We are nearing the end of the month, and thus its time for a quick update. I shall briefly mention the following things
- New Camera - A new Dick Smith store opened its doors downstairs (at work) a couple of weeks ago. They had some pretty good opening specials. The one that caught my eye was the Olypus FE-320 for $148. Its nothing flash, thats for sure. But we needed a little camera that can easily fit into a pocket, for casual occasions. Its a 8mp camera, but the photos are no where near as clear as the ones that my old 5mp camera takes. As mentioned in previous journal entries, megapixels are NOT an indicator of overall picture quality, and this camera certainly demonstrates that very nicely. None the less, I'm glad to have access to a more 'casual' camera for concerts and other social events.
- Bolderdash/Heidi - Last Sunday, Tracy and I met up with Heidi, Marcus and his girlfiend to play some Balderdash. We had never played it before, and it took me a couple of rounds to actually understand what the point of the game was. A couple of beers helped things along very nicely and and the tone of the game soon went into the gutter... the glorius gutter. I believe Heidi won. I came last... glorious last.
- Hellboy 2 - Daniel Sapaziri(?) and I had the pleasure of watching this together. Makan and Bobbiar were supposed to join us, but when Makan realised he was going to get to the cinema about 45 minutes late, he decided to pull the pin... luckily Dan and I didnt wait for him to arrive, so we missed nothing. I found it very intertaining... though I think most of my amusement came from the German character, and his wonderful mouth. My eyes were fixeded and entraced by it, I am not ashamed to say. He was smoking! (if you dont get it, you have not seen it... though I dont claim that that was actually funny). 6.75/10
- Wall-e - The first third was definitally better than the last two thirds, but it was pretty decent none the less. The begining was... delicate with its humor.. minimalist. Subtle. Inteligent. The later parts were more orientated towards the younger audiance, which is to be expected. I would have preferred if Eve and Walle had just stayed on Earth and had adventures there, but I guess the thing needed a bit a momentum to keep the young interested. 6.5/10
- Battlestar Galactica - Such a good show. Certainly better than most of the garbage that's on TV these days. I finished season 2 last weekend, and it left me agasp about what will happen next. That being said, as dramatic as the ending was, I was actually more shocked by the season 1 climax. I decided, about halfway through season 2, that I'd wait for Trace to catch up with me before I start watching season 3. She is yet to start watching, but I'm hoping to start her up with the miniseries this weekend. Considering how good this show is, I'm surprised Blake never made me watch it. I can only assume that he knew I'd make him watch it all with me, and could not spare the time :-)
- Markus' plans - He's decided to stay at the parent's place for the medium term future. He started working for a pie-place in Morley about 6 weeks ago, and he seems to be enjoying being back in the workforce. He plans to work a lot of overtime and save plenty of money so that he can put a deposit down on a place of his own. He's almost finished paying off his outstanding fines (from years ago) and will soon be getting his license back.
- Eric's Wedding - I think Trace and I can now safely assume that we are not invited to the wedding. I've only met his fiancé once (documented here) and I did not make a good impression. That being said, she certainly failed to impress me, so I guess the feeling is mutual. That aside though, I would have been happy to attend for Eric's sake. Trace and I have known him for years, have spent several christmas' with him, and have even gone on a skiing holiday with him. Needless to say, we are both a little surprised to have been rejected. Its hard not to take it personally... I guess thats because it is.
- Makan decides 'no' - Makan has been having a lot of trouble at home, and his mother has basically thrown him out.... well, not quite. But he has been given his marching orders and has to move out ASAP. In light of this, I offered his the spare room for a few months while he tries to find a place. My offer was rejected. It was a little surprising, since moving in would not have required any effort (all his furniture is still in storage) and he would have just had to move his clothes. Given the fact that he would have had privacy, free internet, a tv in his room, and basically a part of the house to himself - once again, I am surprised.... but not disappointed :-)
- The giggles (feat. Mr O'Neil) - I lost it giggling to myself during a training course at work last week. I giggled like a girl and could not contain myself. I was trying to hide my tear-streaked cheeks behind a notepad... in truth, I was not the only one. There were about five of us loosing it, though I seemed to be the only one that actually lost it completely. I could try to explain why, but it would take too long, and would not seem amusing to the casual reader. Be assured that the reason for my laughter was Mr O'Neil, and it was not mature. :-)
- Royal Show - For some reason, I am going to the Royal show this year. Michele managed to talk me into it. How? I do not know. I honestly don't. As long as I get to see the prize chickens, I'll be happy.
- iMac Power issues - The iMac has an issue where it resets itself without warning. It is currently in to get repaired. I have to use the internet in the media room, which does not lend itself to casual browsing. As such, I have not been very active online lately. I should have the computer back by Tuesday next week.