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Thursday, March 5, 2015

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Goodbye, mathowie.

Sixteen Years | MetaTalk - Wow, for the MeFites this is pretty huge. @mathowie is stepping down! I remember how stoked I was to get a personal email from him four years ago when his family was visiting Sydney, asking for advice on travelling from the airport and suggesting we meet up. It turned into a proper event with a bunch of other Sydney MeFites, and qwip even got a photo. Thanks for all the memories, Matt, and best of luck on your new adventure!

MeFite meetup

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

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I blame @kellyandrine for this.
I blame @kellyandrine for this.

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Are you at @thebigdayin? Come visit the #mi9 stand at the Careers Fair and say hi to Dee, Jess, and me!
Are you at @thebigdayin? Come visit the #mi9 stand at the Careers Fair and say hi to Dee, Jess, and me! @ UTS: University of Technology, Sydney

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

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Interesting.

What I've learned after 10 years of quantifying myself - Medium - I'm tempted to try out Eternity myself. Here's my conundrum though: there's lots of evidence that the act of tracking something - food, goals, exercise, time spent - produces results even if you don't seriously analyse the results. But what happens when "tracking" becomes effortless? It seems like there's a point at which the results drop off. If I were using a manual pedometer and logging my steps each day, I suspect I would be fitter and more motivated than I am when my Fitbit just handles it all for me (and sometimes I forget to even look at the results).

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Fortunately, I have a live-in barista.

How Bad Are K-Cups for the Environment? - The Atlantic - Two things I found fascinating: 1) Singapore doesn't have K-Cups. Huh. Another tick in Singapore's favour, as far as I'm concerned! 2) Keurig actually argues that their machines are more environmentally efficient because non-Keurig machines waste too much coffee (since rarely to people measure out exactly the proper amount), and coffee uses a lot of water to grow. That would be interesting to try to quantify. I know that the Snook (and I) thinks that the coffee he produces by grinding fresh beans and using an espresso machine at home is far superior to K-Cup taste... but judging by the coffee grinds all over the counter top each day, there's definitely some wastage and inefficiency. (Not to mention when somebody - *cough cough* - forgets and leaves the machine on all day...)

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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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