Australia Calling?

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018 —> -4˚C / +23˚F & ‘partly cloudy’ @ 1:33 pm in Atlantic Canada —> Today would have been my Aunt Phyl’s birthday…

Koala Ren

– “Koala Ren” –

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Update: Contact from another Australian Travel Service : 12-Things To Do in Australia.

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— Ordinarily, I might have ignored this:

— But The love of my life has relatives in Australia. I’ve always been semi-fascinated with Australia { And New Zealand, I mean any place that names their capital city after me can’t be bad – roight? 😉 } & Cathi’s got relatives in New Zealand, too.

— I went looking for anything that might have cited the article referred to in this message { below } and couldn’t find it, but that doesn’t mean it’s not there. & it could have been something from one of the twitter feeds that are on both sides of the posts/articles here –

— But – in the spirit of personal nonsense { which often makes more sense than anything ‘sensible’ —> }

— Here’s the message from Janice of your-rv-lifestyle :

 

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Dear Jim,

My name is Janice and I’m a writer at Your RV Lifestyle. I was doing research on things to do in Australia and just finished reading your wonderful blog post: http://aerendel.ca/aarchives/?cat=13

In that article, I noticed that you cited a solid post that I’ve read in the past: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia

I just finished writing a guide that is even more detailed, updated and comprehensive on the 100 best things to do in Australia. It is over 10,000 words and packed with practical tips and advice. You can find it here: https://www.your-rv-lifestyle.com/things-to-do-in-australia.html

If you like the guide we’d be humbled if you cited us in your article. Of course, we will also share your article with our 50k newsletter subscribers and followers across our social platforms.

Either way, keep up the great work!

Warmly,
Janice

 

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— I’m not sure if this qualifies as ‘citing’ her article in her magazine – But hey – I looked at the link and it wasn’t anywhere near as schnarr as the spam links I used to get in way too many ‘comments’ here – and – if we win the lottery, and win big enough, we’ll probably go looking for Koalas and hope to hear some didgeridoos freeing the tension from around my spine. 🙂

 

~~~~~ Jim

 

Planned Obsolescent Schnarr –

Friday, July 3rd, 2015 -( 22°C / 72°F @ 11:45 am under sunny skies on our side of the river here in Atlantic Canada )- -My friend, Greg’s daughter -Kyla-‘s birfday 🙂

Domino, looks like he was complaining about something or other- IN May of 2013

Domino, looks like he was complaining about something or other- In May of 2013

— Okay, let’s see. I can’t say this morning got off to a rough start because I’m still up since last night. The computer I rely on the most, the one I’m writing this on right now, is going blind on me- if I’m doing any graphic-heavy 3D stuff- the monitors suddenly go black and say “hey- we’re not connected to anything-” and since I got this computer specifically to work on completing my game world, and the game that’s supposed to happen inside that world- this is disconcerting. I better look up the spelling on that one, it doesn’t look right. Must be okay, the spell checker doesn’t like words with dashes attached to them, but ‘disconcerting’ passed their test.

— Planned obsolescence –  Do you think that anybody who ever thought it was a good idea to make sure stuff fell apart more sooner than later so they could sell more stuff should be drawn and quartered in public? I mean why wait until these mudder fuppers die and have to face their karma in their life reviews? For the same reason that judges are all going to be in big trouble when they have to explain themselves to the Man who told them “Judge not- that ye be judged-” It’s not my place to condemn ice holes for making everybody’s lives miserable? -Shrug- But every once in a while I want to be there when one of those ‘persons’ is in dire need of a quick ride to a hospital and the parts he so cleverly had his engineers make out of plastic instead of aluminum the way they had always been in the past- fall apart and the ice hole has to die alone in his vehicle because his clever designs worked so freakin well? I mean the height of this revenge type thinking would be, the poster child for planned obsolescence opens the door of his planned obsolete automobile, falls to the pavement and gasps for help and some homeless guy whose life he ruined comes over to him, blind drunk, opens his zipper and pees all over the slime ball while that evil ice hole gasps his last breaths and dies in an extreme state of fear. Grumble grumble grumble —

— But- on a lighter note – I did download over 750 photos (not all of them worth keeping) onto three different computers last night while dealing with computer catastrophes. The stupid ‘We know better than you do what you want to do’- routines inside one computer decided that I wanted all 757 photos to go get lost somewhere on a cloud, and told me my drop box was full. So I swore at that computer and told it to take those photos down from the flippin cloud and put them in a nice new file on my desktop. When it – obviously scared half to death – did what I told it to, I discovered a couple lost gems in that flippin cloud, that I never wanted anything to do with in the first place. No danged cloud has any business grabbing my stuff like that. And, oh yeah, the nearly lost gems on that should be lost cloud? – the above photo of Domino the Bengal Cat was one of them. Yum.

— And now I should belatedly get my posterior to bed. I’m going to skype with mom tonight, and she’s delighted to be able to see me and hear me when I do that. And now that I got my grumbling done, I won’t have to darken our conversation tonight with angry thoughts about ice holes who so freakin cleverly design things to fall apart a long time before they need to. – I won’t say, “May they rot in hell.” Because we’re already there, so how about, “May they open their eyes and realize they’ve created a living hell for themselves right here and now.” – Shrug. I often think I wouldn’t wish that on my worst enemy, because I don’t collect enemies and sort them according to how rotten they are to their cores- But- Waking up in hell is a blessing that us truth-seeking ‘Angels-In-Training’ wish upon ourselves so we can continue our mission to manifest Heaven on Earth. & No, it’s not too late to keep trying to do that.

— Yay?

~~~~~ Jim (who tortures spelling checkers for fun, and has the poetic license to prove it can be done.)

Hacks, Extortion, & Schnarr like that

Thursday, June 18, 2015 -( 16°C / 61°F & Sunny with scattered clouds @ 9:30 am in Atlantic Canada )- Today  might be Paul McCartney’s birthday.

Screen shot of a world builder character.

Kaelyn planting flowers in the hills of Aerendel. Jim W used this screen shot for his new twitter background, Kaelyn got lost behind the tweets. – Oh, When you’re building a gaming world, you need to have a builder character in the area you’re creating and/or improving. That’s where Kaelyn came in. She’s a world improver.

— So we had a problem with a web provider. They claim our site was infected because we hadn’t purchased their security service, we did, but they wanted us to purchase their premium package which costs twice as much per year as their quoted price from their yearly hosting package.

—The odd thing is, they shut down our site on almost the same day as a guy who wrote a book on cyber-security fraud and extortion, claiming the U.S. Government is involved in a conspiracy to grab total control over everything on the internet. Part of this alleged plot involves cyber-security firms that appear to be a private industry on the surface but were found to have deep ties with the US Government when the author dug deeper.

— We contacted the author with a fairly wordy play by play description of what we were told and he told us to scrap the web provider and go with somebody bigger, who has more to lose if they’re caught with their hands in your cookie jar and somebody sees the US Federal Trade Commission pulling their strings behind the curtain. He suggested GoDaddy? We gotta think about that. Meanwhile, if any of you want to see what happens when extortionists shut down a web site for thinly veiled attempts to extort $189.99 per year above and beyond the $131.88 listed ‘renewal’ price. They’re currently claiming an introductory rate of $15.00 for the first year. If you’re considering going with a company that calls itself ‘Fat Cow web hosting’, think again. Look them up on your favourite search engine and visit their propaganda page on the web. Then look at http://www.aerendel.ca/blogz.html and pay attention to all the error pages they plastered on any page to ‘aerendel dot org’ that comes up.

— Shrug, check back here in a couple weeks or more to see what we decide to do.

— Thanks,

——— Jim d’Aerendel ——

 

 

 

Saturday, November 22, 2014, Very Early Morning-

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014. -( -8°C / +18°F – clear & dark at 2:45 am in our little corner of Atlantic Canada )-

Hubbudah-

NaNo Winner screen capture

I may have gone blind and just don’t know it yet, but it’s official – Looky here- Yay – —jim w—

 

—Yay?–

—Still have a lotta work ahead of me on this one.

~~~~~Jim

Earwigs – (shudder)

Saturday, August 9, 2014.

While flattening out once-crumpled packing paper in the basement, to empty and flatten boxes and make room to move stuff around down there- I moved a pile of clean kitchen towels and discovered two earwigs hiding beneath them. (‘creepy’)

So then I wondered what earwigs eat.

And then tonight, I looked it up on wikipedia and this is what I found there:

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Earwig

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
For other uses, see Earwig (disambiguation).
Earwigs
Temporal range: 208–0Ma

Late Triassic to Recent

Earwig on white background.jpg
Female common earwig, Forficula auricularia
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Dermaptera
De Geer, 1773
Suborders
Synonyms
  • Euplecoptera
  • Euplexoptera
  • Forficulida

Earwigs make up the insect order Dermaptera and are found throughout the Americas, Africa, Eurasia, Australia and New Zealand. With about 2,000 species[1] in 12 families, they are one of the smaller insect orders. Earwigs have characteristic cerci, a pair of forceps pincers on their abdomen, and membranous wings folded underneath short forewings, hence the scientific order name, “skin wings.” Some groups are tiny parasites on mammals and lack the typical pincers. Earwigs rarely use their flying ability.

Earwigs are mostly nocturnal and often hide in small, moist crevices during the day, and are active at night, feeding on a wide variety of insects and plants. Damage to foliage, flowers, and various crops is commonly blamed on earwigs, especially the common earwig Forficula auricularia.

Earwigs have five molts in the year before they become adults. Many earwig species display maternal care, which is uncommon among insects. Female earwigs may care for their eggs, and even after they have hatched as nymphs will continue to watch over offspring until their second molt. As the nymphs molt, sexual dimorphism such as differences in pincer shapes begins to show.

Some earwig specimen fossils are in the extinct suborders Archidermaptera or Eodermaptera, the former dating to the Late Triassic and the latter to the Middle Jurassic. Many orders of insect have been theorized to be closely related to earwigs, though the icebugs of Grylloblattaria are most likely.

Very Old Stuff (pre-digital)

August 4, 2014 -(18˚C / 64˚F @ 10:07 & raining here.)

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   Never know where to begin-

I thought I’d try to tidy up a bit
    -for the exterminator?-
    as we’re moving me
    into this apartment

We never seem to get Anything done
    when we’re together-

came across an
    unfamiliar box
    contents in a jumble
    -all the time you’ve known me
    there’s been some kind of crisis
    looming very near
    very dark
    maybe it is the time of Man
    maybe it is a season
    for me to dance carefully
    between disasters
    and try
    -not to get crushed

Maybe our lives are
    portable messes
    that we can sort through
    or store as-is
    and maybe
    neatness doesn’t count at all
    it’s how you live
    and what you give
    to each other
    and the world
    around you-

((( Feels like circa 1991 ? )))

((( I don’t know if this is one of the things Jim Wrote and typed and left with me or is it something I sat down and wrote after one of our first attempts at a writers’ workshop? )))
———djo———

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Archive # Zero Zero Three

((((( From my first adventure on “LiveJournal” ———djo—— ))))))

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First Post [Aug. 2nd, 2006|02:42 am]
[ mood | weirdodd ]
[ music | silence. ]

Once upon a time there was a thing called the internet.

People used to build themselves web sites and get in touch with each other through ‘blogs’, instant messages and stuff like that.

The jury is still out about whether or not this internet thing was ‘good’ or ‘useful’.

But anyway-

Some people stuck their necks out and ‘posted’ messages.

And now, it appears, so have I.

…djo..

Friday, January 10, 2003 –

Friday, 10 January, 2003 – ((¿ “22˚C in Helsinki, Finland” ?? Plus or minus??? ))

Alphaville is down.

((( ¿ = Nocyewitness.com =??? could have read that wrong. can’t read my own writing??? )))  10:00 am.

[[[ Marcia Near Amsterdam alkma-?-r-or-v.nl ??? ]]] { Asc = Scorpio, Sun = Scorpio, Moon=Taurus } ((( hometown.aol.com ?? )))

Diddie G

Rocks, Babbling Brook –

((( www.blueboxes2002.com <— web address does not work 🙂 Chloe Lane <–in game name 🙂 28, married, 2 kids, moving to Atlanta from FLA ??? )))

{{ I hope I’m only putting up addresses that are obsolete here…. }}

Tuesday, January 7, 2003 –

Tuesday, 07 January, 2003.  -( -11˚C @ 6:25 am – -17˚C Wind Chill )-

A Greene needs a web site.

(( ¿ simslady.simshost.com/ ?? )) — Lizzie K – Oshawa, ONtario ?? —

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