Aussie Miasma

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

30 September 2005

Well its sunning up

Well, it’s sunning up in Sydney, and that means I am in a great mood. I just have to finish this damn homework and I can enjoy it. (Well, after I was the dishes). I wonder if we’re still going to the Buddhist temple down toward Wollongong? I would like to go, but mainly because it’s a diversion away from Sydney.

Had take-away Thai last night… was alright, but is curry meant to be that runny? Not sure about tonight. I really would like to some fish! I was able to find TMC on Google earth, as well as my parents’ home. That’s all really cool.

29 September 2005

EndNote EndNote

End-Note, End-Note. It’s vile and ugly, and it’s just driving me crazy. Or could it be MS Word that’s in error. Or even me, who hasn’t bothered to properly learn a program I knew I’d eventually need. I think it’s time for a crash-course of End-Note (

28 September 2005

Mediocre nighttime muchies!

Just had some very mediocre ‘Italian’ food from Glebe. I can’t even recall the restaurant’s name, but we ended up there because Atelier kicked us out… well, they said they were over-booked. The entré was stingy, consisting of one prawn and one scallop: the rest was calamari.

Then there was the main-size pasta for $21, which was okay, except it had to be sent back because it wasn’t properly cooked. And the waitress had the cheek to say it was meant to be that way: it’s what they call “al dente”. That was quite hilarious!
There was also a British bimbo who would have felt more comfy in a rave or some other place where drugs and disorientation are the norm. All up an awful night. We tried to go before-hand to the Ultimo Wine Centre, but arrived just as they were closing. I had three minutes inside. My hunt for the sparkling Riesling goes on. I shall have to contact Skillagalee myself, methinks. Or go to Alsace… which is what everyone seems to be intimating.

Hmmm What to do for

Hmmm. What to do for tonight? Maybe see a movie? Which? I wanna take a bath, then shave. But I always feel so lazy doing that kind of thing. Shouldn’t I be doing something more productive? I at way too much today. Naan, ice-cream and some left-over Thai green curry chicken. And it’s only 4PM. I need to get a grip!

Well I had soon bett

Well, I had soon better go and watch the Frasier tapes from last night, which was on at the same time as a new Simpsons episode. Dinner was chicken, which was nice, but my goddam pastry efforts never lead to fruition. I may just do a pastry course so I know what the hell is involved!

I still have homework today, which I know I have to do but I am so so slack. There is so much paper… who would have though, working with documents. My logic is I watch some TV then dive into the work in earnest. Problem is, it never works that way.

Last night, the ABC’s new culture show, Vulture, aired for the first time. It was pretty lame/tame. It’s fishing for a broad appeal… which is always depressing. However, I did like the arthouse film sendup… the fourth colour, Green… hehe. They were also talking about the presence of postmodernism in highschool English curricula around the country. I am still unsure as to where I stand on the issue. The dumbing-down of the curriculum, to include texts not from the canon, such as ads, newspaper articles and other ephemera is supposed to be more democratic. But I can’t be an advocate of something I didn’t receive, can I? In my education, it was pretty much classics all the way, and I am so thankful because their sheer beauty and profundity touch me to this day. How on earth are the present students to dive so deeply into the human condition when they read film scripts and films, but not the novel the movie is based on?

In my Year 12 English, the texts I chose for my private comparative study were based on BBC period dramas (adaptations) of classics which aired on the ABC and which I really liked. So I first saw the adaptation, then read the books and studied them. I can still vividly remember Fielding’s Tom Jones and Thackeray’s ‘’ and Jude the Obscure, most likely because I had initially seen them on TV. I may just be a very visual person…

27 September 2005

Just before midday

I’m off to the Sydney Jewish Museum’s library. I wonder what we should have for dinner tonight? If I cook, it requires cleaning, especially the sink. However, if I don’t clean, the place will still even more than usual. I want a slave! I want more time! I wanna get this uni work out of the way. I wish the weather would hurry up and get warm!

Sydney weather and roaches!

This is a test post with the new MS Word extension.

While I’m at it, I should rant a little about the weather in Sydney. I just wish the warmth would come. I thought I was a gloomy, winter person who loved grey clouds etc. But guess what, I’m not. I yearn for that lovely sun to pierce the sky and let me finally enter the pool.

Another Sydney thing I have had trouble getting used to is cockroaches. Now, apparently, these pests are a standard feature here, especially in inner-city living. No matter where you go, you can expect to see them. This is rather different to Adelaide, where the house was as filthy, if not more so, yet we didn’t see any. It must have something to do with the humidity—a reason, perhaps, not to look forward to the summer.

Opening statement!

Hmmm. Why post here at all? Well, it's because I went to a discussion group last night, and the topic started out being 'globalism'. This got me rather interested, especially when people were talking about reading blogs from all around the world. I also got irritated by how the left-wing take things for granted. I am from the political field too, but I dislike their lack of analysis on a certain set of issues that they take as given and irrefutable. It's just suffocating.

The second reason I wanted to set a blog up was because I got asked what I was doing last Monday and I had no idea! I had totally forgotten. This woke me up to the fact that my life is dull and meaningless. Perhaps the saving measure is this blog: perhaps I can inject meaning into my life by posting about it?

And finally, I am so annoyed at the current world right now. It's mainly to do with politics and the demise of the Left in Australia. On a Federal level, Labor is totally fucked. I like Mark Latham and wish he formed a new party. However, I should first wait to have his book available, then read it, then see if I still hold that belief!

Why must the Right wean its way into the ALP and the Liberal party. I wonder if a time will come when we have no need for 'conservative forces' in politics. But I guess aging, as a natural process, creates conservatives. It's a sad but true fact of life!

So keep in touch and expect to hear from me.