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Lego

Sorting Lego

Spending some time on the lounge pulling apart anything that isn’t Creative Expert Lego sets and starting to sort my pieces… all while doggins are sleeping beside me and I’m watching other people’s Lego collection set ups on YouTube and realising one thing… I don’t have enough Lego!

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Rants

Morrison is Deluded

Our Prime Minister… the leader of the party that leads our country (through a coalition and some tenuous favour-found friends).. says we mustn’t be instilling anxiety into our children over climate change. Taking a swipe at Greta Thunberg and the massive global school strike. 

He says he doesn’t have deep conversations about emissions reductions with his 10 and 12 year old girls.

As for anxiety in children. I don’t know about my peers, but as a kid in the 80s the threat of nuclear war scared the bejesus* out of me. Kids know when shit is going on, whether it’s hearing about it on the news, or overhearing it when parents speak about it, or just through their peer network. You don’t need to be the one telling them about something when it has the chance of wiping them out… they’ll hear about it.

Thankfully back then it was all about posturing and a couple of computer errors that almost saw us annihilated by our own actions. But those actions are easy to curtail, we just don’t push the button.

Morrison said “We have to give them that confidence that they’ll have not only a wonderful country and pristine environment to live in, but they’ll also have an economy they can live in as well.”

He wants us to lie to the children around us? Sure let’s give them hope, but let’s not outright lie to them.

Today we have climate change, which of course scientists have been harping on about since the 1980’s but we haven’t been listening. Instead, here in Australia, our seasonal drought periods of months have become decades long. Farmers are literally dying as their land dies around them.

The government can’t come to their aid without admitting the problem. Our land is far from the pristine pastures of the past.

Scott Morrison can’t control what his kids know. Kids are more connected to the world than we were in my youth. They have more power to mobilise and it’s good to see that some are paying attention.

Was the global climate action strike a heartfelt move by all those who participated, probably not, many likely did it to take the day off school. But there will be many others in their ranks that will be inspired by what they were a part of and will take pride in being part of something greater and will continue pushing for a change that needs to happen to protect their futures.

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Pets

Doggin Time

I have moved the orange chair back out of the workroom so it can be beside my desk so Joey can spend all the time with me (or me with her).

It’s quite apparent though that I’m no the only one who wants to spend time with her, and she’s quite content with the company she’s keeping.

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Pets

Joey

Look at this gorgeous face… I love this dog so freaking much.

My black cocker spaniel Joey

Sadly, at 8 years of age my Joey is dying. After xrays, ultrasounds, and a full-body CT it has been diagnosed that she has advanced pulmonary fibrosis. The vet said were she a human she’d need to go on the transplant list, but we don’t have that for doggins.

We will have 6-12 more months with Joey before her lungs become too scarred to function and we’ll need to say goodbye.

It’s pretty messed up that we have to go through this, but the joy our pets bring to our lives is incalculable. 

Joey will continue to be my companion as we sit on the lounge and watch TV, her across my lap. I’ll continue to sneak her food from my plate when the other dogs aren’t looking, and I’ll continue to hug her with all my might and let her know just how much I love her. And I will have the strength to say goodbye when it’s time and not hold onto her for my own selfish reasons when life is no longer good for her.

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Work

AFL Brownlow Night

It’s one of my most nervous days of the year… has been for the last 5 years that I’ve been taking care of the data crunching for the AFL Brownlow. As a company (old and new) we’ve been doing this for around 9 years now. And pretty much every year the AFL says, “This will probably be the last year” but still they return.

The process hasn’t changed, but each year we refine the code as the technology gets better and more efficient.

This year we completely rebuilt the prediction data part of the system. We didn’t worry about the live night count because we were told we probably wouldn’t be doing it, well that was until about 2 weeks ago when they decided last minute they WOULD need us to do it again.

So there we are, it’s typically a night we order in pizza and I sit on a phone line for 4 hours with a bunch of others from Telstra, Champion Data, and the AFL just in case anything should go wrong. Thankfully each year it has gone fine… well except for one year when there was no raw data coming through from the supplier. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 

Wish me luck, the system has been tested, as we do every year… but I have no way if knowing if the AFL have copied over all the correct files to their live environment until the data starts to flow… they haven’t been keen on doing live tests for the last few years now.

It kicks off around 8:15pm AEST, we have to find a TV aerial so we can see what’s happening at Crown, you’ll see our data in the Official AFL Apps and on the AFL website. Fingers crossed it all goes to plan.

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TV

The Final Killjoys

Remember when Game of Thrones ended and everyone was like “Waaaaa” squish squish… (yes I was one of them)

Well an even better show had its final episode today and I’m sad to see it go… 

Farewell Killjoys… you were awesome! Thanks for the entertainment.

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Daily Life

Red Whomps

Running sword first at an angry block… I’m loving Link’s Awakening and the visuals in the game. I’m sure they aren’t going to translate well once Facebook compression gets through with them, but it’s a cool game.

Are there any other Nintendo Switch folks out there I’m not friends with? Here’s my Nintendo friend code:

Friend code: SW-4411-8049-3620

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Daily Life

The Shiny is Mine

Apple Watch Edition & iPhone 11 Pro

So, another day, another visit to an Apple Store. This time off to Chadstone Apple Store. Headed out super early in the hope of heading off the queues for phones and watches.

Decided to bite the bullet and get the new Apple Watch Edition Series 5 Ceramic. It’s so beautiful!

My Apple Watch Edition Series 5 - Ceramic, shown here with my Pride 2019 woven sports loop band.

This isn’t the band I chose. I didn’t open the box until we were already on the way home and found they had given me the wrong band. I was after the Alaskan Blue Sports Loop, but they gave me the Alaskan Blue Sport Band. So we had to stop in at Highpoint on the way home and swap the band over.

You actually get two bands with the Edition watches. The ceramic comes with a white sports band, with a fancy white stud rather than the stainless steel + a band of your choosing.

iPhone 11 Pro - Green
iPhone 11 Pro – Green – Image by Apple

In addition to the watch, I got me a shiny new iPhone 11 Pro (not the Max version). It has three cameras on it, a zoom, wide, and ultra-wide.