Filed under: General - Mark @ 1:16 pm


Settlement is approaching! 3rd of July, next Friday, it happens, and then the place will be ours 😀 Got a call from the bank today to let me know that everything from their end is complete, all t’s have been crossed, all i’s dotted. Exciiiiting.

Add Comment (1) | 26/6/2009



Another hit

Filed under: General - Mark @ 7:12 am


Twice in four months – Another Armaguard truck was robbed at gunpoint just outside our building again this morning. Missed it by about three minutes, the police were already there but because this time it happened on a cold wet winters morning rather than a summers morning there was almost nobody for them to interview. The poor detective lady had about three people in total to interview.

I wonder if it was the same people from last time? Hmm…

Add Comment (1) | 22/6/2009



I hate iTunes

Filed under: General - Mark @ 7:28 am


I know I write about this regularly, but iTunes really really really gives me the shits.

iPhone OS 3.0 is out today, and I want to upgrade to it. Simple in theory – open iTunes and update. But nooooo. Task manager says iTunes is running, but there is no visible window for it. It’s just dissapearing off the face of the planet.

Add Comment (0) | 19/6/2009



Slaves to the man

Filed under: General - Mark @ 2:42 pm


Well, we’ve finally finished all our mortgage documents I believe. Mortgage: done and submitted, First Home Owners Grant: Done and submitted, Stamp Duty: In the solicitors hands. Hopefully we’re done signing things for the moment!!

In other news, I’m hopelessly addicted to www.serverfault.com. I’ve got 521 reputation and if I go back after 60 minutes and see it hasn’t moved up, I get upset. But I guess that’s what happens when you live in an opposing timezone to the majority of the sites inhabitants (Australia vs USA). By tomorrow morning it will have gone up by 40 or 50, I hope. Usually does.

Add Comment (1) | 16/6/2009



Contracts, here we come!

Filed under: General - Mark @ 8:44 pm


Well, after waiting almost three weeks for delivery, the M-Audio Delta 1010LT has finally arrived! And after a little bit of farting around in Ubuntu Studio, it works a TREAT. I’m really impresed by it.

We can finally record things properly at the church, do post-recording editing, everything, and on an incredibly tight, penny-pinching budget. Oh, I love you!

Add Comment (0) | 10/6/2009




Filed under: General - Mark @ 9:15 am


Yay! In a few weeks we get a Work Experience kid! Haven’t had one of them in years. I love Work Experience kids.

Add Comment (5) | 5/6/2009



It’s always better after it’s gone

Filed under: General - Mark @ 8:06 am


I finally took my car for a service on Tuesday. It was 2,500km and about 3 months past its service date, but I just was either too busy, or plain forgot, to get it done. The actual service interval clicked over halfway between Sydney and Adelaide, that’s how far over service due it is.

It was starting to run really rough, and I decided it’s time to stop farting around and get it serviced. I dropped it off at the mechanics at 6am and walked to the train station.

That afternoon, driving my car was like a new experience. The clutch was smoother, the gear changes were seamless, the power delivery was smooth and even.

Irony being that during the time when my car was past service, I have been wishing I could trade it in and up, but there’s no way we can afford that now that we’ve bough an apartment. Now that it’s had a service (which was really just an oil change, nothing more) I wonder why on earth I wanted to trade it in.

So the lesson is clear: if you’re ever really wanting a new car, let your current car run down, and then get it serviced. It’ll remind you of how good you really have it.

Add Comment (0) | 4/6/2009



Running out of material

Filed under: General - Mark @ 7:40 am


Since I started working at North Sydney again, I have two hours a day to kill on the train. I started working back in this office about 4-5 months ago, and in that time I’ve ready pretty much every single book on Angela’s book shelf. I knocked over all the Steven King books she has, as well as a whole bunch of others. I bought myself an old Jeremy Clarkson book to tie me over recently until I find something else to read.

At the same time, I also bought Angela the boxed set of the Twilight series. Does it make me less of a man if I decide to read them after Angela has finished with them? We don’t have a library in easy access, and in any case I would likely forget to return the books.

Can someone tell me if these books are mostly romantic, or if they’re mostly vampire suspense? I can deal with vampire with a bit of romance, but if it’s mainly romance (“Her heart blossomed at the sight of his classicly handsome chiselled features, and she felt a throbbing piece of vomit eject from her mouth before this paragraph is finished”) then I don’t know if I can handle that…

P.S. I just realise that I got ripped off. I bought the box set FROM Dymocks but its sticker price was more than it’s RRP on the website!

Add Comment (2) | 3/6/2009



What are the chances?

Filed under: General - Mark @ 3:25 pm


Who’d a thunk it. The 599 I saw last night was driving past our office at nth Sydney this arvo!

Add Comment (0) | 2/6/2009




Filed under: General - Mark @ 1:26 pm


Last night I was at the BP near my house, filling up with petrol, as you do. It was 10.30 at night, and I hear this rumble from behind me. I turn, and what do I see? A black Ferrari 599 pulling in to the bowser right next to mine.

This makes it the fourth Ferrari 599 I’ve seen. I’ve never seen a black one before (two red, and one silver). It looked mean.

But the worst part? A guy who can’t have been more than 5 years older than me hops out of the drivers seat. After, that is, waiting for me to move away from his car before opening his door (don’t worry, I would do the same thing if I were driving a car worth 3x what we just paid for an apartment).