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Sunday, April 29th, 2007
10:40 pm - Life Update
Since my last post, roughly six months ago, I have:

1. Gotten married. To Julia. Obviously. (Yay!)

2. Managed to keep my shiny new job at CPSU. I now know the bulk of my workmates by name, have a sketchy and incomplete knowledge of office politics (small p) and Union Politics (capital P), and have a pretty thorough knowledge of the squeakiest wheels in the Defence Department of NSW. That's not a criticism, by the way - squeak on! It makes my job so much harder when people just don't tell you about things. Still need to get around to a handful of sites, though.

3. Destroyed one perfectly good (passable) car through sheer neglect (failing to check oil). Poor Marketing Vehicle, may you rust peacefully in whatever junkyard will take you - you served us well. Am looking at buying a new (or near new) one with terribly grown-up Salary Packaging fu. Wish I could understand how it worked, though.

4. Bought a Wii. Still haven't bought any games past Wii Sports and Wiiplay, though. Not quite sure why - just hasn't come up, I guess.

5. Constructed a brand new computer for Julia. But last week it died, thanks to a dodgy memory chip, I think. I'll have to buy a new block to find out, though. :P

6. Managed to keep Julia (henceforth known as "wifey") and my family seperated enough to shield her from the harmful effects of their crazy, and them from the inevitable crazy blowback that crazy would summon from her. I'll call it a qualified success at this point.

7. Helped said wifey with her course work, the painful (though wise) decision to drop to part-time to cope with the mind-boggling workload, and the rigours of a prac based in Heathcote (roughly 2 hours each way).


That's all that comes to mind for now. If I think of anything else, I'll add it.

See you in six months! (Probably.)

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Saturday, April 14th, 2007
3:21 pm - A confession
I have two confessions to make:

1) I am a sucker for peer pressure, and now have a myspace page at http://www.myspace.com/meetthefurpants
Lord Rupert, I bow to your mighty omnipresence.

2) I am addicted to MSN's new bunch of minigames, especially Minesweeper Flags, 7-hand poker, and Air Combat. Lord Gates, whatever parts of my soul Lord Rupert rejects in his mighty wisdom righteously fall into your domain.

That is all.

P.S. I should probably give some kind of sweeping update on my life in general, since it appears to have been about 18 months since I've posted anything more than random junk and trivia in this. Is there anyone on here I don't see all the damn time (and thereby update verbally) who is interested?

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Tuesday, April 10th, 2007
2:02 pm - Feed the blogosphere
Especially for those of you with academic leanings - i.e. all the postgrad students/tutors out there, here's a little petition about a disturbing corporate linkage. Apparently, Elsevier, which has been eating up many of the academic journal publishing houses around the world, is also known for hosting arms fairs. Not for the SCA, either:

http://www.idiolect.org.uk/elsevier/

Read, be enraged!

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Monday, March 19th, 2007
10:09 pm - Warning: Genitals at play
Seriously.Collapse )

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Thursday, February 22nd, 2007
2:39 pm - Macros of the Cross
In honour of Lent, I present to you the Macros of the CrossCollapse )

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Saturday, December 16th, 2006
5:50 pm
On the twelfth day of Christmas, Furpants_Tom sent to me...
Twelve hugsluts drumming
Eleven nobiscuits piping
Ten itsbishs a-leaping
Nine numbnuts dancing
Eight boobies a-milking
Seven ccgs a-swimming
Six furpants a-laying
Five co-o-o-omputer games
Four pickled onions
Three falsifying statistics
Two morning glories
...and an angel in a buffy.
Get your own Twelve Days:

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Monday, November 27th, 2006
4:44 pm - Auslan signer needed! Will pay good money!
Hi everyone. I'm still working on my big long post about all the stuff I've been doing, but in the meantime, I need to find someone who knows sign language, is free Thursday, and would like to make some quick cash. Reply ASAP if you're interested.

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Sunday, November 12th, 2006
11:32 pm - I think Santa's got the hots for me...
Dear Santa...

Dear Santa,

This year I've been busy!

Last Wednesday I committed genocide... Sorry about that, nomnivore (-5000 points). In November I put gum in redlantern2051's hair (-12 points). Last Friday I gave paraphasiclotus a kidney (1000 points). Last Monday I ruled Asscrackistan as a kind and benevolent dictator (700 points). Last month I helped cshine hide a body (-173 points).

Overall, I've been naughty (-3485 points). For Christmas I deserve a spanking!

Sincerely,
Furpants_Tom

Write your letter to Santa! Enter your LJ username:


(cr)EDIT: Yoinked from thebluefairy

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Tuesday, October 31st, 2006
6:37 pm - Now, to develop organisational skills
About 3 hours after my interview for the CPSU Organiser position, they rang and offered me the job - which I accepted, for the win. Now I get to fight The Man, as a full-time career! Roxxor.

Check my mad l33t employability skillz.

So, yeah, now I have to quit my old job, which, realistically, is still pretty new. And kind of a pity, because it was the best job I've had, up until I got to work for the Union (boo-yah!). Also, I fear that my leaving might well shaft my old workmates, since about 50% of the workforce is now quitting. Teach the company to be marginally understaffed, I guess.

Naturally, I maintain a niggling fear that my unsuitability for the job will be discovered shortly after I begin working there; which is funny, considering this is the first job I really haven't had to tell little white (or stonking great black) lies to land. So, I expect that'll clear right up soon enough.

Umm...yeah, go me!

P.S. If anyone wants a job that pays $30,000 for watching the ABC all day, I know a place where they're about to be desperate for staff.*

*May not be quite as fun as it sounds.**

** But it's still pretty good.

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Thursday, October 12th, 2006
2:02 pm - Memecrastination.
Think twice, before you enter...the meme zoneCollapse )

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Wednesday, October 11th, 2006
4:48 am - Forget everything I just told you
Because I may have a job at Team Bondi lined up. The only catch is that I've got to learn and become proficient in C++ in about a fortnight. But I'm confident that's achievable - sadly, it probably means that I will not be seeing anyone for the next two weeks. Unless you know C++, that is. Then I need your help!

If you know this wonderful, mystical language that I've been meaning to pick up for ages (Damn, you procrastination!), please, please, please let me know what books/tutorials/illegal stimulants helped you the most?

New To Do List

1. Learn C++

2. Get job at Team Bondi

3. ...

4. Take over the world!

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Tuesday, October 10th, 2006
8:56 am - Now, to develop a fear of failure
All day the universe has been hinting to me that I need to get a move on with my currently theoretical game designing schemes. Ergo, I have constructed a to-do list, to be updated weekly, and placed under the critical gaze of my friends (to hopefully shame me into doing something about it, unlike previous lists).
Judge me!Collapse )

OK, that's probably enough for this week. Oh, and, I guess I should add

0. Don't procrastinate

Since it took me about six hours just to get around to finishing this post. :P

current mood: contemplative

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Friday, September 8th, 2006
11:34 am - Peter Cundall tells it like it is
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebC8Ny4pq0Y

(5 seconds long and safe for work)

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Saturday, September 2nd, 2006
11:12 pm - Partay thanks
Thanks to everyone who came, it was cool to see you all.

Special thanks to people who brought me booze or treats! I am currently drunk, wearing a new T-shirt, reading a new book and watching terrible, terrible roleplaying game spinoff movies, so you can all rest assured that your contributions have been appreciated!

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Wednesday, August 16th, 2006
3:47 pm - Boioioioing! (Safe for Work)
http://www.xpowergen.com/en/index.htm

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Sunday, August 6th, 2006
10:13 am - I don't spam politics very often, but seriously...
Quoting Get Up:

"Something dangerous is about to happen to the very heartland of Aboriginal Australia - and neither the traditional owners, nor you, have been warned.

Under the guise of promoting economic development for indigenous Australians, the Federal Government wants to ram through new legislation this Tuesday that actually jeopardises future generations of Aboriginal livelihoods. It's quite possibly the most important law you've never heard of.

The law will amend the iconic Land Rights Act, stripping away power from one of the only true representative bodies, the Land Councils, while pressuring Aboriginal communities to hand over control of their lands for 99 years. With profound disrespect, many of those who this new law affects most have not even been told.

Only your senators can put the brakes on this legislation, to allow time for real debate and understanding. Tell them now these seismic policy changes are too important to rush through."

http://www.getup.org.au/campaign.asp?campaign_id=36

Quoting me:

There is no viewpoint this law will be OK from. Adam Smith himself would have been shocked at the concept of forcing people to give up their only assets just to recieve services that everyone else takes for granted. This is the worst kind of economic law - state blackmail of the poor to benefit the rich - and furthermore, for those who care, a complete distortion of the "free market". If you've never bothered emailing a senator before, this might be the time to consider doing so. Even if you don't feel comfortable being associated with Get Up, go over to their page, get one of the senators phone numbers, and give them a call - this is seriously Sherriff of Nottingham stuff, intended to undo the Native Title act.

http://www.getup.org.au/campaign.asp?campaign_id=36

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Tuesday, July 25th, 2006
8:45 pm - The future of War (tm)
Welcome, comrades.

http://www.smh.com.au/news/technology/this-is-israel-calling-/2006/07/22/1153166634259.html

and if you think that's too unbelievable, here's another source.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,,1827428,00.html

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Tuesday, July 18th, 2006
4:18 pm - Spooky Men
I can't remember who it was who mentioned they like The Spooky Men, so I thought I'd just broadcast this to the cosmos - The Spooky Men have scammed themselves a brief spot on Ep 24 of the Collectors (This Friday night at 8pm) using the excuse that they are, in fact, a COLLECTION of Spooky Men. Nothing scintillating, basically just a couple of minutes of them singing and looking spooky, and then back to the model trains and porcelain owls. However, I must give them props for a cunning publicity stunt.

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Monday, July 10th, 2006
9:45 am - Pimpin' for victory!
spidercat and Damon (whose LJ I can never remember), operators of the Games Paradise series of novels, have graciously decided to start up a Necromunda racket. On behalf of our new ant masters, I'm pimpin' it to youse all.
If your only objection is Spyrers, don't worry! No Outlanders for now. If your only reason to play is Eviscerators, don't worry! Maybe Outlanders later. Who knows?

They're planning on running it on Saturdays upstairs at GP. If you're interested in some old skool GW minis action that won't break the bank or eat all of your precious free time, visit the forum here:

http://s7.invisionfree.com/necromunda

and build a rep today!

P.S. I got Tunnels! Ha! Victory is me!

P.P.S. Oh, yeah, I'm bald now. Don't be scared, just warned.

P.P.P.S. This entry is more informative, if you're into that sort of thing. http://spidercat.livejournal.com/71313.html

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Wednesday, July 5th, 2006
12:22 pm - Thanks a bunch, Hebo
I'm captioning an episode of Gardening Australia, which, as you can guess, is quite scintillating, but there's a segment in the middle involving a man growing vegetables in pots that's using the theme music from Six Feet Under. It's actually quite creepy, since I keep expecting him to be bitten by a spider, trip and break his neck, or dramatically poison himself with insecticide. Damn you, Hebo!

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