Wednesday, April 29, 2015


I've been tied up with a work assignment and away from my usual locationfor a week and a half now.

It's been very frustrating not being able to get on with other things I want to be getting on with. It is also a pain not knowing what the upcoming work requirements are. It could be that the next major shift will be in a few days... or a few months.

Makes it very hard to plan ahead.

On the plus side, I've been able to talk to my wife a few times this week. That's been a big moral booster.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Anzac Day

The 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing is tomorrow. Very poigniant to be over here at this time. Was hoping to be part of commemorations but been assigned elsewhere for work.

Broke a tooth earlier today. Managed to get in to the dentist who put a temporary repair in but it'll need a proper fix at some stage.

Feeling pretty bummed out at the moment, not sure why...

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Busy little bee

Been kept busy at work, no reliable net access, so no site updates. Or story writing...

Monday, April 20, 2015

Good news?

Heard a rumour I might be going on my course this week.

If true - yeaahhh!!! :D

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Back to work

Saaaaad... going to spend today travelling and going back to work.

Which means going away from home. Away from family and the ones I love.

For I don't know how many months, again. :'(

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Vanity Plates

Bit of unsolicited advice for those who are looking to get vanity or custom number plates for their vehicle:

Don't get the plastic polycarbonate plates - get normal metal plates. The polycarbonate ones shatter. :-(

I prefer the old school metal ones, those just bend in a minor bingle and can be ignored or bent back flat. Little shards of plastic are harder to put back together.

Friday, April 17, 2015


Ha! I just tested my site and it came up with valid CSS. But the HTML didn't validate due to errors. What errors? There's a bit of code my free host sticks in there automatically (for stat tracking and Ads and such I assume) - that's where the error is, not with my code.

Glad I know what I'm doing.

Domain Squatters

For those of you that don't know, here's a quick overview on how domains work:

You never "own" a domain, it is just "rented" from one of the domain companies. You pay a (usually) annual fee to keep using that domain. Even mighty Google need to pay someone $9.95 a year to be allowed to use the domain - if you don't pay, the domain comes up for grabs again for someone else to use.

There's more to it, but that's the bit that's important for this post. </backstory>

I used to run a number of old domains for various things but after getting married I had more important things to spend my money on, so I dropped them. Today I went and had a look at some of them, just for giggles. Most of them, like my old Tsytomd persona domain are simply 404'd. No surprises there.

What I did like was that my old story domain has a squatter on it, and they have my old domain for sale - for US$799. It's a bargain, I'd be mad not to buy it!

Jokes aside, it'd be nice to get my old domain back and be able to use it, but I don't need it that badly. Plus I can always think of another name if I wanted to set up a separate domain for it. But it is kinda nice to know that one of my domains was worth something. :o)

Wednesday, April 15, 2015


Got the gutters cleaned and a few other little things done. Just need to run a bit of wire and then I can relax for the rest of the day.

Not that I've been working particularily hard at the moment anyway. :)

Tuesday, April 14, 2015


Whee - done a bit more work on my site rebuild. And managed to get spell check to work on my laptop. Yay, progress!

Having a good, relaxing time at home with the family. Feeling great. :)

Monday, April 13, 2015

Website rebuild

Well, turns out I still had my domain running, it was just my hosting that I'd cancelled. Due to family commitments and a lack of spare spending cash I'd dropped all my sites and general internet presence.

Since the domain was still running, I figured I'd sign up with a free host and get my website up and running again.

Currently I'm just redeveloping my code to make it more flexible and compatible with portable devices since they are now more popular. When I built the site originally, there was no such thing as a smartphone.

And I want to have a rethink about what I'm using the site for.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Last night

I fly home in the morning. Really looking forward to having time with my family.

Thursday, April 9, 2015


Only another week or so and I'll be home again.

Really looking forward to having some downtime. Being able to sit next to you on the sofa, giving you a massage, simple things like being able to give you a hug.

It's a hard life we've chosen, having so much time apart. But it'll make the time together so much sweeter.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Losing skin

I always knew the job would entail some bloodshed, no surprises there. And I knew medical would be included, that was always a given. And the few times I've needed it, it's been good to have it there.

But sometimes they go a little over board, a bit too protective. Lost a bit of skin off my elbows, not a big amount or enough to really be an injury. Just painful and a bit annoying. So I went in to get some betadine swabs, no biggie.

No, we can't just give you some betadine. Yes, you have to sign in. No, we won't take your word for it. Yes, we need to clean that up. Yes, we need to put dressings on that.

And then they put me on restrictions for a week.


I just wanted some swabs. Now I know for future reference. Small stuff, just go to the chemist. Don't go in for medical unless I'm carried in there.

Star Trek XII

Ah, the old "quote a Simpsons joke" joke. In this case, even more obscure as I'm going for the title of a fake movie from inside one episode.

"So very tired"

Oh yeah, comedy gold right there. And needing a long winded explanation just makes it so much funnier. :l

But yeah - up late last night and need to get up early again this morning. Sore and tired... not going to be a good morning. Oh well, suck it up and get on with it.