Dude, this ‘blog is sooo two years ago. I moved most things to craiga.id.au some time last year, and frankly, I’m a bit surprised I didn’t note that here sooner. If you’re just interested in my witty observations and whatnot, I’ve got a newer thing going on at Tumblr, because, hey — who’s got time for all these vowels in this fast-paced Web 2.0?

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Giving Up

March 15, 2007

I’ve spent seven weeks looking for a one bedroom flat somewhere around either Kensington, Flemington, Yarraville, or Northcote. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve been the #2 applicant. I’ve certainly lost count of the number of places I’ve applied for. I’ve offered two year leases. I’ve offered months of rent in advance. I’ve offered more rent than they’ve been asking for. I’ve included pay slips, references from previous landlords, and cover letters.

I still can’t find a place.

Anyone out there know of any share houses looking for people?

iPod Repaired

January 19, 2007

Last week, I finally sent my iPod off for repair. It had been showing the dead iPod icon for quite some time, and the only advice I could get from Apple was “I’m sorry, but it’s cheaper to buy a new one.” I’m happy to report that I got it back today, and everything’s working hunky-dory.

If you’ve got an iPod that needs repair, I can heartily recommend Steven Svitek’s iPod repair service. The entire process cost me less than $80, and he’ll offer to buy your broken iPod from you if it can’t be repaired.

MacBook Pro

December 5, 2006

It finally arrived last week. I love it. Oh, and I finally got Skype — I’m craigeanderson.

Movember

November 28, 2006

Zeldman

Movember’s coming along nicely, although I’m looking forward to December 1. If you’d like to see it stay a little longer sponsor me and I’ll consider it. If you want it gone, sponsor me anyway.

Tapes

November 20, 2006

I love moving. You get to find long-forgotten treasures such as the original cassingles for Ice Ice Baby, Do The Bartman, Super Mario Land (by M.C. Mario and the Ambassadors of Funk) and the pièce de résistance, Check Out The Chicken by Grandmaster Chicken and D.J. Duck.

Now all I need is something that can actually play tapes.

Nintendo Wii

November 9, 2006

I wrote about it a while ago, but the Nintendo Wii is hitting the shelves soon and I’m really looking forward to getting my hands on one. Not only do the actual Wii games look like great fun, but the list of old favorites you can buy from the online Virtual Console service just keeps on looking better.

Nintendo have just announced that The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time (probably the best video game ever made) will be available for approximately $15 AUD, along with other favorites like Sonic The Hedgehog and ToeJam and Earl from the MegaDrive, Gradius from the NES, Super Metroid from the SNES, Lylat Wars from the Nintendo 64, and many more. Of course, not all of these games have been confirmed for Australia, but Nintendo wouldn’t hold out on me like that … would they?

It will also be interesting to see if they release the TurboGrafx-16 titles in Australia. The TurboGrafx-16 console never saw the light of day in Australia (probably due to the fact that it never really took off in Europe where it competed with the MegaDrive), but from what I understand the games are quite good.

Movember 1st

November 1, 2006

Today I start with a clean slate. It’s Movember 1st, and I’m clean shaven. Hopefully, in 30 days I’ll have the meanest moustache this side of Chopper Read.

While I’m doing this, I’m also trying to raise money and awareness of male depression, and prostate and testicular cancer. If you’d like to sponsor me, head over to the Movember web site and search for me — my rego number is 2146.

I’ve just taken a look at the Dogs’ 2007 fixture, and I’ve got to say that it looks really, really good. Highlights for me include:

  • Only one game at both Adelaide (against the Crows) and Subiaco (against West Coast). Sure, it would’ve been even better if the games were against Port Adelaide and Fremantle, but you can’t have everything.
  • We only play Sydney once at a neutral ground. The Dogs haven’t played the SCG well, so I’m more than happy to give it a wide berth.
  • The only back-to-back interstate games we have are Brisbane at the Gabba followed by Fremantle in Darwin, which is then followed by the mid-season break.
  • Twelve games at Telstra Dome, including a run of six straight in July through to the first half of August.
  • We play Geelong twice at Telstra Dome again.
  • Four Friday night games, three of which are in a row, and five Saturday night games.

The only thing I’m a little disappointed in is that the last of our five fixtured games at the MCG is on the 1st July. It would’ve been nice to get a little more practice at the ‘G closer to the finals series, but it could be much, much worse — West Coast only play there once for the entire home and away season.

Advice

September 18, 2006

If you’re going to put together a spreadsheet for your personal budget, make sure that you get all your formulae right.

If you’ve got a big long column of monthly expenses with a total at the top of the list, make sure the total includes those little items at the top of the list. You know, things like rent and car repayments.

Check your projected balance at the end of the month. If it’s -$350, something’s probably wrong.