Friday, January 28, 2011

An ode to computers

Dear Dexter
I'd only had you for a few minutes before I realised there was something wrong with you. Your poor little screen was all stuffed up and broken on the left hand side. It broke my heart to realise you were defective and that I would have to send you back. I hope your offspring will be as perfect as I'd hoped you would be.

Love Carly.

Too bad I have no idea when I'll get to meet Dexter Jr, since I'm leaving the country tomorrow and he won't arrive for another 10 days or so. :-( And I'll also be saying goodbye to Dilbert as I know him, as he's scheduled in for a full lobotomy and won't be recognisable the next time I see him. He's been my constant companion for the past 3.5 years, a trusty sidekick, my window to the world. I'm not sure who I'll be without Dilbert, especially as there's no Dexter to be my immediate rebound computer. Life is tough.

Farewell Dexter, farewell Dilbert.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Saturday, January 15, 2011

A gentle shove

Some of my favourite bloggers have been a little bit slack of late, so I'm hoping a little bit of public recognition about how I much I enjoy their blogs may inspire them to get back into things (because excuses like getting married, or working in Sukkur or Iraq just won't cut it!!) soon. So:

Rachel in Erbil
Vasco Pyjama

I'm looking at you guys! I know I'm not alone in hanging out for more of the well thought out and well written posts that you've provided us in the past! I've singled these three bloggers out because I know one of them in person and two are friends of friends (and hopefully 1 degree of separation friends eventually!) so I figure this encouragement (and thinly veiled guilt trip) will work even better.

Meanwhile, other favourite aid bloggers are going gangbusters and I can't keep up with everything. Two special shout-outs: Have you checked out Stuff Expat Aid Workers Like yet? From the number of times it's been appearing on my facebook page everytime a new item is added I know quite a lot of people who are enjoying it as much as I am.

And on a more serious note, Paul Currion has put up a fantastic set of information management tools over at which are really going to help me with my new job!! If you ever need to deliver training on information management (don't think it can't ever happen to you, a friend of mine working in grant management has had to do it), this will be a great place to start.

Queensland floods

The flooding in my home state has gobsmacked us all.

Brisbane is 100km north of where I live and it's been a strange experience to watch places I know on the news completely flooded. Thankfully none of the people I know in Brizzie were affected. 12,500 people turned out to volunteer in Brisbane today, a wonderful display of solidarity and "mateship". I'll head up next week to see what I can do. Other areas of Queensland have been decimated and the footage we've been seeing on the news is heartbreaking stuff.

It's not something that's making the news here but flooding also continues in Brazil and in Sri Lanka and we have to remember that the local communities there will be the most important responders to these disasters, just like they have been in Briz vegas.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

So you want to join the Peace Corps?

The funny aid-related videos just keep cropping up...

Friday, January 7, 2011

United Nations Home Security

"The United Nations now offers your home the same security that countries have enjoyed for years. If your house is broken into, they will send unarmed observers to watch the burglars and then spend months debating the appropriate nonbinding resolution."

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

C-C-Currumbin Sanctuary

Just down the road from home is the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. I hadn't been in years and had been looking forward to an opportunity, so a visit by my brother's girlfriend from Japan was a perfect excuse. You may have picked up that I love animals, and as a group, Australian animals are the cutest bunch out there...

Exhibit A:

If I believed in reincarnation, I think I'd want to come back as a koala. They just lounge about all day, occassionally munching some eucalyptus leaves, but mostly just hanging out.

Exhibit B: (my personal favourite)

Wombats are super cute. And they're also pretty tough, and can hit speeds of up to 40km/hr. But look at how cute his face is!!!

Exhibit C:

One of the greatest experiences one can have at the sanctuary is feeding the kangaroos. Particularly the cute little soft ones. There are about 100 kangaroos in an open area that you can stroll around and feed and pat. We saw quite a few little joeys too, along with some mighty big males.

There are also lots of not so cute animals, like snakes and lizards and cassowaries (which are truly vicious) and the bushland is wonderful. I can't recommend the sanctuary highly enough - if you're ever visiting the Gold Coast you must visit. A new addition was a high ropes course, which is included in the entry fee. It was certainly challenging, and fun, but I am SO sore today!!

I picked up a cheap little 12 megapixel Fujifilm camera on sale the other day, so took it along with me to test out. I'm not particularly impressed with the results (the zoom is pathetic), but it will be handy to have a little camera (and a bright pink one at that!) that I can always have with me.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Team Inception

This has to be one of the greatest trailer recuts since "Shining" and "Brokeback to the Future." Enjoy!

Saturday, January 1, 2011



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