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July 31, 2005

spoiler alert!!!

Kris has posted a link to the 'The alternative Potter'.


Bascially what has happened here is that The Gauadian, an English newspaper, has had a competition to get people to rewrite the end of the latest Potter book in the style of some other author. Notable entries are in the styles of Kurt Vonnegut, Dan Brown, Helen Fielding (Bridget Jones' Diary) and Roald Dahl.
But be sure you read them AFTER you finish the book, mk?


Posted by gadgetgirl at 08:58 PM

July 30, 2005


OK, so you go in for some random surgery, they give you the 'happy needle' and that mask to make you go off to la-la land. You start to feel drowsy, your eyes start to close...you look up and see....this.

sweet dreams.


Posted by gadgetgirl at 09:25 PM

more knit-in stuff

So I took a whole bunch of photos at the Knit In on friday morning. It was a big knitting event to benefit Wrap With Love. Most of the knitting was taking place at Studio 1 at the ABC (where they film The Glass House and Enough Rope) and you would think that a big studio with lots of lights would be a great place to take photos. Well, you'd be wrong! And so was I. These are about the only two that came out OK.

The one left is Kris and Fiona knitting away and the one on the right is Kris with B1.
Knit In 2005 Knit In 2005

But there are some amazing photos out there that did turn out OK. This one shows how many bales of blankets were donated this year. According to the ABC site,

The final tally was over 42,000 squares completed by our listeners, totalling over 1,500 completed wraps.

Anyway, it was fun to take part and I got a chance to meet Sonia Gidley King, the founder of Wrap With Love. She seems like a really nice lady. We are thinking next year we might have a satelite knit in at the library. We know that there are quite a few local ladies who could not make it all the way down to the city to join in.

But that's a whole year away.


Posted by gadgetgirl at 05:52 PM

July 29, 2005

Knit In 05

me n fi @ the knit in

Posted by gadgetgirl at 08:32 AM

July 26, 2005


I just got home from work and I'm a little tired.
So if this post makes so sense, just bear with me. I hate it when I have to work this late shift because we have to eat 'dinner' at 4:30 then when I get home I always feel like I should eat a proper meal. Rob just made a fruit salad, I think I'll have some (don't I sound healthy?)

I am obsessed with getting a new iPod case. Not that I need one. I really like these (aint they purdy?) But they are just a teency out of my price range... If I were going to drop $100USD on a new case, I'd buy one from them for sure. On the flip side, I could just make one like this...I have some groovy pin-up girl fabric somewhere...

I really like these rubber stamps. They actually do 'kick ass'.

I'm on the MAKE mag email list bascially, well, because it rocks my geekin' soul. And they go through all kinds of stuff in the email including a little blurb about their Flickr pool,

'The MAKE Flickr group pool has 435 members posting! From making your own Harry Potter loot to an LCD belt buckle, there's a lot of project action to be viewed and inspired by.'
How cool is that? A mention from MAKE.

I finally booked our weekend away for our 5 year wedding anniversary. So as you know, the traditional gift for the 5 year wedding anniversary is wood.
Get your mind out of the gutter, would ya?
So we are going to this 'eco lodge' called Jemby Rinjah for the weekend. We are bascially staying in a wood cabin. That qualifies, no?

My cat is constipated. Again.

Scariest sentence in the film industry, 'starring Jennier Lopez'.


Posted by gadgetgirl at 09:37 PM

July 25, 2005

todays post brought to you by the letter 'g'

Lookie, my very own search page.

Man, I'm such a dork....thanks MAKE


Posted by gadgetgirl at 06:11 PM

July 24, 2005


Maybe it's because I'm sick and my hubby is off to play circus while I'm stuck having a Gilmore Girls marathon (ok, yes I'm a little jealous) but something has been bugging me. Sometimes they dress Rori like some Morman spinster. It just seems that whenever they go to their Friday night dinners at the grandparents she looks like she is 106 instead of 16. Yikes.

I think I might have to make a post-it portrait of Princess Leia, or maybe Ralph when I'm feeling better.

I need a nap.
Or hot chocolate.


Posted by gadgetgirl at 02:35 PM

July 23, 2005

silver lining

I'm sick. I think I have the flu

But the good thing about it is that due to being bed ridden, I have finally finished Half-Blood Prince.
Now I can go and visit everyones blogs.

My hubby thinks I should be taking a nap instead...


Posted by gadgetgirl at 06:17 PM

July 21, 2005

I bent my wookie


I'm not really sure what this photo says about us, but here is a little part of our toy collection.
I just picked up the Ralph last week. Every time I look at it I think, 'my cat's breath smells like cat food'. Then I giggle.


Posted by gadgetgirl at 10:29 AM

July 20, 2005

beer vs sleep

only two things tonight, I'm tired.

This is utterly brilliant! I think I need one.

This, however, is just silly. Get a pillow.

But maybe if you combine the two you could have a fun night.
Is that so wrong?


Posted by gadgetgirl at 08:59 PM

July 19, 2005

open letter to certain patrons

To whom is may concern,

These are costers
These are library books
Please do not confuse the second for the first.
I would venture to say that a good 1/4 of the books at our library have rings on the front of them from where some people have put drinks on them and guess what? Those rings don't come off, ever.
So look, next time you are at the pub, stick one of those paper coasters in your pocket and take it home and when you get the urge to set your glass of nightime water down on your library book use the friggin coaster instead, MK???


Posted by gadgetgirl at 09:13 PM

July 17, 2005

just one more...

OK, so this is the last Harry Potter thing I'm going to post for a while, promise!

Gleebooks Harry Potter Launch

But here are my photos from the Gleewarts Harry Potter book launch yesterday.
There were some unreal costumes including an entire Quidditch team! My Madam Pince costume turned up a treat (I got the best tartan robe off of eBay) but Kris' owl-on-the-shoulder trick was the big hit of our group. A close second was Rob's Sirius Black (after my handiwork, thank you very much).

And Rob took some unbelievable shots (really, they make mine look like shit, but he does have his degree in photography, I guess he trumps me a wee bit)
I must say it was well worth getting up at 4:15 in the morning.

I'm off to read a bit more. But I will not read it in one sitting, I plan on taking a good week to finish it off.


Posted by gadgetgirl at 04:08 PM

three things

The Good: DIY Graham Crackers For those who DON'T live in the US and still want to make smores from time to time (here ya go Helen!!!)

The Bad: 'Grossest. Pet. Story. Ever.' Do not read this while you are eating, really! (thanks Tankie, sort of...)

And the Fugly: Oh Miss Kelly. I'm glad I'm not the only one that thinks she needs to fire her stylist.

"I suspect it puts the old Overalls and Body Suit [Winner of both the Toughest Bathroom Outfit Award of 1993 AND the Toughest Bathroom Outfit of All Time] to shame...Because it generally seems like you're adorably normal and thus should not be cavorting about in anything that smells of Dominatrix. Okay?"

Those gals at GoFug just kill me sometimes. IMHO this is their best post yet.

Posted by gadgetgirl at 10:05 AM

July 16, 2005

super fast Harry

Kris finished Half Blood even before the US got a chance to crack it open. She's a speed reader.
I'm on page 43.


Posted by gadgetgirl at 08:34 PM

Message brought to you by Telstra MMS

Here we are on the 'Gleewarts' Express!

Posted by gadgetgirl at 07:16 AM

July 15, 2005


I'd like to thank the good folks at PABBIS for creating a concise reading list for me and the kids at my library. (this one's pretty good too)

Boy, it's a damn good thing these people are not in Australia, I'd hate to see what they would do if they read 'The Day My Bum Went Psycho'(which is one of the most popular books in my library). That would just melt their brains.

Oh, and when I read their 'book review' thingo I was reminded of when I saw Jello Biafra speak several years ago. He was talking about the ordeal he went through with the PMRC and he had this really funny image in his head of these up tight soccer moms having to listen to Megadeath and Dead Kennedys over and over while they try to analiye the lyrics. Too funny.
I get the the same mental image from this group. Can't you just picture some bottle blonde suburbanite keeping tally of how many beastiality references and decapitations there are in the latest teen book. BAH!


(oh, and while we are on the topic of books that some stick-up-the-butts hate, I just want to say, ONE MORE SLEEP TILL HARRY POTTER!!! whoo-hoo!!!)

Posted by gadgetgirl at 03:57 PM

July 14, 2005

just when you thought the internet was getting boring

Three words I never thought I'd see together:

Chicken Viking Hat

And it's a KNITTING PATTERN! You just gotta love kooky knitters. (link from Dynagirl)

Oh and while we are talking about knitting, we can now add two cents to the Stitch N Bitch slush fund to stick it to SFSE. There ya go. I think I might need the BBQ apron.


Posted by gadgetgirl at 06:42 PM

July 12, 2005

Yet More Harry Potter DIY

So after the success with the Harry Potter coins, I thought I might make a Azkaban Number Plate for my hubby because he is going as Sirius Black on Saturday. (And well, as you know, a printed paper one just would not do!) So I set out to make a number plate and I think it came out pretty darn cool if I do say so myself.

prisnor number board

If you are interested in making your own, check out my flickr set
(I don't feel like typing all those directions out again, you understand...)

And one more close-up just for good measure.....

prisnor close-up


Posted by gadgetgirl at 07:18 PM

July 11, 2005

More Potter Coin Photos

Kris has posted pics of our coin making afternoon. See, we didn't just make the silly fimo ones, we did some resin casting too.
Look, I'm even wearing safety gear:

I like how Kris said, 'So to summarize, we just spent $50 and countless hours of time to make fake wizard coins to pay for chocolate frogs on a steam train to a fictional village. Really, we just want to show up the other kids.'

Yes, let's remeber that we are really making these to impress LITTLE KIDS.

Posted by gadgetgirl at 08:04 AM

I scream, you scream

Well, maybe it's because I'm feeling a little PMSy (see yesterday's post...) but I just about fell out when I read that Ben and Jerry's has franchise opportunities in the 'Australia/Asia' region. If we got B&J my life in Sydney would be complete.
Anyone wanna go halfsies? (oh wait, if I ran a Ben and Jerry's shop there would be nothing left to sell....)


Posted by gadgetgirl at 07:42 AM

July 10, 2005

BatMAN not BatBABY

Ok, so it's Saturday night and you really, really want to see the new (and very dark) 'Batman Returns' flick. But alas, you forgot that you and your beloved have reproduced and you have not booked a sitter for the little devil's spawn.

A) Curse the failures of your chosen birth control and bust open a beer.
B) Book a sitter for next Saturday night, put in a Wiggles DVD and hope the little one doesn't notice you and your beloved makin' nookie on the sofa.
C) Bundle up little Timmy and head out to the movies anyway. Other movie goers be damned, they can put up with a little crying, my kid is just that cute.

If you answered 'C' and you live in Sydney, they hey, you must have been one of the TWO couples that were at the showing that we were at last night.

And you owe me $30.


Posted by gadgetgirl at 07:38 PM

July 09, 2005

what the?

I just found out that Chairman Kaga (from Iron Chef) isn't some eccentric royal billionaire freaky dude, but a friggin' actor! An actor. I'm feeling a little jipped right now.
But I guess it does explain his wardrobe...


Posted by gadgetgirl at 11:03 PM

DIY Potter Coins

So here is a better pic of the Harry Potter coins that we made yesterday. Didn't they come up cool?

Here's how to make your own:

You'll need Gold, silver and bronze Fimo, a rolling pin, small circular cookie cutters, some sort of alphabet rubber stamp set, mythical themed rubber stamps or charms (I found these in the scrapbooking section), black acylic paint and gold acylic paint.

-roll out the clay and cut out the sizes you want for your coins

-press the coin names and decorations

-bake according to package then let cool.

-do a wash of black on the silver and bronze coins and gold on the gold coins and wipe off excess paint so it only stays in the crevaces. This will give that aged look.

-watch your Potter crazy friends go nuts (or should I say KNUTS!)

here are more photos of the process.


Posted by gadgetgirl at 05:46 PM

July 08, 2005

aw knuts!

So you may be sitting there asking yourself, 'hey, what the heck are those?' Well They are Knuts, Sickles and Galleons. As you may know we are going on a train trip next weekend with Kris and Rodd and we needed some magical money (Muggle money is no good on this trip)

So today we made a bunch of coins out of Fimo and casted resin. These are just the Fimo ones, Kris should have pics of the cast resin ones up on her site soon... It was good fun and I think that came out pretty darn cool.


Posted by gadgetgirl at 03:35 PM

Is it me?

I don't know about you, but I have never heard an American kid say, "No Mommy, I don't want a hot dog, I want some calamari!"

Well, the people at 'Octodog' see things differently.


Posted by gadgetgirl at 08:06 AM

July 07, 2005

happy happy

happy birthday

"Well, there's things that never will be right I know,
And things need changin' everywhere you go,
But 'til we start to make a move to make a few things right,
You'll never see me wear a suit of white.."

Posted by gadgetgirl at 06:12 PM

July 05, 2005


Eight years ago today, I and my Loving Husband stepped off of a plane and into the country that would become our home. We didn't know it at the time, but we were beginning a love affair with this beautiful nation. This crazy, silly, humble, loving, giving amazing nation.

So anyway, if you have ever flown across the International Date Line you'll know it can throw your whole week off, days just come and go. Like when you fly here from the US you loose an entire day. So eight years ago when we flew out of LAX it was July the 3rd and when we arrived it was July the 5th. Slightly appropiate don't you think?

But here's to Australia, and I think I'll go have a Tooheys New now...cheers.


Posted by gadgetgirl at 05:54 PM

July 04, 2005

Sparky Donut 2

I don't know why but my cat has a thing for cinnamon donuts. We can't leave a box of them out on the counter because he will open the box and eat them. Not just play with them, actually EAT them.

go fig


and just for further reference. Autechre are off the map, thanks Matty!

Posted by gadgetgirl at 10:25 PM

July 03, 2005

gadgetgirlism #4

'The god is in the detail'

OK, OK before you start, I know this quote is reported to be from Mies van der Rohe. But what can I say, I'm a sucker for freaky German architects.

But anyway, I use this quote all the time. I am enchanted by the little stuff. A perfectly made white sauce, a well worded phrase, beautiful buttons, etc. I guess that's why I get off on Vegas so much. Most of the casinos have a theme that they take to the extreme. At Treasure Island the cups, the carpet, even the door handles have a pirate theme. I love it. (some day I'll tell ya about my pirate fixation!)

Maybe it all stems from my sewing. I really appreciate a well made garment because I know the effort that goes into it. Who knows.
Anyway, enjoy!


Just as an aside, as it turns out some have been saying 'the devil is in the detail' (I guess that makes sense), "which has been described as a maxim of the German pop musician Blixa Bargeld", of Einstruerzende Neubauten and The Bad Seeds And I happen to be a fan of both bands. The things you find out when you google....

Posted by gadgetgirl at 08:37 AM

July 01, 2005

Message brought to you by Telstra MMS

That's my kinda christmas! I don't know if you can see at the bottom of the but the St. Nick beer is 9%. ouch....


Posted by gadgetgirl at 08:17 PM