Aussie Miasma

The boring assemblage of a boring life from Sydney, Australia.

15 March 2007

[OT] Dodgy Viet Bakery

I need on what to do about an event at a Newtown (NSW) bakery 30 mins
ago. I bought a custard tart but I could tell once she handed it to me
that the top was dark yellow so it was old (yesterday's). I folded back
the foil plate thingy and the crust was all soft, moist and fell apart.
I went straight back and asked for a fresh one. She says 'All same, all
same... baked this morning' etc but she gave me a new one. The fresh one
was, as expected, not prone to falling apart and the custard's surface
was a light yellow.

My question is does this happen often? Has it happened to you? Should I
drop it or follow it with authorities? And who then, hypothetically, is
the relevant agency in NSW? Please enlighten me.

06 March 2007

Kevin Rudd

Just a test run.

This is just a test. Look at the outcome of today's Newspoll published in The Australian. I think it shows that Howard et al's attacks on Rudd and his contact with Burke are not sticking. While it's true that support for Rudd has fallen a few percentage points, the ALP's 2-party pref. rating is actually higher!


And I really do not know what everyone out there understand from the whole attack. The encounter does not come across as innately bad. Most of the comments tend to agree, pointing out at the Iraq war and the AWB wheat kickbacks are more concerning by far. It seems to me they are fanning flames from feeble embers because they have nothing else.

30 January 2007

What an adorable cat!

His name is Tony... and yes he was sleeping on his back!
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Putt Putt scores

Well it was a harrowing experience but after slogging it for two rounds at Ermington Putt Putt (mini golf) course, I came out on top, but only just. I am attaching two images of the score-cards as proof, plus a link to an HTML file of the tabulated results.

20 December 2006


I have recently been hosting the Travelling skypecast on Skype. I find it quite fun, but they do not yet have an accompanying text chatroom so I created #travelling on the UnderNet IRC server. Some browsers (Firefox with ChatZilla enabled) allow you to join with one click on this: irc://

05 September 2006

Gained in Translation

I'm not sure about losing things in translation, but humour can certainly be gained! Look at step #3!

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Brână from New Zealand

What an amazing find. In English, they use 'brinza' but the NZ pronunciation of the 'i' rendered a perfect Romanian one!

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The laptop's specifications

With particular reference to the power input!

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13 August 2006

NZ was awesome

I shall write a more detailed acount of our epic trek across a tiny country. But for now, here are the pix:

New Zealand
May 29, 2006 - 36 Photos

10 July 2006

Alan Jones book

A though discussion about the Alan Jones book and the ABC’s board: