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Tuesday, February 28 2006

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Programming

In the afternoon Yuko went to meet her friend for coffee at Artarmon, so I went to Epitome for coffee alone, and to do some serious programming (see coffee pics above). I'm in the middle of adding a major feature to ChesSOS and it's a bit tricky. I find the atmosphere at Epitome conducive to programming and I made significant progress before hitting a brick wall and going home.

Oxford Street

I had an evening appointment at XXXXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXX which is located in Oxford Street Darlinghurst in the heart of Sydney's gay district.

We decided to go together (as my appointment would be short) and have dinner in the city afterwards. Yuko had already arranged to meet a friend for coffee at Artarmon in the afternoon, so we met there and took the train to Museum Station.

Artarmon, where Yuko had coffee with her Japanese friend

Museum Station

Although my appointment was for 6pm, there was a debacle which meant we had to wait in the office for almost an hour before someone became available. But once we were in, it was pretty quick.

I was surprised to see on the building directory, that there are insurance brokers specifically for gays and lesbians...

I wonder if there are also insurance brokers for vegetarians... or people with brown eyes... people with American accents etc.

Hikaru

After the appointment, we walked down Oxford street and found a Japanese restaurant called Hikaru that looked ok. It was quite nice inside, but we soon realised that the chef was not Japanese (his name was Peter Ho). Despite this, the food was quite Japanesy and we enjoyed it.

Hikaru
Sushi

Of course, beer was drunk...

Drinker

Night

By the time we exited the restaurant, it was night...

Oxford street at night

On the way back to the station, we made a detour into Hyde Park to take pictures of the ANZAC Memorial which looks spectacular when it is floodlit.

Unfortunately, we didn't have our tripod and some of the pictures suffered from camera movement in the low light.

ANZAC Memorial

ANZAC Memorial and pool

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A Poster
20/01/2012
3599 Days Ago
Due to excessive comment spam, messages must await approval by the Webslave (Noswonky) before being displayed.

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Monday, February 27 2006

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Ginger

Today I bought a piece of ginger...

Ginger

And I saw a dead rat...

..or perhaps it was just resting

Mother

Mother came to our filthy house for dinner. Yuko made a tasty angel hair pasta dish with chicken and tomato. Mother liked it.

Then we spent some time bagging some politicians whose policies we eschew.

Mother

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Matthew Wadwell
28/02/2006
5751 Days Ago
That piece of "ginger" - are you sure that it isn't related to scatology in some way, shape or form - as it looks a bit suspicious.....

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Webslave
28/02/2006
5751 Days Ago
That's what I thought too. I don't think I'll be eating it.

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Sunday, February 26 2006

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Ettamogah

In the afternoon we went to Collaroy. On the way, we saw this odd sight...

Collaroy Beach

We had lunch on the upstairs terrace at the Ettamogah Pub.

Yuko at the Ettamogah

Terrace at Ettamogah

The surfers were surfing

The was a large sign on the beach warning of bluebottles...

Sign

It proved accurate...

Bluebottle

Watering

When we got home from Collaroy, we watered the garden (because Sunday is watering day). But it was a mistake - later it rained dogs and bigger dogs.

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Anonymous
28/02/2006
5751 Days Ago
I was once attacked by bluebottle, not the one you photoed. It was very painful.

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Webslave
28/02/2006
5751 Days Ago
Did you survive?

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Anonymous
1/03/2006
5750 Days Ago
Did I survive???? What do you think???

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Laughing Mole
1/03/2006
5750 Days Ago
A bluebottle turned me into a newt.

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Webslave
1/03/2006
5750 Days Ago
Anonymous
I think it's possible but unlikely.

Laughing
Yes, I thought there was something odd about you.

PS: Do you still have your Cochlear share?

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Laughing Mole
1/03/2006
5750 Days Ago
I got better.

PS: I sold my Cochlear share after you told me to. Later I changed my mind, so I bought one again (but I think it's a different one). I still have that one, although I tried to sell it just today as I thought the price was looking a bit wobbly.

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Webslave
1/03/2006
5750 Days Ago
I recommend you hold COH.

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Laughing Mole
1/03/2006
5750 Days Ago
XXXX XXXX XXXX XXXX X XXXXX XX XXXXXX

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Webslave
1/03/2006
5750 Days Ago
No.
But on the other hand, it might.

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Saturday, February 25 2006

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Being Australian

Being Australian is...

Cricket at Longueville

I'm sure the PM would approve.

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Friday, February 24 2006

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UNSW

This morning I drove over to the University of New South Wales to attend the memorial service for Paul Trainor.

UNSW

It was held in the John Clancy Auditorium.

The foyer

There were some displays of old stuff...

I estimate there were 200 people in attendance.

Inside the auditorium. Note the string quartet on the stage.

I expected to recognise a lot of people. I did - but in most cases I didn't remember their names. But it was ok because they didn't remember mine either!

Dawn - who recognised me but didn't remember my name. (Cochlean in background)

Several speakers took the podium, including those below, in order of famousness.

Prof. Graeme Clark - Inventor of the bionic ear
Chris Roberts - Cochlear CEO and former Domedica employee
Geoffrey Wickham - Co-founder of Telectronics (although one blog reader disputes this)

It lasted for two hours, but it was very interesting and I learned a lot.

After the formalities, there was food and mingling...

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Mourner
25/02/2006
5755 Days Ago
That dead guy, Paul, founded Telektronics, everyone knows that. Everyone in the world. He was the father of Telectronix (what was Telephinics, btw?).He founded it. Then he gave money away. He was a good guy. Now he is dead. I thought Tecratonix people don't die. Not like other people, no. I don't know. He founded Telstraphoneycs and he died. I don't know.

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Carlos
2/03/2006
5749 Days Ago
Gees, some old human friends (like Dawn) and some old hardware friends (MPT, programmer and printer) - brought a tear to the eye...

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Webslave
2/03/2006
5749 Days Ago
There was also a Polish woman[1] there. I said "czes'c".

[1] No, not that one.

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Thursday, February 23 2006

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Mother

In the morning I drove Mother to RNSH for a doctor's appointment to discuss XXX XXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXX XXX XXX XXXX XXXXXX XX XXX XXXXX

When we got back to her place, I found a bowl in the gutter. It was very exciting...

Bowl

Lizard Hunting

I saw a lizard roaming freely in the kitchen, so I hunted it down like a dog and took it captive...

Captive Lizard

Then I allowed Yuko to take humiliating photographs of it...

Humiliation

Walking

Walking in the sun requires protection...

Protection

Balmoral

In the evening we went to Balmoral so that Yuko could take pictures for her blog.

There are three fish shops in the area. We've tried the one near the beach and it was crap. We've tried the one at the top of the hill at Mosman, and it was crap. So today we tried the third one - just along a bit from the one at the top of the hill at Mosman. I think it's run by Chinese. It was not crap! In fact the food was very nice.

Chinese Fish Shop - The Best in Mosman or Balmoral.

We ate fish and chips by the beach where a careless drug dealer had left his shoes...

Dealer's footware

I threw chips to a flock of ravenous avians while Yuko tried to photograph them in motion...

Gulls

Then we walked out on the Jetty...

Jetty

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Wednesday, February 22 2006

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Frolicking

While dogs frolicked...

I stood on a precipice...

But I chose not to jump.

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Tuesday, February 21 2006

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Fish

When we had dinner at Epitome on Valentine's day, one of the courses was scallops. Since then, Yuko has wanted to imitate it at home, so today we went to the fish market to buy the ingredients. We decided to take Mother with us and have lunch at Doyles.

Doyles

Lunch

Yuko bought scallops and fish eggs.

Fish eggs
The fish looked at us!

The final result that evening, looked and tasted very nice, and as good as Epitome's...

Scallops prepared by Yuko

Excitement

Then came the exciting part of the day... Yuko gave me a shopping list and sent me to buy Callots and Oil...

Shopping list

I couldn't find any callots. This was best I could do...

Then I did some washing...

Washing

Outside Office

It was a warm evening, so I set up my office - complete with TV - out on the patio. Yuko was disgusted.

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Monday, February 20 2006

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Backup Debacle

In the morning before Yuko woke up, I installed the nifty backup software that came with Yuko's external hard disk. I then started performing a backup of about 30GB of data. I left it running...

About 7 hours later, I checked it. It was still running and reported that it was 0% complete. I did a quick calculation and determined that the backup would finish some time after the end of the universe.

Not wanting to wait that long, I stopped it and set up a scheduled backup to start at 6am tomorrow.

Zero percent complete.

Dentist and Dixie

In the afternoon Yuko went to the dentist.

So I went to Epitome with Dixie and did some programming. Klaudia asked me if Yuko had gone fishing again. I got a lot of work done in the cool peaceful environment of Epitome.

Dixie at Epitome

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Sunday, February 19 2006

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Label

In the morning I changed Mitsy's rego label. It was the most exciting event of the day...

Disk

We went to Harvey Norman to buy a hard disk to act as a backup device for Yuko's computer. We emerged with a 300GB device - it was the cheapest per gigabyte...

External Disk

As Yuko already had some backups on the other external HDD, I had to copy a bunch of files from one external disk to the other. I connected them both to SAM but, in typical MicroSoft style, Windows would only recognise one disk at a time.

At one point, by turning on the drives in a strict sequence, I got it to recognise both disks, but no files were visible on the old HDD (although I knew that it contained over 100GB of data!)

I eventually got it to work by using Dixie instead...

Dixie with two external drives connected

Gyoza

For dinner we went outside in the cool air and ate gyoza with beer...

Gyoza

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Matthew Wadwell
21/02/2006
5758 Days Ago
Woooo Hooo!

Thanks for the warning Peter, I almost lost control of something with all of the excitment over changing the rego label!

What next in the way of excitment is in store???

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Laughing Mole
21/02/2006
5758 Days Ago
How come your rego labels come off in one easy sweep while mine always tear into tiny bits and leave large fragments stuck to the windscreen with such ferocity that even a blowtorch can't clear them away?

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Webslave
22/02/2006
5758 Days Ago
Some years ago, I was driving down a dark and lonely road in the dead of night, when an incident occurred which forever changed me - and my windscreen.

As I flinched in the glare of the headlights of an oncoming car, a black object on the windscreen was silhouetted against the stark white light. The object began to run towards me before I caught sight of the road again. In an instant I realised that the beast was upon me, and in terror I began flailing my limbs in all directions, trying to remove the vile arachnid from my person.

The creature flew across the cabin, landing on the dashboard on the passenger side. I took the opportunity to regain control of the vehicle which was now in a violent spin. At the car screeched to a halt and rolled into a ditch, I grabbed the only object within reach - a stuffed bilby which happened to be on the passenger seat.

The motion of the car had left me disoriented and close to blacking out. As consciousness slipped away, I caught a glimpse of the beast creeping towards me again. A rush of adrenalin wrenched me back to awareness and I flung the bilby with all my strength towards the creature.

When I awoke, the sun had risen. I crawled from the wreckage and surveyed the scene. The car could be salvaged, but more importantly, I confirmed that the arachnid was deceased. Its blood and guts were splattered across the inside of my windscreen - and the bilby.

The disgusting entrails of the beast proved surprisingly difficult to remove, and traces of them remain on the glass to this day.

The next time I applied my registration label to the glass, it was on an area soiled by the remains. The adhesive was apparently affected by the biological material and when the time came, the label peeled off very easily.

I therefore recommend that you grind up a large hairy spider and smear it on the inside surface of the glass before you apply your next rego label.

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Friends of Arachnids Worldwide (F.A.W.)
22/02/2006
5757 Days Ago
MURDERER!!!!!

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Saturday, February 18 2006

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Warning: Tomorrow's blog will include explicit images of a rego label being replaced.

Nothing

Almost nothing happened today, but here's a picture of some legs...

Legs

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Friday, February 17 2006

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Chess

Today I received my copy of the weekly Australian Chess Federation email newsletter. I was shocked to see my ChesSOS logo right there in right-hand sidebar.

Although I had enquired about this, and sent them the logo, I haven't paid for it yet and didn't expect it to start until I gave them the money. But anyway... there it is...

ACF Newsletter

Queen Elizabeth II

The moderately large ship QE2 has been in Sydney, moored at the Quay for the last couple of days and today she was due to depart at 2pm.

So we went down to Milsons Point to photograph her as she sailed out. Amazingly, we drove straight into an empty parking space overlooking the harbour. I just had to put $1.00 in the meter.

Yuko set up her new tripod on a raised concrete block.

Yuko photographs the ship

We had to stand in the sun for half an hour and it was quite hot, but we wore our hats and sunscreen.

The Queen started to move at about 2.10pm

A small crowd had gathered to watch. The guy next to Yuko had a very expensive looking camera.

Crowd

The Queen departs (this is Yuko's picture)

Maroo

Mother took us to the Korean BBQ (Maroo) at Eastwood for dinner.

Yuko at Maroo

Mother at Maroo

I took an arty picture outside the restaurant...

Arty picture

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Thursday, February 16 2006

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Sam Moves

Today I finally moved Sam back into my office. Sam has been in the living room acting as my primary computer since Fifi took ill back in October. Now that I have Dixie, Sam can return to his true home.

Sam on his way down the hall to the office.

Loveplay III

It was opening night for Loveplay. So we saw the play for the second night in a row - but this time with an audience. We enjoyed the play much more with the audience there to laugh at the appropriate times.

Tonight we didn't take pictures during the performance lest the camera disturb the audience.

During the interval, we all went out into the adjoining art gallery and a singer asked us to gather round while he sang three songs. He was accompanied by a pianist.

Yuko listens
Martin Bardoui

He gave us this little performance to promote his own show - The Music Calls. I highly recommend his show if you want to see a self indulgent prima-donna singing crap songs (which he writes himself). Get yourself along to "BARME" at 22-230 William Street Potts Point on February 22.

After the play, everyone mingled in the art gallery and there was much well-deserved praise and back-slapping for the cast and director.

The mingle - Yuko chats with a blog reader

There were drinks and nibblies. We assume this is only for opening night...

Drinks and Nibblies

The director - Roz Riley (right) and the woman from the cafe

The cast came out too and mingled...

Cast members not acting
Roman soldier - Wouldn't even give the girl a chicken!
"I am... a bastard" - Dean

The caterer turned out to be Japanese - and married to one of the cast - Dean.

Japanese caterer

The blog reader who drew us into this whole arty fringe scene was there too...

Webslave chatting with a blog reader.

We didn't drink on the street...

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Wednesday, February 15 2006

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Loveplay

A few weeks ago, we went with a reader of this blog, to take publicity photos for a fringe theatre production of Loveplay.

Some of the photos from that session have been used on this web site and one was published in the highly acclaimed journal LOTL (Lesbians on the loose).

Clipping from LOTL

The play opens tomorrow and we have free tickets. But Yuko asked Roz, the director if she could take some more photos during rehearsals. So tonight we attended a dress rehearsal at the venue - the Tap Gallery in Darlinghurst.

The Tap Gallery

The theatre at the Tap Gallery is a tiny room with a couple of rows of chairs along two walls.

We watched the whole play and enjoyed it. Yuko took so many pictures that she filled her 1GB flash card!

The play depicts a series of incidents (mostly sexual) which occur at one spot in London at various times over a 2000 year period from 79AD to the present.

We were asked not to take pictures during one scene containing nudity.

79AD - The costumes for each scene are on the hooks on the back wall labeled with the year in which the scene is set.

1098AD - Nuns in the Abbey

1584AD - A play within the play

1725AD - Just before the nude scene

1898AD - Two men get it on, while three women watch.

1969AD - Love in

Tomorrow we'll see the play again - this time with an audience.

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Tuesday, February 14 2006

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St. Valentine's Day

Today was St. Valentine's Day. Cards were exchanged...

Yuko looks at her Valentine Card

Trap

While walking at Longueville, I saw this strange object suspended in a tree...

Object in tree

Of course, it was a pheremone trap placed by an anti-moth activist...

Trap

Epitome

We went to Epitome for a St. Valentine's Day dinner. The place was a mass of red balloons and there were two violinists playing.

It was a set menu of five courses - mainly seafood. Although most of the dishes were not things we would usually order, everything was nice.

1. Scallops
2. Prawns
3. Swordfish
4. Lamb
5. Dessert

There was a couple sitting near us who looked familiar. We've seen them in Epitome before - Tom and Gail - and they said hello.

Tom tried to take our picture using Yuko's camera, but he was unable to make the shutter work. I don't think he was pressing the shutter button all the way down. Then another nearby diner offered to try, and it worked.

Yuko then took Tom and Gail's picture. My pictures of this event are sub-standard due to the low light...

Tom and Gail having their picture taken
Yuko taking Tom and Gail's picture

Yuko tied two balloons to her wrist and took them home.

Balloons tied to wrist

Finally, I took an arty picture of a shadow...

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Monday, February 13 2006

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Label

In the morning, I changed Belinda's label. It was very exciting...

Tripod

When we went to take the photographs for Loveplay, I dropped my small camera tripod and it broke. The big heavy tripod is still good, but Yuko says it's too big and heavy. So today she sent me to buy a tripod that's not too heavy and not too light - not too big and not too small - a medium tripod that can meet all our tripodding needs.

I went to Domayne and purchased such a tripod for the modest sum of $59.95.

Yuko liked it...

Bastard

In the evening, a bastard (which is how he referred to himself) rang me and talked to me for an hour. I knew this bastard at a company I used to work for.

While we were talking he forced me to email him this picture of a woman that happened to be on my computer...

He seemed satisfied and then let me get some sleep.

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Matthew Wadwell
15/02/2006
5764 Days Ago
So Peter,
Putting the rego sticker on Belinda was very exciting.

I think that you need to get out more.......(GRIN)

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Webslave
15/02/2006
5764 Days Ago
I'll also be putting the rego sticker on Mitsy soon... (don't miss the pictures of this event) It's just non-stop excitement!

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Matthew Wadwell
16/02/2006
5763 Days Ago
Oooooh

Please let me know ahead of time - so that I know to take my sedatives beforehand - I mean, too much excitement can be dangerous........

(I mean, ask the Bali9 - aren't they leading exciting lives?)

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gumbo
18/02/2006
5762 Days Ago
Nos, don't forget to take Viagra before the second one or risk humiliation

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Sunday, February 12 2006

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Transplant Surgery

As Dixie only has 256MB, I wondered how difficult it would be to upgrade the memory. Then I had a brainwave...

I wondered if Fifi's memory cards would be compatible with Dixie!

I looked at the cards in both machines, and although the numbers on the chips were not identical, the cards looked the same physical size and the sticky labels said they were both 256MB.

So I gave it a try. Fifi became an organ donor...

And lo... it worked...

Before
After

Drug Dealers

I went walking in Longueville again, and saw another drug deal site...

Watering

It was watering day...

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Saturday, February 11 2006

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Dixie

After a week using her new computer (Helen), Yuko decided she could relinquish her old computer (Dixie). She's selling Dixie to me for a bargain price.

Of course, as Dixie had Japanese Windows installed, I had to re-install Windows before I could start using the machine.

Dixie (right) ready for software surgery

I decided to install the XP Professional that came with Fifi. As Fifi is now dead, I figure this should be legal. Whether MicroSoft agrees is another matter.

So I inserted the CD and began...

But almost immediately, I was confronted with this disconcerting error...

Just the kind of error you don't want to see!

I sought assistance from Yuko who translated the gist of the message. Basically it said:

"Hey, lookout! There's already a version of Windows here and you're going to trash it and your data too. If you really want to do this you'd better boot from the CD!"

So I did, and the disk was re-formatted...

XP installed with no problem. It took about two hours.. Then there was a lot of other stuff to install and files to copy, but by the end of the day, Dixie was in a usable state. There's still a lot to do to bring Dixie up to full operational status, but I was at least able to upload the blog from Dixie.

Wharf

Yuko needed some material for her blog, so she suggested we go to the Finger Wharf at Wooloomooloo.

I'm ashamed to say that I'd never been there.

We were able to park in the street quite close to the Wharf. Yuko took pictures.

We looked at Harry's Cafe De Wheels. Although this is a famous Sydney icon, it was difficult to explain to Yuko why this is so. Other than the fact that it's been there for 60 years, it seems pretty ordinary. And it doesn't even seem to have wheels!

Harry's Cafe De Wheels

Being moderately hungry (it was 5pm and we'd had no lunch), we went to a nearby pub for beer and potatoes.

We sat outside on a little deck area. A cool breeze was blowing and it was very pleasant indeed!

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Friday, February 10 2006

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Hawks

No breakfast this morning... as we had to save our hunger for lunch. We picked Mother up at 11:45am and went to Hawks on Second at Eastwood.

Mother getting picked up

At Hawks, you can eat 'til you drop for $12. This explains why it was so crowded - even more crowded than last time. I thought we might not get a table, but fortunately we did.

Hawks on Second

As usual, Mother performed an illegal act which I'd better not mention. She also said that the chicken tasted odd. Other than that the food was quite good.

Afternoon

When I went shopping at Lane Cove, there was a band playing Chinese-sounding music in the plaza...

Yuko went walking in the afternoon and met these two young girls. I would never take a picture like this, lest I get arrested...

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Thursday, February 9 2006

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Vito

Vito the gardener came at 7am. He woke us up with his electric edge cutter. He worked for almost 5 hours!

Then we had breakfast...

Rego

I went to Macquarie Centre in the afternoon to pay the registration for both cars.

Nothing else happened.

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Wednesday, February 8 2006

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Paul Trainor

I heard the sad news today that Paul Trainor passed away on January 13th.

Paul was the founder of both Telectronics and Cochlear, where I spent 16 years of my working life. He was a very popular boss.

When he sold Telectronics in 1988, he famously gave away about $12 Million of the proceeds to friends and employees. Although I had only ever spoken to Paul on a couple of occasions, I was one of the lucky beneficiaries of his generosity. It paid for my first overseas trip - a month in the U.S - and a car!

I hope to attend Paul's memorial service at UNSW on February 24th.

Mitsy

I took Mitsy for inspection today. She passed! Now I just have to pay for two green slips, two insurance premiums, and two registration fees...

Water

It was watering day...

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Anonymous
17/02/2006
5762 Days Ago
I would like to inform your readers that My late father Noel Gray founded Telectronics in 1963 and he was an ex-med student from Sydney Med School and former RADAR engineer during the War. Paul Trainor became a shareholder in 1968 after my late father had done all the hard work and developed world leading pacemaker technology! I know this is not common knowledge because media reports promoted Trainor.

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Chris Gray
17/02/2006
5762 Days Ago
Paul trainor did not found Telectronics! He was an incompetant who relied on legal tricks to keep in control of the companies he worked on. My late father Noel Gray was the brains behind him in medical electronics as he studied Medicine at the Universit of Sydney and worked as s senior design engineer at the top Australian TV cnd radio companies before and after that. Trainor oacheived control of my late father's company by a legal trick and does not deserv recognition!

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Webslave
17/02/2006
5762 Days Ago
Thank you for that. I'm sorry your father has not received the recognition he deserves.

I remember hearing that Telectronics began as a television repair business to generate some income while developing the pacemaker technology. Hence the name... but I never knew if this was just a myth. Do you know anything about that?

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Chris Gray
18/02/2006
5761 Days Ago
The name Telectronics comes from Noel Gray's business Television Electronic Services, Just like Transistor comes from combining the words transformer and resistor, the T from television and s from services are added to electronic. Noel Gray worked for Kriesler a Phillips subsidiary as a design engineer after the war. He became National Service Manager and left in 1959 to start his planed medical electronics business. He started by servicing TVs from his gaurage at his home in Turramurra Sydney. Then started trading as a sole trader under "Noel Gray trading as Television Electronic Services". The proffits from his successfull service companies funded pacemaker and defibrilators and cardiac monitors at telectronics. In 1965 he sold one fo these companies North Shore TV Services and invested the entire proceeds in Telectronics to finance the first successfull pacemaker production facility for the P4 and P4 pacemakers and transvenous leads.

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Black Mamba
19/02/2006
5761 Days Ago
Who cares about Telectronics?

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Webslave
19/02/2006
5761 Days Ago
Just two guys - Gray and Wickham.

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Chris Gray
19/02/2006
5760 Days Ago
I care! My late father founded the company! Not Trainor! There were two Nucleuses Nucleus Holdings and Nucleus Corporation. The former, accordiang to Corp Affairs Docos was incorporated in March 1967 and not 1965 as is reported in the media. Telectronics first commercial pacemakers P4s and leads were implanted in 1966 as reported in the Medical Journal of Australia. So how was Trainor involved?

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Black Mamba
20/02/2006
5760 Days Ago
Who cares about your father? Or you?

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Chris Gray
20/02/2006
5759 Days Ago
The truth cares!

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Black Mamba
20/02/2006
5759 Days Ago
Thou shalt be left to your misery.

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ad veritas
27/02/2006
5752 Days Ago
He's been in misery for decades ! Paul Trainor made his father rich so the poor little rich boy Chris Gray has never had to work just soak himself in Scotch and write things bagging Paul Trainor

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mambo
28/02/2006
5751 Days Ago
wanker http://unsw.edu.au/news/pad/articles/2006/feb/Trainor_memorial.html

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Black mamba
27/06/2006
5632 Days Ago
You guys must realise that Noel Gray is a genius because his patents have identified the problem associated with pacing from the right side of the heart. His patents identify LBBB and offer a solution so that cannnot be disputed! He did this 1n his early days at telectronics as he did with computer adaption of the monitors which was neved acheived, thanks to Trainor.

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Chris Gray
1/07/2006
5628 Days Ago
Thank you for that and I would like to add that leadless pacemakers may be near to a reality with the solving of the battery problem by the use of ultrasound as a power suply. It might now be possible to send ultrasound waves down a right ventricular lead to an apex mounted device as described in the Gray patents!

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GP
6/07/2006
5623 Days Ago
As a GP who often sees patients who are candidates for cardiac pacing I must comment on the suggestion of a "ventricular... apex mounted device". To gain access to the ventricular apex requires the high risk procedure of open heart surgery under general anaesthesia. The pacemakers of today operate reliably for up to 15 years battery life and are implanted subcutaneously using a local anaesthetic.

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Furman
9/07/2006
5620 Days Ago
GP I suggest you look up the latest stddies on Right ventricular Pacing and then see if you can justify your coments from the darlk ages of pacing.

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Anonymous
10/07/2006
5619 Days Ago
Could Noswonky please check & tell us if 'Chris Gray', 'mambo' and 'Furman' all have the same IP ? Ad Veritas

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Webslave
10/07/2006
5619 Days Ago
I have checked. However, it's not appropriate for me to reveal the results.

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MUbi
13/07/2006
5616 Days Ago
Have another scotch ad veritas

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Ad Veritas
15/07/2006
5614 Days Ago
To Chris Gray, mambo, Furman, MUbi: No Scotch for me, but if you offer one cold VB I won't refuse ! ( suggest do a Google on 'cirrhosis of the liver')

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veritas
17/07/2006
5612 Days Ago
Thanks Geoff

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Veritatus
20/07/2006
5609 Days Ago
Open heart surgery? Do you realy know what you are talking about?

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Tuesday, February 7 2006

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Belinda Gets Looked At

Belinda is approaching her 4th birthday, and you know what that means... Her first rego inspection!

I took Belinda to a local service station to get the inspection done. She passed! As Belinda is quite young and healthy, this was expected.

An unfortunate coincidence of timing means that Misty's birthday is only three days after Belinda's.

So tomorrow I'll take Mitsy to get looked at too. I estimate Mitsy's chances of passing at about 60%.

Parking Secret Out

Back in November I wrote about Lane Cove's best kept parking secret.

Since then, it seems that the carpark I wrote about is no longer a secret. Today there was only one space in that carpark. And the ticket machine is still broken...

Before
After

Ghost House

Below is the Lane Cove Ghost House. This house has been partially completed and vacant for at least ten years! It is rumoured that the house is haunted by evil spirits who refuse to allow humans to live there.

Ghost House

After passing the Ghost House, I continued to the leafy streets and boat-ramps of Longueville.

Boat Ramps

Here the average house prices are among the highest in Sydney. I saw a pair of shoes dangling from power lines... and we all know what that means!

Shoes mark the spot

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Andrew
8/02/2006
5771 Days Ago
...someone's walking around barefoot?

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Webslave
8/02/2006
5771 Days Ago
Someone's walking around with brand new and very expensive shoes.

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yumbo
9/02/2006
5771 Days Ago
Someone is dealing a very expensive and heavily addictive drug in the 'hood.

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Webslave
9/02/2006
5770 Days Ago
That's why they can afford such nice new shoes.

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Monday, February 6 2006

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Mother

Mother had to go to two doctors' appointments at different places at Chatswood today, so she asked me to take her.

At the first place, I waited in the waiting room while she went into the doctor's room. Then a nurse asked Mother "It that your husband in the waiting room?"

I noticed that the penalty for smoking in the lifts has been increased...

After finishing at the first doctor, Mother bought me coffee (see above) and some very tasty raisin toast...

Tasty Raisin Toast

When we returned to Mother's house, she asked me to put up some Japanese pictures which Yuko had given her a few days ago. As they we unframed, I just stuck them up with blutac.

Japanese pictures (Webslave in mirror)

Japanese pictures

Bush

It's been a while since I've done much exercise, so I went for a bushwalk...

Shadow

Track

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Sunday, February 5 2006

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Coffee

Yuko suggested we go to Bardeli's in the morning. But at about 11.30am she said she needed another two hours to work on her blog. So I went to Epitome alone.

Beach

Here's a picture of some feet...

Feet

In the afternoon, Yuko wanted to go to "a place by the sea". Earlier we had discussed going to the Hog's Breath Cafe at Collaroy, but when I tried to call them, their number was disconnected! So we went to Collaroy to sus out what had happened to "The Hog".

Yuko takes pictures (for her blog)

No dogs were allowed on the beach. The dog in the picture looked miffed...

Miffed dog

Then we went to the location of "The Hog" and discovered that it has now become The Ettamogah Pub...

...but it doesn't look like this

Inside The Ettamogah

We ate a small dinner... bruschetta...

Bruschetta

Then we walked along to the ocean pool. Yuko took a picture of an overhead light reflected in the water, and discovered that it comes out looking like scribble! So I did the same...

Scribble on the water.

And we took a lot of pictures of the pool...

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Saturday, February 4 2006

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Food

Breakfast

Files

My main task today was to copy Yuko's files from her old laptop (Dixie) to her new computer (Helen). I did this by using the external USB hard drive as intermediate storage. So first, a simple copy from the laptop to the HDD. It took approximately 10 hours! I think this was mainly because there were a lot of small files. I went to bed and left it running.

Long copy

Shop

Yuko said she wanted to cook gyoza (Japanese dumplings) for dinner. As this is one of my favourite dishes, I was very happy. However, she said that she wanted to make gyoza, not for me, but so that she could photograph them for her blog!

But we did not have the ingredients, so a trip to the Korean shop was necessary.

Back of the Korean shop

Movie

While Yuko's files were copying, I couldn't do much with my computer (as most of my files are on the same external HDD), so I watched a silent movie on TV.

It was the story of a racing driver with a thing for milky white bodies. Here's a sample...

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Friday, February 3 2006

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Kong

Now that the school holidays are over, we decided it would be a good time to go and see King Kong with Mother. It was showing at the Mandarin Centre at Chatswood at 2.30pm.

It was indeed good timing. There were only three other people in the cinema.

We liked the movie, except that we thought every part of it should have been halved in length.

It's the story of a mis-understood ape, who gets involved in a cross-species relationship with a blond juggler. After fighting off some big lizards who show an interest in his girlfriend, the ape travels to New York to pursue a show business career. However, opening night does not go to plan and the merciless New York critics see to it that his career is short-lived.

Helen

The computer man brought Helen back at about 9pm.

Computer man

He has installed the language option thingy which allows us to change between English and Japanese at any time. It just requires a logout and login for the change to take effect.

Changing language

It all works nicely. Now it's a matter of copying all Yuko's files from Dixie to Helen and installing various programs. After the computer man left, I installed the software for Yuko's camera (Zoombrowser etc.) and Firefox.

When Helen is fully operational, Yuko will sell her laptop to me to replace Fifi.

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Thursday, February 2 2006

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Hot

Today is was hot - maybe 33C. So we didn't do much, and not much happened. To keep cool, we decided to go to an air-conditioned environment... Epitome!

Yuko wanders through Epitome. It was not crowded.

We noticed an unusual fish in the tank. Not a typical ornamental fish, but more like something you'd catch in the harbour...

Odd fish

Epitome's fish tank

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Wednesday, February 1 2006

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The Card

Helen's network card was delivered at about 10am...

I decided to install it...

And it worked. Yuko was happy to be able to web-surf with Helen. She says that photos look much nicer on Helen's screen than they do on on Dixie.

The wireless network card - installed

Rainbow Making

Because it was Wednesday, I made a rainbow...

And Yuko sprayed water about too...

Computer Man

The computer man was due to come this evening to install Japanese Windows on Helen. So Yuko said we should tidy the house a bit. This included dismantling and packing away the Christmas tree, which was still occupying space in our living room.

Christmas tree in box

The computer man arrived at about 7.30pm. He went to work on Helen and soon ran into a problem. He had to download some drivers from the Dell web site, but the download was extremely slow, even with our cable connection. We determined that it was Dell's fault (again).

Computer man with pony tail

The download was going to take a couple of hours, so we decided it would be better if he took Helen away to do the downloads at his leisure.

Computer man

We should get Helen back on Friday.

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Anonymous
2/02/2006
5777 Days Ago
BOMBING

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