Romance is in the air with February 14th – so pick out:
2 books with a love interest (not necessarily a romance book)
2 books with flowers/hearts/plush toys on the cover
2 books that are from your favorite genre (one you love)
mix and match .
Archive for January, 2012
Tags: #OTWM, Oxfam, trailwalker
♫ On the
road trail again … ♫.
Training has started in earnest now as the walk is less than 12 weeks away.
The four of us have finally trained together, instead of 2 by 2, a pastime that we intend to continue for the next 11 weeks.
So, this week we decided to try out the first 2 sections of the actual trail, from Jells Park to Lysterfield Lake, which adds up to 22 km, to see what it would be like and how it compared to our preparatory training.
This section of the trail is mostly undulating. In fact I think our trail notes calls it ‘gently undulating’. Then, once it has lulled you into a false sense of security, it throws a steep hill at the unsuspecting and innocent walker. You go up it veerry slowly, you lean on the sign at the top and pretend you’re looking at the fabulous view (see attached photo), then you go down it, and return to the gently undulating terrain feeling slightly shell-shocked and finally end up crossing the dam wall at Lysterfield Lake and heading through the BBQ area to the checkpoint.
Let’s see … compared to our preparatory training walks;
- Similar in length, so we were doing well there.
- Steeper, Gwen and Frances discovered that their previous training walks hadn’t included any real uppy and downy bits so we need to put a little more work into practicing those. (Guess what we’re doing next weekend, ladies…, Eltham has lots of uppy and downy bits to practice on).
- Hotter, somebody forgot to dial the temperature down and we sweltered a bit. Who’s big idea was it to walk on a 34 degree day?!? Ooh, that’d be me, shhh, don’t tell anyone.
Well, being hot, we went through all our water and all our sugar-laden cordial and when we reached Lysterfield Lake we found a shop that sold icy-poles. That was, just possibly, everyone’s favourite part of the day. We really felt that we had earned those icy-poles.
I suggested to Gwen (from memory it was on the up bit of the hill) that the purpose of walking hard on the training sessions was so that she was too tired at the end to hit me, but she has threatened that if necessary she’ll take a contract out so it won’t matter if she doesn’t have the energy. Frances, on the other hand, plans on going straight to a higher authority and is teeing up a lightning bolt for just in case.
Darren is already thinking logistically, on things such as how much water we need to carry, what we need to eat and when, and whether hiking poles will be a good idea for the hills. He’s the one finding the walking easiest, so we’ll leave all that stuff to him.
So, next week is off the trail and closer to home (well, my home anyway) and concentrating on some hill practice.
Oxfam Trailwalker Melbourne – 100 km – teams of 4 – 48 hours
To read more about my team go to Team 672 : We’re doing what?
Tags: Abney Park, Steam Punk, The Wrath Of Fate
The Wrath Of Fate – Abney Park’s Origin
This story in the origin of Abney Park, it takes the narrative found in each Abney Park song and joins them into a narrative of the band. You can buy the novel at http://www.abneypark.com/market.
Abney Park Radio Serial?
Well, sorta. I’m currently recording the audio book to The Wrath Of Fate, and releasing each chapter on YouTube weekly. You can listen to the first two chapters now, starting here:
Although I’m not going to give the whole audio book away, I’m planning on releasing at least the fist half of the novel, this way. My goal is, of course, to get everybody hooked so they’ll buy the book!
However, the weekly serial is so much fun, it stands on its own merits. Go try it out!
– “Captain Robert” (2012-Jan-31)
Tags: Game of Thrones, GoT
Game of Thrones Season 2 (A Clash of Kings)
A new HBO teaser for Season 2
“My brother left no true-born heirs. By right and birth and blood, I do this day lay claim to the iron throne of Westeros. Let all true men declare their loyalty. The iron throne is mine by right. They will bend the knee, or I will destroy them. The cold winds are rising.”
– Stannis Baratheon
Notice the three horn blasts at the end of the clip?
The sound went on and on and on, until it seemed it would never die. The ravens were flapping and screaming, flying about their cages and banging off the bars, and all about the camp the brothers of the Night’s Watch were rising, donning their armor, buckling on swordbelts, reaching for battleaxes and bows. Samwell Tarly stood shaking, his face the same color as the snow that swirled down all around them. “Three,” he squeaked to Chett, “that was three, I heard three. They never blow three. Not for hundreds and thousands of years. Three means—” “—Others.”
- – (A Storm of Swords)
Welcome back Game of Thrones!
Soundgarden is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington in 1984 by singer Chris Cornell, lead guitarist Kim Thayil, and bassist Hiro Yamamoto. Matt Cameron became the band’s full time drummer in 1986 while bassist Ben Shepherd became a permanent replacement for Yamamoto in 1990.
Soundgarden was one of the seminal bands in the creation of grunge, a style of alternative rock that developed in Seattle, and was one of a number of grunge bands signed to the record label Sub Pop. Soundgarden was the first grunge band to sign to a major label (A&M Records, in 1988), though the band did not achieve commercial success until they popularized “grunge” in the early 1990s with Seattle contemporaries Nirvana, Alice in Chains and Pearl Jam.
Time to shake away those Christmas Holiday cobwebs and get back to work. A bit of Soundgarden should manage this pretty well.
And now for some music …
Continue reading ‘Music Monday #089 – Soundgarden’
Tags: APSDaemon, itunes, LSP
Symptom: After installing iTunes 10.5.x upgrade, APSDaemon and Apple Mobile Services take 100% CPU
APSDaemon.exe (otherwise known as Apple Push) is the service that wirelessly syncs your device (part of the iCloud package). Searching through the forums it appears that the most referred to solution is;
netsh winsock reset
This does have a proviso that any software with a LSP will then break;
“Warning Programs that access or monitor the Internet such as antivirus, firewall, or proxy clients may be negatively affected when you run the netsh winsock reset command. If you have a program that no longer functions correctly after you use this resolution, reinstall the program to restore functionality.” 
Tags: 2012, Goodreads, Sword and Laser
The Sword and Laser (S&L) is a science fiction and fantasy-themed book club and podcast, started by Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt. The main goal of the club is to build a strong online community of sci-fi / fantasy buffs, and to discuss and enjoy books of both genres. — About S&L [www.swordandlaser.com]
The following is the list of books read by The Sword and Laser book club during the first half 2012 (also see the list from the second half of 2012). This page is designed as is a quick reference page so that I can quickly jump between the forum pages and good read listings. Geek & Sundry host the YouTube Sword and Laser videos.
新年好！恭喜发财！(Happy New Year! May you be happy and prosperous!)
Chinese New Year falls on Monday January 23 in 2012, this year is the year of the Dragon.