Friday, February 27, 2009
No, I have not lost my job, mind or about 12 years off my age.
There is a very good reason for this decision.
I JUST TASTED THE CHOCOLATE DRINK POWDER THE ARMY SUPPLY IN RATION PACKS.
It was good and there is enough in the sachets for 2 hot chocolates.
I might have to try the potato with onion powder for lunch and see if that changes my mind. How do you powder onion?
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Kryal Castle is situated on the highway into Ballarat, or as I prefer to think about it, the highway OUT of Ballarat.
Ballarat is a large country North West of Melbourne and is famous as a Gold Rush town and the site of the Eureka Stockade. My grandparents used to live in a place called Bunninyong which is just outside Ballarat, although with today's urban sprawl is practically a suburb of Ballarat. Having been dragged up there thousands of weekends and seen it snow more times than be over 30 degrees, I can confidently suggest that the name Ballarat is Aboriginal for Cold as f$%k!
Ballarat is somewhat of a tourist town with, aside from Kryal Castle, a mock up of the Eureka Stockade (apparently a new Eureka Centre as well, but that wasn't there in my day), a replica gold rush town called Sovereign Hill and a dinosaur park called Dinosaur World.
As we were there so often, I have been to every tourist attraction in the area about a half a dozen times and there is a common theme to them all, they are kind of second rate. Actually that is not quite fair, Sovereign Hill used to be second rate but over the years it has evolved to be pretty good by Australian standards.
Getting back to Kryal Castle, it was built in 1972 by Keith Ryal, is the third largest castle in the Southern Hemisphere and is based on a 14th century castle. The quality of it's website gives a fair indication of the standard of the attraction. Interestingly I found the following in small print in the "Night Life" section of their website:
"Kryal Castle is the ultimate destination for any sized function or event. There are many internal events such as Cocktails in the Graveyard theatre restaurant, Medieval Murder Mysterys, And many more.. Bookings are however essential. Kryal Castle, is also a great destination for any large scale event, with patron capacity of 5000 and fully licensed / catering areas available until as early as 4am for any type of large scale event. "
Hmmm, you are in trouble when your website contradicts itself. Is it the ultimate or just great? If it is the ultimate for any sized function or event then why is there a 5000 patron capacity? What if I want 50,000 patrons?
Strangely enough it is best known in recent times as a rave venue. Let's face it, in 1356 the raves were epic, so recreating them at Kryal Castle just makes sense!
I actually have fond memories of my visits there, but I think it was one of those places that work until you are about 11 years old and the "magic" starts to fade.
Interestingly, during my research for this I found out that Kryal Castle is up for sale! I was going to suggest everyone pitching it, but seeing as we can't sail Saddam's boat there, I don't see the point.
So for your next work team building exercise, I strongly recommend Kryal Castle!
Monday, February 23, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
I am an atheist. I am not undecided or just can't be bothered thinking about it. I have given it some thought and have come to the conclusion there is no God, or so I thought.
Last night I had a revelation. One that in fairness, I must admit that Lermontov had attempted, a couple times, to reveal to me.
That revelation was, that there is a God and he walks the earth in the form of:
SHANE KEITH WARNE
The revelation hit me like a lightening bolt. Just like it hits Jake when he "sees the light" in The Blues Brothers. I too would have gone cartwheeling down the aisle, but as I was sitting in the Dress Circle at the Athenaeum Theatre at the time, it would have been a nasty drop if I didn't pull up in time.
Just in case you hadn't worked it out yet, this life changing moment occurred during a performance of Shane Warne the Musical or as I now think of it, Church.
As the musical provides a chronological journey through the key points of Warnie's life, the biblical nature of his existence is clearly evident. Some examples:
- While there has been no suggestion Warnie was an immaculate conception, his Mum is pretty well known but you never hear about his Dad.
- The Indian bookie John clearly saw him as a prophet and paid $5,000 to hear his word.
- You have heard of the loaves and the fishes, well Warnie brought Baked Beans and Toasted Ham and Cheese sangers to the Sub-Continent.
- How about Moses and God burning a bush. Warnie has burnt a ton of bushes, tobacco bushes to be exact, after they had been harvested, processed and turning into ciggies.
- Jesus brought comfort to strangers, Warnie comforted plenty of strange women.
- Most religious leaders have wacky outfits, I give you Umpire, ODI and Twenty20 uniforms.
- 12 Apostles and 12 players in a cricket team, co-incidence?
- Jesus sacrificed his life for our sins, Warnie sacrificed the Captaincy for his sins.
So in this time of darkness, having just lost to the dirty 'boks at home and facing another lost to them on Tour, our thoughts turn to the impending Ashes. A plague of locusts, raining toads and 40 days/nights of rain (sound familiar Queenslanders) is but an inconvenience when compared with the horror of losing the Ashes.
Well fear not people, as Jesus rose from the dead, so to will Warnie awake from retirement to strike down the evil empire that is England and make Pietersen his bunny.
So people, rise up so that you can bow down again in the glory of Warnie.
I will leave you with one final piece of evidence of Warnies divinity. In the religious world much is made of miracles, but the evidence of a miracle is rarely conclusive. Well the following is video evidence of what can only be described as a divine miracle and one that Warnie performed on 708 test occassions and 293 ODI occassions.
Lermontov and Therbs a priesthood awaits in the Church of Warne, just got to get Pope Benaud to sign it off.
Praise the Warne!
Thursday, February 19, 2009
I have a history with musicals. My parents love them and used to take the family to every major one that came out. Cats was a good perve, but Les Mis was nearly the death of me. After Les Mis I did a deal with my parents, they could save money by not buying me a ticket to future musicals, but they had to buy me the largest block of chocolate available in the supermarket.
The deal was a win win and everyone was happy.
That said, I am quite looking forward to seeing the show tonight. It should be a bit of fun even with all that singing and dancing crap.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Well folks it could be worse. Check out what Marcus Ambrose and his Nascar sponsor Little Debbie have unleashed on the world.
What can I say, luv the frog!
Monday, February 16, 2009
I am going to cook for 8-10 on Sat night and I need you to build me a menu that is both easy to make, cheap and will make look like an Iron Chef.
Normally I would fill the guests full of booze before dinner and then serve up baked beans on toast, but nearly everyone will be driving and/or have babies to mind, so the missus and I may be the only pissed ones.
Oh, and the only acceptable seafood is Calamari. I don't usually edit comments but any vegan suggestions will be deleted. If something hasn't died, it's not a meal.
So help me out, otherwise it is going to be Indian or Thai takeaway.
They also say that a picture tells 1000 words and while I don't know the ratio of words:pen, in this modern age of digital cameras you can take and print a photo far faster than you can write 1000 words. Therefore logically the camera is mightier than the pen.
Following this reasoning, video/film would be mightier than the camera, but in my opinion it isn't. You see, both writing and photos leave large areas for the imagination to fill. When reading you can put mental pictures to the text and when looking at a photo you can speculate as to the picture's subject's story. Video/film can give both the images and story which instead of making it more powerful, actually takes something away from it by reducing the opportunity for imaginative thought.
Does this make http://frogofgreen.blogspot.com the most powerful thing in the world?
Sunday, February 15, 2009
As is often the case, my mind wanders to the future of my little monster. Will she be the President (we will be a Republic by then sorry Havock), a Policewoman, a Vet or even a serial killer? If she was a serial killer, could I still love her? Yep, probably. So what could she do that would shatter my love for her?
Then it came to me.
The only thing that could break the extraordinary father/daughter bond.
Something that could drive a wedge larger than the pyramids of Giza, between us.
Something worse than supporting Collingwood.
Worse than becoming a Vegan or a nun.
Worse even than dating an English bloke.
She could barrack for the Kiwis in the cricket.
Friday, February 13, 2009
The problem is that at the end of the day it is a sales role. I think I would have an advantage due to my technical skill as customers will see me as a value add to their business and so will take my recommendations on purchases more seriously.
There are two major downsides that are concerning me:
- If I resign I may miss out on a potentially substantial redundancy sometime in the near future.
- In this economic climate, do I want to take a risk to earn more when a chunk of those earnings will come from commission?
On the plus side it would give me an excuse to replace my car and I have my eye on a 2004 Subaru Liberty GT Wagon.
Hmmm, better get the input of the Good Lady Naut on this one.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
I had written a big, long post on it, but to be frank it was self-indulgent and irrelevant so I scrapped it.
I will say though to all the pissed dickheads that run around wearing an Aussie flag as a cape and abusing people, take a good hard look around. The volunteers serving their and other's communities, neighbours helping neighbours and joe/jane citizen helping people they have never met are displaying the true Aussie spirit. Get in there, help someone out and give it a go. It's not about symbols and noise, it is about support, resilience and community.
There are examples of this every day that rarely get any publicity, so take this opportunity to learn what it means to be Australian. Maybe in the future you will pull your fuckin' heads in!
Monday, February 9, 2009
They live on a small property that is mostly cleared with open paddocks, but outside their boundaries is forest so if they had stayed they would have stood very little chance. We have some other friends that live in a relatively defensible property about 500 metres west and the fires got very close them.
Pretty scary stuff. I hate to think what would have happened if the wind had stayed northerly as Mernda and Dorren, which are only two suburbs northeast of us, were put on alert. If they had gone up then the fire is in the suburbs. The sad thing is that while the wind change was good for some, it put others straight in the path of the fire. The only good wind change is a change to no wind at all.
I guess this is the price for living in Melbourne's green wedge and I am sure we will hear some sad stories from friends and neighbours over the coming weeks.
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Cool change has been through, so I completely missed the hottest day on record in melbourne. It was so hot we were able to watch a possum drink out of the dogs water bowl, the good Lady Naut wouldn't let me drown the bugger! I bet she regrets it when the little mongrel runs across the roof a 3am.
Coming home from the airport I was shocked to hear about the fires in Victoria. I could tell from the reports it was serious and the plume of smoke in the sky to the near north and east was confirmation.
Strangely my parents that live in the country an hour and a half north of Melb have no real fires around them, while places a 15-20 drive north of my place such as Kinglake, Whittlesea and Yarra Glen have been devastated and lives have been lost. I was actually mildly concerned about my place if the northly winds had continued particularly at the strength they were. Mind you if my place went up then the losses would already be in the thousands.
I know a couple of people that live in badly effected areas and am listening to local ABC radio trying and failing to imagine the devastation that is going on not too far away from here.
So a tip of the hat to all the emergency services folk (professional and volunteer) who have and will continue to perform unheralded heroic acts and best wishes to those that are and have been in the fires path.
The good news is that I spoke to my wife earlier and it was 44.5 degrees, so by the time I get home the cool change might have come through.
Friday, February 6, 2009
Mr Bedak expressed some confusion as to what my profile pic is. As you can see from below, it is a portrait of me cunningly disguised as alcohol.
To demonstrate scale, here is it alongside my head.
Anyway, it's time for me to get back to work so that I am all ready for more work tomorrow morning.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
There have been a few people that have expressed an interest in loading google analytics on their blog. While google analytics won't actually tell you who has visited like JS used too, it will let you know that people are actually reading your stuff. There are simpler counters you could add, but I prefer the extensive drill down reporting of analytics.
I was going to write instructions on how to install it but the instructions at http://www.google.com/support/analytics/bin/answer.py?answer=66983&ctx=sibling are reasonably good.
Tip: To paste the tracking code into your blog you need to go to the layout/template screen and either Edit Html, Edit Source or just Source depending on which blog engine you are using.
If you get stuck, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will give you a hand.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
The winning numbers will come from the following 9 numbers:
2 7 16 19 22 26 34 35 38
I won't say anything about luck, 'cause we don't need any.
Now should I buy my villa on the French Riviera or the Amalfi Coast?
I figure we put in between $10 & $15 each, play 1 game and get the highest systems entry we can.
If there is enough interest I will update with a cut-off time to be part of it. Post cut-off I will buy the ticket over the net and post the numbers here.
*Update, Chaz and Havock are in so the cut-off time will be 3.30pm. If I haven't heard from you by then you will miss out. Guys if you have people's email addresses it may be worth emailing them.
Monday, February 2, 2009
In other news, I have been inspired by Paul Boylan's hospitality to Birmo while he is in San Francisco. Seeing was we are going to have our very own visitor later in the week, in the form of Chaz, I have secured a ticket to some quality entertainment for him.
No, not the tennis, it is finished. No, not the cricket at the 'G.
I have a free pass for 2 (half price after 10pm) to the Centerfold Lounge in Melbourne's most illustrious entertainment precinct, King St.
Just doing my bit for Melbourne!
Ps. Is it called hospitality because if you go out in King St there is a fair chance you will wind up in a hospital?
Sunday, February 1, 2009
In other news, the wife and I are sending Jennicki all the positive thoughts we can.
It has been a pretty productive weekend for me, got the following done:
- 2 runs for a total of about 14kms in 30+ weather
- painted some trim work that I had been meaning to do for a few weeks
- chucked a couple of old couches and chairs on the nature strip for the council to pick up
- did some shopping for the week
- watched the animated clone wars movie
On the Clone Wars, why is it that the spin off cartoon movie is better than all 3 prequels?
Anyway back to watching robotic dinosaurus, I can't bring myself to watch the cricket.
*Edit: Ok, just flicked it onto the cricket and at least we are putting up a fight. MAYBE I can bring myself to watch some more.