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Where The Wild Things Are

The night Max wore his wolf suit and made mischief of one kind and another. His mother called him “WILD THING!” and Max said “I’LL EAT YOU UP!” so he was sent to bed without eating anything. That very night in Max’s room a forest grew and grew- and grew until his ceiling hung with vines and the walls became the world all around and an ocean tumbled by with a private boat for Max and he sailed off through night and day and in and out of weeks and almost over a year to where the wild things are. And when he came to the place where the wild things are they roared their terrible roars and gnashed their terrible teeth and rolled their terrible eyes and showed their terrible claws- till Max said “BE STILL!” and tamed them with a magic trick of staring into their yellow eyes without blinking once and they were frightened and called him the most wild thing of all and made him king of all wild things. “And now,” cried Max, “let the wild rumpus start!” “Now stop!” Max said and sent the wild things off to bed without their supper. And Max the king of all wild things was lonely and wanted to be where someone loved him best of all. Then all around from far away across the world he smelled good things to eat so he gave up being king of where the wild things are. But the wild things cried, “Oh please don’t go- we’ll eat you up- we love you so!” And Max said, “No!” The wild things roared their terrible roars and gnashed their terrible teeth and rolled theur terrible eyes and showed their terrible claws but Max stepped into his private boat and waved good-bye and sailed back over a year and in and out of weeks and through a day and into the night of his very own room where he found his supper waiting for him- and it was still hot.
 – Where The Wild Things Are – Maurice Sendak

Read this book to a child if you truly wish to rediscover your childhood.

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501st Littlest Trooper

Logo-501st Legion

A long time ago, when I first started this blog, I wrote a post about Katie, the little girl who was bullied at school for having a Star Wars drink bottle. Katie’s story was read around the world and the outpouring of support from thousands of people helped a little girl regain her confidence and stand up proudly as a Star Wars fan.

I recently came across this post again and wondered what had happened to Katie.  I did a little bit of research and discovered that some of her most vocal supporters were members of the 501st Legion, an international fan-based organization dedicated to the construction and wearing of screen-accurate replicas of Imperial Stormtrooper armor, Imperial officer uniforms, Clone Troopers and other villains from the Star Wars universe.

So, when Katie decided that she wanted to dress as a stormtrooper for Halloween, the 501st Legion stepped up to the plate in an incredibly awesome way!

Aren’t you a little short for a Stormtrooper? Star Wars fans worldwide join to build a Halloween costume for one lucky little girl.

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Welcome to 2013

So, once again we have been disappointed by another lack-luster Apocalypse, and have staggered into yet another new year. Welcome to 2013 and everything that that means to each of you.

Still wondering where my friggin flying car (from The Jetsons, of course) is… *sigh*

I hope that all of you have had a great Christmas and have survived NYE relatively unscathed. May 2013 be everything that you need and more!

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Photocopiers – A not so obvious security risk!

We all have used photocopiers at some stage to copy personal documents when applying for loans, rental accommodation, passports, etc.  What a lot of people don’t realise is that most photocopiers use a hard drive to build the image of the document that they are replicating for you, and then don’t necessarily delete that image once you have completed your photocopying.  This also applies for to the multi-function photocopiers that people use in offices to send faxes.

The following CBS investigation (from back in June 2012) details just how easy it is for ANYONE to purchase a second hand machine and gain access to this stored sensitive data.

Whilst there is no a lot that you can do to force the various institutions that we deal with to improve their security policies on these things, you can try and reduce your own risk.

My recommendation would be that if you are planning on copying private documents (eg photocopying your driver’s license or credit cards for any sort of application) either use a scanner (yours or one that belongs to a trusted friend) to scan the documents in, and then print them.  Take note that if you do this you may also have to check that the scanned image is deleted from the computer that you have used to perform the scanning (unless you use one of the simpler home multi-function printers).

I know that all of this may sound a little paranoid to some of you but at the end of the day, you are responsible for how secure your personal details are, so try to do what you can to protect yourself.

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Where have I been?

Random photo to prove that yes, I have been busy.

So, anyone who has stumbled upon this little blog AND who has been foolish enough to attempt to follow it would know that it has been a little over a year since I have written anything for it.

I’m pretty sure that I posted a warning somewhere about how infrequent posts could end up being…

Anyway… since my last post I have:

  • posted a number of dining reviews for EatDrinkBrisbane.com and EatDrinkGoldCoast.com
  • helped in the process of bringing another midget into the world
  • gave up on dragonboating as I couldn’t commit the time to training since moving back to the Gold Coast
  • been working on new software (at work) to replace the product that we have been providing professional services for for over 10 years
  • been to the Colorado, USA twice (VERY COOL) for training on the new product
  • working like crazy to gear up the business to “step up to the next level”
  • stopped writing dining reviews because I just have not had the time to do it justice
  • oh, and have completely ignored this blog!

So, as you can see, I have been pretty busy.  Most importantly, now that we are a family of four, I have been very much trying to focus as much time as I can on the upbringing of my two incredible kids, keeping my amazing wife sane, whilst trying to secure our future financially… and it has been bloody exhausting! LOL

So, I am not going to make a commitment to update this blog on a regular basis, but I will be writing of things interesting to myself from time to time. If, by some stretch of the imagination, you find these posts interesting and/or informative, please drop me a comment and let me know.  Everyone loves to know when their rambling interests others… it separates us from that crazy guy that hangs around outside of the local Seven Eleven, with a stuffed Aardvark on his shoulder, mutting about the “End of the World is Nigh”. 😛

Happy Reading!

PS – I have changed the website’s theme as I am no longer trying to impress Telstra to be a part of their Windows Phone 7 Social Review (I feel pretty dirty for even attempting that).

PPS (or is it PSS??) – I had to be honest with myself and remove the “dragon boating” element from the site’s by-line, since I no longer participate in the sport…. actually, I am not participating in ANY sport, which is something that I really need to rectify at some point.

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Bullying over Star Wars?!?!

Ok, I grew up with Star Wars and I freely admit that I am a bit of a Geek about it… no I do not still collect all of the figurines, but if a new movie/tv series/xbox game came out, I’m there!

I also have a very young daughter, who is the absolute joy of my life, and whom I wish I could protect from all of the horrid things that people do/say to one another.

So this blog post caught my attention. Have a read about how a little girl in the First Grade has to deal with bullying for having a Star Wars drink bottle! By all means, show her some support, and let her know that it is fine to be different.

Portrait of an Adoption – Anti-Bullying Starts in First Grade

Special thanks to the lovely Eliza Dushku (of Buffy, Angel, Tru Calling and Dollhouse fame) for the Re-tweet of this that caught my attention. You can follow her on Twitter at @elizadushku

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