I went to Prahran today to visit the Chapel Street Bazaar.  I wanted an old phone.  One that doesn’t require power, so that I have a land-line phone during a blackout.  I particularly wanted one with a dial on the front, like the one we used to have when I was little.  Having checked local op-shops and coming up empty, the Bazaar was the only place I could think of that was sure to have one.  I found one, and in my favourite colour- green!  In fact it was exactly what I wanted!  Of course it cost way more than I was hoping (but not more than I expected) however it came with a three-month warranty, so I could take it back if it didn’t work.  Happy with that, I purchased it.


No need to take it back, it works!!  Yay!!  And the cats should find it difficult sliding the phone off the hook like they did with my other one.

On my way to the Bazaar, I walked past Swinburne University.  My eye was caught by their sign.  My first thought upon seeing it was ‘Oh my god, I can’t believe they teach design there and they went with that!’  The design itself is not bad, it just reads badly. logoI don’t know how long they’ve had this design, but really ‘SWIN .  .  . BUR . . . NE’?  Swin burnie?  We are the students who say “Ne!” I bet the designer demanded to be paid with a shrubbery.

I do know a little bit about what I’m talking about, as I did study design at . . . eh-hm . . . Swin  bur  ne.  (Oh dear)



Two Highly Recommended Podcasts

Attention Gamers . . . The Black Panel’s podcast can now be subscribed to on iTunes.  Click Here.

If you love games and great conversation with people who know what they’re talking about then this is definitely for you.  I’m not a gamer so listen to Miztres who is:

The Podcast was pretty techie as you know, really above my level, but they kept the conversation to my level so I could follow along well enough.  For example the talk about a rumoured massively big Xbox360.  As soon as I heard that I went “Why?  What for?”  Well they told me what for….not that it’s really useful for most of us and certainly not useful for me. I can now speak confidently that I do not need to upgrade to the new Xbox if it ever turns up.

I liked the conversational style, I felt I was also in the room with them…just not contributing to the conversation.

The segments are cute.  Did you hear the one about screen names:  Metal Finger!  Tumourous Pizza?  I was laughing as I listened to the podcast and then had to explain myself to Catherine who couldn’t hear it.

I love Good Game on ABC and don’t miss an episode.  When the podcast reviewed games I’d seen on Good Game I could follow their review.  Their review brought out different aspects of the game that the Good Game guys hadn’t mentioned for whatever reason.  Pretty cool.

I will be listening in the future.

Now, if you love Star Trek, you love humour and you are a bit of a geek (hey dude, you just admitted to being a Star Trek fan), then you should listen to Wil Wheaton’s Memories of the Future Podcast.

I first started reading Wil’s blog after I thought I caught a glimpse of him in Nemesis (Don’t get me started on that film).  Wondering what Wesley Crusher was doing at the wedding party and in Starfleet uniform, I immediately hit the net.  I found that Wil Wheaton had his own blog.  I figured it sure to have something about the film in it.  I thought it would be just another celebrity blog that the actual celebrity has nothing to do with, but it was worth a shot.  It turns out that he writes it himself.  He turns out to be a really cool guy (for a geek).  I had no illusions he’d be like Wesley Crusher (in fact I never really gave Wesley much thought, not even enough to hate or like the character), but I didn’t expect him to sound just like any one of my friends.

Memories of the future is a book he is about to put out about The Next Generation.  He says it’s not a tell all book.  It’s more like going through a high school year book.  But if you listen to the first episode, he’ll describe it much better than I can.  Go on, go listen. Go!  Trust me, I’m a geek.

Here’s a link to the first three episodes (because that’s all there is at the time of writing) after that you’re on your own.

Episode 1

Episode 2

Episode 3

Oh, and just by the way.  I was walking through the park on my way to work (by myself) listening to episode 3.  He made me laugh out loud!  So not only was I the crazy laughing lady in the park, but snot came out of my nose!



Does anyone use Stickies much?

I opened the app recently and found a note left for me.   I’m not sure who wrote it, but have my suspicions.  The  note was created in 2005!  I clearly have not found a use for them,  since.

Picture 1


It’s orange, might wanna get that checked

While walking down the ramp at the station, it starts to rain.  The guy in front of me sensibly decides to put his hood up.

He has no where to put his can of drink, so he puts it between his legs.

As he lifts his arms to pull up his hood, the can tips.

Orange fanta spews forth from between his legs.

I normally don’t laugh out loud at people on the street, but a snort escaped!


Good on YOU, Mr. Train Driver man!

Sitting on a train that had come to a stop just outside of Greensborough station.

After a few minutes an announcement is heard.  “Sorry for the delay.  There is some trouble with the signals.  It will only be a few minutes.  At least the air conditioning is working, and you have a comfortable seat.”

I had to smile at that.  After a 20 minute wait, we finally pull into Greensborough.  Passengers disembark, and new ones embark.  Another announcement:

“Even if you think you’re the most important person in the world, you’re not.  This is what happens when we have a signal failure at Greensborough.  It’s 1oo years old.  Thought you’d be used to it by now, but apparently you’re not.”

I nearly applauded.