Archive for 2014

A quick note to remind you all how to find the Apple-specific characters on Yosemite. First, bring up the character viewer by going to System Preferences > Keyboard and ticking “Show Keyboard & Character Viewers in menu bar”, then clicking the new menu bar icon (next to the clock) and “Show Character Viewer”. Now you want to select “Technical Symbols” in the left-hand pane. If it’s not visible, click the “gear” dropdown above the left-hand pane and “Customize list”:
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This is fun: using Alfred to show or hide a Quake-like iTerm console, even if iTerm isn’t running.

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I have caved and reinstalled the Facebook app on my phone. Stand by for effusive outpourings of my soul, the trivial minutiae of where/when/what-for I eat my lunch, and pictures of latte art. Also kittens.

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It doesn’t take much: one smarmy bus driver and my mood has taken a dive. Transport NSW (I think it is) is rolling out a new NFC ticketing system called Opal, very similar by all accounts to Myki in Melbourne (but not compatible, right?). It’s been hyped and advertised for a couple of months, with the promise that “some paper tickets will not be available after September 1st”. Dutifully, I bought an Opal card before my last bus trip, only to find that it’s only usable on certain trips – and so far none of my buses are included.
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Early in the evenin’, Right ‘round supper time, Mummy’s in her PJs suppin’ on some wine. Who are we kiddin’? It’s early afternoon And mummy always asks us if we reckon it’s too soon. Down at the beach house, that’s where we are, Julesy and his daddy are playin’, playin’ with a bunch of cars. Baa-ba-buh Baa-ba-buh ba-buh-ba-buh
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I don’t know wine but this is yummy

(from Facebook via IFTTT.)

 

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hashtag jesus Danielle Fox (from Facebook via IFTTT.) Last night we drank a magnum of Mumm (champagne) that Dee won in a weight-loss competition at work, and as a result we got a little bit silly on Facebook. This in turn triggered an automatic post via IFTTT, and I feel like I should explain a little. It’s our third day at the beach house in Callala Bay, and I think we’re finally settling in.
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Pretty yummy, but I’ve already had some champagne so temper that with skepticism. Flavours are strong but unremarkable; very nice drinking.
from Glenn J. Mason via Facebook
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Freedom! Fresh-air! Family! Freezing (by the beach)! Sitting in the Blue Bird café (inside the same building that has delicious Vietnamese food by Miss Chu) drinking a decent (but slightly off somehow — not burnt, so maybe just cheap/crappy coffee beans?) flat-white and waiting on a chicken and avocado wrap. It’s the last Friday before two weeks leave. /me sighs Getting some work done too, which is more than can be said for yesterday’s WFH efforts.
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I’m not built for 6am. It’s as simple as that. Jules up early this morning (as always) and as soon as he’s in bed with us there is zero chance that I’ll get back to sleep — he wiggles, he talks, Dee talks back, he wants a bottle, he wants the iPad. All I want is silence and darkness and a few more hours to myself.
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Greetings. Firstly, I apologize for sending you this sensitive information via e-mail instead of a Certified mail/Post-mail. This is due to the urgency and importance of the information. I humbly crave your indulgence to read this e-mail with all seriousness of purpose devoid of any doubt in your mind because is based on trust, confidentiality and sincerity of purpose in order to have an acceptable meeting of the minds.
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This is very cool. I wonder if it runs Google’s ‘Mechanised Automaton 4.3’ ? – Steampunk Mobile Phone by Andrew Gowland http://ift.tt/1nVKmRd #Concept #Design #Steampunk Check out our community : http://ift.tt/1oFRh2j — Glenn Mason (http://goo.gl/sF3ojI) via Steampunk Tendencies (http://goo.gl/ZcLTqv)
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from Glenn J. Mason via Facebook A quick note about this: last Friday I was home (after being sick all Thursday night), and on Saturday afternoon Dee noticed that our front window (into Jules’ room) was damaged — and it clearly looked like someone had attempted to open it with a crowbar. We can’t say for sure when it was, but we do have a sensor light for overnight and I was totally out of it on Friday, so it was possibly during the day.
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Last night we took the first step on what I suspect may be a long journey: readjusting Jules’ sleeping patterns.

We’ve fallen into just a couple of bad habits over the last six months, probably since he got sick and went off his food. Neither are particularly bad habits, but I suspect they’re still going to be tough ones to break, but worthwhile — for us, and for Jules. The primary one is that we’ve been letting him come and sleep in our bed when he wakes up overnight, usually 3am or so. The second, more subtle (but likely related) is that we’ve been staying in his room and reading to him until he falls asleep.

Last night Dee took point: I read to him for ten minutes, then left while he was still awake. For the next FOREVER he cried, got up, threw himself on the ground, wailed some more — and each time, Tough Mummy picked him up and put him back without a word, Super Nanny style. Each time, he wailed louder but for shorter periods, and each time he stayed closer to his own room; in the end, he would walk to the door, then put himself back to bed when Dee came towards him.

Same thing overnight (Dee again; it’s my turn tonight) — he got up, was put back, fought it for a while, stayed in his own bed. Quite a struggle, especially at 3am (and then again at 5am), but eventually he stayed in bed.

And then when I got up at 7am this morning, I saw this:

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Well January’s almost over and I’ve done just one run. It may have been a coincidence, but I finished a run on the 1st of January with a smashing headache, and woke overnight bathed in sweat and running a fever that stayed with me for three days. At least I was running something, I suppose, but it put the end to my early start, that’s for sure. Instead, for the last month I’ve been focusing on 1) eating to lose bodyfat, and 2) being more active.
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Happy new year! Good riddance to 2013 and roll on 2014, says I.

We celebrated with the Melrose clan (the Scots) by taking a picnic down to Bicentennial Park for the fireworks display — it’s the park right near our house, so not too far to go and we had a good view of the fireworks from both the Harbour Bridge and in Balmain. We also weren’t the only people with the same idea! Very family friendly: they even put on early fireworks (“fa th’ wee wains”) at 9pm, after which Dee took Jules home to bed. He was kind of over the crowds and noise anyway. It was a pretty impressive show!

We had a few drinks, it must be said, but we also had a stack of sandwiches (Dee) and pastries (Dot) to help even our respective keels. We sat around on a blanket (ooh, which I need to pop in the washing machine! Red wine accident, thanks Rab) and chatted — me picking Andy’s brains on how to prep for a marathon, what kind of nutrition he uses before, during and afterwards, etc. Did I mention I’m running the Sydney Marathon this year? And Andy may fly back for it too (but he’s already run a marathon, so is already much, much more advanced than I am).

2013 wasn’t all bad for me personally, but it certainly had moments that felt like it was never going to end. To focus on the positive:

Some of the stuff I’m looking forward to this year includes:

  • Doing a lot of running!
  • Going snowboarding and/or skiing! (September, maybe?)

So that’s it! I’m going to have a look at the calendar to plan a visit (to Cockatoo, and Bendigo) but in the meantime feel free to update the blog!

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