29 November, 2008

Katie's Progress

Katie scared me a couple of days ago.

I thought I'd get some lunch, and opened a can of braised steak and onions, zapped that in the micro and toasted some bread. It's horrid stuff, I buy it purely as a standby... probably not anymore though. anyway, I had it all on the table and suddenly realised Katie wasn't around.

So I checked My bedroom, where She normally lays, Her bed is in there too, but She wasn't there... So I checked the usual spots, nothing.

I went out the front and looked, but She wasn't there either.

I began to panic.

The gate wasn't secured, though it wasn't open either.
I had become lazy during the one day that She wasn't here.
The first thing I do is secure the gate, I began to feel very bad about this.

I thought I heard a dog yelp, There's a highway near us and it seemed like it came from there.

I ran out to the backyard and called, She wasn't there either.

Now I was extremely worried.

I ran to the front again, calling her name loudly.
Looking up and down te street, I could see no sign of Her.

Then I ran out the back again.

I decided to check the sideway, since She had started going there lately.

That's when I found Her.

She had dug a massive ditch and was laying in it, it was as deep as Her own body and She was perfectly comfortable there... But I didn't want her getting all dirty, especially with the recent stitches on her belly.

I tried to call her out, but She just turned around and went "Umph" as if to say "I'm comfy here, go away and leave me alone".

Now you can't do much with a malamute if they choose not to obey you, I would have tried tempting her with food, but She wasn't eating much. so I went to the kitchen and got some water in a cup and pitched it in her face.

Not the nicest thing to do, but it works if a baby holds it's breath, Mum read this in a magazine years back and tried it on my Nephew... it works, especially if it's very cold water. so I was hoping that it would get Her out of the hole.

I tried this three times, on the third go, She got up... but remained standing there.

Then I remembered Her lead... So I got it and jangled it, and She came inside.

So I told her how naughty She was and all that. ;)

Today is Saturday and I've been out Shopping with Yvonne. When I got home, Katie was starting to talk. Malamutes will sort of woo-woo at you, Benny was famous for it... starting off with a few words and then letting rip with a full big bass howl.

I used to call Benny "My Sub-Woofer" because of his deep voice.

Katie was always silent, far too shy to sing a note, except for if I leave the house and She becomes anxious.

But today, She wanted me to howl too, So I did, and for the first time ever, She joined in.

So that was lovely.

She's incredibly clingy right now, spending most of her time as close to me as possible.

This morning I woke to find her body pressed close to My bed, She was literally just inches away from me.


26 November, 2008

Doco Progress

Shelley was on SL today and said that sound effects and music were being added to the program, and a narrators voice.

She told me that the film is very close to being finished and that I should have the DVD of it shortly.

She also wants to film Rockit in two weeks time for her webpage, not for the doco.

The documentary is due to go to air around March on SBS in Australia, and will most likely be seen on stations around the World after that.


25 November, 2008

Katie Update

Katie is Home, She looks bright and happy.

She went from room to room to make sure everything was right, then sat down with me and had a cuddle, and is now resting peacefully.

The vet told me that She was close, Her uterus looked like some sort of huge German sausage, and was close to bursting.

I have antibiotics to give Her, quite a large bag full.

But She's well, and resting... normal anyway since it's quite a warm day and Malamutes tend to rest when the weather is like this.


24 November, 2008

The little people

I was looking at this page of wonderful pictures of little people.

And the second one down gave me an idea.

While building a house, and I'd quite like one which suits a fantasy theme, you could build a sort of gnomes house into the wall, then go around and look for tiny replicas of things in op-shops or make them yourself.

Add a few tiny lights to simulate a fireplace and candles.

You get the idea.

Then finish it by closing it off with a removeable wooden panel with a mouse hole as the only viewing source, so that you have to get right down low to see in there and see how it's all setup, I think something like this would be lovely.



Katie hasn't been well lately, so I took her to the vet last week and they discovered that She had a broken tooth, which was probably pretty painful.

However there was another concern... I won't tell you the gory stuff but we were concerned that she had pyometra, a potentially deadly disease in female animals.

Imagine appendicitis but in the womb, rather than the appendix.
The trouble with this disease is that it's difficult to diagnose unless x-rays or ultrasounds are done or it's revealed during an operation.

Although She has been off Her food, She has been happy to see people and go for walks, which gave the impression that She was better than She was.

I had Katie booked in for an Operation at Williamstown Vet today after 9am. The idea was to have her spayed and to fix the tooth at the same time.

When they opened her, they found that She did indeed have pyometra, it was so bad that had she gone a few more days, She may have died.

Two vets worked on Her, and I'm told that She had difficulties while under anesthetic.

But She came out of the anesthetic and appears to be doing well.

She's going to remain at the vet overnight with a drip.

I've warned the Vet that She's very anxious when She's away from me but have been reassured that She's still on some fairly good dope so probably won't be too concerned.

I've never had an entire female dog so I wasn't sure about what was normal or what, and that includes humans too... I have a serious lack of knowledge of female anatomy and the problems which can occur.

I'm glad that I'm male, things are a lot easier that way.

BTW: The operation on the tooth was delayed due to finding the much more serious problem.


22 November, 2008

Bricked out

If there's one word I'd filter from Stubleupon if I could, It's "Lego".
I swear, if I see one... more... lego... anything...


Liquorice Pizza

Five bucks was what I got for pocketmoney in the 80s, and as funny as that sounds, it really wasn't bad. You see, I was into music, in a big way.

I'd constantly look out for new stuff. I'd watch "Sounds" on Channel Seven, "Countdown"
on ABC, "Rock around the World" on SBS, "Wavelength" on... Nine? "Wonder World"... Yes Simon did play the odd video or two.

I'd also listen to the radio.

Then I'd write down all the songs I wanted and try to convince Dad to take me to one of several record shops, and hope, really hope that the record was in. but more often it wasn't, because it was too new and the people at the shop hadn't heard of it... though they would in a few weeks when it caught on, which it often did.

I tended to be weeks and sometimes months ahead of the average music fan, something I was quite proud of.

My record collection really grew.

Though I had many more singles because... I could get three for that five bucks early on, while an Album cost sonsiderably more and probably only have one or two tracks that I actually wanted. It was a fairly rare case when I bought an album.

Then CDs started to appear, and naturally I couldn't wait to get one.

The first time I heard one was at The School of Audio Engineering in Inkerman Street St. Kilda. One of the students, I think, Bought one of the really large players in.
They were about as big as a VCR, and heavy too, and worth a couple of grand.

Connected to it was a very nice amp, and a couple of really nice studio speakers.

They were playing Joni Mitchell on it, She was strumming the guitar and singing about paving paradise and oh how clear it was, like she was in the room with us.

They also had Thriller, and that was stunning. In all honesty I think Thriller sounded better than any other CD I eventually bought home.

My first CD player was bought for me unexpectedly, while on holiday at Tweed Heads.
The very first portable CD player, The Sony D-50, one of my favourite things and although it was repaired, it still works.

I couldn't wait to try it at the Motel we were staying at, but I had no headphones and it had no speakers... those were sold seperately. ARRGGHHHHH!!!

I had bought Jean Michel Jarre's "Equinox" from a record shop nearby and could only watch it spinning inside the machine.

At home I had already assembled a small collection, Madonnas first album, Thriller and The Eurythmics "Touch" Album.

When I got home, the first thing I did was grab my bud headphones from my walkman and put Thriller on... I still remember how it was to listen to that amazing door creak sound at the end of Thriller.

My Neice and Nephew were desperate to try out the new toy too.

It had taken me a few weeks of saving up, My pocket money had increased somewhat since the early days so it didn't take long to save for this disc.

I desperately wanted to look at it, it was my first CD ever... so once it was payed for, I tore off the plastic and battled with the wierd plastic cover which I didn't understand how to open, and there inside, as we were going up the escalators, was the most amazing looking thing, full of rainbows.

My Vinyl was suddenly old hat, and though I still loved it, I tried not to buy as much, the CDs were just too good.

But the problem was that they just didn't sell CD singles then... Well they did in the US but not here. And as I said, I prefered singles over albums.

If a band had more than three hits, I'd go for the CD... a rough guide anyway.

But due to my DJing at 3-RIM-FM in Melton, I had to keep buying vinyl singles, but that was ok.

CD singles did begin to appear, and once they took hold, I stopped buying vinyl completely.

The transistion wasn't too difficult, CD singles were actually the same as 12" singles, which I'd started buying instead of 7" singles, whenever possible.

Anyway, I ended up with quite a large collection of CDs.

These days there are mp3s, and while they don't sound anywhere near as good as CDs did, and I think they're certainly more environmentally friendly... there's no love.

They're just files on a computer, which is dead boring.

There was quite a lot of love for CDs, but I think what made it go stale was the crappy little cases, and the bit of flimsy paper inside instead of the wonderful huge album covers we had earlier... and the fact they were stuck on every other magazine and also ended up as junk mail in my letterbox.

Discs were worse than Tribbles
While I had liked them, they were just everywhere now and seemed more like nuisance value... but yes, I still value the real ones with the good stuff on them.

Vinyl had all the love, I had to treat each record like a baby, to preserve it's sound and stop it getting scratched, having a heart attack if I ever dropped one, and it was a definate no-go-zone for my Neice.

And I had quite a few collectors items, coloured vinyl, rare releases etc.

I still have every one of them, and yet, no record player at all.


Internet Censorship

Internet Censorship is apparently coming to an Aussie ISP near you.

I'd like to see a National Day of Discontent happen.

On that day, the ISP CEO would appear on TV with a CD, The one the government has sent out with the filtering software on it... but if that's not how the software arrives, if there's software at all, then
any old disc could be used for the protest.

The CEO declares to the media that "We will not be filtering our ISP"
and goes on to say why the program will not work, and that customers would be upset and so on.

Then he symbolically microwaves the disc
[with safety measures taken into consideration].

Would you enjoy that?

By the way Mr Rudd, As a person who voted for you, I'd really prefer you to forget about dumb things like this, then grow some balls and tell the Japanese exactly where they can stick their whaling practices.


21 November, 2008

Marko's house was hit hard this week by the Brisbane storms, he got a bit of flooding in the room on the ground floor and has lost power and internet, but their house is fairly safe otherwise.

He told me that Shelley has sent him a DVD of deleted scenes, so I guess this means the doco is almost completed.



18 November, 2008


Today I had a phonecall from my Neighbour, She told me her dog had dug a hole and was in my yard... Well, She's a nice pup so it didn't really matter. Katie went out and played with Her a little bit.

My Neighbour said "You wouldn't believe it but I've locked myself out of the house" Well, She's done this a few times before, So I could believe it.

Anyway I went back inside.

And My phone goes again... It was Her again.

She wanted to know if I had any headache tablets, I said that I did, and asked her if the Herron brand I had was ok?, She said they were so I took two capsules out and a glass of water.

Anyway about 20mins later, I decided to take Katie out, Katie still isn't all that well.

My Neighbour is out the front now, Someone came around and let her out.

We spoke for a while and I went out into the street with Katie.

My Neighbour across the street, a detective, just pulled up and got out of His car, and my Neighbour yells out "Oh... Thanks for the Heroin!"


16 November, 2008

Ron Paul

I came across this photo of a clearly dejected Man, Ron Paul, The other candidate that many around the world probably never even heard about.

How does it make you feel?


The good old days

We had no new fangled plasma screens, we had tubes and they were in black and white and the programs were better quality than todays crap, now shut your gob and eat your broccolli.

That Birth Certificate

A friend of mine sent me something that is worth considering and I want to share it with you... but please, before you rant back at me, hear me out.

Here's the story:

Supreme Court Justice David Souter's Clerk informed Philip J. Berg,
the lawyer who brought the case against Obama, that his petition for an injunction to stay the November 4th election was denied, but the Clerk also required the defendants to respond to the Writ of Certiorari (which requires the concurrence of four Justices) by December 1. At that time, Mr. Obama must present to the Court an authentic birth certificate, after which Mr. Berg will respond.

If Obama fails to do that, it is sure to inspire the skepticism of the Justices, who are unaccustomed to being defied. They will have to decide what to do about a president-elect who refuses to prove his natural-born citizenship.

"I can see a unanimous Court (en banc) decertifying the election if Obama refuses to produce his birth certificate, " says Raymond S. Kraft, an attorney and writer.

"They cannot do otherwise without abandoning all credibility as guardians of the Constitution. Even the most liberal justices, however loathe they may to do this, still consider themselves guardians of the Constitution.

The Court is very jealous of its power - even over presidents, even over presidents-elect. "

Also remember that on December 13, the Electoral College meets to casts its votes. If it has been determined that Mr. Obama is an illegal alien and therefore ineligible to become President of the United States , the Electors will be duty-bound to honor the Constitution.

That's it, Yeah it's all rather dodgy isn't it?
Instead of chucking this into the bin where it belongs, let's examine it.

Firstly, The incompetence... Let's entertain the idea that Obama is an Alien.

Could those responsible for checking out credibility of both contenders be so incompetent in allowing someone to run for office even when they should not be allowed to do so?

Possibly, and how will that look to the rest of the planet when it seems that the US which is considered [mainly by Americans] to be the greatest country on earth, fails in the democratic process which it tries to sell to the rest of the world?

The credibility of the US in the last eight years has gone completely out the window, does the world really need to see the US lose what little it has left?

Secondly, If it's proven, What then?

Well a lot of people, a *lot of people* are going to be very annoyed, and that's putting it mildly. It wasn't just the US who wanted change, but the whole planet.

In an Australian poll, 70% said they'd vote for Obama. If you're American and are mystified by this, You need to remember who got us into a war which we weren't supposed to have. A lot of people..... A *lot of people* are still very cranky with the Republicans.

Though this could indeed be over a Birth Certificate, I feel that most people will make up their mind over why this has come up... White Supremists? Sore Loser Republicans, Racism, The list goes on.

If someone nullifies Obamas chance in The White House, and I for one would not like to be that person. The Dynamics of that mountain crashing down will be unbelievable.

It would make "great television"... for those of us, not in the US.

Well, The fair thing would be to hold the elections again,
and I'm certain everyone would agree that this would be Hell, plain and simple.

Some might say since the Democrats stuffed up, so The Republicans should take their "Rightful place".

McCain could probably do the job... Though He'd need to drop that flakey Mrs Palin, Who I think, Even to most Republicans was about as popular as a roll of sandpaper in an outback dunny.

The World, gave a collective sigh of relief when eight years of the Republican rule was over, and especially when Palin was shipped back to Alaska, Hopefully, never to be seen again.

It's too many cans of Whoop-Ass... It ain't worth it.

A fitting end to a lengthy court battle, bigger than O.J. Simpson and Michael Jackson combined, with Obama winning, would be to see The Man sell Alaska, Lock, Stock and Barrel back to the Russians.

This would allow Sarah to see the old country up close, just like She always claimed She could.

Now I don't think I write nearly as well as My Mate Tedd *Dips me lid* But I would be a bad journalist indeed if I didn't check around and see what others have to say.

Here's Snopes take on the situation

And here's a site with a scan of the certificate in question, of course, it "could" be photoshopped. ;)

Wolfie! [taking the entire thing with a grain of salt]

The Irish O'Bama

Here's a great new song by Hardy Drew and The Nancy Boys.
"There's No One as Irish as Barrack O'Bama!"

[Audio has gone out of sync at youtubes end]

14 November, 2008

Getting smaller

Feeling hungry, I reached for a box of Arnott's Savory Shapes, an old favourite.
But discovered that they're about 3/4 the size they originally were!

So they're now tiny shapes, and the company is probably hoping nobody notices.

Either that or I've developed fat fingers.


13 November, 2008

Alice V2.0

12 November, 2008


I read a fair few blogs as I'm sure you do, and have noticed a strange habit which some people have.

It's to do with those who comment, mostly it's fairly normal stuff, I agree, I don't, extra info, a few nongs... that sort of thing.

But there is often one person who types something like "Wow, Read this amazing story:" and then they copy and paste the entire thing into their reply.

What do they hope to achieve by doing this?

Does it not occur to these people that since we're at that very page, that it's extremely likely we've already read the post?

You know, some species like deer for example are fortunate enough to have creatures who like to eat them, thinning out the herd, knocking off all the sick and, I presume, stupid ones.

The Human race doesn't have that luxury, so we have to put up with the stupid.


11 November, 2008


I'd booked a dog wash for Katie today, and the guy was late... there was no phonecall from him to say why he was late or if he wasn't coming at all.

But then he turned up.

He said "Sorry I'm late but something weird happened".

Well this could be interesting.

"I was driving along" He continued, "And then I saw this completely naked woman walking alongside the road, so I stopped and asked if She was OK because... Maybe She was on drugs or maybe She'd been raped and dumped there... You never know... But all She said was "Why don't you just turn around and look the other way like everyone else" So, I wasn't sure what to do, So I called the police and waited for them to arrive."

And that's it, no further info on that one.


07 November, 2008

World Reaction

06 November, 2008

Palin 2012

After the speech John McCain gave at the very end, The camera zoomed onto Sarah Palin and The announcer said something like "She might be going for President in 2012".

Well I think anyone who heard that must have fallen over backwards laughing, there's no way anyone's going to accept Sarah as President.

I for one would love to see a Female President, That would be as great an occasion as seeing the first black man, though I don't feel we should keep raising Obama's colour as he's so much more than just the colour of his skin.

But Sarah has nothing more to offer but her womanhood, She's... Brainless, a complete tool, and nobody outside America could have possibly taken her seriously.

Her awful plans to "Drill Drill Drill" Her weird obsession with witchcraft, Her not keeping up with world affairs... When Obama said he'd read something, He stated which publication he read it in, every single time, But when Sarah was questioned, She said "Pfft, I read all of 'em"... Well plainly She didn't.

And the most dangerous thing she said was that The US was at war with "Iraq and Iran" when clearly that's not true, though I wonder how long it would have taken before the Republicans again rode out with their six shooters to invade another country?.

There would, of course be voters for her, simple, backwards rednecks who "believe"[believe can be a very dangerous word] anything that comes out of a republican mouth. too much faith and religion and calling to "Jay-sus", decrying stem-cell reseach as evil, heads full of racism and hatred of gays while the thing they hold the most sacred, their bible, tells them to "love thy neighbour".

Insistence that stupid things happened, Like Humans and Dinosaurs co-habited the world which can't be much older than 4000 odd years when plainly the place is much older than that. When I was younger and more naive, I thought that getting two of every animal on a boat was plausible, but that was when I only knew basic species. When you can only think of dogs, cats, horses, cows, elephants and a few others then yeah, easy enough... but we know better now, there's thousands of species and to put them all in a ruddy big boat is impossible, and imagine all the crap... unless God stuck a dirty great cork up each animals clacker.

These people are fearful of Muslim extremists when they're equally as extreme and dangerous as any would be terrorist. Religion and guns are a terrifying mix... and hell yeah, don't they just lurve their boom sticks?

The world could see why the party who lost was such a poor choice, what a dreadful show it was to watch... the public supporters, those utter freaks looking into news cameras and saying "We don't want a president called O-Bah-mah" hoping to somehow glue it to "Osama" without thinking for a moment about the multitude of crazy Americans named William, Richard and Ted who were sent to the chair for horrendous crimes, and they weren't Muslims, that's for bloody sure.

How glad I am that they lost so magnificently, and as a chaser, how nice it was to hear that FOX behaved like it was choking on a cow.


Ray Martin slams commercial TV

The New Day

Hi Folks, I've just woken up in a new day, free of Dubya and his Pals, and it feels great.

I'm still feeling a bit flakey because I haven't been up long, and have had no breakfast.

I was going to have a party at Eragon last night, but there were a lot of parties happening, so there wasn't much point having another, plus my DJ software was on the blink and Jaggpro, who may have been coming, was booked on such short notice and I was told that he had technical probs and couldn't get online.

So I went to the kitchen and cooked myself a nice summery tea, I tried chicken burgers for the first time, but they were a bit rich for me, so I shared one with Katie, My Malamute.

I don't think I'll be buying them in future.

When I got back on Secondlife, there were very few people there for some reason, which suited me quite well, after the euphoria, it was nice to just settle down and chat with Katisha.

Then just after midnight I logged out, early for me.

I feel like a nice cuppa tea.


05 November, 2008

To America with Love

To My American Friends, Through all the Lies from the Republicans
and the worry about Racism, You have done The World proud and elected the RIGHT Man for the Job.

To America, Welcome back to Planet Earth!

A lot of love and friendship.

Proudly Signed.


03 November, 2008

Tim Minchin's Peace Anthem for Palestine

The Greatest American President

This guy offers hope for the whole world, and restored respect from the other nations of the world to the US. Watch him talk, Powerful stuff... Go Obama, Go!

Australia "Barracks for Obama"


* A Play on words, "Barrack" means "Rooting for" in Australia.
[Yes, I know it's spelt differently]

I will correct him on one thing, There's no such thing as "Clean coal" though,
Both Obama and McCain have spoken of that.

02 November, 2008

To the crazy ones

I don't normally go around lifting stuff from other pages, but I saw this and thought it was well worth sharing:

Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can praise them, disagree with them, quote them, disbelieve them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things.

Original post


01 November, 2008

Real Alien

Wait, Wait... This one's definately real