clappamungus: (Jeebus!)
Reply to this post and I will pick five of your icons; then make a post (including the meme info) and talk about the icons I chose.

[livejournal.com profile] fvck picked: Clickinate )
clappamungus: (Lab Rats)
Ed just keeps getting better at choosing the right title for these things....

This week, we had a fourth member - Lucas Randall, a critical thinker, blogger and skeptic (not a climate change skeptic moron - but rather these guys). He was a pleasure to have on the show as he's extremely switched on, knows his stuff and has a natural curiosity that's infectious.

His blog is Codenix (I can't bring myself to link to his Twatter...)

Anyway, our episode 4 is here. This one was a monster - almost an hour.

Topics covered:

* A galaxy 3 billion light years away is home to the biggest blast seen in the universe due to a supermassive black hole eating a star....how fucking awesome is that??
* An observation about weight and dementia
* On our way to growing a full eye in the lab
* Using magnets to improve rehabilitation for patients with brain degenerative diseases and conditions
* Viriophages, or ....sigh... "cannibal" viruses in Antarctica
* Pimping Discoveries Need Dollars
* The first known instance of an insect-borne disease being transmitted sexually

And Jezebel decided to bark at the end... idiot dog...
clappamungus: (My two girls)


Every time we open the door for her, this is what happens. It's gotten so I know exactly when to raise my knee to fend off her jump.

(Yeah, and I know our house is a little messy...)
clappamungus: (Stewie dance)
Tonight, [livejournal.com profile] vivienne_aster and I drove down to Williamstown beach to meet [livejournal.com profile] mstakenidentity, [livejournal.com profile] mc_shamo, [livejournal.com profile] _audhumla_ and [livejournal.com profile] ragedc between the Siren Cafe and the kiosk. We had fish n' chips, and watched the sun set:

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Then everyone except me and [livejournal.com profile] _audhumla went swimming. Why? Because they're crazy bastards and the two of us are not. Yes, it's summer, but it's Melbourne summer - therefore the water is bloody freezing. And I could tell how freezing it was as I watched [livejournal.com profile] ragedc shudder involuntarily as the waterline reached his goolies, even as far away as I was. Of course, we were smug until the sun dipped below the horizon and the damned wind came from out of nowhere and just about chilled us to the goddamn bone...so we all got out of there as fast as we could and went back to the main street. Here, we were joined by [livejournal.com profile] fnoo, and we went to the most excellent créperie and had awesome crépes (MINE WAS ON FIRE! ON! FUCKING! FIRE!!!! How splendiferous...).

'Twas a goodly evening.

And here are some random photos from my phone and the camera...mostly of Teh Cute )

Ok, that's enough of that. Time to sleep.
clappamungus: (Default)
Today's been a bit of a write-off so far.

I took the day off so I could work on this review and take in my car for its complimentary service. Driving to Brighton through the city at 1.30 pm was about as fun as swallowing razor blades. I forgot that every fool and his canine companion come out and drive in the CBD at lunch time, most likely getting the canine companion to drive, judging by some of the driving performances I was subjected to. And again, after I'd cleared the CBD, they'd decided to close off two fucking lanes on Kingsway between the Yarra and Queens Parade, funneling everyone into the other lanes. I barely made it at 2 pm.

Well, I did make it, got Shiny inspected and washed. It is shiny again. At least until the next bird has a diarrhoea attack on it. Then made small talk with the nice girl who showed me back to the car (which I am no freaking good at, so I don't know why I even try), got in and drove back. The drive back was much more pleasant.

Anyway, the point of this post: I had Eva's computer with me so I could do some work in the dealership, and on the drive back, I put it on the front seat. Now, my new car has all these bells and whistles. It beeps at odd times, and most of the time I have no bloody idea what's going on. So, all of a sudden, over the loud strains of music, I hear this beeping, and I'm wondering, "Huh?" And then I see that the light warning that someone isn't wearing their seatbelt is flashing.

And I realise that the dumb fuck car has detected the weight of the computer in the front seat and thinks it's a person. NOT WEARING HIS/HER SEATBELT...OH NOEZ!

I'll never get used to these newfangled cars.

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Meanwhile, I'm getting no bloody work done. I think I'll take Jezzy for a walk. It'll probably be more productive.

Bugger

Nov. 18th, 2008 11:00 pm
clappamungus: (Emogency)
There's a (presumably) cop helicopter circling outside. This is crap for a few reasons:

a) It means they're looking for someone dodgy. NEAR MY HOUSE. (and no, you smart-arses, it isn't me)

b) I can't put the dog out, because she'll get it into her head to bark like mad at the intruding helicopter, which MIGHT EVEN ATTRACT THE DODGY CHARACTER CLOSER TO THE HOUSE.

c) Because I can't put the dog out, I can't go to sleep yet. And let's face it - I know there's a dodgy character out there somewhere so I wouldn't be able to sleep anyway.

Gah.

Oh yeah - and I have hayfever something chronic. Double Gah.
clappamungus: (Blackadder)
Our next dog shall be hairless.

And/or I'll have to shave Jezzy soon.
clappamungus: (Default)
This morning, instead of mooching around the house after dropping Eva off at Nth Melbourne station, I took Jezzy for a walk. She was absolutely ecstatic, as it's unusual for her to get a walk in the morning.

Anyway, after being down at the park for about a quarter of an hour, and her having had a fairly good run, I was about to take her home. But all of a sudden it was like a floodgate opened and a sea of labradors came flooding into the park. They were seeing-eye dogs in training, being supervised by three volunteers. The dogs were all young, all friendly, and all beautiful specimens of labrador. Seriously, about fifteen of them. Jezzy went nuts and had a great time. I almost died of teh cute.

I must go down there more often early in the morning. I actually feel much better for having been out of the house with the dog before skulking off to a day of drudgery at work. And the dog really needed it, as she's alone for most of the day and it's nice to break up her day with a fun morning and a walk in the evening.

To end on a slightly disturbing note, I have been reliably informed that there is such a thing as Fallout Boy fanfic. This unsettles me greatly. As I told my source, I shouldn't have been surprised. This does not stop me from being disturbed, though.
clappamungus: (Lab Rats)
(sung to the tune of Thin Lizzy's "Jailbreak")

This morning, I went to do something nice for the dog, and stepped in dog shit for my trouble.

IN MY UGG BOOT, WHICH MEANS IT'S DOUBLY DIFFICULT TO CLEAN.

Gah fuckit.

I can't really be cross at her, though, because she's looking up at me with those adorable dimwitted eyes of hers - in between driving me insane with her penchant for stealing random objects and attempting to chew them to shreds.

Oh yeah - we've figured out that, in addition to women with headscarves, she doesn't like fat people. I mean truly obese people like those who live a couple of doors down. Or people who limp.

Anyway, off to work and my no doubt crap day.
clappamungus: (The Great Storkening of 2006!)
To save your fpages )
The end.
clappamungus: (The Great Storkening of 2006!)
I did not go into the lab. I plan to keep it that way until tomorrow.

On Saturday I helped in the moving of the belongings of [livejournal.com profile] mc_shamo and [livejournal.com profile] mstakenidentity from their old abode to their new one.

And, we finally got to do something that we had been putting off for while - we (I, [livejournal.com profile] mc_shamo, [livejournal.com profile] ragedc and [livejournal.com profile] _audhumla_) smashed a piece of the past to shit with a sledgehammer and a crowbar. It was extremely satisfying. Post pics soon, Seamus and Daniel!

This morning was the 4th birthday celebration of Mischa (Eva's nephew) - and I'm becoming more enamoured of the kid. As much as I almost hate to admit it - he's a lovely kid.

Then, I walked the dog in the park. I can't imagine life without her now.

And now, we're going to the city to indulge in our capitalistic urges. Mwah.

Love, friends, family, and not too many problems on the horizon. Not to mention that the millstone around my neck has been well and truly removed.

Life's good. :D

Wow. A completely non-rant post...

:D and :(

Jun. 5th, 2008 08:20 am
clappamungus: (Drawn Together - Toot)
Grabbing these OHINYs for posterity! )

In other news, I hope Jezzy's ok. She got spayed yesterday and she's being emo. The vets told us that she'd be fine, but considering she's been under general anaesthetic twice before this and has bounced back almost immediately, and is now not doing so, I can't help but worry. Last night she was so knocked out that she didn't even come to the door. This morning she didn't even try to jump up, but whined at me instead. As I said, emo...Then again, if someone ripped out your reproductive organs and then sent you home, you'd probably be a little whacked, too.

I might not go in to work for a bit, at least till she's had some company. Yes I know, I'm a moron. Shut up.
clappamungus: (Stewie dance)
Our puppy is growing up. I can't make my fortune from her anymore.
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She really loves that heater.
clappamungus: (Default)
I can procrastinate. I'm the procrastinator.

Instead of doing post-supervisor-interference thesis corrections, I cleaned. I can now see the corners of our bedroom. Amazing...I never knew the skirting boards were that colour. And there is a lovely dust-free feel to the place.

Rest assured, those who care: I have done some of the corrections. I just can't bear to do any more right now.

Anyway, I could have done thesis corrections - or watched as Jezzy freaked the hell out when I started using the vacuum cleaner. That funny little bark of "wtf is that thing???" is infinitely amusing. I will never understand why dogs get scared by vacuum cleaners. But it provides many laughs. What's not so amusing is when she keeps stealing stuff and tries to make me chase her around the place to retrieve said stuff. Earth to Jezzy - NOT HAPPENING. *I* am master; you are dog. Get that into your cocker spaniel-corrupted brain.

Time to vacuum the living room.

As you can see, my life is really exciting right now.
clappamungus: (Stewie dance)
PUPPY!
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clappamungus: (Stewie dance)
Meet: Jezebel!
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Jezzy for short

More cuteness under the cut )

Yes, I think a lot of my photos now will be puppy based. Yes, I know I'm obsessed.

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