Not my dog….

For lack of anything decent to put up as news today, I present you with this….

Two questions you have to ask yourself

  1. Why put your dog on your laptop, especially if it’s a puppy, renowned for evacuating liquid at the drop of a hat

  2. Where’s the AFTER shot?? (either crispy puppy, or semi-fried laptop, or both)

New Gallery On-line

I’m experimenting with a new dynamic photo gallery system, the old one wont go anywhere, it’s all hooked up with the random picture thingy now so it would be a pain to move.

The new gallery is in experimental stages. I’m still fooling with settings and layouts but it seems to be working pretty well so far..I’m sure to find some little feature I hate and can’t find a workaround for so expect the link to be broken as I delete the whole thing in frustration and begin development of my own.

NOTE: If any particular page on the new gallery takes AGES to load it’s because the first time someone views a new folder within the gallery it has to generate the thumbnails – so be patient while it does that, or else get impatient and go somewhere else.

Our Neighbour is a nutjob Part 1

You’ve all seen Redneck Neighbor (American Spelling of that word), well, I’m not about to dedicate a website to my crackpot neighbour but a single news item just won’t do (maybe another 2 or 3, we’ll see).

We haven’t had much luck with neighbours in the past, in Gordon we had some Scottish witch who had a obsession with plants that encroached on her property, even the slightest leaf or twig that dared to cross the fenceline would be cut off and thrown back over on our lawn. She even made us cut down a nice cherry tree because it was undermining her garden, or some bullshit. Since we moved out she has had the new tenants butcher a lovely shade tree we had out the front because it was “interfering with her driveway”..the fact that it was regularly trimmed, and had no sideways growing roots was obviously not figured into her dementia. As it turns out, she was a quite mild form of mental neighbour.

I haven’t commented on our current fruitcake neighbour yet because I’m all about community harmony and getting on with your fellow sane residents, but the time has come to speak out, he and his family have made it abundantly clear they have no intention of living in harmony with anyone, especially their nearest neighbours.

Our new neighbour is a total mental case, I’ll cut right to the chase:

  • Builds a crackpot fort, consisting of 4 treated pine logs cemented into the ground with a platform secured about half way up and a rope ladder, it has no obvious function (although it did serve as a makeshift horse stable for a while).
  • Builds a PINK shed.
    I mean, for christs sake, Colorbond make about 47 billion different colours, why PINK?! We spoke to him about this and he says it wasn’t meant to be pink..suuuuure (doesn’t look very pink in the picture, but believe me, it’s pink).
  • Plants a row of Radiata Pines around the entire block (except where they will block *his* view, not only are Radiata’s a NOXIOUS WEED, but they are a fire hazard and about the ugliest tree on the planet.DSC00231
    This picture was taken at Floriade one year, in a display of noxious and dangerous weeds in the Canberra region. PROOF, Radiata’s are bad, mmmk? We spoke to him about this too, as did other neighbours, completely ignored. Thankyou, come again. After planting them all in one weekend he has done absolutely no maintenance, no watering, no fertilizing…more on this later.
  • Well OK, he did water them, last weekend he was out there fertilising and watering the DEAD ones.
  • He’s been living in a construction shack for the last 18 months.DSC00170
    Lots of people live in their sheds out here while they build, but 18 months is a bit long, it’s a total eyesore and as near as we can tell, his only supply of domestic water is from his muddy dam (do the math here folks, yes, he showers in his dam water).
  • The fire brigade attended a fire out here, when asked if they could draft some water from his dam (in order to put the fire out, since they had already used what they came with) he told them to go away and find water on another block..maybe over the road, where nobody lives and the fence is locked, uh huh, thanks a bunch, way to live in the country, fruitloop.
  • He plans to live out here with his parents and sister (and her child), 3 family units in all, in a single house, which is actually a 53 meter long concatenation of 3 prefab homes. Dual occupancy is not allowed out here on most blocks, and definitely not on theirs, so they’re joining the 3 houses together and calling it a single house by connecting the 3 houses with doors. Imagine a 53 meter long house, which looks like 3 houses bolted together, nice, NOT. Council has said they must do “extensive landscaping” to reduce the effect of the eyesore on the passing traffic, if their past history of doing fuck-all on their block continues, I really don’t see any kind of landscaping done, let alone extensive. When the plans for this behemoth dwelling went into council we were sent a letter asking if we had objections, being the happy cooperative neighbour, we spoke to him about it and he assured us it wouldn’t be an ugly trailer trash heap of crap, we believed him. More fool us.
  • And to top if all off, the nut in the fruitcake. This Letter, dropped in our mailbox about a week ago. Since he had not actually spoken to any of his adjacent neighbours before delivering this letter, the slant of it reads “you poisoned my trees, and the police are onto you, you’re in big trouble”. Right.

In regards to this so called poisoning of the noxious weeds…err…pine trees:

1) We didn’t poison your fucking trees you moron, nobody did. How does not watering them AT ALL during a drought sound? or perhaps, completely ignoring them for a year after planting them, that’s going to do more damage than any kind of poison. Don’t you think? Nope, didn’t think so, idiot.

2) Apparently he’s had a friend of his, who’s some kinda of CSIRO “expert”, tell him they were definitely poisoned. Poisoned by NEGLECT maybe.

3) We, and other neighbours have spoken to them about this letter and upon raising the issue that it’s very accusing towards us (not specifically us, all his neighbours) their attitude was pretty much “If you feel that way, you must be guilty” uh huh.

4) We have contacted the police, and they couldn’t (legally) tell us anything, apart from the fact that *IF* a poisoning had been reported, we would be notified by them, we have not been notified. Do the math.

5) Screwball neighbour can’t seem to disconnect the two events, if indeed someone has stolen tools from the block (we spoke to him and he mentioned tools as one of the missing items), why would they also poison your trees? works the other way too, and indeed, if it was a neighbour, why would they steal from him at all? especially being so close, wouldn’t it be kind silly to steal your shovel then be outside using it the next day, ugh.

6) Some other neighbours spoke to them, and reinforced that they had seen nobody trespassing in the area, to this nutcase neighbour answered “we’ve been over at stage 3 and seen people on our block” (paraphrased)…umm, ok, let’s all stand across the valley with binoculars and spy on our own block, hello? Paranoia? There is an army of thieves and ninja poisoners waiting for you to leave home so they can spring into action! RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!!!

The tone of this update may seem a little harsh, but like I said, we’ve never been anything but friendly and helpful towards this guy and his family and all we get in return is accusations and irrational bullshit like this. I don’t appreciate being called a thief and a liar and I definitely don’t like the attitude of these people.

Royalla is a great little growing community, and as such, is based on mutual respect and trust of all residents; these people seem to have a problem with these concepts. I hope they see this and wake up to themselves before it’s too late and they totally isolate themselves from everybody out here.

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3500 Digital Photos…and counting

I recently had a big scare…I’ve been religiously sorting and backing up all the photos I’ve taken of the block, and pretty much everything for the last 3 years. Up until this week I only had one “master” copy of them all, and I thought I had lost it!

All these pictures have been taken with the trusty Sony DSC-P50 Cybershot Digital Camera. The P50 sequentially numbers all the pictures as it takes them. I’m currently up to about 3500 pictures in total, not including ones I’ve taken with a ‘normal’ camera.

Anyway, the whole point is that after my little panic about having lost everything, which turned out to be a false alarm (I’d taken them all to work for safe keeping during the fires in January). I decided to do something more to ensure the survival of the archive.

I have now taken an extra set of backups (5x700mb CD’s containing all pictures at 1600×1024 res), and made a “summary” CD which is all the pictures reduced to 1024×768 and fits on one CD, yes, all 3500 on one CD…a copy of this had been sent to Dave and Val for safekeeping (and their viewing pleasure (there’s a lot of junk in there, I never delete anything).

I’m getting off the track, and losing everyone’s interest. (sif I didn’t already lose it 10 minutes ago). Anyway, I’ve also made a gigantic photo gallery of all those reduced pictures, further reduced to 640×480 with thumbnails (thanks Photoshop!) and here it is! (I haven’t removed any pictures from this collection at all, so for those smartasses out there who are going to give me a hard time for taking pictures of beer, peanuts, my feet, my ugly head, orange juice, bark, dirt, mud, water, clouds, drunken fools and blades of grass, shaddup and go away! 🙂

Click here <<<===
to see 3500+ pictures of a house under construction, dogs, dirt, grass and really bad self portraits!

Please remember all these pictures are hosted on my local server behind my poor 56k connection so be gentle 🙂

I don’t normally do this…..

But these were sent to me in an email and I laughed at them, some of t hem are dumb and old but I decided I must distribute it to the 3 people that read this site anyway!


AT&T fired President John Walter after nine months, saying he lacked
intellectual leadership. He received a $26 million severance package.
Perhaps it’s not Walter who’s lacking intelligence.


Police in Oakland, California spent two hours attempting to subdue a gunman
who had barricaded himself inside his home. After firing ten tear gas
canisters, officers discovered that the man was standing beside them in the
police line, shouting, “Please come out and give yourself up”.


An Illinois man, pretending to have a gun, kidnapped a motorist and forced
him to drive to two different automated teller machines, wherein the
kidnapper proceeded to withdraw money from his own bank accounts.


A man walked into a Topeka, Kansas Kwik Stop, and asked for all the money in
the cash drawer. Apparently, the take was too small, so he tied up the store
clerk and worked the counter himself for three hours until police showed up
and grabbed him.


A man in Los Angeles had good luck with a robbery suspect who just couldn’t
control himself during a line-up. When detectives asked each man in the
line-up to repeat the words: “Give me all your money or I’ll shoot,” the man
shouted, “That’s not what I said!”


A man spoke frantically into the phone, “My wife is pregnant and her
contractions are only two minutes apart!” “Is this her first child?” the
doctor asked. “No!” the man shouted, “This is her husband!”


In Modesto, California, Steven Richard King was arrested for trying to hold
up a Bank of America branch without a weapon. King used a thumb and a finger
to simulate a gun, but unfortunately, he failed to keep his hand in his
pocket. (Hellllllooooooo!)


Last summer, down on Lake Isabella, located in the high desert, an hour east
of Bakersfield, California, some folks, new to boating, were having a
problem. No matter how hard they tried, they couldn’t get their brand new 22
ft boat going. It was very sluggish in almost every manoeuvre, no matter how
much power was applied. After about an hour of trying to make it go, they
putted to a nearby marina, thinking someone there could tell them what was
wrong. A thorough topside check revealed everything in perfect working
condition. The engine ran fine, the out-board went up and down, and the prop
was the correct size and pitch. So, one of the marina guys jumped in the
water to check underneath. He came up choking on water, he was laughing so
hard. Under the boat, still strapped securely in place, was the trailer.

Join us!!

I’ve started playing a new silly on-line game called Kings of Chaos..sounds lame, well yeah, it is..but it’s mildy amusing.

If you click on ===> this <=== link, the go through the process of registering you will become an officer in my army, if you’re attack my army will defend you and the more times people click on our profiles the bigger the armies will get…so click click click!

We have an army page here, click on everyone in the army! If you become one of my officers you will be added to the page so everyone can click on your link too.

Basically, the more times someone clicks on your secret link the more powerful you become, so spread it around, you can click on it yourself too, once every 24 hours.

If you’re too lazy to read through the rules (I was!), here they are:

In Kings of Chaos, you are a warlord controlling an army and attempting to become the most powerful force in Middle-earth. You can choose your race, either humans, elves, dwarves, or orcs. Once you choose your race, you cannot change it for the duration of the age, so choose wisely.

You build your army by sending people your unique link (found in your profile page). If they click on the link, they will be recruited into your army!

If someone joins from your link page, they will become one of your officers, and when their army grows your army will get extra recruits. Also, your army will help them when they are being attacked.

Every game turn (30 minutes), you will generate money. The amount of money you generate is based on the size of your army. The larger your army, the more money you will make by using it to pillaging the surrounding countryside.

Use your money to buy weapons from the Armory. Weapons make your forces stronger by giving them attack and defense bonuses.

When you want to attack someone, the number of attack turns you use determines how much money you will plunder if you win. Use attacks wisely though, as you only get 1 every 30 minutes. Different races have different bonuses. Keep this in mind when choosing your race.

Darkvision loves this game, see:

Scratch (11:19 PM) :
it's a game, play with me! it's like outwar
Darkvision (11:22 PM) :
i hate outwar it's retarded
Scratch (11:22 PM) :
Darkvision (11:22 PM) :
play some fuckin pool

I keep forgetting

This news update is dedicated to a great 80’s movie site I found…if you’re into classics like “The Breakfast Club” and “The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Accross the 8th Dimension”, “Red Dawn”..even the Back to the Future series, Indiana Jones, they’re all there..check it out.

Note: I can’t link to individual pages because the stupid dumb stupid friggin idiot who developed the site has put the “no right click” javascript in there, what a tool. Still, it’s a great site.

Noooo, my Humvee!!!

It seems that it may prove a challenge to aquire my dream R/C vehicle, the glorious Humvee is not currently available in Australia….I mailed hobbyco to see if they had it or could get it, their response was thusly:

The Tamiya model of the Hummer is not in stock and we are not expecting
any more of this item. The price was $399 and the last time we had it was
November 2002. The Humvvee by Tamiya shows no on hand information for over
a year and I can’t find any printed information on it. If you could supply
a code number for this item we could check the importer and enquire about
its availability but they will only work from code numbers.



You can order direct from Japan.They don’t accept credit card payments
only postal tickets for the value they quote.
alternatively try ebay. Sorry, all hope is lost here.


I found an adequate substitute for the Humvee, Click here to see the link at the Tamiya site, and here for the Hobbyco link, they actually have it in stock!