Sunday, May 27, 2007

The West Wing

For those who don't already know, I am a West Wing tragic. I was very grateful that Fraser Peace told me about seasons 1-5 being on sale on DVD at K-Mart a few weeks back.

Recently, Toni & I watched again the episode "Noel" which is entirely about Josh (deputy Chief of Staff) and his Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, as a result of being in a shooting incident at the end of Season 1.

There's a great quote from that episode. After Josh has spent the whole of December 24 with the traumatologist, he meets his immediate superior, Chief of Staff Leo McGarry. Leo tells him:

This guy's walking down a street, when he falls in a hole. The walls are so steep. He can't get out. A doctor passes by, and the guy shouts up "Hey you! Can you help me out?" The doctor writes him a prescription, throws it down the hole and moves on. Then a priest comes along and the guy shouts up "Father, I'm down in this hole, can you help me out?" The priest writes out a prayer, throws it down in the hole and moves on. Then a friend walks by. "Hey Joe, it's me, can you help me out?" And the friend jumps in the hole! Our guy says "Are you stupid? Now we're both down here!" and the friend says, "Yeah, but I've been down here before, and I know the way out."

Spencer Street, oops, Southern Cross

The new regional and inter-state rail terminal, not quite complete in time for the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, is now 100% up and running, and it's quite a facility.

Regional / inter-state trains are on the first 7 or 8 platforms, many on the fancy new V-locity trains (ugh - the spelling!) like the one in the centre.

Suburban trains start at platform 9 (I think) - you can see a train stationary at platform 10 to the left of the escalators.

The famous "wave-roof" design can be seen overhead, and the amount of natural daylight is good. I can also attest that the licensed bar next to the food court does good counter meals - a fettucine carbonara and a glass of house wine for $9.95 was very nice.

This was taken on my last trip to Melbourne, Thursday 17 May.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Parking Restrictions

This has appeared in The Age - Melbourne's superior daily newspaper. When it did I recognised the sign because I had been past it before. On stopping there in the bus on the way to Melbourne last Thursday, I snapped the sign with my phone - it is just remarkable!

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Myth Box

Yesterday I installed the Edgy Eft (6.10 - i.e. October 2006) version of Ubuntu on my Pentium-III-450 box with the TV tuner. It's the first time I have seriously tried to use Ubuntu and I am very pleased - it has a much smaller memory footprint than SUSE of Mandrake cum Mandriva.

I managed to configure networking without too much hassle - my Celeron-600 box which runs OpenSuSE 10.1 acts as a router to my internal network. Then I got repositories loaded up and managed to get synaptic to download and install most myth components. It fell over at mySQL database configuration time, however.

Still, although there will be some tweaking to get myth configuration even up and running, I am very impressed with Ubuntu.

I've also got a mind to try out Kubuntu again (I gave it a brief look back when Ubuntu first came out). That's because I've always preferred KDE to Gnome (still do). At present, the Feisty Fawn (7.04) CD version of that is downloading in the background.

Root Canal - endgame!

Last Thursday I had an x-ray followed by the replacement of my temporary filling to finally complete the root-canal procedure that was started last year.  It was odd to be drilled in with no pain-blocking injection, and no pain either.  The price of $176 just for that day's work brings the total to almost $1000.  Ouch!  No pain in the tooth now, but plenty in the bank account!