October 31, 2007
Spring Break, Whoo-hoo!
I've been a bad blogger lately, but for good reason. I've taken a little break to see a bit more of this fine country we live in.
We went down to Tassie and checked out the locals. The above photo was taken at Dove Lake at Cradle Mountain in the Northwest region of Tasmania. We had unseasonably warm and clear weather (not that I'm complaining!!) Normally the weather is very rainy (is is a rainforest after all) but we just had the charmed trip.
I have so many photos to go through and I'll add stories to the photos as I post them so watch this space.
Posted by gadgetgirl at 07:00 AM
October 19, 2007
And I thought my cat was strange...
-gg (thanks for the heads up Miftik)
Posted by gadgetgirl at 07:45 PM
In Your Face
If you're in Sydney be sure to come by and see it.
It feels very real now.
Posted by gadgetgirl at 04:07 PM
God Bless Jon Stewart
Posted by gadgetgirl at 10:44 AM
October 18, 2007
More Halloween goodness
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temp post by rob
this is rob
i'm in ur blog
movin ur hostin
Posted by gadgetgirl at 10:01 AM
October 17, 2007
Here's a list of the top 50 dystopian movies of all time. An interesting list. It's basically a list of my favourite films of all time...what does that say about me?
Some argued that Handmaid's Tale and Lord of the Flies should be on the list but I really don't think either are every good films, the books are awesome, but not the films. (then again...Starship Troopers is there...which I argue is basically a war flick)
Anyway, I might add The Truman Show and maybe even Blue Velvet. But those might be stretching the definition.
Posted by gadgetgirl at 08:34 PM
in the mood
This is why I love M.A.C.
They have put up some brilliant Halloween make up templates.
Posted by gadgetgirl at 07:39 PM
October 16, 2007
I saw this meme over at Strigy's blog.
Basically go to Library Thing, copy the list of the 106 most 'unread' books as of today, highlight the ones you have read, italicize what you started but couldn't finish, and strike through what you couldn't stand. The number after the title indicates the amount of people who have tagged that book at 'unread'. And NO I've never read 'Sense and Sensibility', so there.
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (149)
Anna Karenina (132)
Crime and punishment (121)
One hundred years of solitude (115)
Wuthering Heights (110)
Life of Pi : a novel (94)
The name of the rose (91)
Don Quixote (91)
Moby Dick (86)
Madame Bovary (83)
The Odyssey (83)
Pride and prejudice (83)
Jane Eyre (80)
A tale of two cities (80)
The brothers Karamazov (80)
Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies (79)
War and peace (78)
Vanity fair (74)
The time traveler's wife (73)
The Iliad (73)
The Blind Assassin (73)
The kite runner (71)
Mrs. Dalloway (70)
Great expectations (70)
A heartbreaking work of staggering genius (67)
Atlas shrugged (67)
Reading Lolita in Tehran : a memoir in books (66)
Memoirs of a Geisha (66)
Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West … (65)
The Canterbury tales (64)
The historian : a novel (63)
A portrait of the artist as a young man (63)
Love in the time of cholera (62)
Brave new world (61)
The Fountainhead (61)
Foucault's pendulum (61)
The Count of Monte Cristo (59)
A clockwork orange (59)
Anansi boys : a novel (58)
The once and future king (57)
The grapes of wrath (57)
The poisonwood Bible : a novel (57)
Angels & demons (56)
The inferno (56)
The satanic verses (55)
Sense and sensibility (55)
The picture of Dorian Gray (55)
Mansfield Park (55)
One flew over the cuckoo's nest (54)
To the lighthouse (54)
Tess of the D'Urbervilles (54)
Oliver Twist (54)
Gulliver's travels (53)
Les misérables (53)
The corrections (53)
The amazing adventures of Kavalier and Clay : a novel (52)
The curious incident of the dog in the night-time (52)(I keep meaning to read this one)
The prince (51)
The sound and the fury (51)
Angela's ashes : a memoir (51)
The god of small things (51)
A people's history of the United States : 1492-present (51)
A confederacy of dunces (50)
A short history of nearly everything (50)
The unbearable lightness of being (49)
Beloved : a novel (49)
The scarlet letter (48)
Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Pu… (48)
The mists of Avalon (47)
Oryx and Crake : a novel (47)
Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed (47)
Cloud atlas : a novel (47)
The confusion (46)
Northanger abbey (46)
The catcher in the rye (46)
On the road (46)
The hunchback of Notre Dame (45)
Freakonomics : a rogue economist explores the hidden side of… (45)
Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance : an inquiry into … (45)
The Aeneid (45)
Watership Down (44)
Gravity's rainbow (44)
In cold blood : a true account of a multiple murder and its … (44)
White teeth (44)
Treasure Island (44)
David Copperfield (44)
The three musketeers (44)
Cold mountain (43)
Robinson Crusoe (43)
Posted by gadgetgirl at 09:09 PM
Blog Action Day
So yesterday was Blog Action Day and I had an interesting experience that was strangely (and sadly) appropirate.
I had the day off so I wanted to go into the city and check out the Diana exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum (it's lovely btw, just to see the wedding dress was worth the price of admission). So after dropping some things off at the Vinnies I grabbed a bottle of water to drink on the ride in.
Well when I finished the water I looked for some place to appropriate to dispose of this bottle. Somewhere that it would get recycled.
Did the Powerhouse have any recycling bins? Nope
Pitt Street Mall? Nope
Strand Arcade? Nope
Midcity Centre? Nope
The sushi place where I had lunch? Nope
I ended up bringing home this empty bottle and put it in my own recycling bin. How sad is that? I'm usually pretty good about bringing my own water bottle from home but from time to time I just want to have something to drink.
I don't think it's too much to ask to have some place to dispose of it properly. Don't you think?
But after all of this I started to look into this whole water bottle issue. Here's what I found:
To create one bottle of water, it requires 16 times its own volume in regular water source
In the US only about 12 percent of "custom" plastic bottles, a category dominated by water, were recycled in 2003 source
Plastic water bottles can take 1,000 years to biodegrade source
Contraty to popular belief, it IS safe to reuse plastic water bottles source
48 things to make from a plastic bottle (go the bottle rocket!)
Posted by gadgetgirl at 07:26 AM
October 15, 2007
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October 14, 2007
Halloween is right around the corner there are baby/toddler costumes available for all kinds of parents (because lets be honest, its mostly for the parents right?)
But if they want to scar the child (and any unsuspecting neighbours) for life parents pick up this snappy little number.
Posted by gadgetgirl at 06:39 AM
October 11, 2007
For Kris: a list of crafty Halloween links.
Posted by gadgetgirl at 07:10 AM
October 10, 2007
So, as of this month if you want to be an Australian citizen you'll have to sit a citizenship test. (Don't even get me started on the potential problems an Australian citizenship test could cause....there are just so many possibilities for corruption and bias that I don't even want to go there.)
The Chaser went out to see if Aussies on the street could answer the questions. You can just guess what happened.
If you want to try your hand and see how you might do, scroll to the bottom of the page.
Now the US has had a test for a while, but it seems there is 'new and improved' version out there. Have a go at it yourself See how you do.
Is this what we want? Where being able to regurgitate information from a booklet proves that you will be a good citizen?
Call me crazy but I just think this is a waste of time and money. Why not spend this money on health care or the aged or education? Oh, wait we need to try to keep all of the 'scary' people out. That might make us feel safe again.
Sorry to get all serious on a Wednesday, but this whole exercise just gets me all upset. If we all just spent less time trying to alienate each other and more trying to see through each others eyes we might just find that we are more alike than we thought.
And on that note, I think I'm going to go get ready to out to dinner. So there.
-gg (who would pass both tests without any studying, but that's not the point)
Posted by gadgetgirl at 06:01 PM
October 09, 2007
In Your Face
Posted by gadgetgirl at 02:29 PM
October 07, 2007
Did you know?
The first telephone call in Australia was made in Tasmania, between Launceston and Campbell Town in 1874
aint that cool?
-gg (more on Tazzie)
Posted by gadgetgirl at 08:24 PM
October 03, 2007
Damn it's going to be stinking in Sydney today.
Like 31C (93F) and it's only October.
Jeez, it's going to be long hot summer.
Posted by gadgetgirl at 11:05 AM
October 01, 2007
something for the long weekend
Posted by gadgetgirl at 08:29 PM
As this one has replaced Spiderpig as the song I'm singing over and over:
Posted by gadgetgirl at 07:34 AM