June 29th, 2008

This weekend we had two 30th birthday parties on the same night, which invariably lead to having a super hang over, mostly thanks to a Dry Gin Martini I thought I’d try.

The first 30th party was one of Amy’s work mates. It was on a boat that sailed to a nice cove with a fantastic view of the Sydney skyline –

It was a great idea for a party and was great when we moored up into this position as we were out of the wind. Here’s Amy, Danielle, PH and JZ having a great time as we set off sailing –

Afterwards we had a quick drink at the Loft Bar on King Street Wharf and then jumped into the taxi to the second 30th of the night which was at Boronia House in Mosman for Andrea’s 30th which was fantastic, my battery ran out before we got there so no pictures from that event.

Tonight we are still recovering from our hangovers, we visited the cinema and watched The Happening by M. Night Shyamalan which probably wouldn’t be everyones cup of tea as its not the most action packed or interesting films but I was absolutely terrified of trees by the end of the film which is a pretty clever situation for a film director to get you in.

June 14th, 2008

Last weekend for the Queens Birthday we went to Brisvegas and the Gold Coast for Cooper’s 2nd Birthday. We visited Burleigh Heads and stayed at Amy’s parents beach unit there. The sea was very calm but the coastal erosion from the week before was very bad, with the giant rocks on the beach that you get in Manly when the similar sort of thing happens. We also visited some new Burleigh apartments called “Ambience” but the first floor apartment was on the market for $1.7 million. As house prices are falling faster than they did in the 1930s “Great Depression”, I was thinking of putting in an offer of $0.3 mill.

Erosion on Burleigh Beach

Taryn and Wade came down with Zara for luncheon, which was on the ground floor of the 1.7 mil apartment block and was very nice, here’s a picture of me with baby Zara –

Baby Zara and Me

We headed back to Brisbane for a party at Simone’s parent’s house. Simone lived around the corner from Amy when they were grewing up and they were there at the same time as us. We even ended up getting the same flight out of Sydney and sat a couple of rows apart from each other! I recorded a short video clip of Stu standing outside the toilets on the plane which I’ve uploaded to youtube. That was good fun and we ended up (well I started off) drinking Simones dad’s homebrew beer which was very good.

The next day we were up early and over to Cooper’s parents house for the birthday party with lots of kids running around –

Amy and Cooper in the Garden

It wasn’t just a trip for Cooper’s Birthday, we had not seen the new baby Sister Ali –

Amy and Baby Ali

It was a fantastic trip and a very nice weekend. This weekend, after discussions with Justin about coffee makers and getting recommended one that was far from my price range and tasting the delights of Elliots lattes in Brisbane we have purchased an expresso maker in the Myer end of year stock take sale (just one of the sales that Myer has than seems to span the entire year). It is a entry level device as I’m not sure if I’m cut out for the mean machines with 400 bar pressure yet.

Cappucino Supremo

I’ve watched the DVD that came with the machine, practiced ‘Tamping‘ and have bought all the accessories I’ll ever need. I can’t tell now though if the coffee is any good because I’ve made about 30 cups and drank about one mouthful from each but feel like I’ve drunk way too much milk. The device is really a cost saver as it costs about 55c to make a cappucino and shops normally charge around $3 for a regular, then add another 80c if you want decaf or soy milk.

I want to give a shout out to Marcy’s blog (Marcy and Chris’ Blogaroo) who are some friends from San Francisco who are enjoying the Sydney life (check the blog to see what they’ve been doing).

June 6th, 2008

A lot of time at University was spent playing around with Unix, reading UNIX Network Programming Volumes One AND Two. I still have those books, they pretty much taught me how the internet really works and still believe anyone who hasn’t read them still wouldn’t really understand or appreciate it.

A command that I used a lot back in those days was kill. It is used to send signals to processes and was particularly useful for killing processes that wouldn’t die (programming error or otherwise). The command kill -9 sends a non-blocking signal to a process telling it to die, here’s a screenshot of me killing an apache instance for no particular reason other than to show it in action –

Anyway, a rapper named ‘Monzy’ has created this song about it which is about as geeky as you can get, other than my fsck t-shirt –