April 2, 2011

Back to study

Well, it's that time again.  Have gotten my results from my last 2 units (passed both with flying colours. . . yippee!), and am embarking on my next units.  With my internet all FUBAR'd I am relying on McDonalds free wi-fi, as previously mentioned, and am seriously considering moving so that I won't have to worry about this in the future.  I've been thinking about moving for the last few months.  Don't get me wrong, I love the town where I live.  I've been here nearly all my life and I love the quietness that only a small country town can provide.

Since our shire has just exploded over the last 20 years - we're now condsidered part of the outer northern suburbs of Brisbane and that's over 50kms south of us - it is time to move on I feel.  Things have changed so much, and the developments that have been undertaken over those years have no rhyme or reason.  Just a money making venture with no thought as to how it has impacted on this once lovely rural dairy town.

Anyway, I digress.  So I'm trying to get some work done on the next units so that I will hopefully be finished with this course by the end of the year.   Keep your fingers crossed for me ladies and gentlemen.

PS - have had limited leisure reading time lately, so no new books to mention.  With winter coming on I dug out my old craft books instead to find winter woollies patterns to undertake this year.

March 29, 2011

Retro TV weekend

The weather recently has been all over the place!  It's been hot and muggy, with yesterday being cold and windy with showers.  We can nearly experience 4 seasons in one day at the moment.

Being bored on the weekend, I decided to dig through the DVD shelves, determined to find something I haven't watched in years - and on the second shelf from the bottom I struck pay dirt!  Red Dwarf.  I bought these more than a few years ago and watched them religiously for ages, but as my tastes changed they gradually got pushed further and further down the shelves until they were sitting next to old boxed sets of CSI and ALIAS.

With only 6 or so episodes per season it doesn't take long to get through them all and to tell you the truth, I'd forgotten just how much I did like the show.  I know that they tried to style an American version, but that tanked (just like when they tried to remake Kath & Kim for US TV).  Favourite episodes include Nanarchy, Justice, Dimension Jump (starring Ace Rimmer. . . what a guy!), Quarrantine, Back to Reality, Legion and Epideme.  I've got to finish season 8 today, but am looking forward to seeing the episode 'Cassandra' again as it guest stars Geraldine McEwan who later went on to play Miss Marple when they remade the series.

I must track down a copy of Back to Earth, but am unsure as to whether or not I'll enjoy this as I've heard so many bad reviews.  Should I leave well enough alone?

Problem sorta kinda fixed

Got timed out at McDonalds on Saturday and luckily a draft of my entry was saved. . .

Okay, I'm at McDonalds again and I still couldn't view my blog.  'Operation Aborted' is not what you want to see everytime you go online.  So after finding a possible problem to my solution on google's blogger site I tried removing all my javascript code and voila! - it worked.  So now I am back to my plain old design until I can work out what the hell went wrong.
This means getting back my tower... again.  I picked it up yesterday after being assured that the modem was finally reinstalled and working only to turn the computer on this morning in anticipation of a day catching up on emails and other stuff (including my blog) only to find that it had dropped out again!  So I spent the morning on the phone to them and took it back in.  The tech I spoke to on the phone said it sounded like a faulty modem so hopefully I won't have to pay for any of the parts or labour.  I'd better not have to anyway.
Apart from that, I spent the week pouring over the books that arrived via snail mail.  It was great!  I don't start my new TAFE units until Monday, and thankfully I did really well on the last 2 units so I don't have to resubmit assignments - yippee!
I'll add my views on the titles when I get up and running again.  Fingers crossed for me.  You really don't realise how much you use the internet, or a blog, until you can't.