It's getting realJan 22, 2020 at 7:16 AM
Merry Christmas and Happy New YearDec 31, 2019
The smoke is so thick I can't see down my street despite lots of streetlights and you can't see a single star. The sky is deep dark red despite being 11.30pm. Hundreds of homes have been burned to the ground, towns destroyed, hero volunteer firies have been killed along with many civilians. Many people I know who rely on water tanks have long since run out and have to compost their business (toilet is a waste of water), and pay for very expensive water to be trucked in to keep their animals alive and to drink. Many towns on high level water restrictions and others have run out of water all together. The Batemans Bay fires have had to be fought with saltwater which is bad because it corrodes equipment and poisons the ground but there's just not enough fresh water left to fight with. Most major roads are closed due to the fires, even ones where the fires have been and gone as there is high risk of burned trees falling on roads. So everyone is basically stuck where they are, all holiday plans having to be cancelled. Haven't been able to breathe properly in a month, in ten years we will probably all have lung cancer due to having to breathe smoke 24/7. Once or twice it has looked like it was going to rain, ran outside to celebrate and to remember what rain feels like on my face, but it only lasts a minute or two and the ground is so hot and dry the little drop marks on the ground disappear quickly. All I want for Christmas is some steady rain for a few days, cool the ground, slow down the fires for the severely under-resourced volunteer fire fighting force to catch up with, fill up water tanks and reservoirs, and save the starving animals and dying plants. Please....
Update 11 hours later - we are the most polluted city in the world right now
Edit - actually that's a mistake, must have been in the list because I looked it up - Batemans Bay is actually 4 times as bad.
Just tried a Ding DongOct 4, 2019
A colleague went to Costco and bought a bunch of snacks. One of them was a box of Ding Dongs. I took one, unwrapped it, took a small bite - tasted OK to start with if a bit sweet. Then got hit with a wave of chemically taste. It was disgusting. Tasted like something died and then they tried to hide the taste by soaking it in bitter overly-sweetened-with-chemicals medicine. I managed to take about 3 nibbles but then had to give up as it was making me feel sick. This was about 20 minutes ago and I still have a bitter taste in my mouth and feel sick.
They also bought a bag of pistachio squares, which I think were about the most delicious nut-based snack I have ever eaten. Perfect combination of slightly savoury but also sweet. Great texture. I could probably eat the whole bag. I was going to buy a membership to Costco just to be able to buy them (and bagels) but then found out the bag costs $20 (!!!!!!!) so maybe $60 a year and $20 a bag is a little too much, even though they are so darn delicious.
2 minutes of me patting SugarJun 4, 2019
Any Sydney-siders?Feb 24, 2019
I am aghast that there are still tickets available for TMBG tonight. If you have nothing to do I highly recommend coming! TMBG are my favourite band!
Feel free to ask me (Quantumcat) thingsFeb 18, 2019
I am a sucker for bandwagons
Psychological testingJan 22, 2019
Getting psychologically assessed tomorrow afternoon, as a few weeks ago I was reading the Web randomly as one does, and came across the condition "inattentive ADD", and thought, "wow that sounds like me". I don't know if I'll get diagnosed or just referred on. But it is very exciting, as then I would have a reason for having taken 12 years to do a 3 year degree (besides abject laziness). If it turns out I do have this, and I get treated, you might see even less of me as I will be less distractible :-p
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AMAAug 19, 2018
Looks like fun, I'll have a go too
Interesting dayJul 18, 2018
Had an interesting day today!
First, I got near the bus stop this morning just as the bus was coming along, I yelled and waved my arms from the other side of the road but he didn't see me. There were two other people at the bus stop, and neither of them thought to just stick out their arm and flag the bus for me! Thoughtless people!!!
Second, as I was walking to work from the bus stop, I saw a white van pull out of a parking lot really fast and lean over at an angle when it turned cause it was going so fast. The back of the van was open (hatchback) which I thought was weird. Then I walked past two transport officers on their portable radios saying things like, "rego number xxx", "heading south on xxx way", etc. I didn't get a chance to ask the transport officers any questions as they were hurrying in the direction the van went. But it looks like the van was stolen!! Maybe someone left the back open and someone took advantage, jumped in and took off with it! I have never witnessed any crime so it was pretty exciting. And when I was crossing the road 30 seconds later a police car appeared with lights flashing and I needed to give way to it, it ended up pulling into the car park the van was stolen from. When I was walking into work, the lady that usually mans the reception desk came out talking to someone about the police car wondering what was going on, I was able to fill her in about the stolen van. I bet she told everyone who came through and the rumour spread and it turned into like an armed robbery or something :-p
Then later in the morning, I walked past the corridor that leads to the toilets, and saw a woman leaning up against the wall, with her face touching it. I was still processing it as I walked past, then I thought, that's weird, I should see if she is ok. And just as I got back to the corridor, she fell down on the ground! She was whimpering and shaking, I ran over to her, and asked if she was ok, but she kept whimpering. I went to run to reception, but then I thought I shouldn't leave her, so instead I sat down next to her, put my jumper under her head, held her hand, and started yelling out for someone to come. Eventually someone did, and I told him to go find the nearest first aid officer. I stayed there and kept holding her hand and talking to her. Apparently she was home with the flu yesterday and thought she was well, but she got dizzy and fainted. It took ages for a first aid officer to come, the guy I originally sent came back a few times saying the first aid officers for several areas hadn't come into work yet (it was about 8.15am). When an officer finally came a few minutes later she was feeling better and I helped her up. Don't know what happened to her after that, but she probably went home! Hope she was ok!
I also finally had my first day of training for my job which I have been waiting for for weeks, but it kept getting delayed. It was really fun. I also got feedback on my first piece of work, so I have to try and fix it before training starts tomorrow, which is at 8.30, so I'll have to get in at like 7 which is the earliest people are allowed in the building :-s
Finally going to graduateJul 2, 2018
After 12 years studying on and off various degrees I'm finally going to graduate from something. Woohoo! Had my last exam on the 7th June, felt like it went well but there's always that niggling doubt that you did something stupid and didn't realise it (like not understanding some questions properly or missing a whole sheet of questions). But exam results were available today to allay those illogical fears. I even got enough for a distinction grade which pushes me up to a credit average overall. This doesn't matter so much now since I have a job, but would have been important if I was applying for grad programs, which usually require credit average minimum.
Police shooting 4 years agoJun 4, 2018
Just heard about a police shooting case four years ago. Only in the U.S., of course.....
A guy is peacefully listening to music in his garage. A woman walking by takes offence at the noise and calls the police. The police come, and knock, and the guy answers. He puts the garage door back down and presumably goes to turn down the music (or maybe he refuses, who knows). The police shoot four times through the garage door, with at least one shot going through his head. Their justification? That he had a gun in his back pocket. Wasn't even pointing it at them or anything.
Not only this but there was a civil suit for wrongful death, and the victim's family was awarded $4 - the poor guy's life was deemed to only be worth $4. The police appealed and it was brought down to 4c. Then later it was thrown out and the family got nothing, not even the 4c. The police got away scott free - not charged with anything.
Even if you love your guns, and think everyone should be allowed to carry them everywhere, etc etc, apparently carrying one, even if you mind your own business in your own home and threaten nobody, is enough to allow the police to shoot you dead with no consequences. So probably not so smart to carry one around. If a policeman feels like killing someone today, and they see you with a gun - they can just kill you with no repercussions. The police are scarier than criminals - at least criminals have to weigh up whether they're willing to risk jail etc so they'll be less inclined to kill. The police can just kill whomever they feel like.
Just another story to add to the makes-me-feel-sick list.
Finally have heatingMay 31, 2018
Long story short, my gas wall furnace was a model that was recalled due to having the risk of exploding in a big fireball, melting, and burning down the house. My friendly local gasfitter super kindly helped me find a second hand replacement, and installed it, so I finally have heating!!!! Has been an ongoing process over like six weeks. I'm not used to having gas and it makes the air have a sort of cooked smell to it, which is sort of cosy at the same time. I have been sitting on front of it warming my toes for like half an hour now. Feels soooooo nice.
In other news, have induction for my new job on the morning of the 6th, and in the evening there will be some drinks so everyone who is starting can meet each other. Starting officially on the 12th. And I'm signing my employment contract tomorrow morning. So excited to finally be working again. And the building is only a half hour cycle from my house so I can go back to cycling to work and lose some weight. And my last exam ever is on the 7th at 1pm. Very exciting times! I have been studying on and off for about twelve years now so glad to finally see the light at the end of the tunnel!
InterviewMay 14, 2018
About to go in for a job interview, wish me luck! Will advise of outcome
InsaneApr 16, 2018
Remind me never to live in the USA, where a 15-year-old child, who was not even carrying a weapon, can be convicted of a murder that was actually committed by a police officer.
Not only was he just an impressionable child, so should just go to a juvenile justice facility and be rehabilitated, but he didn't even commit the crime he was sentenced for and wasn't even carrying a gun, so didn't contribute to it!! This sort of thing makes me sick to my stomach.
:(Feb 12, 2018
Lost my job, so going to take a break from the Temp for a little while while I sort myself out. I might poke my head in now and again but not be as active as I have been.