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Monday, March 2, 2015

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And it's finished! Now to paint the skirting boards and move *everything* back in...
And it's finished! Now to paint the skirting boards and move *everything* back in...

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In progress bedroom floor!
In progress bedroom floor!

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YouTube Kids

Official YouTube Blog: Introducing the newest member of our family, the YouTube Kids app--available on Google Play and the App Store - Really fantastic idea from Google/YouTube.

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For the Ron Swanson in your life

The Woodsman Axe table deserves a place in every guy´s mancave » Lost At E Minor: For creative people

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Altruism Autumn continues! Finally hit 10 donations today.
Altruism Autumn continues! Finally hit 10 donations today. @ Australian Red Cross Blood Donation Centre Elizabeth Street

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Before: horrible stained and very, very dusty bedroom carpet. (You won't get the After shot until later today!)
Before: horrible stained and very, very dusty bedroom carpet. (You won't get the After shot until later today!)

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

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Someone's birthday is tomorrow...
Someone's birthday is tomorrow...

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Altruism Autumn

The other day I was arguing with the Snook about something - I can't remember what - but his general homebody-ness and antipathy to the world just made my head explode and I decided that meant it was time for me to do some Good Deeds so as to Contribute to Society. Somehow I ended up at the Clean Up Australia Day website. I found the work site closest to me and signed up. Today was the big day, so I headed over to the Ultimo Community Garden armed with a hat, sunscreen, bottle of water, and pair of thick gloves. (The Garden is lovely, by the way. I'd never seen it before!) Pauline the organiser put me to work on Macarthur Street picking up rubbish with a young guy named Matt. There are several nice little verge gardens filled with agapanthus and bushes, and JERKS LOVE TO THROW RUBBISH IN THEM. So Matt and I worked in the sun for an hour, pulling out old beer bottles and coffee cups and candy bar wrappers and bits of plastic and old takeaway containers and a lot of other icky crap. Oh, and we picked up ABOUT A BILLION CIGARETTE BUTTS. After a short break to rehydrate and reapply sunscreen, we went over to Jones Street to the pedestrian area near MSY to pick up ANOTHER BILLION CIGARETTE BUTTS. A few people talked to us, which was nice. "Oh, is it Clean Up Australia Day already?!" they'd ask. I was tempted to tell them no, I was just on work release from prison. At one point a young guy came past finishing off a can of Coke, and I said loudly, "YOU BETTER NOT THROW THAT IN THE BUSH." He was like, "I wasn't going to!" while ostentatiously putting it in the bin. Harrumph. Anyway, I finished my two hour shift and said goodbye to Pauline and Matt, happily heading home with a feeling of accomplishment... which lasted 2 minutes until I got on Wattle Street and passed my first empty beer bottle and pile of cigarette butts.

WE'RE TRYING TO LIVE IN A SOCIETY HERE

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Naked salmon burger with sriracha mayo, broccoli slaw, and kale chips. #healthy
Naked salmon burger with sriracha mayo, broccoli slaw, and kale chips. #healthy

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Residents of Ultimo: your newly cleaned street gardens are courtesy of me and @MATTN_AU picking up all the litter and ciggie butts. #cleanupaustraliaday
Residents of Ultimo: your newly cleaned street gardens are courtesy of me and @MATTN_AU picking up all the litter and ciggie butts. #cleanupaustraliaday @ Ultimo, New South Wales

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

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  • JamesCoyne: Remember doge? that was a simpler time before #TheDress appeared

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Well done, FB.

Facebook reaching out to users who might be suicidal - What a great idea!

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Having my first ever kombucha. I like it! #hipster #paleo
Having my first ever kombucha. I like it! #hipster #paleo @ Cafe Guilia

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Decluttering.

How One New Yorker Lives Comfortably In 90 Square Feet - House Calls - Curbed NY - Spotted on Max's Facebook. My favourite bit:
"I really like getting rid of things," says Mary Helen Rowell, as she stands in the middle of her minimally furnished West Village apartment. "It's my favorite thing."
MINE TOO, MARY HELEN. MINE TOO.

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My boss @kellyandrine brought in Girl Scout Cookies. My first Samoa in like 15 years! I may have enjoyed this more than Fat Duck.
My boss @kellyandrine brought in Girl Scout Cookies. My first Samoa in like 15 years! I may have enjoyed this more than Fat Duck.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

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I ate the #fatduck sweets! My favourite was the Queen of Hearts playing card tart.
I ate the #fatduck sweets! My favourite was the Queen of Hearts playing card tart.

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So full. We made it. Thanks @nessnomster and Dan for having us along! Unforgettable night. #fatduck
So full. We made it. Thanks @nessnomster and Dan for having us along! Unforgettable night. #fatduck

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We end with lollies... but we're all too full to eat them! #fatduck
We end with lollies... but we're all too full to eat them! #fatduck

Four hours in... and we're having whisky (gummies). How sophisticated. #fatduck
Four hours in... and we're having whisky (gummies). How sophisticated. #fatduck

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Scrambled egg-and-bacon ice cream (made with liquid nitrogen), French toast, and marmalade. As you do. #fatduck
Scrambled egg-and-bacon ice cream (made with liquid nitrogen), French toast, and marmalade. As you do. #fatduck

We got to contribute a piece to the massive jigsaw puzzle mural. #fatduck
We got to contribute a piece to the massive jigsaw puzzle mural. #fatduck

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

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We finish with breakfast!
We finish with breakfast!

The desserts have begun. Grapes! Jelly! Popping candy! Meringue! Cookie sand! We have all perked up. #fatduck
The desserts have begun. Grapes! Jelly! Popping candy! Meringue! Cookie sand! We have all perked up. #fatduck

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It doesn't look like much, but the Hot/Cold Tea was the most magical thing. The left half was cold, and the right half was hot!! #fatduck
It doesn't look like much, but the Hot/Cold Tea was the most magical thing. The left half was cold, and the right half was hot!! #fatduck

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We are nearly three hours in. This is the face of a very full man. #fatduck
We are nearly three hours in. This is the face of a very full man. #fatduck

...with a side of lamb consommé, mint, quinoa crackers, more lamb bits... #fatduck
...with a side of lamb consommé, mint, quinoa crackers, more lamb bits... #fatduck

Salt marsh lamb, cucumber, creamy stuff... (Will to live fading...) #fatduck
Salt marsh lamb, cucumber, creamy stuff... (Will to live fading...) #fatduck

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Salmon poached in liquorice gel, endives, grapefruit something, vanilla mayo, yum. (Not gonna lie - we're getting full.) #fatduck
Salmon poached in liquorice gel, endives, grapefruit something, vanilla mayo, yum. (Not gonna lie - we're getting full.) #fatduck

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It's the most famous dish, and the Snook was dubious about the iPod. But afterwards...
It's the most famous dish, and the Snook was dubious about the iPod. But afterwards... "I'll pay that." It worked. #fatduck

@nessnomster experiences the Sound of the Sea. #fatduck
@nessnomster experiences the Sound of the Sea. #fatduck

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Time to go to Wonderland... #fatduck
Time to go to Wonderland... #fatduck

Roast marron with kombu and mushrooms and seaweed and a bunch of stuff I forget because it was insanely TASTY. #fatduck
Roast marron with kombu and mushrooms and seaweed and a bunch of stuff I forget because it was insanely TASTY. #fatduck

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Yes! I can cross Snail Porridge off my bucket list. #fatduck
Yes! I can cross Snail Porridge off my bucket list. #fatduck

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The Gaytime was the overall favourite. #fatduck
The Gaytime was the overall favourite. #fatduck

Savoury ice creams: Waldorf Rocket, Salmon roll, and Golden Gaytime (chicken liver pate with fig and roast almond). #fatduck
Savoury ice creams: Waldorf Rocket, Salmon roll, and Golden Gaytime (chicken liver pate with fig and roast almond). #fatduck

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Aperitifs... with liquid nitrogen! #fatduck
Aperitifs... with liquid nitrogen! #fatduck

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It begins. And for the curious, photographs are encouraged! :) #fatduck
It begins. And for the curious, photographs are encouraged! :) #fatduck

Perusing the wine
Perusing the wine "list." @ The Fat Duck - Heston Blumenthal

WE'RE HERE! It's like Wonka's chocolate factory already. #fatduck
WE'RE HERE! It's like Wonka's chocolate factory already. #fatduck @ The Fat Duck - Heston Blumenthal

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And now an aperitif. (This is the classiest place we could find in the casino.)
And now an aperitif. (This is the classiest place we could find in the casino.) @ Atrium Bar

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Predinner beers.
Predinner beers. @ Belgian Beer Cafe Melbourne

We scrub up well.
We scrub up well. @ Alto Hotel

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The Melbourne Costco sells Ferris wheels!
The Melbourne Costco sells Ferris wheels! @ Costco Melbourne

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

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Tonight: cask wine and a Zooper Dooper. Tomorrow: the Fat Duck, one of the best restaurants in the world. #classy
Tonight: cask wine and a Zooper Dooper. Tomorrow: the Fat Duck, one of the best restaurants in the world. #classy

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Just your average Tuesday night in the Sydney CBD.
Just your average Tuesday night in the Sydney CBD.

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  • SydneySPH: Feed babies peanut products to prevent peanut #allergies. New research from @NEJM http://t.co/cCRCBIsZnt
  • nrrrdcore: I've got 99 problems and ruby gems always seem to account for at least 3 of them
  • CSSConf: The other way into CSSConf 2015 is through the stage door - our call for speakers is open now through March 23rd! http://t.co/80PPQHsvAc

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