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It's been too long since I did a proper update other than the Science on Top listings, and I haven't even done those for a while. And I obviously haven't been reading much of my flist either, so sorry about that.

All I can do is make an oft-repeated promise (mostly to myself) to start using this more often.

I'll leave you with two things:

a) I'm a little late on this, but this blog ( is well worth a look if you know nothing about it already. Basically, it's an Aussie writer who happens to edit some literary magazine and "dabbles" in writing. Apart from that....well, it's kind of scary how much his views and my views just mesh. Right down to our mutual dislike of the Left as much as the Right, but without being one of those (you know who I mean - people who relate to this piece of shit masquerading as a human being). Amongst random posts, he tackles some fairly weighty issues. And he does it in a way that makes me realise you can be angry, vitriolic, and still a damn good writer. He's the sort of writer I'd like to be one day.

b) Picture this. Last night on the tram, coming home from work, packed like the proverbial can of smelly marine life in oil. It's been raining all fucking day, and has been cold and miserable. And still more people are boarding the tram, as though they just HAVE TO GET INTO THAT LAST LITTLE BIT OF SPACE...

All of a sudden I hear the microphone being switched on, and I figure it's going to be the frustrated driver saying "please move into the tram so people can board" or something like that. Instead, like an excited kid, the driver exclaims: "can everyone see that rainbow?"

And sure enough, out of the window, the sun's come out and has produced one of the most vivid rainbows I've ever seen. It was beautiful...and hilarious, as pretty much everyone on the tram went "ooooohhhh!!!!", and then laughed nervously at the audacity/naivety of the driver.

It was one of those moments that made me realise that taking life too seriously is probably a bit of a mistake, or that, at the very least, you should stop every now and then to laugh at something absurd, or occasionally laugh in the stodgy face of certain social taboos.
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....but it's a meme.

La Musica )

I want to actually use this LJ more than I have been. But I want to use it as a real writing outlet rather than just a forum for me to air grievances about my boring life. I'm looking at a career change which (maybe) involves more creative writing, so I'll need all the practice I can get. And that means more than Having A WhingeTM, or not updating because all I want to do is Have A WhingeTM.

That being said, update on life in general coming soon. Probably.


Nov. 5th, 2009 11:58 pm
clappamungus: (My two girls)

It's getting closer. :D
clappamungus: (My two girls)
Eva just threatened to throw me into a calm blue ocean while I'm wearing cement shoes.

I guess all this weddinating stress is finally getting to her.
clappamungus: (Stewie dance)

Congratulations, [ profile] fnoo and [ profile] vivienne_aster!


Mar. 26th, 2009 12:55 pm
clappamungus: (Hug?)
This morning I drove over to the other side of Melbourne to get a skin test for the Q fever vaccine.

They did not tell me that this also entailed a blood test. I'm not too fond of them.

Oh, and while I was there, they gave me the 'flu vaccine too. Because they had extra.

All in my left arm. It feels like a pincushion.

Oh well. At least they're all free!

Next week's gonna be a pain, though. I have to be in the city to get the actual Q fever vaccine - assuming that I don't have a lasting reaction to the antigen they scraped into my arm.

All because I may have to visit an abbatoir. Damn dead livestock.

Anyway, I've had a rough morning. To compensate, I'm getting a souva with chips. Mmmm.
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 [ profile] mc_shamo and [ 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, [ profile] mc_shamo, [ profile] ragedc and [ 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...
clappamungus: (Lab Rats)
I have this sinking feeling that time is slipping away very very quickly, and I am powerless to address it, much less halt its progression.

One thing I do know is that I wish I had the courage to tell people what they mean to me. Both those I love and those I'd love to hack to death with a rusty butter knife.
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I have the heater going full pelt next to my desk, and I'm still cold.

Bloody Melbourne winter...
clappamungus: (Douse)
Here's a hint to all parents whose kids are scared of me:

Calling me the "Big Scary Man" and laughing will generally not (a) make the kid any less scared or (b) put me in a better mood.

Asking the same kid to "kiss Shayne on the cheek" just after referring to me as the "Big Scary Man" won't fulfill (a) or (b) either.
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This morning, I bolted awake at about 5 am, even though I only got to sleep at 1 am. Couldn't get back to sleep. I think the bloody birds roused me. My kingdom for a mini-gun.

Anyway, somehow Eva woke up as well, and I have this vague memory of having a conversation/argument with her about carrying wallets. She'd dropped money before she went food shopping and had to return some items to shelves for the umpteenth time. Anyway, it went something like this:

Shayne: Why didn't you take your wallet with you? I always have my wallet with me.
Eva: I can't carry it with me.
Shayne: That's because it's a stupid women's wallet, all big and chunky. I've got a man's wallet, far superior to yours.
Eva: Yeah, a weak, thin and spindly wallet.
Shayne: And yet I manage to fit my entire life in there....hang on...
Eva: *too busy giggling and guffawing to reply.*
Shayne: Ah shuddup.


I walk to work every morning via a small park where North Melbourne winos generally hang out. In the mornings they're not there, but I usually see this old Chinese lady doing Tai Chi. At least, sometimes it looks like Tai Chi. Other times it's like she's exercising but doesn't really know how to do it. Sometimes she combines them. I've seen her do a typical Tai Chi movement, graceful and swan-like, and then proceed to "wax on; wax off" while she's stretched out in her swan-like pose. Very strange. This morning she appeared to be shoving an imaginary pole up her backside. I won't go into details. It was very disturbing. Maybe someone who's more of an expert in Tai Chi can tell me if she's just being very odd or if it is Tai Chi. I don't know why I care, but I really do.


I need to go and buy shoes today. Note, I did not say "shoe shopping." For that is not something men do. We go out and buy a pair of shoes. And we generally hate doing it. This is what I'm going to do. I would ask someone to come with me for moral support but I wouldn't subject anyone else to that kind of hell.


In case it isn't obvious, I'm tired and delirious. Apologies for the rambling bullshit in this post.


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