go to bed !

June 15, 2005

It's wednesday

So today ?

I wrote a script to convert a database with from/to dates into a calendar view in a spreadsheet. Think I did a good job .. lists things in 4 categories, shows the dates, highlights public holidays and formats it all .. even with selectable start / end dates from existing data. Ah .. them I tried to get a list of staff to use with name number and id .. but no such animal .. BAH !

Other than that visited Achaea, helped a novice out for an hour (day) chatted with some friends and that was it so not really that long a visit. Also got a nice new shield. Jeez.. :)

Bub's sick but Mummy's taking admirable care of her as always. Dunno what else to ramble on about really.

June 14, 2005


Well today just sucked really .. that's about the only way I can describe it. Weather was dreadful, slept in, and it more or less went downhill from there. Tomorrow looks to be more of the same but hey it's normally nice here so I can deal with it.

Little Poppet's got a sick sore throat and is quite the grumper today but you get that too. We know she doesn't hate us or anything and besides which, she's too cute to hassle her too much

Beyond that did the obvious .. logged on killed some toads and hellhounds and a few other nice 'beat the hell outta you' things with Choldar but life as an Achaean's pretty tough .. after that I had a wash in the lake, and had a nice snooze in the library.

Now though, it's bed time.

June 13, 2005

Day two !

Well let's see .. I got up this morning .. was horribly misty and cold looking but not freezing. Certainly looked colder than it was. Shite happens.

Besides that the new phone's happily charged, one of the Uniden WDECT 2355 things. Quite cool by the look of it, but as always proof's in the pudding I guess but since nobody's rung .. well .. :)

Last night was some fun on Achaea .. raided the undead with Choldar & Velvan 'til I ran outta devotion and had to sleep.. then played some more games then went to bed (that as around 1am .. got up at 7.30, fun!)

Will add more as I go I guess.

June 12, 2005

Let's get started

Dunno what to say besides I am here, and I have started. Beyond that I dunno.

Today was my partner's 32nd birthday (I'm 34). Other than that little of excitement besides that Ashleigh (18 months) slept and it was a good 3 hours.

My favourite pasttime lately is logging on to Achaea as Yeebok and being priestly. It's what I do. :)

Avoiding Big Brother 2005 :)