Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Back Flow Bex

I got promoted!


As of Monday, i'll be working in Back Flow. More work + more money = happy Bex.
(Back Flow is not as seedy as it sounds, really).

In other news, i was reading this blog and stumbled across the chance remark that Craigslist Australia is really bad for rental scams. It wouldnt even cross my mind to look for a house to rent on Craigslist.

Got me thinking.

2 Bedroom security unit with water views, and lets you have a dog and cat? Thats rare.
A fully FUNNISHED apartment? Spell Check anyone?
Cheap unit for rent in greater Sydney, on Rue Lepic near the Monoprix? Ummm. This is Sydney Australia right?
$600 a month - 2 bedroom house in Sydney? Hmmm.
Best one - $150 a week, 2 bedroom unit on the Bondi waterfront, and pets are ok! Anyone else think that picture is photoshopped? The perspective is really off.

The strange thing is, most of the poster's email addresses are @yahoo.com. Its nearly impossible to get a yahoo.com address if you live in Australia (it defaults to .com.au). And they use their full name as their email address as well - not a good idea for spam prevention.

The majority of the photos look like they have been taken from a designer living magazine too - i've been renting long enough to be familiar with the photos on Realestate.com.au and Domain.com.au, and designer they aint.

All reeks of dodgyness.

Radiohead ALL I NEED video for MTV's EXIT CAMPAIGN

Hawt Hair

If I had longer hair, i'd definately being doing something along the line of Jen's (PieKnits)....

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

If anyone wants a laugh...

Go have a look at the latest patterns added at Garn Studio.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Vintage Sewing Pattern Wiki


I just stumbled on this resource - its trying collect images of vintage sewing patterns, links to people who have made it, where you can buy it, etc etc.


Sunday, September 14, 2008

I actually sewed something!

But since my camera is broken, I have crapola photos from my phone until The Boi gets me a new one from duty-free :)
Pattern - Simplicity 3754

I made the flared skirt, and used some cotton I got on sale at Spotshite - navy with mini red anchors and white dots. Red bias trim on the pockets and the hem.

A really easy pattern, definately making another one in skull fabric cos it looks so cute.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

has the Large Hardon Collider destroyed the Earth yet?

For peace of mind, click here.


This fabric

using this pattern?

or this?

Its all good I think!

Monday, September 08, 2008

LHC - Top 5 best and worst things that could happen

I love the crazy stories that have been coming out regarding the Large Hadron Collider being switched on tomorrow (I am a science nerd at heart).
OMGZ!1! A black hole with suck us into another dimension!!1!!1.

Here is a great list of what could happen (realisitically) from New Scientist:

The Best:

1. Time travellers from the future appear and say hello. Admittedly this isn't very likely, but theorists have shown that it is possible in principle. And it would be rather spectacular.

2. The smart money is on the LHC creating the famous Higgs boson, so we would finally know why things weigh what they do.

3. Special long-lived version of a particle called a gluino could be spat out. These could stick inside one the LHC???s giant detectors and decay when the accelerator is switched off. If this happened it would tell us that our universe is just one of many, many universes.

4. The LHC might show that extra dimensions of space exist. Some physicists believe this would be the LHC???s most profound discovery because it tells us string theory is on the right lines.

5. Nothing happens. If absolutely nothing new turns up at the LHC, it would shake fundamental physics to the core. It would tell us that all our understanding of forces and particles is wrong and we???d have to go back to the drawing board.

Worst things:

1. The lights go out in Geneva. The LHC consumes 120 megawatts of power, about the same as Geneva and its environs. CERN gets its electricity from both France and Switzerland, so a blackout in unlikely.

2. The proton beams become unstable and crash uncontrollably into a detector. At full pelt, each beam contains enough energy to melt 500 kilograms of copper. If a beam smashed directly into one the LHC???s giant experiments, it would fry the detectors. Engineers have built several safety systems to stop this happening.

3. Fewer party balloons. The LHC???s superconducting magnets are cooled with 120 tonnes of superfluid helium. Top ups will be needed if there are power cuts or problems with the magnets.

4. Part of the ring breaks. The ring uses superconducting magnets that need temperatures colder than outer space to work. If there is a problem, it will takes five weeks to warm the ring back up to room temperature and another five to cool it back down to 1.9 kelvin.

5. Nothing happens. It may be intellectual dynamite but if nothing new shows up at the LHC, there will be no more money for big physics.

They forgot to add:
The ring creates a portal into another dimension, heralding the return of the
Great Old Ones.
All hail
Cthulu and our other-dimensional overlords!


Monday, September 01, 2008

Farewell to my love.

I had to leave The Boi behind to finish his tattoo course, and am now in Darwin hanging with my family. (I'm missing hym already, 16 days to go). BTW - thanks for the emails everyone, i flew out of Bangkok not Phuket so no worries about airport closure :).

I'm so very proud of hym, and hys teacher has said he's a natural. He did his very first person on Friday, the day my camera died (damn) so no photos of that, but it looked really good and the girl was pleased.

Here are some photos of hym at work:

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