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samvara: Cartoon picture of Agatha Heterodyne and text "One cannot be corrupted by science, and science alone is my master!" (GG - Science)
Thursday, May 31st, 2012 10:13 pm
Breakfast at Laurent Bakery, a fantastic cafe which does salmon quiche *love*

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samvara: Cartoon picture of Agatha Heterodyne and text "One cannot be corrupted by science, and science alone is my master!" (GG - Science)
Wednesday, May 30th, 2012 10:54 pm
Fun and interesting. 850 people on a single floor was a bit overwhelming at times, I think we needed some sort of quiet(er) breakout area.

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samvara: Cartoon picture of Agatha Heterodyne and text "One cannot be corrupted by science, and science alone is my master!" (GG - Science)
Thursday, March 15th, 2012 12:13 pm
I am going to try and attend, I'll be there the weekend before for AHBL III so it seems ridiculous not to extend my stay and soak up the program.

*starts negotiations with work*
samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Thursday, December 15th, 2011 08:46 am
  • House [1] building inspection and pest inspection plus bank valuation booked, I am so working from home this afternoon
  • House [2] monster Feminist Housing Collective Meeting (we need a shorter name for this but let it be known that having it in a restaurant over dinner and taking minutes via iPad worked well for me) covering utilities, internet provider, insurance, renovations, moving schedule and budget. Phew. Let's do that infrequently. My poor brain is fried; when I'm less tired I am going to reflect on the difference in the way we process numbers / images etc. and how that informs how we behave
  • letterboxd account! this may not get a lot of use given my pathetic movie watching habits but it looks like it could be a lot of fun
  • have joined the International Institute of Business Analysis and have a series of workshops lined up for 2012 - work has paid for workshops which is very nice
samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Thursday, November 17th, 2011 05:33 pm
...in which much fun was had and some learning was achieved.

I picked up some random trivia on SaaS and Cloud Computing (some of the good things and bad things about it) and some less trivial stuff on automated testing.
I also gave a presentation on Business Analysis with a colleague for which we got some good feedback, my team were just bitterly disappointed there was no interpretive dance. I told them they should have nailed down the scope earlier.

I love my work, oh yes I do.
samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Wednesday, September 7th, 2011 10:51 am
  • Ear infection over, life so much nicer
  • Comforting emails notwithstanding, uni textbook has not arrived on schedule - Bad fishpond, bad. Also your email subscription page’s unnerving tendency to spontaneously re-tick boxes does not endear you. I wonder if your choice of ‘games’ and then ‘music’ was random
  • Took [personal profile] lilysea to IKEA to stalk beds for both of us, was exhausting, bought a nest single bed, I get the pleasure of assembling it tonight
  • Father's Day unexpectedly traumatic but in a good way, am contemplating counselling, do not wish to be triggered by good things
  • Work ‘do’ involving pub food, robot soccer battles and bowling. I can’t bowl, like I can’t ever remember which is my dominant hand when I’m playing – they are both that terrible, it was a surprisingly fun evening
samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Wednesday, August 17th, 2011 11:43 am
I am kind of stupidly in love with my work’s online induction program. It has small things like using women and men of all ages and races for examples, they also use names from all over the world. They have a section on whistle blowing - what it is and how it works and it gives examples of high profile cases and talks about how those people went on to be recognized, have successful careers and receive respect. I appreciate them making an effort to portray whistleblowing in a positive light.

And on that note, Kristy Fraser-Kirk of David Jones Sexual Harassment fame is apparently not employed yet but got offers in Australia and is looking in Singapore. It’s kind a test case in my mind – does a woman get to professionally survive that kind of experience?
samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Tuesday, March 1st, 2011 08:53 am
  • Asked work if I could go part-time for a month on Wednesday last week. Got headhunted on Thursday for different role (unrelated six week thing) and instead of working for 2.5 days per week I am now working on implementing Oracle EAM - yay! *frantically sources white papers*
  • Solar Hot Water dude called at 7:55am and apologised for waking me up - I said ‘it’s OK, I’m walking to work’ and we negotiated on when he should turn up to look at our system. He wants to see it not working so we have to turn the booster off and wait for it to cool down again. The bit that irritated me was how he kept assuming I would be home every day he suggested as if me going to work today was some sort of aberration - what part of ’I work’ could he not hear?
  • Thinkgeek are selling green-red lasers pointers - I want one for playtime (because... LASER POINTER) and possibly for night rogaining. I can see being able to point at things a long way away to your team being really useful, I wonder if this breaks the spirit of rogaining.
samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Sunday, August 9th, 2009 08:43 pm
  • Had one of those shivering moments of rage at work where for a second, the alternatives seemed to be demonstrating the versatility of the word 'fuck' or bursting into tears. I settled for explaining exactly how I felt to someone who could fix it, turns out I speak in numbered lists when I'm that wound up
  • Been wrestling with work and UWA on the subject of communications technology, UWA have launched a new email interface called MyUWA which has a rather primitive (currently broken) planner function; work won't give me access to Gmail+ Gcalendar because it's a bandwidth hog and anyway UWA have provided a perfectly good alternate service - except of course it's broken. I'm thinking an iPhone may be the best answer to this dilemma
  • Leverage 2x04 was silly and fun
  • Shaved [personal profile] maharetr's head
  • Personal Milestone! Have finished knitting 2 x jumper sleeves and started the front (or back) piece, I have 2 more winters to finish knitting this to replace my favourite jumper - it should finish disintegrating about then
  • I planned to take Saturday off, can't quite recall the sequence of thoughts but by 11am it seemed perfectly logical to go buy paint and start prepping my ceiling. It took 4 coats to subdue the awful Purple Walls of Doom and I've only done half the room (rest of the room over the week in stages methinks)
  • Coraline in 3D - was magnificent and I strongly encourage people to see it
samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Thursday, October 9th, 2008 08:42 am
  • Hacky sacs don't go mushy if they soak overnight
  • You can microwave a Hacky sac to dry it out
  • Ponyboy is not allergic to blue dye
samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Thursday, September 4th, 2008 02:34 pm
really boring, really )

Also, I want CEMLI to be the plural form, not CEMLIs.
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samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Tuesday, August 19th, 2008 12:25 pm

in a meeting today it occurred to me that with the number of short, deep voiced men we employ, we could film a movie about dwarves without much trouble.

Is it 'one fell swoop' or 'one foul swoop'? I lean towards the former, I think I'm having a Macbeth moment.

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samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Wednesday, May 7th, 2008 10:38 am
Talking to some guy who had an injured, unconscious seal and we were having one of those ‘tell me the problem, what do you need, do you have it, are you happy – hang on I think I have an expert who can help you’ conversations (I know this guy who did amazing things with an otter once) and then the seal suddenly woke up and it looked like everything was going to be OK.

This is a lot like my real job except with less marine mammals.
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samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Friday, May 2nd, 2008 11:16 am
I am putting my hands on the apple pie to say "No!"

Also: Is 're-initiate' grammatically possible?
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samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Friday, October 19th, 2007 09:58 am

The text search also picks up HTML tags. I shall never search on the word 'body' again.

*sigh*

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samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007 10:20 pm
My lovely, lovely work responded to my request to go to this on the grounds that 'it might come in useful one day' by giving me access to a corporate credit card and the day off to go drool over the tech.

Things wot you can use RFID for: )
samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Friday, October 20th, 2006 10:56 pm
What did I learn from the animals? Play more, sleep more and, have more fun. We got some useful planning done but the best bit was all the furry animals. I still tend to avoid the primates, it's been years since they were in the little concrete pens and the enclosures tend to be soaring and leafy now but I still feel uncomfortable watching them in cages.

Tiger, Meercats and Otter photos )

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samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Tuesday, October 17th, 2006 01:57 pm
The first conference I've been to where the snacks of choice were chocolate and red bull.
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samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Thursday, September 21st, 2006 05:00 pm
Training courses, how do I love thee?

Darn good course with a really impressive structure. I'm going to swipe some of it to apply to our inducton session. I'm also going to send the rest of our financial controllers on it. Lots to come back to work with and develop. Sheesh.
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samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Wednesday, August 16th, 2006 08:16 am
I've been going through my work's software archive* and having found such gems as MS Office 95, the FBT Simplifier 2002, three versions of Cognos, some funky Salsa music and a Karaoke program, I now have a lot of empty cases and I'm wondering if recycling is an option.

*cardboard box under Financial Policy Officer's desk
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