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Settling in

December 17th, 2011 (12:12 pm)

mood: optimistic

We have all moved in, some boxes still unsorted and full, but basically all in. It a big place, sometimes I think too big, then people arrive and spread out and it don't seem on top of each other, so maybe its not. Maybe I've been too used to shoe boxes.

We got our old (land line) phone number back, after several weeks of fighting with Telstra via Optus (via cable not copper). I should cancel my old Mobile number, as I realise I haven't switched it on in about 6 months - I've been using the work one (iPhone) for close to two years now.

We still don't have the data cabling sorted, we can only assume its in the walls (because we asked - several times - and they eventually said its done), just a hassle for connectivity until it is done.

The double glazing isn't as good as it should be, and thinking we should have got the central air, we were hoping the double glazing would be enough for all but the worse of summer, but it won't be.

As for ready by Christmas
- the paving won't be finished, the fence will be temporary, the hedge won't be planted
- but we got a large new fridge in time for the Christmas hoards expected
- cutlery/crockery and beds now seem sorted, despite the numbers projected (20ish - with most staying)
- presents and food seems well in hand

Still a list of things to do, but moving through it, rather than overwhelmed by it.

Roleplayer Support: Dream Job or Commercial Op?

October 27th, 2010 (02:26 pm)

mood: amused

Dream job? Will the Syd role playing community already be aware?


RFSOP018-HQ10 - Roleplayer Support to DIntTC & DPTC
The Headquarters Forces Command - Army has a requirement for the commercial provision of Role Player Support services to be conducted primarily at Defence Intelligence Training Centre (DIntTC), and Defence Police Training Centre (DPTC) and from time to time in other FORCOMD Establishments. The commercial provider is to provide suitably competent role players to perform in training sessions predominantly in the Sydney and South East Queensland areas.

Worm blasted out man's eye with lasers

September 21st, 2010 (09:19 pm)

mood: amused

Worm blasted out man's eye with lasers

I was like OMG ... a worm with fricken' Laser beams ... hard core


Reality wasn't as good as the misread, but it did contain the gem ... "said he either picked up the parasite on vacation in Mexico or it could have been a raccoon roundworm he caught while turkey hunting."
Wow ... what goes on whilst on a hunting trip is meant to stay on the hunting trip.

Box Hill Hospital

March 21st, 2010 (03:17 pm)

current location: Home
mood: tired

I don't like hospitals, I guess most people don't to some degree, this trip though wasn't so bad.

So I got my first ride in an Ambulance (that I can remember), with a trip holding Tristan.
He fell from the trampoline, through the unsecured safety net (most likely after a fight with Tasha),
to land head first on the concrete.

He was dizzy, blurred vision and quite drowsy. Hence the call to the ambulance.

He was under observation for about 3 hours at the hospital, by which stage he had a bit of a nap, and was then right as rain and back to his normal self, with a large graze/bump near his temple. I would suggest mild concussion/mild shock, but then I'm not the doctor, who by the way has just checked him out and said "you're free to go".

So all fine, eventually.

Coyote Grill

October 28th, 2009 (09:32 am)

mood: amused

First saw this in MX last night.

This is what happens when mortals report on Nuwisha, it’s a good news story.



There must be an easier way for Nuwisha to travel.

Funniest 80s clips I've seen in a while

September 4th, 2009 (09:04 pm)

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Pancakes - Recipe

July 27th, 2008 (12:30 pm)

current location: Home
mood: artistic
music: none

Having recently shared Miss Rynn's GingerBread cookie recipe after successfully using it for a work function ... I thought I'd write down the family recipe for fluffy pancakes to promote better pancakes in the Canadian style. 

It's a mutable recipe based on the number of people you're feeding.  My family tends to gorge themselves on pancakes if given the option, so you may find the quantities excessive for those less practiced in munching through a large plate.

This base amount feeds about 4-6, depending on how much everyone eats (see above).

Its a very forgiving recipe, made by habit not measuring cup though I have added approximate [measures] for those that are comforted by them ...

Half fill a medium/large mixing bowl with Self Raising flour.  [~3 cups]
Make a dent in the centre to place the other ingredients.
Add a handful or so of sugar (I have used raw, white and brown to similar effect) [~1/2 cup]
Add a pinch of salt (Mum adds this so I do, I'm not really sure why)
2-3 eggs (depending on size of eggs and bowl used)
Briefly mix ingredients, add milk (gradually mixing/adding/mixing) until batter consistency, I tend towards a thick batter at this stage. [~2 to 3 cups]
Mix vigorously, smoothing out lumps etc.

Let stand for 30min - 1 hour, (if insects or children present, cover bowl with a tea towel). 
This allows the mixture to aerate, and you should see bubbles in the mixture when you return.

Stir to check consistency, adding a little milk if necessary (which will need to be mixed in).  Consistency should be pourable, without being runny~  I would say a medium batter.    If batter is too firm, it tends to stay with the ladel when cooking and the end result is less fluffy. Likewise if the batter is too runny, it doesn't stay as aerated and the end result is less fluffy.  This is more art than science, much as the cooking, practice being the solution.

Cooking in frypan ~ medium heat, this may need to be adjusted through the cooking cycle, especially if cooking with electric.
Add butter to pan.
Ladel/large spoon/pour three large pancakes to a large frypan.  Bubbles should rise as the first side is done,  thise should take say 30 seconds ~ 1 min to cook, flip pancakes the second side about half as much, watch to avoid burning. Remove to a warm plate once second side is done.
If the pan is too hot, the pancakes will burn/not cook through.  If the pan is not hot enough, they  will not be as fluffy (and take forever long to cook).  See note re: practice. :)
Repeat till all batter is cooked, adding butter to pan every two sets.  You may "destroy" the occasional pancake, when flipping doesn't go as planned, this happens, don't get upset, they are still edible.

Serve with butter, jam, maple syrup, sugar/lemon juice on a pancake by pancake basis, as desired.

For fruit pancakes ... you can cook with various berries,  by adding small or sliced berries [~ 1 1/2 cups] to the mixture after making initial batter.

Otherwise you can always serve the fruit outside the pancakes with cream/ice cream instead or with the various toppings listed above.

Enjoy with company ...

Pancakes are a occasional food, best eaten in moderation ... yeah right, who am I kidding, they are yummy and if less fiddly I'd cook them more often ...

Job description of a junior BA or ...

May 27th, 2008 (07:47 pm)

  • Can understand another point of view
  • Has a longer attention span
  • Begins to sort and classify
  • Notices details
  • Thinks more about problems
  • Interested in experimenting
  • Always asking "WHY?"
  • Understands complex sentences
  • Has a basic understanding of time
  • Likes books

Goths ... and Redmatch?

January 11th, 2008 (08:23 pm)

current location: home
mood: amused

Not sure how many people read the mainstream papers online ...

So I thought to post this ... Melbourne Goth - as a Fashion Tribe ... http://www.theage.com.au/flash/fashiontribes

I admit to not really being to far into Goth when I was going to clubs in my white T shirts and jeans :) but I thought I could at least recognise a few faces to I looked through.

I think that's a dead ringer for redmatch, in fact I think it is her, late in the photo album.  I just thought I'd mention it.

Sexy new hybrid/electric car

January 7th, 2008 (10:23 pm)

mood: amused

They say it should be available next year ... its about US$30k ... which is about what AU$35k
Hybrid model is meant to get 300MPG (rough calc in my head puts that about 100KpL)


A good day ...

December 25th, 2007 (09:29 pm)

current location: Home
mood: content

Christmas is normally a big day with my family, lots of traditions, lots of chaos and normally accompanied by its fair share of stress.  This is neither news nor unique to my family.

This year was different.  My lovely wife who's recovering from pneumonia was still too sick to really travel, so rather than hike to Lakes Entrance to my extended family as planned, we stayed at home.  It was just myself, my wife, my two children 3 and 1 and my mother-in-law over from Perth.  Quiet small when I think the planned Christmas table was expected to seat 14 without kids.

I roasted the whole turkey on the BBQ, later adding potatoes, I glazed the ham, my mother-in-law did the stuffing and a stuffed whole pumpkin.  I had aimed to eat at 5pm, because of the small children, and wanted some room to correct should my turkey calculations turn sour.  The weather was a mild 25C with a light breeze.  We ate at ten to five, outside in the shade, with a total of two flies, which given our previous plagues was wonderful.  The ham was light, the turkey moist, the potatoes fluffy and I stuffed myself.

Later we had Christmas cake that my mother-in-law had made, and after the kids were in bed, a goodies platter of purchased toffees, dark chocolate roasted almonds, nougat, two types of Turkish delight, dried pineapple/mango/papaw, with my wife's baked mini-minced pies and my baked gingerbread cookies.

It was a good day ...

that meme thing ...

September 17th, 2007 (08:18 pm)

current location: home again ...
mood: amused

1. Biomedical Engineer
2. Computer Engineer
3. Mining Engineer
4. Materials / Metallurgical Engineer
5. Physicist
6. Electrical Engineer
7. Astronomer
8. Petroleum Engineer
9. Industrial Engineer
10. Agricultural Engineer

My two clusters were "science and engineering" and "computers and telecoms" ... with a smattering of pilot and computer design

Aerospace engineer got 18 - :)

too lazy for a link

Harry Potter 7

July 23rd, 2007 (01:40 pm)

I liked it ... finished it last night, having had the advantage of a 12hr head start ...

Its starts good and picks up ... with some later stages very difficult to put down.

A well thought out ending, wrapping up loose ties with enough explanation without sounding like a lecture.

All in all the best book of the series.

Killer robots

January 18th, 2007 (09:52 am)

mood: pessimistic

I was reading in the IT Australian about Korea development of automated robot sentries armed with machine guns, talking about the eithics of having such a machine.


so then I did some research and it appears that Samsung is doing the development ... here is some promotional video ...


sure its more sentry gun from Aliens than the Robocop3000 ... but still ... how would it respond to "I don't speak Korean, I don't understand" ... oops

We are home ...

December 11th, 2006 (05:23 pm)

current location: Home
mood: content

Natasha Heloise Pomeroy Cunningham and her mother returned from the hospital today and both are resting comfortably.

Baby girl Squishy has arrived!

December 8th, 2006 (09:22 am)

mood: exhausted

Dear Friends and Family,

On Friday 8th Dec at 12:45 am, as yet unnamed 8lb baby girl was born, following a long labour.

Kate and baby are staying at Masada Private Hospital (26 Balaclava Road, Balaclava) for the next few days. Visiting hours are 2pm - 3pm, and 7pm - 8pm.

If you wish to get us a gift, home-made meals will be appreciated any time in the next two or three months! Or maybe a few people can club together and get us a cleaner ;)

Love to you all,
Nigel and Tristan Cunningham

Sweet graphics: Gears of War - Teaser vid

October 30th, 2006 (03:52 pm)

current location: work
mood: bored
music: aircon hum

Size warning (25Meg file -> 1 min Hi res )

Not that I'm even considering to buy an XBox360 ... but the graphics in this teaser/trailer are sweet ... 

Religious nutbags

October 16th, 2006 (04:11 pm)

current location: work
mood: amused

Saw this and had to share ...

Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson and Usama Bin Ladin have a lot in common. Take the quiz and see if you can identify statements by each of these "leaders."  http://funnystrange.com/quiz/

SMASH THINGS ***DELAYED Not this weekend***

October 14th, 2006 (08:10 am)

mood: chipper
music: air con hum

**** UPDATED ****

Ok ... as discussed with some people already I have a small brick fence/wall that needs to be removed ...

As the professionals (who will be putting up the replacing fence) have quoted vast sums to remove it ... I have sought a cheaper option ...

Demolition Party
... bring a sledge hammer / eagle bar / masonry chisel (ok this maybe stretching it :) ) ...
... Saturday Arvo ... Sunday Arvo ... weather looks a reasonable 21
... just rock up after lunch

... a reply rsvp will allow me to cater correctly -inc munchie and cold drink preferences :)

**** UPDATED ****
I had to move this to Sunday as we're trying to pick up a dining setting on Saturday ... so people will actually have like chairs and things :)

**** UPDATED Latest****
This has been delayed ... till another time ... not this weekend ... So sayeth ... so I obey

I will try and be a little more organised in checking with people etc. before setting a time next time ...

Science 1 d Hooligans 0

May 15th, 2006 (10:42 am)

mood: amused

Racist soccer chanting neutralized with echoes


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