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2005

2005 was a helluva year. Without having consulted my uni diary or the dke project archives, I can barely remember what happened in October let alone what happened in January, so I did the only thing one can do, and looked up those two sources. 2005, thus, in summary for myself from the top goes a little something like this:

  • Set and broke my first ever New Year’s resolution – took almost 2 months doing so however, so I feel a little bit of pride at that at least.
  • Worked some freelance, which was cool. Tax not cool.
  • Did a short course in Car Maintenence. I now actually have an idea about what I’m talking about when in discussion about cars, and could service car myself.
  • Jumped at the chance to go travelling – turned into the Big Trip 2005: USA & Japan and that rocked some major socks. This really has been a travelling year for me, and I’ve loved it.
  • Applied for graduate work… and got it o.O So that’s wrapping me up for next year in Sydney.
  • Fell in love with Lost. Great writing, brilliant suspense, and just awesome all over.
  • Loved New York. Liked LA, kinda (that much sun and surf, how could I not). Found a friend on the other side of the world =) Oh and met relatives who I’d never met or even seen before and turned out to be were awesomely cool.
  • Found Japan to live up to some expectations, and not so much others. Mixed feelings about Japan, but overall highly positive and would love to be back there.
  • Got the iPod “serviced” twice, but still love it to iddylil’ bits.
  • Went to my first AFL match!
  • Got my first car!
  • Turned 20 :( Sounds old.
  • Went to Sydney for a friend’s wedding. First time I could say “Friend’s Wedding”.
  • Supported the Swans to victory! Talk about picking the right time to get behind them.
  • Went to a bunch of 21sts. Didn’t drink once. Something is not right about that.
  • October went by largely unnoticed. November too, what with exams done. The Socceroos got through to the World Cup, and that was cool (I wasn’t bandwagoning or anything)
  • “Won” NaNoWriMo for the first time with Dark Rising (working title). More on this at a later date. :tease:
  • Fell in love with Firefly.
  • Moved to Pushing the Sky, and my stuff to Sydney in preperation for 2006 =)

Thus endth the year 2005 for me. (Exciting summary? I know. I’m not going to do a big ol’ rambling peice on the year because there’s simply been too much, so there’s too much to say which would be of interest beyond a personal diary style.)

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Season’s Greetings from Sydney

Hey everyone, hope you had a brilliant Christmas, however you chose to celebrate. I have my temporary access thing still going up here, but strangely am missing the computer far less than I do at home when it’s right there and connected.

One of the factors that I’ve found has been underestimated is the simple fact of the weather – I forgot how warm it gets up here, but also how perfect the evenings are. I really don’t know how to express it, and sorry for any offence I may cause, but the brilliance of the weather here means the attitudes to life are a whole lot different: brighter, freerer, more… outside. The weather is the core of it. I’ve talked more to neighbours in the last two days than I have in Melbourne in the last year. Kinda saddening.

I wish I had the kind of friends I have in Melbourne up here in Sydney; I can only imagine what kind of fun I would have, even day to day. It’s one of those bittersweet things – great friends, wrong place (in my opinion at least).

Anyway, enough about the weather. Been settling in and enjoying the idea of having a whole bleeding house to myself, or at least sharing it with a sharemate. I’m also not suffering from my regular day to day hayfever, which makes it worthwhile even without the money they’ll eventually be paying me =D

I will be back by Friday evening (30th), so we can get to some partyin’ up on NYE. My place!! (someone give me a call if they approve of the idea and we can get to organising).

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eInk commeth

Tell me that ain’t an impressive beauty. The chick, not the clock. Such a fine shape I ain’t ever seen…

eInk clock

No of course I meant the clock. (sigh, yes, I can hear your groans already). But yes, my friends, that above is eInk demonstrated. I mean, obviously it’d be a lot more impressive were it a video of the time ticking over, but you can see the principle demonstrated there and tell quite clearly: the future, it will be beautiful. I love the future.

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Multi-choice question

Question: I have been awake until 4 am for the last 3 nights running because:

a) I’m turning into an insomniac or nocturnal.

b) I am BORED OUT OF MY SKULL LIKE SO BAD AND I THOUGHT 4AM WOULD BRING SOMETHING DIFFERENT

c) I’m watching anime and I’m addicted

d) I’m playing Civilization 4 and … wuup, there goes 4 hours. Save? Oops, it’s 6 hours gone now.

e) All of the Above.

First to answer correctly gets a chocolate bar.