Face Off

Tinkerbell finished up with a very dirty face following a bowl of spaghetti for dinner. The following conversation ensued:

Jamie: Oh Tinkerbell, look at your face.
Tinkerbell: I know where it is Mummy. It's right in front of me and I can't see it.

Phone Conference Neologism

With the school holidays, I was at work, Jamie and Tinkerbell were staying at Jamie's Mum's and Naruto was at his cousins' house. For the morning catch-up call I called Jamie and conferenced in the cousin's house, so we could all talk at once. Naruto was a little confused at first, he thought Jamie and I must be together, but then I explained what was happening. His response, "So it's like a tri-connection." Brilliant, much better than phone conference. I will use it from now on.

Talk Like A Pirate Day

Truly there is a day for everything :) Don't forget to talk like a pirate today.

And for some good piratey exclamations, why not pick something from the extensive list of Captain Haddock exclamations. Is there nothing you can't find on the web?

Making You Shop

Ever gone into a shop and ended up purchasing more than you planned? It should come as no surprise that this is not an accident. All sorts of scientific research has gone into determining the ideal conditions to encourage you to spend. Here's a nice A-Z list from the Space Hijackers of some of the tricks (if you can bear the annoying background image). See if you can spot any next time you shop.

Modern Gaming

The kids and I were having a game of cards today. Good old, low-tech cards. The low-tech effect was somewhat ruined when Tinkerbell left to go to the toilet with, "Pause the game, Dad."

Patent #3

I received news today that my third patent has been filed with the USPTO. This is all done through my employer, so they own the rights, but my name is on the patent.

My employer recognises the patent system is hopelessly broken, but like most companies invests in patents (I get a bonus) to build up a defensive portfolio. I wonder if (when?) the patent system will collapse under its own weight. Certainly it will be a while (a few years) before my patent is actually processed and awarded (or rejected).

Words Not To Misspell


Vale: Steve Irwin

I haven't been a big fan of the Crocodile Hunter, although his Australia Zoo is excellent. Nevertheless his death is still rather shocking. Surprisingly to me, it's huge news around the world, especially in the USA. Who knew he was so famous?

His death, due to a sting ray, is the third such recorded death in Australia. Incredibly a colleague at work is the grandson of one of the others.

Father's Day

Ah Father's Day! Sleep in. Go out for brunch. Presents. Family. Wonderful!

Best present: The Fourth Bear by Jasper Fforde. I love his books - can't wait to read it.

Early Spring

It's only late August and already I've seen blossoms, had to mow the lawn, had a swim in an outdoor pool and everyone's wearing shorts. Is this climate change?


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