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October 30, 2005

post halloween

Big fun and lots of food last night. Here we are as Jack and Jill last night. (I know, it is a bit of a cop out costume but I figured out how to do bruises out of it). Halloween 2005

Rodd and Kris put on an amazing spread (as usual!) including an Enormous Crocodile The recipe inspired by the Dahl book by the same name, the recipe can be found in the book 'Roald Dahl's Revolting Recipes' But be warned, Kris says it is a bitch to make.
But they had a really cool costume. I'll let you see it for yourself. But lets just say that it took a LOT for Rodd to bite that capsicum (aka bell pepper). He HATES them.
The other costumes ranged from the very highbrow period costumes to the slightly trashy (but clever!) I'm sure Rob will have a bunch of pics up soon, and his will be much better than mine...but he is a contest winning photographer after all....

Rob is nursing a sangria hangover at the moment (I'm OK) so it will be a pretty lazy day here at casa del Barker.


Posted by gadgetgirl at 11:18 AM

October 29, 2005

Happy Happy

As I was searching for Halloween make-up ideas I came across this very creepy web site. I'm not really sure what to make of it...
But they do a pretty convincing bruise.

And if you want to see us tonight have a look at couch cam at web-goddess!
Happy Halloween everyone.


Posted by gadgetgirl at 05:27 PM

October 27, 2005

OK, plan B

So the TypeKey thingo was a bust (thanks for the heads up MattC) but for the time being I'n going to have to approve any comments...I hate that...but until I figure out a better way...I'll keep ya posted...


Posted by gadgetgirl at 05:55 PM


I've had to change the way comments are left on this blog because, you guessed it, I've been spammed.
I'm using TypeKey to verify posters.
Could someone try it out to make sure it works for me?
If it doesn't work just drop me an email


Posted by gadgetgirl at 08:21 AM


sunday, originally uploaded by gadgetgirl.

your moment of zen (if by 'zen' you mean 'bubblegum roses and fuzzy little alien things")


Posted by gadgetgirl at 07:18 AM

October 26, 2005

OK, I think we have come up with a back-up costume.
Not a very cool one, but I'm OK with that.
photos later.


Posted by gadgetgirl at 08:36 PM

October 25, 2005

freakin' out

So, with 4 sleeps to the biggest Halloween party in Sydney I decided to have a quick dry run of my costume.
IT SUCKS. Like, really sucks.
So somewhere between work, homework and school and I need to conceptualise and create a new costume.

BAH! I might not blog again until like Sunday....


Posted by gadgetgirl at 05:30 PM


With only 59 shopping days until Christmas...
The Knitty 2006 calendar is available for the knitter on your list.
Oh, and look at those sexy chic on the cover!


Posted by gadgetgirl at 06:20 AM

October 24, 2005

Myth Busted

So, the other night our very cool Windows XP Media Center Remote Control stopped working. The whole remote, not just one button, the whole bloody thing. It was working one minute and then, well, just not.

Well, Rob emailed the dude who sold us the remote and told him about our predicament.

Here is what he told us:
Take out the batteries, put them back in BACKWARDS, press and hold 'a bunch of buttons' for about 1/2 a minute. Then take the batteries OUT and again push 'a bunch of buttons' for about 1/2 a minute. Then put the batteries back in properly and see how you go.

It all sounded like a bunch of voodoo to me. I was sure the remote sales dude had been smokin' crack.


It friggin' WORKED! I'm telling you, I am sitting here turning the volume up on Mythbusters right now. I would like to take back what I said about the remote dude and his choice of recreational activities. Really.

I am amazed.

Posted by gadgetgirl at 07:33 PM

October 23, 2005

Idol Haiku (sort of..)

Lee blew.
Emily rocked.
That is all.


Posted by gadgetgirl at 08:45 PM


How is it that I have lived on this earth for 35+ years without knowing how easy it is to make a quiche? Premade crust, eggs, some veg, a bit of cheese, bake and eat.
Toss in a loaf of sourdough bread from the ever popular Bourke Street Bakery and make a nice green salad and life is all good.
I think this week I'll try to make an asparagus and swiss cheese quiche one night. much goodness.


Posted by gadgetgirl at 06:55 PM

October 22, 2005


This little eBay nugget from crumpart. Very Hoff-tastic!

Tomorrow I am off to my first Sydney photo blogger meet up. I don't know if I qualify as a 'photo blogger' (I use the auto settings on my camera most of the time and don't have Crumpler bag like the cool kids). But hey, I'm sure there will be some food involved, so I'm in.

I might take my knitting along. Just in case they all start talking f-stops and light meters and shit.


Posted by gadgetgirl at 11:17 PM

October 21, 2005

I'm just sayin'

Now, if you were to say, go to the Knitty shop on say Monday or so, you might just find something interesting...I'm just sayin'.


Posted by gadgetgirl at 06:59 PM



So I let my inner geek run riot last night and went to see The Presidents. (I just can't type 'PUSA' without cringing, is sounds too much like something you need to get a perscription for...eek!) So anyway, it was a really fun show. They played everys song you could ever hope for from a Presidents show. Lump, Kitty, Peaches, Dune Buggy and the encore was Video Killed the Radio Star. Plus they did this really rockin' cover of 'Kick Out the Jam' mixed back with 'Shout'. Bonus!

Oh, and Tripod opened for them. If you aren't familiar with them they are a three piece band (duh!) that do a bit of musical comedy. Go check em out! You can thank me later.


Posted by gadgetgirl at 07:32 AM

October 19, 2005

and the winner is......

As Kris put it, the cat is well and truly out of the bag.

We not only got into the Knitty calendar, we won the grand friggin' prize!

Now I have to add that they only posted my name at the annoucement at Knitty, but I'm SURE they will list Rob and Kris on the actual calendar. Maybe they just printed my name because I'm the one who submitted the photo...
We've known about this for a while but we had to keep it under our collective hat, man that has been so hard!!!

The calendar should be out at the Knitty store at Cafepress pretty soon. They make great stocking stuffers!


Posted by gadgetgirl at 07:33 AM

October 16, 2005

Three things

1. New addition to my blog roll. And thanks to Kris I now have have a new obsession; Sydney Food Blogs!

2. Just in time for halloween, Dawn of the Dead. KNITTED! (from Boing Boing)

3. Cute baby t-shirt.


Posted by gadgetgirl at 06:03 PM

October 13, 2005


Wow, a big thanks to the folks at Boing Boing (what did we do without them?) I haven't thought about Brion Gysin for years and years. I really have to get my hands on this book. When I was in high school I was really into a band called Psychic TV, who were heavily influenced by Gysin. (Gysin, Burroughs, Campbell, etc)

Anyway, One of the things that Gysin came up with was something called the 'Dreamachine'. The whole idea is that you sit facing this flicking light with your eyes closed and the light would 'slow the electrical pulse rate of the subject's brain to a state of semiconsciousness known as the alpha state and produce rich dreamlike imagery'. All the fun without the drugs, whoo-hoo! Burroughs was known to say that the Dreamachine would cure his writers block. I've always thought that one could reproduce this with a computer screen instead of using a traditional light, but I digress..
Here is how to build a cheap one...not simple...but cheap.
Have fun kids!

I wonder if the guys at Mythbusters would try to make a Dreamachine....


Posted by gadgetgirl at 09:35 PM

mouths of babes

Sometimes I really love my job.

Today after storytime one of the mothers, who regularly comes to the library, approached me with a cute sotry about her little boy. She told me that she was reading this book to her little boy about occupations, one of those 'Who works at the school? The teacher works at the school. Who works at the hospital? The doctor works at the hospital.' kinda things.
Anyway, when she got to the, 'Who works at the library?' part he replied, "Amy!"

Smart kid.


Posted by gadgetgirl at 06:05 PM

October 12, 2005


How is it that I JUST found out there is a CUPCAKE cafe in Sydney. Where have I been? (thanks Tracey)


Posted by gadgetgirl at 09:07 PM

October 09, 2005


So yeah, we went to Tetsuya's. What can I say that hasn't been said over and over about Tetsuya's....hmmm.

Yes, it was absolutely awesome. Down right orgasmic.

The kind folks at Grab Your Fork went back in April and had almost the same menu, took photos, and gave the review that I would give if I felt better and didn't have so much homework to do. (But they should have had the oysters. They rocked!) So if you want to see the insanely good meal we had check it out.

Oh, but here is one little nugget. Be on the lookout for Tetsuya wines. coming soon.....

Posted by gadgetgirl at 07:58 PM

October 08, 2005

sad? funny?

Leave it to CNNNN. This would be too funny if it weren't so disturbing. (link from Snarky)


Posted by gadgetgirl at 03:22 PM


Guess who just got an email from Amy Singer, editor of Knitty? And guess who is going to have a photo in the Knitty 2006 calendar?
Yup, you guessed it! Aint that cool?

I can't say much more, at least not until Knitty gives out a formal anouncement. But it came at a perfect time. Tonight is our big dinner out to Tetsuya's. Time to celebrate.

Now if Kris would just call me back. I've left messages for her all over the place. She still doesn't know.....

Did I mention that my hubby is a rockin' photographer.


Posted by gadgetgirl at 11:26 AM

October 04, 2005

pop quiz

lard lad, originally uploaded by jima.

Hey Kris(or anyone really), recognise this donut? And no fair clicking on the pic till you have a guess!


Posted by gadgetgirl at 07:33 PM

October 02, 2005

silver lining?

It is like summer out there, I have 4 days off work and I'm sick as a dog.

The upside is that I did some knitting and finished this:


Yes, I have jumped on th One Skein Wonder bandwagon. It came up kinda cute. I'm not sure if I will actually wear it out (and NO, I will not be wearing it with a hot pink top, it just is very hard to photograph). I did have to do a few alterations. I didn't do the ribbing around the arms because I thought it might make my arms look fat, and I had to change yarns at the end (the ribbing) because I ran out of the wool I was using. But Rob says you can't tell...

Posted by gadgetgirl at 05:10 PM

October 01, 2005


More gross Halloween party fun for Kris...I like the Vulcan idea. (from Not Martha)

And for all of those who come to Sydney and are perplexed about the spelling of this suburb, a little tip from The Department,

Handy hint...
To remember how to spell "Woolloomooloo", just think sheep-toilet-cow-toilet - that makes wool-loo-moo-loo.


Posted by gadgetgirl at 09:24 AM


Most of the time Dooce makes me laugh out loud (like when she talked about Leta, all jacked up on OJ, was so excited about getting a bath 'she acted as if we had just dipped her into liquid Christmas. All this water? FOR HER? Do you have any idea the possibilities?')

But this entry just brought me to tears. When she talks about the passing of her step aunt and how her step father cared for her, it is just poetry. Maybe its the Sudafed talking, but I was really moved. I hope that Heather's family get to read this post because it is an amazing tribute to a gentle woman (and a dedicated man).

Sometimes the internet surprises me.

Posted by gadgetgirl at 07:04 AM