December 31st, 2004

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December 31st, 2004

Everyone seems to be doing it, so here is my best of 2004 list.

Album of the Year – Elliott Smith, A Basement on the Hill

A post-humous release from Elliott Smith and to be honest probably my most favourite one. All the tracks are excellent but some stand out above the rest, those include, ‘Kings Cross’, ‘Shooting Star’ and ‘Memory Lane’ to name a few.

Cinema Trip of the Year – Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

A crazy film. Carrey, Winslet and Dunst show their acting skills in this sci-fi film about a man who tries to erase his memory of his girlfriend so that he can get over it.

DVD Purchase of the Year – Blue Crush

Chics!!! Surfing!!! Can I say more? It probably doesn’t appeal to most people, but I think this is an excellent film 🙂

Book of the Year – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

A book through the mind of a child with autism, who takes you on a journey of how he tries to solve the murder of his next door neighbours dog. He ends up reavealing much more. This is definetly my favourite book for 2004, it will be hard to top this in 2005.

Computer Game of the Year – FS2004, A Century of Flight

Not really a game as such but a simulation. This has kept me occupied for hours and hours and has also improved my flying skills to a level in which I hope will have provided some help if I was to take real life flying lessons!

2005 tomorrow, see you then……

December 29th, 2004

In VS.NET 2003 I have an .CS file that always turns intellisense inside out. It doesn’t seem to matter if I copy the contents of the file into notepad, delete the file and then recreate it and paste the code back into it. I think it must be something to do with the structure of the code, although I cannot see anything out of the ordinary.

Above is an example of what I am talking about. Whilst assigning a value to the string ‘TableName’ I lose all the colours, the ‘a’ of TableName becomes bold and I get intellisense for a public static method of Supplemental.

Why is this happening??? The code actually compiles fine, but it doesn’t make writing it fun 🙁

December 27th, 2004

Christmas doesn’t feel like Christmas in Australia. I imagine every Englisher says that. For a start it is not cold (except for Christmas day where I did actually feel cold) and secondly there’s a real lack of decorations. Christmas day in UK is more of an occasion because it is cold and it gets dark at 16h30. Anyway, Christmas is Christmas and what better way to spend it than with your parents on a cold beach –

Milk Beach Vaucluse on Christmas Day
December 23rd, 2004

Email me at gbrewer at gmail d0t com if you want one.

December 18th, 2004

A Christmas party was organised at Rach and Mike’s house tonight. It was very cool, especially when Lyly (a suferette) dressed up as Santa!! We had to arrange secret santa and also I had to bring some vegetables (brussel spouts + carrots) – couldn’t find Brussel Spouts (you can only get them from Brussels) so Broccoli was the next best thing. The evening was going along pretty well, you know, the usual talk and ‘cheese and beetroot dip’ then all of a sudden, Lyly appeared wearing this –

A result I am sure you will agree!!! So Santa Lyly handed out all the Christmas presents, I made a video using the tool mentioned in a previous entry to include all the photographs –

For dinner we had Turkey and Ham and stuffing and cranberry and everything you could ever want for a Christmas dinner. Here we all are enjoying the food immensly –

Here are all the girls together –

and here are the guys looking very cool –

Later, Mike (who runs SpoonASound) was to play at Tonic bar on Kellet Street in Kings Cross. So we all rocked up there and had a great time listening to the DJ and Mike kick out some beats. Bring it on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Surfing at Bondi tomorrow, 11am!!! Bring it on yet again!!

December 18th, 2004

Eddie Aikau is a Hawaiian surfing legend who rode (very) big waves in Hawaii. An event is held every year in his memory. The cool thing about this event is that it only happens when the wave measures a minimum of 20-foot from crest to trough.

Wipeout from the Event © Quiksilver/eddie

If you have the bandwidth, download this video of the wipeouts(right click save target as) it has the highlights from the event, it is really cool. More information about the event here.

December 17th, 2004

I got stung today by a Jellyfish or something similar whilst surfing 🙁 It really hurt at first but I was too busy trying to ‘hang 10’ so the pain had subsided when my mind was actually completely concentrating on it when I was out of the sea. Anyway, I found this cool tool called ‘Photo Story 3‘ by Microsoft. It is free if you have a geniune copy of Windows XP. It makes pictures into a nice video type thing and lets you put music to it.

Anyway, here is the video, it is 3 megs and require sound. RIGHT CLICK SAVE TARGET AS HERE!!

My email still doesn’t work, how annoying!

December 13th, 2004

My email for g2007 is down 🙁 It has been for a while and it is not obvious it is down because there is no error message sent back to you. So email me at gbrewer @ if you have anything you want to send me. Sorry.

December 12th, 2004

(Title is a quote from Magnum Force). Well, Magnus left Australia today, a final farewell to my surfing buddy (early day pictures/more recent picture) at the airport this afternoon. We went for our final surf together in very good conditions at Manly two days ago, a truely emotional experience. Who will be my day time surfing partner now?

We went out for the final gasp of Australian holiday spirit last night and it got very drunken!!

Pete, Vic, Chris, Cooee, Esther, Myself, Tagjinda, Hanna, Cecile, Mika, Magnus, ???, ??? in El Fitzroy, Woolloomooloo

Here is Magnum with the Swedish girls at an unknown location, somewhere between Woolloomooloo and Kings X –

We initially got some drinks at home and then moved on to El Fitzroy, where we bumped into Eddy who was on his 19th schooner pint. I have never met anyone who can drink so much, I don’t even think Brandom could keep up with him and that is saying something!! After this we left for Kings Cross and ended up in a very funny little cafe where cocktails appeared to be the order of the day. The bar also gave you crayons and paper to draw on so we had a very entertaining game of pictionary. We played boys against girls and I could not believe that Tagjinda managed to draw ‘dehydration’. A tough one I would have thought! As for how the night went the next picture really says it all, I have decided in a moment of intoxicated confusion to deface Dame Mary Gilmore with a crayon (I hope this is not a capital offence) –

A good last night out to see Magnus off. I hope he is enjoying the -5 degrees C in Sweden. I am looking forward to our ‘reunion surfing tour’ of the west coast of Europe a couple of years from now.

On a separate note I was a bit bored this evening and decided to recreate the original residence of our house entirely designed as South Park Characters