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2012

Another year went by -
Hardly spent any time on dA - well, no time on Journals - as noticable by title - ( and previous entry )

What has happened?
Not really that much... still enjoying the work at the magazine ( www.nzoutdoor.co.nz )
Still enjoying the car we got last year, still enjoying the house we moved in last year ( so much - we even work from home now )

We have had the Rena freightship disaster right here at our beaches - which is still doing damage to the environment.
The Tintin movie came out  - but I still haven't seen it. I am waiting for the Bluray....
There's been some good telly, Fringe, American Horror Story, The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones...
I have started reading Lawrence Block's books, so far all the Keller ones have been great.

Played a lot of cool PS3 games last year - I think the most fun has been Saints Row 3.

I have met some new people on here ( you know who you are )
and lost touch with some old people...

So what will 2012 bring us - and - will the end be THE END?

Let's all see what happens...

With warm regards
from a summery New Zealand,

eRiQ
  • Listening to: the hum of my pc
  • Reading: Hit and Run - Lawrence Block
  • Watching: Falling Skies
  • Playing: Saints Row 3 on PS3
  • Eating: liquorice
  • Drinking: Ice cold water

5 7 5 7 7 - January 2011 report

Journal Entry: Fri Jan 14, 2011, 2:34 PM
atmospheric disturbance

-- Dr. Walter Gibbs: "Ha, ha. You've got to expect some static. After all, computers are just machines; they can't think ". - Quote from TRON (the movie)

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Lotsa changes already this year...
The main two ...
1) We traded in our Celica for a silver Toyota Camry Sportivo ( 2004)
2) As our rental place had been put on the market we decided to look for another place and found the ideal spot this week!
So - "new" car and "new" house all in one week!

We shift on Feb. 7 ...
So pretty busy times ahead - expect heaps of cool photos next month...

eRiQ

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  • Listening to: the sweet sound of silence
  • Reading: Mary Mary - James Patterson
  • Watching: How to train your Dragon
  • Playing: Move Sport Champs on PS3
  • Eating: Fish and chips
  • Drinking: Ice cold water

5 5 5 5 5 - Another year wiser

Journal Entry: Sun Sep 19, 2010, 3:26 PM
atmospheric disturbance

-- Dr. Walter Gibbs: "Ha, ha. You've got to expect some static. After all, computers are just machines; they can't think ". - Quote from TRON (the movie)

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Not QUITE there yet - 55555 pageviews - but close enough,
it's a nice number and it's my birthday week, so I can do what I want.
43 ... wow - How the years have flown by since good old 1967.

It has been an eventful year so far -
the main reason why I haven't been so active for a while.
A lot of my old watchers seem to have either left dA or given up commenting.

My most viewed deviation is Texture - Water Drop with 24,213 views
Submitted FIVE years ago -
Texture - Water Drop by eRiQ

I have taken some more waterdrop photos last week -
I will add a few more at some stage this week.

It has been a year since we started doing the NZ Hunting Magazine together,
You can follow the magazine on Facebook - www.facebook.com/pages/New-Zea… - we have just reached the 100 like mark.

By the way - no - we didn't feel the earthquake here in New Zealand,
a lot of friends and family overseas emailed us, wondering if we were ok -
Yep - it was on the SOUTH Island ( we are on the NORTH Island ) and luckily nobody was killed.
We also survived the major storm the size of Australia btw.

I have stopped drinking coffee last week
and we got a treadmill ( doing 20 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes at night).

Otherwise - yeah - busy week this week -
Lotsa work on ( great ) and this weekend is the Sika Show in Taupo.

And tomorrow is the
21st of September - -
I share my birthday with my fav writer Stephen King
and also birthday and birthyear with singer Faith Hill -

Presents can be send to eRiQ - PO BOX 13579 - Tauranga - New Zealand


Q out -

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  • Listening to: the humming of the heatpump
  • Reading: Pop goes the Weasel - James Patterson
  • Watching: Burn Notice
  • Playing: SAINTS RoW 2on PS3
  • Eating: Crackers with pate
  • Drinking: liquorice tea

5 4 8 3 6 - Movie survey (found at Mickey's)

Journal Entry: Tue Aug 17, 2010, 5:50 PM
atmospheric disturbance

-- Dr. Walter Gibbs: "Ha, ha. You've got to expect some static. After all, computers are just machines; they can't think ". - Quote from TRON (the movie)

X what you saw
- O what you haven't finished or saw sizable portions
- <3 what you loved
- Strike what you disliked/hated
- Leave unchanged if neutral

CLASSIC DISNEY
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[X] Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
[X] Pinocchio (1940)
[X] Fantasia (1940)
[X] Dumbo (1941)
[X] Bambi (1942)
[X] Song of the South (1946)
[X] Cinderella (1950)
[<3] Alice in Wonderland (1951)
[X] Peter Pan (1953)
[X] Lady and the Tramp (1955)
[X] Sleeping Beauty (1959)
[X] 101 Dalmatians (1961)
[X] Mary Poppins (1964)


DISNEY'S DARK AGE
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[X] The Sword In The Stone (1963)
[X] The Jungle Book (1967)
[X] The Aristocats (1970)
[X] Robin Hood (1973)
[X] The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977)
[<3] The Rescuers (1977)
[X] Pete's Dragon (1977)
[X] The Fox and the Hound (1981)
[X] The Black Cauldron (1985)
[X] The Great Mouse Detective (1986)
[X] Oliver and Company (1986)



THE DISNEY RENAISSANCE
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[<3] Aladdin (1992)
[X] Beauty and the Beast (1991)
[O] A Goofy Movie (1995)
[X] Hercules (1997)
[X] The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
[<3] The Lion King (1994)<3333
[X] The Little Mermaid (1989)<3333
[X] Mulan (1998)
[X] Pocahontas (1995)
[X] The Rescuers Down Under (1990)
[X] Tarzan (1999)


DISNEY'S MODERN AGE
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[X] Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)
[<3] Bolt (2008)
[X] Brother Bear (2003)
[X] Chicken Little (2005)
[X] Dinosaur (2000)
[X] The Emperor's New Groove (2000)
[ ] Fantasia 2000 (2000)
[X] Home on the Range (2004)
[X] Lilo & Stitch (2002)
[X] Meet the Robinsons (2007)
[X] Treasure Planet (2002)
[X] The Princess and the Frog (2009)


PIXAR
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[<3] A Bug's Life (1998)
[<3] Cars (2006)
[<3] Finding Nemo (2003)
[<3] The Incredibles (2004)
[<3] Monsters Inc. (2001)
[X] Ratatouille (2007)
[<3] Toy Story (1995)
[<3] Toy Story 2 (1999)
[<3] WALL-E (2008)
[X] Up (2009)
[ ] Toy Story 3 (2010)

DON BLUTH
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[X] All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989)
[X] An American Tail (1986)
[X] An American Tail: Fieval Goes West (1991)
[O] Anastasia (1997)
[X] The Land Before Time (1988)
[ ] The Pebble and the Penguin (1995)
[X] Rock-a-Doodle (1991)
[X] The Secret of NIMH (1982)
[X] Thumbelina (1994)
[ ] Titan AE (2000)
[ ] A Troll in Central Park (1994)


CLAYMATION
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[ ] The Adventures of Mark Twain (1986)
[X] Chicken Run (2000)
[X] Corpse Bride (2005)
[X] James and the Giant Peach (1996)
[X] The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
[X] Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)
[X] Coraline (2009)


CGI GLUT
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[X] Antz (1998)
[<3] Happy Feet (2006)
[X] Kung Fu Panda (2008)
[X] Madagascar (2005)
[X] Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2006)
[X] Monster House (2006)
[X] Over the Hedge (2006)
[X] The Polar Express (2004)
[<3] Shrek (2001)
[<3] Shrek 2 (2004)
[X] Shrek The Third (2007)
[ ] Shrek: The Final Chapter (2010)
[X] Monsters vs. Aliens (2009)


IMPORTS
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[ ] Arabian Knight (aka The Thief and the Cobbler) (1995)
[ ] The Last Unicorn (1982)<33333
[ ] Light Years (1988)
[ ] The Triplets of Belleville (2003)
[ ] Persepolis (2007)
[ ] Waltz With Bashir (2008)
[<3] Watership Down (1978) <333333
[O] When the Wind Blows (1988)
[O] Yellow Submarine (1968)


STUDIO GHIBLI/MIYAZAKI
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[ ] Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro (1979)
[ ] Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
[ ] Laputa: Castle in the Sky (1986)
[ ] Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
[X] Howl's Moving Castle (2004)
[ ] Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)
[ ] My Neighbors The Yamadas (1999)
[ ] My Neighbor Totoro (1993)
[ ] Only Yesterday (1991)
[ ] Pom Poko (Tanuki War) (1994)
[ ] Porco Rosso (1992)
[ ] Princess Mononoke (1999)
[X] Spirited Away (2002)
[ ] Whisper of the Heart (1995)
[ ] Ponyo on a Cliff by the Sea (2009)


SATOSHI KON
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[ ] Millennium Actress (2001)
[ ] Paprika (2006)
[ ] Perfect Blue (1999)
[ ] Tokyo Godfathers (2003)
[ ] Memories - "Magnetic Rose" part (1995)


SHINKAI MAKOTO
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[ ] She and Her Cat (1999)
[ ] Voices of a Distant Star (2001)
[ ] The Place Promised in Our Early Days (2004)
[ ] 5 Centimeters per Second (2007)


OTHER ANIME FILMS
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[ ] Akira (1989)
[ ] Appleseed (2004)
[ ] Appleseed: Ex Machina (2007)
[ ] Arcadia of My Youth (U.S. Title - Vengeance of the Space Pirate) (1982)
[O] Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (2003)
[ ] The Dagger of Kamui (U.S. Title - Revenge of the Ninja Warrior) (1985)
[ ] Dirty Pair: Project Eden (1987)
[ ] End of Evangelion (1997)
[<3] Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz (1998)
[ ] Fist of the North Star (1986)
[ ] Galaxy Express 999 (1979)
[ ] Ghost in the Shell (1996)
[ ] The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006)
[ ] Lensman (1984)
[ ] Macross: Do You Remember Love (U.S. Title - Clash of the Bionoids) (1984)
[ ] Metropolis (2001)
[ ] Neo-Tokyo (1986)
[ ] Ninja Scroll (1993)
[ ] Patlabor the Movie (1989)
[ ] The Professional: Golgo 13 (1983)
[ ] Project A-ko (1986)
[ ] Robot Carnival (1987)
[ ] Robotech: The Shadow Chronicle (2006)
[ ] Silent Möbius (1991)
[ ] Space Adventure Cobra (1982)
[ ] Steamboy (2004)
[ ] Sword of the Stranger (2007)
[ ] Unico and the Island of Magic (1983)
[ ] Urotsukidoji: The Movie (1987)
[ ] Vampire Hunter D (1985)
[ ] Vampire Hunter D Bloodlust (2000)
[ ] Wings of Honneamise: Royal Space Force (1987)

CARTOONS FOR GROWN-UPS CARTOONS WITH A HIGHER RATING THAT INSECURE PEOPLE FEEL MORE COMFORTABLE WATCHING.
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[ ] American Pop (1981)
[X] The Animatrix (2003)
[X] Beavis & Butthead Do America (1996)
[X] Cool World (1992)
[X] Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001)
[ ] Final Fantasy: Advent Children (2005)
[ ] Fire & Ice (1983)
[X] Fritz the Cat (1972)
[<3] Heavy Metal (1981)
[ ] Heavy Metal 2000 (2000)
[ ] Hey Good Lookin' (1982)
[ ] Lady Death (2004)
[ ] A Scanner Darkly (2006)
[X] South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999)
[ ] Street Fight (Coonskin) (1975)
[X] Waking Life (2001)



OTHER ANIMATED MOVIES
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[X] Animal Farm (1954)
[ ] Animalympics (1980)
[ ] Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon The Movie (2007)
[ ] Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker
[<3] The Brave Little Toaster (1988)
[ ] Bravestarr: The Movie (1988)
[ ] Cats Don't Dance (1997)
[ ] Care Bears: The Movie (1985)
[X] Charlotte's Web (1973)
[X] Ferngully (1992)
[ ] G.I. Joe: The Movie (1987)
[ ] Gobots: Battle of the Rock Lords (1986)
[ ] He-Man & She-Ra: The Secret of the Sword (1985)
[ ] The Hobbit (1977)
[<3] The Iron Giant (1999)
[ ] Justice League: The New Frontier (2008)
[<3] Lord of the Rings (1978)
[ ] Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland (1992)
[ ] My Little Pony: The Movie (1986)
[ ] Pink Floyd's The Wall (1982)
[X] The Prince of Egypt (1998)
[X] Powerpuff Girls: The Movie (2002)
[X] Quest For Camelot (1999)
[ ] Ringing Bell (1978)
[X] The Road to El Dorado (2000)
[ ] Rock & Rule (1983)
[X] Space Jam (1996)
[ ] Starchaser: The Legend of Orin (1985)
[X] Superman: Doomsday (2007)
[X] The Swan Princess (1994)
[ ] Transformers: The Movie (1986)
[ ] Wizards (1977)
[<3] Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
[ ] Wonder Woman (2009)
[X] Balto (1995)
[X] Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002)


Boy - I have seen a LOT of animated movies -- - !

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  • Listening to: the rain of the roof
  • Reading: Dan Brown - The Lost Symbol
  • Watching: Burn Notice
  • Playing: RED DEAD REDEMPTION on PS3
  • Eating: lollies
  • Drinking: coffee

5 0 8 7 9 - March Merging Madness Mania

Journal Entry: Mon Mar 22, 2010, 12:35 PM
atmospheric disturbance

-- Dr. Walter Gibbs: "Ha, ha. You've got to expect some static. After all, computers are just machines; they can't think ". - Quote from TRON (the movie)

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Ok ...
For the last few months things have been a bit silent -
We have been quite busy work wise - great new clients and projects - and the third magazine we design has just gone to print.
But ...  family wise, Debra's father hasn't been that well.
Since he was submitted into the hospital a couple of months ago now, he has gotten a lot worse.
The doctors believe he had some minor strokes and is now suffering from dementia and alzheimers.
He doesn't talk and I am not sure if he even knows who we are anymore.
Things haven't been that well in communicating with Debra's sister and her mother either,
who frankly, both, seem to be in denial.

So - yes - it has been quite emotional for a while  - and there's bound to be some more issues to resolve in the period to follow. Thus the reason for not having been here that much...

Today ... I decided to update my journal and to spend some time uploading a few new things ...
as an escape from all that is going on ... because we do need a bit of time for ourselves in these times.

I will do my best to update more regularly and am aiming for more images to go online more often as well.
In the mean time, it seems that a lot of the old school deviants from the early days I joined up aren't that active anymore either... which is a real shame as this was always a great community..

Stay in touch!

eRiQ

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  • Listening to: fingers on keyboard
  • Reading: ALIBI by Sydney Bauer
  • Watching: Burn Notice
  • Playing: Stuntman Ignition on PS3
  • Eating: Mixed Nuts
  • Drinking: coffee

48 505 - Movies (+games) we rented from FATSO

Journal Entry: Fri Jan 1, 2010, 9:15 PM
atmospheric disturbance

-- Dr. Walter Gibbs: "Ha, ha. You've got to expect some static. After all, computers are just machines; they can't think ". - Quote from TRON (the movie)

Movies (+games) we rented from FATSO in 2009

Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter (Playstation 2) (2005)
Knocked Up (2007)
Reeker (2005)
Final Cut, The (2004)
Rogue Assassin (2007) (Blu-ray)
Spiderwick Chronicles, The (2008) (Blu-ray)
10,000 BC (2008) (Blu-ray)
Dragon Wars (2007) (Blu-ray)
Lady In The Water (2006) (Blu-ray)
Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008) (Blu-ray)
27 Dresses (2008) (Blu-ray)
Invasion, The (2007)
Butterfly On A Wheel (2007) (Blu-ray)
Notorious Bettie Page, The (2005)
Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (2006)
Across the Universe (2007) (Blu-ray)
Untraceable (2008) (Blu-ray)
Space Chimps (2008)
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008) (Blu-ray)
Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (2007)
Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008) (Blu-ray)
St Trinian's (2007) (Blu-ray)
The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants 2 (2008) (Blu-ray)
Arctic Tale (2007)
Zodiac - Director's Cut (2007) (Blu-ray)
Eagle Eye (2008) (Blu-ray)
Fantastic 4 (PS2) (2005)
Beverly Hills Chihuahua (2008) (Blu-ray)
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) (Blu-ray)
Tropic Thunder (2008) (Blu-ray)
Seven Pounds (2008) (Blu-ray)
Twin Sisters (2002)
Mad Money (2008)
Babylon A.D. (2008) (Blu-ray)
The Spirit (2008) (Blu-ray)
Baby Mama (2008) (Blu-ray)
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) (Blu-ray)
The Spirit (2008)
The Happening (2008) (Blu-ray)
Australia (2008) (Blu-ray)
Hysteria
Beowulf (2007) (Blu-ray)
The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008) (Blu-ray)
Lost Boys 2: The Tribe (2008) (Blu-ray)
Mirrors (2008)
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) (Blu-ray)
The Tale of Despereaux (2008) (Blu-ray)
Pineapple Express (2008) (Blu-ray)
Changeling (2008)
Be Kind Rewind (2008)
Death Race (2008) (Blu-ray)
Blacksite (PS3) (2007)
Get Smart (2008) (Blu-ray)
Kane & Lynch: Dead Men (PS3)
Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008) (Blu-ray)
Milk (2008) (Blu-ray)
RocknRolla (2008) (Blu-ray)
Body of Lies (2008)
Eraser (1996) (Blu-ray)
Valkyrie (2008)
Shaun Of The Dead (2004)
How to Lose Friends & Alienate People (2009) (Blu-ray)
In Bruges (2008) (Blu-ray)
Dan in Real Life (2007) (Blu-ray)
Shawshank Redemption, The (1994) (Blu-ray)
Bedtime Stories (2008) (Blu-ray)
Army of Two (PS3)
Gran Torino (2008) (Blu-ray)
Fifth Element, The (1997) (Blu-ray)
Max Payne (2008) (Blu-ray)
Transporter 3 (2008) (Blu-ray)
The Bank Job (2008)
The Jane Austen Book Club (2007) (Blu-ray)
Quiet, The (2005)
.45 (2006)
Suburban Girl (2007)
Son of Rambow (2007)
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008) (Blu-ray)
Taken (2008) (Blu-ray)
Penelope (2006)
Rachel Getting Married (2008)
Fast & Furious (2009) (Blu-ray)
Angels & Demons (2009) (Blu-ray)
The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls (2009)
Monsters vs. Aliens (2008) (Blu-ray)
Choke (2008)

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  • Listening to: 2009 year mix
  • Reading: UNDER THE DOME - Stephen King
  • Watching: PUSH
  • Playing: Tennis on PS3
  • Eating: Nachos on the deck
  • Drinking: water ... lots of water

4 8 4 8 0 - Happy new Avatar

Journal Entry: Thu Dec 31, 2009, 5:32 PM
atmospheric disturbance

-- Dr. Walter Gibbs: "Ha, ha. You've got to expect some static. After all, computers are just machines; they can't think ". - Quote from TRON (the movie)

2010
201
20
2

Time...
for a new journal!
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The last days I have been putting together my traditional end of year review -
Highlights from the last year - 2009 -
I think the most important things for me were our cruise and starting back at the hunting magazine.
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Come to think of it ( happy new year to you all )- this would be the first year,
since 1809 that the first part is double the second part - 20-10 -
I remember seeing 2010 in 1984 -- well -- 1984's prediction didn't quite come true,
( even though Big Brother IS watching us ) - and we haven't send any manned missions to Jupiter yet.
(( that we know of ))

This first movie at the cinema this year for us was AVATAR - ( we didn't go to the cinema at all last year )
It rocked! - It amazed - it moved - it was brilliant... bring on the oscars - for this powerfull new benchmark in cinematic history. It took me a while to adjust to the 3D glasses, but when I did I was in the zone!

Bring on more (quality) 3D movies! -

A new year -
new beginnings...
new music - new images -
all exciting again!!

with new regards,

eRiQ

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  • Listening to: 2009 year mix
  • Reading: UNDER THE DOME - Stephen King
  • Watching: AVATAR
  • Playing: Tennis on PS3
  • Eating: Burgers on the deck
  • Drinking: Vodka Cruiser

4 6 6 4 6 - Dog Day Afternoon

Journal Entry: Thu Oct 22, 2009, 7:12 PM
atmospheric disturbance

-- Dr. Walter Gibbs: "Ha, ha. You've got to expect some static. After all, computers are just machines; they can't think ". - Quote from TRON (the movie)

woof - woof - woof
woof - woof
woof

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The last week has been very busy - the normal activities around the new magazine layout plus our other regular clients. PLUS -a big calendar project that we have been taken on to design for free - to support the SPCA.

A wonderful project organised by Deb Bodger, why owns Pet Partners Ltd, a professional and respected pet minding service which operates in Tauranga. And Sue Murray, who's passion is dogs and sharing with people a simple and natural way of how to communicate with them.

The dog photos have been taken by Trilby Rising, a Tauranga-based photographer specialising in pet portraits and equestrian sports.
It has been a nice experience and the calendar will be printed next week - ready to hit the streets for $15.

If you want to order one - let me know ...
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In other news:

- NZ weather is weird - a few cold mornings again - when will the summer be here?
- It has been 4 weeks ago now that we shifted X-StatiQ from home to our new office in the NZ Outdoor Hunting office.
- We have landed the contract to do their magazine and have spend most of the time revamping it.
- Finally watched all 4 Alien movies with QQ
- Thinking of getting Windows 7 for my TouchSmart. - working on that and an IMac at the same time!!

Can't think of anything more - I am tired like a dog having spend all this time working on the mag, regular clients and this Doggie calendar. Nearly time for a nice long weekend - Hee haa -

With regards,

doggie Q

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  • Listening to: songs playing on my TouchSmart
  • Reading: Some Clive Cusler novel (numa files)
  • Watching: First season of CSI
  • Playing: cordless mouse
  • Eating: afghan biscuits
  • Drinking: Moffee

4 5 7 7 2 - The answer to everything!

Journal Entry: Fri Sep 18, 2009, 1:14 PM
atmospheric disturbance

-- Dr. Walter Gibbs: "Ha, ha. You've got to expect some static. After all, computers are just machines; they can't think ". - Quote from TRON (the movie)

42*42*42
42*42
42
(forty-two) is the natural number following 41 and preceding 43.
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42 is the number with which God creates the Universe in Kabalistic tradition
It's also the answer to life the universe and everything...

It will be 42 years ago this Monday, that little Erik Albertus Quaadgras
came into this "mostly harmless" world...
FORTY-TWO!!! -
42... The angle in degrees for which a rainbow appears.
The rainbow connection (the lovers, the dreamers - and ME)

From here - to there:
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21st of September - -
I share my birthday with my fav writer Stephen King
and exaxctly with singer Faith Hill -

Presents can be send to eRiQ - PO BOX 13579 - Tauranga - New Zealand

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  • Listening to: Birthday Songs
  • Reading: Birthday cards
  • Watching: Birthday presents arrive
  • Playing: with my birthday presents
  • Eating: Birthday cake
  • Drinking: Birthday drinks

4 5 3 2 5 - - NEIN NEIN NEIN !!!

Journal Entry: Tue Sep 8, 2009, 5:52 PM
atmospheric disturbance

-- Dr. Walter Gibbs: "Ha, ha. You've got to expect some static. After all, computers are just machines; they can't think ". - Quote from TRON (the movie)

999
99
9

No no no -- -
all little baptist boys
better not look at today's date upside down - as it will be 6.6.6....

The ninth day of the ninth month of the (2000)ninth year.... 9 - 9 - 9
What better day then this to crawl from under my lurking rock. My last entry was in April ...
That's 138 days, today included... Or 4 months and 16 days... or 19 weeks (rounded down)...

As for the reasons I have not posted for a while, I quote someone I know:
"Time is the enemy of every business person, too many things to do and having to prioritize to ensure that the clients work gets done before my own. But really I should make some time to write something. It is valuable to me as writing helps clear the mind. I should post even if it is just short like this post."

I have also started a bloQ - attached to our newly re-vamped website - www.xq.co.nz/blog/ please check it out and leave a comment! So that I know SOMEONE is actually reading it and I am not the invisible man... hehehe -

Lots of things to happen this month (including my birthday coming up on the 21st) - but more about that in my next journal. I just wanted to make sure there was an update of sorts!

With warm regards

eRiQ

9-9-9 facts:
September 9, 2009, is the 252nd day of the year, 252 adds to 9, and 09-09-09 = 27.
09-09-09 is also the last of the single-digits dates for quite a while - 1,001 years to be precise.
It is also the upside-down number of "the beast" - satan = 666, of course.
The day itself falls on a Wednesday and both Wednesday & September have 9 letters.

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  • Listening to: Regina Spektor's Far
  • Reading: The Ambler Warning by Robert Ludlum
  • Watching: First season of CSI (thnx Debs)
  • Playing: Resistance:FOM
  • Eating: Soup and toast
  • Drinking: coffee / milo combo: Moffee

4 1 4 1 4 - - 75 Ways to Draw More

Journal Entry: Sat Apr 25, 2009, 6:33 PM
atmospheric disturbance

-- Dr. Walter Gibbs: "Ha, ha. You've got to expect some static. After all, computers are just machines; they can't think ". - Quote from TRON (the movie)

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I found the little booklet "75 Ways to Draw More" - by Micheal Nobbs -- I really liked his list:

1) Carry a small sketchbook everywhere.
2) Keep a favourite pen in your pocket/bag.
3) Get them both out regularly.
4) Read inspirational books (“Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” is a good starting place, as are “Everyday Matters” by Danny Gregory and Frederick Franck’s “The Zen of Seeing”).
5) Visit inspirational websites (try www.dannygregory.com and www.kerismith.com for starters).
6) Find some drawing friends and arrange to meet for a drawing session.
7) Take a class (a good way of helping with number 6).
8) Make lots of bad drawings (and learn not to care).
9) Make a bad drawing when you first wake up.
10) Make another before you go to bed.
11) Draw your morning cup of tea (see 9).
12) Draw your toothbrush (see 10).
13) Buy or make a (slim) sketchbook and set yourself a date to fill it by.
14) Treat yourself to a present (a new sketchbook?) if you complete number 13.
15) Draw it.
16) Take photos of things you want to draw while you’re out and about but are too nervous/haven’t time. Draw from them.
17) Go somewhere specifically to draw (a museum, a zoo, a gallery, a library, a bookshop, a café).
18) Draw somewhere you just happen to be (the supermarket, the doctor’s waiting room, your desk, in the cinema (even if it’s dark).
19) Draw in your car (after you’ve parked!) before you get out of it.
20) When meeting a friend, get there ten minutes early and draw something.
21) Hang around after you’ve met a friend and draw something else.
22) Hold a drawing party and give everyone a sketchbook and a pen and make drawings of each other’s faces without looking at the paper
23) Give up watching one TV programme and draw instead.
24) If you can’t give up a programme draw it instead.
25) Draw instead of eating pudding once a week (good for your waistline too).
26) Draw your pudding (that you’re not eating).
27) Eat it anyway (and draw the empty plate).
28) Draw your pet.
29) Draw your lover(s).
30) Draw your mother.
31) Draw your father.
32) Draw your brother.
33) Draw your sister.
34) Draw your best friend.
35) Draw your worst friend.
36) Draw yourself in a mirror if you haven’t got any of 28 to 35.
37) Get more people in your life (draw them).
38) Find old photos of yourself and draw them.
39) Make a drawn “photo” album of your friends and relatives.
40) Draw while you’re on the toilet.
41) Draw while you listen to the radio.
42) Draw while you wait for the kettle to boil.
43) Draw while you’re on the phone.
44) Draw your phone.
45) Set a timer and draw for fifteen minutes.
46) Draw for fifteen more.
47) Go for a walk and draw three things you see.
48) Draw the contents of your bag.
49) Not feeling well? Draw your medicines.
50) Do you collect anything? Draw your collection.
51) Buy something unusual from eBay. Draw it.
52) Start a collection of unusual objects. Draw them.
53) Sort out things you no longer want. Draw them.
54) Collect together your five favourite things. Draw them.
55) Open a random cupboard. Draw what you see.
56) Draw your favourite food.
57) Draw your least favourite food.
58) Draw the book you’re reading.
59) Draw your washing hanging on the line. 60) Draw your shoes.
61) Draw your hand.
62) Draw your foot.
63) Draw your breakfast.
64) Draw your lunch.
65) Draw your dinner.
66) Pick a favourite cafe and work through the menu, drawing everything as you go.
67) Start making tea in a pot (and draw the pot).
68) Start buying loose leaf tea and get a tea caddy to keep it in. Draw it.
69) While you're at it draw your coffee pot.
70) Draw your dirty dishes.
71) Draw your washing-up brush
72) Draw your clean dishes
73) Stay up 10 minutes later tonight and draw something
74) Get up 10 minutes earlier 2moro and draw something
75) After finishing reading this list draw the first thing you see

For the booklet (FREE) - click here-- www.flickr.com/photos/michaeln…

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  • Listening to: Quiet hum on the pc
  • Reading: another book by Brad Meltzer
  • Watching: Tick Tock
  • Playing: how to use the mouse left handed
  • Eating: Muesli bar
  • Drinking: coffee / milo combo: Moffee

4 0 8 6 5 - Broadband heaven

Journal Entry: Tue Mar 31, 2009, 4:10 PM
atmospheric disturbance

-- Dr. Walter Gibbs: "Ha, ha. You've got to expect some static. After all, computers are just machines; they can't think ". - Quote from TRON (the movie)

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The early worm hatches the virus - anyone caught out yet with this Convicker thing that is to hit us all on April Fools Day of all days -
What a great timing as well to finally get our BROADBAND back !  -- - YAY --
At first I thought the provider was having us on - but no - we actually ARE on - on B R O A D B A N D  --

Thus now I can have our network up and running again
and we don't have to borrow bandwidth from the neighbour anymore (thnx Michael!) -
In the old days one would go across the street for a cup of sugar,
nah - we went and asked if we could piggy-back ride on his network -
That helped us out for most of the days - but the connection was quite temperamental
and not as fast as normal broadband...

Yet - moan no more - the golden days of speedy downloads are back -
and thus I can enjoy dA once again - having had serious withdrawl issues over the last few months --

So - expect some more images in the near future --

I haven't got any fun April fools jokes - and I am am glad to see my avatar hasn't changed to a Mudkip this year!
On breakfast TV this morning they were showing some funny items of past years - one of them about FLYING PENGUINS - and Debra thought it was actually for real ! - hahaha -

I have managed to buy the first 5 Star Trek videos on TradeMe - and will be introducing them to my son (QQ) - NZ TV2 have been broadcasting 4, 5, 6 and 7 ( I recorded them ) - so we are set for a few weeks of captain Kirk and Mr. Spock! Looking forward to the new version in May - (allthough - might have to wait a little longer for the dvd)

Also got a bunch of dvds send to us by a good friend in Holland - so we have plenty of catching up to do -
Plus - now that broadband is back - we can get our game updates downloaded to the PS3 again!  -

Looking forward to some replies to this entry,

eRiQ

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  • Listening to: Slumdog soundtrack
  • Reading: The 10th Justice - Brad Meltzer
  • Watching: &quot;What the Bleep Do We Know!?&quot;
  • Playing: how to use the mouse left handed
  • Eating: Muesli bar
  • Drinking: coffee / milo combo: Moffee

4 0 0 0 0 - Dial-Up HELL

Journal Entry: Fri Feb 20, 2009, 8:12 AM
atmospheric disturbance

-- Dr. Walter Gibbs: "Ha, ha. You've got to expect some static. After all, computers are just machines; they can't think ". - Quote from TRON (the movie)

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So, we moved - 2 weeks ago -
and we find out that in this new (nice) place
we can NOT get broadband... something about the capacity being OVERLOADED

- s e r i o u s l y -

2009 - almost into the next decennium of the new millenium
and we are being thrown back into the dire days of dial-up!
Because these totaly terrible Telecom toddlers can't even sort
out any infrastructure if they were stuck in a sandpit!

Meanwhile - we - while coping with unpacking, work and all other changes - need to deal with painstakingly slow connection speeds - which makes things like dA - pure HELLISH -
I can't even consider doing anything on FaceBook -
YouTube - a place I used to love to visit - is a no-go-zone -
Even checking simple things like hotmail becomes a nightmare.

It just shows how much we get used to technology...
Anyway - we heard rumours that Telecom was getting close to sorting
things out - so we actually rang them about it -- it turns out they
won't have a solution till 2011 !!!!!
WHAT?!
It's just a matter of putting in another exchange -
How can they expect people to deal with the demands of modern society, or even help the economy to get back on its feet
- when people are kept in the digital dark ages!

We are now forced into considering wi-fi alternatives -
One option fell through already because we are outside their coverage area!

Hello - we are living in a new suburb - WHY didn't they put in cable - or fibre optics when they developped this area - HOW backwards are these developers REALLY?
I mean - they add electricity - water - phone lines (oooohhh)- but - did they ever consider in these times that the internet is an important element of society!?

Work wise - socially - selling / buying - no wonder the economy is not picking up - if it can happen in this place, surely there are many more areas in NZ that are without the simple joys of broadband.

So - hopefully in the next weeks - somehow - we can connect to a wi-fi network - there will be installation costs and it IS more expensive then conventional broadband, but when you run a business and use the net as much as we do - frankly - we can not sit around on our arses to wait for the likes of Telecom to sort out their mess.
We are also taking our phone business away from them -

I haven't even touched upon the new copyright laws that are starting in NZ at the end of this month... Putting the responsibility on the internet provide (well - Telecom can't even provide!)- But... how do they know that what you up/download is legal or illegal?
We often get or send huge files (well - we used to-) for clients and or printers -
We often download large amounts of photos from Istock -

And now - this new law states that if the provider suspects you of downloading illegal material they can just cut you off!!! How are they ever going to police THAT!?
They can't even catch people that exchange c h i l d  p o r n  ( let them put more effort into THAT ) - this is going to change the NZ internet world even more - and bring us further down to the pits of stupidity...

Instead of punishing people for downloading stuff - make sure it IS available online for downloading for a good price. I wouldn't mind paying a few dollars to download quality shows or movies... even tv shows - that might have ads in them or in front of them to keep the cost down ...

Anyway - it is 5am ( it is hot - humid and I can't surf the net )I better stop my rambling rant and work hard to get some form of broadband back - as I believe there is never a problem but always a solution! - Same with the economy - get over it - the media is dragging this thing deeper and deeper - when you report about it EVERY day - people WILL start to believe it and live accordingly... "oh - I better watch my spending" -- thus spiralling further into the media induced abyss of lies and manipulation.

We are still the people we were last year -
We still need the same needs - have the same potential
We just need to realise that we need to work together and that we should SHARE our resources. Stop the fighting and the lies - concentrate on unity... take responsibility!

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eRiQ out --
(( now just see how long this takes to actually appear on dA ))

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  • Listening to: the sound of DIAL-UP
  • Reading: GOSPEL - Sydney Bauer
  • Watching: American Idol season infinity
  • Playing: no online games - that's for sure :(
  • Drinking: Vodka

3 9 5 2 5 -- FacebooQ

Journal Entry: Tue Jan 27, 2009, 5:11 PM
atmospheric disturbance

-- Dr. Walter Gibbs: "Ha, ha. You've got to expect some static. After all, computers are just machines; they can't think ". - Quote from TRON (the movie)

QQQ
QQ
Q

We have been getting more active on Facebook lately -
adding friends and family from all over the world.
So much fun to catch up with cousins in Canada and America,
with whom I haven't been in touch for years!

Now we are sharing photos and posting memories from way back!

So - if you are on Facebook - please do add me - the more the marrier -eh!
Talking about marrier - we were at a wedding on Sunday,
our friend Michelle was getting married to her fiancee Lee -
You can see a bunch of photos of the day on our facebook page!

If you haven't yet - you might want to check out my chips collection
on Flickr as well -
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It has been fun finally putting them all online.

At the moment we are in the middle of packing - YUP - we are shifting / moving once again!
Goodbye Omokoroa - Hello again Welcome Bay! -
More about this in February -

There are all sorts of changes ahead - but, I will talk about them
in the next journal.

That's about it for now -
back to packing...
Oh - if you are in the neighbourhood - Saturday 31st of Jan -
we are having a BIG garage sale!! - Books galore! -

Ciao

eRiQ

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  • Listening to: The Breeze
  • Reading: another John case book
  • Watching: Our new 46&quot; Full HD LCD screen!!
  • Playing: Little Big Planet on PS3
  • Drinking: water

3 8 8 8 8 The end of 08

Journal Entry: Wed Dec 31, 2008, 4:36 AM
atmospheric disturbance

-- Dr. Walter Gibbs: "Ha, ha. You've got to expect some static. After all, computers are just machines; they can't think ". - Quote from TRON (the movie)

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Well... here in NZ, 2008 has ended and it has been 2009 for an hour now.
We aren't big party people, besides the fact that we did have QQ here as well,
so we ended up in bed around 22:00.
Only to be woken up by someone in the neighbourhood who had stashed away their
fireworks from Guy Fawkes. Our poor cat, who was outside, would have been very scared.
The heat didn't quite help either - so the new year for me started with getting up,
so that my wife, Debra, could sleep better. As she will be driving to her sister's farm,
later this morning.

So - here I sit behind my 2 screens, glowing in the office - hot and maybe a bit tired.
Thirsty still - from the popcorn we had while watching WAR OF THE WORLDS with QQ.
He's been having a great time here - especially with our new toy... a PS3.
It came with the LITTLE BIG PLANET game - a mindblowing experience! - you can build your own levels.
And customise your character (a little Sackboy) - that and Spore must be the top 2 fav games of 2008!

Also the PS3 now enables us to watch BLU-RAY movies .. and since we are members of Fatso (dvd hire)
we had our first blu-ray experience this week with - probably not the best pick - CLOVERFIELD.
The next one coming is THE DARK KNIGHT - so that should be heaps better! I just need to hook up the sound
through our sound system.

It has been a good year 2008 --
Our trip to the USA (LA theme parking session with QQ)was the highlight -
My skin cancer operation was a "low light" - also - just in the last week of the year
I managed to seriously BANG my right toes against a wall - ending up severly bruised.
I still have problems walking - especially wearing footwear.
Deviant art went through some changes this year - looking nice I must say, the custom
home page was an interesting touch. I also met a few more cool people on here (yes -
you know who you are) - Also another 1 0 0 0 0 extra pageviews this year.
It was the year of Obama - John Key - Indy 4 - Iron Man - Wall*e - Sarah Connor Chronicles - Dexter etc etc ..

Now - the new year awaits -
I will continue with my fitness regime (losing some added weight!)
and I am going to start my "photo a day" blog -- inspired by the cool Project-27 Angela...
It will be on my eRiQ site www.eriq.co.nz

And that's me for this morning -

eRiQ

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  • Listening to: the start of 2009
  • Reading: WICKER - Kevin Guilfoile
  • Watching: Our new 46&quot; Full HD LCD screen!!
  • Playing: Little Big Planet on PS3
  • Drinking: water

3 8 7 0 0 - Merry Xmas and a happy 2009

Journal Entry: Tue Dec 23, 2008, 2:05 PM
atmospheric disturbance

-- Dr. Walter Gibbs: "Ha, ha. You've got to expect some static. After all, computers are just machines; they can't think ". - Quote from TRON (the movie)

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Allright, my deviant friends around the world -
The last days of the year -
What a year it was! -

Lots of new stuff to happen in the new year -
I will update you all in January.

For now - enjoy the holidays - have a great time and
I wish you all the best for the new year!!

With love and respect,

the Q-man!
eRiQ

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  • Listening to: Christmas Carolls
  • Reading: The Dark River - John Twelve Hawks
  • Watching: Our new 46&quot; Full HD LCD screen!!
  • Playing: Little Big Planet on PS3
  • Drinking: liqourice tea

3 7 3 3 7 - ALL gone

Journal Entry: Sat Nov 8, 2008, 11:22 AM
atmospheric disturbance

-- Dr. Walter Gibbs: "Ha, ha. You've got to expect some static. After all, computers are just machines; they can't think ". - Quote from TRON (the movie)

Yay - -  it's all gone ...
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They got it all out -

And ... that's not all that's gone...

Bush is gone - (yay Obama)
Helen Clark is gone - (yay John Key)

Also it seems a lot of my watchers have gone - as I am not getting as many comments as I used to - maybe the global economy crisis has something to do with it - as I know some people are finding it hard to even afford internet access.

Another thing that's gone is Ariel's Grotto in Disneyland - now replaced by Pixie Hollow (which looks uber cute - check out briannacherrygarcia her journal : bri-chan.deviantart.com/journa…

Also gone are the visitors we had from Holland (Hans and Mia) - they were here last weekend and we had a great time - got to take some nice images around the bay that will show up here sooner than later...

Sadly - Michael Chrighton is "gone" - he will forever remain attached to Jurrasic Park and many other great novels and movies --  (erm ... plus ER)

Gone is October and we are already way into November - can you believe it will be Xmas next month. I wonder how many people will be able to actually celebrate it like the would - and then 2008 will be gone as well - not long to go before the first decade of the millenium comes to an end -

I don't even think we have gone to the cinema this year! -
Just dvds on our big screen - having joined up with FATSO.co.nz - great service!

FIVE years have gone by, since my first journal...
Deviant since Nov 23, 2003. I have seen people come and go - made friends and lost sight of some.

Thnx for all your support this year -
next month I will work on a end of year report...
Looking forward to your highlights of 2008 - please do send them to me!

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  • Listening to: Paperplanes - MIA
  • Reading: Jonathan Carroll - THE PANIC HAND
  • Watching: The election results
  • Playing: games on APAGE.co.nz
  • Drinking: liqourice tea

36666 - The Removal

Journal Entry: Sun Oct 12, 2008, 1:44 PM
atmospheric disturbance

-- Dr. Walter Gibbs: "Ha, ha. You've got to expect some static. After all, computers are just machines; they can't think ". - Quote from TRON (the movie)

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As per Sept 22 journal entry,... I was diagnosed with a potential form of skin cancer.
Since then we have been looking at getting it removed, at first trying to go through a skin specialist. We thought that the insurance would cover this. But...
1) There seem to be so many skin conditions in NZ that the skin specialist wouldn't be able to see me till mid December! Plus that was only an intial consult, the follow up operation would then have to be booked in again, with the holidays and all (silly cancer season) that would result in 2009 date I guess.
2) Then we found out only the intial visit was covered by insurance - not the cutting of the lump (sounds like the running of the bulls or some exciting event)...

Thus - we came back to our local doctor, who can do it for us tomorrow --- Removing the bad element!
Not really looking forward to having some man cut away a part of me and having to pay for it - but I guess looking at the bigger picture it will be good to be rid of it!
And let's hope it is nothing too serious when they look at it at the lab.

With the inital doctor's visit in September, the antibiotics and special plasters (to make sure it didn't rupture again) plus the "op" of 2moro on top, it makes for a nasty cut in our budget as well. This means that this year we won't be going to the Armageddon Pulp Expo in Auckland (this month).

Good news:
1) Friends from Holland (Hans and Mia) will be visiting us this month
2) I finally got to see the IRON MAN dvd
3) We managed to buy the DisneyWorld Magical Racing game (ps1)

Next month is election month (here and the USA) - I do hope there will be some changes as the world seriously needs a shake up and some bad elements should be removed.
There's been a real buzz online about a possible spaceship appearing around the 14th of October -- - now THAT would be cool - - Maybe THEY will remove some bad elements!

We have also been listening to the TAO - interpretted by Wayne Dyer - very interesting.

Well - wish me luck for 2moro- going under the knife.
Might put a picture of my scar on dA! ;)

With removed regards,

eRiQ

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  • Listening to: Wonderwoman - LEAF
  • Reading: BLAZE - Richard Bachman (S.King)
  • Watching: IRON MAN
  • Playing: games on APAGE.co.nz
  • Drinking: liqourice tea

3 6 0 0 0 ---- s k i n c a n c e r ----

Journal Entry: Mon Sep 22, 2008, 12:59 PM
atmospheric disturbance

-- Dr. Walter Gibbs: "Ha, ha. You've got to expect some static. After all, computers are just machines; they can't think ". - Quote from TRON (the movie)

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Great ....
What a birtday / wedding anniversary present ...
Sunday was my birthday, most of my presents I had received during our trip to LA - but I still got the AWESOME Star Wars Vault book -- wow --
But -- than on the next day (seven years after we got married) - we decided to go to the doctor to check out this lump on my side - a lesion that had been at an awkward spot for a few months that had started bleeding again on my birthday...

Turns out it is a form of SKIN CANCER - - - -  :(
And it needs to be CUT away - - - I had to take some special antibiotics,
and we are looking into when / where the operation will take place.
(and how much it will all cost - or if the inssurance pays for it)

basal cell carcinoma

Most basal cell carcinomas are painless. People often first become aware of them as a scab that bleeds occasionally and does not heal completely. Some basal cell carcinomas are very superficial and look like a scaly red flat mark: others show a white pearly rim surrounding a central crater. If left for years, the latter type can "gnaw away" at the skin, eventually causing an ulcer – hence the name "rodent ulcer". Other basal cell carcinomas are quite lumpy, with one or more shiny nodules crossed by small but easily seen blood vessels.

Great...
The pleasures of getting older --
I hate needles -- they will be using a local anaesthetic...
I will keep you guys and dolls updated....

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  • Listening to: Fleetwood Mac
  • Reading: TRANCE STATE - John Case
  • Watching: WALL-e
  • Playing: games on APAGE.co.nz
  • Drinking: liqourice tea

35777 If you're reading this, the world didn't end

Journal Entry: Wed Sep 10, 2008, 7:07 AM
atmospheric disturbance

-- Dr. Walter Gibbs: "Ha, ha. You've got to expect some static. After all, computers are just machines; they can't think ". - Quote from TRON (the movie)

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If you're reading this, the world hasn't ended...

*EDIT:
Yes. Looks like we are still alive. The first ignition of the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva, Switzerland, is now underway and nothing has happened yet. It was just the first beam test, not the actual first collision. That's programmed to happen on October 21, 2008...

It's not, of course, the first time the end of the world has been predicted. Internet fans are convinced that 21 December 2012 will be the end; it's the final date of the Long Count Calendar of the Mayans. Jehovah's Witnesses cheerfully discuss the coming final conflagration while standing on the nation's doormats. The Millerite Sect, led by William Miller, predicted that the apocalypse would fall on 22 October 1844. When nothing happened, Miller shamelessly called it "The Great Disappointment".
Even more concerning of these events are the many reports from the United States that their ‘web bots’ are predicting a cataclysmic collapse of their Nation set to begin by the end of this month, and that the date of October 7th is to be particularly feared.

As for CERN - I think it will be more a case of 9 Billion dollar later and what have we actually learned,...as even if they find out something (that doesn't destroy us all)- what's the point...

Just think of what could have been done with all that money to help the people in this world.... Who cares about the Big Bang --
(unless it is some kinda orgy - in that case,.. where do I sign up -- hehehehe)

One good thing that came from it all is a special Radio 4 episode of Dr Who spin-off Torchwood is being produced by the BBC to mark the LHC's switch-on. I hope the torrent finds itself online faster than a proton beam!
(At full power, trillions of protons will race around the LHC accelerator ring 11,245 times a second, travelling at 99.999 per cent of the speed of light. Six hundred million collisions will take place every second as the protons smash into each other.)

In "other" news:

A most strange FSB report is making its rounds in the Kremlin today that says over 20 US Soldiers from the United States Army’s 716th Military Police Battalion, 101st Airborne Division, tasked with providing security for the ancient Iraqi city of Babylon, and based in the Iraqi city of Hilla, have committed ‘mass suicide’ after their attempt to ‘link’ what is described as an ancient ‘stargate’ to CERN’s Large Hadron Collider [pictured 2nd photo left], and which is about to begin one of the most controversial science experiments in human history...

I will just continue with my daily tasks - - - :)

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  • Listening to: mp3s
  • Reading: The Eighth Day - John Case
  • Watching: Outrageous Fortune (NZ series)
  • Playing: games on APAGE.co.nz
  • Drinking: liqourice tea