Friday, December 31, 2004
Thursday, December 30, 2004
The events of Sunday and what is unfolding afterwards in Asia have left me nearly speechless. Here are some links for those that can help in some way for aid in the earthquake and tsunami disaster.
CARE Australia appeal
Save the Children
Community Aid Abroad
Remember that all donations are tax deductible.
Sunday, December 26, 2004
Reflection for the end of the year
May you all have a wonderful holiday season and a healthy, happy and loving New Year! Live long and prosper.
Friday, December 24, 2004
Merry Christmas everyone, have a happy, safe and loving time if you can. I am too tired to say anymore. Stay well and I will try and post something before New Year. Thanks to all who wished my daughter well with her broken clavicle, it was much appreciated, she is doing very well now.
Monday, December 20, 2004
Early mornings again...note to self
Oh well the 4th shift of seven bekons in our brand new ED. It really is like working in a spaceship, very nice, very speccy - if only I could FIND anything!!
Wednesday, December 15, 2004
Not so resilient was the young woman in our department a few mornings ago who made a bad decision fuelled by alcohol and heightened emotions (actually, you can pretty well guarantee that any decision fuelled by these two factors will be a bad one) She decided to jump out of a moving vehicle going between 40 to 60 kilometers an hour because she was having an argument with her boyfriend. Ouch. In actual fact she was extremely lucky. If a tree had been in the projected vector of her travel as she disembarked at speed, she may well have been dead, instead of suffering from extreme gravel rash to a good percentage of her body. To add insult to her injuries, she was also badly hung over and was vomiting copiously most of the morning Amazingly she sustained no other injuries. She really was a very nice girl and felt very foolish about what she had done. It's a shame what alcohol can do to you...hopefully she will never try THAT again...
Big thanks to Gary who pointed me in the direction of some very good pointers for optimizing firefox at this link on his site TFS reluctant. He also brought Comet C2004 Q2 (Machholz) to my attention, which is one this intermittent amateur astronomer will be seeking out over the next few nights if the skies stay clear! Thanks Gary!
Saturday, December 11, 2004
I'm not sure what is going on...last night I did a "double shift" in E.D. as they were short one R.N. and couldn't replace them, so I was at work from 13:00 HRS to 07:15 HRS this morning...needless to say I'm a bit more woolly-headed than normal. To add to my confusion I don't seem to be able to access the photoblog (notReality) The firefox browser, normally as speedy as anything is taking forever to open it...denial of sevice attack? Some bot spidering the site? - that shouldn't take more than a couple of milliseconds, so I don't think that could be the cause of the slowdown...
Oh well. Not much I can do. I will have to wait until things are back to normal (whatever that is) before I can upoad any new photos. Work has been remarkable in its unremarkable nature since I have been back ~ nothing interesting or exciting to report at all!
Wednesday, December 08, 2004
Enough of the angst...
Well, I was certainly a bit upset last night, eh? I don't know - sometimes family and emotions and history can get a bit strange. I still love my eldest brother, but have no idea at all about how he feels about me but that is not really the point is it. He lives his life, I live mine...and we are who we are and are defined by what we do and not what we say blah, blah and all that pseudo philosophical psychobabble. Whoopie-doo.
Back to the salt-mines tomorrow. I have had a very nice holiday, thank you very much but my wife will be glad to have a break from me no doubt, having tolerated my presence for a good 4 weeks, poor girl. So you can expect a return to the chronicles of fun-filled, exciting, (yawn) day to day dramas of my local emergency department very soon... Christmas time and the holiday season means substance abuse, depression and not a very happy time for some members of the community, so we should spare a thought (and perhaps an E.D. trolley) for them. It also heralds lots of strange behaviour from seemingly "normal" people, whatever normal means. It's not called the silly season for nothing. Ho bloody Ho.
My brother Ian...
has lost the plot I think. He used to have a mildly entertaining website, but he's gone and trashed it on a whim. Just like he did with his relationship with half of his family. Like Dad married my Mother after his first wife died and had my sister and I (not in that order) just to upset his private fucking universe. Like our father died from cancer at 62 and it only affected him...oh, I don't know what he thinks really.
That's right folks - I'm getting a bit of angst off my chest here...my brother...At least Roger and David are relatively normal and I know I love and respect them for who they are. I don't know how I feel about Ian anymore....arggghhh! His cynical bullshit negativity is rubbing off on me...all the way from America! Must...stop...now...must stop...
This is some of the sad stuff he has left on his site...come to think of it, it's not that much different from any of the other stuff he used to crap on about there...
What I want to know is - when did my eldest brother, the cool musician, the hip, intelligent one, the one who I really used to admire and want to be able to play the piano like...when did he stop being someone who listened to Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart and the rest, when did he transmogrify from the person who wrote such incredible pieces of surrealistic pop like "I want to be a Dining Room" - when did that person I thought I knew become such a red-neck, right-wing arsehole?
Saturday, December 04, 2004
FILE Magazine have been good enough to include another one of my photographs "Distortion" in their collection.
In other breaking news, Jordan asked in a comment on Quarter past one am, if I could share my experiences with making my own RSS feed...no problems buddy! I have just done that here: Roll Your Own RSS Feed (for photoblogs) ~ read 'em and weep!
That's all for now, social engagements of the silly season beckon my time...
Wednesday, December 01, 2004
I don't live in New York but...
This article regarding proposed bans on photography in the New York subway system in the Gothamist a website about New York City and everything that happens in it, got me thinking.
If these kind of infringements on photographers rights can occur there, then why not here?
I felt, as a concerned member of the world photographic community that I should do something, so I gave my feedback to the Metropolitan Transport Authority of New York:
After about 3 more pages of clicks, my email was finally sent...
Hopefully the transit authorities will know where Australia is....