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Friday, December 31, 2004

Giving Up the Drink

I have decided to give up the drink tonight. I feel that it has come to the stage where I could do with a couple of weeks or months off it and probably to could do with losing a bit of weight (in fact a shitload). However, this is not forever and I am not turning into a G. W. Bush type.

Space Diet

The International Space Station was running low on food for the past few weeks. So the Space men had to watch what they ate and suprisingly they lost weight.
This goes towards what I have always said. If you just pay attention to what you eat you lose weight. It doesn't really matter what you eat, just as long as you monitor it. I think it is like the Hawthorne effect which is the reason why I ask the people who ring up to do market research whether or not I have answered the question correctly.

Never to post drunk again

I swear I never will post drunk again. I promise.

Saturday, December 18, 2004

North Korea and what we fear

We don't want to win here. Can you think of Sudan multiplied by 10. The humanitian problem would be a million time worse. No wonder nothing is ever done.

Friday, December 17, 2004

I hate Christmas Shopping

Basically that says it all. I have no idea what to buy for my Mother, Father or Sister. The only good thing is I don't have to buy for my brother as he is no longer with us.

Thursday, December 16, 2004


Am I the only one who thinks it comes too often? Perhaps we could have one Christmas every four years like the Olympics.
Speaking of Olympics, I made Kevin Gospher sign for his free parking the other day. Mind you I once made the State Operations manager sign for his too (as result I am going to be level 2 until I die).

Iraq War program on the ABC

There was an interesting program on the ABC last night about the lead up to the Anglo-American invasion of Iraq last night. It was mainly about showdown in the security council in the proceeding three months. How things might have been different if the Americans had of waited another of couple of months. It was not like it was going to cost them more having the troops in Kuwait than Iraq.

Fixed Head Lights

Like magic, I go out to day with my tool kit all prepared to pull the dash board apart in my 1980 VC Holden to find that they are working today. All I had to do is touch it. I felt a little bit like Jesus must have when he first healed someone. Not going to tell work however as they will stick me back on night shift.

If want something done...

I remember when you used to get rewarded for doing a good job. Well, what can you say about This?

But if I remember correctly Australia won the most VC's in one day at Lone Pine, which was a bloodbath.

Middle-Eastern Confussion

Although I can't sleep I am still not all with it. Hence when I read about ABBAs call for peace, I wonder what the heck these Swedes are doing no. Other than that I have no opinion on the Middle East peace (or lack of) process.

Night Shifts

I did a night shift on Monday night so I got home at 8am on Tuesday. No real problem other than it mess up my sleep pattern for a week. They want me to do another on Saturday night. I think I am going to say no because it will ruin another couple of days for me. Plus I can't get the Headlights in my car to work so I have to take the tram. So I think I will tell them to get stuffed.

Saturday, December 11, 2004

Wash out

The cricket was washed out and I instead had to watch a really crap movie in my underwear when I got home.
I was watching them radar at work and could tell it was going to happen. I was also looking at the radar for Melbourne and could see the massive storm coming that hit the CBD at about 4.40pm. Lightning hit the building at work and set the fire alarm off. Lots of fire trucks turned up.

Friday, December 10, 2004

Rumsfield attacked by his own men

It is amazing how one guy asking another guy a single question can get so much coverage. What was just as amazing was how Rumsfield attempted to answer it (he just didn't). I can tell there will be few if any more trips by Bush to the war zone. Imagine his reaction to a question like that.
I also hope Spc. Wilson is not penalised for his actions.

Thursday, December 09, 2004

Worse follow up program ever!

Watch a very exciting end to the second one day between Australia and New Zealand. Very good to Harris batting with a broken wing and a big hitting tail ender. But I must question why channel Nine then quickly ended the coverage of the cricket to broadcast a program on Dido.Now I hold nothing against Dido and her music (if you can call it that) but you have to say it was strange that channel Nine would think that cricket fans would stick around to watch this sort of program. Wouldn't interviews with the captains and the man of the match be a better way of at least keeping some of the audience for a little longer.

Wednesday, December 08, 2004


The managers at my work are mess around with the handful of casual workers they have left, including me. Briefly discussing it with one of the other casual, we decided that we are being treated like donkeys (carrying the load, being forced to change shifts with the bare minimum hours and being blamed for everything). So we spent the day making donkey noises at each other when ever we got asked to do something. Eeee ohhhhhhhhh.

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

The Nash Equilibrium

So many people in society today seem to be concerned solely with themselves. They apply the Adam Smith rule that competition will always bring the most benefit to everyone. This applies to equally to small business owners, trade unionists, CEOs, leaders of special interest groups.

However, there is a problem with this theory. It is wrong. Remember the movie a beautiful mind. The guy it was about John Nash came up with the Nash Equilibrium which shows that the best result for all often comes from cooperation.

Anyway, this has got me thinking. I am suprised that nobody has used Equilibrium as a name of a political group yet.

Old Fashion Flag Burning

I am reading David Day's Chifley at the moment. Anyway, there is an interesting passage about how a Union Jack was burnt by some radicals in 1921. This pissed the conservatives off very much so much so that they burnt the Australian Flag as an act of revenge.

This interesting for a few reasons. One, it shows that the Australian flag has not always been the symbol that has united Australians and it was actually more a symbol of a rejection of the empire than it is seen as today. Two, it clearly was not respected by all either. I wonder if people who get so upset at flag burning nowdays realise that this occurs.

Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Bed Side Manner

I went to see a doc this morning due to the problems spelled out below. Other than the 90 minute wait because they messed up my appointment that was fine. However, I didn't think that doctors were supposed to laugh at you when you explain what happened. This guy could not stop laughing at me.

He has also put me on some antibiotics which have made my pee bright orange. If anyone knows what Rifampicin.

What could be worse

I have been trying to come with a list of worse things to be told as a result of sex.
Here is the start:
1. You have AIDS or HIV (Very Nasty)
2. You have Syphillis or Gonaherra
3. You have Gential Herpes
4. You knocked her up.

See the list is pretty short. Menigicococal is one of the nastiest ones to get. If anyone is reading this (which I doubt) and can think of any others just post a comment.